Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Change to Burlington High School's 1:1 program for the Class of 2021

June 20, 2017

This post is to make you aware of a change to Burlington High School's 1:1 technology program. Beginning with the class of 2021, BHS will now be supplying students with touchscreen Chromebooks.

When Burlington High School first went one to one 6 years ago, we made an annual commitment to assess and explore the best available options for students. As you probably know, over the last several years, technology has rapidly changed. The options for devices has increased drastically and devices have become more and more similar in function and use. As these changes have been occurring, BHS administration and staff have been monitoring them closely and having discussions about what we believe currently meets our student’s learning needs best.

Over the course of the last year, Burlington High School administration, staff, and students have been surveyed and there have been many conversations amongst students and staff about the most appropriate device for our high school students. After much debate and deliberation, the decision was made to move away from the iPad and start supplying students with a touchscreen Chromebook.

Please keep in mind, there is no such thing as the perfect device for everyone, but Burlington has made a commitment to ensure every student has a device and is taught how to use it to enhance their educational experience. The touchscreen Chromebook allows students to continue to annotate, make videos, and work synchronically with our Google Apps for Education platform. In addition several other reasons we are making this shift include:

  • Research - especially through a web browser on a Chromebook is an experience like on any laptop, and just about any site that you navigate to will be usable
  • Input - built in keyboard
  • Maintenance - with a Chromebook, almost nothing is stored internally, you won’t have to allocate the same amount of time toward maintaining a clean device.
  • Learning Environment - High school teachers organizing their classrooms using Google Classroom.  A growing percentage of Colleges/Universities also using a Google Platform.

Please be aware that we have set dates for distribution of student devices. You do not need to register, simply show up at one of the four times:

Wednesday, August 16 (9AM and 7PM)
Monday, August 28 (9AM and 7PM)

If you have any questions regarding the shift in our provided device, please contact the high school for support.

Color Vibe Fun Run

Celebrate the end of school in Color! Sign up for the Color Vibe Fun Run at the Burlington Mall this Sunday, June 25. Your participation benefits the Burlington Education Foundation. Children ages 1-12 are FREE with paid adult and all registrants receive a discount with code BEFPARTY2. So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you'll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Congratulations to the Tenacity Challenge Students

From the Blog of BHS Art Teacher Ms. Christina Chang:

Congratulations to the wonderful students who participated in the 2017 Tenacity Challenge held at Bedford High School.

Pictured left to right:
Luis Villalta, Martello Cesar, Angela Camacho-DeSousa, Amelia Murphy, Souleiman Benhida, State Rep. Russell Holmes, Benjamin Ramirez, Kenan Wilson, Ranya Paul, Nshuti Cindy Niyonzima, Dylan Lechner, Alexx Francois, Druper Kayondo, Gianni Newman, Khyle Pena
Not included in the picture but also on competed in the challenge:
Julian Lechner, Britney Jean-Baptiste, Rebecca Wilson

The Tenacity Challenge competition consisted of four events centered around the theme of tenacity and leadership.

  • Science and Math Quiz Bowl Challenge (Physics, Chemistry, Algebra I, Geometry)
  • Latino and African-American Literature Response Challenge (Filmed Performance of a Creative Response, Accompanied by a Rationale)
  • History Argument Challenge (Team will research and argue a position before a panel of judges)
  • Tenacity Mural Challenge- artistic creation completed prior to the competition date and displayed at the competition.

The students worked hard preparing for the competition (see pictures below) and spent their Saturday at the event competing in the four areas. This year we sent three teams of students (our largest group!) Burlington was well represented by this talented and bright group of students!


Team Creative Minds of Burlington won second place in the Math and Science Quiz bowl! ​For many members of this team it was a their third year participating in the event.

Special Thanks to State Representative  Russell Holmes, State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and Austin Ashe Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Relations - MIT and UMass Boston Adjunct Professor on Hip Hop Pedagogy and Cultural Values, who graciously spent time with the students in preparation for their History Challenge.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

BHS Students in Photosynthesis Show at the Griffin Museum of Photography

BHS Teacher Ms. Djordjevic's second and third year photography students were invited to be a part of the annual "Photosynthesis" show at the Griffin Museum of Photography, along with students from Winchester High School. In developing  a portfolio of work that communicated a sense of self and space, the students met earlier in the year with visiting artists Andrew Mroczek and Cheryle St. Onge to help define their own unique and personal points of view. They also met with curator Alison Nordstrom (formerly of the George Eastman House) to select the final pieces to be presented at the Griffin Museum of Photography for the 12th annual Photosynthesis show. 

The opening for the photography exhibit is this Thursday, June 8th from 7:00-8:30pm. Feel free to join us to view student work from Burlington High School and Winchester High School and have a chance to speak with the student artists about their work. The following students are participating in the show and would love to see you there:

Julia Cannalonga
Mia Celik
Jalina Pedersen
Taylor Tabor
Katherine Scott
Angela DeSousa
Yasmine Charrak
Kristina Costa
Jessica James
Serina Khalifa
Amanda McCombs
Avyanna Monroe
Christina Pesiridis

The Griffin Museum is at 67 Shore Road, Winchester.

More information can be found about the show via this link: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/photosynthesis-xii/