Snow Day or Delay

I thought it might be helpful to re-post information on the process regarding weather related school closings.  Please note that the original post was written in 2009.

Superintendent's Blog

I spoke with several parents this morning regarding the weather and the decision to have school with a two-hour delay.  Most folks are interested in whether there is a set criteria that I follow when winter weather threatens.  I believe there is more of a process than a set criteria. 

If not the night before, the process starts about 4:00 AM with a call to the Burlington DPW and our bus company.  Both groups have already been out driving or clearing the roads.  We discuss safety, sidewalks, commuters, school parking lots, main roads, side streets, and anything else related to safety. 

About 4:30 AM the calls between school districts start.  I typically speak with Billerica, Bedford, Woburn, and Winchester.  We tend to act together unless there is a storm front or a temperature variation between the towns.  This morning Billerica and Bedford canceled.  Woburn and Winchester were on two-hour delays.  The difficulty was attempting…

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Anonymous Threat at Burlington High

Burlington High School received an anonymous Skype phone call at approximately 12:15 this afternoon threatening the school.
The Emergency Response Team was immediately gathered, which includes school personnel and the Burlington Police Department.  After evaluating the situation, and due to the fact that many other schools in Massachusetts received this type of threat last Friday, and many more today, the police assessment was that this is a low level threat and most likely a hoax.
Students have already been dismissed because of mid-year exams and, as an added layer of precaution,  we have decided to cancel all afternoon activities and dismiss faculty and staff as well.
There will be an increased police presence in the morning and during dismissal times tomorrow and we will update everyone if the situation changes.

2015 Hour of Code Week in Review at Burlington High School







December 7th through the 11th was the third annual Hour of Code at Burlington High School. Last year and in 2013, BHS students (Help Desk students in particular) were exposed to computer science through exploring the Hour of Code tutorials. This year the Hour of Code continues to expand at BHS. We had approximately 475 students school wide participate in the Hour of Code. The experience gave students the opportunity to apply their creativity,

For more check out the complete post on the following link: 2015 Hour of Code Week in Review

Don’t Miss The Miracle Worker at BHS

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The Performing Arts Department of Burlington High School will present the Tony Award-winning play The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 pm, in the Fogelberg Performing  Center of Burlington High School. Check out a great preview video done by BCAT here.
The Miracle Worker is the story of Helen Keller, who as an infant was stricken with a life-threatening illness that left her blind, deaf and mute. Pitied, spoiled and never disciplined, she turns into a wild, uncontrollable and tantrum-throwing child by the age of six, disrupting every situation in the household with her wild fits of anger and rage. As a last resort prior to institutionalizing her, the Keller family hires Annie Sullivan as governess and teacher. Sullivan finds a way to reach Helen through the use of hand signals, persistence and discipline.
Leading the cast is Mia Campbell as Helen Keller and Ivy Saltsman as Annie Sullivan. Joining them are Miranda Russo as Kate Keller, Timmy Sullivan as Captain Arthur Keller, Michelle Pothier as James Keller, Lorraine Kenyike as Anagnosa, Jade Gordon as Viney and Gabby Goulette as Auntie Ev.
Also featured in the cast are Patrick Creedon as A Doctor, Sasha Festi as Martha, Julianna Grossman as Penny, Tehniyat Hakim as a Servant and Christian Weisse as Man’s Voice. Finally, Blind Girls are played by Sam Cullinan, Crystal Curran, Erin Kerr, Laura Frustaci, Amanda McCombs, Caitlyn Shea and Nadia Zaganjori.
Tickets for The Miracle Worker are available online at, by phone at 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the box office on performance days. The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, a fully accessible venue, is located at 123 Cambridge Street on the campus of Burlington High School.