Our Calendar

Thursday, March 21, 2019


  • 3/22: There will be 5:00 late buses
  • 3/22: Lunch: Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza Or Grab n Go Options, Fresh Garden Salad,Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


  • 3/21: There will be 5:00 late buses
  • 3/21:Lunch: Mixed Seasonal Salad w/chicken Or Stuffed Peppers, Vegetable Medley, H.M. Soup, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


  • 3/20: There will be 5:00 late buses
  • 3/20: Lunch: Rosie's Mac and Cheese or Plain Pasta, Cucumber & Carrot Sticks, Fresh Garden salad, Assorted fresh  & canned fruits

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Aggie Weekly-March 15th

Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:
    This week our students grade 9-11 started the scheduling process.  Many students have submitted their requests to their teachers prior to Friday's deadline.  A reminder that any student looking to move a level must submit their Raising the BAR essay to their teacher. Any questions, please contact your guidance counselor. 

Congratulations to this week’s High Five Club Winner: Jack Tickel

Dr. DiGioia giving a high five to Jack!

Rehoboth Reporter Article on Arbor: Click here for the full story
Arboriculture at BCAHS Preps Students for Jobs/Higher Education

Lacey Parker from Norton learning to fell trees








Posted Wednesday, March 6, 2019 11:41 am
By Jane Haynes
Students at Bristol County Agricultural High School’s Arboriculture program are getting the thorough preparation needed for a career working with trees, whether they want to enter the workforce right after high school, continue their education in college, or seek advanced degrees in the field. There are job opportunities ranging from working for tree services, to managing forestry areas and natural resources, to studying diseases and insects that prey upon trees. Employers hiring BCAHS students find they are well trained in safety, industry “best practices” and are confident in handling equipment. BCAHS students who go on to college find that they have a good foundation of relevant skills and knowledge that puts them ahead in their classes.
Unique Four-Year Program
The BCAHS program is unique in that it is the only four-year dedicated arboriculture high school program in the country - focusing entirely on every aspect of preparing for getting a job in the industry and/or post-secondary education in the field. Most schools offer arboriculture as a two-year part of another department. The BCAHS curriculum includes both hands-on experiential learning and scientific knowledge about everything pertaining to trees from the soil microbiology to the topmost branches, the biology of trees, insects and disease.
Opportunity to Train with Specialized Equipment
The program is also unique in the extensive array of equipment it owns, affording students the opportunity to practice with equipment most other students wouldn’t have a chance to touch until after being employed in the industry. The school owns a skid steer, a mini skid steer, a bucket truck, two wood chippers and two splitters, in addition to a roomful of chain saws, climbing equipment and safety equipment.
Experienced Staff, Small Classes, Mix of Young Men and Women
Two of the influences that make the program so special are the Department Head, Seth Cook and Instructor Melissa Duffy. Both bring expertise and enthusiasm to working with students and trees. Duffy leads the freshman and junior classes; Cook teaches the sophomores and seniors; and each year builds on the previous year. Classes are small, averaging about 16 students, allowing for a personal relationship between students and faculty. “We know our students and they are extremely well-behaved,” says Cook.
Cook has worked in the industry all his adult life and has many industry certifications, in addition to an education degree. He has been at BCAHS for ten years, continues to work in the field and has many contacts that provide mentoring, internships, and seminars to students in the program. Cook adds, “We have a fantastic advisory board.”
Duffy was a student in the BCAHS program, graduated from Stockbridge College and was employed in the field, eventually coming back to teach at her alma mater. Her coworkers had been coming to her for help learning the ropes, so it was natural for her to bring her teaching talents back to Bristol Aggie, where she has now taught for 20 years.
Things have changed - when she was a student, Duffy was the only female in the class. Many more girls now pursue the major, and one class at BCAHS has a 70/30 ratio. Cook says, “It’s all about working with each one’s strengths and working together.” Morgan Parent, a senior in the program, is one of three young women from the school who will attend a women’s leadership weekend for arboriculture, with an opportunity to win a full scholarship to Paul Smith’s College, a prestigious school for arboriculture studies.
Safety, Professionalism, Preparedness
Knowing the correct safety practices and OSHA industry standards is a vital part of the program. Cook says, “When you’re up in a tree swinging on a half inch line, it’s important you have mastered your skills as well as the safety precautions and equipment.” The program facilitates students’ attaining as many industry skills certifications and pre-certifications as possible.
“The arboriculture industry has changed, it’s much more professional these days.”
There is a huge demand for workers in the industry, and BCAHS students increase the safety and professionalism wherever they go. They know the right equipment, skills and the safety practices that others may not know. Cook adds, “They don’t have any bad habits to unlearn.”
“When our students leave and go into college programs, they tend to be resources for their peers because they are so well prepared and have that in-depth knowledge,” says Cook. Duffy adds,” Not another school does what we do.”

