FRIDAY FOCUS

Monomoy Regional High School's Weekly Newsletter

Published: Friday, May 10th

Table of contents:

  • Important Information
  • MRHS News & Weekly Review
  • School Calendar
  • Community Events
  • Counselors' Corner
  • Athletics
  • Shark Shoutouts!

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WELCOME to a New Monomoy Shark!

Gavin Williams

Instructional Assistant – SAND Program


Mr. Williams is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in History and holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Washington-Seattle. Following his undergraduate career, he taught English in Japan for two years, travelling throughout Asia while there. He is working on a Master’s degree in secondary education and has been working as a substitute in the Monomoy Regional School District for the past academic year. He is excited to be working as an Instructional Assistant in the SAND Program, bringing a love for learning and teaching to the position. Prior to moving into education, he worked in the energy efficiency and conservation industry for 15 years, in both business development and field work positions. In his spare time, Mr. Williams enjoys reading, traveling, hiking and spending time with his wife, daughter and dog.

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WANTED: Technology Focus Group Members

The Technology Department will be working on the next iteration of the district's 3-year Technology Plan, and is looking for parents, students, staff, and business/community members to take part in a focus group about technology in our schools. No need to be a tech expert, just have an interest in our schools and how we use technology! Email Joy Jordan if you'd like to be a part of the focus group.

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Gatsby Party

Mrs. Forte-Doyle's Honors Junior Class recently hosted a Gatsby Party! Students had to choose to be either a 1920's icon or a character from THE GREAT GATSBY. They had to dress like the person, teach the class about the person, and then contribute to the party in some way: skits, dances, food/drink, decorations, home-made silent videos, etc.


In these assorted photos you will find the Gish sisters, Josephine Baker, Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Coco Chanel, Isadora Duncan, Sacco and Vanzetti, Frank Costello, Babe Didrikson, Kaiser Wilhelm, Zelda Fitzgerald, and characters from the novel.

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Call for Submissions to Blue Institute at Cape Cod Bay's '2019 World Ocean’s Day “Words on Water” Writing Competition'

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These Freshmen boys in Mrs. Forte-Doyle's class are fascinated with this new-old technology!!! Don't tell them it's 68 years old!!

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Global Studies Capstone Presentations

In connection with the Multicultural Fair, the seniors in the Global Studies program will present their capstones on Wednesday, May 15 at 3:15pm in the MRHS Library. The presentations are ten minutes each, the program should last about an hour. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the students about their research.

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Student volunteers needed at Shark Center

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is looking for reliable students to volunteer at their outreach facility this summer. The organization's Chatham Shark Center is a great spot for MRHS Sharks to volunteer and gain valuable experience while supporting our community! If you are interested in volunteering there this summer, please complete this form.
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Congratulations to Rachel Cardillo for earning a $1,000 award from the Creative Arts Center of Chatham! She will be attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the fall, to continue her studies in photography.

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Congratulations to Syla Ziemba, for earning an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Congressional Arts Competition, for her photography/graphic artwork!

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Team Sports Class Welcomes Harwich Recreational Pickleball League

Mr. De La Vega and his Team Sports class welcomed guest teachers from the Harwich Recreational Pickleball league this week in the gym. Our class got to learn techniques, rules, and etiquette from experienced players from our community!
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'Ad Lucem' Quote of the Week

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The events listed below are Upcoming MRHS Events!

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Monday, May 6th - Friday, May 17th

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Tuesday, May 14th

Grade 8 MCAS: Mathematics

Monomoy Regional High School will be administering the Grade 8 Mathematics MCAS on May 14th and 16th where each student in grade 8 will be tested. These test dates are set by the state of Massachusetts and therefore consistent attendance during these days is extremely important.
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Thursday, May 16th

Grade 8 MCAS: Mathematics

Monomoy Regional High School will be administering the Grade 8 Mathematics MCAS on May 14th and 16th where each student in grade 8 will be tested. These test dates are set by the state of Massachusetts and therefore consistent attendance during these days is extremely important.

