Please join me in celebrating the Class of 2019 as these young leaders graduate from Mashpee Middle-High School tomorrow at 10 AM. This is our 20th graduation! Did you know that 87 percent of the Class of 2019 will pursue higher education (four-year public/private, two-year public/private or trade school)? Four percent of graduates are planning to pursue a gap year—including missionary work in Bali, Indonesia. Seven percent will pursue full-time employment, and 2 percent of the Class of 2019 will enter our armed forces, representing the US Marines and the US Army. Scholarship monies awarded to the Class of 2019 total $133,200—not including John Daigneault’s Air Force ROTC Scholarship. Graduate Jessica Greelish will be traveling the farthest as she begins her college career at Florida State University by studying a year abroad in Florence, Italy. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 for being such a wonderful group of doers and leaders. Thank you, soon-to-be graduates, for the positive impact you have made on the Mashpee Public Schools staff, on the students who will follow you, and on your Mashpee community. Our world is so much better because of each of you. Look for a special graduation insert in next week’s edition of The Mashpee Enterprise.

We recognize and celebrate several members of team Mashpee who are retiring at the end of this school year. They have dedicated many years in service to our Mashpee scholars and will be greatly missed. We are sending our best wishes for a healthy, happy, and restful retirement to Ann Colantuono, Lon Dexter, Susan Glidden, Diana Littleton, Greta McCue, Neil O’Donnell, Diane Quayat, Deborah Vaughn, and Elizabeth Wunder.

Every day is precious. Together we can fill the remaining seven months of 2019 with amazing moments!

The best part of the Mashpee Public Schools is not our outstanding academic programming, not our well-maintained facilities, not our wide range of extra-curricular activities, and not our impressive athletic accomplishments. The best part of the Mashpee Public Schools is its people—our dedicated staff and our wonderful students! If you are not interacting on a regular basis with the amazing children of Mashpee you are missing out on opportunities to enrich your life. Our students always remind me about what is truly important in life. They are kind, respectful, intelligent, and hard-working. They are creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers. On a daily basis we strive to ensure that academic engaged time is maximized for each student and that each student is able to demonstrate growth. Visiting classrooms allows me the opportunity to observe our talented and dedicated teachers and to interact with our wonderful scholars and to share in their learning. 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. There are only seven days remaining in this school year with the last day for MMHS and Coombs students being on Tuesday, June 18 (a half-day for all students), and on Wednesday, June 19, for our Quashnet students (also a half-day for students). Each day matters!

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

On May 21, the Kiwanis Club of Mashpee, in partnership with the Mashpee Public Schools, held our first “Gratitude Dinner.” This was a wonderful event that brought together our three school-based Kiwanis clubs—K-Kids, Builders’ Club, and Key Club. Mashpee Kiwanians, school club advisors, student members, and their families joined together for a delicious spaghetti dinner. Each club’s accomplishments over this past school year were shared and students were recognized. All in attendance joined together to complete a service project. Eight no-sew blankets were created during this event and will be given to children who are experiencing trauma.

On May 22, we hosted an appreciation luncheon at our Falcon Café for our Mashpee bus drivers. Our ProStart students prepared and served a delicious luncheon. Students at the Coombs School created message place mats. Each attendee received a small gift bag that included a special mug created in-house at MMHS.

Our drivers greatly value our students and keep them safe every day.

On June 11 we will host our annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch to recognize and celebrate all who have shared their experience, skills, time, and kindness with our wonderful students. Our volunteers have had such a positive impact on our students and staff. We are grateful!

Please join us in Cotuit on Wednesday, June 19, from 4:15 to 5 PM for a “Teachers and Scholars Celebration” hosted by the Cotuit Kettleers. Lots of fun events and giveaways are planned. Members of the Class of 2019 from Mashpee, Sandwich, and Barnstable will be honored at this event as well as our retiring educators.

The diamondback terrapins raised over the past school year at each of our schools have been released into their wild habitat—in the Sandy Neck area. This is a favorite year-long learning project for our students and staff.

