December 2020: Looking Ahead to 2021
Dear Minuteman High School Community,
As a life-changing 2020 comes to a close, I have never been more proud of our students, faculty, and staff, who have risen to the occasion in ways we had previously never imagined.
As we look ahead to 2021, Minuteman remains focused on how to expand opportunities for students during and after the pandemic – from career technical education (CTE) to athletics and extra-curricular activities.
In the short term, we are examining how to safely bring more students back into the building for in-person learning, potentially in January. Attending school in person is crucial from both educational and social-emotional standpoints, especially at a hands-on CTE school like ours. We anticipate holding a virtual town hall discussion with parents soon and encourage your feedback.
Despite the terrible increase in COVID-19 cases statewide and nationally, a recent Brown University study shows the spread of COVID-19 within schools is extremely low. This is due to mitigation measures in place at nearly all schools, including Minuteman, which includes wearing masks and staying home if you are sick. When combined with mitigation efforts, in-person learning is now supported by top public health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Growing Enrollment and New Programs
More students are choosing Minuteman from our member towns than ever before. About 82% of our applicants as of December 1 live in one of our nine member towns, which is a 16% increase over the same time last year and reflective of a years-long trend.
As word is getting out that Minuteman is a top choice for students who excel at hands-on learning and crave a high school experience, complete with sports and activities, we are expanding programming to meet the needs of the 21st century. Our award-winning, state-of-the-art building, which opened in 2019, will house a new Animal Science career major beginning next school year. This is a great opportunity for future vet technicians, veterinarians and students who enjoy science and caring for animals. We are also expanding our Engineering and Production Pathway to accommodate the growing logistics industry to include new technology. With a massive rise in the automated warehousing in creating responsive supply chains, the demand for a highly trained and skilled workforce is increasing dramatically.
Visit minuteman.org/admissions for more information.
We recently announced the construction of three new athletic fields on the Minuteman campus with an anticipated completion date of October 2021. The three synthetic turf fields will support football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, cross country, baseball, softball, and boys’ lacrosse, with a potential for future girls’ lacrosse and girls’ field hockey, as well as expanded track and field programs. The district is in the final stages of seeking approval from our member towns to ensure all three fields are lighted, providing additional hours of use and enjoyment by Minuteman, our member towns and other sports groups.
Minuteman has had a long-standing commitment to accessible athletics programming with a “no cut, no fee” policy. Sports are a crucial component of the high school experience for many students. Athletes learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and the value of physical fitness. Having state of the art athletic fields for our students and our member towns gives us all something to look forward to in 2021 and many years to come.
As we look back on a year that changed all of our lives, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the students and teachers who have done an amazing job staying engaged and shifting to the realities of our world. From our Culinary Arts and Hospitality students who are making hundreds of meals a month for people in need, to teachers shifting lessons outdoors, to a student spreading acts of kindness through art, we are persevering for the times in which we are living. Thank you all.
Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
Minuteman High School