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Burke High School


GOOD MORNING BHS ALUMNI & ALUMNAE!!! As we quickly approach our Alma Mater's Homecoming Festivities on October 18th, it's important to understand just how much our school needs us! The Burke High School Administration would like ideas on how we can support the school through mentorship and intervention. Please drop any ideas below so that we can add them to the school plan. If you are interested in helping develop the Alumni plan, please inbox me directly. #ILOVEBULLDOGS #YOULOVEBULLDOGS
We are having Minority Law day on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM with a registration deadline of April 23, 2019. However, participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Minority Law Day is an excellent opportunity for students, especially those with an interest in attending law school, to visit the Charleston School of Law for a day. Students will be treated to a “real” hands-on law school experience. Students will be introduced to the benefits, along with the rigors, of a higher education by: (1) Attending and actively participating in a law school class taught by a Charleston School of Law professor, (2) Preparing for a “mock” trial (with the help of current law students) and presenting legal arguments in the trial, and (3) Getting information about resources for college and the skills needed to be a successful law student! (4) Guest Speakers will speak on “Students Rights on School Campus and How the Justice System affects Minorities” If you have a child who is in high school and want to attend the FREE event please contact me via email [email protected]
All students currently enrolled in 7th-11th are encourage to take advantage of this opportunity if your interested in participating in sports for the 2019-2020 school year. You must have all paperwork uploaded prior to June 1st to participate in summer workouts for any sport. Sign up outside the cafeteria to ride the bus to get your FREE PHYSICAL. See Coach Richardson for more details.
Nationwide contest for $100,000 worth of instruments AND uniforms. Hope you get entered!
Bulldog family and friends, there will be a charity basketball game on Sunday, January 28, 2018. The flyer can be found on the Burke Bulldogs page.
Spring Sports Season is upon us!!!!!! If you or your child is interested in playing baseball, softball, soccer, or track and field please contact the Burke High School Athletic Department. We are always looking to expand our teams!!!!! As always, to participate, YOU MUST HAVE A COMPLETED PHYSICAL ON PlanetHS.com. Students grade 7th - 12th are welcome to join the team. If you or your child do not attend Burke High School, you can still join our teams as long as your current school does not have the sport you are trying to join.
Mark your calendars bulldogs, December 27-29 will be the Modie L. Risher basketball classic. Bring your family and friends out and enjoy the tournament!!
They are blessed to have David Matthews.

Burke High School's mission is to create lifelong learners so that upon graduation, students will be able to become successful members of society.



Here is a great site for students to use for learning at home from CCSD.



Crazy socks, facepainting and fun was the order of the day as Mitchell Elementary visited Burke for a reading celebration day. #Burkestudentsrock #DrSeuss #MitchellElementary #LibrariansRock #SPstudentsrocktoo


Burke High School student wins prestigious leadership award

Burke students are great students!!

counton2.com CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A Burke High School student was recognized for his community service. Anthony Brown, a senior at Burke High School, won the Richard W. Riley Award at the South Carol…

On Friday, January 31, 2020 Burke High School brought 9 of our students to the Citadel to attend a Leadership and Ethics Conference. Our students were involved in a series of discussions and activities where they examined the importance of being a principled leader in their school, future profession and community. Presentations were delivered by a diverse cohort of Citadel cadets, faculty and staff. At the end of the program, our students received a certificate of completion.

Let's rock these tests!!

Burke High School in this year's Emancipation parade.

Come out and support your Bulldogs over the Christmas holidays at the Modie Risher Sr. Classic!!


Good evening Burke High School Parents and Staff,

This is email communication is being sent on behalf of our Burke High PTSA Executive Board. Please be advised that we will have a PTSA meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 5:45 p.m. in the Media Center.

We ask that you arrive between 4:30-5:30 p.m. to complete online membership registration. We will obtain your contact information, committee interests, and $5 membership fee for this school year.

Feel free to invite family members, friends, community partners, alumni, and all Burke supporters as they are all welcome to join us.

Should you have questions, please email [email protected] or call 843-813-6010. Text messages are welcome.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Thank you! #GoBulldogs

Students from Ms. Mindel's English 4 class had the opportunity to attend Marcus Amaker's Poetry and Hip Hop performance at the Gaillard Center. After lunch we walked through the Halsey Art Museum located on the College of Charleston's campus where we found Burke High School in the artwork. The exhibition titled "Over There and Here Is Me and Me" by Katrina Andry probes the power struggles of race-based

Happy Unity Day!!

