Bronco Bulletin

Keefe Regional Technical School

January 5, 2018 - Volume 9

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a great Winter Break and stayed safe and warm during the snow storm these last couple of days. We are excited about the start of 2018 at Keefe Tech and are kicking the New Year off with Parent Teacher Conferences next week! Sign up information is below.

Upcoming School Events & Announcements

Grade Level Class Assemblies will be held over the next couple weeks to review information for the second half of the school year specific to each class.

Tuesday, January 9 at 8AM - Grade 10 Assembly

Wednesday, January 10 at 8AM - Grade 11 Assembly

Thursday, January 11 at 8AM - Grade 9 Assembly

Tuesday, January 16 at 8AM - Grade 12 Assembly

Attention Students and Faculty - On January 9, 2018 from 6-7PM, you are Invited to join Senator Karen Spilka in a conversation with the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy about exSEL: Excellence through Social-Emotional Learning, a network bringing together school districts across Massachusetts to design and implement policies and practices that promote social-emotional learning (SEL). To see more details about this event and RSVP please click the link below.


Hayden Lodge

Warren Conference Center

529 Chestnut Street

Ashland, Massachusetts 01721

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Click Here to RSVP to Senator Spilka's Event!

More information about the event can be found at this website.

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 before Winter Break with specific sign-up information. The scheduler is open for you to begin making conference appointments (direct link is below).

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 is open for you to make conference appointments.

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.

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.

Career and Technical Updates

Grade 9 Career and Technical Program Selection

The Career and Tech Program selection process will begin for grade 9 students on Monday. With no school on Friday the first portion of the program will be condensed and included during School Counselor led lessons in English classes. Programming for grade 9 students is as follows:

  • January 8 - January 12: 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.
  • January 16 - 20: Individual 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! Students will start their program during an assembly in the auditorium (7:35AM for AM exploratory and 11:00AM for PM exploratory).

Design and Visual Communications

The Design and Visual students have been busy doing portraits and redesigning movie posters. Below are a couple examples of student work.
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Plumbing Students in the Community

Students in the Plumbing Department have recently completed working on a Habitat for Humanity home in Holliston. Students are shown below drilling and installing the venting for the home.

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Academic Updates

In the Classroom!

Seniors in Mr. Griffin's Pre-Calculus class learning about the Law of Sines.
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Ms. Pagano's Biology II students engaging in a lab on photosynthesis.
Ms. Conti's US History II students studying up on World War II.

Clubs and Activities

Health Careers students sing for residents at Bethany Assisted Living!

Ms. Serra and Ms. Griffin brought 5 Keefe Tech students to sing at Bethany's Christmas Party. They had a singer, Tim , who worked great with our students and called the girls "the Key Strokers." Students and faculty had a wonderful time and the residents were very excited to have them.
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Chess Club / Magic the Gathering in Action!

Student Council Food Drive!

During the month of December, the Student Council organized a food drive through all Career and Technical Programs and made a delivery to the food pantry prior to Winter Break. Thank you to all the students and faculty who helped make this year's food drive a success!
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The Photography Club meets every Monday in Graphic Communications with Mr. Allain after school!

School Counseling News

Attention Juniors!

We will be offering an SAT Prep Course beginning after February vacation leading up to the May 2018 SAT Exam. Math SAT Prep will be offered on Tuesdays from 5:30PM - 8PM and English will be offered on Thursdays from 5:30PM - 8PM. Registration information will be mailed home to families this month.

Save the Date for Junior College Planning Night - Thursday, February 8 from 6PM - 7:30PM. Presentation will be offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Childcare will be available for parents will younger kids who wish to attend. Representatives from Framingham State, Suffolk University and MassBay will be there to provide additional information about their institutions, as well as the difference between 2-year colleges, 4-year public colleges and 4-year private colleges. Any grade 11 students thinking about college should attend with their parents/guardians. An invitation will be mailed home, but feel free to register below!

College Application Deadlines and Dual Enrollment

Attention Seniors! Make sure you are aware of your college application deadlines!

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

January 15, 2018:

UMASS Amherst
Worcester State University - Nursing (BSN) and Occupational Studies

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.

February 1, 2018:

UMASS Lowell

UMASS Dartmouth - Nursing Majors

Fitchburg State University (to be considered for Merit based scholarships)

February 15, 2018:

Framingham State University

Bridgewater State University

March 1, 2018:

UMASS Lowell

Worcester State University

The next ACT and SAT testing dates:

SAT - March 10, 2018 - Regular Registration Deadline is February 9th. Register at

ACT - April 14, 2018 - Regular Registration Deadline is March 9th. Register at

Fee waivers are available in the Guidance Office for students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

There is still time to sign up for the FSU Dual Enrollment Course and MassBay Cyber Security Course!

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 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
  • Course Dates - March 19 - May 10 on Thursdays at 4PM
  • 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 - Room 215
  • 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 Cyber Security Course Application

Any additional interested students should submit their application ASAP! Course will be offered from 4PM - 5:30PM on Thursdays 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 01/05/2018


Saturday 01/06/2018


Sunday 01/07/2018


Tuesday 01/09/2018


Wednesday 01/10/2018


Thursday 01/11/2018


Friday 01/12/2018


  • Sunday 01/14/2018


    Tuesday 01/16/2018


    Wednesday 01/17/2018


    Friday 01/19/2018



    Keefe Tech Ice Hockey Team

    Keefe Tech Ice Hockey is currently 2-2 with 8 games remaining. Click below to see their current stats!

    Winter Cheerleading Team!

    Winter Cheer Game Team at the last Basketball Game with their awesome signs produced by Mr. Allain in Graphics! The Competition Team has also been working on new Choreography that they will use at their February competitions! Look for a debut at the final boys basketball game later this season!

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    Student Spotlight

    Fatima Gonzalez, an ELL sophomore at Keefe Tech created an outstanding project for her Zoology class with Mrs. Cavicchio. The assignment was to create a real life story including 5 insects from A Bug’s Life finding additional information through research. (Separate research rubric)

    The assessment portion of the assignment was to write a story including new personal names for the invertebrates and assign the insects a job. Students also had to create a visual description of how all the animals interact with each other within the environment. The story should be depicted through a kinesthetic project. (Ex. Poster, comic strip, movie, power point, clay molds, etc...)

    Fatima fulfilled all the requirements of the rubric and more. She used several materials to create a three dimensional story that was vibrant, interesting and funny. She showed pride in her work and was thrilled at the positive response she received from her teacher and fellow students.

    Excellent job, Fatima! A+