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In The News
June 14, 2010

The Sustainability Academy was featured in this week's Nation Magazine.
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Burlington elementary students were featured in the Free Press studying the ecology of our lake.
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Students were also featured showing their new school garden to Senator Sanders, as he announced a grant awarded for community gardens.
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You can also view video of a host of events at BHS on the BHS "School Tube" channel.
View the Video Site

Congratulations BHS Class Of 2010
June 14, 2010

Best of luck to all of our graduating seniors! For a schedule of graduation events and to watch graduation via live video stream,
Click Here

Thank You To Our Retiring Faculty
June 14, 2010

Thank you to all of our teachers and staff for their dedication and talent. I also appreciate all of our families, and the many community members and partners, that have worked to support all of our students this year. A heartfelt thanks and much gratitude to our retiring teachers and principals for their commitment and years of service. View our retiring faculty.
Faculty Thank You (pdf)

Students On The Move
June 11, 2010

As the school year comes to an end, our students continue to be actively engaged in events. Two BHS Jazz bands, the EMS Jazz Band and the Champlain Elementary Chorus all performed at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. BHS student athletes competed in the Vermont and New England Track & Field Championships. BHS students compete this week in the National History Competition in Washington, DC.

Kindergarten Enrollment Continues To Increase
June 11, 2010

In response to increasing kindergarten enrollment, the board has approved an additional teacher. We will be adding a class at CP Smith, based upon the physical capacity (as well as the school size/staffing in place to support this class as they move through each grade) and the location of wait listed families with no placement. With the increased kindergarten classroom to handle expected enrollment, we will have a few spaces available at Edmunds Elementary, IAA, and CP Smith.

Afterschool Update
June 10, 2010

Based on public response, Parks & Rec Director Mari Steinbach announced that the Burlington Kids leadership council will work to address concerns, incorporate parent and community participation, and develop a more comprehensive public process.
Read the Announcement.
See the Burlington Afterschool Partnerships site
Read "It's My Turn" Article

Old North End Benefit to Support Family
June 4, 2010

Members of the Burlington School Board and Administration have purchased 4 Red Sox tickets for the Sunday, August 22nd afternoon game. This package worth $580 will be raffled off at the O.N.E. Ramble on July 31st. 100% of all funds raised will help support the Parker kids' college education.
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Excellence in Teaching and Learning
June 2, 2010

See how BHS teachers David Rome, David Williams, Jackie Kohler, Andrew Mack and David Lamberti engage students in learning that is interactive and challenging. In every school, our teachers are working to help students develop and apply their critical thinking skills. Community members and families have asked us to share more about what this means -- click here to for a window into today's classrooms.
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After School Re-structuring Recommendations
May 28, 2010

Review Parks Director Mari Steinbach's announcement about recommendations to re-structure Burlington Kids at Flynn, CP Smith, Edmunds and Champlain Elementary to serve all students well and to run Burlington Kids effectively and come to an upcoming meeting to get more information about this proposal.
See the Burlington Afterschool Partnerships site
Read "It's My Turn" Article
Upcoming Meetings:

  • June 2: 6:30pm at Hunt Middle School Questions & Answer Forum
  • Information Sessions:

  • June 7: 5-6pm at Flynn
  • June 8th: 6-7pm at Champlain
  • June 9th: 5:30-6:30pm at Smith
  • June 10th 5:30-6:30pm at Edmunds
  • BHS Students Write Powerful Micro-Fiction
    May 28, 2010

    English teacher Benjamin Roesch gets students writing powerful short stories with a "Flash Fiction" contest. 80 students submitted entries - 25 words or less. The winners were selected this week by a panel of teachers.
    Read the Burlington Free Press article.

    IAA Principal Search Update
    May 27, 2010

    The search committee, which includes parents, teachers, community partners and administrators, unanimously agreed to focus on hiring an interim principal for the Integrated Arts Academy. Given the late date in the hiring season, as well as a small pool of candidates, the committee determined that finding the most highly qualified interim principal for a one-year position will best serve our students. A full search will be conducted in the winter, during the hiring season, to recruit a larger pool of candidates to find the right combination of leadership and arts experience.

    Board Approves Principal Hires
    May 24, 2010

    After reviewing the principal search process, the board unanimously approved the hiring of Thomas Fleury as principal at CP Smith School and Marcie Lewis as principal at Hunt Middle School. Fleury is an associate principal at Hinesburg Middle School. He will replace Lorie Carruth, who is retiring. Lewis is an associate principal at St. Albans City School. She will replace Linda Carroll, who is retiring. The Board will continue to review the hiring process under its policy Commitment to Diversity.

