MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter

MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence

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2nd Edition September 25, 2015

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 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.

In addition, we'd like to connect with you through social media - please check out the following:

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**



  • MRHS: @monomoyrhs
  • Athletic Department: @monomoyathletic
  • MRHS Fine Arts: @ArtsMRHS
  • TV/Production: @Monomoyrhs-TV
  • Monomoy Library: @Monomoylibrary

Principal blog:

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Clubs & Activities Fair tallies huge sign ups!

During Enrichment Block this week we held our annual Club Fair open to all students during the school day. Student leaders and staff advisors of our over 25+ clubs set up tables with props, visuals and sign up sheets to encourage the student body to get involved. We have found by providing this opportunity our club enrollment and student involvement in after school activities is off the chart! Students visited tables, asked questions and learned about the variety of opportunities we offer.

Our Student Council has created a Clubs & Activities Manual we'd love you to view by clicking the link: We are continuing to add clubs & activities, so this document will be updated yearly. It's not to late to join!!

Thank you to Mr. Sowpel, Mr. Smeltzer & Ms. Forte-Doyle for organizing this great event!

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Curriculum Night Thursday September 24 6:30-8:30pm MRHS Auditorium

A special thank you to all the MRHS families that attending our Curriculum Night. After a brief overview of our 2015.16 vision by principal Burkhead, parents, guardians and families followed their student schedules meeting with teachers to learn more about our curriculum and course focus for the year.

We were also pleased that many parents took advantage of our Aspen "drop in" training with Technology Director Deb Morgan to help improve communication between home and school.

A HUGE shout out to our dedicated student leaders, who committed 3 hours of their time to hand out schedules, greet guests and direct families to their destinations. This is a perfect example of why our school is GREAT!

Thank you to the following students:

Hannah Potter, Eliza Hawthorne, Carly Donavan, Grace Drake, Amber Grass, Lilly Gorman, Jen Keim, Sarah McAskill, Ariana Maher, Brianna Welsh, Erin Prescott, Molly Doncaster, Julie Locantorie, Colleen Cronin, Annie Howard, Dalia Pen-Delgado, Haley Rae

Olivia Burke, Sara Osborne, Natalie Tsoukaras, Devon Callahan, Grace Fernandez, Sam Morand, Jack Blute, Matt Hall, Hannah Novotny, Jack Watson, Kira Foster, Erin Smeltzer, Emily Greco, Hannah Thatcher, Meg Le Sperance, Sarah Hemeon

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Top History Students Celebrate Constitution Day

Six Monomoy Regional High School seniors attended the James Otis Lecture in Boston on Constitution Day, September 17th. These top history students toured historic sites along the Freedom Trail as well as the State House where lectures on the constitutional protections of the jury system were given by Judge Nancy Gertner and Professor Andrew Ferguson. The American Board of Trial Advocates sponsors the annual event that draws students from across the state.

Pictured Above: In the House Chamber at the State House (l-r) Olivia Burke, Catie Barr, Grace Fernandes, Kristen Siegel, Samantha Morand, & Lily Gorman (all seniors).

thank you Mr. Houston!

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5 Quick Things - Our Way of Introducing our Terrific MRHS Staff!

Mr. Hoffman-Terry: Social Studies Department

5. I grew up on the Cape, and went to Chatham High, where I played soccer and basketball, and had Mrs. Doyle as an English teacher. The great teachers in our schools, and support for education in our communities helped inspire me to go into education. Go Sharks!

4. For 10 summers in high school and college I worked as a commercial shellfisherman digging clams in the waters off Chatham and Monomoy with my twin sister. It was a fantastic (and exhausting) job, but it gave me a great appreciation for the importance of taking care of the local and global environment, and how humans and ecosystems interact. We learn about the human side of those connections in my Global Issues elective.

3. I’ve have spent a number of past summers on bicycle tours with my teaching friends from college: trekking across eastern Canada, biking from Spain to Switzerland, and riding 1000 miles across Alaska. Luckily, the bears I saw in Alaska were a long way from the road!

2. I love the outdoors, and when I’m not teaching I can be found sailing, hiking, camping, running, and kayaking.

1. Like the other teachers in the Monomoy social studies department, I’m passionate about helping students to become educated civic leaders and to become active and engaged in their communities. My family knows they’ll be scolded for not voting, but in my wedding vows this summer, I promised my wife I would love her even though she hasn’t consistently voted in midterm elections. That's true love from a civics teacher!

