The Leadership through Service program creates a school culture where the collective positive energy of staff and students is channeled to empower our students, enhance school climate and strengthen the bonds between our school and the communities we serve. The school culture created would value respect, civic responsibility, character development and lifelong learning.
The vision is to promote youthful energy and leadership to impact communities through service. Our mission is to give ownership of the school improvement process to the students by developing a coalition of students who will:
Promote good citizenship and civic engagement
Inspire participation in school-community opportunities
Lead the school in service
Leave a legacy of pride in our school
Advise on school policy
Represent the school in the community
Business Professionals Of America
Business Professionals of America is the premier CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, finance, office administration, health career administration and other related career fields.
Keefe Technical School BPA Chapter is one of 1800 Chapters across 25 States and Puerto Rico, BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.
As a co-curricular activity, Business Professionals of America has the ability to enhance student participation in professional, civic, service and social endeavors. Business Professionals of America members participate in these activities to accomplish its goals of self-improvement, leadership development, professionalism, community service, career development, public relations, student cooperation and safety and health.
A major program of Business Professionals of America is the Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP). The WSAP prepares students to succeed and assesses real world business skills and problem solving abilities in finance, management, IT and computer applications. It is BPA's showcase program and facilitates students demonstrating their career skills at regional, state and national conferences in more than 90 competitive events.
Some of BPA's other major programs include the National Leadership Academy, Officer Elections and scholarships. The Torch Awards Program and BPA Cares Program recognize students and chapters, respectively, for their leadership and service to their chapter and community.
The Mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of global professionals through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.
The Vision Statement of Business Professionals of America is: To be an innovator in Career and Technical Education, providing our members with opportunities for growth through education, competition, community service, and personal development.
National Honor Society
National Honor Society is the leader among educational organizations and societies that promotes recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Membership in National Honor Society is a privilege. The Honor society member exhibits excellence in academics and leadership, honorable and admirable character, and demonstrates a commitment to service – all of which indicate that the member is willing to use personal talents and skills for the improvement of both self and society.
The NHS chapter at J.P. Keefe Technical School is a student run organization that elects an executive board consisting of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. The NHS chapter at J.P. Keefe Technical School meets once a month to discuss plans for activities, and service that involve the chapter. The NHS students at Keefe Technical School are required to ten hours of personal service and ten hours of Chapter service which involves the schools recycling program. Our NHS chapter is responsible for the school wide recycling program. The induction ceremony is held in the spring when sophomores and juniors are welcomed into the NHS chapter.
Students elected to their class councils and students interesting in getting involved work to plan school wide activities and community service activities. Yearly activities include the Food Drive, Spirit Week, Pep Rally, Advocates Holiday Party, and the annual Top Shop Competition. Members may also attend the annual state leadership conference, the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, and the Walk for Hunger.
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) is a professional organization for chefs and cooks. Founded in 1929, ACF promotes the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels. ACF is the largest professional chef’s organization in North America. ACF offers culinary competitions, certification, national apprenticeship programs, regional and national event magazines and much more to help foster the growth of professional chefs and the foodservice industry.
The ACF secondary and post secondary programs offer free certification for students for one year after graduation from a postsecondary program. Students are also offered a complimentary subscription to Sizzle, ACFs quarterly magazine specifically for students pursuing a profession in culinary arts.
South Middlesex Scholars Program
A specialized program of study is now available at Keefe Tech for eligible full time high school students who would like the challenge of a more rigorous academic and technical experience. This enhanced program offers qualified students additional educational opportunities for community experiences and peer projects.
As a member of the South Middlesex Scholars Club, students go on educational field trips and taking several extra curricular classes. Monthly group activities focus on providing students with additional educational experiences in various arts and sciences, mathematics, history, leadership development and technology.
The Scholars Club provides our academically talented vocational students with additional educational experiences in a supportive community of teachers and peers. Students are required to be in good standing academically and in their vocational program, as well as participate in SkillsUSA and other career and technical competitions. Benefits to students who participate in this program include acceptance into their vocational program of choice and early work co-op opportunities.
GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
The Gay-Straight Alliance provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other and talk about issues. Our GSA is also a social group where we organize field trips to WAGLY (Out MetroWest)on Monday evenings to meet other organizations and students of GSA from other high schools. We attend other field trips such as Apple Picking, Witches Woods, GSA dances, movie night, roller blading and conferences to lessen the isolation that some of our students might otherwise experience.
We also organize a few fund-raisers throughout the year to buy and design t-shirts or "Hoodies" for the members. And finally, we attend the Pride Parade in June with members of the WAGLY organization. (It is a favorite for all!)
S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
The original mission of the SADD chapter was to help young people avoid the dangers of drinking and driving. Today, their mission has expanded to deal with underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.
School Newspaper (Keefe Tech Times)
The school newspaper offers students the opportunity to become directly involved in the world of print communications. The student staff write, edit, and publish the paper three times per year. Students learn the art of interviewing skills, newspaper writing, photography, and newspaper layout. Through their involvement students gain more of a mastery with interpersonal skills. Students also get to learn more about the students, staff, career and technical programs, and school events that make Keefe Tech a unique and dynamic school.
Literary Magazine (Crazy Horse)
The Keefe Tech Literary Magazine is assembled each spring prior to graduation. Students and faculty submit fiction and non-fiction works, as well as artwork and photographs.
Students engage in rigorous and often college credit bearing classes on top of their regular coursework. The courses are based on a Project Based Learning model and are mostly taught through labs and design projects. Students in the STEM Academy also engage in various competitions ranging from the Yale Physics Olympics to the Province College High School Programming Competition.
The Art Club consists of students who love art and cannot seem to get enough of it throughout the school day. Our club members enjoy an open studio where they can create works of art, experiment with different mediums, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow artists. The Art Club changes with the seasons, allowing for outdoor drawing and painting opportunities when the weather allows. So far this year we have had over 40 students participate. The club meets in the Design & Visual Communications shop after school on Tuesdays. Come join the fun!
The Keefe Tech Chess Club is designed to provide a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere, where students can socialize and share their interest and skills in the game of chess. The students are encouraged to play chess (or other board games) in a non-competitive setting. The club is open to all students regardless of their experience or playing ability.
The Keefe Regional Technical School Drama Club is open to all students, whether they want to act on stage or are interested in the technical or backstage aspects of drama production. Students will have the opportunity to make new friends, gain self-confidence and learn about the joys of theater, and feel more connected to the Keefe Tech community. No previous acting or theater is necessary to join. The club typically plans on one performance, usually held in February. The club typically runs from late October through February, and students gather twice per week.
Students engage in self driven, hands on projects using a wide range of technology. Come learn 3D printing, soldering, engineering design, and programming.
SkillsUSA is a national student organization whose purpose is reflected in its motto:
"Preparing for leadership in the world of work."
SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.
SkillsUSA students are recognized by labor and industry as students who:
• take pride in their work
• present themselves professionally
• are mindful that a job well done is its own reward
Keefe Tech’s Project Adventure is involved in various activities which happen in the great outdoors! A fishing club has been created within its membership. This group fishes in a number of different local ponds and lakes. Project Adventure also takes part in a few hikes throughout the course of the year. Various trails are explored in local state parks and conservation land. Also, a skiing and tubing trip is usually done in the middle of winter! New ideas and opportunities are always encouraged. Project Adventure’s mission is to simply get students into the great outdoors!
Future Farmers Of America (FFA)
The FFA is a student agricultural organization. This organization has over 500,000 active members in the United States and Puerto Rico. To be a member, students need to be enrolled in an agriculture course in high school. At Keefe Tech, that would mean students need to be in the Horticulture Program. As a member, students participate in leadership development activities, community service programs, career development events, and social activities. Essentially, students are encouraged to participate in these activities while they increase their knowledge in horticulture, agriculture, and overall self improvement!
National Technical Honor Society
The mission of the National Technical Honor Society is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.
J.P. Keefe Technical High School became a recognized National Technical Honor Society chapter in 2017. It is among 3,700 charter schools and colleges with more than 50,000 students enrolled in vocational and technical education each year.
To be inducted into The National Technical Honor Society, students are required to meet strict criteria and membership is by invitation only.
Have a current GPA of 3.5.
90% or above attendance record.
Complete a minimum of 1 out of 4 class terms in a career and technical field.
Submit one teacher recommendation using the NTHS Teacher recommendation form.
Demonstrate critical workplace values, honesty, technical skills, teamwork, loyalty, initiative, leadership and commitment to personal and professional excellence.
Once inducted, members are required to maintain the above criteria in addition to:
Participate in National Technical Honor Society events. Events are set by your school such as community service, fundraising, or service learning projects.
Attend monthly meetings. A schedule of dates will be given to all new members.
*Members can be dropped from the National Technical Honor Society if a GPA of 3.5 or higher is not maintained and attendance criteria are not met.
Member Benefits include
NTHS Scholarship Opportunities
Letters of Recommendation
Membership Recognition including a certificate of achievement, official NTHS diploma seal, membership pin, membership card, graduation tassel and window decal
Important career and professional recognition by education business and industry
Online career center access with resume tools and job connections
Recruitment opportunities to top US Colleges and Corporations
Member discounts for GEICO, STEM Premier and more.