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Minuteman launches advanced manufacturing with visit from Lt. Governor Polito

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito (third from left) is surrounded by a host of students, school officials, and dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting for Minuteman High School’s new Advanced Manufacturing program.Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (third from left in front) is surrounded at the ribbon-cutting.

With Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito present, Minuteman High School celebrated the opening of its new advanced-manufacturing lab.

Outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art equipment courtesy of $995,000 in state grants, the new lab is designed to train high school students and adults in high-wage, high-demands jobs in advanced manufacturing.

Polito joined Minuteman staff, area business leaders and a host of dignitaries on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the start of the new program. She praised school officials for establishing the new program. "This is essential for Massachusetts," she said. "We're known as the number one innovation economy in the country. You are on the cutting edge of something really amazing."

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Arlington senior named Minuteman outstanding vo-tech student for '18

From left,  Principal Jack Dillon, design instructor Maria Galante, 'Jack' Ross; Michelle Roche, career director; and Lisa Camagna, guidance counselor. / Photo by Ryan CrookerFrom left, Principal Jack Dillon, design instructor Maria Galante, 'Jack' Ross; Michelle Roche, career director; and Lisa Camagna, guidance counselor. / Photo by Ryan Crooker.

Senior John "Jack" Ross of Arlington has been chosen as Minuteman High School's Outstanding Vocational Technical Student of 2018.

He will be honored, with dozens of students who are receiving this award from vocational technical high schools and state-approved technical programs throughout Massachusetts, at a banquet and ceremony at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 12.

This award is given jointly by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators and the Massachusetts Vocational Association to recognize students who have exceptional grades, technical competence, attendance, leadership qualities, vocational work experience, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

Ross was nominated by his design and visual communication instructor at Minuteman, Maria Galante. In an essay, she wrote, "In addition to Jack's excellent grades and attendance, he is one of the students who continually helps [her department] and Minuteman. He has helped other students on group projects in the classroom and has consistently helped with Showcase Day, Career Day and advisory board meetings, to name just a few."

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Participation in 22nd Genesis Battlegreen Run benefits Minuteman High groups

Battlegreen17 400 12718From left, Emma Leone; Dean Malerba, tech assistant; Michelle Roche, technical education director; Charles Lovett, Arlington, grade 10 horticulture and plant sciences; Fae Eisenheim, Arlington, grade 11 horticulture and plant sciences; Jenn Eisenheim, parent; Otto Rademacher, Arlington, grade 10, environmental science and technology.          Photo by Allison Salisbury.

As a result of its participation in the 22nd annual Genesis Battlegreen Run last year, Minuteman High School received a total of $2,875 for two organizations that actively support the school's educational mission -- the Minuteman Parent Association and the Minuteman Futures Foundation.

The Minuteman Parent Association, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization comprising parents and guardians of current Minuteman students, received $1,500.

The Minuteman Futures Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District in its mission as a provider of workforce education, received $1,375.

"The Battlegreen Run Foundation offers fund-raising opportunities for qualified nonprofit organizations through a program held in conjunction with the Genesis Battlegreen Run, which is held annually on the first Sunday in November," said Maryanne Ham, Minuteman's director of special projects who also serves on the board of directors of the Battlegreen Run Foundation.

The run provides an opportunity for nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, Ovarian Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Genesis Community Fund, Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA MASS), Esperanza – Hope for Children, the Lighthouse Animal Shelter, and now Minuteman High School to engage in a fund-raising opportunity where 100 percent of the proceeds are donated back to the nonprofit, she said in a Jan. 23 news release.

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Arlington freshman chosen tops among 4 at Minuteman for term

Minuteman High School has selected four outstanding students for the first term.

Padraig Paddy Wallace 990 122617The students chosen are freshman Padraig "Paddy" Wallace of Arlington (at right), sophomore Julia Gomes of Lexington, junior Kimmee Hanson of Lancaster and senior Giacomo Zuccala of Woburn. All were given certificates in recognition of this achievement, had their photos taken and were treated to lunch with Minuteman Principal Jack Dillon in the school's student-run restaurant, The Fife & Drum.

This honor is awarded every term to one student from each grade level based on nominations from teachers. The criteria include attendance, character and improvement, according to Assistant Principal Brian Tildsley.

Wallace was nominated by his mathematics instructor, Carrie E. W. Bernstein, who is impressed by his consistently cheerful, outgoing attitude. He is majoring in biotechnology, enjoys chemistry and is thinking of attending either Georgia Tech or MIT. Wallace is interested in someday using nanotechnology to do site-specific cancer removal. He is on the Student Council and the math team and likes calligraphy, writing and poetry.