Community Outreach: Project Dress UP- FREE PROM DRESS GIVEAWAY
Project Dress Up involves collecting Prom Dresses and then later making them available to girls who need one for free.  Everyone is welcome. They have over 1,000 dresses to give away. See below for more details.
Message from PTO
Good Morning Aggie Families,
Are you always wondering What time an event is happening at the school? Wondering How you can be more involved, bring ideas forward, or wondering how you can meet other Aggie Families?
Well we have the solution for you Bristol Aggie PTO!!
Come join the fun with new exciting ideas, vote on New Apparel, volunteer during an event or just come to a meeting and see how you can help.
Bristol Aggie PTO has current Board Positions Open that are:
President, and Positions for Apparel!
If you want to make a difference to Aggie or always know what event is coming up and be more involved The Aggie PTO would be a great start.
We are always trying to improve on all our events, trying to come up with new ones and we love seeing all the new apparel before it hits the shelves! Come make lasting friendships and bonds with other Aggie Families who love the School as much as you do!
PTO meets once a month which is usually the 2nd Wednesday of the month! From 7PM to 8PM!
Please come join us to meet new families or come join us to have an impact on what the PTO does next year!!
We hope to see as many of you there this Wednesday, March 13th from 7-8PM in the Library!
Bristol Aggie PTO!!
Bristol Aggie students help BCC depict Holocaust art project: Click here for the full story.  
Bristol Community College art project uses buttons to depict Holocaust victims- By Sabrina Guilbeault / Standard-Times
A portrait of Holocaust survivor Stephan Ross is unveiled at Bristol Community College. [Courtesy Photo]
FALL RIVER — Piece by piece.
Hour by hour. Two portraits emerged.
“It was time consuming, but when there’s so many people who don’t know the history of what happened in the Holocaust, the project is wonderful for what it does for the community,” said Marisa Millard, department chair of Visual and Performing Arts for Bristol Community College. “When you give your time to something like this, you are getting so much back in return.”
The portraits composed of garment buttons depict Holocaust victim Anne Frank and survivor Stephan Ross.
Since 2017, the Holocaust Center at Bristol has been at work to collect a goal of 1.5 million buttons, which represent the number of Jewish children who died during the Holocaust.
Starting in May, Millard, students, alumni and faculty joined the effort to sort the buttons to create the two portraits, which now hang in the lobby of the Jackson Arts Center at Bristol’s Fall River campus.
The effort took hundreds of hours, as each button — nearly 600,000 — was thoughtfully sorted to find just the right tones and colors.
“It’s important that now more than ever we educate people on the Holocaust and genocide to prevent those horrific events from happening again,” said Ron Weisberger, director of the Holocaust Center. “This project helps to put in perspective just how many lives were lost. When you hear 1.5 million, it’s kind of an abstract number, but when you see the visuals and understand what each button represents, the gravity of what happened comes to light.”
Two students, Michael Boulanger and Gabriella Giraud-Rodriguez, were invited to assist with the recent unveiling of the portraits for their time and dedication to the project.
“When I became aware of how serious the project was, all I could hope was that I do their families proud,” said Boulanger. “As I was working with the buttons, I could feel Anne Frank’s family there, watching over my shoulder.”
After the buttons were sorted, Ross and Frank’s photographs were projected and traced onto a 4-foot by 4-foot piece of plywood, and then each button was arranged and glued in place. Stephan Ross was chosen to be featured in one of portraits due to his connection to the college, as he had spoken to students and faculty in 2011.
Buttons have been contributed from SouthCoast schools and organizations, including Bishop Connolly High School, who had student representatives deliver 17,000 buttons at the event. Other contributors include St. Joseph’s School in Fairhaven, Fairhaven Middle School, and Bristol County Agricultural High School, among others.
The project also included creative collaboration with fine arts student Christine Maito Fitzgerald; alumni Sal Carreiro and Stephanie White-Christopher; art and design faculty members Erik Durant and Kat Knudsen, Bristol Community College Art Gallery Director Kathleen Hancock and Staff Assistant Shawn Elliot.
Millard said that once 1.5 million buttons are collected, the next step will be to find a way to display all of them.
“It’s an ongoing process,” said Weisberger, who added the main goal of the Holocaust Center is to educate the community. “History has shown what happens when there is a lot of hate, and education and understanding provides people insight on how it can be avoided.”
Connections Conference:
  On Thursday a group of 8 students along with Mrs. Gagne and Mr. Surdi attended a social justice workshop called Connections Conference at Sutton High School.  The conference was organized into 2 sessions where participants could choose from 18 different workshops on topics such as adultism, equality, racism, bias, mental health, gender, privilege and activism.  The message for the conference was “Ally is a Verb!” Participants were encouraged to meet and connect with new people and to advocate for social justice and speak out against inequality. Even small changes for the better, if done by many people can, have a positive influence on society and our communities.
   For more information about the Connections Conference check out the following website.
http://suttonhsconnections.weebly.com/conference-2019.html

