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15th Edition January 15, 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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National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Co-advisors Mary Hemeon and Kari Flint are pleased to announce that on January 13, 2016, 54 outstanding MRHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society. We would like to send a huge thank you to our keynote speaker, Dr. Carla Blanchard, for inspiring all of our students with her words of wisdom. Please join us in congratulating each of the following students on this achievement!

Barr, Catriona*

Lyford, Emily

Benson, Ashley

Macomber, Hayley

Bessette, Victoria

Meehan, Connor

Blute, John

Milan, Anna

Burke, Olivia

Minshall, Samantha

Cronin, Colleen

Morand, Samantha

DeOliveira, Kylie

Neiser, Matthew

Doncaster, Molly

Novotny, Hannah

Drake, Grace

O'Donnell, Margaret*

Fernandes, Grace

Osborne, Sara

Foster, Kira

Pandiscio, Michael

Fratus, John

Pavlakis, Aleczander

Gorman, Lily*

Pavlakis, Christian

Grass, Amber

Pen-Delgado, Dalia

Greco, Emily

Potter, Hannah

Gregory, Sarah

Prescott, Erin

Hall, Matthew

Rae, Haley

Handel, Lauren

Schaub, Taylor

Hawthorne, Eliza

Sherman, Garrett

Hemeon, Sarah

Siegel, Kristen

Howard, Anne

Simpson, Sarah

Jackson, Cameron

Smeltzer, Erin

Kavanagh, Mary

Smith, Graham

Keim, Jennifer

Street, Catherine

Kelly, Madison

Thacher, Hannah

Kiernan, Charles*

Watson, Jack

Locantore, Julianna

Wisniewski, Kyle

* NHS Officer

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Seniors don't forget to place your order for a cap and gown on Friday January 22 during lunches. If you did not receive an order form in the mail extra forms will be at the ordering table outside the cafeteria on the 22nd.

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Visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

On Friday January 8th students from The Kennedy Years & the American Government/Current Events classes traveled to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum to participate in a Civil Rights activity with one of the library's Education Specialists Ms. Nina Tisch.

The activity focused on the integration of Mississippi State University in the Fall of 1962. Using the library's treasure trove of materials, including the audio recordings of JFK's secret negotiations with Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, students got a "first hand look" at what went on "behind the scenes" during this turbulent time in American history. The classroom activity was then followed by a guided tour through the Museum. Highlights of the tour included the coconut JFK used to save his stranded PT109 shipmates as well as Astronaut Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 capsule.

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Catriona "Catie" Barr Receives "Superintendent's Scholar" Award

This is award is given to high school seniors who have distinguished themselves in pursuit of excellence during their HS careers. The selection criteria are based on a student's three-year cumulative average, rank in class and achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and community service.

Catie was honored last night at the School Committee meeting. Mr. Burkhead shared an impressive letter of recommendation written by Ms. Police highlighting the many many accomplishments Catie has achieved. Congratulations Catie!

*Catie pictured above with Superintendent Carpenter and below with her dad**

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What we are doing with our YRBS information:

Recently we shared our Risk Youth Behavior Survey (YRBS) results with students, staff and the community. We would like to invite you all to continue the conversation and have taken steps to address our needs.

  • This week during enrichment block our peer leaders led a discussion on our YRBS results, student concerns and possible solutions.
  • In February we will be conducting the "Signs of Suicide" (SOS) education/screening program that helps educate students on identifying signs of depression and risks factors and prevention strategies associated with suicide. Specific information regarding the program will be sent home soon.
  • Community Forum & Film:

    Teen Opioid Abuse Prevention

    The Lower Cape Prevention Partnership will be showing the film If Only, produced by the Wahlberg Foundation and Jim Wahlberg, on Wednesday evening at 6:30-8:00 p.m. This 40-minute film shows how prescription drug abuse can put the lives of our kids in danger and how parents play a crucial role in prevention. There will a short speaker presentation and Q&A following the film.

    Community stakeholders will outline what is being done on Cape Cod to combat the opioid epidemic. Please call Sheila House at (508) 430-7836 with any questions about LCPP or this event.

  • Ms. Reinwald and Ms. Chilaka have successfully attained a "Game Change" Anti-Violence Grant in partnership with the New England Patriots. The program will train students, teachers, coaches on relationship violence in public high schools. For more information click on link:
  • Dr. Kevin Hill, a Boston psychiatrist with a specialty in addictions, is confirmed as a speaker the evening of Wednesday May 11th at Monomoy High School - ALL are welcome!

Stay tuned for more!

IF ONLY Coming to MRHS - ALL are welcome!

The Lower Cape Prevention Partnership and Harwich Youth Services present

Prescription Pill Abuse:

Awareness and Prevention

View the award-winning film IF ONLY produced by the

Wahlberg Foundation and join in a conversation about what the community can do to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction.

This short film is a must-see for parents and is open to all Cape communities interested in prevention and intervention efforts.

Wednesday • January 27, 2016 • 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Monomoy Regional High School Auditorium

Film is followed by a brief presentation by a parent with a child in recovery,

and a Q & A discussion.

Call Sheila House (508) 430-7836 or Jan McGrory (781) 588-6500 for more information. This is a free event.

