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 BCA Home School Bulletin



February 27 - Registration Deadline for Project Night Participation

March 6 - Registration Deadline for Parent Workshops

March 9 - (6:30p-8:30p)  Home School Project Night

March 13 - (1:00p-2:30p)  Parent Workshops -  (Location:  Fellowship Hall basement classrooms)

March 20 - Registration Deadline for How to Home School High School Workshop

March 30 - (6:30p-9:00p) - How to Home School High School Workshop

April 27 - May 1 - (8:30a-12:30p) Achievement Testing

Parent Night Out Calendar

Location: Panera Bread, Garland Grove Blvd., Hagerstown, MD

April 20 - 7:00 p.m. - Topic:  Curriculum Resources


Project Night

Save the date--Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:30pm-8:00pm

Project Night is an event that offers your student the opportunity to showcase his/her school work from the current school year. The event is an unstructured time where each family has a display table.  All in attendance may peruse the displays at their leisure.  This is a wonderful opportunity to invite extended family and friends.  It affords the home school families the chance to exchange ideas with each other.  It offers the student(s) an occasion to receive recognition for their efforts in their school work, and to be inspired by what their peers are doing. Light refreshments will be provided and a "Scavenger Fact Hunt" activity will be available for all students participating to help with interaction at the display tables :)

Reply with your commitment (to celia.torres@broadfording.com) to participate by Friday, February 27, 2015.

Parent Workshops

Friday, March 13, 1:00-2:30, the BCA Home School Program be hosting another set of workshops for your professional development.  The workshops are as follows:

Elementary/Middle School - Beyond the Book Report and Enhancing Discussion presented by Julie Malecki (BCA Home School Portfolio Reviewer)

Middle School/High School - Grading and Assessing Writing presented by Rebecca Redding (BCA English/Writing Instructor)

Read below for descriptions of each workshop.  Reply to Celia by Friday, March 6, with your intentions for attending.  Please specify which workshop you will attend in your reply.

Beyond the Book Report and Enhancing Discussion

Target Audience:  Elementary-Middle

Goal:  To provide parents with tools to aid in the analysis and application of literature that can be applied to any book.

Description:  Many of us love to use books as the foundation of teaching History or see the value in reading as the foundation of education.  We give our kids great books to read and when it's time for the portfolio we have a great reading list to show but little else.  This workshop is designed to provide tools to chronicle your students' reading journey by accessing higher order thinking skills and practical, easy to use application for every day. 

Tools:  Bloom's Taxonomy, Webb's Depth of Knowledge, The Well Trained Mind, How to Read a Book, IEW style sampled writing prompts, graphic organizers.

Grading and Assessing Writing

Target Audience:  Middle School - High School

Mrs. Redding will be returning to provide a follow-up from the writing workshop she presented in October 2014.  However, even if you were unable to attend the first workshop, you are encouraged to attend the upcoming one.  Mrs. Redding will provide overview of teaching writing as well has assist you with grading your students writing assignments.  Mrs. Redding is requesting that you email her a copy of one of your student's recent writing assignments.  She will grade it prior to the workshop and share it anonymously with the group for instruction in how to use a writing rubric to grade writing compositions.  Please email one written assignment by your student to Mrs. Redding by FEBRUARY 20.  This request for student samples is NOT mandatory for parents to attend the workshop.  It would be helpful, however, for Mrs. Redding to have samples to share.

Friday, March 13 is a half day at BCA and it's the start of BCA's Spring Break.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall (basement) classrooms for the workshops.  Light refreshments will be provided. 

Reply to Celia by March 6, 2015 with your commitment to attend.  When responding, please, indicate the workshop in which you want to participate.

​In an effort to share the BCA Home School Program resources with the public, please feel free to share this opportunity with your home school acquaintances outside of the BCA Home School umbrella program.

