Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 2017_info from the ELL classroom

We are getting back to emailing each and every ELL family/ parent/ guardian; I have asked all ELL students for their parent/ guardian emails, if I didn't already get it, from you.

Ok, so you should see an email from me, Mr. Chiocca, soon.

Also, please note this info, from the Principal's blog (slightly edited):
Quarter 1 report cards are now published on the Aspen parent portal. If you are having trouble accessing the portal or are unsure of your portal account information, please email the Student Information Office at

Day Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday, November 9th from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

September 2017_Greetings from the ELL Classroom @ BHS


My name is Mr. Chiocca, and I'm the ELL Teacher, here at Burlington High School.  Let me start this school year off by sharing info about the Aspen BPS Family Portal.  Through this Aspen Burlington Public Schools Family Portal, you can monitor your child's academic progress.  Please click on the links below, to learn more.
If I can be of help, feel free to visit, call, or email.

Adam Chiocca, M.A.T., M.Ed.
ELL Teacher, Burlington High School
123 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA  01803
(781) 273-7095 


Aspen Family Portal Handout

Aspen Family Portal Reference Sheet

Friday, May 26, 2017

An idea for school districts_setting some rules for students, on tech use_May 2017

It has been a while since I posted about the new modern way, of technology integration, in schools, so let me take a moment to share this poster (see picture).  Upon recently visiting another high school, Fitchburg High School, in Fitchburg, Mass. I was impressed by this poster, which hangs in their main lobby.
I like some of these ideas.  I must share that a common theme, among many teacher conversations around technology, at least at the high school level, is that it seems all too common now, that our teenagers walk around always watching movies, tv shows, videos on social media, or are busy with video games.  I've heard more than one colleague say "God forbid I interrupt him during his movie-watching."
In short, I think that school districts would do well, to provide some rules for students, with their use of technology; right now, it feels like 100% total freedom.  Thanks to Fitchburg High, for these rules (see picture).


Friday, March 31, 2017

Our first ever "Parent University" ... good info for parents_Burlington_Sat. April 29th_8:30am-12noon

Please see this great information, from our Principal's blog ...

Burlington Public Schools are proud to host Burlington’s first ever Parent University! Parents will have the opportunity to attend workshops and interact with education and health professionals regarding a variety of topics including:

Stress Management
Athletics: From Youth Sports to Varsity
RAD Kids
The Adolescent Brain
and many more!

Please save the date and Join us on Saturday, April 29 at Burlington High School from 8:30-12:15pm for this first time event.

In order to better serve our parents who attend, childcare will be offered and provided by the Burlington High School’s Child Development students and staff. Parents who are looking to utilize this offering must register their child prior to attending Parent University.

Please check the website at the end of next week when information on workshops will be listed and registration will be officially open.

* credit given to our Principal's blog, Mr. Sullivan's blog_BHS_Spring 2017