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Monomoy Regional High School's Weekly Newsletter

Published: October 25th, 2019

Table of contents:

  • Important Information
  • MRHS News & Weekly Review
  • School Calendar
  • Community Events
  • Counselors' Corner
  • Athletics

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NEASC Committee Visits MRHS: Sunday, October 27th-Wednesday, October 30th

News Release – Monomoy Regional High School’s Accreditation Visit by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)


Sixteen educators will conduct an on-site Accreditation visit of Monomoy Regional High School on Sunday, October 27th through Wednesday, October 30th. The Accreditation visit will be conducted under the direction of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The visiting team will be chaired by Amy Cetner, Principal, Bourne High School. Ms. Cetner has had an extensive experience in the Association’s Accreditation process.


The purpose of this Accreditation visit is to review and determine from an outside professional viewpoint the extent to which the school is aligning with the Standards for Accreditation. As part of the evaluation, the visiting team will meet with all school constituents, review the school’s self-study, visit a number of classes, and examine examples of student work submitted by the school. During the comprehensive self-study, the faculty identified the school’s strengths and determined those areas in which changes would be beneficial.


NEASC’s purpose in visiting MRHS is to assist the faculty in its pursuit of quality education for its students.


The members of the visiting team are contributing their services to the school. This spirit of professional cooperation is one of the noted features of the New England Association. The goal of an Accreditation visit is to stimulate a continuing drive for improvement in our school.


The members of the visiting team are teachers and administrators from a variety of schools in the New England area.


NEASC is a voluntary membership organization of more than 2,000 public schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, and vocation, technical, and career institutions. Of these, over 630 secondary schools have been accredited through the Association’s Commission on Public Schools. The Committee works with individual public schools to improve the quality of education through a continuous process of Accreditation and evaluation.


Please see the following link for more details: https://www.neasc.org/learn-more


Sincerely,

William Burkhead, Principal


Monomoy Regional High School

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ATTENDANCE

When a student is out of school for an appointment, please bring in the appropriate documentation to submit to Mrs. Ferro in the Main Office so the absence may get coded appropriately and be excused if possible. Please feel free to fax documents to the high school at 508-430-7223 or email Mrs. Ferro at jferro@monomoy.edu.

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SHARK SHOUT OUTS

  • Our motto at MRHS (Our Home Away From Home) is YOU ARE IMPORTANT! Shark Shout Out to Ms. Ferro for creating staff board with pictures/names in our front foyer. And to Mr. Houston for the idea! In "How to Win Friends & Influence People" Carnegie writes "A person's name is to that person the sweetest & most important sound in any language." Come down, check it out, and get to know all your colleagues/family :) -Principal Bill Burkhead
  • Kudos to Elizabeth Anderson who worked diligently and respectfully to resolve an attendance issue with the Main Office. Elizabeth's polite and mature demeanor, coupled with her commitment to follow through helped Mrs. Ferro correct the error. -Mrs. Janet Ferro


  • Katie Kelly for her tremendous patience and help while I attempted to be financially organized before and after the Sandscript NYC trip -Ms. Lisa Forte-Doyle


  • Shark Shout Out to our terrific cafeteria ladies and custodian John Larson for helping me with a project recently. MILLE GRAZIE -Ms. Lisa Forte-Doyle


  • Shark Shout-out to Steve Cass for working his A/V magic on the video for the Parent University on youth vaping! - Joy Jordan, Community Engagement Coordinator


  • Shark Shout Out to John Larson for going above and beyond coming in early to help me clean out the storage closet! -Ms. Karen Guillemette


  • Shark Shout-out to our MIAA Student Ambassadors, Sarah Babb, Andrew Davock, and Maggie Dever, for creating a powerful video PSA encouraging students not to vape. They worked with teacher Steve Cass and members of fall sports teams to film this important message. Great job! --Karen Guillemette, Athletic Director


  • A shark shoutout to Ms Birrell and Ms McMahon who proved very able substitute teachers when I was out sick! -Mr. Matt Brown


  • Thanks to Dr. Otto for helping out with class discussion in Mr. Houston’s US History class on the topic of differing regional perspectives on the Civil War. -Mr. Richard Houston


