September 2018

Calendar

1   Football Breakfast: 6 – 10 am, BBA Cafeteria
3  Labor Day: School closed
4  Fall College Night: 7 – 9 pm, Riley/Hunter Seminar Room
7  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Library
7  Freshman Frolic: 7 – 10 pm
8  ACT Testing at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, Smith Center
9  Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 8 am – 3 pm, BBA Student Center
12 Naviance Parent Workshop: 5 – 6 pm, Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center Lower Level)
12 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
13 Junior College Field Trip & Fair to UVM: 6 am – 4 pm
15  Football Breakfast: 6 – 10 am, BBA Cafeteria
18 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
18 Naviance Parent Workshop: 8 – 9 am, Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center Lower Level)
22 First annual We are Sandy Casey Strong 5K Run/Walk – Manchester, VT
24-27 Mountain Campus Watershed Expedition

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

We have officially launched the 2018-2019 school year. I thought you might be interested in some of the numbers:

  • 756 students – an all time record (FYI, last year we had 710)
  • 203 seniors, also a new record.
  • 183 freshmen, another new record; 45 freshmen come from schools other than those in our sending towns; many families have moved or are traveling significant distances to attend BBA.
  • 22 new students entering 10th through 12th grade
  • 62 freshman joined the Student Success Program and its three week summer program. These freshmen recognized that they needed to get a running start to their high school career. The program’s motto: Goals-Habits-Growth.
  • 22 students attending the Mountain Campus, our semester program in environmental studies located in Peru, Vermont.
  • 18 students attending the Target Program on Richville Road, which provides highly personalized classes in an alternative setting.
  • 61 international students from 12 different countries, many of whom are living in homestays with BBA families.
  • $130,000: the amount invested to convert our cafeteria into a student center to create a welcoming multipurpose space
  • $20 million: the amount we will invest in buildings, courtyard and infrastructure in the next three years as we implement The Rowland Project.

We have big numbers of students, yet we have hired additional faculty to add to our team, so average class sizes are actually smaller this year than last year. This is all in the interest of ensuring that BBA continues to be a place of connection, community, and mutual support.

If you are one of the many new families in our community, welcome. If you are returning, welcome back.

Please mark your calendars for September 12 at 6 pm for Parent Open House. Let’s set a new record for attendance at this event as well!

Go, Bulldogs!

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

The 2018-2019 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 2022, a joyful performance of the alma mater and an engaging and humorous opening address from seniors Sage Lalor,  Olivia Wantanabe, Nate Lalor, and Emma Putney. The four offered specific advice to each class and reminded our students to make the most of their learning and experience at BBA, as the time goes by quickly.

Speaking of advice, our Freshman Mentors offered advice to the class of 2022 and to parents of Freshman at parent orientation. It is spot on and relevant to all! With their permission, I’m sharing it with all of you (click the links below).

Advice to Freshman

Advice to Parents

Your first opportunity to connect formally with our faculty is at our Fall Open House. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, 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.

Lastly, we’ve added an early dismissal for students on Tuesday, September 25th at 12:00pm so that faculty and staff can engage in professional learning focused on the Rowland Project. I recognize that calendar changes can be challenging to families. I appreciate your understanding as we bring to life transformative learning spaces for BBA students.  Look for more information on transportation and the daily schedule in the coming weeks.

I’m hoping to connect with many of you at Open House on September 12th.

Sincerely,


Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

.


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

Despite the oppressive heat earlier in the week the school year is off to a great start. To keep things moving in the right direction, I ask that you review the following information with your student(s). Skip over the topics that do not pertain to your family.

Student Absences
If your student(s) will not be in attendance, please call 362-1775 before school to talk with Mrs. Towslee, our attendance coordinator. Please leave her a message with a reason for your student’s  absence. If your student needs to leave early, please call Mrs. Towslee to inform her, and give a written note to your child. When it is time to leave, he/she should show the note to his/her teacher and sign out in the main office.

Parking/Permits
If your student(s) drives to school, please purchase a parking permit as soon as possible. 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).  

Parking Lots
Once at school, students are not allowed to go to their cars during the school day. The expectation is that they will only be in the school parking lots upon arrival to school and at dismissal. The only exception is to leave campus for a medical appointment or internship (see Parking/Permits above).  

Flex Block
Students are not allowed to leave campus during flex block. If they have a medical/dental appointment, they need to sign out and should return to school with a note from the doctor or dentist.

Substance Use and Abuse / Vaping
We have changed our Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) and Vape policy this year. The complete policy will be in the Parent and Student Handbook, which should be online soon. The information below outlines a first infraction for AOD and Vaping.

AOD 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 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.

Anthony Cirelli,
Co-Dean of Students
549-8240

 


On Tuesday, September 18 at 6 pm, The Mountain Campus will offer its first Open House of the 2018-19 academic year. While focused on families of current Mountain Campus students, this evening is a great opportunity to learn about the curriculum, and to explore the indoor and outdoor learning spaces at our Peru, VT campus. The address is: 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd. Peru, VT. 05152
.
The 13th semester of the Mountain Campus program will head into the Green Mountain National Forest for four days, starting Monday, September 24. This curriculum trip allows students to tune their camping, hiking, and map-and-compass navigation skills, while studying the topography and stream networks of three major river watersheds: the Hudson, Connecticut, and St. Lawrence Rivers. 
.
Michael, Enrique, and Lillian sharpen their naturalist skills, with a first lesson on differentiating among tree species in a Vermont forest. 

.


From the Advancement Office

As we finish up the first full week of school of the new 2018 – 2019 school year, we are off to a good start. Freshman Orientation was great as was Junior Jumpstart, and the first day of school on Thursday, August 23 was successful as well. At assembly that morning, we welcomed the Freshman Class of 2022, many new International students and new faculty and staff members.

We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our students and families. For our new families, it was nice to meet some of you at the New Parent/Freshmen Parent Orientation night on August 23, the morning coffee on August 24 and the New Parent Information night on August 28. The coffee and information night were new events, hosted by the Parent Association and were well-attended. We hope your student will enjoy their experience at Burr and Burton Academy and take full advantage of all that is offered here.

As we start the new school year, our office is in the process of printing and mailing our Annual Appreciation Report. I know you will be impressed, as we are, with the breadth and depth of the support for our school. We had a more than incredible year last year, and we look forward to replicating that effort this year.

Please understand that parent support is an important part of our Annual Fund Campaign and we will be reaching out to you in the coming months. These extra dollars that we raise above and beyond tuition, are for one purpose only – to give your student the most amazing educational experience possible. We have Marlene Lederman Allen returning as the Parent Association volunteer helping with the Parent Fund and our focus this year is “Be Counted”. This means whatever you can do to support the school financially is needed. Show that you care about your child’s education, “Be Counted” among the families who believe in our mission and give to the Parent Fund. More to come on this later from Marlene.

The high school experience is a very important time in student’s life. We encourage parents and guardians to get involved with the school in some way. The more involved you are the more you know about the great opportunities offered here at Burr and Burton. It’s not hard to find a place to volunteer – feel free to call our Advancement office – reach out to me, cgubb@burrburton.org or to Nan Bambara, Parent Association president at nebambara@gmail.com.

Annual Fundraising Gala
Our annual fundraising event committee will be gearing up soon for this year’s Parent Association gala. Our returning co-chairs, Ursula Knowles and Kate Townsend will be calling together the Gala Committee in October. It’s a fantastic event, it’s fun to be involved with the planning and execution of it, and raises significant funds for student programs here at BBA. If you have an interest in becoming a gala sponsor, if you want to donate products or services to the Online Auction, or a week at your summer camp on a lake or home on a tropical island for the Live Auction, please contact our Gala co-chairs:

Ursula Knowles, njknowlies@aol.com, 201-443-5060
Kate Townsend, kate.a.townsend@gmail.com, 860-593-6045

SAVE THE DATE: Be sure to mark your calendar for the event, which will be Friday, May 24, 2018, at Taconic.

Alumni Reunion Weekend
Calling all Burr and Burton parents who are also alumni! Don’t miss Reunion Weekend on Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018. While we honor and celebrate alumni from classes celebrating significant milestone years, all alumni, spouses and families from all classes are welcome. The weekend will include many events, the highlight being the Alumni Dinner at the historic Equinox Hotel on Saturday evening. 

Visit www.burrburton.org and click on the Alumni tab for more information and to register. You can also contact Pauline de Laszlo in the Alumni Office at 802-549-8277 or email her at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org. The Alumni dinner has sold out the last five years so reserve your seat today!

Sincerely,

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

___.

From the BBA Parent Association

The school year has started with tremendous momentum – I hope you feel it too! I love September because the spirit, enthusiasm and potential for success is at its highest.Thank you to everyone that attended our Coffee and our New Parent Info Session & Parent Panel. Next up, is our first Parent Association meeting on Friday, September 7 at 8 am in the library*.

There are so many new things to learn and habits to develop when we start something new. One tip I suggest to all parents is to impress upon your sons and daughters to read their school email. I know for me, reading my email is a habit and a daily necessity. Apparently, it is not the same for young people and in fact, it might even be cool to have lots of unopened messages. Please help your student develop the habit of reading their school emails. Those emails have all the newest information about everything that’s happening at BBA.

Also, many parents have asked me about parking on campus and the location of buildings. Please check out the PA Group Page on the myBBA parent portal for our tips on parking and click on the topics tab for a campus map.

Wishing all families a successful start to fall semester at BBA. 

Hope to see you around campus,

Nan

*More details about our Parent Association meetings. All are welcome. Even if you are unable to volunteer, it’s a great place to meet other parents and school administrators, hear about what is happening on the ground administratively, programmatically, and culturally, and provide input regarding your experience and where we might improve things.  Literally, your words will go into the ears of Mr. Tashjian, Ms. Kenny, or Ms. Gubb as well as parent leaders. If you have a crazy schedule, attend when you can. It is okay. (Geography note: Park up top. The Library is the 1st floor of the Smith Center, building all the way on the right.)

 


Guidance-Bullhorn

Fall College Programs

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night on Tuesday, September 4, at 7 pm in the Riley Center.  The program will begin with a keynote address by Matthew Cohen of Skidmore College that will be of interest to juniors, seniors and their parents. At 8 pm, BBA’s School & College Counselors will meet with parents in breakout sessions to provide grade-specific information and details about the college process.

Matthew Cohen works as a Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Skidmore College where he has read applications from Vermont students for the last 18 years.  A father of three, Matt also has relatable experience and perspective as the parent of two children currently enrolled in college.  Matt is a graduate of New York University’s Broadcast Journalism program and he continues to showcase his communication skills as the public address announcer for Skidmore Men’s Hockey.  Burr and Burton Academy is thrilled to welcome Matthew Cohen as its 2018 College Night Keynote Speaker.

Naviance Parent Workshops will be held in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center lower level) on Wednesday, September 12 from 5 to 6 pm and Tuesday, September 18, from 8 to 9 am. Parents of Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend.

Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 3, from 5 – 6 pm, in conjunction with Parent Conferences. Look for more details in the October Bullhorn.

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 13. We will attend the College Fair at Saint Michael’s at 9 am, followed by a lunch and information session 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 10. 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 8. Students should arrive to the test by 7:45 am.  The registration deadline for the October 27 ACT (not at BBA) is September 28. BBA will also host the SAT on October 6. The deadline to register is September 7. The registration deadline for the November 3rd SAT (not at BBA) is October 5.

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 10 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. (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 and the late fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. The PSAT is a practical opportunity for students to assess their testing skills.

Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT have the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a free entrance test for students interested in serving the US Military. The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may also benefit from taking this exam. ASVAB testing is also available to Seniors.

Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions. Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.

Campus Visits
Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences.  Families may want to consider a college visit on Monday, Oct. 22, 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. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton) or the College Planning Calendar in the School and College Counseling Office for the most up-to-date list of visitors and meeting locations. Weekly announcements will also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to ask questions, make a connection with the college representative and learn the most current campus information.

From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope that over the next few weeks your son or daughter will settle into the school routine and embrace the opportunities that come with being a “Bulldog.”  Please note there are a lot of events going on during the first month of school; and a few of these events are highlighted below. For a complete list of events please check out the calendar link on the Burr and Burton Academy website.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 7: 7 – 10 pm – Freshman Frolic Dance in the Cafeteria * Free
  • Sunday, September 9: 8:30 – 3 pm – Student Lead Leadership Retreat – Pre-registration required.
  • Wednesday, September 12 – Parent Open House 6 – 8:30 pm

Bus Information Update:
New this year some of our surrounding towns that run a bus to BBA will be making a few stops in Manchester. BBA students living in Manchester can ride one of these buses to and from school provided that they are at the respective pick-up sites on time.  Manchester pick-up information can be found below along with a link to a bus information document that is updated and posted on the BBA Website under “What’s Going On”. If you have specific questions about bus routes please contact the point-person that is listed in this bus information link.  Please be mindful that BBA does not run these buses.

