AV Roundup: Reality check, renovation progress, and more

Above:  Assabet sophomores got a “reality check” on out what living on the salary of their desired jobs would be like, unexpected setbacks and all. (photo provided)

We have fewer students in town attending Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School than Algonquin Regional High School. But the PR machine at AV makes finding out what’s happening there a lot easier!

So here is more news about the school. Most are from the school itself, but one story comes from local media coverage….

Progress made on Assabet renovation project – from The Metrowest Daily News:
After nearly 10 months of work, the renovation project at the more than 40-year-old Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is on schedule to be completed in August of 2015.

Since the school’s seven member towns – Hudson, Marlborough, Southborough, Northborough, Westborough, Berlin and Maynard – approved funding a portion of the $62.4 million renovation project in 2012, construction crews have installed a new gas-fired boiler room and completed about 40 percent of the work to reconstruct the school’s aging and failing roof, said Superintendent Patrick Collins. (read more)

Assabet Student Becomes State Vehicle Inspector – from AV:
At just 18 years old, Nick Manning is one of the youngest State Vehicle Inspectors in Massachusetts, if not the youngest, and definitely the first Assabet Valley student to get the license while still a senior. (read more)

Hour of Code – from AV:
The week of December 9-13 was designated to be the annual Computer Science Education Week, and a non-profit group called Code.org launched a massive campaign to spread computer programming to one million school students. . .

At Assabet Valley, Alexia Forhan, a biology instructor, chose to sign up and let her students try the Hour of Code. “Students got a taste for programming with Hour of code by participating in an activity that combines science with technology called Disease Epidemic! (read more)

Assabet Valley Sophomores Get Reality Check – from AV:
Learning to stretch a paycheck to cover all of life’s essentials and some occasional discretionary spending is a feat that often baffles adults, but the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School recently held a Reality Check event to give their sophomores a running start. Sponsored by the Marlborough Rotary, Patriot Ambulance, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and the school, students had a chance to pick a career, get a monthly “paycheck” and then visit booths staffed by community volunteers in various categories representing typical life expenses. Spinning the wheel of fortune/misfortune was quite a hit, even though luck could go both ways, resulting in both financial gain and loss. (read more)

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