Monthly Archives: June 2011

June 2011


1 Gawlik Awards, 7:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

1-3 Senior exams

2 Scholarship Night, 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

5 International Student Barbecue for Students and Host Families, 5:30 pm, Rowland Center cafeteria

7-9 Underclassmen exams

9 International Students Graduation Dinner, 6:30 pm, Rowland Center cafeteria

10 Faculty in-service and make-up exams

10 Commencement, 5:30 pm, Pettibone Field

11 Alumni Reunion Dinner, 6 pm, E.H. Henry gym

13 Faculty in-service


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

Yesterday, the seniors ended their last day of classes by ringing the bell and walking down the Senior Steps while the entire faculty, staff and student body cheered on the front lawn, one of the many traditions of this school. In ten days, we will celebrate the individual and collective accomplishments of this spectacular class, the Class of 2011, at Burr and Burton’s 178th commencement.

Between now and June 10, it could not possibly be busier. Tonight we will host the First Annual Gawlik Awards, a celebration of our cinematography program. Scholarship Night is Thursday evening, our sports teams have begun the playoff drive toward what we hope will be a number of state championships, and final projects and exams close out the school year. It is a time of intense activity, showcasing all that is great about this school. Buckle up and get ready for the stretch run.

One event that deserves special mention took place on Friday evening, the parent-organized fundraising gala, Celebrating Global Community. With a confluence of student energy, parent volunteerism, faculty and staff participation, corporate sponsorship and extraordinary generosity across the board, we shattered every record for an individual fundraiser, reaching somewhere close to $150,000. That figure is an incredible vote of confidence on the part of those who hold this school dear, and it brings with it the responsibility for us to keep reaching greater heights in the interest of serving young people in our communities. It also shows how strong we can be when we all work together.

It is exciting, inspiring and humbling to serve as the headmaster of this great institution. On behalf of our faculty and staff, I want to thank all of you for your support and for entrusting us with your sons and daughters. To parents of seniors, I look forward to celebrating the Class of 2011 with you on June 10.


Mark H. Tashjian


From the Athletic Department

Important Fall Sports Information

August 14 Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night at 5 pm in the cafeteria for FOOTBALL only

August 15 Football practice begins

August 21 Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for soccer, cross-country and field hockey at 5 pm. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first and then go to individual team meetings. The Parent Association is hosting a dinner following the meetings.

August 22 Soccer, field hockey and cross-country practices begin.

Fall Varsity Coaches

Football: Jason Thomas

Girls’ Soccer: Dan DeForest

Boys’ Soccer: Peter Mull

Field Hockey: Barbara Muench

Cross-Country: Sandy Birch

All athletes must have a physical exam after November 15, 2009, in order to participate in the fall season. Physical forms and permission forms can be downloaded from the school’s web site, Completed forms must be brought to the meetings on August 14 or August 21 or mailed (attention Kathi Bierwirth) to the school before August 14. Please indicate which sport you will be participating in.

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics Kathi Bierwirth

The fall sports registration form can be filed out electronically as a Goggle doc.

 Concussion in Sports: What You Need to Know
Click here for course link

A sports-related concussion in high school sports can be a serious and even life-threatening situation if not managed correctly. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the 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 learn the impact a 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.

The Role of the Parent in Sports
Click here for link to course

The National Federation of State High School Associations has come out with a new free course: The Role of the Parent in Sports. There are some good information, videos and handouts that parents and coaches should become familiar with.

As a parent of a student who participates in athletics, you make a huge difference in the quality of your child’s sports experience, as well as what is being taught and learned by your son or daughter. The National Federation of State High School Associations has provided information and resources to help educate you on the importance of proper behavior by parents in school sports.


From the Dean of Studies

Parent Survey
Burr and Burton has begun the process of preparing for our accreditation review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC asks us to spend next year deeply reflecting on our strengths and needs as a school, and to identify areas where we wish to grow and improve. Some of the preliminary work of this important reflective exercise involves surveying all of our constituents—parents, teachers, staff, and students—this spring. We hope that all of our parents will help us by providing feedback on the work we do here.

