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    JULY

    Neshaminy FBLA Places 7th at Nationals! 

    The Business, Computer and Information Technology (BCIT) Department is proud to recognize the Neshaminy Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) member Aaron Lewis. Aaron took FIFTH place in the Banking and Financial Systems Event at the State Competition in April, qualifying him to compete at the National Competition in San Antonio, TX in June.  Aaron competed against the best teams in every state, Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands in both a 100 question test and a live presentation to a panel of judges.  With over 100 teams competing in this event, Aaron placed SEVENTH IN THE NATION!   Congratulations to Aaron for his efforts and enthusiasm in leadership development and American enterprise.  Neshaminy is very proud.

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     JUNE

    BCIT Academic Senior Certificate Awards

    On Thursday evening, May 30th, the Senior BCIT Certificate Awards were presented during the high school senior awards ceremony.  The BCIT Department was proud to recognize 19 students who earned one or more certificates in the following areas:  Accounting, Computer Applications, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Investment, Law, Management or Marketing.  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 Students Meet Grant Challenge with MOS Certifications

    Students enrolled in the high school’s BCIT Information Technology 2 course have passed the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Test for Excel.  This is an industry certification administered by Microsoft and recognized worldwide.  Over the past four years (including our current school year), Neshaminy High School has generated a 96% student passing rate for the exam.  This year, students benefited from a grant given by the Buxmont Chapter of the PA Society for Tax and Accounting Professionals (PSTAP) for the purpose of purchasing the Microsoft test vouchers and challenging students to take the exam.  The grant permitted all students in the class to sit for the exam and eliminated a test fee of $90. The students and BCIT Department are most appreciative of the PSTAP’s generosity. Notable certifications can open doors of opportunity and contribute to more self-confidence as students work towards their career goals.  The Information Technology courses are taught by BCIT teacher, Janis Innocenti.  Instruction aims to develop advanced Excel skills involving formulas, validation, charting, database filtering, integration, pivot tables and financial functions. 

     

    NHS Students Earn 189 College Credits with BCIT Curriculum

    In June, fifty-four Neshaminy High School students will be receiving college transcripts from Gwynedd Mercy University.  The student transcripts will show three college credits for each Dual Enrollment course taken at Neshaminy High School through the BCIT Department.  This has amounted to 189 college credits for the 2018-2019 school year.  These credits are transferrable to other universities.  Students taking Honors Accounting 2, Honors Accounting 3, Honors Microeconomics, Honors Macroeconomics or Honors Information Technology 2 are eligible to participate in this partnership with Gwynedd Mercy University.  The BCIT curriculum was approved by the university as aligning with their complementary course syllabi and textbooks.

    Dual Enrollment is an educational partnership that can be very advantageous for students when planning for undergraduate study. It prepares the student for a fast paced college classroom in the first semester and helps situate students to succeed.  It affords students the opportunity to take courses in other areas of study because the Dual Enrollment credits satisfy degree requirements.  And thirdly, Dual Enrollment courses contribute to tuition savings and may lead to graduating a semester early. 

    MAY

    20 BCIT Students Accepted to PFEW Program

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    This summer, twenty Business, Computer and Information Technology students plan to attend the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) Program.  PFEW is a unique 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 will be attending this exceptional program over the summer.  They are Nicole Berman, Kristina Carsley, Thomas DeMarco, Joseph DeMatteo, Daniel Gutman, Madison Heintz, Laurel Jung, Jared Keyes, Connor Kitzmiller, Kyle Miles, Jacqueline Regensburger, Nick Ropars, Regina Schroeder, Matthew Schwab, Victor Sloan, Isaiah Taylor, Jack Toy, Jordan Turner, Samuel Usherenko and Julie Whitaker.  

    Congratulations to Mr. Deal!

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    Mr. Deal received the Spirit of Neshaminy Award from the school district for 2019.  The Spirit of Neshaminy Award reflects the ability to challenge students to grow and encourage them to achieve in the classroom and beyond.  The teacher's contributions exemplify outstanding commitment to the profession, district and community.  There were five recipients of the Neshaminy Award of Excellence for 2019.  Congratulations to all educators. 

    Mr. Deal - Spirit of Neshaminy        Mrs. Ritchie - Leadership       Mrs. Richardson - Leadership

    Mrs. Capecci - Innovation               Mr. French - Community Partnerships

     

    Neshaminy Senior Jackson Joiner wins $3,000

    TruMark Financial Literacy Scholarship

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    Neshaminy senior Jackson Joiner won a $3,000 scholarship sponsored through TruMark Financial Credit Union by placing second in the TruMark Financial Jeopardy Contest on May 8th at the company headquarters in Fort Washington.  Jackson represented Neshaminy to compete against ten high schools in the Bucks and Montgomery counties.  This was a jeopardy format event testing the students’ financial knowledge.  Jackson is a Business, Computer and Information Technology student at Neshaminy High School enrolled in the Finance and Investment course.

