Saturday, April 19, 2014

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4/11/14 > NASHOBA TECH, LOWELL FIVE OFFICIALLY OPEN DRIVE-UP ATM

Lowell 5 ATM

The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank and Nashoba Valley Technical High School held a grand opening Monday, April 7, for the drive-up ATM at the school, the first of its kind at any school in Massachusetts. Located at the end of the school's front driveway, at 100 Littleton Road, Westford, the ATM is available for use by the public. The Lowell Five has had a branch at Nashoba Tech, in conjunction with the school's Banking/Marketing/Retail program, since September 2012.

From left are School Committee Vice Chairman Al Buckley of Pepperell; School Committee Secretary Samuel Poulten of Chelmsford; School Committee member Donald Ayer of Chelmsford; sophomore Samantha Johnson of Ayer; James A Hall, Esq., Lowell Five trustee; Amy N. Werner, executive vice president of retail banking for Lowell Five; David E. Wallace, president and CEO of Lowell Five; Nashoba Tech Superintendent Judith Klimkiewicz; Melanie St. Croix, senior vice president of retail development for Lowell Five; Kelli Eliopoulos, supervisor of the school bank branch; Banking/Marketing/Retail instructor Sarah Ricard; sophomore Aislin Boyden of Townsend; senior Dana Hopf of Shirley; sophomore Julia Masson of Westford; and sophomore Brian Peters of Shirley.

4/04/14 > TWO STUDENT-ATHLETES ATTEND WOMEN IN SPORT EVENT

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Two senior student-athletes at Nashoba Tech were among the more than 300 student-athletes across the state to attend the recent Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The event, hosted by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, celebrates the many opportunities women and girls have to compete in sports throughout Massachusetts and the nation. From left are Athletic Director David Fusco, Nashoba Tech representatives Bryana Robinson of Chelmsford and Brittany Thomas of Townsend, and Donna McMahon, a Cosmetology teacher, who also attended the event.

4/04/14 > MR. WEAVER IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

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WESTFORD - Charles Weaver, Electronics/Robotics instructor, has been selected as March's Employee of the Month. Mr. Weaver is a first-year instructor in the Electronics/Robotics program who assisted with the FIRST Robotics club, which competed in a pair of recent tournaments. He was nominated by Engineering Academy Instructor Jeff Scheminger for "his willingness to hop into FIRST Robotics. He spent many hours after school mentoring and teaching students, and helped make our season successful."

4/04/14 > CASEYJONES, ZACH HUGHES ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

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  WESTFORD - Casey Jones of Townsend and Zachary Hughes of Ayer have been selected as March Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

  Casey Jones, daughter of Brad and Jennifer Jones, is a sophomore in the Design & Visual Communications program. She is an honor-roll student, and a member of the chorus, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and the newspaper and yearbook staffs. Outside of school, she is active in her church's youth group. Casey plans to go to college after she graduates.

  She was nominated by two teachers. English Instructor Wendy Hood wrote that Casey has taken on much of the writing, designing and editing of the school newspaper, The Viking Voice. "She is a very driven young lady who is already looking at going to college in Toronto. She is polite, hard-working and respectful."

  Social Studies Instructor David Fusco wrote: "Casey is an outstanding student who works well on group projects and is a pleasure to have in class."

  Nathan Meharg, Casey's instructor in Design & Visual Communications, wrote: "Casey is a very dedicated and hard-working student who performs extremely well on her assignments and is diligent in handling her responsibilities."

  Zachary Hughes, son of Richard and Melissa Hughes, is a sophomore in the Culinary Arts program. He plays football and has been involved in Boys Scouts for six years. He hopes to attend college after graduation.

  Zach was nominated by Bakery Chef-Instructor Carley Engle, who wrote: "We have a new student joining our program, and I felt as though Zach went above and beyond to welcome him into the class. Not only did he display several acts of kindness, but he also inspired others to start welcoming the new student. He is a great example of a student who goes out of his way for others."

4/04/14 > KATIE DEMERS, JAKE HUNT ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

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      WESTFORD - Katie Demers of Chelmsford and John Hunt of Dunstable have been selected as March's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

  Katie Demers, daughter of Roland and Kim Demers, is a senior outfielder for the softball team. In addition to playing softball, Katie is president of the Horticulture Club, treasurer of the Drama Cub, and a member of Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Astronomy Club. Katie is in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program. She plans to attend Middlesex Community College in the fall.

  John "Jake" Hunt, son of Rose Georges, is a senior sprinter for the spring track team, specializing in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Jake is in the Electrical Technology program. He plans to attend Middlesex Community College in the fall, then get his electrician's license.

4/01/14 > SECOND TRIMESTER HONOR ROLL

HIGH HONORS

 

SENIORS

Groton: Dominique Manning.

Shirley: Dana Hopf, Thandile Jackson

Townsend: Mikaela Berthiaume

Westford: Cara Masson, Shannon Pecora, Victoria Ronayne, John Santosuosso.

 

JUNIORS

Ayer: Kirstin Richard

Chelmsford: Jeffrey Cassidy, Michael Geoffroy, Alexander Green.

Shirley: Ryan Cooper, Jakob Vandal.

 

 

SOPHOMORES

Chelmsford: Chloe Adler-Mandile, Amanda Rogers.

Groton: Alicia Gentile.

Littleton: Erica Bradford, Amy Flaherty.

Lowell: Destiny Deun.

Pepperell: Michaela Casey, Jacob Twombly.

Townsend: Shelby Dudley, Katherine Mayer. Shirley: Ryan Vandal.

Westford: Veronica Pecora.

 

 

FRESHMEN

Ashby: Jacob Dow.

Ayer: Andrew Poutry.

Chelmsford: Charles Clark, Michael Foley, Deven Urban, Emily Warren.

Littleton: Ryan Cozzens. Pepperell: Calie Bridges, Corey Martineau, Bryson Tang,  Thomas White.

Pepperell: Christian Angelucci, Calie Bridges, Parker Lane, Corey Martineau, Thomas White.

Shirley: Heather Bosworth

Westford: Brett Ashford

 

HONORS

 

 

SENIORS

Ayer: Austin Allen, Gabrielle Hathaway, Brittany Jarvis, Joshua Richard, Brittney Stumpf.

Chelmsford: Makayla Crossman, Nicholas Desalvo, Kassandra Ducharme, Julia Gladstone-Langill, Charles Henckler, Peyton McCarthy, Lindsey Mitchell, Brittany Rosa, Leddy Shockley.

Dracut: Raysam Donkoh-Halm.

Littleton: Michael Smith.

Lowell: Julia Phelps.

Pepperell: Anthony Brann, Alexander Bross, Adam Brown, Kelsie Buckley, Nathan Cole, Kevin Guimond, George Nieves, Rachel Straitiff.

Shirley: Alexandra Oldfield, Muaau Pau, Kassandra Wetterwald.

Tewksbury: Erik Freitag, Carl Marzolini.

Townsend:  Berlandi, Terri Cadrette, Liam Kilbride, Celia Sullivan, Brittany Thomas.

Westford: Corey Greeley, Ellen Horan, Manuela Romano.

 

 

JUNIORS

Ayer: Zachary Connell, Bradley Logan, Victoria Manning, Bridget McPartlan, Julian Morgan, Amy Strong, Curtis Tippett.

Billerica: Spencer Fusco.

Groton: Amy Gould, Ashley Groft.

Harvard: Christina Perini.

Leominster: Brianna Coburn

Methuen: Bilal Sayed

Pepperell: Amanda Celona, Kevin Cummings, Meghan Donovan, Alexander Featherston, Thomas Hall, Grace McCarthy, Sabrina Pinkerton, Krista Russell, Dominic Sears, Diedrick Warrington.

Shirley: Alexander Gianakos, Ryan Harding, Daniel Henderson, Kenneth Howell, Tiffanie Walters, Brianna White, Erin Whooley.

Townsend: Nicholas Bennett, Kalee Chapman, Zachary Dwyer, Jared Paiva, Cheyenne Whittemore, Zachary Whittemore.

 Westford: Dale Flamburis.


 

SOPHOMORES

Ayer: Robert Dumas, Samantha Piecewicz, Ashley Riley.

Billerica: Robert Sciortino.

Dunstable: Christopher Dahlberg. Littleton: Kayla Bergeron, Qylan Berry, Amy Flaherty, Evan Glatkowski.

Chelmsford: Dennis Baker, Ryan Barry, Richard Bourdelais, Christopher Cassidy, Camron Clark, Brendan Conley, Rachael Fitton, Jordan Forrest, Devin Hussey, Stephanie Santiago, Michael Soave, Brandon Williams.

Dunstable: Christopher Dahlberg.

Groton: Jonathan Fike, Alyson Petersen.

Littleton: Kayla Bergeron, Qylan Berry.

Lowell: Travis Conley.

Lunenburg: Melanie Poulin.

Pepperell: Samantha Archer, Matthew Dixon, Chelsea Hurst, Cynthia Long, Michelle Madsen, Kaitlin Mariano, Sabrina Santoro.

 Shirley: eghan Bourassa, Megan Dean, Mikayla Sanborn, Isabella Venti, Sarah Woodward.

Townsend: Brett Bousquet, Thomas Creamer, Thomas Dorman, Evan Forbes, Casey Jones, Jessica Watson.

Westford: Brett Bamford, Erin Masson, Julia Masson, Crystal Perkins.

 

 

FRESHMEN

Ayer: Benjamin Richard.

Billerica: Christopher Fusco, Benjamin Petersen.

Chelmsford: Nicole Brotherston, Sean Carey, Abigail Duffer, Liam Fitzpatrick, Patrick Hart, Andrew Kubasti, Camryn Malone, Davyon Perez, Joshua Roberge, Patrick White, Robert Withrow.

Groton: Lindsey Callan, Charlotte Dufresne, Benjamin Marson, Katelyn Scharmer.

Harvard: Benjamin Marinelli.

Leominster: Kyle Snow.

Lowell: Maria Cruz.

Pepperell: Christian Angelucci, Trevor Barry, Daniel Brann, Spencer Brittain, Timothy Cahill, Laura Chiavelli, Isabel Diaz, Monica Feinberg, Brett Forest, Parker Lane, Rebeka Larosae, Aaron McGee, Jack Murrin, Taylor Rajaniemi, Adam Rubinic, Ryan Shaw, Madison Staley, Laura Visco, Victoria Vitale.

Shirley:  Alex Crawford, Nicholas House. Julia Howard, Brandon Tedford.

Townsend:  Vanessa Agliata, Taylor Apostolakes, Jacob Beirholm, Henry Blacksmith, Nicholas Camacho, Ryan Coppinger, Erin Doherty, Jacob Monahan, Jacqlyn Naticchioni, Nicole Smith.

Westford:  Nikita Battaluri, Harrison Cook, Joshua Groulx, Alexis Hendrickson.

3/28/14 > COMMUNITY EDUCATION RECEIVES AWARD FROM HOMELESS AGENCY

Nashoba Tech's Community Education program received an award from Community Teamwork Inc. at a recent breakfast. Nashoba Tech received the Partnership in Action Award at the event, held at DiBurro's in Haverhill. The plaque reads: "In recognition and appreciation of your efforts to help homeless families gain economic security." Community Teamwork was founded in 1965 by a group of local leaders seeking to increase economic opportunities and self-sufficiency for those in need. Toward that end, the agency avails itself of opportunities offered by the continuing-education programs of local vocational-technical schools for its clients.

Nashoba Tech is one of those schools, and Joann Sueltenfuss, director of the school's Community Education program, said it has been a successful partnership, especially in the Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, course offered regularly at Nashoba Tech. "They send students here for any number of programs, including CNA and Manufacturing," said Sueltenfuss, who accepted the award on behalf of Nashoba Tech. "They're looking for training that leads to jobs. "We've had a fair number of CTI students over the past four semesters," she added. "We have employers calling us looking especially for CNA students, and we've received good feedback from them about our students." According to JoAnn Howell, director of CTI's Community Connection to Education and Employment, or CommCET, program, 32 CTI clients have attended training at several vocational-technical schools, including Nashoba Tech, and 27 are currently employed. CommCET assists homeless families in obtaining long-term employment, and addresses such barriers as child care and transportation so participants can be successful. "The partnership with the Continuing Education program has been an essential piece to the success of the CommCET program," Howell said.

"The CNA program at Nashoba has trained and certified CNAs that are now employed full time." Howell said Nashoba Tech's Sueltenfuss "goes above and beyond" in addressing any problems so that students can be successful in their training. "This has been a wonderful partnership, and I look forward to opening the opportunity to vocational training to many more individuals in need of skills training," Howell said. Nashoba Tech's Community Education programs is open to all residents. The program includes vocational courses, including CNA, plumbing and electrical, but also such recreational courses as culinary and baking. For more information or for a list of upcoming courses, call 978-692-4711, ext. 1001, or go to www.nashobatech.net and click on the "Community Ed" link.

3/24/14 > DUAL ENROLLMENT MEETING SCHEDULED FOR INTERESTED SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, SENIORS, AND THEIR PARENTS ON MARCH 26TH FROM 2:45-3:30

Student services will be hosting a meeting for all sophomore and juniors and their parents who may be interested in participating in the Dual Enrollment program for next year. The meeting will be held on Wednesday March 26th from 2:45-3:30. (planned, of course, before the enormous snowstorm we are supposed to get). Representatives will be in attendance from Mt. Wachusett Community College, Middlesex Community College and Fitchburg State to answer school-specific questions.

3/21/14 > NASHOBA TECH SENDING 16 STUDENTS TO SKILLS USA STATE COMPETITION

NASHOBA TECH SENDING 16 STUDENTS TO SKILLS USA STATE COMPETITION

Skills DIstricts 2014

 Front row, from left, club adviser Derik Rochon, SkillsUSA medalists Mikaela Berthiaume (Townsend), Matti McAdams (Chelmsford), Shannon Wilkins (Pepperell) and Derek Decesare, and club adviser Donna McMahon; second row, from left, medalists Shannon Pecora (Westford), Kirstin Richard (Ayer), Tori Cafeteiro (Chelmsford) and Julie Nelson (Pepperell); back row, from left, medalists Raysam Donkoh-Halm (Lowell), John Young (Billerica), Shaun Sanville (Dunstable) and Christopher Schueler (Pepperell). Missing from photo are medalists Zachary Casper (Chelmsford), Richard Cura (Townsend), John Stavro (Billerica) and Zebediah Updyke (Townsend).


WESTFORD - Sixteen Nashoba Tech students combined to win 13 medals at the recent SkillsUSA District Competition, held at Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough. Nashoba Tech students swept two categories, earning gold, silver and bronze medals in both Cabinetmaking and Digital Cinema Production. The students who medaled will go on to compete in the SkillsUSA State Competition later this spring in Marlborough. Gold-medalists for Nashoba Tech in the District Competition are: • The team of Mikaela Berthiaume (senior, Townsend) and John Young (senior, Billerica), Digital Cinema Production. • Julie Nelson (junior, Pepperell), Cosmetology/Nail Care. • Shannon Pecora (senior, Westford), Cabinetmaking. • Shannon Wilkins (postgraduate, Pepperell), Cosmetology. Silver medals went to: • The team of Tori Cafeteiro (senior, Chelmsford) and John Stavro (junior, Billerica), Digital Cinema Production. • Matti McAdams (postgraduate, Chelmsford), Cosmetology. • Christopher Schueler (senior, Pepperell), Automotive Refinishing Technology. • Zebediah Updyke (senior, Townsend), Cabinetmaking. Bronze-medalists for Nashoba Tech are: • Zachary Casper (junior, Chelmsford), Cabinetmaking. • Richard Cura (junior, Townsend), Automotive Service Technology. • Derek Decesare (junior, Shirley), Electrical Construction Wiring. • The team of Kirstin Richard (junior, Ayer) and Raysam Donkoh-Halm (senior, Lowell), Digital Cinema Production. • Shaun Sanville (sophomore, Dunstable), Collision Repair Technology.

Written by Dan Phelps

3/12/14 > 3 STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR STATE DECA CONFERENCE

3 STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR STATE DECA CONFERENCE

DECA 2014

From left are Sarah Ricard, Banking/Marketing/Retail instructor at Nashoba Tech, with students, from left, Samantha Johnson (sophomore, Ayer), John Santosuosso (senior, Townsend) and Julia Masson (sophomore, Westford), who all qualified for the DECA State Career Development Conference.

Three students from Nashoba Valley Technical High School qualified for the DECA State Career Development Conference by virtue of their performance at the District Conference in January. John Santosuosso, a senior from Townsend, qualified in the category of Marketing Management; Samantha Johnson, a sophomore from Ayer, qualified in the category of Entrepreneurship Innovation for her idea of a business called The Cupcake Zone; and Julia Masson, a sophomore from Westford, qualified in the category of Marketing Management Role Play. All three are students in Nashoba Tech's Banking/Marketing/Retail program.The State Conference was held at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston from March 6-8. DECA is a national organization for high-school students enrolled in a marketing program. It is the only student organization that prepares its members to be America's future leaders in the fields of marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

 

Written By Dan Phelps

3/07/14 > Nashoba Tech Gearing up for Annual Taste of Nashoba Culinary Competition

NASHOBA TECH GEARING UP FOR ANNUAL TASTE OF NASHOBA CULINARY COMPETITION

 

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Students and staff in Nashoba Tech's Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management programs hold a planning session for the annual Taste of Nashoba Valley on Tuesday, March 18, hosted by the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce. Clockwise from left are Kristin Butcher (junior, Townsend), Trevor Barry (freshman, Pepperell), Madaline Falcone (junior, Westford), Emily Morrison (junior, Chelmsford), Chef-Instructor Fran Zentgraf, Nala Thoummavong (junior, Shirley), Benjamin Marinelli (freshman, Harvard), Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting, Shannon Harrison-Fisher (junior, Pepperell) and Kevin Goulart (junior, Chelmsford).


Staff and students in Nashoba Tech's Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant Management programs are sharpening the knives and perfecting the recipe as they prepare for what they hope is a successful return to the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of Nashoba Valley competition after an unplanned hiatus last year. Nashoba Tech has won the coveted Best Entrée category - the Best Movie category of the Taste of Nashoba Valley - four of the five times it has competed, including a three-year string from 2008 to 2010 before returning to the winner's circle in 2012. Last year, however, a snowstorm forced a cancellation of school the day of the event, so Nashoba Tech was unable to compete. The 13th annual Taste of Nashoba Valley is Tuesday, March 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Lawrence Academy. This year, Nashoba Tech's entrée will be Encrusted Rack of Lamb on a bed of Ratatouille with a Veal Demiglaze.

 

Written By Dan Phelps

3/04/14 > Athletes of the Month (February)

Athletes of the Month

 

 Erica Bradford, daughter of Bob and Lynn Bradford, is a cheerleader for two seasons and plays outfield for the softball team in the spring. She is a high-honors student and is in the Early Childhood Education program. A member of the school's Horticulture Club, Erica hopes to become an infant/toddler teacher after graduation.

 

 

Corey Greeley, son of Nicole Greeley, is a senior defenseman for the hockey team. Corey is in the Plumbing & Heating program. He is an honor-roll student. Corey hopes to attend WyoTech in  Blairsville, Pa., to study Automotive Repair.

 

Written by Dan Phelps

3/04/14 > Students of the Month (February)

 

Students of The Month

 

 

 

 

  Cara Masson of Westford and Christopher Gibbons of Pepperell have been selected as Nashoba Tech's February Students of the Month. Nashoba Tech Students of the Month are sponsored by The Catalano Companies, which owns Dunkin' Donuts franchises in Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend.

Cara Masson, daughter of John and Cheryl Masson, is a senior in the Cosmetology program. She is a high-honors student and has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Horticulture Club. She also competes for the cross-country and spring track teams, and was named an Athlete of the Month in October 2013. Cara plans to attend Elms College in Chicopee to study Communication Sciences and Disorders. She was nominated by Cosmetology Instructor Donna McMahon, who wrote: "Cara is a dedicated, hard-working student who has gained well-deserved praise and recognition for both her theory and practical accomplishments in Cosmetology. She is a bright and sincere young lady, a diligent student and a wonderful role model for her peers. Cara is a caring and compassionate individual, demonstrating integrity in not only her school work but in her everyday life."

 

 

 

 

 


Christopher Gibbons, son of Stephen Gibbons and Christine Kendall, is a senior in the Automotive Repair Technology program. Christopher has enlisted in the U.S. Army; when he graduates from Nashoba Tech in June, he will head to Fort Benning, Ga., to train to become an Airborne Ranger. He is competing for the spring track team this year in the distance events. Christopher was nominated by English Instructor Wendy Hood, who wrote: "Christopher is a wonderful and respectful young man and student. He is very hard-working and puts a lot of effort into his English assignments. He is an excellent role model for other students and a pleasure to have as a student." Automotive Repair Instructor Richard Karamanian wrote: "Chris is a very courteous and supportive student in our technical program."

 

Written by Dann Phelps

 

3/04/14 > Employee of The Month (February)

Employee of The Month

Electrical Technology Instructor Doug Sanford has been named February's Employee of the Month at Nashoba Tech. Doug is in his first year teaching Electrical Technology at Nashoba Tech. He was nominated by Dental Assisting Instructor Amanda Dangelo, who wrote: "Doug offered to chaperone a field trip to the Yankee Dental Congress convention for Dental Assisting at the last minute when a student's father who was going to chaperone had a medical emergency. We are grateful as a technical program that we were able to go because he was willing to drive into Boston and spend the day at the convention."

 

Written by Dan Phelps

2/11/14 > Two Freshman Are First Ever To Qualify For District Music Festival

TWO FRESHMEN ARE FIRST EVER TO QUALIFY FOR DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL


 Nashoba Tech music instructor Laura Lamore, left, with freshmen Margaret Mescall of Chelmsford and Benjamin Marinelli of Harvard, who became the first Nashoba Tech students ever to qualify to perform in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association's Eastern District Junior Festival.


WESTFORD - Two students at Nashoba Tech became the first ever from the school to be accepted to perform in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association's Eastern District Junior Festival in March. Margaret Mescall of Chelmsford and Benjamin Marinelli of Harvard, both freshmen at Nashoba Tech, were selected after auditioning on Feb. 1 at Needham High School. They are the first two students from Nashoba Tech ever to qualify, and the only two students from a technical school selected to perform at the festival, which will be held March 29 at Lincoln-Sudbury High School, after a day of rehearsal on March 28. More than 1,000 students from grades 7-9 auditioned for the Eastern District Festival. Maggie Mescall was one of 85 students selected in the soprano vocal category, scoring a 101 of 124 possible points. Ben Marinelli was one of 32 selected for clarinet, scoring 142 of 159 points.


"Generally, only programs that have long, well-established histories are able to get students in District Festivals," Nashoba Tech music instructor Laura Lamore said. Nashoba Tech's music program started in 2008, and Lamore took it over in 2009. "This is a very proud step, not only for the music program, but for Nashoba Tech as well," Lamore said. "I am incredibly proud of the students that have come through this program and started to pave the way for the program to grow, and for every student that not only chose to believe in the music program, but to believe in each other and in me to lead them." T he Eastern District encompasses the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Quincy, Somerville, Waltham and Watertown, as well as the towns of Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Brookline, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Lincoln, Littleton, Medfield, Millis, Milton, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, Westford, Weston and Westwood. Lamore said it is considered to be the most difficult district festival for which to qualify.

 Written by Dan Phelphs 

 

2/11/14 > Auto Repair Duo Places Fourth In Competition

  AUTO REPAIR DUO PLACES FOURTH IN COMPETITION


 ( Richard Cura, left, a junior from Townsend, and Patrick Calnan, a postgraduate from Chelmsford, tied for fourth out of 26 teams at the recent High School Top Tech Challenge, sponsored by Universal Technical Institute.)


Two students in the Automotive Repair program at Nashoba Tech tied for fourth place as a team at the recent High School Top Tech Challenge, sponsored by Universal Technical Institute in Norwood. The students - Patrick Calnan, a postgraduate from Chelmsford, and Richard Cura, a junior from Townsend - teamed up to tackle the challenge, which had students compete against two-student teams from other schools in written and hands-on tests involving vehicle parts, brakes, diagnostics and electrical systems. The top three teams received scholarships, and Nashoba Tech's duo placed just one point out of third place. In all, 26 teams competed from eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine.

Written by Dan Phelps

2/06/14 > Athletes of the Month

SOFINA RUSSELL, BRYAN BOYLE

ARE JANUARY ATHLETES OF THE MONTH


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sofina Russell of Ayer and Bryan Boyle of Chelmsford have been selected as January's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Tech.

Sofina Russell, daughter of Ken and Tammy Russell, is a sophomore on the cheerleading team. She also plays second base for the softball team. Sofina is an honor-roll student. She is in the Culinary Arts program at Nashoba Tech.

Bryan Boyle, son of David and Eileen Boyle, is a junior defenseman for the Vikings' hockey team. He is in the Electrical Technology program. He is the younger brother of David Boyle, who was an Athlete of the Month in November.

 

Written by Dan Phelps 

2/06/14 > EIGHT STUDENTS EARN CERTIFICATION IN AUTO TECHNOLOGY

EIGHT STUDENTS EARN CERTIFICATION IN AUTO TECHNOLOGY

Automotive Students

Nashoba Tech Automotive Technology students who passed the four core components of the National Automotive Students Skills Standard Assessment include, front row, from left, Richard Cura (Townsend), Nathan Baldinelli (Pepperell) and Evan Sullivan (Chelmsford); and, back row, from left, Brian Quin (Townsend), Thomas Fitzpatrick (Townsend), Nicholas Randolph (senior, Westford) and Patrick Calnan (Chelmsford). Missing from photo is Michael Smith (Littleton)


WESTFORD - Eight students in the Automotive Technology program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School passed the four core components of the National Automotive Students Skills Standards Assessment, or NA3SA. The four areas all students must pass are suspension and steering; brakes; electrical/electronic systems; and engine performance. Once they pass those four core components, they are NA3SA-certified. NA3SA is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission of evaluating technician-training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry, and recommending qualifying programs for certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The eight students who passed this year are: • Nathan Baldinelli (senior, Pepperell). • Patrick Calnan (postgraduate, Chelmsford). • Richard Cura (junior, Townsend). • Thomas Fitzpatrick (senior, Townsend). • Brian Quin (senior, Townsend). • Nicholas Randolph (senior, Westford). • Michael Smith (senior, Littleton). • Evan Sullivan (postgraduate, Chelmsford).

2/06/14 > Employee of the Month (January)

KYLA CALLAHAN

NAMED JANUARY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

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WESTFORD - Kyla Callahan, in her fifth year as a guidance counselor at Nashoba Tech, has been named January's Employee of the Month. She is also the junior-varsity girls basketball coach.

Kyla was nominated by Jessica Silva, who wrote: "I am a first-year guidance counselor, and Kyla has been a fantastic mentor to me. I know that I can go to her when I have any questions, and she stops whatever she is doing to point me in the right direction. Her students love her positive energy, and she is well respected by the staff. She always puts her students first and is extremely thoughtful. There have been many transitions in the Student Services Department lately, and Kyla has remained positive through it all and has truly stepped up as a leader in Guidance."

Written by Dan Phelps

 

2/06/14 > Students of the Month

  CHLOE ADLER-MANDILE,  

SHANNON PECORA 

  ARE JANUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH 

 

Chloe Adler-Mandile

Shannon Pecora


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Shannon Pecora of Westford and Chloe Adler-Mandile of Chelmsford have been selected as January's Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech.

 

Shannon Pecora, daughter of Jim and Jeanie Pecora, is a senior in the Carpentry/Cabinetmaking program. She is a high-honors student and will represent the Class of 2014 as its salutatorian during Commencement Exercises this spring. Shannon is in the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She is active in the school, as a member of the Newspaper Club and SkillsUSA, and is a Kick-Off Mentor for incoming freshmen. She also qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship by virtue of her high MCAS scores. She was also selected as Nashoba Tech's nominee for the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators' Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award. She has been accepted into Gordon College, Bay Path College and Nyack College. Shannon was nominated by two staff members. English Instructor Bruce Sullivan wrote: "Shannon is an outstanding young woman who excels in and out of the classroom. In Advanced Placement English, Shannon is always prepared and performs well on all of our assessments." Continuing Education Director Joann Sueltenfuss wrote: "Shannon works at the front door and assists with reception for Continuing Education. Her quiet smile and diligence ensure that the programs runs smoothly and that students are admitted into the building in a timely and orderly fashion."


Chloe Adler-Mandile, daughter of Thomas Mandile and Elizabeth Adler, is a sophomore in the Engineering Technology program. She is a high-honors student and is active in the school community. Chloe is a member of SkillsUSA, Mock Trial, and the cross-country, basketball and track teams. She was one of 10 student-athletes selected to represent Nashoba Tech at the recent 20th annual Sportsmanship Summit hosted by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Chloe hopes to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell after graduation to study Chemical Engineering. She was nominated by History Instructor Phillip Massa, who wrote: "Chloe is a strong A student. Her academic consistency is present not only in my class but in all areas of academics and her technical program. She is always cordial, well-spoken and insightful. She is a very well-rounded and mature student."

Written by Dan Phelps 

1/27/14 > NOMINEES FOR STATEWIDE AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS NAMED

Nashoba Tech has announced its nominees for statewide awards that recognize exemplary vocation-technical students.

 

 

 

Pecora

Shannon Pecora of Westford, daughter of Jim and Jeanie Pecora, is Nashoba Tech's nominee for the Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award, given by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators. The award is given to one student from each technical high school who represents the opportunity provided by a vocational-technical education.  

Shannon is in the Carpentry/Cabinetmaking program at Nashoba Tech. With her No. 2 ranking in the Class of 2014, she is the salutatorian of the class and has maintained high honors throughout her career.  

She has earned induction into the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society, and is a member of the Newspaper Club, and represented Nashoba Tech at the State Conference of SkillsUSA, a national, nonprofit organization serving high-school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Shannon also serves as a Kick-Off Mentor for incoming freshmen. She qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship by virtue of her high MCAS scores.   Outside of school, Shannon is active in Girl Scouts and at her church, where she is the youth representative for the vestry. She also babysits and works for Nashoba Tech's Community Education program. Shannon plans to attend college after graduation, and has been accepted into Gordon College, Bay Path College and Nyack College.

 

 Woods

 

  Amanda Woods of Townsend, daughter of Joseph and Holly Woods, is Nashoba Tech's nominee for the Walter J. Markham Award, sponsored jointly by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators and the Massachusetts Vocational Association. The award is given to a senior who exhibits leadership, good attendance and excellence in technical studies and academic achievement.   Amanda is in the Dental Assisting program and, through Nashoba Tech's Dual Enrollment program, is enrolled full-time in the Honors Program at Mount Wachusett Community College, where she has earned President's List status. She represented Nashoba Tech in the District Conference of SkillsUSA, a national, nonprofit organization serving high-school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Amanda has qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship by virtue of her high MCAS scores, and is part of the Mentoring Program at Mount Wachusett. She is active in community service, both in and out of school, including at the Groton Senior Center, Shirley Day of Play, the United Way Venture Program, and at various open houses and events at Nashoba Tech. She will graduate from Mount Wachusett in May with her Dental Assisting certificate, then from Nashoba Tech in June with her high-school diploma. Amanda plans to attend a four-year college to major in Biology or Pre-Med, with hopes of becoming a physician.

Santosuosso

        John Santosuosso of Townsend, son of John and Kim Santosuosso, is Nashoba Tech's nominee for the Massachusetts Vocational Association's Vocational Technical Student Achievement Award, which is based on a student's personal commitment to vocational-technical education; success in vocational-technical classes, projects and work experience; success in academic areas; good personal character and leadership; and involvement in school and community activities. John is in the Banking/Marketing/Retail program. He is a high-honors student, president of the National Honor Society and an inductee into the National Technical Honor Society. He is also a member of the Student Council and represents Nashoba Tech at SkillsUSA, a national, nonprofit organization serving high-school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

  John is treasurer of the Class of 2014, vice president of the Spanish Club, a member of the spring track team and a peer tutor. He is also a Kick-Off mentor for incoming freshmen. Through his work at Nashoba Tech's in-school branch of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, John has acquired a position at the bank's Pepperell branch. He plans to attend college and has been accepted to Wentworth Institute of Technology, Westfield State University and Western New England University. He plans to major in Computer Science, and hopes to combine the skills he learned at Nashoba Tech with his computer skills into a lucrative career.

Wilkins

Shannon Wilkins of Pepperell, daughter of Chuck and Maryann Wilkins, is Nashoba Tech's nominee for the Massachusetts Vocational Association's Post Secondary Award, which is based on a postgraduate student's commitment to postsecondary vocational-technical education; success in vocational-technical clinical affiliations; success in academic components of the technical program; evidence of good personal character and leadership; and involvement in school and community activities. Shannon, is a 2013 graduate of South Merrimack Christian Academy in Merrimack, N.H. She began Nashoba Tech's Postgraduate program in Cosmetology in September 2013, hearing of the program from a friend who had graduated from it.

  Shannon is on target to graduate from the Cosmetology program in May, then receive her license to become a certified cosmetologist. She is also a nanny.   Shannon said she is grateful for Nashoba Tech and its Cosmetology teachers, Donna McMahon and Sheriley Farrand. "They do a very good job working with each Postgraduate student and helping them understand what they need to know to be a good cosmetologist," she said.

 

Written by Dan Phelps

1/21/14 > DRAMA CLUB TO PRESENT ‘SHREK THE MUSICAL'

DRAMA CLUB TO PRESENT

'SHREK THE MUSICAL'

Cast of Shrek

Cast members for Nashoba Tech's upcoming production "Shrek The Musical" include, front row, from left, Emma Parla-Aziz (junior, Tewksbury), Thandile Jackson (senior, Shirley) and Jared Abreu (junior, Townsend); and, back row, from left, Mikaela Berthiaume (senior, Townsend), Amber Joyce (sophomore, Pepperell), Marc Macedo (junior, Chelmsford) and Russell Byron-Kelly (senior, Groton).

Shrek Rehearsal

Emily Smith, left, TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts instructor at Nashoba Tech and director of the Drama Club's upcoming production of "Shrek The Musical," goes over lines with Amber Joyce (sophomore, Pepperell), who is playing Princess Fiona, and Marc Macedo (junior, Chelmsford), who is playing Shrek.

 

 

Shrek Cast - everyone

Principal members of the cast include Marc Macedo (junior, Chelmsford) as Shrek, Amber Joyce (sophomore, Pepperell) as Princess Fiona, Russell Byron-Kelly (senior, Groton) as Donkey, Jared Abreu (junior, Townsend) as Lord Farquaad, Alexis Tucker (senior, Littleton) as Ogre Fiona, and Mikaela Berthiaume (senior, Townsend) as Dragon.

 

Students in Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Drama Club will produce three showings of "Shrek The Musical" in the school's Performing Arts Center. The play has showtimes of Thursday, Jan. 30, and Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., with a matinee show Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8, $5 for students.

 

Written by Dan Phelps

1/15/14 > Student Athletes Attend Sportsmanship Summit At Gillette Stadium

STUDENT-ATHLETES ATTEND SPORTSMANSHIP SUMMIT AT GILLETTE STADIUM

 

 

WESTFORD - Ten student-athletes at Nashoba Tech attended the recent 20th annual Sportsmanship Summit, hosted by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Association and the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association, and held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The students took part in such workshops as "Teaming Up to Make a Difference," "Leadership is Influence," and speakers included WBZ-TV Sports Anchor Steve Burton and former New England Patriots Andre Tippett and Joe Andruzzi.


Students who attended, with grade, hometown and technical program, are:


• Chloe Adler-Mandile, sophomore, Chelmsford, Engineering Technology.

• Amanda Celona, junior, Pepperell, Machine Tool Technology.

• Matthew Donahue, junior, Townsend, Electrical Technology.

• Alicia Gentile, sophomore, Groton, Health Assisting.

• Ryan Harding, junior, Shirley, Plumbing & Heating.

• Lauren Kelley, junior, Chelmsford, Health Assisting.

• Kevin Lewis, junior, Ayer, Dental Assisting.

• Curtis Tippett, junior, Ayer, Electrical Technology.

• Amber Uzzell, junior, Chelmsford, Early Childhood Education.


• Brianna White, junior, Shirley, Design & Visual Communications.

 

Written by Dan Phelps

1/06/14 > Employee of the Month

 Employee of the Month

 

 

 

DAN FORD NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH WESTFORD - Dan Ford, an English teacher in his 10th year at Nashoba Tech, has been named December's Employee of the Month. Mr. Ford was nominated by Athletic Director/Social Studies Instructor Dave Fusco, who wrote: "Dan has been mentoring 14 new teachers and keeping them on task, making them feel welcome at the school, and answering questions that all new teachers have."

 

Written by Dan Phelps 

1/06/14 > Students of the Month

 Students of the Month

 

 

 Zach Dwyer

 

(VICTORIA RONAYNE, ZACHARY DWYER ARE DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH WESTFORD - Victoria Ronayne of Westford and Zachary Dwyer of Townsend have been named December's Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech.)

Victoria Ronayne, daughter of Richard and Paula Ronayne, is a senior in the Dental Assisting program. She is a high-honors student and has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship due to her high score on the MCAS exam. She also participates in SkillsUSA, a national competition in which students display their technical aptitude in written tests and hands-on challenges.Tori has been accepted into Wheelock College in Boston, where she hopes to major in Child Life and Family Centered Care, then work as a child life specialist.She was nominated by Math instructor Robert Beaudette, who wrote: "Tori always works hard and demonstrates a personality that many students could emulate." Dental Assisting instructor Amanda Dangelo added: "Tori is one of the most responsible, kind-hearted and motivated high-school students I have ever met. Her dedication to her dental-assisting job and her education are prevalent every time I speak with Tori. She excels in the field of Dental Assisting."

Zachary Dwyer, son of Stephen and Tracy Mitchell, is a junior in the Design & Visual Communications program. He is an honor-roll student. He plans to attend college to study Video Game Development, and is considering Fitchburg State University and Full Sail University.Zach was nominated by English instructor Rebecca Laughlin, who wrote: "Zach is consistently hard-working and well-behaved, and he always has great contributions to discussions and questions. He's helpful and friendly with peers and staff, and he's a great addition to our English class. I'm very proud of him and how hard he works."Design & Visual Communications instructor Derik Rochon added: "Zach is a wonderful student who never shies away from a challenge in Design & Visual.  I can always depend on him to get his work done and go the extra mile."

Written by Dan Phelps 

1/06/14 > NASHOBA TECH RECEIVES $100,000 GRANT FROM STATE TO EXPAND SCIENCE, ENGINEERING OFFERINGS

 NASHOBA TECH RECEIVES $100,000 GRANT FROM STATE TO EXPAND SCIENCE, ENGINEERING OFFERINGS

 

 

 

  Thomas Greenwood, right, a junior from Westford in the Engineering Technology program at Nashoba Tech, and Engineering instructor Jeffrey Scheminger, work on a structural stress analyzer, a smaller-scale version of an instrument that allows engineering firms to determine how much weight a structure can withstand. It is one of the new pieces of equipment the school bought with state grant money for its new Engineering Academy. Victoria Manning, a junior from Ayer in the Engineering Technology program at Nashoba Tech, works on Revit Architecture software, one of the leading programs used by construction firms.

 

  WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School is one of 35 Massachusetts educational facilities to receive a share of nearly $3.3 million in grants to support programs in life sciences.Nashoba Tech received $100,000 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, which for the third year in a row has awarded more than 30 grants worth more than $3 million.This is the second consecutive year Nashoba Tech has received a grant. Last year, it received $96,665.The grants are intended to boost the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics - or STEM - throughout the state."Continuing to invest in STEM education in our schools will create new jobs and opportunities for the next generation of students and leaders in our economy," said Gov. Deval Patrick, who announced the grants along with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in December. "By partnering with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, these investments will allow students to gain more hands-on experience in the classroom, further engaging them in STEM fields that will get them excited about future careers in our innovative industries."   Gabriella White, Nashoba Tech's academic and testing coordinator, said this year's grant will further enhance and broaden the Engineering Academy that Nashoba Tech created with last year's grant money."We are very excited and grateful we received this grant for the second year in a row," White said.  "The instructors and students are looking forward to the increased opportunities it will provide in the STEM fields." Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz said that with the grant, the state recognizes what she and other vocational-technical administrators already know."The science fields are the fields that are projected to be the most needed career pathways for the 21st century," Klimkiewicz said. "They have the highest projections for future job growth." She said that with Nashoba Tech lying in the Route 495 technological and engineering belt, it is crucial that the school continue to grow its engineering opportunities."Once again, we are expanding our offerings and opportunities for our students, as well as our equipment," she said.White said Nashoba Tech's Engineering Technology program will likely add a second, more up-to-date robotic arm."They have a robotic arm, but this one is completely modern," she said. "Students will be able to receive national certification in the use of the robotic arm. We're also working to get an industry-size 3D printer, the one they use in industry, as well as some new laptops." "Students will be able to take the laptops offsite to a work site," Klimkiewicz said.The Engineering Academy at Nashoba Tech, created this school year, is a selective program to which students must apply and be accepted. Students accepted to the academy are clustered into a wing of the building, where they are also taught a specialized curriculum of Science, Math and English.The expectation is that the academy will provide an intensive, hands-on education in several aspects of engineering, and open the doors to engineering colleges. Partnerships are being fostered with several engineering schools to develop articulation agreements.

 

Written by Dan Phelps

 

1/06/14 > Trimester one Honor Roll

NASHOBA TECH FIRST TERM HONOR ROLL

 

 

HIGH HONORS

 

SENIORS

Ayer: Dominique Manning.

Pepperell: George Nieves.

Shirley: Thandile Jackson.

Tewksbury: Carl Marzolini.

Townsend: Mikaela Berthiaume, Terri Cadrette, John Santosuosso.

Westford: Ellen Horan, Cara Masson, Shannon Pecora, Manuela Romano, Victoria Ronayne.

 

JUNIORS

Ayer: Julian Morgan, Kirstin Richard, Amy Strong.

Chelmsford: Meagan Desalvo, Michaela Flanagan, Michael Geoffroy, Alexander Green, Marc Macedo, Kendra Malone, Shane Purgus.

Pepperell: Diedrick Warrington

Shirley: Jakob Vandal, Erin Whooley.

Townsend: Nicholas Bennett.

 

SOPHOMORES

Chelmsford: Chloe Adler-Mandile, Amanda Rogers.

Groton: Alicia Gentile.

Littleton: Erica Bradford.

Townsend: Katherine Mayer.

Westford: Veronica Pecora.

 

 

FRESHMEN

Billerica: Faith Stavro.

Chelmsford: Charles Clark, Abigail Duffer, Emily Warren.

 Groton: Katelyn Scharmer.

Littleton: Ryan Cozzens.

Pepperell: Christian Angelucci, Calie Bridges, Parker Lane, Corey Martineau, Thomas White.

Shirley: Heather Bosworth, Nicholas House.

Townsend: Vanessa Agliata, Kaitlyn Cooney, Ryan Coppinger.

 Westford: Brett Ashford, Hunter Lyon.

 

HONORS

 

SENIORS

 Ayer: Austin Allen, Samuel Anuta, Gabrielle Hathaway, Brittany Jarvis, Joshua Richard, Brittney Stumpf.

Chelmsford: David Boyle, Tori Cafeteiro, Katie Demers, Nicholas Desalvo, Kassandra Ducharme, Julia Gladstone-Langill, David Marchessault, Lindsey Mitchell, Brittany Rosa, Jacob White.

Groton: Russell Byron-Kelly, Stetson Lacombe.

 Littleton: Michael Smith.

Lowell: Raysam Donkoh-Halm, Julia Phelps. Pepperell: Anthony Brann, Adam Brown, Kelsie Buckley.

Shirley: Bradley Balduf, Dana Hopf, Alexandra Oldfield, Mua'au P'au, Duncan Schaff, Kassandra Wetterwald.

Townsend: Courtney Berlandi, Connor Dupont, Jordan Gingras, Shaylene Hegarty, Liam Kilbride, Erika Morin, Chyann Nenonen, Brittany Thomas.

Westford: Corey Greeley.

 

JUNIORS

 

Ayer: Kevin Lewis, Bradley Logan, Victoria Manning, Curtis Tippett. Billerica:   Spencer Fusco.

Chelmsford: Zachary Casper, Jeffrey Cassidy, Ariel Corliss, Ian Henry, Lauren Kelley, Amber Uzzell, Daniel Whiting.

Groton: Amy Gould, Ashley Groft.

Harvard: Christina Perini.

Leominster: Brianna Coburn. Littleton: Jacob Gray, Ian Manning, Cortney Surprenant.

Lowell: Wilbannelys Ramos.

Methuen: Bilal Sayed. Pepperell: Amanda Celona, Steven Collins, Kevin Cummings, Meghan Donovan, Alexander Featherston, Bradley Gilbert, Thomas Hall, Melany Lorance, Jessica Mahoney, Grace McCarthy, Skye Nogler, Sabrina Pinkerton, William Ross, Dominic Sears, Sariah Willard.

Shirley: Ryan Cooper, Jordan Forsyth, Alexander Gianakos, Ryan Harding, Daniel Henderson, Kenneth Howell, Dochug Thoummavong, Tiffanie Walters.

Townsend: Jared Abreu, Lexis Bushnoe, Kalee Chapman, Zachary Dwyer.

Tyngsborough: Karoline de Oliveira.

Westford: Thomas Lemieux.

 

SOPHOMORES

Ayer: Samantha Piecewicz, Sofina Russell.

Chelmsford: Dennis Baker, Jacob Ballerini, Ryan Barry, Christopher Cassidy, Hsuan-Yu Chou, Brendan Conley, Matthew Desrochers, Kyle Dionne, Rachael Fitton, Devin Hussey, Sabrina Reedy, Brett Roberts, Stephanie Santiago.

Dunstable: Christopher Dahlberg. Littleton: Kayla Bergeron, Qylan Berry, Amy Flaherty, Evan Glatkowski.

Lunenburg: Melanie Poulin. Pepperell: Samantha Archer, Jaymie Bergeron, Michaela Casey, Sean Defreitas, Matthew Dixon, Chelsea Hurst, Cynthia Long, Michelle Madsen, Kaitlin Mariano, Natasha Suero, Mitchell Tine.

Shirley: Meghan Bourassa, Megan Dean, Ryian Vandal, Sarah Woodward.

Townsend: Thomas Dorman, Shelby Dudley, Evan Forbes, Amanda Naylor, Sevina Uphold, Jessica Watson.

Westford: Brett Bamford, Erin Masson, Julia Masson, Crystal Perkins.

 

 

FRESHMEN

Ashby: Jacob Dow. Ayer: Shane Boudreau, Andrew Poutry, Benjamin Richard.

Billerica: Benjamin Petersen.

Chelmsford: Nicholas Anderson, Sean Carey, Shane Donovan, Liam Fitzpatrick, Michael Foley, Patrick Hart, Andrew Kubasti, Ashley O'Donnell, Davyon Perez, Joshua Roberge, Arianna Solomonides, Deven Urban.

Groton: Lindsey Callan, Charlotte Dufresne, Benjamin Marson.

Harvard: Benjamin Marinelli. Littleton: Alexandra Silva.

Lowell: Marta Burgos.

Pepperell: Meaghan Banister, Trevor Barry, Daniel Brann, Spencer Brittain, Timothy Cahill, Laura Chiavelli, Monica Feinberg, Brett Forest, Hunter Furey, Thomas Gallagher, Matthew Koza, Rebeka Larosae, Aaron McGee, Caleb McLellan, Jack Murrin, Dylan Petito, Taylor Rajaniemi, Adam Rubinic, Ryan Shaw, Madison Staley, Bryson Tang, Victoria Vitale.

Shirley: Tia Clark, Alex Crawford, Julia Howard, Dominic Neto, Brandon Tedford.

Townsend: Amanda Ammendolia, Taylor Apostolakes, Henry Blacksmith, Alyssa Caputo, Erin Doherty, Sarah Dorman, Elise Johansen, Rebecca Marchand, Jacob Monahan, Nicole Smith. Westford: Harrison Cook, Joshua Groulx, Alexis Hendrickson.

 

Written by Dan Phelps 

1/06/14 > Athletes of the Month

SARA PERRY, ZACHARY CONNELL ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH  

WESTFORD - Sara Perry of Shirley and Zachary Connell of Ayer have been named December's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

  Sara Perry, daughter of Mark and Sue Hilberg, is a senior guard/forward for the girls basketball team. She has also competed for the soccer and cheerleading teams in the past. Sara is in the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program. She hopes to attend Mount Wachusett Community College to study either Nursing Assistant or Psychology.  

Zachary Connell, son of Michael and Phyllis Connell, is a junior guard for the boys basketball team. He also plays football for the Vikings. He is a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech. Zach is in the Electrical Technology program.

1/06/14 > MIA Sportsmanship Summit

STUDENT-ATHLETES ATTEND SPORTSMANSHIP SUMMIT AT GILLETTE STADIUM   WESTFORD - Ten student-athletes at Nashoba Tech attended the recent 20th annual Sportsmanship Summit, hosted by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Association and the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association, and held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The students took part in such workshops as "Teaming Up to Make a Difference," "Leadership is Influence," and speakers included WBZ-TV Sports Anchor Steve Burton and former New England Patriots Andre Tippett and Joe Andruzzi. Students who attended, with grade, hometown and technical program, are: • Chloe Adler-Mandile, sophomore, Chelmsford, Engineering Technology. • Amanda Celona, junior, Pepperell, Machine Tool Technology. • Matthew Donahue, junior, Townsend, Electrical Technology. • Alicia Gentile, sophomore, Groton, Health Assisting. • Ryan Harding, junior, Shirley, Plumbing & Heating. • Lauren Kelley, junior, Chelmsford, Health Assisting. • Kevin Lewis, junior, Ayer, Dental Assisting. • Curtis Tippett, junior, Ayer, Electrical Technology. • Amber Uzzell, junior, Chelmsford, Early Childhood Education. • Brianna White, junior, Shirley, Design & Visual Communications. PHOTO CUTLINE: Nashoba Tech students who attended the recent Sportsmanship Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough include, front row, from left, Alicia Gentile (Groton), Lauren Kelley (Chelmsford), Curtis Tippett (Ayer) and Amanda Celona (Pepperell); and, back row, from left, Chloe Adler-Mandile (Chelmsford), Brianna White (Shirley), Ryan Harding (Shirley) and Kevin Lewis (Ayer), with Athletic Director David Fusco. Missing from photo are Matthew Donahue (Townsend) and Amber Uzzell (Chelmsford).

12/10/13 > NASHOBA TECH SOPHOMORE CLASS RAISES MONEY TO PROVIDE TURKEY DINNERS TO NEEDY

NASHOBA TECH SOPHOMORE CLASS RAISES MONEY TO PROVIDE TURKEY DINNERS TO NEEDY

 

 

The Class of 2016 at Nashoba Valley Technical High School recently sponsored a turkey raffle within the school to raise money that the students used to provide three Thanksgiving dinner baskets for families in need in the community. From left are sophomore class officers Julia Masson of Westford (vice president), Jessica Watson of Townsend (secretary), Alicia Gentile of Groton (president) and class adviser Sheriley Farrand.

12/10/13 > HOTEL & RESTAURANT, CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS SERVE VETS THANKSGIVING MEAL

HOTEL & RESTAURANT, CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS SERVE VETS THANKSGIVING MEAL 


 (William Ross, a junior from Pepperell, serves Thanksgiving dinner to Lowell-area homeless veterans and staff members from local veterans housing groups.)

 

 

 

(Aixa Amparo, a junior from Chelmsford, serves Thanksgiving dinner to Lowell-area homeless veterans and staff members from local veterans housing groups.)


 Students and staff in Nashoba Tech's Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management programs recently served Thanksgiving dinner to Lowell-area homeless veterans and staff members of Disabled American Veterans during the Westford school's traditional event. The dinner is a Thanksgiving tradition for 13 years now, started by Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting, who invites veterans and staff members from local veterans housing groups affiliated with the Veterans Administration. The meal consisted of a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, peas, beverage, and coffee and pie for dessert, all prepared, cooked and served by students in Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management.

12/10/13 > SHAYLENE HEGARTY, AUSTIN ALLEN ARE NOVEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

SHAYLENE HEGARTY, AUSTIN ALLEN ARE NOVEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

 

(Shaylene Hegarty of Townsend and Austin Allen of Ayer have been selected as November's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School. Nashoba Tech Students of the Month are sponsored by The Catalano Companies, which owns Dunkin' Donuts franchises in Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend.)


Shaylene Hegarty, daughter of Robert and Tammy Hegarty, is a senior in the Electronics & Robotics program. She is a consistent honor-roll student, and a standout for the basketball and lacrosse teams. She was named Athlete of the Month last spring for her lacrosse prowess, and as a sophomore, she was selected to represent Nashoba Tech at the Commonwealth Athletic League's Sportsmanship Summit.

Shaylene hopes to attend Mt. Ida College to study to become a veterinarian's assistant. She was nominated by Electronics & Robotics instructor Charles Weaver, who wrote: "Shaylene is a student who displays integrity, always helps her peers, completes projects on time, and asks for more projects. She has an outstanding academic record and is truly a pleasure to have in class. She has an inquisitive and creative mind."

Austin Allen, son of Jacob and Bonnie Allen, is a senior in the Electrical Technology program. He is a consistent honor-roll student, often achieving high honors. He hopes to attend either Middlesex Community College or Mt. Wachusett Community College to study Energy and Utility Technology, then become an apprentice electrician. He currently works for a local electrician through Nashoba Tech's School to Career program.

Austin was nominated by Electrical Technology instructor Victor Vaitkunas, who wrote that Austin is doing well in his School to Career employment. "He is a good role model for underclassmen. He has worked hard over his four years at the school. He has an A average in his technical program, theory and code," Vaitkunas wrote.  

 Article by Dan Phelps

12/10/13 > NALA THOUMMAVONG, DAVID BOYLE, BEN HOENSHELL ARE NOVEMBER ATHLETES OF MONTH

NALA THOUMMAVONG, DAVID BOYLE, BEN HOENSHELL ARE NOVEMBER ATHLETES OF MONTH

 

 


Nala Thoummavong of Shirley, David Boyle of Chelmsford and Ben Hoenshell of Groton have been selected as November's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Tech. Nala Thoummavong is the daughter of Sompong Thoummavong and sister of 2008 Nashoba Tech graduate Docmigh Thoummavong, who is her guardian. Nala is a junior captain for the cheerleading team. She is in the Culinary Arts program, and is a consistent honor-roll student. She was inducted into the National Honor Society last year as a sophomore.


David Boyle, son of Dave and Eileen Boyle, is a senior offensive and defensive lineman for the football team, helping the Vikings to a 6-6 record and an upset of Monty Tech in the annual Thanksgiving game. He also plays defense for the hockey team. David is in the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program at Nashoba Tech. As a sophomore, David was selected to represent Nashoba Tech at the Commonwealth Athletic League's Sportsmanship Summit.


Ben Hoenshell, son of Dave and Michelle Hoenshell, is a senior quarterback and free safety for the football team, helping the Vikings to a 6-6 record and an upset of Monty Tech in the annual Thanksgiving game. Ben scored two touchdowns, one on a rush and one on a 62-yard run after a fumble recovery on defense, and ran in a two-point conversion. He also plays lacrosse. As a sophomore, Ben was selected to represent Nashoba Tech at the Commonwealth Athletic League's Sportsmanship Summit. He is in the Electrical Technology program. 

Article by Dan Phelps 

12/10/13 > ACCOUNTING CLERK JOAN BALDWIN IS NOVEMBER'S EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

ACCOUNTING CLERK JOAN BALDWIN IS NOVEMBER'S EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

 

Joan Baldwin, the accounting clerk in the Business Office, is the Employee of the Month for November. Joan has been the accounting clerk for nearly seven years. She was nominated by Accounting Assistant Denise LaValle, who wrote: "Not only does Joan work her normal hours, but she is here in the office every day at 7 a.m. Most days, she does not leave until after 5 p.m. She never takes a lunch and can be seen eating at her desk. Joan constantly puts aside her own work to help anyone who walks through the door with a problem or situation that needs attention. I have found, in my short time here, that Joan is the go-to person for just about everything. When students walk through the door, she is very kind, understanding and helpful, and if something needs explaining, she takes the time to make sure the student or anyone else fully understands what needs to be done to accomplish what they are looking for. I feel lucky to work with Joan."

11/18/13 > NASHOBA TECH INDUCTS SECOND CLASS INTO MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY

Manuela Romano (senior, Westford), a member of Nashoba Tech's Tri-M Music Honor Society, performs "Girl on Fire" at the recent induction ceremony and recital in Nashoba Tech's Performing Arts Center.


 

Marc Macedo (junior, Chelmsford), a member of Nashoba Tech's Tri-M Music Honor Society, performs "Me and Mrs. Jones" at the recent induction ceremony and recital in Nashoba Tech's Performing Arts Center.


 

2013-2014 officers for Nashoba Tech's Tri-M Music Honor Society include, from left, president Raysam Donkoh-Halm (senior, Lowell), vice president Russell Byron-Kelly (senior, Groton), treasurer Skye Nogler (junior, Pepperell), secretary Emma Parla-Aziz (junior, Tewksbury) and historian Manuela Romano (senior, Westford).


 

Members of Nashoba Tech's Tri-M Music Honor Society include, front row, from left, Cynthia Long (sophomore, Pepperell), Veronica Pecora (sophomore, Westford), Alexis Tucker (senior, Littleton), Manuela Romano (senior, Westford), Camron Clark (sophomore, Chelmsford), Tori Cafeterio (senior, Chelmsford), Julia Phelps (senior, Lowell) and Jordan Forrest (sophomore, Chelmsford) with adviser Laura Lamore; and, back row, from left, Sabrina Pinkerton (junior, Pepperell), Emma Parla-Aziz (junior, Tewksbury), Skye Nogler (junior, Pepperell), Raysam Donkoh-Halm (senior, Lowell), Marc Macedo (junior, Chelmsford), Russell Byron-Kelly (senior, Groton) and Rachel Straitiff (senior, Pepperell).


    WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School inducted its second class into the Tri-M Music Honor Society during a recent induction ceremony and recital.

  The Tri-M Music Honor Society (the three M's stand for Modern Music Masters) is a program of the Virginia-based National Association for Music Education. Inductees must have a grade of C or better in all classes and a grade of B or better in Music classes.

  New inductees are Samantha Archer (sophomore, Pepperell); Nicole Brotherston (freshman, Chelmsford); Michaela Casey (sophomore, Pepperell); Alisa Danico (freshman, Billerica); Alicia Gentile (sophomore, Groton); Alyssa Stein (freshman, Lowell); Amy Strong (junior, Ayer); and Emily Warren (freshman, Chelmsford).

11/15/13 > 41 SENIORS QUALIFY FOR ADAMS SCHOLARSHIP

Nashoba Tech seniors who qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship include: front row, from left, Stetson Lacombe (Groton), Brian Quin (Townsend), Nicholas DeSalvo (Chelmsford), Muaau Pau (Shirley) and John Hunt (Dunstable); second row, from left, Tyler Talmer (Pepperell), Nicholas Cieslik (Pepperell), William Falconer (Pepperell), John Santosuosso (Townsend), Ellen Horan (Westford), Dana Hopf (Shirley) and Mikaela Berthiaume (Townsend); third row, from left, Christopher Schueler (Pepperell), Conner Eldridge (Littleton), Shannon Pecora (Westford), Joseph Clark (Westford), Kassandra Ducharme (Chelmsford), Terri Cadrette (Townsend) and Samuel Anuta (Ayer); and, back row, from left, Dominique Manning (Ayer), Carl Marzolini (Tewksbury), Ryan Hopkins (Littleton), Jacob White (Chelmsford), Molly Egan (Chelmsford) and Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton). Missing from photo are Joseph Bernardo (Westford), Alexander Bross (Pepperell), Ashley Considine, Philip Danek, Joshua Desrochers, Tia Donoghue (Pepperell), Veronique Escabi (Townsend), Mina Henes (Chelmsford), Liam Kilbride (Townsend), Erika Morin (Townsend), Sarah Murray (Pepperell), Haley Richards (Pepperell), Victoria Ronayne (Westford), Alexis Tucker (Littleton) and Amanda Woods (Townsend).


  WESTFORD - The maximum number of seniors at Nashoba Tech qualified to receive the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship.

  Forty-one students, representing 25 percent of the senior class, qualified for the award, which provides free undergraduate tuition to state colleges and universities to students who score in the Advanced category in either the Mathematics or English Language Arts section of the 10th-grade MCAS test, and in the Proficient or Advanced category in the other section.

  In addition, students must: have a combined MCAS score on those two assessments that ranks in the top 25 percent of their school district; be a permanent Massachusetts resident; be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen; enroll in a postsecondary institution full time in the first traditional academic semester after high-school graduation; and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

  Following are seniors who qualified for the scholarship.

Ayer: Samuel Anuta, Dominique Manning.

Chelmsford: Philip Danek, Nicholas DeSalvo, Joshua Desrochers, Kassandra Ducharme, Molly Egan, Mina Henes, Jacob White.

Dunstable: John Hunt.

Groton: Russell Byron-Kelly, Stetson Lacombe.

Littleton: Conner Eldridge, Ryan Hopkins, Alexis Tucker.

Pepperell: Alexander Bross, Nicholas Cieslik, Tia Donoghue, William Falconer, Sarah Murray, Haley Richards, Christopher Schueler, Tyler Talmer.

Shirley: Dana Hopf, Muaau Pau.

Tewksbury: Carl Marzolini.

Townsend: Mikaela Berthiaume, Terri Cadrette, Ashley Considine, Veronique Escabi, Liam Kilbride, Erika Morin, Brian Quin, John Santosuosso, Brittany Thomas, Amanda Woods.

Westford: Joseph Bernardo, Joseph Clark, Ellen Horan, Shannon Pecora, Victoria Ronayne.

 

11/12/13 > FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYS ON NEW FIELD: FRIDAY, NOV. 8TH
11/06/13 > AFTER SUCCESSFUL OPEN HOUSE, NASHOBA TECH HOPES TO WELCOME LARGE FRESHMAN CLASS IN 2014

Sydney Nichols, right, an eighth-grader from Littleton, gets an autograph from Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster at Nashoba Tech's recent Open House.



Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster conducts the Nashoba Tech chorus during Open House.




Connie Marinilli, left, an eighth-grader from Pepperell, and her mother, Kelly Marinilli, learn about Nashoba Tech's Early Childhood Education program from, Veronica Pecora, far right, a sophomore from Westford, and Sabrina Santoro, second from right, a sophomore from Pepperell, during Nashoba Tech's Open House. At center is Laryssa Santoro, Sabrina's sister, an eighth-grader from Pepperell who hopes to attend Nashoba Tech next year.


Jayna Hawkes, an eighth-grader from Chelmsford, has hair extensions installed by Shannon Williams, a postgraduate student from Pepperell in the Cosmetology program at Nashoba Tech, during a recent Open House at the school. Jayna hopes to attend Nashoba Tech next fall and study either Health Assisting, Culinary Arts or Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing.



At Nashoba Tech's recent Open House, from left, Automotive Technology seniors Nathan Baldinelli (Pepperell), and Jacob Westberry (Chelmsford) talk about the program with Jacob's mother, Melinda Westberry, and brother, Ken Westberry, an eighth-grader who is hoping to attend Nashoba Tech next fall.



At Nashoba Tech's recent Open House, Dental Assisting instructor Amanda Dangelo, far right, talks about the program with Westford residents, from left, Elizabeth Lavoie, Amy Martin and Nathan Martin, an eighth-grader who is hoping to attend Nashoba Tech next fall to study either Engineering Technology, Programming & Web Development or Machine Tool Technology.


  WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School welcomed more than 500 prospective students, their parents and other community members interested in seeing what's happening at the school at its recent Open House on Sunday, Nov. 3.
  Judging from the crowd, school officials are expecting next fall to see one of the largest freshman classes in many years.
  "It was one of the most engaging, informative and well-attended open houses we've had in many years," Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz said. "And the large attendance indicates that, once again, we'll have one of the largest freshman classes ever next year."
  Though currently seventh-graders, Noelle Wood and Brianna Flanagan, both of Shirley, said they came to Open House to get a look at Nashoba Tech, which they both hope to attend starting in fall 2015.
  "I like that they don't just focus on academics but also let you experience what it's like to work in the field you choose," Brianna said. "I also like how they invite you in here as seventh- and eighth-graders, and not just have you come in as freshmen and not know what's going on. It gives you time to see what's here and to think about it."
  While Brianna already has her program selection narrowed down to three - Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education and Culinary Arts - Noelle has set her sights on Culinary Arts.
  "I like that they help you figure out what you want to do later in life," Noelle said. "I think it'd be fun to bake and cook and do stuff like that."
  Jayna Hawkes, an eighth-grader from Chelmsford, said she hopes to enter Nashoba Tech next fall as a freshman.
  "I feel like I'll get a lot more out of it," Jayna said, adding that she's thinking about entering either the Health Assisting, Culinary Arts or Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing programs.
  Connie Marinilli, an eighth-grader from Pepperell, is also hoping to attend Nashoba Tech next fall.
  "I like hands-on learning," Connie said.
  Kelly Marinilli, a graduate of Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough, said she likes the idea that her daughter can "come away from high school with a career."
  At Nashoba Tech, students spend the first five months of freshman year going through the "exploratory" process, spending a week in each of the school's 18 technical programs. At the end of exploratory, freshmen select the top three programs they would like to study, and they are then placed into a program.
  From there on, students alternate weeks in their technical program and in academic study.
  For the second consecutive year, Nashoba Tech was named a Level 1 school based on its MCAS scores. That is the highest level achievable. None of the other high schools in Nashoba Tech's district, which includes, Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford, is a Level 1 school.
  Technical programs offered at Nashoba Tech include: Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Banking, Marketing & Retail; Carpentry/Cabinet Making; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Dental Assisting; Design & Visual Communications; Early Childhood Education; Electrical Technology; Electronics/Robotics; Engineering Technology; Health Assisting; Hotel & Restaurant Management; Machine Tool Technology; Plumbing & Heating; Programming & Web Development; and TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts.
  Nashoba Tech also offers several Advanced Placement courses and School to Work, a cooperative education program in which qualified upperclassmen can spend their technical week working full time in their chosen field.
  For more information on Nashoba Tech, call 978-692-4711 or go to www.nashobatech.net

11/05/13 > BRITTANY THOMAS, ANTHONY BRANN ARE OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Brittany Thomas of Townsend and Anthony Brann of Pepperell are Nashoba Tech's October Students of the Month. Brittany, daughter of Jina Thomas and the late Phil Thomas, is a senior in Health Assisting. She is very active at Nashoba Tech, as a member of the Student Council, Mock Trial, and the cross-country and track teams. She is a high-honors student, and has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society, and has been elected treasurer of the National Technical Honor Society. As a junior, Brittany was a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech. Brittany was nominated by Jean Hommel, a secretary at Nashoba Tech, who wrote: "I would like to nominate Brittany Thomas for all her community service. She came in the last two weeks of August for eight hours a day and helped Academic and Testing Coordinator Gabriella White and I get the book room ready, which called for organizing and moving books. It was a really big job, and she did not complain once. She also helped organize all the novels in the library." Anthony, son of Scott and Ann Marie Brann, is a senior in the Culinary Arts program. Anthony is a consistent honor-roll student and has performed in school musicals as a member of the Drama Club. Through Culinary Arts, he performs community service, including the annual Veterans Thanksgiving luncheon the school holds for local veterans groups. Anthony has also participated in the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce's Taste of Nashoba contest and was part of the crew that one the Best Entrée Award in 2012. As a junior, Anthony was a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech. He hopes to go to college to study baking and pastry arts. Through Nashoba Tech's School to Work program, he works at Fishbones restaurant in Chelmsford Center. Anthony was nominated by Guidance Counselor Jessica Silva, who wrote: "Anthony is an excellent student currently on the high-honor roll. He is well respected by peers and adults at Nashoba Tech. He is an outstanding representative for Nashoba Tech."

11/05/13 > NASHOBA TECH CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS HELP STOP & SHOP CELEBRATE FOOD DAY

Nashoba Tech Stop & Shop

WESTFORD - For the fourth time in the past three years, Culinary Arts staff and students at Nashoba Techhelped Stop & Shop to promote healthy eating habits at the supermarket chain's Chelmsford superstore. Chef-Instructor Fran Zentgraf, along with students Markus Jalbert and Adam Price, both sophomores from Chelmsford, prepared quinoa salad and pumpkin mousse, using healthy ingredients, and offered samples to shoppers as they entered the store.

Stop & Shop Nutritionist Julie Menounos noted that the Nashoba Tech crew was there on Food Day, a nationwide celebration of health, affordable and sustainably produced food, and a grass-roots campaign for better food policies. "Stop & Shop really loves working in the community and working with our schools," Menounos said. "We really enjoy having Nashoba Tech come in and help us show people how to eat more healthy." As for Nashoba Tech, such presentations are part of the school's community-service program, in which students and staff give back to the district. "It's a great way to get out in the community and to let people know about the school and about healthy eating habits," Zentgraf said.

10/25/13 > NASHOBA TECH HOLDS ANNUAL RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

Nashoba Valley Technical High School Health Assisting students, from left, Ryian Vandal (sophomore Shirley), Brittney Paakki (postgraduate, Groton), Isabella Venti (sophomore, Shirley), assist as Anthony Brann (senior, Pepperell) gives blood during Nashoba Tech's recent annual Red Cross blood drive. At right is Red Cross technician Jeanna Ciampa.

10/21/13 > NASHOBA TECH AUTO-BODY PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

Mark Higgins (sophomore, Westford) sands part of a vehicle in preparation for painting in Nashoba Tech's Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program.


Sara Perry (senior, Shirley) sands a vehicle in preparation for painting in Nashoba Tech's Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program.


From left, sophomores Shaun Sanville (Dunstable), Thomas Creamer (Townsend) and Dylan Auth (Pepperell), and senior David Sambol (Littleton) assess the situation in Nashoba Tech's Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program.


WESTFORD - The Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program at Nashoba Tech has received national accreditation.

  The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has accredited Nashoba Tech's program in the areas of painting and refinishing; non-structural analysis/damage repair; plastics and adhesives; mechanical and electrical components; and structural analysis/damage repair.

  To achieve the recognition, the program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF, using nationally accepted standards of excellence in such areas as instruction, facilities and equipment. Upon completion, NATEF recommended that Nashoba Tech be accredited by ASE.

  Nashoba Tech instructors Tom Beaulieu and Mike Robichaud have worked closely with NATEF to ensure that the program meets strict industry standards. Both instructors hold Master ASE certification.

  Beaulieu and Robichaud said national accreditation means students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of hiring quality job applicants from Nashoba Tech's Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program.

Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz said, "Now, more than ever, our graduates will be prepared to enter productive, entry-level positions. We are proud of this coveted recognition and of our ability to produce competent technicians so desperately needed by the automotive industry."

  Students in Nashoba Tech's Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program service Massachusetts State Police cars as well as town-owned and privately owned residential vehicles. To inquire about having a vehicle with body damage repaired at Nashoba Tech, call 978-692-4711, ext. 6128. The vehicle must be owned by a resident of Nashoba Tech's district, which includes Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.

 

 

10/15/13 > Athletic Complex Building Project

 

Athletic Complex Building Project:
Football field (left) Tennis Courts (right)

 

WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech's football team has had to make do without a home field so far this fall.

  Chelmsford High School and Westford Academy have graciously allowed the Vikings the use of their gridirons, but it's not quite the same as having your own field.

  The same goes for the soccer teams.

  Next fall, however, will be a different story. Home games will take on a whole different aura in Autumn 2014.

  Nashoba Tech is in the process of installing a brand-new, all-purpose, turf field that will be home to the football, lacrosse and soccer teams, as well as a possible expansion into field hockey.

  Since the spring, work has been under way on the new athletic complex, which, in addition to the new all-purpose field, will include:

• A state-of-the-art track.

• A new practice field.

• New Bleachers.

• A new press box.

• A rehabbed baseball field

• New lighting

• A new walkway to the Early Childhood Center on the west side of the campus.

  And that doesn't even take into consideration the addition of tennis courts on the east side of the campus, where about 200 trees were cleared along Route 110.

  In all, it's a $3.1 million project that will provide Nashoba Tech's athletic program with all-new, state-of-the-art facilities, as well as a chance to expand the athletic offerings into tennis and field hockey.

  The project, according to Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, is on time and on budget, and the football field may even be ready for a home game in November.

  The track could also be usable, but Klimkiewicz said it will only have an asphalt covering until next spring, when the latex will be applied, saying crews "want to go a winter season before putting the latex on next spring."

  "We hit some issues, as you do with any project," Klimkiewicz said. "But it has gone exceedingly smoothly."

  She credited Quirk Construction Corp., of Georgetown, Mass., and the Westfield, Mass.-based engineering firm of Tighe & Bond with being able to keep the project on pace, despite the unexpected discovery, and subsequent removal of, ledge and tree stumps.

  And, she noted, the work is being done "without costing the district or its taxpayers a cent," adding that money from residential tuition and the buy-in fee the town of Ayer paid to become a part of the district in 2012 were used to fund the project.

  As with the neighboring Dance and Art Studio, a grand reopening is scheduled for Spring 2014, to coincide with Nashoba Tech's 45th anniversary.

10/11/13 > NASHOBA TECH RECEIVES LEAGUE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

 

A banner proclaiming Nashoba Tech the recipient of the Colonial Athletic League Sportsmanship Award hangs in the school's gym. Student-athletes and staff members who contributed to the award include, front row, from left, Rachael Fitton (sophomore, Chelmsford) and Spencer Fusco (junior, Billerica); second row, from left, Kirstin Richard (junior, Ayer), Samantha Piecewicz (sophomore, Ayer) and Jordan Forrest (sophomore, Chelmsford); and, back row, from left, School Resource Officer Detective Jon Haslam, Mua'au Pa'u (senior, Shirley), Liam Kilbride (senior, Townsend), Robert Dumas (sophomore, Ayer), Ben Hoenshell (senior, Groton) and Athletic Director David Fusco.

 

NASHOBA TECH RECEIVES LEAGUE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

 

  WESTFORD - Coaches in the Colonial Athletic League voted to give Nashoba Tech's athletics program the league's Sportsmanship Award for the 2012-2013 school year.

  "It's a big honor," Athletic Director David Fusco said. "It's based on how the student-athletes act toward other teams and toward officials and toward other coaches. It means Nashoba Tech plays by the rules and shows respect toward officials, opponents and coaches. They play the game the right way."

  Head coaches of all teams for all three seasons in the CAL have a vote. Nashoba Tech received 23 percent of the votes for the top spot.

  "This award shows it's not always about winning or losing but representing the school, and I think we do that in a positive way," Fusco said.

Reported by Dan Phelps 10-11-13

 

10/08/13 > Dana Hopf, Ian Henry Are Students of the Month

WESTFORD - Dana Hopf of Shirley and Ian Henry of Chelmsford have been selected as September's Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech.  

Dana Hopf, daughter of Tim Hopf, is a senior in the Banking, Marketing & Retail program. She is a high-honors student, and has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Dana is president of the Student Council and is the student representative to Nashoba Tech's School Committee.

As a junior, she served as a Kick-Off Mentor, selected by staff to help incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech. Outside of school, she is active in the Shirley Friendship Fund and the Shirley Playboard, which coordinates activities for kids. Dana hopes to attend college next year to study Marketing.

She was nominated by TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts instructor Emily Smith, who wrote: "Dana spent her summer planning a variety of events to promote school spirit and get more students involved in activities at the school. She also works part time, as well as being involved in extracurricular activities at the school."

Sarah Ricard, the Banking, Marketing & Retail instructor, wrote: "Dana is an extremely bright young woman who consistently sets the bar high for her peers. Regardless of the task set before her, big or small, it is evident she cares about the end result. Dana never hesitates to give her time to school and community events, and she will be greatly missed when she graduates."  

Ian Henry, son of Warren Henry and Heather Drummond, is a junior in the Culinary Arts program. He is an honor-roll student, and was inducted into the National Honor Society as a sophomore. Ian is active in community service, helping to serve lunch at local senior centers through the Culinary Arts program. He also plays basketball for the Vikings. This year, Ian is serving as a Kick-Off Mentor, selected by staff to help incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech.

He was nominated by Chef-Instructor Carley Engle, who wrote: "Ian goes above and beyond to make sure all of his work is done, and he is not afraid to push himself when it comes to working in the school bakery. He also has a wonderful work ethic, working two jobs, one at Market Basket and one at Bliss Bakery in Groton."

Dana HofpIan Henry

10/08/13 > Mike Robichaud is The Employee of the Month

WESTFORD - Mike Robichaud, Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Instructor, has been named September's Student of the Month at Nashoba Tech. Mike is in his third year teaching at Nashoba Tech. He also this year assumed the task of coordinating van transportation for the school. Mike was nominated by Stacy Stevens, who wrote: "Taking over the position of Transportation Coordinator has not been easy. Mike deserves a medal for the fantastic way he's handling this."

Mike Robichaud

10/08/13 > Cara Masson, Ryan Harding Are Athletes of the Month

WESTFORD - Cara Masson of Westford and Ryan Harding of Shirley have been named September's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Tech.  

Cara Masson, daughter of John and Cheryl Masson, is a senior cross-country runner in the fall and track athlete in the spring. She has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Cara is an honor-roll student and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions. She is in the Cosmetology program.  

Ryan Harding, son of Mark and Kim Harding, is a junior on the golf team and has been tearing up the local links this fall. He has been the main medalist for the Vikings. Ryan also plays basketball and baseball for Nashoba Tech. Ryan is in the Plumbing & Heating program.

Cara MassonRyan Harding

9/23/13 > ROBOTICS TEAM BRINGS ITS ACT TO GROTONFEST

Nashoba Valley Technical High School's FIRST Robotics team brought some of its robots to the recent annual Grotonfest celebration on Legion Common in Groton, and Charlie Winn, 2, of Groton had fun learning how to control one of them with help from Nashoba Tech students Paul Pender (freshman, Westford) and Kassandra Ducharme (senior, Chelmsford). (-- Left)

Nashoba Valley Technical High School's FIRST Robotics team brought some of its robots to the recent annual Grotonfest celebration on Legion Common in Groton, and Evie Rose Lesage, 6, of Westminster had fun learning how to control one of them with help from Nashoba Tech student Amy Strong (junior, Lowell).(Right ->)

9/18/13 > Carpentry Helps To Restore Historical Pepperell Schoolhouse


CARPENTRY HELPS TO RESTORE HISTORICAL PEPPERELL SCHOOLHOUSE

 

 

 

 

 

Nashoba Tech students, from left, Zachary Whittemore of Townsend, Jakob Vandal of Shirley, Gabriel Carvalho of Lowell and Christopher Kent of Pepperell, all juniors in the Carpentry program work to restore the roof on the historic School District No. 3 building in Pepperell. Nashoba Tech students Thomas Lemieux, left, of Westford, and Mark Timpe of Billerica, both juniors in the Carpentry program, work to restore the roof on the historic School District No. 3 building in Pepperell.


  WESTFORD - Students in the Carpentry program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School are putting the finishing touches on a community-service project to replace the roof on the historic School District No. 3 in Pepperell. The one-story brick structure, built in 1844 on Shattuck Street, is being restored by the Pepperell Historical Society. The building was home to the Shipley Hill School, then School District No. 3. After the restoration is complete, the Historical Society plans to turn the building into a local museum and space for meetings, lectures, special exhibits and demonstrations. hrough the Community Service program, Nashoba Tech students and staff are available to perform projects for its district towns - Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford - and only charge for materials, saving the communities the cost of labor. Nashoba Tech students and staff, led by Carpentry instructor Tony Cerra, are putting new shingles on the roof of Schoolhouse District 3 and shoring it up.

 

Published by Dan Phelps

9/06/13 > KICK-OFF MENTORS WELCOME 194 FRESHMEN

This year's group of Kick-Off Mentors at Nashoba Tech includes, front row, from left, Brittany Watson (Chelmsford), Meghan Donovan (Billerica), Kirstin Richard (Ayer), Tiffanie Walters (Shirley), Curtis Tippett (Ayer), Lauren Kelley (Chelmsford), Brianna White (Shirley), Kendra Malone (Chelmsford), Steven Collins (Pepperell), Madaline Falcone (Westford), Dochug Thoummavong (Shirley), Sariah Willard (Pepperell), Spencer Fusco (Billerica), Brianna Coburn (Shirley), Cheyenne Whittemore (Townsend), Cortney Surprenant (Townsend) and Grace McCarthy (Chelmsford); and, back row, from left, Amy Strong (Lowell), Amber Uzzell (Chelmsford), Emily Shaughnessy (Ayer), Emma Parla-Aziz (Tewksbury), Kalee Chapman (Townsend), Jack Stavro (Billerica), Tristan Khim (Chelmsford), Dominic Sears (Pepperell), Jared Paiva (Townsend), Derek Decesare (Ayer), Zachary Connell (Ayer), Michaela Flanagan (Chelmsford), Patrick Shaw (Pepperell), Kaitlyn Withrow (Chelmsford), Jakob Vandal (Shirley), Alexander Green (Chelmsford), Ian Henry (Chelmsford), Wilbannelys Ramos (Lowell), Matthew Dean (Shirley) and Ashley Groft (Groton).

    WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical welcomed 194 freshmen to its Class of 2017, and a large majority of them spent two days before classes began participating in Freshman Orientation.

  Orientation was facilitated by this year's group of 37 Kick-Off Mentors, or KOMs.

  KOMs are juniors who are trained to coordinate and run orientation, and to act as mentors to the freshmen throughout the school year, helping them to acclimate themselves to the school and being available at all times to assist and answer questions.

  Students are chosen to be KOMs by staff at the end of their sophomore year.

8/01/13 > NASHOBA TECH FINAL TERM HONOR ROLL
HIGH HONORS
Seniors
Ayer: Caitlin Cuoco, Audrey Lynch.
Chelmsford: Brendan O’Neill.
Groton: David Blood.
Lowell: Rhiannon Archambault.
Pepperell: Maria Sears.
Shirley: Deborah Kelly, Jocelyn Klein, Sarah Whitney.
Westford: Evan Cassidy, Briana Lumbert.
Juniors
Ayer: Austin Allen, Samuel Anuta.
Groton: Russell Byron-Kelly.
Pepperell: Tia Donoghue.
Shirley: Dana Hopf.
Tewksbury: Carl Marzolini.
Townsend: Mikaela Berthiaume, Terri Cadrette, John Santosuosso, Brittany Thomas.
Westford: Manuela Romano, Victoria Ronayne.
Sophomores
Ayer: Amy Strong.
Billerica: Meghan Donovan.
Chelmsford: Michaela Flanagan, Michael Geoffroy.
Shirley: Daniel Henderson, Erin Whooley.
Freshmen
Chelmsford: Chloe Adler-Mandile.
Groton: Alicia Gentile.
Littleton: Kayla Bergeron, Qylan Berry, Erica Bradford, Amy Flaherty, Allison Krystofik.
Pepperell: Michaela Casey, Shelby Dudley.
Shirley: Meghan Bourassa.
Townsend: Evan Forbes.
Westford: Julia Masson, Veronica Pecora.

HONORS
Seniors
Ayer: Julia Anderson.
Chelmsford: Justin Albert, Mark Corliss, Zachary Ferris, Kylie McCaul, Joshua Richardson, Aaron Rogers, Andrew Spiller, Justin Stewart, Krystal Sullivan.
Dracut: Cameron Dumais, Rebecca Reese.
Littleton: James Besse, Jordan Martel, Kalina Swana.
Lowell: Pedro Cruz, Janet Kiongera, Shawston Rosw, Anna Schrank.
Lunenburg: Haralabos Panakis.
Pepperell: Rachel Casey, Kayla Mercurio, Travis Monahan, Michaela Richards, Hannah Whiting.
Shirley: Courtney Deck, Kayla Drinkwater, Victoria Dufault, Victoria Prunier, Miranda Richard.
Tewksbury: Erika Locke.
Townsend: Craig Croteau, Cynthia Messina.
Westford: Aaron Febbi, Samantha McNulty, Bradley Medlin, Peter Tincknell.
Juniors
Ayer: Gabrielle Hathaway, Dominique Manning, Joshua Richard, Brittney Stumpf.
Chelmsford: Tori Cafeteiro, Molly Egan, Julia Gladstone-Langill, Jacob White.
Groton: Stetson Lacombe.
Littleton: Aaron Hatch.
Lowell: Raysam Donkoh-Halm, Julia Phelps.
Pepperell: Alexander Bross, Kelsie Buckley, Nicholas Cieslik, Nathan Cole, Rebecca Maher, George Nieves, Rachel Straitiff, Tyler Talmer.
Shirley: Thandile Jackson, Alexandra Oldfield, Muaau Pau, Kassandra Wetterwald.
Tewksbury: Cameron Skinner.
Townsend: Courtney Berlandi, Ashley Considine, Jordan Gingras, Shaylene Hegarty, Liam Kilbride, Celia Sullivan.
Westford: Ellen Horan, Cara Masson, Shannon Pecora.
Sophomores
Ayer: Shameeda Johnson, Bradley Logan, Victoria Manning, Jillian Morgan, Julianna Poutry, Kirstin Richard, Emily Shaughnessy.
Billerica: Spencer Fusco.
Chelmsford: Ryan Belanger, Ariel Corliss, Brianna Ellis, Alexander Green, Ian Henry, Lauren Kelley, Marc Macedo, Kendra Malone, Grace McCarthy, Daniel Whiting.
Groton: Darren Gentile, Amy Gould, Ashley Groft, Justin Lavalley.
Harvard: Leanne McDonald.
Leominster: Brianna Coburn, Brandon Snow.
Littleton: Jacob Gray, Cortney Surprenant.
Pepperell: Amanda Celona, Kevin Cummings, Adreanna Foster, Thomas Hall, Sabrina Pinkerton, William Ross, Dominic Sears, Sariah Willard.
Shirley: Ryan Cooper, Jordan Forsyth, Alexander Gianakos, Ryan Harding, Kenneth Howell, Dochug Thoummavong, Jakob Vandal, Zachary Winslow.
Townsend: Aaron Biondi, Lexis Bushnoe, Zachary Dwyer.
Tyngsborough: Karoline De OIiveira.
Westford: Thomas Lemieux.
Freshmen
Ashby: Laura Keating.
Ayer: Samantha Johnson, Samantha Piecewicz.
Chelmsford: Kyle Askenburg, Dennis Baker, Richard Bourdelais, Camron Clark, Brendan Conley, Matthew Desrochers, Amanda Rogers, Stephanie Santiago, Michael Soave, Zachary Trznadel, Brandon Williams.
Dunstable: Shaun Sanville.
Groton: Alyson Petersen.
Littleton: Brandon Fowle, Evan Glatkowski.
Pepperell: Samantha Archer, Jayme Bergeron, Sean Defreitas, Matthew Dixon, Kyle Larosae, Kaitlin Mariano, Sean Noyes, Mitchell Tine.
Shirley: Ryan Vandal, Isabelle Venti.
Townsend: Timothy Bernard, Thomas Dorman, Casey Jones, Jonathan Miller, Sevina Uphold, Jessica Watson.
Westborough: Alexandra Walters.
Westford: Brett Bamford, Erin Masson, Crystal Perkins, Joshua Trott.
7/26/13 > LITTLETON MOM AND DAUGHTER EYE NURSING CAREERS AFTER TAKING NASHOBA TECH COURSE
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Brittany White, 16, and mom Tina, of Littleton, are taking a Nursing Assistant summer course through Nashoba Tech’s Community Education program. The course has strengthened Brittany’s desire to become an RN while at the same time making Tina, a hairdresser, realize that a change in career may be in the cards for her. “I’m thinking about a career in hospice care,” she said.

WESTFORD — Brittany White is a step closer to becoming a registered nurse.
The 16-year-old Littleton High School junior has wanted to be a nurse since eighth grade, and she wants to study nursing in college.
But she wanted a little experience before then. Her mother, Tina, heard that the Continuing Education program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School was offering a Nursing Assistant program over the summer.
The only problem was that Brittany was too young to take the course unless a parent took it with her. So Tina, a hairdresser, took one for the team and signed up.
Turns out both mom and daughter may now be headed for careers in the nursing profession.
“I’m actually loving it,” Tina White said. “I figured Brittany would take the course to see if she likes it and let her know if she really wants to do it as a career. It’s been amazing, a great course. It’s really an eye-opener. It gives you a better appreciation for the elderly and for nurses.”
As for Brittany, taking the summer course has only strengthened her desire to become a nurse. She currently volunteers at Emerson Hospital in Concord, transporting and feeding patients, making beds and whatever else is needed of her.
Though only entering her junior year at Littleton High, where she is a basketball and softball standout, Brittany is already looking at colleges that have strong nursing programs. Fitchburg State University is in the mix, but Northeastern is the ultimate prize, a goal she aspires to and hopes taking the course at Nashoba Tech will help her realize.
According to Joann Sueltenfuss, director of community education at Nashoba Tech, the state requires a minimum 75 hours of classroom and clinical instruction before someone can take the test to become a certified nursing assistant, or CNA. Nashoba Tech’s program includes a total of 84 hours.
After completing the course — taught by Peggy Wood and Joanne Uglietta, both registered nurses — students are ready to take the CNA exam, which is administered by the American Red Cross.
“This helps you prepare for the exam,” Brittany said of the Nashoba Tech course.
Tina White can’t say enough about the course, though she admits to a friendly rivalry between mother and daughter.
“She beats me every time on the tests,” she said with a laugh. “This has definitely reassured her that she really likes it and wants to do it.
“I would absolutely recommend this to others,” she added. “This is perfect. It’s a five-week class, during the summer, only two days a week. And they bring people in from nursing facilities so you can learn about their facilities. It’s really amazing.”
And, perhaps, life-changing.
“I’m thinking about a career in hospice care,” she said. “A change in career is sometimes a good thing.”
7/23/13 > 2009 GRADUATE’S CAREER JUST STARTING TO TAKE FLIGHT

 

Chelmsford resident Domenic LaFauci, a 2009 graduate of Nashoba Tech, with the BD-FJ micro-jet he and other students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida are building, thanks to a grant LaFauci received through the school.

 

  WESTFORD - The sky's the limit for Domenic LaFauci.

  Or maybe not.

  The Chelmsford resident and 2009 graduate of Nashoba Valley Technical High School, just four years removed from high school, is already on target to have his commercial pilot's license by next May.

  LaFauci will start his senior year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall, and he hopes this segues into a stint in the Air National Guard flying fighter jets.

  But while the stratosphere is nice and all, LaFauci may ultimately have his eyes on an even loftier prize - space.

  Not bad for a kid who graduated from Nashoba Tech's TV & Media Production program.

  LaFauci admits his pathway to the sky was not a conventional one. His first love was music, and he entered the University of Massachusetts Lowell's prestigious Sound Recording Technology program after graduation (and after spending his senior year in high school earning college credits as part of Nashoba Tech's Dual Enrollment program).

  After his freshman year at UML, he earned an internship at an Oklahoma recording studio. It was there, at a nearby airport, that he caught his first glimpse of a formation takeoff of fighter jets.

  "I saw that and I said, 'That's what I want to do,'" LaFauci said during a recent visit back to Nashoba Tech. "I had never seen fighter jets before. I'd always had a love of airplanes, and I always wanted to fly, but I never knew it was so easy."

  After that epiphany, his girlfriend (now wife), Michelle Racette, also a 2009 Nashoba Tech graduate, bought him his first flying lesson. And there was no looking back - or down.

  LaFauci left music behind to follow his dream of flying. He applied and was accepted to Embry-Riddle, which boasts a graduate list that's a virtual who's-who of the astronaut and aviation worlds. He's studying Aeronautical Science.

  LaFauci recently won a build-your-own-airplane contest sponsored by Embry-Riddle, which gave him $5,000 to … well, build his own airplane.

 "They choose you if they like the mission of your project, and my mission was to get a lot of students hands-on engineering skills," he said.

  He immediately set up what he calls the Micro-JET Team, inviting students from any and all majors at Embry-Riddle to help build the plane, a BD-FJ, which he hopes to have done in summer 2014.

  In the meantime, he's not waiting for it to be operational. LaFauci flies whenever - and whatever - he gets the chance. He has logged more than 125 hours in the cockpit.

  When he graduates next May, he plans to apply to the Air National Guard.

  At Embry-Riddle, LaFauci still manages to keep his hand in the music scene as general manager of the school's radio station, WIKD. He's also on the student government.

  He says he owes it all to Nashoba Tech.

  "Nashoba Tech helped me out a lot," he said. "It was a tough decision to make. I had a lot of friends at Chelmsford High School, and I didn't know anyone at Nashoba Tech. But I knew I wanted to do some particular things, and I didn't want to wait for college to do them.

  "It really is a life changer," he added, "but when you're in high school, you're in the moment, and you don't pay too much attention to it. I don't think I'd be doing what I'm doing now if I hadn't come to Nashoba Tech."

  And LaFauci's career may just be starting to take off. With Embry-Riddle's announcement earlier this year that it will start a bachelor's degree program in Commercial Space Operations, he's seriously thinking about that final frontier, perhaps even being a pioneer in the field.

  "Flying is definitely what I want to do," he said.

7/12/13 > 42 STUDENTS TO BE MENTORS FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN
WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School has named 42 Kick-Off Mentors, incoming juniors who will assist freshmen in the Class of 2017 and help to acclimate them to their new school.
This is Nashoba Tech’s fourth year as part of the national Kick-Off Transition Program, a comprehensive transition, orientation and mentoring program welcoming new students and their parents to their new school.
The 42 sophomores have undergone training to learn how to be mentors for incoming freshmen.
The goal of the Kick-Off Transition Program is to go beyond the customary freshman orientation day, which usually consists of a tour of the building, discussion of course options with staff members, and administrators lecturing students on the rules and regulations.
While important, those activities don’t address some of the real concerns that new students have about a school. They want to know what the first year at a new school is like, and they want to hear it from other students who have gone through it and not only survived, but flourished.
The program teaches incoming juniors how to become yearlong mentors for freshmen, helping to ease the transition for new students and their parents.
Mentors in the Kick-Off Program will coordinate and run new-student orientation in August and will organize various activities through the 2013-2014 school year to maintain the connection between the freshmen and their mentors.
Students apply as sophomores to become Kick-Off Mentors, or KOMs, and must be approved by the staff.
The following local students have been selected as KOMs.
Ayer: Zachary Connell, Derek DeCesare, Kirstin Richard, Emily Shaughnessy, Curtis Tippett.
Billerica: Meghan Donovan, Spencer Fusco, John Stavro.
Chelmsford: Michaela Flanagan, Alexander Green, Ian Henry, Lauren Kelley, Kendra Malone, Grace McCarthy, Amber Uzzell, Brittany Watson, Daniel Whiting, Kaitlyn Withrow.
Dunstable: Christopher Ivinjack.
Groton: Amy Gould, Ashley Groft.
Lowell: Gabriel Carvalho, Wilbannelys Ramos, Amy Strong.
Pepperell: Steven Collins, Shannon Harrison-Fisher, Julie Nelson, Dominic Sears, Patrick Shaw, Sariah Willard.
Shirley: Brianna Coburn, Matthew Dean, Jordan Forsyth, Dochug Thoummavong, Jakob Vandal, Tiffanie Walters.
Tewksbury: Emma Parla-Aziz.
Townsend: Kalee Chapman, Jared Paiva, Cortney Surprenant, Cheyenne Whittemore.
Westford: Madaline Falcone.
6/28/13 > AUTO TECH STUDENTS EARN NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

Several students in the Automotive Technology program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School were recognized recently for passing at least the four core components of the National Automotive Students Skills Standards Assessment. The four areas all students must pass are suspension and steering; brakes; electrical/electronic systems; and engine performance. Front row, from left are Terrance Turney (postgraduate, Chelmsford), Richard Cura (sophomore, Townsend), Nathan Baldinelli (junior, Pepperell), Brian Quin (junior, Townsend), Thomas Fitzpatrick (junior, Townsend) and Michael Smith (sophomore, Littleton). Back row, from left, are 2013 graduates Zachary Warila (Shirley), Colin Murphy (Ayer), Nicholas Clark (Groton), Shawston Rosw (Lowell), Hector Ortiz (Townsend), Haralabos Panakis (Lunenburg) and Daniel DeGloria (Chelmsford). Missing from photo is Cameron Rollins (2013 graduate, Groton).

 

6/24/13 > NASHOBA TECH, TOWN OF GROTON COME TOGETHER FOR KEVIN MCKENZIE AND FAMILY

 

GROTON - Nashoba Valley Technical High School and the town of Groton are joining forces to raise money for Kevin McKenzie, Groton's representative to the Nashoba Tech School Committee, who is battling lung cancer.

  McKenzie, a member of the committee for more than a decade, is in a Rhode Island care facility, while his family - wife Melissa and grown children, Amanda and Corey - shuttle back and forth to spend time with him.

  McKenzie's insurance will not pay for his stay in the facility, which costs $400 a day, a decision his family is appealing with Blue Cross Shield.

  The fundraising drive kicked off Thursday, June 20, with a Comedy Night sponsored by the Nashoba Tech Boosters Club and held at The Bull Run in Shirley.

The event was originally organized as a benefit for Nashoba Tech's athletics program, but a few days before the event, the club decided to change the event's focus and donate the money to the McKenzie family, calling the night "Comedy for Kevin."

  "I'm very proud that Nashoba Tech was able to kick off this effort for Kevin," Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz said. "This shows the generosity of the whole Nashoba family, the community, staff, Athletic Department, teachers. Our school theme this year is 'A Year of Caring,' and what better way to illustrate that theme than by raising money for Kevin and his family?"

  According to Berta Erickson, a member of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee and a friend of the McKenzie family, the town has formed a committee of people who are hoping to come up other fundraising ideas, including a wine-tasting and golf tournament. Also, the town's Fourth of July activities will include a McKenzie family fundraiser.

  The group is also hoping a Facebook page dedicated to McKenzie will spread the word.

  Jennifer Rhodes, chairwoman of the Nashoba Tech School Committee, a role McKenzie has held twice, said she's happy the school can help.

  "Our goal is to raise funds to help offset the medical costs associated with Kevin's care," Rhodes said. "It's exciting that Nashoba Tech can have the kickoff event. Kevin is such a great guy. He's done so much for Nashoba Tech and the town of Groton. It's nice to see the community rallying around his family."

  McKenzie has been on the Nashoba Tech committee for a decade, starting as an alternate.

  "He brought life to Groton's representation at Nashoba Tech," Erickson said. "He did very good, visible work."

  Added Dr. Klimkiewicz: "Kevin was the Groton representative, but he believed himself to be a Nashoba Valley Technical School District representative. We'd see him at community events in Townsend or Littleton. He represented the school, not just Groton, the town he loved.

  "We'd be at a Town Meeting in Pepperell, and he'd show up," she added. "If he thought a problem was going to be raised, he'd be there. The School Committee was a really important part of his life. All Kevin wanted was for Nashoba to become the school he wanted it to be."

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6/24/13 > MICHAELA FLANAGAN, CORTNEY SURPRENANT ARE JUNE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

  WESTFORD - Michaela Flanagan of Chelmsford and Cortney Surprenant of Littleton, both incoming juniors at Nashoba Tech, have been named June's Students of the Month.

  Michaela Flanagan, daughter of Michael and Victoria Flanagan, recently completed her sophomore year in the Dental Assisting program. She is a high-honors student and has been selected to be a Kick-Off Mentor this fall, helping to acclimate incoming freshmen to their new school. Michaela is also a cheerleader at Nashoba Tech.

  She was nominated by Honors Biology Instructor Andrea Knowles, who wrote: "Michaela is a quiet, conscientious and exemplary student who always has her work and assignments completed. Her positive and kind attitude brightens the class. She always has a smile on her face and has not missed a day in my class all year."

  Cortney Surprenant, daughter of Joseph and Ruth Surprenant, recently completed her sophomore year in the Culinary Arts program. She is an honor-roll student and has been selected to be a Kick-Off Mentor this fall, helping to acclimate incoming freshmen to their new school. Cortney had perfect attendance for the school year. She is also a member of the Nashoba Tech Chorus.

  Cortney hopes to go into law enforcement upon graduation. She was nominated by Science Instructor David McCloskey, who wrote: "I have had Cortney in class for two years, and she never missed one homework assignment. She always tries her hardest and is a pleasure to have in class. She also works very hard in her technical area."

6/20/13 > CJ DUMAIS NAMED JUNE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

  WESTFORD - Cameron Dumais, son of Kevin and Christine Dumais, of Dracut, has been named Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Athlete of the Month for June.

  Cameron, known to all at Nashoba Tech as CJ, is a 2013 graduate from the Plumbing & Heating program who will enter the Marines on July 8. He was a two-year starter for the lacrosse team and a key contributor as a midfielder to the team, which made the sectional playoffs this spring. He finished with 13 goals, 81 ground balls, 3 assists and 16 points. He was awarded Player of the Game for his three-goal performance against Monty Tech.

  CJ was captain of the football team his senior year. He led the team in rushing yards and was second in touchdowns.

  In the classroom, he was an honor-roll student and was inducted into both the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. In the Plumbing & Heating program, CJ was named the Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors Plumbing All-Star for Nashoba Tech, an honor PHCC bestows on one Plumbing student from every technical school in Massachusetts.

  At Senior Awards Night, CJ received the Technical Proficiency Award for Plumbing & Heating, the District E Athletic Association Award, the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, and the Sgt. William J. Woitowicz Memorial Scholarship.

  After serving in the Marines, CJ hopes to attend Franklin Pierce University, to which he has been accepted but has deferred his acceptance to serve his country.

6/19/13 > HEALTH ASSISTING STUDENTS TAKE PART IN LGH SHADOW A NURSE
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Students in the Health Assisting program at Nashoba Tech took part in Lowell General Hospital’s recent Shadow a Nurse Day. The students, all 2013 graduates, received a close-up look at the different areas of nursing, including emergency room, operating room, radiology and more. Front row, from left, are Julia Finlay (Shirley), Jocelyn Klein (Shirley), Tori deBeaucort (Shirley) and Kelly Gallagher (Shirley). Back row, from left, are Kourtney Van Tassell (Ayer), Miranda Richard (Shirley), Rebecca Updyke (Townsend), Caitlin Cuoco (Ayer), Kayla Drinkwater (Shirley) and Krystyn Robbins (Westford).
6/19/13 > LAURE LAMORE NAMED JUNE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Laura Lamore, Music/Chorus/Band Instructor, has been named Nashoba Tech's Employee of the Month for June.

Ms. Lamore, finishing her fourth year at Nashoba Tech, was nominated by Dental Assisting Instructor Amanda Doherty, who wrote: "Laura consistently strives to teach new and innovative ways to incorporate new sounds and fun ways to learn music every day to her students. In addition, the students absolutely think the world of her and love being in her class. I am lucky to be her next-door neighbor during school hours and get the opportunity to listen to the wonderful sounds that come from her room. Every school should be so lucky to have such a fabulous music teacher who pours her heart and soul into everything she teaches."

6/17/13 > HORTICULTURE CLUB SPRUCES UP CHELMSFORD VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
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Students and staff in the Horticulture Club at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford recently volunteered to spruce up Chelmsford Veterans Memorial Park on North Road in time for Memorial Day. The crew planted annuals, spread mulch and cleaned the park. From left are Terrance Turney (postgraduate, Chelmsford), Hector Ortiz (2013 graduate, Townsend), Casey Alekman (2013 graduate, Ayer), Cara Masson (junior, Westford), and Horticulture Club adviser Andrea Knowles
6/10/13 > NASHOBA TECH HANDS OUT SENIOR AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

ACADEMIC AWARDS

English: Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford).

Foreign Language: Anthony Orazio (Pepperell).

Mathematics: Desmond Davis (Ayer).

Music: Danielle Robinson (Lowell).

Physical Education/Health: David Blood (Groton), Sarah Whitney (Shirley).

Science: Caitlin Cuoco (Ayer).

Social Studies: Anna Schrank (Lowell).

 

VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL AWARDS

Merit Achievement Award

Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing: Andrew Spiller (Chelmsford).

Automotive Technology: Haralabos Panakis (Lunenburg).

Banking, Marketing & Retail: Kalina Swana (Littleton).

Carpentry & Cabinetmaking: Craig Croteau (Townsend).

Cosmetology: Jordan Martel (Littleton).

Culinary Arts: Mark Corliss (Chelmsford).

Dental Assisting: Sarah Whitney (Shirley).

Design & Visual Communications: Jennifer Goulart (Shirley).

Early Childhood Education: Maria Sears (Pepperell).

Electrical Technology: Lyle Hopf (Shirley).

Electronics/Robotics: Desmond Davis (Shirley).

Engineering Technology: Aaron Rogers (Chelmsford).

Health Assisting: Rebecca Updyke (Townsend).

Hotel & Restaurant Management: Stephanie Nelson (Pepperell).

Machine Tool Technology: Daniel Herbert (Westford).

Plumbing & Heating: Matthew Brennan (Chelmsford).

Programming & Web Development: Deborah Kelly (Shirley).

TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts: Rebecca Reese (Chelmsford).

 

Technical Proficiency Award

Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing: Briana Lumbert (Westford).

Automotive Technology: Nicholas Clark (Groton).

Banking, Marketing & Retail: Hannah Whiting (Pepperell).

Carpentry & Cabinetmaking: Nicholas Hamel (Chelmsford).

Cosmetology: Amanda Marshall (Pepperell).

Culinary Arts: Victoria Prunier (Shirley).

Dental Assisting: Kayla Crowley (Lawrence).

Design & Visual Communications: Courtney Deck (Shirley).

Early Childhood Education: Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford).

Electrical Technology: David Blood (Groton).

Electronics/Robotics: Jordan St. Cyr (Littleton).

Engineering Technology: Steven Coupal (Littleton).

Health Assisting: Kourtney Van Tassell (Ayer).

Hotel & Restaurant Management: Ashley Curtin (Chelmsford).

Machine Tool Technology: Jacquelynn Meyer (Ayer).

Plumbing & Heating: Cameron Dumais (Dracut).

Programming & Web Development: Deborah Kelly (Shirley).

TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts: Sofia Reppucci (Pepperell).

 

MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS

American Citizenship Award: Julie Anderson (Ayer), David Blood (Groton), Kelly Gallagher (Shirley), Nicole Kelly (Shirley), Audrey Lynch (Ayer), Haralabos Panakis (Lunenburg), Michaela Richards (Pepperell), Nicholas Rondeau (Chelmsford), Andrew Spiller (Chelmsford), Jordan St. Cyr (Littleton).

Community Service Award: David Jameson (Chelmsford), Rebecca Reese (Chelmsford).

District E Athletic Association Award: Cameron Dumais (Dracut), Nichole Kelly (Shirley).

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence: Rachel Casey (Pepperell), Cynthia Messina (Townsend).

Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators' Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award: Rachel Casey (Pepperell).

Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Outstanding Sportsmanship Award: Richard Hughes (Ayer), Briana Lumbert (Westford).

Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association Student Achievement Award: Jennifer Goulart (Shirley).

Massachusetts Vocational Association Postsecondary Award: Ryan Peterson (Westford).

Massachusetts Vocational Association Presidential Certificate of Merit: Nicholas Hamel (Chelmsford), Sarah Whitney (Shirley).

Massachusetts Vocational Associaton's Vocational Technical Student Achievement Award: Briana Lumbert (Westford).

Nashoba Valley Technical High School Outstanding Athlete/Scholar: Desmond Davis (Ayer), Jennifer Goulart (Shirley).

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Award: Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford).

President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence: Rhiannon Archambault (Lowell), Matthew Brennan (Chelmsford), Rachel Casey (Pepperell), Evan Cassidy (Westford), Caitlin Cuoco (Ayer), Desmond Davis (Ayer), Courtney Deck (Shirley), Kayla Drinkwater (Shirley), Cameron Dumais (Dracut), Aaron Febbi (Westford), Victoria Forbes (Townsend), Nicholas Hamel (Chelmsford), Briana Lumbert (Westford), Jordan Martel (Littleton), Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford), Cynthia Messina (Townsend), Brendan O'Neill (Chelmsford), Sofia Reppucci (Pepperell), Krystyn Robbins (Westford), Anna Schrank (Lowell), Hannah Whiting (Pepperell).

U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award: Rebecca Reese (Chelmsford).

Walter J. Markham Award: Cynthia Messina (Townsend).

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND MEMORIAL AWARDS

Bemis Associates Scholarship: Caitlin Cuoco (Ayer), Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford).

Chelmsford Commission on Disabilities Scholarship: Zachary Ferris (Chelmsford), Justin Stewart (Chelmsford).

Chelmsford Lions Club Scholarship: Brendan O'Neill (Chelmsford), Krystal Sullivan (Chelmsford).

Cody Brown Ayotte Scholarship: Hector Ortiz (Townsend).

Franco American Lucien Menard: Thomas Bennett (Littleton).

Friends of Nashoba Scholarship: Nicholas Clark (Groton), Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford).

Friends of the Cameron Senior Center Award: Evan Cassidy (Westford), Jonathan Mitchell (Westford).

Groton Women's Club Merit Award: David Blood (Groton).

John & Abigail Adams Scholarship: Jamal Antongeorgee (Lowell), Rhiannon Archambault (Lowell), Mitchell Ashe (Townsend), Thomas Barrett (Chelmsford), Matthew Brennan (Chelmsford), Kayla Buchanan (Pepperell), Rachel Casey (Pepperell), Evan Cassidy (Westford), Caitlin Cuoco (Ayer), Ashley Curtin (Chelmsford), Desmond Davis (Ayer), Courtney Deck (Shirley), Kayla Drinkwater (Shirley), Cameron Dumais (Dracut), Aaron Febbi (Westford), Victoria Forbes (Townsend), Kelly Gallagher (Shirley), Jaid Hall (Townsend), Nicholas Hamel (Chelmsford), John Himmelberger (Littleton), Richard Hughes (Ayer), Rachel Lake (Fitchburg), Briana Lumbert (Westford), David Luz (Chelmsford), Jordan Martel (Littleton), Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford), Cynthia Messina (Townsend), Brendan O'Neill (Chelmsford), Anthony Orazio (Pepperell), Malaysha Perez (Lowell), Kirsten Pudsey (Littleton), Sofia Reppucci (Pepperell), Krystyn Robbins (Westford), Danielle Robinson (Lowell), Aaron Rogers (Chelmsford), Shawston Rosw (Lowell), Christopher Schiavo (Townsend), Anna Schrank (Lowell), Hannah Whiting (Pepperell).

John D. MacEntee Memorial Award: Courtney Deck (Shirley).

Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank: Jocelyn Klein (Shirley).

Lowell Women's City Golf Tournament Scholarship: Jennifer Goulart (Shirley).

Massachusetts State Police Excellence in Vocation Award: Nicholas Rondeau (Chelmsford), Andrew Spiller (Chelmsford).

Massachusetts Vocational Association Award: Janet Kiongera (Lowell), Sarah Whitney (Shirley).

Michael Lorden II Memorial Award: Matthew Brennan (Chelmsford).

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation Award: Aaron Febbi (Westford).

Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce: Bradley Medlin (Westford).

New England Plumbing, Gas, Mechanical Inspectors Award: Matthew Brennan (Chelmsford).

North Central Massachusetts Chamber Foundation: Cynthia Messina (Townsend).

Pepperell Business Association Scholarship: Rachel Casey (Pepperell), Kayla Mercurio (Pepperell), Cynthia Messina (Townsend), Sofia Reppucci (Pepperell), Hannah Whiting (Pepperell).

Pepperell Lions Club: Rachel Casey (Pepperell), Sofia Reppucci (Pepperell).

Robert S. Hargraves Scholarship: Danielle Dunn (Ayer).

Sgt. William J. Woitowicz Memorial Scholarship: Cameron Dumais (Dracut).

Squannacook River Runners Groton Road Race Scholarship: Nicholas Clark (Groton), Jennifer Goulart (Shirley).

Thomas J. DeVincentis Memorial Award: David Blood (Groton), Desmond Davis (Ayer), Lyle Hopf (Shirley).

Thomas Lemasurer Memorial Award: Evan Cassidy (Westford).

Town of Groton Scholarship: Nicholas Clark (Groton).

Townsend Business Association Scholarship: Victoria Forbes (Townsend), Nicholas Hommel (Townsend).

Westford Against Substance Abuse Scholarship: Briana Lumbert (Westford).

Westford Kiwanis Club Scholarship: Rhiannon Archambault (Lowell), Tiffany Jurewicz (Westford).

Westford Rotary Club Scholarship: Briana Lumbert (Westford), Krystyn Robbins (Westford).

Westford Women's Club Scholarship: Tiffany Jurewicz (Westford), Krystyn Robbins (Westford).

6/10/13 > 2013 GRADUATES BRIANA LUMBERT AND REBECCA REESE ARE MAY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Briana Lumbert of Westford and Rebecca Reese of Dracut, both 2013 graduates, have been named May's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

  Briana Lumbert, daughter of Cathy Lumbert, graduated from the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program. She was inducted into the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society, and was a consistent honor-roll student. She won a silver medal as a sophomore in the SkillsUSA District Competition in Collision Repair Technology.

  Briana served as a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen get acclimated to Nashoba Tech. She qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship based on her performance on the MCAS test. At Senior Awards Night, Briana received the Technical Proficiency Award for Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Association Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, the Massachusetts Vocational Association's Vocational Technical Student Achievement Award, the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, the Westford Against Substance Abuse Scholarship, and the Westford Rotary Scholarship.

  A well-rounded student, Briana was named an Athlete of the Month as a junior, and was a three-season athlete. She plans to attend Plymouth State University to study Exercise and Sport Physiology.

  Briana was nominated by three teachers. English instructor Bruce Sullivan wrote: "Bri is consistently among the hardest-working students in our school. She is No. 3 in her graduating class and is headed for success in college in the fall." Social Studies instructor Lacey McCabe wrote: "Bri is an outstanding student with a strong work ethic. She gives 100 percent on every assignment. She is also an extremely polite and conscientious student." Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing instructor Michael Robichaud also nominated Briana.

  Rebecca Reese, daughter of Chris and Lisa Pugh, graduated from the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program. She was an honor-roll student and was inducted into the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Rebecca was an active member of the Drama Club and played major roles in the productions of "Hairspray" and "Once Upon a Mattress."

  She was vice president of the Class of 2013 and vice president of the TV Club. She also played softball for the Vikings and is a competitive figure skater outside of school. As a junior, Rebecca received an honorable mention for a video she co-produced for the YouTube Burn Awareness Video Contest, and as a senior, a video she co-produced won first place for Best News Feature in the Merrimack Valley Film Festival.

  At Senior Awards Night, Rebecca received the Merit Achievement Award for TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts, the Community Service Award (having logged 249 hours of community service in her four years at Nashoba Tech), and the U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award. She plans to attend Anna Maria College in the fall.

  Rebecca was nominated by Cosmetology instructor and senior-class adviser Donna McMahon, who wrote: "As a class officer, Rebecca has shown great leadership throughout this year, whether it was with ideas for fundraising, student activities or school spirit. She never missed a beat and will be sorely missed."

6/10/13 > COSMETOLOGY SOPHOMORES TREAT MOM TO A DAY OF BEAUTY

Julie Nelson, left, of Pepperell, a sophomore in the Cosmetology program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford does the mails of her mother, Jennifer Nelson, during the annual Day of Beauty held at Nashoba Tech's in-school salon, Cosmo Cuts. Behind them, Ashley Groft, a sophomore from Groton, does the hair of her mother, Melinda Theide

6/10/13 > ROBERT MAKEM IS MAY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Mr. Robert Makem, Electronics/Robotics Instructor, has been named May's Employee of the Month at Nashoba Tech.

Mr. Makem was nominated by Cosmetology Instructor and SkillsUSA adviser Donna McMahon, who wrote: "He has been a positive influence with the Electronics program, as well as a wonderful resource for SkillsUSA and just a great guy!"

6/10/13 > MOLLY EGAN, SHAWN CALLAHAN ARE MAY ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

  WESTFORD - Molly Egan, a junior from Chelmsford, and 2013 graduate Shawn Callahan, a former Chelmsford resident whose family recently moved to Woburn, have been named May's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

  Molly Egan, daughter of James Egan and Coralee Martin, is a junior pitcher for the softball team. She is also a cheerleader for the fall and winter sports seasons. Molly is in the Cosmetology program. She has been an honor-roll student.

  Shawn Callahan, son of Wayne and Elaine Callahan, is a 2013 graduate who played several positions for the baseball team this spring. Shawn also played football and basketball for the Vikings. He graduated from the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program. He plans to attend Anna Maria College to study Sports Management.

6/01/13 > NASHOBA TECH GRADUATES 146 IN HAPPY BUT POIGNANT CEREMONY

Anthony Karafelis of Chelmsford receives his diploma from his mother, Maria Karafelis, an alternate member of the Nashoba Tech School Committee.

 


Janet Kiongera of Lowell receives her diploma from School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes.

 


Rachel Casey, valedictorian of the Class of 2013, addresses her classmates.

 

 


Pedro Cruz receives his diploma from School Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes.

 


Cynthia Messina, salutatorian of the Class of 2013, addresses her classmates.

 


Drew Weber, owner of the Lowell Spinners and guest speaker at graduation, receives the traditional gift of a bell made by students in the Machine Tool Technology program, from Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.

WESTFORD - The 146 students who made up Nashoba Tech's Class of 2013 closed their high-school careers Saturday, June 1, with a day of happiness tinged with sadness.

In a hot and steamy graduation ceremony on the front steps of the school that saw tributes to two of their classmates who passed away, the students remembered their departed friends, but also rejoiced in the accomplishments of the class and the bright future they all share.

Valedictorian Rachel Casey of Pepperell honored Joseph Isenberg, who died in a skateboarding accident in fall 2011, and Cody Ayotte, killed in a car crash last fall, in her speech.

"We will always remember our two friends and classmates that are no longer here," Rachel said. "Even though Joey and Cody are not standing on these steps with us today, they are still here and will always be in our hearts."

Salutatorian Cynthia Messina of Townsend spoke about being a young child and thinking 2013 was so far in the future. But for her and her classmates, the future is now.

"Growing up, I always knew that I was going to graduate as a part of the Class of 2013," Cynthia said. "It was one of the first pieces of information I was taught. For a long time, it felt strange and distant, a large number, a date that seemed like it would never come."

Cynthia urged her fellow graduates to think of life as two piles - one of good things, the other of bad things - and to remember that neither pile can overtake the other.

"When we leave her today, we'll be leaving with a pile of memories and experiences, some good, some bad," she said. "But all make up our high-school experience. These memories helped shape the people we are today, but they do not define our future. Once we leave here, we are taking the next step on our journey. We are going to add new experiences to the pile.

"Remember to learn from your mistakes and add them to the pile," she added. "Every piece of life's experience is important, and one day, each and every piece will be a story to tell anyone who's willing to listen."

Class President Erika Locke of Tewksbury reminded her classmates that though they will all go their separate ways, "some of us off to college, some continuing with their careers, and some protecting our country in the military … each and every one of us has the ability to achieve anything we put our minds and hearts to."

Guest speaker Drew Weber, owner of the Lowell Spinners minor-league baseball team, making his first commencement speech - "and quite possibly my last," he quipped - told the graduates, "Have passion for whatever you do. Go with your heart, not with your head."

The ceremony was held on the front steps instead of on the football field because Nashoba Tech has embarked on a major renovation of its athletic complex that school officials hope will be completed by the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

5/30/13 > RACHEL CASEY, CYNTHIA MESSINA HONORED AT SUPERINTENDENTS’ GROUP’S LUNCHEON

Representing Nashoba Tech at the recent Merrimack Valley Superintendents' Association Academic Scholars Luncheon are, from left, Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, Class of 2013 valedictorian Rachel Casey of Pepperell, salutatorian Cynthia Messina, and Principal Denise Pigeon.

 

WESTFORD - Two students from the Class of 2013 at Nashoba Valley Technical High School were among the students recognized at the recent Merrimack Valley Superintendents' Association Academic Scholars Luncheon at Lenzi's in Dracut.

Rachel Casey of Pepperell, daughter of Richard and Doris Casey, is the valedictorian of the Class of 2013 in the Early Childhood Education program. She is an honors student, a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society, a gold-medalist at the SkillsUSA District Competition and a bronze-medalist in the 2012 State Competition.

Rachel has qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and has taken Advanced Placement courses in Math and English. Working at the school-affiliated Nashoba Valley Early Learning Center, she has received Massachusetts certification in preschool and infant/toddler care.

Rachel is in the Chorus and Drama Club, has played roles in each of the last four musical productions, and helped with set design for January's performances of "Once Upon a Mattress."

She plans to attend Framingham State College in the fall.

Cynthia Messina of Townsend, daughter of James Messina and Barbara Haywood, is the salutatorian of the Class of 2013. A student in the Design & Visual Communications program, she is Nashoba Tech's Walter J. Markham Award nominee. She is a high-honors student and has been inducted into the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society.

Cynthia is involved in many school activities, including Drama Club, Horticulture Club and volleyball. She volunteers at many school events, such as Open House, Parent Night and the 2012 5K Road Race. Outside school, she volunteers at a local food bank and Townsend Ecumenical Outreach.

She has received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and, as a Girl Scout, has earned the silver and bronze medals.

Cynthia has been accepted into Fitchburg State University and Salem State University. She plans to pursue a degree in Graphic Design and a career in that field.

5/29/13 > Bull Run Fundraiser

Nashoba Tech Athletic Department Fundraiser at Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley 

The Nashoba Tech Athletic Department is hosting a Comedy Night at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley on Thursday June 20th at 7pm. Tickets are $15 each this is to support the Nashoba Tech Athletic department.

Please consider buying a ticket to help out our program. Checks can be made out to NVTHS Comedy Night.

215 Great Rd, Shirley, MA 01464
(978) 425-4311
   

5/29/13 > TWO NASHOBA TECH STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE — BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL

Jessica Bates, left, of Methuen, and Victoria Forbes, of Townsend, show off their diplomas after the Middlesex Community College graduation ceremony at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Jessica and Victoria, both 18, will also graduate from Nashoba Tech in Westford on Saturday, June 1, with their high-school diplomas. They were able to attend college full time while still in high school through the Dual Enrollment program.

 

WESTFORD - Jessica Bates of Methuen and Victoria Forbes of Townsend graduated from Middlesex Community College on Thursday, May 23, with associate degrees in liberal studies.

Nine days later, on Saturday, June 1, they will receive their high-school diplomas at Nashoba Tech's graduation ceremony.

If that seems a bit backward, they're looking nothing but forward.

Jessica and Victoria, while still enrolled in Nashoba Tech's Dental Assisting program, spent the last two years of high school attending MCC as part of the state Dual Enrollment program, which allows qualified high-school upperclassmen to attend college full time at a reduced cost.

It's not for everyone, but these two young women, who both turned 18 while in college, proved that Dual Enrollment can be a valuable tool for driven high-school students.

"It's really structured," Jessica said. "We had to be determined to get through it all. It took a lot of hard work. Not many people can say they have a college degree when they're 18."

Both had a role model who went through Dual Enrollment before them. For Jessica, it was her sister, Jennifer, a 2005 Nashoba Tech graduate who spent her senior year at MCC and went on to become a dental hygienist. For Victoria, it was a friend who had gone through the program and "talked it up a lot."

Both say they came to Nashoba Tech because of its Dental Assisting program and because of its strong Dual Enrollment affiliation.

"I came in knowing I wanted to do Dual Enrollment," Victoria said. "People were saying, 'Oh, but you're going to miss out on the high-school experience.' But I really wanted to do this."

Jessica, who will attend Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., to study health-care management, said Dual Enrollment provided "a good stepping-stone."

"I'm glad I got the experience at Middlesex," she said. "You have to have drive.

We stayed committed the whole time."

Colby-Sawyer is accepting 52 of Jessica's credits from MCC. By taking two online courses over the summer, she'll be able to graduate from Colby-Sawyer in two years with her bachelor's degree at age 20.

Victoria will continue at MCC, entering its dental-hygiene program.

"You have to be willing to sit down and study for hours and keep your grades in mind," Victoria said of Dual Enrollment. "There were times when I wanted to say, 'Forget it, I'm going back to high school. It's way easier.' "

Both are happy they stuck with it, and they heaped praise on Lauren Ellis, their career and academic adviser at MCC, and Amanda Samaha, their guidance counselor at Nashoba Tech.

"They helped so much, but you have to be a self-advocate," Jessica said. "You're on your own. I mean, your parents can help to a point, but you're in college. You have to take care of yourself, make sure you get to class on time."

"It looks great on your résumé or going for a job interview," Victoria said. "It's definitely going to help having that college experience already when I go on to further my education."

That's not to say it wasn't a little awkward at first.

"It was really odd walking into the first class and there were no kids our age," Victoria said. "One of the students was a mom, and she was talking about how her child was home sick. And I'm like, child? I'm 16."

5/28/13 > 76 INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY

Ellen Horan, left, a junior from Westford, was inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society at Nashoba Tech, while Manuela Romano, also a junior from Westford, was inducted into the National Honor Society.

 

Inductees into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society include Nashoba Tech juniors, from left, Thandile Jackson (Shirley), Julia Phelps (Lowell), Victoria Ronayne (Westford) and Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton).

 

  WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School recently held its annual induction of members into the school's chapters of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society, with a record 76 students recognized.

  Students inducted into both the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society include:

• Seniors Rhiannon Archambault (Lowell), Justin Aubert (Chelmsford), Jessica Bates (Methuen), David Blood (Groton), Rachel Casey (Pepperell), Caitlin Cuoco (Ayer), Kayla Drinkwater (Shirley), Victoria Dufault (Shirley), Cameron Dumais (Dracut), Aaron Febbi (Westford), Victoria Forbes (Townsend), Jennifer Goulart (Shirley), Tiffany Jurewicz (Westford), Janet Kiongera (Lowell), Briana Lumbert (Westford), Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford), Bradley Medlin (Westford), Cynthia Messina (Townsend), Victoria Prunier (Shirley), Rebecca Reese (Chelmsford), Sofia Reppucci (Pepperell), Justin Stewart (Chelmsford), Hannah Whiting (Pepperell), Sarah Whitney (Shirley).

• Juniors Samuel Anuta (Ayer), Joseph Bernardo (Westford), Mikaela Berthiaume (Townsend), Alexander Bross (Pepperell), Kelsie Buckley (Pepperell), Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton), Terri Cadrette (Townsend), Joshua Desrochers (Chelmsford), Raysam Donkoh-Halm (Lowell), Kassandra Ducharme (Chelmsford), Mina Henes (Chelmsford), Dana Hopf (Shirley), Ellen Horan (Westford), Thandile Jackson (Shirley), Carl Marzolini (Tewksbury), Cara Masson (Westford), George Nieves (Pepperell), Shannon Pecora (Westford), Julia Phelps (Lowell), Victoria Ronayne (Westford), John Santosuosso (Townsend), Cameron Skinner (Tewksbury), Brittany Thomas (Townsend), Kassandra Wetterwald (Shirley), Jacob White (Chelmsford), Amanda Woods (Townsend).

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  Students inducted solely into the National Honor Society include:

• Juniors Grace McCarthy (Chelmsford), Manuela Romano (Westford).

• Sophomores Lexis Bushnoe (Townsend), Brianna Coburn (Shirley), Steven Collins (Pepperell), Meghan Donovan (Billerica), Michaela Flanagan (Chelmsford), Darren Gentile (Groton), Michael Geoffroy (Chelmsford), Alexander Green (Chelmsford), Ashley Groft (Groton), Shannon Harrison-Fisher (Pepperell), Daniel Henderson (Shirley), Ian Henry (Chelmsford), Thomas Lemieux (Westford), Julian Morgan (Ayer), Sabrina Pinkerton (Pepperell), Kirstin Richard (Ayer), William Ross (Pepperell), Krista Russell (Pepperell), Amy Strong (Lowell), Cortney Surprenant (Townsend), Dochug Thoummavong (Shirley), Brianna White (Shirley), Cheyenne Whittemore (Townsend), Erin Whooley (Shirley).

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  Elected officers for the National Honor Society are Sofia Reppucci, president; Russell Byron-Kelly, vice president; Brittany Thomas, treasurer; and John Santosuosso, secretary.

  Elected officers for the National Technical Honor Society are Caitlin Cuoco, president; Justin Stewart, vice president; Sarah Whitney, treasurer; and Jennifer Goulart, secretary.

5/23/13 > OPEN HOUSE/CAREER NIGHT HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

From left, Nashoba Tech Cosmetology Instructor Sheriley Farrand chats with Ross and Arlene Hazlett of Townsend, and Vicki Theall and Rachel Hazlett, eighth-graders from Townsend who hope to attend Nashoba Tech in the fall, at the school's recent Open House and Career Night.

 

From left, Xavier and Teresa Harrison and their son, seventh-grader Zack, all of Groton, chat with Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructor Carley Engle during the school's recent Open House and Career Night.

 

Dave Andelman of WSBK-TV's long-running show, "The Phantom Gourmet," congratulates Nona Hunt, a sophomore Culinary Arts student from Nashoba Tech whose cheeseburger Andelman chose as the best of several cooked by students as part of a Best Cheeseburger contest. Andelman judged the contest at the school's recent Open House and Career Night.


  WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech's recent Open House and Career Night included a little something for everyone: tours of the school and its 18 technical programs, a look at possible career opportunities, an opportunity to chat with teachers from both the academic and technical programs, and a chance to see local television stars Dave Andelman of WSBK-TV's "The Phantom Gourmet" and Peter Souhleris and Dave Seymour of A&E's hit show "Flipping Boston."

  The event drew several hundred interested middle-school students and their parents, as well as people interested in Nashoba Tech's many educational programs, including: Dual Enrollment, through which qualified upperclassmen can attend college full time while still a student at Nashoba Tech; School to Work, a cooperative-education program through which qualified upperclassmen can work in their chosen field every other week during the school year; and the Postgraduate program, in which qualified high-school graduates from the school's district can earn postgraduate credits free of charge.

  Several students and parents liked what they saw and said they would seriously think about Nashoba Tech when it comes time for high school.

  When Zack Harrison, a seventh-grader from Groton, was asked if he was considering attending Nashoba Tech starting in the 2014-2015 school year, he said, "Most likely. I liked everything I saw."

  His parents agreed.

  "I like that it's a small school," said Zack's mother, Teresa, while visiting the school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, and chatting with Chef-Instructor Carley Engle. "I like the feel of it. And listening to the students makes you feel good about it, like it's a good experience."

  "And the teachers are so friendly," said Zack's father, Xavier.

  Other middle-schoolers at Open House have already set their minds on Nashoba Tech and eagerly await the interview process.

  Townsend eighth-graders Rachel Hazlett and Vicki Theall were visiting the school with Rachel's parents, Ross and Arlene Hazlett. Both are hoping to attend Nashoba Tech in the fall and have their eye on the Cosmetology program.

  Andelman appeared at the school to judge a student cheeseburger contest. The entertaining duo of Souhleris and Seymour spoke about their adventures buying, fixing up and selling homes on "Flipping Boston."

  Nashoba Tech offers 18 technical programs: Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Banking, Marketing & Retail; Carpentry/Cabinet Making; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Dental Assisting; Design & Visual Communications; Early Childhood Education; Electrical Technology; Electronics/Robotics; Engineering Technology; Health Assisting; Hotel & Restaurant Management; Machine Tool Technology; Plumbing & Heating; Programming & Web Development; and TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts.

  The school's district includes Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.

  Nashoba Tech is at 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford. For more information or to find out about registering to attend Nashoba Tech, either as a high-schooler or a postgraduate, call 978-692-4711 or visit www.nashoba.tech.net.


5/20/13 > NASHOBA TECH HOLDS ANNUAL PRE-PROM PROMENADE

WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech held its annual pre-prom promenade recently in the Performing Arts Center, where those attending the Junior-Senior Prom appeared on stage for a photo opportunity before heading out to the prom at Sky Meadow Country Club in Nashua, N.H.



Brian Quin, a junior from Townsend in the Automotive Technology program, with his date, Celia Sullivan, a junior from Townsend in the Dental Assisting program.

John Young, a junior from Billerica in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program , with his date, Bryana Robinson, a junior from Chelmsford in the Health Assisting program.



Sofia Reppucci, a senior from Pepperell in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program, with her date, Justin Stewart, a senior from Chelmsford in the Electronics & Robotics program.

Nicholas Connor, a 2012 graduate from Pepperell, with his date, Ellen Horan, a junior from Westford in the Dental Assisting program.

Russell Byron-Kelly, a junior from Groton in the Design & Visual Communications program, with his date, Julia Phelps, a junior from Lowell in the Dental Assisting program.

5/17/13 > NASHOBA TECH SADD CHAPTER HOLDS MOCK CRASH EXERCISE

Evan Peltola plays the role of a drunken driver as firefighters work to on an injured passenger in the back seat.

 

Emma Parla-Aziz, playing the role of a teen killed in the crash, is loaded onto a backboard by firefighters.

 

John Young, playing the role of a driver in the crash, speaks with Westford police Patrolman David Silton.

 

Emily Shaughnessy, playing the role of an injured passenger, is loaded onto a stretcher by Westford firefighters.

WESTFORD - Members of Nashoba Valley Technical High School's chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions held a mock-crash exercise during prom week, with the help of the Westford Police and Fire Departments as well as Healy Funeral Home of Westford, to demonstrate to students the dangers of drinking and driving.

Evan Peltola, a sophomore from Chelmsford, played the role of a drunken driver with two friends - Emma Parla-Aziz, a sophomore from Tewksbury, and Emily Shaughnessy, a sophomore from Ayer - in the car on their way to the prom.

John Young, a junior from Billerica, played the role the driver of a second car.

5/14/13 > TV & MEDIA STUDENTS EARN A PAIR OF AWARDS FOR VIDEO PRODUCTION

Nashoba Tech seniors with their first-place award from the Merrimack Valley Film Festival for Best News Feature. Front, from left, are Rebecca Reese of Chelmsford and Danielle Dunn of Ayer. Back, from left, are Janet Kiongera of Lowell, Sofia Reppucci of Pepperell and Ellice Cunningham of Chelmsford.

 

Nashoba Tech juniors Raysam Donkoh-Halm of Lowell and Tori Cafeteiro of Chelmsford congratulate each other on their honorable mention in the High School Burn Awareness Video Contest.

 

 

  WESTFORD - Two groups of students from the TV & Media Production program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School won awards for videos they produced.

  A group of seniors won first place for Best News Feature in the Merrimack Valley Film Festival, hosted by the Lowell High School Fine Arts Department and Lowell Educational Television.

  The students - Ellice Cunningham and Rebecca Reese of Chelmsford, Danielle Dunn of Ayer, Janet Kiongera of Lowell, and Sofia Reppucci of Pepperell - produced a 5-minute segment for the school's daily news program, "Nashoba Tech TV News," on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before the election last November.

  Also, a pair of juniors - Tori Cafeteiro of Chelmsford and Raysam Donkoh-Halm of Lowell - earned an honorable mention in the Fire, Burn and Insurance Professionals' statewide High School Burn Awareness Video Contest, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, the Massachusetts Association of Safety and Fire Educators, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

  The goal of the contest was to have high-school students research the dangers of fire, and communicate them to their peers through short, informative videos.

  In the video, Raysam played the role of a talking fire alarm giving tips to Tori as to the do's and don'ts of fire prevention in the kitchen.

  This is the second time the duo has won a video award. Last year, as sophomores, their public-service announcement on peer pressure was one of five finalists in the Middlesex County District Attorney's Youth Video PSA Contest.

5/13/13 > NASHOBA TECH HANDS OUT ANNUAL ART AWARDS

Danielle Robinson, a senior from Lowell, hugs chorus instructor Laura Lamore after receiving the Most Valuable Artist award for chorus at Nashoba Tech's annual Art Awards.

 

Mikaela Berthiaume, a junior from Townsend, receives the Most Dedicated Award for TV & Media Production from instructors Eric Stevenson and Emily Smith at Nashoba Tech's annual Art Awards.

 

Peyton McCarthy, right, a junior from Chelmsford, receives the award for Most Improved in chorus from instructor Laura Lamore at Nashoba Tech's annual Art Awards.

 

 

DRAMA

Most Valuable Artist: Marc Macedo (sophomore, Chelmsford).

Most Improved: Jared Abreu (sophomore, Townsend).

Most Dedicated: Rachel Casey (senior, Pepperell).

Outstanding Achievement in Drama: Ellice Cunningham (senior, Chelmsford).

Leadership in Drama Award: Sofia Reppucci (senior, Pepperell).

Most Valuable Techie: Rhiannon Archambault (senior, Lowell).

 

TV & MEDIA PRODUCTION

Most Valuable Artist: John Young (junior, Billerica).

Most Improved: Danielle Dunn (senior, Ayer).

Most Dedicated: Mikaela Berthiaume (junior, Townsend).

Outstanding Achievement in TV/Media: Rebecca Reese (senior, Chelmsford).

Emerging Talent Award: Kirstin Richard (sophomore, Ayer).

 

CHORUS

Most Valuable Artist: Danielle Robinson (senior, Lowell).

Most Improved: Peyton McCarthy (junior, Chelmsford).

Most Dedicated: Emma Parla-Aziz (sophomore, Tewksbury).

Leadership in Chorus: Skye Nogler (sophomore, Pepperell).

Outstanding Achievement: Amy Gould (sophomore, Groton).

 

BAND

Most Valuable Artist: Zachary Hughes (freshman, Ayer).

Most Improved: Melany Lorance (sophomore, Pepperell).

Most Dedicated: Camron Clark (freshman, Chelmsford).

Outstanding Achievement: Jared Abreu (sophomore, Townsend).

Leadership in Band: Anthony Brann (junior, Pepperell).

 

DESIGN & VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

Most Valuable Artist: Courtney Deck (senior, Shirley).

Most Improved: Aaron Hatch (junior, Littleton).

Most Dedicated: Danielle Gauvin (senior, Ayer).

Outstanding Achievement in Project Management: Jennifer Goulart (senior, Shirley).

5/09/13 > LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY VISITS ALL VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS IN MASSACHUSETTS


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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY VISITS ALL VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS IN MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON - Friday, May 3, 2013 - Following through on his commitment to visit all 64 vocational-technical education programs in Massachusetts, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today visited the 64th and final program with a tour of Taunton High School's vocational-technical programs. During his visit, Lieutenant Governor Murray also announced the month of May as "Massachusetts Vocational Career and Technical Education Month."


Lieutenant Governor Murray visiting a machine shop at Somerville High School's Chapter 74 vocational-technical program on March 5, 2013. (Photo Credit: Dan Sweatland / Lt. Governor's Office).

There are currently more than 44,000 students in 64 vocational technical schools and programs across the Commonwealth. These schools offer hands-on learning in a number of innovative educational programs to support a range of career fields, especially growing sectors including advanced manufacturing, clean energy, and information technology. Many regional school districts and programs also partner with area businesses and community colleges to prepare the next generation of skilled workers.

"Vocational-technical education is a recipe for academic and career success," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "Early in my first term as lieutenant governor, I committed to visit the 64 vocational schools and programs across Massachusetts. Throughout these visits, I am always impressed by the high caliber of students, teachers, and administrators and the school's curriculum inside and outside the classroom."

As Chair of the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Council, Lieutenant Governor Murray often promotes STEM education, the high quality instruction, and valuable job training skills offered for students through vocational-technical schools and programs.

Lieutenant Governor Murray further stated, "I have seen first-hand the skills our students continue to gain as well as the demands our future workforce requires. With the skills gap widening across the country, Massachusetts' vocational-technical programs are providing students with essential and valuable workforce training."

During school visits from March to early April of 2013, Lieutenant Governor Murray promoted the Patrick-Murray Administration's New Equipment Grant Program. The program incentivizes the development of vocational programs across the state, providing one-time start-up costs to allow vocational schools to purchase equipment to enhance vocational training programs. Over the next five years, at least $5 million in grant funding will be available for this program ($1 million annually). During the first round of the program, the Administration received 165 applications representing 100 percent of all regional vocational school districts and 82 percent of the state's Chapter 74 programs. Grant applications are currently under review by the Executive Office of Administration and Finance and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical School, a school Lieutenant Governor Murray visited in September of 2012, was recently highlighted by NBC's "TODAY" show for the skills students learn to prepare for and compete in the 21st century economy. Pathfinder was also among 10 programs to receive funding through the state's new AMP It Up Program, an initiative with MassDevelopment to partner with innovative programs to promote advanced manufacturing as an attractive career path for students.

"I am both excited and impressed that the political attention and economic factors have come together in a useful and public way to support the importance of manufacturing in this part of the state, including the growth of jobs and the role of vocational education to fill those jobs," said Dr. Gerald Paist, Superintendent of Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical School in Palmer. "Lieutenant Governor Murray's visit really energized our students in the machine and robotics shops, both of which are critical to the state's advanced manufacturing sector."

"The Lt. Governor has championed the Commonwealth's vocational technical education system, recognizing the system's vital role in workforce and economic development as well as its documented success as STEM institutions," said David Ferreira, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators. "He has witnessed firsthand the achievement of students in vocational technical education and advocates for the resources to insure the continued impact on our innovation economy. The partnerships between business and industry and vocational technical education provide our communities with career ready and academically prepared citizens."

Vocational-Technical education programs have been an important component of the Patrick-Murray Administration's efforts to close achievement gaps through promoting innovative learning strategies. In 2011, Lieutenant Governor Murray announced a new leadership model to help advance and expand access to vocational technical education programs across Massachusetts. This new leadership model has increased the focus on successful vocational-technical education, expanded partnerships between educators and employers, and increased collaboration among state agencies with the goal of expanding the use of vocational-technical schools. On average these schools demonstrate higher graduation and lower dropout rates in comparison to overall high school rates statewide.

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5/02/13 > JENNIFER GOULART, JOSHUA RICHARDSON ARE APRIL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Jennifer Goulart of Shirley and Joshua Richardson have been named April's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School. Jennifer Goulart, daughter of Paul and Maria Goulart, is a senior in the Design & Visual Communications program. She is credited with being the driving force behind getting the 2013 yearbook completed on time. Jennifer is on the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society, and is a member of the Chorus and Drama Club. She is also a consistent honor-roll student. As a junior, she was a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen become acclimated to the school. Also as a junior, she won the Most Valuable Designer at the Arts Awards ceremony. Jennifer is a three-sport athlete, competing for the soccer, basketball and spring track teams. This is her second time being named Student of the Month, and she has also been honored as an Athlete of the Month. She plans to attend Fitchburg State University in the fall to major in Exercise and Sports Science. Jennifer was nominated by two teachers. Design & Visual Communications Instructor Derik Rochon wrote: "Jennifer took the yearbook over and got it back on track." Cosmetology Instructor Donna McMahon, who is also the adviser for the Class of 2013, wrote: "She has a positive attitude and great work ethic. She worked tirelessly on the yearbook, senior posters and designs for the senior T-shirts. She is a great role model and an excellent representative of the Class of 2013." Joshua Richardson, son of Thomas and Christine Richardson, is a senior in the Banking/Marketing/Retail program, through which he worked at the in-school branch of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, and now works at the Chelmsford Center branch of the bank. Joshua is a consistent honor-roll student. He plans to attend Fitchburg State University in the fall to study Sports Management. He also plays basketball for the Vikings. Joshua was nominated by English Instructor Wendy Hood, who wrote: "Josh is such a fabulous young man. He is kind, respectful and a wonderful student. He is a pleasure to have as a student."

Submitted by: Dan Phelps

5/01/13 > SHAYLENE HEGARTY, MARK CORLISS ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Shaylene Hegarty of Townsend and Mark Corliss of Chelmsford have been named April's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Tech. Shaylene Hegarty, daughter of Robert and Tammy Hegarty, is a junior midfielder who helped spark the lacrosse team to a fast start. She also plays forward for the basketball team. Shaylene is in the Electronics/Robotics program. She is a consistent honor-roll student. She hopes to attend college after graduation to become a veterinarian. Mark Corliss, son of Robert and Kristine Corliss, is a senior member of the spring track team, competing in the javelin and relays. He also plays center for the basketball team, and tight end and linebacker for the football team. Mark is in the Culinary Arts program. He served as a Kick-Off Mentor as a junior, helping incoming freshmen become acclimated to the school. He has a job lined up in the culinary field for after graduation.

Submitted by: Dan Phelps

4/30/13 > JEFFREY SCHEMINGER NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Jeffrey Scheminger, instructor for the Engineering Technology program, has been named Nashoba Tech's Employee of the Month for April. Jeff is in his third year of teaching Engineering Technology. He was nominated by William Toomey, who wrote: "Jeff has been totally dedicated to the FIRST Robotics team. He worked on the project until 8 p.m., many nights. He gave up his Sundays to work with the students. He spent his personal time getting supplies for the team. He also led the fundraising effort so the team could have the money to compete in FIRST Robotics. He organized meals to fed the students during build sessions. Without the efforts of Mr. Scheminger, there would have been no FIRST Robotics team at Nashoba Valley Tech this year."

Submitted by: Dan Phelps

4/29/13 > SENIOR PROJECT LEADS TO BIG DONATION TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

SENIOR PROJECT LEADS TO BIG DONATION TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION
 





(Mary Aceto, left, a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, accepts a donation of $1,030 from Kalina Swana, a Nashoba Tech senior from Littleton, who organized a fashion show to raise money for Make-A-Wish. At right is Sally Ricard, Kalina's instructor in the Banking/Marketing/Retail program.)

WESTFORD - A Nashoba Tech senior has done her part to Make-A-Wish or two come true.

  Kalina Swana of Littleton, when faced with the senior project that all 12th-graders must present in order to graduate, came up with one of the more unique ideas in recent memory. Kalina, who is in the Banking/Market/Retail program at Nashoba Tech, decided to combine her love for fashion with the requirements that a senior project in her program must fulfill. Her idea? A fashion show, held at Nashoba Tech's Performing Arts Center. Kalina did all the planning, coordinating, marketing and advertising for the show, from having TJ Maxx donate all the clothes, to asking fellow students to be models, to getting students and staff from other technical programs to assist, to deciding what charity would receive the money. About 75 people attended the show, and Kalina also asked businesses and organizations to donate raffle items. When the night was over, she had collected $1,030. Kalina said she tried to think of an organization that doesn't get a lot of publicity and that would be worthy of receiving the donation, and she hit upon the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "They just seem to do such good things, and you don't hear of walks or runs to raise money for them," Kalina said.

  Make-A-Wish volunteer Mary Aceto accepted the donation on the foundation's behalf. "This is unbelievable," Aceto said. "I'm a wish granter so I'll see this money come to life. I see the kids who have their wishes come true, and we can't do it unless people like Kalina make it happen. "Aceto called Kalina "an inspiration." "You should be so proud of yourself," she added. "It's a really great thing you did." Sally Ricard, Kalina's instructor in the Banking/Marketing/Retail program at Nashoba Tech, said Kalina's project is one of her favorite senior projects. "She has an interest in fashion, and her senior project is in event planning, so she married the two together," Ricard said. "I'm very proud of the way she organized everything and how it all came together."After graduation, Kalina is planning to attend college to double-major in International Business and Fashion Merchandising.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 4/30/13

4/17/13 > FIVE AUTO TECH STUDENTS EARN NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

FIVE AUTO TECH STUDENTS EARN NATIONAL CERTIFICATION


Nashaba Tech students, with their NA3SA certificates are, from left, Daniel DeGloria (Chelmsford), Cameron Rollins (Groton), Brian Quin (Townsend), Hector Ortiz (Townsend) and Richard Cura (Townsend) .

WESTFORD - Several students in the Automotive Technology program at Nashoba Tech were recognized recently for passing all or some of the core components of the National Automotive Students Skills Standards Assessment, or NA3SA. The four areas all students must pass are suspension and steering; brakes; electrical/electronic systems; and engine performance. In addition to those four core areas, there are other categories in which Automotive Technology students can test.

The following students passed at least all four minimum core areas:

Richard Cura (sophomore, Townsend), all four core areas, plus engine repair, heating and air conditioning.
Daniel DeGloria (senior, Chelmsford), all four core areas, plus engine repair, manual drive train and axles, heating and air conditioning, mechanical and electrical components, diesel engines.
Hector Ortiz (senior, Townsend), all four core areas, plus engine repair, manual drive train and axles, heating and air conditioning, painting and refinishing, structural analysis and damage repair, mechanical and electrical components, diesel engines.
Brian Quin (junior, Townsend), all four core areas.
• Cameron Rollins (senior, Groton), all four core areas, plus engine repair, heating and air conditioning, mechanical and electrical components, diesel engines.

NA3SA is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission of evaluating technician-training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry, and recommending qualifying programs for certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Submitted by: Dan Phelps

4/12/13 > JUNIORS TAKE THIRD AT ANNUAL BANKING CONFERENCE

JUNIORS TAKE THIRD AT ANNUAL BANKING CONFERENCE

Juniors in Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Banking/Marketing/Retail program placed third in the Product Development category at the Massachusetts School Banking Association's recent annual Spring Conference, held at the Federal Reserve in Boston. Their project was a board game called "Cash Flow," targeted at helping teens learn about finances. From left are Banking/Marketing/Retail instructor Sally Ricard, juniors Chyann Nenonen (Townsend), John Santosuosso (Townsend), Dana Hopf (Shirley), Julie Lafleur (Townsend) and Angel Espada (Shirley), and Keli Eliopoulos, manager of the Nashoba Tech branch of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank.

Submitted by: Dan Phelps 4/28/13

4/09/13 > Students of The Month (March)

Students of The Month

MANUELA ROMANO, JORDAN ST. CYR ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

 

  WESTFORD - Manuela Romano of Westford and Jordan St. Cyr of Littleton have been named March's Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech. Nashoba Tech Students of the Month are sponsored by The Catalano Companies, which owns Dunkin' Donuts franchises in Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend.

 

Manuela Romano, a junior, is the daughter of James and Heather Romano. In addition to being a high-honors students, she is active in extracurricular activities, including Chorus, Drama Club and the student newspaper, The Viking Voice. She has also been inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is in the Cosmetology program at Nashoba Tech. She hopes to attend college and then open her own salon.Manuela was nominated by several staff members. Bruce Sullivan, who teaches Manuela in Advanced Placement English, wrote: "She is always prepared for class, writes with a maturity beyond her years, and is an enthusiastic learner who actively participates in class discussion."Science instructor Jean Manes wrote: "Manuela comes to class almost every day with a smile on her face and an excitement for learning. She also helps her peers with their class work and is well respected by many students and faculty."

 

Jordan St. Cyr, son of Bill and Trisha St. Cyr, is a senior in the Electronics/Robotics program. He is a member of the school's FIRST Robotics team and was instrumental in the team's performance at the Regional Competition at Boston University, where Nashoba Tech earned a sixth seed in the quarterfinals, then placed 10th out of 50 teams, its best finish ever. Jordan also runs cross country for the Vikings.He was nominated by Science instructor William Toomey, who assists with FIRST Robotics, and who wrote: "Jordan took a leadership role in the FIRST Robotics team. He worked on the project until 6 p.m., every school night, staying until 8:00 many nights. He gave up his Sundays to work for the team. He took on the role of learning LabView programming and single-handedly programmed the robot. This was a herculean effort on his part. The team owes its success to Jordan more than any other student."

Submitted By Dan Phelps 4/9/13

4/08/13 > Athletes Of The Month (March)

Athletes of The Month

WESTFORD - Jacquelynn Meyer of Ayer and Aaron Febbi of Westford have been named March's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Tech.

Aaron Febbi, son of John and Dorothy Febbi, is a senior center for the hockey team and midfielder/attack for the lacrosse team. He is in the Electrical Technology program. Aaron has been accepted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and plans to study Kinesiology.

Jacquelynn Meyer, daughter of Kara Kramer, isa senior discus thrower and short-distance runner for the winter track team. She is also a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions. Jacquelynn is in the Machine Tool Technology program.

 Submitted by Dan Phelps 4/9/13

4/07/13 > Employee Of The Month (March)

JESSE TORRES NAMED MARCH EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

 

  WESTFORD - Jesse Torres, Machine Tool Technology instructor, has been named Employee of the Month for March at Nashoba Tech. Torres is in his second year of teaching Machine Tool Technology. He was nominated by Cosmetology Instructor Donna McMahon "for all his hard work with his sophomore class with the SkillsUSA District Competitions held at Greater Lowell Tech in March. Jesse's students, Jared Paiva and Thomas Hall, placed sixth and third from a contestant pool of 17 students. It is a very difficult task for sophomores to place so well, as the exams are geared toward upperclassmen."

Submitted by Dan Phelps 4/8/13

4/06/13 > NEW PEPPERELL RESTAURANT IS SWEET ON NASHOBA TECH'S DESSERT

NEW PEPPERELL RESTAURANT IS SWEET ON NASHOBA TECH'S DESSERT

Nashoba Tech students, from left, Conner Eldridge (junior, Littleton), Sarah Murray (junior, Pepperell), Meghan Bourassa (freshman, Shirley), Zachary Hughes (freshman, Ayer) and Gabrielle Hathaway (junior, Ayer) hold desserts that diners at Dolce Wood Fired Italian Grille in Pepperell will be able to enjoy. The desserts are, from left, Red Velvet Cheesecake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Brownie Torte Delight, Peanut Butter Cheesecake and Coconut Cake.

 

 WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School just landed a pretty sweet gig.Nashoba Tech's award-winning, in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, which is staffed by instructors and students in Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management programs, is now producing desserts for Dolce Wood Fired Italian Grille, a restaurant that opened in 2012 at 105 Main St., Pepperell.It's a feather in the cap for first-year Chef-Instructor Carley Engle,who was hired by Nashoba Tech in September to add a baking component to Culinary Arts.

  Engle said the chance to bake desserts for a popular restaurant in the school's district is a o ne-of-a-kind opportunity for kids who are interested in a culinary career. "It's good for the students to practice consistency, and it's an opportunity to further their education in the baking arts," Engle said.  Nashoba Tech has started out by providing what Engle is calling Dolce's Brownie Torte Delight, but will soon add such options as Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cheesecake and Coconut Cake.  Longtime Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting said the chance to provide desserts for Dolce diners sprung from the hiring of Engle.

"I t's an exciting opportunity for Carley to showcase the talents she learned at Johnson & Wales and to help motivate the students from doing everyday desserts to specialty desserts, and enhancing their baking, decorating and marketing skills," Whiting said.  Jessica Halloran, marketing manager for The Catalano Companies of Harvard, which owns Dolce Wood Fired Italian Grille and several Dunkin' Donuts, including franchises in Groton, Pepperell, Shirley

Submitted By Dan Phelps 4/9/13

4/05/13 > TEACHERS EARN $866 FOR SCHOLARSHIPS IN GOLF TOURNAMENT

Several teachers from Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford participated in the Massachusetts Vocational Association golf tournament held last summer at Pine Ridge Country Club in Oxford. Nashoba Tech's team won combined low team score and low score on the back nine. The school recently received a check for $866.80 for the Nashoba Valley General Scholarship fund, and hopes to repeat at this summer's tournament. Last year's team, with Nashoba Tech School Committee member and MVA Executive Board member Donald Ayer of Chelmsford, left, included, from left, Heath Squires (Math), Donna McMahon (Cosmetology), Robert Brazeau (Plumbing & Heating), Victor Vaitkunas (Electrical Technology), David McCloskey (Science), Patrick Kelly (Math), Kevin McDermott (Electrical Technology) and Robert Vines (permanent substitute).

3/27/13 > NASHOBA TECH SENDING 14 STUDENTS TO SKILLS USA STATE COMPETITION

NASHOBA TECH SENDING 14 STUDENTS TO SKILLS USA

STATE COMPETITION

 Nashoba Tech's SkillsUSA team, which is sending 14 students to the SkillsUSA State  Competition after they earned medals at the recent District Competition in Tyngsborough.

 

WESTFORD - Fourteen Nashoba Valley Technical High School students combined to win 11 medals at the recent SkillsUSA District Competition, held at Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough. The students who medaled will go on to compete in the SkillsUSA State Competition later this spring in Marlborough. Gold-medalists for Nashoba Tech in the District Competition are: the team of Mikaela Berthiaume (junior, Townsend) and John Young (junior, Billerica), in Digital Cinema Production; Daniel Leonard (postgraduate, Chelmsford) in Electronics; Shannon Pecora (junior, Westford) in Cabinetmaking; Danielle Robinson (senior, Lowell) in Photography; and Victoria Ronayne (junior, Westford) in Dental. Kylie McCaul (senior, Chelmsford) won a silver medal in Early Childhood Education. Bronze-medalists are: the team of Joseph Bernardo (junior, Westford) and Justin Stewart (senior, Chelmsford) in Mobile Robotics Technology; Ashley Curtin (senior, Chelmsford) in Restaurant Service; Caitilin Cuoco (senior, Ayer) in Nurse Assisting; Thomas Hall (sophomore, Pepperell) in Precision Machining Technology; the team of Rebecca Reese (senior, Chelmsford) and Brianna Taylor (junior, Shirley) in Digital Cinema Production.

Submitted by:Dan Phelps 3/27/13

3/25/13 > The NVTHS FIRST Robotics Team completed it's 2013 Boston Competition on Saturday with great success

ROBOTICS TEAM HAS BEST REGIONAL SHOWING EVER

Nashoba Valley Technical High School's FIRST Robotics team had its best showing in its three-year history at the recent Boston FIRST Regional Robotics Competition at Boston University's Agganis Arena, placing 10th of 50 teams in the qualifying round and earning a sixth seed in the quarterfinals. From left are team members Amy Strong (sophomore, Lowell), Alexander Featherstone (sophomore, Pepperell), Russell Byron-Kelly (junior, Groton), in costume as the Nashoba Tech Viking, and Justin Stewart (senior, Chelmsford).

 

 (From left are team members Amy Strong (sophomore, Lowell), Alexander Featherstone (sophomore, Pepperell), Russell Byron-Kelly (junior, Groton), in costume as the Nashoba Tech Viking, and Justin Stewart (senior, Chelmsford).)

 

 

  

 

 

 

   

 

    At Robotics Competition in Boston Massachusetts. The team coming in 10th place The best the team has ever done


 

 


 

 

 

(From left are team members Jordan St. Cyr (senior, Littleton), Richard Bourdelais (freshman, Chelmsford), Christian Proia (freshman, Westford), Joseph Bernardo (junior, Westford), Kassandra Ducharme (junior, Chelmsford), Thomas Dorman (freshman, Townsend) and Andrew Taylor (freshman, Ayer).)

Submitted by Dan Phelps 3/29/13

3/22/13 > NASHOBA TECH STUDENT’S DESIGN CHOSEN TO REPRESENT LITTLETON COMMUNITY FARM

NASHOBA TECH STUDENT'S DESIGN CHOSEN TO REPRESENT LITTLETON COMMUNITY FARM

 

 

Alexander Green of Chelmsford, a sophomore in Nashoba Tech's Graphic Design & Communications program, with Amy Lewis of the Littleton Community Farm, holds his design, which members of the farm chose out of 43 entries to represent the farm.

 

NASHOBA TECH STUDENT'S DESIGN CHOSEN TO REPRESENT LITTLETON COMMUNITY FARM

 

 

 WESTFORD - Folks in Littleton will soon be hearing and seeing a lot about the Littleton Community Farm. There will be fliers, tote bags, a Facebook page. And on the fliers, tote bags and Facebook page will be a design by Nashoba Tech student Alexander Green. The design by Alex, a sophomore from Chelmsford, was chosen from a field of 43 to be the logo for the nascent farm. Littleton Community Farm is "a farm without land," as its co-founder, Amy Lewis, calls it. It is the brainchild of Lewis and others who are working with town officials and the Littleton Conservation Trust to find a piece of land on which residents can farm. Its mission is not only farming, but also educating the residents of Littleton "to develop an awareness of the importance of local and regional food in their lives," Lewis said. The group decided it needed a logo that people would recognize, one that encapsulated its dual mission. So it held a contest that was open to the entire Littleton community. The group received submissions from Littleton students, residents - even one from a professional graphic designer. E ach member of the farm board picked their top three designs, then the group narrowed the field to four. Those four designs were put on Google, where people were able to comment on their favorite. And Alex's design, Lewis said, "rose to the top through democratic consensus."

 

 

The simple design, which Alex said was "completely hand-drawn," shows the words "Littleton Community Farm," underlined by a stalk of wheat, with the sun shining behind. Alex said he wanted to keep the design simple but meaningful. "With the wheat stalks, I was thinking of farms, and a lot of people think of wheat when they think of farms," he said. "I put in the sun as a form of inspiration. When the sun rises, it inspires you." It certainly inspired members of the Littleton Community Farm. "The concept really resounded with us," Lewis said.

 

 

Alex is in the Graphic Design & Communications program at Nashoba Tech, where his teacher, Nathan Meharg, said he is a hard-working student. "Alex has been working very hard since he got here," Meharg said. "He's really been doing as much as he can to produce his best work." Meharg said several of his students entered the Littleton Community Farm contest, but Alex "really hit the heart of it with the wheat motif." "There's a certain amount of science with these contests," Meharg added, "but it's also something that has to appeal to people's tastes. His design obviously did." Alex received $50 for winning the contest. Next up for the Littleton Community Farm is finding some land and getting people to buy into the idea. "We hope to be up and running in time for Littleton's tricentennial in 2014," Lewis said. "Littleton has its roots in agriculture, so it's important to have agriculture represented in the tricentennial."

 

 

 Submitted by Dan Phelphs 3/22/13

3/13/13 > FIRST ROBOTICS CLUB GEARING UP FOR BOSTON REGIONAL EVENT

FIRST ROBOTICS CLUB GEARING UP FOR BOSTON REGIONAL EVENT

 

  (picture) Watching as the robot attempts to perform its task are Nashoba Tech FIRST Robotics club members, from left, Andrew Taylor (freshman, Ayer); Thomas Dorman (freshman, Townsend), Richard Bourdelais (freshman, Chelmsford); Alexander Marek (freshman, Littleton); Austin Roffee (freshman, Littleton); Justin Stewart (senior, Chelmsford), who has been with the club all three years of its existence; Amy Strong (sophomore, Lowell); Kassandra Ducharme (junior, Chelmsford); and mentor Rick Nagle of Chelmsford.  
 
 
 

WESTFORD - Students in Nashoba Tech's FIRST Robotics club will attempt to scale new heights at the upcoming Boston FIRST Regional Robotics Competition. And if they do, indeed, manage to scale those heights, it will be largely because of the mentoring of Rick Nagle. This year's task the robot must compete in the regional competition is called "Ultimate Ascent," and it involves the robot throwing discs into goals located at the ends of a field and on top of pyramids, while climbing a pyramid for extra points.
 

Nagle, a principal mechanical engineer with Raytheon, is in his third year of mentoring Nashoba Tech's FIRST Robotics team as it builds and programs the robot.
FIRST Robotics was founded by New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway and who started FIRST ("For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology") as a way to immerse high-school students in science and engineering and groom the next generation of scientists. This year's Boston Regional event, scheduled for March 21-23 at Boston University's Agganis Arena, is Nashoba Tech's third foray. Its first attempt, in 2011, earned the team the Rookie All-Star Award and a berth in the national FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo.
 

The students - 19 in all from four different technical programs - have worked for six weeks to perfect their robot, with guidance from Nagle. "Rick has logged hundreds of hours with the team, teaching students about the many aspects of design, construction and strategy," said Jeffrey Scheminger, Nashoba Tech's Engineering Technology instructor and adviser for the FIRST Robotics club. Nagle said this year has been challenging because several of the club's leaders graduated last year and many of this year's group are freshmen getting their first exposure to FIRST Robotics. But he said he has been "pleasantly surprised" with their work, which includes staying after school into the evening most days during the six-week building process. "They've been through the whole process - how to brainstorm and the importance of scheduling and commitment and cooperation," said Nagle, a Chelmsford resident. "They seem to make the right decisions. They're thinking it through, and they moved forward with the plan and executed it on schedule. They know the importance of due dates, just like in industry."

 

Nagle said this year's group is more eclectic than in the past, with some students not having much of a technical background but still bringing something to the table."They all have different skill sets," he said. "But they're all ready for the competition. This year should be pretty exciting. The robot does everything we want it to do."In addition to Nagle, Scheminger also credits Nashoba Tech's sponsors for the FIRST Robotics team, namely Raytheon, UTC Aerospace Systems and Parametric Technologies Corporation). 
 
Submitted by: Dan Phelps 3/13/13

3/06/13 > NASHOBA TECH GEARING UP FOR ANNUAL CULINARY COMPETITION

NASHOBA TECH GEARING UP FOR ANNUAL CULINARY COMPETITION

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION: Trying out Nashoba Tech's entry in the upcoming Taste of Nashoba Valley competition - Encrusted Rack of Lamb with a Mango-Papaya Chutney, garnished with garlic whipped potatoes - are, seated, from left, Chef-Instructors Carley Engle, Steve Whiting and Fran Zentgraf. Serving them are, from left, freshmen Zachary Hughes of Ayer and Meghan Bourassa of Shirley, and juniors Gabrielle Hathaway of Ayer and Sarah Murray of Pepperell.

 

 

WESTFORD - Staff and students in Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant Management programs are sharpening the knives and perfecting the recipe as they prepare to defend their title in the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of Nashoba Valley competition.

  Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting sees Nashoba Tech's victory last year as a continuation of a tradition started six years ago, when Nashoba Tech started a string of three straight victories in the Best Entrée category - which is comparable to the Best Picture at the Academy Awards.  

 

In 2011, Nashoba Tech's dominance was stopped by Bailey's Bar & Grille in Townsend, but the school took back the crown in 2012 - and doesn't plan on relinquishing it again. "We are confident we will be able to defend our title," said Whiting, who runs Nashoba Tech's in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef. The 12th annual Taste of Nashoba Valley is Tuesday, March 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Lawrence Academy. This year, Nashoba Tech's entrée will be Encrusted Rack of Lamb with a Mango-Papaya Chutney, garnished with garlic whipped potatoes. "This is an original recipe from one of our former students, Brian Reynolds, who is now the executive chef at Newbury Court, an exclusive retirement community in Concord," Whiting said.

 

Last year, Nashoba Tech held a Freshman Buffet, which allowed freshmen in the Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant Management programs to showcase the skills they had acquired. The event raised $700, which will pay for the school's participation in this year's Taste of Nashoba event. A similar buffet with an Italian theme is being planned for April to pay for next year's entry into the contest. And, yes, Whiting expects Nashoba Tech will be victorious at that one, too.

 

Submitted by Dan Phelps 3/13/13

 

3/06/13 > BRIANNA WHITE, MATTHEW BRENNAN ARE FEBRUARY ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

    Athletes of The Month

 

 

 

 

Brianna White, daughter of Brian and Meghan White, is a sophomore point guard for the basketball team, which finished 11-9 and qualified for the Division 3 Central Tournament. Brianna also hopes to play shortstop for the softball team this spring. She is an honor-roll student in the Design & Visual Communications program.

  

 

 

 

Matthew Brennan, son of Mark and Vicki Brennan, is a senior defenseman for the hockey team. He also plays second base for the baseball team. Matthew, a Plumbing &

Heating student, earned a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship for his performance on the MCAS test. He plans to work in the plumbing field upon graduation. This is his second time being named Athlete of the Month, the first coming in his sophomore year.

 

Submitted by Dan Phelps 3/12/13 

3/06/13 > TIM MCDONALD IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

TIM MCDONALD IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH   

 

WESTFORD - Tim McDonald is February's Employee of the Month. Tim was named Facilities Manager last May after starting in the maintenance department in 1997. He was nominated by Community Education Director Joann Sueltenfuss, who recounted an episode during a recent night class when a student in a CNA class lost a ring that belonged to her boyfriend's great-grandmother down a sink drain while demonstrating a sanitizing technique as part of a class assignment. Despite the late hour - it was after 7 p.m. - Tim happened to be in the building, and with his background in plumbing, he was able to open the drain and find the ring in minutes. "With days that are jammed with running a large facility, and nights consumed with town meetings to expand the already huge space, " Sueltenfuss wrote, "in less than 10 minutes, Tim was able to open the drain and retrieve the ring! This action was 'no big deal' to Tim, but made a world of difference to a young student. His care and concern in this situation will be long remembered, by the student, her teacher and her classmates (and me)."

Submitted by Dan Phelps 3/6/13

3/06/13 > KELSIE BUCKLEY, GEORGE NIEVES ARE FEBRUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

   STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

 

                      

 

 

Kelsie Buckley, daughter of Jeff Buckley and Kathleen Reynolds, is a junior in the Dental Assisting program. She is an honor-roll student and a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen make a smooth transition into high school. As a sophomore, Kelsie attended the Commonwealth Athletic League's annual Sportsmanship Summit. She was nominated by English Instructor Sheila Carroll, who wrote: " In addition to her exemplary grades and school involvement, Kelsie is an amazing girl. I have twice witnessed Kelsie act with grace and professionalism in serious medical situations. She came to the medical aid of her classmates with the knowledge and confidence of a seasoned professional. Within the classroom, Kelsie participates in classroom activities and discussions fully. She assists her classmates and is always looking to improve her skills." Kelsie hopes to attend the University of New Haven to study Forensic Science.

  

 

 

George Nieves, son of George and Persa Nieves, is a junior in the Engineering Technology program. He is an honor-roll student and a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen make a smooth transition into high school. George also plays wide receiver for the football team. Because of an interest in space and flight, he plans to attend college to study Aerospace Engineering, and is looking into the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. George was nominated by Engineering Technology Instructor Jeffrey Scheminger, who wrote: "George is a Kick-Off Mentor who always goes the extra step to help out fellow students, assists his classmates with work and is the first one to volunteer whenever there is a need."

 

Submitted by Dan Phelps 3/6/13

3/01/13 > CULINARY ARTS, HOTEL/RESTAURANT PROVIDE LUNCH, COMPANIONSHIP AT SENIOR CENTERS


CULINARY ARTS, HOTEL/RESTAURANT PROVIDE LUNCH, COMPANIONSHIP AT SENIOR CENTERS

 

 

  Sophomores in Nashoba Tech's Hotel & Restaurant Management program, from left, Emily Morrison (Chelmsford), Aixa Amparo (Lowell), William Ross (Pepperell) and Shannon Harrison-Fisher (Pepperell) prepare to serve lunch to seniors at the Townsend Senior Center.

 

  

  Seniors in Nashoba Tech's Culinary Arts program, from  left, Hunter Cooke (Chelmsford), Kayla Mercurio (Pepperell) and Mark Corliss (Chelmsford), with Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting, prepare lunch for seniors at the Townsend Senior Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Harrison-Fisher of Pepperell, a sophomore in Nashoba Tech's Hotel & Restaurant Management program, serves lunch to seniors at the Townsend Senior Center.

 

 


 

 

 

  WESTFORD - Nothing can bridge a generation gap like good food. That's the idea behind the most recent venture of Nashoba Tech's Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management programs. Nashoba Tech students, along with Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting, pack up their supplies in a school van and travel to several different local senior centers once a month to provide lunch to seniors. 
But that's not all they're providing. They're also providing a way for seniors to get together and socialize - and a way for seniors to feel as though they're helping the younger generation. 
 

"The seniors enjoy seeing the young people who are just starting new careers, and the students enjoy it because, I think, they remind them of their grandparents in many cases," says Martha Campbell, director of the Groton Council on Aging. 
"The students come here and prepare and serve the meals, and they clean up after, which is wonderful," Campbell continues. "Plus, they're getting to know the seniors. They talk to them and get acquainted. I love that part of it. "The first month we did it, nine to 12 people came," she says. "Last week, we had 45, so the word is out." 
 

Whiting said the school provided the Culinary Arts program with its own van, which has allowed him and his fellow chef-instructors to do more off-premises catering. They currently provide lunch once a month to senior centers in Groton and Townsend, and the Pepperell Senior Center has signed on, as well. (Other senior centers in the Nashoba Tech district, which also includes Ayer, Chelmsford, Littleton, Shirley and Westford, that are interested in having the school provide lunch can call Whiting at 978-692-9958.) 
 

The students set up the dining room, then prepare a choice of two entrees, appetizer, vegetable, potato, rolls and dessert- all for $10 a plate. 
And while the students enjoy getting out of the school and getting to know the seniors, Whiting says they're also learning different aspects of the industry. 
"We're giving kids an opportunity to learn different disciplines of serving and cooking with this program," he says. "Our in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, provides training for waiting on tables, cashiering, hostessing, cooking, preparing and other jobs, but it's hard to teach off-premises catering without actually doing it, and this gives us that opportunity. 
 

"We want to thank the towns of Townsend, Groton and Pepperell for giving us the opportunity to come out and show our expertise in off-premises catering," he continues. Campbell says that while the meal is low-cost, you can't put a price on the way it makes the seniors feel. "You can't get a better deal for the money, but it's more of an intergenerational thing," she says. "The seniors feel like they're helping the young people with their careers."

Submitted by Dan Phelps 3/1/13

2/25/13 > Kylie McCaul, Nicole Kelly Attend Women In Sport Event

KYLIE MCCAUL, NICOLE KELLY ATTEND WOMEN IN SPORTS EVENT

 

Two senior student-athletes at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford recently attended the Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The event, hosted by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, celebrates the many opportunities women and girls have to compete in sports throughout Massachusetts and the nation. Representing Nashoba Tech among the 300 female athletes from across the state were Kylie McCaul of Chelmsford, a senior in the Early Childhood Education program at Nashoba Tech, and Nicole Kelly of Shirley, a senior in the Dental Assisting program.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 2/25/13

2/19/13 > Disneyworld - At the Studios waiting for our Animation Workshop to start

2/17/13 > Students Arrive in Disneyworld

2/04/13 > BECKY UPDYKE, RAYSAM DONKOH-HALM ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH (JANUARY)

BECKY UPDYKE, RAYSAM DONKOH-HALM ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH (JANUARY)

   

WESTFORD - Rebecca Updyke of Townsend and Raysam Donkoh-Halm of Lowell have been named January's Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech.

Rebecca, daughter of Jim and Linda Updyke, is a senior in the Health Assisting program.Rebecca has been an honor-roll student.
She plans to study Psychiatric Nursing and has been accepted into three colleges - Anna Maria College, Regis College and Fitchburg State University - though she has not decided which to attend. She works at Kindred Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation in Fitchburg.
Rebecca was nominated by Health Assisting Instructor Vicki Poulin, who wrote: "I work with many students who have substantial knowledge of the nursing field, but few who have the drive and compassion that the field requires. Becky is one of these students. Becky is genuinely interested in helping me and others. She is the first to volunteer for anything and everything. "She works in the field and brings much to classroom discussions," Poulin added. "Becky applies her many certifications from Health Assisting as a part-time certified nursing assistant. She is able to manage a full assignment of resident care, which is no small task for anyone, high-school student or otherwise."

Raysam Donkoh-Halm , son of Gordon Halm and Beatrice Stevens, is a junior in the TV & Media Production program. He is an honor-roll student and was inducted into the National Honor Society as a sophomore. He is president of the newly formed Tri-M Music Honor Society, vice president of the junior class, and a member of the Drama Club and Chorus. He has played main roles in this year's production of "Once Upon a Mattress" and last year's production of "Hairspray."Raysam, who is known as Huey by classmates, is a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen make a smooth transition to high school. He also co-produced a public-service announcement that was a finalist last year in the Middlesex County District Attorney's annual Youth Video PSA Project. Raysam hopes to attend Berklee School of Music upon graduation in 2014 to study Music Production. He plays the piano, guitar and bass. He was nominated by Music and Chorus Instructor Laura Lamore, who wrote: "Huey is very active in the Theater and Music programs, as well as being a Kick-Off Mentor. Huey is a great role model for students and is a leader for school spirit. He has been working extremely hard, is willing to do anything to make the school a better place, and is overall an awesome person who doesn't always get recognized for his hard work."


Submitted by Dan Phelps 2/4/13

2/04/13 > ELLEN HORAN, BRADLEY MEDLIN ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

ELLEN HORAN, BRADLEY MEDLIN ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH   (JANUARY) 
 
 

 WESTFORD - Westford residents Ellen Horan and Bradley Medlin have been named January's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

  Ellen Horan, daughter of Phil and Brenda Horan, is a junior two-season cheerleader. She is a high-honors student in the Dental Assisting program.
 As a sophomore, Ellen was selected to attend the Commonwealth Athletic League's Sportsmanship Summit. She is a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen make a smooth transition into high school. She was inducted into the National Honor Society as a sophomore.

 Bradley Medlin, son of Wayne and Linda Medlin, is a senior center for the hockey team. He also plays lacrosse in the spring. Bradley is a high-honors student in the Culinary Arts program. As a junior, he was a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen make a smooth transition into high school.
Bradley plans to attend Johnson & Wales University in the fall to study Culinary Arts and Food Service Management.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 2/4/13

2/01/13 > MR. FUSCO IS JANUARY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (JANUARY)

MR. FUSCO IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH  (JANUARY)
 

Welcome back Mr. Fusco

WESTFORD - David Fusco, Athletic Director/Social Studies Instructor, is Nashoba Tech's January Employee of the Month.
Dave has been back two weeks since being out for about two months with his illness, and his presence in the school was immediately felt. He was nominated by Andrea Knowles, who wrote: "Congratulations to Dave for his quick recovery and his desire to get back to school so soon after his surgery. Dave shows dedication and professionalism with all of his responsibility at NVTHS."

Submitted by Dan Phelps 2/4/13

1/23/13 > AP BIOLOGY CLASS CONDUCTS EXPERIMENT AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY CITY LAB

AP BIOLOGY CLASS CONDUCTS EXPERIMENT AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY CITY LAB

 

 

Nashoba Tech's Advanced Placement Biology seniors recently took a field trip to the Boston University City Lab. The students worked in the Bacteria Transformation Lab, where they grew bacteria, which they brought back to the school and placed in an incubator to grow to show results of the transformation of the bacterial genetic material. In the photo, City Lab Educator Mark Jurman, left, speaks with AP Biology seniors, from left, Tiffany Jurewicz (Westford), Samantha Chapman (Littleton), Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford), Janet Kiongera (Lowell), Kayla Drinkwater (Shirley) and Nicole Holmes (Lowell). Nashoba Tech Science instructors Andrea Knowles and William Toomey made the trip as well.

 Submitted by: Dan Phelps 1/23/13

 

1/23/13 > COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS LEARN MAKEUP TECHNIQUES FROM A PRO

COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS LEARN MAKEUP TECHNIQUES FROM A PRO

Grace Moschetto of Grace Professional Cosmetics in North Andover, teaches sophomore Cosmetology students at Nashoba Valley Technical High School how to apply an "evening look," using sophomore Krystal Silva of Pepperell as her model. Moschetto was Nashoba Tech's first Cosmetology postgraduate and is now a stylist and makeup artist with such clients as the New England Patriots cheerleaders and Fox-25 TV news anchor Maria Stephanos.

Submitted by: Dan Phelps 1/23/13

1/15/13 > NASHOBA TECH HEALTH ASSISTING TEACHER FINALIST FOR MASSACHUSETTS NURSE OF THE YEAR

NASHOBA TECH HEALTH ASSISTING TEACHER FINALIST FOR MASSACHUSETTS NURSE OF THE YEAR

 

 

March of Dimes Massachusetts Nurse of the Year finalist Vicki Poulin, left, with her daughter, Melanie, who nominated her. Poulin is a Health Assisting instructor at Nashoba Tech.


 

WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech Health Assisting instructor Vicki Poulin was recently recognized as one of 25 finalists for the March of Dimes' Massachusetts Nurse of the Year.  Poulin, a Lunenburg resident who is in her seventh year teaching at Nashoba Tech, was nominated by her daughter, Melanie, for her work at Nashoba Tech, her part-time job at Sunny Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chelmsford, and her work helping new mothers learn how to breastfeed. Hers was one of 120 nominations the March of Dimes received, and Poulin was invited to the awards ceremony at the Verve-Crowne Plaza in Natick in December with the other 24 finalists. Poulin said Melanie and a co-worker at Sunny Acres "conspired to nominate me" and that is was a surprise. " I bring Melanie to work at Sunny Acres because she's a very caring person," Poulin said.

 

  Melanie's nomination reads: "My mom works hard. She is a teacher and works with kids of all ages in high school. She also has a side business where she teaches teen mothers and mothers of newborns to breastfeed. I think she deserves to be Nurse of the Year because she took lots of classes and studied hard. She is good at her job."

 

Poulin has been working at Sunny Acres part time for six years as a medication and treatment nurse. Her 46 Health Assisting students at Nashoba Tech also receive hands-on training at Sunny Acres as they work toward their certification as Certified Nursing Assistants, or CNAs. " They roll up their sleeves and do everything, from feeding patients to giving bed baths to taking them for activities to sitting with them and keeping them company," Poulin said. Poulin also runs her own business as a certified breastfeeding trainer and has won several awards through the American Journal of Nursing, the Massachusetts Coalition of Breastfeeding and other organizations. " I really think parenting is so worthwhile, and they need every little chance they can get. That's also why I went into teaching," she said. Poulin said that although Melanie is her only biological child, "I have 46 kids here at Nashoba Tech. "

Submitted by Dan Phelps 1/15/13

1/11/13 > NASHOBA TECH INDUCTS FIRST MEMBERS INTO TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY CHAPTER

NASHOBA TECH INDUCTS FIRST MEMBERS INTO TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY CHAPTER


Nashoba Tech recently inducted the first members into its new chapter of the national Tri-M Music Honor Society during a ceremony in the Performing Arts Center before the annual Holiday Concert. Front row, from left, Julia Phelps (junior, Lowell), historian Alexis Tucker (junior, Littleton), Rachel Casey (senior, Pepperell), Jennifer Goulart (senior, Shirley) and Music instructor Laura Lamore. Back row, from left, are Manuela Romano (junior, Westford), Jordan Forrest (freshman, Chelmsford), Rachel Straitiff (junior, Pepperell), Emily St. Amand (senior, Pepperell), vice president Russell Byron-Kelly (junior, Groton), secretary Emma Parla-Aziz (sophomore, Tewksbury), treasurer Skye Nogler (sophomore, Pepperell), Marc Macedo (sophomore, Chelmsford). Missing from photo are members Kirsten Pudsey (senior, Littleton), president Raysam Donkoh-Halm (junior, Lowell), Amy Gould (sophomore, Groton), Camron Clark (freshman, Chelmsford) and Sofina Russell (freshman, Ayer). Tri-M (it stands for Modern Music Masters) is a program of the Virginia-based National Association for Music Education. Nashoba Tech's chapter was accepted by the national society in the fall.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 1/11/13

1/09/13 > NASHOBA TECH COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS BECOME CERTIFIED IN HAIR EXTENSIONS

NASHOBA TECH COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS BECOME CERTIFIED IN HAIR EXTENSIONS

 

 

Dawn Eudy, far right, a national educator for California-based Cinderella Hair recently certified Cosmetology students at Nashoba Valley Technical High School on the installation of hair extensions after a daylong, hands-on demonstration. At far left is Ashley Groft (sophomore, Groton), and from left in the mirror are Krystal Silva (sophomore, Pepperell), Samantha Randall (junior, Townsend), Jennifer Gates (postgraduate, Pepperell), Cosmetology instructor Donna McMahon and Hollie Curley (postgraduate, Shirley).

