BCIT Westampton

2019-2020 Campus Newsletter

WELCOME TO WESTECH !!

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MR. JOSEPH VENUTO, PRINCIPAL

Our annual summer newsletter serves as a reminder the start of the school year is soon approaching. My wish is that you had time to rejuvenate and enjoy some relaxation. The informative items contained in this newsletter are essential for a smooth start to the year and are relevant as they pertain to certain policies and procedures. Please pay particular attention to our attendance and HIB policies, since issues continue to surface in these areas. Clearly, we all benefit if expectations for student behavior are reinforced at home as well as in school. A positive culture helps us continue to strive for excellence in the classroom and provide a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment where positive relationships are formed. Students and parents can look for PRIDE events recognizing and celebrating those qualifying students, as we look to decrease student issues and focus on instruction.



I look forward to our anticipated partnership, working together to ensure the success of our students. Moving forward, families have access to school-wide communications via the Genesis Portal or our automated system. If you have difficulties accessing or receiving notifications please contact Irodriguez@burlcoschools.org.


Enjoy the remaining weeks of the summer, and we look forward to seeing the students on September 5th.

MRS. LAUREN MILANOWICZ

  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • 9th grade discipline
  • Student Activities

DR. FRED AIKEN

  • Assistant Principal
  • 10th grade discipline
  • 11th grade (M-Z) discipline

Ms. Valerie Lee

  • Assistant Principal
  • 11th grade ( A-L ) discipline
  • 12th grade discipline
  • Anti-Bullying Coordinator
  • Affirmative Action Officer

NEW 1:1 CHROMEBOOK PROGRAM

The new 1:1 Chromebook Program starts this school year! All 9th and 10th grade WesTech students will receive a district provided Chromebook! These students will use these devices in their coursework throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to keep these in the provided case for safety purposes and secure them at all times.



Click below to read more about this program from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nagy.

PARENTS, STUDENTS and BCIT WORKING TOGETHER

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PARENT PORTAL CONNECTION THROUGH GENESIS


All NEW BCIT families will be provided Parent Portal username and password information via email. If you have trouble with accessing your account or would like more information on how to use our Genesis Parent Portal, please visit our homepage and click on the "Parents" tab.


In an effort to effectively communicate in real time, we will now be sending out student related notifications to you electronically via text and email. Please be sure your contact information in the Parent Portal is up to date and accurate.


  • ALL correspondences and student related information is communicated and listed via PARENT PORTAL.
  • Parents are required to thoroughly review and update ALL emergency contact info, home/cell phone numbers, email addresses, work numbers as well as any authorizedrelatives/persons who may pick up your child during the school year on your behalf.

Class schedules are NOW available!!!

For any questions or changes to schedules, please contact our Guidance Office.



All necessary forms below must be complete in order to view your child's schedule.


  • Student Acceptable Use of Educational Technology Equipment Policy
  • Media Permission- Parent Consent Form
  • Yearbook exclusion form
  • Emergency & Medical Information Form
  • Dress Code- Code of Conduct Contract
  • Attendance Policy form
  • Military Opt-out form
  • Military Connected form
  • Pain Reliever Permission form
  • Health Insurance form
  • Required Notifications form

TRANSPORTATION to BCIT- WESTAMPTON

Parents/Students

No students are permitted to be dropped off or on campus prior to 7:50 am.


Busing Information

Your sending district will provide your bus location with pick up/drop off times directly to you.

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ALL NEW STUDENTS to BCIT will meet on the FIRST day of school

On the first day at the sound of the 8:12 am bell, all NEW students will meet in the auditorium for a Welcome Session!


EXPLORATORY CYCLES:


Students will have 4 cycles in 4 career majors of their choice. At the conclusion of the cycle process, students are ranked and assessed among their peers. Only a select number of spots are open in each area. We strongly encourage students to do their very best in each of the 4 cycles.


EXPLORATORY CYCLES


#1

SEPTEMBER 5TH - SEPTEMBER 19TH


#2

SEPTEMBER 20TH - OCTOBER 7TH


#3

OCTOBER 8TH - OCTOBER 24TH


#4

OCTOBER 25TH - NOVEMBER 14TH

How to obtain a student parking pass:

Student parking packets will be made available through Dr. Aiken's office- more information will be sent out via Parent/Student Portal prior to September 5th.



  • Student parking passes are given out to eligible students who have provided the required documentation and have been approved by Administration.


  • Student vehicles are not permitted in visitor or staff assigned parking spaces.


** Students with vehicles parked on campus without proper authorization are subject to disciplinary action. **
-NO EXCEPTIONS-

CAMPUS POLICIES & EXPECTATIONS

Attendance

Parents/Guardians and students must read and be aware of the attendance policy.



Every student is expected to be in school every day, all day. Should the student be absent in excess of six unexcused days per semester, then he/she will be placed on non-credit status.


Students who exceed a total of nine or more days with excused or unexcused absences from school for the semester will not be eligible for noncredit remediation, and may be referred to the Superintendent for consideration for referral to the Board of Education for action.


The Board of Education reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary in accordance with the law, which includes administratively dropping from the school rolls students with ten days of consecutive unexcused absences.


Click our District Attendance Policy below.

STUDENT DRESS CODE

Students are expected to adhere to the dress code policy each and everyday- no exceptions.


Below is the link to our dress code policy and color palette for Westampton students.

ZERO TOLERANCE CAMPUS

Unfortunately a dangerous growing trend among our youth is Vaping and the use of e-cigarettes. The use of tobacco, vaping or e-cigarettes of any kind is prohibited at BCIT. Please be aware of the school policy and regulations and we encourage families to read and better understand the dangers of smoking, vaping and e-cigarettes.


Click below for details.

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION or BULLYING (H.I.B)

Students and parents should be cognizant of our HIB policy and each of you has a responsibility to limit the behavior that would violate this policy. Any perceived incidents should be reported immediately to any staff member. Our HIB specialists are in place to handle these reports.


Through education, awareness and a positive school climate we hope that HIB infractions are reduced to minimum.

DEFINITION OF A H.I.B


"Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, as defined in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that:


1. Is reasonably perceived as being motivated by either any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic.


2. Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.3.


3. Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students; and that:


  • a. A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; or


  • b. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or


  • c. Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.


Schools are required to address harassment, intimidation, and bullying occurring off school grounds, when there is a nexus between the harassment, intimidation, and bullying and the school (e.g., the harassment, intimidation, or bullying substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students).


“Electronic communication” means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to: a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.

ANTI-BULLYING TEAM

MS. VALERIE LEE, Coordinator

EXT. 8227 / VLEE@BURLCOSCHOOLS.ORG


ANTI-BULLYING SPECIALISTS

MRS. DAILY

EXT. 8218 / jdaily@burlcoschools.org


MRS. DIGNEY

EXT. 8221 / kdigney@burlcoschools.org


MRS. FITZGERALD

EXT. 8220 / kfitzgerald@burlcoschools.org


MR. FRABLE

EXT. 8391 / jfrable@burlcoschools.org


MS. JOHNSON

EXT. 8322 / bjohnson@burlcoschools.org


MS. O'NEILL

EXT. 8284 / moneill@burlcoschools.org

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SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE

Our dedicated team of school counselors provide all of our students with the necessary resources, support and guidance to achieve their personal, academic and career goals. Students are encourage to request an appointment via student email. Counselors are assigned students by last name.


Mrs. Daily: A - Crom

Ms. Johnson: Cru - Har

Mr. Frable: Has- McC

Mrs. Digney: McD - Ris

Ms. O'Neill: Rit - T

Mrs. Fitzgerald: U - Z

STUDENT LIFE @ WESTECH


Get INVOLVED!

We offer approx. 20 clubs and organizations designed to enhance the overall high school experience. We encourage them to be involved in at least one extra curricular activity to engage, make new friends and enjoy learning a new skill or sharpen skills they already have!


After school Academic Assistance

This program provides students with guided help and tutoring when they need it. Students sign up a week in advance of the selected date they want to stay after school and can utilize our late bus service if needed. Academic Assistance is offered every THURSDAY afternoon from 3:20 - 4:30 pm for Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry!

GET YOUR DRESS DOWN DAY ANNUAL PASS !!

Starting early September, students will have the opportunity to purchase a DRESS DOWN DAY PASS for $10.00 via myschoolbucks.com. By purchasing this pass, it allows students to participate in designated dress down days (one per month) with our first one day in October. Dress down days are fun and gives students a chance to participate in the them or cause depending on the team, club or organization hosting that particular designated day. Sales of dress down day passes benefit the individual student classes for future events such as Prom, dances, senior picnic and much more!!


All purchased passes will be distributed to students prior to the first assigned dress down day and must be worn along with their student school ID. Any lost passes can be replaced for a fee of $5.00.

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P.R.I.D.E stands for...............

Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort


Any student that possesses the following, is eligible for participation:

  • Effort to obtain good grades
  • Works diligently
  • Displays and maintains good behavior and school attendance
  • Wants to be involved in WesTech student and campus activities and events


Learn more about our P.R.I.D.E program by clicking the link below!!

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FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

SEPTEMBER 24


BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

SEPTEMBER 26


NEW STUDENT ACTIVITIES FAIR

OCTOBER 8


DISCOVERY NIGHT

OCTOBER 24

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY!!


Underclassmen and Staff

October 14th and 15th

Order forms will be distributed during homeroom


*Make up date: November 22, 2019