Notes and Accolades (Summer 2016)

Ethan Bailey - All State Chorus

Ethan Bailey – All State Chorus

Ethan Bailey, Class of 2016 – West

Congratulations to Ethan Bailey for being invited to participate alongside top MA singers in the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association All-State Festival. Ethan is the first student from Sturgis West to qualify for All-State and received a nearly perfect score of 91/92 during his audition. The festival provided an opportunity for students to work with a renowned conductor as well as the composer of one of the performance pieces. The festival culminated in a final performance on Sunday at Symphony Hall Boston.

Sophia Beauregard and Cece Kane

Sturgis students explore deep-sea robotics

Lauren Benedict, Class of 2016

Lauren Benedict in boot camp

Lauren Benedict in boot camp

Congratulations to Lauren Benedict who was accepted into the US Air Force Academy and is currently in boot camp. Go Lauren!

Guidance Counselor Deb Hempel and Lauren Berkley

Guidance Counselor Deb Hempel and Lauren Berkley

Lauren Berkley, Class of 2016 – East

In March 2016, Lauren Berkley of East and Althea Turley of West were among 14 Cape Cod seniors who received DAR Good Citizen Awards from the Cape Cod Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. The recipients are selected by their teachers and Class of 2016 peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Congratulations to Lauren, Althea and all the recipients. Thanks for all you do for the community.

Sarah Buchanan

Sarah Buchanan

Sarah Buchanan, Class of 2017

Congratulations to Sarah Buchanan who was one of 25 students selected across the state as a Christian A. Herter Scholar. Sarah was honored for this accomplishment at a ceremony at the State House on May 26.

Cape Cod Art Association  Showcase of Cape Cod High School Students Best Work

Sturgis Group

Sturgis Group at Cape Cod Art Association Reception

Congratulations to Christiane Kuppig, Isabella Luff, Carlotta Maruca, Greta Nelson, Lindsay Rice, Samuel Smith, and Taylor Waugaman for winning awards at Cape Cod Art Association‘s annual student art show Beginnings 2016: A Showcase of Cape Cod High School Students Best Work. Eleven student pieces from each Cape high school were included in the invitational exhibit. The “Beginnings” show gives students the opportunity to display their work, meet with other student artists, share experiences and ideas, and receive recognition for their endeavors.

Cape Cod Five Educational Mini-Grants

Cape Cod 5 Mini Grants 2016Congratulations to Daniela Milne, Stacey Strong and John Tecklenburg for winning Cape Cod Five educational mini-grants for Sturgis. Yesterday, they attended The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank’s 16th Annual Educational Mini-Grants Awards & Reception. Their grants will help Sturgis expand literacy through graphic novels (Daniela Milne); provide an opportunity for students to construct an underwater remotely controlled vehicle and participate in the SeaPerch competition plus learn about the marine robotics industry and related career opportunities (Stacey Strong); acquire Meade Infinity telescopes to expand learning at star parties which are designed to foster increased interest and engagement in astronomy (John Tecklenburg). We greatly appreciate the support of Cape Cod Five.‪#‎MiniGrantsBigIdeas‬

Cape schools consider International Baccalaureate

 

Katie Curran, Class of 2016 – East

Coca-Cola Scholar

(l-r) Mike Elmer, GM of Cape Cod Coca-Cola, Joel Tallman, Katie Curran and Jack Burns, Coca Cola Representative.

Congratulations to Katie Curran for being selected as a 2016 Coca-Cola Scholar. Katie received a $20,000 college scholarship from Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and was invited to attend their leadership weekend in Atlanta during March. Coca-Cola selected 150 scholars out of 87,000 applicants.

This week during a presentation at East Faculty meeting, English teacher Joel Tallman received the Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction Award from Katie. Each year, all of the Coca-Cola Scholars designate an Educator of Distinction who has inspired them in their various pursuits while simultaneously being a phenomenal person and educator.

