• December 6th, 2020

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 12/7/2020


    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:


    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:


    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:


    This concludes this week’s announcements.

    Stay safe and be well,

    Dr. Crowther

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  • October 4th, 2020

    Posted by Megan Burkhart on 10/4/2020

    Good Evening Burbank HS Families,

    This is Dr. Crowther with announcements for the week of Monday, October 5, 2020.

    Calling all 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! The annual PTSA Reflections competition is this month. 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:


    Speaking of PTSA, our next meeting is Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Join the BHS PTSA for a scheduled Zoom Meeting at the link below. Remember to identify yourself so that you are let into the meeting.

    BHS PTSA Meeting October 14th Time: Oct 14, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting


    Meeting ID: 831 0710 0083

    Passcode: 603401

    My October “Coffee with the Principal” is this Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Join me for updates on AP exam sales, our upcoming Senior Counseling Night and other important updates about BHS.


    Time: Oct 7, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 


    Meeting ID: 870 9837 3614

    Passcode: UxWG0w

    This concludes announcements for this week. Have a great night.


    Dr. Crowther

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  • 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!


    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.


    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:


    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:



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

    Join Zoom Meeting


    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.


    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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