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!
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.
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!
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.
Mr. Beling got married!!
Mr. Collins spent some time in the kitchen and got away to Saratoga!
Ms. Portney (formally Ms. Pagano) traveled with her husband to Corsica, France (pictured below), Spain and Italy.
Ms. Graham got a new puppy! She is a Labradoodle named Hazel!
Ms. Petro made her way to California! #goldengatebridge
Mrs. Bogusky spent time with her family at the beach in Maine!
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!
Dr. Chase's summer was filed with adventures and relaxation at the lake!
Mr. Dolan spent some quality time with his family!
Ms. Fairclough met Senator Elizabeth Warren at a rally regarding immigration at Government Center in Boston!
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!"
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!"
Mrs. Clifford and her kids enjoyed the park this summer!
Dr. Snow's daughter cheered for Brazil in the World Cup!
Boosters Club seeking new members!
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.
In collaboration with MassBay we are running a section of the Cyber Security Course this fall. There is still time to sign up!!!
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.
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!
Are you are freshman and feel like you are a leader? Interested in getting involved in student government?
Class Officers for the 2018-2019 School Year!
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
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
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
VARSITY FOOTBALL AT MONTY TECH
CROSS COUNTRY AT PARKER
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AT HOPEDALE
GOLF VS BAYPATH
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS ST PETER - MARIAN
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AT HOPEDALE
VARSITY FOOTBALL VS BOSTON ENGLISH
GOLF VS WORC TECH
CROSS COUNTRY - BVT/AMSA
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
GOLF VS ASSABET
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER AT BAYPATH
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL VS ABBY KELLEY
BOYS JV SOCCER AT MAIN SOUTH