    There were three rounds of competition: regular jeopardy, double jeopardy and final jeopardy.  Jeopardy categories included banking, types of credit, the workplace, taxes, budgeting, investments, purchasing a car, retirement and estate planning, bankruptcy, insurance, consumer rights, bank services, credit ratings and laws, and buying a home.  We congratulate Jackson on his scholarship and wish him continued success as he attends Bucks County Community College in the fall with plans to graduate from Temple University.

     

    APRIL

    BCIT Activities in 2019 STEAM Expo
     
    On April 30th, hundreds of people attended the fifth annual STEAM Expo for the Neshaminy School District.  BCIT teachers were there offering many activities for K - 8 grade students and their families. 
    • Children played maze games on chromebooks.  The mazes were coded by 7th grade BCIT students using Scratch coding.
    • The PA Attorney General's mobile Cyber Crime Unit was outside sharing technology and discussing computer safety.
    • Competitions tested students on their knowledge of where specific keys are located on a keyboard. 
    • Children and guests were able to scan their fingerprints and have a digital analysis performed.
    • Children tested their mouse and memory skills with a match game.

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    NESHAMINY FBLA TAKES HOME MULTIPLE AWARDS!

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    The Business, Computer and Information Technology Department is proud to recognize the Neshaminy Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members. The club wanted to raise funds for the 2018-19 state project, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society so they sponsored our second annual 5K Walk/Run at the high school in October, sold t-shirts, raffled donated baskets and collected change, totaling over $3,100.  With their effort, Neshaminy received top honors placing 10th out of 299 total state chapters in total funds raised. The NHS Chapter also earned the “Gold Seal Chapter” and the “Outstanding Chapter” awards.

    Thirty-two Neshaminy High School FBLA members attended the State Leadership Competition on April 8-10, 2019 in Hershey, PA.  The students competed against the top winners in their events from across the state of Pennsylvania. Freshman Ohenmaa Ofosu-Mensah placed FIRST in Introduction to Financial Math. The NHS Entrepreneurship Team of Joey Nolan & Dan Gutman placed FOURTH and Aaron Lewis took home FIFTH place in Banking & Financial Systems.  These four students will be heading to the National FBLA Leadership Conference and Competition in San Antonio, TX in June where they will compete against the top finishers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. The Emerging Business Issues team of Andrew Schmitz and Steven Muller placed TENTH.

    Aaron Lewis placed 5th in Investments and Stock Markets, and Steven Muller placed 8th in Social Media Marketing in Open Events Competitions.

      

    MARCH

    BCIT STUDENTS VISIT ALEXANDER HAMILTON EXHIBITS
    in PHILADELPHIA

    The trip focused on the extraordinary life of Alexander Hamilton, his contributions to the US financial system, as well as his connection to the US Constitution, the American Revolution and the city of Philadlephia.  It is Hamilton's economic philosophies that built the modern American capitalist economy.  BCIT students from Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and the Finance courses attended the trip.

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    FEBRUARY

     

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    BCIT LifeSmarts Team Places Third in the State

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    Congratulations to the NHS LifeSmarts Team which placed third in the state of Pennsylvania.  This was a National Consumers League Competition held in February and assessed student knowledge in five areas:  consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology. There were 75 teams who participated in the competition across the state. Neshaminy’s third place finish was only four percentage points behind the first place team, Dallas High School. Neshaminy’s team is comprised of five Business, Computer and Information Technology students.  They are Alejandro Colon, Andrew Schmitz, Tyler Shafer, Jackson Joiner and Rachel Prizer.  The second place team was Cumberland Valley High School and nationally there are 1,000 LifeSmarts teams.

      

    BCIT Students Place 1st and 3rd in

    Gwynedd Mercy University

    Business Case Study Competition 

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    Congratulations to the BCIT teams who placed 1st and 3rd in the Gwynedd Mercy University Dual Enrollment High School Case Study Competition.  The competition was comprised of student teams from area high schools.  The 1st place team competitors were Steven Muller, Joey Nolen, Dan Gutman and Aaron Lewis.  The 3rd place team competitors were Jack Brookshaw, Matt Schwab, Sanskaar Gupta and Vince McGlynn.  The event was held at Gwynedd Mercy University on February 14th.

    The students devoted time after school to analyze a case study and detail the business problems of a family owned company.  Each high school team delivered a presentation that elaborated on current financial problems.  Teams also delivered a plan that made recommendations for future growth, evaluated a buyout proposal and created pro forma financial statements.  Each team was judged by a panel of five professionals who scored the quality of presentation, identification of key financial problems and turnaround plan.  

