Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Great Schedule Options for BHS Juniors and Seniors

We are excited to inform students of a few opportunities available at Burlington High School for the 2015/2016 school year. Each summer the Guidance Department meets with many students in order to choose available alternate elective courses.  We believe students and parents should strongly consider some of the available options. Below are the highlights and details for each unique option. Please don’t hesitate to call the Guidance Office with specific questions.

As many know we share a campus with Bay Path College. Bay Path is offering a Fall business course called “Dynamics of Management” available to juniors and seniors. Students can take one less course during the school day and receive college credit. We have been offering this course for the past several years and the benefit here is students leave BHS with 3 college credits. Click here for an application. The application also lists the specific class dates and times.

Additionally for juniors and seniors, many students take advantage of the VHS program or Edgenuity. Both Programs offer many unique and interesting courses NOT offered at BHS. We have had students take courses such as Criminology, Contemporary Irish literature, Screenwriting, Forensic science and pre-veterinary courses. In order to take VHS course students should complete an VHS application by clicking here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Burlington High School NEASC Update

July 13, 2015

Jointly submitted for Burlington High School by Mark Sullivan and for NEASC by George Edwards.

A meeting between Burlington High School (BHS) Administration and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) staff took place on Wednesday, July 8th at BHS. Present at the meeting were BHS Principal Mark Sullivan and Director of Guidance Joe Attubato and Acting Director of NEASC’s Commission for Public Secondary Schools George Edwards. The meeting was very positive and productive. Everyone present agreed that the meeting was helpful and a good next step in the Accreditation process for BHS. It was agreed that BHS would move forward as quickly as appropriate to ensure a meaningful accreditation process.  
Some of the items discussed at the meeting included:
  • Additional information that BHS needs to provide NEASC
  • The ways a revised Self-Study and Accreditation process will be beneficial to BHS
  • A potential process and timeline for BHS to navigate the Self-Study and Accreditation Site Visit (which will be made jointly by BHS and the NEASC staff)
Additionally, the topic of college admissions was discussed. After discussion, it is clear that any school that is a member of NEASC and actively engaged in the accreditation process (especially a school like BHS who withdrew for a short time after being in good standing for 57 years) would not see any negative or adverse conditions placed on students during their college admissions process. This would include schools that are at any point in the accreditation process or for a school that is in a ‘candidacy’ phase. Burlington High School is actively engaged in the NEASC process.

At this time, NEASC Accreditation is officially a Burlington High School process and is formally in the high school’s school improvement plan for 2015/2016 school year. Questions, comments, or concerns about NEASC Accreditation should be directed to Burlington High School.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Schedules Are In The Mail

Schedules are in the mail (mailed on 7/8). Please remember that all students must carry six academic courses each semester plus physical education and/or health. The one exception to this is if a junior or senior is enrolled in two or more AP courses.

Also if there is an error or omission in the schedule you need to make arrangements to correct the problem. If your schedule reads “Please Schedule an Appointment with Guidance” then your schedule is invalid and it is imperative that you call to schedule an appointment. There are several options available:
*   Beginning Monday July 14th and continuing through July 24th, then again August 11th to August 21st , Mr. Joseph Attubato, Support Services Coordinator, and several Guidance Counselors will be available (by appointment only) Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call Mrs. Patty Lewis at 781-270-1780 to schedule an appointment.
*   Guidance Counselors will be available during the week of August 18th through August 21st from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon. During this week, students will be helped on a first come first served basis.

If you did not get placed into your first choice elective please feel free to call the Guidance Office and ask to have your name added to the wait-list. You are encouraged to correct any problems in your course schedule as early as possible.  Doing so will ensure a smooth opening of school for you. Also, please be advised that specific teacher requests cannot be honored.