BCIT Medford Counseling Department

June 2021

Dear Students and Parents,

June has arrived and we are officially sprinting towards the finish line of the school year! Students, please make sure you are communicating with your teachers to catch up and turn in any missing work.

The countdown to the Class of 2021 Graduation has begun! The BCIT counselors, who have watched you grow and become young adults, wish you the greatest successes in the years to come. Each one of you has contributed in your own unique way to help BCIT become a better school; and as much as you will be missed, we know that you are prepared to take your next big step beyond high school. We look forward to your future visits as alumni! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments.

Important dates:

June 4 - Project Support Day

June 15 - Final Exams: Blocks 1 & 3 (12th grade only)

June 16 - Final Exams: Blocks 1 & 3 (12th grade only)

June 17 - Final Exams: Blocks 2 & 4 (ALL grades)

June 18 - Final Exams: Blocks 1 & 3 (Grades 9, 10, 11) *Senior Class Closeout

June 21 - Last day of school (Grades 9, 10, 11) FULLY REMOTE *Semester 2 Closeout

*Student attendance will be taken on closeout days


Graduation Ceremony by Career Major:

Date: June 21 (Rain Date June 22)

When: Program to begin at 10:00 am

Where: BCIT Medford Campus (Outdoors: Staff Parking Lot)

Counseling office summer hours:

Please note that the counselors are in the building periodically throughout the summer and are available via email or phone. If your question requires immediate attention please contact:

Mrs. Brownridge: cbrownridge@burlcoschools.org Ext. 8418

Ms. Davies: rdavies@burlcoschools.org Ext. 8423

Mr. Pensabene: jpensabene!burlcoschools.org Ext. 8436

Counseling Team:

Ms. Amanda Avila (A-F) Ext. 8422 aavila@burlcoschools.org

Ms. Aja Jones (G-M) Ext. 8419 ajones@burlcoschools.org

Ms. Leah Ross (N-Z) Ext. 8498 lross@burlcoschools.org

Mr. Pensabene, Student Assistant Counselor & Anti-Bullying Specialist.

Ext. 8436 jpensabene@burlcoschools.org

Attention Juniors:

Remember that next fall you will be incredibly busy between senior year courses, extracurricular activities and the college application process. Do yourself an ENORMOUS favor and begin your essay over the summer! A great starting point is the Common Application. Completing that application and beginning your essay from the topics it provides is a wise move. Returning to school in September with a rough draft of a college essay will reduce senior year stress!

Attention Seniors:

Colleges and the military require that we send your "Final High School Transcript" to the college/branch you plan to attend. Please contact your counselor if you haven't already done so to notify them on your post-secondary plans.

If you applied to college though Common App, your counselor will send your final transcript once grades are updated. If you applied through another platform, please let your counselor know immediately so they can send your supporting documents via email or mail.

Click the "SENIOR SURVEY" link below. This is an extremely important senior survey that identifies post-graduate plans for ALL seniors.

We want to recognize your plans after high school graduation! After completing the form below, please send us a picture so we can proudly share it with our school. If you are going to college, let's see a picture of you wearing your school's sweatshirt and holding your acceptance letter. If you are going to work, let's see you holding up a sign of the place where you will be working. If you are going in the army, let's see a picture of you signing your contract. (Don't have a school or company logo? No worries! Stop by the counseling department and we will print one out for you!)

Please send these pictures to Mrs. Brownridge cbrownridge@burlcoschools.org or Mr. Pensabene jpensabene@burlcoschools.org.

The English and Math departments will be offering virtual summer enrichment classes starting July 12th and ending July 29th.

Please use the link below to register for summer virtual classes:

  • Math Department

    Tuesday's and Thursday's from 9:30-11:00 am

    (and 12:00-1:30 pm depending on enrollment)

    The Math department will be offering multiple virtual classes this summer to choose from:

    • Algebra I: Designed for students going into 9th grade to review critical skills from pre-algebra and preview Algebra I material for the coming academic year.

    • Geometry: Designed for students going into 10th grade to review critical skills from Algebra I and preview Geometry material for the coming academic year.

    • Algebra II: Designed for students going into 11th grade to review critical skills from Algebra I and Geometry and preview material for the coming academic year.

    • Financial Literacy: Open to all students going into 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. This course will explore the math involved with real-world financial decisons, using actual advertisements, offers, solications, and deals that consumers see on a daily basis. Although students will not complete the entire financial literacy module required for graduation, students can work towards completing select lessons under teacher guidance. Click here for more information.

  • English Department

Monday's and Wednesday's from 9:30-11:00 am

The English department will be offering two virtual classes open to all students:

  • Creative Writing Class: Creative Writing Class is open to all students wanting a fun opportunity to explore their “voice” with the written word! Through diverse activities, games, and personal projects, students will experiment with a great variety of techniques of creative style, reflection, poetic verse, and story-building.
  • Communication in the Classroom: In today’s world students need to know how to process and present information. These skills cross curriculum standards and are a necessary function of everyday life. This course focuses on the importance of 21st Century Skills such as public speaking and presentation in the classroom. Students can revitalize skills that may have been weakened during hybrid learning. Students will be introduced to the process of public speaking and how to break it into manageable components. Students will work on critical thinking, analyzing, and synthesizing information and how to apply that information in discussions. They will cultivate oral communication skills such as speaking, presenting, and active listening. They will work with peers and fortify collaboration skills. Students will also learn how to incorporate creativity and personal expression into their presentations to become comfortable in a live class setting.

  • FAQ:

    • Can incoming 9th graders take summer enrichment classes?
      • Yes.
    • How long is each session?
      • Each class is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
    • Can my student sign up for both math and English classes?
      • Yes. The English classes are on Monday's and Wednesday's and the math classes are on Tuesday's and Thursday's.
    • What do I need to be able to participate fully in the virtual summer enrichment classes?
      • You will need internet connection and a computer with a camera. If you would like to participate and do not have access to one or both of these, please reach out to Jessica Rista: jrista@burlcoschools.org for assistance.

Graduation Requirements:

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Your login & password is your school ID#

This online course must be completed in order to attend the graduation ceremony and receive your high school diploma.
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If you failed an academic course and need to complete a Keystone, you can register for courses through two avenues:

1-(800) 255-4937 or www.keystoneschoolonline.com.

Please choose courses under the Credit Recovery Catalog and choose the “Online Credit Recovery” course option.

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Test Dates:

  • July 17th, register by June 18

Please register at: www.actstudent.org

**If you are on Free or Reduced lunch, please see your Counselor for an exam fee waiver**

Send scores directly to the colleges you are applying to through your College Board or ACT account. These scores can take several weeks to arrive. SAT scores are not listed on your transcript and must come ‘officially’ through College Board.

Your mental health matters!

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Thank you for all of your support,

BCIT Medford School Counseling Department