Category: 2012

School Safety Information

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We all share a deep sadness over the events in Newtown, CT. It is certainly an unspeakable act, and a senseless tragedy. We can’t even imagine the pain and suffering the Newtown community has experienced.

I know it has crossed your mind and you have probably asked yourself the question. What action does my son/daughters’ school have in place in case the unspeakable happens?

Old Colony has been practicing lockdown drills with local police for many years. We have an outstanding relationship with the Rochester Police Department and meet on a monthly basis with the Chief to discuss many issues that will keep our school safe. This too has been an ongoing practice.

Also, Mrs. Foskett and I were awarded a school safety grant from the federal government back in 2009 and have been to trainings in Texas, Washington, DC, and Boston. These trainings included schools all over the United States, and the training sessions included topics from school shootings to chemical spills, and anything in between. This grant also allowed us to install cameras in and outside of the school building and a new buzzer system at the front door. Both the local police and the fire department have electronic door keys to enter the building at any time, and all of our doors have large number on them for a quicker response system. We have other safety plans in place with the local police and fire officials that I am unable to reveal for safety issues.

Although we know that we cannot prevent all tragedies, we have prepared ourselves to at least minimize them. I would welcome any questions or comments you may have concerning our policies and procedures that pertain to the safety of your child.


Gary Brown


Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

NEA Health Information Network, School Crisis Guide

PBS Kids, Strategies for Talking and Listening

American Psychological Association, Helping Your Children Manage Stress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

National Association of School Psychologists, Talking to Children about Violence

The Child Mind Institute, Caring for Kids After a School Shooting

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Staff: National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School

Parent Tips for Connecticut School Shooting: National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School

The New York Times, Tips for Talking to Children about the Shooting

The U.S. Department of Education, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

Creating and Updating School Emergency Management

Resources for schools to prepare for and recover from crisis

Resources for parents following traumatic events

Breakfast Program

Old Colony will be starting up a School Breakfast program on November 5, 2012. The students will be required to sign up (form will be distributed) and receive a pass to participate. The program will initially start at 7:15 AM.

  • The students will need the pass to leave the bus and enter the building prior to 7:30 AM
  • Driving students will need a pass to enter the building prior to 7:30.
  • All students entering the building prior to 7:30 must have a pass and are to go to the cafeteria.
  • No one will leave the cafeteria before 7:30.
  • All food and beverages must be consumed in the Cafeteria and can’t leave the Cafeteria.
  • All students will have to finish by 7:40 in order for students to be ready for their first class at 7:45
  • Regular breakfast is $1.50
  • Reduced price breakfast is $.30

At this time pre-payment will be by cash or check and credited to your account. We are anticipating on-line payment on our web site by the first of December. The Administration and staff at Old Colony urge the participation in our breakfast program since it gives the students a greater chance of being successful.

Early dismissal dates announced for 2012-2013

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 26, 2012 – (Wednesday) – at 12:15 pm
  • October 25, 2012 – (Thursday) – at 10:48 am
  • October 31, 2012 – (Wednesday) – at 10:48 am
  • December 21, 2012 – (Friday) – at 10:48 pm
  • January 30, 2013 – (Wednesday) – at 10:48 pm
  • March 11, 2013 – (Monday) – at 10:48 pm
  • April 29, 2013 – (Monday) – at 10:48 am

Mr. Cougar 2012!

Congratulations to Dylan Sylvia who won the 10 annual Mr. Cougar competition this past Friday night. Dylan is pictured in the back row standing second from the left. The show has been credited as one of the best in school history! Dylan competed with 9 other contestants in casual wear, talent ( played drums) and formal wear. Dylan has won atonal prom package for winning the competition. Other contestants include: Mike Souto, Cody Rodrigues, Shane Byrnes, Matt Shehe, Ian Moniz, Billy Jacintho, Matt Tonetto, Cam Alves, Kevin Newell.


