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THE

SPEAR

Spring 2017


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What’s Inside 9 10 11 12 13 14

All Things Seuss!

Artistic Athletes

EBOB: Elementary Battle of the Books

Artwork on Display

AYLA: Alamance Youth Leadership Academy

The 2017 Spring Musical Revue

Tom Carr on G.R.I.T.

The Class of 2017

Dr. Jacques Fasan: Published Translator

Celebrating Spring at Greenwood Terrace

TBS Basketball: State Champions

Capital Campaign

Below: Nora Mansfield reads to Ms. Stacy’s Preschool 4 class dressed as Cat in the Hat during Seuss Week.

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themes that run through Dr. Seuss books. For example, Yertle from Yertle the Turtle from is often compared to Hitler, and Horton Hears a Who deals with themes like acceptance and discrimination.

In honor of our spring musical, Seussical, Jr., our faculty members worked Dr. Seuss stories into their curricula! This was especially prevalent during our school wide Seuss Week. During Seuss Week, our youngest Spartans had guest Seuss characters come in and read to them. Our preschoolers worked on their art skills by making Dr. Seuss book sandwich boards as well as Thing 1 and Thing 2 hats. Middle School classes discussed some of the more adult

In Upper School, the introduction to biology class investigated how to increase or decrease the rate of photosynthesis in leaves submerged in water after reading the Lorax. The chemistry class created Ooblek fluid inspired by Bartholomew and the Ooblek by Dr. Seuss. Mrs. Acton, the teacher of both courses, said, “we were learning about different types of chemical reactions, and this was a fun way to learn about a nonNewtonian fluid that forms and creates covalent bonds with water and starch by disobeying Newton’s laws of pressure.” The cutest part of Seuss Week was character dress up day! So many students came to school decked out in their Seuss best. There were Grinches, Things, Wockets in pockets, and plenty of Cindy Lou-Who- inspired hair. The spring musical takes place on May 12-14 at the Paramount Theater. Tickets are available from the Box Office - (336) 222-TIXS.

Left: Preston Utley and Isabella Buchanan show off their Seuss Week Costumes; Right: Jessica Fluette experiments with “Ooblek” fluid.

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EBOB

The eight members of the EBOB (Elementary Battle of the Books) team read a total of 87 books in preparation for this year’s competition. On March 8, 2017, the team traveled to Greensboro Day School to compete in the first round regional meet. In a close race, TBS placed 4th, with only a few points separating them from those ahead of them. Several of the fourth grade students on the team talked about how much they loved being part of the EBOB team.

Acton, Elizabeth Davis, Melanie Hunt, Hannah Krasinski, Samira Namaste, Ainsley Rash, Liza Self, and Lelia Wilson. Several students said there was an overall feeling of acceptance for being a book worm within the group. “The best part was getting to read books without someone saying it’s the worst book ever because everyone there loves books,” fourth grader Samira Namaste said.

“I really loved just being around people who love reading books,” fourth grader Melanie Hunt said.

School Librarian, Barbara Seibold, is the group’s advisor. She loved watching the students’ confidence and friendships grow over the course of the year.

This year’s team included three 5th grade students and five 4th grade students. Those students are Austin

“I really liked the friendship and how we bonded over [EBOB],” fourth grader Lelia Wilson said.

Below: This year’s EBOB team poses after finishing the regional competition.

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Elementary Battle of the Books


AYLA

Alamance Youth Leadership Academy

AYLA (Alamance Youth Leadership Academy) is a program for 7th and 8th grade students designed to help them discover and grow their leadership skills. In addition to leadership, these students work on public speaking, teamwork, problem solving, and relationship building. The students in AYLA act as leaders in the Middle School. One of their biggest roles is to lead the allschool and middle school meetings. Leading the meetings includes public speaking, commanding attention, and sticking to a schedule. In addition to leading these meetings, they eat lunch together every Thursday to discuss their projects and roles within the school. One of their big projects this year was selling candy cane reindeer as a fundraiser for their school improvement project. Another one of their super successful fundraisers was the Middle School luau-themed dance. Almost the entire Middle school attended the dance! For their school improvement project, they are revamping the Middle School lounge. They will use the money they’ve raised to purchase Spartan red and black paint and decorations. In addition to meeting every Thursday, the students travel off campus three times a year to meet and work with other AYLA students from all over the county. Kristy Johnson is their faculty advisor. Top: Nora Mansfield, Kylie Adams, and Annabel Marmolejo smile at one of this year’s AYLA conferences; Bottom: The entire AYLA team poses for a photo before heading to an all-county event.

