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Lions Club Employee Recognition Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Burlingame Lion's Club Employee Recognition Award.


















Doneen Roberts ~ Franklin Elementary

Leanne Uhrich ~ Hoover Elementary

Marie-Claire Lakah ~ Lincoln Elementary

Karen Schoknecht ~ McKinley Elementary

Laurel Peters ~ Roosevelt Elementary

Stefanie Garcia ~ Washington Elementary

Lina de la Pena ~ Burligame Intermediate School

Rusty Hopewell ~ District Office


Congratulations to Terry Nagel for Lion's Club Citizen of the Year!

Board Briefs for May 23, 2017

Mental Health Update 
The Board of Trustees received an update on the District's Mental Health program. The district is completing its first year of full implementation using the Second Step Program curriculum for our Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) piece. Social-emotional learning is recognizing and managing emotions, having empathy for others, maintaining cooperative relationships, and making responsible decisions. Staff will be working on an implementation plan of additional professional development for staff in recognizing the signs in students who struggle with mental health issues.
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
The Board of Trustees held a public hearing to receive input from the community on the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
Click here to view the LCAP on the District website. All comments and input are welcomed. Please send to the Superintendent, Dr. Maggie MacIsaac at mmacisaac@burlingameschools.org.

The Board will approve the final LCAP at its June 13, 2017 meeting.
The Burlingame School District budget continues to show the district deficit spending for the next three years. While the Governor is quoted as saying districts in California are receiving approximately $11,000 per student, BSD is receiving $7,761 per student. This is well below the state average for elementary school districts.  
Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5141.52 ~ Suicide Prevention  
The Board of Trustees received the first reading of the updated BP and AR on Suicide Prevention. The policy will be brought back to the Board for final approval on June 13, 2017


The agenda and supporting documents for all meetings are posted on the district web page.  

Lion's Club Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students for participating in the Lion's Club Spelling Bee!


Milo Evans ~ 2nd place ~ McKinley

Eddie Gill ~ McKinley

Olivia Lau~ 3rd place ~ Franklin

Angelyn Liu ~ Franklin

Finn Lorian ~ McKinley

Harish Mahadevan ~ Franklin


                Franklin Elementary


McKinley Elementary

Reno Jazz Festival 2017

The Reno Jazz Festival acts as an inspiration, and educational stimulus and a showcase for some of the country’s most promising and talented middle school, high school and college-age musicians. Our very own BIS attended again this year and did not disappoint. The Intermediate Jazz Band received two 1’s and one 2 on a scale of 1-5, 1 being the best. The Advanced Jazz Band received three 1’s. We are very proud of all the musicians! Check out some of the performances below.


Session Samba:


Crunchy Frog:


Li’l Darlin’:


Count Bubba’s Revenge:


Andre Monney is Rotary's Teacher of the Year

Andre Monney has taught math at BIS for the past five years, and he is a teacher who is much loved by his students, their parents and the entire BIS and District office staff.   We consistently hear students describe Andre as one of their favorite teachers, if not the favorite.  They say he makes math understandable, they know he enjoys his job, he has fun with them and never gets frustrated or angry.  Stopping by his room either before school, during recess, lunch or after school, you will always find his room filled with students working on their math problems together with him by their side.  Andre created a wrestling program at the BIS campus that has provided many of our students with an outlet and experience not commonly found in middle schools.  Andre is of course a leader on campus, having served in several leadership positions, and he is often sought out by the BIS staff for his problem solving abilities.   The quality we find most admirable in Andre is that no matter what challenges he is facing either personally or professionally, he greets everyone with a smile.   He truly is one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know and I’m grateful for his contribution to our profession.  It is an honor and a pleasure to recognize him as the BIS Rotary Teacher of the Year!

Jane Stevenson is KRON4's Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to our very own Jane Stevenson for being honored as KRON4's Teacher of the Week!

Mrs. Stevenson teaches 2nd and 3rd grade at Washington Elementary School.

Here is the winning nomination:

Mrs. Stevenson is such an amazing teacher who goes over and beyond daily for our Washington students. Every morning she starts the day with a Yoga stretch and meditation to help get the kids awake and focused. She mentored my daughter two years ago in her class. My daughter Shayna was struggling with math and every day Mrs. Stevenson spent one on one time with Shayna. As Shayna graduated to 4th grade Mrs. Stevenson continued to mentor Shayna. Spending time after school and lunches helping her. We welcomed a new baby this year and Mrs. Stevenson knew this wouldn’t be an easy transition for Shayna so she talked with her, listened, etc. She takes time out to ask the kids how things are at home, what’s going on, etc. She is such an amazing person and teacher. She deserves to be recognized by KRON4 as the best teacher!


Mrs. Stevenson is KRON4's Teacher of the Week

Franklin is Named an Honor Roll School

Congratulations to Franklin Elementary School for being named an Honor Roll School for the 2016 California Honor Roll presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business Education Excellence (CBEE).

The 2016 Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle, and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. This year, the California Honor Roll recognized 1,866 higher performing schools that are distinguished for their academic achievement and for closing achievement gaps.

Through national research, Educational Results Partnership has identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools. These include clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with evidence-based instructional practices; establishing system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students; investing in human capital; maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance; and deploying resources and guidance to support schools' efforts to prepare all students for college and career.

Congratulations Franklin!

BIS is Recognized as a California Gold Ribbon School

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools Sacramento-State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 275 middle schools and high schools are being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. Our very own Burlingame Intermediate School is one of the California Gold Ribbon Schools for 2017.

"These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college," Torlakson said.

The California Gold Ribbons Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment, accountability, and continuous improvement systems.

Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

These schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.

Safe Routes to School

The Only Way to Get There!


Check out the alternatives to sitting in traffic for getting your child to school.  Visit our Safe Routes to School page for information about bus routes, and Youth Clipper Cards, traffic flow maps, walking and bicycling resources and other useful alternative transportation resources.  



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