BCIT MEDFORD NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2016

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Winter is upon us as we head into Winter Break at BCIT. Our students are midway through the second marking period as we look to finalize the first semester. BCIT-Medford started our first PARCC session for the 2016-17 school year, as our first semester Language Arts students participated in the state required assessment. The first semester Mathematics session will take place when we return from break in January. Please visit the school calendar on our home page to view the January PARCC dates.


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.


The BCIT family would like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday season. Stay warm and be sure to enjoy this special time of year with friends and family.


Happy Holiday’s

Mike Parker

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GUIDANCE/TESTING/SCHEDULING/SENIOR NEWS

PARCC testing for Semester One English classes was completed on Wednesday, December 21st. PARCC testing for Semester One Algebra II and Geometry courses will take place January 4th - 6th. Make-up testing for English and Math will take place the week of 1/9/16.


Attention Juniors and Seniors - please check the BCIT-Medford Guidance webpage for updated information in regards to Scholarship Opportunities.


ASVAB scores from the December 7th administration have been received and uploaded into Genesis. Please contact your student’s guidance counselor with any questions in regards to this assessment. We will be offering the test again on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.


We are offering the RCBC placement test, the Accuplacer, on Wednesday, January 25th for registered Seniors. Please contact your student’s guidance counselor with any questions in regards to this assessment.


Looking ahead - Semester One final exams are scheduled for Friday, January 27th and Monday, January 30th.

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STUDENT ACTIVITY ORGANIZATIONS

BCIT-Medford offers a wide range of student activity organizations. We recommend and encourage all students to become involved in at least one club/organization. Feel free to contact the staff advisors and see how you can become involved. Additional information may be found on the school website under Student Life. Click HERE to view our student activities.


Medford Tech is happy to announce that our online payments are currently active for General Obligation (ID’s, books, etc.) and Senior Trip payments. To make an online payment please click HERE and create a MySchoolBucks account. Then find your product and make a payment.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO MEDFORD SENIOR GIRLS

Congratulations to Jordan Murray and Chrissy Morrill on being selected for Burlington County Girls Soccer Showcase on November 16th.
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WINTER SPORTS

Our Winter Sports season is just getting started and our teams are beginning to compete at various competitions and games across the state. The Athletic Participation Consent Form has been revised and is available on the school’s website for download. All student-athletes and his/her parent/guardian must sign and submit this form to the Athletic Director’s office at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the sports season in order to participate. More information is available on the Athletics website.


*ALL STUDENT-ATHLETES MUST SUBMIT THE REQUIRED ATHLETIC PACKET TO THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE TO GET CLEARED - THERE IS A DIRECT LINK HERE

Winter Coaching Staff:

· Boys Basketball - Nick Powell npowell@bcit.cc

· Boys and Girls Bowling - Lee Suabedissen lsuabedissen@bcit.cc

· Cheerleading - Victoria Danser vdanser@bcit.cc

· Girls Basketball - Jarett Rossi jrossi@bcit.cc


Please come out and support our Jaguar Athletic Teams. The bowling team competes at Medford Lanes. The boys and girls basketball and cheerleading teams compete in the gymnasium on campus. For schedules to all events and games click HERE

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PHYSICAL EXAMS

The State of New Jersey requires that all students must pass a licensed physician’s or licensed nurse practitioners physical examination prior to participation in any sport. Physical exams are valid for 365 days. Student-athletes must submit a completed physical examination packet to the Athletic Director’s Office at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the sports season they intend to participate in. Only the “Preparticipation Physical Evaluation” forms, approved by the NJ Department of Education, will be accepted. Students may not participate until the school physician has approved their physical exam. If a physical exam was completed more than 90 days prior to the start of the sports season a Seasonal Update Form must be completed and submitted to the Athletic Director’s Office.


Physical exams are being offered at school by appointment only on the dates listed below. Students must make an appointment for the physical with the nurse prior to the specific physical date. To schedule an appointment by phone please call 609-654-0200 and ask for the school nurse.


Tuesday, January 24th @ BCIT-Medford (in nurse’s office)

Tuesday, February 14th @ BCIT-Medford (in nurse’s office)

Tuesday, February 28th @ BCIT-Medford (in nurse’s office)


All of the forms necessary for participation (physical packet, parent permission consent form, emergency information form, health history form, etc.) can be found on the BCIT Medford Page – Administration – Assistant Principal/Athletic Director – Athletics – Required Athletic Packet


GET INVOLVED and be proactive to make the most out of your high school experience!

For your convenience, please visit the link below to access the Required Athletic Packet: *Every student-athlete must submit the required athletic packet to be cleared for athletic participation.


Required Athletic Packet

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STUDENT ATHLETE INFORMATION

Any senior student-athlete wishing to compete in the NCAA Division I or II must complete an application through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Click HERE to register. You must complete this process to receive any type of athletic scholarship money! Student athletes are reminded to send their SAT and ACT test scores to the Eligibility Center by entering the code “9999” in the box when registering for the tests. Any senior student-athlete wishing to compete in the NAIA level must register through the NAIA Eligibility Center. Click HERE to register. You must complete this process to receive any type of athletic scholarship money!