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Guest Speaker: Tom Carr In February, The Burlington School hosted Tom Carr for an educational day. We invite speakers for various reasons; to enrich student education, in response to parents’ concerns, or to prevent negative peer interactions. In this case, we found a great speaker in the educational field whose values align with the mission of TBS. Tom Carr is a former guidance counselor, author, and speaker. He spent a day on our campus to help our families understand and work through cases of perceived bullying. During the day, Mr. Carr spoke to our students about GPS: how GRIT plus Pain equals Success. GRIT stands for Getting along with others, Responsibility, Integrity, and Tenacity. His presentation focused on how students can modify their own behavior to achieve the outcomes they want. One goal of this presentation was to help prevent negative peer-to-peer interactions. A secondary goal was to give students the tools to help them understand and pursue their own personal growth. That evening, Mr. Carr spoke only to parents with a presentation titled, “Bullying, GRIT, and Growth Mindset: What you can do as a parent!” This

presentation was based on his book, Got GRIT? and his own experiences with uncomfortable situations. Mr. Carr’s style is self-described as “nuts and bolts” writing. When he began publishing books, he was still working in schools and understood the lack of time parents and teachers have to read about theory. “The fact that I have taught and come from a classroom immediately makes a difference. I can empathize with [parents and teachers] and I know what they’ve been through,” Mr. Carr said. His books contain strategies that he has found are tried and true that parents and teachers can begin using immediately to curb poor behavior. If he could only give one piece of advice to parents, he said it would be to, “give these kids unconditional love and be patient.” Currently, Mr. Carr is on the Orange County Board of Education. His most recent book, Got GRIT?, and many others are available on his website, www.gotgrit.org.

Below: Tom Carr addresses Upper School students in his presentation.

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Faculty Spotlight: Jacques Fasan Dr. Fasan is an Upper School humanities teacher. Outside of TBS, he has extensively researched Japanese Buddhist philosopher Kiyozawa Manshi (1863-1903).

and culture with the idea of teaching English in Japan. Dr. Fasan always imagined his time with Japanese studies would be short, but then he became immersed in it studying for his Master’s in religious studies at Temple University. He met his wife while studying at Temple who currently teaches Japanese religions at Elon University.

In the coming months, three of Dr. Fasan’s translations will be appearing in an anthology of Buddhist thought coming out next year “Living in places that are so different from the with the University U.S. has opened me up to the vast variety of of Hawaii Press. All Dr. Fasan was three are translations ways that humans make sense out of the world.” approached to do the from Japanese to translations for the English originally written by Kiyozawa Manshi. The anthology by the editor. The editor was preparing a pieces Dr. Fasan translated have to do with Kiyozawa’s volume of translations of East Asian Buddhism and ideas about morality, fate, and free will. asked Dr. Fasan to contribute to that work. Dr. Fasan’s interest in Buddhism started while he was an undergraduate at Amherst College, where he was majoring in religious studies. One of his professors spoke at length about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. After learning about Tibet, he spent his junior year in Kathmandu, Nepal studying Tibetan language and Buddhism.

When reminiscing about his time abroad that led to his interests in Buddhism, Dr.Fasan said, “I have been extremely fortunate to have been able to live and study in two extremely different cultures. Living in places that are so different from the U.S. has opened me up to the vast variety of ways that humans make sense out of the world.”

While he enjoyed that culture, it was hard to continue with those studies after he returned to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, so he turned to Japanese language

Dr. Fasan has a Ph. D. in history from the University of Chicago. He has previously had two other articles published and has co-authored one other translation.

Fast Facts 8 years teaching 2nd year at TBS His published works are in:

(2013) (2005)

Philosophy (2005)

B.A. Philosophy, M.A. Religious Studies Left: Dr. Jacques Fasan poses in front of a world map; Right: An image of Kiyozawa Manshi.

Ph.D. History

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1A Boys

State Basketball Champions Scoring Leaders: John Meeks: 18.2 points per game Jordan Nelson: 11.2 points per game TJ Jeffers: 9.2 points per game

Season Record: 31-0

Rebounding Leaders: Jordan Nelson: 5.1 per game John Meeks: 4.6 per game Trey Cousin: 4.0 per game

Team Scoring Average: 70.4

Assists Leaders: Terry Woods: 3.8 per game TJ Jeffers: 3.5 per game Josiah Jeffers: 2.3 per game

Defensive Scoring Average: 36.8

Stats for the Class of 2017 Athletes 4 year record of 119-6

2 State Championships

The 2016-17 Seniors

Steals Leaders: TJ Jeffers: 2.6 per game Jordan Jeffries: 2.2 per game Terry Woods: 1.5 per game

