During the week of April 26, 2021 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.
In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview a representative of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.
Parents and other individuals may call Henry Ndakalu, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338- 3706 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.
Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide Tri-County with a report with information about areas in which it meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which it requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at
Students from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School won 56 medals at the SkillsUSA District Conference held on Thursday, February 25 virtually.
Tri-County students competed against students from Attleboro High School/CTE, BMC Durfee, Bristol Community College, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School/CTE, Diman RTHS, Southeastern RVTHS, Southeastern Technical Institute. Tri-County’s high school students took home 56 medals, including 18 gold, 23 silver, and 15 bronze.
“Our students worked hard to earn these medals. They practiced content and employability exams and brushed up on their OSHA standards,” said Cathie Rebelo, Vocational Director at Tri-County. “I am appreciative of our teachers who stayed after school to coach and prepare students. Their dedication helps our students succeed.”
SkillsUSA Massachusetts hosts four district conferences to determine who will move on to the state championships. Students who compete in the district competition must complete a written SkillsUSA employment skills test, a trade knowledge test, and a safety test as a tie-breaker. Gold and silver medalists advance to the State SkillsUSA Conference, which will be held from April 29 through May 1.
Additional Tri-County students will compete at the state conference in leadership events such as Career Pathways Showcases, Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Technology.
SkillsUSA is a national professional organization for career and technical students that provides leadership, citizenship, and character development programs. Competitions run at the local and state level allow students to demonstrate both occupational and leadership skills. All Tri-County students are members of SkillsUSA.
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School is proud to announce Anna Weidman as the 23rd recipient of the Dean College Scholarship
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School is proud to announce that Anna Weidman, a senior in the Engineering Career Program from Franklin, has been awarded a $36,000 tuition scholarship to Dean College for the 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years/eight semesters of attendance at Dean College, providing a GPA of at least 2.7 is maintained. This is the 23rd year that Dean College is awarding a Tri-County student with the scholarship.
Consideration for the scholarship is based on a completed admissions application, a Tri-County senior in good standing, superior academic record, teacher recommendations, interviews with a Dean College Admissions representative and Tri-County School Counselors, and extra-curricular activities, including employment. Anna was awarded the scholarship based on her professionalism, along with her many accolades. She works part-time at Daily Dog Sitting and delivering flowers for Luna Flowers. Weidman has maintained a 4.40 GPA and plans to pursue a Business Management degree from Dean College.
“Anna Weidman is an exceptional student who has excelled both inside the classroom and out. Anna represented Tri-County in SkillsUSA National Competitions in Engineering Technology and as a NASA Hunch Semi-Finalist,” says Kristian Johannesen, Guidance Counselor.
Dean College is a private, residential, not-for-profit institution that is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
“The rewarding partnership we have with Dean College positively impacts our community. We are grateful for the generosity of Dean College,” said Stephen Dockray, Superintendent. “The scholarship program allows a Tri-County student the opportunity to pursue a college education. Congratulations to Anna from all of us at Tri-County.”
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School senior, Jennavive Barber of North Attleboro, has been selected as the recipient of the 35th Annual Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the ceremony and dinner will not be held this year. Jenna will receive her award at senior celebrations this spring at Tri-County.
The Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award is presented each year by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) to one student from each vocational technical high school in Massachusetts. The award recognizes students who have made significant contributions to their local school district and to the statewide vocational technical education system. Recipients must have excellent attendance, a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and vocational-related work experience. The students must demonstrate leadership qualities, technical competence, involvement in the community and extracurricular activities.
Jenna Barber, daughter of Derek Barber and Jessica Holst, is the kind of student that every teacher, school administrator, and parent would hope for. Jenna is a leader among her peers and is a competent and dedicated Health Careers student who has earned multiple certifications and credentials in the health care field, including a Nursing Assistant Certification, American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Certification, and a certification in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care. Currently, Jenna is working at an assisted living facility as a CNA for her Co-Op position. She has also received clinical experience at several medical related facilities through her time at Tri-County.
