Tuesday, October 21, 2014

College Fair Co-Sponsored by BHS Guidance

On Tuesday October 28th from 6:30 -8:30 PM, a college fair will be held at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. The Burlington High School Guidance Department co-sponsors the event with many other Middlesex League High Schools. 

A college fair can be a very overwhelming experience for parents and students - usually over two-hundred colleges will attend this event. The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has developed a very helpful list of questions that you can bring to the fair. We also recommend bringing a pre-determined list of colleges. Make it a priority to visit the schools on your list, then time permitting check out some others. 

Please remember you are not obligated to stay the whole time, many students spend about an hour at the event.  

Below is the most up to date list of colleges attending:

Albany College of Pharmacy
American International College
Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Bay Path College
Bay State College
Becker College
Benjamin Franklin Institute
Bentley College
Binghamton University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Bryant University
Castleton State College
Champlain College
Clarkson University
Colby-Sawyer College
College of Mount St. Vincent
College of New Jersey
College of Our Lady of the Elms
College of Saint Joseph
College of St. Rose
College of the Holy Cross
Columbia College-Chicago
Curry College
Daniel Webster College
Dean College
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Nazarene College
Elms College
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University
Florida Institute of Technology
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
Gordon College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Harvard College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Husson University
Iona College
Ithaca College
ITT Technical Institute
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson State College
Keene State College
Laboure College
Lawrence Memorial/RC Nursing & Med. Radiography
Lesley University
Long Island University
Lyndon State College
Manhattanville College
Marian Court College
Marietta College
Marist College
Massachusetts Air National Guard
Massachusetts Army National Guard
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Millenium Trianing Institute
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
National Aviation Academy
New England College
New England Hair Academy
New England School of Photography
Newbury College
Nichols College
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Northern Essex Community College
Northwestern University
Paul Smith's College
Pennsylvania State University
Personal Financial Management Plus
Pine Manor College
Plymouth State University
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Reading Cooperative Bank
Reading Scholarship Foundation
Regis College
Rivier College
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rutger's University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint John's University
Saint Joseph's College - Maine
Saint Lawrence University
Saint Leo University
Saint Michael's College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of Fashion Design
Siena College
Simmons College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern Vermont College
Springfield College
Stonehill College
Stonybrook University
Suffolk University
SUNY - Cobleskill
Texas Tech University
Thomas College
Trinity College-CT.
United States Air Force
United States Army Recruiting Station
United States Marine Recruiting Office
United States Navy Recruiting Office
Unity College
University of Alabama
University at Albany
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Maine-Farmington
University of Maine-Orono
University of Massachusetts - Boston
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of Saint Joseph's
University of Scranton
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Utica College
Vermont Technical College
Walsh University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State College
Wheaton College
Wheelock College
Wittenburg University
Worcester State University

Monday, October 20, 2014

Free Flu Clinic This Saturday At Memorial School

The Burlington Board of Health will hold a public walk-in flu clinic on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 12pm-3pm at Memorial School, 125 Winn Street, Burlington.  No appointment is necessary.  All flu vaccines are free, but if you have health insurance please bring your information.  All children and adults are eligible for free vaccine regardless of insurance status.  Children under age 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.  If possible, please wear a loose-fitting short sleeve shirt.

An Afternoon of Music You Won't Soon Forget

Burlington High School Music Boosters Association Announce the
Annual Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction

The Gala will feature The New England Tenors,
and Burlington High School students.

The Burlington High School Music Booster Association announces its seventh annual “Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction” to be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3 pm in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center at Burlington High School.

The theme for the gala is “Broadway Red Carpet” and will feature the New England Tenors, the Burlington High School Chorus, Select Singers and instrumental students.

The New England Tenors showcase the outstanding vocals of Mr. John Middleton-Cox, Mr. Jeffrey Hartman, and Mr. Stefan Barner.  The Tenors will perform a selection of Broadway favorites such as “On the Street Where You Live,” from My Fair Lady, “Go The Distance,” from Hercules, and selections from West Side Story, as well as opera and inspirational songs such as “O Sole Mio” and “You Raise Me Up.”  The Tenors will be joined onstage by the Burlington High School Select Singers and the Burlington High School chorus for an evening of exciting vocal showmanship. The vocalists will be accompanied by pianist Wayne Ward, violinist Peter Stickel and percussionist Pat Hanafin.

The doors will open at 2 pm and guests are invited to peruse the auction items and enjoy refreshments provided by LaCascia’s, The Marriott, Not Your Average Joe’s, Delicious Desserts and other local businesses.  Auction items include Celtics tickets, private lessons at the Real School of Music, tickets to the Stoneham Theater, gift certificates to local restaurants and more. The concert will commence at 3 pm.

