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23rd Edition: March 20, 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.

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Sisters Abby & Emma Burke are truly Patriotic

The Chatham VFW celebrated Patriotism with contest winners from MRHS.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest Winners:

Congratulations to Lilly MacAskill, grade 9 - 1st place, Emma Burke, grade 9 - 2nd place and Caitlin Ross, grade 9 - 3rd place!

Abby Burke, grade 12, won 1st place in the VFW Voice of Democracy Contest at the post level, and came in 2nd in the Cape and Islands District Level - Congratulations!

Both awards came with a state congressional citation certificate and a cash award as well!

MRHS Students Featured in Cape Cod Art Association Exhibit: "Beginnings"

Each year the Cape Cod Art Association has a High School Exhibit called "Beginnings". Students participating from each high school on the Cape are given awards, and scholarships are also awarded to seniors who submit their portfolios. This year Monomoy Regional High School awards were given to Emma Starkweather, who won first place, Jennifer Keim, who won second place, and Sydney Potter who won an Honorable Mention. The exhibit runs through Sunday, March 22, and the reception is Friday, March 20th from 6-8 pm at the Cape Cod Art Association on Rte 6A in Barnstable.

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Destination Imagination Club at MRHS Shines: State Finalists Caroline Davock & Lindsay Smith

This year we coached two teams in the Regional Tournament for Destination Imagination. One team chose a challenge that involved creating artwork, a visual illusion, and a skit that told a story about a character with a phobia. The members of that team were Meredith Rowe, Aiden Kotoski, Samantha Mahoney, and Cameron Carlson.

Our other team chose a challenge that involved building a "creature" (the girls chose a robot) that complete three different actions. They also had to develop a skit that incorporated their creature as well as some technical elements to represent the world in which they encounter their creature. That team was Caroline Davock and Lindsay Smith.

Both teams also had to perform an "instant challenge" where they are given just a few minutes to solve a challenge presented to them that they have not seen before. It's a test of the kids thinking on their feet and working together as a team under pressure. The instant challenge is confidential, so even the adults don't know exactly what they had to do. But both teams did really well in their challenges, and it was a real pleasure watching them develop as a team and working together.

Caroline and Lindsay won their challenge, and will be going on to the State Tournament being held at WPI in Worcester on Saturday, March 28th. From there, all winning teams go on to the Global Tournament, held this year in Tennessee. There, teams compete with teams from all over the world, including China, France, and South America.

Thank you DI Advisor Ms. Meaghan Smith for all your hard work!

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Free Youth Basketball Skills & Drills Clinics

Monomoy Sharks Basketball


Skills 'n' Drills Clinics


All girls and boys in grades 4 through 7

Adam Rose, our Head Basketball Coach at Monomoy Regional High School, along with the Shark Basketball team and Staff will be hosting five FREE sessions of basketball skills and drills on the following Saturday mornings:

*April 11, May 2, May 16, June 6, & June 13*

Clinics are from 8:30 -11:30am in the Monomoy Regional High School Gymnasium and will be run by Coach Rose, assistants, current high school players, and alumni.

All sessions are completely FREE!!


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Junior Prom - April 17, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Junior Prom will be held at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Friday evening, April 17. The juniors have selected the theme “Moonlit Masquerade,” and junior Grace Fernandes has designed the logo for this special event. Tickets are $60 each and will be on sale before school, during Take 5 and after school in the library until April 2. All permission forms related to the Prom and the After Prom Party will be handed out at the time of purchase, and they should returned to the library when they are completed.

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Christine Friedl and Maddie Kelly Participate in Cape & Islands All Star Basketball Game

Maddie Kelly also won the Kim Craft MVP award for the evening. Both girls played exceptionally well and represented our school with pride. Logan DeSouza represented the boy's team in the all star game. Logan participating in the 3 point contests (pictured below)

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The Harwich Chamber of Commerce Presents: Comedy Improv to Raise $ for MRHS Students

Join us on Thursday, March 26, 2015 for our First Comedy Improv Night. A scholarship fundraiser for Monomoy Students.

Live on stage comedic improv performances based on audience participation and feedback. A truly hilarious opportunity to raise money for a good cause.

When: Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Where: Monomoy High School Auditorium

Cost: $15 adults, $10 students $50 per family maximum

Tickets available by calling 508.430.1165 Cyndi Williams and Jeremy Gingras
Select tickets available at the door.

Digital Library/Media Center Resources

Our library has many digital resources available for student research that require login information in order to gain access. To make this access easier for our community, we have posted a link called “Library Online Resources Access Information” under Group Resources in Aspen.

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Emily Fisette DAR Good Citizen Recipient (pictured with mom and dad)

- On Tuesday March 17, MRHS had more to celebrate than St. Patrick’s day. The Cape Cod chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored senior Emily Fisette with their Good Citizen award. Outstanding seniors from all of the Cape’s high schools were also honored. Honorees exemplify the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Emily was nominated by our faculty and then elected by the senior class to receive this recognition. Mr. Burkhead and Mrs. Callagy were happy to join the Fisette family for the festivities. We are all very proud of this outstanding scholar and young woman.

Fine Arts Calendar of Events


1-10 Sunday-Tuesday MANDATORY musical rehearsals – start making plans NOW!

