On Wednesday, June 8, we concluded the school year with a celebratory, community-wide art show, featuring mixed media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and painting from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
As is the 8th grade tradition, our 31 members of the Class of 2026 gathered in the Theatre on Tuesday, June 7, to celebrate the conclusion of Middle School and mark the start of High School – through a ceremony that they had conceptualized and planned together throughout the spring, with guidance and support from Amy C. and Susan H.
Brooklyn M. '26, Hilliard N. '26, Jay B. '26, Lina B. '26, Taylor S. '26 and Zuri K. '26 shared the hosting duties – and brought all the requisite flair and quips.
Student speakers were Brooklyn, Jay, Mel A. '26, Rahaf A. '26, and Taylor, and the Middle School band performed three songs (pictured below), concluding with "Lean on Me."
On Wednesday, June 1, students and faculty from the World Languages Department mounted a Fair to celebrate French and Spanish-speaking countries through games, presentations, and food – and to raise funds to support anti-gun violence measures.
Students gave lessons in merengue, painted patterns from zapotec rugs, served cuisine marocaine, wove bahía bands, and presented on Aztec numbers and Mayan glyphs – as well as spoke passionately about reducing gun violence here in the District and sold 1,375 carnations to support their cause.
On Thursday, May 26, the High School Chorus, Advanced Chorus, and Singing in the Spotlight presented a beautiful, uplifting concert in the Samara Studio Theatre, both directed and accompanied by Liz R. (Performing Arts). To conclude the night with spirit, performers and audience members alike engaged in top volume "Don't Stop Believin'" karaoke.
Following a cancelled Founders Day in 2020, an atypical, hybrid Founders Day in 2021, and a delayed event in 2022, Founders Day was back at last on Friday, May 27. Needless to say, the energy and the volume were high – and parents were invited.
Congratulations to Margaret H. '23 on wrapping up an exceptional gymnastics season! On May 6-8, she competed in the 2022 Level 9 Eastern National Championships in Rochester, NY, finishing in 1st on Vault and Floor and 5th in the All Around.
In the days, and even hours, after the shooting, our school experienced a profound outpouring of support from around the District. From our neighbors here in Van Ness who opened their doors amid the chaos to our peer schools who offered to send their own counselors to countless family and friends who volunteered time, expertise, and connections.
On Wednesday, May 4, hundreds of students, teachers, parents, neighbors, and friends gathered at Howard Field for a symbolic reopening ceremony – before walking down Upton Street together and reentering the school buildings. Sean Felix led the program, joined by fellow faculty and administrators from Burke, as well as special guests from Georgetown University.
On Wednesday, April 20, three pairs of SGA Co-President candidates engaged in a lively, thoughtful, and candid debate at Assembly, facilitated by Aaron H. '25 and Alex B. '24 from The Cageliner and followed by introductions to Treasurer and Secretary candidates.
The polls closed that evening, and the 2022-23 Student Government Association leadership will be ...
At a recent Assembly, John Parachini P'21 (and parent of an incoming 7th grader) joined us in the Atrium to discuss the invasion of and humanitarian crises in Ukraine, including causes and potential resolutions.
He also discussed similarities and differences among this refugee crisis and others around the world, and how to assess media coverage for both bias and reliability.
We are extremely excited to share the news that, following a unanimous recommendation from the Search Committee, the Board of Trustees has named Steve McManus as the next Head of School, starting in July 2022.
Performed by Advanced Instrumental Music ("Band D"): Emilia B. G. '22, Gabriel B. '22, Ingrid G. '22, Margaret H. '22, Max H. '23, Amelia L. '22, Georgie M. '23, Max O. '22, Ana R. C. '23, Reed R. J. '23, Miles T. '22, and Dakari T. '23.
The Senior Seminar program aims to strengthen research and writing skills in preparation for college-level work. Each section is broadly organized around an area of social justice and global challenges and opportunities, within which students will choose their individual area of focus.
This piece originally appeared in the Fall & Winter 2021 edition of 1968 Magazine.
On August 18, 2021, we spoke with three alumni members of the Salky family, all of whom have taken paths into the healthcare field: Sarah ‘01, Rebecca ‘11 (Becca), and father Steven.
Becca remembers Burke as the place she met her best friends and grew close with so many teachers, including Elizabeth Sislen and Daniel Running, both of which still teach in the English Department, and longtime Head of Middle School Monica Miracky, who passed away in summer 2020 after 40 years at Burke. Becca says, “the closeness they allowed stood out” – and paved the way for her to attend Skidmore College and to develop those same connections with professors.
Sarah began at Burke in 1995. Before selecting a school, she sat in on Nigel's 7th grade linguistics class – literally, as numerous students elected to sit on the floor and Nigel didn’t object*. Between the small size of the class and its emphasis on creative thought, she came home “wide-eyed” that a school existed that could meet her needs.
* Nigel retired in June 2021 after 34 years at the school.