Free Flu Clinic This Saturday At Memorial School

The Burlington Board of Health will hold a public walk-in flu clinic on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 12pm-3pm at Memorial School, 125 Winn Street, Burlington.  No appointment is necessary.  All flu vaccines are free, but if you have health insurance please bring your information.  All children and adults are eligible for free vaccine regardless of insurance status.  Children under age 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.  If possible, please wear a loose-fitting short sleeve shirt.
For the most current information, please call the BOH Flu Clinic Line at 781 238-5353, or visit the webpage linked here.


Presentation October 23 on Childhood Stress and Anxiety: Causes, Impact and Strategies

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Join the Burlington PAC Thursday, October 23, 2014 for a presentation on an important topic: 

Childhood Stress & Anxiety : Causes, Impact & Strategies – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. MSMS Library

Presented by Joel M. Ristuccia, a certified School Psychologist with over twenty-five years experience working in the public schools.

Joel has developed and worked in programs for students at risk for failure due to social/emotional disabilities and continues to assist schools and school districts in addressing the needs of these students. Mr. Ristuccia has served as a consultant on the impact of trauma on student learning to the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) and is a co-author of “Helping Traumatized Children Learn”, volumes 1 and 2.   Additionally he has consulted to the Department of School Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, presented program model research findings at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), presented for the Departments of Education in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Washington as well as the University of Wisconsin on topics related to the impact of social/emotional issues on learning.

Mr. Ristuccia is an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University teaching courses in developing school wide, classroom and individual interventions to address the needs of students with social/emotional disabilities. Mr. Ristuccia holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.


Come hear Joel talk about Anxiety in students K-12 and answer questions about why it happens and what you can do about it.

For more information please contact us at

*doors open at 6:30, presentation begins at 7:00

BPS Music Department featured on WBZ Radio


More recognition for our BPS Music Program!

Originally posted on Music and Performing Arts Department:

Our Music Department was featured on the radio today, in Mary Blake’s series entitled:
“Music Education, Hitting the High Notes”

Mary Blake from WBZ CBS Radio AM 1030 featured the BHS Marching Band (Steven Gelberg, Drum Major), and  Fox Hill Elementary music teacher Jeanne Coroniti and her class.

Here is an audio recording of the segment.
It airs again this evening at 5:55 pm, 1030 on your AM Radio.
I am so proud to work in a town that values a quality music program for their children.  Congratulations to the dedicated music staff and all those who support it.

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Support Students During Tomorrow’s Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation Telethon

PrintThis information originally appeared on the Burlington Cable Access Television Website

Click here for a brief message from BCSF President Jack Ferren 

It’s time once again to help Burlington students looking to further their education by attending a college or university.

The 20th Annual Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation’s (BCSF) Dollars for Scholars Telethon will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It will run live on Burlington Cable Access Television’s Education Channel (Comcast – 22, Verizon – 40, RCN – 13).

The telethon, hosted by BCSF President Jack Ferren, will featuring three segments – one on education, one with businesses and a third with town officials. The groups come in and give donations and speak about their work.

“It’s Burlington on TV,” Ferren explained.

Viewers looking to support scholarships for Burlington students will also be given a chance to call in and make a donation. Also, from Tuesday, Oct. 14 to Thursday, Oct. 16, student volunteers will be calling residents to solicit donations to the cause.

BCSF, a non profit 501c3e, was founded in 1988 with the mission of helping Burlington residents defray college expenses, Ferren said. Since it began the organization has awarded $8 million in scholarships.

In 2013, The BCSF awarded 38 scholarships to high school graduates for a total of $80,000. The Adopt a Class program sponsored by Northern Bank & Trust awarded 28 scholars for a total of $22,500. Also last year, BCSF awarded six scholarships to Burlington Adults who have returned or began school, totaling $12,000.

Additionally under the BCSF umbrella the Burlington High School awarded $205,000.

“The grand total for 2013 in total scholarship awards collectively with the Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation and BHS program are; 397 individual scholarships totaling $315,000,” the organization’s annual report states.

Also in 2013 the organization became part of the Dollars for Scholars National Association, Ferren said.

“We took the foundation from local to global,” he said. “Graduates are now eligible for scholarships all over the world.”

Along with making a donation during the week of the telethon, Burlington residents can also support the foundation when they pay their town real estate tax, excise tax or water bill.

Tech Savvy Parenting: October Event


Don’t miss our first Tech Savvy Parenting Night on October 7th at Marshall Simonds Middle School! This is a great opportunity for parents to learn more about all of the current social media tools that their students are using. The discussion will focus on how parents can use these tools themselves and also how to support their students as digital citizens.

Sign up now in the post below! We look forward to learning with you this year!

Originally posted on Burlington High School Help Desk:

I am pleased to announce the first Tech Savvy Parenting night which is a new “Digital Bootcamp Series” designed to educate and connect parents and community members of Burlington Public Schools. The first event is being held on Tuesday, October 7th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Marshall Simonds Middle School in the Library Commons. The focus of the first event will be on digital safety and is geared towards parents of students in grades K-12.

I, along with BPS EdTech team member Kelly Floyd both specialize in digital citizenship education. Kelly will be sharing her knowledge and expertise on digital safety with parents in grades K-8. I will be providing information, strategies, and digital citizenship resources for parents of children in grades 9-12. This will be a hands-on, interactive session, so parents are encouraged to bring some type of device to the event, whether it be a laptop, smartphone…

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Draft District Improvement Plan and 2014-15 Goals

The Burlington School Committee approved the superintendent goals for the 2014-15 school year at last night’s meeting.  The new educator evaluation regulations require that educators have two goals – a student learning goal and a professional practice goal.


The School Committee also completed a first reading of the Draft District Improvement Plan.  The DIP is a summary of where our collective attention is being focused this year.


What’s “Bean” going on at the Burlington Community Garden

Originally posted on Burlington Science Center Blog:

Firstgrades at Francis Wyman visited the Burlington Community Garden with Peter Coppola this month to harvest the beans they planted this Spring at the end of the 2014 school year.  The students were very excited to see how much the beans had grown over the summer.

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The first graders left a trail of bean pods walking back to the school. In the early 1800s the U.S. Government relocated the Cherokee Indian Nation from Georgia and Tennessee to Oklahoma. Along the way these native Americans dropped seeds; one of them, a bean grew and way saved by settlers and today it is known as the Cherokee trail of tears.

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The first graders then took the bean plants back to the classroom and removed the beans from the plants.


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Next they will let the bean pods dry out and then pack the beans in jars. Rice will be added to the jars…

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