Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Burlington High School Students of the Month

Gati Aher
Gati Aher is a senior at Burlington High School. She has been part of the National Honors Society since sophomore year and has gotten High Honors or Honor Roll every term. To challenge herself, she self-learns an academic subject every April Vacation. So far she has tested out of Honors Chemistry and Honors PreCalculus and has taken the AP Java Exam. She has gotten 5s on all her 6 AP exams so far, and she is taking 4 more APs this year. 

Gati has been awarded the M.A.S.S. Certificate of Academic Excellence, the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, Gold and Silver Medals for the National Latin Exam, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award for volunteering more than 300 hours in the last three years teaching Indian languages at Shishu Bharati. Her love for giving back to the community can also be seen in her role as President of BHS Peer Tutors and main coordinator of Balagokulum, an Indian cultural organization. 

Her extracurriculars reflect her passion for STEM: she is part of HelpDesk, BHS’s IT-group, Leader of Math League, President of Programming and Technology Club, and Head of Computer Aided Design for the DevilBotz FRC Robotics Team. She worked every weekday in this past summer: six weeks at a paid computer science internship at Boston University and four weeks as a camp counselor and mentor at Einstein’s Workshop teaching children robotics and 3D-printing. She also mentors an all-girls FLL robotics team on the weekends and has presented at MassCUE and ISTE, technology in education conferences. 

She balances her passion for STEM with a focus on the visual and performing arts. This year she took a break from running cross-country so she could spend more time perfecting her 2-hour long classical Indian dance graduation performance. Additionally, she is a Ted Talk Youth speaker, has won her school’s Factatholon and Poetry Out Loud competitions, and plays four instruments including the oboe. Her artwork has been published in the Marble Collection, state art magazine, and has twice been featured on the cover of Collab, the school’s literary and arts magazine. She wants to use art and technology to make the world a better place. Her dream college is MIT.


Neil Pandit

Neil Pandit is a senior at Burlington High School. Over the past four years, he has attained high grades in very rigorous classes, having held a course schedule that includes Honors and AP level classes. He has also received awards, such as the Middlesex League SILS Award and the Harvard Prize Book Award.

Outside of class, Neil is the President of the Rotary Interact Club of BHS. He has improved the financial standing of the club while also increasing its engagement and philanthropic activities within the community. He is the President of the Multicultural Club of BHS. In this position, Neil steers the club in planning for BHS’s annual day of intercultural exchange and celebration of diversity, “Culture Fest.” Also, Neil is the President of the Medical Careers Club, a club which promotes hands-on learning and discussion with healthcare professionals. Neil competes on the Factathalon team “Socratic Serpents” and has won BHS’s Factathalon Quiz Bowl. 

His community service involves photographing and maintaining the official Instagram page for Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center and volunteering at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Neil is a volunteer photographer for the India Association of Greater Boston; the domestic violence prevention and family support nonprofit, Saheli Boston; and Indian Americans for Burlington of which he is also the Youth Services Liaison. 


Neil hopes to pursue a double major in biology and political science. Neil would like to thank the dedicated BHS teachers and staff members who have guided and inspired him at every step in his educational journey.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Quarter 1 Report Cards

Burlington High School Q1 Report Cards are now available in the Family and Student Portals.

To retrieve the report card, log in to the Aspen Family Portal at:
http://ma-burlington.myfollett.com 

On the homepage, you will see an area labeled Published Reports. Within Published Reports, you should see a link to the report card for your child.
The report card is in PDF format.

The report will be available to view or download for the next two weeks.
If you have forgotten your password, there is an "I forgot my password" link on the Aspen Login page. Please try using this tool first. If you do not know your Login ID or are having trouble resetting your password, please contact the Student Information Office via e-mail at studentinfo@bpsk12.org.

Here are a couple of additional Family Portal Resources:

Aspen Family Portal - First Time Users - http://goo.gl/eKZrxq
Aspen Family Portal Reference Sheet - http://goo.gl/NrTXtX

Students Exhibit in Natural Burlington Photo and Art Show on Tuesday, November 6 at Grand View Farm

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Photo by Anika Negi, Grade 9
Special thanks to the Burlington Conservation Commission for hosting an photo and art show that features Burlington Artists and the beautiful subject of Burlington Nature.
The show will be at Grand View Farm on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 6-9pm
The following students are exhibiting in this show:
Isabelle James
Annabel Wiley

Katelyn Murphy

Fiona Bell

Anika Negi

Jamie Thierrien

Sydney Hovasse 

Kayla Baker

Maria Acash

Ryan Crowe

Martello Cesar

Lainey Gaiero

Aria Marthur

Kayla Summerville

Chloe Poles

Carlie Mattson

Thanya Weadick

Gili Cohen

Liz Gillespie
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Photo by Kaitlyn Murphy, Grade 9

Monday, October 29, 2018

Information on BHS Report Cards & Parent Conferences / BHS Vaping Presentation / BHS Fall Play

First-term grades closed on Friday, October 26. Report cards will be published in the ASPEN parent portal on Thursday, November 1st. Please make special note of the following important dates:

Day Parent/Teacher Conferences - Monday, November 5, 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Election Day - Tuesday, November 6 No School

Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences - Thursday, November 8 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Veterans Day Observance - Monday, November 12 No School

Please be mindful that evening conferences will follow our traditional drop-in format and that your time may be limited. 

Any parent or guardian who wishes to schedule a conference during the day on Monday, November 5th, can make an appointment online with Sign Up Genius, which can be accessed through the link below and is open from 7:45 a.m. on 10/29 and closes at 7:00 p.m. on 11/4.


If you need them, as a reminder, teacher email addresses can be found on the BPS website.

In addition to our evening conferences, Burlington Police Resource Officer Keith Shepard will be presenting, ‘Vaping, What You Need to Know’. The presentation will be in the auditorium prior to our evening conferences on 11/8 at 5:30 p.m. This presentation is designed to keep parents informed about the dangerous trend of vaping.  You are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Also, please mark your calendar for the annual BHS fall play, which will be “ Harvey”,  the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase where Elwood P. Dowd is the perfect gentleman, his only flaw being that his best friend is a pooka; a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his sister, Veta Louise and her daughter Myrtle Mae are embarrassed. They become determined to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. In error, it is Veta who is committed rather than Elwood after she confesses that, on occasion, she has seen the rabbit herself. Eventually, the mistake is realized and a frantic search begins for Elwood and his friend. Elwood eventually agrees to undergo treatment to satisfy his sister, but in the end, Veta realizes that she loves her brother just as he is and accepts Harvey as a member of the household, understanding that she doesn’t want either of them to change.


The performance dates are December 14th at 7:30 p.m. and December 15th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at http://burlingtontickets.tix.com