MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter

MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence

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29th Edition May 20, 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.

4th Quarter Student Progress Reports are now available on Aspen for grades 8-11 & Post Grads

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National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to all current and new members to MRHS's National Honor Society! (new members pictured above) A beautiful NHS Induction Ceremony was held at MRHS on May 18, 2016. This is a hard earned, well-deserved honor and we appreciate your efforts. Thank you to all the parents, family members, teachers, community members & administration that turned out for the event- it was our biggest turn out to date! A special thank you to NHS advisors Ms. Flint and Ms. Hemeon for all their efforts and to our NHS Council for your commitment. Thank you Ms. Terrenzi for sharing a wonderful keynote address.
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Art Stars!

The Creative Arts Center in Chatham gives out awards each year to seniors who will be entering college in the fall and majoring in the field of visual arts. The students are selected by their art teachers because they demonstrate a high level of skill and excellence in the high school's art program. This year, Monomoy had 2 students that fit this criteria. The Creative Arts Center generously gave $1000.00 to both Grace Fernandes and Kylie DeOliveira! They will be recognized on Tuesday, June 21st at the Creative Arts Center on Crowell Road in Chatham.

Thank you to our amazing Art Department for your nominations, community outreach & support for our students!

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Celebrating our Advanced Placement (AP) Students!

On Friday we held a pizza party in appreciation of our AP students who challenged themselves throughout the year by taking AP course work and the extremely difficult AP test. Thank you to our staff! Our AP participation is way up and will continue to grow! Thank you to Mr. Bennett, our dedicated AP coordinator, for working tirelessly to build our AP program into one of the best in the state.

**thank you Mr. Dickson for taking this picture**

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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!

As graduation approaches, we wanted to thank some wonderful staff members who have played an enormous role in our daughter, Kristen’s, four years of high school. First, we are so thankful for her guidance counselor, Mr. Bennett, for all of the years of unwavering support and guidance. Thank you Ms. Richard and Mr. Smeltzer, you taught her for all four years; she would not be the musician or student that she is now without your influence! Thank you Mrs. Terrenzi for always being available, before, during and after school to discuss math, and anything else! Ms. Kelly, thank you for supporting Kristen’s passion for English and Creative Writing for so many years. Finally, thank you to all of the teachers and staff for all the extra time you put into AP study groups, writing numerous recommendations, and for always being available and supportive.


Tracie and Ron Siegel

Shark Shout Out to Rachel Barnes for bringing Shakespeare Now Theatre Company to our students to watch a live and riveting performance of Romeo and Juliet. What a great way to make Shakespeare come alive for our student body. So sad to see it end..."parting is such sweet sorrow."

Bob Smeltzer

Shark Shout Out to John Herring, Adam Rose and Lisa Barbato for being flexible and finding a solution to filling in for driving our ALP kids to work while Peter is at the Senior Beach Day - they embody the idea that Monomoy is one community!

George Sowpel

Hello Everyone-

Thanks to the loving support you've been giving this program, there were almost 40 kids at Monday's yoga class including lots of athletes. They had to move it into the gym from the OT room!!! Can't tell you how thrilled I am that the kids are loving this healthy, fun and self-affirming practice! How amazing. Here's sending good wishes that it continues to be popular until the final class on June 16th!!!

Sheila House

To Katie Kelly for coming up with some terrific suggestions to name our ALP program - they will add class and purpose to our group - we will let the kids help decide which one will be the winner!

George Sowpel

Check out the sensational Raku pottery exhibit in the case by the library-the students are so gifted!! I love that pig, and from what I understand so do many other faculty members. A huge shark out should go to Carol Trull and her Raku students, truly it's worth seeing,

Sharon Gleason

Grace Fernandes Honored

Ms. Chilaka attended the Cape Cod Branch of the NAACP Awards night and the featured speaker of the evening was Dr. Charles Williams, a retired administrator and educator from the New Haven , CT public schools.

Photo 1: Grace Fernandes receiving her scholarship award from Mr. Joseph Daluz Photo

Photo 2 (middle): Grace is posing with Rev. Dr. David Purdy and Mrs. Pam Chatterdon Purdy of HarwichPort. The Purdy's are very well known in the circles of Human and Civil Rights Issues. This year they donated a wonderful new book that they have written to the Monomoy Regional High School dealing with civil rights issues. The book is called "Icons of the Civil Rights Movement: Dispelling White Privilege." The documented stories and art work are amazing.

Photo 3: Grace Fernandes is posing with her very proud Grandmother - Mrs. Gail Fernandes

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Thank you Seniors!

The middle school Human Rights Academy students and the Spirit Committee honored our beloved seniors who worked tirelessly throughout their four years of high school. The ladies represented the officers of the Human Rights Academy, GSA, Peer Mediation, and Spirit Committee!

Missing from the photo is Emily Lyford who was on an away game. Congratulations to all of the seniors! You will be missed.

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Our TV/Production Team has been busy: Check out Public Access Channel 22 Schedule:

Sat- 8:00 Am- Softball vs Carver

10:30 AM- Music Concert

1:00 PM- School Committee Meeting

6:00 PM- Music Concert

Sun- 8:00 AM- School Committee Meeting

1:00 PM- Music Concert

3:30 PM- Softball vs Carver

6:00 PM Music Concert

Important Information for Seniors & Graduation Below:

SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!! Senior Convocation Night will take place on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30pm in the MRHS Auditorium.

We will honor our senior scholarship recipients and thank the generous donors that assist our students in their pursuit of higher education. Invitations will be distributed early next week.

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Summer Reading 2.0

Our student and staff book selections for our new summer reading program are in, and we have a great collection of 36 titles to pick from on our Summer Reading LibGuide! We are asking our students to take some time looking over the titles to pick the book that is right for them and to select a first choice and an alternate title. Our goal is to have everyone signed up next week, so Ms. Wheaton has time to order the books and get them into our students’ hands before leaving for the summer.

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Please Support the Cape Cod Health Care Blood Drive

Monday - 5/ 23pm in the MRHS cafeteria

3pm - 7pm

Free pizza and DD gift cards will be given out to the donors.

Challenge this years senior class to bring in the most donors . It is the kick off to the summer season and we need your blood. All blood is kept on Cape.

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Multicultural Fair Huge Success!

During Enrichment Block our entire school enjoyed all the cultures represented here at MRHS. Great job to all the students and staff - your preparation and presentation were exceptional....and the food was terrific! Thank you Ms. Hoff for all your efforts! Enjoy our pictures
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