School News

  • Burns a Finalist for Teaching Award

    Congratulations to Mr. Shawn Burns, our Mechatronics & Robotics teacher. He has been announced as a finalist for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2020 Prize for Teaching Excellence. This recognition seeks to honor outstanding U.S. public high school skilled trades teachers. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition and best wishes to you in the final round, Mr. Burns!

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  • Engineering Senior Earns Full Scholarship to Georgia Tech

    Allison Lloyd, a senior student in the Center for Engineering, has received the Stamps Presidential Scholarship from Georgia Tech. It is a full scholarship, good for her entire four years. It covers tuition, mandatory fees, housing, meal plan, books, academic supplies, personal expenses and provides a stipend for a laptop. The scholarship also comes with $15,000 for select experiences like study abroad, unpaid internships, unpaid research, or conferences. The selection process was rigorous and competitive, but Allison was one of the few chosen from outside the state of Georgia. Congratulations! Your teachers and classmates at Burton are proud of you!

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  • RCPS Schools Closed for Remainder of Academic Year -- click here for more information!

    Parents and Students - all schools across Virginia have been closed from March 16 to the end of the school year by order of Governor Northam.

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  • Center for Visual Arts Students Perform Well in Regional Competition

    Congratulations to our Center for Visual Arts students, who performed well in the Scholastic Art Awards annual juried competition. These are the longest running, most prestigious are awards in the country. Way to go, all of you! Click on the headline for the full list of students by category.

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  • The Burton Briefing - December 2019

    Check out our new bulletin featuring all the neat things BCAT students have been doing this past nine weeks! Click here.

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  • Auto Tech and Motorsports Receive Donation

    Advance Auto Parts, through the Good360 Foundation, donated 27 pallets of supplies to the BCAT Automotive Technology and Motor Sports programs. Items such as motor oil, anti-freeze, windshield washer fluid, wax and other car care items were provided, along with an opportunity for Mr. Hoback to be interviewed by a crew representing the foundation. "This is thousands of dollars worth of supplies. This helps our students and programs tremendously," said Mr. Hoback. "It enables us to do what we do." Thank you, Advance Auto Parts and Good360 Foundation for your generosity toward BCAT students and programs!

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  • Art Students win at Hokie Bugfest

    Five Center for Visual Arts students won awards at the 9th annual Hokie BugFest last weekend! Below is a list of BCAT students that won awards, along with pictures of each artwork. Excellent work by these talented students! Individual Sculpture 1st Place – Andrea Gonzalez, BCAT CVAIII / Ms. Wilson. 2nd Place – Joanne Sakamoto, BCAT CVAIV / Ms. Strum. 3rd Place – Maila Hawthorne, BCAT CVAIII / Ms. Wilson. High School Drawing 2nd Place – Maggie Walsh, BCAT CVAIII / Ms. Wilson. 3rd Place – Hannah Stacy, BCAT CVAIII/ Ms. Wilson.

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  • Masonry Students Earn 2nd and 4th Place in State

    Masonry students once again showed the VA state fair why we have some of the best students around and a phenomenal teacher in Mr. Baxter. Congratulations to Phillip Beuggert and Daniel Eakin, who earned 2nd place at the SkillsUSA competition today. Toby Rolon and Jeremy Adams earned 4th place. Way to go, guys!

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  • Like Us/Follow Us on Social Media!

    Please like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BurtonCenterForArtsTechnology/ ...and/or follow us on Twitter! @Burton_Center

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  • Networking Concepts Class Donates Computers to BRAAC

    From WSLS.com: Students from the Burton Center for Arts and Technology installed about 20 refurbished computers at the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center in Roanoke. Students at Burton, a career and technical education center, cleaned and updated all the computers to donate to Blue Ridge. "They're a great upgrade from what they had. They're a lot faster," said Bradley Frye, a junior at Burton. Students at Blue Ridge all have intellectual or developmental disabilities and rely on the computer lab, but not just for classes. "We have students who may have communication delays. So, having access to the computers and iPads and any type of technology allows our students an opportunity to really open the world to them," said Christina Giuliano, the executive director of Blue Ridge. Teachers say the computer lab is the busiest room at the center. The last time they got upgraded computers was four years ago. So, the $1,500 donation will go a long way. "To have, overnight, an opportunity to replace some very old technology that we had in the building with this new up-to-date technology from the Burton Center is just a phenomenal feeling," Giuliano said. "I can't wait to see the students use it." Burton students donate computers to local nonprofits every year. However, this donation hits home for Frye, whose cousin also lives with autism. "I think it's great. I've seen a lot of one-on-one with teachers walking around with students and I think it's a great opportunity for them to get help and learn," Frye said. Students and teachers at both schools say the new computers will help students at Blue Ridge learn the skills they'll need both in - and out - of the classroom.

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  • Engineering Students Re-Design Toy Cars

    BCAT Engineering seniors completed a months-long project in January 2019, highlighted by a hand-off of electric toy cars that were re-designed to accommodate children with unique mobility issues. BCAT would like to thank the wonderful families involved in this as well as the amazing folks at Burlington Elementary, Glenvar Elementary and Roanoke County’s Special Education Department for collaborating with us. This was truly a great team effort!

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  • BCAT Motorsports Team Wins 3rd National Championship!

    Team Vibrant Performance from the Burton Center for Arts & Technology are once again the best engine building team in the nation. On Dec. 8 the team took their third national championship at the annual Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine building championship in Indianapolis. Their final average time was 17:26! The team previously won the national championship in 2014 and 2016. Congratulations to Mr. Overfelt and his crew for bringing the championship back to BCAT! Pictured L-R are: Mr. Overfelt, Matthew Carter (CSHS), Ryan Towles (GHS), Garrett Abshire (CSHS), Tanner Pruzan (WBHS) and Ryan Lyles (WBHS). (Image from Hot Rodders of Tomorrow's Facebook page.)

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