School News

New members inducted into National Honor Society

NHS Ceremony 2019
NHS President Isabel Davila-Lynch. Behind her is NHS Advisor Michelle Barley.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, twenty-seven new members of the William A. Dwyer Chapter of the National Honor Society at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton were inducted in a ceremony attended by family members and Blue Hills staff and administrators including Principal Jill Rossetti.

“We are so proud of our NHS students and we really enjoy their community service projects, too,” Principal Rossetti said.

The evening featured opening remarks from Dean of Students Thomas Cavanaugh, and the introduction of NHS members by NHS Faculty Advisor Ms. Michelle Barley.

Four NHS members each spoke about one of the traits of all those who belong to NHS: Kimberly Delgado (Scholarship), Emily Ierardi (Service), Sabrina Branco (Leadership), and Brianna Lynch (Character).

The faculty guest speaker was teacher Matthew Morris, who gave a speech highlighting the value and importance of the four NHS pillars and praising the NHS members for their accomplishments both…

Class of 2019 honored at Senior Awards Night

Senior Awards Night
Left to right: Athletic Director Ed Catabia, Brianna Lynch, Rose Dacey, and Senator Walter Timilty.

Eighty-two outstanding students from the Class of 2019 at Blue Hills Regional Technical School were honored on May 15 during the school’s annual Senior Scholarship and Award Ceremony.

Guidance Counselors Sarah Titus and Laura O’Reilly shared master of ceremonies duties for the event, which drew a capacity crowd of family members, civic and business leaders, distinguished guests, Blue Hills faculty, administrators and staff.

Superintendent James P. Quaglia and Principal Jill Rossetti each addressed the audience, welcoming them and enthusiastically praising the students for their achievements.

Supt. Quaglia said that facilitating the students’ success over the years has made him “a very happy man.”

“This is one of my favorite nights,” said Principal Rossetti, who urged the students to “always find their purpose and their passion.”

A total of $39,100 was distributed this…

BHR Students learn about safety on the job

Teaching students how to use a scissor lift
Teaching students how to use a scissor lift

Occupational safety is always emphasized in the technical programs at Blue Hills Regional Technical School. Students are rigorously taught the proper use of tools and other equipment along with the importance of maintaining personal safety at all times.

In keeping with the school’s high priority on safety training, Consigli Construction and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) presented a lengthy and detailed demonstration on May 6 to students in several of Blue Hills’ technical programs about how to correctly use aerial and scissor lifts. (Consigli is currently working on an $84.7 million renovation project at the school that began in June 2018.)

Students in Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Metal Fabrication, HVAC, Electrical, and Construction attended the presentation. United Rentals furnished the equipment that was used.

Instruction was also given in the proper use of ladders on May 7.

The event was part of OSHA’s National Safety…

BHR Students join in Teen Speak Out

Teen Speak Out

On Thursday May 2nd, a diverse group of BHR students participated in an all-day Teen Speak Out. Teen Speak out is a student-led, unique experience for high school students to come together to have real and authentic discussions about themselves and their community. Our students spent the day stepping out of their comfort zones and taking risks to get to know each other and engage in conversations about ways to improve their school community. Our trained student facilitators used leadership skills to foster an environment that was safe, inviting, and productive. At the end of the day, the students were able to use what they had learned from each other to generate and share ideas for ways in which they can help to bring their school community together and carry what they learned beyond just this one day. Here are just a few things some of the participants had to say about Teen Speak out afterwards:

“There is not a single person in this school who doesn’t have a story…

Criminal Justice program visits Boston Police Headquarters

Criminal Justice at BPD HQ
Criminal Justice students at Boston Police Headquarters

On Wednesday May 1st the Criminal Justice program had a chance to tour the Boston Police Headquarters. The students had a chance to tour the facility with Sgt. Detective Saxton and speak with members from different departments such as ballistics, fingerprinting, and analysis units. The students even got to meet the crime scene response unit and do some hands on forensics. 

A few other highlights was the "Communication Center 911." This part of the tour was given by Lisandra Cartagena-Willis who gave the students great information and advice about her career. We also had a chance to meet with the Boston Police Commissioner, William Gross, in his office. Commissioner Gross gave the students some great advice and shared some personal history with the students. 
Special thanks to Sgt. Detective Saxton, Gabriel Rosa (Parent), and the Boston Police Department for taking the time to speak with our students about this career path.