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February Vacation Starts Today: Got Plans?

No snow days yet this year make this a much needed February Vacation! Veritas file photo

2/15/19

Students at Rockland High School will be enjoying a nice, long, well-deserved vacation starting today! After all, in an unusual winter, no snow days have been called and students have had no real rest since the holidays!

Most students will be far away from the high school, many getting much needed rest, many working extra hours to try to save money for their savings accounts, and many actually doing some school work without worrying about next-day deadlines!  Some will be heading south on family vacations to Disney or other tropical locations; some will be going north to snowboard, ski or do some tubing, especially since our area has had no real snow this year (so far).

A large group of students will be playing in vacation tournaments, including the boys and girls basketball teams who will both be participating in a combined tournament hosted by Abington.  For the boys they will still be in the hunt to wrap up a tournament spot, while the girls will be polishing their record to earn a home game and the highest seed possible in the postseason tournament that starts after vacation.  Those games are on Monday and Wednesday.  Check our website Events calendar for specific times.

The hockey team will also be involved in games over the holiday and they too will be looking to come out of the regular season ready to do well in the postseason tournament.

Two other groups will be participating in school-related activities.

The Service Learning trip to Guatemala starts on Saturday, Feb. 16.  Fifteen students and three chaperones will be traveling to Guatemala and working for the week to help provide needed services and supplies to villagers near  Panajachel where they will be staying.  See our Veritas story on the trip here.

Another group will be heading to Boston to participate in the Harvard Model Congress program.  This will be a four day conference held at the Boston Sheraton hotel conference rooms, involving multiple schools.  The purpose is to foster familiarity with the government process.  The Harvard Model Congress is the largest congressional simulation conference in the world, providing high school students from across the country and abroad, an opportunity to experience American government firsthand. This years’ HMC participants from RHS consists of Jordan Cunningham, Terika Crooks, Paige Donnelly, Michaela Sugrue, and Nicolle G. Winter.  Ms. Adrienne Donovan is the Club Advisor.  The Veritas will be reporting on the students’ experience when they get back in a week.

Whatever it is that you do, enjoy your vacation, Bulldogs, and be safe and rested, and ready for the final months of the school year!

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Students Achieve High Honors for Terms 1 and 2

Principal Harrison and Asst. Principal Paulding hand out certificates at the luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for those students who achieved High Honors during the first or second or both terms this year.

Students were treated to a special luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 12 right before their early release due to the impending snow storm.

Congratulations to the following students who achieved high honors for one or both terms so far this year.  Achieving high honors means that students have gotten grades of 90 or better in all of their academic classes.

Terms 1 and  2

Kathryn Buckley

John Ellard

Kevin Matos

Ngan Nguyen

Cullen Rogers

Julia Yeadon

Term 1

Jared Allen

Monalisa Almeida

Taylor Anzivino

Jad Bendarkawi

Isabella Burns

Kerin Dalton

Tyler Gambon

Callie Gillan

Lara Glennon

Frank Hawe

Olivia Jones

Sarah MacDonald

Alyssa Patten

Ramzey Youssef

Term 2

Brett Armstrong

Kaileigh Fulton

Olivia Golemme

Robert Ivill III

Tyler Johnson

Russell Jones

Leah Leonard

Shannon Murphy

Michelle Ramoska

Madison Smith

Hannah Wyllie

Congratulations Bulldog Scholars!!

 

Students show support for the Patriot’s Super Bowl victory

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman at the parade on Monday, Feb. 5, 2019. Boston Globe photo by Barry Chin.

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

2-6-19

With last Sunday’s New England Patriots victory against the LA Rams by a whopping score of 13-3 at Super Bowl LIII, yesterday, Tues. Feb. 5, called for a Boston tradition: a Super Bowl Victory Parade.

This occurrence almost seems to become annual: the parade takes place in Boston and people from all over New England come to celebrate the Super Bowl victory of their beloved hometown football team, the Patriots. The last parade was actually two years ago, in 2017,

Tom Brady holds the Lombardi trophy as he rides a duck boat through the crowds lined up for the Patriots Victory Parade on Feb. 5, 2019. USA Today photo

Yesterday, people crammed onto the streets of Boston and Boston Common to celebrate their favorite players, coaches, staff, and cheerleaders as they rolled down the streets in duck boats and were welcomed home with the Lombardi trophy as their souvenir from Atlanta.

