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It's time to celebrate the opening of the New Classroom Building at BIS! The Burlingame School District Board of Trustees using the bond proceeds from Measure D engaged Hamilton Aitken Architects to design, and Sausal Corporation to construct this new building.
This 21st century educational facility will open for staff and students on time for the 2016/2017 school year, and will be completed under budget.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
5:30 p.m. Ribbon Cutting
5:30-6:00 p.m. Open for Tour
Please join us!

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held an essay writing contest where they asked middle school students to write about how they can build a world without hate. Reflecting on Edward Everett Hale's quote, "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do". Congratulations to the following three BIS students who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the contest.


First Place: Taylor Gatt, 8th grade wrote "Breaking Barriers"
Second Place: Trevor Macko, 8th grade wrote "No Place for Hate"
Third Place: Carrie Lei, 8th grade wrote "A World Without Hate"


To read their essays, please click here


ADL Winners-Trevor Macko, Carrie Lei, Taylor Gatt-May 2016.jpg



BSD celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week!

This month we recognize and honor the teachers in our District for their tireless efforts on behalf of our students.  Teachers are part of one of the most challenging and cherished professions.  They literally shape young hearts and minds as they build the foundation for the next generation. 


If you are one of our teachers, or if you know a teacher, you know the long hours and hard work that go into designing challenging lessons, guiding students by  providing them with quality feedback, and engaging with parents and families.   Our teachers pride themselves in collaborating with their colleagues, reflecting on instruction, and staying current on research based instructional strategies.   They work hard to make sure every student is learning!


Yet much of what our teachers do goes far beyond the curriculum.  It is the smile they greet their children with every day or the contagious positivity they have when it comes to the start of every new day, trimester and school year.  They make connections with their students based on a child’s interest, hobby or life.  These connections are the “spark” teachers refer to when they discuss why they became teachers.


At the start of the school year I told our teachers this would be the “Year of the Teacher.”  Our teachers faced the challenge of Common Core with fervor and zest!  We are eternally grateful for their willingness to dive in and prepare our students for this very rigorous instruction.  The importance of a great teacher cannot go unrecognized!


Please join me in celebrating our very special Burlingame teachers in the month of May.  Every day we will be posting a video on our website of one of our very own BSD teachers.  We asked them “Why They Teach” and they described their role with passion and joy!



Maggie MacIsaac

BSD Superintendent

New Principal for Lincoln School

Dear BSD Community,

On April 26, 2016, I will recommend the Board of Trustees appoint Lori Guidi as the next principal to lead Lincoln Elementary School.  If appointed, Ms.Guidi will replace Pat Magda who is retiring in June and who has done a wonderful job of moving the school forward with the California State Common Core Standards. 

Ms. Guidi has worked with many educators in a wide array of settings.  Her experiences have provided her the necessary leadership skills to be successful in her new role.  Lori is committed to every child's success and is a strong supporter of parental partnerships to support students in the classroom.  She has been described as an "asset to any school, " "the heart of the staff," the person people go to for guidance,"  and "very collaborative with parents and teachers." 

I am confident Lori will lead Lincoln School with the same commitment and high standards she has displayed as a teacher leader and colleague.  We welcome her to the Burlingame Administrative Team!



Dr. Maggie MacIsaac


Congratulations to Roosevelt for Winning Gold Ribbon Award

Nine elementary schools from six districts in San Mateo County are being honored by the California Department of Education (CDE) as part of the Gold Ribbon Schools Award Program. This award recognizes schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California works to put new assessment and accountability systems in place. Elementary schools are honored in even years, while middle and high schools are honored in odd years.

Schools were required to describe a model program at their site--something that benefitted unique student populations and could be replicated by other education agencies. Those selected to receive a Gold Ribbon Award demonstrated significant gains in their implementation of the State Board of Education's academic and performance standards.


Congratulations to Roosevelt Elementary!

School-wide Enrichment Model (SEM)

The School-wide Enrichment Committee presented an update to the Board on April 12, 2016 on the District's School-wide Enrichment Model and how it is meeting the needs of the whole child. The SEM was designed around the District's new Vision - "Challenging the Leaders, Thinkers, and Creators of Tomorrow" and continues to follow the District's top two Targeted Action Plan (TAP) goal s- "All students will learn at high levels, prepared to excel in high school" and "All students will learn how to maintain their physical health, social and emotional well-being". SEM's Mission Statement is "SEM provides the opportunity for all students to develop their gifts and talents to engage in a passion and joy for lifelong learning, culminating in higher levels of creative and innovative productive work in their areas of interest, as they move toward high school and beyond". The 2015-2016 school year was the first year of the new model and students, parents and teachers are reporting success!


