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December
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Become FBLA Regional Winners

On December 14, Neshaminy High School's FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club competed in the Region 12 FBLA Competition at Delaware Valley University. Neshaminy High School's FBLA Club is proud to announce the names of 40 students who won or placed in various business and computer application events. This competition was attended by numerous Bucks County high schools.  This year Neshaminy High School has 72 students participating as FBLA club members.

A majority of the Regional winners, 36 students, are now eligible to attend the FBLA State Competition at the Hershey Lodge, in Hershey, Pennsylvania in April.  The Business, Computer & Information Technology Department wishes them success as they compete at the next level.  State winners will have the opportunity to compete at the national level, this summer in Anaheim, CA.  FBLA is a nationally recognized organization that promotes business and technology leadership in high schools across the United States.

 
For a list of winners click here

 

1800 BCIT Students Participate in Hour of Code 
 
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Over 1,800 Neshaminy students in Business, Computer and Information Technology classes from grades 5 – 12 participated in the Hour of Code event last week, December 5th -11th.  This was an international effort designed to reach millions of students all across the globe for the purpose of demystifying computer science and showing that anybody can learn the basics. Code.org, a non-profit, organizes the annual event to expand student participation in computer science and believes computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.

BCIT participation at the middle school level reached 1007 students and high school activities included 805 students.   WIN periods in the middle schools were opened all week to reach additional students so that they could participate in the global event.  These are some of the methods BCIT teachers used to add Hour of Code curriculum to classroom instruction.  Students viewed short videos showcasing the international event with celebrity endorsements and the importance of computer science.   Students experimented with code using game applications.  Students also learned to create code for obstacle courses and applied sequencing with mathematical patterns through Java programming languages.  Students were introduced to Alice (an animation language) through the Hour of Code site where they created a comedy skit involving at least two characters with dialogue.  Sequencing and conditional logic skills were applied to solve coding puzzles.  Activities were geared to appropriate grade levels and Hour of Code provided familiar venues for instruction; Hot Wheels, Dragon Dash, Flappy Bird, Moana, Star Wars and Minecraft to some of the activities.  Instruction may have involved block programming or a code editor to write and define commands, functions and variables.  Eighth grade students also applied their knowledge of coding and HTML programming by creating multi-page websites through a Google sites project.  To view the students’ work access Poquessing, then Mrs. Moraes’s homepage. A high school activity taught students how to compress data, specifically song lyrics. The Hour of Code activity had a goal to compress at least 30% of a song’s lyrics.  Every student met the goal and the top four were able to compress 43% of the lyrics.  They were Emily Alexis, Maria Calderon, Paige Sfida and Hailey O’Neil, indicating girls can also manipulate code and do it very well.   

The BCIT Department is proud to say over 1800 Neshaminy students contributed to this global educational initiative where students experience the relevance of computer science through basic instruction.  

 
November 
 48 Students Earning College Credits 
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Neshaminy High School partners with Gwynedd Mercy University to offer college credit for specified courses.  These courses are offered through the Business, Computer and Information Technology Department at the high school where students may choose to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program.  This year, 48 students are participating in the program and will receive three undergraduate credits from Gwynedd Mercy University in June for each specified course. Students may enroll in more than one BCIT Dual Enrollment course and graduate high school with a maximum of fifteen college credits.  Since some students do have multiple BCIT classes, the total Dual Enrollment processed this year is 57 courses among 48 students. These credits are transferable to other colleges and universities. 

The high school courses offered for dual enrollment are Accounting III Honors, Accounting II, Information Technology II,  Microeconomics  Honors, and Macroeconomics Honors. The cost is $400 per course which is forwarded to Gwynedd Mercy University.  A student seeking this opportunity should understand that the grade awarded for the Neshaminy course will be reported on the high school report card and the same grade will be reported to Gwynedd Mercy University and appear on an official college transcript to be provided to the student.  Dual Enrollment is an educational program that can be very advantageous for students when planning for undergraduate study. The BCIT Department is proud of the student success and appreciative of the educational partnership the district has with Gwynedd Mercy University.

