Bronco Bulletin

Keefe Regional Technical School

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September 14, 2018

Upcoming School Events & Announcements

After-School Program beings Monday, September 17

Looking for some extra help from teachers? You are in luck! The official After-School Program will begin on Monday! The program runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2PM - 3PM. This is a great way to stay on top of your work!


English - Ms. Clifford (room 217) and Ms. Petro (room 221)

Math - Mr. Yarkosky in room 204

Social Studies - Ms. Conti in 303

Science - Ms. Flynn in room 308


Friday, September 28 - Last day to change courses! School Counselors will be unable to accommodate schedule changes after this time.


No School - Wednesday, September 19


Attention Seniors and Senior teachers: Senior group picture will be taken in front of the school on Thursday, September 20, @ 8:00AM.


Curriculum Night - Thursday, October 4 from 6PM - 8PM

Follow your student's schedule, meet your student's teachers, learn about our student support departments and hear from our School Counselors. A mailing will go home with specific information about this event.


Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 AM - PSAT

This is the practice SAT exam that will be offered to all interested Juniors free of cost. If you are thinking about a 4-year college or university this exam should be on your list. Students can sign up in the Guidance Office until September 28.

School Attendance is Important!

The law requires children to be in school on a daily basis. To be successful at Keefe Tech, it is imperative that students attend school each day, as it is a vital part of our educational program.


Unless ill, all students are expected to be in school. In the event of an absence, parents are to call the school at 508-416-2259. Any loss of time from school is to be avoided.


Parents and students should guard against all unnecessary absences. If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to go to each subject teacher immediately upon return and make arrangements to make up any work missed. We ask that parents/guardians pay attention to the school calendar and not plan vacations or doctor/dentist appointments during school hours. If appointments are unavoidable during school time, students should make every effort to get to school for part of the day.


Please note, a member of our attendance team will be reaching out if students are not in compliance with the attendance policy or if patterns of poor attendance exist. In excessive cases, we will be making visits to homes.

Reminder to Grade 9 Students - Phys Ed!

A friendly reminder to all grade 9 students to check your schedules and know when you have Phys Ed. Health and Phys Ed. classes rotate every 3 days during the A week cycle. In order to receive credit for Phys Ed. students need to have the proper clothes and shoes to be prepared on all days. Thanks for your attention to this!
IPASS Parent Portal Sign-Up Information

Instructions for parents/guardians to sign-up to view student grades.

Thursday, October 23 from 7-9PM - Ashland High School Auditorium and Cafe

COMMUNITY EVENT - FIND YOUR VOICE


Sponsored by Ashland's Decisions at Every Turn Coalition.

Events covers the basics of empowerment - see the flyer below for more details.

Follow Keefe Tech on Instagram!

We will be posting a variety of photos and info highlighting our students, faculty, programs, sports teams, clubs and school. Share to @keefe.tech.hs if you have something exciting to share about our school community!

Free and Reduced Lunch Form Reminder

A reminder for students who had a free or reduced status for school breakfast and lunch the previous school year are granted a corresponding temporary status for 30 days beginning with the first day of school. This temporary status will come to an end on October 12, 2018.

Please keep in mind that if you have not already received notification from the Foodservice Department of your new status, a new application for this school year should be submitted by October 12, 2018.


Students who have not submitted a new application by October 12, 2018, will be automatically returned to a full paid status.

Boosters Club seeking new members!

The Boosters Club is seeking parent volunteers who are able to volunteer their time (even a few hours a week!) to help out at the snack shack, at football games, or at weekend events at Keefe Tech. The Boosters organization raises money each year to provide scholarships to outstanding seniors in each academic and vocational program. At Senior Awards Night last year, the Boosters gave out over $10,000 in scholarships! These scholarships would not be possible without parent volunteers. Please consider volunteering to work with the Boosters – any amount of time you could give would help them reach their yearly fundraising goal. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Paula Lammerding (plammerd@gmail.com) or Paula Forristall (paula.forristall@adesa.com)
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Welcome Ms. Swasey - Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Ms. Swasey joins us as our new Academic Assistant Principal. Ms. Swasey graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a degree in English and holds a master’s degree from Worcester State University in School Leadership and Administration. She spent her career at Blackstone Valley Tech, first as an English teacher, as the Lead Teacher for the English Department, and for the past 8 years, as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.


We asked Ms. Swasey to share some fun things about herself and what she is looking forward to this year. Here is what she had to say!


I spend most of my free time now watching my sons compete in both hockey and karate and wouldn't change it for the world. One of favorite vacation memories was traveling to Key West, FLA to visit the home of one of my favorite authors, Ernest Hemingway. Before becoming a teacher, I went to college to become a nurse.


I am beyond thrilled to be here at Keefe. I have been so impressed with the students and staff. I look forward to spending time learning more about the school and all that the students have to offer!

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Academic Updates

Ms. Cassullo's Grade 9 freshmen doing some team building. Great confidence booster to start the school year off right!

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These upperclassmen are putting the “f-u-n” in solving functions with Ms. Anniballi!

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Nothing but two thumbs up for Social Studies today with Mr. Fulham!

