FRIDAY FOCUS

Monomoy Regional High School's Weekly Newsletter

Published: February 12th, 2021

Table of contents:

  • Important Information
  • MRHS News & Weekly Review
  • Counselors' Corner
  • Athletics
  • School Calendar

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REMINDER: No School Next Week!

There will be NO SCHOOL from Monday, February 15th - Friday, February 19th.


We will return on Monday, February 22nd. It will be a Day 6 Mako Remote.

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MRSD Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates, resources, and briefings from Superintendent Dr. Carpenter.

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Meal Services Updates

Information on meal services for remote learners & in-person learners.

Free and reduced lunch application information

School meals are free for all students this year, however, families who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should still apply to the program.

Free and reduced benefits can offer additional support to families and can also include certain other fees being waived or reduced. The data also impacts overall school and district funding, in some cases.

To access the application, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Food Services Director Garth Petracca at gpetracca@monomoy.edu.

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SHARK SHOUTOUTS

  • Thank you to Aldona P. and Kathleen Vagenas for the delicious quiche and banana bread in honor of counseling week. We appreciate your kindness and culinary skills! -Betsy, Jon, Lindsay, Sean, Robin, and Nicole

  • Great job by the students in Monomoy’s Interact club who make over 100 handmade Valentine’s Day cards for local seniors in our community! A sampling of some of them is shown here. How talented & creative are they? -Mrs. Betsy Casey
  • A BIG THANK YOU to our Vice Principal, David Alexander, for braving the cold rain and taking the time to help the Animal Welfare Club capture a photo of their donations to CCDART last week! (See ccdart.org for more information!) -Ms. Paula McMahon
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Welcome!

Welcome to the new students in the second-semester remote seminar - The Individual and Society. This is a great chance to earn credit while exploring interesting real-world topics. We are off to a great start!
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We the People competition

On Saturday, January 30th, Monomoy government students participated in the state "We the People" speech competition on the Constitution, government, and current events. Via Zoom, students presented speeches to judges who are experts on government and history. Judges included professors of constitutional law, history, practicing lawyers, political aides, and educators. (One judge Sue Leeson, is an Oregon Supreme Court justice, and the main author of our "We the People" government textbook). Kim Parker, Cara Jolibois, and Andrew Davock gave a strong presentation of their arguments about how the Constitution balances individual rights and the common good. Sydney Parker, Julia Smith, and Nate Whitfield presented about the conflict over the ratification of the Constitution, and the role of hyperbole in political discourse. Marissa Greiner, Matt Smeltzer, and Kristian Burt impressed judges with their arguments about voting, and restrictions on voting rights, winning a Unit Award. Congratulations also to Andrew Davock for winning an award for Civic Virtue, voted on by his peers. Well done!
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Black History Month Display

MRHS is paying tribute to the voices of African American musicians and artists throughout history. JoAnne Weeks and Jazmyn Jones collaborated to create a visual display located at the top of the Main Street staircase. Featuring an array of artists from Billie Holiday to Childish Gambino, Proud Mary's hair is filled with the music that offers a soundtrack to our lives.


In hard times, music is a way to bring people together and express difficult emotions. Let this serve as a reminder that even in the face of adversity, art can inspire us all!

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MRHS Select Choir performs "Shule Aroon"

The Select Choir “performed” at last night’s School Committee meeting.


Click here to view their performance:

https://youtu.be/1LK7_oEq_GI

Shule Aroon-MRHS Select Choir-February 2021 #choirinthetimeofcorona
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EVERFI Black History Month Challenge

Cape Cod 5 is encouraging local high-school students in the community, ages 13-18, to join the cost-free EVERFI Black History Month Challenge. Students who participate in this national, month-long challenge will complete four digital lessons focused on understanding the Black experience and write a capstone essay, in which they will share how they plan to continue the conversation about Black history in their communities throughout the year. Submission of these essays will enable the student to compete for college scholarships awarded by EVERFI and educational stipends offered locally by Cape Cod 5.


Upon completion of the Black History Month Challenge, three students will be selected by EVERFI to win one of three college scholarships of $10,000, $6,000 and $4,000, respectively. As a unique addition to this challenge, Cape Cod 5 will award five Honorable Mention educational stipends in the amount of $500 to local students, identified by EVERFI as semi-finalists. A panel of Cape Cod 5 judges will select the five Honorable Mention educational stipend winners drawn from a pool of local students. Students must enter via the Bank’s website using the link below to qualify for one of the five $500 scholarships from Cape Cod 5.


To enter the EVERFI Black History Month Challenge and qualify for a $500 Honorable Mention educational stipend from Cape Cod 5, students ages 13-18 can visit www.capecodfive.com/everfi-black-history-month-challenge.

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Chatham Rotary Club February Student of the Month

Congratulations to Jasmine Silva who is the February student of the month for the Chatham Rotary.
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MRHS students participate in "Through Young Eyes": an exhibition of work by Cape Cod students

Running February 11th-April 18th at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Virtual Reception: February 24th


MRHS Students participating:

Halladay Perry

Riley Jones

Brienna Notaro

Courteney Dery


An exhibition of work by Cape Cod students grades K-12, presented by the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cod & Islands Art Educators Association (CCIAEA).


The selected works have been curated by art teachers in the region and represent over 20 schools. Mediums include sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, & 3-D art.


The exhibition raises awareness of "Youth Art Month", which celebrates the value of art education and art participation for all children during the month of March each year.

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Join the Young Men's Club!

