Category: 2005

Old Colony receives grant for frameworks training

– (12/12/05)

The Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District School Committee is pleased to announce that the school is the recipient of a $5,000.00 competitive grant. The proposal, written by CIT instructor Jacqueline Machamer, is called “Technology Integration Pilot Project.” It is funded through the Massachusetts Department of Education.

All vocational-technical programs now have State Curriculum Frameworks with multiple strands. The project is planned to provide training for the Old Colony faculty in the implementation of the frameworks.

Additional information concerning the project, which has already started, can be received from Mrs. Machamer by calling 508-763-8011, ext. 162.

Mr. Lamontagne participates in Leadership Academy

– (12/12/05)

Mr. David Lamontagne, a science teacher at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, was selected by the administration last year to participate in the statewide Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators’ Leadership Academy. As part of this program, Mr. Lamontagne attended numerous classes, including several weekends during the school year and summer. The Leadership Academy assists the participants to understand the various roles and responsibilities of an administrator.

Mr. Lamontagne, in addition to his efforts in the Leadership Academy, serves on Old Colony’s Curriculum/Assessment Committee and has conducted professional development seminars for the school staff. He is also the head football coach and an assistant with the softball team.

A true professional, Mr. Lamontagne was honored at the last District School Committee meeting. He was awarded a plaque citing his accomplishments in the MAVA Leadership Academy.


School Committee continues with policy review

– (12/12/05)

School Committee Chairman, Vincent Ryan (Rochester), announced that the seven-member committee appointed to conduct a policy review and revision one year ago, is meeting with great success. The Committee hopes to complete its work by March 2006.

Members serving on the Committee include:

Acushnet – Linda Enos
Carver – Darrin McDonald & Paul McDonald
Lakeville – Donald Foster
Mattapoisett – Barbara Sullivan
Rochester – Augusto B. Costa & Vincent Ryan
Further information may be received by calling the Office of the Superintendent-Director at Old Colony at 508-763-8011, ext. 116, or by email at

Mr. Brodeur nominated for Teachers Hall of Fame Program

– (12/12/05)

The administration and staff at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School are pleased to announce the nomination of an English teacher, Mr. Paul Brodeur, as their nominee for the National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction Program.

Mr. Brodeur, a Somerset resident, was the overwhelming selection of the Old Colony professional staff. A consummate professional, Mr. Brodeur has been recognized as a Teacher of the Year nominee and is a favorite of the student body at Old Colony.

Superintendent-Director, David J. Ferreira, stated Mr. Brodeur continually provides outstanding instruction on a daily basis. He is a sincere, caring, and effective teacher.

Mr. Brodeur has served the District since 1999.

Student Support Team appointed for 2005-2006

– (12/1/05)

The District School Committee at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is pleased to announce the appointment of six (6) staff members to the 2005-2006 Student Support Team. The team assists at-risk members of the student body as identified by the professional staff. The intervention program has successfully assisted numerous students over the years.

Appointed to the Student Support Team for the school year were:

John Abaray (Culinary Arts)
Jana Baroa (Special Education)
Gina Despres (English Department)
Nancy Francis (Mathematics Department)
Deborah Hermann (English Department)
Robert Sherman (Guidance Department)

Health Careers program excellence continues

– (12/1/05)

The Division of Health Care Quality of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is one of the agencies that certify the Health Careers Program at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School. The state agency is responsible for approving training programs in Health Careers throughout the Commonwealth.

The Health Careers Program at Old Colony, in addition to approval by the Department of Public Health, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Massachusetts Department of Education. The program includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience in various health care facilities in the community. The program is a four-year curriculum of studies for qualified high school students.

During the 2005-2006 school years, the students will be affiliating with the following facilities:
Headstart of New Bedford
Sassaquin Dental Associates of New Bedford
New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home, Inc.
Southcoast Hospital Groups
High school age students from Acushnet, Carver, Freetown, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, and Rochester attend Old Colony. Applications are available from the school Guidance Office.

For additional information about the Health Careers Program at Old Colony or admissions, call 508-763-8011, ext. 126.

REAP grant received by Old Colony

– (12/1/05)

For the fourth consecutive year, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is the recipient of a grant award under the Rural Education Achievement Program’s (REAP) Small Rural School Achievement Grant. The $36587.00 in federal funds will be used to provide supportive services to the most needy students in the school.

