March 19, 2015
Letter to Parents and Caregivers from Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe
Smarter Balanced Assessment: Another Measure of Learning
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Burlington School District Announcements
Recent Staff Accomplishment
March 31, 2015
Lillian Dean, SLP, wrote a grant that brought $500 worth of books on the topic of diversity to the BSD Early Education Program! These books will enhance curriculum units as well as address District goals on Cultural Competence with the youngest learners in our schools.
Recent Student Accomplishment
March 30, 2015
Congratulations to BHS’ Edil Hassan whose writing was selected to receive the Portfolio Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest! Sixteen high school seniors including Edil received this program’s highest national honor which includes a $10,000 cash scholarship. In June, Edil and other national award-winning teens from across the country will gather in New York City to attend the National Celebration series of events in their honor.
Vermont Afterschool and Summer Learning Day
March 26, 2015
EMS students Kolby Darrah and Kayley Hays and several HMS students were selected as Student Ambassadors for this annual event at the State House on February 19.
Students were asked to write essays explaining why afterschool was important to them. Kayley wrote, "I have had many fun and memorable times after school...I know that I can always ask for help, and get the help I need.” As Kolby wrote, "(Afterschool) has changed my life for the better.”
The day included a tour of the State House, meeting Speaker of the House Shap Smith, hearing from EMS 8th grader and Legislative Page Alex Contreras-Montesano, participating in a workshop on advocacy and practicing their "elevator speeches" on students from all over the State. In addition, the group heard from Governor Shumlin and spoke to representatives and afterschool supporters including Vermont State Board of Education Representative Stacy Weinberger.
To read the full story and for more information on afterschool in Vermont, visit the
Moving Forward: Embracing Diverse Culture
March 24, 2015
After breakfast and a short overview presentation, over 150 parents, teachers, students, staff and community members attended three different presentations from community service providers on March 21. Parents were able to communicate their concerns to DCF, BPD and mental health providers with the support of the District's Multilingual Liaisons and on-call interpreters. Student volunteers assisted as guides, servers, babysitters and clean-up crew. A delicious lunch was served at the end for all attendees.
Thanks to Partnership for Change for sponsoring the event and to the various school and community partners for their support with food, transportation, technology, t-shirts and childcare.
With the success of this first event, we will be planning future events to continue to empower New American parents to support their students.
March 19, 2015
BHS Yearbook Staff recently worked with creative designer Rick Brooks, to begin
formalizing the 2015 OREAD cover art. Mr. Brooks travels throughout the Northeast
working with students (primarily at the college level) to assist with various design flows.
Thanks to Matt Clark (our Jostens rep) for coordinating this opportunity.
28th Annual Children's Art Exhibition and Awards Ceremony
March 18, 2015
Reception and Awards Ceremony with the Mayor:
TODAY, March 18, 5-7PM, Contois Auditorium
Original works by young artists from the Burlington Elementary Schools are on
display in the City Hall Gallery during the month of March.
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