Sturgis East
May 2017

Important Dates

  • May 13: Arts Festival @ Cotuit Center for the Arts
  • May 16 and 17: Math MCAS for 10th graders
  • May 25: Field Day
  • May 25: Awards Ceremony
  • May 27: Junior/Senior Prom
  • May 29: Memorial Day, no school
  • June 3: Graduation at 10:00am
  • June 19: Last day of Final Exams

  • View the schedule for Review Days and Final Exams

    2017-18 School Calendar

    Next year's school calendar is available HERE

    Note from the Executive Director

    Sturgis East and West recently hosted thirteen educators from Wareham Public Schools who observed classes and met with teachers and school leaders to learn more about Sturgis' IB for All principles, practices and approaches. Congratulations to Wareham High School for earning its IB authorization! We look forward to our continued partnership with our fellow IB community.

    Garden Donations Sought


    Our maintenance crew is attempting to beautify the grounds at Sturgis East. They are hoping for donations of mulch and flowers for our gradens. Please bring donations to the school! We appreciate your help in this project.

    Field Day

    Field Day for Sturgis East will be May 25. This is always a fun day for our students and staff. One of the highlights is a great meal with grilled food, salads, dessert, etc.

    Please consider donating to this event. Click HERE to fill out the "Perfect Potluck" sign-up form.

    SAT Prep Class

    The 2017 Sturgis Summer SAT prep class will be held at the Sturgis East campus, Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30 (M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. Teachers: Ms. Marsha Yalden (Reading, Writing and Language) & Dr. Sheila Gilligan (Mathematics). To register, please email or The SAT teacher will forward the online class registration form. Course fee: $295. Please register by Friday, 2 June.

    Arts Festival, May 13

    On May 13, students, family, friends, and staff will gather at the Cotuit Center for the Arts for the 13th annual Spring Arts Festival! Audiences will enjoy a day packed with exciting performances from the theater, dance, and music departments and have the opportunity to enjoy an art gallery exhibition stroll from students in grades 9-12!


    Work Permits

    Students Needing to Obtain Work Permits After June 15th: No work permits will be issued from Sturgis during the summer break. Students who need to obtain a permit during this period can have it issued from their sending school (the one in the district where you live).

    Until then, see Mrs. Hyer at East or Mrs. Chaprales at West for the paperwork. It is also available HERE: Work Permits. Be sure to complete all 3 forms to ensure timely receipt of your permit. Thanks.

    Notes from School Counselors

    GuidanceThis past month, counselor Kerrie Lombardozzi conducted lessons touching upon personality type and its implications for learning in freshman English classes. With the universal deposit deadline of May 1st looming, counselor Debbie Hempel offered seniors and their parents an opportunity to explore the nuances of financial aid award letters so that they can make well informed decisions. In addition, with support from the counseling team, two dozen Sturgis parents took time out of their busy schedules to participate in Career Day and share their professional expertise with students at East.

    Looking forward, the school counseling team continues to meet with our juniors regarding their plans for the future, and are in the midst of planning a College Application Boot Camp that will take place in late August, just prior to the start of the school year. Parents of juniors with questions regarding the college admission process are invited to reach out to their child's counselor.

    Senior Art Exhibit-Guyer Barn

    On April 28th all of the Senior IB Art students participated in the Second Annual Senior Art Exhibit at the Guyer Barn. Seniors invited their friends to view the show and have lunch with them in the gallery. After school more friends, family and enjoyed the exhibition. It was a great success with over 75 pieces of artwork on display!


    Pictured above, left to right: Sophia Henderson-Page, Mr. Sampou and Tsuf Baumflek, Seamus Devine

    Senior Service Day

    Senior Service Day is an annual event that will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd this year. Approximately 200 students will be placed at sites in Hyannis and around the Cape and will be helping with various tasks including landscaping, cleaning, organizing, reading books to children, advocacy work, making public art, etc. Some of the confirmed service sites for this year include Children's Cove, Housing Assistance Corporation, Independence House, Youth StreetReach, Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, AmeriCorps, etc. If you know of organizations who might want to connect with us for future service projects, please contact Christine McDowell at


    Around The World in One Night

    Sturgis 2017 Annual Auction a Huge Success!