    Burlington School District Teacher Named UVM's Distinguished Educator of the Year
    May 24, 2010

    Lynda Siegel, a STEP - Studying Toward English Proficiency - program teacher from the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler Elementary School has been named UVM's Distinguished Educator of the Year.
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    BHS Honored with New United Way Award
    May 24, 2010

    Burlington High School was honored with the first annual affinity award for doubling funds raised for the United Way.
    Read More

    Principal Search Update: Special Board Meeting May 24
    Updated May 21, 2010

    The board will meet on Monday, May 24th at 5pm to get a more thorough understanding of our principal searches and how they tied in with our affirmative recruitment process before taking action on the CP Smith and Hunt principal candidates recommended. This meeting will be held at the Ira Allen Building, 150 Colchester Avenue.

    Dan Balon, Director of Diversity and Equity, has commented on the search process "With the help of our Equity Office for Employment and Retention and the community as a whole, we are definitely moving in the right direction to recruit, hire, and retain a more diverse, culturally competent workforce. I feel a great deal of support for our new processes and welcome the continuing discussions that help move us forward."

    For a summary of the search process, including parent meetings,
    Click Here

    Kindergarten Enrollment
    May 17, 2010

    District enrollment is strong and most of our schools are full for kindergarten. Over the past few weeks, we've reviewed school capacity and family preference to determine where to add a class. We have officially added a third Kindergarten class to the Integrated Arts Academy for the 2010-11 school year. This is due to high demand from families in the Old North End and across the district. We are now able to enroll all of the students who have selected IAA as their first choice. Due to space limitations, a few families who registered for the Sustainability Academy, Champlain, Flynn and CP Smith are currently on a wait list. We are working closely with impacted families to successfully match their student with available placements. We have a few spaces at Edmunds and IAA. Since we are nearly full as of mid-May and we expect to continue to receive registrations throughout the summer, we are watching enrollment closely, in case we need to consider adding an additional kindergarten in the New North End.

    Business Manager Hired
    May 17, 2010

    Our new business manager will be Mike Gilbar, an experienced business manager who is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Nashua, NH. Gilbar's primary task will be to familiarize himself with the District's financial operations and recommend improvements. He will also be charged with assisting in the District's ongoing strategic planning, including enrollment forecasts.

    Irvine Appointed School Improvement Coordinator
    May 6, 2010

    The Burlington School District is announcing the appointment of Joyce Irvine, Principal of the Integrated Arts Academy, to the position of School Improvement Coordinator.
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    Superintendent to Recommend Principal Hires
    May 5, 2010

    Superintendent Collins is recommending Thomas Fleury as principal at CP Smith School and Marcie Lewis as principal at Hunt Middle School. Fleury is an associate principal at Hinesburg Middle School. He would replace Lorie Carruth, who is retiring. Lewis is an associate principal at St. Albans City School. She would replace Linda Carroll, who is retiring. The Board meets on Tuesday, May 11th.

    New Farm at Hunt Middle School
    May 4, 2010

    In partnership with Friends of Burlington Gardens, the Healthy City Youth Farm broke ground at Hunt Middle School.
    Read the Burlington Free Press article.
    Read the press release (pdf)

    Parent Involvement Policy Feedback Requested
    April 21, 2010

    If you have a child at one of our schools, we are requesting feedback on the district Parent/Guardian Involvement Policy.
    Read More

    Champlain Elementary Parent Selected to Represent Vermont at Mom Congress on Education and Learning
    April 15, 2010

    Parenting magazine announced that Dawn Moskowitz of Burlington has been selected to represent Vermont at the inaugural Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. this May 2nd through 4th.
    Read More

    Burlington Farm to School Program to Serve as National Model
    April 2, 2010

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture selected the Burlington School District as one of fifteen school districts nationwide to learn more about its farm to school program.
    Read the WCAX Story
    Read the Press Release

    Clerk of the Works
    March 29, 2010

    The Burlington School District is seeking an experienced clerk of the works to contract as the owner's representative, during the construction of the CP Smith and Sustainability Academy at L. Barnes Schools Energy Retrofit School Projects. To read the RFP and project description, Click Here

    Building Our Budget!
    March 29, 2010

    School commissioner Alan Matson is leading a board and citizen committee to build the budget from scratch. To see a list of committee members and read about the work they are doing, see the Zero-Based Budget Page.
    Read More

    Kindergarten Registration
    March 24, 2010

    Student placement notification will be completed by mid-April. For details about the registration process, and answers to commonly asked questions, Click Here
    For the Kindergarten Registration page, and information about documents and forms, Click Here

    Achieving Excellence
    March 22, 2010

    How is our district working to achieve excellence for all students? Review our updated plan.
    Read More

    Police Honor Hunt Principal & BHS Social Worker
    March 18, 2010

    The 2009 Coveted Badge Award was received by Linda Carroll, for her work as Principal at Hunt Middle School. The 2009 Queen City Police Foundation Youth Services Award was received by Michael Gray, in his role as a Clinical Social Worker at Burlington High School.

