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Friday, May 31, 2019

Aggie Weekly-May 31st Graduation Edition




Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:

This week we held our 2019 Graduation Commencement ceremony at Dighton Town Hall. This is the second straight year we have been outside for our ceremony. We were very fortunate to sneak it in before it started to rain. See all the great photos below!

2019 Graduation Commencement- Click here for the LiveStream

Click here for the full article in the SouthCoast Today



DIGHTON — Basking in praise from administrators and their peers, members of Bristol County Agricultural High School’s Class of 2019 proudly graduated Thursday night.

The school held its second-ever outdoor ceremony in the field behind Dighton Town Hall. The 109 graduates made their grand entrance following a procession of students carrying American flags to a roar of cheers, applause — and some air horns.

In their addresses to classmates, the class president and valedictorian discussed the value of the education provided to them at Bristol Aggie and how their experiences at the school helped them progress as individuals, both personally and professionally.

“I myself had come to Bristol Aggie as a very different person: scared and extremely nervous. ... I would sit in the back of my middle school classroom and never speak,” said Class President Madison Kruger of Dartmouth.

“When I first walked through the welcoming doors of Gilbert Hall, I immediately took comfort in knowing that I had found a safe space to learn and experience new adventures with amazing staff and students. I went from the girl in the back of the class to the woman speaking at graduation, in only four short years.”

Valedictorian and equine science student Kaitlyn Walorz of Lakeville began her speech on an ominous note regarding the inevitability of death, a statement that drew nervous, yet appreciative laughter from her classmates and parents in the audience.

In light of her speech’s theme — derived from the Second Law of Thermodynamics — Walorz urged her fellow classmates to accept the fact that their lives will end, but not to be consumed by negativity thinking about it.

Rather, she insisted that they “take that information” and let it empower them to do what they can to impact their own “worlds” around them, no matter how big or small.

“We can either let this information make us feel pointless and unsettle us, or live our lives the way we want to live them and alleviate the suffering of others,” said Walorz.

“Many of us want to make an impact, but we become bogged down by the thought of our own insignificance. How can one person change the whole world? Here’s the thing: you don’t have to. Instead of making a small impact on an enormous world, try making an enormous impact in a smaller world.”

Of the 109 graduates, two students — Michael Koussa and Melanie Rea — enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard and were recognized by Assistant Superintendent and Principal Kevin Braga.

Braga also recognized two school staff members who would be retiring at the end of the year — 29-year school nurse Karyn Wilson and 19-year guidance counselor Cindy McKay.

Students Lacey Parker and Bridget Peacock both received annual $250 Board of Trustees scholarships and Kruger received the board’s scholarship in the amount of $500.

Emma Duarte was awarded the Spirit of Bristol pennant, which is presented to students in memory of Florence Gilbert, wife of George Gilbert, Bristol Aggie’s first director.

“In a few moments, you will soon be joining an elite organization: the Bristol County Agricultural High School Alumni Association,” said Aggie Superintendent and Director Adele Sands, asking those in the audience who graduated from the school to stand.

“We’re thrilled to have you represent this school no matter what you choose to do for your future — as long as it’s legal,” she joked.

In his send-off to students, Braga told them how much he had been inspired by their initiative, whether it be in academics or in fostering a strong sense of school spirit.

For example, Braga said, he admired the work ethic of several students who for years reported to the school at 5 a.m. to milk animals and was continuously “humbled and impressed” by the students who pushed him and staff “to be better each day.”

“With the title of principal comes the expectation of leadership. The reality is, I have learned so much from these students who sit before us...(This class’s) culture and atmosphere is cultivated by parents supporting students and staff, and in turn our staff challenging our students to reach their maximum potential,” said Braga.

“Graduates, as you walk across this stage, remember the core values learned at Bristol Aggie and even though you leave our current ranks, you will remain members of the B.A. family for life.”

Bristol County Agricultural High School held its graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 30, 2019. SouthCoast students graduating included:

  • Acushnet: Hailey Brightman, Kiara Nunes and Gillian Souto.
  • Dartmouth: Lily Berube, Brianna Gosselin, Madison Kruger, Cameron Oliveira and Courtney Whittle.
  • Fairhaven: Foster Cripps, Jack Wethington and Elizabeth Whitaker.
  • Freetown: Matteo Cabral.
  • Lakeville: Serena Cornell, Zoe Goulart, Karlene McMahon and Kaitlyn Walorz.
  • Middleboro: Robert Cowing and Brooke Murphy.
  • New Bedford: Lillian Adamiec, Jake Bentley, Carissa Laporte, Madison Marcondes, Alayna Polk, Emma Ripley and Jalena Sylvia.
  • Westport: Kennedy Alves, Chelsea Botelho, Elizabeth Brouillette, Alexander Cameron, Sierra Fleury, Andrew Flory, Austin Russell, Meghan Sherman and Marguerite Zielinski.











