• April 4th, 2021

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 4/5/2021

    Good evening Burbank Bulldogs & Families,

     This is Dr. Crowther with your Sunday call. I hope the weekend was a good one, and, for those celebrating the Easter holiday, I hope you were able to have a holiday that more closely resembled ones you enjoyed prior to the COVID pandemic.

     As you probably know, Los Angeles County has moved into the Orange Tier. This will allow our Burbank community to continue with a safe and gradual re-opening effort during the month of April. This is good news for our indoor sports as we are currently working with our District and other Pacific League schools on a plan to host indoor sports later this semester. This plan will be subject to approval from Los Angeles County Public Health and on continued encouraging case data trends in our area.

     The move to the Orange Tier also allowed us to open current outdoor CIF competition to our fans. I want to thank our football parents and the parents at CV High School for being a model crowd at last Friday's game.

    Athletes of all sports are now permitted to have two guests from the same immediate household in attendance at games. See the Athletic Department’s page on our website for more information.

     The biggest news from late last week is that the District has confirmed what our in-person learning opportunity will look like for students starting APRIL 12, 2021. This is for those who completed the interest survey and selected the Hybrid Option. All students will remain in distance learning in the mornings Monday-Thursday. Students in the hybrid model will be on campus twice a week. They will attend each period once with each teacher. A sample in-person schedule is attached to this Sunday's "script."

     We recognize that the decision to return to in-person learning is very much a family decision based on many circumstances. There is no “best” decision, only the best decision for you.

     Should you wish to opt your Bulldog into our Hybrid Option, please email RimaArmiyants@burbankusd.org. Please make certain to “CC” your student’s counselor and to include their full name and grade level. We ask for households to do this ASAP so that we may plan accordingly. Further details of our safety procedures will be shared through the current school week and will be posted on the District and school websites. We have been planning for a possible student return to campus since last summer and we have learned much over the course of the 2020-2021 school year. I am confident we will be able to welcome students back to campus safely. Thank you for your patience and your trust and confidence during this unprecedented time.

     Lastly, I would like to share with Senior parents that I will be sending a survey to your Senior this week regarding our 2021 Graduation Ceremony. We expect to be hosting graduation at Memorial Field on Friday, May 28, 2021. The survey is in regards to their preference on the structure of the ceremony. All final decisions will be based on the guidelines of Los Angeles County Public Health when the date comes closer. Please make sure your Senior Bulldog takes the time to complete this survey.

     This completes this week’s call. Stay safe, and be well.

     Dr. Crowther

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  • March 21, 2021

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 3/23/2021

    Good Evening Burbank Bulldogs and Families:

    This is Dr. Crowther reminding you that the virtual campus is closed Monday, March 22, 2021 through Friday, March 26, 2021 for our Spring Recess. We resume distance learning classes on Monday, March 29, 2021. 

    On Thursday of last week the Board of Education approved the reopening of our campuses for an in-person learning opportunity starting Monday, April 12. While details are still being negotiated, we know that students will have the opportunity to be on campus twice a week in the afternoons and that they will see their teachers. Students will continue in virtual classes in the mornings. More information will come at the end of the month.

    Families can now find initial summer school information here:

    https://www.burbankusd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=7546&dataid=9467&FileName=BUSD%20Secondary%20Summer%20School%202021.pdf 

    Additional information will be released the week of 3/29/2021.

    Have a wonderful break, stay safe, be well and see you all soon!

    Dr. Crowther 

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  • February 22, 2021

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 2/22/2021

    Good Evening Burbank High School Families,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the final week of February 2021.

    Last week, California's Department of Public Health released updated guidelines for youth sports. Under the revised guidelines there is increased likelihood of a condensed competition season, if Los Angeles County can move to the red tier by March 1. We are presently working with the administrations at JBHS, Burbank Unified School District and the Pacific League schools for this possibility. Interested families can read about this breakthrough here:

    https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2021-02-19/youth-sports-update-football-with-testing-component.

    Remaining purple tiered sports resume organized team activities this week. This includes swim, tennis and golf. Our goal is to resume all other programs in some capacity on 3/1/2021 if case rates in Los Angeles County allow for it.

    We will be hosting a meeting for student-athletes and their households this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. I will be sharing a Zoom invitation with parents Wednesday. Please join us as your schedules allow. 

    Last Tuesday's email blast contained detailed information about how Seniors can purchase graduation caps and gowns. Please note, we fully anticipate being able to host some form of our traditional ceremony this May. My goal is to have an A, B, and C-plan, each subject to the health guidelines at the time of the graduation. We have a committee of stakeholders meeting later this week to start our preparations. Several concepts are already being explored, including an in-person event with a smaller crowd, alternative venues or other ways to bring our campus community together to honor our graduates. We hope to be able to make a firm decision on our format by early April.

    We also anticipate student activities in-person to be able to resume in the last quarter of school, even though we expect our instruction to remain in the distance learning format for the rest of the year. One goal we have is giving our current 9th graders a tour opportunity with members of the ASB. We also want to find appropriate ways to honor and celebrate the Class of 2021. More will be shared when we return from Spring Break.

    There is light at the end of the tunnel, but it remains critical for everyone to continue to be smart whenever they are in public. This includes social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands. To our students, a reminder that we are all counting on one another to model these important expectations for everyone. Each athlete, each team and each program will depend on one another in order to make a condensed season possible this year. We can do this, if we do it together.

    This concludes this week's phone call. Have a wonderful evening and a great week ahead,

    Dr. Crowther

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  • January 31st, 2021

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 1/31/2021

    Good Evening Burbank High School,

    This is Dr. Crowther welcoming you to the month of February, 2021.

    As our counseling team starts to guide our returning and rising students through the registration process for courses next year, please remember to have your student check their grade level Google Classroom as well as the counseling page of our school website. These resources will have the most current information. Thank you.

    We continue to monitor the Los Angeles County Public Health messaging and guidelines and the ripple effect that it has on the CIF Southern Section’s guidelines for student-athletes. Presently, with the stay at home orders lifted, a handful of sports will be permitted for a condensed competition season in the purple tier soon. Other sports are still restricted at this time. Our District and the Pacific League continue to work on plans to restart some team activities this month. Expect an update sometime this week.

    Student-Athletes are encouraged to complete paperwork clearance, get physicals and maintain good grades for when teams are given permission to resume organized team activities. Sports that are cleared to resume will continue to abide by safety protocols as determined by Public Health.

    This Friday marks the end of the M5 grading window. Although we will not be mailing progress report cards, our teachers will bring grade books current so that counselors and administrators can identify and support struggling students. We ask for parents to be partners in this support of students by monitoring attendance, grades and, when possible, the Google Classrooms. Thank you!

    On Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. I will host an evening and virtual edition of “Coffee With Crowther.” A Zoom invitation will be sent Wednesday morning -- please mark your calendars as I would love to see you as your schedules allow.

    Last Tuesday, our campus community was saddened to learn of the loss of one of our own when we learned of the sudden passing of Pete Roses, a campus supervisor and coach who impacted thousands and thousands of students over the years.

    Pete was a friendly face, a gifted story teller, a passionate coach, a mainstay in the Burbank Community and truly one of a kind. This brief video montage, provided by BHSTV, was one way we looked to pay tribute to him last week:

    https://youtu.be/kG5hABpZUxg

    A digital memorial wall has been created for anyone who would like to add a memory of Pete or message for the family. Pete Roses Memorial Wall (padlet.com) A meal train has also been created to help his family through this difficult time. Anyone interested in helping out can do so here: Meal Train Plus for Lori Roth and Family in Honor of Pete Roses

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

    This concludes this week’s Sunday Script.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Crowther

    Principal

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  • January 24th, 2021

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 1/24/2021

    Good Evening Burbank High School,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week ahead.

    Both BUSD high schools have canceled their PSATs originally scheduled for this week due to continued concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Although numbers in Los Angeles County remain elevated, there was 30% fewer cases this past week. Please continue to take precautions to stay safe including wearing masks whenever in public, washing hands frequently and stay socially distant when around others not part of the same household.