Head Coach: Ron Johnson

TBS Record: 119-6 Career Record: 444-137 4 State Champion Teams (2 with TBS)

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10 Conference/District Champion Teams

This basketball season has been one for the record books! Our men’s varsity basketball team won every game they played this season by an average margin of more than 30 points. Not only is this team talented when they work together, but they each excel individually. Each of our five seniors received either all-conference honors, allregion honors, all-state honors, or is committed to playing basketball for a college of their choice. Seniors John Meeks and TJ Jeffers will each be attending school with full athletic scholarships. Meeks will attend Bucknell University (D1)

and Jeffers will attend Catawba College (D2). Senior Terry Woods will attend Randolph-Macon College to continue his basketball career. Seniors Jordan Jeffries and Jordan Nelson plan to play at the collegiate level but have yet to commit to a school. Both were instrumental in this highly successful season. Nelson scored his 1,000th career point during this past season.

Top: Varsity men’s team poses with state championship award; Middle: The team celebrates in the seconds after winning the state championship; Right Top: From left to right: TJ Jeffers, Terry Woods, Jordan Jeffries, John Meeks, Jordan Nelson; Right Bottom: Fans cheering on the team at that state championship game.

The remaining members of the team are looking forward to another successful season. The class of 2018 already has members with collegiate offers and all-conference and allregion recognition.

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1A Boys

State Basketball Champions Scoring Leaders: John Meeks: 18.2 points per game Jordan Nelson: 11.2 points per game TJ Jeffers: 9.2 points per game

Season Record: 31-0

Rebounding Leaders: Jordan Nelson: 5.1 per game John Meeks: 4.6 per game Trey Cousin: 4.0 per game

Team Scoring Average: 70.4

Assists Leaders: Terry Woods: 3.8 per game TJ Jeffers: 3.5 per game Josiah Jeffers: 2.3 per game

Defensive Scoring Average: 36.8

Stats for the Class of 2017 Athletes 4 year record of 119-6

2 State Championships

The 2016-17 Seniors

Steals Leaders: TJ Jeffers: 2.6 per game Jordan Jeffries: 2.2 per game Terry Woods: 1.5 per game

Head Coach: Ron Johnson

TBS Record: 119-6 Career Record: 444-137 4 State Champion Teams (2 with TBS)

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10 Conference/District Champion Teams

This basketball season has been one for the record books! Our men’s varsity basketball team won every game they played this season by an average margin of more than 30 points. Not only is this team talented when they work together, but they each excel individually. Each of our five seniors received either all-conference honors, allregion honors, all-state honors, or is committed to playing basketball for a college of their choice. Seniors John Meeks and TJ Jeffers will each be attending school with full athletic scholarships. Meeks will attend Bucknell University (D1)

and Jeffers will attend Catawba College (D2). Senior Terry Woods will attend Randolph-Macon College to continue his basketball career. Seniors Jordan Jeffries and Jordan Nelson plan to play at the collegiate level but have yet to commit to a school. Both were instrumental in this highly successful season. Nelson scored his 1,000th career point during this past season.

Top: Varsity men’s team poses with state championship award; Middle: The team celebrates in the seconds after winning the state championship; Right Top: From left to right: TJ Jeffers, Terry Woods, Jordan Jeffries, John Meeks, Jordan Nelson; Right Bottom: Fans cheering on the team at that state championship game.

The remaining members of the team are looking forward to another successful season. The class of 2018 already has members with collegiate offers and all-conference and allregion recognition.

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Artistic Athletes TJ Jeffers is a senior and a member of the varsity basketball team and an incredibly talented artist. In the same month that he helped the Spartans win the 1A basketball championship, his watercolor painting placed 1st in a state-wide competition. He has also been commissioned to complete watercolor paintings. He is pictured to the left holding his painting that placed 1st in the state competition.

Amelia Arcaro-Burbridge is a junior who plays on the varsity soccer team and performs in both the choir and school drama productions. This spring, she will portray Gertrude McFuzz in . while juggling a competitive soccer schedule. Last year, Amelia won the lead role in . She is pictured to the right wearing her Gertrude McFuzz costume from .

