• September 21, 2020

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 9/21/2020

    Greetings Burbank High School Families,

    Welcome to the final full week of September, 2020 here at BHS!

    SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH IEPs

    If your Bulldog is one of our many students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and special education services, are pleased to launch afternoon tutoring sessions through Google Meets. Please see your case carrier for details. The instructional assistants who support these students in the classroom daily will be supporting them Monday through Thursday after 1:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to noon as well as 1:00-2:30 or 3:00 p.m. See the attached flyer for specifics, including the Google Meets codes. We start Monday, September 21, 2020 with our trial launch of this new program.

    COUNSELING CASELOADS:

    As I previously shared, our Guidance Counseling team transitions to new assignments effective Monday, September 21, 2020.

     The NAF program made-up of our Medical, Engineering and Business/Finance academies has grown to over 525 students. It represents nearly a quarter of all BHS student. As such, it is no longer a manageable caseload for a single dedicated counselor. After five years of watching the program grow and thrive, Ms. Caroline Sasorski transitions to a new traditional alpha caseload. 

    Ms. Yesenia Lopez and Ms. Gabrielle Sharaga are splitting the NAF program as follows:

    *Ms. Lopez (R-Sm alphabet and NAF students A-Khe)

    *Ms. Sharaga (Sn-Z alphabet and NAF students Khi-Z)

    *Ms. Sasorski will be the counselor for students Kin-Q in the alphabet.

    Last month we welcomed Ms. Sharaga to Burbank High School. She has already proven to be a wonderful addition to our school. Ms. Lopez, in her second year at Burbank High School, is equally amazing. We believe this tandem will work well together in support of the NAF program and all of our students.

    Please note, Ms. Lopez will be taking a maternity leave later this semester, and, Ms. Sharaga and the rest of our counseling team will support the guest counselor, Mr. Jacob Flores, in supporting our students. Congratulations to Ms. Lopez and welcome Mr. Flores! 

    The remaining counseling caseloads remain unchanged:

    *Mr. Adamson (AIP and ELD)

    *Ms. Harrison (A-Dia, and DHH)

    *Ms. Maslyk (Dib-Kim, CBI/NCAA)

    Student Rep for CA State Board of Education:

    A deadline is fast approaching that ambitious high school juniors need to know about: the application date for the student member position on the California State Board of Education. Representing 6.2 million students, this is the most powerful role that a high school student can play in California government, and perhaps in American government. It's not an advisory position — it's a full seat at the table in the room where it happens.

    Yours in education,

    Dr. Crowther

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  • September 7, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 9/7/2020

    Good Evening Bulldogs,

    This is Dr. Crowther with a special holiday Monday evening edition of your Sunday call.

    We hope all families enjoyed the Labor Day Holiday; a reminder that distance learning resumes tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 with periods 4-6 starting at 8:00 a.m. Zero period sessions resume as well.

    This Thursday is our virtual Back to School Night. We will follow the same model as our feeder schools who hosted their Back to School Nights last week. Teachers will either post a video presentation about their class through their Google Classrooms, or, host parents through a live session. Parents are to follow their student’s official schedule as listed below:

    5:00-6:00p.m.

    BHS Presentations from counseling and others posted on our school website by 4:00 p.m.

    6:15-6:25 p.m. Period 0
    6:30-6:40 p.m. Period 1
    6:45-6:55 p.m. Period 2
    7:00-7:10 p.m. Period 3
    7:15-7:25 p.m. Period 4
    7:30-7:40 p.m. Period 5
    7:45-7:55 p.m. Period 6

    This concludes announcements for this week. Have a wonderful evening,

    Dr. Crowther

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  • August 30, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 8/30/2020

    Good Evening Burbank High School, and welcome to the week of Monday, August 31, 2020. This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for this week.

    Please note that the third week of school is the final week of class balancing and schedule adjustments. It is also the last week where students can drop and add classes without penalty, as California Ed-Code requires certain seat time minutes in awarding credits.

    I want to again thank everyone for their continued patience during the first two weeks. I also want to compliment teachers and students for the impressive teaching and learning I am seeing in our distance model so far. Keep it up!

    Counselors are fully staffed and catching-up on their inbox now that the majority of schedule changes have occurred. I want to thank them for working so hard the month of August while we were short-handed. They are eager to catch-up and connect with you.

    Okay Bulldogs, welcome to the first virtual spirit week of the 2020 Fall Semester, courtesy of your ASB. Dress to impress for your virtual classrooms this week: Monday is crazy hat day, Tuesday is pajama day, Wednesday is show-off your home set-up for distance learning, Thursday students are to post a photo of their dream vacation and on Friday, students are to show school pride by watching “High School Musical.” Remember to tag out ASB @BHSBulldogsASB! 

