The following is information about the release of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Visiting Team Report to Burlington High School. Sharing of this report is a step in an accreditation process."
"Dear Burlington Community Members,
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BHS SCHEDULING UPDATE:
It has now been a few weeks since a work group comprised of students, parents, teachers, board and community members met to discuss priorities around the school schedule. Engaging in dialogue around the complex issue of scheduling is challenging work. Identifying multiple stakeholder priorities is critical to the process. What resonated clearly was the need to continue engaging students and more families in the process. One of the proposed schedules has much potential including shorter blocks of instructional time. To implement such changes with fidelity teachers need ample time to plan for this change.
Last week it was shared with the Teacher Leadership Council (comprised of teachers representing BHS departments) that we were holding off on changes in order to engage with voices not yet heard and to plan thoughtfully and long term. The Teacher Leadership Council members were asked to share with their departments. The next step was to share with those who participated in the work group followed by this announcement! Next steps moving forward will be included in a BHS Connections before the end of the school year.Your continued input to this process is important. You will ensure that the needs of students stay at the forefront.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING END-OF-YEAR SCHEDULE CHANGE!
All dates for Final Exams, YES Program and Graduation remain unchanged.
June 15th: 1/2 day for Presentation of Learning Make-up, Graduation Rehearsal AM
June 19th: 1/2 day for 9th - 11th grade
REMINDER REGARDING BUS ROUTES TOMORROW!
On Friday, buses will run on a modified school special schedule. The following bus routes will run on Fri AM: #26, 32, and 33. The following bus routes will run on Fri leaving BHS at 12:15: #41, 42, 143, 48, 50, 51, 52. If your bus is not running on Friday, please plan alternate transportation accordingly. See GMT town bus routes here: http://ridegmt.com/gmt-schedules/
Bike racks are open for business! Please remember to bring a lock!
Thursday, March 30th & Friday, March 31st
March 30 - Thursday - Blue Day
March 31 - Friday - White Day
4 8:05 - 9:00
1 9:05 - 10:00
2 10:05 - 11:00
3 11:05 - 12:00
Students enrolled in a BTC morning class are required to attend their BHS classes on March 30th & 31st. Students are required to attend their afternoon BTC classes as regularly scheduled. Breakfast will be served as usual. Lunch will be available in the cafeteria from 12 - 12:30pm
Buses will run the usual school specials (all routes) on Thursday morning and at noon.
On Friday, busses will run on a modified school special schedule. The following bus routes will run on Fri AM: #26, 32, and 33. The following bus routes will run on Fri leaving BHS at 12:15: #41, 42, 143, 48, 50, 51, 52. If your bus is not running on Friday, please plan alternate transportation accordingly. See CCTA town bus routes here: http://cctaride.org/bus-routes-schedules/
Bike racks are open for business! Please remember to bring a lock!
Spring Parent Teacher Conferences at BHS
On . students will be dismissed at from BHS. On from , parents/guardians who have been contacted by faculty are scheduled to meet to discuss their child's academic progress. The conferences are scheduled in advance with teachers. Parents/guardians are always welcome to contact teachers and/or guidance counselors to discuss their child's academic progress at any time in the school year. The spring conference is scheduled invitational time for teachers and parents/guardians to share ideas, thoughts and concerns.
· Abigail Matchette, LICSW - Centerpoint Services Clinician
· Dr. Jill Rinehart, MD - Pediatrian at Hagen, Rinehart, Connelly Pediatrics
· Dr. Jon Porter, MD - Director of UVM Center for Health & Wellbeing
SBAC practice testing will take place on .
All 11th grade students are expected to be present for this important event.
All other students are expected to arrive to start classes as normally scheduled at
School Board's Statement Reaffirming Commitment to Equity & Inclusion for All Students: http://bit.ly/2nrbDUd
CHORAL NIGHT IS POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 17, 2017 @ 7PM
SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR MONDAY, MARCH 20TH
The administration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey on Monday necessitates the following adjustments to our schedule:
What's White and White All Over?
Thursday and Friday at BHS! We are ending the week with no blue days! Please note the schedule change.
Coming Events! Mark your calendars!
