Friday, May 29, 2009

Burlington High School Exam Schedule For Underclassmen


For grades 9, 10 and 11:

Friday, June 12
7:30 - 9:00 First Period Exam
9:15 - 10:45 Second Period Exam
11:00 - 12:30 Make-up Exam Buses leave at 11:00

Monday, June 15
7:30 - 9:00 Third Period Exam
9:15 - 10:45 Fourth Period Exam
11:00 - 12:30 Make-up Exam Buses leave at 11:00

Tuesday, June 16
7:30 - 9:00 Fifth Period Exam
9:15 - 10:45 Sixth Period Exam
11:00 - 12:30 Make-up Exam Buses leave at 11:00

Wednesday, June 17
7:30 - 9:00 Seventh Period Exam
9:15 - 10:45 Make-up Exam Buses leave at 9:20

Thursday, June 18
Makeup Day

Any student may use the Library or Cafeteria A and B for quiet study during the period prior to or between scheduled exams. Students are required to be present only when they have an exam scheduled. Students must remain in their classrooms for the entire exam period.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dr. Conti Would Like Your Feedback On His Performance As Our Superintendent

Guest Post From Dr. Conti -

If you are a Burlington Public School Employee, Parent, Student, or Community member, please take a minute to fill out the survey below. Your input will be completely anonymous. The results will be shared with the school committee and discussed publicly at the June 23rd school committee meeting.

The survey link will be open from May 17, 2009 through June 17, 2009.
Feedback is critically important if I am to improve in my job. Thank you.

Superintendent’s Evaluation Link

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Upcoming Tournament Action For BHS Teams

Here is the slate of upcoming MIAA Tournament Games for BHS.

Go Red Devils!

The Girls and Boys track teams will be competing in the MIAA Relays Friday @ 3:30 PM in Ipswich

The Boys Tennis Team will be at Rahanis Park Monday @ 4PM for a match against the winner of the Danvers-Malden Catholic preliminary round match

The Girls Tennis Team will be at Rahanis Park on Saturday @ 12 noon for a match against Wayland HS

The Boys Baseball Team will play Saturday Francis Wyman @ 2 PM against East Boston

Voting For Juan and Mary To Win Duck Brand Duct Tape's Stuck at Prom Contest Begins June 8

Juan Aguilar and Mary Wrixon created their own prom outfits by using Duck brand Duct Tape. The two talented BHS art students have entered the Stuck at Prom Contest sponsored by Duck brand Duct Tape.

Voting for the best outfit starts on June 8. Please cast your vote for our BHS Duct Tape couple at this link.

The winners of the contest each will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

BHS Boys Lacrosse Narrowly Misses Tourney Upset of Franklin

The 27th-seeded Burlington High School Boys Lacrosse came within a whisker of upsetting 6th-seeded Franklin yesterday afternoon. The Red Devils stormed back from a 10-5 deficit to close the score to 10-9. Check out the Milford Daily News article on the game.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Boys Lacrosse and Baseball Teams Earn Postseason Berths

Congratulations to Boys Lacrosse who will be playing today in Franklin at 5:00 p.m. Burlington is seeded 27th in the Eastern Mass. Division 2 Bracket. Franklin is the number-six seed.

The Baseball Tournament game vs. East Boston will be played on Sat. May 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Francis Wyman School.

Memorial Day Photos From The BHS Band and Dance Squad

The Burlington High School Marching Band helped honor the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, in our country’s armed forces by participating in the Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday. The morning began on the Burlington Common with the playing of "Taps" by junior Nick Abruzzese (reprised during the full ceremonies), continuing with the band performing "Prologue" from Jekyll & Hyde as they marched toward Chestnut Hill Cemetery, and finally changing to the solemn cadence of a single snare drum as they entered the gates for the ceremonies. Once the participants and spectators assembled in the cemetery, the band members opened the events with the Star Spangled Banner, led by drum majors Hemali Patel and Eric Leva and featuring freshman Zaven Ovian as soloist. The most poignant moment, however, was the band’s stellar performance of "Armed Forces Tribute," during which our hometown veterans (mostly retirees) could be seen saluting to the melodies of the service hymns. (Thank you to Donna Nadir, Tahleen Ovian, and Shirley Fong for the photos in this post)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Clips From The Last Day For Seniors

Today, we held our annual senior breakfast in the cafeteria. The day also included a talent show in which a number of our talented seniors performed for their classmates. Performers this morning were:

Katrina Osborne, Jamie Cook, Abby Sherburne, JT Marchant, Kenny Ayer, Samantha Green, Kristie Bezreh, Jonathan Kelly, Alex Merullo, Darryl Callicchio, and Andrew Graham.

