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Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor
As the new year is kicking in gear, the students at RHS are preparing for their midterm exams. To help benefit the students and staff of RHS Principal Dr. John Harrison has implemented some changes.
Not so new this year, but made a guarantee is the promise of an exam in every class. Whether it be AP Calculus or gym, to even cooking, there will be an exams in every class with the exception of study blocks. As for more hands-on classes like cooking or woodworking will also be given a midterm, whether it be a typical test or a project based test is up to the teacher’s discretion.
Also new to this year is the implementation of different classes acting as study periods in between the lunch blocks. Dr. Harrison explains, “We didn’t love how D block was everyday [in previous years].” So now the faculty has worked to make it so that each day during the lunch periods a different class would meet prior to their testing dates in order to prepare for the exam.”
The second change Dr. Harrison has established is the elimination of the the makeup period that used to be held on the last day of midterm week. Now to make up exams students must stay after school On Tuesday through Friday or go to Saturday School. Mr. Dan Kimball will be in charge of after school makeup exams that will run from 2:45-4:15 p.m. Furthermore, students must speak to an administrator in order to get permission to miss an exam due to an excused absence.
Additionally, students who have a study are allowed to leave school at 12:35 p.m. if their study falls during the afternoon exam portion. If their study falls during the morning session, students are allowed to come to school at 11 p.m. During the week of midterms, the school day will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2:20 p.m., versus the normal start time of 8 a.m. and ending at 2:35 p.m.
Midterm grades count as 10% of students’ overall end of the year grades and will be displayed on term two report cards that will be opened on Fri. Jan. 25.
Be sure to hit the books because midterms will start next week on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and finish up on Friday, Jan. 18 unless of course there is a snow day. In that case, everything will be moved up a day.
The Rockland High School staff and students came together recently to make a “Get Well” video for a familiar face at RHS athletic events, Jimmy Cahill, who underwent surgery this week. Jimmy’s sister, Carol Cahill, an RHS English teacher says that Jimmy loved the video and appreciates all the support that the RHS community has sent to him. She also says that he is doing well and hopes to be home by the end of the week.
Video edited by RHS senior Molly Grass.
January 7, 2019
The boys basketball team got to play on the famed court of the Boston Celtics last night. The last game of an all-day festival of basketball games began at about 8:15 pm. The hour of the game did not deter the players, cheerleaders or their fans from an enthusiastic presence at TD Garden.
The boys, tipping off against Norwell in a game that did not count in the standings, got off to a great start and led at the half 22-8. Norwell chipped away, however, and managed to gain the lead with a minute left in the fourth quarter. Dante Vasquez hit a big three with only ten seconds on the clock but Norwell held on and came away with a 45-42 win.
The festival, called the Good Sports Invitational Tournament, began in the morning and included nine boys and girls high school varsity games. Also, during the event a silent auction was held to support the Andrew James Lawson Foundation, which advances inclusion for persons with disabilities. Lawson, a Norwell native, was 27 years old when he passed away due to cancer.
Overall, it was an exciting night for both teams in which all the players were able to play on the Celtics’ court. Plus, the Dogs will look to build on this experience going forward to get back to a winning record. See the Patriot Ledger interview below with three of the Dogs’ players after the game for more about the players’ reactions to the game.
January 3, 2019
Jahri Francis, Veritas Staff
The RHS swim team is having a good season. Members of the swim team tell the Veritas that they aren’t concerned about their record or the losses they take. They are excited about improving their best times and strokes.
At the beginning of the new year, Coach Julie Margolis says that she is pleased with the progress the team has made so far this season. “Everyone is getting stronger and all four competitive strokes have been worked on,” she said.
Improvement has always been the biggest goal for each swimmer. Mrs. Margolis said, “My goals, as always, are for every swimmer to have fun and to improve their strokes and physical well-being during the season.”
Swimming can be used to build bonds, laugh, have fun, and provide exercise for all ages. “We like to laugh and have fun…. Swimming is a sport that you can do your entire life. At the pool I work at during the day, we have a 93 year old man who comes in every day and swims 500 yards still.”
Ms. Margolis also says that she is so happy that she is able to offer diving this year to the team because of the addition of Mrs. Maureen Hebert, the new dive coach.
