School News, Nov. 24

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Shiver Me Timbers! Students at OES celebrated Literacy Week last week. Pirate experts from The Whydah Museum fascinated grade 4 and 5 students with stories of pirate Sam Bellamy and the shipwrecked Whydah.  Grades kindergarten through third read about pirate tales of fun and adventure, made their own treasure maps, dug for gold, and found out interesting facts about pirates. Students even received their own pirate names. All adventures were interactive with families and focused on the importance of literacy. COURTESY PHOTO

Monomoy High Forms Partnership With Chatham Coast Guard 

by Cheri Armstrong
With the help of Senior Chief Petty Officer Ross Comstock and Chief Petty Officer Devan Smith of the Chatham Coast Guard Station, Monomoy Regional High School is developing a partnership with the Chatham Coast Guard.

Cheri Armstrong, career education coordinator at the high school, reached out to the Chatham Coast Guard in September about opportunities for students to have first-hand learning experiences working alongside the men and women stationed at Station Chatham. Senior Chief Comstock and Chief Smith were open to exploring possibilities to allow high school students interested in the maritime field to have full engagement in the daily responsibilities of the crew. This included daily chores, raising the colors, maintenance of equipment, and boat patrol.

Senior Chief Comstock said, “It has been an absolute pleasure to host these young adults and give a behind-the-scenes view of a Coast Guard Station. Opportunities like these are well-received by the crew as it gives them a chance to demonstrate their skills to folks who may know nothing about how we train and conduct our missions. We look forward to strengthening this new relationship in the future with even more candidates who are interested in Coast Guard service.”

Currently, Monomoy has three students who have benefited from this experience.

“Being able to experience a trial on the boat was one of the coolest things I have ever done,” said Connor Nicholson. “I loved meeting people from all over the country and getting to know them a little bit. It was also amazing for me when we were eating an absolutely delicious lunch and looking around at the station to picture the 'Finest Hours' movie and the history that the Coast Guard station has. It was really awesome to be able to think back, not only about the history of that day but also about the history of the place where I live.”

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what the Coast Guard is like and get a feel for the services,” said Sam Ramler. “The Coast Guard is now one of my top career choices. I appreciated the crew taking me on the 45 and showing me what a day in the life of a sailor is all about.” 

Added Ryan Borthwick, “Seeing how the station operates was amazing. I enjoyed piloting the boat, getting hands-on, and being able to help out in the shop. I thought it was incredible how Station Chatham has a 27-foot shallow watercraft of its make; it was something I had never seen before. I am sure whenever I go past Lighthouse Beach I will think of that day fondly.”

“Senior Chief Comstock and Chief Smith could not have been more welcoming,” said Armstrong. “They were willing to meet with the students to debrief and were sincerely interested in what was most meaningful and impactful for them. I see this as only becoming better as we move forward.


MRMS's Emily Nyerick Named Barnstable County Science Educator Of The Year 

Emily Nyerick, a STEM teacher at Monomoy Regional Middle School, has been named the 2022 Barnstable County Science Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers.

Nyerick was chosen to receive county recognition for her significant contributions and exemplary teaching and supervision of science education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The criteria for this award note that the educator has demonstrated “A past history of being an active, contributing member of national, state, and/or local science teacher organizations; provided a leadership role in promoting and advancing the cause of quality science education among his or her peers; and active in promoting and advancing the cause of quality science education among students.”

Nyerick was nominated by fellow Monomoy Middle School science teacher Nancy Gifford, who herself was named the 2018 Massachusetts State Science Educator of the Year by MAST. Nyerick’s award was presented at the MAST annual banquet on Nov. 8, 2022.


Russell honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Monomoy Regional School Committee member Terry Russell has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Lifetime Achievement is a designation established to honor individuals who, through their service to their community and their local school committee, have exhibited the best characteristics of public service.

Russell has been an active member of the Monomoy Regional School Committee since its inception in 2011. He served the community of Barnstable for 40 years as an educator, with 30 years of those years as an administrator.

He was nominated for this award by Ellen Holmes, MASC immediate past president and member of the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School Committee, and Tina Games, former chair and Harwich member of the Monomoy Regional School Committee. In their nomination letter, Games and Holmes said of Russell, “His focus has been on children and providing them the tools to be their best selves. Whatever direction the world may take them, Terry strives to ensure they will be prepared and contributing citizens. His background demonstrates a clear commitment to the value of public education and a passion for learning.”

Russell was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 4 at the Massachusetts Association of School Committees annual leadership dinner. In attendance to celebrate this honor were Russell’s wife Anne Marie, his son Mark Russell and his wife Bonnie Loedel, Games, and Monomoy Superintendent Scott Carpenter.