Mark your calendars! Reminder that there will be no school for students from February 24 through March 3rd. Students return on Wednesday the 4th.
Have a restful break and stay healthy!
Mark your calendars! Reminder that there will be no school for students from February 24 through March 3rd. Students return on Wednesday the 4th.
Have a restful break and stay healthy!
Last month, BSD’s School Board unanimously approved a proposed budget for next school year. Entering into our budget planning, we knew that the District’s baseline budget was predicted to go up $3.5 million without adding any new programming. Our projections showed that a budget increase of $3.5 million would have resulted in a 10.5% tax increase. The Board and I knew we needed to bring that tax impact down and we worked closely to do so.
Because of careful financial management over the past five years, we were able to use a $1.3 million surplus to bring the tax impact down to 8.5%. Our District leadership then went line-by-line to identify additional savings and the Board also made suggestions. Ultimately, the Board voted to make more than $1 million of reductions, which allowed us to add a few key investments while still bringing the estimated tax rate increase down to 7.36% for property payers and 3.18% for income payers.
In addition, we have begun to pay back debt associated with our voter-approved capital plan. Thank you for supporting the plan, Burlington, and thank you to everyone who attended our recent Ribbon Cutting on the Edmunds Campus which demonstrates how your tax dollars are being spent in the service of our students.
Don’t forget to vote on March 3rd!
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District and Search Firm to Hold Community Meetings January 8, 23, and 29
Burlington, VT. The Burlington School District (BSD) Board of School Commissioners is pleased to announce that McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, Executive Recruitment and Development has been selected to assist the Board in the important task of selecting superintendent candidates for the board to interview.
Beginning immediately, the consultants and board commissioners will be meeting with community members to gather input regarding the qualities of the District’s next Superintendent. Three public input meetings have been set, and all are open to any community stakeholders wishing to provide input:
January 8, 2020: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Hunt Middle School
January 23, 2020: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Integrated Arts Academy (Interpretation and Childcare Provided)
January 29, 2020: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Champlain Elementary School (Interpretation and Childcare Provided)
During the meeting, attendees can expect to answer a number of questions, including:
Answers to those questions will be recorded and displayed on a screen at the meeting in real-time and shared on the school district website afterward. Additionally, candidates for the position will be able to view all of the comments, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the Burlington School District.
Those who cannot attend the meeting are encouraged to take a few minutes to submit answers to these questions via email. Answers can be sent to: superintendentsearch (at) bsdvt (dot) org
These first three input meetings are designed for BSD parents and the greater Burlington community but anyone is welcome to attend. The search firm and Board are also working to schedule additional meetings designed specifically to get input from teachers, students, and administrators; those dates will be shared once they have been confirmed.
McPherson & Jacobson, LLC has been conducting national searches for boards of education since 1991 and is one of the leading national superintendent search firms. They have placed more 750 superintendents and other officials in public and non-profit organizations across the United States.
Refreshments will be provided at all events and the District is working to provide childcare and interpretation services at the January 23 and 29 meetings. Community members with questions and suggestions can contact the Superintendent Search Committee at: superintendentsearch (at) bsdvt (dot) org.
Champlain Elementary students on the big stage under the bright lights! The elementary school students performed three songs with Vermont Abenaki Artist Bryan Blanchette during matinee performances at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on December 17 and 18. Among the songs students joined was Blanchette’s new song “Water is Rising,” which students sang in both English and Abenaki!
Check out the video below, and scroll down to learn more about the partnership!
Earlier this year, the Burlington School District made it a priority to teach and learn about Abenaki culture leading up to and through Indigenous People’s Day. BSD worked with several Vermont Abenaki Artists Association members, include Bryan Blanchette and the Abenaki Circle of Courage Youth Group who performed for students in each of the district’s six elementary schools. That involvement created an opportunity for the staff and students at Champlain to work closely with Blanchette.
“There has been a spark of collaborative energy that has carried us to this moment,” said Betsy Greene, music teacher at Champlain Elementary. “The collaboration with Bryan began when he visited our school and graciously translated the lyrics to one of our favorite songs at Champlain. He taught us “N’kottliwi nidôbak,” the Abenaki phrase for “I am with my friend.” From then on, Bryan was connected with our students and our school.”
