Meet our new Choral Director, Julie Weller!

Mrs. Weller would like to invite the BHS community to a Chorus “Meet and Greet” on Tuesday, August 30 from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the BHS Chorus room (see agenda below.)  Come and meet Mrs. Weller, discuss her educational philosophies, talk repertoire, and share your ideas for the success of our program.  Perhaps we will even do a little singing!


Feel free to visit Mrs. Weller’s website ( to learn more about her educational philosophies and hear samples of her work.

Chorus Meet and Greet Agenda:

6:00 – 6:30 – Meeting, Greeting, and Refreshments
6:30 – 7:00 – Formal Introductions and Philosophies
7:00 – 7:15 – Sing-a-long
7:15 -8:00 – Open Discussion

Letter From Principal Sullivan to BHS Parents

This post originally appeared on Principal Sullivan’s Blog

August 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian:        

I hope this letter finds you enjoying the summer with family and friends.  This time of year is routinely busy at BHS, with numerous projects underway, and preparing for the upcoming school year.  In just a few short weeks, we will be back in full swing and I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of some important information.

Schedules  – Enclosed is your child’s schedule which reflects teacher names/room numbers.  Study Hall room numbers will be provided on the first day of school.  If this schedule happens to read “Incomplete Schedule”, it is imperative that you contact the Guidance Office at 781-270-1780 to schedule an appointment.  Guidance Counselors will be available (by appointment only) during the weeks of August 8-11 and August 15-18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to resolve any conflicts.   Walk-ins are welcome during the week of August 22-25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

2016/2017 BHS Schedule –  In an effort to incorporate common planning time for BHS faculty, there will be a common planning day scheduled on several days between October and May.  Common planning time helps improve instruction by allowing teachers to share best practices, review student work, and plan curriculum and lessons together. This time will fall when some of our Block 8’s would have.  The bell schedule for the common planning days can be found on the website, and the specific common planning days will be released later in the summer. Please note that on common planning days school will open at the normal time and buses will run on a regular schedule. However, homeroom will not start until 8:00 a.m. If your son/daughter comes to school prior to 8:00 a.m., they can go to the library or cafeteria, as on other days if they arrive early. As usual, breakfast will be served and, in addition, the fitness center will be available for student use.

Class of 2020/New Student iPads  – We are offering iPad rollout sessions on August 18, 25 and 29 at either 9 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.  This year, NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  A parent/guardian and student must attend one session. All sessions will be held at the Burlington High School Auditorium and will last approximately 45 minutes.  Please feel free to visit for more information.   

Class of 2020 and New Student Orientation  – All 9th-grade students, as well as any students new to Burlington High School, are invited to our  Freshman Orientation on Tuesday, August 23, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.  Students will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the building layout and the locations of their classrooms. Administrators and student leaders will also provide a general overview of our curriculum, rules, procedures and extracurricular activities.  Following an informational session in the auditorium, students will meet in small discussion groups with student mentors.  Kindly remind your son/daughter to bring their schedule with them.

Class of 2020 Digital Citizenship Requirement  – Starting with the Class of 2020 (incoming freshman), students are required to audit our Digital Citizenship Course as a graduation requirement. This pass/fail course is entirely online, is self-paced, and must be completed by the end of the 2017/2018 school year.  Students will earn 1 credit upon completion of the course. This course comprises 8 units that will help our students understand the importance of being a good digital citizen and covers topics such as information literacy, internet safety, privacy and security, digital footprint and reputation, cyberbullying and more. Students can access the course at and hit “join class (+)” which is located in the upper right-hand corner of classroom.  From there, they should enter the access code: 41qhy4. The instructions on accessing/completing the online course will also be provided to each student in September.

School Opening  – This year school starts after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 6, which will be a full day of school. Pictures for student IDs will be taken on the first day of school.  Order forms will be mailed home by Lifetouch for those families wishing to purchase portrait packages.

Save the Date!  – BHS will host its annual Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers while experiencing a simulated school day.  As always, Administrators and Guidance Counselors will also be available throughout the evening to answer questions.

I look forward to a productive and exciting year.  If you have any questions, or if I can do anything to assist you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact me at 781-273-7662.  With only a few weeks left, I wish you continued relaxation, enjoyment, and fun this summer.


Mark J. Sullivan

Summer Robotics Students Launch into a World of Programming and Engineering — The Burlington Science Center

The Burlington Science Center’s summer robotics program has found its rhythm in its third year of operation. A mix of incoming third, fourth, and fifth graders joined the second session of summer programs at the Memorial Elementary School from July 18th – 28th. Day 1 of our summer robotics program. Assembling the bot to […]

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Some Great Clips From Our Summer Robotics Program for Elementary Students

Once again Mr. Musselman from the Burlington Science Center is leading some of our elementary students in a summer robotics program. You can see a number of video clips that show what the students are up to on the Burlington Science Center’s Instagram account. Check out a few of the clips below.

Sanjit and Ryan complete the red line challenge!

