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Friday, March 29, 2019

Aggie Weekly-March 29th

Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:
    This week our sophomore’s took ELA MCAS.  Since they completed Biology MCAS last year, they only have Math MCAS in May.  Additionally, teachers finalized their recommendations for student schedules. The next step will be for students and parents to login to their PowerSchool account and “accept” the recommendations or select a different option.  Details on how to access recommendations is below.
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 this week’s High Five Club Winner: D. Silvia

Dr. DiGioia giving a high five to D!

Congratulations to This Week’s Winners who Raised the BARR:  Kristi-Rose Teixiera and Geralyn Randall. Congratulations to you both! Thank you for demonstrating perfect attendance and conduct! Keep up the great work!

Attention Seniors: Graduation Senior Bios
It’s that time of the year again! We are planning Graduation for the Class of 2019.  We are planning outdoor graduation again this year (see more information below). When students walk across the stage Superintendent Sands will read a short biography of each student.  This is a nice way for the crowd to understand your child’s accomplishments and future plans.
These will be read during your walk to receive your diploma. Write three to five sentences of who you are, what you have accomplished or been a part of during your years here at BCAHS, where you plan on going after BCAHS. Click here to complete your graduation bio.

"Kiley is an active member of student government and school council. She has participated in track, soccer, and FFA. Kiley is attending Westfield State University this fall, and plans to major in Biology with a concentration in pre-med, in hopes of attending medical school."

"Ben is a member of the National Honors Society and a proud member of the Math Team. He will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute to major in Chemistry."

"Mikaela is the secretary of the senior class and a four year member of the BA theatre company. She will be attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst and plans on majoring in nursing."
Student Scheduling:
PowerSchool Class Registration
Using the Class Registration page in PowerSchool Parent, students and their parents can manage their course requests.

How to Register for Classes: Use the following procedure to request classes for the next year.

Enter Username and Password on the Student and Parent Sign In screen.

On the start page, click Class Registration from the navigation menu. The Class Registration page appears.

Click the Pencil icon to select courses from each area. The Course Request pop‐up window appears.

Select the checkbox for the course you want to request.

The Course Request pop‐up window includes the following information

Click Okay. The Course Request pop‐up window closes. A green checkmark appears in the area for which you selected courses (figure 1).
Note: A red exclamation mark appears if courses need to be selected for an area.

Repeat Step 3 through Step 5 for each course request.
Note: A Road icon appears if a teacher has recommended the course. Click to view the recommending teacher. A Note icon appears if the course contains prerequisite notes. Click to view.

Click Submit. The [Scheduling Year] Course Requests page appears (figure 2).
Note: Students and their parents are able to update/change course requests by selecting Class Registration from the navigation menu.

Senior Parent/Student Letter:
Dear Students and Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2019,
Congratulations to the Class of 2019! As we approach our 2019 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 24th. On Friday, May 24th 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 28th and Wednesday, May 29th beginning promptly at 8:30 am in the gym. 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 30th at 6:30 pm 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 30th 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 2019 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.
Kevin P. Braga
Assistant Superintendent/Principal

There will be an FFA Meeting open to all students on Wednesday, April 3 immediately after school. It will be held in the Board of Trustees meeting room which is in Keith Hall above the cafeteria. We hope to see everyone there! We have a lot on our agenda for Spring. Community Service events and plans for awards banquet.

Student Services:
Be on the lookout for our new monthly newsletter! It will be emailed to parents and eventually placed online on our website under the Student Services tab. The newsletter will have tons of information related to the college admissions process, career exploration, mental health awareness, special education, financial aid, special dates and more. The first release will happen on April 1st!
Dual Enrollment Information
There are some offerings for dual enrollment through Bristol Community College throughout the summer. These courses are offered to many local vocational and technical high schools so enrollment is first come, first serve. Students are eligible if they have a 2.5 G.P.A. in high school and if they have previously taken a BCC course must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. through the college. These courses are at no cost to you (unless it states a fee, and books are not covered). The offerings are listed below, spaces will be filling up fast so please reach out if you are interested. Some courses require an Accuplacer placement test before enrollment. In order to enroll, students must have a discussion with Ms. Costa in Student Services to ensure they are prepared for the course and have the appropriate prerequisites. Students and parents may not sign up for the course on their own. Please see below for the offerings. If you or your student is interested you may reach Ms. Costa at kcosta@bcahs.com. Students also have the opportunity to take other courses at Bristol Community College and not just those listed below, if that is something you or your child is interested in please reach out!

In the Classroom
Arbor: The senior Arbor class toured Nadeau Tree Service. Ryan Nadeau is a member of the graduating class of 1996 and runs his business out of Westport MA

The students were able to see a crane remove a tree with difficult access. This showed students a new avenue of Arbor

Introduction to Agriculture:

The Week Ahead-A Week

  • Monday, April 1
    • Assembly- Report to the gym
    • Freshman Vo-Ag Requests
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 2
    • Faculty Meeting @ 2:40 (Library)
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 3
    • Softball vs Norfolk @ 3:30 (Home-Dighton Town Hall)
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 4-Early Release
    • Period 1: 8:10-9:00 (same)
    • Period 2: 9:02-9:52 (same)
    • Period 3: 9:54-10:42 (same)
    • Period 4: 10:44-11:47 (CHANGE)
      • 1st Lunch: 10:42-11:10 (same)
      • 2nd Lunch: 11:18-11:47
  • Friday, April 5
    • Softball vs South Shore @ 3:30 (Home-Dighton Town Hall)
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm

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