BCIT MEDFORD NEWSLETTER

MAY 2022

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Can you believe that it is already May??? The final stretch of the school year is upon us and as usual there is a great deal going on at BCIT Medford!


We closed out April with our first on campus dance in three years, as nearly 300 students attended our Homecoming Dance. It was a great evening and once again our students were outstanding as they danced and socialized with their peers all night!


The newsletter is packed with important information as we look to wrap up the school year, so please be sure to read through all the different sections!


The BCIT Medford Family would once again like to thank all of our students and parents for their support, as we worked through another challenging year. We are very hopeful that we are headed back to what we remember as a normal school experience for our students and staff!


Mike Parker

Principal BCIT Medford

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CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS!

Grade 9: Nesta Rice and Brielle Horwath

Grade 10: Liam Redford and Samantha Slocum

Grade 11: Javon Sill and Neveah Haughton

Grade 12: Darnell Officer and Elisa Holley


Congratulations!

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CLASS OF 2023 SENIOR PORTRAITS

Class of 2023 students will be taking senior portraits next week from Monday, May 9th to Friday, May 13th.


Please contact the yearbook advisors, Aja Jones and Amanda Wright, with any questions.

ajones@burlcoschools.org

awright@burlcoschools.org

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Last Round of Required State Testing:

Please see the dates below for the last test sessions of the year. All students that are required to take the assessment will receive information regarding the test sessions.
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ATTENDANCE POLICY

Please be mindful of our attendance policy as we move into a new semester


Every student is expected to be in school every day, all day.


  • Should the student be absent in excess of six unexcused days per semester, then he/she will be placed on non-credit status.
  • Students who exceed a total of nine or more days with excused or unexcused absences from school for the semester will not be eligible for noncredit remediation, and may be referred to the Superintendent for consideration for referral to the Board of Education for action.
  • Partial absences caused by lateness to school or early departure from school will be counted toward non-credit. Each partial absence will be equal to at least .25 of a day. Four (4) such partial absences shall equal one (1) day absence for the purpose of non-credit.
  • All excused absences require written documentation to verify the nature of the absence. Parent letters excusing a student for attendance purposes are not acceptable. Medical notes need to be from a medical professional. Please review the policy below regarding approved excused days. If your son/daughter is dealing with a prolonged medical issue, please communicate with your guidance counselor and we can work together to develop a plan.



If your student has been placed on non-credit status please see the makeup schedule below. You may contact your child's guidance counselor for further information.

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JUNE FINALS SCHEDULE

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STUDENT ADDRESS/INFORMATION CHANGE FORM

Any address change must be submitted to the School Counseling Department in writing. This is the only way to ensure proper busing information is submitted to transportation. The Student Address/Telephone/Information Change form is available via the BCIT Medford Campus homepage under School Counseling Center.

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TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

As a reminder, BCIT does not coordinate transportation for our students. Any issues that you may have need to be discussed with your district transportation departments.


Click here to view the contact information for all sending districts

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STUDENT PICK UP DURING SCHOOL HOURS

The safety of our students is our main priority. Guardians and authorized emergency contacts may pick up a student during school hours in the Main Office. When arriving in the Main Office, a driver’s license or state/federal issued I.D. must be presented. Students will not be released to anyone who does not provide proper identification.


Guardians must send written authorization in the form of an email in order to authorize someone who is NOT listed in Genesis to pick up their student. A representative from the main office will also call the main contact(s) to verify the written notification. The email should be sent to mainoffice@burlcoschools.org from the email address listed in Genesis and include the following information:

  • Date

  • Student’s name and grade level

  • Name of the person picking up the student

  • Time and reason of departure

  • Your name and relationship to student

  • Your phone number (phone number must match what is listed in Genesis)


The person being designated to pick up their student must present a driver’s license or state/federal issued I.D. when arriving at the Main Office. Once the email is received, the student will be released.


Please review the contact information in Genesis for your student to ensure that the most current information has been provided. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Main Office at 609-654-0200 ext. 8411.

