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Art teacher retires after 19 years at RHS

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Superintendent of Schools, Alan Cron presented retiring art teacher, Sandy Gibson with a congratulatory plaque. Outgoing superintendent, John Retchless was on hand as well to congratulate Gibson on 19 years at RHS. Veritas Photo

Sophie McLellan, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

When looking around at the halls of Rockland High School, it would be hard to miss the numerous pieces of students’ art that decorate the walls. There has been some unbelievable artistic talent at RHS but the true origin of it comes from Ms. Sandra Gibson. Ms. Gibson has been an art and photography teacher here at Rockland High since September of 1997.

After going to Rhode Island College and earning bachelor of science a degree in art education, Gibson began teaching at the age of 21 in Rhode Island. After years of teaching there and in an elementary school in Vermont, Ms. Gibson eventually found her way to Rockland.

From singing ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ at Faculty Follies to taking her photography students into Boston every year, Gibson has many fond memories of her time at the High School. She says that teaching was never a struggle for her and that she has loved her time here. “Teaching art was always great. You have to work for a living and it’s really nice if you like what you do, and I like what I do. I’ve been really lucky. Making money wasn’t a hassle, I like what I do. I like coming here. It’s been my home.”

And every home has a family. Ms. Gibson was well liked among her colleagues and adored by many students. As the news spread of her retirement, many people came to say goodbye and wish her happiness. Senior Nicole Reera was one of the many who will miss Ms. Gibson. “I think she is an awesome person who is dedicated to what she does,” Reera says. “and [she] is a great teacher that has a passion for art.”

After nearly twenty years of inspiring young artists at RHS, Gibson had only one piece of advice left to give. “You’ve got to find your passion and go for it,” Gibson says “Because if you’re not happy with what you’re doing then you won’t be happy anywhere else.”

September 30th is her last day. Goodbye Ms. Gibson and thank you for everything!

Kata Medeiros and Cheryl Thompson congratulate Sandy Gibson at a reception held on Thursday, Sept. 29.  Gibson will retire on Sept. 30 after 19 years as an art teacher and department head at Rockland High School.  Veritas photo

Kata Medeiros and Cheryl Thompson congratulate Sandy Gibson at a reception held on Thursday, Sept. 29. Gibson will retire on Sept. 30 after 19 years as an art teacher and department head at Rockland High School. Veritas photo

 

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Rockland Senior Gets Award in Congressional Art Show

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Rockland High School senior, Syann Teixeira with her family and Congressman William R. Keating at the 9th Congressional District Art Show where Syann won 2nd place in computer art for her digital-collage, “Diamond Lion.” Syann’s computer drawing is on display at Bella’s Restaurant, Hingham St., Rockland until June 30. Courtesy photo.

Veritas Staff

At an awards ceremony held at the Plymouth Center for the Arts on April 29, Rockland High School senior Syann Teixeira won 2nd place in Computer Art for her digital collage, “Diamond Lion.” Congressman Bill Keating sponsored the 9th Congressional District’s Art Show held in Plymouth.

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by members of the House of Representatives.

Students interested in participating in the Congressional Art Competition submitted original artwork in one of seven different categories: Collage,
 Computer-generated art, 
Drawings,
 Mixed Media,
 Paintings,
 Photography, and
 Prints.

College Bound Student-Athlete Night

The Athletic Department and the Guidance Department are teaming up to present a look at the myths and realities behind college athletics, scholarships and recruitments.  All student-athletes and their parents are invited to this information session in the lecture hall at 6:00 pm.  See or call Mr. Graziano for details.

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Wraps Up Spirit Week

It was Ugly Sweater Day on Tuesday, Dec. 22!  Happy Holidays to All!

photos by Adiza Alasa, Veritas Staff

RHS Gets Comfy with Cozy Day

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Mr. Johnson participates in Cozy Day

Veritas Staff

On Monday, December 21, RHS students prepared for a short week of school with Cozy Day. Students (and some teachers) were encouraged to dress in their comfiest of clothes for the second to last day of the Holiday Spirit Week.

Have any pictures from this year’s Holiday Spirit Week? Send them to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org for a chance to be featured!

Flannel Friday at RHS

Flannel Day in the Band room!

Flannel Day in the music department.

Veritas Staff

On Friday, December 18, RHS students and teachers participated in Flannel Friday as part of the Holiday Spirit Week put on by Rockland High’s Student Government Council.

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Mrs. Shaughnessy, Mr. Finn, and Mrs. Palmer

Have any pictures from this year’s Holiday Spirit Week? Send them to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org for a chance to be featured!

Cluster the Elf Visits RHS Teachers

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Cluster the Elf gets into a bit of trouble in Ms. Sullivan’s classroom.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

Throughout the last few weeks RHS teachers have been visited by a new friend straight from the North Pole, Cluster the Elf.

So far Cluster has made appearances in the Math Department, Ms. Sullivan’s classroom, Ms. DiCanzio’s classroom, Mrs. Phelp’s classroom, Mr. Neal’s classroom, and Mr. Ricci’s office.

Luck enough to have taken a picture with Cluster the Elf himself? Send your pictures to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org to be featured.

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