Sturgis East
April 2016

Sturgis East Arts Festival
Saturday, April 30, 2016

10:00-10:15 Welcome

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10:15-11:15 Music Ensembles Jazz Big Band Sturgis Notables (9/10 Chorus) Jazz Combo
11:15-11:30 Brief Intermission: Art Gallery Stroll
11:30-12:15 Theatre (Juniors) Theatre for Social Change Performance
12:15-12:30 Dance 9 & 10 Performances Teacher Performance
12:30-1:30 International Luncheon Buffet AND Art Gallery Stroll AND Music soloists: Alex White, Cedar Coellner Jam Bands: Marmalade/Jazz Krinkle
1:30-2:30 Music Ensembles “Half Step Down” (a cappella) Sturgis Singers Sturgis Strings
2:30-4:00 Theatre 10 performances Theatre (Seniors) Collaborative Project Performances

Note from the Executive Director

SPA Auction

Congratulations to SPA leaders Kristine Jackson, Robyn Hardy, and Catherine Thomas for organizing such an amazing Auction last Saturday night. The food was really tasty, the auction items were diverse and stimulated a great deal of interest, the East and West jazz bands performed admirably, and the whole atmosphere promoted a spirit of camaraderie and commitment to support the school. Sturgis is so lucky to have such outstanding support from SPA, the parent community, and faculty. The whole night was such a success due to the tremendous work of the SPA volunteers. Thanks so much for an unforgettable night!!

Mock IB Exams

All Sturgis seniors and some juniors have been sitting IB mock exams this week. These IB mock exams allow students to experience the "feel" of the real IB exams that will be given next month, and they also allow faculty to determine if there are any gaps in student understanding that can be addressed in the next few weeks prior to the official IB exams. The mock exams also are used to replace the final course exams that would normally be given at the end of the school year. We hope that the students found the mock exam experience to be helpful, even though it may have been somewhat stressful.

OECD Test based on PISA

Next week approximately 80 students who are 15 years old will be taking the computer-based OECD Test based on PISA on Wednesday, April 13. The grade 9 & 10 students were randomly selected using the same selection procedure used in schools in the U.S. and other countries. 2016 is the third year that Sturgis students will have taken the OECD test, which allows the school to determine how students compare with their peers across the globe. In the two previous years, Sturgis students ranked among the highest scoring schools in reading, math, and science in addition to the school culture indices such as disciplinary climate, self efficacy, and student/teacher relationships. It will be interesting to see the results from a test that will be given totally on computer for the first time.

Dissemination of Best Practice Continues

Associate Director Paul Marble and Matt Gonzales, Associate Head of the Dwight School (NY) have been selected to give a presentation at the IB Americas Conference in Toronto in July this summer. The title of their workshop is: IB for All: Building a Culture of Access, Excellence, and Equity.

Executive Director Eric Hieser gave a presentation to the convening of the Northeast Global Learning Network Schools in Barrington, RI this week. The presentation covered initiatives in building a vibrant school culture.

Director of Finance Jim Albrecht and Special Education Coordinator Susan Voigt recently participated on charter school site visit teams at two schools in MA. Jim participated on the visit to Paolo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke, MA, and Susan was on the team visiting City on a Hill Charter Public School in New Bedford, MA.

10th Grade Art Student's Work is Recognized


Please congratulate Faith McGuire, 10th grade, whose artwork was recently chosen for publication inthe Spring 2016 edition of the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, which is set for release on May 15th.The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts is a juried, semiannual print and online magazine that features artwork and creative writing by students in grades 8-12. All work that appears in the magazine is juror-selected to ensure artistic excellence, published by University of Massachusetts, Boston. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

Cape Cod Art Association's
Annual Student Art Show

Congratulations to Christiane Kupping, Isabella Luff, Carlotta Maruca, Greta Nelson, Lindsay Rice, Samuel Smith, and Taylor Waugaman for winning awards at Cape Cod Art Association's annual student art show Beginnings 2016: A Showcase of Cape Cod High School Students Best Work. Eleven student pieces from each Cape high school were included in the invitational exhibit. The "Beginnings" show gives students the opportunity to display their work, meet with other student artists, share experiences and ideas, and receive recognition for their endeavors.

C.A.S. Showcase 2016:

When: Wednesday, April 13th, 6:30pm
Where: Sturgis West
Who: CAS Junior and Senior Presenters from both campuses
What: An evening for CAS participants to showcase progress & achievements


Recent Sturgis East Art Student Featured in Cape Cod Art

Sander Goldman, 2015 IB Art graduate, was recently chosen to be featured in the annual Cape Cod ART issue as an emerging artist...more details to follow on the publication date.

Marine Technology and Ocean Sciences


Sturgis Teacher Stacy Strong is participating in a year-long program in marine technology and ocean sciences. See the full article HERE.(Click on the image for a larger view.)



Sturgis Sailing Club's annual
Dinner and Silent Auction

Mark your calendars for Sturgis Sailing Club's annual Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser this Friday, April 8th at 6:30-8:30 at Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis. Tickets are $15 per person. All proceeds will support operation costs of the Sturgis Sailing Club. Email Sailing Coach Chris Beard ( you are interested in attending the dinner or donating to the club.

To learn more about the history and activities of the Sailing Club, see the recent feature article Sturgis Sets SailSturgis Sets Sail in Sturgis Soundings Magazine.