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Minuteman to participate in new advanced-manufacturing certificate program for adults

Minuteman High School is one of 10 vocational-technical high schools that will be participating in a new educational initiative designed to train adults for high-wage, skill-intensive careers in advanced manufacturing.Minuteman High School logo

The certificate program was announced by Gov. Charlie Baker at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton on Dec. 14.

"This is one of the best investments in human opportunity and capability we can all make," he said in a Dec. 20 news release. "We're very excited about this."

Jobs are available in this burgeoning field for two factors that make employers uneasy -- an aging workforce with retirement looming and a skills gap that translates into a scarcity of qualified employees to replace them. The program unveiled by Gov. Baker is intended to prepare men and women to join the advanced-manufacturing workforce to keep propelling the industry forward.

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Minuteman Parent Association revitalized

The Minuteman Parent Association is going strong again, Minuteman High School Principal Jack Dillon says.
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He lauded the newly reconstituted group for demonstrating remarkable industriousness and commitment to its mission. "They've done more in the past six months than I've seen in 12 years," he said.

The all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization is composed of parents and guardians of current Minuteman students. They assist the school by supporting student activities, publishing a student directory, giving scholarships and trade awards, facilitating parent communication, raising funds for teacher training tools and professional development, holding a monthly informational speaker series and having a presence at school events. They also help to create a positive school culture, Dillon said.

The association, which was founded years ago, is emerging from a period of inactivity because many of its most involved members left the organization when their children graduated from Minuteman. Nevertheless, Dillon and George Clement, assistant principal/director of admissions, both felt that the group serves a worthwhile purpose and deserved to be restarted. Now, with new leadership as of last May, and new members, a fresh spirit of excitement is galvanizing the organization.

"We have an unbelievable group of officers" leading the association, Dillon said. They are Sue Mullaney, president, Needham; Lea Minghella, vice president, Lexington; Susanna Vennerbeck, treasurer, Stow; Julie Onos, secretary, Acton; and Joan Fiore, member at large, Woburn.

The group got off to a lively beginning this year, thanks to several successful fund-raisers. They held a Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo Night at the Woburn Elks on Oct. 28, which raised about $5,000, drew about 170 people and generated positive feedback. The association also partnered with Minuteman to advertise and participate in the Battlegreen Run on Nov. 5.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, a "Breakfast with Santa" is planned at Minuteman. Another fund-raiser is planned for April, with details to be announced.

A free monthly speaker series hosted by the association and open to all Minuteman district parents and guardians, as well as parents and guardians of students from other local high schools, was launched in November. The first presentation was "Getting Ready for College." Upcoming presentations will include "Supporting the Mental Health of Our Students" (January), "The Impact of Vocational-Technical Education" with Governor Charles D. Baker (March) and "Raising Awareness of Drugs and Alcohol" (May).

Yet another milestone was achieved this year when the group contributed $6,000 to support scholarships for Minuteman students.

The association meets twice monthly. Membership dues are whatever each member considers appropriate. Additional information is available at

Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that integrates robust academic and career & technical learning to deliver a revolutionary competitive advantage to its students, expanding their opportunities for college and career success. Minuteman is as an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges. 

This news announcement was published Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

2 from Minuteman named commended students in merit test

Adam Powell of Arlington. / Photo by Brian TildsleyAdam Powell of Arlington. / Photo by Brian Tildsley

Two students from Minuteman High School have been named commended students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors Adam Powell of Arlington and Jasper Hendrix of Acton earned this distinction because they excelled on the qualifying test administered by the program in 2016.

Powell is in the programming and web-development program. Hendrix is majoring in engineering. 

"We were thrilled to hear the good news about Jasper Hendrix and Adam Powell," Minuteman Principal Jack Dillon said in a Nov. 5 news release. "They should be extremely proud of this accomplishment. Being commended by the National Merit Scholarship Program is an honor and it doesn’t come without a lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance. I have no doubt that Jasper and Adam will continue to accomplish great things as they start to prepare for their future outside of Minuteman."

Both students were given a letter of commendation from Minuteman and the National Merit Scholarship Corp. in recognition of this achievement.

