Students (Winter 2014)

Mark Agostinelli, Class of 2017 – East

Congratulations to Mark Agostinelli for being selected as a finalist in the 14th Annual MIAA Student Sportsmanship Essay/Multimedia Contest: “Social Media and Sportsmanship, How do they work together?”A collection of finalist and honorable mention essays has been printed in “Sportsmanship: A Game Plan for Life – Volume XIV”  and distributed to to MIAA member schools. You can see the full text of his essay here:

Camp Burgess

High RopesSturgis Class of 2018 students come from middle schools across Cape Cod and off Cape. To help incoming freshmen get to know each other, they attend a day-long Challenge Course and team-building program at Camp Burgess in Sandwich. Freshmen break into small groups to participate in a variety of team-building activities and problem-solving tasks designed to help them learn how to cooperate, build trust and work together effectively. An important part of team-building involves reflection and discussion about the activity, including how participants approached the situation and what they learned.

Camp SunshineCamp Sunshine

From December 5 – 7, two Sturgis East teachers and three students travelled to Cas-co Bay, ME to volunteer at Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine is a retreat center for chil-dren with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The session Sturgis attended was geared towards children with brain tumors and their families. This was a reward-ing experience for all involved and everyone from Sturgis spoke of returning to volun-teer again in the future!

Matt Cappuci, Class of 2015 – East

Matt contributes to news about weather in a variety of publications including this article posted on 9.13.14 in about the Northern lights:

The Northern Lights Shined on New England in Incredible Color Last Night

Clubs and Activities Fair

On September 10, more than 40 clubs were represented at the Sturgis West Clubs and Activities Fair. The fair provides a chance for students to learn about the wide range of activities offered at West such as Outdoors Club (featuring ski, surf, and hiking), Relay for Life, Business Leaders, Diversity Club, Long Boarding, Model United Nations, Gay Straight Equality, Habitat for Humanity, A Capella, S.T.A.G.E. and many more.

Katie Curran, Class of 2016 – East

Diplomacy In Action

Katie Curran (r)

Katie Curran was one of 40 American students selected to attend the High School Diplomats (HSD) Program at Princeton University for 10 days.  HSD is in affiliation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies and is sponsored by AIU Insurance and the Freeman Foundation.  As noted on their website, the goal of HSD is “to provide academic and social activities intended to spread international understanding among Japanese and American high school students. In addition, the program hopes to foster the creation of meaningful and lasting friendship.” Each student admitted to HSD receives a full scholarship to attend the program and participate in this cross cultural exchange. For more information, see Diplomacy In Action: High School Students Take On the Mantle of Global Leadership

Jimmy CarterKatie Curran recently attended “A Conversation With President Jimmy Carter” at the JFK Library in Boston. Former President Carter discussed his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, with Ronan Farrow, who served as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.   During the interview, he discussed health care and women’s rights, among other global topics. Thank you Katie for providing background on the talk as well as several interesting clips of the event.

English Orals for All Seniors

All East and West Seniors will be doing English Oral Commentaries between December 15th and January 7th at the First Baptist Church on Main Street, Hyannis. Students will have the opportunity to talk about the poetry, drama and prose they have been studying this semester. It is an extremely challenging and rewarding IB Internal Assessment as each student is recorded in a 10 minute (SL) or 20 minute (HL) conversation about the literature with their English teacher. The recordings are graded by their English teachers and then samples are sent to be moderated by the IB Examiners.

The works studied this semester include Hamlet, Jump and Other Stories, SulaEssays of E.B. White, and the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost. East students will walk to the Baptist Church while West students will be shuttled back and forth to the Baptist Church in a school van.

Extended Essays

EE Slam Girls Group

EE Slam West

In September, the EE Slam at West was a great success. Forty seniors came together for five hours on a Friday evening to complete the first 1,500 words of the 4,000 word Extended Essay. They set a record for attendance at EE workshops! While the bulk of the time was spent quietly researching and writing, they were able to break free to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by thoughtful families, followed by some hilarity on the green. Thanks to all the EE Faculty advisers and parents who supported the workshop. To learn more about Sturgis Extended Essays, see:

EE East

EE Work Session – East

The Extended Essay Work Session held at East on October 17 was also a great success. Fifty-one students researched, re-structured, wrote, re-wrote and began formatting sources and citations for their 4,000 word extended essays. Several faculty advisers stopped by to offer their encouragement, advice and expertise. The students mentioned what a great bonding experience and productive event it was.

Dominic Fucile, Class of 2015 – West

Congratulations Dominic Fucile for being selected as one of six students to represent the State of Massachusetts at the 2015 American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS)  convention in San Jose.

IB Theatre

Theatre NYLast week, junior and senior IB Theatre students spent three incredible days in New York attending IB workshops led by the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA). Students worked with theatre and film professionals from the US and abroad on a myriad of topics such as sound design, directing, scene work and physical theatre. During the evenings, students attended 3 unique Broadway and off-Broadway shows: Shakespeare’s, The Tempest, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (a Sturgis summer reading book), and On The Town, a modern revival of a classic musical. After watching Curious Incident, Sturgis students were able to tour the stage and meet with Alex Sharpe, the lead actor. Students left with re-ignited passion for their art and a plethora of ideas for their theatre journals and projects.

Latin Students Attend Classics Day at BU

Originally published 14 Dec 2014 in Sturgis Stormwatch Reprinted here with author’s permission.

