May 2018

Calendar

1   International Food Festival: 10:40 am – 12 noon, Cafeteria
2   International Food Festival: 10:40 am – 12 noon, Cafeteria
2   Parent Association Meeting: 6 pm, Library
3   Program on Vaping: 5:30 pm at Spiral Press, see link HERE
1-4 Mountain Campus Green Mountain Expedition and Solos
4   SAT Prep classes: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room

5   SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Third Floor
5   Prom: 8 pm – 11 pm, Hildene
7 – 18 AP exams: Schedule HERE
9-11 All State Music Festival Jazz: Essex Junction
15  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
16  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
17  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
17 NECAP Science
17 Sophomore Service Day
18  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
19  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
23 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
25 Senior Breakfast: 8:30 – 9 am, Cafeteria
25 Awards Assembly & Yearbook Dedication: 9:30 – 11 am, EH Henry Gym
25 Parent Association Spring Fundraising Gala: 5:30 – 11 pm, Taconic
27 International Student Farewell Party: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Rowland Center
28 Memorial Day – No School
29 Senior Bell Ringing: 2 – 2:30 pm
30 Senior Exams
31 Senior Exams
31 Arts and Sciences Exposition: 4 – 9 pm, EH Henry Gym

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Four weeks from this Friday, Burr and Burton Academy will celebrate the class of 2018 with our 185th commencement exercises. It will be a glorious day. For those of you who are parents of seniors, I know many of you are marveling at how quickly the years can fly by. For the rest of you, I hope you continue to enjoy the ride.

This year, we have an interesting lineup of commencement speakers. Along with our valedictorian and salutatorian, we will hear from noted educator Rebecca Holcombe, who has most recently served as Vermont’s secretary of education. I have heard Dr. Holcombe speak on multiple occasions, and she is invariably thoughtful and inspiring.  In addition, each year, our senior class votes on a faculty member to deliver a special address. This year, there were two leading vote getters. At Monday’s assembly, I announced that popular substitute teacher Karen Parilla will address the seniors at our final assembly, and Assistant Head Meg Kenny will speak at commencement. Congratulations to this dynamic duo!

Between now and summer break, the school year is absolutely packed with events. This is the busiest stretch of the school year, and it will be exhilarating to see so much learning come together. I look forward to seeing everybody smiling as we bring the school year to a resounding conclusion.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Assistant 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 Monday’s assembly I reminded 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 encouraged 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.

Prom is this Saturday, May 5th, and I shared my hopes for the evening with students.  I hope the evening’s weather is more May like than January like.  I hope that that they 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. I stressed my final hope — that they make safe decisions and are substance free. Tragedies involving drinking and parting 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. This Thursday, all mulitage advisories will meet to watch and discuss the short film, If They Had Known, a documentary spoken by kids to kids about the risks of current party culture. The film is an honest and emotional account of a real event. Please ask your student about the film and have conversations about your expectations for prom night.  

Gradebooks Open to Parents:

From May 7th through May 11th, 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. Co-curricular eligibility will be determined on May 7th and any student found to be ineligible will receive notice on May 8th. Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

Vermont Science Assessment for Juniors — May 17th:

On May 17th, 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 17th:

Sophomores will Take to the Streets to provide a day of service to our community. Sophomores will not attend classes on May 17th. 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,


Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School

 


BBA Seniors!  You’re Invited!

Come chill at the Senior Surf-n-Turf on June 1st from 12 pm to  2 pm.

This epic senior send-off celebration has it all!

Fun-in-the-sun turf games and prizes….with a radical slip-n-slide, bouncy obstacle course, tie-dyed 2018 Class tees, all-you-can-eat food, and totally sweet Wilcox ice cream.  

Senior Parents! Your help is needed!

If you want to help out at this year’s Senior Surf-n-Turf celebration, please contact the parents listed below.

If you’d like to contribute $10-$50 or any amount to help offset the costs, please send a check, by May 15, made out to BBA to:
Pauline de Laszlo, P.O. Box 498, MV 05254

SET UP & TURF LAWN GAMES
Katy Hancock: 802 379-6060, katyhan1354@hotmail.com
Troy Mulroy: 802 681-3725, troymulroy@gmail.com

CLEAN UP & PRIZES
Laura Grapshi: 802 430-9400, lauragrapshi@gmail.com
Deedee Goebel: 802 681-8459, ddgoebel@gmail.com

TIE-DYE TEE STATION
Michelle Emery: 484 620-0524, memery@burrburton.org

BOUNCY OBSTACLE COURSE STATION
Betsy Bleakie: 802 384-8081, bbleakie@mclvt.org

INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT: SLIP-n-SLIDE, FOOD, MUSIC
Megan Thorn: 802 688-8005, megan.thorn@gmail.com
Pauline de Laszlo: 802 379-1553, pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

 


From the Advancement Office

Can it be May already? We are on the home stretch with graduation and the end of the 2017 – 2018 school year right around the corner. So much is happening in May – the spring musical, Rent, the Gawlik Awards, Scholarship Night, the annual fundraising Gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters, spring sports, etc. It’s hard to keep track of it all but let me update you on what the Advancement Office is up to.

We want to share with our parents the great news about the Online Auction. We raised over $16,000 from this effort and we want to thank all parents who either donated an item or a service to the auction and all of the parents who bid on the same (both of which count towards your participation in the Annual Fund). It continues to be a very successful fundraiser and a great kickoff to our annual fundraising gala! We also want to thank and acknowledge the Online Auction Committee who solicited 183 items. We had 173 bidders participating, and Pauline de Laszlo and Ursula Knowles, co-chairs of the committee, did a great job getting the auction organized and set up on our web host, “Bidding for Good”. Awesome job by everyone involved. If you missed the auction this year, we hope you will join in the fun next year.

Our energy and focus is now going into the finishing details of the Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, scheduled for May 25. Invitations went out in mid-April and this event has sold out the last seven years. If you have questions about tickets, you can contact me directly at 549-8201. We have a great line up for the Live Auction, including a seven-day stay at a private retreat in Costa Rica, a Boston trip with super seats for a Red Sox Game, two round trip Club World tickets on British Airways to Ireland, a Golf School for two at Stratton, a Burlington getaway, a week’s stay in beautiful Jackson Hole, and an escape to the Grenadines to list a few of the items. And our raffle items are amazing with the grand prize being a Toby Pomeroy gold and diamond necklace donated by Von Bargen’s at Stratton. We’re returning to the Taconic and we’re expecting this event to be a fun and festive kickoff to the summer season.

If you are unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts we hope you will consider supporting the gala by sponsoring a faculty member to attend. It’s a thoughtful way to say thank you to our faculty who are so dedicated to this school and your student’s success here! Or simply make a gift in support of the event. Again, these gifts count towards parent participation.

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you again for all of you who supported the annual fund over the past year. We have two months to the end of our fiscal year which means you still have time to get your name in the Annual Appreciation Report for 2017 – 2018. Just make your gift by June 30, 2018. (If you have children in multiple grades, your names will be listed with each class.)

One last item to share with you – the chance to Celebrate Your Graduate! If you are parents of a senior, you know that graduating from Burr and Burton is a real accomplishment and an important step in your student’s life. Celebrate YOUR graduate by creating a lasting legacy with a special endowment gift to Burr and Burton. Your gift will ensure future Burr and Burton students continue to enjoy a wide range of educational opportunities and will continue to interact with talented, dedicated and caring teachers, staff and coaches that are hallmarks of this institution. A letter will be sent shortly to all parents and grandparents of seniors with more details. Thank you and congratulations to your graduate!

Hope to see you at the gala or graduation!

Sincerely,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

 


The Mountain Campus will spend the week of April 30 – May 4 hiking and camping in the Green Mountain National Forest. This expedition includes students’ 2-day solo in the spectacular scenery on the western slope of Stratton Mountain. 
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And this semester’s final presentations of learning—the Change Agency projects–will be presented Wednesday, May 23rd, from 5:30-7:30 pm, at the Mountain Campus in Peru. All are welcome to this evening of celebration and learning. 
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From the Creative Arts Department


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Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing Arts Department presents RENT, May 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  
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Set in the gritty East Village of NYC, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is loosely based upon Puccini’s opera, La Boheme.   This rock musical, imaginatively tells the story of a group of starving artists whose lives entwine and mesh over the span of the year.  Join us as they fall in love, deal with devastating illness, discover their voice of humanity and bring alive the universal message of love and hope.
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The cast features Matthew Scott as Mark, Gregory Townsend as Roger, Jillian Grip as Mimi, Daniel Jackson as Angel, Greta Schaub as Joanne, Emily Asciutto as Maureen, Colvin Hathaway as Tom Collins, Koben Pottala as Benny and a rocking ensemble that will raise the roof off of the Riley Center.
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The production team for Rent consists of Director Jim Raposa, Musical Directors Julie Freebern and Michael Garvey, Set Design Paul Molinelli, Light Design Stuart Duke, Sound Design Neil Freebern and students Casey Mara and Katelyn Hemmer as Production Stage Manager, Olivia Saunders, Assistant to the Director and Riley Vogel, Dance Captain.
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Tickets are $7 for BBA students, faculty and staff and $12 for the general public and can be purchased at bbatickets.com.
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RENT the school edition is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 Tel.: (212) 541-4684 • www.mtishows.com.

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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 3rd to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 2nd or sign up by May 4 to take the ACT on June 9th.  The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT in September and the SAT on August 25 (Deadline to sign up, July 28.) 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 7th – May 18th. Further information HEREPlease 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.

2018 Graduation Countdown
A senior graduation mailing will be in the mail this week.  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 8, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website.

Attention Male Seniors
Don’t forget to register for the U.S. Selective Service at www.sss.gov when you turn 18 years old. Neglecting to register can prevent you from receiving college financial aid.

2018-19 Student Class Schedules
Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2018-19 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 2021.  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 15 – Saturday, May 19
Science/Arts Expo: Thursday, May 31
Gawlik Awards: Wednesday, June 6
Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 28

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. for Young Men Attending College
Eligibility: Male 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

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, 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

This month I have been reading Peggy Shinn’s description of the US Women’s Cross Country Ski Team in World Class. I was particularly struck by how much “Belief” plays a role in the success of athletes. It is this belief that keeps athletes going in the difficult times and motivates them to choose tough workouts and difficult competition. While many athletes feel confident when things are going well, it is those who have cultivated belief in their success who stay positive and continue working when things do not go well. You can help your athletes to develop this belief by encouraging them to dream big. You can help them to sustain this belief by encouraging them to develop the daily habits that will prepare them for the challenges on the road to fulfilling those dreams.

Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

Tennis
May 24 – May 26: Boys/Girls Individuals
May 29 – June 8/9: Team State Championships                

Softball/Baseball/Lacrosse
May 28: Pairings
May 29/30: Play downs
June 1/2: Quarter-finals
June 4/5: Semi-finals
June 7-9: Finals

Track and Field
June 2: Finals

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From the Library

During May in the library we will take part in a Virtual Book Group, prepare for summer reading by downloading free audiobooks and much more. Read about these events and our new additions to the collection in our 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

 


Program on Vaping

The collaborative is hosting a program on vaping. Vaping is growing quickly in popularity and this program may offer some insight. The program is on May 3 at 5:30 pm at Spiral Press. More information HERE.

 


From the Yearbook Staff

Don’t forget to order your students 2018 Burtonian Yearbook! The yearbook will be delivered to the students at the end of May, which brings them a welcome distraction from their looming finals. There are less than 100 yearbooks left to order, before we sell out, so be sure to get your order in soon. There is no guarantee students will be able to purchase the book once the books have arrived.
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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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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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April 2018

Calendar

3   Blood Drive: 7 am – 2 pm, EH Henry Gym
4   Spring College Night: 7 – 9 pm, Cafeteria
6   Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Advancement Office
6   SAT Prep classes: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
6-8 International Program NYC Trip
10 Earth Day Summit: BBA Mountain Campus
10 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 4 – 8 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
11 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 8 am -12 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
11 Poet Billy Collins: 7 pm, EH Henry Gym
13-20 Spring Break
14 ACT at BBA: 7:45 am – 1:45 pm, Smith Center
25 Leadership Summit: 7 – 7:50 am, Hunter Seminar Room
27 Grandparents and Special Friends Day: 10 am – 1:30 pm
27 SAT Prep classes: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room

 


From the Headmaster

Imagine The Future

That is the motto of The Rowland Project, a $20 million investment in our community and a $20 million vote of confidence for Burr and Burton Academy. Thanks to the extreme, even radical, generosity of Barry and Wendy Rowland, we get to imagine the future and then turn it into reality.

This gift will transform our main campus. We will design and build a 21st century learning center that incorporates our absolute best thinking about education today, tomorrow, and deep into the future. We will create a courtyard behind the Seminary building that will serve as a unifying space for our campus, tying together the buildings, the community, and the grandeur of Equinox Mountain. We will solidify our agricultural connection with Hildene by constructing a classroom facility at Dene Farm on River Road (previously referred to as Hildene Meadows) in Manchester. And more.

The Rowland Project continues our tradition of funding buildings entirely through private donations, at no expense to taxpayers.

We expect to embark on smaller projects within months, while the major projects – new building, courtyard – will require a planning cycle that will consume at least the next 12 months. We will take our time and get it right so this investment has lasting benefits.

There is so much going on in the world today. As we move into the future, embrace the rapid pace of change enabled by technology, and grapple with the complex social, economic and cultural issues of that change, it is plainly obvious that the importance of education will only grow. I’m excited to report that BBA will change, adapt, and grow to meet the challenges of the future.

Happy Spring.

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

IMPORTANT NEWSFLASH: Congratulations to all students and faculty members who sent messages heard loud and clear by the Vermont state legislature. Vermont just passed a landmark bill intended to help create a safer environment throughout this wonderful state, including within our schools.

 


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

We know that there has been a lot of concern about student safety at BBA over the past week. We are doing everything that we can to make all of our students feel safe so that they never feel uncomfortable coming to school.

Please help us by having a conversation with your son/daughter regarding using social media appropriately. When students use electronic media, they often write things behind the comfort of their screen that they usually would never say in person. This isn’t always true, but in many instances, hurtful words are often used when communicating online. Social media posts after school and from home often carry over into school. Trying to de-escalate the emotions of individual differences that stem from online activity is very difficult.

As a school, we need your support to help monitor your son/daughter’s online presence. In return, we will do everything that we can to keep your child safe at school. We are in the process of scheduling an ALICE safety training for our faculty and staff this spring. We just completed the School Safety Site Assessment required by all schools from the Vermont Department of Public Safety. We hired Ken Stefanak as an Associate Dean of Students to help support our students and the Dean’s office. Manchester PD recently walked parts of the campus to advise us on how to better secure our school.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school. I can be reached by telephone 549-8240 or by email acirelli@burrburton.org.

Sincerely,

Anthony Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students

 


From the Advancement Office

We’re LIVE!
https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

Our Online Auction is live today, April 1, 2018, (and that’s not an April Fools joke) launching the start to our spring Parent Association fundraising gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters. The Online Auction will run through April 11 closing at 9:00 PM. It will end just 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 160 items!

