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Wednesday, February 28, 2018


  •  There are Late buses today
  •  Congratulations to the girls basketball team who defeated Cape Cod Academy by a score of 50 to 40 last night.   This was the first tournament win since 2001. The team travels to West Bridgewater on Thursday.
  • The Blood Drive is today If you would like to donate. Permission slips are required for all students and can be found in the office or online. Bristol FFA hopes to see you there.
  • Tomorrows Lunch: Sub Your Way, Turkey, Ham Tuna or Egg Salad, Shredded Lettuce, Tomato & Cheese, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sturdy Essay Contest





  •  There are no after school  buses today.
  • The Girls basketball team has an  MIAA Tournament home game today @ 5:00 pm.  Come and cheer on the Lady Chieftains!
  • The Blood Drive tomorrow Wednesday the 28th. If you would like to donate please schedule your appointment online. Permission slips are required for all students and can be found in the office or online. Bristol FFA hopes to see you there.
  • Tomorrows Lunch: Egg Salad Sandwich, Pasta Bar w/ assorted sauces or Plain Pasta, Steamed Broccoli, Fresh Garden salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Math Problem of the Week


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Daily Announcements


  • The Girls basketball team has an MIAA Tournament home game on Tuesday @ 5:00 pm.  Come and cheer on the Lady Chieftains!
  • There will only be late buses on Wednesdays until Spring sports resumes on Monday, March 19th.   
  • The Blood Drive is this week on Wednesday the 28th. If you would like to donate please schedule your appointment online. Permission slips are required for all students and can be found in the office or online. Bristol FFA hopes to see you there.
  • Tomorrow Lunch is: "Build a Better Burger" ,Mediterranean Wrap Lettuce, tomato & cheese, Also Egg Salad Sandwich compliments of the Bristol Aggie Chickens, Potato Wedges, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits
  • Click 2017-2018 Athletics to see Mr. Caswell's photos from Soccer and Wrestling.  THANK YOU Mr. Caswell! 



Friday, February 16, 2018

Aggie Weekly-February 16th


Aggie Weekly
Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:
This week we prepared for February break, which will give us the respite needed for the long stretch until April vacation, which is eight weeks away.  Then it will be the home stretch!

School Safety: As part of Bristol County Agricultural High School’s safety protocols, BCAHS administration initiated a “Stay in Place” on Wednesday at 12:50 in order for the teachers to walk the students through an ALICE protocol soft drill.  During this drill, students and teachers discussed options during emergencies at Bristol Aggie.  The drill concluded at 1:33 and we are collecting feedback from students and staff from today’s drill.  We appreciate everyone's patience and dedication to safety.
Coincidentally shortly after this drill, we learned of the horrific attack that took place in Parkland, FL at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  This inexplicable violence in schools is happening at an alarming frequency across our nation.  These acts of violence in schools are extremely unsettling.  
We are continually assessing and evaluating our safety plan and we will continue to talk as a team on ways to work together to be proactive in keeping students, staff, and all members of our community safe from an intruder.  ALICE empowers us to handle situations with intruders and we will be continuing to reinforce this training and the different scenarios that arise with our school community.
Continued vigilance by alerting the office when you see suspicious activity in person, or online, and keeping us informed of your ideas to improve school safety are appreciated.  Should anyone need any support please let the administration and/or guidance staff know.  

Black History Month: Below was copied from the Pioneer Institute Public Policy Research
In the month of February, the nation honors the achievements of African Americans; their stories and historical accomplishments are worthy of recognition year round. That's why Pioneer Institute has sponsored events, produced videos, and published opinion pieces informing the public about important leaders and key milestones in the African-American experience, as well as the need for more educational choice options for all children. Pioneer supports school choice and improvements to academic instruction, especially in U.S. history, so all schoolchildren learn about African-Americans' long struggle for freedom and equal opportunity. Below, we share some highlights from our coverage of seminal figures, topics, and periods such as slavery during the Founding era, the Civil War, and Civil Rights icons such as Fannie Lou Hamer, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Robert Moses, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  
As a nation, we have a long way to go to address continued injustices. Persistent academic achievement gaps between African-American students and their white peers threaten to undermine prospects for upward social mobility. To address this disparity, Pioneer has actively promoted education reforms that have proven successful at helping minority students reach their full potential: private and parochial schools, charter public schools, the METCO inter-district school choice program, vocational-technical education, and a menu of school options.

Through events and op-eds placed in regional and national publications, Pioneer has advocated for expanded school choice to give inner-city students a lifeline out of failing public schools. Last month, we produced a feature-length documentary film, "Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams: Ending America's Bigoted Education Laws," that seeks to raise public awareness about constitutional barriers in 38 states that block underprivileged children from attending private or parochial schools. Here in Massachusetts, the so-called Know-Nothing amendments prevent more than 100,000 urban families with children in chronically underperforming districts from receiving scholarship vouchers that would provide additional educational alternatives. Repealing these laws would immediately help low-income and minority students. As film narrator and Pioneer school reform advisor Gerard Robinson concludes, "Past bigotries are an unforgivable limitation on our children's future."

