World Book Night 2014 – A success!

The day is done, and the majority of our World Book Night books have found their new homes. The Perks of Being a Wallflower CDs are gone, the Word Wealth books have been found, and the teachers have given away their gifts. Overall, we estimate that there are close to 100 books that now have a new home, and we’ve enjoyed getting them out into people’s hands. Thank you especially to all of the teachers who signed up to be our mystery criminals.

There are, however, a small handful of people who have not yet been caught – check the English hallway for updates, but as of right now, there are still 6 more books to be found out there. Get crafty, detectives. You have until FRIDAY.


Didn’t find a book? Here’s a sampling of some of the places you might have found one…

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Two other pieces of unfinished business – tonight (April 30) from 6 to 8, Collab will be sponsoring an Open Mic Night at True North. Stop by to read your own work, or listen to other students read theirs. Also, the FREE BOOKS table in the English hallway still has a pile of books ready to be claimed. Grab one tomorrow!

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World Book Night 2014 is underway!

Our third-annual World Book Night at BHS is underway, and this year, all of the following book-minded events are all happening:

* To celebrate our selection of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Devils’ Playlist has created two CDs of music – one is a collection of music mentioned in the book, the other is a playlist inspired by Sam, the main female character. These CDs, along with a special WBN edition of Perks will be placed on the Devils’ Playlist table periodically throughout the day.

* In a nod to Agatha Christie and her novel After the Funeral, which we are giving away, check the WANTED posters in the English hallway – if you are the first person to identify and locate the suspects who are on the lam at BHS, you receive the reward of getting one of our 4 World Book Night titles. See the English hallway for further instructions.

* Throughout BHS, copies of Word Wealth, our now-defunct vocabulary textbook, have been hollowed out, and their innards have been replaced with WBN books. The hiding places were far too easy last year – you’ll have to get more creative in your search this year. (HINT: No books are hidden within any classrooms)

* The teachers in the  English Department will be giving away books to selected students throughout the day

* The Lally’s Literati FREE BOOKS table in the English hallway will be filled with all sorts of different books (not just World Book Night titles) throughout the day – check back often!

* Collab will be for sale at lunch for $10 – get a copy of the award-winning literary magazine

* From 6-8 PM at True North Coffee, Collab will host an Open Mic Night, where students are invited to read their original written works. This event overlaps with the recent release of the 2014 Collab. It will also feature the members of our Creative Writing: Poetry class, who have just completed the “30 Poems in 30 Days” challenge.

* And running from today through Mother’s Day, don’t forget about the Out of Print Clothing fundraiser, where you can purchase awesome literary t-shirts, and receive FREE shipping, while 30% of your purchase goes to help fund Collab. See more details on the fundraiser HERE.

As a reminder, the four books we’re giving away this year are:

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

We hope you enjoy World Book Night 2014 as much as we do!

More Great News! Nikhil Thakkar (’15) wins NCTE Writing Contest!

We have also recently discovered that Nikhil Thakkar was among the winners of this year’s NCTE Achievement Award in Writing – a contest in which students submit a pair of essays that are then judged for their content, style and tone. Nikhil was one of only 13 students in Massachusetts to receive the highest award for his submission. Congratulations, Nikhil!

CLICK HERE for the list of all Massachusetts winners


CLICK HERE to check out the contest webpage

Rosemary Nabukeera (’14) and Patrick Hoarty (’15) win Statewide Speech Competition

On Saturday, April 26th, Mr. Feinsilver brought a pair of students to compete in the fourth annual MassMouth Stories Live competition, where students from all over the state present stories about a select list of subjects – Think of it like Poetry Out Loud, but for narrative (or, if you’d rather, a contest similar to the wildly successful Moth program that has run nationally for years). Schools are only allowed to send a maximum of 3 students, and over 1,000 students competed statewide.

This was Burlington’s first year in the competition, and we are very excited to announce that both students took first place in their respective grades!

