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School Safety Information

December 17, 2012

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We all share a deep sadness over the events in Newtown, CT. It is certainly an unspeakable act, and a senseless tragedy. We can’t even imagine the pain and suffering the Newtown community has experienced.

I know it has crossed your mind and you have probably asked yourself the question. What action does my son/daughters’ school have in place in case the unspeakable happens?

Old Colony has been practicing lockdown drills with local police for many years. We have an outstanding relationship with the Rochester Police Department and meet on a monthly basis with the Chief to discuss many issues that will keep our school safe. This too has been an ongoing practice.

Also, Mrs. Foskett and I were awarded a school safety grant from the federal government back in 2009 and have been to trainings in Texas, Washington, DC, and Boston. These trainings included schools all over the United States, and the training sessions included topics from school shootings to chemical spills, and anything in between. This grant also allowed us to install cameras in and outside of the school building and a new buzzer system at the front door. Both the local police and the fire department have electronic door keys to enter the building at any time, and all of our doors have large number on them for a quicker response system. We have other safety plans in place with the local police and fire officials that I am unable to reveal for safety issues.

Although we know that we cannot prevent all tragedies, we have prepared ourselves to at least minimize them. I would welcome any questions or comments you may have concerning our policies and procedures that pertain to the safety of your child.


Gary Brown

Gary Brown

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

NEA Health Information Network, School Crisis Guide

PBS Kids, Strategies for Talking and Listening

American Psychological Association, Helping Your Children Manage Stress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

National Association of School Psychologists, Talking to Children about Violence

The Child Mind Institute, Caring for Kids After a School Shooting

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Staff: National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School

Parent Tips for Connecticut School Shooting: National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School

The New York Times, Tips for Talking to Children about the Shooting

The U.S. Department of Education, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

Creating and Updating School Emergency Management

Resources for schools to prepare for and recover from crisis

Resources for parents following traumatic events

The Frosty Runner Road Race

Snowflake Runner Image

The Old Colony Athletics Department will be hosting The Frosty Runner Road Race, 10 mile run or 3.1 mile run/walk, on Saturday, January 26th (snow date 2/9). All proceeds raised will be used to purchase uniforms and update essential equipment needed for our sports teams.

All races begin at 10AM and start and finish at the school. Frosty Runner's T-shirt available to the first 100 pre-registered runners or walkers and post race food and refreshments will be served to all runners/walkers. The attached flyer contains more information and, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to see either Bethany Sylvia or Matt Trahan.

Don't run but would like to be part of this event? We'd love to have your help the day of the race! If interested, please let Mrs. Sylvia or Mr. Trahan know.

Download the Registration Form Here or alternatively you may register at https://www.runreg.com/Net/3333

You may also download the race courses: 3.1 Mile Course or 10.5 Mile Course

Breakfast Program

Old Colony will be starting up a School Breakfast program on November 5, 2012. The students will be required to sign up (form will be distributed) and receive a pass to participate. The program will initially start at 7:15 AM.

  • The students will need the pass to leave the bus and enter the building prior to 7:30 AM
  • Driving students will need a pass to enter the building prior to 7:30.
  • All students entering the building prior to 7:30 must have a pass and are to go to the cafeteria.
  • No one will leave the cafeteria before 7:30.
  • All food and beverages must be consumed in the Cafeteria and can’t leave the Cafeteria.
  • All students will have to finish by 7:40 in order for students to be ready for their first class at 7:45
  • Regular breakfast is $1.50
  • Reduced price breakfast is $.30

At this time pre-payment will be by cash or check and credited to your account. We are anticipating on-line payment on our web site by the first of December. The Administration and staff at Old Colony urge the participation in our breakfast program since it gives the students a greater chance of being successful.

Mosquito Spraying

Due to the finding of EEE infected mosquitos in the area, the grounds at Old Colony have been sprayed. For details about the spraying and the pesticides used please Click Here.

Early dismissal dates announced for 2012-2013

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has announced its early dismissal dates for the 2010-2011 school year. The early release dates and times are as follows:

  • September 26, 2012 - (Wednesday) - at 12:15 pm
  • October 25, 2012 - (Thursday) - at 10:48 am
  • October 31, 2012 - (Wednesday) - at 10:48 am
  • December 21, 2012 - (Friday) - at 10:48 pm
  • January 30, 2013 - (Wednesday) - at 10:48 pm
  • March 11, 2013 - (Monday) - at 10:48 pm
  • April 29, 2013 - (Monday) - at 10:48 am

Mr. Cougar 2012!

