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Vote on new Minuteman superintendent expected Wednesday

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UPDATED Jan. 20: The last of three finalists for Minuteman superintendent-director met with stakeholders Jan. 19, and a vote to name the person to the position is expected Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Edward A. Bouquillon plans to retire at the end of June after a successful 15-year tenure leading the district.

A screening committee of faculty, staff, parents and School Committee members recommended the finalists to the Minuteman School Committee, and they visited Minuteman on three consecutive Wednesdays – Jan. 5, 12 and 19 – to meet with and answer questions from students, parents, faculty and staff, and advisory committee members. 

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Arlington Minuteman sophomore among those recognized in term 1

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Four exceptional students from Minuteman High School were recently chosen as Students of the Term for Term 1, Assistant Principal Brian Tildsley announced Dec. 20.

Receiving this honor are freshman Madison Bruno of Lexington, sophomore Annie Lindor of Arlington, junior Elias Bak of Belmont and senior Taien Gorman of Belmont. 

Bruno will be selecting a career major shortly, as will the rest of Minuteman’s freshman class. Lindor is in the cosmetology program, Bak is studying environmental science and Gorman is in culinary arts.

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Arlington Minuteman student among 4 awarded SkillsUSA gold medals

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Students from Minuteman High School and adult students from Minuteman Technical Institute participated in the SkillsUSA Massachusetts' fall leadership conference in Marlborough on Nov. 22. Four Minuteman

High School students, including one from Arlington, received gold medals for their participation in the day, which included guest speakers, workshops and a community-service project.

The day highluighted the SkillsUSA Framework, which focuses on the personal, technical and workplace skills to ensure that students are career ready. At this event, both the high school and adult Minuteman students participated in a community-service project, building picnic tables for the MetroWest YMCA.

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Minuteman super named leadership academy coordinator

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Edward A. Bouquillon, the longtime superintendent-director of Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington, has been appointed to lead an intensive professional-development program designed to train future leaders of vocational technical and agricultural schools in Massachusetts.

Dr. Bouquillon will serve as coordinator of Leadership Academy II, a training program established by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) to help educators develop the leadership competencies to serve in roles including superintendents, assistant superintendents, and directors.

He succeeds John “Jack” Jones, who held the position for many years and is retiring. Immediately before retiring, Jones had served as superintendent of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School District in Franklin.

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Over 1,000 attend Minuteman open house, a big jump from '19

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Accepting applications for 2022-23 school year

UPDATED Nov. 22: About 1,065 people attended the annual open house at Minuteman High School on Sunday, Nov. 21. Last year, when pandemic-capacities restricted numbers, 200 people attended. In 2019, about 615 people attended.

The open house is an opportunity for current middle school students and their families to tour the school and speak with students and teachers. Minuteman has 19 career technical education (CTE) majors, 14 sports teams, and 20 clubs and activities.

View an online photo album of the open house >> 

Feb. 15, 2022, is the priority deadline date to apply for the 2022-23 school year. Member-town applicants have priority in the admissions process. Minuteman’s member towns are Acton, Arlington, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham and Stow.

Private tours of the school are available. For more information on the admissions process, visit >>

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4 from Arlington among Minuteman soccer all-stars

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 The Minuteman Revolution girls’ soccer season has ended after making it to the state tournament, but not before four players were named all-stars by the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC): Zoe Callahan, senior; Eleanor Silvadurso, senior; Alice Dalton, junior; and Annie Brosnan, junior, who are all from Arlington.

The CAC also named Diane Dempsey, the Minuteman High School girls' soccer coach, the division’s Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.

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Minuteman Thanksgiving held

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Restaurant, salon, auto shop open for in-person services

The District Restaurant at Minuteman High School now accepting phone reservations for its traditional Thanksgiving buffet, set for Friday, Nov. 19.

The career technical education school’s student-run services -- which include a salon, automotive repair shop and preschool -- continue to welcome customers now that in-person services are fully resumed.

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Minuteman launches animal science program

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Veterinary jobs to grow 16% nationally by 2029

Minuteman High School has added animal science to its list of career technical-education (CTE) majors for the 2021-22 school year – addressing the needs of the veterinary industry that is growing rapidly nationwide.

