Category: 2017

STEM Outreach at Ford Middle

On December 12th, Old Colony’s Computer Science and Electronic Engineering programs presented at Ford Middle School’s STEM Night. The event had a Science Fair feel, as teachers set up tables for community members to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities.

Old Colony was represented by Mr. Ryan Robidoux (Computer Science) and Mr. Dan Brush (Electronics Engineering, Robotics Club). At the Computer Science table, students and their families programed a BB-8 robot to complete challenges like navigating around a bear. Students from the Robotics Club worked with students and parents to compete in robotics challenges with a student-constructed robot.

Photo by: Andrea Ray

No Shave November

With a little help from Old Colony students, it was back to business as usual for members of Rochester’s Police Department.

Clean-shaven business, that is. For the last month, several officers from the town’s police department have participated in No Shave November. No Shave November is  generally a charity program intended to raise money for colorectal cancer, but Rochester’s finest had something a little different in mind. They used No Shave November to support veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Money raised during the police department’s No Shave November is given to Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program that supports members of the military and their families as they deal with brain injuries, PTSD and other combat-related issues.

Participating officers donate to Home Base—participating Rochester officers were asked to donate at least $100 per officer. Those who donate can also opt to grow their beards through the month of November, as an outward symbol of their support for Home Base. If you plan on growing your beard make sure to get Men’s grooming kits to help take care of your facial hair.

With the coming of December though, it was time to get rid of November’s scruff. Friday, December 1, found officers Nathan Valente, Alex Malo, Sean Crook, Jason Denham, Shaun Peterson and Robert Nordahl in the hot seat, so to speak, as Cosmetology students restored their clean-shaven appearances.

The Cosmetology students razored off a majority of the officers’ beards with tools from BeardBro, followed by a close shave from students in Old Colony’s Health Careers department.

This is the second year that the Rochester Police Department has participated in No Shave November—Valente brought the idea to Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee last year. Magee participated last year; he waives the department’s mandate against facial year below the lip each November for those participating in the charity drive.

No Shave November hits close to home for some members of the department. Two of the department’s officers—Jason Denham and Bryan Burger— are veterans. Denham said he and Burger had been promoting the event.

“This is a chance to not have the stress of having to shave for a month,” he added. “We really love our beards.”

This article was written by Zachary McMahon, a sophomore in the Business Technology shop.  The article can be viewed on the Sippican Weekly here.



Shop Student Grade Town
Automotive Thomas Ekbom 10 Carver
Business Technology Zach McMahon 10 Lakeville
CAD Drafting Daniel Lawrence 11 Carver
Computer Science Miranda Besse 11 Lakeville
Cosmetology Taylor Mello 10 Lakeville
Culinary Arts Lauren McGowan 11 Acushnet
Electrical Jacob DoCouto 12 Acushnet
Electronics Thomas Buckley 10 Lakeville
Graphic Communication and Design Kiera Perryman 12 Lakeville
Health Careers Kayln Swartz 10 Lakeville
House & Mill Carpentry Bailee Amaral 11 Freetown
Machine & Tool Jack Condon 12 Lakeville
Metal Fabrication Kyle Scott 10 Carver

Career Awareness Days – Nov. 1, 2, 3 & 5.

Old Colony is pleased to host our annual Career Awareness Days.  On November 1, 2 & 3, we will be hosting the 8th grade students from our sending communities for a morning of Career Exploration and a chance to experience Old Colony through activities in each of our 13 technical program areas.  On Sunday, 11/5, from 10 am – noon, we will have our Career Awareness Family Open House.  The technical program areas will be open for tours and q&a.  Additionally representatives from the academic programs, Guidance, student activities and athletics will all be on hand to share information and answer questions.  Join us!  No pre-registration required.

Cosmetology take trip to the Acushnet COA

On Thursday, October 5th, the 10th graders from the Cosmetology shop brought their mobile nail salon to the Acushnet Council on Aging.   The students gave manicures, hand massages, and moisturized dry arms.   The student’s travel monthly to the Acushent COA, the next visit is October 28th.  The students are also looking to travel to the other COAs in the district.  For more information on the Cosmetology department visit their page here.  To read more about this trip check out this SouthCoast Today article here.


Parent-Teacher Conferences

On Thursday, October 26, 2017 parent-teacher conferences will be held from 11:15 – 3:15 and 5-8.

Appointments fill quickly on a first come, first serve basis.  You can sign-up here.

Appointments are required for Academic & Special Education Teachers.   Vocational Teachers do not require appointments.  You can drop in at any time during conference hours.

Bernard’s Driving School, Inc.

Parent Class will be held on September 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. on Union Street, New Bedford, MA

Student Classes will be held on  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning September 25, 2017 in room 2 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Classes end on Friday, October 27, 2017.


Admissions Announcements for Students and Families Interested in Old Colony

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has introduced/expanded upon a number of initiatives this 2017-2018 school year.

  • October 5th, Chad Hymas Event: Please join us. The Wall Street Journal named Chad one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world. We will welcome world-renowned motivational speaker Chad Hymas to our campus at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th. Tickets are $20 and will benefit our Old Colony Educational Foundation. Purchase your tickets at

    Are you a parent? Have you ever struggled? Do you teach? Do you coach? Are you in sales? There are so many different facets of life that this presentation will touch on. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll leave a changed person. At the end of the night you will say to yourself, “I can’t believe what just happened. My outlook on life has changed forever.”

  • October 13th & 14th, Homecoming Weekend: We are taking the October 13th & 14th festivities to a new level with fun for all ages. There’s no place like Homecoming! VIP Tour in the morning followed by a children’s concert for ages preK-3 at 10:00 a.m. Family fun day in the afternoon with live music, a climbing wall, knockerball, facepainting, and inflatables. A pumpkin carving contest and more. Interested in securing one of the 32 slots in the First Annual Cornhole Classic Charity Tournament taking place at 3:00 p.m.? Register here:

  • Weekly Tours and our Career Exploration Day from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon on Sunday, November 5th