We look forward to many more memorable events with the Class of 2009 over the next few weeks. They have been a stellar senior class.

Mr. McRae Wins The Aggarwal Award

Thanks to the generosity of the Aggarwal Family, Burlington High School is able to recognize one teacher every other year for "demonstrating excellence in education." The winner, who receives a check for $1,000 is chosen by a committee comprised of the Principal, the two Associate Principals, three teachers, and the Student Council President.

This year's winner, Mr. Alan McRae, was announced yesterday at our monthly faculty meeting. Mr. McRae received three nominations and was chosen from a group of four teachers who were nominated for the award.

Here are a few excerpts from the nomination forms in support of Mr. McRae:

  • Alan is a remarkable educator who constantly inspires his students.
  • Alan spends much of his own time dedicated to making BHS a better place. He really embodies what it means to have a sense of community.
  • Alan incorporates dynamic, innovative activities to stimulate student investigations, making his courses relevant and interesting.

Ms. Chang's Art Students Donate Quilts To Project Linus

Kathie Interess the local chapter coordinator for Project Linus was at BHS Tuesday accepting a donation of quilts from Ms. Chang's Art students. Project Linus was started in 1995 and its mission is to make blankets and quilts for children who are seriously ill or traumatized. The Greater Boston Chapter has gone over the 30,000 mark in regards to blankets donated.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

BHS Juniors Take Part In Annual Student Government Day

A group of BHS juniors spent yesterday shadowing elected officials, department heads, and administrators from both the Town of Burlington and the Burlington Public Schools. The students got to run a mock Board of Selectmen Meeting and a School Committee. Both of these events can be seen on BCAT in the upcoming days.

Students shadowed their counterparts for the morning and everyone convened at Cafe Escadrille for lunch. Tyler Matsubara may have had the biggest thrill of the day in getting the opportunity to have his picture taken with Tommy Lee Jones at a movie set in Burlington.

We would like to thank the Burlington Town Administrator Bob Mercier and his assistant Sandy Madigan for all of their work in making this day possible. In addition, we would like to thank Dr. Conti and his secretary Terry O'Meara for helping pull things together on the school side.

Finally, the biggest thanks goes to Social Studies Department Head Jeff Hoyt for organizing all of our students for the day. We look forward to doing it again next year!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Confirmed Case of Swine Flu At BHS

Burlington High School has learned today that a ninth grader has been diagnosed with the Swine Flu. We have been in touch with the Department of Public Health and been advised to keep school open. In addition, we will be doing a thorough cleaning of the high school over the next two nights. As always, parents are advised to keep sick children home and contact their physicians if there are any flu-like symptoms.

Here is a brief summary of information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's blog regarding flu outbreaks and healthy habits to keep yourself free from infection. Here is a link to Dr. Conti's connect-ed message.

Flu outbreaks evolve in unpredictable ways; it is impossible to know whether this one will decrease, remain the same, or grow in coming weeks, and whether the illness will remain at its current severity which, on the whole has been relatively mild. Some severe cases may occur in people with underlying risk factors such as young children, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) are watching closely for signs of increased severity of the H1N1 influenza (swine flu), and will continue to monitor and report on any developing trends. Because there is no vaccine for H1N1 influenza, public health officials remind all Massachusetts residents to continue taking simple steps to keep themselves and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your inner elbow and not into your hands.
  • If you are sick stay home from work and if your child is sick keep them home from school.
  • Stay informed about the latest developments on the H1N1 flu.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's website, there were 142 confirmed cases of Swine Flu in Massachusetts as of Friday (May 15). The DPH continues to post daily updates on the Swine Flu on its blog.

Record Breaking Weekend For Boys Track Team At State Coaches Relays

Members of the boys track team broke several long-standing BHS records this Saturday at the Division III State Relays Championship. Overall, the team ranked fourth in the 56 team field.

The 4 x mile team of freshman David Taranto, sophomore Trevor Dutton, junior Evan Mercier, and Senior Anthony Salvucci won in a time of 18:47.97, beating the 1983 record of 18:51.06.

