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Digital Backpack

February 16, 2018

  1. Monday, February 19th NO SCHOOL
  2. Tuesday, February 20th NO SCHOOL

  3. Wednesday, February 21st is an A DAY
  4. Friday, February 23rdis ADVISORY.
  5. Colchester Schools with Peace at Home Parenting Solutions: Bi-weekly support program for parents of school-age children with anxiety or depression.  The 5-month program started Monday, February 12th, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.  Please view flier here for more information, including how to register.
  6. Bacon Academy Robotics Video:  Bacon Academy Team 1699 Robocats Video link:
  7. Bacon Academy Girls Basketball - Saturday, February 17, 2018 - ECC Div. I Semi-final game vs. NFA has been moved to 10:00am at NFA, Norwich, CT
  8. LMC Bingo Reading Challenge: The Bacon Academy LMC is sponsoring a fun reading incentive for all Bacon students and staff.  Beginning February 26th and running until May 25th, you can win rewards for completing specific reading goals.  The challenge features custom designed bingo cards with categories like road trips, sports, adventure and best sellers.  Participants can chose any book they want that fits the category. Come down to the LMC and pick up your bingo card and start reading!
  9. Quebec Trip: Students going on the Quebec trip should be at Bacon Academy NO later than 5:30 AM on Thursday, February 22!!
  10. Spring Sports Registration is Open:  Register on Family ID:
  11. The Bacon Academy Girls Lacrosse Boosters: Will be hosting a fundraiser at The Inishmor in Colchester on Thursday, February 22, 2018, starting at 3:00 p.m.  Please join the girls for an evening of good company and great food as 10% of the proceeds for the entire evening will go to support the program and the girls!
  12. Senior DVD:  We need seniors to submit a KG and senior picture for the Senior DVD. Please send to before March 31st.
  13. Student Volunteers Needed for Digital Learning Day. The event will take place at Jack Jackter on February 22nd from 5-7pm. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the event. Sign up to volunteer in the LMC.
  14. Bacon Academy Project Graduation Bottle & Can Drive Recycling Fundraiser.  Click here to see how you can help!  Flyer attached.
  15. Colchester Community Theatre Presents the Wizard of Oz!  Please come support the many Colchester students performing in the show!  And guess what?- there's even flying!" The Colchester Community Theatre will Present the Wizard of OZ! " February 16th -February 18, 2018: Click here for details. 
  16. Youth Services Trips During April Vacation: Monday, April 16th- Fields of Fire, 9:00am-4:00pm, Grades 7-12, $52, tree top fun at Fields of Fire in Mystic followed by lunch at Ruby Tuesdays. Includes 3 hours of climbing plus training, and lunch. Bring a snack to have while climbing and wear sneakers. Tuesday, April 17th- Fun, Food & a Film, 9:00am-4:00pm, Grades 6-12, $41, laser tag at Laser Quest in Newington, Five Guys Burgers & Fries for lunch, and movies at Metro Movies in Middletown. Activities and lunch are included, bring extra money for movie snacks. Wednesday, April 18th- Six Flags, 10:00am-6:00pm, Grades 7-12, $50/ $15 with season pass, spend a day at Six Flags New England. Park admission is included, bring money for lunch and additional spending. Thursday, April 19th- Sky’s the Limit, 9:00am-4:00pm, Grades 6-12, $48, Launch Trampoline Park in Hartford and Dave & Busters in Manchester. Trip fee includes 90 minutes of jumping, buffet lunch, $20 power card, and unlimited video game play.
  17. Colchester Baseball and Softball: Registration ends February 28th.   Online registrations only!  Visit to register today.
  18. Senior DVD:  We need seniors to submit a KG and senior picture for the Senior DVD. Please send to before March 31st.
  19. New Date Community Conversations- Hidden in Plain Sight 2/22/18! Wednesday, January 17th for an amazing and unique opportunity to learn what no one else is going to tell you about teen drug and alcohol trends. Click here for details.
  20. Teens in Action: CYSS is looking for a few creative, artistic, and motivated kids in grades 7-12 to help us redesign bulletin boards at the middle and high schools. We will gather after school from 12-3:30pm on March 8th (the ½ day) at the Youth Center where we can combine all of our ideas and create our displays. We will then travel over to the schools to install them. This is a free program and space is limited, so don’t wait to register!
  21. State of Connecticut has put together resources to support Mastery-Based Learning. Many teachers in the English and World Language departments have implemented standards-based grading to support students mastering skills. You can find those resources here and a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.
  22. The Music Department Trip (April 12-15)to Washington DC is in full planning process: If you are a student who chose to not go, and wish you could, see Mr. Kessler/Mrs. Cheney right away. YOU CAN STILL GO!
  23. Bacon Athletics Calendar Link: Click here to view the CIAC sports calendar for the month
  24. Colchester Youth Lacrosse 2018 Registration: Register online at Click on the "Register Online" link in the menu on the left side of the page. Any questions, please email the registrar at



Follow @BaconCounseling for timely department information!


NEW AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT:  The American Opportunity Tax Credit can help pay for the first 4 years of college if you attend at least half-time. Provides up to $2,500 per student per year, or up to $10,000 over four years of education. Use the Interactive Tax Assistant tool on to see if you can claim the credit. For more info:


  • The summer program opportunities are too numerous to list. Please follow the schools you’re interested in on social media to see what their summer offerings are, or google search specific topics.
  • Summer college experience for curious students: Summerfuel program destinations are here: Deadlines vary.


