Collaborative Rainbow Peace Flag Project

October 4, 2017

Poetic Ramblings, BHS’s Poetry and Culture Club, and Spectrum, BHS’s LGBTQ+ Club partnered to create a Rainbow Peace Flag Project intended to promote a positive sense of community at our school. Simultaneously celebrating diversity and acknowledging human connection, the rainbow peace flag symbolizes inclusiveness and represents peaceful dialogue over violence. During today’s common planning period, teachers and students worked together in the library to design rainbow peace flags for classrooms…


Speed Dating with Books

September 29, 2017

During the first semester, Jess Smetana’s freshmen classes select an outside reading book of their choice that connects to the curriculum’s overarching theme: coming-of-age. In response to the book, students craft an analytical response that explores the protagonist’s growth on the journey from childhood innocence to adult maturity and wisdom, as well as thematic connections. The students also reflect on what they liked, or conversely disliked, about the book. Additionally,…


Scavenger Hunts to Introduce Resources & Skills

September 21, 2017

Scavenger hunts can be a fun, engaging way for students and faculty to collaborate while exploring crucial research resources and skills. Pictured below, Mrs. MacKay’s freshmen English classes engaged in a scavenger hunt that served as a basic introduction to the library. The goal was for them to explore and get familiar with the print and non-print resources available so that they can make use of these tools in the future….


BHS Library Field Study

September 8, 2017

    NEW THIS YEAR: The BHS’s Library is looking for Field Study students By fostering a love of reading, providing essential resources, and developing critical 21st century skills, the goal of the library is to support BHS’s mission to develop lifelong learners and engaged community members who think creatively and critically and who respect human differences in an increasingly diverse society. To help meet this goal, BHS Library Field…


BHS’s Ladies of Code

June 16, 2017

BHS’s Ladies of Code Check out freshmen Ranya Paul, Dylan Lechner, Alyssa Porter and Lily Algeri’s broadcast Bednarcik inspires ‘Ladies of Code’.  The piece originally appeared on The Devil’s Advocate blog, BHS’s student-run newspaper and media blog. **Additional student videos, reflecting on this year and looking towards the next, can be found at 


Author Sarah J. Maas shares her new book with Burlington fans

May 12, 2017

On Wednesday night at Marshall Simonds Middle School, Barnes and Noble hosted a book signing and talk by author Sarah J. Maas for her newest book A Court of Wings and Ruin, the third book in her trilogy A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR). The book is a young adult fantasy novel that centers on a strong female protagonist, nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre. Barnes and Noble distributed five hundred wristbands…


Faculty Book Discussion: All American Boys

April 26, 2017

“Rashad Is Absent Again Today.” Tuesday’s BHS Faculty Book Club discussed the award winning young adult novel “All American Boys,” co-written by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Topics covered included issues of race, community, identity, privilege, voice, bias, violence, social media, and social activism. In the book, two teenagers from the same high school–Rashad and Quinn–struggle with the aftermath of Rashad’s brutal beating at the hands of a local police officer who…


Interview with BHS Senior and Author Sidra Afzal

April 18, 2017

BHS senior and author Sidra Afzal speaks about her newly self-published book, Wildflowers, available for checkout at the BHS library.    What inspired you to write Wildflowers? This book is composed of art, poetry and prose that I had posted on my Instagram starting August 2016. The long term goal in mind was always to compile my posts into a book. In fact, I’ve wanted to be an author since…


BHS Poetry Stations

April 13, 2017

In honor of National Library Week and National Poetry Month, the BHS Library, the English Department, and Poetic Ramblings, BHS’s poetry and culture club, sponsored poetry stations in the upper and lower library spaces. Students in each English period spent the day crafting their own original works of poetry. A description of the stations and pictures can be found below. #bhspoetrymonth #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform Poetry Activity Station Bonanza! Magnetic Poetry Station…