June 2019

Calendar

3  Scholarship Night: 7 – 9 pm, Riley Center
3-4 Underclass Exams – 12:00 Dismissal
5  Underclass Makeup Exams
5  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: 10 – 12 noon, Riley Center
Senior Surf & Turf , 12 – 2 pm
5  Gawlik Awards: 7 – 9:30 pm, SVAC
7  Commencement: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Spring has finally arrived, and the endless May showers have set the stage for what I hope will be a blue sky celebration on June 7, our 185th commencement.

This year‘s senior class, the largest in our history, has been extraordinary in all kinds of ways. They have supported each other and students in the younger grades, performed admirably in all areas of the school, and been true to our core values of respect for individual differences and expressing deep care for the community. Congratulations not only to these great students, but to their families, who have been essential to their individual and collective success.

We just completed the Creative Arts Expo, a showcase of amazing student talent. Our parent-led fundraising gala raised $250,000, ensuring that we can continue to support our various programs. Next up, we have final exams, Scholarship Night, the Gawlik awards, sports playoffs, and various celebrations.

Then comes summer, and with it, some time to reflect, recharge, and appreciate the natural beauty of Vermont and the uncommon beauty of the great community in which we all live. I am grateful to so many: all of you families, who have entrusted us to care for your children and who support BBA in so many ways; our incredibly generous benefactors, who allow us to keep investing in education; our talented faculty and staff, who strive to touch the heart and mind of each student; and, of course, the students themselves, who bring such meaning and purpose to our professional lives. Thank you one, thank you all.

Let’s savor this final week together.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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Attention Senior Parents

The Senior Surf & Turf is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5th from 11:30 – 2 pm, after the mandatory graduation rehearsal. Rain Date is Thursday, June 6th from 12 noon – 2 pm. This epic senior send-off includes custom Class of 2019 t-shirts, BBQ, ice cream truck, bouncy obstacle course, lawn games, slip n slide, & more!
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We are so appreciative of all the donations we’ve received so far. We are looking for one last push of monetary donations to offset the costs for this parent-run special event for our seniors. Please mail a check to Burr and Burton Academy, c/o Margi Putney, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254 or drop off checks or cash to Margi Putney in the BBA Library. Thank you!

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear BBA Families:

It’s hard to think of a more fitting theme for any Burr and Burton school year than Change for Good. After four whole days on the job, it’s clear to me already that this is a truly special place — warm, welcoming, and unfailingly devoted to providing the best education and support possible for every single BBA student.

That commitment was on full display last Friday at the annual Parent Association Gala, Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good, which was a huge success by any measure. (Pictures coming soon at https://photos.burrburton.org/!) Parent volunteers, students, staff, and members of the community came together to celebrate what a great school can do for a community, and not coincidentally, what a great community can do for a school. We enjoyed a beautiful evening, fabulous food, outstanding talent, and great company — and when the accounting dust settles, we will report a fundraising result in the ballpark of $240,000, with nearly $130,000 earmarked for the ACCESS program.

On behalf of the Advancement team, I’d like to thank:

  • The tireless Gala committee: co-chairs Ursula Knowles and Kate Townsend, and members Marlene Allen, Jennifer Atlas, Sam Baker, Nan Bambara ‘86, Heidi Boudreau, Peggy Brockett ’88, Darla Buffa, Rosheen Carthy, Julie Citron, Carolyn Crabtree, Oona Cree, Jane Dapron, Beth Eyre, Laura Grapshi, Sindy Hassig, Anne Houser, Suzanne Kersten, Meg Levene, Katsuko Lord, Carrie Mathews, Julie Ring, Elizabeth Silsby ’09, Victoria Silsby, and Courtney Weir;
  • Our generous Gala Corporate Sponsors, auction and raffle donors, faculty sponsors and supporters, and everyone who participated in the Raffle, the Online Auction, the Live Auction, and Mark’s incredible call for support for the ACCESS Program Fund;
  • Our fabulous hosts at Taconic;
  • Eric and Jane Nathan’s great work on the Live Auction;
  • Katsuko Lord for her beautiful ikebana floral arrangements;
  • Our faculty attendees, presenters, and support, particularly Bill Muench, Jim Raposa, Neil Freebern, and Kevin Morrison;
  • Student musicians Jingnam Chen ’22 and Qiaochuhan Li ’21, the chorus from the spring musical, “The All Night Strut,” and the student filmmakers who presented their Gawlik Award submissions;
  • And each and every parent, student, friend, staff member, and community member who made this evening possible.

The Gala, of course, signals that Commencement is right around the corner, followed swiftly by the end of our fiscal year on June 30th. If you have not made a gift this year in support of the Annual Fund, please take a moment to do so; every dollar is an investment in the students who are the heart and soul of Burr and Burton — from graduating seniors to incoming freshmen and the generations who will come after them.

Make a gift:

Online
www.burrburton.org/giving

By phone
802-549-8277

By mail
Advancement Office
Burr and Burton Academy
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O. Box 498

Manchester, VT 05254

Thank you all for being part of BBA, and congratulations to the class of 2019!


Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


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2019 Commencement Information Brochure HERE.

Summer Homework for (Class of 2020) Rising Seniors

  • Request college recommendations from teachers before summer vacation – use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form (available in the School and College Counseling Office).
  • Visit college campuses and enter your observations in your Naviance journal. Update your online Naviance resume (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton).
  • Complete all summer work required for your fall classes –Information and summer reading assignments available online.
  • Draft a sample college essay – Rising seniors received the essay topics for the Common Application in an all-class meeting; copies are available in the School and College Counseling office and are currently posted on the Common Application website (commonapp.org). The 2019-20  Common Application will be available August 1.
  • Work on Service Learning projects.
  • Learn something new through work, summer programs or self-study.
  • Set a personal goal and achieve it; think about how you want to challenge yourself in your senior year. Register for the September 14 ACT at actstudent.org by August 16. There will be another opportunity to take the ACT on October 26 (Deadline to register is September 20.) Register for the August 24 SAT (by 7/26) or October 5 SAT (by 9/6) SAT at  www.collegeboard.org.
  • Attend an Application Seminar & Workshop for all College-Bound Seniors in August

SENIOR COLLEGE ADMISSION SEMINAR & WORKSHOP:

Wednesday, August 14, 2:30 pm – 5 pm
 or Tuesday, August 20, 11 am – 1:30 pm
Information on the college admission process and preliminary work on college applications.  Come to one (or both!) sessions to work with your counselor and fill out your college applications before the busy fall semester begins.

Summer SAT Prep Course Offerings

  • Beginning July 8 and running through July 12 from 9 am to 3 pm Maple Street School will host an SAT Prep Workshop. Cost is $425 (including book.) Contact Joy Stewart, jstewart@maplestreetschool.com

2019 Summer Homework
Students need to budget time over the summer for any required academic work. Some Honors and AP classes have summer work. Assignments will be posted on the Burr and Burton website HERE  and available in hard copy in the School and College Counseling Office.

Attention Class of 2021

All rising juniors must report to school on Wednesday, August 21, from 8 am – 12:30 pm, for the Junior Jumpstart Program.
Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school! Students will be introduced to career and college information, standardized testing options, and more. They’ll also meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors.

Summer contact information for School and College Counseling Office
All of the counselors have limited office hours throughout the summer and will periodically check and respond to email. We are also available to meet with students and parents by appointment. Please keep in touch with your questions and updates.

Rising sophomores and juniors have shifted counselors from Cory Herrington or Jason Pergament to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud, Cristin Rose, Kristen Kimball or Maria Bittinger. School and College Counselor assignments will again be noted in the end-of-the-year mailing.

Senior Plans
Members of the Class of 2019 recently completed surveys about their various plans for life after Burr and Burton. We will automatically send final transcripts for seniors who indicated enrolling in a college. (There is no need for a special request or form!) Students who later change their enrollment decision should let us know so we can follow up appropriately.

We wish graduates good luck in their ventures. Please know that we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll miss you!

Vermont State Police Explorer Program
The Vermont State Police Explorer Program is looking to recruit dedicated Explorers! The Explorer program is open to all Southern Vermont High School students that are 14 years or older, are in good standing at school and interested in a career in Law Enforcement.  Meetings are held twice a month, normally on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. For additional information about this program contact Detective Trooper Lauren Ronan,at 802-793-5720 or email Lauren.Ronan@vermont.gov

From the 9th grade corner
It’s hard to believe that the 9th-grade year is almost over.  Members of the class of 2022 have been assigned their new School and College Counselor.  This counselor will work with them for the next three years. Schedules for the 19-20 school year have been released and any scheduling questions should be directed to a student’s new counselor.  It’s important that all library books to be returned prior to the summer break. A few Sophomore classes require some summer work. Most students have been notified if a class they are scheduled to take has a summer assignment.  However, if a student has a question about summer assignments they should email the teacher of the class in question. It has been a pleasure working with the class of 2022 and I look forward to watching and supporting their continued growth and success as they move forward in their academic careers here on the hill.  

Upcoming Events:
Final Exams – Monday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 5.

Graduation – Friday, June 7

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department

We are wrapping up the Spring Sports season with many of our teams headed to the State Tournament.

Baseball
Wednesday, May 29 at 4:30 pm v. BFA St. Albans @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: Saturday, June 8

Boys Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 28 at 4 pm v. Colchester @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: Saturday, June 8

Girls Tennis
Wednesday, May 29 at 3 pm v. Otter Valley @Home Quarterfinals
Semifinals: Friday, May 31
State Championship: TBA

Ultimate
Wednesday, May 29 at 4:30pm v. Middlebury @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: TBD

Girls Lacrosse
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: Saturday, June 8

Track
Saturday, June 1 @ South Burlington State Championships

INVESTMENT SEASON is coming!
Athletes who want to excel see the off season as a time to invest in themselves. Because they ask so much of their bodies during the sports season, wise athletes use the summer to invest in themselves by building up stores of resilience through rest and relaxation, building up their health through great nutrition, and building their fitness through a well designed fitness program.

With that in mind, several of our coaches have arranged their summer schedules to make our Fitness Center more accessible. Please check student emails for an updated summer fitness schedule. Incoming 9th graders and transfer students are welcome with a signed copy of this form.

Important Fall Sports Information

  • August 11 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5:00 in the cafeteria.
  • August 12- Football practice begins
  • August 14- Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6:00 in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Following the keynote, Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.
  • August 15 Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Tom McCoy – tmccoy@burrburton.org
Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears – suzannemears7@gmail.com
Boys Soccer: Peter Mull – pmull@burrburton.org
Field Hockey: Barb Miceli – bmiceli@burrburton.org
X-Country: Tom Klein – tklein@burrburton.org
Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry – jmowry@burrburton.org
Boys Golf: Paul Kelly – pkelly@burrburton.org
Girls Golf: Cheri Blondin – cblondin@burrburton.org

Burr and Burton requires all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated Well Exam on file with the BBA Health Office. For the Fall Sports Season, Well Exams must have been completed after November 5th 2017. Completed Well Exams can be emailed to dmiceli@burrburton.org or mailed/dropped off at the office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one so please plan ahead. All of the other necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms and the Well Exam must be submitted prior to Friday August 9th.

Returning Burr and Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

Mark your calendars: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2019 – September 20th and 21st.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

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CPR Training Offered to all BBA Seniors and Faculty

On Thursday, May 23 CPR training was offered to all BBA seniors and faculty with the goal of having all members of the class be certified before graduation – this is a skill to save a life in an emergency situation. 
This training was organized by BBA sophomore Finula Cree’21 and BBA Math teacher Matt Kujovsky. The Londonderry Rescue also assisted.
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Burr and Burton Summer Camps

Some spots still available!
Register for camps today!

From the Library

Summer reading is the focus of this month’s library newsletter.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
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Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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May 2019

Calendar

3  SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
3  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
4  SAT Testing: 8 am – 2 pm, Smith 3rd floor
6  AP Exams begin
8-11 All State Music Festival Montpelier
10 Founders Day: 12:30 – 2 pm, Birchbrook
10 Prom: 7:30 – 10:30 pm, Kimpton Taconic Hotel
13 AP Exams continue
14 – 18 BBA Spring Musical, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
19  International Student Farewell Party: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Rowland Center
22 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, BBA Mountain Campus, Peru
23 Mountain Campus Final Overnight
24 Parent Association Spring Fundraising Gala: 5:30 – 11 pm, Taconic Hotel
27 Memorial Day – No School
28 Senior Bell Ringing: 2:10 – 2:40 pm
29 Senior Exams
30 Senior Exams
30 Science/Arts Expo: 5 – 6:30 pm

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

With the coming of May, we enter the Homestretch of the school year. This edition of The Bullhorn is very important as it will inform you about the many events leading up to the biggest event of all: Commencement and our celebration of the fabulous Class of 2019.

Along with awarding 206 diplomas, we will have the distinct honor of hearing from Vermont’s Secretary of Education Daniel M. French, who is a proud BBA parent. Dr. French served as the Superintendent for the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union from 2007-2016, during which he was named Vermont Superintendent of the Year and served as President of the Vermont Superintendents Association.  In 2014, he was named to the technical work group that helped design President Obama’s National Connected Superintendent’s Summit, and in 2016 he was the recipient of the “Making IT Happen” state educational technology award. Dr. French is a veteran of the United States Army and an honors graduate of the Defense Language Institute where he qualified as a Korean linguist in military intelligence and served in the Republic of Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division which was responsible for the security of the DMZ. Dr. French will bring a wise perspective based on a lifetime of service to his country and his community.

Let’s enjoy these last weeks together by staying abreast of the whirlwind of activities and savoring each fleeting moment. This is a very happy time of year.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

May is a busy month. At this point in the year, I often hear from students that they are “being pulled in many directions” and sometimes feel they are letting someone down when commitments collide. At next Monday’s assembly I will remind students that this is the time to carefully read email so they are up to date on all events and details, and to make lists and keep track of commitments and responsibilities. I will encourage students to communicate when they are feeling overwhelmed and to remember that the adults at BBA are on their side – ready and willing to support them.

Gradebooks Open to Parents:
From May 6th through May 10th, we will open student gradebooks in BBA’s OnCampus portal so parents can get a comprehensive view of student progress. Please take a few minutes to review course progress and encourage your student to take advantage of supports available in order to improve performance and understanding prior to exams. Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

Prom 2019:
Prom is Friday night May 10th at the Taconic Hotel. I hope the weather cooperates and the evening is a great success! I hope that students respect the effort that went into planning the event and that they thank the chaperones for giving their evening to ensure a safe and festive atmosphere. My final hope for the evening is that students make safe decisions and are substance free. Tragedies involving drinking and partying culture can happen at any time – at any high school – in any town. Prom season is a good time to pause and remember how quickly decisions can turn tragic. Please have conversations with your student about your expectations for prom night.

Vermont Science Assessment for Juniors — May 16th:
On May 16th, all Juniors will complete the Vermont Science Assessment (VTSA). Testing will take place in a classroom setting. We are currently developing a special schedule for the day that will be shared with students. Students will take the assessment on a secure browser on an approved technology device. We will be working with juniors to ensure their iPads and laptops are correctly configured.  

Sophomore Service Day — May 16th:
Sophomores will Take to the Streets to provide a day of service to our community. Sophomores will not attend classes on May 16th. All Sophomores will report to the gym at the start of the day and then head out to complete service projects. Students will return to campus for dismissal.

The May Bullhorn is chock full of important information and updates related to the last six weeks of the school year. Please review the calendar so that you are aware of the many exciting and engaging events happening this month. I encourage you to take advantage of the rich opportunities available to connect as a community and to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.

Sincerely,

Associate Head of School

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2019 AP Exam Schedule HERE

 



Spring has come to BBA’s Mountain Campus. After a great BBA Earth Day on the mountain, we are excited to announce three offerings—two of them brand new—in the coming months.

1) Mountain Campus Info Night: Thursday, May 16th, 6 – 7:30 pm. This is an evening for perspective students, families, and anyone in the Southern Vermont area to see the campus and hear from faculty about the BBA semester program. (Most of our campus events are focused—appropriately—on our current semester students. MC Info Night is not.) The evening is to tour our 100-acre campus, including our main building and cabin, to meet faculty and the MC curriculum, to ask all your questions about the semester.

2) Teacher Camp: This is our first program for adults, and we chose to intersect the place we know with a population who admire: teachers. This summer course is designed for teachers who want to gain experience hiking and camping, so they can feel equipped to plan and run trips for students, or who want to explore how various curricula can be merged with and deepened by outdoor experiences. This outing duplicates a student trip we run every semester; our Watershed Trip caps our opening unit in which we settle new students into this place, through field science, naturalist observation, literature about place, journaling and drawing.

See the Mountain Campus Teacher Camp website for details. Teacher Camp

And if you are reading this as a non-teacher/adult who wants to participate, let’s talk. (Contact Andy Dahlstrom, MC Director, at adahlstrom@burrburton.org, or 802-824-4846.)

3) Final Presentations: The Mountain Campus invites the extended BBA community to the spring semester students’ Change Agency Project Presentations on Wednesday, May 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Our students will share their work on creating positive change in a surrounding community. Public speeches and readings, poster presentations, and art will be part of this demonstration of learning.

For BBA students and families interested in a semester at the Mountain Campus, this is a great way to witness how students experience education in this setting. The event will be held at the Mountain Campus, at 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd., Peru, VT. 05152.

 


From the Advancement Office

Celebrating our independence together

Americans have a long tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism dating back to this country’s earliest days. Right from the beginning there was a desire to solve problems locally, with people joining together in groups and associations. That may have stemmed from a fear of kings and tyranny, and a mistrust of government and bureaucracy which many at the time viewed as unresponsive, cumbersome, and even corrupt. Fast forward to 2019 to a vast array of nonprofits and charities across the U.S., focusing on a range of problems and issues with a goal of improving our society and our world.

The community supporting Burr and Burton Academy is a shining example of philanthropy and volunteerism at work. We offer our 767 students extraordinary opportunities in academics, the arts, and athletics because of people like you. Page through our Annual Appreciation Report and you will see the names of thousands of parents, alumni, trustees, friends, businesses, and foundations contributing their time, talent, and treasure, over the past year to Burr and Burton’s educational mission. If you are one of those people, thank you. If not, we invite you to join other parents in support of the Annual Fund before June 30.

There is no irony that it has taken many hands to keep Burr and Burton independent and serving this community since its founding in 1829. It’s a tradition that we can be proud of, and with your support, we continue to move onward and forward, helping young people work towards a brighter future. To give online click HERE.

Sincerely,

Rich Thompson-Tucker
Associate Director of Advancement

 


From the BBA Parent Association

 


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Standardized Testing Registration
Juniors should have already taken an SAT or ACT test; if not juniors should sign up by May 3 to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 1; or sign up by May 3 to take the ACT on June 8. The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT in September and the SAT on August 24 (Deadline to sign up, July 26.) Information is available at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.

Visit, Visit, Visit
Juniors should make plans to visit some college campuses in the upcoming months. College visits are legitimate absences for juniors but they need to let their counselor and their teachers know their visit plans in advance. Students are responsible for all work they miss. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance in setting up tours, information sessions, and interviews.

Advanced Placement Exams
This year’s AP exams run from May 6th – May 17th. Further information can be found on the front page of the school website (www.burrburton.org). Please note that all Advanced Placement students taking morning exams are released from school at the conclusion of the exam. Students taking exams that begin in the afternoon are expected to attend the first two morning classes, but have FlexBlock time for lunch and exam preparation.

Reminder: To-Do List for Juniors
Counselors have met with juniors to discuss their senior year and post-graduate plans. As a follow up we suggest these activities:

  • Research colleges and careers.
  • Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and career opportunities. Share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again.
  • Update your Naviance Resume.
  • Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.

2019 Graduation Countdown
Seniors should have received a graduation mailing over April Break.  This includes the Burr and Burton Senior Events and Commencement Information Brochure which contains everything families need to know to prepare for the big event on Friday, June 7, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website front page under Forms/Documents.

2019-20 Student Class Schedules
Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2019-20 class schedules prior to summer break.  Currently, teacher assignments are pending and details are being defined on the master schedule. An email announcement will be sent to students when the schedules are published in OnCampus.

From the 9th grade corner
The month of May will be a busy and important month for the class of 2022.  Many teachers will begin final projects. There are also a number of upcoming events that will highlight student work.  These events are listed below and are worth checking out even if your child isn’t directly involved in them.

Upcoming Events:
Spring Musical: Tuesday, May 14 – Saturday, May 18
Science/Arts Expo: Thursday, May 30
Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 27

Scholarships
Forms for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form that is specific to Scholarships and can be found in the SCC Office.

Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care. Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 15

The Dennis Butchko Memorial Award and The Frank Spencer Achievement Award of the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley Fund
Eligibility: Senior from Dover, Halifax, Jamaica, Marlboro, Readsboro, Searsburg, Stratton, Wardsboro, Whitingham, Wilmington. Award based on character, community service, potential, effort, Financial need. Award: $1,000 Deadline: May 15

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student intending to pursue a career related to golf and/or agronomy as related to golf. (Agronomy encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology and soil science.) Award: not specified; Deadline: June 1.

Loans

The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund
Eligibility: Senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required. Interest-free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee). Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.

Olin Scott Fund, Inc.
Eligibility: senior, 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at University or College, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department

May is always an exciting month for Spring Sports. We get more sun than rain and there are many opportunities to catch a competition every day. We hope to see you on the sidelines.

Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

Tennis
May 26 – May 27: Boys/Girls Individuals
May 28 – June 7, 8: Team State Championships                 

Softball/Baseball/Lacrosse/Ultimate
May 27: Pairings
May 28/29: Play downs
May 31/June 1: Quarter-finals
June 3/4: Semi-finals
June 6-8: Finals

Track and Field
June 1: Finals

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

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From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Performing Arts Department presents The All Night Strut!, originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas on May 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy.  

The All Night Strut!, invites you “to get on board” as its rich musical journey transports you back to a bygone era.  Experience the music of the Depression, World War II and the post-war boom of the 1930s and ’40s as 9 incredible singers and 14 fantastic dancers recreate the rollicking rhythm, rhyme and rich harmonies of jazz, bebop, blues, and uniquely American Songs.  Songs such as In The Mood, Juke Box Saturday Night, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and more by such legendary composers as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins are sure to transport you back in time to when music defined, healed and inspired a nation.

