Burris Laboratory School

This Week's Announcements

Burris Laboratory School Counseling Center Announcements

November 20, 2015

Ivy Tech Community College admissions counselor, Seth Davidson, is visiting Burris on December 4th.  It will be held in the Counseling Center at 9:00am.  There is a sign up sheet in the Counseling Center for any students interested.   

The Burris Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Burris Auditorium.  Honor Society officers, Kaylen Jones, Hannah Bolander, Claire Moorman, and Connor Kurek will be presenting the program, along with special guest speaker, Mr. Byrum.  Everyone is welcome to attend to celebrate Burris’ newest Honor Society members.   There will be an Honor Society meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 3:05 in room 206.  We will be finalizing plans for the Induction Ceremony.  All Honor Society members should be there.  If you cannot attend, make sure that you talk with president Kaylen Jones about what you will miss.      

Any juniors who have not finished ACCUPLACER testing that began on Thursday will finish on Monday, November 23.  See Mrs. Maugherman with any questions.   

Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 Optimist International Essay Contest.  This year’s official topic is “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction.”  Participants are required to write an essay on the given topic between 700-800 words.  The submitted essays will then be judged and winners announced.  First-place winners receive a $2500 College Scholarship to the school of their choice.  Students who wish to enter can come down to the counseling center to pick up a list of rules and an application for the contest or to have any questions answered.   

Ancilla College in Plymouth, Indiana is having their “Access Ancilla Day’ December 1st. The Open House includes a campus visit, lunch, and information sessions with current professors, financial aid representatives, or advisors.  Students will get to see all that Ancilla has to offer.  Lunch and parking for this open house are free with a reservation.  In order to reserve your spot, please visit the website www.ancilla.edu/access-ancilla   

Juniors and seniors interested in adding college classes or internships or independent studies to their second semester schedules should begin planning now.  Proposal forms for internships and independent studies are now available.  They will be due no later than December 4th, so that they may be approved well before second semester.  Talk to Mrs. Maugherman by December 4th if your plan includes online or on campus Ball State or Ivy Tech classes for second semester.   

Information for the 2016 American Legion High School Oratorical Contest is now available in the counseling center.  The contest is open to all 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th graders under 20 years of age.  Contestants will be required to deliver an 8-10 minute prepared oration and a 3-5 minute assigned topic oration.  The subjects of topics will be chosen from a field of topics of the United States Constitution.  There are sequential levels of the contest District, Zone, and State.  Contestants who win their District will receive $200, winners of Zone receive $800, and three state finalists receive $1000 and a plaque.  The State Champion receives $3400 in addition to all other rewards.  Students who are interested in competing must request information from the counseling center no later than December 4th.   

The Prindle Institute for Ethics is holding an essay contest for all high school students on ethics-related topics.  They will award 5 prizes of $300 each for the best-written essay.  This year’s prompt is “Does the United States have a moral responsibility to intervene in countries where human right violations are occurring?”  The deadline to submit completed essays is February 1, 2016.  The website to find guidelines, rules, and submission information is prindlepost.org/highschoolessay/   

The answer to last week’s question “What were the names of the turkeys that President Obama pardoned in 2014? was letter D. Mac and Cheese. This week’s winners are: Jesse Brogdon, Tessa Bracken, Lilly Howell, Christopher Hill, and Izzy Comber. Please come to the Counseling Center to get your prize.   

Here is this week’s Question:   

 How much did the heaviest Turkey ever weigh?   

 A. 23 pounds 

 B.  86 pounds 

 C.  112 pounds 

 D. 200 pounds   

Please come to the Counseling Center with your answer to the Question of the Week and any questions about these announcements.  Thanks for listening and have a great week!

Burris Laboratory School
2201 W. University Ave.
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 765-285-1131
Fax: 765-285-8620