Learning Academy Overview
In partnership with students, staff, and parents as well as guidance from Act 339 standards, Boyertown Area Senior High School has developed 5 academies to promote a community of learning. These academies are an opportunity for students to tailor their education through course offerings, specialized projects, community partnerships, and other educational opportunities. After conducting research in best practices in career academy implementation, the Boyertown School District has developed the following academies:
- STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
- VPFA – Visual, Performing, Fine Arts
- GCBL- Global Communications, Business, and Leadership
- HHS - Health and Human Sciences
- CTC – Career and Technology Center
- The Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) and Albright College are pleased to announce that the annual Berks County Regional College Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to meet many institutions of higher education that evening. The event is free with no pre-registration required.
- You are invited to attend the Science, Technology, & Math Open House at Kutztown University. You will meet faculty and students, tour laboratories, explore the beautiful campus, and enjoy lunch at the new Cub Café. This event is on Saturday, October 13th. This event requires registration. For more information and registration, please visit www.kutztown.edu/sciopenhouse
- The Reading Hospital is offering tours through different departments as well as conversations with doctors, nurses, and staff about careers in healthcare. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Each month highlights a different department. Information found here: Reading Hospital Medical Explorers Program
- MaryAnn Gruber, volunteer coordinator at Boyertown Area Multi-Service, contacted us as she is offering some volunteer opportunities to you. Volunteering is a great way to be connected to the community and it also counts towards your academy sponsored events requirement (4 per year). One opportunity is for students to participate in “Sew Giving”. The attached document contains specifics on this. Sew Giving Another need of Multi-Service is as follows: Boyertown Area Multi-Service needs several artistic students to help decorate two rooms for the “Festival of Trees” which will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 7th and 8th. One room will be a craft room and the other a visit with Santa room. They need students to supervise craft tables and help little children complete a very simple craft. They need students to write names on stockings and hats. If interested, please call MaryAnn Gruber at 610-367-6957 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Event for VPFA students in November. National Portfolio Day event information can be found at this link: https://nationalportfolioday.org/event/tyler-school-of-art/
- NACAC's Performing & Visual Arts College Fair is taking place in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 6. The fair, which will feature booths from over 100 universities, festivals, and conservatories, will be held from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, located at 128 N Broad Street. All attendees will also receive TeenLife's 2018 guide to Performing & Visual Arts Colleges. Please view this flyer Performing and Visual Arts Flyer REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
- We are looking for BASH students who would be interested in volunteering in Mrs. Witts-Falcone’s Life Skills Support class during their study hall or open campus. This is a wonderful opportunity to be a “peer buddy” to one of the life skills students! This is a wonderful opportunity for ALL students, one that will benefit both the life skills student AND their peer buddy! Volunteering is a great way to show leadership as well as be involved in our school. Volunteer work on a resume demonstrates your interest in building community and the likelihood that you will be a good citizen in your job or at the post-secondary school/college you attend. As an academy student, this might be a good opportunity for community service. HHS students interested in education, health care, occupational therapy or physical therapy might want to speak with Mrs. Witts-Falcone to get further information. As always, this counts towards your academy expectations. If you have any questions as to what this would entail, please feel free to stop in and see Mrs. Witts-Falcone in room 414, or to email her at email@example.com.
- Please plan on attending a presentation by Dr. Amy Throckmorton on November 6th during flex and 3rd period. Dr. Throckmorton is a Drexel University professor of Bio-Med Engineering and Research. This counts as one of your guest lecture events for this year. Dr. Throckmorton will be discussing her research, Drexel, biomedical engineering, and the trajectory of her career and all the possible pathways. She is dynamic and engaging and will be presenting in a TED talk type format with a QA afterward. We are scheduled in the FAUD. In order to attend, you must stop by the School Counseling Office to obtain a pass from Mrs. Shive. Hope to see you soon! Have a great week.
- STEM students:Entech is planning on resuming the Engineering Explorer Post, to help students ages 14-20 explore careers in engineering. Here is more info on the program: https://www.entecheng.com/en-us/about/exploring-engineering.aspx . Please contact Mark Ray if you would like more information. His contact information is included on the website.
- Female STEM students: DaVinci Science Center will host a program for WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). For more information and an application, click here: DaVinci Science Center Program