Our sincere thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends for donating 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 excitment. Share the link with anyone and everyone. The entire list of Online Auction items has a broad appeal….there 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 Dorie Morgantini, Sam Baker, Jane DaPron, Robin Apps, Sandy Birch, Oona Cree, Anne Houser, Darla Buffa, Laura Grapshi, Mary Beth Hatheway, Kate Townshend, and others on the Gala Committee who helped solicit or donated items. Additional thanks to Nancy Brown, Margot Page, and Rich Thompson Tucker for their help in soliciting items, and to Pauline de Laszlo who has written descriptions for and uploaded photos of the 160 plus items onto the web site – a herculean task at best!

Invitations for the Gala event at Taconic on May 25, 2018, 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 me at cgubb@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.

The winners of the Barbados resort drawing for March are Kevin and Rose Caggiano. Congratulations to the Caggiano family!

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.

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Cynthia 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 27 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.

 


From the Creative Arts Department

BBA’s Olivia Pitcher competes in the state semi-finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition.

Olivia Pitcher, a junior at Burr and Burton Academy, recently competed in the state semi-finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition in Barre, Vermont. She recited two poems: “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare and “Diameter” by Michelle Burke. Her superb recitations earned her a spot to the state finals in Colchester, Vt where the event was filmed for Vermont Public Television. Join us in congratulating Olivia for her strong showing in the arts for Burr and Burton Academy!

Olivia is pictured here with English Department Chair Rob Hunter and English teacher Nancy Strain.

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An Evening with Billy Collins – April 11 at 7 pm in the BBA gym
Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, author of The Rain in Portugal, Aimless Love, and other books, will speak and read from his work.

No tickets required. Seating is first come, first served.

 


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BBA Spring College Night

On Wednesday, April 4, Burr and Burton Academy will present the annual Spring College Night from 7 to 9 pm in the Rowland Center. The evening will include a panel presentation on the college admission process followed by workshops on a variety of topics including How to Conduct a College Search, The Admission Selection Process, Essay Writing, For Juniors Only:  How to Stand Out in the College Admission Process and a Financial Aid workshop.  The program will be presented by admission officers from Ithaca College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.  

Mock Interviews for Juniors

BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place on Wednesday, April 4. 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 4, from 9-11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. Jason Pergament has organized a bus and invited freshmen in the Success Program to participate. A few additional spots may available to current sophomores who will be off-campus next fall and unable to attend the September College Fair Trip to UVM. 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 4th.
  • 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;  only students who plan to apply to a handful of the most selective colleges should consider taking SAT Subject Tests.

Test Dates, Deadlines and How to Register:

SAT

Saturday, May 5, SAT or Subject Tests administered at BBA, register by April 6 at www.collegeboard.org.

Saturday, June 2, SAT or Subject Tests (not administered at BBA), register by May 3 at www.collegeboard.org.

ACT

Saturday, June 9 (not at BBA), register by May 5 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 2018-2019 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. Also, Carol Brosseau will meet with families to help with understanding Financial Aid packages. Carol has over 30 years of experience in counseling and financial aid at colleges and universities.  If you would like to meet with Carol, please email her at cbrosseau@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 2018 Session of Girls State will be held on the Randolph Center Campus of Vermont Technical College from June 16th to June 21st. Applications are in the School and College Counseling Office and must be submitted by April 2. Is there an online link for this application?  Please check. Speak to your counselor if interested.

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 17 through June 22 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 1. 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 13 – Friday, April 20th – April Break.

Scholarships 2018  

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: $500.00; 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

Rotary Club of Manchester – Award for Excellence

Eligibility: High School senior planning to enroll in college. Based on (in order of importance) character, community service, effort, personal potential, financial need and past academic performance. Highly recommended that students have a recommendation targeted to service.

Award: $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 2

Woodland Owners Association Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Windham County resident, College bound senior or college student in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Must be in attendance of a 2- or 4- program in forestry or allied field (e.g., wildlife management) with coursework and goals directly related to forest management.)

Award: $3,000; Deadline: May 15

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. for Young Men Attending College

Eligibility: Male 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

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, 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 have spent some time reflecting on what it looks like to Take Ownership of your athletic season. This is what I told the athletes at our Spring Sports meeting.

Know what you own
There are things within your control and things outside your control. I think most people spend too much energy worrying about things that they do not own. Conversely they rarely spend enough energy taking care of the things that they do own. The happiest people I know live life the opposite way.

Complaining is a culture killer
During the season, your team will experience some issues. Some people complain about these things. Complaining steals initiative because it makes you feel as if you have done something about the problem and you are less likely to actually solve the problem. Taking ownership means identifying the issues and taking steps to fix them. As Jon Gordon puts it, “Complaining is a lot like throwing up: you feel a little better but everybody around you feels a little sicker.”

Get your habits right
Having dreams is one of the greatest parts of being human. Most people underestimate what they are able to accomplish in the long run and they severely overestimate what they can accomplish in the short run. Dream big. Understand that none of these dreams will be accomplished with a few days of effort. Reaching these dreams requires daily effort and focus. Seriously exam the minutes you spend on various activities during the day. Do you spend the bulk of your time on the activities that will lead to fulfillment of the things you truly want in life? Taking ownership means getting your daily habits in line with your dreams.

Make today your masterpiece
Live in the moment and do your best in that moment. Whatever you are doing make sure you do it as well as you possibly can. Be intentional in your practice. Taking ownership means you are 1.5 hours better at the end of practice not just 1.5 hours older.

Embrace the grind
Once you have your habits right, enjoy them. Good habits are difficult to stick with if you see them as the thing you don’t want to do but have to in order to reach a goal. Taking ownership means learning to love the process of reaching your potential, not just waiting to have reached your potential. The grind – those daily habits, the obstacles, the things that make life hard – these are the times you grow the most. When it is difficult – be filled with joy because in that moment, you are getting better.

Spring Head Coaches:
Softball – Nikki Dexter – n.dexter@manchester-vt.gov
Boys Lacrosse – Tom Grabher – coachgrabher@gmail.com
Track and 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

Bulldog Leadership Summit
Our next Leadership Workshops:
Wednesday, April 25 – Leadership with Headmaster Mark Tashjian
Wednesday, May 3 – From the Bottom Up: How to Lead When You’re Not Given Power – Tobias Lepecki
Wednesday, May 30 – Lessons in Environmental Stewardship – Andy Dahlstrom

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

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From the Library

April is poetry month. Take a look at the latest Library Newsletter to see how we will be celebrating and to learn about new additions to our 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

 


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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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
Merrill Lynch
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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March 2018

Calendar

2   ’58 state championship halftime team presentation, EH Henry Gym
4   Special Olympics: 10 am, Weekly on Sunday, until Apr 9, 2018, Gym
7   Parent Association Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Library
8   International Women’s Day
8   Mandatory Spring Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, EH Henry Gym
10 SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Center Math Classrooms
14 Prism Concert: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
15 Prism Concert: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
16 Snow Date – Prism Concert: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
16 Faculty Inservice – no school for students
17 – 18 24 Hours of Stratton
22 Mandatory Summer Driver’s Ed Meeting: 5:30 pm, BBA Cafeteria
22 Mid Terms (12 pm dismissal)
23 Mid Terms (12 pm dismissal)
23 Spring Equinox Parent Mixer: 6 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
27 Adventure in the Heart of Europe Mtg: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
28 Leadership Summit: 7 am, Hunter Seminar Room
30 SAT Prep Class: 1 pm, Hunter Seminar Room

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

There is a touch of spring in the air, the days are getting longer, and very soon, the clocks will change giving us light into the evening. More significant, from today we have exactly 100 days until commencement. Wow!

I talk often about how we are a caring, supportive community, and on this beautiful day, I walked around the school while contemplating what this phrase actually means. Here is what I saw:

  • students working together in cinematography class, shooting scenes on a beautiful almost-spring day
  • the math floor of the Smith Center filled with students during flex block, working together, explaining, seeking understanding from their teachers
  • five students squished onto a bench designed for two or three at most, munching happily on freshly made chicken parmesan sandwiches
  • students throwing lacrosse balls on our mud-free Judy McCormick Taylor field
  • students preparing for the upcoming Prism concert
  • legendary sort-of retired math teacher Dan DeForest filling in for emerging legendary math teacher Jess Handler, who is on maternity leave
  • students working together in all the nooks and crannies of our library
  • a school community in an incredibly good mood, with the sun shining, and the sense of optimism that comes as we turn the corner into March and toward springtime in Vermont

A caring, supportive community also means we have the support services for students who don’t feel in the flow, don’t feel optimistic, don’t feel connected. I encourage you to help us help anyone you think is in need.

Happy spring. And, to those of you who are parents of seniors, please enjoy every bit of these last 100 days of high school.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


Mandatory Driver Education Meeting – Tuesday, March 13 in the cafeteria from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA’s offers a free driver’s education program which will tentatively start on Monday, June 11, 2018 or June 18, 2018 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, 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 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm, for the remainder of the class 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 2003 birthyear will be cut starting with a birthdate closest to the start date of the class and working backwards. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

 


From the Advancement Office

 

Green Hills and Silver Waters, caring for this place we call home!
8th Annual Parent Association fundraising gala
May 25, 2018 at the Taconic

With spring right around the corner, planning is ramping up for our annual fundraising event, the Green Hills and Silver Waters gala. Here are two things to put on your calendar:

  • Online Auction starts April 1st and ends on April 11th
  • Main event on Friday night, May 25 at Taconic

“Save the Date” cards went out in late January 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 April 1st and ends April 11th. Starting March 1st, 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 Green Hills and Silver Waters 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!

The importance of 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 so 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 Green Hills and Silver Waters 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,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

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Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2018
The Advancement Office will be mailing out invitations in late March for this fun event. If you would like your student’s grandparents or a special friend to receive an invitation, we must have their mailing address. 
Please email Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at nbrown@burrburton.org with the contact information and we will make sure they receive an invitation. 
It’s always a fun and interesting day for Grandparents and Special Friends to see what BBA offers our students. 

 


From the Parent Association

This Wednesday, March 7th at 6 pm, the Parent Association invites you to a discussion about how BBA can strengthen our new parent and student onboarding experience. Mark Tashjian, Headmaster and Kirk Knutsen, Director of Admissions will join us to hear directly from parents about the information and resources families need as they become part of our BBA community. BBA strives to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all our families and we need your suggestions, ideas and feedback to make it happen.
 
Please join us at the BBA Parent Spring Mixer on March 23rd at 6 pm at the Mountain Campus. All parents are welcome! Please bring a plate of cookies to share. RSVP by Monday, March 19th.

 


From the Creative Arts Department

All State Music Festival
Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance to the Vermont All State Music Festival May 10th-12th at Essex Junction High School:  Orchestra-Eric Vaughn, Chorus-Angela Caggiano, Finuala Cree, Jack Fiocco & Hayden Myers. A special shout-out to Hayden Myers for receiving an Honorable Mention in the Piano Scholarship Performance category.  
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Prisms
The Burr and Burton Academy Creative Arts Department will present Prism Concerts on Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  BBA students and faculty sought inspiration from the Silent Film era of the 1920’s to create unique projects that explore the relationship between sight and sound. Film clips from the Passion of Joan of ArcRobin HoodNosferatu and Charlie Chaplin classics have been set to a variety of musical compositions arranged or newly composed for Burr and Burton Academy music ensembles.  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 “Projects”, Prisms 2018, can be purchased at bbatickets.com
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The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Café
Friday March 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Equinox Hotel.
Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults payable at the door. Come out to support our student talent while enjoying complimentary desserts and drinks. Contact Julie Freebern at jfreebern@burrburton.org for more information.

 


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2018-2019 Course Requests
The 2018-19 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Current freshmen (2021), sophomores (2020), and juniors (2019) have reviewed course options for the coming school year and should have registered for their 2018-19 classes. Please contact Mr. Knutson or your student’s counselor if you have questions.

Spring College Admissions Program
On Wednesday, April 4, from 7 – 9 pm, BBA will host a panel presentation and topical workshops by admission officers from a variety of colleges and universities. 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 4. 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. Those who attended BBA’s Financial Aid Night in October heard Carol speak on the topics such as FASFA, Expected Family Contribution, and the College Scholarship Service Profile.  Further, 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 FASFA decision

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

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. Attend your choice of in-depth workshops led by local experts.

NEW THIS YEAR

Workshops on apprenticeships, skilled trades, certificate programs, and internships that lead to great career paths and life opportunities—without a college degree.  

These free half-day events happen only once a year! Choose your location and date.

March 17 @ Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 9:00 am–1:30 pm

March 24 @ NVU–Johnson, 9:00 am–12:30 pm

April 7 @ Castleton University, Castleton, 9:00 am–12:30 pm

Workshop details and registration: www.vsac.org/CP17.

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 14, ACT.
 Register by March 9 at www.actstudent.org. 
Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

Saturday, May 5,  SAT.
 Register by April 6 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 5th 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 24, April 7, 28, and May 5.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA on May 5; cost is $350. Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/18, 3/25; and 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, and April 29. 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 2, 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 2018-19 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 2018/19 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 8, 6 pm.
Inservice – Friday, March 16, no school for students.
Mid-Term Exams – Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 – 12 noon dismissal.

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 specific to Scholarships and found in the SCC Office.

Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior looking to further education in healthcare career.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 15

Berkshire Bank Foundation 2014 Scholarship Program
Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extracurricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school.
Award: $1,500
Deadline: March 21 by 4 pm
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships

Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary
Eligibility: seniors, financial need, community involvement, character, scholastic ability. Must supply previous year 1040 or 1040EZ for this past year.
Award: unspecified
Deadline: March 31.

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

Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education. Must show evidence of community service beyond the BBA requirement. Mandatory reporting of family gross income.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: March 28

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.

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)

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

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

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, 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

Thursday March 8, 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.

Monday March 12
Pitchers and Catchers begin for baseball.

Monday March 19
All spring sports begin tryouts. Lacrosse, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field.

All spring athletes must have had a well physical exam after June 12, 2016. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the Nurse’s Office on or before March 16 (March 9 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 16 (March 9 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 – TBD
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

Student Athlete Bus Fund

We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.

When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.

This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (cgubb@burrburton.org 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’

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Freezin’ for a Reason!! Come join the fun at Stratton Mountain March 31 at 1 – 5 pm, for The Penguin Plunge!!

Special Olympics is celebrating 50 years of providing inclusion and equity through athletics and you can be a part of supporting Vermont Special Olympics by joining the BBA Cool Schools Team or the Frosty Dogs! Be a plunger, support a team or an individual plunger or just come cheer but join the biggest chill on the mountain!! Registration, donations and information can be found at www.penguinplunge.org/Stratton.

It’s the coolest party to kick off spring!!

 


From the Library

The BBA 2018 Read Harder Challenge is underway. Have you taken the challenge? The Challenge is to read one book in each of six categories. You get to pick each and every book. You decide what works for each category. Check out the leaderboard in the library and be sure to check in with Mrs. Putney or Mrs. Gardner every time you complete a category, so we can add an entry into the ongoing raffle pot for monthly drawings. Here is the checklist of genres. Join BBA’s Read Harder Challenge Goodreads group and follow our Pinterest boards.