     

    BCIT Students are Grant Recipients for Technology Skills Certification

    In January, Neshaminy High School was selected as a grant recipient from the Buxmont Chapter of the PA Society for Tax and Accounting Professionals (PSTAP) and was awarded $950 for student certifications in technology.

    The Business, Computer and Information Technology (BCIT) Department applied for the grant in November.  The grant will purchase test vouchers for all BCIT Information Technology 2 students to take the Microsoft Excel specialist exam.  Neshaminy High School has maintained a 100% student passing rate over the past three years.  Unfortunately, the number of students who have capitalized on the opportunity to earn this worldwide designation from Microsoft is small.  The cost of the exam, $86.25 payable to Microsoft, may be a contributing factor to prevent students from taking the skills test.

    The grant will now enable all students in this BCIT course to sit for the exam in May.  The grant will encourage our students to acquire professional certifications that validate competency and skills.  Notable certifications can work to open doors of opportunity and contribute to more self-confidence as students work towards their ambitions.  Having proficiency with MS Excel is considered by many a valuable technology skill, and being certified as a specialist in MS Excel is a proud accomplishment.

    The BCIT Department at Neshaminy High School is pleased to provide curriculum that teaches technology skills to students for both professional and personal benefit.  The BCIT Department is most appreciative of the grant award given by the Buxmont Chapter of the PA Society for Tax and Accounting Professionals (PSTAP) and recognizes their commitment to support high school students in the pursuit of a career in the field of business/accounting.

     

     

    JANUARY

    Business Analytics - A new BCIT course for 2019-2020

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     DECEMBER

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    NHS FBLA TAKES HOME 46 AWARDS AT REGIONALS!

     Congratulations to the 46 NHS Future Business Leaders of America Regional Competition winners! The competition was held at Delaware Valley University on Wednesday, December 19.  Along with Neshaminy, FBLA chapters from Bucks County Tech School, Central Bucks East South, West and South, Council Rock North and South, Morrisville, New-Hope Solebury, Palisades, Pennridge, Pennsbury, Quakertown and William Tennent competed in various business events.  43 Neshaminy FBLA students have qualified to compete at the State level in Hershey this April.  6 Neshaminy FBLA students took home First Place!  We are all very proud of our FBLA students—Good Luck at States!

    FIRST PLACE WINNERS:

    Individual Events:

    Julia Capaldi*-- Insurance & Risk Management

    Sophia Capecci*—Intro to Financial Math

    Jack Toy*—Networking Concepts

    Neha Shirwalker*--Spreadsheets

    Team Events:  Steven Muller and Andrew Schmitz*—Emerging Business Issues

     

    SECOND PLACE WINNERS:

    Individual Events:

    Aaron Lewis*--Banking & Financial Systems

    Michelle Wang*--Business Calculations

    Dylan Campbell*--Business Law

    James Macdonald*--Intro to Info Tech

    Maggie Knight*--Intro to Public Speaking

    Team Events:  Lily Bennis, RJ Christie, Jessica Manning, Alyssa McErlain & Kayla Trahey*—Parliamentary Procedures

     

    THIRD PLACE WINNERS:

    Individual Events:

    Alyssa Pruno*--Business Law

    Greg Drapkin*—Help Desk

    Jordan Wasnock*--Insurance & Risk Management

    Ohenmaa Ofosu-Mensah*--Intro to Financial Math

    MaKenzie Young*--Personal Finance

    Team Events:

    Katie Doyle, Carly Gross, Kieran Meehan & Maggie Wiley*—Parliamentary Procedures

    Kate Bilenko, Meghan Fabiani & Amber West--Social Media Campaign

     

    FOURTH PLACE WINNERS:

    Individual Events:

    Alex Schumann*--Accounting 1

    Andrew Valeri*--Accounting 2

    Kyle Miles*--Advertising

    Kelli Kowalick*--Business Communications

    Fred Miglo*--Healthcare Administration

    Lillie Zielinski*--Help Desk

    Alexandra Sturgariu*--Organizational Leadership

    Ryan Maher*--Personal Finance

    Team Events:  Kelly Hastings, Jamie Pennington & Alexandria Ziegler*—Hospitality Management

     

    FIFTH PLACE WINNERS:

    Individual Events:

    Jacqueline Regensburger*--Accounting 2

    Jenifer Fein*--Advertising

    Lucas Lohn*--Insurance & Risk Management

    Colleen Duffy*--Intro to Public Speaking

    Taylor Regensburger*--Organizational Leadership

    Team Events:  Dan Gutman & Joey Nolen*--Entrepreneurship

     

     

    BCIT Participates in Hour of Code

    BCIT classrooms participated in Hour of Code across the district. At the high school, students viewed videos showcasing the international event and the importance of computer science.  This week students took time to explore job opportunities in the computer science field, relative statistics for computer science college majors and career areas for computer science in sports, construction, agriculture, fashion, medicine, engineering, public safety and the arts.  Activities provided by Code.org enabled students to experiment with code using game applications.  Students practiced JavaScript coding with exercises that taught graphic positioning and design with variables. 