Three Rivers offers a wide variety of credit and non-credit degree programs. Choose from 49 majors, including Transfer Ticket Degree Programs to Connecticut State Universities, our highly regarded Technology Studies, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Graphic Design, and much more. The College has transfer and articulation agreements with a wide array of colleges and universities to allow students a seamless transition into their four-year degree. Last year, TRCC awarded more than $400,000 in student scholarship aid. DUE 3/30/18. Applications can be found online at



  • Counselors do NOT send mid-year grade reports automatically - you must tell them to send! They also do NOT send your test scores - you must have them sent directly from CollegeBoard (for SAT) or ACT.
  • As you hear back from schools, you  MUST update your acceptance status in Naviance! (It’s a graduation requirement.)
  • Check your email every day for messages from colleges, and log in to your college portals to make sure all materials have been received.
  • Any Senior who has not begun post-secondary plans should look at community colleges. Classes DO fill, so early registration is advised:
  • Free FAFSA assistance at Manchester Community College: Sat., 2/24/18 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., location to be determined. For more information, visit



  • The Counselors will be scheduling comprehensive Junior Planning Meetings to begin after the February break. Parents/caregivers will be mailed an invitation and are encouraged to attend. In the meantime, visit campuses! One thing Seniors ALWAYS say is they wish they would have started sooner. Take a drive, schedule a tour, or do a virtual tour. Follow interesting schools on their social media and get on their mailing lists.



Junior planning meeting invitations were mailed home last week. Our school counselors have scheduled these individual meetings to discuss future plans and prepare accordingly. Here are some highlights of what Juniors should be considering:

  • Review this great Junior year guide at
  • Take advantage of the long February weekend to visit campuses. Follow interesting schools on their social media and get on their mailing lists.
  • The mandatory Connecticut “school day SAT” for Juniors on March 21st assesses Math and English only, not writing. For this reason, counselors recommend that all Juniors take an additional SAT with writing. School day SAT scores will likely take much longer to release, leaving students with little or no time to register for another spring SAT. Testing earlier will also allow for students to take advantage of free, personalized test preparation through Khan Academy at the CollegeBoard.  The registration deadline for the May 5th SAT is April 6th.  The registration deadline for the April 14th ACT is March 9th.
  • Attend the Hartford National College Fair at Hartford Convention Center, March 28-29, 2018 at CT Convention Center.

For the list of the School Counseling Department Assignments click here.

            Sharon Gagne,

            Andrea Merry,

            Ronald Sefchik, 9th Grade Transition Counselor

            Melanie Wehrenberg,

            Donna DesSureault, Guidance Office Professional,

           Amy Trinnaman, Guidance Office Professional,


District News:

  1. No School Reminder:  Monday, February 19, 2018 and Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - winter break.

  2. Digital Learning Day - February 22, 2018  5pm-7pm! Will be held at JJIS. Click here for map of events.  Digital Learning Day - Click on the link here to Register (No cost!) Exhibits & Workshops. Courtesy of CES, JJIS and WJJMS PTO!

  3. Shortened Day/No School:  Thursday, March 8, 2018 is a shortened day for parent/teacher conferences and Friday, March 9, 2018 is no school for students for teacher training/regional professional development.
  4. Board of Education Meeting:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Bacon Academy.

Community News:

  1. TVCCA Early Head Start and Head Start programs are federally funded comprehensive child development programs which serve children from birth to five, pregnant women, and their families. In Colchester, services are offered in a Colchester Elementary preschool classroom and through an infant/toddler home visitation option. Click here for details.
  2. The 9th Freezin for a Reason! The yearly Freezin’ for a Reason event was held this past weekend and the unofficial total monies raised as of today, Monday, February 12, 2018 is $13,700.00 going towards the Colchester Fuel Bank. Over the last 9 years, they have raised over $85,000.00. Thank you to all who contributed!  All of you are what makes what we do matter! -Officer R. Suchecki
  3. 02-16-18:  Please come support the many Colchester students performing in the show!  And guess what?- there's even flying!" The Colchester Community Theatre will Present the Wizard of OZ! " February 16th -February 18, 2018: Click here for details. 
  4. 02-17-18: Colchester Cooperative Nursery School Open House: Colchester Cooperative Nursery School is having an Open House on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 9 to 11am at the school located at 80 Main St, Colchester. Come meet the teachers and tour the school. Any questions, please contact Tina Zajac at 860-428-7710 or
  5. 02-17-18: Girls Scouts of CT Invites you to Join their Luau Party, February 17th at 6:30pm at St. Andrew Parish Hall, Click here for details.
  6. 02-22-18:Don't Miss Digital Learning Day - February 22, 2018  5pm-7pm! Will be held at JJIS. Click here for map of events!  Digital Learning Day - Click on the link here to Register (No cost!) Free Pizza!  Exhibits & Workshops! Courtesy of CES, JJIS and WJJMS PTO!
  7. 02-22-18: Community Conversations- Hidden in Plain Sight:  Thursday, February 22nd!  This is an amazing and unique opportunity to learn what no one else is going to tell you about teen drug and alcohol trends. Click here for flier.
  8. 02-28-18: Are you ready to love more and fight less?  Learn to meet your child's unique love needs:  Click here for details.
  9. 02-28-18:  Paint Night "Empty Bowl":  Help raise funds to fight hunger with 50% funds for Colchester Food Bank and 50% for Empty Bowls.
  10. 03-05-18: Nutrition Education - Share your ideas with other parents on more fruits and vegetables: Click here for details.
  11. Cragin Teen Programs: MARCH programs here.
  12. Cragin Kids Programs: MARCH programs here.

Last Digital Backpack


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