BCIT MEDFORD NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2018

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE


The new year is upon us and we are already preparing to begin the second semester at Medford. Students and teachers are preparing for final exams and anticipating their new courses which will begin on February 6th! Please be sure to review the updated District Calendar link below. Hopefully, we can get through the rest of the school year with no more closures due to Mother Nature.


Credit Make Up sessions are in full swing with only a handful of sessions left. Be sure to review with your son/daughter any attendance concerns that you may have. Also, please contact your child's guidance counselor if you have any questions.


It will be June before we know it, so be sure to visit the school calendar for important dates and events. As always, feel free to contact our staff for any questions that you may have regarding your child’s education.


Mike Parker

Principal

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Revised 2017_2018 District Calendar

Updated January 25, 2018

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IMPORTANT NEWS: Student Drivers

Information will be coming out to all student drivers regarding lateness to school. We are finding that there is a high number of student driver's that are frequently late to school. As a result, their attendance is affected and they are in jeopardy of losing credit for the semester. In order to address this trend, we will be implementing new guidelines for student drivers in regard to lateness to school. We will have a student meeting explaining the new guidelines and information will be sent home for parents to review.
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Upcoming Notable Events

Newly Scheduled Upcoming Events

Jaguar Choice Awards Ceremony - May 8

Teen Writers Guild Book Signing Event - May 9

Senior Awards Night - June 12


Events Coming Up Very Soon

Half Day Students, Teacher In-Service Day - Feb 7

Report Cards Distributed - Feb 8

Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition - Feb 8

Back to School Afternoon - Feb 13


Revised Event Dates

Finals Dates, Half Day Students - February 1 - 2

Changeover Date, No School for Students, Finals Make-Up Date - Feb 5

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Dear Parents & Guardians - Back to School Day is coming soon!

The Burlington County Institute of Technology, Medford Campus, will be hosting a “Back-to-School Afternoon” on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Students will have an early dismissal schedule with dismissal at 12:32 p.m. Conferences will begin at 1:35. You must schedule your conference with your son/daughter’s teacher in Genesis, between February 5-9, 2018, for the date of February 13.


To schedule a conference, please follow the steps below:

· Access BCIT Website

· Click on Parent Genesis at the top of the page

· Sign in

· Click on Student Data (top of page)

· Click on Conference (top right side)

· Request a Conference

· Choose Week of February 12

· Choose day February 13

· Choose a teacher

· Choose a time

· Click reserve

The appointment conference will be reserved at the end of these steps.



Please go to the Summary tab and print your child’s schedule. If you have any questions regarding scheduling your conference, you may contact Mrs. Bouchard at Ext. 8437.

We look forward to welcoming you and informing you about your child’s education at Burlington County Institute of Technology, Medford Campus.

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BCIT MEDFORD SEMESTER 1, FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 1, 2018


Final exams for BLOCKS 1 and 3* will be administered


Pre-Homeroom 8:12- 8:20 8 minutes

Homeroom 8:20- 8:26 6 minutes

BLOCK 1 8:26-10:26 120 minutes (Final Exam Administration)

Passing Time 10:26-10:32 6 minutes

BLOCK 3 10:32-12:32 120 minutes (Final Exam Administration)

Student Dismissal 12:32


Friday, February 2, 2018


Final exams for BLOCKS 2 and 4* will be administered


Pre-Homeroom 8:12- 8:20 8 minutes

Homeroom 8:20- 8:26 6 minutes

BLOCK 2 8:26-10:26 120 minutes (Final Exam Administration)

Passing Time 10:26-10:32 6 minutes

BLOCK 4 10:32-12:32 120 minutes (Final Exam Administration)

Student Dismissal 12:32


*PLEASE NOTE THE ORDER OF THE EXAM PERIODS


**MAKE-UP EXAMS will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 which is a full day In-Service for teachers. Students need to provide their own transportation.

Semester 2 begins on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

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CREDIT MAKE UP CALENDAR

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~BCIT MEDFORD STAFF MEMBERS OF THE YEAR~

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Teacher of the Year - Len Jaworski

Educational Services Professional of the Year - Diane Dinovelli

Teacher Aide of the Year - Joe Palazzo

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BCIT MEDFORD STAFF MEMBERS OF THE MONTH!

November and December, Staff and Support Staff

Ms. Baker, Ms. Thornton, Ms. Fessenbecker and Mr. O'Hare

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BCIT MEDFORD NOV & DEC STUDENTS OF THE MONTH!

NOVEMBER

Senior- Zaire Carter

Junior- Molly Gruberg

Sophomore- Sarah Murray

Freshman- Samiyyah Abdul-Salaam

Student/Athlete- Maria Jimenez

Most Improved- Peter Blassman


DECEMBER

Senior- Lauren Romano

Junior- Haley Evert

Sophomore- Cassandra Diaz

Freshman- Abigail Hoyer

Student/Athlete- Jeremiah Armstead

Most Improved- Adrianna Piserchia

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ThesFest 2018

BCIT Medford’s International Thespian Troupe #7891 competed at the NJ State Thespian Festival competition.

