BHS Alumnus Zaven Ovian (Class of 2012) to Star in “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”

We have just learned that Zaven Ovian (BHS Class of 2012) will appearing in the Lyric Stage of Boston’s production of “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” as Mohammed (November 21 to December 20). There are only five cast members…he’s in the company of some very experienced equity actors and loving every minute!


Zaven Ovian (center) as Mohammed in “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”

More info here:

Congratulations, Zaven!

Check out the Fall 2014 Devil’s Advocate (BHS School Newspaper)

The Fall 2014 edition of the Devil’s Advocate is out, and it’s excellent. Check out an online copy HERE in case you didn’t get your hands on one of the print copies that went out last week.

Congratulations to the Devil’s Advocate staff, as well as Ms. Graham and Ms. Valverde for their work in getting this edition out to the public. Great work!

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life (c/o Buzzfeed)

Buzzfeed has just released a list of 32 books that will actually change your life. While some of the list is pretty practical (The Art of Cooking is a pretty important book, we will agree), we’re excited to see how well the books & authors we teach at BHS are represented:

Life of Pi (Sophomore year text)
Invisible Man (AP Literature)
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
(Sophomore summer reading)
Never Let Me Go (Contemporary Literature)
It by Stephen King (author of The Shining – AP Language)
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (author of The Great Gatsby – junior text)
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (author of Into the Wild – junior summer reading)
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green (Author of Paper Towns – Young Adult Fiction)

Check out the entire list on the link above

11/5 & 11/6 – Fundraiser to Benefit the Friends of the Burlington Public Library

Please read the following, from the Friends of the Burlington Public Library:

We just wanted to send you this reminder of the upcoming Friends of the Burlington Library fund-raiser at Fruitberry.  On Wednesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 6, Fruitberry is hosting a fund-raiser to benefit the Friends of the Burlington Public Library.  Fruitberry is located on Cambridge St. at the Crossroads Plaza/Roche Bros. Plaza, right next to Panera Bread.  On November 5th & 6th, 20 % of Fruitberry’s proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Burlington Public Library to help support them with all they do for the library.  Fruitberry is an eclectic dining experience with a most unique menu, including pizza, frozen yogurt and Peet’s Coffee selections.

Fruitberry has 16 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt with over 50 toppings to choose from.  Fruitberry pizza is a single-serving size pizza, where the pizza is made right in front of you in approximately 5 minutes.  You can choose your own sauce and toppings or make a selection from their 8 ‘signature’ pies.  In addition, Peet’s Coffee products available at Fruitberry include all of Peet’s favorites.  Although primarily designed as take-out, Fruitberry does have some seating for dining at the restaurant.  Fruitberry is open from 10 AM to 9 PM.

Representatives from the Friends of the Library will be on-hand at Fruitberry on Wednesday and Thursday this week from 11 AM to 1 PM and from 6 to 8 PM to answer any questions you might have about the Friends, as well as helping renew or establish new memberships.

2014 SAT Scores Released

The results of the 2014 SAT tests have been released, and Burlington students maintained nearly the exact same averages that they had in 2013. The 2014 average scores were a 521 in Reading, and a 519 in Writing, compared to a 520 in both scores last year. In both scores, Burlington ended up higher than the state average; the Reading score puts Burlington in the top third in the state, while the Writing score puts us in the top 25%.

Across the entire SAT, including Math, BHS students once again averaged a score (1574) that surpassed the state’s “College Readiness score” of 1550 – an accomplishment that was only earned by fewer than one-third of the schools in Massachusetts last year.

Statewide, Massachusetts scores remained stable from last year, and Massachusetts remains among the top-performing states on the SAT.

Boston Magazine Calls Former BHS English Teacher “Hilarious,” “Unexpectedly Awesome”

Amy Poehler’s October 29th sit-down event with former BHS English teacher Kathy Dalton received a great review in Boston Magazine, who praised the fun rapport between Poehler and her favorite English teacher, and included a video clip of Poehler burnishing her Bostonian cred by showing off her Boston accent.


And congratulations once more to Ms. Dalton, one of the most fun and engaging English teachers we’ve ever had!


And we in the English Department are experts in all things literary, so you can trust us on this one: Ms. Poehler may be on par with Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare in penning a literary quote for all time. See an excerpt from Poehler’s “Yes Please” below.

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