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Friday, March 23, 2018

Aggie Weekly-March 23rd

Aggie Weekly
Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:
This week we welcomed in spring, but it sure does not feel like it! We released our students home early on Wednesday out of caution due to the weather forecast, but we only received a flurries throughout the storm.  Our spring sports got underway, with softball and baseball getting in some practice this year. We would like to welcome our new coaches to our staff: Mr. Brewster is our new baseball coach. Mr. Monast our new Varsity Softball Coach, and Mrs. Fornari our new Junior Varsity Coach.  We look forward to a successful season! Good luck Chieftains!

Don’t forget that
tonight is Family Fun
Night, which is sponsored
by our PTO!  Come by for
free food and lots of fun!
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.

Class of 2018 Timeline/Graduation: Dear Students and Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2018,

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! As we approach our 2018 Graduation Ceremony, the Bristol Aggie Prom, and the numerous senior celebratory events, we are sending this important reminder to students and families to ensure that the next couple months remain a safe and pleasurable experience for all.

Senior Final Exams will take place the week beginning May 21st through May 24th.Our last day of  traditional classes for seniors will be Friday, May 25th. On Friday, May 25th we will have our first graduation rehearsal starting at 1:00 pm. At this first rehearsal, we will discuss important reminders as we approach graduation. Additional graduation rehearsals will be held on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th beginning promptly at 8:30 am.  These graduation rehearsals are mandatory. If a student does not attend the rehearsal, then the student cannot walk at graduation.

Graduation is set for Thursday, May 31st at 6:30 pm.  For the first time in Bristol Aggie’s history, we are planning an outdoor graduation at Karl K. Spratt Jr. Memorial Field at Dighton Town Hall.  If the weather cooperates and we are able to have graduation outside, students will be able to invite an unlimited number of guests to attend the outdoor ceremony. Handicap parking will be available at Dighton Town Hall. General parking will be available at Bristol Aggie and a shuttle will be available  to transport guests from Bristol Aggie to Dighton Town Hall before and after the event. The Dighton Police will allow parking on the north side of route 138 which will be designated. At 5:00 pm, additional parking will be available at the Dighton Post Office, Dighton Elementary School, and Dighton Middle School.  If the weather forecasts rain, then we will hold graduation as in years past in our gymnasium. If this is the case, then unfortunately the graduates will be limited to four tickets per family. These tickets will be provided during one of the graduation rehearsals. If you would like to request additional tickets, you can email Mrs. Welshman in the main office at DWelshman@bcahs.com to be placed on the waiting list. In addition, if anyone requires special services for graduation, please contact me at KBraga@bcahs.com.

As we work hard to polish, clean, and set-up for graduation activities, please know that any acts detracting from the maintenance of the campus, buses, fields, buildings, or any part of the grounds will be considered vandalism and will jeopardize graduation and/or graduation activities for any participants.

Enclosed we have provided a condensed listing of all senior activities. We look forward to seeing our seniors receive their diplomas on Thursday, May 31st at 6:30 pm, as well as participating in all the events leading up to this spectacular day. It is our expectation that the Class of 2018 will continue to make us proud as we will finish the year on a positive note. We do not want any carelessness or misplaced revelry to jeopardize any of our students’ graduation experience. We look forward to an exciting week and send our heartiest congratulations to all.

Sincerely,


Kevin P. Braga
Assistant Superintendent/Principal

Wednesday May 9th
FFA Banquet- Auditorium
6:00 pm
Friday, May 11th
Prom Canoe Club Ballroom (W. Bridgewater)
6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Friday, May 18th
Field Day (Early Release)
11:47 am
Monday, May 21st- Thursday, May 24th
Senior Final Exam Week
Schedule will be sent at a later date.  
Thursday, May 24th
Awards Night (Gymnasium)
6:00 pm
Friday, May 25th
Last Full Day for Seniors
2:30 pm dismissal
Friday, May 25th
Graduation Rehearsal- Gymnasium
1:00-2:30 pm
Tuesday, May 29th
Senior Breakfast
Graduation Rehearsal- Gymnasium
Cap and Gown Distribution
8:10 am-8:30 am
8:30 am-11:30 am
Wednesday, May 30th
Graduation Rehearsal- Gymnasium
8:30 am-11:30 am
Thursday, May 31th
Graduation Day - Outside: Dighton Town Hall
* Seniors report at *5:00 pm to auditorium
* If we have inclement weather, graduation will be conducted in the Bristol Aggie Gym
6:30 pm