General admission tickets for the “Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction” are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the BHS Music Boosters. Tickets are available through Burlington High School chorus members, by phone at 781-A-FUN-TIC, online at Burlington Theatre, and at the door.  The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center is handicap accessible.

The Burlington Massachusetts School System is the winner of the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) award for the “Best Community for Music Education,” and is one of only seven communities in the Unites States selected to host the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in 2014.

Contact: Barbara ‘Heureux, barbaralh@comcast.net 781-272-3350

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Escape to Edscape: BHS Help Desk Student Reflections

From the BHS Help Desk

Presentation season for Burlington High School Help Desk students has begun.

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Our first presentation, “Utilizing Student Genius: Creating a Student Tech Team,” was Saturday, October 18th at Edscape 2014 in New Milford, New Jersey. Three senior members of the Help Desk, Michael Seleman, Manas Purohit, and Nathan Rippin, attended the conference and represented the BHS Help Desk program. Based on the feedback we received from session attendees, my students did an excellent job sharing information about our Help Desk-Student Technology Innovation and Integration-course at BHS.

Reaching A Global Audience
My students not only presented, in room 331 at New Milford High School, they interviewed the conference keynote speaker via a live Google Hangout on Air, which allowed them to present to the entire world! Additionally, my students networked with educators and others students, and learned about various trending topics in education. In our debrief, my students shared how lucky they feel to be attending such a technologically advanced school. Many of the tools they were hearing about throughout day are tools my students have been using for the past three years. Frankly, I think my students could have taught more than half of the technology focused sessions that were offered. Although not specifically mentioned, I think my students feel a renewed sense of appreciation for being in a district where the integration of technology for teaching and learning is valued and supported.

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Empowering Student Voice
Connected Educator Month is “ending” in 11 days. I will continue to preach that the most powerful and important voices to listen to, during this month and for the rest of the school year, are those of our students. It’s why in every Twitter chat I’m a part of, I make it a point to share student work. In doing this, I am role modeling for my students what it means to be connected. I am then able to provide opportunities for my students to connect as well and hopefully those connections are with a global audience. So that’s what the remainder of this post is about…connecting student voice to the world. We’ll start with the interview with Josh Stumpenhorst, a Storify of Tweets from the day curated (without me asking him to do that by the way!) by Nathan, and last but definitely not least, the thoughts and impressions of each student.

