Friday, October 20, 2017

Statement on MCAS 2017 Scores

An Evening with Admissions Expert Mark Montgomery

How Not To Apply to College:

Avoiding Big Mistakes on the Road to Acceptance 

An Evening with Admissions Expert Mark Montgomery, PhD

October 24, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Burlington High School

Mark Montgomery, a national college admissions expert, offers his advice on how to avoid the pitfalls and pain of applying to college.

Filled with good humor, a healthy dose of reality, and concrete examples of real students who avoided these mistakes, the presentation addresses these crucial questions and more:
          • How do you calculate “return on investment” in higher education?
          • What is the right way to shop for colleges?
          • What are the 12 factors in the admission process?
          • What are the “hidden” parts of the Common Application?
          • Why is it so important to start early in this process?
          • How can you develop a personal strategy for success?
          • How do you preserve sanity in your household?

Dr. Montgomery earned his BA at Dartmouth College and his Masters and Doctorate at Tufts University. He has been an instructor at Harvard and a consultant at Yale. He specializes in demystifying the ways in which colleges recruit and admit students. His views and advice have appeared in US News & World Report, Money, USA Today, Forbes, The Apple Daily (Hong Kong), The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Denver Post. He also writes a popular blog on university admission at

Montgomery Educational Consulting is a full service educational firm that assists students and their families as they select and apply to the best and most appropriate universities. With offices in New Jersey, Hong Kong, Oregon, and Colorado, Mark works one-on-one with students to guide them in their choices in secondary school, to articulate which educational environments lead to academic success, and identify how personal and family needs, preferences, and ambitions can be combined to help them pick the right universities—and get in.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BHS Parent / Teacher Conferences

First-term grades close on Friday, October 27. Report cards will be published on the ASPEN parent portal on Monday, November 6th. Please make special note of the following important dates:

Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences Wednesday, November 8 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Day Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday, November 9 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Veterans Day Observance     Friday, November 10 No School

Please be mindful that evening conferences will follow the traditional drop-in format and your time may be limited. This year, we are asking any parent or guardian who wishes to schedule a conference during the day on Thursday, November 9th, to make an appointment online with
Sign Up Genius, which can be accessed through the link below:

Also, teacher email addresses can be found on the BHS website at:

Also, please mark your calendar for the annual BHS fall play, which will be “Fahrenheit 451”, Ray Bradbury's adaptation of his own novel. It is a dystopian vision of the future where society has outlawed intellectual thought and "firemen" are called to burn any books that are found. The themes concerning conformity, censorship, and technology are as important today as they were in 1953. Since it is a novel that has been read at Marshall Simonds Middle School, it is exciting to produce this play at the high school. The performance dates are December 15th at 7:30 p.m. and December 16th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Burlington Education Foundation 2017 Fall Raffle

 $5,000 in Prize Values! Enter to win! Take a chance to support the BEF.

Grand Prize - Island Creek Oyster Bar: "The Merroir-Terroir OysterExtravaganza" ($2,000)
  "Experience includes a Fun and Educational Tasting of Wine and Oyster Varietals for a Party of 10"
2nd Prize - Tuscan Kitchen: Chef's Table Dinner & Wine Pairing for 10 ($1,000 value)
3rd Prize - Redstone American Grill: Dinner & Wine Pairing for 10 ($1,000 value)
4th Prize - Merceces-Benz of Burlington: "Luxury Vehicle for a Week" ($1,000 value)
5th Prize - Osteria Nino: Italian Chef's Dinner and Wine Pairing for 8 ($500 value)
Your raffle donation will help fund grant requests for creative and innovative curriculum enrichment programs.
Winners to be announced Thanksgiving weekend on November 26, 2017 via email and posted on this webpage.

Don't forget that the BEF will be holding their 14th Annual “Exercise for Education” 5K Road Race and ½ Mile Family Fun Run at Burlington High School on Sunday May 6, 2018. 
***Register at the 5K Road Race & Fun Run tab as a runner or a walker ***

Burlington's Veterans Day Ceremony