Topics: Education

Monomoy High Graduation Rate Explained

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ When the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its 2015 graduation rates recently, eyebrows shot up at the Monomoy Regional High School percentage of 76.9. But Principal Bill Burkhead cautions that there is more to that statistic than just a stark number. “I think the low graduation rate certainly was alarming and not something we aspire to, but there's more to that one nu...

Homelessness has always been a big problem in Africa. A small organization called Jitegemee (jit-teg-umay), currently based in Kenya, has decided to do something about it. Their website states, “[We] exist to provide street children with access to formal and vocational education. We believe every child with the desire to learn and the will to succeed should be encouraged to do so. We are dedicated to removing ...

Health: The Cold Hard Facts Of Teen Suicide

By: Alan Pollock

In the past few weeks, a high school student from the Lower Cape took his own life, leaving a gaping hole in his family, his circle of friends and his community. Far from a new phenomenon, teen suicide happens with striking regularity – and there are warning signs that, if heeded, can sometimes prevent tragedy. Child psychiatrist Dr. Bart Main of Cape Cod Human Services, a Hyannis-based group practice affiliat...

Killed In A Senseless Crash, Jordan Fisher Is Fondly Remembered

By: Alan Pollock , Kat Szmit

HARWICH — Jordan Fisher was best known for a smile that was infectious and was a welcoming window into his upbeat and endearing personality. Sadly, in news that left the community reeling Monday, the 19-year-old Harwich man was killed in a horrific early morning traffic accident in Middleborough. Fisher was with three friends driving on Route 495 in Middleborough, apparently returning to college after a weeken...

Kat's Pause: The Coolest Choice

By: Kat Szmit

This week, for the second time, I heard former pro basketball player Chris Herren talk about his battle with drug addiction. Herren, a former member of the Boston Celtics, spoke about his illness and its toll in a stirring talk at Monomoy Regional High School on Monday. While much of what Herren said struck me, one comment in particular stood out. A question he'd ask if his own kids started using illicit subst...

HARWICH — “It's a complicated dance,” Monomoy Regional High School teacher Richard Houston told selectmen Monday night of opinions in favor and against Question 2 on the election ballot being disseminated in 30 second commercials on television and radio. The ballot question seeks to expand the number of charter schools that would be allowed in the commonwealth. Approval of the question would give the state Boa...

HARWICH ─ It’s not often that an auditorium full of high school students is so silent one can hear the proverbial pin drop, but that was the case when Chris Herren spoke at Monomoy Regional High School on Monday. Herren, a former member of the Boston Celtics and a recovering drug addict now sober for eight years, brought a powerful message to students, many of whom were moved to tears by his words. But it...

CHATHAM – Efforts are underway to improve the playground behind the elementary school on Depot Road, beginning with the installation of a well and irrigation system early next month. The longer term project will eventually involve upgrading the existing playground equipment, but for now officials are concentrating on making the playing field on the east side of the school more usable. Currently the area is cov...

Local Students Score Well On MCAS, PARCC Tests

By: Alan Pollock

In the alphabet soup of state standardized tests, local students have once again risen to the top. Results of the spring Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests were released Monday afternoon, and students in the Monomoy Regional School District, Cape Cod Tech and the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School performed ...

Case Resigns As Monomoy Schools Athletic Director

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ After just one year on the job, Monomoy Athletic Director Brendan Case has resigned, according to an email sent by Superintendent Scott Carpenter to families in the school district on Saturday. Frustrations had been mounting regarding Case's accessibility, though the email states that the reason for Case’s resignation, effective Sept. 23, is to “explore other options and have more time with his you...

Monomoy High Named Model School

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — There may be only one Monomoy Regional High School, but there soon may be some other schools in Massachusetts that bear a striking resemblance to it. Last month, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) announced that the new high school has been approved to become one of its model schools. Its designs and specifications will now be made available to other communities seeking to build sch...

Though the sun, sand, and sea might beg to differ, it will soon be back to school time in Chatham and Harwich, with Monomoy, Cape Tech, and the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School all set to open their doors on Sept. 6.   Monomoy Regional School District Monomoy students will don their math hats this year with Math in Focus, which follows the Singapore Math framework, a method that aims for concept mast...

Health: Back-to-school Tips From A School Nurse

By: Alan Pollock

The new backpacks are packed, pencils are sharpened, and most kids will soon be back at school. But there are steps parents can take now to help make the school year injury- and illness-free for their kids. Kathy Riley, the Harwich Elementary School Nurse and the nurse leader for the district, said the start of school is always a busy time in her office. “A lot of kids have trouble with transitions,” she sa...

Demanche Back At Helm Of Monomoy Football

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ The Monomoy football program has seen its fair share of changes in recent years, which is why players, parents, and fans will likely be glad to see a familiar face on the sidelines this coming season. Paul “Spanky” Demanche, a man who comes with a long history of local football, will once again don the coach's cap after being named the new head of Monomoy football. If the name seems familiar, it is b...

Hunger, Just Around The Block

By: Alan Pollock

For many visitors to Cape Cod in the summertime, the issue of hunger might be limited to finding the best place for fried clams or a lobster roll. But for more than a few year-rounders, it's about where their child's next meal is coming from. As they've done in years past, the “Food 4 Kids” program will be providing USDA-subsidized free lunches to children in Chatham and Harwich as part of a federal effort to ...

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...