“The Coca−Cola Educator of Distinction Award represents the sincere dedication of the educators who win it. These teachers help shape the future of America by encouraging its future leaders,” said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation. “The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation is committed to education, and we are proud to support the Educators of Distinction program. It is our way of saying thank you and congratulations to these teachers.”

Last year, Matthew Cappucci, Class of 2015, received the same scholarship. It’s a true honor for Sturgis to be recognized by Coca-Cola two years in a row!

National Alliance of Charter Schools

KatieCurran_blogThe National Alliance of Charter Schools invited 30 grads from across the country to write about their charter school experience for their 30 Days of Grad series.  Katie Curran was invited to participate. You can see the article about her experience at Sturgis here: Friday the Thirteenth Was My Lucky Day

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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John Allen Presents Silver Medallion to Katie Curran

Congratulations to Katie Curran for being selected as the single MA high school recipient of the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. In April, John Allen, Director of the JFK Hyannis Museum, presented a silver medallion to her at theJFK Hyannis Museum. The following week, Katie joined 101 State Honorees for Prudential’s national recognition events in Washington, D.C.

While in Washington, she received a $1,000 award and was considered for one of 10 national awards. Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors middle level and high school students for outstanding volunteer service. Prudential hopes that by identifying and honoring these young volunteers, and holding them up as role models, others will be inspired to volunteer, too.

Three years ago, Katie founded Project Next Generation, an international youth organization that provides tuition-free social science workshops for middle school students.  Her mission is to engage and inspire the next generation of young global leaders to affect positive change worldwide by providing student leaders with the tools to be a voice of change. Now, Project Next Generation is making a difference locally and globally, championing for peace in communities across the country and changing the world one student at a time.

DAR Good Citizen Award

Both Families

DAR Good Citizens Althea Turley, Lauren Berkley and their families

In March 2016, Lauren Berkley of East and Althea Turley of West were among 14 Cape Cod seniors who received DAR Good Citizen Awards from the Cape Cod Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. The recipients are selected by their teachers and Class of 2016 peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Congratulations to Lauren, Althea and all the recipients. Thanks for all you do for the community.

East West Coffeehouse

East West Cafe 2016The 2016 East West Coffeehouse brought out a wonderful mix of East and West talent, who shared their passions for music, comedy, poetry, and speech to an atrium full of delighted students and parents. Donations from the show hit above the $100 mark, and will be turned over to the Made by Survivors Club to support their international charity work. The mission of Made by Survivors was expertly articulated by Abrianna Sigel in her opening speech about the group which saves young enslaved women and gives them hope and skills to create new lives as artisans. (Submitted by Laurie Carah, West Librarian)

Sander Goldman (1)Sander Goldman

Congratulations to Sander Goldman (Class of 2015) and current student at the Rhode Island School of Design for being selected as one of eight emerging artists in a Cape Cod ART Emerging Artists feature.

 Graduation 2016 Articles and Photos

Links to Cape Cod Times articles about East and West graduations along with photo galleries are included below:

West graduation procession passes Barnstable Town Hall

West graduation procession passes Barnstable Town Hall

Sturgis west campus bids farewell amid laughter, tradition

Sturgis east campus grads urged to look to future

Many thanks to Jarvis Chen for his beautiful photographs of East and West graduations. Graduation albums are available here:

jarvischen.zenfolio.com/east2016

jarvischen.zenfolio.com/west2016

Guitar Club

Concert in the Pit 060

 

Recently, Sturgis East Guitar Club and Animal Welfare Club hosted the 2nd Annual “Concert in the Pit” to benefit Zelda, the Sturgis Charter Sponsor Dog from Thailand. Featured musicians were: Jack Holland, David Giardin, Bobby Simmons, Paul Centeno and Tianna Smith with a Special Appearance by Sturgis Alumni, Paddo Devine. A big THANK YOU to all who attended and got to jam out with our outstanding Sturgis musicians! Special Thanks to Animal Welfare Club Seniors: Skye Kuppig, Isabella Roberge and Jack Rush for their wonderful leadership with this (and many other) amazing fund-raising events for the past two years. All proceeds from the concert go to the Dog and Cat Rescue Center in Koh Samui, Thailand. Keep on rockin’!! Message provided courtesy of Guitar Club.

