School News, Nov. 24

By: Contributed

Topics: Monomoy Regional School District , Monomoy Regional High School

Started in 2002 in our classroom at Chatham High School, Just Jars is solely run by the classroom students and its teachers. The program is now run out of Monomoy Regional High School. The assembling of products is supervised by a serve safe certified teacher. Everyone in our classroom has a job from printing labels, cutting fabric, dipping dog biscuits to measuring the ingredients for our jars. Students are learning excellent organizational skills, teamwork, production, and quality control skills. The money raised from the jars is used to purchase ingredients and materials needed to make more products. The remaining money is used directly for the students in the program. Proceeds have been used in the past for field trips to Florida and Washington, D.C.

Chatham Elementary School

CES is one of over 30 schools from all over the world to follow Mass Maritime's TS Kennedy as it travels with their cadets this winter. The students will have an opportunity to blog with the crew, keep a logbook, watch the crew complete their chores and maneuvers, and learn about calls of port on the voyage. CES has a special connection to the crew: Ms. Barnard's daughter is a cadet on the voyage! She, with her fellow MMA cadets, set sail Jan. 3, so stay tuned for updates.

Monomoy Regional High School

The third annual Breakfast of Excellence awards took place on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the high school cafeteria. A brief reception was held with honorees, guests, school officials and parents. Students are honored for excellence achieved on the MCAS and/or Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Students who maintain perfect scores on the MCAS and those student who receive distinction recognition on AP exams have their names on a prestigious plaque with previous honorees that is proudly presented in our main office.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 32 Monomoy Regional High School vocalists and instrumentalists auditioned for the All Cape and Islands Music Festival. Everyone successfully auditioned and has earned their place in their respective ensembles. Congrats! All will be performing at Barnstable High School on Feb. 4.

Robotics II team creates new app for smartphones. Robotics II students submitted for a new application design for smartphones to the Verizon App Challenge. They had to describe a new useful application for cellphones and submit a video presentation as well as four essays covering the design, function and use. Club members are

Charles DuFault, Vincent Jodice, Christian Woodard, Jack Archibald and Patrick Smeltzer, videographer. A video about the app is posted on the high school website, in the lastest Friday Focus.

Congratulations to the middle and high school Human Rights Academy students! MRHS and MRMS students represented both schools with class. The kids actively mixed with a number of students from other schools and came up with great questions and ideas that they would like to work on this year concerning human rights issues.

MRHS's third annual Senior Citizen Community Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success. Monomoy Regional High School students, along with a host of volunteer staff members and retirees, served local senior citizens a delicious Thanksgiving meal. The food was cooked in our kitchens by Mr. Moynagh, Ms. Freitas with the help of students in our culinary arts program. Beautiful piano music by student Hayden Bowman presented a soothing background for rich conversation and inter-generational connections between guests and students. At the conclusion of apple pie desert, Mr. Burkhead enjoyed taking 15 guests on an hour-long tour of the building. We would like to thank our guests for coming, sharing your stories and history, and supporting our wonderful school. A special thanks to Ms. Chilaka and our peer leadership students for organizing the event and to volunteers Ms. Sowpel, Ms. Waystack, Ms. Eastman, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. Moynagh, and Ms. Freitas. Happy Thanksgiving all!