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
From the Headmaster
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.
Mark H. Tashjian
From the Dean of Students
Parking and Safety Concerns at Dismissal
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.
- First, whenever possible please try to pick-up your student(s) in the lower traffic circle.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
From the Student Success Program
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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; email@example.com
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.
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
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, 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 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
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!
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.
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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From the Library
Information about library databases, the Green Mountain Book Awards, and new books can be found in this month’s library newsletter.
Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm
Library Media Specialist
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.
High Honors List
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
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
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
Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher
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.
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
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 email@example.com or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.