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27th Edition May 6, 2016

Building Connections Through Communication!

One of the most effective ways to promote student growth academically, behaviorally, and socially is through a partnership that bridges the school and home together. We'd like to share this weekly newsletter to keep families and community members abreast of the amazing happenings at our school and pass on important information that will allow us to maintain a positive connection with our school.
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Seniors represent MRHS at Holocaust Memorial School Presentation

Three of our seniors represented MRHS at the Holocaust Memorial School Presentation on Wednesday - 5/4/16. The girls (pictured above L/R) Grace Fernandes, Maggie O'Donnell and Miriam Massaad read passages and helped light the candles. In the picture with the girls is the featured speaker Ms. Kristin Keese a child survivor of the Holocaust. She is also the author of the book "Shadow s of Survival"

The three girls were selected to read because of their heavy involvement in Human and Civil Rights.

This program is a joint effort of the Monomoy Regional High School, Nauset Middle and High School, and Interfaith groups from Wellfleet to Harwich.

The focus of the evening: A Child of the Holocaust: Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto.

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Students Honored

Emma Starkweather and Aleela Rose were honored at the 3rd annual Project Hope reception for their painting Hope is a Waking Dream. Project Hope is sponsored by Child and Family Services. Each year students create large painting illustrating the theme of hope. These are then hung in the offices of the center to inspire the clients.

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Congratulations Ms. Lin!

Ms. Christy Lin, OT for the MRSD, with her new baby Kira Lihui Lin Edwards
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Great Cause Mr. Houston- Proud of the MRHS Family!

"Cinco De Mayo" with Ms. Freitas in Culinary Class

The Culinary Arts & Nutrition students recognized "Cinco de Mayo" this week in class by competing in a "salsa challenge", enjoying baked stuffed jalapenos, and trying their hand at cake decorating creating a "taco cake" - fun! Great job!
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Happy Teacher's Appreciation Week! **Faculty & Staff gather in our Caf**

Good morning Faculty and Staff,


This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and an appropriate time for us to share how much we appreciate all you do. At Monomoy, we’ve built a culture that reflects a sense of respect, enthusiasm, pride, hard work, high expectations, inclusiveness and passion.


The adults in our school have successfully created a safe and secure learning community that allows our students to thrive. Our school, thanks to you, has become a home away from home- a place people are genuinely happy to be.


Our growth as a school, and as a school community, has experienced rapid change. The following quote by Robin Sharma is reminiscent of this change, and the challenging process we’ve faced together over the past two years: "change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous in the end"


As administrators, we are honored and blessed to work with such hard working, passionate educators and school staff. Like change, our journey has been hard, it has been messy, but looking back we can all agree that the changes we’ve made together to our school environment will make it gorgeous in the end.



Be Great,

Bill, Janie, Mike & Brendan

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Back from our school vacation, two Chinese classes celebrated the spring spirit and the International Worker's Day May 1st! 好好学习,天天上上。Let's work hard, and make progress every day!

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Amazing Jenga Game!

Mr. Gifford led Ms. Barnes' class in an exercise on executive function through a game of jenga. Students (and staff) had so much fun. Intense!
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Shark "Shout Outs" (SSO's) - MRHS's way of Appreciating the Great People here!

Shark Shout Outs are spreading fast & furious at MRHS. We start every staff meeting with Shout Outs to colleagues and Shout Out to students nominated for student of the month during am announcements. Now, students and Parents are welcome to send in a Shark Shout Out as a token of appreciating other students and staff in the school. Email Mr. Burkhead at bburkhead@monomoy.edu, or drop them off to Ms. Hooper in the main office! The enthusiasm is contagious!


Karley Marchese and Ashleigh Tolley would like to shoutout Ms. Flint, because she is such a great teacher. She is always positive and willing to dedicate her time outside of the classroom to help any students in need. Ms. Flint is always coming up with creative ideas to teach us the materials we need to learn, she really makes learning fun. She uses both hands on and thinking methods to teach in the classroom. Ms. Flint really has a passion for the curriculum in which she teaches, she has a great understanding of everything she talks about. She is very organized and somehow seems to always be calm even in high stress situations. Also, she is empathetic and understanding, she tries as much as she can to understand really what goes on and how she can help.


BIG SHARK SHOUT OUT to Kwon Faith for putting together a delicious spaghetti dinner with fun raffle baskets last Friday! Thank you “shout outs” also to Matt Brown, who not only ate and supported the ninth grade class but also read two of his terrific poems! Thanks also to Sharon Gleason and Rachel Barnes for spending the whole evening with us, and to Angie Chilaka for her support.

Ms. Forte-Doyle


Congratulations Ms. Flint!

We would like to congratulate you for being accepted into the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network Teacher-in-Residence Program! Upon completion of the program, you will receive a $1,000 stipend and $500 towards funding a student field trip.

Sincerely,

Jill Neumayer DePiper

Director, Cape Cod Regional STEM Network


Shout out to School Committee member Ms. Sharon Stout for visiting us during enrichment block this week!

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Important Information for Seniors & Graduation Below:

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Amazing 2 Week School-2-School Exchange Program!

Announcement attached: After seven years of building friendships through pen pal letters, day-in-the-life-of videos, and hours of videoconferencing over SKYPE, we are pleased to announce that Ms. Hoff and Mrs. Chizek are planning a two week school-to-school exchange with Vigo, Spain next year. The exchange is open to any current MRHS student. For more information, please plan to attend a parent/student informational meeting on May 12 or 18 at 6:00 PM in room A209 (Ms. Hoff’s room) or email Ms. Hoff at ehoff@monomoy.edu. ¡Hasta pronto!


Click link below to learn more:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-dWbYvFo4_WWJYYzctTm1ORk0/view?usp=sharing

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Lower Cape Prevention Partnership and Harwich Youth Services present An Evening with Dr. Kevin Hill An informative talk on underage drinking, teens & marijuana & opioids

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Monomoy High School Auditorium


From the heroin epidemic to policies concerning the use of marijuana, addiction-related issues are in the news on a daily basis. Harvard Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Hill, author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About the World’s Most Popular Weed, will educate us on the science of addiction and offer a window into what treatment for addiction looks like in this 1-hour presentation covering alcohol, opioids, and marijuana.


Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S., is an addiction psychiatrist in McLean Hospital’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hill’s clinical research is focused primarily on medications and behavioral interventions that might improve available treatments for those wanting to stop smoking marijuana or cigarettes. Dr. Hill earned a Masters in Health Sciences from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale and has published on numerous topics in addiction in top journals such as JAMA and Lancet Psychiatry. As a leading marijuana addiction specialist, he has spoken nationally and appeared often on local television on the topics of marijuana policy and treatment, offering a balanced, evidence-based stance on these issues. Dr. Hill’s book, Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed, was released by Hazelden Publishing on March 31, 2015


Hosted by Monomoy Regional High School Peer Leaders with support from

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School.

Childcare Available

For more information call Sheila House at (508) 430-7836 or email shouse@town.harwich.ma.us