December 2019

Calendar

Winter Concert: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, SVAC
6  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Library
8  International Holiday Potluck for Host Families: 5 pm, Manchester Inn
12 Theater and Dance Fest: 6 pm and 8 pm, Riley Center
17  BBA School Store pop-up, 8 – 10:30 am, Smith Center
18  BBA School Store pop-up, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Smith Center
19  BBA Parent Social, 6 – 9 pm, Hill Farm Inn
23 – January 7: Holiday Break – no school

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As I reflected this weekend on the many ways I am thankful for all that is in my life, I could not help but think of two extraordinary individuals who passed away in the past two weeks.

Last Monday, Wendy Rowland departed less than two years after she lost her husband Barry. They were married for over 60 years, and the two of them, through their unprecedented generosity and commitment, transformed the present and future of BBA. They created the Rowland Travel Fund so all students can join in school trips throughout the world. They built the Rowland Center, which houses our student center, world languages, visual arts, and international program. They boosted the endowment through a $10 million matching challenge, and, most recently, they donated $20 million for The Rowland Project; we will break ground on Founders Hall, a 25,000 square-foot integrated social studies, English, STEAM center and library, in April.

Less than two weeks ago, on Monday, November 18, we lost Skip Martin. From humble roots in small town New Hampshire, Skip became a proud alumnus of Williams College, served in the United States Navy, and had a highly successful career in business. He joined the BBA board of trustees, and for the past decade he worked tirelessly to connect philanthropically-minded members of this community with opportunities to improve BBA. Skip loved fundraising for the right cause, and he determined that BBA was the right cause.

I share these remembrances not only to honor these two individuals, but to share the belief that the BBA of today was built by those who came before us, and the BBA of tomorrow rests in our hands.

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and are ready for the holiday season, BBA-style.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

What a time to reflect. As Mark wrote above, we’ve lost extraordinary friends, and our sorrow can only be matched by our gratitude as we look back over the legacies of Barry and Wendy Rowland and Skip Martin.

They were all three deeply devoted to this school—and not just to the idea of it, but to the real, day-to-day experiences of your kids, and the work of teaching, and challenging, and caring about them. What they wanted, more than anything, was to provide opportunity, and what they saw in Burr and Burton was something special: a school able to provide outstanding educational opportunities for all because of the support of an incredible community.

Which is really to say that these inspiring people were, in turn, inspired in large part by you, by your children, by our alumni and teachers and neighbors and all of the friends near and far who come together to make BBA exceptional through their work and support. Never doubt the value of your participation—it is a hugely important sign of who and what we are

If you have not yet participated in our Annual Giving Campaign, please make your gift today; you can give online, or visit Ways to Give to explore other options. Every single gift makes a BBA education possible, and tells a story we can all be proud of. 

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful community, and I wish you all a season of togetherness, gratitude, and joy. 

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


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Seniors
Seniors (and Senior Parents) PLEASE fill out the Cap & Gown and Diploma Form  found in your On Campus portal. This is the order form for your cap, gown and diploma. It MUST be signed by a parent and completed by December 15.  It is a simple form asking for height/weight and your formal legal name for your diploma. Thank you!

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

Message from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)
Seniors! The VSAC Scholarship Workbooks are in! Come to the School and College Counseling Office to pick up a booklet so you can get an early start looking through the workbook for scholarships. This is an opportunity to apply for a few scholarships with one application. Please speak to Mrs. Welsh if you have questions; she is available to assist you with the application process. The deadline to submit VSAC assisted scholarships is February 12. 

Regarding the FAFSA: The earlier seniors file the FAFSA, the better. They will find out how much financial aid is available to them so they can make informed decisions. 

Financial Aid Consultations with Carol Brosseau.
Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University and presenter at BBA Financial Aid Night 2019,  is offering to assist individual students and families with financial aid questions and provide support with FAFSA completion. Please contact her via email: cbrossea@gmu.edu.

Juniors
ALL JUNIORS  will report to the Riley Center on Monday, December 2nd at 11:30 for a mandatory class meeting. Topics to be covered include the Junior Class Fruit Sale, the upcoming PSAT score release and SAT/ ACT test preparation, and other important junior year announcements.  

PSAT results for Vermont students are due to be released on December 9th. 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. More information about the PSAT, standardized testing and test prep opportunities can be found in On Campus Resources and HERE.

Scholarship opportunity for Juniors:

The Coolidge Scholarship
Junior (Class of 2021) applicants are selected primarily on academic excellence, an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. Go to www.coolidgescholars.org for more information and application.
Award: This is a full-ride scholarship. Deadline: by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020

BBA Alumni College and Career Fair
On Thursday, January 9, recent BBA alumni will return to their alma mater to share information about their college, gap year and work experiences with current students through informal conversations.  Please encourage your Bulldogs (past and present) to participate in this opportunity that will be held in the gym during Flex Block. Alumni from the classes of 2016 – 2019 are encouraged to sign up in advance with Lynne Welsh (lwelsh@burrburton.org or 549-242. 

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:
The freshmen will be participating in their third group counseling cycle over the next couple of months. To date, they have completed counseling sessions highlighting the main supports and resources available to them whenever social, relational, and academic challenges surface. Along with this effort, they have also received counseling on important facets of high school like course planning and transcripts as well as the wide array of unique opportunities available to BBA students seeking to personalize their education.  Next, the freshmen will dive more deeply into 4-year planning to prepare for sophomore course selections in the spring.

As the school year progresses, winter sports are underway and our freshmen will be experiencing first semester final exams for as winter break approaches. These demands place a special emphasis on the use of Flex Block and Advisory. 

Academic Support:
Please continue to encourage your child to use Flex Block wisely. Many of our students are doing well with this independent time. As the semester nears completion, grades will be finalized so good planning and study habits will certainly help. On a normal full week of school Flex is the block during the middle of the day when students can get lunch and complete school work.  Flex Block is valuable for test or quiz makeups, teacher conferencing, group projects and individual help. Additionally, if a student needs a good environment for studying, the library is open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.

Scholarships for Seniors
Materials for scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. There will be lots more listed here and posted in the School and Counseling Office in the new year. See Mrs. Welsh with any scholarship questions.

The VSAC Unified Scholarships (See entry above)
Must be postmarked by Friday, Feb 12, with all required documents.

Berkshire Bank Foundation NeXt Gen Scholarship
Eligibility: high school seniors, current college students who share commitment to community service and volunteerism. Minimum GPA of 3.0, plans to attend 2 or 4 year college or technical school. Application is online.
Award: $2,500;
Deadline JANUARY 31. 

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, 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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 Creative Arts Department


The Music Department will present a Winter Concert Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 pm at the Southern Vermont Arts Center featuring a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. 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 Dept. is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film, Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 6 pm and 8 pm, at the school’s Riley Center for the Arts. Don’t miss the chance to experience the wide range of talent from over 70 students who partake in BBA’s curricular acting, dance and film classes. There is something for everyone in this tightly packed evening of performance.

Acting scenes range from Shakespeare, to the hilarious Odd Couple:The Female Version, Musical Theater pieces and an original work from Gianna Delossantos ’20.

The BBA Dance Company will be performing five different pieces including hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballet and a Broadway style piece. The fall short film project will also be seen for the first time. 

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

 


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From The Athletic Department

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2019 – 2020
Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball and Ice Hockey
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.

Varsity Home Openers:

Saturday, December 7: Girls Hockey v. U-32 5 pm

Saturday, December 11: Boys Hockey v. Hartford 6 pm

Friday, December 13: Snowboarding Competition 1 pm Stratton Mountain

Tuesday, December 14: Boys Basketball v. Lake Region 2:30 pm

Wednesday, December 18: Wrestling v. Fair Haven 6 pm

Wednesday, December 19: Girls Basketball v. St. Johnsbury 5:30 pm

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

Saturday, January 11: Dance Competition 1 pm

Wednesday, January 22: Alpine Competition 12:30 pm Bromley Mountain

*Rock Climbing Competes every other Wednesday at the Green Mountain Climbing Center in Rutland. Next competition is December 4 at 6 pm.


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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the BBA Parent Association

The BBA Parent Association will host a School Store pop-up shop in the basement of the Smith Center for holiday shoppers on Tuesday, December  17th from 8 – 10:30 am and December 18th from 8:30 am -12:30 pm. Cash or Check only, please.

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BBA Student Travel

Spots Still Available – Discover Portugal: Discover Europe
During Spring Break: April 10 – 19, 2020


Wind your way along the Atlantic coast and experience the cosmopolitan flair of Porto and Lisbon as well as the rustic charm of rural Portugal. Culture and beauty merge in this warm part of the world. Immerse yourself in new cultures — surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life of Europe — creating inspirational moments while learning about history, art, and architecture. For more information contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.

What you’ll experience on tour:

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As part of their fundraising efforts for the prom and their senior gift, the Junior Class has brought back the Holiday Fruit Basket Sale! Orders (and payment at time of order) should be placed through the following link by 3 pm on Thursday, December 12th.
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Click HERE to order.
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Pick up will be in the BBA Student Center between 1 – 4 pm on Monday, December 16, 2019. If you need to pay by check, please make them out to the BBA Junior Class and return checks to Megan Gault (Junior Class Advisor). Should you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Gault at mgault@burrburton.org

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From the Student Success Program

December 5, 2019 – Success Parent Association Meeting at 5 – 6 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room

December 5, 2019 – Mandatory Meeting for Success Program Senior Trip Students and Parents at 6 – 7 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room

December 12, 2019 – Secret Santa Gift Exchange during Flex Block at 10 am in Room 002 in the Art wing!

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2020 Yearbook Update

2020 Yearbooks can be ordered at jostens.com. We sold out last year, so order early.
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Seniors need to complete the Senior Survey by November 26th to ensure their photos and quotes appear in the 2020 Burtonian.  All seniors should have received a link to the Senior Survey, which is a simple form created to help collect all their info. Reach out if you are having trouble accessing the file.

Thanks,
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor

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From the Library

Read this month’s  library newsletter to learn about the holiday craft, new books, and Food for Thought opportunities.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary.

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Donor 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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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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November 2019

Calendar

6  BBA Fall Play – CLUE: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
7  BBA Fall Play – CLUE: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
8  BBA Fall Play – CLUE: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
9  BBA Fall Play – CLUE: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
11 Elf Express Information and Audition Meeting: 3 – 3:45 pm, Riley Center
12 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
13 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Gym
14 Parent Association Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, Library
20 Annual Success Program Thanksgiving Potluck: 6 – 8 pm, Student Center
20 Hockey Sports Practice Begins
22 Faculty vs Student Fundraiser Hockey Game: 6 – 8 pm, Riley Rink
27-29 Thanksgiving Break
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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Yesterday was a spooky day around BBA. There was just the right amount of Halloween spirit, with some students dressing up, many others playing it straight. Among our faculty, there was a friendly departmental competition. Please see photo below of the champion PE/Wellness department dressed up as… trophies!


And coming in a close second was our mathematics team, who dressed up as whiteboard markers, a tool that they use on a daily basis. Here is a photo of these two departments together:


I hope this puts a smile on your face and reminds you that our teachers, who take their jobs very seriously and work tremendously hard, know how to have a little fun as part of our very caring community.

November brings Clue (the fall play), the start of winter sports, the Mountain Campus solo expedition, National Honor Society induction, International student trip to Washington DC, and an incredibly productive time in our classrooms. 

November also brings our annual fund drive. In the coming weeks, you will receive a fundraising appeal, and when you consider whether or not to give, please know that participation at any level matters a lot. Your participation as parents helps us raise the millions and millions of dollars that has created the BBA of today and will help us realize our dreams for tomorrow.

We live in interesting and busy times, and I thank you, as always, for the support you show this school in all kinds of ways.

Yours in Bulldogs,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

We fall into November with the second half of the academic semester in full swing. 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 Clue. The cast and crew consists of students who have worked all semester to bring this production to life. The play runs from November 6th – November 9th and a few tickets are still available on BBA’s website.  On Wednesday, November 6th, BBA is sponsoring the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday program with VPR’s Jane Lindholm at 7 pm at the Congregational Church. On November 22nd, you can watch the student-faculty hockey game at Riley Rink. Given the talent on the faculty team, a faculty victory is assured! 

We are halfway through the semester and during recent and upcoming advisory sessions, students will reflect on their learning and revisit goals they set at the start of the semester. I encourage you to talk with your sons and daughters about their successes and challenges so far, as well as their goals for the next seven weeks. 

Winter Weather

Decisions to delay and/or cancel school are made by reviewing forecast data, and in consultation with sending school administrators/transportation coordinators. Our goal is to make a decision by 6:00 am so that students in outlying areas receive notification before they have to depart for school. 

Notifications are pushed out through a variety of methods: 

* A message on the BBA Website.

* An email message to all students.

* A recording on our main phone line (press 8 for school announcements). 

* A notification on Local TV stations (WCAX).

* And an alert message on our automated call/text system. 

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 at school safely.  If the weather is bad in your area and the roads are in poor condition, but area schools are open, please wait until your local roads are treated before allowing your student to drive to school. Any student who is late or doesn’t come to school because of poor weather will be excused as long as a parent/guardian notifies Mrs. Towslee in the main office. If this occurs, we encourage students to Skype or Facetime into a class so they can experience class lessons remotely. This will require some coordination and initiation by students. 

I hope to connect with many of you at the upcoming events on campus. 

Best,

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

It’s go time! The FY19 Annual Report is out (stop by our office if you haven’t seen a copy!), the Annual Fund brochure hit mailboxes this week, and the Burr and Burton Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing. We’re raising what it takes to serve every student every day—and a huge part of what it takes is you.

So much of what makes Burr and Burton such an incredible school exists because of private support. Annual Giving brings in roughly $1M a year, and funds go to every part of the BBA experience, from the technology in our classrooms to the programs and opportunities available to your student every day. It’s the funding that helps our education go from good to great. And every gift counts.

But above and beyond that, I can’t stress enough how much your participation as a parent matters. Your gift not only helps to fund the amazing—and inclusive—education Burr and Burton offers; it demonstrates meaningful support that inspires others to give too. The higher our parent participation rate, the stronger our case that Burr and Burton is something truly special and worth investing in. And we can’t tell that story without you. 

So please join us! Make your gift today online, or see our other ways to give

Onward and forward!

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


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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.

Castleton Decision Day Program
Castleton University gives students the opportunity to interview with admissions counselors at BBA on Wednesday, December 4. Students will immediately receive their admission decision. The application must be in Castleton’s hands  no later than November 22. (Application fee is waived for participants.) Self-reported SAT/ACT scores are appropriate for applying. 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 22.

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 8 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 7 at BBA. Go to www.collegeboard.org. Seniors who want to take the December 14 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 8 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.

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 Freshman year.  We are proud to report that on Wednesday, October 16 over 180 Freshmen visited numerous community partners as they engaged in many different community service projects.  

As part of the counseling program the freshmen have focused on getting to know BBA during the beginning of the year. More specifically, they are getting to know the people around campus who can assist them if they are experiencing a challenge. Next, the freshmen will begin to study the academic offerings, graduation requirements, and unique programs to draft a 4-year plan.  This will assist the students in selecting courses for next year.

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 – Clue — Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 6 – 9, 6:30 pm
  • Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting – Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 pm in the Gym
  • Thanksgiving Break – No School – Wednesday – Friday, Nov. 27 – 29

Scholarships
Most forms for scholarships are 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.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: United States citizen, judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Award: $1,000 – $60,000;
Deadline: November 5
Application online at: www.elks.org/enf/scholars

VSAC Unified Scholarships
VSAC Scholarship workbooks are available in the School and College Counseling Office. Many scholarships listed in the workbook; one online application covers all. Scholarship application and supporting documents must be uploaded  by Friday, Feb. 12. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document request forms to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling a few days prior to the deadline!

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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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 Creative Arts Department

The cast takes a break from their rehearsal to invite you to CLUE On Stage.  


Pictured Standing Left to Right): Matt Scott, Louisa Hausslein, Miles Allen, Andrais Stetson, Graham Bowen, and Aidan Kennedy​. ​
(Picture Seated Left to Right): Sophia Jager, Zoe Grigsby, and Gabi Craig.

 


Get out your dice, cards and gaming wit as Burr and Burton Academy Performing Arts Department presents Clue: On Stage, November 6, 7, 8, 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the BBA Riley Center.

On a dark and stormy night, six unique guests, plus a butler, a maid, a cook and others,  assemble for a dinner party at the home of the mysterious host Mr. Boddy.  When their host turns up dead, it is clear that no one is safe! Soon the guests are racing to find the killer and keep the body count from stacking up. Based on the classic Hasbro board game, and the 1985 cult classic Paramount movie, tonights production of Clue is adapted from Jonathan Lynn’s screenplay, with additional material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustic and Eric Price.

So join our favorite players Andrais Stetson as Colonel Mustard, Graham Bowen as Mr. Plum, Miles Allen as Mr. Green, Matt Scott as Wadsworth, Louisa Hausslein as Yvette, Zoe Grigsby as Mrs. White, Gabi Craig as Mrs. Peacock, Caitlin Parker as The Cook, Aidan Kennedy as Mr. Boddy and Sophie Jager as Miss Scarlet as they keep you guessing “who did it” in this classic game of “whodunit.” With Sets by Paul Molinelli, Costumes by Lauralee Van Ommen Kloeke, Sound by Leah Allen, Choreography by Claudia Shell-Raposa and Direction by Jim Raposa, this is a show you won’t want to miss.

Over 80 BBA students have been involved as understudies, assistant directors, working behind the scenes creating sets, costumes, props and running the set changes and cues for lights and sound, to bring this farce to life.  

Box office opens one hour prior to show time. The show runs 90 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets are $10 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18 and $15 for the general public. Please order tickets online at: bbatickets.com.