Old Colony to continue S.O.S. program

– (12/1/05)

The Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School district, at the request of Assistant Superintendent/Principal Gary Brown, will continue its participation in the S.O.S. Suicide Prevention Program. The program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The S.O.S. (Signs of Suicide) Program has been implemented in more than 1300 schools nationwide. The program teaches students about the link between suicide and depression, that suicide is preventable. Students who participate in S.O.S. achieve a greater understanding of the importance of identifying risk in themselves and others.

Additional information about the S.O.S. Suicide Prevention can be received from Guidance Counselors Anne Spirlet, Susan Abaray, and Robert Sherman in the Old Colony Guidance Office at 508-763-8011, ext. 126.

Old Colony receives Perkins Grant money

– (11/1/05)

The Department of Education has officially awarded Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School a total sum of $48,139.00, as part of the FY 06 Perkins Grant, of which $7,440.00 comes from the Freetown-Lakeville School District.

The FY 06 funding will be used to update equipment in the Health Careers and the Automotive Technology Programs. District funds, along with Perkins money, will also be used to obtain National Certification in Culinary Arts. Fifteen percent (15%) of funding will be used for staff professional development.

Mr. Ferreira appointed to MAVA committee

– (10/31/05)

A SouthCoast Superintendent has been appointed to the Liaison, Outreach, & Recognition Committee for the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators for the 2005-2006 school year.

Old Colony RVTHS Superintendent-Director, David J. Ferreira, was appointed to the committee which promotes and recognizes excellence in vocational-technical education across the Commonwealth.

Superintendent-Director Ferreira has also been appointed to serve as one of three MAVA members on the Commission for Career & Technical Institutions of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Mr. Miranda appointed to frameworks committee

– (10/21/05)

A vocational faculty member at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has been appointed to a statewide Vocational-Technical Curriculum Frameworks Advisory Committee. Due in part to the new Chapter 74 regulations, each occupational program, including Culinary Arts, has a mandatory instructional framework.

Old Colony is pleased to announce the statewide appointment of Steven Miranda (Culinary Arts).

Administrators appointed to MAVA committees

– (10/21/05)

Two Southcoast administrators have been appointed to committees for the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators for the 2005-2006 school year.

Old Colony Assistant-Superintendent/Principal, Gary Brown, was appointed to the MAVA Strategic Planning Task Force focusing on the Delivery of Curriculum and Instruction. Special Services Coordinator, Patricia Foskett, also will serve on a MAVA Task Force focusing on data collection, analysis, and accountability.

The Task Forces will begin their efforts in early November.

Mr. Barrows selected for MASC committee

– (10/14/05)

A member if the District School Committee at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has been selected to the MASC All-State School Committee. MASC, Massachusetts Association of School Committees, annually recognizes a small number of school committee members in the Commonwealth for exceptional service to children.

Mr. Dana L. Barrows, a Mattapoisett resident, was notified of his appointment recently by Ken Pereira, MASC 2005 President. In nominating Mr. Barrows, Mr. Pereira stated, “this honor recognizes your contributions to the children of the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District, both through your years of service on the school committee and through the many activities in which you participate as an advocate for children.”

This award will be presented at a special Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 27, 2005 during the MASS/MASC Annual Joint Conference in Worcester. Mr. Barrows has served on the Old Colony School Committee for ten years.

Ms. Spirlet named Non-Traditional Career Advisor

– (9/7/05)

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Spirlet as the Non-Traditional Career Advisor for 2005-2006.

The Non-Traditional Career Advisor will assist in the recruitment process of the non-traditional students, help prepare students for non-traditional occupations, supply information for the school website, provide parent information packages, and numerous other non-traditional duties.

The part-time position will be funded by a federal Perkins Grant.

Ms. Spirlet may be contacted at Old Colony by calling 508-763-8011, ext. 128.

Old Colony welcomes new faculty members

– (9/7/05)

The Old Colony school community is pleased to announce the appointment of four new faculty members at the technical high school. The new members join a highly-qualified professional staff dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each student.

In addition to achieving the state standards for a high school diploma, each graduate receives occupational specific training in preparation for employment in one of thirteen technical areas.

The new staff members at Old Colony include:

Susan Abaray – Guidance Counselor
Willian Ashley – Automotive Instructor
Michelle Falcon – Science Instructor
Americo Miranda – Social Studies Instuctor