Kenneth C. Coombs School

Congratulations to the following students who were selected as recipients of this year’s Good Manners Awards. First-place winners are kindergartners Isabelle Campos-Reis, Ava Andrade, Austin Sickorez, Mattea Keilty, Izabella Harding and Ava Hannigan; 1st graders Chase Ziehl, Leah Carlino, Edward Ziegler, Nick Kanchev, Kyla Rose, Ayla Frisone and Avery Lynch; and 2nd graders Hannah Carter, Grey Auger, Kason Carbone, Abigail Brown, Caiohme Assad and Cambria Bater. Second-place winners are kindergartners Esteban Corrales, Alyssa Batista, Bridgette Ponce, Lucca Cox, Aiden Mangold and Colin MacDonald; 1st graders Mason Lundberg, Kellen Branch, Russell Peters, Sophia Rockefeller, Trevor Farren, Brayden Lynch and Ryan Murtaugh; and 2nd graders Ava Mangold, Benjamin Keilty, Bison Turner-Jackson, Lily Norell, Benjamin Neves and Astin Weiner.

We are so grateful for our outstanding PTO and our supportive families and community for making our 3rd annual Falcon Fun Run an outstanding experience for our students and a successful fundraiser. The $23,000 raised will fully fund all preschool through grade 2 field trips, special programming, assemblies, author visits, and other family events.

Music is an important part of a Coombs School education. Our recent kindergarten concert was outstanding! Our 2nd graders will be performing their annual Flag Day concert on Friday, June 14. KCC music teacher Brian Montgomery integrates music, movement, and dramatic play in his classes. His foundational instrumental and music composition lessons lay the groundwork for the multiple musical pathways available to students beyond the Coombs School. Mr. Montgomery’s music classes improve mental processing, problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, and memory. His programming also supports the development of math skills, listening skills, and even assists with relieving stress. Students in Mr. Montgomery’s after-school choir program performed beautifully at last month’s Town Meeting and will be performing again in July at the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ Executive Institute.

Quashnet Elementary School

We are very pleased to share that the Quashnet School has recently received Mashpee Board of Health approval to partner with Cape Kid Meals, a supplemental food program for students that will begin in the 2019–2020 school year. Cape Kid Meals is an affiliate of a national food program, Blessings in a Backpack. We are currently seeking sponsorships of $150 per student participant, which covers weekly food distributions. The goal is to provide food each weekend throughout the school year and over each school vacation. We are thankful to our community partners—Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department, Mashpee Police Department, New Seabury, Mashpee Kiwanis Club, and Mashpee Chamber of Commerce—who have already committed to sponsoring several students. We are also working with the Masonic Angels Beehive Food Program to support 10 Quashnet families with supplemental food/household products. We are receiving two deliveries per month and then distributing supplies to families. Our first distribution was this month. We are using space in the locker room area of Quashnet, which was cleaned out for the contractors during the renovation project. The space has been painted and organized to store the supplies. This space has its own door for convenient pickup and privacy. The Organic Market at Mashpee Commons has committed to supporting a fresh produce day monthly, beginning in October, to add to this family supplemental program. If you would like to support this program, please connect with Principal MaryKate O’Brien at mobrien@mpspk12.org.

All 4th-grade classrooms are participating in a field trip to Penikese Island. Penikese has been used for multiple purposes over the years and currently is managed by MassWildLife as a bird sanctuary. Students board a boat in Woods Hole, journey across the bay for 45 minutes, and then spend most of the day on the island meeting with rangers from MassWildLife, mapping the island, learning about the island’s history, and experiencing an uninhabited island. Penikese is the setting for “Beyond the Bright Sea,” a book written by Lauren Wolk. Our students not only enjoyed the book, but also the school visit by Ms. Wolk. Students and staff have shared, “It is the best field trip I have been on.” Others have remarked, “It’s so quiet!” We are grateful for our partnership with David Kooharian and Jim Newman from Penikese Island School for bringing this fabulous learning adventure to our students.

Thank you to Frank Lord and Richard DeSorgher from the Mashpee Historical Society, Grade 3 teacher Susan Schreiner, and the Mashpee Wampanoag Education Department for coordinating a wonderful hands-on local learning experience for our 3rd graders. Students visit the Mashpee One-Room Schoolhouse and the Wampanoag Museum to learn some of the town’s rich history.

All Quashnet 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.

We are grateful for our partnership with the Mashpee Department of Public Works. Sixth grade makers at the Quashnet School designed six “Little Free Libraries” that were then built by DPW workers. The top of each library box was painted by students—depicting a scene that matches with its future placement. The DPW will be installing these libraries at various locations throughout the town. We hope they are enjoyed by all.