    Remember students, you must submit your attendance for each period on Fridays by 11:59 p.m. in order to be marked “present.” Additionally, work is due at 11:59 p.m. as well.

    Parents, this Wednesday, September 2 will be my first, “Coffee with Crowther” at 9:00 a.m. Join me for casual conversation on the first few weeks of distance learning at the link below:

     

    Topic: COFFEE WITH CROWTHER

    Time: Sep 2, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87513428926?pwd=b2ZkNVBYcko1UDN3VzdWdUhuUVZUZz09

    Meeting ID: 875 1342 8926

    Passcode: pPM9dZ

    Please make sure that your account is set with your identity cleared to ensure that you will be admitted from the waiting room. Thank you.

    Due to the high interest in Frosh level sports, and, the inability for programs to host tryouts we have placed most 9th grade athletes in PE classes. This applies to most of our teams. Students can still work with head coaches to be added to Google Classrooms to ensure that they have the latest information and workout schedule. Please email head coaches directly to learn more. 

    This concludes this week’s announcements. Enjoy your night and remember, this is our time to “meet the moment.”

      -Dr. Crowther

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  • August 23, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 8/23/2020

    Good Evening Burbank High School Families,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week ahead, the week of Monday, August 24, 2020.

    We’d like to thank all of you for a wonderful first week of school. Most students took to our revamped distance learning model with ease and we appreciate them setting a tone for an amazing semester.

    We continue to revise schedules and balance classes this week, thank you for your patience during this very busy time. Reminders that our current board policies require students to be enrolled in six classes this semester. This includes students who are enrolling in dual-enrollment classes through Glendale Community College or Los Angeles Valley College, which start next month.

    Part of this semester is about learning and growing together. This week we learned that 99% of students honor my number one rule of always “being on time, and doing the right thing” as they modeled our PBIS school-wide expectations of respect, responsibility and compassion while starting their class. Way to go Bulldogs!

    Unfortunately, we had a few students who made poor choices and participated in “Zoom bombing” efforts. Please know that these situations are investigated and that students are subject to disciplinary actions. No one has the right to take from the learning environment of their classmates.

    To this end, Burbank High is instituting the following protocols to help teachers facilitate live virtual classrooms:

    • Students must log in to live instruction from their school account (gradyear/first initial/middle initial/last name/@stu.burbankusd.org) – they may not use an alternate email address
    • Student video is expected to be on unless directed off by a teacher as seeing one another is an important piece of keeping classes engaged in learning.
    • Students who have valid reasons why the video expectations may be an issue should work with their teachers privately and directly.
    • In classrooms where “Zoom” is the virtual platform, student display names should be Last name, First name with an option for preferred pronouns as well.
    • Students that do not follow the above policies may not be admitted to class

    Thank you for your time and attention to the above, which we believe will result in a virtual environment where all students thrive.

    Meal distribution will continue Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Our school’s meal program can be picked up from the faculty lot at John Muir Middle School and pricing is determined based on the meal benefits your student qualifies for. Please know that families need to fill out a new meal application every school year.

    This concludes announcements for this week, have a wonderful Sunday evening.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Crowther

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  • August 16, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 8/16/2020

    Good Evening Burbank Bulldogs & Welcome to the 2020 Fall Semester!

    This is Dr. Crowther, with updates for our BHS Community for the week of Monday, August 17, 2020. Monday is the first day of instruction for all students. Most students will attend three live virtual sessions each day. Students who have a zero period will attend four. Please note, there IS a Period 0 this first week, including the first day of school. This is a change from most years.

    Students, please review your class schedule in the tab in the AERIES Portal. This is your most current and accurate schedule. Then click on the appropriate Google Classroom section to connect with your teacher.  A link inviting you to their live sessions will be in the Google Classroom Stream of all Google Classrooms.

    This week, teachers will be introducing students to their course, to one another and to their virtual classroom. They will also provide an overview of how they will be taking daily attendance and how they will utilize their office hour in support of students. Please give both teachers and students time to adjust to these new systems. Please rest assured that this semester will look very different than last spring, when we merely tried to survive. See our website for the daily schedule Monday-Thursday and our Friday Office Hour rotation by subject area -- www.burbankhighschool.com.

