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MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence

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28th Edition May 13, 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.
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Concession Stand Fundraiser Kick Off- new date: Friday May 20!

Dear Parents,

We would like to solicit your support in helping build a concession stand and bathroom facility at our high school stadium field and to invite you to a fundraising event for this project on Friday, May 20th, beginning at 5PM. Whether you have a current or future student-athlete involved in field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, track & field, cheerleading or football or if you or your children will ever be spectators at events for these sports, this project will benefit you directly. The construction of the concession stand will be a “community build,” funded by businesses and families within our community and constructed by volunteers. With your support we hope to construct the facility over the summer to have it ready for fall sports.

Through the Monomoy Regional High School construction project, a slab with plumbing and electrical hook-ups has been laid in place. Mount Vernon Group Architects have generously donated their time and expertise to develop complete plans and an artistic rendering of the final building (a picture is attached to this email). As a community, we now need to raise the funds for materials and secure volunteers to construct the building atop of this slab. The lumber and materials needed for this building will ultimately cost about $50,000. We thank the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and the Harwich Cranberry Festival for generously contributing $10,000 and $2,000 respectively towards this project. We also thank J. W. Dubis & Sons for contributing an additional $500, leaving about $37,500 to be raised to bring this project to fruition.

We invite all Monomoy families to join us at an event to "kick off" fundraising for this project on Friday, May 20. beginning at 5PM at the Monomoy Regional High School stadium field. At the event, there will be a barbecue, where you can purchase dinner, while also enjoying two back-to-back lacrosse games. Our Monomoy Girls Lax (coop team with Cape Tech) will be playing their first game on our home field against Nantucket, followed by our Monomoy Boys Lax team playing Middleboro at 7PM. In between the two games (at 6:30 PM), we will be holding an auction which will include a few "priceless" treasures, including the sign from in front of the former Chatham Middle High School and the coveted Rough Rider weathervane which once stood atop Harwich High. We are thankful for the Chatham Candy Manor for a donation to be sold at the auction and would welcome other donations of products or services from families or businesses to be included in the auction to support the concession stand project.

If you have a contribution to the auction or would like to donate funds to support the purchase of materials for the concession stand, please contact Barbara Susko at the Monomoy Regional Schools Central Office at 508-945-5130. Donations are tax deductible.

Skilled carpenters, plumbers, and electricians will be needed for this build, along with community members willing to lend a hand. Volunteers willing to donate their time, labor, and expertise should contact Monomoy Regional Building Committee Co-chair Ed McManus at 508-527-7620.

Both volunteers and financial benefactors will be recognized on a plaque to be affixed to the completed building. More information on this project is available on the Monomoy Regional Concession Stand Building Project website.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools and our athletic programs.

Scott Carpenter, Superintendent

Brendan Case, Athletic Director

Monomoy Regional Schools

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Summer Reading 2.0

Our student and staff book selections for our new summer reading program are in, and we have a great collection of 36 titles to pick from on our Summer Reading LibGuide! We are asking our students to take some time looking over the titles to pick the book that is right for them and to select a first choice and an alternate title. Our goal is to have everyone signed up next week, so Ms. Wheaton has time to order the books and get them into our students’ hands before leaving for the summer.

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Senior Class News

It is hard to believe that graduation is three weeks away. Next week is Senior Spirit Week. Our peer leaders have come up with a fun-filled week to honor our seniors. On Friday, the senior class will be participating in our 1st MRHS Beach Day. Seniors should arrive at Bank Street Beach at 10:00 am. Our local police and fire departments are generously providing us with a cookout. We have scheduled an ice cream truck that afternoon, so seniors should plan to bring money. There is no rain date for this event.

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Awesome Learning Experience For Grade 9 - NEED Academy Trip in Truro.

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Senior Olivia Burke received the Student of the Month Award from the Chatham Rotary Club at a dinner celebration at the 400 East Restaurant May 4.

Great job Olivia!
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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 would like to give a shout out to Sam Lucarelli, father of Peter Lucarelli, for visiting our Marine Science class today and sharing his experiences as a local fisherman. The class benefited greatly from hearing about his work out on the water and the history of how he became a fisherman. We had a great discussion about not only his fishing practices but also the environmental issues, economics, and politics related to this industry. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our class. We so appreciate it!

Ms. Picariello

At last Friday's "Breakfast for a Cause" and from the student collection, you raised $106.00 to help animals! Shark Shout Out to all who supported this by bringing in food/or making a donation.

