Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mr. Lovell Receives the 2015 Pushap Lata Aggarwal Award

In the Spring of 2003, the Aggarwal family established the PUSHAP LATA AGGARWAL AWARD which recognizes excellence in teaching. Every other year, teachers are nominated, a committee is formed, and a deserving teacher is selected and awarded a very generous award of $1,000 - donated by the Aggarwal family (seen below with Mr. Matthew Lovell and I).

Mr. Lovell received numerous nominations for this year's award. Below are some sentiments that colleagues, students, and parents shared about Matt:

I have never experienced a teacher/ colleague that is so truly invested in the children like this teacher.

Burlington is blessed to have this teacher and they should absolutely be recognized for their belief in our children.

has done a tremendous job of motivating his students to be excellent. Not only does he teach this, but helps them take on responsibility to teach one another. The program continues to grow, and kids can't wait to be in this High School program because of the wonderful program this teacher has developed.

His dedication to his craft  has significantly improved my daughters high school experience

Both my sons have had him- in fact both have been so inspired, that they have taken student leadership positions in the program and have worked closely with him. He exemplifies everything we want from our best teachers: he is passionate about his subject, he inspires his students with his example, and he uses his subject  as a building block for critical life lessons about cooperation, leadership, and achieving difficult tasks through combined, hard work.

I'm so glad that my sons have had the opportunity to work with him as I think he has played a determinative role in their transitions into confident, capable young men.

Far surpasses the term "excellence in teaching." His approach in mentoring students to perform out of their comfort zone while giving them the confidence to do so, is an aspect of teaching not found in any ordinary teacher. The students feel his passion for the music and his dream to see them succeed. He inspires his students, not only in music, but also in whatever they wish to do in their future outside of Burlington High School.

Brings enthusiasm, high standards, and positive "A" game to his work. In addition, he has been able to adapt and maintain fluency in the changing world of technology. In his 30 years at BHS, he has gone from the reel to reel and the rizzo machine to I-Tunes, Garage Band, and Dropbox.

He has done a tremendous job of motivating his students to be excellent. Not only does he teach this, but helps them take on responsibility to teach one another. The band continues to grow, and kids can't wait to be in the High School band because of the wonderful program he has developed.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BHS Class of 2019 iPad Distribution

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Burlington High School incoming freshmen from the Class of 2019 will receive their iPads during distribution sessions this August.
Each student MUST attend with a parent or guardian. Students and parents/guardians will review the Burlington Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy, Device Responsibility Policy, and iPad insurance options.
The session includes the BHS iPad Orientation presentation that must be viewed by students and parents/guardians. The session includes important information about Burlington Public Schools Foundational Apps, digital citizenship, and digital workflow. Students should also have a current iTunes AppleID account. Members of the BPS EdTech Team and BHS Student Help Desk will be available for assistance. The session will last about one hour.
Please register for a session through Eventbrite:

Blizzard Bag Pilot at Burlington High School

We are excited to have the opportunity to pilot learning projects for school day cancellations. We will be the first district in the state of Massachusetts to try this with the assigned “Blizzard Bag” work that is available on this site: with any pilot, we expect that there will be a lot of questions and that not everything will proceed exactly as planned. However, we are committed to offering multiple methods to support students so that they can complete their work successfully.

Questions will be answered live on our Blizzard Bag phone line at 1 (512) SNOWDAY (1-512-766-9329) on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-7 p.m. Voice messages and texts can also be sent to this number during the duration of the assignment and will be responded to daily. In the meantime, we have also created an e-mail address where you can send questions ( We will share all of the questions asked on a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that will be added on this Blizzard Bag site.

Of course, your student’s classroom teachers are also a great resource for questions and we will be adding support opportunities that are available at individual schools in the days ahead as well on the website. Teachers will be checking in with their students during the week of May 4, which is the midpoint of the projects, to make sure that students are making progress. It is our hope that at least half of the assignment will be completed at this time. If students have any questions about expectations or length of assignments, they should ask their teachers.

Assignments from teachers will be given this week and our final due date for the assignments is June 1, 2015. If students complete their work prior to that date, they are welcome to turn them in early to their teachers. Since the work is meant to be substituted for two days of school, all students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for two days.  With the implementation of this pilot, students last day of school will now be on June 23rd (instead of June 25th). The best place to direct questions about assignments is to your child’s teacher. If there are questions that you cannot get answers to, please feel free to e-mail us at

Please visit this site for information and details about student work that must be completed to ensure learning goals are met. Student assignments are posted by grade levels at the top of the Blizzard Bag Website. High school teachers will be giving students their assignments this week. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ASPEN Report Card Update

Quarter 3 Report cards were mailed home on Monday, so most families should expect to see those in the mail today, Tuesday.  Parents and guardians will also receive an email tomorrow, Wednesday, notifying them that a digital version of the report card is available in the family portal. 

This term, we are providing report cards in both paper and digital formats.  However, starting at the end of Quarter 4, report cards will only be distributed in a digital format through the Aspen Family Portal.

Quick Review of this years reporting changes...

Progress Reports

Burlington High School is no longer preparing mid-term progress reports.  Through the Aspen Family Portal, parents and guardians can now access their child’s academic progress at any time throughout the term.  BHS will send a reminder email half-way through the term and send a warning email when a student is in danger of failing a course.  However, there is no progress report since families have access to their child’s grades at all times.

Report Cards

Burlington High School will continue to prepare report cards, however they will be provided in a different method.  Starting in Quarter 4, Burlington High School will no longer print and mail paper copies of student report cards.  Instead, a digital copy of the report card will be made available in the Aspen Family Portal.  You will receive an email when the digital report card is published and available in the portal.  

Retrieving published reports...

When a report card is published, you will see it appear in the published reports box on the Aspen Home Page.  

Getting support…

If you have trouble getting into the family portal, please contact the Student Information Office at