• MRHS 2019-2020 Clubs & Activities

    ADVISOR:  Ms. McMahon (pkmcmahon@monomoy.edu)

    This club was established at Chatham High School in 2007 and has donated considerable funds to furnish a safe and comfortable place for stray, abused, or injured animals that are taken in by the Animal Control Officers. The club has also paid for all animal medical needs including spaying/neutering, immunizations and some microchipping before they are.

    adopted into loving homes. (We work with VCA Pleasant Bay Animal Hospital veterinarians in East Harwich.)  Along with helping local animals in Chatham and Harwich, this club has donated thousands of dollars over the past seven years to other nearby animal causes and rescues such as: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), New England Society for Abandoned Animals (NESAA), Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), A Helping Paw (of Wareham, MA) Wild Care of Cape Cod, Eastham, Cape Wildlife Center, Barnstable and many others!

    In 2012, our club was presented a prestigious "Animal Action Award" by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Club members have presented this award at IFAW headquarters in South Yarmouth, MA at a reception given by IFAW administrators and special donors. Awards were presented to each individual club member by Siobhan Magnus, American Idol star who is also a local animal advocate! This club meets about 3-4 times per month. Some of our activities vary each year. We participate in the MRHS Health Fair, explaining many types of Animal Therapy. We also made many ceramic items last year to sell at the Holiday Stroll in downtown Chatham. In June, the club went on a field trip to Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable where students learned and participated in helping a sick Red-tailed Hawk! This fall we will be visited by a Screech Owl (Nickerson) from Wild Care in Eastham. We will also be meeting with students of the newly formed Monomoy Regional Middle School "Animal Rights Club"! NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!

    ADVISOR: Ms. Waystack (bwaystack@monomoy.edu)

    The goal of Art Club is to support advanced art students and to provide a place for beginning students to connect with the visual arts. This becomes especially valuable when students do not have an art class. Art Club provides an opportunity for ALL students to connect with the arts. They can learn about contests and exhibits they want to participate in, explore and practice new methods and techniques, and become aware of the creative programs available to them. Art Club has also provided students with an opportunity to work after school to develop their skills. Art Club provides the opportunity to collaborate, communicate and support each other. We welcome everyone and look forward to having a great year at MRHS! Please join us!

    ADVISOR:  Mr. Houston (rhouston@monomoy.edu)

    The “Art of War” Club meets on Friday afternoons to watch age-appropriate war movies covering a range of historical periods.  Past choices included “Waterloo” with Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer and “Lawrence of Arabia” with Peter O’Toole.  The group then discusses both the historical content and the film qualities of the selections.  Participation is open to all grade levels.  See Mr. Houston in room 235 for further details.

    ADVISOR:  Mr. Cass (scass@monomoy.edu)

    AV Club is both an educational and creative club that combines both editing and video making knowledge with your own creativity. The club is open to people who are familiar with the TV courses and newcomers who want to make shorts and videos. If you’re worried about not knowing anything about the process, our very fun and cooperative members will help with whatever you want. The club is all about having fun and learning to make and produce your own videos. We welcome you to come in and give it a try!


    ADVISORS: Ms. Grogan (sgrogan@monomoy.edu)

    The Best Buddies Club helps to build one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and offers social interactions while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Through Best Buddies, people with IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy.  The Best Buddies Club hosts an All Cape Special Olympics Game Day event in June with over 500 athletes, numerous dances, community outings, fundraising activities such as car washes, and weekly in-school activities such as crafts, games and lunches together! “To the world, you may be one person but to one person you may mean the world.” 


    ADVISORS:  Mrs. Yarnall (Fall) & Mr. Burns (Winter/Spring)
    WHEN WE MEET: Monday-Thursday - 3:15pm-4:15pm

    The MRHS Fitness Room is open to any student at the high school with an interest in working out, learning about fitness and improving their wellness.  The Fitness Room is open from 3:15-4:15, Monday through Thursday.  The Fitness Room is a great place to learn about the equipment, free-weight training and how to improve and maintain your wellness for the present and future.  In season and out of season athletes are always welcome as well!

