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Digital Backpack 

Superintendent's Weekly Update


NOVEMBER 20, 2020


  1. REMINDER:  Monday, November 23rd, Cohort 1 is IN SCHOOL. 

                               Tuesday, November 24th, Cohort 2 is IN SCHOOL.

                               Wednesday, November 25th, 26th and 27th, 

                               NO SCHOOL THANKSGIVING RECESS. 

  1. PICTURES ARE IN ~ For students who took a picture on the second picture day or those who are missing their school pictures, they are being handed out!!  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McKiernan in the main office. 

  2. Spotlight on Historical Fiction.  This week the theme of the LMC spotlight series is historical fiction. Please take a look at some of our featured titles available in the LMC by clicking here. Take an opportunity to connect with the past and experience it from a personal perspective. If you would like to explore all the Spotlight Series themes, you can access the archived editions here.

  3. Bacon Academy DECA Club took the initiative to make a difference in children’s lives this holiday season by participating in Operation Christmas Child. They created a shoebox full of toys for a child in need, and need your help to reach their goal of making 10 shoe boxes by December 1st. It only costs $25 to build a box of your own full of gifts to brighten a child’s holidays. If you are interested in helping children in need, click this link to build your gift box online now: DECA thanks you in advance for your kindness!

  1. Save the date!  Bacon Academy’s 8th Grade Showcase Night will be on Thursday, December 3rd at 6pm.  This virtual event will be a one-hour live presentation to families by administration followed by a Q&A session with teacher leaders who can answer any department specific questions from families.  Details with a link to the event will be forthcoming.

  2. Project Grad has a new newsletter this month!  Click here to view.

  3. BA National Honor Society has established a virtual tutoring program to help our fellow peers at Bacon.  Please see attached flyer for more information. 

  4. Safe driving around campus. We have received multiple reports of drivers driving too fast on campus.  Specifically, cars are driving too fast coming around the back of the school during student drop-off in the morning and during student pick-up in the afternoon.  Also, cars are driving too fast when driving down the athletic drive to park by the football field.  Please remember that while on campus, drive at a reduced speed and be careful for pedestrians and other cars as there tends to be a lot of activity.

  5. Is your senior working on his/her college essay?  The English Department has put together a very helpful document for seniors who are working on their college essay.  We recognize that some seniors are taking English now and may have the benefit of direct help, but other seniors won't have English until the second semester.  Also, some seniors are applying now for college to meet early decision deadlines, and while others will wait until later in the year to complete their applications.  If your senior would like some guidance, then please share this link with him or her!!  

  6. A MESSAGE FROM THE BA CAFETERIA.  Currently, all CPS students and children 18 years of age and younger can receive free breakfast and lunch. This will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. The CPS meals program has reimbursed those students who paid for breakfast and lunch on Sept. 8, 9, 10, 11, and 14. The cost of each meal purchased was credited back to your student’s account. You have two options: (1) you can leave the account credit for use after January 2, 2021, or (2) you can be reimbursed. If you would like to be reimbursed, please contact Leanne Ranheim at 860-537-9421 ext. 381 or email her at

  7. Colchester Public Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all students and to all children 18 years of age and younger (includes: entrée, fruit, veggie and milk).  This will be in effect until December 31, 2020.  For those interested in GRAB-N-GO MEALS - pick up is at William J. Johnston Middle School:  In School Learning Days: 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Distance Learning Days: 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  It is still important, however, to fill out a free/reduced-price meal application to be sure students are coded appropriately for free/reduced-price meals for when accounting of meals gets back to regular status (free, reduced-priced or full-pay).  Any questions can be directed to Leanne Ranheim, at 860-537-9421 ext 381 or at

  8. BAMbassadors is having an apparel sale now through Thanksgiving in an effort to improve school climate and culture. Click this link for ordering information.   

  9. Project Grad has a newsletter!  See attached for the November edition

  10. Board of Education Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, November 10th.  Meeting agendas and minutes link: 

  11. Winter Sports Registration is open.  Parents/caregivers, Please register in your parent portal of PowerSchool under the tab “forms”.  Link: PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal

  12. If your FALL ATHLETIC PAY TO PLAY FEE was not paid, it has now become an Outstanding Obligation.  This will prevent future participation in tryouts or team play for future seasons.  An obligation also affects other participation events during school, including but not limited to: purchase of tickets and attendance of dances, proms, trips, outings and graduation activities.  Please contact Marlene Blumberger if you have any questions or you need to clear your account.  Thank you. 




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  1. Great Opportunity!  Attn: Parents/students in grades 11 and 12:  Bacon Academy has a partnership with Three Rivers Community College for your student to experience an early college experience! The College will pay the costs of tuition for eligible high school students participating in the program and will waive all fees. Book/supplies and transportation are the student’s responsibility.  Please contact the Bacon Academy School Counseling office for additional information.

  2. PSAT/NMSQT Registration Deadline is November 30, 2020!  All Juniors who DID NOT take the October 2020 PSAT/NMSQT are eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26, 2021 at Bacon Academy.  Registration is now open! Taking this test as a junior allows you to be eligible for scholarship opportunities.  Students taking PSAT exams at Bacon Academy on Tuesday, January 26th, must register for exams using the following link by the end of day on November 30, 2020:

  3. Opportunity for High School women to participate in the Perry Virtual Experience This experience is designed for women who are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedics and/or engineering.  Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into the online mock orthopaedic simulations and biomechanics experiments.  The online session will be administered using Zoom meetings.  The registration form may be accessed directly using the following link here.  Registration for this event will close on Monday, November 30th or sooner if capacity is reached.  More information about the Perry Virtual Experience can be found herePerry Virtual Experience - CT/RI/MA Residents ONLY  December 12 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

 Virtual College Visits and Fairs:  

  1. Virtual Meetings with College Representatives:  Please have your student visit Naviance and sign up for these great opportunities.  We have scheduled these for Wednesdays (Distance Learning Day). The Naviance calendar shows the schedule of colleges/universities, times and contains Zoom meeting links.  Perfect time for students to meet their potential readers for the applications, as well as possibly receive free application codes just for signing up and attending!  Students - Please remember that you should be professional in your appearance and setting!  Take advantage of this great opportunity!   





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