In the Classroom:
Floriculture: Junior and Senior students attended the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
Sophomore students harvested radishes, arugula, spinach and bok choy that they grew in the greenhouse.

Senior students are preparing their display for the Attleboro Art Museum flower show.  The theme they have is French Provence Garden: Romantic French gardens full of lavender, ancient
stone walls and patios.  The show is Wednesday March 20 through Sunday March 24. Here is a sneak preview.

Animal Science: In Ms. Gagne's senior Biotechnology II class students are working on the Gel Loading Lab. #BAPRIDE
Landscape Design and Contracting - Juniors attended the Northeast Hardscape Expo. at the Providence Convention Center.  They spent the day learning about new materials, tools, equipment and speaking with industry professionals.

GSA:
Bridge Competition
The Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) would like to invite your students to participate in the 2019 Ralph Salvucci Online Bridge Competition (our 18th year!).
FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR REGISTRATION & INSTRUCTIONS:
https://www.bsces.org/outreach-advocacy/outreach/ralph-salvucci-online-bridge-competition-215
Who can participate? All Massachusetts middle and high school students in teams of 2 or solo.
What is it? This program was first developed for the West Point Bridge Design Contest. We work with its creator every year to bring students a new experience as they design their bridges. Participants will use free downloadable bridge design software to design and test a virtual bridge. This software can be used on any PC or Mac. While teachers may want to give an intro in class, it is intuitive and students can easily work on designs on their own.
Why participate? The purpose of the contest is to provide middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. Goals include:
·         Learn about engineering through a realistic, hands-on problem-solving experience.
·         Learn about the engineering design process – the application of math, science, and technology to create devices and systems that meet human needs.
·         Learn about truss bridges and how they work.
·         Learn how engineers use the computer as a problem-solving tool.
·         HAVE FUN.
When? The competition is presently open and concludes on April 30, 2019. The top teams will be awarded cash prizes (Amazon gift cards) and invited to an awards dinner on May 30th..
Who are we? The BSCES is the oldest engineering society in the United States and currently supports over 4,000 members, students, and professionals in the civil engineering and construction industries throughout Massachusetts.  Through its various outreach programs, BSCES emphasizes the creative, hands-on, real-life aspects of engineering to expose kids to the actual world of engineering at a pre-collegiate level.
Interested? To register, or if you have questions, please contact Alex Bonnar, P.E., our contest coordinator  at rsobcoordinator@gmail.com

Activities and Athletics:
Boys All-Star Game: This year, Coach Mitchell received the prestigious award of Coach of the Year.  With this honor comes the opportunity to coach a the MAC Classic (All Star Game). See the picture he sent with Noah Murray who scored 7 points, Jake Bently who participated in the 3-Point competition, and Bobby Cowing who went to support his teammates and coach.
GSA:

Class of 2019:
Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Support the Class of 2019 and get some delicious cookies!
To make a purchase supporting a specific senior please use the following:
Website: www.gaschoolstore.com
ID number 4586392
Or use this link for direct access to our fundraiser:

The Week Ahead-A Week
  • Monday, March 18- No School (Evacuation Day)
  • Tuesday, March 19
    • Spring sports tryouts
    • Late Bus- 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 13
    • Late Bus- 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 14
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
    • Late Bus- 5:00 pm
  • Friday, March 15
    • Late Bus- 5:00 pm
    • PTO Family Fun Night- 4:00-8:00 pm


Friday, March 15, 2019


  • 3/18: No School (Evacuation Day)
  • 3/19: There will be 5:00 late buses
  • 3/19: Lunch: Chicken Nuggets Or Grab n Go Options, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Thursday, March 14, 2019


