Bronco Bulletin

Keefe Regional Technical School

December 1, 2017 - Volume 7

Happy December! We hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break with family and friends. We are looking forward to a few productive winter months at Keefe Tech.


Term I closed yesterday, November 30th. Report will go home once grades are entered and verified. Parents and students can also check ipass for Term I grades.

Upcoming School Events & Announcements

Thank you to all of the students, faculty and parents who represented our school and Programs at our Career Night Open House this past Wednesday! We had our largest turnout of prospective students and families at this event. We were so busy that we didn't take any photos of the event!


The annual food drive has begun! Any donations can be brought to Career and Technical Programs.


Dual Enrollment Courses: There are a variety of dual enrollment (college courses) available to students beginning in January 2018. Please see below in the School Counseling section for more details and applications.


Deadlines for Seniors for the Yearbook!

Baby pictures for the yearbook were due today!

Pets & People pictures for the yearbook were due today!
Legacy pictures ( senior with a Keefe Grad related to them) for the year yearbook were due today!

Senior Portraits Pets & People pictures for the year yearbook due 1/3/17


Wednesday, December 13 - Students dismissed at 10:35AM (professional development day for faculty)


Thursday, December 14 - The Advocates Holiday Party through South Middlesex Opportunity Council will be held at Keefe Tech from 5:30PM - 8PM. This is an event sponsored by our Student Council for adults in assisted living programs. Students interested in volunteering should connect with Ms. Clifford in room 217 or Ms. Conti in room 303.


Parent/Teacher Conferences - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (12PM - 3PM) and Thursday, January 11, 2018 (6PM - 8PM). We are excited to once again offer online sign-ups for parent and teacher conference meetings in January.


Letters will be mailed home to parents the week of December 11th with specific sign-up information and we will include the link in the next edition of the Bronco Bulletin. The scheduler will be open for you to begin making conference appointments on December 18th.


Conferences can be scheduled with academic teachers, vocational teachers, special education teachers, and guidance counselors. Please be advised that appointments can be scheduled only as time allows. Appointments are on a first come, first serve basis.

Click Here - Updates from our School Nurse

Information on emergency forms, updated physicals and process for students not feeling well in school.

After School Program Locations

The After School Program runs every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Teachers will be available after school to assist students in all subject areas.

Helpful guide to sign-up for IPARENT/ISTUDENT

Interested in checking in on your student's progress? Sign up for iParent! View assignments, grades, attendance, schedule, progress report, and biographical info.

Career and Technical Updates

National Technical Honor Society

The National Technical Honor Society is in the process of accepting recommendations. They will have a meeting on Dec. 8th with all students who have been recommended.

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

The Early Childhood Education and Teaching Program is collecting items for children in need. Please help us by donating new winter clothing, art supplies, sports equipment, books, board games, baby dolls, and jewelry kits for infants and children in a local child care center. The drop off location will be the Early Childhood program, rooms 102A and 105. Early Childhood Education and Teaching Seniors thank you in advance for your donation. The due date is December 15.

House Building Project Updates

The Plumbing and Electrical Departments are busy working on the house project in Natick. Electrical is making good progress wiring all of the outlets, lights and fixtures. Plumbing has began their work and is laying out the drainage and vents.

Carpentry Program Juniors and Cycle 6 Exploratory

Carpentry is busy building two sheds for district customers. Our juniors are doing a nice job while awaiting materials for the house project. The picture shows Mr. Fairfield and the carpentry juniors finishing the gable end of the shed.
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Our 6th exploratory has taken place and students are busy with numerous projects around the building. Pictured below is Mr. Newell with a freshman cutting the wood necessary for a toolbox.
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Academic Updates

Students in Mr. Lamb's Introduction to Art class working on color wheels and still-life paintings.
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Seniors in Mr. Adamiak's Anatomy and Physiology class learning about the skeletal system.
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Clubs and Activities

The Chess Club / Magic The Gathering will meet again next Thursday, December 7th at 2:05 in room 102 with Mr. Kramer.


Drama Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:05 PM - 3PM Ms. Fairclough and Mr. Lewis in the auditorium.


The Photography Club meets every Monday in Graphic Communications with Mr. Allain after school!