The 3 x shot put team of Seniors Ryan Murphy and Brett Gilbert and sophomore Joe Hoffman had a combined distance of 142' 7.5" for second place. They bettered the record of 142' 2" from 1998.

The 3 x javelin team of seniors Mike DiFrancesco, Adam Cavlaier, and Vishal Patel also set a new record with a combined distance of 433' 5"

The 3 x long jump team of senior Shane Faria, junior Chris Farrell, and freshman Takunda Muzembe combined for a jump of 61' 0" improving the 10 year old mark of 58' 3.5".

Faria also broke the individual long jump mark with his jump of 21' 11.5"

Friday, May 15, 2009

Video Clips From The Junior Prom

It is Junior Prom Night for Burlington High. Here are some clips from the Burlington Town Common and the Sheraton in Framingham. Thanks to our class advisors Shannon Janovitz and Anne Ford and their junior class leaders for organizing a great night for our juniors and their guests.

Check Out Jeremy Dooley's Music Video On Cell Phone Use At BHS

Senior Jeremy Dooley has made an humorous video on cell phone use here at BHS. The video was made as part of a project in Mr. Lovell's Music Theory class. A starring role is played by BHS Associate Principal Rick Sheehan. The video is timely due to the fact that we are currently looking at changing our cell phone policy for next year. Could Mr. Sheehan and all of the staff members that spend time on the daily tug-of-war regarding cell phones in school find a more productive use of their time?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Class Election Results From Today's Election

Congratulations to the winners in today's class elections and thanks to all students who ran for a position.
Class of 2010
President - Danny Murphy
Vice President - Derek DeAntonis
Secretary - Julia Pasquarella
Treasurer - Chris Brown
Member at Large - Monica Karlen
Class Representatives - Ryan Collins, Caroline Coe, Mike Keating, Frank McCarthy, Mike Murphy, Thomas O'Connell, Matt Sherman, Gina Yeadon
Class of 2011
President - Stacey Bezreh
Vice President - Colleen Brine
Secretary - Munish Gandevia
Treasurer - Lucas Restivo
Member at Large - (Run-off election in homeroom Monday between Alyssa Heisler and Kyle Sullivan)
Class Representatives - Maria Asdourian, Jay Capua, Trevor Dutton, Jennifer Hamvas, Jackie Jensen, Joe Magliozzi, Kierstin Merlino, Jake Rosenberg
Class of 2012
President - Daniel NcMahon
Vice President - Patrick Hanafin
Secretary - Eva Mayo
Treasurer - Nick Zenkin
Member at Large - Kevin Doan
Class Representatives - Kelsey Carnell, Saqib Hashim, Brian Hood, Stacy Howe, Jill Keaney, Sean McSweeney, Advait Nanavati, Haley Vercollone

Project Graduation Undertaken By Burlington Safety Officers and Registry of Motor Vehicle Officers

This morning our Burlington Safety Officers Bernie Schipeletti and Tim Cooney were joined by Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Officers George Johnson and Larry O'Hearn to take part in the Project Graduation initiative.

This initiative is focused on reinforcing safe behaviors so that each of our students can enjoy their graduation. Today's exercise consisted of a seat belt check and a check on the junior operator regulations to see if new drivers were violating the law and transporting their friends.

This week is also National Teen Driver Safety Week so today's reminder was a timely reminder for our students.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Candidates Speak to Classmates in Preparation For Tomorrow's Class Elections

(Above) Student Council Advisor Bob Conceison speaks to students during a class assembly today. Members of the Classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 got to hear speeches by their classmates who would like to serve as elected officers during the 2010-2011 school year. Elections will be held during homeroom tomorrow.

More Winter Athletes Receive Spotlight On Excellence Awards From School Committee

The 2009 Middlesex League Champion Girls' Gymnastics Team was recognized by the Burlington School Committe last night.

In addition our other winter athletes that were selected as all stars were recognized.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

BHS Graphic Design Students Present Proposals For A New Burlington Town Flag

The clip above shows Jessica Murray, Adam Cavalier, Samantha Goober, and Sara Martin as they present their proposals for a new town flag to Roger Brown and Robert Carboni (from Versatile Printing), Jim Murphy from the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Mike Tredeau from the Burlington Historical Commission, and Walter Zenkin from the Board of Selectmen. The students shown are 4 of the 12 students who have submitted drafts for a new town flag.

