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     October 3, 2014

Convoy of Hope - This Weekend in HAGERSTOWN

Hagerstown Convoy of Hope – Volunteer rally, Friday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Maryland Theater.

Hagerstown Convoy of Hope – Saturday, October 4 at Hagerstown Municipal Stadium.  Volunteers are asked to arrive on site no later than 7:30 a.m. 

Volunteer assignments will be made Saturday morning.  Areas of service include groceries, lunches, kids zone, shoe distribution, site security, hospitality, prayer tent, and much more.  Students needing community service hours can earn those for serving at Hagerstown Convoy of Hope.

Cupcake Concerto

Save your pocket change and bring it to school next week!  This month’s cupcake concerto is scheduled for Thursday, October 9.  “Tie-Dyed Cupcakes” are the special cupcake this month and will cost 75 cents each, other regular cupcakes will cost 50 cents each.  The middle school choir members are providing the cupcakes this month.  Proceeds benefit the music department.

The BCA Lions Booster Club Needs YOU! 

The vision of the BCA Booster Club is to provide financial and moral support for the athletic program at BCA and to facilitate ways to reach out to the community through athletics and other ways.  YOU and YOUR FAMILY are needed to support club activities.  Please pray for the club, invite friends and participate in the activities, suggest ideas or better yet, volunteer your time!  Volunteer opportunities range from serving as a club leader, helping with activities, to donating needed items.  BCA parent, Sarah Derr, is serving as the club organizer.  Sarah shares, “My prayer is that through supporting and strengthening the athletic program, we can provide BCA with good publicity and ultimately more ways to reach out and spread the Word.” 

Please consider helping the BCA Lions Booster Club.  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah at sarahderr@myactv.net, Sarah ‘Connor’ Derr on Facebook, or text 301-331-0582.  Sarah can provide you with a description of volunteer opportunities and a list of donations needed.

BCA Booster Club - Fall Fest     

The BCA Booster Club will hold a Fall Fest on Saturday, October 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the BCA campus.  There will be pumpkin painting, photo booth, barrel train, games galore, spirit parade, face painting, scarecrow making, football fun, and so much more!  There will be lots of vendors and yard sale items.  Come support BCA!

No School – Columbus Day

BCA will be closed on Monday, October 13.  Enjoy your day off!

Did you know?  According to history.com and Smithsonian.com, Washington, D.C., or the District of Columbia, was named after both George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Come Join Us!

Students in grades 8-12 are invited to attend FCA meetings on Wednesday afternoons.  The group meets every Wednesday between 3:40-4:30 in the church auditorium for a time of snacks, fellowship, devotions, and activities.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Jerry Jones or Mrs. Denise Burkett.

FCA – Making a difference in the school, community and on the field!

PSAT Testing

All eleventh graders, and a group of international students selected by Miss Linda Sandy, will be taking the PSAT test on Wednesday, October 15 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 12:00 noon.  Mrs. Luhn will serve as the proctor.  Students should bring two sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator (no cell phones will be permitted).  Score reports will be available in 4-6 weeks. 

There will be no PLAN test administered to tenth graders this fall.  ACT no longer offers this test.

Blended Schools Network (BSN) Classes – Message for Parents of BSN Students

Mr. Doug Dobbs, BSN Coordinator for BCA, would like parents of BSN students to know that he is in the process of creating and distributing usernames to parents so they can view student assignments and work submitted on the BSN site.  Day to day grades for these classes won’t be available in RenWeb, they will need to be viewed in BSN.  

Never heard of BSN?  BCA is part of a licensed group of schools called the Hagerstown Area Virtual Christian Academy (HAVCA).  HAVCA utilizes educational online courses through the Blended Schools Network (BSN).  Our BCA students can take online courses that meet PA assessment anchors and academic standards.  The courses have been developed by certified PA educators.   BCA is currently offering the following courses through BSN:  Blackboard Technology, Career Explorations, Computer Applications, Personal Finance, SAT Test Prep, and several independent math courses.  Mr. Dobbs also utilizes BSN as a classroom aid for his AP European History and Introduction to Psychology classes.  Under the BCA diploma requirements, all high school students are required to take at least one online course sometime in high school. 