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Minuteman student from Arlington helps create mural for library's teen space

Minuteman High School students Mariana Torres-Roman of Watertown, left, and Lucy Couet of Arlington are creating a mural at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington. Photo courtesy Maria Galante.Mariana Torres-Roman of Watertown, left, and Lucy Couet of Arlington. / Photo courtesy Maria Galante.

The Cary Memorial Library’s Teen Space will soon have a new mural adorning the wall, thanks to two industrious students from Minuteman High School.

Seniors Lucy Couet of Arlington and Mariana Torres-Roman of Watertown are in the design and visual communications program at Minuteman. They are interning at the library this fall to complete the mural they designed, said their teacher, Maria Galante.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Minuteman High School students on this project," Jennifer Forgit, the library’s teen-services manager, said in an Oct. 30 news release. "From the outset of the Teen Room design project, we knew that it would be important to pay attention to the design and decor so that teens would feel at home. This is their space, and we want the look and the feel of the room to convey that. The mural will be the final piece to really personalize the space for Lexington teens.”

Couet and Torres-Roman are spending 18 hours a week at the library during the weeks when they would ordinarily be in their vocational program until the mural is completed, set for December.

It measures about 7 feet by 10 feet and will be done with paint, markers and pencils on canvas. The Cary Memorial Library Foundation is funding materials for the mural. The mural showcases themes such as diversity, acceptance and community in a fanciful and engaging manner.

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Minuteman students on November broadcast of 'This Old House'

To be shown restoring gardens at the historic Buttrick mansion in Concord

Students in horticulture and plant science at Minuteman High School will be featured in November on the nationally televised, Emmy award-winning PBS series, "This Old House."Minuteman High School logo

The students, along with their teachers Sarah Ard and Peter Kelleher, will be shown restoring the gardens at the Buttrick mansion in Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord. One of the students is Charles Lovett of Arlington. 

The program was scheduled to air Nov. 16.

This will be the second time in slightly more than a month that Minuteman has been showcased on a PBS program. On Oct. 12, Minuteman was one of three vocational technical high schools in Massachusetts spotlighted on a PBS documentary titled "Job Centered Learning," which examined the benefits of career and technical education.

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Town resident among Minuteman Hall of Fame inductees

6th annual ceremony Nov. 3 in Stoneham

The Minuteman High School Hall of Fame recognizes exceptional alumni, teachers, administrators, coaches, sports teams and others associated with the school who have distinguished themselves during and after their time at Minuteman.

DeAnne Dupont, 2016 Citizen of the YearDeAnne Dupont, in 2016, when she was named Arlington Chamber of Commerce first Citizen of the Year.

This year’s inductees are DeAnne Dupont of Arlington, recognized for  service to the Minuteman Parent Association; retired administrator William Callahan, alumnus David Jones, alumna Eliza Leahy, alumnus Randy LeBlanc, retired administrator Dick Lee, alumnus Bob McCarthy, alumna Jody Bobbitt Zolli and the 2002 girls’ basketball team.

They will be inducted in a ceremony at Montvale Plaza, 54 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, on Friday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person, which includes a reception, buffet dinner, and the award ceremony.

RSVP by Oct. 20. Make checks payable to Minuteman and write Minuteman HOF on the memo line. Send checks to Minuteman Hall of Fame, Sonia Vetrano, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington MA 02421.

For more information, contact Sonia Vetrano at 781-861-6500 x7241 or email her at SVetrano[@]

Here is additional information about the 2017 inductees, reported in an Oct. 10 school news release:

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Minuteman High takes part in federal food programs

Minuteman High School is reminding families of its students that it takes part in the national school lunch and breakfast programs – and that free or reduced priced meals are available to students whose families are eligible.Minuteman High School logo

“At Minuteman, we believe that a healthy breakfast and lunch should be available to all students. That’s why we make available free and reduced priced meals every school day,” said Heather Shastany, RD, Minuteman’s director of food services.

Minuteman High School utilizes the district website ( to inform Minuteman families of the availability of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, she said.

Eligibility criteria for free and reduced priced meals are set by the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. The complete chart for eligibility criteria can be found by visiting the following site >>

The Free and Reduced Meals Application packet is mailed to all families yearly and as necessary. Application packets are also provided to all new students.

Families receiving assistance from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), homeless, migrant, runaway and enrolled in an eligible Head Start or enrolled in an eligible prekindergarten class will be notified of free eligibility.

If a family member is receiving these benefits and is not notified, they should contact the Food Services Department at Minuteman High School to have free meal benefits extended to them. If the household chooses to decline the free meal benefits, they must contact the Minuteman Food Services Department.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Minuteman is an equal opportunity provider.