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HOMEWORK CLUB

Afterschool homework club sessions run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students can get extra help in Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and Financial Literacy.


Students must sign-up in the Counseling Department at least 24 hours in advance so late buses can be arranged.

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BCIT FOUNDATION: PRIDE PROGRAM

PRIDE Program promotes positive academic efforts and behaviors - consider donation to BCIT Education Foundation


PRIDE is a nationally recognized program that supports positive student academic achievement and good behavior. The acronym embodies Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. For many years, our BCIT Foundation has been very generous in the support of our PRIDE Program at BCIT. BCIT students recognize the PRIDE Program as a way to be acknowledged for putting forth his/her best efforts. Students may earn PRIDE incentives through various avenues such as academic accomplishments, club or sport participation, attendance and good behaviors.


Through monies raised by the BCIT Foundation, the PRIDE Program has provided items that supplement our local BCIT high school budgets. More recently, over the past two school years, the Foundation has provided the following:


  1. Staff member of the month trophies (prohibited by our purchasing manual)
  2. Earned student weekly incentives for PRIDE activities, such as Wawa and Dunkin Donut Gift cards; BCIT water bottles; BCIT PRIDE ear buds
  3. Funding for PRIDE events


This past year, almost 500 students on our Medford Campus and 600 students on the Westampton Campus, per marking period, were recognized as PRIDE recipients. Valuing the need to promote the continual support of the PRIDE Program, the BCIT Foundation's hope is that with the popularity of the PRIDE Program and its proven results, parents, local businesses, and members of the community may consider making a donation to the Foundation.



When giving to the BCIT Foundation in support of the PRIDE Program, donations will directly support PRIDE Program incentives.


To learn more about the program, and how to donate, please contact Foundation Director Kathy Wojdyla at (609) 267-4226, ext. 8335 or email at kwojdyla@burlcoschools.org .

Foundation Clothing Drop Off Bin Fundraiser


Please donate your gently used items to help support the BCIT Foundation. The collection bin is located in the student parking lot on campus.


WHAT WE ACCEPT:

Adult & Children Clothing, Shoes, Handbags, Purses, Sandals, Sneakers, Boots, Jackets, Coats, Rain Gear, Leathers, Belts, Ties, Pants, Shirts, Sweaters, Vests, Blouses, Dresses, Skirts, Robes, Undergarments, Sheets, Pillowcases, Towels, Linens, Tablecloths, Hats, Scarfs, Gloves, Wallets, Jewelry, Watches, Uniforms, Jerseys, Backpacks

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PROM MAY 13, 2022

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All guests are required to submit a parent/student contract to attend.

Please follow the link below to see more details.


Guest forms must be submitted to Mr. Pino by May 10th.

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PRIDE WEEK 2022

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MAY 11: Principal's Honor Roll Breakfast

MAY 13: Prom

MAY 17-20: NJSLA Testing

MAY 23-27: NOCTI Testing

MAY 24-25: NJSLA Makeups

MAY 30: Closed (Memorial Day)

MAY 31: Non-credit sessions begin

JUN 1-2: NJSLA Makeups

JUN 1: Sports Awards

JUN 2: Jaguar Choice Awards

JUN 2: Senior Picnic (Six Flags)

JUN 7: Senior Awards

JUN 9: Yearbook signing

JUN 15: Non-credit sessions end

JUN 16: 1/2 Day

JUN 17: Closed (Juneteenth)

JUN 20-21: 1/2 Days

JUN 21: GRADUATION

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GREAT JOB MEDFORD ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Pippin! Well done!

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Congrats to the Girls Basketball Team Division Champs!

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Winter Sports All-League Honors!

Boys Basketball:

1st Team Patriot

Tre Powell


2nd Team Patriot

Miles Primus

Nesta Rice


Girls Basketball:

1st Team Independence

Jada Jacobs

Soliel Casseus


2nd Team Independence

Syann Thomas


Bowling

1st Team Liberty

Logan Drumm

Tyler Clark

Alex Schanno


2nd Team Liberty

Matt Daniels

Kaitlyn Forrsell

Julia Dudley

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SOME STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS...

