BCIT MEDFORD NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2015

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Season Greetings:


It is always amazing how fast the school year progresses as we are only days away from Winter Break. As usually BCIT-Medford is in full swing as winter sports kicks-off it season and the fall play just wrapped up its final show.


The BCIT-Medford staff just completed the Teacher of the Year process and the following staff members were nominated:

Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Holly Murrenburke

Educational Specialist of the Year: Mr. Jeff Pensabene

Teacher’s Aide of the Year: Mr. James Say

Please see the section below on the Teachers of the Year selections.


In January we will begin the last round of PARCC testing for the first semester. The testing sessions will run January 11th-15th. Make up sessions will be January 19th-21st. The PARCC testing schedule will be posted on the school calendar and Math and Language Arts instructors will communicate with their students the date and location.


Parents and students are reminded that our first semester Non-Credit make up sessions will be in January. All students that are currently on non-credit status should have met with their counselors to discuss their attendance status and to review the credit make-up sessions. The dates for credit make-up are posted under the school calendar on our web page.


Once again the BCIT family would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break.


Mike Parker

Principal
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BCIT Medford Parent Advisory Committee

The Medford Tech Parent Advisory Committee will be meeting on January 19th.

Anyone wanting to join can do so by following the link below;


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1D033keREMTG2hiKr2HQe-tXQQsV86xbiJr7-NP3VAQM/viewform?usp=send_form


For those already registered on the committee, check your email for specific details.

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BCIT Medford 2015 Homecoming Court

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Congratulations to our 2015-16 BCIT Medford Teachers of the Year!

Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Holly Murrenburke

Assistant Teacher of the Year: Mr. James Say

Educational Service Professional of the Year: Mr. Jeff Pensabene

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Congratulations to BCIT Medford November Students of the Month!

Grade 12 - McKaela Greathouse

Grade 11 - Lauren Guest

Grade 10 - Amanda Wells

Grade 9 - Shalaya Wright

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BCIT Supports the Troops

The BCIT Medford Interact community collected entertainment, toiletries, and food items for "Operations Yellow Ribbon." All donations will be shipped overseas to our soldiers in time for the holidays.


Thank you to everyone who donated!

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BCIT Medford Art of Display: Mrs. Willey's Class

View art in our district main office (December)

and Burlington County Human Services Building, Basement Bistro (January.)

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Skills-USA: Medford Tech

The SkillsUSA Championships begin at the local level with contests in classrooms nationwide. Winners advance through district, regional, and state competition, and only the best make it to the national event. Students benefit no matter how they place in their contests. They test their skills, frequently make job contacts, and have a chance for recognition. State and national winners receive gold, silver, and bronze medals, scholarships, tools, leadership development material, and other awards.


Here at BCIT-Medford, we will be having our annual Skills- In house competitions on January 8, 2016. Individual career major shops will be conducting their own competitions to decide who will go to the states in the spring.

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Haines Family Foundation provides state-of-the-art SimSpray unit!

BCIT Foundation happily announced a Haines Family Foundation grant, covering the cost of a $25,000 instructional unit that simulates the act of spraying paint on auto body parts. The equipment will be housed at Medford, where a similar unit for welding instruction is already in use.


SimSpray is a complete unit that simulates most aspects of the complex process of auto body painting. The weight of the paint wand is similar to an actual paint wand, the sounds mimic an actual paint sprayer, and the simulation helmet;s visuals make the user feel like a car panel is propped right in front of them. One important factor is missing: paint. While SimSpray imitates the process, it does not require a continual supply of costly, chemical-based material.


Today's teens are raised on high-tech video games; this SimSpray unit will appeal to them. They are already familiar with its touch-screen panel; they are intrigued by its simulation headgear; and they are challenged to improve when they see their detailed "score" at the end of each experience-rich round.


The Haines Family Foundation, a local organization with roots in Burlington County's cranberry production, has been a steady supporter of BCIT. This grant is the latest to support the school with education-based technology. The SimSpray is expected to arrive at BCIT Medford in February 2016.


"Learn about this grant and others at http://www.bcit.cc/foundation"

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The BCIT Academy of Performing Arts Proudly Presents:

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Pictured Left - Right


Mr. Mike Nikolidakis, Vocal Teacher

Ms. Pamela Turowski, Instrumental Teacher

Mr. Mike Parker, BCIT Medford Principal

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BCIT Medford Student on the Today Show!

BCIT Entertainment Technologies freshman, Felix Agosto, is in the running to win a contest on the Today Show! Felix's father heads an organization to help less fortunate inner city kids learn the game of football through flag football. Felix, works with his dad, taking pictures for the organization. NFL Films made a documentary about them and it will be aired in full at a later date. There was a clip on the Today Show on December 11th. If Felix and his Dad are chosen, they will win a trip to the Super Bowl!


A note from Mrs. Agosto:


Just wanted to share this link with you all, Felix was just aired on the Today Show this morning, he will also be on the Today Show Jan 8. The full documentary will air in February, I will provide details and the video as soon as we get it. If they win this contest, he will be going to the Super Bowl!!! More to come!


https://www.smore.com/app/reporting/out/42vcw?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.today.com%2Fvideo%2Ffootball-coach-teaches-sports-and-character-to-non-athletic-kids-584226371691&t=http://www.today.com/video/football-coach-teaches-sports-and-character-to-non-athletic-kids-584226371691&w=w-4415438045&i=&l=l-4434372383

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