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Strengthening Partnerships with Families
June 26, 2011

Review the 2011-2012 family partnership plans for our schools, and learn more about our family-school partnership teams work to support all students' academic success and welcome all families.
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Congratulations to Our Recent Award Winners!
June 16, 2011

Mark Aliquo, Jeanné Collins, Amy Mellencamp, Scott Hubbard, Terry Buehner and Peter McConville have all recently received statewide recognition for their work in the District.
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School Assignment Policy
June 15, 2011

The Board of School Commissioners is considering a policy in school assignments to bring the current practice that is under resolution up to date in policy. This policy stems from the 2008 resolution on the creation of Magnet Schools.
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School Board Commissioner Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
June 15, 2011

Amy Werbel (Ward V) will be traveling to China in August to teach American Studies at Guangdong Foreign Studies University.
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Administrative Changes
June 14, 2011

PRINCIPAL PAUL SCHREIBER LEAVING
Edmunds Elementary School Principal Paul Schreiber is stepping down from his position at the end of this school year in order to return to Florida to be principal of a school in that state.
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August 2nd Special Election for Ward 5 School Commissioner
June 13, 2011

Due to the resignation of Commissioner Amy Werbel, a special election will be held in Ward 5 on Tuesday, August 2. Candidates must have their petition to the City Clerk's office by 5 pm on June 27.
For details and the petition form, please see the city's website at http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/ct/elections/

Burlington Positive Behavior Supports
June 10, 2011

BSD will be holding it's first annual PBIS Administrator Academy on August 15h. Howard Muscott, Director at NH Center for Effective Behavior Interventions and Supports, will be presenting. Mr. Muscott is a nationally recognized speaker who has presented worldwide on every aspect of PBIS and it's implementation. Please contact Jim Drown at jdrown@bsdvt.org if you have any questions regarding this event OR PBIS in our schools.

Creating Strong Family Partnerships
June 6, 2011

Family-School Partnership Teams of parents, teachers and principals have been working to develop plans to support student success with schoolwork and create a welcoming climate for all families. Teams will come together this week for a celebration picnic and to learn from each other. Find out more about the team at your school and check out the tools for teams.

Contract Ratified
June 7, 2011

The Burlington Board of Commissioners and Burlington Education Association are pleased to present their Tentative Agreement as negotiated on June 1, 2011.
Read the Press Release
Read the Agreement

Check-in About What Students Learned
June 6, 2011

Families of Elementary School Students --- We've heard your requests! You want a summary to better understand what your student is learning. In response, we've created grade level summaries for Kindergarten through 5th grade.
See the Parent's Page for More

IAA 3rd Annual Arts Celebration
June 3, 2011

Please join us Friday June 10 at the Integrated Arts Academy for Our 3rd Annual Arts Field Day Celebration from 10 A.M.- 2 P.M.
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Factfinding Report Released
June 2, 2011

The factfinding recommendations on the contract between the Burlington Education Association and the Burlington Board of School Commissioners is available. These recommendations helped frame the tentative agreement on the contract.
Read the Report

School Board and Teachers Reach Tentative Settlement
June 1, 2011

After a mediation session that commenced at 11 am and continued until 1 am today, a tentative agreement was reached between the negotiating committees for the Board and the Burlington Education Association as to a replacement contract for the contract that expired Aug 31, 2010. This tentative agreement is subject to ratification by the membership of the BEA and by the School Board. By agreement of the negotiating committees, the terms of the tentative agreement will not be publicly disclosed until the agreement has been ratified by both parties. The details will be presented to the Board members and association members in executive session at the first opportunity.