Students hard at work researching information on various illegal drugs and then making a PowerPoint presentation for Coach Richardson's Health Class.

Celebrate!!! Tailgate at Friday's homecoming game!!!

This Friday, October 11, from 9-1 is College Application Day. Please help us by encouraging all your College Bound Seniors to participate by applying to at least one South Carolina college or university for FREE!!
Various college representatives and community members will be here at Burke to help students apply.


SCCANGO » College Application Month

Burke High School will be hosting our College Application Day on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 9:00-1:00. We will have various college representatives, School Counselors and volunteers present to assist our seniors in applying to college. Prior to the event, students are encouraged to sign up for College Application Day in our School Counseling Department lobby. To streamline the application process, students participating in College Application are encouraged to know their Social Security Number.

Follow #CAMSC2019 for updates throughout the state on College Application Month!



Once again, Burke students have shined. Syasia Coaxum,
Essence Simmons and Brandon Simmons have been recognized for great works submitted to the Black Ink Festival.
These students will also get to have a personal discussion with Nikki Giovanni, world class poet.

These pictures are of the Burke 9th Grade Geo Science class reading the Children's books they made about the Hydrosphere to the Mitchell Kindergarten Class. What a great event!!

Listening Session - The session to discuss the future of Burke High School and other downtown schools will be on Thursday October 10th at 6 pm in Burke's auditorium.

The Charleston County School District will be hosting a series of one-hour community meetings across the county to discuss the school recommendations currently before the CCSD Board of Trustees over the next 30 days. During the listening sessions, there will be an opportunity for community discussion and feedback regarding these recommendations. All CCSD families, parents, staff, and community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Burke High School Percussion Rocks!!

Photos from Burke High School's post

Have coffee with the CCSD superintendent.

Chik-Fil A Leadership Academy and Culinary Arts partnered to sponsor an Impact Project for the elderly and a few public service employees. Students prepared and hosted a three course meal in honor of the guest and their services to the community over the years. #ImpactThroughAction

Student presentations in the ACE Mentoring class this morning at Burke High. Students discussed the various components that go into the designing of a hospital facility in Charleston. Mr. Noble and Mr. Kemp's students are always well prepared. Great job!!

[05/06/19]   Important Information for Burke Students and Parents

School-Wide Testing - End of Year

EOCEP English 1 & 2 Writing Only (500-Hallways)
Thursday 5/9/19

EOCEP (Locations & Specific Course Administration Days TBD)

Week of 5/20/19
AP Testing - Burke (JROTC Building)

US History Friday 5/10/19

Language Wednesday 5/15/19

AP Testing - non-Burke (JROTC Building/Culinary Arts)
Wednesday 5/819
Thursday 5/9/19
Monday 5/13/19
Tuesday 5/14/19
Friday 5/17/19

Senior Finals (In regular class setting)
Tuesday 5/28/19 - 1st/3rd Block Exam
Wednesday 5/29/19 - 2nd/4th Block Exam

Underclassmen Finals (In regular class setting)
Monday 6/3/19 - 1st/3rd Block Exam
Tuesday 6/4/19 - 2nd/4th Block Exam

Congratulations to Byron Murphy. He received the John M. Settles Award last night at the World Affairs Council meeting. Byron wrote an award winning essay on global medicine. Byron is just one of the many great students at Burke High School.


Champions of the Environment 2019

Burke High School is a "Champion of the Environment."
Burke along with other schools will be highlighted during TV shows all week long. Mr. Plants and Mr. Locher's students have worked on a project to prevent coastal erosion by restoring oyster beds. Please see the short video and share it with your friends!! Thanks!!

[04/15/19]   All students currently enrolled in 7th-11th are encourage to take advantage of this opportunity if your interested in participating in sports for the 2019-2020 school year. You must have all paperwork uploaded prior to June 1st to participate in summer workouts for any sport. Sign up outside the cafeteria to ride the bus to get your FREE PHYSICAL. See Coach Richardson for more details.

Burke High School students and community members worked together at a car wash held at school yesterday to raise money for the project "Doors to Dreams". The group is raising money to purchase toys for pediatric cancer patients.

Ms. Kelsey McGee, Burke teacher, is congratulated for her hard work!! Thank you.