With the addition of the Animal Science program, Minuteman now hosts a total of 19 CTE majors for students in grades 9-12. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Minuteman’s Animal Science program for Chapter 74 career/vocational technical education status in June.

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Minuteman auto students repair car provided to veteran

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Minuteman High School automotive technology students have provided a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe they had repaired  to a U.S. Army and Navy veteran in a ceremony with Second Chance Cars and Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston.

Automotive teacher John Primpas was on hand with students Cole Traywick of Acton and Samuel Staiti of Arlington, both juniors, when the car was transferred to veteran John Harrold as part of Vertex’s 13th annual Day of Service.

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In-person dining returns at Minuteman High, as Food Link helps

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Minuteman High School returns to in-person dining at the school's restaurant.

The District Restaurant and Cafe, operated by students in culinary arts and hospitality, reopened for the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 15 for lunchtime in-person dining by reservation. In addition, the popular “Soup Group” weekly to-go meals plans to return in October.

Students will also cook and prepare 125 meals per week for people who are food insecure through Food Link, the nonprofit based in Arlington.

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Free-meal option for '21-22 at Minuteman High School

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Minuteman High School is participating in a meal program called "seamless summer option" for the 2021-22 school year.

The school offers healthy meals daily, and one breakfast and one lunch per day will be free of cost. Students have the option of purchasing a second meal.

Qualifications for children to receive free or reduced-priced meals include belonging to a household whose income is at or below the federal income-eligibility guidelines, belonging to a household that receives public assistance, or if the child is homeless, migrant, runaway, foster or participates in a Head Start or Even Start pre-K program.

Household-size and -income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits if the household does not receive assistance or the children are not in the other categories mentioned above. Children can get free or reduced-price meals if the household’s gross income falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guideline chart.

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138 from Minuteman graduate; 33 are from Arlington

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Hannah Bardei, an Engineering student from Arlington, is the Class of 2021 Valedictorian for Minuteman High School.Hannah Bardei  Arlington, 2021 valedictorian.

UPDATED, June 30: A total of 138 students have graduated from Minuteman Regional Votechnical High School in Lexington at an in-person ceremony at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, allowing an unlimited number of family members and friends to view the milestone event after the state recently lifted most Covid-19 gathering restrictions.

Thirty-three of the gradutes are from Arlington. Scroll down to read more about each

The Friday, June 4, ceremony was broadcast live on LexMedia. See a video here >>

The seniors of the Minuteman Class of 2021 have accomplished a lot despite a difficult year and a half – marked by remote and hybrid learning and a loss of many activities. Thirteen students were named to the National Honor Society (denoted with an asterisks), which recognizes students in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

In addition, 94 seniors have received scholarships from Minuteman through various organizations and individual donors.

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Arlington junior among 3 at Minuteman honored for creative writing

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Three students from Minuteman High School have received the Authors Award for Excellence in Imaginative Writing for creating short stories that showcase their exceptional creativity and talent.

The first prize of $700 was awarded to Lillian Mela, of Lexington, a junior, health-assisting major, for her story “Hippocratic Oath.” Samantha Kerr, of Stow, a junior biotechnology major, received the second-place prize of $200 for her story, “The Forensic Scientist’s Tale.” The third-place prize of $100 went to Trinity Choroszej, of Arlington, a junior biotechnology major who wrote a short story titled “The Lady with Soft, Ebony Curls.”

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2 Arlington students at Minuteman receive Academic All America award

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Class of 2021 Minuteman High School graduates Pete Eisenheim (advanced manufacturing) and Jake Brosnan (culinary arts), both of Arlington, have received the Academic All America recognition from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.

Jake and Pete were members of the Minuteman High School swim team and were nominated for the recognition by coach Skip Farkas for their outstanding academic and athletic abilities. This fall, Brosnan is attending Northern Arizona University and Eisenheim is attending Colorado College.

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9 adult carpentry students (none male) complete Minuteman program

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Nine adult carpentry students were celebrated for completing their preapprenticeship program with a “Signing Day” ceremony at Minuteman Technical Institute, the adult evening division of Minuteman Regional Votechnical High School.

Eight of the students are female and one identifies as nonbinary; there were no male students. The students signed symbolic letters of commitment to work in the carpentry and construction trades. Currently, fewer than 11 percent of construction workers are women in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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