This announcement was published Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

Minuteman sells first bonds for construction of new high school

rebuild 300 82817Site work proceeds in Lincoln on a new Minuteman High in an August photo; current school in background.

UPDATED, Sept. 20: The Minuteman School Committee, in a 10-0 vote, this month approved the sale of $36 million in general-obligation bonds for constructing a new high school.

Eight financial institutions competed to purchase the bonds. The low bid was submitted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with a true interest cost of just over 3.09 percent. The high bid was just over 3.43 percent.

The district offered the bids after receiving a credit rating of "AA" from S&P Global Ratings.

"We’re pleased with the results," said Kevin F. Mahoney, assistant superintendent of finance for Minuteman, "The effective interest came in lower than we had projected so we’re working within our budget and saving money for the District in the long run."

The new school will cost $144.9 million. About $44 million is to come from a grant from the state School Building Authority, and the district is borrowing about $100 million.

District officials plan two additional bond sales to cover the district's share of the project. The second bond sale is tentatively scheduled for the late spring of 2019.

Construction of the new school is underway. The site has been cleared and foundation work is beginning this month.

The new school is expected to be completed in time for the start of school in the fall of 2019.

The new school is designed for two career academies offering a total of 16 career and technical education programs, including two new ones: advanced manufacturing and multimedia engineering.

New Minuteman High moves ahead on schedule

Site-preparation work for construction of a new Minuteman High School is moving ahead on schedule, without surprises, the construction manager says. 

Walter Kincaid, project executive for Gilbane Building Co., updated neighbors during a meeting at Minuteman High School to keep nearby residents apprised of progress on the $144.9 million construction project.

"Things are progressing well," Kincaid said in an Aug. 28 news release, adding that construction crews haven’t run into anything unexpected or unusual while clearing and excavating the site.

He expressed confidence that the project will be completed within two years. "We’re going to put kids in the new school in the fall of 2019," he said.

Expected blasting schedule

Kincaid said blasting of ledge would continue up to three times a week for four more weeks. He said crews are scheduled to start putting in the building’s foundation around Sept. 18.

Kincaid and a representative from Skanska Building USA, Minuteman’s project manager, gave a brief PowerPoint presentation and answered questions from a handful of residential homeowners and the head of the Minute Man National Historical Park.

Minuteman High School drawing, main front entrance Conceptual drawing provided by Minuteman shows the front entrance.

Skanska Building USA is also the project manager for the plan to revamp Arlington High School. 

They updated neighbors on clearing of the site, blasting of ledge, crushing of rock, excavation of dirt, efforts to minimize dust and the relocation of a massive 130-ton boulder to the west end of the property.

They answered questions on a wide range of topics, including how noise levels are being monitored, construction of an emergency access driveway, and the fate of wildlife, such as deer and turkeys.

The neighbors weren’t particularly pleased with the blasting -- including an especially large blast that occurred that very morning -- but they complimented the Minuteman administration for communicating with them about the blasting schedule. They also complimented construction crews for not starting work before 7 a.m.

Superintendent Edward Bouquillon said the next meeting would be scheduled for late September. At that time, he hoped neighbors would be able to take a walk around the site.

Next meeting late September

The Aug. 22 meeting was the second of at least three scheduled by the school administration.

The new school is being built on district-owned property in Lincoln, just a few hundred yards away from the existing school in Lexington.

The new Minuteman High School is designed for 628 students who will spend their Minuteman "careers" in one of two Career Academies: a Life Sciences and Services Academy and an Engineering, Construction & Trades Academy. The new school will include 16 career and technical education programs, including two new ones: Advanced Manufacturing and Multi-Media Engineering (Technical Theatre).

The Massachusetts School Building Authority is investing more than $44 million in the project.

Gilbane Building Co is the construction manager for the project, and Kaestle Boos Associates is the architect.

Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that integrates robust academic and career & technical learning to deliver a revolutionary competitive advantage. The school serves a diverse student body with multiple learning styles, expanding opportunities for college and career success. 

The Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District includes 10 member towns: Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham and Stow.

June 14, 2017: State, local officials break ground for new Minuteman High

This news announcement was published Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, and updated Sept. 20.

Registration continues as Minuteman preschool opens

Colonial Children’s Academy logo

UPDATED, Aug. 28: Staffed by certified preschool teachers and enriched by high school interns enrolled in Minuteman's early education and teaching program, Colonial Children’s Academy aims to offer high-quality programming and care to young children. 

