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  • Heart Award Winners Named
    Sam Jefferies with his Heart Award
    The TBS Heart Award is presented annually to a TBS student in the top grade level of each division in the lower, middle, and upper schools. Historically, Burlington Day School awarded The Daniel Causey Award to an 8th grader who went the extra mile in service and dedication to the school, and The Elon School bestowed The Faculty Award to a senior who embodied the school’s mission.  We now have the combined spirit of these two awards in the TBS Heart Award. Each recipient was nominated by the faculty based on their commitment to the school and their embodiment of the school, its pledge, and its mission.
    This year's senior recipient of the Heart Award is Sam Jefferies. Of Sam, his advisor Megan Butler said, "This year’s recipient exceeds the expectations placed upon him through our TBS ideals. His leadership in student government serves as a model of collaboration, commitment and consistency. Not only that, but he’s comfortable in his own skin and exudes that confidence in a way that inspires his peers to do the same. Whether it’s taking on the role of our very own Sparty the Spartan mascot or researching the effects of social media on the wellbeing of its student users, our recipient engages in multiple avenues of extracurricular opportunity. This student not only strives in student life and academics, he also reflects a passion for the arts both in studio art as well as STEM, where he thrives in filmmaking capabilities with an eye for storytelling. He even takes that passion beyond the classroom, attending collegiate camps when possible to stretch his understanding of the discipline. This student is empathetic, responsible, relational, and open-minded."

    Mackenzie Carter with Nicole McDonaldThis year's Lower School Heart Award was presented to fourth grader Mackenzie Carter. Of Mackenzie, her teacher Nicole McDonald said, "This year’s Heart Award recipient is someone who can always be trusted to do the right thing, even when no one is looking. This student chooses kindness, every time, toward all classmates. Fairness, respect and honesty are very important to this student. She shows empathy, compassion and support when she sees a peer in need. This student is a natural leader who encourages others to do the right thing and actively helps her friends reach compromises. Her motives are always genuine, and she never fails to celebrate the accomplishments of her peers."

    Kali Powers and Kristi TannerThis year's Middle School Heart Award recipient was eighth grader Kali Powers. Her teachers Bethany Baker and Caleb Vanderburg said of Kali, "This year's eighth grade recipient of the TBS Heart Award embodies the seven traits of the Spartan Pledge. First of all, she shows passion, not only as a skilled softball player who thrives in travel softball, but also academically she is an honors student who consistently performs well in the classroom. The traits of friendship and empathy shine through as she is accepting of everyone and makes those around her feel comfortable. She is always the one to step up and help out wherever there is a need. If someone is struggling, she is the first to walk over and offer a helping hand. She has been known to approach kids, asking, “Are you okay?” if she senses something is wrong. In a class full of strong personalities, she has remained grounded and true to herself, making her a strong role model who personifies another Spartan trait, leadership. This young lady has had to face a lot of adversity in her life, but instead of letting it define her, she has persevered. She has risen to the challenges presented to her throughout her time in Middle School and is a model for those that follow in her footsteps to see what it means to be a student at TBS. Finally, and most importantly, she shows the spirit of a Spartan, showing the utmost integrity, always doing the right thing regardless of who is watching. She doesn't seek to do things for approval; she does them because they're right. This young lady is always a joy to teach or coach and is a light wherever she goes."
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  • Yearbook Staff Wins Award
    Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, has announced that The Burlington School’s yearbook program has achieved the Jostens 2022 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award at the Silver Level.
    The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration and information and communication technologies literacy. 
    The TBS award-winning yearbook program is made up of the following students: Kendrell Brooks, Zariah Burns, Zach Cimino, Tucker Holand, Myles Hooker, Nate Jefferies, Cody Mahaffey, Odin Maulden, Brantley O'Day, Pam Ortiz, Jacob Turner, Amiyah Ware and Lillian Young.
    Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall based on the yearbook’s arrival date at the school. The award was presented to the TBS yearbook program for achieving defined criteria in between one and three of the following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement and successfully managing the yearbook creation process. 
    “Jostens is proud to recognize those individuals who have created an exceptional yearbook for their school and community,” said Tammy Whitaker, Jostens VP and COO Yearbook Division. “These schools did an exceptional job on multiple levels, despite the challenges presented by this school year. Yearbooks are a critical part of capturing and telling a school’s story, and Jostens is dedicated to supporting yearbook staff members as they do their important work.”
    Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop 21st century skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the school year. Jostens invests in state-of-the-art technology, best-in-class service, educational curriculum and award-winning print manufacturing platforms to plan, design, build and produce yearbooks. 
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  • Athletes Rack Up Honors
    In a recent announcement from the Burlington Times-News, a total of 13 basketball players from The Burlington School received all-region accolades.
    Shane Peterson and Laila Anderson were named the Times-News All-Region Player of the Year for the boys and girls, respectively. The duo helped both TBS squads capture state championships. Peterson put up 13 points and three assists per game. Anderson led the team with 22.0 points per game, 3.8 assists per contest and 2.7 steals per outing.
    Peterson, along with Kheni Briggs (14 points, four rebounds and two assists per game), were named First Team All-Region on the boys side, while Michael Nwoko (11 points and nine rebounds per game) picked up second-team honors. Earning honorable mention recognition were Kendrell Brooks (eight points per game), Kobe George (seven points and five assists per game), Amare Miller (eight points and 10 rebounds per game), Avion Pinner (12 points, six rebounds and two assists per game) and Zion Walker (10 points and 3.5 assists per game).
    Anderson and Amiyah Ware (17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game) were First-Team All-Region selections on the girls side. Picking up honorable mention honors were Zariah Burns (5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game), Aaliyah Coley (5.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game) and Samantha Walker (7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game).
    Boys head coach Ryan Bernardi was named the Times-News Coach of the Year following a second state title.
    The TBS boys completed the 2021-22 season with a 30-7 record, while the girls finished the year with a 21-7 mark.
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  • Marshall Named Basketball Coach, AD
    George Marshall head shot
    The Burlington School announced on Thursday, May 5, that it has named George Marshall as the new head coach of its boys basketball program and athletic director. Marshall comes to TBS following five successful seasons as the head coach at Henderson Collegiate.
    “We are happy to welcome George Marshall as our next head boys basketball coach and athletic director,” said TBS Head of School Ronnie Wall. “His success at Henderson Collegiate, both on and off the court, will be an asset to not only our basketball players, but to all of our student-athletes here at The Burlington School.”
    During his tenure, Marshall, a three-time NCAC Coach of the Year, guided Henderson Collegiate to 100 victories, a co-state championship and a state runner-up finish. His teams won two NCHSAA Eastern Region crowns, four regular season conference titles and three conference tournament championships. His program produced 15 all-conference honorees, three league players of the year and had 11 players earn collegiate athletic scholarships.
    Off the court, Marshall’s program boasted a 100% graduation rate and four-year college acceptance rate, while maintaining an overall team GPA of 3.0 with a majority honors and AP course load.
    “I am excited and honored to be a part of The Burlington School community,” said Marshall. “As the athletic director and head coach of the varsity boys basketball program, I will work relentlessly to help our students build habits necessary to succeed in high school, college and life. I look forward to building long-lasting relationships within Burlington and the surrounding areas and can’t wait for this new journey to begin.”
    Marshall has also served Henderson Collegiate as its athletic director since 2016 and spent time as the school’s dean of students, a grade level chair and math teacher.
    Marshall is a 2011 graduate of Penn State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He holds a master’s degree in middle grades education from East Carolina University.
    The Burlington School boys basketball program has won four state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2021 and 2022.
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  • May Day History
    May Day 1981
    The Burlington School May Day: History & Tradition
    Written by Janet Latham
    Spring is here, flowers are blooming everywhere and TBS families are looking forward to a return to our traditional celebration of May Day. This long-cherished day is one of community and togetherness where families enjoy dressing up in their Sunday best to gather together on campus to welcome Spring.
    During the ceremony, the fourth grade, eighth grade and senior class are honored in recognition of their transition to the next level of their education. Two students from each class are recognized for being exemplars of our shared values of honesty, loyalty, responsibility, empathy, friendship, integrity and perseverance and courage. All seniors are recognized and presented a red flower from a Lower School student. The fifth-grade class, whose students have been diligently practicing for the past several weeks, dance the traditional May Pole Dance.
    The May Day tradition comes to us from Burlington Day School. According to Rose Anne Gant, one of the founding parents of the school that started on Trail 4 in 1954, the first May Day was in 1955 or 1956. Since then, May Day has been held every year with the exception of COVID-19 related interruptions in 2020 and 2021.
    BDS and TBS alumni have happy memories of May Days past. Lauren Griggs Bradshaw (BDS ’03) fondly remembers the maypole dance and being in the May Day Court. She especially remembers getting to take home a cutting from the ribbons. “I will never forget Mrs. Payne teaching us the maypole dance, and it is so special that Zack [Lauren’s son] was able to have the same experience. It means so much to me that Zack TBS ‘24 and I both got to experience this tradition.”
    Former BDS student, and current parent, Susan Powell Davis wrote the following: “May Day is my absolute favorite tradition at TBS. I recall many warm May Day’s all dressed up in my spring best. My earliest May Day memory must have come from kindergarten. We sang 'Bringin' home a baby bumble bee…won’t my mommy be so proud of me,' then a few verses later, 'Ouch! he stung me!' And we lifted the dish towels off our little picnic baskets and ran off giggling. I recall really enjoying the surprise of the crowd in that moment. I also recall being in fifth grade and braiding the May Pole. To that point, I had always loved seeing the older children do it and then loved taking part myself. I remember I was very excited to be handed the pink ribbon on the big day. Seeing two of my children braid it was such a special memory as well. I look forward to my youngest getting to braid it next year! I would be lying if I didn’t admit to getting a little teary hearing the May Day Carol each year to close the May Day concert. It really sets the tone for the season of celebration that is May. Whether it’s your first, last, or somewhere in between May Day… 'God bless you all both great and small and send you a joyful May.'"
    Elizabeth Sellers Stanfill (BDS ’84) also remembers the happy memories she has of being Queen of the May Day Court when she was in fifth grade. Her children, Leigh Stanfill and son John, who is graduating TBS this year, share in the memories of wrapping the May Pole. The painting of May Day 1981 was painted by Elizabeth’s grandmother, local artist and another BDS founding parent, Hazel Sellers. The children wrapping the May Pole are actual BDS students and include Elizabeth, as well as other current TBS parents and BDS graduates, Steve Barnwell and Ed Wilson. The painting still hangs in the teachers’ lounge in the Emerson Hall Lower School.
    After the 2013 merger of Burlington Day School and The Elon School, the May Day Celebration presented an opportunity to combine cherished traditions from each school, thus continuing them.
    According to Killian Barefoot, there was a rose garden on the original campus of The Elon School. The founding families and faculty of TES made it a tradition to give one of those roses to each graduating senior. The giving of a red flower to graduating seniors by a Lower School student is now incorporated into TBS’ May Day.
    This overview of May Day is but a snapshot written with the goal of developing a more complete picture of the rich history of our cherished tradition that began with the founding of the Burlington Day School. Anyone with more details, photos and/or memories is welcome to contact Janet Latham ( for addition into an archive for the history of the schools that are now The Burlington School.  Go Spartans!
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  • Students Produce Research Paper
    Over the course of the year, the Digital Wellness Club worked to collect data about screen time and the relationship between technology and TBS in the school community. The group penned a research article on their findings and included some tips and methods to help people stay aware and manage their time on social media and technology.
    Read the article HERE.
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  • Danishanko Selected for Prestigious Program
    Heather Danishanko, a Spanish and psychology teacher in the TBS Upper School, has been selected as one of 16 teachers across the country to participate in the Fullbright-Hays Seminar in Hungary this summer.
    Danishanko, who was the 2021-22 TBS Teacher of the Year, will travel to Hungary for a month this summer to participate in the seminar that will focus on significant historical events over the past 1,000 years, such as the cultural influences of ancient civilizations (Roman, pre-Christian), the confluences of major empires and religions (Eastern and Western Christianity, Islam and Jewish migration), the Renaissance and the Baroque Ages leading into the modern age. The seminar will explore and demonstrate the effects of these historical events and how they contributed to the formation of the colorful and complex cultural heritage that has helped to define Hungary in the 21st century.
    The itinerary includes workshops in curriculum and textbook development, and visits with organizations teaching media literacy, educational foundations for underserved communities and minorities and after-school talent development immersion programs. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with policymakers, academics and a range of experts, including high school principals, teachers, Fulbright teacher exchange alumni and professors of education, sociology, art and architecture and foreign languages.
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  • Watch State of the School
    Gym exterior rendering
    If you were unable to attend the recent State of the School Address, it is now available on the TBS YouTube channel. This year's address focused on campus expansion with the addition of more classroom space and a new gymnasium.
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  • Aladdin Jr. Tickets
    Aladdin Jr. Header
    Tickets for the upcoming TBS musical production of Aladdin Jr. are now available! Tickets are $12 apiece and can be purchased at the link below. The show will be performed at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Burlington on Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
    Purchase your tickets HERE.
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  • Artists Capture Honors
    "Cupcakes" artwork that earned Best in Show
    A total of 18 TBS Middle and Upper School art students took home over 20 honors at the Alamance County Arts Council's 64th Visual Arts Competition. The work of those students will be on display at the Captain White House in Graham beginning with a reception on Thursday evening.
    Highlighting the awards was eighth grader Maygan McLaughlin capturing the Middle School division's Best in Show for her chalk pastel work, "Cupcakes."
    TBS artists earned four first-place showings in both the Middle and High School divisions and captured a clean sweep of the Middle School scratchboard competition.
    Middle School winners were:
    Pencil/Color Pencil
    1st – Olivia Myers-Moran, "Penguins"
    2nd – Caroline Hubbard, "Hot Dog"
    1st – Angelina Moore, "Artist Proof"
    2nd – Emma Kirkman, "Sun and Moon"
    Honorable Mention – Lenora Rainey, "City"
    Oil/Chalk Pastel
    1st – Maygan McLaughlin, "Cupcakes" (Best in Show)
    1st – Mandy Cabigting, "Tiger Cat"
    2nd – Angelina Moore, "Portrait"
    3rd – Olivia Myers-Moran, "Owl"
    Honorable Mention – Gerry McCarthy, "Shoes"
    Upper School winners were:
    1st – Evie Rainey, "Portrait"
    2nd – Matthew Brown, "Portrait"
    Honorable Mention – Sam Jefferies, "Owl"
    Honorable Mention – Evie Rainey, "Cat"
    2nd – Madison Bruce, "City"
    1st – Taylor Jones, "Jars"
    1st – Anaya Thomas, "Tea Time"
    Graphite Drawing
    1st – Taylor Jones, "Radio City Music Hall"
    3rd – Hannahgrace Daniels, "Laces"
    Oil/Chalk Pastel
    2nd – Kaitlyn Colon, "Carrosel of Cupcakes"
    3rd – Ardyn Eggar, "Boat"
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  • D.C. Awaits Anumakonda
    Riya Anumakonda with Sir Purr after placing 3rd at the regional Spelling Bee
    TBS sixth grade student Riya Anumakonda earned a third-place finish at the Carolina Panthers Regional Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 13. Her showing allows her to advance to the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in June.
    In Charlotte, Anumakonda faced off with spellers from public and independent schools across North Carolina.
    The 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place June 1-2 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and will be hosted by LeVar Burton. In 2022, the Bee will make its primetime debut on ION, Bounce and Laff, available free and over-the-air to viewers, as well as on cable and streaming.
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  • Basketball Recognition
    After winning 2A state championships this season, players from both the boys and girls basketball teams received recognition for their performance.
    On the boys' side, seniors Kheni Briggs and Shane Peterson both captured all-state accolades. The duo then participated in the recent NCISAA Private School All-Star Game that was held at Providence Day School. Briggs netted 23 points to earn game MVP honors, while Peterson added 19 points.
    For the girls, both senior Laila Anderson and sophomore Amiyah Ware were named to the all-state team. Anderson also participated in the All-Star game, scoring eight points.
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  • O'Day to Participate in CXC Program
    TBS sophomore Brantley O'Day has been selected as a participant in the 2022 Spring Catalyzing eXploration in Chemistry (CXC) program.
    The CXC program is a six-week virtual research experience that will occur between March 15 and April 23. O'Day will be able to learn about chemical sustainability, work on renewable energy projects and engage with chemists from around the nation.
    O'Day has been partnered with Cristina Cusmai, an undergraduate student mentor at Boston College. His team will meet twice a week to discuss progress on their mini research projects.
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  • TBS Spelling Bee Champion
    Kristi Tanner, Riya Anumakonda and Lisa Johnson
    After 33 rounds, the annual TBS Spelling Bee came to a conclusion with sixth grader Riya Anumakonda collecting the title for the second straight year.
    Anumakonda will advance to the statewide competition for independent schools, which will be held on Feb. 16.
    The TBS bee included 11 students from grades 4-8. They were:
    Fourth Grade – Kelsey Kornegay and Abby Matherly
    Fifth Grade – Henry Pratt and Dawson Tanner
    Sixth Grade – Milani Agueda, Riya Anumakonda and Jack Sanders
    Seventh Grade – Mandy Cabigting and Deja Pierce
    Eighth Grade – Austin Rouse and Om Shah

