BSD Parent/Guardian Survey
Greetings Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
Thank you to all who were able to participate in the Community Forums and contribute to our system vision. I wanted to give you an individual opportunity to share your thoughts regarding your child's school. This information will assist me in the analysis of areas that need improvement in specific schools. Your responses will also contribute to the development of our Strategic Plan and Multi-Year planning process.
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Please take 10 minutes to support our schools and provide this feedback by Monday, November 30. Thank you.
Yaw Obeng, Superintendent
Burlington School District Announcements
BTC Preschool Achieves Highest STARS Quality Rating
November 20, 2015
Burlington Technical Center Preschool recently received a 5 Star rating (the highest possible rating!) in Vermont’s STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS).
STARS recognizes the accomplishments of registered and licensed early childhood programs for achievements above and beyond what is required by state regulations. STARS is based on five “arenas of action” with standards in regulation, education, family services, program practices and administration. As indicated by the Vermont Department of Children and Families, “5 Star programs have demonstrated numerous markers of quality in all five arenas. These programs are dedicated to operating at high standards, offering parents, children and colleagues a respectful and professional environment. They have shown a commitment to the profession and a willingness to stand as a model of that profession.”
BTC Preschool operates 12 hours a week as part of the Human Development and Education Program at Burlington Technical Center. Students enrolled in the course teach in the preschool in addition to learning about human development and other careers in the Human Services field.
BHS MUSICAL: tonight, tomorrow and Saturday!
November 19, 2015
Recent Staff Accomplishment
November 17, 2015
On October 21, the below were honored at the 7th Annual Roots of Prevention Awards Celebration, hosted by the Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community.
D.G Weaver Award: The Burlington Partnership is proud to honor the late assistant principal of Burlington High School, D.G. Weaver, by giving this annual award to a person associated with the Burlington Schools who is a positive role model and who goes “above and beyond” to support healthy opportunities/ activities for our youth, either as a staff member or volunteer.
Patty Wesley - School Counselor and Director of Guidance and Counseling
BHS Youth & Families Award: An individual, program or organization who created or supported the youth and/or families of Burlington in a way that has a positive impact on substance abuse prevention.
Nurses of the Burlington School District
Recent Staff Accomplishment
November 13, 2015
Teachers are nominated by their colleagues and administrators and the faculty that is chosen for this recognition is announced and recognized at
UVM’s Outstanding Teacher Day in October.
Richard Boyers, EMS: Richard has taught Language Arts at EMS for 17 years. Rich truly understands the nature and needs of the students he works with on a daily basis and is committed to giving his students real life experiences to enhance their classroom learning This is evident in his students’ annual participation in the Vermont Young Writers' Project and the Flynn Play Writer’s Program. He has coached the EMS Spelling Team, winning last year's Vermont State Championship, and also is a coach for the Unified Sports Team. In addition to teaching, Rich serves as an active member of the School Leadership Team. His colleagues respect him and he supports them by serving as a mentor for new faculty members.
Colby Skoglund, BHS: Colby brings passion and creativity to her work with students as a Design Technology Teacher. She has transformed her curriculum into technology-rich and project-based courses, from digital photography to architectural design. During drama productions, she can be found in the lighting booth teaching students how to light up the stage. As advisor to the yearbook, she works with students to document the life of the school. Colby also helped develop and now co-leads Year End Studies, a two-week program of high-interest, community-based courses. Colby leads by example to make a difference in the lives of students.
Recent Staff Accomplishment
November 4, 2015
Doug Davis has been elected to the National School Nutrition Association (SNA) Board of Directors. SNA has over 55,000 members and works to ensure that the 50 million meals served daily in our schools are done in a way that keeps the needs of children, schools, communities and farmers in mind. He will serve as the Public Policy and Legislation Chair for his two-year term. This committee is working closely with national groups and organizations as well as congress in the creation and eventual passage of the 2015 Child Nutrition Re-Authorization Act.
STEAM Learners at J.J. Flynn
October 28, 2015
(From VT EPSCoR Web Post)
“In early September, the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) visited the J.J. Flynn Elementary School in Burlington, VT to explore what it means to be a scientist and to use some of the tools of the trade. Working with STEAM teacher Courtney Asaro, St. Michael's College professor Dr. Declan McCabe introduced 5th graders to microscopes and the wonders of macroinvertebrates, and engaged 1st graders in the life of a scientist.”
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Message from Superintendent Yaw Obeng
October 26, 2015
I am more than half way through my 100 Day Entry Plan (posted here). Thank you to all the individuals and community groups that have invited me to a meet and greet. Before I get to other opportunities to engage regarding our schools and District, I would like to share information on a topic everyone has an invested interest in – Budget.
Fiscal responsibility and accountability are cornerstones for any institution. I am confident about our progress and the Business Office team we are assembling. We have a new Senior Finance Director who has had several months to review what we have done in the past, and he has already demonstrated compliance structures that will make a difference internally. It is important to clean our own house before asking the public to be part of a process going forward. The addition of our new Senior Accountant also brings fresh eyes and experience to the team. We are in the process of filling an additional Business Office personnel vacancy, which is months overdue, but we are committed to finding the right person to round out this team.
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