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Friday, March 24, 2023

Aggie Weekly-March 24th

Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members: 

This week’s HIGH 5 CLUB Senior of the Week-KIMBERLY MORALES-ROLDAN

Delegation Visit: We appreciate the support from all our legislators who visited today. Without your support, there is no US. Thank YOU #BAPride

Celebrating National Ag Day: March 21st is a day to recognize the many ways agriculture is essential. We couldn't be more proud to be part of building up the next generation of agricultural leaders. Thank you for your support and providing an excellent experience for our students! #BAPride


Dear Parents/Guardians for the Class of 2025: kk


The administration and faculty at Bristol County Agricultural High School are about to administer the state-wide testing program, the MCAS.  The MCAS tests will be administered to our current tenth grade students on the following dates: 

  • ELA: March 28th & 29th, make up dates of March 30th & March 31st

  • Mathematics: May 16th & 17th, make up dates of May 18th & May 19th

All tenth graders will be participating in this testing.  Any students who are absent for a testing session will be required to take the missed test during a make-up session.  Students should plan to complete make-up testing on the following: 

  • Make-Up ELA: March 30th & March 31st

  • Make-Up Math: May 18th & May 19th

MCAS test results will be used to determine student eligibility for a high school diploma. Students who are members of the graduating Class of 2025 are required to pass the Grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts test, and the Grade 10 MCAS Mathematics test, as well as meeting all local graduation requirements in order to receive a high school diploma. Therefore, it is to his/her/their benefit to perform the best he/she/they can on these tests. The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery are given to high school students who perform exceptionally well on each of the MCAS exams and would give the students the opportunity for reduced tuition at a Massachusetts state college or university.


We strongly encourage consistent attendance during the assigned MCAS testing days, urge your child to eat a nutritious breakfast on the days of testing, and suggest your child gets as much sleep as possible on the nights prior to the tests enabling them to concentrate more effectively, settle down quickly, and be alert maximizing their chances of success.  All students on the mornings of testing will be given a complimentary breakfast in the classroom before testing starts.  Students should report to their assigned classrooms when arriving at school. If you anticipate your child will be out due to illness please contact the main office as soon as possible. 


If you have any additional questions and would like to speak with us, please feel free to reach out by email bsylvia@bcahs.com.  Thank you for your help and cooperation.


  • Freshman Period 5 Exam will take place on Tuesday, March 28th (ONLY Freshman)


Dear Student and Parent/Guardian:

     The time is finally here to choose your major for the next three years at Bristol Aggie.  After three quarters of exploring our vocational-agricultural majors, students will now choose their desired majors.  With the end of Quarter 3, there are several pieces that play a factor including quarterly exams.  We wanted to provide you with a breakdown on what to expect next week and we strongly encourage you to have a conversation about your child’s vocational-agricultural major selection.  Below is the Admissions Policy procedure for Vocational Technical Program Placement.  


All ninth graders are exposed to an exploratory program during their freshman year. Each student rotates through all vocational programs. The rotations allow for opportunities during the course of the school year to experience each vocational area. 

Prior to the end of the school year, each ninth-grade student will complete their Vocational Major Selection sheet. At that time, each student will be asked to rank all the vocational majors in order of interest. 

The major choices are assigned based on the score that each student has earned. The Vocational grade average is multiplied by two and added to the academic grade. The total is then divided by three. This formula gives added weight to the vocational grade.

In addition to the grade averages, attendance and discipline are factored into the ranking score. Points are subtracted from the score for excessive unexcused absences or excessive disciplinary infractions. Once the ranking score has been determined, students are placed according to their choices. Once a major is filled, students are given their second choices, then third choices, etc. until all vocational majors are filled.

If students have ranking scores that do not qualify them for any of their choices, they are counseled and asked where they would like to be placed. They are allowed to choose any major that has a vacancy. These choices are, however, totally dependent on the ranking score.