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  • Aladdin Jr. Cast List
    The cast is set for the upcoming TBS musical production of Aladdin Jr.! Congratulations to all who earned roles.
    The first rehearsal for the entire cast will take place on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. until noon in the Middle School drama room. Make sure to bring a pencil and highlighter.
    Cast List
    Jason Johnson – Genie
    Jonathan Carew – Aladdin
    Christopher Latham – Jafar
    Mandy Cabigting – Jasmine
    Sidney Robinson – Babkak
    Benjamin Carew – Iago
    Om Shah – Omar
    Nolan Byrtus – Sultan, Spooky Voice
    Olivia Martin – Kassim
    Caroline Wall – Manal
    Auset Donadelle – Isir
    Adrianna Dobbs – Rajah
    Lilly Angyal – Agrabahn, Apple Vendor
    Zaid Arida – Agrabahn, Guard 1, Camel, Cave Voice
    Rowan Averitt – Agrabahn, Apprentice, Featured Dancer
    Daniel Babiak – Agrabahn, Prince Abdullah
    Carissa Benkosky – Agrabahn, Apprentice, Featured Dancer, Soloist #3
    Zach Bradshaw – Agrabahn, Razoul
    Jadeyss Burnette – Agrabahn, Merchant
    Abigail Carroll – Agrabahn, Beggar #2
    John Dennison – Agrabahn, Guard 2, Rafiq, Attendant 1
    Jack Ellis – Agrabahn, Guard
    Zoey Ensley – Agrabahn, Merchant
    William Hrinko – Agrabahn, Guard
    Gabe Houston – Agrabahn, The Storyteller, Beggar #1
    Emma Kirkman – Agrabahn, Shop Owner
    Joseph Leiser – Agrabahn, Guard, Camel
    Carmen Martin – Agrabahn, Apprentice, Featured Dancer
    Nancy Martindale – Agrabahn, Rafiq
    Maygan McLaughlin – Agrabahn, Fortune Teller
    Angelina Moore – Agrabahn, Apprentice, Featured Dancer
    Deja Pierce – Agrabahn, Apprentice, Featured Dancer
    Avery Roberts – Agrabahn, Beggar #3
    Miles Robinson – Agrabahn, Guard
    Nate Robinson – Agrabahn, Guard, Rafiq
    Liza Self – Agrabahn, Apprentice, Featured Dancer, Dance Captain
    Ria Shah – Agrabahn, Soloist #1, Rafiq, Featured Dancer, Dance Captain
    Joseph Sosa – Agrabahn, Guard
    Macey Trollinger – Agrabahn, Soloist #2
    Aisha Yunus – Agrabahn, Attendant 2
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  • Students Selected for Summer Course
    A pair of TBS eighth grade students have been selected to participate in the North Carolina School of Science and Math's Durham Accelerator program this summer. Mary Chandler Giles and Angelina Moore will both take part in "The Mathematics of Competition: Sports, Politics, Disputes, and More!" in July.
    This program is open to rising seventh, eighth and ninth grade students from across North Carolina and will allow students to gain exposure to introductory ideas from game theory. Game theory often overlaps with areas such as economics and international relations. They will participate in class discussions, team problem-solving activities and presentations.
    The application process involves a number of short-answer questions that are reviewed by NCSSM faculty and staff. They score the application against a rubric before offering admission to the program. 
  • Updated: Aladdin Jr. Returns to TBS
    Aladdin Jr. Header
    Get ready for a thrilling tale of mischief, mystery and love as The Burlington School proudly and triumphantly brings back Aladdin Jr. as its spring musical production!  
    A meeting for parents of students in grades 3-12 who are interested in participating in the show will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, and Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. under the tent in the lower parking lot of the Upper School. Parents will be able to fill out all audition paperwork and supply a conflict schedule at this time (and will then not have to do so at auditions).
    Students wanting to participate should attend one of the two auditions with their parents. The first will be held on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 3-5 p.m., while the second will occur on Monday, Jan. 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The auditions will be held in the lower level of the Upper School. If needed, parents will be able to fill out their paperwork under the tent in the parking lot at this time. This show will feature singing, dancing, stage combat and stunts. If you have a conflict with both dates, please contact Bethany Baker.  For more information about auditions, please go to the TBS Drama Website.  
    Aladdin Jr. will be performed at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington from May 6-8. Ticket information will be announced later this spring.
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  • Classes Resume Jan. 6
    As our Winter Break comes to a close, we hope you were able to enjoy the holidays and remain safe and healthy. We are scheduled to resume classes on Thursday, Jan. 6, and will be IN PERSON.

    We ask that you continue to care for the TBS community by reporting any positive test results, or exposures in your family, to our COVID contact person, Chris Yeager at

    We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning!
  • Danishanko Named TBS Teacher of the Year
    Heather Danishanko works with a student
    Upper School Spanish and psychology teacher Heather Danishanko has been selected as The Burlington School's 2021-22 Teacher of the Year in an announcement made on Thursday, Dec. 2.
    Danishanko is in her fifth year teaching, all at TBS.
    Said Danishanko, “This honor means so much to me. It is incredibly shocking to be singled out amongst the fantastic pool of teachers at The Burlington School. I love this school and community so much and I'm grateful that my passion for teaching has been recognized.”
    Killian Barefoot, Upper School Academic Dean, added, “Ms. Danishanko is the finest example of what an educator can be: enthusiastic, organized, creative and thoughtful. She brings confidence and a passion for learning to the classroom every day. Her classes are interactive, demanding and fun – bringing out the best in her students.”
    Danishanko is a 2017 graduate of King’s College. She earned bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Spanish with certifications in English Secondary Education and Spanish K-12 Education.
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  • Holiday Event Tickets
    Brian Stokes Mitchell Holiday Event Ad
    We hope you will plan to join us for the 16th Annual Holiday Event concert featuring Broadway, film and television legend Brian Stokes Mitchell on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held in the ballroom at The Inn at Elon. Please find below the steps to purchase your sponsorship or tickets.

    COVID Attendance Policy:
    To ensure the safety of our guests, per the contractual agreement with the artist, who is represented by Wasserman Music LLC, NYC, each attendee must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask upon entry into the concert venue. Exceptions are made for children under 12 and people with medical conditions or closely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination. These guests must each provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within six (6) hours of the performance’s start time OR a negative antigen test taken within six (6) hours of the performance’s start time.

    How to Attend the Event:
    Step 1 – Upload your vaccination card and photo identification HERE.

    Step 2 – Once you submit your information, you will be redirected to the event website where you may purchase sponsorships or tickets (Individual tickets begin at $25, while sponsorship opportunities start at $500).

    Step 3 – Your tickets will be held at the box office at The Inn at Elon. The box office will open at 5:30 p.m. Please be prepared to show your COVID vaccination card and your photo ID at the box office.

    Mitchell received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his star turn in the musical Kiss Me, Kate. He gave Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II and Ragtime. A few of his regional credits include Sweeney Todd at the Sondheim Celebration at The Kennedy Center with Christine Baranski and The Light in the Piazza at the Los Angeles Opera with Renee Fleming. Mr. Mitchell was four days from opening LOVE/LIFE, at City Center Encores, when Broadway, and most of the country, shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that didn’t stop him completely. Even while recovering from COVID in March of 2020, he received unexpected additional acclaim and attention for his nightly rendition of “The Impossible Dream.” He sang this from his apartment window for a number of weeks during the pandemic in honor of essential workers.

    Please note, there are no ticket refunds or exchanges for this concert. If the performers are not permitted to fly from New York to North Carolina due to weather the performance will be rescheduled at a later date.
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  • Emerson Hall Dedication
    The Burlington School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the dedication of the Lower and Middle School building in memory of Ms. Ossie Bynum Emerson. A memorial gift from Ms. Emerson’s estate recognizes her lifelong love for children and education. As a long-time supporter of Burlington Day School, now The Burlington School (TBS), she always encouraged hard work, self-discipline, humility and caring for others. Ms. Emerson was a generous supporter of the mission and children at TBS.

    A ceremony of dedication will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Due to the ceremony, access to the parking lots at TBS will be closed from 9:30-11:45 a.m.

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  • Duo Advances in High School Heisman
    Among the 2021 School Winners for the Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance announced by the Heisman Trophy Trust and Acceptance Insurance are TBS seniors Connor Gould and Samantha Walker.
    Gould competes in soccer and tennis, while Walker participates in volleyball, basketball and soccer.
    Connor Gould
    Connor Gould

    From an applicant pool of thousands of high school scholar-athletes graduating with the class of 2022, more than 5,700 have been named School Winners in the Heisman High School Scholarship competition awarded by The Heisman Trophy Trust and Acceptance Insurance.

    School Winners will continue on for the chance to become State Winners, National Finalists or National Winners. State Winners receive a $1,000 college scholarship, National Finalists receive a $2,000 college scholarship and the male and female National Winners will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship.
    A complete list of School Winners can be found at
    Samantha Walker
    Samantha Walker
    Eligibility begins with maintaining a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. Applicants must participate, or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.
    The Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance extends the Heisman prestige to our nation’s most esteemed high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set the example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them.
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  • Join the Spartans Club
    The Spartans Club is the Athletic Booster Club for TBS and is an organization of parents, alumni and friends that promotes school spirit, builds community and provides financial resources to help support TBS Middle School, JV and varsity athletics. Funds raised supplement administrative resources to provide athletic equipment and supplies, defray team travel costs and celebrate the accomplishments of TBS student-athletes, coaches and teams throughout the year.

    Over the past few years, the Spartans Club has helped with the following purchases: upgrading the Holt Gym floor, team uniforms, championship banners, basketball shooting and rebounding machine, volleyball net system, soccer goals, sideline gym chairs and live stream cameras.

    You can become a member of the Spartans Club for a donation of as little as $50. Donors at this level will receive a Spartan Club decal. At the $100 level, members receive the decal along with two home game passes for free admission to all Middle School and Varsity home games this year (where attendance is allowed). Click HERE to join today!
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  • Painted Grape Kits
    Last year's Painted Grape FUNdraiser was such a big hit that the Parents' Association has brought it back this year! Celebrate fall with some family fun while supporting TBS!
    Place your order for your canvas painting kit no later than 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. Kits will be delivered to your student's classroom on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
    Each $20 kit includes:
    • Your choice of an owl or pumpkin design
    • An 11x14 canvas
    • Paint, brush and instructions
    TBS will receive $7.50 from each kit purchased.
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  • "Game of Tiaras" Tickets on Sale
    Game of Tiaras logo
    Tickets for the upcoming TBS production of "Game of Tiaras" are now on sale. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The show will be performed at the Downtown Burlington Historic Amphitheatre with shows at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.
    When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, hilarious tragedy. Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the "Game of Tiaras," you win or you die.
    "Game of Tiaras" was written by Don Zolidis and is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (
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  • Lee to Speak at Youth Summit
    Keegan Lee
    Junior Keegan Lee will be presenting at the upcoming Youth 4 Youth iSummit hosted by LookUp in October. Lee will be speaking about her recent article "The Power of Parents" that was posted on the LookUp website.
    LookUp is dedicated to helping young people thrive in a digital world and creates youth-to-youth connections. The organization tries to empower and mobilize youth leaders to take action that raises awareness and inspires others to find a healthy way to live in a digital world. 
    Said Lee, "It's important to be a part of a community of youth leaders who are dedicated to promoting a healthier digital world because it can hopefully influence future generations to live a more balanced lifestyle in a technologically-driven world."
    Lee's presentation will come during the virtual Youth 4 Youth iSummit (Y4Y iSummit) held Oct. 14-17. This will be the second annual Y4Y iSummit. The 2021 event is expected to host more than 100 youth speakers and thousands of attendees from the United States, the United Kingdom and India. 
    "It's something I'm very passionate about," Lee added. "I feel that the more opportunities I have to promote this cause can really make an impact."
    Those wishing to attend the summit can register for a free ticket online.
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  • "Game of Tiaras" Cast Announced
    Game of Tiaras logo
    The cast for the upcoming fall production of "Game of Tiaras" was announced on Friday, Sept. 17. Congratulations to everyone who has earned a role in the play!
    The play will be held Nov. 5-7 at the amphitheater in downtown Burlington. Ticket information will be forthcoming.
    Please note, many actors have been cast in more than one role, so check the cast list carefully! The first rehearsal will be Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Middle School Drama Room. Make sure to bring a pencil and highlighter.
    Narrator 1 – TBA
    Narrator 2 – TBA
    Snow White – Auset Donadelle
    Belle – Cara Wall
    Cinderella – Olivia Martin
    Ellie the Snow Queen – Liza Self
    Little Mermaid – Raven Ford
    Other Princess 1 (Mulan) – Angelina Moore
    Other Princess 2 (Jasmine) – Lily Angyal
    Other Princess 3 (Pocahontas) – Mandy Cabigting
    Princess Leia – Gabe Houston
    Padmé – Hannah Krasinski
    Sleeping Beauty – Caroline Key
    Tiana – Auset Donadelle
    Rapunzel – Nancy Martindale
    Fiona – Emma Kirkman
    King – John Dennison
    Prince Charming – Jason Johnson
    Smeagol – Christopher Latham
    French Prince – Nate Robinson
    Animated Snowman – Mandy Cabigting
    Executioner – Zack Bradshaw
    Talking Candle Man – Nolan Byrtus
    Talking Teapot Lady – Gabe Houston
    Blood Packet Guy – Matthew Leiser
    Herald – Dylan Ward
    Dwarf 1 – Joseph Reich
    Dwarf 2 – Paul Stansberry
    Guard 1 – Joseph Leiser
    Guard 2 – Zack Bradshaw
    Guard 3 – Nolan Byrtus
    Peasant 1 – Emma Kirkman
    Peasant 2 – Hannah Krasinski
    Crowd Member 1 – Caroline Key
    Crowd Member 2 – Nancy Martindale
    Girl – Gabe Houston
    Soldier 1 – Dylan Ward
    Soldier 2 – Paul Stansberry
    Soldier 3 – Cole Lamphier
    French Soldier 1 – Zack Bradshaw
    French Soldier 2 – Dylan Ward
    French Soldier 3 – Joseph Leiser
    The map shows the dropoff procedures for play rehearsal. Upper School stdrama rehearsal mapudents will park in the lower lot of the Upper School and walk up the hill at the end of the building closest to the art room. Middle School students are to be dropped off at the corner of the Middle School hallway and will walk alongside the building to the entrance. All students will enter under the awning near Mrs. Baker's room in the Middle School (this is the normal door that Middle School students enter throughout the year).
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  • Spirit Wear Store Open
    We are pleased to announce that a new spirit wear store is now open and will remain open throughout the school year! All orders will be shipped to your home.

