April 9, 2021
Year Book Orders Due April 15th
April 12- Story Walk Begins:Window story walk - Featuring Water is Water, By Miranda Paul & Jason Chin
April 13-Take Home Maker Faire
April 15-Yearbook Order Forms Due
April 16- CliF 4th Book Give Away
April 19-23- Spring Break-No School
May 4- Staff Appreciation Week
May 3 -13-Third and Fifth Grade SBAC Testing
May 6- Early Release School ends at 11:30 am/ No Burlington Kids/No Pre K
May 6-Flynn PTO Meeting-6PM
May 10- Book Fair and Hotdog Dinner for Kindergartners and First Graders(Rain Date May 17)
May 11- Book Fair and Hotdog Dinner for Second and Third Graders(Rain Date May 18)
May 13- Book Fair and Hotdog Dinner for Fourth and Fifth Graders(Rain Date May 20)
May 17-25-Fourth Grade SBAC Testing
May 25- Fourth Grade Science Assessment
May 31- Memorial Day-No School
June 10-5th Grade Bridging Celebration
June 15- Last Day of School/11:30 Dismissal
August 25-First day of School: Link to next year's calendar
Celebrating Our Principal
Dear Parent or Guardian:
This is a reminder that all Vermont students are required to participate in state assessments as part of the accountability system for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
State Math and English/Language Arts Assessment: All students in grades 3-8 and grade 9 are required each spring to take the state test called the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). SBAC is a computer-adaptive assessment measuring each student’s performance against the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. Schools administer SBAC between March and June Individual results will be available in the fall.
State Science Assessment: Last spring Vermont piloted a new science assessment as part of the state accountability system. This May students in grades 5, 8 and 11 will take the new assessment. Like SBAC, the science assessment will be administered on a computer and is designed to measure each student’s performance against the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
3rd Grade SBAC-May 3-May 13
5th Grade SBAC -May 3 - May 13
4th Grade SBAC May 17-May 25
4th Grade Science Assessment May 25
How can I learn more?
For more information about these assessments and the standards they are designed to measure, visit the following sites:
Fireflies of the Week
Greetings from the PE department! For those of you who don't know, Physical Education class has been taught outside this year! We have had a wonderful year teaching the students new games, building on the games they already know and being adventurous outside!
We are beyond excited for the Spring to arrive. We plan on doing a Tennis unit, Wiffle Ball Unit and movements with the Parachute!
Kindergarten: We have been able to do a variety of activities with Kindergarten this year! Our K’s have been so flexible and such awesome listeners. Recently, we did an adventurous red light-green light movement game where Kindergarten students traveled to the moon! K students also got to experience partner sledding!
1st Grade: First grade has been ready to go for PE everyday! They love being active and playing tag games! Recently we did a new tagging game called bandaid tag! Followed by partner sledding!
2nd Grade: Second graders love being active and playing tagging games! Recently we did a new tagging game called bandaid tag! Followed by partner sledding! Students have also experienced the importance of mindfulness breaks after class where we take time to calm our body through mindful coloring.
3rd Grade: Our third graders experienced a broomball game in the snow! Third grade has been working on cooperative games and team work! (Shoutout to Flynn PTO for donating brooms and sleds to our PE program!!)
4th Grade: 4th grade has been playing extreme capture the flag and other team games! We are now teaching them how to play four square and kickball!
5th grade was able to experience snowshoeing followed by a broomball unit! Students had a great time learning and we even saw some animal tracks in the snow too! We are now teaching them how to play four square and kickball!
Thank you for the Donation
Kids on the Ball!
Greetings Fantastic Community!
Ms. DiMasi here from the PE department!
This spring we have an amazing opportunity where Kids on the Ball will be joining PE classes to enhance the game of tennis in our school! Jake, the instructor has been doing this for a very long time. He donates his time to the Burlington community as well as other communities in order to teach basic tennis skills and fun lead up games so that kids will continue to participate in learning the awesome game of Tennis!
“Mission statement: Changing lives…one ball at a time.
Our goal is to play the next ball, literally and figuratively, while being constantly aware of the opportunity to teach much more than tennis.
Daily time on a tennis court with youth provides us many teachable moments. The resulting relationships are the cornerstone of a happy, healthy and well-balanced life. Kids on the Ball is about relationships and respect. We’re teaching life lessons disguised as tennis.”
5th Graders: Are you Interested in playing Softball?
If you are interested, please reach out to Quaron “Q” Pinckney, District Coordinator - Head of Athletics at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to having you!
News From the Superintendent
As you may know, last week the CDC reduced their physical distancing recommendations from six feet to three feet. Superintendents across Vermont are anticipating that the AOE will revise or draft new guidance to include the CDC guidance; while I could be wrong, I am anticipating that announcement any day now and I believe that when the announcement comes, the AEO will also encourage Districts to increase in-person learning.
In anticipation of this, I have asked our principals and school leadership teams to begin planning and preparing for a return to more in-person learning beginning on or around April 26th. At first glance, this could mean at least 4.5 days a week in elementary school, and at least 4 days a week in middle school. At DtBHS, we may need more time in order to make this work as students and staff are still adjusting to the new space and special considerations will have to be made for scheduling.
BSD Announces Finalists for BHS Principal Search
Candidates to Attend Virtual Community and Staff Forum on April 15
Burlington, VT The Burlington High School Principal Hiring Committee has announced three finalists for the BHS principalship. The candidates are Steve Berbeco, who most recently served as Deputy Commissioner for the Child Development Division of Vermont’s Department for Children and Familie; Gregory Kirkland, an assistant principal at Clayton County Public Schools; and Lauren McBride, the current interim principal at Burlington High School.
All candidates will participate in a virtual Community and Staff Forum on April 15, from 6 to 7:30 PM. Stakeholders will have the chance to hear candidates answer questions about their qualifications and their hopes for the future of education and BHS. The forum will be live via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94271708131 and will also be streamed to the District’s YouTube channel.
“I am excited that our search has identified three qualified candidates to move forward in this process,” said Superintendent Tom Flanagan. “And I am happy that our community will have a chance to hear from each of the candidates about their vision to support the high school and move our students forward on their educational journey.”
“We are grateful to our volunteer hiring committee who has worked so hard to help us find the right fit for our students, school, and community with this important hire,” said Executive Director of Human Resources Susan “Zé” Anderson Brown, who has been helping facilitate the search. Anderson-Brown noted that the 11-member hiring committee included teachers, staff, a parent, a community member, and a student who conducted eight first-round interviews together after receiving 18 applications for the position. The committee used a ranking matrix during the interviews and advanced the top candidates to the next step in the process.
Following the Community and Staff Forum on April 15, the committee will reconvene to submit a recommendation to Superintendent Flanagan, who will also meet with the candidates individually. Candidate bios and photos can be found on the BSD website, along with candidate responses to a question from the written application process.
Burlington School District (BSD) is a pre-k-12 public school system of about 4,000 students in Burlington, VT. BSD’s mission is to graduate students who: value different cultures, engage with the community, communicate effectively, think creatively, skillfully solve problems, and achieve at their highest academic, intellectual, and personal potential. Join the Journey! www.bsdvt.org