3 Blood Drive: 7 am – 2 pm, EH Henry Gym
4 Spring College Night: 7 – 9 pm, Cafeteria
6 Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Advancement Office
6 SAT Prep classes: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
6-8 International Program NYC Trip
10 Earth Day Summit: BBA Mountain Campus
10 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 4 – 8 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
11 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 8 am -12 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
11 Poet Billy Collins: 7 pm, EH Henry Gym
13-20 Spring Break
14 ACT at BBA: 7:45 am – 1:45 pm, Smith Center
25 Leadership Summit: 7 – 7:50 am, Hunter Seminar Room
27 Grandparents and Special Friends Day: 10 am – 1:30 pm
27 SAT Prep classes: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
From the Headmaster
That is the motto of The Rowland Project, a $20 million investment in our community and a $20 million vote of confidence for Burr and Burton Academy. Thanks to the extreme, even radical, generosity of Barry and Wendy Rowland, we get to imagine the future and then turn it into reality.
This gift will transform our main campus. We will design and build a 21st century learning center that incorporates our absolute best thinking about education today, tomorrow, and deep into the future. We will create a courtyard behind the Seminary building that will serve as a unifying space for our campus, tying together the buildings, the community, and the grandeur of Equinox Mountain. We will solidify our agricultural connection with Hildene by constructing a classroom facility at Dene Farm on River Road (previously referred to as Hildene Meadows) in Manchester. And more.
The Rowland Project continues our tradition of funding buildings entirely through private donations, at no expense to taxpayers.
We expect to embark on smaller projects within months, while the major projects – new building, courtyard – will require a planning cycle that will consume at least the next 12 months. We will take our time and get it right so this investment has lasting benefits.
There is so much going on in the world today. As we move into the future, embrace the rapid pace of change enabled by technology, and grapple with the complex social, economic and cultural issues of that change, it is plainly obvious that the importance of education will only grow. I’m excited to report that BBA will change, adapt, and grow to meet the challenges of the future.
Mark H. Tashjian
IMPORTANT NEWSFLASH: Congratulations to all students and faculty members who sent messages heard loud and clear by the Vermont state legislature. Vermont just passed a landmark bill intended to help create a safer environment throughout this wonderful state, including within our schools.
From the Dean of Students
We know that there has been a lot of concern about student safety at BBA over the past week. We are doing everything that we can to make all of our students feel safe so that they never feel uncomfortable coming to school.
Please help us by having a conversation with your son/daughter regarding using social media appropriately. When students use electronic media, they often write things behind the comfort of their screen that they usually would never say in person. This isn’t always true, but in many instances, hurtful words are often used when communicating online. Social media posts after school and from home often carry over into school. Trying to de-escalate the emotions of individual differences that stem from online activity is very difficult.
As a school, we need your support to help monitor your son/daughter’s online presence. In return, we will do everything that we can to keep your child safe at school. We are in the process of scheduling an ALICE safety training for our faculty and staff this spring. We just completed the School Safety Site Assessment required by all schools from the Vermont Department of Public Safety. We hired Ken Stefanak as an Associate Dean of Students to help support our students and the Dean’s office. Manchester PD recently walked parts of the campus to advise us on how to better secure our school.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school. I can be reached by telephone 549-8240 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Dean of Students
From the Advancement Office
Our Online Auction is live today, April 1, 2018, (and that’s not an April Fools joke) launching the start to our spring Parent Association fundraising gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters. The Online Auction will run through April 11 closing at 9:00 PM. It will end just before spring break so make sure you bid before you leave town or better yet, you can also bid on your mobile device! We’ve made it very easy to get involved.
We have lots of great items featuring useful services and fun things to do with the family, jewelry by local designers, beauty products, dining packages, food items, gift baskets galore, gift certificates to area merchants, hanging flower baskets and much, much more, over 160 items!
Our sincere thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends for donating items to the auction. We encourage you to register, browse and bid – help support this important fundraiser for Burr and Burton! It’s easy and lots of fun! Encourage your friends and family to join in the excitment. Share the link with anyone and everyone. The entire list of Online Auction items has a broad appeal….there is something for everyone!
Here’s the link so sign up and start bidding if you haven’t already! https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction
A special thank you to the Online Auction Committee led by Ursula Knowles and Pauline de Laszlo, with help from Dorie Morgantini, Sam Baker, Jane DaPron, Robin Apps, Sandy Birch, Oona Cree, Anne Houser, Darla Buffa, Laura Grapshi, Mary Beth Hatheway, Kate Townshend, and others on the Gala Committee who helped solicit or donated items. Additional thanks to Nancy Brown, Margot Page, and Rich Thompson Tucker for their help in soliciting items, and to Pauline de Laszlo who has written descriptions for and uploaded photos of the 160 plus items onto the web site – a herculean task at best!
