MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter

MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence

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9th Edition November 13, 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 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.

After meeting with several parents during "dialogue with the principal", we decided to include a Monthly calendar at the beginning of each focus, along with links to other informational calendars. Our goal is to upgrade our website to have a 1-stop convenient menu of news & events- stay tuned. We look forward to keeping you apprised of the many great things happening at OUR school.

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Peter Pan Opens Big!

An awesome opening night of Peter Pan. The cast and crew have done a tremendous job at bringing Neverland to life here at MRSH. Come see the production Friday Nov 13 and Saturday Nov 14 at 7:30 or join us Saturday at 4pm for the matinee. Tonight, Friday the 13th get in for free with 3 canned or dry goods. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and all seats are $5 at the matinee.

A special shout out to the volunteer flyers, we couldn’t have done it without you!! Thank you, Sam McCormick, Gerard Smith, Peter Donovan, Josh Donovan, Aaron Frankel, Josh Miner, Nick Norcott, and our own MRHS Cliff Steinruck!!

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Photography Workshop for our students

On Thursday, Nov. 5th, photographer, teacher, author Peter Trull presented a photographic workshop to MRHS's photography students. Students took notes and photos of the lecture, while learning observational skills and basic photographic concepts. Two of most noteworthy concepts students identified were- "When you compose a photograph, you want to look at the entire image instead of just looking at the center", and "There is a lot of patience involved in Photography". "Don"t just take pictures, make them!"

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Other Important Links, Social Media and Calendars to stay "Connected"

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

Monomoy STAND Lobbies Congress

Sixteen members of Monomoy RHS STAND traveled to Washington, DC last weekend. They attended the national STAND Summit with 50 other students from across the country. After a conference at American University learning the latest on conflicts in Sudan, Burma, Syria and elsewhere, the students spent Monday on Capitol Hill, meeting with the foreign policy specialists for Rep. Keating, Sen. Warren, and Sen. Markey. They asked our representatives to co-sponsor the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, to support the Middle East Refugee Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, and to sign a letter to Secretary Kerry urging him to pressure Burma on Human Rights issues. The conference was organized by STAND's national director and Harwich High School alum, MacKenzie Hamilton. For details and pictures, visit

Important Grade & Mid term Information

Term grades close for Quarter 1 this Thursday – November 12th.

Report cards will be available on Aspen next Wednesday – November 18th

**If you would like a hard copy of your child's report card please contact our guidance office**

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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Aleela & Sam to participate in Fall Art Internship Artworks Program!

Congratulations to Aleela Rose and Samantha Peckham who were chosen to participate in the Fall Art Internship Artworks Program!

Aleela will be working with artist Jeanne Tassinari at her painting studio in East Harwich, and Sam will be working with artist Christine Cotton in her glass studio in Osterville.

The Fall Internships run form Oct. 9-Dec. 18th.

Applications for the Spring Internships begin on November 15th. The Spring Internships run from Jan. 29th-April 15, 2016. There will be an Artworks exhibit in the spring at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis on June 24, 2016.

Students interested in the Spring Internship please see Mrs. Trull, Mrs. Donovan or Mrs. Waystack

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Sandscript visits our Elementary Schools

For over 15 years, members of Sandscript (our creative writing club) have been visiting elementary school students to read their student-written and student-illustrated, child-friendly Halloween stories that are more about friendship than about scary sights. This year, we visited three classrooms at both C.E.S. and H.E.S.. Sandscript would like to thank the following teachers for welcoming us into their rooms: Janice Campbell, Sandy Hanson, Brandi Frommeyer, Amy Hirschberger, Molly Jacobvitz, and Amy Silvester. We had a wonderful time!! Thanks also to Mr. Burkhead for supporting our work. The stories and photos will be on display upstairs near Mrs. Doyle’s room. Check us out!

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Welcome new Head Girl's Basketball Coach Peter Richer to MRHS!

Monomoy Regional High School is happy to announce the appointment of Peter Richer as the new Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach.

Coach Richer has many years of basketball experience as a player, coach, and official. He understands the important role that academics play in the development of the student-athletes here at Monomoy Regional High School. It was clear during the interview process that Coach Richer’s core values and beliefs align with the Monomoy Regional High School mission. Coach Richer is someone who will be dedicated to the overall growth of our student-athletes, both on and off the basketball court. We look forward to watching his teams develop into leaders in the Monomoy community as well.

*Coach Richer having his 1st team meeting (picture above)

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Outstanding Community Connection

Olivia and Emma Burke played violin this week at the weekly Harwich Seniors Supper Club at the community center. The supper club meets every Monday evening and offers seniors a low cost meal and a place to socialize. It was established several years ago after the tragic suicide of a senior in town, and the event is meant to bring seniors together to avoid loneliness in the community. Olivia and Emma (and oldest sister Abby- who graduated last year) have played occasional Monday nights for the last several years. They are scheduled to play again in December.

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Check out our Guidance Calendar & Coffee with the Counselors Opportunity!

“Come enjoy “Coffee with the Counselors” at 8am on November 17th in the Cafeteria. The guidance staff will be available to talk about college counseling, academics, and other student issues.”

Check out the Detailed Guidance Calendar to help you and your child plan ahead:

Please contact your child's counselor with any questions, or join us for coffee for in-person discussion on topics important to you!

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A Message from Mr. Cass

With November upon us, I usually do, No Shave November to raise awareness to Men’s health issues. I've been doing this the past 4 years and I have donated money to a Cancer research group. This year I thought it would be great to get our school involved to raise awareness not just to men's health issues but also to all Cancer’s, especially Pediatric as one of our students (Oliva Hart) is going through this right now. I am offering my hair as bounty, if we can raise $500. I am sure we will be able to get beyond that goal. Half of the money will go to help offset expenses that the family has to endure for traveling and the other half will go to the hospital Olivia is getting treatment from for Pediatric cancer research. If you would like to donate, there will be a container in the main office and if you would like to send in a check, you can make it out to Monomoy Regional School District for the Cancer fundraiser.

thank you!

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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 give a Shark Shout out to Ms. Angie Chilaka and thank her for her 25+ years of coaching in the Girls basketball program first in Harwich and later Monomoy. Hundreds of young women have been blessed by being in her presence through many a Cape winter. She models the qualities of compassion, fairness, dedication and positivity better than any individual I know! Our young women were extremely fortunate to be coached by her and she truly will be missed!

Mr. Demanche

Big shout out to Katie Kelly for finding the company to display the Monomoy Lighthouse decals on the front and back door entrances to MRHS.

Another shout out to Mr. Houston for encouraging his students to attend Veterans Day ceremonies in both Chatham and Harwich.

Bob Smeltzer

A shout out to Mr. Cass and the students who did the live broadcast of the past 2 field hockey games - Eliza Hawthorne, Molly Doncaster, and Ben Thomas. They did a great job!! We had friends and family from New Jersey, Texas, and Connecticut watching the games.

Thank you, Karen Small

I would like to send a huge shout out to the Monomoy Football team, coaches and parents. I Have never witnessed such a bond between teammates. This past Friday night after the game, the football team gathered around their teammate whose mother passed away shortly after Monomoy won the game. The cars just kept driving into the neighborhood, sweaty, dirty teammates dropped everything and stood aside their teammate. I was so proud of these students.

Kerri Robinson

Last home football game of the season ended in a huge win for the Sharks! Special thanks to Charles McIntyre for making it through my senior night script as well as announcing the game.

Thanks to Paul Demanche for supporting and coaching the program up top, and also Kwon Faith and Lisa Forte Doyle for working the gates. Mike Martin served as my right hand man again and did a fantastic job.

Lastly, thanks to Taylor Murray for her long hours, it is very much appreciated.

Great to see so many staff members out helping us, I received many compliments from several of our parents tonight about that tonight.

Go Sharks!

Brendan Case

Congratulations to Samantha Peckham who won an honorable mention in the age 14-18 category of the 2015 Envelope Art Contest! This contest is an annual event open to artists of all ages from around the world. The winning entries can be seen of the Edward Gorey House web site.

Ms. Trull

We want to send a shark shout out to Ms. Police. Ms. Police gives great advice and always puts a smile on our faces. She is deeply kind and works so hard to help us with our college admissions process. We are so lucky to have her at Monomoy!!

Molly Doncaster and Laine Kotoski

I hope it's not too late to Shout Out for Ms. Donovan and Mr. Breskie for their dedication and talent as teachers and directors of Peter Pan! They did an outstanding job coaching and empowering the students through all the long hours they put in on this delightful show. The cast was enthusiastic, hardworking and kind. They all deserve Shark Shouts, whistles, stomping and cheers!