As we have communicated with the freshman since day one, major selection is extremely competitive and every grade counts and could be a deciding factor.  Unfortunately, not every student gets their first pick, however, over 85% have historically been selected into their top three choices.  All students will enter their new major on Monday, April 3rd.  For students who did not receive one of their top choices, we ask them to keep an open mind and continue to explore the opportunities in that major for the remainder of the year. We will not be accepting any major change requests until July 1st. 

At that time we will send another survey asking if students would like to switch majors.  Based on that survey, we use a similar formula to reshuffle based on interest.  

On Monday, all freshman students will report to the gym for assembly where they will be assigned to their new majors for the remainder of the year. Immediately following assembly, all students in that major will be there to welcome in the freshman as they have team building activities prepared.  Additionally, on Friday, April 14th, freshman students will be participating with their newly assigned majors at the vocational pep rally. This is a great opportunity to bond with their new peers and upperclassmen. 

We wanted to highlight what next week would be like for your child and have outlined a schedule to help them prepare for their Bristol Aggie future.  Please take note that attendance for quarterly exams is important as grades will close on Friday and be submitted.  Any work that is not completed by Friday, March 31st by noon will not be counted towards their final grade and used in the selection process.  

Timeline of Events for Quarterly Exams and Freshman Placement: 

  • Monday, March 27th: Normal school day

  • Tuesday, March 28th: 

    • Freshman Period 5 Exam

  • Wednesday, March 29th: 

    • Freshman Period 6 & 7 exams

  • Thursday, March 30th: 

    • **Freshman select their major (Google form will be sent the morning of to complete in VOAGs) students should be prepared to rank all of their Majors in order of preference.

    • Freshman Period 3 & 4 exams

  • Friday, March 31st: 

    • Freshman Mock Job Fair-Dress Business Casual

      • Period 1: LG Animal, SM Animal, EE, NRM

      • Period 2:Ag Mech, Arbor, Flori, Land

    • All 3rd term Grades will be submitted for Freshman on Friday 31st after all finals-creating fair and equitable grading. All Freshman will be notified that they need to be in attendance for their Q3 exams as it will count as a zero if not. 

    • Placement Calculations will take place on Friday and over the weekend.

  • First Day of Quarter 4: Monday April 3rd - Freshman Assembly ONLY

    • Freshman Placement Assembly- We will use a slidedeck to inform students of their major. 1-2 senior delegates from each program there to represent each major for students to line up with. 

    • Freshman released to Major for OFFICIAL WELCOME and CELEBRATION by their upperclassmen peers. 

    • Period 2: Everyone returns to their regular schedule for 2nd period.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school counselor, Ms. Costa (KCosta@bcahs.com).  We look forward to working with you and your child in their next chapter at Bristol Aggie.  

Sincerely, Mrs. Fullen Vocational Coordinator

Bristol Aggie Prom: Tickets will be $100.00 and dinner will include a salad, tuscan chicken and chocolate mousse for dessert (there is an option for vegan or gluten free and/or any allergies, this will be chosen after ticket purchase). Ticket sales started Monday March 13th - please get your tickets this coming week! 


  • Tickets are for sale in the morning from 7:40 am - 8:05am and after school until 3:15 p.m. through Student Services. No tickets will be sold outside of these times. If there is a specific lunch period that you need me to attend as you cannot make it before or after school, please email me and I will do my best to be there. 

  • I will keep you informed if we get close to the capacity limit for the venue. 

  • You will only be able to purchase two tickets however, when purchasing a ticket you must provide the full name and paperwork of the guest or student you are purchasing for or else it will not be sold to you. Guest paperwork is attached here.

  • Tickets will only be able to be purchased by cash or check however, check is discouraged as we cannot refund a check easily. If there are extenuating circumstances you must reach out to Ms. Kochan before ticket sales start.

In order to bring a guest, you must get the attached paperwork filled out and obtain a copy of the outside guest's student ID. There are printed copies in the main office and student services. 

If you have any questions you must email me or Ms. Costa!  

