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 of the Month – December 2005

Shop Student Town
Automotive Matthew Pacheco Acushnet
CAD – Drafting Justin Peckham Acushnet
Computer Tech Zachary Card Carver
Cosmetology Krystle Boulanger Rochester
Culinary Arts Francis Pittsley Lakeville
Culinary Arts Kendra Cameron Lakeville
Electrical Derek Faulk Freetown
Electronics Kevin Burns Carver
Health Careers Jenna Preston Freetown
House & Mill Carpentry Daniel Rounseville Rochester
Machine & Tool Steve Cleary Rochester
Graphic Communication and Design Jose Robles-Ferro Rochester
Welding Christopher Lopes Lakeville
Power Mechanics Joseph Shea Lakeville

Five attend sportsmanship event

Once again this year, the Athletic Department at Old Colony participated in the MIAA/MSSADA Sportsmanship Summit. The Summit, held in November at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, included workshops for staff and student-athletes. Representing Old Colony were:

  • Gary Brown – Assistant Superintendent/Principal
  • Matthew Trahan – Athletic Director
  • Albino Perry – Boys Basketball Coach
  • Nathan Deree – Football (Acushnet)
  • Janelle Gifford – Soccer (Acushnet)

National Honor Society wins 7th Outstanding Chapter Award

Old Colony’s Chapter of the National Honor Society has been selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Chapter Award for the fifth year in a row. The Old Colony chapter is one of only three in the entire Commonwealth to have been selected for this distinction. The Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association State NHS Committee presents this award to local chapters for “exemplifying the true spirit of the National Honor Society ideals through demonstration of outstanding scholarship, leadership, character and service.”

This is the seventh Outstanding Chapter Award for the Old Colony in the last nine years; our chapter has also received six National Service Awards.

The Chapter received the award at the NHS State Leadership Conference in Worcester, MA, on April 4, 2006. The conference was held for advisors and students of the local chapters. Students Keith Morgado (East Freetown), Amanda Murdoch (Acushnet), and Kyle O’Neill (Lakeville) represented the Old Colony Chapter at the conference.

NHS students bring books to local schools

Members of the Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society recently visited the Acushnet Elementary School and the Rochester Memorial School as part of their annual Fall Book Drive Service Project. Members of the National Honor Society had solicited donations of children’s books in good condition and had collected approximately 300 of them.

NHS members visited classrooms in both schools where they read some of the books they had brought with them. After the reading, NHS members assisted the children in making crafts for Halloween and Thanksgiving that they had brought with them.

The boxes of books that had been collected were also distributed and donated to the classrooms and school library for the students to enjoy.

The participating Old Colony NHS members were:

Andre Arsenault (Acushnet)
Jennifer Babineau (Rochester)
Samantha Clarke (E. Freetown)
Aaron Carvalho (Acushnet)
Jeffrey Cormier (Acushnet)
Nicholas DeBrum (Lakeville)
Brandon Deneault (Acushnet)
Rebecca Dexter (Carver)
Nicole Doyle (E. Freetown)
Brandon Duarte (Acushnet)
Brett Duguay (Acushnet) Janelle Gifford (Acushnet)
Natalie Hazen (Carver)
Matthew Hudon (Acushnet)
Erin Mello (Acushnet)
Amanda Murdoch (Acushnet)
Keith Morgado (E. Freetown)
Kyle O’Neill (Lakeville)
Thomas Ouellette (E. Freetown)
Ryan Pimental (Acushnet)
Michael Ricardo (Carver)
Holly Tomkiewicz (E. Freetown)

NHS Chapter receives 6th Outstanding Service Project Award

The Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School Chapter of the National Honor Society was awarded a national Outstanding Service Project Award as part of the National Honor Society Conference held in Washington, D.C., November 11-13, 2005. Seventeen students represented Old Colony at the thirteenth annual conference.

This is the sixth time and third year in a row that Old Colony has received a national Outstanding Service Project Award. This year the award was received for the service project It’s in the Bag. This project involved making “tote” bags for residents in local nursing homes to use with their wheelchairs or walkers, or to place on their beds. NHS members also personally delivered the bags and visited with the residents to show that someone was thinking of them and to brighten their day.

NHS members solicited donations of items they would need to make the bags- new cloth placemats, material, fabric, thread, etc. and for the items they would be placing in the bags- tissues, lotions, pens, pencils, pads of paper and candy. “Bag-making” workshops were held after school with staff and parents volunteering their time and expertise in demonstrating how to sew and also lending a hand in the production of the bags. NHS members, with help from additional students were able to complete 140 tote bags.

Once completed, the bags were filled with the donated and purchased items and a card was attached. NHS members then delivered the bags to local nursing homes where they were able to visit with each recipient as they distributed the bags.

Old Colony was one of ten NHS Chapters that received national awards for outstanding service to their school and community this year, and is the only chapter in the country to have won six Outstanding Service Project awards.

Nearly 1000 National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society leaders and faculty advisors from across the country participated in the National Conference held this year in Washington, D.C. During the three-day conference, delegates attended workshop sessions on leadership, character building skills, effective student projects, and heard presentations from nationally known speakers. In addition, members networked with student leaders and advisors from schools across the nation, discussed social, educational, and political issues and exchanged ideas.

Old Colony members traveled to Washington, D.C. one day early to experience some of the sights of our nation’s capital. They visited the Arlington National Cemetery where they witnessed the “Changing of the Guard” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and visited other points of interest. At the Smithsonian Institution, they visited the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum and the Natural History Museum. They also went on a “Washington After Dark” bus tour where they visited the Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean, and FDR Memorials.

Members of the National Honor Society who attended the conference were: Aaron Carvalho, Jeffrey Cormier, Brandon Denault, Brandon Duarte, Brett Duguay, Janelle Gifford, and Ryan Pimental of Acushnet; Samantha Clarke, Nicole Doyle, Keith Morgado, Thomas Ouellette, and Holly Tomkiewicz of East Freetown; Nicholas DeBrum and Kyle O’Neill of Lakeville; and Rebecca Dexter, Natalie Hazen, and Michael Ricardo of Carver.

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.

Student of the Month – November 2005

Shop Student Town
Automotive Scott Beaulieu Acushnet
CAD – Drafting Jade Worthington Acushnet
Computer Tech Keith Morgardo Freetown
Cosmetology Melissa Jones Freetown
Culinary Arts Desiree Genard Acushnet
Culinary Arts Lili Duponte Mattapoisett
Electrical Adam Taylor Acushnet
Electronics Brandon Larrivee Carver
Graphic Communication and Design Melissa Almeida Acushnet
Health Careers Kathryn Lawton Acushnet
House & Mill Carpentry Jeremy Oliveira Freetown
Machine & Tool Tammy Aldridge Lakeville
Welding Joshua Lang Lakeville

SkillsUSA officers attend conference

The SkillsUSA officer team from Old Colony participated in the SkillsUSA Fall State Leadership Conference in Marlboro, Massachusetts, on November 20, 21, and 22, 2005. Over 400 student leaders from more than 25 vocational/technical high schools in Massachusetts were in attendance. Students participated in leadership building activities, culminating in their receiving the leadership award.

The theme of the conference, “Creating a Culture of Community,” was embodied in the community service project sponsored by City Year, in which students and advisors refurbished a Boy’s and Girl’s club. Old Colony’s officer team consists of Andre Arsenault, Desiree Genard, and Erin Mello from Acushnet; Mari Mitchell and Luke Coppola from Lakeville; and Nicole Doyle and Sarah Robert from East Freetown. Each of these students not only achieved the leader award, but did so with highest possible score.