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Student Representative’s Report to the School Committee – December 7, 2016

SHS Senior and Student Representative Bridget Carl presented the following news from the schools on December 7th, 2016.


At Oak Ridge we continue to be grateful for the support of the PTA who sponsored the Sky Dome planetarium for all of our students last week.  Students learned about astronomy and were wowed by the experience.

Today began the initial roll out of the Standards Based Report card at the 3-6 level.  We encourage parents to check out our website.  Click on Students and Families and then Resources for a collection of resources on Standards Based Report Cards, including frequently asked questions.

Sign-ups for Parent Teacher Conferences are now live through our website.  If you are unable to get a slot or need a different time, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

Finally a reminder to families that Parent Teacher Conferences will take place next week on December 13th and 14th.  These will be half days.


Congratulations to Mrs. Ginger Lavelle and her robotics club students. On Saturday they placed first in the scrimmage VEX Robotics Competition at the Bristol Community College. They competed with 20 other middle and high schools.

Author Deborah Hopkinson visited the 8th grade students last week. At an assembly she shared her experiences as a writer and then conducted a series of writing workshops with the group. All 8th graders have been reading her book “The Great Trouble” and completing related interdisciplinary work in their classes.

The Annual Holiday Stroll and Jingle Mingle is this evening in which STEM students are giving their parents a tour of their classrooms to view projects and assignments. The Student Council is also working with the STEM Parents Group and the Cape Cod Housing Authority to collect items for homeless teens this evening. Tours of Sandwich High School are also being given.

The STEM Parents Group along with the Sandwich Heritage Theater is once again sponsoring a STEM movie night, this time for the opening of “Star Wars: Rogue One” on December 16.


Life at Sandwich High School continues to inspire and to impress as the holiday focus is one of kindness and  philanthropy. Multiple groups are involved in  charitable causes. For example, the faculty participates in Help a Knight where teachers shop for students in need and Mrs.Grant distributes the gifts anonymously. Freshman Molly Kent is heading up a food drive. Student Council is organizing Toys for Tots with specific focus on families impacted by the fire on the Joint Base of Cape Cod. Last week, the senior mentoring classes had an amazing two days focusing on developing empathy.