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Report from SHS Student Representative

by Bridget Carl, SHS Student Representative
At the October 21, 2015 School Committee meeting, Bridget provided an update about all four of our schools. 
From Forestdale School – Mr. Marc J. Smith, Principal

The school year at Forestdale is off to a great start.  With six weeks already in the books, students, staff and families have settled in and are hard at work.  Students spent most of these six weeks working in their classrooms to develop a strong sense of classroom and school community, while also learning the rituals and routines that will support their academic and social emotional growth for the entire year.  The faculty at the Forestdale School has ensured that each student has successfully transitioned to our new school configuration and our classrooms and hallways are filled with student smiles.

In addition to what is happening during the school day, Forestdale students have also been able to participate in some programs that extend the school day.  In a new partnership with the Sandwich Recreation Department, students have been able to participate in Recreation run after school programs right here at the Forestdale School.  We look forward to expanding upon these offerings going forward.  In addition to the Rec programs, students will be able to participate in a before school BOKS program starting next week.  The BOKS program, sponsored by Reebok, is a before school program that promotes students activity and healthy choices.  The program will run for 8 weeks and another session is already scheduled for January.

From Oak Ridge- Mrs. Trish Hill, Principal 

Oak Ridge has been working hard to bring the best of the three schools together while making room for new traditions.

We have celebrated community in our 1st Pumpkin Run – once a beloved tradition from the Wing School, this wellness initiative celebrates our team spirit and brought the community together collecting food for the Sandwich Food Pantry.  Congratulations to Sydney Leahy and Anthony Kent who were first in the school.

From the Forestdale School we’ve embraced the Be Bold, Go Bald campaign.  A campaign of awareness to support cancers survivors, students and staff wore bald caps and some students shaved their heads to show support for those fighting this battle.

We also had our first major PTA event merging traditions of highly successful scholastic book fairs, with an ice cream social kick off and a family night wrap up.  This was a great week of celebrating the love of reading and supporting our schools.

Finally, our 7C’s teachers built on the success of their cardboard challenge by participating in the Global Day of Play. Oak Ridge students were part of this world wide event in which 46 countries simultaneously participated.

From The STEM Academy – Mr. Gil Newton, Director
The 7th grade had a very successful field trip to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where they toured the training ship the Kennedy, the engineering buildings and the athletic facilities. Many students expressed a strong interest in the subjects taught at MMA.
On October 28 the STEM parents group is sponsoring the Halloween Snack Shack for all 7th and 8th graders after school. There will be games and activities and free popcorn.
The STEM Academy is sponsoring the regional MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) competition in the SHS swimming pool onMay 7, 2016. High school and middle school students from throughout the region will compete with their remotely operated vehicles. This will include several Sandwich students from the STEM robotics club.
On November 18 Cynthia Wygren, the executive director of the Atlantic Great White Shark Conservancy will be speaking to the 7th grade class about her organization’s research on great white sharks.
Student elections have been completed in the STEM Academy and the student council is planning the first dance of the year for November 20.
News from Sandwich High School
October Events:
  • Club fair 10/20- completely run by students (student council), to introduce freshman sophomores and juniors to different clubs in the school
  • This Friday, October 23 the DeConto stadium will be dedicated officially at around 5:45 PM
  • Sandwich Soul is hosting an Open Mic and Karaoke night at Sandwich High School on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00pm to 9:00pm. All proceeds will be by donation and go towards funding their trip to Florida this year. Bring your favorite song or pick from a list of karaoke pieces.
Other October News:
Many SHS athletic teams have qualified for post-season competition.
Seniors applying to colleges early decision and early action have a November 1st deadline to fill. The guidance department has been working diligently to help students meet those deadlines.
On November 12, 8th Grade Information Night will be held at SHS. Mr. Dumas, Mrs. Lucas, and Ms. Donahue have organized a high school information night for 8th grade students with a new interactive approach to see their school. They will receive coupons for arts and athletics events, as well as see the college profile.