8 2nd Semester begins
9 College and Career Fair: 10:40 am – 12 pm, Gym
9 Parent Social: 5 – 8 pm, Magic Mountain
9 Mountain Campus Meeting: 6 -7 pm, Mountain Campus
10 Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Library
18 All State Music Auditions
20 Martin Luther King Day – No School
22 Open House for Parents, 6 – 8 pm
24 Dance and Drama New Student Works, 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center
29 Bulldog Leadership Summit, 7 – 7:50 am, Hunter Seminar Room
From the Headmaster
As we ring in the new year, we also look toward the start of the second semester. So far, the school year is going very well, with many, many successes, appropriate challenges, and all students arriving at this point in the school year safely.
Here are some New Year’s wishes for 2020:
My greatest wish is that all students drive safely, particularly in the winter months. There is a simple winter driving technique that needs to be emphasized again and again: drive slowly. It is simple physics: with the reduced friction of icy conditions and the simple formula of mass times velocity squared, each increment of speed increases the danger exponentially. Slow down!
Another wish is that any students who are vaping find a way to stop, with no new students starting up. Vaping is a business created with the intention of getting teenagers addicted to nicotine. The vaping companies don’t care about young people, they don’t care about health, they don’t care about communities; all they care about is profits, and they want to get richer by getting teenagers addicted to their product. It is a great business model and a terrible business.
A third wish is that the many students who are thriving at BBA keep doing so. These students set a tone of positivity, engagement, exploration and excitement that permeates the school. I hope your daughter or son is in this category.
My fourth wish is that those students who are not reaching their potential find a way to do so in 2020. We have so many opportunities at BBA, and though it may take some looking, there is something for everybody at this school. If your son or daughter has not found that something just yet, please let us help.
A fifth wish is that students keep learning to advocate for themselves as they navigate various challenges in school. If they are struggling in a class, they should work with their teacher. If they are struggling on a sports team, they should talk to their coach. High school is it time for young people to practice the skills of self advocacy while seeking first to understand before seeking to be understood. These are life skills that can carry them far in their professional as well as educational lives.
My final wish is that health, love, meaning, friendship, and commitment are abundant throughout the community.
Happy New Year. Go, Bulldogs!
Mark H. Tashjian
From the Advancement Office
Welcome to the ‘20s! With Burr and Burton’s 200th anniversary on the far end of this decade, this is an amazingly exciting time for BBA, bursting with opportunities to celebrate our history, our future, and most importantly our people!
I’ve had the pleasure over the last seven months of learning to tell Burr and Burton’s story, and I wish I could show you the way people light up when I get to say something like, “No, REALLY, it’s an independent school that serves the public.” They are inspired by the idea of putting independence, innovation, and philanthropy to work for every student who chooses BBA, in no small part because our 190-year-old model is simultaneously radical and venerable—egalitarian and excellent. I can’t stress enough how special this place is, and I hope you are all as proud as I am to be a part of it.
In the near-term, we have a lot going on in the spring semester! You won’t want to miss:
- Groundbreaking for Founders Hall in early April — Stay tuned for details on how we’ll celebrate this huge step toward the future of BBA!
- Grandparents and Special Friends Day on April 24 — Invitations will be going out in March; if you want to make sure we have contact info for your student’s guest(s), please contact Pauline de Laszlo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Gala: Roaring into the ‘20s on May 22 — Our PA’s signature annual fundraising event will be back at Taconic this year, featuring student performances, both live and silent auctions, and a fantastic evening of fun, celebration, and fundraising. The Gala Committee is already hard at work, and you can help! Contact Pauline de Laszlo at email@example.com to donate an item or service to the auctions, and Margot Page at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a Corporate Gala Sponsor! Both auction donations and sponsorship count toward our parent participation goals.
Finally, the calendar year may be over, but our fiscal year is not! Last year, parent participation hit 25%—we have work to do to get there this year AND I believe we also have room to grow. Please know how impactful your gift of any size is, both in its direct support of the BBA experience AND as demonstration of a parent community that is invested in Burr and Burton.
We can’t do it without you, so please make your gift and support BBA today!
Many thanks, and here’s to a great 2020!
Director of Advancement
Driver Education Information
BBA Alumni College and Career Fair
On Thursday, January 9 from 10:30-12:00, we are welcoming back recent graduates from the classes of 2015-19 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 email@example.com) or reaching out to one of the school counselors by January 7. Alumni will first meet with current students and faculty in the gym during Flex Block. At 12:00, 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 Tuesday, January 14.