Congratulations to Dylan Sylvia who won the 10 annual Mr. Cougar competition this past Friday night. Dylan is pictured in the back row standing second from the left. The show has been credited as one of the best in school history! Dylan competed with 9 other contestants in casual wear, talent ( played drums) and formal wear. Dylan has won atonal prom package for winning the competition. Other contestants include: Mike Souto, Cody Rodrigues, Shane Byrnes, Matt Shehe, Ian Moniz, Billy Jacintho, Matt Tonetto, Cam Alves, Kevin Newell.

Mr. Cougar 2012 Contestants!

Congratulations to the SkillsUSA Competiton Winners!

Many students represented Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School at the Massachusetts Skills USA District 1 Competition on March 9, 2012. The Students of Old Colony won 23 medals in 20 competitions which were entered.

The Students of old Colony won a total of 11 gold metals, 6 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals.

List of Winners:

Medal Category Name Town
Bronze Office Technology Nichole Breault Assonet
Bronze Culinary Arts Paul Piedade Assonet
Bronze Food and Beverage Service Samantha Cusson Acushnet
Bronze Cosmetology - Over 500 Allison Bancroft Lakeville
Bronze Architectural Drafting William Augustine Acushnet
Bronze Web Design (Teams) Cody Loika Assonet
  Web Design (Teams) Jared Mederios Acushnet
Silver Culinary Arts Paul Kelly Rochester
Silver Graphics Technology Hillary Mello Acushnet
Silver Electronics Technology Brett Southworth Acushnet
Silver Welding Travis Desrosiers Acushnet
Silver Cosmetology - Nail Care Lacey Duval Rochester
Silver Computer Information Cory Mourato Acushnet
Gold Customer Service Andrew Veary E.Freetown
Gold Automotive Service Michael Amos Lakeville
Gold Carpentry Andrew Cabral Acushnet
Gold Precision Machining Joseph Card East Carver
Gold Cosmetology - Under 500 Chelsea Cormier Acushnet
Gold Electronics Technology   Assonet
Gold Architectural Drafting Nichole Jackson Lakeville
Gold Technical Drafting Jordan Frey Rochester
Gold Nurse Assisting Alissa Souza Acushnet
Gold Office Technology Amanda Michaud Rochester
Gold Web Design (Teams) Christopher Mello E.Freetown
  Web Design (Teams) Brandon Charles Acushnet

Principal's Leadership Award Nominee - Brandon Charles

CIS senior Brandon Charles has been nominated as Old Colony's recipient of the 2012 Principal's Leadership Award. Brandon was nominated for the award based upon his leadership ability and his vocational/academic excellence.

The Principal's Leadership Award Scholarship Program, sponsored jointly by Herff-Jones Company and the National Association of Secondary School Principlas, awards scholarships ranging from $1,000.00 to $12,000.00 to one hundred outstanding seniors. Brandon's nomination makes him eligable for one of these national scholarships.

Congratulations to Old Colony's Outstanding Vocational Student Award Nominee

Graphic Communications Design Department senior Hilary Mello has been selected as Old Colony's "Outstanding Vocational Student Award" nominee for 2012.

This statewide award program recognizes the outstanding vocational education student from the Commonwealth. The award recognizes the excellence Hilary has achieved in her academic studies as well as the Graphic Communication Design field. Hilary exemplifies the high ideals of vocational-technical education. Hilary will receive her award on April 25th, 2012 at a statewide ceremony to be held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

We are pleased with Hilary's nomination and we know you will join us in offering her congradulations.

Congratulations to Old Colony's 2011-2012 Walter J. Markham nominee

Graphic Communications Design Department senior Hilary J. Mello has been selected as Old Colony's 2011-2012 Walter J. Markham nominee.

Hilary's nomination recognizes her vocational-technical excellence, leadership skills, and her commitment to Old Colony. We are pleased with Hilary's nomination and we know you will join us in offering her your congradulations.


Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is proud to announce Matthew J. Trahan, Athletic Director, as the recipient of the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association's (MSSADA) Athletic Director of the Year Award, District D.

Recipients of the District Athletic Director of the Year Award are selected from persons nominated by their respective district athletic directors associations. This award recognizes athletic administrators from across the state that have excelled in their profession. In addition, the Executive Board, at the recommendation of the Athletic Director of the Year Selection Committee, selects one individual to receive the MSSADA Athletic Director of the Year Award. The recipient of this award will have made significant contributions within the field of athletic administration at the local, state and national levels and will represent the association at regional and national competitions.

