MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter
MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence
18th Edition February 12, 2016
Building Connections Through Communication!
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MRSD Website: http://www.monomoy.edu/
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MRSD New Twitter Handle: @Monomoyschools
We will be on Winter Break 2.15 through 2.19: All offices Closed
High "Choir" Honors!
Tara Berry and Jasmine Vergara-Ullman participated in the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division High School Honors Choir, among 200 students selected from all over the East Coast!! Working with renowned choral director Jeffrey Redding, they've been hard at work since Wednesday night, and will end with a concert at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Saturday! This is a high honor, and they are to be congratulated!!
So much fun at Diversity/Multicultural Club
Jeremiah Squires and Patrick Wilkinson made pretzel rod light sabers and enjoyed Binary Sunset chili and Cloud City dessert at the Diversity/Multicultural Club’s Star Wars Potluck on Thursday.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL STUDENTS & PARENTS ENROLLED IN AP COURSES:
All students enrolled in AP classes are expected to take the Advanced Placement exams in the spring (May). Earning scores high enough on these tests could potentially lead to college credit. Based on last year’s fees, determined by College Board, each exam will cost $92.00. For those on Free and Reduced Lunch, the cost will be $30.00 per test. Payment was originally requested by Tuesday, December 1, 2015. However, due to parent feedback, the date of collection has been moved to FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2016 Reminders and specifics will be provided to students and parents on the “Friday Focus” emails. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s guidance counselor.
"Hands On Science" in Ms. Flint's Class
Students in anatomy class investigating the strength of bones... Did you know that 20 pieces of paper rolled up tightly can hold the weight of more than 14 anatomy textbooks?!! The handles of Ms. Flint's red bag, on the other hand, did not fare so well in the end.
"We the People" Competition
On Saturday Jan. 30th, twenty one Monomoy government students traveled to the EMK Institute for the Senate in Boston to participate in the annual "We the People" speech competition. Congratulations to Hayley Macomber, Andrew Locke, and Miranda Trieble for earning a unit award for best scores on their topics!
To prepare for the competition, students study the US Constitution, civics, history, and current events and write speeches on a range of topics related to civics, politics and the Constitution. The competition is modeled after a congressional hearing: students work in cooperative teams, and prepare essay responses that are read before a panel of judges, who then ask students a series of follow up questions. Thanks to the team for a great competition, and to Sharon Gleason for helping to chaperon the trip.
After Prom Party March 24, 2016 - The parent after prom party committee is looking for volunteers!
The Junior Prom is fast approaching it will be here before we know it. A few parents have been meeting over the past few months to initiate, organize, and create an agenda for the parent driven after Prom Party. In order to make this a fun and safe event we will need several parents, and or staff to help this event come together smoothly. We are looking for a large group of volunteers to help with set up, clean up and of course during the party as well. Please email Noreen Marchese - email@example.com, or Karen Small - firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help out in any way, even a small amount of time is appreciated! We realize time is precious, and most of us have numerous other obligations, however if we all come together, only a small amount of time from each of us will be needed. We have a great group of Juniors, lets make this a memorable night for them!
French III and IV travel to the Orpheum Theatre in Chatham to see a documentary on the founding of Impressionism .
Student's in Ms. Gao's Mandarin class enjoy a Cultural lunch break
From the Art Department
Monomoy Students have work hanging in the Cape Cod Museum of Art!!
Through Young Eyes: K-12 Students of Cape Cod
From January 23 – April 3 2016
Reception: Saturday, February 27th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Rehearsal for the Spring Musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY are underway!
Save the dates March 16-19th for the show
Great things happening in Ms. Hoff's Spanish Class
Students in Ms. Hoff’s Spanish 1 classes explored Spanish-speaking countries and gave a multimedia presentation to the class highlighting their research. In this picture, Eli Lacroix teaches the class everything he knows about Puerto Rico.
Delirio Baez, Sara Bryant and Shannon Smith investigating the structure of DNA and how it replicates in Ms. Flint’s CP Biology class!
Bringing Book to Life
Students in Grade 8 on the Silver team performed various monologues from the Newberry Award winning book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Students identified different techniques that support dramatic delivery to an audience and performed for their peers and teachers. This series of short plays focuses on the lives of medieval teens, making connections between their studies in both English and World History classes. Congratulations to all students who presented.
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
What a "humerus" class period!! Ms. Flint's Anatomy & Physiology class took part in a friendly competition this week to see which group could accurately label the major bones of the skeleton in the shortest amount of time!
“Building a Better SEPAC for your Community”
The Federation for Children with Special Needs has just opened their registration for our annual statewide conference, “Visions of Community: A Conference for Parents of Children with Special Needs and the Professionals Who Serve Them,” taking place on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. This year's conference will feature more than 45 workshop presentations spanning three sessions, with primary language strands in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali.
Please note: MassPAC will be presenting “Building a Better SEPAC for your Community” in Session 3 (workshop No. 29).
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!
I'd like to publicly acknowledge Jennifer Police for her in-depth knowledge of the college application process and for the time she took to meet with my son, husband, and me during our post-high school planning meeting. It's been almost 35 years since I've looked at a college application - and so much has changed since then! Her explanations were very clear - and every question we asked was answered. She even demonstrated how to use the Naviance system for our college search process. That was 75 minutes well-spent!
Tina Games and Simon Evans
When I left school on Friday during the snow storm, Mr. Hoffman-Terry was in the parking lot helping a student with his car. He would do that for anyone at anytime and probably would not want it to be a big deal but I thought I'd let you know.
anonymous teacher - nice job Mr. HT!
Thanks to Chris Roberts for sharing his classroom space with the Handbell Choir. It means a great deal to the students to be able to rehearse in a room with wonderful acoustics and a supportive audience every week. His kindness and collegiality are another example of what make Monomoy great!
Shoutout to Admin - Mike, Bill and Janie for scrambling to find transportation when one of the vans broke - so that our Alternative Learning Program kids can continue their jobs and their cultural/ELA program. It shows how they and our school/district value all students.
Shout out to our Counseling Team - National School Counselor's Week
All Cape & Island Music Festival Update
Nice job Ms. Kosloski & Ms. Richard!
Abby Higgins teaches her Spanish 1 class how to make guacamole as part of a research project on Colombia.
Students travel to Iowa to learn about election process
For more information on the trip, visit the class blog at http://www.mrhsgovt.blogspot.com and check the class Twitter feed @monomoydickson
Check out article in Cape Cod Times: http://capecodtimes.com/article/20160206/NEWS/st_refDomain=t.co&st_refQuery=/BOJKxvH6gJ
Great Job Freshman Hoops!
Boys Freshman Basketball travelled to Riverview School for a "Friendly" game on 2/3/16.
I am so proud of the class and sportsmanship our players exhibited.
Most of our own Sharks were cheering for Riverview throughout the game. What a great experience it was for all involved!
The boys stand at 7-2 on the official record...they are really rolling!
Monomoy Guidance TEAM
Ms. Police, (A-F)
Mr. Gifford, Director (G-N)
Mr. Bennett (O-Z)
“The Cape Cod Tech field trip for 8th graders has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 3. The bus will leave here at 9am and bring students back at 1pm. Students will return to their last block of the day.”
Are you interested in a sailing career?
Apply for the 2016 National Maritime Sailtraining Scholarship and sail aboard a tall ship! Additional information may be found in the guidance office, at http://www.sailtraining.org, or you may speak with the Monomoy Sailing coach.
Deadline for applications is March 31st!
Follow us on Twitter @MonomoyGuidance!
Heading to Cuba!
Check out MRHS Friends of the Arts (FOTA) - So Much To Offer! Please get involved
Major Fundraiser March 5th!! Contact Ms. Gallant for Details firstname.lastname@example.org
Who we are:
We are Monomoy Regional High School Friends Of The Arts. “FOTA” We are a non-profit, independent organization of parents, educators, students and friends working to support, encourage and enhance the Arts education programs at Monomoy Regional High School. We have provided financial support, equipment and scholarships to Harwich students since 2004 and more recently to the entire Monomoy district. To this end, we work to build awareness of our Arts students' efforts, accomplishments and shows through programs, projects and fundraising.
What we do:
· 2013 – we donated $10,790 to the Arts Dept for new Mac Computers
· Annually – we give scholarships to Monomoy students going on to study “Arts” related higher education. Last year we gave $500 each to five individual students.
· We provide financial support for biennial fieldtrips to New York City. On these trips the students see Broadway shows, attend backstage workshops, visit news studios, and multiple art museums
How we do it:
· We sell baked goods at all Monomoy Productions
· We involve the Arts students in the Fall to help us create Holiday Baskets to raffle off at our Winter Concert
· Our current fundraising endeavor is a wine and beer tasting with silent auction event. Our “Spring Fling Fundraiser” is planned for Saturday March 5th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the 400 East Restaurant in Harwich. We will sell tickets for $35 per person. Each ticket holder will receive a souvenir tasting glass and enjoy delicious self-serve finger foods and live music by Harwich alum, Catie Flynn while browsing and bidding on what we hope will be a fantastic array of silent auction items.
How to find us:
· We have a private website we use to communicate at Shutterfly.com. Email email@example.com to be invited to our site.
· Follow us on twitter. @MRHS_FOTA
**Babysitting service for parents of MRSD parents/guardians only please**
Harwich Chamber of Commerce Happenings
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