MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter
MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence
14th Edition January 8, 2016
Building Connections Through Communication!
Continue the Conversation
Recently we shared our Risk Youth Behavior Survey (YRBS) results with students, staff and the community. We would like to invite you all to continue the conversation:
The Lower Cape Prevention Partnershop Coalition is pleased to present the movie IF ONLY, created by The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. IF ONLY is a short film intended for teens, parents and adults to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse and to start a conversation that encourages the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs to keep them out of the hands of kids.
The movie will be shown at Monomoy Regional High School in Harwich on January 27th starting at 6:30.
The 8th-grade Blue Team and Lord Brown, Duke of Social Studies are pleased to announce the wedding of Princess Isabella of the House of Plantagenet to Enguerrard, Lord of Coucy.
The wedding banquet will take place in the Great Hall outside of the Monomoy Regional High SChool Cafeteria at 8:45 am on Friday, January 15.
Bride, Princess Isabella: Kaitlyn Lyons
Groom, Lord Coucy: Noah Concordia
Bride’s Father, King Edward III: Riley Varner
Bride’s Mother, Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England: Lheissah Jean-Jacques
Felicia Potter working on a forensic facial reconstruction in Mr. Burn's Class.....The victim's identity will soon be revealed!
Kindness is Contagious
Ms. Hoff’s Spanish 4 Honors class decorated their door and organized a holiday card-writing drive for Safyre Terry, a young girl from New York who sustained burns on 75% of her body as a result of a fire in her home. Safyre requested Christmas cards from around the world this holiday season, and our Sharks were excited to show her how much we care.
Nominate a Teacher of the Year
Each year the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recognizes and honors outstanding educators through various recognition programs. One way to recognize these educators is to nominate them to the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year program. Anyone (students, colleagues, parents, supervisors, community members) may nominate teachers to the program.
Please click link for details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-dWbYvFo4_cXdvTGt6QXhYZjA/view?usp=sharing
If you have any questions, please email the EducatorRecognition@doe.mass.edu.
A Great & Joyous Holiday send off!
Tory Bessette during the Nutcracker performance at MRHS
Tory Bessette (12th grade)
Kristen Siegel (12th grade)
Elizabeth Avery (10th grade)
Julianna Smith (8th grade)
Jenna Greco (8th grade)
Ashley Hunt (8th grade)
Genevieve Sull (8th grade)
Angelina Russell (8th grade)
Love our Alum!
It was great seeing many of the alumni students this week. They were popping in and out of classes letting us know how things are going.
Here is a photo of Airman First Class Liam Smith and Lucy Tomasian. Both graduated last year.
Best Buddies who graduated last year (L/R): Logan, Jade, Heidi, Dalton, David & Noah
Congratulations Laura Brown and Liam Mawn! Chosen as Project 51 Ambassadors
Overview of Project 351: Project 351 is a youth service non-profit organization inspired by the vision of a Commonwealth united in common purpose and bound by shared values of kindness and compassion. Each year, a new Class of Ambassadors are selected by hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. We place special emphasis on the recognition of quiet leaders and unsung heroes. Created as a one day event of Governor Patrick's second inaugural and now convened by Governor Baker, Project 351 is a statewide non-profit organization that partners with an inspirational community of educators, service and non-profit organizations, private sector and civic leaders, families, and volunteers to achieve its mission.
Special Guest visits our popular "Jiujitsu Club"
Mr. Herring surprised his jiujitsu club with a visit from his instructor Juliano Coutinho. He brought fitted gracie jiujitsu hats for everyone!
He taught techniques and trained with everybody. You would have thought there was a gold medalist in to the room. His first words were that he could tell the type of environment we have and how great the school is for the kids. He couldn't say enough positive things about our kids and school.
"Academics can be figured out, but relationships with your students last forever "
2nd Term Town Hall Meetings: Setting the Tone for 2nd Half of Year!
Grade 12: 8:30am-9:05am
Grade 11: 9:45am-10:15am
Grade 10: 12:55pm-1:25pm
Friday, February 5:
Grade 9: 8:30am-9:05am
Grade 8: 9:45am-10:15am
Best Buddies Host Holiday Dance Celebration!
No job too small- thank you Ms. Fratus!
Stay "Connected" to MRHS on Social Media
Guidance Calendar: MRHS Guidance Calendar
Arts Calendar: MRHS Arts Calendar
School District Calendar: MRSD Calendar
Monomoy in the Morning- Daily School News presented by our talented students in Mr. Cass' TV/Production Class - Follow from our school website by clicking link: http://www.monomoy.edu/page.cfm?p=1813
**We will also post our weekly Friday Focus digital Newsletter here**
- Friends of MRHS Facebook Group: Click link for details https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-dWbYvFo4_Y0NOZUVqM1pfV1E/view?usp=sharing
- NEW: Monomoy Guidance Department: @monomoyguidance
- MRHS: @monomoyrhs
- Athletic Department: @monomoyathletic
- MRHS Fine Arts: @ArtsMRHS
- TV/Production: @Monomoyrhs-TV
- Monomoy Library: @Monomoylibrary
Holiday Pep Rally Organized by Peer Leaders was a great way to kick off vacation!
Important Mid term Information
Mid terms will be the week of Jan. 25-29 and we have full days of school this week. Grades close Jan 29 with an exam schedule in the works to be sent out in advance.
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 email@example.com, or drop them off to Ms. Hooper in the main office! The enthusiasm is contagious!
hi Mr Burkhead - happy new year!
