Burlington School District Announcements
Harassment, Hazing and Bullying Policy and Procedures
July 29, 2015
The Burlington School District has created a unified Harassment, Hazing and Bullying Prevention Policy and accompanying Procedures document in accordance with a model policy developed by the Agency of Education. Upon review of the unified policy and procedures at the July 28 meeting of the District's Governance, Policy and Advocacy Committee, the Committee voted to recommend adoption at first reading by the Full School Board at their August 11 meeting. This will enable the policy and procedures to become effective prior to the beginning of the school year. The documents are available for review here, as attachments to the July 28 Agenda of the Governance, Policy and Advocacy Committee.
The most notable change in the new policy is that it combines three distinct policies into one and offers related procedures, thus providing a thorough and consistent approach to addressing incidents of harassment, hazing and bullying. Burlington School District Director of Equity Henri Sparks has met with the District's attorneys and recommended minor changes to the state's model policy specific to the needs of Burlington Schools.
BSD Staff training is scheduled to begin in August, with training continuing throughout the school year for students, parents and community members.
For further information, contact Henri Sparks at email@example.com.
Areas of Equity-Oriented Focus for 2015-16
July 21, 2015
Burlington School Commissioners have held two successful retreats already this summer. District and building administrators presented proposed areas of focus for the coming school year at the first session (link to presentation here). Commissioners reviewed these proposals at their second session and worked on aligning the goals of their standing committees with the administrative goals.
The list of goals is ambitious and has been designed to capitalize on the positive, forward-looking momentum that gained traction throughout the School District as the 2014-15 school year progressed. Commissioners and school administrators are optimistic and enthusiastic about what can be accomplished in a number of important areas during the year ahead in the District's ongoing pursuit of excellence and equity.
July 20, 2015
Select Sessions VIII: The Music Of Motown
July 17, 2015
JULY 23: Select Sessions is back with an all-star performance of the ‘Music of Motown.’ This time, we’ll be ‘dancing in the streets’ at Select’s 208 Flynn Ave headquarters.
Proceeds to support Champlain Elementary’s Art & Music Programs!
All seven previous 'Sessions' have sold out quickly; get your tickets here!
Connecting Volunteers With Young Readers
July 13, 2015
The Emergent Reading Program at C.P. Smith pairs volunteers with kindergartners and first graders to build the reading skills of new readers and to connect school and community in the process.
The program was funded last fall, when Chris Tetrault (Kindergarten), Lynn Slack (Kindergarten), and Kerrin Flanagan (Grade 1) received a Youth Literacy Grant of $3,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a Student Achievement Grant of $5,000 from The NEA Foundation. Carol McCleary, Smith parent, and Karen Ruben, PTO Co-President, helped to recruit volunteers, including parents, Smith staff, BSD administrators, Burlington School Board Members, neighbors, retirees, and college students, who listen to individual students read and help them practice letters, sounds, and sight words.
Students then bring their books home to practice with family members. In just a few short weeks, volunteers and readers have built a love of reading, formed relationships, and look forward to each day of the program. “Can you come to read with me every day?” asked one young reader. That spells success!
BHS Graduate Accomplishment
July 7, 2015
Kate Wetherhead, BHS '93, has made a career in professional theater, appeared on Broadway, co-authored the popular webseries "Submissions Only" about the crazy world of auditions, and has been the voice of Nemo for various musical recordings. She is a wonderfully talented person who has never forgotten her roots, as shown by the character Louisa from her children's book "Jack and Louisa: Act 1", who lives in Burlington.
Click here to read more about this recent publication.
North Avenue News - July Superintendent's Column
July 2, 2015
*Recent Administrative Hires
*Free Summer Meals in Burlington for All Kids 18 and Under!
Click here to read the full column.