Cape Cod Tech's December Update

December Update- 12/3/2020

Reminder for Coffee With Mr. Terranova Virtual Chat tomorrow at 8:30. RSVP below.

Coffee with Mr. Terranova

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 8:30-9:30am

This is an online event.

Parents and Guardians,

We will not be holding a Parent Council this month. However, I wanted to offer an opportunity for you to drop in and ask a question or provide feedback. I am trying a "Coffee with Mr. Terranova," morning event. This will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 8:30 am. There will not be a formal presentation, just an opportunity to chat. We encourage all parents/guardians to attend this virtual event. However, you must RSVP below to attend.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Good morning everyone,

We are two weeks into Phase C. School has been going smoothly on our end. I hope our ninth and eleventh-grade students have enjoyed being in the classroom for their academic classes, at least half the time. From what we hear from students, it is a better learning environment.


Bus schedules for next week are in the link below. Please review these schedules as our T-4 and T-6 routes for 9th and 11th graders is approximately 15 minutes earlier than the beginning of the year. We also have only 8 routes for 10th and 12th graders so it is important that students find their stop. If you have questions please call Mrs. McLoughlin at 508-432-4500 ext 2101.


As the weather gets colder, students will need to be prepared. I want to remind everyone that technical areas do work outside, so students need to have proper attire for these conditions. Also, the bus windows will remain open per state regulations, so students should dress warmly for their rides to and from school.


This month we have several not-so-great announcements that I need to share. First, it was determined at the November 17th School Committee Meeting that Cape Cod Tech will not be participating in winter sports. This was due to health concerns for students and the fact that many of the other more local technical schools that we compete against have canceled their winter season sports as well. This only affects boys' and girls' basketball and boys' hockey. This was difficult to swallow but in the best interest of our students.


I also need to announce that we will not be holding our annual Shop Parties on the day before December Break. This was a decision based on the ability to keep students 6 feet apart and the potential mixing of cohorts.


I want to remind everyone that on December 7th we will change cycles, and our 9th and 11th graders will attend shop classes every day from 8 am - 1 pm. 10th and 12th graders will attend academic classes every other day depending on their Cohort from 10 am - 3 pm. Please see the calendar below to know what days your child will attend school.


On December 10th we will hold our Tech Night. This will be completely virtual this year. this event is for prospective students and their families. If you have a 7th or 8th-grade student at home please see the information below.


Our website has changed. Please check out the new "digs" at capetech.us A special thank you goes to Scott Nagle for the design and implementation of the new site. He has worked extensively on this, and it shows. Great work. For information specifically for students or for parents see the links on the new site at the top right of the front page.


Below I have included a calendar for December and January that marks which days each academic cohort will attend school. Please remember students in their technical week attend EVERY DAY.

School Brains Step By Step Tutorial

Click this button for an overview of how you can access our Community Portal and review your student's grades, attendance, and other information.

Student Assistance Fund Providing Help For The Holidays

Cape Cod Tech has a Student Assistance Fund which provides help with necessities to our students and families in need. Please complete this form if you have a need. We can help with winter coats, hats, gloves, boots, shop uniforms, and groceries. The fund receives donations from CCT faculty and staff and some outside donors. We have limited funds available but would like to assist families who may have a need. Please complete the survey below if you need assistance with any of these items. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to fulfill all requests. We will be in contact with you after you complete the form below to discuss further details. Thank you!

Senior Photos Due

Senior pictures are due by December 11, 2020. Late pictures are defined as any picture turned in after 5:00 pm, December 11, 2020. For seniors who do not submit a yearbook photo, their Lifetouch picture will be included, if appropriate. Lifetouch will be holding student pictures on December 14th and 15th.


The goal of the Cape Cod Regional Tech Yearbook is to have the student’s face as the focus of the picture as well as to keep a similarity amongst the senior portraits. Therefore, we would appreciate your support of the following requirements for senior pictures to be included in the senior portrait section of the Yearbook.