 

 Submitted by Dan Phelps 1/9/13 

1/07/13 > STUDENTS OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER)

ERIN WHOOLEY, JOHN SANTOSUSSO ARE DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WESTFORD - Erin Whooley of Shirley and John Santosuosso of Townsend have been named December's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

 Erin Whooley, daughter of Jeannette Whooley, is a sophomore in the Banking/Marketing/Retail program. She is an honor-roll student and works in the Lowell Five Cent Savings bank branch located in Nashoba Tech's Viking Village Mall. Erin was nominated by Music Instructor Laura Lamore, who wrote: "Erin has shown a great deal of effort in getting all her homework assignments done and is working harder to make sure she succeeds. Additionally, she acts very respectfully and is a wonderful student to have in class. Erin has been working hard and it shows." Banking/Marketing/Retail Instructor Sarah Ricard added: "Erin has really proven herself this year. Her high level of initiative and professionalism sets a wonderful example for her peers and is noticed when working in the store, selling merchandise in the cafeteria and as a teller for Lowell Five. Erin approaches school with a positive attitude and is always willing to help out when needed. I am really proud of how she has grown in the last year and see nothing but great things ahead for her."


John Santosuosso, son of John and Kim Santosuosso, is a junior in the Banking/Marketing/Retail program. He is a high-honors student and was inducted into the National Honor Society as a sophomore. John is a member of the Student Council and is very active in extracurricular activities. He is treasurer of the Class of 2014, vice president of the Spanish Club, a member of the spring track team and a peer tutor. He helped organize the recent winter semi-formal dance and the Student Council Toys for Tots drive. He is also a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen make the transition to high school, and he works at the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank's Pepperell branch, a position he acquired by demonstrating a strong work ethic at the bank's Nashoba Tech branch. John was nominated by three staff members. Banking/Marketing/Retail Instructor Sarah Ricard wrote: "John has proven to be a student who exceeds my expectations on a consistent basis. He is polite, intelligent and a valuable team player." Social Studies Instructor Lacey McCabe wrote: "I have thoroughly enjoyed having John in class this year. He consistently goes above and beyond what is expected of him, asks well-thought-out questions and is not afraid of a challenge. Beyond that, John is extremely considerate and respectful to those around him, students and teachers alike." Kelli Eliopoulos, the Lowell Five branch manager, wrote: "John was recently hired as a teller for Lowell Five at our Pepperell location. This is indicative of his professionalism and hard-working nature."

Submitted by Dan Phelps 1/7/13

1/07/13 > EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER)

SARAH RICARD IS DECEMBER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Sarah Ricard, Banking/Marketing/Retail instructor Sarah was nominated by Lowell Five branch manager Kelli Eliopoulos, who wrote: "I know that I am new here, but I have never seen a teacher go so far above and beyond for her students. She would give them the shirt off her back if that would help them. Sally not only takes care of her students, but she takes classes to get her master's, tutors, and is always helping another teacher with something. She makes sure the kids have clothes for the bank, and if they don't, she will find some. She will make sure parents are involved. I am amazed at times that she can get anything done with being in such high demand, but she does. She has made my transition here so easy. We make a great team. Her students are lucky to have her, as am I. When her students look back at their high-school years, they will think of her and be so thankful they had her."

Submitted by Dan Phelps 1/7/13

1/07/13 > NASHOBA TECH COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS GIVE PRESCHOOLERS A DAY AT THE SALON

NASHOBA TECH COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS GIVE PRESCHOOLERS A DAY AT THE SALON

Preschool students from Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Early Learning Center recently spent some time getting their nails done by Nashoba Tech Cosmetology students at the Westford school's in-school salon, Cosmo Cuts. Front row, from left, are preschoolers Lauren Poehler, Patrizia Kinnane, Carissa Palmer and Sophie Poehler, all of Westford. Back row, from left, are Elizabeth Gapinski (postgraduate, Groton), Amanda Marshall (senior, Pepperell), Kelsey Bennett (senior, Lowell), Julie Nelson (sophomore, Pepperell) and Anna Mello (sophomore, Chelmsford).

Submitted by Dan Phelps 1/7/13

1/07/13 > ATHLETES OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER)

LAUREN KELLEY, JAMAL ANTONGEORGEE ARE DECEMBER ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Lauren Kelley of Chelmsford and Jamal Antongeorgee of Lowell are December's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School. Lauren Kelley, daughter of Richard and Maureen Kelley, is a sophomore shooting guard for the Vikings girls basketball team who plans to play softball in the spring. She is an honor-roll student and is studying Health Assisting.

Jamal Antongeorgee, son of Jose Capo and Brunilda Gomez, is a senior multi-position player for the boys basketball team. Jamal was selected as a sophomore to attend the Colonial Athletic League Sportsmanship Summit. He participates in DECA and is a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen make the transition to high school. Jamal, who studies Banking/Marketing/Retail, has qualified for the Adams Scholarship based on his performance on the MCAS exam. He plans to attend college and is looking into Fitchburg State University.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 1/7/13

1/03/13 > NASHOBA TECH IS ONE OF 31 MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES TO RECEIVE A SHARE OF $3.2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS IN LIFE SCIENCES

Nashoba Tech is one of 31 Massachusetts educational facilities to receive a share of $3.2 million in grants to support programs in life sciences

 

  Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, show off the Nashoba Tech gear they received during a press conference held in Nashoba Tech's Viking Forum announcing the center awarding more than $3.2 million in grants.

  Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray watches as Tiffany Jurewicz of Westford, a senior at Nashoba Tech looks through a microscope to observe bacterial colonies that had grown in an incubator as part of a biotechnology lesson in which students learn how medicine is cultured in a lab using recombinant bacteria cells. Murray was at Nashoba Tech to announce that the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded $3.2 million to 31 educational facilities. Nashoba Tech received  $96,665.20.

 WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech is one of 31 Massachusetts educational facilities to receive a share of $3.2 million in grants to support programs in life sciences.   N ashoba Tech received $96,665.20 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, which for the second year in a row has awarded more than 30 grants worth more than $3 million.

The grant awards were announced at a press conference held at Nashoba Tech on Thursday, Dec. 20, and hosted by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the Life Sciences Center. Murray said the grants, awarded to 29 technical high schools and public high schools in Gateway Cities, as well as two workforce training programs, are a vital part of Gov. Deval Patrick's goal to retain Massachusetts' standing as a leader in so-called STEM education - science, technology, engineering and math. "Our administration continues to invest in STEM education, jobs and workforce development to prepare the next generation of students and leaders in our economy," said Murray, who chairs the governor's STEM Advisory Council. "By partnering with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, we are delivering resources for schools to invest in advanced equipment and supplies. Students will gain more hands-on experience in the classroom, further engaging them in STEM fields that will get them excited about future careers in innovative industries.

" Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz said the district has, for the past two decades, "changed our direction and mission to meet the highest skill standards of the global workplace."

"We are focused on creating the newest technical programs necessary to meet the needs of the commonwealth and the nation's growing science, health, human-services and biotechnology industries," she added. "We opened Engineering Technology 10 years ago and have continued to expand STEM education in all of our technical programs.

"Use of the equipment purchased through this grant will enable students in our health sciences, Engineering Technology and Advanced Placement biology programs to expand their core curricula to address specific mathematic and scientific concepts unique to biotechnology."

Gabriella White, Nashoba Tech's academic and testing coordinator, said students enrolled in the Engineering Technology program focus on core skills during freshman and sophomore years before branching out and specializing in different types of engineering starting in their junior year.

"The equipment and materials provided by this grant will expand these possibilities to include biotechnical engineering and biomedical devices," White said. "New equipment will also provide additional opportunities to our students enrolled in Advanced Placement biology as well as students who are enrolled in our Health Assisting and Dental Assisting programs, who will have an expanded choice of possible career pathways as they become more skilled in both breadth and depth of laboratory experiences."

She went on to say that those options could include biomechanics, cardiovascular engineering, genetic engineering, agricultural biotechnology, tissue engineering, biomedical devices, forensics and bioethics.

Windham-Bannister said that as a resident of Carlisle, she lives close by Nashoba Tech's campus in Westford, and it has been "exciting to see it grow over the years."

"It's exciting and gratifying to see you get this grant," she said to Dr. Klimkiewicz.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center was created by Gov. Deval Patrick's administration in 2008. The center's mission is to create jobs in the life sciences and support vital scientific research that will improve the human condition. The work includes making financial investments in public and private institutions that are advancing life-sciences research, development and commercialization, as well as building ties among sectors of the Massachusetts life-sciences community.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 1/3/13

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12/19/12 > PRESCHOOLERS GET A TASTE OF HIGH SCHOOL AT NASHOBA TECH

PRESCHOOLERS GET A TASTE OF HIGH SCHOOL AT NASHOBA TECH

Nashoba Valley Technical High School Superintendent  Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz  shares a laugh with  Aislynn Montgrain, 4 1/2, of Chelmsford, a student at Nashoba Tech's Early Childhood Learning Center, over lunch at Nashoba Tech's in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef. Several of the students from the Early Learning Center came to the big school to dine with Klimkiewicz and Assistant Superintendent Denise O'Loughlin. The Early Learning Center is affiliated with Nashoba Tech and is staffed by students in Nashoba Tech's Early Childhood Education program. There are currently openings; call 978-692-6036.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 12/18/12

12/19/12 > CHORUS BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER TO NURSING HOME

CHORUS BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER TO NURSING HOME  

   

 The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Chorus recently entertained residents of the Chelmsford Crossings assisted-living facility with selections from its annual Holiday Concert. From left are Cortney Surprenant(sophomore, Townsend),  Kirsten Pudsey  (senior, Littleton),  Jennifer Goulart  (senior, Shirley) and Danielle Robinson  (senior, Lowell). The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Chorus recently entertained residents of the Chelmsford Crossings assisted-living facility with selections from its annual Holiday Concert. From left,Nyssa Mills  (Townsend) performs a solo as  Kalee Chapman  (Townsend),  Emma Parla-Aziz  (Tewksbury), Skye Nogler (Pepperell) and Shameeda Johnson  (Ayer) prepare to join in.  

 Submitted by Dan Phelps 12/17/12

12/19/12 > STUDENT COUNCIL COLLECTS FOR TOYS FOR TOTS

STUDENT COUNCIL COLLECTS FOR TOYS FOR TOTS

Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Student Council recently collected a box full of toys to donate to Toys for Tots. Having fun with some of the donations are, from left,  Mikaela Berthiaume  (junior, Townsend),Peyton McCarthy  (junior, Chelmsford),  Dana Hopf  (junior, Shirley),  John Young  (junior, Billerica),  Ellice Cunningham  (senior, Chelmsford),  John Santosuosso  (junior, Townsend) and  Tori Cafeteiro  (junior, Chelmsford).

 Submitted by Dan Phelps 12/17/12

12/19/12 > HORTICULTURE CLUB PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL WESTFORD HOLIDAY BAZAAR

HORTICULTURE CLUB PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL WESTFORD HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Students and staff from Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Horticulture Club sold wreaths, poinsettias, ornaments and other Christmas-related items at the recent annual Westford Holiday Bazaar, held at Westford Academy. From left are  Cara Masson  (junior, Westford), club adviser  Andrea Knowles  and  Sarah Whitney(senior, Shirley).

 Submitted by Dan Phelps 12/17/12

12/17/12 > PROGRAMMING AND WEB STUDENTS COMPETE IN HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMMING COMPETITION HELD AT FITCHBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

PROGRAMMING AND WEB STUDENTS COMPETE IN HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMMING COMPETITION HELD AT FITCHBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

On December 7th, 2012, students in Programming and Web Development, Eliza Glatkowski (not pictured) Matty Romano (top left), Tyler Schaff (top right),Ben Kleschinsky (center left), Daniel Henderson (center),Alex Smith-Electronics/Robotics Student (center right), Instructor, Mrs.Cooperider (bottom left),Joe Clark (bottom center), and Donnie Sokolowski (bottom right), participated in a high school programming competition at Fitchburg State University. They competed against 17 different high schools from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island in a fun exiting day. All teams were provided a PC to use with certain programming software, such as Java, and were allowed to bring any written work or papers along with them to use. All teams worked for 3 hours on a list of challenging programs, and the winner would be the team that submitted the most programs that worked correctly. Many schools were split into 2 or 3 teams, so there were 34 teams in all. Neither team from Nashoba Valley Tech placed (in the top 3), but they were still very proud to represent our great school! After the competition, all participants were rewarded with a very nice certificate of participation.

Fitchburg State provided pizza and ice cream, and then the awards for first, second and third place were presented at an awards ceremony. Students had a great day and enjoyed the honor of representing Nashoba Tech`s Programming and Web technical program !

Submitted by: Daniel Henderson-Programming and Web Student 12/19/12

12/17/12 > LEEANN SUTHERBY AND LIAM KILBRIDE ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

LEEANN SUTHERBY AND LIAM KILBRIDE ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH (November)

WESTFORD - Leeann Sutherby of Shirley and Liam Kilbride of Townsend have been named November's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Tech.

Leeann Sutherby, daughter of Robin Sutherby, is a sophomore who has been a dedicated and talented member of the cheerleading team and is considered a leader among the Class of 2015. As a freshman, she was among a select group chosen to attend a Human Rights Awareness program at the Holocaust Center in Peabody as part of Nashoba Tech's Facing History and Ourselves course. Leeann is in the Electrical Technology program.

Liam Kilbride, son of Thomas and Brenda Kilbride, is a junior football standout on both sides of the ball, as a center on offense and a tackle on defense. He also plays baseball for the Vikings in the spring. He has been an honor-roll student, and as a sophomore, he was selected to attend the Commonwealth Athletic League's Sportsmanship Summit. Liam is in the Electrical Technology program.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 12/17/12

12/17/12 > AARON HATCH AND THANDILE JACKSON ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH (November)

 AARON HATCH AND THANDILE JACKSON ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH (November)


WESTFORD - Aaron Hatch of Littleton and Thandile Jackson of Shirley have been selected November's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Tech. Thandile Jackson, daughter of Marcus and Lee Jackson, is a junior in the Cosmetology program. She is an honor-roll student who is involved in many aspects of Nashoba Tech. She is on the National Honor Society, SkillsUSA, the cast of the school musical, the volleyball team and the staff of the school newspaper, writing the cover story, "The Road to College," for The Viking Voice's first edition of the year. She is also a Kick-Off Mentor, helping freshmen make the transition into high school. Thandile is hoping to attend college to study either Biology of Biomedicine, and has visited Howard University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University. She was nominated by Science instructor Jean Manes, who wrote: "Thandi is a very diligent, hard-working student. She completes all her work on time, and stays after when she needs help. … She has a positive attitude even when she encounters difficult material. She is always very polite when addressing me or asking me a question. She is also willing to help out a classmate who is struggling." That was seconded by Cosmetology Instructor Donna McMahon, who wrote: "She is a morale builder and team player who works very hard in Cosmetology. Thandi is a positive role model who is very active in the Nashoba Tech community. I wish we could clone her as she is a breath of fresh air."


Aaron Hatch, son of Roger and Michele Hatch, is in the Design & Visual Communications program. He is an honor-roll student and, as a graphics editor and contributing artist, is a major reason the first edition of the school newspaper, The Viking Voice, was published on time and looking good. One of his political cartoons was published in the first edition. Aaron was nominated by newspaper adviser Joann Sueltenfuss, who wrote: "His creative eye led to a great first edition of The Viking Voice, and his (just-a-tad-dark) humor gave us the first political cartoon in this issue. Aaron's dedication to a completed project on deadline led to a successful (and on schedule) first issue."

Submitted by Dan Phelps 12/17/12

12/17/12 > NASHOBA TECH STUDENT LEADERS HOPE TO LEAVE LASTING LEGACY

NASHOBA TECH STUDENT LEADERS HOPE TO LEAVE LASTING LEGACY



Nashoba Tech Student Council officers, from left, Sofia Reppucci of Pepperell, Ellice Cunningham of Chelmsford, Dana Hopf of Shirley and Danielle Robinson of Lowell, with adviser Emily Smith.


WESTFORD - Sofia Reppucci wants to leave a "lasting legacy" at her high school. Ellice Cunningham, Danielle Robinson and Dana Hopf like to plan activities and get others involved in them. Together, the four have rejuvenated the Student Council at Nashoba Tech and are the council's leaders, elected by their peers: Sofia, a Pepperell resident, is president; Ellice, a Chelmsford resident, is vice president; Danielle, of Lowell, is secretary; and Dana, a Shirley resident, is treasurer. All four, along with adviser Emily Smith, attended a recent officer-training workshop, hosted by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils and held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. What they learned there they brought back to Nashoba Tech, holding a four-hour, first-of-its-kind leadership training seminar for selected students who are leaders in sports or are active in extracurricular activities.

"The girls decided they wanted to bring the training back to our school," said Smith, who is also a Theatre Arts instructor at Nashoba Tech "We enjoyed ourselves at the workshop at Holy Cross and learned a lot," Danielle said. "We thought the class officers and leaders here at Nashoba Tech could very much benefit from the exercises we learned. "It's the first time the school has done anything like this, so we went into it blind," Sofia said. On the eve of the workshop at Nashoba Tech, the girls spent four hours at Chili's planning the day. They came up with four leadership-building activities: Sofia led a seminar on public speaking; Dana led a workshop on stress relief; Ellice's was on building bridges; and Danielle's seminar focused on team building. All four (Dana is a junior, and the other three are seniors) have grand plans for the council this year and beyond. "I wanted to make the council grow and definitely wanted to do everything I could to have a great senior year and to leave a lasting legacy," Sofia said.

Her goal this year is to get the members of all the school's groups, clubs, sports and activities"on the same page." "All the different groups and clubs seldom have an opportunity to work together," Sofia said, "and Student Council enforces everyone working on the same page and trying to get everyone involved as much as possible." Ellice said Student Council is a natural way for her to stay as involved as possible with her school. "I ran for class president and didn't get that, but I wanted to help plan events to get students involved," she said. The girls have already planned several events for the 2012-2013 school year, including a semi-formal dance, a Toys for Tots collection, a talent show and an Ultimate Fan Couch at two football games, at which a lucky raffle winner got to watch the game with a group of friends, with free snacks and refreshments. And they're not done yet. Upcoming events for the remainder of the school year include a second talent show in the spring and a trip to Hyannis for the annual three-day Massachusetts Association of Student Council conference. "I'm really proud of these girls," Smith said. "They worked their butts off to get this thing off the ground."

Submitted by Dan Phelps 12/17/12

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12/05/12 > NASHOBA TECH HOTEL & RESTAURANT, CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS SERVE VETS THANKSGIVING MEAL

NASHOBA TECH HOTEL & RESTAURANT, CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS SERVE VETS THANKSGIVING MEAL

 

Kevin Goulart of Chelmsford, and Shannons Harrison-Fisher of Pepperell both sophomore's in Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Hotel & Restaurant Management program, serves Thanksgiving dinner to local veterans during the Westford school's traditional event. The dinner is a Thanksgiving tradition for 12 years now, started by Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting, who invites veterans and staff members from several local veterans housing groups affiliated with the Veterans Administration, including from Pepperell, Winchendon and Lowell. The meal consisted of a traditional Thanksiving feast of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, peas, beverage, and coffee and pie for dessert, all prepared, cooked and served by students in Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management.

 

  Submitted by Dan Phelps 12/5/12

12/05/12 > NASHOBA TECH DENTAL STUDENTS TEACH EARLY CHILDHOOD KIDS ABOUT A DENTIST’S OFFICE

NASHOBA TECH DENTAL STUDENTS TEACH EARLY CHILDHOOD KIDS ABOUT A DENTIST'S OFFICE


  Children from the Nashoba Valley Early Learning Center recently visited students and staff in the Dental Assisting program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford to learn about how a dentist's office works. Here, Aislynn Montgrain, 4 1/2, of Chelmsford learns how to brush properly with help from Dental Assisting students, from left, Kristen Melancon (postgraduate, Chelmsford), Brittany Rosa (junior, Chelmsford) and Celia Sullivan (junior, Townsend).


  Children from the Nashoba Valley Early Learning Center recently visited students and staff in the Dental Assisting program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford to learn about how a dentist's office works. Here, Victoria Ronayne, a junior from Westford, shows Aislynn Montgrain, 4 1/2, of Chelmsford how the dental equipment in the lab works, as Kelsie Buckley, a junior from Pepperell, looks on. The Early Learning Center is affiliated with Nashoba Tech and is staffed by students in Nashoba Tech's Early Childhood Education program.


  Children from the Nashoba Valley Early Learning Center recently visited students and the staff in the Dental Assisting program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford to learn about how a dentist's office works. Front row, from left, are Early Learning Center students Carissa Palmer, 4 1/2, Patrizia Kinnane, 3 1/2, and Lauren Poehler, 3 1/2, all of Westford; and Aislynn Montgrain , 4 1/2, of Chelmsford. Back row, from left, are Dental Assisting students Kristen Melancon (postgraduate, Chelmsford), juniors Celia Sullivan (Townsend), Ellen Horan (Westford) and Kelsie Buckley (Pepperell); instructor Amanda Doherty; and juniors Brittany Rosa (Chelmsford), Victoria Ronayne (Westford) and Julia Phelps (Lowell).

Submitted by Dan Phelps 12/5/12 

11/20/12 > 41 NASHOBA TECH SENIORS EARN ADAMS SCHOLARSHIP


41 NASHOBA TECH SENIORS EARN ADAMS SCHOLARSHIP

 

WESTFORD - Forty-one members of the Class of 2013 at Nashoba Tech have qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, representing 25 percent of the senior class, the maximum number that is eligible for the award.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is a Massachusetts Department of Education grant that provides free undergraduate tuition to state colleges and universities to students who score in the Advanced category in either the Mathematics or English Language Arts section of the 10th-grade MCAS test, and in the Proficient or Advanced category in the other section.


In addition, students must: have a combined MCAS score on those two assessments that ranks in the top 25 percent of their school district; be a permanent Massachusetts resident; be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen; enroll in a postsecondary institution full time in the first traditional academic semester after high-school graduation; and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The following students have qualified for the scholarship  


 

Ayer: Caitlin Cuoco, Desmond Davis, Richard Hughes.

 

Chelmsford: Thomas Barrett, Matthew Brennan, Ashley Curtin, Nicholas Hamel, David Luz, Kylie McCaul, Brendan O'Neill, Aaron Rogers, Justin Sheehan.


  

Dracut: Cameron Dumais.


 

Fitchburg: Rachel Lake.

 

Littleton: John Himmelberger, Jordan Martel, Kirsten Pudsey.

 

 

Lowell: Jamal Antongeorge, Rhiannon Archambault, Malaysha Perez, Danielle Robinson, Shawston Rosw, Anna Schrank.

 

 

Pepperell: Kayla Buchanan, Rachel Casey, Anthony Orazio, Sofia Reppucci, Christopher Rudkowski, Hannah Whiting.

 

 

Shirley: Courtney Deck, Kayla Drinkwater, Kelly Gallagher.

 

 

Townsend: Mitchell Ashe, Victoria Forbes, Jaid Hall, Cynthia Messina, Christopher Schiavo.

 

 

Westford: Evan Cassidy, Aaron Febbi, Briana Lumbert, Krystyn Robbis.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 11/20/12

11/19/12 > Employee of The Month (October)

Employee of The Month (October)


BRUCE SULLIVAN

WESTFORD - Bruce Sullivan, in his fifth year teaching English at Nashoba Tech, has been named October's Employee of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.
Bruce was nominated by Andrea Knowles, who wrote: "Bruce motivates his students and allows them to reach their full potential."
A case in point is 2009 graduate Stephanie Bacon, who, three years removed from high school, had her first novel published in October 2012. Bacon credits Bruce with encouraging her passion for writing when she was a senior in his English class. She says that without his support, she may not have had the confidence to become a writer.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 11/19/12

11/19/12 > Students of The Month (October)

Students of The Month (October)

 

JULIA PHELPS, ZACHARY MCNIFF ARE OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

 

 

  WESTFORD - Julia Phelps of Lowell and Zachary McNiff of Shirley have been selected as October's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.
Julia Phelps, daughter of Daniel and Suzanne Phelps, is a junior in the Dental Assisting program. She is a high-honors student and serves as a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen make a smooth transition into Nashoba Tech.
Julia was inducted as a sophomore into the National Honor Society, and is a dedicated member of the school Chorus, singing at Open House, graduation and other special events at the school, as well as at nursing homes during the holiday season.
Julia was nominated by Music and Chorus Instructor Laura Lamore, who wrote: "Julia is quiet and hard-working. She always has a smile on her face and is an outstanding student citizen. She is very involved in the music program and is always around to help. Julia is a wonderful student and person here at Nashoba."

Zachary McNiff, grandson of John Farrar, is a senior in the Plumbing & Heating program. He plans to work in the plumbing field through Nashoba Tech's School to Career program, through which qualified students work every other week in their chosen field, gaining valuable, hands-on experience while earning school credits.
Zachary is a four-year soccer player for the Vikings as a sweeper. Zachary was nominated by Math Instructor Jodie Murphy, who wrote: "He is doing a wonderful job in Math. He is getting all his homework done and participating in class."

Submitted by Dan Phelps 11/19/12

11/19/12 > Athletes of The Month (October)

Athletes of The Month (October)

KYLIE MCCAUL, JOHN YOUNG ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

 

  WESTFORD - Kylie McCaul of Chelmsford and John Young of Billerica have been selected as October's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School. Kylie McCaul, daughter of James and Linda McCaul, follows up her Student of the Month accolades for September by being named an Athlete of the Month for October. Kylie was a stalwart for a volleyball team that had a disappointing season, not missing a single game and helping to keep up morale as the captain. 
Off the court, she is a high-honors student and has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She has also participated in the Colonial Athletic League Sportsmanship Summit. She served as a Kick-Off Mentor as a junior, helping incoming freshmen make a smooth transition into Nashoba Tech. Kylie is in the Early Childhood Education program. 

J ohn Young, son of John and Nichole Young, is a junior soccer standout and one of the leading scorers on the team as a midfielder. He scored the game-winning goal against Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School that kept the Bulldogs from qualifying for the playoffs.
John is in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program. He is a member of the Drama Club and has appeared in the annual musical production, and will play the King in the upcoming production of "Once Upon a Mattress." He also serves as a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen make a smooth transition into Nashoba Tech. John is an honor-roll student.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 11/19/12

11/14/12 > HUNDREDS SEE WHAT NASHOBA TECH HAS TO OFFER AT ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

HUNDREDS SEE WHAT NASHOBA TECH HAS TO OFFER AT ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

 

  Anthony Oliveira, an eighth-grader from Lowell, receives a photo signed by former New England Patriot Max Lane at Nashoba Tech's recent Open House.

 

Rebeka Larosa, left, an eighth-grader at the Nissitissit School in Pepperell, and her mother, Nikki Riendeau, pose for a photo with "The Voice" finalist James Massone at Nashoba Tech's recent Open House. Rebeka, who has a sister who is a freshman at Nashoba Tech, is considering attending next year to study Cosmetology.

 

Angela Constantine, a seventh-grader from Westford, picks up some bakery treats from Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting in Nashoba Tech's Culinary Arts area during the school's recent Open House. Angela is considering attending Nashoba Tech in two years to study Culinary Arts.

 

Spencer Beek, left, a seventh-grader from Pepperell, and his mother, Celeste, take part in a science experiment with Science Instructor Bill Toomey during Nashoba Tech's recent Open House. The Beeks were impressed with the variety of technical programs Nashoba Tech offers.

 

WESTFORD - Nearly 300 students and parents toured Nashoba Valley Technical High School at the school's recent Open House, where they saw what the school has to offer, talked to the teachers - and got to see a professional singer perform two mini-concerts. James Massone, a finalist on Season 2 of the "The Voice," sang in the Performing Arts Center, accompanied by guitarist Shuhei Teshima. Massone, 23, is from Wakefield and, having worked in his father's auto-body shop, was happy to talk to kids about the value of a technical education. After each performance, Massone signed autographs and had his picture taken with anyone who wanted one. Former New England Patriots offensive tackle Max Lane was also on hand to meet with students and sign autographs in the gymnasium When they weren't posing for pictures with Massone and Lane, local middle-schoolers and their parents got close-up looks at Nashoba Tech's 18 technical programs and talked to teachers on both the academic and technical sides.  

While some middle-schoolers were still on the fence about what high school to attend, others appeared ready to make their minds up on the spot. "It's pretty good here. I like that you get more hands-on experience," said eighth-grader Anthony Oliveira of Lowell. Angela Constantine, a seventh-grader from Westford, took a summer class at the Marcus Lewis Day Camp at Devens with Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting, and she came to say hi to him at Open House. Though Angela still has time to decide what high school to attend, Nashoba Tech appears to have the edge. "Cooking is my favorite thing to do, so I'm definitely thinking about coming here for Culinary Arts," Angela said. Others who attended Open House were impressed with the variety of technical programs the school has to offer. In addition to traditional vocational programs, such as Plumbing & Heating, Automotive Technology and Electrical Technology, Nashoba Tech offers such programs as TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts, Early Childhood Education, Dental Assisting, and Banking, Marketing & Retail. Celeste Beek of Pepperell was on hand with her son, Spencer, a seventh-grader who is already thinking ahead to high school. "We've been going to lots of high schools and checking out what they have to offer," Beek said. "We didn't realize all the different types of programs they have here, the diversity of the programs."

Other technical programs at Nashoba Tech include: Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Carpentry/Cabinet Making; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Design & Visual Communications; Electronics/Robotics; Engineering Technology; Health Assisting; Hotel & Restaurant Management; Machine Tool Technology; and Programming & Web Development.

Nashoba Tech also offers a full slate of academic courses, including honors and Advanced Placement, as well as Dual Enrollment, a School to Career program, MCAS preparation, and many other programs.

Nashoba Tech's district includes Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford, though a limited number of students are allowed from outside the district through school choice. For more information on enrolling, call 978-692-4711 or visit  www.nashobatech.net.

Submitted by Dan Phelps

11/05/12 > NASHOBA TECH HELPS TO RESTORE HISTORICAL PEPPERELL SCHOOLHOUSE

NASHOBA TECH HELPS TO RESTORE HISTORICAL PEPPERELL SCHOOLHOUSE

 
Nashoba Tech students and staff working on Pepperell School District No. 3 include, front, junior Nicholas DeSalvo (Chelmsford); second row, from left, instructor Tony Cerra, and junior Thomas Baker (Chelmsford), postgraduate Alexander Campbell (Chelmsford), and juniors Shannon Pecora (Westford), Andrew Decicco (Chelmsford) and Gregory Andrade (Westford); and, back row, from left, juniors Ryan Considine (Lowell), Frank Anastasi (Chelmsford), Jordan Gingras (Townsend), Daniel Fernald (Chelmsford) and Zebediah Updyke (Townsend).


WESTFORD - Students in the Carpentry program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School have spent much of this fall replacing the roof on the historic School District No. 3 in Pepperell. The one-story brick structure, built in 1844 on Shattuck Street, is being restored by the Pepperell Historical Society after the land and building were given to the society by brothers John and Laurence Bagley. The building was home to the Shipley Hill School, then School District No. 3. After the restoration is complete, the Historical Society plans to turn the building into a local museum and space for meetings, lectures, special exhibits and demonstrations. The society has slowly been restoring the building when money is available, and Susan Smith, president of the society, said she is grateful that Nashoba Tech is able to restore the roof as part of its Community Service program. Through the Community Service program, Nashoba Tech students and staff are available to perform projects for its district towns - Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford - and only charge for materials, saving the communities the cost of labor. Nashoba Tech students and staff, led by Carpentry instructor Tony Cerra, are putting new shingles on the roof of Schoolhouse District 3 and shoring it up. Anyone who would like to contribute to the ongoing restoration of School District No. 3 can mail donations to the Pepperell Historical Society, P.O. Box 573, Pepperell, MA 01463-0593, or contact the society at www.pepperellhistory.org .

  Posted by Dan Phelps

10/23/12 > NASHOBA TECH MUSIC PROGRAM PART OF NATIONAL TRI-M HONOR SOCIETY

NASHOBA TECH MUSIC PROGRAM PART OF NATIONAL TRI-M HONOR SOCIETY

 

Members of the Nashoba Tech chorus include, front row, from left, Sabrina Reedy (freshman, Chelmsford), Sabrina Santoro (freshman, Pepperell) and Stephanie Santiago (freshman, Chelmsford); back row, from left, Brittany Jarvis (junior, Ayer), Kylee Larosa (freshman, Pepperell), Makayla Crossman (junior, Chelmsford), Sydney Delforte (freshman, Groton), Emma Parla-Aziz (sophomore, Tewksbury), Danielle Proulx (junior, Pepperell) and Matthew Harkin (freshman, Chelmsford); and, back row, from left, Music instructor Laura Lamore, Peyton McCarthy (junior, Chelmsford), Jordan Forrest (freshman, Chelmsford), Jessica Stevens (freshman, Groton), Kyle Askenburg (freshman, Chelmsford) Dominique Manning (junior, Ayer) and Christian Proia

(freshman, Westford). WESTFORD - Members of the Music program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School have something to sing about. The school recently became the latest charter member of the national Tri-M Music Honor Society. The Tri-M Music Honor Society (the three M's stand for Modern Music Masters) is a program of the Virginia-based National Association for Music Education. Inductees must have the academic qualifications (a grade of C or better in all classes), but with music added (a grade of B or better in Music classes). There are also elected officers - president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and historian. "It's like National Honor Society but with music," Music instructor Laura Lamore said. "It's the best of the best of music." Lamore said having the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Nashoba Tech gives the 4-year-old Music program a little more cachet. "The kids get to have more ownership of the program and make more of the decisions," she said, adding that students will receive extra credit for performances the band and chorus produce. "It's good to have that national affiliation," Lamore added.

  Submitted by Dan Phelps 10/23/12 

10/22/12 > Nashoba Tech Named A Level 1 School by State Department of Education Westford

NASHOBA TECH NAMED A LEVEL 1 SCHOOL BY STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION  

 Westford - Nashoba Valley Technical High School received more good news when MCAS scores were released in September. Under the Massachusetts Department of Education's new accountability system, school districts are divided into five levels based on their performance on the MCAS test, with Level 1 schools being the highest-ranking schools and Level 5 being the lowest-ranking. Based on its students' performance on the MCAS test administered last spring, Nashoba Tech has been labeled a Level 1 district. In fact, Nashoba Tech is the only school in its district - which includes the towns of Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford - to be deemed a Level 1 district.

What's more, for the second straight year, every 10th-grader passed the English portion of the MCAS. The results are from the tests taken last spring by sophomores. Students must pass the MCAS tests in English and Math to graduate from high school. According to Gabriella White, Nashoba Tech's academic/testing coordinator, the school is labeled a Level 1 school because it met its performance targets in all three tests - English, Math and Science - as well as its targets for graduation and dropout rates. Nashoba Tech also increased the number of students who scored at the "advanced" level in all three tests, and among the state's 29 vocational-technical schools, scored third-highest in growth in English and sixth-highest in math. Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz said that while the school is pleased with its continued improvement, it still hasn't reached its ultimate goal. "We continue to work exceedingly hard at improving proficiency, and credit needs to go to the hard work of the teacher trainers and the staff," Dr. Klimkiewicz said. "But we won't be happy until everybody is either advanced or proficient. We always strive for perfection for all students. Excellence is our goal."

 Submitted by Dan Phelps 10/22/12

10/22/12 > NASHOBA TECH GRAD HAS FIRST NOVEL PUBLISHED AT AGE 22

 

NASHOBA TECH GRAD HAS FIRST NOVEL PUBLISHED AT AGE 22

 

By Dan Phelps

Nashoba Tech Class of 2009 graduate Stephanie Bacon, center, donates a copy of her first novel, "Painting Lola," to the school. With her are, from left, Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz; two teachers Bacon says influenced her, English teacher Bruce Sullivan and Design & Visual Communications teacher Nathan Meharg; and Library/Technology Specialist Nora Clooney. 

WESTFORD - When Stephanie Bacon was 10, she wrote her first novel. "It was 500 pages long on looseleaf paper," she says. "I'd be embarrassed to read it now." Maybe nobody read that book, but people are reading - and loving - Bacon's first published piece of fiction - the novel "Painting Lola." Bacon, a 2009 graduate of Nashoba Valley Technical High School, wrote "Painting Lola" over the summer, and it was published on Oct. 5. And though she's only 22, Bacon has been working on getting published for some time. "I got lots of rejections," says Bacon, who grew up in Ayer and now lives in Nashua, N.H. "I sent a lot of stuff to magazines, and no one wanted them. I just kept sending them. I was kind of annoying about it." Those early stories were "kind of sci-fi/fantasy type of stories," which caught the eye of Nathaniel Parkinson, author of the fantasy novel, "Bishop and the Pixies, Book One: The Hunt Begins." Parkinson is a friend of Bacon's aunt. He read Bacon's stories and liked them. He encouraged her to write a novel. The result is "Painting Lola," which is not a fantasy. As Bacon says, "It's about a girl with a rare skin condition. She's at the bottom of her life. She has nowhere to go. But she gets an offer to model for a famous painter who hasn't been able to paint for years. The experience brings them closer and forces them to face the demons they've been subconsciously hiding for years." Bacon said the writing process was exhausting because she felt like she had to write scenes when they came to her - regardless of the hour. "I got no sleep," she says. "It's kind of like a blur. I'd wake up in the middle of the night with a scene in my head, and I had to get it out. That went on for a long time until I finished writing the scene. In fact, I finished the book at 3 in the morning." Amazon published the novel, and the reviews have been promising. "Stephanie Bacon is a gem!" writes one reviewer on amazon.com. "A very promising new novel from this young talent. She has a wonderful imagination for characters." Another review reads: "Ever since I received this book in the mail, I couldn't put it down. …From the moment you open the book, it draws you in. I recommend this book to everyone." At Nashoba Tech, Bacon was an honor-roll student in the Design & Visual Communications program, where she was an accomplished artist. She admits she was a shy teenager and says she was urged to pursue her writing abilities by her senior English teacher, Bruce Sullivan. "Mr. Sullivan encouraged me," she says. "He used to embarrass me by putting my writing or my artwork on the wall of the class." Sullivan said he was impressed with Bacon's artistic abilities (two of her sketches appear in "Painting Lola"), but floored by her writing skills. "She would always go beyond what everyone else would do," he says. "But she didn't want any recognition. She was painfully shy. I could see she had an amazing talent, but she didn't believe in herself. "I felt like my only job was to encourage her," Sullivan adds. "She just needed to believe in herself more. And it ultimately happened. I'm so proud of her." And Bacon's not planning on "Painting Lola" being a one-shot deal. "I've already started the next one," she says. Bacon recently returned to Nashoba Tech to donate a copy of "Painting Lola" to the school's library. "It's targeted at young adults and teens," she says. "People do go through everything that appears in this book far more frequently than people like to admit - being knocked down and not being able to go any lower and picking yourself up." Her advice to students is "to keep your options open." "If you love to do something," she adds, "sometime in your life you're going to go back to it. I did not write this book to make any money that I might get out of it. I just had to get my thoughts out." "Painting Lola" is available at amazon.com for $8.99 in paperback or $2.99 for Nook or Kindle.

Submitted by Dan Phelps 10/22/12

10/15/12 > RESTARTING BAKERY PROGRAM A PIECE OF CAKE FOR NASHOBA TECH

RESTARTING BAKERY PROGRAM A PIECE OF CAKE FOR NASHOBA TECH

 Nashoba Tech has hired Engle to restart its baking program. WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech hasn't had a baking chef in about 15 years. But a recent upswing in the popularity of cakes and cupcakes, generally credited to the rise of the Food Network and other TV cooking shows and personalities, revealed a need that was not being fulfilled: Some students wanted to learn the baking side of the culinary arts as well as the cooking side. "About 20 years ago, the industry had a real need for pastry-arts chefs," said Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting, who has been teaching for close to 30 years. "But then, with the trend of pre-made cakes, the industry kind of fizzled out. "But now that's coming around full circle with the craze for cakes and cupcakes and the Food Network," Whiting added. "There's an excitement around cakes and cupcakes. It's all the rage, and kids want to learn that. Plus, there's the special dietary needs of people - gluten-free, nut-free, allergen-free. So Nashoba Tech saw a need to add a baking chef."


Nashoba Tech's new chef-instructor, Carley Engle, left, oversees students  Joseph Howard (sophomore, Chelmsford), center, and Michael Brubaker (senior, Pepperell). 


  Nashoba Tech is the Terryville, Conn., native's first experience teaching at the high-school level, though she taught middle-schoolers in Nashoba Tech's Summer Experience, as well as adults in Nashoba Tech's Nashoba @ Night community education program. She's not new to baking, though. "I've been decorating cakes for about 10 years," Engle said "My mom and my grandparents always baked with me. And they were all teachers." Engle graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., with a Bachelor's degree in Baking and Pastry, and was a teaching assistant at the Johnson & Wales Inn. She has also worked for Bianco's Catering in Tyngsborough. She's happy to be at Nashoba Tech and leading the resurgence of the baking program, which is part of the Culinary Arts curriculum. "A lot of the kids in Culinary Arts are excited about having a full-time bakery teacher," she said. "I love being around kids, and I love knowing the kids get inspired by what I do." Engle said she plans to teach students the basics about cookies, cakes and cupcakes, and to create custom-made cakes for the public. She also wants to introduce the students to one of her specialties - wedding cakes. "I want to show them the basics of how to do it," she said. "And organic baking is huge right now so I hope to get into that. But right now, everythings's cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes." The public can sample the new bakery items at Nashoba Tech's award-winning in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, which is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., when school is in session. Reservations are not required, but if you would like to make one, call  978-692-9958.

10/11/12 > Students of the Month (September)

Students of the Month    

 

Kylie McCaul of Chelmsford and Craig Croteau of Townsend, both seniors, have been named September's Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech!

 

Kylie McCaul (from Chelmsford) 

 Taken by Dan Phelps 10/10/12

 

 Kylie McCaul, daughter of James and Linda McCaul, is a Student of the Month for the second time, the first honor coming in her sophomore year. She is a senior who is very active in extracurricular activities. She served as president of the junior class, is captain of the volleyball team and plays softball. She is a high-honors student and has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She has also participated in the Colonial Athletic League Sportsmanship Summit. Kylie won a gold medal in Preschool Teaching Assistant as a sophomore in the SkillsUSA District Competition. She also served as a Kick-Off Mentor as a sophomore, helping incoming freshmen make a smooth transition into Nashoba Tech. Kylie is a dedicated member of the Early Childhood Education program and of the Nashoba Valley Early Learning Center, which is on the Nashoba Tech campus and staffed by students in the program. "She's here a half-hour before school starts every single day," said Early Childhood Education Instructor Colleen Hogan-Mazzola, who nominated Kylie. "And she stays late when she doesn't have to. She's very good with infants. She has a gift." In her nomination, Hogan-Mazzola added: "Her hard work and positive attitude are welcoming to all parents and children in the child-care center."

 

 

  Craig Croteau (from Townsend) 

Posted by Dan Phelps

 

Craig Croteau, son of Michael and Maureen Croteau, is a senior in the Carpentry/Cabinetmaking program. He is an honor-roll student and hopes to participate in the School to Career program, through which qualified upperclass students work every other week in the field for which they have been trained. Craig is a four-year soccer player for Nashoba Tech. Through the Carpentry program, he has assisted at several job sites throughout the school's district, including installing a wheelchair ramp at the Groton Grange, building a shed at the Groton Country Club, and constructing a kiosk along the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Chelmsford. Craig was nominated by English Instructor Sheila Carroll, who wrote: "Craig has been in my class for the last two years and has been a positive energy in every class. Craig always puts his best effort into class projects and group assignments. Outside of class, Craig has participated in several sports and clubs. Overall, Craig is a model student in and out of class. He is a leader on the field, and cares about those who he has come in contact with over the years.


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10/10/12 > Athletes of the Month (Septemeber)

Athletes of the Month

 Brittany Thomas of Townsend and Brandon Snow of Leominster have been named September's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Tech.

Brittany Thomas (from Townsend)

 

Posted by Dan Phelps

 

Brittany Thomas, daughter of Jina Thomas, is a junior cross-country runner. She is the top runner for the girls team and also competes for the spring track team as a jumper and hurdler. Brittany is secretary of the junior class and is on the Student Council. She is also a second-degree black belt in karate. Brittany is an honor-roll student in the Health Assisting program and was inducted into the National Honor Society as a sophomore.


 

Brandon Snow (Lemoinster)

Posted By Dan Phelps

 

Brandon Snow, son of Mike and Deb Snow, is one of the top golfers for the Vikings as a sophomore. He has been the medalist in several matches for Nashoba Tech, which got off to a fast start this fall. Brandon is studying Plumbing & Heating. He is an honor-roll student.

 

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10/09/12 > Employees of the Month (September)

Employees of the Month 

 

 Ms. Callahan and Ms. Samaha ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH!

Posted by Dan Phelps 10/11/12

Guidance Counselors Kyla Callahan and Amanda Samaha are the September Employees of the Month at Nashoba Tech. They were nominated by Andrea Watson for their support after the recent tragic accident that claimed the life of senior Cody Ayotte. Andrea wrote: "Kyla and Amanda are always amazing rocks of support for staff and students alike, and in this time of tragedy, their contributions were invaluable. Amanda called staff members on her own time to inform us of the accident before the all-call went out, and both Amanda and Kyla have been instrumental in guiding our students through the grieving process."

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9/22/12 > NASHOBA TECH PARTICIPATES IN GROTONFEST

Nashoba Valley Technical High School's TV & Media Production program brought its "green screen" to the recent Grotonfest, where kids could produce their own "weather forecast" just like the pros. Here, Cara Orcutt, 7, left, and Alyssa Peeters, 7, both of Groton, pretend to do a forecast under water.

Nashoba Tech's crew at Grotonfest included, from left, staff members Paul Jussaume, Laura Lamore and Emily Smith; students Ellice Cunningham (senior, Chelmsford and Mikaela Berthiaume (junior, Townsend); and staff member Jeffrey Scheminger.

