Category: News

Move to Remote Learning Thursday, January 21, 2021

Dear Old Colony Community,

We hope this correspondence finds you well as we pay welcome to 2021. We continue to monitor CoVid-19 trends following the holiday break. We have seen an increase in positive cases in our sending communities and within our Old Colony community. In addition to the number of positive cases, we are seeing an increasing number of close contacts that have impacted our ability to staff the building for in-person learning. As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to pivot to our remote learning model effective tomorrow, Thursday, January 21, 2021 with tentative plans to return to our hybrid model on Monday, February 1, 2021. We will keep our community informed as plans and reports evolve. Staff are permitted to teach from the building given they meet all prerequisites associated with our CoVid-19 protocols. Non-teaching staff should report for duty as usual.

We are monitoring the number of positive cases, the number of close contacts associated with positive cases, and identifying whether or not these cases have an impact on our in-person learning and further transmission within our school community. We appreciate the regular communication that has taken place during your student’s remote learning cycle. Please continue to communicate CoVid-19 related news even when your student is remote. This alleviates the potential piling up of information upon our return to in-person learning. Timely communication has been an integral piece of our success to date.

Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We continue to deep clean on a daily basis. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. We appreciate your ongoing communication with our team in the event of a positive case. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission moving forward.

Flu Vaccination Update:

On Friday, January 15, the Department of Public Health (DPH) sent a message to school nurses removing the flu vaccination from the Immunization Requirements for School Entry.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our school nurses Ms. Lindsay Mota and Mrs. Deb Levesque (508) 763-8011 ext. 130 and/or 176. You can also reach me directly at apolansky@oldcolony.info if I can be of assistance at any time.  I am available around the clock if you have an issue that requires attention or clarification. Thank you for your continued support. On behalf of the entire Old Colony staff, we wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Sincerely,

 

Aaron L. Polansky

OC SEPAC presents Transitioning to College

Old Colony’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) has arranged for representatives from UMASS-Dartmouth and BCC’s Disability Services to discuss Transitioning to College on January 12th at 6 p.m.  If you would like to attend this event, you must RSVP at https://forms.gle/VX2Mbzfi3mU7v3EEA

OC SEPAC presents The ADHD Dude

Old Colony’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council has partnered with Bristol Plymouth Technical High School and the ADHD Dude, Ryan Wexelblatt, for a YouTube presentation on Thursday, December 10th at 6 p.m.  If your child is affected by ADHD or Executive Functioning challenges, please consider joining us for strategies to help make the 2020-2021 school year a success.  If you would like to attend this event, you must complete the RSVP form.  A link to the presentation will only be emailed out to those who have responded to this form.  REGISTER HERE

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipents

Class of 2021 Adams Scholarship Recipients

Bache, Jacob

Bangs, Owen

Blanchard, Audrey

Blouin, Ashlyn

Boren, Jared

Brunette, Benjamin

Caswell, James

Chambers, Cameron

Cotti, Mattelyn

Darcy, Isabelle

DeSousa, Austin

Duong, Krystal

Durant, Taylor

Farias, Bridget

Finney, Joshua

Franco, Dawson

Lambert, Christopher

Larkin, Emily

Lima, Colin

MacKay, Anthony

McGuiggan, Ryan

Mendes, Austin

Miller, Samantha

Mills, James

Owen, Carter

Papadakis, Nickolas

Pimental, Dylan

Quail, David

Staples, Dustin

Stone, Sabrina

Trahan, Camrin

Varao, Victoria

Wood, Shawn

MCAS Update

October 5, 2020

Dear Old Colony Households,

The Department of Education has released new information concerning MCAS testing. Students in grades 9,10 and 11 will be tested this academic year.  These testing cycles will provide opportunities for our students to receive Competency Determinations in the required subjects.

The following are the testing windows for our students:

Grade 11- January 19 – February 4   Math, ELA

Grade 10-  May 18-27    Math , ELA

Dates TBD 

Option to retest for grade 11

Grade 9-    May 18-27       Biology

The tests will be a computer based with the option for grade 11 students to do paper based ELA in May if they are not successful during the January testing window.  Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are not required to test or retest in Science, as DESE is accepting a passing grade in an approved Science course as Competency Determination.

Old Colony’s administration and staff are committed to the continued academic success of all our students and we are dedicated partners in the process of their individual preparation and achievement. In addition to targeted assistance through Title I programming, our English and Math Departments will be incorporating continuous content review and practice test exercises. Teacher office hours and Open Library are also venues to receive extra support and review time. We  encourage students to utilize MCAS practice materials at Pearson Access Next and the resources at DESE. 

http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student/

http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/released-items/

http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/testitems.html

If you have questions or concerns please contact us.

 

Thank you,

Michael Parker, Principal     jmparker@oldcolony.us

Catherine Tuiccinardi, Academic Coordinator       ctuccinardi@oldcolony.us

Johanna Kaufman, Data, MCAS, Title I Director: Grants Coordinator/Writer  jkaufman@oldcolony.us

Welcome Back Grade 9 & 11!

Your academic teachers are excited to welcome you back to class!  During our orientation days we reviewed the following information with you but wanted to send a quick reminder since it’s been a few weeks.

You should have been invited and joined all of your Google Classrooms for each of your academic subjects.  On Monday morning, follow your “Remote Learning Schedule” that you received in school, with your first class beginning at 8:15am.  The links to the live sessions are under the “Coursework” tab in the “Materials” folder.  If you or your student is questioning where to find the link for the live sessions, please watch “Live Class Links & Google Basics” tutorial in the Remote Learning folder on our website under our “Academics” tab. In this folder you will also find other important material related to remote learning that your student returned home with after their morning here in the building.

Please read through and review the options beginning at 1:20 (though grade 11 students are required to attend Academic Related classes Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), and also review our Remote Learning Norms.  Students are required to come to class with their cameras on and their microphones accessible.  Teachers will be working hard to get to know students, build relationships, and assess the remediation that may be necessary due to last spring’s abrupt closure.  Please log into class ready to engage, participate and learn!  If you have questions, your instructors and guidance counselors are there to help.  Have a wonderful first academic cycle!