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26th Edition April 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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Energy Carnival at MRMS

Thank you to Ms. Andreola and our wonderful students (pictured above), who spent the day with our MRMS Sharks to assist in teaching the wonders of science at the MRMS Energy Carnival.

*enjoy the pictures below

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South Shore League Scholar Athlete Award - Charles Kiernan!

School: Monomoy Regional High School
Athletic Participation: Cross Country—SSL All-Star 2015, Outdoor Track
Extra Curricular Activities: Best Buddies, Mock Trial, and Sea Cadets
Future Plans: To attend the Naval Academy
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South Shore League Scholar Athlete Award - Lily Gorman!

School: Monomoy Regional High School
Athletic Participation: Tennis—SSL All-Star, Cross Country
Extra Curricular Activities: National Honor Society Treasurer, Student
Council Treasurer, and Musical Theater
Future Plans: To attend Salve Regina
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Animal Photography Contest!

Do you like animals? Do you love your pet(s)? Enter the Monomoy Animal Welfare Club

Photography Contest and win great prizes while you are helping local animals! Some of

the prizes are valued at over $100! Be creative or just take a photo of wild or domestic

animals! Photos will be judged by the students and we will let you know by email if your

photo is a winner! Please read the Directions for entering on the attached flyer (Link Below)!

Thank you for supporting our work to help local animals!

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April 27, 2016 was National Administrative Professional’s Day!

We are blessed to have 4 of the best around- thank you Holly, Katie, Claire and Janet for making our school such a professional, warm and welcoming place to be!
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Kiana McFarlane makes Nationals in Kentucky!

Kiana got a camera for Christmas and 4 months later she has been asked to go to nationals in Kentucky. Here is the flyer about the convention. Extremely impressive-good luck!

From Kiana:

I went to Southern New England Ministry Network Fine Arts which was at Rhode Island Convention Center in Rhode Island and I entered this picture (above) in the Digital Photography category and I'm going to nationals.

I took this picture in my backyard because I was bored and had nothing to do and this picture was taken with a Canon sx710 camera.

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Lower Cape Prevention Partnership and Harwich Youth Services present An Evening with Dr. Kevin Hill An informative talk on underage drinking, teens & marijuana & opioids

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Monomoy High School Auditorium

From the heroin epidemic to policies concerning the use of marijuana, addiction-related issues are in the news on a daily basis. Harvard Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Hill, author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About the World’s Most Popular Weed, will educate us on the science of addiction and offer a window into what treatment for addiction looks like in this 1-hour presentation covering alcohol, opioids, and marijuana.

Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S., is an addiction psychiatrist in McLean Hospital’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hill’s clinical research is focused primarily on medications and behavioral interventions that might improve available treatments for those wanting to stop smoking marijuana or cigarettes. Dr. Hill earned a Masters in Health Sciences from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale and has published on numerous topics in addiction in top journals such as JAMA and Lancet Psychiatry. As a leading marijuana addiction specialist, he has spoken nationally and appeared often on local television on the topics of marijuana policy and treatment, offering a balanced, evidence-based stance on these issues. Dr. Hill’s book, Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed, was released by Hazelden Publishing on March 31, 2015

Hosted by Monomoy Regional High School Peer Leaders with support from

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School.

Childcare Available

For more information call Sheila House at (508) 430-7836 or email

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Free Yoga Classes for MRHS Students!

Sheila House is working with the cape cod yoga community to offer Yoga to our students during our May 4th Enrichment Block. There will free classes offered during the months of May and June at MRHS for any interested students.

The demo will take place in the gym during enrichment and the follow-up classes will be held after school on Monday and Thursday in the OT/PT room.

You may direct any questions to

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Congratulations Mr. Dickson - ACETA Award Recipient

Pictured above: Mr. Dickson accepting the ACETA from Charles Quigley, Executive Director, and John Hale, Associate Director, of the Center for Civic Education
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2016 was a year of record breaking numbers for college applications nationwide. Despite the intense competition, Monomoy seniors have had an unprecedented year in college admissions! Statistics from U.S. World & News Report-2015. **and we are still receiving acceptances, so this chart will grow!

This is a credit to are extremely hard working senior class, their teachers throughout their careers, strong schools/curriculum, caring adults in their lives and amazing parental/guardian support and upbringing. It takes a village, and that village is Monomoy!

Click the link to see this amazing accomplishment:

"5 Quick Things" - Our way of sharing our wonderful faculty & staff with our school community.

Ms. Beth Dietz- Science Department:

1. Born in the Bronx, NY (go Yanks!)

2. Went to Wellesley (go Hillary!)

3. Live in Truro (go JFK—national seashore!)

4. Married to my sweetheart for 10 years—met at Medford High School 17 years ago (Go Christine!)

5. Have two beautiful children (go Bettina and Deborah J!)


3 gorgeous cats (Lily, Charlie and Harry)

2 smelly awesome dogs (Lucy & Ethel)

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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!

The MRHS kids helping out at MRMS at the Energy Carnival were awesome today! Got tons of compliments from the middle school teachers as to the quality of their work and presence. They worked hard today, and I think we wore them out by the end of the day-now they know how it feels to be a teacher!

Sally Andreaola

I fully agree we have the best administrative assistants - they never complain - are always positive - always available and more importantly - well informed and get the job done! The best!!!

George Sowpel

Shark Shout Out to all the custodians for their conscious efforts during the April break. They all stepped up and completed the tasks that were at times trying and the cleanliness of the school looks great.

Thanks to all the Custodians for stepping up and going above and beyond in their duties with assigned projects in the school. This allowed me to stay on schedule with outstanding projects as well!!

So, here’s a BIG SHARK SHOUT OUT!!!

Cliff Steinruck-Custodial Lead

MRHS Students join Ms. Barnes and Ms. Wolcott on a April Vacation Learning Trip to London

14 Grade 8 and 9 students spent time in London over April vacation learning about history, literature, and drama. Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Picadilly Circus, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Stratford Upon Avon, and the Globe Theatre were just a few of the sites students took in while touring the city and surrounding area. All of the trip participants had the chance to work with London actors in order to set a scene in the musical Wicked, and then students got to see the London production and even meet with Oliver Savile, the actor who portrayed Fiyero, after the show. Students also put together scenes fromJulius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet while at the Globe Theatre in order to better understand how Shakespeare constructed his plays. One of the student’s favorite activities was the night Jack the Ripper walking tour led by comedian Fred Strangebone. Our students represented Monomoy well throughout their journeys and brought back a deeper understanding of subjects they are learning in history and English class.
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Join the "Tour de Trash" Community Town-Wide Clean Up!

The Town of Harwich Conservation Department in cooperation with the Harwich Conservation Trust will be putting on its 2nd Annual “Tour de Trash” town-wide cleanup event on Saturday, April 30th, from 10am-12pm. I was hoping you could disseminate this information to your teachers and other staff, who could then give it to students. The goal of this event is to remove garbage from our town, but it also serves to provide a sense of pride in the community. Last year we had over 100 volunteers! We hope to double that this year.

The event starts and ends at Monomoy Regional High School in Harwich. Volunteers work in teams to cleanup roadsides. This would also count for volunteer hours if the students have a requirement. Below is the link the the Harwich Conservation Trust website, where people can sign up for the event and pick the route they wish to clean up with friends and family. Oh, and lunch is provided after! If anyone has any questions, please have them contact me. Thank you!

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New Athletic Banners up in our Gym! Now let's fill them up with Championships!

**Thank you Mr. Steinruck for all your efforts to hang the banners- they look amazing!
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