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Monomoy well represented at Southeastern Massachusetts District Music Festival Chorus

On January 8th and 9th six Monomoy Regional High School singers who successfully auditioned for a place in the 200 member Southeastern Massachusetts District Music Festival Chorus rehearsed for a day and a half with a magnificent concert as the end product of their hard work on Saturday afternoon. We are so proud!

From left to right - Jasmine Vergara-Ullman, Christian Pavlakis, Haley Kelsey, Izzy O' Donnell, Samantha Minshall, and Jack Watson

Jasmine, Christian, and Haley scored high enough to audition for the All-State Chorus in 2 weeks!

Fingers and toes are crossed!

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MRHS Alum Continue to Shine!

MRHS graduate Heather Gallant, class of 2015, who is pursuing a degree in Music Education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA was one of two college students and District Festival participants awarded the Richard Shattuck Scholarship at the concert on Saturday.
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2nd Term Town Hall Meetings: Setting the Tone for 2nd Half of Year!

Thursday, February 4:

Grade 12: 8:30am-9:05am

Grade 11: 9:45am-10:15am

Grade 10: 12:55pm-1:25pm

Friday, February 5:

Grade 9: 8:30am-9:05am

Grade 8: 9:45am-10:15am

Stay "Connected" to MRHS on Social Media

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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:

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Important Mid term Information

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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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!

Hi AnnMarie, Best Buddies, and Peer Leaders,

Happy new year! This is very overdue....

Thank you so much for all the hard work that went into making the holiday dance a success. My students had so much fun - They danced nonstop only stopping to eat lunch!!! It was such an uplifting experience and was exactly what everyone needed during the hectic holiday season.

You girls and guys are awesome! Thanks again....looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Ms. Amy Abbott (Sandwich High School)

Athletic Department News: Winter Coaches Contact Information

Winter sports are well underway!

Girls basketball has picked up three wins so far this year, and are continuing to improve!

Boys basketball is searching for that first victory, and the boys are still working hard!

Boys ice hockey has gotten on a roll as of late, defeating perennial state contender Abington 1-0, as well as Cardinal Spellman

Girls ice hockey is enjoying its first season, with a nice win over BMW/ORR last week!

Cheerleading has great numbers, and is looking forward to continuing to cheer the games, as well as prepare for competition season!

Boys Basketball:

Head Coach: Adam Rose

JV Coach : Ross Jatkola

Freshman Coach: Jon Bennett

Girls Basketball:

Head Coach: Peter Richer

JV Coach: Kellsie Sedlack


Karen Norton

Boys Ice Hockey:

Head Coach: Shawn Chicoine

Girls Ice Hockey:

Head Coach: Scott Rebello

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We LOVE our Best Buddies! Thank you for all you do!

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Guidance Corner:

Monomoy Guidance TEAM

Ms. Police, (A-F)

Mr. Gifford, Director (G-N)

Mr. Bennett (O-Z)

Friday Focus 12/18/15

Cape Cod Community College - Onsite Admissions RESCHEDULED for 1/12/16:

Cape Cod Community College will be offering on-site admission decisions at MRHS on January 12th.

Any interested seniors must fill out the CCCC application online prior to the interviews, and schedule a time with guidance to meet with an admissions counselor.

Please follow this link to the CCCC admissions application:

If you have any questions, please contact Guidance.

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:

Individual meetings with 11th grade students and parents will begin the week of February 1st. These meetings will focus on college and career planning, and making sure that students are on track for graduation.

On Tuesday, January 12th, Author Terry Greene-Clark gave a clear and personal overview of the college application process for 11th grade students and parents. Each student received a signed copy of her recently published book, “Demystifying College Admissions, a Parent-to-Parent Guide to the Reality of the College Process.”

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Dual Enrollment:

This program provides qualified high school students the opportunity to take a transferable, introductory college course at no cost. Courses offered this year include English Composition (3 credits), The Business of Shipping (3 credits) and Introduction to Emergency Management (3 credits). To qualify for dual enrollment, students must have greater than a 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale), submit current transcripts, and be endorsed by their guidance counselor or school principal and parent/guardian.

Classes will be held from 6-9pm on Wednesday evenings, beginning on March 2nd. Registration forms are attached, and are also available on our website at

Please note that textbooks are required for most courses. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

The registration deadline is February 1st.

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.

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Updates, school news, pictures & More

Library-Media Center News

For the month of December & January, we have a free trial of Rosen Digital’s award-winning resource, Teen Health & Wellness. This amazing database provides high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward information about diseases, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide and bullying. It also includes teen-created content as well as a hotline help page. For the login information for, visit this document. Please let Ms. Wheaton know what you think by emailing her at

Our eBook collection is expanding! Our digital titles are accessible through MackinVia. Following this link to learn how to register for an account. The following series have been added this month:

Britannica Guide to the Visual and Performing Arts

The Scientist’s Guide to Physics

The Biotechnology Revolution

Uncovering American History

The Age of Revolution

The Greatest Greek Philosophers

Primary Sources of the Abolitionist Movement

Exploring the Subatomic World

Designing Engineering Solutions