    Visit the shop HERE to purchase sweatshirts, t-shirts, masks and other TBS-branded items. All clothing items are dress code appropriate.
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  • Athletic COVID-19 Policies
    TBS has announced its COVID-19 athletic policies for indoor sports for the fall of 2021.
    • Masks must be worn at all times by everyone in the facility, excluding athletes that are actively participating in the sport.
    • Players sitting on the bench, spectators, coaches, trainers, scorekeepers and officials must wear masks at all times.
    • Athletes who are in the game may take their mask off when they check in to competition, if they desire.
    • 30 home spectators and 30 visiting spectators may attend games/matches inside Holt Gymnasium.
    • Spectators must be masked to enter the building.
    • Spectators will enter through the back door of the gymnasium. The front door of the school will be locked and is not an entrance for spectators.
    • Spectator parking will be in front of the building.
    • Spectators must be socially distanced in the bleachers.
    • Spectators will sign in at the door for record keeping.
    • Locker rooms will not be available for visiting teams. Please arrive in uniform.
    • Water and towels will not be provided.
    • All TBS athletes must be masked at all times during transportation to and from athletic events.
    • Admission to TBS athletic events will be $5.
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  • Grandfriends Day is Sept. 10
    Grandfriends Day celebration
    Join us for Grandfriends Day on Friday, Sept. 10, beginning at 9 a.m.!
    Grandfriends Day will celebrate the relationships we have with those across the generations. This will be held in a drive-through style and the parade route will be clearly marked for our visitors. Lower School students will line the parade route and cheer for our grandfriends! We invite you to decorate your vehicle so that it may stand out to your student. If a grandparent cannot attend, we encourage our families to have a grandfriend attend, even if it is a youthful friend that happens to be grand!
    Please RSVP for this event.
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  • Watch TBS Games on NFHS
    Fans of TBS athletics have the opportunity to subscribe to the NFHS Network to watch live video streams of select athletic events during the 2021-22 school year. 

    This year, you can catch streams of ALL home games inside of Holt Gymnasium – volleyball (Middle School, JV and Varsity) and basketball (Middle School, JV and Varsity). A subscription also allows you to access streams of any road games (in any sport) that the host school is streaming through the NFHS Network.

    A subscription can be purchased for $10.99 per month, or for $69.99 for a year. For more information, or to subscribe, visit the NFHS Network's website.
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  • Fall Play Auditions
    The fall play is back! Auditions for this year's production will be held on Monday, Sept. 13, and Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Gathering Space at the Upper School. Any student in Middle or Upper School can audition.

    Students who choose to audition need to attend only one of the two nights and MUST wear a mask. Only students who are auditioning will be allowed in the building. You will need to enter through the doors in the lower parking lot of the Upper School.
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  • Yearbooks On Sale
    Buy a yearbook banner
    The 2021-22 yearbook is now on sale! Make sure to purchase yours early to ensure the lowest price of the year.
    The TBS yearbook covers the entire school, from preschool through seniors, and can be purchased through the Jostens website for $50. If you order by Sept. 17 and select a personalized book, you can add four icons to your cover for FREE!
    Book prices will increase to $60 in early November. 
    Yearbooks have sold out in each of the past two years, so make sure you order early to secure yours!
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  • Updated Dismissal Info
    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year on August 16, please take note of our updated dismissal times.
    Our school day ends on a staggered schedule to facilitate a more efficient and effective carpool. Dismissal times are as follows:
    • 2:20 p.m. for PS3-PS4
    • 2:30 p.m. for TK-K
    • 2:40 p.m. for Grades 1-2
    • 2:50 p.m. for Grades 3-4
    • 3:15 p.m. for Grades 5-12
    Please do not get in line for dismissal until five or fewer minutes before your child's dismissal time. Drivers are asked to remain in their cars and pull as far forward as possible to minimize a backup and to make the process as efficient as possible.
    For the safety of our students, the use of cell phones while driving on school grounds is prohibited.
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  • Fall Sports Practices
    cross country runner
    Many varsity fall sports teams will be starting practice prior to the first day of school, while varsity girls tennis and Middle School sports will begin practice during the first week of school.
    Students interested in participating in any of these sports MUST have an athletic physical form on file prior to practicing. These forms are completed by the athlete's doctor.
    Below are the planned dates and times for the first day of each team's practice:
    Varsity Boys Soccer – Monday, Aug. 2 from 7-10 a.m. at TBS
    Varsity Volleyball – Monday, Aug. 2 from 4:30-6 p.m. at TBS
    Varsity Cross Country – Monday, Aug. 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. at TBS
    Varsity Girls Tennis – Monday, Aug. 16 at Alamance Country Club (Time TBD)
    Middle School Boys Soccer – Tuesday, Aug. 17 at TBS (Time – After School)
    Middle School Volleyball – Tuesday, Aug. 17 at TBS (Time – After School)
    Middle School Cross Country – Tuesday, Aug. 17 at TBS (Time – After School)
    Middle School Tennis – Interest Meeting After School on Wednesday, Aug. 18
    Please email Athletic Director Ryan Bernardi at with any questions.
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  • Order Supply Lists Online
    Fill your student's supply list order with just a couple of clicks!
    The TBS supply lists can be purchased via with orders fulfilled by Amazon, Target or Walmart. Once at the site, just select your student's grade. You can then select a one-click option to add the items to the cart of your selected retailer.
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  • Graduation Awards Issued
    Cierra Woods receives her Heart Award
    As part of the graduation ceremony on June 3, TBS presented its annual Senior Awards – the Service Award, Outstanding Scholar Award and Heart Award.
    The Service award is given to the senior who has given extraordinary time, effort, and energy to The Burlington School. The student who has earned this award embodies this description. This year's award went to Nora Mansfield.
    At The Burlington School, we recognize scholarship as a quality that extends beyond a grade point average. Scholarship is a combination of hard work, curiosity, perseverance, passion, and academic excellence. The recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award was Ellie Richardson.
    The Heart Award is an honor that recognizes a student's commitment to the pillars of the school's pledge. The awards are presented to students who are moving from Lower School to Middle School, from Middle School to Upper School and graduating from the Upper School. The Lower and Middle School honors were handed out last week. The Upper School Heart Award was presented to Cierra Woods.
    Of Cierra, the staff said, "This year the award goes to someone who approaches situations with passion and determination. She is well-respected by her peers and teachers for her self-discipline, work ethic and passion for justice. In every situation, she brings energy and focus. As a participant in student government, she helped organize and work movie nights for Lower School students, prepare the first day of school for Upper School and lead community day for all grades. This student was a leader in Yearbook, helping to edit pages and to teach younger students how to design pages and use the technology. On the track, this student excelled in setting a good example for others, working well with her teammates and encouraging everyone to do their best. She learned how to handle disappointment and then come back stronger than before – earning second place in the state finals in both shot put and discus. In the classroom, she works hard to complete her assignments with thoughtfulness and aims for excellence. She was often a leader in group projects or Harkness discussions, challenging everyone in the room to think outside the box. No matter where she is, she pushes herself to do better, doesn’t give up, motivates others, sets her goals high and works toward them – and always strives to put her best self forward. This person faces challenges with open arms and with a spirit of discovery – no matter what comes her way. She is caring, talented, and she refuses to settle for mediocrity."
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  • LS/MS Heart Awards Announced
    The Heart Award is an honor that recognizes a student's commitment to the pillars of the school's pledge. The awards are presented to students who are moving from Lower School to Middle School, from Middle School to Upper School and graduating from the Upper School. The Lower and Middle School honors were handed out last week.
    The Lower School Heart Award was presented to Kennedy Chasnis.

    Of Kennedy, her teacher Mrs. McDonald said, "School is very important to her. This hard-working student loves to be challenged and always goes above and beyond. You can always count on her to do the right thing, even when no one else is watching. She is a trustworthy and supportive friend who finds joy in helping anyone who asks. This student is unfailingly kind and extremely considerate of others; she truly has a heart of gold."
    The Middle School Heart Award was presented to Noah Stewart.

    Of Noah, the staff said, "He has a calm and unassuming personality. But you can't walk the Middle School halls for long without becoming aware of this young man. He is accepting of everyone and strives to make those around him feel welcome and comfortable. He is no stranger to leadership and will step up wherever there is a need and whenever he has the chance. Academically, he has risen to the challenges presented to him throughout his time in Middle School and is a model for those that follow in his footsteps to see what it means to be a student at TBS. A reader and writer at heart, this young man never gives anything less than 110% in the classroom and jumps in to help others at every chance. He has also been incredibly active in his time in Middle School ... displaying his humility and admirable work ethic on the soccer field as well. This young man is always willing to try new things, but most importantly, he shows the spirit of a Spartan in everything he does by acting with integrity. He is always a joy to teach or coach and is a light wherever he goes."
    The Upper School Heart Award will be presented at graduation.
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  • PA Names Volunteers of Year
    The TBS Parents' Association is proud to recognize Brandy Fleming and Laura Hargrove as our 2020-21 Volunteers of the Year! Brandy and Laura worked tirelessly over the course of two years to plan and organize the Annual Auction. Brandy served as the Auction Chair, while Laura served on the Auction Committee.

    When the 2020 auction was cancelled in the midst of the pandemic, this pair remained dedicated to the cause and pivoted to conduct our school's largest fundraiser virtually for 2021. They spent countless hours on these fundraising efforts that greatly benefit our students.

    Congratulations, and thank you, to Brandy and Laura, the 2020-21 Volunteers of the Year!

    Thank you to all of the volunteers and parents who made this year possible. It was a challenging year for events and programming, but we are appreciative of your hard work and dedication to the school.
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  • TBS Forms Alumni Association
    The Burlington School announces the formation of its first formal alumni association. Membership is automatically granted to graduates of Burlington Day School or The Elon School as well as any TBS graduates.
    The Burlington School would like to encourage all alumni to visit association’s website which will launch on May 20, 2021. Visit to view the shared history and the many elements that will evolve as the association develops.
    Please contact Alumni Association Director Rob Linens at for any inquiries.

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  • Dunn to Represent USA
    Dominick Dunn with trophies
    An avid BMX racer since he was four years old, fourth grader Dominick Dunn has the opportunity of a lifetime. Now nine years old, Dominick will represent the United States at the BMX World Championships in Papendal, Netherlands in August.
    Dominick qualified with his performance in Rock Hill, S.C., in March and will be one of 16 boys on Team USA in the 10 Challenge Boys group.
    Dominick said that earning a spot made him feel proud and that he’s excited to be able to travel with his family to another country. “I’ll be able to compete with people all around the world. Everyone in my family except the dog will go. I want to see what it’s like there.”
    In BMX racing, eight riders start from a starting hill. They then traverse a course with various bumps and turns, aiming to be the first one across the finish line.
    To become a champion takes a lot of work, and Dominick puts in the time daily. He said, “I do two workouts every day, one before school and one after school. After school is about two hours. We have a gym in our garage. We have rollers and a rubber band that you put on two cylinders. You have two in the back of you and one in the front. You have to balance and keep your core tight and pedal as fast as you can.”
    The championships will be held from August 14-22. Dominick’s birthday is August 18 and he’d like nothing better than to earn a podium finish to celebrate.
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  • Drama Virtual Play
    Promotional poster for Objection! Disorder in the Court
    The TBS Upper School Drama program will be putting on a virtual play – "Objection! Disorder in the Court!" – the weekend of May 7-9. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
    The play will be streamed through Zoom and tickets are $5. The show is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Denver, Colo.
    Tickets are on sale and may be purchased at the following links:
    Cast List:
    Cacey Licit – Olivia Martin
    Ms. Flops – Caroline Wall
    Mr. Scammerton – Nolan Byrtus
    Baliff – Christopher Latham
    Judge Falter – Nora Mansfield
    Penny Fadson – Hannah Krasinski
    Glen Chatter – Gabe Houston
    Clarissa Vendor – Raven Ford
    Puffle's Handler / Archie Maniacal – Zack Bradshaw
    Arminta Contrary / Bulah Young – Liza Self
    Albert Contrary / Herschel Hushed – Sawyer Zeigler
    Stage Manager – Zaid Arida
    Assistant Stage Manager – Aaliyah Coley
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  • Auction Success
    Auction Thank You
    Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in this year’s Annual Auction! Because of your unselfish generosity, the auction raised $45,042.93. The TBS students, faculty and staff are grateful! A special thank you to Auction Chair, Brandy Fleming and the 2021 Auction Committee: Meredith Self, Lummy Barnes, Laura Hargrove, Marshall Qualls, Rob Linens, Stephanie Basirico, Jennie Baker, Stephanie Blackwood, Kristi Crocker, Stephanie Davis, Leanna Giles, Cindy Pruette, Chloe Lamb, Elizabeth Stanfill, Elizabeth Gould, Holly Wilkerson, Sybil Wilson and Alisha Voorhis.

    If you are the winning bidder of a physical gift card, certificate, or item, it will be available for pickup at TBS on Saturday, April 24 from 9-11 a.m. Please enter from Inglewood Drive and turn left toward the lower parking lot of the Upper School. Pull along the sidewalk and remain in your car; someone will bring your auction item(s) to your vehicle. COVID protocols are in place so everyone in your vehicle must wear a mask during pickup. Contact Brandy Fleming at before April 24 to make alternate arrangements if you are unable to collect your auction items during this window. Any items not claimed on April 24 will be held in the Development Office at TBS. Those items may be picked up by contacting Marshall Qualls at or 336-228-0296. Any item not claimed by May 1, 2021 will become the property of The Burlington School.
    If you are the winning bidder of a dining experience, mattress or digital certificate; the certificate and/or necessary contact information will be emailed to you on or before April 24, 2021. There must be a valid email address on file with GiveSmart for this item. Email address information is collected during the user registration process with GiveSmart. Please contact Brandy Fleming at if you have not received your certificate by April 25, 2021. Any certificates deemed undeliverable to the email address on file may be claimed at the school by contacting Marshall Qualls at or 336-228-0296.
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  • Students Earn Art Awards
    In the 63rd Annual Visual Arts competition hosted by the Alamance County Arts Council, TBS students claimed multiple awards. The winning pieces can be seen at Alamance Arts beginning with a reception on Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m.

    At the Middle School level, Spartans swept the top three spots in the Colored Pencil Drawing category and claimed four of the five honorable mentions. Our students also took first and an honorable mention in Mixed Media 2D.

    Upper School students captured third place and two honorable mentions in Acrylic.

    The winners were:
    Colored Pencil Drawing (Middle School)
    1st – Maygan McLaughlin (Hamburger)
    2nd – Angelina Moore (Fox)
    3rd – Lauren Keimig (Gerber Daisies)
    Honorable Mention: Anna-Magdalena Rundell (Apple), Diego Ortiz (Billiards), Sidney Robinson (Hibiscus) and Kai Namaste (Red Row Boat)

    Mixed Media 2D (Middle School)
    1st – Ria Shah (Halloween)
    Honorable Mention: Aisha Yunus (Cupcake)

    Acrylic (Upper School)
    3rd – Maddie Chisholm (Deer)
    Honorable Mention: Anaya Thomas (Nashville) and Samantha Young (Chuck Taylors)
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  • Regional Spelling Bee
    Riya Anumakonda at the Regional Spelling Bee in Charlotte
    After winning the TBS Spelling Bee, fifth grader Riya Anumakonda advanced to the Regional Spelling Bee in Charlotte in late March.

