A greatly anticipated tradition, Senior Week at Burke begins with senior project presentations and concludes with a spirited and heartfelt "send-off" for our 12th graders on the Friday before Graduation weekend. Pivoting quickly and energetically, the Burke faculty ensured that this tradition could live on for the Class of 2020 – even from a distance.
Dedication: to my teammates, who inspired and made me laugh every day, specifically Sofia Ohanian and Vera Walsh-Alker, who taught me to trust myself, and my coach, Scott Reynolds, who constantly supported and believed in me – and helped me become the best athlete I could be.
“Not that I’m expecting to play, but in which situation do you need to tag the person, rather than just tag the base to get them out?”
This is a question that I asked a teammate on the bus to our first softball game during the spring of my freshman year. Not only was it my first game ever, but also my first sports game ever. Obviously, I was clueless.
Consistent with Burke’s mission and values, it is important to help our students grapple with issues of equity and inclusion that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to into bold relief. Starting on May 4, we are offering weekly discussion groups on Google Meet for Grades 9-10, each centered on a different theme.
Students will gather in small, advisor-based groups and delve into the following questions and topics. These discussions are all optional, and students and parents were encouraged to decide together whether this was the right time for them to participate.
As a spring trimester project in Jessie's Spanish classes, students put their language and creative skills (including lighting and costuming) to work by creating music video projects, both solo and in teams, covering Señor Wooly's clever tunes.
In Physical Science with Kelly W., 8th graders built their own Rube Goldberg machines – which demonstrate principals of energy and momentum by performing a simple task in a lengthy, complex way. You can watch ten different students demonstrate their work here!
A popular fall trimester English elective, One-Acts Workshop invites seniors to dive into dramatic structure, character development, conflict, and dialogue, informed by Artistotle's The Poetics, and ultimately to write their own one-act plays.