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Quadrivium Goes to Disney!

The BHS Quadrivium 
will be participating in the elite Disney Sings Festival at Disney World March 5-9, 2015. As part of the festival they will be participating in workshops with Disney music professionals and the music director and music director of Cirque du Soliel's La Nuba and performing at the Stage By The Waterside in Downtown Disney.   We are so lucky at BHS to have such an amazing Chorus Teacher, Mr. Dave Twiss, and such dedicated and talented students!  Best of luck and have a great time!

BHS Dance Team News
The Burncoat Dance Team is competing this weekend  (Feb. 28) in the MSSAA State Dance Tournament at Needham High School in Needham, MA. 
We are the only team competing in both ALL STYLES and HIP HOP.  In the Fall States, we ranked 2nd in Hip Hop and 3rd in All Styles.  We are hoping to improve both of those and qualify for the New England Tournament March 7 in Braintree.  Good Luck to BHS Dance Team!!!


Congratulations to Edith Otabil

Edith Mensah Otabil from Burncoat High School is the proud recipient of a $20,000 Coca Cola Scholarship which is a highly competitive national scholarship that recognizes student who have shown great leadership potential, not only in academics, but most importantly, in dedication and actions that positively impact others. Edith has a 4.33 GPA, is taking honors and AP classes and was accepted Early Decision to the College of the Holy Cross. She is the recipient of numerous community service and academic awards.


Best Wishes to Edith on her future academic endeavors.

Read about the scholarship program here!


WPS Science Fair

      Worcester Public Schools 6th Annual Science Fair


      Please join us at the 6th Annual WPS Science Fair on Thursday, March 12th at the EcoTarium!

    Public viewing of the projects is 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   Awards Ceremony at 6:30 pm. Many thanks to the EcoTarium staff and all of the teacher volunteers who make this event such a big success!




Burncoat Young Women Celebrate Completion of Girls Inc. Leadership Academy

On February 11th, thirteen Burncoat Juniors and Seniors completed the Girl's Inc. Leadership Academy to help them ready themselves for college and careers. The girls showed grit during their five-month commitment.


Special thanks Girls Inc. and Hanover Insurance mentors! Congratulations to our young women!  In the photos several participants receive certificates from Ms. Coral Titone of Girls Inc. of Worcester.



Burncoat's Hames Excels in Class, on Court

WORCESTER — In this historic, stormy winter, just as the snow levels have kept climbing, the points have kept piling up for
Burncoat High basketball star Khadijah Hames with her outstanding performances in gyms throughout the area. "Khadijah is a tremendous student-athlete," said Burncoat head coach Dan Rushton. "She first competes in the classroom, and then she competes on the basketball court."

Click here to read the rest!

Congrats to our Music Magnet Students!

The Burncoat High School Music Magnet program would like to congratulate the following students who played in the U Mass Honor Band program in Amherst, MA on Saturday, February 7, 2015.
 They are:
 Sean Bouffard, trumpet, grade 11
Zaidimary Barreto, bassoon, grade 12
Christian Parent, clarinet, grade 9
Elisander Rivera-Sanchez, clarinet, grade 11
This program included students from all over New England conducted by Dr. Matthew Westgate of U Mass, Dr. Timothy Anderson of U Mass and Dr. Carol Hayward of Bowling Green University.

Free Prom Dress Event
The Metro West Prom Dress Event is Saturday, March 7.  We will taking a bus of 25 girls - leaving from Burncoat High School at 8:15.  Any BHS girl may sign up with Mrs. Curran in the library to reserve a spot.  We will return at 1:00pm.

This event has been going on for many years and everyone is happy they attended!  Girls going to the event with be paired with a "fairy godmother" who will take them around and try on as many dresses as they like,  jewelry, shoes,  pocketbook, and even free make - up.  All items are free.  They even have seamstress on hand that will help with any alteration a dress may need to fit you properly!  Sign up in the library or email your request to Mrs.Curran at   curranml@worc.k12.ma.us.
 Check out our flyer....

The BHS Junior/Senior Prom will be Friday, May 29 @ Mechanics Hall.  Price per student and/or couple will be determined. 

Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards 2015
Congratulations to our two Silver Key Winners of the Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Contest 2015 ,
Mary Nancy 
Kamanga and Laurana Nyman.  
Read More about the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards here!  Here are the Silver Key Award Art pieces!  Congratulations Artists!

Artist Laurana Nyman

Artist Mary Nancy Kamanga

Want to Learn How to Code?

Mr. Donington’s Google Coding Challenge

Attention, any students who are interested in working with computers, or think it might be fun to try it out! Google is offering a FREE introductory course on computer coding through Khan Academy, and Mr. Donington can get you started! This free class is open to anyone, but is especially intended to help students of color and young women gain FREE experience in this high-demand, high-paying field. What’s more, for completing the course, you will receive a $100 DonorsChoose.org gift-card that can be used to buy new computers and technology right here at Burncoat! Even better, if at least 10 underrepresented students complete the course by March 15th, Google will donate an extra $1,000 to Burncoat’s tech needs, and those first 10 students will receive a pizza party on Mr. Donington’s dime! To participate, you don’t need any experience, but do need access to the internet. You take the class on your own time, from wherever you please. Please see Mr. Donington’s signup sheet outside D-8 if interested.   See the flyer here!



Booster Club Meeting will be Tuesday, 3/3 @ 6 PM.
Please join us and support our students
  • Dairy Queen Fundraisers coming up on February 17, March 17, and April 9 from 5-8 PM.  
  • Meat Raffle at The Press Box on Lincoln St on Saturday March 28th @ 4pm

Book Club News!
Book Club for students will meet Friday, Feb. 27 after school in C -9 with Mrs. Curran. We meet the last Friday of each month.  We will be discussing the book we just finished entitled  Night Circus  by Erin Morgenstern.  All students are welcome!


  • Congratulations to the The Winners at the METG Drama Festival held on Sat. Feb. 28.  The All Star Award Winners are...   are....
Marta Brodeur, Sivan Amir, Grace Weber, Valenia Bergier, Nana Anane,  Livia La Cava, and Gianna Mastrocola. 
  • Upcoming Shows...The cast has been chosen...hard work is ahead....Keep an eye out for our upcoming Presentation of "Little Show of Horrors" on April 30, May 1, and 2 at 7 PM. ​
Theatre Magnet Students will be going to NYC on Wednesday, March 11 to see the Broadway Show "Matilda", attend a theater artists workshop, and have lunch at the Famous Ellen's Startdust Diner.   There is one spot available, if interested see Ms. Kewley A.S.A.P. 

M.C.A.S. Testing Dates
ACCESS for W.I.D.A.  testing is  Jan 27 & 28
  • This test is for English as a Second Language Students Only
M.C.A.S. Biology Re-test  is February 4 & 5
  • This test is for those students who have yet to pass their initial Biology M.C.A.S. exam. Grades 10, 11, 12 and repeat 9th graders.   Also, students new to Massachusetts Public Schools who have never taken the M.C.A.S. and are in grades 10,  11 or 12. 
M.C.A.S. English Language Arts Re-test  Exam is March 2 thru 4 
  • This test is for those students who have yet to pass their initial ELA M.C.A.S. exam. Grades  11, 12 and repeat 10th graders.   Also, students new to Massachusetts Public Schools who have never taken the M.C.A.S. and are in grades  11 or 12. 
M.C.A.S.  Mathematics Re-test is March 5 & 6
  • This test is for those students who have yet to pass their initial Math M.C.A.S. exam. Grades  11, 12 and repeat 10th graders.   Also, students new to Massachusetts Public Schools who have never taken the M.C.A.S. and are in grades  11 or 12. 
M.C.A.S. English Language Arts Grade 10 is March 24-26
  • This exam is for first time grade 10 students
M.C.A.S. English Language Arts Grade 10 Make up Day is April 2.

M.C.A.S. Mathematics Grade 10 is May 12 & 13
  • This exam is for first time grade 10 students
M.C.A.S. Biology  for Grade 9 is June 2 & 3
  • This exam is for first time Biology students, typically all of grade 9

May 4 thru 29 Open Window for PARCC Exam

Meanwhile in E2....Creative Writing

The students in the Fall Semester section of Creative Writing with Mrs. O'Connor worked hard perfecting their writing skills.  Each week they learned and practiced a new writing technique.  At the end of the semester, each student picked one or two of their favorite pieces to make a book entitled, Meanwhile in E2.....  It is wonderful!  To commemorate the end of the class, their hard work, and the book they made they held a book signing party in room E-2 and invited teachers, administrators, and fellow students to admire their work.
Click here to read their book.  