Future Farmer's of America: On November 27, 4 FFA members, Sam St. George, Jayden Gavin, Wanelger Guzman, and Evelyn Foster won a $1,000 grant from Adventure Capital! They won an entrepreneurial challenge by generating an idea which would promote healthy living at Keefe Tech. They presented their plan to a panel of judges and a crowd of around 200 people! The $1,000 will be used to promote our school's cafeteria salad bar, and improve our horticulture program greenhouse. This also means we can look forward to student grown veggie's at KT!

Business Professionals of America Students get to work volunteering!

KEEFE TECHNICAL SCHOOL BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL OF AMERICA CHAPTER MEMBERS, ALONG WITH ADVISORS, VOLUNTEERED TO HELP ELDERLY FAMILIES IN THE TOWNS OF ASHLAND, FRAMINGHAM AND HOLLISTON, PARTICIPATING IN THE FRAMINGHAM COUNCIL ON AGING CALLAHAN CENTER ANNUAL FALL LEAF RAKING ON NOVEMBER 18TH. WITH YARD CLEAN-UPS. STUDENTS CLEARED 5 YARDS IN 3 DAYS FILLING UP OVER 200 BAGS WITH LEAVES/PINE NEEDLES AND TWIGS AND BRANCHES.


SAM SWISHER, ORGANIZER OF THE FRAMINGHAM COUNCIL ON AGING AT THE CALLAHAN CENTER, “THANK YOU FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTION TO OUR WORKDAY. BOTH OWNERS APPRECIATED YOUR HELP. YOUR STUDENTS WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL ESPECIALLY IN STAYING ON EXTRA TIME TO START AND COMPLETE A SECOND YARD CLEAN-UP…….GREAT WORK BY THE BPA CREW AND GREAT LEADERSHIP BY THE KEEFE TECHNICAL SCHOOL BPA ADVISORS.”

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Grade 10 students attend Empowering Girls 2017: Women with a Vision

Grade 10 students Emily Bernard, Aislinn Claffey, Alejandra Diaz, Briae Hughes, Anna Mason and Estreel Sanchez attended a field trip surrounding leadership and female empowerment with students from many other area schools in Middlesex County. The program was organized through the office of District Attorney, Marian Ryan and there were multiple speakers at the event. Students created vision boards about their hopes for the future.

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From left to right: Anna Mason, Briae Hughes, Aislyn Claffey, Astreel Sanchez, Emily Bernard and Alejandra Diaz
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Top row: Astreel Sanchez, Briae Hughes, and Emily Bernard

Bottom row: Anna Mason, Alejandra Diaz, and Aislyn Claffey

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From left to right: Alejandra Diaz, Anna Mason and Bria Hughes get front row seats!

School Counseling News

Grade 10 students will continue to participate in the Break Free From Depression curriculum with the School Counselors next week with the second and final session of the program. This session includes a video and breakdown sessions. The Break Free from Depression Curriculum, designed by Children’s Hospital in Boston, is aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness about adolescent depression. More detailed information was sent home to Grade 10 parents/guardians last week about this program.


Seniors who are planning to apply to 4-year colleges and universities should make sure they are connected with the Guidance Google Classroom!

College bound seniors 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.


The next ACT and SAT testing dates begin in February and March of 2018.


FREE COLLEGE COURSES!!!!!

DUAL ENROLLMENT SPRING 2018 COURSE OFFERINGS - There are multiple dual enrollment opportunities available for students beginning in January 2018. Applications are linked to this newsletter and hardcopies are available in the Guidance Office.


Framingham State University Course Offering - Cultural Anthropology - Monday's 4:30-7:50PM. More information and course application to follow once the course is confirmed with FSU.


MassBay - Spring 2018 Dual Enrollment Course Offerings:


Social Problems (SO 115-152) Mondays 6:00pm 9:15pm 1/22/18 5/15/18
Course Description: Examines selected problems affecting life in contemporary society. Topics may include aging, crime and delinquency, drugs, race/ethnicity, and minority issues. Develops awareness and understanding of why and how problems arise, and the means for dealing with them. Lecture: 3 hours per week.


