Principal's Post

Blue Hills Regional Technical School

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Principal’s post is published online bi-weekly. Please take a few minutes to read it. There are wonderful things happening at Blue Hills each week. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 781-828-5800 extension 261 and make an appointment to see me with Ms. Fama or email me at Jill Rossetti.

We are happy to announce that we have been invited into the Massachusetts School Building Authority's project process for school renovation. Please check out the current information.

Gentle Reminders:

  • English Literature Advance Placement Exam at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, May 3 and Senior Progress Reports
  • U.S. Government Advanced Placement Exam at 8:00 AM on Thursday, May 4
  • Grand March is at 5:00 PM. Prom, Thursday, May 11 at Lake Pearl from 7:00-11:00 PM
  • Mid-Term for grades 9 & 11, Friday, May 12
  • Mathematics MCAS Testing for Grade 10 on Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17
  • Progress Reports, Wednesday, May 17 for grades 9 and 11; Late Arrival for seniors.
  • Senior Art Show, Tuesday, May 23 from 5:30-8:00 PM in the Gym
  • Awards Night, Wednesday, May 24 in the Cafeteria at 6:30 PM. All students enlisting in the military will be recognized wearing their sashes. All branches have been invited to our ceremony, and students who are enlisting will be invited, as well.
  • In-service, Thursday, May 25, 10:40 AM Student Arrival
  • Memorial Day--NO SCHOOL--Monday, May 29
  • Senior Final Exams, Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31

Grand March Gentle Reminder

Grand March is mandatory for all seniors. Attendance is taken. This is a beautiful pre-prom event where students and their dates are announced and presented tot he crowd of parents, friends, teachers and administration in the gym. The gym is decorated for picture purposes. The Grand March is approximately one hour and begins at 5:00 PM. Seniors and their dates must arrive at Blue Hills by 4:30 PM in order to line up and prepare for the event.
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Mr. Brendan Welch Honored with an MVA Award with Don Jarvis by Carol Hartnett, Southeastern Chapter President.

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Drafting / CAD Students Design Sneakers in Mr. McGrath's Program

Regan Flesser and Jahair Bly display their custom designed sneakers that they are entering in the Vans Custom Culture Contest. Students were given blank shoes from Vans to customize around specific themes. Students in DVC were photographing the sneakers to submit on the website. Good luck to all the CAD students!
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From the Desk of Ms. Nicole Flynn: Math Club: Math Meet

The Math Club went on their annual Math Team Field Trip at Tri-County on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The first two pictures are all of the students in t-shirts that they designed and our Graphics department made. The third picture was taken after they completed the "Escape the Mystery Room" black ops challenge. The team escaped the room in record time and the team's pictures is now on top of the wall there. The fourth and fifth photos are the two different teams competing at the MA State Vocational Math Meet. One team finished in the top 10 and the second team was in the middle of the pack.
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Math Team

Steven Casey, Kasey Zaleski, Jeff Adams, Brendan Krumins, Michael Peterson, Hannah Shea, Madison Trowbridge, Matt Goldstein, and Claude Noailles
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Class of 2017: Group Photo by Judy Bass: Ecuador Trip, Enhancements by Ms. Cygielnik. Best wishes for safe, fun educational experience.

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Day of Beauty for Cosmetology Clients

​Day of Beauty on Friday, April 7 in Cosmetology. Students Aslin Colon, Junior and Alexisia Stewart, Junior performing scalp treatment. 12 ladies from the Red Hat Society also ate lunch in the Chateau. Photos and information provided by Ms. Julie Woods.
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From the Desk of Carol Hartnett, Early Education & Care

Early Education and Care students visited Bright Horizons at the Reebok Center to shadow the teachers in the center that cares for children from 3 months to age 6. The students were impressed by the design of the facility which is centered around the needs of children at different stages. The students returned to school excited to share the experience with their teachers and the grade 11 students who stayed at BHR to run the preschool.

