Principal's Message

Julie Markussen
  • As the new principal of Burbank High School, I am excited to welcome all students and families for the 2022-2023 school year!

    After a few challenging years due to the pandemic, we are confident that students can look forward to an eventful and successful year!  We welcome several new administrators, counselors, teachers, coaches, and staff to what is already an accomplished and experienced team. We also look forward to seeing our returning upperclassmen and to welcoming our new freshmen who will be setting foot on our campus for the first time! We are here for you all!

    As we return to a new normal, we want to make sure we highlight some key focus areas.

    Focus on Teaching and Learning

    Please begin to get into good routines before school starts so that we can start the year with a focus on teaching and learning. This includes having consistent bedtime and morning routines, as well as preparing a place and time to focus on homework.

    Focus on Attendance

    It is important for students to attend school every day, as long as they are feeling well. Please make sure you are reviewing our school calendar as you are making travel plans. Please note that winter break is later this year. https://www.burbankusd.org/cms/lib/CA50000426/Centricity/Domain/908/Web%202022-2023%20Instructional%20Calendar.pdf

    Also, please make sure you review our 2022-23 BHS Bell Schedule so that you can plan to arrive on time and anticipate traffic around our schools as you get closer to the start of school.

    Focus on Kindness

    All students and adults must treat each other with kindness and respect.  Let’s make sure we model that behavior every day and encourage others to do the same. Uncivil behavior, threats, and hate speech will never be tolerated and will be addressed immediately.

    Focus on Safety

    It has been a difficult summer with so many senseless gun violence tragedies in our nation. We know this raises concerns about school safety as we return to school. We wanted to continue to inform our BUSD community about safety measures and support for students and staff and our partnership with the Burbank Police Department and the City of Burbank. Please click on the following link to see a presentation that was made at the joint City of Burbank and BUSD Board of Education meeting on 7/19/22 that discussed school safety. https://burbank.granicus.com/player/clip/9887?meta_id=400356

    This video highlights the importance of a community-wide and multi-pronged approach to school safety.

    1. Proactive Prevention
    2. Proactive Planning and Training
    3. Response Readiness

    In addition to the video above, you may click here to see Frequently Asked Questions.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jnFTx5TEovSY6_XL_P3LtFNS67978_a9/view?usp=sharing

    As the new school year begins, I challenge each student to find a way to get involved at Burbank High School, whether it's joining or starting a new club, or trying a new activity or sport.  And parents--we hope you will join PTSA and take advantage of volunteer activities to be a part of our school community.  Together we can create a positive school year for all!  

    See you on 08/15/22 for our first day back!

    Sincerely,

    Julie Markussen

    Principal

    Burbank High School

    juliemarkussen@burbankusd.org

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    Julie Markussen is an Iowa native who has been in education for 23 years. She taught English for 15 years at Venice High School, and has served as an administrator at Santa Monica High School and Culver City Middle School over the past 8 years. She recently moved to Burbank with her family and loves the diversity and opportunities that the city and Burbank High School have to offer. She believes that success for all takes the efforts of us all, and that every student can succeed. In her spare time, she loves reading and writing. She recently ghost-wrote a book for a reality TV star and has been cited in several books and journals for her studies on Elvis Presley in American popular music. She is thrilled to be a Bulldog!