Latest Events & Happenings

Summer Series

Fishing Workshop

Instructor: Janet Messineo

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Lao Tzu

Get started fishing the Vineyard! Receive expert instruction with 40 years of experience fishing the shores of the Island. You don’t need a boat to catch fish. You can enjoy a sunrise or sunset and a walk on a beach, put food on the table or catch and release. Learn to: 1) Tie a Knot; 2) Read a tide chart; 3) Understand the importance of wind direction; 4) How to choose the right lure for each species; 5) How to cast and retrieve; 6) Basic rod and reel care. I supply all the gear and recommend what you need to get started on your own. All materials included. Class limited to 4 students.

1 Tuesday
July 11th 6:00am – 9:00am
Location: Secret fishing spot TBD

Fee: $80

 Growing Food on MV

Instructor: Keith Wilda

Learn on site how hydroponics and advanced agriculture are both being used to grow local food for our schools and community.

1 Tuesday, 9:30- 11am
July 18
Location: Island Grown Initiative, Thimble Farm
Fee: $35

Starfish and the Number 5

Instructor: Fred Hotchkiss

Starfish are noble, beautiful, and mysterious marine creatures. This presentation will focus on the nature of living starfish; present facts and ideas about the number of arms in starfish; and provide dried specimens to handle, examine, and discuss.

1 Tuesday, 6:30-8pm
July 25  
Location: MVRHS 501
Fee: $35

Writing Island Histories

Lecturer: Thomas Dresser

Enjoy an overview of the history of Martha’s Vineyard, from its ancient geological formation through the Native American heritage that survives today, to the settlement by white men in the 17th century. The story of the Vineyard today can be traced from the activities of our forebears. Touching on economic strategies, historical anomalies and social customs, the story of the Vineyard forms a unique block in the American quilt.

1 Tuesday 6:30- 8pm
August 1
Location: TBD

Fee: $35

From Ancient Greece to (Ancient) Martha’s Vineyard: On the Nature of Sacred Sites

Lecturer: Jon Scott

This talk, illustrated with slides, will document a kind of pilgrimage my wife and I have taken over the years to find the sacred character of sites in ancient Greece, megalithic Britain, “Celtic” Vermont, and the solar sites of Martha’s Vineyard.  There is much we do not know, or cannot be certain of, but my hope is that this presentation may lead us to see our own Island and its “forgotten” past in a new light.

1 Monday 7- 8pm
June 26
Location: West Tisbury Library McCullough Room

Fee: Free (limited capacity, please sign up to ensure a seat!)

Fitchburg State University

Educational Research

Instructor: Linda Hirsch

This online course is for ACE MV students who are enrolled in our Masters in Education program in partnership with Fitchburg State University.

9 weeks:  May 30- July 28 
Location: ONLINE
Fee: $1007

By submitting a payment through this site you agree to ACE MV’s TERMS OF REGISTRATION.

Art of Medical Interpretation

Instructor: Cross Cultural Communication Systems, Inc.

Per the Department of Labor statistics, “employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.” Interpreters are in great demand nationwide. Use you bilingual skills, build interpreting skills and use networking opportunities to enhance your professional goals. Earn a Art of Medical Interpretation 60-hour Certificate of Accomplishment through this 8 week course. You must be fluent in both English and Portuguese and Spanish. *All students must pass a language screening least on September 23 to enroll in the program.

9 Saturdays and 9 Sundays 10-4pm
October 14- December 9 (Language Screening is September 23, 10am-6pm)
Fee: $650 (installment payments available)
Location: MVRHS 501

Language Screening

One Saturday 10-6pm (Each screening is approximately 1 hour)
September 23
Fee: $55 (non-refundable)
Location: MVRHS Cafeteria
Please call (781) 729-3736 or
email: to sign up!

Intro to Microsoft Office Suite on a PC Computer

Instructor: Erika Berg

This course is designed for students who have little to no experience with Microsoft Office on a PC. Learn how to use Microsoft Office, version 2013, including, Powerpoint, Word and Excel. Also handy as a refresher for those who would like to expand their current understanding.

5 Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm
May 3, 17, 24, 31 / June 14
Fee: $139

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ServSafe Food Handling Certification

Instructor: Alice Robinson

Get certified to serve food! This one day workshop is convenient for those with busy schedules. Successful completion of this course and exam meets state and local requirements for a Person in Charge (PIC) of a food service establishment. Textbook, exam, anti-choking training, integrated FDA and State Food Codes and employee training materials are included. For more information on taking the exam online and where to pick up materials, please call the office (508) 693-9222. Please pick books up by May 6th.

1 Saturday, 8:30am-5pm
May 20th
Exam: Saturday, May 20th, 4pm
Tisbury School Home Economics

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Food Safety Sanitation Mini-Course

Instructor: Alice Robinson

This course is designed for anyone serving non-hazardous food in places such as bed and breakfasts, street fairs and farmer’s markets.