Bristol Aggie Welcomes the Commissioner Riley from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Bristol Aggie was honored to host Commissioner Riley of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Representative Patricia Haddad today. This was Commissioner Riley's first visit to Bristol Aggie and will certainly not be its last. "This place is incredible" was the phrase of the day. The day started with a visit to the 80 plus year old Gilbert Hall/Academic Building, which will be renovated when the campus undergoes its $103 million renovation and construction project. Commissioner Riley saw the needed upgrades in the science classrooms with a visit to Mr. Johnson’s junior science class, upgrades that will be completed with the MSBA project. Around campus, students and staff immersed the Commissioner into their learning which included a look into the wildlife research that the NRM students are conducting (turtle, snake and axolotl, oh my), some drone flying, the school's new CNC machine and educational tractor in Agricultural Mechanics, and the hydroponic research and floral designing being done in Floriculture. The Commissioner visited the Landscape Design and Contracting Students while doing some hardscape and even took a walk through our field nursery, home to the daylilies that are part of the Sylvan Nursery partnership (keep your eye out for our Bristol Aggie grown varieties). Animal Science students introduced him to the newest residents on campus while the visitor from the Doggie Daycare were papered. The Arboriculture students even got him into the bucket truck for a ride! It was an amazing day and we are excited to be able to show him what authentic learning is; real world projects being tackled in the agricultural education classroom. We look forward to your return Commissioner Riley!








Raising the BARR:




In The Classroom
Landscape: Last Friday, just in time for Memorial Day, six members of the Sophomore class planted annuals at the Korean and World War II Memorials on the grounds of the Taunton Superior Courthouse.







The Week Ahead- A Week
  • Monday, June 3
    • Assembly- Report to the gym
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
    • Softball vs Norfolk : 3:30 pm (Home-Dighton Town Hall)
  • Tuesday, June 4
    • Bio MCAS- Freshman report to the cafe
    • Faculty Meeting @ 2:40 (Library)
  • Wednesday, June 5
    • Bio MCAS- Freshman report to the cafe
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 6
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
  • Friday, June 7

  • 6/3: Lunch: Pulled Pork on wheat roll Or Grab n Go Options H.M. Coleslaw , Black Bean & Corn Salad, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Thursday, May 30, 2019


  • 5/31: 5:00 Late buses
  • 5/31: Lunch: Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza Or Grab n Go Options Peas & Carrots, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits


Graduation Announcement


 
May 30, 2019
Dear Students and Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2019,

Graduation day is finally upon us!  Due to the weather forecasted for today, we will be hosting graduation ceremonies outside at Karl K. Spratt Jr. Memorial Field at Dighton’s Town Hall at 6:30 pm.  The concrete bleachers (see below) hold approximately 900-1000 guests so please use the space accordingly. Since it is outside, we are expecting approximately 1000 guests to be in attendance. It may be a little damp on the concrete bleachers so you may want to bring something to cover the bleachers for you to sit.   
As a follow up to a previous email sent to students and parents, we wanted to provide families with as much information regarding logistics as possible.  Students will be reporting to Dighton Building Department  between 5:00-5:15 pm for preparation for graduation.  Students will be able to park at school and get the shuttle to the Building Department at 5:00 pm.  If parents are dropping off students, please do so at Dighton Building Department (See graphic below) which is adjacent to Town Hall.  Please see images below to give you an understanding of the set up for graduation, student drop off, and parking arrangements. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Braga (kbraga@bcahs.com).   

Reminders for our guests:
  1. Overflow parking at Dighton Post Office, Dighton Elementary and Middle School only after 5:00 pm.  
  2. Shuttle from Bristol Aggie to Town Hall will start transporting guests at 5:00 pm.  Pick up location will be behind the school (see graphic below) in between Gilbert Hall and the Museum.  
  3. Student drop off location is Dighton Building Department.  There is no parking available here. See parking locations below.  

