Category: 2010

2010-2011 NHS Officers

Four members of the Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society were elected to serve as officers for the 2009-2010 school year. The officers will assume responsibility for leading the Society to achieve its varied service goals.

  • President- Jaime Pimental (Acushnet)
  • Vice-President- Zachary Vieira (Acushnet)
  • Secretary- Lacey Cabral (Acushnet)
  • Treasurer- Nicholas Jenkins (Acushnet)

The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in three-fourths of the nation’s high schools. Local chapters are sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Old Colony in compliance with EPA / AHERA

Since June 1998, the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has been in full compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The inspection findings and asbestos management plans have been on file in the office of the Superintendent-Director since that time.

The public is welcome to view the AHERA Management Plan by contacting Gary Brown at 508-763-8011, ext 116, or by email at gbrown@oldcolony.us.

CIS students help Acushnet with museum project

Old Colony students will be involved in a project titled, “Town of Acushnet’s Long Plain Museum Inventory Project.” Thanks to a $3,000 grant provided by The Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation, students will be provided with the equipment and the means to properly inventory the museum’s artifacts.

Students in the Computer Information Systems (CIS) vocational shop will travel with their instructor, Karen Guenette, two times per week to photograph and record descriptions of all items using software, computers, and a camera provided by the grant funds.

Ms. Guenette initiated the grant application and will be responsible for overseeing the project that will begin in September 2010. The project is expected to be ongoing at least throughout the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Guenette will also be responsible for regularly reporting the progress of the project, including its final stages.

Old Colony offers Night School Programs

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is pleased to announce that Night School Programs will once again be in progress at its Rochester, MA, campus starting in September 2010. This is a great opportunity to train for a new career! Check back for more information regarding class programs and sign-ups.

  • To learn all of the details, visit our Night School Programs page.
  • For more information, please call 508-763-8011 (x220), or email us at nightschool@oldcolony.us
  • All Night School Programs will be held at Old Colony RVTHS, 476 North Avenue, Rochester, MA

Culinary Arts VTEF Draft Revision (2010)

View the Culinary Arts VTEF Draft Revision (2010)

Through a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education funded grant, Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School formed a partnership with Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical School, Tantasqua Regional Technical School and Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School to revise the current Culinary Arts VTEF. The partnership met regularly beginning in October and has completed revising and condensing the Culinary Arts Frameworks. The Draft Revision is posted for public comment. Please send any comments tojwatterson@uppercapetech.org.

View or print 413-B Grant Job Postings to Revise Culinary Arts VTEF

NCLB Teacher Quality Standards

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act defines new standards for teacher quality. Under NCLB, teachers must be licensed, have a bachelor’s degree, and demonstrate subject matter knowledge, either through a state test or by majoring in the subject in college. NCLB standards apply to the subject matter taught by teachers: a teacher may be qualified to teach one subject, but not another. With this in mind, we are doubling our efforts to make sure all teachers at our school are appropriately assigned to teach classes that reflect their degrees.

NCLB requires that parents/guardians of children enrolled in Title I schools be notified if their child has been taught for four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the federal standard.

If you have any questions regarding qualifications, please feel free to contact me. For additional information about the federal highly qualified teacher requirements and Massachusetts policies related to them, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Web site at www.doe.mass.edu/nclb.

Sincerely yours,

Patricia Foskett
Principal

Old Colony’s “Adequate Yearly Progress 2009” Report Issued

Adequate Yearly Progress 2009

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose our school “report card” for the current year. It contains important information about teacher qualifications, student achievement on Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests, and the progress we are making toward helping all students become proficient in English language arts and mathematics. The information in the report card is divided into three parts:

  • Part I: Teacher Qualifications
  • Part II: Student Achievement
  • Part III: School Accountability

Part I provides information about the qualifications of the teachers in our school and district.

Part II summarizes how our school’s students scored in English language arts and mathematics in the last two years of MCAS examinations.

Part III indicates whether or not our school is on target to meet the goal of all students reaching proficiency in English language arts and mathematics by 2014, a fundamental goal of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In accordance with NCLB, schools that do not make sufficient progress toward this goal are identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring.

Our school’s 2009 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report shows that the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has made AYP for the following subject areas and subgroups:

  1. Math
  2. English

As a result of these determinations, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is not identified for Improvement/Corrective Action/Restructuring.

These findings are an important part of your right to know how well our school is helping all students to reach proficiency in English language arts and mathematics. Schools receiving federal Title I funds that do not make AYP for two consecutive years must allow parents the opportunity to transfer their child to another school in the district that is performing satisfactorily. Schools that have not made AYP for three years in a row–in addition to offering parents the right to choose a new school–must also offer parents a chance to access supplemental educational services for their children. Supplemental services allow eligible children to be tutored after school or participate in classes aimed at boosting academic achievement in English language arts and mathematics.

We are happy to help you if you have further questions about what this report card means. Please feel free to call me directly if I can be of additional assistance to you.

