Greetings Burlington High School Families,
This is the first of a few correspondences that you will receive from me this summer. Thank you so much for supporting BHS this past school year. It is great to have parents and family on campus engaging with our students and faculty. We would certainly like to see more of you next school year! As one school year ends, another begins. Our planning for next year is in full swing as we focus on academic achievement, supporting those who need additional support and providing flexible pathways for students to access their education. Below, are some of the changes and new initiatives for the 2019/2020 school year:
Math and Writing Lab– BHS will provide drop in and assigned Math and Writing support labs throughout the school day. Students who need extra support or who want to get ahead will have access to writing and math labs during class time if assigned by a teacher or during free blocks. The labs will be staffed by BHS faculty.
CCV Partnership-BHS students already take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities at the Community College of Vermont. An important change for next year is that BHS will partner with CCV to offer college level courses taught on our campus, following the BHS schedule. 11th and 12th-grade students will be eligible to use state granted vouchers to enroll in these courses. We will provide families with more information later in the summer in regard to the course offerings.
Rotating Friday– The BHS weekly schedule will be altered as our rotating/late start, blue and white day will now be Fridays instead of Wednesdays. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Monday and Wednesday will be blue days and Tuesday and Thursday will be white days. Fridays will have a late start and will rotate each week between blue and white. We believe that all of our students will benefit from this change. This adjusted schedule allows more consistency for students in class. It also creates more college course alignment opportunities for students to take advantage of dual enrollment courses at our local universities
Class Attendance– BHS will support every student in their pursuit of a high school diploma or its equivalent. The number one indicator of student success is consistent class attendance. As a faculty and staff, we will take a more aggressive approach to support students making attendance a top priority.
Succeed Program– Succeed is a program modeled to create support for 9th-grade students who struggle in the first stages of their high school career. Studies have shown that 9th-grade success is the most important indicators for future success during and after high school. This program will provide a small classroom structure with social/emotional supports designed to support students who have struggled historically in school.
We are excited about these changes and initiatives. Please stay tuned for our next communication. Thank you.
Noel L. Green
Burlington High School