Bristol Aggie Prom

Sophia Anger 

Angelina Araujo 

Nicholas Baker

Sarah Bergeron

Brennan Bingham

Madison Bosse

Aidan Camara 

Lyn Corbett

Lexi Dicorpo 

Margaret Graham

Rachel Harrington

Jade Holmes

Emma Jamrin

Emma Lasson 

Olivia Leighton 

Christopher Mahoney 

Karolina Majkut

Alex Mackay

Sarah Manoli 

Bridgette Perry

Addisyn Petrulli

Benjamin Quintin

Rylee Rodriques

Vivian Rivera 

Jeramiah Santiago

Elaina Savage

Taylor Sirois 

Marissa Vaquero

Class of 2023 Cookie Dough Fundraiser 

Pick Up Orders for the Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Fundraiser will be on Monday April 3rd in Student Commons from 4:30pm-6:30pm. If you cannot pick up your order during this time, please contact Ms.Kochan via email at kkochan@bcahs.com 

Emotional Wellness Group 

Student Services will be starting an “Emotional Wellness Group,” and we are looking for Freshmen and Sophomores interested in joining. The “Emotional Wellness Group” is a way for students to learn skills to cope with everyday life stressors so they can be successful in school and in their personal lives. The school counselors will meet the group once a week for 45 minutes for 7 weeks. By the end of the 7 weeks, we will have learned to practice keeping our thoughts in the present moment, learn about self-esteem and self-care, resiliency, goal setting and exploring motivation.  If you have a student that you think could benefit from this group or are a student who would like to join, please email Ms. O’Connell (aoconnell@bcahs.com) by Friday, March 31, 2023. 

The Junior and Senior Emotional Wellness Group concluded yesterday with a light hearted group where they wrote letters to their future selves that will be mailed to them nine months from now and cupcake decorating. It was a time of laughter and celebration to honor all the work they had put in learning about topics including self-love, boundaries, self-esteem, growth mindset, GRIT, and positive affirmations/ self-talk. 



SALARY: Based on education, qualifications, and experience. 

START DATE:  Anticipated July 1, 2023 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the supervision of the Superintendent/Director who gives  general instruction and reviews work for effectiveness and conformance with regulations and policies. 

SUMMARY: The Business Manager is responsible for managing and controlling the financial  affairs and selected service functions of the school. As required, he/she/they is expected to prepare  and present pertinent financial information to the Board of Trustees for their active consideration in  their policymaking role. Works under the direct supervision of the Superintendent/Director. Salary  and benefits commensurate with experience. Among the specific duties are:  


  • Responsible for maintaining all business and financial records according to  the school requirements and in compliance with Massachusetts state laws and, when applicable, federal  regulations.  

  • Responsible for generating budgets for the Board of Trustee's approval for the operation of the school.  

  • Functions as purchasing agent for the school. As purchasing agent, is responsible for developing proper  purchasing procedures, preparing required specifications, and executing contracts on behalf of the  school.  

  • Responsible for approving all invoices for payment and assuring, where appropriate, that all such  invoices are properly processed in accordance with the applicable regulatory requirements.  

  • As directed, assists in the preparation of proposals for securing additional aid from public sources, such  as federal and state grants.  

  • Manage grant funds and necessary financial records and reports in compliance with state and federal  regulations.  

  • Supervises and controls payroll, accounting and insurance programs of the School.  

  • Responsible for the auditing and internal accounts on an annual basis.  

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining all farm sales records.  

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate and appropriate business and data records for all  employees of the school. 

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate and appropriate business and data records for all  school property and supplies (inventory control records).  

  • Responsible for preparing and, where appropriate, presenting any financial reports or information data  on any aspects of business operations for the Superintendent/Director and or the Board of Trustees.  

  • Actively participates in the collective bargaining process as a member of the school's negotiating  committee. Administers and interprets the financial aspects of the contract in dealings with union  representatives.  

  • Responsible for administrative supervision and financial management of the school lunch program,  clerical and secretarial services assigned to the Business Manager.  

  • Supervises the district’s supporting services, property and inventory, transportation, purchasing, food  services and business services.