Special Olympics

Hosted at MRHS. Rain date is 5/17.
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Thursday, May 16th

MRHS Spring Concert

TIME: 7pm

LOCATION: MRHS Auditorium

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Friday, May 17th

Spring Breakfast of Excellence

TIME: 8am-8:45am

LOCATION: MRHS Cafeteria

Senior Awards Night

TIME: 7pm
LOCATION: MRHS Auditorium


This even is organized by the Class of 2019. Departments and teachers will be giving awards to seniors and a slideshow will be featured. All are welcome to attend!

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Monday, May 20th

Senior Beach Day/BBQ

TIME: 11am-2pm

LOCATION: Bank Street Beach, Harwich


BBQ Provided by the Chatham and Harwich Police & Fire Departments. Seniors will meet at the beach at 11am. This is considered a school day, if you do not want to attend the beach day then you are expected to be in school that day. There is NO rain date.

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Tuesday, May 21st through Thursday, May 23rd

Grade 8 MCAS: Science

Monomoy Regional High School will be administering the Grade 8 Science MCAS from May 21st through May 23rd where each student in grade 8 will be tested. These test dates are set by the state of Massachusetts and therefore consistent attendance during these days is extremely important.
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Tuesday, May 21st through Friday, May 24th

Grade 10 MCAS: Math

Grade 10 Math Session 1: Tuesday, May 21st

Grade 10 Math Session 2: Wednesday, May 22nd


MAKE-UPS: Thursday, May 23rd & Friday, May 24th

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Tuesday, May 21st through Friday, May 24th

SENIOR FINAL EXAMS

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Tuesday, May 21st

Jawsome Scheduling with Advisory Teacher

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Wednesday, May 22nd

Early Release Day

Dismissal at 2:35pm
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Thursday, May 23rd

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

TIME: 7pm Ceremony // followed by a reception in the cafeteria

LOCATION: MRHS Auditorium

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Saturday, May 25th - Monday, May 27th

Senior Trip to Montreal, Canada

4:30am—DEPARTURE from MRHS on Saturday, May 25th

4:30pm—DEPARTURE from Montreal on Monday, May 27th


Seniors will be traveling to Montreal to enjoy a dinner cruise, tours, shopping, a trip to Six Flags LaRonda and much more! Please see Mrs. Casey in the Guidance Office if you have any questions.

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Monday, May 27th

NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.
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Tuesday, May 28th & Wednesday, May 29th

MAKE-UPS ONLY: Senior Final Exams

Make-ups to be scheduled individually with teacher.
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Wednesday, May 29th

Monomoy All Sports Booster Club: Special Meeting

TIME: 6pm

LOCATION: MRHS Library


The Monomoy All Sports Booster Club will be holding a special meeting this month in addition to their regular scheduled meeting the first Wednesday of every month. The additional meeting will take place on Wednesday May 29th at 6:00 pm in the MRHS Library and be an opportunity to learn more about becoming an officer or board member of the MASBC. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Thursday, May 30th

SENIOR Graduation Rehearsal #1

TIME: 10am-12pm

LOCATION: meet in the Auditorium at 10am


Graduation rehearsals are MANDATORY and seniors are expected to be on time. Seniors should report to the auditorium at 10am.

SENIOR Convocation Night

TIME: 6pm reception // 6:30pm ceremony

LOCATION: MRHS cafeteria // MRHS Auditorium


Senior Convocation is a night of recognition for those seniors who have received scholarships or otherformal awards. Invitations to the event will be delivered the week before and up to the day before the event due to time sensitivity of scholarships. The organizations and individuals who sponsor these scholarships are invited to personally present them


Seniors attending should arrive by 6pm and report to the cafeteria. Once you have received an invitation, please RSVP to Ms. Casey in Guidance: bcasey@monomoy.edu -or- (508) 430 7200.