Mashpee Middle-High School

Thank you to Maureen Goldsmith and Lindsay Kett for all their efforts in planning and hosting this year’s MMHS Scholarship Night. We are so grateful to the many families and organizations whose generosity is helping dreams come true for the next generation.

We are very grateful to 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 Jessica Greelish, Madison Eagan, Adam Henschel, KoBi Howerton, Alison Landry, Sarah McNamara, Geovanna Pereira, Nicholas Storey, Noah Tellez, Mitchell Teixiera-Campbell, Tahj Bohun, and David McKelvey. Thank you to Bob Mendes and his team for their efforts in planning and organizing this outstanding event. A special thank-you also goes to Ed Larkin.

Thank you to Café Trevi owners Susan and Mike Musto for hosting the fourth 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.

Congratulations to the following students who were recently inducted in the National Junior Honor Society at MMHS: Riley Aguiar, Dominick Brando, Lila Burke, Marcus Clark, Lucas Dehelean, Stephanie Dillis, Wesley Donovan, Kylie Farhadi, Keelin Fraser, Shayne Fraser, Bailey Hewson, Kaia Holmes, Charlie Jenkins, Andrew Kelley, Sarah Landry, Ethan Lu, Molly Madden, Grace McDonald, Piper Milde, Violet Paquette, Arden Rebello, Evan Saarman, Caitlin Signs, Hayley Wenzel, and Taylor Willman.

We are very proud of MMHS applied technology students Nathan Mills and Trey Peters for their efforts in recreating the Route 130 Mashpee Wampanoag sign that had been damaged in an accident. Their work was quality and purposeful.

Congratulations to MMHS senior Emily Franks for being recognized as a 2019 Rising Star by the Cape Cod Times. Congratulations also to Xavier Gonsalves, Tahj Bohun, and Alexis Wenzel for being nominated.

Congratulations to MMHS seniors Cassie Baker and Nick Storey for being chosen as Mashpee’s 2018-2019 Scholar-Athlete representatives for the South Shore League.

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There are many reasons to be proud of the Mashpee Public Schools. Our students continue to excel in every arena—in the classroom, on the athletic field, at conferences, at robotics competitions, in the arts, through extracurricular activities, and in their service to others. We are well resourced with highly-skilled and caring staff members, with instructional materials and technology, and with well-maintained facilities. Adding to this wealth is our positive partnership with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, our supportive Mashpee community, our families, and, of course, our wonderful students.

We are grateful for the opportunity we have been given to serve the families of Mashpee. A multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework is how we ensure 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.

Please stop in and visit us at #wearemashpee, our outreach site at Mashpee Commons. Note: We are scheduled to relocate over the next couple of weeks to a new site next to The Lanes Bowl & Bistro. We are so grateful to Mashpee Commons for this partnership.

It’s great to be in Mashpee—for you, for me, for us. We are a connected community.

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The Mashpee School Committee voted on March 6 to participate in school choice for the 2019-2020 school year. School choice allows a non-resident student to apply to attend the Mashpee Public Schools. The available school choice seats for school-year 2019-2020 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 28 at 4 PM. Please bring the application in person, along with all required documents, to the Superintendent’s Office at 150A Old Barnstable Road. Available school choice seats for 2019-20 are: Kindergarten—four seats; Grade 1—four seats; Grade 2—four seats; Grade 3—four seats; Grade 4—two seats; Grade 5—two seats; Grade 6—four seats; Grade 7—two seats; Grade 8—10 seats; Grade 9—10 seats; Grade 10—five seats; Grade 11—five seats. No seats are available for Grade 12.

2019–2020 School Days For Students

Mashpee Middle-High School (Grades 7–12): 8:20 AM to 2:50 PM

Quashnet School (Grades 3–6): 9:05 AM to 3:35 PM

Coombs School (Grades K, 1, 2): 9:05 AM to 3:35 PM

Coombs School PreK (4-year-olds): 9:15 AM to 2:50 PM

Coombs School Preschool (3-year-olds)—Morning Program: 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Coombs School Preschool (3-year-olds)—Afternoon Program: 12:20 PM to 2:50 PM

Stay Connected To Us

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

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

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

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