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Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School

February 2024

from the principal

Upcoming Events

  • February Break 2/19-2/23

  • Early Release 2/14



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Academic News

Vocational News

Greetings Old Colony Community, We have made it to February. The “Groundhog” is predicting an early spring. Hard to believe it is right around the corner. Our sports teams are providing excitement around the school. Congratulations to the coaches and all the players for your hard work. Come out and support them. February break begins on the 19th. When we return, hopefully everyone will feel energized from having a week off. We will be starting the week off with our “All School Assembly”. At the assembly we will continue to celebrate the great things our students and staff are doing as well as continuing to educate our students on exercising kindness, empathy and safe behavior in and outside of school. I would be remiss in not recognizing Marcie Gamelin and Beth Botelho and all who helped with this year’s Frosty Runner Road Race. We saw record numbers of runners and even the weather cooporated. By all reports, it was another well organized event. The days are getting longer and the spring sports season and spring Drama Club production can not be far behind. Come on over and support all our students as they strive to be the best they can be. Is it too early to mention graduation? Mark your calendar. It will take place on Friday, June 7, 2024 at 6pm under the lights at Oliviera Field.Be Well, Mr. Parker

  • Trimester End 3/1

PTO News

Tiered focused monitoring press release

Virtual Reality

Academic News


Grade 9 Math Acceleration Academy - REGISTER TODAY We are pleased to announce that we have been selected as recipients of a competitive federal grant to host a workshop based math academy from February 20, 2024 - February 23, 2024. Your students will join Ms. Gamelin, Mr. Jason, Mr. Lewis, and Ms. Pepin as they tackle real word problems with mathematical reasoning & design. If you are the parent/guardian of a grade 9 student, please fill out the survey here. Transportation is provided. Space is limited.

Excellence Cabinet - Student Developed Lesson The best way to demonstrate deep understanding of a concept is by teaching it to someone else. This is exactly what Brendon Mills, a senior in Electronics & Engineering did. With the guidance of Ms. Pepin and Mr. Dutra, Brendan applied his knowledge of circuits to develop a lesson on literal equations. With the help of fellow senior Andrew Wronski, he spent the day delivering the lesson to trigonometry students. Great job Brendon, Andrew, Ms. Pepin, and Mr. Dutra!

AP ELA Saturday Session Coming Up Grade 11 students in Ms. Roderick’s AP English Language & Composition classes and grade 12 students in Ms. Whinnem’s AP English Literature & Composition classes will have their second Saturday Study Session Saturday February 10, 2024. Students will use feedback from the mock exam to determine areas of focus & development for the test in May. As part of the AP experience we have partnered with Mass Insight for Education and our students get to attend two Saturday Sessions per year at no cost. The Saturday Study Session schedule for the remainder of 23-24 school year is:

Important AP Dates

  • Calculus & Precalculus
    • Session II: March 2, 2024 @ New Bedford High School
  • Environmental Science
    • Session II: April 27, 2024 @ Durfee High School
  • Computer Science
    • Session II: April 6, 2024 @ New Bedford High School

Academic News


After School Days All teachers are available on Tuesday or Thursday of each week, so be sure to take advantage of this time. If you don’t remember your teacher’s late day, remember to ask, check the syllabus or Google Classroom.

Cougar Connection Our Library is open every Monday - Thursday until 4:30. Be sure to stop in if you want to use any of the library resources, form study or homework groups with your classmates, or just need a place to get some work done before heading home, work, or practice. There will be teachers in the library all four days to answer your questions. Students who drive or can arrange for a ride home are welcome to stay until 4:30. We also have late buses Mon - Th that depart at 3:50.

Late Bus We have late buses available Monday - Thursday every week, with the exception of half days or days where we don’t have school. Buses leave promptly at 3:50pm.

Guidance News


Guidance Upcoming Events: Beginning 1/29: 8th Grade Interviews at Sending Schools 2/15: Cougar Time: Scholarships 2/27: FAFSA Night at the EOC 2/28: Cougar Time: College Applications & Scholarships 3/7: Cougar Time: SAT prep 3/13: Cougar Time: Scholarships 3/21: BCC-Palooza 4/10: OC College & Career Fair for Juniors

OC FAFSA Night at the Educational Opportunity Center: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is an application for federal student aid. You need to complete the FAFSA form to apply for federal student aid such as federal grants, work-study funds, and loans. Completing and submitting the FAFSA form is free and it gives you access to federal student aid—the largest source of aid— to help you pay for college or career/trade school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid. Some private aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid. Students and families can and should create their FSA ID now. Your FSA ID will be your digital signature and used to open your FAFSA account. It will take 3-4 days to receive your FSA ID once you apply for it. FAFSA will be available for the 2024-25 academic year in January.

