Monthly Archives: January 2012

January 2012


3 Classes resume.

10 Winter Showcase Dance Drama and Cinema at 6 pm and 8 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

16 Martin Luther King Holiday. No school.

17-19 Final exams.

19 Mountain Campus Parent Information Gathering, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

20 Faculty Inservice. No school for students.

20 Semi-formal Winter Ball, 8-11 pm, Eagles Club

21 Met Live in HD The Enchanted Island, 1-4 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

23 Faculty Inservice. No school for students.

24 Second semester begins.

24 Mountain Campus Parent Information Gathering, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

29 Theater Arts Symposium and One-Act Plays, 4:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

Happy New Year. With exams on the horizon, though, the “new year” is really a misnomer here. Exams start in two weeks—on January 17—so please clear out a study space so your sons and daughters can finish the semester with a flourish.

One of my favorite quotations comes from inventor Thomas Edison, who said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” At the risk of repeating a quote and a theme, I will remind you that study after study shows that the greatest determinant of success is simply to work hard. Not talent, not IQ points, simply the grit and perseverance to stick to a task until it is completed well. I know it is not easy—in fact, working hard IS hard—but it is also a critically important life skill.

Opportunity is knocking. Please help your daughters and sons to recognize what it takes to open the door.

I look forward to getting back to the joyous work of the school year in a few days.

Mark H. Tashjian


From the Athletic Department

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2012

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.

Winter Sports Schedules on our website: Calendar


From the Mountain Campus Director

The Mountain Campus is officially opening the Mountain Campus semester program for sophomores, juniors and seniors next year! There will be information sessions for interested students and families Thursday evening, January 19, and again the following Tuesday, January 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. There will also be presentations to students in advisory during the first two weeks of January. The Mountain Campus viewbook and application form are available online and in the School and College Counseling Office for the fall and spring semesters of the 2012-2013 school year. Go to Campus Program.


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.

Happy 2012!!!

With winter sports in full swing, the Winter Showcase and Theater Arts Symposium on the horizon and first semester finals just around the corner, the Parent Association is looking forward to a productive second half of the school year.

We’ve begun a weekly email blast to keep parents better informed and “in the know” regarding the coming week’s activities and events, and other important information. The email is sent on Sunday evenings and goes to the primary email address you provided to the school. (If you are not receiving this email or would like to add/correct an email address, please contact Nancy Brown,

Over the next several weeks parents will hear more about the 2012-13 tuition rate, plan and review student’s course selections for next fall, and learn more about the Mountain Campus. Maybe you’ll take in a game, attend a Performing Arts event, or assist with this year’s annual Gala. We’re happy to have a growing population of parent participants in our efforts. With the new year come New Year’s resolutions. This year, why not resolve to get involved?

As always, we encourage you to volunteer your time and talents or share your feedback. Contact a committee chairperson listed on the Parent Association page of the website Association or simply e-mail us at look forward to hearing from you!


From the Performing Arts Department

All State Music Festival auditions will be held Saturday, January 14, in Hartford, VT.

The Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present its winter showcase, A Night of Dance, Drama and Cinema, on January 10, at 6 pm and at 8 pm in the school’s Riley Center for the Arts.

The performances of this semester’s dance, acting and film classes will include performances ranging from Shakespeare to musical theater to contemporary dance as well as the premiere of the original film project A Day in The Life.  Dance performances will include numbers from musical theater favorites Cats and Grease in addition to a contemporary pointe piece. This year’s winter showcase is dedicated to the late Burr and Burton alumna Erin Hehir. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to a dance scholarship in her name for any Burr and Burton graduating student who is pursuing dance training in college. Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for adults and can be purchased online at .

This year’s annual Theater Arts Symposium One-Act Festival features seven one-act plays written by students and faculty members, ranging from comedy to drama. The performances will take place on Sunday, January 29, at 4:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. The TAS was developed to bring about a wider range of acting, writing and directing opportunities for interested students. Student directors and actors have been working closely with faculty mentors during the rehearsal process and will have the chance to improve upon their individual skills by working with professional actors, teachers and directors from New York and Boston in workshops and rehearsals.


From the 2012 Yearbook Staff

It is not to late to order your 2012 Yearbook!

We have over 100 books to sell and they are going fast so please don’t wait to get yours today. Cost of books are now $50 for seniors and $55 for all other students.

You can order online at or get a check to Mr. Vincent in room 4 of the Rowland Center.

Please Note: Senior parent recognition ads are also still available for $40. This is a great way to congratulate your son or daughter for all the hard work they have put into completing their high school career. Each ad is the size of a business card and can hold one small image or an image with a short quote. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Vincent at extension 549-8186 or at

All order forms can be found on the school’s website in the Parents section 2012.

A yearbook is a lifelong memory students can look back on for years to come.


From the Library

In honor of the 35 Burr and Burton Academy students recently inducted into the National Honor Society, we have a list of NHS recommended books to share. Winners of the 2011 NHS Scholarship were asked to identify a book to recommend to other students based on the text having had an impact upon them. Below is an alphabetical list by title of the books recommended by some of the 2011 winners. While this list of 33 titles is not an official endorsement and does in great part resemble reading lists found in many schools, we commend these titles to you for consideration.  Happy Reading!

