Sturgis West
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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    West celebrated Spirit Week last week with events including Homecoming Soccer Games, Dress-up Theme Days, Hallway Decorating, Color Games, a Canned Food Drive, and our annual Homecoming Dance. Color Games was won by the senior class who decorated their hallway as the Gator Swamp. Each event was a tremendous success with near record attendance at the Homecoming Dance and a large quantity of canned goods donated to Independence House here in Hyannis. Thank you to all who donated throughout the week!

    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.

    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.

    Yearbook Sales

    ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS! YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW! The earlier you buy, the better the price (prices go up later in the fall). To purchase yours, please visit the website by using this link.

    To upload a candid photo or a photo of a sports event or other SCHOOL function please use this link.

    Interested in purchasing a recognition ad for your senior? Recognition ads are a great way to congratulate your graduate and mark their achievements! To purchase a recognition ad use this link.

    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.

    Notes from School Counselors

    SAT Registration

    The late registration deadline for the December 2 SAT is November 21; the regular registration deadline for the March 10 SAT is February 9. Subject-specific tests are not available at the March date.

    The regular registration deadline for the February 10 ACT is January 12.

    Many schools require or recommend the “SAT with Essay” or “ACT with Writing,” so it’s best to take these optional sections at least once unless you know for sure that your child’s preferred schools do not request them.


    The counseling department, in conjunction with the Barnstable District Attorney’s Office, has begun presenting the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program in freshman classes. This program helps teens recognize signs of depression in friends and loved ones and ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell an adult). If you have any questions about this program, please contact your child’s counselor.

    Mini College Fairs

    Sturgis West’s annual College Mini-Fair took place on October 17 and 19. Over 50 colleges set up booths in the Atrium, and welcomed students from all grades to ask questions and discuss school options. We were delighted to have several schools visit who have not been to Sturgis before; the opportunity to show them Sturgis' students and facilities was appreciated.

    Robin Singer's Math

    The Algebra 2 students were playing a matching game in which answers to questions about exponents and radical expressions were taped to their backs. They had to determine which answer was on their own back, using process of elimination. Being up and walking around can enhance learning.

    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 to order your photos online. Use this code in the "Picture Day ID" box: RI177043Q0

    NASA DIVER Contest

    West seniors Adam Dionne, Spencer Lawrence, Kevin Feeny and Ian Washburn were awarded second place in the NASA DIVER contest. Students were challenged to design and build an object that would float in normal gravity and sink in zero gravity. Our group used 3 mahogany blocks. One block was solid, one block had small cut outs and the third block had larger cut outs. The objects were submitted to NASA for testing in their "drop tower" which simulates zero gravity for 2.2 seconds. A slow motion video of the drop was recorded and sent back to the students for analysis. As a result of their second place finish, they were invited to attend the annual meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research and present their poster to a panel of NASA scientists. The 4 students, along with their faculty sponsor, Maxanne Most, attended the conference in Seattle, Washington. It was a fantastic opportunity for these students to experience scientific research at its highest level.

    Ian Washburn, Spencer Lawrence, Adam Dionne, Kevin Feeny