Invitations for the Gala event at Taconic on May 25, 2018, will be mailed out in April. We hope you’ve put the date on your calendar. If you want to reserve tickets or a table, please contact me at email@example.com.
Still Time to Make a Gift to the Annual Fund
We count on our parents to help support the needs of the school – if you haven’t yet made a gift, please consider a gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more. It’s not the amount but the participation that’s important. Burr and Burton Academy isn’t the beneficiary of your gift, YOUR student is! Make an investment in your student’s future, today.
The winners of the Barbados resort drawing for March are Kevin and Rose Caggiano. Congratulations to the Caggiano family!
For those of you who have already made a gift, we sincerely thank you. We are deeply appreciative of your financial support and volunteer time.
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 802-549-8110. We are missing a lot of addresses for grandparents. The date for this event is Friday, April 27 and it will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Grandparents and Special Friends will participate in a series of presentations in the Riley Center, then meet up with their grandchildren afterwards for lunch at 12:45 PM.
From the Creative Arts Department
BBA’s Olivia Pitcher competes in the state semi-finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition.
Olivia Pitcher, a junior at Burr and Burton Academy, recently competed in the state semi-finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition in Barre, Vermont. She recited two poems: “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare and “Diameter” by Michelle Burke. Her superb recitations earned her a spot to the state finals in Colchester, Vt where the event was filmed for Vermont Public Television. Join us in congratulating Olivia for her strong showing in the arts for Burr and Burton Academy!
Olivia is pictured here with English Department Chair Rob Hunter and English teacher Nancy Strain.
An Evening with Billy Collins – April 11 at 7 pm in the BBA gym
Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, author of The Rain in Portugal, Aimless Love, and other books, will speak and read from his work.
No tickets required. Seating is first come, first served.
BBA Spring College Night
On Wednesday, April 4, Burr and Burton Academy will present the annual Spring College Night from 7 to 9 pm in the Rowland Center. The evening will include a panel presentation on the college admission process followed by workshops on a variety of topics including How to Conduct a College Search, The Admission Selection Process, Essay Writing, For Juniors Only: How to Stand Out in the College Admission Process and a Financial Aid workshop. The program will be presented by admission officers from Ithaca College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Mock Interviews for Juniors
BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place on Wednesday, April 4. Juniors will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills while meeting one-on-one with visiting college admission counselors. Students will receive direct feedback from the admission professionals. Interested juniors should see Lynne Welsh to sign up. Space is limited.
Castleton University will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 4, from 9-11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. Jason Pergament has organized a bus and invited freshmen in the Success Program to participate. A few additional spots may available to current sophomores who will be off-campus next fall and unable to attend the September College Fair Trip to UVM. For more information, contact the student’s School and College Counselor.
College Planning To-Do List for Juniors
The School and College Counselors have been meeting with juniors this spring. Please ask your student to check their prospective college list and journal entries on Naviance (under the ‘Resource’ tab on OnCampus).
- Sign up for SAT or ACT (see below)
- Research colleges — use Naviance surveys, read guidebooks and viewbooks, explore college websites
- Visit colleges (during April break or take an excused absence on another day).
- Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and share your impressions with us.
- Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again, and stay in regular communication so we can assist you.
- Attend relevant programs like the Burr and Burton Spring College Night on Wednesday, April 4th.
- Update your resume in Naviance!
- If planning on Division I or II athletics have a transcript check for NCAA eligibility.
SAT and ACT Tests:
College-bound juniors should register online to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. Income eligible students should request a fee waiver from their counselor. Please be aware that the June testing dates may conflict with post-season athletic contests. No standardized tests are available during the summer months.
To register for SAT and SAT Subject tests, students create an account at www.collegeboard.org. Please note that the number of colleges using SAT Subject Tests has declined; only students who plan to apply to a handful of the most selective colleges should consider taking SAT Subject Tests.
Test Dates, Deadlines and How to Register:
Saturday, May 5, SAT or Subject Tests administered at BBA, register by April 6 at www.collegeboard.org.
Saturday, June 2, SAT or Subject Tests (not administered at BBA), register by May 3 at www.collegeboard.org.
Saturday, June 9 (not at BBA), register by May 5 at www.actstudent.org.
Sign up for ACT with writing.
Free Test Prep:
Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2018-2019 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester. The form can be picked up from Mr. Knutson in the counseling office.
Graduation Information for Senior Families
Be on the lookout for information and key dates related to commencement and other year-end activities and events. The mailing should arrive by the end of April and information will also be posted on the BBA website.
Senior College Notifications
May 1 is the National Candidates’ Reply Date. Seniors should be sure to send in their deposit to the ONE college of their choice by May 1 in order to hold their place. Families who have not received financial aid packages may want to request an extension for the deposit but all students should communicate with their college by May 1. At the same time, seniors should notify other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere.
Financial Aid Packages
Families of seniors who are receiving financial aid award letters may find the different presentations to be confusing. Use the Award Letter Comparison Tool available on the Pay for College page at www.vsac.org to better understand what different colleges are offering. The friendly folks at VSAC are available to answer questions about loans and other parts of the financial aid process; feel free to contact them at 1-800-642-3177. Also, Carol Brosseau will meet with families to help with understanding Financial Aid packages. Carol has over 30 years of experience in counseling and financial aid at colleges and universities. If you would like to meet with Carol, please email her at email@example.com.
Summer Opportunity for Rising Senior Boys and Girls interested in Vermont State Government:
American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls’ State
High School girls who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply to become an ALAGMGS delegate. Delegates spend 6 days learning how to participate in the Functioning of Vermont’s local and state government. The 2018 Session of Girls State will be held on the Randolph Center Campus of Vermont Technical College from June 16th to June 21st. Applications are in the School and College Counseling Office and must be submitted by April 2. Is there an online link for this application? Please check. Speak to your counselor if interested.
American Legion Green Mountain Boys’ State
High School boys who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply for GMBS. Delegates form a working model of town and state government and learn about issues facing our state. This program will be held from June 17 through June 22 on the campus of Lyndon State College. Applications are available at http://vtlegion.org/boys_state.cfm and in the School and College Counseling Office.. Deadline is May 1. Speak to your counselor if interested.
From the 9th grade corner
It’s amazing to think that we are now three quarters of the way through the school year. All 9th graders were invited to a number of four-year academic planning sessions and have had a brief introduction to Naviance. For those of you are that are new to Naviance, it is a powerful online platform that allows our students to investigate their interests, academic strengths, potential careers, and postsecondary options. I’m happy to follow up with any student regarding their draft four-year academic plan. As the weather gets warm and the yearning for summer hits, it will be important for all of our 9th graders to continue to use Flex time wisely and seek additional academic support before or after school.
Friday, April 13 – Friday, April 20th – April Break.
Forms for some of scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidentiality of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships. Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date so Mrs. Welsh can put together the needed BBA documents for timely mailing/submitting. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.
Daniel Maneely Engineering Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior accepted into an engineering technology field at an accredited school. Award based on academics, extracurricular activities, community service and an essay
Award: $5,000; Deadline: April 20
The Reverend Robert L. Clayton Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating Senior, academic record, goals, school and community involvement, financial need.
Award: $4,000 for four years; Deadline: April 11
Note: This is a lengthy application requiring three years of tax records. Don’t wait until the last minute complete this one!
Stratton Foundation Todd Richter Endowment- Moving Mountains Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation, Family qualifies for Free and Reduced Lunch program ro benefits from a school-provided scholarship or financial support at any time during academics, academic achievement, accepted to college as full time student
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 12 to Mrs. Welsh
VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 11 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.
Sons of the American Legion Dennis Comai Scholarship
Eligibility: any student planning to attend trade school or technical college with a grandparent or parent, or step-grandparent or step-parent, who is a member of the American Legion Family,
Award: $1,000; Deadline: April 15
Ed Sossi Memorial Scholarship Award
Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)
Eligibility: a high school senior. Applicants must apply and be accepted to a trade or technical school and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants agree to participate in a personal interview. During this interview they should be able to discuss their high school academic experiences, career goals and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.
Award: $1,000; Deadline April 24
Ted and Adeline Lenczowski Memorial Scholarship
Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)
Eligibility: must be a registered member of Christ our Savior Parish, Manchester. Attending college in fall of 2015, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. There will be a personal interview. Academics and Service important.
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 24
Manchester Masons of VT Scholarship
Eligibility: senior planning to enroll in college or Vocational/Technical School who lives in Manchester, Dorset, or Sunderland; OR has Masonic affiliation through a parent or grandparent; award based on leadership, community service and extracurricular activities and financial need
Award: $500.00; Deadline: April 25
Wantastiquet Rotary Scholarship
Eligibility: any BBA graduating Senior. Desire to continue education through 2 or 4 year college or vocational course of study. Academic potential, school and community involvement, financial need.
Award: $1,000; Deadline, April 28
The Garden Club of Manchester
Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education at college, technical or vocational School 2- or 4-year.Must be studying in fields related to horticulture, landscape design and environmental Studies, agribusiness or other related fields.
