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Reflecting on the 2020 NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Reflecting on the 2020 NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

By Montanna Norman '22 February 13, 2021

Due to the global pandemic, the annual National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) was forced to move to a virtual setting this year.  Each year the conference...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

Razor-thin margin in SGA election gives Burke four presidents

By Jeremy Green '21, Editor-in-Chief May 21, 2020

After an unprecedented series of events, Burke will have four Student Government presidents for the 2020–21 school year. Two rounds of voting could not create definitive separation between the tickets...

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...

Sophomores get used to new Leadership program

By Scott Sun '20 January 29, 2020

Burke’s tenth grade has been experiencing a new-look leadership program centered around mandatory participation and curriculum integration. Stacy Smith, Burke’s Director of Leadership Development,...

As SGA raises money, student DJs raise the roof

By Isabel Gottlieb-Nemo '21 January 29, 2020

Burke’s first-ever winter formal on January 24th, introduced new twists like inviting other schools, holding the dance in the atrium, and featuring student DJs Max Streitwieser ’20 and Etienne Jackson-Jones...

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