Topics: Education

HARWICH — A fledgling day camp for kids, to be based at the old Harwich Middle School this summer, goes beyond activities that teach appreciation for the earth. The new Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids (OPAK) summer program, aimed at kids between 10 and 12, uses a mix of science and the arts to teach environmental advocacy. The innovative program is a first for OPAK, a new nonprofit group that aims to inspire ...

HARWICH ─ Each time Monomoy athlete Ryan Meehan sets foot on the soccer pitch or prepares to race down the track in a meet, he savors the moment and gives it his all. Mostly it's because he loves sports, but it's also partly because he knows there is a chance he might not play again. When Meehan was days old and about to be discharged from Cape Cod Hospital, medical personnel from Bass River Pediatrics decid...

School News, May 18, 2017

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Cape Cod Tech On April 29th, the Cape Cod Maker Faire was held at Mashpee High School and a team from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School walked away with a first place trophy and the only perfect score in the robotics competition. Frankie Gaw of East Harwich, Henry Gomar of West Barnstable and Cassie Madru of Hyannis may only be freshmen in the engineering technology group at the school but they obvi...

In an unusual step, Monomoy school officials and local youth advocates are voicing concerns about “13 Reasons Why,” a series on Netflix that may be seen to romanticize teen suicide. Based on a 2007 young adult novel by Jay Asher, the video series follows a series of audio recordings a teen leaves behind for her classmates and peers explaining why she decided to kill herself. Last week, the Monomoy school distr...

HARWICH ─ When students in the Monomoy School District submitted their answers in the 2014 Youth Risk Survey, the results were disconcerting. Two years later, the most recent survey results show improvement, but also a need for parents and educators to remain vigilant. The survey, created in 1990, was first given to Monomoy students in 2014 with results showing then that district students regularly engaged i...

The Difficult Decision Of School Choice

By: Kat Szmit

Once, choosing a high school was limited to public or private. Now, with school choice, options for students are seemingly limitless. So how do young people and their families make such a major decision? With much thought and investigation. School choice allows students to attend public schools other than those in the town they live in. On Cape Cod, the majority of public school districts welcome many non-d...

Committee: Stimulate Economy With Child Care

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town's economic engine is running smoothly, but a few initiatives – like a new focus on providing affordable child care – could provide some high-octane help for local employees and the companies they work for. That was the word from economic development committee Chairman Luther Bates, who told selectmen last week that his group also favors the creation of new events and festivals to boost the v...

HARWICH – Complaints against two Monomoy Regional School Committee members remain unresolved after both declined to acknowledge that they'd violated the group's conduct policy. Karen Ryder and Sharon Stout were accused by fellow committee member Nancy Scott and eight Monomoy Regional High School department heads of violating sections of the committee's norms and protocols at a March 23 meeting. During a curric...

ORLEANS ─ It is estimated that more than six million Jews – men, women, and children – had their lives cruelly and brutally ended in the Holocaust. Pierre Boenig was almost one of them, but instead became a hidden child, saved by being moved from family to family until liberation brought freedom in 1945. On April 27, Boenig will share his experiences and insight during the annual Holocaust Memorial Service, bei...

ORLEANS — At a moment when towns such as Chatham and Harwich are taking a regional approach to cleaning their waters, the Nauset Regional School Committee voted unanimously against allowing Orleans to explore discharging treated wastewater at the middle school recreation fields owned jointly by Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet. The town, through its consultant AECOM, had made the request to investig...

Teachers Demand Apology From School Committee

By: Tim Wood

Monomoy Regional High School department heads are asking for an apology from the school committee for the way several teachers were treated at the committee's March 23 meeting. At tonight's school committee meeting (Thursday, April 13), an executive session will be held to discuss the teachers' complaint. Along with the March 27 letter from the department heads, committee chairman Brian Widegren said h...

HARWICH ─ Monomoy High has more than a dozen competitive sports throughout the school year, and though there are no fees for students who want to play, there are costs. To help defray those costs, the school's relatively new Monomoy Unified Booster Club is holding its first-ever mattress sale fundraiser in May. On May 7, those in the market for a new mattress, including area inns, are invited to visit the gy...

School News, April 13, 2017

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School Third Graders Study Water Table Ranger Barbara from the National Seashore taught the third graders about the water table, how pollution impacts our water, and how pollution can be cleaned up. The third graders had models in which they made ponds, added food coloring (for “pollution"), watched how the "pollution" drained into the water table, and then worked to clean up their mo...

Tech Students Renovate PBCB Headquarters

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — It's not unusual to see young people busily at work at Pleasant Bay Community Boating, but they're typically in boats or in sailing classes – not on the roof, swinging hammers or digging up the grounds. The teens are students at Cape Cod Tech, taking part in one of the school's most ambitious building projects in recent years. The future builders, landscapers, plumbers and electricians are carry...

Peake, Middle Schoolers Talk About Renewable Energy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In Washington, today's leaders are rolling back regulations to fight climate change, providing a big boost to the coal and oil industries. But in Chatham, tomorrow's leaders are talking about renewable energy. “How many of you believe climate change is real?” State Rep. Sarah Peake asked the seventh graders at Monomoy Middle School Friday. Most hands shot up, and Peake, a Provincetown Democrat, nod...

HARWICH ─ Upperclassmen at Monomoy Regional High School will find a new set of graduation requirements and a slightly changed curriculum after the school committee voted 5-3 to approve changes that will begin in the next school year. The new graduation requirements lower the amount of credits necessary to graduate from 100 to 94, and bring about a slightly different curriculum that makes government class an ...