Happy Birthday Captain Sturgis!

William Sturgis

William Sturgis

Feb 25, 2016 marked the 234th birthday of William Sturgis for whom our school is named. Sturgis was born February 25, 1782 in Barnstable Village in the childhood home he would later donate to the village to establish Sturgis Library, the oldest public library building in the United States. After his father’s death in 1797, Sturgis went to sea at age 15 to support his family as an assistant trader on the ship Eliza. During that time, he made education a priority by immersing himself in an intensive study of navigation, mathematics, language and world history.

Four years later, he became the youngest ship master in the American merchant fleet. After circumnavigating the world four times, he settled in Boston and created a trading partnership with John Bryant. Bryant & Sturgis managed many of the vessels traveling to the Pacific in the first half of the nineteenth century. Later, Sturgis became a philanthropist and was elected as a longtime member of the Massachusetts House and Senate.

During Freshman orientation, students learn about the early life of William Sturgis which exemplifies how much can be accomplished by young people who set goals and work hard to achieve them. The curiosity, character and courage he cultivated in his youth produced the good judgment and generosity he demonstrated during his later years. His many endeavors – economic, political, cultural, and civic – resulted in lasting benefits to his birthplace and his nation. Sturgis Charter Public School is honored to be part of the legacy of this great man.

Hechinger Report

In January, Brenda Iasevoli spent a day at Sturgis. The article she wrote about Sturgis and the IB was published in both The Hechinger Report and U.S. News and World Report.

http://hechingerreport.org/will-common-core-undermine-an-elite-college-prep-programs-goal-of-diversity/

US News and World Report:

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-03-14/will-common-core-undermine-an-elite-college-prep-programs-goal-of-diversity

Eric Hieser

Eric Hieser

Eric Hieser, Executive Director

Congratulations and thank you for all you have done to help Sturgis not only survive but inspire faculty and students to “be all you can be.”  Sturgis wishes you fair winds, a following sea and a great retirement. For a description and details about the Sturgis tribute to Eric Hieser, see: Farewell Mr. Hieser

Hundreds of students on waitlists at Cape charter schools

 

International Francophonie Month

During March, in celebration of French event 3International Francophonie Month, IB French students had the opportunity to attend a lively rap performance and writing workshop by hip-hop artist Quebec Webster. His visit to Sturgis was made possible through Madame O’Keefe’s collaboration with the Québec Government Office in Boston. By teaching creative use of French through rap, Webster provides a gateway to better appreciation of the French language. While explaining the structure and form of classic hip-hop songs,  he introduced diverse literary tools such as metaphors, comparisons, rhythms and rhymes, debit and energy. Students were invited to produce and recite their own texts which Webster later performed in rap style. The objective of the workshop is to stimulate creativity  by giving students tools to express their emotions in a poetical way.

Cece Kane and Sophia Beauregard

Sturgis students explore deep-sea robotics

 

Lucy Knox, Grade 9

Lucy Knox - Savor the Now.

Congratulations to freshman Lucy Knox whose poem “Savor the Now” is a winner in the 2016 Voices of Peace Poetry Contest. All winners were invited to read their poems at a public gathering last Saturday. During the event, participating teachers including Marsha Yalden were honored for keeping peace alive in the hearts and minds of their students.

“Savor the Now”

Breathe in.

Wait.

Breathe out.

Keep that breath for a while.

Save it.

Savor it.

You may never know what is to come.

So savor the now.

Savor how you are okay and how you are at Peace.

Because you may never know what is to come with the next breath.

 

Light it up Blue 2Light it up Blue for Autism Awareness

Thanks to everyone who made Light it up Blue for Autism Awareness a huge success. Light It Up Blue is an international campaign to spread awareness about the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism. Light it Up Blue at Sturgis was inspired by Kyle Nickerson whose club Kyle’s Capecod Crusaders has been raising money for Autism Speaks since 2007.