BHS Production of The Wizard of Oz Earns Seven Spotlight Nominations

Burlington High School is pleased to announce that its production of The Wizard of Oz received seven nominations for the North Shore Music Theatre's 4th Annual Spotlight on Excellence Awards.

The winners will be announced at North Shore Music Theatre's 4th Annual Spotlight Awards ceremony on June 2nd at 7:30pm on the NSMT main stage. Here are the nominations for BHS: Best Overall Musical, Best Leading Actor (Will Ford "Scarecrow"), Best Leading Actress (Eva Costanza "Dorothy"), Best Direction (John Middleton-Cox), Best Orchestra (John Middleton-Cox), Best Scenic Design (Peter Waldron), Best Costume Design (Maureen Tierson Krebs)

Tickets for the event will not be sold in advance, but a $10 donation per person will be requested at the door; nominees and chaperones will be admitted free of charge. For more information contact or 978-232-7207.

Three BHS Students To Be Featured At Music Composition Festival

Katrina Osborne (pictured above with Principal Patrick Larkin, Performing Arts teacher Matt Lovell, and Burlington's Director of Music and Performing Arts John Middleton) is one of three BHS students who have been selected as winners by the The University of Massachusetts at Lowell's Collegiate Chapter of the Music Educators National Conference in their Ninth Annual K-12 Composition Festival.

Andrew Gilstrap (second from the left below) and Eric Leva (middle below) were the other BHS winners. The three BHS winners will showcase their award-winning compositions at UMass-Lowell's Durgin Hall on Saturday.

BHS Discussing Change To Cellphone Policy

Each year we look at our existing handbook policies with our BHS School Council and discuss potential changes. One of the potential changes this year revolves around our acceptable use policy for electronics. There has been a proposal made by the BHS School Council to allow cellphone use in classrooms for educational purposes at the discretion of the classroom teacher. There has also been a proposal to allow cellphone use at lunch.

In regards to the use of cellphones as a tool for learning, many are intrigued by the potential of cellphones as a vehicle for engaging students in the classroom. The George Lucas Education Foundation's Edutopia website has an article online called Learn2luvcell: A Powerful Multipurpose Mechanism for Learning. It is interesting to see the schools that are ahead of the curve in using cellphones as educational tools.

Another website that speaks of the diverse options that cellphone usage in schools presents is From Toy to Tool: Cellphones in Learning.

In the meantime, foreward thinking schools like Uni High in Urbana, Illinois are removing zero-tolerance policies on cellphones in school and creating new policies that help teach their students how to use 21st Century technologies appropriately.

BHS Third Term High Honors

Shweta Bhatt
Janet Chikofsky
Rene Dignan
William Ford
Rebecca Gelinas
Matthew Hanafin
Cindy Luong
Steven McLean
Sagar Shah
Sneh Shah
Shashank Shukla
Abigail Simmons
Arjun Ughreja

James Brewster
Marissa Capua
Stephen Cronin
Carolyn Kelly
Angie Moussa
Namank Shah
Neel Shah
Maithreyi Shankar
Mark Shooter
Emily Theurer

Maria Asdourian
Aakansha Bhalla
Tanishq Bhalla
Joseph Capua
Kayla Coluci
Trevor Dutton
Daniel Grassi
Alexandra Grasso
Jennifer Hamvas
April Hooper
Renee Iodice
Erin Kelley
Bianca Majumder
Evan Moore
Caitlin Riggs
Jacob Rosenberg
Jeffrey Sanjay
Maleeha Shaikh
Riza Shaikh
Courtney Tolliday
Kishan Ughreja
David Whitney

Robert Bonetti
Elizabeth Burkhart
Erin Clark
Nicholas DeSimone
Sarah Fleischmann
Ryan Gilpin
Michayla Hogan
Walter Kikuchi
Ryan Knox
Sharon Kumar
Alyssa Mitchell
Ashley O'Neill
Christina Raso
Avani Shah
Futaba Shioda
Ankesh Tailor

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hundreds Turn Out For Senior Prom Night On The Common

After rain-filled evenings during our junior and senior proms last year, we had beautiful weather tonight for our seniors as they paraded through the town common so that their families and friends could gather to see them before they headed off to Nashua.