To find out more about the Challenge and other happenings in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library read our 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

 


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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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
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.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 Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.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
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
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

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Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com

Green Hills, Silver Waters
Gala Sponsors to Date

Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
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
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Remax
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
Big Branch Landscaping
BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Merrill Lynch
Stifel
The Pharmacy Northshire

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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February 2018

Calendar

2   Parent Association Meeting: 8 am, Library
6   Freshman Refuse to Use: 3 – 4:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
6   Junior & Senior Refuse to Use: 5 – 6:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
7   Sophomore Refuse to Use: 5 – 6:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
9   SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
12 Refuse to Use make up: 3 – 4:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
13 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm
14 Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal) 1 – 5 pm
15 Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal) 12:30 – 7:30 pm
16 International Movie Night: 6 -11 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
16 – 23 Winter Break: no school
28 Leadership Summit: 7 – 7:50 am, Hunter Seminar Room

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As we roll into February, we move toward town meetings, which are rapidly approaching. The foundation of this school rests on the tremendous support we receive from throughout the community. Please make your voice and your vote heard, armed with the following information:

  • Our tuition is increasing by 2.2% to $17,025. Governor Phil Scott put out a guideline in the fall that per pupil costs should not increase by more than 2.5%. We are intentionally setting tuition below this guideline.
  • We supplement tuition by drawing roughly $700,000 from our endowment and raising almost $1 million in annual fund. In addition, we generate over $2 million in revenue from our international program. All these funds go directly to support the incredible range of opportunities at this school and ensure that taxpayers get much more than they pay for in a BBA education.
  • We continue to invest considerable time and thought into the professional growth of our faculty. This year, for example, we are developing a foundation of knowledge on brain-based educational techniques while exploring proficiency-based educational approaches. (Those of you who attended Parent Open House on January 25 enjoyed a first-hand taste of this work.)
  • In addition to our work focused on the here and now, we continue to develop long-term plans so that BBA will only get better in the near and distant future.

A Word About Winhall

Those of you residing in Winhall face particular tax challenges. As you may know, the Winhall school board is questioning whether Winhall should continue to be a sending town. If Winhall is no longer a sending town, Winhall residents would be required to pay the difference between the state-wide average tuition and our private-pay tuition rate, a sum of roughly $2500 per student. In addition, Winhall students would no longer have admissions priority to BBA.

We have great sympathy for the conundrum faced by Winhall residents, and we place tremendous value on the long-standing history of partnership between BBA and Winhall. Unfortunately, we have a responsibility to treat all sending towns equally, with a preferred tuition rate and admissions priority offered only to sending towns.

I strongly recommend that all Winhall families attend town meeting this year.

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We strive to be the best school imaginable today, tomorrow, and beyond. Your vote in support of our tuition is crucial to our success. I thank you in advance for your support on town meeting day and throughout the year.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


Mandatory Driver Education Meeting – Tuesday, March 13 in the cafeteria from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA’s offers a free driver’s education program which will tentatively start on Monday, June 11, 2018 or June 18, 2018 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, 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 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm, for the remainder of the class 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 2003 birthyear will be cut starting with a birthdate closest to the start date of the class and working backwards. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

 


From the Advancement Office

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I love it when I actually get home midwinter and it’s still light out! It means we’re making progress and have made it through our darkest, coldest and longest month of winter. We can now finally look forward to lengthening days! During the month of January we’ve been very busy here in the Advancement Office. Here are some updates:

1. Parent Fund Annual Giving:

Congratulations to Peter and Kelly Ahlfeld who were the winners of the first drawing. They won a 7 – 9 day stay at the Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua! To get in the drawings all you have to do is make a gift to the Parent Fund – it’s about participation, not the amount of the gift. So throw your hat in the ring before the next drawing on February

To all of you who have made a gift this 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, a donation to Friends of Hockey, or commit to a Corporate or Gala Sponsorship – all count towards parent participation. Parent participation stands at approximately 20 percent as of January 31, 2018. Here are 3 easy ways to give right now – so you can check it off your to-do list:
1. Go to  https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform 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! Your support helps provide all of the extras that make the difference between a good education and a great one.

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

Green Hills and Silver Waters,
Caring for this place we call home
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM
At 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 a waiting list! Tickets are $125 per person, $1,250 for a table. If you want to reserve a table or tickets 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). However, you don’t have to be a business to be a Gala Sponsor – consider a family sponsorship!

Mount Mansfield Sponsor: $2,500 (includes 4 tickets to the event)
Killington Mountain Sponsor: $1,500 (includes 2 tickets to the event)
Mount Ellen Sponsor: $1,000
Camel’s Hump Sponsor: $500
Pico Peak 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

One more thing related to this year’s gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters. We invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s eighth 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 $15,000 from the auction last year and it is designed to generate excitement for the main event on May 25th. The auction will launch on April 1st (that’s no joke) and close on April 11th, 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 children!

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 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.

4. Update on the Bus Fund

In January, we received a generous gift of a $1,000 from a donor, which means we are only $2,133 away from receiving the second $5,000 match. That can be broken down into two $1,000 gifts, or four $500 gifts, or eight $250 gifts or twenty $100 gifts. If you bring in the $2,000 I’ll donate the last $133.

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

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

 


 


The Mountain Campus will host a spring Visit Day on Thursday, February 8th. 
This is an opportunity for interested BBA students to see the campus and program. The bus will leave the BBA faculty parking lot at 11:20 am. Students will be returned to BBA in time for C block at 1:15 pm. (Students will miss their main campus E block for the visit.)
Interested students should sign-up through the Visit Day form sent to their BBA e-mail address. Further questions about this Visit Day and enrollment in a Mountain Campus semester can be sent to Andy Dahlstrom, Director of the Mountain Campus, at adahlstrom@burrburton.org.
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From the Creative Arts Department

Adventure in the Heart of Europe “Sound of Music” movie night, Tuesday, February 13, 6 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room. Come enjoy a classic movie and themed snacks as we gear up for our April art & music trip!

 


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2018-2019 Course Requests
The 2018-19 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is now available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Current freshmen (2021), sophomores (2020), and juniors (2019) should immediately begin reviewing course options for the coming school year. This review will allow students to plan.  It will also provide adequate time to discuss the questions about course prerequisites and graduation requirements that may surface.

Students will be guided through the process by using a course request worksheet that will be distributed in  advisory on February 12th.  If needed, additional worksheets will be available in the counseling office. Over the break, students must complete the request worksheet.  Upon returning to school, they will use the worksheet to enter requests through the OnCampus portal during an extended advisory session on Monday, February 26th.

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.

Financial Aid Support
This year, we have been fortunate to have Carol Brosseau, a retired Financial Aid professional, support Burr and Burton families through the financial aid process. We thank her for her service in helping families understand the financial aid process and submit their FAFSA!

This spring, Carol will be available to meet with families of seniors to review and compare financial award letters, develop options for addressing shortfalls, create a negotiation strategy and appeal award packages.  If you’d like to meet with Carol, please email her at cbrossea@gmail.edu to reserve an appointment in March or April.

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 10,  SAT.
 Register by February 9 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 6 or June 3 test dates, you will want to consider taking this one.

Saturday, April 14, ACT.
 Register by March 9 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 5 SAT) Classes meet on Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Hunter Seminar Room.  Classes are timed to prepare for the May SAT.  Session 2 Course Dates: March 30, April 6, 27, and May 4.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA on May 10; cost is $35. Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/18, 3/25; and 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, and April 29. 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 2017 SAT Prep course offering.

Sophomores
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: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Science and Technology, 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 April 1. 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 2017-2018 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 14 and Thursday, February 15.

Winter Break – February 16-23.

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 2018

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 16! 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.

St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont Educational Scholarship
Eligibility: Vermont resident who will enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program in fall of 2018. Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 23. Applications also online at http://www.standrewssocietofvermont.org

Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior looking to further education in healthcare career.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 15

Berkshire Bank Foundation 2014 Scholarship Program
Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extracurricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school.
Award: $1,500
Deadline: March 21st by 4 pm
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships

Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary
Eligibility: seniors, financial need, community involvement, character, scholastic ability. Must supply previous year 1040 or 1040EZ for this past year. Award: unspecified Deadline: March 31st.

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

Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education. Must show evidence of community service beyond the BBA requirement. Mandatory reporting of family gross income.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: March 28

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.

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)

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

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

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, 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 8 at 6 pm in the gym.

Bulldog Leadership Summit
Our next Leadership Workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 am in the Hunter Seminar Room. Assistant Head of School, Meg Kenny will run the workshop.

Post Season Competition:

First Day of Playoffs:
Girls Basketball: February 27-28
Girls Ice Hockey: March 2-3
Boys Ice Hockey: March 2-3
Boys Basketball: March 6-7

State Championships:
Dance: February 17
Nordic: February 22 & February 26
Wrestling: February 23-24
Alpine: March 5-6
Snowboarding: March 7-8

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

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From the International Department 

Dear families,

The well-known reputation of Burr and Burton Academy as a school of high academic standards and integrity has reached other countries, making it very appealing to students abroad.

By hosting international students the host families provide diversity to our school and community, help our children to become globally aware, get first- hand knowledge of other countries, promote peace and global understanding, etc.

In order to continue offering our international students the opportunity to live with American families, we rely on the support of our community. 

If you would like to benefit from this enriching experience by hosting an international student next year please contact me. Also, any help getting the word out would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, for all your help and support.

Pia Nolan
International Program HF Coordinator
802-549-8150

 


From the Library

Click on this link to see the latest news for the Lisa B. Tuttle Library. Join the 2018 BBA 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

 


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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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
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.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 Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.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
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
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

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Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
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Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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January 2018

Calendar

8   School open – second semester begins
10 Mountain Campus Family Meeting: 5 – 6 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
12 Parent Association Meeting: 8 am, Library
12 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
15 Martin Luther King Day – No School
16 Mountain Campus Winter/Spring Semester Begins
19 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
24 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm
26 Moroccan Dinner: 1 – 8 pm, Cafeteria
26 Dance and Drama New Student Works
31 Leadership Summit: 7 – 7:50 am, Hunter Seminar Room
31 Adventure in the Heart of Europe Mt.: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Riley Center

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

It is with extra exuberance that I say happy new year after a semester of sabbatical adventures. My family time in Costa Rica was incredible in all kinds of ways, and I return further energized to lead this school long into the future. It is a wonderful feeling to return to a job I love in a school I love surrounded by a community that I love. If you are interested, I kept a journal, excerpts of which can be found HERE.

But enough about that. As we enter the new year and as so many of you make resolutions, I want to share my increasing sense of urgency that an outstanding high school and post-secondary education is essential to building individual dreams. Please consider the following:

  1. Technology has reached critical mass and is transforming our world.  A few simple examples: Uber is now the largest transportation company in the world, yet Uber does not own any cars. Airbnb is the largest provider of overnight rooms, yet Airbnb does not own any hotels. Self driving cars and trucks are a few years, not decades, away. Technology is a major force, and it will have the effect of keeping lower-skill jobs at a stagnant wage level.
  2. The opportunities in the future, as they are in the present, will come overwhelmingly to those with a strong educational foundation coupled with a lifelong commitment to learning. Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe recently shared a set of statistics that highlight the aforementioned point. In 2015, the median salary in Vermont for those with a bachelor’s degree was $62,770. In comparison, the median salary for high school graduates was $35,055. In other words, college graduates on average made a whopping 78% more than high school graduates. This gap will only widen in the future.
  3. Lifelong learning is essential. Our hope in high school is to help students develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, communication, collaboration. They must develop passions, a strong sense of self, and the grit to pursue excellence. Our students face a future that is very hard to predict, and they must also be adaptable, retrainable, and above all, curious about the world.

So, we have work to do in 2018, and important work at that: we resolve to make sure that every single BBA student is working toward an exciting future, one in which they all have professional options and opportunities to live the American dream.

Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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We want to start this month’s Bullhorn contribution with a big THANK YOU to all of our BBA parents who made a gift to the Annual Fund at the end of 2017. I know we send a lot of reminders. But the fact is every time we send another one out, more parents go online to make a gift or send in a gift, and 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.

And the good news is, at the next meeting of the Parent Association, we’ll draw the name of one of our families who made a gift in the past 4 months for a stay in a Caribbean resort. Stay tuned as we’ll make that announcement right after the meeting on January 12. The resort featured in this month’s drawing is the Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua.

Marlene Lederman Allen and Christina Smith, our Advancement Committee Chairs, shared with you the information about this incentive we’re offering when you make a gift. While we hope you believe in and support Burr and Burton Academy because of what we do, this is an added bonus and a fun way to inspire you to jump on the bandwagon. We will draw a winner each month so the next drawing will be in February. Get your gift in this month and you’ll be in that drawing. It’s 11 degrees outside as I write this article for the January Bullhorn – it would help you get through the winter just dreaming about crystal clear blue water, white sands, and warm breezes blowing through the palm trees!

Fundraising Gala

With the start of the new year, we gear up the planning of our fundraising gala to be held on May 25, 2018. Once again, this is a premier event which kicks off the social season here in the Manchester and the Mountains area and is an important part of our fundraising efforts for the year. Last year’s event raised over $230,000! 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 sponsorship as a family, all sponsorships go to help offset the expenses of putting on this event. If you’re interested in becoming a Gala Sponsor please contact Pauline de Laszlo at 802-549-8277 or email her pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.

2. 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.

3. 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 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!

Student Athlete Bus Fund

The clock is ticking…we have five months left to raise $3,133 for the second matching gift of $5,000!

We still have an incredible matching challenge on the table to help with funding transportation for student athletes. The primary purpose of this fund is to support student learning by keeping our BBA athletes in the classroom longer and/or getting them home from games earlier. Here’s how it works – when two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times, this fund would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner. These funds would also be used to send Varsity teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

In the Fall of 2016 a donor laid down a matching challenge of $10,000. To date, we have raised $6,867. Please consider making a gift of any amount to get us to the goal of $3,133. This is a very attainable goal and we only have five months left to raise the matching funds. If we don’t raise the total amount, we lose out on the $5,000! If you make a gift in support of the bus fund it also counts toward parent participation.

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

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Save the date!
Reunion Weekend ’18 is Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Celebrating alumni ending in 3 and 8, all alumni and families are welcome. 
For more information visit burrburton.org/alumni


From the Creative Arts Department


On Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts, Burr and Burton Academy’s Creative Arts Department will present The New Works Project: Theater and Dance.  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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Adventure in the Heart of Europe Informational Meeting #2 on Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center.

 


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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.  

College and Career Planning for Juniors
The School and College Counselors will meet with all juniors in individual student appointments to be scheduled in February, March and April. 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
PSAT score reports have been mailed home, and scores have been posted to the “Testing” page on student Naviance accounts. Included in the PSAT mailing is information about upcoming SAT Prep opportunities.  Students should review their scores at http://studentscores.collegeboard.org and 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 10  OTHER    Jan. 12
SAT      March 10  BBA    Feb. 9
ACT      April 14  BBA    Mar. 9
SAT or Subject Tests      May 5  BBA    Apr. 6
SAT or Subject Tests      June 2  OTHER    May 3
ACT      June 9  OTHER    May 4

 

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

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 10 SAT)
January 12, 1-3                                 
January 19, 1-3                                 
February 2, 1-3                                 
February 9, 1-3                                 
March 2, 1-3 (snow date/ extra)

Session 2 (for May 5 SAT)
March 30, 1-3
April 6, 1-3
April 27, 1-3
May 4, 1-3

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.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadlines: Jan. 10 for Session 1;  March 15 for Session 2.  

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes
Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA 0n May 6; cost is $350 (Class dates TBD by Tutorial Center.)
Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Local SAT Prep Course taught at Maple Street
February 3 and 4, 9-2 each day; $250.  Contact Joy Stewart at jstewart@maplestreetschool.com or 802-733-7636.