Surveys were sent electronically to all parents in early May. If you haven’t had a chance to respond yet, please do so before the end of the school year :

Thanks for your time! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jen Hyatt, Dean of Studies, at 362-1775 ext. 143, or at


From the Advancement Office

Dear Parents,

It has been an absolutely amazing year and that is due in part, to your extraordinary support. We more than exceeded our fundraising goal for the Annual Giving Campaign, which is vital support needed to make student programs happen at Burr and Burton. We had a great team of parents serving on behalf of the Parent Association providing many opportunities for parent interaction and education over pasta dinners and other events.

We had a fantastic Celebrating Global Community committee that organized and pulled off a flawless event and raised a lot of money for the school. The online auction committee of this event did an awesome job of pulling together items to offer online, photographing each item, creating descriptions, and posting them to the site. This auction raised over $11,000. Our students did an incredible job selling 50/50 raffle tickets and globe pins before and during the event. And last but not least, the Booster Club had several successful fundraising events with their wine tasting and Harlem Rockets. Those funds are dedicated to support of our athletic programs. All in all, it was a very, very good year. And that leads us to a long list of thank yous.

We want to thank the many parents who donated items to the online auction and live auction, those who offered sponsorships in support of the event, and those who came to the event and supported the fundraising effort. All parents who made any kind of gift to support Burr and Burton Academy this year (July 1 – June 30), will be listed in the Annual Appreciation Report which will come out in August.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following parents (and others) who served on various committees, working tirelessly for the school and for YOUR student. So if you see them socially, at the grocery store or at a school function, please be sure to thank them personally for their volunteer time this year in support of Burr and Burton.

Parent Association

Katy Hancock, President

Patricia Nelson, Advancement Committee

Bob McLeish

Leslie Keefe, Annual Event Committee

Michele Murphy, Arts & Humanities Committee

Terry Merrow, Booster Club

Margaret Saling, Welcoming Committee

Kate Miskovsky

Booster Club

Terry Merrow

Arlena Merrow

Rebecca Merrow

Daniel Cassidy

Terry Blackwell

Dody Boucher

Tim Boucher

Jenn Jacob

John Conlon

Deb Madden

Leslie Keefe

Wendy Rizio

Katy Hancock

Valerie Magarian

Celebrating Global Community

Leslie Keefe, Chair

Katy Hancock

Bettina Abrams

Andrea Berumen

Lillian Bogossian

Irene Cole

Kathleen Colson

Drew Dunigan

Lu French

Susan Heckman

Peggy Iglinski

Judy Livingston

Rachel Maiori ’03

Bonnie Nunn

Colleen Parente

Diana Pikulski

Tara Pollio

Becky Shehadi

Victoria Silsby

Judy Taylor ’57

Betsy Tiene

Sanfra Weiss

Luke Drabyn ’11

Daniel Frank ’12

Board of Trustees – parent representation

Andy Shaw, Secretary

Robert Allen

Rabbi Michael Cohen

Lu French

Advisory Council Members  – parent representation

Bob McLeish

Karen Allen

Martha Cowles

Julie Oliva

Scott Swinarton

So once again, many, many thanks for your outpouring of support in so many ways. Your financial and volunteer support endorses and honors the work of the Burr and Burton faculty and staff as we prepare your son or daughter for the world beyond the campus of our school.

Have a great summer!

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Parent Association

With growing participation this year, the Parent Association has been able to organize, plan and host numerous activities from the Parent Social at the beginning of the year to Pasta Dinners, the Community Clothing Drive to the Harlem Superstars Basketball Game, Homecoming festivities to parent education on Service Learning, Student Health Services, and School and College Counseling topics. We’ve welcomed new and transfer students and parents to the Burr and Burton family, and prepare to say farewell to others as Senior Send-Off rolls around this weekend and another class of amazing, young adults proceeds across Pettibone Field to graduation on June 10.

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the phenomenal fundraising gala, Celebrating Global Community. The rumblings are true! By uniting parents, students, faculty and staff, trustees, community members and more, senior parent Leslie Keefe led the charge to a sold-out event and unprecedented proceeds in excess of $100,000….all of which directly benefit the Annual Giving Campaign and, ultimately, each Burr and Burton student! The key? Community teamwork. Individually we may accomplish much, but together we accomplish even MORE! Many hands make light work and this event and the Parent Association are no exception. It takes individuals committed to our mission to “foster partnership between families, school, and the community through communication, education, social and fundraising activities and advocacy.” Your Parent Association is already busy planning and preparing for next year. We encourage you to learn more and volunteer in whatever capacity you are able.  Email or phone Katy Hancock, President, at 867-9981.


Alumni Reunion Weekend June 10-12

Registration is now open for Reunion Weekend 2011 celebrating classes ending in 1 and 6. Registration is easier than ever with our first online registration form.  Visit for the full schedule of events and to submit your registration and payment online. All alums who register by May 31 will receive a special gift at Reunion check-in and will be entered in a drawing to win dinner for two.  As always, all alums are welcome!

This year’s schedule includes a few new additions. The restored observatory will be open at 10 pm on Friday night for star gazing with longtime Burr and Burton teacher and astronomy lover Bill Muench. The Joe and Joan Rizio Alumni Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday with tee times starting later in the morning to better accommodate those traveling from afar. Call Peter Henry ’60 at 802.824.6618 for details. The former Headmaster’s house, now the Alumni and Advancement Office, will be home to an Alumni Hospitality Suite throughout the day on Saturday. Stop in for refreshments and to visit with members of the Alumni Association.  On Saturday evening we will celebrate Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and Alumni Recognition Award recipients before gathering  for the Annual Alumni Reunion Dinner and Dance in the E.H. Henry Gymnasium.  Amy Walter Chamberlain ’85 of The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern will cater dinner. Check out for reunion updates.

For more information, contact Annual Giving Coordinator Shannon O’Leary ’04 at 802.549.8281 or by e-mail


From the Library

This summer, give yourself a treat.  Choose a bunch of exciting books, find a comfortable place to read, such as under a tree or at the beach and have fun!

Here are lots of suggestions for great summertime reading.  We have put together our own list of suggestions for recreational reading all designed to provide a flavor of Vermont and spark an interest in a few of the fascinating stories set in our great state.  Our list will be available in print form in the guidance office this summer and/or can be found on the library web page under the section titled “What Do I Read Now.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities has a list of recommended readings called Summertime Favorites and the high school suggestions can be found online at

The Horn Book Magazine Summer Reading List for High School students is available at their site:

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults :

The Social Studies Department also has an extensive summer reading list available online. We are happy to make a print copy available to you of any of these lists–just give us a call. As always, our collection is available to you all summer long through the Mark Skinner Library and the Northshire Consortium.

Happy summer reading!

Library Website:


College and Career Information

Summer Homework for Rising Seniors

  • Request a college recommendation from a teacher 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 (
  • Save your best writing from your classes for possible enclosure in applications
  • Complete all summer work required for your fall classes
  • Draft a sample college essay – see for topics (the new version of the Common Application will be available mid-summer)
  • 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 by August 12 for the September 10 ACT at Registration and test dates not yet announced for the SAT- check on for updated information.


Mandatory Application Seminar for all College-Bound Seniors Monday, August 22, 10 am – 1 pm

Preliminary work on college applications and information on the college admission process.


College-Bound Senior College Application Workshops

Wednesday, August 24: Application workshop Part 1  10 am – 1 pm

Friday, August 26: Application workshop Part 2  10 am – 1 pm


Summer Homework for All

Students need to budget time over the summer for any required academic work.  All students will have a summer reading requirement and assignment from the Social Studies department. Students enrolled in AP English 11 or 12, AP US History, AP Biology and AP Psychology will have course specific summer work.  Assignments will be posted on the Burr and Burton website and available in hard copy in the School and College Counseling Office.

Attention Class of 2012

All rising juniors must report to school-on Wednesday, August 31 for the Junior Jump Start 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.

News from the School and College Counseling Office

All of the counselors work scattered days 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.

As advisory groups, rising sophomores have shifted counselors from Phil Anton to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud or Cristin Rose. Juniors and seniors will retain their current counselor for consistency. Phil Anton will continue to be the counselor for incoming freshmen.  School and College counselor assignments will again be noted in the end-of-the-year mailing.


Senior Plans
Members of the Class of 2011 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 different ventures.  Please know that we look forward to hearing from you.  We’ll miss you!

Scholarship and Loan Information

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, meteorology, and soil science.)

Award: not specified; Deadline: June 2

AES Engineers Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student regardless of course of study. Must write an essay of no more than 1,000 words on topic listed on the website

Award: $500; Deadline: October 9

Info Online at:


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

Eligibility:  Acceptance into college or university.  2.5 average and references required.  Interview at Olin Scott Fund office. Loan of up to $4000/year not to exceed $16,000. Deadline:  July 31.  Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.


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