    For BHS households who also have current Muir Middle School students: This coming week, our counselors will be offering several opportunities for rising 9th graders (current 8th graders) to learn more about the registration process and speak directly to members of our counseling team about questions they have about their class choices for next year. Counselors will offer drop in Zoom sessions for students to speak one-on-one with a member of the counseling team Monday through Thursday from 2:00-3;00 pm.

    Current 9th-11th grade Bulldogs, please stay tuned for more information regarding your upcoming registration process! Sent from my iPhone

    Our Burbank High School Instrumental Music Association (IMA) is hosting a virtual music trivia contest next month via Zoom. The evening is geared for adults, including music fans outside of our IMA boosters. See the following link and join us for an amazing evening on February 9 at 7:00 p.m. http://www.deepcutstrivia.com/bhs

    This Friday, Burbank Education Foundation and Burbank Arts for All merged to form Burbank Arts and Education Foundation (BAEF). This Friday, they invite community members to a “friendraiser:”

    Join them virtually at 8:00 p.m. for BINGO hosted by the lovely Hamburger Mary's   famous “drag queen” hostesses. Your friends at Burbank Arts & Education Foundation look forward to seeing you.

    This concludes announcements for the week ahead.

    Dr. Crowther

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  • January 18th, 2021

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 1/18/2021

    Good evening and welcome to a special Monday evening edition of the weekly call, as we paused today to honor one of history's greatest Americans, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    As we break from the chaos that was 2020 and look forward to a better 2021 we must remember Dr. King's message of love and equality, his fight against injustice and his vision for all American to give back to their communities. If you can dream it, you can do it Bulldogs!

    Please note, school resumes tomorrow with a zero period for students with a zero period, and periods 4-6 starting at 8:00 a.m.

    We will have updates for both CIF-SS athletics and the College Board's PSAT later this week. I will update households.

    The duration of this week's message comes from our amazing counselors:

    The Counseling Department is reaching out to families to offer support to your student for the spring semester.  On Tuesday, we are hosting a Distance Learning Workshop for families to review:

    *Access Aeries
    *Use the Parent Portal and all its features
    *Access and Navigate Google Classroom and its notification feature
    *Filling out the attendance form and setting reminders
    *Our counseling services
    *Office Hours for teachers and counselors
    and much more!
    We know that these continue to be challenging times and want you to know that you and your student are not alone.

     So please join us on Tuesday 1/19 at 6:30 pm for a time to learn and share.

     We will be using a Zoom platform.  Please download the app on your phone, tablet or computer before the meeting.

    Zoom information can be found here ( please follow the link ):

    https://tinyurl.com/BHS-DL-Family-Night-1-19-21

    (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1blvjlcN07PkPE0f9Ch2NxHILCbn_6hfrt5SsECQUbfY/edit?usp=sharing)

    Looking forward to our time together. -BHS Counselors

    This concludes this week's message, have a good night.

    -Dr. Crowther

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  • December 6th, 2020

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 12/7/2020

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    Good Evening Bulldogs,

    Welcome to December and the final month of what has been a surreal 2020. This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week of Monday, December 7.

    On Wednesday, December 16 the instrumental music program will be hosting a fundraiser at the Downtown Burbank Chipotle. Patrons who place an order for pick-up between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. will see 33% go back to our incredible IMA. You may tell the cashier you want to support Burbank HS, you may print out the flyer being shared online, or you may place a mobile order and use the code "8K8M4WK" to show your support of BHS IMA. Thank you.

    This Wednesday, December 9, I will be hosting this month's "Coffee With Crowther," from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A link will be provided to parents via email this Monday. We will discuss the decisions to suspend athletics, the commitment to continue in the distance learning model next semester and the importance of finishing this semester strong. Please come as your schedules allow.

    We have just two more weeks left in our semester and next week is largely an opportunity for teachers to give a final exam. Please note we will stay in our current weekly class schedule Monday-Thursday, with Friday being a Pupil Free Day. It is important students attend class sessions, complete assignments, attend office hours for clarity on concepts they are not grasping and that they do all they can to finish the semester strong. Please help us by asking your student about their school day and delaying your modified holiday plans until the semester concludes. Let's do this Burbank!

