Monomoy School News

By: Tim Wood

Topics: Monomoy Regional School District

Paramedic Rob Sanders from the Harwich Fire Department visited wellness classes recent. He shared summer safety tips and the importance of learning CPR/AED and first aid. Here, Carly Tolley is applying a tourniquet to the paramedic.

Monomoy Regional Middle School

Armstrong Awarded Fellowship

Cherian Armstrong, teacher of project-based learning and MRMS librarian, was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities out of a field of 115 applicants. Armstrong will be participating in a seminar entitled “Philosophers of Education: Major Thinkers from the Enlightenment.”

Students To Attend Academy

Monomoy Regional Middle School will be represented by 15 seventh grade students who have been selected to attend the Advanced Studies and Leadership Program (ASLP) sponsored by the Cape Cod Collaborative at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in July. The ASLP program is a very prestigious educational opportunity that provides students with a three-week summer college-like residential experience that emphasizes leadership and development, and project oriented instruction in science, technology, engineering, math areas and the humanities

for high achieving students from the Cape Cod Collaborativemember districts.

Naas Recognized For Essay

Jonathan Naas received honorable mention for his essay “ The Mississippi Parade” from the American message contest sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order ofElks of the United States of America, Orleans–Eastham Lodge. The contest was based on the statement, “What I can do to promote Americanism and love of country.”

First Mock Trial Team

Twelve seventh grade students joined the first middle school Mock Trial Team; it started out as a club that met during literacy block but turned into a collaboration with two other seasoned schools, Nauset Regional

Middle School and the Lighthouse Charter School. Our Monomoy team was split between theprosecution and defense, and each competed against a team from the other schools at the Orleans District Courthouse in front of a judge. MRMS won one and lost one, but both times the judge remarked how poised, mature, and respectful the students. Members of the team were Abigail Andreasson, Kate Megnia, Amy Hinesley, Josephine Ganshaw, Kelsi Culver, Lauren Morris, Aliza Pillsbury, Isabella Cohrs, Emma Rose, Andrew Davock, Olivia Hayden, Sarah Arestad.

Destination Imagination

Seven sixth grade students formed their first Destination Imagination team in the fall, and by the spring, they were Regional Bowl winners invited to the State Bowl at WPI. Students met every other day, committed to completing a year-long challenge as well as spontaneous problem solving. Their selected challenge, Musical Mash-up, required the team to make a musical instrument that weighed less than a Frisbee but could hold the most weight; theirs held over 350 pounds. Team members were Elliot Stark, Grady Howell, Emily Fratus, Gracee Patel, Mrs.Macomber, Peter Vujs, Christian Lapinski,Wesley Ulrich.

Just Good Kids Recognized

Annually the Harwich-Dennis Rotary Club awards “Just A Good Kid Award” to students who have been nominated by the MRMS staff. A Just a Good Kid nominee is a student who demonstrates kindness, compassion, and is always willing to help others. Seventh grader Olivia Hayden has earned her teachers’ admiration for her sense of integrity. Teachers described her as an ideal student, who was able to mix the right amounts of academic and social activities. Olivia exhibits self confidenceand happiness that spreads to those around her consistently making the school a nicer place. She also takes the time to ask her peers and school staff about their lives and truly listen.

Sixth grader Ava Harrington is described by her teachers as a very enthusiastic student that puts forth her best effort in all that she encounters. She is a positive role model for all students both in and out of school. Despite her busy academic and extracurricular activity schedule, Ava dedicates a portion of her time helping to take care of neglected animals in our community.

Fifth grader Jagur Horn is characterized as an observer and a natural leader by his teachers. Jagur seems

to have any innate ability to offer kind words and gestures to classmates just when they need it the most.He is a motivated learner from the second he arrives prepared for class, he is engaged and actively pursuing knowledge of the content presented with enthusiasm. Jagur is not just a good kid, he is a treasure, to his classmates, to his teachers, and to all who are lucky enough to be around him.

Monomoy Regional High School

Anderson Art Honored

Congratulations to Kate Anderson for her honorable mention in the 2016 Massachusetts Marine Educators Marine Art Contest. This contest has been receiving notice at the national level and Kate's computer graphics image of a North Atlantic Right Whale, a critically endangered species, earned recognition out of a record number of 915 entrants around the country. Her work will soon be visible on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary website ( This will be the first time Monomoy Regional High School is represented.

Students Apply Technology

It was a busy week in Mr. Cataldo's applied technology classes. Besides the regular curriculum, students built a garden irrigation system for Ms. Hoff’s class, a Tiki bar for a post-graduation party at a student’s home, and finished up this week with an in-school field trip in collaboration with Ms. Freitas’s culinary class to teach students how to shuck oysters. Ms. Freitas was in charge of preparing them once we opened them.