    Eighth grade students worked hard on their first Python programming experience, Toxic Jungle by Tynker and in addition, students manipulated their google websites using HTML code.  The seventh graders explored lessons covering drag and drop coding.  They worked with Illumination’s Dr. Suess’s The Grinch and Code Monkey, as well as other interactive exercises.  Fifth grade students used drag and drop visual blocks to write code to solve a series of puzzles with popular animated series.  Fifth grade students also completed popular dance moves and songs as their programs responded to timed events and user input in order to create dance animations with code.

    Hour of Code is 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.

     
     
     
    OCTOBER
     
    CSI Neshaminy: The case of the Headless Horseman

    Students in one of the Business Law classes investigate a Halloween-themed 'crime scene' while learning about investigative procedures in October, 2018.
     
     

    Accounting Career Day For BCIT Students at Temple University

     
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    On October 30th, thirty-four 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. 

     

     NHS FBLA 5K 2nd ANNUAL WALK/RUN FOR CHARITY

    LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

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    On October 20, 2018 the Neshaminy High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club hosted the second annual 5K Run/Walk for Charity, this year to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  This charity is the current Pennsylvania FBLA State Project.  Other FBLA chapters across the state are also finding ways to support the cause.  NHS chapter officers and members planned, organized and worked the event, solicited donations and encouraged family and friends to participate. 

    Our goal was to raise $2000 to donate for this very worthy cause.  Because of the members’ enthusiasm and genuine desire to help our community, donations came pouring in and to date we have raised over $3,000! We can continue to accept donations through April, so we are hoping this amount will greatly increase.  All funds collected will be presented to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at our state conference in April.  We are so very proud of our FBLA students and all that they have accomplished to help find a cure.

     

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    JULY
     
    FBLA NATIONALS
    We wish our FBLA Entrepreneurship team good luck at Nationals.  The team of Steven Muller and Tom Mirarchi, plus advisor - Mrs. Innocenti, are traveling to Baltimore for the leadership conference and competition.
     

    JUNE

    BCIT Academic Senior Certificate Awards

    On Thursday evening, May 31st, the Senior BCIT Certificate Awards were presented during the high school senior awards ceremony.  The BCIT Department was proud to recognize 31 students who earned one or more certificates in the following areas:  Accounting, Computer Applications, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Investment, Law, Management or Marketing.  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.  
      

     

    NHS Students Earn 300 College Credits with BCIT Curriculum

    In June, seventy-six Neshaminy High School students will be receiving college transcripts from Gwynedd Mercy University.  The student transcripts will show three college credits for each Dual Enrollment course taken at Neshaminy High School through the BCIT Department.  This has amounted to 300 college credits for the 2017-2018 school year.  These credits are transferrable to other universities.  Students taking Accounting 2, Honors Accounting 3, Honors Microeconomics, Honors Macroeconomics or Information Technology 2 are eligible to participate in this partnership with Gwynedd Mercy University.  The BCIT curriculum was approved by the university as aligning with their complementary course syllabi and textbooks.

    Dual Enrollment is an educational partnership that can be very advantageous for students when planning for undergraduate study. It prepares the student for a fast paced college classroom in the first semester and helps situate students to succeed.  It affords students the opportunity to take courses in other areas of study because the Dual Enrollment credits satisfy degree requirements.  And thirdly, Dual Enrollment courses contribute to tuition savings and may lead to graduating a semester early. 

     

     

    BCIT Students Awarded Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

    Students enrolled in the high school’s BCIT Information Technology 2 course have taken and passed the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Test for Excel.  This is an industry certification administered by Microsoft and recognized worldwide.  Neshaminy High School has maintained a 100% passing rate.  Information Technology 2 students have completed two years of curriculum instruction aimed to develop advanced Excel skills involving formulas, validation, charting, database filtering, integration, pivot tables and financial functions.  The BCIT Department is pleased to see the students succeed and benefit from this industry credential.  The Microsoft computer assessment is also a validation of curriculum and instruction.

