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The Oracle 2013-14

Issue #41

This issue of The Burlington School's Oracle is the last before the beginning of the year! This summer has been a whirlwind of excitement and anticipation for the upcoming school year; we've discovered that we're on the side of the Times-News truck for online advertising (that's TBS basketball player Romeao Ferguson to the left), our Back to School celebration is fast approaching and our new staff are settling into their classrooms. 

Issue #40

This week is a week of ramping up for the new school year! TBS parents are equipped with new resources, and they're eagerly anticipating the Back to School Celebration in just a few days! Our 2014-2015 Family/Student Handbook has been disitributed, and our website is ready for some massive traffic. We're to discover, build and become better this year!

Issue #39

We're riding in style, now! The Burlington School has a new bus, equipped with TBS detailing! We're also gearing up for a Back to School Celebration to welcome our students back (school is just a few weeks away!) Our new Director of College Counseling, Ashley Pearson, is already hard at work conducting work days with our rising Seniors for their college applications, as well. 

Read more about how we're preparing for an incredible 2014-15 school year below. If you haven't already, make sure that you explore our website, which has undergone significant renovations over the summer!

Issue #38

Important renovations are occurring on The Burlington School campus, not to mention lots and lots of fun! Read this week's issue below and stay connected to for more updates on our progress!

Issue #37

Although the summer is underway for the TBS family, some have remained on campus to continue to improve and prepare for the next academic year at The Burlington School! Classrooms are being painted, supplies ordered and plans made for the coming months. Our gymnasium underwent significant renovations, new Admissions Director Ronnie Wall has settled into his new office and Spartan summer scientists enjoyed a dry-ice experiment of epic proportions by TBS Upper School AP Biology teacher, Cathia Acton. Creativity in art and play commence daily here this summer under the supervision of Summer Camp Director Trinity Taylor.

Issue #36

The Burlington School's first commencement occured on June 10 at Elon University's McCrary Theatre! The first graduating class of the Burlington School consists of 19 talented students who have proven to be incredible portraits of a TBS graduate. Our students are poised, eloquent and mature; we wish them all of the best in their bright futures. View photos from their special day as well as photos from the Middle and Upper School Academic, Athletic and Arts awards in this week's issue,

Issue #35

This issue, The Burlington School announced that Burlington Mayor Mr. Ronnie Wall will be joining our school as our new Director of Admissions! Our fifth graders have graduated from their D.A.R.E. program (pictured left) and our Spring Choral Concert went wonderfully! (See pictures from all of these headlines on our Spartan Stories blog.) The Burlington School is just days away from graduation and Move-Up Day -

Issue #34

Each year at a successful school brings change; this issue of The Oracle brings with it news of new staff that will be joining our ranks as we strive to continually provide an exceptional education to our children each day! This past week, we also celebrated our first annual TBS field day; visit for photos and videos of our fun-filled day! Click here for more!

Issue #33

This week's issue of The Oracle contains information on a few of our most eagerly anticipated end-of-year events: Field Day, Move Up Day and Graduation! As a school, we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day this week and enjoyed a 1/2 page spread in our local newspaper in celebration of our magnificent seniors (see left)!

Issue #32

The Music Man, Jr. debuted this past weekend, bringing with it an opportunity to host the 2014 Visual Arts reception and see our talented students do what they do best; portray TBS in the best possible light! Our 4th and 5th graders are blogging about their experiences on their excursions to the NC mountain region this week, and our students showed their passion for community in one very special morning meeting. Download this issue below and take a quick peek at more Spartan greatness at

Issue #31

This edition of The Oracle is chock-full of good news! Just a few of the headlines included this week identify our Varsity Boys Golf and Tennis teams as second place finishers in their conferences, link to clips from a TV appearance made by members of the cast of The Music Man Jr., and contain photos of our Upper Schoolers participating in a day of service. Click below for more good news and photos of our National Honor Society Induction ceremony, as well as photos from Grandfriends May Day!

Issue #30

Field Day and May Day and chicks, oh my! This serves as a lead in issue for Grandfriends May Day, a television appearance for our drama students in preparation for The Music Man Jr., and a tribute to the collaborative culture our Middle School students hold dear. Click below for more photos and important dates at TBS as we count down the days of the school year!

