MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter
MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence
13th Edition: 12.12.2014
Front Entrance to open Thursday 12.18.2014
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 www.monomoyrhs.blogspot.com & our website at www.monomoy.edu
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.
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.
Courtney Leonard and Cody Robbins with School Resource Officer Tom Clarke &"Shop with a Cop"
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: www.mrhsarts.weebly.com
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
In the Treble Choir:
Hannah Thacher Miranda Trieble
Danielle Andreasson Samantha Morand
Maggie O’ Donnell Sophie Clingan
Hannah Duran Carolina Napoli
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 D.C.in mid – April in Providence, RI
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
Back row - L-R Isaiah Stafford, Jillian O'Leary Front row - L-R Iasbelle O'Donnell, Haley Kelsey, Delaney Agnes
Nick Donnelly, Grace Reilly and Jake Klein visit Universal Technical Institute in Norwood with Mr. Gifford
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!
Mr. Brown bringing St. Andrew's birthday to life at MRHS
Please help Feed the Shark~
New Job & 1st Pay Check!
Congratulation to Joanne Robinson who is pictured above on her first day at work at Epoch of Brewster.
Government Students Visit State House for Senate Simulation
Parent Technology Night: Staying Informed Using Aspen
Thursday, Jan. 8th 2015 at 6-7:30pm
5 Quick Things- Principal Burkhead
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
Fitness Room Open for Business!
Winter Hours for Fitness Room:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 2:45-4:15
Guidance Corner: College Schedule & Free College Courses
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 http://www.maritime.edu/index.cfm?pg=681”
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 www.monomoy.edu go to the student tab, click athletics then click Shark Athletic schedule. Or go to www.schedule star.com and enter Monomoy in the search box.
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