9/14/12 > LOWELL FIVE CENT SAVINGS BANK MAKES A DEPOSIT AT NASHOBA TECH

 

From left, at the ribbon-cutting for the new Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank branch at Nashoba Tech are Kelli Eliopoulos, supervisor at the new branch; Amy Werner, senior vice president for retail banking at the Lowell Five; Danielle Bergeron, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Rhodes, vice chairwoman of the Nashoba Tech School Committee; Samuel Poulten, secretary of the School Committee; Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz; David Wallace, president of the Lowell Five; Kevin McKenzie, chairman of the Nashoba Tech School Committee; Robert Caruso, chairman and CEO of the Lowell Five; and Melissa Fetterhoff, president and CEO of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.

 From left, at the ribbon-cutting for the new Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank branch at Nashoba Tech are Kelli Eliopoulos, supervisor at the new branch; Amy Werner, senior vice president for retail banking at the Lowell Five; Danielle Bergeron, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Rhodes, vice chairwoman of the Nashoba Tech School Committee; Samuel Poulten, secretary of the School Committee; Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz; David Wallace, president of the Lowell Five; Kevin McKenzie, chairman of the Nashoba Tech School Committee; Robert Caruso, chairman and CEO of the Lowell Five; and Melissa Fetterhoff, president and CEO of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.


WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School has a new partner - and you can take that to the bank. The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank opened its newest branch in the retail section of the school, near the in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, the Cosmo Cuts hair salon and the Viking Village Mall retail store, all of which are run by students and open to the public. The same goes for the Lowell Five branch. It's a full-service branch that also serves as a teaching tool for students in Nashoba Tech's Banking/Marketing/Retail program.

The Lowell Five and Nashoba Tech held a grand opening Sept. 14, though the branch opened for business the first day of school, Aug. 29. Lowell Five President David Wallace and Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the branch. "On behalf of the Nashoba Valley Technical School District, School Committee Chairman Kevin McKenzie, Vice Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes, Secretary Sam Poulten, the administration, the students and the staff, I welcome you as our newest, and best, business partner," Klimkiewicz said after the ribbon-cutting. "We thank you for providing our students this wonderful opportunity for their future." Nashoba Tech is the second school branch for the Lowell Five (Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough is the other), and Wallace said it's important to the bank to get youngsters involved at the high-school level. "Some of our best employees come from these school systems," he said.

Also representing Nashoba Tech at the ribbon-cutting were Assistant Superintendent Denise O'Loughlin and Banking/Marketing/Retail instructor Sally Ricard. Also representing the Lowell Five were Robert Caruso, chairman and CEO; Amy Werner, senior vice president for retail banking; Melanie St. Croix, senior vice president for retail development; Susan de Mari, vice president for marketing; and Kelli Eliopoulos, who will be in charge of the Nashoba Tech branch. Werner said Nashoba Tech was an attractive partner for the Lowell Five because its district - Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford - closely resembles the business footprint of the Lowell Five. Werner said the bank looks forward to getting Nashoba Tech students involved at the new branch. "We want it to be as tactile and hands-on as possible," she said. "We have a banking education program, and we'll be working with Sally on that."

Also present were officials from the Greater Lowell and Nashoba Valley chambers of commerce, including Danielle McFadden, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Chamber, and Melissa Fetterhoff, president and CEO of the Nashoba Valley Chamber. The Lowell Five took over the space in the school previously filled by the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, which had a branch at Nashoba Tech for close to 10 years. The Lowell Five and Nashoba Tech have plans to install a drive-through ATM at the front of the school. The Lowell Five has branches in Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Haverhill, Lowell, Nashua, North Chelmsford, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Westford and Wilmington.

9/13/12 > NASHOBA TECH’S HAIR SALON IS AGAIN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

 

Danielle Watts of Chelmsford, a postgraduate student in Nashoba Tech's Cosmetology program, applies a Keratin treatment on client Susan Manning of Littleton. In back, Colleen Waitkus, a senior from Pepperell, completes a color service on client Carole Ann Baer of Sudbury.


 

WESTFORD - Cosmo Cuts, Nashoba Valley Technical High School's in-school hair and nail salon, has reopened for business for the new school year.

 

Students training for careers in the cosmetology field work in the salon under the supervision of instructors Donna McMahon and Sheriley Farrand, who have years of experience. All services offered - including haircut and shampoo, foils, perms, French manicures, facials and updos - are less expensive than in other salons.

 

The salon is open to the public Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesdays for special groups only. To make an appointment, call (978) 692-4711, ext. 6142.

 

Cosmo Cuts is located at the rear of the building, near the in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/04/12 > NASHOBA TECH’S NEW HERB GARDEN READY FOR RESTAURANT’S OPENING

Checking out Nashoba Tech's new herb garden are, front row, from left, Chef-Instructors Carley Engle and Steve Whiting, Madaline Falcone (sophomore, Westford) and Travis Walsh (senior, Chelmsford); and, back row, from left, Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, and seniors Michael Brubaker (Pepperell), Hunter Cooke (Chelmsford) and Brian Cross (Pepperell).

WESTFORD - You can't cook without herbs. And as Nashoba Valley Technical High School's award-winning, in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, prepares to reopen for the new school year on Tuesday, Sept. 11, students and staff will be able to prepare meals with herbs grown right on school property.

Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting and several students spent the summer building and planting a new herb garden outside the restaurant at the Westford school. Money from the project came from a grant from the Westford Education Foundation. Whiting applied for the grant, a stipulation of which was that the money be used for an agricultural purpose. The school was awarded $3,000, which it spent on irrigation, planting soil, baby herbs, two industrial-sized food dryers and a wall around the garden.

Some of the herbs being grown include basil, tarragon, lavender, mint, lemongrass, sage, chives and thyme. "It's a great teaching tool because the kids will have to be able to identify and use the herbs," Whiting said. "The herb garden helps kids buy into the program more, taking pride in what they're cooking and serving, and knowing that they helped grow the herbs that were used." Whiting also plans to involve students in Nashoba Tech's Banking/Marketing/ Retail program by packaging the herbs to be sold and marketed in Nashoba Tech's store, the Viking Village Mall, which is next to the restaurant and open to the public, along with the brand-new branch of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank. Also for sale will be Nashoba Tech-made dry rubs for chicken, pork and beef, made from the herbs grown in the herb garden.

••• The Elegant Chef's reopening is set for Sept. 11. The restaurant is coming off its fourth win in five years in the Best Entrée category of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of the Nashoba Valley culinary competition. Second-year Chef-Instructor Fran Zentgraf plans to add some new items to the menu, including his award-winning clam chowder and pork schnitzel from a recipe passed down through several generations of his family. Nashoba Tech has hired a baking chef this year, Carley Engle, who will be teaching students how to bake cookies, cakes, cupcakes and other dessert items that will be for sale to the public. The Elegant Chef is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, when school is in session, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are not required, but if you want to make one, call 978-692-9958.

8/10/12 > LOCAL STUDENTS HAVE HANDS-ON FUN AT NASHOBA TECH SUMMER EXPERIENCE


Students from across Nashoba Valley Technical High School's district participated in the Westford school's Summer Experience. Here, Megan Arrington, left, and Gianna Gareri make cupcakes during a Culinary Arts class. Both are entering the eighth grade at Parker Middle School in Chelmsford. Students from across Nashoba Valley Technical High School's district participated in the Westford school's Summer Experience.

 

 

 

Here, Sofina Russell of Ayer, who will enter Nashoba Tech as a freshman this year, decorates a cupcake during a Culinary Arts class. Sofia hopes to study either Culinary Arts or Cosmetology at Nashoba Tech. Students from across Nashoba Valley Technical High School's district participated in the Westford school's Summer Experience.

 

 

 

Here, Nicole Brotherston, left, of Chelmsford, and Alyssa Vuilleumier, of Westford, practice hairstyling on mannequins. Nicole is entering the eighth grade at McCarthy Middle School, and Alyssa is entering eighth grade at Stony Brook Middle School.

7/27/12 > LOCAL STUDENTS PASS AUTO-REPAIR ASSESSMENT TESTS AT NASHOBA TECH

 

LOCAL STUDENTS PASS AUTO-REPAIR ASSESSMENT TESTS AT NASHOBA TECH

Nashoba Tech students who passed all or some of the core components of the National Automotive Students Skills Standards Assessment over the course of the 2011-2012 school year include, front row, from left, Daniel DeGloria (Chelmsford), Cameron Rollins (Groton), Cody Ayotte (Leominster) and Hector Ortiz (Townsend); and, back row, from left, Wade Silva (Pepperell), Michael Boardman-Corrigan (Westford), Adam Fitzgerald (Pepperell), Christopher Sammarco (Littleton), Steven Richards (Chelmsford), James Pero (Groton) and Dylan Gallagher (Chelmsford). Not pictured are Kyle Banks (Littleton), Nicholas Clark (Groton), Daniel Lundstrom (Pepperell), Charles Marcotte  (Chelmsford) and Haralabos Panakis (Lunenburg).

WESTFORD - Sixteen students in the Automotive Technology program at Nashoba Tech were recognized recently for passing all or some of the core components of the National Automotive Students Skills Standards Assessment, or NA3SA, over the course of the 2011-2012 school year.

  Following are the students and the assessment tests they passed.

• Cody Ayotte (junior, Leominster): Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair.

• Kyle Banks (senior, Littleton): Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning.

• Michael Boardman-Corrigan (senior, Westford): Suspension and Steering.

• Nicholas Clark (junior, Groton): Electrical/Electronic Systems; Engine Performance.

• Daniel DeGloria (junior, Chelmsford): Suspension and Steering, Engine Repair.

• Adam Fitzgerald (senior, Pepperell): Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning.

• Dylan Gallagher (senior, Chelmsford): Suspension and Steering, Electrical/Electronic Systems.

• Daniel Lundstrom (senior, Pepperell): Brakes.

• Charles Marcotte (senior, Chelmsford): Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Repair.

• Hector Ortiz (junior, Townsend): Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Engine Performance, Engine Repair.

• Haralabos Panakis (junior, Lunenburg): Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension and Steering, Engine Performance.

• James Pero (senior, Groton): Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance.

• Steven Richards (senior, Chelmsford): Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Brakes, Transmission and Transaxle.

• Cameron Rollins (junior, Groton): Suspension and Steering, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Repair, Hearing and Air Conditioning.

• Christopher Sammarco (senior, Littleton): Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning.

• Wade Silva (senior, Pepperell): Suspension and Steering.

NA3SA is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission of evaluating technician-training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry, and recommending qualifying programs for certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

7/12/12 > NASHOBA TECH’S HORTICULTURE CLUB SPRUCES UP CHELMSFORD VETERANS PARK

 

Students and staff in the Horticulture Club at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford recently volunteered to spruce up Chelmsford Memorial Veterans Park on North Road. The crew planted annuals, spread mulch and cleaned the park. From left are Matthew Boisvert (senior, Groton), Michael Whooley (senior, Shirley), Science teacher David McCloskey, Thomas Fitzpatrick (sophomore, Townsend), Mitchell Walters (senior, Chelmsford), Allison Stairs (senior, Chelmsford), Michael Boardman-Corrigan (senior, Westford), John Raneri (senior, Westford), Brianna Coburn (freshman, Shirley), David Alcott (senior, Groton), Karoline De Oliveira (freshman, Westford), Leeann Sutherby, (freshman, Shirley), Shameeda Johnson (freshman, Shirley), Casey Paiva (senior, Townsend), Tiffanie Walters (freshman, Shirley) and Horticulture Club adviser and Science teacher Andrea Knowles.

7/05/12 > GODDARD SCHOOL HELPS NASHOBA TECH JOIN FUTURE EDUCATORS OF AMERICA

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development in Westford recently donated $400 to the Early Childhood program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford to help NVTHS become a member of Future Educators of America. Nashoba Tech is the first vocational-technical school in Massachusetts to secure a charter to FEA. Front row, from left, are students Tiffanie Walters (freshman, Shirley), Jordan Forsyth (freshman, Shirley), Sariah Willard (freshman, Leominster), Samantha D'Amelio (freshman, Chelmsford), Stephanie Durso (freshman, Chelmsford), Samantha Nigro (freshman, Chelmsford), Maria Sears (junior, Shirley), Alexandra Oldfield (sophomore, Shirley) and Samantha Meservey (sophomore, Townsend). Back row, from left, are Goddard School owner Nina Lee and Education Director Donna Gorman; students Stephanie Ledoux (freshman, Littleton), Meredith Dilley (junior, Shirley), Lindsey Mitchell (sophomore, Dunstable), Kalee Chapman (freshman, Townsend), Ashley Herbert (sophomore, Westford), Cassandra Slack (freshman, Pepperell) and Brittney Stumpf (sophomore, Townsend); Robin Kane, program administrator for Nashoba Tech's Early Childhood Center; and Colleen Hogan-Mazzola, Early Childhood instructor at Nashoba Tech

7/02/12 > COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS TREAT MOMS, CLOSE FRIENDS TO SPECIAL DAY

Courtney Berlandi, a sophomore from Townsend in the Cosmetology program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, styles the hair of her mother, Carole Berlandi.


Sophomores in the Cosmetology program recently treated their mothers or close family friends to a day of beauty at Nashoba Tech's in-school salon, Cosmo Cuts. Students gave their moms and friends haircuts, nail treatments or facials, then they had lunch together. The event was the idea of Cosmetology instructor Sheriley Farrand, who said in addition to treating the moms, it gave the sophomores a chance to show what they've learned.


Jennifer Moll, a sophomore from Pepperell in the Cosmetology program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, styles the hair of her mother, Michelle Moll.

6/29/12 > MIKAELA BERTHIAUME AND EMMA PARLA-AZIZ ARE STUDENTS OF MONTH

 

WESTFORD - Mikaela Berthiaume of Townsend and Emma Parla-Aziz of Tewksbury have been named June's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

Mikaela Berthiaume, daughter of Tracy Berthiaume, will enter her junior year in the fall as president of the Class of 2014, a position she held as a sophomore as well. Mikaela is in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program. She was inducted into the National Honor Society this past spring, and is a member of the Student Council, Drama Club, SkillsUSA, and the volleyball and track teams.

As class president, she has organized a number of activities, including Spring Fling, bake sales and a scavenger hunt during Open House, among many others. Mikaela is an honor-roll student. She plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after graduation to study Biomedical Engineering and Video Editing. At Nashoba Tech's recent first annual Arts Awards Night, Mikaela received the TV & Media Production award for Most Valuable Artist. She was nominated by TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts instructor Emily Smith. In her nomination, Smith wrote: "Miky is always willing to go the extra mile for her classes, peers, teachers and the school community. She is wonderful to have in class, and I am excited to see what this young lady will do during her next two years at NVTHS."

Emma Parla-Aziz, daughter of Sami Aziz and Julie Parla, is entering her sophomore year and has already made quite an impression during her first year at Nashoba Tech.

She is involved in the Robotics Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Drama Club, and is a member of the cross-country team. Emma served as president of the class of 2015 and was re-elected for the upcoming year. She is in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program at Nashoba Tech. She was chosen by the Social Studies instructors as one of just 40 freshmen to attend the Human Rights Awareness Program at the Holocaust Center in Peabody. At Nashoba Tech's recent first annual Arts Awards Night, she received the Chorus award for Most Enthusiastic Dancer.

Emma was nominated by music and chorus instructor Laura LeSaffre, who wrote: "Emma helped me with organizing and being an extremely dedicated member of the Chorus. She is a model student and has natural leadership abilities. She has been fully involved in this school as a freshman, and has been an absolute pleasure to have in class."

6/28/12 > ANDREA KNOWLES IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Andrea Knowles is the Employee of the Month for June at Nashoba Tech. Andrea was nominated by two fellow staff members in the Science Department. Both Kathy Lamarre and David McCloskey remarked on Andrea's planning of the sophomore class's field trip to Southwick Zoo and her organizing of the annual work done after school at Chelmsford Veterans Park. Kathy Lamarre wrote: "Andrea is a dedicated and helpful colleague who answered and assisted any concerns that may have come up this year. She orders all supplies for the Science Department and took on the role to see that all paperwork was completed in order for the 10th grade to attend the Southwick Zoo. She plans and organizes the Chelmsford Veterans Park trip after school each year. The park looks so nice and it is a credit to her." David McCloskey added: "Andrea has taken a lead role in the Science Department to help organize and maintain our inventory and to order equipment and supplies. We are lucky to have her here at NVT."

6/26/12 > HIGH HONORS - Seniors

HIGH HONORS Seniors Ayer: Steven Turra. Chelmsford: Jessica Desmond, Marissa McCaul, Heather Scarfo. Leominster: Allison Lessard. Littleton: Emma Hayes. Pepperell: Rachel Wheeler. Townsend: Sarah DeBerardinis, Kyle Dunbar, Rebecca Landers, Colin Marcin, James Osterfield. Juniors Ayer: Caitlin Cuoco, Desmond Davis. Chelmsford: Kylie McCaul. Lowell: Janet Kiongera. Pepperell: Rachel Casey. Shirley: Deborah Kelly, Miranda Richard, Sarah Whitney. Townsend: Cynthia Messina. Westford: Briana Lumbert. Sophomores Ayer: Austin Allen. Chelmsford: Joshua Desrochers. Groton: Russell Byron-Kelly. Lowell: Julia Phelps. Pepperell: Alexander Bross, Vincent Lewis, George Nieves. Tewksbury: Carl Marzolini. Townsend: Terri Cadrette, John Santosuosso, Amanda Woods. Westford: Ellen Horan, Shannon Pecora, Victoria Ronayne. Freshmen Chelmsford: Sarah Anderson, Michaela Flanagan. Shirley: Alexander Gianakos, Jakob Vandal.

6/26/12 > HONORS - Seniors
HONORS
Seniors
Ayer: Adriana Mauro, James Pijewski, Joseph Siekman.
Chelmsford: Andrew Baker, Joshua Desalvo, Amanda Dillon, Tabitha Dirienzo, Rosemary Miller, Emily Pacht, Allison Stairs, Nicole Wilcox.
Dunstable: Sara Brooks, Kristopher Mitchell.
Groton: Anthony Biondo Jr., Sara St. George.
Pepperell: Mandi Benson, Julie Covell, Steven Dudley, Jennifer Gates, Shannon Harlow, Mikayla Madsen, Lynn McGrath, Jonathan Murphy, Alison Nidzgorski, Jessica Nordstrom, Corina Proulx.
Shirley: Hollie Curley.
Tewksbury: Ashley Freitag.
Townsend: Marissa Abreu, Camaron Carter, Gregory D’Urso, Victoria Forbes, Taylor Gingras, James Murray, Danielle Pierce.
Westford: Tyler Greenwood, Austin Pecora.
Juniors
Ayer: Casey Alekman, Tori DeBeaucort, Audrey Lynch, Caitlin Shaughnessy, Kourtney Van Tassell.
Chelmsford: Justin Aubert, Hunter Cooke, Mark Corliss, Nicholas Hamel, David Luz, Brendan O’Neill, Joshua Richardson, Aaron Rogers, Justin Stewart, Krystal Sullivan.
Fitchburg: Rachel Lake.
Groton: David Blood.
Littleton: Samantha Chapman, Joseph Cox.
Lowell: Rhiannon Archambault.
Pepperell: Brian Cross, Kayla Mercurio, Travis Monahan, Anthony Orazio, Sofia Reppucci, Christopher Rudkowski, Maria Sears, Hannah Whiting.
Shirley: Courtney Deck, Meredith Dilley, Victoria Dufault, Lyle Hopf, Jocelyn Klein, Victoria Prunier.
Townsend: Craig Croteau, Rebecca Updyke.
Westford: Evan Cassidy, Aaron Febbi, Tiffany Jurewicz, Bradley Medlin.
Sophomores
Ayer: Samual Anuta.
Billerica: John Young.
Chelmsford: Tori Cafeteiro, Nicholas DeSalvo, Kassandra Ducharme, Mina Henes.
Groton: Stetson Lacombe.
Littleton: Michael Smith.
Lowell: Raysam Donkoh-Halm.
Pepperell: Anthony Brann, Adam Brown, Kelsie Buckley, Nathan Cole, Tia Donoghue.
Shirley: Dana Hopf, Thandile Jackson, Muaau Pau.
Tewksbury: Cameron Skinner.
Townsend: Courtney Berlandi, Mikaela Berthiaume, Shaylene Hegarty, Erika Morin, Brittany Thomas.
Westford: Joseph Bernardo, Joseph Clark, Manuela Romano.
Freshmen
Ayer: Zachary Connell, Sarah Gibbons, Bradley Logan, Bridget McPartlan, Julian Morgan, Julianna Poutry, Curtis Tippett.
Billerica: Spencer Fusco, John Stavro.
Chelmsford: Ryan Belanger, Michael Geoffroy, Alexander Green, Lauren Kelley, Benjamin Kleschinsky, Marc Macedo, Kendra Malone, Nicholas Manautou, Grace McCarthy, Anna Mello, Shane Purgus, Daniel Whiting.
Groton: Amy Gould, Ashley Groft, Justin Lavalley.
Leominster: Brandon Snow.
Littleton: Jacob Gray, Ian Manning.
Lowell: Wilbannelys Ramos, Amy Strong.
Pepperell: Shannon Harrison-Fisher, Dominic Sears.
Shirley: Amanda Celona, Brianna Coburn, Ryan Cooper, Ryan Harding, Daniel Henderson, Dochug Thoummavong, Tiffanie Walters, Brianna White, Zachary Winslow.
Townsend: Nicholas Bennett, Kalee Chapman, Zachary Dwyer, Kayla Johnson, Lauren Quinn, Joseph Santos, Cortney Surprenant, Cheyenne Whittemore.
Westford: Jack Cassidy, Karoline De Oliveira, Thomas Lemieux.
6/26/12 > 32 STUDENTS TRAINED TO MENTOR FRESHMEN

CAPTION: Rehearsing dance moves during KOM training are Nashoba Tech sophomores, from left, Julia LaFleur (Townsend), William Falconer (Pepperell), Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton) and, wearing the official KOM hat, Carl Marzolini (Tewksbury).

WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School has selected 32 sophomores who will train to become Kick-Off Mentors for incoming freshmen in the Class of 2016.

  This is Nashoba Tech's third year as part of the national Kick-Off Transition Program, a comprehensive transition, orientation and mentoring program welcoming new students and their parents to their new school.

  The 32 sophomores have undergone training to learn how to be mentors for incoming freshmen.

  The goal of the Kick-Off Transition Program is to go beyond the customary freshman orientation day, which usually consists of a tour of the building, discussion of course options with staff members, and administrators lecturing students on the rules and regulations.

  While important, those activities don't address some of the real concerns that new students have about a school. They want to know what the first year at a new school is like, and they want to hear it from other students who have gone through it and not only survived, but flourished.

  The program teaches incoming juniors how to become yearlong mentors for freshmen, helping to ease the transition for new students and their parents.

Mentors in the Kick-Off Program will coordinate and run new-student orientation in August and will organize various activities through the 2011-2012 school year to maintain the connection between the freshmen and their mentors.

  Sophomores apply to become Kick-Off Mentors, or KOMs, and must be approved by the staff.

  The following local sophomores have been selected as KOMs.

Ayer: Brittany Jarvis.

Billerica: John Young.

Chelmsford: Tori Cafeteiro, Philip Danek, Joshua Desrochers, Bryana Robinson.

Dunstable: Lindsey Mitchell.

Groton: Russell Byron-Kelly.

Littleton: Alexis Tucker.

Lowell: Raysam Donkoh-Halm, Julia Phelps.

Pepperell: Anthony Brann, Kelsie Buckley, William Falconer, George Nieves.

Shirley: Dana Hopf, Thandile Jackson, Alexandra Oldfield, Duncan Shaff, Kassandra Wetterwald.

Tewksbury: Carl Marzolini, Cameron Skinner.

Townsend: Mikaela Berthiaume, Jordan Gingras, Julie LaFleur, Samantha Randall, John Santosuosso, Celia Sullivan, Brittany Thomas, Tasha Tokarski.

Westford: Ellen Horan, Shannon Pecora.

6/15/12 > Robotics Team

            2012 Robotics Team

Front row L-R:  Mr. Beaton,  Ben Kleschinsky, Amy Strong, Jess Desmond, Jordan St. Cyr, Mr. Scheminger

Back row L-R: Mr. Toomey, Anthony Biondo, Jess Sarver, Justin Stewart, Joe Bernado, Seth Hickox, Brian Cross, Mr. Dean

Missing : Alex Sager, Connor Howard, Adam Keller, Sariah Willard, Emma Parla-Aziz, Russell Byron-Kelly, Mitchell Ashe, Mr. Elliot Strizack (GoodRich Engineering), Mr. Rick Nagle (Raytheon Defense Systems)

6/14/12 > Early Childhood Education seniors

Early Childhood Education seniors who will be among the first in the state to be certified as Child Development Associates include, from left, Heather Scarfo (Chelmsford), Amanda Dillon (Chelmsford), Lynn McGrath (Pepperell) and Julie Covell (Pepperell), with instructor Colleen Hogan-Mazzola. Missing from photo is Nicole Wilcox (Chelmsford).Early Childhood Education seniors who will be among the first in the state to be certified as Child Development Associates include, from left, Heather Scarfo (Chelmsford), Amanda Dillon (Chelmsford), Lynn McGrath (Pepperell) and Julie Covell (Pepperell), with instructor Colleen Hogan-Mazzola. Missing from photo is Nicole Wilcox (Chelmsford).

WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School is among the first technical high schools in the state - if not the first - to have its Early Childhood Education program accepted into a pilot program to certify high-school students as lead teachers. The program, run by the Washington, D.C.-based Council of Professional Recognition, opens up certification as a Child Development Associate, or CDA, to juniors and seniors in vocational-technical high schools. Before the program began, CDA certification was only available to those 18 or older. With the CDA certificate, Class of 2012 graduates at Nashoba Tech who pass the test would be certified as lead teachers, instead of teachers, and would be CDA-certified not only in Massachusetts, but in the entire United States. "They can go anywhere in the country and have that certification," said Colleen Hogan-Mazzola, Nashoba Tech's Early Childhood Education instructor. "It's a huge process and a huge commitment, but it's really neat to be certified all over the country. "You usually don't find many 18-year-olds who are lead-teacher certified," she added. According to Dr. Greg Mullaney, community liaison for the Early Childhood Department at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, this is the first year the CDA certification has been opened up to students under 18, and Nashoba Tech is the only school in Quinsigamond's area that signed up for the pilot program. He said credit for that goes to Hogan-Mazzola, who also teaches at Middlesex Community College and is working with the council to become certified as a CDA adviser. "Though all the schools I am in contact with are aware of the program, many of them felt it was too much work to do in too short a time for this year," Dr. Mullaney said. "We are the testing ground for this area," Hogan-Mazzola acknowledged. She said that although she realized that having her seniors earn their CDA certificates in such a short time span would be difficult, she knew they would be up to the challenge. They will work this summer with Hogan-Mazzola to complete their certification, and in the 2012-2013 school year, her current juniors will embark on their certification quest. Heather Scarfo, a 2012 graduate from Chelmsford, is excited about the prospect of entering college - she'll start at the University of Maine this fall - with her CDA certification in hand. "Now we have the option to go wherever we want for college and have that certification," she said. Scarfo isn't the only one. Four other Nashoba Tech 2012 graduates in Early Childhood Education will head to college already CDA-certified. Julie Covell and Lynn McGrath, both of Pepperell, will attend Quinsigamond, while Amanda Dillon and Nicole Wilcox, both of Chelmsford, will attend Middlesex Community College. And they'll be certified as lead teachers. Not bad for a college freshman. When writing or responding, please remember that the Secretary of State's Office has determined that email is public record.

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6/08/12 > DEBORAH KELLY, JORDAN GINGRAS ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Shirley's Deborah Kelly and Townsend's Jordan Gingras have been named May's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Tech. Deborah Kelly, daughter of Kevin and Cheryl Kelly, is a junior who transferred to Nashoba Tech after her family moved from Michigan - just in time to help the girls track and field team. Deborah won the discus in the State Vocational Meet with a school-record toss 96 feet, 5 inches. She also competed in the shot put, which she won at the district meet, and the 400-meter run. Deborah is in the Programming & Web Development program at Nashoba Tech. She is a high-honors student and a member of Mock Trial. She was named a Student of the Month earlier this year. Jordan Gingras, son of Joe and Rachel Gingras, is a sophomore goaltender for the boys lacrosse team. He also plays defense for the hockey team. Jordan is in the Carpentry & Cabinetmaking program at Nashoba Tech. He is an honor-roll student and a Kick-Off Mentor for next year's incoming freshmen.

6/08/12 > TAYLOR JOHNSON, KYLE MANLEY ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Taylor Johnson of Littleton and Kyle Manley of Pepperell are May's Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech. Both are 2012 graduates.

 

Taylor Johnson, daughter of Peter and Karen Johnson, is a 2012 graduate who was inducted into the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society, and was a Kick-Off Mentor for incoming freshmen, class treasurer and a peer mediator. She took Advanced Placement courses in English, Biology and History. She also played soccer and track.

 

At Senior Awards Night, Taylor received the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, the President's Award for Academic Excellence and the Groton Road Race Scholarship. She studied TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts at Nashoba Tech, and plans to attend the University of New Hampshire to study English.

Taylor was nominated by TV & Media Production instructor Eric Stevenson who said: "Taylor not only has been a straight-A student in TV/Media & Theatre Arts for the past four years, but she also has been active in a plethora of other activities. Taylor was nominated by her teachers to be both Homecoming and Prom Queen, both of which she won. Taylor's Senior Project, a silent film starring her brother, Conor, featured her mastery in both TV/Media and Theatre Arts. She successfully created a short film, drawing in her audience beyond the level of the average student."

 

Kyle Manley, son of Rob Manley and Alise Herrera, is a 2012 graduate from the Banking/Marketing/Retail program. He finished his four-year Nashoba Tech career by winning a gold medal in Customer Service at the SkillsUSA State Competition, qualifying him for the National Competition this summer in Kansas City, Mo. The gold medal followed a silver-medal performance at the SkillsUSA District Competition.

 

Kyle is also a member of DECA, and plays basketball for the Vikings. At Senior Awards Night, he received the Technical Proficiency Award for Banking/Marketing/Retail. He plans to go to college, though he is undecided on where.

 

Kyle was nominated by Banking/Marketing/Retail instructor Sarah Anderer, who said: "Over the years, Kyle has shown a good application of knowledge, and the SkillsUSA competition was a great way for Kyle to showcase the skills he learned during his time in his technical program at Nashoba Tech."

6/07/12 > WENDY HOOD IS MAY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD - Wendy Hood, an English teacher for 11 years at Nashoba Tech, is May's Employee of the Month. Wendy was nominated by Colleen Hogan-Mazzola and Ed Doherty. Colleen wrote: "The time and effort Wendy puts into her teaching, especially with senior papers and presentations, is above and beyond." Ed wrote in his nomination: "Wendy has been working very diligently with her seniors toward their senior projects, papers and presentations. She puts in long hours and always strives to bring out the best in each of her students." Wendy has been teaching for a total of 31 years.

6/02/12 > PART ONE OF NASHOBA TECH CLASS OF 2012’S BOOK CLOSES

Kyle Dunbar of Townsend delivers his valedictory speech to the Nashoba Tech Class of 2012 during commencement exercises in the Performing Arts Center.


Jessica Desmond of Chelmsford delivers her salutatory speech to the Nashoba Tech Class of 2012 during commencement exercises in the Performing Arts Center.


Michael Boardman-Corrigan of Westford receives his diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairman Kevin McKenzie. At right is Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.


Julie Covell of Pepperell receives her diploma from Nashoba Tech School Committee Chairman Kevin McKenzie. At right is Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz.



Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard Leone delivers the keynote address to the Class of 2012 during commencement exercises in the Performing Arts Center.


  WESTFORD - If the Nashoba Tech Class of 2012 were a book, it might be titled "Oh, the Places You'll Go." Or, perhaps, "Great Expectations." Or maybe it would be a tearjerker.
  As Valedictorian Kyle Dunbar of Townsend said in a speech that at one point brought tears to audience members' eyes and, in the end, resulted in a standing ovation, maybe each of the 164 graduates in the Class of 2012 will write his or her own book.
"We're all graduating and beginning a new chapter in our lives, a chapter which belongs to a book that we're the only author of and a book that we ultimately decide how many chapters are included, and has a title that we describe as our main goal, which ultimately can change many times," Dunbar said during commencement exercises, which were held inside the school's Performing Arts Center because of rain.
  "It's OK to have regrets," Dunbar told his classmates. "But what's important is that you learn from them. I learned from you guys that I need to live a little and have some more fun with my life."
  To close his speech, Dunbar tearfully paid tribute to his aunt, who recently passed away, with a quote from Walt Disney: "If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse."
  The crowd, including his fellow graduates, responded with a standing ovation, shaking the rafters in the Performing Arts Center.
  Dunbar was followed by Salutatorian Jessica Desmond, who reminded her peers, "When we came to this school, we made a choice. We chose to learn what we like besides just academics. This one choice shaped our lives just as much as the people we have met because of it."
  Class President Thomas Bavis of Townsend told his classmates, "Today is that day when we are set loose to the world to pursue our dreams, no matter what they may be."
  Bavis then handed over the gavel to Class of 2013 President Kylie McCaul of Chelmsford, whose sister, Marissa McCaul, was a member of the graduating class.
Kylie paid tribute to the graduates by telling them that though "any ending or beginning is never easy … with ambition and desire, you will all strive toward your goals and achieve whatever you set your mind to."
  The keynote speech was delivered by Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard Leone, a frequent visitor to Nashoba Tech through his work with the Middlesex Partnership for Youth. He told those in attendance that of the eight technical schools in the county, "Nashoba stands out."
To the graduates, he said, "You have made a great start in mastering a technical skill, and it's something real, tangible, not just philosophical. You are a step ahead right now.
"You have unbridled potential," he added. "Don't let anyone ever say you didn't reach your potential. Realize your potential. Define yourself. Don't ever let anybody define you. Stay persistent. Keep pushing. It may take you some time, but you'll get there."
And with that, the book on the Class of 2012 was closed. Expect a sequel soon.

 


5/23/12 > NASHOBA TECH PRESENTS SENIOR AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS TO CLASS OF 2012

Kyle Dunbar of Townsend receives the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award from Nashoba Tech Principal Denise Pigeon at Senior Awards Night.


Jessica Desmond of Chelmsford receives the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence from Nashoba Tech Principal Denise Pigeon at Senior Awards Night.


Tyler Greenwood of Westford receives the Merit Achievement  for Culinary Arts from Nashoba Tech Principal Denise Pigeon at Senior Awards Night.


Taylor Johnson of Littleton receives the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship from Nashoba Tech Principal Denise Pigeon at Senior Awards Night.


ACADEMIC AWARDS
English: Maxfield Gaj (Groton).
Foreign Language: Marissa Abreu (Townsend).
Mathematics: James Murray (Townsend).
Music: Jordan Hass (Townsend).
Physical Education/Health: Allison Stairs (Chelmsford), Michael Williams (Pepperell).
Science: Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford).
Social Studies: Mikayla Madsen (Pepperell).

VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL AWARDS
Merit Achievement
Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing: Mikayla Madsen (Pepperell).
Automotive Technology: Steven Richards (Chelmsford).
Banking, Marketing & Retail: Jordan Porter (Lowell).
Carpentry & Cabinetmaking: Andrew Baker (Chelmsford).
Cosmetology: Sara St. George (Groton).
Culinary Arts: Tyler Greenwood (Westford).
Dental Assisting: Ashley Freitag (Tewksbury).
Design & Visual Communications: Rachel Wheeler (Pepperell).
Early Education & Care: Amanda Dillon (Chelmsford).
Electrical Technology: Kyle Greeley (Westford).
Electronics/Robotics: Anthony Biondo (Groton).
Engineering Technology: James Osterfield (Townsend).
Health Assisting: Mandi Benson (Pepperell).
Hotel/Restaurant Management: Lauren Hartung (Chelmsford).
Machine Tool Technology: Shannon Harlow (Pepperell).
Plumbing & Heating: Corey Patterson (Shirley).
Programming & Web Development: Seth Hickox (Littleton).
TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts: Rebecca Landers (Townsend).

Technical Proficiency Awards
Automotive Collison Repair & Refinishing: Camaron Carter (Townsend).
Automotive Technology: Christopher Sammarco (Littleton).
Banking, Marketing & Retail: Kyle Manley (Pepperell).
Carpentry & Cabinetmaking: Austin Pecora (Westford).
Cosmetology: Devon Tarca (Littleton).
Culinary Arts: Emma Hayes (Littleton).
Dental Assisting: Sarah DeBerardinis (Townsend).
Design & Visual Communications: Emily Pacht (Chelmsford).
Early Education & Care: Nicole Wilcox (Chelmsford).
Electrical Technology: James Murray (Townsend).
Electronics/Robotics: Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford).
Engineering Technology: John Raneri (Westford).
Health Assisting: Krystel Demers (Pepperell).
Hotel/Restaurant Management: Jessica Feddersen (Townsend).
Machine Tool Technology: Tyler Bernier (Pepperell).
Plumbing & Heating: Kyle Dunbar (Townsend).
Programming & Web Development: Allen Whitcomb (Pepperell).
TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts: Michael Williams (Pepperell).

MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS
American Citizenship Award: Debra Brady (Townsend), Nicholas Connor (Pepperell), Rebecca Landers (Townsend), Mikayla Madsen (Pepperell), Alexander Melberg (Littleton), David Noel (Shirley), Jessica Nordstrom (Pepperell), Jordan Porter (Lowell), Steven Richards (Chelmsford), Sara St. George (Groton).
Community Service Award: Jordan Hass (Townsend), Heather Scarfo (Chelmsford).
District E Athletic Association Award: Shannon Corbett (Chelmsford), John McManus (Lowell).
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence: Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford), Kyle Dunbar (Townsend).
Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award: Kyle Dunbar (Townsend).
Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Outstanding Sportsmanship Award: James Murray (Townsend), Sara St. George (Groton).
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association Student Achievement Award: Jordan Porter (Lowell).
Massachusetts Vocational Association Postsecondary Award: Leah Folsom (Chelmsford).
Massachusetts Vocational Association Presidential Certificate of Merit: Kyle Dunbar (Townsend), Emily Pacht (Chelmsford).
Massachusetts Vocational Association Vocational Technical Student Achievement Award: James Murray (Townsend).
Nashoba Valley Technical High School Outstanding Athlete/Scholar: Marissa McCaul (Chelmsford), Stephen Rice (Shirley).
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Award: James Osterfield (Townsend).
Perfect Attendance Award: Kyle Dunbar (Townsend).
President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence: Andrew Baker (Chelmsford), Ashley Bridges (Pepperell), James Chiriboga-Flor (Groton), Joshua DeSalvo (Chelmsford), Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford), Kyle Dunbar (Townsend), Maxfield Gaj (Groton), Jordan Hass (Townsend), Emma Hayes (Littleton), Seth Hickox (Littleton), Taylor Johnson (Littleton), Allison Lessard (Leominster), Rosemary Miller (Chelmsford), James Murray (Townsend), Julia Nichols (Littleton), James Osterfield (Townsend), Emily Pacht (Chelmsford), Austin Pecora (Westford), Jess Sarver (Townsend), Allison Stairs (Chelmsford), Steven Turra (Ayer), Rachel Wheeler (Pepperell), Matthew White (Townsend), Michael Williams (Pepperell).
Walter J. Markham Award: Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford).

SCHOLARSHIPS AND MEMORIAL AWARDS
Bemis Associates: Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford), Kirstin Dias (Pepperell).
Chelmsford Commission on Disabilities: Amanda Dillon (Chelmsford), Heather Scarfo (Chelmsford).
Chelmsford Lions Club: Joshua DeSalvo (Chelmsford), Allison Stairs (Chelmsford).
Franco American Lucien Menard Memorial: Kirstin Dias (Pepperell).
Friends of the Cameron Senior Center: Cherilynn Lawson (Westford), Morgan Miles (Westford).
Groton Road Race: Taylor Johnson (Littleton), David Noel (Shirley).
Groton Women's Club Merit Award: Maxfield Gaj (Groton), Sara St. George (Groton).
Hollingsworth & Vose: Kyle Guimond (Pepperell).
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union: Andrew Baker (Chelmsford).
John & Abigail Adams Scholarship: Andrew Baker (Chelmsford), Ashley Bridges (Pepperell), James Chiriboga-Flor (Groton), Cameron Colon (Ayer), Dylan Copp (Groton), Joshua DeSalvo (Chelmsford), Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford), Kyle Dunbar (Townsend), Brittany Fleury (Chelmsford), Maxfield Gaj (Groton), Jordan Hass (Townsend), Seth Hickox (Littleton), Connor Howard (Ayer), Taylor Johnson (Littleton), Cherilynn Lawson (Westford), Allison Lessard (Leominster), Mikayla Madsen (Pepperell), Marissa McCaul (Chelmsford), Morgan Miles (Westford), Rosemary Miller (Chelmsford), James Murray (Townsend), Julia Nichols (Littleton), David Noel (Shirley), James Osterfield (Townsend), Emily Pacht (Chelmsford), Austin Pecora (Westford), Jessica Pero (Groton), James Pijewski (Ayer), Stephen Rice (Shirley), Steven Richards (Chelmsford), James Sampson (Pepperell), Jess Sarver (Townsend), Joseph Siekman (Ayer), Sara St. George (Groton), Allison Stairs (Chelmsford), Richard Tonks (Townsend), Steven Turra (Ayer), Rachel Wheeler (Pepperell), Matthew White (Townsend), Michael Williams (Pepperell), Noelle Young (Billerica).
John D. MacEntee Memorial: Shannon Harlow (Pepperell).
Massachusetts Vocational Association Award: Marissa McCaul (Chelmsford), Noelle Young (Billerica).
Massachusetts Vocational Association Scholarship: Leah Folsom (Chelmsford), James Murray (Townsend).
Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation: Emma Hayes (Littleton).
Michael Lorden II Memorial: Nicholas Connor (Pepperell).
National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student Award: Rosemary Miller (Chelmsford).
Pepperell Business Association: Mikayla Madsen (Pepperell), Alison Nidzgorski (Pepperell), Rachel Wheeler (Pepperell).
Pepperell Lions Club: Ashley Bridges (Pepperell), Kyle Guimond (Pepperell).
Robert S. Hargraves Award: Sara St. George (Groton).
Ted Lekas Memorial: Andrew Baker (Chelmsford).
Thomas J. DeVincentis Memorial: David Alcott (Groton), Kyle Greeley (Westford), James Murray (Townsend).
Thomas Lemasurer Memorial: James Sampson (Pepperell).
Town of Groton: Sara St. George (Groton).
Townsend Business Association: Jordan Hass (Townsend), Colin Marcin (Townsend).
United Steelworkers Local 880: Kyle Guimond (Pepperell).
Westford Against Substance Abuse: Thomas Conboy (Westford).
Westford Kiwanis Club: Rebecca Landers (Townsend), Julia Nichols (Littleton).
Westford Rotary Club: Kyle Greeley (Westford), Austin Pecora (Westford).
Westford Women's Club: Tyler Greenwood (Westford), Austin Pecora (Westford).


5/16/12 > NASHOBA TECH INDUCTS 63 INTO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY

Samuel Anuta (sophomore, Ayer) is inducted into the Nashoba Tech chapter of the National Honor Society by Assistant Principal Matt Ricard.


 

 

Russell Byron-Kelly (sophomore, Groton) is inducted into the Nashoba Tech chapter of the National Honor Society by Assistant Principal Matt Ricard.


 

 

Thandile Jackson (sophomore, Shirley) is inducted into the Nashoba Tech chapter of the National Honor Society by Assistant Principal Matt Ricard.


 

Julia Phelps (sophomore, Lowell) is inducted into the Nashoba Tech chapter of the National Honor Society by Assistant Principal Matt Ricard.


WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech recently held its annual induction of members into the school's chapters of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society, with a record 63 students recognized.

Students inducted for the third time into the National Honor Society and second time into the National Technical Honor Society include seniors Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford), Kirstin Dias (Pepperell), Kyle Dunbar (Townsend), Taylor Johnson (Littleton), Rebecca Landers (Townsend), Mikayla Madsen (Pepperell), James Osterfield (Townsend), Emily Pacht (Chelmsford), Allison Stairs (Chelmsford) and Rachel Wheeler (Pepperell).

Students inducted for the third time into the National Honor Society and first time into the National Technical Honor Society include seniors Emma Hayes (Littleton) and James Murray (Townsend).

Inducted into both honor societies for the second year were seniors Anthony Anoli (Chelmsford), Joshua DeSalvo (Chelmsford), Shannon Harlow (Pepperell), Allison Lessard (Leominster), Colin Marcin (Townsend), Rosemary Miller (Chelmsford) and Noelle Young (Billerica).

Repeat inductees into the National Honor Society but for the first time into the National Technical Honor Society include senior Jessica Bates (Methuen); and juniors Rachel Casey (Pepperell), Kayla Drinkwater (Shirley), Victoria Dufault (Shirley), Cameron Dumais (Dracut), Victoria Forbes (Townsend), Jennifer Goulart (Shirley), Janet Kiongera (Lowell), Briana Lumbert (Westford), Cynthia Messina (Townsend), Sofia Reppucci (Pepperell), Justin Stewart (Chelmsford) and Sarah Whitney (Shirley).

First-time inductees into both the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society include seniors Marissa Abreu (Townsend), Andrew Baker (Chelmsford), Mandi Benson (Pepperell), Nicholas Keenan (Townsend), Marissa McCaul (Chelmsford), Jessica Nordstrom (Pepperell),Corina Proulx (Pepperell) and Sara St. George (Groton); and juniors Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford), Trevor Ramos (Pepperell) and Christopher Rudkowski (Pepperell).

