School News, Oct. 5

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Monomoy High School's James Otis Scholars. From left, Cesca Barr, Grace Boyle, Owen Van Sickle, David Van Sickle, and Ben Thomas.

Chatham Elementary School

The Chatham Department of Natural Resources and Board of Health will provide free voluntary seasonal flu vaccine to the students, families and employees of the Monomoy Regional School District on Oct. 17 from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. at Chatham Elementary School. Flu is very contagious, especially among children, and they can also spread the flu to people in the home who could get very sick from the flu, such as grandparents, younger siblings, or babies. Annual vaccination is the best way to help prevent flu infection in school and throughout our community. Vaccination is recommended by the CDC for all ages over six months. Vaccine will be available for parents and guardians as well, and all are encouraged to participate this year. Insurance will be accepted if available, however it is not required. Please bring insurance cards and photo IDs.


Monomoy High School

On Sept. 25, five seniors were honored by the American Board of Trial Advocates as James Otis Scholars for excellence in U.S. history. Rich Houston and the five students – Cesca Barr, Grace Boyle, Owen Van Sickle, David Van Sickle, and Ben Thomas – toured historic sites in Boston before attending the James Otis lecture by Constitutional Professors Akhil Reed Amar (Yale) and Mary Bilder (Boston College) at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.

This summer, Monomoy Key Club members spent many hours volunteering at the craft shows put on by the Harwich Cranberry Festival at Brooks Park. They helped crafters unload their equipment and goods, helped set up booths, and helped break down booths once the shows were over. Their last time volunteering was recently over the Festival Weekend from Friday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 17. Ed McManus joined the weekly Key Club meeting and presented Key Club President Grace Boyle with a donation for all of the Key Club members' hard work this summer. The funds will be used to pay for member dues as well as individual student registration fees for the annual district conference in the spring.

The MRHS culinary arts and nutrition classes were awarded a grant from the Art of Charity to participate in the Cape Cod Organic Farm CSA this fall, which started this week. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture; a CSA runs for a certain number of weeks (often based around a harvest season) where members pick up a box of freshly harvested produce weekly from a local farm. There is a set, upfront cost for the entire season instead of paying each week or per item. This helps the farm cover upfront growing costs at the beginning of the season when there is less income coming in from farmers markets, etc. but there are many costs to pay for to get the farm up and running. Cape Cod Organic Farm’s seasonal local food will supplement our weekly shopping list. Being in a CSA is an exciting adventure in eating and cooking, and allows us to be connected to our food in a way that traditional food shopping does not.

The Monomoy All Sports Booster Club is having its First Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 9 at Cranberry Valley Golf Course. Put a foursome together and play, or if golf is not your thing, any donations for gift bags or silent auction items would be appreciated. There will be a dinner and silent auction in the evening.