Sturgis East
April 2017

Important Dates

  • April 8: Sturgis Annual Auction
  • April 12: CAS Showcase
  • April 17-21: April Vacation
  • May 29: Memorial Day, no school

    2017-18 School Calendar

    Next year's school calendar is available HERE

    Note from the Executive Director

    "A Better World Through Education": A Documentary to Celebrate 50 Years of the IB

    In celebration of almost 50 years in education, the IB Global communications department is working with a UK-based production company to create an hour long documentary program entitled A Better World Through Education. The documentary will "explore how an IB education has been creating inquisitive, knowledgeable, and caring young people" for half a century.

    The program will highlight 3-4 minute featurettes covering a variety of topics and schools. Of 4,655 schools in 147 countries worldwide, Sturgis has been asked to be featured in one of the segments!

    Through interviews with staff and students from both East and West, the IB hopes to tell a deeper story about how Sturgis has developed its "International Baccalaureate (IB) for All" philosophy in a supportive learning environment.

    More updates to follow!


    Independence House Award!

    Congratulations to David Girardin for responding to Independence House, Inc. Hyannis, MA "Let Your Voice Be Heard" call-to-action during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month offering high school students the opportunity to create positive messages through music about preventing dating violence. His song, titled "We are the Change" addresses abuse in dating relationships. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month occurs each February and is nationally recognized as a time to talk about, and take action about the level of dating violence among high school adolescents.

    Independence House Executive Director, Lysetta Hurge-Putnam said, "We are so impressed with David's recording which is an excellent action on his part to directly and immediately speak to his peer group about a taboo topic, which is the significant problem of adolescent relationship violence. It is truly inspiring that David and many other young people are activating an important movement towards a cultural shift where our cultural norms challenge violence and abuse in relationships and empower young women and men to claim the right to be involved in healthy, happy, safe and respectful relationships."

    Independence House will present David with a recording studio session sponsored by Seasound Recording Studios in Plymouth to professionally record this important and exceptional musical message. David's video compilation of "We are the Change" will remain as part of the Independence House YouTube channel playlist and be featured on both and websites. It can also be view here!


    CAS Showcase

    April 12 at Sturgis West at 6:30 p.m.

    An opportunity for CAS students to share and reflect on their experiences in Creativity, Activity and Service this year. Students and parents of freshmen, sophomores and entering 8th graders are encouraged to attend and learn about our CAS Program! The program will include, music, dancing, arts and an opportunity for students and parents to see what kind of CAS Experiences they may pursue when they become an IB Diploma Candidate.



    DAR Award Recipients

    Mark Agostinelli of East and Chadwick MacMillan 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 2017 peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

    All DAR Good Citizen recipients are invited to participate in an optional scholarship contest which requires a personal statement and essay. Mark Agostinelli won the contest with his essay entitled "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It." He was named DAR Good Citizen of the Cape Cod Chapter and invited to read his essay at the ceremony.

    Congratulations to Mark, Chadwick and all the recipients. Thanks for all you do for the community.

    Notes from School Counselors

    Upcoming Event

    Making an Informed Decision
    Monday, April 10th, 6:30 at Sturgis East

    As we move toward spring, most of our seniors will have college admissions decisions and financial aid award letters in hand. For most families, finances must play a role in the final college decision. Join us to learn more about how to finance college. This meeting will review the types of financial aid typically offered, discuss how to compare financial aid award letters, and suggest other options that may help you finance your student’s college education. We encourage students to come with their parents.

    Note to Junior Parents:

    Counselors will be writing letters of recommendation for each of our juniors that will accompany their college applications. In order to help us provide additional depth to the letters we write, it is helpful when we have comments from parents in the form of a Parent Brag Sheet. Please take a few minutes to share your insights with us. School counselors will be starting their letters of recommendation this spring, so it would be helpful to have this information as soon as possible.

    Junior counselor breakdown:
    Deb Hempel: A - F
    Kerrie Lombardozzi: G - Mc
    Carol Vari: Me - Z

    S.T.A.G.E. East and West

    Musicians, Actors, Dancers and Techies needed for the fall musical.


    Senior Music Recital

    This year's senior recital was held at the Guyer Barn on Thursday, March 23rd. Second year IB Music students from West each shared two songs with an admiring audience of friends, family, parents, and teachers. They were joined by several East IB students who have shown great dedication to the music program over their years at the school as well. The event was a great way to celebrate all of the many accomplishments the students have completed in music in high school. They shared some of their own compositions, performed songs that allowed them to successfully audition for universities such as NYU, Carnegie Mellon, and Berklee School of Music, and collaborated to make their love of creating music together - and the companionship they have experienced as a result - known. It was a wonderful evening reminding us how much this year's senior IB music students will be missed, but also allowing us to glimpse the many wonderful things they will experience in the future!


    East Coffeehouse

    On March 6th STAGE and IB Music put on a Coffeehouse at the Guyer Barn. Students (AND faculty!) sang, hula-hooped, read short stories, and enjoyed comedic acts for the evening. They had so much fun that another is planned for April 13th at the Guyer Barn at 4:30pm. We hope to see you then for more artistic expression and fun activities for all.

    Cyber Savvy Presentation

    On Wednesday, March 29th, Barnstable District Attorney's Office representatives presented an informative event for our community about the pitfalls of social media and protecting our children. Included here is the PowerPoint presentation they shared. 

    We spent time further researching this important topic, and have included some websites to help parents further navigate these choppy waters.

    “Internet monitoring software that allows parental supervision seems to be more effective than online filtering software in limiting contact with strangers online.” ~Aaron Smith, Research Specialist for the Pew Internet & American Life Project

    Monitoring Software that fits with your families sensibilites can be found by doing a Google Search. Feel free to contact us here if you require assistance.


    A Trip to Providence to SING!

    This March, a group of East & West singers took a trip to Providence, Rhode Island. They explored the area around Providence Place and performed "America, the Beautiful" ON ICE for an evening Providence Bruins hockey game! It was a fun family event for all and one of the parents remarked "that was the best rendition of America the Beautiful I have ever heard!".

    Successful Blood Drive

    We collected 53 pints of blood from 75 presenting donors. It was a huge success!

    Host Families Needed for Oct. 2017

    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.