*Please note that students must register separately for the actual SAT and /or ACT.  Signing up for a Prep Class does NOT register a student for an exam.

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

WHEN: February 9 through 11 or February 23 through 25.
WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)
WHAT: Advanced Painting and Drawing, Vocal Performance, Social Entrepreneurship, Animals & Law, Actors’ Audition Masterclass, Astronomy, Bioinformatics (Health Data Science), Robotics, Architecture Invention, Youth Leadership.
WHERE: Students spend the weekend in residence at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.
HOW: Students fill out applications at www.giv.org by January 15. 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
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. 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.

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.

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.

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Students must get their  VSAC Unified Scholarship application done and postmarked by Friday, Feb 16, with all required documents. VSAC Scholarship workbooks were handed out in December. Come to School and College Counseling to obtain one if you don’t already have one. 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. 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

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, 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

It feels like Winter and our teams are getting into the heart of their competitive season. We hope you will join us and cheer on the bulldogs. Here are some highlights in our programming as we head into the New Year. 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

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Peak Performance Program

The Peak Performance Program provides tools for the highly motivated athlete to reach an elite level of performance. We are in the second year of our Peak Performance Program.  This two year program consists of 8 – Six Week Sessions  (4 sessions per year). New members may join in January when we begin our 3rd session of the year. Interested students should contact me directly at dmiceli@burrburton.org.

Student Athlete Bus Fund

We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.

When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.

This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (cgubb@burrburton.org 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2017-2018

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

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only 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

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Remaining Varsity Home Openers:

Wednesday, January 3 at 1 pm: Alpine Competition, Bromley

Wednesday, January 3 at 2:30 pm: Nordic Competition, Wild Wings

Wednesday, January 3 at 6 pm: Wrestling v. Fair Haven

Friday, January 5 at 7 pm: Boys Basketball v. South Burlington

Tuesday, January 16 at 1 pm : Snowboard Competition, Okemo (Technically not Home but it’s as close as we get).

Saturday, January 27 at 1 pm: Dance Competition

 


From the BBA Yearbook Crew

January and February are a very busy time for the yearbook crew at BBA. This is also the time for you to order your student’s yearbook at the lowest cost possible. You can follow the link below to purchase a yearbook, personalize your student’s book, and also enter your personalized message through purchasing a parent’s ad. We are looking forward to delivering another great book this year so that your student’s memories can be preserved for years to come. If you have any questions or want to confirm your senior sent in their senior photo’s, you can email: yearbook@burrburton.org

 


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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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
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.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 Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com

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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
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
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
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and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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December 2017

Calendar

1 Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
2 SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Center
5 Winter Concert – Large Ensembles, 6 – 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
5 Winter Concert – Large Ensembles, 8 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
6 Winter Concert – Large Ensembles, 6 – 7 pm, snow date
6 Winter Concert – Large Ensembles, 8 – 9 pm, snow date
10 International Holiday Potluck for Host Families, 5 – 7 pm, BBA Cafeteria
14 Theater and Dance Fest, 6 – 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
14 Theater and Dance Fest, 8 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
15 Theater and Dance Fest, 6 – 7 pm, snow date
15 Theater and Dance Fest, 8 – 9 pm, snow date
16 Elf Express
19 Mountain Campus Final Presentations, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
19-21 Final Exams – 12 pm dismissal
22 Holiday Break begins

 


From the Acting Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

As my time as Acting Head of School winds down I’m conscious of the strength of our BBA community. So many individuals have stepped up in Mark Tashjian’s absence by adding responsibilities to their positions; by facilitating  important professional work that strengthens our learning, and by continuing to create engaging and vigorous learning experiences that prepare our students as citizens who contribute and create, lead and innovate, care and empathize. Personally, I’ve been heartened by the support I’ve received from the entire community – trustees, faculty, staff, families, and most importantly BBA’s students.

Working out of Mark’s office provides a different perspective on life at BBA.  I’ve enjoyed the drop in visits from adults and students I did not see that often on the 2nd floor of the Seminary Building, and you can’t beat the view from the office windows. I’ve picked up on a few things these past three months — our international students receive many packages each day; hardly anyone picks up mail on a daily basis; Maria Bittinger has the best laugh; the conference room is the busiest place on campus; you can’t hear music in the halls from Mark’s office (and I really miss it); sometimes the photocopier chatter reminds me of an SNL skit, and sometimes it provides a temperature gauge on the stress level of our faculty!

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. As a reminder, student OnCampus progress grades are open to parents until December 6th. 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.

Please read an important Bullhorn post from Tony Cirelli, Dean of Students, regarding our concern with the rise of vaping on BBA’s campus. His memo clearly outlines BBA’s policy, the consequences if a student is caught vaping or in possession of vape paraphernalia and the health concerns associated with vaping. All of us at BBA are committed to keeping our campus free of substances, and I thank you in advance for having a conversation with your students about this important matter.

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, and athletic games and competitions.

Best,  

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

 


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

I do not want to sound like an alarmist, but since the beginning of the school year, we have seen a dramatic increase in the use and possession of electronic cigarettes and vape supplies at school.

Burr and Burton banned vaping and the possession of vape paraphernalia when they first gained popularity about five years ago. As a result, we categorize the use and possession of vape pens as a violation of our Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) policy. For clarity, an AOD penalty carries with it a five-day suspension from school (three external and two internal).

The uptick in use is primarily due to the companies aggressively marketing vape supplies to teens and the interest in trying something new. In the process, these companies are making a lot of money off of your children.

For example, the “Juul” ($50 for starter kit) contains high levels of nicotine and resembles a USB flash drive. Other devices are more elaborate and provide users with a digital display. They cost upwards of $150.00 (see photos below). While we do not believe that students are vaping marijuana oil, we do know that THC oil is readily available.  

Once believed to be safe, the vapor from these devices can contain varying levels of nicotine and other harmful chemicals. Recent studies have determined that vaping can cause serious physical ailments such as “Popcorn lung” (https://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/popcorn-lung#1).  

If use and possession are not enough, we have caught a few students illegally buying supplies and selling them both at and outside of school. This underground market is troubling to the school administration, as well as our faculty and staff.

In closing, I encourage you to have a serious conversation with your student(s) and remind him/her of the potential physical effects and school consequences for using, possessing (self, backpack, car, etc.) and selling.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Anthony J. Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students

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A second Visit Day to the Mountain Campus will be on Thursday, December 7th. This is an opportunity for interested BBA students to see the campus and program. The bus will leave the BBA faculty parking lot at 11:20 am. Students will be returned to BBA in time for C block at 1:15 pm.  Students: E-mail Andy Dahlstrom, Director of the Mountain Campus at adahlstrom@burrburton.org, to sign up for this Visit Day, (please copy your guidance counselor), or for more information about a Mountain Campus semester.

The Mountain Campus invites the extended BBA community to the fall semester students’ Final Project Presentations on Tuesday, December 19th, 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, art and film will be part of this demonstration of a semester of learning. For students and families considering the Mountain Campus, this is the best way to witness how a range of MC students experience education in this setting. The event will be in at the Mountain Campus, at 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd., Peru, VT. 05152.

 


From the Advancement Office:

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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. Under the new leadership of Nan Bambara, this year the Parent Association executed a clothing exchange, made refreshments and helped with other needs for the fall play, hosted a new parent get-together, and much more. The Gala committee under the leadership of Kate Townshend and Urszula Knowles is already hard at work planning for this important event on May 25, 2018. And we appreciate the efforts of parents who provide food and refreshments for traveling teams, come to our performing arts events and cheer on our Bulldogs on the field, court, tracks and trails, slopes and parks, and the ice rink. Thank you to the Booster Club and all of the activities they have been involved in. 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. (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 2017 – 2018 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 2017! If that is the case we must receive your gift by December 31, 2017. 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. After all, we’re all in this together.

So 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.

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

PS. It easy to make a gift – feel free to use any of the following:

Online: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform
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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We’re almost there! Only $3,333 left to raise to get the second $5,000! – 
Student Athlete Bus Fund

We still have an incredible matching challenge on the table to assist with funding transportation for student athletes. The primary purpose of this fund is to support student learning by keeping our BBA athletes in the classroom longer and/or getting them home from games earlier. Here’s how it works – when two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times, this fund would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner. These funds would also be used to send Varsity teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

In the Fall of 2016 a donor contacted Burr and Burton about setting up a transportation fund and laid down a challenge gift of up to $10,000 if we could match it. To date, we have raised $6,667. Please consider making a gift of any amount to get us to the goal of $3,333. This is a very attainable goal and we only have six months left to raise the matching funds. If we don’t raise the total amount, we lose out on the $5,000.

If you have questions, contact Cindy Gubb in our Advancement Office at cgubb@burrburton.org or call her at 802-549-8201. Be sure to label your gift “Bus Fund” and mail it to:

Burr and Burton Academy
Advancement Office
P.O. Box 498
Manchester, VT 05255

The donor has graciously extended this challenge through this current school year – we don’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity!!

 


From the BBA Parent Association

On behalf of the BBA Parent Association, I would like to wish a warm and wonderful holiday season to all our students, families, faculty and staff. 
Be safe, stay healthy and come back in January with renewed energy for learning, teaching and parenting. 
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Until next month,
Nan Bambara
BBA Parent Association President

 


From the Creative Arts Department

The Music Department will present a Winter Concert Tuesday, December 5, at 6 pm and 7:45 pm 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 Department is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film, Thursday, December 14, at 6 pm and 8 pm, on stage in the school’s Riley Center for the Arts. Don’t miss the chance to experience the wide range of talent from BBA’s curricular acting, dance and film classes. There is something for everyone in this tightly packed evening of performance.

Acting scenes range from comedy to drama, together with original scenes and monologues by BBA students. 

The Fall Short Film project will be presented, together with commercials and PSA’s from the collaboration between the acting and cinema classes.

The BBA Dance Company consisting of 40 dancers, will perform five numbers, including a “West Side Story Suite” from the Broadway musical, a hip hop number, a ballet piece, a contemporary number and a playful, lyrical piece.

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

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Seniors should be finalizing the college process –
be sure to connect with your School and College Counselor!

DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
2018 Cap, Gown and Diploma Online Order Forms are DUE. (Form is in Parent Portal)
AP Fees are DUE. (for 1st and 2nd semester AP course students)
Transcript Request Forms are DUE for all seniors with January Deadlines.
(Don’t forget it is the student’s responsibility to send SAT/ACT scores directly from the testing agency to the colleges.)

Seniors, once you receive a college decision, please let us know so we can keep an accurate record of our students’ successes. We’ll also pass along your happy news to Mr. Tashjian so he can announce it at Monday assemblies!

Standardized Testing
PSAT results are due to be released the second week in December. Students will receive emailed instructions from the College Board on how to access their individual scores and direct them to create a College Board account if they haven’t already done so.  As soon as BBA receives scores, they will be uploaded into each participating student’s Naviance account.

Regarding standardized testing preparation, families of juniors will receive mailed information from BBA regarding test prep courses and the test registration process.

February 10 is a testing date for the ACT. The test will not be at BBA, but will be administered at other nearby locations. Students wishing to register for this exam by will need to sign up at www.actstudent.org by January 12, 2018.

Advanced Placement Exam Fee
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2017-2018 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $95 per exam by Friday, December 15. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $5 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 7 – May 18, 2018.

Financial Aid
It is important to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from admission deadlines. Please check each college’s website for information.

Some private colleges also require a form called the CSS Financial Aid Profile. This two-part process should be started immediately so as not to delay funding. Forms are available online at www.collegeboard.org or via the VSAC website: http://www.vsac.org.

All families of students applying for need-based financial aid will submit the FAFSA. Please remember that you can estimate on your forms and revise them later. Many colleges distribute financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. The FAFSA form may be submitted at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Families can register at this site in advance of January 1 to receive the necessary separate pin numbers for students and parents. (Beware of another website, http://www.fafsa.com, which charges people to complete the forms. FAFSA is a FREE form!).

All students applying for need-based aid will also submit the VSAC Vermont Incentive Grant form after January 1. It is available online at www.vsac.org.

From the 9th grade corner:
December will be a busy month on campus with the start of winter sports, mid-term (for year long classes) and final exams for semester classes. There are also a number of theater, dance and musical performances.  It will be important for our 9th graders to finish the semester strong by utilizing flexblock well, and connecting with their teachers in classes in which they may need extra help.

Upcoming Events:
Winter Concert – Tuesday, December 5 at 6 pm and 8 pm performances (snow date, December 6)
Winter Theater and Dance Fest, Thursday, December 14 at 6 pm and 8 pm performances (snow date, December 15)
Final and Mid-Term Exams – December 19-21 with (snow date, Friday, December 22)

Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend applications available online starting December 10 at www.giv.org/applynow.
WHEN: February 9 through 11 or February 23 through 25.
WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)
WHAT: Advanced Painting and Drawing, Vocal Performance, Social Entrepreneurship, Animals & Law, Actors’ Audition Masterclass, Astronomy, Bioinformatics (Health Data Science), Robotics, Architecture Invention, Youth Leadership.
WHERE: Students spend the weekend in residence at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.
HOW: Students fill out applications at www.giv.org. Spots will fill up quickly!

2017-2018 VSAC Scholarships for Vermonters Workbooks are in the School and College Counseling Office.
Scholarship information can be found in the School and College Counseling Office and is listed in Naviance Family Connection at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 549-8136; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

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

Another season is off to a great start. I look forward to seeing you out in support of our Bulldogs. Please keep the following in mind:

If your child is competing I ask three things of you. I know from personal experience that they are difficult. However, they are necessary if you are going to truly give your child over to their sport so they can make it their own. I ask that you model the exemplary behavior we ask of our young people. You are their first role models.

  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 2017-2018
Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only 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!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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Varsity Home Openers:

Saturday, December 16 at 7 pm – Boys Hockey v. Brattleboro
Wednesday, December 3 at 6 pm – Wrestling v. Fair Haven
Saturday, December 30 at 2:30 pm – Girls Basketball v. CVU
Saturday, December 9 at 5 pm – Girls Hockey v. NCU/LI
Saturday, December 23 at 2:30 pm – Boys Basketball v. St. Johnsbury
Wednesday, December 3 at 2:30 pm – Nordic Competition, Wild Wings
Saturday, December 27 at 1 pm – Dance Competition
Tuesday, January 16 at 1 pm – Snowboard Competition, Okemo (Technically not Home but it’s as close as we get).
Wednesday, January 3 at 1 pm – Alpine Competition, Bromley

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French Exchange information

There will be a meeting on Sunday, December 3 at 4 pm in the cafeteria for all families who are hosting French Exchange students from Pau in February.  The link to sign up to host is: https://goo.gl/forms/OWpgIU9Djb6CKIZH2. We are still looking for 2 or 3 more families, especially if you can host a boy.
Contact Michelle Emery for more information at memery@burrburton.org.
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From the Library 

Click on this link to see the latest news for the Lisa B. Tuttle Library. Later this month look for the “Pop-Up Library” in the cafeteria during exam breaks. This is a convenient location to check out books and digital audiobooks for the vacation while getting a snack between exams.

