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Assistant Superintendent Larkin to Lead NEASC Accreditation Visiting Team



Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin has accepted the role of chair of the visiting team to Medway High School. The NEASC decennial evaluation of Medway High School will take place from March 19-22.               

Founded in 1885, the New England Association is the oldest regional accreditation association in the country. The Association is a voluntary organization of approximately 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities, and vocational, technical and career institutions.  Of these, approximately 630 public schools have been accredited through the Association’s Commission on Public Schools which assists individual schools to improve the quality of education through a process of evaluation and accreditation.

Mr. Larkin will lead the review of various educational components of the school and will assist in the preparation of the final report of the Medway High School Evaluation. Mr. Larkin, a former member of the NEASC’s Commission for Public Secondary Schools, will be serving on his 10th visiting team, his seventh as a team chair.


An Open Letter to Students

January 30, 2017

An Open Letter to Burlington Students:

It is hard not to hear many adult conversations and see news reports around you regarding the recent restrictions on immigration.  Many people are struggling with questions of belonging.  Some question if everyone belongs and whether we can be safe.  Please be assured that all of you belong in the Burlington Schools.  Our commitment to educating all of you has never been more unyielding and important.

In my opinion, adults simply need to look inside our classrooms and learn from you.  I see classrooms where everyone is accepted regardless of faith, culture, ability, economic standing, and other differences.  You all believe in the best of your classmates and their intentions.  What you may not realize is that these lessons have been at the heart of public schools for a long time.

A part of the answer to the question of who belongs in public school can be seen in the Supreme Court’s decision in Plyler v. Doe (1982).  In Plyler, the Supreme Court determined that children belong in our public schools no matter how the children came to live in a community.  In other words, a child’s immigration status is not relevant.  You are all learners first.  If you live in Burlington, you are welcome in school.  You belong in school.  You are safe in school.  You are loved in school.

Moreover, nearly 75 years prior to the Plyler decision, John Dewey, a great American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer, said:

“The intermingling in the school of youth of different races, differing religions, and unlike customs creates for all a new and broader environment. Common subject matter accustoms all to a unity of outlook upon a broader horizon than is visible to the members of any group while it is isolated. The assimilative force of the American public school is eloquent testimony to the efficacy of the common and balanced appeal.”

John Dewey, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

Please know that all of you belong, and together in Burlington, we are creating a broader horizon for everyone.

Thank you, Eric Conti  

A Great Story About BHS Supporting Ferguson, Missouri’s Public Library

In 2014, the BHS English Department, led by Ms. Crossman, put together a Read-a-thon to help support the public library in Ferguson, Missouri, which was the town that was torn apart by the shooting of Michael Brown. The fundraiser was a huge success, as we gathered over $1100, as well as any number of donations that went directly to the library through our web page.
We recently received an update from Scott Bonner, the director of the library, letting us know how appreciative he was of all of the donations that came in from across the country, and to let us know how they used the $450,000 that they received in total. The letter is attached below, and Mr. Bonner also directed us to a video in which he walks us through the Ferguson Library, indicating all of the new and amazing improvements that they have been able to implement in the past two years.
Thank you again to all of you who participated in the read-a-thon!

Read the entire post here – Ferguson Public Library Update: Making a Difference! — Burlington High School English Department

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;, 781-A-FUN-TIC, 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.