School News, Sept. 27

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Topics: Monomoy Regional School District , Education , Monomoy Regional High School

Sarah, Lindsey and Kaitlyn (pictured with Principal Burkhead) were the first students to ever present to our teachers during their professional learning day on Aug. 30. The topic was "Including LGBTQ in our Daily Lives, Lessons and Community." This is an example of MRHS's investment in all students and including student voice in our school.

Monomoy Regional School District

On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Monomoy Regional School District will host a Parent University on the topic of technology and social media. The session will be held at Monomoy Regional High School, Room A202, from 5 to 6 p.m. Parents will learn how to help children use technology as a tool; understand the various apps and sites young people use; and get tips on how to effectively monitor social media. Participants will include the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office; Melissa Maguire, MRSD Director of Student Services; Jim Birchfield, MRSD Director of Instructional Technology; and Joy Jordan, MRSD Community Engagement Coordinator. RSVP to, or 508-945-5140, ext. 1101.

Monomoy Regional High School

Oak Street Academy

After a lot of thought and discussion, the students voted on and selected a name for Monomoy High's Alternative Learning Program. “Oak Street Academy” reflects the academic purpose of the program, as well as a local connection to the community. Oaks are also very strong and resilient trees, facing challenges with firmly developed roots.

Red Cross Blood Drive

A blood drive will be held at Monomoy Regional High School on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, sponsored by the American Red Cross. The public is welcome after 3:30 p.m. For more information contact Tammy Ridder at or Haley Kelsey at

Credit For Life Fair

The annual Credit for Life Fair will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the high school gym. The fair is an interactive simulation that requires students to select a career option and practice managing their personal budgets based upon the projected monthly income of their job choice. Students will visit booths staffed by Cape Cod Five employees and other members of the community as they make financial decisions about what they want, what they need and what they can afford. The Credit for Life Fair was designed to help students gain an understanding of the financial decisions they will have to make when they are on their own, without parents or guardians paying the bills and covering costs of food, clothing, shelter, and entertainment.

College Financial Night

The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority College Financial Aid Night will be held Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. It will help answer questions such as how do I apply for financial aid; what are the different types of financial aid; am I eligible for financial aid; what kinds of financial aid are awarded; and what will be my actual cost Parents/guardians of juniors and seniors are invited to this free financial aid seminar presented by the experts from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.

Terrapin Studies

For the first two weeks of school, students in Ms. Picariello's marine science class studied the natural history of a local species, the diamondback terrapin. Students had the opportunity for hands-on data collection when Dr. Barbara Brennessel (Wheaton College) visited the class with 12 hatchling turtles that she had been studying. Students worked in groups to carefully observe and collect data for each turtle. The data was given to Dr. Brennessel, who collaborates with the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to study populations of terrapins on Cape Cod.

Dietz Selected For Conference

Beth Dietz was selected to attend the Research Teachers Conference, which will be held Sept. 28 to 30 in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Society for Science and the Public, the Research Teachers Conference is an opportunity for science research teachers at all levels of experience to gather for a weekend to share best practices, troubleshoot any challenges they face in supporting students in independent science research, and learn more about the Society and the Regeneron Science Talent Search. The topics will include completing research in a high school lab, finding and placing students in summer programs, obtaining pre-approval for projects relating to humans and animals, combating plagiarism, reaching underserved students, and more. The conference will also include an in-depth look at the Regeneron Science Talent Search, a competition for high school seniors run by the Society.

Wizards Return

The Harlem Wizards will return to MRHS on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at MRHS or online at under Harwich on the Oct. 17 date. Email for further information.