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Friday, May 31st

SENIOR Final Grades

Senior final grades will be electronically posted on Aspen on Friday, May 31st.

SENIOR Breakfast

TIME: 9:30am

LOCATION: MRHS Cafeteria


Provided by the Freshmen: Class of 2022. Report to graduation rehearsal at 10am.

SENIOR Graduation Rehearsal #2

TIME: 10am-12pm

LOCATION: Report to the Main Entrance

Graduation rehearsals are MANDATORY and seniors are expected to be on time.


Seniors report to the Main Entrance after Senior Breakfast. All school obligations MUST BE MET by this day in order to pick up your cap and gown, student record, and health record which will be given out after rehearsal.

Jawsome Scheduling with Advisory Teacher

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Sunday, June 2nd

Graduation 2019 Ceremony

TIME: 2pm (12:30pm—SENIORS REPORT MRHS MAIN ENTRANCE)

LOCATION: Under the tent at MRHS


Graduates are required to be at the high school by 12:30pm and should report directly to the Main Entrance. Lifetouch will be taking a group picture of the Class of 2019 prior to the graduation ceremony. You did it! Enjoy the day!


If you have any questions about Graduation please contact MRHS at 508-430-7200.

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Monday, June 10th

Spring Sports Awards Night

TIME: 6pm reception // 6:30pm ceremony

LOCATION: cafeteria // auditorium


The evening will start with light refreshments at 6:00 in the cafe, followed by the awards ceremony at 6:30 in the auditorium. We look forward to celebrating our spring athletes!

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Wednesday, June 12th

Early Release Day (Final Early Release of the School Year)

Dismissal at 2:35pm

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Mondays & Thursdays

Learn English for FREE!

Mondays and Thursdays at MRHS, 6pm-8pm


Hello, Hola,مرحبا, Bonjour, Xin chào, Bonjou,你好, Olá, नमस्ते, Здравейте,


Monomoy Regional School District


will teach English to adults for free.

enseñará inglés gratis a adultos.

اللغة الإنجليزية للكبار مجانًا سيعلم

enseignera l'anglais aux adultes gratuitement.

sẽ dạy tiếng Anh cho người lớn miễn phí

将免费为成人教授英语

vai ensinar Inglês para adultos gratuitamente.

ще преподава английски на възрастни безплатно.

अंग्रेजीलाई वयस्कृत गर्न वयस्कहरूलाई सिकाउनेछ।


Meet, reunirse,rencontrer, gặp, rankontre,遇到, Conheçer, मिलन, Среща


Ms. Mimi 774 209 9936

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Saturday, May 11th

The Alzheimer's Family Support Center is getting ready to walk for Alzheimer's!

TIME: 11am

LOCATION: Brooks Park, 1 Oak Street, Harwich


Rain or Shine!


Please join the AFSC for music, dancing, food, and friendship to support free services for the Cape's Alzheimer's community.
You don't have to walk to give and you don't have to give to walk.

Register at the walk, or by going to http://www.alzheimerscapecod.org

All donations are tax deductible.

For information about this event, or about any of the services we provide, please call (508) 896-5170

No one should walk alone.

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Saturday, May 18th & Sunday, May 19th

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Monday, May 20th

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES!

* May 6 - May 17 - AP Exams

* May 17th - Spring Breakfast of Excellence - 8:00 A.M.

* May 21 & 22 - Grade 10 Math MCAS

* May 30 - Convocation - 6:30 P.M.

* June 2 - Graduation

* June 4 & 5 - STE MCAS

* June 5 - Junior Book Awards

* June 5 - ASVAB Test held at MRHS


SAT/ACT

SAT - Last test date for his school year is June 1.

ACT - Last test date for this school year is June 8.

