Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 2011


2 Green Mountain Music Festival Auditions, Proctor High School

3 Mandatory Winter Sports Parent/Athlete Meetings for boys and girls ice hockey teams, Rowland Center cafeteria, 6 pm

8 VSAC Paying for College, Riley Center, 7 pm

8 Mandatory Winter Sports Parent/Athlete Meetings for all other winter sports, 6 pm. Pasta Dinner hosted by ice hockey teams starts at 5 pm.

9-12 “Little Women,” Riley Center for the Arts, 6:30 pm

11 Full-day Faculty In-service. No school for students.

16-17 Parent and Teacher Conferences. Dismissal at 12:35 pm (See below for details.)

19 Met HD Live, Satyagraha, 1 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

23-25 Thanksgiving Break

28 All winter sport practices begin


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

Last week, I read an article by New York Times Op Ed columnist David Brooks titled “The Life Report” []. It just got me thinking about the life I have lived and the life I am living, and I will tell you that I couldn’t be happier with either one. I went so far as to write my own Life Report this weekend, and I share this column with you and hope that you, too, are doing exactly what you want to be doing with your life.

The Life Report brings to mind the challenges of parenthood and the challenges of teaching. Knowing what you know about life, what would you encourage your sons and daughters to do with the opportunities available to them at Burr and Burton Academy? When my daughters are teenagers (which will be quite a while from now since they are 1, 3, and 5 years old), I hope they listen enough so I can tell them the following:

1. Learn from your successes and learn from your struggles. We just finished mid-term exams, and those exams provide feedback to each student on where they stand.  Now, it is up to the students to use that information to redirect their efforts, as appropriate, for the second half of the semester.

2. Try new things. If this school has one hallmark, it is the extraordinary range of opportunities available—in the classrooms, on the sports field, in the studios, literally everywhere on campus. Most people regret the path not taken and the opportunities missed.

3. Keep your head clear. Keeping our school substance-free is essential. It is simply impossible to make the most of a learning opportunity while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and we work hard to keep drugs and alcohol out of this school. I ask that you do the same at home.

I hope you enjoy the article, and I do hope you can engage in some discussion with your daughters and sons about how to make the most of their four years at this school.


Mark H. Tashjian


From the Athletic Department

The mandatory winter sports parent/athlete meetings will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, November 3, 6 pm Boys and girls ice hockey: Rowland Center cafeteria

Tuesday, November 8, at 6 pm  All winter sports (including ice hockey) meet in the gymnasium. From this meeting teams will be directed to individual meeting locations. Ice hockey players and parents will not be required to stay.

Be sure to join the boys and girls hockey teams for their annual Pasta Dinner before the winter sports meetings on November 8 from 5 pm-6:45 pm. Enjoy a night off from cooking as your family comes to meet coaches and get ready for the winter sports season. The teams will serve up spaghetti with meat sauce, Caesar salad, garlic bread, drinks and delicious homemade treats. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family.

November 28 All winter sports begin practice.

All students participating in a winter sport must have had a physical exam after March 2010.

Physical forms and permission forms can be downloaded from the schools web site These completed forms must be brought to the meeting on November 8 or mailed (attn. Kathi Bierwirth) to the school before November 23 (please identify the sport on the form).

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Director of Athletics Kathi Bierwirth at 549-8119 or e-mail her at

Winter Sports will begin the week after Thanksgiving on November 28. Because of the later start time for winter sports teams there will be games scheduled for all teams during the February 20-24 break. The Varsity Dance state competition will be held on February 18. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations. Below is our athletic policy on vacations during the season.

Vacation Policy
An athlete who chooses to go on a family trip during a school-scheduled vacation period (holiday, winter, or spring) will be ineligible to play in the first scheduled game following vacation. Return to game eligibility will be at the individual coach’s discretion. When a trip coincides with the final week of regular season or post season play the athlete will need to choose between the sport and the trip.


Please note: * Do Not type in Academy. * The word and must be typed out.

  • Click on Burr and Burton. Once on Burr and Burton’s page got to the right side of the page. Click on sign up for our FREE schedule update email.
  • Type in your email address.
  • Follow steps from here.
  • As soon as games are scheduled, canceled or rescheduled you will receive an email.

Updated weekly athletic schedules will be posted by noon Friday for the upcoming week on the school web site Once on the website go to the bottom right corner under Quick Links and click on Weekly Announcements.

Daily Information
You can sign up to receive a great deal of information through our website that will be e-mailed to you, sent as a text to a mobile phone, or through an RSS feed.

Our Weekly Announcements are sent out every Monday morning at 11 am and include the week’s lunch menu and timely information on a variety of topics announced at the Monday morning assemblies. Go to Weekly Announcements and in the bar on the right follow the instructions to sign up for an e-mail notification or phone notification.

