15 Burke Middle High School Students Participate in Charleston Youth Summit
On Friday, May 3rd, 15 Burke students in grades 9-12 participated in the
Charleston Youth Summit hosted by Mayor Riley. Students attended workshops and
participated in discussions on topics affecting teens in the Charleston area
such as bullying, college prep, drugs and alcohol, and texting while driving.
Burke Middle High School Student Emcees at State of the School Address
January Little, a
junior, served as the
Master of Ceremonies for the State of the Schools address on Wednesday,
May 1. He kept the crowd entertained and talked about the impact of the
in his life. To watch January talk, click here.
Law Day at Burke Middle High School
Students in Social Studies and English classes participated in a panel for
National Law Day on Wednesday, May 1st. Four panelists from various careers in
the law field answered student questions and discussed career paths in the law
field. Many thanks to our panelists Debra Gammons, Charlie Cochran, Evan
Guthrie, and Srgt. Damien Seabrook for participating!
Students Participate in Career Fair
CCSD's Career and Technology Education Department held a Job Fair,
Saturday, April 27 at the Riverdogs Stadium. Burke students attended and
applied to businesses such as Kickin' Chicken, Lowes, Blackbeards Cove
Students Plant Garden to Enhance Culinary Arts Classes
On Friday, April 26, Burke students started a garden for Tri-county
Youth Service Day. The garden will be open to students, staff and the
community and will also be used to enhance student learning in Culinary
Arts classes. The garden project was made possible by a Work-Based
Learning Grant from CCSD's Career and Technology Education Department.
2013 Superintendent's Cup
Join us on Saturday, May 4, for the 5th Annual Superintendent's Tennis Cup at the Charleston Tennis Center in West Ashley!
Family STEM Night
On Thursday, April 18, students demonstrated and showcased some of the
science projects and experiments that they have conducted throughout the
school year. Guests also had an opportunity to participate in some of
the interactive demonstrations. The middle school and high school
robotics teams also gave guests a look at the robots they built and took
to competition this year. Click here to watch a video of a combustion experiment.
Students Attend Ninth Grade Nation at Claflin University
On Thursday, April 18th, all first year 9th grade students attended a
college tour of Claflin University. Students toured the campus, spoke to
current students, and ate lunch on campus.
Fifteen 7th and 8th Graders Complete Beyond Expectations Program
On March 31st 15 Burke Middle School Students graduated from the Beyond
Expectations program. Beyond Expectations is an eight week program where
students work meet twice a week with mentors. During the course,
students learned crucial job training skills such as: interview skills,
how to fill out job applications, what to wear to an interview, and how
to interview with employers. Students also learned life skills such as:
conflict resolution, time management skills, and the value of hard work.
Student Makes 2012-13 All State Girls Basketball Team
Congratulations to Bria Brown, a senior, who was selected to be on the 2013 All-State Girls Basketball Team.
Student Qualifies for 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program
Margaret Wiwuga, who qualified for the 2014 National Merit Scholarship
Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic
competition among high school students for recognition and college
scholarships. Ms. Wiwuga is one of 50,000 students to be recommended for
Students Receive CPR Training
On March 13,
2013, fifteen of Mrs. Gray's Health Science 1 and Health Science 2 classes were
certified for CPR. The training was done by Ms. Roseann Tackman from Roper St.
Francis Hospital in our health science classroom. When having CPR training, you
are not only taught to do CPR, but you are also taught to do the Heimlich
maneuver for anyone you may encounter that is choking and the obstruction is
blocking the entire air passage. This includes infants, children, and adults.
You are also taught to do CPR on adults, children, and infants. Ms. Roseann
Tackman was very organized with the training, the students were also taught to
use a mouth piece for CPR, which may come in very handy. Many people throw up
when they are revived after having CPR done, and the mouth piece is a way for
the provider to give the victim CPR without taking the risk to catch an
infection or being thrown up on by the victim.
Students Explore Career Options at Miller-Motte Technical College
On Wednesday, March
27, students learned about career opportunities available through
Miller-Motte Technical College. The college was hosting an open house
for high school students.
2nd Annual Career Symposium and College Fair
On Friday, March 22, 2013, Burke Middle High School hosted its second annual Career Symposium and College Fair.
Over 50 speakers and college representatives attended the event.
Career speakers included: Kelly Franz, chef from Magnolia’s; Mickey
Baskt, Manager of Charleston Grill; Clint Lucas, Vice President Human
Resources, Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.; Melissa Loy from Paul Mitchell
School of Cosmetology.Students attended four 30-minute career sessions.
College representatives included: The Citadel,
Benedict College, Trident Technical College, Virginia College, South
Carolina State University, and the College of Charleston. Students in
grades 10-12 attended the college fair where some colleges offered
on-the-spot admissions and scholarships.
8th Graders Celebrate Pi Day
Students in Ms. Schultz's 8th Grade math class explored area and circumference
of circles using cookies in order of Pi Day (3/14). Students made no-bake
cookies and practiced not only their measuring and fraction skills but applied
the formulas to find the area and circumference of different size cookies they
Career Day at Trident Tech
On Tuesday, March 12, Burke high school students attended the annual
Career Day program at Trident Technical College. Students were able to
explore different programs the school offers as well as meet with
instructors to learn more about careers. It was a wonderful day!