BHS Drama Production Featured In National Newsletter

The BHS Drama Production of the Wizard of Oz was the featured article in this month's Grosh Newsletter. Grosh is the rental company for the thatrical backdrops that were used in the show.

Juniors Chelsea Rose and Kevin Parker Attend SILS Luncheon

Juniors Chelsea Rose and Kevin Parker (shown above with Principal Patrick Larkin) were honored yesterday as Burlington High's 2009 SILS Award winners at the SILS Awars luncheon held at Vinny T's in Lexington. The SILS award is goven to a female and male from each Middlesex League high school for exemplary achievement in the areas of Service, Integrity, Leadership. They were selected from a fine pool of juniors by their advisors and guidance counselors.

Chelsea and Kevin (front left) along with the other SILS Award winners.

Former Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David Driscoll was the featured speaker at the luncheon. He urged all of the winners to continue to be leaders in their schools during this critical time in the history of education. He told them that students need to play a bigger role in shaping the direction of education because of the key insights that only they can provide.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

BHS Pre-Prom Assembly

This morning during fourth period we had an assembly with our seniors to focus on safe behaviors during prom season and beyond. Our S.A.D.D students passed out taxi vouchers for students so that they could receive a free taxi ride home if they were in an unsafe situation. In addition, Mrs. Peach our school nurse and I spoke to the students on the importance of making good decisions and looking out for each other during this exciting time of the school year. We do not want to be a school that has empty seats on the stage during gradutation due to a senseless tragedy. Our brief talk was followed by a short documentary on the effects of drinking on driving on some local teenagers and their friends and families.

BHS Art Students Continue Work On Permanent Display For Nobel Prize Winner Roderick MacKinnon

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at our BHS art students as they work on a piece of art to be hung in our main lobby to commemorate the Nobel Prize-winning work of BHS grad Roderick MacKinnon. Our students are being assisted on this project by professional artist Lei-Sanne Doo as well as their teachers Ms. Chang and Mr. Ratkevich.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Janet Chikofsky Named National Merit Scholar

Evanston, Illinois) - Today National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)
announced that Burlington High School senior Janet Chikofsky is one of 2,500 distinguished high school seniors who have won National Merit $2500 Scholarships. The Merit Scholar® designees were chosen from a talent pool of approximately 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. These Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

NMSC is financing most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees.

All Finalists competed for these awards. To select scholarship winners, a committee of educators appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay describing interests and goals; and the recommendation written by a high school official. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s high school graduating seniors.

Senior Jamie Cook Wins Digital Media Contest

Senior Jamie Cook wins The 84 Digital Media Contest 2009 " Brand You"

Jamie Cook was recently awarded $100 for the "Most Hip Brand" artwork created in Ms. Chang's Digital Art class.

She was honored at the Digital Media Art Festival at the Fuller Arts and Crafts Museum in Brockton, MA

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

BHS Stadium and Field In Need Of An Overhaul

Thanks to Coach Lev for leading the tour of our current stadium and showing us why we need a major upgrade to ensure that we can continue to provide a safe facility for our community. Please visit Dr. Conti's Blog for a breakdown of this warrant article.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Look At The Burlington High Locker Rooms and Fitness Room

Thanks to BHS Physical Education staff member (and BHS alum) Adam Gustafson for his behind the scenes tour of our locker room and fitness areas. As you will see by the photos, our building looks very much like a building approaching its 40th year. We are hopeful that we will gain support at next week's town meeting to perform the necessary work in these areas so that we have a space that out students and community can be proud of. Please visit Dr. Conti's blog for a breakdown of the costs for the renovations to the locker rooms.

Unfortunately, as it now stands the locker room area is the only glimpse that many visitors to BHS see and it does not leave a positive impression due to its current condition. In regards to the fitness area, we need siginificant upgrades to enable our students and staff to have a 21st Century Physical Education program. Please visit Dr. Conti's blog for a breakdown of the costs for the renovations to our weight room/fitness center.

We have great kids, great teachers, and a great community support. We hope to continue to make needed upgrades over time to have a facility that is truly reflective of Burlington.

Graduation Press Release

The date and time of graduation for the Burlington High School Class of 2009 is Sunday, June 7, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. Weather permitting, the graduation ceremony will be held at Varsity Field. Tickets are not limited for the outdoor ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be held in the BHS Gymnasium and tickets will be limited to four per graduate.