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23rd Edition April 1, 2016

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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Breakfast for a Cause at MRHS

Each month the MRHS faculty/staff enjoy each other's company over a nice before school breakfast. Each month we celebrate a cause and donations are welcome. This month money was collected on behalf of Mr. Houston's Boston Marathon run supporting Dana Farber. Check out the honorary "Mr. Houston" $10 bill :)
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Authentic Learning- Live Knee Replacement at MRHS!

The full knee replacement surgery on March 21, 2016 was a success!! The surgery was live streamed to our classroom at MRHS and Ms. Flint’s Anatomy & Physiology students were able to take part in a videoconference with the surgical team. Leading up to the knee surgery, students completed a series of activities where they worked online to conduct a virtual knee surgery, labeled x-rays and used them to diagnose potential issues, built a model hinge joint from blocks and rubber bands and finally investigated treatment options by using a case study to justify any decisions they made for their patient. On the day of the surgery, our MRHS students asked the surgeon OUTSTANDING questions and really got into the day’s activities by dressing up in scrubs! What a great way to end our unit on the skeletal system!

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Tara Barry Shines at Chinese Speech Contest!

The 11th Chinese Bridge Chinese Speech Contest for US High School Students was held on Saturday March 19 at U-Mass Boston. According to UMass Boston Confucius Institute, the 25 finalists participating in this demanding competition were highly selected among 75 applicants from 20 States.

Tara Barry, a 10th grader in Chinese 2, competed in Group A, which is for students who had two years or less of Chinese language study. Tara won the 3rd Prize. For her admirable performance, Tara received a Certification of Recognition for excellence in the Chinese Speech Contest and a trophy pledge. In addition, Tara won an opportunity to spend 10-14 days Chinese Bridge Summer Camp in China. All expenses within China will be covered by the Confucius Institute Headquarter, if Tara wishes to take this opportunity. Besides her individual achievement, Tara represented well the academic excellence of Chinese language study at Monomoy in a national contest.

Tara's proud parents Mr and Mrs Barry and her cousin were also at the event. I'd like to thank them for their support!

A huge thank you to MRHS Mandarin teacher Ms. Jian Gao for making this opportunity avaialble to our students. Our Mandarin World Language has gained immense popularity and success in its 2 short years at MRHS. We look forward to so many more highlights from our gifted students.

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Open Mic during Enrichment Huge Success- thank you GSA for organizing! So many talented students and staff participated

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Junior Prom Court: Samantha McDonald, Alec Pavlakis, Akeem Bucknor, Eliza Hawthorne, Greg Hastings, Felicia Potter, Christ Amezquita, Alexis Roma

We had a wonderful time at our recent junior prom. The Grand March started the evening and resembled the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood red carpet. MRHS students & their guests were treated like kings & queens by the outstanding staff at the Wequassett Inn- thank you! Thank you Ms. Cote and Ms. Weekes for organizing the event and to Mr. Martin, Mr. Clarke and Ms. Girolamo for attending. What a great way to start Spring!
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After Prom Big Time Fun! Thank you Parents for organizing!!

We truly appreciate the junior parent's "after prom" committee for all their hard work in organizing a safe, fun and memorable after prom experience for our kids. One of the many home-school connections that make our school great! Enjoy the pictures from the photo booth below!
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Driver's Education Opportunity: The class runs from April 18th through April 22nd at the Harwich Community Center.

For those who have expressed interest in a driver's education program over spring break, here is the enrollment link for MRHS students:

It gives you access to a special rate of $675. The class runs from April 18th through April 22nd. ~ There are also two other options for the summer, if that works better for your family's schedule. You'll see them in the drop-down menu under "Select Class."

A big thank you goes to Mike at Professional Driving Schools, Inc. for making this available to our Monomoy families!

Welcome to MRSD!

Please welcome our new Director of Facilities Rick Travers and new Interim Director of Technology Jim Birchfield to the district!

On March 23rd, students in Mr. Burns' AP Biology class and Ms. Picariello's Environmental Science class had the unique opportunity to take part in the Genome Bioblitz project with scientists from several organizations who had gathered at the Pleasant Bay Community Boating campus.