27th Annual Quest Competition
On Saturday, March 9, six students participated in the 27th Annual Quest
Academic Competition at Trident Technical College for middle and high schools in
the Tri-County area. Students participated in Spanish, French and Culinary Arts.
Thank you and great job to the students who represented Burke in the
Read Across America Day
On Friday, March 1st, a group of Burke High School seniors traveled to
Sanders Clyde Elementary to read their favorite Dr. Suess book to
students. The trip was a part of NEA's Read Across America, which is a
celebration of Dr. Suess' birthday. To watch a reading of "Oh, The
Places You'll Go!", click here
Seniors Visit South Carolina State University
On Wednesday February 27th, a group of seniors took a field trip to South Carolina State University to tour the campus.
2nd Semester Parent Teacher Night
On Thursday, February 22nd, Burke Middle High School hosted a Parent/
Teacher Night for the second semester. After a brief PTSA meeting,
parents were able to pick up their child's progress report card as well
as speak to their teachers.
Extreme Makeover...Burke Edition
On Friday, February 8th, Burke students were celebrated for their
academic achievements. Three students received an award for having
perfect attendance and an improved GPA. 26 students were recognized for
making the A honor roll and 81 were recognized for making the B honor
The ACT that was scheduled for Saturday, February 9, at the Burke MHS
campus has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date. For
more information, check the ACT website at www.act.org
Juniors and Seniors Attend College Tour
On Tuesday, February 5th, 40 Juniors and Seniors attended a college tour
hosted by the Guidance Department and Communities in Schools. The
students toured three schools; York Technical College and Winthrop
University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Johnson C. Smith University
in Charlotte, North Carolina. The students heard from admissions
representatives at each school and toured the campuses as well as
enjoyed lunch in the Winthrop University dining hall. It was a fun,
informative day for the students!
Young Women Overcoming Obstacles in Literacy Visit Barnes and Noble
On January 29th, a
group from Young Women Overcoming Obstacles in Literacy visited Barnes
and Noble. The young women were able to purchase books for their
personal library. The purpose of the trip was to encourage reading in
Congratulations to the middle school robotics teams who competed this past Saturday at the North Charleston Qualifier for Robotics League
Burke Middle High School was well represented on Saturday,
January 26, 2013 at the North Charleston Qualifier competition for First Lego
League. This was Burke's second year to compete. The 8th grade team,
Robodogs, received the Judges Award. This award exemplifies effective team
building, respect for all, creative problem solving, and good sportsmanship
with cooperative competition. Burkebots, the 7th grade team had five members
completing their first competition. Burke teams had corporate sponsors that included
AT&T, SPAWAR, Yorktown/Patriot's Point and the National Defense Educational
Program. SPAWAR provided engineer mentors, Ecoya Green, Sedrick Stewart, and
Asher Khader. Along with these mentors and the teacher coaches, Pam Toledano
and Bobby Clauhs, the teams worked to design and program an operating robot,
create a solution to help senior citizens in their daily efforts, practice core
values of respect, cooperation, team building, strategic competition,
compassion for others and presentation skills, all while strengthening their
knowledge of science and technology in our world.
Charleston Marathon Registration at Burke Middle High School
The Charleston Marathon registration was at BMHS on Friday, January 18. The gymnasium was packed with registrants and vendors.
5th Annual Burke High School Alumni College Panel
Burke High School 2012 Alumni returned to talk about their first semester college experience with current Burke High School seniors. The panel shared personal stories on dorm life, the college classroom experience, social experiences, and how high school prepared them for college.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Charleston Alumni Chapter Met with Burke 11th and 12th Graders
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Charleston Alumni Chapter
met with Burke 11th and 12th graders who are interested in STEM
(science, technology, engineering, and math) careers on Friday,
December 7, 2012. They discussed career pathways, college opportunities,
and STEM careers with students. The NSBE mentors shared their personal
experiences and answered student questions about college and careers.
Burke Middle High School is excited to have the NSBE Charleston Alumni
Chapter involved with our school and look forward to partnering with
them to form a NSBE Jr. Chapter at Burke.
Principal for a Day: Mr. Chris Miller, Program Executive Officer at SPARWAR
Burke hosted Mr. Christopher Miller from SPAWAR for principal for a day.
Mr. Miller was very impressed with our school and what our principal,
Mr. Cannon, does for the Burke community on a daily basis. Burke extends
a big "thank you" to Mr. Miller.
Community Partner of the Month for November: Citadel School of Education
Cadets taking education classes at The Citadel spent their Thursday mornings in November visiting and observing classes throughout the school.
Ms. Sonja Reed Named Teacher of the Year 2012-2013
Congratulations to Ms. Sonja Reed, Burke Middle High School's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Reed has taught Drama/ Theater Arts at BMHS for the past seven years. To her, "education is more than just presenting in a room and "expounding greatly." It's about using any means available that will enable me to open creative minds and broaden world perspectives with words and visions."
The Paws Cafe is now open!
The Paws Cafe and School Store is open for business! Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, muffins, danishes, and more will be sold for $1 each. School supplies and shirts will also be sold. The Cafe and Store are located in the media center.