Nothing says “middle school” more than a bus packed with rowdy kids. When the children create more ruckus than normal, however, repercussions ensue. Such is the case at Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS), which has a private bus agreement with the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans). This year, SamTrans decided to send fewer buses to BIS after school.
The website of the Burlingame Aquatics Club (BAC) states that construction on the pool will end Sept. 4. A quick look at the current state of the pool suggests that this is far from the truth. Sept. 4 was the initial end date for the project, which started June 1 and consisted of the renovation of the 50 meter pool and pool deck.
The 2018/19 school year is the first time Burlingame will have not one, but two assistant vice principals. Markus Autrey and Michele Fichera have both been hired to take on the position, and they will be working alongside current vice principal Valerie Arbizu.
As of this year BHS will have two separate evacuation areas. The new administration, including vice principals Markus Autrey and Michele Fichera, spent the summer walking around campus and evaluating the safety of our current evacuation route. They have decided to name the tennis courts as a new evacuation area, in addition to the previous area of the football field. Depending on the time of the evacuation, certain classes in the C and D area will go to the tennis courts, while others will vacate to the football field. Details regarding semantics of the new evacuation plan are public, and a map to the new evacuation area is available.
Construction on the California Drive Roundabout is now entering its second stage, four months after construction began. The project, which received final approval in March, is scheduled to be completely finished in January 2019.
Facebook’s virtual reality division, Oculus, is currently negotiating with the city of Burlingame about moving to the Bayshore area within the next two years. Facebook is eyeing the 767,000 square foot area at 300 Airport Blvd., which was formerly occupied by a drive-in theater, but was closed 10 years ago.
Seven months after Deputy Superintendent Kirk Black announced the creation of the district’s homework committee, the Board of Trustees was presented with a summation of the committee’s findings and a draft homework policy. The committee, which was formed last fall to combat student stress and anxiety, is comprised of 23 individuals that represent each district campus and various stakeholder groups, such as the black and asian parent associations.
Health teacher Nicole Carter will be taking on a new role next year as Activities Director, supervisor of the leadership class. While she is somewhat nervous for the new role, Carter is very excited for what is to come.
The winningest coach in Burlingame’s boys’ varsity basketball history, Jeff Dowd, was rehired to lead the team next season after being released from the coaching position in 2013. “I’m excited to be back coaching at BHS and I'm grateful for Mr. Belzer and coach Phil for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity,” Dowd said.
The Burlingame and San Mateo High School choirs recently attended their annual competition in Anaheim for the Worldstrides Heritage Festival. Being the biggest event of the year for the joint choir, the competition and stakes were intense. Junior Ryan Cheng describes the event as “highly competitive.” But despite the immense pressure, the Chamber Singers of Burlingame and San Mateo received first place for their performance, maintaining their streak of placing. The Concert Choir also received Silver III for their performance.
For the second consecutive year, the Burlingame High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team participated in the World Championship tournament in Houston, Texas. From April 19 to April 21, the Iron Panthers competed along with 404 other teams from around the world in the 2018 FRC challenge. Every year, the FRC offers a new challenge for high school teams competing at worlds to participate in.
Due to a water shortage in Cape Town, South Africa, the popular club One Dollar For Life (ODFL) canceled its annual trip for the summer of 2018. ODFL is an organization based in Palo Alto, specializing in small-scale building projects in third world countries. The cancellation of the trip was a surprise to many students due to the club’s sustained popularity.
Randy Williams has been campus safety specialist at Burlingame High School for the past 19 years, and in the district for over 30 years. Unbeknownst to many students, however, is Williams’s unique perspective as a black resident of San Mateo County.
On Friday, April 20, sophomore Ines Escobedo led a group of students in a walk-out to speak out against the country’s current gun laws and to call for reform. “My friends and I started asking around because we wanted to participate in the walk out but we found out that no one had planned anything,” Escobedo said. “So we decided to plan it.”
Burlingame’s activists took to the streets to call for more gun control in Burlingame’s March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. The march was organized by Cindy Sohn and Katherine Gerster of the Burlingame Mothers’ Club. The march was in conjunction with the Burlingame Mothers’ Club. Sohn and Gerster said the march, which drew about 400 participants, began at 10 a.m. at the picnic area of Washington Park.