    ADVISOR:  Mr. Ambrose (jambrose@monomoy.edu)

    Games club is a low-key social gathering exploring classic favorites such as Monopoly and Battle Ship, as well as some new exciting favorites based on intrigue and deception. We try new games as people discover them, as well as teach people some of our other favorite "Nerd" past times. Bringing community and friendship across the social boundaries of the school. All are welcome and friends are waiting to be made.

    ADVISOR:  Mr. Brown (mbrown@monomoy.edu

    Monomoy's Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)  provides a welcoming safe environment for  students of all genders (i.e. male, female, non binary, questioning, etc) and all sexual orientations. The club provides a safe place to meet to discuss issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and opportunities for creating alliances and supporting each other, friends, and allies in the community. The GSA works toward making Monomoy High free from bullying and harassment and a more inclusive curriculum. Activities depend on the interest of the members, but in the past, the GSA has sponsored trips, open mic events, and commemorative events like the Day of Silence.

    ADVISOR:  Mrs. Barnes (rbarnes@monomoy.edu)

    The Handbell Choir provides an opportunity for musicians of every level, from beginners to experts, to learn music and perform for a variety of audiences.  The choir meets weekly to work on selected pieces to perform seasonally.  This year we will meet from 7:15-8AM on Tuesdays so that students will not have conflicts with sports or other clubs should they wish to participate in multiple activities.  We perform at a variety of venues including Heritage Museums and Gardens, local nursing homes, and even Faneuil Hall in Boston.  If you are interested in developing musicianship, working on ensemble skills, and trying out a unique instrument please join us!

    ADVISOR:  Mr. Dickson (jdickson@monomoy.edu)

    The Monomoy High School Democrats is a local chapter of a much larger organization focused on student activism and political involvement. We work together to improve our community through service and volunteering opportunities. We go on fun trips and meet with important political figures, such as Rep. Keating, Sen. Warren, and St. Sen. Cyr. We are open to all students, regardless of your political beliefs. If you are at all interested in politics, or just looking to get involved, please stop by! We’ll put you to work collecting signatures or other civic engagement activity. We look forward to changing the world with you!

    ADVISOR:  Mrs. Casey (bcasey@monomoy.edu)

    The club is a youth version of, and is sponsored by, the Chatham Rotary and the Harwich/Dennis Rotary. This is a service club where members do three things:

    Plan and work together on projects to help other people (visit senior citizens, collect donations for underprivileged kids, help out at the Family Pantry etc.)

    Meet and talk about positive things – have fun

    Raise money for our activities

    Why join? Feel good about making a difference in people’s lives. Spend time with people who also like to help others. Chance to make connections with Rotary Club (powerful local organization).  Looks great on a resume!

    ADVISOR: Mr. Naus (wnaus@monomoy.edu)

    Jazz Band meets on a Wednesday after school, and occasionally in the evenings.

    The group performs at various events such as the School Committee Meetings, Pep Rallies, and School Concerts, and plays a variety of Jazz standards and modern classics. Members must be proficient on a recognized Jazz band instrument, be able to read music well, and be available for all rehearsals. The band is directed by Wayne Naus, a retired Berklee Professor.  For more details, please see Ms. Richard.

    WHEN WE MEET: Every Friday - 8:15am-8:45am - Auditorium

    Key Club is a student-led, all-inclusive, volunteer-based club sponsored by the Lower Cape Cod Kiwanis Club.  We strive to better our community and have a lot of fun doing so!  The Monomoy Key Club was chartered in June of 2016.  Some of our club projects include: organizing a fall festival event, acting as volunteers for local events, writing cards to various people/organizations, and gathering clothing/food/supplies for those in need. We attend the District Educational Conference (DECON) for a weekend where we learn about the work other Key Clubs are doing and gather ideas for the upcoming school year!  We have a lot of fun while striving to better our community. Come join us and click the link to learn more: https://www.keyclub.org/

    ADVISOR:  Mr. Bates (kbates@monomoy.edu)

