Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 33 - Latin III 2014-2015 September Scavenger Hunts! - Greg Stringer - BHS Foreign Language Department

This September, Latin III students practiced their speaking and their mastery of prepositions in Latin via two "venationes thesauri" or "scavenger hunts." In this one, groups of three students and a furry friend were given a list of 20 Latin sentences which they had to interpret and then recreate out and about around BHS. Due to an absence, Magister Stringer had to fill in to help out Sophomores John Francis Hornicek and Anusha Datar.

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Two weeks later, students completed another "Venatio" in the BHS Science Center, thanks to the generous hospitality of Wendy Pavilcek.  In this second hunt, once again in groups of three students were given Latin sentences which they had to interpret and recreate.  However, this time the animals were real!  Are Anusha, Brad Basham and Steven Blathras up to the challenge? Find out!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day 32 - What A Great Day! - Diane Jefferson - Francis Wyman Elementary First Grade

This post originally appeared on Live in 105 - Mrs. Jefferson's Blog 


We couldn't have asked for a nicer day for our farm field trip! The kids were extremely well behaved and the farm staff, and the animals of course, we're great. A special thank you to my chaperones for their help making our trip a big success. We were able to feed and pet the animals and take a hayride to get a closer look and learn about the larger animals grazing in the fields. After a picnic lunch,  the children were able to enjoy the playground or see more of the animals.


In our classroom we will be finishing up our farm study and the children will be bringing home their farm books and animals. We will be learning about bats next and writing some spooky stories to get us ready for Halloween!

Hey, I see more kids coming!


Hey ma, can I keep him?

Did you bring me food?

Chicks are very small

I'll just watch!

I don't know why noone volunteers to hold me!

I know what it's called.


 Hey, wait for us!!
Don't be alarmed, I just want a little nibble.

Is this where the horseshoe goes? Mirror, mirror on the hoof.
I think I can hear the farm!
Maybe I'll make a hat out of it.

These goats love me!

I'm not afraid of  a big, black bull!

I think they want to eat my hat!

Open wide and say, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

We could sneak her on the bus!

Just having fun with my friendsl

I'll show you how it's done!

This bouncy house is awesome!

Whee! Look out skeleton coming through!

I'm going to catch you!
What a great day at the farm!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 31 - Getting Started With Linkedin - Nikhil Thakkar - BHS Senior

This post first appeared on the BHS Help Desk Blog

This is the first screencast of a series explaining LinkedIn. Through this series, you will learn how using LinkedIn will benefit you as a student and future young professional. In this first screencast, you will learn the basics of the LinkedIn interface. You will also be provided with an overview of several features of the website. Upcoming videos will go into specifics and help you understand each feature more in depth!





Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 30 - Harmonicas in the Classroom - Lisa Bottiglio - Burlington Early Childhood Center

This post first appeared on Mrs. Bottiglio's Blog


In our unit story Oonga Boonga, grandpa tried to play his harmonica to help the baby to stop crying.  We created our own harmonicas with the help of The Burlington Science Center.  Thanks so much to Mr. Musselman for helping us make connections to our unit books. 
Click on the link below to view our video. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Day 29 - BHS Welcomes Our New Teachers - Jenn Scheffer - BPS Mobile Learning Coach

