Notes and Accolades 2018-2019

2019 Cape & Islands Rising Stars

Sturgis East Senior Cecelia Kane was selected in Cape Cod Times 2019 Cape and Island Rising Stars. Take a look at the article featuring her on page 12!  Congrats to all Sturgis nominees including Nathan Balk-King, Will Furtado, Jack Holland, Jackie May, Claire Meli, Isabelle Ramage, Kyle Rizzuto, Tamae Robinson, and Ethan Sirhal.

Meet the Cape Cod Times 2019 Cape & Islands Rising Stars

Sturgis ROVers

The Sturgis ROVers participated for the first time in the New England regionals Marine Advanced Technology in Education (MATE) competition May 4th at Sandwich High School.  The team passed the safety inspection and was able to send their Remotely Operated Vehicle into the swimming pool. Their student built underwater camera and water sampler were sources of pride.  Judges awarded the Team Spirit honor to this year’s Sturgis ROVers.

The ROV was built over 6 months— over twenty students were at least loosely involved with the design, fundraising, and building —with a core of about ten builders.  Retired Engineer Mark Martino provided his engineering expertise, and math teacher Stacey Strong was the club advisor. The team is looking forward to competing again at MATE next year, and has been granted a VEX robotics kit to build as well.


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

20 Questions with Ethan Sirhal, Sturgis East Lacrosse

20 Questions with Kylie Decas, Sturgis East Softball

Sturgis West Boys Tennis Continues Strong Season

M-Cats Edge Navigators in Tourney

The Storms is One Win Away from Clinching a Baseball Playoff Birth

20 Questions with Sam Goldberg, Sturgis West Tennis and Golf

Sturgis East and West Boys and Girls Lacrosse Split

20 Questions with Emily Simonian, Sturgis East Sailing

Off to a Fast Start: Sturgis West Girls Tennis Team

20 Questions with Hanna Blake, Sturgis East Lacrosse

20 Questions with Aubrey LeBlanc, Sturgis East Softball

Sturgis West Girls Basketball Gets It

10 Questions with Johnny Dankert, Sturgis West Basketball

The Made by Survivors Club

The Made by Survivors Club had a wonderful year, raising more than $3000 for Her Future Coalition to provide shelter, scholarships, and training for girls rescued from slavery in brothels.  The club also purchased $560 worth of jewelry (for raffle and SPAuction) crafted by the trained survivors. The fundraisers included donut and pizza sales, 3 International Banquets, the winter  raffle, and Candygrams for Valentines Day. Thanks to all who participated: students, faculty, and parents. For more information on this program go to:

Andrew Juan-2nd place in Chatham Music Club competition

Many congratulations to Andrew Juan who won second place in the Chatham Music Club’s annual scholarship competition! As a winner, he was awarded $1,000 and was invited to perform at the First Congregational Church in Chatham on Saturday, May 18th. This prize was previously won by James Dellamorte, another Sturgis student!

Mock Interviews

32 Sturgis East students took part in mock interviews.  Students have been working hard since December with Kara Galvin the Director of Youth Services at Cape and Island Workforce Board to prepare for these interviews by creating resumes and participating in interviewing workshops.  Sturgis East welcomed nine community members to interview our students.

DCON, the District of New England & Bermuda Key Club Conference

Fourteen students from East and West attended the conference from April 5-7. This is a student run conference where the youth plan, organize, and run the events throughout the weekend. The students attended workshops highlighting service projects and officer positions, voted for district positions, and met other key club members from New England. We even had a student run for District Governor and another student on the District Board for the 2018/19 year. The students reported that they gained a lot of knowledge and had an overall great experience.

HL1 Biology, East Campus

Due to the generosity of parents, our students have the opportunity to practice performing gel electrophoresis and the use of micropipettes. They enjoyed doing this hands-on activity and learning how to model the day-to-day work that goes on in genetics labs throughout the world.

Sturgis Charter Student Makes an Impact with Model United Nations

“Model United Nations: Indigenous (MUN:I), started by Sturgis Charter Public School senior Nathan Balk King (Sicangu Lakota), successfully launched this week with a Native American Delegation at the National High School Model United Nations Conference (NHSMUN) in New York City. The group of 13 outstanding Native American students hailed from across the United States and represented the first-ever such delegation in the Conference’s 45-year history.” Full Cape Cod Today Article can be found here

MIAA Women in Sports Day was Friday, February 1st at Faneuil Hall

Sturgis West and Sturgis East sent six female student athletes and two female coaches to represent both athletic departments. From left to right: West Senior Colleen Cameron (FH, GBB, dance), West Senior Tamae Robinson (GSOC, GBB, TRK), East Junior Maddie Tucker (GBB), East Sophomore Chloe Fox (GSOC, GBB), East Sophomore Maija O’Hara (VB, GBB, GLAX), East Junior (VB, GBB, GTN). Coaches not pictured: Helen Raftery (FH, GLAX & Assistant AD) and Sadie Tansey (GBB & TRK).

IB Office/Fine Arts – Guild of IB Schools of the Northeast (GIBS) Roundtable Held at 529 Main

On November 2, the East and West Fine Arts Departments hosted their first ever GIBS Round Table discussion at 529 Main. Twenty five Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, and Film teachers from IB schools around New England came for the day to share resources and tips for teaching their subject matter. Everyone had a fantastic time and expressed hopes that we host this event in future years.

Sportsmanship Awards

Field Hockey and Girls Soccer won the Cape & Island Sportsmanship Awards in each of their perspective sports.  This is voted on by the head coaches of each team within that sport.

Cape and Islands Workforce Board Leadership Academy (East and West)

14 students from East and West attended a leadership academy with over 50 students from around Cape Cod on November 9th. What a great day for our students who attended our Cape and Islands Workforce Board Leadership Academy. So exciting and inspiring for our students to hear from Kelly Dwyer, Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence and Jeffrey Soares, District Director for Senator Cyr.  The students also participated in activities which were presented by the Independence House.

Kara L. Galvin Assistant Director – MassHire Cape & Islands Workforce Board along with Mr Ken Jenks Assistant Superintendent of Dennis Yarmouth Schools did an amazing job coordinating the day for over 65 students.

East & West Students Volunteer at Salvation Army’s After School Music Program

For the past two years, a group comprised primarily of IB music students has been volunteering at the Hyannis Salvation Army after school music program to teach local underprivileged youth guitar, piano, and voice. This year the program expanded on previous music knowledge learned – the Sturgis students taught the children how to create their own rock bands! The Fall program ended last Wednesday, November 7th with a showcase of their work including several holiday favorites. Student volunteers are looking forward to the next season in the Spring!

Students pictured: Whitney Meritus, Elise Kane, Cece Kane.  Other participants not pictured: Genevieve Sull, Fiona Fahd-Waygan, Raymond Asquino, Elijah Boyar, Jack Holland, Alexis O’Neil

Residential Construction Day East & West

Eric Porteus and Lee Moynihan took 18 Sturgis East and West Students to the 4th Annual Residential Construction Day of Cape Cod at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds.  This event educates students about various careers in the construction, design, landscaping and the engineering industries. The students go to experience hands-on demonstrations from different construction and engineering-related exhibitors.  Representatives discussed a typical workday, different aspects of working in the construction and engineering fields, and provided students with information about the skills and education necessary to enter that field. Students filled out job applications for summer work and job shadowing.

Maritime Heritage in Action!

As we begin the trigonometry unit, students learned how to use our class set of sextants to measure angles.  They also learned that the US Navy is bringing back celestial navigation as a protective measure against cyber attacks on the GPS system.  Students were glad to learn about the power of our school’s logo.

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