    The mock trial team recently completed its eleventh year of participation in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial Program.  The program, now in its 33rd year, provides Monomoy students with the opportunity to compete against approximately 135 teams from across the state.  Schools are placed into one of 16 geographic regions and compete in three preliminary rounds within their region where teams alternate between arguing the prosecution/plaintiff and defense sides of that year’s assigned case.  During the trials, students assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses and their performances are scored by the trial judge.  Based on a team’s performance in the preliminary rounds, a winner for each region is determined and the winning teams move on to the championship rounds where an eventual state champion is crowned. Preparation for the competition begins in early November when the case materials are released by the Massachusetts Bar Association. The first trials begin in late January and generally extend into late February, but may go into late March depending on the success of the team. We generally hold an introductory meeting in mid-September and begin our regular weekly meetings in early November. As we move closer to the actual trials, additional meetings are usually scheduled to aid in our trial preparation.  We are assisted in our trial preparation by our attorney coach, local attorney Mark Russell. If you have any questions regarding the mock trial team, please see teacher-coach Mr. Bates in room A236.

    ADVISOR: Ms. Donovan (ddonovan@monomoy.edu)

    The MHSTC produces two full stage productions each year, a play in the fall and the musical in the spring. The activities of the theater company are built around the shows so meetings, work times and rehearsals are set when we begin production. There are many different jobs in the theater including performance, stage management, building, lighting, sound, costume design, hair and makeup, pit band, box office, advertising and ushering. Get involved and join in the fun. All are welcome, experienced or not!

    ADVISOR:  Ms. Waystack (bwaystack@monomoy.edu)

    In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the NAHS program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program supports members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

    Students are invited to apply upon the recommendation of MRHS Arts Teachers.

    ADVISOR:  Mr. Gill (zgill@monomoy.edu)

    As stated in the 18th edition of the NHS Handbook, “When the National Honor Society was established by the National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in 1921, the principals involved hoped to create an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. These ideals of scholarship, service, leadership, and character remain as relevant today as they were in 1921. In fact, as we prepare future leaders for global citizenship, the opportunity to support these ideals becomes even more important. Membership in NHS is both an honor and a commitment. It is this commitment that has helped shape the Honor Society’s reputation for excellence, making it a valued asset among administrators, faculty members, students, parents, and communities.”

    The Monomoy Regional High School chapter of the National Honor Society consists of students in grades 11 and 12 who have been invited to apply for membership based on their outstanding academic achievement and whose applications have been thoroughly considered based upon the six pillars of character; trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship, as well as their commitment to leadership and service.

    ADVISOR:  Ms. Forte-Doyle (lfortedoyle@monomoy.edu)

    The purpose of our club is to give students an opportunity to have hands-on experience working for a student-centered, school newspaper.   Students decide what stories to write and what photos to take for each issue.  Subsequently, students write and edit the stories, take the pictures and create other graphics, and do the electronic page design for each edition.  Please join us!

    ADVISOR:  Mrs. Yarnall (syarnall@monomoy.edu)

    Peer mediation is made up of students who would be interested in helping their peers to resolve problems and smaller conflicts. The students who join our club become empowered by helping others gain some control over their disputes. By becoming a peer mediator, students will gain the respect of their peers and friends as one who can provide help and support.  If you have the personality, patience, ability to listen, and a sense of fairness, this club might be for you.  

    ADVISOR:  Mrs. Forte-Doyle (lfortedoyle@monomoy.edu)

    Sandscript, the Creative Writing and Art/Photography magazine of MRHS, began at Chatham High School in the 1970's.  Lisa Forte-Doyle, Sandscript Advisor, has been publishing the magazine since 1994. Harwich and Chatham students agreed to keep the name for our Monomoy version.  Sandscript, the club, does more than publish a magazine.  We have annually written Halloween stories for elementary school children and visited their classrooms for over 10 years; this past year, we visited classrooms at both Harwich and Chatham Elementary schools.  We also visit middle school classrooms to help them write poetry, and we have also joined the Art Club on field trips as well as collaborated with them on both the magazine, on posters, and other activities.  We celebrate April, National Poetry Month, with art & poetry posters and other poetry events.  Join us!