  • Shark Shout-out to our MIAA Student Ambassadors, Sarah Babb, Andrew Davock, and Maggie Dever, for creating a powerful video PSA encouraging students not to vape. They worked with teacher Steve Cass and members of fall sports teams to film this important message. Great job! Click here to see the PSA: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k5ukndaFHNxDfzBuHxDEmZWy0YqPf3do/view?usp=sharing --Karen Guillemette, Athletic Director
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SHARK SIGHTINGS

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Jawsome Java featured in The Cape Cod Chronicle! Click here to read the story:

https://capecodchronicle.com/en/5442/harwich/5071/Jawsome-Java-Has-Monomoy-Abuzz.htm

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Parent University: Youth Vaping

MRSD held a Parent University on Youth Vaping on October 23, 2019, as part of a multi-pronged approach to educating parents and families on the dangers of vaping. MRSD has partnered with the Barnstable County Department of Human Services' Regional Substance Abuse Council on its Escape the Vape campaign. The county's Substance Use Prevention Manager, Kim Slade, shared information with parents and caregivers about the risks of vaping, how to identify vaping, and how to help young people addicted to vaping. In addition, MRHS Students and MIAA Ambassadors Sarah Babb, Andrew Davock, and Maggie Dever created a video PSA featuring a number of Monomoy student athletes. To view the PSA, video of the event, and the presentation slides, click here.

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National Art Honor Society - New Members

On Wednesday, October 23rd, eight new members were inducted into the MRHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society. The ceremony took place at the Harwich Cultural Center in front of friends, family and community members.

Ms. Erica Strzepek. Program Aide for the Cultura Center and member of the Guild of Harwich Artists was the guest speaker.


The new members selected for their scholarship, service, leadership, and character were:


Eve Aboud

Kylie Francis

Josie Ganshaw

Jared Gula

Quynh Le

Kaitlyn Lyons

Brienna Notaro

Halladay Perry

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Hands-On History with Mr. Houston

Mr. Houston’s US History students enjoyed some hands-on history this past week thanks to the American Battlefield Trust’s Traveling Trunk. The collection of uniforms, civilian clothes, military accoutrements, documents, flags, currency, photos, flags, and other Civil War-era materials were shared and examined over the course of two days as a final unit review.

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MRHS Animal Welfare Club Announcement:

The MRHS Animal Welfare Club will meet next Wednesday morning, October 30, (upstairs in Mrs. Waystack’s Art Room, # A 263) from 8:15 - 8:40 AM!


ALL NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!


Morning snacks will be served!


(Our Speaker Series will be discussed!)


Hope to see you soon!
Ms. McMahon
pkmcmahon@monomoy.edu

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THE 30 DAY ATTENDANCE CHALLENGE

IT'S BACK!


OCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 26


Come to school all day, every day for thirty days and enjoy being celebrated throughout the month of December. Encourage your friends to join in to meet the challenge.


Previous winners reported how they were able to make it to school every day. These suggestions included:


Parents setting bed times and encouraging the use of strategies to maintain wellness

Stay healthy by getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep, frequently wash hands and eat breakfast

Hydrate throughout the day

Turn off all computers and devices one hour prior to bed time to allow yourself to unwind

Do not watch over stimulating tv shows one hour prior to bed time

Set morning alarm to when you absolutely have to get out of bed rather than hitting snooze button

Limit caffeine intake in the afternoon

To relax listen to soothing music, white noise (fan etc.), relaxation program or nature sounds

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The events listed below are Upcoming MRHS Events!

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Saturday, October 26th

ATTENTION SENIORS: Senior Portraits for YEARBOOK at Bank Street Beach

TIME: 9am-3:30pm

LOCATION: Bank Street Beach, 16 Bank Street, Harwich


Book your Senior Portrait Appointment!


It is time to sign up for your Yearbook Senior Portrait Session: http://www.prestigeportraits.com- use the confirmation code sent to you in the mail or look up MRHS to find your name/code!


For more yearbook information please visit: https://www.monomoy.edu/domain/1913

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Wednesday, November 6th

Quarter 1 Term Closes

Report cards will be electronically printed on Friday, November 15th.

