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Old Colony Prudential Spirit Award Winners

Travis Ouellette, a senior in Computer Information Services, was nominated as the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District volunteer of the year in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. Travis was recognized for volunteering with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Abington Food Pantry, the Old Colony GSA Club, the Carver Council on Aging, and UNICEF. He has earned the Prudential Spirit of Community Achievement Certificate.

Also recognized for their community service were Chad Underhill, a senior in Computer Information Systems, for his volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America, the Rochester Library, Rochester Memorial Elementary School, and Annual Town Clean-up Day, as well as the various Old Colony National Honor Society opportunities, Kristy Fitzpatrick, a senior in Cosmetology, for her various volunteer efforts with Old Colony’s National Honor Society and Skills USA organization, and Katelyn Souza, a senior in Health Careers, also for her various volunteer efforts with Old Colony’s National Honor Society and Skills USA organization. Chad, Kristy, and Katelyn have earned the Prudential Spirit of Community Merit Certificates.

The Certificates were awarded to these deserving students at the District School Committee meeting held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

Secretary of Education Malone Visits Old Colony

The faculty and staff of Old Colony were thrilled to welcome Secretary of Education Matt Malone to Old Colony on Wednesday, November 19th.  Secretary Malone toured Old Colony, visited all the shops, and engaged students in conversations about what they were learning in the shops.  Secretary Malone tweeted out some pictures and comments on his interactions at Old Colony – take a look here! Malone Tweets

ALICE training set for Nov. 20, 2014

All Old Colony students will be participating in the new ALICE School Safety Training on Thursday, November 20, 2014, led by the Rochester Police Department and two certified trainers employed by Old Colony.  The ALICE training offers school districts options that mitigate liability, assume less risk and, most importantly, equip students and faculty with life-saving skills.

Career Awareness Days – Open House and Tour

Come and take a look at all that Old Colony has to offer for students and their families.  Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School will be presenting Career Awareness Days for Eighth Grade students residing in Acushnet, Carver, Freetown, Lakeville, Mattapoisett and Rochester during the school day on Tuesday, 11/4/14, Wednesday, 11/5/14, and Thursday, 11/6/14.   Students will receive a tour of the school, including all vocational/technical classrooms, refreshments, and meet with currently enrolled Old Colony students.  Interested students should contact their guidance counselors for more information on attending Old Colony’s Career Awareness Days.

Parents and families are invited to tour the school on Sunday morning, 11/9/14, from 10 AM until noon. Vocational, academic and extra-curricular activities will be represented with displays and presentations throughout the building.  Please come and see for yourself the many opportunities Old Colony has to offer.  Students and families who plan to attend Sunday’s presentation are asked to notify Old Colony’s guidance office at 508-763-8011 x126 to reserve a spot.

Old Colony RVTHS 5th Annual Craft/Vendor Fair

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has scheduled its fifth annual craft and vendor fair Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the school, located at 476 North Avenue in Rochester.  The fair will include more than 25 crafters and vendors who will offer such things as jewelry, baked goods, candle, decorations, sewn items and wooden crafts  alongside vendors such as It Works, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Tupperware, and more.  There will also be raffles, face painting and food available for purchase.

In addition for the little princesses, from 10 AM to 2 PM please come meet Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen.  Make sure to bring your cameras!  All proceeds benefit the Class of 2015.  Spots are still available.  For more information, contact Heather Darcy at  The fair coincides with the Homecoming Football game vs. Holbrook at 2:00 PM.

Back to school for 2014-15!

We hope that you are enjoying your summer vacation and look forward to welcoming you back for a productive school year.

Old Colony’s 2014-2015 school year will begin on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. The school day will be from 7:45 a.m. until 2:16 p.m. For a complete calendar including trimester dates and holidays click here.

Calendar changes

Please note the following changes to the school calendar:

An additional early release has been added on Tuesday June 10, 2014.  Students will be released at 10:48.  At this time the faculty will receive training on the new A.L.I.C.E. program.

Also, please note the week of June 9 – 13, 2014 has been changed from a grades 9/11 academic cycle & grade 10 shop cycle to a grades 9/11 shop cycle and grade 10 academic cycle.

BMI Screening Notice from School Nurse.

The Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School will be doing a mandated BMI Screening for 10th graders on the third  week of May.   The purpose of this screening is to identify signs of possible weight related issues. A simple height and weight will be taken and recorded.  Complete privacy will be provided.  It is not a diagnostic service but a program to find young people who may need further evaluation.  If you want to know your child’s findings, you can call the Nurse’s  office after the screenings are finished.

If you do not wish to have your son/daughter participate, download this form, sign and return it to the nurse before June 1, 2014.

New Superintendent Interviews

In the attached letter, Superintendent-Director Gary Brown invites parents and guardians to witness the interviews for the new superintendent.  Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 4/16/14 beginning at 4 pm.  To see the full letter, click here.

Dave Cowens Basketball Awards

On March 27, 2014 Jacob Pringle and Alex Aspden represented Old Colony at the prestigious Dave Cowens Basketball Awards held at Greater New Bedford Voke.  Nominees are selected by their coaches.  They were selected based on athletics, academics and community leadership.  Jacob and Alex have represented Old Colony extremely well over the past four years and exemplify the importance of educational athletics.

ALICE Program Information Night at OC

On Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30 P.M Old Colony will be having a parent information night in the cafetorium to introduce the new ALICE Program.  This program is a new alternative to the current lockdown procedures being used in the school as well as all schools in the tri-town area.  The school committees have approved moving forward with the program.
The program will be presented with the support of the police departments who have sent representatives to be trained in the program.  Please join us as we provide information and a timeline for the implementation of the program.  Please contact Principal Patricia Foskett at Old Colony High School with any questions.