Summer is here! Check out the 2015 Summer Programs at MVRHS.
Photo Credit: Caroline Roddy, MVRHS 2016
Photo credit: Mia Pagliccia, MVRHS 2016
Photographers: Jessica Haynes, Arden Bezahler, Courtney Howell. Post-processing: Jessica Haynes
Photo credit: Erin Hill, MVRHS 2016
Photo Credit: Erin Hill, MVRHS 2016
Summer is here! Check out the 2015 Summer Programs at MVRHS.
On Wednesday our MVRHS track teams were well represented at the Massachusetts Division 4 State Championship track meet.
Participating in a state divisional championship meet requires an athlete to run/throw/jump a pre-set qualifying time to be invited, in other words simply making it to “states” proves that an athlete has a level of skill and competitiveness that the majority of track in field athletes in the state strive to achieve but few actually attain.
In the divisional meet the top 8 athletes in each event score points, but to advance on to the Massachusetts State Championship an athlete must place in the top 4 in their event or if they place outside of the top 4 run/throw/jump a time distance that would have placed them in the top 4 of any other divisional meet.
The following athletes participated in the State meet, if you see them around be sure to congratulate them for a great season.
The following students will be moving on to the Massachusetts State Track and Field Championships which will be held tomorrow at Fitchburg State College.
* And a special shout out to Pearl Vercruysse who’s 12:06.42 2 mile time set a new school record!
On May 28th, during this time of memorializing those who went before us, the Irish History class boarded the tiny Chappy school bus and traveled to the scene where in 1851, 256 Irish people fleeing from the Famine in Ireland were shipwrecked. The class had researched the name of the boat: The British Queen, and had obtained its passenger list. We know from the captain’s report that five people died on the voyage from Ireland and that a baby was born. Contemporary reports from the rescuers speak of the Irish being packed in steerage in appalling conditions and the diary of Jeremiah Pease tells that “four Irish froze to death.” The students read all of the 256 names of the passengers, threw flowers in the water to honor them and repeated the Irish gaelic phrase: is cuimhin linn tu (“We remember you”). It was a meaningful experience for all of us. We have done this ceremony before, but now we know the peoples’ names and can honor them and their struggle for survival.
Buffet, celebrating culture, language, music, food & more! Next Wednesday, May 20.
Doors open at 6:00 PM Free Admission
Drawing • painting • photography • ceramics • architecture • sculpture • video • animation • design • graphics • video games • invention • fashion Instrumental and Vocal Music • Theater • Dance
Soloists and small group performances will feature original choreography and dance, “SoundWave” (a guys’ a cappella group), songs from Broadway, classical piano, pop, and original work.
Our year-end concert will feature Combined Chorus, Orchestra, Band, and Jazz Band.
A separate “Coffee House” venue will feature solo acts, music, and a Shakespeare scene, in an intimate setting.
See the student-made animation “The Sweetness of Savings”, models and drawings of the Pergola Project, the winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art Awards and Mass Photo Challenge, an Arduino-controlled maze-playing ball game, an oil cooled computer in a fish tank, gigantic origami, a magnetically levitating solar powered motor made from 3D printed parts, a preview of the Vineyard Conservation Society’s “The Art of Conservation: Water – An Island Treasure” art competition, a Vietnam-Martha’s Vineyard photography exchange project, award-winning posters, music videos, 3D prints, highlights from the MV Museum’s student “then & now” photography show, handmade handbags and scarves, screen prints, and much more! Tour Around the World Buffet to benefit the Nancy Orazem Scholarship Fund.
MVRHS students had the extraordinary fortune to meet Holocaust survivor Sami Steigmann on Tuesday, May 12th. In a series of talks to large groups of students in the library, he greatly impressed everyone. In spite of his life story, being a child of Holocaust survivors and a Holocaust survivor himself, he remains positive. “In every calamity there is an opportunity.” Special thanks to Dr. Elaine Weintraub and her organizing committee for inviting him to MVRHS. The organizing committee: Jason Lages, Jr. Teles, Gabe Nunes, Michael Morris, Thomas O’Shaughnessy and Annie Ollen.
Photography by Junior Teles:
Susanna van Rooyen
Paulo Pereira Jr.
Karl Rasmus Sayre
Jerry Da Silva
Brianna De Oliveira
Gabriel De Oliveira
Michelle de Geofroy
Sofia de Geofroy
Marlla Julia Lemos
John Reagan Jr.