- Wed 3/15 Blood Drive in the BHS Gym, 7am-3pm
- Wed 3/15 Community Scheduling Update, BHS Cafeteria, 5-6pm
- Wed 3/15 Community Dinner & Dialogue Night, 6-8pm
- Thurs 3/16 Talent Show, 6:30pm
- Fri 3/24 Spectrum Sleep Out @BHS
- Thurs 3/30 Early Release for Students, 12pm, Parent Teacher Conferences are 3-7:30PM
- Fri 3/31 Early Release for students, 12pm
BHS Spring Sports Student-Athlete Registration
DUE BY SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH
NEW THIS SPRING…ALL required paperwork will be completed on-line via a platform called “Form ReLeaf.” This will allow parents to complete forms ONCE and then you can use auto fill if you have more than one child OR your child plays more than one sport. Medical forms still need be to be handed in because of the requirement for the doctor’s signature. Please access the site from the BHS Athletic website.
click on *ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR SPRING SPORTS*
If at any time you need assistance, you can call the FormReleaf Support line at 1-844-367-6735
Free College Planning with VSAC
High school juniors, sophomores & parents — Attend College Pathways 2017 for free college planning workshops that cover the admissions process, the application essay, where to find money for college, how to find a school that matches your needs and budget, and much more. Choose from three dates on three different Vermont college campuses. It's all free. Sign up to pick your choice of workshops.
March 18, Saint Michael’s College, 9:00 – 1:30
April 1 at Castleton University, Castleton, 9:00 – 12:30
- April 29 at Johnson State College, Johnson, 9:00 – 12:30
All seniors please plan to attend to receive information about graduation.
Please note on your calendars the following events taking place THIS WEEK!
TODAY! Monday, Feb 20: Community Input Meeting: Course Scheduling Process, 6 - 7:30pm, BHS Cafeteria
Wed - Fri, Feb 22-24: One Act Drama Festival, 7pm BHS Auditorium
Friday, Feb 24: Parent Coffee, 7:30 - 8am
Invitation to BHS Course Scheduling Process
Community Input Meeting
BHS is considering changes to the student schedule next year in order to provide improved opportunities and experiences for all students at the high school. Our teaching staff have been working the past few months on developing proposals for the new course schedule. Student input has already been gathered through student advisory groups and through innovation classes. This meeting will be an opportunity for students, parents, community members, and staff to give further input before final decisions are made and presented to the administration.
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Date: Monday, February 20, 2017
Location: Burlington High School Cafeteria
The intention of this meeting is to share, to learn and to add to our information pool before decisions are made. We hope you can join us.
Childcare and refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP your childcare needs to firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-864-8411
Update on Academic Scheduling Process
Burlington High School has had essentially the same schedule for close to twenty years. We have a four block schedule that allows for equal amounts of instructional time for every content area. The blocks are eighty five minutes in length. Staff who have been at BHS since the four block schedule was introduced, almost two decades ago, say that they were to be given the opportunity to revisit the schedule after a couple of years. More than a couple of years have passed and there have been many changes in technology, brain based research on learning, the community and our world.
Schools are much different places than they were twenty years ago. Schools are learning communities that are moving towards proficiency based learning and flexible pathways to graduation driven by students’ personalized learning plans. Students can benefit from keeping up with the changing world.
In September the Teacher Leadership Council, representative of the departments performed and After Action Review of scheduling at BHS. We asked four direct questions to help us understand where we were and where we need to be:
- What was expected to happen?
- What actually occurred?
- What went well and why?
- What can be improved and how?
Working towards solutions and not focusing on what used to be or other factors over which we do not have direct control, the Teacher Leadership Council worked together. They identified priorities and non-negotiables that help students towards proficiency in our graduate expectations. This work was the agenda for regular and ongoing meetings throughout the Fall. Council members were asked to bring back information to their departments to gather more feedback. The Teacher Leadership Council members worked very hard and had many professional and passionate discussions about student learning.
Several models that are researched based and practiced in other schools were proposed. We shared and discussed these models with staff and students. The ideas were discussed at monthly parent coffee meetings. During advisory, students engaged in conversations around what works and what does not work for them. Students in both the middle and the high school were asked to complete surveys about elective courses. Students in School Innovation Seminar were key in participating in consultancies to help think about the schedule in fresh ways.
Research and Student Input
We referred to and collected research on school schedules that consider length of instruction for different content areas. We considered “what does brain and educational research tell us” We looked at research around allocated time to instructional and non-instructional activities, engaged time when students are actually in learning activities and academic learning time which is described as the “precise period when an instructional activity is perfectly aligned with a student’s readiness and learning occurs.”