Senior Logan Drumm: 3rd Place for the Sectional Tournament


Congratulations to the Boys Bowling Team for qualifying for the State Tournament by finishing second in the South Sectional.

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BCIT Medford's Academy of Performing Arts is celebrating its 10th year!

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Mr. Hagar's Welding students, Cole Reedy, Kiersten Dixey, and Heaven Fortman

completed the Eiffel tower

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Bryanna Rodriguez, who won 1st place Gold in the Culinary Arts competition and will be representing the State of New Jersey at the SkillsUSA National Competition this year in Atlanta!

Go Bryanna!!!

We are so proud of our SkillsUSA students and their accomplishments. We had several students receive medals in the New Jersey State Competitions this year.


We would like to recognize the following students for their achievements:

Kimberlee Zaleski: Food Service - 1st place Gold

Rylie Kosh: T-Shirt Design - 2nd place Silver

Gabriella Schanno: Pin Design - 3rd place Bronze

Addison Aquilino: Extemporaneous Speaking: 3rd place Bronze

Serena Crespo, Joseph Crockrell, Louie Moriggia: MRE Culinary Challenge - 3rd place Bronze

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2021 Graduate Evan Ferrara graduated from Western Welding Academy in February

and started a new job at DL Jones Construction in North Dakota

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ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM...GET SIGNED UP!!!

Medford Tech online payments are active for General Obligation (ID’s, books, etc.) and various student activity payments (Homecoming, Activity Dues, Senior Trip, Prom, etc.). To make an online payment, please click HERE and create a MySchoolBucks account; then find your product and make a payment.


PLEASE NOTE THAT MY SCHOOL BUCKS IS NOT FOR SCHOOL LUNCH PAYMENTS!


All parents/guardians of freshmen students should create a MySchoolBucks account. Please reference the online user guide below for assistance.


Parent User Guide


Creating A Parent Account (Click link - scroll halfway down page and look for MSB link on right)

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BCIT MEDFORD COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

All Grades:
It is advisable that any student who is currently struggling in a class to reach out to their teacher for additional help. School Counselors are also available, by appointment, to discuss grades and interventions.


Community Service:

Stay involved in school community based extracurricular activities that interest you or enable you to explore career interests.


College-Bound Juniors:

Winter is a very important times for you to be visiting college campuses so you know where to apply next September! Campuses give a completely different impression in the summer when they are deserted than during the academic year.


SAT Practice:

SAT Skills and Practice can be found on the www.collegeboard.org website.

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION:

Looking for national scholarships? Complete the registration at www.fastweb.com to receive email notifications of scholarship programs.



Visit www.meritaid.com to find merit-based scholarship opportunities from colleges before you apply. This website can help students with merit-based scholarships from colleges that reflect your accomplishments and interests.



Another good resource for researching scholarships is www.finaid.org .


Paper FAFSAs will no longer be delivered in bulk to high schools. Students are able to obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov for faster processing. A PDF version of the FAFSA is also available for download at www. studentaid.ed.gov.



The US Department of Education sponsors www.studentaid.ed.gov, which provides helpful information on preparing for college, types of financial aid, determining who is eligible for financial aid, how to apply for aid with the FAFSA, and information on repaying your loans.

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Our Spring Sports season is in full swing and our teams are participating in various competitions and games across the state. All student-athletes wishing to participate in athletics at Medford Tech must register online. Please check the athletics website regularly for important registration information. All physicals must be submitted to the Nurse's Office at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the sports season in order to participate. The next 3 dates for sports physicals in Nurse Baptiste's office are May 10, May 24, and June 6


Registration for Fall Sports will begin on July 1

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MEDFORD TECH APPAREL

Please check out our online spirit wear store to get your Medford Tech apparel. It can be customized for any academic, career major content area, club/activity or athletic team. The items are shipped directly to your house.

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