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2nd Edition: 9.19.2014

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

Curriculum Night Huge Success!

We'd like to thank the 100's of parents & guardians that turned out for our first "Curriculum Night". Principal Burkhead shared his perspective on what makes a "GREAT" school. Please click on the link for the presentation: Our Culinary students, under Mr. Moynagh's direction, served delicious appetizers to our guests and National Honor Society students under the direction of advisors Mr. Breski and Ms. Terrenzi acted as enthusiastic guides.

Parents followed student schedules and were able to meet our amazing staff and learn about expectations, modes of communications, and the rigorous curriculum we offer.

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Future Educators Shine!

Our flexible curriculum encourages authentic learning experiences. Three Monomoy High School students will began an Elementary Education Experience this week at Harwich Elementary School. Thank you principal Hein and cooperating teachers as HES!

The placements are as follows:

Samantha Peckham with Lisa McMannimin

Madison Richardson with Donna Chase

Taylor Weatherwax with Lindsey Branchut

Guidance Corner: College Visits for Next Week & NCAA High School Newsletter

College Visits:
  • Mon Sep 22, 2014, 1pm Nichols College
  • Tue Sep 23, 2014, 11am Hampshire College
  • Wed Sep 24, 2014, 1pm Champlain College
  • Fri Sep 26, 2014, 9:30am Univ of So Maine & 1pm Providence College

NCAA Newsletter:

Athletic Department Update:

Ø The Boys Soccer team was commended in a letter from the Harwich Historical Society for their efforts in helping to set-up and breakdown their first Antique Show held earlier this month. Vendors praised the team for their efforts and willingness to be a part of this soon to be annual event.

Ø Our field hockey team volunteered their services to help Bonnie Hass, a retired Harwich Elementary School physical education instructor, raise money for a scholarship fund dedicated to the memory to her son, Alex. Great job by both teams extended themselves beyond the playing fields.

Ø Taylor Murray, our certified Athletic Trainer, is in the final stages of Impact Testing all of our fall student-athletes. She is in her office every day after school assisting our student-athletes and coaches getting ready for their daily events, whether it be practice or games, and she is also available to help injured athletes get back as soon as they are physically cleared. She works closely with our school nurse, Mrs. Dufault, to ensure that if any of our student-athletes are injured, all parties including teachers are aware, so if modifications are needed they can be made.

Ø Significant progress is being made on the construction of the bleachers and it is quite possible that by next week’s Friday Focus they may be in use!( Fingers crossed on that one)

Ø As always our athletic schedule can be accessed by clicking the link on Aspen to or following us on Twitter @ MonomoySharks

From the Nurse:

Students requiring medication at school must have a signed parental authorization and physician order on file with the health office. Medication forms can be found on the MRSD website under the Student Services tab or can be picked up in the health office. Students who carry an Epipen for life threatening allergies need to have medication orders updated annually and should have an allergy action plan on file with the health office. Please contact me to ensure an appropriate plan is in place.

If your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees F in the morning, has a cough that will not allow attention to classwork, is unable to keep his/her food down, has diarrhea or is covered with an undiagnosed rash please keep them home. For information regarding Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and seasonal flu please click the links below:

All students requesting dismissal due to illness must first check in with the health office. Phone calls home for illness/injury should be made from the health office. When dismissing your student from school due to illness/injury please report to the main office for sign out procedure.

Please contact me at (508) 815-5856 or with medical concerns or updates.

In good health,

Cheryl Dufault RN, BSN

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Harwich Shaw's Market Partners with MRHS

Shaw's has generously donated $400 to MRHS to support students, staff and our school community - thank you! Pictured above is store director Don Antonellis providing the giant check to MRHS principal Bill Burkhead and assistant principal Janie Girolamo.