MRHS FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly Newsletter

MRHS VOICE: Vision of Innovation, Creativity & Excellence

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Important Reminder! Term 2 Starts Monday Feb. 2

Monday, February 1st will be the first day of semester 2 and that it will be a Semester 2, Day 7.

17th Edition January 29, 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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All students enrolled in AP classes are expected to take the Advanced Placement exams in the spring (May). Earning scores high enough on these tests could potentially lead to college credit. Based on last year’s fees, determined by College Board, each exam will cost $92.00. For those on Free and Reduced Lunch, the cost will be $30.00 per test. Payment was originally requested by Tuesday, December 1, 2015. However, due to parent feedback, the date of collection has been moved to FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2016 Reminders and specifics will be provided to students and parents on the “Friday Focus” emails. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s guidance counselor.

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Congratulation! Grace Fernandes and Hannah Smith received Honorable Mentions in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!!!!!

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Join the Fun!

The Spirit Committee/ Peer Leaders/ Junior Class have teamed up to host a Valentine's Day Dance on Saturday - 2/6 in the gym from 7pm - 10pm. Semi formal attire is requested. Girls Dresses - Boy's Shirt and tie. Cost $5.

Grades 9-12 only. 8th Grade Dance is Friday 2/26.

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Symphony Hall Bound!

We are proud to announce that senior Jasmine Vergara-Ullman (alto) and junior Christian Pavlakis successfully auditioned for the Massachusetts All-State Chorus. These two will join other outstanding high school musicians from across the state in March for 3 full days of rehearsing with the final concert in Symphony Hall. Congratulations!

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After Prom Party March 24, 2016 - The parent after prom party committee is looking for volunteers!

The Junior Prom is fast approaching it will be here before we know it. A few parents have been meeting over the past few months to initiate, organize, and create an agenda for the parent driven after Prom Party. In order to make this a fun and safe event we will need several parents, and or staff to help this event come together smoothly. We are looking for a large group of volunteers to help with set up, clean up and of course during the party as well. Please email Noreen Marchese -, or Karen Small - if you are able to help out in any way, even a small amount of time is appreciated! We realize time is precious, and most of us have numerous other obligations, however if we all come together, only a small amount of time from each of us will be needed. We have a great group of Juniors, lets make this a memorable night for them!

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Our Fans are Sleeping Giants! Great leadership, sportsmanship & school pride!

From the Art Department

Monomoy Students have work hanging in the Cape Cod Museum of Art!!

Through Young Eyes: K-12 Students of Cape Cod

From January 23 – April 3 2016

Reception: Saturday, February 27th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Rehearsal for the Spring Musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY are underway!

Save the dates March 16-19th for the show

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Naga Boston, Hanover MA Tournament - Great job kids

Ricky Martinez 2nd place nogi, 3rd place gi

Cody Robbins 3rd place gi

Justin Burgeois 3rd place gi

Lance Manning 3rd place gi.

Ricky fought 3 fights, 1 of which he was offered last minute. All of the students fought 2 fights and learned so much about what it takes to win these divisions. there was some sadness, anger, and overall a feeling of accomplishment because they overcame fear.

The words from the blackbelts on my team and other teams towards them did so much for their self confidence and I cant say anything but how proud I am of them.

Mr. Herring

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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 8: 9:45am-10:15am **revised time**

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

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Mock Trial Team Beats Nauset!

Last Monday the Monomoy Regional High School mock trial team opened its 2016 participation in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Mock Trial competition with a 103 to 101 victory over Nauset Regional High School. Strong performances were turned in by the entire team who was responsible for presenting the plaintiff’s case in a medical negligence case involving a cancer stricken high school soccer player and a world renowned surgeon. Participants on this year’s team include Charles Kiernan, Laine Kotoski, Miriam Massaad, Benjamin Dube, Graham Smith, Francesca Barr, Grace Boyle, Livia Graham, Emma Mawn, Shauna Speakman, Holly Evans, Kaitlyn Germann and Eli Lacroix. The team’s next trial will be Monday, February 1st versus Barnstable High School.

Nice job Coach Bates!

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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!

I am writing to let you know about the talented students who have been accepted into the Spring Artworks Internship from Monomoy HS!

Emily Greco-Photography

Emma Starkweather- Painting

Congratulations to these wonderful young ladies!

Thank you so much for getting the word out and supporting this program!


Alexandra K. Mulrow

Manager of Interpretive Programs

Heritage Museums & Gardens

I would like to SHOUT OUT a big thank you to Carly Donavan, Liza Hawthorne, Hannah Potter and Miriam Massaad for each playing such a key part in making the IF ONLY movie event such a big success. The public event was Wednesday evening in the auditorium and it consisted of showing a movie about the dangers of prescriptions drugs. The girls did a fabulous job introducing the program and the guest speakers as well as handing out information and Miriam took care of all the audio and video techno stuff without a glitch. Also a SHOUT OUT to Angie Chilaka and Sheila House for coordinating the program for the night.


