Monthly Archives: September 2011

September 2011


1 School opens. Early dismissal at 12:35 pm.

5 Labor Day. No school.

8 School photos

12 Junior and Senior Class Potluck, 5 pm

12 Senior Parent College Night, 7 pm

14 Junior College Field Trip and Fair

17 Freshmen Frolic, 8 pm

21 Parent Association Pasta Dinner, 5 pm

21 Open House for Parents, 6 pm

23-24 Homecoming Weekend

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families,
Judging from the attendance at our Freshmen Orientation and Junior Jump-start events, just about everyone is able to navigate our damaged road systems and make their way to school. That does not, however, mean that our communities are anywhere near back to normal. I want to start this letter by reiterating an offer from this school: if you need assistance, we can send a work crew to your home to help with clean up, shoveling, basement reclamation, you name it. All you have to do is contact Lani Lovisa, Director of Hurricane Relief, at or 549-8275, and we will organize a group to assist you.

A Call To Service
We have both the ability and the responsibility to make a difference in our communities, and this disaster is an unprecedented learning opportunity for our students. Already, our sports teams have cleaned basements in the Green Mountain neighborhood in Manchester. We are now preparing for students to go into other hard-hit areas—Londonderry, Weston, and elsewhere—to join with community members. When we talk about our mission of Responsibility, Integrity, and Service, the clean-up and rebuilding effort is an opportunity for us to live our mission and demonstrate through action the values of this school and the values of our communities. We will heed this call.

We Are Ready
We also take seriously our academic purpose: to educate students intellectually and morally. Even as teachers and staff members have dug out their own basements and assisted others in need, we have been working full tilt to prepare our facilities, curriculum and mindsets to launch this school year. We have a superb workforce, upgraded facilities, and a commitment to provide a world of opportunities for each and every student who walks through our doors. Our responsibility is to be prepared; each student’s responsibility is to make the most of this opportunity. I ask for your assistance in making sure your sons and daughters approach this school year with vigor.

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Hurricane Irene will forever mark this year. The Great Flood of 2011 will be one burned into our memories, and my hope is that our communities will never experience this kind of devastation again. As we live through this challenge together, we will also rise, together, to this challenge.

I have every expectation that this school year will be a great one, and I look forward to seeing students learn, grow, thrive, and find a return to normalcy in the weeks ahead. Happy New Year.

Mark H. Tashjian


From the Athletic Department

Homecoming Week 2011 September 19-24

Preliminary Schedule of Events
Watch your inboxes for further details and a full schedule of events in mid-September.

Monday September 19  JV Football vs. Mill River at BBA 4 pm

Tuesday September 20 Varsity Field Hockey vs. Windsor at BBA 4 pm
JV Field Hockey vs. Windsor  at BBA 5:15 pm

Wednesday September 21 JV Green Girls Soccer vs. Bellows Falls at Rec 4:30 pm

Thursday September 22 Powder Puff football game at BBA 4:30 pm
Homecoming Cookout at BBA 6 pm
Homecoming Pep Rally Bonfire at BBA 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Friday September 23 Student vs. Faculty Soccer Game, main field, 1 – 2 pm
Varsity Field Hockey vs. Springfield at BBA, 4 pm
JV Field Hockey vs. Springfield at BBA, 5:15 pm
JV Gold Boys Soccer vs. Springfield at Rec, 4 pm
JV Gold Girls Soccer vs. Brattleboro at BBA, 5 pm
Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Springfield at Applejack, 5:30 pm
Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Brattleboro at Applejack, 7:30 pm
Bulldogs Connect Alumni Event, Lisa B. Tuttle Memorial Library, 6 – 8 pm

Saturday September 24 JV Green Boys Soccer vs. Rutland at Rec, 10 am
JV Green Girls Soccer vs. Rutland at BBA, 10 am
BBQ Tailgate Party at BBA, 12 pm
Varsity Football vs. Springfield at BBA, 2 pm
Golf Ball Drop during halftime of football game
Homecoming Dance at BBA (students only), 8 pm

Homecoming is sponsored by the Booster Club, Parent Association, Student Council, and Freshmen Mentors.


