MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter

MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence

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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.

Quarter 2 Student Progress Reports Now Available on Aspen

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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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Best Buddies Host Holiday Dance Celebration!

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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

Stay "Connected" to MRHS on Social Media

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Arts Calendar: MRHS Arts Calendar

School District Calendar: MRSD Calendar

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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!

A Hearty Shark Shout Out to Mr. Kelly for all his efforts during his student teaching assignment. Best wishes!

Mr. Alexander & students

Congratulations & Shout Out to The winners of the Cape Cod Chronicle's annual Christmas story contest are as follows:

Sophie Clingan -First Place
Abby Sullivan - Second Place
Alison Barrett - Third Place

The paper will be here on Friday to take photos and the stories will be published in next week's Christmas edition.

Ms. Kelly

Shout Out to Best Buddies Advisor Ms. Dooley for receiving a $500 Mini Grant from the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust. Money will be used for Best Buddies events. Thank you Cape Cod 5!

A Shout Out to the Art Club-

Thanks to the following members of the Art Club - Miah Archambault, Emma Burke, Olivia Burke, Branden Chase, Maddie Pitts and Ben Teele - for spreading holiday cheer by handing out ornaments created by the Art Club to staff members! They were lovely and most appreciated!

Mrs. Weekes and Mrs. Cote

Shark Shout Out to our Art Club! The club was able to raise $163.00 for the Hart and Holm families by selling their handmade ornaments! Thank you to all of the students who participated, and thank you to all who supported their hard work and dedication!

A shark shout out to Janet Ferro for her thoughtfulness. Thanks.

Mary D

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

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.

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