Topics: Monomoy Regional School District

HARWICH – At the Parent University forum hosted by Monomoy Schools on March 21 the prevailing message was clear: student safety is the top priority not only for educators and administrators, but also for local police and fire officials. “Most of us have kids in the district,” said Chatham Police Sergeant William Massey. “So we share your concerns as parents.” The event was held not only to address parent fe...

HARWICH — Mary Oldach, the current assistant principal at Harwich Elementary School, had the opportunity to become a principal in a neighboring school district, but decided she’d really rather remain in Harwich. “Every time I thought about leaving Monomoy, I was just very sad and heartsick,” she said. Oldach’s patience paid off. Last week, Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter announced that she will be ...

HARWICH – A snow day might have delayed the walkout at Monomoy Regional High School, but come Friday morning, a significant number of students braved the brisk and breezy weather as they stood in silence for 17 minutes, senior Grace Boyle reading aloud the names of those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. There was one name for each minute the local students stood outside, some with sig...

HARWICH – Cape Cod might be known as a place of wealth, but hunger is a real problem here, one that those at Monomoy Regional Middle School are doing something about. To ensure struggling families have what they need, the school created the Monomoy Market, an in-school food pantry, and to raise money for the market the school will host its first-ever Empty Bowls, Full Hearts fundraiser. Slated for March 26,...

HARWICH – A snow day might have delayed the walkout at Monomoy Regional High School, but come Friday morning, a significant number of students braved the brisk and breezy weather as they stood in silence for 17 minutes, senior Grace Boyle reading aloud the names of those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. There was one name for each minute the local students stood outside, some with sig...

HARWICH – Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., much of the buzz pertaining to local schools has been on safety protocols. While important, those at Monomoy Middle and High Schools know that what also matters is creating a culture among students in which violence takes a backseat to kindness. At Monomoy Regional High School, a number of initiatives aimed at impro...

Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” That became the theme of what students are describing as a life-changing trip to the Dominican Republic. During February vacation, 18 Monomoy students under the tutelage of history teacher John Dickson ventured to the Dominican Republic for an adventure that was part fun and part service. “There is service with and ...

Parkland, Fla., is more than 1,500 miles from Cape Cod, but a mass shooting inside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School there on Feb. 14 shook the Monomoy School District to its core, with educators and local officials redoubling efforts to keep students safe. “I think every time something like this happens, it causes everybody to rethink,” said Harwich Police Chief David Guillemette. “It brings the issue ...

CHATHAM –Police Chief Mark Pawlina went before the board of selectmen last Wednesday to stress the need to improve security at local schools by installing bullet-proof doors and locks on classrooms and a full-time school resource officer. Pawlina had no specific spending proposal; indeed, school facilities are under the purview of the Monomoy Regional School Committee, not selectmen, so the board had no authority...

HARWICH — The Monomoy Regional School Committee has decided not to pursue a controversial plan which would have allowed future realignment of the elementary school grades without the need to bring the plan to town meeting voters. The committee made its decision about two weeks after Chatham selectmen rejected the proposed change to the regional school agreement. Under that proposal, once the regional agreeme...

HARWICH – When former pro football player Ray Rice received a shorter suspension for the domestic abuse of his wife than New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did for allegedly deflating footballs in the AFC Championship, the disparity in punishment prompted the creation of Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership. The program came to Monomoy High school recently, offering students the chance to l...

CHATHAM – Until this past October, a large section of the Chatham Elementary School playground, an area known as the field, was alternatively a dusty or muddy mess, often unusable. But after a cooperative project last summer between the town and the school department that involved fixing drainage, bringing in irrigation, topsoil and seed, the area now has grass, for the first time in years. “It seems like a sm...

CHATHAM – Selectmen Tuesday unanimously rejected a change to the regional school agreement that would have allowed a realignment of elementary school grades. After hearing from a number of residents who vehemently opposed the change proposed by the Monomoy Regional School Committee, board members agreed they had to uphold the promise made to residents when schools were regionalized five years ago to maintain a...

CHATHAM – Selectmen Tuesday unanimously rejected a change to the regional school agreement that would have allowed a realignment of elementary school grades. After hearing from a number of residents who vehemently opposed the change proposed by the Monomoy Regional School Committee, board members agreed they had to uphold the promise made to residents when schools were regionalized five years ago to maintain a...

HARWICH — In a 3-2 vote, selectmen approved a change in the Monomoy Regional School District agreement designed to streamline the decision-making process on grade configuration of the two elementary schools. Opposition to the proposal centered on concerns that the voice of residents was being removed from the process. “This language is negating the process of public involvement and putting it in the hands o...

Schools Tout Gains In Seeking 4.7 Percent Budget Hike

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Monomoy Regional School District's proposed FY19 budget of $39,908,354, a 4.7 percent increase, is money well spent, Superintendent Scott Carpenter told members of the board of selectmen and finance committee Monday night. He based the statement on student growth percentiles from MCAS testing between 2011 and 2017, with only one area in the 2017 tests where the score was below the state average. ...