Sincerely yours,

Patricia Foskett
Principal

Cosmetology (2010) seniors pass state board exam

Old Colony’s Cosmetology senior class of 2010 has successfully completed their hours and obtained their Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology Operator’s License. The taking and passing of the State Board has been a requirement for the Cosmetology Department since 2000. The following students successfully passed:

The following students completed their testing:

 

  • Erica Anderson (Carver)
  • Arielle Bernier (Lakeville)
  • Chelsea Bonenfant (Carver)
  • Tania-Raquel Clementino (Acushnet)
  • Amanda Couto (Rochester)
  • Heather Faulkner (Lakeville)
  • Alizabeth Jackson (Lakeville)
  • Shyann McAvoy (Freetown)
  • Holly McGreavy (Mattapoisett)
  • Sarah Smith (Lakeville)
  • Alexandra Sweeney (Lakeville)
  • Megan Taylor (Acushnet)

Anne Spirlet appointed as Non-Traditional Advisor for 2010–2011 school year

Anne Spirlet, Old Colony’s Guidance Counselor, has been appointed as the Non-Traditional Advisor for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Ms. Spirlet will be working with the staff and students to promote and achieve non-traditional opportunities to the faculty and community. Old Colony’s Non-Traditional Program also works closely with the South East Equity Leaders (SEEL).

Early dismissal dates announced for 2010-2011

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has announced its early dismissal dates for the 2010-2011 school year. The early release dates and times are as follows:

  • September 21, 2010 -(Tuesday) – at 12:15 pm
  • November 18, 2010 -(Thursday) – at 10:48 am
  • December 6, 2010 -(Monday) – at 10:48 am
  • January 19, 2011 -(Wednesday) – at 1:33 pm
  • February 16, 2011 -(Wednesday) – at 12:15 pm
  • March 16, 2011 -(Wednesday) – at 10:48 am
  • April 26, 2011 -(Tuesday) – at 1:33 pm
  • May 3, 2011 -(Tuesday) – at 12:15 pm
  • June 8, 2011 -(Wednesday) – at 10:48 am

Local Student Honored for Community Service

Lacey Cabral was named the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District volunteer of the year in the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Lacey was recognized for her volunteer work as an office assistant to her Church Director.

Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community service by young Americans. Ms. Cabral is now eligible for the Massachusetts youth volunteer of the year awards.

Two State Honorees, one middle level and one high school student, will be named in February. Each will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C. for recognition ceremonies with a parent or guardian next May.

At the Washington event, ten National Honorees will be named by a distinguished national selection committee, and each will receive an additional $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit, charitable organization of his or her choice.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are supported by Girl Scouts of the USA, National 4-H Council, American Red Cross, YMCA of the USA, Hands On Network(generated by the Points of Light Institute) and many other national youth, service and education organizations.

 

Old Colony Freshmen SkillsUSA winners announced – (6/7/10)

On Monday, June 7th, the Old Colony RVTHS Chapter of Skills USA held its annual Freshmen Awards Ceremony. Freshmen students participated in the annual SkillsUSA competitions at Old Colony as their first exposure to SkillsUSA traditions. Certificates and medallions were awarded to the winners.

The results were as follows:

Automotive Service Technology

  • 3rd Place: Evan Gomes (Acushnet)
  • 2nd Place: Nathaniel Kessler (Rochester)
  • 1st Place: Alexander Buckley (Mattapoisett)

Computer Aided Drafting

  • 3rd Place: Alexander McCabe (Mattapoisett)
  • 2nd Place: Brett Aguiar (Acushnet)
  • 1st Place: Brandan White (Lakeville)

Computer Office Technology

  • 3rd Place: Alexandria Bindas (Rochester)
  • 2nd Place: William Rogers (Rochester)
  • 1st Place: Amanda LeBlanc (Acushnet)

Cosmetology

  • 3rd Place: Ashleigh Fortin (Rochester)
  • 2nd Place: Molly Medeiros (Freetown)
  • 1st Place: Hope Duarte (Acushnet)

Culinary Arts

  • 3rd Place: Ashley Kennefick (Acushnet)
  • 2nd Place: Tayla Sturtevant (Carver)
  • 1st Place: Brandon Boudreau (Acushnet)

Graphic Communications

  • 3rd Place: Carolyn Ciccatelli (Rochester)
  • 2nd Place: Samantha Cardin (Freetown)
  • 1st Place: Joslyn Costa (Acushnet)

Electrical

  • 3rd Place: Dylan Souza (Acushnet)
  • 2nd Place: Derek McClain (Carver)
  • 1st Place: Jake Howes (Carver)

Programming and Web Design

  • 3rd Place: Geoffrey Bentz (Freetown)
  • 2nd Place: Evan Costa (Rochester)
  • 1st Place: Nichole Breault (Rochester)

Machine and Tool Technology

  • 3rd Place: Joseph Card (Carver)
  • 2nd Place: Thomas Gammell (Mattapoisett)
  • 1st Place: Jacob Cuthbert (Carver)

