Happy Holidays from the Superintendent

Dear Bulldog Family:

With the holiday season upon us, our attention naturally begins to turn to thoughts of spending time with family and friends, the hustle and bustle of Christmas activities and the anticipation of good fortunes in a New Year. 

While I don’t have the benefit of having worked in Burgin for many, many years and building relationships with people over that time, I have had the privilege of getting to know many of you over the past several months.  Over time, as trust slowly is built, people have begun to share their lives and their circumstances with me.  For this I will be always grateful.  This is the human and personal side of my work which I enjoy so much.  

However, it is also the time of year that so many of our children and families struggle with the challenges that make this time of year so difficult to enjoy. For this reason, it is important that we continue to draw on our collective attributes as a caring and compassionate school district and strive to support our students and families – as well as each other as friends and colleagues – as best we can.

The spirit of the holiday season gives all of us hope for good fortune and a fresh beginning in the New Year ahead. It is my wish that you will find joy in the holiday season and that the New Year ahead will be open to a world of opportunity.

It is important to enjoy your well-deserved break and recharge your batteries.  I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our outstanding staff for their tireless efforts and contributions throughout the year at Burgin Independent Schools.  My best wishes for a safe, relaxing, and fulfilling Christmas to you and all your loved ones.

Go Bulldogs!

 Burgin Ind_Will Begley

Will Begley
Superintendent
Burgin Independent Schools

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BurginSupt! You might have missed this gem, from our redneck holiday party sponsored by the district admin team. Burgin1

 

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Welcome! Great things are ahead.

Burgin Schools Family:

Welcome to the Bulldog Blog! I’m thrilled to unveil our newest method of celebrating and communicating with you, our biggest fans. The Bulldog Blog will serve as a platform for spreading great news about our district, providing commentary from the district’s leadership on larger issues impacting education and learning, and distributing plans for the district’s continued growth in the region.

For our first blog, I want to paint a picture of the spaces in which our children learn. We are committed to providing bright, clean, environments conducive to learning, and Burgin staff have gone above and beyond to meet that goal. From stair treads to murals, athletic facility improvements to floors, nearly every space in the district has experienced a cost-effective refresh. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 75% of the school has new interior paint (halls, gym, cafeteria and stairwells)
  • NEW 7 x 10-foot mural in gym to capture the 100+ years of BIS history
  • NEW stair treads in our three stairwells
  • Classroom and hallway floors stripped and re-waxed
  • Baseball field is getting new backstop and dugouts

Fresh paint can change a mindset, but it’s important to note that the learning environment also includes the 75 teachers and staff who work tirelessly to make every day a positive experience for students. A recent study shows that when positive brain states are achieved through supportive groups, memory retention, motivation, perseverance through challenges, and resiliency increase. Learning is challenging – students need to feel safe and supported to make mistakes, to try new things, and to ask for help. The research on learning environments is vast, analyzing everything from natural light to room temperature. But, one thing is clear – students need positive, well-lit, clean, spaces to do their best work.

I challenge you with this first message on the Bulldog Blog – find at least one member of our maintenance staff this month and thank them for all their efforts. They’ve worked hard to make Burgin Independent the best place with the best spaces in which our young minds spend their day. Not sure who they are? Here, we’ll brag on them for you.

  • Leo Sinkhorn, Maintenance Director
  • James Cox
  • Eva Holt
  • David Warner
  • Lisa Waggener
  • Jeremiah Holsinger

Keep reading! We’ll post more celebrations, important updates, and critical conversations here on the Bulldog soon.

Burgin Ind_Will Begley
Will Begley
Superintendent
Burgin Independent Schools


Sources:
https://singularityhub.com/2017/10/24/neuroeducation-will-lead-to-big-breakthroughs-in-learning/
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-physical-environment-of-classrooms-mark-phillips