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Heartbleed Bug Update
April 14, 2014

We have confirmed that the following District websites/accounts
were not impacted by the Heartbleed Bug:

Jupiter Grades
EDU 2.0
MySchoolBucks Food Service Accounts

We also recommend using the below link to self-check any sites
that you may be using at home.
Burlington School District Announcements
BTC Student Accomplishments
April 15, 2014

On March 29
th, Medical and Sports Sciences students Sha’Kylah Morris and Natalie Oberding exhibited their research projects at the Vermont State Science and Math Fair. Sha’Kylah’s research topic was entitled “Do the Expressions Made by Young Children Correspond to Those Made in Young Adults?” Natalie’s topic was “The Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Gerbil Behavior,” (pictured.) Natalie was awarded the VT Principals’ Association Silver Medal for project excellence and the Vermont Sigma Xi award for research techniques. The Sigma Xi award included a $100 check and $40,000 Next Generation Scholarship to Green Mountain College! Both students are seniors who plan on attending college next year and pursuing a health care-related degree.

SA "Sleep Out"
April 14, 2014

On Friday night, Sustainability Academy students, teachers and parents "Slept Out"
in the outdoor classroom in tents while raising money to support Spectrum
and the homeless and at-risk youth it serves.

Burlington School District Receives Unqualified Audit

April 9, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8, the Burlington School Board received its first audit designed to highlight the finances of the School District separate from the City. Prior to this year, the School District's audit had been part of the City's audit whereas this year the audit was done separately, similar to the way Burlington Electric's audit is handled. This audit is an important step in working to have more transparency into the District’s finances and financial controls. The audit was for the FY13 fiscal year which ended June 30, 2013 and was completed by Melanson Heath & Company, PC.

The audit was unqualified with no material weakness. What an unqualified letter means is that in the professional opinion of the auditor the District is appropriately representing its finances through its financial statements.

Click here to read more.

To view the Audit, visit https://www.boarddocs.com/vt/bsdvt/Board.nsf/Public, April 8 Finance Committee Meeting. 

April 9, 2014

This Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m., the BHS Heroes, a community service club at 
Burlington High School, 
are hosting a fashion show to raise money
for The Vermont Special Olympics.

April 5, 2014
North Avenue News - April Superintendent's Message
April 4, 2014

*My Turn: Excellence and Equity in Burlington Schools 
In Burlington, we have the unique honor of educating a multilingual and multicultural student population. All of our students benefit from the diversity in our schools, as does our City. Our young people are gaining an understanding of various languages, ethnicities and cultures, learning to communicate across cultures, and to navigate diversity and race. These are essential skills in a globalizing world.

The rejection of the school budget will have deep and lasting consequences threatening the quality of education that all of our students deserve and need.

In June 2012, I pledged to the Burlington community to put the District on the path to the elimination of racism and inequities in the Burlington School District. The work of ensuring equitable access to a high-quality education for all of our children remains incomplete and urgent. But much progress has been made in several areas identified in the plan Diversity: Our Gift and Our Future. We have:

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Recent Staff Accomplishments
April 3, 2014

On March 26th, Vita-Learn and Vermont ASCD honored teams of three at their Recognition Luncheon. The teams included an educator, education technology specialist and administrator, in line with Vita-Learn’s belief that vision, leadership, technology support and rock star teachers are all part of the equation of creating a truly innovative and transformative digital age learning environment. EMS and BHS teams represented the District at this event, including Carole Renca (EMS Library Media Specialist), Kathy Gallagher (EMS Language Arts Teacher, pictured right), Bonnie Johnson-Aten (EMS Principal), Susan Blethen (BHS ELL, pictured left), Vitaliy Kulapin (BHS Tech. Integration Specialist) and Amy Mellencamp (BHS Principal).

 More about Susan's story:  

More about Kathy's story: 

More about VT Project Ignite: 

Students Get Books from CLiF
April 1, 2014

English Language Learner Teachers at IAA collaborated with the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) to provide a parent literacy training and storytelling event with book giveaway for ELL students on March 19th. Students enjoyed the telling of a story and were able to choose two books to take home. Parents learned how they can best support their students' literacy development at home.

BSD Ranked #6 on Daily Meal's 10 Best School Lunches in America
March 31, 2014

In the past decade, enormous changes have been made nationwide in the ways learning institutions feed our offspring. Initiatives have been undertaken where schools have students manage organic gardens on premises and take field trips to local farms to learn where their lunch originates and how it grows. Budgets have been utilized more thoughtfully and efficiently, investing in these same farms to supply students with the freshest ingredients and an abundance of healthy choices, and in other creative, culinary-geared ways.

To view the full article and Top 10 slideshow, visit:

Vermont Writes Day 2014 eBook Release
March 28, 2014

82-page book showcases the best of the day's writing from almost 100 schools (including Burlington Schools!)

Young Writers Project's 5th Annual Vermont Writes Day on February 13th was the most successful yet! The quality and quantity of writing was outstanding - as the newly-released Vermont Writes Day 2014 eBook attests. You can view or download the book at: http://youngwritersproject.org/.

About 1,500 people submitted their writing online to Young Writers Project and many more sent their work by mail. The goal of Vermont Writes Day is to reinforce the importance of writing for school, work and life. To stop everything to focus on this seven-minute writing exercise has a powerful effect on students. It's a memorable experience to see fellow students, teachers and principals in deep concentration, writing furiously to make the deadline.


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