Francesca Luff - Stomae


Francesca Luff – Stomae

Scholastics Art Winners

Isabella Luff - Model and Muse

Isabella Luff – Model and Muse

Isabella Luff (Class of 2016) and Francesca Luff (Class of 2018)

Congratulations to the artistic sister act of Isabella Luff (Class of 2016) and Francesca Luff (Class of 2018). They both received Honorable Mentions in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing awards. Honorable Mention is no small feat in a state-wide competition with 15,000 submissions!

 

Faith McGuire, Class of 2019

Faith McGuire

 

Congratulations to Faith McGuire whose painting Mursi Girl will be printed in The Marble Collection: MA High School Magazine of the Arts.

Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Festivals

SLWI Group ShotOn March 3, 2016, STAGE Left and Right (Sturgis East and West) attended the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Festivals preliminary rounds in Attleboro, MA.  Still Life With Iris by Steven Dietz and The Love of Three Oranges by Hillary DePiano performed to standing ovations and much praise!

Both shows had excellent performances and Sturgis West’s production of The Love of Three Oranges was selected to move on to semifinals!   LOTOCastPicChathamThis is a very exciting accomplishment, as only 3 of the 8 schools performing were selected to move on.

Other recognition awards were given to individuals in both casts:

East:

Shayna Leibowitz for her supporting role of Annabel Lee

METG AwardsAnnie Lawrence for her costume design

Maura Coughlin for her props design

West:

Nick Stewart for his role as Prince Tartaglia

Christian Muxica for his role as Truffaldino

Rose Blackwell for her musical compositions

Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association

Congratulations to Ethan Bailey for being invited to participate alongside top MA singers in the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association All-State Festival. Ethan is the first student from Sturgis West to qualify for All-State and received a nearly perfect score of 91/92 during his audition. The festival provided an opportunity for students to work with a renowned conductor as well as the composer of one of the performance pieces. The festival culminated in a final performance on Sunday at Symphony Hall Boston.

Middlebury Union High School

Vermont Teachers 2.26.16Fifteen teachers and school leaders from Middlebury Union High School visited both campuses on February 25- 26, 2016 to meet with Sturgis leaders and observe classes across the curriculum. The Middlebury Union community is in the research stage of their process to decide whether they will seek to become IB authorized. Sturgis looks forward to continued collaboration with our colleagues from Vermont!

Model United Nations

MUN West 148 students from East and West attended the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) conference in New York City.  NHSMUN was founded in 1975 and has continued uninterrupted for over 40 years. The conference takes place at the United Nations Headquarters and at the New York Hilton Hotel. Currently the largest high school Model UN conference in the world, NHSMUN is proud to host participants from approximately 40 different countries each year.

National Latin Exam

Alex Houpert - National latin Exam DayOn March 9, 2016, 500 Sturgis students took the National Latin Exam (NLE). In celebration of NLE, Latin Teacher Alex Houpert invited students to join him during break for The Great Kahoot! where Latin and technology converged in a game-based learning platform to challenge students with questions about Roman culture and history. Students competed on smart devices and laptops for Kahoot! glory and prizes.

Latin is an important component of the Sturgis curriculum. All students are required to study Latin for two years; some elect to take Latin all four years. Our interest in the classical language is reflected in our namesake; William Sturgis was an accomplished Latin student. In 2012, Sturgis adopted the Latin motto “Omnibus” a one-word rendition of “IB for All.”

Photos courtesy of Kathy Power, Sturgis IT Coordinator

National Alliance of Charter Schools

The National Alliance of Charter Schools invited 30 grads from across the country to write about their charter school experience for their 30 Days of Grad series.  Katie Curran was invited to participate. You can see the article about her experience at Sturgis here:  Friday the Thirteenth Was My Lucky Day

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud 2016

Poetry Out Loud 2016

Congratulations to all students who participated in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest .The recitations were wonderful. 1st place winner is Isabella Hassler. The runner up is Sophie Gibson. Isabella will move on to compete in the MA Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals on Sunday, March 6, 1:00 – 4:00 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.

