A Centennial Celebration to the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald!

Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, 123  Cambridge St, Burlington. Burlington Community Concert Series presents The Capital Jazz Orchestra, Clayton “Skip” Poole, Music Director, in “A Centennial Celebration to the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald!” Featuring Count Basie alum and Ella Fitzgerald protégé Ms. Carmen Bradford.
Free interactive workshop/lecture from 6-7 by jazz educator, Ms. Nanette Perrotte. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 senior citizens, $5 students; includes light reception; BurlingtonTheatre.com, 781-A-FUN-TIC, tickets@bpsk12.com and at door.

Mr. Marino’s Science Show Pilot

Mr. Marino’s Science Show Pilot provides a glimpse into his middle school classroom.  What a great example of engaged learning.   Thank you Mr. Marino.

Our emphasis continues to be on creating engaging instruction across all levels of the district.  Mr. Marino’s efforts well represent the efforts of all of our talented teachers.  The planning and preparation of creating engaging lessons and opportunities for personalized learning can often go unrecognized.  In other words, like all talented professionals, our teachers make this work seem effortless.

A teacher’s time with students is only a small part of the job.

“The Herren Project” Comes to Burlington High School Students, Parents Chris Herren to Speak on Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol

BURLINGTON —  Superintendent Dr. Eric Conti is pleased to announce that Chris Herren, former NBA player turned public speaker, will talk to Burlington High School (BHS) students and parents about his recovery from a life-altering addiction to drugs and alcohol.


Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 12:30 p.m. (presentation for BHS juniors and seniors)

Presentation for parents at 7 p.m.


Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge St.


BHS invites students and families to hear the story of Chris Herren, a basketball star whose story of recovery from addiction spurred the creation of two organizations and now inspires high school students to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

“Students of this age are at a critical turning point in their lives,” Superintendent Conti said. “I am pleased to bring in Chris to BHS to connect with our students and share a personal, real-world example of how addiction can affect a life.”

Herren was a rising basketball star from Fall River who briefly attended Boston College before his drug addiction caused him to be expelled from the team and university. Further failed drug tests and a drug-related arrest dashed his hopes of playing professionally for the NBA.

Following a near-death overdose from heroin, Herren has since beaten addiction and has been sober since 2008.

Herren founded The Herren Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing treatment navigation and educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction. The organization also works to educate people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse — one person, one family at a time.

BHS Literary-Art Magazine Wins Top Award in National Contest

The results of the 2016 American Scholastic Press Association awards for high school literary magazines came out today, and Collab is thrilled to announce that they have received the top award in this contest for the first time in its history. This year’s judges gave Collab the award for Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine, which […]

via Collab Wins Top Award in National Contest — Collab

Burlington Early Childhood Center: Open House

The Burlington Early Childhood Center (BECC) will be hosting an Open House for new students on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The BECC is an integrated public preschool for children ages 3-5.  We support children of all abilities in both general education and special education settings.  We also provide support in the areas of speech-language, motor, and social skill development.

Our Open House will provide families with an opportunity to view our programs, meet the teachers, and pick up registration packets to enroll their children for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students must be 3 years old by August 31, 2017 to be considered for enrollment for the fall of 2017.

For more information about registration/Open House, please call 781-270-1808.  For more information about our program, please visit the Burlington Early Childhood Center Website The BECC is located in Burlington High School at 123 Cambridge Street.  Our entrance is at the back of the building between the two playgrounds.

Later Start Times Presentation

Attached is the later start times research by Dr. Judith Owens that was shared at the School Committee meeting last night (12/13).  The slides outline the growing body of research that supports moving high school start times to approximately 8:30.  We will be having conversations about this potential change for the fall of 2018.  According to Dr. Owens delaying the start of high school is more of a public health conversation than an achievement conversation – although there are positive impacts in both areas.

One possible option discussed at the School Committee meeting that does not add to our transportation costs is as follows:

BHS – 8:35 to 3:05 – currently, 7:30 to 2:00

MSMS – 7:25 to 1:45 – currently, 7:35 to 1:55

Memorial and Francis Wyman – 7:55 to 2:00 – currently, 8:10 to 2:15

Fox Hill and Pine Glen – 8:20 to 2:25 – currently, 8:35 to 2:40

I am sure that there are countless other options.  I simply wanted to share a sample schedule provided by our bus company that maintains our current level of buses and operating expense.

MSMS Girls Attend Empowering Girls Conference

Fourteen girls from the Marshall Simonds Middle School attended the Empowering Girls Conference, put on by Middlesex Partnership for Youth, on December 7th 2016. The students had a chance to interact and talk with students from various school districts as well as listen to three local female leaders.

via MSMS Girls Attend Empowering Girls Conference — Marshall Simonds Middle School