First-time inductees solely into the National Honor Society are senior JamesChiriboga-Flor (Groton); juniors Rhiannon Archambault (Lowell) and Caitlin Cuoco (Ayer); and sophomores Samuel Anuta (Ayer), Mikaela Berthiaume (Townsend), Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton), Terri Cadrette (Townsend), Raysam Donkoh-Halm (Lowell), Kassandra Ducharme (Chelmsford), Mina Henes (Chelmsford), Dana Hopf (Shirley), Ellen Horan (Westford), Thandile Jackson (Shirley), Vincent Lewis (Pepperell), Julia Phelps (Lowell), Victoria Ronayne (Westford), John Santosuosso (Townsend), Cameron Skinner (Tewksbury), Brittany Thomas (Townsend), Jacob White (Chelmsford) and Amanda Woods (Townsend). Elected officers for the National Honor Society are Taylor Johnson, president; Sofia Reppucci, vice president; Emma Hayes, treasurer; and Rhiannon Archambault, secretary.

Elected officers for the National Technical Honor Society are Jessica Desmond, president; Emily Pacht, vice president; Briana Lumbert, treasurer; and Rebecca Landers, secretary.

5/15/12 > TWO NASHOBA TECH STUDENTS HEADED TO SKILLS USA NATIONAL COMPETITION
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Six students from Nashoba Tech’s SkillsUSA team won medals at the recent State Competition, and two gold-medal winners are preparing to compete in the National Competition in June. Front row, from left, are Jordan Hass (senior, Townsend) and James Chiriboga-Flor (senior, Groton), who won bronze as a team in Video Product Development; Kyle Manley (senior, Pepperell), who won gold in Customer Service; Rachel Casey (junior, Pepperell), who won bronze in Preschool Teaching; and Michael D’Arrigo (postgraduate Chelmsford), who won gold in Collision Repair. Back row, from left, are co-adviser Matt Kamfonik; SkillsUSA state participants Rebecca Landers (senior, Townsend), Mikaela Berthiaume (sophomore, Townsend), Rachel Wheeler (senior, Pepperell) and Matthew White (senior, Townsend); and co-adviser Donna McMahon. Missing from photo are SkillsUSA state competitors Stephanie Bourne (postgraduate, Ayer), who won silver in Dental Assisting, and Thomas Conboy (senior, Westford).

WESTFORD — Two students from Nashoba Valley Technical High School have qualified for the SkillsUSA National Competition in June in Kansas City, Mo., by winning gold medals at the recent State Competition in Marlborough.

Michael D’Arrigo, a postgraduate from Chelmsford, won gold in Collision Repair, and Kyle Manley, a senior from Pepperell, earned a gold medal in Customer Service.

Gold-medalists in the State Competition automatically qualify for the National Competition.

Four other students earned medals at the State Competition: Stephanie Bourne, a postgraduate from Ayer, won silver in Dental Assisting; Rachel Casey, a junior from Pepperell, took home a bronze medal in Preschool Teaching; and the team of seniors Jamie Chiriboga-Flor of Groton and Jordan Hass of Townsend earned a bronze in Video Product Development. To qualify for the State Competition, students had to have earned a gold, silver or bronze medal in the earlier District Conference at Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough.

SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit organization serving teachers and high-school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Students compete for medals in their chosen field of study.
5/14/12 > NASHOBA TECH CULINARY PROGRAM FEEDS STOP & SHOPPERS HEART-HEALTHY FOOD

Culinary Stop and Shop

Posted by Dan Phelps - 5/10/12

Students and staff from the Culinary Arts program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford recently prepared and presented heart-healthy food for shoppers at the brand-new Stop & Shop supermarket on Route 110 in Chelmsford. From left are seniors Cameron Colon of Ayer and Tyler Greenwood of Westford, Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting and Stop & Shop Nutritionist Julie Menounos.

5/04/12 > CHELMSFORD’S SULLIVAN, SHIRLEY’S SCHAFF ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

  WESTFORD - Krystal Sullivan of Chelmsford and Duncan Schaff of Shirley have been selected April's Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

Krystal Sullivan, daughter of Tim Sullivan, is a junior on the lacrosse team. This is her second year playing at Nashoba Tech, but she has played for several years in a Chelmsford youth league. She is also a cheerleader for the Vikings. She has been an honor-roll student and was inducted into the National Honor Society last year as a sophomore. Krystal is in the Health Assisting program.

Duncan Schaff, son of Jim and Donna Schaff, is a sophomore hurdler, discus thrower and triple-jumper for the spring track team. He also plays defensive end for the football Vikings. He has been an honor-roll student and was recently named a Kick-Off Mentor, one of a group of sophomores who will help incoming freshmen. Duncan is in the Plumbing & Heating program.

5/04/12 > GEORGE KALARITES NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

George Kalarites, the Facilities Manager, is retiring after 38 fruitful years with Nashoba Tech, the last 26 as facilities manager, and he goes out in style - as the Employee of the Month. Not only has he been responsible for the general upkeep and maintenance of the school and its campus (with the able assistance of his five employees), but he also shepherded, as the owner's representative/clerk of the works, the massive renovation/addition undertaking from 2003-2005 that resulted in the addition of two new wings and the Performing Arts Center, as well as the complete renovation of the existing facility. "Our job is 24 hours a day, seven days a week," George said of the maintenance crew. "It's been a good team effort over the years. A facilities manager can't be effective if he doesn't have the support of the superintendent, administration and School Committee, which I have had for all the years I've been here. The best and most productive years I've had working in this building were when I was working with Dr. Klimkiewicz." George and his wife Sophia have raised two children, Jonathan and Jennifer. A Lowell native and longtime Dracut resident, he hopes to do some part-time construction project management while enjoying retirement.

5/04/12 > SHIRLEY’S KACZENAS, PEPPERELL’S SEARS ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

  WESTFORD - Faith Kaczenas of Shirley and Dominic Sears of Pepperell have been selected April's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

  Faith Kaczenas, daughter of Peter Kaczenas, is a sophomore in the Plumbing & Heating program. She plays lacrosse for Nashoba Tech and is involved in community-service activities in Shirley through the school. Faith chose plumbing after going through the exploratory process as a freshman and finding that plumbing involves math, which she is good at and enjoys.

Faith was nominated by English teacher Andrea Watson, who said: "Faith has shown tremendous growth and maturity this year, and transitioned from a struggling student to confident, responsible and thriving student. She has become a role model for others and should be commended."

She was also nominated by Social Studies teacher David Fusco.

Dominic Sears, son of Don and Dory Sears, is a freshman in the Design & Visual Communications program, which he chose after going through the exploratory process because he likes to draw. He hopes to one day pursue a career in that field, possibly as a video-game designer.

Dominic was nominated by two staff members.

Design & Visual Communications instructor Nathan Meharg said: "Dominic is an excellent and self-motivated student. He completes every task, assignment and project to the utmost of his ability and is consistently pushing himself to higher levels of performance."

Science teacher Andrea Knowles said: "Dominic is always prepared for class and has proven time and again that he enjoys learning. Dominic stands out as a true leader among his peers with his politeness, understanding and maturity."

5/01/12 > NASHOBA TECH RECEIVES PLAQUE FOR WINNING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE COOKING COMPETITION

 

Representatives from the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce recently presented The Elegant Chef, the in-school restaurant at Nashoba Tech, with a plaque for winning the Best Entrée Award in the Chamber's recent Taste of Nashoba Valley competition. It's the third time in the past four years that Nashoba Tech has taken home the award; this year, it was for a Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Prosciutto Seasoned and Crowned with an Apple and Fig Sauce. Front row, from left, are juniors Kayla Mercurio (Pepperell) and Victoria Prunier (Shirley); Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz receiving the plaque from Lindsay Dean, director of sales at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough and chairwoman of the event; and freshmen Nona Hunt (Dunstable), Shannon Harrison (Pepperell), Joseph Howard (Chelmsford) and Cortney Surprenant (Townsend). Back row, from left, are Chef-Instructor Kevin McGuire; students Hunter Cooke (junior, Chelmsford), Erin Horsey (freshman, Westford), Brian Cross (junior, Pepperell) and Mark Corliss (junior, Chelmsford); and Chef-Instructors Steve Whiting and Fran Zentgraf. The Elegant Chef is staffed by students in the Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management programs at Nashoba Tech. It is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., when school is in session.

4/23/12 > NASHOBA TECH SECOND-TERM HONOR ROLL
Posted by Dan Phelps - April 23, 2012

HIGH HONORS
Seniors
Chelmsford: Jessica Desmond, Marissa McCaul, Heather Scarfo, Allison Stairs.
Littleton: Emma Hayes.
Townsend: Marissa Abreu, Kyle Dunbar, Colin Marcin.

Juniors
Ayer: Caitlin Cuoco.
Pepperell: Rachel Casey.
Shirley: Victoria Dufault, Deborah Kelly.
Townsend: Cynthia Messina.

Sophomores
Ayer: Austin Allen.
Chelmsford: Mina Henes.
Groton: Russell Byron-Kelly.
Pepperell: Vincent Lewis.
Shirley: Thandile Jackson.
Tewksbury: Carl Marzolini.
Townsend: John Santosuosso, Brittany Thomas, Amanda Woods.
Westford: Ellen Horan, Shannon Pecora, Victoria Ronayne.

Freshmen
Chelmsford: Michaela Flanagan, Michael Geoffroy, Lauren Kelley, Daniel Whiting.
Pepperell: Dominic Sears.
Shirley: Alexander Gianakos, Jakob Vandal.

HONORS
Seniors
Ayer: Steven Turra.
Chelmsford: Anthony Anoli, Andrew Baker, Joshua Desalvo, Rosemary Miller, Nicole Wilcox.
Dunstable: Sara Brooks, Kristopher Mitchell.
Groton: James Chiriboga-Flor, Maxfield Gaj, Sara St. George.
Littleton: Seth Hickox, Taylor Johnson, Alexander Melberg.
Pepperell: Mandi Benson, Ashley Bridges, Kyle Guimond, Nichole Lowder, Mikayla Madsen, Alison Nidzgorski, Jessica Nordstrom, Austin Pina, Corina Proulx, Rachel Wheeler, Michael Williams.
Shirley: Hollie Curley.
Townsend: Camaron Carter, Sarah Deberardinis, Jordan Hass, Rebecca Landers, James Murray, James Osterfield, Danielle Pierce, Matthew White.

Juniors
Ayer: Desmond Davis, Richard Hughes.
Chelmsford: Justin Aubert, Thomas Barrett, Nicholas Hamel, Kylie McCaul, Brendan O'Neill, Rebecca Reese, Aaron Rogers, Andrew Spiller, Justin Stewart.
Dracut: Cameron Dumais.
Groton: David Blood.
Littleton: Jordan St. Cyr.
Lowell: Rhiannon Archambault, Janet Kiongera, Malaysha Perez.
Pepperell: Travis Monahan, Trevor Ramos, Sofia Reppucci, Christopher Rudkowski, Hannah Whiting.
Shirley: Courtney Deck, Kayla Drinkwater, Jennifer Goulart, Lyle Hopf, Victoria Prunier, Miranda Richard, Sarah Whitney.
Westford: Evan Cassidy, Aaron Febbi, Briana Lumbert.

Sophomores
Ayer: Samuel Anuta, Dominique Manning.
Billerica: John Young.
Chelmsford: Alexander Anoli, Tori Cafeteiro, Philip Danek, Nicholas Desalvo, Joshua Desrochers, Kassandra Ducharme, Katelyn Howe, Jacob White.
Littleton: Alexis Tucker.
Lowell: Raysam Donkoh-Halm, Julia Phelps.
Pepperell: Anthony Brann, Alexander Bross, Tia Donoghue, William Falconer, Sarah Murray, George Nieves, Rachel Straitiff, Tyler Talmer.
Shirley: Dana Hopf, Muaau Pau.
Tewksbury: Cameron Skinner.
Townsend: Mikaela Berthiaume, Terri Cadrette, Ashley Considine, Jordan Gingras, Shaylene Hegarty, Liam Kilbride, Julie Lafleur, Nathan Mullaney, Brian Quin, Celia Sullivan.
Westford: Joseph Bernardo, Cara Masson.

Freshmen
Ayer: Zachary Connell, Julian Morgan, Julianna Poutry, Kirsti Richard.
Billerica: John Stavro.
Chelmsford: Sarah Anderson, Ryan Belanger, Alexander Green, Benjamin Kleschinsky, Kendra Malone, Grace McCarthy, Anna Mello, Samantha Nigro, Shane Purgus.
Groton: Amy Gould, Ashley Groft.
Lowell: Wilbannelys Ramos, Amy Strong.
Pepperell: Steven Collins, Christopher Kent, Noah McGee, Sariah Willard.
Shirley: Brianna Coburn, Ryan Cooper, Ryan Harding, Daniel Henderson, Kenneth Howell, Dochug Thoummavong, Tiffanie Walters, Brianna White, Zachary Winslow.
Townsend: Nicholas Bennett, Zachary Dwyer, Kayla Johnson, Lauren Quinn, Cortney Surprenant.
Westford: Jack Cassidy, Erin Horsey, Thomas Lemieux.
4/18/12 > NASHOBA TECH RAISES NEARLY $2,000 FOR A COMPETING SCHOOL DISTRICT
Posted by Dan Phelps 4/18/12 3:40 pm

WESTFORD - In keeping with its 2011-2012 theme of "A Year of Caring," Nashoba Tech put its money where its motto is, raising nearly $2,000 - and it didn't even keep the money for itself.

Nashoba Tech raised the money for another school from its district - Groton-Dunstable Regional High School - which is trying to raise more than $130,000 to send its Chamber Choir to the London Olympics this summer.

"Part of our mission is to teach good will, and we are doing that by setting a goal and focusing an entire year on fulfilling that goal," Nashoba Tech Superintendent Judith L. Klimkiewicz said. "We are very thankful for the support of our towns, and we felt this was one way of giving back. We don't just say it's 'A Year of Caring.' We model it and live it, and these kinds of gestures are a reflection of living that."

The idea for raising money for another school started with Corina Proulx, a Nashoba Tech senior from Pepperell who is a student representative to the School Committee. She had read about the GDRHS choir being invited to perform at the Olympics, and asked committee members if the school could raise money for the effort, an idea the committee endorsed unanimously.

Kevin McKenzie, a Nashoba Tech School Committee member from Groton, picked up the ball from there, contacting officials at GDRHS to extend the offer of hosting a Spaghetti Supper, with proceeds going to the GDRHS Chamber Choir.

"I was very pleased the event was able to raise nearly $2,000," McKenzie said, adding that Nashoba Tech will present a check to members of the Chamber Choir at annual Town Meeting on April 30.

McKenzie credited choir parent Pam Jaboe and Groton-Dunstable School committee member Berta Erickson with being instrumental in raising sponsors and helping to plan the event, which was held April 12 in Nashoba Tech's cafeteria.

Students, staff members and School Committee members from Nashoba Tech, including members of its own chorus and Student Council, helped on the night of the Spaghetti Supper.

"That evening," McKenzie said, "we had 10 School Committee members from across our district come to help, either on the serving line or to participate in the festivities. That, I believe, is what makes Nashoba Valley Technical High School the outstanding school district it is."

"I'm so proud of our kids," Klimkiewicz added. "They were unbelievable, all the work they put in."

Also, as an added bonus, the GDRHS Chamber Choir performed, giving those in attendance an idea as to why they were invited to perform at the Olympics.

"I not sure how to express in words the performances of the Chamber Choir and their director, Mr. Tim Savoy," McKenzie said. "They gave the dinner attendees 45 minutes of incredible musical numbers. We wish them the very best this summer at the London Olympics performances."
4/12/12 > NASHOBA TECH HANDS OUT FIRST ANNUAL ARTS AWARD

Posted by Dan Phelps - April 12, 2012

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Rebecca Landers, a senior from Townsend, receives the Drama Club award for Best Choreographer from co-adviser Andrea Watson. At center is Emily Smith, Theatre Arts instructor. David Noel, a senior from Shirley, receives the award for Most Dedicated in the TV & Media Production program from instructor Eric Stevenson.

WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech recently held its first annual Arts Awards Night to recognize students who have excelled this year in Band, Chorus, Design & Visual Communications, Drama Club and TV & Media Production.

The following local students received awards.

Band
Most Valuable Artist: Sarah Anderson (freshman, Chelmsford).
Most Improved: Jared Forest (freshman, Townsend).
Most Dedicated: Amy Strong (freshman, Lowell).
Outstanding Achievement: Erika Locke (junior, Tewksbury).

Chorus
Most Valuable Artist: James Chiriboga-Flor (senior, Groton).
Most Improved: Emily St. Amand (junior, Pepperell).
Most Dedicated: Danielle Robinson (junior, Lowell).
Outstanding Achievement: Myranda Dery (junior, Chelmsford).
Most Enthusiastic Dancer: Emma Parla-Aziz (freshman, Tewksbury).
Best New Voice: Aaron Rogers (junior, Chelmsford).
Most Valued Harmonizer: Emma Hayes (senior, Littleton).

Design & Visual Communications
Most Improved Designer: David McPartlan (senior, Ayer).
Most Valuable Designer: Jennifer Goulart (junior, Shirley).
Outstanding Achievement in Layout & Design: Danielle Gauvin (junior, Ayer); Emily Pacht (senior, Chelmsford); Rachel Wheeler (senior, Pepperell).
Outstanding Digital Artist: Courtney Deck (junior, Shirley); Colby Keefe (senior, Townsend); Caitlin Shaughnessy (junior, Ayer).
Outstanding Traditional Artist: Terri Cadrette (sophomore, Townsend).
Technical Proficiency Award: Debra Brady (senior, Townsend).

Drama
Most Valuable Artist: Jordan Hass (senior, Townsend).
Most Improved: Thandile Jackson (sophomore, Shirley).
Most Dedicated: Sofia Reppucci (junior, Pepperell).
Outstanding Achievement: Nicole Wilcox (senior, Chelmsford).
Outstanding Designer: Stephen Ayers (senior, Chelmsford).
Best Choreographer: Rebecca Landers (senior, Townsend).
Helping Hand: Emma Hayes (senior, Littleton).
Most Likely to Win a Tony: Jordan Hass (senior, Townsend).

TV & Media Production
Most Valuable Artist: Mikaela Berthiaume (sophomore, Townsend).
Most Improved: Rebecca Reese (junior, Chelmsford).
Most Dedicated: David Noel (senior, Shirley).
Outstanding Achievement: Alison Nidzgorski (senior, Chelmsford).
Star Anchor: Nicole Holmes (junior, Lowell).
Out of the Box Thinker: Michael Williams (senior, Pepperell).
Most Likely to Win an Oscar: Alison Nidzgorski (senior, Chelmsford).

4/10/12 > FIVE NASHOBA TECH AUTO TECH STUDENTS EARN NATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Posted by Dan Phelps - April 10, 2012

Auto Tech National Cert

Nashoba Tech students show their NA3SA certificates. From left are Cody Ayotte (junior, Leominster), James Pero (senior, Groton), Steven Richards (senior, Chelmsford), Adam Fitzgerald (senior, Pepperell) and Christopher Sammarco (senior, Littleton).

WESTFORD - Five students in the Automotive Technology program at Nashoba Tech were recognized recently for passing all or some of the core components of the National Automotive Students Skills Standards Assessment, or NA3SA.

The five students, with the categories they passed, are:

• Cody Ayotte (junior, Leominster), Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electrical/Electronic Systems; Engine Performance; and Engine Repair.

• Adam Fitzgerald (senior, Pepperell), Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electrical/Electronic Systems; Engine Performance; Engine Repair; and Heating and Air Conditioning.

• James Pero (senior, Groton), Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electrical/Electronic Systems; and Engine Performance.

• Steven Richards (senior, Chelmsford), Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electrical/Electronic Systems; Engine Performance; Engine Repair; and Automatic Transmission and Transaxle.

•Christopher Sammarco (senior, Littleton), Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electrical/Electronic Systems; Engine Performance; Engine Repair; and Heating and Air Conditioning.

NA3SA is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission of evaluating technician-training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry, and recommending qualifying programs for certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

4/06/12 > SCHOOL-RECORD 20 MEDALISTS FOR NASHOBA TECH AT SKILLS USA EVENT

Posted by Dan Phelps - April 6, 2012

Skills District Medals 2012

Nashoba Tech's SkillsUSA medal winners include, front row, from left, Rebecca Landers (Townsend), Sofia Reppucci (Pepperell), Rebecca Reese (Chelmsford), Shannon Pecora (Westford), Rachel Casey (Pepperell) and Rachel Wheeler (Pepperell); second row, from left, Thomas Conboy (Westford), Jordan Hass (Townsend), Samantha Chapman (Littleton), Kyle Dunbar (Townsend), James Chiriboga-Flor (Groton) and Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford); and, back row, from left, Allison Lessard (Leominster), Joseph Siekman (Ayer), John Cortez (Pepperell), Kyle Manley (Pepperell), Michael D'Arrigo (Chelmsford), and Cameron Colon (Ayer). Not pictured are Dylan Copp (Groton) and Stephanie Bourne (Ayer).

WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School's SkillsUSA team boasted a school-record 20 medalists in the recent SkillsUSA District competition, held at Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough.

All 20 medalists will go on to compete in the SkillsUSA State Competition later this spring in Marlborough.

Gold-medalists for Nashoba Tech are: Stephanie Bourne (postgraduate, Ayer), Dental Assisting; Rachel Casey (junior, Pepperell), Preschool Teaching Assistant; Thomas Conboy (senior, Westford), Cabinetmaking; Dylan Copp (senior, Groton), Video Product Development; Michael D'Arrigo (postgraduate, Chelmsford), Collision Repair; and Rebecca Landers (senior, Townsend), Video Product Development.

Silver-medalists are: James Chiriboga-Flor (senior, Groton), Video Product Development; Cameron Colon (senior, Ayer), Culinary Arts; John Cortez(senior, Pepperell), Cabinetmaking; Jordan Hass (senior, Townsend), Video Product Development; Kyle Manley (senior, Pepperell), Customer Service; and Rachel Wheeler (senior, Pepperell), Advertising Design.

Earning bronze medals for Nashoba Tech and a spot in the state competition are: Samantha Chapman (junior, Littleton), Preschool Teaching Assistant; Jessica Desmond (senior, Chelmsford), Electronics Technology; Kyle Dunbar (senior, Townsend), Plumbing; Allison Lessard (senior, Leominster), Photography; Shannon Pecora (sophomore, Westford), Cabinetmaking; Rebecca Reese (junior, Chelmsford), Video Product Development; Sofia Repucci (junior, Pepperell), Video Product Development; and Joseph Siekman (senior, Ayer), Advertising Design.

4/04/12 > GABRIELLA WHITE, THE ACADEMIC/TESTING COORDINATOR, IS NASHOBA TECH'S EMPLOYEE OR THE MONTH

Posted by Dan Phelps - April 4, 2012

Gabby White is employee of the month

WESTFORD - Gabriella White, the Academic/Testing Coordinator, is Nashoba Tech's Employee of the Month.

Gabby was nominated by Andrea Watson, Jeremy Slotnick, Jonathan Roman, Emily Smith and Eric Stevenson, who wrote: "Gabby is nine months pregnant with twins and has been continuing to work incredibly hard, both as a supervisor and as the Testing Coordinator. She is always available to give advice and suggestions about ways to improve classroom performance, and is often seen talking to and encouraging students to do their best. She inspires us to work our hardest under any circumstance and should be commended."

On Friday, March 30, Gabby became the mother of twins Margret Mary and Samuel John.

4/04/12 > IRENE SCHRANK, JAMES CHIRIBOGA-FLOR ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Posted by Dan Phelps - April 4, 2012

Irene Schrank are Students of the Month

WESTFORD - Anna Schrank of Lowell and James Chiriboga-Flor of Groton have been selected as March's Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech.

Anna Schrank is a junior in the Culinary Arts program. She participates in Mock Trial and takes Advanced Placement courses in English and History. She works at Fishbones restaurant in Chelmsford through Nashoba Tech's School to Career program, and her supervisor there gives her rave reviews.

Anna was nominated by Chef/Instructor Steven Whiting, who said: "Anna is a fantastic student and team member. She sets an example for her peers, and volunteers for before- and after-school functions. I placed her in a high-volume restaurant and her manager constantly compliments her ability to cook."

James Chiriboga-Flor, son of Richard Chiriboga and Julie Flor-Chiriboga, is a senior in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program. He is an honor-roll student, has received the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship for his performance on the MCAS test, and will be inducted into the National Honor Society this spring. He also served as a Kick-Off Mentor for incoming freshmen.

James is very active in the Nashoba Tech community. He has had key roles in the Drama Club's last three musical productions - "Grease," "Seussical the Musical" and this year's "Hairspray." He competes for the track and cross-country teams and was named an Athlete of the Month as a freshman. He plans to enter the Air Force upon graduation and pursue a career in television broadcasting.

He was nominated by Music Instructor Laura LeSaffre, who said: "Jamie has helped with the seventh- and eighth-graders after school in the mini-exploratory program and is a constant help to students and me throughout the year."

4/04/12 > NASHOBA TECH EARNS FOURTH VICTORY AT TASTE OF NASHOBA VALLEY CONTEST

Posted by Dan Phelps - April 4, 2012

Taste of Nashoba Competitiom

Representing Nashoba Tech at the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of Nashoba Valley competition (with many flashing the No. 1 sign) are, front row, from left, Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting, Gabrielle Hathaway (sophomore, Ayer), Kayla Mercurio (junior, Pepperell), Alexander Melberg (senior, Littleton), Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, Morgan Miles (senior, Westford) and Victoria Prunier (junior, Shirley); and, back row, from left, Chef-Instructor Kevin McGuire, Anthony Brann (sophomore, Pepperell), Hunter Cooke (junior, Chelmsford), Chef-Instructor Fran Zentgraf and Tyler Greenwood (senior, Westford), who is celebrating Nashoba Tech's fourth win overall.

WESTFORD - They're back - and they're better than ever. Nashoba Valley Technical High School's in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, won its fourth Best Entrée in the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce's 11th annual Taste of Nashoba Valley competition.

The Elegant Chef, staffed by Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructors Steve Whiting, Fran Zentgraf and KevinMcGuire, and students from the Culinary Arts program, won the competition three years in a row - 2008, 2009 and 2010 - before having its streak stop last year.

But this year's entrée entry, Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Prosciutto Seasoned and Crowned with an Apple and Fig Sauce, proved to be not only a mouthful, but mouth-watering as well, at the annual competition, held March 20 at Lawrence Academy in Groton.

"We're happy to be back on top after a down year last year," Whiting said. "And we're looking forward to repeating again next year. This competition is a real treat for the students, because they get to see the results of their work. We look forward to it every year."

The Elegant Chef, one of the Nashoba Valley's hidden gem, is located in Nashoba Tech. It is open to the public for lunch Tuesday through Friday, when school is in session, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call 978-692-9958.

3/27/12 > GOODRICH CORP. OF WESTFORD DONATES $5,000 TO NASHOBA TECH ROBOTICS TEAM

Posted by Dan Phelps - March 27, 2012

Goodrich Robotics donates $5,000

WESTFORD - Goodrich Corp., of Westford, recently donated $5,000 to Nashoba Valley Technical High School's FIRST Robotics program, which competed in the recent Boston Regional competition, held March 23-24 at the Agganis Arena. Front row, from left, are Elliott Strizhak, principal engineer for Goodrich; Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz; freshmen Amy Strong (Lowell) and Sariah Willard (Leominster); Andrew Chrostowski, vice president and general manager of Airborne Systems for Goodrich; and Robert Beaton, Electronic/Robotics instructor and FIRST Robotics adviser. Second row, from left, are freshman Benjamin Kleschinsky (Chelmsford), sophomore Joseph Bernardo (Westford) and junior Justin Stewart (Chelmsford); and Tony Dean, Programming & Web Development instructor and co-adviser. Back row, from left, are Jeffrey Scheminger, Engineering Technology instructor and co-adviser; junior Brian Cross (Pepperell), sophomore Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton) and senior Connor Howard (Ayer), holding the symbols for FIRST Robotics; and Bill Toomey, Science instructor and co-adviser. Goodrich, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global supplier of systems and services to the Aerospace and Defense industry. Chrostowski said, "At Goodrich, it's important to not only show how much we value our communities by giving back, but to do our best to engage local students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. We are honored to help support the Nashoba Valley Technical High School FIRST Robotics team, and we wish them the best of luck." Nashoba Tech placed 19th of 53 teams at the Boston competition.

3/20/12 > DRAMA CLUB TAKES A BIG BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE

Posted by Dan Phelps - March 20, 2012

Drama Club in New York 2012

WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech's Drama Club recently spent several days in New York City, where they saw "Godspell" on Broadway and got to have a 45-minute question-and-answer session with its producer; attended a technical theater workshop; and visited several landmarks, including the 9-11 Memorial, Lincoln Center, Ellis Island, the Top of Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center, and Times Square, above. From left are Raysam Donkoh-Halm (sophomore, Lowell); Rebecca Landers (senior, Townsend); Brianna Taylor (sophomore, Shirley); Rebecca Reese (junior, Chelmsford); John Young (sophomore, Billerica); James Chiriboga-Flor (senior, Groton); Emma Hayes (senior, Littleton); Sofia Reppucci (junior, Pepperell); and Rachel Casey (junior, Pepperell).

3/09/12 > BRIANA LUMBERT, ERICK BENEDICT ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
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WESTFORD — Briana Lumbert of Westford and Erick Benedict of Townsend have been selected as February’s Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.



Briana Lumbert, daughter of Cathy Lumbert, is a junior guard for the basketball team, which qualified for the Central Massachusetts Division 3 tournament, losing in the quarterfinals. Briana is an honor-roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.



She competes in SkillsUSA, earning a silver medal last year in Collision Repair Technology. As a sophomore, she was a Kick-Off Mentor, chosen by staff to help incoming freshmen, and attended the Massachusetts Interscholastic Association/Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association Sportsmanship Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.



She is in the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program at Nashoba Tech.



Erick Benedict, son of Margaret Beltran, is a solid and consistent performer as a junior guard for the basketball team. He also plays for the Mill City team in Lowell. Erick is in the Electrical Technology program at Nashoba Tech.
3/09/12 > CAROL HEIDENRICH IS THE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
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WESTFORD - Carol Heidenrich, the Director of Technology, has been named Employee of the Month. Carol was nominated by Vickann Poulin, who wrote: “Carol always greets me with a cheerful hello whether it be in person or on the phone. She has had to wear many hats, and solve many problems with power outages, malfunctioning equipment and more than we realize over the past several months. She does this all with a smile.”
3/09/12 > JANET KIONGERA, NICHOLAS CONNOR ARE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Posted by Dan Phelps - March 9, 2012

                                                

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WESTFORD - Janet Kiongera of Lowell and Nicholas Connor of Pepperell have been selected as February's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

 

Janet Kiongera, daughter of George and Elizabeth Kiongera, is a junior in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program. She is an honor-roll student and a member of Mock Trial. She spent last summer interning at WCAP-AM in Lowell.

 

As a sophomore, Janet was selected by staff to be a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to their new school. She plans to attend either Columbia University or the University of New York after graduation.

 

Janet was nominated by math instructor Robert Beaudette, who said: "Janet has maintained an A average in class. She is a disciplined young woman who understands how important education is, as well as the hard work that goes into achieving good grades. She understands the level of work that I expect from my students and goes above and beyond."

 

Nicholas Connor, son of Charlotte Connor, is a senior in the Plumbing & Heating program. He plays football and baseball for the Vikings. He has worked on several community-service projects through the Plumbing program, and works full time every other week for Koval Plumbing of Tyngsborough through Nashoba Tech's School to Career program. He plans to continue working for Koval upon graduation, and possibly attend college.

 

Nicholas was nominated by science instructor Kathy Lamarre, who said: "Nick is a fine, upstanding young man who has a wonderful, caring demeanor and represents our school well. He has demonstrated great growth and maturity during his time at Nashoba Tech and has been an active member of our school community by participating in sports and attending school events. He is a role model for his peers."

 

 

3/06/12 > NASHOBA TECH DUO EARNS AWARD IN STATE CONTEST
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Nashoba Tech sophomores Sofia Reppucci (Pepperell), left, and Rebecca Reese (Chelmsford) in Nashoba Tech’s TV studio. The duo won an honorable mention in a fire-safety video contest.


WESTFORD — Two Nashoba Valley Technical High School students earned an honorable mention in a fire-safety video contest. The YouTube Burn Awareness Video Contest tasked Massachusetts high-school students with producing a video between one and three minutes long that explores burn-prevention topics, is well researched, is educational and informative, and does not demonstrate risky or unsafe behavior.

Sixty teams from 10 high schools across Massachusetts submitted videos, and six received prizes. Nashoba Tech’s team of juniors Rebecca Reese of Chelmsford and Sofia Reppucci of Pepperell received one of three honorable mentions awarded. In all, four Nashoba Tech teams submitted videos.

The first-place team is from Millis High School, Sharon High School was second, and teams from Masconomet Regional High School of Topsfield received a third-place award and two honorable mentions.

The contest is sponsored annually by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, the Massachusetts Association of Safety and Fire Educators, and the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association.

Nashoba Tech’s honorable-mention video can be viewed at http://www.nashobatech.net/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=63&linkid=nav-menu-container-4-24844.
2/29/12 > NASHOBA TECH CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM EARNS ITS JUST DESSERTS AT LOWELL EVENT
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Front, from left, are Erin Horsey (freshman, Westford), Jessica Feddersen (senior, Townsend), Morgan Miles (senior, Westford) and teacher’s assistant Susan Brassard. Back, from left, are “TV Diner” and event host Billy Costa, Tabitha Bond (senior, Lowell) and Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting.


WESTFORD — The awards keep piling up for Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Culinary Arts program. And this one may be the sweetest of all — literally.



Nashoba Tech took second place in the recent Evening of Sweet Indulgence, competing against 18 other local restaurants and bakeries. Nashoba Tech bakers made pecan tarts with a bourbon-caramel sauce.

The event, held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center and sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel of Merrimack Valley, was hosted by “TV Diner” host and KISS-108 personality Billy Costa, who had nothing but praise for Nashoba Tech.

“Billy couldn’t say enough about Nashoba Tech’s Culinary Arts program,” Whiting said. “He told the people in attendance that there is no better culinary-arts program in the state than Nashoba Tech’s. He had nothing but kind words for the school.”

Costa is no stranger to Nashoba Tech. In 2008, he filmed a segment of his popular “TV Diner” show, which airs on NECN, in the kitchen of Nashoba Tech’s in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, then returned to speak at the commencement ceremony for the class of 2008.

Nashoba Tech competed in the Evening of Sweet Indulgence against such establishments as Burtons, Cakes by Design, Cobblestones, Edible Arrangements, Shaw Farm, Starbucks and Moonstones, the eventual winner.
2/24/12 > GAVEL DROPS ON ANOTHER MOCK TRIAL SEASON FOR NASHOBA TECH TEAM
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Posted by Dan Phelps - February 24, 2012


WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Mock Trial team recently finished its third season of competition against other local high-school teams in courtrooms in Leominster and Concord district courts. The team includes, front row, from left, Nicole Holmes (junior, Lowell), Kassandra Wetterwald (sophomore, Shirley), Julia Phelps (sophomore, Lowell), Celia Sullivan (sophomore, Townsend) and Anna Schrank (junior, Lowell); and, back row, from left, Mikayla Madsen (senior, Pepperell), Connor Howard (senior, Ayer), Tia Donoghue (sophomore, Pepperell), Janet Kiongera (junior, Lowell), Deborah Kelly (junior, Shirley) and team adviser Lacey McCabe, a social-studies teacher at Nashoba Tech. In Mock Trial, students take on the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys, defendants and plaintiffs to argue a particular side of a fictitious case that is based on current events.
2/21/12 > NASHOBA TECH NAMES NOMINEES FOR STATEWIDE AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS
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WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School has announced its nominees for statewide awards that recognize exemplary vocational-technical students.

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Kyle Dunbar, a Plumbing & Heating student from Townsend, is Nashoba Tech’s nominee for the Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award, given by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators. The award is given to one student from each technical high school who represents the opportunity provided by a vocational-technical education. Kyle and nominees from other Massachusetts vocational-technical high schools will be honored at a banquet at Mechanics Hall in Worcester in April.



Kyle is the valedictorian for the Class of 2012. He is a high-honors student and has perfect attendance. He has been named Student of the Month twice, as a freshman and as a junior. He qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship for his performance on the MCAS test. He has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. As a sophomore, he was selected by staff to be a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech. He is active in community service at Nashoba Tech, in the community and at his church.



Kyle works for Basnett Plumbing and Heating in Littleton through Nashoba Tech’s School to Career program. He plans to continue working at Basnett after graduation and eventually start his own business.

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Jessica Desmond, an Electronics & Robotics student from Chelmsford, is Nashoba Tech’s nominee for the Walter J. Markham Award, sponsored jointly by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators and the Massachusetts Vocational Association. The award is given to a senior who exhibits leadership, good attendance, and excellence in technical studies and academic achievement. The statewide winner of the award receives $500 cash.



Jessica plans to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute on an $80,000 scholarship to study Biochemistry with a possible minor in Robotics. At Nashoba Tech, she is secretary of the National Honor Society and has been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. She is a high-honors student and was named Student of the Month as a junior.



Jessica participates in Nashoba Tech’s chapter of SkillsUSA and is captain of the FIRST Robotics team, which competed in the Nationals last year after receiving the Rookie All-Star Award in the Boston Regional competition. She was named a Kick-Off Mentor as a sophomore, helping incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech.



Jessica qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship for her performance on the MCAS test. She is a member of Nashoba Tech’s Ski and Snowboard Club and volleyball team.

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James Murray, an Electrical Technology student from Townsend, is Nashoba Tech’s nominee for the Massachusetts Vocational Association’s Vocational Technical Student Achievement Award, which is based on a student’s personal commitment to vocational-technical education; success in vocational-technical classes, projects and work experience; success in academic areas; good personal character and leadership; and involvement in school and community activities.



James has been inducted into the National Honor Society and is an honor-roll student. He has qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship for his performance on the MCAS test.James was named Student of the Month as a junior and Athlete of the Month as a senior. He is the starting quarterback for Nashoba Tech’s football team and plays baseball in the spring.



He plans to attend college to study Business or Electrical Engineering and has applied to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Hartwick College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northeastern University, the University of New Hampshire and Wheaton College.

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Leah Folsom, a Postgraduate student from Chelmsford in the Culinary Arts program, is Nashoba Tech’s nominee for the Massachusetts Vocational Association’s Post Secondary Award, which is based on a postgraduate student’s commitment to postsecondary vocational-technical education; success in vocational-technical clinical affiliations; success in academic components of the technical program; evidence of good personal character and leadership; and involvement in school and community activities.



Leah is a 2011 graduate of Chelmsford High School. She recently earned her ServSafe certification, licensing her to work in any restaurant or food-service establishment.



Through Nashoba Tech’s business partnership with Carrabba’s, she works as a line cook at the Tyngsborough restaurant. She is involved with preparing lunch daily in Nashoba Tech’s in-house restaurant, The Elegant Chef, as well as breakfast and lunch for private functions at the school, and has participated in various community-service endeavors through the Culinary Arts program.
2/10/12 > First Robotics Team Prepares for Battle
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CAPTION:
Nashoba Tech’s FIRST Robotics team is made up of, front, Jessica Desmond (senior, Chelmsford); behind her, Amy Strong (freshman, Lowell); first row, from left, Tony Dean (instructor, Programming & Web Development), Jordan St., Cyr (junior, Littleton), Emma Parla-Aziz (freshman, Tewksbury), Anthony Biondo (senior, Groton), Benjamin Kleschinsky (freshman, Chelmsford) and Joseph Bernardo (sophomore, Westford); second row, from left, Jeffrey Scheminger (instructor, Engineering Technology), Connor Howard (senior, Ayer) and Justin Stewart (senior, Chelmsford) and Robert Beaton (instructor, Electronics & Robotics and team adviser); and, back row, from left, Alexander Sager (senior, Ayer), Russell Byron-Kelly (sophomore, Groton) and Mitchell Ashe (junior, Townsend). Missing from photo are Brian Cross (junior, Pepperell), Seth Hickox (senior, Littleton), Adam Keller (junior, Chelmsford), Jess Sarver (senior, Townsend) and Sariah Willard (freshman, Leominster).

WESTFORD — They have their assignment. Now it’s time to build a better robot.
Nashoba Tech’s FIRST Robotics team has embarked on its second year of competition, fresh off winning the Rookie All-Star Award in last year’s regional competition in Boston and competing in the national FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo.
Students know, however, that it will be tougher this year to secure a spot in the nationals, and they’re working long hours, both after school and on weekends, to give themselves their best chance.
“We pretty much know what to do and how to present ourselves this year,” said Jessica Desmond of Chelmsford, who went to the nationals last year.
“We’re just trying to make sure our robot does what we want it to do,” said Justin Stewart, a senior from Chelmsford and another veteran of last year’s St. Louis trip.
What’s it supposed to do? Only shoot basketballs into four different hoops, set at various heights, from distances of 48 inches, 61 inches and 98 inches. In “Rebound Rumble,” Nashoba Tech’s team will be pitted against other regional teams to see whose robot can score the most baskets in a predetermined amount of time. Balls scored in higher hoops earn more points. Teams can also earn bonus points if their robots are balanced on a bridge at the end of the match.
Teams across the country received the challenge on Jan. 7, and since then, Nashoba Tech’s team has worked well into the evening most school days and has put in hours on Sundays to make sure their robot can shoot like Lebron James.
Robert Beaton, an Electronics & Robotics instructor at Nashoba Tech and the team’s adviser, said the team is ahead of where it was last year.
“We’re already improved in how well the kids are doing without even going near the competition,” Beaton said. “In one short year, we’re leaps and bounds ahead of where we were last year. There are a lot of different elements and a lot of problems that have to be overcome to reap the most rewards.”
Beaton credits the support of the Nashoba Tech administration, as well as the work of several Nashoba Tech staff members, including Engineering Technology instructor Jeffrey Scheminger, Programming & Web Development instructor Tony Dean and Science instructor Bill Toomey.
He also thanked Nashoba Tech’s FIRST Robotics sponsors, including NASA, PTC of Needham, Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems Division, Goodrich of Westford and Brooks Automation of Chelmsford.
Rick Nagle from Raytheon has been mentoring the team and helping the students design the robot.
“With Rick, the kids get an opportunity to work with a professional who’s in the industry, and he’s getting the kids to really think about careers in this industry,” Beaton said.
That is the ultimate goal of FIRST Robotics, a Manchester, N.H.-based organization founded by New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway and who started FIRST (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) as a way to immerse high-school students in science and engineering and groom the next generation of scientists.
Nashoba Tech’s team will compete at the Agganis Arena in Boston on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24. The public is invited free of charge.
2/10/12 > Two Nashoba Tech Student-Athletes Attend Women in Sport Day in Boston
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TWO NASHOBA TECH STUDENT-ATHLETES ATTEND WOMEN IN SPORT DAY IN BOSTON

Two senior student-athletes at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford recently attended the Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day 2012 at Faneuil Hall in Boston, hosted by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, where they met Kristine Lilly, center, who played on two Olympic gold-medal teams and one silver-medal team. At left is Sara St. George of Groton, who plays volleyball, basketball and softball for Nashoba Tech, and at right is Marissa McCaul of Chelmsford, who plays volleyball and basketball. They were accompanied to the event by volleyball coach Donna McMahon.
2/10/12 > Chelmsford High Grad Leah Folsom Earns Culinary Certification at Nashoba Tech
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Leah Folsom of Chelmsford, a Postgraduate student at Nashoba Tech, shows off her ServSafe certification, which she earned in Nashoba Tech’s Culinary Arts department.

WESTFORD — Leah Folsom of Chelmsford, a postgraduate student in the Culinary Arts program at Nashoba Tech, has received her ServSafe certification.
The certification means Folsom is licensed to work in any restaurant or food-service establishment. The certification also makes students “more marketable,” according to Nashoba Tech chef-instructor Steve Whiting, because every restaurant must have at least one employee certified by ServSafe.
Folsom is a 2011 graduate of Chelmsford High School. She enrolled last fall in Nashoba Tech’s Postgraduate program, which offers free tuition to high-school graduates from within the school’s district.
“Leah really has a passion for cooking,” said Whiting, adding that Folsom works as a line cook at Carrabba’s restaurant in Tyngsborough, a business partner of Nashoba Tech.
“She started off preparing salads, but the bosses noticed her work ethic and gave her a promotion within two weeks,” Whiting said.
Folsom said that after finishing high school, she wanted to get into the restaurant business and heard about Nashoba Tech’s free Postgraduate program.
“I love it. It’s a great opportunity, and the teachers are wonderful,” said Folsom, who ultimately wants to be a chef on a cruise ship.
Folsom was also recently named Nashoba Tech’s nominee for the Massachusetts Vocational Association’s Post Secondary Award, given statewide to the state’s outstanding postgraduate student.
Nashoba Tech’s Postgraduate program provides the same real-world skills, license and certificates a student would receive at a community college, though tuition is free for those within the district. Nashoba Tech’s district includes Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.
2/02/12 > Steve Whiting is January Employee of the Month
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Posted by Dan Phelps - February 2, 2012





WESTFORD - Hotel & Restaurant Management Instructor Steve Whiting, a chef-instructor at Nashoba Tech for 29 years, is the Employee of the Month. Though Steve has led the Culinary Arts program for years, this year he is teaching Hotel & Restaurant Management and brought the largest group of freshmen into the program in many years. He was nominated by Chef-Instructor Fran Zentgraf, who wrote: “Chef Whiting is very kind and helpful to all students. He gives each individual one-on-one help along with keeping a very successful and amazingly run technical program and restaurant.”
2/02/12 > Nicole Kelly of Shirley and Kyle Greeley of Westford are January's Athletes of the Month
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Posted by Dan Phelps - February 2, 2012




WESTFORD - Nicole Kelly of Shirley and Kyle Greeley of Westford are January’s Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

Nicole Kelly, daughter of James and Colleen Kelly, is a junior forward for the basketball team. She also plays soccer for the Vikings. Basketball coach Jim Creed calls Nicole “the heart and soul of the defense,” and also credited her “hustle and defensive prowess.” Nicole is in the Dental Assisting program.