 
October

Accounting Career Day  at Temple University

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On October 25th, forty-three students from Neshaminy High School’s BCIT Department traveled to Temple University to benefit from the PICPA (Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants) Accounting Career Day.  This was a free program offered to students for the purpose of learning more about diverse career opportunities in the accounting profession, to discover the advantages of the CPA designation, as well as gain exposure to a college environment.  Students received valuable information from senior Temple accounting students and interacted with professionals working in the field who shared life experiences and current career opportunities.  The BCIT Department at Neshaminy High School offers three levels of accounting instruction to high school students. 
 
July
FBLA  - 10th Place National Winner
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 In June Neshaminy freshman, David Fiel, competed nationally to win a tenth place finish in the Future Business Leaders of America Networking Concepts competition.  David traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the FBLA National Conference and Competition which was held from June 27 through July 2.  This is a national distinction that recognizes his achievement among 47 states, Brazil, Cayman Islands, China, DoDDS Europe, Haiti, Korea, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. 

David was eligible to compete at the national level after winning a third place award at the FBLA Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference in the spring.  State winners then compete for honors at the National FBLA Leadership Conference each summer. 

Future Business Leaders of America is the largest business career student organization in the world.  The high school division has 215,000 members.  Neshaminy High School’s FBLA Chapter averages 80 student members each year.

 We are very proud of David’s national award and his dedication to prepare for the national competition.  Congratulations David!

 
Six BCIT Students Attend PFEW this Summer! 
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This summer, six Business, Computer and Information Technology students attended the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) Program.  PFEW is a unique and challenging educational experience designed for high school sophomores and juniors to learn about career opportunities while taking an active role in operating a simulated business.  PFEW is open to students from all across Pennsylvania and offers a college campus experience for one week at Lycoming College and Penn College.

The student operated businesses are judged in the areas of management, return on new assets, a marketing and advertising campaign and a stockholders’ presentation.  Also, many keynote speakers creatively address the role of business in our economy and share messages to inspire the participants.

Each student received a scholarship valued at $1,500 through the PFEW organization.  The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce takes a very active role in supporting PFEW. Congratulations to those Neshaminy students who attended this exceptional program over the summer.  Those students are Valerie Kelmansky, Nicholas Lapergola, Tanya Leshkiv, Quan Nguyen, Nick Silenok and Anna Skrot.

 
 
 
June
BCIT Students Pass
Microsoft Certification in Excel
All BCIT students who took the Microsoft Certification Test in Excel passed during their first attempt.  Congratulations to these students for they are now designated as Microsoft Office Specialists in Excel.  The students prepared for the exam by taking the Information Technology 2 course at Neshaminy High School.  Additionally, the BCIT Department at Neshaminy High School is an official Microsoft Certification Testing site. A Microsoft Certification is an industry standard recognized worldwide and can help open doors to potential job opportunities.  The BCIT Department is very proud of the students success and recognizes this as a validation of curriculum that works to prepare students for competitive job markets and collegiate study.
 
BCIT Academic Senior Certificate Awards
 
On Thursday evening, June 2, the Senior BCIT Certificate Awards were presented during the high school senior awards ceremony.  The BCIT Department was proud to recognize those students who earned one or more certificates in the following areas:  Accounting, Computer Applications, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Investment, Law, Management or Marketing.  A total of twenty five BCIT certificates were distributed to 16 students.  The goal of the BCIT Academic Certificate Program is to offer a prescribed series of courses that enable students to focus their studies in specific business areas.  The awards are a representation of student interest to prepare for collegiate studies, as well as an interest to develop technology skills for competitive job markets.  The BCIT Department congratulates the award recipients and wishes the students a wonderful graduation with continued success in their future endeavors. 
 
 

BCIT Junior accepted to Global Entrepreneurship Program 

Neshaminy High School junior, Alex Schettino, will be attending the prestigious Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship (PSGE) this summer at Lehigh University. This is a distinguished honor for Alex as the PSGE has a competitive application process with over 400 applicants worldwide. The PSGE month long summer program for 2016 has accepted 51 American students representing eight states and 25 international students from fourteen countries. The selection committee evaluates each application individually, and looks for evidence of academic ability, leadership, entrepreneurship, and community service.

