Patricia Foskett, the Special Services Coordinator at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, has been appointed by Commissioner David Driscoll to serve on the 2004-2005 Coordinated Program Review Onsite Teams. The Massachusetts Department of Education conducts reviews of Title I, Special Education, Perkins, and Civil Rights on a five-year basis. Mrs. Foskett will serve on various Onsite Teams across the Commonwealth.
Superintendent-Director, David J. Ferreira, and National Honor Society Advisor, Christine Watling, have selected Graphic Communication and Design teacher Charles Overton for the Faculty Council of the Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society. Mr. Overton has been an ardent supporter of the Chapter and has been a chaperone for the NHS National Convention.
The Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society has been recognized numerous times at both the national and state level. The five member Faculty Council is responsible for the selection of Chapter members.
Two members of the professional staff at Old Colony Tech have been appointed to various positions in the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA).
Instructors Jeanne Butler (Health Careers) and Steven Miranda (Culinary Arts) are serving as MVA Building Representatives for the 2004-2005 school year. The election of officers for the Southeast Chapter of MVA resulted in the selection of Jeanne Butler as Vice President and Steven Miranda as Treasurer.
The Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District has joined the Project ERR training collaborative. Membership allows participation by the faculty in professional development training at a significantly reduced fee.
A significant number of staff members have enrolled in fall course offerings in various disciplines. The training will assist the District staff in improving teaching skills and expand content areas. Many of the offerings parallel the assessment activities of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.
For the third consecutive year, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is the recipient of a grant award under the Rural Education Achievement Program’s (REAP) Small Rural School Achievement Grant. The $35,877.00 in federal funds will be used to provide supportive services to the most needy students in the school.
A Southcoast Superintendent has been appointed to the Liaison, Outreach, & Recognition Committee for the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators for the 2004-2005 school year.
Old Colony Tech Superintendent-Director, David J. Ferreira, was appointed to the committee which promotes and recognizes excellence in vocational-technical education across the Commonwealth.
Superintendent-Director Ferreira has been appointed to serve as one of two MAVA members on the Commission for Career & Technical Institutions of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Machine & Tool Technology Department at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School will be moving forward with the final phase for National Certification. The National Certification in NIMS (National Institute for Metal Working Skills) will take place on October 26 & 27, 2004. Mr. Michael Tamasi of Accu Rounds in Avon will be the chairperson for the two-day observation and review for the NIMS Certification. Mr. Tamasi will be assisted by two additional craftsmen.
Old Colony’s Machine & Tool Technology Department will be one of the first vocational schools in the area to receive National Certification in NIMS.
A member of the Computer Information Technology Department at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School was a presenter at a recent statewide conference.
CIT Instructor, Jacqueline Machamer, spoke at the Eastern Business Educator’s Association Conference on Friday, October 15th in Braintree. She was invited to present information pertaining to the Information Technology Foundation Concepts Curriculum which she helped develop for the Bristol Tech Prep Consortium.
Mrs. Machamer has been actively involved in the development of the state frameworks for information technology.
The Administration at Old Colony Regional Tech is proud to announce that school nurse, Paula Ward, has achieved national certification by the National Board for Certification of School Nurses. This voluntary credential serves to highlight Mrs. Ward’s commitment to the profession and her support for the needs of children.
Mrs. Ward, a Mattapoisett resident, has served the staff and students at the Rochester technical school since 2001.
Nine Old Colony Automotive Department seniors recently passed the Automotive Service Excellence Test. The ASE test is an EPA-approved program that meets Section 609 of the Clean Air Act of 1990. This certification allows our students to operate Automotive Air Condition Recovery and Recycling equipment at their place of employment. The following Automotive Technology students passed the ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Shop Test:
The SkillsUSA VICA Chapter at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School completed its election this year. Elected to serve as officers of the organization were:
- President – Andre Arsenault (Acushnet)
- Vice President – Erin Mello (Acushnet)
- Secretary – Desiree Genard (Acushnet)
- Treasurer – Jacqueline Fagan (Freetown)
- Reporter – Timothy Blanchard (Carver)
- Historian – Ryan Daniel (Rochester)
- Parliamentarian – Jennifer Howes (Lakeville)
- Ambassador – Lethia Tate (Lakeville)
- Ambassador – Rachel Cardoza (Acushnet)
Under the leadership of the Assistant Superintendent/Principal, the School Council at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School will be meeting on the following Wednesdays at 3:00 PM:
- October 20, 2004
- November 17, 2004
- December 15, 2004
- January 19, 2004
- February 16, 2005
- March 16, 2005
- April 27, 2005
- May 18, 2005
- June 15, 2005
Old Colony Automotive junior Glenn Bassett (Lakeville) and sophomore James Richard (Acushnet) will be participating in the statewide 2004 Massachusetts Automotive Dealers Association Underclassmen Competition in Boston.
Glenn and James will be undertaking the Hands-On Competition, which will be done on simulated vehicles.
Automotive scores for Old Colony students ranged from 10 to 15 points higher than last year’s students.