BCIT WESTAMPTON

Summer Newsletter 2018

WELCOME TO WESTECH

MR. JOSEPH VENUTO

Principal


Students and families, we are about to embark on another 180 day, school-year journey, spanning over the next 10 months. During that time, we hope that the Westampton campus provides a safe, nurturing environment, as we strive to make learning authentic, rigorous, and relevant. We provide hands-on experiences, especially in the career areas and match our curriculums to standards set forth by the state and industry. In addition, we continue to upgrade technology as a means to enhance instruction and address the digital natives that are in our care on a daily basis. That being said, expectations for student behavior should be reinforced at home as well as in school. We continue to reward students through our PRIDE program and enhance daily student life by addressing the social emotional needs of the students. We feel this is imperative as we look to ways to decrease student issues and focus on instruction.


I hope you find the next few pages of this newsletter informative, as it will help outline the first few days and weeks of school, thus helping them run smoothly. Please pay particular attention to the revised attendance policy, which has increased student responsibility, the opening-day schedule for new students, and Parent Portal information.



My door is always open and I welcome the opportunity to meet with parents. I look forward to our anticipated partnership and support from parents as we work together to ensure the success of our students. Enjoy the remaining weeks of the summer, and we will see you on September 5th.

MS. VALERIE LEE


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

MRS. LAUREN MILANOWICZ


  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • 9th grade discipline

DR. FRED AIKEN

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

CAMPUS INFORMATION

* NEW *

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.

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Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying ( HIB )

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 HIB-

"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 COORDINATOR


MS. VALERIE LEE

EXT. 8227 / VLEE@BURLCOSCHOOLS.ORG



ANTI-BULLYING SPECIALISTS


MRS. JENNIFER DAILY

EXT. 8218 / jdaily@burlcoschools.org


MRS. KELLY DIGNEY

EXT. 8221 / kdigney@burlcoschools.org


MRS. KIESHEA FITZGERALD

EXT. 8220 / kfitzgerald@burlcoschools.org


MR. JASON FRABLE

EXT. 8391 / jfrable@burlcoschools.org


MS. BETH JOHNSON

EXT. 8322 / bjohnson@burlcoschools.org


MS. MARYKATE 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 on a last name basis.


Our counselors:


Mrs. Jennifer Daily
  • A - Crom


Mrs. Kelly Digney
  • McD - Ris


Mrs. Kieshea Fitzgerald, Dept. Chairperson
  • U - Z


Mr. Jason Frable
  • Has - McC


Ms. Beth Johnson
  • Cru - Har


Ms. MaryKate O'Neill
  • Rit - T


Office Staff:

Mrs. Rodriguez-Muldrow, Secretary

  • Ext. 8622


Mrs. Williams, Secretary

  • Ext. 8222

PARENTS, STUDENTS and TEACHERS WORKING TOGETHER

GENESIS: PARENT PORTAL CONNECTION

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 authorized relatives/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
  • Student Acceptable Use of Educational Technology Equipment Policy, Terms and Conditions
  • Media Permission- Parent Consent Form
  • Emergency Information Form
  • Dress Code- Code of Conduct Contract

LIFE JUST GOT EASIER.......

We are happy to offer a time saving solution to make school related payments. By using the online service, it eliminates the worry of lost money orders or checks sent into school with your child.


My School Bucks can be used to make payments for:


  • All student obligations
  • School ID fines/replacement fee
  • Athletics / team related costs
  • Scheduled school events
  • Student activity payments (prom, field trips, senior obligations)

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Daily Expectations

Students are to adhere to the dress code policy and campus colors. Please view the links below for more information.

NEW- DRESS DOWN DAY ANNUAL PASS!!

Dress Down Day Guidelines


NEW: This year students will have the opportunity to purchase a “Dress Down Day Annual Pass”. This pass will allow the student to dress down on a designated day once per month from October - June. The passes will be on sale throughout September via MySchoolBucks for $10. All proceeds from the sales will benefit the individual classes for future events (ie: prom, senior picnic, etc).


A pass will be issued to each student who purchased a pass before the first dress down day in October. Students must present his/her pass to their teachers throughout the entire school year. Lost or missing passes can be replaced for a fee of $5.

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

On the first day at the sound of the bell (8:12 am) all new students should report directly to the Auditorium. This welcome session will explain daily life as a WesTech student. One topic to be discussed is our competitive exploratory process as explained below.


Students will cycle through four career majors of choices. At the conclusion of the exploratory process, students will be assessed and ranked among their peers. Only a select number of spaces are available for each career major, we encourage students to do their very best during this exploratory process.


2018 EXPLORATORY CYCLES


Cycle 1 - September 5th through September 21st


Cycle 2 - September 24th through October 5th


Cycle 3 - October 10th through October 23rd


Cycle 4 - October 25th through November 14th

Student life at WesTech is......

A safe and positive environment full of opportunity, fun, excitement and learning!


BCIT Student Clubs/Organizations

We offer about 20 clubs and organizations designed to enhance the overall high school experience for our students. We encourage students to be involved in at least one extra curricular activity to engage with fellow classmates while enjoying what they love to do and sharpen their skills outside of the classroom


AFTER SCHOOL ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE

BCIT offers an after school program every Thursday from 3:20-4:20 pm beginning on September 14th. This program is open to students who need additional support in

Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry.


Students must sign up at least one day in advance and a late bus (4:30 pm) is available.


To sign up, please visit http://www.bcit.cc/west and click on " After School Academic Assistance" under the "Student Life" tab

What's for LUNCH?

Students are only permitted to eat during their assigned lunch period only. Student school ID's are required for any student receiving or purchasing a school lunch.


Assigned lunch periods:


  • Block 3A- 11:16 am - 11:56 am
  • Block 3B- 11:58 am - 12:38 pm
  • Block 3C- 12:41 pm - 1:21 pm


  • PLEASE NOTE: To ensure a safe environment for our students and staff, we will not accept any food delivered by an outside vendor (fast foods, pizzas, etc). We will only accept food delivered by an approved parent/guardian in Genesis.


    Students are not permitted to order food or have food delivered to campus during school hours.

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    (Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort)

    This program rewards students for behavior that exemplifies high standards. PRIDE students are recognized in a variety of ways including exclusive rewards and activities.

    PRIDE, a nationally recognized program, aims to increase student achievement, attendance, and positive behavior, and to create a culture conducive to student success. Find out more by visiting http://www.bcit.cc/west and click the "Student Life" tab.

    2018/2019

    PICTURE DAY


    Underclassmen and Staff

    October 10th & 11th

    Order forms will be distributed during homeroom


    *Make up date- November 20th



    SENIOR PORTRAITS


    Taken on stage in the Auditorium. Appointments will be mailed home in August.


    *MAKE UP DATES- Please note- rescheduling can ONLY be done by calling LifeTouch.

    8:30 am to 2:30 pm

    WESTECH ATHLETICS

    Physicals and Online Registration Information

    All student-athletes must be registered online to be able to participate in sports as part of the process of being cleared.


    Parents/guardians will need to create an account the first time and then complete the registration process. After an account has been created, parents/guardians will be able to login using the returning user prompt.


    Please be sure to check your final online registration status prior to tryouts to ensure you are cleared!

    *For fall sports, the online registration deadline was August 1st.


    NO PHYSICAL + NO REGISTRATION = NO PARTICIPATION!

    STUDENT TESTING DATES

    BCIT Foundation

    In the past few months, BCIT Foundation has received grants from Lockheed Martin for Robotics Clubs, and from South Jersey Industries for HVAC classroom equipment. In June, the Foundation funded or facilitated scholarships totaling more than $10,000 to deserving 2018 graduates. This volunteer-driven, non-profit organization combines the power of fundraising events, business contributions, and individual donations to meet its mission. Last year, the BCIT Foundation provided more than $60,000 to the school.

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Thursday, October 18th is Designer Bag Bingo Night hosted at our Westampton Campus. BCIT Foundation runs these popular fundraising events to help meet its mission of providing education-based technology and post-secondary scholarships. We give away 16 authentic Coach, Kors and Spade bags as game prizes, plus at least 20 door prizes. Two games are dedicated to 50-50 cash pots. Seats sell quickly, so be ready to buy by the end of August.

    Our PRIDE Program needs your support!

    All BCIT parents will be mailed information about our Annual Appeal that seeks donations for the PRIDE Program. PRIDE stands for Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort, and it rewards students for the kinds of positive behaviors that lead to positive academics. Donations help pay for gift cards, branded merchandise and other giveaways. Watch your mail in mid-September.

    Mark your Memory with a Tribute Brick!!

    Mark your Memory with a Tribute Brick! BCIT Foundation offers engraved bricks that can mark a memory, honor a loved one, or commemorate a special occasion. They are placed within existing walkways near the front entrances of either Westampton or Medford campus, reflecting the legacy of BCIT. Bricks ordered this fall will be installed before graduation.

    STAY CONNECTED