Bronco Bulletin

Keefe Regional Technical School

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August 30, 2018

Welcome back! We have had a busy first week of school and are very happy to have all of our students, faculty and staff back for another year at Keefe Tech! We hope everyone had a restful and exciting summer with family and friends. We are once again planning to publish our online newsletter every two weeks throughout the year.


We have a lot of exciting things happening this school year and our goal is to highlight our student successes, what is happening in our programs and classrooms, and make sure our whole school community has access to important information. Thanks for reading and feedback is always welcome!

Upcoming School Events & Announcements

No School - Friday, August 31 and Monday, September 3


REMINDER GRADE 9 STUDENTS - Tuesday, September 4 - Students who are scheduled for AM Exploratory should report to the auditorium at the start of the day. Students scheduled for PM Exploratory will report to the auditorium after lunch. Each program will be dismissed from there with Career and Tech instructors. Students will receive a copy of their career exploratory schedule for the year.


3PM buses begin on Tuesday, September 4 - For students staying after school with teachers.


Grade 9 Parent Information Night - Thursday, September 6 at 6:00 PM - Auditorium


Grade 9 Activities Fair - Friday, September 7 at 1:30PM in the Gym

The Student Council will be hosting an activities fair for all grade 9 and upper class transfer students. Students can learn about the different clubs and activities offered at Keefe Tech and sign up for what they are interested in!


No School - Monday, September 10


Tuesday, September 11 is Picture Day!

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After-School Program beings Monday, September 17

The official After-School Program will begin in a few weeks and run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2PM - 3PM. Locations and faculty members running the program will be shared in the near future. This is a great way to stay on top of your work!


No School - Wednesday, September 19


Curriculum Night - Thursday, October 4 from 6PM - 8PM

Follow your student's schedule, meet your student's teachers, learn about our student support departments and hear from our School Counselors. A mailing will go home with specific information about this event.

Free and Reduced Lunch Form Reminder

A reminder for students who had a free or reduced status for school breakfast and lunch the previous school year are granted a corresponding temporary status for 30 days beginning with the first day of school. This temporary status will come to an end on October 12, 2018.

Please keep in mind that if you have not already received notification from the Foodservice Department of your new status, a new application for this school year should be submitted by October 12, 2018.


Students who have not submitted a new application by October 12, 2018, will be automatically returned to a full paid status.

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!

First Instagram post from Freshmen Step-Up Day!

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Faculty Spotlight - Summer Fun!

The Keefe Tech faculty and admin are ready for the 2018-2019 school year, but we had a great summer! A few highlights from our staff!

From Ms. Cavichio...


My husband and I went to the Outer banks for the week with our dog Jethro. He loved the beach even more than we did! We spent our days on the beach and the nights watching the most incredible lightning storms over the Atlantic Ocean. It was electrifying!!


I also went swimming with the manatees in Crystal River, Florida. My childhood friend and I were lucky enough to spend a long time with the most adorable manatee named Green bean. It was a fantastic adventure and I have great videos to show in my Science classes.

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Mr. Beling got married!!

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Mr. Collins spent some time in the kitchen and got away to Saratoga!

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Ms. Portney (formally Ms. Pagano) traveled with her husband to Corsica, France (pictured below), Spain and Italy.

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Ms. Graham got a new puppy! She is a Labradoodle named Hazel!

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Ms. Petro made her way to California! #goldengatebridge

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Mrs. Bogusky spent time with her family at the beach in Maine!

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Ms. Leahy attended a summer training so she can teach the PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design course. She designed, created, and assembled Automata box with laser cut and 3D printed parts!

https://youtu.be/_Dnjl4xcD0I

Dr. Chase's summer was filed with adventures and relaxation at the lake!

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Mr. Dolan spent some quality time with his family!

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Ms. Fairclough met Senator Elizabeth Warren at a rally regarding immigration at Government Center in Boston!

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From Mr. Allain - "I went to see former graduate, Ryan Murphy, at Mohegan Sun only his second time on stage doing comedy! He was great! Ryan's mom is Mrs. King! had the pleasure of Photographing the wedding of two former Keefe Tech students!"

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From Mr. Iglesias - "My wife and I love to visit Rockport, MA. in July. Attached is a photo of the sunrise over Rockport from our balcony. Enjoy!"

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Mrs. Clifford and her kids enjoyed the park this summer!

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Dr. Snow's daughter cheered for Brazil in the World Cup!

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Boosters Club seeking new members!

The Boosters Club is seeking parent volunteers who are able to volunteer their time (even a few hours a week!) to help out at the snack shack, at football games, or at weekend events at Keefe Tech. The Boosters organization raises money each year to provide scholarships to outstanding seniors in each academic and vocational program. At Senior Awards Night last year, the Boosters gave out over $10,000 in scholarships! These scholarships would not be possible without parent volunteers. Please consider volunteering to work with the Boosters – any amount of time you could give would help them reach their yearly fundraising goal. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Paula Lammerding (plammerd@gmail.com) or Paula Forristall (paula.forristall@adesa.com)
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Fall Dual Enrollment Course - There is still time to sign up!!

MassBay is going to offer a second Cyber Security course at Keefe Tech this fall. Students do not have to have participated in the course they offered this spring.


Deadline for applications is ASAP! MassBay will review all applicants before guarantying you a space in the course. If interested please get your application to me or your Guidance Counselor before the deadline.


