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Summer Pet Sitting Program May 30, 2017

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Summer Visiting Animal Program

The Burlington Science Center is looking for homes for some of its animals over Summer vacation.

–Gerbils (easy-low care)

–Gecko (eats live insects-shedding issues to be concerned with)

–African Clawed Frogs (eats hand fed worms)

–Tarantula (eats live crickets)

–Salamanders (must be hand fed crickets with hand or tweezers)

–Possibly cockatiels (needs to be a teflon/non-stick cookware, scented candles, sensitive chemical free house)

Still waiting back to hear from people so there is a wait list for these animals:

Hamster (easy-nocturnal)

Guinea Pig (large cage and lots of supplies-high care animal; one is elderly)

–The Science Center will provide cage, STARTER food, shavings, and care sheet for each


–Call Ms. Pavlicek (781)-270-2928 or e-mail pavlicek@bpsk12.org asap if interested.  

–Animals are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  

–All animals must be picked up by June 14th making an appointment with Ms. Pavlicek. Thank you.

Science Center High School Aides Celebration May 30, 2017

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The students of Burlington High School can volunteer their time during a study period to work at the Science Center throughout the school year.  They work with a variety of animals including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds, fish and other invertebrates.  Each year we celebrate their hard work and dedication to the Science Center.


Student work in the center includes the handling of live animals, maintenance and care of animal living spaces, diet preparation, assistance with school programs, and the packaging of Science Center classroom materials.

Students often view their experience as a place to connect with animals, gain experience in an area they are considering for college/career and share a common respect with other peers who work with live creatures.  We appreciate all their hard work and dedication.

We also honored our seniors. We wish them well in their future endeavors!

BHS Teacher, Jill Graham Honored with Outstanding Science Teacher Award May 5, 2017

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The Burlington Science Center is proud to honor and highlight the career achievements of Burlington High School science teacher, Jill Graham with the North Shore Science Supervisor Association’s 2017 Outstanding Science Teacher Award.


Jill exemplifies the meaning of an outstanding science educator. She has been teaching in Burlington for  14 years. Jill has taught a variety of different science courses such as biology, env science, oceanography, and general science.  She has taught all levels of these courses from basic instruction to AP.  

Jill advises the Students for Environmental Action club at the high school. The goal of her club is to raise environmental awareness at Burlington High School and in the Burlington community. Jill head spears the recycling program at BHS and works with members of the community for recycling. The club also participates in community outreach programs like bikes not bombs and storm drain tagging.

Jill is also the Director and teaches Science at the Burlington Evening Academy Program.  She has been involved in this program for 13 years and has been the Director for the last 5 years.  This program allows an alternative option for students to fulfill their high school requirements and diploma, while working a full time job due to unique family and personal situations.  Her program fosters student success rather than seeing them dropping out of school.

She also coaches the girls varsity swim team. Go team Graham! and has been an advisor for the senior class for many years.

Jill’s passion and dedication to science and her students are evident when you see her teach.  She is always looking for new ways to implement the science standards to real world applications and current events.  Jill is passionate about being kind to our planet, while also encouraging students to be kind to each other.  Her students always show excitement about her classes and coursework.

Jill Graham is a caring, dedicated and quality science teacher and we are fortunate to have her in Burlington!

Earth Day Celebration at Fox Hill School May 5, 2017

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A celebration of our Earth and all things nature! The Science Center assisted with Fox Hill School’s first Earth Day Celebration. There were madagascar hissing cockroaches, a great horned owl, red-footed tortoises, vegetable and wild flower planting station, an elephant’s foot, a shark’s jaw, a walrus’s tusk, a taxidermy black bear, bobcat, badger and fox pelt, and information about various bird species and plants! Be sure to read about it by clicking on the link below:


Name the Hedgehog Contest Winner March 22, 2017

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The Science Center adopted a new African Pygmy Hedgehog for its educational programs in the elementary schools.  We decided to run a town wide 5th grade contest to name the new animal.

And the winner is……………..

Ilex Fowler from Mrs. Jaffe’s class at Fox Hill School.  She chose the name “Rascal.”  Ilex and the hedgehog will be in the Daily Times Newspaper and Ilex also received a certificate and science prize.

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We would like to thank all the students for participating in the contest.  Our hedgehog comes from a wonderful place called Hamor Hollow Hedgehogs in Pelham NH. Please do your research before considering having any pet into your home.

Girl Scout Meeting with Ms. Pavlicek March 7, 2017

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Ms. Pavlicek visited with the Girl Scouts at Pine Glen school to discuss animals and pets. She discussed animal safety, responsibility and discussed many aspects of owning a pet.  Ms. Pavlicek brought a live hawk and discussed bird of prey roles in nature.  Scouts got to touch taxidermy parts such a talons, wings, tails and feathers.

2017 Summer Robotics Program now Enrolling Students March 7, 2017

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The Science Center is teaming up with the Burlington Public Schools Summer Program to host its first ever “FIRST Lego League Competition Bootcamp”. This is a BRAND NEW program unlike our previous summer robotics programs. The program will run from July 10, 2017 – July 20, 2017, (8 five-hour weekday sessions).

Students entering grades 4, 5, and 6 in the 2017/2018 school year are encouraged to join in this challenging, multi-disciplinary program where students will participate in a mock version of the 2016 FIRST Lego League competition, “Animal Allies” and work in teams to construct and program LEGO robots that navigate obstacles and complete challenges.

Students will also explore how humans and animals currently depend on and impact one another and imagine how robots could play a role in improving this relationship in the future. This summer program is an excellent primer for students who might be interested in participating in FIRST Lego League teams, including the Marshall Simonds Middle School “Devilbotz” in the future.

Burlington is offering its students the opportunity to attend a two-week session (Monday through Thursday). Tuition is $250.

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Place: Memorial Elementary School

Transportation: Arranged by parents

To enroll your child, fill out and return the tear-off on this registration form by April 21, 2017 with a non-refundable deposit of $25.00 (the deposit is applied to tuition). Also include the health and release form linked here. The tuition balance is due by June 19, 2017. Space is limited – please register as soon as possible.

Hedgehog Kindergarten Programs March 2, 2017

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Each winter, the Science Center visits 18 kindergarten classes to present about habitats, adaptations and characteristics.  “The Mitten,” a book written by local author, Jan Brett, is a favorite read-a-loud book in Burlington.

Ms. Pavlicek references the story book and has a giant mitten to post illustrations from the book.  She connects their habitats with geography of the world.  The hedgehog is a particular animal character in the book that isn’t native to the northeast US.  Ms. Pavlicek brings the live hedgehog out to visit during the end of the program.  Students and teachers are amazed by this unique creature.

Our hedgehog comes from a wonderful place called Hamor Hollow Hedgehogs in Pelham NH. Please do your research before considering having any pet into your home.

Beekeeping Presentation at Garden Club January 30, 2017

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Ms. Pavlicek was invited to do a presentation on beekeeping and the environment at the Burlington Garden Club monthly meeting yesterday.  The presentation was titled “Bee-ing Mindful of our Environment.”  She presented information about bee biology, bee social structure, basics of beekeeping, troubles bees are facing in our world, and ways we can help bees and our environment.  This included local wildflower, herbs and tree species to attract pollinators and information about the harmful chemicals we use in our lawns and gardens.

Ms. Pavlicek is a local beekeeper and brought her beekeeping supplies and materials to share with the club.  She also had her own local honey for purchase.  She also informed the club about her new fourth grade science unit on plant & pollinator structure and function.

Snake visits in Kindergarten January 26, 2017

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Mrs. Hoyt’s Kindergarten class is studying living things and what animals need to survive. They invite a variety of animals from the Science Center into their class on a rotating schedule.  Check out the photos from the latest snake visit.  Students get to ask questions, hold/touch the snake and observe a feeding in the classroom.