AI Chatbot Presentation at ISTE 2018

Burlington High School Help Desk Students and Teachers representing the school district and community at The International Society for Technology in Education in Chicago. Thank you.

Burlington High School Help Desk

This past semester, the BHS Help Desk and Ms. Tyrrell’s Exploring Computer Science classes were fortunate to be selected by ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education) to pilot an AI (Artificial Intelligence) Chatbot curriculum. This pilot was made possible through ISTE’s partnership with General Motors. We are doing a poster session at the ISTE 2018 conference, and our Tuesday, June 26, session is entitled, “Shared Solutions in K-12: Artificial Intelligence Using Chat Bots.” My student Gati Aher will also be presenting with us at ISTE. During the conference, there are many other sessions on AI, including “Artificial Intelligence Goes to School” which will give an overview of the program, and “Empowering Students to Develop Artificial Intelligence for Automation and K-12 Solutions.”

This pilot opened up a vast world which we had some understanding of, but we didn’t really know the technology underpinning…

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Burlington High School Post Graduation Party

The Post Grad party for the class of 2018 was held Sunday night June 3rd at Kings in
Burlington. Kings has hosted the graduates the last four years and once again it was a huge success. Kings General Manager Michael Belley and his staff did an amazing job.

We had 190 graduating seniors in attendance and many wore their 2018 Red Devil T-Shirt that they received at post-grad party registration. Each year BHS art teacher, Keith Mistler has his senior students create and submit potential logos for the graduation T-Shirt. Only one logo is chosen. This year, student Kosta Stamides, designed the T-Shirt logo. The Burlington Chamber of Commerce along with the following T-Shirt donors make it possible to purchase and print up a T-Shirt for every graduating senior. An amazing keepsake!

The T-Shirt Sponsors are as follows:

BACC
Kings
3rd Ave Burlington
The Gutierrez Company
Riemer Braunstein
Burlington AFC (American Family Care urgent care)
Burlington Fitness Together
Oracle
Cambridge Savings bank
Remax (Realty Experts)
Longs
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Exit Realty
Winbrook PROMO

Students were able to check in to Kings between 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Sunday night. When they arrived DJ Greg Gervais from Curtis Knight Entertainment already had the tunes cranking. DJ Greg did an amazing job and many of the graduates were still dancing at 5 am. They were also able to enjoy time with classmates and friends as they bowled, played pool and video games.

At 11:30 pm Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. began his show. This is always a highlight of the night.  Frank does a phenomenal job of hypnotizing a group, as their classmates watch and laugh in hysterics. A large photo booth with a wide array of props was provided by Curtis Knight Entertainment. Many graduates enjoyed the photo booth throughout the entire night. Additional entertainment was provided by FUN Enterprises, Inc. This included Two Tarot Card Readers, Two Airbrush Tattoo Artists and an amazing Roving Magician. Graduates lined up throughout the night to enjoy all of this entertainment.

On staff, we had Registered Nurses, Officer Fournier, Officer Devlin, Principal Mr. Mark
Sullivan, Assistant Principals Deb Deacon, and Rick Sheehan. In addition, the Class Advisors, Mrs. DiCroce and Mr. Regan, were in attendance, as well as dozens and dozens of parent volunteers throughout the night.

Chicken Fingers, French Fries, soft drinks, and waters were donated by Kings. Tony Cs
donated trays of Mac and Cheese, Chips and Dip, as well Caesar Salad. Pizzas were donated by Pizza Works, Flatbread, Burlington House of Pizza and Dominoes. Newtowne Grille donated Loaded Tater Tots, Not Your Average Joe’s donated Bread and Oil and Papa Gino’s donated Cheesy Bread. Coffee, Donuts, and Munchkins were donated by Dunkin Donuts.

With Gift cards donated by Wegmans, Shaw’s and Market Basket we were able to buy ice cream, fruit, muffins, juice, and milk. Desserts were donated by LaCascia’s and Roma’s Bakery.  Throughout the night we raffled off gift cards, as well as donations from Xtend Barre and Roots Yoga.

As each senior left 5:00 am, they were given a gift bag which included a pair of sunglasses that were created by three of the graduating seniors; Coleman Began, Dylan MacKinnon, and Jeff Russo. The name of their company is Against the Grain. The sunglasses were packaged in a unique wooden case that displayed the Burlington High logo. The gift bags also included water bottles donated by the Burlington Education Foundation, accessories from CrossFit Exclamation, as well as coupons for free coffee at True North, free classes to Xtend Barre and discounts at Bed Bath and Beyond.

This party would not be possible without our Post Grad Party Committee, as well as all of our parent volunteers and the following sponsors:

American LegionMillican-MacKenzie Post 273
Axial Financial
Bedford Farms Ice Cream
Burlington’s Patrolmen’s Assoc
Burlington Police Command Officers Union
Burlington Firefighters Local 2313
Burlington Rotary Club
Burlington Educator’s Assoc
W. Gochis Insurance Agency, Inc.
Gedick Bros
Ernie and Ruth Covino
Gulde Insurance Agency
LTB Insurance
Mount Hope Christian Center
Pandolfo Company, Inc
PTO Fox Hill
PTO Memorial
Riemer & Braunstein Robert C. Buckley, Esq.

7C Learns about Water Filtration with help from MilliporeSigma!

Burlington is so fortunate to have corporate citizens who are invested in our public schools. Thank you MilliporeSigma.

Marshall Simonds Middle School

MilliporeSigma, a biotechnology company with offices in Burlington and Billerica, returned to Marshall Simonds Middle School on Thursday to work with students on Team 7C.  This is part of a community outreach program meant to pair students with real-life scientists.

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MSMS 8th Grader Navya Garg to be Published in The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts

Marshall Simonds Middle School

Burlington, MA: Navya Garg’s photography, “Chameleon” was selected for publication in The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, the only statewide print and online publication featuring jury-selected artwork, photography, poetry and creative writing by students in grades 8 to 12. Navya Garg is an 8th grader at Marshall Simonds Middle School.

“Chameleon” was selected from over 700 works submitted by teens from schools and community organizations across the Commonwealth. All published works are juror-selected to ensure artistic excellence. Through this selective process, The Marble Collection, nonprofit publisher of The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, strives to assemble the most diverse and acclaimed collection of work.

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