Notes & Accolades


A Better World Through Education – IB 50th Anniversary

Sturgis was the only American public school featured in a 50th anniversary documentary for the International Baccalaureate Organization. There are currently 4,871 IB Schools worldwide! “A Better World Through Education” premiered on Friday in The Hague, Netherlands, at an IB conference attended by over 1,500 educators, and will be shown again this summer at the 50th Anniversary IB World Conference in San Diego. Sturgis is so proud and honored to have been recognized for our “IB for All” mission on such a global scale! Check out the Sturgis featurette below.

IB Art East

Congratulations to the following IB art students, who received awards in the Scholastics Art and Writing Regional Art Contest. This contest receives thousands of submission from Northeastern States to compete in the Regional awards. Sturgis East IB art students received awards ranging from Silver to Honorable Mention, a testament to their talent and dedication to the arts.

Noah Davison, grade 11, received two Honorable Mentions for his photography; Jillian Gillman, grade 12, received an Honorable Mention for her panting; Aya Miller, grade 12, received two Honorable Mentions for her paintings; Faith McGuire, grade 12,  received a Silver Award for her photography; Blossom Roberge, grade 12, received a Silver Award for her photography:

IB Expo

The first IB Expo took place last Friday, March 16! The theme for the expo was “Internationalism” and was held at both East & West campuses. This was an opportunity for Grade 10 students who are beginning their IB journey to learn about the IB and specific courses while students nearing the “finish line” showcased their CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) experiences and knowledge of the IB. Thanks to the IB & CAS Teams for putting this wonderful event together!

Sturgis Travels

Belize- February Break, West Adventure Educational Travel

Maxanne Most & Kyle Sevits: Our students had a phenomenal trip to Belize: snorkeling, kayaking, cave tubing, exploring Mayan ruins, excellent local guides providing fantastic insights into Belize – its culture and environment.

Over April break Sturgis explored Europe! Over 100 students and chaperones from East & West traveled to Italy, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Budapest on three different trips! Read a little more about their adventures and don’t forget to check out the pictures:
Last week 30 Sturgis East students got the opportunity to experience amazing places in Italy and Spain. From the Colosseum in Rome, Pompeii and Mt.Vesuvius in Sorrento, to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and Monserrat, they got to see the diverse landscapes and monuments of both countries. They were excellent travelers and really embodied the “open mindedness” IB trait. It was a pleasure for Ms.Mead, Ms.Cardone, Mr.Fetzer, Mr.Porteus and Ms.Manrique to be able to share this experience with the students. We look forward to many more incredible cultural experiences like this in the future!
On Friday, April 13th, 39 students from Sturgis West & 6 chaperones departed for Italy & Barcelona, Spain. The itinerary for this 10 day trip was packed! We landed in Rome & our first 3 days included visits to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, The Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica, the Capitoline Museums, & Hadrian’s Mausoleum. We ended our time in the Bay of Naples with a bang when we hiked to the crater of Mt. Vesuvius! On day 6 we boarded a night ferry in Civitavecchia & traveled 21 hours to Barcelona, Spain where we visited sites designed by Gaudi: Park Guell & the breathtaking la Sagrada Familia!
Over April vacation, a group of 34 students and chaperones from both East & West took part in the trip of a lifetime! Visiting 4 countries in 10 days, students saw Berlin, Germany, Prague, Czech Republic, Krakow, Poland, and Budapest, Hungary, with some other cities along the way. An incredible experience featuring historical sites, breathtaking views, and a chance to experience other cultures and people (especially their cuisine!)

Sturgis members of Cape Cod Student Board win Democrat of the Year

Congratulations to the members of the Cape Cod Student Board on winning Democrat of the Year at the Kennedy Legacy Dinner this past weekend. Students from both East and West are part of this student-led organization; students include Selena Davis, Nick Bucchianerri, Julia Keeling, Jack Forrester, and Kalea Trudeau.


Cape Cod Times Rising Stars

Congratulations to Sturgis Rising Stars 2017: Sophia Gibson & David Girardin and to Sturgis Rising Star Nominees: Andrew Barrera, Nick Bucchianeri, Adam Dionne, Raphaella dos Santos, Alan Healy, Heather Kelsey, and Alex Scott.

2018 Cape Cod Times Rising Stars

Rising Stars Recognized

ROVers, Math, Computer Science- Sea Level Simulator – East Campus

Stacey Strong collaborated with Rob Reynolds of the Zephyr Education Foundation in Woods Hole to arrange the two-week loan of an interactive “Sea Level Simulator”: comprised of a sandbox that allows students to model topographic terrain, and a sensor/projector combination that creates a colored topographic map projected on the sand, then simulates the rise and fall of sea levels.  This can be used to simulate local effects like storm surges and watersheds, as well as global sea level changes due to climate change predictions.

Students in the East ROVers club, math classes, and computer science classes, used the device to explore topics related to the IB curriculum.  Aaron Dunigan-AtLee has arranged to use the device in math and science classes at Sturgis West this week as well.

Sturgis ROVers welcome two speakers

Captain Sean Bercaw, of Sea Education Association, came to Sturgis East to speak about a recent semester voyage to the Caribbean.  During his entertaining and informative talk he explained the different opportunities available to high school and college students interested in studying aboard ship.

