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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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Monomoy's 1st All Sports Athletic Booster Club is Official!

Join Us! - Next meeting Wednesday November 2, 2016 in the MRHS library 6:30pm

It's official, the MRSD has a Unified Athletic Booster Club and had close to 20 participants at this week's meeting. Club Officers (thank you!) were chosen and are:

President: Mr. Simon Evans

Co-Vice Presidents: Missy Carpenter & Kelma Dever

Treasurer: Wendy Nickerson

Co-Secretaries: Nicole Moniz & Julie Santoni

The first major fundraiser is our concession stand project that is already underway. We need to raise close to $20,000 asap to ensure the building is air tight. We are looking for everyone to spread the word in the community to help - See Mr. Carpenters Concession Stand Donation/Support letter below on how you can help.

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Cape Cod 5 & MRHS Collaborate to Host 2nd Annual Senior Class Career Fair

On Thursday 44 volunteers from Cape Cod 5 and the lower Cape business community held a Credit for Life Fair at MRHS. The entire senior class participated. The Fair is a role playing exercise that has students pretend they're 25 year olds on a budget. Each student's budget is based on a career that they have chosen. Credit Cards come into play as do savings accounts and unforeseen expenses. As the Fair ended students completed evaluation forms in order to give feedback. Feedback included: "Save money always" and "Its important to build good credit". Thank you Cape Cod 5 and everyone who volunteered to make the Fair a valuable experience for our students.
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Athletic Department News

Please welcome new Interim Athletic Director Karen Guillemette! Karen will be visiting our school on Wednesday October 19 - stop in and say hi. To contact Ms. Guillemette:

Dear Monomoy Parents and Staff,

I wanted to share with you an update in our district's search for an Interim Athletic Director. Despite being over a month into a new school year, we had over thirty applicants for the district's Interim Athletic Director. A hiring committee comprised of our middle and high school principals, a parent, a former athletic director, a community representative, a member of the faculty, and a coach interviewed the five top applicants. After consultation with the principals and meeting with finalists, I have selected Karen Guillemette as our district's Interim Athletic Director.

Karen was an accomplished high school and college athlete who earned a Master of Science in Physical Education from Bridgewater State University. She has coached Girls Lacrosse and Girls Soccer at the high school level for seventeen years, and while in graduate school was the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Wheelock College. For the past decade she has taught and coached at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, Massachusetts. During this time, she has been honored on multiple occasions in the local papers as a Coach of the Year for both Varsity Girls Soccer and Varsity Girls Lacrosse, amassing over 100 wins with each of these teams. Mrs. Guillemette's primary role at Bishop Fenwick was that of a Health and Wellness Teacher and Department Chair, and for the past seven years has also served as the school's Assistant Athletic Director.

Karen Guillemette will be finishing out this season with her soccer team, while spending several days on-site here at Monomoy in preparation for the middle school and high school winter athletic season. Until Mrs. Guillemette is with us "on Cape" full-time, Kathy Andrews, the former middle school Athletic Director, has been temporarily assigned to ensure that our student-athletes, coaches, and teams are well supported. Ms. Andrews will be in communication with Mrs. Guillmette during these few transitional weeks, after which, Ms. Andrews will return as a gym teacher at our middle school. Ms. Andrews will continue to coach field hockey at the middle school during this transition.

To have stability in our athletic program, I have given Karen Guillemette an interim contract through June of 2018. I am quite confident that her background and enthusiasm will serve us well for the next 20 months and hopefully long beyond that.

On a related note, tonight the Monomoy Sports Booster Club will be meeting at 6:30 PM in the high school library. I'd encourage any parent interested in supporting our middle and high school interscholastic athletic programs to come to the Boosters meeting and join this new organization. We need your support to complete the concession stand building at the high school stadium field and other projects aimed at improving the athletic program for our student-athletes.

Please join me in welcoming Karen Guillemette to our community and at tonight's Booster Club meeting.