The company includes Miles Allen, Isabelle Desroche, Anna Freebern, Val Giesey, Zoe Grigsby, Julia Lund, Annabelle Mackson, Matt Scott, August Stauffer, Julia Barclay, Evangeline Bulick, Mylee Downey, Ryan Frank, Rachel Hemmer, Ariah Holliman, Jillian Ihasz, Sophie Jager, Aidan Kennedy, Julia Lorenzoni, Sabayo Matiku, Melissa Nolan, Emily Samuelson, Hannah Samuelson, band members Leah Allen, Graham Bowen, Jesse Dykes, Evan Hosley, Dani MacKenzie, Stephen Mathyas, Hayden Myers, Amos Smithwick, Alison Tietelbaum, stage managers Lily Craig, Katlyn Hemmer, Cece Kersten Claire Paxson, Brendan Van Ommen Kloeke and student director Olivia Saunders.

Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18 and $12 for the general public. Please order tickets online at bbatickets.com. Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. Box office opens one hour prior to show time. 

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Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance to the Vermont All State Music Festival May 9th-11th in Montpellier: Band Will Addington, Orchestra Iren Hangen-Vazquez, Chorus Zoe Grigsby, Angela Caggiano, Sabayo Matiku & Jack Fiocco. A special shout-out to Hayden Myers for receiving an Honorable Mention in the Piano Scholarship Performance category and to Amos Smithwick for Jazz Guitar Alternate. 

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Burr and Burton Summer Camps

Start planning for summer!
Register for camps today!

Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

As the year winds down, don’t forget to order the 2019 BBA yearbook, The Burtonian. To order, you can go to Jostens.com to make your purchase. These books are in limited supply, so it’s important to reserve yours today. The Burtonian will be available for pick-up for Seniors at the Senior Breakfast on May 24th, and the rest of the student body later that day.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

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From the Library

Stay tuned for exciting summer reading information coming soon from the library. In the meantime the 2019 season of AudioSync has begun. This is a great program that offers 14 weeks of FREE audiobooks targeted to teens. Each week there are two offerings that can be downloaded and kept for free. This week has Swing by Kwame Alexander and Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones. Swing is a contender for our Summer Reading list, so this is a great opportunity to acquire the audiobook. More information about the program as well as directions to sign up for email or text notifications can be found here.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Colonial Toyota
Express Copy
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
Same Sun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Country Store
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley Pro Shop
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation
Baierlein Landscaping
Big Branch Landscaping
Caren McVickers Powerweek Workshop
Celebration Rentals
Decorative Interiors
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy-Northshire
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Reluctant Panther
 
Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Kaizen Gala, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.

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April 2019

Calendar

3  Spring College Night for Juniors, Sophomores and Their Parents: 7 – 9 pm, Riley Center
3  April Blood Drive: 7 am – 3:30 pm, Gym
5  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
5  SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
10 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 4 – 5 pm
11 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 8 am – 2 pm
12 Spring Break begins – school resumes April 22
13 ACT at BBA: 7:30 am  – 1:30 pm, Smith Center
22 Earth Day 5K: 2:35 – 4:35 pm, Begin Sophomore lot
25 Does it Spark Joy?: 6 – 8 pm, Riley Center
26 Grandparents and Special Friends Day
26 Cabaret and Dinner to Benefit the Student Success Program: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Student Center
29 Mountain Campus Green Mountain Expedition and Solos begin

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

In 1829, Joseph Burr founded Burr Seminary with a bequest of $10,000, which was a huge sum back then (and it is not exactly chump change today). In 1855, Josiah Burton added to the funding so girls could join in the mix, and the school became Burr and Burton Seminary. Most recently, Wendy and Barry Rowland gave $20 million to transform our campus yet again, and many other donors have given gifts large and small throughout our history. My point? This school has always relied on the generosity of private donors in order to thrive.

Today, April 1, we bid goodbye to Cynthia Gubb, who is retiring after 13 years as Director of Advancement. Suffice to say it is not an easy job being on the front line of fundraising, but without generous donors and effective fundraisers, this school would be quite ordinary.

So, if you find a moment, please give thanks to Cynthia Gubb for her hard work and accomplishments, which are reflected in the opportunities that abound throughout this school.

And, one more thing: we are two months from commencement. How exciting is that?!

Happy spring.

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families,

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the second semester.  Progress Reports will be released this afternoon in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal. These reports are designed to give an accurate picture of each student’s academic performance to date. All students will receive their current course grade and a personal comment for each course (semester and year long).  All midterm exam/assessment grades will be noted in the course comment. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please talk with your son/daughter and reach out to teachers for clarification and support.

SBAC Testing April 3rd and 4th for Freshman:

As a reminder, all BBA Freshmen will be taking SBAC tests on April 3rd and 4th. Freshmen will be divided into two groups. Group 1 will take English/Language Arts (ELA) on Wednesday and Math on Thursday; Group 2 will take Math on Wednesday and ELA on Thursday. Students were notified of their group/testing location and key information related to the SBAC test during advisory meetings and at assembly. Please remind students that they need to come prepared with their school issued iPad or a personal device (fully charged) and have reviewed and acted on the technology preparation protocols which were also shared in advisory meetings. Students should report to testing locations after Flex/Lunch on April 3rd and 4th. Parents of 9th graders should review the memo sent to families via email on March 20th. Please reach out if you have questions.

School Calendar Updates:

As a reminder, Burr and Burton is closed April 12-19 for our spring break. Students should note the minor adjustments to next week’s daily schedule.

Next year’s academic calendar is available in the OnCampus portal and you can click the link below to print a copy.

2019-2020 Academic Calendar

Thank you,

Associate Head of School

 


From the Advancement Office

We’re LIVE! Online Auction is up and running.

https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

Our Online Auction went live yesterday, March 31, 2019, launching the start to our spring Parent Association fundraising gala, Kaizen, Cultivating Change for Good. The Online Auction will run through April 9 closing at 8:00 PM. It will end a few days before spring break so make sure you bid before you leave town or better yet, you can also bid on your mobile device! We’ve made it very easy to get involved.

We have lots of great items featuring useful services and fun things to do with the family, jewelry by local designers, beauty products, dining packages, food items, gift baskets galore, gift certificates to area merchants, hanging flower baskets and much, much more, over 170 items!

Our sincere thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends for donating such an amazing array of items to the auction. We encourage you to register, browse and bid – help support this important fundraiser for Burr and Burton! It’s easy and lots of fun! Encourage your friends and family to join in the excitement. Share the link with anyone and everyone. The entire list of Online Auction items has a broad appeal….there truly is something for everyone!

Here’s the link so sign up and start bidding if you haven’t already!

https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

A special thank you to the Online Auction Committee led by Ursula Knowles and Pauline de Laszlo, with help from Sam Baker, Jane DaPron, Darla Buffa, Oona Cree, MaryBeth Hathaway, Carrie Mathews, Laura Grapshi, Julie Ring, Kate Townshend, Carolyn Crabtree, Marlene Lederman Allen and others on the Gala Committee who helped solicit or donated items. Additional thanks to Nancy Brown and Margot Page for their help in soliciting items, and to Pauline de Laszlo who has written descriptions for and uploaded photos of the 170 plus items onto the web site – a herculean task at best!

Invitations for the Gala event at Taconic on May 24, 2019, will be mailed out in April. We hope you’ve put the date on your calendar. If you want to reserve tickets or a table, please contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.

Still Time to Make a Gift to the Annual Fund

We count on our parents to help support the needs of the school – if you haven’t yet made a gift, please consider a gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more. It’s not the amount but the participation that’s important. Burr and Burton Academy isn’t the beneficiary of your gift, YOUR student is! Make an investment in your student’s future, today and BE COUNTED!

For those of you who have already made a gift, we sincerely thank you. We are deeply appreciative of your financial support and volunteer time.

And sadly, a fond farewell……

This is the final Bullhorn I will write as my last day at Burr and Burton is April 1st. And no, that’s not joke, I am retiring after 13 years in this position. This has been in the works for about a year so it is not a surprise.

It is a bittersweet experience as I feel very proud of what I have contributed to this organization over the years. There has been a lot change in my time here, and I know that our collective fundraising efforts have created many new opportunities for our students, funded new buildings, initiated innovative programs, provided facilities upgrades, and secured Burr and Burton Academy’s future by growing our endowment.

I have enjoyed working with so many parents over the years and I thank you, each and every one of you, past and present for your generosity to this amazing institution whether through your financial support, volunteer efforts, moral support or friendship. I know my successor will have your continued support and I can leave knowing Burr and Burton is in good hands, is in a strong financial position and poised for success for 2019 and beyond.

So much has happened in my time here, and there are many exciting things in store for Burr and Burton as we move forward with The Rowland Project and more. Please know that my heart will always belong to Burr and Burton and the young people who have benefitted from the work that we do here as a team. That includes our faculty and coaches on the front line, the staff behind the scenes making everything work day to day, the Board of Trustees that govern and guide us, and our administration that leads us. As I always say, we are here for one reason, to help your student find a successful and enlightened pathway through high school and beyond.

With fond affection,

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

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Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Invitations for Grandparents and Special Friends Day are out in the mail and if you want to make sure your student’s grandparents or special friends receive one, please contact Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at nbrown@burrburton.org, or call her at 802-549-8110. We are missing a lot of addresses for grandparents. The date for this event is Friday, April 26 and it will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Grandparents and Special Friends will participate in a series of presentations in the Riley Center, then meet up with their grandchildren afterwards for lunch at 12:45 PM.

 


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BBA College Programs – Spring College Night
On Wednesday, April 3, at 7 pm in the Riley Center, the Burr and Burton School and College Counseling Office will host the Annual Spring College Night when college admission representatives come to BBA to share their expertise with our community. Tony Cabasco (Bennington College and BBA parent), Ali Duke (Dartmouth College and BBA ’13) and Jay LaShombe (University of Vermont) will begin the evening program with a panel presentation followed by breakout workshops on College Essay Writing, the Holistic Admission Process, and All about UVM.   Additional workshops will be offered on Dual Enrollment and Community College Opportunities by Jeannie Jenkins, Coordinator of Academic Services at CCV, and on Financial Aid by Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University.

The program’s intended audience is sophomores, juniors and their parents. The public is also invited. For questions, please contact Lynne Welsh at 802-549-8242 or lwelsh@burrburton.org.

Mock Interviews for Juniors
BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place on Wednesday, April 10. Juniors will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills while meeting one-on-one with visiting college admission counselors. Students will receive direct feedback from the admission professionals. Interested juniors should see Lynne Welsh to sign up. Space is limited.

College Fair
Castleton University will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 10, from 9 – 11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of Northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. BBA will not be sponsoring a bus to this event, but parents may want to attend with their student. For more information, contact the student’s School and College Counselor.

College Planning To-Do List for Juniors
The School and College Counselors have been meeting with juniors this spring. Please ask your student to check their prospective college list and journal entries on Naviance (under the ‘Resource’ tab on OnCampus).

Additional activities:

  • Sign up for SAT or ACT (see below)
  • Research colleges — use Naviance surveys, read guidebooks and viewbooks, explore college websites
  • Visit colleges (during April break or take an excused absence on another day).
  • Make journal notes in Naviance.  Keep track of what you learn about colleges and share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again, and stay in regular communication so we can assist you.
  • Attend relevant programs like the Burr and Burton Spring College Night on Wednesday, April 3rd.
  • Update your resume in Naviance!
  • If planning on Division I or II athletics have a transcript check for NCAA eligibility.

SAT and ACT Tests:
College-bound juniors should register online to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. Income eligible students should request a fee waiver from their counselor. Please be aware that the June testing dates may conflict with post-season athletic contests. No standardized tests are available during the summer months.

To register for SAT and SAT Subject tests, students create an account at www.collegeboard.org. Please note that the number of colleges using SAT Subject Tests has declined;  students will want to consider if these tests are really necessary for them to take as part of their individual college admission process.

Test Dates, Deadlines and How to Register:

SAT

Saturday, May 4, SAT or Subject Tests administered at BBA, register by April 5 at www.collegeboard.org.

Saturday, June 1, SAT or Subject Tests (not administered at BBA), register by May 3 at www.collegeboard.org.

ACT

Saturday, June 8 (not at BBA), register by May 3 at www.actstudent.org.

Sign up for ACT with writing.

Free Test Prep:

www.khanacademy.org — link your psat scores from your collegeboard.org account to create a personalized testing plan. https://academy.act.org/

Off-Campus Study
Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2019-2020 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester. The form can be picked up from Mr. Knutson in the counseling office.

Graduation Information for Senior Families
Be on the lookout for information and key dates related to commencement and other year-end activities and events. The mailing should arrive by the end of April and information will also be posted on the BBA website.

Senior College Notifications
May 1 is the National Candidates’ Reply Date. Seniors should be sure to send in their deposit to the ONE college of their choice by May 1 in order to hold their place. Families who have not received financial aid packages may want to request an extension for the deposit but all students should communicate with their college by May 1. At the same time, seniors should notify other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere.

Financial Aid Packages
Families of seniors who are receiving financial aid award letters may find the different presentations to be confusing. Use the Award Letter Comparison Tool available on the Pay for College page at www.vsac.org to better understand what different colleges are offering. The friendly folks at VSAC are available to answer questions about loans and other parts of the financial aid process; feel free to contact them at 1-800-642-3177. In addition, retired college financial aid director and BBA volunteer Carol Brosseau is available to meet with families to help them understand their financial aid packages. If you would like to meet with Carol, please email her at cbrossea@gmu.ed.

Summer Opportunity for Rising Senior Boys and Girls interested in Vermont State Government:

American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls’ State
High School girls who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply to become an ALAGMGS delegate.  Delegates spend 6 days learning how to participate in the Functioning of Vermont’s local and state government. The 2019 Session of Girls State will be held on the Randolph Center Campus of Vermont Technical College from June 15 to June 20. Applications are in the School and College Counseling Office and must be submitted by April 2. Or look online: https://www.vtalauxiliary.org/girls-state.html

American Legion Green Mountain Boys’ State
High School boys who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply for GMBS. Delegates form a working model of town and state government and learn about issues facing our state.  This program will be held from June 16 through June 21 on the campus of Lyndon State College. Applications are available at http://vtlegion.org/boys_state.cfm and in the School and College Counseling Office. Deadline is May 10. Speak to your counselor if interested.

From the 9th grade corner
It’s amazing to think that we are now three quarters of the way through the school year. All 9th graders were invited to a number of four-year academic planning sessions and have had a brief introduction to Naviance. For those of you are that are new to Naviance, it is a powerful online platform that allows our students to investigate their interests, academic strengths, potential careers, and postsecondary options.  I’m happy to follow up with any student regarding their draft four-year academic plan. As the weather gets warm and the yearning for summer hits, it will be important for all of our 9th graders to continue to use Flex time wisely and seek additional academic support before or after school.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 12 – Friday, April 19th – April Break

Scholarships 2019  

Forms for some of scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidentiality of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships.  Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date so Mrs. Welsh can put together the needed BBA documents for timely mailing/submitting. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

Daniel Maneely Engineering Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior accepted into an engineering technology field at an accredited school. Award based on academics, extracurricular activities, community service and an essay.
Award: $5,000; Deadline: April 20

The Reverend Robert L. Clayton Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating Senior, academic record, goals, school and community involvement, financial need.
Award: $4,000 for four years; Deadline: April 11
Note: This is a lengthy application requiring three years of tax records. Don’t wait until the last minute complete this one!

Stratton Foundation Todd Richter Endowment- Moving Mountains Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation, Family qualifies for Free and Reduced Lunch program ro benefits from a school-provided scholarship or financial support at any time during academics, academic achievement, accepted to college as full time student.
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 12 to Mrs. Welsh

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 11 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.

Sons of the American Legion Dennis Comai Scholarship
Eligibility: any student planning to attend trade school or technical college with a grandparent or parent, or step-grandparent or step-parent, who is a member of the American Legion Family.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: April 15

Ed Sossi Memorial Scholarship Award
Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)
Eligibility: a high school senior. Applicants must apply and be accepted to a trade or technical school and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants agree to participate in a personal interview. During this interview they should be able to discuss their high school academic experiences, career goals and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.
Award: $1,000; Deadline April 24

Ted and Adeline Lenczowski Memorial Scholarship
Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)
Eligibility: must be a registered member of Christ our Savior Parish, Manchester. Attending college in fall of 2015, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. There will be a personal interview. Academics and Service important.
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 24

Manchester Masons of VT Scholarship
Eligibility: senior planning to enroll in college or Vocational/Technical School who lives in Manchester, Dorset, or Sunderland; OR has Masonic affiliation through a parent or grandparent; award based on leadership, community service and extracurricular activities and financial need.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 25

Wantastiquet Rotary Scholarship
Eligibility: any BBA graduating Senior. Desire to continue education through 2 or 4 year college or vocational course of study. Academic potential, school and community involvement, financial need.
Award: $1,000; Deadline, April 28

The Garden Club of Manchester
Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education at college, technical or vocational School 2- or 4-year.Must be studying in fields related to horticulture, landscape design and environmental Studies, agribusiness or other related fields.
Award $1,500; Deadline, April 30

Danby-Mt. Tabor Eastern Star Scholarship, “Katherine” Chapter #83
Eligibility: graduating seniors living in Danby or Mt. Tabor. Accepted to post-secondary college, technical or vocational school. Based on extracurricular activities and community service.
Award: $500, Deadline: May 1

Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.)
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship
Deadline: by midnight May 1
Application online at www.phillips-scholarship.org

BBA Diversity Scholarship
Eligibility: a senior who truly embraces diversity. Essay required.
Award: undisclosed; Deadline, April 30

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship
Eligibility: must be planning to major or double major in studio art.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1

Dorset Sportsman’s Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating seniors who lives in Dorset or East Dorset accepted into post secondary education including 2- and 4-year colleges, technical and vocational schools. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: May 1

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000 for 4 years; Deadline: May 1

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: High School graduate, has to have a connection to and plan to pursue a career in the golf profession including agronomy (golf course design and care).
Award: not specified; Deadline, June 1

LOANS

The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund
Eligibility: Senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required. Interest free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee). Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.

Olin Scott Fund, Inc. Eligibility: 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at university or college, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department

On April 26th our Ultimate team will play its first official Varsity match. Coach Tom Von Allmen has been sharing his love of Ultimate since he started teaching at BBA. Through several years of club status it has grown in popularity. We are excited to add another athletic option for our students. They will have their first home match on May 1 at 4 pm.

Spring Head Coaches:

Softball – Nikki Dexter: n.dexter@manchester-vt.gov

Boys Lacrosse –  Tom Grabher: coachgrabher@gmail.com

Track & Field – Caleb Wiley: cwiley@brsu.org

Girls Lacrosse – Jamie Blake: jblake@burrburton.org

Baseball – Ed Lewicki: elewicki1114@hotmail.com

Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw: benninggroup1@gmail.com

Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus: pmcnealus@burrburton.org

Ultimate – Tom Von Allmen: tvonallmen@burrburton.org

Unified Basketball – Don Benasich: donbenasich@gmail.com

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

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From the Creative Arts Department

Nineteen singers will be representing Burr and Burton Academy in the All National Honors Chorus Festival under the direction of Dr. Eph Ehly, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall, Sunday April 7, 2019. Congratulations to Zoe Grigsby, Annabelle Mackson, Finuala Cree, Karson Barclay, Olivia Murphy-Major, Grace Yurko, Zoe Meyer, Leah Mowry, Teri Salmon, Angela Caggiano, Alea Myers, Anna Freebern, Kaia Hansen, Jessop Burrow, Jason Caggiano, August Stauffer, Miles Allen, Matthew Scott and Jack Fiocco for this very prestigious honor.  

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SIX DEGREES

Students from Burr and Burton Academy will join the professional a cappella group Counterpoint to perform the world premiere of Six Degrees on Thursday April 25, 6 pm, at the First Congregational Church, Manchester.  Tickets are available in advance at Northshire Bookstore for $10 and at the door on the day of performance for $15 (students $5 with ID). Through music, narration, and video, Six Degrees is comprised of three musical sections. The first incorporates indigenous and contemporary folk music from all six inhabited continents and relates to specific cultural, social and environmental issues linked to the natural elements of earth, air, fire and water. The middle section climaxes with the depiction of a catastrophic warming of six degrees C, followed by an optimistic musical presentation of “turning the world around”: mitigating global warming through green technology, energy efficiency, renewables, and sustainability. The work concludes with a joyous medley of world music celebrating humanity in balance with nature, in which the performers and audience are encouraged to care for the earth.  For more information about Six Degrees, go to www.counterpointchorus.org, call (802) 540-1784 or email contact@counterpointchorus.org

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From the Dene Farm Program


The Dene Farm Program has been full of excitement the last couple of months. We have had our Food, Farm, and Systems Thinking class working hard, planting and harvesting microgreens during all winter. Now they are preparing to finally get back outside to planting our longer season crops like potatoes, brussel sprouts and onions. The Dene Farm Program has also recently welcomed a new student intern, Ryan Towsley, who has taken multiple classes at the Dene Farm. Make sure to consider out course offerings, Ethnobotany, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food, Farm, and Systems Thinking when filling out course selections for next year. Having a class at the Dene Farm Program will be even more exciting next year with our brand new classroom that is almost finished. As the 2018-2019 school year ends think about joining the Dene Farm Program this summer by working with our summer crew. Make sure to check out our website for weekly blog posts and follow us on instagram @denefarm to see the Dene Farm Program in action!

By: Brianna Mayne
Student Intern, class of 2019

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From the BBA Parent Association and Environmental Club

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Burr and Burton Summer Camps

Let’s forget about winter and start planning for summer!
Register for camps today!

From the Health Center

With the recent, and tragic suicides surrounding the Parkland and Sandy-hook communities, it’s once again, difficult to ignore the topic of mental health . The three individuals who recently died by suicide in those communities had experienced  inconceivable loss and trauma, however no community is immune to suicide, and certainly no family is exempt from mental health struggles. Please take a moment to read through this article highlighting how to talk to your children (whatever the age) about suicide. There is also an 8 minutes video that might be helpful for those sending their precious children into the larger world just a few short months from now. 
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From the Student Success Program

On April 6 from 10 am – 2 pm the Success Program will have a Car Wash at Shaw’s to fundraise for the Senior end of year trip. Car washes will be donation by choice!

