MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter

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13th Edition: 12.12.2014

Front Entrance to open Thursday 12.18.2014

Principal Burkhead will send out a connect ed notice with specifics early next week.

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. Please visit our blog at & our website at

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Jessica Wilson Receives Superintendent's Academic Excellence Honors

Congratulations to MRHS senior Jessica Wilson, who was chosen to receive the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence Award. She will be honored at the Wednesday December 17 School Committee Meeting at MRHS.

The Award:

As the educational leader in each community, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents has designed an award for academic excellence given by the district’s superintendent to high school students who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of excellence during their high school careers.


  • The selection is made by the Superintendent from within the top 5% of students based on their three year cumulative GPA.
  • Contributions to the school and community, leadership, and recommendations from staff members, counselors, and the principal are used to determine which student in the top 5% is most deserving of this award.

This is a prestigious award, given to a select few students in Massachusetts Given Monomoy Regional High School’s size, only one senior is being awarded this certificate.

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Courtney Leonard and Cody Robbins with School Resource Officer Tom Clarke &"Shop with a Cop"

On Wednesday December 10th, School Resource Officer Tom Clarke was joined by Courtney Leonard and Cody Robbins to take part in this year's "Shop with a Cop" program. They went to Red Face Jacks in Yarmouth for a nice lunch and then headed off to Sports Authority in Hyannis to shop for gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Congrats to Courtney and Cody for being chosen and to Officer Clarke and Harwich and Cape Cod Area Police, Troopers, and Sheriff Deputies for offering this terrific event!
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Music Department News

The Music department took 38 students to audition for the All-Cape and Islands Music Festival on Wednesday, November 19th (photo above)

Auditions for our Spring Musical production of GREASE are Monday, December 22nd from 4-8 p.m.

Basket themes have been passed out to our students for FOTA’s annual basket raffle fundraiser-the items are due this Monday December 8th AT THE LATEST

WHAT IS FOTA? The Friends of The Arts is an advocacy group for our Fine and Performing Arts program that was started in and carried over from Harwich High School. We meet the 2nd TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH and we’re always looking for new members. This month’s meeting will be at the high school in the Chorus room (C132) to assemble the baskets.

Our first MANDATORY dress rehearsal will be Tuesday, December 9th

The Bands will rehearse from 6-7:30 and the Choirs will be from 7-9 pm

The 2nd dress rehearsal is Tuesday, December 16th

Everyone is in at 6 pm. Band students will be released at 7:30. Choirs will be there until 9 pm

These dates were on the department calendar which was handed out during the second week of school and at Curriculum Night and can now be accessed on our new Fine and Performing Arts Department website at:

Concert dress is black on the bottom and white on the top-NO JEANS AND NO SNEAKERS-women have been handed their long skirts to be returned at the end of the year

The following students will be representing when WE HOST THE FESTIVAL February 5th, 6th, and 7th in our beautiful facility!

In the Concert Band:

Kalin Schultz-2nd trumpet, 2nd chair

Jacob Poitras-2nd trumpet, 4th chair

Sara Osborne-bass clarinet, 2nd chair

Heather Gallant-1st clarinet, 3rd chair

Ryan Richer-baritone horn, 2nd chair

In the Mixed Choir:

Sopranos Altos Tenors Basses

Abegail Dube Lily Gorman Christian Pavlakis Andrew Lock

Isabella Receconi Ashley Benson Kyle Wisniewski Garrett Sherman

Hannah Novotny Tara Barry Pat Condelli

Colleen Cronin Samantha Minshall Michael Pandiscio

Lilly McMurrer Harrison Buck

Larry DiNoia

Matt Hall

In the Treble Choir:

Sopranos Altos

Hannah Thacher Miranda Trieble

Danielle Andreasson Samantha Morand

Maggie O’ Donnell Sophie Clingan

Hannah Duran Carolina Napoli

Jasmine Ullman

Dalia Pen-Delgado will be representing Monomoy in the Orchestra earning 4th chair in the violin 1 section

In the Concert Band clarinetist Heather Gallant will be representing Monomoy Regional High School!

In the Chorus:

Soprano Alto Tenor Bass

Lilly McMurrer Jasmine Ullman Kyle Wisniewski Garrett Sherman

Samantha Minshall Christian Pavlakis Larry DiNoia

Lily and Jasmine both received scores high enough to qualify them to audition for the All-State Music Festival Chorus

Jasmine, due to her high scores in her past 2 All-State auditions was just accepted to the All-Eastern Treble Chorus. She will be rehearsing and performing with top high school musicians from Maine to Washington mid – April in Providence, RI

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Jacob Poitras (L), Dylan Routhier ( R)

Congrats to the following students who successfully auditioned for the highly competitive Junior Southeastern MASS District Music Festival!

In the Mixed Chorus-Isaiah Stafford

In the Treble Chorus-Jillian O'Leary, Isabelle O'Donnell, Haley Kelsey, and Delaney Agnes

In the Concert Band-Dylan Routhier-1st flute, 3rd chair and Jacob Poitras, 1st trumpet, 4th chair

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Back row - L-R Isaiah Stafford, Jillian O'Leary Front row - L-R Iasbelle O'Donnell, Haley Kelsey, Delaney Agnes

Winter Concert - Join us!

