Sturgis East
November 2017

Important Dates

  • November 10: Verteran's Day Observed- no school
  • November 20: Parent Teacher Conferences- Half Day for Students
  • November 22-24: Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 1- January 12: ENROLLMENT PERIOD for next year's grade 9 and 10
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    Spirit Week- October 23- 27

    Sturgis' annual Spirit Week (October 23-27) was a rousing success as usual! Each day, students dressed up based on a different theme each day and earned points for their class. The week concluded on Friday with Class Color Day which consisted of class hallway decorating and an afternoon on the town green with each class battling for first place in field day events which include Ships and Sailors and Tug-of-War. In the end, the Seniors won with the most points for the week, but it can be said that all students and classes had a great time during this week of friendly competition!

    Note from the Executive Director

    Last spring Sturgis was one of only a few schools worldwide to be asked to participate in a 50th anniversary documentary for the International Baccalaureate Organization.

    “A Better World Through Education” premiered on Friday in The Hague, Netherlands, at an IB conference attended by over 1,500 educators.

    Sturgis is so proud and honored to have been recognized for our “IB for All” mission on such a global scale! We look forward to sharing the various forms of the documentary once it is released.

    Yearbooks on Sale Now

    Yearbooks are on sale now! Save money by pre-ordering. The price is currently $49 until 9/29 and will increase in October. Follow this link to order now: Jostens Yearbooks

    Recognition Ads

    Yearbook Recognition Ads are on sale now! They allow you to create a lasting message and memory for your soon to be graduate, which will be published in the 2017-2018 Yearbook. You can order and design your ad by following this link.

    Senior portraits and write-ups for the yearbook are due by the beginning of Thanksgiving Break (11/23/2017):

  • Upload senior portrait HERE.
  • Make sure the photo is labeled with student’s name as follows: lastname_firstname.jpg
  • Images should be a minimum of 300 ppi, 2” x 3” in size and vertically oriented.
  • Each student’s write-up will appear next to his or her photo and can be any message, quote, etc… that is 100 words or less and of course, appropriate.
  • School Photo Retake Day, November 20

    Students that were absent for School Photo Day, or those who are not satisfied with their purchased photo package will sit for photos on November 20th. Students that want their photo package replaced must bring in their complete photo paclage and give it to the photographer.

    NEW ORDERS: Use this link. Use code in: RI177042Q0

    Clubs Support American Cancer Society

    On Sunday October 15th the Sturgis East Key Club and the Science/Environmental Club teamed up to walk 2-5 miles in Barnstable Village to support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The clubs raised money through t-shirt sales, bake sales, and private donations, all of which they donated to the cause!

    Key Club members also raised money for Unicef on Halloween

    Notes from School Counselors

    October was a busy month for the school counseling team and our students. On October 11th, all juniors participated in PSAT testing. Results will be available on Dec 13th. In addition, most juniors attended one of three college campus field trips where they were able to take tours, attend presentations and even meet up with some Sturgis alumni! Students of all grade levels were invited to attend college mini fairs during lunch on October 17th and 19th. Representatives from 50 colleges spoke with Sturgis East students about the admission process, college academics, and life on campus.

    Our seniors are working hard on college applications. With the Early Action deadlines for many schools falling in November and December, students are working with their counselors to complete the various pieces they need to meet deadlines. Parents with questions are encouraged to connect with their child’s counselor.

    Lastly, the counseling team will be presenting our Signs of Suicide (SOS) program to all freshmen starting November 13th. Parents should have received an email detailing this program. Please call your childs school counselor if you have any questions. Subsequently, in early December, the School Counselors will once again be meeting with their freshmen students to provide an overview of our four year curriculum here and answering any questions they may still have about Sturgis and our practices .

    IB Theatre Trip

    From Wednesday to Saturday, 19 students from the IB Theatre classes at East & West joined teachers Anna Botsford, Marsha Yalden and Diana Young on a trip to NYC to attend a Theatre Arts Programme Symposium organized by the International Schools Theatre Association - ISTA. It was an incredible 4 days of intensive IB Theatre workshops with Theatre professionals from all over the world. The students were able to see three productions: The Band's Visit, The Play that Goes Wrong, and Butoh Beethoven.

    Theatre group in NYC

    Fall Sports

    Fall sports seasons are wrapping up for Sturgis East and what an exciting season it has been! A few things to highlight from each program - Co-Ed golf qualified for the states for the first time in three years, Field Hockey doubled their overall wins from last season, Girls and Boys Soccer had big program wins over DY and the boys soccer team has qualified for states, Cross Country had many PRs in the Twiglight Invitational, and Volleyball won the Cape and Islands League going undefeated at 8-0 and 13-5 overall as they enter states!

    The boys soccer program has been awarded the 2017 Sportsmanship Award that is voted on by the referees throughout the South Shore Sectional. Coach Hastings will accept the award on Saturday, November 18th at a banquet being held by the referees.

    World Challenge Trip

    It's not too late to join the World Challenge trip for juniors students to Nicaragua in June. Betta Hanson from World Challenge presented to interested parents and students on Wednesday, September 27th, about the activities--trekking, community service, and a day of relaxation--on the 14-day trip, as well as the student-led philosophy behind the journey, and the many ways World Challenge enhances safety on their expeditions. Email either Mr. Tallman at East ( or Ms. Most at West ( if you think your child would be interested in joining this fun, educational, and boundary-expanding adventure.

    Hyannis Open Streets

    Sunday, October 22, a group of music students from Sturgis East and West played Halloween music for the Open Street in Hyannis. Students had a great time collaborating to modify pop songs to suit their group and favorite styles. The crowd wanted them to keep playing all afternoon so they could dance and sing along! The kids are looking forward to their next opportunity to entertain.