Freshmen interpret Exploratory in colorful, unique ways

These artistic representations of what some freshmen experienced in their weeks of Exploratory were done in Early Education.  It is fascinating to see how they interpreted what they did and saw over the course of this important part of their first year at BHR.

Thank you, Holly Stevens (picture) and Carol Hartnett!

Posted in Uncategorized

Practical Nursing Information Sessions, Teas V Entrance Exam, and Prep Courses Available from BHR Continuing Education


Thursday, February 12, 2015   11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015       11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015            11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. 


Register at

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    3:00 p.m.  to 6:00 p.m. (CANCELLED DUE TO SNOWSTORM)

RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2015    3:00 P.M. TO 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    


Register at

TEAS V MATH PREP COURSE       -     Thursdays, February 5th – March 19th  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

TEAS V READING PREP COURSE -     Tuesdays, February 10th – March 24th 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Posted in Nursing

Senior Adrianna Scalzo of Norwood, a Design & Visual Communications Student, Creates Striking Artwork for Old Colony Hospice’s 35th Anniversary Gala

Student Adrianna Scalzo with the artwork she created for the Old Colony Hospice 35th anniversary gala.

Photo by Joann Murphy.

By Judy Bass

Acquiring skills in the classroom and testing them out in real-world situations is a key element of a technical education at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton.

Students in the school’s Design and Visual Communications (DVC) program found that out recently when they were asked to create marketing and publicity materials for the 35th anniversary gala of the Randolph-based Old Colony Hospice – including save the date cards, general event logo, invitation, reply card and coordinating envelopes, program cover, signage, PowerPoint templates, and digital signage for the jumbotron at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro – where the event took place in December.

According to Andrea Larocque, Philanthropy Associate for Special Events at Old Colony Hospice, “The [Blue Hills] students had worked on the collateral for a Norwood Hospital event and we were very impressed with their pieces.  We contacted [DVC Instructor] Joann [Murphy] in September of 2013 and asked if we could come in for a meeting to discuss the possibility of them handling the design for our special 35th anniversary gala in December 2014.  Joann accepted the meeting and then presented our request to the [school] administration.  We were approved later that month and have been working with her and her students ever since.”

Larocque continued, “I met with the students and outlined our thoughts and theme for the gala and then we were presented with a variety of options to choose from.  I took those back to the office and presented them to our staff and asked them to vote.  We took the top four choices from that vote to our gala committee and board members and selected two final looks to pursue.  Once edits were made to each, we decided to have one more round of revisions and basically merged elements from both pieces into the final winner.”

The top design was by student Adrianna Scalzo of Norwood, said Murphy.  “Adrianna, with my close supervision, designed the save the date and the invitation. Because it was close to the summer, I designed the other supporting pieces. But Adrianna came up with the main look.”

Scalzo said, “I did enjoy this project. It was challenging and I learned how to work with clients and deadlines. I developed my theme and color off of what the client told us that she had in mind, and I used her ideas and built off of them until I found one that I was satisfied with. My future career goal is to be a professional photographer and oil painter. I plan on going to college next year to further my education in the arts. Blue Hills has helped a tremendous amount with my artistic skills. I have been taught the basics of what every artist should know and I plan to use this information for the rest of my artistic career in the future.”

Larocque expressed her enthusiasm for what Scalzo created. “The final card met all of our requirements for theme and marketing of both this specific event and the overall branding of the organization. The piece was still relevant to our everyday colors and logo to keep with our traditional marketing so people would recognize us, but it was clear that this was a special invitation/event.”

Murphy said she felt that the whole endeavor was valuable “Having a client explain the project to the students, evaluate their designs and instruct [them] through several rounds of alterations is a very close representation of ‘real life experience.’ It is so important for the students to volunteer their talents to such a worthy cause in the community. It was great to have Andrea speak to the students because she is so knowledgeable about her business and the design field. She said many of the things that the students have heard me say, however, I think it hit home [for them even more] when someone else said it.”

Added Murphy, “I like having the students work on real-life projects. Past projects [we have worked on] include New England Organ Bank posters for Mass. General Hospital and the Caritas Norwood Hospital Gala. The next community project [we hope to be part of] is in the planning stages.”

Larocque said she liked collaborating with the Blue Hills students. “I very much enjoyed it.  I personally met with the students on multiple occasions and they were always very professional and asked great questions. Based on the work that we received, they were obviously paying attention to our requests and learned a little about our organization as well, which flowed nicely into the design. Working with Joann and the students was a great experience for us, and I hope that it was equally educational for them.  We had amazing work come out of this program and were able to save our non-profit thousands of dollars in design and production fees.  We are very grateful to the school for providing us [with] this opportunity.”





Posted in Uncategorized

Blue Hills Coaches vs Cancer Information…Please read about this important fundraiser!

Blue Hills Coaches VS Cancer

COACHES VS CANCER DONATION LETTER (1)   click here for document

The boys and girls basketball teams want to thank everyone for their support for the Coaches VS Cancer fundraiser. 
We have collected over $400.00, and donations are continuing to come in. We have 2 big events coming up that you can be part of. The girls JV and varsity basketball teams will take on Coach Cavanaugh and his Mount Alvernia team. The girls are going to play Wednesday January 28 and the boys will be playing Friday January 30, both at Blue Hills. The boys freshman, JV and varsity will be playing Southeastern with games starting at 3:30, 5:00 and 6:30.
These are games where basketball coaches across the country will wear sneakers with suit coats. 
I am attaching a photo of the Wall of Hope that many of you have helped build. 
Thank you for your continued support. 

Brian Gearty, Tom McGrath, Jim Fitzmaurice, Nicole Flynn, John Henry Davis, Katherine Sullivan
Posted in Uncategorized

Blue Hills Regional District School Committee marks its 50th anniversary with commemorative gathering

MA Senate citation for DSC click to see document

MA House of Reps. citation for DSC click to see document

Supt. James P. Quaglia, left, greets Mr. Bernard H. Baher of Avon.  Mr. Baher was among the first people elected to the DSC back in the mid-1960s.

Senator Brian A. Joyce

A handsome and delectable cake honors the DSC’s 50th anniversary.

The cake is displayed, along with commemorative anniversary mugs from Graphics.

Culinary students, left to right: Anna Tallent, Nina Wirta, and Amanda Willis expertly serve the guests.

DSC Chairman Aidan G. Maguire, Jr. of Canton ’79 accepts a citation from the MA State Senate from Sen. Joyce honoring the DSC’s 50th anniversary.

Rep. Paul McMurtry 

Rep. Walter Timilty reads the citation from the MA House of Representatives given in honor of the DSC’s 50th anniversary.

Guests enjoying themselves at the event honoring the DSC’s 50th anniversary.

DSC member Marybeth E. Nearen of Randolph

Student Jalen Rance sings to the audience.

Former DSC member Tim Sullivan of Braintree serenades everyone with a rousing performance of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”


By Judy Bass

“Tonight, as we reflect upon the creation of the District School Committee and of the District, I hope that everyone will think about what makes Blue Hills special,” said Blue Hills Regional Superintendent James P. Quaglia.

“I can sum it up in three words – it’s the people.”

The sentiment Quaglia expressed was reinforced by various speakers time and again on the evening of Tuesday, December 9, during a festive celebration of the school’s District School Committee, which was created fifty years ago.

The gathering was held in the school’s restaurant and attended by school staff, present and past District School Committee members, as well as State Senator Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton), State Rep. Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton), and State Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham).

The celebration will continue, starting at the end of this school year, and will culminate with the 50th graduating class in 2016.

Among the guests were current District School Committee members Francis J. Fistori (Avon), Eric C. Erskine (Braintree), Chairman Aidan G. Maguire, Jr. (Canton), Thomas R. Polito, Jr. (Dedham), Robert A. McNeil (Holbrook), Festus Joyce (Milton), Kevin L. Connolly (Norwood), Marybeth Nearen (Randolph), and Vice Chairman Charles W. Flahive (Westwood).

Past District School Committee members Bernard H. Baher (Avon), Timothy Sullivan (Braintree), William T. Buckley (Holbrook), and Alan L. Butters (Westwood) were also in the audience.  Baher, now 94, is the only surviving member of the original Blue Hills District School Committee, which he served on for 22 years, including three terms as chairman.  He was first elected in 1965 and has maintained a close relationship with the school ever since.

Legislators Joyce, Timilty, and McMurtry addressed the audience, each warmly praising the outstanding education Blue Hills provides to its students.  “I’ve always been impressed with what happens here,” said Joyce.  “For fifty years, this school has made an incredible difference in a lot of people’s lives.”

Both Joyce and Timilty presented Chairman Maguire with official citations from the Massachusetts Legislature commending Blue Hills and the District School Committee for the great work done at the school.

“I believe that the best schools are the product of diligent teamwork,” Quaglia said.  “Since the 1960s, the District School Committee has led the way by working closely with the Superintendent, Principal, teachers, support staff, parents and officials from our nine sending towns to fulfill our mission – providing the most outstanding technical education possible to every student.  For fifty years, we have succeeded.  Our graduates are good citizens, valuable employees, and the best ambassadors for this school that anyone could possibly want.”

Chairman Maguire paid tribute to some of the school’s exceptional graduates and past District School Committee members for their dedication and commitment to Blue Hills and technical education.  Scott D. Tingle graduated in 1983 and is now a NASA astronaut; Alexander S. Arredondo, Class of 2002, joined the US Marines and lost his life in the line of duty in Iraq in 2004 at the age of 20; Mr. Buckley, the former Holbrook representative to the District School Committee, served in that capacity for nearly 30 years; and Mr. Butters, the Westwood representative to the District School Committee, held that post for nearly 17 years.

However, no one matches the remarkable longevity of Mr. Baher’s connection with Blue Hills. Baher, a longtime resident of Avon, has been a visiting lecturer in the Engineering Technology program for nine years (Baher was himself an engineer).  He is a permanent consultant to Blue Hills, helped to organize the Blue Hills Foundation with former Superintendent Wilfrid Savoie and Ron Linari, and was its president for 16 years.  Baher is also a talented wood sculptor who fashioned and repaired the handsome gold eagle that once graced the flagpole outside the school and now is displayed inside the building.

“Despite all his achievements,” said Chairman Maguire, “including being Chairman of the National Council of Vocational Education during the administration of President George H. W. Bush, Mr. Baher has always been someone of immense humility who enjoyed serving the school and its students.”

Two talented individuals provided musical entertainment for the guests.  Student Jalen Rance of Holbrook sang three numbers in his own uniquely soulful, blues-infused style, and former District School Committee member Tim Sullivan delighted everyone by belting out a rousing rendition of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”

District School Committee member Marybeth Nearen of Randolph presented bouquets to District School Committee Recording Secretary Joanne Kuzborski and Communications Specialist Judy Bass for their efforts to make the evening memorable.

A sumptuous array of hors d’oeuvres was prepared and served by the students in the Culinary Arts program.  They, along with Culinary Arts department head John Haelsen and Instructor Heather Irber, were applauded by the guests for their exemplary work.

Lauding Blue Hills’ current District School Committee members and employees, all of whom have lived up to the exemplary standard set by their predecessors decades ago, Supt. Quaglia said, “Our present District School Committee members, along with our administrators, faculty and staff, still keep the fires of education and knowledge burning brightly. To paraphrase President Kennedy’s inaugural address, “The glow from that fire can truly light the world.”

Posted in Uncategorized

BHR Winter 2015 Continuing Education…check out the great classes we offer!

We have classes that will be closing enrollment soon. There are still openings if listed. If you are interested click this link to enroll.

  • EKG 6-10 Wednesdays $450 Feb 4 start date
  • CPR 6-10 1 night Wednesday $75 new dates coming soon
  • Practical Nursing TEAS V Preparation Course Tuesday/Thursday 5:30 – 7:30 $100ea Feb 5 start date
  • EMT Cert training 6-10 Tuesdays and Thursdays $1000 Feb 10 start date
  • First Aid 6-10 1 night Wednesday $75 March 11 Start Date
  • Babysitters Training 1 Saturday geared to 11-15 yrs of age $85 Jan 31 start date
  • ServSafe  4 nights 12 hours $160 March 5 start date
  • Cosmetology 1000 hour $7500 compare at 12-17k start date 1st Monday of every month
  • OSHA 10hr Feb 2 Start Date
Posted in Uncategorized