    Remember, students are once again working towards traditional grades. They are expected to attend class each day, Monday-Thursday, and complete related synchronous and asynchronous assignments. Teachers will be available to students through the end of the school day, including Fridays. It is so much easier to stay caught-up then to get caught-up and so a strong start is key. Students, please communicate with your teachers if you are struggling. They are here to help.

    I also want to remind households that although we start this year in distance learning, we strive to maintain class size averages fair to students and teachers. Most of our electives are impacted and not every student will be able to get their first choice of electives. We also do not make schedule changes based on preferred teacher. I encourage students to recognize that their journey is their own, and, they should avoid making-up their minds about people based on what they’ve “heard.” Our hardworking, talented and dedicated faculty is excited to work with you this year – together we’ve got this!

    I want to personally apologize to any student seeing issues on their current schedules; particularly those in our NAF academy. Burbank High is presently short-handed in counseling, administration and clerical support in the Student Center. This has had a negative impact on our traditional August operations and has made distance efforts even more challenging. I’m so sorry. The good news is that we will be fully-staffed again in some departments later this week, and, we will have all issues resolved by the end of the first week of school. Thank you for your understanding, patience and continued grace.

    Juniors and Seniors, please visit the website for details about your textbook pick-up. Please note that this process is in the afternoons this week after live virtual classes have been held. No student should miss class to grab materials. Teachers of upperclassmen will not assign book work this week until all students have been issued their textbooks.

    Freshmen who hope to tryout for FROSH athletics this season. Please note that due to the large number of students who expressed interest in these programs, and, the inability to host tryouts during the COVID-19 pandemic that 9th grade student-athletes in many of our programs have been placed in a PE class this semester. The coaching staffs and our Athletic Department will be communicating to these households ways to prepare for tryouts and tryout dates as current restrictions are lifted.

    The first episode of BHS TV will debut Monday, I will blast a link to the episode through email. We will also post the link on our website. BHS TV and our ASB are looking to fun and exciting ways to keep our students connected to our campus.

    Self-help author Peter McWilliams once wrote;

    “To the degree we’re not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control over us than we have over ourselves.”

    This pandemic has forced us all out of our routines and comfort zones. Perhaps some good can come from this tragedy yet... We will take a two-prong approach to the start of school. We will find ways for Burbank High School to be a safe space and refuge from the outside world for our students – even virtually. At the same time, we will aim to inspire, reflect and reimagine what could be when we are able to slowly return to world that more closely resembles the things we miss.

    Bulldogs, let’s aim BIG, miss small…. Dream even bigger… and… Meet the moment together! Have a wonderful start to school,

    Much Love,

    Dr. C.

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  • August 12, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 8/12/2020

    Good Afternoon BHS Families, 

    I am happy to share that we have rolled our current master schedule in our student information system, AERIES. This means that students can now view their schedule of classes and teachers in the “Classes” tab in the AERIES Portal. 

    Teachers are currently setting-up their Google Classrooms. By Friday at the end of the teacher workday, they will have pushed students into class periods. Once this occurs, your student should sign in to Google Classroom (classroom.google.com) using their BUSD credentials: 

    • Username: [last two digits of their high school graduation year] [first initial] [middle initial (if used to register in Aeries)] [last name] @stu.burbankusd.org 
    • Password: last 4 digits of their 9-digit Perm ID # (in Aeries, it is called the “Student ID”) repeated twice. Do not use the 5-digit student number. 

    After Friday, students will just click on a class to see a link to their first live instruction at the top of the stream. 

    For the first week of class, all teachers will post links to live sessions in the Google Classroom Stream. During initial class sessions, teachers will talk with their students about how they plan to post links to live sessions, asynchronous assignments and other items related to their course.

    Lastly, please remember that we do not change classes based on a preference for a different teacher. We work through schedule changes the first few weeks of school based on other considerations and space available.

    This information is also current on our website at www.burbankhighschool.com.

     

    Respectfully,

    Dr. C. 

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  • August 9, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 8/9/2020

    Good Evening BHS Families,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week ahead. Staff returns August 10, 2020 and students return for the first day of instruction on Monday, August 17.

    A reminder that the best source of information for all things BHS can be found on our school website, www.burbankhighschool.com. All essential items blasted through this email and related call, our Facebook page, Instagram, or other social media platforms are also shared on our website.

    Families should visit our website now for details on virtual registration, textbook distribution and Zoom sessions with counselors. This is the most current information.

    If you are a rising 9th grader and were unable to attend last week’s virtual meeting, the slide presentation is also found on our website.