BHS is proud to introduce this year’s new teachers and staff. We have five, new faculty members joining the Burlington community, along with a new permanent substitute teacher. Please take a moment to learn more about each of our new faculty members.
Krista Anderson-BHS Business/Marketing Teacher
Krista Anderson-BHS Business/Marketing Teacher
Krista Anderson- BHS Business Department 
What grade level and courses are you teaching at BHS?
“I teach all grades. I have mostly Freshmen and Sophomores in my Intro to Business Classes and Juniors and Seniors in my Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Intro to Marketing Classes.”
How long have you been teaching and where did you teach previously?“This is my 10th year. I taught previously at Wilmington and prior to that in New Jersey when I first started teaching. I was glad to return to MA, the state where I grew up.”
What did you do as a profession before becoming a teacher?“Prior to teaching I was in Sales and Marketing for Baxter Healthcare, AT&T and Experian.”
What do you like best about BHS so far?“I love the freedom and convenience the technology gives here. The students also work hard in my classes and I like that work ethic.”
Are you involved in any clubs/organizations or coaching positions at BHS?“I am involved with running DECA and helping out at the school store. DECA will start up with a kick-off meeting October 8 and is open to any student who has or is taking a business class. The DECA students will be involved in business competition at the local, state and national levels. I’ve been running DECA clubs every year I’ve been teaching.”
What do you do in your free time? Hobbies/interests, outside of education?“Family time with my husband, son, daughter and dog. Mostly I’m driving to and from and watching my kids sports events. Our family loves fishing and water skiing on our boat during the summer. I love to read and take long walks with the dog in the woods all year. I tend to spend too much of my free time doing home improvements so I often have paint somewhere on me!”
Are you active on any social media sites that you would like to share with our audience?@mrsandersonbhs (I mostly tweet out business articles relevant to my classes and some DECA stuff)”
Michael Ress- BHS Science Department 
Michael Ress, BHS Science Department
Michael Ress, BHS Science Department
What grade level and courses are you teaching at BHS?“I teach 10-12 grade biology & environmental science”
How long have you been teaching and where did you teach previously?
“I taught for four years at Leominster High School.”
What do you like best about BHS so far?
“The kids are well mannered & come to class ready to learn each day. Also, the administration & other teachers are very helpful & welcoming.”
What do you do in your free time? Hobbies/interests, outside of education?“I like to go camping & keep in shape.”
Are you active on any social media sites that you would like to share with our audience?I have a Google site for my class which is bit.ly/RessRef
Kyle Blanchette-BHS Math Department
Kyle Blanchette-BHS Math Department
Kyle Blanchette- BHS Math Department 
What grade level and courses are you teaching at BHS?“I am currently teaching Algebra I and Geometry.”
How long have you been teaching and where did you teach previously?
“This is my second year teaching and before teaching at BHS I taught at Wilmington High School.”
What do you like best about BHS so far?
“The staff, students and technology.”
Are you involved in any clubs/organizations or coaching positions at BHS?“I coach JV lacrosse at Wilmington High School.”
What do you do in your free time? Hobbies/interests, outside of education?“I enjoy golfing and fishing.”
Are you active on any social media sites that you would like to share with our audience?
My web address is bhsblanchette.wix.com/mathblog
Christine Concesion-BHS Health & P.E. Department
Christine Concesion-BHS Health & P.E. Department
Christine Conceison- BHS Health & P.E. Department
What grade level and courses are you teaching at BHS?
“Sophomore Intro to Wellness and Senior Wellness to Seniors”
What did you do as a profession before becoming a teacher?This is my first  year teaching. After graduating from college, I served with AmeriCorps for two and a half years. I served with one program traveling in the southern region of the US doing different service projects for one year and after that lived in New Orleans rebuilding homes for Hurricane Katrina survivors.
What do you like best about BHS so far?The overall atmosphere. Having graduated from BHS, there are some days I feel like I never left. I am now learning from and working with teachers I had as a student and I am getting a whole new perspective of the school. Overall the welcoming atmosphere daily makes it a great place to work.”
Are you involved in any clubs/organizations or coaching positions at BHS?“I am the JV girls volleyball coach this fall and will be helping out with the girls ice hockey team in the winter.”
What do you do in your free time? Hobbies/interests, outside of education?“Coaching youth sports and if anyone knows about youth hockey, it takes up most of my free time!”
Breanne Sette-BHS English Department
Breanne Sette-BHS English Department
Breanne Sette- BHS English Department 
What grade level and courses are you teaching at BHS?“I am a part-time teacher at BHS, teaching the 9th and 12th grade English.”
How long have you been teaching and where did you teach previously?
“This is my 7th year teaching.”
What (if anything) did you do as a profession before becoming a teacher?
“Before I taught, I worked in customer service for a mutual fund company and an insurance company.”
What do you like best about BHS so far?
“I like the people and how willing they are to work with me and help me out.”
What do you do in your free time? Hobbies/interests, outside of education?“I spend my free time with my daughter, Lily, who is turning two this month!”
Are you active on any social media sites that you would like to share with our audience?“I use Google Classroom and Google Sites.”
Angela D'Allesandro-BHS Permanent Substitute Teacher
Angela D’Allesandro-BHS Permanent Substitute Teacher
Angela D’Allesandro-BHS Permanent Substitute Teacher

