BCIT Brief

May 2016, Edition #18

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Editor: Mrs. Laura Geltch, District Program and Community Coordinator

Please continue emailing me your stories, photos, and events. This newsletter celebrates our BCIT community.

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BCIT names Dr. Christopher Nagy as our new Superintendent of Schools!

A Message Mrs. Brownell, BCIT Literacy Supervisor

Dear School Community:

BCIT's goal is to help all students be successful readers and writers. The link between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension is undeniable and is a vital part of all content learning. Because of a most generous donation by the BCIT Foundation, we will be offering an online vocabulary program next year to all grade 9 students at the Medford campus. We extend our gratitude to the foundation and look forward to our work together in helping all students grow as readers, writers, and thinkers.

Time spent reading independently is also important in developing literacy skills. Unfortunately, with the summer break often comes the ‘summer slide’. When students read less over the summer, they often lose important reading skills. Because BCIT is committed to supporting our students’ continued growth as readers, we are encouraging summer reading again this year. Each campus has developed a unique reading initiative to support students in this way.

Westampton campus will be kicking off the “One Book, One Grade” summer reading initiative. Each grade will be responsible for reading an assigned book to be used as a springboard for the first unit in English class. Please see the website for the specific titles per grade. Each book has an exciting storyline that students enjoy each year.

At the BCIT campus in Medford, we will be implementing the "One Book, One School" program. With the help of the National Honor Society, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey will be celebrated throughout the school year. Please be sure to look for the most relevant edition, updated for the digital age. It is a great book to read together and can help facilitate important conversations with the teenagers in our lives.

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” Margaret Fuller's quote summarizes the positive effect this book, and the reading experiences mentioned above, can have on our lives. Please join us now and this summer as we celebrate the importance of reading each and every day!

-Mrs. Jackie Brownell

BCIT Literacy Supervisor

BCIT Adult Education Student Spotlight

Dear BCIT Community Members,

We are very proud of Angel Christian, a recent graduate of BCIT’s Adult Education Division’s Medical Assisting program on the Medford campus. Ms. Christian has earned the official title of Certified Medical Assistant.

Ms. Bell, her instructor, describes her as professional and exemplary. Ms. Christian’s clinical preceptor did not hesitate to express the similar sentiments from her performance in clinical, and this is why the decision to hire her upon completion of the course was an easy one. Ms. Christian recently took two exams through the National Healthcare Association (NHA); successfully passing both--the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). Ms. Christian was excited to be working at the same facility where she performed her clinical experiences.

BCIT Adult Education Division is proud of Angel Christian and her accomplishments. Ms. Christian has proved that with hard work, you can change your career in less than a year!

Check us out at www.bcit.cc for more information.


Patrick Cruet

BCIT Adult Education Principal


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Upcoming BCIT Adult Education Career Exploration Events:

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Rowan College at Burlington County & BCIT

“If you can go to BCIT and come out with a year of college already completed, that is a home run,” Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio said.

Burlington County Times article:


Tag us in your Acceptance Pics on Facebook & Twitter! @BCITTweets

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.

February 2016

Policies/Regulations (Exhibit #1) (These items are available on the website.)

1st Reading

2340.1 and R2340.1 Competitions

2nd Reading

8500.1 Offer Versus Serve (OVS)
R6660 Student Activity SOP
7516 Use of Swimming Pool
8505 Wellness/Nutrition Standards for Meals and Other Foods

March 2016

Policies/Regulations (These items are available on the website.)

2nd Reading 2340.1 and R2340.1 Competitions

April 2016

Policies/Regulations (Exhibit #1: These items are available on the website.) P5339 Screening for Dyslexia (revised­definition)

  1. P5111 Eligibility of Students (revised­added BCSS/Alternative School) R8505.2 Nutrition and Safety Protocols Questionnaire (revised)

Strauss Esmay BCIT/BCSSSD Policies and Regulations.

Applying to BCIT is now a snap with InfoSnap!

BCIT is excited to announce that our high school admissions application is live on our website! Please visit the link below and follow the instructions to complete the online application for the 2016-2017 school year.


Dr. Erin Conti

Coordinator of Admissions & Recruiting

Congratulations to BCIT April Students of the Month!

BCIT Medford Campus

Grade 9- Mike Kucker

Grade 10- Zaire Carter

Grade 11- Jordan Murray

Grade 12- Jill Bayruns

BCIT Westampton Campus

Grade 9- Shamiya Ford

Grade 10- Evalisa Santiago

Grade 11- Joshua Harris

Grade 12- Melissa Carmichael

Student Athlete- Madalyn Wood

Most Improved- Saira Rizvi

Discover Your Potential this Summer: BCIT Summer Camp

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BCIT 2016 Summer Camp

BCIT 2016 Summer Camp Registration closes June 30th

We are accepting registrations until June 30, 2016.