Issue #29

Spring has sprung at The Burlington School! Our students celebrated by learning about eggs and embracing the warmth of the seasons with peers. The Burlington School is also preparing for the end of our academic year - a time chock-full of end-of-year performances, teacher appreciation days, and tremendous projects and accomplishments made by our Upper Schoolers (we've highlighted an equestrian within our ranks, as well as a first-time author this week!) Read about the exciting things we're looking forward to this Spring below, as well as the awesome things our students are involved in on the TBS blog!

Issue #28

The Burlington School eagerly awaits the start of our Spring Musical Production! Coming on May 9, 10 and 11, the original cover art you see to the left was created by TBS senior, Sarah Vossers. This issue boasts of tremendous support at the first-ever Annual Dinner and Auction (and over $20,000 raised for a TBS bus) as well as updates to our Head of School search and the introduction of our second TBS intern. Read more about our upcoming events below, and if you'd like to see more of what makes TBS great, go to Spartan Stories!

Issue #27

After a successful Annual Dinner and Auction, a tremendous AAA awards ceremony and multiple victories on the field and the court in the early spring, this issue of the Oracle was one for celebration. The Burlington School's outgoing Senior class has been offered over $2.1 million in scholarships, and generous donations from our TBS community will soon be attributed to various projects and needs for the school. Read more below! 

Issue #26

The Burlington School is proud to announce GREAT news: Alamance County's first-ever student to be offered a Jefferson Scholarship calls The Burlington School home: Senior Asad Khan! Senior Meredith Piatt also secure a position as TBS Communications Fellow, and both regional science fair representatives (fourth grader John Stanfill and fifth grader Spencer Hood) won honorable mention for their presentations. Both of our Battle of the Books team competitors in Elementary School and Middle School placed 2nd and 1st respectively! Read more below and view exciting news on a daily basis at our website!

Issue #25

The Burlington School is moving up and out on the website forefront! With a new blog and social media presence comes the added opportunity to tell the stories of our student experiences and accomplishments. TBS community members are eagerly anticipating a multitude of things this week; purchasing TBS spirit wear, attending the 2104 Annual Auction and celebrating multiple awards for appraised student writing and art submissions to local and regional competitions. Read more below!

Issue #24

The week of wonder commences just prior to spring break! E-Mersion Term and WOW week went wonderfully for TBS students from grades 4-12. Our Upper School students took Bollywood dance and had Henna skin art administered, they played in their own Jazz Workshop, they learned how to cook and crochet, as well as tour and visit colleges and universities during their out-of-the box learning sessions! A group of Upper School students studied Improvisation techniques and another traveled to New York to view Broadways shows and become immersed in theatrical culture. Our Middle School students learned real-life survival tactics in their "Survivor themed" coursework, and our Lower School students even participated in yoga. Read more below about the awesome things our students about doing, and view more photos and student accomplishments on our Spartan Snapshot page at

Issue #23

Wax Museums, Paralympian success stories, and TBS library luxuries described by our students themselves! This week was filled with extraordinary displays of exceptional student work. Our very own Mother Teresa (pictured left) put together a project detailing the life and work of her subject at the annual fourth grade wax museum (where students become influential historical figures!) TBS also hosted honored distinguished guest and paralympian Robin Brueckmann as she shared inspirational advice about setting goals and achieving dreams on both our Middle and Upper School campuses. Read about that and the poignant recollection of a TBS parent, alumna, and trustee as she speaks about last week's Upper School Parent Information night and the confident students that described there experiences there. This issue is chock-full of the stuff TBS is made of! Read more below.

Issue #22

Our Rock Ensemble group is preparing for their spring concert - The Burlington School community could not be more excited to hear them feaure songs from multiple genres! This issue highlights a a fourth and fifth grader who have advanced to state competition for their incredible science fair projects, and our eagerly anticipated Spring Open Houses on both campuses. Our Senior recognition ceremonies for the Winter sports season and post-season accolades for our basketball and swim teams are just a click away! Read more below.