News from the Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF)

The next PTF meeting will be held on Thursday, October 16, from 3:30-5:00 in the third grade classroom.  The group will be finalizing plans for the November Harvest Party. 

There are less than two weeks left to get orders for Joe Corbi’s Pizza, Mrs. Field’s Cookies, and Wolfgang candy, candles and gift products.  So don’t delay asking family and friends if they would like to support BCA by purchasing these products.  Orders and payments are due on Wednesday, October 15.  Fundraiser profits will continue to be used for providing the school with things that are not in the regular school budget.  In the past, the PTF has used fundraising earnings to purchase air conditioners in the Petre Building classrooms, Smart Boards, document cameras, iPads, a First Aid defibrillator, outdoor basketball court, playground equipment, trophy case, building renovations, and other things that were needed. 

Senior Portraits are Due Soon

Pictures are needed for the senior section of the yearbook.  Graduating seniors should have their formal and casual senior portraits, and six childhood pictures, submitted to Mrs. Luhn by Friday, October 17.  Students are welcome to pick their own photographer.  Pictures can be emailed to Mrs. Luhn at hsguidance@broadfording.com.  Hard copies can also be submitted.  For details, please refer to the summer mailing that was sent to parents of graduating seniors in July.  If you did not receive this information, please contact Mrs. Luhn.  

Host parents of twelfth grade international students should encourage their students to participate.  Please have the student contact his/her parents if there are costs involved, or another option would be for host parents to take their international student’s pictures with their own camera.   

Grandparents’ Day

Parents!  Please help us get the word out that Friday, October 17 is our annual Grandparents’ Day program.  The music department is excited about the concert that will be shared in the church auditorium (the preschool – first graders, elementary choir, middle school choir, and the high school Choral Ambassadors will all be performing).  Grandmas and Grandpas will have the opportunity to visit their grandchildren’s classrooms.  Students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon that day.  If your children plan on leaving school with a grandparent, please make sure their teachers are aware.

We want our students to look their best for the program, so Friday, October 17 WILL NOT be a casual dress day.  Please have your children come to school in standard dress code or better.  Thank you!

End of the First Marking Period

October 17 marks the end of the first marking period.  Please encourage your children to finish strong!

BCA Choral Ambassadors to Minister at Westview Baptist Church

The high school choir will minister through music to the folks at Westview Baptist Church in Martinsburg, WV on Sunday, October 19, in the first of their church ministry appearances.  The morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.  Choir members must arrive at 9 a.m. for rehearsal and sound check.  The address is 301 Louisiana Avenue, Martinsburg, WV.

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

“Whatever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Colossians 3:17

The ninth annual NHS induction ceremony will take place Monday, October 20 at 7 p.m. in the church auditorium.  Graduating seniors Rayna Wallace and Billy Lohr will have parts in the ceremony – Rayna will be playing the piano and Billy will be speaking.  Inductees will be honored at this special candlelight ceremony.  Students are selected into the honor society based upon their scholarship, leadership, service and character.  NHS is one of the highest awards a student can receive in high school.

Existing NHS members and inductees should meet in the church auditorium on Friday, October 17 at 12:15 p.m. to practice for the induction ceremony.  Please make this practice a priority.

Parent-Teacher Conferences:  Don’t Forget to Sign Up!

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, October 24 from 12:30-6:00 p.m.  Preschool and elementary teachers will have sign-up sheets outside of their classrooms.  Parents should stop by their children's classroom and sign-up.  Parents of middle and high school students should call or stop by the school office and make their appointment with Mrs. Haldeman.

Community Service Board – Middle & High School Students

Mrs. Luhn would love to feature any middle or high school student who has done a community service project on the community service board in the Petre Building.  Please provide her with a picture and a summary of the project, and she will see that the information gets on the board.  We’re all encouraged by the worthwhile and meaningful things that others do, so let us feature your project on the board! 

Broadfording Bible Brethren Church – Trunk or Treat

Hey kids and parents!  Come out to Broadfording Bible Brethren Church on the evening of Thursday, October 30 for the annual Trunk or Treat.  Fill your bags with sweet treats and enjoy the good fellowship!