Register now--limited space is available for our 2016 summer camps on our BCIT Westampton and Medford campuses!

Ms. Monique Jenkins is our Summer Camp Coordinator. Please email Ms. Jenkins at mjenkins@bcit.cc with any camp questions.

Camp dates for Summer 2016:

July 11-15

July 18-22

July 25-29

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

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!

Special Education Law in NJ

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".

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National Honor Society

Congratulations to our BCIT Westampton Campus NHS inductees. We are so PROUD of you!
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Congratulations to our Inductees!

Class of 2016

Marissa Banks

Briyon Brinson

Samuel Ringel

Class of 2017

Justin Bartz

Jacob Bauldock

Kerim Cakir

Min Dye

Cierra Fancillon

Nasya Goodman

Diahann McRoy

Dionna Murray

Jadan Randolph

Caleb Spring

Edwin Yaede

Current Members

Moria Anthony

Izaryah Diggs

Zachary Kelly

Brittany Kirk

Alex Lunstead

Valerie Montrose

Victoria Moreland

China Oparaocha

Gabrielle Scott

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Student Spotlight: Destiny Montgomery

Destiny Montgomery is a junior on our Westampton campus. Destiny lives with her family in Willingboro. She has two older siblings; her oldest sister lives in Philadelphia (29) and the other, an alum of BCIT Medford, is a Computer Science college student, (22). Her sister Emily influenced her to want to attend BCIT to receive a hands-on education.

Destiny played soccer for BCIT since Freshman year (JV), sophomore and junior year (V). Unfortunately, Destiny tore ACL her junior year; but she still helped the team as the Varsity Manager, assisting Mr. Lawrence and encouraging her teammates to succeed. Destiny did not let her injury discourage her from continuing to lead her team and contribute.

Destiny has been a member of FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America) since her Freshman year. She was inducted as an FCCLA State Officer, VP of Leadership Development. Next year, she is a candidate for the FCCLA BCIT Chapter president. She has competed in Edison and Cherry Hill twice. This summer, she will compete in in Family and Consumer Sciences at the National Conference in San Diego, CA. She created a portfolio of her future job, FCS Teacher, and she won first place gold and a free trip to compete nationally. She is attending with seven from her chapter in early July. “There is a lot of work to prepare for the national conference in early July”, said Destiny, “I have to review my portfolio, make additions and perfect my presentation”.

When asked about her future plans, “I want to teach Early Childhood Education. I want to teach high school students to pursue a teaching degree.” Destiny plans to pursue her education at Montclair State University or Florida State University. Montclair is close to family, but FSU offers “Family and Consumer Sciences,” a.k.a. Home Economics, asa major.

When asked why she chose BCIT and how she would describe her experience here, Destiny remarked, “BCIT was a good choice for me. I am a hands-on learner. I learn by practicing what I’m learning and BCIT created that opportunity for me. Everything I am learning in my classes, I can see first-hand in our classroom. We create lesson plans and have the ability to implement the plans the following week with our students. It’s so fulfilling to see their excited faces when they learn something new! My creativity has grown so much in the past three years. The Teachers FCCLA, Mrs. Lindsay and Mrs. Cross have influenced me the most to pursue my field of choice and succeed in the FCCLA”.

Destiny described BCIT as a great experience. “You are able to explore your future career in high school. It gives you a great opportunity at a young age before college. It helps you to know what you want to do before it’s too late and you have to change your major. Plus, you get to meet other Burlington County kids from all over the county. I have so many friends!”

--Laura Geltch

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Lockheed Martin, an annual donor to the BCIT Foundation, will provide funding that will offset costs of a Robotics Club at Medford and STEM initiatives at both campuses.

Lockheed is the primary sponsor of the Medford Robotics Club, which has seen a steady increase in student involvement since forming in 2012. The $2,500 grant will be an important factor in the team’s ability to pay competition fees and replace consumable supplies including structural material, motors, wires and game elements.

A second grant will help both campuses establish an inventory of equipment from a company called littleBits. Those pieces can be used to create touch pads, build robots, design remote controls and create MP3 players – all tools that will help students meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with added emphasis on science, technology, engineering and design. Medford will receive the bulk of the $4,000 grant to launch its littleBits-based initiative. Westampton acquired a supply of littleBits through a grant last year, and this Lockheed Martin grant will add more complex components to its collection. At both schools, the equipment will help teachers expand concepts beyond the career-focused courses and into the general curriculum. With littleBits, students can create customized doorbells, vending machines, flying objects, remote-controlled cars – almost anything they can imagine.

