1 School Picture Retake Day
2 Parent Conferences: 12:45 Dismissal
2 Financial Aid Information Night: 5 – 6 pm, Riley Center
3 Parent Conferences: 12:45 Dismissal
11 Calliope Café: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
16 Freshman Service Day
16 Juniors PSAT: 8 – 11 am, Various locations
21 Mid Semester Break – No School
25 Party in the Greenhouse: 6 – 8 pm, Hildene Farm
31 International Program D.C. Trip
From the Headmaster
How do we promote thoughtful dialogue, listening, and learning from the diverse viewpoints within our community? In the age of division, impeachment, and political “debates” designed to produce soundbites, it is hard to find role models on the national stage.
At yesterday’s assembly, I shared thoughts based on a quotation from a book called the The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, by Stephen Covey. Here are those thoughts:
Seek first to understand, then be understood.
We are an educational institution. If we are going to learn from the diversity of this community, it will come by being curious.
Instead of saying incredulously, “How can you possibly think that???” Try asking thoughtfully, “Why do you think that?”
Then listen, explore, exchange viewpoints, and reflect on what you learned.
Seek first to understand, then be understood.
You will learn more, you will understand better how good, smart people arrive at different perspectives, and you will develop the art of human problem-solving that can take you far in your education and your career.
Seek first to understand, then be understood.
If you adopt this habit, you will be a better learner, a better citizen, a better communicator, a better problem solver.
There is your thought for the week. Go Bulldogs!
We strive to be a supportive, caring community. That does not mean we have to agree on every issue. With the right approach, our diversity becomes one of our many sources of strength.
Welcome to October.
Mark H. Tashjian
From the Associate Head of School
Dear BBA Families:
As we flip the calendar from September to October, the fall weather has finally arrived. Progress Reports were released on Friday in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal. Progress reports are designed to give a snapshot of each student’s academic performance. Students received their current course grade and a personal comment in all semester courses. Please note that A and B and 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 2nd from 1:00-5:00 pm and Thursday, October 4th from 1:00-8:00 pm with a faculty dinner break from 5:00-5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. Please visit the OnCampus resource page to register for conferences if you have not already done so.
BBA teachers welcome parent-initiated conversation at any time. If these days and times are not convenient for you or all appointment slots are booked, please email or call teachers directly to arrange an alternative time.
On October 16th we will run special programing for each grade level. It is a full day for 9th – 11th graders; all programming ends in time for our 2:35 dismissal. Not all seniors are required to be on campus on October 16, but we expect them to use the day to meet graduation requirements and plan for college and careers (see details below).
- 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 prior to their departure. All groups will arrive back at BBA in time for sports and dismissal at 2:35.
- All 10th graders will participate in the Sophomore Summit. The Summit includes morning programming by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME). Speak About It will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. After lunch, all 10th graders will meet with their school counselors to work with Naviance interest and career surveys, and then have Flex block to meet with teachers in preparation for midterm exams.
- All 11th graders will report to their assigned testing location for either PSATs or the ASVAB test. Following testing, students will have a lunch break and then attend an afternoon performance by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME) that will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships.
- All 12th graders who have November 1st college application deadlines and who have not finalized their applications with their counselor should attend the morning application workshop from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Seniors may also 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. No classes will be held for seniors on October 16th.
Lastly, on October 15th, 2019, we will host a Speak About It parent presentation at 7:00 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. This presentation is designed to support you in helping your adolescent to develop healthy relationships.
Parents have a critical and unique role in teaching about consent and healthy relationship habits, but many feel unsure about what to say or how to effectively approach the issue. Speak About It’s parent program is designed to bring parents up to speed on important information about teen relationships, dating violence, college sexual assault, consent, and healthy sexuality. After a blend of true statistics, thoughtful and tested strategies, and collaborative moments, parents will leave the presentation with knowledge, language, and skills for initiating important conversations about these topics in a way that aligns with their family values, both throughout high school and in the years to come.
I hope to see you as you move through the halls during parent-student-teacher conferences!
Associate Head of School
From the Advancement Office
As we head more fully into fall, with students diving into the challenges and opportunities across campus (and up on the Mountain!), it’s my cue to make a pitch for the support that makes all of that possible.
Not every high school has a Success Program. Or an ACCESS Program. Or a Target Program. Or a course catalog with 170 offerings, PLUS extracurricular opportunities spanning 31 sports and the gamut of creative and performing arts. Most don’t have a hands-on farm program to get hands in the dirt while teaching biology or an immersive outdoor semester teaching students to engage with the natural world. No other school that I’m aware of does all of this while serving the public. I say this as someone who is still quite new to Burr and Burton: this is really special. And it takes all of us to make it happen.
The BBA Annual Giving Campaign is how we do that. Every dollar adds up to the funding that supports this incredible range of opportunities and programs—for every student. And every gift shows the investment of this community in Burr and Burton.
So join me in making a gift to the BBA Annual Fund. Your gift will inspire others. It truly makes all the difference.
Director of Advancement
Freshman Service Day – Wednesday, October 16th
Financial Aid Information Program
Date: Wednesday, October 2
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 2 from 5 – 6 pm in the Riley Center, following afternoon parent conferences. Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University 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.
