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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

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