Notes and Accolades

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

June 7th was Sturgis’ first annual Battle of the Bands! Fourteen total bands performed outside the Guyer Barn on this lucky sunny day. A group of Sturgis East & West teachers volunteered to judge the event and gave three prizes for Best Stage Presence (Micah Slade & Sierra Sullivan from West), Best Band Theme (Country Sprinkle and the Stay at Homes – Thea Goldman, Cece Kane, Sophia Beauregard from East), and Best Overall Band (Hacky Sack and the Jack Attack – Jack Holland, David Girardin, Seth Coellner from East). It was great to see some new faces come to perform as well as some familiar faces (including the alumni band and teacher bands from West & East!) come back to perform.The event was a great success and the students are already looking forward to battling –next year!

“A Better World Through Education”: A Documentary to Celebrate 50 Years of the IB

In celebration of almost 50 years in education, the IB Global communications department is working with a UK-based production company to create an hour long documentary program entitled A Better World Through Education. The documentary will “explore how an IB education has been creating inquisitive, knowledgeable, and caring young people” for half a century.

The program will highlight 3-4 minute featurettes covering a variety of topics and schools. Of 4,655 schools in 147 countries worldwide, Sturgis has been asked to be featured in one of the segments!

Through interviews with staff and students from both East and West, the IB hopes to tell a deeper story about how Sturgis has developed its “International Baccalaureate (IB) for All” philosophy in a supportive learning environment.

More updates to follow!

Blood Drives

Recently, Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Center and Sturgis faculty and students teamed up to host blood drives on each campus. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the cause. Sturgis donated a total of 86 pints of blood: East donated 53 pints from 71 prospective donors and West donated 33 pints from 51 prospective donors. All blood collected stays on Cape Cod to help patients in need at our hospitals. Well done!

Nick Bucchianeri, Class of 2018

Congratulations to Nick Bucchianeri for his excellent performance in Lines in the Sand.

‘Lines in the Sand’ offers illuminating moments, taut direction

CAS Showcase

Juniors and Seniors participating in the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) program showcased their extracurricular activities and CAS projects at the combined East/West CAS Showcase on Wednesday, April 12th. Students from both campuses came together at Sturgis West and presented their creative, athletic and service activities to parents, teachers, students, and local community members. It was exciting to see and hear what students have learned from CAS and to celebrate their broad portfolios of non-academic pursuits. Go CAS!

Cape Cod Art Association Awards

Congratulations to Kayla Cavanaugh, Mickaela Gerenia, Madeline Heino, Chloe Pontes, Blossom Roberge and Delaney Wood for winning awards at Cape Cod Art Association‘s annual student art show “Beginnings.” A selection of 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. We were pleasantly surprised to see former Executive Director Eric Hieser there attending on behalf of Rotary Club of Hyannis.

Cape Cod Five Educational Mini-Grants

Kristine May, Kate Dunigan AtLee and Taylor Martin-Graham

Kristine May, Kate Dunigan AtLee and Taylor Martin-Graham

Congratulations to Kate Dunigan-AtLee and Kristine May for winning Cape Cod Five Educational Mini-Grants. They were recently honored at a reception at Cape Cod Community College where 86 grants were presented by the The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank‘s Charitable Foundation Trust. A total of 64 grants were awarded to teachers at 35 Cape Cod schools.

Since 2006, Sturgis has been fortunate to receive 32 mini grants from Cape Cod Five to support a variety of projects. This year’s grants will support Sturgis Cooking Club: Feeding Bodies, Hearts, & Minds by Ms. Dunigan-AtLee at East Campus and SeaPerch Marine Robotics by Ms. May at West Campus.


Career Day

Thanks to Sturgis parents and community members who participated in Career Day at Sturgis East today. By sharing their career experiences, presenters can have a positive impact on students. In addition to answering student questions, presenters share information regarding the training required for their particular career, typical day to day duties of the position, and why they decided to go into the field. Career Day is an annual event coordinated by the Counseling Teams at Sturgis and hosted biennially at each campus. Next year, Career Day will be held at Sturgis West.

Some of the careers represented today included: Attorney, Certified Financial Planner, Documentary Film Producer, Emergency Medicine Physician, Emergency Services – Fire & EMS, Environmental Education, Human Resources, Nursing, Novelist/ Journalist and Graphic Designer, Physician Assistant, Pilot/Airline Executive, Professional Theater Director/Playwright/Actor, Real Estate Investment/Management, Social Work/Child Protective Services, Software Developer, and Strategic & Managerial Advising for IT Executives.

Champion Chess Team

Champion Chess Team

Chess Team

Congratulations Sturgis East-West Chess Team, Champions of the Southeast Conference Interscholastic Chess League. Sturgis won the championship last night in a very close playoff against Dartmouth. Congrats to the entire team: Madison “the avenger” Cheverie, Sahaj “the captain” Rijal, Zak “so long and thanks for all the wins” Longinidis, Mark “always a shark” Payne and Peter “pry the win from the icy clutches of doom” Prygocki.

College Application Boot Camp, August 22

East and West counselors are also busy preparing for this summer’s College Application Boot Camp, to be held on August 22 at East. This program was a success during this past year, earning rave reviews from the graduating class. Both departments have been sure to publicize in many different venues.

Cyber Communication Awareness Seminar on “Becoming a Tech-Savvy Parent”

Thanks to the Cape and Island’s District Attorney’s Office for presenting a very informative Cyber Communication Awareness Seminar on “Becoming a Tech-Savvy Parent.” Deb Martin and Shaun Cahill provided two sessions yesterday for Sturgis parents. Topics included:

Understanding Digital Communications

Keeping Your Children Safe Online

Your Child’s Digital Footprint

Privacy Settings

Social Media Sites

Who’s Looking

Strategies for Parents


DAR Good Citizen Awards

DAR – Cape Cod Good Citizen Recipients 2017

Mark Agostinelli of East and Chadwick MacMillan 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 2017 peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

All DAR Good Citizen recipients are invited to participate in an optional scholarship contest which requires a personal statement and essay. Mark Agostinelli won the contest with his essay entitled “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” He was named DAR Good Citizen of the Cape Cod Chapter and invited to read his essay at yesterday’s ceremony

Congratulations to Mark, Chadwick and all the recipients. Thanks for all you do for the community.

Destination Imagination – East

Sturgis East juniors Kristen Gregg, Melanie Davis, Rachel Ferreira, and Niko Pol recently took first place in the regional Destination Imagination tournament and advanced to the state tournament. This past weekend at the state Destination Imagination tournament in Worcester, the team placed fourth. They were five points away from advancing to the global tournament in Nashville, Tennessee. The girls competed in the Improvisational challenge.

From the DI website:

The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.

Michaelann Ferro

Michaelann Ferro

Congratulations to Michaelann Ferro for being selected as the first recipient of the Damon Gayer Art Award. The award is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a genuine interest in art and passion for creativity. By establishing this scholarship, the Gayer family hopes to encourage your continued interest and ongoing efforts in art.

emily-foxEmily Fox, Class of 2020 – East

Congratulations to Grade 9 art student Emily Fox. Her artwork depicting a baseball player Tony Kemp from the Cotuit Kettleers was chosen for publication in Cape Cod Magazine. In 2017, the Ketleers celebrate their 70th anniversary. Our grade 9 art students participated in an all-Cape drawing celebration to commemorate various upcoming events. Check out the magazine and beautiful artwork which is on display in our East library.

David Girardin, Class 0f 2018 – East

Congratulations to David Girardin for responding to Independence House, Inc. Hyannis, MA “Let Your Voice Be Heard” call-to-action during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month offering high school students the opportunity to create positive messages through music about preventing dating violence. His song, titled “We are the Change” addresses abuse in dating relationships. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month occurs each February and is nationally recognized as a time to talk about, and take action about the level of dating violence among high school adolescents.

Independence House Executive Director, Lysetta Hurge-Putnam said, “We are so impressed with David’s recording which is an excellent action on his part to directly and immediately speak to his peer group about a taboo topic, which is the significant problem of adolescent relationship violence. It is truly inspiring that David and many other young people are activating an important movement towards a cultural shift where our cultural norms challenge violence and abuse in relationships and empower young women and men to claim the right to be involved in healthy, happy, safe and respectful relationships.”

