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2016 Tomato Growing Contest Winners!

Great work by our Science Center and some budding gardeners…

The Burlington Science Center

The Science Center would like to announce the winners of our 2016 Giant Tomato Contest.

The first Place Winner is Chloe Liljegren from 3rd Grade at Francis Wyman School!  Her tomato weighed in at 1 lb. 14.4 oz.  Chloe grew her tomato with help from her grandfather, “Papa Charlie.”  What a great bonding experience through the generations.

Second Place Winner is Rowan Gilligan from 1st Grade at Pine Glen School!  His tomato weighed in at 1 lb. 10.3 oz.

Third Place Winner is Emma Cerasoli from 5th Grade at Francis Wyman School!  Her tomato weighed in at 1 lb. 2.6 oz.

The 3 winners received an award plaque and a bunch of science prizes. Congratulations!

Every student who entered the contest received an “Honorable Gardener” certificate and a science goody bag prize.  Congratulations to everyone!  We are very proud of you all!

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Extending Our Learning in Cross Cultural Communication

Staff members from our four elementary schools, along with Central Office staff, had the opportunity to participate in a one-hour webinar offered by Primary Source this week focused on Cross-Cultural Communication.  This focus is part of a broader plan the district is working on to increase our collective understanding of cultural differences.

One of the major focal points of the webinar was Geert Hofstede’s Dimensions of national culture. The brief description below explains Hofstede’s Dimensions:

Professor Geert Hofstede conducted one of the most comprehensive studies of how values in the workplace are influenced by culture. He defines culture as “the collective programming of the mind distinguishing the members of one group or category of people from others”.

Staff also had an opportunity to reflect on the impact of communication styles from various cultures, as well as body language (i.e. proximity, eye contact).  The hour webinar provided opportunities for both new learning and reinforcement of prior learning for staff.

We look forward to continued opportunities to discuss, share, and reflect upon this important topic with staff members throughout the district as we move forward.

Meet Our New Elementary Assistant Principals

We are fortunate to have added two new Assistant Principals at the elementary level this year.  David Rosenblatt is our new AP at Memorial School and Darryl Doiron has joined the team at Francis Wyman.

Please check out the brief introductions that appeared recently on the Memorial and Francis Wyman school blogs.


David Rosenblatt is a graduate of UMass-Boston with a Bachelor degree in Political Science and from Lesley University with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  In 2015, he completed the Northeast Consortium Leadership Academy through Fitchburg State College. David holds Elementary Education licensure (1-6) and Principal/Assistant Principal licensure (Prek-6 and 5-8).

David has been an elementary school teacher since 2007.  He was a teacher in Melrose for four years and then worked in Malden for the last five years.  David has taught grades 1, 3, 4, and 5.  In addition to being a classroom teacher, David has worked extensively creating and writing Understanding by Design elementary level units and aligning curriculum to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.  He also served as a Humanities curriculum support leader in which he served as a liaison between administrators and staff to maximize instructional achievement.

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Mr. Doiron is our new Assistant Principal at Francis Wyman and he is looking forward to the energy and excitement that comes along with working in an elementary school.  He previously taught in Lowell for several years and has also been an Assistant Principal in Hampstead, NH for the past 2 years.  His teaching and administrative experience, along with his calm demeanor and easy smile, will be a great addition to our talented Francis Wyman team.

9/11 in Burlington


Even though school is not in session today, we do not want to miss the opportunity to remember those lost on September 11, 2001, especially the four individuals connected with Burlington Public Schools who perished on 9/11. On this day our thoughts are with the family and friends of Thomas McGuinness Jr., Robert Jay Hayes, Coach Jim Trentini and his wife Mary.  The photo on the left is the plaque in the main lobby at Burlington High School that honors these four individuals.

The video below is from Friday morning when the BHS Select Singers, directed by new chorus teacher, Mrs. Julie Weller, sang the National Anthem after a moment of silence on the morning announcements.

We will never forget.