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To Purchase Tickets go to wwwbbatickets.com

 


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From The Athletic Department

I am delighted to announce that with the beginning of Winter Sports 2019-2020 we also begin the first varsity season for Rock Climbing. For many years we have had a Rock Climbing Club at Burr and Burton. In recent years Coach Andrew MacArthur has been steadily building that program, extending the expectations and the membership. They have earned varsity status with their consistent numbers, a culture of excellence, and a strong spirit of competition. Rock Climbing competitions (and most practices) are held in Rutland at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center. In addition to the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting for all athletes and parents, there are a couple of other important dates for Rock Climbing.

Tuesday, November 12 (2:45 – 3:45 pm) – OPENING MEETING (Mandatory for athletes) – At this meeting, we will gather a better understanding of our numbers. Paperwork will be distributed. Forms explained. We will review expectations, and get to know each other! 

Thursday, November 14 (3 – 6:45 pm) – Rutland Climbing Gym – Relay certification and training. Get new members some experience.

Important Dates for All Athletes:

  • Wednesday, November 13, 6 pm 

Mandatory Winter Sports Parent/Athlete Meeting (ATTENTION HOCKEY ATHLETES: Due to coaches’ work schedules, the Hockey teams may have their sport meeting separate from the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting. Contact the Head Coaches to be sure that you are on the email distribution list so that you do not miss the meeting.

  • Wednesday, November 20: Boys and Girls Ice Hockey practices begin.
  • Monday, December 2: All other winter sports begin tryouts/practices.  

Be Eligible on the First Day: Reminder that, all Freshmen, Juniors and new students must have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. As this is the fourth 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 March 1, 2018 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 should be completed by November 8. 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 21 – January 7, and during the February break 14 – 23. It is expected that team members participate in all scheduled games and practices. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Varsity Coaches:

Alpine SkiingTrey Spencer: treyvt6@yahoo.com
Girls Basketball – Erin Mears: erin.n.mears@gmail.com
Boys Basketball – Seth Rice: sethrice@myfairpoint.net
DanceWhitney Thibodeaux: wthibodeaux@burrburton.org
Boys Ice Hockey – Mark Slade: mkwslade@gmail.com 
Girls Ice Hockey – Ed Lewicki: elewicki1114@hotmail.com
Nordic Skiing – Izzy Caldwell: icaldwell@burrburton.org
Rock Climbing – Andrew MacArthur: amacarthur@burrburton.org
SnowboardingPaul Kelly: pkelly@burrburton.org
WrestlingSarah Barker: barker2122@gmail.com

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

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BBA Student Travel

Spots Still Available – Discover Portugal: Discover Europe
During Spring Break: April 10 – 19, 2020


Wind your way along the Atlantic coast and experience the cosmopolitan flair of Porto and Lisbon as well as the rustic charm of rural Portugal. Culture and beauty merge in this warm part of the world. Immerse yourself in new cultures — surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life of Europe — creating inspirational moments while learning about history, art, and architecture. For more information contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.

What you’ll experience on tour:

https://www.eftours.com/educational-tour/discover-portugal

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Student Travel to Ecuador

BBA’s Hannah Callen swings beneath 16,000 foot Tunguragua volcano in Ecuador.

Shortly after the close of school in June, thirteen BBA students followed Chris and Pia Nolan to Ecuador for 23 days.  The trip was the second half of an exchange program which brought Ecuadorian students to Manchester last fall.

While abroad, students lived with their Ecuadorian hosts for two weeks which allowed them to become immersed into daily life in Cuenca, a city of four hundred thousand situated at 8,500 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.  Daily activities included visiting markets and museums as well as more adventurous undertakings such as hiking, zip lining, and rock climbing. Two days were spent providing community service to a center for children with Down Syndrome which continued a connection that was begun two years ago.

During the final week, the group traveled throughout the country to see different regions.  Three days were spent in the Amazon Basin where they visited an indigenous tribe to learn about their lifestyle before heading to the northern highlands.  Traveling between towering 20,000 foot volcanos, they crossed the equator and visited a cloud forest, hummingbird sanctuary and ended in Otavalo, the country’s largest market town.

The Ecuador Exchange is run on a biannual basis, meaning BBA will host students from our sister school in the fall of 2020 and will travel again in the summer of 2021.  For more information about the exchange, please contact Chris Nolan at cnolan@burrburton.org.

 


From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day events across the globe. Come together with fellow survivors of suicide loss in your community for a day of connection, understanding and hope. On Saturday, November 23, we are hosting an International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event at Burr & Burton. We ask you to please save the date, and for additional event details about the event, visit https://afsp.org/survivor_day/manchester-vermont/.
For further information about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit afsp.org/survivorday. We hope to see you there.

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2020 Yearbook Update

2020 Yearbooks can be ordered at jostens.com. We sold out last year, so order early.
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Seniors need to complete the Senior Survey by November 26th to ensure their photos and quotes appear in the 2020 Burtonian.  All seniors should have received a link to the Senior Survey, which is a simple form created to help collect all their info. Reach out if you are having trouble accessing the file.

Thanks,
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
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From the Library

Learn about effective study tips, a new resource for researching your ancestry, and new books in this month’s library newsletter.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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From the Student Success Program

The Success program will host its 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Potluck on November 20, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm in the Student Center. All Success Students and Families are invited to attend. Those who are able to bring a dish to share can do so by signing up through our Sign Up Genius Link below.

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Donor 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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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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October 2019

Calendar

1   School Picture Retake Day
2  Parent Conferences: 12:45 Dismissal
2  Financial Aid Information Night: 5 – 6 pm, Riley Center

3  Parent Conferences: 12:45 Dismissal
11 Calliope Café: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
16 Freshman Service Day
16 Juniors PSAT: 8 – 11 am, Various locations
21 Mid Semester Break – No School
25 Party in the Greenhouse: 6 – 8 pm, Hildene Farm
31 International Program D.C. Trip


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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

How do we promote thoughtful dialogue, listening, and learning from the diverse viewpoints within our community? In the age of division, impeachment, and political “debates” designed to produce soundbites, it is hard to find role models on the national stage.

At yesterday’s assembly, I shared thoughts based on a quotation from a book called the The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, by Stephen Covey. Here are those thoughts:

Seek first to understand, then be understood.

We are an educational institution. If we are going to learn from the diversity of this community, it will come by being curious. 

Instead of saying incredulously, “How can you possibly think that???” Try asking thoughtfully, “Why do you think that?”  

Then listen, explore, exchange viewpoints, and reflect on what you learned.

Seek first to understand, then be understood.

You will learn more, you will understand better how good, smart people arrive at different perspectives, and you will develop the art of human problem-solving that can take you far in your education and your career.

Seek first to understand, then be understood.

If you adopt this habit, you will be a better learner, a better citizen, a better communicator, a better problem solver.

There is your thought for the week. Go Bulldogs!

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We strive to be a supportive, caring community. That does not mean we have to agree on every issue. With the right approach, our diversity becomes one of our many sources of strength.

Welcome to October.

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

As we flip the calendar from September to October, the fall weather has finally arrived. Progress Reports were released on Friday in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal. Progress reports are designed to give a snapshot of each student’s academic performance. Students received their current course grade and a personal comment in all semester courses. Please note that A and B and D and E block classes, which run every other day for the full year, do not report progress grades until late October.  

Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd from 1:00-5:00 pm and Thursday, October 4th from 1:00-8:00 pm with a faculty dinner break from 5:00-5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. Please visit the OnCampus resource page to register for conferences if you have not already done so. 

BBA teachers welcome parent-initiated conversation at any time.  If these days and times are not convenient for you or all appointment slots are booked, please email or call teachers directly to arrange an alternative time.  

On October 16th we will run special programing for each grade level. It is a full day for 9th – 11th graders; all programming ends in time for our 2:35 dismissal. Not all seniors are required to be on campus on October 16, but we expect them to use the day to meet graduation requirements and plan for college and careers (see details below).

  • All 9th graders will take to the streets for the annual Freshman Service Day. Students should plan to arrive by 8:00 am and report to the Gym prior to their departure. All groups will arrive back at BBA in time for sports and dismissal at 2:35.
  • All 10th graders will participate in the Sophomore Summit. The Summit includes morning programming by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME). Speak About It will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. After lunch, all 10th graders will meet with their school counselors to work with Naviance interest and career surveys, and then have Flex block to meet with teachers in preparation for midterm exams.
  • All 11th graders will report to their assigned testing location for either PSATs or the ASVAB test. Following testing, students will have a lunch break and then attend an afternoon performance by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME) that will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships
  • All 12th graders who have November 1st college application deadlines and who have not finalized their applications with their counselor should attend the morning application workshop from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Seniors may also use the day for a college visit or job shadow experience. Seniors who need to complete community service hours will have the opportunity to volunteer for a service project at BBA. Details about signing up will be sent to seniors via email. No classes will be held for seniors on October 16th. 

Lastly, on October 15th, 2019, we will host a Speak About It parent presentation at 7:00 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. This presentation is designed to support you in helping your adolescent to develop healthy relationships. 

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
Associate Head of School

 


The BBA Mountain Campus fall class hikes out the backdoor into the Green Mountain National Forest.

The Mountain Campus will immerse students in a two-day Wilderness First Aid course on October 7 and 8. This is the third semester of this training, which earns students an internationally-recognized credential for outdoor safety and leadership, as well as building safety and confidence ahead of the 5-day wilderness trip in November. 
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October 23-25, the fall semester class will hit the road for a tour around Vermont, investigating sustainability stories, in energy, food production, and community development. In light of the recent United Nations Climate Summit, our sustainability unit will focus this semester on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as they apply to government, business, agriculture, and the energy sector in Vermont. 

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

As we head more fully into fall, with students diving into the challenges and opportunities across campus (and up on the Mountain!), it’s my cue to make a pitch for the support that makes all of that possible.

Not every high school has a Success Program. Or an ACCESS Program. Or a Target Program. Or a course catalog with 170 offerings, PLUS extracurricular opportunities spanning 31 sports and the gamut of creative and performing arts. Most don’t have a hands-on farm program to get hands in the dirt while teaching biology or an immersive outdoor semester teaching students to engage with the natural world. No other school that I’m aware of does all of this while serving the public. I say this as someone who is still quite new to Burr and Burton: this is really special. And it takes all of us to make it happen.

The BBA Annual Giving Campaign is how we do that. Every dollar adds up to the funding that supports this incredible range of opportunities and programs—for every student. And every gift shows the investment of this community in Burr and Burton. 

So join me in making a gift to the BBA Annual Fund. Your gift will inspire others. It truly makes all the difference.

Best,


Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


Freshman Service Day – Wednesday, October 16th

Each year Burr and Burton provides underclassmen with an authentic and meaningful service experience consistent with our school mission.  For all BBA students community service is a graduation requirement.  On Wednesday, October 16th freshman will head out to farms, trails, schools and nonprofits with their advisory and freshman mentors. Last year our shared work on this one day contributed over 1,000 hours of effort to local groups. Bulldogs, working together, can accomplish a lot! 
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Be sure that your student reports to the gym in the morning with the following:  a bag lunch, water, bug/tick spray, and appropriate clothes for their work. Faculty will be provided with some extra snacks, bug spray and gloves if needed. If you have any questions or concerns, of if you know of any organizations that would like to become part of our outreach, please be in touch. 
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Thanks for supporting Burr and Burton’s commitment to service. 
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Jillian Joyce, Service Coordinator

 


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Financial Aid Information Program

Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 5 pm – 6 pm
Location: Riley Center

Burr and Burton celebrates Financial Aid Month throughout October. The kickoff event is the annual Financial Aid Information Night on Wednesday, October 2 from 5 – 6 pm in the Riley Center, following afternoon parent conferences. Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University will cover the nuts and bolts of the financial aid process, the role of VSAC, help families understand the why’s and how’s of the FAFSA, and other financial aid forms. 

Carol will conduct two group sessions this month. The first is a morning session that will take place on Wednesday, October 9, from 8 – 9 am  in Alex Vincent’s Tech Lab (B1.) The second group session will be held on the evening of Tuesday, October 15, in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (B2) from 6 to 7:30 pm. Both Tech Labs are located in the Lower Level of the Smith Center.

Family financial aid appointments at BBA will also be available through the month of October.

Wednesday, October 16th Special Programs:

Freshmen Service Day
Please have your child bring a lunch and water. 

Junior Testing Information
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 16 during school hours. Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. Online payment of $16.50 is also an option: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees.  Register by Oct. 1. Late registration fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.

The PSAT is a practice SAT and students who are considering college will normally want to choose this option. Score results are private and won’t be shared with colleges. It is a great way for students to become familiar with the format of the SAT. Students who do very well on the PSAT are considered for National Merit recognition. The PSAT covers math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.

ASVAB: The ASVAB is the other opportunity for Juniors on testing day, October 16. Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT can take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a free entrance test for students interested in serving in the US Military. The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may also benefit from taking this exam. This is available to Seniors as well. Students who take the ASVAB are not required to enter the Military and the score results are private and won’t be shared. The ASVAB is a free test.

Senior Application Workshops
All seniors with November  deadlines should attend the Senior Application Workshop from 9 – 11 am on October 16 in the Lower Level of the Smith Center. Counselors will work with students to assist them with completing their applications.

AP Exam Information
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2019-2020 school year need to pay an exam fee of $98 per exam by October 25 in order to take the May AP exam. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $40 per exam. Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to the School and College Counseling Office, or pay by credit card at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/ap_fees (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well).  There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with your School Counselor. Payments for AP classes that begin in the spring semester (Microeconomics and Chemistry) are not due until February 28. AP exams are held May 4-15, 2020.

Southwestern Vermont Healthcare Career Fair – Thursday, October 17 from 4 – 6 pm

Employee Cafeteria (ground floor- watch for signage)
Southwestern Vermont Healthcare would like to invite high school students grades 9-12 to a special career fair for students. This gives students, parents, and educators a chance to see the array of opportunities that are available for students once they graduate high school. Attendance is free and sign in will be required at the door.  By just attending, every student will be put in a drawing for a chance to win an Apple Watch. Some light refreshments will be available.

Representation from various departments within Southwestern Vermont Healthcare will be in attendance.  Some of the departments that will have a booth include: Imaging, Nursing (RN, LPN, LNA, and Medical Assisting), Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Access Services/Registration, Lab, Rehab, Putnam Medical Group Practices, and more. Stop in anytime between 4pm-6pm and learn what opportunities we have before completing your education.

BBA is bringing a small bus of interested students who signed up at school. While the deadline has passed for the school-sponsored trip, families can feel free to attend with their student on their own – this event is open to the public. 

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

  • October 3 – deadline for November 2 SAT
  • November 8 – deadline for December 7 SAT at Burr and Burton
  • November 8 – deadline for the December 14 ACT (not offered at Burr and Burton)

Register online at www.collegeboard.org or www.actstudent.org. Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. (We recommend that current juniors wait to take the SAT and ACT until the spring after they have received their PSAT results and have had the opportunity to participate in a test-prep course.)

Application Reminders for Seniors
Counselors are busy meeting with students on an individual basis to consider college lists, review applications and discuss essay topics. If your student is experiencing a roadblock in this process, please let us know so we can reach out to them.

By now, seniors should have submitted requests for teacher recommendations. Students who plan to complete their applications during the month of November need to have their essays and applications to their counselor by October 15 for review. Please refer to the Burr and Burton College Application Guide on the school’s website for more detailed information about timelines and the overall application process.

We encourage students interested in the University of Vermont to apply by November 1 to take advantage of the free application fee waiver for Early Action applicants and to receive a non-binding reply by the December holiday break.

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 16th and Monday, October 21 might be good days to visit colleges because Burr and Burton will not be holding classes.

College Visits at BBA
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class with teacher permission to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (OnCampus Resources page or  http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton). Monday announcements also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to indicate their interest in specific colleges, ask individual questions and learn the most current campus information.

From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope your 9th grader has settled into the school routine and is enjoying school. Below are a few things to be aware of:

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3 – Parent/Student Conferences. Be sure to schedule these in advance.  Scheduling details and instructions can be found in the On Campus portal. Instructions were also emailed to all parents and guardians.

Wednesday, October 16 – Freshman Service Day. Please have your child bring a lunch and water.

Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Exams.  Not all classes will have formal mid-term exams. Some will be project based. These are early release days (12:00).

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, 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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 Creative Arts Department


The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert Friday, October 11th, 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults payable at the door. Come out to support our student talent and celebrate afterwards with a reception in the lobby.

 


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From The Athletic Department

FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:

Bass Fishing:

  • October 6: State Finals

Golf:

  • October 2: Boys State Qualifiers
  • October 8: Girls Finals
  • October 10: Boys Finals

Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer:

  • October 21: Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1:00.
  • October 22/23: Play downs
  • October 25/26: Quarterfinals
  • October 29/30: Semi Finals
  • November 2: State Finals

Cross Country:

  • October 26: State Meet – Thetford Academy

Football:

  • October 25/26: Quarterfinals
  • November 1/2: Semi Finals
  • November 9: State Finals 

Rock Climbing – Rock climbing will become a varsity sport at BBA in 2019-2020. There is an informational meeting for students on 11/12 right after school. Parents and athletes should plan to be at the Winter Sports meeting listed below. Please reach out to head coach, Andrew MacArthur amacarthur@burrburton.org prior to the meeting if you are interested. 

IMPORTANT WINTER DATES:

November 13 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports 6:00 in the EH Henry Gym.
November 14 – Rock Climbing begins.
November 20 – Girls and Boys Ice Hockey begins.
December 2 – All other Winter sports begin. 