Independence House will present David with a recording studio session sponsored by Seasound Recording Studios in Plymouth to professionally record this important and exceptional musical message. David’s video compilation of “We are the Change” will remain as part of the Independence House YouTube channel playlist and be featured on both and websites.

East Girls Basketball Team

East Girls Basketball Team

Girls Basketball

This year is the first time in 15 years that East girls basketball team has made it into the state tournament. The first Sturgis varsity girls basketball season was 2001-2002. Coached by Bob Leavenworth. Go Storm!!

Global Learning Network Features Documentary about Sturgis

The Global Learning Network is pleased to announce the release of new video case studies that feature Barrington High School (Rhode Island), Kettle Moraine High School (Wisconsin) and Sturgis Charter Public School (Massachusetts). The videos highlight the ways in which these schools are preparing students for college and career success in the 21st century economy through innovative classroom instruction and district – and school-level policy. We are very grateful to the Barrington, Kettle Moraine, and Sturgis teams for opening their campuses to us and allowing us to showcase their incredible work.

Executive Director Paul Marble added a special note of thanks to Sturgis participants: “Thanks to faculty and students who shared their time, thoughts and perspectives for all to see and hear.”

Graduation 2017

On June 3, Sturgis hosted two graduation ceremonies at Aselton Park on Hyannis Harbor.. The ceremony incorporates several nautical traditions that reflect our maritime setting and connection to Captain William Sturgis, for whom our school is named. No graduation is ever complete without sounds of the harbor in the background – including ship’s bells and an occasional blast from a ferry’s horn.

When freshmen begin their journey at Sturgis, they come to Aselton Park to sign the Sturgis ship’s log. Just as William Sturgis signed on board for his first voyage, students “sign on for a term of duty,” signifying their request to begin the voyage. After seniors receive their diploma at graduation,they “sign out” next to their original signature, signifying completion of the voyage. The lucky last student in each class (alphabetically speaking!) is given the honor of ringing the ship’s bell.

See Cape Cod Times coverage here:

Sturgis East graduates 92 ‘competent, passionate individuals’

Ringing of ship’s bell signal for West Campus graduates


Paul Marble, Sturgis Library Director Lucy Loomis, Sturgis Alumni parent John Temple who also serves as Sturgis Library Trustee, Peter Richenburg and Xanthipi Abel

Happy Birthday Captain Sturgis!

February 25, 2017 marked the 235th birthday of William Sturgis for whom our school is named. Sturgis was born on 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.

Sturgis Library hosted a birthday party for Captain Sturgis on the 25th to kick off the 150th anniversary of the library. Sturgis art teachers Xanthipi Abel and Pete Richenburg worked with six students to create a timeline of the life of William Sturgis to help celebrate the anniversary. The students who participated in the project are: Lily Bergeron, Caroline Dorfman, Thomas Harris, Juan David (Alex) Marquez, Alex Scott and Jennifer Smith.

Hoops for Haiti Organizers Maggie Adams, Julia Buckner, and Caroline Sullivan

Hoops for Haiti

The Sturgis East and West girls basketball showdown on Wednesday night had more energy than normal. The evening was centered around a fundraiser called “Hoops for Haiti”, organized by seniors Maggie Adams, Julia Buckner, and Caroline Sullivan. The project raised money to help rebuild homes in Canaan, Haiti that were destroyed by a hurricane that struck this past fall. The event was a huge success! Over $1,600 dollars have been raised so far, surpassing the initial goal. Spectators and players were extremely generous and enjoyed a 3-point contest at half time and a 50/50 raffle. Many thanks to the Sturgis community who fully embraced this fundraiser!

Sturgis East athletes line up a fundraiser to help hurricane victims in Haiti

SPA Donation to InvenTeam


On March 28, Sturgis InvenTeam’s marine mammal rescue transporter moved a step closer to deployment. Sturgis Parents Association (SPA) President Kristine Jackson presented a check for $1,500 to Sturgis InvenTeam to support final modifications to the marine mammal rescue transporter so it can be deployed in stranding response missions by IFAW. Sturgis InvenTeam is collaborating with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare – IFAW to finalize the design and complete the project. Each organization is contributing $750.

The InvenTeam is grateful to Sturgis Parents Association, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and International Fund for Animal Welfare for bringing their dream of rescuing marine mammals closer to deployment.

