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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.

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.

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, 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.

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.