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Friday, May 10, 2019

Aggie Weekly-May 10th

Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:

Teacher Appreciation Week always allows to reflect on the educators who have impacted our lives. Whether we look at teachers who are currently in our lives, or in the past, we take this time to let them know that they made a difference in our lives. Our PTO always goes above and beyond this week, and we appreciate their continued support

Prom Announcement: Any parent picking their child up from prom should arrive no later than 9:45 pm at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, MA. 

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.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Our PTO graciously spoiled our staff this week. Each day of the week, we walked into treats in our mailboxes. Whether it was a granola bar or starbursts, we always had a treat to get us through the day. On Wednesday, PTO volunteers hosted a brunch. We appreciate all of their support. THANK YOU

Spring Expo: Spring is in the air at Bristol Aggie. Click here for the full article in the Taunton Daily Gazette. All photos are courtesy and property of the Taunton Daily Gazette.

Bristol County Agricultural High School held its 7th annual Spring Expo on Sunday May 5, 2019 to showcase local businesses, organizations and agencies involved in agriculture, conservation, plant and animal products and the enjoyment of the outdoors.

NRM-Cottontails Click here for the full story on boston.com
The government used to bomb this Massachusetts island. Now, they’re filling it with bunnies.
Officials foresee hundreds of rabbits peacefully coexisting with the island's undetonated bombs.

Story by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

So long “Rattlesnake Island” (we hardly knew ye); hello Rabbit Island.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is executing a plan to make Nomans Land Island a refuge for New England cottontails, as part of a larger effort to rebuild the species’ population. According to the Cape Cod Times, officials ferried the first 13 cottontails Tuesday to the 628-acre island, located three miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard.

Unfortunately for rabbit enthusiasts, Nomans Land Island and its surrounding waters remain closed to the public — but for good reason.

In the 1940s, the Navy began leasing the entire island to use for aerial bombing practice. This went on for more than 50 years. And officials say the scenic, shrub-covered island remains dangerously littered with unexploded bombs.

But don’t worry, the cottontails will probably be OK.

Meagan Racey, a spokeswoman for the Fish and Wildlife Service, which took over management of the island in 1998 (the Navy stopped using it as a bombing range in 1996), says the small mammals should be able to safely coexist with the island’s undetonated explosives.

“We considered and analyzed this when we did an environmental assessment on the proposed project (for releasing the rabbits), and believe the rabbits are too light in weight to set anything off,” Racey told Boston.com in an email.

The small mammals weigh only two to three pounds.

Additionally, Racey says that the Navy informed them that “most of the munitions are dummies.” So far, she said there’s no evidence of any other wildlife encountering or setting off ordnances on the island. While Nomans Land does not have any larger mammals, it does support many migratory bird species, including the peregrine falcon.

Officials say the remote island should be able to support at least 600 cottontails. According to an environmental assessment released by the service last November, their goal is for the population to reach at least 500. The same assessment notes that, due to all the unexploded bombs, removing cottontails from the island could be difficult, if they somehow become overpopulated.

A rabbit checks out its surroundings on Nomans Land Island. —Steve Heaslip / Pool

But right now overpopulation is not a concern.

While New England cottontails are not a federally endangered species, officials say their population has “dwindled” due to habitat loss. The rabbits depend on dense thickets associated with young forests, shrublands, and coastal barrens for protection. And, as forests matured and their habitats were cleared for development, the New England cottontail’s range has plummeted by more than 80 percent since 1960, according to the service.

The population also has had to compete for resources with the nonnative (and nearly identical) eastern cottontail, which replaced the New England cottontail as the region’s most abundant rabbit in the mid-1900s.

New England cottontail range.—U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

According to the service, the New England cottontail now only lives in southern Maine, southern New Hampshire, and parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York east of the Hudson River.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife captured the 13 New England cottontails — five females and eight males — on the mainland last winter. And after being cared for by students at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, the group was brought out to Nomans Land in wooden boxes and released by service workers Tuesday.