Best Auction Ever!!!

This year's SOLD OUT Gala Event was a HUGE success!! We had 300 parents, Board of Trustees, Corporate Sponsors, Faculty, Staff and friends of Sturgis in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful new venue, amazing food at the Coonamessett Inn of Falmouth, as well as live entertainment by the Sturgis Jazz Bands and auctioneer (some say comedian), Sean Randall. Thank you all for coming out and supporting Sturgis!

As most of you know, the majority of our auction proceeds will be earmarked for a new Sturgis Community Center that will accommodate IB testing, performing arts, assemblies and athletics. This past Saturday night, we unveiled a special Fund-A-Cause auction item, "The Hieser Court", a basketball parquet floor to honor our Executive Director, Eric Hieser for all his years of dedication to Sturgis.

Before finalizing our numbers, we'd like to give all parents and friends Sturgis who were unable to attend this year's Gala Event the opportunity to participate in "The Hieser Court" Fund-A-Cause. This is our one and only fundraising event for Sturgis, so please support our cause and consider making a donation.

Click here for your donation to "The Hieser Court"!

Our sincerest thanks and appreciation once again to the entire Auction Planning Committee, corporate and local sponsors, Sturgis Jazz bands, auctioneer, Sean Randall and the countless PARENT volunteers who donated their time, talent and treasures to help make this event an overwhelming success! We could not have done it without your dedication to Sturgis! Thank you so much!

That's a Wrap!

Kristine Jackson and Robyn Hardy, Sturgis Auction Co-Chairs, 2016

Gold Star Tradition and Rite of Passage

Seniors celebrate the completion of their Extended Essays. When students complete their research papers, they receive a gold star that reads "I handed in my Extended Essay." GoldStarEastThe Sturgis community celebrates this rite of passage by congratulating students sporting their EE star. Sturgis recently mailed 132 Extended Essays to IB examiners located around the world. The research papers of Sturgis seniors will be assessed by examiners inAustralia, Canada, India, Portugal, Greece, Spain, China, Austria, Ecuador, France, Czech Republic, France, UAE, UK, and US. Our students are "crossing the bridge," not just to the Massachusetts mainland, but to the world. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

Sturgis East ROVers


On Saturday April 2, the Sturgis East ROVers ran an informational booth at the Cape Cod Regional STEM EXPO. Our team networked with ROV programs from other schools, local professionals involved in STEM careers, and ROV fanatics from the Cape Cod community. Carolyn Bailey, Sophia Beauregard, Madeline Heino, Riley Jakusik, and Cece Kane all shared their budding expertise for marine technology with the general public. Their contagious enthusiasm inspired one father to immediately go online and purchase a Sea Perch ROV kit to build with his son.

The foundation is set for these young women to lead Sturgis next year to build on this year's success in exploring the field of marine technology. Special thanks to Cece's mom, Ms. Catherine Kane, for accompanying the group to the event. Ms. Strong is very proud of the team for the leadership, professionalism, knowledge they brought to the event. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

Coordinated program review from DESE on some of our school programs

Eric Hieser of the Sturgis Charter Public School was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the during the week of May 16, 2016. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

To review the full Press Release, see here.

DAR Good Citizen Awards

Recently, Lauren Berkley of East and Althea Turley of West were among 14 Cape Cod seniors who received DAR Good Citizen Awards from the Cape Cod Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. The recipients are selected by their teachers and Class of 2016 peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Congratulations to Lauren, Althea and all the recipients. Thanks for all you do for the community.

Guidelines from the School Counselors

We are winding down with our seniors and they have many college acceptances in hand! The Making an Informed Decision program will be held on Monday, April 11th at 6:30pm. The goal of this presentation for seniors and their parents is to help families to better understand the components of a financial aid award letter so they can compare awards, and we will also suggest some additional resources and loan programs for funding a college education. Location: Cape Cod Synagogue: 145 Winter Street, Hyannis. Parking will be at a premium so please come early.

School counselors will be meeting with all juniors individually in the coming weeks to discuss the status of their transition planning. Parents who are interested in participating in these meetings should email their student's counselor. The springtime months are also the time for juniors to continue college research, attend campus visits, and initially take the SAT and/or the ACT. Thank you to all of the parents who have completed their Parent Brag Sheet! This will provide insights for counselors as we write recommendation letters. Please visit the the Parent Brag if you haven't yet done so. In addition, we are soliciting Junior Reflections and Teacher Insights to assist with counselor recommendation letters.

Autism Awareness

Thanks to everyone who made Light it up Blue for Autism Awareness a huge success. The treats were SOLD out by 10:00 AM! We will have another bake sale next Monday during break. LightItUpLight It Up Blue is an international campaign to spread awareness about the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism. Light it Up Blue at Sturgis was inspired by Kyle Nickerson whose club Kyle's Capecod Crusaders has been raising money for Autism Speaks since 2007. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

East/West Coffeehouse

Sturgis students from both campuses came together last month for the 2016 Arts Coffeehouse at Sturgis West. Families and friends were provided a rich mix of extemporaneous speech, poetry, a capella, rock, jazz, and improv from super talented students, with the proceeds going towards supporting children through the Made by Survivors Club. Click here for a video of the Coffeehouse