IMPORTANT WINTER SPORT DATES AND INFORMATION:

BBA Snow Sport Updates

Winter is coming. More detailed updates will follow in the November Bullhorn and at the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting.

The varsity alpine ski team is for those athletes that have previous experience in both alpine disciplines – slalom and giant slalom. Like last year there will be a tryout period and per Burr and Burton policy – any sport where there is only a varsity team (snowboarding, alpine skiing,and ice hockey) athletes may be cut after the tryout period if he/she is not at the varsity level.

If you plan to ski on weekends and over vacations we recommend you purchase a season’s pass through the Bromley Mountain Student Season Pass program. Afternoon passes and full day passes are available a reduced rate. Please pick up a season’s pass form outside of Sue Towslee’s office. Please note that applications are due by October 15, 2017.

Varsity athletes who do not purchase a ski pass, are required to purchase a training pass. Bromley Mountain generously offers this pass to our athletes for $100. These passes will be issued after the varsity team has been selected and they are only valid Tuesday – Friday while an athlete is training with the BBA team.

In addition, all athletes are required to pay a $25 membership fee to the Bromley Outing Club (BOC).

The snowboard team will be training at Stratton Mountain again this year, so we encourage those students to take advantage on the early season specials on passes to Stratton or participate in Refuse to Use.

The nordic ski team will again be training at Wildwings and Viking. Those passes are $70.

BBA will once again offer an enhanced training option for varsity snow sport athletes. This early release option is open to varsity athletes who are in good academic standing and receive a recommendation from a teacher and coach. Students who participate are required to attend afternoon and evening study/support sessions at BBA. The fee for the program is TBD but has been $250 in past years. It covers transportation, additional coaching and academic mentoring.

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

 


BBA Student Travel Opportunities

Discover Portugal: The Gateway to Europe
April 10 – 19, 2020

Wind your way along the Atlantic coast and experience the cosmopolitan flair of Porto and Lisbon as well as the rustic charm of rural Portugal. Culture and beauty merge in this warm part of the world. Immerse yourself in new cultures — surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life of Europe — creating inspirational moments while learning about history, art, and architecture. For more information contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.
What you’ll experience on tour:

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Be Brave for Life


Over thirty BBA students are actively involved in all aspects of the Be Brave for Life Foundation’s work, from organizing and running events to reviewing grant proposals to soliciting sponsorships and donations. Be Brave for Life was founded by 11th grader Riley Callen after she had her third brain surgery. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor and cerebral vascular malformation (a type of vascular brain tumor) research. In 4 years, they’ve raised over $600,000 to support 16 different research initiatives for better treatment options – real impact! Their signature event is Sunday, October 6th at Merck Forest! Come and join the fun and help these BBA students continue to “Fund Research to Make a Difference.” 

See a link for more information HERE.

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Parent Mixer at Hildene

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From the Library

Read this month’s library newsletter to find out what new books we’ve added to the collection and learn about the Top Ten Teen Book Nominees.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

 


From the Student Success Program

On October 5th at 11 am The Success Program Scholars will hike Bromley Mountain together. We encourage all Success Students to come do some community building and earn menu points at the same time!

On October 10th at 6 pm The Student Success Program will have a Financial Aid Night. This workshop is for Success Seniors and their parents to fill out the FASFA and VSAC forms. Parent participation will help earn menu points for Success Seniors.

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Donor 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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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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September 2019

Calendar

2  Labor Day – school closed
4  Fall College Night for Juniors, Seniors & Parents: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley/Hunter Seminar 
6  Freshman Frolic: 7 – 9:30 pm, BBA Student Center
8  Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 8:30 am – 2 pm, BBA Student Center
10 Naviance Parent Workshop: 8 – 9 am, Lower Level of Smith Center
12 Naviance Parent Workshop: 5 – 6 pm, Lower Level of Smith Center
12 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
19 Junior College Field Trip & Fair: 6 am bus to UVM
19 Powderpuff Football Game: 3 – 5 pm: Taylor Field

19 Homecoming Cookout and Bonfire: Starting at 6 pm, Upper parking lot
20-22 Homecoming Weekend
23-25 Mountain Campus Watershed Expedition


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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

The 2019-2020 school year will be historic as we will break ground on The Rowland Project, a $20 million transformation of our campus.

The centerpiece of this project is Founders Hall, a 25,000 ft.² center for integrative studies that will bring together English, social studies, a STEAM lab/maker space, and an extraordinary central gathering space and library. It will be located behind the Seminary building, where the maintenance facility currently sits, and the parking lot will become a courtyard that provides a place to relax, connect and appreciate the beauty of our setting at the foot of Equinox Mountain.

Along with a central gathering area and an innovative “neighborhood“ approach to grouping learning spaces, the building will feature a third story space, the Belltower Room, that will feature a view over the Seminary belltower into the valley. The experience inside and outside the building will be extraordinary.

Groundbreaking will be in April 2020 with building completion planned for June 2021.The design process has been deeply collaborative, with input from students, faculty members, and others, and led by Kyle Murphy, BBA class of 2007, and ZGF Architects, an international design firm. Sometimes, a picture is worth 1000 words, so please see below. In addition, I am providing a link HERE to a full set of plans so you can take a look.


The school year is up and running, and even as we focus each day on providing engaging, vigorous educational experiences, we also look to the future so that the BBA of tomorrow continues to be a school worthy of your trust and support.

Honor the Effort and Imagine the Future!

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

The 2019-2020 school year is successfully underway. We started the year with a spirited assembly that included a 7-minute long standing ovation for the class of 2023, a joyful performance of the alma mater, and an engaging and humorous opening address from seniors Grace Sherwood and Matthew Scott. 

As we all rebuild our learning stamina, Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the last days of summer and recharge after the first full week of school!

Next week, students will participate in two special presentations. On Thursday (9/5), each grade level will be introduced to brain-based principles of learning, levels of student engagement, and BBA’s Spires. Education consultant Bill Rich will join us for the day to expand his work with BBA’s faculty to BBA’s students. I plan to share more on this at Open House (see below). On Friday (9/6), we welcome John Broadrick, former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court. John’s presentation on destigmatizing mental health comes highly recommended and I’m confident his personal story will engage our community. I encourage you to learn more about John’s story and his work with high schools by listening to this short clip. Parents/families are welcome to attend the presentation at 11:00 am in BBA’s Gym.

Your first opportunity to connect formally with our faculty is at our Fall Open House. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 12th. Registration begins at 5:45 in the Riley Center Lobby, followed by an opening session and individual classroom visits. Open House is designed to give you a snapshot of your student’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your student’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 that students explore, and the skills and habits of learning students will develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies, Flex Block, and how students use technology as a learning tool. I’m confident that 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’m hoping to connect with many of you at Open House on September 12th. 

Sincerely, 

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

 


The Mountain Campus will offer its first Open House of the year on Tuesday, September 17, from 6 – 7pm. The evening is an opportunity to learn about the semester program curriculum, and to explore the indoor and outdoor learning spaces at our Peru campus. Current students will present exhibits of their early learning about their Vermont environment. This evening is for BBA families and the public. The Mountain Campus address is: 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd. Peru, VT. 05152. 

I feel so much better about myself now that I’ve done that,” said one student on Bromley Mountain during our orientation.

Sophomore student August, on the Mountain Campus moss walk, following a Paul Molinelli drawing class.

The 15th semester of the BBA Mountain Campus program will hike from campus into the Green Mountain National Forest for four days, starting Monday, September 23. This curricular trip allows students to tune their camping, hiking, and map-and-compass navigation skills, while exploring the topography and stream networks of three major river watersheds: the Hudson, Connecticut, and St. Lawrence Rivers.

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

Here we go! Students are back on campus, new families have been welcomed, and Homecoming/Reunion is just around the corner. BBA is busy, boisterous, and happily underway. 

A few items to look out for:

  • The first Parent Association Meeting on September 6 at 8 a.m. in the library — PA leaders Oona Cree and Molly Williams will host the first Parent Association meeting of the year, featuring Mark Tashjian and Meg Kenny. 
  • Homecoming and Reunion on September 20-22 — Reunion Weekend has something for everyone, and the more the merrier! Join alumni from all class years on Friday and Saturday to cheer on teams on our own McCormick Taylor Field, as well as at McLellan, Eckhardt, and Applejack Fields at the Rec Park (see the school calendar for details), and experience the happy buzz on campus of Bulldogs coming home. If you’re an alum and haven’t registered yet, check out our Reunion page and contact Rich Thompson-Tucker at 802-549-8135 or rthompson@burrburton.org with any questions. 
  • The first Parent Participation Annual Fund Appeal — Your support of the Annual Fund, which touches every part of the BBA student experience, is hugely important, and every gift matters. Give now, and keep an eye out for updates from Parent Participation co-chairs Marlene Lederman Allen and Rick McDonough throughout the year.

As always, thanks for being involved and active in our community, and please be in touch with any questions! 

Best,


Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for your cooperation dropping off and picking up your student(s) in the lower circle.  We ask for your continued support in not using the upper circle before or after school. 

While we know this has been an inconvenience for some, it seems to be working.  As mentioned in the August Bullhorn, here are a few suggestions to help ease the stress of drop-off and pick-up. 

  1. Allow yourself extra time for drop-off and pick-up. 
  2. Use two lanes in the lower circle and pull as far forward as you can before stopping. 
  3. Arrive a little early for drop off.  Fifteen minutes early will make a huge difference. 
  4. Delay your pick-up time by ten to fifteen minutes.
  5. If you live close to school, encourage your student(s) to walk to school. 
  6. Carpool with other student drivers or with other families. 
  7. Encourage your child to walk to a pick-up area; for example, walking down Seminary to be picked up on Franklin Road. 

School Safety Initiatives – 

September 25th is “National Awareness Day”If you see something, say something! 

Discussing school safety initiatives is never easy and sometimes uncomfortable for students. Often the meaning of these discussions is either lost, ignored or misinterpreted. I ask for you to talk to your student(s) about this particular initiative. 

In short, your son/daughter should tell an adult if he/she sees or hears something that does not seem right. This includes reporting online posts that are threatening in nature or indicate that hazing, harassment or bullying might be taking place. 

We want students to have the ability to recognize suspicious activity both in school and out and to learn to pay attention to their surroundings. The following link addresses recognition and awareness: https://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something/take-challenge I encourage you to view the website with your son/daughter and have a discussion about it. 

Finally, please remember to call the school at 362-1775 or 549-8102 to report when your child is absent. 

Sincerely,
Anthony J. Cirelli
Dean of Students (549-8240)

 


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Fall College Programs

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night on Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will feature guest speaker Sam Prouty, Director of Admission at Middlebury College who will address junior and senior families. At 7:30 after his presentation, school counselors will provide grade-specific information to parents for the college admission and financial aid process.

Naviance Parent Workshops will be held in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center lower level) on Tuesday, September 10 from 8:00 to 9:00 am and Thursday, September 12, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. just prior to Open House.

The Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 2, from 5 – 6 pm, in conjunction with Parent Conferences.

College Fair Field Trip

Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip to the college fair at Saint Michael’s College for interested college-bound juniors on Thursday, September 19. We will attend the College Fair at Saint Michael’s at 9 am, followed by lunch ($6 or covered by Free/ Reduced Lunch) and a tour at Saint Michael’s. We will then tour University of Vermont and head back to BBA by 4 pm. Approximately 125 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 16. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis until full.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

Burr and Burton will host the ACT test on Saturday, September 14. Students should arrive to the test by 7:45 am.  The registration deadline for the October 26 ACT (not at BBA) is September 20. BBA will also host the SAT on October 5. The deadline to register is September 6. The registration deadline for the November 2nd SAT (not at BBA) is October 3.

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 16 during school hours. The PSAT is a practical opportunity for students to assess their testing skills and is recommended for all students considering attending college.  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. (For the ease of online payment with a fee of $16.50, use this link: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees.) The fee is due on 10/1. The late fee is $20. Late fees cannot be paid online.  Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch; students should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.

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. ASVAB testing is also available to Seniors. Interested students should sign up with Mrs. Welsh

Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions. 

AP Exam Information

All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2019-2020 school year need to pay an exam fee of $98 per exam by October 25th in order to take the May AP exam. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $40 per exam. Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to the School and College Counseling Office, or pay by credit card at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/ap_fees (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well).  There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with your School Counselor. Payments for AP classes that begin in the spring semester (Microeconomics and Chemistry) are not due until February 28th. AP exams are held May 4th-15th 2020.

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.  Families may want to consider a college visit on Monday, Oct. 21st, when BBA is on mid-semester break.

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. More than 100 colleges have already scheduled appointments to visit with our students. Students can check the college visit list in Naviance and the bulletin boards in the School and College Counseling Office and main Seminary hallway 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 6: 7 – 9:30 pm – Freshman Frolic Dance in the Cafeteria * Free
  • Sunday, September 8: 8:30 – 3 pm – Student Lead Leadership Retreat – Pre-registration required.
  • Thursday, September 12 – Parent Open House 6 – 8:30 pm

Making the transition to high school can be exciting and a little nerve racking.  Below are a few tips for parents from current BBA seniors that are part of our freshmen mentor program:

  • Encourage your child to be a strong self advocate and reach out to teachers, coaches and other members of the BBA support network. 
  • As a parent, become involved in the BBA community.  Attend theater and music productions, sporting events, and student work expos. 
  • Be accepting of new friends as your child navigates high school friend and social circles may change. 
  • Support your child as they explore new clubs, classes and other opportunities that BBA has to offer. 

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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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 Student Success Program

The Success Program is initiating a Success Parent Association (SPA) and will be holding meetings on the following dates in the Library.
  • Freshman SPA – September 24 from 6 – 8 pm
  • Senior SPA – September 25 from 6 – 8 pm
  • Sophomore/Junior SPA – September 26 from 6 – 8 pm
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From the Creative Arts Department


Select members of the Burr and Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble will perform Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns”, at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on March 23, 2020.  Our singers will be joined by choirs from around the world, a professional orchestra, guest soloists and the composer for a 5 day residency in New York City to prepare for this monumental performance.  Congratulations to our singers for receiving a personalized invitation from Christopher Tin marking our fifth collaboration with the composer since 2012.

 


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From The Athletic 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 coming up September 20 & 21.

While we are speaking of the start of the sports season, please take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the SuperFan Seven. We take our athletic classrooms very seriously at Burr and Burton – it’s how we do things here.

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 4th Annual Student-Led Retreat on Sunday, September 8th. 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 100 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there next month.

The day is run by student facilitators and presenters. Our keynote speaker is Deb Hult of Core Trainings. Deb has been an annual speaker at the National Student Leadership Summit. Deb will focus on the power of positive peer relationships and connections, developing sound character, and increasing the visibility of positive student leadership within our school culture.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday, September 8 from 8 am – 2 pm at BBA. The retreat is open to all students. Students should register here by September 3rd. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org

Officials are Needed: The Vermont Soccer Officials Association is inviting all interested high school juniors and seniors, community members, school personnel, and parents interested in learning more about officiating sub varsity soccer games. This is for JV, Middle School, and Youth soccer officiating this fall. A clinic will be presented that will go over safety, the basic rules of the game and foul recognition, positioning on the field and basic game procedures.  Membership as an Associate Member of the VSOA, insurance, and follow up support, as well as the clinic is included in the $50 fee. 

Tuesday, September 3 in Manchester, VT at Burr and Burton at 6 pm.

Interested people are encouraged to email Gary Blodgett at gblodg@comcast.net with questions and to register.

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BBA Student Travel Opportunities


All are welcome to join us as we once again travel to tropical Costa Rica during the February 2020 vacation. The focus of this trip is to explore the culture, country-side, people and wildlife that this beautiful country has to offer. About the size of West Virginia, politically stable and democratic, peace-loving Costa Rica has conserved more than 25% of its land as national parks and wildlife reserves and supports 5% of all the known species on Earth. Panoply of dry-forests, jungles and cloud forests, lowlands and mountains, laced by rivers and streams, punctuated by active volcanoes, Costa Rica’s bio-diversity is astounding and thrilling. We’ll have a chance to see noisy howler monkeys and neon-blue morpho butterflies, as big as saucers, American crocodiles and speckled caimans. Birding is Costa Rica is unparalleled in Meso-America. In all, there are more than 900 species of resident and Neotropical migrant birds. We may also see pokey three-finger sloths, slow and deliberate enough for algae to grow on their backs. Jaguars and ocelots roam the rainforests. For more information contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org, Jess Handler at jhandler@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.

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Close Up – Washington DC

This trip to Washington DC, sponsored by the BBA Social Studies department, and run by Close Up Washington DC uses the District of Columbia as a living classroom where students make personal connections with peers from all over the country and with the people and institutions that embody our nation’s past and present.

With the help of Program Instructors, students learn about history and government while considering a variety of viewpoints. Close Up is designed to inspire and empower students to become active participants in our democracy.

The trip will leave from BBA on March 15 and return to BBA on March 20. For further information please contact Tom Klein at tklein@burrburton.org.

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BBA’s Model UN team

BBA’s Model UN team, ranked in the top 25 of all North American model UN teams, will again attend five conferences this year. We kick off the year with two conferences during back to back weekends in November, the start of the Model UN season, at Brown University and Princetown University. In January, we attend a conference at Yale, and February brings the teams favorite conference at Boston University. Finally, we round out our season at Dartmouth College in April. Last year we were awarded the “Best Small Delegation” award at the Dartmouth conference. The Model UN team would like to thank BBA for their continued support of our hard work. For further information please contact Kendra LaRoche at klaroche@burrburton.org. Model UN trips are for members of the class and/or travel team. 