Early Release Wednesday

Dismissal is at 2:35pm.

MCAS Retest: ELA Composition Sessions A & B

For those students who need to retest for MCAS.
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Thursday, November 7th

MCAS Retest: ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 & 2

For those students who need to retest for MCAS.

MRSD School Committee Meeting

TIME: 6:30pm

LOCATION: MRHS Library


For agenda and minutes please visit: https://www.monomoy.edu/Page/3390

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Friday, November 8th

MCAS Retest: ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 & 2

For those students who need to retest for MCAS.

8th Grade Dance: Out of this World, Galaxy Theme Dance Party

TIME: 7pm-9pm

LOCATION: MRHS Cafeteria


8th Grade Dance

Out of This World, Galaxy Theme Dance Party

Friday, November 8th

7-9:00 PM

@ MRHS Cafeteria

$5 Entry

Dressy Casual or Semi-Formal Attire Suggested


Parent/Guardian Food & Beverage Donation Sign Up: https://mealtrain.com/w35qre

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Monday, November 11th

NO SCHOOL: Veterans Day

NO SCHOOL: Monday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.
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Tuesday, November 12th

Principal Advisory Council

TIME: Jawsome B

LOCATION: Sharkness Room (A186)

Join Mr. Burkhead at the Sharkness Table to have meaningful conversations, share ideas, collaborate, and enjoy each others company!


Sign up in Enriching Students under:

‘Burkhead-PrincipalAdvisoryCouncil-Admin’


The PAC is open to ALL MRHS students!

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Wednesday, November 13th

MCAS Retest: Mathematics Session 1

For those students who need to retest for MCAS.
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Thursday, November 14th

MCAS Retest: Mathematics Session 2

For those students who need to retest for MCAS.

Monomoy HS Theater Company presents Fall Production of "Done to Death": OPENING NIGHT!!

TIME: 7pm

LOCATION: MRHS Auditorium


Tickets available at the door.


Monomoy HS Theater Company presents Our Fall Production of "Done to Death"

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Friday, November 15th

QUARTER 1 REPORT CARDS

Quarter 1 Report Cards will be electronically printed.

Monomoy HS Theater Company presents Fall Production of "Done to Death"

TIME: 7pm

LOCATION: MRHS Auditorium


Tickets available at the door.


Monomoy HS Theater Company presents Our Fall Production of "Done to Death"

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Saturday, November 16th

Monomoy HS Theater Company presents Fall Production of "Done to Death"

TIME: 7pm

LOCATION: MRHS Auditorium


Tickets available at the door.


Monomoy HS Theater Company presents Our Fall Production of "Done to Death"

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Tuesday, November 19th

Club Photos/Senior Class Photo Day

TIME: 10:30am-12:30pm

LOCATION: Auditorium


Club photos will be taken in the Auditorium for the yearbook! Listen for your club to be announced and head down to the Auditorium to get your photo taken.


Seniors will have their photo taken outside on the bleachers during Jawsome A.

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Wednesday, November 20th

Early Release Wednesday

Dismissal is at 2:35pm.
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Thursday, November 21st

MRSD School Committee Meeting

TIME: 6:30pm

LOCATION: MRHS Library


For agenda and minutes please visit: https://www.monomoy.edu/Page/3390

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Wednesday, November 27th - Friday, November 29th

NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Recess

There is NO SCHOOL:


  • Wednesday, November 27th
  • Thursday, November 28th (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, November 29th



Enjoy your holiday! Students and staff will return to school on Monday, December 2nd.

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College Visits

Juniors and Seniors should be checking their Naviance accounts and visiting the Guidance office to keep up to date on the college info sessions that happen here at MRHS. Meeting with the reps is a great way to hear more about the schools and to ask any specific questions one may have.

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College Paperwork

Seniors - Please get your counselors the paperwork necessary for your college applications at least two weeks in advance. If your school is not using the Common App or information is needed to mail to the schools, please make sure that you note that on the yellow information sheet.


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SAT Scores

It is the student’s responsibility to send SAT scores reports to colleges. Please ensure you are following the timelines and the scores are arriving to prospective colleges within the right time frames.


