2022 at Barnstable High School


Photo by Daniel Botolino

The school laid out this memorial for the students and staff who passed away in Uvalde.

Daniel Botolino, Staff Writer


As we welcome in the new year it is always a good time to look back at the previous year and the moments around our school and community that shaped 2022.



  • Vape sensors are installed over the holiday break in the school bathrooms as a way to crack down on vaping in the school.
  • On January 14 as COVID-19 cases rose in our town the Barnstable High Athletic department announced that all winter sports practices and games would be put on hiatus for the next 10 days.
  • On January 20 for the first time in nearly two years the band and orchestra put on a concert.


  • The girls basketball and hockey teams qualified for the state tournament with the hockey team making it all the way to the quarter finals.
  • Returning from February vacation, students and faculty were no longer required to wear masks in school for the first time since the pandemic began.


  • The controversial RFID attendance cards were put on a two- month hiatus beginning this month. The cards, which are no longer in use, had been a topic of debate around the school all year as they caused more problems with accurate classroom attendance.
  • As the war between Russia and Ukraine began, multiple student groups created fundraisers to support the citizens of Ukraine.
  • The annual “March Madness” week was held at the school with each day getting a theme and different sports tournaments taking place after school like dodge ball
    The boys soccer team were the boys of fall as they were Cape and Islands league Co-Champions. (Photo by Daniel Botolino)

  • “Shrek the Musical” was performed by the BHS drama club beginning on March 24. The club’s first performance since the pandemic began fielded great crowds and even greater reviews.


  • DECA held “spring jam”,  concert that students attended with food, drinks, and fun.
  • April was a month for the arts at BHS as the fashion and art departments held their annual show on April 29.


  • As their high school careers wound down, the class of 2022 celebrated their final week of classes with a spirit week that included a “senior night” in the astro park and said goodbye to BHS on their final day of school.
  • Spring concerts took place with the band and orchestra both performing for many to enjoy.
  •  Barnstable High organized a powerful display of 21 chairs with the names of the 21 victims of the Uvalde school shooting that happened that month. The chairs memorializing those murdered were on the front lawn of the school.


  • The Red Hawk baseball team made it to the state tournament and beat Hingham in the preliminary round. 
  • Seniors celebrated prom on June 4 on the football field. Volunteers worked very hard to put the event together and the class enjoyed one last hurrah filled with music, food, and friends. 
  • Eightth graders enjoyed their dance as well on June 17.
  • The final goodbye came at graduation on June 10 where the class of 2022 received their diplomas.


  • The Barnstable County Fair returned in Mid-July bringing all kinds of fun.
  • As the sun beat down, fall sports teams began their captains practices to prepare for their upcoming season.


  • Beginning on August 19 fall sports teams began their first official day of tryouts and practices.
  • Faculty began their new school year on August 30 as they prepared for the students to arrive on September 1.


  • The 2022-23 school year began on September 1. Students attended two days of school before Labor day weekend.
  • With the return to school Barnstable also debuted a new therapy dog, Dallas that can be seen with his handler, Associate Principal Melisa Peters, all around the school.
  • The football team played its first game on the new turf field on September 9. This was an emotional night for the school community as there was a pregame ceremony held for late 2022 graduate Sam Needham who passed away during the summer.


  • Barnstables unified basketball team began its inaugural season in October. The school switched from a three-hub system back to a fiv- hub system on October 17. This was a move to better manage the students by giving each hub less students.
  • Spirit week took place from October 10-14 all culminating in the annual homecoming dance on October 15 for grades 9-12.


  • The field hockey, girls volleyball and boys soccer teams all qualified for the state playoffs and the boys soccer team won an exciting opening round game 5-0 on November 4.
  • The girls volleyball team made it all the way to the division 1 semifinals. This run included an exciting win over Franklin in the quarterfinals.
  • The Drama Club put on their fall show. Beginning on November 24, they performed the “25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee.”
  • On Thanksgiving the football team lost its annual game to Falmouth by a final of 25-19.


  • A new bell began this month. The bell goes off one minute prior to a block beginning as a warning to students that they have 60 seconds to get to class.
  • The winter sports season got under way and the boys basketball team made a splash in its second game by beating Cape Cod Academy for their first win since February of 2021.
  • The winter concert was  on December 21 as many enjoyed listening and watching our band, chorus, and orchestra.