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

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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

2017-2018 Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmaster’s List ($5000 +)
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 – tpw.com
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High Honor Roll ($3000 +)
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.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
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Honor Roll ($1500 +)
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Cilantro – http://cilantrorestaurantvt.com/
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – https://www.northshire.com/

The Richards Group – https://therichardsgrp.com/

Academic Letter ($500 +)
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
Equinox Construction Company
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – http://www.midurabuildingco.com/
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.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 – http://www.theaspenatmanchester.com/

The Dorset Inn and Barrows House – https://www.barrowshouse.com/
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire

Planning for the 2018 Parent Association Spring Gala (Friday, May 25th) has already started! 
The following sponsors were a huge part of our $230,000 fundraising success:

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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November 2017

Calendar

2 Parent Association Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Library
4 SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Center
6 Financial Aid Forms Night, 6 – 7:30 pm, Smith Center, lower level
8 BBA Play: Harvey, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
9 BBA Play: Harvey, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
10 BBA Play: Harvey, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
11 BBA Play: Harvey, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
13 Elf Express/Information Meeting: 3 – 6 pm, Riley Center
14 National Honor Society Induction: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Riley Center
15 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, BBA Cafeteria
15 Mountain Campus Visit Day
17 Student vs. Faculty Hockey Game: 7 – 8:30 pm, Riley Rink
20 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 4 – 8 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
21 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 8 am – 2 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
22-24 Thanksgiving Break
27 Winter Sports Practice Begin

 


From the Acting Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

We fall into November with the second half of the academic semester in full swing, two teams competing in the post season, and winter sports season just around the corner.  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 Harvey. The cast and crew consists of students who have worked all fall to bring this production to life. The play runs from November 8th – November 11th and tickets are available on BBA’s website. On November 17th, you can watch the student-faculty hockey game at Riley Rink. This is a fundraiser for our girls and boys hockey teams. The “Golden Cup” is currently sitting in my office and I know that the faculty plans to hold on to it this year –even without Mr. Tashjian’s hockey skills!

We are halfway through the semester and I recently encouraged our 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 8 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 —Take Ownership.

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.

Remember, those who do the work do the learning.

Best –

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

 


From the Dean of Students

About Winter Weather

The Burr and Burton community covers a wide geographic area. Weather conditions can be drastically different depending on where our students live.  We want everyone to arrive to school safe. If the weather is bad in your area and the roads are in poor condition please wait until they have been treated before bringing your child to school or having them drive to school.  Any student that is late or doesn’t come to school because of poor weather will be excused as long as their parent notifies Mrs. Towslee in the main office.  

If school is closed or we have a delayed opening, information will be pushed out through a various number of communication methods that are listed below:

  • Message on the BBA Website.
  • Email Message to all students.
  • A recording will be placed on our main phone line (press 8 for school announcements).
  • Closing will be listed on Local TV stations.
  • Automated call system will send out an alert message..

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The Mountain Campus completed a study of the Vermont economy and culture last week, with three days of travel to the Northeast Kingdom. From the North Hardwick Dairy, producer of Vermont’s finest milk for ten years, to Northern Power Systems, a global supplier of wind turbine electricity, to Jasper Hill Farm, maker of the Best American Cheese at the World Cheese Awards, the fall semester of Mountain Campus students were introduced to the Vermont economy through our Sustainability Trip. Over the next week of school, we will prepare for our final outing of the semester, a group camping trip and solo in the Green Mountains.
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We offer a Visit Day to the Mountain Campus on November 15. This is an opportunity for spring Mountain Campus students to visit during a regular school day, and for interested BBA students to see the campus and program. Bussing will be available at 1:20 pm from main campus to the Mountain Campus; that’s during C Block. Please write to Andy Dahlstrom at adahlstrom@burrburton.org, Director of the Mountain Campus, and to your BBA Guidance Counselor to sign up for Visit Day, or for more information about a Mountain Campus semester.

 


From the Advancement Office:

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Calling all parents to support the 2017 – 2018 Annual Fund!
By now, you have received the Annual Fund brochure, and a personal appeal from Mark Tashjian will be arriving shortly 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. 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,

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

Pineapple Beach Club, Antigua

P.S. Marlene Lederman Allen and Christina Smith shared with you the news about an exciting incentive to give this year. While we hope you believe in and support Burr and Burton Academy because of what we do, this is an added bonus and a fun way to inspire you to jump on the bandwagon. We will begin drawing a winner each month starting in January, so the earlier you give the greater your chances of winning! Blue water, white sand, warm breezes blowing through the palm trees – what’s not to like about this promotion??

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 27, 2018. 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

 


From the BBA Parent Association

Our next Parent Association meeting is tomorrow evening, November 2 at 6 pm in the library. Many parents have requested an evening meeting because of work schedules so we thought we would try one. We hope this allows for some new parents to join us. All are welcome!
 
The Parent Association is rocking & rolling! We are very pleased with the successful STUFF-A-BUS Clothing Drive. Over 100 families benefitted from the generosity of our BBA community. Way to go Bulldogs! Last Friday evening, we welcomed over 75 parents at our Mix & Mingle Reception. The committee created a lovely environment at Founder’s Hall at Birchbrook. They lined the path with glowing luminaries, carved pumpkins with BBA monograms, arranged local, fall flowers and baked BBA Bulldogs cookies that were given to guests as they left. (If you haven’t seen these cookies, you must check them out in Photos on the BBA website!) Everyone brought delicious appetizers to share, and spent the evening chatting and enjoying themselves. I believe that everyone left knowing a few more people than when they arrived and feeling that they were part of an extraordinary community. I certainly did! 
 
We are continuing to plan events and activities for the rest of the year. Please email or call if you’ve got suggestions and continue to engage with your BBA community. 
 
As we enter into November and approach Thanksgiving, the days will inevitably get shorter and shorter. My hope for all of us is that at the same time our hearts will swell with gratitude and the holiday spirit. 
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Until next month,
Nan Bambara
BBA Parent Association President

 


From the Creative Arts Department

Tickets available at bbatickets.com.

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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.

Financial Aid Forms Night
DATE: Monday, November 6
TIME: 6 – 7:30 pm
PLACE: Mr. Morrison and Mr. Muench’s Tech Labs, Smith Center Lower Level
PLEASE RSVP to Lynne Welsh, 549-8242 or lwelsh@burrburton.org
Facilitators: Carol Brousseau: cbrossea@gmu.edu, former Director of Student Financial Aid, George Mason University
, and Lucy Hebbard-Robinson: Lucy.Robinson@ccv.edu, Financial Aid Counselor, Community College of Vermont 

What to do at least 5 days before Forms Night:

  • Set up FSA IDs for student and one parent at fsaid.ed.gov (you’ll need social security numbers, dates of birth and email addresses for student and parent who will sign the FAFSA)
  • Collect the necessary information for student and (step)parent(s) which is listed below.

What to bring to Forms Night:

  • 2016 Federal Income Tax Returns for (step)parent(s) and student, if applicable
  • 2016 W-2 Forms or other income/ benefit statements for 2016 for (step)parent(s) and student, if any
  • Current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds, and other investments
  • Estimated value of any real estate owned, including the home you live in, and what, if any amount, is owed on it
  • Business or farm records, if applicable
  • Social Security numbers for parent and student
  • Student driver’s license number, if applicable
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. Citizen).
  • FSA ID (used to login and sign the FAFSA)

Students born January 1, 1995 or later AND who are not married, and have no dependents are considered a dependent student for the FAFSA, whether or not they currently live with a parent. Bring all information listed above for student and (step)parent(s).

Castleton Decision Day Program
Castleton University gives students the opportunity to interview with admissions counselors at BBA on Wednesday, December 6. Students will immediately receive their admission decision if the student’s completed application has been received by November 17 (Application fee is waived.) 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 17.

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 2 at BBA. Go to www.collegeboard.org. Seniors who want to take the December 9 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 3 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 2017-2018 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $95 per exam by Friday, December 15th. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $5 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 7 – May 18, 2018.

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 Freshmen year.  We are proud to report that on Wednesday, October 13 over 150 Freshmen at 12 different locations collectively completed almost 1,000 hours of community service.  

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 – Harvey, Wednesday – Saturday, November 8 – 11th
  • Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting – Wednesday, November 15, 6 pm in the Gym
  • Thanksgiving Break – No School – Wednesday, November 23 –  Friday, November 25

2016/2017 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, 549-8136; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

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

Mandatory winter sports parent/athlete meeting – Wednesday, November 15, 6 pm

All winter sports begin tryouts/practices – Monday, November 27 

Reminder that, all Freshmen, Juniors and new students must have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. As this is the second 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 3/1/16 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 15. 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 22 – January 7, and during the February break 16 – 25. 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 – Ian Black: iancblack@gmail.com

Snowboarding TBD

Wrestling – Sarah Barker: barker2122@gmail.com


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From the Health Center

Earlier in the month our Sophomores and Juniors watched an engaging and educational presentation of monologues by the group Speak About It. The presentation went over topics such as sexual consent, healthy boundaries, and being a good bystander. Following the presentation students broke out into smaller groups to initiate dialogue with a peer leader from the group. It is equally important to have constant dialogue with your teens about these sensitive topics at home, on an on-going basis. Please read the attached article to sift through a bit of advice about how to best approach this with your child. 
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Parents Guide to Sexting, Texting, and Teens link HERE.
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Adventure in the Heart of Europe Meeting Date

There will be an information meeting for participating travelers and a parent or guardian on Thursday, November 30 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Riley Center.
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2017 – 2018 Yearbook Announcement

2018 Yearbooks are in process and looking for more senior student submissions. All BBA Seniors should have received a link to an online survey and submission form to send in their Senior photo and baby picture as well as answer a few questions about themselves. Since so many students take advantage of our amazing fall scenery for their photoshoots, I have planned to take submissions up until Thanksgiving. If your student did not receive the emailed link, please have them contact yearbook@burrburton.org
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Yearbooks are already on sale HERE.  We have kept the price $55, the same as last year. This price is good until February when prices will go up. If you have any further questions about the yearbook, you can email Melanie Virgilio, Yearbook Advisor, at yearbook@burrburton.org.
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From the Library 

Click on this link to see a special edition of BBA Library’s newsletter with resources on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships for students and parents. These resources were collected to complement the We Speak About It presentations that Sophomores, Juniors and parents attended last month.

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

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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

2016-2017 Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

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

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.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
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

Academic Letter
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Inn at Manchester

Planning for the 2018 Parent Association Spring Gala (Friday, May 25th) has already started! 
The following sponsors were a huge part of our $230,000 fundraising success:

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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October 2017

Calendar

4  Parent Conferences: 1 – 5 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
4 Financial Aid Information Program for Junior and Senior Parents, 5 – 5:45 pm,  Riley Center
5  Parent Conferences: 1 – 8 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
6  Calliope Café: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center
6  Parent Association Meeting: 8 am, Library
7  SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Center – Math Classrooms
10 Naviance Parent Workshop for parents of sophomores, juniors and seniors, 3 – 4 pm, Tech Lab, Smith Center
10  Speak About It parent presentation: 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
11 Freshman Service Day
11 Juniors, PSAT 8 – 11:30 am; Lunch; Theater Troupe 12 – 2:35 pm
11 Sophomores, Theater Troupe 8 – 11 am; Lunch; Pre-ACT 11:30-2:35 pm
11 Senior Workshops: 9 – 11:30 am, Tech Labs and Library

14 Creating a High-Performing Mindset in Our Kids: 6 pm, BBA Gym
23 Mid Semester Break: No School
24 Mountain Campus Systems in Sustainability Trip
27 Parent Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Founder’s Hall at Birchbrook

 


From the Acting 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. It was great to see so many folks out enjoying games over Homecoming/Reunion weekend. Congratulations to our athletes, who gave their all on the field, and to our fans, who cheered and supported our athletes in a positive manner while demonstrating respect for the opposing teams and the officials.

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 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 4th from 1:15-5 pm and Thursday, October 5th 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 teachers act on and leads to enhanced student learning.

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 11th 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 11th, 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 to organize 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 programing related to identifying personal core values and a 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. After lunch, all 10th graders will take the preACT.
  • All 11th graders will report to the cafeteria or 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 grades 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 on October 11th.

Lastly, on October 10, 2017 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.

Program Description:

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!

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

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From the Advancement Office:

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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 2017 – 2018 school year. We kickoff this year’s Annual Fund on October 1. Our two Parent Association Advancement Committee Chairs, Marlene Lederman Allen and Christina Smith, 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 expense of what we offer here, it’s the Annual Fund that allows us to offer all of extraordinary educational experiences and opportunities available to a Burr and Burton student. So please respond to the information you receive about the Annual Fund by making a gift.

Parent participation is important on many fronts. When we are working with other donors and foundations, a strong showing of financial support (number of parents supporting the school, not the dollar amount) from parents 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.

Here’s just a few examples of what the Annual Fund supports:

  • iPads, cases and service plan (at a cost of $765 each)
  • 35 plus after school clubs and provides a stipend to faculty advisors
  • Coaching staff for 18 different sports
  • Technology support for our digital learning platform
  • Faculty laptops and computers for the labs
  • Lab equipment, sports equipment, musical instruments, supplies for classrooms
  • Bus transportation for field trips, to Hildene and athletic games
  • And so much more

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, click on the link:  https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform?token=287364632)
  2. Appreciated stocks (or ones 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 a 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, $5,000 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!

And here’s a bonus, when you make a gift to the Annual Fund, your name will be entered in a drawing for 7 – 9 nights of lodging at one of five luxury resorts in the Caribbean. We will draw a name monthly, starting in January. If you give early, your name will be in the pot for all of the drawings through May. The resorts are the Pineapple Beach Club and The Verandah (Antigua), Les Establos (Panama), The Club Resort and Spa (Barbados), and St. James’s Club (Saint Lucia). And fortunately, these places were not touched by the recent hurricanes. What a great opportunity! (Please note the certificates are for lodging only.)

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.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled in the spring for Friday, April 27, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and we encourage you to share this information. Invitations will be going out in March. If you would like your children’s grandparents to be on the invitation list, please make sure we have their names and addresses in our database. If we don’t have their information, send an email to Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at nbrown@burrburton.org.

It’s a fun and interactive day for grandparents and special friends to see what their grandchildren are experiencing here at Burr and Burton, and we provide an interesting and engaging program for them. The grandparents will be in the Riley Center for the program portion of the day. Then they will meet up the students in the Riley Center lobby, and move to the cafeteria for lunch. The lunch will take place after classes at 12:40 PM.

Many thanks,

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

 


From the BBA Parent Association

Join us at our next Parent Association Meeting on Friday, October 6 at 8 am in the Library. Everyone is welcome! 

STUFF A BUS Clothing Drive October 12 & 13 — It’s time to go through the mudroom, the laundry room and all the bedrooms. Leave no closets and dressers unopened. Have a family sort night and see how many bags of gently used fall & winter clothing, coats, hats, accessories you can donate! Men, women, children – all sizes needed. Make it your goal to donate a minimum of 2 large bags. We can STUFF A BUS for local families in need! For more details and to volunteer email amy@desrobertscreative.com

Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Not us! Save-the-Date for our Parent Reception on Friday, October 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Founder’s Hall at Birchbrook. Please bring your favorite appetizer/hors d’oeuvres to share and enjoy drinks provided by BBA (wine, beer and soft drinks). All parents are welcome. Invitation to follow. RSVP nebambara@gmail.com.

