School News, Feb. 7

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Monomoy Regional Middle School Megalodons participated in an evening of service Jan. 30.

Cape Cod Tech

Auto Tech News

Auto technology students at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich and Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Bourne were given a unique training opportunity recently thanks to Orleans Auto and its partnership with Federal Mogul’s Garage Gurus.

About 50 students from each regional technical school studying to be auto technicians got a break from their regular class as the Federal Mogul Garage Gurus custom van rolled onto school grounds. The mobile training facility is equipped with wide-screen TVs that showcase training videos as well as the latest automotive technology used to fix cars and trucks.

The Cape Cod Tech students in Harwich were up first, followed by the Upper Cape Tech students. At each school, students got an hour of hands-on training from the Federal Mogul representatives who travel the region offering training modules to schools, dealerships and independent mechanics. The focus of the lesson was on engine sealing, gasket installation and bolt torquing.

With two Orleans Auto employees Steve Pasquale and Steve Weik serving on both schools' advisory boards, Orleans Auto leveraged its relationship with Federal Mogul to coordinate the training sessions.

Student Story Chosen

Jennifer Hollis, a senior in health technologies from Dennis, recently learned that her November story about student IDs won an award from the New England Scholastic Press Association. The Association holds a special contest on localizing every fall. The judges examined dozens of stories that took local, national or international news items and localized them to their schools. Jennifer is one of a small handful of students to receive this award.

Comedy Night

Cape Cod Tech is hosting a Comedy Night on Friday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hyannis Elks at 852 Bearses Way. Ticket sales will benefit scholarship and toolship funds for Cape Cod Tech students. Dancing and music trivia with Jamie Wyeth will begin at 7 p.m. with comedy to follow. Tickets are $30 each. There is limited seating. Call Diane at 508-432-4500, ext. 272 for reservations.

Monomoy School District

Volunteer News

Monomoy Regional School District volunteers provide priceless resources to the district and add valuable educational experiences for the students. In the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year, volunteers gave more than 700 hours of their time, which translates to an economic value of $17,283. Here are some recent volunteer opportunities: The district is launching the Monomoy Lighthouse Leader mentoring program. This initiative matches caring adults from the community with MRSD students to offer support, connections, and growth. The Harwich PTO is looking for parent volunteers to help with the all-school Fun Run on March 1. Email to sign up. If you are bilingual (or trilingual!) and would be interested in sharing your skills with our ELL families when periodic informal translation services are needed, email to learn more. For more details about volunteering in the schools, including the necessary forms and updated volunteer opportunities, visit

Chatham Elementary School

Early Childhood Screening

Chatham Elementary School will conduct its annual Early Childhood screening by appointment on

Wednesday, March 20. Parents interested in having their child attend Chatham Integrated Preschool as a peer model should call Cathy Karras at 508-945-5135 to schedule a 45-minute screening appointment. Any parent who suspects their 3- or 4-year-old child may have a special need can contact Karras to schedule a screening appointment.

Monomoy Regional Middle School

Monomoy Megalodons Evening Of Service

The Monomoy Regional Middle School Megalodons, a positive role model leadership group comprised of members of the Animal Rights Club, FOR Club, National Junior Honor Society, Student Council, Shark Tank Enterprises and Human Rights Academy, spent three hours after school on Jan. 30 working hard for the benefit of our community.

Students engaged in a number of service projects, including making bagged lunches and packaging toiletries for the St. Joseph’s House Homeless Shelter, making Valentine's Day cards for local nursing home residents, planning for a Valentine’s Day visit to local nursing homes, and making posters and public service announcements for the upcoming “Walk for Water” project to fund hand washing/water collection stations in Kenya. The students celebrated their hard work by enjoying a spaghetti supper together at the end of the evening.

Monomoy Regional High School

Project 351 Ambassadors

Orla Delaney and Drew Ryan, eighth graders from Monomoy Regional High School, were selected to join more than 380 other young leaders from across the Commonwealth for a statewide youth-led service initiative last month. Orla and Drew kicked off their transformative year of service as a Project 351 Ambassador at an annual day of celebration and service in Boston. Convened by Governor Charlie Baker, Project 351’s 2019 Launch and Service Day unites the eighth class of eighth grade service ambassadors and honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of enrichment, community building and team-based service across Boston. Project 351 is a nonprofit organization that develops a new generation of community-first service leaders through the year-long engagement of an eighth grade ambassador from every city and town in Massachusetts. Orla and Drew were selected by educators for their demonstrated values of kindness, compassion, humility and gratitude, and an exemplary ethic of service. Project 351 encourages the recognition of unsung heroes and quiet leaders, as it strives to foster unity and opportunity through ambassador-led service.