Carol will conduct two group sessions this month. The first is a morning session that will take place on Wednesday, October 9, from 8 – 9 am in Alex Vincent’s Tech Lab (B1.) The second group session will be held on the evening of Tuesday, October 15, in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (B2) from 6 to 7:30 pm. Both Tech Labs are located in the Lower Level of the Smith Center.
Family financial aid appointments at BBA will also be available through the month of October.
Wednesday, October 16th Special Programs:
Freshmen Service Day
Please have your child bring a lunch and water.
Junior Testing Information
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 16 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 16. 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 deadlines should attend the Senior Application Workshop from 9 – 11 am on October 16 in the Lower Level of the Smith Center. Counselors will work with students to assist them with completing their applications.
AP Exam Information
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2019-2020 school year need to pay an exam fee of $98 per exam by October 25 in order to take the May AP exam. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $40 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 your School Counselor. Payments for AP classes that begin in the spring semester (Microeconomics and Chemistry) are not due until February 28. AP exams are held May 4-15, 2020.
Southwestern Vermont Healthcare Career Fair – Thursday, October 17 from 4 – 6 pm
Employee Cafeteria (ground floor- watch for signage)
Southwestern Vermont Healthcare would like to invite high school students grades 9-12 to a special career fair for students. This gives students, parents, and educators a chance to see the array of opportunities that are available for students once they graduate high school. Attendance is free and sign in will be required at the door. By just attending, every student will be put in a drawing for a chance to win an Apple Watch. Some light refreshments will be available.
Representation from various departments within Southwestern Vermont Healthcare will be in attendance. Some of the departments that will have a booth include: Imaging, Nursing (RN, LPN, LNA, and Medical Assisting), Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Access Services/Registration, Lab, Rehab, Putnam Medical Group Practices, and more. Stop in anytime between 4pm-6pm and learn what opportunities we have before completing your education.
BBA is bringing a small bus of interested students who signed up at school. While the deadline has passed for the school-sponsored trip, families can feel free to attend with their student on their own – this event is open to the public.
Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Registration Information for seniors who need additional testing:
- October 3 – deadline for November 2 SAT
- November 8 – deadline for December 7 SAT at Burr and Burton
- November 8 – deadline for the December 14 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.
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 16th and Monday, October 21 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.
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:
Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3 – 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 16 – Freshman Service Day. Please have your child bring a lunch and water.
Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Exams. Not all classes will have formal mid-term exams. Some will be project based. These are early release days (12:00).
Library open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.
Teachers are available to help before and after school and during Flex block.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; email@example.com
Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; email@example.com
Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; email@example.com
Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; email@example.com
Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Welsh, Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; email@example.com
From the Creative Arts Department
The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert Friday, October 11th, 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 celebrate afterwards with a reception in the lobby.
From The Athletic Department
FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:
- October 6: State Finals
- October 2: Boys State Qualifiers
- October 8: Girls Finals
- October 10: Boys Finals
Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer:
- October 21: Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1:00.
- October 22/23: Play downs
- October 25/26: Quarterfinals
- October 29/30: Semi Finals
- November 2: State Finals
- October 26: State Meet – Thetford Academy
- October 25/26: Quarterfinals
- November 1/2: Semi Finals
- November 9: State Finals
Rock Climbing – Rock climbing will become a varsity sport at BBA in 2019-2020. There is an informational meeting for students on 11/12 right after school. Parents and athletes should plan to be at the Winter Sports meeting listed below. Please reach out to head coach, Andrew MacArthur firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the meeting if you are interested.
IMPORTANT WINTER DATES:
November 13 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports 6:00 in the EH Henry Gym.
November 14 – Rock Climbing begins.
November 20 – Girls and Boys Ice Hockey begins.
December 2 – All other Winter sports begin.
IMPORTANT WINTER SPORT DATES AND INFORMATION:
BBA Snow Sport Updates
Winter is coming. 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, 2017.
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).
The snowboard 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 or participate in Refuse to Use.
The nordic ski team will again be training at Wildwings and Viking. Those passes are $70.
BBA will once again offer an enhanced training option for varsity snow sport 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 afternoon and evening study/support sessions at BBA. The fee for the program is TBD but has been $250 in past years. It covers transportation, additional coaching and academic mentoring.
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BBA Student Travel Opportunities
Discover Portugal: The Gateway to Europe
April 10 – 19, 2020
Be Brave for Life
Over thirty BBA students are actively involved in all aspects of the Be Brave for Life Foundation’s work, from organizing and running events to reviewing grant proposals to soliciting sponsorships and donations. Be Brave for Life was founded by 11th grader Riley Callen after she had her third brain surgery. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor and cerebral vascular malformation (a type of vascular brain tumor) research. In 4 years, they’ve raised over $600,000 to support 16 different research initiatives for better treatment options – real impact! Their signature event is Sunday, October 6th at Merck Forest! Come and join the fun and help these BBA students continue to “Fund Research to Make a Difference.”
See a link for more information HERE.
Parent Mixer at Hildene
From the Library
Read this month’s library newsletter to find out what new books we’ve added to the collection and learn about the Top Ten Teen Book Nominees.
Library Media Specialist
From the Student Success Program
On October 5th at 11 am The Success Program Scholars will hike Bromley Mountain together. We encourage all Success Students to come do some community building and earn menu points at the same time!
The 2019-20 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 Margot Page at email@example.com or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Equipe Sport Ltd.
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant