Topics: Education

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 ...

HARWICH — Almost every week, Youth Counselor Sheila House has a conversation with a parent who's concerned that their teenager is spending too much time on their phones or computers. A panel of experts will take up the topic following a screening of the film “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” next week. The event happens on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Monomoy High School. ...

CHATHAM – The town's share of the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School annual budget will drop by $16,000 next year, but with the district eyeing a new school building, Chatham's tech school spending is likely to see a jump beginning in 2020. If the district's 12 towns vote to approve a new $141 million building in October, Chatham's annual share of the cost will be $113,000 annually over a 30-year period. ...

Schools Ponder Elementary Redistricting

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Given school enrollment trends, a small imbalance in class sizes between Harwich Elementary School and Chatham Elementary could grow more lopsided over time. That's the word from Monomoy Schools Superintendent Scott Carpenter, who is seeking permission to require a certain number of Harwich children to attend classes in Chatham, should that someday become necessary. The provision is included in a p...

Harwich Summer Campers Coming To Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In Chatham, there will be a lot of happy campers this summer – even if some of their parents aren't. After more than 20 years operating from Harwich Elementary School, Monomoy Cooperative Learning Program (MCLP) will be temporarily relocating its summer program to the Monomoy Middle School in Chatham while the elementary school undergoes cleaning and renovation. It means a longer drive for parents ...

ORLEANS — Opportunity is knocking for the Nauset Public Schools, even if some wish the region could take more time to get ready for its big date with town meeting voters. On Feb. 27, the Nauset Regional School Committee got an update on discussions between school and town administrators on scheduling a vote to approve a feasibility study and schematic design preparation for a high school renovation/expansion...

Nauset High Renovation Study On State's List

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The Massachusetts School Building Authority smiled on the Nauset Public Schools last week, accepting for further consideration a plan to help pay for renovating 45-year-old Nauset High in Eastham. “We were chosen as one of 17 districts out of 87 to move forward,” Superintendent Tom Conrad said in an interview Feb. 17. “We are very excited and very happy.” Nauset applied last year as well but was...

HARWICH – In his talk last week at the Brooks Free Library, Monomoy High School history teacher Richard Houston referred to the recent Superbowl game: “That was a North-South contest, too — New England versus Georgia...a good segue to tonight’s topic.” The topic was Houston’s trip to Virginia to explore Revolutionary and Civil War sites, funded by the Westgate Foundation of Chatham. Created in honor of Dr. R.I...

Art 4 Kids A Truly Creative Endeavor

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ There was paint everywhere in Carol Trull's art classroom at Monomoy High, and she wouldn't have had it any other way. Neither would the student members of the National Art Honor Society and the Art Club who were happily hosting the last class in their Art 4 Kids series, which introduced area children ages 3 to 6 to various forms of creativity. An extension of last year's “Play With Clay” series...

HARWICH ─ Dissections are a typical part of most high school biology classes, but thanks to a special partnership between Monomoy Regional High School and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, students in Adriana Picariello's Marine Science class recently had the unique opportunity to necropsy a quartet of Kemp's ridley sea turtles. “The Audubon rescues the stranded turtles and sends them off to...

School News, Feb. 9

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School In Spanish: Kindergarten and first grade students have been learning parts of the face with our friends at Monsters Inc. Second graders have been learning the days of the week with dialog and many songs. Third and fourth graders learned months in Spanish while doing the Macarena and fourth graders went a little further to say their birthdays in Spanish. Last week students took a qui...

HARWICH ─ Jordan Fisher's primary passion in his short life was basketball. Armed with that knowledge, and a deep desire to honor their son, cousin, and nephew, Fisher's family members came before the school committee this week to formally request the retirement of his basketball jersey and number. “We lost our son Jordan in a fatal car accident,” said his mother Charlene Fisher. “Our lives have been shatter...

School News, Feb. 2

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Harwich Elementary School One hundred dictionaries were donated to third grade students from the Orleans-Eastham Lodge of Elks #2572. Every year third graders are gifted a dictionary from the Lodge. They have done this for many years, supporting students here as well as in many other schools on the Cape. Harwich Elementary School provides an integrated preschool program that is designed to meet the req...

School News, Jan. 26

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Chatham Elementary School A Bullying and Cyber Communication Awareness presentation for parents will be held on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. The presentation will include the following topics: gateway behaviors to bullying; understanding digital communications; keeping your children safe online; your child’s digital footprint; privacy settings; social media sites; crossing the criminal line; who’s look...

CHATHAM – Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, students at Chatham Elementary School will be looking for a little bit of good in everything. The 10-day “Look for the Good” program aims to promote mindfulness and kindness and highlight gratitude among students and faculty through a variety of activities, including a “gratitude wall” where kids can post comments about the people, places and things in their lives that they...

New School Building Proposed For Cape Cod Tech

By: Kat Szmit

PLEASANT LAKE ─ The Cape Cod Tech school building committee has voted, and their decision has Superintendent Bob Sanborn cautiously excited. On Nov. 30, after debating a number of possibilities regarding the aging Pleasant Lake facility, the committee voted unanimously to pursue a new building, with a current cost estimate of $143 million. The decision came when it was learned that the difference in cost ...