Hello BHS Community,
I hope that all of you are well. I apologize in advance for the volume of emails you are receiving, but we deem it necessary during our current situation. As promised, I write to you to share the guidelines that our teachers will be using for the duration of “Maintenance Learning”.
Our goal is for students to have more consistency in our current program and more ability to pace themselves appropriately.
Here is what you can expect from your teachers moving forward:
- Every Monday morning, students receive an email from each teacher by 9am. It will include all assignments for the week. (This week you will be emailed the first Weekly Work Plan on Wednesday 4/1. Work will be due on 4/3.)
- All assignments will be due by Friday at 4pm. Teachers will suggest pacing for completing the work in their emails.
- All assignments will also be posted in Unified Classroom on Monday by 9am.
- Attached, please see a sample “Weekly Work Plan” email.
Teachers will be available via email. Some teachers are making themselves available for video conferences with students, but this is not a requirement for students or teachers during maintenance learning. If your teacher holds a video study group, it will be using Google Hangouts/Meet. Your study groups will only meet at the times specified in the attached schedule, should your teacher decide to hold study groups. This will eliminate students needing to choose between different learning opportunities if they were happening at the same time. We still suggest that students complete blue day assignments on blue days and the same for white days.
BSD will be moving to “continuity” of learning on April 13th. We will provide more guidance at that time once our plans have been approved by the Vermont Department of Education. Please continue to support your students as they first focus on their physical and emotional well-being, then school work. Thank you.
Please click on this link for a sample weekly work plan and for the study group schedule.
Hello BHS Families,
I write to you during an unsettling and uncertain time. Please know that we are doing all that we can to support our students, faculty and staff. As we have no official order to shutdown, my job is to let you know what BHS has done and is doing to prepare for Monday and beyond.
- We worked with students to ensure that they had access to their email using their Chromebooks
- We encouraged students who were missing chargers to replace them before they left school Friday
- We have adjusted our schedule for Monday to include all Blue and White day classes so that all teachers will have the opportunity to meet with all of their students with instructions and assignments in case we are shut down
- Faculty were given close to 100 free online resources in regard to virtual learning
Here is what you can expect and not expect
- We will not be able to support an all school, real-time virtual learning portal similar to our daily schedule. Unfortunately, the college model would not work for us
- Some students can expect to be sent for example, learning videos
- Students will continue to view and receive assignments via Unified Classroom
- Some classes might create arranged “virtual chats” if possible, which would give them an opportunity to interact directly with their teachers
- Students should be checking their email numerous times per day as they receive directions from teachers
- Students will earn credit for assignments completed if we are closed
Please also know that a plan is also being developed in regard to food in the event that we are closed. I don’t have all of the details at this point but know that there would be a district communication with an explanation.
There are so many things to consider and it seems that updates come hourly. That being said, there are so many things that I am trying to resolve and account for that I know I can’t remember it all with each communication. So, please be patient with me in terms of multiple emails. We are doing our best!
Welcome to the Reef!
BHS is a senior high school serving approximately 1000 students in grades 9-12. At Burlington High School, students, faculty/staff members, and families work together to create and cultivate a learning community that encourages students to learn, lead, and serve.
I am excited to return for year two as the Principal of Burlington High School. Year one flew by and the summer seemed even shorter! We took many positive steps last school year and we are ready for more.
I believe that we have a responsibility to educate every child. All students are different, with a unique set of learning styles and needs. Ultimately, I believe they are all capable of excelling. We are committed to using a variety of strategies to engage all students, using a student-centered approach. A high level of achievement continues to be possible as we are fortunate to have a dedicated and professional faculty and staff that works tirelessly to ensure student success.
We value our students and all that they bring to school every day. Through building solid relationships based on Restorative Practices, we will provide an environment where all students feel supported by at least one adult in the building.
Families are an integral part of our students’ success. We look forward to collaborating with our families through frequent communications, volunteer opportunities and other community gatherings. Take some time to get to know us through the website. If you would like more information, please do not hestitate to contact us.
Let’s go Seahorses!
Noel L. Green