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Friday, March 22, 2019

Aggie Weekly-March 22nd

Good Morning Students, Parents, and Community Members:
    This week we had a short week to celebrate Evacuation Day (not Bunker Hill Day).  Evacuation Day remembers the first major American military victory in the American Revolutionary War, which saw the British troops leave Boston on March 17, 1776.  General George Washington, who became the United States’ first president, fortified Dorchester Heights by using cannons captured earlier from Fort Ticonderoga. The armies lobbed shells at each other during the movement, with colonists escalating the action on March 4, distracting the British soldiers’ attention. Click here for the full article.

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.

Congratulations to our Second Week’s Winners that Raised the BARR:
Erin Foley, Cody Hinton, and Elizabeth Ross (not pictured)
FFA State Convention: Congratulations to the students that attended the Massachusetts State Convention this week! Bristol Aggie should be so proud of how the students represented the school. We are so proud of you! Pack you bags for INDY! See the results from this year below!
Chapter Exhibit Massachusetts Agriculture
1st Place
Trevor & Lauren
Agriscience Animal Systems
1st Place
Karolyn Auer
Agriscience Natural Resources
1st Place
Alleynah Souza & Abby Rioux
Email Jaske Memorial Scholarship
Morgan parent
Excellence in Beef
Lily Dias
Demonstration Division 1 
1st Place
Phaedra Hart
Demonstration Division 3
2nd Place
Arianna Lachance
Demonstration Division 4
3rd Place
Ross Sousa 
Employment Skills
2nd Place
Kiley Rose
Extemporaneous Public Speaking
2nd Place
Katie Walorz
Novice Employment Skills
2nd Place
Olivia Camara
Prepared Speaking
1st Place
Hannah Johnson
Team Demonstration Division 2
3rd Place
Lily Dias and Riley Dustin
Treasures Book
3rd Place
Gabby Costa
Agricultural Sales
3rd Place Individual
Logan Caruthers
Dairy Evaluation
First Place Team
Emily Lynch, Jennifer Denis, Madison Levesque, Madison DaCunha
3rd Place Individual
Madison DaCunha
Dairy Showmanship
2nd Place
Trevor Clapp
Environmental Natural Resources
First Place Team
Mollie Coyne, Jessie Power, Abby Bruno, Lyndon Carver
3rd Place Individual
Jessie Power
2nd Place
Abby Bruno
1st Place
Lyndon Carver
First Place Team
Kaci Leonard, Hannah Araujo, Kenzie Casper, Meaghan Herlihy
2nd Place Individual
Kenzie Casper
1st Place Individual
Meaghan Herlihy
Turf Management
2nd Place Individual
Parker Kellard
Veterinary Science
2nd Place Team
Karolyn Auer, Logan Caruthers, Hope Siddall, Audrey Biron
2nd Place Individual
Karolyn Auer
Proficiency Awards
Dairy Management and Production
Trevor Clapp
Vegetable Production
Ross Sousa
State Stars
Lauren Paine
Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Ross Sousa
Agricultural Placement

Floriculture:  Senior students set up their flower display at the annual Attleboro Art Museum.  Their theme was “Provence Garden”.

No Parking: We wanted to remind our school community that there is no parking around the circle in front of Gilbert Hall.  In addition, please see the MA Anti-Idling Law.  See examples below
What are a few examples of unnecessary idling?

Sitting in your car in a parking lot with the engine on during mild or cool weather is unnecessary. The interior of your car will stay warm for 5 to 10 minutes on all but the coldest days.

Leaving the vehicle running while unattended to let the heater warm it or the air conditioner cool it for extended periods of time is unnecessary idling (it is also in violation of motor vehicle law). Five minutes should be the maximum amount of time unless weather conditions are extreme, and the engine should not be left running while the vehicle is unattended for any length of time.

Operating devices not related to transporting passengers or goods. Letting the engine run for an hour or more to play a movie or to charge a cell phone causes unnecessary pollution, is a nuisance for others nearby and puts excessive wear and tear on the engine.

NRM: #BristolAggieNRM students worked with all of these species on Wednesday.

NRM: We had a great weekend chatting with @WildlandsTrust about head-starting & turtle conservation.  #weekend #turtle #conservation @BristolAggie #bristolaggienrm #Plymouth
Click here for a short video on Jesse explaining the head-starting program.