  • 3/15: No 5:00 late buses 
  • 3/15: lunch: Sea To School Day, Baked Fish w/crunchy topping Or Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza, Grab n Go Options, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


  • 3/14: There will be No 5:00 classes
  • 3/14: Lunch: Turkey Dinner Or Grab n Go Wraps, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


  • 3/13:There will be 5:00 late buses
  • 3/13:Detention will be held after school today 
  • 3/13: Lunch: Pasta Bar w/assorted sauces Or Grab n Go Options, Broccoli, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Monday, March 11, 2019


  • 3/12: No 5:00 buses
  • 3/12: Lunch: Crispy Chicken Sandwich Or Grab n Go Options, Green Beans, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Friday, March 8, 2019

Aggie Weekly-March 8th

Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:
    This week our student’s enjoyed a short week, with Monday’s snow cancellation and Thursday’s half day for staff professional development.  We continue to work as a staff to ensure our student’s are challenged and prepared for their next phase whether it is in industry or higher educaiton.  Today, student’s in grade 9-11 received their course selection forms. Please take time this weekend to review course options and evaluate how it fits with your future plans.
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.



Attention Students Grade 9-11: STUDENT SCHEDULING
Today, your student was provided with a course selection form (see below).  The purpose of this form is to provide student voice in course selection. We want to encourage our students to challenge themselves, however, please understand that we may not be able to fulfill every student course request.  Any student who is looking to move levels (College Prep to Honors, or Honors to Advanced Placement), must have completed the “Raising the Bar” essay (see bottom of Course Selection form).  This must be given to the teacher for the level you are looking to switch by Friday, March 15th (email is an option). For instance, if you are currently in college prep history and would like to move to honors history, please submit your essay to your history teacher.  These must be into your teacher by next Friday. I would also suggest that you schedule a time to meet with your guidance counselor to discuss this move.
Requesting a level change may not be recommended by your teacher if the student is not meeting expectations in their current classroom.  If there is a conflict, then a student may wish to meet their counselor to discuss options.
Courses selected will be assigned on a space available basis.  We will do our best, however, we retain the right to assign courses to students based upon individual student needs and career goals.
Please click the following links below to help you select your courses next year.  



Student Scheduling Time Frame:
  • Step 1: March 8-March 15: Student receives course selection form and discusses class options with parent/guardian.
  • Step 2: March 19-29: Teacher and student meet to discuss student request and teacher recommendation.  
  • Step 3: April 1-5: If there are no conflicts with student requests and teacher recommendations, then the students will log into PowerSchool and “Accept” their recommendation. More information to follow.  If there is a conflict, student will schedule a time to meet with their guidance counselor.  
  • Step 4: April 5-June 1: Once all requests and recommendations have been submitted and accepted, we will begin to build the schedule for the 2019-2020 school year.  Students will have tentative schedules prior to leaving this school year.



Massachusetts FFA State Convention
General Information
March 12-15th 2019
Depart BCAHS Tuesday @ 3:00PM
Return to BCAHS Friday @ 2:30PM
Sturbridge Host Hotel
www.sturbridgehosthotel.com
Sturbridge, MA
What to Bring:
2-3 changes of Official Dress
2-3 changes of clothes (school appropriate)
Pajamas
Bathing suit (optional)
Toiletries
Money for lunches on Thursday & Friday
All other meals will be provided.
If you are participating in a career development events, please have all of your required materials packed and in place prior to the end of school on Monday. All students must have their AgScience Project boards/posters, demonstration equipment/props and the chapter exhibit, completed and ready to load into the van. Mr. O’Connell and I will meet you outside of flori at the end of the day to load your projects.
Students, when you arrive on Tuesday morning, please place all of your luggage in the foyer area outside the small gym. At the end of the day on Tuesday, you can retrieve the luggage and meet the coach bus between Gilbert Hall and Flori once the other busses leave.
Mr. O’Connell, the school carpentry foreman and 1997 Bristol Chapter President will be coming along on this trip! He is very excited to get back into the FFA world and is looking forward to attending convention for the first time in 20 years!!!!
MSBA Project Update: We wanted to provide our school community with an update of the project renderings from the north and south campus. These are drafts and are still a work in progress.  #BAFuture

