BHR Honors Its 47 John and Abigail Adams Scholars

Left to right: State Rep. William C. Galvin, Adams Scholars Arianne Crossen and Michaela D’Angelico, both of Canton, and State Sen. Brian A. Joyce.  Photo by Judy Bass.

By Judy Bass

Blue Hills Regional Technical School honored what Principal Jill Rossetti called some of its “best and brightest” recently at a ceremony recognizing the school’s 47 John and Abigail Adams Scholars from the Class of 2015.

Representing the school in addition to Rossetti were Superintendent James P. Quaglia, Blue Hills Regional District School Committee Chairman Aidan G. Maguire, Jr. of Canton, Dedham Representative to the Blue Hills Regional District School Committee Thomas R. Polito, Jr., and many other staff members.  There was also a capacity audience made up of the students’ family members.

Legislators representing towns in the Blue Hills Regional District who were present included Sen. Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton), Sen. Michael F. Rush (D-West Roxbury), Rep. William C. Galvin (D-Canton), and Rep. Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton), who delivered the keynote address.

Supt. Quaglia cited the role played by parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and administrators in the students’ success, which he said was also “evidence of academic diligence on your part.”

Principal Rossetti said, “You are the best and brightest and we are proud of you.”

“The Adams Scholarship you have earned proves that you are clearly on your way to being ready to take on the rigors of college, the workplace, and our increasingly complex, competitive world,” said School Committee Chairman Maguire in his closing remarks. “That’s a significant achievement in itself.”

Rep. Timilty praised the students and Blue Hills enthusiastically, saying, “Our Adams Scholars will continue to raise the bar of excellence…you will be our great success stories of tomorrow.”

The ceremony went off flawlessly, thanks to the superb planning done by the Guidance Department, led by Lead Guidance Counselor Sarah Titus, who was Master of Ceremonies, assisted by Guidance Counselors John-Henry Davis and Emily Stempler.


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BHR Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will be held on November 8, 2014 at Randolph Elks

The Blue Hills Athletic Hall of Fame is hosting their annual induction ceremony on November 8, 2014.  The ceremony begins at 6:00 pm and will be held at the Randolph Elks.
This year’s inductees include:

Noreen Burke (’75) a two-sport athlete who played basketball and softball.  She was Blue Hills’ first female athlete.

John Walsh (’73) a three-sport athlete who played baseball, football, and hockey.  He was a Blue Hills Athlete of the Year.

Rebecca Fahey (’96) a three-sport athlete who played basketball, volleyball, and softball.

Brian Campbell (’91) a three-sport athlete who played soccer, basketball, track, and baseball.  He was a Blue Hills Athlete of the Year.

Coach William Cahill (1968-2002) coached volleyball and football at Blue Hills.

Also, this year’s “Friend of Blue Hills Athletics Award” will be given to Robin Giuliano.
Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by emailing Nicole Flynn at
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BHR Makes Needed Improvements to Its Building and Grounds with the School’s 50th Anniversary on the Horizon

The updated pedestrian bridge at Blue Hills Regional.

The multi-use synthetic athletic field.

Photos by Judy Bass

By Judy Bass

With its milestone 50th anniversary looming on the horizon in 2016, Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton is making needed upgrades to its building and campus, specifically its playing fields, in order to continue providing the most state-of-the-art environment possible for students from the school’s district towns of Avon, Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Holbrook, Milton, Norwood, Randolph and Westwood for decades to come.

“As Blue Hills approaches its 50th anniversary,” said Superintendent James P. Quaglia, “the school is making a long-term and concerted effort to improve our facilities and grounds.”

According to Director of Facilities Services Gene Mastro, “Many things are past what you would call their useful life.”  (Blue Hills Regional opened it doors in 1966; an addition was completed ten years later, in 1976.)

Two years ago, the upgrades began with the school’s indoor pool, said Superintendent James P. Quaglia.  Mastro said there were repairs to the concrete and the deck, new tile was installed, plus new HVAC, controls, and electrical work.  “These are more energy-efficient methods for heat and climate controls.”

Upgrades to Blue Hills’ baseball and softball fields were “way overdue,” Mastro explained.  New backstops were installed, along with fencing, dugouts, and improved drainage with new sod placed on the new infield, Mastro added.

Another area that was improved is the pedestrian bridge near the east entrance to the school.  “Needed structural repairs” were made there as well, said Quaglia.

The football field was transformed into what Quaglia called “a multi-use synthetic athletic field” for soccer, football, and lacrosse.  This impressive new field will be inaugurated at the homecoming football game on Friday, October 24.  The track will be resurfaced next summer.

Yet another significant project that was undertaken recently, said Mastro, was the installation of a new domestic hot water system that is “much more energy-efficient.”   As well, the floor in the cafeteria was recently replaced; a process that entailed the removal of the original floor, asbestos abatement, and the installation of a new resilient flooring system.

Mastro also mentioned an NStar rebate-funded school-wide lighting upgrade that is presently being completed.

“All the way along,” Quaglia pointed out, “we have been completing science labs, three of them over the course of five years,” including physics, chemistry and biology labs.  “We’re able to offer a lot more in terms of science lab work for our students.”

Quaglia said that for several years, Blue Hills has filed a statement of interest with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for the same project, a school-wide replacement of all windows, entrances, and an internal heating loop.  “We’re hopeful that soon we could be placed in the MSBA pipeline for a project having to do with our building envelope, HVAC and other needed repairs,” said Quaglia.







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Join this BHR Boosters fundraiser at the Halfway Cafes in Dedham and Canton on Thursday, Nov. 20 and have great food while you help our school!

Canton -Blue Hills Booster Club Flyer – Halfway Cafe

Canton-Blue Hills Booster Tix 11.20.14

Dedham- Blue Hills Booster Club Flyer – Halfway Cafe Dedham

Dedham- Blue Hills Booster Tix 11.20.14

The Blue Hills Boosters can only achieve their goals with the assistance of generous participants from members of our school community. Without this support. providing for our students would be impossible.

Since our club relies on the generosity of individuals and families like you, we write to ask you to consider participating in the fundraiser!
We hope that you will support our efforts!
Thank you in advance,
Blue Hills Booster Club
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2015 John and Abigail Adams Scholars list


2015 Adams Scholarship Recipients from Blue Hills Regional Technical School

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Open House on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM





6 TO 8:30 P.M.

Blue Hills Regional Technical School, located at 800 Randolph St., Canton, will have its annual Open House on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. for all interested members of the public, especially prospective students and their families, to meet faculty, administrators and students, see the state-of-the-art equipment used in Blue Hills’ technical programs, view live demonstrations in the technical programs, take tours of the facility, and receive useful information.

Experience the spirit of cooperation and commitment that everyone at Blue Hills shares and which has made the school a recognized leader in technical education.

Practical, hands-on training is a central feature of technical preparation at Blue Hills.  There are sixteen (16) excellent technical programs including Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing, Automotive Technology, Computer Information Systems, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Design & Visual Communications, Drafting/CAD, Early Education and Care, Electrical Technology, Electronics, Engineering Technology, Graphic Communications, Health Assisting, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and Metal Fabrication & Joining Technologies.

Blue Hills has outstanding academics and an exciting array of sports and extra-curricular activities.

Please call the Admissions Office at 781-828-5800, Ext. 231 or 229, for further information, or visit the school web site at




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