Students and Parents - Khan Academy is a great resource for those who are looking for some free SAT Test Prep! Sign up and register through the College Board, in addition to signing up for the SAT’s.

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FAFSA


The FAFSA opened on October 1 for the 2020-2021 year.


MEFA Financial Aid Night - Thank you to all who came for the Financial Aid Night. If you missed it or need more information, you can find information here….


https://www.mefa.org/


Upper Cape Tech is once again hosting FAFSA Day on on Wednesday, November 6, from 6-8 PM. Below is information about the event to share with your students and senior parents so they can take advantage!


Upper Cape Tech is proud to be the regional host for FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a non-profit, volunteer driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the free application for federal student aid. This year, the event will take place on Wednesday, November 6, from 6-8 PM.


If your student plans to enroll in a college or technical school next fall and you would like direct assistance with completing the FAFSA, please register to attend this event by visiting www.fafsaday.org. Select "register" and be sure to choose the Bourne site. (If you cannot make the November 6 event, the event is also being held in Bridgewater and Fall River on other dates.)

This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to pass this along to friends with seniors at other area high schools!

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Classroom Visits

10th Grade Visits will be occurring early November. Naviance will be reviewed and the the Career Cluster Finder and the Career Interest Profiler will be given.

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Best Regards,

The School Counseling Team

Alison Burton - Grade 8 and Peer Leadership Instructor

Lindsay Ginnetty, A-F

Sean Burke, G-N

Jon Bennett, Instructional Leader, O-Z

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Athletics Weekly Summary

Written by: Emma Santoni


After a long week of some friendly class competition homecoming games were underway on the turf. Friday night the Football team had their senior night and homecoming game, with alumni Kyle Charlot announcing the seniors and their families. They played Martha’s Vineyard and lost 36-8, with senior Elijah Beasley scoring the lone touchdown for the Sharks. The Cheerleaders also had a special night where they had the Lower Cape Bluefins Youth Cheer standing and cheering alongside them.


Saturday the other teams took on their homecoming appoints. It started with Girls’ Soccer where they lost to Barnstable 3-0. Next on the agenda was Boys’ Soccer who also lost to barnstable 1-0 . The DY Dolphins defeated the sharks Field Hockey 2-0. They kept them to a 0-0 score till the second half where they scored both goals within minutes of each other.


Field Hockey faced Sturgis West in their last regular season game. They won 9-0 with Caroline DiGiovanni scoring 4 goals, Carly Dimmick scored one and Alllison Barrett scored one. Holly Evan put two on the board for the Sharks and Sarah Babb got her first goal!


Monday Boys’ Soccer took on Falmouth Academy and won 3-0 . AJ Williams scores one alongside his teammates Sean Gould and Troy Olson to make up the 3 points. There was a strong performance by all of our Sharks. Later in the week they won against Sturgis West 2-1, goals were scored by Sam Chase and AJ Williams. Boys senior night was a win that secured a place in the playoffs. They won against the Lions of Saint John Paul. The score was 2-1 with AJ Williams scoring both goals. Goalkeeper Sean Deveau did an awesome job keeping the Lions out with many good saves.


Girls’ Soccer also played Falmouth Academy Monday where they won 5-0. Kiki Pigo Cronin and Kelsey Olson both scored two goals for the Sharks. Girls’ Soccer ended the week with a tie vs St. John Paul 3-3.


Cross Country had a special Twilight Meet where they did awesome. Ryder Robbins was 2 out of 268, Steven Young was 7th out of 268, Gareth Vos finished 18th, and Danny Street finished 138 out 269. For the girls Courtney Dery finished 25 out of 169, Rhianna Vos came in 30th and Mary Dery came in 59 out of 169.



This week Week was a very special week for our senior athletes as they all were honored at various times this week with their team senior nights.

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NEXT WEEK'S MRHS ATHLETIC SCHEDULE

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ATHLETICS EARLY DISMISSALS FOR NEXT WEEK

Tuesday 10/29

Girls Golf 1pm-2pm - special presentation by Cranberry Valley Women's Golf Association


Wednesday 10/30

JV Boys Soccer @ 2:30

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Thanks for reading! See you next week!

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