    This completes this Sunday's call. Have a great week ahead.

    Dr. Crowther

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  • November 8th, 2020

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 11/8/2020

    Good Evening Burbank High School Family:

    I hope this evening’s blast finds you all safe and healthy. Late Friday, we learned that siblings who are students at BHS tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). These students were recently on campus for a short period of time, however, our investigation indicated that there were not in any close contact with other students or our employees. The students have not been on site since October 30, 2020. Although no close contacts have been identified at this time, out of an abundance of caution, in the spirit of transparency, while still adhering to their right to privacy we are sharing what we can with our families. 

    The Department of Public Health and CDC define a “close contact” as any individual within the workplace with the following exposures to an infectious case as:

      

    • Someone who was within six-feet of an infected individual for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period, or  
    • Made contact with the case’s body fluids and/or secretions; being coughed on, sneezed on, having shared a drink or food utensils.  

     

    We have reached out to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles Country Office of Education and will follow their guidance regarding appropriate next steps, if any. 

    We all play a critical role in this public health crisis. Please be vigilant in following Public Health guidelines to keep you and your family safe. Maintain social distancing protocols, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, monitor your own health and stay home when sick.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact your healthcare provider.  In addition, testing sites are found in the following Burbank locations:.  

    •Urgent Med - 2005 W. Alameda https://urgentmednetwork.com/burbank urgentcare/  

    •CVS -1820 Verdugo Burbank  

    •MEND -1701 W. Verdugo Burbank https://www.mendurgentcare.com/ 

    •LA County Testing Sites - https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ 

    For the most current information regarding symptoms and next steps, please follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.    

    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Stacy Eaton, our BHS nurse, or contact our BUSD head nurse, Lenora Aguilera at lenoraaguilera@burbankusd.org.  You may also reach out to me at thomascrowther@burbankusd.org.

    This information, on the cusps of the first of our sports’ teams being cleared for small group conditioning workouts serves as a reminder that we cannot be too cautious. Thank you for doing your part.

    Lastly, please note that this Wednesday there is no school in observation of Veteran’s Day. Periods 1, 2 and 3 will meet virtually on Thursday instead of Periods 4, 5 and 6 balancing overall instructional sessions from the previous Labor Day holiday earlier this semester. 

    Thomas Crowther, Ed.D.

    Principal, Burbank Senior High School 

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  • October 25th, 2020

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 10/26/2020

    Good Evening Burbank Bulldogs,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the final week of October, 2020.

    First quarter report cards will arrive via USPS mail this week. I am concerned by some of the grades I see. Students with a "D" or "F" should remain with their teacher during the virtual interaction portion of the live sessions. They should also attend office hours on Fridays. Remember, students are working towards traditional letter grades this semester and that both asynchronous and synchronous work counts toward final grades. Athletes and students involved in performing arts should remember that fall semester grades do count towards eligibility. Let's continue to meet this moment together.

    Last Friday, each Burbank school sent out links to the District's "Commitment Form." It is important that each BHS household complete this form this week to signal whether they prefer a hybrid model or to remain in distance learning. We know that school will remain "distance learning" for the remainder of the fall semester. We hope that COVID-19 data will continue to improve and allow for a hybrid option for the spring. 

    Questions? On Thursday, October 29 at 6:00pm, BHS will have a Question/Answer meeting. I will blast an invitation to households on Tuesday. Please join us as your schedules allow.

    Below you will find a link to the commitment request form for parents to select a model for hybrid or distance learning models when it is possible to return to in-person instruction. The deadline to turn this form in is October 30, 2020. It is so important that we have every Bulldog submit a form that indicates their intentions for the Spring Semester. This will increase the likelihood that your student get an appropriate schedule.

