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Student Representative Report to the School Committee – October 5, 2016

SHS Senior and Student Representative Bridget Carl made to the following report to the School Committee, sharing news from across the district. 

OAK RIDGE

At Oak Ridge, we’d like to thank the Sandwich Elementary PTA for another wonderful Book Fair.  We’d also like to thank them for supporting each homeroom with money to add to their classroom library as well as giving students the opportunity to get excited about reading new books.

Also the PTA sponsored a wonderful cultural event this week, The Rainforest Presentation excited kids across the school. They got to learn about different exotic animals and why it’s important to do their part to protect the environment.

Congratulations to the 7C’s teachers for organizing our 2nd annual Cardboard Challenge to encourage and celebrate creativity month.  This is an International Event and Oak Ridge is proud to be a part of it.  The event was held on Saturday morning and drew a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Finally, we’d like to extend an invitation to the School Committee and the viewers at home to join us at Oak Ridge tomorrow night at 6pm for a presentation called

PREP:  Prevention Resources and Education for Parents.  Is is brought to us through a grant from the Smithers Family Foundation through the Caron Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center and Botvin Life Skills.  This presentation is part of a larger scale project with Botvin for our students to learn more about how to protect themselves from addiction through awareness that will be presented during 5th and 6th grade health classes.

STEM

All 7th graders attended a field trip to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where they got a tour of the training ship Kennedy, a glimpse at college life, and learned about several career opportunities in the STEM fields.

Thank you to the STEM Parents Group for organizing a successful 7th grade social at The Lanes in Mashpee. Many students attended and sharpened their bowling skills while enjoying pizza and being with their friends.

Mr. Newton will be presenting at the Project Lead the Way conference in Worcester on October 20. He is part of a panel of three administrators who will discuss the PLTW programs in their schools. In addition Mrs. Lavelle and several of her engineering students will also present at another workshop that day.

Mrs. Morris and several of her students will be presenting at the MassCue conference at Gillette on October 19. The students will discuss their successful Water for Sudan project.

The first STEM dance is scheduled for October 21. The student council and class officers are now in place and have many plans for this school year including working with the parents group for the Halloween Snack Shack.

SHS

It has been a busy time at SHS.  There is lots of great learning occurring both inside and outside our classrooms. Tomorrow, 10 students will be attending  a conference at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center on the topic of Identifying the Intersection of  Athletics, LGBTQ Diversity and Anti Bullying Rhetoric. Students from all over the Cape will be in  attendance. Accompanying the students are Sue Coutinho, Social Worker, Neil Murphy, Administrator for Athletics, Matt Costello Department Chair for PE Health and Wellness and Dr. Booras.

On October 13, Dr. Larry Anderson, Engineering and Physics teacher, is taking 30 students to the 2nd annual Residential Construction Career Day at the Cape Cod Fair Grounds. The purpose of the  program is to  spur interesting the design and  construction fields and to offer  hands on activities and opportunities to understand the wide array of construction related career paths.
A month into school, it is clear that many classes are engaged in loots of activity based initiatives. There is a strong presence of students in the Broadcasting Classes as well as the Plant Science and Art classes throughout the school.  PSAT date is October 19 for all sophomores and  of those juniors who  wish to take them again. Guidance counselors have been busy conducting grade level meetings with parents, and recently, conducted a successful financial aid night for parents of juniors and seniors.
On October 18, freshmen and sophomores will  attend an assembly featuring Cliff Crosby, former NFL player. Crosby’s presentation is on helping young people make good decisions.
We are busy and very productive at SHS!