On April 26 the Student Success Program will host a Cabaret and Dinner as a Fundraiser for the Student Success Program. Admission to the event will cost $10 at bbatickets.com and $12 at the door and will include a buffet dinner and live music and performances by Burr and Burton Students.
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During the month of April Success Scholars will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets to help Fundraise for the Senior end of year trip. Tickets will be 1 for $2, 3 for $5. A name will be drawn at the end of April and the winner will take home 50% of the money raised through the sale of tickets.

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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK

2019 BURTONIAN – ON SALE NOW

The memories. The friends. The laughter. Yearbooks are truly something special that you’ll hold on to forever. Click to order today for $55.00.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

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From the Library

Check out the library newsletter for information on the Teen Lit Mob: a one day festival of books and authors for teens in Vermont.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Colonial Toyota
Express Copy
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
Same Sun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley Pro Shop
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Credit Union
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation
Baierlein Landscaping
Big Branch Landscaping
Caren McVickers Powerweek Workshop
Celebration Rentals
Decorative Interiors
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Reluctant Panther
 
Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Kaizen Gala, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.

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March 2019

Calendar

1  The Big Picture: Academics at BBA… Strategic & coordinated course selection over all four years: 8 am, BBA Library
1  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
1  SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
7  Mandatory Spring Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, Gym
9  SAT Testing: 8 – 2 pm, 3rd floor Smith Center
11 – 14 Mountain Campus Watershed Camping Trip
12 Drivers Ed Info Mtg: 5:30 – 7 pm, Student Center
13 Prism Concert: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Southern Vermont Arts Center
14 Prism Concert: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Southern Vermont Arts Center
15 Faculty In Service Day – No School
16 “24 Hours of Stratton”
18 Spring Sports Begin
21 Mid Terms – 12 noon Dismissal
22 Mid Terms – 12 noon Dismissal
22 The Campus Cabaret: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Gym
22 Spring Parent Mixer: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Founders Hall at Birchbrook
27-28 Mountain Campus Systems in Sustainability Trip
29 Progress Reports Issued
29 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Please vote on Tuesday in support of Burr and Burton Academy’s 2019-2020 tuition! Your support is very important!

As we say goodbye to February, I thought I would share with you the gist of some comments I made at assembly a few weeks ago. The comments had to do with race and the wearing of blackface, spurred by the messy situation with Virginia’s governor, all with the backdrop of Black History Month.

Here’s a little background
Virginia’s governor, who is white, graduated from medical school back in the 1980s, and on his yearbook page is a photo of two people, one wearing blackface and the other wearing a KKK robe. At first, the Governor expressed extreme remorse and apologized for being one of the participants in the photo. Then, the next day he announced that he wasn’t sure that it was him in the photo, but he did wear black face to be in a Michael Jackson dance contest.

So, how do we make sense of this? Are his actions in the 1980s indicative of racism in his heart? Should he resign? Should everyone lighten up a little bit and recognize youthful indiscretion?

The Teachable Moment (Assembly Comments)
We have here a bonafide teachable moment. Here is what I hope you can take away from this situation:

Unless you are part of the joke, you probably shouldn’t be making it.

You all know that I am half Japanese and half Armenian. I’m actually quite proud of my ethnicity, my race, my family heritage, just as I hope all of you are proud of your ethnicity, race, and family heritage.

If someone decided they wanted to dress up as a Japanese person and get laughs acting like what they think Japanese people act like, I don’t think I’d be very happy with that.

It comes down to this: my race is not your joke. That’s the problem with this whole blackface thing, and, in fact, that’s the problem with a lot of jokes when you tread on the issues of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender: unless you are part of the joke, you probably shouldn’t be making it.

I am not going to share my thoughts on whether the governor of Virginia should resign based on actions he took a long time ago, but I am hoping that none of you take those actions now that we live in 2019.

So there is your teachable moment!

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Welcome to March. In a mere three months, we will say goodbye to 206 seniors. The weather will change, the green mountains will be green again, and another glorious year of learning will come to a close. We cherish our time with your sons and daughters, and we strive each day to fulfill our mission of educating students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity and service.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families,

Usually my Bullhorn posts are a look forward, meant to highlight important events on the horizon. This month, I want to acknowledge one of many examples of student leadership and engagement that occurred during the month of February.

Students from Sarah McMillan’s Race and Class course honored Black History Month by sharing short presentations at each Monday assembly. The students chose three timely topics to address, including; the current debate over Confederate monuments, a lesson on the origins of Black Face, and a look at the disproportionate rates of incarceration in Vermont. All three presentations were thought provoking and educational. I thank the students for their scholarship and leadership and for starting a new tradition at BBA.

Celebrating black history was conceived in 1925 by historian Carter G. Woodson and began with a week-long celebration. It was not until 1976 that Black History Month was established. Woodson never intended black history only to be celebrated for a week or a month; he hoped that black history would be fully integrated into students’ educational experiences. Here at BBA, we constantly reflect on the voices, perspectives and history we study to ensure that it is inclusive and that it embodies all of our students’ experiences.  Talking about race in a predominantly white community is challenging. We are exploring diversity training options and identifying speakers to bring to BBA in order to support both students and faculty and to honor our core values of respect for individual differences and a supportive and caring community.

My best,

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

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The 2019-2020 Burr and Burton Academy School Calendar can be downloaded HERE.

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Mandatory Driver Education Meeting

Mandatory Driver Education Meeting – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in the student center from 5:30 – 7 pm. Signup for the class will be the evening of the meeting. The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA offers a free driver education program and depending on the availability of the teaching staff the program will tentatively start sometime during the week June 17, 2019 and run until the end of July. For the first 15 days, classes run from 8 AM until 10 AM Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction, therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 15 days of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm. Once the classroom portion of the program has been completed driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 4 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority.

IF THE CLASS IS OVERSUBSCRIBED, STUDENTS WITH A 2004 BIRTHYEAR WILL BE CUT STARTING WITH BIRTHDATES CLOSEST TO THE START OF THE CLASS AND WORKING BACKWARDS. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

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From the BBA Parent Association

Please RSVP HERE.

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From the Advancement Office

Kaizen, Cultivating Change for Good

9th Annual Parent Association fundraising gala

May 24, 2019 at the Taconic

With spring right around the corner, planning is ramping up for our annual fundraising event, the Kaizen Gala. Here are two dates to put on your calendar:

  • Online Auction starts March 31st and ends on April 9th
  • Main event on Friday night, May 24 at Taconic

“Save the Date” cards went out in early February so we hope you have this date on your calendar already. The gala committee has been working diligently to pull together the details for this important fundraiser which supports the many different student programs offered at our school. We would like to thank our co-chairs, Kate Townshend and Ursula Knowles for their leadership and extend our sincere thanks to all of the gala committee members for their help over the past few months. It’s going to be a great evening – one you won’t want to miss!

We still need your help with this event and here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Become a Gala sponsor! We have sponsorships at many different levels: $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500. A sponsorship counts towards Parent participation in the Annual Fund and don’t forget that families can be sponsors too – consider a level that works for you! Contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org.
  2. Browse and bid the Online Auction! The auction opens on March 31 and ends April 9. Starting March 1, we’ll start posting a selection of the great Online Auction items we’ve secured on our BBA Facebook page and send out emails to tempt you. We have some fun, interesting things to bid on. We hope you will share the link to the auction with your family and friends. There is still time to donate an Online Auction item if you own a business, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org. 
  3. Sponsor a faculty member! We’d love for you to come to the gala, but if that’s not possible because of a scheduling conflict, consider sponsoring a faculty member to attend the event. When you receive your invitation, you’ll see an option on the reply card to sponsor a teacher.

If you need additional information about the Kaizen Gala, wish to reserve a table or tickets, please feel free to call me at 802-549-8201 or send a quick email to cgubb@burrburton.org. Tickets sell out fast so put in your reservation now!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Every year we host over 100 grandparents and special friends at this event. The date is Friday, April 26 and we need mailing addresses! So if you would like to have your student’s grandparents or special friend included, please send their mailing address to Nancy Brown at nbrown@burrburton.org. Invitations will be going out at the end of March. It’s a fun day that includes presentations about all the new and interesting things going on at school, an update on The Rowland Project, and a sneak preview of the spring musical.

Why support the Annual Fund?

The proceeds from the Gala are designated to the Annual Fund to support student programs. I repeat my sales pitch month after month, year after year, for one reason only – to provide the best educational experience possible for YOUR student.

What happens here every day is remarkable from a student perspective. That is a result of our commitment to quality education because we collectively care deeply about every student – our teaching staff, our administration, our facilities guys, our business office, our coaches, and our Board of Trustees are deeply invested in the success of our students. We are putting your student at the forefront of everything we do – strategic planning, creative and innovative academic offerings, school and college counseling services, three seasons of athletic sports, arts and technology choices second to none, and much more. Just as you do, we want the best for your student and that takes a lot of extra funding above and beyond what we receive in tuition from our sending towns. Please consider making a gift at some level or support the Kaizen Gala as I’ve outlined above.

Thank you for all that you do to support the school, financially and through volunteering (Gala Committee, Parent Association, Booster Club, Friends of Hockey, etc.) We’re all in this together with only one goal in mind – to provide an exceptional educational experience every day for all Burr and Burton students.

Sincerely,

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising
cgubb@burrburton.org

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From the Student Success Program

 


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2019-2020 Course Requests
The 2019-20 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Course information is also available through the dropdown options on the page. Current freshmen (2022), sophomores (2021), and juniors (2020) have been encouraged to review course options for the upcoming school year and will be registering for their 2019-20 classes during the first week of March. All students are required to submit a course request form, signed by a parent, to their advisor. The sheet was distributed in advisory but is also available online just above the downloadable COS. Please contact Mr. Knutson or your student’s counselor if you have questions.

Spring College Admissions Program
On Wednesday, April 3, from 7 – 9 pm, BBA will host a panel presentation and topical workshops by admission officers from a variety of colleges and universities. Carol Brosseau will be one of the workshops presenters speaking about and answering questions about financial aid. (See more detailed information about Carol below.) Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative program that will be held in the Rowland Center.

Mock College Interviews
Juniors will have the chance to participate in individual practice college interviews with college admission officers on Wednesday, April 10. Details will be forthcoming. Students will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis until spots are filled.

Notification of College Admission Decisions
Seniors: please be sure to notify your counselor whenever you receive an admission notification from a college. We don’t know unless you tell us!

Financial Aid Alert
Seniors need to complete and submit their financial aid forms (www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org) this month if they have not already done so. Contact VSAC at 1-800-642-3177 for assistance in filling out the forms. Don’t delay!

Carol Brosseau Meets on Financial Aid
During the Fall semester, Carol Brosseau volunteered to provide financial aid information to families and students. As you may already know, Carol has over 30 years of experience in counseling and financial aid at institutions such as Georgetown University, George Mason University, and Strayer College.  Many families arranged to meet privately with her to personally understand how financial aid could impact a student’s college aspirations.

As Financial Aid Award letters are received by families and students, Carol is pleased to continue offering her support.  During March and April she will again be available to meet with students and parents. In part, some of the various topics that Carol is prepared to discuss include:

  • Assessing an award letter
  • Comparing multiple awards letters
  • Developing options for addressing shortfalls
  • Creating a negotiation strategy
  • Appealing a FAFSA decision

If you would like to meet with Carol, please email her at cbrossea@gmu.edu.

Free college planning events for Juniors and Sophomores:
Attend VSAC free workshops to supplement what students are learning with their school counselors about  college planning. Recognizing that students are at different stages in their thinking, and that it often takes multiple messages to reach them, these workshops offer both the basic and more targeted information about the entire college planning process. VSAC’s College & Career Pathways events help parents and students learn about financial aid, grants and scholarships, navigating college loans, how to search for a college or career program … and more. BBA is sending a bus to Southern Vermont College on Thursday, March 7, with Sophomore and Junior students who have registered to attend.

While registration has closed for the student trip on March 7, there are evening options available around the state for parents. These free events happen only once a year! Choose your location and date, and sign up at this VSAC link if you’re interested: https://www.vsac.org/plan/college-career-pathways.

February 27 @ Castleton University, Castleton

March 7 @ Southern Vermont College, Bennington

March 21 @ Saint Michael’s College, Colchester

April 10 @ NVU–Johnson, Johnson

Standardized Testing Registration:
College bound juniors should sign up for the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. See test dates and deadlines below. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.

Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.  Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines:

Saturday, April 13, ACT.
 Register by March 8 at www.actstudent.org. 
Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

Saturday, May 4,  SAT.
 Register by April 5 at www.collegeboard.org
 
 Sign up for SAT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

See ACT and College Board websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home. Students should not test every time one is offered, but we do recommend that juniors take at least one ACT or SAT Test in their Junior year.

SAT Prep Course at BBA: High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families.  Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for the May 4th SAT. To register for the course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor. Registration deadline: March 15.

Course is on Fridays from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.

Course Dates: March 29, April 5, 26, and May 3.

Test Prep Opportunities:
Free Options: 
www.collegeboard.org, www.actstudent.org, www.khanacademy.org

Download the “Question of the Day” App from the College Board
On-Line courses:
 www.kaplan.com
, www.princetonreview.com, www.methodtestprep.com

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA on May 4; cost is $350. Classes from 1 pm to 4 pm on 3/17, 3/24, 3/31 and 4/7, 4/14, 4/28.. Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Local SAT and ACT Prep Course
Contact mary.mangiacotti@comcast.net or jstewart@maplestreetschool.com for more information about cost and class dates for their 2018 SAT Prep course offering.

Summer Programs/Study Abroad
The School and College Counseling Office has collected information about a variety of summer programs including two Vermont-based programs for an experience in health-related careers: MedQuest (deadline to sign up is Friday, March 1, info at www.svahec.org and CollegeQuest (info at  www.nevahec.org.)

All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Environmental Science and Technology, Astronomy and Young Writers. Brochures are in the School and College Counseling Office. Applications will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.giv.org. Application Deadline is March 15. For more info: contact  the GIV Office at 802-865-4448 or apply@giv.org.

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2019-20 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester; and the due date is September 15 for plans during the Spring semester.

From the 9th grade corner
Any 9th grade student interested in attending the Mountain Campus for 2019/20 should request all four Mountain Campus courses in their OnCampus portal for the Fall or Spring. As we all know, March can be a long stretch so it’s important for our 9th graders to stay focused on the road ahead and continue to utilize all the resources available to them here at Burr and Burton. Mountain Campus applications will be distributed following the request process.

Upcoming Events:
Spring Athletes Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting – Wednesday, March 7th, 6 pm.
Inservice – Friday, March 15, no school for students.
Mid-Term Exams – Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22.

Scholarships:
Forms or links for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form specific to Scholarships and found in the SCC Office.

Journalism Education Foundation of New England (JEFNE) Scholarship
Eligibility: New England resident, GPA of 2.3 or above, high school student planning a career in Journalism OR a college Student studying Journalism or related field
Award: $1,000; Deadline March 8

Knights of Columbus, Vermont, Scholastic Achievement Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be son or daughter of Knight of Columbus within VT jurisdiction and graduating senior. Essay required and MUST BE HANDWRITTEN
Deadline: March 10
Application in SCC Office

The George Coleman Scholarship
Eligibility: Academic excellence. GPA of at least a 3.0. Must be enrolling in a NEACRAO member institution (see website for list of member schools http://www.neacrao.org/scholarship_info.html)
Award: $2,000
Deadline: March 15

Rutland Regional Medical Community Scholarship
Eligibility: seniors with the goal of a career in healthcare. Proof of acceptance into a program  in the healthcare field.
Award: $1,000
Deadline, March 15

Alice Agney Scholarship (Vermont Superintendants Association)
Eligibility: Senior demonstrating a commitment to further their education after graduation. Leadership, service to community, academic achievement, and initiative in overcoming a specific challenge or challenges.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 18

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior pursuing further education in college, trade school. Exemplary member of the student body, demonstrated leadership qualities within school and community. Creative video required
Award: $1,000
Deadline: RECEIVED BY March 28
Visit https://www.hfcuvt.com/Personal/Youth-Accounts/scholarships for an application.

Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary Scholarships
Eligibility: Seniors entering either a college or vocational school. Personality, community service, academic accomplishments, and financial need are some of the deciding factors.
Award: not specified
Deadline: March 31

Wantastiquet Rotary Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior from Jamaica, Londonderry, Peru, Stratton, Weston, Windham, Winhall, planning on furthering education through college or technical school. Academic potential and community involvment. Need a letter attesting to community service. Brief essay required. As is an interview.
Award: unspecified
Deadline, April 1

VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college
or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University;
GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College
Award: unknown
Deadline: April 1
APPLICATIONS ONLINE: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: seniors accepted at approved or accredited school or college,
Award: $1,500; $1,000; or $500
Deadline: April 1
Application information online: www.legionvthq.com

Sons of the American Legion Dennis Comai Scholarship
Eligibility: Any student who is planning to attend a trade school or technical college (whose grandfather, grandmother, step grandparents, father or mother/step parents, adopted parents or grandparents, sisters or brothers who are members of the American Legion Family (American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion)
Award: $1,000 or $500
Deadline: April 15 Application in folder

Prospect Rehabilitation Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior intending to prepare for a career in health care, academic record extra curricular activities and teacher recommendation. Essay is very important
Amount $500
Deadline: April 22

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in the gof shop, on the grounds caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000/yr for 4 years
Deadline May 1

Vivint Smarthome Scholarship
Eligibility: Application online. Open to high school seniors or college students who are legal residents of the United States Scholarship payable only to students living in the United States Student must enroll in semester beginning no later than September 10, 2019 Winner is not based on financial need Home-schooled students may apply so long as their completed coursework equals a high school senior Applicants required to submit a video depicting “Live smart, manage less. How do you live smart?” Student must be declared, or have intent to declare a major.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 1
Application online at https://www.vivint.com/scholarship.

Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.)
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship
Deadline: by midnight, May 1st
Application online at www.phillips-scholarship.org

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship
Eligibility: must be planning to major or double major in studio art.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 1

LOANS

The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund
Eligibility: Senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required.
Interest free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee)
Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office

Olin Scott Fund, Inc.
Eligibility: 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at University or  College, must interview
Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee)

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department


We are very excited to announce the inaugural season of Unified Basketball at Burr and Burton. The purpose of Unified Sports is to create unique teammate bonds through authentic competitive experiences tailored to the appropriate skill development and ability level of participants. In Unified Sports, individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) are paired with individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) to promote growth in sport-specific skills (shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, etc.). Additionally, Unified Sports experiences create a culture of inclusion and foster understanding in schools and communities. Participation in Unified Sports leads to new friendships, improved self-esteem and positive changes in attitude and behavior. Look for our first game later this month.

We are also excited to announce that Ultimate is moving from club status to varsity status this season as well.

Remaining Winter Post Season Competition:

First Day of Playoffs:
Boys Basketball – March 5-6

State Championships:
Nordic – March 4
Alpine – March 4-5
Snowboarding – March 5-6
Girls Basketball – March 8-9
Boys Ice Hockey – March 13
Girls Ice Hockey – March 14
Boys Basketball – March 15-16

Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm:
Mandatory spring sports parent/athlete meeting.
All spring sports will meet in the gymnasium. From this meeting teams will be directed to individual meeting locations.

**ATTENTION GIRLS LACROSSE FAMILIES** This year the Coach and Family meeting for Girls Lacrosse will take place on Sunday March 3, at 6:30 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room. parents and athletes are still expected to attend the general session of the Mandatory Parent/Athlete meeting on Thursday March 7.

Monday, March 11
Pitchers and Catchers begin for baseball.

Monday, March 18
All Spring sports begin tryouts. Lacrosse, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field.

All Spring athletes must have had a well physical exam after June 9, 2017. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the Nurse’s Office on or before March 15 (March 8 for pitchers and catchers). Forms are available online to print and outside of the AD’s office.

All of the other forms needed to participate in athletics must be filled out through OnCampus. https://burrburton.myschoolapp.com/app/Parent#myfiles. Please complete forms on or before March 15 (March 8 for pitchers and catchers). Assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the Spring sports meeting in the basement of the Smith Center.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics, Dave Miceli at dmiceli@burrburton.org.

Please note that there are competitions scheduled over Spring break. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Spring Head Coaches:
Boys Lacrosse –  Tom Grabher: coachgrabher@gmail.com
Girls Lacrosse – Jamie Blake: jblake@burrburton.org
Softball – Nikki Dexter: n.dexter@manchester-vt.gov
Baseball – Ed Lewicki: elewicki1114@hotmail.com
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus: pmcnealus@burrburton.org
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw: benninggroup1@gmail.com
Track & Field – Caleb Wiley: cwiley@brsu.org
Ultimate – Tom Von Allmen: tvonallmen@burrburton.org

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the Creative Arts Department

UMASS Honors Band
Congratulations to Anna Freebern, Danielle MacKenzie and Stephen Mathyas for their acceptance to the University of Massachusetts Honor Band Festival held Saturday, February 9, 2019.  
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Steinway
Burr and Burton Academy recently became the first Steinway Select School in Vermont thanks to the purchase of a combination of uprights, baby grand and concert grand pianos. Gary Girouard from Steinway & Sons presented a plaque and $5,000 scholarship check to the music department and administration heralding this historic event.

Neil Freebern, Chair of the BBA’s Creative Arts Department said, “We are very excited about the opportunities this investment affords BBA students and staff. We know it will help us continue to attract students interested in a first class music education and it will strengthen our place in the cultural life of the community. This cements Burr and Burton’s commitment to musical excellence.”

Headmaster Mark Tashjian added, “Steinway pianos are legendary, and I am delighted that we can add these instruments into the mix of opportunities available at BBA. I am grateful to Neil and Julie Freebern for having the vision to bring our music education to such a high level, to Steinway & Sons for their partnership in this venture, and to our generous donors, who made it all possible.”