From the Booster Club

Last year, thanks to the combined efforts of the Burr and Burton Parent Association and the Booster Club and numerous volunteers, we had a very successful and fun homecoming weekend. We would like to build on that success and stage another big weekend this year. Naturally, we need parent and student volunteers to work the concessions at the different sporting events, but we also need the parents to contribute food items for the Thursday night BBQ, which will be free of charge to the students. Below is a list of the items we need:

  • Hot dogs: 600
  • Hot dog rolls: 50 dozen
  • Condiments
  • Desserts: cookies and brownies
  • Bottled water: 20 cases

Parents should email Kathi Bierwirth at to let her know what items you can contribute to the Thursday cookout. Items can be dropped off in the gym lobby until 5 pm Thursday.

Thanks for your support,
Arlena Merrow
Booster Club President


From the Advancement Office

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our students and families. If you’re returning – welcome back. If you are a new family to Burr and Burton Academy, we hope your student will enjoy their experience here.

As we start the new school year, we are 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 an incredible year last year, and we look forward to replicating that effort this year.

The Advancement Office is looking for a few parent volunteers to help with our annual campaign mailings, setup for events hosted by the school (such as Grandparents and Special Friends Day), and other needs as they may arise. If you’re interested, please contact Cynthia Gubb at or 802-549-8201 and we’ll put you on our call list.

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 – call Katy Hancock, president of the Parent Association. She can explain where the need is and tell you how much fun it can be! Katy can be reached at or 802-867-9981.

So once again, we wish every student great success in the coming school year and look forward to another great year.

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement

Talented and cheerful volunteer willing to help with data entry and other odds and ends for the Advancement Office. Must have a knack for detail-oriented work. Great working conditions – we will tailor your hours to your schedule – whatever you can offer us would be great. If interested, please contact Cynthia Gubb at or 802-549-8201.


From the Health Clinic

Hurricane Irene: A Note for Parents on the Emotional Side of Trauma   Sandy Birch, LICSW, Health Clinic Counselor

As many of you know, the devastation Vermonters have witnessed post Hurricane Irene has caused many to become overwhelmed and stressed. Three of the major causes of trauma are:

1. The event occurs without warning,
2. You felt out of control and powerless to prevent the occurence, and
3. You had no way to fully prepare.

While we had weather reports of the storm, no one truly could prepare for what ultimately took place this past weekend. This coupled with the big transition back to school may be causing your child to be unusually out of sorts. Signs that they may need some additional support: withdrawn, acting out behaviorally, sad constantly or unable to deal with stress in their usual way or experiencing mild generalized anxiety about things they would normally be able to navigate with ease. Additionally, if your family has ever had a loss or experienced a natural disaster before, the hurricane may have triggered past memories that need to be reprocessed.

What to do? Please feel free to reach out to your child’s advisor, guidance counselor or teachers to express your concerns. They will keep a watchful eye on them as they transition into the new year. Allow your child to talk about it even if they are resistant, and offer a time and space to reflect on the devastation. Plan to help out those in need as a family – this will help with the powerlessness and turn the stress and anxiety into an action toward healing. Please feel free to reach out to the Health Clinic team. We are more than happy to provide support to you as a family and reach out to your child as needed.


From the Arts Department

A call for students interested in the Arts Department trip to England, Ireland and Wales
February vacation will be here in the blink of an eye! Anyone interested in the Visual Arts Department trip to England, Ireland and Wales should get information from Betsy Hubner. The trip boasts breathtaking Irish landscapes, perhaps a glance at the Prince and new Princess, tours of authentic castles, seeing Big Ben, rides on the London Eye, kissing the Blarney Stone,  and seeing some great European art. This promises to be the trip of a lifetime with an authentic Irish guide who just happened to be a CK model and is one of the nicest people on earth. Don’t miss out!


From the Foreign Languages Department

There will be a French Immersion weekend trip September 16-18 in Maine. All interested students should sign up ASAP with Madame Emery as space is limited. Cost is $105/student. We should return in time for the Refuse to Use Kick-Off on Sunday. Please e-mail if you are interested.