    The Sturgis 2017 Annual Auction was sold out once again with three hundred guests enjoying a fabulous evening at the beautiful Ridge Club in Sandwich! Fun and interactive bidding on fun items like the two-day overnight trip for Wicked Tuna and the customized Sturgis ping pong table drew Sturgis parents to the Bid Board, while Dr. Pete and Sturgis students shared their amazing work on the Sturgis dolphin carrier with guests. There was endless sushi, incredible food stations and gorgeous Student Advisory baskets drawing parents into the Silent Auction room. At the much-anticipated Live Auction event, parents enjoyed listening to the heartfelt and compassionate speech by Mr. Dunigan-Atlee, Sturgis East's Lead Math teacher, on this year's Fund-A-Cause, which raised $7,600 for new computers and IT upgrades!

    We can all agree that the cause for this annual Sturgis event was well worth attending this year, as we successfully grossed just over $64,000 - setting a NEW RECORD! Net proceeds from this year's auction will go directly to Sturgis Charter Public School to fund faculty and departmental requests, student activities and clubs, scholarships and more!

    Our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the entire Auction Planning Committee, corporate and local business sponsors, faculty and staff, our auctioneer extraordinaire, Sean Randall and his comedian special guest, and to all the parent volunteers who generously contributed their time, talents and donations to help make this fundraising event such an overwhelming success for Sturgis!

    Thank you again for your dedication and support of Sturgis and more importantly, for making a difference!

    Kristine Jackson and Soraya Shenker

    Sturgis Auction Co-Chairs, 2017


    Kristine Jackson and Soraya Shenker

    A FEW SPOTS REMAIN for trip to Mannheim, Germany

    As part of our ongoing efforts to foster an exchange program with German high school students who visited Sturgis earlier this school year, a trip is being organized to travel to Mannheim, Germany during Spring Break 2018 (April 13-22). Students will stay with a host family and attend German high school classes, as well as visit local attractions. This trip is currently being offered to this year's freshmen at East and West. The cost is $2,390, including airfare and other travel fees. Videos from the hour-long parent information meeting held at Sturgis in January are available online. For more information contact the trip leader, Mr. Jeff Hyer.


    Host Families Needed for OCT. 2017

    Sturgis is seeking parents volunteers (East and West) to host German students who will arrive in October 2017 as part of our ongoing efforts to foster an exchange program with a high school in Mannheim, Germany. For more information contact the trip leader, history teacher, Mr. Jeff Hyer.

    Veterans for Peace Poetry Contest

    Bob Wojtowicz, Lead Teacher at East, was invited to be a judge at the "2017 Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey, Veterans for Peace, Voices of Peace" poetry contest that was open to students in all grade levels on the Cape and Islands. Bob had the pleasure of working with other teachers and members of the Veterans for Peace organization in his judging fifth-grade poetry submissions on Saturday, April 1, at the South Congregational Church in Centerville.

    On that note, several Sturgis East ninth graders won for their age group in the Veterans for Peace Poetry Contest. Phoebe Cohen, Mary Terwilliger, and Maggie Sandland have all been invited to read their poems at the South Congregational Church in Centerville. In addition, ninth grader Whitney Meritus won first place in her category in the Cape Cod Times Classroom Times contest. Her work is featured in the Classroom Times being published this month.

    IB Art, East, Year 1

    We have a winner! IB art junior Faith McGuire won second place in the statewide art competition sponsored by Congressman Bill Keating's 2017, 9th Congressional District Art Competition. She received her award during an exhibition and ceremony at the Plymouth Center for the Arts.

    Art News, East

    Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board (CIWIB) provides young adults the opportunity to gain experience in a field in which they are interested. Students are paired with a mentor, with whom they work in their chosen discipline. Four of our Sturgis East art students have been chosen to participate: Nellie Marshall-Torres, Jennifer Smith, Lily Bergeron and Eva Dewitt. Two of our students will be featured in the CIWIB newsletter this month, Lily Bergeron, grade 11 and Eva Dewitt, grade 10. There will be an exhibition of all art internship participates this Tuesday, May 9th at the Higgins Gallery, which is located at Cape Cod Community, from 5-7:00. Please consider joining us, as we celebrate our art students.

    April Break Service Trip

    A group of Sophomores returned Saturday after a week in the Dominican Republic. We spent the week at the Mariposa Foundation in Cabarete, on the north shore. The foundation was started in 2007 to empower and educate young girls. They serve girls from 8-16, providing sports, health classes, environmental education and a healthy meal. While there, the group built three outdoor showers, painted several tables and benches, built a worm bath used for processing compost, and repainted the face of the center in anticipation of the celebration of Earth Day. The girls also rotated through art, dance, sports and cooking classes each morning. It was an incredible experience for the students, it was also great to hear them share stories of their own school, and of the pride they have in it. Participants: Ellen Adams, Michaela Berkley, Emily Boyle, Eva Sanchez, Isabella Willette-Thuet