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22nd Edition: March 13, 2015

Interim/Progress Reports Going Digital

At MRHS we pride ourselves on being a technologically and environmentally friendly school. Our goal is to move towards a "paperless" environment. To that end, all Interim/Progress reports and report cards from this point on will be made available on Aspen. Paper copies will be available upon request of a student or parent.

3rd Quarter Interim/Progress reports will be available TODAY on Aspen March 13, 2015.

Building our School of the Future

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.

Support the MRSD Budget - Meeting Updates

Community Center – Multi-purpose Meeting Room 100 Oak Street, Harwich Regular Meeting 4:00 P.M.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Important! - Wednesday, March 18, 2015
4:00 pm Police
4:30 pm Fire and Rescue
5:00 pm CC Regional Tech School
5:25 pm MRSD

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Please follow the calendar at:

School Committee Meetings -
7:00 p.m. MRHS Library
3/11 - Budget Discussion
3/25 - Agenda not yet posted

Please follow the calendar at:
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Best Buddies Prom Huge Success!

Saturday March 7, 2015 the students from the Best Buddies Program at Monomoy High School traveled to Norwell High School for the 5th Annual Best Buddies Prom. There were more than 700 students from high schools around Massachusetts in attendance. It was dance fever as the students and Best Buddies danced the night away. The students rode in style in a Limo Bus generously donated by Cape Destinations. A great time was had by everyone - enjoy the photos (below)

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Ross Jatkola Named New MRHS Head Football Coach

Ross was a standout football player and basketball player at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, on Cape Cod. Upon graduation in 2003, Ross moved on to play football at the division 1 level for SUNY Albany in New York, where he was the starting tight end his junior and senior seasons. Ross started his coaching career at Salve Regina University in 2007, where he served as the offensive line coach for two seasons. Over the past five years, Ross has worked on the Dennis-Yarmouth coaching staff as the offensive line coach, defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach. Since Ross joined the staff in 2010, the dolphins have appeared in the playoffs four times, played in two state championship games and won the 2011 division 2a state championship. Ross also takes tremendous pride in being an active member in the community, volunteering for numerous youth sports organizations and starting several sports programs at local elementary schools.

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Check out GREASE at MRHS

Grease opened Wednesday night to a nearly sold out crowd. The cast, crew, and pit band were amazing and the energy was contagious as the audience laughed and cheered though out the production!! Thursday night was our can drive for the Harwich Family Pantry and the crowds filled the auditorium for the Thursday night show and many brought canned goods for donation.

The show continues Friday night at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm and 7 pm. Tickets are available at the door, 45 for students and $10 for adults. At the matinee on Saturday there is a special senior citizen rate of $5. Come join the fun and excitement as nearly 100 Monomoy students present GREASE!!

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Virtual Science Lab in Mr. Simpson's Class

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Wellness Department Rockin at MRHS

This week the Wellness Dept. has been quite active.

On Monday - 3/9 - we hosted a Cape Cod Health Care Blood Drive collecting 27 pints of blood. Two of our students Kane Reese and Alix Pierre won free tickets to the prom for donating blood.

On Wed. - 3/ 11 - we hosted a Hoops for Heart Evening. Fifteen Teams participated & $300 was raised and our teacher team - " Staff Infection" came in 1st. They are now the reigning champs for 2015. All proceeds collected will be sent to the American heart Association. This years tournament had 15 teams and raised over $300! This is the first year that it was held in the new gymnasium and it was a huge success!

On Friday - 3/6 - the Teachers hosted a Casual for a Cause breakfast for faculty - The tip jar of $65. was also sent to the American Heart Association.

A Shout Out goes to: Stacy Yarnall for organizing the Hoops for Heart and the Peer Leaders & Ms. Chilaka for organizing the Blood Drive.

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The Harwich Chamber of Commerce Presents: Comedy Improv to Raise $ for MRHS Students

Join us on Thursday, March 26, 2015 for our First Comedy Improv Night. A scholarship fundraiser for Monomoy Students.