Sturgis InvenTeam began in 2012, when a group of Sturgis West students received a grant from the Lemelson-MIT Foundation to build a prototype of a cart that could be used to save stranded animals.

Dr. Pete and the real workers of this group (Mark Agostinelli, Rachel Souza, Emily Spinello, Olivia Furner, Caroline Sullivan, Sophie Gibson), the Lemelson MIT InvenTeam, were not only invited back to Eurekafest this month but were honored with an award for following through to completion/coordinating with key partners (IFAW, WHOI, Sturgis SPA, MIT) the rollout of the Sturgis Dolphin Rescue Carrier.

Katrina Jackson, Class of 2017

Teen Volunteer Touching Lives At Hospice Center

Winter Kayak Trip

Kayaking in the Bahamas

Nine of our students flew to the less frequently traveled island of Exuma, Bahamas for a kayak/camp adventure among uninhabited islands and to help local students rebuild donated traditional Bahamian sailing boats.

Lynn Kelly, Theory Of Knowledge – West

A  recent edition of IB Global News includes an article by Lynn Kelley – How to Keep Students Safe From Fake News – includes teaching and learning practices at Sturgis. Thank you to all who shared their ideas and approaches, and a special thank you to Lynn for her creativity, leadership and initiative in curating Sturgis’ contributions to the article.

How to keep students safe from fake news

Key Club members donate to MSPCA

Key Club members donate to MSPCA

Key Club – MSPCA Cape Cod feeling grateful

We are the luckiest! Students from Sturgis Charter Public School‘s Key Club brought donations for our shelter and a contribution to our fund for sick and injured animals. We are very thankful and appreciate their kindness.



Latin Mottos Tournament

Latin Mottos Tournament

Each year we look at all the colleges and universities in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and find the schools that have a Latin motto.  All those schools then go into a big bracket, and students vote using Google Forms.  Past winners include the University of Oregon’s Mens Agitat Molem (Minds Move Mountains) and Syracuse University’s Scientia Coronat Suos Cultores (Knowledge Crowns Those Who Seek Her).  Who will win this year??

MIAA Leadership Workshop

MIAA Leadership Workshop

In May, a group of ten Sturgis students attended a leadership workshop at the MIAA Conference Center in Franklin. Workshop sessions included Leadership Development; Team-Building, Communication, Effective Meeting/ Activities, Fundraising, Community Service, Problem Solving, Substance Abuse and Teen Dating Violence Prevention, Networking, Best Practices, and Action Planning.

Math Modeling Team

Congratulations to the Math Modeling Team (Mark Agostinelli, Sophie Gibson, Connor Holmes, Ariana Jackson and Mark Payne) who participated in a 14-hour mathematical modeling competition two weekends ago. Moody’s Mega Math Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest for high school juniors and seniors. Students experience what it’s like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry.

Each of the 1,100 M3 Challenge teams were invited to create a two minute video about their experience. Sturgis has been selected as one of the top five finalists in the video competition. You can help them win by liking and sharing their video:…

The M3 Challenge is sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and awards $150,000 in scholarships each year.

Ian Morris, Class of 2017 – East

Congratulations to Ian Morris for being accepted to All-State Chorus. The festival was held March 9-11, with the concert at Symphony Hall in Boston on March 11th at 1 pm.

Music Festival News


All Cape Music Festival

Congratulations to Hannah Allen, Cecelia Kane, David Girardin, Kaden Rogers, Zachary Raye, Rose Blackwell, and Fiona Fahd-Waygen who participated in the All-Cape Music Festival February 2-4. It was great to see Sturgis students represented in all of the groups: band, orchestra & both choruses!

David Girardin and Ian Morris were accepted to the Southeast District Music Festival this year. They rehearsed diligently on Friday, January 6th but sadly the concert was snowed out and rescheduled for January 29th at UMass Dartmouth where David Girardin performed. Though Ian Morris couldn’t make the rescheduled concert, he did audition successfully for the All-State Music Festival and will be performing in Boston March 9-11.

