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
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.
Mark H. Tashjian
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 email@example.com.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising
From the Creative Arts Department
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.
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 Arc, Robin Hood, Nosferatu 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, email@example.com
Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, email@example.com
Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; email@example.com
Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; email@example.com
Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Welsh, Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; email@example.com
From the Athletics Department
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
Girls Lacrosse – Jamie Blake: firstname.lastname@example.org
Softball – TBD
Baseball – Ed Lewicki: email@example.com
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw: email@example.com
Track & Field – Caleb Wiley: firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com 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.
Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm
Library Media Specialist
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.
High Honors List
Wood & Signs
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
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
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
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.
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
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 email@example.com or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.