Our website calendar can also be set up to alert you about school events and all athletic games of just one particular team’s schedule. Go to Full Calendar, click on Alerts at the top, and follow the instructions. You can also sign up through iCal and an RRS feed on the right.

On the Athletics Calendar page you can customize the calendars you are able to view by clicking on the Athletic Schedules box on the right to view all team calendars. You can choose to see and download all team calendars or just certain teams by clicking the box next to the name. When you have made your choices, click on the green Update View box to upload and view your chosen team schedules.

Instant Alerts
While we will always post late-breaking announcements on our Home Page, if you want to ensure that you are informed immediately of any changes to the schedule or events, please subscribe to “instant alerts” on the Burr and Burton Twitter and Facebook pages.

Dollar Skate November 6
Please join the BBA hockey teams for a Dollar Skate on November 6 at Riley Rink from 1:45 pm-3:45 pm. Enjoy great skating with family and friends for a dollar per person and some delicious homemade baked goods to re-energize yourself.  All proceeds will help cover the cost of ice time for the BBA hockey teams.

Faculty vs. Student Ice Hockey Game November 18
The fourth annual Faculty vs. Student Hockey game will be held on Friday, November 18,, at 7 pm at Riley Rink.  This is the major fundraiser for both the girls and boys teams.  Admission to the event will be $5.  All proceeds will go to help pay for ice time. Riley Rink has generously donated the ice for the game.


Parent and Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled this semester for Wednesday, November 16 from 1 pm – 5 pm and Thursday, November 17, from 1 pm – 8 pm with a break from 5:00-5:45 for dinner. Students will be dismissed at 12:35 on both days. Scheduling is done again this year online starting November 4 at: This link will also be available on our web site: in the Parents Center.

All parents are encouraged to schedule appointments with teachers. If you have any questions or are having problems scheduling appointments, please email us at

Helpful Hints:  The pick-a-time software is VERY sensitive to both case and punctuation. Please follow the examples exactly in order to register. The most common problem when trying to set up appointments is not entering your student’s birth date correctly. It needs to be entered exactly as the example is shown: mm-dd-yyyy. Also, if you are a split family, and another parent has already made appointments, you will need to contact us at so that we can “clone” your student.


From the Booster Club

Our major fund raiser this year is the Patriot Package. Two separate raffles to two separate games. The package consists of two tickets and $500 cash to a  New England Patriots football game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. We have extended the drawing date so more people will have a chance to get their tickets. Each ticket will be sold for $25 and only 200 raffle tickets per game will be available. The seats are in a great location, Section 114 Row 35 Seats 17 and 18. For more information please contact Terry Merrow by e-mail


From the Performing Arts Department

The Green Mountain Music Festival Audition is November 2 at Proctor High School.

“Little Women” on Stage in the Riley Center for the Arts November 9-12
Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Production will present “Little Women” on November 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2011, at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of the March sisters and their family life during the Civil War, this is a charming play that everyone in the family will enjoy. Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18 and $12 for the general public. Please order tickets online at  Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. Box office opens one hour before show time.


From the Advancement Office

Volunteer Power

We, in the Advancement Office, would like to take a moment and recognize our faithful volunteers who help us out in many areas.  The Advancement Office has a loyal group of volunteers that have helped with events such as Grandparents Day and the Met Live in HD simulcast just this past Saturday. The same holds true for the Booster Club and the Parent Association. Whether these folks are helping to set tables for our grandparents and special friends luncheon, baking goodies for all sorts of performances throughout the year, supplying food for bus trips, manning the concession booth at various sporting events, selling raffle tickets, planning and executing fundraising events, stuffing envelopes for mailings, and so much more, without this extra help we simply could not do what we do.

So first and foremost, a heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers who pitch in and  make this place hum!  We love working with you and appreciate your willingness to help.

If you want to get in on the fun and action, please contact Katy Hancock, Parent Association president at or call her at 867-9981.  There are lots of opportunities to get involved!

Annual Giving Campaign

Of course you know by know that we have launched the 2011 – 2012 Annual Giving Campaign. All parents received our brochure which features three Burr and Burton students talking about their experiences here at school. The full story of each student can be found on our web site and their stories are representative of the amazing student experience here. It’s worth taking a moment to read about Kristen, Mitchell and Rachel. And it’s because of your generous support each and every year that we are able to provide such a vast array of “extras” to our students (and YOUR children).  Take a look around the school and see what’s happening. Better yet, come take a tour during the school day and we’ll show you how many different areas our students can find success.  This happens because of the generous support of the surrounding communities, and you.