Do you have a dirty, pollen laden car?
Stop by and get it washed by Burke students!!
We appreciate your support!!

This is what librarians dream about - NEW BOOKS!!
Have your son or daughter stop by the media center to see our new books that have just arrived.

The Burke Media Center encourages all students along with their parents to READ. Reading is a skill that improves with practice. So parents - please encourage your son or daughter to put down the cell phone, unplug the earbuds and read for a few minutes every day.

Thank you!!

Dave Matthews,
Your librarian/media specialist
Burke High School


Burke High students graduate MUSC cancer research program

abcnews4.com The future is looking bright for some students at Burke High School. Thursday was graduation day for 17 students who are now celebrated S. C. CURE scholars. They are the first graduating class part of an exclusive collaboration between Burke High School and MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center. The p...

Burke HS Robotics Team - The Autobots

Congratulations to the Burke HS Robotics Team 4748 and their making it into the final rounds of the three day Palmetto Regional Competitions. Teams from all over the country participated in the competition and the Burke Bulldog Autobots ended all competitions with an overall ranking of 25th and served as a sixth seed alternate. The team’s record was 6-3-0 overall making this year one of the best showing ever.

Third Year High School Students who selected to take the SAT will participate in school-day testing on Wednesday March 6, 2019 @ 8:30 am.

Precoding Session on Tuesday 3/5/19 @ 8:30 am in the Media Center.

Test Day Administration on 3/6/19 @ 8:30 am in the JROTC Building

[02/26/19]   Third Year High School Students who selected to take the SAT will participate in school-day testing on Wednesday March 6, 2019 @ 8:30am.

Greetings Burke High School Teachers, Parents, and Community Members:

In accordance with board policy IJJ-E, all sites must offer a publicized opportunity to parents and community members to review and submit comments on potential textbooks up for adoption. Please visit our school's Media Center on Monday 2/25/19-Tuesday 2/26/19 from 8:30am-3:30pm to view sample textbooks for Mathematics and CTE and complete one form for each set of materials reviewed. Thank you and we look forward to you visiting and taking part in this very important process.

The Burke Media Center is a proud participant in the Black History Month Door Decorating Contest. #BulldogsRock #BlackLibrariansRock #VOCALCCSD

Burke High School will be hosting a School Textbook Review Open House on Tuesday 2/26/19 in the Media Center. The South Carolina Department of Education has provided all schools Textbook Samples for community members to review and provide comments. This event will be scheduled all day during school hours.

School-Day Testing for Pre-ACT (all 2nd Year High School Students) and ACT (selected 3rd Year High School Students Will Take Place on Wednesday February 20th.

SAT School-Day Testing (for selected 3rd Year High School Students) is scheduled on Wednesday 3/6/19.

The Burke JROTC Color Guard ushered and provided support at The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 21st Annual Picture Awards held at the Charleston Music Hall. The key note speaker was Attorney Bakari T. Sellers. Burke student Kevin Shepherd played a musical selection as well. The event was held Tuesday, January 29th.

[01/28/19]   Burke Wins A Grant!!
Please see the attached article for details.

DHEC gave these five Charleston-area schools $2,000 each for eco-friendly projects

By Derrek Asberry [email protected] Jan 26, 2019

Students in Charleston and surrounding counties will be building life-size nests, protecting coastal habitats and increasing recycling efforts thanks to $10,000 in grant money awarded to Lowcountry schools.

These and other efforts are part of an inspiring movement to make sure future generations are more environmental-friendly, said Ashely Illig, a media specialist at Cainhoy Elementary in Berkeley County.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control recently handed out their Champions of the Environment awards given to state schools that promote youth environmental action.

Dozens of schools applied for the $2,000 grants, and only eight were selected. Of those, five are in the Lowcountry: Burke High, Cainhoy Elementary, James Island Charter High School, Jane Edwards Elementary on Edisto Island and Cape Romain Charter in McClellanville.

The other three winners are Washington Center in Greenville, Orchard Park Elementary in Westminster and Meadow Glen Elementary in Lexington.

Cainhoy was selected for its partnership with the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw. Illig explained that each grade will be participating, from hatching and protecting chicken eggs to building life-size nests for bald eagles.

“We plan to take our students on various tours of Birds of Prey and a field trip to some of the barrier island to watch the birds in action,” Illig added.

