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 BCA Home School Bulletin



October 26-Dec. 11 - First Portfolio Reviews (New Families and Seniors to be completed before 11/24)

Nov. 24th - Deadline for submission of photos for the Home School page in the Yearbook

 BCA's Yearbook

Home school student's individual photos are placed within the appropriate homeroom class.  However, a separate page in the yearbook will be devoted to the home school program.  Please send Celia Torres photos of your student involved in home learning or field trip experiences which you would like to have included on the home school yearbook page no later than November 24, prior to Thanksgiving Break.  When sending the photo include the student's name, grade, and a sentence explaining where the photo was taken or what was being learned.

Parent Night Out

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

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 25-28, 2016 at BCA

BCA administers the Terra Nova Achievement Test in April of each school year for grades 1-11.  This provision of achievement testing is both an opportunity and an obligation to you as an enrolled family in BCA's Home School Program.  Per the home school policy and guidelines document, you understand that your student's participation is mandatory beginning in 3rd grade and each odd year following.   

This school year the Terra Nova will be offered April 25 - 28, 2016 at BCA. Elementary students will test Monday through Thursday, and MS/HS students will test Monday through Wednesday of that week.  Home school students will test with their respective homeroom class on campus.  Any home school student with a diagnosed learning disability which involves reading difficulties will be provided a test reader upon request of the parent.  

Families who reside in WV must use the achievement testing option since our home school program does not have WV state certified teachers to conduct portfolio reviews.

Registration for testing closed on November 13th.  Please highlight the dates for achievement testing on your calendar.  Please refrain from scheduling other appointments during the testing week as you plan for 2016.  Once you have committed your student for participation, cancellation is not permitted unless you encounter extenuating circumstances.

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 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.

BCA Homecoming:  All 9th - 12th grade students are invited to participate in the events, November 20 and 21.  The dinner will be held Friday evening, 11/20, in Scotland, PA on the campus where the international students from South Korea live.  Please see the dress code guidelines attached to this email.Tickets are available in the main office for $18.00 per person.  Each ticket will enter you in the door prize drawing.  Basketball games, presentation of the homecoming court and crowning of the king and queen will occur on Saturday evening, 11/21.


Field Trip Opportunities

Homeroom teacher contacts are as follows:

6th grade - sarah.gillaspie@broadfording.com

7th grade - jacquelyn.mariott@broadfording.com

8th grade - carol.niklewski@broadfording.com; molly.cox@broadfording.com

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

Cap and Gown Order forms due to Mrs. Halderman by Nov. 16th (Mrs. Halderman will mailing the form to your home address).

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 - UPDATED!!

High School Half Day Schedule

Block  B/F  

8:30 - 9:25

Block A/E


Block C/G


Block D/H


Middle School Half Day Schedule

Period 3


Period 1


Period 2


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