DRAFT Rendering of North Campus

DRAFT Rendering of South Campus
In the Classroom:
Arbor: The Landscape junior class is learning chainsaw safety with Mr. Cook.Kaylainii Rodrigues, Isaiah Gomes, Paxton Lima, and Rachel Bass are all pictured practicing their chainsaw skills. The class is learning how to safely operate a very commonly utilized tool. With safety training, they can hopefully remain safe while working.
Arbor: In the freshmen Arbor rotation this term, students have been learning about how trees grow and how to recognize pests that impact tree health.  Kendra Morrissey and Robert Myers were using the macro scopes to identify the insects in the leaves. Noel Martins was also dissecting leaves to find the leaf mining insects (insects that live inside leaves).   The students have also been exposed to the needs and techniques on how to best manage them. The tree topics matched well with the sophomore Arbor course. In Mr. Cook's sophomore Arbor class, the students are learning a much more intense/involved/technical level of knowledge regarding tree biology.  Mr. Cook was demonstrating how trees trans locate water, nutrients and chemicals throughout a tree. The tool he was using is a specialized tool used to inject trees with pesticides as an alternative (more effective) technique for managing pests. The details of the demonstration included the understanding of how trees grow as well as using that knowledge to detect tree problems and manage them using specialized equipment.

Freshmen VoAg. 6 learned how to operate a skid steer loader.  Great Job by all.
NRM; Conserving New England's Only Native Rabbit
Populations of the New England Cottontail have declined and it's range has drastically contracted.  New England’s only native rabbit is disappearing along with the shrubby, early-successional habitat it requires.  The introduced Eastern Cottontail is replacing the native species as it eagerly moves into our grassy lawns and other open, mowed areas.  The little, brown rabbits feeding in backyards likely are Eastern Cottontails. New England Cottontails rarely leave the security of their thickets.
The Natural Resource Management (NRM) Department at Bristol Aggie is engaged in a unique, regional partnership to assist in saving our Bay State bunny.  Mass Wildlife biologists trap rabbits, Roger Williams Park Zoo wildlife veterinary staff takes samples for genetic testing and medically treats the animals as needed, and US Fish & Wildlife Service biologists will transport them to the Nomans Land National Wildlife Refuge and monitor the island population.  The Bristol Aggie Natural Resource Management Department is working with these partners to hold the rabbits, with guidance from the zoo's director of conservation, until the trapping season ends and transportation to the island is ready.  The plan is to move ten to twelve rabbits this year. The Nomans Island population will serve as an assurance colony. As habitat management work continues and shrubland-thicket habitat is restored cottontails from the island will be repatriated to the ancestral sites with appropriate habitat.
We are thrilled to work on this project and as part of this team.  While the NRM Department has worked with both state and federal agencies for years to conserve several endangered reptiles and amphibians, we are honored and thankful to be part of this effort to conserve this imperiled, native mammal.  

Floriculture:  Sophomore students celebrated spring by creating designs using the spring plants that they grew.  They grew and harvested anemones, freesia, daffodils, snow drops, fritillaria, and muscari for their displays.  Juniors harvested flowers and sent a small spring vase to all of the teachers.





Ocean Bowl

Above, our A team (Jessie Power, Abby Bruno, Nicole Simas, Alex Cameron, alternate Hannah Bruno, and not in the frame- Madison “Sharkie” Kruger). Below, our B team- Myles Rumson, Lexi Wells, Hope Siddall, Ana “Bee” Thompson, Emma Forgit.

The Ocean Bowl team competed in the annual Blue Lobster Bowl tournament this Sunday March 3 at MIT. Two teams from Bristol Aggie, including a student from Dighton-Rehoboth competed against 13 other teams from 7 schools around the state. The competition consisted of 5 rounds of buzzer-style questions and team written challenge questions, followed by a long-form problem solving and data analysis project, known as the McDowell Science Challenge. The students also met with current graduate students in the ocean sciences fields and attended a presentation on Ocean Engineering. Although we did not bring home any trophies, our teams held their own, learned a lot, and had fun!
Bristol Aggie is gearing up for our Anti-Bullying/Cool to be Kind Week