For the last three years, students from the high school have offered engineering clubs at local elementary schools. The first two years we worked with the Tisbury School. This past year, participating students wanted to expand the project, so we worked with all five elementary schools in our district, and we did all of the organizing and recruiting of volunteers, etc, through the MVironment Club. A team of 35 students ran the clubs. A leadership/design team designed activities to run four weekly sessions at each school, contacted teachers, prepared materials, etc, and arranged for groups of 5-10 high school students to work each week with each club at each school. This year, the teams led 3rd and 4th graders through making pinwheels, a grabber, a musical instrument, and an LED flashlight. All sessions were themed around energy and completely student-organized and run. Our program reached over 100 elementary students on the island, and the elementary teachers and schools were all extremely receptive and ready to collaborate with us.
Zachary Bresnick and Casey McAndrews, the project leaders, created a portfolio of the project and entered it to be considered for a National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project’s Youth Leadership Award. We found out Friday afternoon by email that we have been chosen as the Massachusetts Senior Level School of the Year, which is the top honor for high schools in the state. We have been invited and are hoping to attend the NEED Energy Conference and Awards Ceremony Washington DC at the end of June.
The participants in the project and the liason teachers are listed below, so feel free to congratulate them on this exciting acknowledgement of their volunteer work.
Chris Aring – Design Team
Caley Bennett – Design Team, Edgartown School Leader
Zach Bresnick (2nd year volunteering) – Design Team, Project Leader
Emma Caron (2nd year volunteering)
Marcelle De Sousa Alves
Gabbie Hoxsie (2nd year volunteering)
Maisie Jarrell – Design Team, Tisbury School Leader
Nelly Katzman – Design Team, Tisbury School Leader
Katrina Lakis (2nd year volunteering)
Jared Livingston – Design Team, Edgartown School Leader
Casey McAndrews (2nd year volunteering) – Design Team, Project Leader
Madeline Moore (2nd year volunteering) – Design Team, Oak Bluffs School Leader
David Packer – Design Team
Ellie Reagan – Design Team, Oak Bluffs School Leader
Brahmin Thurber-Carbone – Design Team, Chilmark School Leader
David Webster – Design Team, Chilmark School Leader
August Welles – Design Team, West Tisbury Leader
Kyra Whalen (2nd year volunteering)
Jackie Guzulak – Chilmark School
Lauren Keaney Serpa and Laura Edelman – West Tisbury School
Jen Bausman and Leah Dorr – Oak Bluffs School
Robin Moriarty – Edgartown School
Anne Williamson (2nd year coordinator) – Tisbury School
Congratulations to Christopher Aring-Sharkowitz, Nils Aldeborgh, and Harrison Dorr and Jared Koster for representing MVRHS at the MA State Science & Engineering Fair held at MIT this past Friday and Saturday.
Christopher Aring-Sharkowitz received the following awards:
Good luck to Christopher at the international fair May 10-15.
Thanks to Joel Graves for sharing these!
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program has named Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School as a Mix It Up Model School for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among its students and throughout its campus during the 2014-15 school year.
The SPLC became aware of MVRHS through the Brazilian-American Friendship Lunch. Social Studies teacher Elaine Weintraub, who has spearheaded the event over the last five years. Ms. Weintraub describes the lunch as an “annual event… intended to build understanding and create opportunities for meaningful dialog between our student communities. It is based on a simple concept that each Brazilian-American student invites a student or a teacher from the larger culture to be their guest. The meal is a traditional Brazilian lunch and the organizing committee decorate the dining room, send out invitations and provide music.”
Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School is among 104 schools to receive the honor.
“We are delighted to recognize Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “Mix It Up Model Schools have found innovative ways to create school environments where respect and inclusiveness are core values. They all serve as great examples of how a school—any school—can cultivate these values among their students, faculty and staff.”
The Teaching Tolerance program has hosted Mix It Up at Lunch Day for the past 14 years to help students demonstrate the importance of respecting each other’s differences. This year’s event will be held on October 27. Schools are encouraged to register at tolerance.org/mix-it-up/add.
Mix It Up at Lunch Day is a simple call to action. By asking students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch, the event encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. Many schools plan activities for the entire day, and some use the event to kick off yearlong explorations of social divisions.
The Mix It Up Model Schools met five criteria: They each hosted a Mix it Up at Lunch Day during the 2014-15 school year; they included different members of the school’s community—cafeteria staff, aides, administrators, teachers and students—in organizing the event; they followed up with at least two additional Mix It Up-related programs or events on campus; they publicized Mix It Up at Lunch Day or celebrated inclusiveness with posters, announcements and other media; and their event was seen by students and school officials as a success.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Montgomery, Ala., is a nonprofit civil rights organization that combats bigotry and discrimination through litigation, education and advocacy. For more information, see www.splcenter.org.