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12th Edition: 12.5.2014

Building our School of the Future

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 abreast of the amazing happenings at our school and pass on important information that will allow parents & students to maintain a positive connection with our school. Please visit our blog at & our website at

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Perfect MCAS!

Breakfast of Excellence:

Earlier in the year Monomoy Regional High School hosted its first Breakfast of Excellence, honoring the Daughter's of the American Revolution Award recipient, all students who scored perfect on the MCAS assessment, scored a 4 or 5 on an AP exam, and/or received the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship.

Shark Shout Out for Perfection:

MRHS was fortunate to have 5 students achieve perfect scores on the MCAS assessment. Principal Burkhead presented lawn signs to the students at Brook's Park in Harwich. Parents & relatives were invited for photo opps. We look forward to seeing these signs on many lawns across the MRHS district this year and years to come- congratulations!

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MRHS Student's of the Month October - Congratulations!

(L/R) Brenna McGill grade 12, Erin Prescott grade 11, Grace Drake grade 10, Katherine Owen grade 9 & Lucy Ryan grade 8
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Fine Arts Department & Students Visit NYC!

Our Fine Arts Deparment is in NYC to experience the arts up close and personal- truly authentic learning experience for our students - follow the experience on twitter through @MRHSmusicdrama or @MRHSArts
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Q & A Skype Session with Dr. Pringle from the CDC

On Tuesday morning Monomoy students had the opportunity to attend a Q & A Skype session with Dr. Kimberly Pringle. Dr. Pringle played soccer at Cornell with Ms. Schiller (biology teacher at Monomoy), and is now an epidemiologist working for the CDC. She recently spent a month working in Sierra Leone in an effort to prevent the transmission of Ebola. Dr. Pringle spoke about a number of things, including her work in West Africa, why this outbreak is different from previous outbreaks, and the development of vaccines for Ebola.

Thank you Ms. Schiller for making this happen!

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Please Help Feed the Shark!

“Feed the Shark” The Monomoy National Honor Society at Monomoy High School in conjunction with the Young Marines of Cape Cod is collecting new unwrapped toys for “Toys for Tots”. Send in a new unwrapped toy with your student or drop one off any school day between 10AM and 2PM in the main lobby and help feed our shark. Let us take a bite out of the Grinch this holiday season and bring joy to children in our community.

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Chatham Rotary Honors Brenna McGill - Student of the Month

Mr. Burkhead and Mr. Sowpell were guests at this week's Chatham Rotary Club's weekly meeting honoring MRHS senior Brenna McGill as their student of the month. Brenna is pictured above with her mother, father and brother Patrick who also attends MRHS. Thank you to Mr. Al Curt for all his efforts connecting with our school.

MEFA College Financing Seminar

Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on paying for college. The seminar will be held on Thursday, December 11th at 6:30 pm in the Monomoy Regional High School Library and is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s resource on planning, saving and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college financing process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and determining financing options for your family. Families are encouraged to visit MEFA’s website to download a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation or e-book before the seminar and for other tools and resources to assist you in this process."

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Chatham and Harwich Fire & Rescue Department visit MRHS CPR/First Aid class!

Firefighter Justin Tavano organized members from both Chatham and Harwich Fire and Rescue Departments to bring an exciting program for the CPR/First Aid class. Several members from each town’s department presented an array of topics such as: Heart Monitoring; IV Insertion and how it saves lives; Fire Fighter’s equipment and the Thermal Camera; Auto-Pulse machine, Cold Water Rescue and what to do if someone falls through the ice; and Fire Engines and the equipment they carry to save lives. Groups of 5 students rotated through each of six stations. Many experienced hands-on-learning while trying on the equipment, having their heart rates monitored or using a thermalcamera! The students of our CPR class express their sincere thanks to the following members of both departments for volunteering to share their knowledge and expertise with us: Justin Tavano, Chatham; Bill Delande, Chatham; Gerard Smith, Chatham; Bill Field, Chatham, Nick Black, Chatham; Leighanne Deering, Harwich; Eric Diamond, Harwich; and Brad L’Etoile,Harwich.

Thank you Ms. McMahon for making this happen!

Parent Technology Night: Staying Informed Using Aspen

Thursday, Jan. 8th 2015 at 6-7:30pm

MRHS Library

Join us as we share techniques on using Aspen to monitor your child's progress, teacher pages and important information happening at school.
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Front Entrance to Open Soon - (TBD)

Stay tuned- we expect to be sending out important notice regarding the official opening of our front entrance before holiday break. This will include changes in traffic pattern, bus drop off/pick up and parent drop off and pick up.

