Category: 2013

4th Annual Craft & Vendor Fair

Old Colony RVTHS * 4th Annual Craft & Vendor Fair

Saturday, October 19th from 9-4pm

476 North Avenue, Rochester

Come shop early!!

Then go & support our OC Cougars in the Homecoming Football game @ 2pm

Over 30 crafters and vendors:

Beauty Counter               Mary Kay                    Tastefully Simple                  Woodturned Items

Candles                           Origami Owl                Thirty-One                            Raffles

Celebrating Home           Pampered Chef            Tupperware                          Food

Gift Baskets                    Quilted Items               Scentsy                                             And

Jewelry                           Tarot Readings             Spa Products                                     More….


Dunk tank from 11-2 with staff and 2-4 for any students for $5 entry fee.

Come and get your dunk on!

Contact Heather Darcy with questions.


Parent-Teacher Conferences

The 2013-2014 Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, from 11:30 AM to 3:15 PM and from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Appointments are required in order to meet with Academic Teachers.

Conference appointments are available through Online Registration.  If you wish to schedule conferences for October 24th, please follow the five steps outlined on the linked Online Registration Sheet.  Online registration will be available starting on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

If you do not have internet access, please complete the linked Appointment Request Form and have your student return the Form to the Attendance Office by October 16, 2013.  Your appointment time(s) will be returned to you prior to October 24th.  Appointments are not required in order to meet with Vocational Teachers.

Parents/Guardians may sign up for an appointment on October 24th provided there is a time slot available on the teacher’s appointment roster.  The appointment rosters will be displayed outside each teacher’s classroom.

If you are unable to schedule an appointment for October 24th or feel you will need extended time to meet with your student’s teacher(s), please contact the Guidance Office at extension 126 to schedule an appointment.


Also, a member of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority and the Educational Opportunity Center will be in the cafetorium at 6:30 provide information on college financial aid for grades 11 & 12.

In addition, Guidance Counselors, Ms. Spirlet, Mrs. Abaray, Mrs. Hevy and Administrators, Mrs. Fay and I, will be available by appointment to discuss the Educational Proficiency Plans (EPP) for students in the classes of 2014 and 2015.

There will be a Title I sign-in table as you enter the school.  A Title I representative will be available to field your questions and to provide you with written informational materials.


Accuplacer® is a test often given to students to determine their readiness for college-level courses. Many students will take Accuplacer® to assess their skills in English Writing, Reading, and Math. Unlike many other tests, Accuplacer® is an adaptive test administered on computers. Many colleges will ask new students to take an Accuplacer® test to help place them in the proper courses, but some high school students may take the tests as well. As a member of the  Massachusetts Secondary Postsecondary CVTE Linkage Consortium, Old Colony has been provided the opportunity to  early ACCUPLACER  test our seniors and juniors to early-identify students who may need subject remediation. Test dates have been scheduled for October 18th, November 15th and December 13th. There is no cost for the test and it will take place during the school day. Seniors and juniors who are interested in taking the test should sign up in the Guidance Office. For more information regarding the ACCUPLACER, SAT’s, PSAT’s please  click on the following link: Accuplacer.


Financial Aid Night

The Old Colony Financial Aid Night will be held October 24th 2013 at 6:30pm in the Old Colony Cafeteria.  Representatives from MEFA (Massachusetts Eduactional Financing Authority) will be on-hand  to answer questions and to give an overview of the college financing process which will include, searching for scholarships, available types of financial aid, and alternative financing options.The presentation is geared toward Juniors, Seniors and their parents. All are welcome to attend.

PSAT/NMSQT® / College Board Test

The PSAT will be held at Old Colony on Wednesday, October 16th. The PSAT/NMSQT®  is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

 All sophmores and juniors are eligible to take the test. To register, please bring a check or money order made out to Old Colony RVTHS to the Guidance Office. The cost of the test is  $14.00. Juniors who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should see their guidance counselor for a fee waiver. The deadline to sign up for the test is October 4th. If you have any questions please see your counselor.

Old Colony Participates in Materials Science Camp

Old Colony’s Metal Fabrication and Joining teacher, Kris Garcia, attended the first-ever ASM Materials Science camp at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston during the second week of July.  Twenty-two teachers, mainly science teachers or technical-education teachers, attended the 5-day workshop.  They learned the basics of Materials Science and its applications, and conducted many labs and activities which elucidated the properties of materials, and which are low-cost and suitable for students.

Materials Science involves physics, chemistry and engineering and is called ‘the enabling technology’: most inventions rely on some new material with special properties.  New England is a center of Materials Science research and development work, and there is always a need for experts in this field.  All those attending said at the end of the week, that they had learned many new ways to engage their students in the coming school year, and they thought that many of the activities would be “fun and fascinating” for the students, and easy to integrate into their lessons.Garcia

The camp was free for the teachers.  Major contributions to the camp’s organization were made by the Educational Foundation, and the Boston and Rhode Island chapters of ASM International, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and also by local companies H.C. Starck Inc. of Newton, Instron Corp. of Norwood and Wyman-Gordon of Grafton, as well as Wentworth Institute of Technology.   For more information see the ASM website at

CIS Students Launch LakeCAM Website


Junior Web Team: Jared, Cory, Ben, and Jose

On June 21st, 2013 LakeCAM unveiled their new website design, which was designed and created by Computer Information Systems students from Old Colony RVT High School. Since March 2013, the students had been working to revamp the LakeCAM website with the help of LakeCAM President Bob Marshall and Executive Director Allen Russell. While the students received direction from their teacher, Mr. Ryan Robidoux, they designed, developed and launched the site completely on their own. The four students that worked on the web design project – Jared, Cory, Ben, and Jose – each received $200 scholarships for their efforts on the site.

Check out their great work on the LakeCAM website!



2013 Summer Required Reading List

The Old Colony English Department 2013 Summer Required Reading List is as follows:


Incoming Class                    Book Title                                                           Author

Grade 9                                  Walkabout                                                 James Marshall

Grade 10                                The Secret Life of Bees                            Sue Monk Kidd

Grade 11                                Into the Wild                                              Jon Krakauer

Grade 12                               The Kite Runner                                         Khaled Hosseini

Please be prepared for an assessment of the book on the second day of your first academic cycle.

BCC Graphic

On June 5th, 2013, 14 CIS Juniors and Freshmen competed in the annual Bristol community college web design contest. Students were given a set of criteria and had to create a number of webpages. Everyone worked hard throughout the competition as Old Colony took first and fourth place among the 15 competing teams.

photo (4) First Place Team: Ben  and Jared

photo (3)Fourth Place Team: Jesse  and Ethan

Mandated BMI Screening for 10th Graders

Old Colony will be conducting the State mandated BMI Screening for 10th graders during the first week of June.   The purpose of this screening is to identify signs of possible weight related issues. A simple height and weight will be taken and recorded.  Complete privacy will be provided.   It is not a diagnostic service but a program to find young people who may need further evaluation.

If a child has unusual findings, the parent/guardian will be notified and asked to take their child to a physician as a precaution.

If a parent/guardian does not wish to have their son/daughter participate,they must download this form, sign it and return it to the  school nurse before June 1, 2013.