Another Amazing Year For BEF Grants In Action Our Schools

At last night’s School Committee Meeting, we highlighted some of the grants that the Burlington Education has funded this year to help support the efforts of Burlington teachers and their students. We are certainly fortunate to have this dedicated group in our school community to help us provide so many unique opportunities in our schools and classrooms. Please see the list below of the grants that were funded this year. Incredibly, the BEF has now funded over $250,000 in grants since its inception.

BEF Grants In Our Schools (1)

The pictures below highlight the Innovative Classroom: Problem Based Collaborative furniture that was installed in Mrs. Lynch’s 5th Grade Classroom at Francis Wyman Elementary School.  We are excited to see how this non-traditional setup impacts student learning.

BEF Grants In Our Schools (2)

The pictures below highlight a few of the other grants that the BEF funded this year:

  • Scooter our therapy dog (top left)
  • Fox Hill Friendship Bench (top right)
  • Family Diversity Project In MSMS Library (bottom left)
  • Augmented Reality Sandbox for Burlington Science Center (bottom right)

BEF Grants In Our Schools

Please continue to support the BEF in any way possible. They have two upcoming fundraising ventures with their annual raffle and their annual road race. See below for further details.

Exercise For Education

Sunday, May 22, 2016

5K Road Race & Family Fun Run

Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA

Our 12th Annual Event – CHIP TIMING AND INSTANT RESULTS !!!

Performance T-Shirts provided to Pre-Registered Participants !!!

Check-in begins at 8:00 am
Family Fun Run begins at 9:00 am
5K begins promptly at 9:30 am

Register Online here

or Download this Form and mail to BEF PO Box 756, Burlington MA 01803

2016 Grand Prize Raffle

 

$7,000 in Prize Values! Enter to win! Take a chance to support the BEF.

Buy tickets below or download paper form.

Grand Prize – Capital Grille:”The Capital Grille Burlington Experience”  ($2,000 value)          “Experience” includes:Private Food & Wine Pairing Dinner for 10; wines selected by TCG’s Sommelier

2nd Prize – Kings: “King Pin Party” Private Bowling Party for 40 People ($1,900 value)

3rd Prize – The Bancroft: 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing for 10 ($1,600 value)

4th Prize – Seasons 52: Chef’s Table 7-Course Private Room Dinner for 6 ($1,000 value)

5th Prize – Burtons Grill: Chef Guided 5-Course Wine Pairing for 8 ($550 value)

Your raffle donation will help fund grant requests for creative and innovative curriculum enrichment programs.

Winners to be announced following the 5K Road Race on May 22, 2016.

 

 

 

 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra!!!

Glenn Miller

BURLINGTON COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES

Contact: Vanessa Ovian, 617-257-9916, vovian@comcast.net

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra: 3:00 pm, Sunday, May 8, 2016. Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA. Returning to the Burlington Community Concert Series for a special Mother’s Day performance, the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra continues to be the most popular and sought after big bands in the world for both concert and swing dance engagements. With a unique and time-honored jazz sound, memorable hits include “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Tickets range between $5 and $25. Purchase tickets at www.BurlingtonTheatre.com, 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the box office the day of the performance. All seats are reserved. The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, a fully accessible venue, is located on the campus of Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA. Co-sponsored by Burlington Public Schools and Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

Guest Blog Post by School Committee Member, Martha Simon

Burlington Master Plans – Clarification

Currently in Burlington, there are two separate processes that have the name “Master Plan.” This can be confusing. I would like to share with you what each of the different Master Plans are, some of the differences between them, and what issues are involved with each one.

1. School Department Long Range Master Plan. This is a Master Plan solely for the purpose of facilities planning for the Burlington Public Schools. The School Department Master Plan will address three areas:

 demographics (including enrollment projections)

 facilities (the buildings)

 instructional needs (how the buildings meet or fail to meet the educational and instructional needs of the students).

History: The last School Department Long Range Facilities Master Plan was done in 2006 and was designed to guide the Burlington Public Schools for about 10 years. Thus, it is time for a new School Department Master Plan. Over the course of the past 10 years, the Burlington Public Schools, with the financial support of Town Meeting, has addressed many of the needs outlined in the 2006 School Department Master Plan. An updated Long Range Facilities Master Plan is a required element by the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the recently submitted statement of interest for the renovation of Burlington High School in order to be eligible for the reimbursement process.

