Great Saturday in Burlington

June 1.001

Learning in Burlington means much more than test scores or academic achievement. Burlington students have many opportunities beyond the classroom that provide incredibly valuable life experiences. These experiences often help Burlington students grow as citizens and young adults. I am always proud of our students’ accomplishments in the classroom or on athletic teams but events like those being held on Saturday truly prove how special our students are.


Burlington High School Student HelpDesk members will lead our first student organized EdCamp. The free event will be held at Marshall Simonds Middle School. EdCampxEDU is modeled after the great EdCamps happening all over the world. These “unconferences” provide teachers, administrators, students, and community members with a comfortable setting for having relevant discussions about education. These conversations are often the most powerful form of educator professional development and provide all involved with a chance to participate.

HelpDesk students led by BHS senior Sidd Chhayani have prepared a great day for attendees. They have handled every aspect of the edcamp planning including creating an event website, posting information, Tweeting updates, contacting sponsors, organizing lunch, and getting the location ready for the event.

Check out the #EdCampxEDU event site for more details.

Annual Walk for Teen LIGHT

Marshall Simonds Middle School 8th graders continue their outstanding efforts as part of the MSMS Teen LIGHT organization. On Saturday, Teen LIGHT will host their annual walk-a-thon fundraiser to support local charitable organizations at the Burlington Town Common. This year’s Teen LIGHT project focuses on raising awareness and donations for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.

The event features a 5K walk, food, music, raffles, and performances from student dance groups. MSMS students have helped organize the event and take part in all walk-a-thon activities. Their efforts have helped raise thousands of dollars for charities since the Teen LIGHT program began.

Check out the MSMS blog for more details about the Walk for Teen LIGHT.

There is no question that both of these events will provide Burlington students with great experiences that will help prepare them for high school, college, and beyond. These are examples of powerful learning experiences that can’t always be created or measured in the classroom.

Please support these Burlington events on Saturday, June 1 by registering for EdCampxEDU or joining Teen LIGHT for their walk-a-thon.


This article has 5 Comments

  1. Good morning. Heard about and trying to find the schedule for the Tuesday Technology Days to be held during the summer to share with our staff in Peabody. Are the offerings posted? Thanks, MaryR

    1. The BPS Summer EdCamp Tuesdays will be held at Marshall Simonds Middle School beginning on July 9. The sessions will be held each Tuesday until August 20. Sessions are open from 9am-12pm. These are EdCamp style sessions – so there are not specific topics for each event. There is no need to register for BPS Summer EdCamp Tuesdays.

      1. Hi Mr. Villano, I am sending out a flier to staff letting them know about the Tuesday Summer EdCamp. Would participants need to bring their own iPads? Can you describe a how a session might be….would it be one on one, in groups? I would like to offer a description so staff will know what they might expect if they attend. Thanks. Mary

        1. Hi Mary – Summer EdCamp Tuesdays are very informal – they do not require registration. Participants can bring their own device such as a laptop or iPad but they don’t need one. We usually have a few devices to share but may not always have enough for every participant.

          The sessions are in groups – generally between 10-20 people. Each session usually starts as a discussion about what participants are interested in learning more about. Participants may break into smaller groups to share about the topics and discuss them further. These sessions are usually filled with discussion and collaboration – they are not usually focused on one particular presenter.

          I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any other questions.


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