Next Phase for Seniors:  We are proud to share with you our senior’s plans for their next step in their 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.  




Building Committee Update: On Tuesday, the School Building Committee met in Keith Hall to discuss the new option for the Science Center and the Environment building.  Below are the renderings and floor plans for what was agreed.  

In the Classroom:
  • Agricultural Mechanics: Thanks #AgMec for the new benches outside the main office! #BAPRIDE
  • Flori: Students were learning how to make European dish gardens.  
  • Landscape: Student’s in Mr. Latham’s landscape class were participating in a Tree Identity challenge.  Nice work!
  • Entomology: Students in Mrs. Duffy’s entomology class were looking at different insects through the microscope.  




Student Services

During the week Bristol Community College stopped by for the annual On-Site Admissions for our seniors. Seniors are able to meet with an admissions counselor and receive an admission letter to Bristol Community College after the quick fifteen-minute meeting. Fourteen students were granted an admission letter and it was so popular our admissions counselor will be coming back for a second day on Friday, April 13. If you are a senior and are interested in participating stop by Student Services after February break to sign up. If you have questions you can reach out to Ms. Costa by email at kcosta@bcahs.com or visit Student Services. Way to go to all of our students preparing for their future!!



Activities and Athletics:
  • Girls Basketball: (Taunton Gazette) The Bristol-Aggie girls basketball team punched their ticket to the postseason on Thursday, beating league opponent Upper Cape, 42-26.It’s the first tournament appearance for the Chieftains since 2015. Tiffany Cabral led the way for BA with a season-high 32 points. Other contributions came from Malarie Pittsley (five), Kennedy Alves (three) and Savannah Salvador (two).  The Chieftains host Norfolk Aggie today.

Week Ahead: School Break February 19-February 23
The Following Week: B Week
  • Monday, February 26
    • Extends: 2:30-4:00 pm (Library)
  • Tuesday, February 27
    • Assembly- Report to the Gym
    • Teacher Dept Meetings
  • Wednesday, February 28

  • Thursday, March 1
    • Extends: 2:30-4:00 pm (Library)
  • Friday, March 2
    • Gunstock Ski Trip: Departing at 12:14




  • There are 5:00 late buses today.
  • Congratulations to the Girls basketball team who qualified for Friday the State tournament with last nights win. The girls defeated Upper Cape by a score of 42-26.  Tiffany Cabral took over the game, scoring a season high 32 points 
  • Girls Basketball BA  vs. Norfolk @ JV 3:30 varsity game @ 5:00
  •  Boys Basketball @ Norfolk dismissal @ 2:00

Thursday, February 15, 2018


  • There are 5:00 late buses today.
  • FFA Forestry C D E field trip with Mr. Cook 7:30 to 3:30
  •  Girls varsity basketball @ Upper Cape dismissal @ 1:40 Tomorrow Lunch: Cheese Quesadillas Or Tuna on ww roll, Honey glazed carrots, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits



School Safety Message

Good Afternoon Bristol Aggie, This is Mr. Braga.
After school yesterday, we learned of the horrific attack that took place in Parkland, FL at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  This inexplicable violence in schools is happening at an alarming frequency across our nation.  These acts of violence in schools are extremely unsettling.  
Yesterday, coincidentally, we practiced our ALICE safety protocols for incidents such as the one that took place in Florida.  We are continually assessing and evaluating our safety plan and we will continue to talk as a team on ways to work together to be proactive in keeping students, staff, and all members of our community safe from an intruder.  ALICE empowers us to handle situations with intruders and we will be continuing to reinforce this training and the different scenarios that arise with our school community.

Continued vigilance by alerting the office when you see suspicious activity in person, or online, and keeping us informed of your ideas to improve school safety are appreciated.  Should anyone need any support please let the administration and/or guidance staff know.  Thank you

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

ALICE Drill

Good Afternoon Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members:

As part of Bristol County Agricultural High School’s safety protocols, BCAHS administration initiated a “Stay in Place” on Wednesday at 12:50 in order for the teachers to walk the students through an ALICE protocol soft drill.  During this drill, students and teachers discussed options during emergencies at Bristol Aggie.  The drill concluded at 1:33 and we are collecting feedback from students and staff from today’s drill.  We appreciate everyone's patience and dedication to safety.

