Cape Cod Tech March e-Newsletter

Updated March 11, 2022

March Parent Council

Tuesday, March 15th, 5:30pm

351 Pleasant Lake Avenue

Harwich, MA

  • Approve minutes of February 15, 2022 meeting

  • Art Show

  • Comedy Improv

  • Spring Sports

  • Field Construction Project

  • Attendance

  • Covid Update

  • Test Kit Pick-up

  • Graduation Plans

  • Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6

  • Other topics

  • Adjournment



* Navigating the College Admissions Process will take place immediately after at 6:30 in the Performance Space

Comedy Improv Classes and our CCT Art Show- Click below for more information

MCAS Testing Schedule - Spring 2022

English Language Arts - March 22 & 23 (grade 10)

Math - May 17 & 18 (grade 10)

Biology - June 7 & 8 (grades 9 & 10)


Testing locations - Ninth Grade Academy and Transportation Academy

Testing time - 8:00am - 12:06pm (students remain in testing rooms and will take 3rd lunch)

Extended time - 12:06pm - 2:35pm (Library classroom and Performance Space)


Bring your fully charged Chromebook on testing days.


Students should be well rested for the test.

Students should eat a healthy dinner the night before the test and a good breakfast on testing day.

Stay well-hydrated!

Students may bring a snack and water to have during the break in the testing session.


Students are well prepared for the test. Take your time and read the directions and the questions carefully. Check your work!

Encourage your students to try their best and to take their time when testing.


Ninth grade students will attend shop all day during the ELA and Math testing days.


Lunch Schedule For MCAS


  • ALL Seniors and students in gym class = 1st lunch

  • 9th and 11th graders = 2nd lunch

  • ALL 10th graders only= 3rd lunch

March Is Upon Us

In like a lion out like a lamb... let's hope!


I hope the lion part is speaking about our boys' basketball team and co-op hockey team. Our Crusaders take on Calvary Chapel Academy in the 1st round of the MIAA State Tournament tonight. The game begins at 6:30 at Calvary. The boys' hockey team that co-ops with DY and Cape Cod Academy will take on Bostin Latin on Thursday at the Roche Arena at 7.


March is Women's History Month. I have included some inspirational quotes.


Keep in touch with all the events this month and year by reading the monthly newsletter; especially since I can not fit all the information in my phone calls.


I want to remind parents that we have an early dismissal at 12:35 on Monday, March 7th as well as 1:35 dismissals on Wednesday, March 3rd, 16th, and 30th. These are scheduled Professional Development Days for teachers.


Parents, we use SchoolBrains for our Student Record keeping. This system allows parents to review up-to-date grading, attendance, and other information that will help you support your student. If you do not have access, please contact us at assistance@capetech.us



I have included a calendar for you so that you can prepare for upcoming events and evenings, just click the link below.

2021-2022


We need your help to ensure the safety of our community. The goal is not only to keep the community safe but also to keep our school open. Please be sure to follow the guidelines listed below. These precautions may limit contagion throughout the building.


  1. If your child is not feeling well, do not send them to school. Click here for a wellness check guide for your convenience: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g3sYZH628mxk6KoAK4G3qHxrlo4sBB6g/view If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wahtola School Nurse at 508-432-4500 ext 2187.
  2. If your child contracts or tests positive for COVID please contact Mrs. Wahtola School Nurse at 508-432-4500 ext 2187. We understand some families will call the attendance line, but Mrs. Wahtola will be able to support you and your child quicker if reached directly.
  3. Below are links to the locations and contacts for some local testing sites for your convenience. As always, your student's pediatrician or primary care physician should also be contacted. Click Here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test
  4. Are you or your student thinking about getting vaccinated? If so here is a link to available sites: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: bterranova@capetech.us or at (508)432-4500 ext 2000.

Thank you,


William Terranova, Principal

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March Calendar


  • March 1: GSA movie Hidden Figures/Women's History Month

    March 2: Blue Day 1:35 dismissal

  • March 4: SkillsUSA District Competition

  • March 7: Green Day 12:35 dismissal

  • March 11: SkillsUSA Award Ceremony

  • March 15: Parent Council and College Night for Parents

  • March 16: Blue Day

  • March 16-18: FFA State Convention

  • March 22-23: ELA 10th Grade MCAS

    March 24: School Committee

    March 30: Blue Day 1:35 Dismissal

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    Did you lose ear buds? Ms. Mcloughlin in Main Office has a few dozen pairs in lost and found.

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    Male Students 18 or older sign up for Selective Service

    Gentleman, have you turned 18 recently? Then you must register for the selective service. It is very easy and it is the law. All males in the U.S. must register if they are between the ages of 18-25. Click the link to sign up: https://www.sss.gov/
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    Comedy Improve Classes At CCT

    Beginning at the end of March, Cape Cod Harwich Junior Theater Company will hold Comedy Improve Classes after school at Cape Cod Tech. There will be more information coming out shortly. If you are interested, be sure to sign up!!!!

    Winter Is Coming...

    In case of inclement weather this winter that may lead to a delay or closure, you will receive a phone call by the Superintendent when a decision is made. You can also check our website, Facebook, Twitter, text message, app and local tv or radio stations for updates as well.

    Year 2022 Raise in Minimum Wage

    Attention students: As of January 1, 2022 the minimum wage will increase to $14.25 an hour. If you are working, please make sure that you are receiving your state-mandated increase.

