53 BHS Students Earn Advanced Placement Awards

Congratulations to the 53 students (listed below) at Burlington High School who have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

At Burlington High School:

1 student qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

 Nicholas Fahey

12 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are:

Cecilia Chiang
Harsh Dedhiya
Stephanie Desrochers
Nicholas Fahey
Helena Keown
Abhishek Kulkarni
Marko Lazarevic
Samantha Lee
Matthew Martin
Amit Patel
Shamsh Shaikh
Rachel Vozikis
Lina Wu

10 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are:

Irina Grigoryeva
Sarah Jamal-Eddine
Nicholas Merlino
Alexandra Minghella
Rachel Murgo
Eric Salina
Timothy Sunnerberg
Nikhil Thakkar
Mark Whitney
Xin Zhang

29 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are:

Gabriel Arcaro
Hope Becker
Ansh Bhammar
Alyssa Cameron
Natasha Chatterjee
Jonathan Chellali
Kyle Glennon
Dora Kadish
Yash Kamani
Ashay Lokhande
Kevin Macdonald
Jordan Mathieson
G A. Maurer
Pranav Menon
Rachel Merullo
Edmund Mitchell
Lance Olney
Gilad Oved
Dipen Patel
Kush Patel
William Poirier
Joseph Sateriale
Erin Savage
Michael Seleman
Shivesh Shah
Stuti Shah
Kumaraman Srivastav
Meghan Winters
Lawrence Yu

Of this year’s award recipients at Burlington High School, 11 are juniors. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Remembrance and Thanks, A 9/11 Tradition in BPS

9/11 Ceremony at Pine Glen

As has been the case each year since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the Burlington Public Schools has taken pause on 9/11 to reflect on the events of that day, to remember those who we lost, and to thank those who served and continue to do so.

One of the places in our district for which this day holds extra meaning is Pine Glen Elementary School, the school that American Airline Flight 11 pilot Thomas McGuinness attended.  We are honored annually by the presence of the McGuinness family at our Heroes Assembly at Pine Glen as well as our local first responders from the Burlington Police and Fire Department. In the video below our Pine Glen Chorus sings a special song just for our local first responders.

The following is an excerpt from Principal Sullivan’s Blog at BHS discussing 9/11.

It is tradition at Burlington High School to mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Time will go on for everyone who was affected by this tragedy, but we paused this morning to remember – so we never forget this horrific tragedy and the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives. Here, in our school community, we also remember several members of the Burlington Community who lost their lives on 9/11:

Robert J. Hayes
Burlington High School Class of 1981

Thomas McGuinnes
Co-Pilot of America Airlines Flight 11 and 1977 BHS graduate

Jim & Mary Trentini
Retired Burlington High School Teacher and Coach and his wife

In addition to a moment of silence and the singing of the National Anthem (video below), a vase with four roses is placed in the lobby on September 11 – it sits in front of the plaque in memory of the four members of the BHS community we lost – and will never forget.


PARCC Technical Resource Guide

Burlington was part of the PARCC Field Test this past spring along with many other districts in Massachusetts.  Unlike the other districts, Burlington Field Tested the on-line PARCC Test across all grades in both language arts and mathematics.

While we received no individual student results, we were able to contribute to a case study, with the Revere Public Schools, detailing the process of implementing a large-scale, on-line assessment.  Our other partners in this case study included the MA Association of School Superintendents, the MA Teachers’ Association, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Rennie Center.  We are grateful for all of their contributions and support.

The case study is being released in two phases – a technical resource guide and a more detailed case study.  The technical Resource Guide is currently available.

First Day 2014


The first day is always filled with excitement and lots of smiles.  Burlington students are fortunate to oftentimes be picked up by the same driver for their entire career at a particular level.  The familiarity and the comfort of the students and parents is evident on my ride with Dottie Yeadon.  She and I often comment that largest smiles at the stops on the first day are always on the parents.


Thank you to all of our bus drivers from A&F Transportation.  The school day starts when students step on the bus.


Keep Up To Date With Burlington Public Schools in 2014-2015

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 2.19.13 PM As we prepare for the start of another school year, we want to remind our Burlington Public Schools families how to keep up with all of the latest happenings from our school system. One of the best ways to stay on top of what is happening is following the district and school blogs. One way to follow our blogs is to enter your e-mail address into the box on a specific blog from which you would like to receive updates. Activating this option will set you up to receive an e-mail any time there is a new post published on that particular blog. In addition each e-mail that you receive will allow you the option of stopping the e-mails from that blog at any time.

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If you are following a number of blogs, I encourage you to look at an RSS feed service such as Feedly. This will allow you to see posts from all of these blogs in one place.

A few blogs that you may want to follow to get started


Other ways to stay up to date with BPS

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Burlington Public Schools Instagram Account

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Burlington Public Schools Facebook Page

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Burlington Public Schools Twitter Account

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BPS Alerts (Emergency Notifications)

Please let us know if there are any other social media resources that you would like to see Burlington Public Schools access to share information!

Frankie’s New 3D Printed Hand


More on the great story from Marshall Simonds Middle School and the work of our students and staff to create a prosthetic hand for a 7-year old boy from Malden using their 3-D Printer during their Activity Block.

Originally posted on E-nabling The Future:


Please click on the photo above to be directed to a video of the funniest 7 year old e-NABLE hand recipient to date!

This is the kind of story that we hope to see more and more of.

Meet Frankie, a 7 year old little boy in Massachusetts who was born with no fingers on his right hand and his Mother Rachel, who found her way to the e-NABLE community after watching a video about a father and son pair (Paul and Leon McCarthy) who created a 3D printed hand together.

Rachel joined the Google+ group and introduced herself and explained that she was in need of a device for her son. Within minutes, she had volunteers offering to make one for Frankie and one of those volunteers just happened to be 8th grade science teacher Jourdan Marino at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Massachusetts. Jourdan realized they were near one another and…

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