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The Burr and Burton Academy Creative Arts Department will present Prism Concerts at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.  Please join us to celebrate this year’s program, Rise Up, as we explore the many facets to the story of the Phoenix as a metaphor for life, loss and renewal. Under the direction of Neil and Julie Freebern, the Prism Concert format has evolved to become an immersive and unique multi-media performance that strings together a wide variety of musical performances, uninterrupted by applause. Tickets for “Rise Up”, Prisms 2019, can be purchased at bbatickets.com

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2009 Burr & Burton Academy graduate Devin Johnson will bring his many talents back to Manchester on March 30 to benefit BBA’s Creative Arts Department. Fresh off a performance at the Triad Theater in NYC, “Let The Feet Do The Talkin” – an Evening of Stories, Tap and Song, will lift our spirits during our Vermont mud season!

Devin, is well known as a talented dancer, singer, and actor – a triple threat! He has a degree in Musical Theater Performance from Montclair State University, is a member of Actors Equity, and has performed at numerous regional theaters including the Weston Playhouse, where he was seen in “42nd Street”, “Peter and the Starcatcher”, “Mamma Mia”, and last summer, in “West Side Story”.

The show will also feature current BBA students Zoe Grigsby and Matthew Scott.

Please join us for a fun night out benefitting BBA’s great arts programs!

 


From the Health Center

Burr and Burton is taking part in the 2018 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This was developed in 1991 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The YRBS has been administered every other year in the state of Vermont 1993. The YRBS gathers gathers information about health risk behaviors of 6th through 12th grade students. The survey will ask about nutrition, physical activity, injuries, sexual behaviors, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. Schools, communities and state agencies use these results to evaluate programs, plan new programs and to secure future funding. 
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The YRBS will be administer during advisory mid to late March. 
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The YRBS is anonymous and the procedures have been designed to protect your child’s privacy. Some students may find some questions sensitive, but they do not put their name on the survey and individual results of any one survey are not shared with us. 
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For the survey to be accurate, it is important that all students, regardless of whether they have engaged in health-risk behaviors be given the opportunity to participate in the survey. We would like all students to take part in the survey; however, the survey is voluntary. No student will be required to take the survey. As a parent, you have the right to have your child opt out of the survey if you so choose. If this is the case, please contact me and let me know. Also, please contact me if you have any further questions about the survey. 
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Thank you for your cooperation. 
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Megan Brooks LMHC, Director of Mental Health Services
802.549.8250
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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK

2019 BURTONIAN – ON SALE NOW

The memories. The friends. The laughter. Yearbooks are truly something special that you’ll hold on to forever. Click to order today for $55.00.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

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From the Library

Read the latest library newsletter for information on navigating digital information and highlights of the new books we have added to the collection.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – http://tpw.com/

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.cmylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – https://www.midurabuildingco.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
JOY – all things underthings – http://joyallthingsunderthings.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – http://www.pharmacyinc.net
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
Joseph M. Sullivan

Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Colonial Toyota
Express Copy
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.

Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
Same Sun of Vermont

Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks

Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley Pro Shop
Heritage Credit Union
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House

Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation
Big Branch Landscaping
Baierlein Landscaping
Caren Vickers PowerWeek Workshop
Celebration Rentals
Decorative Interiors
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Flying Cow Signs
McWayne Jewelers
Taconic Spine
The Reluctant Panther

Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Kaizen Gala, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.

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February 2019

Calendar

1  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
1   SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
5  Sophomore Refuse to Use: 4 – 5:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
5  11th Int and 12th Refuse to Use: 5  – 6:30 pm, Student Center

8   SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
8   Student Progress Reports
9   Debate Tournament: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Student Center
12 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 pm
12 Calliope Steinway Recital: 6:30 – 8 pm, Riley Center

13  Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal): 1 – 5 pm
14  Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal): 1 – 8 pm
15 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
15 – 22 Winter Break – no school
22 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
25 Student One Act Festival: 6 – 7 pm, Riley Center
27 100 Days Celebration for Seniors: 2 – 3 pm, Student Center

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Please find below a link to an article that says exactly what we do at BBA: place student-teacher relationships at the front and center of the learning process. Students Learn From People They Love, written by columnist David Brooks, was the #1 most emailed article for the New York Times a few weeks ago, and I ask that you take a moment to read it simply to remind yourself of what a special place we have here at Burr and Burton Academy. We will build new buildings, create future-ready learning spaces, integrate technology, and deepen our understanding of the brain, but we will always remember that learning is first and foremost a matter of the heart.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/opinion/learning-emotion-education.html

And speaking of matters of the heart, I hope February brings a very nice Valentine’s Day to all of you. Stay warm.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Dean of Students

Parking and Safety Concerns at Dismissal

Dear Parents,

The volume of traffic at the time of dismissal behind the Smith Center is posing some traffic and safety concerns. Cars are parking on both sides of the street, narrowing the road and preventing school buses from entering and exiting the school.

The increased traffic has also caused several safety concerns for our students. Vehicles often drive too fast attempting to leave the circle to make room for other vehicles. This has resulted in several close calls as students attempt to walk to their cars in the upper parking lot.

To keep our students and your vehicles safe we ask that you comply with the following parking restrictions beginning Monday, February 4, 2019.

  1. First, whenever possible please try to pick-up your student(s) in the lower traffic circle.
  2. Do not park (even temporarily) on the right side of the road. Please note the cars parked to the right of the road in the above photo.  
  3. Do not double or tandem park your vehicle in the upper circle. Vehicles should only park in the designated parking spaces in the circle. If no parking spaces are available please do not enter the circle unless your son/daughter is waiting for you.  
  4. There is no parking in the faculty parking lot. The faculty lot is full at the end of the school day. Parking perpendicular to parked faculty cars will only make it difficult for buses to get into position for students to board.  

While we understand that these restrictions may lengthen the amount of time it takes to pick up your son/daughter, they will also allow traffic to move more smoothly minimizing safety concerns.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
Tony Cirelli
Dean of Students

 


Mandatory Driver Education Meeting

Mandatory Driver Education Meeting – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in the student center from 5:30 – 7 pm. Signup for the class will be the evening of the meeting. The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA offers a free driver education program and depending on the availability of the teaching staff the program will tentatively start sometime during the week June 17, 2019 and run until the end of July. For the first 15 days, classes run from 8AM until 10AM Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction, therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 15 days of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm. Once the classroom portion of the program has been completed driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 4 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority.

IF THE CLASS IS OVERSUBSCRIBED, STUDENTS WITH A 2004 BIRTHYEAR WILL BE CUT STARTING WITH BIRTHDATES CLOSEST TO THE START OF THE CLASS AND WORKING BACKWARDS. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

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The Mountain Campus offers its first public Open House of 2019, on Tuesday, February 12th at 6 pm. Come for an introduction to the BBA Mountain Campus semester program.

All BBA families and community members are welcome.

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From the Advancement Office

Congratulations! We’ve made it through the darkest and the coldest part of the year. I love it when I actually get home midwinter and it’s still light out! It means we’re making progress and we can now finally look forward to lengthening days! We’ve been busy here in the Advancement Office despite the challenges of January weather. Here are some updates:

1. Parent Fund Annual Giving:

To all of you who have made a gift to our school year, we thank you – your gift helps provide all of the extras that make the BBA experience an extraordinary one. If you haven’t yet given, please consider a gift of any amount, or make a donation of an item or service to the Gala Online auction or commit to a Corporate or Gala Sponsorship – all count towards parent participation. As of the end of January, parent participation stands at approximately 20 percent.

Here are 3 easy ways to give right now – so you can check it off your to-do list:

1. Go to http://www.burrburton.org/onlinegiving on BBA’s website and pay by credit card.
2. Mail your gift to: Advancement Office, Burr and Burton Academy, PO Box 498, Manchester VT 05254.
3. Or drop by the Advancement Office with your gift, we’d love to thank you in person for your support.

Please know that your support allows us to remain independent and responsive to the needs of YOUR student and makes the difference between a good education and a great one.

2. “Save the Date” for our ninth annual fundraising gala:

Kaizen, Cultivating Change for Good
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Taconic, Manchester Village

“Save the date” postcards for this event will be mailed out shortly and invitations will be mailed in early April. Make your plans early as we have had a sellout crowd the past seven years and there is a waiting list! Tickets are $135 per person, $1,350 for a table. If you want to reserve a table or tickets now, please call me at 802-549-8201.

Gala Sponsorships are available to support this important fundraising event so if you own a business and would like to be in on the action, here’s your opportunity (and it counts towards parent participation). You could also consider a family sponsorship!

Lotus Sponsor – $2,500 (includes 4 tickets to the event)
Plum Blossom Sponsor – $1,500 (includes 2 tickets to the event)
Flowering Cherry Sponsor – $1,000
Peony Sponsor – $500
Jasmine Sponsor – $250

To sign up for a Gala Sponsorship please reach out to Margot Page at 802-549-8277 or mpage@burrburton.org.

3. Gala On-line Auction

We invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s ninth annual online auction. With your contribution of an item or service, the auction will build on the momentum of last year’s success. We raised over $16,000 from the auction last year and this event is designed to generate excitement for the main event on May 24th. The auction will launch on March 31st and run through April 9th, and will reach bidders all over the world (including parents of our international students, long-distance grandparents, and our alumni), plus the many friends of the school right here in our own backyard. The auction serves as a great way to involve those people who cannot attend the event for any number of reasons.

We are looking for services of all shapes and sizes to feature as stand-alone items and in specially designed packages. Perhaps you can offer a service, such as a landscaping consultation or a cord of wood? Whatever the contribution, it will benefit our most precious commodity of all, our students!

We need to have your online auction donation in the Advancement Office by March 1st. You are welcome to drop it off yourself or contact one of us and a Gala committee member will come pick it up from you. Don’t forget, your item or service donation counts toward parent participation in the Annual Fund! Questions about the Online Auction? Contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 802-549-8277.

Many thanks for your support and don’t forget to put the gala on your calendars

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising
cgubb@burrburton.org

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From the Student Success Program

Success Seniors are selling Grandma Millers Pies to help cover the costs of their graduation trip to London, England this Spring. All of the fruit pies come to you frozen unbaked, all of the nut pies and cakes are thaw and serve. Please see a Senior Success Scholar to make a purchase (or a contribution), or contact Jason Pergament (jpergament@burrburton.org) directly and he will connect you to one.
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Success Seniors will hold a Pancake Breakfast in the Burr and Burton Student Center on Sunday, February 24, 2019 as part of their fundraising efforts for the graduation trip. Come wrap up the end of Winter Break together while supporting a great group of students! The breakfast will be from 8am-12pm, $10 at the door. 
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2019-2020 Course Requests
The 2019-20 Course of Study (COS) PDF version will soon be published to the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Once published, the freshmen (2022), sophomores (2021), and juniors (2020) will be notified so they can begin reviewing course options and planning for the upcoming school year. This release will provide them time to discuss offerings, course prerequisites, and graduation requirements with counselors, teachers, and parents before actually selecting courses.

Students will be guided through the course request process during an upcoming assembly. This will include directions for filling out the request worksheet as well as selecting courses through their OnCampus portal.  After winter break, students will complete their request worksheet, return their sheet to their advisor, and enter their course requests in OnCampus.

Please contact Mr. Knutson or your student’s counselor if you have questions.

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors
Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades for their applicants. Updated transcripts have been sent to all colleges listed on a student’s transcript request form. Because BBA uses a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.

College Application Update
Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college!  Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly. Seniors should update their counselor on their college decisions. We continue to work with the seniors who are still in the process of applying and aim to have them get their applications in by the end of the month.

Financial Aid
All Vermont students applying for need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA and VSAC forms.  Pay close attention to individual college financial aid deadlines. In addition, some private colleges require students to file the CSS Profile form. You will need to check your individual college financial aid requirements. Information about the CSS Profile can be found in the financial aid section at www.collegeboard.org.

To file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VSAC grant application, go to these websites: www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org. Families are urged to file on-line as soon as possible and you are welcome to use our office computers if you need internet access. If you have questions about the FAFSA or other financial aid forms, don’t hesitate to contact the helpful folks at VSAC’s toll-free help line: 800-642-3177.

Juniors
Meetings with Juniors: 
Individual meetings with juniors are beginning this month to discuss college, gap programs, employment, military service, and other options. All students will have a scheduled appointment with their counselor sometime in the next few months when they will explore opportunities and review graduation requirements and senior year course choices.

For students who don’t have college in their sights at this time, we will discuss ways for students to determine possible career and job interests. Internships, elective courses and part-time jobs are good avenues for students to prepare for employment after high school.

We assist college-bound students with the college search process, discuss academic preparation, review PSAT scores and plan for standardized testing.  We look forward to continued contact with juniors throughout the next year as we work together to identify good college matches.

Parents often wonder how they can help. We meet with students and help them compile an appropriate college list, but families need to take the next step.  Please facilitate some college visits during the spring semester. In our experience, we have found that students who have visited a few campuses prior to applying find the process more meaningful and manageable.  With advanced notice to teachers and the Dean of Students, college visits are excused absences from school. Plan a trip to see a campus or two and take advantage of information sessions and tours. Then be sure to let us know your family’s impressions.

Another way that we coordinate efforts with students and families is through the Naviance Program: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.  (Students can access Naviance directly through their OnCampus Resource page.)  This online program contains multiple career and college resources and also serves as a communication tool.  If you’d like access to this program or need to reset your password, please email Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant, at lwelsh@burrburton.org.

We are eager to partner with parents in the college and career planning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Standardized Testing Registration: 
College bound juniors should sign up to take either the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.

Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org, respectively. Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines for Juniors:

Saturday, March 9,  SAT.
 Register by February 8 at www.collegeboard.org
 SAT Test only (no subject tests.) 
Test is offered at BBA. If a student has a potential athletic or other conflict for May 4 or June 1 test dates, you will want to consider taking this one.

Saturday, April 13, ACT.
 Register by March 8 at www.actstudent.org. 
Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

See ACT and College Board Websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home. Students should not test every time one is offered, but we do recommend that juniors take at least one ACT or SAT this year.

Test Prep Opportunities:
Free Options: 
www.collegeboard.org, www.actstudent.org, www.khanacademy.org
Download the “Question of the Day” App from the College Board
On-Line courses:
 www.kaplan.com
, www.princetonreview.com, www.methodtestprep.com

SAT Prep Course at BBA: High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100.  To register for the course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadline: March 15.

Session 2 (for May 4 SAT) Classes meet on Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Hunter Seminar Room.  Classes are timed to prepare for the May 4th SAT.  Session 2 Course Dates: March 29, April 5, 26, and May 3.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA on May 4; cost is $350. Classes from 1 pm to 4 pm on 3/17, 3/24, 3/31 and 4/7, 4/14, 4/28.. Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Juniors and Sophomores
On Thursday, March 7, our school will be bringing students from the10th and 11th grades to VSAC’s College & Career Pathways event at Southern Vermont College. Students will attend the event from 9:15 am – 1:15 pm and will participate in two workshops of their choosing.

There is no cost to attend, and lunch is included. Workshops include test prep strategies, how to choose, apply to, and pay for college or career training programs, and pathways to skilled trades and great careers that don’t require a degree.

If your student is interested in participating, please click here to print the permission slip and return the completed form to Mrs. Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. If you don’t have access to a printer, your student can come pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Welsh.

Parents and students are also encouraged to attend the evening portion of the event from 5 – 8 pm, offering a resource fair with programs and organizations that support Vermonters in achieving their college and career goals and workshops on topics including:

  • The College Search: Finding the Right Fit
  • Navigating the Admissions Process
  • Financial Aid & Managing College Costs
  • Scholarships – Free Money!
  • Campus Support for Students

Get answers to your questions! The evening portion of the program offers both students and parents the unique opportunity to talk with Vermont experts who can support you in preparing for your future. And you don’t have to do it on an empty stomach – FREE hearty snacks will be provided!

In a recent sophomore class meeting, students received information about programs and upcoming visits to the Southwestern Career Development Center and the Mountain Campus.  Counselors also reviewed and distributed Pre-ACT results and encouraged them to share score reports with their parents and guardians.  Reports include information about college readiness in English, reading, math and science and identify potential areas of career interest.  If you’d like to learn more general information about the PreACT, visit http://www.act.org/preact

Summer Programs/Study Abroad
All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Architecture, Design & Building; Arts, Current Issues and Youth Activism; Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Technology, Design and Coding; Mathematical Sciences; Health and Medicine; Environmental Science. Brochures are in the School and College Counseling Office. Applications will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.giv.org. Application Deadline is March 15. For more info: contact  the GIV Office at 802-865-4448 or apply@giv.org.

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2019-2020 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule.  Students need to submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that commence at any point during the fall semester.

From the 9th grade corner:
Students should be settling into their 2nd semester classes.  Shortly, information regarding sign-ups for parent conferences will be pushed out to all parents.  These conferences are a great way to hear about how your son or daughter is doing. As we move into late February and early March students will start the course request process for next year.   

Upcoming Events:
Parent Conferences – 12:45 Dismissal – Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14.
Winter Break – February 15 – 24.
If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or send me an email.
Cory Herrington, 9th Grade Counselor, Social Studies Teacher and Co-Dean of Students – 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

Scholarships

Forms for scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidentiality of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships.  Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date to obtain the necessary BBA documents. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

VSAC Unified Scholarships  Deadline is February 15! Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship workbook if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions.

Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior looking to further education in healthcare career.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 15
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships

VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University;
GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College
Award: unknown
Deadline: April 1
Application online: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships

Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.) There is an early application for students who have already received their financial aid packets (deadline April 3rd with notification of award by 4/28, ahead of the May 1st college deadline). There is an application for high school students using a later deadline of May 1st (and there is also an application for college students in need of aid.
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship
Deadline: by midnight May 1.
Application online: www.phillips-scholarship.org (Info in SCCO as well)

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department

Spring Sports Night

The mandatory parent athlete meeting for Spring Sports will be held on Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm in the gym.

Post Season Competition:

First Day of Playoffs:

Girls Basketball: February 26 – 27
Girls Ice Hockey: February 26 – 27
Boys Ice Hockey: February 26 – 27
Boys Basketball: March 5 – 6

State Championships:

Wrestling: February 22 – 23
Dance: February 23
Nordic: February 28 & March 4
Alpine: March 4 – 5
Snowboarding: March 5 – 6
Girls Basketball: March 8 – 9
Boys Ice Hockey: March 13
Girls Ice Hockey: March 14
Boys Basketball: March 15 – 16

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the Creative Arts Department


The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music featuring the new Steinway piano on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults payable at the door. Come out to support our student talent and join us for a reception in the lobby following the performance.  

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Students from the BBA Performing Arts Department presents the inaugural student produced One Act Festival on Mon. Feb. 25 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center. The evening will consist of 5 one acts that are directed, designed and acted exclusively by BBA students. Students chose the one acts, held auditions, directed their peers, designed sets, lights, costumes, created posters and programs while executing what they learn in curricular classes and extra curricular events in a real world application. Don’t miss out.

 


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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK

2019 BURTONIAN – ON SALE NOW

The memories. The friends. The laughter. Yearbooks are truly something special that you’ll hold on to forever. Click to order today for $55.00.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

 


From the Library

Information about library databases, the Green Mountain Book Awards, and new books can be found in this month’s library newsletter.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
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Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – http://tpw.com/

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

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Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.cmylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – https://www.midurabuildingco.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
JOY – all things underthings – http://joyallthingsunderthings.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – http://www.pharmacyinc.net
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
Joseph M. Sullivan

Green Hills, Silver Waters
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Wine Sponsors
Hoa and Orland Campbell


Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Berkshire Bank Foundation

Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 


Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
Guaranteed Rate

SameSun of Vermont 


Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Mountain Media & ITV Fest
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals
Zippy Chicks


Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
GSK Climate Control
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther 


Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics

Audy Appraisals PC
Big Branch Landscaping

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bradley’s Pro shop
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
H.N. Williams
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Alden/Ihasz Group
Stifel
The Pharmacy Northshire
William Ravies Real Estate
James A. Young P.C.

We invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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January 2019

Calendar

7   Second Semester begins
15 Mountain Campus Semester begins
16 – 18 Mountain Campus orientation
18 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
18 Hip Hop Event: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center
21 Martin Luther King Day – No School
23 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm
25 Dance and Drama New Student Works: 6:15 – 8: 45 pm, Riley Center
25 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Please consider helping your son or daughter shape a resolution around this BBA core value: we value the highest standards of performance and behavior. (Click here to see our full mission statement and core values.)

In valuing the highest standards of performance, we seek to give each student the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. We cherish teachers and coaches who nurture that potential not only in individuals, but in groups and teams. We value the extraordinary quality evident in our performances on stage, in our studios, and on the sports field, and we value each individual‘s progress in developing intellectual abilities in the classroom. We work hard to create a culture that honors the many forms of achievement exhibited by our students, and we want each student to feel nurtured, supported, motivated and challenged.

On the behavior side of this equation, above all we want an atmosphere of respect. We want BBA to be a place of serious learning even as the process itself should be filled with excitement. We will oppose bullying and bigotry in all its forms as we seek to instill the values of responsibility, integrity and service that are essential to our mission.

Of course, being true to this core value requires commitment on the part of each individual, and my hope is that each member of our community make that commitment. There is the proposed new year resolution!

Happy New Year. May 2019 bring joy and accomplishment to our community of Bulldogs.

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Advancement Office

As we begin 2019 with lots of plans for self-improvement, leading healthier lives, and other such ideas, I want to share with you that after 13 years as Director of Advancement at Burr and Burton, I am ending my working career on April 1st. Since I will turn 66 in April, it is time to spread my wings and try something new, something called retirement (although I am calling it my “inspirement”). But more on that later as I begin to organize my transition.

Our sincerest thanks to all of our BBA parents who made a gift to the Annual Fund at the end of 2018. We asked you to BE COUNTED, and we did just that. I know we send a lot of reminders we appreciate your support. The fact is every time we send another reminder, more parents go online to make a gift or mail in a gift, which shows us you understand the importance of financial support from our BBA families. Because of our independent status, your support ensures we can continue to provide an extraordinary educational experience for all students at Burr and Burton.