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German Exchange

Our biennial German Exchange program will be taking place this year. In October, the students from our sister school in Stuttgart will be coming to Manchester. They will live in a host family with their exchange partner and attend school every day. In June, 2020, we will travel to Germany for three weeks. We begin with two days in Koblenz, including a boat trip on the Rhine river and a tour of the medieval Marksburg castle. We then spend two weeks in Stuttgart, where students are hosted by their partners from the fall. They attend school every day and visit many sights, such as the Mercedes Museum, the Wilhelma zoo, Ludwigsburg palace and the medieval city of Esslingen. The exchange trip ends with four days in Munich. One of the highlights is a bike tour of downtown Munich. We also visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial site, the famous Neuschwanstein castle and some of Munich’s many art museums.

The German Exchange program is open to students who take German at BBA and who have completed at least through German 3 by the time we travel to Germany.

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French Exchange

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 third BBA French Exchange!  

Our exchange is every 2 years with the lycée St. Cricq in Pau, France near the Pyrenees 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, please fill out the form HERE – click for link.

BBA students who wish to travel to France should be in at least French 3 by the time they participate or get permission from Mme Emery.  Students do not need to currently be enrolled in French to participate if they have completed French 3 in the past. To apply to go to France, please fill out the Student Participant Application Form HERE – click for link.

The French students expect to visit the United States from the 31st of January to the 12th of February.  That would be the two weeks before the February break.  The tentative dates for BBA students to visit France are from the 3rd to the 19th of April – the week before break plus the week of April 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 also to have the Rowland grants to help with funds for student travel, with applications due very soon. There will be a French Exchange Informational Meeting on Sunday, Sept 15th 3-4pm in the Rowland student center.  Contact Mme Emery for more information at memery@burrburton.org .

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Discover Portugal: The Gateway to Europe
April 10 – 19, 2020

Wind your way along the Atlantic coast and experience the cosmopolitan flair of Porto and Lisbon as well as the rustic charm of rural Portugal. Culture and beauty merge in this warm part of the world. Immerse yourself in new cultures — surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life of Europe — creating inspirational moments while learning about history, art, and architecture. For more information contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.
What you’ll experience on tour:

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Italy: Landscape Exploration
June, 2020

This trip is about Italy’s landscape, in the Abruzzo Region east of Rome. Italy tells a great story of cultivating and preserving healthy farms and forests, and a local food tradition that stretches from the early Romans to today’s restaurants and kitchens. We will be exploring this culture, with a focus on rural life and culture (before a big-city finish).  Our trip be interactive and outdoorsy. Days of studying Italian; visits with local farms and markets; cooking classes; seasonal food harvesting; study of stone wall-building and medieval village restoration; several days of hiking sections of the ancient shepherds’ migration route from the grand mountain parks to the warm Adriatic Sea (these will be day hikes, because we will stay in hostels with meals provided, with opportunities to swim and canoe); exploring Roman and medieval villages, cultural sites and grottos, and finally two days and nights in Rome for a study of city life. 

Our Italian host was the World Wildlife Fund Director of Education for Italy. His knowledge of the Abruzzo region is matched by his advocacy of eco-tourism that celebrates people’s connection to land, food, and rural community. Even as we learn, harvest, cook, eat, we will contribute some time and labor outdoors, working in service of the project our host oversees to keep the Roman shepherd routes and regional paths in the public eye, as a cultural asset for hikers, painters, and all who savor landscape. 

Trip leaders: Andy and Hilary Dahlstrom, plus our Italian guide and host, Alessio di Giulio

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BBA Yearbook

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I am already making plans to pull together the 2020 Burtonian, the yearbook here at BBA. I will quickly be looking to gather a group of seniors interested in helping with this project. There are a number of ways for students to get involved, from photography, design, communications, and advertising. Anyone interested should email me directly at mvirgilio@burrburton.org.
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Seniors have the option of submitting their own photo’s for the yearbook. These will be due November 26th, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break. There will be a submission process in place through google forms to make the submission process as easy as possible. This will be emailed to all seniors in October. 
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As soon as our online purchasing form is set up, all students and parents will be notified. Keep an eye out for yearbook reminders in each monthly Bullhorn newsletter. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me by email.
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Looking forward to another great year!
Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
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From the Library

Welcome all new and returning families! This month’s library newsletter will introduce you to some of the resources our library has.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

 


Refuse to Use

This great local substance abuse prevention program allows participants to get a season’s pass to Stratton Mountain, Riley Rink, or Viking Nordic Center and also to ski at Magic Mountain by attending 5 events over the course of the season. See important information below:
Refuse to Use Info Afternoon @ MEMS, JPR Room, September 5, 3:15 – 4 pm
  • This is open to all interested participants
  • Collaborative staff will be at the event to help youth register 
Refuse to Use Kick-off @ Riley Rink, September 8, 3 – 5 pm
Refuse to Use Registration CLOSES SEPTEMBER 9 @ 11:59 pm
There is a late fee of $10 for late registration. 

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Donor 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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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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August 2019

Calendar

11 Football Meeting for Parents and Athletes: 5 – 7 pm, Student Center
12 Football Practice begins
14 Senior College Application Workshop: 2:30 – 5 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
14 Mandatory Fall Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, Gym
15 Fall Sports Practices begin
17 Freshmen Mentor Retreat: 10 am – 2 pm, Mountain Campus
18 Freshmen Mentor Retreat: 10 am – 2 pm, Mountain Campus
18 – 20 New International Student Orientation – various locations
19 Transfer Student Orientation: 10 am – 12:30 pm, Hunter Seminar/Library
19 Extracurricular Theater, Dance & Film Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, Riley Center
19 Mountain Campus Family Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
20 Mountain Campus Orientation Day: 11 am – 3 pm, Bus departing from and returning to BBA
20 Senior College Application Workshop: 11 am – 1:30 pm, Riley/Hunter/Lib/Tech/Cafeteria
21 Freshmen Orientation: 8 am – 1:20 pm, Begin in the Riley Center
21 Junior Jumpstart, 8 am, Begin in the Smith Center Lobby
21 – 23 Mountain Campus Orientation Program: Starts at 12 pm Wednesday and ends at 10 am Friday at the BBA Mountain Campus
22 School Opens – Early Dismissal
22 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 1 – 5 pm, Riley Center
23 Parent Association Breakfast: 8 – 9 am, Student Center
23 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 2 – 5 pm, Riley Center
26 Call Backs for Fall Play & Film: 3 – 5 pm, Riley Center
27 Make Up Senior Seminar: 10:40 – 12 noon, Hunter Seminar Roon, Morrison Classroom
27 Parent Association Information Night: 5:30 – 7 pm, Student Center
29 School Picture Day

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

With the start of the school year approaching, I would like to share a few important thoughts that are a natural outgrowth of our mission: to educate students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity and service. Ultimately, my purpose is to give new families a perspective on the kind of school you are joining, and to redouble our commitment to those of you who are returning.

We strive to be an ideal community 

At our core we seek to create a caring, supportive community in which young people thrive. In these conditions, students feel appreciated, connected, supported, respected, able to explore their passions and interests, able to grow intellectually, morally, emotionally, and physically. 

We live and learn through our successes and through our challenges, from those who see the world similarly, and from those with different points of view. We have students from different sending schools, different states and towns, with different ethnic backgrounds, strengths, interests, capabilities, and family income. We have students with different gender identities, orientation, and religions. We have native Vermonters, and we have students born in countries from around the world. We welcome students and families from across the political spectrum. 

We educate not only for academic excellence, but so each of our students can find a positive place in society. We promote knowledge and understanding, intellectual debate and discourse; we fight against ignorance, racism and bigotry. We promote truth and justice (just like Superman!) and we encourage students to seek multiple perspectives to deepen understanding.

What unites us is the common purpose of education and a shared commitment to support each other. Our diversity is a source of strength that enhances each student’s experience at Burr and Burton Academy and better prepares students for the complexities of the world in which we live.

We honor the effort

We encourage students to adopt a mindset of perseverance and reflection, with reflection an essential counterbalance to the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.” Yes, we want everyone to keep trying, but we also must reflect on our past performance in order to improve the future. Reflection and perseverance are an endless cycle that leads to personal growth and allows all of us to reach our full potential.

Each year, we select a theme, and this year‘s theme is shaped around the notion of perseverance and reflection: Honor The Effort®. You will hear more about this theme in upcoming communications.

Our promise to you

We ask a lot of our students and we ask for family support. In return, we bring to you a faculty and staff that is second to none not only in their love of teaching, but in their commitment to get to know and care for each one of our students. Our educational team is seeking continuously to improve, and we have spent countless hours working on brain-based educational practices to accelerate student learning. We are constantly re-designing curriculum, constantly discussing ways to improve, constantly thinking about the welfare of your daughters and sons.

In addition, over the next two years we will be investing $20 million in our campus, with more to come. We will build a 25,000 square-foot building that is designed specifically to support our best vision of 21st-century education. We will create a courtyard behind the venerable Seminary Building that will unify our campus and provide incredible outdoor gathering and recreation space. We will continue to plan and fundraise so we can keep imagining our best future and turning it into reality.

Through all that we do and through all that will change in the coming years, our human relationships will remain the heart and soul of a Burr and Burton education.

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The best part about this school is the joy we see every day as students succeed in the classrooms, on the sports field, in our studios, at the Mountain Campus, Dene Farm, on stage, in the Target Program, Access Program, Learning Center, Student Success Program, everywhere. We are a school filled with opportunities, and we are a school filled with students who embrace those opportunities.

I look forward to working in partnership with all of you to make the 2019-2020 school year a great one. Thank you for the trust you are placing in our hands.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families, 

In just under three weeks we will welcome the class of 2023 to Burr and Burton Academy. Life on campus is busy: the facilities crew is working hard to finish up summer projects, and 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 along with 14 student counselors from the Success Program. 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 student/family summer mailing which will be emailed on August 2nd. 

Last spring was a busy hiring season as we filled positions in all areas of the school. Please join me in welcoming the newest members of BBA’s faculty and staff.  I’m looking forward to the impact they will make on our community and in the lives of BBA students. 

Humanities: 

Laura Callen earned her BBA stripes teaching SS, Wellness and Science in 2018-2019. She has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Fairfield University, an MBA from Fordham University, and an MAT from Drew University. Laura was the Vice President of International Equity Trading at Merrill Lynch in NYC prior to teaching English and raising Hannah ‘21, Riley ‘21, and Dillon ‘22.

Andy Cassarino was a star history major at Union College, where he earned a BA; he attended Rutland HS and finished his student teaching there in 2019 while enrolled in Castleton University’s post baccalaureate teacher licensure program. Andy is a Civil War reenactor and has won recognition for his social justice work, including the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission Individual Award.

English as a Second Language: 

Kelly Cray is stepping into a new role as ESL teacher after supporting students in the BBA Learning Center as a paraeducator last year. Kelly has a BS in Communications and English Literature from Castleton University and holds an Oxford ESL Certificate. She has taught in Korea and Arizona, as well as at US Space Camp. 

Shifting from ESL to Associate Director of the International Program is Cheryl Cornwell. In addition, she will be teaching two English classes.

Math

While Karyn Jackson is on maternity leave this fall taking care of her baby girl, Emersyn, Pat Zilkha, father of Ava ‘19, Annette ‘21 and George ‘23, will be covering her math classes. After working as a financial trader for 25 years, Pat decided to become a teacher and began his teaching career last year at MEMS and Maple Street School.

Science: 

Thom Collins has been a beloved biology teacher and crew coach at Vermont Academy since 2009. He taught science in MA and RI before that, and received the Donald T. Brodine Excellence in teaching award at VT Academy. Thom has a BA in Biology and a BS in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island.

Mountain Campus: 

In the fall of 2011, Tina Hartell was a long-term sub in the BBA science department. Tina now returns to BBA, this time in a full-time capacity at the Mountain Campus. She has a BS in science from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Science from Tufts. She has taught science at the Mt. School of Milton, in Switzerland, in an At-Sea program, and at the Darrow School.

PE/Wellness/Personal Fitness: 

Steph MacArthur has been a health, PE and personal fitness teacher, as well as a coach, in Stillwater, NY since 2012. She holds a BS in Education and an MS in Teaching from SUNY Cortland. Steph is currently obtaining National Board Teaching Certification and received a 2018 BBA Bigelow grant with her husband and fellow PE teacher Andrew MacArthur to travel across the US in their retrofitted school bus.

Dan Rotatori has an applied exercise science BS degree from Springfield College and was a lacrosse star at Grafton HS, where he returned to coach lacrosse after college. Dan has worked as an assistant lacrosse coach and personal trainer for Babson College, Clark University, and Daniel Webster College. 

Staff/Administration:

Kate Leach was Senior Associate Director of Leadership Giving at Dartmouth College prior to her start as BBA’s new Advancement Director in the spring of 2019. She holds a BA in Media Studies from Pomona College and worked as a Communications Director in a number of capacities, including on a presidential political campaign.

BBA alumnus Sarah Scranton studied psychology at Wheaton College; after receiving her BA, she obtained an MSW from Boston College in 2005. Sarah has worked as a psychotherapist and clinical social worker ever since. She will now be a Mental Health Clinician at her high school alma mater.

Billy Canfield joins the Success Program as its first Associate Director. A graduate of Fair Haven HS, Billy was himself a first generation college student. After serving in the US Navy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services at the College of St. Joseph. Most recently, he was the BRSU Home-School Coordinator, working closely with families of students at Currier Elementary in Danby. 

Michelle Bonang joins us part-time as an occupational therapist in the Special Services Department. She is a graduate of Springfield College, with a BA in Rehabilitative Services and an MA in Occupational Therapy. Michelle has experience working in medicine and education, most recently in the Mill River, Mt. Holly and Ludlow schools; she runs and owns Pediatric Play Occupational Therapy. 

Jeremy Warren holds a BA in Psychology from Vassar College and completed graduate coursework in Human Development at Tufts. He worked to develop technology literacy programs for numerous schools and camps in the Boston area. He is also a professional circus artist and joined the BBA Tech department in the Spring of 2019.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer vacation!

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

 


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents, 

I hope this message finds you and your family well. As we gear up for the start of the school year, here are several important details to be aware of.

Dropping off and picking up your student(s):

If you drop off or pick up your student(s) at school, you know that it can be challenging. With the ground breaking of our new academic building on the horizon, drop-off, pick-up, and parking will be challenged even more. 

Beginning on the first day of school, we ask that student drop off and pick up happen only in the lower circle before and after school. Student and adult safety has to be our first priority. 

While we know this can be an inconvenience it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few suggestions to help ease the stress of drop-off and pick-up. 

  1. Allow yourself extra time for drop-off and pick-up. 
  2. Arrive a little early for drop off. Fifteen minutes early will make a huge difference. 
  3. Delay your pick-up time by ten to fifteen minutes.
  4. If you live close to school, encourage your student(s) to walk to school. 
  5. Carpool with other student drivers or with other families. 
  6. Encourage your child to walk to a pick-up area; for example, walking down Seminary to be picked up on Franklin Road. 

Parking/Permits:

If your student(s) drives to school, please purchase a parking permit prior to the start of the school year. Again, with the construction of our new academic building all vehicles need to be registered to help us better manage student and faculty parking. Purchasing a permit allows us to quickly identify vehicles in the event of an incident or if we need to ask a student to move his/her car. To pay online, please select this link (Online Parking Permit)Note: The Parking Permit link can also be found on the bottom right of our website. 

Vaping:

Teen vaping continues to be on the increase. The preferred product for vaping is a Juul or similar product. Juul pods contain a significant amount of nicotine, thus, addicting more and more students. Research continues to show that vaping is dangerous to teens. 

Some vape devices can also be used to inhale marijuana oil. With the legalization of marijuana in Vermont, access to marijuana oil is also on the increase. 

While we cannot control what teens do outside of school, we ask that you talk with your student about the risks associated with vaping (nicotine and THC oil), and encourage them never to bring a vape device or oils to school. 

The information below outlines a first infraction for alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and Vaping. 

AOD First Infraction (Note: Vaping marijuana oil is an AOD violation)

  1. The student will be sent home and serve a one-day suspension. 
  2. The student will serve a three hour Friday and Saturday detention and pay $50.00 to the school to help pay the monitor.
  3. The student will be referred to the Center for Restorative Justice to complete his/her educational and restorative program.
  4. The student will meet with a member of our Health Center for support and possible counseling. 

Vaping First Infraction

  1. The student will be sent home and serve a one-day suspension. 
  2. The student will serve a three hour Friday and Saturday detention and pay $50.00 to the school to help pay the monitor.
  3. The student will meet with a member of our Health Center for support and possible counseling.

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

Sincerely,
Anthony Cirelli
Dean of Students (549-8240)

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

We are so delighted to be kicking off the 2019-2020 academic year in just a few short weeks; welcome — and in many cases, welcome back!

As many of you know, you’ll be hearing from the Advancement Office in the course of the year for many reasons: 

  • We work closely with the Parent Association on events ranging from the New Parent Breakfast (August 23 at 8 a.m.) and Parent Information Night and Parent Panel session (August 27 at 5:30 p.m.) to Parent Mixers, Annual Gala, and the online auction;
  • We produce the biannual school magazine The VIEW (Summer and Winter), as well as press releases, alumni news, and the Annual Appreciation Report. (We even distribute the Bullhorn!)
  • And, of course, we ask alumni, parents, friends, businesses, and foundations to support Burr and Burton by making gifts through the annual fund, the endowment, specific programs or facilities, and the Burr Society for legacy giving

Most of all, it’s our mission to engage the whole community around this incredible school. Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, and we’ll see you on campus!

Best,


Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


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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: Wednesday, August 14 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm OR Tuesday, August 20, from 11 am to 1:30 pm (attend just one) starting in the Hunter Seminar Room. We will be covering several important procedures related to the college application process.  iPads or personal devices are imperative for the workshops. Students must submit the Responsible Use and iPad Request Form in order to receive the link to book an appointment to pick up your iPad. Pick-up dates begin August 5th. When you pick up your iPad you will need to bring the $50.00 fee unless you qualify for a fee waiver. 

