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