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2007-2008 News Archive

Congratulations !

June 16, 2008
Burlington teachers, administrators, staff and Board commissioners congratulate the graduating class of 2008 and wish you all the best in your future. Keep in touch!

Congratulations to our Champlain Elementary School Vt Midi Project Composers

June 16, 2008
Champlain students Bastien Gliech ("The Mix of Strings") and Eileen Kocherlakota ("The Race") had their original compositions selected for Opus 16, the Vermont MIDI Project celebration of exemplary work statewide. Also,congratulations to Oliver Marchildon for the submission of his compostion entitled "Rewind". MIDI means Musical Instrument Digital Interface and Betsy Greene, our music teacher, teaches an after school program where students can further develop their music compositional skills outside of music class. Go to www.vtmidi.org/opus.htm to view the selected pieces and information about the Opus 16 event.

Champlain Elementary School Chorus Invited to Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival

June 16, 2008
The Champlain Elementary School 4th and 5th Grade Chorus, under the directorship of our music teacher, Betsy Greene, earned the honor of performing at the Discover Jazz Festival, Tuesday, June 3rd at City Hall Stage on the Market Place. Singing the blues to dixieland to swing, children improvised on xylophones and scat sang to classics like "Duke's Place" or "C Jam Blues" by Duke Ellington. It was a day to remember. Go to the Champlain Elementary School website to get a link to the Bulrington Free Press's online multimedia slide show to hear and view a piece from that day's performance or visit www.burlingtonfreepress.com to view coverage of the Discover Jazz Festival 2008.

Hunt Middle School Rich Amato Receives Award

May 30, 2008
Congratulations to Hunt Middle School's Rich Amato, who has been named the Vermont Assistant Principal of the Year. We are grateful to Rich for his dedication and leadership and proud to see his accomplishments recognized.

Changes Ahead for Burlington Afterschool

May 30, 2008
Changes are planned for the 2008-2009 Burlington Afterschool Program in our elementary schools. Jeff Fournier, Afterschool Director, is attending informational meetings at every elementary school.

More information on Burlington Afterschool Click Here

Burlington High School selected to host 2009 New England Track and Field Championships

May 23, 2008
The New England Council of Athletic Championships named Burlington High School on Monday as the host site of the New England Track and Field Outdoor Championships in June of 2009.Read More

State Assesments: What Are We Learning?

May 1, 2008
Individual student test performance information indicates we are on the right track with the interventions we are putting in place in Burlington schools to address achievement gaps. The majority of our students, in every school, met the academic standard set under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2008. Read More

District of Excellence Renovation Project

April 8, 2008
The Burlington School District now seeks an architectural firm to work with and build upon the facilities audit and Master Plan that DeJong.Locker will complete by June 30. The architectural firm will develop an overall architectural design, bidding documents for contractors, consultation with school site based committees, coordination of all local and state building approvals and permits, and review of construction in progress to final punch list and project completion.Read RFQ (.pdf)

Steering Comittee Kicks-off Burlington Schools Master Plan: Magnet School Pre-Development Begins

March 27, 2008
The next phase of the Burlington School District Excellence & Equity process kicked off with a steering committee meeting on March 19th.Read More

Last Day of School

March 12, 2008
Students will attend school June 12 full day and June 13 half day to make up for the snow days earlier this year. High school graduation will be at 10am the morning of June 13. Middle School graduations will be June 12th, check with your school for the time.

BHS Air Quality Report

March 12, 2008
No air quality health concerns have been found to exist in the reports from tests conducted this year by ATC Associates. Read More

Leslie Colomb New Champlain Elementary Principal

March 12, 2008
Leslie Colomb has been appointed principal of Champlain Elementary School and will succeed Nancy Zahniser when she retires at the end of this school year. Read More

March 5, 2008
Thank you for your support of the schools budget! The voters voiced resounding support for excellence in our schools, passing the budget in every ward in Burlington. City-wide, 70% of residents voted in favor of the budget. Read More


The Burlington school board and administration have made a commitment to keep class sizes low, with an emphasis on smaller primary class sizes. To do this, we have created a "sister school" model designed to give us flexibility. Sister schools are two Burlington schools who "share" a region of the city and work together to balance class sizes.Read More