Lockheed Martin channels much of its grant-giving to STEM-based instruction, and the company has nearly tripled its donations to BCIT in the past four years.

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Congratulations BCIT Medford's Culinary Students & Staff!

Our students competed on May 20th in the NJAC 66th annual celebration of county government, in Atlantic City.

Congratulations for winning two Bronze Medals in the following categories:

Professional Chefs Taste & Professional Chefs Food Presentation

NJSPRA Communications Awards & Annual Meeting, May 20, 2016

NJ School Public Relations Association (NJSPRA) awarded BCSSSD Program & Community Coordinator, Mrs. Laura Geltch, 2nd place in the 2016 School Communication Awards for both Marketing, Branding, Image & Newsletter Categories.

Congratulations to all NJ School Public Relations Association 2016 winners!

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BCIT Westampton Culinary & Hospitality Arts

Westampton campus Culinary Arts students and Chef Baez demonstrate their rosemary herb lemon chicken preparation skills.
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Westampton Panthers vs. Florence - Boys JV Baseball

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BCIT Westampton Early Childhood Program celebrates Moms

Early Childhood Education students, staff, and preschoolers welcomed Moms and Grandmoms for songs, planting, food, and cuddle time in celebration of Mother's Day.
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BCIT Medford Academy for Performing Arts, Foxy Awards

The cast of "12 Angry Jurors" received 3 nominations at this year's Theatre Night Awards held last night at Montclair State University. The entire cast was nominated for Best Ensemble in a Drama, Jahmar Ortiz was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama and D'Ionna West was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Drama. I am happy to report that D'Ionna West won Best Lead Actress for her performance in "12 Angry Jurors".

Congratulations to D'Ionna and the entire cast!!!

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Best of luck to our BCIT Medford Skills USA students!

Students posed briefly before heading off to Louisville, during a NJ SkillsUSA kick-off event held in Warren, NJ.
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BCIT Westampton Campus presents 11th Annual "Senior Prom"

The Vocationally Talented and Gifted program (VOTAG) welcomed senior citizens from the Mason Village & Aspen Hills nursing homes for A Night To Remember. Middle School students from Edgewater assisted VOTAG students as part of a program collaboration/training.
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BCIT Boys Varsity Baseball: Westampton vs. Medford

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Hands-on learning in our Westampton's Entertainment Technology studio

BCIT Westampton Campus Entertainment Technologies worked with Madelyn G., a Syracuse University BFA Musical Theatre student, in their recording studio today. Students worked with Mr. Johnston to record, provide feedback, and edit tracks.
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BCIT Early Childhood students & staff celebrate Moms

BCIT students in the Early Childhood Education Career Major assist the Early Childhood teachers to create a special tea with our Moms, Grandmoms, and students on May 6th.
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Congratulations to our BCIT Westampton Students!

Southern Regional Competition Winners!

Two of our Culinary Arts students, Jackson Brown & Isaiah Sherrill, will move on to the state championships on April 16 as a result of their placement in the Southern Region competitions, held at GCIT on Sat., March 12th.

Sports corner - Links to BCIT Spring Sports Schedules

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Team Leadership Program 2016

Brian Slusarz

Project Assistant

Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs

Rutgers University

411 Cooper Street

Camden, NJ 08102

Phone: 856-304-7093

Email: bjs287@camlink.rutgers.edu

TRIBUTE BRICKS make great Birthday, Holiday and Graduation gifts!

Engraved bricks can mark a memory, honor a loved one, or commemorate a special occasion. They are placed within existing walkways near the front entrances of either Medford or Westampton campus, reflecting the legacy of BCIT.

Bricks can be ordered in two sizes, plus a mini replica to keep at home. Details and the order form are on the web pages of the BCIT Foundation.

Let us know if you'd like a personalized certificate to present for an occasion! Call the BCIT Foundation at (609) 267-4226, ext. 8335.

Thank you for your support,

Renee Janowicz

Director, BCIT Foundation

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Do you have a story to share?

Dear BCIT Community.

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.

Thank you,

Laura Geltch

Program & Community Coordinator


Basic Internet Safety for Teens

2ndFloor.org Youth Helpline

In NJ, youth have an anonymous and confidential helpline to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-888-222-2228 to speak with someone who will listen attentively and compassionately to any issues you are facing.

ANY CALL, ANY TIME - we are always here and ready to help.


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.