The French trip this year will be heading to Quebec in early March for a three-day weekend!  Snow-tubing, dog sledding, sightseeing, and more, en français! Estimated cost is $600-$800, depending on enrollment. Sign up before the end of November; more information will be available coming next month! E-mail Madame Emery with questions:


From the Yearbook Staff

The production of the 2012 Burtonian is now underway.

We will be setting up for purchasing very soon but the most important thing right now is for seniors to start sending in their pictures for their senior pages.

The yearbook staff needs two senior photos, one portrait and one informal photo, delivered to them by Wednesday, October 26, 2011. 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” wide x 3.5” tall. Please put the student’s name in the subject line.

Seniors who wish to have them done by a photographer of their choice must arrange to have them completed in time to meet this deadline. Also if you have your picture taken on September 8 by the school photographer please let us know that that will be the picture you use for your formal image. 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 a 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 shortly.

Thank you for all for your cooperation.


From the Library

Welcome back everyone! We are very excited for the start of this new school year. We have a lot of projects that are going on in the library, and we’re looking forward to sharing them with you.

Please take a look at the library website It is always being updated with more links and resources so that it meets the needs of students and teachers.

There are always new books to review, so stop by and say hello to your library staff, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Hansen. We can help you find great books and great web resources.

As always, if you need anything, please let us know. Have a great year!

Regular Library Hours
Monday – Thursday  7 am – 4 pm
Friday  7 am – 1 pm


College and Career Information

Make-up Senior College Workshop
A second Senior College Workshop for college-bound seniors who missed attending the earlier session will be held on Friday, September 9 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. We will meet in the Hunter Seminar Room.

College Application Workshops for Parents of Seniors
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Senior Parent College Night 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 shared with seniors during their senior college workshops in August.

College Fair Field Trip
Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip for interested college-bound juniors on Wednesday, September 14. Students will leave school at 7:50 am and return at 10:00 pm. The first stop will be a quick bus tour of Castleton State’s campus. From there we will go to Champlain College where students will participate in an admission presentation, tour the campus and have lunch. We will then head to UVM for a tour and dinner with Burr and Burton alums in the campus center before going to the NEACAC College Fair at St. Michael’s College. Approximately 250 college representatives will take part in the College Fair. To sign up, bring a completed college fair worksheet and permission slip to the School and College Counseling Office. Bus seats are limited (40), and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis until full. No reservations will be accepted after Monday, September 9.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Burr and Burton is the host site for the SAT on October 1. The deadline to register for that SAT is September 9. The registration deadline for the October 22 ACT at Burr and Burton is September 16. Pick up registration forms outside the School and College Counseling Office or register online at and Please note that the school does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations.

College Workshop for Parents of Juniors
Juniors had a jump-start on the college admission process during their August 31 workshop. Now it’s time for their parents to join the action. Mark your calendar for 7 pm on Thursday, October 6, for a college workshop in the Rowland Center when the School and College counselors will present an overview of the college admission process.

Sophomore and Junior Testing
Sophomores will take the PLAN on the morning of Wednesday, October 12. The PLAN helps students measure their current academic development and explore career-training options. It is a test that has value for students planning to go on college as well as those entering the workforce.

Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 12, during school hours. Students must bring the $15 registration fee (checks should be made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office by October 3. The PSAT is a wonderful opportunity for students who have completed geometry to assess their testing skills. Juniors who don’t wish to take the PSAT can register instead for the PLAN.

Contact the School and College counselors if you have any questions. Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should see their counselor to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.

The Assistant Headmaster is currently putting together a schedule for NECAP testing that juniors will have during the month of October. Please limit doctor and dentist appointments during this period.

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. Friday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day) is a particularly good day to visit colleges because it is a faculty in-service day at Burr and Burton.

College Visitors
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton this fall. Nearly 40 colleges have already scheduled appointments during the month of September. Please check the college visit list on Naviance ( or the College Planning Calendar in the School and College Counseling Office for the most up-to-date list of visitors and meeting locations. Daily announcements will also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to ask questions and learn the most current campus information.

Contact Information
Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question, a concern, or wish to offer feedback. We welcome all contact and the opportunity to work with you to assure the quality of your student’s Burr and Buurton 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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