Thank you also to Heidi Boudreau and Kate Brill for setting up and manning the school store this fall, and the other Parent Association volunteers, Nancy Truettner and Kim Vogel, who helped out on our “Shopping Day” on December 18. We sold almost $4,000 worth of Bulldog and Belltower Schwag! Be on the lookout throughout town over the holidays, Bulldogs will be well-represented far and wide.

Kaisen Gala 2019, Cultivating Change for Good

With the start of the new year, we gear up the planning of our fundraising gala to be held on May 24, 2019. This is a premier event which kicks off the social season here in the Manchester and the Mountains and is an important part of our fundraising efforts for the year. Last year’s event raised over $250,000! We will be hosting the event at the Taconic so be sure that date is on your calendar. A “Save the Date” card will be coming out shortly. In conjunction with this event, we are looking for support in several ways.

  1. Sponsorship

Gala Sponsorship is one way to show your support for this important fundraising event. Sponsorships are $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500 with lots of benefits for your support. Whether you choose to represent your business or if you’d like to do a family sponsorship, all sponsorships go to help offset the expenses of putting on this event. If you’re interested in becoming a Gala Sponsor, please contact Margot Page at 802-549-8281 or email her mpage@burrburton.org.

  1. Online Auction Items

We will once again be holding an Online Auction in April. As always, we are looking for items for the auction, and in particular, donation of services or high-quality items. If you own a business or would like to do something as an individual, we are looking for items such as:

  • Cord of wood (delivered)
  • A morning of spring cleaning
  • A couple of hours of window washing
  • Decorating consultation
  • Landscaping consultation
  • Gift certificates to local restaurants or any local business

Anything along these lines would be terrific. If you have something in mind, please contact Pauline de Laszlo at 802-549-8277 or email her pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.

  1. Live Auction Items

Also, if you have an item that might be appropriate for a Live Auction item please let us know. For example, this might be a week in a vacation home in a warm climate or at the beach during the summer, or a unique experience of some sort. Please contact Kate Townshend, co-chair of the event with Ursula Knowles, at kate.a.townsend@gmail.com if you have something you can offer.

The good news is if you become a gala sponsor, donate something to either the Online or Live auction it will count toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!

Once again, best wishes to all of our Burr and Burton families for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

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BBA Alumni College and Career Fair
On Wednesday, January 9, we are welcoming back recent graduates from the classes of 2015-18 to share information about their college and work experiences.  If you have young alumni at home, please encourage them to participate and reserve a spot in this program by contacting Lynne Welsh (549-8242 or lwelsh@burrburton.org) or reaching out to one of the counselors by January 4.

The program will run from 10:30 – 12:45 on January 9 (with a snow date of January 10). Alumni will first meet with current students and faculty in the gym during Flex Block.  At 12:00, they’ll move to the renovated student center where we’ll treat them to lunch and they’ll have a chance to catch up with former classmates and teachers.

Second Semester Schedules
All students should check their second-semester schedules through the On-Campus Portal (under the Classes tab, view Other Classes, drop down to “All-Year”). Students who need to make changes should contact their counselor as soon as possible.  The drop-add deadline date is Friday, January 11.

College and Career Planning for Juniors
The School and College Counselors will hold spring semester meetings with all juniors.  In these individual student appointments, we will discuss the student’s academic record, extracurricular and work experiences, and other positive factors that will contribute to a successful college application process or transition to work or other opportunities. Our goal with all students is to help them create a successful plan for life after BBA.  We will assist students in developing an appropriate college list, answer questions and provide support for the college search and provide guidance related to a gap year, career search, course selection, employment opportunities and more. We welcome parental contact and feedback at any time.

PSAT TESTING INFORMATION for JUNIORS
Students have received their PSAT scores from the  College Board, and scores have been posted to the “Testing” page on student Naviance accounts. PSAT interpretation and information about upcoming SAT Prep opportunities are in OnCampus student and parent portals, and on the School Counseling page of the BBA website.  Students can link scores with Khan Academy for individualized, personal SAT prep.

SPRING 2018  Standardized Testing Information for Juniors

Test     Test Date Location   Register by
ACT     February 9 OTHER   Jan. 11
SAT     March 9 BBA   Feb. 8
ACT     April 13 BBA   Mar. 8
SAT or Subject Tests     May 4 BBA   Apr. 5
SAT or Subject Tests     June 1 BBA   May 3
ACT     June 8 OTHER   May 3

Students should NOT register for all of the above tests. Check your schedule and determine which date(s) work for you. To register for the SAT: www.collegeboard.org. To register for the ACT: www.actstudent.org.

Test Prep Opportunities for Juniors

High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100 for the prep class.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families. Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for either the March SAT or the May SAT.  Classes will also include information applicable to students taking the ACT.

Session 1 (for March 9 SAT or April 13 ACT)  

Friday January 18, 1-3 pm
Friday, January 25, 1-3 pm
Friday, February 1, 1-3 pm
Friday, February 8, 1-3 pm
Friday, March 1, 1-3 pm (snow date/ extra)

Session 2 (for May 4 SAT or June 8 ACT)

Friday, March 29, 1-3 pm
Friday, April 5, 1-3 pm
Friday, April 26, 1-3 pm
Friday, May 3, 1-3 pm

The two sessions above are identical courses so students will only sign up for one.  To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh. See your counselor regarding a fee reduction.  Registration deadlines: January 15 for Session 1; March 25 for Session 2.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes
Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA 0n May 4; cost is $350 (Class dates TBD by Tutorial Center.) Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend applications available online at www.giv.org/applynow.

WHEN: February 8 through 10 or February 22 through 24.

WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)

WHAT: Digital Journalism and Ethics, Youth Leadership, Directing Theater, Microcontrollers, Biological Illustration, Chaos Art, Global Education and Youth Voice, Neuroscience, Disaster Health and Epidemiology, Songwriting Boot Camp

HOW: Students fill out applications at www.giv.org by January 15. Apply early; spots will fill up quickly!

Regarding Governor’s Institute of Vermont SUMMER Institutes, applications are available beginning February 1 at www.giv.org/applynow.

College Application Update and Post High School Planning
Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college! Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly. Please remind your student to update us as those decisions arrive.  We also continue to work with seniors who are still in the process of applying and those who are considering other post-graduate plans. Please reach out to your child’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors
Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades of their applicants. Rest assured that the registrar will process grades as soon as possible following exams. We’ll then forward an updated transcript to all colleges listed on students’ transcript request forms. Because we use a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.

Information for Sophomores
Sophomores will gather for a meeting with school counselors in late January where they will receive information about their Pre-ACT scores and learn about academic opportunities for the upcoming school year. School counselors will speak about considerations in choosing classes, programs at Career Development Center, internship experiences, and more.

From the 9th Grade Corner
Our 9th graders have started the process of looking at and creating a “draft” academic plan for their next three years here at Burr and Burton. Through additional advisory meetings this winter our freshmen will continue to work on these plans while learning about Burr and Burton graduation requirements, transcripts, AP classes, and the Career Development Center. They can access their draft plan through Naviance which is linked in our OnCampus portal. There are a number of tools within the Naviance platform that we encourage students to explore such as the career interest profiler. Academically, January brings a new semester and new classes. We continue to stress the importance of using Flex block time wisely.

Scholarships
Forms for scholarships listed below are downloadable from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript request form found in the School and College Counseling Office. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

Berkshire Bank NeXt Gen Scholarship:
Eligibility: High school senior, current college students, adults in pursuit of undergrad degree, 3.0, family income, attending or planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college or technical school.
Award: $1,500; Deadline: January 31

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Students must get their  VSAC Unified Scholarship application done and postmarked by Friday, Feb 15, with all required documents. VSAC Scholarship workbooks are available in the School and College Counseling Office. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document requests to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling a few days prior to the deadline!

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website: vtlegion.org. Paper applications are available in School and College Counseling. Award: $500; Deadline April 1.

VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University; GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College. Award: unknown, Deadline: April 1.
APPLICATIONS ONLINE: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department

Happy New Year! Thanks to some early snow and cold temperatures all of our Winter Sports teams have been in action and it truly feels like mid-season. We hope you will join us and cheer on the bulldogs.

Here is some important information as we head into the New Year.

Athletic Leadership Academy More Than an Armband:
The Athletic Leadership Academy is designed to prepare athletes to take on leadership roles on their teams. Athletes will learn what is expected of leaders at Burr and Burton, gain an understanding of group dynamics, practice leadership skills, and create a leadership portfolio to share with their coaches and teams. No athlete may become a varsity captain without having completed the workshop. The series is offered three times each year (in the second half of each sports season).

Second Session of the year – in the Wellness Room from 11 am -12 noon on January 24 and 31. Get your athletes in the room.

SuperFan
Don’t forget to download the SuperFan App and check in at competitions for SuperFan bragging rights and the chance to win great prizes at these games.
Bulldog Nation by SuperFanU, Inc.
iOS
Android Device

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2018-2019
Adults: $4
Students: $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over): $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball and Ice Hockey
Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket: $15
Adults: 10-game punch ticket: $30
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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Remaining Varsity Home Openers:
Wednesday, January 2: Nordic Competition 2:30 pm Wild Wings
Wednesday, January 9: Alpine Competition 1 pm Bromley Mountain

 


From the Creative Arts Department

On Friday, January 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts, Burr and Burton Academy’s Creative Arts Department will present the Theater & Dance New Works Project.  Join us as the veil is taken away from the creative process with students sharing their original choreography, scenes, monologues, poetry, and scripts in a workshop atmosphere.  If you ever wanted to see the steps of the creative genius, don’t miss out on this opportunity. Listen, watch and experience the performance of these burgeoning artists and be part of the process with a talk back at the end of the evening. The event is free.

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Creative Department Head Neil Freebern Honored

For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states for their outstanding contributions to music education programs.  BBA’s own Neil Freebern has been chosen to represent Vermont as a ‘director who makes a difference’ featured in the 2018 December issue.  Congratulations Neil!

 


Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK

2019 BURTONIAN – ON SALE NOW

The memories. The friends. The laughter. Yearbooks are truly something special that you’ll hold on to forever. Click to order today for $55.00.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

 


From the Library

Read this month’s library newsletter to learn about QR codes, new books and coffee in the library.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
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Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – http://tpw.com/

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

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Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.cmylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – https://www.midurabuildingco.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
JOY – all things underthings – http://joyallthingsunderthings.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – http://www.pharmacyinc.net
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
Joseph M. Sullivan

Green Hills, Silver Waters
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Wine Sponsors
Hoa and Orland Campbell


Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Berkshire Bank Foundation

Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 


Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
Guaranteed Rate

SameSun of Vermont 


Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Mountain Media & ITV Fest
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals
Zippy Chicks


Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
GSK Climate Control
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther 


Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics

Audy Appraisals PC
Big Branch Landscaping

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bradley’s Pro shop
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
H.N. Williams
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Alden/Ihasz Group
Stifel
The Pharmacy Northshire
William Ravies Real Estate
James A. Young P.C.

We invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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December 2018

Calendar

1  SAT Testing at BBA: 8 am – 2 pm, Smith Center, 3rd floor
6 All Class Junior Meeting: 11 am – noon, Riley Center
6 Winter Concert – Large Ensembles: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, SVAC
7 Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
12 BBA Parents Pub Night: 6 pm, Equinox Resort
13 Theater and Dance Fest: 6 – 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
13 Theater and Dance Fest: 8 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
17 Final D/E Block Exams: full day of school
18 Final D/E Block Exams: full day of school
18 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Mountain Campus, Peru
19 Final Exams: noon dismissal
19 Mountain Campus Final Overnight
20 Final Exams: noon dismissal
21 – Jan. 7 Holiday Break
Second Semester Begins January 7, 2019 – Students return

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Imagine The Future.

That is the tagline for The Rowland Project, our $20 million campus expansion and transformation plan that will encompass a 21st-century classroom building coupled with a courtyard/green space, all located behind the Seminary Building on what is now the faculty parking lot. This will be the largest building project in the history of the school, and it will be completed by June 2021.

With that in mind, I am pleased to announce that we are entrusting the design work to one of our own. Kyle Murphy, BBA Class of 2007, will be the design architect on this project and will work in partnership with the ZGF Architects, a highly acclaimed firm known for creating well designed, sustainable buildings.

I share this news not only for its importance in the future of BBA, but to serve as a reminder that here in 2018, we are educating future designers, artists, writers, teachers, medical professionals, scientists, business people… and more. Imagine The Future applies to your daughters and sons at least as much as it applies to this institution, and 10 years from now, my hope for all of our students is that they, like Kyle Murphy,  are doing significant work with skill and passion.

Exams are a few weeks away, the winter sports season is underway, the winter concert is coming up next week, followed closely by the theater and dance festival. So many opportunities, so much activity.

As we close out the semester and the calendar year, I want to thank everyone for supporting this great community. Together, we are able to imagine the future for all.

With gratitude,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

I cannot recall a November with so many weather challenges! My hope is that we will not have a storm that causes BBA to close or delay between now and our December break. Given our recent interruptions, we’ve revised our exam week schedule to regain an additional day of classes. Please note that Monday (12/17) and Tuesday (12/18) are now full days of school (with D and E block midterms and D/E exams on Monday and Tuesday).

Schedule for week of 12/17/18 (Exams)

In lieu of progress reports, we will open course gradebooks in BBA’s OnCampus portal so parents can get a comprehensive view of student progress. Access to student progress will be available from Monday, December 3rd until Friday, December 7th. You can view what students can view – assignments, due dates, grades and progress to date. Please reach out to teachers if you have questions or concerns.

Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

There are only a few weeks left before exams, and there are many opportunities for students to receive academic support prior to the end of the semester. Teachers are available before and after school (by appointment) and during Flex Block.

Lastly, I hope to connect with many of you in the coming weeks at BBA’s winter concert, the Theater and Dance Fest, Mountain Campus Final Presentations, BBA’s student photography show and athletic games and competitions.

Best,  

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

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From the BBA Parent Association

For years the BBA community has participated in service related activities that are core to our mission and values. This holiday season the tradition continues by donating food baskets to the Community Sharing Project so that families and individuals living in need can enjoy a more bountiful holiday season. All students will be assigned their “item” during Advisory. Please help your student remember to bring in their item to their Advisory. If your student doesn’t remember, please contact their Advisor or Ellen Murray at emurray@burrburton.org for more details. 
 
Also this year, the Parent Association in conjunction with the National Honor Society has launched a new initiative, Change For Good. Please ask your child if they’ve contributed to one of the two collection boxes in the Student Center. The idea is to collect loose “change” that will be used to purchase more items to help supplement the food baskets that are distributed by the Community Sharing Project. The Change for Good boxes will be collected in 11 days. So please encourage your student to donate by Dec. 11th. 
 
As always, thank you in advance for your generosity and being part of making our BBA community the best it can be. Happy holidays to everyone. 
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Nan E. Bambara
Dorset, Vermont
Cell/Text 407-375-8615
nebambara@gmail.com
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P.S.
Join us Wednesday, December 12 for BBA Parents Pub Night at 6 pm at the Equinox Resort. All parents are welcome!

 



The Mountain Campus invites the extended BBA community to the fall semester students’ Final Project Presentations on Tuesday, December 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This evening is a chance for our students to share their work on creating positive change. Public speeches and readings, poster presentations, and art will be part of this demonstration of learning. 
For BBA students and families interested in a semester at the Mountain Campus, this is the best way to witness how students experience education in this setting. The event will be held at the Mountain Campus, at 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd., Peru, VT. 05152.
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From the Advancement Office

As the holiday season in upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the generosity of spirit of our BBA community! We want to thank all of our parents and families who support Burr and Burton Academy in many different ways.

Thank you to the Parent Association and the many hours they have put into reaching out to all BBA parents. Nan Bambara continues to skillfully lead this group. Activities to date have included: a New Parent coffee at the start of the year, and a New Parent information night, a Fall Mixer at the Mountain Campus, a pub night to socialize with other parents, providing refreshments and other assistance for the cast and crew of the fall play, a “Change for Good” initiative to help fund turkeys for the holiday baskets, sweets and treats for faculty and staff during a very difficult time of the loss of a colleague, and help with setting up the BBA School Store and fulfilling orders. Kate Townshend and Ursula Knowles continue to lead the Gala Committee and they are already hard at work planning for this important event on May 24, 2019. And we appreciate the efforts of parents who provide food and refreshments for traveling teams, come to our performing arts events or cheer on our Bulldogs on the field, court, tracks and trails, slopes and parks, and the ice rink. Thank you to the Booster Club for their support of our athletic teams. Thank you to those who have helped organize fundraising events to support the hockey program, especially the most recent Student vs. Faculty Hockey game at Riley Rink.

Thank you to our host families of International students, for welcoming these students into your home to be a part of your family. And to our dorm parents who fashion a family of a different sort by creating a supportive, caring environment for their International students who are far from their own homes. (We’re always looking for more host families so if you’re interested please contact Pia Nolan at pnolan@burrburton.org).

And last but certainly not least, thank you to all parents who have supported the 2018 – 2019 Annual Giving Campaign with a gift or corporate sponsorship. For those of you who haven’t yet made a commitment, there is still plenty of time unless you want to take the tax deduction in 2018! If that is the case we must receive your gift by December 31, 2018. We continue to promote parent participation as the main focus of our fundraising efforts. We count outright gifts, corporate sponsorships (if you have a family-owned business), gala sponsorships, a donation of a service or item to the spring Online Auction, gifts made to the Bus Fund, the 88 Keys campaign and gifts made to Friends of Hockey. If you’ve already given, please encourage other parents to do the same. We’re all in this together so “Be Counted” as a parent supporter of BBA!

Once again, our most sincere thank you to all of you who have supported the school and our students in some way in the past months – we couldn’t do it without you.  

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from all of us in the Advancement office.

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201.

P.S. It’s easy to make a gift – feel free to use any of the following:

Online: https://www.burrburton.org/onlinegiving

By mail: Advancement office, Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254

Credit card: Online or call Nancy Brown in our office at 802-549-8110

In person: Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off your gift. We’d love to see you and say thank you in person.

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Seniors

Keep those applications coming! Let us help you brainstorm essays, review applications and consider good matches. Many seniors have already submitted applications; other students are still working through the initial process. A good rule of thumb is to apply before the December break. Remember to have your test scores sent directly from the College Board or ACT to the colleges that require them. We’re here to assist and support you.

Families need to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from application deadlines. Please check EACH college’s website for information. Students applying to private colleges should check to see if they are required to complete the CSS Financial Profile Form. Forms are available online at collegeboard.org

Message from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)

Seniors! The VSAC Scholarship Workbooks are in! Come to the School and College Counseling Office to pick up a booklet so you can get an early start looking through the workbook for scholarships. This is an opportunity to apply for a few scholarships with one application. Please speak to Mrs. Welsh if you have questions; she is available to assist you with the application process. The deadline to submit VSAC assisted scholarships is February 15.

Regarding the FAFSA: The earlier seniors file the FAFSA, the better. They will find out how much financial aid is available to them so they can make informed decisions. And, if seniors file by Nov. 30, there is also a $1,000 special FAFSA scholarship drawing from these 9 Vermont colleges: Bennington College, Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University, Saint Michael’s College, Southern Vermont College, Sterling College, University of Vermont or Vermont Technical College.

VSAC is offering FAFSA Fridays when families can make appointments to come into our Resource Center or to call our dedicated toll-free number 833-802-VSAC (9722) to have personal assistance in filing their FAFSAs.

Financial Aid Consultations with Carol Brosseau.

Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University and presenter at BBA Financial Aid Night 2018,  is offering to assist individual students and families with financial aid questions and provide support with FAFSA completion. Please contact her via email by January 10th to set up an appointment: cbrossea@gmu.edu

AP Exam Information

All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2018-2019 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $98 per exam by December 14. Payments after this date will be charged $100  per exam. Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to the School and College Counseling Office, or pay by credit card at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/ap_fees (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well).  There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose. All students enrolled in AP courses are required by Burr and Burton to take the AP exam. AP exams are held May 6 – May 17, 2019.

College Athletics

Seniors interested in playing Division I or II intercollegiate athletics next year need to register at http://www.ncaa.org/. Stop in the School and College Counseling Office for assistance or computer access.

Selective Service Registration

Eighteen-year-old males need to register with the U.S. Selective Service at www.sss.gov. Male students need to do so in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

From the 9th grade corner:

The freshmen will be participating in their third group counseling cycle over the next couple of months. To date, they have completed counseling sessions highlighting the main supports and resources available to them whenever social, relational, and academic challenges surface. Along with this effort, they have also received counseling on important facets of high school like course planning and transcripts as well as the wide array of unique opportunities available to BBA students seeking to personalize their education.  Next, the freshmen will dive more deeply into 4-year planning to prepare for sophomore course selections in the spring.

As the school year progresses, winter sports are underway and our freshmen will be experiencing first semester final exams for as winter break approaches. These demands place a special emphasis on the use of Flex Block and Advisory.

Academic Support:

Please continue to encourage your child to use Flex Block wisely. Many of our students are doing well with this independent time. As the semester nears completion, grades will be finalized so good planning and study habits will certainly help. On a normal full week of school Flex is the block during the middle of day when students can get lunch and complete school work.  Flex Block is valuable for test or quiz makeups, teacher conferencing, group projects and individual help. Additionally, if a student needs a good environment for studying, the library is open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.

Scholarship List

Berkshire Bank Foundation NeXt Gen Scholarship
Eligibility: high school seniors, current college students who share commitment to community service and volunteerism. Minimum GPA of 3.0, plans to attend 2 or 4 year college or technical school. Application is online.
Award: $2,500; Deadline January 31.

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website: vtlegion.org.
Award: $500; Deadline April 1

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department

I am very excited to see the start of our Winter Sports Season. The athletes have already impressed me with their effort and hard work.

If you have a child competing we encourage you to put the following into practice:

  1. Limit your comments to encouragement and celebration – leave the coaching to the coaches, the officiating to the officials, and the playing to the athletes.
  2. Avoid analyzing the game or your child’s play right after the game. All they need to know is that you enjoyed watching them play. When your child is ready for your advice they will come to you.
  3. Speak positively about the team and the individuals who are part of it. It is hard to have a positive experience when the people you admire are tearing it down.