Dorset Bus
Manchester stops:
* 3 Maple/Manchester West: 7:33 am
* Powder Horn/Manchester West: 7:35 am

Flood Brook Bus
Manchester stops:
* New Ireland Rd/Depot: 7:20 am
* Dufresne pond Rd/Depot: 7:25 am
* Elm Street: 7:30 am
* Hillvale Rt 7: 7:40 am

Danby/Mt. Tabor Bus
* Manchester stops:
* Homer Rd Rt 7: 7:35 am
* Palmer Rd Rt 7: 7:40 am

Sunderland Bus
* Skyline Drive parking lot at 7:25 am
* Pick up at BBA: 4:05 pm
Drop off at Sky Line: 4:18 pm

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

.


Bulldog Logo copy 2

From the Athletics Department

In the August issue, I told you that we would be focusing on intentionally building the culture on each of our athletic teams. We will be building a culture of excellence at every level of the Athletic Department. We will be asking your athletes to be better teammates by being prepared, engaged, and by fostering positive relationships with the other athletes on their teams.

Already, I have witnessed the following: I saw a Football drill that not only taught punt coverage but also communication, making plays under pressure, and group organization. It had real consequences, provided conditioning and the athletes loved it. I saw the Varsity Girls Soccer Team head out for a hike to improve their cohesiveness. I got to participate in the Cross Country stretching circle where the athletes explained why they were grateful for Cross Country. I watched the Field Hockey Team form mini teams for the first half of the season and then compete their hearts out in small games that built unity and taught field hockey skills, under pressure, in crowded conditions. I saw JV Girls Soccer engaged in station work, sprinting to the next station when time was up, and working hard on skills even if there was no coach at the station. The Boys Golf Team picked up balls, cleaned equipment, repaired turf at one of the businesses in town that so generously allows them access. The Varsity Boys Soccer Team cleaned the Training Room and the Shed putting action behind their belief that they will be responsible for themselves and their teammates. (There is so much great stuff happening that I am sure I have unintentionally left somebody out.) Lastly, 15 coaches got together on a beautiful summer night to talk about best practices for making their teams an even greater place for young people to thrive.

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 next month on October 12 and 13. Reach out to Anne Simonds anne2sons@gmail.com of the Booster Club if you are interested in supporting our Fall Athletes.

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.

Special Presentation for Athletes, Coaches, and Parents
SVMC Orthopedics/Physical Therapy Team is coming to BBA to speak with students, coaches, and parents at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 12. The presentation focuses on improving performance and preventing injuries with an introduction by Dr. Suk Namkoong and speed/agility, strength, and endurance breakout sessions.

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 3rd annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 9th. 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 60 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. Our keynote speaker is James Leath, formerly of IMG Academy and now leading Unleash the Athlete.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday 9/10 from 8-3 at BBA. The retreat is open to all students. We already have over 80 students committed to this year’s retreat.  It is too late for a tshirt but not to late to attend. Students can register here. Note: the link only works for burrburton.org emails. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org.

In case you missed it…

New Eligibility Policy

We have 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.

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

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

 


First Annual “We are Sandy Casey Strong” 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Manchester, VT
Start time:
 9 am 
End time: 11 am
Registration Limit: 170 spots left.
Price: $25.00 Race Fee + $1.25 SignUp Fee 
Registration: Registration ends September 20 at 12 pm 
Information HERE

 


2018-2019 Yearbook Sales and Submissions

Note to All Parents
Sales for this year’s Burtonian will open up online starting in October. I will be sending out an email to all students mid-September to start gathering a crew of interested students who would like to be part of the creation of this fantastic collection of moments from the 2018-2019 school year. The more voices involved in creating this book the better!
.

Parents of Seniors
Senior photos and submissions will need to be submitted before Thanksgiving. I will be sending out a google form in October where they can answer a few questions about themselves, include a senior quote, and attach their senior photo and baby photo. Many students seek out professional photographers to create their look for the yearbook, however, this is not a requirement. In the recent past, students photo’s have been taken by friends and family, with great success. The key is to submit a photo that best represents the student. Glam shots are not required, however, I know they can be fun, so, by all means, glam it up, if that’s what your student is into. 

If you have any questions, you can best reach me directly at mvirgilio@burrburton.org.

I’m looking forward to another fantastic year of working with the students to produce the 2018-2019 Burtonian.
.
Melanie Virgilio

 


From the Library

Check out this month’s library newsletter to learn about some of the ways we support reading on the campus, including the Food for Thought program and the Read Harder Challenge.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

@BBALibrary

 


From the Creative Arts Department

Calliope Concert
The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music, Friday, October 5 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Students interested in performing should contact Julie Freebern, jfreebern@burrburton.org, to schedule an audition prior to Friday, September 28.

______

Carnegie Hall NYC Trip
Vocal Music Ensemble members are eligible through an audition process to participate in a World Strides Honors Chorus Festival under the direction of Dr. Eph Ehly, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall, Sunday, April 7, 2019. This four day New York City residency begins Friday, April 5 and concludes on Monday, April 8. In addition to rehearsing and performing with other advanced high school singers and a world renowned conductor, this trip includes sightseeing opportunities and a Broadway Musical. Initial Payment, Permission Slip, Medical Form, Eligibility Form  & Contract due to Julie Freebern on or before Thursday, September 20.

.


From the Health Center

Greetings BBA Families,

At this start of the school year, I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the valuable resources that are available for your students. During the transition back to school it can sometimes be hard to tell who’s more excited for the start of the year, students or their parents. However, for some students, the excitement of seeing old friends, making new friends, meeting teachers and having new ventures can be overshadowed by anxiety and stress. While a small amount of stress and anxiety is to be expected and even a good motivator, some students struggle to get through their day. When this happens, we hope students utilize the services at The Health Center. The Health Center is centrally located on the upper circle in the old Headmaster’s House. The staff includes: Megan Beattie Cassan, a Master’s level Registered Nurse, Joel Ess, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and myself, Megan Brooks, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. We are accessible to students at all times; we stress that no problem or concern is too small to discuss with us, whether it’s an argument at home or a safety concern for a friend.

If you have worries or concerns about your child through the school year please don’t hesitate to reach out for support or direction.

Megan Brooks LMHC – call: 549.8250
Joel Ess LICSW – call: 549.8137
Megan Beattie Cassan RN – call: 549.8238

____

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Please consider taking advantage of this free community sponsored event outlined below.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and on September 5th UCS Presents, a free community film forum, will present a screening of the documentary The S Word. The event is co-sponsored by The Manchester Community Library. The S Word is a powerful award-winning feature documentary that puts a human face on a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. The film gives a platform to those with lived experience – people who have attempted to take their own lives and survived to tell their stories.

“Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background”, says Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of United Counseling Service. “Given that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, it is essential to create a space for honest conversation around this difficult topic.” Dr. Alya Reeve, Medical Director at United Counseling Service will lead a discussion immediately following the presentation.

We hope you can join us – September 5th at 6pm at The Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave. Manchester Center, VT. The event is free and open to everyone, and we ask you to please register at Eventbrite.com.

UCS serves children, adults, families, and seniors through nationally recognized counseling, early care and education, and clinical support. UCS has been designated a Center of Excellence by Vermont Care Partners. Visit www.ucsvt.org for more information.

.


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
 ..
2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
 .
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

 .

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.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

August 2018

Calendar

12 Football Meeting for Parents and Athletes: 5 – 7 pm, BBA Cafeteria
13 Football Practice Begins
13 Senior College Admission Workshop: 10 am – 12 noon, Hunter Seminar Room
15 Mandatory Fall Sports Information Night: 6 – 8 pm, BBA Gym
16 Fall Sports Practices Begin
18 Freshmen Mentor Retreat: BBA Mountain Campus
19-21 New International Student Orientation
20 Transfer Student Orientation: 10 – 12:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Rm/Library
20 Extracurricular Theater, Dance & Film Meeting: 6 – 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
21 Mountain Campus Family Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, Birchbrook
21 Senior College Application Workshop: 10 am – 12 noon, various locations
22 Freshmen Orientation: 8 am – 1:20 pm, BBA Riley Center
22 Freshmen and New Parents Orientation: 6 – 7:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
22-24 Mountain Campus Orientation Overnight
22 Junior Jumpstart: 8:30 – 12:30 pm
23 First Day of School: 12:45 Dismissal
23 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 1 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center
24 BBA Parent Association New Parent Coffee: 8 – 9 am, BBA Student Center
24 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 2 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center
25 SAT Testing at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
27 Fall Play & Film Callbacks: 1 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center
28 BBA New Parent Evening Information Session: 5:30 – 7 pm, BBA Library
31 School Picture Day

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

The start of BBA’s 189th year is approaching rapidly. For the coming year, our enrollment numbers are still in flux, but one thing is certain: we will set an all-time record with 750+ students. The fact that more and more families are choosing BBA is testament to the strength of our faculty and the breadth of opportunities available to students.

As we continue to grow, it is critically important that we remind ourselves of our mission and core values, which form our bedrock commitment to each student:

Our mission is to educate students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity, and service.

We value:

  • Engaging, vigorous educational experiences in academics, athletics and the arts,
    which means that teachers might create learning experiences students must be active participants in the learning process.
  • Respect for individual differences, which challenges everyone to engage in respectful dialogue, including listening, so our differences become a source of greater understanding rather than a point of division.
  • The highest standards of performance and behavior, because we know that organizations and individuals rise, or fall, to expectations.
  • A mindset of perseverance, because nobody grows intellectually, morally, artistically, or athletically without pushing through and around obstacles.
  • A caring, supportive community, because we are a better school when we care about and support each other.

Thank you for having the confidence to entrust us with the education of your children. It is an honor to serve our communities, and each day, we strive to reach and exceed your high expectations.

I look forward to welcoming everyone back very soon.

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families,

In three weeks we will welcome the class of 2022 to Burr and Burton Academy!  Life on campus is busy – the facilities crew is working hard to finish up summer projects, many faculty and staff members are in and out collaborating and preparing for opening day. There are over 60 incoming Freshmen on campus for Success Camp. I’m looking forward to bumping into even more students as the campus comes back to life with fall athletics, performing arts meetings and school and college counseling programs.  Please look closely at all the relevant dates in this Bullhorn post and watch for the official student summer mailing which will be released electronically on August 3rd.

I hope that you and your family have had a great summer and that you find more time to relax and enjoy the beautiful August weather.  

Best,


Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

.


From the Advancement Office

Dear Parents,

When we send out the first Bullhorn of the school year, it means the start of the 2018 – 2019 year can’t be far behind. While it doesn’t seem possible, it’s the reality and all of our energies here at BBA are focused on getting the year off to a great start.

We like to welcome back our returning BBA families, and we extend a warm welcome to all new families. Whether you have a freshman entering high school, or you have a transfer student, please know we will do our very best to make your student’s experience at Burr and Burton Academy exceptional in every way.

August has the Advancement office focused pulling together our Annual Appreciation report, which is how we recognize and thank our supporters from last year. It’s always awe-inspiring to see how many parents supported BBA in some way. We want to thank every parent who contributed to the success of last year – our Annual Fund drive was a phenomenal success! Whether you wrote a check, donated a service, made of gift-in-kind to the Online Auction or Live Auction for the gala, volunteered time in the concession stand, worked on the gala committee, attended the gala, sold ads for the Performing Arts program, sold raffle tickets of any kind, made cookies or brownies for a bake sale during the school year, helped coach a sports team, or participated in some other way, we want to say a big, heartfelt THANK-YOU!

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

And we have a dynamic Parent Association in place. Nan Bambara ’86 is returning as president of this organization. Her welcome to new and returning parents follows. While the P.A. chairs of different committees meet monthly with Nan and Headmaster Mark Tashjian, all parents are members of the Parent Association. Feel free to attend any meeting any time. For new parents and families, we encourage you to get involved with our school and there are lots of ways to do that. Contact Nan with questions about the Parent Association at nebambara@gmail.com.

While last year was terrific, we always look forward to the coming school year with great anticipation and excitement. With your help and all of us working together with a focus on meeting our mission, we can’t help but have a fantastic year ahead.

So once again, we offer a warm welcome to all BBA families and students. We’ll see you in a few short weeks so enjoy the rest of the summer.

Sincerely,

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

 


From the President of the BBA Parent Association

Dear Burr and Burton families,

Welcome to your Parent Association (PA), where all parents are members. I am delighted to be serving as president. I encourage you to join our dynamic, inclusive committee of parent volunteers and together we can make this school year memorable. Our mission is to foster partnership between families, the school and the community through communication, education, advocacy, fundraising and social activities.

1. Parent Reps will be contacting new families soon!
The PA has organized a group of “seasoned” parents to be Parent Representative for sending towns and transfer families. These parents will be a resource for new families entering BBA this fall. They will be calling/emailing in early August to welcome new families and answer questions.

2. PA Group on the myBBA portal!
Once you have created an account on the OnCampus parent portal (myBBA), check out the “Groups” tab for the Parent Association page. There will be lots of information pertinent to new families as they begin their journey at BBA. PA meeting dates, agendas and meeting minutes are posted here. This Group page is new for the PA so it is a work in progress. Check back frequently for updates.

