Welcome to Burlington Elementary School! It is my privilege to serve as the principal of BES and work with the staff, our students, their families, and the Burlington community. It takes a team to address the needs of the whole child—academically, socially, physically—and together we strive to help each child achieve to the best of his or her ability.
BES has three sections per grade level, kindergarten through 4th grade, with an average class size of 18. Our preschool has a morning and an afternoon session and is a special needs/at risk program. BES also has a music teacher, a librarian, a physical education teacher, a school counselor, and two Title teachers. We are members of the Coffey County Special Education Cooperative and have three special education teachers, two speech pathologists, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a school psychologist, and a school social worker to serve the needs of our students. Two teachers have ESOL endorsements and all teachers are highly qualified.
BES is proud of our 21st Century classrooms wherein technology is an important component of everyday instruction. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive Promethean board and has 4 – 5 student computers. Each teacher has iPads available for small group instruction and the 4th grade is launching a pilot program of classroom tablets that will be available for all students. All these opportunities are in addition to the three computer labs used daily for whole group instruction.
The Parent Support Group is the catalyst for fundraising for BES and all funds are returned to benefit the needs of the students. PSG meets monthly and all parents are encouraged to become active members of the organization. Burlington USD #244 received a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that allows BES to host an after-school program for students in grades K – 4. The program begins immediately following dismissal and operates until 5:30 p.m. For a minimal fee students are provided a safe environment wherein they have a snack, homework help, tutoring, enrichment activities, computer time using the lab and iPads, field trips that include regular visits to the Burlington Library and the elder care facilities in Burlington.
You have selected an excellent learning community wherein the needs of students are at the forefront of all decisions made.