Monthly Archives: August 2011

August 2011


14 Fall Sports Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting for Football ONLY, 5 pm, Rowland Center cafeteria

15 Football Practice Begins

21 Fall Sports Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting, 5 pm, E. H. Henry gym

22 Mandatory Senior Application Seminar, 10 am-1 pm, Rowland Center cafeteria

22 Extracurricular Theater and Dance Meeting, 6 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

22 Fall Sports Practices begin

23-25  Theater and Dance Workshops and Auditions, 6-9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

24  Senior Application Workshop Part 1, 10 am-1 pm, Smith Center

26  Senior Application Workshop Part 2, 10 am-1 pm, Smith Center

29  New Student Orientation for sophomore, junior, and senior transfer students, 10 am-12 pm, Hunter Seminar Room

29-30  Faculty In-Service

31  Freshman Orientation, 7:50 am-1:20 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

31  Junior Jump Start,  7:50 am – 12:00 pm

31  Freshman and Sophomore Class Potluck, 5 pm, for all freshman and sophomore students and their parents, Rowland Center cafeteria

31  Orientation for Parents of Freshmen and and New Students, 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts


1  School Opens. Early dismissal at 12:35 pm

5  Labor Day. No School.

8  School Photos


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

I hope you are all enjoying summer. In a few weeks, we will be sending out a package of information, key dates, etc. Please note that the full school calendar may be found online. The academic calendar and the athletic calendar may also be downloaded as pdfs.

Last year was a spectacular year in so many respects. I look forward to the coming year being even better. In the meantime, rest up and enjoy the closing weeks of summer bliss.

Sincerely yours,

Mark H. Tashjian


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents:

As the ability to communicate through electronic media has grown over the past several years, so have the number of incidents of cyber-bullying and cyber-harassment. No form of bullying or harassment is acceptable, but there was once a time, not too long ago, that it would only happen in a face-to-face setting.

Now your son/daughter can be in the comfort of your own residence and receive threats or be harassed via text message, instant message, Facebook (or other social network posts), and even online video chatting such as Skype.

The next form of technology to be aware of is video conferencing. ooVoo is the latest free, audio and video, webcam instant messaging software that can be used with Microsoft Windows and with Apple operating systems. ooVoo is similar to Skype video software and Apple’s iChat video software in that it allows you to have webcam conversations with friends.

ooVoo instant messaging software is also different from Skype and iChat in that it allows multi-party, video and audio calls with up to twelve locations at the same time—six on video and six on telephone.

Most incidents involving bullying and harassment begin in cyber-space and carry over into school, both electronically and in person. Thus, for some students their mistreatment can take place around the clock seven days a week. Even while they sleep they can be electronically bullied or harassed to the point of not wanting to come to school.

When this happens, we take it seriously and make every effort to get the perpetrator to stop. If the behavior continues, we discipline the offender even though the incident may not have taken place on campus, during school hours, or at a school-sponsored event.

Thankfully, through hard work, perseverance, and support, Burr and Burton was one of the first schools to take disciplinary action against students engaged in threatening electronic activity.

Act 58 of the 2011 Legislative session made changes to the definitions of harassment, bullying and the ability of schools to discipline students for off-campus misconduct. Simply stated, it is called harassment and bullying “by electronic means.” It allows schools to discipline students for misconduct off school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity.

The purpose of this message is not only to make you aware of how we handle cyber-bullying and cyber-harassment, but to also encourage you to have a dialogue with your son/daughter about the proper use of electronic media and the dangers.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.

Anthony Cirelli
Dean of Students


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 Performing Arts Department

A mandatory meeting for all students interested in participating in the Media and Performing Arts extracurricular fall productions will take place on August 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  If you are interested in acting, dancing, singing, directing, building sets, writing, hanging lights, filming, editing, etc make sure you don’t miss this meeting. Audition material will be handed out for the fall play Little Women and the Fall Film Project. Auditions will take place on August 23-25 6:30 pm-9:00 pm. We will also share information and schedules for all other offerings such as Broadway Workshop, Pointe and Circuits. For more information go to . If you are unable to attend, please contact Mr. Raposa at

Burr and Burton’s very own Jim Raposa will be appearing in the Fort Salem Theater production of GEORGE M. COHAN TONIGHT! on August 12-14 and 19-21. You may know Jim as a teacher and a director at BBA, but did you know that he appeared on Broadway in the musicals “Cats,” “The Lion King,” “Ragtime” and many other shows and films throughout his 25-year performing career? Don’t miss this chance to see him in his element, on stage, portraying the man who owned Broadway, George M. Cohan. For tickets call 518.854.9200.

Mention that you are a Burr and Burton student and your ticket is $10. Adults are $27 and Seniors are $25


From the Advancement Office

The only word that can describe 2010 – 2011 is AWESOME. The Advancement office wants to once again thank everyone who helped us throughout the year with events, the Celebrating Global Community gala, the Online Auction, those who volunteered with the Booster Club or the Parent Association, did fundraising for Friends of Hockey or other efforts, and supported the Annual Giving Campaign with a gift.