Thursday, Dec. 18th, 7pm

MRHS Auditorium

Admission $5
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Nick Donnelly, Grace Reilly and Jake Klein visit Universal Technical Institute in Norwood with Mr. Gifford

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Fine Arts Department & Students Visit NYC!

Last Week 49 students and 5 teachers joined together to make a pilgrimage to New York City, the hub for the visual and performing arts. Members of the Visual and Performing Arts Department included actors, singers, musicians, artists, videographers and photographers. On this trip we explored the histories of Radio City Music Hall, and attractions important to the United States, such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. We experienced our culture through the Natural History Museum and The Museum of Modern Art and of course Broadway was amazing. In our 3 days we experienced 3 shows and stuffed our days full of activities many of which were rare things to come by. Our tour guide was a pleasant fellow whose jovial attitude kept us active, focused, and entertained. No sleeping occurred while he spoke of interesting facts through the streets of New York. Everyone enjoyed the Broadway shows. We were entertained with the choreography of Pippin, taken aback by the emotion of Les Miserables, and astounded by the technical set and superb acting in The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time. The general consensus was we all enjoyed the latter of the three the most. Its staging, choreography, scenery, and story paired with the fantastic acting resulted in a show that enthralled each and every one of us. In one of the two educational workshops we met actress who played the mother in this play. It is a rarity to meet a Broadway actor let alone a lead! We were honored to meet with her and she gave all of us great advice about pursuing our passions and the hard work of being an actor.

To speak for all of the students of the Arts Department, this trip is the highlight of most of our years. It is a once or twice in a lifetime experience full of learning and fun. We value this trip more than anything and use the knowledge and culture learned in our everyday lives!

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Mr. Brown bringing St. Andrew's birthday to life at MRHS

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Please help Feed the Shark~

“Feed the Shark” The Monomoy National Honor Society at Monomoy High School in conjunction with the Young Marines of Cape Cod is collecting new unwrapped toys for “Toys for Tots”. Send in a new unwrapped toy with your student or drop one off any school day between 10AM and 2PM in the main lobby and help feed our shark. Let us take a bite out of the Grinch this holiday season and bring joy to children in our community.
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New Job & 1st Pay Check!

Congratulation to Joanne Robinson who is pictured above on her first day at work at Epoch of Brewster.

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Government Students Visit State House for Senate Simulation

Parent Technology Night: Staying Informed Using Aspen

Thursday, Jan. 8th 2015 at 6-7:30pm

MRHS Library

Join us as we share techniques on using Aspen to monitor your child's progress, teacher pages and important information happening at school.
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5 Quick Things- Principal Burkhead

5. Married my high school sweetheart: dated 12 years & married 18!

4. Have 2 & 1/4 kids (Samantha, senior in HS, Jacob, sophomore in HS & pip (pug) a human in training.

3. My favorite movie is JAWS, I love the beach and Cape Cod-no accident then that I ended up a Monomoy Shark!

2. I lived in Paris for a year after college to play a little football - I can't speak french & can't play football anymore....but I still enjoy eating freshly baked French Baguettes!

1. I love my life, my family & my job and am blessed for all that I have.

Interim Progress Reports will be sent home with Students Monday December 15, 2014

Peer Tutoring at MRHS

The after school peer tutors are ready to start running the "Think Tank" (room A186) after school beginning Nov. 5 from 2:30-3:00. Goal is to open Monday through Thursday starting primarily with the 8th graders to help them get organized and to get their homework completed. But we look to expand quickly. Thank you students and Advisor Ms. Graham!
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Fitness Room Open for Business!

Winter Hours for Fitness Room:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 2:45-4:15

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Guidance Corner: College Schedule & Free College Courses

Upcoming Events:

Dec 13th ACT

Dec 15th Q2 Interim Reports

“Free College Courses!"

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Dual Enrollment program provides qualified high school students the opportunity to take a transferable, introductory college course at no cost (except the purchase of a textbook). Courses offered this year include English Composition (3 credits), Chemistry (3.5 credits), and Introduction to Emergency Management (3 credits). To qualify for dual enrollment, students must have greater than a 3.0 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale), submit current transcripts, and be endorsed by their guidance counselor or school principal and parent/guardian. *Please contact your guidance counselor with any questions

Classes will be held from 6-9pm on Wednesday evenings, beginning on March 4th. Registration forms are attached, and are also available on our website at

Athletic Department Update: Winter Sports Begin!

Our Winter Sports season opens up this week with our cooperative(Mashpee) Ice Hockey team facing off against South Shore Voke at Charles Moore Arena in Orleans this Saturday at 4:30pm. Girls Basketball gets started on the road for 2 games with their first being Monday at DY then at Rockland on Friday. Both have junior varsity starting at 5pm followed by the varsity at 6:30pm. Our boys also play Monday at home vs East Bridgewater and again on Friday at home vs Rockland. Start times are: freshman 3:30pm, junior varsity 5pm, varsity 6:30pm.

Winter Sport schedules can be found either at go to the student tab, click athletics then click Shark Athletic schedule. Or go to www.schedule and enter Monomoy in the search box.

Winter Coaches:

Cheer- Shawn Monteiro

Boys Basketball-Adam Rose, Brendan Grogan, Jon Bennett

Girls Basketball-Joe Nickerson, Angie Chilaka, Samanatha Raferty

Ice Hockey- Shawn Chicoine, Scott Reid