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News Archive

< 2024


  • Alum Spotlight: Jay S. '22

    Ursinus College's The Grizzly recently profiled sophomore Jay Sims '22, who has gone from track and field walk-on to the 2024 Centennial Conference Indoor Champion in the high jump, with a PR of 1.92 meters.
  • Bengal Beat: April 2024

    HS Track & Field
    Coach Kamilah shared the following photos and news from Quince Orchard Cougar Relays on Saturday, April 6:

    • In the 4x200 relay, the boys won their heat (with a great third leg from William T. '25) and took 12th in the final, complemented by 6th in the 4x400.
    • Hana Y. '25 set a Personal Record in the girls' long jump with a jump of 13' 7.5," placing 8th in the finals.
    • Nathan K. '24 also set a PR in the boys' triple jump, taking 8th both there and in the long jump.
  • Singing in the Halls

    March was Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM), which seeks to "raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music." In celebration, Teisha's vocal music classes held a series of pop-up performances around campus:
  • Nourishing Partnerships

    On April 3 and 5, the 9th grade (in two groups) volunteered at Capital Area Food Bank as part of their social justice framework, which focuses on food insecurity in DC. First, students worked in the warehouse and packed boxes of food for senior citizens, a demographic who particularly suffers from food insecurity. Together, both groups packed an impressive 1,641 boxes.
  • New Avenues to Explore

    Earlier this week, the 2024-25 course requests process launched. As students explore with their advisors, they will have some brand-new options to consider:
  • Alum Spotlight: Carl Sciacchitano '05

    Congratulations to Carl Sciacchitano '05 on his graphic memoir, The Heart That Fed: A Father, a Son, and the Long Shadow of War (Simon and Schuster, 2024). Told through the lens of the Vietnam War, the novel explores Carl's loving and tumultuous relationship with his Air Force veteran father in the following years.
  • Class & Club Spotlight - Part 7 - High School

    Burning Strings Returns
    Following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Burning Strings returned to assembly in March. A tradition begun in 2003, Burning Strings united 15 faculty, staff, an alumnus, and students for a set of Irish music on or near St. Patrick's Day – including violins, violas, guitars , clarinet, recorder, melodica, and percussion.
  • Bold Quilting

    In Studio Art this past winter, 8th graders drew inspiration from Bisa Butler, a textile artist known for portraying unsung heroes using fabric pieces in vibrant colors.
  • An Upset on Pi Day

    Thursday, March 14 ("3.14"), marked the annual celebration of a transcendental mathematical constant.
  • "Annie:" Cast & Crew Announcement

    This coming spring, the Middle School will mount Annie Jr., featuring a high-energy, captivating cast of 30 performers. Set in New York City amid the Great Depression, this Broadway standard follows the optimistic Annie (Leona K. '28) as she escapes swindling from the spiteful Miss Hannigan (Izzy M. '28) and con artists Rooster (Robert D. '28) and Lily (Natalie W. '28), and discovers an opulent new world with Olivia Warbucks (Jessica B. '29) and Grace Farrell (Jayla Z. '28).
  • Bengal Beat: March - Part 1

    Varsity Baseball
    Pictured: the Bengals kick off their season against DC International on Monday, March 11.
  • "You were fetch ... so fetch!"

    Showcasing the musical, artistic, and production talents of 60 students in 8th-12th grade, Mean Girls: The Musical opened on the final day of February and played to sold-out houses through March 9. Download the program here.
  • Scrutinizing Bacteria

    Morgan's Medical Microbiology elective delves into the immune system, structure of viruses, viral replication and transmission, and epidemiology. To close out the winter trimester, small groups studied a group of pathogenic bacteria with similar transmission patterns, with each group member specializing in a specific bacterium.
  • Joining the Party

    Do you have a sneaking suspicion that someone is watching? Has adulation of the 10th grade English teachers reached disconcerting levels? And why are sophomores suddenly referring to everyone as "comrade?"
  • Art on the Horizon

    As the spring approaches, the walls and display cases around campus grow fuller and more vibrant. Be sure to peruse work from Héctor's Drawing & Painting 9/10 elective, displayed along the 2nd and 3rd floor stairwell in Hobbes.
  • The Voices of History

    On February 22, our Black Student Union, Black Girls Meet, and Young Black Men affinity groups mounted a powerful celebration of Black History Month at assembly, encompassing poetry, film, trivia, and performance. The assembly concluded with a performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," bringing together singers from across all grades.
  • Report from the Court: US Supreme Court

    11th and 12th graders in Ginger's Constitutional Law class attended an oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on February 27.
  • Student Spotlight: Ella B. '30

    In celebration of Black History Month, the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD, showcased young artistic talents in Seeds to Roots. Featured at the event was "Whoa, I'm Glowing: a Celebration of Black Girl Joy and Ancestral Harmony" by Ella B. '30. Watch the animated short right here.
  • 8th Grade: Experience History

    On February 12, the 8th grade embarked on their annual, four-day civil rights tour through Alabama, as part of their social justice framework. The trip begins in Birmingham, then moves among Montgomery, Selma, and Lowndes County.
  • Burke's Got Talent

    Each winter, students from all grades gather to showcase their musical and artistic talents in the Atrium (while enjoying snacks and a chill atmosphere). As hosts of the event, Student Government Association bestows a unique awards on each act, plus names their top three picks.
  • Newsroom Legend Bob Woodward at Burke

