Keefe Regional Technical School
September 22, 2017 vol. 2
Upcoming School Events & Announcements
Wednesday, September 27 during Lunches - The Keefe Tech Cafeteria partners with Red's Best to bring fresh seafood to the school lunch program.
Thursday, September 28 at 1:30 PM - Grade 10 Class Ring Assembly
Grade 10 students and their teachers will be called to the Auditorium at the end of the day for a presentation about the option to order a class ring. Representatives from Balfour Ring Company ( http://www.balfour.com ) will also be present in the Cafeteria at Curriculum Night on Thursday, October 5.
Half Day for Students - Wednesday, October 4
Students dismissed at 10:35 AM - Faculty Professional Development
Curriculum Night - Thursday, October 5 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. Parents/Guardians will receive a mailing soon with specific information about this event and a copy of your child's schedule.
Fall Pep Rally - Friday, October 6
Student Council is hosting our first pep rally of the year to celebrate our fall athletes! Classes will get to show their spirit and there will be a ton of exciting events leading up to that day.
Student Council Sponsors Fall 2017 School Spirit Week
Monday, October 2 - Pajama Day: Sleep in! Wear your best sleep wear for a cozy day.
Tuesday, October 3 - Twin Day: Dress to match your BFF!
Wednesday, October 4 - Wacky Wednesday: Polka dots, checks, stripes, anything goes on mismatch day!
Thursday, October 5 - Throwback Thursday: It's a blast from the past! Break out your old school outfits and dress for your favorite decade.
Friday, October 6 - Orange and Blue Day: Find your best Keefe Tech swag for the Pep Rally!
No School - Monday, October 9 - Columbus Day
Mid-term for 1st trimester - Thursday, October 12
Parents/guardians will receive mid-term reports in the mail the following week. Enclosed there will also be an emergency health information sheet we are asking all families to update.
Make up Picture Day - Make up day is October 17th
Students who were absent or on coop during picture day can still get their picture taken! Parents/Guardians can order photos at https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ using school ID RI177020Q0.
Keefe Tech Reality Fair - Friday, October, 27
Seniors will have the opportunity to participate in a reality fair with local business representatives. Students will learn how to manage their money and plan for their expenses based on mid-level positions in their Career and Technical area. Students will participate in lessons in their Career and Tech Programs prior to going to the fair.
Take a picture with a fish on September 27th during lunch!
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.
Interested in checking in on your student's progress? Sign up for iParent! View assignments, grades, attendance, schedule, progress report, and biographical info.
Sneak peek at the Class of 2018 Senior Yearbook Photo!
P.S. Confused about the giant space in the middle? It is the fold in the yearbook when you open it, we promise it will look good!
Career and Technical Updates
The Carpentry junior class is making inroads at the Natick House project! Pictured are students building a wall in the cellar.
From our Business Technology Department:
The Keefe Tech School Store officially opened today! The School Store will be open during all 3 lunches on Thursday and Friday. Students in the Business Tech program run the operations of the school store and hope you stop by for some new KT gear!
From our Automotive Department:
The Automotive Shop at Keefe Tech is open for business. Members of our 5 communities and faculty/staff can make appointments to get their car worked throughout the school year. Interested in getting your car worked on? You need to come into the Main Office and fill out an Automotive Request to start the process.
From our Cosmetology Department:
The Keefe Tech Salon will be open October 11th! Once the Salon opens, hours of operation will be Wednesday - Friday before noon, please call 508.416.2225 for an appointment. Full service salon is available for interested clients!
From our Culinary Arts Departments:
The Keefe Tech East Side Room opened it's doors on Wednesday, September 20th! The East Side Room is open Tuesday - Friday from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM. Reservations can be made for 11:30 AM by calling 508-416-2358, and walk-ins are always welcomed. Check out the latest menu on Tuesday morning at http://keefetech.org/east_side_room/. Take a look at edibleBoston below, Fall 2017 Issue pages 59-60, for a feature on the East Side Room as a Hidden Restaurant!
Update on our new Dental Assisting Program:
The construction of the Dental Program is moving right along! We are excited that in a few shorts it will be open for business! Mrs. Oppedisano, the new Dental Teacher, cannot wait to begin working with the freshmen students. Exploratory will begin during cycle 5 and all students who expressed interest are scheduled to explore the new Program.
From our Culinary Arts Departments:
The Keefe Tech East Side Room opened it's doors on Wednesday, September 20th! The East Side Room is open Tuesday - Friday from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM. Reservations can be made for 11:30 AM by calling 508-416-2358, and walk-ins are always welcomed. Check out latest menu on Tuesday morning at http://keefetech.org/east_side_room/
Our AP Program is expanding and off to a great start this year!
Last year we began our AP Program with two courses, AP Computer Science and AP Language and Composition. During the 2016-2017 school year, we had a total of 40 students participate in the program. 53.8% or our students scored a 3 or higher on their AP exam, which allows them to earn college level credit. We are very proud of the students who participated in the program and our faculty. The national average for students earning an AP exam score of 3 or higher is 21.9%.
This year we introduced two additional courses to the program. AP Literature and Composition as the follow up course to AP Language for grade 12 students and AP Environmental Science for both grade 11 and grade 12 students. A total of 67 students are participating in four different AP Courses.
Students in AP Language are working on Argument essays using the classical oration method, as well as breaking down Aristotlean syllogisms to write effective original arguments.
To Be or Not to Be (in AP) - AP Lit students are currently reading Hamlet! AP Literature & Language will be traveling to Bay Path on October 21, for their first AP Saturday. Mr. Beling and and Mrs. Sullivan will be attending a 2 day training on Oct. 10 & 11.
In the Classroom!
Clubs and Activities
Business Professionals of America - Interested student should attend the meeting on Tuesday, September 26th, 6th period in the auditorium. See Mr. Rabidou in Information Technology with any questions.
Keefe Tech's Project Adventure will be fishing on Thursday, September 28th! See Mr. Paul in the Horticulture Program for a permission slip. Fishing will be at Hopkinton State Park from 2:30 PM-4:30 PM. If you don't have a permission slip you can't fish!
Successful Student Activities Fair for our Grade 9 students on September 20th! If students have additional questions about signing up for clubs and activities they should connect with their School Counselor, Assistant Principal Mr. Collins, or Club Advisors. Thanks Mrs. Clifford, Mrs. Conti and Student Council for coordinating the event. Didn't find what you are looking for? Students interested in a new club or activity should connect with Mr. Collins about the potential of starting a new organization.
Student Ambassador Program Begins!
All Student Ambassadors will be attending a training on Tuesday, September 26 at Framingham State University to work together as a group and in their Career and Tech Programs to engage in leadership activities and begin planning for our 8th grade Showcase Days in November.
School Counseling News
A reminder to all students that the add/drop deadline to modify your schedule is Friday, September 29th. 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 deadline to register for November 4th SAT Administration is October 5th. Instructions on how to register, as well as fee waivers are available in the Guidance Office. Register at http://collegeboard.com. Keefe Tech's CEEB Code is 220854.
Military Visits for the 2017-2018 School Year
All branches of the United States Military are invited to provide information to interested students each year. We offer table setups in our cafeteria for recruiters to bring information about their specific branch and opportunities available. The dates are Wednesday, November 8, 2017 and Wednesday, April 11, 2017 from 10:35AM - 12:25PM.
Juniors and Seniors - Save the Dates!
Tuesday, October 3 at 12:30 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. Juniors and seniors can sign up using the form below or in the Guidance Office. An email will be sent to all members of the Class of 2018 and 2019 with this registration information and it is already shared in the google classroom.
Wednesday, October 11 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 went home to grade 11 parents/guardians and student sign ups began last week in English Classes. Interested juniors can continue to sign up in the Guidance Office.
Tuesday, October 17 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. Interested students should see their School Counselor.
Wednesday, October 18 at 12:30 PM - UMASS Forum
Representatives from all the UMASS's will be at Keefe Tech to discuss their programs and schools.
Families of Juniors and Seniors - Financial Aid Night
Wednesday, 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
College Lunch Visits & Presentations*
The Guidance Department is coordinating a variety of college/university school lunch visits this year. This a change from multiple presentations being held during class time. Interested students should bring questions and plan time to visit the college representatives during their lunch block. College and University tables will be located in the area between the cafeteria and auditorium. Specific presentations will be scheduled based on student interest. Below is the current list of colleges and universities scheduled.
Fisher College - September 22
University of Maine - October 2
Dean College - October 4
Anna Maria - October 16
Benjamin Franklin Institute - October 17
Western New England College - October 31
Fall Military Visit - November 8
Johnson and Wales - November 13
Wentworth Institute of Technology - November 14 *Presentation - sign-up will be posted
Massachusetts College of Art - November 30 * Presentation - sign-up will be posted
HPREP is a free 10-week program that takes place at Harvard Medical School (Boston location) on Saturdays (9:00 AM-4:00 PM) from November to February. The program consists of interactive lectures and labs on topics such as cancer, vaccines, health disparities, and leadership as well as college prep workshops. The curriculum exposes students to a range of science and health-related subjects, including genetics, scientific method and experiments, vaccines, cancer biology, anatomy, sexual health, nutrition, and ethics. HPREP provides students with hands-on curricula, interactive lab environments, and 1-on-1 mentoring to equip them with the excitement, knowledge, skills, confidence, and community support necessary to pursue education and careers in science and health professions. The mentoring component pairs each student with a Harvard student (doctoral, masters, or medical), who works closely with them to develop a research project leading to an oral presentation at our closing ceremony. Interested students can apply online - information on the flyer below.
MetroWest College Planning Center - "Lights On!" Program
The program "Lights On!" is a later than after school program (5:15-7:15) that helps students with organizational and life skills that will prepare them best for their success. Their curriculum focuses on:
Physical items and space organization
Time management and scheduling
Budgeting and financial organization
Goal planning and setting
Information and thought organization
Commitments and professionalism
Concentration and listening skills
Nutrition and healthy habits
It meets Mondays and Wednesday, starting from the 25th of September. All sessions are at the College Planning Center 13 Salem End Road (1812 House) in the Salem Parking Lot Framingham State Campus. They have room for 25 students on a first come first serve basis, there is still space available!
We encourage all members of the Keefe Tech Community to come out and cheer on our fall athletic teams! Go Broncos!
Two-Week Lookout - Upcoming Athletic Events:
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER VS ASSABET (First home game of the season!)
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS AMSA
@ ST. JOHN PAUL VARSITY FOOTBALL AT ST. JOHN PAUL
FRESHMEN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL VS MONTY TECH
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER VS BLACKSTONE VALLEY
VARSITY GOLF AT BAYPATH
CROSS COUNTRY VS MAIN SOUTH/ABBY KELLEY
BOYS JV SOCCER VS ASSABET
VARSITY GOLF VS WORCESTER TECH
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS MILLIS
GIRLS JV SOCCER AT BLACKSTONE VALLEY
BOYS JV SOCCER AT BLACKSTONE VALLEY
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AT OLD COLONY
VARSITY FOOTBALL VS MATIGNON/SJ
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL AT ST. PETER MARIAN
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER VS HOPEDALE
VARSITY GOLF AT NASHOBA TECH
GIRLS JV SOCCER VS MONTY TECH
CROSS COUNTRY AT SIZER
VARSITY GOLF AT STATE VOC TOURNAMENT
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER VS NASHOBA TECH
FRESHMEN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL AT MONTY TECH
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS MONTY TECH
JV FOOTBALL AT MONTY TECH
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER VS ABBY KELLEY
VARSITY FOOTBALL VS LOWELL CATHOLIC (Homecoming Game!!)
VARSITY GOLF VS BLACKSTONE VALLEY
Thanks to everyone you has come out to an event or game this year. You can always visit our webpage (keefetech.org) to get up to date game schedules.
Our fall athletes hard at work!
Faculty and Student Spotlight
Meet Ms. Porter!
Currently, Ms. Porter is working with students in learning strategies classes and teaching a section of Survey of Literature for Grade 12 students. Ms. Porter's favorite things are Netflix, Target, and spending time with her 9 month old son, Jack Brady. Please welcome Ms. Porter to the Keefe Tech Community!
Skills USA State Officer Kevin Luna
Kevin leaves this weekend for Washington D.C. for a leadership conference with all of the state SkillsUSA Officers from around the nation! While in Washington, Kevin will receive leadership training, tour the White House, meet with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and tour Mount Vernon. Kevin is looking forward to this opportunity and we wish him all the best. Have a great trip Kevin!