College and Career Planning for Juniors
The School and College Counselors will hold meetings with all juniors throughout the spring semester. 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 JUNIOR
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 2020 Standardized Testing Information for Juniors
|Test||Test Date||Location||Register by|
|ACT||February 8||OTHER||January 10|
|SAT||March 14||BBA||February 14|
|ACT||April 4||BBA||February 28|
|SAT or Subject Tests||May 2||BBA||April 3|
|SAT or Subject Tests||June 6||OTHER||May 8|
|ACT||June 13||OTHER||May 8|
Students do NOT need to register for ALL of the above tests. Check your schedule (especially athletics) to determine which date(s) work for you.
Other test centers can be located at the SAT and ACT Test Center Search sites.
When registering, students choose whether or not to take the Writing section of the SAT and ACT. Students who wish to take the Writing section must sign up for it when registering for either test. The Writing Section is the last part of both tests and requires an additional 50 minutes of testing time. Some colleges use/require the Writing Test; others do not. Students should research the testing policies of the colleges that they are interested in before deciding whether or not to take the Writing section of the SAT and ACT.
Test Prep Opportunities for Juniors
Test Prep Classes
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 from 1:00-3:00 and are timed to prepare for spring SAT & ACT test dates.
Session 1 Session 2
Friday, Jan 17 Friday, March 27
Friday, Feb. 7 Friday, April 3
Friday, Feb. 28 Friday, April 24
Friday, March 6 Friday, May 1
Friday, March 13(snow date)
The two sessions above are identical courses so students will only sign up for one. (The extra meeting date in the first session is to allow for a potential snow day.) To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh. Please see your counselor regarding a fee reduction. Registration deadline: Jan. 15 for Session 1; March 25 for Session 2.
Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend applications available online at www.giv.org/applynow.
WHEN: February 7 through 9 or February 21 through 23.
WHERE: Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)
HOW: Students fill out applications at www.giv.org by January 15. Apply early; spots will fill up quickly!
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.
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.
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. APPLICATION ONLINE: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships.
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
The 16th semester of the BBA Mountain Campus will begin with a family and student meeting, on Thursday, January 9th at 6 – 7 pm.
The meeting will be at the Mountain Campus: 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd. Peru, VT.
From the Creative Arts Department
On Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts, Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing Arts and English Departments 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 a part of the process with a talk back at the end of the evening. The event is free and running time is approximately one hour.
From The Athletic Department
Happy New Year! Our athletic teams closed out 2019 in style and they look to continue their success in 2020.
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).
The next set of classes will be offered on January 30th & February 6th in the Wellness Room. Get your athletes in the room.
Fan Challenge – I hope you will make a resolution to come out and support a team you have not yet seen in action. So get on the hill, or in the rink or to the gym or up to Rutland for some Rock Climbing and take a look at what our athletes are up to. Check here for a full schedule of events.
Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2019-2020
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2
Season Pass Prices for Basketball and Ice Hockey
Students and Senior Citizens: $15
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.
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From the BBA Parent Association
BBA Student Travel
2 spots available for BBA Italy trip – see the video HERE.
June 2020 (following graduation); class of 2020 eligible
Join this summer tour of Italy’s sustainable food and forest culture, in the Abruzzo region. For a visual tour of the town that will serve as our base camp, and the beauty of the Aterno Valley surrounding the town of Fonteccio, view this: Aterno Valley Model Forest Video. (Deliberately, this immersion in Italy is designed to give us fresh ideas about Vermont, and how its economic and cultural identity intertwine with our four-season landscape.) The trip will conclude with a two-day exploration of Rome.
For complete information on the itinerary and goals of this BBA trip, contact Andy Dahlstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spots Still Available – Discover Portugal and Spain
During Spring Break: April 10 – 19, 2020
Wind your way along the Atlantic coast and experience the cosmopolitan flair of Porto and Lisbon as well as the rustic charm of rural Portugal. Culture and beauty merge in this warm part of the world. Immerse yourself in new cultures — surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life of Europe — creating inspirational moments while learning about history, art, and architecture. For more information contact Bonnie Niles at email@example.com or Lauren Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moroccan Dinner at Burr and Burton
Have a lovely Moroccan dinner at Burr and Burton on Friday, January 24th, then stay to see the New Works Project! Doors will open at 4:30 pm for henna and appetizers, with table service beginning at 5 pm. Cost for the dinner is $30/person and benefits the French Exchange. Chicken tagine and all courses by Eric Emery, former maître d’hôtel to the French President. Tickets available on bbatickets.com!
2020 Yearbook Update
From the Library
Learn about the Rubik’s Cube Challenge, new books, and more in this month’s library newsletter.
Library Media Specialist
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