PTF Harvest Party:  Preschool - Fifth Grade

Mark your calendars for the PTF Harvest Party.  It will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  This event is for preschool through fifth grade.  There will be carnival type games with prizes and refreshments.  We are looking for teens and adults to help with the games.  This party is always a big hit with the children, so plan on attending.

High School Guidance Announcements

  • Grade Point Averages – It’s important that parents and students know that an accurate GPA cannot be found in RenWeb.  This is not because RenWeb is a faulty program, but because all of the information necessary to calculate a cumulative GPA is not stored in RenWeb.  For instance, grades from other schools are not in RenWeb, home school courses like the Physical Education credit is not in RenWeb, or a student may only earn a half credit in a course that is set up as a full credit course in RenWeb.  Always contact Mrs. Luhn in the guidance office if you need a current GPA. 

  • Exam Courses vs. Standard Courses – High school courses at BCA are either set up as exam courses or standard courses.  An exam course will include a semester exam that gets weighted in the final grade (the final grade is based upon two marking period grades, each worth 40% of the final grade, and one semester exam grade, worth 20%).  A standard course does not have a semester exam (the final grade is based upon two marking period grades, each worth 50% of the final grade).  Most of the academic courses (e.g. math, science, history, Bible, social science, AP and honors courses) are exam courses.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Luhn if you want to know whether or not a certain course is an exam course.

  • The New University Block System – BCA used to be on an eight block course schedule that ran all year with four marking periods; however, this year, we have gone to a new university system or semester system.  Most academic classes will be completed in one semester, which includes two marking periods.  A longer class time allows this to happen.  Exceptions to this new system are a few classes that still run all year long:  AP courses, honors Anatomy & Physiology, Choral Ambassadors, Yearbook, and Art.  If you were wondering why your high school student may not have English or math right now, it’s probably because he/she is scheduled to take those classes next semester.  The typical seven or eight classes that students take are now spread out over two semesters.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Luhn if you want to know your son’s or daughter’s second semester schedule. 

  • Lancaster Bible College – Charger Day at LBC is on Friday, October 10, 2014.  Students are invited to explore the college, tour the campus, attend chapel and interact with students, faculty, and staff.  To register, please visit www.lbc.edu/chargerdays.

  • 2015 Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program – Each year 105 student pages and 36 alternates are selected by the state’s local school systems to participate in the program.  All high school seniors who are residents within the State of MD, age 16 or over, are eligible to apply.  Selected pages work for two nonconsecutive weeks during the legislative session (January – April) at the State House in Annapolis and are assigned either the Senate or the House of Delegates.  All interested students must complete an application and forward it to the County Page Coordinator and his or her committee.  All students selected will be notified prior to November 15, 2014.  Please see Mrs. Luhn for an application. 

  • Washington County College Fair 2014 – Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the Hagerstown Community College ARCC Building.  Students can speak with over 100 college representatives!

  • PSAT at BCA – All eleventh grade students, and some international students recommended by Miss Sandy (ESL Teacher), will take the PSAT.  Please be at school on time; the test will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and should be finished by 12:00 noon.  Students should bring two sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator with good batteries.

  • College & Career Fair – The Community Learning Center, located in Greencastle, PA, will be hosting this fair on January 23, 2015.  Mark your calendar now!

  • Juniors!  Register for the SAT and/or ACT – It’s not too early to register for your spring exams.  Visit www.collegeboard.com (SAT) and www.actstudent.org (ACT). 

  • Seniors!  It’s time to work on those college applications – Please provide one week for a high school transcript request and two weeks for a letter of recommendation.  Make an appointment with Mrs. Luhn if you need assistance with the college application process.

  • The National Association for College Admission Counseling – Visit www.nacacnet.org for helpful information about choices related to college and postsecondary education.

  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Information – Visit these great websites for helpful information:  www.finaid.org, www.meritaid.com, and www.zinch.com. 

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – Just a reminder that the first step in the financial aid process is completion of the FAFSA.  Keep in mind, however, the FAFSA cannot be completed until January 2015.  Parents should read up on the FAFSA and be prepared to complete this important application as soon after January 1st as possible.  Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov for more information.