Measles Outbreak Warning from Vermont Dept. of Health
May 24, 2011

Following large outbreaks of measles in Europe as well as in a growing number of countries around the world, cases are now appearing across the United States.
See the Press Release

Jeanné Collins named Vermont Superintendent of the Year!
May 20. 2011

Jeanné Collins, Superintendent for the Burlington School District, has been selected as the Vermont Superintendent of the Year for 2011 by the Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA).
See the Press Release

Thank You Burlington Teachers!
May 2, 2011

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Superintendent Collins invites you to take a moment to experience the incredible work our teachers do every day in our classrooms. With the help of UVM education students, we've highlighted almost 90 teachers.
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Have a great story to share about a Burlington teacher? Email me at superintendent@bsdvt.org.

Trevor Christopher to be new IAA Principal
April 27, 2011

The Burlington Board of School Commissioners has appointed Trevor D. Christopher to be the new principal at the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler Elementary School effective July 1, 2011. Mr. Christopher was chosen following an extensive nation wide search and inclusive search process which included parents, teachers, and administrator involvement. He replaces Brian Williams, the Interim Principal of IAA who served for the 2010-2011 school year.
See the Press Release

Sustainability Academy Interim Principal Appointment
April 27, 2011

The Burlington Board of School Commissioners appointed Brian Williams as Interim Principal of the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School effective July 1, 2011. Brian is currently the Interim Principal at the Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler Elementary School and has previously been Assistant Principal at Burlington High School
See the Press Release

Amy Mellencamp to Receive 2011 McAuley Award
April 26, 2011

Mercy Connections is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2011 McAuley Award is Amy Mellencamp, Principal of Burlington High School.
See the Press Release

You are Invited to Community Gatherings
April 26, 2011

The Burlington Schools Task Force on Diversity and Equity will be hosting a series of "Community Gatherings" and the Task Force is seeking your input for its Strategic Plan which it hopes to provide to the School Board this coming June. The gatherings will be April 26th, 6pm, at the Miller Center, April 27th, 3:30 pm, at Burlington High School Cafeteria and April 28th, 6 pm, at Contois Auditorium in City Hall.
See the Invitation

EMS Student Places in Statewide Essay Contest
April 26, 2011

Nathan Treadway (EMS) placed as one of the top three winners around Vermont for the Hildene Essay Contest and will read his essay out loud at the Lincoln Family Home on May 22nd. Guided by Carole Renca, EMS Librarian, students met in the library weekly to discuss the Lincoln and Douglas Peoria speeches, Lincoln's ideas as well as to fine-tune their essays.
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Family-School Partnerships
April 6, 2011

Learn more about the family-school partnership teams, research and programs at each of our schools.
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Edmunds Middle School Program in National Educational Journal
March 17, 2011

Navigating the Path to Personalized Ed is a story in the most recent Edweek written by Kevin Bushweller. He describes the iLeap program at Edmunds Middle School. For links to the story and video,
Click Here

Expanding Opportunities for ALL Children to Learn
March 8, 2011

Diversity Now and the Burlington School District have collaborated to bring Dr. Oscar Santos, Randolph, MA school superintendent, to Burlington to share his triumphs and lessons learned in over 15 years as a successful urban educator. Come to the public talk, Monday, March 14, at 6:30 in the Edmunds Middle School Gymnasium.
See the Flier

Thank You for Your Support!
March 6, 2011

Thank you to Burlington voters for supporting our students and passing our school budget.

Students Talk about the Future at BHS
March 6, 2011

To kick off our high school redesign work, we asked BHS senior Graham Raubvogel to produce a short film with students expressing their hopes for BHS in the future.
Watch the Video

Our Family-School Partnership Teams
March 6, 2011

On March 9th, over 80 teachers, parents and principals will learn together how to build on the work we are doing to strengthen our partnerships to help all kids succeed. See the following links:
Find out more about our partnership program.
View the list of team members from each school.
Find out more about the March 9th training workshop

Corrected Salary Information
March 4, 2011

The information provided to city hall to report school department salaries was inaccurate. Due to a clerical error, partial compensation information was provided along with salaries, causing salary information to be inflated.