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MEDFORD TECH APPAREL

Please check out our online spirit wear store to get your Medford Tech apparel. It can be customized for any academic, career major content area, club/activity or athletic team. The items are shipped directly to your house. Please click HERE to take you directly to the online store.

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FOLLOW MEDFORD TECH ATHLETICS ON TWITTER @MedfordTechAD

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BCIT MEDFORD CTE NEWS

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BCIT MEDFORD ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS:

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ADVERTISING ART & DESIGN PROJECT

Students developing drawing skills to demonstrate the importance of the creative process and allow them to visually express ideas and messages. Students using acrylics for their visual pictorial.


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Law and Public Safety Students attend the TIPP Program at Cooper Hospital. Below is a description of the program.

Traumatic Injury Prevention Program


Cooper University Hospital Trauma Department presents The Traumatic Injury Prevention Program (TIPP). This program is designed to demystify the consequences of risk-taking behavior. We use reality as opposed to shock and scare tactics.


The Objectives and Methods of the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program


This program is approximately three hours long and includes a description of the resuscitation process that occurs when a patient is admitted to the Cooper Trauma Center. During this portion of the program, a student is used as a model patient while the group is shown actual equipment used in resuscitation procedures. In addition, students view a power point presentation of pictures of actual anonymous patients who have been injured as a direct result of their risk-taking behavior.

Next, the instructor discusses a typical trauma patient’s experience in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU) with the group, including the use of specialized equipment, surgery and the pain involved during recovery. This is followed by a tour of the Trauma Intensive Care unit to visualize anonymous patients and the trauma team at work.

Finally, the instructor discusses the outcomes of risk-taking behavior, including the healing & rehabilitation process as well as the potential for death. During this point of the program, students are escorted to the hospital morgue and allowed to observe a wrapped, anonymous corpse in a morgue drawer. The session concludes with a final discussion about the process of dying and death as a result of risk-taking prevention.


Photo above: Students on the Helipad of Cooper Hospital along with instructor Mr. Latigona, SRO Chase, and Mr. Pino.


Photo below: Students listening to Trauma Nurse Danny Delgado at the Level 1 Trauma Center.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE @ BCIT MEDFORD

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BCIT & BCSSSD RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Congratulations to administrators from both BCIT and BCSSSD and their respective Districts. They were a recipient of the 2016 Benjamin B. Tregoe Award for Strategic Leadership in Education and for organizational excellence in collaborative decision making and achieving exceptional results.
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NOVEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Senior- Lauren Guest

Junior- Jacob Titus

Sophomore- Thomas Troy

Freshman- Sarah Bachand

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MEDFORD NHS INDUCTION CEREMONY

Congratulations to the 2016-17 BCIT Medford National Honors Society inductees. In true BCIT spirit, one of our inductees could not be present; he created a video message, which was presented during the ceremony!


Each student displayed outstanding scholarship, service, leadership and character. We are proud of your accomplishments and wish you the best as you continue your education and pursuit of excellence.


Isabel Bonilla

Jaxson Bonsall

Moniquia Brown

Zaire Carter

Natalie Davison

Baylynn Galante

Amos Koffa

Mikaela Kristi

Jahmar Ortiz

Vaidehi Patel

Christian Pilawski

Lauren Romano

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT - LAUREN GUEST

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BCIT Legacy Series


Each month we tell the extraordinary stories of our Medford and Westampton students. This month, I am proud to share the Guest Family story. The youngest of five daughters, Lauren Guest is a Medford Senior Sports Medicine student from Chatsworth. Lauren's four sisters and both her parents are BCIT Alumni!


Lauren wanted to continue the family tradition of attending BCIT; she recalls beginning to look forward to BCIT since she was three! Mrs. Sienkiewicz was her oldest sister Amber's (Class of 2006) class advisor. Lauren grew up with BCIT. It was her goal and a tradition she took seriously. Lauren selected Sports Medicine because of her comfort level. "It felt more challenging and engaging than the other career majors I explored," commented Lauren. Lauren met a lot of people here at BCIT through the years. When she heard about PRIDE week, she was thrilled to finally be a part of it! The National Honor Society (NHS) induction was a very special moment in her BCIT experience, providing her the opportunity to showcase the people who have helped her through the years.


A few other momentous BCIT memories include the Talent Show. Lauren performed with her siblings. "Dancing with my sisters was a highlight, for sure!" said Lauren. She and her sister clogged, which is Irish dancing/tap/jazz. Lauren and her siblings have also performed at Farm Fair for the past 12 years with the 4H. Lauren will continue to perform as an alumnus in 2017.


Lauren plans to attend Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) through NJ STARS, then The College of NJ (TCNJ), majoring in Special Education in the Deaf and HH program. TCNJ has a combined BA/MA five year program. Lauren enjoys interacting during her gym class with a deaf student and their interpreter, learning a word a day. Lauren has already attended an ASL 101 class at RCBC with her older sister and loved it! Lauren will be taking American Sign Language (ASL) next semester.


When asked what Lauren would say to an incoming BCIT freshman, she began by recognizing how high school can be challenging and a period of change. "BCIT offers more opportunity for growth. There is a safe zone with your career majors. They give you a head start on your future and help you grow. BCIT sets you up for college -- you leave here ready for college."


More about Lauren:

National Honor Society

Leadership Council Class of 2017

Teen Writer's Guild

Burlington County 4-H Cloggers

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Women of Tomorrow

Soccer

CWF - Citizenship Washington Focus (through 4-H)

Farm Fair Queen

2nd Runner-up Agricultural NJ Annual Ambassador

Teen Excellence 2015


Family:

Michael Guest - Class of 1982, Westampton Campus, Building Trades

Celeste Guest - Class of 1983, Westampton Campus, Cosmetology

Amber - Class of 2006 (ranked: 12/185) Office Tech

Annemarie - Class of 2010 (ranked: 1/210) Sports Medicine

Carol - Class of 2012 (ranked: 22/171) Culinary

Kimberly - Class of 2014 (ranked: 3/164) Sports Medicine

Lauren - Class of 2017 (ranked 2/184 as of Nov. 2016) Sports Medicine


Older sister Kimberly works in a podiatry office while she is currently in school. BCIT set her up for her current oppotunities. If she hadn't had the experience at BCIT, she wouldn't have been able to function professionally. She learned how to treat patients and make them feel comfortable. Kimberly was planning to study Horticulture at BCIT. She liked it, but more as a hobby. She became interested in Sports Medicine and knew she was attracted to the medical field. "If I went through with horticulture -- I wouldn't be where I am today. I needed to explore my options. BCIT afforded me that opportunity," stated Kimberly.


Lauren's mother Celeste is the youngest of eight. Five of her siblings went to BCIT Westampton! "It was a lot different back then. You took a test to get in, however BCIT was more a trade school at the time. There wasn't as much of a focus on academics. By the time I graduated, academics and college preparedness became prevalent," explained Celeste. As a stay at home Mom, Celeste used her Cosmetology certification at home, always cutting and styling her family's hair.


Michael Guest, Lauren's father, immediately went to work in carpentry. He owned his own business, then began working for a cranberry farm as the Head of Buildings and Grounds. He was the first in his family to attend BCIT. His Dad was also a carpenter, which spiked his interest in the field. He has a gold hammer from VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), former Skills USA competition.


Celeste spoke of her daughters' success, "support them in the decisions that they make. Encourage them to do their best. You have to work hard." Lauren said her mom set a wonderful example for them. "Never do as I say not as I do" -- her mom lived the life Lauren wanted to emulate. "My Mom said to be kind," recalls Lauren. Kimberly added "do the best you can. Always just do your best."


"Trust your teachers and know they are doing their best to teach and guide you. Develop a relationship with the teachers and make sure they know you're a team. I think it's amazing my gym teacher, Mr. Lavender taught both me and my daughter", stated Celeste. Kimberly added "the teachers can teach you what your parents can't always and your parents are there for you in a way your teachers can't be."


Final remarks from Lauren: "Character is not given, it's earned" Dr. Nagy told us during the NHS speech and it stuck with me.


Thank you to Linda McCardell for bringing this extraordinary family together for this interview. Linda loves seeing parents and their (now) students here at BCIT. "My daughter Marjorie began clogging when was nine, and I recognized the Guest girls in the 4H clogging group. The youngest of five daughters in the Guest family was Lauren, who was described a a little ‘spitfire.’ Lauren was always full of energy and it's truly been a pleasure to watch Lauren grow up and become an accomplished, talented and considerate student, highly ranked in her senior class. She had big shoes to fill, since her four sisters at BCIT already had made a great reputation here, and she accomplished the fit seamlessly," recalled Linda.


--Laura Geltch

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OPERATION YELLOW RIBBON OF SOUTH JERSEY

Earlier this November, the Interact Club at BCIT Medford hosted a drive in honor of Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey to collect items to create care packages for the troops serving over in the Middle East. The organization partners with many local businesses, one of them being Big League Dreams in Medford, where we made our hefty delivery right before Thanksgiving Break.


Thanks to the Sports Medicine Shop, we were able to really pull through an impressive load of wonderful items that will make the Troops feel the love from back home.

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SAVE THE DATE! BCIT WINTER DISCOVER NIGHT

February 21, 2017

6 - 8 p.m.*

Westampton & Medford Campuses


Click HERE for more information about our Winter 2017 Discovery Night


*Please Note: NEW Time

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2016-17 BCIT MEDFORD UPCOMING EVENTS

Vocal & Instrumental Music Concert

Jan. 10, 7 p.m.


National CTE Month

February


Discovery Night - both campuses

Feb. 21, 2017 6 - 8 p.m. (snow date: 2/23/17)


BCIT Medford Spring Musical: Singing in the Rain

Mar. 31, April 1, 7 & 8, 7 p.m.


Vocal & Instrumental Music Concert

May 11, 7 p.m.


Dance Concert

May 24 & 25, 7 p.m.


BCIT Accepted Student Day

Jun. 8, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

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