Go Sharks.

Scott Carpenter


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Jacob Matthew Yarnall was born on October 12th weighing 7lbs 7oz. Both mom and baby are doing great!

Congratulations to the Yarnall family and welcome to the MRHS family Jacob!

Congratulations Athletes & Coaches!


Your school has earned a place on the 2015-16 MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll.
click here for honor roll

Your banner or patch will be available for pick up at the Sportsmanship Summit on November 18, 2016 at Gillette Stadium. ** And will be hanging with pride in our gym!

Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
Building the Future through Educational Athletics
33 Forge Parkway ~ Franklin, MA 02038 ~ 508-541-7997

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Educators Struggle to Teach the 2016 Election: MRHS's own Mr. John Dickson on NPR Radio

Mr. Dickson was asked to comment on how he educates our students during the 2016 election- listen here:
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Shark "Shout Outs" (SSO's) - MRHS's way of Appreciating the Great People here!

Sending Janie Girolamo a HUGE Shark Shout Out for being the kind of person who's always there when you need her... thanks for the support!!!

Ms. Flint

Shark Shout Out to Ms. Katie Kelly for jumping and and doing double work helping keep our Athletic Department running smoothly!

I'd like to give a shark shoutout to Coach Keith Clark, who along with being a great coach and mentor is the most organized, communicative coach we've ever experienced. Some of challenges to the athletics this fall, front field not being playable and Mr. Case's departure, have caused what coach refers to as a "fluid schedule". However he consistently communicates to families any and all changes and updates almost immediately. With three boys in three different schools on three different soccer teams, I am so grateful for this!
Amy Middleton

Shout Out to Kathy Andrews for stepping up to help run the Athletic Department until Ms. Guillemette arrives.

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We are excited to formally announce that MRHS will participate in our 1st short term, school-to-school, student and teacher exchange with Students from Spain!

Check out this amazing experience & community outreach by clicking link below:

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Marine Science Authentic Learning Experiences

Students in Ms. Picariello's Marine Science class have been busy this week collaborating with visiting scientists. With help from Mass Audubon scientist Valerie Bell, students designed and constructed ocean drifters for deployment in Cape Cod Bay. These drifters will collect data for several ongoing projects including the Global Drifter Program as well as a study by the Audubon addressing the role of ocean currents in the winter strandings of sea turtles on Cape Cod. Stay tuned for updates on the deployment of our drifters!

We were also fortunate to have a visit from the co-founders of the 5Gyres Institute (, a non-profit organization based out of California. While on the Cape for Wellfleet Ocean Week, a week-long series of environmental events promoting "More Ocean. Less Plastic," Anna Cummins and Dr. Marcus Eriksen were able to stop by MRHS and speak to our class about the global issue of ocean plastics and their campaign to spread awareness of this crisis. We want to thank them for taking the time to visit and continue our dialogue about the negative effects of plastics on our fragile ocean ecosystem.
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Congratulations to Mr. Medeiros & his wife on the birth of their son Charles Ernest Medeiros!

Born Thursday night at 10:51pm - welcome to the MRHS family!
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Homecoming Dance was a huge success! Thank you to our volunteers :)

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Reminder that Breakfast is served each day in our cafeteria from 7:30-8am

All students who qualify for free or reduced lunch qualify for free or reduced breakfast.

Portfolio students in Ms. Waystack's E-Block created pieces of art on the theme of Social Activism in Art.

The pieces were done for the 30th Anniversary of the Violence Recovery Program which provides support and counseling for LGBTQ+ individuals. At an Open House sponsored by Odonata Psychotherapy in Harwich Center, their work was displayed to accolades from many community members in attendance.
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The entire community is invited to join us on October 19 at 6:30pm in the MRHS gym for the Harlem Wizards!

This event has been a sellout the last 3 years! Join us for fun & excitement as our own MRHS faculty & staff take on the Harlem Wizards. Click the link below to purchase tickets.

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