On Oct. 26, students attended an assembly about consent, took the California Healthy Kids Survey and participated in a workshop centered around being an upstander and not a bystander. The three activities took 90 minutes each and students were dismissed at 1:30 p.m.
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.