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  • Principal's February 28th Message

    Posted by Lindsey Pelley on 2/28/2021

    Dear B-P Families,

     

    I hope this communication finds all of our B-P families safe and well-rested from our February vacation week and ready to begin a new month tomorrow. Here are some upcoming events, deadlines, and information for these next few weeks.

     

    Freshmen Families

    The release date for Final Shop Placement is going to be Wednesday, March 17 at 3 p.m. In order to look up your child’s BP Freshman's "Final Shop Placement", you must have access to ASPEN Student/Family portal. Families already have access to their ASPEN account as this is the same platform where students review their grades and look up their shop exploratory bi-weekly placement. However, if families still do not know their login credentials or might have gotten "locked out" of their account, you must CLICK HERE to fill an online form or email techsupport@bptech.org with any questions about the form in order to obtain or reset your ASPEN account username and password.  Further "Final Placement Directions" on how to actually look up the Final Placement Shop will be released on March 17 at 3 p.m. Any other questions may be directed to Mr. Montesano, Gr 9 guidance counselor,  at mmontesano@bptech.org

     

    School Calendars 

    The March school calendar has been posted on our B-P website for 2020-21. We will continue to follow this year’s normal 6-day rotation. Please note that Wednesday, March 17th is a full professional development day for B-P staff, and there will be no school for either in-person or remote students on that day. The April school calendar has also been recently posted on our website for your planning purposes.

     

    Attendance Tracking

    At the beginning of the school year, I communicated with parents about how the state is tracking student attendance through the hybrid learning model for daily reporting purposes. If your child is scheduled for an in-person school day and is not physically in school, they are considered absent and can complete their make-up work through assignments that are posted on their teachers’ Google classrooms. Although we are glad to know that they are being responsible for completing all of their make-up work at home, they are not physically here at school. Here is the language that came directly from the MA Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education at the beginning of this school year:

    SIMS (Student Information Management System)  reporting change for 2020-2021:

    This school year, in-person attendance and remote attendance will be collected separately in SIMS.

    The existing Days in Attendance data element (DOE017) will be specific to in-person attendance.  To collect data on remote attendance, two new fields have been added to the SIMS data collection: DOE054 (Days of Attendance Remote) and DOE055 (Days Absent Remote).  

    Districts will need to record daily student attendance and absences in the local SIS as either in-person or remote, to ensure that these distinct categories are transmitted to DESE in SIMS reporting in the appropriate data elements. If any portion of the school day is in-person, then the day of attendance should be categorized as in-person.

     

    Term 4 Schedule Change Form 

    Students are in the midst of Term 3 and no schedule changes can be made at this time unless there are extenuating circumstances. However, the guidance counselors will take online requests to make schedule changes for Term 4 by completing this form by Friday, March 26th for the new term that begins on April 7th so we can allow for cafeteria, classroom, and transportation changes to the current Term 3 schedules. Students who are fully remote can change to the “shop only” learning model at any time. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor for any further information.

     

    Fall 2 Sports Season Update

    After much consideration, Bristol-Plymouth has decided to hold the Fall 2 sports season that is scheduled to take place during the months of March and April. With the large majority of Mayflower Athletic Conference teams deciding to play the Fall 2 sports season, student-athlete safety guidelines will be forthcoming soon from the league’s athletic directors for each sport: football, cross country, cheerleading, soccer (boys & girls), volleyball (girls), hockey, and golf. Varsity sports only will be played through the Fall 2 season. 

     

    A number of factors for student-athletes to be able to play this season include being a student in good standing: on the grade requirement eligibility list, being in a hybrid or shop-only learning model, and having completed all of the necessary paperwork, including physical exam documentation within the last 13 months on file at B-P. In addition, there will be no late bus to bring students home. Student-athletes must provide their own transportation to school on remote learning days for practices and games and from school at 5 p.m. on all practice days and, potentially, later for home or away games.  In the event that the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches, and officials are jeopardized at any point, during the Fall 2 season, sports schedules may be subject to change or be canceled. 

     

    Moving forward, we will keep you updated on any potential spring season sports offerings at Bristol-Plymouth for the months of May and June.

     

    Cap & Gown Payments

    PayPal invoices for graduation caps and gowns have been emailed to all senior students. If you need your Paypal invoice emailed to you again, please email lpelley@bptech.org. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please give the payment to Ms. Pelley in the main office. 

     

    Class Rings

    Class Rings can be purchased for students in grades 10-12 until March 15th. Use this link to place your order. 