Reminders for students:
  1. Students report to Dighton Building Department between 5:00-5:15 pm
  2. Graduates travel light as the Building Department will be locked and we will not return after graduation.
  3. Bus Transportation will start at 5:00 pm outside of Flori.
  4. No decorating of caps.  Ensure you bring your tassels.  NHS Tassels were handed out yesterday.  We do not have extras.
  5. Dress Code: Boys may wear slacks with shoes and a polo, while ladies can wear a sundress, pants etc.  No flip flops.
  6. Graduates will be facing the sun (if it appears), recommended to wear sunglasses.  
  7. Graduation Cues: Follow Marshalls
    1. To begin the ceremony, line captains will set the pace.  Stay with your partner. Remain standing until the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.
    2. You will remain seated through all the speeches, until I ask the Board of Trustees and Superintendent Sands to come forward, then Marshalls will have the first row rise.  From there follow your Marshalls.
    3. NEW: Once Kristi-Rose Texeira is called, the Marshalls will have everyone stand.  
    4. Senior President Madison Kruger and VP Victoria Gonsalves will come forward and signal to move your tassels from right to left.    

Concrete Bleachers for Guest Seating

Handicap and elderly seating will be available (limited quantity) on the field facing the graduates.  Parents will be facing the graduates on the field, and graduates will be facing Town Hall. Graduates will walk in front of the bleachers to receive their diplomas.  

Handicap parking will be available behind Dighton Town Hall. General parking will be available at Bristol Aggie. Starting at 5:00 pm 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 with proper signage. At 5:00 pm, additional parking will be available at the Dighton Post Office, Dighton Elementary School, and Dighton Middle School.

Student drop off will be at the Dighton Building Department at 5:15 pm.  Students will gather inside to prepare for graduation. No parking will be allowed.  Drop off only!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


  • 5/30: No 5:00 Late buses
  • 5/30: Lunch: Build A Better Burger Or Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese , Baked Boston Beans. Grab n Go Options Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


  • 5/29: 5:00 Late buses
  • 5/29: JV Softball vs. Atlantis Charter
  • 5/28: Pasta Bar w/assorted sauces Or Plain Pasta, Steamed Broccoli, Grab n Go Options, Fresh Garden Salad, Assorted Fresh & Canned Fruits

Friday, May 24, 2019

Aggie Weekly-May 24th Memorial Day Weekend



Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:

This week our seniors completed finals and had their first graduation rehearsal in preparation for next week. The forecast as of now looks like we will be outside again, so our fingers are crossed that the weather cooperates!

REMEMBER THE FALLEN: Remember to take the time this weekend to reflect on those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our liberties. We are fortunate to live in a country where so many men and women volunteer to protect these liberties with the understanding that they may have to give their lives to protect their loved ones. Please be safe this weekend.




ABC6 News Best of Class: Congratulations to our Valedictorian Kaity Walorz! On Tuesday, she was recognized with many of her peers at Roger Williams University. #BAPride





Awards Night: On Thursday, we celebrated student achievement by recognizing students who earned honor roll, high honors, top 10 seniors, and formally announced our Valedictorian Kaity Walorz. In addition, we handed out over 35 scholarships which are donated by our community each year to our seniors.










GSA: On Saturday, May 18, the Bristol Aggie GSA represented our school at the Youth Pride March in Boston! We had a great time- lots of free pride swag and a dance party after!




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 Mrs. 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.


NRM- Agricultural Students Raise, Release Threatened Turtles Click here for the CBS Boston Channel 4 video



MAYNARD (CBS) – It’s a head start program for turtles. And the proud foster parents are local high school students dedicated to helping the creatures survive.

The young people have raised the turtles with loving care for the last eight months. On Thursday, with high hopes, they released 49 turtles that are considered “threatened” in Massachusetts.

“Today is World Turtle Day,” said Jared Green of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. And that makes it a really great day for small, Blanding’s turtles moving around in large plastic containers. Their existence is threatened mostly because their habitat is being destroyed by development.



“You guys are really making a huge difference in the lives of these turtles,” Green told the gathered students. They are sophomores at the Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton. Since September they’ve cared for hatchlings. It’s part of a head start program run by U..S Fish and Wildlife.

“This is the 10th year the students have been raising turtles for us. Today they released their 800th head start,” Green said.

The release point is the Assabet River Wildlife Refuge in Maynard. Carefully, the students say goodbye to the creatures they’ve cared for the entire school year.

“I was very proud because my class and I worked really hard for them to grow really big and be able to set them free,” said Michaela Ventura, one of the students.

The young people studied the turtles as they fed and cared for them and feel like they’re on a mission.

“If we don’t take care of them, and we don’t try to boost their population, who’s going to? We can’t keep destroying their habitat and contribute to the problem and not try and fix it,” added Derek Wedge, another student.

The turtles are big enough now that they have a good chance of surviving in this protected environment.

