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Get pumped for Pep Rally!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-19-17

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This year’s seniors at last year’s Pep Rally performing the roller coaster. Veritas photo

Don’t forget! Tomorrow, October 20 is the annual, highly anticipated fall Pep Rally. The event is stacked with special performances by the band and the cheerleaders, class competition, and all out fun.

Also don’t forget to go all out in your class colors. This year, the freshmen class’s colors are Carolina blue. The sophomores are decking out their class in white. The juniors will be a sea of red. Lastly, the seniors will be covered head to toe in black and gold. So don’t forget to represent your class by wearing your class shirts and class colors.

As for the schedule, the Day 1 rotation will remain the same yet all classes will be cut down to 45 minutes.

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Mr Rockland pageant tonight!

Jasmin Morse, Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-18-17

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Mr. Harrison crowns Mr. Rockland Ryan Leavitt at Mr Rockland last year.

As many Rockland citizens know, Mr Rockland is an annual event held at the RHS with senior boys who compete in a male pageant. The event is being held tonight at 7pm in the RMS/RHS auditorium. The admission is $5, although if you bring a can good you will receive a $1 off.

Judging this year’s pageant will be math teacher, Mr Nicholas Liquori, history teacher, Ms Amanda Lanigan, guidance counselor, Mr Christopher Devine, and principal, Mr John Harrison.

Competing in the pageant are Aiden Glennon, Louis Casey, Jake Lauria, Joe Lauria, Chris Penney, Ronan McNally, Elie Chubik, and Joey Yeadon. At stake is a prime spot parking space, Chipotle gift card and a scholarship.

Come support the senior boys tonight!

October Schedule at Maximum Capacity

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-11-17

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This year’s graduating class doing the roller coaster at the October pep rally last year. Veritas Photo

With the coming of fall comes school work and all the exciting after school sports. On top of that some students also have jobs with shifts they manage to squeeze into their already busy schedules. Well, this fall season is about to get a bit busier with the approaching of October.

To many, the arrival of October marks the true start of the school year. This is the time of year where classes start to really dive into the curriculum, fall sports are in their prime, and extra curriculars start to take shape. Second year principal Mr. John Harrison reminds us that this is one of the best times in the school year stating, “I definitely look forward to it, it’s busy but it brings the school together.”

What excites people the most might be the annual pre-Homecoming Game Pep Rally. Mr. Harrison’s favorite October event because it’s really the only time in the school year that the whole school can come together as one and share their bulldog pride. Junior Caitlin Cameron agrees that this is one of the only events of the whole school year reminding us that it’s the freshman class’s first experience being with everyone and definitely a solidifying moving up moment and aside from the boo-ing they may or may not receive it is by far the most exciting event for the incoming class.

Although this is going to be a hectic month for RHS it’ll definitely be one to put down in the books in regards to all the memories made for all the students and faculty. Make sure to clear your schedules and get involved!

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

Spirit Week: October 16-20 (see below for more info)

Mr. Rockland: Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm

Pep Rally: Friday, October 20

Homecoming Game: Friday, October 20 at home against Middleborough 7 pm (Miss Rockland announced at half-time)

Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 21 7  pm

Project Pumpkin: Sunday, October 29 1 pm to 4 pm

Spirit Week Days:

Monday, October 16: Lazy Day

Tuesday, October 17: Nerd Day

Wednesday, October 18: Dad Day

Thursday, October 19: Beach Day

Friday, October 20: Class Shirt/Color Day

RHS Shows Support for Breast Cancer

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief

10-2-17

photos above by Jasmin Morse

It is common in the month of October to show support for finding a cure and raising awareness for the devastating illness, Breast Cancer. At RHS, students annually show their support in many forms.

Throughout the month of September in preparation for Breast Cancer Month students and teachers have a “change war” in their A-Block classes to see which class can raise the most money. This year, Mr. Rowe’s A-Block class raised the most money with Mr. Bigsby and Mrs. Shaughnessy coming in second and third.

On September 29, the Friday before the Breast Cancer walk RHS students and staff participated in the annual Pink Out Day. On Pink Out Day RHS decks out in pink to show their support for those affected by the illness. Students usually wear the Breast Cancer walk shirt they had pre-ordered in the weeks coming up the the walk. Teachers also donate $1 to participate in a jean day where all the money goes to the cause.

After all the lead up had passed, RHS achieved its final goal for the year in raising money and awareness of breast cancer. On Sunday, October 1, RHS students walked in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston. Here students donated the $2000 raised throughout the previous month and walked to help support and raise awareness of breast cancer.