    Textbooks: We will begin distributing textbooks to the incoming Sophomore class the week of August 10th. Juniors and Seniors will have their distribution the first week of school, and, a schedule will be posted on our website later this week.

    Sophomore pick-up will be outside the Library doors on Harvard St during the following times: 

    Monday, August 10th

    9:00am – 10: 00am – A - C

    10:00am – 11:00am – D - G

    11:00am – 12:00pm – H - L

    Tuesday, August 11th

    9:00am – 10:00am – M - O

    10:00am – 11:00am – P - R

    11:00am – 12:00pm – S – Z

    Wednesday, August 12th Make-up Day

    9:00am – 12:00pm – All

    Some important things to know:

    • You must bring last year's ID card or some form of ID.
    • Books may only be picked at assigned times. Siblings will need to pick up on their assigned day.
    • Chrome books and/or HotSpots may be requested on Monday and Tuesday during pick up and can be picked up on the make-up day.
    • Requests for a second set of books will be fulfilled after the 2nd week of school.

     

    Principal’s Message: Families can read my 2020-2021 “Principal’s Message” attached here, or, on our website.

    This concludes the announcements for this evening. I look forward to seeing all staff tomorrow as we prepare to "meet the moment."

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Crowther 

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  • August 5, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 8/5/2020

    9th GRADE TEXTBOOK PICK-UP:

    Today is the make-up day for Freshmen who have not yet picked-up their textbooks. Please come today between 9:00 a.m. and noon to get your books for the upcoming school year – thank you.

    9th GRADE NEW ORIENTATION TONIGHT:

    Burbank High will be hosting a virtual information meeting for new families , Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Please feel free to have your Freshman join us as well as there is a lot of important information to pass onto them. Our Zoom account is limited to 500 guests, so please ask them to join you on the same Zoom account so as not to keep others out.

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83812167153?pwd=ODQwZjU1V3YrYmUxaHVYOWt4OFYwUT09

    Meeting ID: 838 1216 7153
    Passcode: vjKF7w

    PARENT DATA CONFIRMATION: 

    A reminder about “Parent Data Confirmation” communication: If you did not receive the parent data confirmation email from the district, please visit www.burbankusd.org/StudentServices for details and instructions. You must complete this prior piece to registration. 

    STUDENT SCHEDULES:

    We have had several calls regarding accessing your Bulldog's schedule for the Fall on Aeries. Please note that you must be on a computer to view classes. This feature is not available on the Aeries App. Your student's schedule is listed as their "COURSE REQUESTS" and will not show a teacher name until school begins.

    A MESSAGE FROM FOOD SERVICES:

    Families submit an application to see if they qualify for the free or reduced meal program for the 2020/2021 school year. A new meal application must be filled out each year. Applications can be filled out online by going to www.busdfoodservices.com

    Burbank Unified School District - School Nutrition And Fitness

    School Nutrition and Fitness provides a districts nutrition services department with the tools and information needed to get the word out about the program. Providing parents students and teachers with the resources to help raise and healthy generation.

    www.busdfoodservices.com

    Food will not be sold on a daily basis and students will not have access to the cafeteria. On Fridays, we will have a drive through/walk-up distribution pick-up opportunity. Families will receive five days’ worth of nutrition and lunch meals for their student. Distribution times will be from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Our first day of distribution would be Friday, August 14, the first Friday before school starts.

    * Touchless service - Families will be given a barcode for each of their students that will be scanned when the meals are picked up. *Subject to change

    * Meals must be picked up from the school site the student attends.

    * Students do not need to be present to collect their meals on the distribution day. 

    * Families can send another person to pick up meals if they cannot pick up meals during the distribution pick up time. It will be each family’s responsibility to give the person the student barcode.

    *Families who qualify for Free benefits will not have to pay for these meals. Families who qualify for Reduced benefits will pay .30 cents for each nutrition meal and .40 cents for each lunch meal. Families who do not qualify for benefits will need to pay full price for each meal. Elementary is $2.25 for each nutrition meal and $3.50 for each lunch meal. Middle and High School is $2.50 for each nutrition meal and $3.75 for each lunch meal. *Subject to change

    THE BHS PICK-UP LOCATION IS ON HARVARD NEAR THE LIBRARY. LOOK FOR THE CONES AND SIGNAGE DIRECTING YOU TO THE PICK-UP LOCATION.

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  • August 2, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 8/2/2020
    Good Evening BHS,
     
    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week of August 3, 2020.
     
    Seniors, please note that despite the fact that we are opening the school year in "distance learning," high school students are required to be enrolled in six classes during the fall semester of their senior year in accordance with BUSD Board of Education policy.
     
