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121 students, 27 from Arlington, graduate from Minuteman

Minuteman High School logoUPDATED: The 121 graduates of the Minuteman High School class of 2022, including 27 from Arlington, bid a spirited goodbye and looked forward with anticipation to the next phase of their lives at the commencement ceremony on June 3 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Graduation began with Principal George Clement, who was master of ceremonies, asking all veterans in the audience to stand and be recognized. He also requested that senior Bradley Winters of Lexington, who will be joining the Air National Guard, to stand for recognition.

The class of 2022 experienced the thrill of being in the new, state-of-the-art Minuteman building which opened in 2019. Then, just five months later, they abruptly transitioned to learning remotely when schools closed statewide for the rest of the academic year because of the pandemic.

View the 2022 graduation photo slideshow with 200+ images

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Minuteman awards nursing certificate to 3 Arlington students

 Minuteman High School logoThree Arlingtonians are among seven students in the Minuteman High School health-assisting career major who recently received their Certified Nursing Assistant Certificates after several months of clinical work and Covid-related obstacles.

The students wore masks and shields and took other precautions to care for patients at long-term care facilities and made up for time lost during quarantine.

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Minuteman opens summer program registration for preschoolers through adults

Minuteman High School logoUPDATED June 9: Registration is open at Minuteman High School for a range of summer programs for preschoolers through adults from July 11 through Aug.12.

Earlier, summer enrichment programs for students entering grades six through eight throughout July were announced.

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Minuteman High School is at 758 Marrett Road (Rt. 2A) in Lexington, close to I-95 and Route 2.  Here are examples of courses:

See below for details and registration links for the summer programs.

EMT course

Open to anyone age 17 or older. The emergency medical technician (EMT) course develops skills in symptom recognition and in all emergency care procedures and techniques currently considered to be within the responsibilities of an EMT providing emergency medical care with an ambulance service.  The course consists of 35 lessons involving 160 hours of classroom, lecture, hands-on practical scenarios, 24 hours of online and supplemental certification courses and 16 hours of filed observation and training for a total program of 200 hours. Classes will be held from 8:30 AM-3:00 PM, Monday-Friday, from July 11-August 12. Register online.

High School Academic Recovery

Open to any student in grades 9-12; they do not need to be current Minuteman students. The academic recovery classes are for students who did not pass their course(s) for the year and/or need additional support in the following academic subjects: Algebra I, Algebra II, Biochemistry, Chemistry/Physics, English, Geometry, History. A Public Speaking/Debate class is open for high school students as well. Courses are offered in 1- or 2-week sessions between July 11 and August 5 in either the morning or afternoon. Details and register online.

Middle School Enrichment

The middle school enrichment program is open to any student in grades 6-8 who has an interest in hands-on learning. One-week courses are held from July 11-29 and include veterinary science, auto mechanics, cosmetology, early education, environmental science, multimedia, and public speaking/debate. Free school bus transportation is provided to students living in Minuteman’s nine member towns of Acton, Arlington, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham, and Stow. Details and register online.

Preschool Summer Fun at Minuteman

Colonial Children’s Academy, the childcare center at Minuteman High School, is offering a summer program for children ages 3-6. Weekly programs run between July 11 and August 5. Hours are 8:30-11:30 AM with an optional lunch until 12:30 PM. The cost is $160 per week or $200 per week with the extra lunch hour. For more information, visit minuteman.org/ccasummer

If you have any questions, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., summer school coordinator and cosmetology instructor.

The cost is $200 per one-week enrichment course.

School buses will be available for grade six-through-eight students who live in one of Minuteman’s nine member towns: Acton, Arlington, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham and Stow. Scheduling and route information will be provided after the registration process is complete.

Middle school programs

Dates for middle school summer programs are as follows.

  • July 11-15, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM: Auto Mechanics, Plant Science/Horticulture, Cosmetology/Salon, Early Education, Environmental Science, Veterinary Science, Multimedia
  • July 11-15, 12:00-3:00 PM: Cosmetology/Salon
  • July 18-22, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM: Auto Mechanics, Cosmetology/Salon, Environmental Science, Veterinary Science, Multimedia
  • July 18-22, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM: Cosmetology/Salon
  • July 25-29, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM: Environmental Science, Veterinary Science, Public Speaking/Debate

If you have any questions about summer school courses, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., summer school coordinator and cosmetology instructor. 


April 15, 2022: Minuteman spotlights 2 Arlington student co-ops
  

This news announcement was published Tuesday, May 3, 2022, and was updated June 9. YourArlington volunteer Kim Haase prepared this for publication.

Register for adult-workforce development at Minuteman Tech

15-week programs free for qualified applicants, including recent high school graduates

Minuteman High School logoRegistration is open for 10-month and 15-week* workforce development programs at Minuteman Technical Institute (MTI), the adult evening division of Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District, in such high-demand trades as automotive, cosmetology, electricity, facilities managementCNC machine operationcarpentryrobotic technician and welding. MTI also plans to offer a veterinary assisting program this fall and will share details when completed. 

Classes begin in August or September, depending on the program. Visit minutemanti.org to learn about the admissions process and register. Classes are held weekday evenings and Saturday mornings depending on the program. Minuteman Technical Institute is open to any student over 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED. 

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Arlington Minuteman students among those getting gold for skills

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Seven Minuteman High School students, including those from Arlington, have received gold medals at the 2022 SkillsUSA Massachusetts awards ceremony and will head to the national competition in Atlanta this fall. In total, 16 students from Minuteman received medals at the state competition.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that strives to teach workplace, personal, and technical skills to high school and post-secondary students. Minuteman and numerous other career technical education high schools participate in the statewide competition each year. Students often present projects they have completed that demonstrate the core SkillsUSA framework, which includes workplace skills, personal skills, and technical skills that are grounded in academics.