     

    2019-2020 Extra Yearbooks

    There are only 20 2019-2020 yearbooks available that are left over from the last school year. The cost is $80 and checks should be made out to Bristol-Plymouth. Your child can contact Mrs. Bisch, last year’s advisor, to make this exchange at B-P, or feel free to email her at jbisch@bptech.org. These will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

     

    As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

     

    Karen Guenette, Principal     kguenette@bptech.org   Twitter@BPPrincipalKG

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  • Principal's January 22nd Message

    Posted by Lindsey Pelley on 1/22/2021

    Dear B-P Families,

     

    I hope this email finds all of our B-P families in both good health and good spirits during these challenging times. Events of the last year have impacted people across the country and the world, and as a result, members of many communities have experienced increased levels of stress and anxiety. While a great deal has changed, it is important to remember that much remains the same. 

     

    There is still a great deal of support available within our school community, including many resources that are designed to help individuals maintain a sense of well-being. We are committed to serving students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and we believe that all students should be supported. 

     

    B-P Wellness Google Classroom Support

    If your child is in need of support or counseling, please contact your child’s guidance counselor or school adjustment counselor. In addition, current social/emotional resources for students and families can be found in a Google Classroom maintained by our counselors and school psychologist. If interested, please join the classroom using the following code: tyze4u3

     

    PSATs

    The Guidance and Career Center has scheduled PSAT tests for Tuesday, January 26, 2021, for 11th-grade students who previously signed up for taking this year’s test. Juniors are on a remote shop learning day and arrangements have previously been made with your child and the school for bus transportation for that day for those who requested this. Test-takers must report to the cafeteria by 7:45 am, as the exam will begin promptly at 8:00 am. Upon check-in, students will be given a room number to report to for the exam administration. Students will not be able to test once the exam begins. After the test is completed, if your child is staying in school for a full day, he/she is required to bring their Chromebook with them to school so that they may continue to work on their remote shop learning assignments for the remainder of the school day. Students will be served lunch if they are staying at school. Junior students, who leave after the PSAT test window, will be expected to return to their online remote shop learning in the afternoon when they arrive back home.

     

    Attention all Freshmen Families

    The release date for Final Shop Placement is going to be Wednesday, March 17 at 3 p.m.

    In order to look up your child’s BP Freshman's "Final Shop Placement", you must have access to ASPEN Student/Family portal. Families already have access to their ASPEN account as this is the same platform where students review their grades and look up their shop exploratory bi-weekly placement. However, if families still do not know their login credentials or might have gotten "locked out" of their account, you must CLICK HERE to fill an online form or email techsupport@bptech.org with any questions about the form in order to obtain or reset your ASPEN account username and password.  Further "Final Placement Directions" on how to actually look up the Final Placement Shop will be released on March 17 at 3 p.m. Any other questions may be directed to Mr. Montesano, Gr 9 guidance counselor,  at mmontesano@bptech.org

     

    Important Update About Flu Vaccine

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education.  Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19.   Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.  DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year. The updated schedule can be found here​.

     

    End of Term 2

    Term 2 will be ending on January 27th.  Report cards will be distributed and available on the Aspen Student Portal the following week.  Parents and students will receive an email reminder to check the portal once report cards are ready and available for viewing in the portal.

     

    February & March School Calendars 

    The February school calendar and the March school calendar have been posted on our B-P website for 2020-21. These months will continue to follow this year’s normal 6-day rotation. Please note that Wednesday, March 17th is a full professional development day for B-P staff, and there will be no school for either in-person or remote students.

     

    Film and Video Policy pg. 33 of the 2020-21 Student-Parent Handbook (reminder)

    Now that the DESE regulation went into effect on January 19, 2021, with regard to schools that have adopted a hybrid learning model that 35 hours of synchronous learning must take place over each 10-day period, I would like to remind B-P families of the film and video school policy.

    “No student shall record either audio, an image or video using any electronic device, including cell phones, of any administrator, faculty member, staff, employee or student without their, the Principal or designee’s permission. Violations of the Massachusetts electronic surveillance statute “M.G.L. Chapter 272; Section 99. Interception of wire and oral communications” may be reported to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), at the discretion of the Principal or designee.”

     

    Silver Dollar School Store

    The $ilver Dollar School Store is now open for online purchasing of sweatshirts, shirts, sweatpants, hats, and more.  If your favorite item is out of stock, be sure to check back again soon as the store will be restocking several new items.  

     

    Free Breakfast and Lunch Continues

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the free breakfast and lunch program through the end of the school year for ALL students. Please contact our cafeteria manager, Jeff Simbro, at jsimbro@bptech.org with any questions or if you would like to participate in our meals-to-go program for remote learning days.