Other schools in the Charleston are just as busy. Earth science students at James Island Charter are using the $2,000 to restore a salt marsh ecosystem with new plants and artificial oyster reefs.

Burke High has partnered with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to restore local oyster reef habitats. Students will accomplish this by planting cordgrass and installing oyster castles along Charleston’s shorelines.

Cape Romain students will eliminate marine debris in McClellanville by collecting trash and recycling, and educating the community.

Meanwhile, kids at Jane Edwards will look at the benefits of hydroponic gardens, compared with the school’s existing traditional in-ground gardens.

Karen Mock and Paula Burns, the two teachers who are organizing the work at Jane Edwards, said the grant has allowed them to buy all the materials for the garden.

They also won a 2014 grant from DHEC that allowed them to create a butterfly garden at the school.

“We’re really dedicated to encouraging the kids to educate themselves on where they live,” Burns said. “This allows us to group math, science, social skills and teamwork so our kids are learning a lot with these projects.”


Shared Future Project Since September 2018, 30 people from Charleston County have come together to co-create a set of four scenarios about the future of education in Charleston County. This diverse group bridges race, sectors, geography, politics, age, and roles. This community effort, called Charleston Shared Future, took into account previous studies, like the Clemson Study on Diversity and Inclusion, Post and Courier’s“Minimally Adequate” series, The Avery Institute’s Racial Disparity Study, the 1998 Harvard Study on Charleston’s Education System, the recent CCSD strategic plan, and other relevant data and experiences. After several months of work, the scenarios are ready to be shared to the Board of Trustees on January 28, 2019

These scenarios present four different stories about what the future of education might look like in 2035 in Charleston County and some possible paths to get to those endpoints. They are not predictions, nor are they a vision, proposal, or plan. They are, however, plausible—the events and actions presented in the scenarios make logical sense and could take place. They are challenging—they offer a chance for us to notice our blind spots and may present us with ideas or insights we hadn’t considered before. They are relevant—they take into account what is happening and has happened in Charleston County.

Finally, they are clear—each scenario incorporates critical certainties—things that we know about 2035 for sure, and then uncertainties—things that could change over that period and cause different things to happen in each scenario, which is what makes the four scenarios distinctive and clear.


Shared Discussions about equity and inclusion in Charleston County School District, recently identified in a Clemson University study, are the centerpiece of a collaborative process called Shared Future, which began its work last year with a 27-member team of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

In August of 2018, representatives from Clemson University’s Office of Inclusion and Equity shared with the Charleston County School Board their findings from their Inclusion and Equity Study over a six-month research process. In addition to their findings, the Clemson team recommended that CCSD continue the work using local stakeholders and an outside facilitator to delve deeper into the concerns raised in their report.


The work will continue as part of the Shared Future Project, a process designed to integrate and build on results of CCSD initiatives such as the Clemson Study on Inclusion and Equity, the Charleston County School District’s Strategic Plan, and Phase V of the Charleston County School Construction Plan, along with non-traditional approaches to education being discussed in the community, and required employment skills identified by the business community.

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A team of 27-30 people, along with staff, convened in September 2018 to engage in the first of three, 3-day scenario workshops (Sept., Oct., Nov.)

The team includes those who are insightful, influential, and interested and who have the capacity to make things happen. The team is diverse in that from their different positions and perspectives, they can understand and influence all of Charleston County’s communities and they come from all facets of diversity – age, gender, race, and ethnicity.

The Shared Future Process

Phase 1: Initiate the project – Deliverable: synthesis of the perspectives, concerns, and questions of leaders from across the system
Phase 2: Construct the implementation scenarios – Deliverable: a set of 2-3 useful implementation scenarios/plans
Phase 3: Implementing the scenarios/plans Specific strategies for creating educational outcomes that have been considered through the lens of possible futures we may encounter in Charleston County


REOS Partners has been contracted by Charleston County School District to help facilitate the recommendations made in the Clemson University Inclusion and Diversity Study.

The organization has been designing and facilitating systemic change projects for 20 years and have built up a rigorous set of transformative methods.

Reos Partners has been practicing a rigorous set of methods that help people make progress on complex, stuck challenges. Their approach both opens and creates paths to crucial systemic transformations. The starting point is a diverse coalition that is ready to challenge the status quo, together.

To learn more about Reos Partners visit reospartners.com.


Don Kennedy, Charleston County School District, [email protected]

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