Once again, this year’s annual fund was a resounding success. Not only did we meet our goal of $475,000, we far surpassed it, all because of your amazing generosity. And the parent fundraising event blew the doors off of previous events raising over $160,000 (before expenses). Gifts from parents came in all sizes, including many gifts-in-kind of items for the first ever Online Auction. To get to our goal, we received support from our Board of Trustees (100 percent as always), our parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, local businesses, past parents, alumni, former board members, Advisory Council members, Alumni Association members and friends of the school.

It takes a lot of collaboration and cooperation to make this special place we know as Burr and Burton Academy be the school of choice in our area. Through our unique public/private partnership, we educate all students and offer them a breadth of opportunities you won’t find anywhere else in Vermont. Your generous support makes all that possible.

As we count down to the opening of the 2011 – 2012 school year, we hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing these halls bustling with students soon!

Most gratefully,
Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Business Office

Tuition Request Form

Each of  Burr and Burton’s sending towns has its own tuition request requirements and process. The towns of Danby, Dorset, Manchester, Mt. Tabor, Sunderland, Rupert, and Pawlet are part of the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU.) Please submit the tuition request form sent to you by the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union by August 15, 2011. These forms must be filed every year a student is enrolled at Burr and Burton Academy. If you did not receive one or have misplaced the form you can download it from our Admissions page on our website at

The other sending towns, including Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Stratton, Weston and Winhall, have their own forms. Please contact the town school board or town clerk for information about the forms required.

If your town is not referenced above, you must contact the town school board or town clerk about the forms your town requires.

If you have any questions please contact Ramona Towne in the Burr and Burton Business Office at 549-8149 or e-mail


2012 Burtonian Yearbooks

Seniors and Parents of Seniors!
The 2012 Burtonian yearbook staff needs 2 senior photos, one portrait and one informal photo, delivered to them by Friday, October 7, 2011. Please arrange to have these photos taken over the summer.  Students may also have their formal photos taken on Thursday, September 8, at the school.

You can e-mail digital photos to the yearbook staff at

Please note: All digital photos must be 300 dpi (that’s the resolution). All photos must be larger than 2.5 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall. Please put the student’s name in the subject line. Photos that are in a hard copy format can be mailed to the Burtonian yearbook staff, attention Alex Vincent, Burr and Burton Academy, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254.

Seniors who wish to have their photos done by a photographer of their choice must arrange to have them completed in time to meet this deadline. Pictures must be in a vertical format. Remember that the portrait should be a head shot (head and shoulders only – no hats please).  Students must also submit a candid photo at this time (baby picture, sports picture, family picture, or favorite activity). This must also be in a vertical format or able to be cropped into a vertical. The production of a quality book that comes out on time for distribution depends on meeting this deadline.

If we do not receive your senior’s photos by the deadline, they may not be included in the yearbook. Please write the student’s name on the back of all hard copy photos. They will be returned to you next May.

Information on how to order the 2012 Burtonian will be announced in September.


School and College Counseling

Seniors planning to apply to college must attend the Senior College Workshop on Monday, August 22, from 10 am – 1 pm. Please report to the Rowland Center cafeteria. We’ll cover the important dates and details of the college application process.  Yes, we will meet individually with seniors throughout the rest of the fall to consider college lists, review applications and otherwise support them in a more personalized way.  We strongly recommend that all seniors attend additional sessions so that they don’t miss out on important time-sensitive information on Wednesday, August 24 10 am – 1 pm and Friday, August 26, 10 am – 1 pm.

All new upperclass students should report to the Library in the Smith Center on Monday, August 29, at 10 am – noon. They’ll talk with BBA Student Ambassadors and learn tips about adjusting to Burr and Burton. We’ll walk students through their schedules so they’ll be able to easily find classes on the first day and we’ll have a question and answer session.

All juniors report for school one day early—on Wednesday, August 31, from 7:50 am to 12:00 noon. 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. To start the day, please report to your advisory classroom or check in at the Main Office with Mrs. Towslee or Mrs. Welsh.

All freshmen should meet in the Riley Center for the Arts on Wednesday, August 31, from 7:50 am – 1:20 pm. Students will meet their classmates, find classrooms, meet their counselor and have a question and answer session.

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s College Workshop for Parents on Monday, September 12, at 7 pm. This program will take place in the Rowland Center and will recap details of the college process, application tips and other information we will have shared with seniors during their senior college workshops in August.

Look for more information in next month’s Bullhorn about these upcoming programs:

College Fair at UVM for juniors
College Workshop for parents of juniors
PLAN and PSAT – in-school testing for sophomores and juniors
VSAC College Financial Aid Night

Burr and Burton will be the host site for both the SAT and ACT this October. Seniors take note: September 9 is the registration deadline for the October 1 SAT and September 16 is the registration deadline for the October 22 ACT. Pick up these forms inside the School and College Counseling Office or register online at and   Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. Keep track of your usernames and passwords – you’ll need them again.

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. Every year, Burr and Burton School and College Counselors make their own campus visits. Let’s trade campus tour reports!

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.

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.

Phil Anton, Director of Admission and School Counseling, Counselor for all freshmen 549-8125;

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8145;

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8130;

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8126;

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors,  549-8126:



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