Psychology of Business & industry (PS 260-040) Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm 4:45pm 1/16/18 5/15/18

Course Description: This course will focus on human relation problems in business and industry. It will also examine personnel issues, consumer psychology, conflict supervision, communication, motivation, and cooperation in the workplace. Case studies will be employed. Lecture: 3 hours per week.

Introduction to Communication (CO 100-030) Monday and Wednesday 3:45pm 5:00pm 1/22/18 5/15/18

Course Description: An introduction to the history and principles of human communication. The course will cover the development of communication from signals, to speech, to writing, and to the mass communication technologies of print, broadcast media, and computers. Contemporary models and theories of human communication will be emphasized. Finally, the course will consider the growing field of communication as both an academic discipline and a career focus. This will enable students to make informed choices about their future study and job options. Lecture: 3 hours per week


MassBay Spring 2018 Dual Enrollment STEM Courses:


(CS 106) Cyber Security Awareness course is:


  • A 10-week, 2 credit, hybrid course (on-line & in-class) - 2 credit course
  • Start date TBD - will be determined based on student feedback
  • 15 hours of class time (1.5 hours per week) 15 hours online, plus homework
  •  Taught by a MassBay adjunct faculty member and offered at Keefe Tech
  •  Required for the Cyber Security Certificate program at MassBay


BI 223 FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY w/LAB

Fundamentals of microbiology is the study of the microorganisms, which cause human disease from both a scientific and medical perspective. Studied will be the concepts regarding a) molecular structure, physiology, metabolism, growth, and genetics of microorganisms - bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi; b) mechanisms of infection, toxicity, and disease; c) the immune system; d) physical and chemical control of microorganisms; and the structure, function, and action of antimicrobial drugs and drug resistance. Lecture: 3 hours per week. Lab: 3 hours per week. 4 Credits Prerequisite: BI101 or BI110


Fundamentals of Microbiology w/ Lab Course Times:

Reg # Section

7557 BI223-063 Tue 5:00-7:40PM Tue 7:55-10:30AM

7559 BI223-098 Sat 8:00-10:30AM Sat 10:45-1:30PM

7561 BI223-475 Sun 12:00-2:30PM Sun 2:45-5:30PM

7563 BI223-750 ONLINE Wed 5:00-9:50PM W Hybrid First 8 wks

7565 BI223-751 ONLINE Wed 5:00-9:50PM W Hybrid Second 8 wks


CS 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE

This course is a broad overview of computer science from a problem-solving perspective. Topics include: solution strategies and algorithms, the hardware basis and organization of computers, operating systems and networks including the Internet, programming language paradigms and programming fundamentals, the many applications of software to real-world problems, and the social, historical, and ethical context of computing. Students receive a hands-on introduction to basic programming concepts (objects, classes, data types and expressions, loops, conditionals, and functions/methods). Also included are case studies about information rights, privacy, security, and the ethical (mis)behavior of corporations and individuals with respect to these issues. Lecture: 3 hours per week. Laboratory: 2 hours per week. 4 Credits


Intro to Computer Science Course Times:

Reg # Section

7981 CS110-070 Mon 5:00-7:10PM Wed 5:00-7:10PM

8401 CS110-750 ONLINE ONLINE Wed 5:00-6:50PM WTBA 15 Wk Online


ET 111 iCREAT I

This interdisciplinary project-based course introduces the basics of programmable robotic systems. Using a systematic approach, students will learn to use a design process to apply engineering and programming concepts to create simple robotic projects. This course will run in a studio-like setting using an active learning method of instruction. Problem-based projects, small group discussions and team collaboration will facilitate the development of critical thinking and logical reasoning skills, creative thinking and communication skills. Students are encouraged to take advantage of available career exploration and mentoring opportunities. Lecture Hours per week: 3 Lab Hours per week: 0 Pre-requisites: None Co-requisites: None 3 Credits


iCREATE-I: Intro to Coding Course Times

Reg # Section

8291 ET111-014 Thur 2:00-4:45PM


MN 130 ENGINEERING DESIGN WITH CAD I

Presents engineering design case studies for a variety of engineering disciplines and introduces design topics including problem formulation, creativity, specifications, evaluation tools, ergonomics, manufacturing and ethics. Provides a solid foundation for developing accurate 3D CAD models and 2D representations of parts and assemblies using SolidWorks, a 3D Parametric Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. CAD topics will include hands-on creation and modification of parts, and assemblies in regard to design intent and complete with features, dimensions, relationships and views, and developing 2D representation of 3D parts. Students develop an original design to solve a technical problem and a 3D visualization of the solution using SolidWorks as a term project. Recommended: Working Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and the WWW. Lecture: 3 hours per week; Lab: 2 hours per week. 4 Credits