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Career and Technical Updates

Mr. Meath works with the Carpentry seniors building the new work benches for the department.

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Sophomore carpentry students build the new shelving for the department tool room.

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Sophomore student Stacy Santos in Design and Visual working on her "eye in the sky" project.

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Our Sophomore Dental students busy working on their safety knowledge.

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Grade 10 Culinary Lesson with Chef Lacasse!

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First week Culinary Arts Exploratory!

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Student Activities

Grade 9 Activities Fair was a Success!

Thank you to Ms. Conti, Ms. Clifford and the Student Council for organizing the grade 9 activities fair last week. We hope that many of our 9th graders signed up for something they are excited about!
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FFA Officer Team Building at Hopkinton State Park!

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School Counseling

A reminder to all students that the add/drop deadline to modify your schedule is Friday, September 28th. Guidance will be unable to accommodate schedule changes after this date. Thank you!


Seniors who are planning to apply to 4-year colleges and universities should be working on their college applications, completing necessary essays and making sure they have connected with teachers about recommendations. Students should make an appointment with their School Counselor if they have not done so already. Deadlines come up quick and we want to make sure they everyone is on track.


Attention seniors: The late deadline to register for the October 6th administration of the SAT is Friday, September 18th (there is an additional fee for late registration! Instructions on how to register, as well as fee waivers are available in the Guidance Office. Register at http://collegeboard.com. The next SAT date is November 3rd (registration deadline is October 5th). Keefe Tech's CEEB Code is 220854.


Juniors and Seniors - Save the Dates!


Friday, September 28 - Keene State representative will be in the student cafeteria


Tuesday, October 2 at 12:00 PM - Massachusetts State University Forum

Representatives from multiple state universities will be at Keefe Tech to talk about their schools and programs and answer your questions.


Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 AM - PSAT

This is the practice SAT exam that will be offered to all interested Juniors free of cost. If you are thinking about a 4-year college or university this exam should be on your list. Letters will go home to parents/guardians and students can sign up in the Guidance Office.


Wednesday, October 16 at 12:00 PM - UMASS Forum

Representatives from all the UMASS's will be at Keefe Tech to discuss their programs and schools.


Wednesday, October 17 - Wentworth Institute of Technology representative will be in the student cafeteria


Monday, October 30 from 10:35AM - 11:35AM - Framingham State University Information Session

This session is for seniors who are highly interested in applying to Framingham State this year.


Tuesday, October 31 at 7:30 AM - ASVAB Exam

Any student who is planning to move forward with a career in the military will need to take this exam. If you are thinking about the military as an option you can take the exam at Keefe Tech before making any commitments.


Tuesday, October 31 - University of Maine representative will be in the student cafeteria


Families of Juniors and Seniors - Financial Aid Night

Thursday, November 8th from 6PM - 8PM.


  • The School Counseling Department hosts a financial aid night for students planning to attend a 2 for 4-year college/university when they graduate from Keefe Tech.
  • A representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority will present important information

Athletics

Team Updates

Keefe Tech is off to a great start this fall sports season. We presently have eight sports to choose from and it's never too late to sign up! We offer football, boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, golf, and cheerleading.


The football team lost its home opener 36 - 34 but what a game it was. The boys varsity soccer team is the Colonial Athletic League's defending champs so we're hoping they continue their winning tradition. We have over fifty girls playing volleyball this season and we offer a full freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity team. They are on a roll and have not lost a game this season. It's still early but we are hoping the winning streak continues all season long! Record number of students are participating in girls soccer and cross county this fall as well and we wish them well as games are underway.

Two Week Outlook

We encourage all students and staff to cheer on our athletes throughout the year! Go Broncos!


Friday 09/14/2018

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS ABBY KELLEY

BOYS JV SOCCER AT MAIN SOUTH


Saturday 09/15/2018

VARSITY FOOTBALL AT OLD COLONY


Monday 09/17/2018

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER VS AMSA

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS BAYPATH

GOLF - AMSA

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS WORC TECH


Tuesday 09/18/2018

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER VS ASSABET

CROSS COUNTRY AT ABBY KELLEY

Wednesday 09/19/2018

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL - AMSA

GOLF VS MONTY TECH
FROSH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL - AMSA

Thursday 09/20/2018

GOLF VS BAYPATHBOYS JV SOCCER AT ASSABET
GIRLS JV SOCCER AT ASSABET

Friday 09/21/2018

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AT BLACKSTONE

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL AT BLACKSTONE

VARSITY FOOTBALL VS MADISON PARK

FROSH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL VS BLACKSTONE


Tuesday 09/25/2018

GIRLS JV SOCCER AT MAIN SOUTH


Wednesday 09/26/2018

FROSH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL VS ASSABET
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL AT ASSABET
BOYS JV SOCCER AT MONTY TECH
GOLF VS WORC TECH
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AT MONTY TECH


Thursday 09/27/2018

VARSITY FOOTBALL VS GREATER LOWELL

GOLF VS BLACKSTONE


Friday 09/28/2018

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER VS OLD COLONY