Until next month,
Nan Bambara
BBA Parent Association President

 


From the Creative Arts Department

The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music on Friday, October 6 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.
Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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Congratulations to the following singers on their acceptance to the American Choral Director’s Association Honors Chorus hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Jessop Burrow, Angela Caggiano, Jack Fiocco, Anna Freebern, Rebecca Leili, Annabelle Mackson, Nina Marco, Hayden Myers, Matthew Scott and Nate Williams.

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What’s the Best Short Film of 2017? 

You Be the Judge In the Riley Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 7 at 3 pm as we are part of the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screening at more than 250 cinemas on six continents from September 28 to October 8, 2017. Ten amazing films have been selected from a record 1,615 entries from 75 countries. The Final 10 represent a wide variety of genres including comedy, drama, animation, Sci-Fi, horror, and martial arts. The FINAL 10 Short Films hail from the USA, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Switzerland, Syria, Georgia, and Latvia.

MANHATTAN SHORT audiences around the world will cast a ballot for Best Film and Best Actor. All 10 short films In MANHATTAN SHORT qualify for Oscar consideration so an anticipated 100,000 participants around the world will find their roles as newly-minted film critics both entertaining and challenging!
How can you vote for Best Film and Best Actor?

Tickets available at bbatickets.com.

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Financial Aid Information Program
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Financial Aid Information Program for Junior and Senior parents and students on Wednesday, October 4, from 5 – 5:45 pm in the Riley Center following Parent Conferences. The session will be facilitated by Carol Brousseau, former Director of Student Financial Aid at George Mason University. Recent changes to the process mean students can file their FAFSA beginning in October using income information from prior-prior year tax information.  Carol is also available for individual appointments on Tuesday afternoons at BBA.  You can schedule a meeting by contacting her at: cbrossea@gmu.edu.

Senior Application Workshop — Wednesday, October 11
All seniors with November 15 or earlier deadlines should attend the Senior Application Workshop from 9 – 11:30 am.  Counselors will work with students in the library and Smith Center tech labs to assist them with completing their applications.

Junior Testing — Wednesday, October 11
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 11 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. 2. Late registration fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.

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. This is available to Seniors as well.

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.

Sophomore Pre-ACT — Wednesday, October 11
Sophomores will take the Pre-ACT test during school hours.  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 test, and provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the familiar 1-36 ACT score scale.

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

  • October 5 deadline for November 4 SAT
  • November 2 deadline for December 2 SAT at Burr and Burton
  • November 3 deadline for the December 9 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 11 and Monday, October 23rd  might be a particularly good day 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 (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.

Vermont College Fairs
What: Vermont College Fairs sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders
This is an opportunity for students and their families to learn about college opportunities right here in Vermont, as well as the financial aid options that may be available. We will even have access to computer labs to learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Senator Sanders and area experts will speak at 12:30.
When & Where: Saturday, October 7, Lyndon State College (doors open at 10 am and close at 2 pm)
Saturday, October 14, Castleton University (doors open at 10am and close at 2 pm)

RSVP, requested not required: https://www.sanders.senate.gov/college-fairs-2017

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 VT HOBY seminar will be held in May 2018 at Saint Michael’s College.  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 Friday, October 31.

Oct 2017 – 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 4 and Thursday, October 5 – 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 11 – Freshmen Service Day. Please have your child bring a lunch and water.
Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20. 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, 549-8136; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

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

The Athletic Department and the Booster Club would like to thank all those parents that volunteered and contributed food items for the homecoming events, Thank you for your support!

We invite all of our parents to attend – Creating a High-Performing Mindset in Our Kids – a special presentation from Changing the Game Project at 6 pm on October 14 in our gym.

Topics in this presentation include:

  • How to Keep Your Kids in Sports!
  • How to Give your Child a Competitive Edge
  • To Push and Praise Your Kids to Perform Well
  • 3 Ways to Change Your Kids Sports Experience for the Better
  • How To Motivate Your Kids to Take Ownership for Sports
  • How to Help, and not Hinder, Their Performance Through the Things You Say and Do

FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:

Golf:

  • October 4 Boys Sectionals
  • October 10 Girls Finals
  • October 11 Boys Finals

Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer:

  • October 23 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1:00.
  • October 24/25 – Play downs
  • October 27/28 – Quarterfinals
  • October 31/November 1 – Semi Finals
  • November 4 – State Finals

Cross Country:

  • October 28 – State Meet – Thetford Academy

Football:

  • November 3/4 – Semi Finals
  • November 11 – 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, 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).

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 15 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports 6 pm in the gym.

November 27 – All Winter sports begin.

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

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From the Dene Farm Program

The Dene Farm Program hosted guest speaker Barbara Powers who taught the Ethnobotany class how to do chair “rushing”. Cattail not only has edible roots and shoots; it also provides us with utilitarian and entrepreneurial opportunities. Stay tuned for more updates from the Dene Farm Program by following us on instagram @denefarm and check out our blog at www.denefarmprogram.com.

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Student Travel 2017 – 2018

Adventure in the Heart of Europe: April 12 – 21, 2018
The experience of a lifetime is waiting for you during your April 2018 vacation as we travel to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. This art and music trip called Adventure in the Heart of Europe includes visits to Vienna, Prague, Mozart’s birthplace – Salzburg, and ends on the lake in Lucerne, Switzerland. Every detail from the cities you’ll stay in to the cultural discoveries you’ll make have been customized for our group..
 
We will visit museums, take a boat ride on Lake Lucerne, enjoy Viennese waltz dancing, visit castles in Germany, enjoy Fraulein Maria’s bike tour, as well as an apple strudel cooking demo and tasting.
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This art and music trip is for students who have taken, currently take, or will take classes with the four chaperones – Julie Freebern, Neil Freebern, Lauren Silver or Oscar Trugler. For more information please contact Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org or Julie Freebern at jfreebern@burrburton.org.
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Spain: April 13 – 21, 2018
With BBA Spanish teacher Sue Ritchie, see information about the trip HERE.

France: February 1 – 16, 2018
Ask anyone what the best way to improve your language skills are, and they will say to go to a country and live with a family.  That is not a simple thing to arrange, however.  Fortunately at BBA we have our second BBA French Exchange!

Our exchange is every 2 years with the lycée St. Cricq in Pau, France near the Pyranees Mountains on the Spanish border.  Beautiful mountains and lakes, delicious cheeses, chocolates, and jams, fascinating history, and lovely beaches await you, as well as warm and welcoming host families in Pau. The French students are very impatient to come and discover our little mountain paradise, as well as American hospitality.  They are finalizing approval to come in February, so we are looking for host families. To apply to be a host family, fill out this form.

BBA students who wish to travel to France should be in at least French 3 by the time they participate.  Students do not need to currently be enrolled in French to participate if they have completed French 3 in the past.

The French students expect to visit the United States for 10 days somewhere between the 1st and the 16th of February, during the two weeks before February break.  The dates for the US students to visit France are the 6th to the 22nd of April – the week of April break plus the week before break.  It is possible to travel but not host, or host and not travel to France, but ideally your family and student would participate in both!  We are blessed at BBA to have a scholarship fund to help with student travel, with applications due in October.  Contact Mme Emery for more information at memery@burrburton.org . .

There is also a planned Service Trip to Guatemala – further information will be available at a later date.
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From the Library 

To see what’s happening in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library, click on this link.

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

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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

2016-2017 Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

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

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.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
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

Academic Letter
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Inn at Manchester

Planning for the 2018 Parent Association Spring Gala (Friday, May 25th) has already started! 
The following sponsors were a huge part of our $230,000 fundraising success:

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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September 2017

Calendar

4  Labor Day – School Closed
6  Fall College Night for Parents of Juniors and Seniors: 7 – 9 pm, Riley Center
8  Freshman Frolic: 7 – 10 pm, BBA Cafeteria
9  ACT Testing at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, Smith Center, third floor
10 Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 8 am – 2 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
13 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
19 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm, Mountain Campus
20 Junior College Field Trip & Fair, 6 am – 4 pm, Bus to UVM
21 Powderpuff Football Game: 3 – 4 pm, Taylor Field
21 Homecoming Cookout and Bonfire: 6 – 8:30 pm, Upper Parking Lot
22 Homecoming Games Begin: 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Applejack Field
22 Homecoming Dance: 8 – 11 pm, Scranton Room
22 – 24 Burr and Burton Alumni Reunion Weekend

 


From the Acting Head of School

Dear Families:

The 2017-2018 school year is successfully underway. On Thursday, August 24th, we welcomed 711 students to Burr and Burton Academy at a spirited all school assembly. Juniors Angela Caggiano and Florie Hynds opened with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Seniors Margo Grapshi and Bea Bellingham highlighted aspects of BBA’s culture in their opening address where they expressed gratitude, Jimmy Fallon style, with a selection of thank you notes. A group of Freshman Mentors performed a humorous skit that highlighted key changes to our food service program, and the assembly culminated with the ringing of the bell to mark Burr and Burton’s 188th year.

Here are a few facts and figures on our student body:

  • The freshman class totals 172 students. Roughly 40 students joined BBA’s freshman class from outside of our sending schools.
  • There are approximately 30 new students in grades 10 through 12.
  • We welcomed 75 international students from Ecuador, Brazil, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Poland, Indonesia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Japan, China and Vietnam. This is the largest international enrollment in our history.
  • This semester’s mountain campus cohort includes 26 students from grades 10-12.  

Your first opportunity to connect formally with our faculty is at our Fall Open House. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 13. Registration begins at 5:45 pm in the Riley Center Lobby followed by an opening session and then individual classroom visits.

Open house is designed to give you a snapshot of your child’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your child’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 students explore, and the essential skills and the habits of learning students develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies, Flex Block and how students use technology as a learning tool. I’m confident 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.

I write this post on a late August afternoon while the sun shines on our beautiful campus, and I’m mindful of the destruction and suffering that citizens of the greater Houston area are facing. Our community has always rallied to support those in need after natural disasters. In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy students and faculty/staff organized relief efforts and participated in clean-up projects. Folks on campus are meeting and brainstorming ideas to continue the tradition of service. Look for updates in the coming weeks and please reach out to Nancy Strain at nstrain@burrburton.org if you have ideas or want to support our student’s efforts.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

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From the Advancement Office:

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It’s hard to believe that we are already into week two of the new 2017 – 2018 school year and we are off to a good start. Freshman Orientation was great as was Junior Jumpstart, and the first day of school on Thursday, August 24 was successful as well. At assembly that morning, we welcomed the Freshman Class of 2021, 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. 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 an 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. We raise support for Burr and Burton for one reason only – to give your student the most amazing educational experience possible. We have two new parent volunteers who will be helping with the Parent Fund – Marlene Lederman Allen from Rutland, and Christina Smith from Londonderry so you will be hearing from them in the near future.

The high school experience is a very important time in a 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 new co-chairs, Urszula Knowles and Kate Townsend will be calling together the Gala Committee in October. It’s a fantastic event and raises significant funds for the school. 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:

Urszula Knowles, njknowlies@aol.com, 201-443-5060

Kate Townsend, kate.a.townsend@gmail.com, 860-593-6045

Be sure to mark your calendar for the event, which will be Friday, May 25, 2018, at Taconic.

Alumni Reunion Weekend
Calling all Burr and Burton parents who are also alumni! Don’t miss Reunion Weekend on Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017. 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. Or contact Gina Vickers in the Alumni Office at 802-549-8277 or email her at gvickers@burrburton.org. The Alumni dinner has sold out the last four years so reserve your seat today!

Sincerely,

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

 


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 it’s highest. Thank you to everyone that talked to me, emailed me, and/or completed the survey. Your feedback is invaluable. The survey is still active, so please tell us what you think, if you haven’t already.  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eebrnglaj4h5oeki/a001j5fo4mzg/questions
Thus far, the survey results have shown a few trends.  
  • There is overwhelming interest in opportunities for parents to meet other parents and to become part of the “BBA community”. 
  • And therefore not surprisingly, a parent reception/cocktail party is top on the list of *new* activities, followed by events, talks, and speakers, and a BBA School Store. 
  • And thankfully, this will all be possible because we have a talented and willing group of parents that self-identify as #1: baking and cooking enthusiasts, #2: skillful organizers and #3: event planners, and #4: communications & outreach specialists. I am excited to put all this volunteer energy to good use.  
Our first meeting is next Friday, September 8. Meg Kenny, the Acting Head of School will be joining us to share important details/changes about this year, and answer any questions you may have. Our agenda will include: the Mountain Campus and how it is perceived by college admissions; the status of the track at the Rec Center; and committees assignments including a parent cocktail party; a school store; the fall clothing drive; and a “Senior Send Off”. The meetings are designed to be an open forum to exchange and discuss ideas. The brainstorming, planning and logistics are generally done at the committee level. Please join us so you can be part of the action and identify what activity/issue/committee you would like to join. For those that can’t make this morning meeting, don’t worry, the PA will have a table at the September 13 Open House for questions and committee signup.   
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On a personal note, I am an avid VPR listener and last week I had the pleasure of listening to Peter Gilbert, the Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council. Peter is from Dorset. His commentary is titled, Celestial Visions, because of the Eclipse-mania that spread around the USA last week. It was especially charming in how it framed our unique perspectives. I particularly enjoyed listening to his diction and cadence as it made me pause, and think, just a little more purposefully, even if just for a moment. Sometimes in our busy, rushed lives, we need that. If you missed it, I hope you’ll take a minute to listen and of course, I hope you like it as much as I did. 
 
Enjoy the long weekend, the Labor Day holiday, and the final days of our lovely Vermont summer.
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Until next month,
Nan Bambara
BBA Parent Association President

 


From the Co-Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we will have already completed over a week of school by the time you receive this message. We seem to be off to a great start, and the weather has certainly been spectacular! Wouldn’t you know that we would have our best stretch of summer weather upon returning to school.

I have a few housekeeping items for you to review before things get too busy for you and your student(s). First, if your child drives to school, please purchase a parking permit as soon as possible. Purchasing a permit allows us to quickly identify your vehicle in the event of an incident which might require us to contact you or your student. To pay online, please select this link (Online Parking Permit).  

Seniors are not allowed to leave campus during their free block until the privilege is granted. A big factor in that decision is that the majority of the senior parking permits have been paid for and submitted. An announcement will be made at assembly to acknowledge the start of this privilege. Additionally, no student is allowed to leave campus during lunch or Flex Block.

Parking Lots – Students are not allowed to go to their cars during the school day. The expectation is that they will only be in the parking upon arrival and at the end of the day. The only exception is for an early dismissal which is granted by you the parent/guardian and approved by the Dean’s office.  Note: all students must sign out in the school reception office and back in again when they return.

Please help your child get to school on time. Being punctual now will help your son/daughter in the future. Students arriving late should sign in and get a pass from Mrs. Towslee in the main office. Additionally, please call the main office (362-1775) to inform us if your son/daughter is sick and will not be attending school. Note: Tardies are cumulative and will affect your child’s overall classroom attendance and possibly his/her grade.

Lastly, communicate often with your student(s), and let me know if your son/daughter is having any problems at school. With easy access to technology and social media, it is possible for a potential problem to follow your son/daughter home without your knowledge. Gone are the days when a potential problem is left at school when a child leaves at the end of the day.

Finally, BBA must be a drug free campus. Students violating this request will be dealt with accordingly and have to endure the consequences. Since vape pens and e-cigarettes can also burn marijuana oil, they will be treated as drug paraphernalia. Last year we saw a resurgence in their popularity. They are also being disguised as storage devices such as USB flash drives (Juul Vape Pen).  

