School News, May 4, 2017

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

MRHS was represented at Student Government Day last week at the State House in Boston by Ben Dube and Colleen Cronin. They spent the day debating bills about privacy and motor vehicle laws and were addressed by the governor and other officials. This is the 70th annual Student Government Day.


Harwich Elementary School

Third and fourth grade students submit 267 art pieces in Ms. Jorgensen's art homework challenge. After Christmas vacation, students in art classes were offered seven homework assignments, one per week. They were all optional and with an established rubric, students could earn up to four points (three for following directions and good effort). At the end of the challenge, their work was returned with the scores, comments, and a grand total of points earned. They could spend the points earned at Ms. Jorgensen's art cart, where they purchased art supplies for home. The art cart is stocked with donations, leftover materials and items that are grant funded, and bought by their art teacher.


Chatham Elementary School

Second graders worked with Ranger Barbara from the Cape Cod National Seashore to learn about the importance of pollination and the difference between animal and insect pollinators. Did you know that 75 percent of the foods we eat are dependent upon pollinators? Ranger Barbara conducted two lessons with the second grade. First, students learned the parts of a flower. They studied daffodils with hand lenses trying to locate the anther and filament. They then collected pollen from the anther with a Q-tip. Next, students studied purple flowers, finding the nectar guides insects use to locate the nectar in the flower. For the second lesson, students studied the different adaptations bees have in order to collect pollen. Bees carry a pollen basket and have a separate honey stomach. Students then made insect traps out of water bottles and made their own nectar. These traps are in the courtyard and the goal is to collect insects to study next week when Ranger Barbara returns. Our follow-up to these lessons is a trip to the National Seashore May 18.


Monomoy High School

Peer Leadership class hosted Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos recently. Deputy Chief Xiarhos came into the peer leadership class to talk about his son Nicholas whom we lost in Afghanistan. The Cape Cod Healthcare Blood center is named in memory of Nicholas. The peer leaders have decided to promote the blood drive set for May 22 at the high school in memory of all of the military serving and those we have lost.

Creative thinking in Ms. Flint's environmental science class: environmental science students have voiced concern over the number of plastic water bottles being used in the school and wanted to come up with a way to re-purpose them. This week, they turned plastic water bottles into "TerrAqua Columns" in order to grow a few "oxygen-producing, carbon-dioxide-reducing" plants. Fingers crossed for lots of basil, oregano, and cilantro!

Principal Bill Burkhead has invited parents of school children and other interested community residents to assist in a self study which is currently being conducted by the school’s professional staff. The self study is a significant component in the accreditation process of the accreditation of Monomoy Regional High School by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Burkhead noted that all aspects of the school will be evaluated during the self study. Volunteers are most urgently needed, however, to serve on committees which will evaluate the areas of core values, beliefs, and learning expectations; curriculum; instruction; assessment of and for student learning; school culture and leadership; school resources for learning; and community resources for learning.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a voluntary membership organization of more than 2,000 public schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, and vocational/technical and career institutions. Approximately 630 public schools throughout New England are currently accredited through the Association's Commission on Public Schools. The committee works with individual schools to improve the quality of their programs at all levels through a process of self study, evaluation, and follow-up activities.

Anyone interested in volunteering time or in learning more about the self study can contact Rachel Barnes or Deb Donovan, who are coordinating the accreditation process at the school. They may be reached at 508-430-7200 during school hours.