3. We want to hear from you… take our Parent Volunteer Survey!
Coming soon we will have a brief, 9 question survey on the myBBA parent portal, under Current Digital Forms, Files & Forms. Please tell us about your interests and skills as well as learn about ways to get involved with the events & activities organized by the PA committee, many of which do not require meetings or a lot of time. Everyone is welcome!

4. Save These Dates!

  • New Parent Coffee on Friday, August 24 at 8 am, after drop off in the Student Center/cafeteria in the Rowland Center. This is for all new families and transfer families to welcome the Class of 2022, hear from the Headmaster & meet the Parent Association committee.
  • New Parent Evening Information Session on Tuesday, August 28 at 5:30 – 7 pm in the library. This program is for all new families and transfer families to enjoy light refreshments, hear from a parent panel, and ask questions & get answers about student life at BBA.
  • Our first PA meeting of the year is Friday, September 7 at 8 am in the library. You will meet new friends, hear from Headmaster Mark Tashjian and learn more about our events and activities for the year. Most meetings are held on the first Friday of the month.

5. Stay in the Loop with BBA Communications!

  • BBA public website burrburton.org is a great resource. Plus late breaking news (event cancellations, weather-related information, etc.) is always posted as a pop-up on our website homepage.
  • From the BBA public website (burrburton.org), you can navigate to the private myBBA onCampus parent portal (top right corner of homepage next to Calendar). Make sure to create your parent account fully on the portal and choose your preferences for alerts and notifications from the school through the Settings option in the dropdown menu. The Parent Resource Board & the Parent Association Group are essential pages to bookmark in your favorites.
  • The Bullhorn, our monthly parent newsletter, is always available for review at HERE. This publication is full of important information and gives parents an overview of what to expect in the coming month. An email is sent to parents on the first of each month during the school year announcing a new issue is available for viewing. That’s why it’s important to fill out your parent account information fully with your correct email address.  You can find past newsletters HERE.
  • BBA This Week is emailed from the Parent Association President, every Sunday evening. This is a snapshot of the coming week’s activities and events campus-wide.
  • BBA on Facebook facebook.com/burrandburtonacademy

We post events, photos, announcements, snow days and more.

Thank you for taking your time to read my note. I look forward to meeting you soon. Please feel free to reach out to say hello and ask questions anytime.

Warm regards,

Nan E. Bambara ‘86
Proud parent of Enrique de la Rosa ‘20
Dorset, Vermont
Cell/Text 407-375-8615

nebambara@gmail.com

___

Burr and Burton Academy Parent Association 2018 – 2019

President

Nan E. Bambara ‘86
Dorset
407-375-8615 (cell)
nebambara@gmail.com

Vice President/Communications

Nancy Truettner
Dorset
908-267-3874 (cell)
nancyht@ymail.com

Annual Fund, Parent Participation

Marlene Lederman Allen
Rutland
802-779-1630 (cell)
marlene@samesunvt.com

Christina Smith
Londonderry
802-824-3797 (home)
dgm821@gmail.com

Committee

Jennifer Allen-Andres
Jennifer Atlas, Chair of New Parent Events
Stacy Baker
Heidi Boudreau, Chair of School Store
Rose Caggiano
Julie Citron
Cindy Coburn, Chair of 2017 Fall Parent Mixer
Julia Craig, Chair of 2017/2018 Community Life
Oona Cree, Chair of 2018 Spring Parent Mixer
Caryl Defelice
Amy DesRoberts, Chair of Fall 2017 Clothing Drive
Beth Eyre
Denis Foery
Diane Forester
Louise Gogel, Chair of Lost & Found
Lisa Hadlock
Beth Halpern
Sindy Hassig, Chair of Home Away From Home
Susan Heckman, Advisory Council President
Sara Kapusta
Susan Kersten
Ursula Knowles, Co-Chair of 2018 Spring Gala
Tara Lovick

Loretta Murphy, Liaison to the International Program
Linda Salzer

Anne Simmonds, Booster Club
Lynda Sinkiewich

Kate Townsend, Co-Chair of 2018 Spring Gala
Kim Vogel, Chair of Arts & Humanities
Molly Williams

.

Guidance-Bullhorn

Mandatory College Admission Seminar for Seniors

Seniors planning to apply to college must attend a Senior College Admission Workshop for all college-bound students: Monday, August 13 OR Tuesday, August 21 (attend just one), from 10 am to 12 pm, starting in the Hunter Seminar Room. We will be covering several important procedures related to the college application process.  Please remind your student to attend and bring their laptop or iPad to the Senior College Admission Workshop. Students can also pick up an iPad as early as 8 am in the Seminary building on the day of each senior workshop.

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

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

All new sophomores, juniors and seniors should report to the Smith Center Library on Monday, August 20, from 10 am – 12:30 pm. The students will meet with BBA Student Ambassadors who will answer questions and share tips about adjusting to Burr and Burton. We’ll also help students locate their classrooms and get connected to BBA technology. The program will end with a pizza party.

Junior Jump-Start Program

All juniors report for school one day early—on Wednesday, August 22, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school. The Junior Jump-Start program will cover career and college information, standardized testing options, the junior year planning calendar and more! Juniors will meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors. Students will all need a device. They should bring a laptop or be prepared to pick up their iPads first thing that morning. Please meet in the cafeteria to start the day.

Freshman Orientation – Students Only

All freshmen should meet in the Riley Center for the Arts on Wednesday, August 22, from 8:00 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 Tuesday, September 4 at 7 pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will feature guest speaker Matthew Cohen, Senior Associate Director of Admission at Skidmore College who will address junior and senior families. 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 Wednesday, September 12 from 5 to 6 pm and Tuesday, September 18, from 8 to 9 am.

The Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 3, 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  at UVM in Saint Michael’s College — Thursday, September 13 from 6 am to 4 pm
  • PSAT – in-school testing for juniors on Wednesday, October 10
  • PreACT – in-school testing for sophomores on Wednesday, October 10

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

The registration deadline for the September 8 ACT with writing (at BBA) is August 10. Burr and Burton will also be a test center for the SAT on October 6 (the registration deadline is September 7). Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; students must create accounts and register directly with these organizations at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.  Seniors are also responsible for sending their official scores to all colleges that require standardized testing. Please keep track of your usernames and passwords by making a journal entry in your Naviance account – you’ll need them again.

Test Prep for October SAT

The Tutorial Center has test preparation classes for the October SAT. Dates: August 25, September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Please call 802-362-0222 for cost and details. Group and private classes are available.

SAT Prep Opportunity at Maple Street School. August 13 – 16 from 9 am to 3 pm. Contact mary.mangiacotti@comcast.net or jstewart@maplestreetschool.com for more information for this SAT Prep course offering.

Campus Visits

Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences if parents notify the Attendance Office in advance. BBA School and College Counselors also make their own campus visits every year. Let’s trade campus tour reports!

College Visits to Burr and Burton

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

Contact Information

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

From the 9th Grade Corner

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

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, August 12 – Mandatory Football Meeting 5 – 7 pm BBA Cafeteria. Any 9th grader planning to participate on a fall sports team must attend with a parent or guardian.  

Wednesday, August 15 – Mandatory Fall Sports Night Meeting 6 – 8 pm BBA Gym – Any 9th grader planning to participate on a fall sports team must attend with a parent or guardian.  

Monday, August 20  – Extracurricular Performing Arts Opportunities Meeting  6 pm

Wednesday, August 22 – Freshmen Orientation with earlier dismissal 8 am – 1:20 pm. The day will begin with all freshmen assembling outside of the Riley Center at 7:45 am

Wednesday, August 22 – at 6:30 pm, Freshman Parent Orientation in the Riley Center

Thursday, August 23 – classes begin at 8 am with dismissal at 12:45 pm

Monday, September 3 – Labor Day no school.

* For a complete list of events/calendar please go to our school websitewww.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

.


 Bulldog Logo copy 2

From the Athletics Department

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Mandatory Fall Parent/Athlete Meeting on Wednesday, August 15 at 6 pm in the gym.

This year we will be focusing on intentionally building the culture on each of our athletic teams. We will be building a culture of excellence at every level of the Athletic Department. We will be asking your athletes to be better teammates by being prepared, engaged, and by fostering positive relationships with the other athletes on their teams.

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

The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 3rd annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 9. 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 60 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there next month. Our keynote speaker is James Leath, formerly of IMG Academy and now leading Unleash the Athlete.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday, September 10 from 8 am – 3 pm at BBA. The retreat is open to all students. Please register here. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org.

The second great opportunity is the Peak Performance Program for athletes who aspire to compete at a high level. New sessions begin this Fall.  Our mission is to provide tools for the highly motivated athlete to reach an elite level of performance. The program consists of 8 – Six Week Sessions  (4 sessions per year). Last year we had more than 20 athletes involved – with 4 completing all eight of the six week training sessions that were offered over the past two years. Email me: dmiceli@burrburton.org  to sign up or for more information.

Student Leaders

This July, four Burr and Burton students increased their knowledge of leadership at the National Student Leadership Summit put on by the National Federation of High Schools. Aryn Iannuzzi, Johnny Miceli, Joe McCoy, and Grace Pinkus came back with some new tools and a renewed focus on leadership at BBA. They are especially excited to work on creating a Unified Basketball team at Burr and Burton, an inclusive sports team that unites Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates for training and competition.  Grace Pinkus summed up her thoughts on the conference, “The experience and the atmosphere at NSLS was so incredible. I feel so lucky to have had such an amazing opportunity and to experience it with students from all over the country and I can’t wait to utilize the skills that we learned back at BBA.”

New Eligibility Policy

We have 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 12 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5 pm in the cafeteria.
  • August 13 – Football practice begins
  • August 15 – Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6 pm in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Following the keynote, Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.
  • August 16 –  Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas – jthomas@burrburton.org
Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears – suzannemears7@gmail.com
Boys Soccer: Peter Mull – pmull@burrburton.org
Field Hockey: Barb Miceli – bmiceli@burrburton.org
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 5, 2016. 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 10.

Returning Burr and Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

Want the latest information on concussions?

On August 30 the Vermont Orthopedic Clinic is offering an information meeting on concussions. 6:30 pm at the Leahy conference center beneath Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Mark your calendars: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2018 – October 12 and 13.

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

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

 


What You Missed at The Dene Farm Program this Summer

From left to right: Zoie Larkins, Stella Farell, Abby Navin, Sloan Pirie and Bryn Adams.

Students from Burr and Burton Academy are finishing up their summer work with the Dene Farm Program, a collaborative program between Burr and Burton and Hildene. Our five students started on June 18, and have been working diligently to cultivate the BBA garden for the Fall harvest. Our school cafeteria will be abundant with our fresh, tomatoes, onions, peppers, herbs, microgreens, beans, root vegetables, lettuces and more. This summer has been full of hard work and fun, from creating potato trenches to painting signs for our garden. If you hurry, you can catch us at the Manchester Farmer’s Market on Thursdays selling our popular microgreen varieties! All proceeds go directly to our program, and will help us continue positively impacting the local community while growing fresh food for BBA students. Make sure to check out our blog and instagram page at www.denefarmprogram.com and @denefarm!

– Dene Farm Program summer crew

 


BBA French Trip to Quebec City

Announcing registration for the BBA French trip to Quebec City, March 7 – 10, 2019! This will be a 4-day weekend trip between athletic seasons to enjoy some winter fun in Quebec. Students do not need to be currently enrolled in French to sign up, but of course more French = more fun!  Email Michelle Emery at memery@burrburton.org for more information. 

 


From the Library

There is still plenty of time for summer reading. This month’s library newsletter contains reviews of some great summer reads, as well as details of BBA’s Summer Reading Program.

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

 


From the Creative Arts Department

There will be an information meeting on August 20, 2018, from 6 – 7 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts regarding auditions for Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing Arts Department’s extracurricular opportunities.  We will share information about the fall production of Titanic: Tragedy and Trial, with over 20 roles, there is a part for everyone, the original fall film that is being produced and ballet/pointe classes, the annual production of The Elf Express, weekly workshops to prepare for the student’s New Works Project: Theater and Dance and information on auditions for the spring musical of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s  On The Town.  So, if you love to act, sing, dance, build sets, stage manage, run sound or more, or want to try something new and exciting don’t miss the meeting.  It is also a great way to meet other students if you are new to BBA. If you are unable to attend please contact jraposa@burrburton.org.   We look forward to seeing you. 

______


Vocal Music Ensemble members are eligible through an audition process to participate in a World Strides Honors Chorus Festival under the direction of Dr. Eph Ehly, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall, Sunday April 7, 2019. This four day New York City residency begins Friday April 5th and concludes on Monday April 8th.  In addition to rehearsing and performing with other advanced high school singers and a world renowned conductor, this trip includes sightseeing opportunities and a Broadway Musical.  Details will be shared at an informational meeting with Julie Freebern Thursday August 30 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center Music Room. RSVP jfreebern@burrburton.org to express interest in this amazing opportunity as space is limited.

.


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
 ..
2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
 .
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

 .

