Topics: Education

For years, local youngsters have enjoyed hands-on lessons in biology, climate science and ecology thanks to programs sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Pleasant Bay. Soon, they'll be getting those lessons out on the bay itself, on a custom-built floating classroom. The 35-foot-long pontoon boat is being designed by South Carolina-based American Pontoon and is expected to be built this fall and winter. If al...

HARWICH — A warm greeting and familiar face will be noticeably absent from the community center as Emily Mitchell trades her seat at the front desk for one at Cornell Law School. Mitchell has spent a lot of time in the community center going back to her days attending Halloween parties, participating in recreation programs and even attending her Junior Prom. The building played a central role in her life growi...

Price Tag Drops For Cape Tech Building Project

By: Alan Pollock

PLEASANT LAKE — There's no escaping the fact that a new building to replace the aging Cape Tech school will be costly. But according to projections released last week, it will be a bit less costly than initially thought. Owing to more detailed design information and some constructive pencil-sharpening, cost estimates for the new school have dropped from about $141 million to around $128 million. Speaking at la...

Fun And Learning At Cape Tech Summer Camp

By: Alan Pollock

PLEASANT LAKE — Forget canoeing and s'mores. How about a summer camp that gives kids a chance to try a career? For the second summer, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School is inviting middle school-age kids to spend a week learning vocational skills, without sparing the fun activities. In the first session, held last week, cosmetology students learned about hair care and nails, and carpentry and electrical...

  Sean Stone hasn't had an easy life. Within his family, the Monomoy Regional High School sophomore has been exposed to abuse, violence and addiction. He found an unlikely mentor to guide him through these difficulties and help point him on a path toward a career: Sherlock Holmes. The fictional detective, Stone said, “gave me a sense of hope,” partly because even though he solves seemingly impossible crimes...

HARWICH ─ For the blue-clad graduates of Monomoy Regional High School, their June 4 commencement was all at once a look back at the past mixed with hopes for the future as speakers recalled the mile-long main hallway of Harwich High, where many started their journey as freshmen, and the transition to Monomoy while wishing their fellow graduates success going forward. Valedictorian Colleen Cronin called upon ...

PLEASANT LAKE — Having learned marketable skills that leave them well prepared for the world of work, the military or college, 137 seniors turned their tassels at Cape Cod Tech's commencement ceremony Saturday. Class President Allie Woollacott remembered arriving at the school four years ago as frightened freshmen trying to remember how to use lockers for the first time. “Here we are, four years later, still...

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...