Eat at Panera on Friday and support FTA!

SOME KNEAD, SOME GIVE.

Show your support to  Burlington High School Future Teachers of America!
Stop into Panera Bread® Burlington on Friday, April 27th, from 8 AM – 8 PM. 10‐20% of qualifying sales as a result of your participation will be donated directly to Burlington High School Future Teachers of America!  PLEASE PRINT OUT THE FOLLOWING FLYER AND PRESENT IT WHEN YOU ORDER:

Burlington HS Future Teachers of America PANERA 4/27/201

OR….you may pick up your flyer at lunch on Friday, stop by room 202 (Ms. Lombardo), or see any FTA member for one.

THANKS for your support!

Future Teachers Donate to “Musical Explorers”

With a portion of the proceeds from last month’s NHS Yard Sale, the Future Teachers of America decided to donate to the “Musical Explorers” program at New York City’s PS 242, described as a “high poverty” elementary school.   This request was located through http://www.donorschoose.org, an online site which connects needy school districts with donors.

The FTA donation helped Mrs. DiPiano’s third grade classroom to purchase a camcorder  for use in incorporating music and art into their curriculum.  (Arts programs are not funded in this school).  Mrs. DiPiano, the teacher, writes:

Dear Burlington HS Future Teachers of America Club, 

Thanks to your incredible donations our “Musical Explorers” will soon gain hands-on technology experience as they explore their diverse cultural roots! We are deeply touched by your thoughtful donation and thank you for selecting our project.

With gratitude,
Mrs. D

 

Macbeth at Merrimack College

On Friday, March 23rd, over 200 BHS seniors enjoyed Shakespeare & Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at Merrimack College.  Following the production, a talk-back was held between the actors and the audience (pictured below) during which students had the opportunity to interact with cast members on such topics as condensing a five-act play into 90 minutes, how to enact a realistic sword-fight, and the difficulty of memorizing lines for multiple characters (all actors played at least 2-3 roles in the play).

Book Recommendation – Ms. Lombardo

Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss

Recommended by Ms. Lombardo

I first became a Truss groupie after reading her hilarious #1 New York Times Bestselling tirade against mangled grammar, Eats, Shoots & Leaves.  In Talk to the Hand (subtitled “The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today”) Truss provides further evidence of the decline of Western Civilization when she observes, “When did ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ become passe?  When did society stop valuing basic courtesy and respect?”  As someone who launches into an apoplectic fit when I wave someone on in my car and they fail to show due gratitude, or when I thank the cashier for taking my money but get silence in return, this book came as confirmation that I wasn’t alone in my impression that we, as a society, are taking a pass on some basic civilities.  If you agree, or even if you don’t but appreciate witty and sardonic English humor, Talk to the Hand is a must read.  Please.  Thank you.

 

FTA Thanks You!

Check out this pile of gifts!  Future Teachers of America members raised money in their English classes to purchase gifts for needy children this holiday season.  Gifts will be wrapped and distributed to the children at a DCF Holiday Party next week. 

A big THANK YOU to all students and staff who helped make this year’s Giving Tree campaign a huge success!