NEWSLETTER April 2010 - · PDF fileNEWSLETTER April 2010 _____ Dear Parents and Guardians,...
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April 2010 ______________________________________________________
Dear Parents and Guardians, April traditionally is the beginning of the fourth and last quarter of the school year. The Senior Project Program is also scheduled to begin this month. A listing of upcoming events follows this letter. I remind you to check the weekly email for additional information. Third Quarter Ends Grades closed for the third quarter on April 1st. Report cards will be issued the week of April 12th. If you have any concerns about your sons or daughter's standing in a course, please contact the subject teacher and encourage your son or daughter to regularly attend after school help sessions. MCAS The English Language Arts MCAS was administered March 23rd through March 25th. The mathematics sessions are scheduled on May 17th and May 18th; and the science MCAS will be administered on June 2nd and June 3rd. MCAS Preparatory Sessions The Mathematics and Science Departments are offering after school MCAS preparatory sessions to support those students who will soon be taking MCAS tests. A schedule for the mathematics preparatory sessions follows this letter and has been emailed to students and to their parents. A schedule for the science sessions will be forthcoming. These are held free of charge. We reserve the right to cancel
these grant-funded sessions if they are under-enrolled. The English Department held review sessions prior to the March testing. Senior Project Program The Senior Project Program began on April 5th. If there are questions related to this program, please contact Ms. Janae Barrett or Ms. Deirdre Clancy-Kelley. The Senior Project Presentations are scheduled for the afternoon of May 20th. More specific information will be forthcoming in the May newsletter. SADD Assembly Cara Filler, inspiring author, speaker, and advocate for safe teen driving, addressed students at assemblies on April 5th. Ms. Filler is committed to helping students put life and its challenges in perspective. Sponsored by the DSHS SADD Chapter, through her dynamic, yet entertaining presentation, she will help students learn how to make powerful and positive choices. Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara to Speak at DSHS The Dover-Sherborn High School Boys Hockey Team is being recognized for the community service team members performed over the course of the season. As a result, DSHS was offered an opportunity to have Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara speak to our students about his Need to Lead Program. Zdeno was scheduled to speak to high school
students on Tuesday, April 6th, but the event had to be postponed because of an injury he sustained. No date has been set at this time. China Exchange Program and Fundraiser Seniors Cassandra Dunn, Alexander Kwatcher, Alaina Smith, and Lauren Springett, accompanied by Living, Fine and Technical Arts Department Head Sandra Thibeault, this years participants in the China Exchange Program, are scheduled to return home on April 10th. We are looking forward to greeting the Chinese delegation from Hangzhou High School the first week in May. One administrator and two teachers will be accompanying five Chinese students who will be residing with host families while attending classes at DSHS. If anyone is interested in obtaining information about planning an activity for our guests, please contact social studies teacher Rebecca Vizulis at [email protected] In advance, I thank everyone who is hosting or planning an event or activity for our guests. The annual China Banquet, the China Exchange Fundraiser, is scheduled for April 15th at 6:30 p.m. Reservation forms for the banquet can be downloaded by accessing the following link: http://mindsparkinc.com/DSChina/banquet/BanquetPoster-2010.pdf.. METCO Directors' High School Youth Conference Four students, Taishon Skinner, Lourdes Pena, Ashley Cooper and Deanna Biddy, will be attending the METCO Directors' High School Youth Conference accompanied by METCO Director Sandra Copeland on April 16th at Bentley University. Once Upon a Mattress I congratulate everyone involved in this years musical production, Once Upon a Mattress. The performances and the set were outstanding. I offer thanks to those
who worked on lighting, sound, costumes, makeup, publicity, and programs. I send a round of applause to the members of the pit band. I also commend those students and adults who heretofore have not been mentioned and who worked behind the scenes to make this years show such a resounding success. I recognize Scott Walker, Tom Duprey, Ardys Flavelle, Judy Grassia, Joseph Catalfano and the members of Friends of the Performing Arts (FOPA) for their efforts and support. Spring School Committee Visit On March 10th, two members of the Dover-Sherborn Regional District School Committee - Chair Ellen Williamson and Richard Robinson - spent the day at the high school attending classes. In the fall, three other School Committee members visited classes. Seminar Day Seminar Day, held on March 11th was well received by students who chose from a number of offerings. This event was funded through a grant from the Dover-Sherborn Education Fund and was organized by a committee of students and faculty members. I offer special thanks to Rebecca Vizulis and the committee of students and faculty who coordinated this undertaking and to staff members who offered sessions. Seminar Day was funded through a DSEF Grant. Final Freshman Seminar The last Freshman Seminar of the year, Transition to Sophomore Year, was held on March 19th. I thank the Peer Helpers, Director of Guidance, Joann Kenney, and Jane Biagi for coordinating this seminar series which is part of the Freshman Transition Program.