    There is nothing that your counselor or the site can do to circumvent this. We can, however, help you determine a schedule of six classes that work for you. Please review your current course requests, and, reach out to your counselor if you see less than six classes, or, if you see a "see counselor" line on your schedule.
     
    Attention 9th graders, this week marks the start of your textbook pick-up days. We apologize that a series of asset letters went home to rising 9th graders last week and included a column indicating "book costs." This is not a cost to students; texts are free to students during their K-12 schooling. This column is auto-generated and is simply the replacement cost of a lost book. Students should not worry this as they prepare for textbook pick-up.
      
    9th grade books will be distributed August 3 and 4 with a make up day on August 5. 
     
    Please arrive at your designated time slot, bring the letter that was mailed home and/or a form of ID. If you did not receive a letter, you are welcome to check if your books are ready for pick up, however, you may need to return on the Make-Up day if they are not. 
     
    Please remember to wear a mask and keep physical distance from others. 
    You may visit the Burbank High School website or our facebook page for the pick up schedule or continue to listen to this message. 
     
    Assignments are as follows:

    Monday, August 3rd

    9:00am – 10:00am - A - C

    10:00am – 11:00am – D - G

    11:00am – 12:00pm – H - L

     Tuesday, August 4th

    9:00am – 10:00am – M - O

    10:00am – 11:00am – P - R

    11:00am – 12:00pm – S – Z

    Wednesday, August 5th Make-up Day

    9:00am – 12:00pm – All 9th graders

    We will be hosting a virtual information meeting for new families Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The link is found in this script below:

    Topic: Virtual 9th grade and New Parent Night
    Time: Aug 5, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83812167153?pwd=ODQwZjU1V3YrYmUxaHVYOWt4OFYwUT09

    Meeting ID: 838 1216 7153
    Passcode: vjKF7w

    This concludes announcements for the week ahead. Remember, we are respectful, responsible and compassionate as #WeAreBurbank.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Crowther

     

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  • July 27, 2020

    Posted by Lizzie Windler on 7/27/2020

    Good evening Burbank High School Families,

    This is. Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week of Monday, July 27, 2020. As counselors return to work this week we will continue placing students in appropriate courses for the 2020-2021 school year, which as you know will open in a distance learning virtual format this year.

    Due to a swell of new enrollees the last two weeks, we are pushing the release of students’ courses in AERIES for the fall semester from Wednesday, July 29 to Friday, July 31. In the meantime, we want to be certain that all families have completed the Parent Data Confirmation process emailed to them last week. More information can be found in the Student Service section of the BUSD website, www.burbankusd.org. Additionally, we ask that families review the BHS website for details on our Virtual Registration process starting August 3, 2020.

    https://www.burbankusd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2812

    For rising 9th grade families and new BHS students there is a virtual parent meeting at 6:00 p.m. the evening of Wednesday, August 5. A Zoom invitation will be shared in next weekend’s Sunday Blast. Please join us as your schedules allow, meet the site leadership team, get updates on the distance learning model to start the fall and have your questions answered.

    Last Monday, the CIF Southern Section announced that they would postpone the start of the high school sports’ season for all sports to late December and early January. They also merged three seasons – fall, winter, spring – into two seasons. This will hopefully mean an action packed 2021. All athletes will be placed in athletic conditioning classes for the upcoming semester, and will work with their coaches as guidelines are updated for workouts, practices and eventually a return to competition. Our athletic office will update programs and athletes as the Pacific League and Southern Section release new information.

    Please also note that we are aware that this condensed sports calendar potentially impacts multi-sport athletes. We strongly support students who give themselves to more than one program on behalf of the school. Our expectation is that no coach will pressure a student-athlete into specializing and focusing on one sport, but will instead, encourage the well-rounded high school experience. Our Athletic Directors will work with coaches on collaborating together in support of these students. We are all in this together and we will make it work.

    We also anticipate all performing arts to offer classes to students in the fall. The directors of these programs will be discussing their plan for the fall over the first few weeks of school.

    A reminder not all students get their first elective choice. This is especially true of underclassmen. Current electives with space include Digital Photo, Digital Media, Drama I, Art I, Journalism and Computer Programming. Keep these courses in mind as counselors finalize student schedules starting this week. Additionally there remains space in the vocal music program for students who want to audition for the program. See the program’s website for additional information.

    This concludes announcements for the week ahead. Have a wonderful Sunday evening, stay safe and remember that we are respectful, responsible and compassionate because #WeAreBurbank.

    Dr. Crowther

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