By Katie Curran, News Editor 
Classics dayAncient Rome and Greece has left a lasting legacy on our modern world, with an impact that expands to literature and government.  Classics plays an important role in understanding the Western World and its origins.

I, along with many other Sturgis East Latin students recently attended Classics Day.  The program was held at Boston University and was led by the Massachusetts Junior Classical League.

Classics day welcomed hundreds of students from across Massachusetts.  Classes ranged from exploration of coinage in the ancient world, how to speak Latin, to medicine in ancient Rome.  I had the opportunity to take two courses on ancient textiles and Ovid’s Metamorphoses.  During the textile and cloth program, I gained a better understanding of the art of spinning over the last 2,500 years.  The workshop provided information into the origins of textile making as well as interactive demonstrations.  In the Metamorphoses workshop, students explored myths of transformations.

MCAS – Sturgis 2014 MCAS Scores Highest Ever

Sturgis 2014 grade 10 students achieved the highest MCAS scores in the school’s history! In English Language Arts, 100% of the students scored in the Advanced and Proficient categories on the statewide assessment, ranking them #1 in MA. For Mathematics, 98% of the students scored Advanced or Proficient, resulting in a ranking of #8 in MA. Finally in Science, 97% of the students scored Advanced or Proficient, ranking them #3 in MA. Congratulations to Sturgis faculty and current grade 11 students for this outstanding achievement!!

For more info, see:  Mixed bag with MCAS scores

West 014Mini College Fairs

In mid-October, Mini College Fairs were held at Sturgis East & West during lunch. College Fairs provide an excellent opportunity for students to explore the many college options that exist and to find the best college fit to suit their needs and interests.

Multi-Cultural Club – East

The mission of the Multi-Cultural Club is to foster cultural understanding with the intention that cultural understanding is an important first step in bringing peace to the world. To this end, we ask teachers who have lived abroad to share their international experiences with the club. We also enjoy Skype conversations with other IB high school students in the countries we have studied.

American International School of Lusaka, Zambia logoIn September, Dr. Gilligan spoke to the club about Zambia, where she lived for four years. Club members had the opportunity to ask her questions about her experiences. One student asked, “in what ways did you view the United States differently when you came home?” This thoughtful question sparked an interesting discussion of the ways in which travel changes us and affects our world view. What thoughtful, compassionate, and globally-minded students we have! In two weeks we will chat with IB students at the American International School of Lusaka via Skype and continue our explorations of Zambia.

Multicultural ClubOn November 20th, the Multicultural Club continued their study of Africa by hosting a discussion about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. To help the club understand the history of Ebola and response of scientists to the current outbreak, they interviewed Dr. David Dunigan via Skype. Dr. Dunigan is a Virologist at the Nebraska Center for Virology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Thanks to Kate Dunigan-AtLee for arranging a very informative interview with her Dad.

Story Rebels Greet New Area Writer, Katie Posey, in the Library

Thanks goes out to a new writer in the area, Katie Posey, who is working on her very first book! She is sharing her secrets along the way with six fortunate students here at West. She moderated a great Writing Club Meeting today, with individuals getting ready for the NaNoWriMo Write a Thon! But first, we will be creating a “Pitch” for our ideas, thanks to the idea from Writer Club President, Christian Muxica, and then sharing them next week in order to have an outline before committing to NaNo…get ready!

Check out the NaNoWriMo Website:

Sturgis Passion Project

Last Friday’s coffeehouse sponsored by Sturgis Passion Project (SPP) was a great success. SPP witnessed incredible talent, spread awareness about some very real issues and raised enough money to support the following:

-2 horseback riding lessons for children with disabilities
-Almost 2 hours of pediatric cancer research
-Over 3 JoyJars sent to kids fighting cancer

Thanks to all who helped, participated, spread the word, and believed. We can make change…and we have. #KidsFirst

Sturgis Striders Finish

Sturgis Striders

Sturgis Striders

On October 5, Sturgis Striders participated for a second year in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk in Boston. 10 students and 3 parent/grandparents had a great time walking along the Charles River and hope Sturgis Striders will continue to support this event for years to come!

Sturgis Students Support the Hyannis Business Improvement District

Seven IB students have volunteered to be interns at the office of the Hyannis Business Improvement District (BID) as part of their IB Creativity, Action, and Service activities. The Sturgis students will be assisting the BID with their social media initiatives in addition to the BID’s event planning and event support staff. The students are looking forward to giving back to their community by helping the BID to create vibrant activities in central Hyannis!

Sturgis Turkey Trot Time

Turkey 005On November 21, East and West students delivered turkey baskets to the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands (CACCI) Turkey Basket Program. Altogether, East and West assembled a grand total of 35 turkey baskets that will be distributed to local families in need next week. Thanks to Sturgis students, parents and faculty for all your support in organizing another successful Turkey Basket donation. The staff members of CACCI are very grateful for the generosity of the Sturgis community. It goes to show that when each of us helps a little, we can make a great impact in our community.

Who Knew Captain Sturgis had a Twin?

Twin Day - Captain SturgisTwin Day - Captain Sturgis on DeckOn October 21, during Spirit Week at West, students and faculty showed their school spirit by celebrating Twin Day. Surprisingly, Captain William Sturgis and his twin were spotted on deck. Who knew Captain Sturgis had a twin? CAS Coordinator Jen Walts and senior John Russell helped bring our namesake and his twin to life.

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