Lady Cougars named all-stars

Three members of the Old Colony girls basketball team have been selected for the Mayflower League Basketball All-Star Team. Juniors Katie Drouin and Kerrie Rousseau, both from Acushnet, and Katelyn Ryan , a senior from Carver, were selected. All-Star selection is made by the Mayflower League coaches. The Lady Cougars are coached by William Hebert.

Mosquito Spraying

Due to the finding of EEE infected mosquitos in the area, the grounds at Old Colony have been sprayed. For details about the spraying and the pesticides used please click here.

Congratulations to the SkillsUSA Competiton Winners!

Many students represented Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School at the Massachusetts Skills USA District 1 Competition on March 9, 2012. The Students of Old Colony won 23 medals in 20 competitions which were entered.

The Students of old Colony won a total of 11 gold metals, 6 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals.

List of Winners:

Medal Category Name Town
Bronze Office Technology Nichole Breault Assonet
Bronze Culinary Arts Paul Piedade Assonet
Bronze Food and Beverage Service Samantha Cusson Acushnet
Bronze Cosmetology – Over 500 Allison Bancroft Lakeville
Bronze Architectural Drafting William Augustine Acushnet
Bronze Web Design (Teams) Cody Loika Assonet
Web Design (Teams) Jared Mederios Acushnet
Silver Culinary Arts Paul Kelly Rochester
Silver Graphics Technology Hillary Mello Acushnet
Silver Electronics Technology Brett Southworth Acushnet
Silver Welding Travis Desrosiers Acushnet
Silver Cosmetology – Nail Care Lacey Duval Rochester
Silver Computer Information Cory Mourato Acushnet
Gold Customer Service Andrew Veary E.Freetown
Gold Automotive Service Michael Amos Lakeville
Gold Carpentry Andrew Cabral Acushnet
Gold Precision Machining Joseph Card East Carver
Gold Cosmetology – Under 500 Chelsea Cormier Acushnet
Gold Electronics Technology Assonet
Gold Architectural Drafting Nichole Jackson Lakeville
Gold Technical Drafting Jordan Frey Rochester
Gold Nurse Assisting Alissa Souza Acushnet
Gold Office Technology Amanda Michaud Rochester
Gold Web Design (Teams) Christopher Mello E.Freetown
Web Design (Teams) Brandon Charles Acushnet

Principal’s Leadership Award Nominee

CIS senior Brandon Charles has been nominated as Old Colony’s recipient of the 2012 Principal’s Leadership Award. Brandon was nominated for the award based upon his leadership ability and his vocational/academic excellence.

The Principal’s Leadership Award Scholarship Program, sponsored jointly by Herff-Jones Company and the National Association of Secondary School Principlas, awards scholarships ranging from $1,000.00 to $12,000.00 to one hundred outstanding seniors. Brandon’s nomination makes him eligable for one of these national scholarships.

Congratulations to Old Colony’s Outstanding Vocational Student Award Nominee

Graphic Communications Design Department senior Hilary Mello has been selected as Old Colony’s “Outstanding Vocational Student Award” nominee for 2012.

This statewide award program recognizes the outstanding vocational education student from the Commonwealth. The award recognizes the excellence Hilary has achieved in her academic studies as well as the Graphic Communication Design field. Hilary exemplifies the high ideals of vocational-technical education. Hilary will receive her award on April 25th, 2012 at a statewide ceremony to be held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

We are pleased with Hilary’s nomination and we know you will join us in offering her congradulations.

Congratulations to Old Colony’s 2011-2012 Walter J. Markham nominee

Graphic Communications Design Department senior Hilary J. Mello has been selected as Old Colony’s 2011-2012 Walter J. Markham nominee.

Hilary’s nomination recognizes her vocational-technical excellence, leadership skills, and her commitment to Old Colony. We are pleased with Hilary’s nomination and we know you will join us in offering her your congradulations.