BCSSSD Pioneer Press

May 2015, Edition #7

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

Please continue emailing me your stories, photos, and events. This newsletter celebrates all our BCSSSD Pioneers!


A letter from Dr. Manno, re: PASC Poster Presentation

Dear PASC Staff and Administration:

Wow, Wow, and Wow!

This was my first PASC Poster Content. Please accept my most sincere commendations for your outstanding work. The event is a high quality academic symposium on your action research to improve behavior for your students. As a doctoral education instructor, I am confident in stating that the nature of your research – cited literature, design, process, data collection, and conclusions – is of the highest quality. I was most impressed with the passion and clear commitment to improve the quality of life for our students and their families exhibited by our staff members as they so articulately presented their work.

Thank you for the outstanding work with this event, and the work you do each and every day with the students. What an enjoyable evening.


Dr. Christopher M. Manno

Superintendent of Schools

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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 2015


R8460 General Investigative Procedures - 1st Reading

R5111 and 5111 Policy and Regulation for Admissions-Revision (BCIT only) 5120 Assignment of Students (BCIT Section Only)-Revision

Revised 2014-2015 School Year Calendars

BCSSSD change March 25 to early dismissal for students; 1⁄2 day In-service teachers. BCIT change March 27 to early dismissal for students; 1⁄2 day In-service teachers.

March 2015


  1. R0157 Board of Education Website

    R7450.1 BCIT S.O.P. General CTE Inventory and Accompanying Forms 9325 Use of Drug-Detection Canines

    P0134 Board Self Evaluation
    P0152 Board Officers
    P2622 Student Assessment
    P3212 Attendance
    P4212 Attendance (formerly P4211-removed) P & R 3218 Substance Abuse
    P & R 4218 Substance Abuse
    P5465 Early Graduation
    P8630 Bus Driver/Bus Aide Responsibility R8630 Emergency School Bus Procedures

    April 2015


    R0157 Board of Education Website

    R7450.1 BCIT S.O.P. General CTE Inventory and Accompanying Forms

    9325 Use of Drug-Detection Canines

    Strauss Esmay BCIT/BCSSSD policies and regulations.

Attention Parents/Guardians: BCSSSD Parent/Guardian Emergency Contact Information Update

Please take a couple minutes to fill out this form in its entirety and submit to the district today. This form is to collect updated emergency contact information for BCSSSD students. It is critical for student safety, enabling the district to effectively communicate in case of emergency, or for informational purposes.

Thank you for your consideration.


Read Across America at BCSSSD!

Special guests, local dignitaries, and our school community celebrated "Making Books Come Alive Through Your Senses".

Congratulations on a worthwhile, engaging, and educational interactive event.

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Occupational Therapy at BCSSSD

As part of the Occupational Therapy Department’s Professional Development Plan goal to promote collaboration among all campuses, the OT Department hosted a Literacy Open House on Friday, April 24th. Classrooms from the Elementary campus joined students from PASC and student helpers from High School to experience a multi-sensory approach to “Bring Books to Life” in conjunction with our traditional Read Across America celebration.

This included inviting school and community members to read in classrooms also on April 24th. Eight readers volunteered their time to share stories with our students. Our BCSSEA Pride group donated books and provided all of the supplies for both events to support our school community. Parents were invited to join their child and participate in our celebration. They were provided a handout and skills were demonstrated to encourage carryover in promoting a multi-sensory approach to learning at home.

Members from the OT department selected two books to provide an interactive experience. Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School focused on the importance of being yourself. Students participated in activities to work on functional dressing, visual motor skills, coordination, social skills and self-esteem by dressing for a photo booth, selecting clothing for a Pete the Cat figure and completing a Pete the Cat puzzle. The Very Lonely Firefly focused on staying connected with others. Students took an interactive sensory journey through the story as it was read. Items from the story were recreated for the students to enhance the story experience. They participated in various tactile boxes to find fireflies, assembled fireflies in a fine motor activity to follow directions, used multi-level switches for cause and effect practice when activating lights on switches or finger isolation to activate fireworks on iPads and finally searched for glowing fireflies in the dark tunnel. Activities were provided for all ability levels and members of the OT department collaborated to create the overall experience.

April was Occupational Therapy month and this was the perfect activity to promote and share how Occupational Therapy is valuable to our students! Occupational therapists typically use a multi-sensory approach in treatment sessions to encourage learning and skill development for school success. This was the first year the OT department participated in a large Read Across America program and we hope to continue this in upcoming years as we have received a very positive response from the students, school staff, administration and families who participated!

By, Kimberly Scheetz, OT

BCSSSD Staff & Students Styling at Prom!

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Bancroft visits BCSSSD!

Bancroft visited BCSS for a campus tour, in preparation for a Day Habilitation and Community-Based Program for Disabled Adults. Our students proudly presenting Bancroft with their original works of art.
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High School Culinary Classes took a Field Trip to Fernbrook Farms Education Center located in Chesterfield.

Students tasted organic crops, participated in an interactive activity about soil and how the soil is created through composting. They enjoyed an educational tractor pull wagon ride, learning the farm's history and the history of farming in general. Students loved the Animal Barn where they were able to feed and hold animals. Students learned what it takes to care for the animals and what products (culinary) we get from them.

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Thank you to the Hamilton Ballet Theater dancers who so graciously performed for our students

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What's Splashing?


By, Adell Valasek

Special Olympics: Swim & Track Team showed off their talents. Congratulations athletes!

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The Special Olympics track team participated in their area meet at Cherokee High School. They competed in 29 races and were awarded:
10 Gold medals, 10 Silver medals, & 6 Bronze medals!

BCSSSD Lumberton Building Trades Student Creates Work of Art!

Mr. Gordon, his building trades student Javis Dutch, and Executive Regional Superintendent of Schools Peggy Nicolosi pictured. Javis created the bookshelf you see pictured in Mr. Gordon's Building Trades Shop. The bookshelf is made entirely of reclaimed mahogany. Ms. Nicolosi was presented with this bookcase today at Lumberton Campus. Ms. Nicolosi was so impressed that she has commissioned a jewelry box, to be made by Building Trades student Larry Fenimore. Mr. Gordon's students will also be constructing a television console for Ms. Nicolosi in the future.
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Recent performance from our BCSSSD Bell Choir

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BCSSSD PTA Kick-off Spring Social

BCSSSD Bulletin Boards INSPIRE

Earth Day Celebration on our Lumberton Campus

Miss O'Brien's Business Office Practices class, Ms. Warren & Mr. Cottrell's Junior High classes celebrated Earth Day by planting flowers and a dogwood tree. Horticulture Teacher, Mr. Osborne instructed & assisted students in planting, explaining how to correctly create a garden with style. The ceremony concluded with students promising to help protect the environment, hanging their handwritten "Pledges" on our newly planted tree.

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Westampton students celebrate Earth Day

Custodial maintenance recycles!
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Recycled Art on display, District Main Office Lobby

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2015 BCSSSD Graduations:

Helping Hands Early Childhood Center

June 11, 10 a.m.

Media Center, Central Campus

8th Grade

June 12, 10 a.m.

Central Gym, Westampton

Burlington County Alternative Middle School

June 15, 2:30 p.m.

BCC Campus, 1000 Briggs Road, Suite 130, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Burlington County Alternative High School

High School: June 15, 6 p.m.

Burlington County Library Auditorium


June 16, 10 a.m.

Elementary MPR

Lumberton Campus

June 19, 9 a.m.

Joe Kopp Memorial Gym

High School (includes Jr/Sr, HS, PASC seniors)

June 19, 11 a.m.

Central Gym, Westampton

Attn Parents/Guardians: 2015 Graduates Aging Out of the School System

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Save the Date!

BCSSSD PTA: Check out our new website link for important information:


Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 3, 2015. 7 p.m., Westampton Campus Media Center

Special Guest: Bancroft

Bancroft at BCSSSD

Day Habilitation and Community-Based Program for Disabled Adults

Like our PTA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BCSSSDPTA

BCSSSD Providers' Fair

Thursday, June 4th, 6-9pm

20 Pioneer Blvd

Westampton, NJ

BCSSSD Providers Fair: This event is sponsored by BAYADA Pediatrics, BCSSSD, and the Regional Family Support Planning Council #7.

Contact Tara Montague for more information at montage@bayada.com.

Or call Tara at (856) 722-9900.

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BCSSSD Annual Golf Outing

Monday, Aug. 10th, 7:30am-4pm

1416 Highland Avenue

Cinnaminson, NJ

Riverton Country Club

Save the date! More information coming soon!

New 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 BCSSSD Personnel. A TEST Emergency Notification Message was sent on November 19, to ensure everyone's information is up-to-date and you will receive our future notifications.

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.