Important Dates

  • May 14 - Arts Festival
  • May 17,18 - Math MCAS
  • May 25 - Awards Night
  • May 26- SEPAC Meeting
  • May 21 - Jr/Sr Prom


Sturgis West
May 2016

Sturgis West Arts Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2016

9:30-9:55 Welcome and Art Gallery Stroll (Coffee/Tea & Pastries)

(Click on the image for a larger view.)

10:00-10:15   IB Music Junior and Senior Performances  
10:20-10:35   Dance 10 Performance
10:35-10:45   Brief Intermission:  Art Gallery Stroll
10:45-11:05   Junior IB Theatre Performance
11:10-11:30   Sturgis Strings
11:35-12:20   A Cappella Do Re Females & The Sturgis Scoops & Sturgis Chorale
1:10-1:35      Music Solos and Duets (Secret Faculty Performance)
1:35-1:45 Brief Intermission:  Art Gallery Stroll
1:45-2:35 Senior IB Theatre Performances
2:40-2:55 Theater 10
2:55-3:05 Brief Intermission
3:05-4:00 Jazz Band/Jazz Combo

*Note: some things may take slightly longer or shorter. We will make every effort to end by 4:00

Note from the Executive Director

IB Visitor

This week Sturgis East hosted a visit from Andrew Macdonald, IB Global Chief Schools Officer, as he was interested in learning how IB for All works at Sturgis and how the IB could support schools in the U.S. and around the world in opening far greater access to IB Diploma Programmes in current and future IB schools. Andrew met with Sturgis school leaders and students in a grade 11 Theory of Knowledge class where he gained student perspectives on their IB experience.

IB Exams

Sturgis East and West juniors and seniors are in the midst of taking their culminating IB exams in their courses. Almost 300 students are spread across five testing locations in central Hyannis during the exam period. Each IB course exam has two or three papers and these papers are taken over two days. Thus, a significant majority of the seniors are participating in 12-15 exams during the exam weeks that began in the first week of May and end on Friday, May 20. Anecdotal feedback from the seniors seems to suggest many are feeling confident in their performance on the exams.


Sturgis East and West are looking forward to hosting Graduation on Saturday, June 4 in a large tent that will be constructed at Aselton Park, located on South Street adjacent to the Hyannis harbor. Sturgis West Graduation will be held at 10 a.m., followed by Sturgis East at 2:30 p.m. True to tradition, the seniors and the faculty will be led by Maura Coughlin playing the bagpipes, in a processional from Sturgis East down Main Street, across the Town Green, to Aselton Park at the Hyannis Harbor. We look forward to sharing this momentous occasion with Sturgis families, friends, and the community.

Wellness Class


We are doing some partner-yoga in our Junior Wellness class. The students are having fun trying some new poses and experimenting with trust, balance and breath!


Tuesday, May 17 from 3:30-5:30 @ Sturgis WEST


Thursday, May 19 from 3:30-5:30 @ Sturgis WEST


  • OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS (incoming freshman too!)
  • CAS Credit for rising juniors and seniors



Ask your daughter/son about Career Day!

Last week the Counseling Team at West hosted a Career Day for over 300 students in grades 9-11. We had nearly 40 presenters from various fields including the arts, education, science, engineering, real estate, CSI, FBI and medical fields to name a few. The students attended three sessions where they learned about what it takes to enter that field, what the daily job entails and various other aspects of the particular career. We are thrilled at the turnout and grateful to all of our professionals who took the time to speak with our students. A big thank you to Stacey Locascio who coordinated many of the details. Click on the images on the left to see larger versions.

What a fantastic way for students to explore career options!

Counselors will meet with Juniors in the coming month, holding individual counseling sessions for the second time to help with college planning, as well as conducting in-class workshops on the Common Application. For the first time this year the "Common App" will be accessible to juniors so they can begin work that will be saved through the senior year.

Junior Parents: Still working on the Parent Brag Sheet? Please submit to your child's counselor at your earliest convenience.

Senior Parents: Sending them off is never easy. We suggest Letting Go by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treege.

Looking for College Fairs and College Information Sessions? Visit our Events Page to learn about upcoming opportunities!

CAS Showcase

Thanks to everyone who supported the 2016 C.A.S. Showcase! It was a great opportunity to see students from East and West celebrating their experiences involving Creativity, Activity and Service. We had improv performances, ballroom dancers, singers, musicians and more! Students gave presentations in the library and all around the 2nd floor hallways and classrooms, verbally reflecting with other students, teachers and faculty about their C.A.S. experiences. We also had 9 non-profit organizations visiting to provide more opportunities to our students, and they even checked out what our students have been up to! Hope you can make it next year! - The C.A.S. Team

SEPAC Meeting, May 26th

Parents of students with Special Educational Needs, please join us for the final SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) meeting. We will be setting our agenda for next year discussing leadership opportunities in the Committee. Come here what seniors are planning for post-secondary experiences. Join us in the West Campus Conference Room at 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 26th.

Thank you,

Shauna Weeks

SEPAC President

Senior Service Day

Seniors at both campuses participate in a Senior Service Day during Senior Week before graduation. This year's Senior Service Day will take place on Tuesday, May 24th. The Senior Service Day is a culmination of the students' past two years of C.A.S. In the past, service sites included the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Homeless not Helpless shelters, Housing Assistance Corporation shelters, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, the MSPCA, Zion Union Heritage Museum, and the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) which had students rebuilding an old mountain biking trail in Barnstable. The seniors have helped with everything from landscaping to clerical work and are always open to new challenges!

The C.A.S coordinators, and Sturgis students, are always seeking to connect with organizations in and around Cape Cod. If you are part of an organization who would like to work with us to organize a service opportunity for future Senior Service Days, or have a suggestion for us, please email Christine McDowell or Jim Barrasso.


On left: Sturgis Senior Service Day students teamed up with AmeriCorps and the Barnstable DPW to turn a 1,000 sq foot bed of weeds on Main Street, Hyannis into a phytoremediation garden with monarch butterfly habitat, new mulch, and finished edging.

On right: Sturgis Senior Service Day students at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum helped clean up old boats that were in storage.