     

    Student IDs

    All B-P students have been provided with a 2020-21 student ID this year. It is important that students wear these every day that they have an in-person learning day at Bristol-Plymouth. These IDs serve as payment for the a la carte items from the breakfast/lunch program, as a sign-out system for library books, and as an electronic entry/exit system for our academic/main hallway bathrooms. If your child has misplaced or lost this year’s school ID, please have him/her report to the main office to see Ms. Pelley for a new one as soon as possible.

     

    Lifetouch Make-Up Day

    Lifetouch will be at B-P on Monday, February 1st from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for anyone who has not had their picture taken yet this school year. Fully remote students and students who will not be in-person on February 1st may contact Ms. Pelley at lpelley@bptech.org to schedule an appointment to come in to have their photo taken. 

     

    Junior and Senior Prom Planning

    In order to not lose last year’s prom venue deposits for both the junior and senior proms, our class advisors, Ms. Bennett (class of 2021) and Mrs. Rudek (class of 2022) had transferred those deposits to secure dates for the same venues so the students would not lose their fundraising efforts. Both advisors have had many inquiries regarding this year’s prom planning. While dates are tentative, we cannot yet commit to hold these proms at this time or until it is safe to do so. The senior prom’s tentative date is for Wednesday, May 26th at Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA, and the junior prom date is to be determined at the Holiday Inn in Taunton, MA. Advisors are suggesting that if these events were to be able to take place this school year, that they be a semi-formal event, rather than a formal event. In this way, parents and students would not have to commit to any expensive costs months ahead of time for an event that may not be able to take place. If you have any questions, please contact either tbennett@bptech.org for senior events or nrudek@bptech.org for junior events.

     

    Cap & Gown Payments

    PayPal invoices for graduation caps and gowns have been emailed to all senior students. If you need your Paypal invoice emailed to you again, please email lpelley@bptech.org. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please give the payment to Ms. Pelley in the main office. 

     

    Fall 2 Sports Season

    Many parents and students have inquired about the Fall 2 sports season that had been an option for fall sports to be played during March/April this school year. No decision will be made until after February 11th when a formal Mayflower League meeting will be held with principals and athletic directors. 

     

    As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

     

    Karen Guenette, Principal     kguenette@bptech.org   Twitter@BPPrincipalKG

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  • Principal's January Message

    Posted by Lindsey Pelley on 1/5/2021

    Dear B-P Families,

    Happy New Year, and I wish all of our B-P families health and happiness in 2021! 

     

    Progress Reports

    Progress reports were available online in Aspen on December 23rd and mailed home for any student who is in jeopardy of failing a Term 2 course. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor or teacher of the course, if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Remote Learning Instructional Changes

    There will be a significant change to our remote learning model. Beginning on our next “A” week, which is Monday, January 11, 2021, students will be required to have their cameras on during any live remote classes (vocational and academic). Students' participation grade(s) will be negatively affected if their cameras are not on during live remote classes. This change is being made for several reasons:

    • Student safety and well-being check. 
    • Students learn better, retain more information and are more engaged with live synchronous learning.
    • It helps build a sense of community within the virtual classroom.
    • Camera use allows teachers to better gauge the need of their classes.
    • It ensures students are appropriately engaged and attending their classes. 

     

    We can completely understand that this may cause anxiety for some students. We ask students to attempt attending courses with changing or blurring their background. Please reach out to your guidance counselor with further concerns. 

    For B-P teachers that use Google Meets - To change your background:

    • Before a Google Meeting - Select a Meeting
      • On the bottom right of your self view, click Change Background
      • To slightly blur your background, click Slightly blur your background
      • To select a pre-uploaded background, click a background
      • To upload your own image for your background, click Add +
      • Click Join Now
    • During a Google Meeting - Click the More button
      • Click Change background
      • To completely blur your background, click Blur your background
      • To slightly blur your background, click Slightly Blur your background
      • To select a pre-uploaded background, click a background
      • To upload your own image for your background, click Add +

    Some B-P teachers are using Zoom meeting -  To change the background:

    • Before a Zoom Meeting:
      • Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
      • In the navigation menu, click Settings.
      • In the Meeting tab, navigate to the Virtual Background option (under the In Meeting (Advanced) section) and verify that the setting is enabled.
    • During a Zoom Meeting:
      • In a Zoom meeting, click the upward arrow (^) next to Start/Stop Video.
      • Click Choose Virtual Background.
      • If prompted, click Download to download the package for virtual background without a green screen. 
      • Video on Virtual Backgrounds: https://youtu.be/3Zq-b51A3dA

     

    Term 3 Schedule Change Form 

    Students are in the midst of Term 2 and no schedule changes can be made at this time, unless there are extenuating circumstances. However, the guidance counselors will take online requests to make schedule changes for Term 3 by completing this form by January 15, 2021. Term 3 begins on January 28, 2021, and we must allow for cafeteria, classroom, and transportation changes to name a few.