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

June 2018

Calendar

1   Senior Exams
1   Parent Association Meeting: 8 am, Library
2   SAT at BBA: 7 am – 2 pm, Smith Third Floor
3   German Exchange Mtg: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, cafeteria
4   Scholarship Night: 7 – 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
4  Underclass Exams: 12 noon dismissal
5  Underclass Exams: 12 noon dismissal
5  Mountain Campus Alumni Reunion: 6 – 8 pm, Mountain Campus
6  Underclass Exams/Makeup Exams
6  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: 10 am – 12 noon, BBA Riley Center
6  Senior Sendoff Surf and Turf: 12 – 2 pm, Turf field
6  Senior Hike up Equinox with the Headmaster: 1 – 4 pm
6  Gawlik Awards: 7 – 9 pm, SVAC
7  Employee End of Year Celebration: 1 – 4 pm, Birchbrook
7  International Student Graduation Dinner: 5 – 7:30 pm, Birchbrook
8  Burr and Burton Academy Commencement: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Frelinghuysen Field
9  Southern Vermont Youth Summit: 8:30 am – 2:45 pm, Bennington

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

At Burr and Burton Academy, the school year does not wind down. Rather, we enter a grand crescendo, with climax on June 8, when we celebrate our 185th commencement exercises.

The class of 2018 has been extraordinary in all kinds of ways. As a group, they have been tremendous citizens, each celebrating the individuality of the other while being connected and cohesive as a group. They have led the way throughout the school year, and on Friday, June 8 they will be together one last time. Congratulations not only to these great students, but to their families, who have been essential to their individual and collective success.

And, between now and June 8, we continue to run a gauntlet of celebrations of learning. The Creative Arts and Science Expo was stunning in its breadth and quality, and we have sports playoffs, scholarship night, the Gawlik Awards, and, of course, final exams to keep everyone busy.

Then comes summer, and with it, some time to breathe, reflect, relax, 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; our incredibly generous benefactors, who allow us to keep investing in education; our talented faculty and staff, who do all they can do 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.

Have a great summer. Let’s do it again next year!

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

With months of planning finally completed, it’s hard to imagine that our annual spring fund-raising gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters, caring for this place we call home, has come and gone. A great deal of time and effort goes into the planning of this event and we are happy to report it was a smashing success!!! From the moment gala goers walked into our magical setting, to the last paddle raised during the call for support of the Education Innovation Fund, the excitement and energy at the Taconic was simply inspiring. The natural beauty of Vermont set the theme and tone for the evening with the launch of the summer season and a tribute to the start of the Memorial Day weekend. The décor in the ballroom room was stunning and the decorations were perfect in every way. The food was delicious, the Raffle was lots of fun, the Live Auction incredible, and topped off by yet another amazing call for support at the end of the evening. Every person in the room understood the importance of the event and rose to the occasion in support of our Burr and Burton student programs and supporting our sending schools in the Taconic and Green Regional District. The numbers are in the process of being finalized but we raised over $240,000 at the gala.

We want to thank each and every person who contributed in some way to the success of our spring fundraising efforts:

  • Our hardworking, imaginative and creative Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala Committee, led by Co-chairs Ursula Knowles and Kate Townsend, and made up of Gala Committee members Marlene Allen, Robin Apps, Jennifer Atlas, Sam Baker, Nan Bambara ’86, Sandy Birch, Heidi Boudreau, Peggy Brockett ’88, Darla Buffa, Julie Citron, Cindy Coburn, Oona Cree, Jane DaPron, Tracy Duddy, Beth Eyre, Laura Fastie-Grapshi, Cassie Halstead, Sindy Hassig, Mary Beth Hatheway, Anne Houser, Suzanne Kersten, Dorie Morgantini, Julie Ring, Elizabeth Silsby ’09, Victoria Silsby, Tracy Staton, and Courtney Weir
  • Donors of items to the Online Auction and those who purchased items
  • Our generous Gala sponsors who are listed at the end of the Bullhorn (please take a look and patronize these businesses who support our school)
  • Our Live Auction and Raffle item donors
  • Our Live Auction winning bidders and all supporters of the Education Innovation Fund (we met our goal of raising $100,000 for this initiative)
  • The beautiful centerpieces designed by Peggy Brockett ’88 of Lily of the Valley Florist
  • The amazing student performers and student volunteers
  • Julie Freebern, Jim Raposa, and Kevin Morrison, faculty members who supported the event throughout the evening
  • The Taconic staff who went all out for our big event
  • Our photographer, Gary Baker
  • The Advancement Staff, Nancy Brown, Pauline de Laszlo, Margot Page, Rich Thompson-Tucker, and Mary Grabarz, our Registrar
  • Oscar Trugler for his beautiful graphics and design work for the event
  • Eric and Jane Nathan for their auction services

The list is endless of all the people who made this evening possible and who banded together to show how important support of Burr and Burton Academy is to our mission and our students.

We are here for one reason, and one reason only – to give our students the best possible education. Because of your generous support, we can provide all of the programs that allow our students to stretch their wings, imagine limitless possibilities, and take full advantage of the opportunities that instill grit, build confidence, and encourage intellectual, physical and emotional growth preparing them for success in the world beyond Burr and Burton.

So, THANK YOU to all who were a part of this fun-filled evening as we kick off the summer season. If I’ve missed someone on the thank you list, I apologize, but we want to make sure you know how much we appreciate your support.

Thank you, Parents and Grandparents! 

We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all parents and grandparents who have contributed to Celebrate Your Graduate to date. We appreciate the great response. Your endowment gifts will be a big help in educating the next generation of Burr and Burton students. If you haven’t had a chance to make a gift in honor of your graduate, there’s still time. Mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Burr and Burton Academy
Advancement Office
PO Box 498
Manchester, VT 05254

Write Celebrate Your Graduate and the name of your graduate on the note line or you can also make a gift using your credit card by contacting Nancy Brown, our Database Manager at BBA at 802-549-8110 or nbrown@burrburton.org.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Parents, there is still time…

Our fiscal year ends June 30, 2018, so if you haven’t made a gift in support of Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Fund, there is still time. You can make a gift online or drop a check in the mail – but we hope you will join over 160 BBA families who have already made a gift.

We look forward to being in touch later in the summer – but for now, get out there and enjoy our beautiful Green Hills and Silver Waters, this amazing place we call home – Vermont.

With our grateful thanks and very best wishes,

cindy's only signature

 

 


Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

.

Guidance-Bullhorn

2018 Commencement Information Brochure HERE.

Summer Homework for (Class of 2019) 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 2018-19  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 8 ACT at actstudent.org. There will be another opportunity to take the ACT in October. Register for the August 25 or October 6 SAT at  www.collegeboard.org.
  • Application Seminar and Workshops for all College-Bound Seniors

SENIOR COLLEGE ADMISSION SEMINAR & WORKSHOP:

Tuesday, August 14, 10 am – 12 pm
 and/or Tuesday, August 21, 10 am – 12 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 August 20 and running through August 23 from 9 am to 3 pm Maple Street School will host an SAT Prep Workshop. Cost is $375 (including book.) Contact Joy Stewart, jstewart@maplestreetschool.com.
  • SAT prep classes at The Tutorial Center for the October 2018 exam are offered during late summer. Dates unavailable at this time.  Contact The Tutorial Center – 362-0222.

2018 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 2020

All rising juniors must report to school on Wednesday, August 22, from 8:00 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 Kirk Knutson 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 2018 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,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 2021 have been assigned their new School and College counselor.  This counselor will work with them for the next three years. Schedules for the 18-19 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 2021 and I look forward to watching and supporting their continued growth and success as they move forward in their academic careers here on the the hill.  

Upcoming Events:

Final Exams – Monday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 6.

Graduation – Friday, June 8

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

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

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

.


 Bulldog Logo copy 2

From the Athletics Department

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

Baseball
Tuesday, May 29, 4:30 pm v. Rutland @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals – Friday, June 1
Semifinals – Tuesday, June 5
State Championship – Saturday, June 9

Boys Tennis
Tuesday, May 29 – 3 pm @ Stowe Play-In Game
Quarterfinals – Thursday, May 31
Semifinals – Tuesday, June 5
State Championship TBA

Boys Lacrosse
Tuesday May, 29 – 4 pm v. Rutland @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals – Friday, June 1
Semifinals – Tuesday, June 5
State Championship – Saturday, June 9

Girls Tennis
Tuesday, May 29 – 4 pm v. Bellows Falls @Home Quarterfinals
Semifinals – Friday, June 1
State Championship TBA

Girls Lacrosse
Wednesday, May 30 – 4:30 pm v. Essex @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals – Saturday, June 2
Semifinals – Wednesday, June 6
State Championship – Saturday, June 9

Track
Saturday, June 2 @ 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 12 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5:00 in the cafeteria.
  • August 13 – Football practice begins
  • August 15 – 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 16 – Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas – jthomas@burrburton.org
Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears – suzannemears7@gmail.com
Boys Soccer: Peter Mull – pmull@burrburton.org
Field Hockey: Barb Miceli – bmiceli@burrburton.org
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 5, 2016. 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 10.

Returning Burr and Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

Want the latest information on concussions?
On August 30 the Vermont Orthopedic Clinic is offering an information meeting on concussions. 6:30 pm at the Leahy conference center beneath Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Mark your calendars: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2018 – October 12 and 13.

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

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

 


From the Library

Summer vacation means more time to read! This month’s library newsletter contains details about borrowing books during the summer and BBA’s Summer Reading Program.

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

 


Southern Vermont Youth Summit
This event is open to all teens ages 13 to 19 at no cost and lunch is provided.

United Counseling Service (UCS) is delighted to announce that registration is open for the Southern Vermont Youth Summit. The Youth Summit will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 8:3 0am- 2:4 5pm. The day will begin at Southwestern Vermont Health Care at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington with workshops located throughout SVHC and UCS campuses.

The keynote speaker will be Ron “Cook” Barrett. He will be discussing self-esteem and appreciation, helping students find a sense of pride in themselves and learning to appreciate their differences. Workshops will include Suicide Prevention, Beading, Acts of Kindness, Hip Hop and more. This year, thanks to the Youth in Transition Grant from the Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (VFFCMH) we have opened the Summit to include all Southern Vermont youth.

This will be an empowering experience for youth and is open to all teens, ages thirteen -nineteen. To register for this free event visit www.eventbrite.com and search “Southern Vermont Youth Summit”. Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions please contact Christelle Manon at CManon@UCSVT.org or 802-442-5491 ext. 503.

.


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
 ..
2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
 .
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

 .

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

May 2018

Calendar

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

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

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Assistant Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

May is a busy month. At this point in the year, I often hear from students that they are “being pulled in many directions” and sometimes feel they are letting someone down when commitments collide. At Monday’s assembly I reminded students that this is the time to carefully read email so they are up to date on all events and details and to make lists and keep track of commitments and responsibilities. I encouraged students to communicate when they are feeling overwhelmed and to remember that the adults at BBA are on their side – ready and willing to support them.

Prom is this Saturday, May 5th, and I shared my hopes for the evening with students.  I hope the evening’s weather is more May like than January like.  I hope that that they respect the effort that went into planning the event and that they thank the chaperones for giving their evening to ensure a safe and festive atmosphere. I stressed my final hope — that they make safe decisions and are substance free. Tragedies involving drinking and parting culture can happen at any time – at any high school – in any town.

Prom season is a good time to pause and remember how quickly decisions can turn tragic. This Thursday, all mulitage advisories will meet to watch and discuss the short film, If They Had Known, a documentary spoken by kids to kids about the risks of current party culture. The film is an honest and emotional account of a real event. Please ask your student about the film and have conversations about your expectations for prom night.  

Gradebooks Open to Parents:

From May 7th through May 11th, we will open student gradebooks in BBA’s OnCampus portal so parents can get a comprehensive view of student progress. Please take a few minutes to review course progress and encourage your student to take advantage of supports available in order to improve performance and understanding prior to exams. Co-curricular eligibility will be determined on May 7th and any student found to be ineligible will receive notice on May 8th. Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

Vermont Science Assessment for Juniors — May 17th:

On May 17th, all Juniors will complete the Vermont Science Assessment (VTSA). Testing will take place in a classroom setting. We are currently developing a special schedule for the day that will be shared with students. Students will take the assessment on a secure browser on an approved technology device. We will be working with juniors to ensure their iPads and laptops are correctly configured.  

Sophomore Service Day — May 17th:

Sophomores will Take to the Streets to provide a day of service to our community. Sophomores will not attend classes on May 17th. All Sophomores will report to the gym at the start of the day and then head out to complete service projects. Students will return to campus for dismissal.

The May Bullhorn is chock full of important information and updates related to the last six weeks of the school year. Please review the calendar so that you are aware of the many exciting and engaging events happening this month. I encourage you to take advantage of the rich opportunities available to connect as a community and to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.

Sincerely,


Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School

 


BBA Seniors!  You’re Invited!

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

This epic senior send-off celebration has it all!

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

Senior Parents! Your help is needed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


From the Advancement Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you at the gala or graduation!

Sincerely,

cindy's only signature

 

 


Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

 


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

From the Creative Arts Department


_____.

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

_____.

 


Guidance-Bullhorn

Standardized Testing Registration
Juniors should have already taken an SAT or ACT test; if not juniors should sign up by May 3rd to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 2nd or sign up by May 4 to take the ACT on June 9th.  The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT in September and the SAT on August 25 (Deadline to sign up, July 28.) Information is available at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.

