High School Athletes Embrace the Burn of Hell Week

Regional high school students start classes later than usual this year, but the fall athletes are already on the fields preparing for the upcoming season. Mornings and evenings bring a flurry of activity to the quiet school campus as football, field hockey, cross country, soccer and golf shake off the summer haze and get down to business.

It’s a time of tryouts, when varsity and junior varsity teams are created, and a time of camaraderie as teammates work through drills and circuits. It is also exhausting.

Lunch Program Facing Deficit, Nutritious Guidelines Blamed

The regional high school lunch program is projecting a year-end deficit of nearly $61,000, assistant principal Matthew Malowski told the high school committee Monday evening. Losses can tracked to lower reimbursement from the up-Island school district, which stopped using the high school for its lunch programs last year, as well as a decrease in daily revenues, which are down 14 per cent from fiscal year 2012.

“We are seeing a marked decrease in participation,” in the a la carte budget, Mr. Malowski said.

Honors Night Celebrates Academic, Athletic, Artistic Merits

What follows is the list of awards given to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students at the annual Honors Night ceremony, held Thursday night at the high school Performing Arts Center.

High School View Newspaper Earns First Place Awards

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School student newspaper, the High School View, has earned first place in the Scholastic Journalism Awards in the All-New England region for two consecutive years.

Dropout Rate Rises Slightly, Still Far Below State Average

The graduation rate at Martha’s Vineyard High School remains above the state average, though the 2012 drop-out rate increased over the previous year.

Just over 94 per cent of students graduated in 2012, according to data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Out of 153 students in the class, 2.6 per cent dropped out. Just over one per cent of students received a GED.

High School SAT Scores Above Average

SAT scores at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School were above the national average in 2012 in the three areas of critical reading, writing and math, high school guidance director Michael McCarthy said this week.

Mr. McCarthy gave his annual report on SAT scores to the high school district committee on Monday night.

On average, Vineyard students performed better than their state peers in all areas except math, where they were behind by five points, Mr. McCarthy said.

School Is Tough, But This Week Is . . .

Preseason practice awaits high school athletes regardless of what sport they play, but only the fall warrants its own moniker: Hell Week, which began this year on August 23. After the relatively lazy days of summer comes a fast-paced week of tryouts and tune-ups. Dawn workouts are considered the standard of Hell Week (some groups prefer the early practices because they allow players to continue their summer jobs a little longer), but on any given day in the week leading up to school you’ll find at least two teams on the fields in both the morning and the late afternoon.

Island Cup Tackles More Than Game

When Charles McGrath wrote about the annual Island Cup game between the Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket football teams for the New Yorker in 1984, he likened it to a fierce sibling rivalry. What mainland team could hope to drum up a rivalry as poignant with either of the Island squads? For all that the Vineyarders can’t stand about the Whalers, they also know that the only football team in the entire country that could possibly understand what it means to be an Islander is that of their brother-in-isolation, Nantucket.

Policy on Rules for High School Athletes Sparks Hot Debate at Committee Meeting

School superintendent Kriner Cash this week blasted a proposed zero-tolerance policy for high school athletes caught using drugs or alcohol, calling it an "ignorant" response to the problem and demanding new consideration of the draft policy.

Island Cup Victory Punctuates Season

Island Cup Victory Punctuates Season

By MAX HART

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With less than four minutes left in the Martha's Vineyard-Nantucket football game Saturday, several Vineyard players snuck up behind special teams, linebacker and tight end coach Stephen Barbee and doused him with a large Gatorade bucket full of ice water.

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