BCIT MEDFORD NEWSLETTER
Parents & Students:
One month into the 2017-18 school year and great things are happening at the Medford Campus. Our new students are learning the routines and traditions at BCIT, as they explore new CTE areas and become familiar with our teachers and the expectations of the district.
We completed our first Freshman Orientation activity, as the freshman class participated in a team building activity designed to build meaningful relationships with their new classmates. Enjoy the pictures from the event throughout the newsletter. The second orientation activity will take place on October 10th, as the freshman will participate in a panel discussion with our student leaders on BCIT-Medford student life.
Parents and students are reminded to frequent the BCIT Medford web page for information related to programs and events on campus. Links to the Medford calendar can be found on the bottom right-hand side of the Medford main page. You will find the calendar to be an essential tool to stay connected with the different events and upcoming programs at Medford. http://www.bcit.cc/Page/2069
The Medford campus opened the newly renovated Cosmo Salon to our students with great energy and excitement. Our Cosmo students will now be working and learning in a beautiful new facility! Check out the pictures in the newsletter!
Exploratory three will begin October 11th and Exploratory four will begin on October 25th. Parents please remind your children to do their best during the exploratory courses as this will determine their placement for their tenure at BCIT.
Once again the BCIT Medford family would like to wish everyone a great year and to always feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.
Principal BCIT Medford
Freshman Team Building Day
Chris Lubbe Presentation
Join us on October 3, 2017 for a story of Tolerance, Forgiveness, Respect, Unity and Peace with former Nelson Mandela's bodyguard, Chris Lubbe.
This is a FREE event open to the community. Burlington County Institute of Technology will host former Nelson Mandela bodyguard during New Jersey annual Week of Respect.
Click the following link for event brochure:
The student body will participate in this presentation on October 3rd, as part of the "Week of Respect" activities in the afternoon of the 3rd.
Thank you and we hope that you can make this unique evening event at our Westampton Campus.
Respect Week at Medford
The following activities will take place during Respect Week at Medford.
Your sending district will have provided your family transportation information mid-August. BCIT does not coordinate transportation for our students. Any issues that you may have with times and locations for pick-up and drop-off need to be discussed with your district transportation departments.
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STUDENT ADDRESS/INFORMATION CHANGE FORM
Any address change must be submitted to the Guidance department in writing. This is the only way to ensure proper busing information is submitted to transportation. Updating the Emergency Card your child will receive in homeroom will not change your address in Genesis. The Student Address/Telephone/Information Change form is available via the BCIT Medford Campus homepage under Site Shortcuts.
BCIT Foundation: PRIDE PROGRAM
PRIDE Program promotes positive academic efforts and behaviors - consider donation to BCIT Education Foundation
PRIDE is a nationally recognized program that supports positive student academic achievement and good behavior. The acronym embodies Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. For many years, our BCIT Foundation has been very generous in the support of our PRIDE Program atBCIT. BCIT students recognize the PRIDE Program as a way to be acknowledged for putting forth his/her best efforts. Students may earn PRIDE incentives through various avenues such as academic accomplishments, club or sport participation, attendance and good behaviors.
Through monies raised by the BCIT Foundation, the PRIDE Program has provided items that supplement our local BCIT high school budgets. More recently, over the past two school years, the Foundation has provided the following:
- Staff member of the month trophies (prohibited by our purchasing manual)
- Earned student weekly incentives for PRIDE activities, such as Wawa and Dunkin Donut Gift cards; BCIT water bottles; BCIT PRIDE ear buds
- Funding for PRIDE events
This past year, almost 500 students on our Medford Campus and 600 students on the Westampton Campus, per marking period, were recognized as PRIDE recipients. Valuing the need to promote the continual support of the PRIDE Program, the BCIT Foundation's hope is that with the popularity of the PRIDE Program and its proven results, parents, local businesses, and members of the community may consider making a donation to the Foundation.
When giving to the BCIT Foundation in support of the PRIDE Program, donations will directly support PRIDE Program incentives.
To learn more about the program, and how to donate, please contact Foundation Director Renee Janowicz at (609) 267-4226, ext. 8335 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juniors...Online Financial Literacy Program
Steps for Setting your account:
Go to www.bcit.cc and Click on Choose a School (choose Medford Campus).
Under Important Links click on Financial Literacy and click on Student Login.
Enter your username and password (Student ID for both). Your home page has a list of the modules for your course of study.
The first time you login you will be given a benchmark quiz which will measure
your existing financial literacy level. The results will NOT be considered a part of
your grade. You must complete this preliminary quiz before starting on Module 1.
Complete the modules in the order presented by clicking launch next to the
module. Each module will take you about 20 to 40 minutes to complete.
Closed lock indicates that the module cannot be accessed or completed.
Open lock indicates that the module can be accessed.
Retake indicates that your instructor has approved a retake of the module
After a new concept has been introduced, you will be quizzed using a question to
test your understanding of the material. The correct answer will be displayed
along with an explanation of why the answer is correct. Once you have answered
a question and the correct answer has been displayed you will not be able to
return to that question again unless retake for module indicated.
