MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter

MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence

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18th Edition February 12, 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.

Bookmark our updated District Website, "Friends of MHRS Facebook Page" & twitter account

MRSD Website:

Friends of Monomoy Regional High School Facebook Page:

MRSD New Twitter Handle: @Monomoyschools

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We will be on Winter Break 2.15 through 2.19: All offices Closed

School will re-open 2.22.16 at 7:15am Enjoy your break!
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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!!

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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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 -, or Karen Small - 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!

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French III and IV travel to the Orpheum Theatre in Chatham to see a documentary on the founding of Impressionism .

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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

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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.

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Delirio Baez, Sara Bryant and Shannon Smith investigating the structure of DNA and how it replicates in Ms. Flint’s CP Biology class!

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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.

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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**



  • NEW: Monomoy Guidance Department: @monomoyguidance
  • MRHS: @monomoyrhs
  • Athletic Department: @monomoyathletic
  • MRHS Fine Arts: @ArtsMRHS
  • TV/Production: @Monomoyrhs-TV
  • Monomoy Library: @Monomoylibrary
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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).

For more information, please visit the conference website -

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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!

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!

Rachel Barnes

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.

George Sowpel

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Shout out to our Counseling Team - National School Counselor's Week

We enjoyed taking a break over breakfast with our great team!
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All Cape & Island Music Festival Update

On February 4, 5, & 6, 33 Monomoy Regional High School students participated in the All Cape and Islands Music Festival at Barnstable High School, ending in a concert on Saturday. Working with conductors from all over the country, students were involved in treble choir, mixed choir, orchestra, and concert band, as well as running lights and sound. It was a fantastic concert, with lots of hard work from the students. Congratulations and well done!"

Nice job Ms. Kosloski & Ms. Richard!

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Abby Higgins teaches her Spanish 1 class how to make guacamole as part of a research project on Colombia.

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Students travel to Iowa to learn about election process

Students from the A.P. U.S. Government class traveled to Iowa last weekend for the Iowa Caucuses. Over three days, they were able to attend 11 candidate rallies as well as attending an actual caucus in Iowa City. The students learned a lot about the process of running for president, why it starts in Iowa, and the mechanics of the Caucus process in Iowa. They also gained great insights into this year's election.

For more information on the trip, visit the class blog at and check the class Twitter feed @monomoydickson

Check out article in Cape Cod Times:

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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!

Kudos Boys!

Coach Bennett

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Guidance Corner:

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, or you may speak with the Monomoy Sailing coach.

Deadline for applications is March 31st!

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!

Follow MRHS on Twitter!

Updates, school news, pictures & More
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Heading to Cuba!

We are so proud here at MRHS that we offer our students unbelievable life experiences to compliment their academics. Ms. Richard has organized a trip for our students to visit Cuba over February vacation. We look forward to hearing about the great experience in our next Friday Focus. **Ms. Richard will be attending the Wed. Feb. 24 School Committee meeting at 7pm at MRHS to report out on the trip**

Check out MRHS Friends of the Arts (FOTA) - So Much To Offer! Please get involved

Major Fundraiser March 5th!! Contact Ms. Gallant for Details

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 Email to be invited to our site.

· Like us on face book.

· Follow us on twitter. @MRHS_FOTA

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**Babysitting service for parents of MRSD parents/guardians only please**

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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

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