    ADVISOR:  Ms. Schuermann (aschuermann@monomoy.edu)

    The spirit committee’s goal is to promote school spirit and school pride throughout the year. We also try to provide a sense of belonging to a community/family.   We are responsible for planning spirit weeks, pep rallies, Homecoming Week of events, as well as supporting other clubs and organizations.  We decorate the hallways, cafeteria, and other locations.  Come and join a group of teens who love to spread cheer throughout the year. We usually meet twice a month and a few extra times depending on the monthly events.

    ADVISOR:  Mr. Dickson (jdickson@monomoy.edu) & Ms. Waystack (bwaystack@monomoy.edu)

    Last spring the Human Rights Academy merged with STAND and we are now known as “STAND for Human Rights”. We participate in activities and events sponsored by the Barnstable Human Rights Commission.  We meet together regularly during Jawsome as well as after school to plan events and a delegation of students travel to the Human Rights Cape and Islands meetings twice a year. The goal of the Human Rights Academy is to educate students about the local and global issues surrounding Human Rights Issues.  Each year, we select one or more human rights that we would like to focus on and create a school-wide project.  At the end of the year, we present the project to the Barnstable Human Rights Commission.

    ADVISOR:  Ms. Weekes (jweekes@monomoy.edu) & Ms. Kelly (kkelly@monomoy.edu

    The Student Council is a highly active group whose main purpose is not to govern the students, but to serve as a liaison between the student body and the administration. Additionally, the Council seeks to foster and strengthen school spirit and pride and support the greater community, especially the communities of Harwich and Chatham. The Monomoy Regional High School Student Council is an organization that is comprised of student leaders who represent their fellow students and school. Throughout the year, these Student Council members contribute positively back to their school and community in a variety of ways. They hold a monthly “Caps and Cups for a Cause” collection, select a “Student of the Month,” adopt needy families at the holidays, sponsor Spirit Weeks, Pep Rallies and Dances and seek to support other school groups such as Peer Leaders and the Spirit Committee in all of their activities.  Leadership skills and training, which includes the annual Leadership Lock-in, are also a significant part of the Monomoy Regional High School’s Student Council. While there are some elected positions and members, membership is open to the entire student body.  We typically meet every other Tuesday directly after school, with increased weekly meetings when we are planning and running school-wide activities.

    ADVISOR: Ms. Stevens (jstevens@monomoy.edu)

    The Tabletop Club is a place to play various tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering. We are currently hosting a D&D campaign and you're free to host your own campaign in the club if you have a Dungeon Master. We currently meet on Day 4 and 7 during Jawesome in Room A171A. Email me at zpeters22@monomoy.edu if you want to request a new game to include in the club.

    ADVISOR:  Mr. Hoffman-Terry (ihoffmanterry@monomoy.edu)

    Students taking government can join the We the People team, which participates in an academic competition about government, politics and current events.  In cooperative groups, students prepare short papers on a range of topics related to government, the Constitution, and current events.  At the competition, they read their papers to a panel of judges, who then ask students a series of follow up questions about their topics.  Our team competes against schools from across Massachusetts.  Students who participate in the We the People curriculum and competition score higher than both their high school and college peers in their knowledge of government and current events, and are more likely to be politically active than their peers.

    ADVISOR:  Ms. Kelly (in the Main Office - kakelly@monomoy.edu)

    The Monomoy Regional High School yearbook staff consists of photographers, designers, editors, and general members who work throughout the school year to produce The Beacon.  If you are interested in becoming involved with the production of the school yearbook, the staff is always looking for students to assist with photography, marketing, sales, and other special events.  Interested students are asked to see Ms. Kelly in the Main Office!

    ADVISOR:  Ms. Jazmyn Jones (jjjones@monomoy.edu

    In Young women's club we discuss issues that directly affect our girls, from body image to relationship concerns, from mean girl problems to social activism.  In the past, we've visited the United Nations during International Women's Week and we've visited the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side of NY to learn about young, female immigrants in the early 1900's. We have raised funds for Breast Cancer research and prevention, hosted guest speakers concerned with physical health as well as social health, and have sponsored a tent at the Relay for Life. This year, there are lots of opportunities to do new and creative, fun activities to make a difference in the lives of our young women. Come join the YWC!