  • There are 5:00 late buses today.
  • Boys Varsity Basketball  vs Atlantis Charter @ 3:30 @ BA
  •  The Peer Mentor Program will be in the the library Today February 14
  • Tomorrows Lunch: Mixed Seasonal Salad w/turkey Or Mixed Seasonal Salad,  H.M. Soup Fresh Garden Salad,  Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits


Tuesday, February 13, 2018


  • There are 5:00 late buses today.
  • Last Call! Today is the last day the Flori students are selling roses for Valentine's Day! Don't forget to send your friends and loved ones a rose on Valentine's day this Wednesday! Order forms are in the main office or in the Flori building.
  •  The Peer Mentor Program will be in the library on Wednesday, February 14
  •  US Army will be here during lunches on Tues, Feb 13th. 
  • Tomorrows Lunch Valentine’s Day Rosie’s “Sweetheart”  mac & Cheese  Or Plain Pasta, Winter Peas, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits 


Monday, February 12, 2018

SAT Prep Course Flier


Problem of the Week

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  • There are 5:00 late buses today.
  •  Girls Basketball @ Bishop Connolly dismissal at 2:05
  •  Boys JV basketball vs. Diman @ 3:30 Varsity vs Diman @ 5:00
  • FFA flori team is hosting their annual valentine’s day rose sale. Roses will be sold during lunch periods until Monday Feb. 12 or swing by flori and see Mrs. Fornari. 
  • Seniors- to reserve a personalized copy of the yearbook please place your order with Mrs. Ward by Friday, February 16th. Yearbooks are $40 payable by cash or with a check made out to BCAHS Class of 2018.
  •  The Peer Mentor Program will be in the the library on Wednesday, February 14
  • US Army will be here during lunches on Tues, Feb 13th. 
  •  Tomorrows Lunch: Turkey taco or vegetarian ,lettuce, tomato & cheese,Chipotle Corn, Fresh Garden Salad , Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits


Friday, February 9, 2018

Aggie Weekly-February 9th

Aggie Weekly
Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:
This week our Sophomore’s took their first of three MCAS tests, and this week it was Biology.  We feel confident that our students were prepared for their exams and they worked hard to demonstrate their proficiency.  Last night, the Bristol County Advisory Board once again voted to support the Bristol Aggie Building project.  See below for more details.  

Next Phase for Seniors:  We are proud to share with you our senior’s plans for their next step in their 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 each 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.  

Spring Expo: Bristol Aggie will be hosting their 6th Annual Spring Expo on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 10:00 - 3:00, Rain or Shine!

Meet members of our local, agricultural community, promoting exciting products & services at this 1-day, free - family event.  Highlights include:  BA Grows Farmer's Market & Vendor Expo, Live Animal Exhibits, Gourmet Food Truck, live entertainment, and more!

Just in time for Mother's Day, check out the Bristol Aggie Plant Sale, hosted by the BA Floriculture and Landscape Design & Construction students!
Interested in attending Bristol Aggie?  Join Us!
A Prospective Student Tour for 6th & 7th Graders will run from 9:00 - 11:00.  This is a great way to learn all about what Bristol Aggie has to offer!  The tour starts in the Gymnasium at 9:00.  To sign up, by clicking here.  



Bristol Aggie improvement project receives near unanimous approval: By Charles Winokoor

Taunton Gazette Staff Reporter

DIGHTON — In a near-unanimous vote Thursday night, representatives of Bristol County towns and cities approved a nearly $104 million improvement project for the campus of Bristol County Agricultural High School.
“I’m delirious,” said Bristol Aggie Superintendent Adele Sands after the vote was recorded.
“It’s clear that they know and value the school and are committed to it and their students,” she said of the 13 municipal representatives who voted yes.
The two towns voting no were Seekonk and Freetown.
The vote authorizes the three-member Bristol County Commission to petition Beacon Hill for special legislation to accept the measure.
The commission has said that the Massachusetts School Building Authority has agreed to pay for $50.5 million with the balance of $53.2 million falling to the 20 towns and cities that constitute Bristol County.
The project would result in construction of a new building that will accommodate a variety of classes and disciplines — including small and large animal science; natural resource study; and science classes.
The library would also be reconfigured and included in the building.
Other improvements would be to the school’s main academic and administrative building known as Gilbert Hall where the size of classrooms and labs would be enlarged to comply with standards set by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Thursday’s vote was a replay of an earlier one taken on Jan. 6.
The commissioners quickly called for the new vote after discovering a possible legal discrepancy related to what they said was “a strict interpretation” of a state statute, after the administrator — instead of an elected official — for the town of Freetown included himself in that day’s quorum.
Raynham selectman Joseph Pacheco, who was voted as the advisory board’s new chairman, said increased enrollment will help contain the amount of money required from each municipality in terms of annual assessment based on number of students coming from the respective cities and towns.
School Principal Kevin Braga said the waiting list for students who want to attend Bristol Aggie has been perennial.
Braga said it should take about four years for the current level of just over 450 students to rise to a projected 600.
Pacheco reiterated that the advisory board, on which he’s served for 11 years, has always done its best to inform members of upcoming public meetings and votes.
There was at least one complaint from a town administrator subsequent to the Jan. 6 vote that the commission had not made enough of effort to publicize the day the vote was to be held.
ALICE:
Over the next two weeks, we will be training our student body on our emergency protocols using the  ALICE training.  On Friday, February 9th, we will be educating the sophomores, juniors, and seniors regarding the safety protocols that are to be followed in the event of a school intrusion.  Freshman were trained in September and this is a follow up refresher for the remaining student body.