Red Cross Club, Sturgis West

Red Cross CoatsMembers of the Sturgis West Red Cross Club display items of clothing that were donated to the club’s annual Winter Clothing Drive.  The items were delivered to various local outreach organizations to help our neighbors in need.  The Red Cross Club is gearing up for the West Annual Blood Drive scheduled for Friday, March 18th from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Sturgis West Library. Sturgis East 3rd Annual Blood Drive is scheduled for next Wednesday, March 9th from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Annex. These blood drives provide a healthy cross campus competition for Sturgis faculty and students to support the local community.
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Relay for Life

Last weekend, fifteen Sturgis East students participated in Relay for Life Midcape at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. The Sturgis Striders raised money all year and they walked – some ran – on and off for 24 hours: some a few miles total because of colds and jobs, and some a “marathon” and higher. It was an incredibly inspiring event and the Striders did an amazing job representing Sturgis. (Text and photos courtesy of Christine Kelsey)

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Congratulations to the artistic sister act of Isabella Luff (Class of 2016) and Francesca Luff (Class of 2018). They both received Honorable Mentions in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing awards. Honorable Mention is no small feat in a state-wide competition with 15,000 submissions!

IB Art Show PosterSenior IB Art Exhibit

East IB Art seniors held their first ever Senior IB art exhibit at the Guyer Art Barn on May 23. The exhibit was a week-long showing open to the public. The opening reception was a delightful success with teachers, staff, the local community and tourists’ strolling the space. The gallery atmosphere was enhanced by tourist and people walking through the exhibit and asking the young artists questions. The event featured snacks, drinks and live music performed by seniors Sam Levitt, Jonah Setzel and 2015 graduate Gibson Levet.

Towards the end of the evening a couple walked in thinking it was a gallery and asked Isabella Luff to draw their portrait which she graciously did and it turned out wonderfully. All of our students shined!

IB Art Show 1

IB Art Show 2

 

Senior Service Day

Clearing brushOn May 25, over 200 graduating seniors fanned out across Cape Cod to provide services to 25 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 Jennifer Walts, Christine McDowell, Chloe Roselander-Ginn and Jim Barrasso. From Pocasset to Yarmouth, students engaged in various service learning activities such as:

MB Library 2Main Street Cleanup for Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District

– yard work and landscaping for Hyannis Public Library, Camp Greenough – Cape Cod & Islands Council BSA, Cape Cod Child Development, Cape Cod Family Resource Center, and Homeless Not Hopeless, Inc. and Housing Assistance Corporation – HAC

– organizing donations at Yarmouth Food Pantry 508-394-0880

– beach landscaping with Barnstable County Americorps Cape Cod

– painting at Cotuit Center for the Arts

Service Day Group Shot– various service tasks at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum

– musical performances and resident interactions at Cape Regency andRoyal Cape Cod Nursing Home

– creative projects for Agape International

“All of our seniors take part in community service before they graduate. It’s an important core value of our school,” said Sturgis East Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) Coordinator Jim Barrasso. Our hope is that students will learn from this day of service and be excited to serve their future communities.

Photos courtesy of Meghan Borowski and Jen Walts.

Seniors celebrate the completion of their Extended Essays

EE Stars East 001A Gold Star Tradition and Rite of Passage: Seniors celebrate the completion of their Extended Essays. When students complete their research papers, they receive a gold star that reads “I handed in my Extended Essay.” The Sturgis community celebrates this rite of passage by congratulating students sporting their EE star. Sturgis recently mailed 132 Extended Essays to IB examiners located around the world. The research papers of Sturgis seniors will be assessed by examiners inAustralia, Canada, India, Portugal, Greece, Spain, China, Austria, Ecuador, France, Czech Republic, France, UAE, UK, and US. Our students are “crossing the bridge,” not just to the Massachusetts mainland, but to the world.