February 25, 2008
Welcome class of 2021! Please register your child who will turn 5 by Sept 1, and bring a copy of their birth certificate and immunization records. An open house will be held at each school later this spring. Click here for more information. Parent Information

DeJONG LOCKER to Develop Master Plan

February 21, 2008
DeJONG.LOCKER was selected by the Burlington School Board Finance Committee to develop the Excellence & Equity Master Plan. DeJONG LOCKER was chosen to lead this process because of their unique combination of educational and facilities planning expertise, community engagement experience, and depth of understanding of the work completed to date.Read More

Lawrence Barnes Elementary School in National Publication

February 21, 2008
Lawrence Barnes Elementary Schools was recently written up in a national publication for its sustainable schools work.Read the article

Information on Excellence and Equity

The Board is engaged in a process to transform the district to one of excellence with equitable opportunities for all students.Read More

Annual Report for 2006-2007 School Year

February 6, 2008
This year's annual report is available as a pdf file for download here:
DOWNLOAD REPORT -(warning - large file)!
Past reports are available as well at the Board Annual Report Page.

Burlington Fire Department seeks information on Feb. 6 fire at BHS

Feb. 6, 2008
At approximately 10:20 on Feb. 6, a student discovered smoke in a bathroom. The school was evacuated as a staff member entered the room and put the fire out with a portable extinguisher.Read More

Snow Days

December 27, 2007
Each year, when a snow day is called, there is confusion and consternation, either because it was called too late or not called at all. Here is background on how snow day closure decisions are made and how the days are made up.Read More

School Board and Superintendent Plan for Vermont's First "Magnet" School

January 30, 2008
With the results of parent, teacher and community surveys in hand, the Burlington School Board adopted a plan for Excellence & Equity that moves forward on magnet school options.Read More

School Board Budget Information

January 30, 2008
Information on the 08-09 budget is available on the School Board web page. Information from previous budgets is also available for your review. Click Here

Facility Tours

January 17, 2008
The public is invited to join in a tour of the school facilities with representatives of the Board and Property Services. The schedule for these tours is posted on the Board Calendar page

Market Research Survey on Dream School in Burlington

Updated January 15, 2008
At last week's school board meeting, Fifth Element presented the results of the parent and community surveys. The powerpoint report is available in two formats:

In addition, there are two executive summaries available in PDF format.

Finally, there are copies of the online survey web page questions in PDF format.

If you have comments, contact the superintendent at 865-5332 or send us your E-Mail Comments


January 8, 2008
The Board is interested in soliciting community input into the budget decisions for the 08-09 school year. The baseline budget is up by 1.4% new money. There are additional considerations to be decided by the Board at their meeting on Jan. 15, at Hunt Middle School Library, 7 P.M. Input may be offered through email or letter prior to Jan. 15, or by public comment at the Jan 8 or Jan 15 Board meetings. For the budget information to date, please CLICK HERE

Community Survey Report Presentation

January 7, 2008
Dear Burlington Parents and Community Members:
Happy New Year! I hope that you will join me for the presentation of your feedback, "What Parents Want in Burlington Schools", Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at Burlington High School. This research study marks a major milestone in the Burlington Schools' Excellence and Equity planning.Read More

Community Survey - Thanks for your input!

December 21, 2007
You are invited to take this survey about our schools, particularly elementary schools, to share your opinion about what you think all students need to succeed. The independent research firm Fifth Element produced this online survey. All answers are anonymous and confidential. The results of this survey will be used by the School Board and Superintendent to help make decisions as the Excellence and Equity initiative moves forward.Read More

Budget Hearing at BHS

December 19, 2007
Preliminary information on the 2008-2009 budget was presented to the public at a hearing at BHS last evening. The next public hearing is scheduled for January 7 at BHS at 7:00 P.M.
To download a pdf of the powerpoint presentation click here.

PARENTS, Thanks for your input!

