BCSSSD Pioneer Press
May 2015, Edition #7
Editor: Mrs. Laura Geltch, Coordinator of Program and Community
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
BCIT/BCSSSD Board of Education Policies & Regulations
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.
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
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
R0157 Board of Education Website
R7450.1 BCIT S.O.P. General CTE Inventory and Accompanying Forms
9325 Use of Drug-Detection Canines
Attention Parents/Guardians: BCSSSD Parent/Guardian Emergency Contact Information Update
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.
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!
Bancroft visits BCSSSD!
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.
Thank you to the Hamilton Ballet Theater dancers who so graciously performed for our students
By, Adell Valasek
Special Olympics: Swim & Track Team showed off their talents. Congratulations athletes!
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!
Recent performance from our BCSSSD Bell Choir
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.
Westampton students celebrate Earth Day
Recycled Art on display, District Main Office Lobby
2015 BCSSSD Graduations:
Helping Hands Early Childhood Center
June 11, 10 a.m.
Media Center, Central Campus
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.
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
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
BCSSSD Annual Golf Outing
Monday, Aug. 10th, 7:30am-4pm
1416 Highland Avenue
Riverton Country ClubSave 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.