Below is a link to an accurate list of school department salaries. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact the school department if you have any questions. 802-865-5332.
Click Here

Estimated Tax Information Updated
February 24, 2011

The FY12 Net Education Tax Amounts table has been updated on February 23rd by the State Department of Education to reflect the latest changes to income sensitivity calculations. The table in the Annual Report was based on estimated information available at the time of printing. Please use this new table when determining your net education tax amounts.
PDF Version Click Here
See the Board Budget page for more detailed information.
Click Here
Please vote on March 1. For information on polling places,
Click Here

Window into our Classrooms:
Through the Eyes of Future Teachers
February 17, 2011

Get a glimpse into 90 classrooms in Burlington! UVM students share stories from their visits to our schools. Learn more about our teachers and read about our kids in action.
Click Here

Future Student Information
Attention Parents of Young Children
February 16, 2011

Let us know about your future students ages 1 day to 5 years old! We want to keep you informed about our schools and plan well for incoming children. Please complete our Future Student Survey - it takes less than 5 minutes.
Click Here for the Survey
Thank You!

Annual Report NOW AVAILABLE
February 8, 2011

Review our major accomplishments for 2009-2010, our school report cards, and our detailed budget.
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Burlington Kids Advisory Committee Update and Hearing
January 31, 2011

There is a hearing being held this Wednesday, February 2 at 6:00 P.M. to discuss the Community Advisory Committee Report on Burlington Kids Afterschool Proposal. If you are interested, come to the meeting at the Miller Recreation Center on Gosse Court.
For more information on the Community Advisory Committe work,
Click Here.
To read the report,
Click Here.

Hallmarks of Excellence
January 27, 2011

Hallmarks of Excellence is the annual report to the School Board of Commissioners and to the Burlington Community about learning opportunities afforded the students in the Burlington Public Schools. To see these reports,
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Good News for Flynn Afterschool
January 21, 2011

The Agency of Human Services did a follow-up visit on January 19th. Please see the following link for their report and the letter to Flynn parents.
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Changes at Flynn Afterschool
January 13, 2010

Please see the following link for information for parents about the Flynn Afterschool Program.
Click Here

Burlington and Winooski School Districts Awarded Nellie Mae Educational Foundation Planning Grant
January 12, 2011

The School Districts in Burlington and Winooski have been selected as one of seven recipients of a one-year, $200,000 planning grant from the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation. The grants are among the first made through the Foundation's new District Level Systems Change (DLSC) initiative.
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BHS to host National Speaker
January 7, 2011

National speaker Rob Miller will present a program for students, parents and coaches in the BHS Auditorium, Sunday afternoon, January 9. Coaches, athletes and parents in all sports, seasons, and activities are encouraged to attend!
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Board Budget Proposed
January 3, 2011

The board is having hearings on its proposed budget. Review the proposal and share your input, Tuesday, January 4th at 7pm at BHS.
Click Here for the Board Budget Page

BHS Students Win Stock Market Competition
December 15, 2010

Felix Keydel and Mien Chau of BHS were officially recognized this week by the Vermont Council on Economic Education. The BHS students won in the Vermont high school division of the national Stock Market Game which helps teach economic reasoning and financial literacy.
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Budget Forums
December 14, 2010

Review the budget proposal for 2011-2012 and share your input.
Monday, December 20th at 7pm at BHS
Tuesday, January 4th at 7pm at BHS

Ribbon-Cutting and Hello, Dolly! at BHS
December 13, 2010

Thursday, December 16th: Celebrate the renovations to the BHS auditorium with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting just prior to the musical production of Hello, Dolly! Performances run from 12/16 through Saturday, 12/18 at 7:30pm.

Fill the Bowl Community Event at IAA
December 13, 2010

Thursday, December 16th: 6-7:30pm
Benefit dinner to raise awareness about hunger hosted by 3rd graders at the Integrated Arts Academy.
Find out more.

