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Keefe Regional Technical School

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October 26, 2018

SAVE THE DATE - MONDAY NIGHT OCTOBER 29th!

We are giving the Keefe Tech website an update! Our goal is for more stakeholders to be able to upload information and highlight ongoing activities and student success in all our programs. Stay tuned!

Announcements and Events

It's that time again for the annual Fall Blood Drive with Metro West Medical Center. Approximately 1 out of 10 people entering the hospital needs blood. Please consider donating on October 31, 8am to 1 pm in the auditorium. Sign up during lunch period. Please call x 323 with any questions.

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For all those who are interested in conversation and film about our past, The History Club will meet in Room 301 after school on Tuesday, October 30th.


Juniors and Seniors interested in the Military: Keefe Tech will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, October 31st. The ASVAB is an exam used for placement by each military branch. Please sign up in Guidance and see your counselor with any questions


The senior class will be hosting a Halloween movie night in the auditorium on Tuesday, 10/30 at 2:30pm. Tickets for Insidious are $3.00 and are on sale in the cafe all week. Don't forget to bring your Boo.


Attention seniors and senior teachers: the senior group picture retake will be Thursday November 1st @ 8AM in front of the school. If it rains we will move to the gym. Please schedule accordingly.


November 2, 2018 - No School - 8th Grade Showcase Day

All Student Ambassadors need to be here by 7:35AM. Last session for the afternoon will end at 1:30PM.


FREE Help Applying for Financial Aid for College

Register for FAFSA Day 2018

November 4th at Framingham High School or November 7th at Marlborough High School

Register at https://www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-register/

Questions? Click Here: https://www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-2/


November 7, 2018 - 10:35AM dismissal for students


We believe in homecoming weekend 2019! HCW2019 committee’s first meeting will be on Tuesday, November 6th, at 2:15 in Room 313. We need to hear your voices! (Ms. Cavicchio)


Families of Juniors and Seniors - Financial Aid Night - Thursday, November 8th from 6PM - 8PM


Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - All students will be participating in the administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey during first block on 11/14. Detailed information about this voluntary survey will be sent home to families next week. This project will help our school develop and enhance our health education and prevention services. https://www.edc.org/metrowest-adolescent-health-survey


Attention seniors: Please submit baby pictures, Pets & people pictures and legacy pictures to Mr. Griffin by December 14, 2018, for inclusion in the yearbook.

Community Food Resource

We are excited to begin a partnership with Daniel's Table in the coming weeks. The mission of Daniel's Table to create food security in the city of Framingham. We are going to be a location of their freezer program, which is a service to provide nutritional meals for people in the community who find themselves in need. These meals are provided free of charge.


Informational flyer is below. If this is a resource that your family or a family you know could benefit from, please connect with our School Counseling Department. Students and families can reach out directly to their School Counselor or contact our Guidance Director at abogusky@jpkeefehs.org or 508.416.2270.

IPASS Parent Portal Sign-Up Information

Instructions for parents/guardians to sign-up to view student grades.

Follow Keefe Tech on Instagram!

We will be posting a variety of photos and info highlighting our students, faculty, programs, sports teams, clubs and school. Share to @keefe.tech.hs if you have something exciting to share about our school community!

Note from the Nurse:

Just as reminder since we are about to change our clocks next weekend it is a good time to check off all of those other things on our “to do lists”.


1. Schedule your flu shot appointment

2. Change your batteries in your smoke detector

3. …and my favorite: send in a copy of your son or daughter’s most recent physical exam. Why? Many are over a year old and...


* An up to date physical exam is required in order to play school sports.

* Necessary to go out in the community for certain work experiences during the vocational
portion of the Keefe Tech education.

* To help the nurse better take care of your child/student during the school day.


Another reminder: Please do not allow your child to bring in medicine prescription or over the counter medicine with them to school. It is against the administrative school rules. If your child needs Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, or Motrin), calcium carbonate (TUMS), or throat lozenges those can be given by the nurse, if you have consented to these on the orange health emergency form sent home. If you need a new form we would be happy to help.


If your child needs to take a prescription medication during the school day please contact the nurse and that can be arranged. All medicine will need to be brought in by the parent/guardian and will there will need to be a doctor’s order and parent consent. The nurse can explain this in detail if it pertains to your student. Thank you. I hope that you have a nice weekend. I will look forward to hearing from you!


Michele Reidt BSN, RN, NCSN - School Nurse

Email address: mreidt@jpkeefehs.org; Phone : 508-416-2263 Fax: 508-416-2120

Winter Drivers Education Course

Applications are available in the main office or in Room 216.


December 17th 3:00-8:00

December 17th 6:00-8:00(Parent Class)

December 19th 3:00-5:00

December 22nd 7:00-2:30

December 27th 7:00-2:30

December 28th 7:00-2:30

December 29th 7:00-2:30


Cost of the Drivers Education Program: $600.00

Contact: John Rabidou: jrabidou@jpkeefehs.org for more details

This is a Mass RMV Certified Program

Academic Updates

STEM WEEK 2018 RECAP!