From there, Blanchette invited students to sing his most recent song “Water Is Rising” in both English and Abenaki at a Champlain Elementary school assembly. That experience went so well that Blanchette invited the students to record the same song with him on his new music album, which in turn led Blanchette to invite the students to perform with him at the Flynn.
“This has been an incredible experience for our students,” said Aziza Malik, a fifth-grade teacher at Champlain whose students have been working with Blanchette. “We work on honoring people’s culture and heritage, learning about and respecting everyone around us, but this is so much more. Byran has given our students a hands-on, real-world learning opportunity and has shown both our staff and our students the importance of indigenous cultures and experiences.”
“This collaboration has led to learning on so many different levels – cultural, environmental, historical, and musical, all integrated with social justice,” Greene and Malik added. “Our students and staff are extremely honored and grateful to Byran for this partnership and learning opportunity.”
During the performance, students wore t-shirts with the phrase “N’dakina,” or “Homeland” in Abenaki, on the front. Malik says the idea to wear special t-shirts came from the District’s work done in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, specifically around the recognition statement that Vermont is the land of the Abenaki people. The t-shirts were designed by Beenanza Designs using the teachings of Abenaki educator Judy Dow centered around culturally significant plants through Abenaki history. The shirts feature the phrase “N’dakina” surrounded by five significant plants to Abenaki culture: corn, beans, and squash (The Three Sisters), as well as paper birch and cedar.
If you have a child turning five on or before September 1, 2020, it is time to register them now for Kindergarten!
Registration can only be done online through the district website. If you do not have access to a computer or need assistance, please stop by your neighborhood school and you will be given access to a computer and help with any questions.
To complete registration, you will need:
1) a copy of the child’s birth certificate or other proof of age
2) a copy of their immunization records
3) proof of residency.
Join us at an information session in your community. Hear from kindergarten teachers, talk to our Afterschool team, connect with our Preschool director, and ask questions with the registration team.
To learn more about our schools, join us for a tour! We have several tours and presentations scheduled throughout the District, all geared toward families looking to enroll in the following school year. Please find a day and time below that works for you and call the school to reserve your spot. Don’t see a time that works for you? Call any of our schools to schedule a tour by appointment.
Thursday, 1/9, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/15, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, 1/16, 9:00 a.m.
Please call the school at 864-8477 to let us know that you are coming.
Monday, 1/13, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/15, 8:30 a.m.
Friday, 1/24, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, 2/10, 1:00 p.m.
Please call the school at 864-8479 to let us know that you are coming.
Tuesday, 1/14, 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, 1/23, 5:30 p.m. (Kindergarten “Sneak Peek” Pizza Party)
Monday, 1/27, 4:30 p.m. Friday, 1/31, 11:00 a.m. Friday, 2/7, 2:00 p.m.
Please call the school at 864-8473 to let us know that you are coming.
Integrated Arts Academy (IAA):
Monday, 1/13, 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, 2/5, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/6, 5:00 p.m.
Please call the school at 864-8475 to let us know that you are coming.
Wednesday, 1/8, 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday, 1/22, 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, 2/4, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 2/17, 9:00 a.m.
Please call the school at 864-8478 to let us know that you are coming.
Sustainability Academy (SA):
Thursday, 1/16, 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, 2/4, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, 2/11, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/19, 5:30 p.m.
Please call the school at 864-8480 to let us know that you are coming.
*Please check school websites for any updates to tour schedules.
Champlain Elementary: Champlain’s mission is to provide opportunities for students to achieve their personal best, become responsible and productive citizens, and embrace lifelong learning. Striving for academic excellence in our caring, diverse learning community represents our highest ideal. Champlain’s faculty, families, and community partners plant and harvest together in our school gardens and cook healthy treats in our classrooms with a mobile kitchen. Our students learn in our forest and outdoor classroom, and especially enjoy our annual fall Harvest Fest and community focused events. Located in the South End of Burlington at 800 Pine Street, Champlain serves approximately 300 students K-5. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit champlain.bsdvt.org, where you can read the principal’s blog and Champlain’s Family Handbook. Feel free to contact Principal Joe Resteghini at 864-8477 or email@example.com, see also the Champlain Community Facebook page to get a sense of community and read the Blue Notes.