Course Description - Scripting (3 credits):

This course introduces fundamental programming concepts. Students learn to design and implement platform- independent scripts. Students will learn scripting for system-administration, database communication, and to provide user interactivity through the use of multimedia resources. By the end of the course, students will have a concrete understanding of programming in several important scripting contexts.


Class will meet on Thursdays from 3:30PM-6:15PM from September 6th to December 13th at Keefe Tech.

MassBay Cyber Security Fall 2018 Course Information

In collaboration with MassBay we are running a section of the Cyber Security Course this fall. There is still time to sign up!!!

Class Presentations

Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 participated in class presentations and were welcomed with a review of our core values and a message of success for the school year. A shout out to Mr. Collins for presenting a refresher of our expectations for students to have a successful school year and contribute as a positive member of our school community.
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Academic Updates

The 2018-2019 school year is kicking off with new and exciting opportunities for students!


We're beyond thrilled to expand our Fine Arts program, under the direction of Mr. Lamb. Students are continuing their education, with the development of Ceramics II as an additional art elective offering. Likewise, Mr. Warren, has created a great opportunity for students with the continuation of his entrepreneurship course. We are excited to offer Entrepreneurship II as a complement to the introductory course offered in current and previous school years.


Our AP program is expanding and evolving at a great rate. We are so proud that our students are taking advantage of this opportunity and committing to a more challenging and rigorous curriculum. This year we are offering AP Calculus with Ms. Frank and AP Psychology with Mr. Cummings. Both instructors have worked diligently to prepare a top-notch curriculum for our excited students.


Wishing all the Broncos a great school year!

Career and Technical Updates

CTE Programs are up and running! The Carpentry and Plumbing Departments are gearing up for the return to the Natick House Project. Hard wood floors will be installed and the plumbers will be working on the boiler for heat needed in the fall. All other programs are busy with safety certifications.


We have added 6 new instructors to the Career and Technical areas and all of them are doing great things with students, who are excited to be back!


Seniors are encourage to start think about Cooperative Education opportunities and making sure their term I grades allow them to be eligible if they are not already. Mr. Packard is our Coop Coordinator and his office is located across from the library.

Student Activities

SAVE THE DATE - GRADE 9 Activities Fair - Friday, September 7 at 1:30PM in the Gym!

Congrats to our new grade 9 Class Advisors, Ms. Porter and Mr. Davol!

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Are you are freshman and feel like you are a leader? Interested in getting involved in student government?

Grade 9 students interested in becoming a Class Officer should connect with Ms. Porter in room 111 or Mr. Davol in room 111A (both on the first floor of the building).

Class Officers for the 2018-2019 School Year!

Class of 2019:

President: Elsi Mejia

Vice President: Max Foster

Treasurer: Christian Espana

Secretary: MacKenzie Burpee


Class of 2020:

President: Emilie Avelar

Vice President: Nick Tueber

Treasurer: Jonathan Spalti

Secretary: Emily Bernard


Class of 2021:

President: Ian Mahr

Vice President: Ryan Swallow

Secretary: Sylvie Bielak

School Counseling

A reminder to all students that the add/drop deadline to modify your schedule is Friday, September 28th. Guidance will be unable to accommodate schedule changes after this date. Thank you!


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: The deadline to register for the October 6th administration of the SAT is Friday, September 7th! Instructions on how to register, as well as fee waivers are available in the Guidance Office. Register at http://collegeboard.com. The next SAT date is November 3rd (registration deadline is October 5th). Keefe Tech's CEEB Code is 220854.


Juniors and Seniors - Save the Dates!


Tuesday, October 2 at 12:00 PM - Massachusetts State University Forum

Representatives from multiple state universities will be at Keefe Tech to talk about their schools and programs and answer your questions.


Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 AM - PSAT

This is the practice SAT exam that will be offered to all interested Juniors free of cost. If you are thinking about a 4-year college or university this exam should be on your list. Letters will go home to parents/guardians and students can sign up in the Guidance Office.


Wednesday, October 16 at 12:00 PM - UMASS Forum

Representatives from all the UMASS's will be at Keefe Tech to discuss their programs and schools.


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.


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

Athletics

Fall Sports

Keefe Tech fall sports is underway with a total of seven different programs:


Football, boys soccer, girls soccer, golf, cheerleading, girls volleyball, and boys/girls cross country.


It's never too late to sign up for any of these teams so please see Athletic Director Mr. Kane if interested. Mr. Kane's office is located on the first floor across the hall from the Early Childhood Program.

Two Week Outlook

We encourage all students and staff to cheer on our athletes throughout the year! Go Broncos!


Thursday 08/30/2018

VARSITY FOOTBALL AT MONTY TECH


Tuesday 09/04/2018

CROSS COUNTRY AT PARKER


Wednesday 09/05/2018

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AT HOPEDALE

GOLF VS BAYPATH


Thursday 09/06/2018

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS ST PETER - MARIAN


Friday 09/07/2018

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AT HOPEDALE

VARSITY FOOTBALL VS BOSTON ENGLISH


Monday 09/10/2018

GOLF VS WORC TECH


Tuesday 09/11/2018

CROSS COUNTRY - BVT/AMSA


Wednesday 09/12/2018

GOLF VS BLACKSTONE

BOYS JV SOCCER VS MONTY TECH

FROSH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL AT MONTY

GIRLS JV SOCCER AT MONTY TECH

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS MONTY TECH


Thursday 09/13/2018

GOLF VS ASSABET


Friday 09/14/2018

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AT BAYPATH

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS ABBY KELLEY
BOYS JV SOCCER AT MAIN SOUTH