    On February 20, Burke welcomed renowned investigative journalist Bob Woodward for a conversation on media and journalism. With Carl Bernstein, Woodward conducted the initial reporting on the Watergate scandal, which ultimately led to President Nixon's resignation in 1974. He has worked for the Washington Post for more than 50 years, where he currently holds an associate editor title and has contributed to two Pulitzer Prizes.
  • Bengal Beat: Girls MS Basketball to the Finals

    The Bengals had a fabulous run this winter, going 10-1 in the regular season, securing the top seed in the conference, and making it all the way to the PVAC Championships, hosted in a packed Burke Gym on February 9. (Seriously, seats were at a premium!)
  • Bengal Beat: Girls Swimming Takes PVAC Title

    On February 8, high school swim teams from across the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) competed at the University of Maryland's Eppley Recreation Center. At the meet's conclusion, the Girls Swim Team was victorious, taking the conference championship over rival Field School (301-282). The Bengals just missed a sweep of both PVAC titles, with the Boys Team taking 2nd behind St. Anselm's (331-305).
  • Report from the Court: DC Court of Appeals

    On February 6, 11th and 12th graders in Ginger's Constitutional Law class observed oral arguments in a 6th amendment case before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Judge Catharine F. Easterly P'24 and her law clerks met with the class before proceedings to share their journeys to the DCCA and explain the nature of the case.

    According to Judge Easterly, "the legal questions on appeal are constitutional (6th Amendment right to confrontation) and evidentiary (hearsay): they revolve around whether the complainant's call to 911 reporting the crime could be admitted into evidence at trial when she didn't appear as a witness." Students found the oral argument fascinating: is a 911 call by a now-deceased individual "admissible" as evidence? What is an "excited utterance?" Was this an "ongoing emergency?" A judgment in Austin v. U.S. is expected sometime in summer 2024.
  • Spanish 7/8

    Class & Class Spotlight - Part 6

    Reacting in Science Club
    Bob K. reports that the Science Club recently did a version of the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction, an oscillating chemical reaction, where the indicator colors appear to flip from yellow to blue as the mixture moves toward equilibrium.
  • The Inner Workings

    On Monday, January 26, faculty and staff launched our winter in-service day with Learning and the Brain 2.0, presented by Rasha El-Haggan.
  • New York, New York!

    From January 23-25, 6th graders took their first civic engagement trip to New York City, part of their social justice framework on migration. Over three days in the city, they delved into the history behind their literature curriculum – including the 19th and 20th century European immigrant experience, the Great Migration from the Jim Crow South, and the legacies of September 11, 2001.
  • Bengal Beat: February 2024 - Part 1

    Basketball - Girls MS
    Epic cheers to the Bengals, who closed out the regular season with a stellar 10-1 record and headed into the postseason as the #1 seed in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference. In the conference quarter-finals, they faced Washington Waldorf at home on February 6, winning 34-12 and moving on to the semifinals.
  • Alum Spotlight: Max S. '20

    Max Streitwieser '20 recently visited Advanced Band to discuss his experiences in the NYU music business program, where he is now a senior. He also shared his own music, which he composes and performs under the artist name Nicknames. His music can be found on all streaming platforms.
  • Student Spotlight: Carrie J. '24

    Congratulations and cheers to Carrie J. '24, who has been named to the 2024 Arts and Social Justice Fellowship (ASJF) cohort.
  • Digital Design Abounds

    Mixed Media 9/10 recently designed and printed their own reusable grocery bags, all using nature-inspired repeat patterns – now on display in the Atrium. This past fall, Digital Media 11/12 designed 3-D models of a living space and then used Google Earth to place their designs around the globe.
  • Excursions Through History

    Earlier in January, Advanced Art History (with a guest / chaperone appearance by our Head of School) delved into the Renaissance collection at the National Gallery of Art, home to works by Giotto, Leonardo, Raphael, and Titian.
  • On Their Soapboxes

    Each fall, 10th graders research and write a "Soapbox Speech," addressing the question, "What is one issue that I care about in my community?" This past December, students delivered their final speeches in advisory and to the full grade. Ten student speakers, chosen by their peers, represented Burke at Mikva Challenge DC's Project Soapbox: Ayla M. '26, Carson A. '26, Elena M. '26, Ethan F. '26, Johnny V. '26, Matilda P. '26, Maya D. '26, Sydney J. '26, Taylor S. '26, and Tony C. '26.
  • Leadership on the Road: Part 2

    From November 29 to December 2, six students represented Burke at the annual NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Participants learned about different strategies to catalyze change, while engaging in self-reflection and forming connections with students from all over the country.
  • Class & Club Spotlight - Middle School - Part 5

    Queries and Curiosities
    On Wednesday, the 6th grade spent a day at the Natural History Museum, highlighted by Q?rius (pronounced "curious") at The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, where students can experience the museum from behind the scenes.
    Kelly W. reports that this Q?rius program, Dig Deep, used geologic maps and (pretend) core drill samples to predict the location of iron ore underground. The 6th grade then paid a visit to the Hall of Fossils - Deep Time, aka: where the dinosaurs dwell.
  • Bienvenue à Burke!

    Civil engineer Bassirou Gaye (brother to Fatou, World Language Department Chair) visited DC for a professional conference this past December – and joined Fatou's classes!
  • Student Spotlight: Daria S. '24

    We are thrilled to share that Black Girls Film Camp has selected senior Daria S. '24 as a Teen Director for the BGFC 2024 Cohort.
  • Washington DC USA Gap Year Fair 2024

    Washington, DC USA Gap Year Fair 2024
    hosted at Edmund Burke School
    on Saturday, February 4 from 1-4 PM
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.