Burlington High School strives to utilize different methods to effectively communicate with our community members. With students returning to classes next week, it is a good time to remind families of the various ways Burlington High School communicates out, how you can contact us, and to also highlight some important information for the start of the new school year.
The Burlington High Principal's Blog and Twitter account are the main sources of communication on news from our school. I suggest you enter your email address in the box at the top of the blog on the right-hand side that says ‘get BHS Blog Updates in your email’ and also sign up for twitter and follow @bhsprincipal. Doing so will provide you with an email and/or tweet whenever news from BHS is posted to these sites. Please note that you can unsubscribe from these options at any time.
Following our Facebook Page is another great way to stay on top of the happenings at BHS! You can also follow BHS department news, club information, and extracurricular news and updates by following one or more of the numerous blogs and web pages of BHS staff.
If you ever need to contact me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number is 781.273.7662. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. All other staff emails and phone numbers can be found through our staff directory.
Other administrative phone numbers you may require:
Mr. Richard Sheehan Associate Principal Grades 9 & 11 781.270.1837
Ms. Deborah Deacon Associate Principal Grades 10 & 12 . 781.270.1844
Mr. Shaun Hart Associate Principal Athletics 781.270.186
Mr. Joseph Attubato Guidance Director 781.270.1856
Mrs. Renee Dacey World Languages Department Chair 781.505.1167
Mr. Matthew Jackling PE/Health Coordinator 781.273.7002
Mr. George Ratkevich Fine Arts Coordinator 781.270.2941
Mr. John Middleton-Cox Performing Arts Coordinator 781.270.1861
Mr. Todd Whitten Social Studies Department Chair 781.270.1870
Mrs. Katie Whitcomb Math Department Chair 781.270.2933
Mrs. Shannon Janovitz English Department Chair 781.270.1877
Dr. Peter Nassiff Science Department Chair 781.270.2923
Burlington High School Handbook:
This is distributed electronically to students during the first week of school. The BHS handbook is a valuable tool that outlines important school policies and regulations. We respectfully ask that you take some time with your son/daughter and familiarize yourself with the handbook. You can access the handbook HERE.
BHS Guidance Department
The mission of the Burlington High School Guidance Department is to support the academic, career, and personal/ social development of all students. Through individual and group counseling and collaboration with school, home, and community, they foster responsible decision-making and strive to help students realize their full academic and personal potential as lifelong learners and global citizens. The Guidance Blog is a great site to bookmark as it contains information about their Guidance Breakfast Series, the college application process, standardized testing/test prep information, enrichment opportunities, program of studies information, and many more resources and tools you may find helpful.
Burlington High School ASPEN Family Portal
As we continue to leverage the functionality of ASPEN, it is strongly recommended that parents/guardians utilize the Aspen Family Portal to follow their child's progress at BHS. Within Aspen you have access to class schedules, teacher email addresses, homeroom and class attendance, and current class averages. BHS eliminated interim progress reports last year and now sends reminders to check ASPEN for student progress at interim periods of the quarter. Also, end of quarter report cards are posted to the Portal instead of mailing home hard copies. Furthermore, the email functionality is something BHS uses often to communicate with families. If you are having trouble accessing the portal or are unsure of your portal account information, please email the Student Information Office at email@example.com.
BHS Nurse’s Office
In order to provide a safe and healthy school environment, it is important for the school nurse to be informed of any health issues that may affect a student or require special needs (injuries, allergies, diabetes, seizure disorders, etc.). Parents/guardians should contact the school nurse, Ms. Mary Sullivan, directly regarding any health issues at 781.270.1862.
Burlington High School Attendance Policy
Chapter 76, Section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that all children between the ages of six and sixteen must attend school. A school district may excuse up to seven-day sessions or fourteen half-day sessions in any period of six months. In addition to this law, BHS has its own attendance policy with which you should be familiar.
Student Eligibility for Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
Participation in all extracurricular activities and school-sponsored events is a privilege. All Burlington High School students representing the school through participation in an extracurricular activity serve as ambassadors of BHS and the Burlington Community. Students who wish to exercise the privilege of participating in an extracurricular activity must be in good standing academically (maintain a minimum of 20 credits), meet Burlington High School attendance requirements, and not be in violation of Burlington High School’s code of conduct or other illegal, unhealthy or inappropriate behaviors.
