Creative Ventures (Summer 2015)

Maeve McNamara and Sander Goldman

Maeve McNamara and Sander Goldman

All State Chorus

Congratulations to Sander Goldman and Maeve McNamara who were selected to sing in the All-State Chorus of the High School Music Festival at Boston Symphony Hall in March. The festival is sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

Diana Young, Theatre – East

AntigoneOn Saturday, February 28th, S.T.A.G.E. Right’s production of Antigone performed in competition with several other schools at the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild Festival.

While we did not make it to semifinals this year, there is much to be celebrated. The cast and crew of Antigone put on our best show yet this Saturday at the METG Festival Competition! Feedback from other students and directors in the audience, as well as the judges, commended us for our daring and strong performance! Special Recogni-tion awards were presented to Dan Souza and Sophia Braddel for their portrayals of Creon and Antigone, respectively, and the judges had lovely things to say about much of our work.

S.T.A.G.E. Left and Right

IB Theater Arts teachers Anna Botsford and Diana Young and several students share information on the theater clubs upcoming preparation and performances at Cotuit Center of the Arts and theater festival.

Box LunchXanthippi Abel, Art – East

Art Club students donated their time to beautify our local neighborhood store. Box lunch owner, Angel Mateo, commissioned our art club students to paint a large acrylic mural for the front bar of his sandwich shop. Next time you’re on Main St. pop into Box Lunch to check out their wonderfully colorful and spirited mural.

Jo Brisbane and Anna Botsford are some of the locals you'll see on stage across Cape Cod.

Jo Brisbane and Anna Botsford are some of the locals you’ll see on stage across Cape Cod.

Anna Botsford, Theatre – West

Anna Botsford is featured in a recent article on the Cape theater scene. She describes how her involvement in community theater “keeps her on her toes” and inspires her teaching at Sturgis.

Actors prize Cape Cod’s dramatic scene

Cape Cod Art Association Honors Sturgis Students

East students: Colin Caton, Meghan Clancy,  Rafael Freelund, Kassie Hyde, Isabella Luff, Nellie Marshall-Torres, Ryson Phares, Caitlin Pollard, Lindsay Rice, and Caitlin Waring

West students: Kailey Barrows, Shane Canty, Sarah Dutra, Ada Garcia, Shannon Glover, Rohan Kansagara, Ethan Piers, Christian Reynolds, Ariel Sampou, J.J. Townsend


Caitlin Waring - Fractals

Caitlin Waring – Fractals

Congratulations to the ten students from each campus listed above for having their artwork chosen to represent Sturgis at The Cape Cod Art Association’s annual student art show “Beginnings”.   This Cape-Wide show celebrates the importance of the visual arts for our youth.  Only ten student pieces from each of our Cape’s High Schools are selected to partake in this invitational exhibit so it is a high honor indeed to have your work chosen!  The show ran from March 17 to March 23.

CCAA Award Winners

Shane Canty - Can You See Me?

Shane Canty – Can You See Me?

Sturgis East: 1st Place-Caitlin Waring,  2nd Place-Rafael Freelund and Honorable Mention – Caitlin Pollard

Sturgis West: 1st Place-Kaylie Barrows, 2nd Place-Rohan Kansagara and Honorable Mention – Shane Canti

Sturgis Art Faculty write a note of appreciation

Dear Members of The Cape Cod Art Association,

Rafael Freelund - Life and Death

Rafael Freelund – Life and Death

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the association, its members and board for their generous support of high school art.  One of the ways to insure future generations of artists is to encourage those in the present.  We feel indeed fortunate to live in a community with organizations which vigorously support the arts and who continually invest in the future.  The “beginnings” show affords students the opportunity to display their work, meet with other student artists, share experiences and ideas, and receive recognition for their endeavors.  We know we speak for our fellow area art teachers, parents and the many students who have benefitted from your generosity and encouragement over the years when we say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!


Ann Forget,   Xanthippi Abel  and  Peter Richenburg

Cuba Coffeehouse

Mr. Barrasso’s IB History SL senior class recently held a “Cuba” coffee house in which students shared and performed creative works relating to Fidel Castro’s rise and rule of Cuba. The event featured music, poetry readings and a sharing of other creative works.

Emma Esterman

Emma Esterman

Emma Esterman

Congratulations to Emma who was chosen as a finalist in the 35th Annual College & High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon, USA.  She was selected as a finalist from amongst 17,000 submissions from students all over the world. Her Photograph, taken  in Boston of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, will be published in a book titled Best College and High School Photography, 2015

Sander Goldman, Class of 2015 – East

Sander Goldman

Sander Goldman

Congratulations to Sander Goldman who recently was honored as one of four aspiring Cape artists to receive a 2015 Scholarship from the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. The scholarship of $500 includes a gift certificate for the purchase of art supplies, a set of artist grade pastels, and the opportunity to exhibit a work of art at the PPSCC Annual Members Show in the fall of 2015. Sander will attend Rhode Island School of Design this fall.