Jan McGrory

A shout out to Ms. McGrory for all the work you do above and beyond in supporting our students, staff and community. Organizing the "If Only" special event was a truly moving experience that will continue our conversation regarding the horrifying dangers associated with teen drug use and proactive strategies we can take as a community to stop it from happening to our kids.

Mr. Burkhead

I have been selling the basketball tickets for both girls’ and boys’ basketball games since December, and I would like to nominate the following students for “Fans of the Season!”: Chuck Amaker, Nick Hardaway, Sarah MacGaskill, and Lily MacGaskill. They attend most, if not all, of the games for both boys and girls! I am so impressed by their support! Honorable Mention must go to Taylor Schaub, Bailey Goodrich, Shannon Smith, Mia Robinson, Alix Pierre, Brandon Hamilton, Christ Amezquita, Amy Sullivan, and Cam Gonnella. These folks have come to several games, too. I have probably left some students out, and I’m sorry. In general, I want to thank these kids for their school spirit, their mature behavior at the games, and their support of our athletes.

Big shout out to Coach Adam Rose for the wonderful win on Tuesday the 26th against Hull and, especially, to our Varsity boys for never giving up, for playing hard in every game, and for having passion for such a great sport. You guys really earned that win.

In case you didn’t know, our Varsity girls and our JV boys have been winning several of their games. I am so impressed by the tremendous talent I see out on the court. Our school was absolutely rockin’ when the girls beat Nauset. Coache Richer should be proud!

Ms. Forte-Doyle

shark shout-out to Mr. Bates and the Mock Trial Team for their victory over Nauset Regional in this week's competition. Thanks as well to Mark Russell for his efforts on behalf of the team. Thanks, Rich Houston

Mr. Burkhead,

yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Jonathan Bennett, Field Supervisor for my graduate intern, Kerrie Drushella. As Mr. Bennett and Ms. Drushella described the work experiences that Kerrie has engaged in since August at Monomoy Regional High School, I became increasingly impressed with the quality of the School Counseling department at your school. The counseling program is extremely well organized, providing carefully considered, and data based services to all students at MRHS. The department has a clear and well conceived philosophy directing services in individual student planning, responsive services to students and families, data analysis, and guidance curriculum. In addition, both Mr. Bennett and Ms. Drushella demonstrated a deep concern for and understanding of their students. I have worked as a School Counselor and Counselor Educator in Massachusetts since 1973. In my role as university supervisor of school counseling interns at UMass/Boston, I have visited dozens of schools across the Commonwealth and I came away from my meeting yesterday with the opinion that the School Counseling department at your school is among the elite in Massachusetts. I hope more of my students can avail themselves the opportunity to train with such a department as you have and such a Field Supervisor as Mr. Bennett. I could not be more confident that Ms. Drushella is getting the finest experience at this time in her career.

Robert A. Gracia Ph.D.

Counseling and School Psychology


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Mr. Dickson & Government Class Heading to Iowa Caucuses!

What a terrific "Authentic" learning experience for our students in Mr. Dickson's Government class to visit and learn first hand the presidential caucus process in person! Enjoy!
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Attending Girl's & Women in Sport Day!

Jennifer Keim and Brooke Wrightington will be representing Monomoy Regional High school on Friday - February 5th at the Girl's and Women's Sports Day at Fanueil Hall in Boston with Ms. Chilaka. What a terrific leadership experience!

Athletic Department News: Winter Coaches Contact Information

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

Huge Group Representing MRHS at Music Festival!

The following students have been accepted into and will be attending the All Cape and Islands Music Festival at Barnstable High School on Thursday February 4 and Friday February 5- congratulations & good luck!

Amber Grass

Tommye Wall

Jacob Poitras

Sara Osborne

Olivia Burke

Dalia Pen-Delgado

Kristen Seigel

Tara Barry

Sophie Clingan

Kira Foster

Samantha Minshall

Miranda Trieble

Jasmine Vergara-Ullman

Patrick Condelli

Josh Miner

Garrett Sherman

Jack Watson

Christian Pavlakis

Danielle Andreasson

Colleen Cronin

Hannah Duran

Margaret O'Donnell

Hannah Thacher

Kyle Wisniewski

Matthew Hall

Graham Smith

Isaiah Stafford

Jillian O'Leary

Isabelle O'Donnell

Haley Kelsey

McKenna Watson

Abegail Dube

Hannah Novotny

Nadine Ellaban

Kaylee Cox

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Guidance Corner:

Monomoy Guidance TEAM

Ms. Police, (A-F)

Mr. Gifford, Director (G-N)

Mr. Bennett (O-Z)

ASVAB Test on Tuesday, February 9th. Our target population is juniors that are considering a post-high school pathway into the military. They can sign up in guidance with Ms. Thyng.

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.

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