Monday, February 25, 2019

BHS Citizens of the Quarter

Congratulations to the BHS Citizens of the Quarter! After reviewing nominations, the student representatives for the Burlington High School VIEW Committee (Valuing and Inspiring Equity in Our World) recently announced Ms. Stephanie Fishel (History Teacher) and Nimisha Thakkar (BHS Class of 2019) as the term two Citizens of the Quarter. The committee defines responsible citizenship as working to uphold core values of democracy by seeking knowledge and understanding, communicating openly and honestly, serving the common good, and engaging in civic action. Both Ms. Fishel and Nimisha Thakkar consistently demonstrate their commitment to these values and to the school’s mission statement through their work at Burlington High School. 

Ms. Fishel engages students in meaningful activities that help them explore their place in a global community. Whether organizing and implementing partnerships with UNICEF, traveling abroad with students, or developing inquiry-based assignments around the schoolwide essential questions, Ms. Fishel is dedicated to ensuring that BHS students understand the world they live in as well as how they can best participate in it. Her willingness to share ideas with colleagues, welcome them into her classes, and create a collaborative community is also evidence of her work to ensure that BHS is truly a place that celebrates and encourages lifelong learning. 

Nimisha Thakkar has spent her four years at BHS working to value and affirm all members of the community. While she serves as a student leader in a number of different groups across the school, her work with Humans of BHS and the Multicultural Club is what most stood out to the VIEW Committee student representatives. As a leader in these groups, Nimisha has presented to the entire BPS faculty on the impact of culture and religion on a student’s school life, initiated cross-club collaboration in an effort to help students get to know each other better, facilitated a letter-writing event to show support for members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, and helped revitalize the Humans of BHS website. She consistently strives to ensure that BHS is an inclusive and welcoming place for all. 

Thank you to both Ms. Fishel and Nimisha Thakkar for their many contributions to the Burlington community. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Financial Literacy 101 for Juniors and Seniors

Dr. Seuss wrote, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

As you start out on their own path to financial independence, we’d like to help start the conversation in getting you on your way!

We welcome all High School Juniors & Seniors to join us on Thursday, December 13th, PM, at 6:00 P.M. for Financial Literacy 101 at Burlington High School (Parents encouraged too!).

We will be discussing the following topics;
How and when to get started saving
Deferring instant gratification
Investments 101
Good Debt vs. Bad Debt
We’ll have plenty of pizza for those who attend!  


OR BY CALLING 781-270-1780
Please find the details below, we hope to see you there.

Details: Thursday, December 13th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Burlington High School
123 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803

Featured Speaker:
Joseph Marich, CRPC®
Vice President
Senior Advisor Consultant
Oppenheimerfunds, Inc.

Hosted by:
The Bassi Group
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith

For any questions, please contact;
Marc Marotta, CFP®

Second Quarter Progress Notes

As of December 7, 2018, we are now halfway through the second quarter.  This is a good time to access the Aspen Family Portal to check on your child’s progress, grades and averages.
Additionally, an email will be sent to parents/guardians of students who have an average of less than 70% in one or more of their classes. If you receive this email, you should be aware that your child is in danger of failing one or more classes.  It is important to make arrangements with teachers to discuss the grade and intervention strategies to improve performance.
We hope that you have been utilizing the portal throughout the year but if not, please review the resources below:
Aspen Login Page:
If you have forgotten your password, there is an “I forgot my password” link on the Aspen Login page.  If that does not work, or you do not know portal login information, please send an email to for support.

Harvey, Presented by BHS Performing Arts

Comedies have long been a favorite of Burlington audiences so it is with great excitement that Burlington High School announces it will present Harvey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase. Performances will take place on Friday, December 14 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 pm.

Best known for its 1950s film adaptation starring James Stewart, Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey, a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, decide to have him committed. However, comic misunderstandings ensue, hilarity abounds and, in the end, acceptance reigns supreme!

Leading the cast as Elwood P. Dowd is David Kolifrath. He is joined by Alison Martin as Myrtle Mae Simmons and Erin Kerr as Veta Louise Simmons. Also appearing are Grace Visco as Miss Johnson, Juliana Grossman as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet, Emily Campagna as Ruth Kelly RN, Rachad Mesnaoui as Duane Wilson, Nathanial Trofimow as Lyman Sanderson, Luis Villalta as William R Chumley, Caitlin Shea as Betty Chumley, Levi Theirrien as Judge Omar Gaffney and Joshua DeRome Taylor as EJ Lofgren.

Performances of Harvey will take place in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, an accessible venue, located on the campus of Burlington High School, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, $15 for adults, and are available at, 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the door.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Student Writers Help Student Writers

Exciting things happening in the BHS English Department as read on the BHS English Department Blog: This year, the English department at BHS is offering a new elective: “Writing Fellows.” The purpose of this course is to train students as peer writing tutors. According to their mission statement, the Writing Fellows aim to “encourage student empowerment through words, and help students discover and expand their enthusiasm for the craft of writing.” As student writers themselves, the Writing Fellows know that writing is not always easy, and they hope that by using a “student-centered and process-oriented approach,” they can help students “develop their voice and skills while making connections among their peers.” 

High School students can now book tutoring sessions during their study halls as well as before and after school. The Writing Fellows welcome students with assignments from any subject area as well as at any stage of the writing process— from idea generation to final editing. 

Additionally, the Writing Fellows offer a “rent-a-tutor” program in which teachers can book writing tutoring sessions for an entire class. Based on the teacher’s preferences, one or more Writing Fellows can visit a class to assist students with whatever writing-related project or skill they are working on. So far this semester, Writing Fellows have worked with several classes in this capacity, helping students hone skills such as topic-sentence writing, quote integration, outlining, and effective summarizing. Amanda Lee, a high school English teacher who used the “rent-a-tutor” program for one of her ninth-grade English classes, said that at first she “wasn’t sure how [her] students would respond” to the tutors, but noted that her students became “totally engaged” when working with the tutors and became “more invested in their papers as a result of working with them.” 

The first generation of Writing Fellows — a team of ten juniors and seniors— have been working this semester not only to develop effective tutoring strategies, but also to design and launch a student-run writing center. The new BHS Student Writing Center is located in the former workroom in the high school’s upper library. On Wednesday, November 28, the Writing Center officially opened and hosted a launch event that included fun writing activities, a tour of the center, and introductions to the tutors. 

By empowering student writers and creating a welcoming and collaborative space, the Writing Fellows hope to “help build and strengthen a writing community within Burlington High School.” They are certainly off to a great start. 
Please see the Writing Center website for further information and follow them on Twitter for updates. @WritingBhs