    Riya placed in the top 10 at the regional after making the ninth round at the competition.
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  • Trimester 2 AAA Awards
    Second trimester AAA Awards were recently presented to our students who earned recognition in academics, arts and athletics. While we traditionally share these moments during an in-person ceremony with families, we want to continue to publicly honor these students.

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  • Social Media Reflection
    Sophomore Keegan Lee
    Sophomore Keegan Lee recently decided to eliminate the use of social media for two months. She reflects on her experiences with a blog entry on the site LOG OFF. You can read her entry HERE.

    LOG OFF is a community of teenagers around the world who "are passionate about lowering social media's impact on mental health while teaching teenage users and their parents about how to navigate the vast inner-workings of life on social media."
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  • O'Day Earns County Honor
    Katy O'Day portrait
    Middle School Spanish teacher Katy O'Day, the TBS Teacher of the Year, has collected another honor as she was recognized as the Alamance County Independent School Teacher of the Year.
    O'Day has been teaching for 20 years and came to TBS in 2008.
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  • Rock Performance
    Our Rock Ensemble recently got together to record a performance to close out the second trimester.
    You can watch it HERE.
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  • TBS Boys Claim State Title
    Senior Jamarii Thomas drives with the basketball in the state title game.
    Playing its first season as a 2-A school, the TBS boys basketball team made a splash by capturing the state title with a 72-52 victory over Northwood Temple on Saturday, Feb. 27.
    It marks the third state championship in boys basketball for the school and the first since 2017. The Spartans, under second-year head coach Ryan Bernardi, finished the year with a 24-7 overall record.
    To read more about the victory, check out this story from The Burlington Times-News.
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  • Spartans Play for State Titles
    Both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams will look to capture state titles on Saturday, Feb. 27. The girls will take on Davidson Day at 4:30 p.m., while the boys battle Northwood Temple at 7 p.m.
    This marks the third consecutive state finals appearance for the girls team and the second straight for the boys.
    While fans will not be allowed to attend either game, they can watch both contests online.
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  • Students Attend Conference
    Maniya Graves participates in the virtual conference

    Members of the Upper School Diversity and Inclusion Committee attended the NCAIS Virtual Diversity and Inclusion Conference on Friday, Feb. 5. Those in attendance were Nora Mansfield, Remy Averitt, Raven Ford, John Stanfill, Keegan Lee, Anaya Thomas, Maniya Graves, Sarah Hargrove, Christopher Latham and staff advisors Heather Danishanko and Katie Fennell. 

    The conference was a full-day experience with specific offerings for students, teachers and those who identify as BIPOC. Keynote speakers included North Carolina’s 9th Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green and Wake Forest Baseball Coach Tom Walter and former Wake Forest Baseball player Kevin Jordan.
    This conference provided an opportunity for collaboration with like-minded students and staff, specifically focusing on important issues of race, social justice and inclusion.
    The Diversity and Inclusion Committee left with new ideas and resources to bring back and implement in the TBS community. 
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  • Piano Gifted to TBS
    Piano gifted to TBS by the Lindley Family
    TBS is fortunate to have been gifted a Baldwin Grand Piano from the family of Mary Lindley of Burlington, N.C. 

    The school would like to express appreciation to the Lindley Family for this wonderful addition to our Performing Arts Department. This exceptional instrument will be enjoyed by current and future musicians.
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  • Basketball Ranked Nationally
    TBS boys basketball ranked #29 graphic
    Thanks to an eight-game winning streak that includes a victory over 4A power Greensboro Day School, the TBS boys basketball team is now 15-2 on the year. That performance has earned the squad a top-30 national ranking by High School Circuit. The Spartans check in at #29 this week.
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  • Graves to Coach All-Star Team
    TBS girls basketball coach Porsha Graves has been selected to serve as the head coach for the East team in the upcoming Triad All-Star Classic.
    In her first year as the head coach of the Spartans, Graves has led the team to a 5-3 overall record, including four consecutive victories.
    The 10th annual event is scheduled to be played this spring. The game is open to senior athletes from both independent and public schools.
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  • AAA Awards
    Congratulations to all of our Middle and Upper School students who earned recognition at our first AAA Awards of the year! We know this has been a different year, but each of these students has worked hard for this achievment.

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  • O'Day Named Teacher of the Year
    Katy O'Day leads her seventh grade Spanish Class
    Middle School Spanish teacher Katy O'Day has been selected as The Burlington School's 2020-21 Teacher of the Year in an announcement made on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
    O'Day has been teaching for 20 years and came to TBS in 2008.
    Said O'Day, “This is a year when all TBS teachers are deserving of this honor, so it's doubly meaningful to be chosen by my colleagues. I'm very proud to represent our school as Teacher of the Year. ”
    Kristi Tanner, Middle School Academic Dean, added, “Katy is the ultimate team player and the most caring teacher! She jumps in to help wherever possible in the Middle School. She is energetic and positive, kind and thoughtful, and cares about each student as if they were her child. Katy is a leader on the hall, mentoring new and returning teachers and always striving to perfect her own craft. She cares deeply for The Burlington School and the community here, and always works to make TBS the best place possible!”

    “There is no other place like TBS,” stated O'Day. “I knew this the first day I walked into the building and could sense the purpose the teachers and students had towards learning and building the community. Over the years TBS has not been just a workplace, but part of our family!”

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  • TBS Joins NFHS Network
    TBS has joined the NFHS Network! With a subscription, you can now watch every home basketball and volleyball game, as well as select road games, from your own computer!

    Subscriptions can be purchased by visiting the NFHS website. Fans have the option of paying $69.99 for a full year or can pay a monthly fee of $10.99.

    You could also receive a membership when you join the Spartans Club. This year, there are three levels of Spartans Club membership – a Supporter ($50), a Spartan ($100) and a Super Spartan ($225). Included in the Spartan and Super Spartan levels are accounts to be able to access our live-streamed events.

    For more information on the Spartans Club, click HERE.
    – TBS –
  • Win $5,000!
    Due to the COVID pandemic, we were unable to hold our annual raffle last spring. However, now that we have returned to school, we will relaunch the raffle with the drawing to be held on Wednesday, October 28. We will air the drawing live on the TBS Facebook page at 3:45 p.m. The grand prize is $5,000 and there will be nine other winners who will receive a $50 gift card.

    All previously sold 2020 raffle tickets will be honored, and your participation and patience is greatly appreciated.

    You may still purchase tickets by visiting our secure site. Tickets are $20 each. Once tickets are purchased online, they will be assigned a ticket number from a paper ticket that we have in-house and the ticket number will be emailed to the purchaser within 48 hours. All ticket stubs will be uniform for the drawing. Ticket sales will end at noon on October 28.

    All funds raised will directly benefit TBS students and teachers. This is the only auction the school will hold during the 2020-21 school year. Please visit the secure site for all of the rules and regulations.
    – TBS –
  • Order Your TBS Shirt
    Gray TBS t-shirt
    Get your exclusive TBS shirts at our 2020 TBS Store! Long sleeves, sweatshirts and short sleeves are available in youth to adult sizes. The store will close on Monday, Nov. 2. Orders will be shipped to your home or TBS around Nov. 20, 2020. Use this opportunity to stock up on your TBS shirts today!
    – TBS –
  • TBS Student Takes 3rd in Math Competition
    Riya Anumakonda poses with her awards
    The Burlington School was represented in a nationwide math competition, as current fifth grader Riya Anumakonda placed in a tie for third in the Math Kangaroo in USA contest that was held late in the spring of 2020. Anumakonda’s score of 92 also tied her for second in the state of North Carolina.
    “When I first realized that I had placed so high, I was very excited and felt proud of it,” said Anumakonda. “I am glad that my parents encouraged me to prepare for this. I am even more thrilled because this is the first time I have scored a national-level ranking in this contest.”
    Anumakonda enjoyed the process of preparing for the competition because she feels that allows her to learn. Competing and being successful also builds her confidence.
    Typically held in-person at test centers around the nation, Anumakonda competed in the fourth-grade division at home this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This created a bit of a challenge for her. “Normally we do it on paper at an assigned center,” she stated. “I can write my work, use the question paper to work on some questions and get the answer faster. But doing it online was a little challenging this year."
    This marked the second year that Anumakonda participated in this competition and she wants to keep going. She said, “I will definitely continue to compete! I love participating in these contests, not to win, but because I learn so much in the process. Winning is a bonus, but I just enjoy the preparation and the challenge of doing it in time.”
    – TBS –
  • Live Streaming Events
    New streaming camera in TBS gym
    A recent addition to Holt Gymnasium will allow TBS to stream its home varsity basketball and volleyball games, as well as other events held in the gym. The school has installed a Pixellot automated camera that will stream through the National Federation of State High School Associations Network.

    For more on this addition, check out the recent story in the Burlington Times-News.
    – TBS –
  • Spirit Wear Store Open
    TBS fleece hoodie
    Our first Spirit Wear store of the year is open! Make sure to place your order no later than Thursday, Oct. 1
    The store features a variety of shirts, fleece hoodies, hats and backpacks!
    Visit the store HERE.
    – TBS –
  • TBS Return to Play
    fall athletes working out
    Goal: Return to athletics safely with a return-to-play operations plan aligned with the TBS Return to School Plan.
    The TBS athletic program will follow guidance from the NCDHHS and the CDC and will use NCISAA as a resource for minimum standards.
    Conditioning and competition dates: All dates are subject to change based on the health and safety of TBS, Alamance County, other member schools in the NCISAA and the state of North Carolina.
    Low Risk Sports
    Cross Country, Tennis: Competitions begin Sept. 21 and end Oct. 23
    Moderate Risk Sports
    Volleyball, Soccer: Competitions begin Feb. 22 and end April 19*
    * The Fall Alternate Season allows NCISAA member schools to forgo playing fall sports during September and October and play a regular season from Feb. 22-April 19.
    • Middle School athletics will be postponed for the time being.
    • Winter and spring schedules have not been adjusted at this point.
    Areas for Consideration
    Fans: Per NCISAA, fans will not be permitted at competitions. Read the NCISAA Spectator Policy here.  (Updated Sept. 4)
    Transportation: Parents will need to contribute to travel to away events. Buses can be used to transport, but social distancing must be maintained (one athlete per every other seat). Coaches and players must wear masks when travelling.
    Social Distancing: Sidelines and floor space should be clearly marked so players and coaches can maintain six ft distance at all times. Six feet between players and coaches should be maintained during practices and competitions. High fives, handshakes and any physical contact is prohibited. When social distancing cannot be maintained, players should wear a face covering. See below.
    Face Coverings: Face coverings must be worn indoors at all times. Face coverings should be worn outdoors when six feet cannot be maintained when exercising. Face coverings are not required when drinking water, swimming, or engaged in strenuous outdoor exercise.
    Hygiene: The Athletic Department will ensure that  readily available alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) is available during practice and/or competition for all teams indoors and outdoors. The Athletic Department will require hand washing of athletes, coaches, staff and participants upon arrival, after contact with other individuals, after performing cleaning and disinfecting activities and frequently throughout the sports program or activities.
    Competition: There will be no out of town/regional competitions at this time. Competitions, if played, will be in the region only with schools that do not have current COVID clusters at the time of competition.
    Equipment/Water: Players should bring their own water bottles. Equipment may not be shared between players. There will be no shared hydration stations.
    Coach and Staff Training: The AD and staff are responsible for ensuring that off-campus coaches receive and read the Re-Entry Plan and complete safety training as established by the Director of Health Services.
    Locker Room: Until further notice, locker rooms are closed.
    Monitoring for Symptoms: Only students who completed the daily TBS COVID screening and temperature screening may participate in sports activities.
    – TBS –
  • Sept. 4 Deadline for Forms
    Parents, don't forget to fill out your online forms through your RenWeb/Parents Web account no later than Friday! Immunization forms from your doctor's office for K, 7th and 12th graders (along with new students and those who have had updates) are due that same day.
    – TBS –
  • AHA Fundraiser Success
    We recently received word that our American Heart Association fundraiser last year was one of the most successful in the region! Out of 11 counties in the region, and over 200 schools, TBS ranked among the top 25 in funds raised. We want to thank everyone who supported our efforts to raise money for the American Heart Association. Through your generosity, TBS was able to raise $10,022 for the AHA!
    – TBS –
  • Yearbooks Now On Sale
    yearbook ad - lowest price
    Make sure you secure your 2020-21 yearbook early and for the lowest price of the year! Last year, we sold out of all books.

    You can purchase your's TODAY by visiting Prices start at $50. Order a personalized yearbook by Sept. 11 and you will receive four icons for free!
    – TBS –
  • Senior Portraits
    Senior portrait information
    Senior portraits with Strawbridge Studios have been scheduled for Wednesday, August 12 beginning at 10 a.m. Photos will be taken at the school.
    Seniors can register for their time slot by visiting Strawbridge's website.
    Drape and tuxedo photos will not be taken this year due to COVID-19. Seniors will need to come dressed in "game-day dress" for their portraits and will also be able to have a casual photo taken as well.
    – TBS –
  • Trimester 3 Honors
    TBS circle logo
    We recognize academic excellence in the Middle and Upper School by awarding Honors and High Honors at the close of each trimester. In order to qualify for Honors, a student needs an average of 93 percent or above in the five core classes (math, science, language arts, social studies and world language) plus no non-core grade below a 90 for any graded elective. For High Honors, the core class average must be 96 percent or higher with no non-core grade below a 93 for any graded elective.
    Here are the students who earned those accolades in the third trimester:
    5th Grade Honors
    William Davis
    Cooper Partin
    Rainey Pratt
    5th Grade High Honors
    Rowan Averitt
    Isabella Buchanan
    Mandy Cabigting
    Faith Cohen
    Julian Frampton
    Kai Namaste
    Sanvi Pandit
    Sophie Seagroves
    Preston Utley
    6th Grade Honors
    Caroline Hubbard
    Graham Huneycutt
    Kalyn Jones
    Emma Kirkman
    Joseph Leiser
    Sidney Robinson
    Joseph Sosa
    Sebastian Urgiles
    Savannah Welch
    6th Grade High Honors
    Jonathan Carew
    Adrianna Dobbs
    Auset Donadelle
    Kalynn Dove
    Lainey Fahrner
    Thomas Fasan
    Mary Chandler Giles
    Michael Guelho
    Ethan Johnson
    Kiya Kernodle
    Kohen Lee
    Gerry McCarthy
    Maygan McLaughlin
    Angelina Moore
    William Overby
    Sophia Schrage
    Om Shah
    Ria Shah
    7th Grade Honors
    Mac Barnwell
    John Dennison
    Carter Jackson
    Sarah Utley
    Savannah Vaughn
    7th Grade High Honors
    Austin Acton
    Bennett Gould
    Melanie Hunt
    Savannah Martin
    Diego Ortiz
    Ashleigh Post
    Ainsley Rash
    Noah Stewart
    Lelia Wilson
    8th Grade Honors
    Zaid Arida
    Zack Bradshaw
    Miller Chisholm
    Brandon Fleming
    Sarah Hargrove
    Nate Jefferies
    Caroline Key
    Will Kirkpatrick
    Mary Alice Massey
    A.J. McClary
    Brantley O'Day
    Landon Parker
    Molly Partin
    Jacob Turner
    8th Grade High Honors
    Aidan Armstrong
    Tori Black
    Kaitlyn Colon
    Elizabeth Davis
    Hannah Krasinski
    Samira Namaste
    Lilly Seagroves
    Liza Self
    Gabriel Welch
    9th Grade Honors
    Annika Patel
    Anaya Thomas
    9th Grade High Honors
    Aymel Chaudhry
    Taylor Cheek
    Keegan Lee
    Olivia Martin
    Taylor Jones
    10th Grade Honors
    Clay Haigh
    Allison Mann
    Annabel Marmolejo
    Joelle Nasraween
    Will Self
    Yeny Williams
    10th Grade High Honors
    Ava Acton
    Remy Averitt
    Madison Chisholm
    Connor Gould
    Claire Saurage
    Will Stadler
    John Stanfill
    Samantha Walker
    11th Grade Honors
    Ayanna Griggs
    Spencer Hood
    Nora Mansfield
    Ja'Dun Michael
    Ellie Richardson
    Dani Urgiles
    Cierra Woods
    11th Grade High Honors
    Kylie Adams
    Meghan Dumayne
    Iain Maxim
    Samantha Young
    12th Grade Honors
    Stella Cole
    Samantha Harper
    Emily Leiser
    Lars Nilsen
    Mylyjael Poteat
    Ellie Riddle
    Mari' Robinson
    12th Grade High Honors
    Haley Faucette
    Ji'Lil Michael
    Isabella Reilly
    Molina Williams
    Catherine Yan
    – TBS –
  • A Message From TBS
    Dear TBS Community,
    We are deeply saddened by the recent events of hatred, racism and violence that have taken place in our nation and have touched our community, both directly and indirectly. As a school committed to empathy, integrity, service and leadership, these acts are contrary to our core values.
    We wish to prepare and empower our faculty, staff and students to fight racism and create a more just society. Acts of racism and violence, in whatever form, have no place at The Burlington School and will not be tolerated. We acknowledge that we have a responsibility to affect a positive change in our society, starting within our own school. And as a school, we pledge to do our part to educate ourselves, to have difficult conversations with one other, and to lead by example. To that end, we have already met with several students, and will continue to meet with families and alumni in the coming weeks and months. We sincerely desire a culture where each person feels seen, heard and supported.
    We love our TBS families and want to come together as a community to support our students during this difficult time. When we see injustice in this imperfect world, we choose to act with compassion and empathy. We will continue this work as we move forward together.

