Thursday, February 25, 2016

FYI #16 - Fun Friday for Staff!

This week’s Academic FYI is dedicated to the memory of Rosario “Rosie” O’Neill - A great colleague and a better person

I worked with Rosie for 12 of her 15 years here at Assabet Valley. She was a wonderful person and a great part of our academic department. There was seldom a day that Rosie was not smiling and in a positive mood. She was easy to talk and joke with and I remember her always willing to help me during my first years teaching here. She was a favorite amongst students and her classes were always filled. While 59 is way too young to leave us she made an impact on so many including myself and many students and staff during her time here.
She has three wonderful children, 2 grandchildren, and married her high school sweetheart Wayne.
Although I had not seen Rosie in some time I remember her fondly and feel happy about the wonderful tribute and fundraiser our Assabet Valley staff put together on the “Rosie Bowling Night” just a couple of years ago.
While we lost a great one her suffering is now over and she is in a much better place.
Rosie- You will be missed!

Students of the Month- March/April

Please join me in celebrating the following students who were named Student of the Month for March/April. Thank you for those staff who nominated these amazing students! If you see these students in the next couple weeks let them know how proud you are of their hard work!

David Pontes
Lucas Oliveira
Gabriela DaCosta
Ashlie Brooks
Savannah Christo
Tatiana Marcheterre
Yennifer Yaneth Gomez Tecu
Ashleigh Harrington
Victoria Silva
Hannah Silva
Joseph DeChellis
Kyle Kozlowski
Kelsi Taylor
Matthew Cochran
John Zouharis
Jared Brudner
Frankie-Ann Lovejoy
Alexia Munoz
Gabriel Zayas Fernandez

New Academic Department Bulletin Board Info coming Monday!

We will be putting up our new students of the month and new Teacher Shout-Outs this Monday. Please stop down to check out the new look and information.
Here is an example of our new Teacher Shout-Out sheet. I thought this one was especially thoughtful by freshmen Jared Brudner. First I have seen with multiple teachers on it. Statements kids make like this make it all worth it! File Feb 25, 3 34 36 PM.jpeg

January/February Academic Winners:

Student Epi Lunch Winner: Alexandra Ortiz (pulled from a name of students either recognized as a January/February Student of the Month or a student who submitted a Teacher Shout Out!)

Staff T-Shirt Winner: Pulling today at lunch (pulling from a name of an academic staff member)
Winner will receive one our cool teacher t-shirts!

Student European Trip 2016 Blog

I have completed our European Trip Blog which now has our 2 days in London!

A big shout out to sophomore Ashley Valentine for helping me write the blog even though we got back to the hotel exhausted each and every night and just wanted to sleep!

A special thanks to Sarah McCann for doing an amazing job running the trip and our chaperones Andrea Nykiel, Julia Nogueira, Linda McGrath, and Nick Ghiloni for keeping our students moving and safe!

Please see our completed European Trip Blog here:

Count the F’s

At a recent professional development workshop I attended we were asked to count the number of F’s in the statement below. This all had to do with the overarching lesson that people see and interpret things differently.

Look at the statement below. How many F’s do you see? The answer may surprise you. Scroll to the bottom of the FYI to see the answer after you have looked it over.

6 is the answer- I got this wrong. Many people don’t count the F’s in the word OF. This is how some people's’ brains work. I made this mistake the other day. I was adamant that it was 3!

Have a Great Weekend and Thank you for all you do for our students!

AV Student Trip to Europe 2016- Check out the daily Blog!

38 AV students and 5 AV staff will be traveling to Europe over February vacation with EF (Education First) tours. 

The group will be flying from Boston to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Brussels, Belgium, Brussels to Paris and taking the "Chunnel" (underwater train) from Paris to London before flying back to the States. 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that Mr. McCann and sophomore Ashley Valentine will be blogging about each day. 

Ashley is a sophomore Health Tech student from Clinton and like a lot of the students on this trip this is the first time she will be traveling outside the US. 

The planning and preparation over two years is finally done and we are very excited for the trip to get underway. 

We hope you will follow our blog daily and see what our amazing students will be experiencing and learning! 

Check out the full blog here:

AV Travel Club Blog