Attendance to School
- If a student is going to be absent, parent/guardian calls into the assigned office the day of an absence, before 8:00 a.m.
- Freshmen and Juniors call 270-1839
- Sophomores and Seniors call 270-1838
- Calls from parents/guardians will be recorded and students will be given an Admit Slip before school on the day they return.
- If it is not possible to call the Administrative Office, we shall, upon the student’s return to school, accept a note before school and will issue an Admit Slip back to classes.
- Students are required to present an Admit Slip to their teachers prior to being readmitted to class.
Tardy to School
Students who are tardy to school will sign in at the office and will be given a pass to homeroom. Those students whose tardiness is unauthorized will serve an after-school detention from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Tardy to School After 7:30
Students who are tardy to school after 7:30 must sign in at the office and present a tardy note unless the parent/guardian has already called the office. Those students whose tardiness is unauthorized will serve an after-school detention.
Students who attend classes without signing in will be subject to Extended Detention or serving up to two days In-School Suspension.
Examples of absences or tardiness that will be excused include:
Documented illness, injury or medical appointment
Major religious observances
Extraordinary family circumstances (excused at the discretion of the principal)
Examples of absences or tardiness that are unexcused include, but are not limited to:
Repetitive or chronic absence or tardiness due to illness or injury not documented by a doctor
Non-emergency family situations
The following schedule should be used as a guideline for making up outstanding work for authorized absences: 1-2 days absent – 1 week to make up; 3-5 days absent – 2 weeks to make up; > 5 days – by arrangement. Any extensions to the time limit must be granted by an Associate Principal in conjunction with the Department Head and the teacher.
Student Drop Off and Pick Up
Parents/Guardians who drive their son/daughter to school must drop off and pick up in the circle in front of the main entrance. Please do not idle or park on the inside of the circle as this causes a dangerous traffic situation. Also. please do not drop off near the cafeteria or make illegal u-turns by the administrative entrance as this also causes unnecessary traffic situations.
For students taking the bus, routes and schedules can be found HERE.
Driving/ Parking Privileges
Parking on school property is a student privilege that may be revoked as a result of a violation of the parking rules and/or attendance policy. Students are required to register their vehicles with the administration, purchase a parking permit for $15.00 and park only in the designated student parking lot each day according to the parking rules. Parking permits must be displayed, with the number facing outward, on the rearview mirror of the car. A student who violates the parking rules at BHS will lose their driving privileges for 2 weeks for the first offense. Subsequent offenses of the parking rules may result in the revocation of the privilege to park on school grounds. Parking permits will be distributed to seniors and juniors on a first come, first served basis.
Students first day is Tuesday, September 5. The first week will have a series of extended homerooms to accommodate for class assemblies and other administrative tasks we need to complete with students. Our rotation schedule will not start until Monday, September 11. Please be aware, that like last year, approximately once per month we have a common planning day for BHS Staff. These days are noted as CP days. On CP days School will open at the normal time and buses will run on a regular schedule, but homeroom will not start until 8:05 a.m. If your son/daughter comes to school prior to 8:00 a.m., they can report to the library or cafeteria. As a reminder, breakfast will be served and the fitness center can be available for student use.
Please mark your calendars now for our annual back to school night on Thursday, September 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is an important night to meet your son/daughter's teachers, learn about their classroom expectations, and to speak with them about the best ways to establish communication this year. Freshman parents are invited to arrive at 6:00 p.m. for a brief orientation to BHS and the opportunity for a question and answer session with administrators.
Student Activities Fair
To learn about ways to get involved, the high school administration encourages students to participate in our annual activity fair, which is on Thursday, September 28, from 1:45-2:30 p.m.
This annual event allows students to learn about different clubs and activities that are offered at Burlington High School. Students can speak to students that are involved in the different organizations, learn more information, and sign up to participate if they're interested. The activity fair is open to all students but is especially helpful for our 9th graders and new students who have yet to see first hand the variety of ways to get involved and to be engaged outside of the classroom at BHS.