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Library Media Center News

Our Media Center continues to be a hub of activity. Ms. Wheaton has put together the document Welcome to the MRHS Library Media Center that will answer many questions asked at Curriculum Night last evening.

Next week brings two very import events to the library. Our 8th graders will begin their orientation sessions in which they will learn about the arrangement of the media center as well the features of our library website . Next week is also Banned Books Week, a national celebration of the freedom to read. For more information about the history of this event, please visit our Banned Books Week LibGuide . Make sure to check out our MRHS video announcements and follow us on Twitter @MonomoyLibrary for updates about Banned Books Week.

Late Bus Routes & Schedule

We are excited to offer our students the opportunity to have transportation after school. Late buses will run Monday through Thursdays leaving at 3 & again at 4pm from MRHS. There will be no late buses on early release days and Fridays. Please note that late buses do not offer door to door drop off. Please see the specific Routes/Times by clicking on the link below.

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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!

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for sophomores Dylan Routhier and Ben Hayden, as well as junior Vaughn Yerkes!! They performed in their respective bands at the Harwich Cranberry Festival Music Jam last Sunday and were amazing!! We are so fortunate to have such talented rockers! Watch and listen for them in January at our Rock & Rap night!!

Ms. Forte-Doyle

Shark Shoutout this week to Junior, Carly Donovan, a field hockey/tennis player who in the cafe last block took it upon herself to reach out to an 8th grade boy sitting alone and visibly upset. I was able to get the young man up to guidance but it is unlikely I would have noticed the situation if she had made the first move. You've got a good one there Coach Poore!

Mr. Demanche

Shark Shout Out to student representative to the school committee Laine Kotoski for sharing all the exciting happenings at MRHS with the school committee and our community!

Mr. Burkhead

Huge ongoing thanks to 8th grader Laura Brown who helps in the office almost daily! From filing papers, to figuring out (and teaching me to use) the label maker, to decorating a bulletin board, Laura’s sense of order, organization, and creativity make her the perfect set of extra hands for any task that arises! I particularly appreciate her willing attitude and helpful nature. Thank you Laura!

Ms. Ferro

Unsung Hero Award !! A tremendous Shark Shout-Out to Mr. Peter Moynagh for his compassion and thoughtfulness in times of need !!

During a family medical emergency, Mr. Moynagh surprised Ms. Girolamo and her family with a delicious, completely prepared dinner, side dish and bread included, delivered hot to their doorstep and ready to eat !! This was topped off with wonderful words of encouragement and pleasant, heart-felt conversation !!! What a wonderful, thoughtful gesture from a fabulous, giving man !!

Ms. Girolamo

I am pleased to introduce our new Lead Technician for the Monomoy Regional School District Technology Department - Alan Hagberg.

He comes with exception experience in both networking, client support in both MAC and PC environments. Coming from California, Alan even worked for over five years for Mike Markkula, one or the founders of Apple Computer.

Alan will be primarily located at HES.

I would also like to take the time to thank the hard-working Technology Staff, Martha R, Kathy C and Dan C who have had to work under short-staffed conditions for the past 5 months. Even under these conditions the tech team has completed over 6800 support requests.

Deb Morgan

Shout out to our Technology Director Deb Morgan for dedicating her time to work with our parents during curriculum night on Aspen training, that will improve home-school communication

Mr. Burkhead

Shark shout out to Mr. Burke who worked with students this summer to tend the garden - our "gardening angels..." Check out Photo below

Thanks for a job well done.

Caroline Freitas and Kathy Vagenas

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Amazing Gardeners

Mr. Burke tending to MRHS's beautiful gardens with students Katie, Harry, Dan, Emma & Olivia

Congratulations 2015 MRHS Graduate Chris Antoine!