This year was one of the highest attendances ever for a Boston sports parade. The MBTA noted that they saw the highest total of riders on the trains ever. Furthermore, the Boston police estimated about 1.5 million people to have attended the parade. (boston globe.com)

As for Rockland, many teachers planned for their class attendances to be lower than normal on the day of the parade as many students noted that they would not be coming to school. In total, RHS noted nearly 200 students to have been absent on parade day. Whether these absences were parade-related or due to it being flu season is not specified.

All in all, with unseasonably warm weather, the crowds flocked to Boston to show their love and support for Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and all the New England Patriots. People young and old celebrated their outstanding year and all the accomplishments the team had as a whole. Whether seeing Brady was your favorite part of the day, going out into the balmy spring-like weather, or simply absorbing Patriot pride, everyone who went to Boston yesterday is sure to have had an unforgettable day.

 

Mock Trial closes out 2018-2018 season

Back left to right: Giovan Soares, Emmy Kelley, Annie Kelley, Callie Gillan, Jasmin Morse, and Caitlin Cameron. Font left to right: Maria Pala, Ngan Nguyen, Ashley Galliger, and Brynn Dempsey.

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

1-29-19

After months of preparation and hard work, RHS’s Mock Trial team finished off the season on Mon. Jan. 28 after winning the trial’s verdict against Norwell.

At the beginning of this year, the team and advisors, history teachers Greg Rowe and Randal Grimmett were faced with the task of filling the team with fresh new faces after a majority of the team graduated last year. Thankfully, several underclassmen came to some meetings and decided to commit to the club.

On Fri. Jan. 18 the team kicked off the season on defense at the Hingham District Court where they faced Hull. The following week on Fri. Jan. 25, they faced Thayer Academy on prosecution at the Brockton District Court. Finally to close out the season they won as defense against Norwell at the Brockton District Court.

At the close of this season, yet again the team will be losing some key seniors including Giovan Soares, and captains: Jasmin Morse, Caitlin Cameron, and Elizabeth Kelley.

Attorneys:

  • Jasmin Morse
  • Elizabeth Kelley
  • Callie Gillan
  • Ashley Galliger
  • Giovan Soares
  • Maria Pala
  • Makayla Andre

Witnesses:

  • Caitlin Cameron
  • Annie Kelley
  • Ngan Nguyen
  • Ashley Galliger
  • Brynn Dempsey

For more information about the Mock Trial Team’s season see the print edition of the Veritas on Feb. 14.

Program of Studies Procedures in Place

Guidance counselors Jill Delaney, Chris Devine and Casey Morrison along with Guidance director Margie Black are ready to help students in grades 9-11 with their course selections for next year. Veritas photo

January 28, 2019

It’s that time of year for RHS students and parents when decisions will be made about the classes they will take for next year.  Principal John Harrison has outlined the procedures and the timeline for the process. Students and parents are encouraged to look over all the options and requirements that students have as they go through this process of course selection.

Here is the timeline for students and families regarding this process:

January 18th – the 2019-2020 Program of Studies is available on the RHS Guidance website (here). Please note:  RHS is not distributing print copies of the Program of Studies this year – it will only be available online.

January 23rd – January 29th – Guidance counselors will be in classrooms discussing the P.O.S. and giving students course selection sheets and a P.O.S. Summary sheet (also available online).

January 23rd – February 8th – teachers will be discussing Program of Studies course offerings with students and will have individual conversations with students about recommendations.  Teachers will enter their academic recommendations directly into X2.

February 26 – March 1st – Guidance counselors will be working with students during science classes to choose their electives for next year.

If parents and students have any questions about the process, academic recommendations or elective choices, please contact the appropriate Guidance counselor.

New Year, New Midterm Schedule

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

1-8-19

midterm schedule

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.

RHS Community Makes Get Well Video For Jimmy Cahill

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.

 

 

 

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