Kyle Greeley, son of Nicole Greeley, is a senior goaltender for the hockey team, the first to make it to the state tournament in 13 years. Kyle is in the Electrical Technology and is working at the Westford Solar Park through Nashoba Tech’s School to Career program. He plans to attend the Universal Technical Institute to study Automotive and Diesel.
2/02/12 > Townsend's Pierce, Pepperell's Williams are January's Students of the Month
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Posted by Dan Phelps - February 2, 2012




WESTFORD - Danielle Pierce of Townsend and Michael Williams of Pepperell have been named January’s Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

Danielle Pierce, daughter of Roland and Colette Pierce, is a senior in the Health Assisting program, where she has earned certifications for Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, First Aid and OSHA. She is active in the Horticulture Club at Nashoba Tech, and volunteers at an Ayer assisted-living facility. Danielle plans to attend Mt. Wachusett Community College to earn her Nursing degree, then become a registered nurse.



She was nominated by School Committee member Kevin McKenzie, who was impressed after observing Danielle at work at Hannaford Supermarket in Townsend. “I happened to overhear Danielle comment to a customer how much she enjoys Nashoba Tech and that she did not want to leave,” he said. Danielle was also nominated by Health Assisting Instructor Vicki-Ann Poulin, who said: “Danielle is committed not only to the school but to her peers and to her work. She is always the first to volunteer to run an errand, show incoming students around the school or work at a school event. I have also watched her work with dedication to pass her Certified Nurse’s Assistant exam.”



Michael Williams, son of Jim and Francene Williams, is a senior in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program. He is a high-honors student and qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, which provides free tuition to any state college or university, for his performance on the MCAS exam. Michael plans to attend Fitchburg State University to study Film and Video, with hopes of becoming a scriptwriter.



He was nominated by Guidance Counselor Kyla Callahan, who said: “Michael is an extremely bright young man with a fantastic sense of humor. In his four years at Nashoba Tech, he has made the honor roll every term. He is a very hard worker in TV & Media, and he lights up when speaking about the daily news program, ‘Good Day Nashoba,’ or any other projects he is involved in. He is well-liked by staff and his teachers.”
1/10/12 > Nashoba Valley Technical High School's Honor Roll
Posted by Dan Phelps - January 10, 2012

HIGH HONORS
Seniors
Chelmsford: Andrew Baker, Jessica Desmond, Marissa McCaul.
Pepperell: Mandi Benson, Michael Williams.
Townsend: Kyle Dunbar, Colin Marcin.

Juniors
Chelmsford: Aaron Rogers.
Pepperell: Rachel Casey.
Shirley: Courtney Deck, Victoria Dufault, Deborah Kelly, Sarah Whitney.

Sophomores
Chelmsford: Mina Henes
Groton: Russell Byron-Kelly.
Pepperell: Tia Donoghue.
Tewksbury: Carl Marzolini.
Townsend: John Santosuosso, Amanda Woods.
Westford: Victoria Ronayne.


HONORS
Seniors
Ayer: Angela Dumas, Adriana Mauro, James Pijewski, Joseph Siekman, Steven Turra.
Chelmsford: Anthony Anoli, Joshua Desalvo, Rosemary Miller, Emily Pacht, Heather Scarfo, Allison Stairs.
Dunstable: Kristopher Mitchell.
Groton: David Alcott, James Chiriboga-Flor, Sara St. George.
Littleton: Emma Hayes, Seth Hickox, Taylor Johnson, Alexander Melberg, Devon Tarca.
Lowell: John McManus, Jordan Porter.
Pepperell: Ashley Bridges, Shelbey Dutton-Smith, Jennifer Gates, Shannon Harlow, Alison Nidzgorski, Jessica Nordstrom, Corina Proulx, Martina Salem, James Sampson, Rachel Wheeler.
Townsend: Marissa Abreu, Gregory D’Urso, Sarah Deberardinis, Taylor Gingras, Rebecca Landers, James Murray, James Osterfield, Matthew White.
Westford: Tyler Greenwood, Austin Pecora.

Juniors
Ayer: Caitlin Cuoco, Desmond Davis, Audrey Lynch.
Billerica: Michael Conant.
Chelmsford: David Luz, Kylie McCaul, Justin Stewart, Daniel Valeriani.
Dracut: Cameron Dumais.
Groton: David Blood.
Littleton: John Himmelberger.
Lowell: Rhiannon Archambault, Janet Kiongera.
Pepperell: Brian Cross, Travis Monahan, Trevor Ramos, Sofia Reppucci, Christopher Rudkowski, Maria Sears, Emily St. Amand, Hannah Whiting.
Shirley: Meredith Dilley, Kayla Drinkwater, Kyle Hopf, Jocelyn Klein, Victoria Prunier.
Townsend: Craig Croteau, Cynthia Messina, Rebecca Updyke.
Westford: Evan Cassidy, Tiffany Jurewicz, Briana Lumbert, Samantha McNulty, Bradley Medlin.

Sophomores
Ayer: Samuel Anuta.
Chelmsford: Kelsie Buckley, Tori Cafeteiro, Philip Danek, Joshua Desrochers, Kassandra Ducharme, Jacob White.
Groton: Stetson Lacombe.
Littleton: Aaron Hatch, Michael Smith.
Lowell: Raysam Donkoh-Halm, Julia Phelps.
Pepperell: Anthony Brann, William Falconer, Vincent Lewis, George Nieves.
Shirley: Dana Hopf, Thandile Jackson, Muaau Pau.
Tewksbury: Erik Freitag, Cameron Skinner.
Townsend: Marrisa Baril, Mikaela Berthiaume, Terri Cadrette, Ashley Considine, Shaylene Hegarty, Erika Morin, Bryan Petersen, Brittany Thomas.
Westford: Brianna Healey, Ellen Horan, Cara Masson, Shannon Pecora.

Freshmen
Ayer: Zachary Connell, Sarah Gibbons, Victoria Manning, Bridget McPartlan, Julianna Poutry, Kristin Richard.
Billerica: Amy Cowan, John Stavro, Mark Timpe.
Chelmsford: Ariel Corliss, Michael Geoffroy, Alexander Green, Tristan Khim, Benjamin Kleschinsky, Marc Macedo, Grace McCarthy, Anna Mello, Samantha Nigro, Shane Purgus, Brittany Watson, Kaitlyn Withrow.
Groton: Amy Gould, Ashley Groft, Justin Lavalley, Zachary Martin.
Leominster: Roberta Hall.
Littleton: Joseph Collette, Jacob Gray.
Pepperell: Steven Collins, Kevin Cummings, Alexander Featherstone, Thomas Hall, Shannon Harrison-Fisher, Noah McGee, Caitlyn Ross, Dominic Sears, Sariah Willard.
Shirley: Amanda Celona, Jordan Forsyth, Alexander Gianakos, Daniel Henderson, Kenneth Howell, Matthew Macapulay, Leeann Sutherby, Dochug Thoummavong, Brianna White.
Tewksbury: Emma Parla-Aziz, Zachary Winslow.
Townsend: Nicholas Bennett, Kalee Chapman, Jon Chevrette, Richard Cura,. Nicholas Johansen, Kayla Johnson, Courtney Surprenant.
Westford: Jack Cassidy, Karoline De Oliveira, Erin Horsey, Manuel Romano.
1/04/12 > NASHOBA TECH GETS STRAIGHT A’S IN FIVE-YEAR ACCREDITATION REVIEW
Posted by Dan Phelps - January 4, 2012


WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School received glowing reviews from Massachusetts’ school reaccreditation agency in its five-year reaccreditation review.



A group from the New England Association of Schools & Colleges’ Commission on Technical and Career Institutions confirmed Nashoba Tech’s reaccreditation during a visit in spring 2006. This past spring, as part of its required five-year follow-up visit, the group spent several days at the school ensuring that its recommendations were being acted upon. Its report was released recently.

Among the report’s commendations for Nashoba Tech are:

• Completing 91 percent of the recommendations CTCI made in 2006.




• Extensive communication between staff and administration.




• Increased opportunities for professional development.




• Exceeding CTCI’s Standard for School Facilities.




• Adoption of a schoolwide discipline system.




“I’m very proud of the staff, the teachers, the administration and the students,” said Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz. “To have a five-year follow-up visit and have only commendations, and to be overwhelmingly commended for everything from programs to facilities to morale, is very unusual.”



In its 10-year reaccreditation report in 2006, CTCI noted, among other things, Nashoba Tech’s $25 million renovation and addition; the integration of technology into every aspect of the school; the fostering of positive student-teacher relationships; the cleanliness of the campus; and the strong attendance average and policy.



That report stated: “All those associated with Nashoba Valley Technical High School can take pride in their collective commitment to improved vocational technical opportunities through regional accreditation.”

The next 10-year reaccreditation review is planned for 2016.
12/21/11 > NASHOBA TECH CHORUS SINGS CAROLS TO RESIDENTS AT LOCAL NURSING HOMES
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Posted by Dan Phelps - December 21, 2011



WESTFORD - Members of the chorus at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford sing Christmas carols and holiday songs for residents at Palm Manor Nursing Home in Chelmsford. From left are Emma Hayes (senior, Littleton), Rachel Straitiff (sophomore, Pepperell), Thandile Jackson (sophomore, Shirley), Julia Phelps (sophomore, Lowell) and Jennifer Gates (senior, Pepperell). The chorus also performed for residents at Westford House and Chelmsford Crossings.
12/19/11 > Boston University’s MobileLab
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Posted by Dan Phelps on - December 19, 2011




WESTFORD - Boston University’s MobileLab, a 40-foot traveling science laboratory with a mission of making modern-day biotechnology accessible to middle-school and high-school students and have them participate in hands-on laboratory investigations, made a weeklong stop at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford recently. All Nashoba Tech students had a chance to perform experiments in the state-of-the-art laboratory facility, including Erik Freitag of Tewksbury, left, and Adam Keller of Chelmsford, both sophomores. They’re working on an experiment called “The Mystery of the Crooked Cell,” learning about sickle-cell anemia.
12/19/11 > NASHOBA TECH 'ELVES' PUT THE FESTIVE INTO AYER WINTER FESTIVAL
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Posted by Dan Phelps - December 19, 2011



WESTFORD - Nashoba Valley Technical High School students, from left, Tiffany Jurewicz (junior, Westford), Meredith Dilley (junior, Shirley) and Nicole Wilcox (senior, Chelmsford, play elves for Santa Claus during the recent Ayer Winter Festival hayrides with Santa. Students from Nashoba Tech’s chorus also performed for folks waiting to get on the hayrides.
12/12/11 > THE HORTICULTURE CLUB PARTICIPATES AT THE WESTFORD HOLIDAY BAZAAR
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Posted by Dan Phelps - December 12, 2011



WESTFORD - Students and staff from Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Horticulture Club sold wreaths, poinsettias, ornaments and other Christmas-related items at the recent annual Westford Holiday Bazaar, held at Westford Academy. From left are seniors Allison Stairs of Chelmsford, Casey Paiva of Townsend and Justin Stewart of Chelmsford, and club adviser Andrea Knowles.
12/12/11 > NASHOBA TECH STUDENTS HEAR COMPELLING ANTI-TEXTING-AND-DRIVING PRESENTATION
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Posted by Dan Phelps - December 12, 2011



Kylie McCaul, a junior from Chelmsford, signs the pledge to refrain from texting while driving at the end of the “It Can Wait” presentation, as, from left, state Rep. Jim Arciero, state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz and Nashoba Tech Health Assisting instructor Vicki-Ann Poulin.



WESTFORD — It can wait. That was the message that the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and AT&T delivered recently at Nashoba Valley Technical High School to junior and seniors who feel compelled to text while driving. And with heartfelt words of wisdom and warning from state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, state Rep. Jim Arciero, AT&T’s Frank Mancuso and Nashoba Tech School Committee member Sam Poulten, perhaps the most meaningful words came from Nashoba Tech Health Assisting instructor Vicki-Ann Poulin, who has personally felt the pain and heartache caused by texting and driving. Poulin’s message was unplanned, but after watching a 15-minute video documentary of four texting-and-driving crashes and their horrific aftermaths, she felt moved to address the students. She told them her goddaughter was killed in a crash in 2009 that was caused by texting and driving. “Please put your phone in your backpack or lock it in the glove box,” Poulin told the students. “Don’t be tempted. Believe me when I tell you, it can wait.”



The DA’s office and AT&T have been delivering their “It Can Wait” message to high schools across Massachusetts this school year.“Our goal is to tell as many people as possible, to get our message out to as many teens as we can,” Mancuso said.Poulten told the more than 300 upperclass students that he and his fellow School Committee members implore them not to text and drive because “we want to enjoy following you after you leave Nashoba Tech so we can continue to be proud of each and every student.”Donoghue and Arciero, both of whom voted to ban texting while driving in 2010 and to ban all cellphone use for drivers under 18, told the students of the statistics involving teen drivers and cellphone use.



“Every single year,” Donoghue said, “5,000 people die in crashes because of texting while driving, and most are under 20 years old. That’s why the law was put into effect in Massachusetts — to save lives.”She also warned of the penalties if a driver is caught texting.“We’re trying to save your life,” she said. “No text is worth dying for.”While the speakers’ words were strong, it’s likely the video, called “The Last Text,” drove home to students the dangers of texting while driving. The video featured four true texting-while-driving stories, each more tragic than the one before: a high-school senior who was texting “where u at” to her boyfriend before crashing into a bridge and dying; a young man who was texting “lol” to a friend and struck and killed a bicyclist; a young man who was in the middle of a text, “where r,” before crashing and suffering life-changing injuries; and a young woman who must live with the knowledge that her simple text message — “yeah” — was what her sister was reading when she crashed and died.



At the end of the video, those present were asked to sign a pledge to not text and drive.
12/06/11 > PAULETTE PAINE IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
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Posted by Dan Phelps - December 6, 2011



WESTFORD - School nurse Paulette Paine is the Employee of the Month at Nashoba Tech. She was nominated by Nora Clooney, Diane Jardin and Sheriley Farrand, who wrote: “Not only is Paulette remarkably patient with the students, but she is always kind and courteous no matter how many times she is called throughout the day. All in all, Paulette is great.”
12/06/11 > TATIANA LIGONDE, JAMES MURRAY AND STEPHEN RICE ARE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
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Posted by Dan Phelps - December 6, 2011



WESTFORD — Tatiana Ligonde of Westford, James Murray of Townsend and Stephen Rice of Shirley have been named November’s Athletes of the Month at Nashoba Tech.

Tatiana Ligonde, daughter of Patsy Rawnsley, is a sophomore on the Vikings’ cheerleading squad. According to Athletic Director David Fusco, Tatiana helped keep the squad together during a tough season. Tatiana also plays softball for the Vikings. She is in the Banking, Marketing & Retail program. She is also a dancer and teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts of New England in Chelmsford.



James Murray, son of Ed and Carol Murray, was the starting quarterback and also played safety for the football team. He also plays baseball for Nashoba Tech. James is in the Electrical Technology program. He is on the National Honor Society He is a consistent honor-roll student and qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship due to his performance on the MCAS exam. He plans to attend college next fall.



Stephen Rice, son of Richard and Mary Rice, played linebacker and right tackle and was also the kicker for the football team. He also plays basketball and baseball for Nashoba Tech.Stephen is in the Carpentry program. He is an honor-roll student and qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship due to his performance on the MCAS exam. He plans to attend college next fall.
12/06/11 > SARAH ANDERSON AND RUSSELL BYRON-KELLY ARE NAMED STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
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Posted by Dan Phelps - December 6, 2011



WESTFORD — Sarah Anderson of Chelmsford and Russell Byron-Kelly of Groton have been named November’s Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech.



Sarah Anderson, daughter of Alan and Joanne Anderson, is a freshman going through the exploratory process to determine which technical program she will study. She is leaning toward TV & Media Production/Theater Arts, though she was also impressed with Engineering Technology and Design & Visual Communications. Sarah has a supporting role in the musical “Hairspray.” She is also one of 40 freshmen selected to attend a recent Human Rights Awareness Program at the Holocaust Center in Peabody. She was nominated by two teachers. English instructor Jeremy Slotnick said: “Sarah is an intelligent, articulate and hardworking student. She often goes beyond the scope of an assignment to outshine my highest expectations. Her critical thinking and writing skills are exemplary, and she is always quick to assist a fellow student in need.” Music instructor Laura LeSaffre said: “Sarah is involved in the band and the theater program, and competes in dance outside of school. She is a hardworking student and a positive role model for other students.”



Russell Byron-Kelly, son of Charlene Kelly, is a sophomore in the Design & Visual Communications technical program. He is an honor-roll student and is on the volleyball and basketball teams, is involved in the Drama Club, and is a member of the FIRST Robotics team. Outside of school, he is involved in a Christmas concert at his church. Russell was nominated by Social Studies instructor David Fusco, who said: “Russell is a very conscientious and diligent student. He is always checking to make sure he gets everything done according to what the teacher wants. He’s a very reliable student and helps other students when they need help.”
12/02/11 > STUDENTS AND STAFF SERVE THEIR ANNUAL THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON FOR LOCAL VETERANS
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Posted by Dan Phelps - December 2, 2011



WESTFORD - Students and staff in the Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management programs at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford recently served their annual Thanksgiving luncheon to local veterans and staff members from veterans organizations as part of a Thanksgiving week tradition at Nashoba Tech. Participating in the event were, front from left, Lauren Hartung (senior, Chelmsford), Sarah Murray (sophomore, Pepperell), Emma Hayes (senior, Littleton) and Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting; and, back from left, Christopher Chevalier (sophomore, Pepperell), Chef-Instructor Fran Zentgraf, Dominique Manning (sophomore, Ayer), Dylan Baro (sophomore, Groton), Anthony Anoli (senior, Chelmsford), Vincent Corbett (senior, Tewksbury), Anthony Brann (sophomore, Pepperell), Jessica Feddersen (senior, Townsend), Tyler Greenwood (senior, Westford), Cameron Colon (senior, Ayer) and Carter Clements (postgraduate, Chelmsford).
12/02/11 > NASHOBA TECH STUDENTS TAKE A 'LIFE-CHANGING' TRIP TO THE HOLOCAUST CENTER
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Posted by Dan Phelps - December 2, 2011




Among the more than 40 freshmen and staff members from Nashoba Tech freshmen and staff who attended the Human Rights Awareness Program at the Holocaust Center in Peabody were, front row, from left, Malik Andino (Lowell), Spencer Fusco (Billerica), John Stavro (Billerica), Sarah Anderson (Chelmsford), Cortney Surprenant (Townsend) and Kirstin Richard (Ayer); and, back row, from left, Social Studies instructor David Fusco, Nona Hunt (Dunstable), Erin Horsey (Westford), Emma Parla-Aziz (Tewksbury), Skye Nogler (Pepperell), Ryan Cooper (Shirley) and Social Studies instructor Timothy Gallagher.



WESTFORD — They faced history. And it changed their lives. A group of 40 students from Nashoba Valley Technical High School attended a recent Human Rights Awareness Program at the Holocaust Center in Peabody as part of Nashoba Tech’s Facing History and Ourselves course. The event was attended by hundreds of students from high schools across eastern Massachusetts. The Nashoba Tech students — all freshmen — were chosen on the basis of grades, behavior and attendance. Social Studies teachers David Fusco and Timothy Gallagher also attended. What they heard from the guest speakers — including survivors of the Holocaust and genocides in Rwanda and the Sudan — was truly eye-opening. “It was definitely a life-changing experience to hear what they went through and see where they are now,” said Malik Andino of Lowell.“I thought I knew a lot about the different genocides, but this experience really opened my eyes,” said Emma Parla-Aziz of Tewksbury. Fusco said the trip was “part of our goal to teach these kids to respect human rights and human dignity.” “If we pass it down from generation to generation, these things will never happen again, and that’s our goal,” he added.



Gallagher said that despite the difficulties sometimes presented by the language barrier, “the kids were able to understand the emotions — you can’t teach that in a classroom.” Most of the students agreed that hearing firsthand of the atrocities the three speakers faced — some as young children — made them grateful to live in the United States. “Hearing all three people, I felt like, as Americans, it’s easier to live here than anywhere else where they’ve had to deal with these situations,” said Ryan Cooper of Shirley.“It made me feel lucky we don’t have to go through that and realize how lucky Americans are,” said Nona Hunt of Dunstable.



Some of the students had read about the Holocaust before attending the event, but that didn’t prepare them for what they heard from survivor Marika Barnett, who gave the event’s keynote address. “When the speakers were talking, you could feel that they were still emotional about their experiences, especially the woman from the Holocaust,” said Sarah Anderson of Chelmsford. “I’ve read books and seen movies about the Holocaust, but I didn’t get the full story until I heard her speak about it.” Cortney Surprenant of Townsend was struck by how Barnett, while visibly affected by her remembrances, tried to convey a spirit of hope to the students. “She didn’t want us to be depressed — she wanted us to be happy,” she said. Added Nona: “She said she was 10 years old when her family went into hiding, and I can’t imagine having to grow up that fast.”



Others were moved by the emotion evident on the faces of the speakers. “We actually saw some of the people crying while they were talking about it,” said John Stavro of Billerica. “It gave me a better insight into what happened. There was an atmosphere in the room that you can’t get in a classroom.” Kirstin Richard of Ayer summed up the feelings of the students: “I feel more grateful for what we have. We take it for granted sometimes.”



The following local students attended the event.

Ayer: Julianna Poutry, Kirstin Richard.

Billerica: Spencer Fusco, John Stavro.

Chelmsford: Sarah Anderson, Marc Clayton, Stephanie Durso, Tessa Fowler, Michael Geoffroy, Joseph Howard, Benjamin Kleschinsky, David Maher, Kendra Malone, Grace McCarthy, Brittany Watson, Kaitlyn Withrow.

Dunstable: Nona Hunt.

Leominster: Sariah Willard.

Littleton: Jacob Gray.

Lowell: Malik Andino, Mario Carmona, Gabriel Carvalho.

Pepperell: Shannon Harrison, Noah McGee, Jeffrey Nelson, Skye Nogler, William Ross, Diedrick Warrington.

Shirley: Ryan Cooper, Alexander Gianakos, Matthew Macapulay, Leeann Sutherby, Dochug Thoummavong, Tiffanie Walters.

Tewksbury: Emma Parla-Aziz.

Townsend: Richard Cura, Zachary Dwyer, Kayla Johnson, Cortney Surprenant, Zachary Whittemore.

Westford: Erin Horsey, Manuel Romano.
11/29/11 > FIVE NASHOBA TECH STUDENTS ATTEND MIAA SPORTSMANSHIP SUMMIT IN FOXBOROUGH
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Posted by Dan Phelps - November 29, 2011




WESTFORD - Five students from Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford attended the recent 18th annual Massachusetts Interscholastic Association/Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association Sportsmanship Summit, held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, where they met Boston Celtics great Thomas “Satch” Sanders. From left are Bryana Robinson (sophomore, Chelmsford), Celia Sullivan (sophomore, Townsend), Cameron Dumais (junior, Dracut), Sanders and John Young (sophomore, Billerica). Also attending but missing from the photo is Cameron Skinner (sophomore, Tewksbury).
11/22/11 > 44 SENIORS QUALIFY FOR JOHN AND ABIGAL ADAMS SCHOLARSHIP
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Posted by Dan Phelps - November 22, 2011



WESTFORD — Forty-four members of the Class of 2012 at Nashoba Valley Technical High School have qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, representing 25 percent of the senior class — the maximum number that is eligible for the award. The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is a Massachusetts Department of Education grant that provides free undergraduate tuition to state colleges and universities to students who score in the Advanced category in either the Mathematics or English Language Arts section of the 10th-grade MCAS test, and in the Proficient or Advanced category in the other section.

In addition, students must: have a combined MCAS score on those two assessments that ranks in the top 25 percent of their school district; be a permanent Massachusetts resident, be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen; enroll in a postsecondary institution full time in the first traditional academic semester after high-school graduation; and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The following students have qualified for the scholarship.
Ayer: Cameron Colon, Connor Howard, James Pijewski, Joseph Siekman, Steven Turra.
Billerica: Noelle Young.
Chelmsford: Andrew Baker, Joshua Desalvo, Jessica Desmond, Brittany Fleury, Marissa McCaul, Rosemary Miller, Emily Pacht, Steven Richards, Allison Stairs.
Groton: James Chiriboga-Flor, Dylan Copp, Maxfield Gaj, Jessica Pero, Sara St. George.
Littleton: Emma Hayes, Seth Hickox, Taylor Johnson, Julia Nichols.
Leominster: Allison Lessard.
Pepperell: Ashley Bridges, Mikayla Madsen, James Sampson, Rachel Wheeler, Michael Williams.
Shirley: David Noel, Stephen Rice.
Townsend: Gregory D’Urso, Kyle Dunbar, Jordan Hass, James Murray, James Osterfield, Jess Sarver, Richard Tonks, Matthew White.
Westford: Cherilynn Lawson, Morgan Miles, Austin Pecora, Felisha Randolph.
11/18/11 > The White Ribbon Campaign
Posted by Dan Phelps - November 18, 2011.

Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard Leone speaks to male students in Nashoba Tech’s Performing Arts Center, about the White Ribbon Campaign as a group or staff role models look on. From left are Vocational Coordinator Paul Jussaume, Assistant Principal Matt Ricard, teachers Bruce Sullivan, Robert Beaudette, James Creed, Jeffrey Scheminger and Matthew Kamfonik, and Westford police Officer Michael Croteau.





Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard Leone talks to students from Nashoba Tech’s Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Banking/Marketing/Retail programs about the Cut It Out program in the school’s restaurant, The Elegant Chef.

“I promise to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, and from this day forward I promise to be a part of the solution for ending it.” With those words, close to 400 male students and staff members at Nashoba Tech took the White Ribbon pledge to stop the cycle of violence against women and girls.


The pledge came after Middlesex County District Attorney Gerard Leone spoke to the students in the school’s Performing Arts Center on Nov. 17 about the White Ribbon Campaign, a worldwide effort to curtail one of the most pervasive societal ills — abuse of women.

Leone told the students that 90 percent of violent assaults on women are by men, and that between the ages of 16 and 24 is when a young woman is most likely to be the victim of relationship violence. “These are your girlfriends. These are your sisters. These are your classmates,” Leone said. “Most of the violence gets perpetrated against girls and young women at the hands of their boyfriends. It’s entirely unnecessary, and it’s not what men are about.”

Leone told the students that the White Ribbon Campaign began in Canada after a man shot and killed 14 women at random. “It spurred a lot of people to do a lot of things in their memory,” he said. “One of the things that happened was that men banded together and created the White Ribbon Campaign to show they could stand up and be real men and not be cowards.”

Then, after singer Chris Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, in 2009, half of the young people surveyed thought she deserved it, according to Leone.“It was then we knew we had to do something, and we’ve been in and out of high schools across Middlesex County ever since,” he said.“The true measure of a man is not only to be strong but also to be gentle,” he added. “Every time you have an inclination to do anything approaching abuse of a women, I want you to think about your sister or your mother or your grandmother.


“If you think you’re a tough guy because you can put your hands on a woman, you’re not a tough guy — you’re a coward. And if you see it happen and you don’t do anything about it, you’re not far removed from a coward. There’s no excuse for abuse.”

And with those words, Leone asked all the male students and staff members in the auditorium to stand and recite the White Ribbon pledge, after which the students received a white-ribbon pin to wear. While that was going on, down in the Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Banking/Marketing/Retail classrooms, students were treating a group of battered women to hair and nail care, shopping and lunch.


Earlier that morning, Leone and Assistant District Attorney Marian Ryan spoke to students in those three programs about the D.A. Office’s Cut It Out program, which teaches Cosmetology students how to recognize signs of abuse in their clients.

Ryan told the students that women tend to confide in their hairdressers. “If you’re in an abusive situation, you’re going to feel pretty safe there,” she said. “When people have a secret — and abuse is a secret — it’s a place they might be able to divulge that secret.”


Leone thanked the students and the school for taking part in the program to treat battered women to a day where they can think only about themselves. “It’s all about giving them a good day, giving them a fun day, giving them a nice day,” he said. “You’re helping us help somebody, and that’s the best thing you can do in your life.”
11/14/11 > OPEN HOUSE GUESTS!
Posted by Dan Phelps - November 14, 2011.


Former Boston Celtics player Dana Barros signs autographs at Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s recent annual Open House for the McCaul family of Chelmsford — from left, Madison, an eighth-grader who plans to attend the Westford school next year, sister Kylie, a junior in Nashoba Tech’s Early Childhood Education program, and mom Linda. More than 500 prospective students, parents and community residents toured Nashoba Tech to get a look at its offerings.

At the recent annual Open House at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford, the Archer family of Pepperell — from left, dad Robert (a Nashoba Tech alumnus), Samantha, 13, an eighth-grader at the Nissitissit Middle School, and mom Nancy — chat with Allison Oropallo, a special guest at Open House, which attracted more than 500 prospective students, parents and community residents to the school. Oropallo, a teacher at Ottoson Middle School in Arlington, was a finalist in the recent season of HGTV’s “All American Handyman” — the first woman to make it to the finals. She spoke to prospective students and parents who visited the Carpentry class about the benefits of a technical education. “If there’s one thing I’m all about, it’s technical schools,” Oropallo said.
11/10/11 > SHIRLEY’S GOULART AND CHELMSFORD’S STEWART NAMED STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Jennifer Goulart of Shirley and Justin Stewart of Chelmsford have been named October’s Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech.



Jennifer, daughter of Paul and Marie Goulart, is a junior in the Design & Visual Communications program. She is an honor-roll student and was inducted into the National Honor Society last year as a sophomore. She is also a Kick-Off Mentor, chosen by staff to help incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech.



She competes for the basketball, track and soccer teams at Nashoba Tech, and is credited with being one of the driving forces behind the school starting a girls soccer program this fall. She was named an Athlete of the Month last April for track.

Jennifer was nominated by guidance counselor Kyla Callahan, who said: “Jen is my go-to girl in Design & Visual Communications. Any time I need anything done, she does it. She’s also one of the reasons the girls soccer team started this year. She was an advocate for it. She has grown so much since she started at Nashoba Tech.”



Justin, son of Robert and Julie Stewart, is a junior in the Electronics/Robotics team and a member of Nashoba Tech’s FIRST Robotics team, which won the Rookie All-Star Award last spring in its first regional competition, earning a spot in the national competition in St. Louis, Mo.

Justin is an honor-roll student and a Kick-Off Mentor, chosen by staff to help incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech. He was also inducted as a sophomore into the National Honor Society.

Justin was nominated by English instructor Sheila Carroll, who wrote: “Justin puts in an extra effort in every assignment. He is always the first to pass in his work but always makes sure it is neat, complete and correctly done. Justin also dedicates his time to many of the school’s community-service projects. He has proposed many creative community-service projects focusing solely on the needs of the communities around Nashoba Tech.”
11/08/11 > Nashoba Tech students help Westford go green working on solar project
James Pijewski of Ayer, a senior in Nashoba Tech’s Electrical Technology program, works among a sea of solar panels, helping to install more than 7,000 panels at the Westford Solar Park. James got the job through Nashoba Tech’s School to Career program.

Kyle Greeley of Westford, a senior in Nashoba Tech’s Electrical Technology program, helps to install more than 7,000 panels at the Westford Solar Park. Kyle got the job through Nashoba Tech’s School to Career program.






WESTFORD — For two seniors at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, the future looks especially bright — literally.




Kyle Greeley of Westford and James Pijewski of Ayer, both seniors in the Electrical Technology program at Nashoba Tech, were selected, through Nashoba Tech’s School to Career program, to work on what will be the state’s largest privately owned solar-panel array.




The Westford Solar Park, currently under construction about a half-mile from Route 40 near the Fletcher Granite Quarry, will include three phases. Phase 1, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, features 7,762 panels. When all three phases are completed, close to 18,000 solar panels will help power the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory Space Surveillance Complex in Westford, through virtual net metering with National Grid.




“It’s a good opportunity for these kids to get some practical, hands-on experience in the emerging solar field,” said Victor Vaitkunas, an Electrical Technology instructor at Nashoba Tech.




The solar park is being constructed by Cathartes, one of Boston's leading private development companies, in partnership with Nexamp, an independent solar-power producer based in North Andover.




The students are working for LJ Mishel of Ipswich, a subcontractor that is installing the panels. Their main job, according to LJ Mishel foreman Jim Santosuosso, is helping to install the frames that hold the panels.




“It’s a great job for the kids,” said Santosuosso, adding that Greeley and Pijewski are two of 20 students from Massachusetts technical high schools working on the project. “It’s a good opportunity for them and, hopefully, most of the kids out here realize that.”




Of Nashoba Tech’s duo, Santosuosso said, “They’re both real good kids, and they’re both big kids, which is good because it’s kind of a physical job. They tell me, ‘Jim, I’m exhausted,’ and I tell them, ‘You’re only 18, wait till you’re my age.’ But it is a physical job.”




For the students, it’s a chance to get out of the classroom and put to practical use what they’ve learned.




“I love it,” Pijewski said. “I like that it’s outside and that I’m learning about green energy. Plus, I’m getting on-the-job experience, and it’s the real deal.”




School to Career is a program that allows qualified juniors and seniors a chance to work during alternating weeks in a real-world career setting in their chosen field. It is considered part of their technical education, and they are graded by their employers.
10/17/11 > Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Nashoba Tech’s volleyball team held a Breast Cancer Awareness Day at a recent home match in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Team members wore pink game shirts and shoelaces, students in the school’s Cosmetology program installed pink hair extensions for a donation, and pink T-shirts and ribbons were also for sale. Money raised was donated to Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center. Front row, from left, are head volleyball coach Donna McMahon, Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, senior Brittney Williams (Chelmsford), Andrea Jackson from LGH, seniors Shannon Corbett (Chelmsford), Sara St. George (Groton) and Nichole Lowder (Pepperell), and assistant coach Valerie LaBelle. Second row, from left, are junior Kylie McCaul (Chelmsford), senior Emily Pacht (Chelmsford), junior Bryana Robinson (Chelmsford), senior Jessica Desmond (Chelmsford), junior Michaela Richards (Pepperell), sophomore Celia Sullivan (Townsend), junior Taylor Panarelli (Ayer) and Athletic Director David Fusco. Back row, from left, are seniors Corina Proulx (Pepperell), Nicole Wilcox (Chelmsford) and Marissa McCaul (Chelmsford), and sophomore Russell Byron-Kelly (Groton).
10/14/11 > ROSEMARY MILLER A COMMENDED STUDENT IN NATIONAL PROGRAM
Posted by Dan Phelps - October 14, 2011

WESTFORD — Rosemary Miller, a senior at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, has been named a Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Rosemary, a Chelmsford resident, is one of about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the country who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.



Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Rosemary takes Advanced Placement courses at Nashoba Tech.



She is a high-honors student and was inducted last year into the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She studies Culinary Arts and works at Fishbones restaurant through Nashoba Tech’s School to Career program.



Rosemary is also a published writer. In June, a CD review she wrote was published in the Worcester-based entertainment magazine, “Pulse.”
10/13/11 > New Computer Program puts Nashoba Tech Cosmetology Students in the Hair and Now!
Posted by Dan Phelps - October 13, 2011

Adriana Mauro of Ayer, a senior in the Cosmetology program, uses the new Cyber Imaging software to check out different hairstyles.


WESTFORD — Have you ever wondered what you’d look like with a different hairstyle? Or different hair color? Maybe wonder if blondes really do have more fun?



Well, before taking the plunge and keeping your fingers crossed that the results won’t he hair-raising, you might want to check out Nashoba Tech’s in-school salon, Cosmo Cuts, where a computer program can take your picture and give it several different hairstyles and colors so you can see what you’d look like.


Then, when you’ve made your decision, you can sit in the chair and get it done at a cost that won’t make you want to pull your hair out.



Cosmo Cuts recently acquired Cyber Imaging, a program that can be used both as a teaching tool for Cosmetology students and as a practical guide for clients.



“It’s so cool,” said Donna McMahon, a Cosmetology instructor at Nashoba Tech. “It’s great for when someone wants to see how they’d look with a different hairstyle.”

The program takes a picture of a client, then allows the student stylist to match it with different styles, colors, textures, lengths and skin tones.



“It’s a great tool for the students,” McMahon said. “They have to select a color, figure what the level of the natural color is and then the desired color. And it also recommends hair products for the different styles and colors.”



When a client makes a decision, the program also provides in-depth instructions for the stylist on how to perfect that style.



If you think you’d like to give it a shot, give Cosmo Cuts a call at 978-692-4711, ext. 6142 or 6114, to make an appointment. Cosmo Cuts is open to the public Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon, when school is in session, and Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, for special groups.
10/12/11 > Shirley Day of Play
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Posted by Dan Phelps October 12, 2011




Amanda Woods of Townsend, a sophomore at Nashoba Tech, paints a child’s face as the school participates in the annual Shirley Day of Play.


Students and staff from Nashoba Tech took part in the recent annual Shirley Day of Play, providing face-painting services. From left are guidance counselor Amanda Samaha, and sophomores Mikaela Berthiaume, Samantha Randall and John Santosuosso, all of Townsend.
10/12/11 > Carpentry Students in Chelmsford Build a Kiosk
Posted by Dan Phelps - October 12, 2011


WESTFORD - Students and staff in the Carpentry/Cabinet Making program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School constructed a kiosk that was recently installed by a Chelmsford Department of Public Works crew along the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Chelmsford, near the Brickhouse Center Sports Grill. Thekiosk will be used to post news of community events and the like. From left are juniors Peter Tincknell (Westford), Dylan Bojarsky (Townsend) and Anthony Karafelis (Chelmsford), senior John Cortez (Pepperell), instructor Tony Cerra, juniors Craig Croteau (Townsend), Benjamin Michaud (Pepperell) and Kyle Sackos (Townsend), senior Justin Richards (Pepperell), and junior Nicholas Hamel (Chelmsford).
9/20/11 > Virtual Painting Latest Innovative Educational Tool at Nashoba Tech
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Posted by Dan Phelps September 20, 2011



Nashoba Tech sophomore Paul Gambardello of Chelmsford uses SimSpray, a 3-D, virtual-reality teaching tool that simulates painting. His performance can be seen on the screen behind him.


WESTFORD - Nashoba Tech once again finds itself on the cutting edge as the first school in the area to employ an innovative, virtual-reality spray gun that allows instructors in the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program to teach students how to paint - without actually using paint.

Nashoba Tech introduced the SimSpray machine, made by the VRSim company, at the recent Firemen's Muster in Groton, and students were using it from day one of the new school year. "It allows us to train kids without spraying any paint," said Matthew Kamfonik, a second-year Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing instructor. "We're not wasting any product, we're not putting pollutants into the environment, and we're not exposing freshmen to any chemicals that they're not trained to deal with."

SimSpray is, essentially, a 3-dimensional painting system that allows a student to put on a virtual-reality helmet, hold a realistic spray gun, and visualize a section of car that needs to be painted. The student uses the spray gun as if he is actually painting and can see on a 3-D virtual model where he would be applying paint. The student's performance is captured on a screen so the instructor can see how he's doing. "It's safe and eco-friendly, and it immerses the student into a spray booth without him actually being in a spray booth," Kamfonik said.

SimSpray allows the student to apply primer, a base coat and a clear coat, then grades the student on five different areas: transfer efficiency, or how much paint he applies and how much he's wasting; thickness of the coat; angle of the spray gun; distance; and speed. Kamfonik said he and fellow instructor Michael Robichaud will use SimSpray as part of the final exam for upperclassmen.
"It's a good training tool," Kamfonik said. "The upperclassmen have a tougher time with it because they're used to being in a spray booth spraying actual paint." "It's different from being in the booth," said Shawn Callahan, a junior from Woburn and formerly of Chelmsford. "It's like being in another world," said Camaron Carter, a senior from Townsend.

Superintendent Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz said the inclusion of SimSpray into the curriculum allows Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing "to shift more into a technology-based program, to appeal to 21st-century skills and appeal to a generation of students who are, by far, more comfortable on computers than most adults."

This isn't the first time that Nashoba Tech's Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program has been ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative teaching methods. Three years ago, the program was the first in the area to implement into its curriculum waterborne paint, which contains less volatile organic compounds than other types of paint and is less harmful to the environment.
9/15/11 > Nashoba Tech's Culinary Program Welcomes New Chef-Instructor, Reopens Restaurant
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Posted by Dan Phelps on Thursday, September 15, 2011



Nashoba Valley Technical High School's award-winning, in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, recently reopened its doors to the public for the 2011-2012 school year, while the Culinary Arts department also welcomed a new chef-instructor, Fran Zentgraf, who taught at Keefe Technical High School in Framingham for 17 years. From left are Chef-Instructor Steve Whiting of Townsend; Culinary Arts juniors Shannon Dupell and Julie Anderson, both of Ayer; Zentgraf, also an Ayer resident; Culinary Arts juniors Bradley Medlin of Westford and Anna Schrank of Lowell; and Hotel & Restaurant Management junior Stephanie Nelson of Pepperell. The Elegant Chef is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, while school is in session, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. For the month of September, The Elegant Chef is offering free appetizers.
9/13/11 > Post Grad Success Stories
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Posted by Dan Phelps



Featured above from left to right:  Chrissy Antonetti, Shannon Considine and Marissa Toomey


WESTFORD - After Marissa Toomey graduated from Groton-Dunstable Regional High School in 2008, she wasn't sure what her future held. So she took a year off and traveled to England. Her wanderlust satisfied, she came back to Groton and decided she wanted to pursue a career in nursing, one of the most in-demand careers today and in the foreseeable future, according to career experts. But she didn't want to commit a lot of money to the idea without knowing for sure if it's what she wanted to do. 


Chrissy Antonetti graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson, N.H., in 2004. Her family moved to Pepperell soon after, and her youngest sister, Rebecca, enrolled in Nashoba Tech's Cosmetology program. Antonetti would hear her younger sister come home every day and rave about the Cosmetology program and the school, so she figured there must be something to it.


Shannon Considine graduated from Chelmsford High School in 2009 unsure of her path. One of her close friends from Chelmsford had attended Nashoba Tech and graduated with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She thought that was something she'd like to try.


The common denominator for all three young women is Nashoba Tech. Though they had already received their high-school diplomas, they discovered that, as recent high-school graduates, they could still reap the benefits of a technical education through the school's Postgraduate program. And because they live in Nashoba Tech's district, their postgraduate education came free of charge. All three have completed the requirements for the Postgraduate program and have embarked on their career paths.


After graduating from Nashoba Tech's Postgrad program in Health Assisting, Toomey is enrolled in Middlesex Community College's highly popular and exclusive Nursing program, which has a two-year waiting list. She is taking classes toward her prerequisites and plans to start the Nursing program in fall 2012. She thanks Nashoba Tech's Postgrad program for pointing her in the right direction."I wanted to see if nursing was something I wanted to get into instead of just going to college without knowing," Toomey said. While she's waiting to continue her education in nursing, she has volunteered with her mother, a maternity nurse in Cambridge, and has been present at several C-section births and thinks being a maternity nurse is something she'd like to do. She also plans to take an EMT course next spring. And while nursing appears to be her career for the immediate future, she confessed that her volunteer work as a teacher's aide in Nashoba Tech's Health Assisting program may have opened doors for another career. "I channeled my inner teaching abilities," she said. "I helped the teachers and the others students in Health Assisting, and I realized I like the teaching aspect also. I'm thinking down the road about being a teacher at a university. I like medicine and I like the teaching aspects, too." Toomey left Nashoba Tech with something unexpected, too: a deep admiration for the school. "I didn't think I'd leave with that connection to Nashoba Tech that I have now," she said.


Antonetti, who graduated from Nashoba Tech's Postgraduate program in Cosmetology in 2008, bought a salon in Pepperell with her sister this past spring making them the first graduates of Nashoba Tech's Cosmetology program to open their own hair salon. "It was a good experience," she said of Nashoba Tech's Postgraduate program. "It definitely taught me a lot. It helped me focus on certain things I needed practice with and things I needed to focus on."


Considine graduated from Nashoba Tech's Postgraduate program in Early Childhood Education in 2010. Today, she works as a toddler teacher for Bright Horizons, one of the biggest names in childhood care and education, thanks to a partnership between Nashoba Tech and Bright Horizons. Considine owes her budding career to Nashoba Tech - and to her friend. "I met a lot of other friends there, too, and I learned a lot," said Considine, who is interested in becoming a nanny in the future.


As they embark on promising futures, Toomey, Antonetti and Considine all said they would recommend Nashoba Tech's Postgraduate program to any high-school graduate who is unsure of their career path. "Would I recommend it?" Antonetti said. "I always do." Nashoba Tech offers Postgraduate programs in all 18 of its technical programs. For more information, call 978-692-4711 or go to www.nashoba.tec.ma.us.

9/12/11 > Nashoba Valley Technical High School is accepting nominations for its third class of Hall of Fame In
Posted by Dan Phelps on Monday, Sep 12th, 2011.



WESTFORD - The Nashoba Valley Technical High School is accepting nominations for its third class of Hall of Fame inductees. Posted by Dan Phelps September 12, 2011 The NVTHS Hall of Fame honors athletes, teams, coaches and administrators who have made a difference at the school. Induction standards emphasize athletic achievement at the high-school level, personal character, leadership and community involvement. Outside achievements will also be taken into consideration, but in all cases, the inductee must have demonstrated ability, integrity and sportsmanship and be a credit to the community. The three categories for induction are:

•Athlete: Nominees must have graduated from Nashoba Tech at least five years previously.
•Coaches: Nominees must have retired from Nashoba Tech at least five calendar years previously.
•Special Category: For administrators, support personnel, etc. Nominees may be inducted for having made outstanding
contributions to the overall athletic program. Teams that have managed outstanding achievements may also be nominated.


To nominate an individual, include the name of the nominee, his/her address and year of graduation, the sport or sports in which the nominee participated, and special awards and honors he/she received at Nashoba Tech, as well as your name, address, email address and phone number. Send nominations to Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Attn: Athletic Director David Fusco, 100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 31.