Thursday, December 13, 2018
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 BurlingtonTheatre.com, 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the door.
Friday, November 30, 2018
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
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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 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.