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2018-2019

Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball and Ice Hockey

Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15
Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.

Like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

@BBABulldogsAD

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Varsity Home Openers:

Tuesday, December 11: Boys Basketball v. MSJ, 7 pm
Wednesday, December 12: Wrestling v. Otter Valley and Middlebury, 6 pm
Friday, December 14: Snowboarding Competition 1 pm – Stratton Mountain
Saturday, December 15: Boys Hockey v. Rutland, 5 pm
Wednesday, December 19: Girls Basketball v. St. Johnsbury, 6:30 pm
Saturday, December 22: Girls Hockey v. Rice, 5 pm
Wednesday, January 2: Nordic Competition 2:30 pm – Wild Wings
Wednesday, January 9: Alpine Competition 1 pm – Bromley Mountain

 


From the Creative Arts Department

The Music Department will present a Winter Concert Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 pm at the Southern Vermont Arts Center featuring the Instrumental Music Ensemble, Vocal Music Ensemble, Circuits Electronic Music Ensemble and Chamber Choir.  Tickets are available at bbatickets.com.

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Burr and Burton Academy’s Winter Showcase,  A FESTIVAL of DANCE, DRAMA and FILM 

Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Dept. is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film, Thursday December 13, 2018 at 6 pm and 8 pm, at the school’s Riley Center for the Arts. Don’t miss the chance to experience the wide range of talent from over 75 students who partake in BBA’s curricular acting, dance and film classes. There is something for everyone in this tightly packed evening of performance.

Acting scenes range from Shakespeare, to A League of Their Own, the hilarious Noises Off and original works from Gianna Delossantos ’20, Erin Norton ’21 and more.

The Fall Short Film project will be presented along with the BBA Dance Company performing numbers, including Bob Fosse’s “Hot Honey Rag”, from the musical Chicago, a contemporary piece “River”, choreographed by Grace MacFadyen ’18, a lyrical piece “Upward Over The Mountain” choreographed by Rachel Hemmer ’19, a ballet variation and Emily Owens ’12 hip hop number “Run The World, Grlz”.

Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for adults and can be purchased online at: bbatickets.com.

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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK

2019 BURTONIAN – ON SALE NOW FOR $55.
This price will hold only through the month of December. 

The memories. The friends. The laughter. Yearbooks are truly something special that you’ll hold on to forever. Click to order today for $55.00.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian Recognition Ads for seniors can also be ordered through this link HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

 


From the Library

Read this month’s library newsletter to learn about QR codes, new books and coffee in the library.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
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Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – http://tpw.com/

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.cmylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – https://www.midurabuildingco.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
JOY – all things underthings – http://joyallthingsunderthings.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – http://www.pharmacyinc.net
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
Joseph M. Sullivan

Green Hills, Silver Waters
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Wine Sponsors
Hoa and Orland Campbell


Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Berkshire Bank Foundation

Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 


Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
Guaranteed Rate

SameSun of Vermont 


Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Mountain Media & ITV Fest
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals
Zippy Chicks


Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
GSK Climate Control
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther 


Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics

Audy Appraisals PC
Big Branch Landscaping

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bradley’s Pro shop
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
H.N. Williams
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Alden/Ihasz Group
Stifel
The Pharmacy Northshire
William Ravies Real Estate
James A. Young P.C.

We invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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November 2018

Calendar

2  Parent Association Meeting: 89 am, library
3  SAT Testing at BBA: 8 am – 2 pm, Smith Center, 3rd floor
5  Suicide Prevention Awareness: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Manchester Community Library
7  Fall Performance of TITANIC: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
8  Fall Performance of TITANIC: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
9  Fall Performance of TITANIC: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
10 Fall Performance of TITANIC: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
12 Elf Express/One Act Information and Audition Meeting: 3 – 6 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
13 Musical Audition Workshop: 3 – 5:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
13 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony: 6:308:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
14 Mountain Campus Visit Day
14 Musical Audition Workshop: 3 – 6 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
14 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, BBA Gym
15 Spring Musical Auditions: 3 – 5:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
15 – 16 International Program Central NY Trip
15 – 17 International Program D.C. Trip
16 Spring Musical Auditions: 1 – 4 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
16 Student vs Faculty Hockey Game: 7 – 8:30 pm, Riley Rink
19 Spring Musical Auditions: 3 – 6 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
19 Mountain Campus Conferences: 4 – 8 pm
20 Mountain Campus Conferences: 8 am – 2 pm
21 – 23 Thanksgiving Break – no school
26 Winter Sports Practice Begins

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As the calendar turns to November, we are a week away from another national election — the long anticipated midterms. Will we get a blue wave? A crimson tide? Will our country come together or will it find further reason for division?

What does this have to do with the education of your sons and daughters? The best schools are actually countercultural: they seek to create an ideal community united by core values, united by a sense of purpose, a place of ideas and connections. Burr and Burton Academy is not perfect, but we strive every day to create a sense of connection and belonging.

Yesterday, students and faculty celebrated Halloween in a variety of costumes, our field hockey team headed north for a semi final playoff game (they won!), our mountain biking team competed in the state championship meet, our football team prepared for its playoff game this Saturday, and the cast and crew of Titanic: Tragedy and Trial prepared for next week’s opening.

Bulldog Spirit is everywhere, and with that in mind, I share with you a cartoon that was in the most recent edition of the Seminary Standard, our school newspaper. I hope it brings a smile to your face.

Welcome to November,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster


From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

We fall into November with the second half of the academic semester in full swing. With the time change (don’t forget to fall back this weekend), you might be tempted to hunker down during the dark November evenings. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities available this month to connect as a community.

Next week, come out to experience the BBA Creative Arts Department’s production of Titanic. The cast and crew consists of students who have worked all fall to bring this production to life. The play runs from November 7th – November 10th and a few tickets are still available on BBA’s website.  On November 16th, you can watch the student-faculty hockey game at Riley Rink. Given the talent on the faculty team a faculty victory is assured!

We are halfway through the semester and I recently encouraged students to take some time to reflect on their learning. I encourage you to talk with your sons and daughters about their successes, challenges and goals for the next 7 weeks. I share the following to guide your conversation.

Here is an excerpt from my email to students:

Before you move on to the second half of the semester,  take some time to reflect on your own learning.

Now is the time to check in with yourself. What are you most proud of? What do you view as your greatest successes? What evidence and learning artifacts can you point to that demonstrate high quality work and a deep understanding of content and skill development?  

Now is the time to identify and celebrate your own personal learning victories.

Now is the time to think about what you want to do differently the second half of this semester?  How do you want to improve, stretch and grow?

I was reminded recently that, those who do the work do the learning.

If you are reading this and thinking — there are many areas where I want to improve. Remember this year’s school theme —Change for Good

Now is your time to do things differently and keep in mind that you can do hard things and you don’t have to do it alone. There are many opportunities for success, many pathways to achieve it, and many here to support you on your learning journey.

Best –

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

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The Mountain Campus will host a Visit Day
on Wednesday, November 14

This is an opportunity for interested BBA students to see the campus and program. 
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Paul Kelly (Mountain Campus Admissions) will provide the details of Visit Day on a Monday assembly. Students will be able to sign up online, through a Google Form, after Monday’s assembly.
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From the Advancement Office

“Be Counted”, support the 2018 – 2019 Annual Fund!

By now, you have received the Annual Fund brochure and a personal appeal from Mark Tashjian asking for your support of this year’s Annual Fund. As parents, your participation is key to our success – parent support demonstrates your commitment to our mission to serve the needs of all students (and most important, those of your student).

We encourage you to give at a level that works for your family. You may say to yourself, “What can my $10, $25, or $50 dollars do for BBA?” I would like to stress that each and every gift counts as a vote in favor of top-quality education. With your support, we can demonstrate to other donors and foundations that our BBA families are behind us 100%, which in turn, inspires their generous support. Take a look at the Annual Appreciation Report and see how many donors believe in the work that we do at Burr and Burton! It’s impressive.

What does the Annual Fund support? It is a key piece of the funding puzzle that provides all of the amazing educational opportunities for your student. When considering a gift, think about the iPad your student is using to enhance their learning experience here, or the Mountain Campus semester, or the Student Success Program, or any of the After School Clubs your student enjoys, or the service learning trips planned for the second semester, or any of the amazing “extras” that are available to your student at Burr and Burton Academy. These opportunities are provided by meeting the Annual Fund goal.

Please don’t put it off – make your gift today and Be Counted! It’s easy. You can give in any of the following ways:

  • Make a gift online by clicking on this link https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform
  • Send a check to Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254
  • Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off a gift (and we can thank you in person)
  • Become a corporate sponsor if you own your own business
  • Donate a service of some sort to the Online Auction

Any and all gifts count toward the parent participation number and if you also happen to be an alumnus or alumna, your gift counts toward alumni giving!

Thank you for your support if you’ve already given this year. Last year was another outstanding year for the Annual Fund, which means it was an outstanding year for the opportunities we were able to provide YOUR student. And we are working to replicate that success – please help us get to the goal!

With grateful appreciation,

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201.

P.S. Marlene Lederman Allen, Chair of the Parent Association Advancement Committee, will be following up shortly with an email encouraging your support.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

We are looking ahead and planning for next year’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day which is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2019. This past year’s event was a great success with over 110 guests attending the program and consisted of presentations by faculty and students. Grandparents and Special Friends were then joined by their grandchildren for lunch in the cafeteria and then student-led campus tours followed. 

In order to invite your student’s grandparents or special friends to our spring event, we are in need of their mailing address. Please forward to nbrown@burrburton.org___.

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Guidance-Bullhorn

Seniors

Keep those applications coming! Let us help you brainstorm essays, review applications and consider good matches. Many seniors have already submitted applications; other students are still working through the initial process. A good rule of thumb is to apply before the December break. Remember to have your test scores sent directly from the College Board or ACT to the colleges that require them. We’re here to assist and support you.

Families need to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from application deadlines. Please check EACH college’s website for information. Students applying to private colleges should check to see if they are required to complete the CSS Financial Profile Form. Forms are available online at collegeboard.org.

Castleton Decision Day Program

Castleton University gives students the opportunity to interview with admissions counselors at BBA on Tuesday, December 4. Students will immediately receive their admission decision if application with all supporting documents is in Castleton’s hands  no later than November 19.(Application fee is waived.) Self-reported SAT/ACT scores are appropriate for applying. Students must submit a transcript request form to their counselor and sign up for an interview appointment with Castleton in the School and College Counseling Office by November 15.

SAT/ACT Registration Information

We recommend that juniors hold off on these tests until the spring semester when they will have had a chance to review PSAT results and take a prep class, if desired. Test prep classes will be scheduled in the winter/spring and we will alert you to those opportunities. Seniors should note that November 2 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 1 at BBA. Go to www.collegeboard.org. Seniors who want to take the December 8 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 2 deadline at www.actstudent.org.

Upcoming College Visits

Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to attend college meetings. Students and parents can find our most up-to-date list at http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. We also post a paper calendar inside the School and College Counseling Office and list visits in the weekly announcements.

AP Exam Information

All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2018-2019 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $98 per exam by December 14. Payments after this date will be charged $100  per exam. Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to the School and College Counseling Office, or pay by credit card at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/ap_fees (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well).  There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose. All students enrolled in AP courses are required by Burr and Burton to take the AP exam. AP exams are held May 6 – May 17, 2019.

College Athletics

Seniors interested in playing Division I or II intercollegiate athletics next year need to register at http://www.ncaa.org/. Stop in the School and College Counseling Office for assistance or computer access.

Selective Service Registration

Eighteen-year-old males need to register with the U.S. Selective Service at www.sss.gov. Male students need to do so in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

From the 9th grade corner:

It’s hard to believe but your 9th grader is now officially one quarter of the way through their Freshman year.  We are proud to report that on Wednesday, October 11 over 180 Freshmen visited numerous community partners as they engaged in many different community service projects.  

As part of the counseling program the freshmen have focused on getting to know BBA during the beginning of the year. More specifically, they are getting to know the people around campus who can assist them if they are experiencing a challenge. Next, the freshmen will begin to study the academic offerings, graduation requirements, and unique programs to draft a 4-year plan.  This will assist the students in selecting courses for next year.

Academic Support:

An emphasis has been placed in advisory on using Flex block wisely. On a normal full week of school this is the block during the middle of day that students can get lunch and complete school work.  We continue to stress the importance of using this time to make-up tests or quizzes, conference with teachers, work on group projects and receive individual help when needed. Please note, that the library is open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.

Upcoming Events.

  • Fall Play – Titanic: Tragedy and Trial, Wednesday – Saturday, November 7 – 10 @ 6:30 pm
  • Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting – Wednesday, November 14, 6 pm in the Gym
  • Thanksgiving Break – No School – Wednesday, November 21 –  Friday, November 23

Scholarship List

Scholarship information can be found in the School and College Counseling Office and is listed in Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.

National Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Eligibility: United States citizen, judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Award: $1,000 – $60,000;
Deadline: November 30
Application online at: www.elks.org/enf/scholars

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship

Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website: vtlegion.org.
Award: $500;
Deadline April 1

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department

Maryann Morris, Executive Director of The Collaborative, asked me to pass along some important information on Opiods that is of specific interest to athletes and their families. Please take some time to review and discuss this Fact Sheet.

The Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic is offering a workshop on concussions for athletes, parents, and coaches at Maple Street School on November 28th.

Wednesday, November 14, 6 pm: Mandatory winter sports parent/athlete meeting.

Monday, November 26: All winter sports begin tryouts/practices.  

Reminder that, all Freshmen, Juniors and new students must have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. As this is the third year of the policy we expect most sophomores and seniors to be in compliance with up to date physicals but please be sure to check. We must have a copy of your athlete’s physical (dated from 3/1/17 or later) on file for athletes to be eligible for participation in athletics. All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms must be completed prior to the meetings on November 14. Completing them sooner rather than later is greatly appreciated from the administrative end. If you are having difficulty with the forms, assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the winter sports meeting in the basement of the Smith Center.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics, Dave Miceli at dmiceli@burrburton.org.

Please note that there are competitions scheduled over the holiday break December 21 – January 6 and during the February break 15 – 24. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Varsity Coaches:

Alpine Skiing: Trey Spencer – treyvt6@yahoo.com

Girls Basketball: Erin Mears – erin.n.mears@gmail.com

Boys Basketball: Eric Green – greene@orvis.com

Dance: TBD

Boys Ice Hockey: Mark Slade – mainstreethockey@yahoo.com

Girls Ice Hockey: Ed Lewicki – elewicki1114@hotmail.com

Nordic Skiing: Izzy Caldwell – icaldwell@burrburton.org

Snowboarding: Paul Kelly – pkelly@burrburton.org

Wrestling: Sarah Barker – barker2122@gmail.com

Like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the Creative Arts Department

Titanic Sails into The Riley Center

Titanic: Tragedy and Trial by Pat Cook will be presented at the Riley Center for The Arts, November 7, 8 , 9, 10, at 6:30 pm.  


History comes to life as over 40 BBA actors relive the majesty and magnificence of seeing the “almost unsinkable ship” through the eyes of her passengers and crew on Titanic’s maiden voyage.  A voyage cut short that fateful night on April 14, 1912, when the Titanic collided with an iceberg and within 3 hours sank to the bottom of the Atlantic.  Experience the passengers and crews dawning understanding and terror as they realize the ship is foundering without enough lifeboats and the bravery of many who put others lives before their own.  Combined with the reenacted testimony of the survivors from the 1912 Senate hearings, more questions are left unanswered than not.  Split second decisions ripple out and affect generations of all connected to the Titanic. This evening of theater is sure to raise your understanding of what one survivor describes as, “man’s hubris”.  Tickets can be purchased at bbatickets.com.

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From the Health Center

Dear Parents and Caregivers of teens:

As mentioned previously in last months edition of the Bullhorn, the community night for suicide prevention is Monday, November 5 in the Manchester Community Library. Please refer to flyer HERE for more information.

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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

Parents of Seniors, Students Senior Photo’s should be submitted by Nov. 20th, through the Senior Survey. All Senior students should have received an email with a link to the survey, which includes instructions for submissions and a section for including senior quotes and shout outs.

You can also purchase a Senior Recognition Ad at jostens.com. This section appears in the back of the yearbook and is a great way to give your favorite Senior a shout-out for being the amazing students that they are.

Yearbooks are on sale at jostens.com! Our school is listed as Burr and Burton Academy.

If you have any further questions, please contact me at mvirgilio@burrburton.org.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

 


From the Library

This month’s library newsletter shares a great resource for primary source documents, some Google tricks and new books!

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – http://tpw.com/

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.cmylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – https://www.midurabuildingco.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
JOY – all things underthings – http://joyallthingsunderthings.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – http://www.pharmacyinc.net
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
Joseph M. Sullivan

Green Hills, Silver Waters
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Wine Sponsors
Hoa and Orland Campbell


Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Berkshire Bank Foundation

Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 


Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
Guaranteed Rate

SameSun of Vermont 


Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Mountain Media & ITV Fest
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals
Zippy Chicks


Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
GSK Climate Control
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther 


Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics

Audy Appraisals PC
Big Branch Landscaping

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bradley’s Pro shop
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
H.N. Williams
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Alden/Ihasz Group
Stifel
The Pharmacy Northshire
William Ravies Real Estate
James A. Young P.C.

We invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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October 2018

Calendar

1  Photo Retakes: all day, Hunter Seminar Room
2  Junior/Soph Test Registration: 10:3012 noon, Riley Center
3  Financial Aid Information Program: 5 – 6 pm, Riley Center
3  Parent Conferences – 12:45 Dismissal: 1 – 5 pm
4  Parent Conferences – 12:45 Dismissal: 1 – 8 pm
5  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Hunter Seminar Room
5  Calliope Café: 6:309 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
6  SAT Testing at BBA: 8 am – 2 pm, Smith Center, 3rd floor
10 Freshman Service Day
10 Junior PSAT
10 Sophomore Pre-ACT
10 Senior Workshops: 911 am
11 Powderpuff Football Game: 3 4 pm, Taylor Field
11 Homecoming Cookout and Bonfire: 68:30 pm, Upper parking lot
12 Sophomore Career Summit
12-14 Reunion and Homecoming Weekend
13 iTV Fest: BBA Riley Center
18 Mid Terms
19 Mid Terms
22 Mid Semester BreakNo School
26 Parent Fall Mixer: 68 pm, Mountain Campus, Peru

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Respect for individual differences

This is one of our core values, one that ranks especially important as we face the searing national debate about Justice Brett Kavanaugh‘s alleged actions during high school and college. The premise of this core value – respect for individual differences – is that we are defined not by those differences, but by our overwhelming similarities, our common ground. These similarities may be lost in the national debate, but they are not lost here at Burr and Burton Academy.

  • We are united in our belief that education is an important and worthwhile endeavor,
  • We are united in our belief that a caring, supportive community is the very foundation for great education, and we appreciate the care and support demonstrated from within and outside the walls of our school.
  • We are united in our condemnation of sexual violence, date rape, and the attitudes and culture that have enabled these offenses to be all too prevalent in American society.
  • We are united in our support for victims of sexual assault and other forms of abuse, bullying, harassment, and intimidation.
  • We as a school strive to provide a better culture and better support system than when we adults were in high school. We want our young men and young women to conduct themselves with pride today that will last into the future, and we hope victims no longer feel the need to remain silent.

As for our differences, throughout this country and throughout our community, we have vastly different views on an appropriate outcome regarding Justice Kavanaugh‘s candidacy for the Supreme Court. I ask that as we have dialogue, we listen carefully to each other‘s perspectives, we remind ourselves to seek first to understand, then be understood, and, above all, we remember our deep, meaningful areas of agreement within these difficult discussions.

We are a learning community, and may our diversity of views enrich our learning and strengthen our community.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

As we flip the calendar from September to October, it seems as if the fall weather has finally arrived.  Progress Reports will be released today in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal. Progress reports are designed to give a snapshot of each student’s academic performance: teachers provide a current course grade and a personal comment for each student in all semester-long courses. Please note that D and E block classes, which run every other day for the full year, do not report progress grades until late October.  

Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd from 1:15-5 pm and Thursday, October 4th from 1:15-8 pm, with a faculty dinner break from 5-5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. If your son or daughter cannot attend, please discuss the following with him or her prior to your scheduled appointments: What do they like best? Least? What progress are they making? Where are they most successful? What challenges do they face? How are they using Flex Block? During your conferences, share your personal insights. It is often this personal knowledge and perspective that helps teachers and leads to enhanced student learning.

BBA teachers welcome parent-initiated conversation at any time.  If the scheduled days and times are not convenient for you, or if appointment slots are booked, please email or call teachers directly to arrange an alternative time.  

On October 10th, we will run special programing for each grade level. No regular classes will be held this day. Please see grade-specific information below for expectations on that day.

Freshmen

All 9th graders will take to the streets for the annual Freshman Service Day. Students should plan to arrive by 8:00 am and report to the Gym to organize prior to their departure. Students should dress appropriately for their assigned project, and pack a lunch, water and bug spray/sunscreen. All groups will arrive back at BBA in time for sports and dismissal at 2:35.

Sophomores

All sophomores will report to the Riley Center at 8:00 on Oct. 10, prior to the PreACT testing administration.  The PreACT is a practice ACT, a standardized test for college admission, similar to the SAT; it is a comprehensive assessment that provides feedback on students’ career interests, along with college readiness scores.  Although it is not required to use a calculator on this test, we recommend that students bring a calculator with them for the PreACT. School will dismiss at 2:35.

Juniors

All juniors will take either the PSAT or the ASVAB on the morning of Oct. 10th and should report to school for the usual 8:00 start.  Students should bring a calculator with them for the PSAT. Testing will take place in classrooms in the Smith Center or in the Learning Center. Following testing, juniors will select an activity from a menu of topics.  School will end at 2:35.

The PSAT is a preliminary, or practice, SAT.  Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. (For the ease of online payment with a fee of $16.50, use this link: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees.) The fee is due on 10/1 and the late fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is a free test for students considering a variety of career options. It highlights skill areas not normally tested on other standardized assessments.  Students planning a career in the military and those interested in a civilian job after high school can benefit from taking this exam. Students should notify their counselor or Mrs. Welsh if they plan to take the ASVAB on the morning of Oct. 10.

