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Sexual misconduct allegations highlight concerns about Burke’s culture, policy

Sexual misconduct allegations highlight concerns about Burke’s culture, policy

By Abby Ross '21 and Isabel Gottlieb-Nemo '21 May 21, 2021

In June 2020, a series of social media posts accused five recent Burke alumni of varying degrees of sexual misconduct, ranging from harassment to rape. The posts were made on an Instagram page with accusations...

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Remote learning adds new wrinkle to snow day planning

By Sophia Rasevic '22 February 7, 2021

With the winter months now upon us, many students may be wondering how Burke plans to handle the possibility of snow days. Some local schools and school districts already have plans in place, but Burke...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

Remembering Monica Miracky

Remembering Monica Miracky

By Liam Widnell '22 and Jeremy Green '21 October 15, 2020

After the tragic passing of our beloved Monica Miracky, The Cageliner asked for memories and messages from members of the Burke community so we could honor Monica with the words of those who loved them...

Coronavirus Pandemic Forces Burke to Close

By Jeremy Green '21, Editor-in-Chief March 16, 2020

Burke will now be closed through at least March 30th in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. In an email to the school community on Friday, March 13th, Head of School Damian Jones cited...

Teachers show support for retiring Miracky

By Madeleine Lampietti '24 and Riley Del Sesto '24 January 29, 2020

Teachers Ginger Attarian and Amy Cataldo decided to shave their heads in order to stand in solidarity with Head of Middle School Monica Miracky in her fight through cancer. Attarian initially had the...

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Middle school mainstay Monica Miracky reflects on 40 years

By Jen Chiancone '21, Layout Editor January 29, 2020

Monica Miracky came to work at Burke as an English teacher in 1980, only 12 years after the official founding of the school. Forty years later, Miracky now serves as the Head of the Middle School and the...

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Front desk mainstays April and Denise open up

By Jen Chiancone '21, Layout Editor November 24, 2019

April Mathis and Denise Little both work at the front desk at Burke, letting people inside and greeting them on behalf of Burke. Mathis, who works mornings, is the first person students see when they come...

AP students and teachers reflect on courses

By Nate Miller '21 November 24, 2019

Although Burke is one of the most progressive private schools in the D.C. area, when it comes to Advanced Placement (AP) classes, Burke has taken a more traditional course. Last year, when seven private...

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