Issue #21

This week, The Burlington School celebrated a tradition 30 years in the making - our 1st grade parent - student Valentines day breakfast! This issue recaps athletics and hints at more coverage of our Winter Sports teams - our Varsity Boys Basketball team continues in their quest for an NCISAA title! Read more about their accolades here.

Issue #20

This week, The Burlington School celebrated a number of accomplishments on the athletic front. Our Winter Sports season was a tremendous success! The Middle School and Varsity Swim Teams have accomplished awesome feats in the pool this season. The Varsity Swim team won 3 top 5 finishes at the TAC Swimming Championships and recorded a few season and personal best times! Brannin Webber (Junior) and Piotr Tarala (8th grader) won both of their events which earned them All-Conference honors. Tarala also broke the TAC record in the 500 freestyle by almost 3 seconds! The Middle School Boys Basketball team finished the season as the regular season and TMAC Tournament Champions - with a PERFECT 13-0 record. Read more about our season below.

Issue #19

Ready, Set, ROCK! The Rock Ensemble is preparing for their Spring Concert, and the TBS community is ready and raring to cheer them on under those bright lights! Read more below about our ambitious teachers pursuing professional development opportunities, an inspirational paralympic dressage professional speaking at both campuses on February 12 and an additional art competition where our students are sure to shine!

Visit our brand new TBSSpartans YouTube Channel for clips from our 2014 State of School Address!

Issue #18

Scientific Success! This January, TBS had two winners in the elementary division the Piedmont Fair at High Point University on Saturday, January 25th, where their science fair displays were judged against numerous student entries from other independent schools in our region. Both will advance to display their work at the Region V competition on February 22nd. If they win at that level, they will advance to the state competition!  On Thursday, January 30, we also hosted the 1st Inagural State of the School Address on our Davis Street Campus. View this Issue of The Oracle below, and the multimedia presentation of the Address here.

Issue #17

Best in Show. Here at The Burlington School, we strive for the very best! At the 45th annual Burlington Women's Student Competition, our students placed as top artists in multiple categories; Graphite and Pastel Drawing in grades 6-8 as well as Acrylic painting, Scratchboard (graphics), and Pastel for grades 9-12. Visit our Facebook Page for more photos of the artwork! We also had a number of fantastic science fair displays created from our 4th and 5th graders! Click below for photos from a magnificent week at the Burlington School!

Issue #16

REDZONE. The first ever TBS REdZONE game occurred on Saturday, January 11th - it was a terrific rematch between our Varsity Boys team and their rival Word of God. The game was decided in our packed TBS gym, after two overtime periods! The TBS pledge was revealed to each division this week as well. Our entire community is stepping forward into the new year with a commitment to Exhibit Friendship, Demonstrate Leadership, Embrace Citizenship, Show Empathy, Live with integrity, Honor Perseverance and Be Passionate! Click below for more!

Issue #15

FEAR THE SPEAR! This issue of the Oracle reaveled the eagerly anticipated TBS mascot - the Spartan at left! We're excited about the new representative of TBS Athletics, which will soon be present on TBS athletic apparel and equipment. This issue was filled with other firsts; The Burlington School will host its first-ever REDZONE game as our successful Boys Varsity Basketball Teamholds a rematch against a competitive opponent for the second time. Click below for more on that and the first TBS Science Fair and Spelling Bee!

Issue #14

Give me more Charlie! This edition of the Oracle highlights up close and personal photographs of Charlie Siem as he performs and answers questions for our Lower, Middle and Upper school Students at The Davis Street Campus click here for the issue in its entirety, and click here for an exclusive TBS interview with Charlie Siem! (Also in this edition: the drama and choral performances of our TBS students in our first annual TBS Holiday Program in our regular Spartan Snapshot.)

Issue #13

This edition of the Oracle brings great news of success at our Annual Barnes and Noble Bookfair; click here for a by-the-numbers infographic for a look at the proceeds TBS has earned! By sure to take a look at this week's Spartan Snapshot which highlights our budding TBS photographers - they took incredible photos during their E-Mersion Term course this year (see left). The Faculty Enrichment Fund is here just in time for the 2013 holiday season; read for more information and give here.

