Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 43 - Plimoth Plantation - Mrs. Ferullo - Memorial School Third Grade

What a great day at Plimoth Plantation. The kids had a blast and filled their Research Journals with lots of facts. They were able to visit the Wampanoag Site, the Pilgrim Village, and the Mayflower.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 42 - My Pits The Pits (Video) - BHS Freshman - Justin Varghese

The video below was produced, filmed and edited by Justin Varghese, a BHS freshman. It has received over 1,000 views since it was posted a week ago.  Please watch it and help our amazing marching band's phenomenal drum line win some new equipment in Zildjian's My Pits The Pits Video Contest! The contest ends tomorrow (October 31) at midnight!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 41 - Tech Tips from Josh - Marshall Simonds Middle School Student Help Desk

This post first appeared on our Middle School Help Desk Blog

  1. To save battery life, disable Bluetooth, and turn the brightness as low as you can without straining your eyes


  2. If you are playing a game with ads, turn on airplane mode to disable those distracting ads. Obviously, this will only work if the game does not require internet connection


  3. If you use an accented letter such as ö, your passcode can be very hard to guess.

  1. You can cut an iPhone-shaped hole in a Pringles can to amplify sound. 


  2. If you are worried about your music playing in your pocket, do not keep your headphones plugged in, because the remote will cause it to play. Instead, disable Control Center on the lock screen. 


  3. If you really can’t stand that Apple decided to put U2 songs on everyone’s devices, or you just hate songs you downloaded a while ago,  go to Settings>Music and disable “Show All Music.” 


  1. If you’re worried about missing important notifications from certain people, but don’t want your friends waking you up with useless, pointless texts like “I like food”, you can go into settings and add contacts to a list that bypasses Do Not Disturb


  1. The new Weather app is greatly improved, as many new features were added. It also switched away from Yahoo Weather to the more-accurate Weather Channel.

  2. If you have iOS 8, It’s probably a good idea to fill out the Medical ID information in the Health app. This is so if something ever happened to you, EMS can see this information immediately.


10. When hearing an unfamiliar song, but want to know its title, you can ask Siri. 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 39 - Get a Clue at MassCUE - Nathan Rippin - BHS Senior

This post first appeared on Nathan's Blog
This past Thursday my Help Desk colleagues and myself went to one of the largest educational technology classes in the region. It was epic and awe inspiring. I was able to meet many new people and be placed in the spotlight for a few minutes. People were wide eyed when they read Burlington on our badges. They were asking us questions related to the implementation of a 1:1 environment.
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They also wanted to get our opinions on topics such as web filtering and the hindrance in the classroom. We met students from other tech teams in the area such as Reading and Groton-Dunstable public schools. They were awesome people and bonds like this will last a long time. We plan on having a tech team meet up later this year. Mrs. Scheffer and Mira Medhi both presented on Augmented Reality in the classroom. I helped them the with workshop part of the session and utilized Google Glass to film the attendees first time using Aurasma. If you want to learn more about my colleagues time at MassCUE please visit us at

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 38 - Ghost of John - Andrea Niu - Memorial School Music Staff

This post first appeared on the Memorial Music Blog

This week, the third graders sang one of their favorite Halloween songs, "Ghost of John." We added an accompaniment part on the Boomwhackers and triangles.  In addition, our classroom Superheroes had the opportunity to play the coveted thunder drum!  Half of the class sang the melody, and the other half sang a vocal ostinato pattern.  Check out their videos!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 37 - Wow! Another Amazing Alum- Rachel Faller- Changing the World Through Fashion Design - Christina Chang BHS Art Department

Rachel Faller was one of my first students here at BHS. She was delightful to have as a student because she was not only academically gifted, but a talented artist. Rachel also stood out from the crowd because she was so personally motivated. She always questioned the norm and thought about others. Rachel studied art at Maryland College of Art and Design and received a Fulbright Scholarship. Here is a wonderful video from her Kickstarter Campaign and information about her company. 

A zero-waste fashion label producing in Cambodia. We design comfortable, wearable clothes that are as unique as their makers.

What is tonlé?

tonlé is an innovative fashion label based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We design and produce sustainable, wearable clothes that are as original and beautiful as the people who make them. We adhere to principles of transparency, fairness, and waste reduction in everything we do, from the big stuff like wages, down to the little things like the materials in our buttons. We’ve spent years crafting a zero-waste design process that incorporates leftover scraps of recycled materials into original looks. Our workshops on the ground in Cambodia are structured in small teams, where staff work on a variety of different products, contributing creatively in a positive working environment while earning fair wages and benefits. In a constantly shrinking world, we believe you need the people who make your clothes as much as they need you, and we aim to connect people on opposite ends of the supply chain through our transparent policies and marketing.
Here is a note from Rachel:

Dear Friends,
6 years ago, when I started my first fashion label, KeoK’jay, I had no idea that this small dream of employing a few women at home in Cambodia could grow to what it is now; a full fledged fashion label with 50 beloved team members, a dedicated international following, and a new name, tonlé. I am deeply humbled by this progress, and the fact that we could not have done this without the support of so many of you, or our amazing team here. tonlé has certainly been a labor of love, and I’m very grateful for all the people who have participated in this process.

After overcoming the challenges of starting a business in Cambodia and getting our team set up for success, I am finally ready to return to the US and share what I have been working on for the past five years with YOU, the people who have been my greatest supporters. In November I will be relocating to San Francisco to set up a distribution center so that US consumers can purchase tonlé products online, and eventually through other channels. Tapping into a new market means the ability to hire more sewers, dyers, and weavers. It means recycling more remnant materials before they clog landfills. It means connecting more people on opposite sides of the world who, whether they realize it or not, equally rely on each other.

In order to do this, we’ve just launched a campaign on kickstarter to help cover the costs associated with expanding into a new continent. We’re so excited about the potential growth that this next chapter will bring, but we can’t do it alone. On behalf of the entire tonlé staff, please join us in spreading the word. Every dollar, tweetfacebook share etc. is immensely appreciated and will help us reach our goal of expanding our distribution and opening up more life-changing job opportunities in Cambodia. We’ve put extensive thought and consideration into the rewards being offered to add value to your contributions and to share a piece of our story with you. And to those of you who have already backed us or shared this project, I can't thank you enough! 
I am infinitely appreciative of your love and support throughout the years, and know that I would not have been able to grow the company to where it is today without you. I hope you’ll join the team and myself on this endeavor and I look forward to seeing many of you back in the US!


Here is the link to the project