What grade level and courses are you teaching at BHS?“All of them; I’m a permanent substitute.”
How long have you been teaching and where did you teach previously?
“I have taught English since 2004, off and on, at Danvers High School, Bedford High School, Chelsea, and Stoneham Middle School.”
What (if anything) did you do as a profession before becoming a teacher?
“I have worked as an Administrative Assistant and a Corporate Trainer.”
What do you like best about BHS so far?
“The students; they have been so great, well mannered and well behaved. They are all around great kids which makes my job much easier and fun.”
What do you do in your free time? Hobbies/interests, outside of education?“As an English teacher, my hobbies need to include reading and writing but I also make jewelry, enjoy hiking with my dog, and spending time with my family.”

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 28 - Light Houses - Mr. Scarpulla, Fox Hill Elementary Art


Fourth graders are working on completing a final copy of a lighthouse.  They were asked to create a scene that included a lighthouse that included depth.  I hope that you can see the illusion of depth in their pictures.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 27 - Room 210 Happenings - Miss Anderson, Pine Glen Elementary Second Grade



We have had a busy couple of weeks in Room 210!  Currently in math we are working on Topic 2 which focuses on addition strategies.  The children have worked with basic addition, doubles facts, near doubles, turn around facts, and adding three numbers/addends.  They have also been practicing math fact fluency in school using Math Bingo and Reflex Math on their i-pads.  Please make sure your child is also practicing basic math facts to 20 at home. This will help them to be better prepared for their daily math lessons. We will be finishing up Topic 2 this week and moving on to Topic 3 which focuses on subtraction strategies.


The children have been tiering for reading these past few weeks.  They have been learning new routines and classroom expectations.  In my reading class we read  Julius: Baby of the World and worked on identifying various story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution, etc.).  We have also been introducing the ELA centers that children will work on after participating in reading groups.  Some of these centers include Sight Word Bingo, Roll a Sight Word, Roll a Trick Word, Raz Kids, Independent Reading, and i-Ready.  These centers support and reinforce what we are teaching during Fundations and Reading Groups.

Our current Science topic is trees!  So far the children have learned about the two main types of trees which are coniferous (evergreen) and deciduous (broad leaf).  They have illustrated a tree book and will be learning about the insides of a tree tomorrow.  We will touch upon the various layers of a tree such as outer bark, inner bark, cambium, sapwood, and heartwood.  The children have a special leaf collecting project that is due on Tuesday, October 14th.  A notice went home yesterday on neon green paper with the details of the project.  If you did not see the notice you can also find it at the top of our blog on the Leaf Project tab.

We had an exciting visit from Mr. Musselman on Friday.  He came to do a fire experiment with the children.  Mr. Musselman brought a pumpkin with him and had the children make some predictions.  First the children had to predict whether the pumpkin would sink or float.  Of course many students thought it would sink but to their surprise it floats because it is hollow and full of air.  Next Mr. Musselman had them make many different predictions based on whether a candle would stay lit inside of the pumpkin.  First he did not have any holes carved.  After that he carved one hole and asked for predictions and finally he carved multiple holes and asked for predictions.  The children were shocked to see that the candle went out every time except when there were two or more holes carved.  This is because fire needs fuel, heat and oxygen to stay lit.  We had the fuel and heat but when there were less than two holes carved there was no oxygen feeding our fire.  Mr. Musselman ended the experiment with amazing "pumpkin puke"!  Check out the pictures and videos below