BCSSSD Pioneer Press
May 2016, Edition #18
A Message Mr. Joe Miller, ESU Director
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
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.
Policies/Regulations (Exhibit #1) (These items are available on the website.)
2340.1 and R2340.1 Competitions
8500.1 Offer Versus Serve (OVS)
R6660 Student Activity SOP
7516 Use of Swimming Pool
8505 Wellness/Nutrition Standards for Meals and Other Foods
Policies/Regulations (These items are available on the website.)
2nd Reading 2340.1 and R2340.1 Competitions
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)
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
Congratulations to all NJ School Public Relations Association 2016 winners!
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...
Thank you all for supporting our pages! Please pass the links along to anyone who might be interested!
Supervisor, Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Assistive Technology
Thank you to everyone who attended the May "Sign Me A Story" on May 21st at the Burlington County Library.
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!
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".
Recognition Program at RVHS: Congrats to our Teachers!
Click here to view complete list of BCSSSD 2015-16 Teachers of the Year.
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.
Our staff and students take their reading class outdoors!
Our greenhouses are in full bloom!
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.
Jake's Place, Cherry Hill, NJ
Walking trip to the Burlington County Animal Shelter
May Monthly Art Display
Mrs. Liedtka's Elementary Art. Beautiful Spring Creations!
Students in Mrs. McLarney's class published a book, Oh The Things We Did In Mrs. McLarney's Class.
Students watch with anticipation as butterflies are hatched in their classroom!
Award-winning short video: "The Present"
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
- Silk flowers
- Holiday Decorations
Thank you for your support!
-Mr. McHugh & Mr. Zielinski
Revised BCSSSD 2015-16 District Calendar
Letter from Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Superintendent of Schools
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?
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.
Program & Community Coordinator
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BCSSSD School and Family Association (SFA)
Burlington County Deaf & Hard of Hearing-D/HH Education Initiative
ESU Augmentative Alternative Communication & Assistive Technology
New Special Event Form!
Program and Community Coordinator
Burlington County Health Department Information: 2015-16 School-Aged Children Immunization Clinics
Letter from Burlington County Health Department:
Referral Form from Burlington County Health Department:
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.