     

    Lifetouch Retake & Make-up Picture Day

    Thursday, January 7th, Lifetouch will be at Bristol-Plymouth for anyone in grades 9 & 12 who would like a school photo retake or make-up day for students who were absent on their formerly scheduled picture day this year. Make-up day for grades 10 &11 is scheduled for Monday, February 1st. Parents can pre-order school pictures on the Lifetouch website before Picture Day, and get a free Shutterfly gift with their purchase. The Picture Day ID for 1/7: EVTJWBTT7

     

    Yearbook Information 

    The Senior Yearbook is an important keepsake that we hope you will enjoy looking at again and again in the years to come.  Please note that the price of the book increases as the year goes on, so buy yours early!  A list of prices and dates can be found below.  To order your yearbook, go to our online ordering site, which is YBPay.com, with your code/job number of 8907021. Any questions, please email Mrs. Slavin at aslavin@bptech.org or Mrs. Bennett at ebennett@bptech.org

    Yearbook Prices:

    12/23 - 2/16…….$75 

    2/17 - 4/15…..….$80 

    4/16 - 6/1…...…..$85

     

    Seniors also have been sent numerous forms over the past few weeks so that we can get some memories in the yearbook.  These deadlines have been extended for a few weeks.  Please look at the following forms and if you HAVE NOT submitted a form, please do so using the forms below:

     

    Senior Memories

    Covid Communication

    College or Trade Bound?

    Best Friends

    Senior Quotes

    Help Needed - Sports Candids!

     

    January & February School Calendars 

    The January school calendar has been updated to reflect the announced postponement of the 11th-grade MCAS test administration. The February school calendar does include the school vacation week that will remain on our B-P schedule for 2020-21. These months will follow this year’s normal 6-day rotation.

     

    Flu Vaccine - State Mandate by February 28, 2021

    The deadline for Massachusetts school students to receive a flu shot has been extended. Flu shots that are required for all students in Massachusetts schools, from child care through colleges, the Department of Public Health announced earlier this year. Students older than 6 months will have to be vaccinated by Feb. 28, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. The original date was Dec. 31.  Massachusetts has updated immunization requirements for the 2020-21 school year. Current school immunization requirements are listed on the Mass.gov website: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/school-immunizations. New students entering school before March 31, 2021 must have received a dose of vaccine for the current flu season for entry. Students who are home-schooled are exempt from the policy, but health officials said students at elementary and secondary schools that are using a remote learning model are not exempt.

    Please forward documentation of your child's immunization or exemption to our school nurses either through your child dropping by their office, emailing to bpnurses@bptech.org, or faxing directly to the nurses’ office at (774) 299-6102. 

     

    Silver Dollar School Store

    The $ilver Dollar School Store is now open for online purchasing of sweatshirts, shirts, sweatpants, hats, and more.  If your favorite item is out of stock, be sure to check back again soon as the store will be restocking several new items.  

     

    Freshmen Permanent Placement

    Our freshmen students will continue in their exploratory cycles through the next few months. Normally, permanent placement takes place in January, but this year, with the way the cycles were developed with our hybrid learning model, permanent shop placement for freshmen will be on March 19th.

     

    Lockdown Drills

    Our partnership with the Taunton Police Department and our SRO LaPlante will resume in January, if all goes as we have planned around our hybrid learning model and coordinated effort for these practice drills.

     

    GoGuardian Software

    Bristol-Plymouth Tech Support Department is using GoGuardian software on all of the Chromebook and B-P issued devices, which is extremely important to the safety and tracking of all student log-ins, assignments, websites, assessments, etc. that our students are being asked to comply with as B-P students. This tracking technology allows our staff and teachers to stay on top of their students’ work and overall progress, as well as our IT support team, who oversees online student safety. 

     

    Student Council, SRO LaPlante, and Asst. Principal Mr. Mosher

    A special thank you to the B-P Student Council, SRO LaPlante, and Mr. Mosher for organizing this year’s “Giving Tree” project, and a special thank you to our generous parents and community members for their support. This volunteer project allowed our less fortunate families to enjoy the Christmas spirit of receiving this year. 

     

    Free Breakfast and Lunch

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the free breakfast and lunch program through the end of the school year.

     

    As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

     

    Karen Guenette, Principal     kguenette@bptech.org   Twitter@BPPrincipalKG

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