A Culture of Collaboration

  • Burnett Middle School serves a diverse population of students in Seffner. We pride ourselves on developing scholars who are present, accountable, collaborative and respectful. Students can challenge themselves with Scholar Quest courses to gain high school credit, including Principles of Food Prep, Spanish, and Digital Information Technology. Our Electives allow students to sample a range of exciting offerings, including Theatre, Band and our strong AVID program which prepares our students for successful college careers. Thrive beyond the traditional classroom with an opportunity to attend our FBI Youth Academy where FBI agents act as mentors. Students connect through extracurricular activities including sports teams and clubs like GRACE Girls, our Girl Empowerment Group, and the Science Club. Burnett utilizes Positive Behavior Intervention Supports to foster a safe climate and culture for our student body. Our Sixth Grade Structure ensures students will transition to this new and exciting learning environment where we empower students to excel.

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    Principal/Administrator: Valerie Newton

    AP's:  Dr. Tarrelle Brooks & Stacey Schlarbaum

    Phone: (813) 744-6745

    Fax: (813) 744-8973

    Student Hours:  9:35 AM to 4:30 PM

    Uniforms:  No Uniforms

    Before/After School Program: Yes  Host Flyer

    Transportation: Find out more 

     

    School Improvement Plan

    The SIP is intended to be the primary artifact used by every school with stakeholders to review data, set goals, create an action plan and monitor progress.

Gordon Burnett Middle School (Opened 1996)

William Gordon Burnett 1935-1988

Mr. Gordon Burnett
view of Burnett from street




  • William Gordon Burnett believed that education was the most valuable work in the world. Of course, he was right.

    Stories are told in the Burnett family about a young Gordon, who as an elementary school child already knew what he wanted to do. He and his cousins played school in his uncle's garage. Gordon was always the principal and set up his teachers and students in order of their ages. He wrote a fire drill procedure on the garage wall which stayed there until the garage fell down over thirty years later!

    As a high school student at Jesuit, he actually set up a summer program to remediate friends and neighbors. He was so effective, the nuns at Sacred Heart Academy told him at the time that they would pass any students he tutored 

    Whether a student, teacher, administrator or committee member, he was always completely prepared to do the job. Gordon Burnett never asked someone to do a task he was unwilling to do himself. He appreciated the work done by each and every individual.

    Mr. Burnett also gave us an example to follow. He didn't just encourage discipline, compassion, and excellence; he epitomized those qualities. He was that rare jewel and a man of integrity.

    Gordon Burnett believed that the job of a principal was to make it possible for teachers to teach and for students to learn. He was modest, and he took his own hard work for granted.

    William Gordon Burnett passed away in July of 1988. He was a leader not because he gave orders or flaunted his authority but simply because of who and what he was. He was greatly admired and he will always be missed by those who knew him.