Old Colony FAFSA Night at the Educational Opportunity Center: Completing the FAFSA form can be a confusing form to file, but it is an integral part of the college process. The OC guidance department will be holding our annual FAFSA Night at the Educational Opportunity Center on Tuesday, February 27th, 2024. Members from the EOC will work one-on-one with families to complete the FAFSA form. FAFSA Night Sign Up Link --> The Educational Opportunity Center is located in the north end of New Bedford: 10 Welby Road New Bedford, MA 02745

Kelly Hevey, khevey@oldcolony.info, x128: House & Mill Carpentry, Health Careers, Metal Fabrication & Joining Technology, Electrical.Caitlin Vandal, cvandal@oldcolony.info, x127: Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Machine & ToolDaniel Wright, dwright@oldcolony.info, x129: Architecture & Engineering Technology, Culinary Arts, Electronics Engineering Technology, Graphic Communication & DesignScott Boyle, sboyle@oldcolony.info, x263 - School adjustment counselor

Guidance News

See attached flyers for upcoming Job Fair and job opportunities…

Bristol Community College Palooza: This one-stop event for seniors will be taking place on Thursday, March 21st at Old Colony. There will be admissions representatives present who can discuss programs of interest and answer questions. Students will be able to schedule their placement testing, if needed, and can begin the financial aid process. Interested seniors should use the link below: BCC On-Site Palooza --->

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS All seniors should be applying for scholarships. Updated scholarship information can be found on the Old Colony website under “Guidance”. Visit this link for quick access to current scholarship information: Scholarship Link --->SouthCoast Community Foundation Scholarship Program: The SouthCoast Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarship awards to students throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Most South Coast Community Foundation scholarships are available through the online scholarship portal. Visit this link for quick access to the SouthCoast Community Foundation Scholarship site: Southcoast Scholarships Link --->

SAT Information: 2024 Digital SAT SAT Test Date: March 9, 2024 (Location of your choosing) Register by February 23, 2024Late Registration Deadline: February 27, 2024 Visit Collegeboard.org for more information/registration SAT Test Date: May 4, 2024 (Location of your choosing) Register by April 19, 2024 Late Registration Deadline: April 23, 2024Visit Collegeboard.org for more information/registration


Guidance News


January Highlights in the OC Counseling Department:

  • Grade 9 Vocational Program Placement
  • UMass Dartmouth On-Site Admissions
  • College applications with seniors
  • Writing letters of recommendation
  • Signing Co-op paperwork for juniors and seniors
  • On-going student support as needed

The Grade 9 Vocational Transfer Form;will open for Round #2 on 3/4 and will close on 3/7. Students who have already filled out the form during Round #1 (which opened on 1/29 and closed on 2/1) have been placed on the respective vocational program waitlists and do not need to fill out another form for Round #2.

Wareham New Bedford Elks Lodge Student of the Month:Sophomore Marley Tipler of the Business Technology vocational program was identified as the Wareham New Bedford Elks Lodge Student of the Month for February. Congratulations, Marley!

Library News

Using our virtual reality program that landed at OC in December, classes of students toured explorable scenes, manipulated and dissected objects, and experienced 360 images and videos based on World War 1, Chemistry, Earth's Structure and Systems, The Industrial Revolution, Lord of the Flies, Prohibition, and the Nervous System.


Vocational News

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Cooperative Education Program:

We would like to congratulate the following students for their participation in our Cooperative Education Program:

  • Alec Arsenault - James L. Gallagher, Inc.
  • Cole Ashley - BTech Acoustics
  • Benjamin Bourgeois - Edge Tech
  • Madison Burnham - M&S Auto Repair, Inc.
  • Madelyn Caplette - Nemasket Healthcare Center
  • Benjamin Cheverie - Town of Carver
  • Colton Churchill - Robertson's GMC Truck, Inc.
  • Logan Crook - Route 44 Toyota
  • Cameron Dern - New Heights Builders of MA
  • Camrin Desousa - Autcam Medical
  • Maxwell Finney - Demers Construction Co.
  • Tyler Garcia - James L. Gallagher, Inc.
  • Andrew Glover - Brownell Boat Stands
  • Blake Gosselin - BTech Acoustics
  • Landon Hunter - Mechanical Systems & Welding, Inc.
  • Griffin Lanzoni - Hotte Construction
  • Abigail Menard - David Menard Electrical
  • Nathan Marden - New Heights Builders of MA
  • Ella Morgado - Mechanical Systems & Welding, Inc.
  • Thomas Moura - Town of Middleboro DPW
  • Vincent Rye - Saltworks Marine
  • Ben Raposo - Pocasset Machine Corp
  • Zachary Steed - Autocam Medical
  • Quinn Thompson - Toyota of Dartmouth
  • Rylee Vilacha - Vilacha Inc.
  • Travis Whitehead - Tech Mechanic Systems, Inc.

Thank you to our industry partners for their support of our Cooperative Education Program and for hiring our students to work at their place of employment. We rely on our industry partners to support our mission of preparing and supporting students for the global demands of society and the workforce through rigorous vocational-technical experiences that foster responsible, productive citizens in our community.


16 Freshmen and 5 members of the Old Colony SkillsUSA Leadership Team participated in the first-ever SkillsUSA Massachusetts Smart Start Summit at the Massachusetts Army National Guard armory in Natick on January 18th. Freshmen were introduced to SkillsUSA aspects and offerings led by our student leaders, as well as others attending vocational schools throughout the State.Each SkillsUSA Chapter was tasked with preparing a booth to showcase the different opportunities SkillsUSA has to offer. Our Leadership Team presented on the SkillsUSA Delegate Program and are pleased to announce that they received two awards: First place in the overall Army National Guard Best Display and second place overall in Creativity! Leah, Alex, and Cam, members of our Leadership Team, also received individual medals. At the Closing Ceremony, all 16 freshmen took a pledge to become active members of SkillsUSA and received their membership certificates.