  • Acts as adviser to the Superintendent/Director on all questions relating to the business and financial  affairs of the district. 

  • Assists in recruiting, hiring, training, supervising and evaluating all clerical, financial and support staff  personnel in the Business office.

  • Responsible for the financial management of the maintenance and repair program.  

  • Responsible for the school transportation program including the development of appropriate bus routes  and time schedules.  

  • Responsible for maximizing use of available revenues by prudent fiscal management, including proper  and sound investment strategies.  

  • Responsible for monitoring and auditing all expenditures for the purpose of reducing any unnecessary  expenditures (even though they may have met all other criteria for approval).  

  • Serves as a member of the Administrative Team. 

  • Attends all Bristol County Advisory Board meetings. 


  • The Business Manager also functions as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. It is required that  he/she/they attend all Board of Trustees meetings and he/she/they must be bondable.  

  • As required, provides proper guidance to administrative personnel in the fundamentals of sound fiscal  management and budgetary controls.  

  • Performs such other tasks as may from time to time be assigned by the Superintendent/Director and or  the Board of Trustees. 


  • Certified/certifiable with the Massachusetts Department of Education and willingness to complete  certification requirements within three years of hiring. 

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Management or other relevant  concentration. 

  • Five or more years’ experience in business administration preferably in school administration, accounting, purchasing, maintenance or collective bargaining, municipal setting, financial services or related areas of employment 

  • Personal skills to perform effectively in a position which is both a "service position" and an “administrative position."  

  • Knowledge of computer equipment. 

  • Ability to effectively utilize database and spreadsheet programs.  

  • Knowledge of MUNIS or related accounting financial management system.  

Bristol County Agricultural High School is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Apply on SchoolSpring 




Farm Sub Foreperson

The Animal Science Foreperson (Foreman) position schedule is as follows.  Farm Substitute will work Holidays and Weekends as needed.   


  • Ability to run and operate a robotic milking system, responsible for morning and afternoon milking.

  • Responsible for daily care of all animals on the farm. Ensure that animals are housed and treated humanely.   

  • Supervises and works with student workers.

  • Responsible for the daily cores on the Farm and Small Animals

  • Report any issues to the Farm Manager, Herds Person and or the Animal Science department Chair.


Possess experience and proven skill in the care of farm animals and pet shop animals.  

Knowledge livestock animals and pet shop animals 

Ability to organize and supervise student-aged workers and crews.  

Ability to operate modern farm equipment and snow equipment.   

Valid driver’s license.  

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to connect easily with school staff. 

Proven ability to work independently without direct supervision.  


FY23 $25.58 per hour

Information can be entered into SchoolSpring or forward a letter of interest and resume to:

Ryan Miranda, Facilities Manager

Bristol County Agricultural High School

135 Center Street, Dighton, MA 02715

-or email letter of interest and resume to rmiranda@bcahs.com

Bristol County Agricultural High School is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer

$2,500 in scholarship money for students: We encourage students and adult learners, ages 18 to 35, to apply for the Horatio Alger Association Career and Technical Education Scholarship. They could earn up to $2,500 to pursue CTE. The application is open now through June 15. 


Are you ready for a certification or technical degree?

Then you are ready for Horatio Alger.

What is the Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship? This scholarship can award you up to $2,500

to pursue a career certification or technical education, of your choice,

at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.


Apply for the Horatio Alger Certification and Technical Scholarship!


In the Classroom: 

  • Freshman Landscape Exploratory: In Mr. Halls’s Freshman Landscape Exploratory students have begun to start Spring maintenance as the campus comes back to life after a long winter. In cooperation with Floriculture, Daffodil bulbs grown for cut flowers are now being transplanted all along the campus to add some spring splendor for many years to come!

  • Floriculture: Mrs. Fornari’s junior Flori students prepared tropical arrangements for the delegate visit.

Coming soon for Grade 9 Exploratory Students - Our “Mock Job Fair”

Stay tuned for more details coming soon  about the event and location.

