Burlington Schools and Chamber of Commerce Team Up For Burlington Reads



Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce President Rick Parker and Superintendent of Schools Conti – Make Time for Reading


The Burlington School Committee is joining forces with the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce for Burlington Reads, an initiative to help support reading ar home.   This initiative will provide a copy of  Make Time for Reading, A Story Guide for Parents of Babies and Young Children by Jean Ciborowski Fahey, for families with babies and young children at home.

The Burlington School Committee and the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce appreciate the opportunity to play even a small part in helping to build the daily reading routines of young families.


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School Committee Chair Kristin Russo and Asst. Superintendent Larkin with a copy of Make Time for Reading


Vigil This Sunday For Victims of Orlando Shooting

Join members of the Burlington community this weekend to grieve for the victims of the horrific shooting at a night club in Orlando this past Sunday.
The Burlington Interfaith Clergy, together with State Representative Ken Gordon, will host a vigil on Sunday from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on the Burlington Town Common in memory of the innocent lives that were lost in the senseless and unprovoked attack in Orlando this week, a release from Gordon’s office says.
“The entire community is welcome to gather as we pay tribute and remember the victims of the tragedy,” the invite says. “We stand in solidarity with all who mourn in the spirit of caring and concern.”
On Sunday, June 12, an assailant identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen instigated a mass shooting inside of Pulse, a night club in Orlando, Florida catering to the LBGTQ community. The shooting resulted in 49 deaths and 53 injuries and is the deadliest mass shooting attack in modern American history.

Celebrating Our Diverse Learners

We had a great presentation from two Francis Wyman teachers at last night’s school committee meeting. Mrs. Sosnowski, a member of the first grade team,  and Ms. Lamprey, an ELL teacher, came to share their experiences from co-teaching in a first grade classroom with a diverse group of learners.  Mrs. Sosnowski and Ms. Lamprey have  found tremendous success for all of their students through their collaborative work. The presentation below shares some of the successes of these teachers and their students and also highlights the tremendous diversity of our student body.

Guest Post: Educatious

Dear Parents:

As part of the school district’s efforts to expand its global education program, Burlington High School has invited several international students to join us for the 2016-2017 school year.  Through this program, our district has and will continue to receive excellent students from around the world.

We now need the community’s help with this mission.  To help us attract host families, Burlington Public Schools is working with Educatius International,  a corporate partner on this program.  As a host family, you receive a monthly stipend of between $800 – $1000 per month.  Educatius asks that you provide a loving and supportive family environment.  This is a wonderful and educational experience for everyone involved and often leads to lifelong friendships.

Among many fine high schools in the state, these students select Burlington High School, and we are very proud of this.  If you are interested in participating in this culturally enriching experience, please contact Carolyn Resnek carolyn.resnek@educatius.org or call her at  617 283 0382


Warm Regards

 Jodi Del Razo

Jodi Del Razo

Regional Manager, Massachusetts Region

Educatius International

22 Battery March Street

Fifth Floor

Boston MA 02109

617 543 8626 (cellular) + facetime



BHS Art Students Put On First Ever State House Fashion Show

We are proud to share a few images from the Fashion On the Hill event that our Burlington High School students put on today in the Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House today. Thanks to the efforts of BHS Fashion Design teacher Keith Mistler and State Representative Ken Gordon the impressive work of our current and past BHS students was featured in a runway fashion show.

This first-ever State House Fashion Show was further evidence of the tremendous visual arts program that our district is able to provide for our students.  Our students are truly fortunate to attend schools in a community that values the arts and provides students diverse opportunities to show their creativity and higher-level thinking skills. We are certain that although these skills may not be measured on any standardized test, they will prove quite valuable to our students as they move forward down whichever path they choose.

There were certainly many high points during today’s show, but the highlight was the involvement of our Burlington Preschool students who wore their adaptive clothing created by the BHS Fashion Design students. This work was highlighted earlier in the year, but it was great to share it on a larger stage.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the students, staff, and community members that helped make today such a special event for Burlington Public Schools!



Water Quality Testing Reports

At the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 24th the results from the water quality tests were discussed.  The testing is conducting after the fixtures sit idle all weekend to provide the most conservative estimate.  Any location where levels were found to be above the recommended levels were taken off line.  We are in the process of replacing the faucets on these locations.  We will test the water after the faucets are replaced to determine if the older fixture was the source of the lead.  If yes, then we will begin to institute a faucet replacement program across the district.

We will continue to monitor and post the water quality results in all of our school buildings.

Burlington water quality test results

Another Amazing Year For BEF Grants In Action Our Schools

At last night’s School Committee Meeting, we highlighted some of the grants that the Burlington Education has funded this year to help support the efforts of Burlington teachers and their students. We are certainly fortunate to have this dedicated group in our school community to help us provide so many unique opportunities in our schools and classrooms. Please see the list below of the grants that were funded this year. Incredibly, the BEF has now funded over $250,000 in grants since its inception.

BEF Grants In Our Schools (1)

The pictures below highlight the Innovative Classroom: Problem Based Collaborative furniture that was installed in Mrs. Lynch’s 5th Grade Classroom at Francis Wyman Elementary School.  We are excited to see how this non-traditional setup impacts student learning.

BEF Grants In Our Schools (2)

The pictures below highlight a few of the other grants that the BEF funded this year:

  • Scooter our therapy dog (top left)
  • Fox Hill Friendship Bench (top right)
  • Family Diversity Project In MSMS Library (bottom left)
  • Augmented Reality Sandbox for Burlington Science Center (bottom right)

BEF Grants In Our Schools

Please continue to support the BEF in any way possible. They have two upcoming fundraising ventures with their annual raffle and their annual road race. See below for further details.

Exercise For Education

Sunday, May 22, 2016

5K Road Race & Family Fun Run

Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA


Performance T-Shirts provided to Pre-Registered Participants !!!

Check-in begins at 8:00 am
Family Fun Run begins at 9:00 am
5K begins promptly at 9:30 am

Register Online here

or Download this Form and mail to BEF PO Box 756, Burlington MA 01803

2016 Grand Prize Raffle


$7,000 in Prize Values! Enter to win! Take a chance to support the BEF.

Buy tickets below or download paper form.

Grand Prize – Capital Grille:”The Capital Grille Burlington Experience”  ($2,000 value)          “Experience” includes:Private Food & Wine Pairing Dinner for 10; wines selected by TCG’s Sommelier

2nd Prize – Kings: “King Pin Party” Private Bowling Party for 40 People ($1,900 value)

3rd Prize – The Bancroft: 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing for 10 ($1,600 value)

4th Prize – Seasons 52: Chef’s Table 7-Course Private Room Dinner for 6 ($1,000 value)

5th Prize – Burtons Grill: Chef Guided 5-Course Wine Pairing for 8 ($550 value)

Your raffle donation will help fund grant requests for creative and innovative curriculum enrichment programs.

Winners to be announced following the 5K Road Race on May 22, 2016.