Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Google Research

Google Software Engineers visited Pine Glen today. They were doing research on technology integration by observing classrooms and talking with teachers. The engineers visited Mrs. Parnell's kindergarten classroom, Mrs. Beaulieu's fifth grade classroom, and Mrs. Keough-Lane's second grade classroom.

When the engineers left, they wanted me to know and the Pine Glen Community that "Pine Glen is incredible and we have incredible teachers." They told me they loved seeing the technology, high quality instruction and taking to us about ideas we have that could make software and products even better for teachers and students.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Burlington Music Department Recognition

Burlington Public Schools' Music Department has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).  Burlington has been designated as one of "The Best Communities for Music Education." 

Governor Deval Patrick gave Burlington an official citation in recognition of this honor.

In addition, we were selected to host a webcast forum on the topic of Supporting Music.

You are invited to watch the live stream Support Music Webcast today, September 26 from 8:30 - 10:00 am

There will be various music performances from Memorial Elementary School, Pine Glen Elementary School, Marshall Simond's Middle School and Burlington High School music students.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Today during my walk-throughs I saw Ms. Lane and Mrs. Beaulieu in fifth grade and Mrs. Cunha in third grade all using interactive white boards to help their students visualize decimals.

Grade 3

Today during my walk-throughs I was third grade students in Mrs. Lynch room doing research related to social studies and math.

Grade 1

Today during my walk-throughs I saw first graders in Ms. Smith's room discussing what makes great researchers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Burlington Soccer Varsity Day

This Sunday, 9/28 at Marshall Simonds Middle School, the Burlington High School Boys and Girls Soccer Programs will be presenting their second annual Varsity Day event.  

This program provides Burlington Youth Soccer players the opportunity to train and be coached by our high school Varsity teams, in an attempt to build a relationship based on support, positive reinforcement, and player development. 

This program is free of cost and will take place at Marshall Simonds Middle School.  U8 and U10 players will participate from 1-3pm, and U12 and U14 players will be participating from 3-5pm.  This fun and informative training session will include free t-shirts, competitions, and give aways. 

PAC and Special Education Department Open House


Burlington Parent Advisory Council welcome’s you to the 2014-2015 school year
Pac is a resource providing support and education to parents and families on Special Education issues and services.
Mark your calendar for our first event:

PAC and Special Education Department Open House
October 1, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Marion Tavern*, Burlington Ma

Join us for a night out in your community and kick off the new school year at the newly restored Marion Tavern. Come and meet this years PAC board and hear what the PAC has planned for the 2014-2015 school year.

Also in attendance will be Louise D’Amato, Director of Special Education as well as special education staff from various schools. Hear about new developments in special education including new and improved programming, added staff positions and where we are headed as a district.  There will be a brief discussion of special education programming, time for question and answers as well as the opportunity to speak with some of our special education staff. Don’t miss this informative night out! 
Refreshments will be served
*Marion Tavern is located on Center Street next to the Burlington Recreation Department
This year the PAC has a variety of informative topics and speakers planned so keep an eye out for our calendar of events. 
Be sure to check our website for updates at www.burlingtonspedpac.org

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Grade 5 at Camp Bournedale


Today during my walk-throughs of the classrooms I saw Ms. Mills, first grade teacher, teaching a guided reading lesson. I also saw a Ms. Govoni, physical education teacher, showing her students how to play a neat game called pin-ball.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Confidentiality Meeting during Back to School Night

I will be hosting another opportunity to attend a Confidentiality Meeting on Back to School Night on September 23rd.  I will host one Confidentiality Meeting at 7:00 and another at 7:30.

Pine Glen Back to School Night will be on September 23, from 6:00 to 7:30. The night will begin in the cafeteria at 6:00 with opening remarks from the principal.  We will leave the back doors of the cafeteria open so parents can enter and exit the building through the cafe.  At 6:10 parents are free to proceed to classrooms. We will continue to have two informational sessions. The first session will be held from 6:15-6:45.  The second session will run from 6:55-7:25.  You are welcome to attend either session.  This is a parent informational night.
All parent volunteers are required to have an updated CORI form on file at Central Office and also attend a Principal’s Confidentiality Meeting to be eligible to chaperone field trips and volunteer.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Message from the PTO

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Thanks for your support!

Students and Marine Life

Students have learned about local marine life and animal adaptations at Camp Bournedale.

Marine Science Lab

Students at Camp Bournedale participated in the marine science lab today. Students and I greatly enjoyed studying horseshoe crabs and sharks.