Way to go Sturgis musicians! Text and photos courtesy of Natalie Sheeler

NOAA’s North East Fisheries Science Center

NOAA’s Jim Manning has recruited Sturgis to participate in the NSF funded data-science boot-camp in late August and September.  The purpose of the program is to collectively create stand-alone sensor packages that can be installed on commercial fishing vessels using solar-powered micro-computers and telemeter data by cell phone, WiFi, or satellite. NOAA wants to engage young minds in improving and enhancing the existing technology.  Aaron Dunigan Atlee, Stacey Strong, and Amy Peterson will be nominating students and may be joining them in the data sensor program.

Jonathan Peters, Class of 2017

Jonathan Peters

Congratulations to Jonathan Peters who was selected by Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to represent Massachusetts in the 2017 NHFS National High School Spirit of Sport Award Program. Through this program, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recognizes individuals or groups who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics. Each NFHS-member association is asked to select a representative from their state in recognition of a specific act or for an activity of longer duration that meets the established award criteria.

The letter of congratulations from MIAA to Jonathan states: “We were pleased to nominate you for your exemplary display of leadership in developing and organizing the October 6 event: ‘Identifying the Intersection of Athletics, LGBTQ Diversity and Anti-Bullying Rhetoric.’ Your efforts to set a positive example and utilize the power of positive influence as a student leader are outstanding.”


Jonathan Peters with PFLAG representatives and Sturgis faculty

PFLAG of Cape Cod also selected Jonathan for this year’s $3,000 scholarship recipient from a total of 12 worthy applicants:

“When he was 15, Jonathan came out and shortly thereafter entered Sturgis Charter School as an out-and-proud gay teenager. At Sturgis, he joined clubs geared toward social justice and diversity, and embarked on what would become a future in activism. He created the Youth OUTreach Program (which focuses on helping and mentoring other LGBT students), became a feminist, and was involved in numerous activities and organizations in and out of school, including being a basketball player and an intern assistant basketball coach at Sturgis.

After attending a 10 day leadership-in-action summit in Washington, DC following his sophomore year, Jonathan was inspired to create a conference geared toward developing a higher level of comfort in disclosing and discussing gender identity and sexual orientation among high school students and student athletes. After 15 intense months of organizing and fundraising, the conference was held in October of 2016 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis. Titled “Identifying the Intersection of Athletics, LGBTQ Diversity and Anti-bullying Rhetoric”, the event was attended by over 150 students, coaches, and community organizers from Cape Cod and Massachusetts (including PFLAG of Cape Cod as a co-sponsor). The hugely successful event was the crowning achievement of his high school career and garnered widespread media attention and coverage! This fall, Jonathan will attend Hofstra University where he plans to study sociology and psychology.

PFLAG of Cape Cod thanks Jonathan for his many contributions to the LGBTQ community, congratulates him for being awarded this year’s scholarship, and wishes him much success on a very promising future!

Phoebe Cohen and Maris Poepsel

Phoebe Cohen and Maris Poepsel

Poetry Out Loud

Congratulations to all students who participated in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The recitations were wonderful. 1st place winner is Maris Poepsel. The runner up is Phoebe Cohen. Maris will move on to compete in the MA Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on Saturday, March 4 at 1:00.


Research Experience for Teachers Fellowship at WHOI

Ms. Strong was granted a year long fellowship at WHOI’s Deep Submergence Lab. For six weeks she will be working in Dr. Anna Michel’s lab studying microplastics, writing STEM curriculum, and leading a week long STEM camp for 6th grade girls.  She plans to model a Math Studies IA using the data she collects in the lab.

Taylor Martin-Graham is photographed by Cape Cod Times photographer Steve Heaslip

Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to Sturgis Rising Stars 2017: Katrina Jackson, Chadwick MacMillan, Taylor Martin-Graham, John “JD” Snowman and to Sturgis Rising Star Nominees: Tsuf Baumflek, Sarah Buchanan, Lillian Healy, Rebecca Leduc, Nathan Pappalardo, Sierra Proft. Peter Prygocki, Molly Rowland and Emily Spinello.

Cape and Islands Rising Stars 2017

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Grandfather by Faith McGuire

Congratulations to Faith McGuire who recently received a Gold Key Award in Photography during the Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ceremony in Boston. Faith’s photo entitled “Grandfather,” was taken while visiting her grandparents in Indonesia. As luck would have it, she entered the contest and discovered she won the award while her grandparents were visiting Cape Cod. Her grandparents were honored to be able to join Faith at the Boston Globe ceremony and exhibition of Gold Key winners in Boston.

