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Student Representative’s Report to the School Committee – April 26, 2017


Once again Oak Ridge will play host to students from Bejiing, China.  Students will arrive on Cape on Saturday and stay until Thursday evening.  During that time, students will learn more about American culture and education and visit sites of local and National importance.   We invite the School Committee to come join us on Thursday for our send off pizza party.

One of the most powerful displays of community last year was the kindness tunnel the students created as a send off for our Special Olympians from Oak Ridge.  We decided then and there this had to become a tradition.  The kids will get their school-wide send off to Mashpee High School on Thursday morning at 9am.  We welcome members of the School Committee, the Superintendent and members of the general public to come join us at this inspiring event.  Friday, April 28th is the rain date.

A reminder to the public, that voting will be taking place at Oak Ridge on May 4th.  Bus and Parent drop off is from 7:45-8:15 and pick up is from 2:30-3:00 can be congested and although polls will be open, please be aware of these high traffic times and plan accordingly.

Finally, parent input is being sought regarding class placement for next year, please visit the school’s website to click on the link under Resources.  We ask that parents complete the form by May 5th.


On May 6 the STEM Academy is once again sponsoring the Regional MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) ROV Competition at the high school swimming pool. The event is free and open to the public. Several high school and middle school students from around the region will be competing for an opportunity to attend the international event this June. The high schools are in the ranger class and the middle schools are in the scout class. This year underwater cameras will project the event onto monitors for the visiting public along with a narration of the events. In addition there will also be an Ocean Technology Expo in the corridors leading to the pool. Students from the STEM Academy Robotics Club will be competing with other schools.

Exploration and Discovery Day is scheduled for May 11. Over 40 hands-on workshops in the arts, health and humanities, math and business, and science and engineering will be offered to all 7th and 8th graders. Each student will select four workshops during this morning event.

That evening from 6:30-8:30 is the annual Meet and Greet Night for 6th graders and their parents. Mr. Newton and Dr. Booras will give an overview of the school followed by a tour conducted by high school peer leaders. Step Up Day for 6th graders is scheduled for June 7.

Get your teams ready for Trivia Night at Town Hall on May 6. This fundraiser for the STEM Academy is a fun event and is sponsored by the PTA.

The final dance this year, a semi-formal, will take place on May 12 and the last Snack Shack is scheduled for May 19.

Many of the 7th grade art students have submitted their work to the Massachusetts Marine Art contest sponsored by the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary. This is just another example of the connections between art and science that routinely take place in the STEM Academy.


Sandwich High School  students arrived back after vacation with  great energy ready for the final lap to the finish line. The Civic Action Team had a successful turnout for their Sandwich March for Science. The students all prepared statements and had statements to read from many teachers, local activists, and members of the science community on cape cod. Also, Mr. Newton and Brian Bragington-Smith of the Sandwich Democratic Committee spoke about their experiences with environmental and science advocacy. Sandwich Sports teams are doing great. The Fine Arts Department are preparing for their Arts Fiesta on May  4 from 6-8 p.m. in the library. This is a great opportinity to see some wonderful art work in Fine and Applied Arts and to enjoy some great music from Sandwich Soul and our Jazz Band. Tuesday, May 2, our terrific parents goup will treat the teachers to breakfast for Teacher Appreciation Day! AP Exams being May 1 and conclude on May 12. SHS students are feeling prepared and ready to continue our proud tradition of excellence. Mrs. Lucas, Guidance Director reports that this year marks a record number of students taking AP exams!  The press for this weekend’s Box City has been great! Sophomores will be joined by Dr. Booras, Chris Dumas and Scott Childress as they launch their awareness project focused on the homeless. Saturday will be one of the busiest days ever at SHS with over 70  track and fireld teams arriving for a state meet along with the Model UN!  Before we head into the weekend, we will celebrate our spring athletes at the spring pep rally on Friday, April 28!!! Life at  the castle is at full tilt!