September 23rd

Digital Backpack Friday, September 23, 2022

Monday, September 26, 2022 is an A DAY

Friday, September 30, 2022 is an A DAY


This Friday the Bacon Academy Drama Club will be hosting their annual Improv Show in the Bacon Academy Courtyard! The show begins at 6 pm and tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for Bacon Students. Stop in for a night filled with laughs and support the Drama Club!


Students, if you plan on arriving at school before 7:15am to use the LMC, please sign up in advance on this form.

2022 Fall Sports Picture Day Information 

Senior portrait scheduling

Legacy Portraits is excited to share their cover letter that will help families fulfill their senior's portrait needs. Whether it be for the yearbook or for personal use, the experience should be fun and seamless!  Sessions are being offered through the summer and in the fall.  If you have any questions, please call Susan McKiernan in the BA main office (860) 537-2370.  

The next session is Thursday, October 13, 2022 and Friday, October 14, 2022 from 2:30 to 8:00 PM.

Jostens 2023 Yearbooks  Lowest Price ALL YEAR!! $65

Sale ends 9/23/22 - FREE ICONS!!

Order ONLINE now before the price increases!

Yearbook SALE Flyer

Pay to Play for Fall 2022

Pay to play deadline has passed!  Please pay online using this link.  Please create an account even if you opt not to use the online payment portal. Receipts of payment (online, cash or check) will be emailed via My Payments Payment of cash or check are also accepted and can be dropped off in the main office. Checks must be made out to TOWN OF COLCHESTER. 

The fee of $180 must be paid by September 15th, student athletes will not be eligible to play or practice if the fee is not paid. Contact Danielle Bossie by phone or email ([email protected]) for questions or concerns. 

Project Graduation Meeting - September newsletter

Join us on Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm to become trained for TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS).  This training educates on the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol and is required for several of the volunteer shifts at our UCONN concession events.  Once you are trained, it is valid for 3 years. Please reserve your spot in advance by using this sign-up: Bacon Academy Project Grad: TIPS Training (

We are always looking for more volunteers throughout the year to help coordinate our variety of fundraisers.  Take a look at what we have planned, and sign-up for what interests you and works with your schedule: Bacon Academy Project Grad: Fundraisers (

Due to a change in the way that the school releases student information, Project Graduation no longer has an email list for each class. We are working to build a class contact list for each graduation year to provide information regarding the Project Graduation mission and fundraising initiatives. Please help us get your information by entering it here: Contact Bacon Academy Project Graduation

Jostens Sports Photos NOW Available

All photojournalism events, including sports and special events, that are requested to be photographed by our professional photographers will be available for parents to view and purchase online. All events are uploaded within 2-3 business days.

This will NOT include every game for any sport. 

Please see the updated site and access code instructions below.


Enter online code: 3551E23

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BACON ACADEMY    Music Department

611 Norwich Avenue    Colchester, Connecticut 06415

860-537-2378 x2304   Mr. Tom Kessler   @BABandMrKessler


  • Email is the best way to contact.  Please register your email into POWERSCHOOL

  • All students should have one copy of ALL their music.  

Brass players should have a straight mute.  Jazz trumpets should have a Cup mute.     

Percussionists should have a bag with one pair 2b/5c sticks, yarn mallets  

       and medium tympani mallets.

  • Encourage practice. Great student musicians have a scheduled routine.  Have you heard

your student play recently?  Do you know how they’re progressing? Let me help.

  • Concert dress is in the handbook, please assist your Band student. 

Solid white top; solid black bottom.   If you need assistance, please contact me.

  • If you need musical assistance: repairs, accessories, mouthpieces or new 

       purchase information, please see a director first.  

  • Grading is based on Rehearsal Behavior, Performance Attendance, and Technical Skill.

  • Freshmen have a playing requirement in January to determine the following year’s placement.



TOP:  Solid White Long Sleeve Blouse, cover arms.

          No stripes, polka dots, colors, bling appliqué.   

       Be Modest, please.     

BOTTOM: Solid Black Completely covering legs (see above for Solid Black definition)

             Full length skirt or, Knee length skirt with black tights or leggings, or

             Solid Black Slacks, no jeans.  

             Solid Black Dresses conforming to the above are permitted.

FEET: Solid Black shoes, toes not showing           


TOP:   Solid White Long Sleeve, with Collar and Long Black Tie 

            No T Shirt/ Golf Shirt/ Sweater

         Solid Black Jacket optional

BOTTOM: Solid Black Slacks

FEET:  Solid Black shoes AND Socks (No white socks)

Jazz Band Dress:

ALL: Solid White Tuxedo Shirt, Solid Black Slacks/Shoes/Socks.  No jeans.

Tie and Cummerbund provided.


(Achievement, Responsibility, Respect) Dates can change.  Please Check back with Digital Backpack

September 30 Audition Registration Deadline

Playing Exams/Assessment due

October 26   Concert   645WIND ENSEMBLE/JAZZ BAND

November 7 & 9 Charter Oak Music Festival, HERE @ BACON

                        14 ASBDA Honors Band Festival –  Meriden

                                19 Region Auditions                                          

December 1         CONCERT -  Choirs

        22 CONCERT -  Bands                                                     

January 6-7 Eastern Region Festival, UConn All State Auditions 

                                                         North Haven HS    

February           23 Bacon Jazz Night

March 1 CONCERT BA BAND w WJJMS,(2 snow)

                                15-19    FLA trip

                                30-APR1 All-State Festival

          24 Waterford Jazz Festival

May           28         Memorial Day Parade

June                         1           CONCERT- Band                                                                                                                                                                       


If three Snow Days, June Concert may move.

If you plan on missing a Major performance, inform Director immediately.

If you plan on missing two Major performances, please reconsider your enrollment.


When emailing Mr. Kessler, please include your student’s name and YOG 

in the subject heading, i.e.;  “Student Name – 202x”.  PARENTS: Should your last name be different than your student, include it on the email.

Help your son or daughter follow the suggestions, rules and schedule.  Thank you.

College Representative Visits

College representative visits will begin the week of 9/12.  Students should check their Naviance calendar for a full listing of college visits and can sign up to attend through Naviance. *Students, please stop by the school counseling office in advance for a pass to attend the visit*  A great opportunity for students to speak with college reps and the application readers!

College Financing Virtual Workshop

Exploring Financial Aid & Cash Management Solutions virtual workshop will be held on Wednesday, 10/19, at 6pm.   The workshop will review the following topics:  Need based aid information, resources for Merit Aid, FAFSA vs CSS profile, tax code incentives, tuition discounting, and minimizing student loans.  This event is open to all parents district wide.  Please follow the attached link to register in advance for this event.   Click Here to Register

Please see school counselor assignments for the 2022-2023 school year:

Last names A-F (Grades 9-12) - Mr. Ronald Sefchik, [email protected]

Last names G-N (Grades 9-12) - Ms. Sharon Gagne, [email protected]

Last names O-Z (Grades 9-12) - Mrs. Ashley Zaugg, [email protected]

Dual Enrollment Classes: 

Students please check in with your teachers to see enrollment instructions to obtain dual enrollment college credits in some of your classes.  ECSU, Uconn, Gateway Community College, Three Rivers Community College and the University of Bridgeport. If you haven’t brought your payment for ECSU classes, please bring payment to the School Counseling Office.  Uconn registration, enrollment and payment are all online through their portal.  Gateway, Three Rivers and The University of Bridgeport will be registering this month.  

*New this year is our partnership with the University of Bridgeport: They will be offering dual enrollment credits for the following courses: Accounting I, Business Law (both 3 credits) and Pre-Calculus (4 credits) for $50 per credit fee.  Registration, enrollment, and payment will be on a portal through the U of B - details will be given out in these classes.

*If you haven’t paid your fee for the ECSU dual enrollment classes - please send payment in to the School Counseling Office.

*Three Rivers registration deadline is Wed Sept.28th.  

*Uconn is still allowing registration - please complete all portions on their portal.

*Gateway dual enrollment is an electronic application - parents/guardians please make sure you approve your section for the process to be completed.

2023 A.P. Exam Registration and Payment: 

Deadline is October 1, 2022.  

Need help with registering?   Miss Gagne will be available in the School Counseling office during open house (Sept.15th) to answer questions. 

School Counseling Website/Information

Information about College Board

Test scores are being released for the PSAT and SAT exams for both Sophomores and Juniors. When the School Counseling Office receives any hard copies of your tests, we will contact the students to visit us and pick them up.  Most times, students are notified directly from the College Board via email about their test scores being ready to view.  College Board Accounts are not managed by the School Counseling Office and are only available to students.  Students must keep their user name and password for access.   Please visit the College Board website to access your materials, or if you have questions concerning sign on, their direct number is 866-630-9305.