BCIT MEDFORD NEWSLETTER
Winter is upon us as we head into the holiday season. Our students are entering the second marking period and looking to finalize the first semester of the 2017-18 school year. Winter sports are preparing to kick-off and our Performing Arts Department is in full swing with different production for everyone to enjoy.
As we move into the second marking period, BCIT-Medford is preparing for our first round of PARCC testing for the 2017-18 school year. First semester Language Arts testing sessions will take place the week of December 11th. All first semester Mathematics sessions 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. If you have any PARCC questions, please feel free to contact your child's counselor.
Parents and students are reminded that our first semester Non-Credit make up sessions will begin in January. The dates for credit make-up are posted under the school calendar on our web page.
A lot of great things are happening at the Medford campus, so please be sure to scroll through the newsletter and enjoy all the stories and pictures of all the recent happenings on campus!
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.
¡Excellente! ¡Bien Hecho!
Thank you to Sr. Gonzalez for sharing Gabriela Berdugo-Hernandez's artwork with us. Gabriela is currently a Senior here at Medford Tech in the Sports Medicine program. Kudos to you, young lady, for doing and sharing such an amazing job.
PARCC testing for Semester One English classes will take place December 12th - 14th.
PARCC testing for Semester One Algebra II and Geometry courses will take place January 3rd - 5th. Make-up testing for English and Math will take place the week following each testing date.
Attention Juniors and Seniors - please check the BCIT-Medford Guidance webpage for updated information in regards to Scholarship Opportunities.
ASVAB testing will be on December 6th.
We are offering the RCBC placement test, the Accuplacer, on Wednesday, January 24th 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 Tuesday, January 30th and Wednesday, January 31st.
AWESOME JOB BY OUR STUDENT COUNCIL!
Thank you to all the students and staff that helped make this all possible. A special thank you to all those that donated the turkeys and a special shout out to Mrs. McCardell for continuing the tradition of having her girl scout troop supply the pies.
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.
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 email@example.com
· Boys and Girls Bowling - Jeff Pensabene firstname.lastname@example.org
· Cheerleading - Victoria Danser email@example.com
· Girls Basketball - Edward Kenney firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 date 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, December 12th @ 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.
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!
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.
BCIT MEDFORD CTE NEWS
Medford Campus Ad Art and Fine Arts Working Together
Thank you to our talented art teachers and their students for creating beautiful works of art for the Superintendent's lobby. Each mural represents their campus and it's unique opportunities.
We are thankful for our dedicated staff and students."
CONGRATULATIONS TO JAKE ZEFF
BCIT MEDFORD ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS:
"Who Will Carry the Word?" by Charlotte Delbo.
A DAY IN THE LIFE @ BCIT MEDFORD
Construction Apprenticeship Expo
And because we all love a good giggle and appreciate the raw talent of BCIT Medford...
BCIT Academy of Performing Arts, Junior Vocal Majors - Quartet
Mad Props to the BCIT Academy of Performing Arts Junior Vocal Majors Quartet consisting of the following: Cassidy Outlaw (soprano) , Jasmine McCormick (alto) , Danielle Knouzi (alto) , and Justin Ross (bass) will be performing the National Anthem at this year's New Jersey Association of Counties Summit.
BCIT MEDFORD - GETTING READY FOR WHAT'S NEXT!
"Emotions in Motion"
OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
9th - Danley Raymond
10th - Sarah Bachand
11th - Taylor Martelack
12th - Natalie Davison
Student/Athlete - Zaire Carter
Most Improved - Michael Pepe
Staff Member of the Month - TIM HAGAR
Support Staff Member of the Month - MAGGIE ROGERS
MEDFORD NHS INDUCTION CEREMONY
BCIT STUDENT SPOTLIGHT - Jeraca Alane Marsh
BCIT MEDFORD - CLASS OF 2015
Today, we speak with Jeraca Marsh, a senior psychology and sociology major from Burlington City (Burlington County), NJ, who resides on campus in Holly Pointe Commons. Jeraca will share her #PROFspective with us on what it’s like to be a Rowan University student and how she’s getting the most out of her college experience as a Rowan Prof.
Name: Jeraca Alane Marsh
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Concentrations: Africana Studies & Specialization in Applied Sociology
Year: Third year, graduating in three years instead of four
Hometown and County: Burlington City (Burlington County)
Resident: Yes, in Holly Pointe Commons
Academic Clubs: I’m in 20 clubs in total, but I’m on 4 executive boards. I’m the President for both To Write Love On Her Arms and Sociology Club, Vice President for Rowan Homeless Outreach, and Event Coordinator for Women’s Physique. I’m also a member of several honor societies, including National Residence Hall Honorary, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, and Rho Alpha Sigma Honor Society.
Do you work on campus? I am an Assistant Resident Director at Holly Pointe Commons.
Do you have an off campus job? I have an internship at the nearby nonprofit Robins’ Nest, specifically their Functional Family Therapy program.
Why did you chose your major? Besides the cliché, “I want to help people,” line or the, “I want to figure out what’s wrong with me/my family,” I truly want to leave this world better than where I found it, and I also want to dismantle our corrupt systems of education, incarceration, and healthcare.
One reason why you chose Rowan? I chose Rowan because of the Educational Opportunity Fund program, and I felt like I could actually make a difference on this campus.
My typical day as a Rowan student
There is no such thing as a typical day for me. Typical seems to be the opposite of how I would describe most of my life. This year I decided to finally go digital with my calendar, and I’m so grateful that I did. I have a digital calendar of my classes, club meetings, internship hours, office hours, and I’ve gotten to the point where I need to schedule eating, exercising, and socializing. I have a physical calendar of when my assignments are due, and having that distinction between the digital and virtual calendars helps keep me significantly more organized. It’s also common to see me with writing on my hand, which is the list of things, both events and assignments, that need attention as soon as possible.
Mondays through Wednesdays are my 15 hour days, Fridays are my 12 hour days, and Thursdays are my shortest days that are only 5 hours. Sometimes my days are even longer if I’m on duty. Mondays through Wednesdays I like to convince myself that I’ll definitely get up early enough to go work out, and then I snooze my alarm until I have 7 minutes to get ready. So, I realistically start my days at the Robins’ Nest, which is my internship.
There, I specifically work with Functional Family Therapy, which is one of their 60 programs. They do therapy in the clients’ homes, which is helpful for a myriad of reasons. If my schedule allows me, I’m able to shadow specific therapists or their Mobile Response team. From there, I’m in turbo mode to get to class. Robins’ Nest is only a half mile from Holly Pointe Commons, but that gets stretched to a mile when I need to go to the Business building, and is even worse if I have awful shoes (my feet are beautifully calloused now).
I have some awesome classes this semester, and my Fridays are my favorite. My Friday 8 a.m. is a Psychology of Human Sexuality course with my best friend, and then I go to the Sociology of Race and Crime with one of my favorite professors. After class, I usually have my Assistant Resident Director office hours in Holly Pointe Commons. I am beyond grateful that I became an RA, and now, an ARD. Being an RA made me feel like I truly belonged on Rowan’s campus, and was able to make a lasting positive impact. As an ARD, I still get to experience that, and get more experience in administrative/behind the scenes tasks. I’m also extremely lucky with my amazing staff, floors 1 and 2, or as we call ourselves, 1,2 Step (yes, the song by Ciara.)
After office hours, I get to work out, which is one of my favorite parts of my day. I’m finally getting to a point in my life where I’m becoming mentally and physically healthy, and I now have a positive relationship with eating and exercising. My new favorite word is gain, because I’m finally letting myself gain instead of lose! I’m gaining help, knowledge, love, and experience. And of course, I’m getting mad gainz, bro.
My evenings are always stuffed with club meetings. Unfortunately, with all of my time restraints, going to all the meetings I want to isn’t possible, but I do my best to make it to most of them. Tuesdays are my nights for Sociology Club and To Write Love On Her Arms. I am proudly the president of both clubs, and I’m even prouder of the teams I get to work with. Both clubs are still relatively new, TWLOHA being created on Rowan’s Campus four years ago, and Sociology Club being revitalized two years ago.
Sociology Club promotes discussions based on current events, and how we can become the change we want to see in the world, regardless of what people believe these changes should be! TWLOHA is a national organization created to support those struggling with mental illness by proving help and hope, and as a Rowan organization, we focus on being a resource for students to find help and hope through each other and on campus. Wednesdays are my Association of White Anti-Racists for Equity, and Rowan Homeless Outreach meetings. AWARE is for white identifying individuals to discuss and practice ways of becoming more educated individuals and overall allies. Rowan Homeless Outreach is an awesome club that is able to extend Rowan’s students opportunity to volunteer and make a difference on and off campus.
I obviously can’t make all of the meetings I want to, such as Woman’s Physique, Psych Alliance, Out and Ally, or EOF events, but I do what I can! My days are obviously long and jam-packed, but I love it. I will always argue that you make time for the things that are important to you. Obviously, you won’t make every event, at least, until we invent a clone machine that works on people. I call my family at least once a week, get to see my significant other almost daily, eat meals with my staff when I can, and Snapchat my bffs to keep our streaks up. On the weekends, I make time to study with my best friends, and if I get enough work done, play Dungeons and Dragons as well. And of course, I do the best I can to not be the stereotypical college student and get as much sleep as possible. It’s arguable who sleeping is more beneficial for, me or everyone else! It’s so important that you feel as fulfilled as possible.
I’m beyond grateful for my time here at Rowan University, even if I cut it short. I will never regret graduating in 3 years instead of 4, especially since I’ll be moving on to my doctoral degree after this May, but I will always be thankful for the time, experiences, and individuals I got to enjoy while I was here.
Story organized and photography by:
Vanessa Vause, junior public relations major and advertising minor