So please, find that brochure that came in the mail in early October. Fill out the envelope and send it back to us with your gift. Make a gift that fits within your budget; we appreciate all levels of support. Or better yet, go to the website and give online at Either way, please make your gift – it will make you feel great that you’ve done your part, and it’s vitally important to the continuing success of our school.

Most sincerely,

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Parent Association

The Burr and Burton Parent Association endeavors to foster partnership between families, school, and the community through communication, education, social and fundraising activities and advocacy.

Is it really NOVEMBER already?! Time flies when you’re having fun. And the Parent Association has been busy this fall with all kinds of fun activities.

We held an All School Cookout prior to the first day of classes; welcomed new and transfer families; provided a Pasta Dinner for parents and faculty on Open House night (and also raised funds for the Hurricane Irene Relief Fund); sponsored grade-level potlucks; supported Homecoming Week activities in cooperation with the Athletic Department, Booster Club, Student Council and Alumni Association; held our 2nd Annual Community Wide Clothing Exchange in cooperation with the National Honor Society; and assisted the Advancement Office with Grandparents and Special Friends Day.

On an ongoing basis, the PA works to foster partnership between families, school, and the community. We provide the school community with feedback on what parents are excited about and what we’re struggling with, what we’d like to see improve and what we’d like to see more of…and we value input from all parents.

There are more activities and events being planned as we look ahead to the winter months.

A huge thanks to all who have already volunteered this year, and to those who have showed their support by participating in various activities. We’re always looking for cheerful faces and able doers, and have an open ear to hear whatever you’d like to share. It’s never too early nor too late to volunteer your time and talents or share your feedback. Contact a committee chairperson listed on the Parent Association page of the website,, or simply email us at We look forward to hearing from you!


Student Travel Opportunities

Spanish teacher Sue Ritchie and Science teacher Dave Curtis are leading a trip to Puerto Rico during the break in April 2012. The focus is Science and Spanish. There are still spaces available.  Please contact Sue Ritchie  for details


From the Dean of Studies

Burr and Burton Academy Winter Academic Ski Program for
Competitive Alpine and Nordic Skiers

The Winter Academic Ski Program evolved out of a series of discussions between parents of Burr and Burton Academy skiers, Headmaster Mark Tashjian, Athletic Director Kathi Bierwirth and other interested parties. The parents appreciated the holistic educational and co-curricular experience that Burr and Burton Academy offers and sought support to keep their children at home and enrolled at Burr and Burton Academy while pursuing a competitive ski racing schedule. Burr and Burton Academy recognized the many contributions of these students and wanted to provide structure and support that would permit skiers to keep pace in regular Burr and Burton classes while advancing their individual skiing goals and performance.

Burr and Burton Academy varsity and/or competitive (USSA/FIS) Alpine and Nordic skiers are eligible. The term runs from November 1, 2011 – April 1, 2012 (Quarters 2 and 3 of the academic year).

Applications are available now. For more information or to request an application form, please contact Meg Kenny at 549-8166 or by e-mail:


2012 Yearbook

Dear Parents and Guardians of Seniors,
This note is to inform you of the opportunity to reserve a personal ad for your student in the 2012 Burtonian yearbook. Each ad is $40 and can hold a small photograph and a short message. This is a great way to recognize your student’s hard work and the happiness of graduating high school.

If you are interested please make checks out to BBA yearbook, subject parent ad, and send the check attention Alex Vincent, Yearbook Advisor. If you wish to include a photograph you can send it by email to avincent@burrburton.orgor you can bring it into the school’s front office attention Alex Vincent. If you are submitting non-digital images, please write your student’s name on the back of the photograph so we can return it at the end of the year. If this is to be a surprise, please let us know that as well.

Space is limited and it will be a first come first serve basis, so don’t wait until the last minute. Ads must be purchased no later than December 21, 2011. We look forward to helping you make this a special occasion.

Please Note
Senior yearbook photographs are due November 4!
You can e-mail the photos to or bring the photos to Mr. Vincent’s room in the basement of the Rowland Center.

Two vertical pictures are required. If the photos are not received by this date, the senior’s photos will not appear in the yearbook.

Blurbs or personal information
The text that goes with senior photos and their names on the senior pages is due Friday, November 4.

In 10-point font size, each senior has a maximum of 216 characters to write the message they would like to appear in the yearbook. Seniors may include quotes or personal message of their choice.

Class Will
Each senior is allowed one short sentence for the Class Will. Seniors can “leave” something to another student or write a short message. Be creative! The yearbook becomes part of Burr and Burton’s history and will be read for generations to come.


These deadlines are not arbitrary. The first section of the yearbook is due to the printer by December 1. If we don’t make the deadline, our yearbooks will not be delivered in May!

The 2012 yearbook can be ordered online at 

Thank you.


