Let’s be proud and show our school spirit next week, 9/16-9/20!! The week will be filled with Seahorse spirit and end with our Pep Rally and BHS Homecoming Friday Night Lights Football game on Friday. The first dance of the year is our Homecoming Dance and that is Saturday, 9/17 at BHS from 8-11pm.
Check out the flyer for what color to wear each day!
Greetings Burlington Families,
Thank you for preparing your students for the first day of school. We are excited to have everyone back. I have some updates and asks of you.
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We are placing a heavy emphasis on student attendance and being on time. Please help us by ensuring that your students arrive at school before 8 am. This is a vital, life-skill that our students must learn. Students who ride the bus are encouraged to be aware of the bus schedule to avoid arriving after 8 am. GMT buses are not on a schedule to arrive at BHS at a particular time, therefore students need to be sure that the bus they are taking arrives before 8 am.
Please remember that tomorrow, Friday 8/30 is an 8 am start. Next Friday, September 6 is the first late start Friday.
Our front door surveillance system is now operational, which means that the main entrance doors will be locked during most of the day. The doors will automatically unlock at 6:30 am and lock back up at 8:30 am then again at 2:45 pm and lock back up at 7:00 pm. When the doors are locked, visitors will use the intercom system that goes currently to our main office. Our new phones with a video screen have the ability to unlock the door remotely.
Please remind your students that no-one has permission to be off-campus at any point during the school day. Seniors will have this privilege in early October, if they have had a strong start to the school year.
The following message was sent to our current 11th and 12th graders:
We have an exciting opportunity for BHS 11th and 12th graders! CCV will be teaching two classes at BHS this fall! Earn college credit without leaving BHS! Interested? Come see your counselor and learn more. Course offerings for this fall include:
· Intro to Business (BUS-1010) – 3 credits – 4B
o An introduction to the characteristics, organization and operation of business, including organization and management, production planning and control, marketing, finance, day-to-day operations in the areas of accounting, personnel, research and development, and management information systems.
· American Sign Language 1 – 3 credits – 3B
o This course offers students the opportunity to gain individual hands-on experience in American Sign Language. Emphasis is given to a study of cultural behaviors, values and norms to demonstrate respect and understanding of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture.
Additionally, BHS Junior and Senior students are invited to take part in the following course, which will be offered at CCV in Winooski on Saturdays from 9-11:45 AM:
· Fundamentals of Engineering and Design – 3 credits
o This project-based course will provide a hands-on introduction into the iterative design process for students interesting in entering various engineering fields. Class experiences will focus on critical analysis of real-world problems, developing design solutions, and evaluating their effectiveness. Students will work in teams, explore interdisciplinary solutions and effectively communicate results. This course provides a two-month membership to the Generator on Pine Street, as well as trainings in the wood and metal shops, laser etcher and 3D printer. The first five classes are at the Winooski campus, the remaining will be at the Generator.
Hello, BHS Seahorses!
Some reminders for the start of school:
First Day of School and Picture Day for 9th graders is Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 8:00AM
First Day of School and Picture Day for for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders is Thursday, Aug. 29 at 8:00AM and this will be a WHITE DAY.
BHS Late Start Day is now every Friday. The first late start day will be Friday, September 6.
Looking forward to seeing you all in a week!
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
Article by Young Writer’s Project:
Young Writers Project is proud to invite all YWP writers to join Alexandra Contreras-Montesano for an online poetry workshop starting this week! Alex, a senior at Burlington High School who has been writing with YWP since she was in fourth grade, is this year’s National Student Poet for the Northeast. And as part of her work as a literary ambassador, she is offering to lead this wide-ranging workshop, which includes activist poetry, the beauty of form, and the freedom of writing honestly. Writers can jump in anytime or stay for the full seven weeks! Alex plans to collect the writing that results from the workshop for a special magazine!
BHS is so Proud of you, Alexandra!