BCIT Medford NEWSLETTER
A message from your Principal
Can you believe it, Spring Break is upon us!!! The 3rd marking period is halfway over and Pride Week 2016 has begun. The student body is fully engaged in this annual building wide event as the classes battle to see who has the most school spirit. For the first time in Pride Week history, all grade levels will be participating in a building wide Lip Dub Video that will showcase students and staff at Medford.
Interim grade reports have been updated in the Genesis Parent Portal as we look to address any academic concerns and end the marking period on a positive note. Please be sure to contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns regarding grades or next year course selections.
April will bring several events and activities to the Medford campus as we head into spring. As always, review the Medford campus calendar on our main page to see a complete list.
Performing Arts Children’s Play April 9th
SKILLS State Competition: April 9th; April 16th
Performing Arts Spring Production of Chicago: April 22,23 & 29, 30.
Have a safe and relaxing spring break!!!
NJ State Thespian Festival
The following are the results from this weekends NJ State Thespian Festival. We are so proud of all our kids in our Thespian troupe!!!
NJ State Thespian Categories:
Aylanna Edwards Wright
Olivia Grant & Alanna Delgaldo
3rd Place in the Advance Tech Theatre Challenge
Tashae Udo & Aylanna E. Wright
Group Musical Theatre
Cast of 96,000 from the musical “In the Heights”:
Aylanna E. Wright
Jesenia Sosa Sanchez
Musical Theatre Solo
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:
NJ State Thespian Senior Non-Theatre Major Scholarship--$300.00
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!
Congratulations Boys and Girls!
This year our boys basketball team had a tremendous season. They finished with an overall record of 16-14 and played a very tough schedule. The challenging schedule ended up paying off in the long run because our team ended up advancing all the way to the Group II Sectional Final in the New Jersey State Playoffs. Unfortunately, our Jags didn’t pull it out but the game was competitive, and our boys played hard the entire game. One of our boys basketball players, Shakwel Vincent, finished with a total of 1,199 career points and 212 career 3 pointers. Congratulations to our boys basketball team. Some of our student-athletes from other sports teams were selected and/or nominated to specific teams.
Shakwel Vincent (Boys Basketball)
1st Team All Liberty – Burlington County Scholastic League / All County
1st Team / 1st Team All Group 2 / 3rd Team All South Jersey
Aziz Parker (Boys Basketball)
2nd Team All Liberty – Burlington County Scholastic League / All County – 3rd Team
Julia Bachman (Girls Basketball)
1st Team All Freedom – Burlington County Scholastic League
Dasia Wright (Girls Basketball)
2nd Team All Freedom – Burlington County Scholastic League
Andrea DiStefano (Girls Bowling)
1st Team All Liberty – Burlington County Scholastic League
2016-2017 Course Selections
Course Selections for the 2016-17 school year will take place during the month of April. Please review your son or daughter’s courses for next year and contact their counselor with any questions. In most situations, counselors suggest that students go for the challenge, but do not overwhelm themselves to the point where coursework suffers, and they are unable to maintain satisfactory grades. So, plan ahead. When it comes to academics, create a tentative sequence of courses that will develop in scope and depth over one's time in high school. At the same time, determine whether the schedule of courses for the coming school year considers all the different expectations of time; including class and co‐curricular demands, voluntary service, sports and work expectations.
In order to apply for financial aid, most colleges and universities require the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which should be submitted as soon after January 1, 2016 as possible. Since each college has a different deadline for financial aid, you are encouraged to submit our form online for more rapid response. If you do not have all your information available, you can estimate your income based on last year’s figures and update your submission when the form is returned to you for verification. The website is https://fafsa.ed.gov/.
All students who are currently enrolled in English I, English II, or English III will take the Proficiency Based Assessment in English Language Arts. All students who are currently enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II will take the Performance‐Based Assessment in Mathematics. Students will begin testing in the April. Please see the graphics below for testing dates.
Register NOW for 2016 BCIT Summer Camps! They fill up quickly!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any camp questions.
Camp dates for Summer 2016:
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!
Senior career major exit testing will take place on April 19, 20, and 21. The practical part of the testing will take place on Tuesday, April 19th with the theory portion being scheduled on the following two days.
The following career majors will be testing: Advertising, Art & Design, Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, Entertainment Technologies, Law & Public Safety, Culinary Art & Hospitality, Architectural Design Technology, and Sports Medicine.
A schedule for the week will be put out following Spring Break.
CTE Spotlight: Auto Collision Repair Technology, by Danielle Hartman
Cody’s enthusiasm for his career is evident. With pride, he describes the '81 El Camino, dark blue, which he just finished restoring with his father, a mechanic by trade. Cody did a full paint job, including some interior work. His father assisted with mechanical repairs. Cody also restored a '55 Pontiac Chieftain, green with a white top, for a teacher at BCIT. The end product, and seeing what can be accomplished with time and hard work, is what keeps Cody captivated with the process of restoring classic cars.
“We can make a paint job look better than factory,” Cody explains, “We learn how to do everything from mixing and applying paint to welding, door panels, and window mechanisms.” The multifaceted skills students learn in this career major will assist them in gaining employment in a number of areas, including auto body, refinishing, custom airbrush graphic design, and auto body materials representative. Students can also earn a number of ASE certifications before graduating, such as structural, non-structural, painting, and refinishing. These certifications will provide students with leverage when seeking employment.
Chris chimes in that he loves the hands-on nature of his career. While it is interesting to read about auto collision, it is much more fun to actually do body work, and he revels in the time spent on practical applications. Cody adds that Jaws focuses on the whole student, not just skills, but also on vocabulary, literacy, math, and any other needs the students have.
Students in Auto Collision at BCIT know they play a valuable role in the school and community. The shop regularly services township and teacher vehicles. This year, they fixed the school snowplow. Even classmates take advantage of the skills these students have to offer, bringing them cars to paint and polish, knowing that when they get them back, they’ll be better than new.
Academy for Performing Arts welcomed new instruments and technology on our Medford campus.
Congratulations to the BCIT Medford National Honor Society, TVDMP and Mr. Parker on winning the NASSP School Principal Video Contest!
Click here to view the National Award-winning video: