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News Archive

< 2022


  • Alumni Weekend 2022: September 16-17

    Welcoming all alumni & celebrating reunion classes:

    1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017

  • Year-End: High School Assembles

    What do the final weeks and days of the school year at Burke look like? Here's a glimpse.
  • Year-End: Middle School Community Days

    What do the final weeks and days of the school year at Burke look like? Here's a glimpse.
  • 6th Grade - Core

    Year-End: A Food Feud & More

    What do the final weeks and days of the school year at Burke look like? Here's a glimpse.
  • "High School Musical:" Middle School Edition

    On the first weekend in June, our Middle School brought Disney's High School Musical Jr. to the Greenberg Theatre at American University.
  • Announcing: 2022-23 High School Theater Season

    Turning to the stage for solace, belonging, and human connection.
  • Art Show 2022

    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.
    We invite you to peruse the work in our online gallery:
    Special thanks to Allen (Visual Arts, Chair) and our alum organizers Etienne Jackson-Jones '20, Kalea George-Phillips '21, Nick Crews '20 & Sofie Shore '20.
  • “Moving Up” 2022

    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."
    Onwards to High School, Class of 2026.
  • Graduation 2022

    On Sunday, June 5, 2022, the Class of 2022 joined the ranks of Edmund Burke School alumni.
  • Fair for Languages Against Gun Violence

    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.
  • Vocal Music Concert 2022

    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.
  • Founders Day 2022

    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.
  • May Bengal Beat: Part 2

    Reporting back on the High School Track & Field conference championships.
  • Student Spotlight: Margaret H. '23

    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. 

  • Photography Awards 2022

    Allen J. (Visual Arts) reports that three students were recognized for their entries to the Nora School's 2022 Photography Festival.
  • Class Snapshot: Creative Chemistry

    Morgan G. (Science) reports that 10th graders in Conceptual Chemistry have been hard at work in the lab, creating:
  • Spring Renovation Update

    PE classes and sports teams are back in the Burke Gym!

    The multipurpose room, dance and movement room, PE and Athletic Department offices, and some much-anticipated 9th and 10th grade lockers are all accessible now as well.
  • May Bengal Beat: Part 1

    Reporting back on the season for Middle School Track & Field and Varsity Baseball.
  • Everyone Showed Up

    On a Friday afternoon in late April, a gunman opened fire from an adjacent apartment building and injured three of our community members. 

    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.
  • Nothing But Life Here

    On a Friday afternoon in late April, a gunman opened fire from an adjacent apartment building and injured three of our community members. 

    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.

    From Burke:
    • Sean Felix, 6th Grade Core / MS Dean of Community
    • Damian Jones, current Head of School
    • Steve McManus, incoming Head of School
    From Georgetown:
    With musical performances by Daniel R. (English), John H. (Performing Arts, Chair), Liz R. (Performing Arts), and Phillip H. (Performing Arts / Athletics)
  • Academic Distinction: Class of 2022

    Congratulations to the students who received Academic Distinction in one or more departments.
  • 2022-23 SGA Election Results

    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 ...
    Co-Presidents: Riley D. '24 and Carrie J. '24
    Secretary: Rashed A. '23
    Treasurer: Chloe R. '23
  • 6th Head of School Meet & Greet

    Many thanks to Steve, EBPA, and our parents for joining us – and cheers to the brand-new families in attendance, including from the incoming Class of 2029.
  • On Ukraine

    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.
  • Student Spotlights: Chess, Math & Music

    Recognizing students for achievements in chess, math, and music this spring.
  • Announcing: Spring Musical Cast

    The Performing Arts Department is pleased to announce the cast for this spring's High School Musical Jr., coming to the Samara Studio Theatre on May 20-21.
  • 6th Head of School Appointed

    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.
  • Grade Competitions

    An irreverent Burke tradition, “grade competitions” involve battles of wit and whimsy throughout the year – resulting in eternal bragging rates for the grade that accrues the most points.
  • In Focus: Black Girls Meet

    Last month, our Black Girls Meet affinity group held a photoshoot, focused on reclaiming the beauty of black hair in every style.
  • Jefferson Scholarship: Leah W. '22

    Congratulations to Leah W. '22, who was awarded the Jefferson Scholarship to the University of Virginia. Each year, fewer than 50 students are selected from among 2,000+ nominees worldwide.
  • PVAC All-Conference Honors - WINTER

    Congratulations to our Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) Winter 2021-22 All-Conference selections.
  • Class & Club Snapshots

    Whether in the science lab or around the city, teachers take a hands-on approach – and encourage students to use wit, movement, and creativity in their learning process.
  • Band D - Performance

    "Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard

    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.
  • Jacob Z. '22 as Cladwell

    "Urinetown" - Final Weekend

    Run Freedom Run!

    ... and run to the theatre to see Urinetown in its final weekend (March 4-5).
  • In Memory of Faye

    Faye Moskowitz (1930-2022)
  • Art on the Spot

    From land art in Middle School to costume design in High School.
  • Hearts & Minds & Hands

    A tactile, multi-sensory approach to science and health education extends across grade levels.
  • 7th Grade Chorus - Winter Performance

    7th Grade Chorus with Liz R. is pleased to present "Galop" by Ken Berg in the traditional choral style and "A-O-K" by Tao Cruz in a music video, which they both performed and produced. Enjoy the show!
    Featuring: Paige A. '27, Kyla B. '27, Sylvie C. '27, Beatrix F. '27, Sasha F. '27, Margot G. '27, Lyra M. '27, Jane P. 27, and Neve T. '27.
  • Student-Led Support

    A month into the new year, numerous student groups have found creative ways to support local causes, including:
  • February Bengal Beat: Part 2

    Updates from our basketball coaches for the month of February.
  • "Yellow" at Dance Loft on 14

    On January 27, the Visual & Performing Arts departments partnered with Dance Loft on 14 to present "Yellow" – an art show and music benefit for SMYAL, a DC-based nonprofit serving LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Day of Service

    Students from our Black Student Union, Black Girls Meet, and Young Black Men affinity groups recently joined together and partnered with Be Great DC to kick off Black History Month.

    On Saturday, January 30, students, parents, faculty, and staff all met in the Atrium and assembled toiletry kits to be donated to local shelters.
  • Burke's Got Talent 2022

    On January 21, thanks to our Student Government Association leads, as well as Jamie L. (Director of Student Activities) and Alexis M. (Dean of Students), a delightful tradition return to the Atrium.
  • February Bengal Beat: Part 1

    Updates from our basketball coaches for the month of February.
  • Equality & Human Rights

    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.
  • Bengal Spotlight: Mónica (World Languages)

    Originally published in the Fall & Winter 2021 edition of 1968 Magazine.
  • Bengal Spotlight: Kelly (Science)

    Originally published in the Fall & Winter 2021 edition of 1968 Magazine.
  • A Family Practice

    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. 
  • Class & Club Snapshots

    Whether in the science lab or around the city, teachers take a hands-on approach – which can both "stimulate growth on both sides of the brain" and increase self-motivation.
  • Independent Study Spotlight: Computer Science

    In the High School, eligible students may undertake an Independent Project in Computer Science, overseen by a faculty member and extending from one to three trimesters.
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