Topics: Education

CHATHAMPORT — In helping shape the fledgling Monomoy Regional School District, former Superintendent Carolyn Cragin focused on improving education, building partnerships and enhancing the district’s long-term sustainability. As the new board president of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, her to-do list isn’t that different. Even though she retired as a public school administrator in 2013, Cragin hasn’t le...

Back To School Page

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Schools Begins Tuesday Classes start on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Classes at Monomoy Regional High School and Monomoy Regional Middle School begin at 8:45 a.m.; Chatham and Harwich Elementary Schools begins at 7:45 a.m. Kindergarten classes start Sept. 6, and pre-school begins Sept. 10. For a complete bus schedule, see elsewhere in this issue of The Chronicle or visit monomoy.edu.   Monomoy Regional School Di...

Inspiring Students, One Bird At A Time

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Somewhere over George’s Bank, flitting over the wave tops, there’s a shearwater named Monomoy. And another named Nauset. You could almost pity the one named Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. The seabirds are part of a number outfitted with radio tracking tags by researchers at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and named in honor of area middle schools whose students will follow their ...

HARWICH – Whitehouse Field is a familiar place for Sean Gould. He’s been there as a bat boy for the Harwich Mariners, and crouched behind the plate as the catcher for the Monomoy boys varsity baseball team. But this summer the soon-to-be junior has a special gig at the ballpark: bullpen catcher for the home team. Gould started playing baseball when he was just a toddler in his Harwich backyard, developing an i...

Planning Board Approves Cape Tech's Special Permits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The planning board last week unanimously approved the site plan review and use special permits for the new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. The project is scheduled to get underway in December and is estimated to cost $128 million. The new school will be located on the east side of the 69.46 acre lot that presently holds the existing Cape Tech school in the Pleasant Lake section of town. The ...

Planning Board To Act On New Cape Tech School Site Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Cape Cod Regional Technical High School building project will go before the planning board next Tuesday night for a site plan review special permit and a use special permit. Construction on the new 221,880-square-foot high school is expected to start in December. The conservation commission earlier this month issued a negative finding on a request for determination of applicability to remove the ...

CHATHAM – The number of students who receive free or reduced-cost meals at Chatham Elementary School has grown to the point where the school now qualifies for a federal program that makes free lunch and breakfast available to all students. Monomoy Regional School District officials are preparing to apply to the program and anticipate its implementation in the fall. As of April, 46.18 percent of students at ...

HARWICH — It’s a painful topic to discuss, but one that can’t be kept a secret. The sexual abuse of children is a real problem on Cape Cod, and a group of students at Monomoy Regional High School is taking part in a unique partnership with Children’s Cove to raise awareness among their peers. The 13 sophomores have been meeting as Monomoy’s Teen TASK (Taking A Stand for Kids) Force since December, working...

HARWICH — Like the gusty winds that mussed hairdos, sent mortarboards flying and caused the tent to creek at Sunday’s commencement, the last few years have been a bit turbulent for the Monomoy Regional High School Class of 2018. But their need to persevere, their drive to achieve, and their strong sense of community saw them safely to graduation and will help them as they enter young adulthood. ...

PLEASANT LAKE -- “There’s so much more to come,” Cape Cod Regional Technical High School salutatorian Madison Wallace said Saturday afternoon during the graduation ceremony. “We have finally made it.” Wallace, who studied in the electrical program at the Pleasant Lake school, said she had planned to attend the technical school since she was a child. At the school she met “some of the kindest, most accepting pe...

CHATHAM — On a recent morning, Sgt. Bill Massey stood outside Chatham Elementary School, greeting children as they stepped off the bus. Most gave him friendly fist-bumps, and one young girl flung her arms around him. Not a bad way to start the work day. Sgt. Massey is already a familiar face for students at Chatham Elementary and Monomoy Regional Middle School, but soon they’ll be seeing him just about ev...

Cody Doyle wanted to be a police officer, but working as an intern in the Harwich Fire Department changed his plans. “I got into this and I liked it a lot more,” said the Monomoy Regional High School senior, who will attend Southern Maine Community College in the fall to study fire science. That's just one example of the impact of Monomoy's School to Careers community internship program, which marked the co...

HARWICH – When a principal's phone rings in the early hours of the morning, it always gives a moment of pause. Fortunately for Monomoy Principal Bill Burkhead, a recent 7 a.m. call meant good news, even if it was something he had to keep mum about for a bit. Now the secret is out and being celebrated: Burkhead was named the Massachusetts Principal of the Year by the Secondary School Administrators' Association. ...

HARWICH PORT — In a unique partnership with the fledgling Cape Cod Toy Library, Lighthouse Charter School students have had a practical lesson in the power of play. As part of the library’s “Partners for Play” outreach program, the middle school students borrowed toys from the toy library and then visited the youngest students at the Partnership School in Orleans on two successive Fridays earlier this month....

HARWICH — Sharon Hughes, a special education teacher at Orleans Elementary, has been tapped as the next assistant principal at Harwich Elementary School. The announcement was made last week by Harwich Elementary’s current assistant principal, Mary Oldach, who will be assuming the principal’s job on July 1. “The interview committee reviewed the applications of 21 highly qualified candidates, and, of these,...

From May 23 to 26, the organization known as Destination Imagination will hold its annual global competition at the University of Tennessee and will once again host a team from Cape Cod. Destination Imagination (DI) is an innovative problem-solving competition composed mainly of high school and middle school students. It is meant to be highly challenging and competitive in order to sort out the students who wo...