Million ReadingMillion Page Reading Challenge

Teachers from East and West met are planning an exciting school-wide reading event for next year. We’re challenging students, faculty, and staff to read for fun and calling it the Million Page Reading Challenge. As a whole community we hope to read one million pages during the 2015-16 school year. This will be a wonderful way for both schools — students, teachers, and staff — to work together toward a common goal — and read some fabulous books in the process!

Use this form to report on your reading

Poetry and Performance Group

Alex Poet

Alex Charalambides

Students interested in slam poetry were invited to gather at The Rendezvous Café on Main Street to meet with Alex Charalambides, performance poet, educator and managing director of Louder Than A Bomb Mass youth poetry slam. Alex led a workshop for Sturgis students on the history and forms of performance poetry. Students shared their poetry and received tips from Alex and workshop participants. One of the highlights was when Alex shared his recent poem, “Look at Me” based on a child’s chant.

A week after the Sturgis Libraries Visiting Poet, Mr. Alex Charalambides, infused students with the rhythms and rhymes of  Performance Poetry, eager student poets headed to the local coffeehouse, Rendezvous, to meet once and week and share their personal writing.  They wrote together to prompts delivered from those who chose to lead, then shared their work, receiving feedback from the audience.  Encouraged by Poetry Slams offered at local venues, we also had a few poets who participated. One was held at the Sandwich Library and the other at the Cultural Center of Yarmouth. Congratulations to  Jenn Leather, a Junior, and Taylor Lennon, a Sophomore for sharing their poetry as participants and to Livvy Williams, a Freshman, who won a prize for her delivery of her Slam poetry.   

Poetry and Performing Arts Coffeehouse

Do Re Me Females

Do Re Me Females

In February, the 12th annual Poetry and Performing Arts Coffeehouse made history with the greatest number of acts to date. Thanks to all the poets, singers and musicians who shared their amazing talents. The level of talent and range of compositions – including several original – was truly impressive. If you wish you hadn’t missed last Friday’s coffeehouse, check out West Librarian Laurie Carah’s slideshow of the event. It’s the next best thing to being there.

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud East

Poetry Out Loud East

On February 10th, both East and West campuses held our school-wide Poetry Out Loud competitions. At East, 13 students competed to win the honor of representing Sturgis East in the regional POL Semi-finals. Our winners, Thea Goldman and Hadley Whalen, will compete against 20 other high school students at the Cultural Center in West Yarmouth on March 1st. Between the two campuses almost 400 students participated in Poetry Out Loud this year

Poetry Out Loud West

Poetry Out Loud West

On March 1st, Sturgis freshmen Thea Goldman and Hadley Whalen gave wonderful performances at the Poetry Out Loud Regional Semifinals. Congratulations to Thea Goldman for being selected as one of six regional finalists to compete in the MA State Poetry Out Loud Finals on March 8 in Boston. Thea Goldman and Sturgis Librarian Kate Dunigan-AtLee also discussed Poetry Out Loud during a radio interview with

Laura Reckford, News Director for Cape Cod Broadcasting Media. Thea recited three poems she prepared for the competition: “Cartoon Physics, Part 1” by Nick Flynn; “Ecology” by Jack Collom; and “The Maldive Shark” by Herman Melville.

Check out  the interview here: Cape’s Poetry Out Loud Finalist Speaks Out

Johnny Travers

Johnny Travers

Johnny Travers, Class of 2016 – West

Since October, Johnny Travers has been working on an independent project to write and direct his first play. “Not Just Another High School Play” will be staged June 5 and 6. The play follows Colin Howard through high school at Sturgis West. Travers cast fellow Sturgis students in 22 roles and includes one real-life character, Sturgis West drama teacher Anna Botsford.

Local student premieres his own play

Visual Art Field Trip 2


Visual Arts, East and West, Ann Forget and Xanthippi Abel:

On May 6th a group of Juniors from Sturgis East who are in the IB Visual Ats course attended the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Ma. Sturgis students viewed many interesting sculptures from an array of artists who work in many types of media. The IB art students are required to write a Comparative Study and use primary sources in their research. They have been very fortunate to visit both the deCordova and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums this year. (Students; Isabella Luff, Amanda Sullivan, Isabella Roberge, Kimberlee Jeghers, Skye Kupping, Kait Smtih, Colin Canton, Meghan Clancy and Kassie Hyde)

Winter Concerts

If you missed the winter concerts, you can still enjoy the music. Thanks to Daniel Fuhrman and Joshua Ecker for creating a video in 4 parts of the Sturgis West Winter Concert 2014.

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