    English: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sdVB1SdPTKVMDnxGAFfnOhyRqWPD6p0oqwhOXFLTL-Y/edit             

    Spanish Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oIYio6Nx1Ag37IkPjXM0t7XDL9LUttF_Qh56Kul9kzM/edit                   

    Armenian Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rs8fZoMBDRmFoK1T6TxaPpiQOp33id9B2bOSFGuvnDo/edit

    For updates on reopening and prior communications visit:

     https://www.burbankusd.org/reopeningfaqs 

    Remember to wear a mask, practice social distancing and listen to the science as we enter the cold and flu season. This is the way every family can to their part to improve the chances of us reunited on campus with a hybrid option in the near future.

    This concludes announcements for the week ahead. 

    Dr. Crowther

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  • October 18th, 2020

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 10/19/2020

    Good Evening Burbank High School Families,

    Welcome to the week of Monday, October 19, 2020. Typically, the weekly phone blast is an opportunity to keep parents informed of all things Burbank HS. This evening, I would like to speak first to our amazing students.

    Wednesday marks the close of our grade window for the first quarter of school. For the most part, I would like to commend our students on a strong effort and a successful first ten weeks under what is stressful and trying circumstances. I want to challenge every Bulldog to make the next ten weeks even better than the first ten; you’ve learned how to learn in this virtual model – now finish what you started.

    Some important reminders to our students:

    *Every one of you with a “D” or “F” mark should be reaching out to teachers through email and visiting during office hours. An honest assessment of your current reality requires you to chase the “why” you are struggling. Your teacher is the best resource to address this with you.

    *Attendance matters. Our school day starts at 8:00 a.m. EVERY day, including Fridays. You are to attend live virtual sessions Monday through Thursday until 12:20 p.m. You should expect asynchronous follow-up assignments of 30-60 minutes for each class you attended that day due by 11:59 p.m., unless your teacher gives you an extended deadline. Remember to click the attendance link as well.

    *Fridays you need to visit Google Classrooms of all of your classes to make sure that you understand the expectations for the day. Typically, you should have a 30-60 minutes assignment to complete relevant to the big ideas of the class sessions you attended that week. Reminder, you should click the attendance link for every class on your schedule.

    *Holidays are approaching and some families may elect to travel. You are expected “in” school, just as we expect you with us when face-to-face. You have a golden opportunity to stay with your studies, even out of the area with distance learning. If your family is traveling, it is your responsibility to plan ahead, secure good WiFi and be present and engaged in virtual classes. Teachers aren’t responsible for make-up sessions for family travel, which is an unexcused absence under California Ed-Code. You should always visit your teacher during office hours in the event you miss a class session for any reason.

    *We do not give early assessments to close the semester. Again, plan accordingly. Thanks Bulldogs. I will be working with our office staff to get these important expectations translated to our students who speak a primary language other than English as well.

    The National PTA Reflections Art Program is going on now:

    Calling all student artists, photographers, writers, filmmakers, dancers, musicians — 

    or any student who would like to try their hand at one of these disciplines.

    This is a great place to share your art! This year’s theme is:  I Matter Because …

    The deadline is Monday, October 26 at 6pm for all submissions.

    For more information, instructions and applications — please email:

    BurbankHighReflections@gmail.com

    The world needs your art!

    Students’ Email Account Clarification:

    Many students think that their school email accounts are through Gmail (understandably, since our District uses Google Suites). Students will try their log-ins on Gmail, find that it's not working, and think that their email accounts have issues. A good number have written our school, and we worry that there may be others confused. Remember that for student email accounts, the platform is Microsoft Outlook.

    “J What?:”

    Correcting my email last week, please note that the J-Code in AERIES reflects that students are NOT participating in their asynchronous learning. The newer “E” represents “Engaged.” Some tips that help with accurate attendance:

    • Students should set reminders on their phone that will alert them to post their attendance.
    • Be sure to look for the confirmation email receipt from each period as proof that you posted your period attendance.
    • If you do not receive a confirmation email receipt-attendance did not post correctly; try again.

    ICYMI (In Case You Missed It):

    Thank you to our Counseling Team for an important presentation to Seniors via Zoom last week. In case you missed it, their presentation can be found here:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t0Eb82wU9td0YdKaulajAvoEtgym0mrj/view

    This concludes this week’s announcements.

    Stay safe and be well,

    Dr. Crowther

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