Visit, Visit, Visit
Juniors should make plans to visit some college campuses in the upcoming months. College visits are legitimate absences for juniors but they need to let their counselor and their teachers know their visit plans in advance. Students are responsible for all work they miss. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance in setting up tours, information sessions, and interviews.

Advanced Placement Exams
This year’s AP exams run from May 7th – May 18th. Further information HEREPlease note that all Advanced Placement students taking morning exams are released from school at the conclusion of the exam. Students taking exams that begin in the afternoon are expected to attend the first two morning classes, but have FlexBlock time for lunch and exam preparation.

Reminder: To-Do List for Juniors
Counselors have met with juniors to discuss their senior year and post-graduate plans. As a follow up we suggest these activities:

  • Research colleges and careers.
  • Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and career opportunities. Share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again.
  • Update your Naviance Resume.
  • Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.

2018 Graduation Countdown
A senior graduation mailing will be in the mail this week.  This includes the Burr and Burton Senior Events and Commencement Information Brochure which contains everything families need to know to prepare for the big event on Friday, June 8, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website.

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

2018-19 Student Class Schedules
Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2018-19 class schedules prior to summer break.  Currently, teacher assignments are pending and details are being defined on the master schedule. An email announcement will be sent to students when the schedules are published in OnCampus.

From the 9th grade corner
The month of May will be a busy and important month for the class of 2021.  Many teachers will begin final projects. There are also a number of upcoming events that will highlight student work.  These events are listed below and are worth checking out even if your child isn’t directly involved in them.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Musical: Tuesday, May 15 – Saturday, May 19
Science/Arts Expo: Thursday, May 31
Gawlik Awards: Wednesday, June 6
Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 28

Scholarships
Forms for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form that is specific to Scholarships and can be found in the SCC Office.

Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care. Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 15

The Dennis Butchko Memorial Award and The Frank Spencer Achievement Award of the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley Fund
Eligibility: Senior from Dover, Halifax, Jamaica, Marlboro, Readsboro, Searsburg, Stratton, Wardsboro, WHitingham, Wilmington. Award based on character, community service, potential, effort, Financial need. Award: $1,000 Deadline: May 15

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student intending to pursue a career related to golf and/or agronomy as related to golf. (Agronomy encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology and soil science.) Award: not specified; Deadline: June 1.

Loans

The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund
Eligibility: Senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required. Interest free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee). Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.

Olin Scott Fund, Inc. for Young Men Attending College
Eligibility: Male senior, 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at University or College, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

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

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

.


 Bulldog Logo copy 2

From the Athletics Department

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

Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

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

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

Track and Field
June 2: Finals

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

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

 


From the Library

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

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

@BBALibrary

 


Program on Vaping

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

 


From the Yearbook Staff

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

 .


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
 ..
2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
 .
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

 .

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

April 2018

Calendar

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

 


From the Headmaster

Imagine The Future

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Spring.

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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

 


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Anthony Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students

 


From the Advancement Office

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

Our Online Auction is live today, April 1, 2018, (and that’s not an April Fools joke) launching the start to our spring Parent Association fundraising gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters. The Online Auction will run through April 11 closing at 9:00 PM. It will end just before spring break so make sure you bid before you leave town or better yet, you can also bid on your mobile device! We’ve made it very easy to get involved.

We have lots of great items featuring useful services and fun things to do with the family, jewelry by local designers, beauty products, dining packages, food items, gift baskets galore, gift certificates to area merchants, hanging flower baskets and much, much more, over 160 items!

Our sincere thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends for donating items to the auction. We encourage you to register, browse and bid – help support this important fundraiser for Burr and Burton! It’s easy and lots of fun! Encourage your friends and family to join in the excitment. Share the link with anyone and everyone. The entire list of Online Auction items has a broad appeal….there is something for everyone!

Here’s the link so sign up and start bidding if you haven’t already! https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

A special thank you to the Online Auction Committee led by Ursula Knowles and Pauline de Laszlo, with help from Dorie Morgantini, Sam Baker, Jane DaPron, Robin Apps, Sandy Birch, Oona Cree, Anne Houser, Darla Buffa, Laura Grapshi, Mary Beth Hatheway, Kate Townshend, and others on the Gala Committee who helped solicit or donated items. Additional thanks to Nancy Brown, Margot Page, and Rich Thompson Tucker for their help in soliciting items, and to Pauline de Laszlo who has written descriptions for and uploaded photos of the 160 plus items onto the web site – a herculean task at best!

Invitations for the Gala event at Taconic on May 25, 2018, will be mailed out in April. We hope you’ve put the date on your calendar. If you want to reserve tickets or a table, please contact me at cgubb@burrburton.org.

Still Time to Make a Gift to the Annual Fund

We count on our parents to help support the needs of the school – if you haven’t yet made a gift, please consider a gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more. It’s not the amount but the participation that’s important. Burr and Burton Academy isn’t the beneficiary of your gift, YOUR student is! Make an investment in your student’s future, today.

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

For those of you who have already made a gift, we sincerely thank you. We are deeply appreciative of your financial support and volunteer time.

cindy's only signature

 

 


Cynthia Gubb
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 nbrown@burrburton.org, or call her at 802-549-8110. We are missing a lot of addresses for grandparents. The date for this event is Friday, April 27 and it will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Grandparents and Special Friends will participate in a series of presentations in the Riley Center, then meet up with their grandchildren afterwards for lunch at 12:45 PM.

 


From the Creative Arts Department

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

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

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

_____

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.

 


Guidance-Bullhorn

BBA Spring College Night

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

Mock Interviews for Juniors

BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place on Wednesday, April 4. Juniors will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills while meeting one-on-one with visiting college admission counselors. Students will receive direct feedback from the admission professionals. Interested juniors should see Lynne Welsh to sign up. Space is limited.

College Fair

Castleton University will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 4, from 9-11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. Jason Pergament has organized a bus and invited freshmen in the Success Program to participate. A few additional spots may available to current sophomores who will be off-campus next fall and unable to attend the September College Fair Trip to UVM. For more information, contact the student’s School and College Counselor.

College Planning To-Do List for Juniors

The School and College Counselors have been meeting with juniors this spring. Please ask your student to check their prospective college list and journal entries on Naviance (under the ‘Resource’ tab on OnCampus).

Additional activities:

  • Sign up for SAT or ACT (see below)
  • Research colleges — use Naviance surveys, read guidebooks and viewbooks, explore college websites
  • Visit colleges (during April break or take an excused absence on another day).
  • Make journal notes in Naviance.  Keep track of what you learn about colleges and share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again, and stay in regular communication so we can assist you.
  • Attend relevant programs like the Burr and Burton Spring College Night on Wednesday, April 4th.
  • Update your resume in Naviance!
  • If planning on Division I or II athletics have a transcript check for NCAA eligibility.

SAT and ACT Tests:

College-bound juniors should register online to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. Income eligible students should request a fee waiver from their counselor. Please be aware that the June testing dates may conflict with post-season athletic contests. No standardized tests are available during the summer months.

To register for SAT and SAT Subject tests, students create an account at www.collegeboard.org. Please note that the number of colleges using SAT Subject Tests has declined;  only students who plan to apply to a handful of the most selective colleges should consider taking SAT Subject Tests.

Test Dates, Deadlines and How to Register:

SAT

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

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

ACT

Saturday, June 9 (not at BBA), register by May 5 at www.actstudent.org.

Sign up for ACT with writing.

Free Test Prep:

www.khanacademy.org — link your psat scores from your collegeboard.org account to create a personalized testing plan. https://academy.act.org/

Off-Campus Study

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2018-2019 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester. The form can be picked up from Mr. Knutson in the counseling office.

Graduation Information for Senior Families

Be on the lookout for information and key dates related to commencement and other year-end activities and events. The mailing should arrive by the end of April and information will also be posted on the BBA website.

Senior College Notifications

May 1 is the National Candidates’ Reply Date. Seniors should be sure to send in their deposit to the ONE college of their choice by May 1 in order to hold their place. Families who have not received financial aid packages may want to request an extension for the deposit but all students should communicate with their college by May 1. At the same time, seniors should notify other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere.

Financial Aid Packages

Families of seniors who are receiving financial aid award letters may find the different presentations to be confusing. Use the Award Letter Comparison Tool available on the Pay for College page at www.vsac.org to better understand what different colleges are offering. The friendly folks at VSAC are available to answer questions about loans and other parts of the financial aid process; feel free to contact them at 1-800-642-3177. Also, Carol Brosseau will meet with families to help with understanding Financial Aid packages. Carol has over 30 years of experience in counseling and financial aid at colleges and universities.  If you would like to meet with Carol, please email her at cbrosseau@gmu.ed.

Summer Opportunity for Rising Senior Boys and Girls interested in Vermont State Government:

American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls’ State

High School girls who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply to become an ALAGMGS delegate.  Delegates spend 6 days learning how to participate in the Functioning of Vermont’s local and state government. The 2018 Session of Girls State will be held on the Randolph Center Campus of Vermont Technical College from June 16th to June 21st. Applications are in the School and College Counseling Office and must be submitted by April 2. Is there an online link for this application?  Please check. Speak to your counselor if interested.

American Legion Green Mountain Boys’ State

High School boys who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply for GMBS. Delegates form a working model of town and state government and learn about issues facing our state.  This program will be held from June 17 through June 22 on the campus of Lyndon State College. Applications are available at http://vtlegion.org/boys_state.cfm and in the School and College Counseling Office.. Deadline is May 1. Speak to your counselor if interested.

From the 9th grade corner

It’s amazing to think that we are now three quarters of the way through the school year. All 9th graders were invited to a number of four-year academic planning sessions and have had a brief introduction to Naviance. For those of you are that are new to Naviance, it is a powerful online platform that allows our students to investigate their interests, academic strengths, potential careers, and postsecondary options.   I’m happy to follow up with any student regarding their draft four-year academic plan. As the weather gets warm and the yearning for summer hits, it will be important for all of our 9th graders to continue to use Flex time wisely and seek additional academic support before or after school.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 13 – Friday, April 20th – April Break.

Scholarships 2018  

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

Daniel Maneely Engineering Scholarship

Eligibility: graduating senior accepted into an engineering technology field at an accredited school. Award based on academics, extracurricular activities, community service and an essay

Award: $5,000; Deadline: April 20

The Reverend Robert L. Clayton Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduating Senior, academic record, goals, school and community involvement, financial need.

Award: $4,000 for four years; Deadline: April 11

Note: This is a lengthy application requiring three years of tax records. Don’t wait until the last minute complete this one!

Stratton Foundation Todd Richter Endowment- Moving Mountains Scholarship

Eligibility: First generation, Family qualifies for Free and Reduced Lunch program ro benefits from a school-provided scholarship or financial support at any time during academics, academic achievement, accepted to college as full time student

Award: not specified; Deadline: April 12 to Mrs. Welsh

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship

Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 11 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.

Sons of the American Legion Dennis Comai Scholarship

Eligibility: any student planning to attend trade school or technical college with a grandparent or parent, or step-grandparent or step-parent, who is a member of the American Legion Family,

Award: $1,000; Deadline: April 15

Ed Sossi Memorial Scholarship Award

Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)

Eligibility: a high school senior. Applicants must apply and be accepted to a trade or technical school and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants agree to participate in a personal interview. During this interview they should be able to discuss their high school academic experiences, career goals and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.

Award: $1,000; Deadline April 24

Ted and Adeline Lenczowski Memorial Scholarship

Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)

Eligibility: must be a registered member of Christ our Savior Parish, Manchester. Attending college in fall of 2015, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. There will be a personal interview. Academics and Service important.

Award: not specified; Deadline: April 24

Manchester Masons of VT Scholarship

Eligibility: senior planning to enroll in college or Vocational/Technical School who lives in Manchester, Dorset, or Sunderland; OR has Masonic affiliation through a parent or grandparent; award based on leadership, community service and extracurricular activities and financial need

Award: $500.00; Deadline: April 25

Wantastiquet Rotary Scholarship

Eligibility: any BBA graduating Senior. Desire to continue education through 2 or 4 year college or vocational course of study. Academic potential, school and community involvement, financial need.

Award: $1,000; Deadline, April 28

The Garden Club of Manchester

Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education at college, technical or vocational School 2- or 4-year.Must be studying in fields related to horticulture, landscape design and environmental Studies, agribusiness or other related fields.

Award $1,500; Deadline, April 30

Rotary Club of Manchester – Award for Excellence

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

Award: $500; Deadline: April 30

Danby-Mt. Tabor Eastern Star Scholarship, “Katherine” Chapter #83

Eligibility: graduating seniors living in Danby or Mt. Tabor. Accepted to post-secondary college, technical or vocational school. Based on extracurricular activities and community service

Award: $500, Deadline: May 1

Stephen Phillips Scholarship

Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.)

Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship

Deadline: by midnight May 1

Application online at www.phillips-scholarship.org

BBA Diversity Scholarship

Eligibility: a senior who truly embraces diversity. Essay required

Award: undisclosed; Deadline, April 30

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship

Eligibility: must be planning to major or double major in studio art.

Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1

Dorset Sportsman’s Club Scholarship

Eligibility: graduating seniors who lives in Dorset or East Dorset accepted into post secondary education including 2- and 4-year colleges, technical and vocational schools. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement

Award: $2,000; Deadline: May 1

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship

Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.

Award: $1,000 for 4 years; Deadline: May 2

Woodland Owners Association Memorial Scholarship

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

Award: $3,000; Deadline: May 15

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship

Eligibility: High School graduate, has to have a connection to and plan to pursue a career in the golf profession including agronomy (golf course design and care).

Award: not specified; Deadline, June 1

LOANS

The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund

Eligibility: Senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required. Interest free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee). Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.

Olin Scott Fund, Inc. for Young Men Attending College

Eligibility: Male senior, 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at university or college, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

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

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

.


 Bulldog Logo copy 2

From the Athletics Department

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Head Coaches:
Softball – Nikki Dexter – n.dexter@manchester-vt.gov
Boys Lacrosse – Tom Grabher – coachgrabher@gmail.com
Track and Field – Caleb Wiley – cwiley@brsu.org
Girls Lacrosse – Jamie Blake – jblake@burrburton.org
Baseball – Ed Lewicki – elewicki1114@hotmail.com
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw – benninggroup1@gmail.com
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus – pmcnealus@burrburton.org

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

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

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

 


From the Library

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

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

@BBALibrary

 


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
 ..
2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
 .
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

 .

Wine Sponsors
Hoa and Orland Campbell


Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Berkshire Bank Foundation

Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 


Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
Guaranteed Rate

SameSun of Vermont 


Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Mountain Media & ITV Fest
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals
Zippy Chicks


Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
GSK Climate Control
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther 


Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics

Audy Appraisals PC
Big Branch Landscaping

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bradley’s Pro shop
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
H.N. Williams
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Merrill Lynch
Stifel
The Pharmacy Northshire
William Ravies Real Estate
James A. Young P.C.

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

March 2018

Calendar

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

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


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

The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA’s offers a free driver’s education program which will tentatively start on Monday, June 11, 2018 or June 18, 2018 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, classes run from 8 am until 10 am, Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction, therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction, a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm, for the remainder of the class driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 4 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. If the class is oversubscribed students with a 2003 birthyear will be cut starting with a birthdate closest to the start date of the class and working backwards. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

 


From the Advancement Office

 

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

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

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

“Save the Date” cards went out in late January so we hope you have this date on your calendar already. The gala committee has been working diligently to pull together the details for this important fundraiser which supports the many different student programs offered at our school. We would like to thank our co-chairs, Kate Townshend and Ursula Knowles for their leadership and extend our sincere thanks to all of the gala committee members for their help over the past few months. It’s going to be a great evening – one you won’t want to miss!

We still need your help with this event and here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Become a Gala sponsor! We have sponsorships at many different levels: $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500. A sponsorship counts towards Parent participation in the Annual Fund and don’t forget that families can be sponsors too – consider a level that works for you! Contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org.
  2. Browse and bid the Online Auction! The auction opens on April 1st and ends April 11th. Starting March 1st, we’ll start posting a selection of the great Online Auction items we’ve secured on our BBA Facebook page and send out emails to tempt you. We have some fun, interesting things to bid on. We hope you will share the link to the auction with your family and friends. There is still time to donate an Online Auction item if you own a business, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.
  3. Sponsor a faculty member! We’d love for you to come to the gala, but if that’s not possible because of a scheduling conflict, consider sponsoring a faculty member to attend the event. When you receive your invitation, you’ll see an option on the reply card to sponsor a teacher.

If you need additional information about the Green Hills and Silver Waters gala, wish to reserve a table or tickets, please feel free to call me at 802-549-8201 or send a quick email to cgubb@burrburton.org. Tickets sell out fast so put in your reservation now!

The importance of the Annual Fund

The proceeds from the Gala are designated to the Annual Fund to support student programs. I repeat my sales pitch month after month, year after year, for one reason only – to provide the best educational experience possible for YOUR student.

What happens here every day is remarkable from a student perspective. That is a result of our commitment to quality education because we collectively care deeply about every student – our teaching staff, our administration, our facilities guys, our business office, our coaches, and our Board of Trustees are deeply invested in the success of our students. We are putting your student at the forefront of everything we do – strategic planning, creative and innovative academic offerings, school and college counseling services, three seasons of athletic sports, arts and technology choices second to none, and so much more. Just as you do, we want the best for your student and that takes a lot of extra funding above and beyond what we receive in tuition from our sending towns. Please consider making a gift at some level, or support the Green Hills and Silver Waters gala as I’ve outlined above.

Thank you for all that you do to support the school, financially and through volunteering (Gala Committee, Parent Association, Booster Club, Friends of Hockey, etc.) We’re all in this together with only one goal in mind – to provide an exceptional educational experience every day for all Burr and Burton students.

Sincerely,

cindy's only signature

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

________

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

 


From the Parent Association

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

 


From the Creative Arts Department

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

 


Guidance-Bullhorn

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

Spring College Admissions Program
On Wednesday, April 4, from 7 – 9 pm, BBA will host a panel presentation and topical workshops by admission officers from a variety of colleges and universities. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative program that will be held in the Rowland Center.

Mock College Interviews
Juniors will have the chance to participate in individual practice college interviews with college admission officers on Wednesday, April 4. Details will be forthcoming. Students will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis until spots are filled.

Notification of College Admission Decisions
Seniors: please be sure to notify your counselor whenever you receive an admission notification from a college. We don’t know unless you tell us!

Financial Aid Alert
Seniors need to complete and submit their financial aid forms (www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org) this month if they have not already done so. Contact VSAC at 1-800-642-3177 for assistance in filling out the forms. Don’t delay!

Carol Brosseau Meets on Financial Aid
During the Fall semester, Carol Brosseau volunteered to provide financial aid information to families and students. As you may already know, Carol has over 30 years of experience in counseling and financial aid at institutions such as Georgetown University, George Mason University, and Strayer College. Those who attended BBA’s Financial Aid Night in October heard Carol speak on the topics such as FASFA, Expected Family Contribution, and the College Scholarship Service Profile.  Further, many families arranged to meet privately with her to personally understand how financial aid could impact a student’s college aspirations.

As Financial Aid Award letters are received by families and students, Carol is pleased to continue offering her support.  During March and April she will again be available to meet with students and parents. In part, some of the various topics that Carol is prepared to discuss include:

  • Assessing an award letter
  • Comparing multiple awards letters
  • Developing options for addressing shortfalls
  • Creating a negotiation strategy
  • Appealing a FASFA decision

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

Free college planning events for Juniors and Sophomores:
Attend VSAC free workshops to supplement what students are learning with their school counselors about  college planning. Recognizing that students are at different stages in their thinking, and that it often takes multiple messages to reach them, these workshops offer both the basic and more targeted information about the entire college planning process. VSAC’s College & Career Pathways events help parents and students learn about financial aid, grants and scholarships, navigating college loans, how to search for a college or career program … and more. Attend your choice of in-depth workshops led by local experts.

NEW THIS YEAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standardized Testing Registration:
College bound juniors should sign up for the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. See test dates and deadlines below. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.

Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.  Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines:

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

Saturday, May 5,  SAT.
 Register by April 6 at www.collegeboard.org
 
 Sign up for SAT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

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

SAT Prep Course at BBA: High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families.  Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for the May 5th SAT. To register for the course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor. Registration deadline: March 15.
Course is on Fridays from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.
Course Dates: March 24, April 7, 28, and May 5.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA on May 5; cost is $350. Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/18, 3/25; and 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, and April 29. Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Local SAT and ACT Prep Course
Contact mary.mangiacotti@comcast.net or jstewart@maplestreetschool.com for more information about cost and class dates for their 2018 SAT Prep course offering.

Summer Programs/Study Abroad
The School and College Counseling Office has collected information about a variety of summer programs including two Vermont-based programs for an experience in health-related careers: MedQuest (deadline to sign up is Friday, March 2, info at www.svahec.org and CollegeQuest (info at  www.nevahec.org.)

All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Environmental Science and Technology, Astronomy and Young Writers. Brochures are in the School and College Counseling Office. Applications will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.giv.org. Application Deadline is March 15. For more info: contact  the GIV Office at 802-865-4448 or apply@giv.org.

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2018-19 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester; and the due date is September 15 for plans during the Spring semester.

From the 9th grade corner
Any 9th grade student interested in attending the Mountain Campus for 2018/19 should request all four Mountain Campus courses in their OnCampus portal for the Fall or Spring. As we all know, March can be a long stretch so it’s important for our 9th graders to stay focused on the road ahead and continue to utilize all the resources available to them here at Burr and Burton. Mountain Campus applications will be distributed following the request process.

Upcoming Events:
Spring Athletes Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting – Wednesday, March 8, 6 pm.
Inservice – Friday, March 16, no school for students.
Mid-Term Exams – Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 – 12 noon dismissal.

Scholarships:
Forms for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form specific to Scholarships and found in the SCC Office.

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

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

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

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

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

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 11 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.

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

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

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

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

.


 Bulldog Logo copy 2

From the Athletics Department

Thursday March 8, 6 pm – Mandatory spring sports parent/athlete meeting.
All spring sports will meet in the gymnasium. From this meeting teams will be directed to individual meeting locations.

Monday March 12
Pitchers and Catchers begin for baseball.

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

All spring athletes must have had a well physical exam after June 12, 2016. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the Nurse’s Office on or before March 16 (March 9 for pitchers and catchers). Forms are available online to print and outside of the AD’s office.

All of the other forms needed to participate in athletics must be filled out through OnCampus. https://burrburton.myschoolapp.com/app/Parent#myfiles. Please complete forms on or before March 16 (March 9 for pitchers and catchers). Assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the Spring sports meeting in the basement of the Smith Center.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics, Dave Miceli at dmiceli@burrburton.org.

Please note that there are competitions scheduled over Spring break. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Spring Head Coaches:

Boys Lacrosse –  Tom Grabher: coachgrabher@gmail.com
Girls Lacrosse – Jamie Blake: jblake@burrburton.org
Softball – TBD
Baseball – Ed Lewicki: elewicki1114@hotmail.com
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus: pmcnealus@burrburton.org
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw: benninggroup1@gmail.com
Track & Field – Caleb Wiley: cwiley@brsu.org

Student Athlete Bus Fund

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

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

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

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

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


https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

 


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

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

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

 


From the Library

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

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

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

 


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
 ..
2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
 .
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
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

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
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

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

Green Hills, Silver Waters
Gala Sponsors to Date

Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Express Copy, Inc.

Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 

Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
SameSun of Vermont 

Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Remax
Rutland Regional Medical Center

Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther 

Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics
Big Branch Landscaping
BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Merrill Lynch
Stifel
The Pharmacy Northshire

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

February 2018

Calendar

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

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

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

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

A Word About Winhall

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

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

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

===========

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

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


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

The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA’s offers a free driver’s education program which will tentatively start on Monday, June 11, 2018 or June 18, 2018 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, classes run from 8 am until 10 am, Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction, therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction, a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm, for the remainder of the class driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 4 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. If the class is oversubscribed students with a 2003 birthyear will be cut starting with a birthdate closest to the start date of the class and working backwards. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

 


From the Advancement Office

Cindy-Gubb-1

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

1. Parent Fund Annual Giving:

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

To all of you who have made a gift this year, we thank you – your gift helps provide all of the extras that make the BBA experience an extraordinary one. If you haven’t yet given, please consider a gift of any amount, or make a donation of an item or service to the Gala Online auction, a donation to Friends of Hockey, or commit to a Corporate or Gala Sponsorship – all count towards parent participation. Parent participation stands at approximately 20 percent as of January 31, 2018. Here are 3 easy ways to give right now – so you can check it off your to-do list:
1. Go to  https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform on BBA’s website and pay by credit card.
2. Mail your gift to: Advancement Office, Burr and Burton Academy, PO Box 498, Manchester VT 05254
3. Or drop by the Advancement Office with your gift, we’d love to thank you in person for your support.

Please know that your support allows us to remain independent, and responsive to the needs of YOUR student! Your support helps provide all of the extras that make the difference between a good education and a great one.

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

Green Hills and Silver Waters,
Caring for this place we call home
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM
At Taconic, Manchester Village

“Save the date” postcards for this event will be mailed out shortly and invitations will be mailed in early April. Make your plans early as we have had a sellout crowd the past seven years and a waiting list! Tickets are $125 per person, $1,250 for a table. If you want to reserve a table or tickets call me at 802-549-8201.

Gala Sponsorships are available to support this important fundraising event so if you own a business and would like to be in on the action, here’s your opportunity (and it counts towards parent participation). However, you don’t have to be a business to be a Gala Sponsor – consider a family sponsorship!