     

    NHS BCIT Students Ranked 5th in PA 

    Schools across the state were competing in a stock market simulation from StockTrak, called “How The Market Works”.  Teams of students manage a hypothetical investment of $100,000 in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and make buying and trading decisions based on the stock market.  The students whose investments make the most money win. 

    For the spring 2018 game, beginning February 5 and ending April 13, Neshaminy High School students participated in the high school division.  The Neshaminy High School team ranked 5th in the state out of 41 participating high school teams. 

    The Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy sponsored the stock market competition.  Students invested in stocks chosen from the USA markets: American, New York and NASDAQ exchanges. The competition teaches students about investing and encourages financial literacy through hands-on activities in the classroom.

     

    Students Helping Students with Technology

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    The district’s Information Technology (IT) Department is working with a group of Business, Computer & Information Technology (BCIT) students to create a student help desk for chromebook users at the high school.  Next year, incoming ninth grade students will arrive at the high school with a school issued chromebook.  The objective is to create a place where students may go during the day to receive assistance when chromebook devices are not operating properly.    Presently, there are eleven BCIT students who are receiving training from Mrs. Christie, Director of Information Technology for the district.  They are not just learning technical tips, but understanding the decision-making encountered when using the network and why Acceptable Use Policies are followed.  These students have volunteered to learn additional technology skills associated with hardware.  They are also committed to strengthening leadership skills as they become digital role models in the building and will further develop communication skills to service students and teachers.

    The expectation is for our student technicians to address common problematic situations that can be resolved rather easily.  This may entail simple connectivity issues, charging issues, keyboard questions, care and maintenance of the device, plus questions dealing with the software applications.   Mrs. Christie sees the IT Help Desk as growing into a collaborative time with peers focused on using applications, sharing tips on creating projects and using the GSuite for Education tools.  The IT Help Desk students will maintain a student run website with resources such as creating self-help videos and writing reviews on apps. The IT Help Desk will offer a “real-world” work experience for the student volunteers with a heavy emphasis on providing customer service and becoming exceptional digital role models for their peers.

     

     MAY

    Girls STEM Day at Delaware Valley University

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    Fifty-eight girls from Neshaminy’s middle schools and high school participated in a Girls STEM day at Delaware Valley University for the sixth year on May 24th. Career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math are continually expanding. Women in various STEM related professions such as digital marketing, pharmacy, sports medicine, emergency medicine, veterinarians, and banking gave presentations throughout the day. The students preselected sessions to attend those of interest to them personally.  Presenters included representatives from companies including Merck, Drexel University, Abington Hospital, Aetna, PECO, The Rothman Institute and BB&T. The girls enjoyed the interactive and hands-on sessions and hearing information about various career opportunities from accomplished mentors in their fields. In one session titled “A STEMderella Story,” the Chief Product Officer engaged the students in an interactive quiz on their phones, to determine what type of digital marketer they represent based on certain characteristics. One Maple Point student stated how much she enjoyed being engaged using this type of interactive quiz.

     

     

     

     
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    Neshaminy Senior wins $2,000 TruMark Scholarship

    Neshaminy senior Ryan Mace won a $2,000 scholarship sponsored through TruMark Financial Credit Union by placing third in the TruMark Financial Jeopardy Contest on May 9th at the company headquarters in Fort Washington.  Ryan represented Neshaminy to compete against high schools in the Bucks and Montgomery counties.  This was a jeopardy format event testing the students’ financial knowledge.  Ryan is a Business, Computer and Information Technology student at Neshaminy High School enrolled in the Finance and Investment course.

    There were three rounds of competition: regular jeopardy, double jeopardy and final jeopardy.  Jeopardy categories included banking, types of credit, the workplace, taxes, budgeting, investments, purchasing a car, retirement and estate planning, bankruptcy, insurance, consumer rights, bank services, credit ratings and laws, and buying a home.  We congratulate Ryan on his scholarship and wish him continued success as he attends Millersville University in the fall.

     

    APRIL

     
    BCIT activities in STEAM Expo
     
    On April 19th, over five hundred people attended the fourth annual STEAM Expo for Neshaminy School District.  BCIT teachers were there offering many activities for K - 8 grade students and their families. 
    • Children played maze games on chromebooks.  The mazes were coded by 7th grade BCIT students using Scratch coding.
    • The PA Attorney General's mobile Cyber Crime Unit was outside sharing technology and discussing computer safety.
    • Competitions tested students on their knowledge of where specific keys are located on a keyboard. 
    • Children and guests were able to scan their fingerprints and have a digital analysis performed.
    • Children tried typing on electric typewriters from the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and 1990's.

