Sturgis East
March 2017

Important Dates

  • March 8, 4-8:00: Eat at Chipotles, Cape Cod Mall and 50% of the proceeds will go to the Sturgis Sailing Team. Click HERE for flyer

  • March 9: Sturgis United Dodgeball Tournament-team sign-ups will begin in late February.
  • March 10: Sturgis United Dance - tickets will go on sale at the beginning of March!
  • March 21,22,23: MCAS for all 10th grade students
  • April 8th - Sturgis Annual Auction

  • 2017-18 School Calendar

    Next year's school calendar is available HERE

    Note from the Executive Director

    Sturgis recently hosted a group of 6 educators from Wareham Public Schools who are researching the IB as Wareham High School seeks to become IB authorized. In the coming weeks, many more Wareham educators will be visiting East and West to observe classes, meet with Sturgis teachers, and learn about our IB for All approaches.


    Happy Birthday Captain Sturgis!

    Last Saturday marked the 235th birthday of William Sturgis for whom our school is named. Sturgis was born February 25, 1782 in Barnstable Village.

    Sturgis art teachers Xanthipi Abel and Pete Richenburg worked with six students to create a timeline of the life of William Sturgis to help celebrate the Sturgis Library's 150th anniversary. The students who participated in the project are: Lily Bergeron, Caroline Dorfman, Thomas Harris, Alex White, Alex Scott and Jennifer Smith.


    Photo from left to right: Paul Marble, Sturgis Library Director Lucy Loomis and Sturgis alumni parent John Temple, a trustee for Sturgis Library, Pete Richenburg, Xantippi Abel


    Thursday, March 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm at East, Room 211

    This is an evening designed for you to gain more insight into the exciting opportunities and expectations facing your son or daughter and to help you understand the role you play in supporting your child as s/he travels the educational journey through the IB program. A brief presentation by IB Coordinators will be followed by a question and answer session with a panel of Sturgis Seniors. Sophomores will have a similar presentation in school during the same week as well as an IB Fair at lunch in their respective campuses.

    Cape Cod Five Educational Mini-Grants

    Congratulations to Kate Dunigan-AtLee and Kristine May for winning Cape Cod Five Educational Mini-Grants. They were recently honored at a reception at Cape Cod Community College where 86 grants were presented by the The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank's Charitable Foundation Trust. A total of 64 grants were awarded to teachers at 35 Cape Cod schools.

    Since 2006, Sturgis has been fortunate to receive 32 mini grants from Cape Cod Five to support a variety of projects. This year's grants will support Sturgis Cooking Club: Feeding Bodies, Hearts, & Minds by Ms. Dunigan-AtLee at East Campus and SeaPerch Marine Robotics by Ms. May at West Campus.

    STAGE East and West

    Stage East and West will be taking their productions of We Might Be Heroes and A Wrinkle in Time to the Massachusetts Educational Theare Guild (METG) on March 4th! At METG, students will perform their plays at Bourne High School along with several other schools. Each production will be adjudicated by a panel of judges, and some will be asked to move on to Semifinals. This year, Sturgis East's junior Thea Goldman submitted and won the Festival Logo Contest! take a look at her submission, pictured here!


    Notes from School Counselors

    The school counseling team was busy working with sophomore and junior students in February and is looking forward to several upcoming events we have planned for March.

    Counselors visited sophomore English classes to conduct a lesson on personality type and its implications for choosing a college major and career path. We also visited junior English classes to discuss college admissions testing, the college search, and determining college "fit".

    Upcoming Event for Junior Parents

    In March we will be sharing a College Admissions Overview with both parents and students. Topics will include trends in college admissions, factors impacting admission decisions, developing a balanced list of schools, managing the application process, and presenting the person behind the numbers.

    Event details for parents are:

    Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm

    Cape Cod Synagogue, 145 Winter Street in Hyannis

    Sturgis Wins Chess Championship


    Congratulations Sturgis East-West Chess Team, Champions of the Southeast Conference Interscholastic Chess League! Sturgis won the championship on February 28 in a very close playoff against Dartmouth. Congrats to the whole team.

    Poetry Out Loud

    Congratulations to all students who participated in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The recitations were wonderful. 1st place winner is Maris Poepsel. The runner up is Phoebe Cohen. Maris will move on to compete in the MA Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on Saturday, March 4 at 1:00.


    Art Award

    Congratulations to IB art junior Faith McGuire, she was chosen as a finalist for the Photography's Forum 37th Annual College and High School Photography Contest. Approximately 13,000 photographs were entered from students in the U.S. and Canada. Her chosen piece will now go on to be considered for First through Fourth place plus Honorable Mention. In addition, her finalist status has awarded her publication in the book, Best of College & High School Photography 2017. This is the second honor this year Faith has been awarded for her photography, quite an accomplishment for our budding young artist.

    Girls Basketball in Tournament

    This year is the first time in 15 years that the girls basketball team has made it into the MIAA South Division 4 Tournament. The first Sturgis varsity girls basketball season was 2001-2002. CONGRATULATIONS, GIRLS!


    Music Festival News

    Congratulations to Hannah Allen, Cecelia Kane, David Girardin, Kaden Rogers, Zachary Raye, Rose Blackwell, and Fiona Fahd-Waygen who participated in the All-Cape Music Festival February 2-4. It was great to see Sturgis students represented in all of the groups: band, orchestra & both choruses!

    David Girardin and Ian Morris were accepted to the Southeast District Music Festival this year. They rehearsed diligently on Friday, January 6th but sadly the concert was snowed out and rescheduled for January 29th at UMass Dartmouth where David Girardin performed. Though Ian Morris couldn't make the rescheduled concert, he did audition successfully for the All-State Music Festival and will be performing in Boston March 9-11.

    Way to go Sturgis musicians!




    As part of our ongoing efforts to foster an exchange program with German high school students who visited Sturgis earlier this 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, who has taught history at Sturgis since 2004.


    We are also seeking parents volunteers to host the German students who will arrive in October 2017. For more information contact the trip leader, Mr. Jeff Hyer.

    A Roman Holiday - Sturgis style!


    Mary Albis provided a group shot of the Sturgis 2017 Italy & Greece Trip: The Ancient Mediterranean taken in front of the Roman Forum.