The purpose of the PSGE program is to expose students to the topics of entrepreneurship, globalization, team building, project management, leadership and working within a culturally diverse environment and to ignite the students’ spirit of creativity, innovation and learning. The applied curriculum in the Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship includes core and elective courses, entrepreneurial exchanges and excursions, international cultural presentations, field trips to New York City and Harrisburg, plus team projects with partner companies from the Lehigh Valley area.

Alex became aware of the Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship at this year’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Regional Conference. Alex has taken multiple Business, Computer and Information Technology (BCIT) courses at the high school, has competed twice at the state level in FBLA competitions and participated last summer in PFEW (Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week). Alex was also a member of this year’s BCIT LifeSmarts Team that placed second among high schools in the state of Pennsylvania. The BCIT Department congratulates Alex Schettino on his selection to the prestigious Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship and applauds his interest to pursue educational opportunities beyond the classroom.

 
 
 
May 
BCIT Students of the Months Job Shadow
Accounting Firm 
 
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Mr. Barbagallo of Barbagallo & Associates in Yardley, hosted four BCIT students to job shadow activity in his accounting firm.  Mr. Barbagallo planned a full agenda of events for the day.  Forensic accounting was the main topic discussed.  Mr. Barbagallo elaborated on the importance of forensic accounting and how it works.  His associates discussed investigation methods, computer and cell phone forensics, along with regulations for collecting evidence for litigation.  Students conversed with attorneys, CPA's and an FBI Special Agent.  Our students also received much information about forensic accounting career opportunities and internships.  The BCIT Department thanks Mr. Barbagallo for this very valuable learning student experience. 
 
 
 
 Senior John Angeline WINS

$3,000 TruMark Financial Literacy Scholarship

 
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Neshaminy senior John Angeline won a $3,000 scholarship sponsored through TruMark Financial Credit Union by placing second in the TruMark Financial Jeopardy Contest on May 4th at Williamson’s Restaurant in Horsham. John represented Neshaminy to compete against nine other seniors from area high schools. This was a jeopardy format event which tested the students’ financial knowledge. It was a highly competitive contest with the final jeopardy question deciding the winner who represented Roman Catholic High School.

John is a Business, Computer and Information Technology student at Neshaminy High School who has taken several business courses as electives.   We congratulate John on his scholarship and wish him continued success as he attends Bucks County Community College in the fall with plans to further his undergraduate studies at The University of Pittsburgh.  John has an interest to pursue a career path involving cyber security and information systems.
 
 
April
Congratulations to our FBLA
2016 State Competitors!
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 The Business, Computer and Information Technology Department is proud to recognize the Neshaminy winners of the state FBLA competitions held in Hershey, Pennsylvania on April 11th through          April 13th.  Over 4,500 FBLA students from across the state of Pennsylvania went to this conference to compete in various business and technology related events. 

 Twenty-one regional winners from Neshaminy High School’s FBLA Club attended the state competition in Hershey.  Neshaminy had the following students recognized for placing within the top ten of their events.  Congratulations to these students for their efforts and their enthusiasm in leadership development and American enterprise. 

 

1st  Place award          Peter Strippoli -  Intro to Financial Math (eligible to compete at Nationals)

 3rd  Place award           David Fiel – Network Concepts (eligible to compete at Nationals)

 5th  Place award           Ian Campbell – Business Calculations (eligible to compete at Nationals)

 10th Place award          Eva Fisher, Shelby Prizer & Emma Stewart – Business Plan

 

Congratulations to Neshaminy FBLA competitors who also placed in open competitive events.

5th place award           David Fiel—Computer Operating Systems

6th place award           David Fiel – The Internet  

 

The National FBLA Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA June 27 through July 2 this summer.   The BCIT Department is proud of the club’s success and the students’ preparation in business topics supported by BCIT course curriculum. 

