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Bacon Academy

Digital Backpack 

Superintendent's Weekly Update

Friday, September 25, 2020 

  1. IMPORTANT:  Handbook Sign Off.  Please log into PowerSchool and check the box indicating you have read it.  Please be sure that BOTH you and your student log into your personal accounts and click that you have read the handbook, which can be accessed through the PowerSchool portal.   We must have this acknowledgement from each student and administration will begin to follow up with students who have not completed this task during the upcoming week.

  1. Just a reminder - Even on at-home days, students should be working on school tasks until 2:15. 

  2. It is a new school year, and that means the return of the Bacon Parent Council (BPC)!!  These monthly meetings are scheduled to share important information about Bacon Academy with parents/guardians, and allow an opportunity for parents to ask questions and get accurate answers.  The agenda each month is generated from both parent requests and information that the school thinks is important to share.  BPC is co-advised by a BA parent Val Sullivan and Principal Matthew Peel.  The meetings for this year will be 10/05/20, 11/09/20, 12/07/20, 01/11/21, 02/08/21, 03/08/21, 04/05/21, and 05/10/21 and they will occur from 6-7:30 PM.  Although we traditionally hold them in the BA Library Media Center, for the foreseeable future we will be holding these meetings virtually.  We will be sharing more information later on about how parents can join the meeting.  For now, place these important dates/times in your calendar and stay tuned!!!  

  3. Important information about spectators at all Bacon Academy athletic events: Click here. 

  1. Parents:  ECOLLECT REMINDER  We are required to update demographic information for each student each year so please update your information in the PowerSchool parent portal listed under the E-collect Forms.   Updates in PowerSchool/SchoolMessenger accounts occur within 24 hours. This is in addition to the Handbook Acknowledgement listed above.

  2. BA Summer Reading Celebration!  No crickets here -- the BA Summer Reading Celebration goes virtual! Mark your calendar for this year's most exciting Google Meet - Wednesday, October 7, 11:00am. Details coming soon. Haven't done your reading yet? Check out the Summer Reading List. Many of the titles are available now in your LMC. Plan a visit!

  3. Effective September 15, 2020 Colchester Public Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all students and to all children 18 years of age and younger.  For those interested in grab-in-go - pick up is at William J Johnston Middle School;  Monday & Tuesday 12:30 - 1:00 pm, Wednesday 9:30 - 10:30 am and Thursday & Friday 12:30 - 1:00 pm.  This will be effective until the USDA runs out of funds or until December 31, 2020 whichever comes first.  It is important, however, to still fill out a free/reduced meal application if you need to and for students to be coded appropriately for free/reduced meals for when accounting of meals gets back to regular status. 

  4. BA OPEN HOUSE.  Save the date for the BA virtual open house on October 14th.  More details to come. 

  1. The Environmental Club will begin meetings every other Friday starting on September 25th.  All interested students should email Mrs. Levasseur in order to be added to the club's classroom page.  The focus of the club will be preparation for the Envirothon and other awareness opportunities. 

  2. Freshmen: Join the Class of 2024 Google Classroom to stay up to date on information like elections, fundraising, dues, and more!  Log into your school account, go to, and use the code 4umja55 to join. 

  3. Bacon Academy is offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all juniors this year on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  Transportation will not be provided by the district, and students must arrive at school by 7:20am on the day of testing and testing will end at approximately 12pm.  Juniors who decide to take the exam may be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program based on their scores.  This is also a great opportunity to receive additional practice prior to taking the spring SAT.  The cost of the exam is $21.  Please use the following link to register:

  4. AP Registration is now available for students enrolled in AP classes.  Registration will remain open until November 12, 2021.  The cost of each AP exam is $99.  Please complete all steps explained in the following link to ensure that registration is complete:  Important Note:  Please use personal email address (not the school email) when registering.  

  5. Class of 2023. Class Dues: $10/year.  Please bring your class dues to Mrs. Steele in room 2148.  Every student is required to pay $10 class dues each year you are at Bacon, these funds help with Proms, Trips, and other activities we choose to do as a class.  For each year class dues are not paid $10 is added to prom or trip tickets.  Please pay your class dues not later than October 4th.  

  6. Attention senior parents! Parent ads are here already! Want to recognize your student’s hard work and dedication over the past four years? Purchase an ad for the yearbook to tell them how proud you are! Order now at a discounted rate! Hurry because this offer is only good until 10/30! You can order online at Payment plans are available for your convenience. Prices will go up after 10/30. 

  7. FALL ATHLETIC PAY TO PLAY FEE IS NOW DUE:  The PTP collection week will be September 23rd through September 30th.   All Sports require a fee of $180 to participate per sport.  Fall 2020 pay to play form



FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @BaconCounseling for timely department information!

Save the Date!  September 26th 10am - 1pm

2020 Virtual College Leadership Fair:  We will be using Airmeet to host virtual tables so you can explore all the Universities you want to learn about. Reserve your virtual ticket using the link below. An email with the link to join will be sent 72 hours before the event.   

Dual Enrollment

Please visit this link to view our partnerships and current dual enrollment classes offered. 

What is Dual Enrollment?  Dual Enrollment, also known as concurrent enrollment, is the process of a student taking college level courses that are also being used for their high school credits. This opportunity allows for the student to obtain a transcript from the participating college or university upon completion of their courses.

Helpful Reminders:

  • To obtain Dual Enrollment Credit, the student must complete both the application process and the enrollment process, which differ due to individual partnership requirements.

  • It is good practice for the student to keep a record of dual enrollment classes taken and the participating colleges where credit has been earned. This comes in handy when the student is a Senior and applying to colleges. Make a folder either electronically, paper or both.

Keeping Your Resume Updated

It is important for all students to keep their resume in Naviance updated. The counseling department references student resumes for awards and opportunities that become available. 

Scholarship Information

Major scholarship sites: Naviance:,,,,,


  • Sharon Gagne ; ext. 2207

  • Ronald Sefchik ; ext. 2212

  • Melanie Wehrenberg ; ext 2210

  • Ashley Zaugg ; ext. 2211

  • Dawn Shea, School Counseling Office Professional, ; ext. 2205

  • Marlene Blumberger, School Counseling Office Professional, ext. 2206


Last Week's Digital Backpack: September 18, 2020


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