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Athletics Weekly Summary

Written by: Caroline Howard


Finally! It looks like Mother Nature let us off the hook for a few sunny days this week, so break out those skirts and paint those toes because Spring is here folks! Our Sharks have been very busy between it being AP week, and a very busy schedule for our sports teams who have been making up our postponements! So, turn off Game of Thrones (I know it's been good folks) and tune right into this week's Friday Focus!


Last week was a very exciting day for two of our Student Ambassadors in the Athletic Department! Sarah Babb and Maggie Dever presented their Touch-a-Truck event at the MIAA Community Service Showcase, and it went over with rave reviews! Great work girls!


Monday kicked off with Boys Baseball playing a big game against the Sandwich Blue Knights. Our Sharks stepped right up to the plate and made a couple great plays early in the game, but in the end, ended up falling to them 14-1. The boys kept their heads up and were on to the next game from there! Great effort boys!


On Monday, both our Girls and Boys Lacrosse teams had games against SJP. The Boys started us off with a very exciting and close game that kept fans on the edge of their seats! The Sharks showed great field vision and passing, and walked out of the game with a win 13-6. Way to go guys! As for the girls, the Sharks fought hard against SJP, showing great shooting opportunities as well as strong defense, but ended the game with a defeat 17-7. Next time ladies!


It was a shining day in the record books for Monomoy on Monday as Unified Track had their first home meet in school history! A sunny day showed smiles from ear to ear around the track, as our athletes demonstrated pure joy at the meet! A huge shout out to all of the endless support from coaches and volunteers that help every step of the way!


Girls and Boys Tennis both had matches against Martha’s Vineyard on Monday, which proved to be a tough one for the Sharks. Girls tennis, despite their best efforts, lost to the Whalers 5-0. For Boys Tennis, the Sharks walked away with a loss 4-1, but their matches seemed to be very close ones! Great effort by both tennis teams!


Girls Golf headed over to Barnstable Fairgrounds for a match against the Red Raiders on Monday that was just one out of four for the week. The golfers took their best swings at a win, but ultimately fell 4-2. So close girls! A great match by all!


Tuesday started off with a big win for Girls tennis as the girls grabbed a win against SJP 4-1! Great matches by Ava Barbello and Hannah Marty, as well as Lindsey McDonald who all showed great tenacity on the court! Nice job girls!


Boys tennis also had a match against SJP on Tuesday, and wow was it a close one! It came down to one match, but in the end, SJP took the win 3-2. Our Sharks showed great serves, as well as a few great backhands that grabbed them the point! Nice effort boys!


Our lacrosse teams faced off against Martha’s Vineyard, and unfortunately both took a loss on Tuesday. Boys lacrosse played the very physical Whalers, and lost 10-6, while the girls took on the very fast and furious athletes that defeated them 14-2. Great effort to both teams!


Softball had an exciting game against Rising Tide on Tuesday that brought home the win 14-0! The girls played a great game, and special shark-shoutout to Caroline DiGiovanni for an exceptional day at bat! Way to go Sharks, way to play!


Boys Baseball had their Senior Night on Tuesday against Rising Tide that left the stands roaring by the end! The game was at a standstill 7-7 until Logan Routhier took the plate and hit a walkoff single that sent Josh Poitras to score the winning run for the Sharks! Way to go boys! Great plays were made by Asa Kline with a homerun, Sean Gould, Joe Cottle, and Drew Edson. Nice win!


Girls Golf traveled over to Captains GC on Tuesday for a match against Nauset. The Sharks walked off the course with a sweep 6-0 against the Warriors, and great matches were played by Jane Howard and Charlotte Blute who sunk putt after putt! Way to go Sharks!


For Sailing, the Sharks were back out on the water with a meet against Sturgis and SJP. Unfortunately, the winds were whipping and the Sharks fell to both teams 2-0. Great effort to the young team! Keep working hard!


