Bronco Bulletin

Keefe Regional Technical School

December 15, 2017 - Volume 8

This is our last Bronco Bulletin before the Winter Break. We would like to wish all of our Keefe Tech families a wonderful week with your families and friends and thank you for a great start to the 2017-2018 school year. We look forward to hitting the ground running in 2018.

Upcoming School Events & Announcements

The annual food drive has begun! Any donations can be brought to Career and Technical Programs.

Dual Enrollment Courses: There are a variety of dual enrollment (college courses) available to students beginning in January 2018. Please see below in the School Counseling section for more details and applications. Details for FSU course are posted!

Deadlines for Seniors for the Yearbook!

Senior Portraits Pets & People pictures for the year yearbook due 1/3/17

All other deadlines have passed - see Mr. Griffin with any questions.

Friday, December 22, 2017 - Students dismissed at 10:35AM

Monday, December 25, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018 - Winter Break - No School

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - First day back after break

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (12PM - 3PM) and Thursday, January 11, 2018 (6PM - 8PM). We are excited to once again offer online sign-ups for parent and teacher conference meetings in January.

Letters were mailed home to parents this week with specific sign-up information. The scheduler will be open for you to begin making conference appointments on December 18th.

Conferences can be scheduled with academic teachers, vocational teachers, special education teachers, and guidance counselors. Please be advised that appointments can be scheduled only as time allows. Appointments are on a first come, first serve basis.

Click Here to schedule a Parent/Teacher Conference

The scheduler will be open for you to begin making conference appointments on December 18th.

From our Nurses's Office

Influenza Information:

As flu season approaches, districts are required to provide education on influenza. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Immunization Program created a resource entitled Flu Guide for Parents in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. For the most up-to-date information concerning influenza and additional resources, please visit the MDPH flu web site at or call 617-983-6800.
After School Program Locations

The After School Program runs every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Teachers will be available after school to assist students in all subject areas.

Helpful guide to sign-up for IPARENT/ISTUDENT

Interested in checking in on your student's progress? Sign up for iParent! View assignments, grades, attendance, schedule, progress report, and biographical info.

Career and Technical Updates

Grade 9 Career and Technical Program Selection

During the month of January, Grade 9 students will be working with their teachers and counselors to make an informed decision about their Career and Technical Program. Prior to selecting a Program, students will participate in the following:

  • Decision Programming Workshop: In cycle 8 of exploratory students will review non-traditional options surrounding gender, participate in "Decide Activity" that focuses on why a student is interested in a certain program, including, what went well and their future plans and review information on the selection process.
  • Career Interest Inventory and Goal Setting: In English classes students will work with the School Counselors to explore the web-based program, Naviance. Each student will complete an interest inventory by answering a series of questions about their likes and dislikes. Students will also set both short and long term goals.
  • Career and Tech Program Selection Meetings: Students will meet individually with their School Counselor to select their Career and Technical Program. Paperwork will go home about placement for parents/guardians to confirm. The order of program selection is determined by the grades students earn in their 8 exploratory cycles.

We ask that parents/guardians sign the paperwork confirming their student's placement and that students return the next day to their English teacher.

Students will start in their Career and Technical Program on Monday, January 29th!

Information Technology hosts a former graduate and guest speaker on IT Securities

IT Securities: What to look out for..... and how easy it is to get HACKED!

Chris Anderson, a 1986 Graduate of Keefe Technical School, returned to Keefe Tech to speak to students about network securities, and protecting network systems and your personal data from hackers. Chris currently works for CyberArk Incorporated based in Newton, Massachusetts. Chris travels across the United States and Canada presenting to companies about securing enterprises against cyber-attacks that take cover behind insider privileges, and attack critical enterprise assets.

Chris spoke to students about recent attacks that threatened companies as well as consumer’s personal information. Chris highlighted how easy it is to use the technique of social engineering to gain access into someone’s personal account over the phone. Chris talked about how companies need to develop stringent security policies, such as changing your password every 90 days and use highly sophisticated passwords to fully secure your electronic devices from computer systems, laptops, cell phones, and tablets. Another topic covered during the presentation involved holding a company network for ransom, which is called “Ransom Ware,” where the attacker changed the password on all San Francisco network devices, locking out all administrators.

Chris noted that SFGate, which an employee who was terminated from his role as network administrator for the City of San Francisco, changed all the passwords and held the City of San Francisco network infrastructure at bay for 6 months before a judge ordered the release of passwords for the network. Chris will be back in February to do hands-on labs with the students on how to probe network servers for potential security breaches.

Academic Updates

Entrepreneurship students travel to NYC!

The New York wholesale trip was a success! Mr. Warren and the Business Technology Department, along with some dedicated faculty volunteers, brought 36 students into the wholesale district in NYC to purchase a variety of items to resell here at Keefe Tech. Students used negotiation, marketing, and business math skills/strategies to buy the things that they thought would sell well here at school. Mr. Warren has already had several students return the $25 loan.
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AP Environmental Science students visit the John J. Carroll Water Treatment Plant

AP Environmental Science classes' trip to the John J. Carroll Water Treatment plant in Marlborough. We visited to learn about how water is cleaned, treated, and made safe for drinking. Students were able to tour the facility and see the ozone and UV rooms where water from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs goes to be treated. This water is then sent to the Metro west area including Framingham.
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Grade 12 Survey of Literature and Composition

Ms. Porter's 12th grade B Block ELA has been working on a special project this week. They are writing Holiday/Inspirational cards and well wishes to children who are in the hospital for long term stays. They have written a variety of messages and currently have four different languages represented. The cards will be sent to a non-profit organization that distributes them across all 50 states. The students have been so thoughtful and committed to this project. It has been wonderful to see such an amazing group of kids selflessly brightening the spirits of others.