Rosemary Nabukeera won the 1st place prize among all seniors, earning her a $1,000 prize, and Patrick Hoarty tied for first in the juniors competition, and took home $500! Congratulations to both students!

CLICK HERE for the Stories Live web page, where you can read further about this competition. And as soon as we receive videos of the winning speeches, we will post them on this page.

Great job, Rosemary and Patrick!

World Book Night: Spotlight on Wait Till Next Year

On April 30, BHS will participate in World Book Night*, an annual event where people give away special editions of great books for free. BHS has been awarded with 20 copies of 4 different books. Between now and the 30th, we will highlight each of these four titles. In this post, Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

* The national day for World Book Night was April 23, which fell during school vacation


From Amazon’s description:

By the award-winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully PulpitWait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball.

Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans.

We meet the people who most influenced Goodwin’s early life: her mother, who taught her the joy of books but whose debilitating illness left her housebound: and her father, who taught her the joy of baseball and to root for the Dodgers of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges. Most important, Goodwin describes with eloquence how the Dodgers’ leaving Brooklyn in 1957, and the death of her mother soon after, marked both the end of an era and, for her, the end of childhood.

Coupon Code for Out of Print Clothing

The Out of Print Fundraiser is BACK!

If you are interested in purchasing any shirts, bags or merchandise from Out of Print Clothing (see the slideshow below for examples) then for the next three weeks, a portion of your purchase will benefit Collab, the BHS Literary Magazine. Starting today, April 28th, if you use the Coupon Code BURLINGTON along with your purchase, you will receive FREE SHIPPING on your order, regardless of the amount. What’s more, 30% of the proceeds will go to Collab. Also, any purchase of more than $25 will entitle you to a FREE copy of the brand-new, 2014 edition of Collab, which was recently named the top high school literary magazine in Massachusetts.

Click on the link above to check out their website, and if you’ve ever wanted to show your literary tastes proudly for all the world to see, here’s your chance! Here are some examples of some of their merchandise:

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Also, don’t forget, the 2014 edition of Collab is now for sale ($10); see our table at lunch or see Mr. Lally in the English hallway.


Once you have selected your items, you will get to the checkout page. At the bottom of the page, you will see these options:

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Click on “Apply a COUPON” and enter BURLINGTON. When you do, you will see “Burlington High School” appear in your cart (as seen in this picture). But you are not done!

Make sure you go back up to the shipping preference screen and change your shipping to FREE standard shipping (see below) – entering the coupon code does not automatically change your shipping option, you have to change it yourself. But once you select FREE shipping, you’ll save yourself $6 or more on your order! And Collab thanks you for your support!

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Summer Reading – Common Questions Answered

We’ve added a page to our website where we’ve attempted to answer some of the more common questions that have come up since we introduced the summer reading component back in March. We’ll add to it as need be, but for now, it gives a brief explanation of our rationale behind the specific titles, links to websites where you can find an inexpensive (under $5) used copy, and some information about the assignments that we’re including. The page is permanently located under our COURSES menu, and you can find it by clicking here, or by navigating the menu above.

The Marble Collection Reading is Postponed – Makeup date TBA

We have just received notice that the reading for the recent edition of The Marble Collection has been postponed, with no makeup date yet reported. From their email:

Unfortunately, due to unexpected circumstances, TMC will have to postpone the event and reschedule to coincide with the release of a future print edition of the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts. 

We will notify you as soon as details for our rescheduled release party & benefit have been finalized, and hope you and your students will be able to join us then. In the mean time, we’d like to invite you to visit ouwebsite and e-Gallery to be dazzled by the amazing student artwork and writing.

World Book Night: Spotlight on This Boy’s Life

On April 30, BHS will participate in World Book Night*, an annual event where people give away special editions of great books for free. BHS has been awarded with 20 copies of 4 different books. Between now and the 30th, we will highlight each of these four titles. In this post, This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff.

* The national day for World Book Night was April 23, which fell during school vacation

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From Amazon’s description:

This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff does a masterful job of re-creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence. His various schemes – running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars – lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.