Faith McGuire and her Grandfather

Congratulations to all Sturgis students who were acknowledged for their artwork at the MA Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This is a wonderful accomplishment by our IB Art students:

Faith McGuire, Grade 11, Gold Key Winner, Photography, Grandfather

Nellie Marshall-Torres, Grade 12, Honorable Mention, Sculpture, Sun Tiger

Isabelle Racette, Grade 12, Honorable Mention, Printmaking, Intelligence

Jenna Sweeten, Grade 11, Honorable Mention, Acrylic Paint, Michelle Obama

Delaney Wood, Grade 12, Honorable Mention, Acrylic paint, Serendipity

Faith McGuire (center) speaks at Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Nearly 4,000 honorees from around Massachusetts were selected in the regional division of this year’s competition, with roughly 185 Gold Keys reserved for writers and 600 for visual artists. Lesley Davison, director of the regional program, said about 18,000 pieces were submitted this year — 15,000 for visual art and 3,000 for writing.
Founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. Over the years, Scholastic has recognized and encouraged millions of students, including Truman Capote, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol and John Updike, who won when they were teens. In more recent years, famous names such as Stephen King, Myla Goldberg, Zac Posen, Lena Dunham and Richard Linklater have become alumni of the program.

Senior Service Day

Senior Service Day

On May 23, 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 Jim Barrasso, Christine McDowell, Abby Rhoads and Emily Williams. From Sandwich to Hyannis, students engaged in various service learning activities such as:

– Creating care packages to support our troops during National Military Appreciation Month

– Sorting donated clothing for Youth StreetReach

– Main Street Cleanup for Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District

– Making nets for quahogs – AmeriCorps Cape Cod and Barnstable DPW

– Landscaping and planting for Barnstable Land Trust, Cape Cod Child Development, Cape Winds Rest Home, First Baptist Church of Hyannis, Homeless Not Hopeless, Inc., Housing Assistance Corporation – HAC, Hyannis Public Library and Sturgis West Go Green Club

– Helping organize a storage room at Children’s Cove

– Cleaning boats and removing a chain link fence at Cape Cod Maritime Museum

– Reading to kids at Hyannis Supporting Our Youth, Inc.

“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.

Senior Speaker Series

Patrick O’Kane and East counselor, Deb Hempel, coordinated a “Senior Speaker Series” on the first day of senior week activities. This joint East/West program was hosted by the East campus and was well attended by seniors from both campuses. Speakers from our local community as well as the Sturgis community volunteered their time to speak to our students. Students chose three sessions from the five topics offered. Topics included Dorm Life, Nutrition and Healthy Choices, Personal Safety, Resume Writing and Interview Skills, and Personal Finance.

Sports Articles in the Local Press

Dylan Chagnon, Sturgis West Goalie

Sturgis East Basketball Player Sawyer Gibbons

Chadwick MacMillan, Sturgis West Track Performer

Brigid Morrison of Sturgis West Girls Lacrosse team

Storm boys, Navigator girls win all-Sturgis openers

Sturgis East athletes line up a fundraiser to help hurricane victims in Haiti

Sturgis Sailing Captain Molly Rowland

Sturgis East’s Sam Smith, Boys Lacrosse

Sturgis East Lacrosse makes big strides

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

Despite snow and power outages creating quite the difficulties, The Sturgis Theatre Arts Guild of Entertainers (also known as STAGE) managed to put on 4 spectacular productions of their Winter One-Acts this past weekend, February 10-12.  Sturgis West’s production of A Wrinkle in Time used physical theatre and soundscapes to retell the story of the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, while Sturgis East’s We Might Be Heroes was a series of vignettes telling of what happens when the government seeks the help of super heroes to fight an imminent alien invasion!

STAGE is grateful for all of the support that was shared with us over the last couple of weeks – thanks to all who helped us make the shows happen and everyone who braved the weather to come out and see all the hard work the students put into both shows!  