All of this information has been included in decisions that are being made to best serve students. Students were the focus of each conversation. What has been proposed includes more flexible options for length of instruction, a schedule that aligns with the Burlington Technical Center, preserves advisory and provides lunch periods that better meets the needs of our students while allowing teachers important time to work together. In December this process was shared at a public board meeting and was met with positive feedback.
Students will make course selections in the coming weeks that will further help make decisions. There is no proposal for course reductions in any schedule models that have been introduced. Teacher contact time with students remains the same as it currently exists. The proposed new schedule has a Mon/Wed (Blue Day) and Tues/Thurs (White Day) to align with post secondary schools for dual enrollment options, benefiting many students. Students will have a schedule on Friday that is neither the traditional Blue nor White day that will combine classroom instruction and additional opportunities to support growth towards the graduate expectations. Schedule models that may have been shared to this point reflect the teacher’s schedule that includes professional learning time, not the scheduled time for students being planned. The proposed new schedule includes teaching modules (blocks) that can vary from course to course (e.g. some language courses will be offered daily for less than the current eighty five minutes every other day) better in line with learning needs. The proposed new schedule aligns better with the Burlington Tech Center allowing students, who select Tech Ed as an option, more high school course opportunities. The proposed new schedule will include time for teachers to collaborate to make our school an even better place. Scheduled learning experiences are being developed to enhance our school during the time teachers work together, supporting flexible pathways and building community. There are plans for students to attend full days and be engaged five days a week. Students will start school everyday at the same time to develop consistency in their routines. As the schedule model becomes concrete, more information can and will be shared. Insuring that our best ideas can be implemented before they are communicated as final is critical. There are details that are key to making decisions final.
Again, there is no diminishment of instructional minutes, we are simply restructuring what is available to us. Making decisions that impact many is challenging work that must be done to seek continuous improvement. To not make changes is to not grow and learn. Schools are learning communities, and as such must continue to learn along the way.
The Burlington Technical Center Preschool is now enrolling for Preschool for the 2017-2018 school year!
Open House -
Burlington Technical Center
52 Institute Drive
Come meet our teachers, tour our large classroom, ask questions, and find out more about what our exciting program has to offer.
The Burlington Technical Center Preschool
The BTC Preschool offers a preschool program for children between the ages of 3 to 5 years of age. Our preschool classrooms are specifically designed to provide a rich pre-school experience for all children and follows the Burlington School District's school calendar. The morning pre-school class is offered on Monday, and Friday mornings between . The full day program is offered Monday, and Friday between
Currently, the BTC Preschool is accepting applications for children between the ages of 3-5 years of age. If you are interested in your child being considered, please attend our open house.
We have reasonable tuition for our morning preschool and offer free preschool for our full day program if you utilize Act 166 Funding.
Any questions, contact:
8TH GRADE PARENT GUARDIAN INFORMATION NIGHT - COMING SOON!
is 8th Grade Parent/Guardian Information Night at BHS. All current 8th grade parent/guardians in Burlington should attend this meeting. The meeting will include important information about our school, including details on registering current 8th graders for high school. We will serve supper beforehand and provide childcare, so parent/guardians can feed the whole family and then attend the meeting while their little ones are looked after. Here is the schedule:
Dinner (cafeteria)Meeting for 8th grade parents/guardians (auditorium)
GET HELP PAYING FOR COLLEGE
VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation) invites you to:
FAFSA Completion Workshop
Monday, January 23rd
6:30 – 8:00pm
Your student may be eligible for federal funds for college!
This workshop is for parents (and students) to get assistance in submitting the Federal Financial Aid Form (FAFSA). Prior to the workshop, please establish your FSA (Federal Student Aid) IDs, one for a parent and one for the student (username and password). Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to create the FSA IDs.
Contact the BHS Guidance Department at 802-864-8581 to sign up for the workshop.
Please bring social security #s, green cards, checking/savings and mutual funds account current balance(s).
In conjunction with the faculty, BHS has planned two altered schedule days next week to help best meet the needs of our student body.
Wednesday, December 21 – Blue/White Combo Day:
Thursday, December 22 – Credit Recovery Day:
Similar to last year, December 22 will be used as a day for students to:
- make up work and/or assessments
- demonstrate proficiency
- get extra help
The following schedule change for Wednesday, December 21st!
The Greater Burlington Women's Forum invites you to a FREE film screening of
the inspiring underdog story KEEPERS OF THE GAME at Burlington High School,
- Student athletes have an 11% higher graduation rate than non-athletes?
- 80% of successful businesswomen at Fortune 500 companies played sports as girls?
- Student athletes are 4x more likely to go to college.
- Female athletes are more successful in math & science
- It is estimated that 1 out of every 4 schools in the US won’t have schools sports by 2020.
- November is National Native American Heritage Month http://nativeamericanher
THIS WEEKEND'S ATHLETIC EVENTS!
Saturday Soccer State Division I Championships:
11:00am Boys: Burlington v. Essex
2:00pm Girls: Burr and Burton v. Colchester
Admission Gate Opens at 9:30am
VPA Gate is $8 Adult and $5 student/senior
Admission price is good for 2 games
Teams take field 1 hour before game
Boosters will open at 10:00am
Boys Basketball sells championship t-shirts 10:00am
XC team will be at States in Thetford at 10am
Football is at Burr and Burton for 3:00pm Semi Final game
THURSDAY! - -
The BHS Music Department will be having it's Fall Preview Concert on Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 PM in the auditorium. This concert will feature all of our large ensembles Wind Ensemble, Senior Choir, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Freshman Band, Symphonic Strings, and String Orchestra.
ALSO there will be a preview number from this years BHS Musical "Curtains"!
Thank you to everyone who attended Parent Teacher Conferences! It has been great to meet all of you and is such a helpful tool for your student's experience here at BHS to be positive and successful!
Here is a reminder to be sure to create a Canvas account. Canvas is the platform that all teachers use to log assignments, grades, quizzes, etc.
Parents - create an account by going here: https://bsdvt.instructure.com/login/canvas
You will need your student's login information in order to connect to their account.
Have questions? See this link to FAQ.
Please use this great tool to provide support to our students!
Next week BHS has 2 "special schedule" days. On Wednesday, 10th and 11th grade should arrive to school by 8:05 (for Pre-ACT and PSAT testing), and 9th and 12th graders should arrive for a 12:30 start to classes. Lunch will run from 11am - 1pm. Classes will end at the usual 3:05pm time. On Thursday, we run a half day schedule 8:05am - noon. Lunch will be served from 11am - 12:30pm.
School neighborhood special busses will continue to run as usual, in the morning and the afternoon. BHS does not get special busses to accommodate these changes in the schedule. Please plan accordingly.
Our "College Information Night" has been moved!
We are holding this meeting on October 5th, from 7:30 - 8:30AM in the BHS Auditorium.
Please note - - this event is for both parents and students of 11th and 12th graders and is now in the MORNING! We are excited about this change and hope to see you there!
Our Open House is a great opportunity to get a sense of what your student experiences here at school. You will "walk" through your student's days and classes and meet their teachers.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU!
Please click on the link below to view!
BHS Weekly Newsletter 9-14-16
Please click on the link below to view a letter from Superintendent Obeng regarding CCTA bus service policies for the 2016-2017 school year! Thank you!
Please see the link below to view a letter from the Superintendent of Schools.
We will be mailing out our Opening Day Packets to you for you to receive early next week (Aug 22-26). Please look for them in your mailbox. This mailing will contain student schedule information, picture day packets, guidance counselor information and health forms, as well as instructions for logging into PowerSchool and how to update important contact information. Online schedules will also be available to view beginning next week.
Click here for the Superintendent letter.
Please let us know if you have not received your student's report card.
BHS Boys Lacrosse: STATE CHAMPIONS!
YES Presentation of Learning Day/All School Picnic: Wednesday, June 8 - All Students at BHS at 8:05; Dismissal 12:30-1:00
Senior Graduation Rehearsal/Brunch: Thursday, June 9 - Be at BHS by 8:15
Graduation: Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. - Seniors Be at BHS by 9:15
Ninth Graders Make a Change: Read all about it here
We are experiencing challenges with sending out bulk emails via Google including our weekly newsletter. As we try to resolve this issue, we will continue to post the newsletter on our website and facebook page: https://www.facebook.
Congratulations to the BHS Scholars Bowl Team who competed in the Nationals in Texas and finished 53rd out of 272 teams. Sterling Ford was named to the All-Star Team as one of the top 30 students in the tournament. Other team members: Oscar Smith, Bobby Treadwell, Mary Markley, Ben Hunt, Audrey Nicholas and advisor Kevin Commo.
The BHS Jazz Band will be performing at the top of Church Street on Tuesday, June 7 at 2:30!
Check out this 9th Grade Make a Change Project!