You can tell by those Back to School sales - September is almost here. Luckily we've posted everything you need to get ready for the 2016-2017 school year on our handy Back To School page. Just click here for summer homework assignments, important dates and other helpful information. Classes begin on September 7!
Practices for high school cross country, soccer and girls volleyball began on August 22. Middle school pre-season begins on August 29. Please contact Athletic Director JD Sand with any questions. GO BENGALS!
Every organization needs a plan - a vision of where it wants to be in the future and how to get there. During the 2015-16 school year, the Board of Trustees undertook a strategic planning process, using feedback from students, parents, teachers, staff and alumni. The result is our vision for the next three years. Click here to read it!
Students learn about race all day long - in movies, in songs, on social media. It's incumbent on us as teachers (and parents) to help students learn how to think critically about race and how to see things from multiple perspectives. This is an essential part of Burke's mission. Click here to read an excellent discussion of how to have honest conversations about race.
Teaching ethics in school is unavoidable - it's in every decision we make, from the subjects we choose to the way discussions are led. At Burke, learning to be a good person is as important as academics, athletics and arts. Click here to read about how schools can give kids a strong moral compass.
At Burke, students lead their twice yearly family conferences. They take responsibility for their education, learn how to assess their own work, and practice collaborating with adults. This reflects the responsibility we give them and the high standards to which we hold them. Click here to read more about the power of the family conference.
"Kids need to learn during their time at school that they have the right to ask questions, to challenge assumptions and to dig deeper. When teachers open the space for these questions, value them and explore them with students, a deep trust is built." That's what we do here at Burke. Click here to read the entire article.
"Decades of research have shown that in order to acquire skills and real knowledge in school, kids need to want to learn. You can force a child to stay in his or her seat, fill out a worksheet, or practice division. But you can’t force a person to think carefully, enjoy books, digest complex information, or develop a taste for learning. To make that happen, you have to help the child find pleasure in learning—to see school as a source of joy." Ask anyone - Burke kids WANT to come to school. Click here for the full article.