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Burrell Welcomes Two New Teachers for the 2020-2021 School Year

Elizabeth HartmanChange is the name of the game at Burrell this year, but not only because of the pandemic. The district has also added two new teachers, Elizabeth Hartman and Alli Oberdorf, to the roster.

Remote Learning During Coronavirus: How Burrell Is Changing Course

Remote LearningBecause of COVID-19, students at Burrell School District haven’t been to school since March 13.  Amidst the chaos, the district worked hard to create a remote learning program that was implemented on March 30.

 

Students and teachers now log into Google Classroom for lessons, which are either pre-recorded or live sessions. The school day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and teachers are available for questions through chat or email. While students still have assignments, they don’t need to be done in real-time like a typical school day.

Putting Life Skills' Students to Work

Taking orderStaff at Burrell Middle and High Schools have access to an exclusive coffee shop every Friday. But this is no ordinary café. This one is run by students with special needs.

Non-Traditional Teacher Helps Students Expand Rocketry Skills

HMS rocketryBy day, Rodney Schafer works in maintenance at Burrell School District. But as soon as the school day ends, he sheds his maintenance moniker and steps into the role of rocketry instructor, a title he’s held at the district for 16 years.

New Chromebooks Transform the Classroom

students with laptopAlong with all the usual excitement of a new school year, students at Stewart Elementary and Huston Middle Schools had an additional change to be excited about — new Chromebooks.

Students in grades 4 to 6 received the Chromebooks on the first day of the school year, and they’ve been using them in the classroom ever since.

Students Enjoy Nutritious Breakfasts and Lunches Thanks to Food Service Initiatives

BSD Healthy Lunch As the Food Service Director for Burrell School District, Andrew Klipple is using his previous experience as a chef to provide healthier and tastier options for students throughout the district.

One of his biggest challenges is following the guidelines set by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which restricts the use of sodium, mandates increases in whole grain, and governs how many calories, vegetables, fruits, and protein each grade should have per meal.

New Safety Initiatives Help Students and Staff Know How to React

choose loveSocial-emotional learning (SEL) is an important new methodology backed by 30 years of research that reduces anxiety and aggression in students while also increasing focus and attendance. When educators are well-versed in SEL, this creates a loving and safe environment in the classroom to foster students' abilities to learn.

Burrell STEM Team Partners With Local Manufacturing Firms

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To help his middle and high school STEM teams get more career experience, Huston Middle School science teacher Shaun Reddick decided to think outside of the box.

About 10 years ago, he got in contact with Catalyst Connections, a local consulting and training services firm. They were starting a project that paired schools with manufacturing companies to give kids a taste of what it's like to work in the field.