Without any human development, mammalian predators (predation by birds is expected to be “low“), or competing eastern cottontails, officials hope the island’s new rabbit population should be able to thrive.

“They look like they are at home,” Eileen McGourty, a biologist with the service who helped deliver the rabbits to the island Tuesday, told the Cape Cod Times.

Senior Calendar: There was a little confusion on the Senior Calendar. It read that Thursday, May 23rd was the seniors' last day. This was intended to let you know that the seniors will be in classes through the entire day. On Friday, May 24th, it also read that this is the seniors' last day, but they have graduation rehearsal on Friday at 1:00 pm in the gym then will be dismissed at 2:30 pm. Sorry for the confusion.

In the Classroom:
Animal Science:

Logan DeCourcey (left) and Lily Dias (right) competing in The FFA state Horse Showmanship CDE on May 2nd. Lily placed 2nd and Logan placed 3rd in the state.

Mia Oliveira competing in the FFA state Horse Evaluation competition on May 2nd. Mia placed 1st in the state as an individual.

Logan DeCourcy competing at the FFA state Horse Evaluation competition. Logan placed 2nd in the state as an individual.

Eloise Fogg competing in the FFA state Horse Evaluation CDE on May 2nd.

The FFA Horse Evaluation team working on their team scenario. The team placed 1st in the state and will be heading to National's in the Fall. Eloise Fogg, Riley Dustin, Mia Oliveira and Logan Decourcy.

Scholarships: SGT Shane Duffy Memorial Scholarship

Our mission is to strive to improve our community, honoring and giving back to our veterans and citizens. Our goal is to help improve the world by honoring those who gave, and continue to give, their all.

This organization comes out of a very personal experience for us all. In 2008, Shane P. Duffy, was killed in Tikrit, Iraq. The Duffy family, their friends, and citizens of the community suffered a loss that would bring us all together in the face of tragedy. Shane was a person who would help anyone and everyone. While we have lost a light in our lives, we have gained so much support and guidance, and we want to pay it forward to others.

Our goal is to help honor veterans, who have given their all. These soldiers fought to let us live the American Dream, now it's our turn to help them. Additionally, we want to better our community by giving back, lending a hand, bringing the community together, and encouraging the goodness in our citizens.

Application Information

To be considered for this year's SGT Shane Duffy Memorial Scholarship, please submit a well-written and structured essay response to the following prompt:

Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability in your school, work, or community.

500 Word Minimum

Amount: $1,000 award

Number of Awards Given: 3

Due Date:May 30, 2019

Entries accepted from graduating seniors at Taunton High School, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Tech, Coyle & Cassidy High School, Bristol County Agricultural High School, Bridgewater-Raynham High School and Dighton-Rehoboth High School

Mail Entries To: SGT Shane Duffy Memorial Fund 43 Trimount Ave Taunton, MA 02780

*ABSOLUTELY NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED**** Please be sure to mail to 43 Trimount Ave NOT TREMONT****

This year's essays will be read by a three member team. Together they will choose the winners from the entire pool of applicants for the $1,000 scholarships to be awarded shortly after the deadline of May 30th PLEASE INCLUDE a phone number and email you can be reached at should your essay be chosen. The SGT Duffy board will present their scholarships to there main office who will be responsible for getting it to the scholarship winners.

Activities and Athletics:

Softball: Click here for the full article in the Taunton Daily Gazette. All photos below are courtesy and property of the Taunton Daily Gazette.

TAUNTON — The unbeaten Bristol-Aggie softball team had yet to be tested this season.

The Chieftains got their chance on Tuesday against Mayflower League Large opponent Bristol-Plymouth.

They passed with flying colors.

“Today was a nerve wracking game for us, but we showed up,” BA first-year head coach Stephanie Moriarty said. “We played our little hearts out today. I’m wicked proud of these girls.”

The Chieftains took advantage of costly errors by the Craftsmen and held on to beat B-P, 3-1, in a battle of Mayflower Small and Large schools at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical school.