**Pick up your iPad in the tech office in the basement of Smith. Please plan for it to take about 15-25 minutes to get your iPad.** Do not hesitate to contact support@burrburton.org should any questions arise.

Make sure course selections are 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 19, 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 on Wednesday, August 21, from 8 am to 12:30 pm. Please meet in the Smith Center Lobby to start the day. 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 JumpStart 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. iPads or personal devices are imperative for the workshops. Students must submit the Responsible Use and iPad Request form in order to receive the link to book an appointment to pick up your iPad. Pick-up dates begin August 5th. When you pick up your iPad you will need to bring the $50.00 fee unless you qualify for a fee waiver. 

**Pick up your iPad in the tech office in the basement of Smith. Please plan for it to take about 15-25 minutes to get your iPad.** Do not hesitate to contact support@burrburton.org should any questions arise.

Freshman Orientation – Students Only

All freshmen should meet in the Riley Center for the Arts on Wednesday, August 21, 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. A free lunch will be provided to all students on orientation day.

Fall College and Financial Aid Programs for Junior and Senior Parents

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night on Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will feature guest speaker Sam Prouty, Director of Admission at Middlebury College who will address junior and senior families. At 7:30 after his presentation, school counselors will provide grade-specific information to parents for the college admission and financial aid process.

Naviance Parent Workshops will be held in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center lower level) on Tuesday, September 10 from 8:00 to 9:00 am and Thursday, September 12, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. just prior to Open House.

The Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 2, from 5 – 6 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 to Saint Michael’s College and UVM — Thursday, September 19 from 6 am to 4 pm
  • PSAT – in-school testing for juniors on Wednesday, October 16

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

The registration deadline for the September 14 ACT (at BBA) is August 16. Burr and Burton will also be a test center for the SAT on October 5 (the registration deadline is September 6). 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.

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, 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 pertinent information needed for the start of the year. Feel free to reach out with any questions.  

* 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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 Creative Arts Department

On Monday, August 19, from 6 – 7 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts, there will be an information meeting regarding the extracurricular offerings in dance, film, theater and tech for the 2019 – 2020 season.

If you are interested in The Fall Play (Clue), The Choreography Workshop, Ballet/Pointe/Variation Classes, The Fall Film, The Elf Express, The Theater and Dance New Works Project,  The Student Repertory Theater Company, The Spring Musical (Hair), Playwriting, Screenwriting, Lighting, Costumes, Sound, Set Design, Set Construction, Crew, Stage Management and more, please attend this meeting.

More info on audition dates to follow.   

There are so many opportunities for everyone! If you have any questions, please email: jraposa@burrburton.org

 


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From The Athletic Department

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Mandatory Fall Parent/Athlete Meeting on Wednesday, August 14th at 6pm in the gym.

This year we will be focusing on applying our school-wide theme of Honor the Effort to athletics. You will see us embrace the process of becoming our best selves on and off the athletic field. Nobody reaches excellence by focusing on winning. We become excellent when we focus on building the habits that excellent athletes choose on a daily basis. Winning and other measures of success will follow from that focus on giving great effort. 

“Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it.” – James Clear

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

The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 4th annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 8th. 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 100 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there next month. Our keynote speaker is Deb Hult of Core Trainings. Deb has been an annual speaker at the National Student Leadership Summit which is where I first met her. I am excited that our students will work with Deb on the power of positive peer relationships and connections, developing sound character, and increasing the visibility of positive student leadership within our school culture.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday 9/8 from 8-3 at BBA. The retreat is open to all students. Please register here. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org

The complete list of 2019-2020 Bulldog Leadership Summit events can be found here.

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. Over 35 athletes have taken advantage of this program. We are excited to introduce a new modular format that will fit student schedules better. Email Julie Fifield: jfifield@burrburton.org to sign up or for more information.

Eligibility Policy

Last year we revised our eligibility policy to better support our students by taking advantage of our electronic gradebook. There are three main changes. We will review grades every two weeks. Students who are struggling academically will be required to use Flex Block to meet with their teachers. Students who are failing will be required to use practice time to work on their schoolwork (the previous policy allowed students to continue to attend practice). For the full text of the policy, click here

Important Fall Sports Information

  • August 11th – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5:00 in the cafeteria.
  •  August 12th – Football practice begins
  • August 14th – Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6:00 in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Following the keynote, Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.
  • August 15th – Golf, Bass Fishing, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:
Football: Tom McCoy – tmccoy@burrburton.org

Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears – suzannemears7@gmail.com
Boys Soccer: Peter Mull – pmull@burrburton.org
Field Hockey: Barb Miceli – bmiceli@burrburton.org
X-Country: Tom Klein – tklein@burrburton.org
Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry – jmowry@burrburton.org
Boys Golf: Paul Kelly – pkelly@burrburton.org
Girls Golf: Cheri Blondin – cblondin@burrburton.org
Bass Fishing: Derek Andersen – dandersen@burrburton.org

Burr and Burton requires all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated Well Exam on file with the BBA Health Office. For the Fall Sports Season, Well Exams must have been completed after November 12th 2017. Completed Well Exams can be emailed to ktowslee@burrburton.org or mailed/dropped off at the office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one so please plan ahead. All of the other necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms and the Well Exam must be submitted prior to Friday August 9th.

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 2019 – September 20th and 21st.

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the Health Center

It’s truly hard to believe it’s time to sit down and write this welcoming letter! 

With every school year that passes, the old adage, Time Fly’s becomes even more apparent. Whether you are sending your first child to high school, or anxiously awaiting the graduation of your last, this time of year is full of nerves, excitement, early mornings, meetings, and sports games! Hopefully your students are starting to adjust their bodies to the school time routine.

The start of the school year can trigger a lot of anxiety and nerves for both students and parents. The Health Center is open every morning at 7:30, and will open Thursday, the first day of school at 7am to welcome students and parents. If you would like the school nurse to keep any prescription medications for your child please be sure to fill out the proper form, and bring the medication in the original container. If you have specific questions about this, or any other health related questions please feel free to reach out to Megan Beattie Cassan, that school nurse. She can be reached at 549- 8238.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any other questions, or concerns related to your child’s adjustment and transition to school, or any other social or emotional concerns. I can be reached at 549-8250. 

We look forward to supporting your children through this journey.

Megan Brooks, Director of Health Center
Megan Beattie Cassan, School Nurse
Sarah Marcks, School Based Clinician

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From the Library

This month’s library newsletter has summer reading information.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact 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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2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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June 2019

Calendar

3  Scholarship Night: 7 – 9 pm, Riley Center
3-4 Underclass Exams – 12:00 Dismissal
5  Underclass Makeup Exams
5  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: 10 – 12 noon, Riley Center
Senior Surf & Turf , 12 – 2 pm
5  Gawlik Awards: 7 – 9:30 pm, SVAC
7  Commencement: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Spring has finally arrived, and the endless May showers have set the stage for what I hope will be a blue sky celebration on June 7, our 185th commencement.

This year‘s senior class, the largest in our history, has been extraordinary in all kinds of ways. They have supported each other and students in the younger grades, performed admirably in all areas of the school, and been true to our core values of respect for individual differences and expressing deep care for the community. Congratulations not only to these great students, but to their families, who have been essential to their individual and collective success.

We just completed the Creative Arts Expo, a showcase of amazing student talent. Our parent-led fundraising gala raised $250,000, ensuring that we can continue to support our various programs. Next up, we have final exams, Scholarship Night, the Gawlik awards, sports playoffs, and various celebrations.

Then comes summer, and with it, some time to reflect, recharge, and appreciate the natural beauty of Vermont and the uncommon beauty of the great community in which we all live. I am grateful to so many: all of you families, who have entrusted us to care for your children and who support BBA in so many ways; our incredibly generous benefactors, who allow us to keep investing in education; our talented faculty and staff, who strive to touch the heart and mind of each student; and, of course, the students themselves, who bring such meaning and purpose to our professional lives. Thank you one, thank you all.

Let’s savor this final week together.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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Attention Senior Parents

The Senior Surf & Turf is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5th from 11:30 – 2 pm, after the mandatory graduation rehearsal. Rain Date is Thursday, June 6th from 12 noon – 2 pm. This epic senior send-off includes custom Class of 2019 t-shirts, BBQ, ice cream truck, bouncy obstacle course, lawn games, slip n slide, & more!
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We are so appreciative of all the donations we’ve received so far. We are looking for one last push of monetary donations to offset the costs for this parent-run special event for our seniors. Please mail a check to Burr and Burton Academy, c/o Margi Putney, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254 or drop off checks or cash to Margi Putney in the BBA Library. Thank you!

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear BBA Families:

It’s hard to think of a more fitting theme for any Burr and Burton school year than Change for Good. After four whole days on the job, it’s clear to me already that this is a truly special place — warm, welcoming, and unfailingly devoted to providing the best education and support possible for every single BBA student.

That commitment was on full display last Friday at the annual Parent Association Gala, Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good, which was a huge success by any measure. (Pictures coming soon at https://photos.burrburton.org/!) Parent volunteers, students, staff, and members of the community came together to celebrate what a great school can do for a community, and not coincidentally, what a great community can do for a school. We enjoyed a beautiful evening, fabulous food, outstanding talent, and great company — and when the accounting dust settles, we will report a fundraising result in the ballpark of $240,000, with nearly $130,000 earmarked for the ACCESS program.

On behalf of the Advancement team, I’d like to thank:

  • The tireless Gala committee: co-chairs Ursula Knowles and Kate Townsend, and members Marlene Allen, Jennifer Atlas, Sam Baker, Nan Bambara ‘86, Heidi Boudreau, Peggy Brockett ’88, Darla Buffa, Rosheen Carthy, Julie Citron, Carolyn Crabtree, Oona Cree, Jane Dapron, Beth Eyre, Laura Grapshi, Sindy Hassig, Anne Houser, Suzanne Kersten, Meg Levene, Katsuko Lord, Carrie Mathews, Julie Ring, Elizabeth Silsby ’09, Victoria Silsby, and Courtney Weir;
  • Our generous Gala Corporate Sponsors, auction and raffle donors, faculty sponsors and supporters, and everyone who participated in the Raffle, the Online Auction, the Live Auction, and Mark’s incredible call for support for the ACCESS Program Fund;
  • Our fabulous hosts at Taconic;
  • Eric and Jane Nathan’s great work on the Live Auction;
  • Katsuko Lord for her beautiful ikebana floral arrangements;
  • Our faculty attendees, presenters, and support, particularly Bill Muench, Jim Raposa, Neil Freebern, and Kevin Morrison;
  • Student musicians Jingnam Chen ’22 and Qiaochuhan Li ’21, the chorus from the spring musical, “The All Night Strut,” and the student filmmakers who presented their Gawlik Award submissions;
  • And each and every parent, student, friend, staff member, and community member who made this evening possible.

The Gala, of course, signals that Commencement is right around the corner, followed swiftly by the end of our fiscal year on June 30th. If you have not made a gift this year in support of the Annual Fund, please take a moment to do so; every dollar is an investment in the students who are the heart and soul of Burr and Burton — from graduating seniors to incoming freshmen and the generations who will come after them.

Make a gift:

Online
www.burrburton.org/giving

By phone
802-549-8277

By mail
Advancement Office
Burr and Burton Academy
P.
O. Box 498

Manchester, VT 05254

Thank you all for being part of BBA, and congratulations to the class of 2019!


Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


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2019 Commencement Information Brochure HERE.

Summer Homework for (Class of 2020) Rising Seniors

  • Request college recommendations from teachers before summer vacation – use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form (available in the School and College Counseling Office).
  • Visit college campuses and enter your observations in your Naviance journal. Update your online Naviance resume (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton).
  • Complete all summer work required for your fall classes –Information and summer reading assignments available online.
  • Draft a sample college essay – Rising seniors received the essay topics for the Common Application in an all-class meeting; copies are available in the School and College Counseling office and are currently posted on the Common Application website (commonapp.org). The 2019-20  Common Application will be available August 1.
  • Work on Service Learning projects.
  • Learn something new through work, summer programs or self-study.
  • Set a personal goal and achieve it; think about how you want to challenge yourself in your senior year. Register for the September 14 ACT at actstudent.org by August 16. There will be another opportunity to take the ACT on October 26 (Deadline to register is September 20.) Register for the August 24 SAT (by 7/26) or October 5 SAT (by 9/6) SAT at  www.collegeboard.org.
  • Attend an Application Seminar & Workshop for all College-Bound Seniors in August

SENIOR COLLEGE ADMISSION SEMINAR & WORKSHOP:

Wednesday, August 14, 2:30 pm – 5 pm
 or Tuesday, August 20, 11 am – 1:30 pm
Information on the college admission process and preliminary work on college applications.  Come to one (or both!) sessions to work with your counselor and fill out your college applications before the busy fall semester begins.

Summer SAT Prep Course Offerings

  • Beginning July 8 and running through July 12 from 9 am to 3 pm Maple Street School will host an SAT Prep Workshop. Cost is $425 (including book.) Contact Joy Stewart, jstewart@maplestreetschool.com

2019 Summer Homework
Students need to budget time over the summer for any required academic work. Some Honors and AP classes have summer work. Assignments will be posted on the Burr and Burton website HERE  and available in hard copy in the School and College Counseling Office.

Attention Class of 2021

All rising juniors must report to school on Wednesday, August 21, from 8 am – 12:30 pm, for the Junior Jumpstart Program.
Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school! Students will be introduced to career and college information, standardized testing options, and more. They’ll also meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors.

Summer contact information for School and College Counseling Office
All of the counselors have limited office hours throughout the summer and will periodically check and respond to email. We are also available to meet with students and parents by appointment. Please keep in touch with your questions and updates.

Rising sophomores and juniors have shifted counselors from Cory Herrington or Jason Pergament to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud, Cristin Rose, Kristen Kimball or Maria Bittinger. School and College Counselor assignments will again be noted in the end-of-the-year mailing.

Senior Plans
Members of the Class of 2019 recently completed surveys about their various plans for life after Burr and Burton. We will automatically send final transcripts for seniors who indicated enrolling in a college. (There is no need for a special request or form!) Students who later change their enrollment decision should let us know so we can follow up appropriately.

We wish graduates good luck in their ventures. Please know that we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll miss you!

Vermont State Police Explorer Program
The Vermont State Police Explorer Program is looking to recruit dedicated Explorers! The Explorer program is open to all Southern Vermont High School students that are 14 years or older, are in good standing at school and interested in a career in Law Enforcement.  Meetings are held twice a month, normally on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. For additional information about this program contact Detective Trooper Lauren Ronan,at 802-793-5720 or email Lauren.Ronan@vermont.gov

From the 9th grade corner
It’s hard to believe that the 9th-grade year is almost over.  Members of the class of 2022 have been assigned their new School and College Counselor.  This counselor will work with them for the next three years. Schedules for the 19-20 school year have been released and any scheduling questions should be directed to a student’s new counselor.  It’s important that all library books to be returned prior to the summer break. A few Sophomore classes require some summer work. Most students have been notified if a class they are scheduled to take has a summer assignment.  However, if a student has a question about summer assignments they should email the teacher of the class in question. It has been a pleasure working with the class of 2022 and I look forward to watching and supporting their continued growth and success as they move forward in their academic careers here on the hill.  

Upcoming Events:
Final Exams – Monday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 5.

Graduation – Friday, June 7

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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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

We are wrapping up the Spring Sports season with many of our teams headed to the State Tournament.

Baseball
Wednesday, May 29 at 4:30 pm v. BFA St. Albans @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: Saturday, June 8

Boys Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 28 at 4 pm v. Colchester @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: Saturday, June 8

Girls Tennis
Wednesday, May 29 at 3 pm v. Otter Valley @Home Quarterfinals
Semifinals: Friday, May 31
State Championship: TBA

Ultimate
Wednesday, May 29 at 4:30pm v. Middlebury @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: TBD

Girls Lacrosse
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: Saturday, June 8

Track
Saturday, June 1 @ South Burlington State Championships

INVESTMENT SEASON is coming!
Athletes who want to excel see the off season as a time to invest in themselves. Because they ask so much of their bodies during the sports season, wise athletes use the summer to invest in themselves by building up stores of resilience through rest and relaxation, building up their health through great nutrition, and building their fitness through a well designed fitness program.

With that in mind, several of our coaches have arranged their summer schedules to make our Fitness Center more accessible. Please check student emails for an updated summer fitness schedule. Incoming 9th graders and transfer students are welcome with a signed copy of this form.

Important Fall Sports Information

  • August 11 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5:00 in the cafeteria.
  • August 12- Football practice begins
  • August 14- Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6:00 in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Following the keynote, Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.
  • August 15 Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Tom McCoy – tmccoy@burrburton.org
Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears – suzannemears7@gmail.com
Boys Soccer: Peter Mull – pmull@burrburton.org
Field Hockey: Barb Miceli – bmiceli@burrburton.org
X-Country: Tom Klein – tklein@burrburton.org
Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry – jmowry@burrburton.org
Boys Golf: Paul Kelly – pkelly@burrburton.org
Girls Golf: Cheri Blondin – cblondin@burrburton.org

Burr and Burton requires all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated Well Exam on file with the BBA Health Office. For the Fall Sports Season, Well Exams must have been completed after November 5th 2017. Completed Well Exams can be emailed to dmiceli@burrburton.org or mailed/dropped off at the office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one so please plan ahead. All of the other necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms and the Well Exam must be submitted prior to Friday August 9th.

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 2019 – September 20th and 21st.

