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2015 SkillsUSA Leadership Conference

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School students along with Mr. Robidoux, Mrs. Boisvert, and Mrs. Pepin participated in the annual SkillsUSA Fall State Leadership Conference on November 22-24, 2015. This annual event was held at the Best Western Hotel & conference center in Marlborough Massachusetts.

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BCC Admissions Update!

Bristol Community College will conducting on-site admissions at Old Colony on December 10th. Any student who is interested in applying for Fall 2016 admission should stop by the guidance Office for an application.

Scholarship Deadlines Approaching! (October 2015)

Below are four scholarships valued at more than $250K that have
deadlines approaching.

1. Horatio Alger Scholarship – $5,000 – 50 Awards (Deadline: October 25, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs,
applicants must meet the following criteria:

Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States,
progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2014 with
plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall
following graduation.

Applications can be found by clicking here.

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2. Good360 Sustainability Scholarship – $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline:
November 30, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

We want to hear how sustainability has touched your life. If you?re a
high school senior applying to college, or you?re currently a college
student, and you have an interest in sustainability and the
environment, then we?d love to hear your thoughts on what
sustainability means to you. Thus, we?re sponsoring a college
scholarship with an award of $1,000 to go towards tuition.

Applications can be found by clicking here.

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3. Flosum Scholarship – $750 – 1 Award (Deadline: December 15, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

1. The applicants must be enrolled in an accredited 4-year university
or college located in United States;

2. Graduating high school seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or above are also
eligible to apply for the scholarship;

Applications can be found by clicking here.

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4. Points Scholarship – $10,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: November 3, 2015)

Student Eligibility:

A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college
or university in the US.

B) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

Application can be found by clicking here.

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5. (Additional) BIGSUN SCHOLARSHIP
The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help
young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an
annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are
eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are
participating in.
Deadline – June 17, 2016 Amount of Award –
$500.00 /The successful applicant will be a high school senior or
be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in
some sport at that institution or in the community.. / Please visit
our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.

Athletic Dept. has been a recognized by the MSSADA!

The Athletic Department is proud to announce that our student-athletes and
Athletic Dept.  have been a recognized by the MSSADA  District D Athletic
Directors Association.  We have been selected as the representative for the
District Sportsmanship Award for the 2014-2015 school year.  Old Colony was
selected as the top school of the 45 schools in our district.  This award is
a credit to each student-athlete, coach, staff member and parents who
demonstrate and exemplify the principles of sportsmanship.  Special thank
you to Paul Soucy and Cydney Girard who presented on behalf of Old Colony
Athletics.  Congratulations on this fantastic honor.  Go Cougars!

PSAT/SAT Information

The PSAT/NMSQT qualifying test that is generally required for college acceptance, and qualifies students to be eligible for college scholarships, has been scheduled at Old Colony for Wednesday, October 14, 2015 during the school day. Any current sophomore or junior student is eligible to take this test. The cost of the test is $15.00 and the check can be made out to Old Colony Vocational Technical High School. Fee waivers are available in the guidance office for juniors (Class of 2017) who receive free/reduced lunch. Any student who is interested in taking the test should sign up in the guidance office. Registering deadline is September 15th, 2015. For more information call the Guidance Department at 508-763-8011 x127, x12SAT Calendar8, x129.

PSAT/NMSQT and SAT’s are NOT required for students who are interested in pursuing a degree at Bristol Community College or any other community college.

Bristol Community College Web Design & Programming Contests

Competitions relating to Web Design and Programming were held at Bristol Community College (BCC) on June 10, 2015. Several students from the CIS shop participated.

At the competition, the students were grouped into pairs, given a two-hour time limit, and tasked with the completion of a variety of programs or website designs. They earned points for each one they completed.
The teams of Mackenzie Chabot and Chad Underhill and Zachary Fay (both seniors) and Matthew Leate (both sophomores) placed first and second in the Web Design competition, respectively.

Vocational Education Survey

The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) is collaborating with Northeastern University to conduct a large survey of employers, school administrators, community members, parents, and students affiliated with vocational technical and agricultural education school programs. The survey will take only 10 minutes and is strictly confidential and anonymous.

Please take a few moments and complete the survey that applies to your currents educational status:

Student Survey

Vocational School Alumni Survey

Parent Survey

ALICE Training Set for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

All Old Colony students will be participating in Phase 2 (reunification and recovery stage) of the new ALICE School Safety Training on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, led by the Rochester Police Department and two certified trainers employed by Old Colony. The ALICE training offers school districts options that mitigate liability, assume less risk, and, most importantly, equip students and faculty with life-saving skills.

Freshman Orientation, Sunday May 31st

There will be a mandatory orientation for the Class of 2019 on Sunday, May 31st at 9:45 until noon. Students will receive a tour of the school as well as important information including bus routes, athletics sign-ups and summer reading requirements.

Old Colony Students Headed to National Competition

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After placing Gold in Web Design at the 2015 SkillsUSA State Competition, CIS Seniors Mack Chabot and Chad Underhill will be heading to Louisville, Kentucky to represent Old Colony at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Championships. The team had just 5 hours to build a website from scratch, being given just the name of a nonprofit company, Catie’s Closet, text, and images to populate the site. Mack and Chad will be accompanied by shop teacher Ryan Robidoux and SkillsUSA advisor Kevin Gonsalves for the duration of the competition from June 22 to the 26th.

For more information, feel free to read Carol Kosma’s SouthCoastToday article.

OLD COLONY RECEIVES FUNDS FOR WELLNESS PROGRAM

Rochester, MA – May 13, 2015 – Old Colony has been chosen to receive $3,981 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, the New England Dairy & Food Council announced today. Old Colony was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for funding to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. This nationwide funding program offers schools up to $4,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Funding for this program is provided by New England Dairy & Food Council and the dairy farmers of Massachusetts.

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Prom Dress Give-Away

Are you heading to the prom?

Get the best deal possible at the 5th Annual Project Dress Up.  Over 1,000 free prom dresses to give away!

When:
Saturday, April 11th from 10am to 3pm
St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall
499 Spring Street
N. Dighton, MA
More information available in the Guidance Office~