BCIT MEDFORD NEWSLETTER

MAY 2016

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRINCIPAL

May is over and June is upon us. Graduation will be here in a blink of an eye as we complete the 2015-16 school year. The Medford campus is very busy with awards ceremonies, student showcases and other evening events to celebrate our study body.


The June calendar is packed with student events as you can see below.


Credit Make Up Sessions are in full swing as the two Saturday sessions are June 4th and 11th. The June 11th session will be the last opportunity to make up time for students on non-credit status.


Enjoy the beautiful weather and as always feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns regarding your son or daughter's education at BCIT.


Mike Parker


Principal

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Medford Students of the Month for April

Grade 12 - Jillian Bayruns

Grade 11 - Jordan Murray

Grade 10 - Zaire Carter

Grade 9 - Mike Kucker

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2016 Police Unity Tour

For the seventh year, several officers from the Medford Township Police Department - including Officer Chase, rode in the 2016 Police Unity Tour. The Police Unity Tour is a 300+ mile bicycle ride from the northern New Jersey to Washington, DC. The purpose of the tour is to help support the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. The Memorial raises awareness of police officers killed in the line of duty as providing financial assistance to the family members of these fallen officers.


This year, Officer Chase rode in honor of Trooper Trevor Casper, of the Washington State Patrol. Trooper Casper was shot and killed in Fond du Lac while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery and murder suspect at approximately 5:30 pm. The subject was believed to have robbed a bank is Wausaukee four hours earlier. An hour after the bank robbery the suspect abandoned the vehicle he was driving, murdered a citizen, and stole a second vehicle in Marinette County. Trooper Casper located the second vehicle as it was being driven through Fond du Lac and began following it. He was directing other officers to their location when the man pulled into a grocery store parking lot and stopped. The man exchanged shots with the responding officers and Trooper Casper was fatally shot. The subject was also shot and killed by return fire by Trooper Casper. At only 21 years old, Trooper Casper had graduated from the police academy only three months prior to the incident, and was on his first shift after being cut loose from field training. Trooper Casper is survived by his parents and two sisters.


Fundraising Totals


Medford BCIT contributed $500, the Medford Police Dept raised $15,000.

The Unity Tour total contributions totaled at $2 million!


Be sure to continue to help with the fundraising efforts by joining us, during lunches, on June 13 until June 15th - on the basketball court for "Dunk-a-Cop!"

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L-R Det. William Knecht, Officer Justin Chase, Det. Sgt. Jason Deroian and Ptl. James Albertson
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Medford Jaguar Choice Award Winners

Congratulations to all of Medford Tech Jaguar Choice Award recipients and a Huge Thank You to all the Medford Staff Members that took the time to participate. The dedication and love that you demonstrate for your students is truly appreciated by our parents, the administration and more importantly the students.