6 Friday Junior Southeast Music Festival

7 Saturday Junior Southeast Music Festival

11 Wednesday Opening Night of Grease; 8:00 AM Middle School Matinee/ 5:00 Call, 7:00pm Show

12 Thursday 2nd night of Grease; 5:00 Call, 7:00pm Show

13 Friday 3rd night of Grease; 5:00 Call, 7:00pm Show

14 Saturday 4th night of Grease; 1:00 Call, 3:00pm Matinee/ 5:00 Call 7:00pm Show

19 Thursday 1st day of All State Music Festival

20 Friday 2nd day of All State Music Festival

21 Saturday 3rd day of All State Music Festival


7 Tuesday 1st MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL for Pops Concert


8 Wednesday All Cape Middle School Chorus Festival

9 Thursday 1st Day of All Eastern Festival

10 Friday 2nd Day of All Eastern Festival

11 Saturday 3rd Day of All Eastern Festival

14 Tuesday 2ND MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL for Pops Concert


15 Wednesday Pops Concert _ EPIC BRITISH ROCK BANDS

Call 6:00 Concert 7:00

16 Thursday Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony Nauset MS

***Seelct Choir Only



6:00-7:00 PM art reception at Lutz Gallery

7:00 PM concert at Pilgrim Congregational Church

21 Thursday 1ST MANDATORY Spring Concert dress rehearsal


26 Tuesday 2ND MANDATORY Spring Concert dress rehearsal

6:00-9:00 PM


Call 6:00 PM Concert 7:00 PM



Check out the department website!

Are you following us on twitter? @MRHSMusicDrama

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S.A.T Prep Class at The Harwich Community Center

Class includes:

· 16 hours of instruction (8 sessions @ 2 hours each).

· A Math AND Critical Reading & Writing Workbook.

· A scored Practice S.A.T. with an analysis report(optional).

The Class Meets On:

Monday 3/23/15 6-8pm

Wednesday 3/25/15 6-8pm

Monday 3/30/15 6-8pm

Wednesday 4/1/15 6-8pm

Monday 4/6/15 6-8pm

Wednesday 4/8/15 6-8pm

Monday 4/13/15 6-8pm

Wednesday 4/15/15 6-8pm

The SAT Spring 2015 Offerings: 3/14, 5/2, 6/6

Important Information:

· Admission will be on a first come first served basis.

· The class size will be kept small.

· The course is taught by experienced Massachusetts Certified Teachers (Mr. David Alexander & Mrs. Kelly Terrenzi).

· The tuition for the course is $375.

· Please submit your payment by check or cash at, or before, the first classJ

· Checks should be made payable to Town of Harwich.

· Reserve your spot by emailing Mr. Alexander at

Athletic Department News: Over 1/3 of MRHS Students Playing a Spring Sport! Boys Lax Meeting

- An exciting start to our Spring season despite the weather and field issues. Over 200 student-athletes are taking part in 1 of our spring offerings.


Boys lacrosse will hold a meeting on Monday 3/23 at 5:30pm in the café for parents & athletes to meet newly hired Coach Travis Melick to discuss the starting points of this new club team.


NCAA Athletic Clearinghouse Guidelines link:

Financial Aid Information for Seniors: Our seniors are in the midst of eagerly receiving college acceptance and financial aid letters. And while it's an exciting season, it's also a time for lots of questions about financial aid, the college bill, and how to finance costs.

As such, MEFA – our state financial aid support agency - developed a special curriculum for families as they wind down their child’s senior year and look ahead to college.

The MEFA link of a pre-recorded Paying the College Bill webinar is available to help.

Their number one priority is to assist families through this exciting transitional time. If you have any questions or need additional information contact or Monomoy RHS Guidance.

MRHS Guidance Link- click below:

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Please Welcome Mr. Trevor Fredericks - New Teaching Assistant at MRHS

Shark "Shout Outs" - MRHS's way of Appreciating the Great People here!

Mr. Burke, Emma & Abby's dad gives a Shark Shout Out to the Social Studies Department, especially Mr. Houston and Mr. Dickson for their positive influence. Emma & Abby received awards this week by the Chatham VFW.

Shark Shout Out to our Cafeteria Team: Beth Lucas, Jill Proudfoot, Nancy Landers, Suzanne Hogg, Dolores Sherry and Garth Petrecca as we successfully implemented the Nutrikids meal program this week. We appreciate your hard work and patience!

Shark Shout Out to student Aidan Kotoski and the great article "Activism Comes Early For Harwich Eighth Grader Kotoski" in last week's Cape Cod Chronicle. It was a pleasure sitting down and getting to know Aidan a little better- I was impressed.

Mr. Burkhead

Chatham Firefighters April Fool's Day Plunge for Jesse Nash

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Multi-Cultural Fair During MRHS Enrichment Block

MRHS's Enrichment block built into the school day allows our students the opportunity to experience a multitude of events that prepare them for the world they are about to enter. We are fortunate to have our Multicultural/Diversity Club hosting a multicultural/diversity fair on March 25 during enrichment block.

If any faculty, staff, and/or student is interested in a) offering a performance, or b) decorating a table with items/food that represents a specific culture or encourages diversity, please stop by room A209, or email Ms. Hoff at Thank you.

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