On Wednesday, Softball was back at it with a game against the Sandwich Blue Knights. The girls had a tough day out on the field, and fell to Sandwich 4-3. But, the Sharks pushed through all the way and ended with a close one! Nice effort girls!


Girls Golf had a tough match against the Duxbury Dragons on Wednesday as the girls fell 5-1. An outstanding round by Senior Caitlin Daley! The girls matches came down to a few putts, but in the end, the greens just weren’t rolling their way. Nice matches girls!


Thursday brought around big wins for the Boys and Girls Tennis teams as they both beat Sturgis East 5-0! Great job Sharks! Girls Golf also played against the DY Dolphins on Thursday and walked out with a win 5 ½ to ½. Great performance by Christiana Fontaine playing #4 for the Sharks! Well done to all! Sailing also had a meet on Thursday, and sailed off against Nauset. Unfortunately, the Sharks were defeated 4-0 by the Warriors, but had a beautiful day on the water! Nice effort to all teams!


Well folks, I’m so glad “Winter is Coming” is not the case for Cape Cod because our Spring sports are kicking butt! There’s just a few more weeks for our seniors, as well as for the rest of our Sharks, but a whole lot more games to play! For now, I’m Caroline Howard and Go Sharks!

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NEXT WEEK'S MRHS ATHLETIC SCHEDULE

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ATHLETICS EARLY DISMISSALS FOR NEXT WEEK

Monday 5/13

Freshman baseball @ 3:00


Tuesday 5/14

V Girls Lacrosse @ 3:00

V Boys Tennis @ 3:00

V Boys and Girls Track @ 11:30

V Girls Golf @ 1:30

V Sailing @ 12:45


Wednesday 5/15

V Girls Tennis @ 1:00

V Girls Golf @ 1:30


Friday 5/17

V/JV Girls Lax @ 3:00

V Sailing Women only @ 11:30

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  • The Harwich Youth Services Committee would like to give a Shark Shout-out to the MRHS students who volunteered their time Friday evening to help chaperone the HYS middle school social at the Chatham Community Center - they were kind, attentive, and extremely helpful! The students are: Emma Sullivan, Matt Velasquez, Kathleen Prescott, Caroline Howard, Emma Santoni, Danny Arregoces, Abby Higgins, Hannah Mitchell, Amy Hinesley, Jenna Greco, Liam Mawn, and Luke Meincke. Thank you! -Ms. Joy Jordan


  • SHARK SHOUT OUT to Chantal McInnis for giving up most of her Jawsome hour to help me set up the Gatsby party even though she's not my student!!! -Ms. Lisa Forte-Doyle


  • I am writing to send shark shout out to Jazmyn Jones. She was such a great week-long substitute for my students while I was out with my surgery. Jazmyn met with me beforehand, emailed me regularly with updates and concerns, and provided a structured, consistent environment for my kids. Many moons ago, I worked as a long-term substitute and jumping from room to room, teacher to teacher, grade level to grade level is challenging. Not only does Jazmyn handle the academic details, but she handles all of our expectations and the needs of our kids with grace. She is the real deal! I'm so grateful to her for taking care of my kids. -Ms. Karen Manning


  • Shark Shout Out to Mr. David Burke for being an Earth-friendly, healthy role model to us all. Mr. Burke lessens his carbon footprint by walking to school almost every day, and today I caught him picking up some trash on his way in. Way to go, Dave! - Mother Earth


  • Major Shark Shout Out to Mr. Herring who overheard Mrs. Ferro (who was filling in for Ms. Hooper) frantically searching for sub coverage! Mr. Herring not only found coverage for ALL the slots needed (there were 5 classes needing coverage) but offered to take a 5th block class himself. Its never easy piecing together subs when teachers need to be out, attend meetings, coach sports, etc., and it is even more challenging when Claire isn't here (because she is amazing!)... Mr. Herring was the beacon in that storm so THANK YOU JOHN! You are appreciated. -Mrs. Janet Ferro

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