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Friday, April 24, 2020

Aggie Weekly- April 24th

Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members:

We understand that many of you have questions about the end of the year since the Governor closed schools on Monday. We wanted to provide you with our “End of Year Plan” on how students will be able collect their belongings, pay lunch balances, return winter sports jerseys, etc. We will once again have a zoom meeting (see details below) on Monday, April 27th for students and parents to discuss our plan on allowing students to gather their belongings, while keeping them safe.

Governor Baker Announces School Closure for the Remainder of the Year:
On Tuesday, Governor Baker announced that public and private schools (not including residential special education schools) will stay closed through the end of the school year. This is a necessary step to keep everyone as healthy as possible. Remote learning is even more important now, and DESE will issue additional guidance to public schools later this week.

Commissioner Riley views the state’s response to COVID-19 as having four phases:

  1. The initial school closures, with a focus on students’ and families’ immediate needs, such as safety and food;
  2. The initial remote learning recommendations, before anyone knew how long schools would be closed;
  3. The remote learning update that will come later this week, following the announcement that schools will not reopen this school year; and
  4. Re-opening school, a process that will take shape in the coming months.

A Message from Superintendent Sands:

Congratulations to Alexis Kublin on earning the title of Class of 2020 Valedictorian!

Student/Parent Virtual Meeting Details:
  • Parent Q/A Meeting- End of Year Plan Agenda
    • Objective
    • Locker Cleanouts/Schedule
    • End of Year Activities
      • Prom- Currently postponed to Friday, July 17th
      • Graduation- More information will be available soon
      • Awards Night- TBD
      • Cancelled:
        • School Play
        • Field Day
        • Senior Trip
      • Seniors Last Day- Friday, May 22nd
        • Cap and Gowns/ Return books/ Collect any debts (locks, lunch, etc)
      • Students Last Day- Friday, June 12th
  • How to use Zoom:
    • Go to. www.zoom.us At the top right of the screen, click "Join a Meeting"
    • You will need the following information to join the meeting:
      • Meeting ID: See email for details
      • Password: See email for details
    • You may be asked to create a username (if you do not have a Zoom account). This username is what will be displayed during our meeting.
    • On Monday, starting at 5:00 pm, the “Waiting Room” will open prior to the meeting getting started to help with the transition. Please ensure that your login name is identifiable. I will be screening each member that requests to enter the “Waiting Room.”
    • You can enable/disable video when entering the meeting (see below).
    • Upon entry everyone’s microphone will be muted during the meeting.
    • See below for helpful links

We are proud to announce that we have received the Green Difference Award from Greenschools. Shout out to our cafeteria staff for being an exemplar of a food services program.


This year’s convention wasn’t exactly what we envisioned. We missed seeing our friends from across the state and cannot wait until we can celebrate with all of you. Congratulations to the Bristol FFA Chapter! What incredible success!

National Administrative Professionals Day- April 22nd
National Administrative Professionals’ Day, also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day, recognizes the professionals who keep an office running smoothly every day. Celebrate these professionals on the Wednesday of the last full week in April of each year. The day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. Central to any business, these professionals keep an office organized and efficient.

Aggie Family Table: During these challenging times, the Bristol Aggie Food Services team wants to stay connected to our students and families! The team has decided to create the Aggie Family Table Cooking Series! Follow our food services team as they create meals from common food. Do you and your family have a favorite recipe? Upload and tag @bristolaggie You may find it on our future school menus! Click here to view this week’s episode on how to make Carrot Cake with Food Service Manager Theresa Vernazzaro.

Aggie Website- COVID 19 Updates:

Check the Bristol AGGIE COVID-19 Information website for answers and resources. This website is updated frequently as more information becomes available.

COVID-19 Family Economic Impact: If your family has been impacted economically, please check out this website to see what resources are available for you and your family.

Parent/Student Engagement Pictures: We are requesting students to share (kbraga@bcahs.com) some of the work they are doing at home. If you are working on an assignment and you want to share your work, please send it along to me so we can keep up the Aggie Weekly classroom updates. Additionally, if you are working on your baseball/softball/LAX swing/skills in your backyard, please share those as well. Feel free to tweet @BristolAggie if you use Twitter.
  • Freshman Talor Sirois helped out her grandmother by stacking 4 chords of wood. Keep up the great work Taylor!

MSBA Update: Our construction has continued even though school is not in session, in the traditional sense. We have some walls! #BAPrid #BAFuture (Photo credit: Rui Almeida-Gilbane)

Campus Update: We are thankful for our maintenance staff for keeping up with the greenhouse plants. Spring is here! #BAPRIDE

Mr. Surdi’s Grooming Skills in Action: Mr. Surdi gained a new appreciation for the grooming skills of the small animal teachers and students. Perhaps the first dog victim of a Corona-cut. Mrs. Blanchette will be confiscating his clippers soon.

Don’t miss out!

Keep checking the list for updates.

Click Here to view available scholarships.

Dual Enrollment Opportunities

All students earlier this week received an email regarding dual enrollment opportunities through Bristol Community College for Summer 2020. These courses are offered to many local vocational and technical high schools so enrollment is first come, first serve. These courses will be completely ONLINE. Students are eligible if they have a 2.5 G.P.A. from Bristol Aggie. (If students have previously taken a BCC course they must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. through the college) These courses are at no cost to you (some fees and books are not covered). The offerings are listed below, spaces will be filling up fast so please reach out if you and your student are interested. Some courses require an Accuplacer placement test before enrollment and at this moment BCC has not come up with a specific plan in order to bypass that requirement. However, if the student has taken their PSATs or SATs they may use that score in place of the Accuplacer. There are some courses listed that do not require an Accuplacer score.

In order to enroll, students must reach out to Ms. Costa to ensure they are prepared for the course and have the appropriate prerequisites. Students and parents may not sign up for any dual enrollment course on their own. Please see below for the free course offerings or check out BCC’s academic course listings for courses that are not free. Students may also register for a course that is not listed here.

Please click on the name of the course below for more information from the BCC website. If you are interested or have any questions you may reach out to Ms. Costa.

BIO 111- General Biology I

BIO 117- Physiology of Wellness

BNK 101- Principles of Banking

CSS 101 (4 sections) - College Success Seminar

ENG 101 (2 sections) - Composition I: College Writing

HST 111- The West and the World I

MAR 114 - Sales Principles

MTH 172 - Precalculus with Trigonometry

POR 102- Elementary Portuguese II

PSY 101- General Psychology

SPA 101- Elementary Spanish I

SPA 102- Elementary Spanish II

We wanted to create an online Student Job posting to help you get started. Please click the link(s) below to view the job posting(s).
Summer Academy

Bristol County Agricultural High School is excited to offer two 4-day sessions of our Summer Academy in 2020. (Session I: July 20-23 and Session II: July 27-July 30). There are morning sessions and afternoon sessions offered to students entering grade 5-8. Some sessions have an age restriction. Please read the descriptions on our web site closely. To register on Eventbrite, please click here. Academy offerings include:

We encourage your student to mix and match your morning (AM) and afternoon (PM) sessions. All costs are listed above for each session (plus processing fees which have allowed us to move to online registration). If you are registering for a morning and afternoon session in the same week (full-day students) please use the promotional code ALLDAY2020 for a $50 discount at checkout.

All instructors are MA DESE Certified Teachers in their respective areas of expertise. Refunds are only offered if courses are cancelled. View program descriptions and register online through our link at:

www.bristolaggie.org Questions? Email Kbraga@bcahs.com

CENSUS: Don’t forget to fill out the census. For more information on what the census is used for, click here.

From the Nurse's Office:

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