MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter
MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence
31st Edition: June 5, 2015
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.
Graduation Day: Sunday June 7 at 2pm - Outside behind the Harwich Community Center
Thank you Class of 2018! Preparing Breakfast for our graduating seniors today before rehearsal
Community Internship Course at MRHS Celebrates First Year
On Tuesday evening, Monomoy Regional High School celebrated the completion of the first Community Internship class. Six students, with the help of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, had wonderful internship experiences throughout the spring semester. Next year, over 30 students have expressed interest in this great experiential learning opportunity!
**Thank you Mr. Gifford for all your efforts growing this program. Next year, Ms. Gao will lead the internship program. Pictured above is Mr. Gifford address the interns, their sponsors, family and friends.
The students and internship locations were:
Jordan Frisbie at Latimer Chiropractic
Liam Smith at the Harwich Police Department
Nick Donnelly at Jay’s Equipment Repair/Cape Destinations
Kalin Schultz at WE Can
Hannah Thatcher at Eagle Pond Nursing Home
Brenna McGill at Monomoy Middle School
Thanks to all the students and mentors who made this a successful program!
MRHS well represented at the 2015 Best Buddies Hyanniport Challenge
Harry Graham riding in a tandem bike race with Dan Koppin
Best Buddies out to eat at the Noble House Best Buddies at the Hyannisport Challenge with Tom Brady
MRHS Best Buddies!
Shark "Shout Outs" (SSO's) - MRHS's way of Appreciating the Great People here!
I knew last year that when choosing my electives, TV and Video Production was going to be a spectacular class. And I was most certainly right, thanks to Mrs. Dorgan. Every other day, I come into school SO excited for her class. She has been such an awesome, influential, and absolutely hilarious teacher. Actually one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. All on her own, she has brought close to fifty kids to Channel 18 Filming Studio in Chatham during December, Cape Cod Media Center in Dennis this past month, and even Kream n’ Kone which was right next door to CCMC! There, we got to get the whole professional studio vibe and did so many hands-on things. We got to see what the Control Room controls, all the different types of Studio cameras, lighting, and so much more. I’d have to say that was really a huge learning experience for me! But back at school with the February flooding, we all certainly struggled with our TV Studio, but not Mrs. Dorgan! She used what was available, and made a temporary TV studio on the stage, set up the green screen, and filmed away. With it, we have all started Shark TV, which airs every lunch and is on our YouTube Channel! It is the talk of Monomoy High! We owe so much to this great educator who should be praised. All of us Monomoy Students and Peers will miss her more than ever as she retires next year and really hopes she comes to visit!
The Maker Faire was a very positive experience for our students. We were fortunate to have a chance to speak with a representative of the Cape Cod Five and he was able to see what we were able to accomplish because of their assistance. He took pictures and notes and you may see us in some marketing literature. We also were interviewed by the local cable access channel so look for us there as well. The highlight of my day was when a WHOI engineer who actually designs ROVs for them, spent about 45 minutes talking to Cece and providing her with a lot of positive feedback. Seeing her excitement and the interaction between them was gratifying.
I’d like to see that Cece gets a Shark Shout Out this week. She did an outstanding job representing Monomoy and the ROV team at the event. She fielded questions and did a great job getting our story to other students, young children, interested adults and people who work with ROV’s for a living. Her excitement, enthusiasm and knowledge came across to all the people who came by to check out what she had done.
I would like to give a shout out to Jan McGrory and her family for organizing the 2nd annual Love Liz Golf Scholarship Tournament this past Saturday. It was a tremendous success.
You would be very proud of the peer leaders who worked the event, the members of the girl's and boy's golf team who participated, and for the following teachers who were outstanding on the course:
Denise Creedon- Caroline Frietas- and Bob Smeltzer.
I would like to send a HUGE shark shout-out to senior teacher and advisor Karen Kelly. Not only does she write countless tailored, thoughtful college recommendations and prep endlessly for AP classes, but she has worked tirelessly organizing the many senior activities. She has spent valuable time, energy, effort and patience to plan the numerous events such as a beautiful senior awards night and an exciting harbor cruise. Karen's hard work and dedication has impacted the class of 2015 and paved the path for a positive transition on their journey.
I just wanted to shout out Alex Sequin for being the best Earth Club president anyone could ask for! Myself, along with many others can agree that Alex was the best leader and had so many great ideas for saving not only the environment, but things like genocide, rights, poverty, and educational issues. Not only did Alex redefine Earth Club this year, but she redefined the way I, and many other earthlings think, observe, and see the world. We started off the year with immediately bringing in recycling bins and educating the school on what is and what isn’t recyclable. We started off with picking up the bins every Thursday at our meeting, and it was soon handed off to the Best Buddies Club. Soon after that, we sold LED and CFL light bulbs around the school to help reduce the amount of electricity used. Over $200 made! In January we were sad to see our club advisor, Sally Andreola fly off to California for two months to spend time with her daughter. But Alex definitely kept the club just as great as it was when Sally left. We had Alan Palm, a representative from the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) come to our school to educate all the students on the ever-changing topic of climate change and global warming. Everyone was on the edge of their seat with what he had to say and show about just how much we could be impacted. These past few weeks we have started to sell reusable water bottles that are BPA with a special designed earth club logo by none other than our talented Alex. This was in hopes to reduce the use of plastic BPA water bottles. We had a goodbye party for Alex as she will be graduating June 7th along with her fellow seniors. Next fall Alex will be attending Hampshire College and we all are so aware that Alex will go on to achieve the greatest of things. Words can’t describe how much I and all my fellow earth club members will miss Alex next year, she was literally the best!
