Sturgis East
June 2017

Important Dates

  • August 28- Convocation at the Tilden Auditorium, Cape Cod Community College
  • August 30- First day of school

  • 2017-18 School Calendar

    Next year's school calendar is available HERE

    Many thanks to Jarvis Chen for his beautiful photographs of East and West graduations. Sturgis East Graduation album is available here:

    Sturgis East 2017 Graduation

    Note from the Executive Director

    Thank you to Laurie Carah, Steve Carah, Rich Mathews, Carol Vari, Marion Weeks, Dave Whalley and Sue Whalley. All of these educators have made a significant impact on the Sturgis community and culture and I hope that they each are able to relish their well-earned retirement!

    Awards Ceremony

    Congratulations to the winners of the subject specific awards for Achievement and Effort, and also the School-Wide Awards. Click below for the full list of Award Winners.

    Junior Book Awards

    Subject Award Winners

    SCHOOL WIDE AWARDS-nominated by classmates

    William Sturgis Award: Caroline Sullivan and Mark Agostinelli

    Spirit Award: Sawyer Gibbons and Molly Nemes

    Destination Imagination

    Sturgis East juniors Kristen Gregg, Melanie Davis, Rachel Ferreira, and Niko Pol recently took first place in the regional Destination Imagination tournament and advanced to the state tournament. The team placed fourth at the state Destination Imagination tournament in Worcester. They were five points away from advancing to the global tournament in Nashville Tennessee. The girls competed in the Improvisational challenge.

    Congratulations on a great season, girls!

    World Challenge, 2018

    Next year's World Challenge trip for juniors will be a 14-day service and hiking journey to Nicaragua, in June of 2018. Please consider sending your child on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to expand boundaries, take risks, encounter a new culture, hike volcano trails, and work in service to a community in need. More information about World Challenge, its philosophy, and a sample itinerary of past trips they've done in Nicaragua, are available at Also, save the date for the evening of September 28th next fall for a parent information meeting about the trip, the costs, and requirements. We look forward to an exciting, fun, and rewarding adventure. Many Sturgis past participants have pointed to their World Challenge trip as a life-changing experience, and one of the most important things they did in their high school career. We hope you can join us.

    --Joel Tallman & Maxanne Most, World Challenge 2018 Advisors


    On June 3 at 10:00, seniors, family, friends, and staff gathered at Aselton Park for Sturgis' 16th Commencement.


    Sturgis Rising Stars

    Congratulations to Sturgis Rising Stars 2017: Katrina Jackson, Chadwick MacMillan, Taylor Martin-Graham, John "JD" Snowman and to Sturgis Rising Star Nominees: Tsuf Baumflek, Sarah Buchanan, Lillian Healy, Rebecca Leduc, Nathan Pappalardo, Sierra Proft. Peter Prygocki, Molly Rowland and Emily Spinello.

    Cape and Islands Rising Stars 2017

    Notes from School Counselors

    The School Counseling team has a few quick reminders for the rising senior class as they head into the summer.

    Don't forget to register for the 2017 College Application Boot Camp!

    On Tuesday, August 22nd, East and West counselors will be hosting a half day event to help rising seniors get a head start on their college applications before the school year starts. To learn more and register: Click here.

    Keep an eye out for our summer newsletter! The School Counseling team will be emailing a newsletter shortly to rising senior students and parents to give you some helpful tips and guidelines of what you can be working on over the summer for your post-Sturgis plans!

    We wish you all a happy and relaxing summer vacation! See you in August!

    Alive Inside

    Sturgis East and West IB Music 1 classes took a trip to the Barnstable Senior Center Day program where they were able to interview elders in our community and share music with each other. This was a part of Sturgis' Alive Inside project to help students give back to the community and learn about empathy through music. In the future, they will use the information they gained from the interview process to create playlists of Jazz, Musical Theater, Frank Sinatra, and more to give to the Barnstable Senior Center to enjoy for years to come; igniting memory through music.

    Beyond the Classroom

    Students supporting a fellow classmate and a good cause; Seamus Devine along with his band Someone's Little Brother played a benefit concert to help raise funds for the restoration of the Crosby Barn in Brewster. Fellow classmates attended the concert to rock out and show their support.

    Senior Service Day

    On Tuesday, May 23, Sturgis seniors at both campuses participated in the annual Senior Service Day during Senior Week before graduation. Senior Service Day is the culmination of two years of CAS. Some of the service sites this year included: The Hyannis Library, Hyannis Arts District, John F. Kennedy Museum, Cape Cod Literacy Council, Barnstable Land Trust, AmeriCorps, Youth StreetReach, Homeless not Helpless shelters, and the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Students helped with a number of projects including landscaping, making art for the streets of Hyannis, making quahog nets for the town of Barnstable, and working with local kindergarten kids. The CAS coordinators, and Sturgis students, are always seeking to connect with organizations in and around Cape Cod. If you know of an organization that would like to connect with Sturgis, please contact Christine McDowell at

    Pictured above: Emily Spinello and Sierra Proft

    Pictured below: Cian Hanrahan, Jonathon Peters, James Pappas

    Service Day

    Junior Senior Prom

    On Saturday, May 27, 208 Sturgis East Juniors and Seniors and their dates enjoyed a lovely evening "Under the Sea" at the Ridge Club in Sandwich. While it was a bit unseasonably chilly, the sky was clear allowing the students to move freely in and out of the clubhouse. Inside, DJ Nathaniel Singer kept the crowd dancing throughout the night while outside students lined up for the chance to take silly pictures with their friends in the photo booth. Photographer Jarvis Chen expertly captured the whole night on film and helped preserve this memorable event forever. One of the highlights of the night was the crowning of the prom king and queen - the winners of this year's prom was amusingly won by twins Cian and Carolyn Hanrahan who were chosen by a vote of the evening's attendees. Everyone had a great time and many thanks to the prom committee for their hard work!

    See more prom photos taken by Jarvis Chen: Sturgis East Prom

    image of students with Dr. Pete

    Battle of the Bands

    June 7th was Sturgis' first annual Battle of the Bands! Fourteen total bands performed outside the Guyer Barn on this lucky sunny day. A group of Sturgis East & West teachers volunteered to judge the event and gave three prizes for Best Stage Presence, Best Band Theme, and Best Overall Band. It was great to see some new faces come to perform as well as some familiar faces (including the alumni band and teacher bands from West & East!) come back to perform. The event was a great success and the students are already looking forward to next year!

    Battle of the Bands

    Country Sprinkle & the Stay at Homes (Thea Goldman, Cece Kane, & Sophia Beauregard) Winner- Best Band Theme

    Click HERE for video.