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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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    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.
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  • Trimester 3 Honors
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    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
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  • 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


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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
    – TBS –
  • 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.
    -- TBS --
  • 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.
    – TBS –
  • 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!
    – TBS –
  • 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.
    – TBS –
  • 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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