 
  
 Blast Off with BCIT! 
BCIT activities in STEM Expo
 
On April 7th, hundreds of people attended the second annual STEAM Expo for Neshaminy School District.  BCIT teachers and middle school computer science club students were there offering many activities for K - 6 students and their families. 
  • A display showing the history of software and computer hardware devices offered new perspectives to students.
  • Children were able to bring their coloring art work to life through an ipad experience using the Quiver App.
  • Members of the Poquessing Computer Science Club made a rocket photo booth from computer hardware.  Students created a movie from the ipad images taken during the expo.
  • Children played maze games on laptops.  The mazes were coded by 7th grade BCIT students using Scratch coding.
  • Competitions tested students on their knowledge of where specific keys are located on a keyboard. 
  • Guests also learned about encryption techniques and tried to unlock coded messages.
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Take a look at the Poquessing Computer Science Club's Rocket displayed at the STEM Expo, select the link below.
February
BCIT Students Place 3rd in
Gwynedd Mercy University 
Business Case Study Competition 
 
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Congratulations to BCIT students John Angeline, Monica Lessen , Jack Spingler and Jules Zamorano for placing third in the Gwynedd Mercy University Dual Enrollment High School Case Study Competition.

The students analyzed a case study which detailed the business acquisition of a building supply company.  Each high school team delivered a presentation that elaborated on the managerial, marketing and financial problems stemming from the new ownership.  Teams also delivered a plan that would solve the problems previously identified.  Each team was evaluated by a panel of six professionals and judged on quality of presentation, identification of key problems and turnaround plan.  

The competition was open to all high schools who partner with Gwynedd Mercy to offer a Dual Enrollment program.  At Neshaminy, BCIT students enrolled in the program earn college credits from Gwynedd Mercy University.  These credits are also transferable to other colleges and universities.  For more information about the Dual Enrollment program click here.
 
 
 
 
BCIT LifeSmarts Team
Places Second in State 
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The Neshaminy High School LifeSmarts Team placed second in the state of Pennsylvania for the National Consumers League Competition held in February. There were 318 teams who participated in the competition across the state. Neshaminy progressed through two rounds of competition.  It was in the final round of the state competition where the team answered a 100 question test and placed second in the state. Neshaminy’s team is comprised of five Business, Computer and Information Technology students who have or are currently taking the BCIT Finance and Investment course. They are seniors Ryan Doyle, Blake Lyons, James Merz, Tim Odgers and junior Alex Schettino.

LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. The competition focused on five key topic areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology. It complements school curriculum already in place and also aligns with national business education standards. The first place team is Dallas HS in Dallas, PA and will represent Pennsylvania at the National Competition in Denver this April.

We congratulate Ryan, Blake, James, Tim and Alex for their competition success, academic honor and the recognition they bring to Neshaminy High School and the Business, Computer and Information Technology Department. 

 
  
  January
BCIT Students Tour Software Co. 
For Technology Career Day 
 
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On Wednesday, January 20, Loanlogics hosted thirteen Neshaminy Business, Computer and Information Technology (BCIT) students for a “Technology Career Day.”  Loanlogics is a software technology company located in Trevose, that serves the market needs of residential mortgage and consumer lenders who want to improve loan quality, performance and reliability throughout the loan lifecycle. They are not the mortgage lender but provide software support to the lenders.  

Neshaminy students were given an overview of the company, led by Leah Fox, SVP of Customer Success.  This was followed by a number of managers in the company who talked about their education and career paths that landed them in the positions they currently hold with the company.  Areas of discussion were software project management, cyber security, document handling and processing, and product management.  Careers in both technology and non-technology were discussed with students.  The President and CEO, Brian K. Fitzpatrick, also gave his time to the students in discussing his career path and answering questions.  The culmination of the morning for the students was an activity in which students created an app as “project managers” with each of the three teams being guided by a Loanlogics manager.

Some of the recommendations made by the managers, vice presidents and CEO to the Neshaminy students were:  invest in yourself, get an education, take advantage of opportunities, always have a 30 second talk on yourself for whomever you meet, be nice to everyone for future employment and business opportunities may depend on how you treated someone today.  Also, soft skills such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving skills and a strong work ethic matter.   The BCIT Department is grateful to Loanlogics for providing such a valuable educational experience to our Neshaminy students.

