Assabet events: Back to School night, College application “Crash Course” and Financing talks, Craft Fair and Homecoming

Above: A Craft Fair and Homecoming games are among the events at AVRTHS this week. (images cropped from flyers)

It’s been too long since I’ve shared news about our other high school* – Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. There’s a lot going on at their campus this week. So, it’s a good time to catch up with them.

Tomorrow night (Thursday, September 28th) is the school’s Back to School Night for families. That runs from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. The event allows parents to experience their student(s) daily schedule, meet their teachers, and learn about class expectations.

During the event, the school is hosting a MEFA Financial Aid Night & College Application Crash Course for parents. The Crash Course is at 6:00 pm followed by the 6:30 pm Financing Seminar.

Assabet Craft Fair 2017 flyerThis Saturday, the public is invited to a Craft Fair from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Admission to the fair is free. There will be face painting, entertainment by the band and food concessions sold by culinary students. Exhibitors will sell jewelry, home decor, clothing, doll clothing, candles, hair accessories, pet accessories, woodcrafts, pottery, photography, goods from local farms and food vendors, and more.

Aztecs homecoming schedule 2017
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The annual fair is timed to be part of Homecoming weekend. That begins with the Friday Night Football game. The celebration continues on Saturday with a lineup of eight JV and varsity matches vs Blackstone Valley. (Click on the thumbnail right for the schedule.)

Some of those competitions are being held on new turf. A revamped grandstand track and field complex opened earlier this month:

Assabet track and fieldThe Assabet Valley Stadium Project is a large scale revamp of our current track, field, parking lot, and grandstands. We created a new turf field, putting down a brand new track over the current gravel one, rebuilt the grandstands to accommodate all community members, and reworked the parking lot into a safer, easier setup.

The school held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the athletic field on September 15th. Superintendent Ernest F. Houle told attendees:

AVTRHS Football Field and Track Ribbon Cutting ceremony (Contributed photo; 1st row - Mark Hollick, Ken Nicalek, Terry Riley, Susan Leeber, Ernie Houle, William Charbonneau, Danielle Gregoire, Peggy Ayers, Virginia Simms George, Ed Clancy, Kris Luoto; 2nd Row - Richard Tataronis, Jerry Pastner, Josh MacCreery, Gean Carlo, Rob McCann, Paul George, Russ Magsen, Jim Duggan, Arthur Vigeant, Pat O'Rourke, Gerald Gahagan, Bobby Corazzini,This project along with the dedication and resiliency of the administration and staff, are perfect examples of the great things that occur “in the Valley” everyday and should be noted as another milestone in Assabet’s rich history. We continually strive to provide our students and communities with the best education and top notch facilities and when both are combined they ensure a successful existence for years to come!

*Most public high school students residing in Southborough attend Algonquin, which is why I generally write about it as our town high school. But, each year about 15-20 residents attend AVTHS, the voc/tech school for our region. Technically, we do have access to one more regional public school – Norfolk County Agricultural High School. But over the past several years, we’ve only fluctuated between one student from town attending and none.

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