Ms. Sierra Alston nominated by Ms. Sienkiewicz

Ms. Jillian Bayruns nominated by Ms. McCardell

Mr. Steven Braverman nominated by Ms. Willey

Mr. Zaire Carter nominated by Ms. Suabedissen

Mr. Ryan Cassidy nominated by Ms. MacDonald

Ms. Kami Corda nominated by Ms. Cutler and Ms. Dragish

Ms. Micayla Coupland nominated by Mr. Bodnar

Mr. Vincent Crawford nominated by Dr. Aiken

Ms. Olivia Crespo nominated by Ms. Allen

Mr. Cameron Curci nominated by Ms. Conpra

Mr. Douglas Daniels nominated by Officer Chase

Ms. Aylanna' Edwards-Wright nominated by Ms. Murrenburke

Mr. Randy Imbrogno nominated by Mr. Pappler

Mr. Erick McCombs nominated by Mr. Pensabene

Ms. Rebecca Mozdzen nominated by Ms. Passini

Mr. Niket Parikh nominated by Ms. Humphrey

Ms. Kaela Roman nominated by Ms. Gage

Ms. Elizabeth Shabshelowitz nominated by Ms. Forline

Ms. Asada Sharif nominated by Ms. Danser

Mr. Jacob Shepperson nominated by Ms. Steich

Ms. Annmary Tullio nominated by Mr. Ward

Ms. Julianna Ulrich nominated by Ms. Dixon

Mr. Benjamin Ulrich nominated by Ms. Nebbia

Ms. Holly Van Laarhoven nominated by Ms. Fessenbecker

Mr. Isaiah Voigt nominated by Mr. Spitz

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As the 2015-16 draws to a close, seniors are completing their career major certification tests which are reflective of their efforts over the past four years. Many of the students will be earning valuable industry recognized certifications and licenses including Cosmetology, Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Vet Assistant, EPA, Personal Trainer, ASE, and AWS. Other students took the NOCTI test in their career major achieving both a certification and college credits. Congratulations to all our seniors on their accomplishments and we wish you success and happiness as you embark on a new chapter in your life. We have prepared you the best that we could, go out and make your mark on the world.


Good luck and best wishes to the Senior Class of 2016!

If you did your part, you are well trained and highly prepared to begin the next challenging chapter of your life. You possess the skill set to enter the workforce, acquire a position of responsibility in the military, or begin a successful college educational experience. Whichever route you have chosen, your teachers’ have done their part to help prepare you. I congratulate both the students and teacher for all your efforts and wish all of you success, health, and happiness as you move forward in life. As for those not graduating, have a safe and healthy summer and be ready to return focused and motivated as your graduation approaches.

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VoTag Expo

On May 26, 2016 VOTAG held its annual Induction Ceremony. VOTAG is comprised of our Vocationally Talented and Gifted Students. This year sixty students were nominated for the program, twenty-two were inducted that night. These students demonstrated tremendous dedication, self-motivation, and persistence. They are true leaders, innovators, and the very definition of talented and gifted.

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~International Thespian Awards Night~

On Monday, May 16th, the Theatre Night Awards were held at Montclair State University. The cast of "12 Angry Jurors" was nominated for Best Ensemble in a Drama, Jahmar Ortiz was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama and D'Ionna West nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Drama. We want to congratulate the entire cast on their success and nomination and give a special congratulation to D'Ionna West for winning the Foxy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama! This was a very successful year for D'Ionna.


The cast of "12 Angry Jurors" were also crowned State Champions for their Mainstage production of "12 Angry Jurors" at the NJ State Thespian Festival this year. Jahmar Ortiz was awarded as Best Actor and D'Ionna West was awarded as Best Actress at the festival. Congratulations to All!

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USITT Gives 11 Schools Free Rigging Inspection

USITT continues its Rigging Safety Initiative with another 11 free rigging inspections and safety training for schools.The Rigging Safety Initiative invites applications from schools twice a year and tries to accept at least 10 schools each round. It is open to any secondary school in the nation. The next round of applications will be accepted in the fall.


Burlington County Institute of Technology in Medford, NJ was selected as one of the 11 recipients this year!!


USITT launched the RSI five years ago and has since accepted over 120 schools into the program. The schools get a free rigging inspection and safety training performed by USITT's partner rigging companies, which charge USITT a reduced rate.


The RSI operates with sponsorship from JR Clancy, ETC, H&H Specialties and Shepard Exposition Services, as well as donations from individual supporters. The goal is to instill best stage safety practices at high school level and prevent school rigging systems from going uninspected for years for lack of funding.


USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, is a national non-profit association for the live entertainment production industry. It provides hands-on learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities for emerging and working professionals in the backstage arts. Its Annual Conference & Stage Expo is the only complete production event in North America, offering over 250 training sessions and 280 exhibitors of the latest tools and resources for creating live entertainment. Visit USITT at www.usitt.org


Congratulations Performing Arts!

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~Medford Tech rallies for softball title share~BCT Staff John A Lewis*

Some teams fear that one bad inning. The Medford Tech softball team actually game plans for it.


"There is always one inning where we get all the errors out of our system, and then we come from behind," Medford Tech coach Lee Suabedissen said. "We've been doing it all season. It's been amazing."


