11th annual “Exercise for Education” 5K Road Race and 1/2 Mile Family Fun Run-May 31, 2015


This is a great event for families and community members to support the Burlington Education Foundation and all of the wonderful resources they help bring to Burlington classrooms!

Originally posted on burlingtonedfoundation:

The Burlington Education Foundation (BEF) will be holding their 11th Annual “Exercise for Education” 5K Road Race and ½ Mile Family Fun Run at Burlington High School on Sunday May 31, 2015.  Check-in for the event begins at 8:00am with the Family Fun Run beginning at 9:00am, followed by the start of the 5k which begins promptly at 9:30am.

Please visit BEF’s website (http://www.burlingtonedfoundation.org/5k-road-race-fun-run/) for more information on the activities as well as online registration. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a free t-shirt. NEW This Year – Chip Timing! – with instant results.  Don’t miss out on this great community event.

BEF’s Mission is to channel donations from businesses and individuals to provide Burlington educators with an additional source of funding for creative and innovative curriculum enrichment programs.  Help us make a difference in the Burlington Public Schools!

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Spotlight On Excellence For Some Thoughtful Fifth Graders and Their Teachers

At last night’s School Committee Meeting, we had the pleasure of highlighting some wonderful work by Memorial fifth graders (Bella, Brooke, Arshiyah) and their teachers (Ms. Conceison and Ms. Beers) regarding their efforts to make sure that their school is an inclusive environment that recognizes the unique qualities of all students. We first heard about this great initiative back in March when Memorial Principal Deb Dressler shared  the story on her blog:

Two dedicated fifth graders had an inspirational idea to create more inclusion and expand our tolerance for difference.
Each week, students in Ms. Conceison class spend time getting to know students in the LABBB program. They worked together to create a short presentation  for the entire fifth grade to think about how to INCLUDE everyone no matter how they think, talk or walk.
All fifth grade students signed the puzzle pieces to symbolize their unity.
Thank you to Ms. Conceison and Ms. Beers for making the girls vision come to life!
We are proud to share this Spotlight on Excellence with the Burlington Community and thank the students and staff involved for reinforcing the inclusiveness that we strive for in all of our schools!

MSMS Open House

Originally posted on Marshall Simonds Middle School:

6B Math Teacher, Mrs. Crowley Greets Parents. 6B Math Teacher, Mrs. Crowley Greets Parents.

Last night, MSMS’ Spring Open House had a fantastic student and parent turnout. Students and Teachers got the chance to show off some of the great work that they’ve been doing in class this year and Parents got a chance to talk to teachers and visit our classrooms. We’d like to thank all of the Students and Parents who were able to make it!

To see more photos from our Open House, view the rest of this entry below.

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Superintendent Evaluation

Although I have been soliciting your feedback for years, the new educator evaluation regulation requires feedback as one component of the new evaluation process. In the coming years all professional staff will need to seek feedback on their job performance.

Please take a few minutes to provide me with anonymous feedback on my job performance this year. The results will be shared with school committee members who will incorporate the information into my overall job performance rating.

Thank you for your time.

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Another Great Offering From The Burlington PAC – Teaching Math Skills Through Board Games


 Teaching Math Skills Through Board Games

 Monday May 4, 2015 6:30pm – 9:00pm   

School Committee room at BHS 

Why not have fun using everyday board games your child is familiar with to teach and reinforce math.

Carrie Fortunato, District Math Coach and Louise D’Amato, Special Education Director, will present strategies on how to use everyday board games to teach math concepts and reinforce learning. Come learn a new and exciting way to help strengthen your child’s math skills.

*Doors open at 6:30 presentation begins at 7:00

 Light refreshments will be served.

Burlington Community Concert Series Presents Romance & Tango This Weekend

Enjoy the end of your weekend with your friends at Burlington Community Concert Series with Romance and Tango, A Classical Strings Concert this Sunday evening, May 3, at 7:00 pm. Featured are Roxana Bajdechi (piano), Oana Lacatus (violin) and Rebecca Thornblade (cello) performing Schubert and Chopin, and Argentine tango composer Piazzola. The concert takes place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School. Tickets: $5-$15, www.BurlingtonTheatre.com, 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the door.

Romance and Tango Strings poster

Our Blizzard Bag Site Is Live

Burlington Public Schools

We are excited to have the opportunity to pilot learning projects for school day cancellations. We will be the first district in the state of Massachusetts to try this with the assigned “Blizzard Bag” work that is available on this BPS Blizzard Bag site. As with any pilot, we expect that there will be a lot of questions and that not everything will proceed exactly as planned. However, we are committed to offering multiple methods to support students so that they can complete their work successfully.

Questions will be answered live on our Blizzard Bag phone line at 1 (512) SNOWDAY (1-512-766-9329) on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-7 p.m. Voice messages and texts can also be sent to this number during the duration of the assignment and will be responded to daily. In the meantime, we have also created an e-mail address where you can send questions (blizzardbags@bpsk12.org). We will share all of the questions asked on a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that will be added on this Blizzard Bag site.

Of course, your student’s classroom teachers are also a great resource for questions and we will be adding support opportunities that are available at individual schools in the days ahead as well on the website. Teachers will be checking in with their students during the week of May 4, which is the midpoint of the projects, to make sure that students are making progress. It is our hope that at least half of the assignment will be completed at this time. If students have any questions about expectations or length of assignments, they should ask their teachers.

Our final due date for the assignments is June 1, 2015. If students complete their work prior to that date, they are welcome to turn them in early to their teachers. Since the work is meant to be substituted for two days of school, all students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for two days. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this pilot. We look forward to your feedback along the way.

Please visit this site for information and details about student work that must be completed to ensure learning goals are met. Student assignments are posted by grade levels at the top of the Blizzard Bag Website. High school teachers will be giving students their assignments this week.