Registration for fall is still open at the preschool, which opened Monday, Aug. 28.

The laboratory preschool's curriculum will feature STEM activities, outdoor and indoor recreation, music, literacy and cooperative play all within the children’s daily schedule. The emergent curriculum will be developed from the children’s imagination, interests and skill levels.

Minuteman's High School setting allows the preschool students to explore many of the school's career- and technical-education programs and use facilities, such as a large indoor gym. Student-to-teacher ratios far exceed the state standards, allowing adults to provide additional guidance and support throughout the day.

"At Colonial Children's Academy, the learning will extend beyond the classroom walls," Michelle Roche, director of career and technical education at Minuteman, said in a news release. "Preschool students will get to explore all that Minuteman has to offer with the help from our expert teaching staff.

"Children can take field trip with the environmental department to explore pond life or visit the automotive department to see what an engine looks like. The possibilities are endless! We’re excited to be able to offer project-based learning even for our youngest students." 

She added that the atmosphere will be inviting and stimulating for the children, with bright, colorful décor, plenty of natural light, plus the presence of highly qualified professional staff, including teachers Shaina Shaw, Anne-Marie Merrill and Kathleen Bouchard. Minuteman students in the Early Education and Teaching program will participate in caring for the children at the Academy.

Colonial Children's Academy will follow Minuteman High's school-year calendar. It will be open five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will serve children between 2.9 years old and 5.

The program offers discounted prices for in-district families and staff members of the Lexington Public Schools and Minuteman High School.

Enrollment space is limited. For more information on enrollment and tuition, contact Roche, at 781-861-6500, ext. 7326, or at Mroche[@]

This news feature provided by Minuteman was published  Thursday, May 25, 2017, and updated Aug. 28. 

Resident teaches Minuteman's new advanced-manufacturing program

Advanced-manufacturing teacher Alex Peters at CNC Lathe.Advanced-manufacturing teacher Alex Peters at CNC Lathe. / Photo by Steven C. Sharek When Minuteman High School opens for students this fall, a new offering will appear on the roster of its high-quality career and technical programs -- advanced manufacturing -- and Arlington resident Alex Peters will be teaching it.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity I have," Peters said in an Aug. 9 news release. The new instructor has a master's degree in mechanical engineering from UMass Lowell. "More than anything, I want these students to walk out of Minuteman with the ability to problem-solve, whether it be related to their trade or just day-to-day life. My biggest goal is to give them a serious edge in any of their future endeavors." 

"We're really excited to get this new program," said Michelle Roche, the school's director of career and technical programs. "It's a real value-add for the school and the students."

A Feb. 13 Boston Globe opinion piece touted the trend: "Advanced manufacturing, which combines new information technology with advanced machinery, is reinvigorating manufacturing and creating opportunities in the United States that did not seem feasible just over a decade ago."

2 grants fund effort

Minuteman's advanced-manufacturing program was funded by two major competitive grants totaling nearly $1 million, which were awarded to the school through the state's Skills Capital Grant Program. Roche expects to have 10 to 12 freshmen enrolled in advanced manufacturing during its first year. 

Students taking advanced manufacturing "will be trained on cutting-edge technology and advanced computerized equipment to support high-precision product manufacturing of various materials," a description of the new program says.

"Students will receive training and certifications from NIMS (the National Institute of Metalworking Skills) and obtain their OSHA 10-hour safety and health certification."

With this type of sophisticated state-of-the-art preparation, students can compete for high wage, high-skills careers in such fields as aerospace, automotive, medical devices and mechanical engineering. Openings for qualified individuals are expected due to an aging workforce and a scarcity of employees with the appropriate math skills, Roche said in the release.

Other program will use gear

Several other career and technical education programs at Minuteman will use the equipment in advanced manufacturing.

Students in biotechnology, engineering, robotics and metal fabrication and welding will learn how to construct parts for machines that are broken. They will also be trained to take a concept from the idea stage to completion, thereby ending up with "something in their hands that they have developed, built and manufactured that will be useful," Roche said.

The program is expected to help bridge the skills gap between what job applicants and employees are capable of doing and what employers require. Another plus is that Minuteman advanced-manufacturing students will be prepared to meet demanding college standards. For example, Roche said Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Rochester Institute of Technology expect their engineering students to be familiar with how to design usable parts for machines.