Live on stage comedic improv performances based on audience participation and feedback. A truly hilarious opportunity to raise money for a good cause.

When: Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Where: Monomoy High School Auditorium

Cost: $15 adults, $10 students $50 per family maximum

Tickets available by calling 508.430.1165 Cyndi Williams and Jeremy Gingras
Select tickets available at the door.

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Kristen Siegel - Accepted to Prestigious New England Writer's Conference at Middlebury College!

The New England Writers' Conference is held at Middlebury College in Vermont each year and brings together 200 dedicated high school writers from the New England/New York region. At the workshop, students share manuscripts, attend readings and study skills with professional authors and college creative writing professors. It is extremely selective, with a rigorous application process, so Kristen is to be commended.

Thank you to Ms. Kelly for nominating her! Check out the SHARK Shout Out Section for a special thanks to our English Department by Kristen's mom

Fine Arts Calendar of Events


1-10 Sunday-Tuesday MANDATORY musical rehearsals – start making plans NOW!

6 Friday Junior Southeast Music Festival

7 Saturday Junior Southeast Music Festival

11 Wednesday Opening Night of Grease; 8:00 AM Middle School Matinee/ 5:00 Call, 7:00pm Show

12 Thursday 2nd night of Grease; 5:00 Call, 7:00pm Show

13 Friday 3rd night of Grease; 5:00 Call, 7:00pm Show

14 Saturday 4th night of Grease; 1:00 Call, 3:00pm Matinee/ 5:00 Call 7:00pm Show

19 Thursday 1st day of All State Music Festival

20 Friday 2nd day of All State Music Festival

21 Saturday 3rd day of All State Music Festival


7 Tuesday 1st MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL for Pops Concert


8 Wednesday All Cape Middle School Chorus Festival

9 Thursday 1st Day of All Eastern Festival

10 Friday 2nd Day of All Eastern Festival

11 Saturday 3rd Day of All Eastern Festival

14 Tuesday 2ND MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL for Pops Concert


15 Wednesday Pops Concert _ EPIC BRITISH ROCK BANDS

Call 6:00 Concert 7:00

16 Thursday Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony Nauset MS

***Seelct Choir Only



6:00-7:00 PM art reception at Lutz Gallery

7:00 PM concert at Pilgrim Congregational Church

21 Thursday 1ST MANDATORY Spring Concert dress rehearsal


26 Tuesday 2ND MANDATORY Spring Concert dress rehearsal

6:00-9:00 PM


Call 6:00 PM Concert 7:00 PM



Check out the department website!

Are you following us on twitter? @MRHSMusicDrama

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Advertising Class Shines with new project

The new Advertising class just finished their first project creating advertising timelines. They are on display in the case in the math wing and outside Ms. Graham's classroom - check them out. Enjoy the photos of students:

  • Jon Mede and Trever Castillias
  • Rudy Fratus and Connor Carlson
  • Kerianne Hall and Maddyline Hastings
  • Kemoi Haughton and Ashleigh Tolley
  • Karley Marchese and Emily Greco
  • Eddie Goggin and Larry DiNoia
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Athletic Department News: Spring Sports Start

Hard to believe but Spring Sports begin on Monday. Those of you expecting to tryout please make sure you have done the following:

Registered on Familyid

Have an up to date physical on file with Nurse Dufault

Have an Impact Test on file with Ms. Murray

Completed a Preseason head injury/concussion form and turned in to Mr. Demanche, Ms. Murray or your coach.

Both Boys and Girls Tennis will have preseason practice at MRMS. The bus will leave at 2:40. Pickup after practice will be from MRMS.

Softball will be in the gym Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 2:45-4:15

Baseball will follow from 4:15-6:15

On Tuesday/Thursday the schedule is flipped.

Congratulations to South Shore League All Stars: Christine Friedel, Chris Ryder, Logan DeSouza & Briana Stebbins.