With the victory, BA improves to 12-0 on the season.

Emma Duarte, Julianna Price, Savannah Salvador and Briana Viau each had hits for the Chieftains in the victory.

Iris Lima and Jaylene Deslauriers led the Craftsmen offensively with a pair of hits.

Kyler West, a Taunton High transfer student, picked up the victory in the circle for B-A, scattering seven hits, one walk, an earned run while striking out five in her 86-pitch performance.

“She [Kyler] was amazing today,” Moriarty said. ” She was hitting her spots.”

While the Chieftains played error free ball in the field, the Craftsmen were charged with five errors on the day, including two that led to two unearned runs in the second inning.

“I told the girls after the game, we all hate to lose,” B-P head coach Paul Westner said. “But when you play well, it is easy to take. We played a good game and had that one inning when we threw the ball around. But even so, they probably would have scored two runs in that inning regardless. We have to do a little better with the bats. We just didn’t get the hits when it counted. Tip your cap to them. They’re a pretty good little team there.”

The loss ruined a great performance by Craftsmen pitcher Kaylee Gallant, who went pitch-for-pitch with West the whole game. Gallant went the distance in the circle, allowing just four hits, one earned run, no walks while striking out three in her 70-pitch outing. She retired the final 14 batters that faced her.

“That is the best game she has pitched all year,” Westner said. ” She threw strikes and the defense worked well behind her. She didn’t hurt herself by putting people on base.”

The Craftsmen (7-5) opened the scoring in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead after one.

Deslauriers tripled with one out on a deep fly to left field. Ciarra Lacouture reached on an infield single to give B-P runners at the corners. Erin Jackson’s ground out to the shortstop plated Deslauriers with the first run.

BA took the lead in the second innings, scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead.

With one out, Price and Salvador each had hits to give the Chieftains runners at first and second. Viau then slapped a hit into right-center field, scoring Price. With Salvador trying to get to third, the ball was thrown away for an error that allowed Salvador and Viau to score.

That proved to be the go ahead and eventual game-winning runs.

Duarte made the defensive play of the game in center field, robbing Marianna Veloz of an extra base hit in the fourth inning.

Now it’s back to the drawing board for Westner and the Craftsmen. Up next, Blue Hills on Thursday.

“We only need two more wins to qualify for the state tournament,” Westner said. “We’re still pretty optimistic and I’m proud at the way the girls played today. [Today] was a winnable game.”


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Baseball: Boys defeated Norfolk on Thursday. Nice win boys!

Softball: On Thursday, the girls suffered their first loss of the season.

The Week Ahead- B Week-Spirit Week

  • Monday, May 13
    • Marathon Monday. Wear your best work-out gear and sneakers!
    • AP Biology Exam-8:10
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
    • Softball vs Westport: 3:30 pm (Home-Dighton Town Hall)
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 14
    • Dress Like A Teacher Day. Twin with your favorite teacher or pick one of their iconic accessories.
    • Assembly- Report to the gym
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
    • Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 pm (Keith Hall)
  • Wednesday, May 15
    • Heroes vs. Villains Day. Don a cape and dress like your superhero/villain icon.
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
    • Softball vs Tri-County: 3:30 pm (Home-Dighton Town Hall)
  • Thursday, May 16
    • Tacky Tourist Day. Pretend you are on a vacation and bring in your fanny pack, cargo shorts, and sunglasses.
    • Chris Herren Presentation: 8:15 (gym)
    • EXTENDS 2:30 pm (Library)
    • Softball vs Bristol-Plymouth: 3:30 pm (Home-Dighton Town Hall)
    • Late Bus: 5:00 pm
  • Friday, May 17
    • Field Day
    • Wear your class colors - freshmen are yellow, sophomores are green, juniors are red, and seniors are blue.
    • Period 7: 8:10-9:00 (same)
    • Period 6: 9:02-9:52 (same)
    • Period 5: 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
    • Senior Trip- Six Flags- Departure 12:00 pm

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