Seniors

Seniors have several options for Oct. 10:

  • Seniors with November 1st college application deadlines who have not finalized their applications with their counselor must attend the morning application workshop from 9:00 – 11:30 am in the Smith Center Technology classrooms and Library.
  • Seniors may take the ASVAB at 8:00 (see details under the Junior heading).
  • Seniors may use the day for a college visit or job shadow experience.
  • Seniors who need to complete community service hours will have the opportunity to volunteer for a service project at BBA. Details about signing up will be sent to seniors via email.
  • Seniors who serve as Freshmen Mentors will accompany their freshmen advisory groups to the service sites.  Freshmen Mentors with Nov. 1 deadlines need to finalize their applications with their counselors prior to Oct. 10.

I hope to see you as you move through the halls during parent-student-teacher conferences!

Sincerely,


Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

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From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

School Delay/Closure Notification

If Burr and Burton decides to delay a school opening or close due to inclement weather, we will reach out to families via our telephone alert system. This is the same system that Meg Kenny used to remind parents of our early release on Tuesday, September 25. If you did not receive her call, please check your contact information (specifically your phone number(s) for accuracy by visiting https://burrburton.myschoolapp.com. If your data is not correct, please contact JT Amirault in our technology department to have it changed. You can reach JT by email at infoupdate@burrburton.org .

School Emergency Notification

The State of Vermont requires every school to perform monthly drills to practice potential school emergencies. In the event of a real emergency, BBA would use the same telephone alert system to communicate with parents.

For safety reasons, in a real emergency, parents should never attempt to contact their child via their cell phone or drive to the main campus. If we ever needed to evacuate the school, the parking lot of the First Congregational Church across from the Equinox Hotel will be a reunification location for you to pick up your student(s).

Sincerely,

Anthony Cirelli,
Co-Dean of Students
549-8240

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From the Advancement Office

Annual Fund kick-off

When the fall foliage appears, that is a sure sign that it’s time to launch our Annual Fund for the 2018 – 2019 school year. We kickoff this year’s Annual Fund on October 1. Our Parent Association Advancement Committee Chair, Marlene Lederman Allen, will be reaching to you on a regular basis throughout the year asking for your financial support. And here’s why – while tuition from our sending towns covers a good majority of the basic expenses of what we offer at Burr and Burton, it’s the Annual Fund that allows us to offer all of extraordinary educational experiences and opportunities available to all Burr and Burton students. So please respond to the information you receive about the Annual Fund and make a gift.

Parent participation is important on many fronts. When we are working with other donors and foundations, a strong showing of financial support (meaning the number of parents supporting the school, not the dollar amount) illustrates that you believe in what Burr and Burton is doing for your student and encourages generous support from others. Your lead inspires others who may not have as close of a connection to the school. And most important, it is your child that benefits most from the Annual Fund.

Your gift of support is based solely on your personal financial situation. No gift is too small (or too large). If you think $25 won’t have an impact, we’d like to share with you some ideas on how your gift does makes a difference.

  • $25 buys a soccer ball, purchases a foreign language film in Spanish, French or German, or 100 petri dishes for the Science Department.
  • $50 provides for an adjunct faculty member to teach a one-hour private lesson in the Music Department.
  • $100 buys a class set of level-specific reading books in a foreign language, 400 plastic protection jackets for hardcover books in the library or fills the gas tank of a van taking students to the Mountain Campus or the Dene Farm.
  • $200 pays for an hour of ice time for the boys and girls ice hockey teams or a thermal camera for a physics class.
  • $250 rents five string instruments for a year in the Music Department or buys a football helmet for one player.
  • $500 pays a faculty member to mentor one of our 35 plus clubs for the year.

We welcome many forms of support and will count any of the following as a parent gift toward the Annual Fund:

  1. A gift of cash or a check. (To make a gift Online and get it done now, click on the link: HERE.
  2. Appreciated stocks (or perhaps there are a few that haven’t performed that you want to get rid of).
  3. If you own your own business, commit to a Corporate Sponsorship or a Gala Sponsorship (we’re happy to send you package of information on sponsorships).
  4. A donation of a service, product or other item for the spring Online Auction (examples include: window washing, yard maintenance, an oil change, a cord of wood, etc.)
  5. A donation of an item for the Live Auction for our spring fundraising Gala.

Whether it’s $5 or $500 or anything in between, we ask you to do what is right for your family. Remember, it’s THE NUMBER OF PARENTS WHO GIVE that we’re counting, not the amount. And many gifts of all sizes add up to create a BIG impact!

Look for the Annual Fund brochure in your mail in early October and we encourage you to make a gift to this year’s campaign. It’s all about providing your student with the best educational opportunities possible and we need your help to do that.

Help us provide the extraordinary every day by supporting the Annual Fund.

Many thanks,

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201.

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From the BBA Parent Association

Our next Parent Association meeting is this Friday, October 5th at 8 am in the Hunter Seminar Room. We will start our meeting with a short presentation from Mark Tashjian about the Rowland Project. All are welcome. If you’d like to come for only the presentation, that’s fine. For those of you that attended the Parent Open House a few weeks ago and were interested to see the slides that Mark buzzed through, this is that presentation. 
Mark Your Calendar — RSVP to the BBA Fall Parent Mixer today!

Nan E. Bambara
BBA Parent Association President

Dorset, Vermont
Cell/Text 407-375-8615
nebambara@gmail.com

 


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Financial Aid Information Program
Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 5 pm – 6 pm
Location: Riley Center

Burr and Burton celebrates Financial Aid Month throughout October. The kickoff event is the annual Financial Aid Information Night on Wednesday, October 3 from 5 – 6 pm in the Riley Center, following afternoon parent conferences. Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University, and Lucy Hebbard-Robinson, Financial Aid Counselor at the Community College of Vermont, will join forces for the presentation. They will cover the nuts and bolts of the financial aid process, the role of VSAC, help families understand the why’s and how’s of the FAFSA, and other financial aid forms. Family financial aid appointments at BBA will also be available through the month of October.

Wednesday, October 10th Special Programs:

Freshmen Service Day
Please have your child bring a lunch and water.

Sophomore Pre-ACT
Sophomores will take the PreACT test during school hours on October 10.  The PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science.  Results predict future success on the ACT (a college admission test), and provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the familiar 1-36 ACT score scale.

Junior Testing Information
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 10 during school hours. Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. Online payment of $16.50 is also an option: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees.  Register by Oct. 1. Late registration fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.

The PSAT is a practice SAT and students who are considering college will normally want to choose this option. Score results are private and won’t be shared with colleges. It is a great way for students to become familiar with the format of the SAT. Students who do very well on the PSAT are considered for National Merit recognition. The PSAT covers math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.

ASVAB: The ASVAB is the other opportunity for Juniors on testing day, October 19. Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT can take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a free entrance test for students interested in serving in the US Military. The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may also benefit from taking this exam. This is available to Seniors as well. Students who take the ASVAB are not required to enter the Military and the score results are private and won’t be shared. The ASVAB is a free test.

Senior Application Workshops
All seniors with November 15 or earlier deadlines should attend the Senior Application Workshop from 9 – 11:00 am on October 10 in the Lower Level of the Smith Center. Counselors will work with students in the library and tech labs to assist them with completing their applications.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Registration Information for seniors who need additional testing:

  • October 5 – deadline for November 3 SAT
  • November 2 – deadline for December 8 SAT at Burr and Burton
  • November 2 – deadline for the December 8 ACT (not offered at Burr and Burton)

Register online at www.collegeboard.org or www.actstudent.org. Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. (We recommend that current juniors wait to take the SAT and ACT until the spring after they have received their PSAT results and have had the opportunity to participate in a test-prep course.)

Application Reminders for Seniors
Counselors are busy meeting with students on an individual basis to consider college lists, review applications and discuss essay topics. If your student is experiencing a roadblock in this process, please let us know so we can reach out to them.

By now, seniors should have submitted requests for teacher recommendations. Students who plan to complete their applications during the month of November need to have their essays and applications to their counselor by October 15 for review. Please refer to the Burr and Burton College Application Guide on the school’s website for more detailed information about timelines and the overall application process.

We encourage students interested in the University of Vermont to apply by November 1 to take advantage of the free application fee waiver for Early Action applicants and to receive a non-binding reply by the December holiday break.

Campus Visits
Seniors who have not visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling visits on holidays and weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Parents should notify the school in advance for absences to be excused,although these absences still count toward the 14 – absence total for individual classes. Wednesday, October 10th and Monday, October 22 might be good days to visit colleges because Burr and Burton will not be holding classes.

College Visits at BBA
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class with teacher permission to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (OnCampus Resources page or  http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton). Monday announcements also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to indicate their interest in specific colleges, ask individual questions and learn the most current campus information.

Attention Sophomores!
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is a dynamic, interactive educational program designed to prepare our country’s youth to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Sophomore students who attend the Vermont seminar interact with leaders in business, government, education, media and non-profits; they get a realistic look at our nation, its people, and their role within the world community. The 2018 HOBY Vermont Seminar will take place at Saint Michael’s College (SMC) in Colchester, Vermont from the morning of Thursday, May 24 to the afternoon of Sunday, May 27.  Go to www.hoby.org for more information. Stop by the School and College Counseling Office for an application. Applications are due back to Mrs. Welsh by Wednesday, October 31.

Oct 2018 – From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope your 9th grader has settled into the school routine and is enjoying school. Below are a few things to be aware of:

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4 – Parent/Student Conferences. Be sure to schedule these in advance.  Scheduling details and instructions can be found in the On Campus portal. Instructions were also emailed to all parents and guardians.

Wednesday, October 10 – Freshmen Service Day. Please have your child bring a lunch and water.

Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19. Exams.  Not all classes will have formal mid-term exams. Some will be project based.

Academic Support:

Library open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.

Teachers are available to help before and after school and during Flex block.

Enrichment Trips:
There are many great enrichment trips scheduled for this year.  It may be time to start talking with your son/daughter about school sponsored trips. If not for this year, it may be wise to start the planning process for a potential trip as more trips and exchange programs will be offered in the upcoming years. Please know that there is financial aid available through the Rowland Fund for Student Enrichment.  

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department

Homecoming Weekend is coming up on October 12 and 13.
Reach out to Anne Simonds at anne2sons@gmail.com of the Booster Club if you are interested in supporting our Fall Athletes.

Spirit Week – Monday, October 8 – Friday, October 12
Pep Rally for Students – Thursday, October 11 @ 1:45
Powder Puff – Thursday, October 11 @ 2:45
Bonfire – Thursday, October 11 @ 6pm
Homecoming Games – October 12 – October 13

Friday, October 12

Varsity Field Hockey v. Rutland – 4 pm Judy McCormick Taylor Field
JV Gold Boys Soccer v. Brattleboro – 4 pm Eckhardt Field
Varsity Boys Soccer v. Brattleboro – 5 pm Applejack Field
JV Field Hockey v. Rutland – 5:15 pm Judy McCormick Taylor Field
Varsity Girls Soccer v. Mill River – 7 pm Applejack Field

Saturday, October 13

Varsity Football v. Milton – 1 pm Judy McCormick Taylor Field
Hall of Fame – Saturday, October 13, 4 pm Riley Center
Homecoming Dance – Saturday, October 13, 7 pm

FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:

Bass Fishing:

  • 10/6 State Finals

Golf:

  • 10/3 Boys State Qualifiers
  • 10/9 Girls Finals
  • 10/10 Boys Finals

Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer:

  • October 22 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1:00.
  • October 23/24 – Play downs
  • October 26/27 – Quarterfinals
  • October 30/31 – Semi Finals
  • November 3 – State Finals

Cross Country:

  • October 27 – State Meet – Thetford Academy

Football:

  • November 2/3 – Semi Finals
  • November 10 – State Finals

IMPORTANT WINTER SPORT DATES AND INFORMATION:

BBA Alpine Skiing Updates
The shorter days and the falling temperatures are a sure sign that snow is just around the corner! If your son or daughter is planning to tryout for the alpine ski team please review the following information. More detailed updates will follow in the November Bullhorn and at the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting.

The varsity alpine ski team is for those athletes that have previous experience in both alpine disciplines – slalom and giant slalom. Like last year there will be a tryout period and per Burr and Burton policy – any sport where there is only a varsity team (snowboarding, alpine skiing,and ice hockey) athletes may be cut after the tryout period if he/she is not at the varsity level.

If you plan to ski on weekends and over vacations we recommend you purchase a season’s pass through the Bromley Mountain Student Season Pass program. Afternoon passes and full day passes are available a reduced rate. Please pick up a season’s pass form outside of Sue Towslee’s office. Please note that applications are due by October 15, 2018.

Varsity athletes who do not purchase a ski pass, are required to purchase a training pass. Bromley Mountain generously offers this pass to our athletes for $100. These passes will be issued after the varsity team has been selected and they are only valid Tuesday – Friday while an athlete is training with the BBA team.

In addition, all athletes are required to pay a $25 membership fee to the Bromley Outing Club (BOC).

BBA will once again offer an enhanced training option for varsity alpine athletes. This early release option is open to varsity athletes who are in good academic standing and receive a recommendation from a teacher and coach. Students who participate are required to attend Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening study/support sessions at BBA. The fee for the program is $250 which covers transportation, additional coaching and academic mentoring.

The snowboarding team will be training at Stratton Mountain again this year, so we encourage those students to take advantage on the early season specials on passes to Stratton.

IMPORTANT WINTER DATES:

November 14 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports at 6 pm in the EH Henry Gym.
November 26 – All Winter sports begin.

In case you missed it…

New Eligibility Policy
We have revised our eligibility policy to better support our students by taking advantage of our electronic gradebook. There are three main changes. We will review grades every two weeks. Students who are struggling academically will be required to use Flex Block to meet with their teachers. Students who are failing will be required to use practice time to work on their schoolwork (the previous policy allowed students to continue to attend practice). For the full text of the policy, click here.

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Ecuador Exchange visits BBA

For two weeks in September, fourteen students and their teacher from Unidad Educativa Santana, BBA’s sister school in Cuenca, Ecuador, visited Manchester.  The students had the opportunity to live with local families to experience everyday life in the United States, they attended classes and did a variety of activities around BBA and Manchester including the ropes course, pumpkin carving, the Dean Farm, Bromley, the Orvis Fly Fishing School and, of course, they spent time visiting the Manchester outlets and tackled the Vermonster at Ben and Jerry’s.  After saying goodbye to their host families, the group headed to New York City for five days and continued on to Washington D.C. for two days before returning home.

In June, Spanish Teacher Chris Nolan and his wife Pia will lead a group of BBA students to Ecuador for three weeks to complete this exchange cycle.  Burr and Burton Spanish students also have the opportunity to spend a semester in Ecuador studying at Santana and living with a local family. In addition to Spanish, Burr and Burton offers classes in French and German and has sister schools in each of those countries.

 


From the Creative Arts Department


Calliope Concert
The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music, Friday, October 5 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults payable at the door. Come out to support our student talent and join us for a reception in the lobby following the performance. 

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Congratulations to the following Vocal Music Ensemble singers for their acceptance to the American Choral Director’s Association Honors Chorus sponsored by the Univeristy of Massachusetts, Amherst. Zoe Grigsby, Annabelle Mackson, Kenzie Lacoste, Karson Barclay, Anna Freebern, Angela Caggiano, Rebecca Leili, Kaia Hansen, Jessop Burrow, Sabayo Matiku, Val Giesey, Garren Aberth, Matthew Scott, Parker Kulis, Blake Greene and Stephen Woods..

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Titanic Sails into The Riley Center

Titanic: Tragedy and Trial by Pat Cook will be presented at the Riley Center for The Arts, November 7, 8 , 9, 10, at 6:30 pm.  


History comes to life as over 40 BBA actors relive the majesty and magnificence of seeing the “almost unsinkable ship” through the eyes of her passengers and crew on Titanic’s maiden voyage.  A voyage cut short that fateful night on April 14, 1912, when the Titanic collided with an iceberg and within 3 hours sank to the bottom of the Atlantic.  Experience the passengers and crews dawning understanding and terror as they realize the ship is foundering without enough lifeboats and the bravery of many who put others lives before their own.  Combined with the reenacted testimony of the survivors from the 1912 Senate hearings, more questions are left unanswered than not.  Split second decisions ripple out and affect generations of all connected to the Titanic. This evening of theater is sure to raise your understanding of what one survivor describes as, “man’s hubris”.  Tickets can be purchased at bbatickets.com.

 


Adventure to Spain


Burr and Burton Spanish teacher Sue Ritchie will be leading a trip to Spain, from April 12 – 19, 2019.
Information about the trip may be found HERE.

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From the Health Center

Dear BBA Families,

The topic of suicide has been hard to ignore in recent months. Suicide rates are at the highest they have been in 30 years with a teen dying by suicide every 90 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death for teens.

The Stratton Foundation and Burr and Burton are happy to collaborate and bring awareness to this national epidemic. Through the generosity of The Stratton Foundation’s Nathan Carreira Memorial Fund we are pleased to announce 2 upcoming trainings brought to us by The Center for Health and Learning.

The Umatter® for Community Awareness – will be held Monday, November 5th from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm at the Manchester Community Library. This session for parents and caregivers will provide information on risk factors and warning signs for suicide, what to say and do, and resources for referral and support. This training is free and is open to all. I strongly urge all parents and caretakers to advantage of this opportunity.

The following morning The Center for Health and Learning will then present  Umatter® for Schools to a select group of local educators hosted at Burr and Burton. Representatives from area schools have been invited to participate in this training. Teachers, faculty and support staff spend a tremendous amount of time with your children. We want to be sure they are armed with current and accurate information. Able to see warning signs of suicide, and know how to appropriately respond if, and when warning signs are discovered.

CBS news  aired this story just last week. The family of this teen hopes by speaking out, they can spare the pain and suffering of other families.

We are grateful to The Stratton Foundation for this opportunity. The Stratton Foundation supports education programs that help teens develop a vision for a future.  Meeting the basic human needs of hunger, warmth, self worth and well-being provides an opportunity for children to grow up healthy, focus on their education, and set on a path to thrive and succeed.

If you have any questions about the upcoming training seminars, or concerns for your own child, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Megan Brooks
Director of Mental Health Services
mbrooks@burrburton.org or 549-8250

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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

Yearbooks are now on sale at jostens.com! Our school is listed as Burr and Burton Academy.

For parents of Seniors, you can also purchase a Senior Recognition Ad at jostens.com. This section appears in the back of the yearbook and is a great way to give your favorite Senior a shout-out for being the amazing students that they are.

Additionally, by now, your Seniors should have gotten an email with the Senior Survey. All the instructions for submitting their photos and quotes will be found in this survey. The deadline for this to be submitted is Nov. 20th.

If you have any further questions, please contact me at mvirgilio@burrburton.org.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor

 


From the Library

Read this month’s library newsletter which features tips on note-taking, an opportunity for a free book and meal and of course, new books!

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – http://tpw.com/

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.cmylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – https://www.midurabuildingco.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
JOY – all things underthings – http://joyallthingsunderthings.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – http://www.pharmacyinc.net
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
Joseph M. Sullivan

Green Hills, Silver Waters
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Wine Sponsors
Hoa and Orland Campbell


Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Berkshire Bank Foundation

Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 


Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
Guaranteed Rate

SameSun of Vermont 


Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Mountain Media & ITV Fest
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals
Zippy Chicks


Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
GSK Climate Control
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther 


Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics

Audy Appraisals PC
Big Branch Landscaping

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bradley’s Pro shop
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
H.N. Williams
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Alden/Ihasz Group
Stifel
The Pharmacy Northshire
William Ravies Real Estate
James A. Young P.C.

We invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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September 2018

Calendar

1   Football Breakfast: 6 – 10 am, BBA Cafeteria
3  Labor Day: School closed
4  Fall College Night: 7 – 9 pm, Riley/Hunter Seminar Room
7  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Library
7  Freshman Frolic: 7 – 10 pm
8  ACT Testing at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, Smith Center
9  Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 8 am – 3 pm, BBA Student Center
12 Naviance Parent Workshop: 5 – 6 pm, Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center Lower Level)
12 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
13 Junior College Field Trip & Fair to UVM: 6 am – 4 pm
15  Football Breakfast: 6 – 10 am, BBA Cafeteria
18 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
18 Naviance Parent Workshop: 8 – 9 am, Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center Lower Level)
22 First annual We are Sandy Casey Strong 5K Run/Walk – Manchester, VT
24-27 Mountain Campus Watershed Expedition

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

We have officially launched the 2018-2019 school year. I thought you might be interested in some of the numbers:

  • 756 students – an all time record (FYI, last year we had 710)
  • 203 seniors, also a new record.
  • 183 freshmen, another new record; 45 freshmen come from schools other than those in our sending towns; many families have moved or are traveling significant distances to attend BBA.
  • 22 new students entering 10th through 12th grade
  • 62 freshman joined the Student Success Program and its three week summer program. These freshmen recognized that they needed to get a running start to their high school career. The program’s motto: Goals-Habits-Growth.
  • 22 students attending the Mountain Campus, our semester program in environmental studies located in Peru, Vermont.
  • 18 students attending the Target Program on Richville Road, which provides highly personalized classes in an alternative setting.
  • 61 international students from 12 different countries, many of whom are living in homestays with BBA families.
  • $130,000: the amount invested to convert our cafeteria into a student center to create a welcoming multipurpose space
  • $20 million: the amount we will invest in buildings, courtyard and infrastructure in the next three years as we implement The Rowland Project.

We have big numbers of students, yet we have hired additional faculty to add to our team, so average class sizes are actually smaller this year than last year. This is all in the interest of ensuring that BBA continues to be a place of connection, community, and mutual support.

If you are one of the many new families in our community, welcome. If you are returning, welcome back.

Please mark your calendars for September 12 at 6 pm for Parent Open House. Let’s set a new record for attendance at this event as well!

Go, Bulldogs!