Engineering Design w/ CAD I Course Times:

Reg # Section

7690 MN130-750 ONLINE Mon 6:00-6:50PM or Wed 2:00-2:50PM Hybrid, 15 Wk Online, Students can attend one of the two labs listed plus online work


MN 140 PROJECT MANAGEMENT

This course provides an introduction to project management theory and the use of MS Project software. It focuses on coordinating tasks, assigning resources, and tracking cost to develop a project schedule. Students learn project management skills while working on actual projects. MS Project and various CAD, CS and MS Office applications are used to complete hands-on course work. Lecture: 3 hours per week. Lab: 2 hours per week. 4 Credits


Project Management Course Times:

Reg # Section

8383 MN140-750 ONLINE Wed 5:00-6:00PM or Thur 11:00-12:00PM 15 Wk Online

MassBay Spring 2018 Dual Enrollment Application

Use this application for Social Problems, Psychology of Business and Industry and Introduction to Communications.

MassBay STEM Course Application

Courses offered on Wellesley campus. Applications are due to the Guidance Office at Keefe by Wednesday, December 6, 2017. This application should also be used for the Cyber Security Course.

Winter Sports started this Monday!

All winter sports started this past Monday, November 27th.


All students participating on a winter athletic team are required to have an up-to-date physical on record in our Nurse's Office (within the last year).


Winter Athletics offered:


Boys Basketball - Head Coach - Mr. Westerman

Girls Basketball - Head Coach - Mr. Collins

Boys Wrestling - Head Coach - Mr. Hamiliton

Ice Hockey - Head Coach - Mr. Machado

Cheerleading - Coaches - Ms. Locke and Ms. Graham

Faculty and Student Spotlight

Meet Ms. Flynn!

Kathie Flynn is our new biology and chemistry teacher. She earned her Bachelor's from Mass College of Liberal Arts and her teaching certificate from Fitchburg State, and she has taught at all levels in the Sutton Public Schools, at Venerini Academy in Worcester, and most recently at Bartlett High School. She celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary this year on Halloween, and this past summer she used a gene editing tool called CRISPR to change the DNA of yeast cells, making them pink.
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Keefe Tech Students attended the Fall Skills USA Leadership Conference!

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA Leadership Team that competed at this years Fall State Leadership Conference in Marlboro, MA, taking home a total of 23 medals!


Special Thanks to our own State Officer, Regional Vice President, Kevin Luna Torres!


Students were randomly placed on teams and competed in different categories with alumni leaders and state officers learning leadership skills to bring back and share at Keefe Tech! Students received multiple awards at the competition, Including four Gold, six Silver, and four Bronze. In addition, students earned Team Quality place medals and a total of 15 Leadership Awards.


Leadership Award Recipients:

Alejandra Diaz, Madison Foster, Christian Garcia, Astreel Sanchez Marte, Damian Guzman, Cali Lupien, Ashley Sok, Christian Espana, Elsi Mejia, Kaitlyn Sok, Unique Linnell, John Quintin, Rachel Young, Stephen Forde, Dylan Beckerman.


Gold Medal Recipients

Alejandra Diaz (Gold) Team Profile Team E

Madison Foster (Gold) Team Profile Team E

Christian Garcia ( Gold) Team Profile Team E

Astreel Sanchez Marte (Gold) Team overall Quality Team A


Silver Medal Recipients

Damian Guzman (Silver) Team overall Quality Team R

Cali Lupien (Silver) Team overall Quality Team R

Ashley Sok (Silver) Team overall Quality Team R


Bronze Medal Recipients

Christian Espana (Bronze) Team overall Quality Team I

Elsi Mejia (Bronze) Team overall Quality Team I

Madison Foster (Bronze)

Kaitlyn Sok (Bronze) Framework case study Team C

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