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 will be attending this exceptional program over the summer.
Ten BCIT high school students are gaining valuable work experience as Information Technology interns with the district’s IT Department. The BCIT Department was approached by Kathy Christie, Director of Information Technology, to see if there would be student interest with an internship program. There was a significant response and ten BCIT students were selected for the mentoring experience.
Kathy Christie views the opportunity as a great introduction to how IT supports the uses of technology. “My hope is that students can be involved in helping teach other students the correct ways of using district technology. Selection process is extremely important. It is not entirely focused on academics and tech savvy. It is about students who can prove their trustworthiness. With security being a primary concern, opening the door for student internships allows them to see more of what IT supports. This transfer of knowledge can continue as we develop future phases of the program. My goal is to ultimately have a student help desk, as we start future initiatives with eventually having a 1:1 at the high school. I am excited about how the program can grow because the ideas are endless.”
The IT interns are volunteering after school to assist in the preparation and distribution of 1500 chromebooks for elementary students. The interns are unpacking devices, registering the assets, initiating the Google management system, and then wiring devices to portable carts. The interns will be present when carts are delivered to elementary classrooms so that they can see first-hand the excitement brought about by their volunteer work. The interns are Crystal and Kyle Teoh, Andrew Schmitz, Megan Lucas, Jacklynn Campos, Jeri Odgers, Matt Roach, Rebecca Bertel, Shannon Forman and Brendan McGoldrick.
Janet Dougherty, BCIT Department Chairperson, is grateful for the project-based learning opportunity. “It is the ‘learning by doing’ that engages students with a sense of purpose, connects the classroom to real-life applications and may influence career paths. Our students have many talents that are tied to creative energy. It is a win-win for the students and district to partner in more project-based learning opportunities benefiting all involved.”
Congratulations to the BCIT students who placed third in the Gwynedd Mercy University Dual Enrollment High School Case Study Competition. They are Anastasia Lebotesis, Tyler Stay, Jackie Ziegler and Dhruv Prajapati. A second Neshaminy team also competed and performed very well for the panel of judges. Those students are Steven Muller, Andrew Schmitz, Tyler Giberson and Steven Wenderlich.
The students analyzed a case study and detailed the business problems of a family owned company. Each high school team delivered a presentation that elaborated on the managerial, marketing and financial problems. 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 Neshaminy High School LifeSmarts Team placed fourth in the state of Pennsylvania for the National Consumers League Competition held in February. There were over 300 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 Elena Donato, Ryan Connaughton, Tom Edwards, Brynn MacDougall and Sammi Covell. We congratulate the team for their competition success and the recognition they bring to Neshaminy High School and the BCIT Department.
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.
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.
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.
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.
school courses offered for dual enrollment are Accounting III Honors, Accounting II,
Accounting Career Day at Temple University
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!
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.
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.
$3,000 TruMark Financial Literacy Scholarship
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.