Since her freshman year, Jenna has earned numerous accolades in her vocational program, academics, athletics, and Skills USA. She was appointed Skills USA Chapter President and was a gold medalist in Prepared Speech in 2019. She went on to compete nationally, where she placed 5th overall. In 2018, Jenna also placed 4th in the Skills USA Competition and was a Skills USA Grade 10 Basic Health Care In-House Medalist.
Jenna has earned perfect attendance since 2017 and is ranked in the top five percent of her graduating class, earning high honor roll and honor roll all four years. Jenna has represented Tri-County in many ways, specifically as our first Student Ambassador. She is also the Vice President of the National Honors Society, served as the junior class President and currently is serving as the senior class President.
Jenna has been part of the Tri-County Varsity Cheer Team since 2017 and has served as Captain of her team since 2019. She is an MIAA Student Ambassador and was awarded the Varsity Cheerleading Coach’s Award in 2019 and the Varsity Cheerleading Leadership award in 2020. In 2019, she was also recognized as the Massachusetts Game Day Cheerleading State Champion.
Outside of school, Jenna devotes herself to her community as a cheerleading coach for children between the ages of six and eight.
Jenna hopes to continue her education at her top choice school, Boston University, where she will major in Human Physiology.
Tri-County Juniors in the Health Careers Program Assist Long Term Care Patients during Pandemic
Tri-Country RVTHS Juniors were excited to get back out and start working in a clinical setting this February. After nearly a year of being unable to go into a clinical setting due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Juniors are eager and excited to help the residents at the Timothy Daniel’s House in Holliston. “Our students missed those meaningful connections they make with the residents,” says Kylie Geikie, Health Careers instructor. Students help the thirty long-term care patients with activities such as feeding, bathing/showering, transferring with and without a Hoyer lift, ambulation, incontinence care, personal companionship, and taking vitals. The care they provide for these residents helps ease the facilities workers’ burden and allows the students to earn the hours needed for their CNA Certification.
The students have risen to the challenge of COVID-19, used their knowledge of infectious diseases and infection control practices to care for the most vulnerable population. Typically, the Tri-County students would do their clinical hours throughout the year in preparation for a cooperative education (Co-op) position in their senior year; however, this year, students were restricted by the visitation limitations set forth by facilities. Tri-County is the only school in the radius currently participating in on-site clinical hours.
Tri-County students usually work at a long-term facility which houses approximately 100 long-term care patients, and have been enjoying the smaller, more intimate setting of the Timothy Daniel’s House. Working with fewer patients has allowed the students to spend more time with each resident and build a relationship. “I wish I could sit and talk to each resident for an hour,” said one of the students. After two weeks in the hospital, one of the residents was treated to a “spa day” by two students, including a shower, hair curling, and nails. “The level of compassion, empathy, and passion our students bring to each day of the clinical is inspiring,” commented Geikie.
What do the Carpentry and Culinary Shops have in common? Well, for one thing, virtual water consumption! Environmental Science Grade 12 students at Tri-County learned that the most of the water consumed by everyone in the United States comes from virtual water (essentially all of the “hidden” water behind a product). Adam Lacasse (Carpentry Shop) and Catherine Olivier (Culinary Shop), both of North Attleboro, pictured here, along with their classmates in Environmental Science, calculated their Water Footprint and learned just how much water they use on a daily basis…and it’s not all from the faucets at home and school! “I didn’t realize how much virtual water use could add up,” commented Adam. “Just one meal including meat requires over 900 gallons of virtual water to produce it,” explained Catherine. Environmental Science students are gearing up for Earth Day later in April, when they will work cooperatively to celebrate Earth and all its resources!
“Fall II” sports are up and running. Check them out on their YouTube Channel. This includes: football, cheer, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, golf, and volleyball. Registration for spring sports will open up the week of April 12th. Spring sports will begin the week of May 3rd and will include baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse, and outdoor track and field.
Nicholas Mullen, recently inducted President of the National Honor Society, and next years first-year student at Norwich University, dedicates his spare time helping others. Read this article about how he and his siblings are helping veterans.
Take out only, for now! Please place your order online. When you arrive to the main entrance, wait in your car and a student will bring out your order. Place your name, visible in your windshield. Here is the site: https://olo.spoton.com/5fcecea29adef366f5da520b