Interim Progress Reports will be sent home with Students Monday December 15, 2014

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Bingo & Pizza with the Principal

Before the Thanksgiving break Principal Burkhead hosted a pizza party for our senior class after school. We played bingo, listened to some Sinatra and enjoyed each other's company. Cool prizes included MRHS ear warmers, t-shirts, sweatshirts, VIP parking spot in the front of the school and a lunch for you and 5 of your friends in the main office suite. Thank you kids for a great time!

Peer Tutoring at MRHS

The after school peer tutors are ready to start running the "Think Tank" (room A186) after school beginning Nov. 5 from 2:30-3:00. Goal is to open Monday through Thursday starting primarily with the 8th graders to help them get organized and to get their homework completed. But we look to expand quickly. Thank you students and Advisor Ms. Graham!
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Fitness Room Open for Business!

Winter Hours for Fitness Room:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 2:45-4:15

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Guidance Corner: College Schedule & Free College Courses

Upcoming Events:

Dec 6th SAT @ D-Y

Dec 11th MEFA College Financing Seminar (for Senior & Junior parents).

Dec 13th ACT

Dec 15th Q2 Interim Reports

“Free College Courses!"

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Dual Enrollment program provides qualified high school students the opportunity to take a transferable, introductory college course at no cost (except the purchase of a textbook). Courses offered this year include English Composition (3 credits), Chemistry (3.5 credits), and Introduction to Emergency Management (3 credits). To qualify for dual enrollment, students must have greater than a 3.0 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale), submit current transcripts, and be endorsed by their guidance counselor or school principal and parent/guardian. *Please contact your guidance counselor with any questions

Classes will be held from 6-9pm on Wednesday evenings, beginning on March 4th. Registration forms are attached, and are also available on our website at

"Shop with a Cop" event - Thank you MRHS SRO Tom Clarke!

On Wednesday December 10, Harwich and Cape Cod Area Police, Troopers, and Sheriff Deputies Team Up for the 4th Annual Holiday “Shop with a Cop” event.

The Harwich Police Department and other Cape Cod local Law Enforcement agencies; as well as the MA State Police, and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department have joined forces with Red Face Jacks, Sports Authority and a wide range of dedicated Community Leaders, and Helpful Citizens to conduct our Holiday “Shop with a Cop” shopping spree for this upcoming holiday season.

On Wednesday December 10th, a team of Cape Cod Area Police Officers, Troopers, and Sheriff Deputies will bring a group of deserving youths from all across Cape Cod to Red Face Jacks in Yarmouth for a nice lunch and then head off to Sports Authority in Hyannis to shop for gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

This is the fourth year that the Police Departments have conducted the Holiday “Shop with a Cop” and we look forward to having as much success as we had last year. This program is a wonderful way to strengthen the relationship and build trust between our Police Officers and the students we serve and protect. We have had similar success with our “Back to School Shop with a Cop” event.

The Monomoy Regional High School Guidance Department is actively determining and identifying two deserving students for this event. Our hope and goal is to give each student $200. If you are able to donate the $400, please make check payable to the “Holiday Shop with a Cop” program.

Thank you for your consideration to this matter, your help and generosity is greatly appreciated.

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Animal Welfare Club Adopt a Kitty

The Animal Welfare Club has been funding the care of this kitty found wandering in Chatham almost 2 months ago. (She is blind in one eye due to an injury and was found very thin due to her inability to hunt well with one eye.) She is now back to her normal weight and very anxious to find a forever home! Her medical check was performed by our veterinarians at VCA Pleasant Bay Animal Hospital, including disease testing, worming, flea treatment and immunizations. She is quite a healthy gal - and a real sweetie!

This kitty has such a warm personality! She loves to be patted and snuggles whenever we are with her. Our veterinarians think she is approximately 6 years old.

She is quite playful and we are really hoping that someone will give her the great home she deserves! (She must be kept inside, as we encourage all owners of cats to do!)

If you would like to give this kitty a chance or know someone who will, please contact Ms. Paula McMahon at

Athletic Department Update: Winter Sports Begin!

Winter sports has started as our Cheer leading, Boys & Girls Basketball and cooperative Ice Hockey team with Mashpee have all begun practice. A schedule of our games can be found either at go to the student tab, click athletics then click Shark Athletic schedule. Or go to www.schedule and enter Monomoy in the search box.

Winter Coaches:

Cheer- Shawn Monteiro

Boys Basketball-Adam Rose, Brendan Grogan, Jon Bennett

Girls Basketball-Joe Nickerson, Angie Chilaka, Samanatha Raferty

Ice Hockey- Shawn Chicoine, Scott Reid