Issue #12

New Name, New Colors, New brand - finally, TBS became web official during the week of December 3-9. Our website is constantly changing as we accommodate both new visitors and current families. Click here for more information on The Burlington School's rebranding process. Read about how 5th grade teacher Lisa Johnson empowers her students to take control of their own learning in her classroom, and take a look at some of the out-of the box learning initiatives Upper and Middle School students encountered During WOW Week and E-Mersion Term: Teacher David Letvak's students created explosives to demonstrate how pyrotechnics and propellants work! Our Middle School students arranged themselves around the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center sundial on a trip (see left.)

Issue #11

TBS sent well wishes to its talented Upper School Choir when they ventured to Vienna, Austria on November 23! They took their musical talents abroad to explore art, opera, ballet and European culture before performing on December 1 at Melk Abbey Church. The Burlington School also rode in style on their Christmas Parade float before displaying their drama performance in motion; Calvin Barefoot-Yeager (who was also photographed in the Times-News this Sunday!) laughs amongst TBS students as ‘the Grinch’ Click below for more!

Issue #10

“ 'It feels good to give!' ”
...Fifth grader Spencer Hood isn’t the only TBS student to express that sentiment this past week. On November 13, 5th and 1st graders partnered up in the middle school lounge to give back to their community – PB & J style. Our students have participated in the tradition 10 years running, and 5th graders articulate fond memories about their 1st grade service..." Click here to read more of this heart warming story about TBS service in this edition of The Oracle!

Issue #9

Financial Aid procedures abound in this issue, which can also be found on our admissions page. Charming photos of our accomplished music faculty are also in this issue - Click here to watch them engage our Lower and Middle school students into rousing song and dance in this week's Spartan Snapshot!

Issue #8

Stop, drop, and roll! As young as 3, our students are being taught preventative measures for fire safety. Our local police department came in the morning of October 30 to present tips to our Lower and Middle School Students to remain safe throughout the year. Dr. Oats also offered Transitional Thoughts on the TBS merger - click here for that insightful piece and much more!

Issue #7

Not only do we value the diversity that comes from our TBS community, but we invite the best and the brightest to join us and influence our students for the better. Author Aletha Kontis visited our Preschool 3 through 12th grade classes to talk about the writing process, publishing practices, and the success. Following her visit, The Times News covered her visit to our school! Click here for more information on her, our Halloween celebrations, and school spirit!

Issue #6

Bollywood dancing at morning meeting? Check. Victories on the playing field? Check. Preparations for the TBS Halloween carnival? Absolutely! Click here to learn more about the TBS traditions and accomplishments that we hold dear. Yes, we dance - it's all a part of celebrating all of the good that goes on in and around our walls!

Issue #5

One thing we tout as one of our greatest attributes is the family atmosphere at this school. The Burlington School is a family, and all, from Preschool 2-12, support one another. This year, cancer survivor and TBS Junior Lillie Brown developed a walk to defeat Osteosarcoma, the cancer she was diagnosed with. Click here<strong > for more on Lillie's story, and additional notes on positive feedback in the learning process.

Issue #4

Senior recognition from Fall sports is highlighted in this issue (see left), as a recap of the TBS crop Walk, which was supported in large numbers by TBS community members. The Spartans Club (Our Athletic Booster Club) come out in full force to motivate the masses to support TBS athletics in this October 8 Issue. Click here for more!

Issue #3

Want to see just how busy The Burlington School is on any given week? Click here to check out this jam-packed issue full of calendar items, notes from our Athletic Director, Ron Johnson, and amazing accomplishments by our students and athletic teams.

Issue #2

Community oriented events like The Art of the Brick (see left) are wonderful opportunities TBS takes seriously; parents and students interact with each other to explore how art and culture intersect both inside of and out of the classroom. Click here for more information on this and our annual TBS Crop Walk (one of our many service initiatives), where TBS faculty, students and family members walk or run a 10k to end hunger worldwide.

Issue #1

Read about the beginnings of the push for The Growth Mindset on the TBS campus! Current TBS parents have access to the goings on of our curriculum changes, and have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with their students about what they are learning in the classroom! Issue 1 unveils the beginning of our transition as a merged school (see left). Click here for athletic and academic updates from the very beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.