Did you know that 88 percent of the Class of 2018 will pursue higher education (four-year public/private, two-year public/private or trade school)? Three percent of our graduates are planning to pursue a gap year—including an internship in South Africa and traveling abroad. Five percent will pursue full-time employment, and 4 percent of the Class of 2018 will enter our armed forces representing the US Marines and the US Coast Guard. Scholarship monies awarded to the Class of 2018 total $160,550, not including Shane LaCroix’s Air Force ROTC Commander Scholarship. Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for being such a wonderful group of doers and leaders. Thank you, graduates, for the positive impact you have made on the MPS staff, on the students who will follow you, and on your Mashpee community. Our world is so much better because of each of you.

Every day is precious. Together we can fill the remaining seven months of 2018 with amazing moments!

As a reminder, the very best students attend the Mashpee Public Schools. I ask that you embrace them and celebrate what makes each one special. We began the school year with 1,649 students and are ending the year with 1,658. There are only eight days remaining in this school year with the last day for students being Wednesday, June 20 (a half-day for students). The success and well-being of every student in our district are always at the forefront of our daily work and every decision we make.

The Mashpee School Committee voted on April 25 to participate in school choice for the 2018-2019 school year. School choice allows a nonresident student to apply to attend the Mashpee Public Schools. The available school choice seats for school year 2018-2019 are shown below. If you are interested in applying for school choice, please fill out the school choice application that is posted on our website. The deadline to receive applications for the first collection period is June 29 at 3 PM. Please bring the application in person, along with all required documents, to the following location: before June 20—Superintendent’s Office at 150A Old Barnstable Road; June 20 and after—Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road. The school choice seats available are kindergarten—two seats; Grade 1—3 seats; Grade 2—two seats; Grade 3—two seats; Grade 4—two seats; Grade 5—two seats; Grade 6—two seats; Grade 7—10 seats; Grade 8—two seats; Grade 9—two seats; Grade 10—two seats; Grade 11—five seats; Grade 12—two seats.

Community Connections

We are very grateful to Mashpee Commons for providing the Mashpee Public Schools with a beautiful retail space (rent-free) that is now serving as our #WeAreMashpee community outreach site. Through a valued partnership with Mashpee Commons, Mashpee Public Schools is able to highlight the accomplishments of our students and staff, showcase our outstanding PreK–12 programs and learning opportunities, and offer school-related/school-created items for sale to Mashpee residents and visitors. This partnership is a collaborative effort promoting “Why it’s great to be in Mashpee for you, for me, for us.” Please stop by.

We also thank the residents of Mashpee’s Southport community for hosting their annual “Pastabilities” dinner, which is a dinner/social gathering with a purpose—to raise funds for scholarships that are granted to deserving Mashpee seniors. This year’s scholarship recipients are Jack Baker, Brooke Bridges, Toren Burton, Brianna Cheatham, Rumen Dzhulev, Michael Fraser, Celia Krefter, Shane LaCroix, Michael Murphy, Thomas Ryder, and Danielle Shay. Thank you to Bob Mendes and his team for their efforts in planning and organizing this outstanding event.

Thank you to Café Trevi owners Susan and Mike Musto for hosting the third annual winetasting/dinner at their restaurant, with all proceeds being donated to the Mashpee Middle-High School ProStart Culinary Arts program, which is part of our hospitality pathway. This collaborative event featured Mashpee’s culinary instructor Will Stoloski working alongside Café Trevi’s Chef Jamie with Mashpee students engaged in an immersive, full-service restaurant experience from start to end. Our students were able to incorporate their knowledge and skills while preparing and serving the dinner. It was a well-attended and wonderful event.

All Quashnet Elementary School students experienced a wide variety of careers during the annual Career Day. We are so grateful to the many parents and community members whose participation created outstanding learning opportunities for our students. Thank you to Cheryl MacIntire for her extraordinary effort to ensure that this event is a wonderful experience for our students, staff, and presenters.

Thank you to the many community members who served as evaluators for our Mashpee Middle-High School senior projects and who support our students and schools in so many ways. You make a difference!

Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, at 9:30 AM at the Quashnet library. We are so looking forward to this gathering and to having the opportunity to celebrate each of our special volunteers who have positively impacted our students and our schools.

Coming Soon: A community-wide essay contest responding to the prompt—“The Mashpee Public Schools are Important to Me Because . . . ” The winning essay entry will be announced at a community celebration event in the fall. We are very grateful to one of our Falcon Friends who has offered to provide a $1,000 prize to the writer of the winning essay. Details will be shared soon.