Please submit one color .jpg file picture that follows each guideline listed:


  • the resolution must be 300 dpi (ppi) or greater
  • image size 2.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall
  • .jpg file photo must be uploaded through the following link:


https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/

Then enter school code 16981
And continue to site
Go to Send Images with ESHARE and click on “SHARE IMAGES”

Then follow directions to upload your photo


  • indoor or outdoor shot keep the background plain, the focus should be on the student not the background

  • no sepia or other coloring effects

  • crisp shot – no “fuzzy/out of focus” shots

  • head and shoulders shot preferred

  • street clothes - no costumes (which includes but not limited to) cap and gown or sport/band uniforms.

  • drapes are acceptable but the entire side of the shoulder- starting at the absolute top of the curve of the shoulder-should be covered as well as no exposed cleavage and not low cut (should not fall below underarm line in front and should not fall below top of shoulder blade in back)

  • suggested clothing for males: suit with tie, shirt with tie, turtleneck sweater, crewneck sweater or sleeved crewneck top

  • suggested clothing for females: sleeved turtleneck sweater, sleeved crewneck sweater or sleeved crewneck top or a drape (only as described and pictured far left)

  • no off-the-shoulder, “spaghetti” strap, tank, tube, low cut (falls below underarm line), one strap, backless, halter or see through tops

  • poses that show the back of the subject - the back must be covered from top of shoulder blade down

  • no hats or other head coverings

  • modest makeup is allowed

  • no exposed tattoos

  • minimal jewelry and hair accessories are allowed but must not detract focus away from the face

  • no props and/or miscellaneous objects

  • no others included in shot

  • standing pose only – no leaning

  • no text and/or graphics on clothing and no stamped text on picture such as name or year of graduation.

  • student’s appearance must also meet CCT student dress code

  • no watermarks


Decisions for inclusion will be limited to the Yearbook Adviser, and Principal.

Students may choose any photography studio to have their pictures taken. It is the responsibility of the student and/or parent/guardian to make sure that the picture submitted meets all of our requirements in order to be included in the senior portrait section.

The Yearbook staff members and adviser are not responsible for any photo edits that may be needed on submitted pictures in order to meet stated rules for acceptance. The staff and adviser reserve the right to crop pictures for space and content.

Mr. Mark
Yearbook Advisor
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Picture Day December 14th and 15th

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Parent Teacher Virtual Conferences- SAVE THE DATE 1/14/21

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Jan. 14th 2021 at 6-8pm

This is an online event.

Please save the date for our Parent Teacher Virtual Conference on Thursday, January 14th fromm 6:00-8:00 pm. More information will be coming, including how you sign up.

MCAS Information For Parents of 11th Graders


October 21, 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians of Members of the Class of 2022:


As you are likely aware, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures for in-person learning this past spring resulted in the cancellation of state-mandated English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics MCAS tests for your sons and daughters this past spring. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently released the schedule to the right for testing the affected students during this 2020 - 2021 school year.


After careful consideration, the Cape Tech English Department is unanimous in recommending that your sons and daughters participate in the Next-Gen Computer-based MCAS test administration during the period from May 18 - May 27. The Cape Tech Administration is in agreement with this recommendation. However, it is necessary for parents/guardians to opt-out of the January 2021 test administration if your child will test in May 2021.



Following, please find a link to a Google Form where you are asked whether or not you wish to opt-out of the January 2021 testing as recommended.


Opt-out MCAS January 2021


Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond to the form. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.


Best regards,


Anne Wagner

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

awagner@capetech.us

(508) 432- 4500, ext. 3300

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Blue Academic Cohort consists primarily of students whose last names begin with the letters A-K

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Yellow Academic Cohort consists primarily of students whose last names begin with the letters L-Z.

New Schedule For November 30 - December 23


November 30-December 4 Maroon Cycle:

10th and 12th Graders: In School (at CCT) Shop

  • Every day attend shop from 8 am -1 pm


9th and 11th Graders: In School (at CCT) Academic Classes every other day from 10 am - 3 pm

The following cohorts attend in-person on each scheduled day:

  • Nov 30: Yellow Academic Cohort
  • Dec 1: Blue Academic Cohort
  • Dec 2: Yellow Academic Cohort
  • Dec 3: Blue Academic Cohort
  • Dec 4: Yellow Academic Cohort


December 7-December 23 Maroon Cycle:

December Break December 24-January 1 NO SCHOOL

9th and 11th Graders: In School (at CCT) Shop

  • Every day attend shop from 8 am -1 pm


10th and 12th Graders: In School (at CCT) Academic Classes every other day from 10 am - 3 pm

The following cohorts attend in-person on each scheduled day:

  • Dec 7: Blue Academic Cohort
  • Dec 8: Yellow Academic Cohort
  • Dec 9: Blue Academic Cohort
  • Dec 10: Yellow Academic Cohort
  • Dec 11: Blue Academic Cohort
  • Dec 14: Yellow Academic Cohort
  • Dec 15: Blue Academic Cohort
  • Dec 16: Yellow Academic Cohort
  • Dec 17: Blue Academic Cohort
  • Dec 18: Yellow Academic Cohort
  • Dec 21: Blue Academic Cohort
  • Dec 22: Yellow Academic Cohort
  • Dec 23: Blue Academic Cohort

At-home learners will follow the shop or academic schedule according to their grade level.

Student Daily Wellness Checklist

Parents and guardians, pleae review this with your student daily before sending to school.

Influenza Vaccination Requirement

Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children attending Massachusetts schools. Proof of vaccination is due to be submitted to the school nurse's office by December 31, 2020. If you have chosen not to have your child immunized you will need to submit an Exemption letter to the school nurse's office by December 31, 2020. If you routinely are exempt from all vaccines, we need an updated exemption letter each year; please submit this to the school nurse's office by December 31, 2020.

For more information from the Department of Public Health click here.


All students including those who are remote, do not have a Flu Vaccine or letter of exemption by December 31, 2020, may be unenrolled from school. This does not mean they will be remote, but may be removed from school enrollment. The goal is to be able to attend school in person. If the pandemic does improve where we can safely be in person, we would like all students to be in attendance, experiencing all Cape Cod Tech has to offer.


These are some unprecedented times. Protocols and rules are changing all the time. Please understand we are doing our best to keep your student at school and loved ones at home safe and healthy. We are doing our best to prevent your student from bringing any illness home to you and your loved ones. Part of doing this is asking those who can to get their Flu Vaccine.


If you have an exemption letter for a particular disease/virus and that disease/virus appears in school your student will be sent home until it is safe to return. For example, if we have influenza cases in school your student will have to go remote until it is deemed safe to return. This could take anywhere from two weeks to three months depending on the severity.

Pediatricians are aware when a student is sent home with one or more symptoms, they will be getting a call for a note to return to school. If your child is tested for COVID please have the lab result faxed to the nurse’s office along with a note stating they are cleared to return to school.

All immunization updates, physicals, doctors’ notes, and lab results can be faxed or emailed.

Nurse’s Fax - (508) 432-0309 email - gwahtola@capetech.us

Finally, if you are planning to travel out of state at any time please follow the Massachusetts guidelines. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order

Questions or concerns regarding your student’s health should be directed to Gretchen Wahtola at 508-432-4500 ext. 2187

If you would like to reach Mr. Terranova, Princpal his contact is 508-432-4500 ext 2000

School Bus Protocol

It is state protocol that school bus windows must remain open while students are on the bus even in inclement weather. Students should dress appropriately.

I recently reached out to DESE in regards to this protocol, and they shared the following information:


DESE recommends opening windows at least several inches and that students wear layers of warm clothes so that windows can remain open.


Mr. Terranova

What do I do if I need to quarantine?

If you need to quarantine due to travel, proximity to a person ill, or possibly even a positive test result, please continue to access your learning remotely. This is not an option. If you do not access your classes (academic or technical) remotely you will receive 0 for the expected work and be marked absent.


If you are isolating due to illness, a counselor will speak to your parent or guardian and make a plan.

Cape Cod Tech Athletic Plans

  • The Mayflower League (our athletic league) has decided to pause on Fall Athletics.

  • The decision is to move season dates as follows:

    • Winter: Canceled

    • Fall: March 10, 2021 - April 30, 2021

    • Spring: May 5, 2021 - June 25, 2021

  • As a member of the league we are obligated to follow this decision.