BCIT MEDFORD NEWSLETTER
2023 is here and we are approaching the end of the first semester. The students and the staff are working diligently to close out the first semester as finals approach in a few weeks.
As usual, there are a lot of great things happening at the BCIT Medford campus. Winter sports are in full swing and our Performing Arts Department has several of their fall/winter productions. Keep an eye on our campus calendar to see when events of this nature are taking place and come out and support the students!
Be sure to review the end of the semester schedule due to the calendar changes as finals have been pushed back a day.
Principal BCIT Medford
JAN 16: CLOSED (MLK Jr Day)
JAN 17: Non-Credit Sessions Begin
JAN 18: 1/2 Day for Students; Staff In-service
JAN 19: Winter Music Concert 7PM
JAN 26: Board of Education Meeting 6PM
JAN 27: 1/2 Day for Students; Semester 1 Finals
JAN 30: 1/2 Day for Students; Semester 1 Finals
JAN 31: CLOSED for Students; Staff In-service
FEB 1: Semester 2 Begins
FEB 2: Activity Period (Club/Activities)
FEB 6: Report Cards Distributed
FEB 15: 1/2 Day for Students; Staff In-service
FEB 17: CLOSED (Presidents Day Weekend)
FEB 20: CLOSED (Presidents Day Weekend)
FEB 21: Non-Credit Sessions End
FEB 22: 1/2 Day for Students; Back to School Afternoon
FEB 23: Board of Education Meeting 6PM
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JAN 31 CLOSED FOR STUDENTS
FEB 1 SEMESTER 2 BEGINS
QUARANTINED STUDENTS & ATTENDANCE
Students that are not on the Quarantine List or do not meet the attendance policy for an excused absence will be marked as an Unexcused Absence in Genesis. Please refer to the district attendance policy for the list of approved absences.
Quarantine and Instruction:
Students who are told to quarantine will be required to log into each class for the duration of the period. Online students can:
Listen to lectures or small group discussions
Work independently on assignments
Participate in classroom discussions virtually
Expectations for Attendance:
The school nurse will identify students who need to quarantine and alert the teachers regarding the start and end dates.
Students who are identified as needing to quarantine by the school will be provided with online instruction. Students are only permitted to attend virtual classes if they are quarantined.
Students are expected to log into their homeroom at 8:20 and attend all classes in order to receive credit for the school day.
Classwork and assignments will be due by the end of the block or as assigned by each teacher.
CLOSINGS & DELAYED OPENINGS
In the event of a campus emergency or inclement weather, guardians will be contacted via email, phone message, and text message. In addition, we will post a Special Alert Message on our website.
Parents and guardians will be contacted using information stored in Genesis, our electronic student database. Please be sure to keep your contact information up to date. Any changes to your phone number, email address, or home address should be reported to the Counseling Department.
Seniors Only: Early Dismissal Program
Medford Educators of the Year
Victoria Danser (Teacher of the Year)
Joe Palazzo (Support Staff of the Year)
STUDENT ADDRESS/INFORMATION CHANGE FORM
Any address change must be submitted to the School Counseling Department in writing. This is the only way to ensure proper busing information is submitted to transportation. The Student Address/Telephone/Information Change form is available via the BCIT Medford Campus homepage under School Counseling Center.
Click here to view the contact information for all sending districts
STUDENT PICK UP DURING SCHOOL HOURS
The safety of our students is our main priority. Guardians and authorized emergency contacts may pick up a student during school hours in the Main Office. When arriving in the Main Office, a driver’s license or state/federal issued I.D. must be presented. Students will not be released to anyone who does not provide proper identification.
Guardians must send written authorization in the form of an email in order to authorize someone who is NOT listed in Genesis to pick up their student. A representative from the main office will also call the main contact(s) to verify the written notification. The email should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org from the email address listed in Genesis and include the following information:
Student’s name and grade level
Name of the person picking up the student
Time and reason of departure
Your name and relationship to student
Your phone number (phone number must match what is listed in Genesis)
The person being designated to pick up their student must present a driver’s license or state/federal issued I.D. when arriving at the Main Office. Once the email is received, the student will be released.
Please review the contact information in Genesis for your student to ensure that the most current information has been provided. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Main Office at 609-654-0200 ext. 8411.
ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM...GET SIGNED UP!!!
Medford Tech online payments are active for General Obligation (ID’s, books, etc.) and various student activity payments (Homecoming, Activity Dues, Senior Trip, Prom, etc.). To make an online payment, please click HERE and create a MySchoolBucks account; then find your product and make a payment.
PLEASE NOTE THAT MY SCHOOL BUCKS IS NOT FOR SCHOOL LUNCH PAYMENTS!
All parents/guardians of freshmen students should create a MySchoolBucks account. Please reference the online user guide below for assistance.
Creating A Parent Account (Click link - scroll halfway down page and look for MSB link on right)
SCHOOL LUNCH INFORMATION
Visit the Food Services website for lunch menus, free and reduced lunch forms, etc.
Please complete the Free & Reduced Lunch Application to see if you qualify! This will also help with several other educational areas.
ATTENDANCE POLICY (UPDATED MARCH 2020)
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.
- Partial absences caused by lateness to school or early departure from school will be counted toward non-credit. Each partial absence will be equal to at least .25 of a day. Four (4) such partial absences shall equal one (1) day absence for the purpose of non-credit.
- All excused absences require written documentation to verify the nature of the absence. Parent letters excusing a student for attendance purposes are not acceptable. Medical notes need to be from a medical professional. Please review the policy below regarding approved excused days. If your son/daughter is dealing with a prolonged medical issue, please communicate with your guidance counselor and we can work together to develop a plan.
Please take the time to visit our student-activity information. We encourage every student to get involved in at least one club/activity. Please visit both of the links below for more information.
Click here for the link to all the Medford Clubs
BCIT FOUNDATION: PRIDE PROGRAM
PRIDE Program promotes positive academic efforts and behaviors - consider donation to BCIT Education Foundation
PRIDE is a nationally recognized program that supports positive student academic achievement and good behavior. The acronym embodies Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. For many years, our BCIT Foundation has been very generous in the support of our PRIDE Program at BCIT. BCIT students recognize the PRIDE Program as a way to be acknowledged for putting forth his/her best efforts. Students may earn PRIDE incentives through various avenues such as academic accomplishments, club or sport participation, attendance and good behaviors.
Through monies raised by the BCIT Foundation, the PRIDE Program has provided items that supplement our local BCIT high school budgets. More recently, over the past two school years, the Foundation has provided the following:
- Staff member of the month trophies (prohibited by our purchasing manual)
- Earned student weekly incentives for PRIDE activities, such as Wawa and Dunkin Donut Gift cards; BCIT water bottles; BCIT PRIDE ear buds
- Funding for PRIDE events
This past year, almost 500 students on our Medford Campus and 600 students on the Westampton Campus, per marking period, were recognized as PRIDE recipients. Valuing the need to promote the continual support of the PRIDE Program, the BCIT Foundation's hope is that with the popularity of the PRIDE Program and its proven results, parents, local businesses, and members of the community may consider making a donation to the Foundation.
When giving to the BCIT Foundation in support of the PRIDE Program, donations will directly support PRIDE Program incentives.
To learn more about the program, and how to donate, please contact Foundation Director at (609) 267-4226, ext. 8335.
All student-athletes must register online each season (fall, winter and spring) for athletics.
Click Here For Athletic Registration Information
In addition, each student-athlete must have a valid physical and other required forms on file with the nurse’s office prior to participation in athletics. The school’s physician must approve all physicals completed by any private physician prior to final clearance.
Our school physician performs physicals at each campus twice a month. We recommend that student-athletes get a physical at school as this helps to streamline the approval process (less paperwork). If a student athlete plans on getting a physical at Medford Tech, they must sign up in advance in the nurse's office.
For more information and updates about Medford’s athletics (coaches, schedules, required paperwork, etc.) please reference the Athletics website.
We encourage all students to get involved in athletics. Especially as an incoming student, becoming part of a team is a great way to instantly make twenty or thirty new friends.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the specific coach or the Athletic Director.
A complete participation packet with signed consent forms must be submitted to the Athletic Department in order for a student-athlete to tryout in any sport. Packets are available on the school Athletics website. Please review the website for additional information regarding our programs. Please ensure to submit all required forms - click the link below for more information.
ATHLETIC PACKET & REGISTRATION INFORMATION
This packet contains all the forms that need to be completed in order to participate in any athletic program.
BASKETBALL LIVE STREAMS
NEXT LIVE STREAM
JANUARY 23 6:30PM
WESTECH VS MEDTECH VARSITY
BCIT MEDFORD COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
It is advisable that any student who is currently struggling in a class to reach out to their teacher for additional help. School Counselors are also available, by appointment, to discuss grades and interventions.
Stay involved in school community based extracurricular activities that interest you or enable you to explore career interests.
Fall and winter are very important times for you to be visiting college campuses so you know where to apply next September! Campuses give a completely different impression in the summer when they are deserted than during the academic year.
SAT Skills and Practice can be found on the www.collegeboard.org website.
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION:
Looking for national scholarships? Complete the registration at www.fastweb.com to receive email notifications of scholarship programs.
Visit www.meritaid.com to find merit-based scholarship opportunities from colleges before you apply. This website can help students with merit-based scholarships from colleges that reflect your accomplishments and interests.
Another good resource for researching scholarships is www.finaid.org .
Paper FAFSAs will no longer be delivered in bulk to high schools. Students are able to obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov for faster processing. A PDF version of the FAFSA is also available for download at www. studentaid.ed.gov.
The US Department of Education sponsors www.studentaid.ed.gov, which provides helpful information on preparing for college, types of financial aid, determining who is eligible for financial aid, how to apply for aid with the FAFSA, and information on repaying your loans.