Friday, April 28, 2017

Burlington High School April Students of the Month

Megana Varma is an inspired and driven student who will be attending The University of Connecticut on set for a pre-medical track in the fall. She is one of few who achieved a place in the Special Program in Medicine (SPIM) and is excited to pursue a career in medicine. Born in Burlington, attending Pine Glen Elementary School and Marshall Simonds Middle School, Megana will graduate from Burlington High School this upcoming June. She will be traveling to Hawaii for the first time upon graduating, and hopes to swim alongside turtles.

It is not often you catch Megana without a book in her hands. She enjoys long walks with friends--sometimes waking them up at 6am on a Saturday much to their chagrin--and bike rides when the weather has stuck a simple breeze. She is no artist, but she enjoys filling up canvases with scenery and animals. Her walls are littered inch-to-inch with posters of all genres and styles, and she hopes to start a polaroid collection to soon hang in her dorm room.

Burlington High School brought many opportunities for Megana. She has been a member of the Debate Club for 4 years, and founded the UNICEF club with three friends. She joined and played field hockey freshman year, never realizing how much she would grow to love and miss it. Making the cut and playing with the tennis team was an integral part of her routine for the first two years of high school. These new experiences have encouraged Megana to join a dance team in college--a tribute to stepping out of her comfort zone. Mentoring students of all ages is how Megana both ensured her peers were prepared for their classes, and is additionally how she found her niche in Burlington High School.

Megana cherishes her time in high school--never forgetting friendships and social gatherings long past--and is ready to start the next chapter of her life as a Husky at UConn. Find her there loudly cheering on the women’s basketball team.

William Wen has been a dedicated student, athlete, and leader during his time at Burlington High School with a passion towards STEM. In terms of courses, William has followed a rigorous schedule and has emphasized the development of his skills of effective debate and critical thinking. His academics speak for itself, but it is his activities outside of the classroom that truly define him.

A four-year varsity swimmer, William’s leadership, sportsmanship, and competitive nature earned him the captain’s role where he connected with his peers and received the Player’s Award. His skills in the water have also led to his employment as a lifeguard and swim instructor. He is a clarinetist of eight years and leads the BHS Marching Band as the senior drum major and was also a participant in FIRST robotics. As a Chinese American, William is very proud of his culture, having taken ten years of Mandarin lessons, and plans to continue his proficiency in college for his travels.

Last summer, William attended a chemistry seminar at the prestigious Columbia University, and in his spare time, he was a research assistant at a tissue engineering laboratory. Here, he confirmed his passion for engineering and the sciences, and he has committed to the College of Engineering at Boston University to major in biomedical engineering.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Burlington Community Concert Series presents World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

Looking for a great Mother’s Day activity for the entire family? The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform in Burlington on May 14 at 3:00 pm in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center of Burlington High School. 

Hosted by the Burlington Community Concert Series, co-sponsored by Burlington Public Schools and the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets: $5-$25.
781-A-FUN TIC, and at the door.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Letter from BPS IT Department - iPad Insurance

April 13, 2017

Dear BHS Parents,

You may or may not be aware that GoCare (the past recommended iPad insurance company) is no longer in business and all policies were transferred to Worth Ave Group.  Individual policy holders were informed of the change in providers, given login credentials, and how to file a claim.  All parents should have received this providing there was a correct email provided when they signed up for coverage through the GoCare portal.

If your son/daughter has a broken iPad, he/she should always go to the HelpDesk (located in the upper BHS library) and see Mr. Wong to determine the best course of action.  If a claim needs to be placed with Worth Ave Group and you have questions, please feel free to contact  me in the IT Department (781-238-6800 or  I will be able to help you get your claim initiated and get the answers you need.

information on the WAG “Standard Claims Process” to assist you if and when you have an iPad claim can be seen HERE.

If your son/daughter has an uninsured iPad and you are interested in purchasing an iPad protection policy with Worth Ave Group, there will be an opportunity to do so during the month of May.  WAG is in the process of setting up a new policy purchase portal for Burlington parents.  We are anticipating a 1 year policy will cost $30-$35 per year with more of a savings when purchasing multiple years.

Stay tuned for the link and policy purchase information being sent out after April Vacation.

Thank you.

Faydeen Sateriale
Admin Assistant - BPS  IT Dept

2017 Aggarwal Award

Since the Spring of 2003, the Pushap Lata Aggarwal Award has been given bi-annually to a Burlington High School Teacher or Counselor. The award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, is funded by the Roshan L. Aggarwal Family.  

Past recipients of the Aggarwal Award are:

2003 Mr. Don Tocci and Mrs. Leslie Tyman
2005 Mr. Chuck Wood
2007 Mrs. Eileen Poehler
2009 Mr. Alan McRae
2011 Mr. Bob Conceison
2013 Mr. Matt Lovell
2015 Mr. Matt Carr

Mrs. Graham with the Aggarwals

Congratulations to Mrs. Callie Graham on being recognized by our community for excellence in teaching. Below are some of the sentiments from her nominations:

I have never experienced a teacher/ colleague that is so truly invested in the children like this teacher. She is extremely dedicated and passionate about teaching.

Is kind and has a very good sense of humor. She teaches in a way that is thorough and easy to understand. She is also very understanding of ALL students and their individual needs

Makes learning fun, and difficult-to-digest work seem simpler. It is obvious that she loves her job, and working with all types students. Along with her teaching skills, she understands that we are all students under a significant amount of pressure, and acknowledges that we all have our off days. She is my favorite teacher, and an amazing person.

Cares about her students and takes the time to fully explain things and she teaches a class that I actually look forward to going to, every time.

She is accepting and creates a positive learning atmosphere and extremely understanding and considerate of her students. She is always fair and influences everyone to be a bigger part of the community, no matter how small the action.

Is really helpful and engaging teacher.  I love the way she teachers and she’s very thoughtful.

Is an amazing teacher, and truly loves what she does. Always encourages improvement in writing and comprehending skills, and does not discourage incorrect answers. Is always open to helping further your skills after school, and helping you understand assignments one on one.

Mrs. Callie Graham is very knowledgeable as well as kind and insightful. She always knows how to help people who are struggling in her class and is great at teaching for understanding.