  • Arbor Exploratory: On Ms. Duffy's exploratory students had the opportunity to get in the bucket and check out the campus from 70 feet! The view is priceless! #BAPride


On behalf of Congressman Jake Auchincloss, I am pleased to invite the students of the Massachusetts 4th District to participate in the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute and the Congressional Arts Caucus to promote artistry and creative thought in students around the country. We invite high school students (grades 9-12) who reside in the Massachusetts 4th District to submit one piece of original artwork, which will be judged by a panel of local artists. Please read on for more information about participating in the 2023 Congressional Art Competition.


The categories for artwork include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media pieces, computer-generated art, and photography. All works must be two-dimensional and no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including a frame. Please see the attached Rules for Students and Teachers for more detailed information.



  • Deadline: Monday, April 24 at 5:00 PM.

  • Drop Off at the Congressman’s District Offices: Students or teachers can drop off the artwork at any of our district locations:

    • Newton Office (29 Crafts Street, Suite 375, Newton, MA 02458)

    • Attleboro Office (8 N Main Street, Suite 200, Attleboro, MA 02703)

    • Fall River satellite location, open on Wednesdays from 10-4 (1 Government Ctr, Office 237B, Fall River, MA 02722)

  • Pick Up at Schools: If needed, schools may reach out to Jenna Massoud (contact info below) to arrange for a staff member from the Congressman’s office to pick up all their students’ submissions at the school directly on April 25 or April 26. Please contact Jenna by April 19th if you would like to make these arrangements.

  • Students must complete THIS ONLINE FORM, in addition to the attached Student Release Form, if they are submitting artwork for the competition.



A panel of local artists from the district will judge all the works submitted. The winner will be announced at Congressman Auchincloss’ Art Competition Reception. The Reception is being held on Sunday, April 30 from 2:00-3:00pm at the Attleboro Arts Museum (86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703). A formal invitation will follow. The winning student will then be invited to an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. this summer, and their artwork will be displayed in the Capitol for a year.


Important rules and guidelines have been attached to this email. Feel free to reach out to Jenna Massoud or Catarina Pereira in our office at 617-332-3333, or email us with any questions at Jenna.Massoud@mail.house.gov or Catarina.Pereira@mail.house.gov.


A graphic that you can share is attached and pasted below my signature. Please distribute this to any students who may be interested in participating.


  • Monday, March 27-

    • Morning Assembly @ 8:10 

    • EXTENDS @ 2:45 RM1105

    • Late Bus at 5:00 (Gilbert Hall)

  • Tuesday, March 28

    • Soph ELA MCAS (report to cafe)

    • Freshman Period 5 Exam

    • Late Bus at 5:00 (Gilbert Hall)

  • Wednesday, March 29

    • Soph ELA MCAS (report to cafe)

    • Junior and Senior Periods 1 & 2 EXAMS

    • Freshman Periods 6 & 7 EXAMS

    • Late Bus at 5:00 (Gilbert Hall)

  • Thursday, March 30

    • Freshman choose majors

    • Freshman, Juniors, and Seniors Periods 3 & 4 EXAMS

    • Sophomore MATH EXAMS

    • EXTENDS @ 2:45 RM1105

    • Late Bus at 5:00 (Gilbert Hall)

  • Friday, March 31-End of Quarter 3

    • Freshman Mock Job Fair-Casual Business Attire Guidelines

      • Period 1: LG Animal, SM Animal, EE, NRM

      • Period 2:Ag Mech, Arbor, Flori, Land

    • Junior and Senior Major EXAMS

    • Freshman grades DUE at noon-Grades submitted after the last final on Friday 31st-creating fair and equitable grading. All Freshman will be notified that they need to be in attendance on Friday for their last final as it will count as a zero if not. 

    • Girls LAX vs Bristol-Plymouth at 3:30 (Home)

    • Late Bus at 5:00 (Gilbert Hall)

  • Saturday, April 1- Saturday School

    • 8:30-12:30 (Student Commons)

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