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Arlington student wins Minuteman Student of the Term award

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Minuteman High School recently recognized four students from Arlington, Lexington, Needham, and Stow with the Student of the Term Award. The award is based on nominations from teachers and celebrates both academic achievement and good citizenship. One student is awarded per grade.

Assistant Principal Brian Tildsley surprised the students, presenting them their awards in class. Later in the week the winners received a certificate and a free lunch with the staff members who nominated them in The District Restaurant at Minuteman.

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Minuteman Hall of Fame dinner held

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UPDATED May 5: The Minuteman High School Hall of Fame Committee will hold an in-person Hall of Fame ceremony Friday, May 20, and the inductees have been selected.

There is still time to buy tickets for the 2022 Hall of Fame Ceremony, which will be held Friday, May 20, at 6:00 PM inside the new Minuteman High School building, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Minuteman Hall of Fame honors alumni and former teachers, staff, or coaches, who have gone above and beyond to exemplify the spirit of Minuteman High School – whether it be in the classroom, on the athletic field, in their community, or in the world of business and industry.

2022 Hall of Fame Inductees:

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Minuteman spotlights 2 Arlington student co-ops

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Minuteman's cooperative-education program, commonly referred to as "co-op," allows students to work at job sites within the scope of their career majors.

Students receive on-the-job training, course credit, and gain hours toward industry-recognized credentials. Co-op is open to seniors all year and juniors for the second half of the year. Here are snapshots of two from Arlington.

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Minuteman hosts first school play in new theater

View slideshow of 'Brainstorm,' exploring adolescent brain

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UPDATED April 11: In April, Minuteman High School will host its first student play for the public in the school’s new state-of-the-art theater, which was constructed with the new school building that opened in 2019.

 

“Brainstorm” explores the development of the teenage brain and the complications that occur in one of the most volatile times of a person’s life. Significant portions of the “Brainstorm” script were written by the Minuteman student cast.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors or students. Minuteman is located at 758 Marrett Road (Rt. 2A), Lexington.

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North Carolina educator to start as Minuteman superintendent July 1

Dr. Kathleen DawsonDr. Kathleen Dawson

The Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School Committee has voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Kathleen A. Dawson as superintendent-director of the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District, effective July 1.

The School Committee’s vote took place Jan. 26. Since then, the School Committee and Dawson worked collaboratively to arrive at a three-year agreement beginning July 1.

The Minuteman district encompasses nine member towns (Acton, Arlington, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham and Stow) and includes Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School and Minuteman Technical Institute (MTI), a career technical education program for adults seeking courses in high-demand occupations.

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Minuteman wins grant named after late Sen. Donnelly

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The Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District recently became the only school district to receive funding from the Sen. Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grant to train adults to work in industries that have identified a strong need for skilled employees.

Minuteman is receiving nearly $500,000 to provide evening courses in facilities management through Minuteman Technical Institute (MTI), the adult career technical education (CTE) division of Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington. MTI has three business partners – Jones Lang LaSalle, ABM Industries and Sodexo – to share training resources and provide career pathways for students.
 
Facility managers are responsible for ensuring that a range of systems within an organization operate effectively and harmoniously. Often, facility managers oversee an organization’s largest and most valuable assets, such as property, buildings, inventory, and employee productivity, according to the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).

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Minuteman restaurant hosts scholarship fund-raiser

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The District Restaurant at Minuteman High School will host the eighth-annual Ryan’s Wish fund-raiser to benefit student scholarships on Wednesday, April 13.

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This year’s fund-raiser is barbeque themed and will be open to the public for lunch and dinner service.

All food is prepared and served by students in Minuteman’s culinary arts and hospitality major.

Ryan Eaton was a 2014 Minuteman High School graduate from Watertown who majored in culinary arts.

 It was his wish to establish a scholarship fund in his name to benefit future graduates of Minuteman.

All proceeds from the lunch and dinner will be contributed to the Ryan Eaton Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Phone reservations are required for both dinner and lunch service. Tickets are $20 per person.

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Minuteman students earn 17 medals in SkillsUSA district competition

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Seventeen students from Minuteman High School received medals in the SkillsUSA Massachusetts district technical competitions this month.

More than 370,000 vocational-technical students participate in SkillsUSA competitions nationwide annually. Students demonstrate their skills in their career technical areas of study, employability, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety guidelines.

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Minuteman alumnus from Arlington wins on Food Network show

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A Minuteman High School alumnus has beaten Bobby Flay! 

“Bobby Flay was a very kind host and I couldn’t have asked for a better competitor,” Keeley said.Arlington native Jon Keeley,  class of ’01, is now an executive chef at Fire Restaurant and Lounge in Denver.

He went up against celebrity chef Bobby Flay on his Food Network show, “Beat Bobby Flay,” in an episode that premiered on Thursday, Feb. 24. (S29, E8, “Girl Meets Flay.”) 

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Minuteman gets $150k skills grant to expand robotics, automation

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The Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District recently received a $150,000 Skills Capital Grant from the Commonwealth to expand robotics and automation programming. The funding will be used to teach students Industry 4.0 skills amid a rapidly expanding logistics automation and supply chain management industry.

Logistics automation and supply chain management are crucial aspects of today’s global economy and have only increased in importance since the pandemic began. Minuteman is expanding its programming in response to student interest and the needs of the work force. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there has been a 140-percent increase in employees in the transportation and warehousing industry since 2012.

“This is a perfect example of supporting a form of career technical education that directly energizes the regional workforce and the economy,” said Edward A. Bouquillon, Superintendent-Director of Minuteman. “The Skills Capital Grant provides for technology and skills needed today in a rapidly changing global market.”

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