House and Mill Carpentry

  • 3rd Place: Joshua Cunha (Rochester)
  • 2nd Place: Jared Davoli (Lakeville)
  • 1st Place: Timothy Manny (Freetown)

Heath Careers

  • 3rd Place: Breanna Amarello (Acushnet)
  • 2nd Place: Anya Motta (Rochester)
  • 1st Place: Katherine Taylor (Carver)

Metal Fabrication and Joining Technology

  • 3rd Place: Evan Botelho (Rochester)
  • 3rd Place: Victor Hayhurst (Carver)
  • 2nd Place: Daniel Bilunas (Lakeville)
  • 1st Place: Joshua Farney (Mattapoisett)

Student of the Month – June 2010

Shop Student Town
Automotive Alex Buckley Mattapoisett
Crystal Moniz Lakeville
CAD – Drafting Justin Barros Acushnet
Computer Info Systems Christopher Mello Freetown
Cosmetology Carissa Galavotti Lakeville
Culinary Arts Matthew Mello Acushnet
Electrical Scott Spangler Mattapoisett
Electronics Jacob Cornell Freetown
Graphic Comm. & Design Shane Tremblay Freetown
Health Careers Jill Corrigan Acushnet
House & Mill Carpentry Andrew Cabral Acushnet
Machine & Tool Timothy Turner Lakeville
Metal Fabrication Joseph Lemieux Acushnet

Sixth Annual Old Colony Golf Tournament sets a record

The Sixth Annual Old Colony Golf Tournament was a huge success, raising almost $30,000 for the Old Colony Student Scholarships and Services Fund. The golf tournament, evening dinner, auction, and raffle events generated this impressive amount thanks to the generosity of the Old Colony community.

This year’s golf tourney was held at the Acushnet River Valley Golf Course in Acushnet, MA, on Saturday, May 15, 2010. The event was held in honor of a local hero, Tyler J. Trahan, a resident of Freetown who graduated from Old Colony RVTHS in 2004, Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2006, and then enlisted in the US Navy. Tyler was tragically killed on April 30, 2009, fighting for his country in Iraq.

Old Colony wants to thank John Abaray and the Golf Committee for all of their dedication and hard work. The school also thanks all of the families, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests for their generous support, and for making the day a fun, memorable, and profitable one. Old Colony also wants to recognize TRANE for their generous donation of $10,000. All of the proceeds from the golf tournament will directly benefit the students of Old Colony. Thanks to everyone for making this important fundraiser the best one ever!

NHS conducts annual Induction Ceremony

May 14, 2010

The Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society recently conducted its twenty-fourth annual Induction Ceremony. The students were selected for membership based upon their scholarship, leadership, service and character. Students are selected by the National Honor Society Faculty Council. Those inducted included:
Class of 2010

  • Julia R. Aguiar – Acushnet

Class of 2011

  • Megan E. Smith – East Freetown
  • Zachary J. Stupalski – Acushnet

Class of 2012

  • Brianne O. Albritton – Acushnet
  • Michael J. Amos – Lakeville
  • Jake A. Carvalho – Acushnet
  • Brandon M. Charles – Acushnet
  • Jessica L. Daffinee – Acushnet
  • Michael S. Delgado – Acushnet
  • Antonio DS. Fernandes Jr. – Acushnet
  • Lindsey J. Harding – Acushnet
  • Monique R. Hebert – Acushnet
  • Zachary C. Horn – Carver
  • William M. Jacintho Jr. – Acushnet
  • Nichole M. Jackson – Lakeville
  • Madison W. Lopes – Acushnet
  • Christopher T. Mello – East Freetown
  • Adrien T. Pelletier – Acushnet
  • Julie M. Pergola – Carver
  • Brody S. Roderick – Acushnet
  • Cody L. Rodrigues – Acushnet
  • Brett S. Southworth – Acushnet
  • Alissa L. Souza – Acushnet
  • Chelsea A. Souza – Acushnet
  • Jocelin M. Westgate – Acushnet

The present officers of the Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society were recognized for their years of leadership at the Induction Ceremony. Officers received an insignia pin recognizing their successful year of service. Recipients included:

  • President- Jarod N. Ferreira (Acushnet)
  • Vice-President- Katelyn E. Weigel (Rochester)
  • Secretary- Morgan D. Albritton (Acushnet)
  • Treasury- James F. Cafferty (Acushnet)

Also, four members of the Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society were recently elected to serve as officers for the 2010-2011 school year. The officers will assume responsibility for leading the Society to achieve its varied service goals. Elected were:

  • President- Jaime Pimental (Acushnet)
  • Vice-President- Zachary Vieira (Acushnet)
  • Secretary- Lacey Cabral (Acushnet)
  • Treasurer- Nicholas Jenkins (Acushnet)

The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in three-fourths of the nation’s high schools. Local Chapters are sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.