The Team of Zaire Carter, Shanice Brown, Abigail Ushkowitz, Danielle Stefanick, Jayden Jefferson, & Lauren Quattrocchi took 2nd place in the Advanced Tech Challenge with Superior Medals being awarded in the following tech categories:

Legging a Platform – Shanice Brown & Abigail Ushkowitz

Rigging – Danielle Stefanick

Superior medals were won in the following state categories:

Make-Up Design – Juliette Hunter

Monologue Peformance – Abigail Ushkowitz, Michael Godwin, Qawiyya Haqq, Sarah Murray & Mykayla Shearin-Howard

The following students qualified for Nationals and received a Superior medal for the following categories:

Contrasting Monologues – Jayden Jefferson

Musical Theatre Solo – Molly Gruberg & Zaire Carter

Musical Theatre Duet – Qawiyya Haqq & Mikayla Shearin Howard

The cast of the play Who Will Carry the Word took 3rd Place in the Mainstage Chapter Select competition.

The cast included: Danielle Stefanick, Jamie Yoos, Sarah Murray, Aeryn Merrill, Molly Gruberg, Andy Kausch, Tah’jae Coleman, Katelyn Liberton, Jayden Jefferson, Abigail Ushkowitz, Lauren Quattrocchi, Shanice Brown, Madison Cornelius, Mykayla Shearin Howard, Qawiyya Haqq, Ashley Myers, Abigail Parks, Maura Slocum, Alexia Shepherd & Haylie Troster. Stage Hands were Michael Godwin & Shaun Kenney and Juliette Hunter was the Stage Manager.

Danielle Stefanick received 2nd place for Best Actress for her brilliant performance in the play.

Also, Mikayla Shearin-Howard won a $1,750 scholarship to attend the Appel Farms Performance Arts Summer Camp. Only 4 individuals out of 80 plus students received this scholarship.

In addition, BCIT raised the second most money in the state this year for the organization Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. We thank our Thespian Troupe and our National Honor Society for Dance for raising money for this great cause.

Congratulations to the entire troupe for a successful festival.

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Just a reminder as we begin Semester 2; any changes to student schedules after the start of the second semester will only be considered for the following reasons:


· A data or statistical error in the schedule, i.e., two subjects in one period, no lunch, wrong grade level for English, etc.

· To meet graduation requirements or mandated program requirements.

· If student failed with scheduled teacher in the previous year and another teacher is available. Where necessary, such changes will be made at counselor discretion, and only after extensive review of the circumstances.

· Improper program/level placement, i.e., student is not in the course(s) as indicated on the course request form.


In all cases, except a clerical or data error, parental permission or parental awareness is necessary in writing before any change can be made. No course may be dropped after the first interim report is issued. Students may not transfer out of any class after four (4) weeks from the beginning of the semester course and after nine (9) weeks from the beginning of a full year course.

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We will be administering the ASVAB again on February 13, 2018 to give our students an additional opportunity to fulfill their graduation requirement. Please encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the online practice tests in preparation for the test.

https://www.4tests.com/asvab

https://uniontestprep.com/asvab/practice-test

https://uniontestprep.com/asvab/practice-test

http://official-asvab.com/samples_app.htm

http://www.asvabtestbank.com/

http://www.test-guide.com/free-asvab-practice-test.html

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The Accuplacer is being administered on January 24, 2018. If you son or daughter has registered, please encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the online practice tests in preparation for the test.

https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer

https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login

http://www.studyguidezone.com/accuplacertest.htm

http://www.testprepreview.com/accuplacer_practice.htm

http://www.mometrix.com/academy/accuplacer-test/

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SAT & ACT Test Dates 2017-2018

*** Remaining testing dates for the SAT & ACT

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Interact

Interact did an exceptional job of helping to pack over 1900 meals for the children in our area by volunteering at the South Jersey Food Bank in Pennsauken. Here are some pictures that I captured of our students in action.
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Our Winter Sports season is in full swing and our teams are participating in various competitions and games across the state. Beginning this spring sports season, all student-athletes wishing to participate in athletics at Medford Tech must register online. More information will come shortly, but please check the athletics website regularly for important registration information. All student-athletes and his/her parent/guardian must sign and submit all required medical forms to the Nurse’s Office at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the sports season in order to participate. More information is available on the Athletics website.



Please come out and support our Jaguar Athletic Teams. The bowling team competes at Medford Lanes. The boys and girls basketball and cheerleading teams compete in the gymnasium on campus. For schedules to all events and games click HERE

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STUDENT-ATHLETE INFORMATION

Any senior student-athlete wishing to compete in the NCAA Division I or II must complete an application through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Click HERE to register. You must complete this process to receive any type of athletic scholarship money! Student athletes are reminded to send their SAT and ACT test scores to the Eligibility Center by entering the code “9999” in the box when registering for the tests. Any senior student-athlete wishing to compete in the NAIA level must register through the NAIA Eligibility Center. Click HERE to register. You must complete this process to receive any type of athletic scholarship money!

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STUDENT ACTIVITY ORGANIZATIONS

BCIT-Medford offers a wide range of student activity organizations. We recommend and encourage all students to become involved in at least one club/organization. Feel free to contact the staff advisors and see how you can become involved. Additional information may be found on the school website under Student Life. Click HERE to view our student activities.

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MY SCHOOL BUCKS

Medford Tech is happy to announce that our online payments are currently active for General Obligation (ID’s, books, etc.) and Senior Trip payments.


To make an online payment please click HERE and create a MySchoolBucks account. Then find your product and make a payment. We encourage all students to make their payments via MySchoolBucks.


For Online Lunch Payments, PLEASE Click Here

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MEDFORD TECH APPAREL

Please check out our online spirit wear store to get your Medford Tech apparel. It can be customized for any academic, career major content area, club/activity or athletic team. The items are shipped directly to your house. Please click HERE to take you directly to the online store.

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