December 12, 2007
Thank you for sharing your opinion about what makes an elementary school excellent. The independent research firm Fifth Element produced this online survey for parents. All answers are anonymous and confidential. The results of this survey will be used by the School Board and Superintendent to help make decisions as the Excellence and Equity initiative moves forward.Read More


November 9, 2007
We continue to move forward in our Excellence & Equity Planning Process. Over the next three weeks, parents of elementary students and pre-schoolers are being surveyed by phone to learn more about how they define excellence in our schools and to better understand the potential for magnet schools. This survey is being conducted by Fifth Element, an independent research group based in Colchester, Vermont. Approximately one-third of our elementary school parents will be surveyed. The survey will be representative of parents across the district. All information collected by Fifth Element is anonymous and confidential. Individual contact information is not collected.Read More

School News

November 8, 2007
This weekend, RETN Channel 16 will air programs featuring elementary classes at Flynn, Edmunds Middle, Champlain, Barnes and Edmunds Elementary Schools. In partnership the Flynn Center for Performing Arts "Words Come Alive" teaching artists, students in kindergaren through 6th grade use drama and movement to learn about the rainforest, lifecycles, ecosystems and the American Revolution. Click here to see the full schedule. Words Come Alive

This Sunday, November 11th, American Flatbread Burlington Hearth will donate $8 from every flatbread (dining room or takeout) to the Burlington School Food Project. The Burlington School Food Project's work to increase high-quality, locally grown foods, provide nutrition education and connect farms to schools has been in the local and national news. Several articles are listed below.

In case you missed it, Burlington Afterschool at Wheeler was featured in a Channel 3 WCAX newscast on kids health, and how after school programs help to get kids moving. Read More

Burlington Schools settles paraeducator contract;
Phases in livable wage over four years

October 31, 2007

The Burlington Schools and the Burlington Education Association have settled a contract that phases in a livable wage over four years.Read More

Representative Peter Welch visits Hunt Middle School

October 26, 2007
Representative Peter Welch visited Hunt Middle School on Friday, October 26, 2007, to enjoy a Farm to School lunch and to host a Roundtable on No Child Left Behind with Burlington educators.Read More

Burlington Schools Celebrates Give Kids Good Schools Week October 15-19

October 22, 2007
As part of Give Kids Good Schools Week, Burlington Schools celebrates our outstanding community partnerships and invites community members to learn more about Burlington's high-quality schools at several events this week.Read More

Burlington Schools Food Programs in the News

Burlington Schools Lead the Way with Healthy Food and Nutrition Programs,
October 22, 2007
Read More

Food for thought at a Vermont elementary school, Center for Public Education,
October 20, 2007
Read This Story

Burlington School Food Project: A recipe for school and community partnership., Center for Public Education,
October 20, 2007
Read This Story

Burlington School's Excellence and Equity Discussion Moves Forward
Jeanné Collins
Superintendent of Schools, Burlington

October 8, 2007

I am pleased to report the major decision-points that will shape the direction of the Burlington School Excellence and Equity plans. At the Tuesday, October 9th board meeting, important recommendations will be brought to the full board for their approval. These recommendations include maintaining 6 elementary schools, approving a community survey on the concept of magnet schools in Burlington, and considering a proposal for infrastructure financial support.Read More

Burlington's Diversity Actions Expand
Jeanné Collins
Superintendent of Schools, Burlington

September 27, 2007
The recent story and editorial about diversity was helpful in drawing attention to a community problem related to recruiting and retaining teachers who are African-American. I want to thank these area residents for recognizing the value of and investing their energy in Burlington's diversity.Read More


September 20, 2007
On Thursday 9/20 at 7:00 AM C.P. Smith Elementary School received word that a water main had broken. We are asking that parents who are able to, please keep their children at home. There will be no water available for the day at Smith.
The school will be open for those children who have no other option.
The school will reopen on September 21, 2007.
Smith Curriculum Night on Sept. 20 is also cancelled.

Burlington board consensus exercise indicates early, though non-binding, consensus of priorities

August 24, 2007
Four points emerged as an emerging, though non-binding, consensus on how to achieve excellence and equity in the Burlington Schools during a four-hour School Board work session Thursday. Read More

Web Server Changes

August 8, 2007
We are upgrading the web server and are in the process of moving the school pages and other organizational pages. You may not be able to use previously set favorites, and there may be link errors during this transition. Please bear with us during these changes.