    Ronnie K. Wall, Head of School                                                                      Elizabeth Hood, Chair, TBS Board of Trustees


    -- TBS --

  • Event Date Changes
    The Annual Auction and Dinner, as well as the TBS Golf Classic, have been rescheduled due to COVID-19. The Annual Auction and Dinner will take place April 17, 2021, at Addison Farms, while the annual TBS Golf Classic will be held May 17, 2021, at Alamance Country Club. The drawing for the $5,000.00 cash raffle will be held upon the return to school.

    The Burlington School is fortunate and thankful for all of the committee chairs and volunteers who work endless hours to plan and present exceptional fundraising events. Each year, the Annual Fund, the Holiday Event, the Annual Auction and Dinner and the TBS Golf Classic raise over $200,000 for the students and teachers at TBS.
    We would like to thank all of our event sponsors and ticket holders who help to make our yearly fundraising events memorable and successful.
    For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Marshall Qualls, Director of Development and Event Fundraising at
    – TBS –
  • Digital Yearbook Signing
    We are excited to announce that the TBS yearbook signing tradition is alive and well, and it’s fully digital!
    Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives all students in our school the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student, whether he or she purchased a yearbook or not.
    – TBS –
  • Summer Camp Update
    While we were hoping to host camps this summer, we feel that we will be unable to do so this year. Thank you to those who registered for camps and summer care. We hope to have these programs return next summer.
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  • Heart Award Winners
    As is the tradition at the end of each school year, we present the Heart Award to both a fourth grader and an eighth grade student who embody the pillars of the school's pledge. This is usually done at a ceremony in front of the entire school. However, this year we presented the award virtually.
    We would like to congratulate this year's recipients, Bradlie Dennison (Lower School) and Liza Self (Middle School), both extremely deserving individuals.

    – TBS –

  • Raffle Update
    An update on this year's raffle:
    We know that many of you sold raffle tickets, and many of you have unsold tickets and are unsure of what to do with that money and the tickets. We thank you for your patience as we navigate the next steps for both the TBS Annual Auction and the accompanying raffle. At this time, we plan to host the auction event and raffle on Sept. 12, 2020.
    Details are still being finalized for the new date and the raffle will take place once that has happened. We would like to go ahead and collect any money for sold tickets and any unsold tickets you may still have. That will allow us to take inventory and make a plan on how to proceed.
    In order to make it as easy as possible to turn in raffle tickets and money, we will be collecting those during the materials drop-off/pick-up times by division (May 18-21). Killian Barefoot will collect for the Upper School, Kristi Tanner will collect for the Middle School and Stephanie Davis, an Auction Committee member, will collect during the Lower School drive-through time.
    We appreciate your efforts towards this raffle and appreciate your assistance in turning in both sold and unsold tickets next week.
    More information regarding the event and raffle will roll out at the start of the new school year.
    Have a wonderful summer!
    – TBS –
  • Message for TBS Families
    Dear TBS Families,
    It has been quite the year! As our school term concludes this week, an issue that continues to be discussed is how students will be graded during these unusual times (remote learning).
    We want all students to be rewarded for the work they have completed despite the particular difficulties of our current situation. As an independent school, TBS is aligning itself with other independent school policies in the state and region in terms of third trimester grading policies. Flexibility for technological challenges, late penalties and the need for one-on-one instruction have been built into the individual classes. Teachers have offered alternative assignments and alternative due dates for students with extenuating circumstances. Therefore:
    ● LS students will receive standards-based grading as normal for non-specials classes. Teachers will provide a performance rating for individual curriculum standards taught within the regular classroom. Specials classes will not provide grades for Trimester 3.
    ● US and MS students who have turned in all their work will not earn a Trimester 3 grade lower than their lowest trimester grades from Trimester 1 and 2. In other words, if a student (who has turned in all their assignments) earned an 80 for Trimester 1, 85 for Trimester 2 and a 77 for Trimester 3, then their Trimester 3 score will become 80.
    Graduation is a topic of conversation as well. I am hoping to announce my decision at the end of the week. Thanks to all the parents and students that made recommendations. The graduating seniors have done a tremendous job this year. Their college acceptance rate is 100% and they have raised $3,286,652 in academic and athletic scholarships!
    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how proud I am of our teachers and staff on the work that they have accomplished. Remote learning has been a challenge for all. Parents, thank you for your patience and support during these difficult times – you have been great!
    Each MS and US family should have received a schedule for cleaning out lockers, returning books, receiving yearbooks, etc. the week of the 18th – 22nd. If not, please contact the appropriate academic dean. Reminder: All students and parents entering the building must wear their own masks and gloves, as we will not furnish these items. LS families may pick up student belongings (including yearbooks) by driving through the carpool line on Thursday, May 21 from 5:15-6:30 p.m.
    As of right now, I am hoping to see you for the start of the 2020-21 school year on August 17, 2020.
    Please stay safe,
    Ronnie K. Wall
  • COVID-19 5/7 Update
    Dear TBS Families,
    Thank you so very much for showing patience and support during the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We all have many questions and not enough answers at this point. Despite everything, our staff, students and families have all done a phenomenal job adapting to remote learning.
    Unfortunately, we will not be returning to in-person instruction this school year. The academic calendar will conclude on Friday, May 15. The week of May 18 – 22 will be used for students to return textbooks, return borrowed school resources and library books, clean out lockers and pick-up their 2019-20 yearbooks. The academic deans will be providing a division schedule for each family to follow during this particular week. Please look for those schedules to come in another email via Renweb. All staff members, students and parents will be required to wear masks and gloves while they are in the school buildings. If your student or anyone in your family is running a fever or has had any symptoms of illness in the last two weeks, please STAY AT HOME and reschedule your appointment time.
    The new start date for Summer Camp and Day Care will be Monday, July 6. We will not be providing any services in June.
    The graduation date of Thursday, May 28, has been postponed until further notice. I will continue to communicate with the seniors and their families once we reach a decision.
    Stay safe and thank you again for your support.
    Thanks again,
    Ronnie K. Wall
  • Art Students Win More Honors
    Four TBS students recently collected five awards at the annual Alamance Arts Council competition.
    In scratchboard, both sophomore Ava Acton ("Architecture") and senior William Whitley ("Barware") earned honorable mention honors. Senior Samantha Harper ("Teapot") picked up honorable mention honors for her graphite drawing entry. Finally, Whitley ("Les Mis") and freshman Anaya Thomas ("Phantom") were awarded honorable mention for their acrylic painting works.
    – TBS –
  • Students Helping Out
    8th grader Brantley O'Day delivers ear savers to Burlington Pediatrics
    Some of our students are using this time to help out neighbors and the medical community!
    The Davis family (second grader Charlie, fifth grader William and eighth grader Elizabeth) has been making and delivering masks to elderly neighbors, while eighth grader Brantley O'Day has used his 3D printer to make over 200 ear savers for medical professionals throughout the Triad!
    Let us know if there's something you've been doing to help out your community as well!
    – TBS –
  • COVID-19 4/23 UPDATE
    April 23, 2020
    Dear TBS Families,
    I hope you all enjoyed your Spring Break and had a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather.
    In alignment with our governor’s executive order to close all public schools until Friday, May 15th, our new tentative start date will be Monday, May 18th. While we are sad to extend our remote learning experience once again, we also know our job is to protect the TBS community first and foremost. We continue to pay attention to any announcements from the governor, as well as advice from other local health organizations and the CDC.
    As our sixth week of remote learning begins, and we get closer to the end of the school year, I want to ask seniors and senior parents for your help regarding graduation. It is becoming quite evident that graduation will not look the same this year, but we want to make this day as special as we can for each of you. Seniors and senior parents, please consider the following questions and forward any ideas or thoughts to me or Killian Barefoot. As I said, we truly want this day to be the best it can be given the circumstances: 
    • Do you have any creative ideas that would enable TBS to have a safe and special graduation?
    • Would you prefer to keep graduation in May – even if it means virtual graduation? Or would you prefer to move it later in the summer in the hopes that an in-person graduation is possible?  
    Also, Lower School families may deliver completed work to the school building on Saturday, May 9th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Boxes for each classroom will be located outside the building at the main entrance. Please place completed work in the appropriate classroom box.  
    Other announcements/updates are as follows:
    • May 1st and May 15th, scheduled as half days on our school calendar, will now be regular remote learning days.
    • Emersion Term and WOW week events are cancelled.
    • There will be no cumulative final exams for Upper or Middle School, teachers will choose individually how to assess their current/final unit.
    • The End of Year Awards Program has been cancelled.
    • There has been no decision on when Summer Camp will begin as of this time.
    As always, I thank you for your patience and stay safe.
    Ronnie K. Wall
    Head of School
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  • Senior Salute
    Head of School Ronnie Wall shows off a senior yard sign
    Even though this year has been interrupted and not what was expected, our senior class has every reason to be proud. This is a group that currently has over $3.1 million in scholarship offers (with more to come) and will succeed as they move on to college next year! Mr. Wall will be delivering these signs to the homes of our seniors on Monday. Congratulations to the class of 2020!
    – TBS –
  • TBS Survey
    We would like to hear from you! We have compiled a survey on our communications efforts & would like to know your thoughts on the methods we use to communicate, what you feel works best & if there are ways that you think we can improve these efforts. Click HERE to take the survey. Thank you.
    – TBS –
  • Graves to Lead TBS Girls Basketball
    Molina Williams and Porsha Graves celebrate after a title
    The Burlington School announced on Monday, April 20, that it has hired Porsha Graves to serve as the new girls basketball coach for the Spartans.
    “Porsha has been a large part of the success that our girls basketball program has had over the past few seasons. She is a strong coach and will be a great leader for our program,” said Head of School Ronnie K. Wall.
    Graves has been an assistant coach with TBS since 2013 and helped to establish the winning culture the program currently enjoys. In her third year on the TBS staff, Graves helped the Spartans to an undefeated conference season and a 21-5 overall record. The Spartans captured the state title in 2019 and reached the state finals this season.
    “It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to take over as the head girls basketball coach,” said Graves. “After seven years under the great leadership of Coach Tavores (Vanhook), it is a privilege to continue and build on the tradition of excellence within the program. I am optimistic about the upcoming season and expect nothing less than hard work and dedication from the ladies, both on the court and in the classroom. My goal is to positively influence and make everlasting impacts on the lives of my players by both encouraging them, and challenging them, to always strive to be the best versions of themselves.”
    Prior to coming to TBS, Graves spent two seasons at Cummings High School as an assistant coach. She spent the final eight games of the 2012-13 campaign as the head coach, helping the team reach the second round of the state playoffs having had a below .500 record on the year.
    Graves earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC Greensboro in 2012.
    – TBS –
  • Remote Learning Videos
    Even though remote learning has its challenges, our staff has continued to educate our students. Below are videos that features just a few of the things our teachers have been doing with their classes.



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  • Bernardi Named TBS AD
    Ryan Bernardi before a game
    The Burlington School announced on Friday, April 10, that it has named current boys basketball coach Ryan Bernardi as its new Athletic Director. Current boys and girls soccer coach Rick Frampton will serve as the Assistant Athletic Director.
    “After a successful season as our boys basketball coach, Ryan brings enthusiasm and passion to the table as our next Athletic Director. I believe his youthful energy will help carry on the winning tradition we have built here at TBS,” said Head of School Ronnie K. Wall.
    Bernardi joined TBS as its boys basketball coach for the 2019-20 campaign, leading the Spartans to a 25-11 overall record and an undefeated conference season. TBS advanced to the state finals. In two seasons as a head coach, Bernardi has helped two different programs make deep state tournament runs.
    “I am extremely excited to be the next Athletic Director at The Burlington School,” said Bernardi. “What makes TBS so special is the value it places on academics, athletics and the arts. Mr. Wall’s vision for the school and the athletic program is one that I believe in. Becoming the leader of this athletics program, which has a considerable tradition of excellence, is a great honor. I will do everything I can to ensure that the student-athletes’ experiences in a TBS jersey will mark some of the best times of their lives.”
    Bernardi has also been successful on the AAU circuit, where he founded the North Carolina ICE program in 2016.
    Bernardi is a 2019 graduate of Elon University, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. During his time at Elon, Bernardi spent three seasons as a student manager for the men’s basketball program.
    – TBS –
  • COVID-19 4/9 UPDATE
    Dear TBS Families,
    As we come to the end of our fourth week of on-line education, we are becoming more comfortable with the use of technology in remote learning and are finding a more effective pace of instruction across divisions. Being involved with conference calls composed of independent school leaders across the state, I am pleased that TBS has been proactive with our approach. We are excited about the new schedule and changes that have been put in place this week, and the staff has worked extremely hard in being creative and putting lessons and assignments together.
    It is important that all students continue to take their work seriously, as we are moving forward with instruction and content. Students will continue to be graded on all assignments during our remote learning, and we appreciate your help with setting up routines and schedules at home to assist with this. Progress reports will be sent digitally tomorrow, and we hope you will take some time to look over your child’s academic progress and narrative comments.
    I am happy to report that the two individuals within our TBS community that had the coronavirus symptoms are out of quarantine and doing much better.
    Please be reminded that Spring Break is next week. The timing is perfect, as we can all use this break, parents included! We will start back with remote learning on Monday, April 20th.
    I appreciate your patience and flexibility during this crisis. I wish you all a restful and enjoyable Spring Break.
    Ronnie K. Wall
    – TBS –
  • Trio Wins State Challenge
    A trio of TBS seventh graders won first-place honors at the middle school level in the recent North Carolina Personal Finance Challenge. The team consisted of Austin Acton, John Dennison and Melanie Hunt.
    The NC Personal Finance Challenge is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by competing with other students across the state in an online multiple-choice examination.
    For winning the challenge, the three students will receive individual medals and a surprise cash award, while the school will receive a trophy.

