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22nd Edition March 18, 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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Reminder that Grade 10 MCAS ELA is next week Tuesday 3.22, Wednesday 3.23 and Thursday 3.24.

**Remember to get a good night's sleep and eat a good breakfast**
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Congratulations & Good Luck Tara Barry!

Tara Barry is selected to be one of the 24 finalists to compete at the 11th Chinese Bridge Chinese Speech Contest for US High School Students held at UMASS Boston this Saturday Match 19th.

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Art Student Of The Month: Monomoy Regional High’s Grace Fernandes **photo above courtesy Kaitrin Acuna

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MRHS Well Represented at the Cape Cod Art Association HS Exhibit- Congratulations!

Congratulations to Hannah Smith, Grace Fernandez, Kylie DeOliveira, Aleela Rose, Taylor Schaub, Emma Starkweather, Nick Norcott, Rachel Cardillo, Nick Gould, Edward Thatcher, and Samantha Mahoney who were selected to exhibit their work at the Cape Cod Art Association's "Beginnings" exhibit.
Grace Fernandez, and Kylie DeOliveira submitted portfolios in addition to their entry for this high school exhibit.

The exhibit runs from March 14th to March 20th with a reception on Friday, March 18th from 6-8 at the Cape Cod Art Association on 6A in Barnstable.

Aleela Rose won 1st place, Grace Fernandez won 2nd place, and Hannah Smith won an honorable Mention in the CCAA's High School Exhibit "Beginnings". Congratulations !!
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Like pasta? Come support the class of 2016 this coming Wednesday at Brax Landing from 4-6.

All proceeds will help to lower the cost of our Boston Harbor Dinner Cruise on June 1st. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children under 10. See your favorite Senior if you wish to purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Monomoy High School Theatre Company

presents: The Addams Family

with permission from theatri©al rights worldwide

March 16th, 17th, 18th,

and 19th, 2016

Monomoy Regional High School auditorium

Evenings at 7:00 pm

3:00 pm matinee on Saturday, March 19th

There will be a special matinee price of admission $5 for senior citizens

$5 for students and $10 for adults

**A special matinee presentation for our little brothers & sisters (grade 5) from MRMS will be presented on March 16**

Wellness Department Kicks Off MRHS version of March Madness - So Much Happening!

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Cape Cod Health Care Blood drive - All blood collected remains on the Cape - Workers Geia Alverio - Meg L'Esperance - Sarah MacAskill

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Hot Chili Eating Contest Fundraiser Huge Success!

All proceeds go to the Champ House and Harwich Family Pantry - thank you all who participated and supported the event
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Faculty involvement - Paula MacMahon and kids from the Animal Rights Club

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Maggie O'Donnell and Miriam Massaad with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hebert who started Champ House

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Students volunteering their time to work the Chili Contest - Co chairs Erin Prescott - Maggie O'Donnell - Miriam Massaad

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The winning Team of the Hot Chili Contest: Red's Restaurant of Harwich Center - owned by the Smith Family

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Athletic Director Brendan Case who placed 3rd

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Winning Team - Hoops for Heart - Seniors - Cam - Matt - and Weavenor

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From the Guidance Office:

Upper Cape Tech is having a college fair next week- Click Link below for Details:

SENIORS: Please check Naviance for scholarship opportunities!

Other Guidance Announcements:

Reminder that Grade 10 MCAS ELA is next week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Are you interested in a sailing career?

Apply for the 2016 National Maritime Sailtraining Scholarship and sail aboard a tall ship! Additional information may be found in the guidance office, at, or you may speak with the Monomoy Sailing coach.

Deadline for applications is March 31st! Come to the presentation Wednesday, March 23rd 3pm at Pleasant Bay Community Boating on Rte. 28 on the Harwich/Orleans Town line.

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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MRHS students Bailey Rose, Caroline Davock, and Lindsay Smith won their Destination Imagination regional tournament and will be moving on to States in 2 weeks! Congratulations ladies!

Kudos to Advisor Ms. Smith for her hard work with our students!
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From the Office of the Athletic Director:

Spring sports are right around the corner! It is amazing how fast the winter season goes. I am writing to invite you to our spring sports sign up night here at Monomoy Regional High School. This will take place on Monday March 14th at 5 PM in the gymnasium. Format for the evening will be a brief presentation about the athletic department, a brief presenation on concussions by our athletic trainer Taylor Murray, and breakout sessions with each coach regarding schedules, team rules and expectations, and collection of the pre participation head injury form.

There are a few things you can do to be prepared for the first day of spring sports (offerings are attached), which will be Monday March 21st.

1. Sign up on FAMILY ID by MARCH 17th:

2. Be sure your athlete has had a physical in the last 13 months (state law) You can also check to see the date of your son or daughter's last physical right on ASPEN. All physical paperwork should be turned in directly to the school nurse, Cheryl Dufault:

3. FIll out the attached pre-participation head injury form and bring it to your coach on spring sports sign up night.

4. Be sure your son or daughter has scheduled an IMPACT test with our athletic trainer, Taylor Muray:

*Side note: Winter sports awards night will be held on Monday March 28th at 630 PM in the auditorium: Refreshments will be served prior to the evening at 6 PM in the cafeteria. More details to come!

Thank you for your support throughout the first two seasons here at Monomoy Regional High School. I look forward to working with you all this spring.

Brendan Case

Athletic Director

Monomoy Regional School District

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"There it is"

Robbie Seiger and Jason Masiello compete in the Championship round of the game "There it is" in Mr. Alexander's class
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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!

A shark shout out to Ms. Deb Donovan, who spent countless hours working with Ms. Richard on the amazing Adamms Family production. Sadly, Ms. Donovan's son in law passed away recently in a tragic car accident in Liberia. Ms. Donovan is with her family at this time and she plans on returning to school March 31. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Donovan and her family and a shout out to let her know that her Monomoy family is thinking of her and miss her dearly- we are here for you Ms. Donovan!

Shark Shout out to grade 8 silver team students. Not a class goes by without at least one student thanking me for teaching them that day. Their courtesy, respect, and kindness is a model for all students and makes Monomoy the special place it is becoming. It is the small everyday actions of members of a community that create culture, and I appreciate that these students are creating a culture that is warm, appreciative, and welcoming to all.

Rachel Barnes

My wife and I saw the Addams family play last night. Kudos to your outstanding crews, students and staff who put that together! It was delightful! What a difference to sit and enjoy the wonderful productions in the new facility.


Larry Brookhart

A huge Shark Shout-Out to Junior Hannah Duran for helping her older brother pass the GED! She's been tutoring him in Math (a subject both she and her brother struggle with) and he just passed his exam, thanks to her!

Now he can finally start applying to college! Thank you, Hannah Duran!!!


Laura Duran

Shout Out to the Art and Music Departments (Bernadette, Carol and Rose) have stepped up BIG TIME while Ms. Donovan has been away. They’ve been under a tremendous amount of stress with the added responsibility of the musical, guiding our substitute, as well as keeping up with their own work. And they have done it in the most graceful, seamless way. Kudos to three stellar Monomoy teachers!

Claire Hooper

Shark Shout out to Mr. Cataldo and our student Cody Doyle for fabricating 2 magnetic knife holders and a measuring cup rack. Mounted on the wall the racks help to keep things organized and safe in the Culinary kitchen classroom. Nice work and much appreciated!

Ms. Freitas

The Addams Family was Sensational!!!! The Music department and the students actors deserve a huge Shark Shout Out!! The house was 3/4 filled with families, students,alumni and the public, terrific!

Sharon Gleason

A big Shark Shout-Out and thank you to Danny Street, Abbey Tyldesley and Lindsay MacDonald for serving the Vegetarian Chili from the Animal Welfare Club at the Saturday Hot Chili Contest. They helped to raise $610 for these two organizations: Family Pantry and the Champ House! Congratulations!

Ms. McMahon

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Library-Media Center News

Library Hours Next Week:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday:


Early Release Wednesday:


We are currently offering a free trial through EBSCO for the month of March. Our trial includes Flipster, a collection that allows users to read and print articles from the current issues of hundreds of popular magazines. Also included in the trial is EBSCO Host, a research database that is often used at colleges. Access information is included in this Google Slide Presentation.

We have also updated several titles in our Gale Virtual Reference Library. A few new additions to the collection include:

Comics through Time: A History of Icons/Idols/and Ideas

Doomed: The Science Behind Disasters

Encyclopedia of the Kennedys: The People and Events That Shaped America

Money Banking & Trading

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