Coach Margolis said “The divers are doing awesome and most of the girls have learned at least six dives so they are now able to score at a meet.” For those who would like to see this addition to the program, they can go to the following dual meets: at Randolph on Jan 20, at Middleboro on Jan 22 and at Quincy on Jan 29.
Margolis said, “One swimmer has already announced that she has a ‘slamming’ playlist ready to blast on the bus rides. We also try to have a couple of pasta parties.”
A member of the RHS swim team, Olivia Janis, says the reason she joined the team is because she has always enjoyed swimming and it has been part of her life since she was a kid.
She said, “Whether it was in the pool or at the beach, I was always happier in the water.”
Janis has goals for herself as well. She said, “I want to try to make sectionals this year.” She says she wants to make a change for RHS because not many people on the swim team have been able to make sectionals, so she is very motivated and determined to make it big this year.
Another member of the team, John Ellard says he wanted to be part of the team because he desires to enhance his swimming skills, even more after a swimming club he has finished.
He also mentioned how they are all working on perfecting their strokes and building their stamina up constantly.
Ellard has set personal goals for himself to eventually win more meets than last year and to hit a .500 mark for his swimming event.
He says he is very happy and motivated to “kill it” this year, thanks to his awesome coach, Mrs. Margolis.
Ellard says that she is a role model and very talented with swimming. “She is not only very knowledgeable about swimming, but she is one of the most supportive people I’ve ever met. She helps us reach our goals but also cares about us on a personal level.”
Both the girls and the boys teams opened up their seasons on Sunday, Dec. 9 with wins against Randolph.
The boys team followed that with a win against Pembroke.
The team looks forward to their meet tomorrow (Jan.4) with Norwell and with Cohasset on Jan. 11. Both meets are at the Scituate Racquet Club at 7:30 p.m.
Check out the team’s upcoming meets to see the competition and pride of this close-knit team!
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
After a busy and fun-filled year, the Veritas reflects upon the events that took place here at RHS in 2018.
Jan. 2: School reopens after Holiday Break.
Jan. 4: RHS starts ACCESS Testing.
Jan 6: Band students attend RHS Senior District Festival.
Jan.19: Eden Dalton wins the annual Poetry Out Loud competition.
Jan 24: NHS sponsors a blood drive partnered with the American Red Cross.
Jan. 25: The Mock Trial team kicks off their season at the Brockton District Court.
Jan. 28: RHS gymnasium holds MASC Bocce Tournament led by SGC.
Feb. 2: Boys basketball team clinches SSL championship for third year in a row.
Feb. 3: Hockey team repeats as SSL champs, defeating Norwell 1-0.
Feb. 9: Girls basketball clinches SSL championship for the third straight year, defeating Norwell 45-40.
Feb. 10: RHS holds Berklee Jazz Festival.
Feb. 17: RHS’s Images Magazine is ranked “Excellent” in the National Council of Teachers of English’s “Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.”
Feb. 17-24: 22 RHS students and staff travel to Guatemala in partnership with the Worthy Village organization on a service trip.
Feb. 17-25: Staff and students are on Winter Break.
Mar. 7-9: Select members of SGC go to annual MASC Conference held in Hyannis.
Mar. 9-10: RHS Jr. District Band Festival.
Mar. 13: SGC runs Nets for Nets tournament.
Mar. 15: A student-driven walkout is held in response to the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, FL in remembrance of the victims.
Mar. 19: Start of spring sports season.
Apr. 4-6: RPS schools hold annual Arts Festival in the RHS Gymnasium.
Apr. 10: Students start ALICE training with teachers and staff.
Apr. 11: Aiden Glennon comes in first at the annual Spellman Oratorical contest sponsored by the English Dept. and held in the lecture hall.
Apr. 22: Freshmen attend Bay Colony Shakespeare performance of Romeo and Juliet.
Apr. 26: SGC elects Caitlin Cameron as 2018-2019 President.
Apr. 28: RHS lacrosse team participates in Rockland Clean-Up Day.
May 4-5: RHS Music Dept. presents the musical, The Wizard of Oz.
May 4: Veritas staff receives Excellence Award at the New England Scholastic Press Conference held at BU.
May 6: SGC members participate in the Walk For Hunger.
May 9: SGC holds their 2017-2018 banquet in the lecture hall where awards are given out and the graduating members are honored.
May 11: Junior/Senior Prom is held at the Venezia in Dorchester.