Burlington Students Share Musical Talents
December 13, 2010

Student compositions and performances have taken center stage thanks to a number of successful partnerships between our music teachers and the Vermont Midi Project. Grammy-winning eighth blackbird selected several Burlington student compositions to perform at a special event. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra performed a song written by a class at the Integrated Arts Academy and arranged by Burlington secondary school students. Almost 25% of the compositions selected for Opus 21 by the Vermont Midi project were created by Burlington middle and high school student composers.
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Commitment to Diversity
December 7, 2010

To help us achieve our Commitment to Diversity, the board appointed a Diversity Task Force.
The first meeting is Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 PM at the Ira Allen Administration Building.
Learn more about this task force

Forum Comments and Presentation
December 3, 2010

Over 250 community members, students, parents, and teachers participated in Budget Forums on Challenges for Change. View the forum presentation and comments from student, community and teacher forums.
Click Here

Your Input Needed on Budget 2011-2012
November 11, 2010

Board commissioners have begun the process to gather resident, student, parent and teacher priorities for the 2011-2012 budget. Budget forums are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, November 30th, Miller Center, 7 PM, co-sponsored by Ward 4/7 NPA
  • Thursday, December 2nd, Edmunds Cafeteria, 7 PM, co-sponsored by Ward 6 NPA
  • To review our Educational Quality Program and Services Discussion Guide, Click Here
    To get more information about our budget challenges and choices, Click Here
    For more details about our budget Click Here

    Students Host Political Forum
    October 21, 2010

    4th and 5th graders at the Sustainabilty Academy will ask elected officials questions about quality of life. Participants include Mayor Kiss, State Senator Tim Ashe, State Representative Kesha Ram, City Council Candidate Vince Brennan and Chuck Ross on behalf of U.S. Senator Leahy. The public is invited to attend.
    Tuesday, October 26th, from 9:30-11am at 20 Allen Street
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    Challenges For Change
    October 19, 2010

    The Board is working on the 2011-2012 budget and needs your input. In response to the state "Challenges for Change" law, school districts are being asked to make significant cuts. Commissioners want to hear about your educational values and priorities.
    Learn More

    Burlington School District/Smart Meal Press Release
    October 11, 2010

    Burlington School District implements Activate VT's Smart Meal Program in its schools. The Program provides nutritional menu labeling helping to identify healthy menu options for consumers.
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    Superintendent's Message
    October 2010

    This month, I've shared my thoughts about the standardized tests going on in October and how we use the information to understand student progress. I also provide an update s construction at CP Smith, Sustainability Academy and BHS auditorium.
    Read my update for this month

    Burlington Kids Update
    October 6, 2010

    The Community Advisory Committee continued to meet through the summer. Next meeting:
    October 7, 2010, 7-9pm
    Burlington Parks & Recreation Conference Room
    Read More.

    Parental Safety Alert
    October 1, 2010

    There have been two reports of a male engaging in conversation with our students on route to Edmunds. The police have been notified and an investigation is being conducted.
    Parents are asked to remind their children to follow safety cautions by not engaging in conversations with strangers and to report to their parents when situations such as this occur.

    BHS Testing
    October 1, 2010

    BHS has testing on Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13. Please see bhs.bsdvt.org for more information. Elementary and Middle Schools have a full day of school on Oct. 6.

    Parent Involvement Update
    September 22, 2010

    Throughout the district, we are committed to strengthening our partnership with parents to support the success of all of our students. Today, I'd like to share with you our progress and planning for parent involvement. In every school, we have a number of initiatives underway to reach this goal. Each school has a full roster of events to empower parents to be involved in their children's education and to build community.

    This year, we are working to put in place some tools suggested through parent input and research. We are also recommending a new model to link parent involvement with student achievement and school improvement.
    Read more about our parent involvement programs.
    Find out more about the partnership model.

    Pertussis Advisory Information
    September 13, 2010

    The Vermont Department of Health has issued an advisory on Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Please check with your primary health provider to see if you have received a booster in the last 5 years.
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    Welcome Back-to-School
    August 27, 2010

    Welcome back to school. We've been busy this summer preparing for a great new school year. We look forward to continuing to partner with families and the community to continue to provide meaningful learning opportunities for all of our students.

    For information about the school calendar and school hours, Click Here
    To find the location and contact information for our schools, Click Here
    For information about our vision, strategic plan, renovations, after school programs, budget, and support services, use the links under Parents or Community, or the quick links at left

    Use of Video Surveillance
    August 27, 2010

    The Burlington School Board is considering adoption of a policy on the use of surveillance cameras. To read the policy, Click here. To give input, please email the superintendent or attend a Policy Advocacy hearing or Board meeting in September. For the board calendar, Click Here

    Burlington Schools Financial Update
    August 26, 2010

    Michael Gilbar, Burlington's new Business Manager, issued a year-end report indicating a surplus of $509,257 for the fiscal year 2010. While our accounting for the year is not yet audited and some closing entries are yet to be completed, we're pleased that the cost controls and review systems we've put in place have been effective. Although we are still carrying forward the adjusted prior year deficit, our revenue for FY 2010 exceeded our expenses. Audited financials will be available in the spring of 2011.
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    Construction Updates

    For the latest information on the construction, see the Capital Projects section of the Property Services webpage.
    Last update: August 18 2010

    Smith Students to Start School at Flynn and St. Mark's
    August 11, 2010

    The kindergarten classes and second grade of C. P. Elementary School will be housed temporarily at the start of this school year at J.J. Flynn Elementary School, 1645 North Avenue and the first grade classes will join grades 3 through 5 at St. Mark's Community Center, 1251 North Avenue.
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    Burlington Kids Community Advisory
    August 16, 2010

    The next Community Advisory Committee meetings will be on Wednesday September 15, 2010 from 6 PM to 8 PM at The Burlington Parks and Recreation Department's conference room at 645 Pine St.
    Read More

    Sanders Visits Summer School
    August 3, 2010

    Senator Sanders visited summer school at the Integrated Arts Academy.
    Read the announcement
    Read the Burlington Free Press article

    Key Factors in Parent Involvement
    July 12, 2010

    We gained important information about parent involvement from research conducted last fall as part of our grant funding for the magnet academies. (See "Parents Positive about Academies"). The research showed that:

  • Teacher outreach drives involvement
  • Parents are seeking regular and responsive communication and opportunities to provide input and be involved in decision-making
  • View the presentation. We will further explore the suggestions to increase parent involvement offered by the researchers. We have also begun the process to review our parent involvement policy and continue to work on ways to increase communication with families in each of our schools.

    Parents Positive about Academies
    July 12, 2010

    In the Fall 2009, we conducted research to help us to better understand and improve parent involvement in all of our elementary schools AND to understand more about perceptions of our new academies in their first year. This research was required as part of our grant funding for the academies and was paid for by grant funding.

    A quick summary about parent perceptions of our Academies:

  • Parents are hopeful and want to see the Academies succeed
  • The general experiences of families have been very positive
  • In-neighborhood and out-of-neighborhood families hold a common vision
  • Some questions about enrollment choices and programming have been raised. Victor Prussack, our magnet school coordinator, works with families individually to address any questions. We are continually working to improve our processes and communication.
  • Families are seeking more multicultural teachers and staff. I thank you all for your support and efforts on this front. We continue to work with Dan Balon, Sara Jane Mahan, school principals and staff, an Equity Council, and community members, to recruit and hire highly qualified staff and to increase our diversity and cultural competence in every school.
  • This research was presented at the Board Curriculum Committee. View the presentation here.

    Summer Construction Underway
    July 12, 2010

    View this video to get a glimpse of the construction work in progress - repairing the auditorium and labs at BHS, re-building the wall at Hunt, whole-school electrical, structural, and energy efficiency upgrades at CP Smith and the Sustainability Academy at Barnes, and installation of an elevator to improve accessibility at Edmunds Middle School.

    Brian Williams Interim Principal at IAA
    July 12, 2010

    Brian Williams, formerly the assistant principal at Burlington High School, is the new interim principal at the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler.