Academics At Keefe
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Academics Overview
Keefe Regional Technical School strives to allow each student to be successful. Recognizing the unique demands of quality Career Technical programs and the necessary rigor and relevance of a competitive college preparatory education, Keefe Technical provides students with comprehensive opportunities that best guarantee success beyond their high school experience. Planning for the future is an important part of this success and School Counselors work with students each year to determine course placement.
Keefe Tech’s academic component provides students with a dynamic and comprehensive program to best guarantee success after high school. We offer a full College Preparatory and honors Program, with opportunities for students to participate in Advanced Placement courses and Dual Enrollment courses at local colleges and universities.
All Grade 9 students take a core curriculum in English, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, and health. In addition to the academic core, all Grade 9 students spend three periods every other week in a career exploratory program. In this program, students explore eight Career/Technical areas and receive career counseling in each area.
Grade 10 students enter a CTE program that meets every day/five days per week on an every other week rotation. This program continues through Grades 11 and 12 with possible internship and co-op placement during Grades 11 and 12.
Students receive training in one of the following areas:
Automotive Technology
Business Technology
Culinary Arts
Dental Assisting
Design & Visual Communications
Early Childhood Education & Training
Graphic Communications
Health Careers
Horticulture & Landscape Design
Information Technology
Legal & Protective Services
Metal Fabrication
Programming & Web Development

Academic classes for Grades 10, 11, and 12 meet on an every other week basis. As with Grade 9, students take a core curriculum of English, mathematics, science, social studies, and physical education. A variety of elective opportunities are available for students to select each year.

A complete listing of courses can be found in our Program of Studies which is available for download below.
English Language Arts
Students are required to take and successfully complete an English course each year, earning a minimum of six credits overall with eight or more credits possible.

The curriculum combines traditional academic materials that address the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks with integrated career technical activities in order to provide students with the practical experience necessary to succeed in a competitive work force.

Core courses are offered at the traditional college preparatory or honors level. The freshmen program begins with integrated coursework in literature and composition. The sophomore year core coursework for all students is American Literature, and the junior year core coursework is World Literature. In the senior year, core coursework is British Literature or Studies in Literature and Composition.

Both sophomore and junior English core courses parallel the social studies curricula.

During junior and senior year, students choose from electives such as Drama and Journalism.
The Mathematics curriculum is structured to best address the broad needs of students. All courses are designed for students who learn best in an applied approach.

The department advances five major goals for students:
 • Learn to value mathematics as a tool to explore relationships between mathematics and the many disciplines it serves.
 • Gain confidence in using mathematical power to make sense of new problem situations and the world we live in.
 • Develop ability in solving problem situations independently and in a cooperative group setting.
•  Given opportunities to read, write and discuss ideas, use the signs, symbols and terms of mathematics.
 • Gather evidence, make conjectures, develop and support rationale using mathematical reasoning.

The Mathematics department also applies the six guiding Principles of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks:

Guiding Principle 1: Learning
Mathematical ideas should be explored in ways that stimulate curiosity, create enjoyment of mathematics, and develop depth of understanding.
Guiding Principle 2: Teaching
An effective mathematics program is based on a carefully designed set of content standards that are clear and specific, focused, and articulated over time as a coherent sequence.
Guiding Principle 3: Technology
Technology is an essential tool that should be used strategically in mathematics education.
Guiding Principle 4: Equity
All students should have a high quality mathematics program that prepares them for college and a career.
Guiding Principle 5: Literacy Across the Content Areas
An effective mathematics program builds upon and develops students’ literacy skills and knowledge.
Guiding Principle 6: Assessment
Assessment of student learning in mathematics should take many forms to inform instruction and learning.

Students are required to successfully complete the objectives of six credits of mathematics coursework but may elect up to eight credits. Aspects of mathematics that emphasize real-life situations are integrated regularly throughout all the mathematics courses. All courses are college preparatory and fully address the goals and objectives of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
The Honors mathematics pathway moves from Algebra II to Geometry to Advanced Algebra and Pre Calculus with senior year expectation of Calculus. Additional electives are available dependent upon student career plans. The majority of students follows a college preparatory pathway beginning with Algebra I but may elect Honors-level courses.
The need for technological proficiency is recognized at all levels and in all courses. Students are encouraged and trained to use calculators to speed arithmetic calculations, for advanced analysis, and to explore relationships and concepts, visualize solutions and promote hypothetical modeling of real-life situations. Additional methods utilizing computer software for exploration and analysis are also employed in all courses.

The Science curriculum is designed to provide for students who will pursue a career immediately after high school, as well as for those students who will continue their education. Offerings in the physical, life, and environmental sciences emphasize hands-on learning and the practical application of science in the classroom, shop, and everyday life.

