Topics: Education

After a hiatus, the James Baran Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by The Cape Cod Chronicle for Monomoy Dollars for Scholars in memory of longtime Chronicle columnist Jim Baran, is once again helping a student to reach her dreams. The student who has been awarded the $500 scholarship is Monomoy Regional High School graduate Hannah Thacher of Harwich, who will attend Husson University in Maine in the fall. Thac...

HARWICH ─ There are many paths to success in life. Now, thanks to the students of Monomoy Regional High School's Alternative Learning Program (ALP), there is a new path at the school, one that leads to a quiet place of reflection, created for students by students. According to ALP student Greg Hastings, the motivation for creating the space was simple. “It looked like a prison,” Hastings said. “Kids said ...

HARWICH—Perhaps Plato got it right. Twenty-four centuries ago the Greek philosopher declared that, “The beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of the young...” Educators and leadership within the Cape Cod Collaborative and the Dennis-Yarmouth and Monomoy Regional School Districts couldn’t agree more. The regional school districts, with the Cape Cod Collaborative, have partnere...

Middle Schoolers Lauded For Carbon Initiative

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Besting kids from other top schools in Massachusetts, a group of Monomoy Middle School students has earned top honors in an energy conservation initiative. They did it by helping their classmates kick the bottle. Seventh graders in Nancy Gifford's class tallied how many single-use water bottles were used in the school – more than 1,000 in about two weeks – and then conducted serious research about th...

Music has been the focus of Chris Roberts’ life since his childhood in Wales, which is known for its citizens’ talent for music. The small coal mining village in Wales where he grew up was called Coedpoeth, meaning hot wood. “I had a musical upbringing. There was always music in the family,” he said. His mother and father sang, his mother played the piano and his grandfather played the trumpet. He started sing...

EAST HARWICH — The entrance to the expanded section of Evergreen Cemetery along Route 39 got a facelift over the past couple of weeks with floral and tree plantings designed and implemented by students from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School's horticulture program. “As a school we like to help out the town of Harwich because they help us out with different projects,” horticulture teacher Bob DelVecchio sa...

HARWICH ─ As Monomoy Valedictorian Catie Barr struggled to write her graduation speech, she grappled with the concept of telling a story. Then she realized her challenge was in trying to tell one story for the 105 members of the Class of 2016. “I realized there isn't just one or two stories to tell,” said Barr to her fellow graduates, as well as their families and friends. “In just a few years of being toget...

Cape Tech Grads Set to 'Get The Job Done'

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The hour before commencement at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School was nothing short of controlled chaos. As members of the Class of 2016 milled about, snapping selfies and group photos, others stood in line to collect the traditional yellow roses, while others still sought assistance in tying ties or straightening caps, tassels, and sashes. Before long, however, it was time to line up for one la...

Monomoy Stories

By: Tim Wood

Stories. That's what Monomoy Regional High School Valedictorian Catie Barr talked about at the school's commencement Sunday. There weren't just a few stories to tell about the Class of 2016, she said. “In just a few years of being together, we've lived a whole library's worth of stories,” she said. Monomoy's second graduating class added their collection of tales to the bookshelf that holds, right now, only...

CHATHAM – At this year's “Books In Bloom” event at the Eldredge Public Library, attendees will not only be able to view floral arrangements inspired by their designers' favorite books, but will also be treated to interpretation of classic books by students from Chatham Elementary School. The kids' artwork will be displayed on the front lawn of the library – not unlike the Sharks in the Park exhibit just down t...

HARWICH — NASA hopes to have the capabilities to send humans to Mars sometime in the 2030s, but if Matthew Kelley and classmates at Vanderbilt University have a say in the matter, it could happen sooner. Kelley, who recently graduated from Vanderbilt, grew up in Harwich and went to Harwich Elementary School and Chatham Middle School. While he was in middle school, his teacher, Karen Manning, recognized his int...

Monomoy Start Times Set To Change In 2017

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ When students should arrive at school each day has been a hot topic at a number of recent school committee meetings. Now, after a 4-2 vote, school start times will see a change in the Monomoy district in September 2017. The vote, taken during the May 25 school committee meeting, approved a motion to change the start times at Chatham and Harwich elementary schools to 7:45 a.m., and the start times a...

Both Monomoy Regional High School and Cape Cod Technical High School will hold commencement ceremonies this weekend. Cape Tech's graduation takes place on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. at the school on Pleasant Lake Avenue in Harwich. Monomoy's second graduating class will receive their diplomas the next day, on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m. at the Oak Street school, under a tent on the school grounds. For the ...

CHATHAM – One hundred spadefoot toad tadpoles not much longer than a fingernail swim in two tanks at the Monomoy Regional Middle School. They’ve been there for about two weeks and are just now developing rear legs, continuing their 45 day metamorphosis, one of the fastest in the amphibian world. They are being head-started as part of a unique program developed by Long Pasture Mass Audubon’s sanctuary director ...

HARWICH ─ The changing of the guard within the Monomoy School Committee hit a snag last week when not one but two votes for the vice chair resulted in a tie that will continue indefinitely until someone changes their vote. The tie ensued during the annual elections of officers, which take place each year after elections of new members. Sharon Stout nominated Karen Ryder for vice chair, praising her work ethi...

Understanding Concussions

By: Kat Szmit

Part I: Taking It On The Chin - Sidelined by Concussion , Athlete Urges Awareness Nick Delande will never forget Sept. 28, 2015. That was the day the Monomoy High School student athlete suffered an injury during a soccer game that not only left him with a broken jaw, but also a concussion so severe it sent him into a months-long ordeal that ultimately forced Nick to withdraw from school during his senior y...