BCSSSD Pioneer Press

May 2016, Edition #18

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

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



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BCSSSD names Dr. Christopher Nagy as Superintendent of Schools

A Message Mr. Joe Miller, ESU Director

Dear Friends,

I am very happy to have the opportunity to introduce myself to the home and school family at BCSSSD. Since September, 2015, I have served as Director of the Educational Services Unit, after having spent the past 46 years as a professional educator in various Burlington County school districts. While BCSSSD provides an excellent program option for children with special needs throughout our region, the ESU is a valuable partner in addressing the needs of classified children in all of the public, private and parochial schools in the county.

Classified students at BCSSSD and in every other district require a variety of related or supplemental services in order to help them achieve the annual goals and objectives in their IEP’s. These are what ESU provides. Examples of these related services include those of Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, ESL, Basic Skills, Supplemental, Nursing, Teachers of the Deaf, Educational Interpreters, American Sign Language instructors, Assistive Technology, Job Coaches, Transition Services, Psychologists, Learning Disability Teacher/Consultants, Social Workers, Counselors and Home Instructors.

Additionally, ESU provides opportunities throughout the year for staff members from all of the public and non-public districts to attend a wide variety of professional development seminars to hone their professional skills. Similarly, ESU maintains a cadre of trained responders as members of the Burlington County School Crisis Response Team, whose members are dispatched to any district experiencing an emergency or sudden loss of a student or staff member. The Team assists the districts in dealing with the many necessities required to return the district to status quo after a tragedy.

Since 1997, ESU has enjoyed its unique relationship with BCSSSD in order to provide the citizens of our county with an educational program and support services which make us a shining example for other counties to emulate. It is my honor and privilege to be a part of it.

Mr. Joe Miller

ESU Director

Attention Parents & Guardians: Parent Portal Letter and Parent Portal Form

Parent Portal links:



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.

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

March 2016

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

2nd Reading 2340.1 and R2340.1 Competitions

April 2016

  1. Policies/Regulations (Exhibit #1: These items are available on the website.) P5339 Screening for Dyslexia (revised­definition)
    P5111 Eligibility of Students (revised­added BCSS/Alternative School) R8505.2 Nutrition and Safety Protocols Questionnaire (revised)

Strauss Esmay BCIT/BCSSSD Policies and Regulations.

BCAS June 2016 Information Session

Resources for Independent Living

June 7, 2016

6 - 8 p.m.

Burlington County Alternative School, 1000 Briggs Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ

RSVP: Melissa Manno via email: mmanno@bcsssd.k12.nj.us

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BCAS Monthly Staff and Student Update

  • I. Student accomplishments, recognition, awards, activities, assemblies, programs, etc.

    Haziam Skipper of the Rancocas Valley Regional High School District has been selected as the Burlington County Alternative School Scholar of the Month. Haziam is a very serious student and works consistently. Congrats to Haziam!

    Mia Cariola of the Cinnaminson School District has been selected as the Burlington County Alternative School Citizen of the Month. Mia can often be seen assisting students and staff in a positive fashion. Congrats to Mia!

    Shane MacPherson and Lorenzo Moreno-Rodriguez were chosen as the Middle School Student Spotlights.

    BCAS Recent Graduates:

    Christopher Clark from the Northern Burlington County Regional School District

    Casey Greatrex from the Lenape Regional High School District

    Justin Nieves from the Lenape Regional High School District

    Brandon Grieves from the Delran School District

    Jack Pattavina from the Moorestown School District

    Margaret Moore from the Moorestown School District

    BCAS hosted a parent information session on May 10, 2016 entitled “Technology Dependence.”

    On May 19, 2016 an attorney from the Burlington County Bar Association presented to students and staff on the topic of Social Media with respect to texting, twitter, snapchat, instagram, etc.

NJSPRA Communications Awards & Annual Meeting, May 20, 2016

NJ School Public Relations Association (NJSPRA) awarded BCSSSD Program & Community Coordinator, Mrs. Laura Geltch, 2nd place in the 2016 School Communication Awards for both Marketing, Branding, Image & Newsletter Categories.

Congratulations to all NJ School Public Relations Association 2016 winners!

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A note from Nicole Margiotta

Dear BCSSSD Community,

Those of you who are on Facebook, please "like" our pages and visit them regularly; feel free to add comments on posted items. When referencing our "Sign Me A Story" series, please reference it with hashtag and written exactly like this (#SignMeAStory).

Please join us on Saturday, June 4th for another "Sign Me A Story" event at the Burlington County Library. Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Burlington County Times article on January's "Sign Me A Story": http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/local/photos-stories-signed-for-hearing-impaired-at-burlington-county-library/collection_80a11f08-bbaf-11e5-a646-97fa88dbb421.html

Here are the two Facebook links...

DHH https://www.facebook.com/Burlington-County-Deaf-Hard-of-Hearing-DHH-Education-Initiative-1440255022939143/

AAC https://www.facebook.com/ESU-Augmentative-Alternative-Communication-Assistive-Technology-925918974138982/

Thank you all for supporting our pages! Please pass the links along to anyone who might be interested!