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Clubs and Activities

GSA students raise money at holiday bake sale last weekend!

The GSA Club enjoyed a very successful day on December 9th by joining the police auxiliary for a bake sale fundraiser. A special thanks to the volunteers at the Snack Shack for all their support!
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Students Volunteer at the Advocates Holiday Party - Thursday, December 14

There was a great turnout of student and faculty volunteers last night at our annual Advocates Holiday Party. This event is hosted by the Keefe Tech Student Council in collaboration with the South Middlesex Opportunity Council for adults in assisted living facilities in the community. Check out some of the festive photos in the video below!

The Photography Club meets every Monday in Graphic Communications with Mr. Allain after school!

School Counseling News

Attention Seniors! Before Winter Break is a great time to submit your college applications!

Upcoming Application Deadlines in January!

January 15, 2018:

  • UMASS Amherst

Many more competitive private colleges and universities have January regular decision application deadlines. Students should make sure they are aware of these dates if these schools are on their list. Other state universities have regular admissions deadlines beginning February 1, 2018.

The next ACT and SAT testing dates begin in February and March of 2018.


DUAL ENROLLMENT SPRING 2018 COURSE OFFERINGS - There are multiple dual enrollment opportunities available for students beginning in January 2018. Applications are linked to this newsletter and hardcopies are available in the Guidance Office.

All applications are due back to the Guidance Office by Wednesday, December 20th!

Framingham State University Course Offering:

Cultural Anthropology - Monday and Wednesday from 6PM - 7:45PM at the MetroWest College Planning Center

Course Description: This course is an exploration of how culture influences us to believe, think, and act. Both Western and non-Western ideas and practices are explored. Students are introduced to the methods used by anthropologists in the study of culture.

MassBay - Spring 2018 Dual Enrollment Course Offerings:

Social Problems (SO 115-152) Mondays 6:00pm 9:15pm 1/22/18 5/15/18
Course Description: Examines selected problems affecting life in contemporary society. Topics may include aging, crime and delinquency, drugs, race/ethnicity, and minority issues. Develops awareness and understanding of why and how problems arise, and the means for dealing with them. Lecture: 3 hours per week.

Psychology of Business & industry (PS 260-040) Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm 4:45pm 1/16/18 5/15/18

Course Description: This course will focus on human relation problems in business and industry. It will also examine personnel issues, consumer psychology, conflict supervision, communication, motivation, and cooperation in the workplace. Case studies will be employed. Lecture: 3 hours per week.

Introduction to Communication (CO 100-030) Monday and Wednesday 3:45pm 5:00pm 1/22/18 5/15/18

Course Description: An introduction to the history and principles of human communication. The course will cover the development of communication from signals, to speech, to writing, and to the mass communication technologies of print, broadcast media, and computers. Contemporary models and theories of human communication will be emphasized. Finally, the course will consider the growing field of communication as both an academic discipline and a career focus. This will enable students to make informed choices about their future study and job options. Lecture: 3 hours per week

MassBay Spring 2018 Dual Enrollment STEM Course on our campus:

(CS 106) Cyber Security Awareness course is:

  • A 10-week, 2 credit, hybrid course (on-line & in-class) - 2 credit course
  • Start date TBD - will be determined based on student feedback
  • 15 hours of class time (1.5 hours per week) 15 hours online, plus homework
  • Taught by a MassBay adjunct faculty member and offered at Keefe Tech
  • Required for the Cyber Security Certificate program at MassBay
Framingham State Dual Enrollment Application

Cultural Anthropology course at the MetroWest College Planning Center. Applications due to the Guidance Office by Wednesday, December 20th.

MassBay Spring 2018 Dual Enrollment Application

Use this application for Social Problems, Psychology of Business and Industry and Introduction to Communications.

MassBay Cyber Security Course Application

Any additional interested students should submit their application ASAP! Course will be offered from 4PM - 5:30PM on Tuesday or Thursday (TBD) at Keefe Tech.

Game schedule for winter teams has begun!

We encourage students and families to come out and support our winter athletes and teams!

Two-week outlook:

Friday 12/15/2017



Saturday 12/16/2017


Sunday 12/17/2017


Tuesday 12/19/2017



Wednesday 12/20/2017


Thursday 12/21/2017



Friday 12/22/2017


Wednesday 12/27/2017


Friday 12/29/2017


Sunday 12/31/2017


Wednesday 01/03/2018


Wednesday 01/03/2018


Friday 01/05/2018


Faculty and Student Spotlight

Meet Ms. Leahy!

Katlyn Leahy is our new math teacher. She earned her Bachelor's in Mathematices from Framingham State University. Prior to coming to Keefe Tech she taught math and technology at Southbridge High School. Before that she worked in energy efficiency and is a certified energy auditor! Ms. Leahy loves cooking and spent last summer traveling through New England and backpacking in Europe.
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Students of the Term

Paul Montalbano and Greg Montalbano from Monnick Supply in Framingham have sponsored a student recognition program at Keefe Techfor over 20 years! CTE teachers submit candidates to be reviewed for student of the the term by our Career and Technical Director, Mr. John Brochu. This term, Mr. Brochu reviewed 20 nominees and 4 students were selected based a 8 different criteria, including their grades and involvement in extracurricular activities with a focus on their CTE Program. Each student received a $50 gift certificate to Monnick Supply and attended a luncheon in the East Side Room Restaurant.

Thank you Monnick Supply for supporting the students at Keefe Tech.

Pictured below from left to right:

Kayla Coburn, Grade 12 Culinary Arts, Shade Bruce, Grade 10 Design and Visual Communications, Bridgette Paredes Grade 12 Business Technology, Cameron Mulready, Grade 12 Programming and Web Development

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