Once the Jaguars got a disastrous fourth out of the way Thursday, it was their show. Zoey Emmons, Shannon Dorety and Taylor Martelak all had two RBIs apiece as Medford Tech came from five runs down to beat Palmyra 7-6 and claim a share of the Burlington County Scholastic League Independence Division.


It was the first softball title of any kind for the Jaguars (11-11, 7-1), who joined BCSL in 1998. It also brought and end to Palmyra's two-year, 15-game win streak in Independence Division games.


It was the sixth time this season the Jaguars came from behind to win a game.


"They earned their right to say they're division champs by playing really well," Palmyra coach Ken Miller said. "You can't take anything away from them. But it's frustrating; we're up 5-0, and then they made it 5-4. I think that crept into our heads a little."


The Panthers earned the same right, though, with what they achieved in their first seven division games.


*Excerpt from Burlington County Times article May 26, 2016*


Congratulations to our Lady Jaguars on such a phenomenal end to the 15-16 season!!

Our Spring Sports Season has come to an end...

Recently, our softball team clinched a share of the Burlington County Scholastic League Independence Championship. They also competed in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament. We had several student-athletes named to various BCSL All-Star teams, which are listed below.


Baseball:

BCSL 1st Team All Independence Division – Jacob Powell

BCSL 1st Team All Independence Division – Aaron Stollsteimer

BCSL 2nd Team All Independence Division – Tim McHale

BCSL 2nd Team All Independence Division – Shane Milligan


Softball:

BCSL 1st Team All Independence Division - Kiele Cruse

BCSL 1st Team All Independence Division – Zoey Emmons

BCSL 1st Team All Independence Division – Tara Girgenti

BCSL 2nd Team All Independence Division – Natalie Davison

BCSL 2nd Team All Independence Division – Jenna Dobbins

BCSL 2nd Team All Independence Division – Taylor Martelack



You can access all of our sports schedules by going to the BCIT Medford Website ­ Site Shortcuts ­ Medford Campus Sports Calendar ­ select the appropriate schedules ­ click view or just follow the link http://www.burlingtoncountyscholasticleague.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=342&school_id=3


Are you interested in participating in athletics at Medford Tech? The fall season is right around the corner. The school doctor will be at school on 6/14/16 for physicals. You must have a physical that is approved by our school doctor to participate in a sport. If you need a physical please make an appointment with the school nurse. All physical paperwork can be found on the Athletic Director’s website. http://www.bcit.cc/Page/6495 Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @MedfordTechAD for news and information regarding athletics!!!!!!

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In other news...

Recently, we held various Senior Events such as prom at the Westin in Mount Laurel and our annual Senior Picnic, at Black Bear Lake. Everyone enjoyed the events and even the weather was cooperative.


On Saturday, April 16th our SkillsUSA students competed in various events in Somerset, New Jersey. The results are below. Our three Gold Medal winners will be competing in the National Competition the week of June 20th 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Congratulations and way to go!!!!!!


The place winners are as follows:

1. Gold Medal (T-Shirt Design) Katherina Rodriguez

2. Gold Medal (Digital Cinema Production) Desaree Vaughan

3. Gold Medal (Digital Cinema Production) Edward DuCoin

4. Silver Medal (Wedding Cake) Julia Bachman

5. Silver Medal (Wedding Cake) Brianna McCaffrey

6. Bronze Medal (Robotics) Jaxson Bonsall

7. Bronze Medal (Robotics) Sam Mineo

8. Bronze Medal (Computer Programming) Joshua Jurman

9. Bronze Medal (Collision Repair Technology) Jacob Emig

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We are administering the PSAT test in October 2016 and your son or daughter may be eligible to receive testing accommodations specific to their 504 plan or IEP. This process can take 8 – 12 weeks, if you are interested in applying please contact your son or daughter's guidance counselor or case manager. If approved, these accommodations will apply to the SAT test as well.


The end of the year is approaching quickly, please be aware of your son or daughter’s academic progress within their Semester 2 classes. Any failed courses due to attendance or academic failures must be remediated through Keystone or Educere prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Guidance counselors will be sending home registration paperwork after final grades close on June 20th to those students who have failed classes.

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