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Burlington, MA, United States

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Burlington, MA, United States
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News Article | May 14, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 photo, Dan Albrecht, standing, speaks at a school board meeting in South Burlington Burlington, Vt., about plans to change the South Burlington High School nickname. A move to change the nickname to be more inclusive has sparked death threats and likely contributed to the defeat of two school budgets in a community that supports education. The school board voted unanimously in February to drop the "Rebel" team name because of previous connections to the Confederacy. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke) SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A move to change a high school team name to be more inclusive has sparked death threats, a stalking charge and likely contributed to the defeat of the school budget twice in a Vermont community that has long supported education. The South Burlington School Board voted unanimously in February to drop the "Rebel" name at the high school this fall because of previous connections to the Confederacy. But some alumni and parents say the name change is unnecessary and if the school board wants to change it, it should be put to a public vote. The school board declined during its Wednesday meeting to allow voters to make that decision. "The rebel name to me means pride. It had nothing to do with the Confederacy," Stacey Savage, an alumnae, whose kids have also gone through the school system, said after the meeting. She's part of a group that opposes the name change and said it may seek legal action. The move to change the name came about because of a gradual shift in the largely white school, whose population is now nearly 20 percent nonwhite, said South Burlington High School Interim Principal Patrick Phillips. He said the nickname has created discomfort for some students. Superintendent David Young told the school board in February that it had become "crystal clear" to him that the nickname "is interfering with all students' ability to feel safe and included in our schools. That is unacceptable to me and should be unacceptable to everyone." Some schools, colleges and professional teams have retired Native American nicknames or mascots deemed offensive. The College of Holy Cross, in Worchester, Massachusetts, will examine its Crusader mascot starting in the fall. School team names typically have a long history and heritage and emanate from tradition, said Bruce Howard, of the National Federation of State High School Associations. "I think certainly schools sometimes have to be open to whether the climate's changed," he said. South Burlington once had a mascot that resembled a so-called rebel Southern soldier from the Civil War. The mascot is long retired and now just the name exists, as well as strong feelings about it. In February, Principal Patrick Burke, the high school's principal currently on a leave of absence, said he didn't think the Rebel name is racist or bad. "But because we cannot escape the unfortunate historical Confederate context going forward, it's no longer a symbol the SBHS of today can 100 percent rally around," he added. A member of a group opposed to the name change was charged in March with threatening a student over the student's position about the change. On Friday, an 18-year-old student pleaded not guilty in federal court to making death threats to students and staff at the high school, causing three lockdowns and class cancellation. The Burlington Free Press reported that one of the email threats discussed the Rebel name change. The community has twice rejected school budgets in recent months and Phillips thinks the name change and associated costs — around $50,000 — has probably contributed to the defeats. A third vote on a revised budget that removes the name change expense takes place in June. At Wednesday's meeting, resident Claudia Berger pressed the board to allow voters to decide. "I urge you to again put this to a binding vote and I think we will get the healing that we need," she said. The board declined, saying officials made the decision based on the best interest of the student body. Fellow resident Sandy Dooley said she was opposed to a public vote on an issue that she said is a student's right. "I think that every student, every child who participates in our education programs here in South Burlington has a right to be in an environment that in every respect supports his or her opportunity to take full advantage of what we're offering here. And I think there's ample evidence that the 'Rebel' identifier interferes with that," she said. A new nickname has not been decided.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

LCA Visual Arts Department is proud to announce that artwork from the following students has been selected for the 21st Regional High School Student Artist Show currently on display at the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, now through January 29, 2017. Lexington Arts and Crafts Society (LACS) sponsors the show in their gallery as a way to give back to the communities. "We are privileged to take part in this regional student at show. The entire show is an outstanding display and representation of the wonderful student creativity and Visual Art programs in the six schools represented. My thanks to the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society and Chin Lin for once again hosting," stated Visual Art teacher Chip VanderBrug. Each year the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society hosts the Regional Student Art Show. Once again LCA has been asked to participate with the following schools: Concord Carlisle, Lexington High School, Bedford High School, Burlington High School, and Winchester high School. Congratulations to the following students: Grace Agabedis Martina Baba Stephen Berry Emma Blatchley Seoin Choe Mikayla Cravens Olivia Cerci William Feng Chris Gallagher Dan Gattineri Elva Ge Morgan Gredenius Sarah Heghinian James Hu Eunice Lee Maggie Li Sherry Shi Ethan Tanner Bianca Young Massimo Zhang Lexington Christian Academy is an independent college preparatory school that exists to educate young men and women in the arts and sciences in the context of a complete commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Nassiff P.,Burlington High School | Czerwinski W.A.,Burlington High School
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2015

Students beginning their initial study of chemistry often have a difficult time mastering simple Lewis dot structures. Textbooks show students how to manipulate Lewis structures by moving valence electron dots around the chemical structure so each atom has an octet or duet. However, an easier method of teaching Lewis structures for simple molecules, based on the octet rule (the fundamental concept of Lewis structures), enables most students to master drawing Lewis structures in one class session. © 2015 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.


Nassiff P.,Burlington High School | Czerwinski W.,Burlington High School
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2012

Students often wonder how the first atomic theory came about and why only three scientific laws, conservation of mass, constant composition, and simple multiple proportions, led to this theory. In this inquiry-based activity students use scientific modeling (paper clips) to demonstrate the three laws that John Dalton used to develop the first atomic theory, and they are able to prove to themselves that there is a solid basis for the atomic theory even though they know little about the atom or its structure. (The John Dalton caricature by William B. Jensen is used with permission.) © 2012 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.


Nassiff P.,Burlington High School | Czerwinski W.A.,Burlington High School
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2014

Early in their chemistry education, students learn to do empirical formula calculations by rote without an understanding of the historical context behind them or the reason why their calculations work. In these activities, students use paperclip "atoms", construct a series of simple compounds representing real molecules, and discover, just as early chemists knew, that only the empirical formulas could be found from their experimental results even though they do not know the masses of the atoms. These activities, designed for high school or college introductory chemistry, take about 150 min to complete. © 2014 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.


News Article | November 29, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--$AZPN #aspenSTEM--Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that it will host the company’s first STEM Day on Tuesday, November 29 at AspenTech’s headquarters in Bedford, Massachusetts. During the event, 60 students from Burlington High School and Billerica High School will receive hands-on experience with technology industry applications, learn about career opportunities and speak with Research a

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