Reminder: A Bay State Textiles White Collection Box has been placed at Mashpee Middle-High School and also at the Kenneth C. Coombs School. These boxes provide an easy opportunity for families to discard unwanted clothing (including shoes), purses, household linens, stuffed animals, et cetera. The items donated are picked up on a weekly basis. Based on the weight of the textiles collected, a rebate is paid to Mashpee Public Schools. This is an easy way for our connected community to eliminate unwanted textiles from their homes and at the same time support our students and our programming.

Mashpee Middle-High School

Congratulations to MMHS junior Cam Kergo, who finished third in the high jump at the state meet last Saturday, with a jump of 6’ 8”. He is now qualified to participate in the New England meet at the University of New Hampshire. Way to go, Cam!

Congratulations to MMHS seniors Brooke Bridges and Toren Burton, who were Mashpee’s 2017-18 scholar-athlete representatives at the South Shore League Scholar-Athlete Banquet.

Thank you to Ms. Linda Catalina and Mrs. Lindsay Kett for all their efforts in planning and hosting our MMHS Scholarship Night. As stated earlier, $160,550 in scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2018. We are so grateful to the many families and organizations whose generosity is helping dreams come true for the next generation.

Thank you to senior class advisor Mrs. Patty Riley for planning an outstanding senior week for our graduates. One day they traveled to Rhode Island to a trampoline park, the zoo, and Providence Place. The next day they went to Boston to take in a Red Sox game, the New England Aquarium, and Faneuil Hall. On the night before their Walk of Honor and Class Day they enjoyed dinner aboard the Cape Cod Dinner Train.

Thank you to the many community members who served as evaluators for our senior projects and who support our students and schools.

Congratulations to the following “High Five” Award winners for Term 3: Grade 7—Katrina Mayen (Social Studies and Career & Technical Education—CTE), Kailyn Westgate (Math), Jillian Burdge (ELA), Emerson Fraser (Science), Sam Johnson (World Languages—French); Grade 8—Hifsa Mustafa (Social Studies), Alex Durham (Math), Francesca Toews (ELA), Cheyenne Hendricks (CTE), Dylan Curran (Science), Celeste Bold (World Languages—Spanish); Grade 9—Sean Smith (Social Studies), Caroline Bohm (Math), Kiara Morales (ELA), Logan Westcott (CTE), Zachary Taylor (Science), Dolfina Allan (World Languages—Mandarin); Grade 10—Cole Lorig (Social Studies), Natalia Rimple (Math), Matt Pinto (ELA), Stephen Robinson-Wahl (CTE), Caitlin Boyd (Science), Paul Menke (World Languages—Spanish); Grade 11—Kristin Kondracki (Social Studies), Arianna Davidson (Math), Nick Dostilio (ELA), Christopher Hutchenrider (CTE), Xavier Gonsalves (Science), Aidan Goddu (World Languages—French); Grade 12—Raijean McFarlane (Social Studies), Shane LaCroix (Math), Naia Fermino (ELA), Krista Murray (CTE), Joshua Vinitsky (Science), and Remi Shea (World Languages—Spanish).

Our 8th graders returned late Wednesday night from their trip to Washington, DC. This is such a wonderful learning adventure. Thank you to the following MMHS staff members for serving as chaperones on this trip: Rewa Melby, Fran LaPorte, Teresa Kallopolites, Nancy Campbell, Kristen Monteith, Melanie Desley, Julienne McCuish, Mark Doucette, and Joyce O’Connor. Thank you also to retired MPS educator and varsity boys’ soccer coach Ed Furtek for volunteering as a chaperone on this trip.

We are looking forward to the following MMHS events: Middle School Band and Chorus concert on June 12 (6 PM), Spring Sports Recognition Night on June 13 (6 PM), Cape Cod School-Day Games hosted by MMHS on June 14, Academic Awards Night for grades 7 through 11 on June 14 (6 PM), and the MMHS Family Picnic on June 15 (5:30 PM).

Quashnet Elementary School

As the end of the school year approaches, transition events, hands-on experiential learning, concerts, special events, and recognition ceremonies populate the schedule. At the second annual 3rd grade music concert, our students demonstrated their talents at singing and playing the recorder and ukulele. Thank you to 3rd grade teacher Sue Schreiner, Mashpee historian Frank Lord, and the Wampanoag Education Department for their collaboration, which enabled our 3rd graders to experience a wonderful hands-on learning experience by visiting the Mashpee One-Room School House as well as the Wampanoag Indian Museum. They will be exploring the Plimoth Plantation on June 13. Our 4th graders visited the Cape Cod Canal and the National Seashore. Fifth graders journeyed to the Boston Tea Party Museum and experienced an on-site Colonial Day filled with role-playing actors and artifacts. Our 6th graders learned about the court system by participating in a mock trial at the Barnstable County Courthouse, and are expanding their appreciation of fine art by visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The gymnasium was filled with families and friends who enjoyed instrumental and choral concerts performed by our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Year-end recognition award assemblies are scheduled as follows: June 13—Grade 5 at 9:30 AM and Grade 4 at 1:15 PM; June 15—Grade 3 at 9:30 AM and Grade 6 at 1:15 PM.

Our 5th graders completed that last required state assessment for this year on May 15 and 16—the Science/Technology/Engineering MCAS. They all worked very hard and were well-prepared for success.

Transition activities are also in full swing at the Quashnet School. The step-up night for incoming 3rd graders and their families was a very well-attended and informative event. Second graders will be enjoying lunch at the Quashnet School on June 12. Sixth graders have been visited by MMHS Principal Mark Balestracci; Rewa Melby, the dean for students in grades 7, 8, and 9; and MMHS peer leaders. Our 6th graders also participated in school-day visits to MMHS.

As our 6th graders move on to the Mashpee Middle-High School, we wish them well. They will be greatly missed by the Quashnet School staff. They leave behind a legacy of kindness and service to others.

Reminder to our families and the Mashpee community that once the school year ends on June 20, the Quashnet School will be off-limits as the roof/windows/doors/bathrooms replacement project kicks into full gear.

Kenneth C. Coombs School

Thank you to PTO leaders Rachel Coscia and Katherine Paolini and their team for spearheading the KCC Boosterthon and Fun Run. More than $21,000 was raised through this event. Monies will be used to support field trips, classroom presentations, and special events for our students.

Thank you to STEM teacher Katie Martin for organizing grade 2 field trips to Joint Base Cape Cod-South Cape Beach Nature Walk, the grade 1 field trip to the Boston Museum of Science and to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, and the kindergarten/preschool field trips to Coonamessett Farm. We are very grateful to our supportive parents who volunteered as chaperones on these trips. Kudos also to Ms. Martin and her team for organizing our annual Arcade Day and STEM Night. Hands-on learning were key components in all of these experiences.

Mr. Souza’s kindergartners learned how to take broken crayons and re-purpose them into something useful through “The Crayon Project.” More than 1,000 broken crayons from other classrooms as well as from donations from home were delivered to Room 170. The classroom then became a crayon factory with students peeling off paper wrappers, snapping crayons into smaller pieces, and sorting them by color. Students placed their crayon bits into muffin tins, and the tins were taken home by paraprofessional Sandra Pacheco for a slow cook in the oven. More than 80 “crayon cupcakes” were created and distributed throughout the school. This project allowed Mr. Souza’s students the opportunity to work on a long-term project, to collaborate with others, to recycle a plentiful everyday material, to apply math skills, to work with media and—most of all—to share with others all that they had accomplished through their hard work.

Thank you to KCC art teacher Kim Palmer and MMHS robotics teacher Amanda Hough for collaborating to create a wonderful learning experience in which our MMHS students worked with our kindergartners on technology-enhanced learning projects. Coombs School 1st-grade makerspace ambassadors also participated in a collaborative learning experience at the Mashpee Middle-High School, during which our MMHS makerspace ambassadors led the 1st graders in a variety of makerspace activities. This was another collaboration facilitated by Mrs. Palmer and Mrs. Hough.

Thank you to music teacher Brian Montgomery for teaching and preparing our kindergartners so well for their recent concert. Thank you to Mrs. O’Keefe for her assistance on this event. The concert was outstanding! We are looking forward to the annual Flag Day performance by our 2nd graders on June 14.

Transition events have begun and will continue as we ready our incoming kindergartners and their families to join our Coombs family.

We wish our 2nd graders all the best as they leave behind the Coombs School and join the Quashnet School. Each has made a difference in our school.

We are looking forward to the following Coombs School events: Our grade 2 Flag Day ceremony on June 14 (2 PM) and our year-end recognition ceremony for students on June 18 (2 PM).

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We are grateful for the opportunity we have been given to serve the families of Mashpee. We are continuing our districtwide implementation of a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), so that every student has access to instruction, curriculum, and an environment that ensures achievement of his/her academic and social/emotional projected growth. Thank you for trusting us with your children.

It’s great to be in Mashpee—for you, for me, for us.

We are a connected community.

Stay Connected To Us

Mashpee Public Schools website with calendar: www.mpspk12.org

Coombs school principal’s blog: kccfalconeye.blogspot.com

Quashnet school principal’s blog: qsmashpee.blogspot.com

MMHS principal’s blog: mmhsprincipal.blogspot.com

MMHS athletic schedules: miaa.net/schools/public/MashMa

MMHS online newspaper, The Falconer: www.thefalconer.net

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