Congratulations to Shanice Anderson!!! Shanice won Second Honors in the Annual Veterans for Peace poetry contest! Her poem, “Racism,” was published in their annual booklet. Great Job, Shanice!
Ms. Forte Doyle
Senior Jade Miller receives Reverend Malcolm McDowell Award for Human Rights Activism
The award was presented to Jade by Ms. Kathy McDowell- widow of the Rev. and the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission.
Jade has been very active over the years at Harwich High and now Monomoy Regional with human rights issues. Her focus for the past two years, has been on fighting for the rights of the developmentally delayed children. Jade has really enjoyed being a part of Best Buddies and she was inspired by an outstanding and loving teacher - Ms. Anne Marie Dooley. Jade plans to attend Bridgewater University and major in special education.
Photo Above- Mrs. Kathy McDowell, Jade Miller and John Reed Chair of the Human Rights Commission
Photo Below - Jade with her mother and her friend - Wilson Amezquita.
National Honor Society News: Note Date Changes!
This year we have the large number of candidates for National Honor Society. The faculty council has responses from over 70 candidates to review! In order to insure that every candidate's response gets the careful review and attention it deserves, June 18th has been set as the deadline for notifying students of their application decision.
End of year grades for students accepted will be reviewed and if the GPA requirement is not upheld, their acceptance will be reevaluated by the council.
Mr. Breski and Ms. Hemeon
Senior Cruise - A Night to Remember: Enjoy the Photos
Athletic Department News: Tournament News, Fall Sign Ups & Spring Awards
Girls golf finished 5th in the South Sectional Tournament held at Brookside Golf Course in Bourne. Jr. Jen Keim qualified for the State Individual Title being held at Plainview Country Club next Tuesday.
Boys Tennis completed their season after losing in the first round to Saint John Paul.
Girls Tennis will play a quarter final match on Monday vs Ursaline Academy at 4pm at Monomoy Regional Middle School
Boys & Girls track completed their season this past Wednesday with Individual performances in the Division 3 South meet held at Durfee High School. Jon Mede, Liam Smith,Tara Barry, Tori McCormack & Maddy Hastings all participated.
Baseball had a preliminary round win over Millis; 6-1 on Wednesday. They will travel to Holbrook today in a Division 4 South first round game at 4pm
Fall Sports Announcement: All prospective fall sports participants can now register on familyid Instructions can be found on our website under the Student tab and then by clicking Athletics or by seeing Mr. Demanche for an instruction sheet.
On Tuesday, 6/9 we will hold our Fall Sports Sign-ups in the Auditorium beginning at 5pm.All athletes and parents are invited. General information about registration, impact testing and physicals will be discussed. In addition you will have the opportunity to meet with the coaches of our fall teams.
Following some light refreshments in the cafe at 6pm, we will have our Spring Awards night beginning at 6:30pm in the Auditorium.
Love Liz Golf Fundraiser Huge Success!
This is the second annual scholarship golf tournament in memory of Liz. Ms. McGrory has been extremely generous in awarding numerous scholarships to the students of Monomoy over the past two years.
Thank you to all of the peer leaders, girl's and boy's golf team, community members and our great teachers: Ms. Doyle, Ms. Creedon, Ms. Frietas., and Mr. Smeltzer for golfing in the tournament.
Enjoy the photos above and below
Olivia Hart Fundraiser coming on Saturday - June 13th
9am - 12 noon - a fun filled car wash at Monomoy Regional High School
1pm- 3pm - a Polar Splash at Red River Beach in South Harwich
Donations can be mailed directly to:
The Olivia Hart Fund
Attention/ Kathleen Weiner- Treasurer
2 Parallel St.
Harwich, MA 02645
Checks should be made out directly to: " The Olivia Hart Fund"
Olivia is a wonderful student at Monomoy who is having to battle Leukemia, so join the Olivia Hart Team and participate in the car wash, Polar Plunge, or make a donation.
Young Women's Club Says "Goodbye"
Senior Independent Study Work
Senior Independent Study students Lily Mc Murrer and Meaghan Welshman taught the Theater Arts class as their final projects. Meaghan taught the whole class a hip hop dance. It was the first time dancing for many students and they gave it their all!!! Lily demonstrated theater makeup special effects using students as models.
MRHS Teacher Dave Alexander Presents in Cooperstown
The Cooperstown Symposium is the preeminent academic baseball conference in the United States. Co-sponsored by the Baseball Hall of Fame & SUNY Oneonta the Symposium was founded in 1987. Past key note speakers include George Plimpton, John Thorn (MLB's Official Historian), and Ken Burns. Congratulations Mr. Alexander for being chosen, an amazing honor!