The Drama Club meets through the fall and winter to rehearse and prepare for their annual Spring production each year. Students are offered a chance to work both onstage, and backstage as part of the production crew. Scenery, props and set decoration are designed and prepared with the help of the Visual Design program, and our student population always looks forward to seeing what the Drama Club has prepared for us!
The Art Club meets weekly, and allows any Keefe student to explore their creativity through painting, drawing, and sculpture. Our MACLAB is available for those who wish to expand their knowledge of computer based animation, drawing, design and layout. All students are welcome to participate in our "open studio" for artists!
The Chess club is designed to encourage chess play amongst students and staff at Keefe Tech. The Chess club teaches students about the challenging game of chess and strategies involved in the game. We meet twice a month in a very informal setting, where play is encouraged regardless of skill level.
The Keefe Tech newspaper is published by the senior-level Journalism elective class, but also accepts submissions from other student writers. Student writers research, write, edit and publish their own articles and may work with other students as co-writers. Working in cooperation with the Graphic Communications shop, students may also learn newspaper layout, and gain familiarity with page layout software.
The Keefe Tech Dance Club students cooperatively teach and learn new dance steps while creating a colorful dance show which is performed at the end of the dance season in May of each school year. The type of dance learned depends on the interest of the students.
Leadership Through Service
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
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
Business Professionals Of America
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.”
District, state, and national competitions are held to encourage students to prepare and to reward students that excel. The spring conference has typically been held in the Sheraton Framingham, and Keefe Tech has been one of two sites for computer-based competitions.
In 2011-2012, thirty-three students attended the three-day state conference. Thirteen of these students qualified to attend the national conference, held in April in Chicago.
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.
American Culinary Federation (ACF)
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 shop, as well as participate in SkillsUSA and other career and technical competitions. Benefits to students who participate in this program include acceptance into their shop of choice and early work co-op opportunities.
GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
The goal of this organization is intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We participate in national campaigns to raise awareness, such as the Day of Silence, National Coming Out Day, No Name Calling Week, as well as locally organized Campaigns such as WAGLY and PFLAG.
Our club enjoys working together keeping an up-dated bulletin board of events, pictures of activities attended and sponsored near the school cafeteria. We have also attended GSA conferences, gone apple picking, rollerblading, visited Witches’ Woods and The Hebert Candy Mansion.
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.
Class of 2016
The Class of 2016 advisors are Linda Paul and Evelyn Medina. We've begun planning activities for the upcoming winter and spring.
Please check back with us soon for more info!
Class of 2015
The Class of 2015 advisors are Andrea Fischella and Dan Murphy. Please check back with us soon for a class update!
Class of 2014
The Class of 2014 advisors are Alea Thompson and Melanie LoBue. They work with the class officers and other members of the sophomore class to fundraise, participate in community service events, and represent the class at school events. Past events include car washes, bake sales, volunteering at community dances, and other fundraisers. Future events will include planning for prom in junior year and graduation in senior year.
Class of 2013
Advisors Jaime Brown and Sarah O'Neil and their officers are very busy planning this years senior activities! They are looking forward to a great senior year, and hope to see every Keefe Senior participate!
The Literary Magazine is intended to be an outlet for the creative writing of all students and staff. The magazine will publish student and staff writings once or twice a year. Students are in charge of putting together the magazine contents, layout and design. A faculty advisor assists with the logistics of printing and distributing each issue of the magazine.