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
 
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