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  • 2019-2020 Teacher, Educational Services and Teacher Assistants of the Year Honored Today (TOY)

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 1/10/2020

    Today with the assistance of several BCSSD administrators from all campuses, namely, Principals Varga, Kneringer, Cohen and Supervisors Valasek, Latesta and Mellace, Castellane and Directors Downs and O’Brien joined new Board member Lorene Moore, Dr. Lisa English, Assistant Superintendent and Dr. Nagy, Superintendent in visits to classrooms or offices throughout the morning to recognize a cadre of staff who were selected by their peers as outstanding examples of excellence in their respective roles. All honorees will be honored at a County ceremony in late Spring at the BCIT Medford campus.  This is a proud moment for the District, the students, and the award recipients.  Congratulations to all award winners. There is no greater honor than to be chosen among peers for this honor. May you continue to inspire staff and students to be and do their respective very best. Thank you for your dedication.


    BCSSSD Awardees


    Elementary

    WestamptonElementary
    Teacher of the Year:  Erica Roessler, 4th & 5th Grade 
    Educational Services Professional of the Year:  Amy Ware, Physical Therapist
    Teacher Assistant of the Year:  Gregory Fazzie


    Middle 

    Westampton Middle
    Teacher of the Year:  Bethann Guenther-Misunas, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade
    Educational Services Professional of the Year:  Thera DeSantis, Occupational Therapist
    Teacher Assistant of the Year:  Shannon Miskey


    High School

    Westampton High
    Teacher of the Year:  I. E. (Dusty) Parker, CTE, High School
    Educational Services Professional of the Year:  Angelina Palella, Guidance Counselor 
    Teacher Assistant of the Year:  Barry Fennell


    Transition

    Transition
    Teacher of the Year:  Kelly Fletcher, Post Graduate
    Educational Services Professional of the Year: Barbara Wolcott, School Nurse
    Teacher Assistant of the Year:  Nancy Lucas-McPhee


    Lumberton

    Lumberton
    Teacher of the Year:  Eric Oswald, CTE, High School
    Educational Services Professional of the Year: Michelle Siebert, Behavioral Specialist
    Teacher Assistant of the Year:  Monique Knighton


    Educational Services Unit

    ESU
    Teacher of the Year:  Molly Bedics 
    Educational Services Professional of the Year: Kelly Letcher, LDTC

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  • Department of Education Visits BCSSSD

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 1/8/2020

    On Tuesday morning, BCSSSD hosted the 8 County Special Services Superintendents in the State from the Joint Council of Special Services School Districts for a half hour orientation to our district and programs, a tour of the BCSSSD Westampton Campus followed by a membership meeting. Dr. Nagy hosted the meeting as one of the eight superintendents.  Two members from the Department of Education, Peggy McDonald Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Student Services and Kim Buxenbaum, Director of the Office of Special Education were also in attendance and whom participated in a discussion about the emergent needs in Special Education and professional certification.  The feedback from the DOE attendees and superintendents on our programming and presentations was extremely positive, noting the passionate staff and caliber of our programming. 

    NJ DOE Visit

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  • Alternative School at Lumberton is Turning Heads - WOW!

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 1/7/2020

    The new team and focus at the Alternative School at Lumberton is certainly turning heads.  Under the leadership of principal Jeremy Cohen and district administration, a comprehensive plan was put into motion this year at the campus to change the culture, climate and results. A director of culture and climate was added, the schedule was changed to include blended classes with Core and Capital students and capital staff, students were assigned a uniform and a fifth level was added to the student behavioral incentive plan that now includes a college club, student government, work study option and a new course of graphic arts with 3D printing was added to the schedule. In addition, a partnership was developed with the Burlington County Supreme Court to assist students to transition to adulthood. Staff were also trained in mindfulness, suicide prevention and youth mental health. Last among many other changes, an online certification program was developed for apprenticeships and job training such as Nepris and Precision Exams. The numbers speak for themselves:  

    1. 50% decrease in suspensions
    2. 21% increase in attendance
    3. Increase in Enrollment by 19 students within the past year
    The Alternative School at Lumberton has changed the culture of the campus, attitude and reason for why some disaffected students now want to come to school every day.  Congratulations to the administration and staff for being inspirational and motivational.
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