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    NHS FBLA Club is a "Gold Seal Chapter"

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    The Business, Computer and Information Technology Department is proud to recognize the Neshaminy Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members. This year the club wanted to raise funds for the 2017-18 state project, Alzheimer’s Association.  The students sponsored a 5K Walk/Run at the high school in November, sold t-shirts, raffled donated baskets and collected change, totaling over $3,300.  With their effort, Neshaminy received top honors placing 3rd out of 299 total state chapters in total funds raised, and 7th per capita.  The NHS Chapter also earned the “Gold Seal Chapter” and the “Outstanding Chapter” awards.

    Thirty-eight Neshaminy High School FBLA members attended the State Leadership Competition on April 9-11, 2018 in Hershey, PA.  The students competed against the top winners in their events from across the state of Pennsylvania.

     

    FBLA Entrepreneurship Team

    1st in the State of Pennsylvania

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    The NHS Entrepreneurship Team of Tom Mirarchi, Alyssa McErlain and Steven Muller took FIRST PLACE and will be heading to Baltimore, MD in June to compete at the National Level against the top finishers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. The team surpassed others in a 100-question test and made an oral presentation for a start-up business in front of five judges.

    MARCH

     NHS FBLA - Top 15% of all PA Chapters

    Congratulations to the members of the Future Business Leaders of America club (FBLA).  Our NHS Chapter is in the top 15% of all Pennsylvania chapters and is up for both the Pennsylvania William Selden Outstanding Chapter Award and the National Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Chapter Award.  In addition, 10th grade FBLA VP Steven Muller submitted a video bringing awareness to the 2018 state project—Alzheimer’s Association and is in the top 7 in Pennsylvania.  The winning chapters and video will be announced at the State Leadership Conference and Competition in April. Neshaminy has 38 FBLA members competing in various events. Great job FBLA and good luck at States!!

     

    FEBRUARY

    BCIT Students Place 2nd and 3rd in 
    Gwynedd Mercy University 
    Business Case Study Competition 
     
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    Congratulations to the BCIT students who placed 2nd and 3rd in the Gwynedd Mercy University Dual Enrollment High School Case Study Competition.  The 2nd place team competitors were Steven Muller, Pat O'Connell, Sean Sanko and Tyler Stay.  The 3rd place team competitors were Tom Mirarchi, Dhruv Prajapati, Anna Skrot and Jackie Ziegler.  The event was held at Gwynedd Mercy University on February 15th.

    The students devoted time after school to analyze a case study and detail the business problems of a family owned company.  Each high school team delivered a presentation that elaborated on current marketing and financial problems.  Teams also delivered a plan that made recommendations for future growth, evaluated relocation options and offered managerial solutions.  Each team was judged by a panel of six professionals who scored the 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. 

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    NHS FBLA TAKES HOME 53 AWARDS AT REGIONAL COMPETITION!

    Congratulations to the 53 NHS Future Business Leaders of America Regional Competition winners! The competition was held at Delaware Valley University on Wednesday, December 20.  Along with Neshaminy, FBLA chapters from Central Bucks East, West and South, Council Rock North and South, Morrisville, New-Hope Solebury, Palisades, Pennridge, Pennsbury, Quakertown and William Tennent competed in various business events.  46 Neshaminy FBLA students have qualified to compete at the State level in Hershey this April.  We are all very proud of our FBLA students—Good Luck at States!

    14 Neshaminy FBLA students took home First Place!

    FIRST PLACE WINNERS:

    Individual Events:

    Samantha Cavallo—Intro to FBLA

    Drew Hindman—Insurance and Risk Management

    Ryan Maher—Personal Finance

    Athena Strippoli—Accounting 2

    Jake Van Dine—Computer Problem Solving

    Team Events: 

    RJ Christie and Andrew Schmitz—Emerging Business Issues

    Anastasia Lebotesis and Brian Ostaszewski—Marketing

    Briana Fredericks, Danielle Helstrom, Jessica Manning, Tori Silva & Kayla Trahey—Parliamentary Procedure

     

    December

    Hour of Code

    BCIT classrooms participated in Hour of Code across the district. At the high school, students viewed videos showcasing the international event with celebrity endorsements and the importance of computer science.  This week students learned more about job opportunities right here in the state of Pennsylvania regarding computer science skills. Activities provided by Code.org enabled students to experiment with code using game applications.  They also learned to create code working obstacle courses and applied sequencing through Java programming languages.  Students worked with encryption activities and text compression exercises.  The text compression lessons taught students how to reduce the size of music files as repeated syntax was removed and replaced with indicators to reduce large percentages of file space. 