Students worked alongside scientists from Northeastern University to collect and identify organisms from which DNA will be gathered and stored in a genome library as part of the Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation through Northeastern. The DNA collected will be available to scientists worldwide and also locally to help monitor changes in local populations. Special thanks to John Dickson for arranging such an amazing opportunity for our students and collaborators to utilize the Pleasant Bay Community Boating location to capture a snapshot of local biodiversity.
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Congratulations to Liam Mawn & Lauren Brown- Our Project 351 Ambassadors! Help Them Help Others

Donate to Cradles to Crayons!

Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit organization that provides children from birth to age 12 in need throughout Massachusetts, with the essential items they need to thrive in their lives.

On March 27-April 3, Project 351 will be holding Spring Service, which is the clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons. Project 351 is a leadership organization for eighth grade students from each town, that shows the joy of serving those in need and believes that young people are the ones to change things.

To help, please donate:

  • Slightly used, or new clothes in kids’ sizes 0-20 and adult sizes Small and Medium

  • Shoes, boots, sneakers, or sandals in children sizes 0-13, and adult sizes 1-10

  • NEW socks, underwear and pajamas

Please make sure none of these clothes/shoes have: holes, stains, say anything that has relationship words on them(ex: “best brother”, “daddy’s girl”, etc.).

You can bring your donations to Monomoy Regional High School through March 27-April 3. There will be a decorated box by the Cafeteria that you can put your donations in.

You do not have to buy all new clothes, just look through your old clothes, or help your younger siblings/family member go through theirs. New clothing items, especially socks, underwear and pjs, are appreciated.

Thank you!

-Project 351 Ambassadors and Cradles to Crayons

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Engineering Club ready to compete

The Engineering Club will be show casing the ROV they have been building for the MATE ROV competition at the STEM Journey Event at 4C’s on Saturday from 12-4. Engineering club members involved with this project are: Vincent Jodice, Dylan Bryda, Andrew Locke, Sam McCormack, Jaden Whitehead, Christian Woodard, Seamus Sartin, Lauren Handel

The link to the event site:

Jen Keim & Brooke Wrightington Representing MRHS at Girl's & Women's Sports Day

Over the four years at MRHS - Jen played soccer- basketball - golf . Brooke played field hockey- ice hockey - and softball. Both young ladies are South Shore league all stars , players of the year, and a listed in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald all stars. Brooke is looking to go to Southern New Hampshire College and Jen is heading off to Florida Atlantic.

Congratulations ladies for representing our school in such a positive light and for promoting women in sports. Thank you Ms. Chilaka for representing MRHS as our teacher leader and role model!

This year's featured speaker was: Maura Driscoll - a national broadcaster, reporter, and former elite Olympic gymnast.

Middle photo above - shows Brooke and Jen with their mothers who were also outstanding athletes in high school and college.

From the Guidance Office:

SENIORS: Please check Naviance for scholarship opportunities!

Other Guidance Announcements:

Paying the College Bill Seminar

April 6, 2016


Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School - Library
210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth, MA, 02664

Once you have received your acceptance letters, the next step is to select a school and figure out how to pay for it. And while this is an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming. This seminar is designed to help you examine and compare financial aid awards, calculate the balance due at each school, and develop a plan to pay the bill at your selected college.

Information on the new SAT’s is available for download on the guidance website on the presentations page or by clicking here.

Follow us on Twitter @MonomoyGuidance!

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Winter Athletes Celebrated During Winter Awards Night

South Shore League All Stars

Chris Mazulis- Boys Basketball

Geia Alverio- Girls Basketball

Christine Friedel- Girls Basketball

Bri Stebbins- Cheerleading

South Shore League Tobin Division Girls Basketball Player of the Year- Geia Alverio

TEAM Champions- Girls Basketball South Shore League Tobin Division 1st year under Coach Peter Richer **Pictured above**

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

Shark Shout Outs are spreading fast & furious at MRHS. We start every staff meeting with Shout Outs to colleagues and Shout Out to students nominated for student of the month during am announcements. Now, students and Parents are welcome to send in a Shark Shout Out as a token of appreciating other students and staff in the school. Email Mr. Burkhead at, or drop them off to Ms. Hooper in the main office! The enthusiasm is contagious!

