BCIT Brief

March 2016, Edition #16

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Editor: Mrs. Laura Geltch, District Program and Community Coordinator

Please continue emailing me your stories, photos, and events. This newsletter celebrates our BCIT community.

Happy Spring!

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A Message from Danielle Hartman, Supervisor of Instruction

Dear School Community:

BCIT is pleased to announce the addition of two new AP courses for the 2016-17 school year. Next year, in addition to our AP World History and AP Literature courses, we will be offering AP Chemistry and AP Language and Composition. Our new, innovative hybrid AP courses have recently been featured on the NJDOE Innovation website and will serve as a model for districts across the state.

These hybrid classes are a combination of traditional face-to-face classes and online, independent work. Students participate in a traditional class for the first semester; for marking period three, they complete an independent, online class. Marking period three consists of video chats where students record their discussions regarding independent work and weekly assignments, along with an independent research project. Chats are uploaded to Google Classroom for the teacher to review and provide feedback. Our goal is to extend the learning time for students to master the challenging content in preparation for college and AP exams.

-Danielle Hartman

A letter from the BCIT Adult Education Principal, Patrick Cruet

Dear BCIT Community Members,

BCIT’s Apprenticeship Program is the traditional employers' training program where an employer selects an unskilled person to be an Apprentice, and teaches on-the-job skills while he/she works. This progresses the Apprentice to a skilled mechanic/technician who can work alone and/or supervise others. The modern twist to the ancient practice of apprenticeship is the required classroom study, which BCIT provides.

Our Adult Education evening classes at BCIT compliment on-the-job training with classroom work covering the theory of the trade (math, safety, codes, etc.). The employer teaches what to do; we teach why.

Learn more about Apprenticeship opportunities by calling the County Apprenticeship Coordinator at 609-267-4226, ext. 8330. Earn while you learn!


Patrick Cruet

BCIT Adult Education Principal


BCIT Adult Education Student Spotlight

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Cosmetology Student: Mark Pyolypenko

Mark Pyolypenko, an Adult Education student, has finally found a career he truly loves! Cosmetology!

Mark was born in the Ukraine and moved to NJ in 2006 a the age of ten. He graduated from Millville High School in Cumberland County in 2014. Upon his high school graduation, he moved to Burlington County. Mark had the desire to continue his education and go to college as a psychology major. He attended Rowan College of Burlington County and after taking courses, he quickly realized that while he enjoyed psychology, this wasn’t the career choice he wanted to pursue. Mark did some searching and decided to attend BCIT. He loves to learn and gain hands-on experience from his two knowledgeable and experienced instructors, Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. McGinty.

Mark currently holds an “A” average in his course work, in which he is currently preparing for the cosmetology state boards exam in April. Upon completing his BCIT courses, Mark plans to join the workforce promptly as a cosmetologist.

Mark highly encourages anyone who may be interested in gaining a license in cosmetology to join us at one of our Career Exploration events to learn more.

Employment Weekly BCIT Adult Education Cover: March 16, 2016 issue

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Upcoming BCIT Adult Education Career Exploration Events:

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BCIT/BCSSSD Board of Education Policies & Regulations

The following policies and regulations have been approved by the Board of Education. Please review and reference pertinent policies as applicable.

December 2015:

Policies/Regulations (Exhibit #2) (These items are available on the website.) 1st Reading

3431.1 Family Leave (Revised) 4431.1 Family Leave (Revised) R5111 Admissions (Revised: Rubric) 9150 School Visitors

7440 School Security

January 2016

Policies/Regulations (Exhibit #1) (These items are available on the website.)

2nd Reading

3431.1 and 4431.1 Family Leave (Revised) R5111 Admissions (Revised: Rubric)
9150 School Visitors
7440 School Security

R8460 General Administrative Investigative Procedures (Revised) R7450.1 General Inventory (BCIT) (Revised)
1st Reading
8500.1 Offer Versus Serve (OVS)

R6660 Student Activity SOP

February 2016

Policies/Regulations (Exhibit #1) (These items are available on the website.)

1st Reading

2340.1 and R2340.1 Competitions

2nd Reading

8500.1 Offer Versus Serve (OVS)
R6660 Student Activity SOP
7516 Use of Swimming Pool
8505 Wellness/Nutrition Standards for Meals and Other Foods

Strauss Esmay BCIT/BCSSSD Policies and Regulations.

Applying to BCIT is now a snap with InfoSnap!

BCIT is excited to announce that our high school admissions application is live on our website! Please visit the link below and follow the instructions to complete the online application for the 2016-2017 school year.


Dr. Erin Conti

Coordinator of Admissions & Recruiting

Congratulations to BCIT February Students of the Month!

BCIT Medford Campus

Grade 9 -Annaliesa Williams

Grade 10 - Lauren Romano

Grade 11- Samantha Stiel

Grade 12- Asada Sharif

BCIT Westampton Campus

Grade 9- Ryland Smith

Grade 10- Kasandra Torres

Grade 11- Kerim Cakir

Grade 12- Samuel Ringel

Student Athlete- Amir Harper

Most Improved-Giuseppe Gravano

Register NOW for 2016 BCIT Summer Camps! They fill up quickly!