Award $1,500; Deadline, April 30
Rotary Club of Manchester – Award for Excellence
Eligibility: High School senior planning to enroll in college. Based on (in order of importance) character, community service, effort, personal potential, financial need and past academic performance. Highly recommended that students have a recommendation targeted to service.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 30
Danby-Mt. Tabor Eastern Star Scholarship, “Katherine” Chapter #83
Eligibility: graduating seniors living in Danby or Mt. Tabor. Accepted to post-secondary college, technical or vocational school. Based on extracurricular activities and community service
Award: $500, Deadline: May 1
Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.)
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship
Deadline: by midnight May 1
Application online at www.phillips-scholarship.org
BBA Diversity Scholarship
Eligibility: a senior who truly embraces diversity. Essay required
Award: undisclosed; Deadline, April 30
BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship
Eligibility: must be planning to major or double major in studio art.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1
Dorset Sportsman’s Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating seniors who lives in Dorset or East Dorset accepted into post secondary education including 2- and 4-year colleges, technical and vocational schools. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement
Award: $2,000; Deadline: May 1
Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000 for 4 years; Deadline: May 2
Woodland Owners Association Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Windham County resident, College bound senior or college student in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Must be in attendance of a 2- or 4- program in forestry or allied field (e.g., wildlife management) with coursework and goals directly related to forest management.)
Award: $3,000; Deadline: May 15
Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: High School graduate, has to have a connection to and plan to pursue a career in the golf profession including agronomy (golf course design and care).
Award: not specified; Deadline, June 1
The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund
Eligibility: Senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required. Interest free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee). Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.
Olin Scott Fund, Inc. for Young Men Attending College
Eligibility: Male senior, 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at university or college, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).
The School and College Counseling Office contacts:
Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; email@example.com
Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; email@example.com
Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; email@example.com
Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; email@example.com
Lynne Welsh, Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Athletics Department
I have spent some time reflecting on what it looks like to Take Ownership of your athletic season. This is what I told the athletes at our Spring Sports meeting.
Know what you own
There are things within your control and things outside your control. I think most people spend too much energy worrying about things that they do not own. Conversely they rarely spend enough energy taking care of the things that they do own. The happiest people I know live life the opposite way.
Complaining is a culture killer
During the season, your team will experience some issues. Some people complain about these things. Complaining steals initiative because it makes you feel as if you have done something about the problem and you are less likely to actually solve the problem. Taking ownership means identifying the issues and taking steps to fix them. As Jon Gordon puts it, “Complaining is a lot like throwing up: you feel a little better but everybody around you feels a little sicker.”
Get your habits right
Having dreams is one of the greatest parts of being human. Most people underestimate what they are able to accomplish in the long run and they severely overestimate what they can accomplish in the short run. Dream big. Understand that none of these dreams will be accomplished with a few days of effort. Reaching these dreams requires daily effort and focus. Seriously exam the minutes you spend on various activities during the day. Do you spend the bulk of your time on the activities that will lead to fulfillment of the things you truly want in life? Taking ownership means getting your daily habits in line with your dreams.
Make today your masterpiece
Live in the moment and do your best in that moment. Whatever you are doing make sure you do it as well as you possibly can. Be intentional in your practice. Taking ownership means you are 1.5 hours better at the end of practice not just 1.5 hours older.
Embrace the grind
Once you have your habits right, enjoy them. Good habits are difficult to stick with if you see them as the thing you don’t want to do but have to in order to reach a goal. Taking ownership means learning to love the process of reaching your potential, not just waiting to have reached your potential. The grind – those daily habits, the obstacles, the things that make life hard – these are the times you grow the most. When it is difficult – be filled with joy because in that moment, you are getting better.
Spring Head Coaches:
Softball – Nikki Dexter – email@example.com
Boys Lacrosse – Tom Grabher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Track and Field – Caleb Wiley – email@example.com
Girls Lacrosse – Jamie Blake – firstname.lastname@example.org
Baseball – Ed Lewicki – email@example.com
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw – firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus – email@example.com
Bulldog Leadership Summit
Our next Leadership Workshops:
Wednesday, April 25 – Leadership with Headmaster Mark Tashjian
Wednesday, May 3 – From the Bottom Up: How to Lead When You’re Not Given Power – Tobias Lepecki
Wednesday, May 30 – Lessons in Environmental Stewardship – Andy Dahlstrom
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From the Library
April is poetry month. Take a look at the latest Library Newsletter to see how we will be celebrating and to learn about new additions to our collection.
Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm
Library Media Specialist
The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.
High Honors List
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
Hoa and Orland Campbell
Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Berkshire Bank Foundation
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc.
Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
SameSun of Vermont
Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Mountain Media & ITV Fest
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
GSK Climate Control
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther
Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics
Audy Appraisals PC
Big Branch Landscaping
BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bradley’s Pro shop
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
The Pharmacy Northshire
William Ravies Real Estate
James A. Young P.C.
We invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, please contact Margot Page at email@example.com or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.