Directors Acknowledgments - August, 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians of RTCC Students:
First and foremost, on behalf of the entire RTCC faculty and staff, welcome to RTCC. We start the year with more than 150 students coming to us from over seven "sending" high schools. We have spent the summer preparing our school and individual programs to offer the sharing communities nothing short of an excellent technical education program – and we'll always continue to work on improving our school! I know I speak for everyone here when I say we are looking forward to meeting our new students, welcoming back returning students and parents/guardians, families. As always, the summer has brought some changes:
Staffing and current events
RTCC would like to welcome:
Kevin O'Connell, who officially joins RTCC as the Advanced Manufacturing Teacher. Mr. O'Connell worked at RTCC last year developing the Manufacturing program, supporting other programs, and working with students and staff on a variety of projects. Kevin has over 30 years of industry experience, over five years of teaching experience at the New Hampshire Job Corps, and a great passion for education. We are very excited to have him back and the Advanced Manufacturing program up and running.
Tammi Beattie – “I am a longtime Vermonter who grew up in Rochester, Vermont and graduated from Middlebury Union High School. I received a degree in Education with a focus on Mathematics as well as a degree in Geology from Castleton State College. After having taught at Williamstown High School and Rochester High School, I was most recently the Mathematics and Science teacher in the Learning Lab at Middlebury Union High School for seven years. I live in Granville, Vermont with my two children, both of whom have graduated high school. My son has joined the U.S. Air Force and is a Metals Technician, and my daughter has joined the U.S. Navy and will be studying Nuclear Propulsion. Needless to say, I am very proud of them. I am excited to take on this new role at Randolph Technical Career Center.”
Howard Boutwell who will be our Mechanical Core Aid, joins us from many years of working for Agency of Transportation. He has experience in electrical applications, automotive engines, metal fabrication, welding skills, heavy equipment operation, and is a graduate of the Randolph Vocational Center. We are excited to have someone of his skills join our team.
Linda Boutwell joins RTCC after serving as our Secretary from last February to June, and we are very excited to have her back. Linda has a tremendous amount of experience, has worked for both Randolph Union High School and RTCC, and will be the voice on our phones.
Maggie Jarvis will be our Culinary Arts aid. Maggie joins us after a half year of service at RUHS as a paraprofessional. She will be assisting Chef O'Malley in the kitchen and classroom supporting students with their technical and academic needs. We are excited to have Maggie's energy and positive outlook for our classrooms. We are excited to have all five staff members join us, and we look forward to their energy, dedication to students, and technical skills they will bring to our center.
All other faculty and staff will be returning having spent the summer planning for the upcoming year and charging their batteries for another busy year.
Maintenance Co-Directors Wes Gibbs & Bob Worley and their staff have completed an enormous amount of maintenance upgrades and cleaning that has once again made our school shine as well as operate more efficiently and effectively.
Damon Jillson, Automotive Technology instructor, has made sure all our vans and pickup trucks are well maintained ready for the job of transporting our students to the many community and field sites we access as integral parts of our programs.
RTCC, like many schools across the state, is updating security systems and action plans in case of a crisis. We are in the process of installing electronic locks on doors, installing a buzzer system and camera in the entrance, and RTCC will be training staff and students in the ALICE system of response. We ask for your patience as we adjust to our new systems to provide the safest environment possible while maintaining a positive community presence.
Parents & Families - Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year RTCC wants to bring together a parent/guardian organization yet to be named, but something like a PTO. The objectives:
- Fundraising for program needs, activities, student needs (food & clothing).
- Fundraising for scholarships.
- RTCC would have a once-a-month parent activity night to promote programs, offer job opportunities or trainings, career and college planning nights, technical project nights, and empower families with the knowledge of opportunities provided for students to have the best possible options after graduation.
- Volunteer opportunities for Open House, National Technical Honor Society Induction, Recognition Night - having families involved would make for a stronger community
- Take over Food for Thought, RTCC's commitment to decrease food insecurity. The last Friday of every month, students go home with a small bag of groceries. This program requires fundraising, purchasing, delivery, and packaging. The group would need a name, mission and vision crafted.
The group will need a group chair or leader, secretary, treasurer if fundraising, and outreach for communication.The group would not drive curriculum or policy issues; this is independent of the RTCC Board. Our first meeting date is September 25 at 6:00 PM, in the RTCC College Career Lab.
If you are interested and or have questions, please email Jason Gingold (Director) email@example.com
Attire - Students need to be dressed appropriately for their program. In a shop, kitchen or mechanical program there are no open-toed shoes. Clothing should be worn to keep a student safe. Students need to wear clothing without inappropriate language, pictures of weapons, alcoholic beverages, or extreme rips & tears. In a program that is classroom-based, clothing should be semi-professional. RTCC wants students to model professional attitudes, attire, and be ready for the workforce.
Parking - We have limited parking spaces, and they are reserved for students who are on Co-op and work right after school. Your student is encouraged to take the bus provided by their sending school. Students who park without permits will be asked to move their vehicle and may face discipline. As a reminder, RUHS students are required to park at Randolph Union Student lot. When driving while in the parking lot and leaving school property, it is vital students do not rev their engines, tap bumpers, or peel out - doing so will cause a student to lose driving privileges. We ask that students have no inappropriate stickers on their vehicles. RTCC is across the street from Randolph Elementary School, and we want the younger students to feel safe, students must obey the 25 mph speed limit. Please see the Student Handbook on our website for more information.
Driving other students - We take your student's safety seriously and ask that students do not drive other students without the written permission of a parent/guardian/immediate family member. Please complete the "Permission to Drive Form" when we send it home.
Keys to Success at Randolph Technical Career Center:
Attendance - It is vital for students to attend RTCC every day. We understand when a student is sick or may be late because of an appointment, but otherwise, students need to be here with us all day. If a student is absent for 5 days (in a quarter), we are required to send a letter home and will ask for a follow-up meeting. Please review our updated attendance policy in the handbook. If you have questions about attendance, please refer to the Student Handbook on our website or call the office at 802-728-9595.
Lunch Time - We are not an open campus, and students are required to be in the cafeteria during lunch, regardless of age and adult status. Students can purchase lunch here or bring lunch but are not allowed to leave to purchase a meal. On our website, under the OSSD Website, click on Nutritional Information, click, and on the left side documents you can purchase meals through the "My School Bucks" online, just like your home schools and see the monthly menus.
All students will be required to complete a Technical Portfolio Project and will receive information in September. RTCC is moving to a digital portfolio project using Protean as our host site. Students will work with their program teachers, Work Based Learning Coordinator, and in our College Career Lab to complete their assignments. Open House will be on May 9th, 2019- come see our student work on display.
Who to Contact at RTCC when you have a question?
Questions around attendance, permission to leave early, day to day scheduling, PowerSchool passwords, please contact Linda or Kelly in the office at 802-728-9595
Questions about college planning, VSAC, financial aid, SAT, PSAT, Accuplacer, dual enrollment, online learning, transcripts, credits, schedules, and social behavior, please contact Jennefer Jolls Guidance Coordinator at 802-728-9595 X 405
Questions about Work Based Learning and co-op, scholarships, personal inventory assessments like ASVAB, and career planning, please contact Jason Finley at 802-728-9595 X 444
Questions about Students who are on service plans and or academic or program support would be directed to Michael Abadi at 802-728-9595 X 424
Questions about daily life, schedule, grades, and classroom-based information would be directed to the program teacher. Please start with them for direct information about your student.
Questions about any of the above, or something different, please contact Jason Gingold, Director at 802-728-9595 X 403
Jason Gingold, Director