    For more information click here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-law-about-minimum-wage

    iDECIDE PROGRAM

    Dear Cape Cod Tech Parent or Guardian:


    As we shared earlier in the year Cape Cod Tech has partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital to offer the iDECIDE program. Below you will find a letter from MGH explaining the program further.


    Our team of clinicians and scientists from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School are partnering with schools across Massachusetts to evaluate the effectiveness of a new substance use diversion and education program called iDECIDE (Drug Education Curriculum: Intervention, Diversion, and Empowerment) that will be implemented at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School as well as nearly 100 schools across the entire state of Massachusetts. We can’t accomplish this mission without the help of you and your child!


    Why is the evaluation of iDECIDE so important? In recent years, substance use at school has increased due to the widespread availability of devices that make it easy to conceal substances from peers, parents, and school staff. Students who use substances at school or school sanctioned events are both violating school substance use policies and at a heightened risk for negative health effects. Cape Cod Regional Technical High School has committed to launching an exciting new program (iDECIDE) that was developed in collaboration between MGH, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Institute for Health and Recovery. iDECIDE aims to provide students experimenting with substances and/or who got caught using substances at school the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to make healthier decisions.


    When a new program like iDECIDE is launched in schools, it is important to monitor effectiveness and compare outcomes during times when schools do not have the program to times when the program is fully launched. This information is critical in making improvements to the program in order to best support students and the overarching school community. Before and after staff at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School implement the program, our team at MGH will be working to evaluate changes in student outcomes as well as the effectiveness of iDECIDE itself. We are interested in how iDECIDE impacts attitudes of school staff, the prevalence of substance use across the school, as well as the knowledge, attitudes, behaviors of individual students. The information your child provides will be invaluable in helping our team develop a more effective response to substance use infractions to help students and families. Previous program participants have found these types of studies to be an informative, interesting, and rewarding experience that provides unique insight into real applications of science and their own behaviors.


    What does our evaluation program involve? Our program includes individual referrals to the MGH evaluation team. We will explain this in more detail below:


    Individual Referral to MGH Research Team:


    • Students will be referred to the MGH study staff by a school staff member if they received a substance use-related infraction at school or a school-sanctioned event.

    • All information that the MGH evaluation team receives will be kept secure and confidential.

    • The referral does NOT mean that your child will be enrolled in a study. In order to enroll, the MGH team will reach out to explain the study, answer any questions, and obtain written parental consent (if under 18) and written student assent/consent (if age 18 or older). Regardless of whether you or your child provides consent for the MGH evaluation program, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School is free to use iDECIDE or any other disciplinary response they have available and deem best.

    • In the unlikely event that your child meets criteria to be referred to the MGH team (e.g., has a substance use-related infraction at school or a school-sanctioned event) and you do NOT want your child to be referred to the MGH research team, you must fill out this survey [https://redcap.link/iDECIDEoptout] by January 17, 2022 There will be no penalty or consequence to you or your child for opting out of the referral process. If the study staff does not hear from you by January 17, 2022, it will be assumed that you consent to your child being referred to the MGH study staff if determined appropriate by school staff.


    What about privacy and confidentiality? We ensure that all information provided to us remains confidential. All contact information will be stored on secure computers that only authorized MGH study staff will have access to. None of the information your child provides will be available to anyone, including school officials or personnel. If we have serious concerns for your child’s safety, we will meet with you to review our concerns and make referrals as clinically indicated.


    How do I find out more information? If you would like to learn more about our program, please reach out to Dr. Randi Schuster at (617) 643-6673 or Rschuster@mgh.harvard.edu. If you would like to opt-out your student from individual referrals, please fill out this survey: [https://redcap.link/iDECIDEoptout] by January 17, 2022.


    We look forward to partnering with you!


    Sincerely,


    Randi M. Schuster, Ph.D. and the iDECIDE Evaluation Team

    Center for Addiction Medicine

    Psychiatry Department

    Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

    Attendance Matters- Saturday School/ Make-Up Time

    If your student has accumulated an excessive number of unexcused absences your student will have to begin to make up the learning time lost. There are several ways your student can make up for lost time. We hold Saturday school sessions once per month. The next Saturday school session will be March 5. Students that will be attending Saturday school should bring homework to do. Saturday school begins promptly at 9, check in at the main entrance with me at 8:45. Saturday school will release at 1pm.


    Your student can also stop into Mr. Consalvi's office and pick up a pink time card and stay after school by making after-school appointments with shop and academic teachers. Your student can also stay for extra help sessions in English, Math and Science on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Make sure your student has their teachers sign off the number of hours on their pink timesheet and turn the timesheet into my office daily. Every 4 hours of make-up time is equal to one unexcused absence. For a definition of an unexcused absence please refer to the student handbook on the Cape Tech website. Thank you,

    Mr. Consalvi

    Assistant Principal

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    Parent Council

    Parent Council

    Participate in your child's education!

    Join Cape Cod Tech's Parent Council and learn about school curriculum, activities, policies and procedures, review academic and shop programs and become an active part of this governing body. We are currently seeking parent representatives. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend whether or not they are a representative.

    Parent Council's Next Meeting:


    • Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 5:30pm


    We are looking at changing our name to The Cape Cod Tech Family Forum. Thoughts? Bring them to the meeting.