    Eighth grade students were creating their own personal web pages using HTML.   They also completed coding activities on code.org/learn. “Play That Tune App” was very popular. It featured a piano keyboard and had students play different musical notes using the code provided. Students also enjoyed the “Create Your Own Sports” activity. They coded a sports player to move and shoot the basketball at certain times. Timing was important to consider when coding the shots. The seventh grade continued coding in Scratch. Some students also accessed the code.org activity, “Google Logo”, which allows you to customize and animated the Google logo using Scratch code. Other students enjoyed creating their own unique version of the Google logo.  Fifth grade students used drag and drop visual blocks to write code to solve a series of puzzles with popular animated series.  Fifth grade students also completed the Google Doodle challenge which encourages students to find the shortest, most efficient sequence of code.

    Hour of Code is 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.

     

    November

    NHS FBLA 5K RUN/WALK FOR ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

    On November 18, 2017 the Neshaminy High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club hosted the first annual 5K Run/Walk for Alzheimer’s Association.  This charity is the current Pennsylvania FBLA State Project.  Other FBLA chapters across the state are also finding ways to support the cause.  NHS chapter officers and members planned, organized and worked the event, solicited donations and encouraged family and friends to participate.  When the Alzheimer’s Association became aware of our students’ efforts, they sent a representative who spoke to the participants and kicked off the run.

    Our goal was to raise $1500 to donate for this very worthy cause.  Because of the members’ enthusiasm and genuine desire to help our community, donations came pouring in and to date we have raised over $3,200! We can continue to accept donations through March, so we are hoping this amount will greatly increase.  All funds collected will be presented to the Alzheimer’s Association at our state conference in April.  We are so very proud of our FBLA students and all that they have accomplished to help find a cure for this terrible disease.

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    Accounting Career Day For BCIT Students at Temple 

    On October 24th, forty-one 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 (one being a Neshaminy HS alumnus) 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.

     

    100 BCIT Classes Processed

    Through Dual Enrollment

    With Gwynedd Mercy University

     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, 76 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 100 classes among 76 students. These credits are transferable to other colleges and universities.   For more information concerning Dual Enrollment click here.

     
     
     
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    NHS Recognized for PFEW Participation

    This summer, twenty-three, BCIT high school students attended the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) Program.  The high school received a “Platinum Award” for its large student participation.  PFEW is an educational experience designed for high school sophomores and juniors to learn about career opportunities while taking an active role in running a simulated business.  Exceptional keynote speakers also inspire participants by sharing personal messages of motivation.  Each student received a scholarship valued at $1,500 through the PFEW organization.  The program is open to students from all across Pennsylvania and offers a college campus experience for one week at Lycoming College and Penn College.    The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce takes a very active role in supporting PFEW.  Congratulations to those Neshaminy students who attended this distinguished program over the summer.  Those students are Jackson Bowman, Emma Broomhead, Jenifer Fein, Maddison Gerlach, Vincent Hosephros, Cyvae Hunte, Sean Jackson, Anastasia Lebotesis, Dianira Lebotesis, Lucas Lohn, Arianna McGinley, Viktoria Ponomarev, Dhruv Prajapati, Rachel Prizer, Allysa Pruno, Talyor Regensburger, Jared Rieg, Victoria Silva, Tyler Stay, Kyle Teoh, Justus Warner, Michael Yauger and Lillian Zielinski.

     

    June 
    NHS Students Earn 168 College Credits with BCIT Curriculum
    In June, forty-seven Neshaminy High School students will be receiving college transcripts from Gwynedd Mercy University.  The student transcripts will show three college credits for each Dual Enrollment course taken at Neshaminy High School through the BCIT Department.  This has amounted to 168 college credits for the 2016-2017 school year.  These credits are transferable to other universities.  Students taking Accounting 2, Honors Accounting 3, Honors Microeconomics, Honors Macroeconomics or Information Technology 2 are eligible to participate in this partnership with Gwynedd Mercy University.  The BCIT curriculum was approved by the university as aligning with their complementary course syllabi and textbooks.
     
    Dual Enrollment is an educational partnership that can be very advantageous for students when planning for undergraduate study. It prepares the student for a fast paced college classroom in the first semester and helps situate students to succeed.  It affords students the opportunity to take courses in other areas of study because the Dual Enrollment credits satisfy degree requirements.  And thirdly, Dual Enrollment courses contribute to tuition savings and may lead to graduating a semester early.  
     
    Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Awarded to BCIT Students 
    Students enrolled in the high school’s BCIT Information Technology 2 course have taken and passed the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Test for Excel.  This is an industry certification administered by Microsoft and recognized worldwide.  Neshaminy High School has maintained a 100% passing rate.  Information Technology 2 students have completed two years of curriculum instruction aimed to develop advanced Excel skills involving formulas, validation, charting, database filtering, integration, pivot tables and financial functions.  The BCIT Department is pleased to see the students succeed and benefit from this industry credential.  The Microsoft computer assessment is also a validation of curriculum and instruction.
     
