Important Dates

  • May 17,18 - Math MCAS
  • May 24 - Awards Night
  • May 25- Field Day
  • May 26- SEPAC Meeting
  • May 28- Prom
  • June 4, 2:30- Graduation
  • June 17- last day of finals


Sturgis East
May 2016

Sturgis East Arts Festival

On April 30th, students, family, friends, and staff gathered at the Cotuit Center for the Arts for the 12th annual Spring Arts Festival! Audiences enjoyed a day packed with exciting performances from the theater, dance, and music departments and got the opportunity to enjoy an art gallery exhibition stroll from students in grades 9-12!



In photos, top left: Cedar Coellner, top right: Ms. Yalden and Ms. Young, bottom left: Caroline Sullivan, Brendan McPherson and Vinny Colucci, bottom right:Tianna Smith, Abigail Palchanis, Emma Hupp

Note from the Executive Director

IB Visitor

This week Sturgis East hosted a visit from Andrew Macdonald, IB Global Chief Schools Officer, as he was interested in learning how IB for All works at Sturgis and how the IB could support schools in the U.S. and around the world in opening far greater access to IB Diploma Programmes in current and future IB schools. Andrew met with Sturgis school leaders and students in a grade 11 Theory of Knowledge class where he gained student perspectives on their IB experience.

IB Exams

Sturgis East and West juniors and seniors are in the midst of taking their culminating IB exams in their courses. Almost 300 students are spread across five testing locations in central Hyannis during the exam period. Each IB course exam has two or three papers and these papers are taken over two days. Thus, a significant majority of the seniors are participating in 12-15 exams during the exam weeks that began in the first week of May and end on Friday, May 20. Anecdotal feedback from the seniors seems to suggest many are feeling confident in their performance on the exams.


Sturgis East and West are looking forward to hosting Graduation on Saturday, June 4 in a large tent that will be constructed at Aselton Park, located on South Street adjacent to the Hyannis harbor. Sturgis West Graduation will be held at 10 a.m., followed by Sturgis East at 2:30 p.m. True to tradition, the seniors and the faculty will be led by Maura Coughlin playing the bagpipes, in a processional from Sturgis East down Main Street, across the Town Green, to Aselton Park at the Hyannis Harbor. We look forward to sharing this momentous occasion with Sturgis families, friends, and the community.

Sturgis East Senior, Katie Curran is awarded the the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.


On April 25, John Allen, Director of the JFK Hyannis Museum, presented a silver medallion to Sturgis senior Katie Curran who is the single MA high school recipient of the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The next week, Katie joined 101 State Honorees for Prudential's national recognition events in Washington, D.C. She received a $1,000 award and be considered for one of 10 national awards. Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors middle level and high school students for outstanding volunteer service. Prudential hopes that by identifying and honoring these young volunteers, and holding them up as role models, others will be inspired to volunteer, too.

Three years ago, Katie founded Project Next Generation, an international youth organization that provides tuition-free social science workshops for middle school students.  Her mission is to engage and inspire the next generation of young global leaders to affect positive change worldwide by providing student leaders with the tools to be a voice of change. Now, Project Next Generation is making a difference locally and globally, championing for peace in communities across the country and changing the world one student at a time.
Way to go, Katie!


Tuesday, May 17 from 3:30-5:30 @ Sturgis WEST


Thursday, May 19 from 3:30-5:30 @ Sturgis WEST


  • OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS (incoming freshman too!)
  • CAS Credit for rising juniors and seniors


SEPAC Meeting, May 26th

Parents of students with Special Educational Needs, please join us for the final SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) meeting. We will be setting our agenda for next year discussing leadership opportunities in the Committee. Come here what seniors are planning for post-secondary experiences. Join us in the West Campus Conference Room at 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 26th.

Thank you, Shauna Weeks SEPAC President

Field Day- May 25

Students at Sturgis East will enjoy a day of fun and games on May 25th, along with a cook out. Please help us by donating to the cook out by clicking HERE to sign up. All non-perishable items can be brought to the teacher's room/Mrs. Yalden's office anytime before the event. All perishable items can be brought into school the afternoon before the event or the morning of the event; student refrigerators will be empty for this purpose.


College-bound seniors have made their tuition and housing deposits. Future plans are in place, and our students have a diverse group of schools and programs to look forward to next year. The School Counseling team wishes all of our seniors much success in their future endeavors.

Our attention has now shifted toward helping our current juniors to begin making their plans for after graduation. Counselors are meeting with juniors one-on-one to explore options and offer help where needed. The college application process ramps up quickly when we come back to school in August, so counselors have been polling juniors to determine if they would be interested in participating in a college application “boot camp” in late August before school starts. This program would cover topics such as completing the Common Application, essay writing, the college visit, and the college interview.

Seniors Celebrate Their College Choices


On April 29, a group of Sturgis East seniors sported college apparel to show where they are planning to go next year. Making a decision for college is extremely important, and very difficult. Many seniors have already committed to a school, and are excited to start the next chapter of their lives. Today provided an opportunity for everyone to put a face behind the name of a school and represent that school with pride.

CAS Showcase

Thanks to everyone who supported the 2016 C.A.S. Showcase! It was a great opportunity to see students from East and West celebrating their experiences involving Creativity, Activity and Service. We had improv performances, ballroom dancers, singers, musicians and more! Students gave presentations in the library and all around the 2nd floor hallways and classrooms, verbally reflecting with other students, teachers and faculty about their C.A.S. experiences. We also had 9 non-profit organizations visiting to provide more opportunities to our students, and they even checked out what our students have been up to! Hope you can make it next year! - The C.A.S. Team

Voices of Peace Poetry Contest

Congratulations to freshman Lucy Knox whose poem "Savor the Now" is a winner in the 2016 Voices of Peace Poetry Contest.

+by Lucy Knox

Breathe in.


Breathe out.

Keep that breath for a while.

Save it.

Savor it.

You may never know what is to come.

So savor the now.

Savor how you are okay and how you are at Peace.

Because you may never know what is to come with the next breath.


Senior Service Day

Seniors at both campuses participate in a Senior Service Day during Senior Week before graduation. This year's Senior Service Day will take place on Tuesday, May 24th. The Senior Service Day is a culmination of the students' past two years of C.A.S. In the past, service sites included the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Homeless not Helpless shelters, Housing Assistance Corporation shelters, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, the MSPCA, Zion Union Heritage Museum, and the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) which had students rebuilding an old mountain biking trail in Barnstable. The seniors have helped with everything from landscaping to clerical work and are always open to new challenges!

The C.A.S coordinators, and Sturgis students, are always seeking to connect with organizations in and around Cape Cod. If you are part of an organization who would like to work with us to organize a service opportunity for future Senior Service Days, or have a suggestion for us, please email Christine McDowell or Jim Barrasso.


On left: Sturgis Senior Service Day students teamed up with AmeriCorps and the Barnstable DPW to turn a 1,000 sq foot bed of weeds on Main Street, Hyannis into a phytoremediation garden with monarch butterfly habitat, new mulch, and finished edging.

On right: Sturgis Senior Service Day students at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum helped clean up old boats that were in storage.