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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Senior Bridget Kelley Named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program

By Judy Bass

Bridget Kelley of Avon, a senior at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, has been named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

As the Program’s web site explains, “The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) —a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.”

The web site adds: “In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.”

Kelley, who is studying Engineering Technology at Blue Hills, expressed great pleasure in her accomplishment.  “I feel very proud of myself for the award. The work I put into the test paid off, and it’s definitely satisfying. I plan on going to a four-year school next year. I’m looking at and applying to mostly technical schools like RPI and MIT. For now, I have decided to declare as a general engineering student, but I may pursue a different STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] field. The extracurricular activities I am most involved with are National Honor Society, volleyball, Green Team and Math Team.”

Blue Hills Principal Jill Rossetti was delighted with the news of Kelley’s prestigious award.

“Congratulations, Bridget on being commended for the National Merit Scholarship Award!,” Rossetti commented.  “We are so proud and happy to share this moment with you. This is a great accomplishment. I wish you the best on your future endeavors.”

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Admissions Information Sessions and TEAS V Entrance Examination Dates

Wednesday, October 15th   11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 6th    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 4th     11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 15th       11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
TEAS V ENTRANCE EXAMINATION for Admission to Practical Nursing Program
Wednesday, October 22nd            3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 20th            3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17th         3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 28th             3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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