Topics: Education

HARWICH — When it comes to controlling vaping, smoking or other nicotine use among students, Monomoy High School has traditionally had an old-school approach, issuing multiple-day suspensions when kids violate the rules. “We’re rethinking that,” Assistant Principal Janie Girolamo told the school committee recently. “It really doesn’t serve any purpose” to have violators miss out on their classes and miss out...

HARWICH – While his students were enjoying their summer beach days, Monomoy Regional High School History teacher Richard Houston added another piece of historical hardware to his classroom—a shining silver plate he received in July when he was given the 2019 Teacher of the Year Award by the American Battlefield Trust. Houston, nominated by fellow educator Kevin Bates, learned he was a finalist for the award in...

HARWICH  —  Saying they’re using empty classrooms to meet the need for more early childhood education offerings in the district, the Monomoy schools will soon be hosting a YMCA infant and toddler care program at Harwich Elementary and a Head Start preschool class in Chatham. The school committee voted last week to approve contracts for each program. Both are in the process of recruiting students with the goal ...

At this time of year, the very words “back to school” can inspire dismay and anxiety in kids. But for children who face returning to classes without a proper backpack or the necessary school supplies, that anxiety can be significant. In two unrelated programs, the Orleans-based Homeless Prevention Council (HPC) and the Chatham Children’s Fund are asking the public to help them provide brand new, fully-stocked ...

TAUNTON/KINGSTON – It wasn't the way the Monomoy girls varsity softball team wanted their season to end, but when the dust settled on the field at Taunton High School on June 15, Case had earned a 7-1 victory in spite of the Sharks' tireless efforts in the Div. 3 South Finals. Struggling with an ankle injury, Monomoy pitcher Mollie Charest continuously shook off the pain in favor of fighting for strikeouts, bu...

CHATHAM — For Monomoy Regional Middle School science teacher Nancy Gifford, learning isn’t just something she inspires. It’s a way of life. “I apply for every program for science teachers that sounds interesting and fun, and jump in with both feet. I am hoping my students will learn from this and not be afraid to take risks and try new things,” she said. “I attend interesting programs every summer. Last summ...

HARWICH – It's been a winning run so far for the Monomoy girls softball team, though not without a little worry thrown in for good measure. The Sharks defeated Wareham 3-2 in the first round and Bellingham 2-0 in the quarterfinals. The Wareham Vikings gave the Sharks pause on June 6 when they struck first in the first round game of the MIAA Div. 3 South Sectional playoffs, but Monomoy remained determined and c...

CHATHAM – Alana Lojko wasn't sure about the snacks on the plate in front of her, an assortment that seemed to be something out of a horror film: Mexican-spiced mealworms, taco seasoned crickets, and sour cream and onion crickets. But rather than a freaky moment in a B-movie, the bugs were actual edibles, and could soon become a food staple, one with myriad benefits, according to scientists. Bringing the edible...

PLEASANT LAKE — Compared to the heavy political, financial and legislative lifting needed for the Cape Cod Tech school building project, hoisting a several-thousand-pound steel beam in place for the traditional topping-off ceremony Thursday was clearly the easy part of the job. State Sen. Julian Cyr spoke about special legislation he pursued with ...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity lacrosse team opened its last game of the regular season with back-to-back goals but were ultimately overtaken by the Plymouth North Eagles, who earned a 13-10 win on May 29. Alyssa Lyons netted the game opener for the Sharks barely a minute into play She eventually scored four goals for the home team with one assist. Less than a minute later, at the 23:52 mark of a 25-minut...

HARWICH – It wasn't the way the Sharks wanted their regular season to end, but a tough third inning made the difference when Monomoy boys baseball hosted Martha's Vineyard on May 31, with the Vineyarders earning a 3-1 win. Monomoy took an early lead in the late-spring outing when Ian Johnson came home on a hit from Sean Gould in the first inning, but although the Sharks had other hits, they were unable to conv...

HARWICH – The era of firsts continued at Monomoy Regional High School on Sunday when the Class of 2019 became the first to attend the school from its opening day in 2014 through five years of classes, athletics, activities, concerts, musicals, and multicultural festivals, culminating in a heartfelt commencement at the school on June 2. Erin Starkey,...

PLEASANT LAKE — Compared to the heavy political, financial and legislative lifting needed for the Cape Cod Tech school building project, hoisting a several-thousand-pound steel beam in place for the traditional topping-off ceremony Thursday was clearly the easy part of the job. State Sen. Julian Cyr spoke about special legislation he pursued with ...

CHATHAM – When Monomoy Regional Middle School students want a drink of water, they visit the nearest hallway fountain or turn on the tap. When students in Kenya want a drink of water, they have to walk, sometimes many miles. To help ease their situation, MRMS students are raising funds through their first Walk to Water event with the goal of creating a water station near a school in Kenya. According to MRMS li...

HARWICH – Other teams might get the fans, but the Monomoy girls golf team got the wins this season, including an outstanding performance at the 2019 Cape Cod Girls High School Golf Championship, won by Shark eighth grader Jennie Grogan. So what's behind the team's success? According to players the key factor is patience, with a healthy dose of sportsmanship, the latter of which earned the team well-deserved re...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls lacrosse team might have lost to Nantucket in a 16-15 heartbreaker last week, but their tenacity and determination made it a battle to the final whistle. The Sharks struck first in the May 23 outing with the game-opening goal courtesy of Jess Currie, who fired a successful shot past Nantucket's goalkeeper at the 23:28 mark to give Monomoy a brief lead before the Whalers evened the s...