The Mission of the Old Colony's Athletic Department is to support and supplement the mission of the Old Colony School System by providing interscholastic sports programs. We are committed to the personal development and well being of our student-athletes and staff. Through our offerings, the Athletic Department plays an integral part in preparing our student-athletes for citizenship, service, and leadership by emphasizing teamwork, self-discipline, personal responsibility and the setting of high standards and achievement.


Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School (OCRVTHS) is pleased to be the recipient of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Equipment and Supply Grant in the amount of $99,479.00.

The funding will aid in developing biotechnology curriculum and to purchase equipment to support experimentation in the life sciences. Old Colony is teaming with Greater New Bedford Regional Vocation Technical High School (GNBRVTHS) to build a consortium for the teaching of life sciences in Grades 9-12 in the southcoast region. Together they are sharing in the development and integration of curriculum modules that can be integrated within existing biology classes, creation of new upper level classes in the life sciences, and an online professional development network for biology/life science educators in the southcoast region.

Together, the schools are working with local institutions of higher and industry to make sure the school's curriculum and programming are aligned with industry needs and are committed to constructing a life sciences professional development and curriculum network across southeastern MA.

The school's roles are defined as follows: Old Colony is uniquely posed to develop and lead an online professional development network encompassing new curriculum, new pedagogy, sharing, and support for biology/life science educators, while GNBRVTHS is leading the program's efforts in workforce development and industry relations. Knod Both schools will work to continue developing new and expanded relationships with southcoast biotechnology industries and institutions of higher education.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is a quasi-public agency tasked with implementing the state's ten-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative. This grant program seeks the further development of the state's life sciences workforce by providing funding for equipment and supplies. Old Colony was one of thirty-two applicants that received funding. A special thanks to OC's Library/Media Specialist, Marcia Kessler for her effort and skill in securing this grant.

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Notes of Interest

Sixth Annual Old Colony Golf Tournament, May 15, 2010, Acushnet River Valley Golf Course, Acushnet, MA

Sixth Annual Old Colony Golf Tournament sets record

The Sixth Annual Old Colony Golf Tournament was a huge success, raising almost $30,000 for the Old Colony Student Scholarships and Services Fund. The golf tournament, evening dinner, auction, and raffle events generated this impressive amount thanks to the generosity of the Old Colony community.

This year's golf tourney was held at the Acushnet River Valley Golf Course in Acushnet, MA, on Saturday, May 15, 2010. The event was held in honor of a local hero, Tyler J. Trahan, a resident of Freetown who graduated from Old Colony RVTHS in 2004, Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2006, and then enlisted in the US Navy. Tyler was tragically killed on April 30, 2009, fighting for his country in Iraq.

Old Colony wants to thank John Abaray and the Golf Committee for all of their dedication and hard work. The school also thanks all of the families, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests for their generous support, and for making the day a fun, memorable, and profitable one. Old Colony also wants to recognize TRANE for their generous donation of $10,000. All of the proceeds from the golf tournament will directly benefit the students of Old Colony. Thanks to everyone for making this important fundraiser the best one ever!

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Culinary Arts VTEF Draft Revision (2010)

-- View the Culinary Arts VTEF Draft Revision (2010)

Through a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education funded grant, Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School formed a partnership with Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical School, Tantasqua Regional Technical School and Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School to revise the current Culinary Arts VTEF. The partnership met regularly beginning in October and has completed revising and condensing the Culinary Arts Frameworks. The Draft Revision is posted for public comment. Please send any comments to jwatterson@uppercapetech.org.

-- View or print 413-B Grant Job Postings to Revise Culinary Arts VTEF

Old Colony students with Paul Hubbard

Acushnet adventurer talks to CIT sophomores about Antarctica experience


In late March 2009, sophomores from Old Colony's Computer Information Technology (CIT) shop had the opportunity to hear Corey Wilson, an Acushnet man who graduated from New Bedford High School in 2004, talk about his adventures in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. From November through February, the students from Karen Guenette's sophomore computer class shared the adventure vicariously by following the Internet blog that Wilson created.

Corey earned a degree in environmental studies from the University of Colorado last year, and jumped at the chance to spend the austral summer studying glacial runoff on Earth's southernmost continent. As part of the Long Term Ecological Resource Network, a study conducted under the auspices of the National Science Foundation, Wilson operated from a remote base camp at Lake Hoare in 77 degrees south latitude, in the land of the midnight sun.

The CIT students thoroughly enjoyed Corey's presentation and stunning photographs of Antarctica.

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