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and/or concerns. I am looking forward to a positive school year with our students.

Anthony Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students
549-8240

 


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College and Career Information

Makeup Senior Application Workshop
On Wednesday, September 6, during Flexblock (10:40-11:30), college-bound seniors who missed the August workshops are urged to attend this Makeup Session of the College Application Workshop. Seniors will complete the Common Application and get a head start on college essays, applications and have time to meet with their counselors. Much information will be shared about the process of applying to college over the next couple of months. Please meet in the Hunter Seminar Room at the start of Flex Block.

Fall College Night for Junior and Senior Parents and Students
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night for Junior and Senior Parents on Wednesday, September 6, at 7 pm in the Riley Center. Debra Johns, Associate Director of Admission at Yale University, will be our keynote speaker. Debra has been at Yale for the past nine years. Prior to that she worked in admission at Fairfield University and Marquette University and recently served as chair of the finance committee for the National Association of College Admission Counseling. She has presented on many occasions at national and regional conferences on various admissions topics, is active with current admissions issues and is a frequent participant and speaker at college night programs.  Following Debra’s presentation, School & College counselors will present parents with grade-specific information regarding the college process.

Financial Aid Information Night
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Financial Aid Information Night for Junior and Senior parents and students on Thursday, October 4, from 5:00-5:45 in the Hunter Seminar just prior to Parent Conferences. The session will be facilitated by Carol Brousseau, former Director, Office of Student Financial Aid at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Carol retired from George Mason in 2016, after over 20 years with the university in a variety of positions within the Office of Student Financial Aid.  She also served in various financial aid positions at Georgetown University and Strayer College, giving her a wide range of experience in public, private and proprietary educational institutions.  Carol has a very practical and down to earth understanding of the Financial Aid Process and the FAFSA’s calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  Recent changes to the process mean students can file their FAFSA beginning October using income information from prior-prior year tax information.  Carol enjoys helping students and parents navigate the Financial Aid Process.

Carol can help you answer the Questions:

  • How soon do I start?
  • What do I need?
  • Where do I go on the web?
  • When is the FAFSA available?
  • Why is a FAFSA required?

College Fair Field Trip
Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip to the college fair at the University of Vermont for interested college-bound juniors on Wednesday, September 20. Students and the College Counselors will leave promptly at 6:00 am. (Pack a breakfast and snacks!) We will attend the College Fair at UVM at 9 am, followed by a tour of UVM and a quick lunch at the Davis Student Center.  (Bring money to purchase lunch items.) We  will then tour Champlain College and head back to BBA  by 4 pm. Approximately 250 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 15. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis until full. Permission and mandatory College Fair Homework Assignment due to Mrs. Welsh no later than Friday, September 16 to hold a place on the bus.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Burr and Burton will host the SAT on October 7. The deadline to register is September 8.  The registration deadline for the October 28 ACT (not at BBA) is September 22, and the registration deadline for the November 4 SAT (not at BBA)  is October 5. (BBA does not host either the Oct. ACT or the Nov. SAT — students will need to sign up for a different test site.)

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 11 during school hours. Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy (Use this link; https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees online payment of $16.50) to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office by October 1.  Late registration 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. This is available to Seniors as well.

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.

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. Nearly 40 colleges have already scheduled appointments during the month of September alone. 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 8: 7 – 10 pm – Freshman Frolic Dance in the Cafeteria * Free
  • Sunday, September 10: 8:30 – 3 pm – Student Lead Leadership Retreat – Pre-registration required.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Parent Open House 6 – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 21: 6 – 8:30 pm – Homecoming Cookout and BBQ Upper Parking Lot *Free
  • Wednesday, September 27: 7 – 7:50 am Leadership Summit – Establishing Your Brand HSR 

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 549-8136; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

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

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 just around the corner.

Here is the schedule:

Thursday, September 21
Student Powder Puff football game at BBA – Taylor Field: 3:30 pm

Homecoming Pep Rally Bonfire at BBA: 6 – 8 pm

Friday, September 22
JV Gold Boys Soccer vs. Leland & Gray at Applejack Field*: 4:30 pm

Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Leland & Gray at Applejack Field*: 7 pm
*Admission to Applejack Field: $5 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens.

Saturday, September 23
Varsity Field Hockey vs. Hartford at BBA Judy McCormick Taylor Field: 10 am
JV Field Hockey vs. Hartford at BBA Frelinghuysen Field: 11:30 am
Varsity Football vs. Fair Haven at BBA Judy McCormick Taylor Field: 9 am
JV Gold Girls Soccer vs. Woodstock at Applejack Field*: 5:30 pm
Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Woodstock  at Applejack Field*: 7:30 pm
*Admission to Applejack Field: $5 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens.

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 2nd annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 10. 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 40 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday, September 10 from 8 am – 2 pm, Hunter Seminar Room at BBA. Retreat topics include: Leading From the Heart, Bringing Positive Energy, Grit, Connecting with People, Multiplying Your Effectiveness and Increasing Accountability. The retreat is open to all students. Please register here. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org. Please see our 2017-2018 Schedule for other workshops.

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Student Travel 2017 – 2018

Spain: April 13 – 21, 2018
With BBA Spanish teacher Sue Ritchie, see information about the trip HERE.

France: February 1 – 16, 2018
Ask anyone what the best way to improve your language skills are, and they will say to go to a country and live with a family.  That is not a simple thing to arrange, however.  Fortunately at BBA we have our second BBA French Exchange!

Our exchange is every 2 years with the lycée St. Cricq in Pau, France near the Pyranees Mountains on the Spanish border.  Beautiful mountains and lakes, delicious cheeses, chocolates, and jams, fascinating history, and lovely beaches await you, as well as warm and welcoming host families in Pau. The French students are very impatient to come and discover our little mountain paradise, as well as American hospitality.  They are finalizing approval to come in February, so we are looking for host families. To apply to be a host family, fill out this form.

BBA students who wish to travel to France should be in at least French 3 by the time they participate.  Students do not need to currently be enrolled in French to participate if they have completed French 3 in the past.

The French students expect to visit the United States for 10 days somewhere between the 1st and the 16th of February, during the two weeks before February break.  The dates for the US students to visit France are the 6th to the 22nd of April – the week of April break plus the week before break.  It is possible to travel but not host, or host and not travel to France, but ideally your family and student would participate in both!  We are blessed at BBA to have a scholarship fund to help with student travel, with applications due in October.  Contact Mme Emery for more information at memery@burrburton.org .

Adventure in the Heart of Europe: April 12 – 21, 2018
The experience of a lifetime is waiting for you during your April 2018 vacation as we travel to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. This art and music trip called Adventure in the Heart of Europe includes visits to Vienna, Prague, Mozart’s birthplace – Salzburg, and ends on the lake in Lucerne, Switzerland. Every detail from the cities you’ll stay in to the cultural discoveries you’ll make have been customized for our group.
We will visit museums, take a boat ride on Lake Lucerne, enjoy Viennese waltz dancing, visit castles in Germany, enjoy Fraulein Maria’s bike tour, as well as an apple strudel cooking demo and tasting.
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For more information please contact Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org or Julie Freebern at jfreebern@burrburton.org
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There is also a planned Service Trip to Guatemala – further information will be available at a later date.
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From the Library 

Welcome back returning families and a special welcome to families who are joining Burr and Burton for the first time! I would to take this opportunity to describe the space and services that are offered in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library.  

The Lisa B. Tuttle Library is a beautiful space open to all students before and after school in additional to regular school hours. There are tables for students to work independently or in small groups. Computers are available for student use as well as a wifi printer that can be accessed from all personal devices. There are cozy nooks with bean bag chairs and comfortable reading chairs. The library has a collection of over 11,000 print and digital items. In addition to our own collection, we belong to the Northshire Consortium and share resources with Manchester Elementary Middle School and Manchester Community Library, which brings our total local collection to over 50,000 items. Our goal is to provide materials to enrich the curriculum as well as students’ personal interests. If we don’t have a book that a student is looking for locally, we will request an interlibrary loan through the Vermont Department of Libraries system which contacts public, school and university libraries.

Burr and Burton Academy subscribes to a number of electronic databases which students can access both on and off campus. Students will need passwords for the databases when they are off campus, which can be found in the Student Resources section of OnCampus. Our database offerings include: Blooms Literary, CREDO Reference, GALE, SIRS Issues Researcher, JSTOR, and New York Times Historical..

Please encourage your child to reach out to the library staff for assistance with research projects or pleasure reading.

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

 


Refuse to Use Kickoff

The Refuse to Use Kick Off is scheduled for Sunday, September 10 at Manchester Elementary Middle School. Doors open at 2 pm for sign in. The event starts promptly at 2:30 pm.

The Collaborative’s Refuse to Use (RTU) program focuses on youth substance use prevention education and is in partnership with Stratton Mountain Resort, Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Viking Nordic Center and The Dorset Theatre. Students in grades 7-12 from Flood Brook School, The Mountain School at Winhall, The Dorset School, Long Trail School, Manchester Elementary and Middle School, Maple Street School and Burr and Burton Academy are welcome to participate. For more information contact Chrissy at Chrissy@thecollaborative.us or visit The Collaborative’s WebsiteWatch the Refuse To Use Kick Off video!
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Emergency Medical Responder Course

The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad is excited to announce that they will be offering an Emergency Medical Responder Course this Fall. EMR’s are often the first medical professionals to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency and their competence is a key link in the chain of patient care.  The course is approximately sixty hours of classroom training and will be limited to twenty students. It is open to students who are sixteen years of age on or after December 1, 2017. It will cover basic patient care including the topics of Airway, Assessment, CPR, Medical Emergencies, Cardiac Emergencies, Trauma, Special Populations and EMS Operations.

The course is an excellent introduction to EMS (Emergency Medical Services) for those who want to learn what to do in the case of a medical emergency and who would like to volunteer as licensed professionals. It will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and will run from September 18 through November 15 with State testing to follow. The fee for the course is $350, which will be reimbursed by LVRS for students who become licensed and who join LVRS as a full members.

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Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

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

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.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
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

Academic Letter
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Inn at Manchester

2017-gala-logo-1-copyFlagship Sponsor

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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August 2017

Calendar

13 Football Meeting for Parents and Athletes: 5 – 7 pm, BBA Cafeteria
14 Football Practice Begins
16 Mandatory Fall Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, BBA gym
17 Senior College Admission Workshop: 10 am – 12 pm start in BBA Hunter Seminar Room
17 Fall Sports Practices Begin
21 Transfer Student Orientation: 10 am – 12:30 pm, Hunter Sem/Library
21 Extracurricular Theater, Dance & Film Meeting: 6 – 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
22 Senior College Application Workshop: 10 am – 12 pm start in BBA Hunter Seminar Room
22 Mountain Campus Family Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, Birchbrook
23 New and Returning International Students Orientation: 8 am – 2:30 pm
23 Freshmen Orientation: 8 am – 1:20 pm, Start in the BBA Riley Center
23 Junior Jumpstart: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm start in the cafeteria
23 Freshmen Orientation: 8 am – 1:20 pm, start in the BBA Riley Center
24 All students first day of school
24 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 1 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center
25 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 2 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center
28 Fall Play and Film Callbacks and Final Callbacks: 1 – 5 pm, Riley Center
31 School Photos: 8 am – 12:45 pm, Main BBA Library

 


From the Acting Head of School

Dear BBA Families,

In a little over three weeks we will welcome the class of  2021 to Burr and Burton Academy!  Life on campus is busy – the facilities crew is working hard to finish up summer projects, many faculty and staff members are in and out collaborating and preparing for opening day. There are over 50 incoming Freshmen on campus for Success Camp. I’m looking forward to bumping into even more students as the campus comes back to life with fall athletics, performing arts meetings and school and college counseling programs.  Please look closely at all the relevant dates in this Bullhorn post and watch for the official student summer mailing which will be released electronically by August 8th.

Mark Tashjian is officially on sabbatical and I’m excited to serve as acting head of school for the fall semester. We have a talented team of administrators, teachers and staff who are committed to the success of all BBA students. I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone back as we kick off the 2017-2018 school year.  In the meantime,  I hope that you and your family have had a great summer and that you find more time to relax and enjoy the beautiful August weather.  

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

 


Forms, Forms, Forms

Many of you have already filled out the online forms for the upcoming school year and to all of you a hearty well done! Some of you still need to complete some forms.
 

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Why does it matter? 
Students will not have an iPad to pick up for the start of the year, will be unable to play sports, participate in performances or partake in extra curricular activities of any kind and will not be able to travel on any kind of field trip until all forms are completed.

There are 6 forms per student that need to be completed by a parent or guardian of 9-12th graders. There are two extra forms for parents of seniors. Two of the forms need to be completed by the student as well as a parent or guardian to be considered “complete.” The student and parent/guardian must login to their separate accounts in OnCampus to complete the forms. Parents/ Guardians and students of Mountain Campus Fall Semester will also see a form added in just for them. The forms will all be preceded by the date 2017-2018. 

Below is a list of forms for each constituent group.

All Parents/Guardians must complete:

Parents/Guardians of Seniors must also complete:

  • 2017-2018 Confidential Senior Parent Survey
  • 2017-2018 Release for College & Scholarships

All students must complete:

  • 2017-2018 Fall Co-Curricular Rules and Info
  • 2017-2018 Co-Curricular Interests
  • 2017-2018 Responsible Use Regarding Technology

All students and parents/guardians of students enrolled in the Mountain Campus Fall Semester must complete:

  • 2017-2018 Mountain Campus Fall Release

All students new to BBA and all Juniors:

Please login to OnCampus and finish off the forms. Students may need some extra prodding to get the job done in these dog days of summer.

If the form does not say completed then it is not done.

If you need help contact support@burrburton.org

You can even make an appointment to come in to BBA and get help filling in your online forms with us by contacting support@burrburton.org.

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From the Advancement Office

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Dear Parents,

Can it be August already? While it doesn’t seem possible, it’s the reality and all of our energies here at BBA are focused on getting the 2017 – 2018 school year off to a great start. We like to welcome back our returning BBA families, and we extend a warm welcome to all new families. Whether you have a freshman entering high school, or you have a transfer student, please know we will do our very best to make your student’s experience at Burr and Burton Academy exceptional in every way.

One of our summer tasks in the Advancement Office is pulling together our Annual Appreciation report, which is how we recognize and thank our supporters from last year. It’s always amazing and heartwarming to see how many of you supported BBA in some way. We want to thank every parent who contributed to the success of last year – our Annual Fund drive was a phenomenal success! Whether you wrote a check, donated a service, made of gift-in-kind to the Online Auction or Live Auction for the gala, volunteered time in the concession stand, worked on the gala committee, attended the gala, sold ads for the Performing Arts program, sold raffle tickets of any kind, made cookies or brownies for a bake sale during the school year, helped coach a sports team, organized the Senior Sendoff party, or participated in some other way, we want to say a big, heartfelt THANK-YOU! We couldn’t do what we do without your help.

You will hear from the Advancement Office every month in the Bullhorn, and then some. We are responsible for all of the fundraising efforts of the school, which include the Annual Fund, capital improvements (such as our beautiful Judy McCormick Taylor ’57 turf field), and building our endowment securing the financial future of BBA. Please take a moment to read what we send you and consider supporting this great school in some way. We encourage all parents to give at a level that works for you, whether its $5, $50, $500 or more, your participation helps us demonstrate to foundations and other donors YOU are committed to quality education and support our efforts which in turn, motivates their support. More to come on this later….