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

The 2018-2019 school year is successfully underway. We started the year with a spirited assembly that included a 7-minute long standing ovation for the class of 2022, a joyful performance of the alma mater and an engaging and humorous opening address from seniors Sage Lalor,  Olivia Wantanabe, Nate Lalor, and Emma Putney. The four offered specific advice to each class and reminded our students to make the most of their learning and experience at BBA, as the time goes by quickly.

Speaking of advice, our Freshman Mentors offered advice to the class of 2022 and to parents of Freshman at parent orientation. It is spot on and relevant to all! With their permission, I’m sharing it with all of you (click the links below).

Advice to Freshman

Advice to Parents

Your first opportunity to connect formally with our faculty is at our Fall Open House. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 12th. Registration begins at 5:45 in the Riley Center Lobby, followed by an opening session and individual classroom visits. Open House is designed to give you a snapshot of your student’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your student’s schedule and meet Burr and Burton teachers. You’ll learn about the engaging and vigorous learning experiences offered at Burr and Burton, the enduring understandings and essential questions that students explore, and the skills and habits of learning students will develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies, Flex Block, and how students use technology as a learning tool. I’m confident that you’ll gain a sense of how the experiences your children have in each course foster and support our mission and core values, and how committed we are to each individual student.

Lastly, we’ve added an early dismissal for students on Tuesday, September 25th at 12:00pm so that faculty and staff can engage in professional learning focused on the Rowland Project. I recognize that calendar changes can be challenging to families. I appreciate your understanding as we bring to life transformative learning spaces for BBA students.  Look for more information on transportation and the daily schedule in the coming weeks.

I’m hoping to connect with many of you at Open House on September 12th.

Sincerely,


Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

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From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

Despite the oppressive heat earlier in the week the school year is off to a great start. To keep things moving in the right direction, I ask that you review the following information with your student(s). Skip over the topics that do not pertain to your family.

Student Absences
If your student(s) will not be in attendance, please call 362-1775 before school to talk with Mrs. Towslee, our attendance coordinator. Please leave her a message with a reason for your student’s  absence. If your student needs to leave early, please call Mrs. Towslee to inform her, and give a written note to your child. When it is time to leave, he/she should show the note to his/her teacher and sign out in the main office.

Parking/Permits
If your student(s) drives to school, please purchase a parking permit as soon as possible. Purchasing a permit allows us to quickly identify vehicles in the event of an incident or if we need to ask a student to move his/her car. To pay online, please select this link (Online Parking Permit).  

Parking Lots
Once at school, students are not allowed to go to their cars during the school day. The expectation is that they will only be in the school parking lots upon arrival to school and at dismissal. The only exception is to leave campus for a medical appointment or internship (see Parking/Permits above).  

Flex Block
Students are not allowed to leave campus during flex block. If they have a medical/dental appointment, they need to sign out and should return to school with a note from the doctor or dentist.

Substance Use and Abuse / Vaping
We have changed our Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) and Vape policy this year. The complete policy will be in the Parent and Student Handbook, which should be online soon. The information below outlines a first infraction for AOD and Vaping.

AOD First Infraction

  1. The student will be sent home and serve a one-day suspension.
  2. The student will serve a three hour Friday and Saturday detention and pay $50.00 to the school to help pay the monitor.
  3. The student will be referred to the Center for Restorative Justice to complete his/her educational and restorative program.
  4. The student will meet with a member of our Health Center for support and possible counseling.

Vaping First Infraction

  1. The student will be sent home and serve a one-day suspension.
  2. The student will serve a three hour Friday and Saturday detention and pay $50.00 to the school to help pay the monitor.
  3. The student will meet with a member of our Health Center for support and possible counseling.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and/or concerns. I am looking forward to a positive school year with all of our students.

Anthony Cirelli,
Co-Dean of Students
549-8240

 


On Tuesday, September 18 at 6 pm, The Mountain Campus will offer its first Open House of the 2018-19 academic year. While focused on families of current Mountain Campus students, this evening is a great opportunity to learn about the curriculum, and to explore the indoor and outdoor learning spaces at our Peru, VT campus. The address is: 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd. Peru, VT. 05152
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The 13th semester of the Mountain Campus program will head into the Green Mountain National Forest for four days, starting Monday, September 24. This curriculum trip allows students to tune their camping, hiking, and map-and-compass navigation skills, while studying the topography and stream networks of three major river watersheds: the Hudson, Connecticut, and St. Lawrence Rivers. 
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Michael, Enrique, and Lillian sharpen their naturalist skills, with a first lesson on differentiating among tree species in a Vermont forest. 

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From the Advancement Office

As we finish up the first full week of school of the new 2018 – 2019 school year, we are off to a good start. Freshman Orientation was great as was Junior Jumpstart, and the first day of school on Thursday, August 23 was successful as well. At assembly that morning, we welcomed the Freshman Class of 2022, many new International students and new faculty and staff members.

We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our students and families. For our new families, it was nice to meet some of you at the New Parent/Freshmen Parent Orientation night on August 23, the morning coffee on August 24 and the New Parent Information night on August 28. The coffee and information night were new events, hosted by the Parent Association and were well-attended. We hope your student will enjoy their experience at Burr and Burton Academy and take full advantage of all that is offered here.

As we start the new school year, our office is in the process of printing and mailing our Annual Appreciation Report. I know you will be impressed, as we are, with the breadth and depth of the support for our school. We had a more than incredible year last year, and we look forward to replicating that effort this year.

Please understand that parent support is an important part of our Annual Fund Campaign and we will be reaching out to you in the coming months. These extra dollars that we raise above and beyond tuition, are for one purpose only – to give your student the most amazing educational experience possible. We have Marlene Lederman Allen returning as the Parent Association volunteer helping with the Parent Fund and our focus this year is “Be Counted”. This means whatever you can do to support the school financially is needed. Show that you care about your child’s education, “Be Counted” among the families who believe in our mission and give to the Parent Fund. More to come on this later from Marlene.

The high school experience is a very important time in student’s life. We encourage parents and guardians to get involved with the school in some way. The more involved you are the more you know about the great opportunities offered here at Burr and Burton. It’s not hard to find a place to volunteer – feel free to call our Advancement office – reach out to me, cgubb@burrburton.org or to Nan Bambara, Parent Association president at nebambara@gmail.com.

Annual Fundraising Gala
Our annual fundraising event committee will be gearing up soon for this year’s Parent Association gala. Our returning co-chairs, Ursula Knowles and Kate Townsend will be calling together the Gala Committee in October. It’s a fantastic event, it’s fun to be involved with the planning and execution of it, and raises significant funds for student programs here at BBA. If you have an interest in becoming a gala sponsor, if you want to donate products or services to the Online Auction, or a week at your summer camp on a lake or home on a tropical island for the Live Auction, please contact our Gala co-chairs:

Ursula Knowles, njknowlies@aol.com, 201-443-5060
Kate Townsend, kate.a.townsend@gmail.com, 860-593-6045

SAVE THE DATE: Be sure to mark your calendar for the event, which will be Friday, May 24, 2018, at Taconic.

Alumni Reunion Weekend
Calling all Burr and Burton parents who are also alumni! Don’t miss Reunion Weekend on Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018. While we honor and celebrate alumni from classes celebrating significant milestone years, all alumni, spouses and families from all classes are welcome. The weekend will include many events, the highlight being the Alumni Dinner at the historic Equinox Hotel on Saturday evening. 

Visit www.burrburton.org and click on the Alumni tab for more information and to register. You can also contact Pauline de Laszlo in the Alumni Office at 802-549-8277 or email her at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org. The Alumni dinner has sold out the last five years so reserve your seat today!

Sincerely,

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201.

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From the BBA Parent Association

The school year has started with tremendous momentum – I hope you feel it too! I love September because the spirit, enthusiasm and potential for success is at its highest.Thank you to everyone that attended our Coffee and our New Parent Info Session & Parent Panel. Next up, is our first Parent Association meeting on Friday, September 7 at 8 am in the library*.

There are so many new things to learn and habits to develop when we start something new. One tip I suggest to all parents is to impress upon your sons and daughters to read their school email. I know for me, reading my email is a habit and a daily necessity. Apparently, it is not the same for young people and in fact, it might even be cool to have lots of unopened messages. Please help your student develop the habit of reading their school emails. Those emails have all the newest information about everything that’s happening at BBA.

Also, many parents have asked me about parking on campus and the location of buildings. Please check out the PA Group Page on the myBBA parent portal for our tips on parking and click on the topics tab for a campus map.

Wishing all families a successful start to fall semester at BBA. 

Hope to see you around campus,

Nan

*More details about our Parent Association meetings. All are welcome. Even if you are unable to volunteer, it’s a great place to meet other parents and school administrators, hear about what is happening on the ground administratively, programmatically, and culturally, and provide input regarding your experience and where we might improve things.  Literally, your words will go into the ears of Mr. Tashjian, Ms. Kenny, or Ms. Gubb as well as parent leaders. If you have a crazy schedule, attend when you can. It is okay. (Geography note: Park up top. The Library is the 1st floor of the Smith Center, building all the way on the right.)

 


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Fall College Programs

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night on Tuesday, September 4, at 7 pm in the Riley Center.  The program will begin with a keynote address by Matthew Cohen of Skidmore College that will be of interest to juniors, seniors and their parents. At 8 pm, BBA’s School & College Counselors will meet with parents in breakout sessions to provide grade-specific information and details about the college process.

Matthew Cohen works as a Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Skidmore College where he has read applications from Vermont students for the last 18 years.  A father of three, Matt also has relatable experience and perspective as the parent of two children currently enrolled in college.  Matt is a graduate of New York University’s Broadcast Journalism program and he continues to showcase his communication skills as the public address announcer for Skidmore Men’s Hockey.  Burr and Burton Academy is thrilled to welcome Matthew Cohen as its 2018 College Night Keynote Speaker.

Naviance Parent Workshops will be held in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center lower level) on Wednesday, September 12 from 5 to 6 pm and Tuesday, September 18, from 8 to 9 am. Parents of Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend.

Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 3, from 5 – 6 pm, in conjunction with Parent Conferences. Look for more details in the October Bullhorn.

College Fair Field Trip
Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip to the college fair at Saint Michael’s College for interested college-bound juniors on Thursday, September 13. We will attend the College Fair at Saint Michael’s at 9 am, followed by a lunch and information session at Saint Michael’s. We will then tour University of Vermont and head back to BBA by 4 pm. Approximately 125 college representatives will take part in the College Fair.  To sign up, bring a completed college fair worksheet and permission slip here to the School and College Counseling Office by September 10. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis until full.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Burr and Burton will host the ACT test on Saturday, September 8. Students should arrive to the test by 7:45 am.  The registration deadline for the October 27 ACT (not at BBA) is September 28. BBA will also host the SAT on October 6. The deadline to register is September 7. The registration deadline for the November 3rd SAT (not at BBA) is October 5.

Register online at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org. Please note that the school does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations.  Students who qualify for fee waivers should request one from Mrs. Welsh or their counselor.

Junior Testing
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 10 during school hours. Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. (For the ease of online payment with a fee of $16.50, use this link: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees.) The fee is due on 10/1 and the late fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. The PSAT is a practical opportunity for students to assess their testing skills.

Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT have the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a free entrance test for students interested in serving the US Military. The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may also benefit from taking this exam. ASVAB testing is also available to Seniors.

Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions. Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.

Campus Visits
Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences.  Families may want to consider a college visit on Monday, Oct. 22, when BBA is on mid-semester break.

College Representative Visitors
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton this fall. More than 100 colleges have already scheduled appointments to visit with our students. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton) or the College Planning Calendar in the School and College Counseling Office for the most up-to-date list of visitors and meeting locations. Weekly announcements will also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to ask questions, make a connection with the college representative and learn the most current campus information.

From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope that over the next few weeks your son or daughter will settle into the school routine and embrace the opportunities that come with being a “Bulldog.”  Please note there are a lot of events going on during the first month of school; and a few of these events are highlighted below. For a complete list of events please check out the calendar link on the Burr and Burton Academy website.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 7: 7 – 10 pm – Freshman Frolic Dance in the Cafeteria * Free
  • Sunday, September 9: 8:30 – 3 pm – Student Lead Leadership Retreat – Pre-registration required.
  • Wednesday, September 12 – Parent Open House 6 – 8:30 pm

Bus Information Update:
New this year some of our surrounding towns that run a bus to BBA will be making a few stops in Manchester. BBA students living in Manchester can ride one of these buses to and from school provided that they are at the respective pick-up sites on time.  Manchester pick-up information can be found below along with a link to a bus information document that is updated and posted on the BBA Website under “What’s Going On”. If you have specific questions about bus routes please contact the point-person that is listed in this bus information link.  Please be mindful that BBA does not run these buses.

Dorset Bus
Manchester stops:
* 3 Maple/Manchester West: 7:33 am
* Powder Horn/Manchester West: 7:35 am

Flood Brook Bus
Manchester stops:
* New Ireland Rd/Depot: 7:20 am
* Dufresne pond Rd/Depot: 7:25 am
* Elm Street: 7:30 am
* Hillvale Rt 7: 7:40 am

Danby/Mt. Tabor Bus
* Manchester stops:
* Homer Rd Rt 7: 7:35 am
* Palmer Rd Rt 7: 7:40 am

Sunderland Bus
* Skyline Drive parking lot at 7:25 am
* Pick up at BBA: 4:05 pm
Drop off at Sky Line: 4:18 pm

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Athletics Department

In the August issue, I told you that we would be focusing on intentionally building the culture on each of our athletic teams. We will be building a culture of excellence at every level of the Athletic Department. We will be asking your athletes to be better teammates by being prepared, engaged, and by fostering positive relationships with the other athletes on their teams.

Already, I have witnessed the following: I saw a Football drill that not only taught punt coverage but also communication, making plays under pressure, and group organization. It had real consequences, provided conditioning and the athletes loved it. I saw the Varsity Girls Soccer Team head out for a hike to improve their cohesiveness. I got to participate in the Cross Country stretching circle where the athletes explained why they were grateful for Cross Country. I watched the Field Hockey Team form mini teams for the first half of the season and then compete their hearts out in small games that built unity and taught field hockey skills, under pressure, in crowded conditions. I saw JV Girls Soccer engaged in station work, sprinting to the next station when time was up, and working hard on skills even if there was no coach at the station. The Boys Golf Team picked up balls, cleaned equipment, repaired turf at one of the businesses in town that so generously allows them access. The Varsity Boys Soccer Team cleaned the Training Room and the Shed putting action behind their belief that they will be responsible for themselves and their teammates. (There is so much great stuff happening that I am sure I have unintentionally left somebody out.) Lastly, 15 coaches got together on a beautiful summer night to talk about best practices for making their teams an even greater place for young people to thrive.

This week marks the beginning of competitions for our Fall athletes. The players and coaches have been hard at work for a while and I am excited to see them compete. Homecoming Weekend is coming up next month on October 12 and 13. Reach out to Anne Simonds anne2sons@gmail.com of the Booster Club if you are interested in supporting our Fall Athletes.

While we are speaking of the start of the sports season, please take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the SuperFan Seven. We take our athletic classrooms very seriously at Burr and Burton – it’s how we do things here.

Special Presentation for Athletes, Coaches, and Parents
SVMC Orthopedics/Physical Therapy Team is coming to BBA to speak with students, coaches, and parents at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 12. The presentation focuses on improving performance and preventing injuries with an introduction by Dr. Suk Namkoong and speed/agility, strength, and endurance breakout sessions.

The SuperFan Seven

  • Show Up – There is no bigger game-time boost than a crowd of supportive fans.
  • Cheer For Our Team – Encourage our athletes by celebrating their successes and asking them to dig deep in big moments.
  • Honor The Game – The sport is bigger than each of us. Treat the moment with respect.
  • Appreciate Our Opponents – The word compete means to “struggle with.” Without our opponent, there is no competition. Cheer for our team, never against an opposing team or an individual player.
  • Support The Cause – Professional athletes are paid to perform for our entertainment. Education-based athletics are an extension of the classroom. Interscholastic athletes are here to develop our Core Values. Be patient while learning takes place.
  • Give The Officials Some Love – They do a thankless job and without them there is no competition. The pool of people willing to officiate continues to get smaller. Fan behavior is the number one reason given by officials who leave the game.
  • Make Us Proud – Athletics is the front porch of the schoolhouse. It is often the first impression people have of our school. Long after you graduate it will be the easiest way to remain part of BBA.

GO BULLDOGS!!!

The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 3rd annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 9th. The goal of the Bulldog Leadership Summit is to create a community of student leaders who use their influence as leaders to transform the culture of Burr and Burton so that integrity, selflessness, and respect for everybody is embraced. We aim to inspire students to lead through character, accountability, and adding value to others. Last year’s retreat was a huge success with more than 60 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. Our keynote speaker is James Leath, formerly of IMG Academy and now leading Unleash the Athlete.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday 9/10 from 8-3 at BBA. The retreat is open to all students. We already have over 80 students committed to this year’s retreat.  It is too late for a tshirt but not to late to attend. Students can register here. Note: the link only works for burrburton.org emails. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org.

In case you missed it…

New Eligibility Policy

We have revised our eligibility policy to better support our students by taking advantage of our electronic gradebook. There are three main changes. We will review grades every two weeks. Students who are struggling academically will be required to use Flex Block to meet with their teachers. Students who are failing will be required to use practice time to work on their schoolwork (the previous policy allowed students to continue to attend practice). For the full text of the policy, click here.

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First Annual “We are Sandy Casey Strong” 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Manchester, VT
Start time:
 9 am 
End time: 11 am
Registration Limit: 170 spots left.
Price: $25.00 Race Fee + $1.25 SignUp Fee 
Registration: Registration ends September 20 at 12 pm 
Information HERE

 


2018-2019 Yearbook Sales and Submissions

Note to All Parents
Sales for this year’s Burtonian will open up online starting in October. I will be sending out an email to all students mid-September to start gathering a crew of interested students who would like to be part of the creation of this fantastic collection of moments from the 2018-2019 school year. The more voices involved in creating this book the better!
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Parents of Seniors
Senior photos and submissions will need to be submitted before Thanksgiving. I will be sending out a google form in October where they can answer a few questions about themselves, include a senior quote, and attach their senior photo and baby photo. Many students seek out professional photographers to create their look for the yearbook, however, this is not a requirement. In the recent past, students photo’s have been taken by friends and family, with great success. The key is to submit a photo that best represents the student. Glam shots are not required, however, I know they can be fun, so, by all means, glam it up, if that’s what your student is into. 

If you have any questions, you can best reach me directly at mvirgilio@burrburton.org.

I’m looking forward to another fantastic year of working with the students to produce the 2018-2019 Burtonian.
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Melanie Virgilio

 


From the Library

Check out this month’s library newsletter to learn about some of the ways we support reading on the campus, including the Food for Thought program and the Read Harder Challenge.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

 


From the Creative Arts Department

Calliope Concert
The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music, Friday, October 5 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Students interested in performing should contact Julie Freebern, jfreebern@burrburton.org, to schedule an audition prior to Friday, September 28.

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Carnegie Hall NYC Trip
Vocal Music Ensemble members are eligible through an audition process to participate in a World Strides Honors Chorus Festival under the direction of Dr. Eph Ehly, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall, Sunday, April 7, 2019. This four day New York City residency begins Friday, April 5 and concludes on Monday, April 8. In addition to rehearsing and performing with other advanced high school singers and a world renowned conductor, this trip includes sightseeing opportunities and a Broadway Musical. Initial Payment, Permission Slip, Medical Form, Eligibility Form  & Contract due to Julie Freebern on or before Thursday, September 20.

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From the Health Center

Greetings BBA Families,

At this start of the school year, I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the valuable resources that are available for your students. During the transition back to school it can sometimes be hard to tell who’s more excited for the start of the year, students or their parents. However, for some students, the excitement of seeing old friends, making new friends, meeting teachers and having new ventures can be overshadowed by anxiety and stress. While a small amount of stress and anxiety is to be expected and even a good motivator, some students struggle to get through their day. When this happens, we hope students utilize the services at The Health Center. The Health Center is centrally located on the upper circle in the old Headmaster’s House. The staff includes: Megan Beattie Cassan, a Master’s level Registered Nurse, Joel Ess, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and myself, Megan Brooks, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. We are accessible to students at all times; we stress that no problem or concern is too small to discuss with us, whether it’s an argument at home or a safety concern for a friend.

If you have worries or concerns about your child through the school year please don’t hesitate to reach out for support or direction.

Megan Brooks LMHC – call: 549.8250
Joel Ess LICSW – call: 549.8137
Megan Beattie Cassan RN – call: 549.8238

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Please consider taking advantage of this free community sponsored event outlined below.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and on September 5th UCS Presents, a free community film forum, will present a screening of the documentary The S Word. The event is co-sponsored by The Manchester Community Library. The S Word is a powerful award-winning feature documentary that puts a human face on a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. The film gives a platform to those with lived experience – people who have attempted to take their own lives and survived to tell their stories.

“Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background”, says Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of United Counseling Service. “Given that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, it is essential to create a space for honest conversation around this difficult topic.” Dr. Alya Reeve, Medical Director at United Counseling Service will lead a discussion immediately following the presentation.

We hope you can join us – September 5th at 6pm at The Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave. Manchester Center, VT. The event is free and open to everyone, and we ask you to please register at Eventbrite.com.

UCS serves children, adults, families, and seniors through nationally recognized counseling, early care and education, and clinical support. UCS has been designated a Center of Excellence by Vermont Care Partners. Visit www.ucsvt.org for more information.

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – http://tpw.com/

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.cmylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – https://www.midurabuildingco.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin

JOY – all things underthings – http://joyallthingsunderthings.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – http://www.pharmacyinc.net
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
Joseph M. Sullivan

Green Hills, Silver Waters
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Wine Sponsors
Hoa and Orland Campbell


Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Berkshire Bank Foundation

Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 


Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
Guaranteed Rate

SameSun of Vermont 


Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Mountain Media & ITV Fest
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals
Zippy Chicks


Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
GSK Climate Control
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther 


Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics

Audy Appraisals PC
Big Branch Landscaping

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bradley’s Pro shop
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
H.N. Williams
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Alden/Ihasz Group
Stifel
The Pharmacy Northshire
William Ravies Real Estate
James A. Young P.C.

We invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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