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CPR Training Offered to all BBA Seniors and Faculty

On Thursday, May 23 CPR training was offered to all BBA seniors and faculty with the goal of having all members of the class be certified before graduation – this is a skill to save a life in an emergency situation. 
This training was organized by BBA sophomore Finula Cree’21 and BBA Math teacher Matt Kujovsky. The Londonderry Rescue also assisted.
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Burr and Burton Summer Camps

Some spots still available!
Register for camps today!

From the Library

Summer reading is the focus of this month’s library newsletter.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at 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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2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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May 2019

Calendar

3  SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
3  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
4  SAT Testing: 8 am – 2 pm, Smith 3rd floor
6  AP Exams begin
8-11 All State Music Festival Montpelier
10 Founders Day: 12:30 – 2 pm, Birchbrook
10 Prom: 7:30 – 10:30 pm, Kimpton Taconic Hotel
13 AP Exams continue
14 – 18 BBA Spring Musical, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
19  International Student Farewell Party: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Rowland Center
22 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, BBA Mountain Campus, Peru
23 Mountain Campus Final Overnight
24 Parent Association Spring Fundraising Gala: 5:30 – 11 pm, Taconic Hotel
27 Memorial Day – No School
28 Senior Bell Ringing: 2:10 – 2:40 pm
29 Senior Exams
30 Senior Exams
30 Science/Arts Expo: 5 – 6:30 pm

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

With the coming of May, we enter the Homestretch of the school year. This edition of The Bullhorn is very important as it will inform you about the many events leading up to the biggest event of all: Commencement and our celebration of the fabulous Class of 2019.

Along with awarding 206 diplomas, we will have the distinct honor of hearing from Vermont’s Secretary of Education Daniel M. French, who is a proud BBA parent. Dr. French served as the Superintendent for the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union from 2007-2016, during which he was named Vermont Superintendent of the Year and served as President of the Vermont Superintendents Association.  In 2014, he was named to the technical work group that helped design President Obama’s National Connected Superintendent’s Summit, and in 2016 he was the recipient of the “Making IT Happen” state educational technology award. Dr. French is a veteran of the United States Army and an honors graduate of the Defense Language Institute where he qualified as a Korean linguist in military intelligence and served in the Republic of Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division which was responsible for the security of the DMZ. Dr. French will bring a wise perspective based on a lifetime of service to his country and his community.

Let’s enjoy these last weeks together by staying abreast of the whirlwind of activities and savoring each fleeting moment. This is a very happy time of year.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate 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 next Monday’s assembly I will remind 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 will encourage 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.

Gradebooks Open to Parents:
From May 6th through May 10th, 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. Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

Prom 2019:
Prom is Friday night May 10th at the Taconic Hotel. I hope the weather cooperates and the evening is a great success! I hope that students 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. My final hope for the evening is that students make safe decisions and are substance free. Tragedies involving drinking and partying 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. Please have conversations with your student about your expectations for prom night.

Vermont Science Assessment for Juniors — May 16th:
On May 16th, 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 16th:
Sophomores will Take to the Streets to provide a day of service to our community. Sophomores will not attend classes on May 16th. 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,

Associate Head of School

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2019 AP Exam Schedule HERE

 



Spring has come to BBA’s Mountain Campus. After a great BBA Earth Day on the mountain, we are excited to announce three offerings—two of them brand new—in the coming months.

1) Mountain Campus Info Night: Thursday, May 16th, 6 – 7:30 pm. This is an evening for perspective students, families, and anyone in the Southern Vermont area to see the campus and hear from faculty about the BBA semester program. (Most of our campus events are focused—appropriately—on our current semester students. MC Info Night is not.) The evening is to tour our 100-acre campus, including our main building and cabin, to meet faculty and the MC curriculum, to ask all your questions about the semester.

2) Teacher Camp: This is our first program for adults, and we chose to intersect the place we know with a population who admire: teachers. This summer course is designed for teachers who want to gain experience hiking and camping, so they can feel equipped to plan and run trips for students, or who want to explore how various curricula can be merged with and deepened by outdoor experiences. This outing duplicates a student trip we run every semester; our Watershed Trip caps our opening unit in which we settle new students into this place, through field science, naturalist observation, literature about place, journaling and drawing.

See the Mountain Campus Teacher Camp website for details. Teacher Camp

And if you are reading this as a non-teacher/adult who wants to participate, let’s talk. (Contact Andy Dahlstrom, MC Director, at adahlstrom@burrburton.org, or 802-824-4846.)

3) Final Presentations: The Mountain Campus invites the extended BBA community to the spring semester students’ Change Agency Project Presentations on Wednesday, May 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Our students will share their work on creating positive change in a surrounding community. Public speeches and readings, poster presentations, and art will be part of this demonstration of learning.

For BBA students and families interested in a semester at the Mountain Campus, this is a great way to witness how students experience education in this setting. The event will be held at the Mountain Campus, at 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd., Peru, VT. 05152.

 


From the Advancement Office

Celebrating our independence together

Americans have a long tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism dating back to this country’s earliest days. Right from the beginning there was a desire to solve problems locally, with people joining together in groups and associations. That may have stemmed from a fear of kings and tyranny, and a mistrust of government and bureaucracy which many at the time viewed as unresponsive, cumbersome, and even corrupt. Fast forward to 2019 to a vast array of nonprofits and charities across the U.S., focusing on a range of problems and issues with a goal of improving our society and our world.

The community supporting Burr and Burton Academy is a shining example of philanthropy and volunteerism at work. We offer our 767 students extraordinary opportunities in academics, the arts, and athletics because of people like you. Page through our Annual Appreciation Report and you will see the names of thousands of parents, alumni, trustees, friends, businesses, and foundations contributing their time, talent, and treasure, over the past year to Burr and Burton’s educational mission. If you are one of those people, thank you. If not, we invite you to join other parents in support of the Annual Fund before June 30.

There is no irony that it has taken many hands to keep Burr and Burton independent and serving this community since its founding in 1829. It’s a tradition that we can be proud of, and with your support, we continue to move onward and forward, helping young people work towards a brighter future. To give online click HERE.

Sincerely,

Rich Thompson-Tucker
Associate Director of Advancement

 


From the BBA Parent Association

 


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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 3 to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 1; or sign up by May 3 to take the ACT on June 8. The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT in September and the SAT on August 24 (Deadline to sign up, July 26.) 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 6th – May 17th. Further information can be found on the front page of the school website (www.burrburton.org). Please 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.

2019 Graduation Countdown
Seniors should have received a graduation mailing over April Break.  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 7, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website front page under Forms/Documents.

2019-20 Student Class Schedules
Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2019-20 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 2022.  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 14 – Saturday, May 18
Science/Arts Expo: Thursday, May 30
Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 27

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.
Eligibility: 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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

May is always an exciting month for Spring Sports. We get more sun than rain and there are many opportunities to catch a competition every day. We hope to see you on the sidelines.

Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

Tennis
May 26 – May 27: Boys/Girls Individuals
May 28 – June 7, 8: Team State Championships                 

Softball/Baseball/Lacrosse/Ultimate
May 27: Pairings
May 28/29: Play downs
May 31/June 1: Quarter-finals
June 3/4: Semi-finals
June 6-8: Finals

Track and Field
June 1: Finals

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From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Performing Arts Department presents The All Night Strut!, originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas on May 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy.  

The All Night Strut!, invites you “to get on board” as its rich musical journey transports you back to a bygone era.  Experience the music of the Depression, World War II and the post-war boom of the 1930s and ’40s as 9 incredible singers and 14 fantastic dancers recreate the rollicking rhythm, rhyme and rich harmonies of jazz, bebop, blues, and uniquely American Songs.  Songs such as In The Mood, Juke Box Saturday Night, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and more by such legendary composers as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins are sure to transport you back in time to when music defined, healed and inspired a nation.

The company includes Miles Allen, Isabelle Desroche, Anna Freebern, Val Giesey, Zoe Grigsby, Julia Lund, Annabelle Mackson, Matt Scott, August Stauffer, Julia Barclay, Evangeline Bulick, Mylee Downey, Ryan Frank, Rachel Hemmer, Ariah Holliman, Jillian Ihasz, Sophie Jager, Aidan Kennedy, Julia Lorenzoni, Sabayo Matiku, Melissa Nolan, Emily Samuelson, Hannah Samuelson, band members Leah Allen, Graham Bowen, Jesse Dykes, Evan Hosley, Dani MacKenzie, Stephen Mathyas, Hayden Myers, Amos Smithwick, Alison Tietelbaum, stage managers Lily Craig, Katlyn Hemmer, Cece Kersten Claire Paxson, Brendan Van Ommen Kloeke and student director Olivia Saunders.

Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18 and $12 for the general public. Please order tickets online at bbatickets.com. Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. Box office opens one hour prior to show time. 

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Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance to the Vermont All State Music Festival May 9th-11th in Montpellier: Band Will Addington, Orchestra Iren Hangen-Vazquez, Chorus Zoe Grigsby, Angela Caggiano, Sabayo Matiku & Jack Fiocco. A special shout-out to Hayden Myers for receiving an Honorable Mention in the Piano Scholarship Performance category and to Amos Smithwick for Jazz Guitar Alternate. 

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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

As the year winds down, don’t forget to order the 2019 BBA yearbook, The Burtonian. To order, you can go to Jostens.com to make your purchase. These books are in limited supply, so it’s important to reserve yours today. The Burtonian will be available for pick-up for Seniors at the Senior Breakfast on May 24th, and the rest of the student body later that day.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

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From the Library

Stay tuned for exciting summer reading information coming soon from the library. In the meantime the 2019 season of AudioSync has begun. This is a great program that offers 14 weeks of FREE audiobooks targeted to teens. Each week there are two offerings that can be downloaded and kept for free. This week has Swing by Kwame Alexander and Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones. Swing is a contender for our Summer Reading list, so this is a great opportunity to acquire the audiobook. More information about the program as well as directions to sign up for email or text notifications can be found here.

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

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at 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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2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Colonial Toyota
Express Copy
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
Same Sun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Country Store
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley Pro Shop
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation
Baierlein Landscaping
Big Branch Landscaping
Caren McVickers Powerweek Workshop
Celebration Rentals
Decorative Interiors
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy-Northshire
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Reluctant Panther
 
Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Kaizen Gala, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.

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April 2019

Calendar

3  Spring College Night for Juniors, Sophomores and Their Parents: 7 – 9 pm, Riley Center
3  April Blood Drive: 7 am – 3:30 pm, Gym
5  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
5  SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
10 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 4 – 5 pm
11 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 8 am – 2 pm
12 Spring Break begins – school resumes April 22
13 ACT at BBA: 7:30 am  – 1:30 pm, Smith Center
22 Earth Day 5K: 2:35 – 4:35 pm, Begin Sophomore lot
25 Does it Spark Joy?: 6 – 8 pm, Riley Center
26 Grandparents and Special Friends Day
26 Cabaret and Dinner to Benefit the Student Success Program: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Student Center
29 Mountain Campus Green Mountain Expedition and Solos begin

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

In 1829, Joseph Burr founded Burr Seminary with a bequest of $10,000, which was a huge sum back then (and it is not exactly chump change today). In 1855, Josiah Burton added to the funding so girls could join in the mix, and the school became Burr and Burton Seminary. Most recently, Wendy and Barry Rowland gave $20 million to transform our campus yet again, and many other donors have given gifts large and small throughout our history. My point? This school has always relied on the generosity of private donors in order to thrive.

Today, April 1, we bid goodbye to Cynthia Gubb, who is retiring after 13 years as Director of Advancement. Suffice to say it is not an easy job being on the front line of fundraising, but without generous donors and effective fundraisers, this school would be quite ordinary.

So, if you find a moment, please give thanks to Cynthia Gubb for her hard work and accomplishments, which are reflected in the opportunities that abound throughout this school.

And, one more thing: we are two months from commencement. How exciting is that?!

Happy spring.

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families,

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the second semester.  Progress Reports will be released this afternoon in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal. These reports are designed to give an accurate picture of each student’s academic performance to date. All students will receive their current course grade and a personal comment for each course (semester and year long).  All midterm exam/assessment grades will be noted in the course comment. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please talk with your son/daughter and reach out to teachers for clarification and support.

SBAC Testing April 3rd and 4th for Freshman:

As a reminder, all BBA Freshmen will be taking SBAC tests on April 3rd and 4th. Freshmen will be divided into two groups. Group 1 will take English/Language Arts (ELA) on Wednesday and Math on Thursday; Group 2 will take Math on Wednesday and ELA on Thursday. Students were notified of their group/testing location and key information related to the SBAC test during advisory meetings and at assembly. Please remind students that they need to come prepared with their school issued iPad or a personal device (fully charged) and have reviewed and acted on the technology preparation protocols which were also shared in advisory meetings. Students should report to testing locations after Flex/Lunch on April 3rd and 4th. Parents of 9th graders should review the memo sent to families via email on March 20th. Please reach out if you have questions.

School Calendar Updates:

As a reminder, Burr and Burton is closed April 12-19 for our spring break. Students should note the minor adjustments to next week’s daily schedule.

Next year’s academic calendar is available in the OnCampus portal and you can click the link below to print a copy.

2019-2020 Academic Calendar

Thank you,

Associate Head of School

 


From the Advancement Office

We’re LIVE! Online Auction is up and running.

https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

Our Online Auction went live yesterday, March 31, 2019, launching the start to our spring Parent Association fundraising gala, Kaizen, Cultivating Change for Good. The Online Auction will run through April 9 closing at 8:00 PM. It will end a few days 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 170 items!

Our sincere thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends for donating such an amazing array of 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 excitement. Share the link with anyone and everyone. The entire list of Online Auction items has a broad appeal….there truly 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 Sam Baker, Jane DaPron, Darla Buffa, Oona Cree, MaryBeth Hathaway, Carrie Mathews, Laura Grapshi, Julie Ring, Kate Townshend, Carolyn Crabtree, Marlene Lederman Allen and others on the Gala Committee who helped solicit or donated items. Additional thanks to Nancy Brown and Margot Page for their help in soliciting items, and to Pauline de Laszlo who has written descriptions for and uploaded photos of the 170 plus items onto the web site – a herculean task at best!

Invitations for the Gala event at Taconic on May 24, 2019, 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 Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@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 and BE COUNTED!

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.

And sadly, a fond farewell……

This is the final Bullhorn I will write as my last day at Burr and Burton is April 1st. And no, that’s not joke, I am retiring after 13 years in this position. This has been in the works for about a year so it is not a surprise.

It is a bittersweet experience as I feel very proud of what I have contributed to this organization over the years. There has been a lot change in my time here, and I know that our collective fundraising efforts have created many new opportunities for our students, funded new buildings, initiated innovative programs, provided facilities upgrades, and secured Burr and Burton Academy’s future by growing our endowment.

I have enjoyed working with so many parents over the years and I thank you, each and every one of you, past and present for your generosity to this amazing institution whether through your financial support, volunteer efforts, moral support or friendship. I know my successor will have your continued support and I can leave knowing Burr and Burton is in good hands, is in a strong financial position and poised for success for 2019 and beyond.

So much has happened in my time here, and there are many exciting things in store for Burr and Burton as we move forward with The Rowland Project and more. Please know that my heart will always belong to Burr and Burton and the young people who have benefitted from the work that we do here as a team. That includes our faculty and coaches on the front line, the staff behind the scenes making everything work day to day, the Board of Trustees that govern and guide us, and our administration that leads us. As I always say, we are here for one reason, to help your student find a successful and enlightened pathway through high school and beyond.

With fond affection,

Cynthia H. 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 26 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.

 


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BBA College Programs – Spring College Night
On Wednesday, April 3, at 7 pm in the Riley Center, the Burr and Burton School and College Counseling Office will host the Annual Spring College Night when college admission representatives come to BBA to share their expertise with our community. Tony Cabasco (Bennington College and BBA parent), Ali Duke (Dartmouth College and BBA ’13) and Jay LaShombe (University of Vermont) will begin the evening program with a panel presentation followed by breakout workshops on College Essay Writing, the Holistic Admission Process, and All about UVM.   Additional workshops will be offered on Dual Enrollment and Community College Opportunities by Jeannie Jenkins, Coordinator of Academic Services at CCV, and on Financial Aid by Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University.

The program’s intended audience is sophomores, juniors and their parents. The public is also invited. For questions, please contact Lynne Welsh at 802-549-8242 or lwelsh@burrburton.org.

Mock Interviews for Juniors
BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place on Wednesday, April 10. 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 10, from 9 – 11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of Northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. BBA will not be sponsoring a bus to this event, but parents may want to attend with their student. 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 3rd.
  • 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;  students will want to consider if these tests are really necessary for them to take as part of their individual college admission process.

Test Dates, Deadlines and How to Register:

SAT

Saturday, May 4, SAT or Subject Tests administered at BBA, register by April 5 at www.collegeboard.org.

Saturday, June 1, SAT or Subject Tests (not administered at BBA), register by May 3 at www.collegeboard.org.

ACT

Saturday, June 8 (not at BBA), register by May 3 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 2019-2020 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. In addition, retired college financial aid director and BBA volunteer Carol Brosseau is available to meet with families to help them understand their financial aid packages. If you would like to meet with Carol, please email her at cbrossea@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 2019 Session of Girls State will be held on the Randolph Center Campus of Vermont Technical College from June 15 to June 20. Applications are in the School and College Counseling Office and must be submitted by April 2. Or look online: https://www.vtalauxiliary.org/girls-state.html

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 16 through June 21 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 10. 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 12 – Friday, April 19th – April Break

Scholarships 2019  

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; 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

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 1

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. Eligibility: 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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

On April 26th our Ultimate team will play its first official Varsity match. Coach Tom Von Allmen has been sharing his love of Ultimate since he started teaching at BBA. Through several years of club status it has grown in popularity. We are excited to add another athletic option for our students. They will have their first home match on May 1 at 4 pm.