How To Home School High School:   Save the date--Monday, March 30, 2015, 6:30p-9:00p.  We will be hosting a MANDATORY and valuable workshop for all parents with incoming 9th grade students, or any parent of a high school student who has never attended this workshop. There are many guidelines that need your attention as you plan and prepare to teach high school within BCA's Home School program.  We are also making several changes in policy, especially as related to the requirements for the Advanced Academic Diploma.   DEADLINE TO REPLY WITH YOUR ATTENDANCE--FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015.

Homeroom Class Activities

Middle School & High School:

Holocaust Museum Field Trip:  Mrs. Groenendyk is considering a field trip to the Holocaust Museum on Saturday, March 28th. If there is a home school parent who is interested in this field trip and would be willing to gather the home school interest, please contact Celia Torres (celia.torres@broadfording.com) or Mrs. Groenedyk (dori.groenendyk@broadfording.com)  

Field Trip Opportunities

Medieval Times Dinner Theater:   The BCA MS homeroom classes have utilized this field trip in the past; however, it appears there is now a day for home school students exclusively.  It is a costly trip ($25/student), but it is an excellent program.  A flyer with more information is available from the Home School office.  If someone would like to organize a group of BCA home school students, please contact Celia Torres at celia.torres@broadfording.com

Senior "To Do" List

WELCOME, Class of 2015

***Complete the photo request and other documents provided to you over the summer from Mrs. Luhn. 

***Plan and submit transcript requests in a timely fashion as you apply to colleges.  The form is available on this website.  Allow 1 week for a transcript request and 2 weeks, if a recommendation letter is needed.

***For all Senior students who are participating in BCA's Commencement ceremony on May 27, 2015, all course work must be completed and the portfolio reviewed and approved by May 20, 2015.

BCA Home School Program Ministers to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  BCA’s Home School Program ministers to families who wish to home school their children who have autism spectrum disorders. A trained evaluator is on staff, Julie Malecki. Prior to her position in BCA's Home School Program, Julie worked in both a one-to-one home therapy setting and a school setting as a behavioral therapist and instructional tutor for children with autism. Julie is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Discreet Trial and has 10 years experience applying these principles to educational goals. She also has experience adapting and creating teaching materials tailored directly to the child’s learning styles and strengths. Please contact the Home School Department for more information.




Form Title                                                                                       Due Date

High School Course Description                                                 August  29      

Elementary/MS Curriculum Documentation                           August  29    

(BCA 1st Quarter Ends                                                                                  October 17 )

1st Quarterly Report                                                                    October 31           

1st Portfolio Review                                                            October 27 -- December 12

(BCA 2nd Quarter Ends                                                                                 December 19 )

2nd Quarterly Report                                                                 January 16             

(BCA 3rd Quarter Ends                                                                                    March 13 )

3rd Quarterly Report                                                                    March 27              

Final Portfolio Review (grades K-11)                                  April 13  – June 30

Senior Student Final Portfolio Review                                   no later than May 20

(BCA 4th Quarter Ends                                                                                     May 27 )

4th Quaterly Report and Year-End Grade Report                       June 12

Half Day Schedules

High School Half Day Schedule

Block A/E      

8:30 - 9:33

Block B/F


Block C/G


Block D/H


Middle School Half Day Schedule

Period 1


Period 2


Period 3


Period 6


Period 4


Period 5


Period 7






Period 1



Period 2



Period 3






Period 4



Period 5


Period 5A: 1:26-1:54

Period 5B: 1:54-2:22

Period 6



Period 7



High School


Block A/E


Block B/F




Block C/G


Block D/H



 Linda Higgins:  Home School Program Administrator


     Celia Torres:  Home School Progam Director 

Office Hours Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9:00-4:00, Fridays 9:00-1:00

301-797-8886, ext. 211; celia.torres@broadfording.com

Linda Adams:  Home School Portfolio Reviewer



Julie Malecki:  Home School Portfolio Reviewer & supervision for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


 Amy Speck:  Home School Portfolio Reviewer