Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Growing Up Online - A Presentation for Parents

Cybersafety is one of the most confronting issues for teachers, parents and of course students. It is the number one non-academic problem that schools have to tackle, often on a daily basis. Whereas most of the inappropriate behavior occurs at home, schools are responsible for trying to sort out the mess when a student’s online behavior affects their relationships within the school community.

Children today have access to and are accessible by many millions of people worldwide via the vast array of websites, applications and online-games. Other identified dangers include exposure to inappropriate content, cyber bullying and harassment, ‘sexting’ and identity theft. Teens are often not aware that their words and or photos, which may have been intended for a small audience, sometimes find their way to a larger one, often with both the unexpected and undesirable consequences.
Burlington High School takes the issue of Cybersafety education very seriously and is taking a proactive approach by affording parents the opportunity to be informed about the serious nature of this issue, and I have much pleasure in inviting you to a Cybersafety Presentation for parents. This presentation will be held on October 4th in the Burlington High School Auditorium. This presentation is suitable for ALL parents, regardless of the age of your son or daughter and will be delivered by an internationally recognized expert on this issue, Susan McLean.
More information is below and more Information about Susan McLean can be found at
I strongly encourage your attendance at this very important evening. As parents, you have a very important role to play in the minimizing of cyberbullying and harassing behaviors online and this presentation will assist you to develop CyberSafety measures for your own family to ensure that your children remain as safe as possible when using the fabulous technologies available to them.

kEePiNg SaFe iN cYbErSpAcE :-

  • An informative, entertaining and enlightening session for Parents and carers of young children and adolescents and will cover:-
  • Popular sites – What are they? (You probably know Facebook, Instagram & Snapchat, but what about Kik, Yellow, Happen, Secret Calculator or Houseparty?
  • What do kids do online? Where do they go? The difference between an ‘online friend’ and a ‘stranger.’
  • Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur?
  • Misuse of technology - legal consequences and the possible criminal charges. (What is cyber bullying and harassment?)
  • ‘Sexting’ – the taking and sending of explicit images...what are the REAL consequences and possible criminal charges.
  • Potential dangers and safety tips – how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online.
  • Be confident in setting rules and boundaries around internet use in the  home
  • Time for Questions.
Susan will have copies of her best selling book, Sexts Texts and Selfies – How to keep you child safe in the digital space.” (Penguin Books) for sale on the night. $20 Cash only.

BHS Volleyball Dig Pink Rally for Breast Cancer

On behalf of the BHS volleyball program, we wanted to take the time to reach out and share the details of this year's annual Dig Pink Rally for breast cancer. Each year we host a Dig Pink Rally in support of the SideOut Foundation (, which is an organization that raises money for breast cancer research, including cutting-edge trials for patients with stage 4 breast cancer. It also provides support to patients and families of those affected by this disease. Over the past 5 years, BHS volleyball has donated over $10,000 to the SideOut Foundation! This year our goal is to raise at least $4,000 which would be our highest year yet!

So here's the details...

When: Friday, October 13th 2017
4:30pm (freshman/JV games); 5:30pm (varsity game & raffle drawings)

Where: BHS gym

Cost: $5 suggested admission at the door! There will be lots of great raffle prizes, pizza & a bake sale.

Other ways you can help support the cause:

Buy a shirt: Both long and short sleeve pink shirts will be available for sale this year! (Short sleeve cost $15 and Long sleeve cost $25. They are different designs) To pre-order a shirt, please email cwall@bpsk12org with your name, size, short/long, and your school by Thursday, September 21. Some shirts will be available after the pre-order as well, but we cannot guarantee sizes after the order is placed.

Donate a raffle prize: We are always willing to accept prize donations (e.g., gift cards, themed baskets, etc.) for the evening's raffles!

Thanks in advance for your support with this really worthy cause that is so close to so many of us! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions!

Courtney Wall (Varsity volleyball coach/BECC teacher)
Chrissy Weeden (JV volleyball coach/BHS teacher)
Cassandra Apruzzese (Freshman volleyball coach/BECC teacher)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BPS Parent University
SAVE THE DATE Saturday October 21, 2017
8:00am - 12:45pm Burlington High School
Burlington Public Schools are proud to host our 2nd Parent University!  Parents of students grades PreK 12 will have the opportunity at this free event to attend workshops and interact with education and health professionals regarding a variety of topics related to your child’s learning and development.
Our keynote speaker will be Jon Mattleman, who will be sharing his “Secret Life of Teens” presentation.  "The Secret Lives of Teens" is a high-energy presentation that actively focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support the teens in their lives. This presentation covers areas such as depression, suicide, 'acting out' behaviors, drug and alcohol use, and more. Parents of students k-12 will gain valuable insight into adolescent behaviors and the decision making of our students. More information on Jon and his presentation can be found at:
Additionally, to better serve our parents, BPS will be providing free childcare for this event (pending child registration).  Please keep an eye out for follow-up materials including the release of our updated website and event schedule.
Mark your calendar – more details to follow!    

Monday, September 18, 2017

Burlington High School Offering the PSAT/NMQT on 10/11/17

Burlington High School will be a national testing center for the administration of the PSAT Exam and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. For several years 85% or more Burlington High School seniors take the SAT exam. The PSAT is an excellent opportunity to prepare and gain an understanding of the SAT exam. Juniors are also eligible for a National Merit Scholarship depending on the score. The Guidance department highly recommends juniors take the exam again this year.

All sophomores will take the PSAT free of charge on 10/11.

Juniors MUST register for the PSAT in order to take the exam at Burlington High School. The fee for juniors is $26.00.  Upon completing payment students will need to print the registration form verifying they have officially registered. Students MUST bring their registration form to Guidance in order to receive a 2017 Student Bulletin.  

It is important that juniors register early in the registration period to adequately prepare for the test. By reading the student bulletin thoroughly, paying particular attention to test directions, test taking tips and doing the sample practice test students will have a much better understanding of what to expect.

PSAT Registration for juniors  can be found by clicking here

The on-line regular registration period ends Wednesday, October 4th.  If a Junior misses the registration period, he/she may check with the Guidance Secretary the following day to see if there are available test booklets and space to accommodate a late registration. There will be an additional charge of $5.00 ($31.00 total) after October 4th.