“They’re a long-lived species. They can live for 70 to 80 years. So it’s just neat to think about how we’re having a real impact on this threatened species,” Green said.

“I hope that the majority of them will survive very well in the wild and eventually there will be enough living here for a sustainable population that we don’t have to head start them anymore,” said student Sydney St. Pierre.

The young people are part of this project through their Natural Resource Management class. Two former students in the program have gone on to careers as wildlife biologists.

RESPECTfully Public Awareness Campaign Launch
The Commonwealth is launching its first statewide public awareness and prevention campaign in almost twenty years to promote healthy relationships among middle and high schoolers. Launching the week of May 26th, "RESPECTfully," aims to increase awareness of what constitutes a healthy relationship, emphasizes the need for respect in relationships, and helps teens identify the escalating behaviors that may lead to unhealthy and unsafe relationships.

Developed with extensive input from the Commonwealth’s youth and sexual assault and domestic violence advocates, RESPECTfully promotes healthy relationship behaviors and boundaries, and articulates a key message that everyone deserves respect, honesty, and open communication. Campaign messaging will be delivered in short videos with modern animations conveying a clear message on social media platforms that teens are using every day. The messaging is directed at youth between the ages of 12-18, as well as their parents, caregivers, and adults involved in youth’s daily lives.


2019 Commencement Ceremony: Graduation is next Thursday, which is set for Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 pm. Similar to last year, we are planning an outdoor graduation at the Karl K. Spratt Jr. Memorial Field at Dighton’s 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. 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.

To help prepare for graduation, we wanted to provide families with as much information regarding logistics as possible. Students will be reporting to Dighton Building Department at 5:00 pm for preparation for graduation. The Dighton Building Department is adjacent to Dighton Town Hall. If it is inside, students will report to the library at 5:00 pm. Please see images below to give you an understanding of the set up for graduation, student drop off, and parking arrangements.


Concrete Bleachers for Guest Seating




Handicap and elderly seating will be available (limited quantity) on the field facing the graduates. Parents will be facing the graduates on the field, and graduates will be facing Town Hall. Graduates will walk in front of the bleachers to receive their diplomas.




Handicap parking will be available behind Dighton Town Hall. General parking will be available at Bristol Aggie. Starting at 5:00 pm 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 with proper signage. At 5:00 pm, additional parking will be available at the Dighton Post Office, Dighton Elementary School, and Dighton Middle School.




Student drop off will be at the Dighton Building Department at 5:15 pm. Students will gather inside to prepare for graduation. No parking will be allowed. Drop off only!

Natural Resources Management Senior Project Presentations



Mr. Bastarache’s senior NRM students presented the results of Senior Research Projects to fellow junior and senior NRM students this week.





Their senior project presentations are a culmination of their ongoing independent research for almost two years and works in conjunction with research papers they recently completed and submitted. The requirements for these linked research papers and projects are rigorous; the corresponding slide shows must demonstrate coherence, organization, and professionalism. The students communicated their findings using their topic data and outcomes. They also implemented polished communication skills and fielded questions and answers. This authentic project-based enterprise will prepare these seniors for 21st century learning and life skills to launch them successfully into their endeavors.



Landscape Design and Contracting - This week our Freshmen and Juniors completed a landscape installation for People Incorporated, a community housing development organization in Fall River. Students installed plants, mulch, finished graded the lawn areas, seeded and fertilized. Thanks to Mr. Rose for all his help.





Senior Trip: Last Friday after Field Day, many seniors had a blast celebrating graduation at Six Flags’ Grad Night!












Peer Mentor Program: Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Peer Mentor Program this year.





The Week Ahead- B Week
  • Monday, May 27
    • No School- Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 28- NO ASSEMBLY THIS WEEK
    • Senior Breakfast 8:10-8:30
    • Graduation Rehearsal 8:30-11:30
    • Cap and Gown Distribution
    • Baseball vs Avon DOUBLE HEADER: 3:30 pm (Home)
    • Softball vs Southeastern: 3:30 pm (Home-Dighton Town Hall)
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 29
    • Graduation Rehearsal 8:30-11:30- PENDING
    • Softball vs Holbrook: 3:30 pm (Home-Dighton Town Hall)
  • Thursday, May 30
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
    • Graduation @ 6:30 pm
    • Graduation Day - Outside: Dighton Town Hall
    • * Seniors report at 5:00 pm to Town Hall
    • * If we have inclement weather, graduation will be conducted in the Bristol Aggie Gym
  • Friday, May 31
    • Softball vs Southeastern: 3:30 pm (Home-Dighton Town Hall)

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