I've been wanting to recognize Jennifer Police and the terrific job she is doing in guidance. In particular, she has really provided top notch assistance to my daughter who is a senior and in the midst of the oftentimes perplexing world of college and scholarship applications. Again, many thanks to Jennifer and the rest of the guidance staff for helping out the seniors of the mighty Class of 2016 as they begin their next journey!
Bill Burke, parent
Shout out to Judy fratus for stopping mid paperwork to get the tools out and fixing a wheelchair!
I would like thank Meg for having so much school spirit and making the world a happier place! Most of all I am so grateful for all she does for the best buddies!
Mr. Cass, Staff and students raised $1537.98 for Team Olivia and Team Holm. Please give a Big Shout Out to Steve Cass- a young teacher who made a big difference!
Shout out to Dylan Bryda, Owen Cottle, Amanda Gayle, Lily Gorman, Cassie Hall, Maddie Kelly, Sarah MacAskill, Connor Meehan, Michael Pandiscio, and Sam Peckham, for your selfless ideas and the amazing teamwork you exhibited to honor Safyre Terry.
Athletic Department News: Winter Coaches Contact Information
Head Coach: Adam Rose firstname.lastname@example.org
JV Coach : Ross Jatkola email@example.com
Freshman Coach: Jon Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Coach: Peter Richer email@example.com
JV Coach: Kellsie Sedlack firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Norton email@example.com
Boys Ice Hockey:
Head Coach: Shawn Chicoine firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Ice Hockey:
Head Coach: Scott Rebello email@example.com
Mr. Sowpel's Holiday Lunch: Students, staff and community volunteers celebrating a great 2015
Santa's Favorite Assistant!
Monomoy Guidance TEAM
Ms. Police, (A-F)
Mr. Gifford, Director (G-N)
Mr. Bennett (O-Z)
Friday Focus 12/18/15
Cape Cod Community College - Onsite Admissions RESCHEDULED for 1/12/16:
Cape Cod Community College will be offering on-site admission decisions at MRHS on January 12th.
Any interested seniors must fill out the CCCC application online prior to the interviews, and schedule a time with guidance to meet with an admissions counselor.
Please follow this link to the CCCC admissions application: https://campusweb.capecod.edu/ICS/Admissions/Apply_Online.jnz
If you have any questions, please contact Guidance.
Please check Naviance for updates and to sign up for the college visits!
Visits are also listed on the Guidance calendar which you can link to your personal google calendar!
Other Guidance Announcements:
Mary Cronin is offering a workshop on writing the college essay at Brooks Free Library. Please see the link below for more details. http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/friend_captcha.cfm?curOrg=BFL&curHelp=&tEvt=4373213
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Dual Enrollment:
This program provides qualified high school students the opportunity to take a transferable, introductory college course at no cost. Courses offered this year include English Composition (3 credits), The Business of Shipping (3 credits) and Introduction to Emergency Management (3 credits). To qualify for dual enrollment, students must have greater than a 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale), submit current transcripts, and be endorsed by their guidance counselor or school principal and parent/guardian.
Classes will be held from 6-9pm on Wednesday evenings, beginning on March 2nd. Registration forms are attached, and are also available on our website at http://www.maritime.edu/dual-enrollment
Please note that textbooks are required for most courses. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
The registration deadline is February 1st.
FREE Help Applying for Financial Aid for College!
FAFSA Day Massachusetts: January 31, 2016 1PM @ Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
FAFSA Day Massachusetts (A College Goal SundaySM Program) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven effort providing FREE assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Families will receive:
• Free assistance completing the FAFSA.
• Access to experienced financial aid administrators and FAFSA experts to answer questions.
• Guidance on the financial aid process and next steps after filing the FAFSA.
Many locations include online FAFSA filing capabilities and translation services.
Visit www.FAFSADay.org to register and to view directions, a list of services, and information on what to bring.
Follow us on Twitter @MonomoyGuidance!
Temporal Tuesday in Ms. Flint's A & P Class
On Temporal Tuesday, students in Ms. Flint's Anatomy & Physiology class wore their "thinking caps" around school and shared their knowledge of the parts of the brain with others. On the day before vacation, students spent the class period dissecting sheep brains. Fun times in Anatomy & Physiology!
Holiday Door Decorating Contest so much fun!
We had 28 classrooms compete for the Holiday Door Decorating Contest. The winners are:
1st Place - Mr. Matheson's Class
2nd Place - Mrs. Chilaka's class
3rd Place - Mrs, Hemeon's Class
Honorable Mention - Mrs. Hoff's Class
Honorable Mention - Mrs. Fratus Class
Thanks to everyone who participated. The winning class will receive a pizza party in January. A special thank you goes out to our judges: Mrs. Weekes, Mrs. Thyng, and Mrs. Dufault.
Happy New Year!
Library-Media Center News
For the month of December & January, we have a free trial of Rosen Digital’s award-winning resource, Teen Health & Wellness. This amazing database provides high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward information about diseases, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide and bullying. It also includes teen-created content as well as a hotline help page. For the login information for, visit this document. Please let Ms. Wheaton know what you think by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our eBook collection is expanding! Our digital titles are accessible through MackinVia. Following this link to learn how to register for an account. The following series have been added this month:
Britannica Guide to the Visual and Performing Arts
The Scientist’s Guide to Physics
The Biotechnology Revolution
Uncovering American History
The Age of Revolution
The Greatest Greek Philosophers
Primary Sources of the Abolitionist Movement
Exploring the Subatomic World
Designing Engineering Solutions