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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Great Opportunity For Burlington Youth Soccer Players To Connect With BHS Varsity Teams

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This Sunday, 9/28 at Marshall Simonds Middle School, the Burlington High School Boys and Girls Soccer Programs will be presenting their second annual Varsity Day event.
This program provides Burlington Youth Soccer players the opportunity to train and be coached by our high school Varsity teams, in an attempt to build a relationship based on support, positive reinforcement, and player development. 
This program is free of cost and will take place at Marshall Simonds Middle School.  U8 and U10 players will participate from 1-3pm, and U12 and U14 players will be participating from 3-5pm.  This fun and informative training session will include free t-shirts, competitions, and give aways. This is a great opportunity not just for Burlington Youth Soccer, but also for our high schoolers to see the positive impact they can have on their community using athletics.
We hope to see you on the field on Sunday

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.