Category: 2016

Your Opinion Matters!


Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in your child’s education. It’s your district’s turn this year. The web-based survey will be open from September 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

  • You can complete the survey online or using a mobile device, .
  • You can also complete a paper survey and mail it in or ask you district to mail it to the address below.
  • Ask your child’s teacher if you need help accessing and completing the survey.
  • Your participation in this survey will help your school district to improve family engagement for all students.

Who completes the Family Engagement Survey? Parents or guardians of students with an IEP who attend school are asked to complete a survey. Districts are asked to participate in this survey once every four years. This year is your district’s turn to participate.

I have more than one child with an IEP. Should I complete a survey for each child? Yes, you should complete one survey for each child.  Please make sure you complete only one survey for each child with and IEP.

What should I do if I need help in finding and completing the survey?  You can ask your child’s teacher to help you find and complete the survey. Schools are finding ways to help all families participate in the survey.

Is the survey confidential?  The survey is completely confidential and won’t include your name or your child’s name. There is no personally identifiable information requested on the survey.

Mail completed paper surveys to:

Martha Daigle

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

75 Pleasant Street

Malden, MA 02148


National Honor Society – Kits We Care Project

Over 300 bags were distributed to preschoolers by the National Honor Society as part of our “Kits We Care Project”. The entire Old Colony community came together to support the effort and were represented by Mrs. Gifford, Ms. Gamelin, and 24 students who had the opportunity to deliver the gifts in person. Thank you for your continued efforts to support education beyond our walls. May your holiday season be a happy and healthy one.

Students give Rochester PD close cut after No Shave November

Our Cosmetology students recently helped the Rochester Police Department clean up after No Shave November.  The police officers participated in No Shave November for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program that helps the military and their families with combat-related issues.  The Cosmetology students helped out by shaving the police officer’s beards off on the last day of November.  You can read more about it here, at the Sippican Week’s website.

Chipotle Non-Traditional Fundraiser – School Spirit Tastes Great

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Non Traditional Career Club at Old Colony Voc Tech High School. Come in to the Chipotle at 349 State Road in North Dartmouth on Thursday, December 8th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Non Traditional Career Club at Old Colony Voc Tech High School.

ALICE Practice Drill

All Old Colony staff and students participated in a full ALICE practice drill today (either lock-down/shelter-in-place/barricade or evacuated and reunified outside the building). This drill was led in partnership with the Rochester Police Dept. and two certified trainers employed at Old Colony RVTHS. The ALICE training offers school districts options that mitigate liability, assume less risk, and most importantly, equip the staff and students with life-saving skills.

2017-2018 Old Colony Application

Begin your application for admission to Old Colony for the 2017-18 school year online now!

  • Visit
  • Click on “Online Application”
  • Complete the online registration with your parent/guardian.
  • When the registration is complete, you will be contacted by email for the next steps.
  • We will keep you updated on your application status!

Bernard’s Driving School

Drivers Education Classes will be Nov. 7-18 from 5-8pm at the N.B. Main office located at 345 Union St. New Bedford.

Parent Class is on Wednesday, Nov. 9th from 6-8pm.

Call 508-994-4375 for more info.

Fall Sports Teams Make Playoffs!

Come out and support our Cougars!

MIAA Playoff Schedule:


Volleyball travel to Fairhaven H.S. Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 5pm

Football host St. John Paul II Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 1pm

Boys Soccer host South Shore Christian Sunday, November 6, 2016 @ 2pm

Opiate Crisis Presentation

“How To Protect Our Families & Community From The Opiate Crisis”

Please join us for a presentation by Tom Bozzo, M.D.

Dr. Bozzo is an addiction treatment physician, a leading member of Physicians to Prevent Opioid  Abuse (PPOA), and a concerned parent.

Tri-Town residents, parents and young adults are all encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, November 9th

7 – 8 p.m.

Mattapoisett Free Public Library

7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett

Childcare is available at the library. Please call the library at 508-758-4171 to pre-register for childcare.

Career Awareness Open House on November 6th 2016.

Sunday morning  parents and families of eighth grade students from Rochester, Mattapoisett, Carver, Acushnet, Lakeville and Freetown are invited to tour Old Colony from 10 a.m. until noon.  Vocational, academic and extra-curricular activities will be represented with displays and presentations throughout the building.

Please come in and see for yourself the many opportunities Old Colony has to offer.

Class of 2017 FAFSA NIGHT

Advisers from the Education Opportunity Center will work one-on-one with parents/guardians and students to complete the FAFSA form online. This application is required to be considered eligible to receive college financial application assistance.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 by appointment only

Please Specify Time 2:30, 3:00, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30

Due to voice mail not working, best way to contact is through email.

Please RSVP to Guidance Department by November 3rd,


Spirlet, Anne x128
Abaray, Susan x129
Sherman, Loretta x126
Hevey, Kelly x127

What you need to complete a 2017-2018 FAFSA

College Night October 27th, 2016

Please join us for:

  • 5:00—5:30: “Early College Presentation” by the Guidance Department
  • 5:30—5:45: BCC Dual Enrollment Pell Experiment
  • 5:45—6:00: College Now (The Alternative Admissions program for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)
  • 6:00-7:00: MEFA presentation (The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority to speak about financial aid and planning. This is geared towards seniors, but all parents & students are welcome).
  • 7:00-7:30: General Questions

RSVP to the guidance department at 508-763-8011 at ext. 126 or email one of the guidance counselors at: or