1 Wednesday 4-7pm
May 24
MVRHS Library
$60 (includes materials)

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CEU Workshop for Licensed Contractors

Instructor: Michael A. Giampietro, C.B.O.

A local CEU opportunity for local builders. This two day, 12 hour CEU workshop will cover:

Day One:

  1. The 2015 international residential code with upcoming MA amendments
  2. The 2015 International energy code with current MA amendments
  3. Business (Home Improvement Contractor Program) and Workman’s Comp
Day Two:
  1. International Building Code and the International Existing Building Code 
  2. Massachusetts Zoning Act and What is OSHA
1 Saturday
June 10 8am-5pm
1 Sunday
June 11 9am- 2pm

$235 (10% off for MV Builders Association members)

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Fertilizer Applicator Certification Workshop

Instructor: Umass, Amherst Turf Program, Island Boards of Health

Local fertilizer regulations are in effect as of January 15, 2015. Get certified! This course will allow you to become certified to handle and use fertilizer in each town per new local regulations. Learn about the new regulations for professional development or personal enrichment. Ideal for island farmers, landscapers, gardeners, turf management businesses and interested homeowners.

1 Saturday, 9am-3pm

April 15
MVRHS Library/ Fee: $35 for Personal Enrichment, $85 for Certification
Exam: Saturday, April 15 or at a later scheduled date

By submitting a payment through this site you agree to ACE MV’s TERMS OF REGISTRATION.

Pesticide Licensure And CEU Workshop

Instructor: Gabrielle Sakolsky, Entomologist

For non-licensed seeking licensure:

This 4-hour workshop will prepare you to sit for the Pesticide Applicator (CORE) and Dealer Licensure Test. Class includes a free bus trip from Woods Hole to Bourne to sit for the exam on the morning of April 18th. Participants who are interested in sitting for the exam must register before April 11th, 2017 with the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The exam will be held at 9:00am on Tuesday, April 18th at Upper Cape Tech Regional School in Bourne. A shuttle will be provided at Woods Hole to take students to the exam. Students will need to purchase the book “New Core Manual (3rd Ed.) w/MA Core Supplement(2014)”.

 1 Saturday 8am-12pm
April 8
Tisbury Emergency Services Training Room


Continued Education for Licensed Pesticide Applicators (2 CEUs)

Licensed pesticide applicators earn 2 CEUs for this workshop. Topics include integrated pest management (IPM) and how to read a pesticide label and data safety sheet.

 1 Saturday 10am-12pm
April 8
Tisbury Emergency Services Training Room

By submitting a payment through this site you agree to ACE MV’s TERMS OF REGISTRATION.

Fitchburg State University Graduate Credit

Topics: Teaching Writing through Student Feedback and Assessment
Instructor: Margaret Regan

Student writing is a critical thinking tool for higher-order thinking. With the advent of technology and media, student writing must be assigned during school hours as well as outside of class. Coaching student writers requires debunking the myth that good writers simply sit down and write. Through a thorough examination of the writing process, the development of student writing portfolios, and the rehearsal of best practices in writing assessment, teachers will learn to incorporate writing and feedback strategies for writers. Evidence-based writing, research-based writing, trusted search engines for student use, and proper attribution and annotation of sources grades will be emphasized.

11 weeks: March 7- May 23
Tuesdays, 4:00-7:15pm
Location: MVRHS Library Conference Room
Fee: $699 / Includes Class Materials

By submitting a payment through this site you agree to ACE MV’s TERMS OF REGISTRATION.

Using Apple iWork and iCloud Drive for Mac and PC

Instructor: Teresa Kruszewski

Apple’s iWork software which includes Pages, Numbers and Keynote gives users more ways to do stunning work. Apple computer owners using PC’s for school or business will learn how iWork is compatible with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Get an introduction to iCloud drive and be able to gain access to files from anywhere and have “real-time” collaboration on your projects. Learn tips for using Finder, keyboard shortcuts and preferences for each application. Course most suitable for Mac users.

5 Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm
March 14, 21, 28, / April 4, 11

 By submitting a payment through this site you agree to ACE MV’s TERMS OF REGISTRATION.

Manage Your Privacy on IPhone

Instructor: Teresa Kruszewski

Apple’s IPhone gives its users multiply ways to customize each device and manage the privacy and security settings of each. This workshop will review the tools Apple provides to manage your privacy including pass codes, touch ID, “Find your Phone” with ICloud, Apple ID passwords & settings with two-step verification and how to manage & restrict family devices. We will review the importance of the Apple ID and how it plays an integral part in everything you do with Apple.

1 Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm
March 29
MVRHS room 401 (Writing Lab)