Sturgis West
June 2017

Important Dates

  • August 29- Convocation at the Tilden Auditorium, Cape Cod Community College
  • August 30- First day of school

  • 2017-18 School Calendar

    Next year's school calendar is available HERE


    Many thanks to Jarvis Chen for his beautiful photographs of East and West graduations. Sturgis West Graduation album is available here:

    Sturgis West 2017 Graduation

    Note from the Executive Director

    Thank you to Laurie Carah, Steve Carah, Rich Mathews, Carol Vari, Marion Weeks, Dave Whalley and Sue Whalley. All of these educators have made a significant impact on the Sturgis community and culture and I hope that they each are able to relish their well-earned retirement!

    Awards Ceremony

    Congratulations to the winners of the subject specific awards for Achievement and Effort, and also the School-Wide Awards. Click below for the full list of Award Winners.

    Junior Book Awards

    Subject Award Winners

    SCHOOL WIDE AWARDS-nominated by classmates

    William Sturgis Award: Sarah Buchanan and Chad MacMillan

    Spirit Award:JD Snowman and Ella Strano

    Sturgis Rising Stars

    Congratulations to Sturgis Rising Stars 2017: Katrina Jackson, Chadwick MacMillan, Taylor Martin-Graham, John "JD" Snowman and to Sturgis Rising Star Nominees: Tsuf Baumflek, Sarah Buchanan, Lillian Healy, Rebecca Leduc, Nathan Pappalardo, Sierra Proft. Peter Prygocki, Molly Rowland and Emily Spinello.

    Cape and Islands Rising Stars 2017

    World Challenge, 2018

    Next year's World Challenge trip for juniors will be a 14-day service and hiking journey to Nicaragua, in June of 2018. Please consider sending your child on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to expand boundaries, take risks, encounter a new culture, hike volcano trails, and work in service to a community in need. More information about World Challenge, its philosophy, and a sample itinerary of past trips they've done in Nicaragua, are available at Also, save the date for the evening of September 28th next fall for a parent information meeting about the trip, the costs, and requirements. We look forward to an exciting, fun, and rewarding adventure. Many Sturgis past participants have pointed to their World Challenge trip as a life-changing experience, and one of the most important things they did in their high school career. We hope you can join us.

    --Joel Tallman & Maxanne Most, World Challenge 2018 Advisors


    On June 3 at 2:30, seniors, family, friends, and staff gathered at Aselton Park for Sturgis West's 4th Commencement.


    Notes from School Counselors

    Counseling Staff Changes

    We in the West Counseling Office will be saying farewell to two of our much-loved counselors this year, Susan Whalley and Kristin Nissen. We send our best wishes to both of them as they travel new paths.

    Therefore, there will be some necessary changes to counselor assignments. For the 2017-2018 school year, the counselor responsibilities will be as follows:

    Students with last names:

    A-D: Catherine Yates

    E-Na: Galen Ryley

    Ne-Z: Matt Sydow

    Lead Counselor and additional freshman assistance: Kristine May

    Counselors are working to make this transition smooth for all students.

    Parents of the Class of 2018

    The SAT will be offered in August for the first time this year. For SAT registration information, visit the College Board website. We strongly advise students to take the SAT with essay.

    The ACT will be offered in June and in the fall. For ACT registration information, visit: ACT registration. We strongly advise students to take the ACT with writing.

    Important timesaver: Students DO NOT need to fill in the lengthy questionnaire with ACT or SAT registrations. Just fill in the required (asterisked*) fields.

    The counseling department will be holding Sturgis's second annual College Application Boot Camp on Tuesday, August 22 from 9-1:30. This free, offering will guide students through the Common Application, personal essay writing, interviewing skills, and more. This year's seniors rated this program as one of the best we offer! RSVP here so that we may plan accordingly.

    The Sturgis Summer SAT prep class for both East and West students will be held at the Sturgis East campus, Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30 (M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. Teachers: Ms. Marsha Yalden (Reading, Writing and Language) & Dr. Sheila Gilligan (Mathematics). To to join the class, please complete the class registration form. You may view the class schedule file here .

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    Junior Senior Prom

    Prom took place....

    See more of Jarvis Chen's Prom Photos at Sturgis West Prom.

    Senior Service Day

    On Tuesday, May 23, Sturgis seniors at both campuses participated in the annual Senior Service Day during Senior Week before graduation. Senior Service Day is the culmination of two years of CAS. Some of the service sites this year included: The Hyannis Library, Hyannis Arts District, John F. Kennedy Museum, Cape Cod Literacy Council, Barnstable Land Trust, AmeriCorps, Youth StreetReach, Homeless not Helpless shelters, and the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Students helped with a number of projects including landscaping, making art for the streets of Hyannis, making quahog nets for the town of Barnstable, and working with local kindergarten kids. The CAS coordinators, and Sturgis students, are always seeking to connect with organizations in and around Cape Cod. If you know of an organization that would like to connect with Sturgis, please contact Christine McDowell at


    Made by Survivors

    The Made By Survivors Club presents a check which includes $1000 to support a survivor of human trafficking in a shelter home for a year. It also includes a donation to a scholarship fund for trafficking survivors. The check was presented in a ceremony to principal Jenn Kirk and CAS administrator Abby Rhoads by 3 officers in the MBS club.

    Alive Inside

    Sturgis East and West IB Music 1 classes took a trip to the Barnstable Senior Center Day program where they were able to interview elders in our community and share music with each other. This was a part of Sturgis' Alive Inside project to help students give back to the community and learn about empathy through music. In the future, they will use the information they gained from the interview process to create playlists of Jazz, Musical Theater, Frank Sinatra, and more to give to the Barnstable Senior Center to enjoy for years to come; igniting memory through music.

    Battle of the Bands

    June 7th was Sturgis' first annual Battle of the Bands! Fourteen total bands performed outside the Guyer Barn on this lucky sunny day. A group of Sturgis East & West teachers volunteered to judge the event and gave three prizes for Best Stage Presence, Best Band Theme, and Best Overall Band. It was great to see some new faces come to perform as well as some familiar faces (including the alumni band and teacher bands from West & East!) come back to perform. The event was a great success and the students are already looking forward to next year!

    Battle of the Bands

    Micah Slade & Sierra Sullivan- Winner Best Stage Presence

    Click HERE for video.