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Student Representative’s Report to the School Committee – Nov 2, 2016

Sandwich High School Student Rep – Senior Bridget Carl – provided updates on what’s exciting at each of our schools!
Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge would like to thank Janell Hoffman for her presentation on Digital Character that she shared with our 5th and 6th graders.  The assembly was well received by students and was the kick off to many good conversations about digital character.
Thank you to the Wellness teachers for organizing our 2nd annual Pumpkin Run at Oak Ridge.  Students collected non-perishable food items for the Sandwich Food Pantry as part of the community service element of this school wide event.
On the creativity front, this week students in Grade 5 & 6 will enjoy a Jazz Performance by students from Sandwich High School and students in Grades 3 & 4 will enjoy a performance by a Woodwind Quintet sponsored by the PTA.
Finally, during the Exploring the 7C’s classes on November 7, 9, and 10th (in honor of Veteran’s Day), we would like to invite veterans in to talk to our students about their service to our community. The “Bring a Vet to School Day” program encourages schools and communities to invite veterans of all backgrounds to share their stories and receive thanks for their service. This event will provide a way for students to learn more about the history of Veterans Day and about the experiences of veterans from all backgrounds and walks of life. We will be inviting veterans to share their stories to connect generations while helping our students learn about the past.  If you or a family member would like to participate, please reach out to Principal Hill for details.
The Halloween Snack Shack was a huge success this year. More than twice as many students attended this year compared to last year. Thank you to the STEM Parents Group for organizing this popular event.
Congratulations to the students in Mrs. Jan Simpson’s archaeology classes. At a recent dig in Sandwich the students uncovered several old artifacts including two complete arrowheads that are estimated to be over 3,000 years old. The students worked with archaeologist David Wheelock.
Another archaeologist, Marie Zahn, recently joined the STEM Science Advisory Board. She represents the Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth and is establishing a partnership with the STEM Academy.
STEM Academy students from Mrs. Morris’ Water for South Sudan project successfully presented at the recent MassCue Conference, and several engineering students from the classes of Mrs. Lavelle and Mr. Watson also presented at the Project Lead the Way conference at WPI in Worcester.
The first STEM dance was also a success and a majority of the 7th and 8th grade students attended.

It has been a great fall at Sandwich High School. Our athletic teams have enjoyed a great post season with several teams and individual athletes earning distinction. The entire school grades 7-12 enjoyed its first Walk for Understanding and we are planning to conduct these walks on a regular basis to raise awareness for a variety of important issues and causes. For example, we  have walks for understanding planned to raise understanding of the plight of the homeless on Cape Cod, a walk for environmental awareness, and a walk to encourage global unity. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, alumni of SHS are returning to SHS for  breakfast with the seniors. The response has been great as grads will have the opportunity to meet with current seniors and give them tips and insight into the transition to college on topics ranging from time management, adjusting to a roommate, living away from home and how SHS prepared them for the academic rigors of college.  Each year, the students and faculty at SHS work together to provide a wide range of philanthropic activities and these long held traditions will start up soon as Thanksgiving approaches.  We are gearing up for a  holiday season  focused on kindness and care. Tomorrow night is the first of many events planned to welcome grade 8 to the high school. Get to Know Your High School night is planned for 7:00 p.m. Thursday November 4 at SHS. We have had wonderful help form parents, teachers, and students who are planning a great night!