    BCIT Academic Senior Certificate Awards
    On Thursday evening, June 1, 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 seven BCIT certificates were distributed to 17 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. 
     
      
    May 
    BCIT Students Create NHS Food Pantry 
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    Students in the BCIT Entrepreneurship classes are working to create a year-round food pantry that will provide food staples to NHS students in need.  Crowdfunding and marketing efforts launched the idea into action.  This is a project-based learning experience for students connecting them to social entrepreneurship curriculum.  Students are learning more about food insecurity issues and are responsible for building inventory.   The school Guidance Department will maintain confidentiality when distributing food to students and families.  

    The project is intended to have participation grow to include activism by the entire high school and Neshaminy community.  News of the food pantry recently spread to Tawanka Elementary School where they collected food donations for an entire week in April.  The high school had a food donation day on May 4th to coincide with MiniThon’s spirit week.  And this year, the district’s Art Show coordinators are asking families to bring a canned food item to donate to the new NHS food pantry.  

    The project has demonstrated to students that an entrepreneurial mindset can positively address social needs through the resourcefulness of many, innovative thought and the generous desire people have to help others.  The NHS food pantry is also known as the SILO, an acronym for Social Intrapreneurs Lifting Others.  Let’s work together to fill the SILO for the summer months!  If you have an interest in helping, contact Janet Dougherty, BCIT Entrepreneurship teacher at the high school.  

     
    April 
     
    BCIT activities in STEAM Expo
     
    On April 20th, over four hundred people attended the third annual STEAM Expo for Neshaminy School District.  BCIT teachers and high school students were there offering many activities for K - 6 students and their families. 
    • Children were able to bring their coloring art work to life through an ipad experience using the Quiver App.
    • 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. 
    • Children learned about encryption techniques and tried to unlock coded messages.
    • Children and guests were able to scan their fingerprints and have a digital analysis performed by students.
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    Congratulations to our FBLA 2017 State Competitors!
     
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    Left Front: Steven Muller, Patrick Forman, RJ Christie, Samantha Kusters, Amanda Kurtz, Jamie Pennington

    Middle: David Fiel, Andrew Schmitz, Jackson Bowman, Jake Van Dine, Lucas Lohn, Zack Roosa, Rebecca Bertel, Lillie Zielinski, Jackie Ziegler, Anna Skrot, Isabella Capecci, Drew Hindman, Mrs. Innocenti

    Back:  Alex Schettino, Veronica Banks, Alexandria Ziegler, Danielle Helstrom, Payton Kelly, Mrs. Madison 

    Missing: Ben Dunn & Brian Ostaszewski

    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 3 through April 5.  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-five 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. 

     2nd Place award             David Fiel – Cyber Security

     6th Place award              RJ Christie, Steven Muller & Andrew Schmitz—Entrepreneurship

     9th Place award             Danielle Helstrom—Spreadsheet Applications

     10th Place award           Brian Ostaszewski – Accounting 2

     Congratulations to Neshaminy FBLA competitor David Fiel who also placed in open competitive events.

    3rd place award--The Internet

    4th place award--Digital Tools

    7th place award--Computer Operating Systems

    9th place award--Investments/Stock Market  

     
     
     
    78       25 BCIT Students Accepted to the 2017 Summer Program 
     
    This summer, 25 Business, Computer and Information Technology students plan to attend 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 will be attending this exceptional program over the summer.  

     
     
    March 
     
    District Creates IT Internships for BCIT Students 
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    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.”

     
     
     
    BCIT Student Accepted to Accounting Summer Residency Program
     
    Congratulations to Ruben Christie for being selected to the Accounting Career Awareness Program sponsored by the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA).   This is a summer residency program at La Salle University for a week in June and is fully funded by the NABA.  Ruben interviewed with administrators from the Accounting Career Awareness Program in Philadelphia and submitted his application with letters of recommendation.  Only twenty-four students were selected from Philadelphia and surrounding area high schools.
     
     
    Virtual Business Accounting Software Purchased With NEF Grant  
     
     
     Virtual Business Accounting software was purchased through a Neshaminy Education Foundation Grant award.  The software offers an engaging simulation where students generate accounting working papers, review accounting statements and make operating decisions to solve complex problems for a simulated business. For details about student benefit and curriculum enhancement, view the above video.
     
     
    February 
    BCIT Students Place 3rd in
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    Business Case Study Competition 
     
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    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 competition was open to all high schools who partner with Gwynedd Mercy to offer a Dual Enrollment program. 
     
     
     
    BCIT LifeSmarts Team
    Places Fourth in State
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    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.