C.P. Smith Elementary: C.P. Smith Elementary School is a Grades K-5 school of approximately 280 students located on Ethan Allen Parkway in Burlington’s New North End. Since 1959, we have worked hard to build a learning community that is respectful, responsible, and safe for all who come through our doors. We offer equal amounts of academic rigor and joy in a wide variety of hands-on learning activities. A focus on science and the environment engages students in learning using the Ethan Allen Woods, the Community Sailing Center, Star Base, Shelburne Museum, and Shelburne Farms and other exciting venues as extended classrooms. C.P. Smith serves a diverse population of students and strives to make sure each one becomes an inquisitive learner and contributing citizen. We engage parents and guardians as vital partners in the education of their children. All are welcome at our Friday Community Meetings from 8:15-8:40. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit smith.bsdvt.org or contact Principal Len Phelan at 864-8479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edmunds Elementary: Recognized as an Exemplar School by the State of Vermont for the fourth consecutive year for our achievements in our climate and academics, we work continuously to provide an exciting and engaging school experience that balances developmental needs with academics. When touring EES, you will encounter happy learners as we work to meet students where they are. We are excited about our research based literacy program that is used around the world that addresses successfully meets the needs of all young children through sound, sight, motion and stories. Walking field trips provide our students with ready access to the Flynn, the Fletcher Free Library, the Echo Science Center, UVM, as well as North Beach, Centennial Park, geological formations along the lake and the city center. Visit our website and come to our Thursday Morning Assemblies from 8:10 to 8:30 to get a feel for EES. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit the ees.bsdvt.org or contact Principal Shelley Mathias at 864-8473 or email@example.com
John J. Flynn Elementary: Flynn School is a strong, community-based school where adults, parents and staff consistently focus on meeting the various needs of all students, helping them learn, play and laugh. It is a professional community that partners with a wide range of community organizations to support and enrich student learning. Some examples of our community partnerships include: ECHO Center, VT National Guard Starbase Program, Very Merry Theater, Burlington Community Sailing Center and the Flynn Theater. Located at 1645 North Avenue in the New North End of Burlington, Flynn serves approximately 340 Pre-K through 5th grade students. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit flynn.bsdvt.org or contact Principal Lashawn Whitmore-Sells at 864-8478 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Integrated Arts Academy (IAA): The mission of the IAA is to explore academic knowledge through intentional art experiences. Our diverse community collaborates and celebrates the world through meaningful learning and creative self-expression as we prepare students for success in the 21st Century. At this magnet school, students are learning through the lens of the four art forms: movement, drama, music and visual arts. IAA core partners include the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington City Arts and St. Michael’s College. Located at 6 Archibald Street in the Old North End of Burlington, IAA serves approximately 300 students in grades Pre-K-5. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit iaa.bsdvt.org or contact Principal Kevin Robinson at 864-8475 or email@example.com.
Sustainability Academy (SA): The mission of SA is to educate and empower all students to improve the quality of life for all – economically, socially, and environmentally – now and for future generations. At SA, one of BSD’s two magnet schools, students are learning through the lens of sustainability by exploring our diverse society, our local economy, and the environment. We do this through hands-on, place-based and project-based learning. Education for Sustainability comes to life through SA’s learning environment. We use geothermal energy to heat and cool our building and solar panels to power our school! Additionally, at SA we have a thriving school garden that each of our classes use to cultivate fruits, flowers, and vegetables as a part of our curriculum. SA’s core partner is Shelburne Farms, which hosts all SA students for learning trips each school year. Located at 123 North Street in the Old North End of Burlington, SA serves approximately 180 students in grades Pre-K-5. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit sa.bsdvt.org or contact Principal Nina Oropeza at 864-8480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
During the 2018-2019 school year, our District Safety Team spent time researching the best way to train and prepare our District in the event we should have to deal with the threat of an act of extreme violence on one of our campuses.