A special graduation ceremony was held this week for Chris Antoine at MRHS. Chris worked extremely hard over the summer to earn his final credits and his official high school diploma. Thank you to his teacher's Mr. Sowpel & Mr. Moynagh and assistant principal Girolamo, who worked extremely hard to support Chris ensuring he succeed. Guidance counselor Ms. Callagy, who is now retired, played a key role in assisting Chris. She took time to join the ceremony-thank you. Chris' mom was a tireless advocate and did whatever it took to push Chris to succeed. Finally, kudos to Chris for persevering and getting the job done- good luck!
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New Monomoy District and School Logos at our Entrance

Next time you visit check out the lighthouse & School mission statement (hard to detect in photo)
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! MRHS has earned a place on the 2014-15 MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll.

Athletic Department News: Check out a great Resource For Athletic Updates!

Follow the Athletic Department on twitter at @monomoyathletic for athletic news & updates!

For up to date schedule information go to:

To see the calendar view click on "school calendar" This is a great way to see what is upcoming.

To go team by team, click on the team, and go to "see schedule"

Also, feel free to download the MIAA APP, available for iPhone and Android. "Favorite" Monomoy Regional High School and get instant access to our schedules. You can also book them into the calendar on your phone through the MIAA APP.

If you have any questions about how to use either, please contact Mr. Case

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Blood Drive Huge Success!

Thank you to all of the students who worked or donated blood on Monday. 9/21/15 We were able to collect 30 units of blood. Thank you Ms. Chilaka!

Music Department News

Greetings from the Fine and Performing Arts Department! We encourage you to check out our department website and especially our calendar of performances, rehearsals and events at

Are you following us on Twitter? @artsMRHS

Ms. Richard, MRHS Music teacher is ecstatic to be bringing a group of students to Cuba during February vacation! There are still places open to join us! Please go to

to see the price and the AMAZING itinerary. The opportunity to register and join us ends October 23rd. If you have questions please e-mail Ms. Richard at

Cape Cod Family Resource Center Open House

The Cape Cod Family Resource Center would like to announce an Open House that will take place on Thursday October 8th from 10 A.M.-7 P.M.

All are welcome to come we will have opening remarks by our Program Director Paul Melville at 11 A.M. and family centered activities from 3-6 P.M.

Check out the flyer for details by clicking link:

Guidance Corner:

Monomoy Guidance TEAM

Ms. Police, (A-F)

Mr. Gifford, Director (G-N)

Mr. Bennett (O-Z)

Are you interested in a Maritime Career? You could win a $1,000 Scholarship to attend a Sail Training Program. Visit for the National Maritime Sail training Scholarship Essay Contest paperwork and details. The deadline is October 28, 2015.

College Fairs:

October 7th (Wednesday) 3:00 – 7:30 in the New Bedford High School Gymnasium (Additional information is available on the guidance website and in the guidance display case).

October 21st (Wednesday) 3:30 – 5:30 at Barnstable High School - All Cape College Day Fair 2015 – we will have a bus going - if you are interested, please see your guidance counselor!

Upcoming College Visits to Guidance – next week:

New England College

9/28/2015 8:30

Framingham State University

9/28/2015 12:00

Boston College

9/29/2015 8:30

Emmanuel College

9/29/2015 11:15

Nichols College

9/30/2015 10:00

Cape Cod Community College - Information Session

10/2/2015 9:30

Please check Naviance for updates and to sign up for the college visits!

They are also listed on the Guidance calendar which you can link to your personal google calendar!

The Guidance website is a great place to find information and links!


PSAT grades 10/11

PSAT grades 8/9

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are great ways to preview and practice for the SAT. They test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT — in a way that makes sense for your grade level

The PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help you and your teachers figure out what you need to work on most so that you’re ready for college when you graduate from high school. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 — in a way that makes sense for your grade level.


Oct. 1 Gr 10/11 PSAT Info @ 8:00 in Auditorium

Oct. 8 GR 8/9 PSAT Info @ 8:00 in Auditorium

Oct 13 gr 10/11 psat pre-admiN @ 2:00 in Cafe

ocT 20 gr 8/9 psat pre admin @ 2:00 in Cafe


  • cost: $16.00 (payable to MRHS)

OCT 14 PSAT 10/11 @ 8:00 in Cafe

OCT 21 PSAT 8/9 @ 8:00 in Cafe

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Monomoy Well Represented at the weekend Cranberry Harvest Festival

Enjoy the photos!

Town Ball History Lesson

Students in Mr. Alexander's very popular "Baseball & Society" course examine American History through baseball.

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