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Burlington High School Science Center & Animal collection featured in Newspaper — The Burlington Science Center

The Science Center’s animal collection was featured in the weekly newpaper! After working with the animals in the Burlington High School Science Center, most students walk away with a greater respect for the world in general, according to director Wendy Pavlicek. Founded in 1984, the Science Center began with a small animal center, but has since expanded to house 60 types of animals, Pavlicek said. Pavlicek, who has been at the center since 2000, took over as director about five years ago. According to Pavlicek, she helped grow the center to what it is today.”

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MSMS Robotics Team Wraps Up First Year, Sends “Savage 6” to State Competition — The Burlington Science Center

The MSMS Devilbotz have (almost) finished their introductory year to the FIRST Lego League circuit, with one of four teams moving on to the state championships next month. Twenty-seven middle school students participated in the “Animal Allies” challenge put forth by FIRST, (For Inspirtation and Recognition in Science and Technology) and LEGO to provide students the […]

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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.