Spring Head Coaches:

Softball – Nikki Dexter: n.dexter@manchester-vt.gov

Boys Lacrosse –  Tom Grabher: coachgrabher@gmail.com

Track & 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

Ultimate – Tom Von Allmen: tvonallmen@burrburton.org

Unified Basketball – Don Benasich: donbenasich@gmail.com

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

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the Creative Arts Department

Nineteen singers will be representing Burr and Burton Academy in the All National Honors Chorus Festival under the direction of Dr. Eph Ehly, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall, Sunday April 7, 2019. Congratulations to Zoe Grigsby, Annabelle Mackson, Finuala Cree, Karson Barclay, Olivia Murphy-Major, Grace Yurko, Zoe Meyer, Leah Mowry, Teri Salmon, Angela Caggiano, Alea Myers, Anna Freebern, Kaia Hansen, Jessop Burrow, Jason Caggiano, August Stauffer, Miles Allen, Matthew Scott and Jack Fiocco for this very prestigious honor.  

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SIX DEGREES

Students from Burr and Burton Academy will join the professional a cappella group Counterpoint to perform the world premiere of Six Degrees on Thursday April 25, 6 pm, at the First Congregational Church, Manchester.  Tickets are available in advance at Northshire Bookstore for $10 and at the door on the day of performance for $15 (students $5 with ID). Through music, narration, and video, Six Degrees is comprised of three musical sections. The first incorporates indigenous and contemporary folk music from all six inhabited continents and relates to specific cultural, social and environmental issues linked to the natural elements of earth, air, fire and water. The middle section climaxes with the depiction of a catastrophic warming of six degrees C, followed by an optimistic musical presentation of “turning the world around”: mitigating global warming through green technology, energy efficiency, renewables, and sustainability. The work concludes with a joyous medley of world music celebrating humanity in balance with nature, in which the performers and audience are encouraged to care for the earth.  For more information about Six Degrees, go to www.counterpointchorus.org, call (802) 540-1784 or email contact@counterpointchorus.org

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From the Dene Farm Program


The Dene Farm Program has been full of excitement the last couple of months. We have had our Food, Farm, and Systems Thinking class working hard, planting and harvesting microgreens during all winter. Now they are preparing to finally get back outside to planting our longer season crops like potatoes, brussel sprouts and onions. The Dene Farm Program has also recently welcomed a new student intern, Ryan Towsley, who has taken multiple classes at the Dene Farm. Make sure to consider out course offerings, Ethnobotany, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food, Farm, and Systems Thinking when filling out course selections for next year. Having a class at the Dene Farm Program will be even more exciting next year with our brand new classroom that is almost finished. As the 2018-2019 school year ends think about joining the Dene Farm Program this summer by working with our summer crew. Make sure to check out our website for weekly blog posts and follow us on instagram @denefarm to see the Dene Farm Program in action!

By: Brianna Mayne
Student Intern, class of 2019

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From the BBA Parent Association and Environmental Club

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Burr and Burton Summer Camps

Let’s forget about winter and start planning for summer!
Register for camps today!

From the Health Center

With the recent, and tragic suicides surrounding the Parkland and Sandy-hook communities, it’s once again, difficult to ignore the topic of mental health . The three individuals who recently died by suicide in those communities had experienced  inconceivable loss and trauma, however no community is immune to suicide, and certainly no family is exempt from mental health struggles. Please take a moment to read through this article highlighting how to talk to your children (whatever the age) about suicide. There is also an 8 minutes video that might be helpful for those sending their precious children into the larger world just a few short months from now. 
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See it HERE.
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From the Student Success Program

On April 6 from 10 am – 2 pm the Success Program will have a Car Wash at Shaw’s to fundraise for the Senior end of year trip. Car washes will be donation by choice!

On April 26 the Student Success Program will host a Cabaret and Dinner as a Fundraiser for the Student Success Program. Admission to the event will cost $10 at bbatickets.com and $12 at the door and will include a buffet dinner and live music and performances by Burr and Burton Students.
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During the month of April Success Scholars will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets to help Fundraise for the Senior end of year trip. Tickets will be 1 for $2, 3 for $5. A name will be drawn at the end of April and the winner will take home 50% of the money raised through the sale of tickets.

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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK

2019 BURTONIAN – ON SALE NOW

The memories. The friends. The laughter. Yearbooks are truly something special that you’ll hold on to forever. Click to order today for $55.00.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

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From the Library

Check out the library newsletter for information on the Teen Lit Mob: a one day festival of books and authors for teens in Vermont.

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

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at 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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2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Colonial Toyota
Express Copy
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
Same Sun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley Pro Shop
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Credit Union
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation
Baierlein Landscaping
Big Branch Landscaping
Caren McVickers Powerweek Workshop
Celebration Rentals
Decorative Interiors
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Reluctant Panther
 
Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Kaizen Gala, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.

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March 2019

Calendar

1  The Big Picture: Academics at BBA… Strategic & coordinated course selection over all four years: 8 am, BBA Library
1  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
1  SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
7  Mandatory Spring Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, Gym
9  SAT Testing: 8 – 2 pm, 3rd floor Smith Center
11 – 14 Mountain Campus Watershed Camping Trip
12 Drivers Ed Info Mtg: 5:30 – 7 pm, Student Center
13 Prism Concert: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Southern Vermont Arts Center
14 Prism Concert: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Southern Vermont Arts Center
15 Faculty In Service Day – No School
16 “24 Hours of Stratton”
18 Spring Sports Begin
21 Mid Terms – 12 noon Dismissal
22 Mid Terms – 12 noon Dismissal
22 The Campus Cabaret: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Gym
22 Spring Parent Mixer: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Founders Hall at Birchbrook
27-28 Mountain Campus Systems in Sustainability Trip
29 Progress Reports Issued
29 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Please vote on Tuesday in support of Burr and Burton Academy’s 2019-2020 tuition! Your support is very important!

As we say goodbye to February, I thought I would share with you the gist of some comments I made at assembly a few weeks ago. The comments had to do with race and the wearing of blackface, spurred by the messy situation with Virginia’s governor, all with the backdrop of Black History Month.

Here’s a little background
Virginia’s governor, who is white, graduated from medical school back in the 1980s, and on his yearbook page is a photo of two people, one wearing blackface and the other wearing a KKK robe. At first, the Governor expressed extreme remorse and apologized for being one of the participants in the photo. Then, the next day he announced that he wasn’t sure that it was him in the photo, but he did wear black face to be in a Michael Jackson dance contest.

So, how do we make sense of this? Are his actions in the 1980s indicative of racism in his heart? Should he resign? Should everyone lighten up a little bit and recognize youthful indiscretion?

The Teachable Moment (Assembly Comments)
We have here a bonafide teachable moment. Here is what I hope you can take away from this situation:

Unless you are part of the joke, you probably shouldn’t be making it.

You all know that I am half Japanese and half Armenian. I’m actually quite proud of my ethnicity, my race, my family heritage, just as I hope all of you are proud of your ethnicity, race, and family heritage.

If someone decided they wanted to dress up as a Japanese person and get laughs acting like what they think Japanese people act like, I don’t think I’d be very happy with that.

It comes down to this: my race is not your joke. That’s the problem with this whole blackface thing, and, in fact, that’s the problem with a lot of jokes when you tread on the issues of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender: unless you are part of the joke, you probably shouldn’t be making it.

I am not going to share my thoughts on whether the governor of Virginia should resign based on actions he took a long time ago, but I am hoping that none of you take those actions now that we live in 2019.

So there is your teachable moment!

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Welcome to March. In a mere three months, we will say goodbye to 206 seniors. The weather will change, the green mountains will be green again, and another glorious year of learning will come to a close. We cherish our time with your sons and daughters, and we strive each day to fulfill our mission of educating students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity and service.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families,

Usually my Bullhorn posts are a look forward, meant to highlight important events on the horizon. This month, I want to acknowledge one of many examples of student leadership and engagement that occurred during the month of February.

Students from Sarah McMillan’s Race and Class course honored Black History Month by sharing short presentations at each Monday assembly. The students chose three timely topics to address, including; the current debate over Confederate monuments, a lesson on the origins of Black Face, and a look at the disproportionate rates of incarceration in Vermont. All three presentations were thought provoking and educational. I thank the students for their scholarship and leadership and for starting a new tradition at BBA.

Celebrating black history was conceived in 1925 by historian Carter G. Woodson and began with a week-long celebration. It was not until 1976 that Black History Month was established. Woodson never intended black history only to be celebrated for a week or a month; he hoped that black history would be fully integrated into students’ educational experiences. Here at BBA, we constantly reflect on the voices, perspectives and history we study to ensure that it is inclusive and that it embodies all of our students’ experiences.  Talking about race in a predominantly white community is challenging. We are exploring diversity training options and identifying speakers to bring to BBA in order to support both students and faculty and to honor our core values of respect for individual differences and a supportive and caring community.

My best,

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

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The 2019-2020 Burr and Burton Academy School Calendar can be downloaded HERE.

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Mandatory Driver Education Meeting

Mandatory Driver Education Meeting – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in the student center from 5:30 – 7 pm. Signup for the class will be the evening of the meeting. The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA offers a free driver education program and depending on the availability of the teaching staff the program will tentatively start sometime during the week June 17, 2019 and run until the end of July. For the first 15 days, classes run from 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 15 days of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm. Once the classroom portion of the program has been completed driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 4 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority.

IF THE CLASS IS OVERSUBSCRIBED, STUDENTS WITH A 2004 BIRTHYEAR WILL BE CUT STARTING WITH BIRTHDATES CLOSEST TO THE START OF THE CLASS AND WORKING BACKWARDS. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

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From the BBA Parent Association

Please RSVP HERE.

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From the Advancement Office

Kaizen, Cultivating Change for Good

9th Annual Parent Association fundraising gala

May 24, 2019 at the Taconic

With spring right around the corner, planning is ramping up for our annual fundraising event, the Kaizen Gala. Here are two dates to put on your calendar:

  • Online Auction starts March 31st and ends on April 9th
  • Main event on Friday night, May 24 at Taconic

“Save the Date” cards went out in early February 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 March 31 and ends April 9. Starting March 1, 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 Kaizen 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!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Every year we host over 100 grandparents and special friends at this event. The date is Friday, April 26 and we need mailing addresses! So if you would like to have your student’s grandparents or special friend included, please send their mailing address to Nancy Brown at nbrown@burrburton.org. Invitations will be going out at the end of March. It’s a fun day that includes presentations about all the new and interesting things going on at school, an update on The Rowland Project, and a sneak preview of the spring musical.

Why support 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 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 Kaizen 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,

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising
cgubb@burrburton.org

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From the Student Success Program

 


Guidance-Bullhorn

2019-2020 Course Requests
The 2019-20 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Course information is also available through the dropdown options on the page. Current freshmen (2022), sophomores (2021), and juniors (2020) have been encouraged to review course options for the upcoming school year and will be registering for their 2019-20 classes during the first week of March. All students are required to submit a course request form, signed by a parent, to their advisor. The sheet was distributed in advisory but is also available online just above the downloadable COS. Please contact Mr. Knutson or your student’s counselor if you have questions.

Spring College Admissions Program
On Wednesday, April 3, from 7 – 9 pm, BBA will host a panel presentation and topical workshops by admission officers from a variety of colleges and universities. Carol Brosseau will be one of the workshops presenters speaking about and answering questions about financial aid. (See more detailed information about Carol below.) 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 10. 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.  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 FAFSA decision

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

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. BBA is sending a bus to Southern Vermont College on Thursday, March 7, with Sophomore and Junior students who have registered to attend.

While registration has closed for the student trip on March 7, there are evening options available around the state for parents. These free events happen only once a year! Choose your location and date, and sign up at this VSAC link if you’re interested: https://www.vsac.org/plan/college-career-pathways.

February 27 @ Castleton University, Castleton

March 7 @ Southern Vermont College, Bennington

March 21 @ Saint Michael’s College, Colchester

April 10 @ NVU–Johnson, Johnson

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 13, ACT.
 Register by March 8 at www.actstudent.org. 
Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

Saturday, May 4,  SAT.
 Register by April 5 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 4th 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 29, April 5, 26, and May 3.

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

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA on May 4; cost is $350. Classes from 1 pm to 4 pm on 3/17, 3/24, 3/31 and 4/7, 4/14, 4/28.. Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

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 1, 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 2019-20 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 2019/20 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 7th, 6 pm.
Inservice – Friday, March 15, no school for students.
Mid-Term Exams – Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22.

Scholarships:
Forms or links 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.

Journalism Education Foundation of New England (JEFNE) Scholarship
Eligibility: New England resident, GPA of 2.3 or above, high school student planning a career in Journalism OR a college Student studying Journalism or related field
Award: $1,000; Deadline March 8

Knights of Columbus, Vermont, Scholastic Achievement Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be son or daughter of Knight of Columbus within VT jurisdiction and graduating senior. Essay required and MUST BE HANDWRITTEN
Deadline: March 10
Application in SCC Office

The George Coleman Scholarship
Eligibility: Academic excellence. GPA of at least a 3.0. Must be enrolling in a NEACRAO member institution (see website for list of member schools http://www.neacrao.org/scholarship_info.html)
Award: $2,000
Deadline: March 15

Rutland Regional Medical Community Scholarship
Eligibility: seniors with the goal of a career in healthcare. Proof of acceptance into a program  in the healthcare field.
Award: $1,000
Deadline, March 15

Alice Agney Scholarship (Vermont Superintendants Association)
Eligibility: Senior demonstrating a commitment to further their education after graduation. Leadership, service to community, academic achievement, and initiative in overcoming a specific challenge or challenges.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 18

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior pursuing further education in college, trade school. Exemplary member of the student body, demonstrated leadership qualities within school and community. Creative video required
Award: $1,000
Deadline: RECEIVED BY March 28
Visit https://www.hfcuvt.com/Personal/Youth-Accounts/scholarships for an application.

Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary Scholarships
Eligibility: Seniors entering either a college or vocational school. Personality, community service, academic accomplishments, and financial need are some of the deciding factors.
Award: not specified
Deadline: March 31

Wantastiquet Rotary Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior from Jamaica, Londonderry, Peru, Stratton, Weston, Windham, Winhall, planning on furthering education through college or technical school. Academic potential and community involvment. Need a letter attesting to community service. Brief essay required. As is an interview.
Award: unspecified
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

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: seniors accepted at approved or accredited school or college,
Award: $1,500; $1,000; or $500
Deadline: April 1
Application information online: www.legionvthq.com

Sons of the American Legion Dennis Comai Scholarship
Eligibility: Any student who is planning to attend a trade school or technical college (whose grandfather, grandmother, step grandparents, father or mother/step parents, adopted parents or grandparents, sisters or brothers who are members of the American Legion Family (American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion)
Award: $1,000 or $500
Deadline: April 15 Application in folder

Prospect Rehabilitation Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior intending to prepare for a career in health care, academic record extra curricular activities and teacher recommendation. Essay is very important
Amount $500
Deadline: April 22

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in the gof shop, on the grounds caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000/yr for 4 years
Deadline May 1

Vivint Smarthome Scholarship
Eligibility: Application online. Open to high school seniors or college students who are legal residents of the United States Scholarship payable only to students living in the United States Student must enroll in semester beginning no later than September 10, 2019 Winner is not based on financial need Home-schooled students may apply so long as their completed coursework equals a high school senior Applicants required to submit a video depicting “Live smart, manage less. How do you live smart?” Student must be declared, or have intent to declare a major.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 1
Application online at https://www.vivint.com/scholarship.

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 1st
Application online at www.phillips-scholarship.org

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship
Eligibility: must be planning to major or double major in studio art.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 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.
Eligibility: 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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


We are very excited to announce the inaugural season of Unified Basketball at Burr and Burton. The purpose of Unified Sports is to create unique teammate bonds through authentic competitive experiences tailored to the appropriate skill development and ability level of participants. In Unified Sports, individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) are paired with individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) to promote growth in sport-specific skills (shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding, etc.). Additionally, Unified Sports experiences create a culture of inclusion and foster understanding in schools and communities. Participation in Unified Sports leads to new friendships, improved self-esteem and positive changes in attitude and behavior. Look for our first game later this month.

We are also excited to announce that Ultimate is moving from club status to varsity status this season as well.

Remaining Winter Post Season Competition:

First Day of Playoffs:
Boys Basketball – March 5-6

State Championships:
Nordic – March 4
Alpine – March 4-5
Snowboarding – March 5-6
Girls Basketball – March 8-9
Boys Ice Hockey – March 13
Girls Ice Hockey – March 14
Boys Basketball – March 15-16

Thursday, March 7 at 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.

**ATTENTION GIRLS LACROSSE FAMILIES** This year the Coach and Family meeting for Girls Lacrosse will take place on Sunday March 3, at 6:30 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room. parents and athletes are still expected to attend the general session of the Mandatory Parent/Athlete meeting on Thursday March 7.

Monday, March 11
Pitchers and Catchers begin for baseball.

Monday, March 18
All Spring sports begin tryouts. Lacrosse, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field.

All Spring athletes must have had a well physical exam after June 9, 2017. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the Nurse’s Office on or before March 15 (March 8 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 15 (March 8 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 – Nikki Dexter: n.dexter@manchester-vt.gov
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
Ultimate – Tom Von Allmen: tvonallmen@burrburton.org

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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From the Creative Arts Department

UMASS Honors Band
Congratulations to Anna Freebern, Danielle MacKenzie and Stephen Mathyas for their acceptance to the University of Massachusetts Honor Band Festival held Saturday, February 9, 2019.  
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Steinway
Burr and Burton Academy recently became the first Steinway Select School in Vermont thanks to the purchase of a combination of uprights, baby grand and concert grand pianos. Gary Girouard from Steinway & Sons presented a plaque and $5,000 scholarship check to the music department and administration heralding this historic event.