    Superintendent Receives Clavelle Award
    March 18, 2010

    The Burlington Legacy Project honored Jeanné Collins with the Peter Clavelle Award for her efforts to help improve Burlington's economic, social and environmental health for future generations.

    Business Manager Retires
    March 22, 2010

    We congratulate our long-time Business Manager Scott Lisle on his retirement and thank him for his years of dedication and service.

    Calendar Change
    March 15, 2010

    Our school board worked with Chittenden County regional superintendents to modify the school calendar due to higher rates of absences on the high holy days of two of our cultures.Read More

    Sustainability Academy Students Take on Health and Wellness Project
    March 7, 2010

    Sally Pollak, Burlington Free Press Staff Writer, describes her visit to the Sustainability Academy, the first public elementary school of its kind in the country.
    Read the Burlington Free Press article!

    Cultural Diversity Series
    January 2010

    Save the date -March 10, 2010. In partnership with the Fletcher Free Library, Burlington Schools will present the third installment in our Cultural Diversity Series "Vietnamese in Vermont."
    Find out more about this series.

    Superintendent Participates in National Discussions
    February 23, 2010

    Jeanné Collins connected with educational leaders around the country to stay updated about No Child Left Behind, funding and assessments. Read More in Superintendent Collins Monthly Update

    New Grants for Technology, Music, Math & Solar Energy
    February 23, 2010

    We have recently received several grant awards for innovative teacher programs and partnerships.Read More

    BHS Teacher Wins National Award
    February 22, 2010

    David Rome is Vermont's winner of the 2009 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement teachers.Read the Burlington Free Press story.

    Senator Sanders Talks Solar With Students
    February, 18, 2010

    Senator Bernie Sanders visited the Sustainability Academy at Barnes today. The academy is one of 10 Vermont schools selected for a Solar in Schools Award and is in line for $50,000 in federal grant funds secured by Senator Sanders. The project includes the purchase and installation of two solar arrays, monitoring equipment and software. Read More

    Students Talk About Eating Local
    February 14, 2010

    At a lunch-for-dinner meal, Champlain students share their thought about local foods. Burlington schools have been increasing local foods at school.

    Read more about local foods in our schools
    Read the Burlington Free Press article

    Farm 2 Schools Quilt

    Open House
    February 1, 2010

    The Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler and the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes will hold open houses on February 18th and 19th for interested families.
    Click here for the details

    Vision For Excellence And Equity
    November 13, 2009

    The School Board reaffirmed "Hallmarks of Excellence" as a cornerstone of the vision for the future of Burlington Schools. Read More

    Grades Online

    Students and parents can access report cards and classroom assignments online at our high school and middle schools using Snapgrades, available from the school websites.

    Read the Burlington Free Press story

    Watching Barack Obama At School
    September 8, 2009

    FOX 44 stopped in to capture on film all the students at our Integrated Arts Academy viewing Barack Obama's address.Watch the news clip

    Food Service Visits Farm

    50 members of our food service team attended a workshop at Shelburne Farms as part of our ongoing staff education to provide more healthy, local, nutritious food for students. Shelburne Farms helped to start and support the Farm-to-School program since it's launch in 2003.Read the Burlington Free Press story

    H1N1 Flu update

    Only a few months ago we were alerting you about the novel H1N1 or "swine flu". This letter contains updated information from the Vermont Department of Health. Read More (pdf format)

    Summer Learning

    Our teachers and administrators participate in ongoing professional development.. Last week, many teachers attended a class called, "Research for Better Teaching." Throughout the summer, teachers will attend classes in Responsive Classroom, Integrating Technology, and Differentiated Instruction, among others. Learn more at bsdweb.bsdvt.org. Read more

    U.S. Secretary Of Education Visits Barnes

    Arne Duncan & Jeanne Collins
               John Dillon/VPR

    Secretary Arne Duncan visited Barnes school as part of his "Listening and Learning" Tour. Read More
    Read or listen to the story on VPR. View Now
    See the WCAX news coverage video clip. View Now
    Click here to see a YouTube video of the visit View Now

    Citizen Task Force Reviews Budget

    The task force has met 3 times, and will meet again on July 2nd. This group has about 20 members from across Burlington, including those on the Mayor's Budget Task Force. The task force is digging into the details of our current budget, as well as our grant funding and education laws and mandates. Much of the time in our next meetings will focus on reviewing individual programs and brainstorming possible recommendations for changes in the school budget. Read More

    Principal Updates

    On July 1st, we have three new elementary school principals starting. We welcome Abi Sessions to the Sustainability Academy at Barnes, Paul Schreiber to Edmunds Elementary, and Graham Clarke at Flynn Elementary. We thank our former principals Paula Bowen, Guy Egri and Bonnie Ayer for their combined 47 years of service and dedication.

    Read More about our new principals

    Graham Clarke

    Abi Sessions

    Paul Shreiber