National Theatre of London Comes to Manchester

Burr and Burton Academy and Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning are excited to bring the National Theatre of London to Manchester. The plays are captured digitally and shown here in an encore performance a week after the live simulcast.

The first play is The Kitchen on Friday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m,. in the Riley Center for the Arts. The play received four stars from the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Independent, and the London Times, and is described as “fabulous, fast-moving direction… with wit and energy, it keeps you gasping.”

Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary play set in the 1950s puts the workplace center stage in a blackly funny and furious examination of life lived at breakneck speed, when work threatens to define who we are.

National Theatre Live is presented in partnership with Aviva and distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BY Experience.

Tickets for both plays are $20 for general admission; $5 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call Renee Bornstein at 802-362-1199.


From the Library

Looking for academic or scholarly research sources?

Try our Gale and SIRS online databases when searching for scholarly articles.

Academic OneFile, one of Gale’s many databases, is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. It includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995 and is updated daily.

SIRS Issues Researcher helps students make sense of the world by offering relevant, credible resources aligned to learning standards that tell the whole story on the major issues of the day. Thousands of primary-source documents, websites, and multimedia (including 13,000+ research-quality images) represent viewpoints from the pros and cons, to everything in between.

Eighty-five new ebook titles have been added to our library’s virtual bookshelf that provides a friendly online environment for students and teachers to search and read. With an easy-to-use graphic interface and books available via the Web 24/7, be sure to check out these new additions by visiting the library’s homepage!

The Lisa B. Tuttle Memorial Library provides students and faculty with resources for study, research and pleasure reading. We are always looking for ways to serve you better. If you have any suggestions or comments we would love to hear them. Just stop by the Library and tell us!

Library website:

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7 am – 5 pm

Friday 7 am – 1 pm


College and Career Information

VSAC Financial Aid Night
The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Financial Aid road show comes to Burr and Burton on Tuesday, November 8, at 7 pm in the Riley Center (new location). Parents of juniors and seniors will especially benefit from the presentation of the principles and basic steps of the financial aid process and review of different parts of the various aid forms.

Families need to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from admission 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 on-line at

Make an evening of VSAC night by arriving to the cafeteria by 6:15 pm to enjoy the wonderful spaghetti dinner fundraiser hosted by the BBA Friends of Hockey.

Keep those applications coming! Let us help you brainstorm essays, review applications and consider good matches. Many seniors have already submitted one application; 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 to the colleges from the College Board or ACT. We’re here to assist and support you.

If you still need to schedule some campus visits, consider taking advantage of days and times when there are no classes: Friday, November 11 is an in-service day for teachers only; there are also two early release days (for parent conferences) on Wednesday, November 16, and Thursday, November 17.

Castleton On-The-Spot Admission Program
Castleton gives students the opportunity to interview with Castleton College admissions counselors at Burr and Burton on Wednesday December 7, and immediately receive their admission decision IF the student’s COMPLETED APPLICATION has been received by November 23. Students must sign up for an interview appointment in the School and College Counseling Office.

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 spring and we will alert you to those opportunities.

Seniors should note that November 8 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 3 at Burr and Burton. Go to

Seniors who want to take the December 10 ACT at another school should register by the November 4 deadline at

Update for Juniors
College-bound juniors took the PSAT on October 12. When the results are received in December they will be given to the students and a copy will be sent home. Beginning in late January, when we will have completed our most intense period of work with the current seniors, we will conduct individual college or career planning meetings with juniors.

PLAN Results
Sophomores will receive the results of the PLAN test in December. Copies will be mailed home.

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 We also post a paper calendar inside the School and College Counseling Office and list visits on the weekly announcements.

AP Exam Information
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2011-2012 school year are required to pay their exam fee of $88 per exam by Tuesday, November 29. Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to Cristin Rose or Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. There are fee waivers available for eligible students; please speak with Cristin Rose in the School and College Counseling Office. All students enrolled in AP courses are required by Burr and Burton to take the AP exam. AP exams will be held May 7 – May 16, 2012.

College Athletics
Seniors interested in playing intercollegiate athletics next year need to register at 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 Male students need to do so in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

Forms for all 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:

The Voice of Democracy Scholarship
Eligibility: Open to students in 9th through 12th grades. Must write an essay and record it on CD…reading of 3-5 minutes in length on the theme: “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?”
Award $30,000, Deadline: by midnight, November 1, to local VFW Post.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: senior, employment, community service, leadership, financial need. Award: $4,000 – $60,000; Deadline: December 2.Application online at:

American Legion Oratorical Contest
Eligibility: This is a state and national Constitutional Speech Competition open to 9th through 12th graders. Deadline: January 7. Online information: (left side of screen, Info Center)


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