This group identified “Run, Hide, Fight”, a program endorsed and supported by the State of Vermont AOE, as the best tool for our district, and presented a plan to our school board in April 2019 to add it to our current safety protocols. Distilled to its simplest, this training teaches that our staff should be prepared to “Run when it’s safe to run. Hide where it’s safe to hide. Fight if you or others around you have no other options.”
For the past few months, we have been working with a team of nationally recognized school-safety specialists on a three-phase, district-wide training plan to implement “Run, Hide, Fight” in BSD.
Part of this plan includes creating a space for parents to learn more from our experts and ask questions. Please join us on December 11th at 6PM at Integrated Arts Academy to engage in this conversation.
Childcare and translation services will be provided. Please send questions to superintendent (at) bsdvt (dot) org
“Run, Hide, Fight” Community Forum
December 11, 6 PM
Integrated Arts Academy
RSVP on our Facebook page.
On Friday, September 20th, students across the nation and right here in Vermont will be participating in a “student strike” to raise awareness about climate change. Burlington School District is working to support students in this activism. Students wishing to participate in the teach-in at Main Street Landing and/or the Burlington youth-organized Climate Change Rally at City Hall Park will have their absences considered excused. (Parents should please call their student’s schools to excuse your child’s absence from school.)
Students who do not wish to participate in the strike will also have a chance to focus on climate change during their school day. Our school leaders have encouraged their teachers to focus on climate change. Several schools have planned age-appropriate activities related to climate change and the events of the day.
At BSD, we believe supporting students and teachers in this advances several facets of the Mission of the Burlington School District 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. Please join us in supporting and commending our student activist leaders on drawing attention to this important matter and helping to create positive change in the community.
It is time for you to complete the online Annual Student Information Update (now listed as Ecollect Forms in Powerschool) for your student. The form asks you to update critical information, such as emergency contact information, medical information, etc.
Please follow this link to PowerSchool to update their information (see step by step directions below). If you do not already have an account in Powerschool (most of you do), then please refer to the directions below in order to create the account.
NOTE: Please complete this Annual Student Update by Thursday, September 26th at the latest. If student information is not updated by Thursday, September 26, that student may not be allowed to return to school until their update is complete. If a student without updated information comes to school after September 26, they may be sent home.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your child’s school.
The BSD Team
If you already have an account in PowerSchool, sign in to your PowerSchool account. After you have signed in:
If you already have an account in PowerSchool but the names of other children name do not appear, you must next call your child’s school and ask for their “Access ID and Access Password”. Then again, in PowerSchool, go to:
If you are not certain if you have a PowerSchool account, follow these steps:
If you have never created a PowerSchool account, instead call your school and ask for an access ID and Access Password; when given these, click on create account, and enter the ID and Password as directed.
Dear Parents, Staff, and Community,
There is an error in the printed version of BSD’s 2019-2020 Calendar & Handbook (pictured to the right).
We accidentally listed April 17th as part of Spring Break and a day off. Please note that April 17th is a full day of school for students and teachers; it is not part of Spring Break. Actual Spring Break dates are Monday, April 20th to Friday, April 24. We apologize that our team missed this in our proofreading.
All digital versions of the calendars have been corrected and we are asking that you please mark your calendar appropriately. We are working with our multilingual liaisons to translate a district robocall in the next week. In the meantime, please help spread the word any way you can.
Again, all students and staff are expected to be in school on Friday, April 17th.
The BSD Team
The Burlington Students Foundation, in collaboration with Burlington School District, invites you for a day of golf with friends, family, coworkers and community members at Rocky Ridge!
$140 Per Person (or $500 per team of four) Includes:
9 AM sharp start time, with mulligans for sale at check-in (2 for $10).
Don’t have 4 players? Feel free to register as a single, double or triple and we’ll make sure you have a full team.
Questions? Interested in sponsoring or donating to this event? Send us an email today.
Proceeds support Burlington students’ out of school-time activities. Thank you Burlington Students Foundation!
Champlain Elementary School
800 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Tel: (802) 864-8477
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