Also a Shout Out to Christine, Logan,Chris as well as Lexi Roma & Maddie Kelly for taking part in the SSL All Star festivities on Thursday, 3/12.

The Cape and Islands All Star games will take place at the HYCC this Sunday. Scheduled to play: Christine, Maddie & Logan. In addition our own Coach Rose will play in the Alumni game with dad Glenn coaching! Glory Days indeed!


Become a global family by hosting an AFS Intercultural Programs high school student this school year. Welcome an AFS Exchange Student from one of 90 countries.

Local AFS Volunteers will support you and your hosted student throughout your experience to help you both receive the most from your time together. You provide a bed and meals for your student; but what is more important, you should be excited to share your life and activities while providing the same kind of care, support, and comfort you would to your own child. AFS welcomes all kinds of families.

Students generally arrive in August and stay for the academic year. They study in high schools and are eager to experience what it's like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to build a more just and peaceful world. We have many families who are currently hosting who would love to talk to you..

Start the process at

local contact Anne D'Urso 508 237 4787

MRHS Guidance Link- click below:

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Shark "Shout Outs" - MRHS's way of Appreciating the Great People here!

Ms. Siegel's response to daughter Kristen's acceptance to the New England Writer's Conference:

Her acceptance is a testament to all the support she’s received from the English Department throughout her time at Harwich and Monomoy High Schools. Mrs. Hoffman, Mrs. Kelly, and Mrs. Lavangie all have had a part in encouraging her passion and talent in creative writing.

Please extend my gratitude to them as well!


Tracie Siegel

Shout out to Music Teachers Ms. Toscano and Mr. Roberts from Ms. Barnes:

Dear Diana and Chris,

Thank you so much for all that you do for the students of the Monomoy Regional Schools. The preparation our students receive from you is extraordinary, as is evidenced by the Junior Southeast Regional District performance this past weekend. The perfection demonstrated in every song was remarkable, and I was astounded that this caliber could be achieved by students so young. My daughter feels that this was a wonderful learning experience, and each of the students I have spoken with at the high school today who participated felt exactly the same way. Thank you for giving our students this remarkable gift.

Kindest regards,

Rachel Barnes

Mr. Alexander gives a shout out to the Sock Hop!

Good morning. Just a quick email to say thanks to all the folks (Deb, Rose, Liane, Bernadette, and anyone else I may have forgotten!) who made Friday's sock hop special. The student performers did a great job and my children had a wonderful time.


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Ms. Hoff's Class welcomes new student

One of our newest students, Jose Luis Lesmes from Bogotá, Colombia, describes his life in a question and answer session in Ms. Hoff’s Spanish 3 class. In the following class, Jose Luis gave us a virtual tour of his hometown using Google Earth. We were able to see his house, school, and favorite places to spend time with friends. In each of the classes, students communicated entirely in Spanish. What a wonderfully authentic experience for our students to be able to communicate with a native speaker, peer, and new friend!

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Connecting to the World

Thanks to the state-of-the-art technology in our new school, Ms. Hoff's Spanish Class was able to project the Google Hangouts image of our videopals from Colegio Miralba in Vigo, Spain on the whiteboard for the entire class to see.
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Jennifer Keim, Logan DeSouza, and Connor Meehan of Ms. Hoff’s Spanish 3 class take turns videoconferencing with high school students at Colegio Miralba in Vigo, Spain

Chatham Firefighters April Fool's Day Plunge for Jesse Nash

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Multi-Cultural Fair During MRHS Enrichment Block

MRHS's Enrichment block built into the school day allows our students the opportunity to experience a multitude of events that prepare them for the world they are about to enter. We are fortunate to have our Multicultural/Diversity Club hosting a multicultural/diversity fair on March 25 during enrichment block.

If any faculty, staff, and/or student is interested in a) offering a performance, or b) decorating a table with items/food that represents a specific culture or encourages diversity, please stop by room A209, or email Ms. Hoff at Thank you.

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