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9th graders in a mask break at school. Photo from Burke's instagram.

Mixed opinions as full HyFlex program gets underway

By Riley Del Sesto '24 February 7, 2021

As Burke’s full HyFlex program begins, following the three-week pilot program, students have expressed a range of opinions about whether or not the school was rushing too much into reopening. The HyFlex...

Jamie Leopold reflects on new challenges in just her second year at Burke

By Jen Chiancone '21, Layout Editor January 11, 2021

Jamie Leopold only started her career at Burke last year but has already had a turbulent experience, from adjusting to virtual instruction to taking over for Kelly Falk as Director of Student Activities.  “It’s...

Burke’s four co-presidents focus on communication and wellness in a unique year

By Katie Hirsche '21 January 11, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many new twists and turns to 2020, the first of which was an unprecedented election for Student Government Association (SGA) Co-Presidents last spring. The vote was so...

A look back at how the major sports leagues made it through their 2020 seasons

By Hunter Harold '22 December 26, 2020

COVID-19 has put a lot of businesses, organizations, and daily ways of life at a halt, but not professional sports associations. They have found a way to maneuver around the virus to finish their 2019-2020...

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Burke set to begin “hyflex” reopening on December 2nd with 6th and 9th grades

By Jeremy Green '21, Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2020

Burke plans to bring back 6th and 9th graders in a new hybrid learning system on December 2nd, with the rest of the school to follow in late January. Head of School Damian Jones presented the new proposal...

High schoolers experiencing psychological pros and cons of virtual learning

High schoolers experiencing psychological pros and cons of virtual learning

By Katie Hirsche '21 and Graham Vinyard '24 November 16, 2020

COVID-19 has brought many changes to the Burke community, not least of which has been holding classes virtually, and students have faced many conflicting emotions such as stress and grief. After a makeshift...

How social isolation and endless zoom meetings impact mental health

How social isolation and endless zoom meetings impact mental health

By Nate Miller '21 November 16, 2020

As area schools—including—Burke face the difficult decision of whether (and when) to bring students back to campus, one important consideration is student mental health. In a study by the Harris Poll...

Students and teachers of AP classes grapple with challenges of new schedule

Students and teachers of AP classes grapple with challenges of new schedule

By Solana Torres '22 November 16, 2020

One of the major changes to Burke’s schedule this year is that core classes will be confined to one semester only. For every student, both middle school and high school, that means that normally year-long...

The audacity of safety and what it means for America’s democracy

By Jonah DeGannes '24 November 16, 2020

History has authenticized just how relative one’s culture and individuality can be when maintaining safety and well being. In fact, from the time humans first began colonizing parts of the earth, that...

Plans and opinions vary as area schools look to reopen

Plans and opinions vary as area schools look to reopen

By Reed Roddy-Johnson '23 November 16, 2020

Schools around the DMV are considering the prospect of reopening and what that would require. Educators, students, and parents are experiencing a plethora of emotions, from anxiety to excitement. Some...

Sarcasm Central: Quarantine Edition

By Abby Ross '21, Opinions Editor May 3, 2020

How do I cut my own hair? Surprisingly, it’s pretty very easy. First you need some gum. If you don’t have any, caramel will work too, you just need to heat up some sugar. Chew the gum, or heat the...

The importance of positive takeaways

By Anya Weller '22 May 3, 2020

The capital of the United States, a city normally abundant with activity, now feels like a ghost town. The only sounds in the desolate streets seem to be the lone sirens of ambulances passing by....

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