EE Stars West 001The Extended Essay is a core component of the The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Completed in the senior year, the Extended Essay is a research paper of up to 4,000 words that gives students an opportunity to conduct independent research or investigation on a topic that interests them. For examples of Sturgis 2015 Extended Essays and words of advice from EE Coordinators and the Class of 2015, see: https://sturgissoundings.wordpress.com/…/2015-sturgis-exte…/

 Sports Articles

Great series of sports articles in Cape Cod Times:

Boys basketball: Sturgis East clinches postseason berth

BOYS BASKETBALL: Sturgis West on the upswing

BOYS BASKETBALL: Sturgis West gaining momentum

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Sturgis West making a run for it

School softball: West bests East behind Sturgis freshman Niederberger

School tourneys: Triple play lifts Sturgis West to victory

School softball: Navigators advance to South finals

BalloonsSpring on Main Street

Last Saturday, Sturgis students helped Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District celebrate their 4th annual Spring on Main Street event. Students had great fun handing out balloons, helping children with arts and crafts projects, volunteering as sidewalk chalk artists, musicians, singers, and face painters. Photos courtesy of Divya Sharma.

STAGE Left and Right

LOTO_0312Congratulations to the cast and crews of The Love of Three Oranges and Still Life With Iris for presenting three great performances at Chatham Drama Guild this weekend. Many thanks to all who came out to support STAGE Left and Right despite wintry conditions and especially to the standing room crowd who gave a standing ovation throughout the performances on Saturday night! Photos courtesy of Meghan Borowski.

Peter Steedman, Former Sturgis West Principal

Mr. Steedman is returning from Campinas, Brazil to become Principal of Wareham Middle School, effective July 1. Congratulations Dr. Steedman! Welcome back.

New middle school chief named in Wareham

Stacey Strong, Mathematics – East

Sturgis ROVer's Sea Perch Team 2015-16Congratulations to Stacey Strong for being selected as one of twelve teachers from RI, CT and MA to participate in a year-long Marine Technology for Teachers and Students Project at URI’s Inner Space Center. The project is funded by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation award and focuses on providing opportunities for teachers and students to explore new technologies in ocean sciences. Throughout the spring, teachers will build hydrophones, remotely operated vehicles (ROV), observational buoys and sensor-based instruments during weekend sessions. In July, the teachers, accompanied by teams of their high school students, will participate in a week-long program at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography. There, they will use and deploy their instruments and take part virtually in seagoing expeditions.

Starting in the fall, teachers and students will host live interactions between Inner Space Center scientists and middle and high school students. The teacher and student teams will also participate in webinars and science cafes—informal gatherings with scientists giving presentations.

Someone's Little Brother performs for a Cause.1Students Performing for a Cause

Current Junior Seamus Devine, and 2015 graduate Paddo Devine, performed with their band Someone’s Little Brother to help raise funds for a local cause. The band covered the music of the Guns & Roses, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and more.

The band performed with additional singers including the little sister of current junior Allison Parker, Sydney, while Seamus and Paddo’s mom, Maura, sang backup. All proceeds of this event went to help restore the historic Crosby Barn. The Crosby Barn is located in Brewster on the grounds of the Cap Rep Theater grounds; it was built in the late 19th century by Isaac F. and Sarah Crosby. This benefit supports Cape Rep’s fundraising effort to lift the Barn, put in a full basement foundation, move the theater’s assets downstairs, and to ultimately rehabilitate the upstairs into a beautiful Barn for rehearsal, performance and education. Band members are Paddo Devine on lead guitar and vocals, Matt Veary on bass, Brendan Cloney on rhythm guitar and Seamus Devine on drums.

