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The VerMonster Roboticists
November 21, 2014
A Team of 10 EMS students - The VerMonster Roboticists​ - competed in the FIRST LEGO League Competition at Norwich University on November 16. The team created an innovative solution to improve learning by designing an app that creates a partnership between guidance counselors, teachers and   families with children who have minimal parental support or interaction. Additionally, the team built and programmed an autonomous robot to score points by performing tasks inspired by the 2014 theme “World Class Learning.” 
The team finished 4th overall out of 27 teams. Their project, titled Family Balance,  finished 2nd overall and the team then competed in a head-to-head robot competition between the top four scoring teams. The Roboticists walked away from that with an impressive 1st place finish and qualified for the next regional competition in Nashua, NH!
Link to the team and their robot, in action! http://bit.ly/1xPQG26.
EMS Spelling Team = State Spelling Bee Champions!
November 20, 2014

Congratulations (L to R) to: Isaac Jenemann, Manny Dodson, Zora Stewart, Emma Barker, Anna Halladay and Aidan Devitt. Coach/Teacher Richard Boyers in the back.
Kindergarten Family "School Lunch for Dinner"
November 18, 2014

Last Thursday, kindergartners at Champlain Elementary eagerly led their parents and families to their salad bar for an authentic “School Lunch for Dinner”! Over 80 students and families filled the cafeteria as Chef Kaye Douglas, fondly known by the students as “Chef KK”, served a delicious dinner that included Misty Knoll chicken drums, vegetarian chili made with Vermont Bean Crafters bean crumble, sweet dumpling squash, kale chips, Caesar salad and a fresh fruit and salad bar.
Spend April Break 2015 in Tottori, Japan
November 14, 2014

Burlington and Essex High Schools hosted Japanese students from Tottori this past October.

Now it is  your turn to travel!
With nearly 600,000 residents, Tottori Prefecture has the smallest prefectural population in Japan. It lies on the Japan Sea side of lower Honshu Island and is part of the Chugoku Region. It is one of the warmest and most welcoming regions in Japan with a phenomenal coast line, ancient sites, modern wind turbines and solar panels, and beautiful mountains. Agriculture and environmental stewardship are important, and the Japanese Pear is the pride of Tottori.
Some of this sounds a little like Vermont, but the culture is wonderfully different. You will experience culture in Tottori personally through home stays, school and site visits!
Questions? Interest? 
Contact Teacher Andreas Nolte at anolte@bsdvt.org or
Peter Lynch of Green Across the Pacific at peter@gatp.org. 
An informal meeting about this trip will be held later this month.
Roots of Prevention Award Celebration
November 5, 2014
On October 22nd, Suzy King and Beth Evans (pictured here with student Sa Jee Dar), BHS English Language Learner Teacher Innovators, were presented with the D.G. Weaver Award by the Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community.
Specifically, the award recognized the EXCELL Program, a class for some of the newest students at BHS. In addition to orienting students to high school and providing intensive language instruction, the teachers engage students in active and student-centered learning through a weekly artist’s residency with Lida Winfield from the Flynn Center for Performing Arts.

North Avenue News - November Superintendent's Message
November 1, 2014

Greetings from the Burlington School District,
*BSD Teacher Named 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year!

As many of you may have seen in the news, Rebecca Haslam, Champlain Teacher and K-5 District Social Studies and Equity Curriculum Coach, has been named the 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year by the Agency of Education—! Rebecca’s work as a first grade teacher and developing a more inclusive curriculum in our elementary schools, as well as her service on the Equity Council and work on BSD Equity Conversations, is certainly something to honor and celebrate as an example of the caliber of teaching that we hold within Burlington. We congratulate Rebecca on this accomplishment and will follow her as she shares her expertise with teachers Statewide, and also journeys to D.C. to meet the President, as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Award.
We would also like to recognize and congratulate Christina Norland, EES Music Teacher and PBIS Team Member, for being named as the Alternate this year.
A great moment for BSD Teachers!

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