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School will be dismissed at 12 noon on Friday March 6th, 2015 due to both girls and boys playing in the regional basketball tournament. Elementary and Middle schools will be serving lunch before being dismissed. Good luck and GO COUGARS!
Upcoming sporting events:               

Awesome job to the cougar boy's and girl's for being district basketball champions!!!

Regional Brackets posted bellow:

Friday, March 6

Regional Basketball @ Mullen High School – Denver

Game Times

4:00 PM    Burlington Girl’s vs. Calhan Girl’s

5:30 PM    Burlington Boy’s vs. ECA Boy’s

Dismiss- 10:50 AM

Depart- 11:30 AM Sharp


Saturday, March 7

Regional Basketball @ Mullen High School – Denver

Game Times

2:00 PM- Girl’s Game----if win Friday

3:30 PM- Boy’s Game---- if win Friday


March 3, 2015

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

As you may know, Colorado’s school districts are transitioning to a new state assessment program this school year: the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), which assesses students’ knowledge of state academic standards in science and social studies; and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), which assesses students’ knowledge of state academic standards in English language arts and math. Both CMAS and PARCC are computer-based tests instead of pencil- and-paper tests.

Within our schools and across Colorado, parents have raised concerns about these new standardized tests, especially regarding PARCC. As a result, some parents are considering opting their children out of these standardized assessments.

Both state and federal law require all students enrolled in public schools to take standardized assessments in the specific content areas of English language arts, math and science. State law also requires students to take standardized assessments in social studies. Student growth and performance on the CMAS and PARCC assessments are then used to measure school and district performance for purposes of state accreditation as well as compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Student assessment results are also helpful to inform: (1) parents about their children’s progress on state and district academic standards; (2) teachers concerning classroom practice and student placement; and (3) schools and districts about ways to improve their educational programs in the development of school and district improvement plans. Finally, student assessment results are also used for teacher evaluation purposes as one of the multiple measures required by state law.

Under the current legal framework, a school or school district with student participation rates below 95 percent on these standardized assessments would have its state accreditation rating lowered. However, at a February 18, 2015 meeting, the State Board of Education adopted a motion to “not hold districts liable for the decisions of parents when parents decide not to allow their children to take PARCC.” Therefore, based upon the recent action of the State Board of Education, if parents decide to opt their children out of the upcoming PARCC/CMAS tests, the district will not be held liable or penalized by the state. It remains possible that the state or the school district will be subject to consequences by the federal Department of Education. To be clear, any sanctions for failing to meet the 95 percent student participation rate apply against the district or school, not individual students.

 

And so, as required by state and federal law, Burlington School District RE-6J will administer CMAS and PARCC assessments to students beginning March 9, 2015. The District strongly encourages students and their families to ensure students are present and well rested on testing days. If parents determine that it is not in their children’s best interests to take these assessments, we ask that you provide written documentation of this parental decision. We want to be clear that there will be no consequences or ill feelings towards parents or student(s) who decline to participate in the upcoming state mandated tests.

Finally, please be aware that in the midst of the public debate regarding standardized assessments, your local Board of Education has taken a stand. By its formal resolution, the Board acknowledged the concerns expressed by the community that students are taking too many standardized assessments and encouraged state and federal policymakers to make all revisions to law, regulation and rules necessary to reduce significantly the assessments required by law.  You can read the Board’s resolution in its entirety on the district’s webpage, www.burlingtonk12.org. 

Should you have any questions regarding this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Respectfully,

Tom Satterly

Superintendent


                                                                                      

PARENT WARNING:  WATCH FOR HOOKAH PENS, CIGARETTES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC VAPOR SMOKING DEVICES, THEY ARE AGAINST SCHOOL RULES

Policy File: JFCG

Tobacco Use by Students

Smoking and chewing of tobacco products by students while in school, or under the school’s jurisdiction during an activity, or while participating in or attending a school-sponsored event is prohibited. 

 

Definition of smoking: 

“Smoking” means the burning of, inhaling from, exhaling the smoke from, or the possession of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, hookah pen, or any other matter that can be smoked, including the use of smokeless tobacco and snuff, or the inhaling or exhaling of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device.

For decades we have warned our students about the dangers of smoking, but there’s a new trend attracting kids and it has the potential to be just as addictive.  Hookah pens (electronic hookah sticks), e-cigarettes, and other electronic vapor smoking devices are being sold in many gas stations and small businesses all over the country.  They can also be purchased on the internet.  The selling of the pens to anyone under 18 is prohibited.

Hookah pens were put on the market in the last several years and are just another version of e-cigarettes that may, or may not have nicotine in them.  They are about the size of a student’s pen.  The pens come in a variety of fruity flavors, are offered in an array of colors and are an experience very much like smoking.    

Burlington Public Schools would like to make sure that students and parents are aware of the risks of using the devices.  Additionally, Burlington Public Schools are not the place for these pens, regardless of whether they do, or do not contain nicotine. 

If you would like more information, please access the following sites:

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Hookah-Pens-Gain-Popularity-at-Local-School-232127941.html

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/02/05/students-find-way-to-secretly-smoke-marijuana-in-class/


 

 


 



 



        



   







DATES TO KNOW:

March 2-4: BES Book Fair in the Library

March 3: Dr. Seuss Family Night (schedule coming soon!)

March 5: 2nd-3rd grade musical at BHS auditorium at 6:00 p.m.

March 6:  Middle School Science Fair

March 9-12: CMAS English Language Arts testing for 3rd-4th grade students

March 17-19: CMAS Math testing for 3rd-4th grade students

March 11-13 and 16-19:  PARCC Assessment at Middle School

March 11-18: PARCC Assessment at the High School

March 19: Kindergarten-1st grade musical at BHS auditorium at 6:00 p.m.

March 23-27: Spring Break/No School

April 3 and 6: No School

April 9:  Bent’s Fort trip with 5th grade

April 10: Welcome to Kindergarten (no school for current kindergarten students)

April 10-12: BHS Play in the auditorium 7 pm, 7 pm, and 2 pm

April 16-17: Lifetouch Class Pictures at BES

April 18th:    BHS Prom 7 pm

April 21: 4th grade music and movement program at BHS gym at 6:00 p.m.

April 22: BHS State ACT

April 23-27: State FBLA @ Vail

April 27:  Six-Appeal Acapella Group assembly

April 28:  Science Fair Judging at BES

April 29:  AgFest at Stratton for 6th grade

May 5: BHS Spring Concert

May 7:  Rural Ameritowne Field Trip for 6th grade

May 11: BMS Spring Concert

May 12: BHS Awards Night 7 pm

May 13: BHS Baccalaureate 7 pm

                BHS Chapel 2 pm

                BHS NHS 5:30 pm

May 17: BHS Graduation 2 pm

May 18:  Eighth Grade Promotion

May 20: Last day of school



 














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