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OC complies with AHERA

– (9/22/04)

Since June 1998, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has been in full compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The inspection findings and asbestos management plans have been on file in the Superintendent-Director’s office since that time.

OC provides college courses

– (9/22/04)

In an effort to provide professional development training for vocational-technical teachers in Southeastern Massachusetts, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School provides college courses at the Rochester campus.

The Chapter 74 vocational approval courses are offered in collaboration with Fitchburg State College. This Fall a course is available in instructional Strategies on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:30pm. Registration for the course is done directly through Fitchburg State College.

Two reappointed to School Council

The administration at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is pleased to announce the reappointment of two students in the 2004-2005 School Council.

  • Jacqueline Hebert – Class of 2005-CAD (Rochester)
  • Jennifer Howes – Class of 2005-Health Careers (Lakeville)

The School Council meets monthly under the chairmanship of Old Colony’s Assistant Superintendent/Principal, Gary Brown


School Committee issues new attendance policy

– (9/7/04)

The District School Committee at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School recently received an analysis of student attendance over the past eight years. Prepared by the school administration, the report reviews attendance patterns by grade since 1996.

During the 2003-2004 school year, the school-wide attendance at the technical high school was nearly 94%. At its July meeting, the District School Committee raised the student attendance requirements in keeping with the overall increase in enrollment standards.

Acushnet resident joins Machine/Tool Advisory Board

– (9/7/04)

The District School Committee at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is pleased to announce the appointment of an Acushnet resident to the technical school’s Advisory Board.

Mr. Frank Warrington will begin his term on the Machine & Tool Technology Advisory Board this fall. Massachusetts General Laws require a formal Advisory Board for all approved vocational-technical programs in the Commonwealth. The Boards include membership from business, industry, and labor, as well as parents and students.

Formal meetings of the Advisory Board at Old Colony Tech are conducted each Fall and Spring. The Board reviews curriculum, equipment, placement, and training competencies.

Six officers attend Fall Leadership Conference

The Old Colony Chapter of SkillsUSA (formerly VICA) was well-represented at the organization’s annual Fall State Leadership Conference at Best Western’s Royal Plaza in Fitchburg, MA, on November 14-16, 2004. Vocational schools across the state send their student officers to the three-day conference each year for training.Over 500 students and advisors were in attendance.

Through group activities and competitions, students learn the many skills required to be a good leader. Students also participated in a major community service project co-sponsored by City Year, a Boston-based community service group. Students and advisors alike worked to spruce up a Fitchburg, MA, day-care center. The event was sponsored by Timberland and Skillers Workwear.

The attending Old Colony SkillsUSA officers were: Desiree Genard (Acushnet), Rachel Cardoza (Acushnet), Ryan Daniel (Rochester), Timothy Blanchard (Carver), Jacqueline Fagan (Freetown), and Lethia Tate (Taunton). All of the students received their leadership awards, with Blanchard, Tate, and Genard receiving medallions for their group’s performance.

Old Colony SkillsUSA Officers – (2004-2005)

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School held an election to select SkillsUSA officers from the membership. Massachusetts SkillsUSA is a national organization which sponsors competitions for students at local, regional, state, national, and international levels. Each year, students from Old Colony represent the school in competition.

The following students have been elected as officers in our Chapter for the 2004-2005 school year:

SkillsUSA Officers for 2005-2006

Officer Elected Office Town
Andre Arsenault President Acushnet
Sarah Roberts Vice-President Acushnet
Erin Mello Secretary Acushnet
Nicole Doyle Treasurer Freetown
Luke Capola Reporter Carver
Desiree Genard Parliamentarian Lakeville
Lethia Tate Ambassador Lakeville
Rachel Cardoza Ambassador Acushnet
Ryan Daniel Historian Rochester

Web Design team wins bronze medal at SkillsUSA Nationals

The team of Jeffrey Golenski (senior) and Jeffrey Cormier (sophomore), both of Acushnet, made the entire Old Colony community proud as they won the Bronze Medal at the annual SkillsUSA National Championships, held in Kansas City, Missouri, from June 21-24, 2005. Competing in the Web Design competition, Jeff G. & Jeff C. completed a written test, organized a storyboard, participated in an interview with judges, and created a functional website for a non-profit organization. Representing Massachusetts, the Old Colony team placed third (behing New Jersey & Oregon) in a field of 32 teams of the top high school web designers in the country.


MIAA recognizes OC for sportsmanship

The Athletic Department at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School was pleased to again receive recognition for its commitment to sportsmanship. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) included the Old Colony Cougars on its annual “Sportsmanship Honor Roll.”

Each year the MIAA recognizes high schools across the Commonwealth for high levels of sportsmanship in their athletic endeavors. Old Colony offers varisty competition in football, volleyball, girls and boys soccer, golf, girls and boys basketball, softball and baseball. In addition, through cooperative sports teams, boys ice hockey and swimming are also available.

Students recognized for perfect attendance

The following students at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School had perfect attendance for the 2003-2004 school year.

  • Meagan Savaria – Class of 2004 (Acushnet)
  • Harry Ashley – Class of 2006 (Freetown)
  • Bancroft Ellis – Class of 2006 (Lakeville)
  • Michael Ferreira – Class of 2006 (Freetown)
  • Jonathan Bravo – Class of 2007 (Rochester)
  • Alexander Knox – Class of 2007 (Acushnet)
  • Stephen Myette – Class of 2007 (Rochester)
  • Stephanie Reale – Class of 2007 (Acushnet)

Senior begins School Committee term

Recently Old Colony senior Jacqueline Hebert began her term as the student member of the District School Committee. A Rochester resident, Hebert was elected as Chairperson of the Student Advisory Committee to the School Committee. The chairperson also serves as an ex-officio member of the District School Committee.


Senior to receive Superintendents’ award

Jennifer Lee Howes, a top ranking senior class member at Old Colony , has been selected to receive the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ “Certificate of Academic Excellence.”

Jennifer, a Lakeville resident, has been an outstanding scholar during her years at Old Colony. She has excelled in both her academic and vocational studies. She is President of the National Honor Society and is also a member of the Student Council. She has competed in SkillsUSA VICA the past two years. A student-athlete, Jennifer is a member of the varsity volleyball team. Last spring, Jennifer received the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Student Achievement Award.

Jennifer plans to attend UMASS-Dartmouth upon graduation where she will major in nursing. Her goal is to become a physician’s assistant.

The nineteenth recipient of the Certificate of Academic Excellence, Jennifer will be honored on October 13, 2004, when Superintendent-Director, David J. Ferreira, will present the award during the Old Colony Advisory Board Dinner.

Requirements for selection include ranking in the top five percent of the class, proven excellence in both academic and vocational skills, and participation in school activities.

NHS officers elected for 2004-2005

Four members of the Old Colony Chapter of the National Honor Society were recently elected to serve as officers for the 2004-2005 school year. The officers will assume responsibility for leading the Society to achieve its varied service goals.

Elected president was Jennifer L. Howes of Lakeville, vice-president Stefan D. Beaulieu of Acushnet, treasurer Steffanie P. Neal of Rochester, and secretary Katie L. Hagerty of Lakeville.

The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in three-fourths of the nation’s high schools. Local chapters are sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.