We had a great week celebrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics! Thanks to Mr. Yarkosky and Ms. Leahy for taking the lead in coordinating activities in classes and during lunches.


Monday- Friday - Morning announcements highlighting STEM and providing fun facts about STEM education and Career Pathways


Monday-Friday - Design Challenge for Students in academic math classes


Tuesday - at lunches for staff and students to hear presentations

Professor Vinay Mannam (Food Science Professor from FSU) will be talking with students about applications of STEM and the college STEM experience.


Wednesday - at lunches for staff and students to hear presentations

Framingham DPW is sending to speak with students about STEM in the workplace:


Kerry Reed – Senior Storm water & Environmental Engineer (engineer)

Jim Barsanti – Deputy Director of Water & Sewer (engineer)

John Rogers – Director of Capital Planning (engineer)

Vonnie Reis – Director of Capital Construction (engineer)

Geoff Kovar – GIS Manager


Did you know students who are focused on STEM-related areas of study are afforded unique scholarship opportunities to help encourage their unique and needed intellectual contributions? Careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics continue to be among the most in-demand and highest-paying available. Fortunately, there are a lot of financial aid opportunities available for students interested in a STEM education. There are many scholarships available to students, worth significant amounts. It is worth the pursuit!

Ms. Leahy's Engineering students in action! Instant Challenge: Choremaster!

Students had to think of a common household chore & create a gadget to make the chore easier to perform. Each group had to present their gadget to the class. Some of the gadgets include:

  • The 2 in 1 Sbroom
  • Swiss Army Yard Stick
  • Iron Fist
  • Pizza Paddle
  • Table Sweeper
  • Low Stress Cat Feeder

https://youtu.be/IFPGeFs_p88

1st time ever! Great partnership with the library.

Presentation to English classes, students previously participated in a Library Card Drive. They will be receiving their cards today!
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Chromatography Lab with Mr. Mulchahy in Honors Chemistry!

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Career and Technical Updates

Horticulture students compete in FFA Nationals!

From Mr. Paul!


Day 1: Greetings from The Falls! We had a day of smooth sailing & made it out to Niagara Falls around 4pm. The Maid of The Mist was ready for our 4:30 departure & we found ourselves braving the elements on the Niagara River. We got soaked... And loved it. Afterwards we walked approximately two miles around Niagara Falls State Park.


Day 2: We made it! We are settling in and preparing for an action packed week in Indianapolis.


Day 3: Has brought us an understanding of how veneer is made. We visited the oldest continuously running veneer mill in North America. The guys also tried some 10 gallon hats on for size. They have also been working on their marketing plan! Tomorrow they compete. Tonight happens to be Garth Brooks and game 2 of the World Series... We have been busy to say the least.


Day 4: Today the students competed against the best teams from 35 states. Below are pictures of the guys before "battle" looking at the water gushing from a plumbing leak in the ceiling. It lightened the mood. The other picture is of the team in front of the:



  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument: Recognized as one of the world's outstanding monuments, the structure has come to symbolize both the City of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. The Soldiers & Sailors Monument is Indiana's official memorial to the Hoosiers that served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Frontier Wars and the Spanish-American War.
  • The Limestone used for the monument is gray oolitic limestone from the Romona quarries of Owen County. It stands 284 feet, 6 inches high, only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. It cost $598,318 in 1902. It has been estimated that building a similar structure today would cost more than five hundred million dollars.
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Sophomore Early Childhood students helping the children of Suburban Childcare with their STEAM Program!

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Culinary Arts prepared sandwiches for the 250 volunteers that were building a new playground on Interfaith Terrace on Oct. 17th

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Student Activities

Homecoming Weekend 2019 - Here we come!

From Ms. Cavicchio and the KT SADD Club!


Overall message and objective: Reignite school pride. Let’s create a Keefe tech community celebration where the whole school is involved. Through school spirit and support a new KT tradition could be born. Let’s make KT our second home!


Our plan: The SADD club created an inspirational film to encourage school spirit, pride and support for our teams and school. The members of the SADD club made 700 bracelets and asked everyone to wear the bracelets with pride, using it as a reminder that we can do this together! The first KT homecoming committee (HCC) will meet on Tuesday, November, 6, 2018 with Mrs. Cavicchio in room 313. The HCC will poll the whole school to plan a school dance in our very own Gymnasium and a Saturday afternoon football game on our very own field. The big event will happen in the fall of 2019. We believe in KT!

https://youtu.be/VwBYZNDp8EU

Keefe Tech's National Honor Society is collecting new batteries to help support "Birthday Wishes"

Keefe Tech's National Honor Society is collecting new batteries to help support "Birthday Wishes" - a non-profit organization that provides birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters. Although the organization receives many donations for party supplies and toys, they do not receive batteries for those toys. In 2017, over 5,000 homeless children in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Long Island (NY) were able to celebrate birthdays with "Birthday Wishes." That's over 5,000 donated toys, and a countless number of batteries to help operate those toys. Please help the NHS give a "charge" to others!