Manas Purohit-Class of 2015
“Attending Edscape has been one of the best decisions I’ve made so far in my 17 year old life. Walking into the educational technology conference with my fellow students, Michael Seleman and Nathan Rippin, and my teacher/mentor, Mrs. Scheffer, I was unsure about what to expect. Walking out, I was inspired. After our group presented on creating a student-run help desk, I talked to Sandra Paul, Director of Technology at Sayreville Public School. She reminded me of the importance of pursuing my passion and was one of the first people I’ve ever met, besides Ms. Scheffer, to take an active interest in the ideas of me and Mike. Our end goal is to create a mobile application which will allow student-run help desks to solve problems from anywhere. Ms. Paul not only encouraged this idea, she guaranteed us that our efforts wouldn’t go to waste. And when it’s all said and done, what more could a student want?”
Michael Seleman- Class of 2015- This post originally appeared on Michael’s blog
As a student in a building crowded with technology specialists and educational instructors, you could definitely say that I was taken right out of my comfort zone by the Edscape Conference 2014. Never before had I seen such an assembly of experts from all over the country, each spreading their own message and collaborating simultaneously. And so what I had originally thought to be just another technology seminar, ended up being an eye-opening experience to say the least.
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The conference kicked off with a presentation from keynote speaker, Josh Stumpenhorst, renowned educational instructor and IL Educator of the Year in 2012. During his presentation, he mentioned a couple of key points regarding the role of educators in student growth. According to Stumpenhorst, “If you’re teaching now the same way you were teaching 10 years ago, you’re probably doing something wrong”. There’s no question that the world is constantly changing; whether for better or for worse is debatable. But what’s not debatable is that the learning methods of this generation should not be limited to those of the previous generation. But what is the role of the educator in this ever-evolving system? The answer is simple, but it’s easier said than done. Stumpenhorst, for one, feels “It’s our responsibility as educators to tap into student passion and allow them to be innovative within and without the classroom”. As children, we were insatiably curious, eager to learn about anything and everything that crossed our path. But as we developed within classroom, that curiosity was suppressed, and took a back seat to mastering the curriculum presented to us. So what we need now is to rekindle this curiosity in students in any way possible. In Lincoln Junior High (Naperville, IL), Stumpenhorst has implemented “innovation days”, during which students are given an entire school day to work on a project in their field of choice. What better way to give students the opportunity to explore passions outside of the established curriculum. That being said, we at BHS are not lacking in outlets for student innovation either. Our branch of TED Ed, for example, encourages students to pursue innovative ideas and share them with the world.
But If I’m being honest, the highlight of the conference was meeting, Sandra Paul, Director of Technology at Sayreville Public Schools. As soon as we were introduced, I could tell that Ms. Paul was genuinely interested in what my classmates and I were doing at BHS Help Desk. Talking to her, I realized that what we do as Help Desk students is bigger than the Burlington community. Since Help Desk has taken off at BHS, word has spread about the benefits of a student-run help desk within any technologically advanced school. But that aside, I think it’s safe to say that Mrs. Paul encouraged me to pursue my passions outside of the classroom. Her appreciation for what my classmate, Manas Purohit, and I hope to accomplish in the realm of technology is truly inspiring. I’m not going to lie; heading into Edscape, “networking” wasn’t exactly something that appealed to me. But now I see the value of being connected to others of the same interest in a world where opportunity is almost omnipresent. And to think, that’s just one of many key take-aways from today’s experience.
All in all, attending the Edscape Conference was an experience to remember. What my classmates and I have learned here simply can’t be taught inside the classroom, but is undoubtedly just as important. So thanks to Mrs Scheffer and BHS as a whole for giving me the opportunity to grow and explore beyond the confines of my comfort zone here at Edscape.
P.S. I was one of three BHS students presenting at the conference! If you missed our session, take a look at the presentation linked here.
Nathan Rippin- Class of 2015- This post originally appeared on Nathan’s blog 
People always ask me what is my favorite thing about Help Desk is. I say the presentations and conferences. My non-helpdesk peers scoff at me for this notion. Why you ask? It is probably due to the connotation that conferences require extra work and are demanding. However this was the contrary. On the way down, my fellow geniuses Micheal and Manas joined by Mrs. Scheffer had lengthy conversations about various things. Topics ranged from starting a businesses to finding a job in the modern workplace. We spent quality time together and bonded.
The conferences itself was mesmerizing. When we told educators and local “in the know” students that we were from Burlington, MA they thought of us differently. I always heard that people looked towards us for advice in going one to one. But seeing is believing. People were excited to hear what we were doing and what we had to say. There was the is phenomenal group of high school students presenting on their real world projects ranging from drone education to human trafficking awareness. I spoke with them as a group and it was awesome. I look to have them on our next Help Desk Live episode. People loved our presentations and are  looking to have us help them with technology integration at their schools. They also want Nov. 20th to come soon so they can visit our school.
I would like to shout out to my teacher Mrs. Scheffer for driving four hours each way. I look forward to spending more time with her and my fellow peers. Look at the Storify below for more in depth coverage.
A Words of Thanks
I’d like to than the Burlington Public Schools School Committe, the BHS administration, and the parents of my students for allowing them to represent BHS at the 2014 Edscape Conference. Attened
Upcoming Conferences
Students will be presenting at Mass CUE on Thursday, October 23 and in December at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in New Hampshire. Later this year, we hope to collaborate with other tech teams and coordinate our own conference. Stay tuned for details and for

Friday, October 17, 2014

1:1 in Action: A Visit to Burlington High School

On behalf of the Burlington Public Schools Edtech Team, I’d like to extend an invitation to you and the stakeholders of your school community to visit our 1:1 Apple Distinguished high school on Thursday, November 20th. To best prepare for the day, we ask that you RSVP via Eventbrite by clicking on this link. When registering, please indicate the total number of people who will be visiting from your school. It is not necessary to bring printed tickets with you on the 20th. The welcome video below gives you a sneak peek of what you’ll see during your visit to Burlington.

Why Visit Burlington High School?
As pioneers in the state of Massachusetts, our 1:1 initiative has served as a model for schools throughout Massachusetts and beyond. We are embarking on our fourth year as a 1:1 iPad, Google Apps for Education high school and continue to openly share our successes, challenges, and vision for the future of our 1:1 environment. We realize it can be challenging for educators and administrators to leave their districts for any period of time, but we are confident that a visit to our school is a worthwhile investment of your time. You will leave with a wealth of information about how Burlington developed and maintains a successful 1:1 learning environment. You’ll have a sense of which aspects of our program might work in your school culture and most importantly, you’ll understand how technology impacts teaching and learning.
An Overview of the Day
The agenda for your visit to Burlington High School is shown below:

Students, teachers, and staff our excited to talk with visitors, and share our experiences with them, so we hope to see you on November 20th!
If you are unable to attend, we will be announcing additional school visits during the second semester of the school year so stay tuned!

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