Students are required to take a science course every year. The Honors-level pathway moves through Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Anatomy & Physiology. Regular college preparatory pathways have options of Engineering & Technology, Environmental Science and additional laboratory experiences in Biology.
Social Studies
Social studies education is essential for sustaining our constitutional democracy by preparing our young people to become responsible citizens. Responsible citizenship rests on the notion that young people must be educated to understand the complexities of human society and to govern themselves competently. Therefore, our goal is to prepare students to assume citizenship responsibilities and to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good of citizens in a pluralistic, democratic society of an interdependent world. Toward this goal, the social studies curriculum strives to build four capacities in young people: disciplinary knowledge, thinking skills, commitment to democratic values, and citizen participation.

The Keefe Technical High School Social Studies Curriculum is based primarily on the standards as set in the Massachusetts and Social Science Curriculum Framework. It is designed to integrate the major strands of social studies: history, civics and government, geography, and economics while examining the larger themes and ideas of history and the social sciences. The curriculum is designed to provide students with multiple and varied opportunities for rich educational experiences and in-depth study as they progress through the grades.

Primary focus is placed on the mastery of the core knowledge for each subject area and the concepts and skills in the social sciences that are essential to all American citizens. Problem solving, collaboration, and civic responsibility are strongly emphasized and integrated throughout the curriculum, as is the development of research, reading, writing, and study skills. The reading and analysis of primary documents is an important feature throughout the curriculum. Technology and research provide a key foundation for acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills, and content.

The Common Core curriculum includes a two-year study (grades 9-10) of United States History I & II and World History II (grade 11). Electives are offered in grades 11 and 12 that give students the chance to delve deeper into subjects that interest them, and allows them to broaden and apply the knowledge they gained in their basic history classes, so they can analyze, understand and evaluate more contemporary real-world problems.
English Language Learners
The English Language Learner Program welcomes students from all countries and language groups who do not speak English as their first language, and who require assistance completing schoolwork in English.

The ELL Program provides a variety of services to its students and has two components: English as a Second Language (ESL) and Sheltered English Immersion (SEI).

In English as a Second Language courses, students receive intensive instruction in English. ESL courses are offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced, in ESL levels 1-5. These rigorous courses help students improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; in addition to preparing students to meet the competency standards of the MCAS.

Sheltered English Immersion allows English Language Learners to attend mainstream academic classes with their English-speaking peers. Language support services are provided by bilingual aides to ensure success in the content area academic classes of mathematics, science, and social studies.

Additionally, English Language Learners are actively enrolled in all of Keefe Tech’s Career/Technical Education programs; including Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electrical, Graphic Communications, Health Careers, Horticulture and Landscaping, Information Systems, Metals Technology, Plumbing, and Visual Design and Communications. Language support services are provided in these classes to ensure meaningful participation and success while students continue to acquire English.

English Language Learners at Keefe Technical High School have full access to the wide variety of programs, activities, and clubs offered at the school and language is no barrier! Right now ELLs are actively participating in football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, cross-country and track, the Dance Club, the Art Club, the Drama Club, Business Professionals of America, and Skills USA, and more! Keefe Tech’s ELL students are Student Athletes of the Month, Team MVPs, make the Honor Roll, and belong to the prestigious National Honor Society!

For more information about programs please call Anita Gonzalez @ 508-416-2100 extension 271.

Foreign Language
The Foreign Language Program consists of Spanish I and Spanish II, Spanish III and Spanish Literature.
All courses are designed in instructional sequence with the goal of increasing the listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish through a variety of activities, materials, and the use of technology.

The Spanish curriculum also includes an overview of Hispanic culture and history. The continuation through the program from will take students from novice levels of communications through more proficient levels of communication and comprehension.
Placement in courses is dependent on student’s language ability and previous course experience.
Physical Education
Everyday Fitness - Personal Fitness

Classes will stress the importance of students participation/effort, skill/technique, and cooperation/attitude/sportsmanship, while performing and improving muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and aerobic capacity- along with encouraging students about nutritional needs.

- On time and fully prepared for all activities
-        100% effort all the time
-        Consistently stays on task even when away from direct supervision
·         Level of mastery is achieved in skill development
·         Shows an exceptional understanding of skills/strategies
·         Performance and effectiveness at an outstanding level
·         Always cooperative
·         Genuine concern for others
·         Always enthusiastic and positive
·         Exemplifies sportsmanship in all activities


A message to parents from Ms. Cassullo

Dear Parent or Guardian,
Your teen is currently enrolled in Everyday Fitness or 9th grade P.E. During your teen’s time in this class, they will participate in a wide range of physical activities. The courses are structured to improve your teen’s knowledge of his or her physical fitness level and to promote a physically fit lifestyle.
Participation in your teen’s Physical Education will allow us to work together throughout their development of a physically fit lifestyle. If you have any concerns or comments about the Everyday Fitness or 9th grade P.E. course curriculum, please feel free to 
contact me.
I am looking forward a fun and successful school year!!!