The Young Men's Club is accepting new members. If you want a chance to socialize around positive topics like getting ahead in the world, sports, the outdoors etc. email Mr Sowpel at gsowpel@monomoy.edu. We meet every week or two.
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Alumna Grace Fernandes ('16) helps with spring musical production

We are so lucky to have Monomoy alumni Grace Fernandes ‘16 designing and instructing the cast of Alice In Wonderland in their make-up for the upcoming production on March 18, 19, and 20! SAVE THE DATE AND STAY TUNED ON HOW TO AQUIRE VIRTUAL TICKETS!
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Collection for items for Wild Care in Eastham continues after February vacation!

The MRHS Animal Welfare Club is still collecting items and donations for BOTH domestic shelters and Wild Care in Eastham.


We are also donating these pet foods to CCDART (See ccdart.org for details!)

  • If you have CLEAN towels, blankets, throws, pillow cases, sheets, dog/cat beds or carriers, they will be used! (PLEASE- place these cleaned linens in a plastic trash bag. (No items with holes, buttons or zippers, please!)
  • ** We are very much in need of WET dog and/or cat food, as well as monetary donations that will help to care for animals through the cold winter months!!
  • **This year of the pandemic has been particularly difficult to secure donations, so even a small donation will help these animals!!


WildCare alone had over 10,000 calls to help wild animals in 2020! Any monetary (checks only) or physical donations can be brought to Beth Howe’s room # A163, but please email to her for a good time to do so: bhowe@monomoy.edu OR please email pkmcmahon@monomoy.edu to arrange a pick-up.


Thank you so much!


Photo of Animal Welfare Club donation to CCDART to help families feed their pets:

Paula McMahon (Co-advisor) and Pat Tammar (CCDART)

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Ad Lucem Root Word of the Week

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Class of 2022 Popcorn Fundraiser

The class of 2022 will be selling Poppin Popcorn from Feb 1st thru Feb 21st. This popcorn and candy are absolutely delicious. There are so many different flavors to choose from!!


50% of the sales will come right back to the class of 2022. To order your popcorn, please see a 2022 Junior!!

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Class of 2025

The Class of 2025 is looking for local fundraising ideas to support local businesses. If you have a business or an idea, please email Lindsay Ginnetty, 8th Grade Class Advisor, at lginnetty@monomoy.edu

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Juniors

For those that were not able to join the counselors for the college planning presentation, the video will be uploaded to the Monomoy website soon and can be viewed there.


Junior students and families will be invited to do individual future planning sessions with their counselors in the month of March. Mrs. Casey will be scheduling them.

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Peer Tutoring

Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Hemeon are connecting peer tutors with students who need help in a variety of subjects. If your student would like some tutoring assistance, please contact jbennett@monomoy.edu to start the process.

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Peer Mentoring

Mr. Bennett and Mr. Burke are supporting a new club started by student Luke Sanders. While tutoring could be a part of this, it’s meant to serve as a support for students in grades 8-11 who could benefit from an upperclassman mentor.


Luke is looking for Grade 11 and 12 students in good standing to help become peer mentors. Please contact Luke at lsanders22@monomoy.edu to join the fun!

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Seniors

Please continue to check Naviance for scholarships - following all the deadlines is very important!

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Follow us on Social Media!

TWITTER: @MonomoyGuidance

INSTAGRAM: @MonomoyGuidance

Wishing you health and safety,

The School Counseling Team


Caitlyn Hall, 8th Grade Counselor

Lindsay Ginnetty, A-F

Sean Burke, G-N

Jon Bennett, Instructional Leader, O-Z

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JANUARY SCHOLAR ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Maggie Dever

Maggie Dever embodies everything that a Scholar-Athlete should. She is an Honor Roll student with a 3.89 GPA, as well as the 2020 Digital Media Arts Award winner. Maggie is a member of the National Honor Society, Best Buddies, Captains Council, and the MIAA Student Advisory Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the school's varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams and also plays club soccer. Prior to tearing her ACL early during her junior year, Maggie was a league all-star in soccer and a two-time league all-star in basketball. Now a senior, Maggie has already been named a league all-star in soccer this past fall and has been appointed captain of the soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. Her tenacity and perseverance have helped her overcome a serious injury to not only return to a high-level playing status, but she earned the respect of her coaches, teammates, and peers. Maggie Dever truly is the definition of a Scholar-Athlete. - Coach Bill O’Connell

Dan Gould When asked to choose a scholar-athlete from the boys basketball program, it became obvious to me rather quickly that the answer to this question was Dan Gould. Dan is junior Captain on the varsity boys basketball team. Since the 8th grade, Dan has proved to be a Tireless worker who cares more for the team than his own personal accolades. This season- from the beginning preseason workouts- Dan has been a tremendous leader both on the court and in the classroom. Dan carries a 3.97 GPA, always shows up early and ready to work, and puts in as much sweat as any player I have ever coached. Dan has become the heart and soul of our teams' defense while constantly worrying other teams with his deadly outside shooting. I am proud of all of Dan’s hard work and know both his present and future are very bright. - Coach Dan Taylor
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Monday, February 15th - Friday, February 19th

NO SCHOOL: Winter Vacation

There will be NO SCHOOL from Monday, February 15th - Friday, February 19th.


We will return on Monday, February 22nd. It will be a Day 6 Mako Remote.

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Wednesday, February 24th

Early Release Wednesday

Dismissal will be at 2:35pm.
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Wednesday, March 10th

Quarter 3 Progress Reports Printed

Quarter 3 Progress Reports will be electronically printed to Aspen.

Early Release Wednesday

Dismissal will be at 2:35pm.
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Thursday, March 18th - Saturday, March 20th

Alice in Wonderland Musical - Zoom Production

More information to come!
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Wednesday, March 24th

Early Release Wednesday

Dismissal will be at 2:35pm.

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