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Panel Discussion Serves as Kickoff for Bourne Public Schools' Annual Civics Action Project

BOURNE — Superintendent Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou, Middle School Principal Christine Borning and High School Principal Amy Cetner are pleased to announce that Bourne Public Schools hosted a discussion panel centered around the district's Civics Action Project.

The discussion panel was held at Bourne High School on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Civics Action Project is centered around physical, emotional, and social well-being. Eighth-grade Civics teachers Sharon Moore and Lisa DiBiasio, and 10th-grade History teacher Nora Center coordinated the event.

Panelists included State Rep. David Vieira, Barnstable Sheriff Donna Buckley, Alternative Peer Group and Positive Alternatives to School Suspension (PASS) representative Stephanie Briody, the founder of the 'Kindness Rocks Project' Megan Murphy, Bourne Substance Free Coalition member Beth Griffin, and Jeanne Morrison who represented a number of organizations including the League of Women Voters of Cape Code Area.

The group of panelists spoke to about 200 students from the eighth and 10th grades about their work, how to help people in their community, and how students can get involved. Topics included kindness and mindfulness, peer group programs, substance use disorders, affordable housing, and the importance of civic engagement. The panel served as a launch of this year's Civics Action Project.

“I would like to thank our panelists for taking the time to speak with our students about how to make an impact locally within the community,” said Superintendent Quinlan-Zhou. “The Civics Action Project is a great way for students to connect with meaningful issues and engage with the world around them, and the panel discussion showed what that kind of work looks like in the real world. I hope our students were able to take away the importance of local individuals making a difference within their community and how everyday people with an idea can create a worldwide movement. I am excited to see our students' projects and the hard work that will go into them in the spring."

The Civics Action Projects are student-driven and students will present their work in the spring during the Civics Action Fair this spring. The projects are meant to provide students with a deeper understanding of engagement with their community and making their voices heard -- as well as the importance of raising awareness about an issue that is important to them. The themes of the projects are implemented to assist students in refining their projects and gathering local resources.

During this introductory session, students were able to share ideas and ask questions to help decide what issues they are interested in researching further.

Superintendent Quinlan-Zhou would also like to acknowledge the hard work of the social studies teachers within Bourne Public Schools. Their commitment to excellence has helped make Bourne an "early adopter" of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Civics Action Projects.

“I want to thank our students and panelists for participating in this discussion centered around our Civics Action Project,” said Bourne High School Principal Cetner. “We covered a lot of topics and students were able to build a foundational knowledge of physical, emotional, and social wellbeing that they can now implement into their projects.”

"This was a very successful event and I am glad our students were able to speak with and learn from such a wonderful group of panelists who are doing incredible work in Bourne and on the Cape," said Middle School Principal Borning.

Afternoon conferences are scheduled on February 15 from 11:30 - 2:20 PM, and evening conferences are scheduled on February 16 from 4 - 7 PM. Virtual conferences provide the flexibility to balance multiple students’ schedules in one day/evening. These brief individual meetings are designed to build relationships and set the stage for continued collaboration among teachers and caregivers through the end of the school year. CLICK HERE to get detailed information and to register for individual meetings.

 

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Bourne High School Music Department Receives Donated Digital Piano

BOURNE — Superintendent Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou and Bourne High School Principal Amy Cetner, are pleased to announce the donation of a new digital piano to the high school’s Music Department. The piano was donated in memory of Bourne High School's former social studies teacher Robert A. Pacheco Jr., who died unexpectedly due to illness last year.

The school was gifted the piano, from Sandwich Piano Works, by Robert's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Barbara Pacheco. The piano boasts a plaque commemorating their son Robert who was a supporter of the school's music program. According to Bourne High School music teacher Lisa Fournier, this generous donation will be used during ensemble chorus performances and in daily chorus classes.

“Bob was an avid musician who supported students in music teacher Lisa Fournier's classes,” said Principal Amy Cetner. "Bob befriended many students and staff at the school when he worked as a special education support teacher and in many other roles, and later when he became a social studies teacher, which was his dream job. He also taught private piano lessons to students."

The piano was delivered to Bourne High School on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Robert and Barbara Pacheco were present for its delivery and were treated to a first song by Fournier.

Fournier and Pacheco Jr. were close friends who would often meet on Zoom during remote learning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to play dueling piano solos.

The digital piano will require less maintenance than one of the standard pianos used in school chorus performances. The school regularly hired a vendor to tune their standard piano before and after any performances, as well as after significant temperature fluctuations. The digital piano doesn’t need to be tuned.

“He loved playing the piano,” Fournier said. “The gift is such a tribute to his legacy. When I’m gone, his name will still be on it. It’s a tribute to him and who he was. When I look at it, I smile.”

 

Bourne High School Musicians Selected to Perform in Regional Music Festivals

BOURNE — Bourne High School was recently awarded a significant grant from the Baker-Polito Administration's Capital Skills Grant to bolster its Innovation Pathways programs and expand academic opportunities for students to excel in their future careers.

Bourne High School was awarded $150,000 as part of the latest round of funding, which was announced at an event at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School in Danvers on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The funding will allow the school to obtain equipment that will benefit its Business and Finance and Environmental and Life Sciences Innovation Pathways. With the use of the grant funds, Bourne High School will obtain four additional iMac computers for the graphics lab, a stock market ticker for the development of their new Finance Lab, and two virtual dissection tables.

The equipment will also benefit the high school's future Health Sciences Innovation Pathway.

As part of an initiative by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Innovation Pathways are designed to provide students with coursework and experience in specific high-demand industries.

"This grant will allow us to better prepare our students for their future professions by allowing them the opportunity to have hands-on experience with modern industry equipment and technology," Superintendent Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou said. "On behalf of Bourne Public Schools, I would like to express my gratitude towards the Baker-Polito Administration for this generous grant and their continued support of our students here in Bourne."

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito were at Essex Tech for the announcement by current and former members of the Workforce Skills Cabinet.

The programs receiving grants will make strategic investments during the next two years to grow their career technical education programs to provide more learning opportunities for both traditional high school students and adult learners. Over the next five years, these grant awards will directly impact approximately 10,000 students across 38 programs.

Since 2015, 538 Skills Capital Grants totaling more than $200 million have been awarded to schools and educational institutions across the Commonwealth, with many organizations receiving multiple grants over the years. This is now the third Capital Skills Grant awarded to the district, with the first two being $75,000 each. The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions, like Bourne Public Schools, that demonstrate partnerships with local businesses, as well as align curriculum and credentials with industry demand to maximize hiring opportunities.

“We put $200 million to work, and it has truly been a transformational partnership with the educational institutions, and it is something we are enormously proud of,” Gov. Baker said.

“To have this experiential learning, to not just read about it, study about it, take a test, but to get up in the trees, to nail those nails into the wood, it’s transformational and eye-opening,” said Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development.

The Skills Capital Grants are awarded by Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which was created in 2015 to bring together the Secretariats of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, and Housing and Economic Development to align education, economic development, and workforce policies to strategize around how to meet employers’ demand for skilled workers in every region of the Commonwealth.

For more information on the Skills Capital Grant program, click here.
 


BOURNE — Bourne High School was recently awarded a significant grant from the Baker-Polito Administration's Capital Skills Grant to bolster its Innovation Pathways programs and expand academic opportunities for students to excel in their future careers.

Bourne High School was awarded $150,000 as part of the latest round of funding, which was announced at an event at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School in Danvers on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The funding will allow the school to obtain equipment that will benefit its Business and Finance and Environmental and Life Sciences Innovation Pathways. With the use of the grant funds, Bourne High School will obtain four additional iMac computers for the graphics lab, a stock market ticketer for the development of their new Finance Lab, and two virtual dissection tables.

The equipment will also benefit the high school's future Health Sciences Innovation Pathway.

As part of an initiative by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Innovation Pathways are designed to provide students with coursework and experience in specific high-demand industries.

"This grant will allow us to better prepare our students for their future professions by allowing them the opportunity to have hands-on experience with modern industry equipment and technology," Superintendent Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou said. "On behalf of Bourne Public Schools, I would like to express my gratitude towards the Baker-Polito Administration for this generous grant and their continued support of our students here in Bourne."

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito were at Essex Tech for the announcement by current and former members of the Workforce Skills Cabinet.

The programs receiving grants will make strategic investments during the next two years to grow their career technical education programs to provide more learning opportunities for both traditional high school students and adult learners. Over the next five years, these grant awards will directly impact approximately 10,000 students across 38 programs.

Since 2015, 538 Skills Capital Grants totaling more than $200 million have been awarded to schools and educational institutions across the Commonwealth, with many organizations receiving multiple grants over the years. This is now the third Capital Skills Grant awarded to the district, with the first two being $75,000 each. The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions, like Bourne Public Schools, that demonstrate partnerships with local businesses, as well as align curriculum and credentials with industry demand to maximize hiring opportunities.

“We put $200 million to work, and it has truly been a transformational partnership with the educational institutions, and it is something we are enormously proud of,” Gov. Baker said.

“To have this experiential learning, to not just read about it, study about it, take a test, but to get up in the trees, to nail those nails into the wood, it’s transformational and eye-opening,” said Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development.

The Skills Capital Grants are awarded by Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which was created in 2015 to bring together the Secretariats of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, and Housing and Economic Development to align education, economic development, and workforce policies to strategize around how to meet employers’ demand for skilled workers in every region of the Commonwealth.

For more information on the Skills Capital Grant program, click here.