If you know of an animal in need (like the feral cat we just helped) please do not hesitate to contact me via this email address or

Paula McMahon

Shark Shout out to our Rotary Club of Yarmouth & Dennis "Just Good Kids" Award Recipients: Olivia Burke, Chris Jaques,

Olivia Burke - Olivia is such a quiet presence in our school, but does SO much that goes unnoticed. First of all, she is an exceptional student-Her course load consists of 3 AP courses, one Honors course and full-time Orchestra. She participates in numerous clubs and activities and represented our school at South East Districts as first chair violin. I am nominating Olivia because in addition to her own personal responsibilities, she is a Peer Tutor. She works with one of my struggling freshman math students and helped that student achieve success in Algebra with grades of 80 and 88 for first and second quarter. Olivia has been accepted to all her colleges thus far, and has been awarded academic scholarships for her efforts in high school.

Ms. Police

Christopher Jaques-Chris is more than just a good kid, he is a top athlete, serious academic student, and valued member of the theater arts program at Monomoy Regional High School. Chris has recently been accepted into the United States Coast Guard Academy, an amazing achievement. Thanks to Chris for representing our school so well over the years, and for his future service to our Nation in the United States Coast Guard.

Mr. Gifford

Hannah Thacher - Hannah is clearly one of the most determined college applicants whom I have worked with. She has taken on one of the more demanding academic schedules during her stay here. She earned highest US History II grade last year (94%). In many instances Hannah was unable to take an honors or AP class in her schedule due to her passion for performing arts. According to her teachers, she is very inquisitive and has an unmatched zest for learning. Hannah has been a member of the National Honor Society since her junior year. She has been a member of Honor or High Honor Roll every quarter in high school. She has also excelled in our music department and has been a member of our select choir. She has combined the love for each participating in over ten plays and musicals. I will always remember Hannah’s rendition of Patti Simcox, in last years’ production of Greece. In my mind, she absolutely stole the show with her solo!

Mr. Bennett

The Guidance and Counseling Department would like to wish Kerrie Lombardozzi well in her pursuit of a career path in School Counseling. Kerrie completed her School Counseling internship in the MRHS Guidance Department this year where her professionalism and work with our students and staff was nothing short of exceptional.

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Alcohol, Marijuana & the Teenage Brain

Earlier this year, we shared with our community the results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Throughout this year we have been focusing efforts to address concerns both raised in our teen's survey results and concerns endemic in the lives of youth today. Towards that end, we hosted an expert in the field of substance use and addiction to speak with our community on Wednesday May 11.

The speaker was Dr. Ken Hill, an Associate Professor from the Harvard University School of Medicine, who specializes in addiction psychiatry. He is the author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World's Most Popular Weed. He shared information on the science of addiction and offered a window into what treatment for addiction looks like.

If you were unable to make the event please click on the link below. Thank you Sheila House for helping organizing this event.

**Filmed by Nick Malone

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Creative Writing Class Visits Harwich Historical Society

Last week, the Creative Writing class visited the Harwich Historical Society during their long block. Students were given a quick tour of the exhibits and a special tour of the Society's "storage" room where so many wonderful artifacts are kept. Students spent time looking at items carefully and taking notes on one artifact that "spoke" to them. The students are now working on a story of Historical Fiction inspired by the artifact. Many thanks to the Harwich Historical Society and member, Jane Martin, for giving us this opportunity, for taking these photos, and for promising to publish the students' work in the Society newsletter when the pieces are ready!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Cape Verdean Presentation Writing Contest:

FIRST PLACE: $50. Abbie Dube, Poem – “Growing Up Today”

SECOND PLACE: $30 Grace Fernandes, Untitled Essay

THIRD PLACE: $20 Saray Dean, Essay - “We Too Have a Voice”

HONORABLE MENTION: $10 Elena Neoh, Poem - “Diversity”

HONORABLE MENTION: $10 Alexis Roma, Untitled Essay

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MRHS Sharing Culture!

MRHS's Diversity/Multicultural Club, faculty, and students hosted a display table at Cape Cod Community College's Multicultural Festival on Saturday, May 7. It was a great opportunity to share just how diverse MRHS is!

thank you kids & Ms. Hoff

Important Information for Seniors & Graduation Below:

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South Shore League Scholar-Athletes: Congratulations Lily Gorman & Charles Kiernan

Last chance- Animal Photo Contest!

Please do not forget to submit your favorite pet or animal photo before May 23rd! Click Link for Flyer: After you email the photo to us, the forms are in the library and main office and the collection jar is in the main office.

We have some really terrific photos of your pets so far, but we need more so we can make a display before the vote! Please give your photo(s) a title - even if it is just the animal's name! There are several prizes valued between $50 and $100! Have a great weekend and start snapping those pet/animal photos.

Paula McMahon-Animal Welfare Club Advisor

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Cool New Sailing Gear!

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