On March 4, students participated in the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild Festival (METG) Preliminary Round at Bourne High School.  STAGE Right performed their one-act play, We Might Be Heroes alongside STAGE Left’s production of A Wrinkle in Time and 6 other schools in a day that celebrated theatre and collaboration.  East students were recognized by their peers and by the adjudicators: Nick Bucchianeri and Thea Goldman were presented with Acting Awards, and David Girardin was awarded for his music compositions that accompanied the piece! West students were recognized by their peers and by the adjudicators: Tori Mondello and Anna Paradise with Acting awards!

Anya Ghai and Shaylei Dauphinais -SMART

Students Taking Active Responsibility Today (START)

Congratulations to Sturgis West freshmen Anya Ghai and Shaylei Dauphinais who were selected to represent Sturgis at a 3 day leadership conference offered by Students Taking Active Responsibility Today (START). The conference at Nichols College offered workshops and training sessions designed to build leadership skills and encourage students to become stronger leaders in their schools and communities.

Sturgis Alive Inside

Sturgis East and West IB Music 1 classes took a trip to the Barnstable Senior Center Adult Supportive Day Program where they were able to interview elders in our community and share music with each other. This visit is part of the Sturgis Alive Inside project to inspire students to give back to the community and learn about empathy through music. The students will use the information they gained from the interview process to create playlists of Jazz, Musical Theater, Frank Sinatra, and more for elders at Barnstable Senior Center to enjoy for years to come in hopes of igniting memory through music.

Sturgis ROVers and MaTTS program at URI and UConn

In May the ROVers Cece Kane and Sophie Beauregard  wrapped up their work in the Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) project by presenting their design for bringing a jellyfish from the depths of the ocean to the surface.  The duo presented their ideas to an audience of NSF, UConn, and URI oceanographic experts.  Freshmen Jerry Curran and Michael Morin cheered them on.  The ROVers recently started a facebook page to chronicle the group’s progress.  Please check them out at Sturgis ROVers and give the page a LIKE!!

Sturgis ROVers and Sea Education Association

Stacey Strong

Sea Education Association (SEA) invited teacher Stacey Strong to come aboard for their 3 day annual colleague voyage from NYC to Woods Hole.  During her time aboard, Ms. Strong learned about SEA’s summer programs for high school students, and got some practice working with sextants!  She is excited about sharing with the Sturgis Community the opportunities available at SEA.

Sturgis Serves

During spring vacation, a team of students from Sturgis West have committed to Sturgis Serves: a week of service learning on Cape Cod. Each day, students work with local non-profit organizations and return to Sturgis for student-led reflections. Students helped the following organizations:

Dream Day on Cape Cod (raking, painting, cabin/ camp maintenance)

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (planting/ grounds maintenance)

Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod ReStore  (mulching, planting annuals)

Sturgis Serves

Cape Abilities Farm (work on residential home)

Calmer Choice: Fundraising Car Wash

Barnstable Beaches  (clean-up)

Cradles to Crayons Massachusetts  (donation organization at warehouse)

Yarmouth Senior Center  (gardening, interacting with residents)

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod  (prepping garden)

Washington Post High School Challenge Index

The Washington Post recently announced the 2017 High School Challenge Index based on its review of 2016 data from high schools across the U.S. They ranked Sturgis the #3 public school in MA, #8 public school in the Northeast, and #132 in the U.S (across both public and private schools). Additionally, Sturgis is ranked #1 among MA public schools for the highest “percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career” with 97%. Congratulations to Sturgis faculty and students for achieving this recognition of excellence!   

WGBH Article about Sturgis:   What Makes This High School No. 1 In Massachusetts?

In February, Sturgis was approached by a reporter from WGBH who recently moved to the area and was interested in learning more about Sturgis and creating a radio segment about the school. We thought it could be a great opportunity to spread the word about the “IB for All” culture of Sturgis and our current initiatives to continue diversifying our community and applicant pool. The linked radio segment and accompanying article touch upon our culture, beliefs and ongoing discussions with Barnstable High School to address ways the two schools may be able to work together. You might enjoy taking a peek.                       

Jessica Whepley, Class of 2018 – East

East Grade 11 student, Jessica Whepley, received a Future Women Leaders (FWL) in STEM Award in early June from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. She studies SL biology, HL physics and HL math. Jessica was also one of a select number of students given a scholarship for the MMA summer Sea, Science and Leadership Program.


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