Spring 2017, Edition #26
A letter from Dr. Christopher Nagy, Superintendent of Schools
Dear BCIT Community,
I look forward each year to the Spring. It is a season that indicates a shift from the cold and nasty weather to warm temperatures, sun, longer days and a sense of optimism. It is also a season that ushers in the spring flowers and buds on the trees, not to mention allergies. Spring is also a reminder of the great things that are upon us in the Burlington County Institute of Technology. In addition to the seventy-degree weather this week, we celebrate the successful musical Singin' in The Rain, which captured the hearts, laughs and wonder of those in the audience over the past two weekends as the rain came down on stage and we all hummed along to those familiar tunes. Recently, we celebrated Read Across America Day and our Literacy for Life initiative. We value the opportunity to promote reading and writing across the district.
This past Thursday, we honored seven of our students at the Annual New Jersey Principal and Supervisor Academic Awards Dinner for the top sophomore, junior and senior in each school. This week, the Annual Program Advisory Dinner celebrated Career and Technical Education with our schools. We are grateful to our local businesses and men and women who support our efforts to provide a state-of-the-art, skill-based education and dual credit opportunities for our students to earn college credits in our partnership with Rowan College at Burlington County. This month, thanks in great part to our armed service partners, we celebrated STEM awareness and the awesome power that perseverance and hard work play along our journey to become the best we can be. Last, we look to Spring as a reminder that we have a few months left to make the best of our coursework and put in our best efforts before finals. In this Spring newsletter, there is so much more to read about what is happening in the district.
That is why I like the Spring. We have so much to celebrate and it all begins with all of our staff, parents, and students who make the district a special place to be, work and learn. Happy Spring!
Dr. Christopher Nagy
Superintendent of Schools
Click HERE for Dr. Nagy's BCIT web page & blog
BCIT Board of Education Policies & Regulations
Click HERE for the 2016-17 Board of Education Meeting Notes. Please review and reference pertinent policies as applicable.
Board of Education policies and regulations online link:
2017 Graduation Information
BCIT Adult Education Career Exploration - Upcoming dates
Adult Education Veterinary Technology
BCIT Students/Staff of the Month
9th- Michael Burgo
10th- Madison Cornelius
11th- Vaidehi Patel
12th- Desaree Vaughan
Staff Member of the Month: Ms. Kaplan
Support Staff Member of the Month: Ms. Dragish
9th- Ciara Strickland
10th- John Schuyler
11th- Hali Richardson
12th- Lynette Westerman
Student Athlete- Jordan Shackleford
Most Improved Student- Jared Smith
Staff Member of the Month for February:
Mr. Peter Gotta
Congratulations to our BCIT Westampton National Honor Society inductees!
Congratulations to our DECA students!
Our DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) team left the NJ State competition with 4 students making it to the final round and one placing 5th in the state to earn a place at Nationals!
Moving on to DECA Nationals in Anaheim, CA: Austin Dasher
State Finalists: Alexander Xie, Diahann McRoy, Austin Dasher & Gabriel Casado
Congratulations to our HOSA Winners!
January 2017 Vocal & Instrumental Music Concert
Westampton students compete at RCBC!
Youth Art Contest: BCIT Medford students win big
Desaree Vaughan, senior in Entertainment Technologies, won "Best in Show" for her black and white sign language drawing of the word "Story". Jenna Blancha won "Honorable Mention" for her cardboard sneaker sculpture that is painted like a night sky. Desaree received a beautiful 100 piece art kit as her prize and Jenna received a drawing pad.
Overall, ten BCIT students participated, and represented the most students in the 10-12th grade category.
Students pictured: Shaniya Wilson, Crystal Johnson, Julianna Ulrich, Allie Nash & Tionna Watson
Teen Actor Awards
Congratulations to BCIT Medford & Westampton BCPSA Academic Award Winners!
Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association (BCPSA) Academic Award Winners!
John Schuyler (West)- Law and Public Safety
Nazim Tijani (West) - Sports Medicine
Annaliesa Williams (Medford) - Sports Medicine
Danielle Ambroise (West) - Child Care
Amanda Wells (Medford) - Pre Engineering
Jacob Bauldock (West) Pre Engineering
Samantha Stiehl (Medford) Law and Public Safety
Dr. Bonsall, Assistant Superintendent leads tour of our Arts programs
ARMY visits Westampton Campus
Save the Date: Designer Bag Bingo-BCIT MEDFORD on Thursday, May 4
BCIT Foundation is taking its popular fundraiser on the road! After 7 consecutive sell-outs at the Westampton campus, Designer Bag Bingo will come to the Medford campus on Thursday, May 4. The fun and friendly event is known for authentic full-size handbag prizes, a highly visible bingo board, and two games with enviable 50-50 cash prizes.
What stays the same: Guarantee reserved tables for parties of at least 8 players, plenty of Coach door prizes, and a Silent Auction opportunity to buy designer bags.
Act fast, since this event has a strong sell-out history! Sponsorships starting at $100 offer great visibility to the 250+ people in attendance. Get all the Designer Bag Bingo details here. BCIT Foundation will operate this event under state ID #329-5-34741 and municipal permit BR19. This event is not affiliated with Coach Inc.
BCIT Foundation uses event proceeds to help meet its mission of supporting students and staff. The Foundation started this school year with a $20,000 grant to support BCIT’s commitment to literacy, covering costs of books that focus on high school topics written at various reading levels. In just four months, the intervention plan showed significant success in improving the literacy skills of students who had been reading at less than half the skill level expected for their age groups.
Director, BCIT Foundation
609-267-4226, ext. 8335
BCIT Foundation supports students and staff with education-based technology and post-secondary scholarships. Join the cause at www.bcit.cc/foundation.
Medford students Volunteer Work!
Welding on our Medford Campus has gone Virtual!
Check out our updated BCIT informational video!
2ndFloor.org Youth Helpline
In NJ, youth have an anonymous and confidential helpline to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-888-222-2228 to speak with someone who will listen attentively and compassionately to any issues you are facing.
ANY CALL, ANY TIME - we are always here and ready to help.
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 BCIT Personnel.
Employee Data Change Form: EMPLOYEE DATA CHANGE FORM 12.2.14 EDCF.pdf
Note: Staff are required to submit a signed EDCF when requesting changes to their personnel profile.
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.