You can read the content on the screen or listen to them over the speakers of your computer or both. The audio can be muted by clicking the button in the audio box. Font size can be adjusted by clicking on the magnifying glass under module list. A post-test is to be taken after all modules are completed. An electronic system will keep track of your score on each module and will provide you with the percent that you got correct. The points on each question accumulate to your total score for each module, so please take your time and read each question carefully before you answer.
You need to Login and Logout every time you use MoneySKILL.
Remember, you must always logout when exiting the course.
General Guidance Information:
It is advisable that any student who is currently struggling in a class to reach out to their teacher for additional help. School Counselors are also available, by appointment, to discuss grades and interventions.
Stay involved in school community based extracurricular activities that interest you or enable you to explore career interests.
Fall and winter are very important times for you to be visiting college campuses so you know where to apply next September! Campuses give a completely different impression in the summer when they are deserted than during the academic year.
SAT Skills and Practice can be found on the www.collegeboard.org website.
PARRC Notification Information 2017
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION:
Looking for national scholarships? Complete the registration at www.fastweb.com to receive email notifications of scholarship programs.
Visit www.meritaid.com to find merit-based scholarship opportunities from colleges before you apply. This website can help students with merit-based scholarships from colleges that reflect your accomplishments and interests.
Another good resource for researching scholarships is www.finaid.org .
Paper FAFSAs will no longer be delivered in bulk to high schools. Students are able to obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov for faster processing. A PDF version of the FAFSA is also available for download at www. studentaid.ed.gov.
The US Department of Education sponsors www.studentaid.ed.gov, which provides helpful information on preparing for college, types of financial aid, determining who is eligible for financial aid, how to apply for aid with the FAFSA, and information on repaying your loans.
EXPLORATORY: CAREER MAJOR
The purpose of the Career Major Exploratory Program is to expose all incoming students to a select number of career options prior to their selection of a career major course. The student, parent, guidance counselors, Child Study Team, and career major instructor will participate in the career major selection process.
Each entering student will have four exploratory cycles in career majors during the first semester of his or her initial year at BCIT. Students will select three career majors and will be assigned to one non-traditional career major. New student exploratory programs will be scheduled in the fourth block of each day.
At the conclusion of the fourth exploratory cycle, the student will have the opportunity to select first and second career major choices, with the advice of his/her parent/guardian and career major instructor.
All students will then be ranked in each CTE area based on their academic performance. Guidance counselors will assess and match students to their career major choices dependent upon each student’s ranking, space availability in the career major program, and student/parent selections for first and second choices. It is important that students perform their best in each exploratory in an effort to get their 1st or 2nd choice of Career Major.
Medford BCIT's Beautiful New Cosmetology Room!
Photos from the Expanded Welding Shop
Medford Online Payment System...Get signed up!!!
Medford Tech is happy to announce that our online payments are currently active for General Obligation (ID’s, books, etc.) and various student activity payments (Homecoming, Activity Dues, Senior Trip, Prom, etc.). To make an online payment, please click HERE and create a MySchoolBucks account; then find your product and make a payment.
PLEASE NOTE THAT MY SCHOOL BUCKS IS NOT FOR SCHOOL LUNCH PAYMENTS!
All parents/guardians of freshmen students should create a MySchoolBucks account. Please reference the online user guide below for assistance.
Creating A Parent Account (Click link - scroll halfway down page and look for MSB link on right)
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.
Please take the time to visit our student-activity information during the summer. We encourage every student to get involved in at least one club/activity. Please visit both of the links below for more information.
Fall sports (Boys/Girls Soccer, Boys/Girls Cross Country and Field Hockey) have begun for the season. Please contact Mr. Pappler if your son or daughter would like to join a team
All student-athletes must register online each season (fall, winter and spring) for athletics.
In addition, each student-athlete must have a valid physical and other required forms on file with the nurse’s office prior to participation in athletics. The school’s physician must approve all physicals completed by any private physician prior to final clearance.
Our school physician performs physicals at each campus twice a month. We recommend that student-athletes get a physical at school as this helps to streamline the approval process (less paperwork). If you plan on getting a physical at Medford Tech, you must call the athletic office and make an appointment prior to getting the physical.
The physical dates at school are as follows:
October 3, 2017
October 17, 2017
November 6, 2017
For more information and updates about Medford’s athletics (coaches, schedules, required paperwork, etc.) please reference Mr. Jesse Pappler’s website. This can be viewed by clicking HERE.
We encourage all students to get involved in athletics. Especially as an incoming student, becoming part of a team is a great way to instantly make twenty or thirty new friends.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the specific coach or the athletic director.
Athletic Packet & Registration Information
A complete participation packet with signed consent forms must be submitted to the Athletic Department in order for a student-athlete to tryout in any sport. Packets are available on the school athletics website under the Athletic Director’s website. Please review the website for additional information regarding our programs. Please ensure to submit all required forms - click the link below for more information.
This packet contains all the forms that need to be completed in order to participate in any athletic program.
Sports Registration has moved on-line!!!
ALL Student-Athletes must register on-line to participate in any sport at B.C.I.T.
A complete athletic participation packet with signed consent forms must be submitted to the Athletic Department in order for a student-athlete to tryout in any sport. Packets are available on the school athletics website under athletics on Mr. Pappler's website. Pleaser review the website for additional information regarding our programs. Please ensure to submit all required forms - click the link below for more information.
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 BCIT 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.