Category: Bulletin Board

Old Colony Students Headed to National Competition


After placing Gold in Web Design at the 2015 SkillsUSA State Competition, CIS Seniors Mack Chabot and Chad Underhill will be heading to Louisville, Kentucky to represent Old Colony at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Championships. The team had just 5 hours to build a website from scratch, being given just the name of a nonprofit company, Catie’s Closet, text, and images to populate the site. Mack and Chad will be accompanied by shop teacher Ryan Robidoux and SkillsUSA advisor Kevin Gonsalves for the duration of the competition from June 22 to the 26th.

For more information, feel free to read Carol Kosma’s SouthCoastToday article.

Old Colony Students Place in SkillsUSA State Pin Design Contest

Two students from Old Colony’s Graphics Communication and Design department have been announced as winners of the 2015 SkillsUSA State Trading Pin Design Contest. Junior Alyson Mello and senior Morgan Garcia took second and third place respectively, having beaten out competition from other vocational schools across the state. The winning designs will be on display at the District 1 SkillsUSA Championships on February 27th.

A Note from the Nurse on Student Absences

Mrs. Ward, the school nurse, would like to remind parents that they must report all student absences directly to the school.

To report a student as being absent, the Attendance Office must be notified at (508) 763-8011 ext. 148 by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. Additionally, a note must be provided explaining the absence upon the return of the student.

For more information, please refer to page 20 of the 2014-2015 Student Handbook.

Rochester Flu Shot Clinic on December 4th

There will be a Flu Clinic available for use on Thursday, December 4 from 3-7 p.m. inside the Rochester Council on Aging at 66 Dexter Lane.

Please remember to wear short sleeves and to bring your insurance cards. All are welcome!

For additional information, call the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.

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.

4th Annual Craft & Vendor Fair

Old Colony RVTHS * 4th Annual Craft & Vendor Fair

Saturday, October 19th from 9-4pm

476 North Avenue, Rochester

Come shop early!!

Then go & support our OC Cougars in the Homecoming Football game @ 2pm

Over 30 crafters and vendors:

Beauty Counter               Mary Kay                    Tastefully Simple                  Woodturned Items

Candles                           Origami Owl                Thirty-One                            Raffles

Celebrating Home           Pampered Chef            Tupperware                          Food

Gift Baskets                    Quilted Items               Scentsy                                             And

Jewelry                           Tarot Readings             Spa Products                                     More….


Dunk tank from 11-2 with staff and 2-4 for any students for $5 entry fee.

Come and get your dunk on!

Contact Heather Darcy with questions.


Parent-Teacher Conferences

The 2013-2014 Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, from 11:30 AM to 3:15 PM and from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Appointments are required in order to meet with Academic Teachers.

Conference appointments are available through Online Registration.  If you wish to schedule conferences for October 24th, please follow the five steps outlined on the linked Online Registration Sheet.  Online registration will be available starting on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

If you do not have internet access, please complete the linked Appointment Request Form and have your student return the Form to the Attendance Office by October 16, 2013.  Your appointment time(s) will be returned to you prior to October 24th.  Appointments are not required in order to meet with Vocational Teachers.

Parents/Guardians may sign up for an appointment on October 24th provided there is a time slot available on the teacher’s appointment roster.  The appointment rosters will be displayed outside each teacher’s classroom.

If you are unable to schedule an appointment for October 24th or feel you will need extended time to meet with your student’s teacher(s), please contact the Guidance Office at extension 126 to schedule an appointment.


Also, a member of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority and the Educational Opportunity Center will be in the cafetorium at 6:30 provide information on college financial aid for grades 11 & 12.

In addition, Guidance Counselors, Ms. Spirlet, Mrs. Abaray, Mrs. Hevy and Administrators, Mrs. Fay and I, will be available by appointment to discuss the Educational Proficiency Plans (EPP) for students in the classes of 2014 and 2015.

There will be a Title I sign-in table as you enter the school.  A Title I representative will be available to field your questions and to provide you with written informational materials.

Financial Aid Night

The Old Colony Financial Aid Night will be held October 24th 2013 at 6:30pm in the Old Colony Cafeteria.  Representatives from MEFA (Massachusetts Eduactional Financing Authority) will be on-hand  to answer questions and to give an overview of the college financing process which will include, searching for scholarships, available types of financial aid, and alternative financing options.The presentation is geared toward Juniors, Seniors and their parents. All are welcome to attend.

Parent Survey

Old Colony is working with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to collect information on how we help parents be involved in their children’s education.  Parents from school districts throughout the State are completing this same survey.  The DESE has contracted with ICF Macro and Ashton Associates to program and administer this online survey to monitor the data collection process and to ensure the confidentiality of the survey results.

We encourage you to complete the questionnaire to provide us with your valuable responses.  Your answers to the survey are very important to us as they will help us identify how well we are partnering with parents, helping students to transition from grade to grade and to adult life, and providing training for families in areas of interest.  You can find the survey online at until March 29, 2013.