Thursday, September 11, 2014

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Visit Burlington High School


The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) will be celebrating outstanding Music Education at the Burlington Public Schools when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes a stop in Burlington on September 25th and 26th. As one of only 7 schools nation-wide that have been selected they will spend two days exploring Burlington’s commitment to assuring access and opportunity to quality Music programs.

How did this come about? Well, the NAMM Foundation and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus sponsored a video contest that answered the question, "What Makes Music Education Great in My School or District?"  You can watch Burlington's winning video here!
Produced in collaboration with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the Community Forum fall tour continues in Burlington, MA with students exploring and creating on the bus and with a live webcast on the morning of September 26th. All to celebrate the benefits of music education, with a special focus on the community's commitment to assuring access and opportunity .
Please join us for the Support Music Community Forum Event at Burlington High School!

How Artists Honor 9/11 -- Guest Post from BHS Art Teacher Ms. Christina Chang

The 9/11 Memorial honors the sad day of loss in our country. Artists, architects and designers used their talents to create a memorial that honors the horrible events on 9/11.

Here is video of architect Michael Arad discussing the memorial and video of artists discussing the light installation:

This display, known as Tribute in Light®, appears as twin shafts filling the void of where the World Trade Center twin towers previously stood in lower Manhattan. The memorial plaza will be open on Sept. 11 to the general public for the first time since the attacks, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, for anyone who wants a closer look at this feat of illumination. Tribute in Light® has become known throughout the world as an example of the healing power of art as people remember and revisit the 9/11 Memorial.

After 9/11, several individuals came up with the idea of two beams of light rising above the skyline of New York. These artists, lighting designers and architects collaborated as part of the effort to promote unity during the massive rescue and recovery that was underway. The team received a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and additional assistance by Con Edison, New York’s utility company. Six months after 9/11, the lighting tribute was presented for the first time on March 11, 2002. It was produced by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), founded in 1893 to preserve landmarks and public spaces, and Creative Time, an organization that commissions public art.

Read more about the tribute of light here


The 9/11 Memorial created the Artist Registry. This is a database of professional and novice artists who created of works of art in response to 9/11. It is a wonderful collection of art from around the world and a great way to see how others express there feelings and emotions through art.

Remembering 9/11

It is tradition at Burlington High School to mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Time will go on for everyone who was affected by this tragedy, but we paused this morning to remember - so we never forget this horrific tragedy and the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives. Here, in our school community, we also remember several members of the Burlington Community who lost their lives on 9/11:

Robert J. Hayes

Burlington High School Class of 1981

Thomas McGuinnes

Co-Pilot of America Airlines Flight 11 and 1977 BHS graduate 

Jim & Mary Trentini 

Retired Burlington High School Teacher and Coach and his wife

In addition to a moment of silence and the singing of the National Anthem (video below), a vase with four roses is placed in the lobby on September 11 - it sits in front of the plaque in memory of the four members of the BHS community we lost - and will never forget.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Free Practice PSAT or SAT for BHS Students

Burlington High School students can take either a free SAT or PSAT test at BHS on Saturday 9/20 beginning at 9AM. In order to take the free test students MUST register (registration information below). We strongly recommend students in grades 9, 10 and 11 consider taking the practice PSAT. BHS will offer the full PSAT exam on Wednesday October 15, 2014 for all sophomores and registered juniors.

Seniors that want one more chance to take a free practice test OR a senior that has NEVER taken an SAT exam should strongly consider registering for this free opportunity. The SAT exam will be offered at BHS on 10/11, 11/8 and 12/6.

In order to register click here or call 1-800-KAP-TEST.