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 BCA Home School Bulletin



October 14th - PSAT for 11th Graders

October 19th - Parent Night Out - Panera in Hagerstown - 7:00 p.m.

PSAT - 11th Graders

One of the benefits of being under BCA's home school umbrella program is the opportunity to participate in PSAT testing.  This is offered only to BCA enrolled full-time day students and enrolled home school students in 11th grade.  The date across the state of MD is Wednesday, October 14, 2015.  Only students who are enrolled in 11th grade this school year will be welcomed to participate.  The 11th grade class size is such that no additional students will be offered this opportunity.  Please reply to me by Wednesday, September 23, 2015, with your student's name, if you would like him/her to participate.

You may follow the link to learn more about the PSAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10   BCA offers the PSAT/NMSQT only. 

Most of our eleventh graders will be testing on Wednesday morning, October 14, from 8:30 - 12:00 noon.  Celia Torres and I will be serving as the proctors.  We will divide the large group of students in half; Celia will be in *P12, and I will be in *P9.  Testing will start promptly at the start of block A.  Students will need two #2 sharpened pencils, a scientific calculator, and their Social Security number.

Parent Night Out

(Unless otherwise noted, PNO events will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Panera (Garland Grove Blvd., Hagerstown)

October 19, 2015 - "Finding peace in the space between the ideal and reality" Mary Jo Tate: The teacher/mom role, vision, and growing and pouring into yourself

November 16, 2015 - Planning your days: Balancing the home and school work, staying on track, keeping momentum

February 22, 2016 - Teaching from Rest : Keeping and refining your vision to gain peace about where your headed.  Also, what this phrase means and strategize ways to have restful momentum instead of a frantic frenzied pace.

March 9, 2016 - BCA Home School PROJECT NIGHT - Location:  BCA

March 21, 2016 - Teacher Development: Discussion of educational philosophies, identify our strengths and weaknesses, and strategize on how to fill in the holes and provide our students with a well rounded education.

April 18, 2016 - Home School Curriculum Ideas

June - Mom's Senior Tea - Date TBD

Research Writing Paper Class

BCA's home school program requires one formal research paper as part of the high school English writing requirements each school year for those providing an English credit at home.  The guidelines and policy document provide specific instructions on the necessary parameters to be followed for the research paper.  Since we require this type of writing assignment, we want to provide you with a resource for instruction and guidance.  Mrs. Rebecca Redding, BCA Home School alumni and teacher of HS English and other writing courses at BCA, provides a 6 week mini-course for your students.  See the information below and reply to Mrs. Redding with your interest.

Wednesdays, 2:30p-3:30p

2016--February 24, March 2, 9, (no class 3/16), 3/23, 3/30, 4/6

Cost: $75/student; $60/additional students from same family

Contact:  rjredding620@gmail.com

Home School Project Night at BCA

Save the Date ~ March 9, 2016

Achievement Testing Dates

April 25-29, 2016 at BCA

Please keep these dates free of appointments so that your child(ren) can participate in all of the required days of testing.  Registration information will be sent by email in the Fall from Celia.

Homeroom Class Activities

MS/HS Homeroom Meetings:  This school year the students will be meeting for "Homeroom" during the first segment of Block A class on a pre-determined FRIDAY.  The Home School office does not yet have the details on this, but the first Homeroom meeting will be Friday, September 11.  The Homeroom meeting will offer opportunity to discuss class activities and plan for BCA events.  It is a method for a home school student to join their full-time day classmates.  If a home school student would like to take part in the Homeroom meeting they are welcome to attend.  If your student comes to campus for a Block A class period, they should attend the homeroom meeting and then go to the regularly scheduled class.  More information to follow.

Kindergarten:  Harvest Party, October 29, 11:00 am-12:00 pm; each student is asked to bring a bag of candy to share with the class.  Thanksgiving Party, November 24, 11:00 am-12:00 pm; each student is asked to bring a bag of candy to share with the class.

Field Trip Opportunities

2nd & 3rd Grades:  Reynold's Farm Field Trip, October 22.  Please see the attached document for details. The document includes 2 pages; one with general details and the other is the permission slip.  Respond to either Mrs. Cook-2nd grade (pam.cook@broadfording.com) or Mrs. Ott-3rd grade (clott@broadfording.com) with your student's interest.

4th Grade:  October 16 - Bedford Village - POSTPONED

5th Grade:  Crystal Grottoes Cavern, October 20.  Please see the attached permission slip for details.  Contact Mrs. Layton (dina.layton@broadfording.com) with your student's interest.

MS Field Trip:  A movie at Leitersburg Movie Cinema, followed by a visit to Renfrew Museum, October 23.  Details will be available soon.

HS Field Trip:  National Zoo in Washington D.C., October 23, 8:45 - 4:30, cost TBA.  Bus transportation is being arranged.  Lunch may be packed or purchased at the zoo.  Only 9th-12th grade home school students are eligible to participate; parent chaperons are needed for this trip. Permission slips were emailed to Home School families from Celia Torres on October 7th. 

Permission slips are due to the homeroom teacher by Friday, October 16. Since space on the bus is limited, if there is a large number of home school students responding to participate, Mrs. Torres will be the designated chaperon for home school students. 

Homeroom teacher contacts for high school are as follows:

9th grade - jerry.jones@broadfording.com

10th grade - aaron.rohrer@broadfording.com

11th grade - vicki.oliver@broadfording.com

12th grade - maribeth.thornsbury@broadfording.com

Senior "To Do" List

WELCOME, Class of 2016

May 20, 2016 - All Senior Course work must be completed by this date.

May 22, 2016 - Baccalaureate

May 24, 2016 - Graduation Practice

May 25, 2016 - Graduation

***Complete the photo request and other documents provided to you over the summer from Mrs. Luhn. - Due October 16, 2015

***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.

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 28, 2015

Elementary/MS Curriculum Documentation

August 28, 2015

BCA 1st Quarter Ends October 20, 2015

1st Quarterly Report Due

November 3, 2015

1st Portfolio Review

October 26-December 11, 2015

BCA 2nd Quarter Ends December 22, 2015

2nd Quarterly Report Due

January 15, 2016

BCA 3rd Quarter Ends  March 11,2016

3rd Quarterly Report Due

March 25, 2016

BCA 4th Quarter Ends May 25, 2016

Final Portfolio Reviews (Grades K-11)

April 11 – June 30, 2016

Senior Student Final Portfolio Review

no later than May 20, 2016

4th Quarterly Report and Year-End Grade Report

June 10, 2016

Half Day Schedules

High School Half Day Schedule

Block A/E      

8:30 - 9:25

Block B/F


Block C/G


Block D/H


Middle School Half Day Schedule

Period 1


Period 2


Period 3


Period 4


Period 5


Period 6


Period 7





Period 1


Period 2


Period 3




Period 4


Period 5


Period 6


Period 7


High School


Block A/E

10:30-11:41 (71 min)

Block B/F

11:46-12:53 (67 min)


12:53-1:23 (30 min)

Block C/G

1:28-2:35 (67 min)

Block D/H

2:40-3:20 (40 min)


     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

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


 Amy Speck:  Home School Portfolio Reviewer