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16th Edition: 1.16.15

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. Please visit our blog at & our website at

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Mr. Paul "Spanky" Demanche Honored

The Massachusetts Secondary School Athletic Directors Association (MSSADA) has selected MRHS's Mr. Demanche as the Theodore "Ted" Damko District C Award winner. This award is presented annually to an athletic administrator with 3-5 years experience in each district who has exemplified the highest standards of their profession and has made significant contributions to their school and community.
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Reality Works - Infant Simulator Experience

Some 10th grade students took advantage of an extra credit assignment for Health class. The students brought home a Reality Works infant simulator that offers real life experiences and hands on activities to cover fundamental aspects of infant care. The student wears a wireless ID for accountability and the baby’s computer tracks its care and safe handling. Hope the babies slept through the night!

Yearbook Order Deadline January 19

The deadline for ordering this year's yearbook is MONDAY JANUARY 19th.

All orders must be place online at

Our school code is 9900715

The cost of each yearbook is $75.00

This information is also available on the Aspen home page.

Ordering your yearbook by MONDAY will guarantee your student a copy. We can not guarantee that there will be any extra books available after this date.

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Pats Fans Cheering on the team at Ms. Dooley's House - Go Pats!

Students in Mr. Burns' Class Learn about Protein Synthesis with the help of "Drake" the Snake

From the Health Office

From the Health Office:

The CDC continues to recommend that unvaccinated people get vaccinated for the flu. While some viruses spreading this season are different from those in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and may reduce severity of the illness. The CDC also recommends that people with high risk factors who get flu like symptoms should be evaluated for possible treatment with flu antiviral drugs. In addition to getting the flu vaccine it is important to take every day precautions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to prevent the spread of germs. If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading the illness to others. Please report flu symptoms, strep throat or other communicable illnesses to the Health Office. Visit for a flu symptom checklist.

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Hockey Team Undefeated & Colin Fader Reaches Milestone

Congratulations to our ice hockey team, a cooperative team with Mashpee High School, with their 5-3 win over Hull/Middeboro this past Wednesday qualified for the state tournament. They are now 8-0 on the season!

Congratulations also to senior Colin Fader ( picture above) who scored the game winning goal for his 100th career point. This accomplishment puts Colin in an elite class and has earned him state-wide acclaim.

Congratulations Grant Recipients & Thank you Cape Cod 5

Congratulations to the following Monomoy High School teachers for receiving a Cape Cod 5 Mini Grant this year:

David Breski- $500.00 grant for an ROV Marine Advanced Technology Education Competition

Ann Marie Dooley - $500.00 for Monomoy High School School Store project run by Special Education students and Best Buddies

Janice Lariviere - $341.00 for Content area writing and reading

A reception was held at CCCC on January 13, 2015 where the awards were presented

Thank You to Cape Cod 5 for their Generosity

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Gift Certificates now available in our school store!

We have new items in the school store come and check us out at lunchtime. We also have gift certificates that can be purchased, minimum of $1.00 on each card. Appreciate all the support!

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Student Drop Off & Pick Up

We'd like to thank everyone for your cooperation in making our front entrance opening a smooth one. Please know that student drop off & pick up in the back (Community Entrance) is not permitted during bus drop off and pick up times (7:30-8am & 2:30-2:45pm).

We ask that student pick up for after school clubs, activities take place through the back (Community) Entrance.

Also, please note that during am drop off in the front of the building cars are to stay in the left lane. Right lane is for traffic to the back of the school.

thank you!

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Cultural Experience

Mr. George Scharr, Director of Community Education and master trombonist for Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, brought his Masterpiece III: Passport to England presentation to Monomoy High School on Thursday. As stated by Mr. Scharr: “These In-school presentations or ‘Lesson Plans for the Classics’ are sponsored by a donor who wants the next generation to experience and appreciate the world’s great music. The In-school Lesson Plan is a key ingredient to enhancing their experience. The program has been in place for eight years and the numbers of lectures and excitement surrounding them has increased every year with last season seeing the most students ever experiencing a Lesson Plan. “ Several students along with Mr. Smeltzer and Mr. Roberts will be attending the concert Saturday night.

Mr. Scharr was presented with a Monomoy sweatshirt as a token of appreciation for his hard work today. Thank you Mr. Smeltzer for organizing!

*Mr. Scharr (left) & Mr. Smeltzer (right) pictured above

Message of thanks from the "Kid's Educational Engagement Project" to MRHS

Sincere thanks and appreciation to the Monomoy High School located in Massachusetts, USA for hosting a talent show fundraiser for KEEP.

The program featured 10 musical acts playing, dancing, and singing. An enthusiastic crowd of 150 cheered the students on at the first musical event to be hosted in their new auditorium.

Thank you to all who attended and donated, and all the STAND and NAHS students who made this great event happen.

These amazing children raised a whooping $1,065 for children way across the world that they do not know. Bless your hearts!

Special thanks to Deborah Donovan, a teacher at the school who coordinated and supported this entire event and her daughter Jessica Donovan Allen for the connect and concern.

Thank you, thank you!!

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Authentic Mandarin

Mrs. Gao's Mandarin class exploring the Chinese culture through the enjoyment of Chinese games and food!

Guidance Corner: Important FAFSA Information

“The 2015-16 FAFSA does not have Monomoy Regional High School listed as an option in their menu to identify which high school a student attends. It may be possible to type in our school name, but if you cannot, you can still select either Chatham or Harwich High School. We have been assured that this will in no way affect eligibility for financial aid. If you have any difficulties with the FAFSA, please contact the Massachusetts Education and Finance Authority (MEFA) at They are available to answer any questions about financial aid from students and families.”

Students in the Monomoy District who are currently in grade 8 or grade 9 are invited to apply for a very special, enriching summer program called PCC. It runs on weekdays only for six weeks (overnight) at Stonehill College from June 28 to August 8. It is geared for students who would love to take some very varied and creative courses in subjects that include things like broadcasting, rocketry, and even the Red Sox. Students also experience wonderful guest speakers, social activities, sports and community service projects. Very special friendships, with motivated students from several other schools, are formed. The students who have attended in the past have consistently called it the best experience of their lives. (And, the still say that as they head off to college). This year for the first time they will be hosting 25 students from China! Families may be able to set up carpools etc. to make the weekly travel easier. Contact Mrs. Callagy in Guidance for more details. She will have applications available for students. The space is limited, so act fast! The deadline is January 27.