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14th Edition January 8, 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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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.

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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

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Felicia Potter working on a forensic facial reconstruction in Mr. Burn's Class.....The victim's identity will soon be revealed!

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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:

If you have any questions, please email the

Thank you

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A Great & Joyous Holiday send off!

Ms. Drake & Mr. Martin waiting for Santa
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Tory Bessette during the Nutcracker performance at MRHS

MRHS hosted the Nutcracker on December 18, 2015, with several of our students participating in the show. Our senior class was able to enjoy the show as part of their "Senior Privilege" - modeling great leadership throughout the year. Congratulations to the following students for an amazing performance!

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)

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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.

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Best Buddies who graduated last year (L/R): Logan, Jade, Heidi, Dalton, David & Noah

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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.

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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 "

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2nd Term Town Hall Meetings: Setting the Tone for 2nd Half of Year!

Thursday, February 4:

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

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Best Buddies Host Holiday Dance Celebration!

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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:

**We will also post our weekly Friday Focus digital Newsletter here**



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  • MRHS Fine Arts: @ArtsMRHS
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  • Monomoy Library: @Monomoylibrary
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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.

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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!

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!

Mary Rayburn

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!

Shayne Luciano

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.

Ms. Hoff

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Athletic Department News: Winter Coaches Contact Information

Boys Basketball:

Head Coach: Adam Rose

JV Coach : Ross Jatkola

Freshman Coach: Jon Bennett

Girls Basketball:

Head Coach: Peter Richer

JV Coach: Kellsie Sedlack


Karen Norton

Boys Ice Hockey:

Head Coach: Shawn Chicoine

Girls Ice Hockey:

Head Coach: Scott Rebello

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Mr. Sowpel's Holiday Lunch: Students, staff and community volunteers celebrating a great 2015

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Santa's Favorite Assistant!

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Guidance Corner:

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:

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.

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

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 to register and to view directions, a list of services, and information on what to bring.

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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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!

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Updates, school news, pictures & More

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

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