New School Department Master Plan: The School Committee has submitted a warrant article for May Town Meeting for funding to hire a consulting firm that specializes in school Master Plans to do a new Long Range Facilities plan for the Burlington Public Schools. Dr. Conti and Mr. Robinson drafted the language, which the School Committee voted to approve, and they have submitted this warrant article for the May Town Meeting.

2. Town of Burlington Master Plan: All towns in Massachusetts are required to develop a town-wide Master Plan with a vision for the next 20 to 25 years for the whole town. It encompasses issues as diverse as Land Use, Natural Resources & Open Space, Economic Development, Historical & Cultural Resources, Housing, Transportation, and more. One of the categories is Public Services & Facilities. Public Schools are included in this section, along with town departments such as DPW, Fire, Police, and Recreation.

A Town-wide Master Plan Steering Committee was established almost two years ago with representatives from many different town boards, business groups, and resident groups. I have served as a member of the Town-wide Master Plan Steering Committee since the beginning. In September, 2015, I was appointed to replace Steve Nelson as the School Committee representative on the Town-wide Master Plan Steering Committee.

At the April 12, 2016 School Committee meeting, I spoke as the School Committee representative to the Town-wide Master Plan Steering Committee about a document that the School Committee is sharing with the Town-wide Master Plan Steering Committee as a resource for when they get around to discussing the Public Services & Facilities section of the Town Master Plan. That document and discussion has nothing to do with the School Department Long Range Facilities Master Plan or the warrant article requesting funding to proceed with long-range planning for the schools.

For more information about the Town of Burlington Master Plan process, please contact Kristin Kassner at kkassner@burlington.org

Please feel free to contact Dr. Conti, School Committee Chairman Steve Nelson, myself, or any other School Committee member for clarification about any issues regarding the Burlington Public Schools. We want to be sure that town residents and Town Meeting members understand what we are requesting in the Warrant and that they receive accurate information about it.

Thank you.

Martha Simon

School Committee member

msimon@bpsk12.org

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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

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Sunday, May 8 3:00 PM
Fogelberg Performing Arts Center at Burlington High School
123 Cambridge St Burlington, MA 01803
Cost: $5 – $25
From the Organizer:
Burlington Public Schools Theatre, Greater Boston
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to the Burlington Community Concert Series for a special Mother’s Day performance on Sunday, May 8, at 3:00 pm. Co-sponsored by Burlington Public Schools and the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, the performance will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School.

Conductor and male vocalist Nick Hilscher brings the music of Glenn Miller to life with the vocalist Jenny Swoish and a full complement of some of the best brass, woodwind and percussion jazz musicians in the business!

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra continues to be the most popular and sought after big bands in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With a unique and time-honored jazz sound, memorable hits include “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

Tickets for The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra concert are now on sale and range between $5 and $25. Purchase your tickets at http://www.BurlingtonTheatre.com, 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the box office the day of the performance. All seats are reserved.

Round out your Mother’s Day treat with dining at one of the many fine restaurants in Burlington. For a list of Burlington area restaurants, visit the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce website member directory (Restaurants, Food & Beverage) and make your reservations today!

The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, a fully accessible venue, is located on the campus of Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA.

Threat at BHS Today 4/14/16

BHS was one of many local schools to receive an automated phone threat today. Please see the post below from Principal Sullivan’s Blog:
Earlier this morning the main office at Burlington High School received an automated message saying there was a threat at our school. The threat was not specific in detail.

 

This call was similar to the one we received in January and is the same type of call that many schools across the state, specifically in our local area, have been receiving this week.

Upon receiving this call, we initiated the Burlington High School protocol for a bomb threat. The protocol included contacting the Burlington Police Department, notifying the superintendent’s office, activating our school crisis team and most importantly assessing the level of threat and doing a sweep of the building and grounds at Burlington High School.

 

After the team was able to process the level of risk to Burlington High School and upon the recommendation of the Burlington Police Department, we have come to the conclusion that this threat is not credible and we will maintain our normal schedule.

As an added precaution, the Burlington Police Department will have an increased presence in and around Burlington High School for the remainder of the day and moving forward if necessary. If there are additional threats made or if additional information arises that would pose a threat, the emergency response team at Burlington High School will take any steps necessary to keep everyone safe and notify staff, students, and parents about the situation.

 

As always, we ask that you report anything suspicious or unusual to School Administration or the Burlington Police Department.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the high school administration.