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Alex and Anthony! #devilbotz2876

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Adi and Keshob are the first to complete the yellow line challenge! #devilbotz2876 #bpschat

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Team Red: Nick and Alan complete the Red Line Challenge! #devilbotz2876 #bpschat

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Burlington One of Five MA School Districts Partnering With New MIT-based Woodrow Wilson STEM Academy

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Burlington Public Schools is proud to be one of five school districts in the state of MA partnering with the Woodrow Wilson STEM Academy, a new program designed to license STEM teachers. For more, check out the press release below from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Academy Website.




PRINCETON, NJ (July 20, 2016) –As the next phase in its bold national effort to dramatically improve teacher preparation and to help teaching and learning practices evolve for the future, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced that its Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning (WW Academy) has received informal approval from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offer an initial, post-baccalaureate license for middle and secondary school teachers in biology, chemistry, and math.

In 2015, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation revealed its plans to develop competency-based master’s degree programs in teaching and school leadership, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Applications for degree-granting approval and accreditation are in process. The WW Academy remains on track to name its first cohort of Fellows for the 2017–18 academic year.

“A year ago, we announced plans to chart a new course in educator preparation, one focused on what aspiring teachers know and are able to do,” Woodrow Wilson Foundation President Arthur Levine said. “Today, working with MIT, our efforts in competency and curriculum development, licensure and accreditation, strategic partnerships, program development, and fundraising have made great strides. The Woodrow Wilson Academy will open its doors to its first class in the summer of 2017.”

Draft Competencies Developed, Challenge-Based Curriculum Established

During the past year, the WW Academy has developed its competencies for beginning teachers. Specific content knowledge competencies have been built for biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Competencies are currently under review by teacher educators, subject-matter experts, and K–12 teachers.

The competencies are the basis of an interactive, challenge-based curriculum designed to ensure prospective teachers can demonstrate both what they have learned and how they use it in a classroom setting. MIT has been an integral part of developing and prototyping the WW Academy “Challenge” model. The WW Academy will publicly unveil its first biology-related challenge in fall 2016.

As part of its efforts, MIT has also been developing a suite of teacher education-focused games and simulations for the Academy. It is also helping to build the technology infrastructure on which the entire WW Academy program will be offered.

Initial School District Partnerships Established

To ensure a robust clinical experience for all students enrolling in the graduate program, the WW Academy has established strategic partnerships with five local school districts in Massachusetts—Burlington, Cambridge, Natick, Revere, and Somerville. In addition to providing classroom-based experiences to WW Academy students, each of the districts has identified exemplary STEM teachers to participate in the WW Academy effort.

This summer, 22 of these STEM teachers will take part as Design Fellows in a summer workshop developed to ensure WW Academy students have experienced educators to work with, mentors who can help bridge current school environments with new competency-based approaches. The mentorship efforts will be modeled on the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program. This advisory group of teachers will also help to shape the clinical program.

“The need for highly qualified STEM teachers in the public schools has never been greater,” Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Young said. “Cambridge, MA—a hub of the STEM industry—is proud to partner with the WW Academy to strengthen teaching and learning in this critical area.  We are enthused about this work, not only for our teachers but also for our students, who will be the beneficiaries of this project and eventually the people who will fill those STEM jobs in our community.”

In-Service PD Efforts Accelerated

In its 2015 announcement, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation noted its intention to develop in-service teacher programs and micro-credentialing opportunities based on its competency-based approach. Following strong urging from education leaders, the Foundation has decided to accelerate PD development, launching an effort concurrent with graduate program development. These offerings, also part of the MIT collaboration, will be developed as inaugural projects in the Walter Buckley Teaching and Learning Lab, which will serve as an incubator and innovation lab, studying what works and why in preparing teachers and education leaders, and offering new ideas and models to meet the needs of 21st-century schools.

“Based on the feedback we have received to date, there is a strong demand for STEM content-focused, competency-based professional development for educators across the country,” Levine said. “Using our competencies and challenge-based approach, we can develop meaningful PD offerings that allow teachers to build their knowledge and skills and demonstrate to their schools and their profession the abilities they bring to their classrooms.”

With $35 Million Total Project Budget, $17 Million Raised to Date

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation also announced that it had officially reached the halfway mark toward its $35 million goal to develop and launch the WW Academy and the Walter Buckley Teaching and Learning Lab. Phase two supporters include the Bezos Family Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and several anonymous large donors.

The WW Academy’s efforts are built, in part, on the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s ongoing efforts in teacher and education leader preparation. Currently, the Foundation partners with five states—Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio—to offer the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. Working with 28 universities in those states, the WW Foundation is redesigning teacher education to center on a master’s degree program that integrates a yearlong clinical experience and three years of mentoring. The Foundation is also working in three states—Indiana, New Mexico, and Wisconsin—on the WW MBA in Education Leadership Fellowships, using a similar model to identify, recruit, and prepare the next generation of education leaders.


About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation ( identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society. Today, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s more than 22,000 Fellows include 14 Nobel Laureates, 36 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Pulitzer Prize winners, two Fields Medalists, and a host of recipients of other awards.

About the Woodrow Wilson Academy for Teaching and Learning
The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning seeks to transform teacher education by creating a model to prepare teachers and school leaders to succeed in the diverse classrooms of today and to shape and lead the schools of tomorrow.

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.