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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Aggie Weekly- Summer Edition

Aggie Weekly

Good Morning Students, Parents, and Community Members: 

We hope this summer has been filled with rest, enjoyment, and an opportunity to set higher goals for you to achieve this year. We are looking forward to another successful school year! This summer has been quite busy with hiring new personnel, establishing new training for our staff, and looking at ways to improve student achievement.

Stay Connected! Stay Informed!

We have instituted an additional means of communication through the Bristol Aggie Blog. This blog allows students, parents, staff, and community members to stay informed of what is happening at Bristol Aggie. You can sign up for daily emails to ensure you don’t miss anything! You can also view the calendar feature which lists all the events that are happening at BA daily. During Parent & Freshman Orientation today, we were able to sign up many parents to the new blog! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Braga (KBraga@bcahs.com).

Student Handbook Update: 2019 Handbook Changes

Lunch Schedule: We wanted to inform students of a change in lunch schedules. The time will the same, however, the lunches have flipped. We did this to help with the transition after Sophomore Related classes arriving late to 4th period.

  • 1st Lunch: Sophomores and Juniors
  • 2nd Lunch: Freshmen and Seniors

Freshman Academy: Click here to view the full story and purchase a photo

Each year, Mr. Higgins and upperclassmen student mentors coordinate a plan for Freshman Academy. The overall objective of the program is designed to ensure that students have a smooth transition into high school. Research states that transition from 8th to 9th grade, is one of the most difficult transitions for a student. Each day of the academy, students go through different icebreakers, team building activities, walking their schedule to build familiarity, open lockers, and what to expect at the Vo-Ag Pep Rally. On Monday, Mr. Higgins discussed expectations for student success in and out of the classroom. This year, Mr. Higgins wanted to add an additional personal touch and incorporated an email activity, which students emailed their teachers to introduce themselves and expressed their excitement for attending Bristol Aggie. We look forward to a successful year with our freshman.

Additional Pictures from Freshman Academy:

Egg Drop

Marshmallow Tower

Handshakes and Eye Contact

NRM Feature: Click here for the video

Giving bunnies a boost: Students further cottontail conservation

Students at Bristol County Agricultural High School are used to an out-of-the-ordinary educational experience. After all, “Bristol Aggie” offers programs in floriculture, animal science, and agricultural mechanics. The latest addition to its natural resource management curriculum, however, is rare indeed.

Bristol Aggie is the newest member of a partnership led by the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex to save the New England cottontail, the only rabbit native to the region. The species is at risk of being listed as endangered due to extensive loss of habitat.

Rabbit husbandry joins the eastern-Massachusetts school’s programs with at-risk Blanding’s turtle, wood turtle, and northern red-bellied cooter. With guidance from wildlife managers, students raise young New England cottontails to be released into the wild on Nomans Land Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The cross-generational project has been commended as a model of collaboration. Additional partners are MassWildlife, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and University of Rhode Island.

The students take their contribution to conservation seriously, and the value of participating in a real-life project isn’t lost on them. In their words:

“Every day, I tend to the rabbits to keep them safe and healthy. It is my responsibility to uphold our portion of the agreement…meaning I have to work closely with my classmates to ensure all of the rabbits in our care can be released back into the wild when the time comes.” -Serena Cornell

“It feels as if I’m bettering the future, and I get to be a part of something that I know will have a lasting impact.” -Mia Slater

“New England cottontail conservation is important to me because I care about preserving the environment for future generations and for the benefit of the species.” -Andrew Flory

“It is an incredible experience to be working with professional conservationists helping me learn with hands-on experiences that will later help me in the natural resource management field.” -Isabella Bartlett

While still in high school, these young people are working to ensure that New England cottontails will be around for generations to come.

Class of 2022 Fundraiser Result:

Attention Attleboro and South Attleboro Families:

In May 2019, BCAHS gave out information provided by Attleboro explaining that the Attleboro School Department is charging fees to ride Attleboro Buses. In addition, the Attleboro School Department has also advertised this change. Bristol County Agricultural High School Bus picks up Attleboro students at Attleboro High school in the morning only. If you are planning to have your child board the Attleboro Bus in the morning, as a means to get them to Attleboro High School, then you must contact the Attleboro School Department to arrange transportation. If you do not choose to use Attleboro’s transportation, then you must arrange transportation for your child to Attleboro High School. The bus stop is located at the Bus Loop at Attleboro High School also known as “The Pit.” It is imperative that you arrange this transportation immediately, as Attleboro High requires a bus pass to board their buses. The Attleboro High School has set deadlines for parent/guardians to apply for a bus pass. Please call your school department immediately.

Welcome Aboard!: We have had the opportunity to hire a few new members to our staff. Below is a short bio on each new member of the Bristol Aggie family.

Name: Mrs. Bosworth, Large Animal Science
  • High School: Morgan High School, Clinton CT- Graduated in 2002
  • College: University of Connecticut and Lesley University (Master’s)
  • Hobbies: Horseback riding, chickens, pigs, growing basil, skiing
  • What is the 1 thing you want your students to know about you?
    • I became a teacher because I love helping people learn, especially if it is a subject they are passionate about. I strive to help my students realize, and then achieve their goals.
  • What is 1 thing you want your parents/community to know about you?
    • I see potential in every single student. I work hard to meet my students where they are in their educational process and then find the best way to help the excel and succeed.
  • What are you most excited about for the 2018-2019 school year?
    • I am so excited to be a part of the Bristol Aggie community! I can not wait to meet my students and get to know them. I am honored to work at a school that values creating a learning environment that so closely mimics what our students will see out in the agricultural industry - truly setting them up for success.

Name: Ms. Moriarty, Small Animal Science
  • High School: Sandwich High School- Graduated in 2003
  • College: University of Maine
  • Hobbies: I enjoy fishing, training my dog, cycling and playing with my kids!
  • What is the 1 thing you want your students to know about you?
    • When I was little, I was afraid of dogs! Despite this, my parents brought me to the animal shelter and proceeded to adopt a very large, fluffy mixed breed. Bear and I quickly became buddies and when he passed away, I was in middle school. I became very interested in what his illness was and why he died young. This was the beginning of my passion for animal science. Since then I have raised puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, worked in shelters, went to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina for their rescue efforts and been a Veterinary Technician in an emergency animal hospital.
  • What is 1 thing you want your parents/community to know about you?
    • I am here for the students. I want them to leave my classroom with a passion for the subject so they want to continue their education or start a career in a science field.
  • What are you most excited about for the 2018-2019 school year?
    • Meeting the students of course! Also, I’m in charge of the Rabbit Hopping Competition at Fall Show; that’s the event I’m most excited about.
Name: Ms. Courville, School Nurse
  • High School: Somerset High School- Graduated in 1990
  • College: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Hobbies: I love hanging out with my son Ben. I love children of all ages and love to see them succeed. I will do anything I can to help anyone. I love to learn, anything. Reading books. Animals are also a love of mine. I have a dog and a cat. I look forward to learning my new role here at BA and I am excited and enthusiastic to begin!!
  • What is the 1 thing you want your students to know about you?
    • They can come to me, in confidence, with anything. I am part of a team and I am here to assist them with whatever they need.
  • What is 1 thing you want your parents/community to know about you?
    • I will treat your child as if my own. I am excited to start my new role as your school nurse at Bristol Aggie.
  • What are you most excited about for the 2018-2019 school year?
    • Learning my new role, meeting the staff and students!
  • Anything else you would like to add?
    • I am so excited to start!! This position is like a dream for me!
Name: Ms. Eddlem, Guidance Counselor
  • High School: Coyle and Cassidy High School- Graduated in 2013
  • College: Regis College and Bridgewater State University (Master’s)
  • Hobbies: Crafting, Escape rooms, Jigsaw puzzles
  • What is 1 thing you want your students to know about you?
    • One time I went fishing and we caught a dog. Ask me to tell you the story!
  • What is the 1 thing you want your parents/community to know about you?
    • I interned at Bristol Plymouth last year and learned a lot about vocational schools. I feel so blessed to be starting this year at Bristol Aggie!
  • What are you most excited about for the 2018-2019 school year?
    • Meeting my students!
  • Anything else you would like to add?
    • I know where all the best escape rooms are in the area. I’ve done 10 of them in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Opening Letter to Parents: Required forms are due Thursday, August 29, 2019

As always, when you start a new school year, it will be important for you to develop and cultivate regular habits of study. You must strive to do your best work at all times in order to achieve the benefits of a solid education. Set your goals and consider your education a very personal accomplishment. A reminder to the Freshmen class: A very high percentage of our students are placed in either their first or second choice of sophomore vocational majors. Grades are a significant factor in this wonderful outcome which is only possible as a result of the focus, effort, and dedication of students in their prior year’s freshmen class. In our school of excellence, a positive attitude is the best "tool" to bring with you this fall.

We look forward to welcoming each and every one of you back to school and wish you all a successful and fulfilling year at Bristol Aggie.

Please read through the entire packet and follow the instructions that apply to you. The required forms are due Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Enclosed you will find materials relating to your son or daughter's enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year at Bristol County Agricultural High School.

It is important that you complete all required forms and return them to the Main office: Your child will NOT be permitted to participate in any extracurricular activities until forms are completed and returned.

Hard Copy Forms Sent Home: WILL BE SENT HOME
Click Hyperlinks to view and then Sign Off Below (separate sheet) 

I have read the Bristol County Agricultural High School Beginning of the Year Student and Parent Informational Packet. By signing below, I certify that I understand its contents. I agree that I am required to abide by the rules and regulations set forth in each individual policy and procedure. Please check each box below that is required indicating that you have read and understand each policy and procedure. If you would like a hard copy of any or all of the forms, please notify the main office.

Click Hyperlinks and Signoff Below: 

MSBA Expansion- Construction Update: Week 1 Update



Athletics and Activities: We strongly encourage all students to take advantage of our after school activities and athletics. The start of the fall season begins on Friday, August 23rd. Anyone interested in joining an activity or sport, please click here for contact information.

1st Week of School-A Week
  • Monday, August 26- No School- Teachers 1st Day Back
  • Tuesday, August 27
  • Welcome Back Assembly- Meet in Gym
  • Wednesday, August 28
    • Girls Soccer vs Avon (HOME)
  • Thursday, August 29
    • Class Assemblies (Expectations and ALICE protocols)-Auditorium
    • Report to class for attendance. An announcement will be made for students and teachers to report to the Auditorium.
      • Period 2: Seniors
      • Period 3: Juniors
      • Period 6: Sophomores
      • Period 7: Freshman
    • Scrimmage: Girls Soccer vs Durfee (Home) 4:00 pm
  • Friday, August 30- No School- Labor Day extended weekend
    • Scrimmage: Volleyball vs Westport (Home) 10:00 am

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