    State Champions – The Burlington School, team The Great Bank of Frank, Sharon Brooks
    2nd Place – West Lake Middle, team Cerebo Grande, Regina Watkins
    3rd Place – West Lake Middle, team Bracydios, Regina Watkins
    – TBS –
  • 4/1 COVID-19 Update
    The April 20th start date has been changed to April 30th
    Dear TBS Families,
    Due to the Stay-at-Home Executive Order issued by Governor Roy Cooper on March 27th, we will extend our remote learning through April 29th. Our new tentative start date will now be Thursday, April 30th.
    In light of our remote-learning extension, we want to make sure our academic schedule reflects the needs of both students and teachers – and is sustainable. Therefore, the Lower School will provide daily direct instruction and the Middle and Upper School divisions will be adopting new schedules. We have added more structure for increased direct instruction, as well as more time for individual or group work. Please note that the goal is not to reduce work expectations, but to shift the way in which the academic day is structured. This will be put into effect beginning Monday, April 6th.
    For Lower School:
    LS has increased instruction in an effort to move forward in our curriculum. Teachers will provide at least one pre-recorded academic lesson each day that students may view as the family’s schedule allows. Teachers also will host daily live class meetings for students who are available to attend. This live interaction, held at the same time each day, will provide students an opportunity to interact with their classmates and will focus on topics important to social-emotional growth. Teachers will continue to be available for one-on-one and small group live instruction upon parent request.
    Work packets for LS will be turned in when students return to campus. Work will be assessed and used to determine end-of-trimester grades and end-of-year comments. 
    For Middle School:
    Monday – B (9-9:45), C (10-10:45), D (11-11:45), Lunch Break (11:45-12:30), Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (12:30-3:45)
    Tuesday – F (9-9:45), G (10-10:45), Advisory Check-Ins (11-11:45), Lunch Break (11:45-12:30), Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (12:30-3:45)
    Wednesday – Independent Work (9-11:45), Lunch Break (11:45-12:30), Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (12:30-3:45)
    Thursday – B (9-9:45), C (10-10:45), D (11-11:45), Lunch Break (11:45-12:30), Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (12:30-3:45)
    Friday – F (9-9:45), G (10-10:45), Advisory Check-Ins (11-11:45), Lunch Break (11:45-12:30), Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (12:30-3:45)
    • Every teacher will either teach live or release prerecorded direct instruction at their two class times.
    • Work will only be assigned on the day you have “class” and at the time of that “class.”
    • Work is always due by midnight the night BEFORE the meeting of the next “class” (For example: Monday’s assignments are due by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.).
    • Wednesday is reserved for an independent workday.
    • Attendance is highly recommended, but all lessons will be recorded and posted in case of “absence” due to illness, computer issues, internet issues, etc. 
    • Tutoring sessions via Google Meet may be offered by teachers during the afternoon hours, or they may use this time to help students individually. When tutoring sessions are scheduled they are optional for those who would like more help (see MS Group Tutoring Session Offerings for the schedule). 
    • Students may contact their teachers at any time during the afternoon work sessions, and teachers will get back to them as soon as they can.
    For Upper School:
    Monday – Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (9-10:15), A (10:30-11:30), Lunch Break (11:30-12:15), B (12:15-1:15), C (1:30-2:30) Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (2:45-4)
    Tuesday – Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (9-10:15), D (10:30-11:30), Lunch Break (11:30-12:15), E (12:15-1:15), F (1:30-2:30) Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (2:45-4)
    Wednesday – Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (9-10:15), Advisory (10:30-11:30), Lunch Break (11:30-12:15), G (12:15-1:15), A (1:30-2:30) Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (2:45-4)
    Thursday – Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (9-10:15), B (10:30-11:30), Lunch Break (11:30-12:15), C (12:15-1:15), D (1:30-2:30) Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (2:45-4)
    Friday – Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (9-10:15), E (10:30-11:30), Lunch Break (11:30-12:15), F (12:15-1:15), G (1:30-2:30) Independent Work/Small Group Tutoring (2:45-4)
    • Teachers are expected to have pre-recorded or virtual lessons for both teaching days in the week.
    • Wednesday morning is reserved for small-group tutoring sessions, work time and advisory. 
    • Attendance is highly recommended, but lessons will be recorded and posted in case of “absence” due to illness, computer issues, internet issues, etc., or alternative assignments will be available.
    • Tutoring sessions may be offered by teachers during the morning or afternoon hours or students may use this time to get help individually. 
    • When tutoring sessions are scheduled, they are optional for those who would like more help. 
    From an academic perspective across all divisions:
    • Students are carrying on with the learning process and are being provided rigorous work with new content.
    • Teachers are working with students daily and providing whole group, small group and one-on-one digital instruction.
    • Teachers and advisors are communicating regularly with students and their families to keep everyone in the loop.
    • Advisors are helping coach students through this transition.
    • Teachers are working to increase direct instruction and face-to-face meeting opportunities as we transition to a longer-term virtual platform.
    Some other supports we are continuing from remote locations include:
    • Mrs. Charmin Lee, our College Counselor, has been keeping up with the changes in college admissions due to the impact of the pandemic. She is communicating with seniors about admissions decisions and financial aid options and also gathering information from the College Board about AP and SAT/ACT Testing. She is working with our TBS Juniors on gathering information about admission deadlines, the Common Application and summer programs, as well as helping guide some of them through the application process to the Collegiate Start Program at Elon University. Charmin can be contacted at
    • Mrs. Ashley McGrath, our Community Life Facilitator and School Counselor, is continuing to help provide emotional support to students as they make the transition to home-based learning. She is available for individual virtual meetings and is happy to provide resources and support to parents and students for anyone who is interested. Students have been asking questions about Community Service hours, and she is continuing to help them log their hours. Please feel free to contact Ashley at
    Stay Safe,
    Ronnie K. Wall, Head of School 
    – TBS –
    Lower School Parents,
    Due to the "stay at home" order issued by Governor Cooper, our plans for Thursday's Lower School work packet drop-off are canceled.  
    At this time, our teachers will base your child's progress on work samples acquired prior to remote-learning and any completed work that has been shared with your child's teacher since remote-learning has begun.  Any student who has not been able to share completed work with his/her teacher during remote-learning will not be penalized.  
    We regret that the coronavirus pandemic has necessitated another change in our plans.  Thank you for your understanding and continued support of TBS.
    If you have any questions, please contact Lower School Academic Dean Kellie Kirkpatrick at
    – TBS –
  • Remote Learning Extended
    The March 30th start date has been changed to April 20th
    Dear TBS Families,
    To say this has been a tough few weeks for the TBS community and our world would be an understatement. During my 38 years in education, I have never dealt with such difficult decision making regarding a crisis.  
    We cannot predict all the challenges coming our way. I know the amount of information that we have had to digest recently is overwhelming. 
    I really appreciate the support of our families and the dedication of our teachers/staff. They are doing a great job with online learning. This has been a learning curve for both parents and staff, and we will continue to improve as we move forward.
    My goal is to communicate with all families once a week. The teachers and academic deans are communicating with parents and students almost daily. Our goal is to keep you informed as we make important decisions. No one knows how long this situation is going to last, so please be safe and patient, and we thank you for your understanding.
    In response to the current local and state recommendations, we will be extending our remote learning. Remote learning will now continue until April 20th. Thursday, April 2nd and Friday, April 3rd will become teacher workdays in response to the need for our teachers to do planning and complete progress reports. All teachers and administrators are working on a plan for a new schedule for remote learning that includes more direct instruction and live tutoring sessions. Our goal is to begin the new schedule on April 6th. We will continue to assess the situation, monitor recommendations, and communicate updates in a timely manner as we navigate this challenging situation.
    In addition, we feel it is in the best interest of our school community to cancel the following events:
    May Day
    Special Olympics
    DARE Graduation
    Drama – Aladdin
    Spring Choral Review
    Rock Concert
    Golf Tournament
    Emersion Term (Refunds will be given to the extent that TBS is reimbursed. More information is forthcoming.)
    No decision has been made on the following at this time:
    Field Day
    Awards Day
    Arts Awards Banquet
    Senior Send-off
    Athletics (NCISAA will make that decision.)
    Auction (It has been moved to September 12th.)
    This year’s service hour requirement has been modified to 12 hours. We will continue to review this as circumstances change.
    Progress reports will be sent out on the afternoon of Friday, April 10th as normally scheduled. 
    Spring Break will remain Monday, April 13th through Friday, April 17th – as previously scheduled. 
    Students in Preschool and Lower School will be issued a printed-work packet to supplement remote instruction during the continued period of remote learning.  Your child’s teacher will notify you when live and recorded remote instruction is available.  
    • Printed-work packets will be available to pick up on Wednesday, March 25, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. or 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the main entrance of the LS/MS building.
    • Packets are not optional, as the completed work will be used by teachers to assess student progress and assign report card ratings/grades. Please ensure your child completes the packet during our remote-learning period. The packet contains important curriculum content that will help your child continue to prepare for next year. 
    • For those that are unable to pick up packets on Wednesday, March 25, packets can be scanned and shared digitally upon request.  Please email the teacher directly to request the packet.   
    • Completed packets from the previous two-week remote learning period should be returned to school (if completed) when the new packets are picked up.   
    • Virtual tutoring sessions may be arranged by contacting your child’s teacher.  
    • Teachers will continue to be available by email throughout the regular school day.
    Ronnie K. Wall
    Head of School
  • COVID-19 3/18 UPDATE
    March 18, 2020
    Dear TBS Families and Staff,
    TBS continues to monitor the quickly evolving situation with the COVID-19 Coronavirus. As we stated last Friday (March 13th), our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff and families.
    Our school buildings will remain closed through March 27 to allow time for additional deep cleaning. While the additional cleaning may not be necessary, we want to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep our school community healthy.
    Our Leadership Team continues to monitor updates from the CDC, local health authorities and our governor. Based on advice from these experts, we will make changes to our plans, if necessary, and will keep you informed in a timely manner. Please continue to look for communication from the school through the website, TBS app and email and expect periodic updates.
    Remote learning has begun in earnest. Teachers, students and the administration are all growing together as we explore new ways of teaching and learning. While this is surely a transition for all, and we miss our in-person community, our teachers are excited to learn and use new methods of instruction, and we hope that this will become an opportunity for growth in new ways for our students.
    Please encourage your student(s) to continue working throughout the school day and throughout this time; this is a shift, not a stoppage, and it is important that we all continue to work together. If you have any concerns about how your student is handling the situation, feel free to contact Mrs. Ashley McGrath at for online resources and helpful websites.
    Thank you,
    Ronnie K. Wall
    Head of School
  • **COVID-19 UPDATE**
    March 13, 2020
    Dear TBS Families,
    The TBS Leadership Team has been monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. Following the suggestion of the Governor and keeping in line with many schools in the area, TBS will move to a home-based remote learning curriculum for at least the next two weeks, March 16 to 30. We will reassess the situation in a week and communicate with the community accordingly.
    We understand that this will be a hardship for many families, but we feel we must err on the side of the safety of the members of our community. 
    Students in Preschool and Lower School will be issued a printed-work packet to complete during the remote learning period. Packets will be available to pick up on Saturday, March 14. Please observe the following schedule to pick up packets:  
    PS3 and PS4 10:00-10:30 a.m.
    TK and Kindergarten 10:30-11:00 a.m.
    1st and 2nd grades 11:00-11:30 a.m.
    3rd and 4th grades 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    ● For those that are unable to pick up packets on Saturday, March 14, packets can be scanned and shared digitally upon request. Please email the teacher directly to request the packet.
    ● Teachers will be available by email throughout the regular school day. Packets are not optional. Please ensure your child(ren) completes the packet during our remote learning period.
    Students in Middle School will receive work for all their core classes through Google Classroom. Students should expect approximately one hour of work per academic core class as follows the rotation schedule (total of three to four hours of work per day depending on the rotation day). Following our schedule, each assignment will be due on the next day that the class would typically be held in the rotation. It is expected that students are completing assignments daily and keeping up with their work and deadlines, just like we were at school. Students and parents can communicate with teachers via email, as teachers will be checking email every day. Teachers will also be available to set up tutoring sessions via Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. depending on the subject and need. If you have limited internet access at home, please let Kristi Tanner know at
    Students in the Upper School will be expected to follow assignments for all their classes on the Google Platform. For some courses, this is using the Google Classroom, for others, it will be the Google Drive, and for others, it will be using the school Gmail accounts to send video links and assignments. Students will receive emails from all their teachers (including Arts and Electives) outlining instructions for how to access lessons and assignments as well as directions for turning in completed work. Upper School students should expect to work for six to seven hours a day for the duration. Teachers have set up virtual office hours to answer questions and check-in with student progress. If you have limited internet access at home, please let Killian Barefoot know at
    For Middle and Upper School students who need to pick up any materials (computers, books, binders, etc.), Mrs. Tanner and Ms. Killian will be available on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to open the buildings. Mr. Wall will be available in his MS/LS office to open the buildings on Monday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. only.  
    We want to keep our students and staff healthy and safe at home. However, this should not be considered an extended vacation for students in any division. We will continue to follow the daily rotation and will not lose instructional days.
    Our Guidance Counselor, Ashley McGrath, will be available for online office hours for any students who are feeling anxious or uneasy during this time. Please contact her at to set up a meeting.
    We will continue to update the website and app with information as we know more. 
    Thank you, 
    Ronnie K. Wall
    – TBS –
  • TBS & COVID-19
    March 12, 2020
    Dear TBS Families,
    On February 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised American businesses and schools to begin preparing for a larger outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) within the United States. The TBS Leadership Team is aware that the CDC’s announcement has created a sense of unrest and anxiety around the potential for this virus to create disruption in our day-to-day lives. We want to assure you that we are not only paying attention to this developing situation, but also working through options and contingency plans for our school community in the event that we need to deliver course work remotely.
    Our community is prepared to alter our procedures and planning should the situation change (including strategies like working from home for several weeks). We are also thinking ahead regarding the impact of spring travel, upcoming school trips (including Emersion Term and WOW Week), and other school activities in the context of the coronavirus. We will communicate any changes when the time is appropriate.
    TBS continues our standard hygiene and cleaning protocol. We will evaluate any needs and make adjustments to our protocols as needed. In addition, we are already making the following changes:
    ●  Increasing hand-sanitizers in classrooms and focusing our cleaning protocol on frequently utilized surfaces such as doors, door handles, desks, chairs, etc.
    ●  Reinforcing that students wash their hands many times each day at school and when they return home; sneeze or cough into their elbows; do not shake hands or use fist bumps; and do not share cups or water bottles.
    ●  Suspending the absence policy due to the current extenuating circumstances. Anyone who is not feeling well or who has symptoms of any illness should stay home. We encourage all families to document any visits to their physician and continue to communicate with the school. 
    To support our efforts at school we are asking that parents do the following:
    ●  Monitor the current outbreak and travel recommendations according to the CDC:
    ●  In an effort to keep everyone in our community safe, we ask that you voluntarily inform the Head of School, Ronnie Wall, of any travel plans (
    ●  If your family is traveling to a level 2 or 3 zone (as defined by the CDC) or going on a cruise, we ask that you voluntarily observe a 14-day self-quarantine upon return (see CDC guidelines:  
    ● If your child has a fever, please keep them home until they are fever-free for 24 hours. Due to the current extenuating circumstances, the absence policy will be suspended. We encourage all families to document any visits to their physician and continue to communicate with the school.
    It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed.
    If your child is anxious about this situation, here are some resources you can use to talk to them:
    ●  Healthline has published How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus.
    ●  Psychology Today has published How to Talk to Your Anxious Child About the Coronavirus.
    We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will make decisions accordingly. Please check our website and app for any immediate changes. We will keep these updated with all decisions and information regarding our school community and events.
    Thank you,
    Ronnie K. Wall
    Head of School
    -- TBS --
  • TBS Golf Classic
    golf scorecard
    The annual TBS Golf Classic will be held on Monday, March 23 at Alamance Country Club and is open to anyone wishing to register to play.
    This tournament is a fundraiser for the school, but also builds community for all alumni of our school. It is a fun outing for all supporters of excellence in education. All proceeds from the Golf Classic help to provide resources to sustain and develop outstanding faculty, top-notch academics and award-winning arts and athletic programs.
    For more information, or to register, click HERE.
    – TBS –
  • Tickets Available for Annual Auction
    dinner and auction save the date for March 28
    Mark your calendars to join us for our annual dinner and auction on Saturday, March 28! This year's event will be held at The Addison Farm and will begin at 5 p.m. with live music from the Mason Lovette Band.
    Tickets are now available for purchase online. This site will also feature online bidding for select auction items as the event approaches.
    – TBS –
  • Trio Earns All-Star Game Nod
    Molina Williams defends a player
    Three TBS basketball players have been selected to participate in the upcoming North Carolina Private School All-Star Game that will be held in the Mosack Athletic Center on the campus of Providence Day School on Saturday, Feb. 29. Earning a spot on the boys team is Mylyjael Poteat, while both Aniyah Vanhook and Molina Williams garnered spots on the girls team.
    The boys' game will feature 15 players that have already signed scholarships to play college basketball next season, and several more players that anticipate signing scholarships in the coming weeks. Poteat, a Rice commit, will be a member of the East squad that also features two student-athletes who are committed to Wake Forest, one headed to NC State, one to Virginia and one to Columbia.
    The 2020 Girls Private School All-star game has four players that have already signed to play at the collegiate level. Vanhook and Williams, who is committed to Charlotte, will be part of the West team that will be led by TBS head coach Tavores Vanhook. The Spartans won the 2019 NCISAA state championship, the first for girls basketball at the school.
    The girls game will start at 1 p.m. followed by the boys game at 2:30 p.m.  Admission for the games will be $7 for adults, $5 for students and children under the age of eight will be admitted for free.

