SAVE THE DATE: October 21, 2017 – Our 2nd Annual Parent University

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Burlington Public Schools is proud to host our 2nd Parent University on Saturday, October 21 at Burlington High School!  Parents of students grades PreK-12 will have the opportunity at this free event to attend workshops and interact with education and health professionals regarding a variety of topics related to your child’s learning and development.

Our keynote speaker will be Jon Mattleman, who will be sharing his “Secret Life of Teens” presentation.  “The Secret Lives of Teens” is a high-energy presentation that actively focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support the teens in their lives. This presentation covers areas such as depression, suicide, ‘acting out’ behaviors, drug and alcohol use, and more. Parents of students k-12 will gain valuable insight into adolescent behaviors and the decision-making of our students. More information on Jon and his presentation can be found at www.jonmattleman.com/

Additionally, to better serve our parents, BPS will be providing free childcare for this event (pending child registration).  Please keep an eye out for follow-up materials including the release of our updated website and event schedule.

Mark your calendar for October 21– more details to follow!    

First Day of School!!!

I love the first day of school. Today, students in grades 1 through 12 joined the rest of us to start their school year. As in the prior 10 years, my day started on a bus. This year I had the pleasure of riding with Bob Lisa. Bob has been driving for A&F for nine years. Bob’s rapport with the students and families along his routes was clearly evident. Thank you Bob!

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One of the interesting observations on the first day rides have been the contrast between the cool and subdued high school students and the energy and excitement of the elementary riders. This year was no different.

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One sure thing is that every parent waiting at the bus stop was smiling.

Thank you for sharing your children with us. We are all looking forward to a great school year.

Computer Science for ALL in MA Public Schools

Superintendents across Public School Districts in Massachusetts are working together to expand, an in some cases introduce, computer science as a foundational skill for all students.  Our efforts, through our state organization – The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) – do not mean we are attempting to limit creativity or forget other content, especially the arts.  What we believe is that contibuting citizens will require a general knowledge of computer science in order to be successful in 2018 and beyond.  We also believe that we are in a 50 state competition to create the skilled workforce needed to fill unfilled jobs and to drive the state’s knowledge-based economy.  

Massachusetts has already adopted Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards for districts to follow.  Even our skilled tradespeople will be working alongside robots needing programming. Local investment in expanding computer science education will only strengthen the Massachusetts Economy, bolster local revenues, and, most importantly, help children have better futures as adults.

Superintendents are not alone in our efforts.  Governor Baker with Secretary Peyser, the business community, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MA Higher Education, and The MA Computer Attainment Network (MassCAN) are partnering with us.  All together we hope to make Massachusetts Public Schools the leader in computer science education in addition to maintaining our first-in-the-nation ranking on existing academic measures.  

Lego League Bootcamp Full of Success (and Meaningful Failures!)

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Over thirty students from all four Burlington elementary schools participated in the Science Center’s FIRST Lego League Bootcamp session as a part of the Burlington Public Schools summer programming. Students took on the robotics challenges from last year’s FIRST Lego League Challenge, “Animal Allies” using the board, challenges, and LEGO elements used by the MSMS […]

Read the complete post here: Lego League Bootcamp Full of Success (and Meaningful Failures!) — The Burlington Science Center

This Is What Cultural Diversity Looks Like

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diversity flagsgabbie large-1Students in the MSMS photography Activity Block and after-school Photo Club took part in a portraiture lesson that combined creative elements of digital photography and fine art.  Skills included use of lighting, meaningful composition, and body painting.  In a world that passes judgement based on appearances and increasingly divides us by our differences, students took the project one step further by demonstrating their ethnic pride and cultural diversity by embedding flags of origin into their portraits.  Once the composition was designed, and body painted flags included, images were shot and edited using Photoshop software.  Together, the photos make a powerful display statement, located along the corridor en route from the main lobby to the cafeteria.

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