Superintendent's Blog

  • Dr. Nagy Recognizes Staff and Graduates in a Year Never to be Forgotten

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 6/20/2020

    Thank you to all our staff, parents and students for a very productive year in the midst of a pandemic and virtual learning environment and through it all, we learned that as a team we can accomplish great things and we have.  We accomplished many milestones this year evident on our Points of Pride found on our websites.

    BCIT Points of Pride

    BCSSSD Points of Pride

    Recently, we also launched our campus promotional videos that were done and prepared by Michele Hill and Christine Jenter. They are works of art and can be found on our websites,or you may visit the following links for the Senior Celebrations Pages. Both also assisted in the preparations and postings of the virtual commencements which can now be found on our websites as well as academic ceremonies for BCIT.  Ceremonies such as these are not possible without the planning and efforts of many people under the leadership of the building administrators. We are grateful for their dedication to our students and school districts. 

    Though not in person, these very creative, thoughtful and heart-warming virtual ceremonies from Pre-Kindergarten to High School to Adult Education provide a memorable and permanent record of major milestones reached. Congratulations to our graduates!  

    BCIT Westampton Senior Celebrations 

    BCIT Medford Senior Celebrations

    BCSSSD Graduation Page

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  • Board of Education Meeting Highlights - Message from Dr. Nagy to Staff and Graduates

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 6/19/2020

    Dr. Nagy began his remarks by saying the following: On behalf of the Board and Administration, I would like to thank all of our staff, parents and students for a very productive year in the midst of a pandemic and virtual learning environment and through it all, we learned that as a team we can accomplish great things and we have.  In an end of year message to staff today, I asked them to visit our website to see the great points of pride of the many accomplishments for the school year. I also shared the promotional videos that were done and prepared by Michele Hill and Christine Jenter. They are works of art and can be found on our websites. They also have asssisted in the preparation and posting of  the virtual commencements which can now be found on our websites as well as academic ceremonies for BCIT.  Ceremonies such as these are not possible without the planning and efforts of many people under the leadership of the building administrators. We are grateful for their dedication to our students and school districts. 

    Our special services commencements ended yesterday with the HS/Transition campuses. This afternoon we will have the release of the BCIT Medford and West commencements respectfully and at the end of the month, the BCIT Adult Education commencement. Though not in person, these very creative, thoughtful and heart-warming virtual ceremonies from Pre-Kindergarten to High School to Adult Education provide a memorable and permanent record of major milestones reached. Congratulations to our graduates.  For those who are interested, the links for the ceremonies will be on our District websites as well as some of the end of the year awards ceremonies, or you may visit the following links for the Senior Celebrations Pages. 

    BCIT Westampton

    BCIT Medford

    BCSSSD

    I also want to thank all of those who have given an inordinate amount of time to serve on the School Re-Opening Task Force and subcommittees. The progress made is incredible and the depth and breadth of strategic thinking, planning and solution development is none other than a piece of artwork with a network of potential options to address three major areas:  the opening of School, the opening of school and closure due to a Covid-19 Case or if at last minute, we need to remain in a virtual environment which we hope not, but must be prepared. Updates will be provided over the next few weeks based on progress made by the various committees.

    The Board approved a job description for the assistant to the business administrator which will replace a current position that is being abolished given a recent retirement. The position will be filled by Meghan Page who is the current ESU Business Manager and who will report directly to Mr. Willmott, business administrator.

    The Board also  approved our District and School HIB grades for the year. I am pleased that we have collectively passed for both districts, but that there is always room for growth and improvement.

    The Board also approved the annual submission of our Statement of Assurance for our Lead testing which is a requirement.

    As a point of information, the Districts will continue to provide meals under Covid-19 to our families during the summer until that time where we receive direction for the NJDOE.

    Traditionally each year based on enrollment and need, the Board approved a number of appointments on an as needed basis for our Extended School Year and for our Educational Services Unit to support our virtual ESY and evaluations. ESY will be run virtually this summer to protect the wellbeing of our students and staff until that time when detailed plans for the re-opening are in place for September.

    The Board acknowledged and approved the retirements or resignations and those positions will be filled during the summer. In addition for reasons of economy and restructuring, the Board approved the abolishment of the ESU account analyst position.

     

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  • Message of Tolerance, Equity and Celebration of Diversity – Not Violence

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 5/31/2020

    I was struck by the recent senseless death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. In a time when all are struggling to migrate the Covid-19 pandemic and families are experiencing profound grief and emotions related to the impact of school closures, sickness, loss of jobs or economic impact, our communities are faced with another news story and vivid footage of Mr. Floyd’s death.  Both families and students themselves have seen the images of local protests, and in many cases, they turned violent and left destruction in its wake. 

    As superintendent, I could not but think about the programs and recent focus on equity and diversity in our districts under the direction of the newly created Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Diversity position during this past summer.  Our Districts have embraced and embarked upon a conversation that promotes the practice of tolerance, efforts to seek equity for all, and last, to celebrate diversity and cultures to enrich the lives of all. In our districts, I am proud of the work that we are doing to promote the value of each and every one of our students and staff and believe that our differences make us stronger and more resilient. I am proud that we have dedicated a goal for the Board and for the District to celebrate our ongoing work to provide professional development for staff and promote across academic and CTE programs a conversation of solidarity to fight against all acts of violence, racism, disrespect and inequitable treatment of all while celebrating diversity. During this next school year, we look forward to hearing about our equity champions among students and staff and the work of Dr. Holley and her committees to truly celebrate equity and diversity.

    I encourage our families and students to visit our District website dedicated to equity, diversity and teaching tolerance. Please see the informative resources to promote constructive conversations be it at home or the workplace.

    As a school community we are resilient, respectful and want the very best for our students and families and school community.  Together we stand together to promote equity, diversity, tolerance and peace over violence. Be well, and take care of each other. We, in the district, are committed to do the same.

    Hands of Tolerance

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