“Bullying, Incognito: Deliberate Social Exclusion” by Maryann Wei
When we think of bullying, a picture of aggression is typically conjured — the taunting, name-calling, and physical abuse. Beyond the playground in the adult world, however, bullying often takes place masked in more insidious forms. Deliberate social exclusion can manifest in many ways across situations, occurring in the context of university, work, or within a group if people not connected by their field of study or job.
You may, at some point in your life, have been in a recurring situation where you approach a group of people in mid-chatter only to have conversation come to an abrupt halt. Perhaps a social gathering was organized after work one night, which you found out about while unsuspectingly scrolling through your newsfeed on Facebook the next day. In another example, a message containing important information was purposefully disseminated to everyone for whom it was relevant — except you.
As much as you don’t want to care, and as much as you hate to admit it, it still hurts. The definition of bullying is not limited to overt harassment, but encompasses any repeated actions intended to cause distress physically or emotionally. Being quietly victimized by “under-the-table” torment of sort can deal an equally or even more damaging blow to the individual than bullying in its more explicit form. Even more frustratingly, no tangible evidence necessary for a confrontation exists for you to point to; nothing really that couldn’t be turned around and used to paint you in an unfavorable light, or to make you feel and appear paranoid and oversensitive. This brings us to the first of the few suggested ways to cope if you are on the receiving end of deliberate social exclusion:
1. Consider if the exclusion was indeed intentional.
There is always the possibility that the reason you were not invited to a particular event was situation-related; for example, a gathering of friends from the same high school of which you did not attend. Perhaps you were not in the loop concerning an important piece of information because everyone involved simply assumed another member of the group had told you. In contrast, bullying occurs with consistency and malicious intent. It is important to evaluate and identify what is going on.

2. Reflect upon yourself.
If you have identified with some certainty that you have been systematically left out of a social group — with more consistency than could be attributed to accident or coincidence — stop to have a think about whether the exclusion was a reaction to something you might have done. Did the exclusion represent a change in how you previously got along? Are you able to pin down this turn in behavior to any particular point in time or event? If so, it may be important for you to maintain these relationships — either because you see them on a regularly basis, or simply enjoy their company. Make it known to them that you acknowledge having made them feel bad or uncomfortable, and apologize where in order. People naturally respond well to sincerity, and chances are that they would be willing to overlook misunderstandings of past.  If you are absolutely unable to come up with anything you might have done to evoke being treated hurtfully, read on.

3. Know that it’s not you (No, really).
While being left out can sometimes feel like a “group attack”, the experience of social exclusion is more frequently the product of a single person’s determination in making you feel bad. As hard as it may be to believe that someone who has succeeded in making you feel small on numerous occasions is acting based on their own insecurities, this is often true of bullies.
This is meant to serve as an explanation rather than a justification for their behavior; people who gain relief from devaluing others are clearly unhappy in their lives, and likely struggle with feelings of inadequacy of their own. It is nonetheless unfair that one person’s insecurities should make it difficult for you to spend time with the mutual friends you have between you, with whom you get along with well.
As an attempt to make you feel invisible, the bully in question might go out of their way in making it a point to address everyone in a group situation except you. Confrontations, as earlier discussed, are not likely to work under circumstances like these — not to mention you don’t have time for dramatic trivialities in your busy schedule. Be the bigger person: play nice, even when they don’t. Besides, nothing discourages a bully more than a lack of response.
4. Make other connections.
The last thing you want to do after a long and grueling week is to spend Friday night navigating a complex social milieu someone has set up just to make things difficult for you. As a result, the sad but unavoidable truth is that you probably end up seeing the friends you have in common with your bully on a less frequent basis that you’d like. It is important to ensure you feel like there are people you can turn to for simple, uncomplicated and meaningful interactions without hidden motives embedded in every corner. This might involve some work, like calling up friends you don’t encounter on a regular basis. It will be worth the effort, nonetheless; chances are high that they would be happy to hear from you too.

5. Keep being you.
There is clearly something about you that your bully sees, probably lacks and covets, and feels extremely threatened by. You are not a smaller person just because someone has tried to squash you down into an ill-fitting mold in hope of containing your positive qualities. This is a sign, in the least, that you’ve got a thing or two right in life.  
“Bystanders are the Key to Stop Bullying”
From the above article “...Bystanders have immense power to intervene and effectively stop bullying…” Remember, there are NO “innocent” bystanders!


MCAS Computer Based Testing: 2019 for Grade 10





The Week Ahead-B Week
  • Monday, March 11
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
  • Tuesday, March 12
    • Assembly- Report to the gym
    • FFA State Convention
    • Board of Trustees Meeting @ 7:00
  • Wednesday, March 13
  • Thursday, March 14
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
  • Friday, March 15


3/22: There will be 5:00 late buses 3/22: Lunch: Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza Or Grab n Go Options, Fresh Garden Salad,Assorted Fresh &...