Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School aims to make a healthy breakfast and lunch available to all students. As a result, free and reduced meals are available every school day.
Minuteman uses the district website, www.minuteman.org, to inform Minuteman families of the availability of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.
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Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon was recently chosen as a semifinalist for the 2019 Superintendent of the Year Award given by the National Association of School Superintendents.
Superintendent-director of Minuteman High School since 2007, he recently presided over the most notable and far-reaching achievement of his tenure there – the opening of a new, $145-million school, a project that took more than a decade from inception to completion.
Bouquillon was nominated by Ford Spalding, the Dover representative to the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District and chair of the Minuteman School Building Committee.
When students arrive at Minuteman High School on Sept. 3, it will mark the start of a new school year – and the beginning of an exciting, even historic, era for Minuteman.
On that day, the doors will swing open for the first time at the new Minuteman High School, a $145 million, state-of-the-art facility 11 years in the making.
“It’s all I hoped for and more,” said Minuteman’s superintendent-director, Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon, who shepherded the project from conception to completion. “It exceeded my expectations in regard to design, quality and the practical, efficient use of space.
“It’s a beautiful place. The students are going to be surprised at how much it resembles a college.”
Minuteman High School hosted a career fair recently for its students and alumni, bringing them together with representatives from local companies and organizations that are seeking new employees with top-notch workplace skills -- as well as a high-caliber career and technical education which makes them job-ready from day one.
“The employer turnout was terrific,” said Minuteman Coordinator of Workforce and Economic Development Joseph Pitta.
In just four or five days, he recalled, 50 display tables had been snapped up.
With a flurry of goodbyes and heartfelt expressions of gratitude to parents, teachers and friends, 115 members of the Class of 2019 graduated from Minuteman High School in commencement exercises held at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on June 7.
The event marked a milestone for the school itself, as well as the students, because this is the last graduating class to occupy the old Minuteman High School building. A new, state-of-the-art, $145 million Minuteman High School is scheduled to open in less than three months.
Minuteman Superintendent Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon addressed the graduates about the importance of making choices rather than “overthinking” and settling for the status quo by default. Referring to Robert Frost’s classic poem, “The Road Not Taken,” which he said is taped to his office wall, Dr. Bouquillon urged the graduates to “choose and go forward, choose and choose purposefully.”
Students from Minuteman High School in Lexington earned 14 medals at the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in April.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that allows students in career and technical education to compete in a host of rigorous technical and leadership competitions.
Minuteman’s SkillsUSA chapter advisers are instructors Terry Regan and Alice Ofria.
The medal winners from Minuteman, their hometowns, grade level, technical program at Minuteman, the category they competed in and medals were:
Three students from Minuteman High School in Lexington earned awards recently at the 89th Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention at the Sturbridge Host Hotel.
Nadi Khadka of Arlington and Rouaa Alwaz of Watertown and won first place in the category of Environmental and Natural Resources Systems.
Will McPhee of Winchester won third place in the category of Plant Systems.
Two Minuteman High School students have been honored in the 2019 Safe Jobs for Youth poster contest sponsored by the Massachusetts Youth Employment and Safety Team and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.
This year, 216 posters were submitted to the contest by 14- to 19-year-olds.
The students from Minuteman were Oliver Leventhal, who finished in second place and was awarded $300 for his poster titled “Youth Have Rights,” and Ethan Masters, who received an honorable mention for his poster, “Teens Get Hurt on the Job.”
Both students are sophomores from Arlington who are majoring in design and visual communications at Minuteman. Their instructor is Allison Barry.
Minuteman High School plans to hold an all-alumni reunion at the school on Wednesday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., just a few months before the opening of the newly constructed school later this year.
Alumni, students, past employees, current employees and members of the Minuteman Parent Association are welcome to attend.
It will be an evening of reminiscing and giving a final farewell to the existing Minuteman building. Light refreshments and appetizers prepared by the culinary-arts students and staff will be served.
A $20 fee per person covers the cost of hosting this event.
Minuteman High School has selected four outstanding students for the second term of the this school year -- freshman Marwa Alwaz of Watertown, sophomore Ellie Vail of Arlington, junior Evan Nardone of Wakefield and senior Jared Burke of Waltham.
Students of the Term are honored from each grade level based upon nominations from the staff. The criteria include character, attendance, improvement and academic success, Assistant Principal Brian Tildsley said in a March 22 news release.
All four attended a luncheon in their honor with Principal Jack Dillon at the Fife & Drum Restaurant at Minuteman recently and were given certificates in recognition of their achievement.
Enterprising students from Minuteman High School have created an intricate, triple-themed project as their entry in the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference, to take place from April 25 to 27 in Marlborough.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that allows students in career and technical education to compete in a host of rigorous competitions. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded for first, second and third place, respectively.
Sage Romano, a senior from Woburn; Jen Mills, a senior from Waltham; and Ella Doyle, a sophomore from Arlington, joined forces to do a project that illustrates career and technical education promotion, patriotism and citizenship, and community service.
All three students, shown at right with their quilt, are majoring in environmental science at Minuteman.
UMass Lowell has been awarded a $116,000 competitive skills capital grant in partnership with the Minuteman Regional Vocational School District in Lexington. The presentation was made by Governor Charlie Baker during a recent ceremony at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica.
The grant to UMass Lowell was among 31 skills capital grants totaling nearly $3.3 million that were presented that day.
According to Mass.gov, “The goal of the skills capital grants is to help high schools, colleges and other educational institutions invest in the most up-to-date training equipment to give their students an advantage when they continue in their chosen field or particular area of study. The skills capital grants cover a broad array of fields, from construction and engineering to health-care and hospitality. In the past three years, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded nearly $50 million to high schools, colleges and other educational institutions across the Commonwealth.”
Tours of the under-construction Minuteman High School have begun, and, a school news release says, members of the public were impressed with the $145 million, state-of-the-art facility. It is scheduled to open early next summer.
“All day long, people described the new building as awesome, gorgeous, and unbelievable,” Maggie F. Miller, Minuteman assistant director of admissions and outreach, said in the Dec. 14 release of the recent open house. “I sensed genuine excitement from everyone.”
She noted a spike in applications for the 2019-2020 school year.
“The parents and students were very excited to see all the progress that has been made,” said Assistant Principal Brian Tildsley. “Our tours were booked solid all the way out to 1:30 p.m. within the first 45 minutes of our open house, which began at 10:45 a.m.
Representatives from Minuteman High School in Lexington accepted the school’s 2018 National Blue Ribbon School award at a ceremony held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Only three schools in Massachusetts – Minuteman, Abington High School and Swampscott High School – received the award. Minuteman is the sole vocational high school in the state to get this recognition.
An audience of 1,300 people attended in the hotel’s ballroom as dozens of outstanding schools nationwide were presented Nov. 8 with the award by Aba S. Kumi, the director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
“At no other time in Minuteman’s history that I can think of has our school had such a great stretch of news going on,” said Principal Jack Dillon, who has worked at Minuteman for the past 13 years. “This is a really proud moment to represent Minuteman.”
Among 349 public, private schools nationwide
Minuteman High School has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement of all 349 public and private school honorees was made Oct. 1 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Swampscott and Abington are the other Massachusetts high schools that earned this recognition. Minuteman is the sole vocational high school in the state to be accorded this award.
“This is an incredible recognition of the work of my staff and administrators,” said Minuteman Superintendent Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon. “I hope this accolade causes parents to take notice of Minuteman and how our model of learning and teaching can give their children a real advantage in high school, in college and in their careers.”
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