    In addition to the game, all players and coaches will participate in a community service project on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 28 in the Charlotte community.
    – TBS –
  • Help the PA at Conferences
    You can help the Parents' Association show our teachers and staff that we appreciate them by signing up to provide lunch and dinner items for our upcoming student-led conferences on Thursday, March 5.
    You can sign up for items HERE.
    Items can be dropped off in the Lower School conference room at the following times:
    • Lunch should be dropped off no later than 12 p.m.
    • Dinner should be dropped off no later than 5 p.m.
    We thank you for helping us thank the teachers for their hard work!
    – TBS –
  • Aladdin Cast Announced
    Congratulations to the entire cast of Aladdin Jr.! The show will run at the Paramount Theater in Burlington from May 8-10.
    Genie – Nora Mansfield
    Aladdin – Aidan Armstrong
    Jasmine – Emily Leiser
    Jafar – Warren Yellock
    Iago – Om Shah
    Sultan – Bennett Gould
    Isir – Olivia Martin
    Babkak – Sidney Robinson
    Omar – Johnathan Carew
    Kassim – Joshua Leiser
    Manal – Dani Urgilies
    Rajah – Remy Averitt
    Agrabahn – Riya Anumakonda, Rowan Averitt, Carissa Benkosky, Kaitlyn Colon, Bradlie Dennison, John Dennison, Adrianna Dobbs, Auset Donadelle, Lainey Fahrner, Mary Chandler Giles, Gabe Houston, Graham Huneycutt, Amada Isaiah, Carter Jackson, Kiya Kernodle, Wyatt Keziah, Emma Kirkman, Hannah Krasinski, Christopher Latham, Matthew Leiser, Joseph Leiser, Caroline Love, Carmen Martin, Savannah Martin, Nancy Martindale, Maygan McLaughlin, Angelina Moore, Bella Moore, Kai Namaste, Samira Namaste, Meredith Neal, Sanvi Pandit, Jordyn Pettaway, Rainey Pratt, Ainsley Rash, Nathaniel Robinson, Rylen Rosencrans, Liza Self, Ria Shah, Macey Trollinger, Jacob Turner, Caroline Wall, Lelia Wilson, Nathaniel Yellock
    Beggars – Riya Anumakonda, Angelina Moore, Bella Moore, Ainsley Rash, Rylen Rosencrans
    Featured Dancer – Riya Anumakonda, Rowan Averitt, Carissa Benkosky, Bradlie Dennison, Adrianna Dobbs, Auset Donadelle, Amada Isaiah, Kiya Kernodle, Carmen Martin, Savannah Martin, Rainey Pratt, Liza Self
    Apprentice – Rowan Averitt, Carissa Benkosky, Adrianna Dobbs, Auset Donadelle, Amada Isaiah, Kiya Kernodle
    Soloist – Kaitlyn Colon, Carmen Martin, Ria Shah
    Prince Abdullah – John Dennison
    Rafiq – Mary Chandler Giles, Gabe Houston, Hannah Krasinski, Sanvi Pandit, Nathaniel Robinson, Ria Shah, Nathaniel Yellock
    Guard – Graham Huneycutt, Carter Jackson, Wyatt Keziah, Christopher Latham, Joseph Leiser, Matthew Leiser, Kai Namaste
    Attendant – Carter Jackson, Kai Namaste
    Camel – Christopher Latham, Joshua Leiser
    Cave of Wonders Voice – Joshua Leiser
    Conjured Spooky Voice – Caroline Love
    Apple Vendor – Samira Namaste
    Razoul – Jacob Turner
    Shop Owner – Caroline Wall
    Fortune Teller – Lelia Wilson
    – TBS –
  • TBS Artists Show Well
    Cat scratchboard art by TBS student Diego Ortiz
    The Burlington School student artists notched an impressive showing at the recent Burlington Woman's Club Art Festival. A total of 20 TBS entries earned honors at the annual show.
    Bringing home honors in Middle School were:
    • Diego Ortiz (1st place), Kaitlyn Colon (2nd place), Abigale Robinson (3rd place) and Brianna Davis (Honorable Mention)
    • Diego Ortiz (1st place) and Evan Clayton (2nd place)
    Graphite Pencil Drawing
    • Elizabeth Davis (2nd place) and Samira Namaste (3rd place)
    Upper School winners were:
    Acrylic Paint
    • William Whitley (2nd place) and Samantha Harper (3rd place)
    • Will Self (2nd place), Anijay Flores-Jasso (3rd place), Mari' Robinson (Honorable Mention) and Taylor Jones (Honorable Mention)
    • Iain Maxim (1st place), Emily Leiser (2nd place), Matthew Brown (3rd place), Ardyn Eggar (Honorable Mention) and Londen Glasgow (Honorable Mention)
    Graphite Pencil Drawing
    • Samantha Harper (3rd place)
    Winners will have their work advance to district and state competition in the coming months.
    – TBS –
  • Re-Enrollment Forms Due
    We have begun the process of re-enrollment for the 2020-21 school year!

    Re-enrollment intent notifications were emailed out earlier this month and are due back to the school no later than Jan. 31. Your response to the Intent Form in January will notify us to issue your student's contract for the 2020-21 school year. Current families electing "No" on the intent form, or who do not return the intent form by the deadline, will be moved to the bottom of the enrollment list and are not guaranteed enrollment for the 2020-21 school year.

    Beginning on Feb. 3, we will send out 2020-21 contracts that must be returned with your deposit no later than Feb. 28. Current families not submitting their signed contract and deposit by the deadline will be moved to the bottom of the enrollment list and are not guaranteed enrollment for the 2020-21 school year.

    If you have questions, please email J.B. Tanner, Director of Admissions.
    – TBS –
  • Join the Auction Committee
    bidder holding up B shield paddle at auction
    Are you looking for a way to meet new people and be involved here at TBS? If so, we will be hosting a meeting for those interested in helping to plan our annual auction on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and be held in room A5 of the Upper School. We would love to have families from across all divisions assist in this event to help make it an even bigger success than it has been in the past!
    – TBS –
  • 2020 Musical Announced
    Get ready for a thrilling tale of mischief, mystery and love as The Burlington School is proud to announce the performance of Aladdin Jr. as its spring musical production.
    A meeting for parents of students in grades 3-12 that are interested in participating in the show will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. in the library. Parents will be able to fill out all audition paperwork and supply a conflict schedule at this time (and will then not have to do so at auditions).
    Students wanting to participate should attend one of the two auditions. The first will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 3-6 p.m., while the second will occur on Monday, Jan. 27 from 6-9 p.m. This show will feature singing, dancing, stage combat and stunts. If you have a conflict with both dates, please contact Bethany Baker.
    Aladdin Jr. will be performed at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington from May 8-10. Show times and ticket information will be announced later this spring.
    – TBS –
  • "Stuff the Bus" a Huge Success
    Stuff the Bus donations and deliveries
    The recent "Stuff the Bus" campaign was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who donated toys and/or non-perishable food items.
    Food items were divided among local charities, including Allied Churches, Mercy and Grace Church and S.A.F.E. (Southern Alamance Family Empowerment).
    The donated toys went to children from Title One Schools, local churches and children at Moses Cone Hospital who were spending Christmas in the hospital.
    This is the definition of TBS spirit!
    – TBS –
  • Holiday Event is Sold Out
    Holiday Event announcement
    The upcoming Holiday Event featuring Ben Crawford, Broadway's Phantom, is officially SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support of this event!
    If you are interested in being on a stand by list, please email All available tickets will be released on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m.
    – TBS –
  • Holt Named TBS Teacher of the Year
    Math teacher Sarah Holt instructs a Middle School student
    Middle School math teacher Sarah Holt has been selected as The Burlington School's 2019-20 Teacher of the Year in an announcement made on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
    Holt is in her second year as a staff member at TBS, but is in her seventh year teaching overall.
    Said Holt, “The Burlington School is truly a special community. I feel so honored to have the privilege to work alongside some of the most qualified, motivated and inspirational educators in the profession. To say that I am humbled to have been chosen as the TBS teacher of the year would be an understatement. I am extremely thankful for the strong leadership team, dedicated colleagues, supportive parents and enthusiastic students who challenge me to grow and learn each day.”
    Kristi Tanner, Middle School Academic Dean, added, “I have never worked with a teacher who is so skilled with differentiation. Sarah knows her students' abilities, strengths, weaknesses and progress. She is able to challenge every student appropriately and support each student where they are. I have been so impressed with Sarah, her teaching and her willingness to jump in and help with everything here at TBS. She is truly a team player, and we are lucky to have her! ”
    – TBS –
  • Fall Sports Honors
    Molina Williams, volleyball action
    The fall sports season was a successful one for the TBS Spartans as numerous student-athletes collected postseason accolades.
    At the Middle School level, the boys soccer team captured the conference tournament title, while the volleyball team earned a runner-up finish in the league showcase.
    In varsity action, the volleyball, boys soccer, girls tennis and cross country teams all participated in state tournament play. The girls cross country squad earned a second-place finish in the state, while the volleyball team advanced to the state semifinals.
    Individually, the following varsity athletes earned honors:
    • Molina Williams (Conference Player of the Year, All-Conference, All-State)
    • Allison Mann (All-Conference)
    • London Agnew (All-Conference)
    • Cierra Woods (All-Tournament)
    • Emily Williams (Co-Conference Coach of the Year)
    Boys Soccer
    • Will Stadler (All-Conference)
    • Connor Gould (All-Conference)
    • Lucas Dumayne (All-Tournament)
    • Clay Haigh (All-Tournament)
    Cross Country
    • Emily Leiser (All-Conference, All-State)
    • Keegan Lee (All-Conference, All-State)
    • Annabel Marmolejo (All-State)
    • Iain Maxim (All-Conference, All-State)
    Girls Tennis
    • Ellie Riddle (All-State)
    – TBS –
  • Holiday Event Tickets On Sale
    Holiday Event Performer Announcement
    The Burlington School is excited to announce this year's Holiday Event performer will be Ben Crawford of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera.
    This year's Holiday Event will be held in Whitley Auditorium at Elon University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Tickets and sponsorships are currently on sale and begin at $25. You can purchase both tickets and sponsorships online.

    Mr. Crawford's credits include Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera; Shrek in Shrek, The Musical; Jean Valjean is Les Miserables; Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Don Price in Big Fish. He will be performing selections from The Phantom of the Opera, as well as Broadway and holiday repertoire.
    – TBS –
  • TBS in Burlington Parade
    TBS float in the 2018 Christmas parade
    Join us in the Burlington Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 23! All TBS students and staff members are welcome to join us as we participate in the annual parade. We will have cheerleaders, dancers, other walkers and riders in our entry.
    Students interested in dancing (grades 1-12) in the parade must attend at least one of two practices. The first will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, while the second will be on Thursday, Nov. 21. Practice for students in grades 1-4 will be held from 3-4 p.m. in the Preschool 3 room and practice for students in grades 5-12 will be held in the drama room from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Preschool and kindergarten students will be able to ride on the float, but must be accompanied by a parent.
    On the day of the parade, participants are asked to meet at the TBS float provided by Adams Towing behind Occasions and the downtown co-op at 9:30 a.m. Pickup will be in the grassy area beside the dog park behind the YMCA. Once the group starts the parade, they will reach the end in approximately 30 minutes.
    For more information on attire, or to register to participate in the parade, click HERE.
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  • Spirit Wear Store Open
    TBS t-shirt
    Our first Under Armour spirit wear store is now open! Orders must be placed no later than Sunday, Nov. 3.
    The store features a variety of items, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and backpacks.

