Burlington School District Announcements
"Make a Change" Community Night
May 17, 2013
“Make a Change” Community Night!
We would like to invite teachers, families and community members to come see the great work that our young people have done in the past month researching and addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class. Please join us for a night of community celebration of the projects that our students did for their “Making a Change” unit of study.Refreshments will be served and child care will be provided! Questions? Please contact one of the following teachers:
School Calendar 2.0
May 20, 2013
Based on the Vermont Superintendent's Association (VSA) Education Quality Framework and the VT World-Class Education Agenda, the School Calendar 2.0 is a new way of looking at what a school calendar could look like.
This calendar preserves the current 175 student days while building in blocks of times, or intersessions, that could be used for multiple purposes for multiple stakeholders.
For a more complete overview and background of the School Calendar 2.0, visit:
BHS Students Bring Groundbreaking New Film Girl Rising to Burlington
May 15, 2013
Film to be screened at Merrill’s Roxy tomorrow at 7 p.m.
The BHS Women in Literature class and a St. Michael's student are bringing a global movement to educate girls and change the world home to Burlington with a screening of the new film Girl Rising: One Girl with Courage is a Revolution. Girl Rising spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances, capturing their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. Girl Rising premiered on March 7th, the eve of International Women’s Day, and has since been screened at hundreds of theaters around the country.
“We, the BHS women in literature class, believe in the power of education to change not only a girl, but the world,” said BHS student Monique Ndericimpaye. "By bringing Girl Rising to Burlington, we are showing our community a beautiful film that demonstrates the impact education can have on girls’ lives around the globe. We are proud to be part of this revolution, among hundreds of others who are organizing local screenings.”
Weekly Release Wednesdays
April 21, 2013
The Burlington School District is considering a weekly release Wednesday schedule for the 2013-14 school year for grades K-8, all year. This would replace all other early release days except for two parent conferences. This change is being considered due to a state mandate for restructuring that includes identifying dedicated time for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) intended to increase student achievement. The information below will explain PLCs, and answer common questions about the changes being considered. The decision on the weekly release Wednesdays will be made by mid-May as we complete our restructuring mandate.
Explaining Professional Learning Communities - Overview
Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs, are school improvement models aimed at improving student learning for each individual student.
The professional learning community is based on a single, simple premise: To be effective, educators must change their focus from teaching to learning. In a PLC, educators have three goals:
BHS Student Plays Streamed Live!
May 14, 2013
On Wednesday, May 15th, between 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m., the Vermont Young Playwright Project Festival will be streaming cold readings and staged performances of student plays at the Flynn Theater.
BHS' own Maddy Brookes and Zeinab Bulle will have plays read/performed at the festival. (Maddy's will be read some time between 11:15 a.m-1 p.m. and Zeinab's will be staged between 2-4 p.m.)
Check out the link tomorrow: http://youngwritersproject.
Edmunds Middle School Day of Service
May 13, 2013
On Wednesday, May 15th, from 8:30 a.m.-noon, EMS will be hosting a Day of Service. The goal of the day is to engage students and the entire school community in a collaborative community effort to improve their school, neighborhood, and community through service projects. The event culminates the year-long Thoughtful Thursday Project that asks the question, “How can we help to make our school community, both EMS and Burlington, a more diverse and equitable place to live, work and play?” Projects include: diversity quotes and murals, working with the VNA Family Room, SA, Champlain Elementary and the Sara Holbrook Center, planting a diversity garden, and greening up our city.
To celebrate the hard work of the students and staff, EMS will host a Town Meeting Celebration at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium. BHS performers African Brothers and Rajni Eddins will headline the celebration. This day provides an excellent opportunity for EMS to make a difference in our community while cultivating and celebrating our diversity. Contact Tiffany Tillman for more information at 316-7120 or email@example.com.
Principal Williams Writes about SA/Seventh Generation Day of Service
May 8, 2013
Something wonderful happened on May 1st at the Sustainability Academy when over 80 volunteers from Seventh Generation came to our school for a day of service. Walking to SA from their headquarters by the waterfront they grabbed a healthy snack, put on sunscreen, heard some inspirational words from Mayor Miro Weinberger, broke up into teams organized by 7 G's Justin Beaulieu, and commenced beautifying our campus.
Recent Staff Accomplishments
May 7, 2013
On April 16th, Mike Gray was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th KidSafe Collaborative Outstanding Service Awards. The organization annually honors outstanding individuals and partnerships who have significantly improved the safety and well-being of children and families in Chittenden County.
KidSafe noted: “Mike Gray has been described as having had a major impact on countless young people and their families in Vermont. His contribution to the BHS community has been described as “profound”; his knowledge, experience, and skills are considered unmatched. Over the years, Mike has been a critical component in promoting and improving services, always with the best interest of the kids and families with whom he was working.”
Gordana Pobric has been selected by the Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a recipient of theOutstanding Mathematics Teacher Awards for 2013. VCTM will recognize Gordana’s accomplishments October 24th-25th at the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England annual conference in Killington.
Burlington High School Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave
May 6, 2013
Giovanna Yaranga, a Spanish teacher at Burlington High School since August 28th, 1998, has been placed on Administrative Leave pending a criminal investigation. Notification came from the Burlington Police Department that Yaranga was being arraigned today in District Court on a criminal charge stemming from allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student. An internal investigation will also be conducted. Anyone with any information should contact the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations, Detective Peter Chapman, at 652-6898.
This deeply upsetting news affects our entire community. Please be assured that the safety of our students is the District’s priority. The District had no evidence of physical improprieties or sexual misconduct by Ms. Yaranga. The faculty, staff and administration are well aware of their obligations as mandatory reporters of child abuse and have and will continue to fully comply with those requirements. Policy and procedures are in place to address personnel behaviors of concern, and hiring procedures include criminal background checks, abuse registry checks and reference checks.
To reiterate, the District will do nothing that it believes will compromise the legal process underway or the safety and well-being of Burlington students.
Click here to read the letter sent home to parents today and tomorrow.
North Avenue News - May Superintendent's Message
May 3, 2013
As we enter the final weeks of school, we continue to focus on improving student achievement.
EES 5th graders Win Awards for Safe Routes to School Week Posters!
May 3, 2013
Genni Bogdanowicz (pictured) won 1st place for her efforts and will receive a new helmet, bike light and best of all a new bicycle! Chloe Evans won 2nd place and will receive a new helmet and bike light.
Genni's poster is now in a national competition and if she wins, she and her family will be flown to D.C. for a national biking convention and EES would win the Saris Hub system that tracks kids walking and riding to school. The system plays music every 20 walkers/rollers and encourages kids to get to school in healthy ways.
VOTE for Genni's poster until May 7th at:
(Click on the green box that says 5th Grade Poster Contest.)
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