May 16: 15 members of the junior class are inducted into the Pentelic Chapter of the National Honors Society.
May 18: Environmental Club receives a Community Action and Community Research Award for outstanding participation in the Massachusetts Envirothon at the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.
May 21: RHS holds Drama Banquet.
May 22: RHS holds Music Banquet.
May 28: Class of 2018 starts annual Senior Issues.
May 28: RHS Band plays at Memorial Day Parade.
May 30: The Class of 2018 return to the three elementaries to say goodbye to their starting places here in Rockland.
May 31: RHS holds Senior Awards Night and Banquet in RMS/RHS auditorium; Sean Sugrue receives Valedictorian Award for Class of 2018.
June and July:
June 7-9: God’s Children wins the fourth annual Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball Tournament; $4,000 was raised for scholarships to be awarded in memory of Jared Quirk.
June 8: RHS holds Underclassmen Academic Awards ceremony in the RMS/RHS auditorium.
June 13: SGC elects their 2018-2019 Executive Board.
June 20: Last day of 2017-2018 school year.
Aug. 13-15: SGC holds annual summer camp at RHS.
Aug. 22: RHS named Special Olympic Champion School by the Special Olympics.
Aug. 28: Students return to the halls and classrooms of RHS to kick off the 2018-2019 school year.
Sept. 30: Boston’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is held; SGC, several sports teams and students attend.
October 1: Bulldog Buddies instituted.
Oct. 1-5: Many upperclassmen participate in Distractology to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving.
Oct. 4 Volleyball team clinches SSL championship for second year in a row.
Oct. 12: Rockland wins Homecoming Game against Norwell at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium with a score of 9-7.
Oct. 12: Meghan Dion is crowned Miss Rockland at halftime of the Homecoming Game.
Oct. 13: First Homecoming Dance coordinated by RHS Boosters is held in the RHS gym.
Oct. 15: RHS hosts its first Bulldog Buddy event at Boston Bowling in Hanover, MA.
Oct. 17: John Ellard III is crowned Mr. Rockland.
Oct. 24: RHS holds annual Open House for Class of 2023.
Oct. 28: SGC sponsors annual Project Pumpkin.
Nov. 3: NHS puts flags on veterans’ graves at Bourne National Cemetery.
Nov. 7: Sophomores participate in Credit For Life fair.
Nov. 14: Varsity volleyball team ends their season in the Semifinals at Oliver Ames High School against Case High School.
Nov. 14: Clearance Day for Winter Sports.
Nov. 17: RHS Cheerleaders come in first at the Division 4 State Championship Competition in Worcester.
Nov. 19: Seniors defeat the juniors 18-12 at Powderpuff game.
Nov. 24: Several RHS clubs participate in the townwide Holiday Stroll.
Nov. 26: Seniors win $200 toward their class account by winning Turkey Trot 2018.
Dec. 4: NHS holds a blood drive in memory of Ann Phelps with the help of Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dec. 4: One of RHS’s most beloved alumni, Michael Bodley comes back to the halls of RHS for a visit.
Dec. 6-8: RHS’s Theater Guild puts on the play: Arsenic and Old Lace.
Dec. 12: Music Dept. Holiday Concert in RHS auditorium: band members from grades 5-12 will perform.
Dec. 17-21: Winter Spirit Week.
Dec. 19: Multiple freshmen and seniors travel to see To Kill A Mockingbird on Broadway.
Dec. 21: Class of 2018 alumni come back to visit and talk to this year’s graduating class.
Dec. 21: Students and staff end their final school day of 2018 before leaving for Holiday Break.
See you in 2019 Bulldogs!!
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
For the past twelve years the Veritas staff has selected two members of the RHS faculty to be RHS’s Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the year.
Due to their outstanding commitment to the school and their desire to make RHS a better place, Officer Ethan Schnabel, our school resource officer, and Ms. Freea Leahy, our guidance and adjustment counselor, have been named 2018’s Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
When it comes to what their favorite part of the holidays is, they’re both in agreement: giving back to others.
Officer Schnabel noted that he especially enjoys going out shopping for the gifts he gives his daughters, almost as much as they enjoy receiving them. In addition, Ms. Leahy says that she enjoys the holiday baked goods, who doesn’t?!
