Sturgis West
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!


    Classroom News


    Ms Sharma and Mr. Pace are taking their Physics clasess to MIT's Nuclear Reactor. Touring MIT's Nuclear Reactor Lab is a unique experience that allows participants to learn more about nuclear science and engineering, radiation facts and safety, the types of research conducted at the lab, how the facility is operated, and more, all while viewing the facility from the inside (including the control room)! Available free to the MIT community, school groups, non-profit educational organizations, and industry professionals, we tailor our tours based on your interests.


    Business teacher Jessie Wilburn traveled to Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) with three juniors this past weekend (March 25) to attend a high school investment conference as a follow-up to a stock investment competition they had competed in all year. A panel of current students and an alum answered questions on what a college finance degree can look like. They heard mock stock pitches from current students, demonstrating the process used to decide on stocks to invest. They also had the opportunity to learn how to use a Bloomberg Terminal - a computer system with a special keyboard that provides Wall Street level stock and investment information, not often available outside of investment companies.


    The East and West IB Theatre HL2 students have just completed their Solo Theatre Projects- an IB assessment which allows them to research, create and perform a personal Theatre piece from a stimulus of their choosing. This is an intensely personal, creative and enlightening project. Congrats to these seniors!


    A Note from the Nurse

    The nurses would like the Sturgis community to know that they are here for your health and wellness needs. Please reach out to them with questions, comments or concerns.
    Jenna Arledge 508 771 2780 x414

    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.


    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.


    West has a Successful Blood Drive

    West donated 33 pints from 51 presenting donors. Many of them were sophomores and first-time blood donors. A great experience for all!!

    Notes from School Counselors

    College Planning Resources

    Overwhelmed by the options? Need clarification about financial aid offers?
    A counseling program, Making an Informed Decision, will be held on April 10 at 6:30 at Sturgis East for East and West families. Please RSVP here so that we may prepare adequate seating.

    Junior Parents

    The SAT will be offered in August for the first time this year. For SAT registration information, visit the College Board website. We strongly advise students to take the SAT + essay.

    The ACT will be offered in June and in the fall. For ACT registration information, visit: ACT registration. We strongly advise students to take the ACT plus writing.

    Important timesaver:

    Students DO NOT need to fill in the lengthy questionnaire with ACT or SAT registrations. Just fill in the required (asterisked*) fields.

    Counselors have been meeting with the juniors individually to discuss the college/career planning process. If you have not done so already, please complete a brag sheet for your child as a Google form here, or email the answers from the form here. These will help us craft a comprehensive letter of recommendation for each student.

    Summer Opportunities

    Is your teen looking for new experiences this summer? The counseling staff has compiled a list of summer opportunities including volunteer jobs, educational programs, and internships for students to consider.

    Trending Topics: This Month, Preparing for College Life

    ARTS FEST 2017

    Saturday 29 April
    Cotuit Center for the Arts


    • A Gorgeous Visual Arts Display
    • Incredible Music Performances
      (Choral, A Capella, Jazz Band, Strings, Secret Faculty Performance)
    • Astounding Theatre Shows
      (from Comedy to Tragedy and everything in between)
    • A Delicious SPA Luncheon Buffet

    Come for the whole day or come and go as you please.
    Contact Festival Coordinator Anna Botsford with any questions.

    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!".

    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!