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BCIT 2016 Summer Camp

BCIT 2016 Summer Camp Registration is now open

We are offering 24 Summer Camps this summer on our BCIT Westampton and Medford campuses! Ms. Monique Jenkins is our Summer Camp Coordinator. Please email Ms. Jenkins at mjenkins@bcit.cc with any camp questions.

Camp dates for Summer 2016:

July 11-15

July 18-22

July 25-29

Click here for the BCIT 2016 Summer Camp Brochure and Registration Form. Please note: no cash payments will be accepted this year. Please mail your camp registration form(s) along with a check or money order to:

BCIT 2016 Summer Camp

Attn. Ms. Nereida Mack

695 Woodlane Road

Westampton, NJ 08060

24 BCIT Summer Camps offered this Summer!

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CTE Spotlight: Heavy Equipment/Diesel Technology, by Danielle Hartman

“One Team, One Theme” is the slogan for BCIT Westampton’s Heavy Equipment/Diesel Technology class. Students in this class say that they are more than a class, they are a family. Teacher Rick Goatley agrees; he is more than an instructor, he is a friend and advocate. Both students concur that Mr. Goatley is the best part of Diesel class, adding that after exploring a number of options, they chose diesel because of the hands-on nature of the class and the infectious personality of the teacher.

Student Brandon Rutherford, class of 2017, has big plans for his future. He is applying to the University of NW Ohio to earn a degree in applied sciences in High Performance Motorsports. This program will allow him to continue his studies in tuning and building engines, while the school’s drag racing club will allow him to pursue his dream of racing. Eventually, Brandon wants to open a tuning shop for high performance vehicles. Classmate Edgar Zayas, also class of 2017, wishes to pursue admissions to the Air Force where he hopes to qualify for a position as a mechanic. Both boys are well on their way to successful careers in the automotive industry.

Students in Diesel can graduate high school with certifications in Student ASE 1-8, Valvoline Oil, and SP2s (Safety and Pollution). These certifications will tell employers that the students have experience in the field and are ready to begin assignments immediately. In addition, there are many options for a school-to-work experience that will provide students with an added leg up in the career field. Between the certifications and hands-on experience, any student who graduates from BCIT’s Heavy Equipment/Diesel Technology program is well prepared for whatever future lies ahead of him.

NJCCVTS Winter Meeting, March 9, 2016

BCIT was well represented with Supervisor of Instruction, Mrs. Danielle Hartman and Program & Community Coordinator, Mrs. Laura Geltch presenting.

Mrs. Hartman presented on the success of Hybrid Classes and Blended Learning.

Mrs. Geltch was part of a panelist discussion on Social Media in Career and Technical Education Schools.

BCPDI Workshop Series

Click HERE for the Burlington County Professional Development Institute (BCPDI) online Workshop Series Brochure

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BCIT Westampton student Eagle Scout!

Congratulations to BCIT student Antonio Cintron for his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout! BCIT Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Bonsall and Antonio's Counselor, Mrs. Daily Antonio attended a ceremony honoring Antonio on Sunday, March 6th.

Congratulations to our BCIT Westampton Students!

Southern Regional Competition Winners!

Two of our Culinary Arts students, Jackson Brown & Isaiah Sherrill, will move on to the state championships on April 16 as a result of their placement in the Southern Region competitions, held at GCIT on Sat., March 12th.

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BCIT Foundation assists in funding two student-driven projects!

The BCIT Foundation announced that two organizations will donate money towards a student-driven plumbing project. Foundation connections brought together Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 9 and the Burlington-Mercer Building Trades Council, who will share the costs of supplies.

Westampton students Mike Dougherty and Mike Speaker worked with teacher Rick James to apply for Foundation funding. These students will lead next year’s project modeled after plumbing installation for apartments, involving students from the Plumbing and HVAC career majors. Costs will cover the sinks, pipes, drains, etc., and many of those items could be re-used for other projects.

The Apartment Plumbing application was one of 10 requests made to the Foundation. Trustees funded three requests and pledged to find funding for almost all the others, including this one.

Renee Janowicz

Director, BCIT Foundation

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NJ State Thespian Festival: BCIT Medford Academy for Performing Arts wins BIG!

Congratulations to all our students in the Thespian troupe!

NJ State Thespian Categories

Comedy Monologue: Aylanna Edwards Wright & Caroline Lees

Dramatic Monologue: Zak Johnson & Nicole Evans

Pantomime: Erick McCombs, Olivia Grant & Alanna Delgaldo

3rd Place in the Advance Tech Theatre Challenge Team:

  • Zak Johnson
  • Hayleigh Wentz
  • Jesenia Sosa-Sanchez
  • Nicole Evans
  • Alanna Delgaldo
  • Olivia Grant

National Categories:

Comedy Pairs: Tashae Udo & Aylanna E. Wright

Group Musical Theatre: Cast of 96,000 from the musical “In the Heights”:

  • Jahmar Ortiz
  • Aylanna E. Wright
  • Tashae Udo
  • D’Ionna West
  • Evan Vincent
  • Lauren Quattrocchi
  • Desiree Smith
  • Zaire Carter
  • Jesenia Sosa Sanchez
  • Diamond Harris

Musical Theatre Solo: D’Ionna West & Kelsea Feder

3rd Place for Best Actor - Chapter Select MainStage Play: Jahmar Ortiz

1st Place for Best Actress - Chapter Select MainStage Play: D’Ionna West

2016 New Jersey Thespians State Champions - MainStage Play:

BCIT Medford’s “12 Angry Jurors”

Featuring the cast of:

  • D’Ionna West
  • Jahmar Ortiz
  • Caroline Lees
  • Zaire Carter
  • Julisa Linton
  • Nicole Evans
  • Amos Koffa
  • Jamie Yoos
  • Evan Vincent
  • Zak Johnson
  • Erick McCombs
  • Lauren Quattrocchi
  • Emilyann Rowley


  • NJ State Thespian Senior Non-Theatre Major Scholarship--$300, awarded to Hailey Morgan for her brilliantly written essay!
  • Jahmar Ortiz, Diamond Harris, D’Ionna west and Amos Koffa each have been offered a $25,000 talent scholarship from Rowan University!
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BCIT Academy for the Performing Arts presents their Spring Musical:


Dates: April 22, 23, 29 & 30, 7 p.m.

BCIT Medford Performing Arts Center

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Congratulations to the BCIT Medford National Honor Society, TVDMP and Mr. Parker on winning the NASSP School Principal Video Contest!

Click below to view the National Award-winning video:


Assistant Principals Val Lee and Lauren Milanowicz read to our Early Childhood class in celebration of Read Across America

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CONGRATULATIONS BCIT Medford Boys Varsity Basketball Team for making it all the way to the 2016 NJSIAA South, Group 2 Tournament

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BCIT Medford Student Competes in NJ State Poetry Out Loud Competition

Congratulations on making it to the State Championship, Amos Koffa!

Amos competed last week his three performances were AWESOME! Nine of his classmates came with us to The College of New Jersey to sit in the audience, and the competition was streamed live in the Medford Campus auditorium for English classes and Performing Arts majors to watch from school. Unfortunately, he will not be moving on to Nationals.

Amos was recognized as one of four students to return to the State Competition for the second year in a row. The host also acknowledged the competitors for being the 12 finalists out of over 27,000 students who competed in Poetry Out Loud competitions throughout New Jersey. Amos is looking forward to competing again next year!

Mrs. Aman

Science Department Head Teacher

BCIT Medford Campus

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CONGRATULATIONS to the members of BCIT Westampton's HOSA chapter!

Our students competed at the State Leadership Conference this weekend: Kennidy Jalkowski (Medical Photography), Diana Befoh (Nursing Assisting), Mariyah Thompson, Sam Ringel, Brittany Kirk, and Zach Kelly (all competed in Sports Medicine).

Zach placed 1st
Sam placed 2nd
Brittany placed 3rd in Sports Medicine
All three qualified for the National Competition in Nashville this June!

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Art on Display BCIT Westampton's Graphic Arts and Animation Class Mr. Haney

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Another Successful BCIT Foundation Designer Bag Bingo!

Approximately 300 community members attended the 5th sell-out Designer Bag Bingo, raising money for the BCIT Foundation. Attendees played for chances to win 16 Coach and Michael Kors bags, and a 50-50 cash prize worth more than $1500. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the BCIT Foundation!

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TRIBUTE BRICKS make great Birthday, Holiday and Graduation gifts!

Engraved bricks can mark a memory, honor a loved one, or commemorate a special occasion. They are placed within existing walkways near the front entrances of either Medford or Westampton campus, reflecting the legacy of BCIT.

Bricks can be ordered in two sizes, plus a mini replica to keep at home. Details and the order form are on the web pages of the BCIT Foundation.

Let us know if you'd like a personalized certificate to present for an occasion! Call the BCIT Foundation at (609) 267-4226, ext. 8335.

Thank you for your support,

Renee Janowicz

Director, BCIT Foundation

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Do you have a story to share?

Dear BCIT Community.

Our students and staff are unique and truly outstanding Burlington County community members. It would be my pleasure to share student, family, and parent stories with our school's community.

Please contact me if you would like to share your story.

Thank you,

Laura Geltch

Program & Community Coordinator


Basic Internet Safety for Teens

2ndFloor.org Youth Helpline

In NJ, youth have an anonymous and confidential helpline to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-888-222-2228 to speak with someone who will listen attentively and compassionately to any issues you are facing.

ANY CALL, ANY TIME - we are always here and ready to help.


Emergency Closing/Delayed Opening Procedures:

In the event of a campus emergency or inclement weather, staff members will be contacted via email, phone message, and text message. In addition, we will post a Special Alert Message on our website.

Staff Members, Help us Contact You.

Have you moved? Have you changed your phone number or email address? Please make sure to update your information with BCIT Personnel.

Students will be contacted using information stored in Genesis, our electronic student database. Parents should be reminded to ensure their contact information is up-to-date. Any changes should be reported to the main office of the student's school.