Bronco Bulletin

Keefe Regional Technical School

March 16, 2018

It has been a snowy few weeks in the Northeast, but we are getting excited about spring and the exciting spring activities in the near future! Please see below for the important updates and information. Thanks for reading!

Upcoming School Events & Announcements

March 27, 28 and 29th are English MCAS days. There will be delayed openings for students in grades 9, 11 and 12. Students in grade 10 should report to school at the regular time for testing. Good luck to all grade 10 students taking the MCAS!


Course Selections are happening NOW!
Guidance Counselors are visiting classes and working with students to create a rigorous and interesting course of studies. Once students select their courses, an electronic copy of their selections will be shared with parents/guardians.

YEARBOOKS ARE NOW ON SALE! Any student wishing to reserve a yearbook may do so with a $20 deposit or by paying the full amount of $60. See Mr. Griffin (jgriffin@jpkeefehs.org) for more information.



WANT TO HELP YOUR STUDENT WITH THEIR MATH HOMEWORK?

Follow this link to a variety of math resources that can help your student with their math homework! https://www.smore.com/d953p

CONSIDER NOMINATING A KEEFE TECH EDUCATOR FOR EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR!

Please see attached for how to nominate a Keefe Tech educator for Educator of the Year. Nominations are being accepted until March 21, 2018.

The Harlem Wizards are coming to Keefe Tech!

The famous Harlem Wizards are coming to Keefe Tech! On Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 pm the world-famous Harlem Wizards will be playing a fun-filled basketball game against Keefe Tech teachers, students and administrators. You won't want to miss this hilarious game filled with laughs, slam dunks, and trick shots. You can purchase tickets online or complete the attached form. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting the students through the class councils of Keefe Tech.


Please contact Ashley Petro apetro@jpkeefehs.org with any questions.

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

Future Farmers of America (FFA)


On March 15th, 14 Keefe students competed in the Future Farmers of America State Conference in Sturbridge, MA. Students entered in Agricultural Sales, Marketing Plan, Nursery/Landscape and Creed Speaking. Our students presented themselves admirably. Students received 1st place in Marketing Plan and will be attending the National Conference in October. Shown are from left to right, Wanelger Guzman, Sam St. George and Jayden Gavin.

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Health Careers Pinning Ceremony

On Thursday, students in the Health Careers Program participated in the certificate and pinning ceremony to celebrate their completion of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program, and their passing scores on the CNA Exam. All 19 students earned a pin to celebrate their status as Certified Nursing Assistants. A special thank you to the Health Careers teachers: Ms. Baker, Mrs. Graham and Mrs. Griffin.
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Business Professionals of America (BPA)

The weekend of March 3-5th, 19 Members of BPA attended the State Leadership Conference. Students competed in many areas from Office Application, Information Technology, Program and Web Design and Administrative Office Competitions.


This year the Business Professional of America State Leadership Conference was held at the Sheraton Tara in Framingham, Massachusetts. Keefe Tech BPA members had a terrific showing winning 11 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals. In addition, the Software Engineering Team (Daniel Quackenbush, Cameron Mulready and James Deneault) made the top 20 and will be competing virtually over the next week. The top ten teams will be invited to nationals for the final competition and determine their placement in the event.


Highlights for the conference included Daniel Quackenbush (Programming and Web Shop) who received 6 medals of which 4 where gold medals and Jonathan Spalti (Information Technology Shop) who received 5 medals of which 2 where gold medals. Bradford Shapleigh and Cameron Mulready will also be attending the National Leadership Conference being held in Dallas, Texan on May 8-13th. John Quintin was elected as a BPA State Officer at the Conference.

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Academic Updates

In the Classroom!

On Monday, March 12, 2018 the following students represented Keefe Tech at the Teen Dating Violence Prevention App Focus Group with District Attorney, Marian Ryan:

Ashley Famania Gabin
Catalina Lima
Cal Marden
James Hunter
Briae Hughes

They were joined by Francine Cassullo and Janilda Concepcion.

The focus group, made up of students in the Middlesex County, plans to meet again to discuss their ideas further. This Teen Dating Violence Prevention App will be created based on the input and ideas of these students.

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Student Activities

Student Council


Student Council students attended the Annual State Conference from March 7-9. Students participated in a Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics MA, engaged in energizers before attending workshops and listening to speakers, and enjoyed a banquet celebrating statewide accomplishments.

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School Counseling News

College Application Information

The Guidance Department wanted to share an exciting Community College event that will be happening this month:


MassBay On-the-Spot Decision

On Friday, March 23rd MassBay Community College will be at Keefe to accept our students ON-THE-SPOT! If you'd like to take advantage of this opportunity, please sign up in Guidance.


The next ACT testing dates:

ACT - April 14, 2018 - Regular Registration Deadline is March 9th. Register at http://act.org

Keefe Tech Cheerleaders End Season on a High Note!

The Keefe Tech Winter Cheerleaders reflected on a successful season at their end of the year banquet this week. The cheerleaders came in second place at the Central Catholic Raiders competition, third place at the Wildcat Valentine competition, and were less than two points away from advancing to the regional competition. The cheerleaders represented Keefe on the mat and in the community. The cheerleaders made holiday cards to distribute to the residents at Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home in December and initiated a fundraiser that raised $75 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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SPRING SPORTS INFORMATION

Spring sports sign-ups are happening during all three lunches in preparation for the upcoming season. All team members must have a current physical on file with the school nurse in order to participate. If your physical has expired we will be once again offering sports clearances on Tuesday, March 6, from 8am - 11am. The first official practice for all spring sports will be on Monday, March 19.



Baseball

Varsity head coach: Phil Rosano - prosano@jpkeefehs.org

Varsity assistant coach: Jeff Brown

Junior varsity coach: Eric Gordon - egordon@jpkeefehs.org


Softball

Varsity head coach: Ashley Petro - apetro@jpkeefehs.org

Varsity assistant coach: Katelyn Leahy - kleahy@jpkeefehs.org


Boys Volleyball

Varsity head coach: Matt Warren - mwarren@jpkeefehs.org

Varsity assistant coach: Jeremy Lewis - jlewis@jpkeefehs.org

Junior varsity coach: Jeff Bruno - j.a.bruno@gmail.com


Boys track and field

Varsity head coach: Kevin Kramer - kkramer@jpkeefehs.org

Varsity assistant coach: Jeff Beling - jbeling@jpkeefehs.org


Girls track and field

Varsity head coach: Ken Collins - kcollins@jpkeefehs.org

Varsity assistant coach: Ben Westerman - bwesterman@jpkeefehs.org

Faculty Spotlight

Meet the Physical Education and Health Instructors! L-R, Julie Cavicchio, Don Marini, Franice Cassullo and Chris Kane. Together these instructors have over 85 years of teaching and coaching experience.


The Physical Education Department offers courses to students in grades 9-12. All grade 9 students take a Health course and they have the option of a Health elective as an upperclassman. All students take PE courses, and students can select from a number of great electives, such as yoga and aerobics, personal fitness and team sports. The goal of the department is to create healthy habits for students, and to encourage physical activity throughout life.


Mr. Marini is in his 10th year at Keefe Tech and thrives on coaching students on the benefits of physical activity and how being active can be fun. In his spare time, he and his wife enjoy hikes with their dog Felix.


Ms. Cassullo is in year 11 at Keefe Tech and loves physical fitness and all the life lessons that she and her students can learn from training and competing. When not teaching, she likes to get creative in the kitchen or work on house projects.


Ms. Cavicchio is in her 13th year at Keefe Tech and loves both the challenges and the laughter she gains from working with her students in both her health and her science classes. Outside of school she enjoys hiking with her dogs, photography, and meditation.


Mr. Kane is wrapping up his whopping 33rd year at Keefe Tech! Both a PE teacher and our Director of Athletics, Mr. Kane enjoys watching the students take full advantage of all the great things our school has to offer - and urges everyone to get involved in order to make the most of high school! When not at school, Mr. Kane likes to stay active with all types of outdoor activities and enjoys vacationing with his family.



Three cheers for the Health/PE faculty!

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