Thank you,

Nicole Margiotta

Supervisor, Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Assistive Technology

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Thank you to everyone who attended the May "Sign Me A Story" on May 21st at the Burlington County Library.

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May 2016 - What's Splashing?

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Lumberton Campus "In the Loop" May 2016 Newsletter

BCPDI Workshop Series

Click HERE for more information on the Burlington County Professional Development Institute (BCPDI) online Workshop Series.

Final BCPDI Workshop for 2015-16!

Special Education Law in NJ

John Comegno presented on May 10th to a packed Media Center.

The next workshop is on August 23rd, "Conscious Classroom Management - Creating the Classroom Environment You've Always Wanted".

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Hop On Pop!

In honor of Read Across America, two of our Elementary students, Chyanne Dorsey & Dante Carter read "Hop on Pop" for our Board of Education. Both students were awarded a certificate of Achievement and a BCSSSD pin.
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Recognition Program at RVHS: Congrats to our Teachers!

On May 17, 2016, we were fortunate to have two of our staff members recognized at the Annual Burlington County Teacher of the Year and Educational Services Professionals of the Year Recognition Program held at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. We salute Maureen Basehore, a former teacher and now learning consultant who will be retiring at the end of this year. The teacher who was recognized was Kelly Fletcher, who has been in the district for 16 years. We are so proud of them, and thank them for their years of service and dedication to our students, staff and District.

Click here to view complete list of BCSSSD 2015-16 Teachers of the Year.

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Mother's Day hand made gifts and sentiments

Our students created gifts for their mothers, using flowers grown in our greenhouses in pots of their own design - all made with love.

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Our staff and students take their reading class outdoors!

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Our greenhouses are in full bloom!

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Preparing for PROM!

BCSSSD Prom was Friday, May 13th! In preparation for the "Hollywood" theme, props were carefully packed in preparation for the big event!

BCSSSD students sanded and painted the golden oscar statues.

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Jake's Place, Cherry Hill, NJ

Four BCSSSD classes visited Jake’s Place Boundless Playground in Cherry Hill, as part of the “Ravitz Rides” program. Thank you to our staff who donated to fund our beautiful BCSSSD Banner!
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Walking trip to the Burlington County Animal Shelter

Westampton High School Student Council collected donations for the Burlington County Animal Shelter and followed-up with an in-person shelter visit.
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Our Special Olympics Athletes

Congratulations to our Track & Field Athletes for an outstanding performance at Cherokee High School. Our athletes are preparing for their weekend of games at The College of New Jersey in June.
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Our vocational programs work in tandem to create planters

Our Building Trades students created original wooden plant holders, painted them, and our Floriculture classroom will provide them with plants grown in our greenhouses.
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May Monthly Art Display

Central Office Monthly Art Display
Mrs. Liedtka's Elementary Art. Beautiful Spring Creations!
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School Trip to RCBC!

Our High School students visited Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) for an orientation on college and career opportunities.
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Student Authors!

Students in Mrs. McLarney's class published a book, Oh The Things We Did In Mrs. McLarney's Class.

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Students watch with anticipation as butterflies are hatched in their classroom!

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Award-winning short video: "The Present"

ITA | The present (Il regalo) - Jacob Frey
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BCSSSD Educational Foundation Annual Golf Outing

Monday, Aug. 1st, 7:30am

70 Oak Drive

Medford Lakes, NJ

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Jump Start Store

Dear parents and staff,

Students will be provided with the opportunity to shop at the Jump Start Store two times per month this year. Sign-up will be done on a first come/first served basis, so please stop in to schedule your preferred shopping times.

We are in need of the following items:

  • Household items
  • Knick Knacks
  • Clothing: blouses, shirts, coats, & belts
  • Dishes
  • Glasses
  • Wallets
  • Purses
  • Silk flowers
  • Candles
  • Holiday Decorations

Thank you for your support!

-Mr. McHugh & Mr. Zielinski

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BCSSSD Parent Corner

Please share your story as a parent or guardian. What does the Burlington County Special Services School District mean to you and your family? How has your child benefited from attending BCSSSD?

Thank you for your time and consideration. --Laura Geltch

Do you have a story to share?

Dear BCSSSD 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


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Burlington County Deaf & Hard of Hearing-D/HH Education Initiative


ESU Augmentative Alternative Communication & Assistive Technology


Box Tops for Education

BCSSSD collects Box Tops for Education! Send in your Box Tops with your student to help raise money for your school.

Thank you! - BCSSSD Staff

New Special Event Form!

Have a special event you would like us to attend and photograph? Please fill out this form and return to my office at least one week prior to the event.

Link: http://www.bcsssd.k12.nj.us/cms/lib07/NJ01000535/Centricity/Domain/280/Event%20Coverage%20Request%20Form.pdf

Thank you,

Laura Geltch

Program and Community Coordinator

Burlington County Health Department Information: 2015-16 School-Aged Children Immunization Clinics

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 BCSSSD 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.