In the Classroom:
  • Arbor Spring Update: It’s spring! No, its’ winter. No, it’s spring! Who knows. Welcome to New England. The Arbor department here at the Aggie is rolling with the punches and making the best of it. The students got to learn about storm work and what storms aftermath looks like. Sadly, we lost a few trees on campus. The silver lining is that our students got “real world” experience of storm clean up.
  • The freshmen are learning how to prune trees and are creating their own bonsai masterpiece. tree pruning. The sophomores are deep into tree ID and are now in the midst of completing their Tree Care Academy “Chipper Operator Specialists” from TCIA and learning how to properly prune trees. The junior class is currently working on their Tree Care Academy “Aerial Lift Specialist” from TCIA. They are in the midst of tree ID as well. The senior class is nearly done with tree ID and they are getting ready for their cumulative (105 trees English and Latin) final. They are also preparing to graduate and enter the “real world”. Graduation is sneaking up on them.
  • Arbor Events:
    • Plans are underway within the department to organize our annual Arbor Day celebration on campus. We select an area on campus and utilize this opportunity for our students to get experience in many aspects of production arboriculture.
    • We are preparing for our 23rd annual Tree Climbing Jamboree to be held here on campus. This is a competition that is very similar to the ISA TCC. This allows our students to experience what a TCC is like prior to entering the real comp. It is always a great day for our kids and they have a blast!
  • Our students, are always searching for more sources of information to help expand our educational and social horizons. If you are at all interested in joining the Arbor Advisory Board or becoming an educational resource, contact Mr. Cook at scook@bcahs.com
  • Sophomore Flori Students Celebrate Spring: The sophomore flori students harvested daffodils and muscari flowers from the greenhouse to create flower bouquets.  The flowers were planted in fall by the junior flori students along with freesia, carnation, anemones, stock, sweet pea and statice.  The juniors flori students have been harvesting flowers for curriculum design lessons and have been creating flower designs.



Science Teachers head to the National Science Teacher’s Conference

Mrs. Savage, Mr. Johnson and Ms. Perry all headed to Atlanta, GA last Thursday, Friday and Saturday to attend the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference. Together they shared with other science teachers their grading strategies in a session that was standing-room only.  They also attended workshops to learn new curriculum for our future science elective courses and network with other educators. Mr. Johnson learned how to make programmable musical instruments. Ms. Perry met the scientists behind the Voyager space mission, and Mrs. Savage geeked out about meeting one of the physics researchers actively working on gravitational waves. Much learning and nerdy fun was had by all.


Massachusetts Agricultural Day: Massachusetts Ag Day on Tuesday, March 27th, will be observed at the state house.  State President, Molly Ross, will deliver the student remarks on behalf of FFA during the speaking program.  

As previously mentioned, MDAR has arranged for a special student reception for the FFA and 4-H attendees and chaperones.  That will take place from 10:30 - 11:00 AM in the Hearing Room A-2. Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito are scheduled to attend, along with other members of the legislature. We look forward to attending the event with our Bristol chapter.  

Student Services:
10th Grade ELA MCAS will be on March 27, 28, 29
We ask that all students get good rest and eat breakfast in the morning which will be available in our cafeteria.  As a reminder, passing the MCAS is a graduation requirement. We encourage students to do the best they can!

APRIL COLLEGE FAIRS

Please join The Guidance Offices of Bristol County Agricultural High School,  Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School, Coyle and Cassidy High School and Taunton High School at our annual Regional College Fair

Location: Coyle & Cassidy High School Gymnasium

2 Hamilton St., Taunton, MA

Please park in the back of the school

Fair Hours: Wednesday, April 4th  6:00-7:30 p.m.

 

Current Listing of Attending Colleges

  • American International College

  • Assumption College

  • Bay Path College

  • Bay State College

  • Boston University

  • Bridgewater State University

  • Bristol Community College

  • Bryant University

  • Caldwell University

  • Champlain College

  • Curry College

  • Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Elms College

  • Emmanuel College

  • Fashion Institute of Technology

  • Fisher College

  • Fitchburg State University

  • Framingham State University

  • Johnson & Wales University

  • Lasell College

  • Le Moyne College

  • Lesley University

  • Mass. Maritime Academy

  • MCLA

  • Merrimack College

  • MTTI

  • Nichols College

  • Northern Vermont University

  • Providence College

  • Quinnipiac University

  • Rhode Island College

  • Roger Williams University

  • Saint Anselm College

  • Saint Joseph’s College- Maine

  • Salve Regina University

  • School of Fashion Design

  • Simmons College

  • Southern New Hampshire

  • Springfield College

  • St. John’s University

  • Stonehill College Suffolk University

  • The University of Scranton

  • UMass- Amherst

  • UMass- Dartmouth

  • UMass- Lowell

  • Unity College
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Westfield State University

Providence, RI National College Fair  (200+ institutions attending, see site)


Activities and Athletics:
  • Basketball pictures from Mr. Caswell Photobucket
  • BCAHS Drama Club Presents 12 Angry Jurors:
    • A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He Doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case- until one of the jurors begins opening the other's eyes to the facts. "This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this place- and decide on the guilt or innocence of a person; of a man or woman we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing." But personal it becomes, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examine, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry women..."  
  • FFA State Convention: Congratulation to Bristol Aggie grads ‘17 Molly & Amber and current Animal Science senior, Jenna on being elected to the 2018-2019 Massachusetts FFA Officer team!
The Week Ahead: B Week
  • Monday, March 26th
    • Extends: 2:30-4:00 pm (Library)
    • Late Buses- 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 27th
    • No Assembly this week due to MCAS
    • ELA MCAS- Report to Cafe for FREE Breakfast
    • Late Buses- 5:00 pm
    • School Building Committee Meeting- 6:00 pm (Keith Hall)
    • Board of Trustees Meeting- 7:00 pm (Keith Hall)
  • Wednesday, March 28th
    • ELA MCAS- Report to Cafe for FREE Breakfast
    • Late Buses- 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 29th
    • ELA MCAS- Report to Cafe for FREE Breakfast
    • Late Buses- 5:00 pm
    • Europe Pre-Departure Meeting (RM109): 7:00 pm
  • Friday, March 30th- No School- Good Friday


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