    Click HERE to visit the store.
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  • Fall Festival Held Friday
    Fall Festival flyer
    Make your plans to join us for the annual Fall Festival from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25! Feel free to come in costume!
    The event, held in Holt Gymnasium, features bounce houses, a rock wall, face painting, a haunted hallway, a cake walk and more! There will be pizza, ice cream and shaved ice available to purchase.
    Volunteers are asked to sign up for donations or to work a booth for a shift during the evening. You can do so, HERE.
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  • Join the Dystopian Challenge
    The fall play, Dystopia! The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death, is a comic farce which pokes fun at the many young adult novels for middle and high school students – like Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Divergent. 
    Our staff knows that students who read independently score higher on standardized tests than their peers so, what better way to celebrate the play and reading than a challenge! 
    Here are the details:
    Students can find a list of books in each school! There will be one question about a dystopian novel each day for 10 days beginning on Monday. English teachers will place the question of the day on classroom doors. Students who answer seven out of the 10 questions correctly will earn extra credit in English class and a free ticket to the fall play! Good luck to all readers!
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  • Tickets to Fall Play on Sale
    Dystopia flyer
    TBS is proud to present Dystopia! The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death as the fall play! Tickets are now available for the show that runs Nov. 1-3 and will be performed in the Upper School Gathering Space. Show times are 7 p.m. on Nov. 1-2 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 3.
    Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online. Purchasing online is the only way to guarantee a ticket. Seating is limited and last year's show was either sold out or nearly sold out for all three performances. There are no reserved seats for this show.
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  • Request a FREE Energy Kit
    My Energy Kit logo
    Our Lower School students recently heard about energy conservation thanks to a program from Duke Energy and The National Theatre for Children.
    Now, you can help out TBS by requesting a free My Energy Kit! We are participating in the My Energy Kit Challenge through Duke Energy and The National Theatre for Children. The goal is to save energy by giving our families the opportunity to request a FREE energy kit full of items that can be used to save energy around the home. If our school reaches 100 sign-ups for the FREE kit from our families and staff, we’ll automatically win $250.
    Even if you have requested a kit in the past, you can do so again and anyone – parents, grandparents, family friends, etc. – can request a kit! Please help us make a difference.
  • Annual Fund Kickoff
    Today, Monday, Sept. 16, marks the official start of the 2019-20 Annual Fund campaign.
    As an independent school, The Burlington School relies on support to provide the financial resources required to run the school; tuition alone does not cover operating costs. The monies to cover this “gap” between operating costs and tuition revenues are primarily generated from our endowment and our major fundraising projects, including the Annual Fund.
    The Annual Fund is the most important fundraising priority at The Burlington School. When you give to the TBS Annual Fund, you are investing directly in:
    • Outstanding faculty
    • Top-notch academics
    • Internationally recognized music program
    • Competitive athletics
    • Award-winning visual arts program
    Annual Fund dollars are received and spent all in the same year. Those dollars make an immediate impact!
    How do I support the Annual Fund?
    You may make a credit card donation by visiting this secure site. You may also fill out this form and return it to the school. If you prefer to drop off your contribution at school, please address to Marshall Qualls, Director of Advancement. We hope you will support the Annual Fund with the contribution you are most comfortable giving. Remember every gift counts, and no gift is too small.
    If you have additional questions about the annual fund, please contact Marshall Qualls, Director of Advancement at or 336-228-0297 ext. 203.
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  • Dystopia! Cast List Announced
    play flyer
    The cast list for the upcoming production of Dystopia! The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death was announced on Friday, Sept. 13. The full cast list is below.
    The cast is scheduled to meet for its first rehearsal on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9-11 a.m. in the Lower School drama room. Congratulations to the cast! The show will run Nov. 1-3.

    Trapped against their will in a dystopian future, a group of teens must battle against emotionally sensitive guards, limited budgets and the trigger-happy Game Master to be proclaimed the winner. When the odds are this absurdly bleak, it seems certain that only the main character will make it out alive – but first, the contestants must decide who the main character is.
    Cast List
    • Blue Contestant - Ainsley Rash
    • Turquoise Contestant - Sanvi Pandit
    • Baby Blue Contestant - Emma Kirkman
    • Green Contestant - Ria Shah
    • Lime Contestant - Angelina Moore
    • Orange Contestant - Auset Donadelle
    • Peach Contestant - Liza Self
    • White Contestant - Warren Yellock
    • Yellow Contestant - Rowan Averitt
    • Pink Contestant - Gabriel Houston
    • Brown Contestant - Emily Leiser
    • Red Contestant - Lelia Wilson
    • Burnt Orange Contestant - Caroline Wall
    • Lavendar Contestant - Om Shah
    • Purple Contestant - Savannah Martin
    • Mauve Contestant - Samira Namaste
    • Paisley Contestant - Olivia Martin
    • Black Contestant - Hannah Krasinski
    • Magenta Contestant - Josh Leiser
    • Violet Contestant - Bennett Gould
    • Faction Leader-Fashion Sense - Mandy Cabigting
    • Game Master - Aidan Armstrong
    • Guard 1 - Jacob Turner
    • Guard 2 - Nolan Byrtus
    • Guard 3 - Joseph Leiser
    • Guard 4 - Emma Kirkman
    • Faction Leader-Origami - Ashleigh Post
    • Faction Leader-Beatboxing - Jordyn Pettaway
    • Faction Leader-Mr. Cuddles - Joseph Leiser
    • Game Master 2 - Caroline Wall
    • Show Person 1 - Liza Self
    • Judge 1 - Emily Leiser
    • Judge 2 - Mandy Cabigting
    • Judge 3 - Bennett Gould
    • Zombies - Om Shah, Hannah Krasinski, Samira Namaste, Ainsley Rash, Gabriel Houston, Olivia Martin, Savannah Martin, Lelia Wilson, Ria Shah
    • Show People - Liza Self, Rowan Averitt, Angelina Moore, Sanvi Pandit, Auset Donadelle, Jordyn Pettaway, Ashleigh Post
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  • Drama Auditions Sept. 8-9
    drama poster
    The drama program has announced that this fall's production will be Dystopia! The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death and auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 9. Students in grades 5-12 wishing to audition will need to attend one of the two dates. Sunday's audition will begin at 3 p.m., while Monday's audition starts at 6:30 p.m. Both will be held in the Gathering Space in the Upper School (please use the lower entrance). The show will run Nov. 1-3.

    Trapped against their will in a dystopian future, a group of teens must battle against emotionally sensitive guards, limited budgets and the trigger-happy Gamemaster to be proclaimed the winner. When the odds are this absurdly bleak, it seems certain that only the main character will make it out alive – but first, the contestants must decide who the main character is.
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  • TBS Launches Mobile App
    TBS shield
    The Burlington School has partnered with Legit Apps to launch a mobile app for the school. You can download the new app from either the App Store or Google Play for free by searching for The Burlington School.
    This app allows you to receive notifications from groups that you select, including specific grades, athletic teams and arts departments. It features a school calendar, easy access to staff email addresses and links to ParentsWeb and My Hot Lunchbox.
    We will be using this app as another communications tool with our families. Notifications on school closings or delays will come via the app and groups will use it for reminders about special events.
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  • Black Publishes Article
    Kim Black headshot
    Kim Black, the Lower School creative movement and Middle School dance elective teacher at The Burlington School, recently published an article in Dance Teacher Magazine.
    Black's article is about ways to deal with separation anxiety, specifically in preschool-aged children.
    You can read the full article HERE.
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  • Purchase Your Yearbook
    yearbook ad
    Yearbooks for the 2019-20 school year are now available to purchase! Prices are the lowest they will be all year and start at just $40.
    Buy your book no later than Sept. 27 and you can add icons to your cover for free! Purchase yours HERE.
    The TBS Yearbook encompasses the entire school, from preschool through seniors.
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  • Back to School Signs
    first day of kindergarten grade sign
    Please enjoy these signs as TBS students return to school in August! You can print the sign for your child's grade. Take a photo of your child holding the sign on the first day of school and use the hashtag #WhyTBS on social media. You can also email your photos to for inclusion in an online gallery.
    Click HERE for a list of signs.
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  • New Traffic Pattern
    2019-20 TBS Traffic Pattern Map
    As we near the start of the school year, please note the new traffic pattern for drop off and pick up. All traffic will enter through the Inglewood Drive entrance.
    Lower and Middle School students will still be dropped off in front of that building. Those needing to park to go inside the Lower/Middle School building will proceed through the line before parking on the right side of the parking lot.
    The parking lot between the two buildings is for Upper School staff, while the lower lot is for Upper School students.
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  • Changes to Family-Student Handbook
    As we are set to begin the 2019-20 school year, we want to make sure that all of our families are aware of changes that have been made to the Family-Student Handbook.
    A number of changes have been made for the upcoming year. Adjustments to tardies, make-up  work, use of electronic devices, printing, dress code and academic eligibility are just some of the changes that have been made.
    We highly suggest that you take a look at the full list of changes by viewing THIS DOCUMENT that highlights the updates.
    Our full Family-Student Handbook can be found online as well.
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  • Welcome to New TBS Web Home
    Welcome to the new-look web home for The Burlington School!
    We are proud to announce a partnership with School Site to host this new page. We hope that you find the site to be user-friendly and a tool to answer nearly any question you may have about TBS. Our goal was to provide a better communications tool between the school and our parents, students and prospective families.
    We hope you enjoy the new site!
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  • Dancers Successful at Camp
    TBS dance team group photo
    A total of 23 TBS dance team members from Kim Black's Middle School dance elective recently spent a successful four days at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Camp at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

    The only middle school squad in attendance, the Spartans earned a blue ribbon on their performance routine and were named the recipient of the "Most Improved" award out of all the teams in attendance.
    A trio of TBS dancers – Elizabeth Davis, Abi Robinson and Ria Shah – picked up All-American honors and will have the opportunity to participate in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country.
    The TBS dance team was coached by Black and Megan Butler.
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  • Bernardi Named Boys Basketball Coach
    Ryan Bernardi head shot
    The Burlington School announced on Thursday, July 25, that it has named Ryan Bernardi as the new head coach of its boys basketball program. Bernardi comes to TBS following a successful season as the head coach at Burlington Christian Academy.
    “Ryan will bring a tremendous amount of energy and passion to TBS. He has already accomplished a great deal at a young age and he will be a great asset to our athletics program and our school community,” said TBS Director of Athletics Will Roberson.
    Bernardi led BCA to a program-record 19 victories and an appearance in the state quarterfinals in the 2018-19 season. BCA averaged 80.11 points per game during the regular season to rank among the top 10 scoring offenses in the state.
    “I am beyond excited to continue the tradition of TBS basketball,” stated Bernardi. “There is an incredible culture of excellence at The Burlington School in academics, the arts and athletics. I am thrilled to be the head basketball coach and am very grateful for the trust that Mr. (Ronnie) Wall and Will Roberson have placed in me.”
    Bernardi has also been successful on the AAU circuit, where he founded the North Carolina ICE program in 2016. His program sports four teams and he currently serves as the head coach for the 2021 squad.
    Bernardi graduated from nearby Elon University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in May. During his time at Elon, Bernardi spent three seasons as a student manager for the men’s basketball program. His roles included assisting coaches with scouting and game preparation as well as working with the director of operations on travel, team meals, academic oversight, recruiting visits and community outreach.
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  • Tanner Named Dir. of Admissions
    J.B. Tanner headshot
    The Burlington School announced on Wednesday, July 24, that it has named J.B. Tanner as its new Director of Admissions. He will begin his role on August 1. He replaces Charmin Lee, who will now serve the school as the Director of College Counseling.
    “The Burlington School is pleased to welcome J.B. to the school. His experience working with students and their families will be invaluable in his role as our Director of Admissions. I look forward to working with him as we continue to build our enrollment numbers at TBS,” said Head of School Ronnie K. Wall.
    Tanner comes to TBS following five seasons as a member of the men’s basketball staff at Elon University. In his role on the Phoenix staff, Tanner was integral in recruiting student-athletes to the university. During his time, an Elon player earned all-league honors three times and twice earned the conference’s scholar-athlete of the year award. He also served in a leadership role as he oversaw the hiring of student staff members. Through community engagement, Tanner helped to boost enrollment in the program’s summer camps.
    Tanner also spent three seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations on the men’s basketball staff at UNC Greensboro and two seasons as a graduate assistant at VCU.
    “I very much appreciate Mr. Wall for providing me this wonderful opportunity at The Burlington School. I am excited to build on the success of TBS. I look forward to developing meaningful relationships with our faculty, staff, students and families as we commit to daily growth in academics, arts and athletics,” stated Tanner.
    Tanner earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina in 2009 before earning a master’s degree in sport leadership from VCU in 2011. He was a student-athlete on the men’s basketball team at UNC where he played two seasons and helped the Tar Heels to the 2009 national title and two Atlantic Coast Conference championships.
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  • Elder Attends Civil War Institute
    Middle School teacher Brock Elder at a summer institute
    As a self-described "massive history nerd," Middle School history teacher Brock Elder is able to take part in an incredible opportunity this summer as he is attending The Seat of War and Peace summer teacher institute in Washington, D.C.
    The Seat of War and Peace is a week-long teacher professional development program offered by Ford's Theatre education staff in collaboration with the National Park Service. This year's program includes 22 educators from 15 states and the District of Columbia.
    The Seat of War and Peace is designed to help educators better understand and teach about the different ways America has remembered and forgotten aspects of the Civil War. During the week, teachers visit and examine different monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C., and learn how to study these sites as primary sources. The goal is for teachers to return to their classrooms better prepared to engage students in discussions about the roles of monuments and memorials in their own communities.
    While there, teachers will visit the African-American Civil War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Emancipation Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.
    "Teachers who work with the Ford's education team return to their classrooms with new knowledge, resources and a professional support system to implement lessons that deepen their students' understanding of the complexity of the Civil War and its ongoing legacy and relevance in the world today," said Maia Shepard, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy at George Washington University.
    Ford’s Theatre Society was founded under the guidance of executive producer Frankie Hewitt, who, during her 35-year tenure, established Ford’s as a living, working theatre, producing performances that highlighted the diversity of the American experience. Critics and the theatre-going public have recognized Ford’s for the superior quality of its artistic programming. In the past decade, the mission of Ford’s Theatre Society expanded to include education as a central pillar. This expansion led to the creation and construction of the Center for Education and Leadership, which opened in February 2012. Under the current leadership of Board of Trustees Chairman Phebe Novakovic and through the lens of Lincoln’s leadership and legacy, Ford’s today endeavors to advance Lincoln’s “unfinished work” with programs and performances that cultivate empathy, encourage dialogue and bridge divides in our American life.
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  • Chisholm Named to Jr. Olympics Team
    Madison Chisholm rides her horse.
    Rising TBS sophomore Madison Chisholm will compete in the upcoming Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships, part of the Junior Olympics, in equestrian. The competition will be held in Kalispell, Mont., from July 24-28.
    Chisholm will be one of 12 riders representing Area II, which consists of members from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
    The event is an equestrian triathlon as the riders and their horses will compete in dressage, cross-country jumping and show jumping. The dressage portion demonstrates how well-trained a horse is by performing a series of predetermined movements from memory. In cross-country jumping, the horses will demonstrate their speed ability to jump over various types of terrain, including water obstacles. Show jumping allows the horse and rider to show the ability to jump rails and fences on a course.
    You can read more in this story from The Times News.
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  • Order Your 2019-20 T-Shirt
    Thanks to the support of the Parents' Association, all TBS students will be receiving one t-shirt again this year. We ask that you take the time to fill out the attached online form to help us have enough of each size shirt.
    Additional shirts are available to be purchased. That information can also be noted on the form.
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  • After capturing a pair of state titles and having multiple other teams advance in state tournament competition, The Burlington School athletic program finished second in the standings for the Wells Fargo Cup following the 2018-19 school year.
    This matches the school's best-ever finish in the standings as the Spartans also placed second in 2014-15. TBS placed seventh a year ago.
    The Wells Fargo cup, presented and sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., recognizes overall excellence in high school athletics among NCISAA member institutions. As such, the cup has become the single most valued athletic achievement award in North Carolina.
    Since 1985, the Wells Fargo Cup has been presented to the schools in each classification (1A and 2A) with the best overall interscholastic athletic programs. Beginning in 1999-2000, the Wells Fargo Cup has been awarded in three classifications (1A, 2A and 3A), with awards being issued to the school with the most combined points.
    A school must finish in the top eight of a state championship tournament to earn points towards the Wells Fargo Cup standings.
    During the 2018-19 school year, TBS won state titles in girls basketball and girls soccer, while the boys golf team finished third in the state. Spartan programs also appeared in state tournaments in girls tennis, boys soccer, volleyball, boys basketball and baseball. TBS athletes participated in state meets in cross country, swimming and track and field.
    TBS (362.0 total points) finished second to Greenfield (405.0) and bested third-place Woodlawn (277.5) by nearly 100 points.
    The full standings can be seen HERE.
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