Foreign Language Honor Society
The Foreign Language Honor Society and the Foreign Language Department will celebrate Foreign Language Week from March 16-20.  There will be special events in the foreign language classes celebrating the study of a second language and the cultural heritage of our students.  The Foreign Language Honor Society will have its annual fundraiser during that week.  See Mrs. Friedman for any comments, questions, or suggestions. 

For students in need of Buy Back....Mr. Gibbons will have BB available on
 Feb. 28  from 8 am to 12 noon in room A6.  See him in B17 Office.

Card Club for Students
Card Club - trading card games - meets on Fridays in room C-8 right after school.  All students welcome!


VHS On-Line Classes...Time to Join!

Burncoat High School started its spring 2015 VHS classes. 25 students are presently enrolled. They are pursuing exciting online courses like Criminology, Constitutional Law, Entrepreneurship, Screenwriting Fundamentals, and Mandarin Chinese, among others.

For over 9 years, The Virtual High School (VHS) Collaborative has been part of Burncoat.  They offer full-time and supplemental online courses in STEM, AP®, Honors, Gifted & Talented, and electives to help prepare students for college and careers.

Thinking about signing up for one of many classes with VHS, that’s great! The next semester is fall 2015. In the meantime,  get information for classes from Ms. Cartagena in B2 or the VHS Collaborative website.  Dates for signing up will be announced in the spring.



Green Reaper's Robotic News!
The BHS Robotics team is headed into a busy 2015 season.  Check out the

Green Reaper's News Page. 



Scholarships Available NOW! Check Out the Scholarship Book in the A 9 Guidance office

Greater Worcester Scholarship Foundation due March 9th
Smalley Scholarship applications due January 28th
National Honor Society Applications
will be available in the Guidance office as of February 2nd
Seniors - upcoming SAT and ACT Exam Dates.
SAT Dates as Follows:
  • February 7, 2015  Test Date 
  • March 14, 2015 Test Date - Registration Deadline is Feb. 13
  • May 2, 2015 Test Date - Registration Deadline is April 6
  • June 6, 2015 Test Date - Registration Deadline is May 8
  • For More Information AND Practice Tests  http://www.collegeboard.org
ACT Dates as Follows:
  • February 7  Test Date - Registration Deadline is Jan. 9
  • April 18 Test Date - Registration Deadline is March 13
  • June 13 Test Date - Registration Deadline is May 8
  • For More Information: http://www.act.org

May 4-8 and May 11-15, 2015

Week 1

Test Date Morning (8 AM) Afternoon (12 PM)
May 4
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Psychology
May 5

AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC

AP Seminar
AP Chinese Language and Culture
May 6
AP English Literature and
AP Japanese Language and Culture
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
May 7
AP Computer Science A
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Art History
AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based
May 8
AP German Language and Composition
AP United States History
AP European History

Studio Art: Last day for your school to submit digital portfolios and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for the physical portfolio assembly. Students should have forwarded their completed digital portfolios to their teachers well before this date.

Week 2

Test Date Morning (8 AM) Afternoon (12 PM)
May 11
AP Biology
AP Music Theory

AP Physics C: Mechanics

Special Exam time.
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
is the only exam given at 2 p.m.

May 12
AP United States Government and Politics AP French Language and Culture
AP Spanish Literature and Culture
May 13
AP English Language and Composition AP Statistics
May 14
AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP World History
AP Italian Language and Culture
AP Macroeconomics
May 15
AP Human Geography
AP Microeconomics
AP Latin
Always discuss your plans with your Guidance Counselors.
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  Instructional Focus  

Burncoat High School will continue to implement a formal communication system as a means to transfer information on effective practices and needs. All faculty will participate on a regular basis in professional development activities targeted toward the school’s Instructional Focus and the school-wide Best Practices. All students will experience a rigor-based curriculum taught through instructional strategies meant to improve reading comprehension as measured by MAPS, MCAS, PSAT, ACT, ACCESS, and AP scores as well as other formative assessments.

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