Harwich Elementary School
The Harwich Elementary School Fun Run Fundraiser officially kicked off on Feb. 13 with a pep rally; online pledging began Feb. 6. This year the school is trying to raise $20,000. Check out www.boosterthon.com to learn more information about the upcoming Fun Run and be on the lookout for more information coming soon.
Kindergarten Registration will be held at Harwich Elementary School for next year's next class of Monomoy Sharks. Last name A-M, March 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; last name N-Z, March 6, 9 a..m to 1 p.m.
Monomoy Regional Middle School
Here Comes The Judge
Members of the Chatham and Harwich police departments were at Monomoy Middle School last Wednesday as the school welcomed the Honorable Judge Robert Rufo, Superior Court Justice at Barnstable Superior Court, for a visit with students in the sixth grade Mock Trial Enrichment Seminar. Judge Rufo shared information about his career in the justice system starting when he was an attorney through his current role as a Superior Court Justice and discussed the various roles within the court system such as judges, prosecution attorneys, defense attorneys, witnesses, jurors as well as other court personnel. Judge Rufo discussed the importance of civic engagement such as jury service and explained the importance of jurors being informed about current events.
Judge Rufo’s visit was part of National Judicial Awareness Month, which is in March. During his visit he expressed how impressed he was with students’ understanding of the court system as well as their understanding of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, the difference between civil cases and criminal cases and their understanding of the concepts of “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” and “a preponderance of evidence.” Following his discussion he took questions from the students.
Monomoy Middle School offers the Mock Trial Enrichment Seminar to students in sixth grade as an elective class that meets every other school day for 45 minutes. The course is taught by MRMS School Resource Officer Sgt. Bill Massey. Local attorney Matt Bober serves as “coach” for the students as they prepare their cases.
Monomoy Regional High School
We the People
On Saturday, Jan. 26, 22 Monomoy Regional High School government students traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston to participate in the state "We the People" speech competition. Student speeches were judged by volunteers from the fields of law, history, politics, education, journalism, government and non-profit organizations. Students presented 12 speeches in groups to panels of judges and answered questions about the Constitution, civics, government and current events. Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work, and especially to Unit 5 members for winning a unit award for their presentations: Hannah Mitchell, Robbie Sieger, Molly McKenna and Caroline Davock. Caroline Davock was also presented with an award, voted on by her classmates and teacher, for civic virtue, humility, and dedication to her class.
The school's first Perfect Attendance celebration was a tremendous success. There were 131 students who didn't miss one day of school (and weren't late or dismissed) in January. School psychologist Robin Titus and attendance guru Janet Ferro led the charge to organize a fun time for all. The students were greeted and served cake and lemonade, enjoyed music and team challenges as well. The eighth grade had the most "perfect attendance winners" so they will be invited to a special enrichment in the coming weeks with games in the gym or Bingo with Mr. Burkhead.
Monomoy Friends of the Arts is hosting a Paint Night at 400 East on March 1 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person with pre-registration required. Payment is due by Feb 25. PayPal payments are accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a check in to school made out to FOTA. The guest instructor is an alumni of MRHS. Students and adults are welcome. There will be a cash bar and food is available for purchase off the menu.