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Kindergarten Registration Now Open
The first round of Kindergarten Registration closed March 16, 2012. If you have not yet done so, please register your incoming kindergartner as soon as possible, so we can better plan for next year. The week of April 30, the first round of families will be notified about placement; we will then contact other families after June 1.
Diversity and Equity Committee Meeting Postponed
March 26, 2012
The next meeting of the Diversity and Equity Committee of the Burlington School Board was scheduled for this Tuesday, March 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. A majority of the committee members have expressed their intent to attend the "We are Trayvon Martin Rally" at 6:00 PM at City Hall, and so Committee Chair Paul Hochanadel has decided to reschedule. Chair Hochanadel notes "I will be attending the rally, and I am pleased that other School Board Commissioners also recognize the importance of being present with members of our community who are concerned about the death of Trayvon Martin and the effects this tragedy is having upon our community and our nation."
The meeting will be posted on the BoardDocs agenda page when it is rescheduled.
High School Transformation Steering Committee March 21, 2012
Help shape the future of education in Burlington and Winooski! Join the Steering Committee to oversee high school transformation. Applications are currently being accepted for this volunteer role. The deadline is April 9th. There are spots for parents, students, teachers and community partners. The vision for this initiative is to ensure that "Each young person in Burlington and Winooski, Vermont will graduate from high school with the confidence, enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge to build a satisfying and sustainable future for themselves, their community, and their world."
Citywide Summer Registration Events March 21, 26 and 29, 2012
Come and Learn about the Summer Opportunities that the Burlington Afterschool Coalition is offering! The Sara Holbrook Community Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, Burlington School District, Burlington Parks and Recreation Department, and the Greater Burlington YMCA will present their summer offerings, answer your questions and help you register for these exciting programs.
Certified Nurses Day March 19, 2012
Our very own Mary Dunsmore (Flynn) and Louise Mongeon (IAA) were among only 18 nurses in Vermont to be recognized nationally as Certified Nurses. Certified Nurses Day™ honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing.
Parent Involvement Phone Survey
March 14, 2012
We are gathering information about parent involvement at our elementary schools. This is part of an overall evaluation of our magnet schools, and it is grant funded. Within the next week we will begin a phone survey to learn more about parent involvement. These surveys will be completed by April 15th. Families are randomly selected at each school. Fifth Element Associates, an independent research group, designed the process and conducts the survey to match professional research standards. They make sure that the sample of families that is surveyed reflects the diversity of our schools. This research helps us understand how we can work better with families. If you have already participated in the phone survey, THANK YOU!
Mayor-Elect Weinberger meets Wednesday with Finance Committee and other Board members of the School Commission.
March 8, 2012
Response to 7 Days Article on Race Impact in Burlington Schools
February 29, 2012
Ken Picard's article last week certainly disclosed views and past experiences of some former school district employees. But it did not shed light on our successful current work on diversity issues. While we may not always get things right, and it may take awhile to change paradigms in both the school and larger community, Burlington teachers and staff care deeply about issues of race and equity and are committed to improving the education of our students.
For the full response, click here
February 24, 2012
DID YOU KNOW? (ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS):
Draft 2012-13 Calendar
February 23, 2012
This is a draft calendar for 2012-13. School will begin Aug 29 for K-8 and Aug 27 for BHS. Vacations for Dec, Feb and April are accurate. Other details will be finalized in April, 2012 by the Board.
For the draft calendar, click here.
High School Transformation Updates: Nellie Mae Funding, New Website and Employment Opportunities
February 21, 2012
Exciting developments related to high school transformation and funding from the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation! Check the site out for details
Dr. Shelley Mathias Recommended as Principal of Edmunds Elementary School
February 20, 2012
Jeanne Collins, Superintendent of Burlington Schools, announced today that she is recommending Dr. Shelley Mathias as the principal of Edmunds Elementary School in Burlington. Dr. Mathias has been serving in the role of Interim Principal this year and was chosen for this position after an extensive search process which included parents, teachers and administrators.
For full Press Release, click here.
Nellie Mae invests in vision of reshaping education
February 15, 2012
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) has awarded a total of $16.4 million in grants over three years to support student-centered approaches to learning among four New England school districts and community partners: Burlington-Winooski, VT; Pittsfield, NH; Portland, ME; and Sanford, ME.
Read More Here
Annual Report Published
February 14, 2012
Read the annual report (pdf format) or the Superintedent's Annual Message.
Administrative Changes at Integrated Arts Academy
February 14, 2012
Trevor Christopher, co-Principal at IAA, announced today that he is resigning his position as of June 30, 2012.
Press Release -- Child and Adult Care Food Program Grows
February 9, 2012
The Burlington School District is excited to announce its participation in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program at three more of our afterschool programs. JJ Flynn and CP Smith Elementary Schools and Hunt Middle School will offer dinner at the beginning of the program to all students participating in the afterschool programs. This program enhancement will allow us to offer a healthy and nutritous meal to all of our participants at no cost, while allowing us to continue offering a snack at the end of the program day.
PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2012
The Burlington School District is excited to announce its participation in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program at two of our afterschool programs. The Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School and the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler will offer dinner at the beginning of the program to all students participating in the afterschool programs. This program enhancement will allow us to offer a healthy and nutritous meal to all of our participants at no cost, while allowing us to continue offering a snack at the end of the program day.
Recent Staff Accomplishments
December 30, 2011
Misa Lindberg, ELL Teacher at Edmunds Elementary and the Integrated Arts Academy, Dr. Shelley Mathias, Principal at Edmunds Elementary, and Dan Balón, Director of Diversity & Equity all have noted significant accomplishments in the last month. Read about these and other staff accomplishments!
Requesting Extra Support
Several of our schools provide Supplemental Educational Services - extra academic assistance/tutoring to improve students' academic performance -- free of charge to a limited number of eligible students. We offer these services as required by the the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress standards. It is available only for children who are eligible for free and reduced-price federal meals. Click here for more information.
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