All the best,

Marianne Millette-Kelley

Congratulations to Anna Milan, Nick Norcott, Carlee Tolley, Ashleigh Tolley, Rachel Cardillo, and Hannah Marty who have photographs in an exhibit at the atrium/gallery on the second floor of the State Transportation Building in Boston. The exhibit is one of a series sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, and will run from Nov. 9th until Dec. 7th.

Ms. Trull

Young Women's Club Learns Self-Defense

The Young Women’s Club would like to thank Officer Paul Mellett of the Yarmouth Police Department (and father of Lindsey Mellett) for putting together a fantastic self-defense class for us. Many thanks to those teachers who came with him: Officer Robert Bitinas of the Boston Police Department and Owner/Head Law Enforcement Instructor at “Krav Maga Boston Cape Cod,” an Israeli Self Defense and Fighting School in Hyannis, and Instructors Katie Parache and Lisa Breenie for working so well with our young women. We can’t wait for their return in the Spring!

Ms. Forte-Doyle and Ms. Gleason

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Athletic Department News: It's Keim Time! Jen Keim Signs National Letter of Intent

MRHS celebrated it's first National Letter of Intent Division 1 Signing today. There was a huge turnout in our gym to congratulate Jen and her family. Below is the script read by Athletic Director Case to honor Jen:

Good afternoon, I would like to thank everyone in attendance today for coming out to support Jen and her family on this special day. In a few moments, Jen will sign her National Letter of Intent to play golf at Florida Atlantic University, a Division 1 school. Before she signs, I would just like to highlight a few of Jen’s accomplishments over the past few years.

During her sophomore and junior campaigns, Jen was unbeaten during the regular season. She was 14-0 her sophomore year, and 13-0-1 her junior year. As a Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic Golfer, Jen led the Sharks golf team to a 10-4 regular season mark, and then went on to defeat the entire Massachusetts Bay League Field for the individual title by four strokes. She also went on to qualify for the State finals, and went on to shoot an impressive 77 in the New England Championship. Her personal best score was a 69 at Trumps’ Colt’s Neck Golf Course this past July.

Just this past weekend, Jen placed 3rd at the Optimist Tournament of Champions at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. She shot a 76 and a 75 for a total score of 151 over 36 holes. We are looking forward to watching Jen serve as a captain for the 3rd year in a row, as she looks to capture the State Championship at her home course of Eastward Ho! in June.

On the academic side, Jen is currently enrolled in several AP classes, and is looking to study nursing in college. Jen is joined today by her teammates and friends, her parents Deb and Ken, brother Kenny, her coach John Anderson, and longtime supporter Jack Farrell from Eastward Ho!

Jen, when you are ready, please sign your letter of intent to play golf at Florida Atlantic University. **Pictured above**

Lets hear it for Jen!

Shout Out to our Field Hockey Tournament Team- Great Season!

Field hockey dropped a heartbreaker Sunday 2-1 out on Martha's Vineyard.... the girls had a great season and laid it all on the line. It was fun to watch

Also special thanks to Steve Cass and his crew, who spent the day with us traveling over and broadcasting the game via YouTube

Keep your eyes out for more coverage this winter... we have a few new ideas to incorporate!

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Great Outdoor Dining now possible at MRHS

Our new outdoor tables/chairs are absolutely amazing! Thank you Ms. Isernio for ordering them and our dedicated custodial team for assembling & staging. They were filled at every lunch and the kids love them!

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Class of 2017 goes all out for Can Drive !! Great job!!

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Join us for the MRHS 2nd Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner

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

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New Plants Beautify Community Entrance!

Thank you Ms. Harris & Mr. Marty of H & J Garden and Landscape for generously donating these beautiful plants to help welcome our guests and make a breathtaking first impression of our great school! Thank you to Ms. Weekes for your help in making this happen.

Guidance Corner: Free Essay Workshop for College-Bound Students!

Monomoy Guidance TEAM

Ms. Police, (A-F)

Mr. Gifford, Director (G-N)

Mr. Bennett (O-Z)

Upcoming College Visits to Guidance – next week:

Johnson & Wales University (Providence) Guidance 11/17/15 9:30 AM

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:

COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELORS – November 17th 8:00 AM – MRHS Cafeteria

MEFA – FINANCIAL AID NIGHT – DEC 2nd 6:30 PM – MRHS Auditorium

The College Financing Seminar will cover:

· Applying for financial aid

· How colleges make financial aid decisions

· Financial aid award letters

· How families can pay their share of college costs

· Free resources available to help families

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.

Follow us on Twitter @MonomoyGuidance!

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