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Art at the

Middle School Middle School Best in Show Nina Byerly

Acrylic Painting Nina Byerly, Deli Delight, 1st Place Alec Duffy, Sheep, 2nd Place Ava Acton, House, 3rd Place Makaley Caudle, Moo, Honorable Mention Maryam Khan, Chicks, Honorable Mention Ava Acton, Sheep, Honorable Mention

Middle: Nina Byerly’s Best In Show piece; Top Right: Jessica Fluette’s Venice Street and Ava Acton’s House; Bottom: Clockwise starting at the top right, Stephen Payne’s Southern Living, TJ Jeffer’s Sailing, Cece Marmolejo-Reyes’ Still Life, and a piece from Cummings High School.

Upper School Acrylic Painting

William Whitley, Lions, 2nd Place Tony Hong, Parfait, Honorable Mention Catherine Matthews, Elephants, Honorable Mention Cece Marmolejo-Reyes, Still Life, Honorable Mention

Scratchboard

Jessica Fluette, Cat, 2nd Place

Watercolor Painting

Jessica Fluette, Venice Street, 2nd Place Stephen Payne, Southern Living, 3rd Place TJ Jeffers, Sailing, Honorable Mention

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Spring Musical Revue In March, the Upper School choir put on a beautiful Musical Revue. Students sang songs from musicals such as Hairspray, , La La Land, and more. In addition to singing their way through the show, these students also danced, acted, and interacted with the audience. The first number began with the performers sitting in the audience. Once the music started, they stood and sang to the people nearest them.

The song selections ranged from upbeat and funny to thoughtful and somber and everything in between. Prior to the show, the choir practiced daily in class and several days a week after school to make sure every detail was perfect. They even put in a few weekend rehearsals. Their hard work paid off as they closed their show to a standing ovation.

Top Left: Bobby McQueen and Connor Webber sing an excerpt from ; Top Right: McKenzie Love singing with props during I Can Hear the Bells; Bottom: Full cast promotional photo.

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The Class of 2017

College Readiness

By the Numbers (before spring break!)

$2.16 All 20 seniors accepted to a college or university 40 57 million earned in scholarships

unique college and universities have offered admission to TBS students total offers of admission

Prank senior

With graduation around the corner, and 100% of our seniors accepted to college, the class of 2017 left the rest of the school a surprise on their senior “skip day”. The day started with the remaining high school students pairing up to clean up the prank. While the rest of the school day went on as per usual, the seniors enjoyed a class bonding trip at Concord Mills.

Left: Cups spelling out ‘seniors’ in Davis Street entrance way; Right: Furniture from the club room placed on the roof of the administration building.

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Spring at Greenwood Terrace Spring has sprung and our Lower School students are loving the warmer air and outdoor activities. Right before Spring Break, most of our Lower School classes had spring celebrations complete with egg hunts. At TBS, egg hunts aren’t just a free-for-all. Each student has to find the eggs with their own name on them!

Finding their own special eggs helps cement the reading skills that our youngest Spartans have been working so hard on all year long. Post-hunt, our students went back to their classrooms to discover what was hidden in their eggs and enjoy some time with visiting family members.

Left: Kelsey Kornegay smiles with her parents; Top: Camilla Vega shows off her eggs while Asher Acton continues to hunt for eggs; Middle: Reagan Craig holds up an egg while Tessa Byerly and Penny Sabin continue to search for hidden eggs, Right: Emmet Utley looks for his name during the indoor egg hunt; Bottom: Raygan Cheek, Savannah Johnson, and Thomas Holderby explore the side lawn looking for eggs.

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&

the Capital Campaign

our Campus Expansion

The Burlington School Capital Campaign

The Buildings By the Numbers The Academic Center Two Story, 20,250 sq. ft. $2,500,000 in Construction Cost Emphasis on the Arts and Sciences The Athletic Facility Split Level, 13,950 sq. ft. $1,500,000 in construction costs Featuring Modern Training Facilities Updated Athletic Track & Field Expanded Soccer Field New Track & Field Amenities $500,000 in Construction Costs

Capital Campaign At a Glance The Plan Obtain a Construction Loan Run a Simultaneous Capital Campaign The Numbers The Total Campaign Goal is $6 million Naming Opportunities Budget Breakdown 80% Construction Cost 5% Facility Maintenance 5% Program Support 10% Building Endowment

To help support the Capital Campaign, please contact Donna Jones (336) 228-0296 • djones@theburlingtonschool.org

Planned Opening: Fall 2018

Rendering of the Academic Center

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Layout and Design by Katie Pullman Front Cover: Lucy Partin discovers an egg with her name on it during the class egg hunt.

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The Spear: Spring 2017  

The Burlington School's quarterly magazine. Read about are multi-talented students, and learn more about our upcoming construction.

The Spear: Spring 2017  

The Burlington School's quarterly magazine. Read about are multi-talented students, and learn more about our upcoming construction.

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