Click here to view the presentation

2016-2017 New Student Registration

The Burlingame School District will begin Kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year on February 1, 2016.    Parents may register their children at their home school between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The BSD attendance boundaries and home schools can be found on the district website at  bts3-300px.pngwww.burlingameschools.com.   Registration locations are as follows:

Children eligible for kindergarten must turn five years old on or before September 1, 2016.    At the time of registration, parents must present their child’s birth certificate, passport or other legal proof of birth date and two proofs of residency within Burlingame, as well as current immunization records.  These items must be received before a code will be given to complete online registration.  Children must also have proof of current immunizations before entering school in the fall.


Parents are urged to register their children as soon as possible for placement at their home school.


We look forward to welcoming you into the Burlingame School District Community.

Board Briefs for May 24, 2016

The Board of Trustees held a study session board meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 2016


H. Jay Burns Award

The Burlingame School District Board of Trustees is proud to announce the winners of the H. Jay Burns Award to recognize volunteer service in the pursuit of educational excellence in the Burlingame Schools. H. Jay Burns, for whom the award is named, served as a Board Trustee for 24 years from 1945 to 1969, the longest-serving term for a board member in Burlingame. The Board and community honored Michael Barber and Gregory Land, the recipients of the H. Jay Burns Award for 2016.














Michael Barber














Gregory Land


Congratulations to Michael Barber and Greg Land!



Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The District held a public hearing on the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to receive public input. The Board received a presentation of the District’s draft LCAP for 2016-2017.  The plan is posted to the website for public review and comment.  All questions and comments should be sent to Dr. Maggie MacIsaac at mmacisaac@burlingameschools.org.


Budget for 2016-2017

The District held a public hearing on the District’s Budget for 2016-2017 to receive public input. The Board received a fund balance in excess of minimum recommended reserves for 16-17 and approved a resolution for year end budget transfers.


Special Education Review

District staff presented the Board with an update of the Special Education program. The district offers a variety of special education services from Resource Support to Behavior Intervention to 1:1 aide support. We are proud to have developed an in-house program for Behavior services, Mental Health and Occupational therapy. The presentation outlined the referral process for 504 and special education and presented current numbers of students in the district being served.  Staff welcomed a group of parents who offered both complimentary comments about the program as well as areas for growth.  A special education board study session will take place in the 2016-2017 school year where plans for professional development and parent communication regarding the AB1369 legislation will be discussed.  This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop, and to complete in time for use no later than the beginning of the 2017–18 academic year, program guidelines for dyslexia to be used to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess pupils with dyslexia, and to plan, provide, evaluate, and improve educational services, as defined, to pupils with dyslexia. The bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State to disseminate the program guidelines through the State Department of Education’s Internet Web site and to provide technical assistance regarding their use and implementation to specified persons.


Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

2015-2016 was the first year of the District’s new Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program. The key is arts integration and this is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.  Art consultants Michelle Holdt and Annalisa Chasan were present to discuss the current program and updates for next year.  Next year the committee and art consultants are planning more art showcases, integration with science, partnerships and communication to the community about how every teacher is integrating art in the classroom.


2016-2017 Instructional Minutes

The Board of Trustees approved the 2016-2017 Instructional Minutes and Bell Schedules for all of our schools. As a reminder, the first day of school for 2016-2017 is Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The first day is a minimum day with dismissal and 12:00 p.m.


Lease Lease Back

The Board approved the District to enter into a Lease Lease Back for site improvements at Franklin and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. 


The agenda and supporting documents for all meetings are posted on the district web page.  

Safe Routes to School

The Only Way to Get There!


Check out the alternatives to sitting in traffic for getting your child to school.  Visit our Safe Routes to School page for information about bus routes, and Youth Clipper Cards, traffic flow maps, walking and bicycling resources and other useful alternative transportation resources.  



Enrollment and Registration


Public Hearings/Notices

Meet our Amity Interns

BSD has (4) Spanish speaking Amity Institute Interns for the 2015-2016 school year.....meet them



To view past Governing Board Meeting Notifications, Highlights and Superintendent Updates, please click here.

Hoover Updates

Please click here for updates on Hoover Elementary School

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