Pictures are freshmen and juniors who attended a future teachers conference at Bridgewater State University on Wednesday. The students heard from the Dean of the College of Education and teachers in the Education Department. Warren Phillips a retired Plymouth School District Science Teacher and winner of a national teacher award, is always the most popular presenter and this year was no different. A group of sophomore Early Education students also went with this group of EEC students. The School to Careers initiates the field-trip and Kim Poliseno takes care of the details. The students had a great time and came back energized to seek careers in education or working with children.

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The TFS Career Tree® | Student Launch

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Twenty-six new members were inducted to the National Honor Society on Tuesday night. Mr. Bob Foley was our Faculty Guest Speaker. The NHS students selected Mr. Foley because he has made a difference in some of their lives. Photos provided by Ms. Joann Murphy.

CLASS OF 2017: Nicyla Ahmad (Randolph), Jazmyn Conrad (Braintree), Hassan Fahad (Randolph).

CLASS OF 2018: John Bourikas (Canton), Dillon Cambria (Norwood), Michael Clasby (Westwood), Matthew Goldstein (Randolph), Sarcenas Jean-Philippe (Randolph), Meghann Jones (Randolph), Karimah Land (Randolph), John Leonard (Dedham), Marcus Mompoint (Randolph), Michael Panico (Canton), Daniel Pellegrino (Braintree), Alexisia Stewart (Randolph), Madison Trowbridge (Holbrook), Vecenya Zayas (Milton).

CLASS OF 2019: Sabrina Branco (Norwood), Zalika Cairo (Randolph), Albi Cekrezi (Dedham), Annabel Chu (Randolph), Kim Delgado (Norwood), Emily Ierardi (Avon), Brianna Lynch (Dedham), Thomas Lynch (Braintree), Brendan Todd (Holbrook).

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Ms. Murphy, DVC and her son, Nate, Engineering and President of NHS.

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Mr. Foley, Construction Technology Lead Teacher and NHS Special Guest

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Ms. Lavoie, Mathematics Teacher, Mr. Palmer, Mathematics Teacher, Ms. Poliseno, Co-op Coordinator Attend NHS Induction Ceremony.

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Noah Simms, Health Assisting, NHS, Violist

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Ms. Caroline Dynan, Librarian and NHS Adviser

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Jack Berman won a $100 American Express Gift Card at Career Day. Photo and information courtesy of Ms. Poliseno.

Day of Silence, April 28, 2017

Students participated in the Day of Silence. This is a national event in which students remain silent for the day to support LGBT students who have been silenced by bullying and harassment within their communities. Students who participated had a card that they showed to their teachers in order to remain silent during class. A "breaking the silence" assembly was held at 1:45 pm for the students who participated.

Signs of Suicide (SOS)

The adolescent years can be marked with challenging and changing emotions. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth across the nation.

To proactively address these issues, Blue Hills Regional Technical School is offering the current sophomore class depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. This award winning, evidence based suicide prevention program teaches students how to identify signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and their friends and teaches them how to respond effectively using the ACT acronym: Acknowledge that there may be in issue, let your friend know that you Care, and Tell a trusted adult.

Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend
  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns
  • To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it

On Monday, May 1, 2017, the sophomore class will be provided the opportunity to participate in this program and training. At its conclusion students will be asked to complete an identifying survey. In the event any student is in need of assistance the schools health teachers, guidance counselors, and school psychologists will be onsite and readily available to students and families.

If you do NOT wish your child participating in SOS High School Program in school, you may communicate this via email at, or telephone (781) 828-5800 X320. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program.

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is a show that many students from middle school through high school are watching. It's a bout a junior named Hannah who takes her own life and before her death made 13 tapes blaming people who have treated her badly. Critics response to the series is mixed. Please be aware of it, watch it if your children are and talk about it with them.

Why Talk to Kids About '13 Reasons Why'

What to Do if You're Worried About Suicide

Help! My Teen Stopped Talking to Me

What Are the Symptoms of Depression in Teenagers?

What Drives Self-Injury and How to Treat It

Thank you for your continued support.