The Young Women's Club of MRHS would like to send a very loud Shark Shout Out to Mr. Michael MacAskill, father of Sarah and Lily. Mr. MacAskill has made a very generous contribution to our club in order to ensure that three of our young women can join us on our educational trip to New York City on May 20 and 21. He repeatedly said that as the father of three daughters, it was very important to him to support the young women of our community and give them opportunities to expand their horizons. MONOMOY HERO: Mr. Michael MacAskill

Ms. Forte-Doyle & Ms. Gleason

Big Shark Shout Out to Mrs. Chizek and Mrs. Whitcomb for visiting my enrichment class to explain the benefits of reducing stress in students' and teachers' lives. We learned how to be grateful and find ways to relax and DE-stress. We competed a mountain meditation and left feeling more "relaxed and at peace."

Mr. Smeltzer

Shark Shout Out to Ms. Cote for volunteering to participate in a NEASC visit. This is great professional development!

From NEASC: The Committee on Public Secondary Schools wishes to invite you to volunteer to serve on the visiting committee noted above. The school is seeking continued accreditation in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. You were selected as a volunteer to serve on this visiting committee based on the quality of your work on previous committees, your expressed interest in serving, and/or on a recommendation from your principal. We appreciate you serving on this very important committee.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all the student volunteers at MRMS's Cyber Safety presentation and Community Resource & Wellness Fair.

The following high school students provided child care and assisted with greeting and directing parents: Emma Mawn; Lizzy Pandisco; Livia Graham; Tori McCormack; Emma Bowden; Julia Messinger; Grace Boyle; and Katie Dever.

From the middle school: Aliza Pillsbury represented the Human Rights Academy and sold snacks; Olivia Hayden assisted in the Wellness Fair.

I am proud to have such fine students representing our schools.


Kristen Hayden

A "shark shout out" to all the MRHS teachers who presented our Program of Studies at this week's School Committee meeting - great job!

Dr. Blanchard

Big Shark Shout Out to senior Drew Senatore for helping the Best Buddies with Mononoy Friday's music in the cafeteria. He borrowed a computer from the library and programmed it so that we have a procedure going forward for every Friday.

Mr. Smeltzer

Mega Kudos for Ms. Sarah Wheaton for all her efforts supporting our students who are working on thesis papers and other various long term projects.

Ms. Wheaton has been extremely helpful every step of the way. Thanks Ms. Wheaton:)

Mr. Alexander

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Credit for Life Fair for MRHS Seniors- What an opportunity!

On Thursday, April 14th, all seniors will be participating in the Credit for Life Fair during the first two blocks of the day in the gymnasium.

Credit for Life is a financial literacy program sponsored by the Cape Cod 5, and has been a great success at many local high schools. At the fair, students choose their occupation and spend the next few hours making the various financial decisions they will make as an adult, ranging from choosing where to live to buying a TV. Nearly 50 volunteers will be on hand from real businesses in our community including banks, automotive dealers, clothing retailers, higher education, insurance and more. Students are encouraged to dress for success! (Don’t you wish someone did this for you when you were 18?)

This week, seniors will be choosing their occupations during lunch at a table outside the cafeteria. More information will be coming as we get closer, and seniors will attend an orientation during enrichment on April 13th.

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Library-Media Center News

Library Hours Next Week:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday:


Early Release Wednesday:


We are currently offering a free trial through EBSCO for the month of March. Our trial includes Flipster, a collection that allows users to read and print articles from the current issues of hundreds of popular magazines. Also included in the trial is EBSCO Host, a research database that is often used at colleges. Access information is included in this Google Slide Presentation.

We have also updated several titles in our Gale Virtual Reference Library. A few new additions to the collection include:

Comics through Time: A History of Icons/Idols/and Ideas

Doomed: The Science Behind Disasters

Encyclopedia of the Kennedys: The People and Events That Shaped America

Money Banking & Trading

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Animal Photography Contest – Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for the start date in April for submitting your animal photographs to the Animal Welfare Club at our new email: There will be 2 categories: Pets/Domestic Animals and Wild Animals. An individual or company will be allowed one entry in each category, and we will award a first, second, and third prize in each category! Prizes are donated from local businesses.

A donation will be required to enter! (Students $3, adults $5 and professionals $10 per photo. One photograph for each of the 2 categories per person or business. All funds raised will go to help local animals in need.

Start taking your photos now and we will be announcing the Rules and Start Date soon!

Thank you!

Monomoy Animal Welfare Club

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Hoop Time

2016 South Shore League All-Star Chris Mazulis.

2016 South Shore League 3 point contest champion David Nichols.

Matt Pomocka participated in the Foul shooting contest.

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