On Wednesday, February 14th we will conduct a school wide soft drill for our ALICE safety protocols.  We will not perform any barricades during Wednesday’s drill.  Our goal is for our students to have self-awareness and to evaluate their surroundings.  In addition we want to have conversations with our students about environmental tools that could be used in the event that there was a threat in the building. We will collect feedback from students and staff for any improvements.

As you know, safety of students and staff is the highest priority at Bristol County Agricultural High School. The past several years have seen a dramatic increase in school violence and intrusion across the country.  

Expert security-analysis of these events has resulted in development of new protocols for school-wide response to them.  These protocols have been incorporated into Bristol Aggie’s response protocols in order to provide students and staff with the necessary and most up to date procedures should such an event occur.

A.L.I.C.E. is a safety protocol created by national security experts and the response protocol adopted by Bristol Aggie, in the unlikely event an intruder enters into one of our buildings.  Phase 1 of our training on Friday will be led by administration, and the soft drill will be led by teachers in the classroom.  Both are discussion based to ensure students questions are answered.  

A.L.I.C.E. stands for ALERT, LOCKDOWN, INFORM, COUNTER, EVACUATE.  ALICE does not involve a cookie-cutter approach; it is a set of response options that empower staff and students during an intruder event. The Bristol Aggie community has been trained and partnered with the Dighton Police Department in appropriate responses utilizing the techniques specific to the A.L.I.C.E. protocol.

Click here for FAQ sheet for your review of the provisions of the A.L.I.C.E. response protocol.  However, should you have any specific questions regarding this emergency response protocol feel free to contact Robin VanRotz at 508-669-6744 ext. 152.

  • Friday’s Refresher Trainings: On Friday, Mrs. Van Rotz provided training for students to ensure they understood our safety protocols.  Next Wednesday, we will conduct a soft drill (see information above).  

Casting Call for Students: As part of the Leading the Nation celebration, Department of Education is working with several vocational technical high schools to produce television and radio spots. The student producers are looking for other students to be in the pieces, and the producers are holding a casting call on Saturday, February 17 at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford.  Click the links above for more information.  


In the Classroom:
  • Flori: Flori students created several different natural habitats over the last couple of weeks.  This week, they presented their findings to their peers.  Check out the amazing creativity! #BAPride
  • Arbor: In Mr. Cook’s senior Arbor class students were conducting a pre-trip inspections on school vehicles as part of the CDL prep course.
  • Physical Education: On Thursday, PE held the Vo-Ag Volleyball Tournament.  It was a hard fought battle, but in the end Animal Science took the title.  Nice work everyone!
Teen Safety Summit: If any student is interested in this summit, please seek an advisor of a student organization to sponsor this conference.  If you have any questions, please ask Mr. Braga.  
Activities and Athletics:
  • FFA Flori team is hosting their annual Valentines Day rose sale. Roses will be sold during lunch periods until Monday Feb. 12 or swing by flori and see Mrs.Fornari.
  • Yearbooks: Seniors- to reserve a personalized copy of the yearbook please place your order with Mrs. Ward by Friday, February 16th. Yearbooks are $40 payable by cash or with a check made out to BCAHS Class of 2018.
  • Peer Mentor Program: will be in the the library on Wednesday, February 14
  • Boys Basketball: On Thursday the Boys team played Old Colony at home.  Nice effort boys.  

Week Ahead: A Week

  • Monday, February 12
    • Assembly- Report to the Gym
    • Extends: 2:30-4:00 pm (Library)
    • Boys Basketball vs Diman (HOME)
    • Late Buses- 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 13
    • Late Buses- 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 14
    • ALICE Presentation/Soft Drill: 12:46-1:37
    • Boys Basketball vs Atlantic Charter (HOME)
    • Late Buses- 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 15
    • Extends: 2:30-4:00 pm (Library)
    • Late Buses- 5:00 pm
  • Friday, February 16
    • Girls Basketball vs Norfolk (HOME)
    • Late Buses- 5:00 pm

10/23: 5:00 late buses  10/23: Boys' Soccer @ Wareham, 10/23: Girls' Soccer vs Wareham, 10/23: Volleyball @ Avon, 10/23: Lunch...