School News, Jan. 19

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Topics: Monomoy Regional School District

Students study Kemp's Ridley sea turtles.

Harwich Elementary School


MAP Tests

Online Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) will be administered in up to three classrooms at a time with portable laptops. Every student in kindergarten through grade four will taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) online winter assessment during January and early February. Thank you to the community for supporting the technology integration initiatives which allow youngest students to take this assessment on devices in their own classroom. Teachers are being trained on how to interpret the results to best support student learning and growth.

PickUp Patrol

A free “PickUp Patrol” app for parents now available for parents available for download on iOS and Android. You can keep making changes to your child's pick up schedule the same way you have been, but now, with the app, it will be easier than ever to make changes.


Monomoy Regional High School


Global Studies Program Coming to MRHS for the 2017-18 School Year

MRHS is constantly focusing on setting high academic expectations for students and looking for ways to separate the school from others. The new Global Studies Program will allow all students an opportunity to select this pathway and achieve at high levels, allowing driven students the ability to challenge themselves and prepare for the ever changing global world.

A Global Studies Program is a way of offering students an opportunity to go beyond the standard high school curriculum to make connections to the larger world. It is designed to challenge students to expand the scope of their high school education and prepare them to be active citizens of the world. The culmination of the program will be the awarding of a Global Studies Diploma at graduation in addition to the standard MRHS diploma. The Global Studies Diploma would be granted based on the successful completion of the program components.

The details of the Global Studies Program will be highlighted at the Program of Studies Night in early spring. The school committee unanimously approved the program at their Jan. 12 meeting. Social Studies teacher John Dickson spearheaded the effort.

Marine Science Students Perform Sea Turtle Necropsies

Students in Ms. Picariello's marine science class had a rare opportunity to perform necropsies (animal autopsies) on four Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles that stranded and died on local Cape Cod beaches earlier this winter. The turtles were brought in to class by scientists from the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and students worked in groups to dissect each turtle and examine every aspect of their anatomy. The data gathered by Monomoy students will be used by the Audubon to determine the cause of death along with other pertinent information regarding the health of the animals. This study is an effort to learn more about these endangered animals and why they become "cold stunned" on Cape Cod every winter. Many thanks to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott as well as science educators Valerie Bell and Olivia Bourque for inviting the school to participate in the research project and bringing such a unique and rewarding experience to students.

New Technology Teacher Chris Gallagher

Chris Gallagher will be joining MRHS to take over for Dave Breski beginning second semester on Jan. 30. With 12 years of teaching experience, Gallagher will be joining the Monomoy Regional High School. He earned his B.S. in manufacturing engineering technology from Western Washington University. During his undergraduate studies he also worked full-time as a sawmill millwright. As a millwright he fabricated, repaired, and installed industrial machinery. He then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural village located in Zambia, where he found his passion for teaching through community development and income generation projects such as well rehabilitation, blacksmithing, and ceramics. Following his passion to teach he pursued his teaching credentials in South Dakota for technology education. From there he has gone on to teach technology courses at K-12 international schools in both Kenya and South Korea. He also has experience teaching manufacturing engineering courses at both secondary vocational and community colleges in the areas of CAD, drafting, CNC and CAM, metrology, manufacturing processes, and machining. He is an advocate of hands-on learning and is proud of the various projects from his teaching career that empowered students to make the leap from skills and knowledge to demonstrating those skills with projects of personal interest: ceramics, blacksmithing, manufacturing small gas engines, and manufacturing hoist-winches. He will be arriving with his family from Chico, Calif., where he was employed as a part-time lecturer in the Sustainable Manufacturing Department at California State University, Chico.

MRHS Opens Senior Lounge

Senior members of the student council presented Mr. Burkhead with a request to use one of the new conference rooms for a place of their own to hang out before school. The proposal was impressive and included parameters for behavior, cleanup and a schedule that would not conflict with use of the room during the school day. The senior class had its grand opening this week with a huge turnout.