Our Blizzard Bag Site Is Live

Burlington Public Schools

We are excited to have the opportunity to pilot learning projects for school day cancellations. We will be the first district in the state of Massachusetts to try this with the assigned “Blizzard Bag” work that is available on this BPS Blizzard Bag site. As with any pilot, we expect that there will be a lot of questions and that not everything will proceed exactly as planned. However, we are committed to offering multiple methods to support students so that they can complete their work successfully.

Questions will be answered live on our Blizzard Bag phone line at 1 (512) SNOWDAY (1-512-766-9329) on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-7 p.m. Voice messages and texts can also be sent to this number during the duration of the assignment and will be responded to daily. In the meantime, we have also created an e-mail address where you can send questions (blizzardbags@bpsk12.org). We will share all of the questions asked on a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that will be added on this Blizzard Bag site.

Of course, your student’s classroom teachers are also a great resource for questions and we will be adding support opportunities that are available at individual schools in the days ahead as well on the website. Teachers will be checking in with their students during the week of May 4, which is the midpoint of the projects, to make sure that students are making progress. It is our hope that at least half of the assignment will be completed at this time. If students have any questions about expectations or length of assignments, they should ask their teachers.

Our final due date for the assignments is June 1, 2015. If students complete their work prior to that date, they are welcome to turn them in early to their teachers. Since the work is meant to be substituted for two days of school, all students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for two days. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this pilot. We look forward to your feedback along the way.

Please visit this site for information and details about student work that must be completed to ensure learning goals are met. Student assignments are posted by grade levels at the top of the Blizzard Bag Website. High school teachers will be giving students their assignments this week. 

Fine and Gross Motor Activities is the topic for Early Learner Series (April 9)

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       Burlington Early Learner Series

The next session of the Burlington Public Schools Early Learner Series is tomorrow (April 9th). The session will take place from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Burlington Early Childhood Center (BECC) at 123 Cambridge Street (in the rear of the high school) The topic for this month’s discussion is Fine and Gross Motor Activities.  We will discuss why development in these areas is important and how to help foster that at home.  We will be providing lots of examples of activities you can do with your children! We will leave ample time to answer questions and troubleshoot any challenges you may come across in this area.  We look forward to seeing everyone Thursday night!

PAC Meeting


Don’t miss this month’s Burlington PAC Meeting on Monday, April 13 where the guest speaker will be soon-to-be School Committee Member Martha Simon.

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Join Us on April 13th

At the Marion Tavern for a night out with other PAC parents.

For anyone interested in special education in Burlington, the Burlington PAC is holding a networking night. In attendance will be special guest, soon to be School Committee member, Martha Simon. 

Join us at the Marion Tavern (downstairs)
From: 6:30-9:00
Monday, April 13th

Come at 6:30 and meet Martha.
She will give us an introduction, including her background and experience in special education.  Then open it up to questions, concerns, and share ideas for what’s working currently and what’s not.

After, we will discuss the future of the PAC, how we’ve been doing, what we can do better and discuss volunteer opportunities for the next school year.

A great night to come out and discuss your experiences both in the school district and with PAC.
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FY2016 Operating Budget Summary

The attached PDF is a summary of the school committee’s FY2016 operating budget. Copies of this document will be emailed to all Ways and Means Members as well as Town Meeting Members. There are paper copies of the full budget at the Town Library and at Town Hall.

The school committee’s budget matches the 4% guideline agreed to by the Town’s financial team at the start of the budget season. The district’s presentation to the full Ways and Means Committee will be at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 8th at Town Hall.

Our thanks go to members of the Ways and Means Education Sub-committee. This dedicated group of people have spent many hours over the last 2 months asking difficult questions and contributing to the FY2016 Budget Request. Thank you.

Town Meeting FY 2016 (1)

Our First Week Of PARCC Testing Is Behind Us

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We are happy to report that we have  completed our first week of PARCC testing for most students in grades 3-8. Aside from a few make-up sessions next week for students who were absent this week, the performance-based component of this year’s PARCC assessments is complete.

Although there were a few challenges, we were able to get through testing for about 1600 students in five schools days thanks to the diligent efforts of students and staff. Despite so many students testing simultaneously across the district, our technological infrastructure performed extremely well.  During the week we collected information about the performance of the TestNav app for ELA and math from our teachers and students and we will be in contact with the Massachusetts DESE and Pearson with our feedback.

We will be administering the end-of-year component from May 18-21. For more information on the difference between the performance-based component and the end-of-year test click here.  For more information or any questions about PARCC Testing please contact Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin (larkin@bpsk12.org).

Congratulations To BHS Freshman Olivia Virgin On Her National Recognition

Congratulations to BHS Freshman Olivia Virgin on earning a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015.  Olivia’s photograph, entitled “Uncle Henry” was taken while she was an 8th grade BEAM student and member of the MSMS Photo Club.  Winning a Gold Key at the State level, “Uncle Henry” was sent onward to NYC, where “he” received a Silver Medal!  Congratulations to Olivia, her family, and of course, Uncle Henry!