9th Grade Volleyball Assignment
1. Volleyball was originally called mintonette because…
It was a new sport related to badminton

2. The date of the first competitive game of volleyball was played…
General Physical Education

The general physical education course is an activity-based class in which all students are expected to participate to the best of their ability.  This course is designed to develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to achieve and maintain lifelong activity and fitness.  Students will be encouraged to gain an appreciation for the positive role physical education and sports plays in overall health and well-being.  A four-point grading rubric will be used on a daily basis.  Points will be assigned by the following assessment:

Preparedness (1 point)
 - on time and fully prepared for all activities
Participation (2 points)
 - 100% participation all the time.  
 - Consistently stays on task even when away from direct supervision
Cooperation and effort (1 point)
 - Is enthusiastic and positive
 - Exemplifies sportsmanship
 - Works well with others
 - Shows concern for others

A message to parents from Mr. Kane

Dear Parent or Guardian,

I am looking forward to working with your son/daughter in General Physical Education class this school year.  It is my hope that all students willingly participate, to the best of their ability, in all class activities this year.  The class expectations are as follows:

- On time and fully prepared to participate in all activites.
- Is enthusiastic and positive for the duration of class.
- Exemplifies good sportsmanship.
- No gum chewing is allowed in class and no food or drink is to be consumer in the gym or locker room areas.
- No cell phone or electronic devices.
- All students will remain in the gym until the bell rings to end class.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the General Physical Education class.  I am looking forward to a fun and successful school year.

Mr. Kane

Team Sports

The Team Sports Class curriculum will concentrate on all areas of physical development.  Classes will stress the importance of student participation and sportsmanship while learning and performing various skills involved in a variety of team sports.

Participation (2 points)
- On time and fully prepared for all activities
- 100% effort all the time
- Consistently stays on task even when away from direct supervision

Skill/Technique  (1 point)
- Level of mastery is achieved in skill development
- Shows an exceptional understanding of skills/strategies
- Performance and effectiveness at an outstanding level

Cooperation/Attitude/Sportsmanship  (1 point)
- Always cooperative
- Genuine concern for others
- Always enthusiastic and positive
- Exemplifies sportsmanship in all activities

Health and Wellness

Students are required to progress through a developmental study of health and wellness topics. Through health literacy, healthy self-management skills, and health promotion, comprehensive health education teaches fundamental health concepts, promotes habits and conduct that enhance health and wellness, and guides efforts to build healthy families, relationships, schools, and communities.
Fundamental health knowledge and skills need to be taught, reinforced and expanded regularly in a student’s four-year high school career. A planned, sequential curriculum addresses a variety of topics with increasing degrees of complexity appropriate to students’ developmental levels as they move through adolescence. Such a program ensures thorough, balanced coverage of health content areas.

 HEALTH CP-1  (Gr 9)     Credit - 0.5 
Health, a required course for freshmen, alternates with physical education. Students attend health class for 3 days, then PE for 3 days during the academic week. Topics studied include, fitness evaluation, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition, eating disorders and weight control, violence prevention, and personal safety issues.  Emphasis will be placed on the importance of developing positive personal choices that promote life-long wellness.  

HEALTH CP-1 (Gr 12)     Credit - 1
This senior elective looks at critical issues affecting students in their everyday life.  Candid discussions look at today’s health risks and encourage students to evaluate choices and take responsibility for their own wellness.  Topics covered include: consumer health and resource management, moral codes and ethics, marriage and parenthood, effects of addiction on relationships, psychology of rebellious choices and environmental and public health.  Through debate, projects and class discussions, students will analyze problems, evaluate choices and make life-affirming decisions.

Visit the website
a great resource for physical education information!


Do you need extra help with your class assignments or homework?
Do you need to make up time due to absences?
If you answered yes, then the After School Program is for you!

The After School Program meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:05pm until 3:00pm.
Hope to see you there!

English Ms. Petro (Room 221)

Math Mr. Yarkosky (Room 204)

Social Studies Ms. Kellogg (Library)

Science Ms. Pagano (Room 300)

Learning Strategies/Support Ms. Piccoli (108) & Mr. Davol (111A)


MCAS Test Info



The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all students to pass the English Language Arts and Math exams and meet all local graduation requirements in order to receive a high school diploma.

Beginning with the Class of 2010, student will also be required to pass a Science/Technology MCAS in order to receive a high school diploma. Students take these exams for the first time at the end of the freshman year and during their sophomore year. To assist students in preparing for these exams, Keefe Tech offers many MCAS preparation programs, tutoring, and MCAS review days.

It is important to note that students who have not passed the MCAS may be rescheduled from their electives courses and assigned to MCAS tutoring.

For a full listing of upcoming MCAS dates, please click HERE