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  • Phantom to Visit TBS
    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. Ticket and sponsorship information will be coming soon!

    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.
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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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  • Spirit Wear Store Open
    TBS t-shirt
    Our first Under Armour spirit wear store is now open! Orders must be placed no later than Monday, Aug. 26.
    The store features a variety of items, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and backpacks.

    Click HERE to visit the store.
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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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