The pair are also in agreement in regards to their favorite things about working at RHS: the students.
Officer Schnabel emphasized, “As a police officer we often deal with people in crisis who have called us when things are bad. In the schools I am able to meet students in non-stressful situations and build relationships.”
As for Ms. Leahy, she loves the people and the community the students build here in the school, noting that the humor, the staff’s striving for achievement in their students, as well as the students themselves create a strong sense of community.
Although Mr. Claus doesn’t have as much time off as the rest of us, he plans on spending time with his family over the holiday break.
Ms. Leahy will also spend time with her family and, in addition, the busy counselor plans to catch up on some much needed sleep exclaiming that she desires to “[take] lots of naps.”
Despite being the man himself, Mr. Claus is asking Santa, like many of us, for “a nice relaxing vacation,” and Mrs. Claus says “at the risk of sounding cliche,” that she already has everything she needs.
As the holiday season will soon fade away, Mr. and Mrs. Claus do have some holiday hopes for the students at RHS.
Like most of the staff, Ms. Leahy wishes “health, happiness, laughter, and good grades” for all the students.
Mr Claus, being the man of safety that he is, wishes the students, “to be safe and enjoy their time at RHS,” saying, “I know it’s kinda cheesy but that’s my thing.”
All in all, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the staff here at the Veritas wish all students and staff a safe and merry holiday break and a great start to the New Year!
This article originally appeared in the December, 2018 print edition of the Veritas.
Since 1964, the cartoon film, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” has been playing in homes across America during the holiday season. Even further back, the classic song that goes by the same title has been ingrained in the holiday memories of millions since 1949. However, in more recent times, the movie’s messages and plot have been put under a microscope and are facing some scrutiny.
According to Fox News, many viewers claim that this holiday classic promotes bigotry and sexism, and furthermore claim that Santa in the story is homophobic and racist. One example of sexism would be when, in the movie, Rudolph’s father says to his wife when going to look for Rudolph that she couldn’t come because it’s “man’s work.” Additionally, other progressives suggest that the film is problematic due to Rudolph’s father being verbally abusive by forcing his son to wear a fake nose.
Also, the bullying of Rudolph by “all the other reindeer” who laughed and “called him names,”is somehow seen as promoting bullying.
On the other side of the debate, many assert how in the movie, the characters who are in the wrong end up learning from their actions, teaching them and the viewers valuable lessons.
Many are taking offense to the offense others find in this once simple and entertaining Christmas film.
Even the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., responded to the backlash on this movie stating, “Liberalism is a disease.” Additionally, “The View”’s Whoopi Goldberg concluded that people are purposely seeking issues in the film.
The film’s original cast member, Corinne Conley who voiced “Dolly For Sue,” recently said in an interview with TMZ that the film is more relevant now than ever. Conley claims that due to the increase in bullying incidents, Rudolph helps emphasize the effects of bullying and in the end teaches a lesson to bulliers.
Here at RHS, we thoroughly enjoy spreading holiday cheer and on the other hand, have a thorough disdain for bullying.
With that in mind, mathematics department head Steven Casagrande defended the Christmas classic saying that the story is simply about “Rudolph overcoming a situation.”
Similarly, sophomore Kaitlin Taft said, “It’s not supporting bullying; it’s supporting getting over bullying.” She added, “They’re not saying bullying is what makes him special; he was special on his own in the first place.”
On the other hand, freshman Helena Nutile argues the story does promote bullying. “All the other reindeer bully poor little Rudolph and even though it does show that being bullied proves to make you stronger, it still promotes it.”
Family and consumer science teacher, Adrienne Donovan meets the two opinions somewhere in the middle explaining her concerns for her own sons, and the possibility of their being bullied.
Mrs. Donovan believes that the film does portray an environment of bullying, yet says, … “in the end things do turn around.”
She said, “It’s a rough thing to watch – the teasing. I remember watching it and feeling very bad for Rudolph when everyone was laughing at him, so I get it.”
Mrs. Donovan does allow her children to watch the cartoon with the contingency of discussing the predicament Rudolph is in, and asking, “How do you think Rudolph felt?”
She concludes with an optimistic view. “I think it’s really great that as a culture, as a society we have become more aware of these situations.”
The video below asks students and staff about the “Rudolph” controversy and the additional controversy regarding the song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” It was created by the Journalism class.