Topics: Education

PLEASANT LAKE -- “There’s so much more to come,” Cape Cod Regional Technical High School salutatorian Madison Wallace said Saturday afternoon during the graduation ceremony. “We have finally made it.” Wallace, who studied in the electrical program at the Pleasant Lake school, said she had planned to attend the technical school since she was a child. At the school she met “some of the kindest, most accepting pe...

CHATHAM — On a recent morning, Sgt. Bill Massey stood outside Chatham Elementary School, greeting children as they stepped off the bus. Most gave him friendly fist-bumps, and one young girl flung her arms around him. Not a bad way to start the work day. Sgt. Massey is already a familiar face for students at Chatham Elementary and Monomoy Regional Middle School, but soon they’ll be seeing him just about ev...

Cody Doyle wanted to be a police officer, but working as an intern in the Harwich Fire Department changed his plans. “I got into this and I liked it a lot more,” said the Monomoy Regional High School senior, who will attend Southern Maine Community College in the fall to study fire science. That's just one example of the impact of Monomoy's School to Careers community internship program, which marked the co...

HARWICH – When a principal's phone rings in the early hours of the morning, it always gives a moment of pause. Fortunately for Monomoy Principal Bill Burkhead, a recent 7 a.m. call meant good news, even if it was something he had to keep mum about for a bit. Now the secret is out and being celebrated: Burkhead was named the Massachusetts Principal of the Year by the Secondary School Administrators' Association. ...

HARWICH PORT — In a unique partnership with the fledgling Cape Cod Toy Library, Lighthouse Charter School students have had a practical lesson in the power of play. As part of the library’s “Partners for Play” outreach program, the middle school students borrowed toys from the toy library and then visited the youngest students at the Partnership School in Orleans on two successive Fridays earlier this month....

HARWICH — Sharon Hughes, a special education teacher at Orleans Elementary, has been tapped as the next assistant principal at Harwich Elementary School. The announcement was made last week by Harwich Elementary’s current assistant principal, Mary Oldach, who will be assuming the principal’s job on July 1. “The interview committee reviewed the applications of 21 highly qualified candidates, and, of these,...

From May 23 to 26, the organization known as Destination Imagination will hold its annual global competition at the University of Tennessee and will once again host a team from Cape Cod. Destination Imagination (DI) is an innovative problem-solving competition composed mainly of high school and middle school students. It is meant to be highly challenging and competitive in order to sort out the students who wo...

ORLEANS — Cape Symphony Artistic Director Jung-Ho Pak isn't the only Cape Cod musician who's earned the title maestro. Applause, please, for the eight Maestro award winners of Nauset Regional High School, who received that honor recently at the Atlanta Heritage Festival competition. Take a bow, Gordon Clark (trombone), Sean Chung (euphonium), Keb Hutchings-McMahon (guitar), Parker Mumford (piano), Acacia Nel...

For Monomoy Regional High School principal Bill Burkhead, an innovative lunch hour is “the future of education.” In late winter of last year, MRHS began an experiment known as “Jawsome Hour.” This is a new lunch schedule between third and fourth period that lasts an hour and allows students to use that time in a variety of ways. Principal Burkhead said “the great thing about Jawsome Hour is that i...

HARWICH – At the Parent University forum hosted by Monomoy Schools on March 21 the prevailing message was clear: student safety is the top priority not only for educators and administrators, but also for local police and fire officials. “Most of us have kids in the district,” said Chatham Police Sergeant William Massey. “So we share your concerns as parents.” The event was held not only to address parent fe...

HARWICH — Mary Oldach, the current assistant principal at Harwich Elementary School, had the opportunity to become a principal in a neighboring school district, but decided she’d really rather remain in Harwich. “Every time I thought about leaving Monomoy, I was just very sad and heartsick,” she said. Oldach’s patience paid off. Last week, Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter announced that she will be ...

HARWICH – A snow day might have delayed the walkout at Monomoy Regional High School, but come Friday morning, a significant number of students braved the brisk and breezy weather as they stood in silence for 17 minutes, senior Grace Boyle reading aloud the names of those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. There was one name for each minute the local students stood outside, some with sig...

HARWICH – Cape Cod might be known as a place of wealth, but hunger is a real problem here, one that those at Monomoy Regional Middle School are doing something about. To ensure struggling families have what they need, the school created the Monomoy Market, an in-school food pantry, and to raise money for the market the school will host its first-ever Empty Bowls, Full Hearts fundraiser. Slated for March 26,...

HARWICH – A snow day might have delayed the walkout at Monomoy Regional High School, but come Friday morning, a significant number of students braved the brisk and breezy weather as they stood in silence for 17 minutes, senior Grace Boyle reading aloud the names of those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. There was one name for each minute the local students stood outside, some with sig...

HARWICH – Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., much of the buzz pertaining to local schools has been on safety protocols. While important, those at Monomoy Middle and High Schools know that what also matters is creating a culture among students in which violence takes a backseat to kindness. At Monomoy Regional High School, a number of initiatives aimed at impro...

Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” That became the theme of what students are describing as a life-changing trip to the Dominican Republic. During February vacation, 18 Monomoy students under the tutelage of history teacher John Dickson ventured to the Dominican Republic for an adventure that was part fun and part service. “There is service with and ...