Red Cross Blood Drive The Red Cross Blood Drive that was organized by Student Council was a great success. Approximately fifty pints of blood were collected during the day-long event on March 23rd. I thank members of the Student Council, the advisors, Mr. Hickey and Mr. Potts, and all those who donated. March Madness On Friday, March 26th, Student Council hosted a March Madness Assembly that featured interclass competitions, and the traditional Student-Faculty Basketball Game. Congratulations to the teachers who were victorious. Concert to Commemorate "Music in Our Schools" Month On March 31, students performed in a concert planned by Mr. Martel and Ms. Flavelle. This was a diverse musical program to commemorate "Music in Our Schools" Month, an annual month-long celebration of school music whose purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children. The theme of this years MIOSM is Music! Just imagine." I congratulate all of the students who performed. Senior Lunches Director of Guidance Joann Kenney and I are hosting Senior Lunches again this year. All seniors have been invited to attend and to share their high school experiences in our continuing efforts to effect positive change. I thank the members of Guidance Advisory who deliver the lunches and provide the desserts. Community Service Graduation Requirement I take this opportunity to remind parents/guardians of seniors that forty hours of approved community service (or ten hours for each year of enrollment at Dover-Sherborn High School) are required for graduation. Many seniors
either have not completed this requirement or have not yet submitted documentation for hours completed. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend to this matter as soon as possible. Verification of community service hours must be completed before seniors will be signed out for Senior Project. Field Trips Both the Close-Up Washington, DC and the Winter Leadership Programs received high marks from the students who participated. I thank the chaperones, Thomas Bourque (Close-Up), Elliott Lucil, Jim Baroody, Jessica Vanderhoof and Amy DiSanto (Winter Leadership). Congratulations Congratulations to our winter athletic teams. A summary report follows. Congratulations are also sent to students who have received recognition in other areas, and these individuals are mentioned following the Winter Sports Summary. 2009 - 2010 Winter Sports End of Season Report Girls Basketball The Girls Basketball Team finished the season with a 6 and 14 record. Natalie Heffernan and Catherine Oglevee were named Tri-Valley League All-Star Team Honorable Mentions. Boys Basketball The Boys Basketball Team finished the regular season with 2 wins and 18 losses. Colin Jamerson and Timothy Torigian named Tri-Valley League All-Star Team Honorable Mentions. The team won the Tri-Valley League Sportsmanship Award.
Gymnastics The Dover Sherborn /Medfield/Ashland Gymnastics Team finished the regular season with 11 wins and 2 losses. Jennifer Cutler finished in Second Place on the beam at the State Championship Meet. Girls Ice Hockey The Girls Ice Hockey Team competed in the Southeastern Mass Girls Hockey League this past season. The team finished the season with a record of 9-10-1. Jodi Forward and Alizabeth Knapp were named to the SEMGHL All-Star Team. Boys Ice Hockey The Boys Ice Hockey Team finished the season as Co-Champions of the Tri-Valley League with a record of 14 4 2, and qualified for the State Tournament for the first time in eighteen seasons. The team won the First Round game verse Marian by a score of 6 to 1, before falling to Bishop Stang High School in the Quarter Finals. Ryan Ebzery and Eamon Murphy were named to the Tri-Valley League All-Star Team. Dusty Burke, Paul (PJ) Copponi, Cary Crocker, John Kornack, Jared Spence and Michael Williamson were named Second Team All-Stars. Alpine Skiing The Boys and Girls Al