Since RHS raised over $1000 for breast cancer awareness, some teachers have committed to dyeing their hair pink. Language teacher, Melissa Shaughnessy, art teacher, Kata Medeiros, science teacher, Angelina Armstrong, and vice principal, Kathy Paulding are all due to dye their hair.

Dog Depot: A New Lunch Hit

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief

10-4-17

With the new school year came the addition of the very fun and exciting, Dog Depot. This is the new school store that is around every Friday at all three lunches where students can go to buy snacks and school spirit gear. The program was created and is managed and run by the RHS Pathways program.

Veritas reporter, Erin Connors interviewed Pathways teacher, Joanne White and students Alex Anzivino and Anthony DiNino about the store in this video produced by Journalism and Digital Media students. Click on the link below.

Finding Unity in the Bulldog Community

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor

9-29-17

On one of the first real fall nights of the school year, Thursday, September 28, Rockland’s Pathways program teamed up with some of RHS’s Adaptive Physical Education students to face Hanover in a Unified Kickball game. The game started at 7 pm in the RHS Gym. The participants were cheered on by enthusiastic and excited students and parents from the communities who came together to support both teams in this game celebrating the unity of the players in their schools.

Both of the teams played phenomenally, and even more importantly, had a great time that night. Although Hanover won 7-5, both Hanover and Rockland had an amazing night of fun, sports, and teamwork. Thank you to all that contributed to the event and came to support the players!

The following is a list of all the RHS students involved in the game

Pathways Players:

  • Alex Anzivino
  • Michael Bodley
  • Nicholas Cara
  • Brianna Conley
  • Anthony DiNino
  • Dillion Doyle
  • Emily Grandmont
  • Jake Swanson

 

Adaptive Physical Education Players:

  • Joseph Campanile
  • Peter Coleran
  • Jillian Donahue
  • Ashley Murphy
  • Harrison O’Brien
  • Madison Parlee
  • Brianna Peppino
  • Zachary Sharland
  • Marissa Smith
  • Louis Casey

 

Field Monitors:

  • John Ellard
  • Tyler Beatrice
  • Peter Kohler

 

Students Take Part in Summer Reading Discussions

RHS principal, Mr. Harrison was one of several administrators who led discussions of the book, Basketball Junkie by Chris Herren. The book is Herren’s memoir of the addiction that led to his fall from NBA star to heroin addict. Veritas photo

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor

September 14, 2017

Yesterday, September 13 marked RHS’s second annual school-wide Summer Reading Discussion. The event was created to try to put a fun spin on the normally dreaded summer reading.

In June, teachers submitted their books, then students signed up to read one from the collected list. This year the option to read several articles from the NY Times newspaper was added. Over the summer, both the students and the teachers had to read their assigned books and then return in the fall to take part in a 30 minute discussion of their book, or the articles that they read.  Each teacher had about 15 students in their discussion groups.

Chris Herren’s powerful book about his addiction to alcohol, pain killers and heroin.

Overall, RHS principal, Mr. Harrison said that at yesterday’s event many good conversations took place. He  said he truly appreciates the teachers for their dedication and hard work. On the other hand, he did say that there is definitely room for improvement as he felt that not all the students had read the books that they had selected. Mr. Harrison led a discussion on one of the most popular selections, Chris Herren’s memoir, Basketball Junkie.

Mr. Harrison concluded that he hopes the activity sparked interest in students to read these and other books.

Book choices included a variety of genres including: non-fiction choices: biography, autobiography, history and science. Fiction selections included science fiction, mystery, fantasy and more.

The NY Times articles were also separated by topics: Politics/US and World News, Sports, Arts/Style, Science and Travel. Students could choose to read articles in one of the areas.

Below is the list of books that teachers submitted and that students selected to read.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert M. Pirsig
NY Times Politics/US News/World News
We Are Okay By Nina LaCour’s
Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism By Ron Suskind
One Shot At Forever By Chris Ballard
The Cases That Haunt Us By John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
NY Times Sports
Newela.com
The Silmarillion By JRR Tolkien
The Tailsman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Siddhartha By Hermann Hess
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickTBA
The Power of One By Bryce Courtenay
Thirteen Days By Robert F. Kennedy
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies By Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
NY Times Science
The Trials of Apollo Book Two The Dark Prophecy By Rick Riordan
The Nightingale By Kristin Hannah
NY Times Health
Caraval By Stephanie Garber
Basketball Junkie By Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds
The Zookeeper’s Wife By Diane Ackerman
Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age By Matt Richtel
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman
The Little Prince By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
NY Times Arts/Style
NY Times Travel

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