They are cute and cuddly. OK, maybe Plymouth Red-Bellied Cootersaren’t cuddly, but they certainly are cute. In fact, turtles in general are appealing to most people.
“Turtles are the puppies of the lizard world,” said Don Williams, president of The Herring Ponds Watershed Association, which co-hosted a presentation on the endangered Northern Red-Bellied TurtleSaturday. Children of all ages swooned over three charming and quite lively turtles at the Wildlands Trust facility on Long Pond Road in Plymouth
Brian Bastarache, chair of the Natural Resource Management Department at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, talked about how he and his students are helping to raise this rare and unusual turtle with its distinctive red undershell for reintroduction to the wild.
Officially, they are known as the Northern Red-Bellied Turtle,” he said. “But I like to call them the Plymouth Red-Bellied Cooter because they are unique. There is another population in New Jersey and other states, and they do look identical. However, the Plymouth turtle is genetically distinct from that group.”
The Plymouth Red-Bellied Cooter, or turtle, was placed on the Endangered Species List by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 1980. Habitat has been protected in and around Plymouth since then, but the population was still declining.
Over the past four decades, cooter populations in the wild have doubled from a low of around 300, according to Fish & Wildlife. Part of that success is related to a “head-start” program at Bristol County Agricultural High School. Baby turtles are taken as soon as they are hatched and raised in captivity to give them a better chance of surviving once reintroduced to their natural habitat.
For the past 10 years, Bastarache has run the head-start effort with assistance from a cadre of high-school students. One of them, 15-year-old Jessie Power of Plymouth, participated in the presentation at the Wildlands Trust on Saturday and talked about her work to help the turtles.
“We head-start 32 of these guys,” she said. “We get them in September and have them through May, when they are reintroduced into the wild. We do our best to protect them.”
The Plymouth Red-Bellied Cooter is one of 11 turtle species assisted by the Bristol Aggie students. The goal is to get the young turtles to grow large enough where they are not easy prey for predators and improve the possibility of reproducing in the wild.
Given a chance, the cooter can grow quite large – up to 12 inches in length and weighing in at more than 6 pounds. Females have been known to grow up to 16 inches long. This species is a herbivore, meaning it eats plants. The turtles are usually about 4 inches when released from the head-start program – about three times larger than they would be at the same age in the wild.
“We create the illusion of an endless summer by using full-spectrum lighting and continually feeding them healthy foods,” Bastarache said. “They grow rapidly in the few months that we have them. The goal is to get them past their most vulnerable stages before they are released.”
The head-start program is having an effect. More than 1,000 cooters have been returned to the wild in the past 10 years. While exact numbers are hard to determine, it appears the population is increasing. Bastarache noted that surveys by local biologists show the head-start turtles are now reproducing in the wild and adding to the numbers.
While successful, the head-start effort is only a bandage on the real problem. Bastarache points out that the work he and his students do is essentially “emergency care. Wellness is the real answer.”
“This is only a halfway solution,” he added. “Unless we address the root causes of the population decline – loss of habitat, road mortality, predation by invasive species and pollution – this will continue to be a problem. Technology can only do so much. The rest is up to humans.”
AgMec: The Dighton town tractor is progressing along! #BAPRIDE

Activities and Athletics: The unofficial start of spring! Lets go #Chieftains #BAPRIDE
Baseball: Baseball is underway. Players are getting some BP reps in the cage and pitchers are working on mechanics. #BAPRIDE

The Senior Class is hosting this year’s Talent Show!
Hope to see you there!

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:

ID number 4586392

Or use this link for direct access to our fundraiser:

Give Kids a Smile Day! Free one-day dental clinic for kids!
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is offering free dental care to children ages 0-13 from
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at 1 Kneeland St., Boston. No appointments are
necessary, but families should pre-register online or via email at givekidsasmileday@tufts.edu
The Week Ahead-B Week
  • Monday, March 25
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
  • Tuesday, March 26
    • MCAS ELA-Large Animal, Small Animal, NRM, Ag. Mech
    • Faculty Meeting @ 2:40 pm (Library)
    • School Building Committee @ 5:30 pm (Keith Hall)
    • Board of Trustees Meeting @ 7:00 pm (Keith Hall)
  • Wednesday, March 27
    • MCAS ELA- Large Animal, Small Animal, NRM, Ag. Mech
    • MA Agricultural Day- FFA State House Visit
  • Thursday, March 28
    • MCAS ELA- Arbor, Flori, Landscape
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
  • Friday, March 29
    • MCAS ELA- Arbor, Flori, Landscape
    • Talent Show @ 6:00 pm (Gym)

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