  
  
 December 
Congratulations to our FBLA
Regional Competitors
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36 Neshaminy Regional FBLA Winners! 

On December 18, Neshaminy High School's FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club competed in the Region 12 FBLA Competition at Delaware Valley University. Neshaminy High School's FBLA Club is proud to announce the names of 36 students who won or placed in various business and computer application events. This competition was attended by numerous Bucks County high schools.  This year Neshaminy High School has 79 students participating as FBLA club members.  For a list of FBLA student regional awards, select press release

 
Business Math Students
Energize Holiday Food Drive
 
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BCIT Business Math students in Mrs. Brader and Ms. Sammartino's classes extended learning outside of the classroom.  Students used budgeting skills taught in their course to guide shopping efforts for food purchases at local businesses. Students researched websites of local food stores and created a price comparison worksheet shared as a Google doc.  Their research guided purchases and met budget figures formulated from donations.  Students also helped by unloading, sorting and redistributing food into boxes for over forty high school families.  The students enjoyed the experience and were instrumental to the holiday food drive's success.
 
 
 
1800 BCIT Students
Participate in Hour of Code
 Over 1,800 Neshaminy students in Business, Computer and Information Technology classes from grades 5 – 12 participated in the Hour of Code event, December 7th -13th.  This was an international effort designed to reach 200 million students all across the globe for the purpose of demystifying computer science and showing that anybody can learn the basics. Code.org, a non-profit, organizes the annual event to expand student participation in computer science and believes computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.
BCIT participation at the middle school level reached 1,014 students, high school activities included 786 students. All BCIT teachers added Hour of Code to classroom instruction. 
 
  Students viewed short videos as an introduction to the international event; one included a message from President Obama and others had celebrity endorsements.

5th grade:  Students received their first instruction into coding with the Hour of Code.  Classes spent the week programming computer games and using their own creations.  Students were able to experiment by changing one line of code in their games and then seeing the changed outcome.  Students also learned to create and code mathematical patterns.  Students will expand upon their coding knowledge by creating their own Apps within the coming weeks.

  7th grade:  Students are using computational skills heavy in critical thinking as they problem solve and work on debugging programming errors in Scratch.  The students are also learning to create and code mathematical patterns.  As an expansion of the Hour of Code, Poquessing students are currently working on creating their own Maze Games which will be posted on Poquessing’s  website under Mrs. Moraes’s page.

8th grade:  Students are applying their knowledge of coding and HTML programming in a project for the Hour of Code where they create a multi-page website.  Some students took an adventure with block coding using Minecraft in code.org.

At the high school students explored the relationship between coding, computer science and the real world.  Students also identified resources to access to continue learning about coding applications and language.  Students worked with a variety of Hour of Code activities by using visual blocks or JavaScript.  The cyber forensics students created encrypted messages, shared the coded information with classmates who then tried to decrypt the messages with special techniques taught in class.

 
  
November
Neshaminy BCIT Dept. is now a MOS Testing site! 

Students can prepare and test for a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.

A Microsoft Certification is an industry standard recognized worldwide and can help open doors to potential job opportunities.  Students taking Information Technology 2 or the Microsoft Certification Prep courses are eligible to test for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.  By taking these Business, Computer and Information Technology (BCIT) courses, students will have received curriculum designed to prepare them for the Excel, Word or PowerPoint exams.  The BCIT Department at Neshaminy High School is an official Microsoft Certification Testing site and students can make arrangements to test through the BCIT Department. Microsoft does have an exam fee that students will be required to pay.

   

  October 
TruMark Financial Reality Fair
 BCIT Students traveled to William Tennent for a Financial Reality Fair, sponsored by TruMark Financial Credit Union.  Students had the opportunity to experience the task of prioritizing spending and the pressures of making those decisions.  They selected options for housing, transportation, entertainment, insurance, meal plans, etc.  Financial advisers reviewed the students' budgets to determine if they were paying appropriately for expenses as well as saving for the future.
 
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