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Burlington School District Interim Superintendent Position

The Burlington School District has an immediate opening for an Interim Superintendent to lead our school system of over 3,500 students. It is anticipated that this opportunity will last eight months or until a permanent superintendent appointment is made.

Click here to view the job posting and application procedure.
CCTA Update

Please click here for information intended for families who have a student riding CCTA to or from school to review changes around riding CCTA buses. Our goal is to ensure that we are providing busing for students per School Board Policy and School Board budget decisions.
Ebola Information

Please click here for an important notice from the
Vermont Department of Health regarding Ebola.

Burlington School District Announcements
Opening Statement from 10/26/14 Burlington School Board Special Meeting - Commissioner Halladay, Board Chair
October 29, 2014

As Chair of this board, I would like to make some brief comments to the Burlington School District staff, to our administrators, to our citizens, and to the board.

On behalf of the board, I first want to thank all of our principals, teachers, and staff who are keeping the district operating well in the midst of our leadership challenges. We value your contributions and want you to know that we appreciate all that you do every day. Students are being well served by your commitment, despite the other issues going on. We understand that we must improve our ability to provide guidance and support for this district, if we are to move forward over the long run. But tomorrow morning parents will walk with their kids to school teachers will have innovative lessons planned to challenge and engage our students, and our schools will remain the source of pride, engagement, and safety that they have always been. Again, to that we must thank our teachers (including the recently named VT Teacher of the Year and alternate), principals, and students for doing the good work they have always done​.

Click here to read the full statement.
CANCELED: Superintendent Search Public Forums
October 28, 2014
 
The three public forums scheduled for October 30th at Burlington High School, The Sustainability Academy and J.J. Flynn have been canceled. 
 
The Board Ad Hoc Superintendent Search Committee will convene on Wednesday, October 29th, at 8 p.m. in the Ira Allen Board Room (150 Colchester Avenue) to begin planning for meaningful community input over the next two months.
 
Ray and Associates, the search firm that has been retained by the Board, has prepared a survey to gather community input about the qualities desired in the new Superintendent. Please share your input between now and November 4th by taking the online survey: 
 
BSD Teacher Named 2015 VT Teacher of the Year!
October 21, 2014
 
Rebecca Haslam, a Champlain Elementary School teacher and District Social Studies and Equity Curriculum Coach for grades K-5, has been selected as the 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year (VT-TOY), the Agency of Education announced today. 

In addition to team-teaching first grade, she helps develop curriculum, working with teachers in each of the Burlington School District’s six elementary schools to employ resources that are more inclusive in content, language, and practice. Haslam also serves on the district's Equity Council, and has taken on a leadership role in creating professional development sessions for all teachers Pre-K-12 called Equity Conversations. The goal of these conversations is to help move all staff, students and community members along the continuum of cultural competency so they can meet the needs of each student in the diverse population in Burlington.

Click here to read the complete Agency of Education Press Release.
Click here to read the Burlington Free Press article. 
IAA/Education Student Collaboration
October 20, 2014

Sometimes an opportunity comes our way that we just can’t resist! This seems to happen a lot at IAA lately as we become more and more known for learning through the arts. In the first week of September, our 4th and 5th graders were able to join an art installation in progress at St. Michael’s College. We paired up with St. Mike’s Education students, and assisted artist Thea Alvin as she created an enormous stone archway on the campus grounds.

Thea Alvin is a stone mason who has been working with rocks for over 30 years. Her work reminds one of the much-loved work of the famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy. Our students learned a bit about the physics involved in this kind of art sculpture and then worked in teams to create their own small stone arch (pictured.) Students also took advantage of the word garden and wrote some fun and lively stone art sentences.
October 13, 2014



Do you know who your Designated Employees are? Click here. 
Do you know how to talk to your children about bullying? Click here.
BSD Policy on the Prevention of Harassment of Students - Click here. 
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center Resources - Click here. 

October 13, 2014

MySchoolBucks.com Program Update
October 10, 2014
MySchoolBucks.com is a convenient and easy to use credit/debit card prepayment system that allows parents to add money to their child’s meal account at the school. The service allows parents to set recurring payments based on a low balance amount that they determine or make manual payments as they choose. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a change to the MySchoolBucks.com program in Burlington Schools.

Starting November 1, 2014, there will be a 3.75% transaction fee charged each time you make an online deposit to your child’s meal account at www.MySchoolBucks.com. The fee will be displayed at the time of your payment. For example, if you add $25 to your child’s meal account, your credit/debit card will be charged $25.94, and $25 will be deposited into the meal account.
 
Click here for more information.
BTC Students Obtain Careers After UVM Internships
October 7, 2014
 
Last May, Automotive Science and Technology students were fortunate to complete internships with members of the UVM Physical Plant. Sal Chiarelli, Director of the Physical Plant, and Erica Spiegel, Administrative Planner, worked with Jane Donahue-Holt, BTC’s Work-Based Learning Coordinator, to provide Ahmad Ahmad, Abdulkadir Ali, and Omar Bulle (pictured) with an opportunity to learn about the maintenance of the complex medical facility, the operation of the central steam and chilled water plants, safety issues and keeping UVM in environmental compliance, as well as maintenance of UVM’s 180 vehicles. The students gained an awareness of the large number of jobs involved in keeping the University running. 

In July, Ahmad, Abdul and Omar were hired by UVM to work full-time at the Physical Plant. As with all BTC Programs, these students gained transferrable knowledge from their Automotive Program, which provided them the foundation necessary to work in their new vocation!

North Avenue News - October Superintendent's Message
October 3, 2014

Happy Fall, Burlington! A couple of upcoming events, as well as a recent award and administrative update. 
 
*3rd Annual Harvest Fun Run & Walk for Sustainability - Sunday, October 5th, 9AM-Noon
 
Join the Sustainability Academy and City Market for this 1K/5K down in the Intervale! Romp through farm fields and dirt roads in this family-friendly event to support place-based learning at the Sustainability Academy.
 
Pumpkin prizes for all registered kids!

More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/707190529360911/


Click here to read the full message. 
STAY INFORMED

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