"Our students will be ahead of the game" in college if they take advanced manufacturing at Minuteman, she observed.

Outreach is planned to various constituencies to create mutually beneficial partnerships with adult students seeking retraining for a new career, businesses and industries in Minuteman's 10-town district (Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham and Stow) and area manufacturers.

Seeking partner

Minuteman hopes to partner with the SME Education Foundation, which assists young people who want to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing and other technology-based fields by providing them with scholarships, grants and other resources.

The foundation's PRIME (Partnership Response to Manufacturing Education) program also has valuable resources for its member schools' students, such as mentors, internships and connections to established industry professionals.

Minuteman is thriving. Construction on the new, $144.9 million Minuteman High School has begun, and the implementation of advanced manufacturing gives students another rigorous, 21st-century career pathway to select.

Roche called advanced manufacturing "the last piece of the puzzle -- the piece that will bring everything together." 

This news announcement was published Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. 

Minuteman looks ahead: Initiatives include district outreach, parents group

First day for all students Aug. 29; orientation for newcomers the day before

Minuteman High School's top administrators have high expectations as the new school year nears. "We're really excited about the 2017-18," said Principal Jack Dillon in an Aug. 7 news release. 

Minuteman High School logo

All students will attend Tuesday, Aug. 29, which will be a full school day.

Last year, which Principal Dillon called "the most significant in Minuteman’s history," was notable for such major developments as changing the school’s regional agreement to incl/p

The momentum is expected to continue this year. Principal Dillon and Superintendent Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon provided examples:

-- Reinvigorating the Minuteman Parents Association, 

-- Implementing significant elements of Minuteman’s academy model, such as improved integration of disciplines and in-depth professional development and

-- Enhancing the school’s roster of career and technical education offerings with a new, high-quality advanced-manufacturing program.

Expected talks with Cambridge, Watertown

Bouquillon is also working on several additional initiatives. He said he is looking forward to talking with communities, such as Cambridge and Watertown, which might be interested in joining the Minuteman district. Developing Minuteman’s campus to create what Bouquillon called "a more robust environment" when the existing Minuteman building eventually comes down is another project he is pursuing. 

Among the possible uses for the present Minuteman campus that Bouquillon mentioned is use of the site by a postsecondary institution or by a corporation for workforce training. Providing wellness and recreation facilities for the public is another idea on the table.

"This is a great opportunity for Minuteman to create a campus that reinforces our mission," said Bouquillon. He said it would also offset the cost of the new building project for the school’s member towns.

Bouquillon’s goals for Minuteman’s students include giving them the opportunity to complete their associate’s degree and receive their high school diploma simultaneously in specific areas, such as engineering, advanced manufacturing, health assisting, as well as information and environmental technology. (Dual-enrollment and articulation agreements allow students to earn college credits while they are still in high school.)

Bouquillon also hopes to “provide a highly individualized educational plan for every single student that will take Minuteman to the next level.”

Construction, disruption?

Day-to-day operations at Minuteman will undergo few changes thus year. Dillon explained that construction of the new Minuteman High School will not disrupt students’ education. He did point out that the bus company is aware of and will accommodate any needed changes in the flow of traffic on campus.

Early release on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. to facilitate teacher collaboration will begin Sept. 6.

Dillon said that he has been working with George Clement, assistant principal/director of admissions, to restart the Minuteman Parents Association (MPA). This group of parent volunteers holds various events to raise money for purchasing equipment for the school and funding scholarships. 

Right now, there is a core group of eight parents in the MPA, said Dillon, and others have indicated their interest in participating.

"I can’t tell you how excited I am about this group of parents," he said. Anyone who would like to take part can go to or call Dillon at 781-851-6500, ext. 7217.

MPA efforts

Among the activities on tap for the MPA this year are a speaker series and Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo Night at the Woburn Elks on Oct. 28. Ticket information will be posted on Minuteman’s website.

Another highlight of the upcoming year: Minuteman will be spotlighted on two programs slated to air nationwide on PBS. One broadcast is about vocational education; the other is a segment of "This Old House." Some of Minuteman’s horticulture and landscape technology students and teachers will be shown refurbishing the Buttrick Gardens at Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord.

With the school year about to get underway, Bouquillon said he is looking forward to continuing to work with teachers and students "to design a school that’s pretty unique."
Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that integrates robust academic and career & technical learning to deliver a revolutionary competitive advantage to its students, expanding their opportunities for college and career success. Minuteman is as an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges.  

This news announcement was published Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.  

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