Neil Freebern, Chair of the BBA’s Creative Arts Department said, “We are very excited about the opportunities this investment affords BBA students and staff. We know it will help us continue to attract students interested in a first class music education and it will strengthen our place in the cultural life of the community. This cements Burr and Burton’s commitment to musical excellence.”

Headmaster Mark Tashjian added, “Steinway pianos are legendary, and I am delighted that we can add these instruments into the mix of opportunities available at BBA. I am grateful to Neil and Julie Freebern for having the vision to bring our music education to such a high level, to Steinway & Sons for their partnership in this venture, and to our generous donors, who made it all possible.”

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The Burr and Burton Academy Creative Arts Department will present Prism Concerts at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.  Please join us to celebrate this year’s program, Rise Up, as we explore the many facets to the story of the Phoenix as a metaphor for life, loss and renewal. 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 “Rise Up”, Prisms 2019, can be purchased at bbatickets.com

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2009 Burr & Burton Academy graduate Devin Johnson will bring his many talents back to Manchester on March 30 to benefit BBA’s Creative Arts Department. Fresh off a performance at the Triad Theater in NYC, “Let The Feet Do The Talkin” – an Evening of Stories, Tap and Song, will lift our spirits during our Vermont mud season!

Devin, is well known as a talented dancer, singer, and actor – a triple threat! He has a degree in Musical Theater Performance from Montclair State University, is a member of Actors Equity, and has performed at numerous regional theaters including the Weston Playhouse, where he was seen in “42nd Street”, “Peter and the Starcatcher”, “Mamma Mia”, and last summer, in “West Side Story”.

The show will also feature current BBA students Zoe Grigsby and Matthew Scott.

Please join us for a fun night out benefitting BBA’s great arts programs!

 


From the Health Center

Burr and Burton is taking part in the 2018 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This was developed in 1991 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The YRBS has been administered every other year in the state of Vermont 1993. The YRBS gathers gathers information about health risk behaviors of 6th through 12th grade students. The survey will ask about nutrition, physical activity, injuries, sexual behaviors, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. Schools, communities and state agencies use these results to evaluate programs, plan new programs and to secure future funding. 
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The YRBS will be administer during advisory mid to late March. 
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The YRBS is anonymous and the procedures have been designed to protect your child’s privacy. Some students may find some questions sensitive, but they do not put their name on the survey and individual results of any one survey are not shared with us. 
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For the survey to be accurate, it is important that all students, regardless of whether they have engaged in health-risk behaviors be given the opportunity to participate in the survey. We would like all students to take part in the survey; however, the survey is voluntary. No student will be required to take the survey. As a parent, you have the right to have your child opt out of the survey if you so choose. If this is the case, please contact me and let me know. Also, please contact me if you have any further questions about the survey. 
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Thank you for your cooperation. 
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Megan Brooks LMHC, Director of Mental Health Services
802.549.8250
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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK

2019 BURTONIAN – ON SALE NOW

The memories. The friends. The laughter. Yearbooks are truly something special that you’ll hold on to forever. Click to order today for $55.00.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

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From the Library

Read the latest library newsletter for information on navigating digital information and highlights of the new books we have added to the 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

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at 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

Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors to Date

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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Colonial Toyota
Express Copy
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.

Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
Same Sun of Vermont

Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks

Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley Pro Shop
Heritage Credit Union
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House

Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation
Big Branch Landscaping
Baierlein Landscaping
Caren Vickers PowerWeek Workshop
Celebration Rentals
Decorative Interiors
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Flying Cow Signs
McWayne Jewelers
Taconic Spine
The Reluctant Panther

Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Kaizen Gala, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.

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February 2019

Calendar

1  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
1   SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
5  Sophomore Refuse to Use: 4 – 5:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
5  11th Int and 12th Refuse to Use: 5  – 6:30 pm, Student Center

8   SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
8   Student Progress Reports
9   Debate Tournament: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Student Center
12 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 pm
12 Calliope Steinway Recital: 6:30 – 8 pm, Riley Center

13  Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal): 1 – 5 pm
14  Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal): 1 – 8 pm
15 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
15 – 22 Winter Break – no school
22 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
25 Student One Act Festival: 6 – 7 pm, Riley Center
27 100 Days Celebration for Seniors: 2 – 3 pm, Student Center

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Please find below a link to an article that says exactly what we do at BBA: place student-teacher relationships at the front and center of the learning process. Students Learn From People They Love, written by columnist David Brooks, was the #1 most emailed article for the New York Times a few weeks ago, and I ask that you take a moment to read it simply to remind yourself of what a special place we have here at Burr and Burton Academy. We will build new buildings, create future-ready learning spaces, integrate technology, and deepen our understanding of the brain, but we will always remember that learning is first and foremost a matter of the heart.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/opinion/learning-emotion-education.html

And speaking of matters of the heart, I hope February brings a very nice Valentine’s Day to all of you. Stay warm.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Dean of Students

Parking and Safety Concerns at Dismissal

Dear Parents,

The volume of traffic at the time of dismissal behind the Smith Center is posing some traffic and safety concerns. Cars are parking on both sides of the street, narrowing the road and preventing school buses from entering and exiting the school.

The increased traffic has also caused several safety concerns for our students. Vehicles often drive too fast attempting to leave the circle to make room for other vehicles. This has resulted in several close calls as students attempt to walk to their cars in the upper parking lot.

To keep our students and your vehicles safe we ask that you comply with the following parking restrictions beginning Monday, February 4, 2019.

  1. First, whenever possible please try to pick-up your student(s) in the lower traffic circle.
  2. Do not park (even temporarily) on the right side of the road. Please note the cars parked to the right of the road in the above photo.  
  3. Do not double or tandem park your vehicle in the upper circle. Vehicles should only park in the designated parking spaces in the circle. If no parking spaces are available please do not enter the circle unless your son/daughter is waiting for you.  
  4. There is no parking in the faculty parking lot. The faculty lot is full at the end of the school day. Parking perpendicular to parked faculty cars will only make it difficult for buses to get into position for students to board.  

While we understand that these restrictions may lengthen the amount of time it takes to pick up your son/daughter, they will also allow traffic to move more smoothly minimizing safety concerns.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
Tony Cirelli
Dean of Students

 


Mandatory Driver Education Meeting

Mandatory Driver Education Meeting – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in the student center from 5:30 – 7 pm. Signup for the class will be the evening of the meeting. The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA offers a free driver education program and depending on the availability of the teaching staff the program will tentatively start sometime during the week June 17, 2019 and run until the end of July. For the first 15 days, classes run from 8AM until 10AM Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction, therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 15 days of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm. Once the classroom portion of the program has been completed driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 4 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority.

IF THE CLASS IS OVERSUBSCRIBED, STUDENTS WITH A 2004 BIRTHYEAR WILL BE CUT STARTING WITH BIRTHDATES CLOSEST TO THE START OF THE CLASS AND WORKING BACKWARDS. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

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The Mountain Campus offers its first public Open House of 2019, on Tuesday, February 12th at 6 pm. Come for an introduction to the BBA Mountain Campus semester program.

All BBA families and community members are welcome.

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From the Advancement Office

Congratulations! We’ve made it through the darkest and the coldest part of the year. I love it when I actually get home midwinter and it’s still light out! It means we’re making progress and we can now finally look forward to lengthening days! We’ve been busy here in the Advancement Office despite the challenges of January weather. Here are some updates:

1. Parent Fund Annual Giving:

To all of you who have made a gift to our school year, we thank you – your gift helps provide all of the extras that make the BBA experience an extraordinary one. If you haven’t yet given, please consider a gift of any amount, or make a donation of an item or service to the Gala Online auction or commit to a Corporate or Gala Sponsorship – all count towards parent participation. As of the end of January, parent participation stands at approximately 20 percent.

Here are 3 easy ways to give right now – so you can check it off your to-do list:

1. Go to http://www.burrburton.org/onlinegiving on BBA’s website and pay by credit card.
2. Mail your gift to: Advancement Office, Burr and Burton Academy, PO Box 498, Manchester VT 05254.
3. Or drop by the Advancement Office with your gift, we’d love to thank you in person for your support.

Please know that your support allows us to remain independent and responsive to the needs of YOUR student and makes the difference between a good education and a great one.

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

Kaizen, Cultivating Change for Good
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Taconic, Manchester Village

“Save the date” postcards for this event will be mailed out shortly and invitations will be mailed in early April. Make your plans early as we have had a sellout crowd the past seven years and there is a waiting list! Tickets are $135 per person, $1,350 for a table. If you want to reserve a table or tickets now, please call me at 802-549-8201.

Gala Sponsorships are available to support this important fundraising event so if you own a business and would like to be in on the action, here’s your opportunity (and it counts towards parent participation). You could also consider a family sponsorship!

Lotus Sponsor – $2,500 (includes 4 tickets to the event)
Plum Blossom Sponsor – $1,500 (includes 2 tickets to the event)
Flowering Cherry Sponsor – $1,000
Peony Sponsor – $500
Jasmine Sponsor – $250

To sign up for a Gala Sponsorship please reach out to Margot Page at 802-549-8277 or mpage@burrburton.org.

3. Gala On-line Auction

We invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s ninth annual online auction. With your contribution of an item or service, the auction will build on the momentum of last year’s success. We raised over $16,000 from the auction last year and this event is designed to generate excitement for the main event on May 24th. The auction will launch on March 31st and run through April 9th, and will reach bidders all over the world (including parents of our international students, long-distance grandparents, and our alumni), plus the many friends of the school right here in our own backyard. The auction serves as a great way to involve those people who cannot attend the event for any number of reasons.

We are looking for services of all shapes and sizes to feature as stand-alone items and in specially designed packages. Perhaps you can offer a service, such as a landscaping consultation or a cord of wood? Whatever the contribution, it will benefit our most precious commodity of all, our students!

We need to have your online auction donation in the Advancement Office by March 1st. You are welcome to drop it off yourself or contact one of us and a Gala committee member will come pick it up from you. Don’t forget, your item or service donation counts toward parent participation in the Annual Fund! Questions about the Online Auction? Contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 802-549-8277.

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

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising
cgubb@burrburton.org

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From the Student Success Program

Success Seniors are selling Grandma Millers Pies to help cover the costs of their graduation trip to London, England this Spring. All of the fruit pies come to you frozen unbaked, all of the nut pies and cakes are thaw and serve. Please see a Senior Success Scholar to make a purchase (or a contribution), or contact Jason Pergament (jpergament@burrburton.org) directly and he will connect you to one.
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Success Seniors will hold a Pancake Breakfast in the Burr and Burton Student Center on Sunday, February 24, 2019 as part of their fundraising efforts for the graduation trip. Come wrap up the end of Winter Break together while supporting a great group of students! The breakfast will be from 8am-12pm, $10 at the door. 
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2019-2020 Course Requests
The 2019-20 Course of Study (COS) PDF version will soon be published to the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Once published, the freshmen (2022), sophomores (2021), and juniors (2020) will be notified so they can begin reviewing course options and planning for the upcoming school year. This release will provide them time to discuss offerings, course prerequisites, and graduation requirements with counselors, teachers, and parents before actually selecting courses.

Students will be guided through the course request process during an upcoming assembly. This will include directions for filling out the request worksheet as well as selecting courses through their OnCampus portal.  After winter break, students will complete their request worksheet, return their sheet to their advisor, and enter their course requests in OnCampus.

Please contact Mr. Knutson or your student’s counselor if you have questions.

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors
Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades for their applicants. Updated transcripts have been sent to all colleges listed on a student’s transcript request form. Because BBA uses a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.

College Application Update
Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college!  Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly. Seniors should update their counselor on their college decisions. We continue to work with the seniors who are still in the process of applying and aim to have them get their applications in by the end of the month.

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.

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 9,  SAT.
 Register by February 8 at www.collegeboard.org
 SAT Test only (no subject tests.) 
Test is offered at BBA. If a student has a potential athletic or other conflict for May 4 or June 1 test dates, you will want to consider taking this one.

Saturday, April 13, ACT.
 Register by March 8 at www.actstudent.org. 
Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

See ACT and College Board Websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home. Students should not test every time one is offered, but we do recommend that juniors take at least one ACT or SAT this year.

Test Prep Opportunities:
Free Options: 
www.collegeboard.org, www.actstudent.org, www.khanacademy.org
Download the “Question of the Day” App from the College Board
On-Line courses:
 www.kaplan.com
, www.princetonreview.com, www.methodtestprep.com

SAT Prep Course at BBA: High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100.  To register for the course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadline: March 15.

Session 2 (for May 4 SAT) Classes meet on Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Hunter Seminar Room.  Classes are timed to prepare for the May 4th SAT.  Session 2 Course Dates: March 29, April 5, 26, and May 3.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA on May 4; cost is $350. Classes from 1 pm to 4 pm on 3/17, 3/24, 3/31 and 4/7, 4/14, 4/28.. Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Juniors and Sophomores
On Thursday, March 7, our school will be bringing students from the10th and 11th grades to VSAC’s College & Career Pathways event at Southern Vermont College. Students will attend the event from 9:15 am – 1:15 pm and will participate in two workshops of their choosing.

There is no cost to attend, and lunch is included. Workshops include test prep strategies, how to choose, apply to, and pay for college or career training programs, and pathways to skilled trades and great careers that don’t require a degree.

If your student is interested in participating, please click here to print the permission slip and return the completed form to Mrs. Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. If you don’t have access to a printer, your student can come pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Welsh.

Parents and students are also encouraged to attend the evening portion of the event from 5 – 8 pm, offering a resource fair with programs and organizations that support Vermonters in achieving their college and career goals and workshops on topics including:

  • The College Search: Finding the Right Fit
  • Navigating the Admissions Process
  • Financial Aid & Managing College Costs
  • Scholarships – Free Money!
  • Campus Support for Students

Get answers to your questions! The evening portion of the program offers both students and parents the unique opportunity to talk with Vermont experts who can support you in preparing for your future. And you don’t have to do it on an empty stomach – FREE hearty snacks will be provided!

In a recent sophomore class meeting, students received information about programs and upcoming visits to the Southwestern Career Development Center and the Mountain Campus.  Counselors also reviewed and distributed Pre-ACT results and encouraged them to share score reports with their parents and guardians.  Reports include information about college readiness in English, reading, math and science and identify potential areas of career interest.  If you’d like to learn more general information about the PreACT, visit http://www.act.org/preact

Summer Programs/Study Abroad
All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Architecture, Design & Building; Arts, Current Issues and Youth Activism; Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Technology, Design and Coding; Mathematical Sciences; Health and Medicine; Environmental Science. Brochures are in the School and College Counseling Office. Applications will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.giv.org. Application Deadline is March 15. For more info: contact  the GIV Office at 802-865-4448 or apply@giv.org.

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2019-2020 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule.  Students need to submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that commence at any point during the fall semester.

From the 9th grade corner:
Students should be settling into their 2nd semester classes.  Shortly, information regarding sign-ups for parent conferences will be pushed out to all parents.  These conferences are a great way to hear about how your son or daughter is doing. As we move into late February and early March students will start the course request process for next year.   

Upcoming Events:
Parent Conferences – 12:45 Dismissal – Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14.
Winter Break – February 15 – 24.
If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or send me an email.
Cory Herrington, 9th Grade Counselor, Social Studies Teacher and Co-Dean of Students – 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

Scholarships

Forms for scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidentiality of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships.  Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date to obtain the necessary BBA documents. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

VSAC Unified Scholarships  Deadline is February 15! Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship workbook if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions.

Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior looking to further education in healthcare career.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 15
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships

VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University;
GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College
Award: unknown
Deadline: April 1
Application online: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships

Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.) There is an early application for students who have already received their financial aid packets (deadline April 3rd with notification of award by 4/28, ahead of the May 1st college deadline). There is an application for high school students using a later deadline of May 1st (and there is also an application for college students in need of aid.
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship
Deadline: by midnight May 1.
Application online: www.phillips-scholarship.org (Info in SCCO as well)

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@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

Spring Sports Night

The mandatory parent athlete meeting for Spring Sports will be held on Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm in the gym.

Post Season Competition:

First Day of Playoffs:

Girls Basketball: February 26 – 27
Girls Ice Hockey: February 26 – 27
Boys Ice Hockey: February 26 – 27
Boys Basketball: March 5 – 6

State Championships:

Wrestling: February 22 – 23
Dance: February 23
Nordic: February 28 & March 4
Alpine: March 4 – 5
Snowboarding: March 5 – 6
Girls Basketball: March 8 – 9
Boys Ice Hockey: March 13
Girls Ice Hockey: March 14
Boys Basketball: March 15 – 16

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the Creative Arts Department


The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music featuring the new Steinway piano on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults payable at the door. Come out to support our student talent and join us for a reception in the lobby following the performance.  

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Students from the BBA Performing Arts Department presents the inaugural student produced One Act Festival on Mon. Feb. 25 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center. The evening will consist of 5 one acts that are directed, designed and acted exclusively by BBA students. Students chose the one acts, held auditions, directed their peers, designed sets, lights, costumes, created posters and programs while executing what they learn in curricular classes and extra curricular events in a real world application. Don’t miss out.

 


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Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK

2019 BURTONIAN – ON SALE NOW

The memories. The friends. The laughter. Yearbooks are truly something special that you’ll hold on to forever. Click to order today for $55.00.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
mvirgilio@burrburton.org

 


From the Library

Information about library databases, the Green Mountain Book Awards, and new books can be found in this month’s 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

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at 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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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
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

Academic Letter
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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