Sturgis Charter School in Hyannis Becomes Summer Retail Art Venue

Sturgis InvenTeam

Sturgis InvenTeam

Congratulations to Sturgis InvenTeam for being invited to present the Sturgis Dolphin Rescue Carrier at Lemelson-MIT Program‘s 10th annual EurekaFest on Friday, June 17. EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving. (For more info, see Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest 2016) Sturgis showcased an earlier version of the carrier, which is designed to increase the odds of saving beached dolphins and other marine mammals, at the 2013 Eurekafest. This year’s InvenTeam refined the design, making it ready for field testing and commercial deployment in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare – IFAW and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The initial 2013 design was made possible through a $10,000 MIT grant. MIT invited Sturgis back this year to present a computer aided design (CAD) of refinements as the prototype is readied for real life applications. Able to be pulled through beach sand quickly by one to two people, the Sturgis Dolphin Rescue Carrier can hold up to 600 pounds. While it is potentially suitable for small whales, it was designed primarily for rescuing dolphins. According to IFAW, Cape Cod is one of only a few places in the world where mass strandings occur on a regular basis. The Sturgis InvenTeam notes that Cape Cod accounts for about a quarter of all natural dolphin strandings in the US.

Sturgis East and West Arts Festivals

Congratulations to all the actors. artists, dancers, musicians, singers and Fine Arts faculty who made the  Arts Festivals a great celebratory success last weekend. Thanks to Sturgis Parents Association for the delicious international lunch.

SPA Luncheon 1Sturgis Parents Association

On Tuesday, June 14, Sturgis Parents Association once again outdid itself by providing outstanding faculty appreciation lunches at West and East. The multitude of options for fine dining with salads, sandwiches, hot dishes, fruits, and sweets challenged the faculty to decide from so many inviting and tasty treats that many faculty remarked that they may not need to have dinner that evening! We want to thank the SPA for providing such a culinary experience that was so appreciated by the faculty. Yes, we do feel appreciated. Thanks so much! Photos courtesy of Kristine Jackson.

Sailing Team at CCMM 002Sturgis Sailing Club

Congratulations to Sturgis Sailing Club for hosting a successful annual Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser on April 8th at Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis.  All proceeds will support operation costs of the Sturgis Sailing Club.

To learn more about the history and activities of the Sailing Club, see the recent feature article “Sturgis Sets Sail” in Sturgis Soundings Magazine:https://sturgissoundings.wordpress.com/f…/sturgis-sets-sail/

Sturgis Solar

Sturgis solar energy systems are now up and running at East and West campuses. Thanks to IGS Solar, an affiliate company of IGS Energy, Beaumont Solar and all who supported the project for bringing solar energy to Sturgis. We’re pleased to reduce our carbon footprint and generate power sustainably. The combined East and West systems are expected to save over $13,000 yearly for 20 years. Sturgis will be able to allocate the savings for educational programs and provide an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about clean and renewable energy.

For more information and photos, see: Sturgis Solar Is Up and Running.

Sturgis students explore deep-sea robotics

Sturgis students team with Waquoit, NOAA to study Cape Cod environment

Sturgis United

Thanks to one and all who helped, played, performed or attended Sturgis United on March 9, 2016. The event was a tremendous success. Great job to everyone who participated and thanks for being good sports and remembering what the real reason for coming together was – Fun and Unity. Go Sturgis!

The Sturgis United Dance is almost here! Tickets will be on sale at lunch today and tomorrow and right after school is let out on Friday, but will not be sold at the door – so get your ticket today! This East/West event is going to be the event of the year so don’t miss out!

Sturgis vs Cancer Classic

On Feb 12, 2016, Sturgis East and West came together to raise money for cancer research in its second annual Sturgis vs Cancer Classic. Between t-shirt sales, a raffle and the HYCC waiving its user fee for the evening, the two schools combined to raise over $2000.

Sturgis East and West unite for cancer fundraiser

Althea Turley - DAR

Althea Turley – DAR

Althea Turley, Class of 2016 – West

In March 2016, Lauren Berkley of East and Althea Turley of West were among 14 Cape Cod seniors who received DAR Good Citizen Awards from the Cape Cod Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. The recipients are selected by their teachers and Class of 2016 peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Congratulations to Lauren, Althea and all the recipients. Thanks for all you do for the community.

Bart Weisman, Jazz Bands – West

“Sturgis is so fortunate to have Bart Weisman as the Director of our Jazz Bands at Sturgis East.” Eric Hieser, Sturgis Executive Director

Musician Bart Weisman is a man for all seasons on Cape Cod

 

 

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