In April Genevieve Davis, representing NOAA and SEA, spoke about her humpback whale research.  Leading up to Davis’ arrival, the Sturgis East ROVers club built their own hydrophones similar to those used by scientists.

EPIC Club – West Campus

Meadow Dibble Hilley, PhD, former professor at Colby and current editor of the International Educator gave a presentation on her new research regarding Cape Cod and the History of the Slave Trade. The talk is titled “The Diseased Ship” and was a two hour presentation which was open to the public with a Q & A session that followed.

The student leaders of EPIC (Empowering People, Inspiring Change) organized and hosted the event which was relatively well attended. She plans to visit Sturgis West next Friday for a follow up discussion with the group.

“Exactly 200 years ago, a tall ship skippered and crewed by men from Brewster traced a triangle on the Atlantic, sailing from Boston to West Africa to the West Indies and returning nearly a year later with suspiciously little cargo. Within days, the vessel’s “subtle poison” was unleashed on a stricken population and Boston found itself in the throes of a public health crisis. If you like Game of Thrones for its high-stakes intrigues or Stranger Things for its creepy Upside-Down version of small-town America, you won’t want to miss “The Diseased Ship, the Sea Serpent, and the Destroying Angel.” This true story has all the elements of good drama, with its charming rogue of a protagonist, a tragedy on the high seas, a viral outbreak that reaches pandemic proportions, a major political scandal, a shocking cover up, a collective whitewashing campaign here on Cape Cod, and a conspiracy of silence that has lasted two centuries. Only it’s our history. And it has everything to do with our present national crisis.” – Meadow Hilley

Originally from Brewster, Meadow Hilley lived in Senegal, West Africa for six years in and out of college. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University’s Department of French Studies with a specialization in Francophone African Literature and Film and taught at Colby College from 2005–08. Meadow is now editor of The International Educator newspaper and once again lives in Brewster with her husband and two daughters.

East Key Club has been awarded a $1,000 HALO grant to help fund their upcoming medical service trip to Costa Rica. They will be joining Squads Abroad next April to help support health and education initiatives within elementary schools in Santa Cruz help lift access to opportunity and resources for a community struggling to meet their most basic needs.


Check out these local articles about Sturgis Athletics from this semester!

Sturgis Schools Team Up To Battle Cancer

20 Questions with Sadie Hunt, East Basketball

20 Questions with Mary Sullivan, West Basketball

20 Questions with Carl Furner, East Lacrosse

20 Questions with Kerry O’Brien, West Lacrosse

20 Questions with Andrew Williams, East Baseball

20 Questions with Jack Andre, West Tennis

Sturgis Boys Tennis Boasts Depth

Luke Chevalier, Sturgis East Class of 2014

Luke joins the Cotuit Kettleers baseball team this summer as a pitcher. Luke is currently studying business at Northern State in South Dakota.  The Cape Cod Times and Barnstable Patriot articles below gives some background on Luke and his experiences since graduating from Sturgis. Congratulations, Luke!

Sturgis Grad (Luke Chevalier) Becomes Kettleer On His Own Talent

Sturgis East Grad Luke Chevalier Back Home at Lowell Park

Cape & Islands Youth Council

Since the fall, Sturgis students Luan Ferreira and Amber Abney have been working with Kara Galvin from the Cape & Islands Workforce Development Board and 6 other students from around Cape Cod on the Cape and Islands Workforce Development Board Youth Council. On Tuesday they presented to members of the community on the technology use of middle school aged students. Congratulations to both of them for all of their hard work this year!


CAS – East and West

This year’s Senior Service Day was Tuesday, May 22. 

On Tuesday over 200 graduating seniors fanned out across Cape Cod to provide services to 20 local organizations. Students and teachers worked together with non-profits, museums and businesses from 9 AM to 3 PM. Senior Service Day has been a tradition at Sturgis since the inception of the school and has grown to its current form through efforts of the Sturgis East-West Creativity, Activity and Service Team led by Sturgis faculty Jim Barrasso, Christine McDowell, Abby Rhoads and Emily Williams. From Cotuit to South Yarmouth, students engaged in various service learning activities such as:

– Reading to students and creating kindness rocks at Station Ave Elementary School

– Fixing beds and trail work Meetinghouse Farm

– Cleanup on South Street & Veteran and Kalmus Beaches for Hyannis, Massachusetts

– Helping cultivate oysters – Barnstable County Americorps Cape Cod

– Landscaping and planting for Pearl Street in the HyArts District, Housing Assistance Corporation – HAC, Hyannis Public Library, Camp Greenough – Cape Cod & Islands Council BSA, First Baptist Church of Hyannis, and Cape Cod Child Development

– Helping organize two sheds at Children’s Cove

– Repainting an ADA accessible ramp at Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Thanks to our partnering organizations and East & West classes of 2018!

 Hannah Taylor ’14 Receives Fulbright Award

Congratulations to Hannah Taylor, 2014 graduate of Sturgis and 2018 graduating senior of NYU Abu Dhabi, who will spend next year in Lisbon on a Fulbright award where she plans to research the social, cultural and political factors of Portugal’s successful 2001 drug policy shift. Way to go, Hannah!

Two US Abu Dhabi Students Receive Fulbrights

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