And we have a dynamic Parent Association in place to start off the new year. Nan Bambara ’86 has taken on the leadership of this important organization. Her welcome follows. While the chairs of different committees meet monthly with the Headmaster or Assistant Head of School, all parents are members of the Parent Association and can attend these meetings anytime. For new parents and families, we encourage you to get involved with our school and there are lots of ways to do that. Contact Nan with questions about the Parent Association at nebambara@gmail.com.

We look forward to the coming school year with great anticipation and excitement and once again, we offer a warm welcome to all BBA families and students.

Enjoy these last weeks of summer and we’ll see you in a few short weeks!

Sincerely,

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

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From the Parent Association

We want to hear from you!

Welcome to your Burr and Burton Academy Parent Association (PA), where all parents are members. I am delighted to be serving as president. I encourage you to volunteer with the PA and together we can make this school year memorable. The are many ways to be involved, and even those with limited time have a place. Everyone is welcome!

Please complete this brief, 10 question survey. We’d like to know how the Parent Association can enrich your BBA experience and hope you will consider volunteering. The survey will ask for your feedback on our current events and activities, as well as your suggestions and ideas for new events and activities. It can be anonymous or if you are interested in volunteering, you can provide your contact information at the end of the survey.  

Click on this link to complete the Parent Feedback and Volunteer Interest Survey. http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eebrnglaj4h5oeki/star

I hope you will join us at our first meeting in September and get to see old friends and make new friends. A date and time will be announced shortly. 

Best Regards,
Nan

Nan E. Bambara
Dorset, Vermont
Cell: 407-375-8615
nebambara@gmail.com

 


Tuition Request Form

The towns of Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Manchester, Mt. Tabor, Rupert, Pawlet, Sunderland, Weston, and Winhall, are part of the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU.) If your student(s) resides in one of these towns, please return the Tuition Request Form found HERE.  

Every student must file a new form each year for all four years enrolled at BBA.

If you have any questions please contact Ramona Towne, Student Billing, in the BBA Business Office at 549-8149 or rtowne@burrburton.org.


From the Creative Arts Department


Burr and Burton Academy Extracurricular Theater, Dance and Film Meeting

On Monday, August 21, 2017 at 6 pm in the Riley Center, there will be an information meeting regarding the extracurricular offerings in dance, film and theater for the 2017-2018 season.

If you are interested in The Fall Play, The Choreography Workshop, Ballet/Pointe/Variation Classes, The Fall Film, The Elf Express, The Theater and Dance New Works Project, The Spring Musical, Playwriting and Screenwriting, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Set Design, Set Building, Crew or Stage Management, please attend this meeting. 
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There are so many opportunities for everyone! If you have any questions, please email: jraposa@burrburton.org.

 


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Mandatory College Admission Seminar for Seniors

Seniors planning to apply to college must attend a Senior College Admission Workshop for all college-bound students which is offered twice (attend just one): Thursday, August 17 or Tuesday, August 22, from 10 am to 12 pm, starting in the Hunter Seminar Room. We will be covering several important procedures related to the college application process.  Please remind your student to attend and bring their laptop or iPad to the Senior College Admission Workshop.

Make sure course selections set for the entire year; it can be difficult to drop/add for second semester and we are required to report any changes of academic classes to college admission offices.

Transfer Orientation for New Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (students only)

All new sophomores, juniors and seniors should report to the Smith Center Library on Monday, August 21, from 10 am – 12:30 pm. The students will meet with BBA Student Ambassadors who will answer questions and share tips about adjusting to Burr and Burton. We’ll also help students locate their classrooms and get connected to BBA technology. The program will end with a pizza party.

Junior Jump-Start Program

All juniors report for school one day early—on Wednesday, August 23, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school. The Junior Jump-Start program will cover career and college information, standardized testing options, the junior year planning calendar and more! Juniors will meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors. Students will all need a device. They should bring a laptop or be prepared to pick up their iPads first thing that morning. Please meet in the cafeteria to start the day.

Freshman Orientation – Students Only

All freshmen should meet in the Riley Center for the Arts on Wednesday, August 23, from 8 am – 1:20 pm. Students will meet their classmates, teachers, advisor and freshman mentor. They’ll find their classrooms, participate in a question and answer session, and have some fun, too. Dress casually to participate in activities.

Fall College and Financial Aid Programs for Junior and Senior Parents

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night for Parents on Wednesday, September 6 at 7 pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will feature guest speaker Deb Johns, Associate Director of Admission at Yale. After her presentation, school counselors will provide grade-specific information for the college admission and financial aid process.

The Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 4, from 5 – 5:45 pm, in conjunction with Parent Conferences.

Other Upcoming Events

Look for more information in next month’s Bullhorn about these upcoming programs:

  • College Fair Field Trip for Juniors  at UVM in Burlington — Wednesday, September 20 from 6 am to 4 pm
  • PSAT – in-school testing for juniors on Wednesday, October 11

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

The registration deadline for the September 9 ACT with writing (at BBA) is August 4. Burr and Burton will also be a test center for the SAT on October 1 (the registration deadline is September 1). Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; students must create accounts and register directly with these organizations at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.  Seniors are also responsible for sending their official scores to all colleges that require standardized testing. Please keep track of your usernames and passwords by making a journal entry in your Naviance account – you’ll need them again.

Test Prep for October SAT

The Tutorial Center has test test preparation classes for the October SAT. Call 802-362-0222 for cost and details. Group and private classes are available. First class takes place early August.

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 if parents notify the Attendance Office in advance. BBA School and College Counselors also make their own campus visits every year. Let’s trade campus tour reports!

College Visits to Burr and Burton

Throughout the fall months, college admission representatives visit Burr and Burton. Juniors and seniors can keep track of the ever expanding list of visits on their Naviance accounts and make plans to attend meetings with teacher permission.

Contact Information

Don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question, a concern or feedback. We welcome all contact and the opportunity to work with you to assure the quality of your student’s Burr and Burton experience.

From the 9th Grade Corner

As the start of school year rapidly approaches, your son or daughter is probably having feelings of excitement, nervousness or most likely both.  While the transition to high school is most often smooth, please know that advisors, counselors, teachers and support staff are here to help with the move from middle to high school.  Look for a “start of school information packet” to be sent out electronically in early August.  This packet should have all the the pertinent information needed for the start of the year. Feel free to reach out with any questions.  

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, August 13 – Mandatory Football Meeting 5 – 7 pm BBA Cafeteria. Any 9th grader planning to participate on a fall sports team must attend with a parent or guardian.  

Wednesday, August 16 – Mandatory Fall Sports Night Meeting 6 – 8 pm BBA Gym – Any 9th grader planning to participate on a fall sports team must attend with a parent or guardian.  

Monday, August 21 – Extracurricular Performing Arts Opportunities Meeting  6 – 7 pm

Wednesday, August 23 – Freshmen Orientation with earlier dismissal 8 am – 1:20pm. The day will begin with all freshmen assembling outside of the Riley Center at 7:45 am

Wednesday, August 23 – at 6:30 pm, Freshman Parent Orientation in the Riley Center.

Thursday, August 24 – classes begin at 8 am with dismissal at 12:45 pm

Monday, September 3 – Labor Day no school.

* For a complete list of events/calendar please go to our school website: www.burrburton.org

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

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 about the start of another school year and all of the opportunities in athletics and beyond that your athlete will have to pursue excellence. I look forward to seeing you at our Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night on August 16 at 6 pm in the gym. This year we have renowned sports nutritionist, Erin Sparrold, CN, MET, as our keynote speaker. Erin joins us from the Mind of the Athlete program. In addition to speaking, she will be available to our teams throughout the year as we look at maximizing our athletic performance through proper nutrition.

During my summer reading, I came across some articles I wanted to share. The first is directed towards the athletes as they try to find the things that will separate Burr and Burton from other athletic programs. It’s a list of behaviors that great athletes cultivate in themselves. The second is a letter to parents that recently retired Boys Lacrosse Coach, Peter Bidstrup, shared with the parents of his athletes. Coach Bidstrup was highly successful at The Governor’s Academy winning 250 of 325 games and 8 ISL Championships. He does a great job of describing how a focus on process creates winning organizations and he recommends some important ways that parents can contribute to that process. I hope you will take the time to look at both articles and share them with your athletes.

I wanted to be sure you are aware of two great opportunities for students.

The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 2nd annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 10. 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 40 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there next month.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am – 3 pm at BBA. Retreat topics include: Leading From the Heart, Bringing Positive Energy, Grit, Connecting with People, Multiplying Your Effectiveness and Increasing Accountability. The retreat is open to all students. Please register here. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org. Please see our 2017-2018 Schedule for other workshops.

The second great opportunity is the Peak Performance Program for athletes who aspire to compete at a high level. New sessions begin this Fall.  Our mission is to provide tools for the highly motivated athlete to reach an elite level of performance. The program consists of 8 – Six Week Sessions  (4 sessions per year). Last year we had 17 athletes involved – with 3 completing all four of the six week training sessions that were offered. Email Athletic Director Dave Miceli: dmiceli@burrburton.org  to sign up or for more information.

I have had several requests for these popular bags. They are only available through Realsports. If you would like one please use this order form. Deadline to order is August 5!

Summer Fitness Center Hours

The most controllable factor in our athletic performance is the quality of time that our athletes put into the Fitness Center. There are still two more weeks to take advantage of summer fitness hours. Be sure to check the schedule. Incoming 9th graders and transfer students are welcome with a signed copy of this form.

Important Fall Sports Information

Please note that Golf will be played as a Fall sport beginning in Fall 2017.

August 13 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5 pm in the cafeteria.

August 14 – Football practice begins

August 16 – Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6 pm in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Following the keynote speaker Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.

August 17 – Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and Cross Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas – jthomas@burrburton.org

Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears – suzannemears7@gmail.com

Boys Soccer: Peter Mull – pmull@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Barb Miceli – bmiceli@burrburton.org

Cross Country: Tom Klein – tklein@burrburton.org

Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry – jmowry@burrburton.org

Boys Golf: Michael Harger – mharger@burrburton.org

Girls Golf: Cheri Blondin – cblondin@burrburton.org

Last year we began a new policy that required all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one. Please plan ahead. There will be no separate Sports Physical. 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 August 16 or August 13.

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 2017 – September 22 – 23.

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Concussion Information

Each season as part of the co-curricular rules that you and your athlete sign, we provide some information on concussions. At BBA, we continually revise our concussion protocol to meet the best standard of care. Please see below if you would like some additional information.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon takes you through this course. In this course you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.

Parents and athletes are encouraged to take the free online course. http://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000

Student Athlete Bus Fund

We have an incredible matching challenge still on the table to assist with funding transportation for student athletes. The primary purpose of this fund is to support student learning by keeping our BBA athletes in the classroom longer and/or getting them home from games earlier. Here’s how it works….when two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times, this fund would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner. These funds would also be used to send Varsity teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

In the Fall of 2016 a donor contacted Burr and Burton about setting up a transportation fund and laid down a challenge gift of up to $10,000 if we could match it. To date, we have raised $5,150. Please consider making a gift of any amount. If you have questions, contact Cindy Gubb at cgubb@burrburton.org or call her at 802-549-8201 in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift “Bus Fund” and mail it to:

Burr and Burton Academy
Advancement Office
P.O. Box 498
Manchester, VT 05255

The donor has graciously extended this challenge for this school year – we don’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity!!

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From The Dene Farm Program

Back left (Nick Williams, Jennie Mull, Emet Koffman, Ann Fisher) Front Left (Dene Farm Manager Brooke Decker, Bryan Emery)

The Dene Farm Program is in the midst of our second full growing season. This year our garden has expanded as we strive to improve the sustainability of our food system at Burr and Burton Academy. Our academic opportunities are also expanding at BBA. This year we have added Ethnobotany (the human uses of plants) to our course offerings including Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology, Naturalist Studies and Food Systems.

This summer we have a solid crew of five committed student and graduate employees. We have two rising seniors, Bryan Emery and Nick Williams. Our alumni hires are Emet Koffman, Ann Fisher, and Jennie Mull. They will be attending the University of Vermont, Mt. Holyoke College, and Warren Wilson College respectively in the fall of 17.

Most of our crew came to us through the Dene Farm Program courses. BBA’s farm crew is helping to keep our school and community connected to the land, promoting healthy relationships with food and fostering a mindset of environmental responsibility. We continue to sell our popular microgreens at the Manchester farmer’s market every Thursday from 3 – 6 pm. We are growing a wide variety of vegetables in our educational garden for the school year ahead. In our new production garden we have focused on 4 main crops proven to work well with our food system (beets, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes). All of our produce goes directly to the BBA cafeteria or to the Manchester community. The Dene Farm Program is growing strong in it’s second season. In the years ahead we plan to increase our course offerings, expand our gardens and increase the sustainability of our school and community. Stay tuned for more exciting news from the Dene Farm Program by following our blog @ www.denefarmprogram.com and like us on instagram @ Dene Farm.

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From the Health Center

It’s hard to believe the summer is winding down, and we are gearing up for yet another school year! Some of you might be feeling bitter sweet sadness as you send your child off for their last day of high school, others might be feeling some anxiety as your child enters the sometimes daunting, but no doubt fun years of high school. They will have higher academic expectations and experiences, and social pressures they might not have had in middle school, but yet, they will have new freedoms, and have new responsibilities and experiences. They are about to embark on the journey of their life! 

As fun as high school is, students, all students experience speed bumps, or set backs. Some minor, and easily navigated by peer or parental support. Others however take a little more guidance. Burr and Burton truly believes in the positive mental health of every student. Because of this strong belief we have two full time licensed therapists located right in the Health Center. We are here to support the social and emotional well being of every student, and their family. 
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Please feel free to contact one of us if you have concerns about your child, or even another student. We will work together to make sure your child gets through these years with minimal struggles.
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Please enjoy this quick link to 7-Tips HERE on how to help successfully transition your child to high school!
 
Megan Brooks, LMHC, LADC- Director of Mental Health. 802.549.8250
Joel Ess, School Therapist. jess@burrburton.org
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Student Travel

For three weeks in June and July, fifteen BBA students accompanied chaperones Chris and Pia Nolan to Ecuador.  After arriving in the capital, Quito, the group explored the northern highlands before descending into the Amazon basin for four days that included observing the flora and fauna of the rainforest, visiting a local family to learn how they subsist, and rafting on the Napo River.  Returning to the highlands they traveled the Avenue of the Volcanoes and reached the end of the road at over 15,000 feet above sea level on the volcano Chimborazo.  Arriving in the colonial city of Cuenca in the southern Andes, the students were met by their host brothers and sisters who spent time at BBA last October.  For the final two weeks they visited their sister school, Santana, and did a variety of activities in and around Cuenca including visiting museums and markets, community service work, rock climbing, zip lining, and hiking.

The Ecuador Exchange is run on a bi-annual basis.
For more information, contact Chris Nolan at cnolan@burrburton.org.

 


From the Library 

For information on required summer reading and suggestions for recreational reading click on this link from the Lisa B. Tuttle 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

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Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

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

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.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
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

Academic Letter
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
JOY – all things underthings –www.joyallthingsunderthings.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Inn at Manchester

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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