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Friday, December 22, 2017

Aggie Weekly-December 22nd

Aggie Weekly
Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:
This week our students and teachers worked hard in the classroom as they prepared for holiday break next week. They worked right up to the last minute today, so check out the “In the Classroom” segment to see how our students were engaged prior to break.  We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break. #BAPride

Next Phase for Seniors:  We are proud to share with you our seniors’ plans for their next steps in college and career exploration.  Based on the knowledge and skills,  learned during their 4 years at BA, we are excited to  publish acceptances into colleges, universities, military plans, and any career pathways cach week.  Please let Ms. Dias know in Student Services, so we can update our list weekly.  Thank you for your dedication to excellence and drive to maintain Bristol Aggie Excellence.  


Attention BA Alumni: Attention #BAAlumni! Please fill out this survey. This survey was created to gather information on Bristol Aggie graduates.  The purpose is to gain a better understanding of where BA Graduates are/were at 2 years, 6 years, and 10 years post graduation.  The data will help us understand career pathways chosen by our graduates.  The data will help us understand career pathways chosen by our graduates. #BAPRide

DIGHTON – The Bristol Aggie toy drive was so successful the students jammed the register at Walmart when they went out shopping because they had so many items.
“Three-quarters of the way through, the register had reached its item limit. The manager said he’d never seen that happen before,” said Beth Savage, science teacher and Student Council adviser at Bristol County Agricultural High School.
The Student Council organized the two-week annual holiday drive that ended on Friday with a record total raised of $6,557.66, Savage said.
Then on Monday, Dec. 18, after school Savage took a dozen students with her to Walmart on Route 44 in Raynham to purchase hundreds of toys for children who might otherwise go without a gift on Christmas morning. The gifts ranged from small items to bicycles for children of all ages.
They also purchased gift cards for fellow Aggie students whose families might not have the means to buy holiday gifts this year, Savage said.
Each of the seven vocational majors competed against each other to raise the most money, filling seven jars with coins. Dollar bills counted against you as negative points.
“So they could ‘sabotage’ each other by putting bills in another team’s jar to stoke the fires of competition,” Savage said.
And it sure worked.
The kids shattered their old record, set just last year, of $4,000 total raised, Savage said.
Tuesday morning was distribution day at the school.
Representatives from the Dighton Lions Club and PACE visited the school to pick up the toys to be given out to families in need for the holidays. PACE (People Acting in Community Endeavors) is a non-profit organization that assists lower income residents of the greater New Bedford area.
Savage said the Aggie students get a big kick out of holiday shopping for the toy drive.
They filled numerous carts at Walmart Monday afternoon and each item was picked with care, not just grabbed off the shelf.
“The kids have such a good time shopping for toys, thinking about what they would have liked when they were younger or things they think are cool now” if the gift is for an older child, Savage said.
Aggie is a close-knit community and that fosters a caring spirit in the students, Savage said.
“At Bristol Aggie there’s a consistent theme that it’s important to look after others,” she said.



In the Classroom:
  • Flori: Students in Ms. Pereira's class at WJSHS recently visited Mrs. Fornari's Bristol Aggie Floriculture class.  They worked with peers in cooperative groups to create holiday wreaths and plants using occupational and functional skills. Thank you to Mrs. Fornari and her class for another successful outing!
  • Animal Science: Ms. Gagne’s Large Animal sophomores went on a field trip, Wednesday to Ventura Grain in Taunton. The owner, George, (is on the far left in the blue coat). took the students on a guided tour of the facility, which was originally established in 1924, and explained the process of how feeds are made, from the raw materials being shipped in by rail or truck, all the way through the final product ready to be shipped to customers. He answered many questions, including how a ration is balanced and where the raw materials come from. This trip was certainly an eye-opener for all the students!

It’s always a fun time stopping by Animal Science
  • Science: Mr. Johnson put on a display for students before the Holiday break! Check out our Twitter for a video! It’s pretty amazing!
  • Physics: On Thursday, Mr. Surdi’s physics class tested out their landing gear.  Check out our Twitter to see the video.  
    • Science Egg Drop: Check out the progression for this egg drop activity.  No one does it like BA does it! Go BIG!
  • ELA: The Scarlet Letter projects: As part of a chapter 12  review on The Scarlet Letter in Mrs. Coderre’s Junior English class, Cameron Oliveira and Kayla Keith created an interactive game called “Pin the Scarlet Letter on Hester Prynne.”  Prizes were given for pinning the A on the target and accurately answering a question.  Each chapter group is responsible for close reading and analysis of text, a written summary and a class activity.
Holiday Photo Contest: On Tuesday, Small Animal Science Teacher Ms. Keating presented the winners to this year’s Holiday Photo Contest.  Thank you for all the submissions and congratulations to our top three finishers.  
  • First Place: Gillian Souto and her dogs Alfonzo and Weiner
  • Second Place: Lily Berube and her puppy Penny
  • Third Place: Logan Caruthers and his turtle Jeffery


Athletics and Activities:
  • Cross Country: On Tuesday during assembly, Athletic Director and PE Teacher Mr. Poloskey presented Coach Costa and captains Laura Biedak and Cameron Platt with the Mayflower league championship.  Congrats!
  • Boys Basketball:
      
Small Animal Science: Would like to remind everyone that the holiday season is one of the busiest for animal emergencies. The students put together a “cheat sheet” to point out some of the most common hazards you may see this holiday.Be safe with your pets and have a Happy Holiday.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 24-hour hotline: 888-426-4435


Holiday Break: December 23-January, 2, 2018
After Break: A Week
  • Monday, January 1- Happy New Year- NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, January 2
    • Board of Trustees Meeting- 7:00 pm (Keith Hall)
  • Wednesday, January 3  
    • Boys Basketball vs Sacred Heart-HOME
      • JV at 3:30
      • Varsity at 5:00
  • Thursday, January 4
    • Extends: 2:30-4:00 pm (Library)
    • Girls Basketball vs South Shore Christian Academy-HOME
      • JV at 3:30
      • Varsity at 5:00
  • Friday, January 5
    • Boys Basketball vs Rising Tide Charter-HOME
      • JV at 3:30
      • Varsity at 5:00



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