Batteries can be dropped of in the Main Office, the East Side Room, or in Rooms 219 or 304.

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Business Professionals of America (BPA) students attended the Fall Leadership Conference!

The Keefe Technical School Business Professionals of America (BPA) students attended the Fall Leadership Conference held at the Sheraton Tara Hotel in Framingham. The students who attended participated in workshops put on by Microsoft. Students learned how to utilize the software program called “Sway,” which allows them to create visually striking newsletters, presentations, and documentations in minutes.


Students had to create a short presentation that highlighted a competition for the upcoming State and National BPA Conference. Jonathan Spalti, chapter officer, made a presentation to chapter members and advisers in attendance on the “Security Fundamental” exam. Jonathan highlighted what a student would need to do in preparation for taking the “security fundamental exam” at the State or National Conference. Others attending the conference from Keefe Technical School were: Dylan Beckerman (President), John Quintin, (State Officer), Matheus De Oliveira, Brandon Leung, Ethan Zeevi, Paul Abrahams, Liam Dolan, Ryan Swallow, and Sylvie Bielak.


BPA students will be participating in Fall Leaf Raking Clean-ups this fall, for the elderly, as part of their community service activities. Please contact John Rabidou, jrabidou@jpkeefehs.org if you know of anyone in the community who would benefit from our services.

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School Counseling

FREE Help Applying for Financial Aid for College

Register for FAFSA Day 2018

November 4th at Framingham High School or November 7th at Marlborough High School

Register at https://www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-register/

Questions? Click Here: https://www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-2/


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: December 1, 2018 is the next date for the SAT with a registration deadline of November 3, 2018. Keefe Tech's CEEB Code is 220854. Register at http://collegeboard.com.


Juniors and Seniors - Save the Dates!


Monday, October 30 from 10:35AM - 11:35AM - Framingham State University Information Session - This session is for seniors who are highly interested in applying to Framingham State this year.


Tuesday, October 31 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.


Tuesday, October 31 - University of Maine representative will be in the student cafeteria


Families of Juniors and Seniors - Financial Aid Night

Thursday, 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

Had a great college presentation for interested juniors and seniors by representatives from UMASS Boston, UMASS Dartmouth and UMASS Lowell!

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Dual Enrollment Spring Course

MassBay will be offering a third Cyber Security Course this spring! Priority will be given to students who apply by December 7, 2018! Applying for this course does not guarantee acceptance.


CS 106 Security Awareness:

This course provides a basic survey of data, computer, Internet, and wireless security. The security principles: confidentiality, integrity and availability are introduced as well as threats and attacks that undermine these principals. This course introduces students to the steps taken to secure data and information and the liability of individuals and organizations as it relates to data confidentiality and integrity. Other security topics, such as: securing personal information, identifying incidents, and computer ethics are also covered.


Location: MassBay Wellesley Campus - Thursdays from 4PM - 5:30PM beginning on January 24, 2019

STAY TUNED!

MassBay will also be offering a Contemporary Nutrition 3-credit course on their Framingham Campus on Tuesdays from 6PM - 9PM beginning on January 22, 2019! Registration information coming soon!

Athletics

Pep Rally - Fall 2018!

https://youtu.be/PazkyKU2c1A

Keefe Tech golfers during a 180-193 win against Worcester Tech!

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State Vocational Championship!

The golf team had a strong finish to the season today at the State Vocational Championship. Keefe came in 4th of 10 teams in the small school division and 8th of 19 teams overall. Additionally, senior captains Harry Macdonald and Dylan Beckerman earned individual medals. Harry placed 7th and Dylan 9th. It was a great way to finish the season!
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Keefe Tech Girls' Volleyball Team has won the Colonial Athletic League!

The Keefe Tech Girls' Volleyball Team has won the Colonial Athletic League for the first time in school history. Going 11-1 in the CAL is no easy feat when league rivals Blackstone Valley Tech and Worcester Tech stand your way. But the girls rallied behind team leaders Kaitlyn Sok and Max Foster to win important matches and have a blast while doing so. The team mantra is "hustle,hit, never quit" and has been able to focus on being positive throughout the challenging matches and the losses (although there have been very few of them). They are now preparing for the state vocational and state tournaments and will continue to play with heart and sportsmanship for the rest of the season.
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Faculty Spotlight

Welcome Mr. Sabo!

Marcio Sabo – Foreign Language Instructor - Graduated with BA in Spanish from Castleton University in Vermont. Following graduation, his experience spanned locally in New England and then back in Brazil, where he continued his teaching practice. His content areas focus on ESL, Portuguese and Spanish. Most recently, Mr. Sabo was employed as a Spanish/Portuguese teacher at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School. A couple fun facts about Mr. Sabo is that he collects horror movie memorabilia, as well as funko pops!

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