Mount Mansfield Sponsor: $2,500 (includes 4 tickets to the event)
Killington Mountain Sponsor: $1,500 (includes 2 tickets to the event)
Mount Ellen Sponsor: $1,000
Camel’s Hump Sponsor: $500
Pico Peak Sponsor: $250

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

3. Gala On-line Auction

One more thing related to this year’s gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters. We invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s eighth annual online auction. With your contribution of an item or service, the auction will build on the momentum of last year’s success. We raised $15,000 from the auction last year and it is designed to generate excitement for the main event on May 25th. The auction will launch on April 1st (that’s no joke) and close on April 11th, and will reach bidders all over the world (including parents of our international students, long-distance grandparents, and our alumni), plus the many friends of the school right here in our own backyard. The auction serves as a great way to involve those people who cannot attend the event for any number of reasons.

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

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

4. Update on the Bus Fund

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

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

cindy's only signature

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

 


 


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

From the Creative Arts Department

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

 


Guidance-Bullhorn

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

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

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

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

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

Financial Aid
All Vermont students applying for need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA and VSAC forms.  Pay close attention to individual college financial aid deadlines. In addition, some private colleges require students to file the CSS Profile form. You will need to check your individual college financial aid requirements. Information about the CSS Profile can be found in the financial aid section at www.collegeboard.org.

To file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VSAC grant application, go to these websites: www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org. Families are urged to file on-line as soon as possible and you are welcome to use our office computers if you need internet access. If you have questions about the FAFSA or other financial aid forms, don’t hesitate to contact the helpful folks at VSAC’s toll-free help line: 800-642-3177.

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

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

Juniors
Meetings with Juniors: 
Individual meetings with juniors are beginning this month to discuss college, gap programs, employment, military service, and other options. All students will have a scheduled appointment with their counselor sometime in the next few months when they will explore opportunities and review graduation requirements and senior year course choices.

For students who don’t have college in their sights at this time, we will discuss ways for students to determine possible career and job interests. Internships, elective courses and part-time jobs are good avenues for students to prepare for employment after high school.

We assist college-bound students with the college search process, discuss academic preparation, review PSAT scores and plan for standardized testing.  We look forward to continued contact with juniors throughout the next year as we work together to identify good college matches.

Parents often wonder how they can help. We meet with students and help them compile an appropriate college list, but families need to take the next step.  Please facilitate some college visits during the spring semester.  In our experience, we have found that students who have visited a few campuses prior to applying find the process more meaningful and manageable.  With advanced notice to teachers and the Dean of Students, college visits are excused absences from school. Plan a trip to see a campus or two and take advantage of information sessions and tours. Then be sure to let us know your family’s impressions.

Another way that we coordinate efforts with students and families is through the Naviance Program: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.  (Students can access Naviance directly through their OnCampus Resource page.)  This online program contains multiple career and college resources and also serves as a communication tool.  If you’d like access to this program or need to reset your password, please email Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant, at lwelsh@burrburton.org.

We are eager to partner with parents in the college and career planning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Standardized Testing Registration: 
College bound juniors should sign up to take either the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.

Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org, respectively. Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines for Juniors

Saturday, March 10,  SAT.
 Register by February 9 at www.collegeboard.org
 SAT Test only (no subject tests.) 
Test is offered at BBA. If a student has a potential athletic or other conflict for May 6 or June 3 test dates, you will want to consider taking this one.

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

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

Test Prep Opportunities

Free Options: 
www.collegeboard.org, www.actstudent.org, www.khanacademy.org

Download the “Question of the Day” App from the College Board

On-Line courses:
 www.kaplan.com
, www.princetonreview.com, www.methodtestprep.com

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

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

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA on May 10; cost is $35. Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/18, 3/25; and 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, and April 29. Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Local SAT and ACT Prep Course
Contact mary.mangiacotti@comcast.net or jstewart@maplestreetschool.com for more information about cost and class dates for their 2017 SAT Prep course offering.

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

Summer Programs/Study Abroad  
All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Science and Technology, and Young Writers. Brochures are in the School and College Counseling Office. Applications will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.giv.org. Application Deadline is April 1. For more info: contact  the GIV Office at 802-865-4448 or apply@giv.org.

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2017-2018 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule.  Students need to submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that commence at any point during the fall semester.

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

Upcoming Events:

Parent Conferences – 12:45 Dismissal – Wednesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 15.

Winter Break – February 16-23.

If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or send me an email.

Cory Herrington, 9th Grade Counselor, Social Studies Teacher and Co-Dean of Students – 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

Scholarships 2018

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

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Deadline is February 16! Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship workbook if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 11 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.

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

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

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

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

.


 Bulldog Logo copy 2

From the Athletics Department

Spring Sports Night
The mandatory parent athlete meeting for Spring Sports will be held on Thursday, March 8 at 6 pm in the gym.

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

Post Season Competition:

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

 


From the International Department 

Dear families,

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

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

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

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

Thank you, for all your help and support.

Pia Nolan
International Program HF Coordinator
802-549-8150

 


From the Library

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

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

 


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
 ..
2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
 .
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
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

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
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

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

2017-gala-logo-1-copyFlagship Sponsor

taconic_logo_full

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

January 2018

Calendar

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

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

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

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

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

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

Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

Cindy-Gubb-1

We want to start this month’s Bullhorn contribution with a big THANK YOU to all of our BBA parents who made a gift to the Annual Fund at the end of 2017. I know we send a lot of reminders. But the fact is every time we send another one out, more parents go online to make a gift or send in a gift, and shows us you understand the importance of financial support from our BBA families. Because of our independent status, your support ensures we can continue to provide an extraordinary educational experience for all students at Burr and Burton.

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

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

Fundraising Gala

With the start of the new year, we gear up the planning of our fundraising gala to be held on May 25, 2018. Once again, this is a premier event which kicks off the social season here in the Manchester and the Mountains area and is an important part of our fundraising efforts for the year. Last year’s event raised over $230,000! We will be hosting the event at the Taconic so be sure that date is on your calendar. A “Save the Date” card will be coming out shortly. In conjunction with this event, we are looking for support in several ways.

1. Sponsorship

Gala Sponsorship is one way to show your support for this important fundraising event. Sponsorships are $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500 with lots of benefits for your support. Whether you choose to represent your business or if you’d like to do a sponsorship as a family, all sponsorships go to help offset the expenses of putting on this event. If you’re interested in becoming a Gala Sponsor please contact Pauline de Laszlo at 802-549-8277 or email her pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.

2. Online Auction Items

We will once again be holding an Online Auction in April. As always, we are looking for items for the auction, and in particular, donation of services or high- quality items. If you own a business or would like to do something as an individual, we are looking for items such as:

Cord of wood (delivered)
A morning of spring cleaning
A couple of hours of window washing
Decorating consultation
Landscaping consultation
Gift certificates to local restaurants or any local business

Anything along these lines would be terrific. If you have something in mind, please contact Pauline de Laszlo at 802-549-8277 or email her pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.

3. Live Auction Items

Also, if you have an item that might be appropriate for a Live Auction item please let us know. For example, this might be a week in a vacation home in a warm climate or at the beach during the summer, or a unique experience of some sort. Please contact Kate Townshend at kate.a.townsend@gmail.com if you have something you can offer.

The good news is if you become a gala sponsor, donate something to either the Online or Live auction it will count toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!

Student Athlete Bus Fund

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

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

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

cindy's only signature

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising

______

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


From the Creative Arts Department


On Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts, Burr and Burton Academy’s Creative Arts Department will present The New Works Project: Theater and Dance.  Join us as the veil is taken away from the creative process with students sharing their original choreography, scenes, monologues, poetry, and scripts in a workshop atmosphere. If you ever wanted to see the steps of the creative genius, don’t miss out on this opportunity. Listen, watch and experience the performance of these burgeoning artists and be part of the process with a talk back at the end of the evening. The event is free.

________

Adventure in the Heart of Europe Informational Meeting #2 on Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center.

 


Guidance-Bullhorn

Second Semester Schedules
All students should check their second semester schedules through the On-Campus Portal (under the Classes tab, view Other Classes, drop down to “All-Year”). Students who need to make changes should contact their counselor as soon as possible.  

College and Career Planning for Juniors
The School and College Counselors will meet with all juniors in individual student appointments to be scheduled in February, March and April. We will discuss the student’s academic record, extracurricular and work experiences, and other positive factors that will contribute to a successful college application process or transition to work or other opportunities. Our goal with all students is to help them create a successful plan for life after BBA.  We will assist students in developing an appropriate college list, answer questions and provide support for the college search and provide guidance related to a gap year, career search, course selection, employment opportunities and more. We welcome parental contact and feedback at any time.

PSAT TESTING INFORMATION for JUNIORS
PSAT score reports have been mailed home, and scores have been posted to the “Testing” page on student Naviance accounts. Included in the PSAT mailing is information about upcoming SAT Prep opportunities.  Students should review their scores at http://studentscores.collegeboard.org and link scores with Khan Academy for individualized, personal SAT prep.

SPRING 2018  Standardized Testing Information for Juniors

Test      Test Date  Location    Register by
ACT      February 10  OTHER    Jan. 12
SAT      March 10  BBA    Feb. 9
ACT      April 14  BBA    Mar. 9
SAT or Subject Tests      May 5  BBA    Apr. 6
SAT or Subject Tests      June 2  OTHER    May 3
ACT      June 9  OTHER    May 4

 

Students should NOT register for all of the above tests. Check your schedule and determine which date(s) work for you. To register for the SAT: www.collegeboard.org. To register for the ACT: www.actstudent.org.

Test Prep Opportunities

High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100 for the prep class.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families.  Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for either the March SAT or the May SAT.  Classes will also include information applicable to students taking the ACT.

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

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

The two sessions above are identical courses so students will only sign up for one.  To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadlines: Jan. 10 for Session 1;  March 15 for Session 2.  

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

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

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

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

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

Regarding Governor’s Institute of Vermont SUMMER Institutes, applications are available beginning February 1 at www.giv.org/applynow.

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

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors
Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades of their applicants. Rest assured that the registrar will process grades as soon as possible following exams. We’ll then forward an updated transcript to all colleges listed on students’ transcript request forms. Because we use a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.

From the 9th Grade Corner
Our 9th graders have started the process of looking at and creating a “draft” academic plan for their next three years here at Burr and Burton. Through additional advisory meetings this winter our freshmen will continue to work on these plans while learning about Burr and Burton graduation requirements, transcripts, AP classes, and the Career Development Center. They can access their draft plan through Naviance which is linked in our OnCampus portal. There are a number of tools within the Naviance platform that we encourage students to explore such as the career interest profiler. Academically, January brings a new semester and new classes. We continue to stress the importance of using Flex block time wisely.

Scholarships
Forms for scholarships listed below are downloadable from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript request form found in the School and College Counseling Office. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Students must get their  VSAC Unified Scholarship application done and postmarked by Friday, Feb 16, with all required documents. VSAC Scholarship workbooks were handed out in December. Come to School and College Counseling to obtain one if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document requests to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling a few days prior to the deadline!

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website: vtlegion.org. Award: $500; Deadline April 1.

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

APPLICATIONS ONLINE: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

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

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

.


 Bulldog Logo copy 2

From the Athletics Department

It feels like Winter and our teams are getting into the heart of their competitive season. We hope you will join us and cheer on the bulldogs. Here are some highlights in our programming as we head into the New Year. Don’t forget to download the SuperFan App and check in at competitions for SuperFan bragging rights and the chance to win great prizes at these games.

Bulldog Nation by SuperFanU, Inc

iOS
Android Device

Peak Performance Program

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

Student Athlete Bus Fund

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

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

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

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

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2017-2018

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

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15

Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30

Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

Remaining Varsity Home Openers:

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 27 at 1 pm: Dance Competition

 


From the BBA Yearbook Crew

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

 


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
 ..
2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
 .
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
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com

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
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

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

2017-gala-logo-1-copyFlagship Sponsor

taconic_logo_full

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

December 2017

Calendar

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

 


From the Acting Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

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

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

There are only a few weeks left before exams, and there are many opportunities for students to receive academic support prior to the end of the semester. Teachers are available before and after school (by appointment) and during Flex Block. As a reminder, student OnCampus progress grades are open to parents until December 6th. You can view what students can view – assignments, due dates, grades and progress to date. Please reach out to teachers if you have questions or concerns.

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

Lastly, I hope to connect with many of you in the coming weeks at BBA’s winter concert, the Theater and Dance Fest, Mountain Campus Final Presentations, and athletic games and competitions.

Best,  

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

 


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Anthony J. Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students

.


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

The Mountain Campus invites the extended BBA community to the fall semester students’ Final Project Presentations on Tuesday, December 19th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This evening is a chance for our students to share their work on creating positive change. Public speeches and readings, poster presentations, art and film will be part of this demonstration of a semester of learning. For students and families considering the Mountain Campus, this is the best way to witness how a range of MC students experience education in this setting. The event will be in at the Mountain Campus, at 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd., Peru, VT. 05152.

 


From the Advancement Office:

Cindy-Gubb-1

As the holiday season in upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the generosity of spirit of our BBA community! We want to thank all of our parents and families who support Burr and Burton Academy in many different ways.

Thank you to the Parent Association and the many hours they have put into reaching out to all BBA parents. Under the new leadership of Nan Bambara, this year the Parent Association executed a clothing exchange, made refreshments and helped with other needs for the fall play, hosted a new parent get-together, and much more. The Gala committee under the leadership of Kate Townshend and Urszula Knowles is already hard at work planning for this important event on May 25, 2018. And we appreciate the efforts of parents who provide food and refreshments for traveling teams, come to our performing arts events and cheer on our Bulldogs on the field, court, tracks and trails, slopes and parks, and the ice rink. Thank you to the Booster Club and all of the activities they have been involved in. Thank you to those who have helped organize fundraising events to support the hockey program, especially the most recent Student vs. Faculty Hockey game at Riley Rink.

Thank you to our host families of International students, for welcoming these students into your home to be a part of your family. And to our dorm parents who fashion a family of a different sort by creating a supportive, caring environment for their International students. (We’re always looking for more host families so if you’re interested please contact Pia Nolan at pnolan@burrburton.org).

And last but certainly not least, thank you to all parents who have supported the 2017 – 2018 Annual Giving Campaign with a gift or corporate sponsorship. For those of you who haven’t yet made a commitment, there is still plenty of time unless you want to take the tax deduction in 2017! If that is the case we must receive your gift by December 31, 2017. We continue to promote parent participation as the main focus of our fundraising efforts. We count outright gifts, corporate sponsorships (if you have a family-owned business), gala sponsorships, a donation of a service or item to the spring Online Auction, gifts made to the Bus Fund, the 88 Keys campaign and gifts made to Friends of Hockey. If you’ve already given, please encourage other parents to do the same. After all, we’re all in this together.

So once again, our most sincere thank you to all of you who have supported the school and our students in some way in the past months – we couldn’t do it without you.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from all of us in the Advancement office.

cindy's only signature

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

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

Online: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform
By mail: Advancement office, Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254

Credit card: Online or call Nancy Brown in our office at 802-549-8110
In person: Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off your gift. We’d love to see you and say thank you in person.

______
We’re almost there! Only $3,333 left to raise to get the second $5,000! – 
Student Athlete Bus Fund

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

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

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

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

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

 


From the BBA Parent Association

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

 


From the Creative Arts Department

The Music Department will present a Winter Concert Tuesday, December 5, at 6 pm and 7:45 pm featuring the Instrumental Music Ensemble, Vocal Music Ensemble, Circuits Electronic Music Ensemble and Chamber Choir.  Tickets are available at bbatickets.com.

_________

Burr and Burton Academy’s Winter Showcase,  A FESTIVAL of DANCE, DRAMA and FILM 

Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film, Thursday, December 14, at 6 pm and 8 pm, on stage in the school’s Riley Center for the Arts. Don’t miss the chance to experience the wide range of talent from BBA’s curricular acting, dance and film classes. There is something for everyone in this tightly packed evening of performance.

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

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

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

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

  .

Guidance-Bullhorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advanced Placement Exam Fee
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2017-2018 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $95 per exam by Friday, December 15. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $5 per exam.  Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to the School and College Counseling Office, or pay by credit card at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/ap_fees (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well).  There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose. All students enrolled in AP courses are required by Burr and Burton to take the AP exam. AP exams are held May 7 – May 18, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

.


From the Athletics Department

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

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

  1. Limit your comments to encouragement and celebration – leave the coaching to the coaches, the officiating to the officials, and the playing to the athletes.
  2. Avoid analyzing the game or your child’s play right after the game. All they need to know is that you enjoyed watching them play. When your child is ready for your advice they will come to you.
  3. Speak positively about the team and the individuals who are part of it. It is hard to have a positive experience when the people you admire are tearing it down.

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2017-2018
Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15
Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

Varsity Home Openers:

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

...


French Exchange information

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

From the Library 

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

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

.


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched. 
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE

2017-2018 Corporate Sponsors

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

Headmaster’s List ($5000 +)
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
.
High Honor Roll ($3000 +)
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com
 .
Honor Roll ($1500 +)
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Cilantro – http://cilantrorestaurantvt.com/
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – https://www.northshire.com/

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

Academic Letter ($500 +)
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
Equinox Construction Company
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – http://www.midurabuildingco.com/
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Aspen at Manchester – http://www.theaspenatmanchester.com/

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

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

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

2017-gala-logo-1-copyFlagship Sponsor

taconic_logo_full

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

November 2017

Calendar

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

 


From the Acting Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

We fall into November with the second half of the academic semester in full swing, two teams competing in the post season, and winter sports season just around the corner.  With the time change (don’t forget to fall back this weekend), you might be tempted to hunker down during the dark November evenings. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities available this month to connect as a community.  

Next week, come out to experience the BBA Creative Arts Department’s production of Harvey. The cast and crew consists of students who have worked all fall to bring this production to life. The play runs from November 8th – November 11th and tickets are available on BBA’s website. On November 17th, you can watch the student-faculty hockey game at Riley Rink. This is a fundraiser for our girls and boys hockey teams. The “Golden Cup” is currently sitting in my office and I know that the faculty plans to hold on to it this year –even without Mr. Tashjian’s hockey skills!

We are halfway through the semester and I recently encouraged our students to take some time to reflect on their learning. I encourage you to talk with your sons and daughters about their successes, challenges and goals for the next 8 weeks. I share the following to guide your conversation.

Here is an excerpt from my email to students:

Before you move on to the second half of the semester,  take some time to reflect on your own learning.  

Now is the time to check in with yourself. What are you most proud of? What do you view as your greatest successes? What evidence and learning artifacts can you point to that demonstrate high quality work and a deep understanding of content and skill development?  

Now is the time to identify and celebrate your own personal learning victories.

Now is the time to think about what you want to do differently the second half of this semester?  How do you want to improve, stretch and grow?

I was reminded recently that, those who do the work do the learning.

If you are reading this and thinking — there are many areas where I want to improve. Remember this year’s school theme —Take Ownership.

Now is your time to do things differently and keep in mind that you can do hard things and you don’t have to do it alone. There are many opportunities for success, many pathways to achieve it, and many here to support you on your learning journey.

Remember, those who do the work do the learning.

Best –

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

 


From the Dean of Students

About Winter Weather

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

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

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

.


 

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

 


From the Advancement Office:

Cindy-Gubb-1

Calling all parents to support the 2017 – 2018 Annual Fund!
By now, you have received the Annual Fund brochure, and a personal appeal from Mark Tashjian will be arriving shortly asking for your support of this year’s Annual Fund. As parents, your participation is key to our success – parent support demonstrates your commitment to our mission to serve the needs of all students (and most important, those of your student).

We encourage you to give at a level that works for your family. You may say to yourself, “What can my $10, $25, or $50 dollars do for BBA?” I would like to stress that each and every gift counts as a vote in favor of top-quality education. With your support, we can demonstrate to other donors and foundations that our BBA families are behind us 100%, which in turn, inspires their generous support. Take a look at the Annual Appreciation Report and see how many donors believe in the work that we do at Burr and Burton! It’s impressive.

What does the Annual Fund support? It is a key piece of the funding puzzle that provides all of the amazing educational opportunities for your student. When considering a gift, think about the iPad your student is using to enhance their learning experience here, or the Mountain Campus semester, or the Student Success Program, or any of the After School Clubs your student enjoys, or the service learning trips planned for the second semester, or any of the amazing “extras” that are available to your student at Burr and Burton Academy. These opportunities are provided by meeting the Annual Fund goal.

Please don’t put it off – make your gift today. It’s easy. You can give in any of the following ways:

  • Make a gift online by clicking on this link https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform
  • Send a check to Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254
  • Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off a gift (and we can thank you in person)
  • Become a corporate sponsor if you own your own business
  • Donate a service of some sort to the Online Auction

Any and all gifts count toward the parent participation number and if you also happen to be an alumnus or alumna, your gift counts toward alumni giving!

Thank you for your support if you’ve already given this year. Last year was another outstanding year for the Annual Fund, which means it was an outstanding year for the opportunities we were able to provide YOUR student. And we are working to replicate that success – please help us get to the goal!

With grateful appreciation,

cindy's only signature

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

Pineapple Beach Club, Antigua

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

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

We are looking ahead and planning for next year’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day which is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2018. This past year’s event was a great success with over 110 guests attending the program and consisted of presentations by faculty and students. Grandparents and Special Friends were then joined by their grandchildren for lunch in the cafeteria and then student-led campus tours followed. 

In order to invite your student’s grandparents or special friends to our spring event, we are in need of their mailing address. Please forward to nbrown@burrburton.org

 


From the BBA Parent Association

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

 


From the Creative Arts Department

Tickets available at bbatickets.com.

 .

Guidance-Bullhorn

Seniors
Keep those applications coming! Let us help you brainstorm essays, review applications and consider good matches. Many seniors have already submitted applications; other students are still working through the initial process. A good rule of thumb is to apply before the December break. Remember to have your test scores sent directly from the College Board or ACT to the colleges that require them. We’re here to assist and support you.

Families need to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from application deadlines. Please check EACH college’s website for information. Students applying to private colleges should check to see if they are required to complete the CSS Financial Profile Form. Forms are available online at collegeboard.org.

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

What to do at least 5 days before Forms Night:

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

What to bring to Forms Night:

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

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

Castleton Decision Day Program
Castleton University gives students the opportunity to interview with admissions counselors at BBA on Wednesday, December 6. Students will immediately receive their admission decision if the student’s completed application has been received by November 17 (Application fee is waived.) Students must submit a transcript request form to their counselor and sign up for an interview appointment with Castleton in the School and College Counseling Office by November 17.

SAT/ACT Registration Information
We recommend that juniors hold off on these tests until the spring semester when they will have had a chance to review PSAT results and take a prep class, if desired. Test prep classes will be scheduled in the winter/spring and we will alert you to those opportunities. Seniors should note that November 2 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 2 at BBA. Go to www.collegeboard.org. Seniors who want to take the December 9 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 3 deadline at www.actstudent.org.

Upcoming College Visits
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to attend college meetings. Students and parents can find our most up-to-date list at http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. We also post a paper calendar inside the School and College Counseling Office and list visits in the weekly announcements.

AP Exam Information
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2017-2018 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $95 per exam by Friday, December 15th. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $5 per exam.  Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to the School and College Counseling Office, or pay by credit card at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/ap_fees (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well).  There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose. All students enrolled in AP courses are required by Burr and Burton to take the AP exam. AP exams are held May 7 – May 18, 2018.

College Athletics
Seniors interested in playing Division I or II intercollegiate athletics next year need to register at http://www.ncaa.org/. Stop in the School and College Counseling Office for assistance or computer access.

Selective Service Registration
Eighteen-year-old males need to register with the U.S. Selective Service at www.sss.gov. Male students need to do so in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

From the 9th grade corner:
It’s hard to believe but your 9th grader is now officially one quarter of the way through their Freshmen year.  We are proud to report that on Wednesday, October 13 over 150 Freshmen at 12 different locations collectively completed almost 1,000 hours of community service.  

Academic Support:
An emphasis has been placed in advisory on using Flex block wisely. On a normal full week of school this is the block during the middle of day that students can get lunch and complete school work.  We continue to stress the importance of using this time to make-up tests or quizzes, conference with teachers, work on group projects and receive individual help when needed.  Please note, that the library is open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday. 

Upcoming Events.

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

2016/2017 Scholarship List
Scholarship information can be found in the School and College Counseling Office and is listed in Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.

National Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: United States citizen, judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Award: $1,000 – $60,000;
Deadline: November 30
Application online at: www.elks.org/enf/scholars

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website: vtlegion.org.
Award: $500;
Deadline April 1

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

.


From the Athletics Department

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

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

Reminder that, all Freshmen, Juniors and new students must have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. As this is the second year of the policy we expect most sophomores and seniors to be in compliance with up to date physicals but please be sure to check. We must have a copy of your athlete’s physical (dated from 3/1/16 or later) on file for athletes to be eligible for participation in athletics. All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms must be completed prior to the meetings on November 15. Completing them sooner rather than later is greatly appreciated from the administrative end. If you are having difficulty with the forms, assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the winter sports meeting in the basement of the Smith Center.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics, Dave Miceli at dmiceli@burrburton.org.

Please note that there are competitions scheduled over the holiday break December 22 – January 7, and during the February break 16 – 25. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Varsity Coaches:

Alpine Skiing – Trey Spencer: treyvt6@yahoo.com

Girls Basketball – Erin Mears: erin.n.mears@gmail.com

Boys Basketball – Eric Green: greene@orvis.com

Dance TBD

Boys Ice Hockey – Mark Slade: mainstreethockey@yahoo.com

Girls Ice Hockey – Ed Lewicki: elewicki1114@hotmail.com

Nordic Skiing – Ian Black: iancblack@gmail.com

Snowboarding TBD

Wrestling – Sarah Barker: barker2122@gmail.com


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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

.


From the Health Center

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

Adventure in the Heart of Europe Meeting Date

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

2017 – 2018 Yearbook Announcement

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

From the Library 

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

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

.


Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched. 
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE

2016-2017 Corporate Sponsors

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

Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping – ruggvalley.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

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

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

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

2017-gala-logo-1-copyFlagship Sponsor

taconic_logo_full

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized