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Walter J. Markham Award

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has been named the recipient of the 2017-2018 Division II Walter J. Markham Award as part of the Boston Globe’s Scholastic Awards, which go to schools with the best win-loss records in athletic competition. This is a first for Old Colony.

In 2017-2018, Old Colony athletic teams won 58.61% of all athletic contests. Old Colony boasted a Fall Season record of 46-51-3; a Winter Season record of 25-12-0; and a Spring Season record of 50-22-0; with an overall record of 121-85-3.

Established in 1997, the award is named for Walter Markham, a native of Lowell who initiated the state’s regional vocational and technical high schools and served as president and treasurer of the American Vocational Association.

Click here to read the Sippican Week article recently written by one our students, Zachary McMahon.

Now accepting applications for the Class of 2023. Start your application today at https://oldcolony.go2cte.com.

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2018 Solar Builder Project of the Year

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has been nominated for the 2018 Solar Builder Project of the Year. Please click on the link here to vote for Old Colony. Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this effort. #WeAreOC

Grads leave with diplomas and special skills

The message on Erin Taylor’s graduation cap spoke to her feelings: “I want to sing with all my heart a lifelong song.”

The class salutatorian and treasurer for the Old Colony Class of 2018 said her goodbyes to classmates and the school she’s been a part of for the past four years, but she said she doesn’t leave empty handed.

“I’m so glad I went to a vocational school,” the Rochester resident said. “We did a project my junior year in my graphic communications and design class, where we started a T-shirt company and we had to do the design from scratch. I based my design on Tenth Avenue North, a Christian music group from Nashville.

To read the whole article by Bill Abramson, check it out here on SouthCoast Today.

Summer Discovery is Back!

Old Colony Summer Discover Experience

Football • Basketball • Soccer • Fun & Games • LEGO Robotics • Electronic Engineering • Welding & Metal Art • Culinary Arts • Computer Science • Carpentry • CADD • Automotive Technology • Cosmetology • Electricity

Register at http://bit.ly/2H36QPe

Registration is open for the 2nd Annual 2018 Old Colony Summer Discovery Experience. Our First Annual Summer Discovery Experience included close to 100 students. We’ve added programs and look forward to an incredible week with students from grades 4-9. All are welcome!

Connect. Create. Inspire.

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Coordinated Program Review – Invitation for Feedback

Aaron Polanksy, Superintendent-Director of the Old Colony Region Vocational Technical High School District was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of April 2, 2018. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Departments visiting time. For more information read the full press release here.

91 students to attend this year’s SkillsUSA district competition

Old Colony is sending 91 students to this year’s SkillsUSA district competition in New Bedford on March 2.

SkillsUSA is a program where students from technical schools compete against other students in a chosen trade, to demonstrate their knowledge of a given skill or vocation. All 13 departments at Old Colony participate in the competition.

To read the full article in the Sippican Weekly, by Old Colony’s own Zachary McMahon, click here.

OCTV Episode One is Here!

This is a very exciting moment for Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School. Over the past eight months or so we have been partnering with ORCTV and LakeCam (with financial support from Rockland Trust) to start an extracurricular TV production program at the school. Instructor Marsha Davenport and our OC students have worked diligently to get their first episode on the air. The results are fabulous!

We look forward to continuously enhancing the list of offerings at Old Colony RVTHS to meet the varied interests of our student body. Congratulations to the OCTV team and special thanks to ORCTV, LakeCam, and Rockland Trust for making this effort possible.

You can view Episode 1 by clicking here.

Funding cancer research only a fraction of Old Colony student’s goals

Elana Sargent, a Old Colony  student from the Carpentry shop, has been raising money to combat a rare brain cancer, glioblastoma, since she was nine years old. She lost her father, John, to the same cancer at age 11. Sargent has developed her own method of raising money— she makes bracelets.

Selling the bracelets she made, she was able to donate $2000 to Lahey Health Clinic, where her father was treated.

After Sargent donated money to Lahey Health, she started donating to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Since she started making bracelets, she has raised close to $10,000 in donations overall. She reported that she generally donates $1,000 per month to Mass General.

To read more about Elana Sargents story, check out the article written by Old Colony’s own, Zachary McMahon, here.

Cougar Chronicle

The first Issue of the Cougar Chronicles for 2017-2018 is here! Within the second issue of the Cougar Chronicles tri-annual magazine, you will find literacy pieces and artworks created by our students and staff at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.

The Students who were willing to share their identity are named at the bottom of their work and the end credits below. Anonymous pieces are also displayed throughout the magazine. We express our deepest appreciation to everyone who was willing to share their talent with the Old Colony community.

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.