The Aeneid — Virgil     Animal Farm — George Orwell     Atlas Shrugged — Ayn Rand     The Bell Jar — Sylvia Plath     The Bible     Brave New World — Aldous Huxley     Catch 22 — Joseph Heller     Death of a Salesman — Arthur Miller     Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury     Frankenstein — Mary Shelley     Freakonomics — Steven D. Leavitt     Harry Potter — J.K. Rowling     I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings — Maya Angelou     In Cold Blood — Truman Capote     The Last Lecture — Randy Pausch     Left to Tell — Immaculee Ilibagiza     Long Walk to Freedom — Nelson Mandela     Lord of the Flies — William Golding     The Namesake — Jhumpa Lahiri     Night — Elie Wiesel     1984 — George Orwell     90 Minutes in Heaven — Don Piper     One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — Ken Kesey     Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead — Tom Stoppard     The Scarlett Letter — Nathaniel Hawthorne     Surviving Hitler — Andrea Warren     The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens — Sean Covey     Things Fall Apart — Jay Asher     The Things They Carried — Tim O’Brien     A Thousand Splendid Suns — Khaled Hosseini     Three Cups of Tea — Greg Mortenson     To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee  To the Lighthouse — Virginia Woolf

Library website:


From the Health Clinic

The Collaborative’s High School Peer Leadership Training is coming up on February 10- 11! This year’s theme is “A Community of Stress Busters” and the event focuses on the importance of community, how stress effects our lives, and the role stress plays in priming the body for addiction. The weekend will be full of awesome games, activities and workshops! Join us at the First Congregational Church for this overnight event. Registration is from 12:30-1:00 pm on Friday, Feb. 10. Pick up is at 1pm on Saturday, February 11. The event costs $75. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register online, visit The Collaborative’s website at

Broomball season isn’t over! January 7 and 21, February 11 and 25 are the final Broomball days of the year! These events are free and for local teens in high school only! Come to Riley Rink, 8:30-10 pm! In case you don’t know what broomball is, it’s like hockey but you play in your boots, not skates, and use a ball, not a puck! It is SUPER FUN!

These events are organized by BBA Students Against Destructive Decisions and The Collaborative, hosted by Riley Rink, and sponsored by The Perfect Wife and The Spiral Press Cafe


School and College Counseling

Second Semester Schedules
All students will receive a copy of their second semester schedule in advisories after vacation. Students who need to make changes should see their counselor by January 19. No changes will be made on the first day of classes and there will be limited opportunity to switch classes at a later time.

College and Career Planning for Juniors
The School and College counselors will meet with all juniors in individual student appointments to be scheduled in late January, February and March. 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 Burr and Burton. We will assist college-bound students in developing an appropriate college list, answer questions and provide support for the college search.  We welcome parental contact and feedback at any time.

Standardized Testing for Juniors
All juniors who took the PSAT in October received their reports through the mail at home and test booklets were distributed in their advisory.

The next step is to sign up to take standardized testing in the spring. Students have many options about which tests to take and when to take them. Please contact your counselor if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines
Saturday, Feb. 11 ACT
Register by Jan. 13 at
Sign up for ACT with writing!
Test is offered at BBA

Saturday, March 10 SAT
Register by Feb. 10 at
SAT Critical Reasoning Test only (no subject tests)
Test is offered at BBA

If student has potential athletic or other conflict for May or June test date, he /she may want to consider taking this one.

Saturday, April 14 ACT
Register by March 9  at
Sign up for ACT with writing!
Test is offered at BBA

There are additional test dates in April, May and June. See the 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.

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont
Sign up for Winter Weekend, February 10-12, 2012, at Goddard College, Plainfield Vermont. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 20, 2012, ($179 all inclusive, room and board) Registration is on a first come, first served, basis at Choose from 4 courses and participate in a weekend of fun, excitement and learning with other students from around the state who share your interests.

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

Financial Aid
January 1 is opening day for 2012-2013 Financial Aid Season! All students applying for need-based aid should be ready to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the VSAC  (Vermont Student Assistance Corp.) grant application in the next month or so.

Parents should begin gathering financial statements and information in anticipation of filing financial aid forms. Be careful to meet individual college financial aid deadlines.   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.

Families are encouraged to apply on-line whenever possible: and

Some private colleges also require a form called the CSS Financial Aid Profile Form.  This process should be started immediately so as not to delay funding:

Families who have specific questions about how to complete portions of the financial aid forms may want to take advantage of scheduling an individual appointment with Jim Estes our VSAC Outreach Counselor, on January 17. Families who want to participate should call Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office as soon as possible to put their names on an appointment list. Other VSAC counselors are on-call and available to answer questions families have about any aspect of applying for financial at their toll-free number: 1-800-798-8722.

Scholarships 2012

The VSAC Unified Scholarship application and information is available on the VSAC website and was distributed in booklet form in advisory. The deadline for all scholarships in this application is March 9; there is also an early-bird deadline of February 10.

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:

Vermont JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship
The Vermont JCI Senate awards 3 $200.00 scholarships annually to Vermont high school seniors going on to further their education. Deadline for submission each year is approximately January 15. In addition, the top 2 scholarship winners are entered into the USJCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Program. Our national foundation awards 20 $1,000.00 scholarships to high school seniors going onto college. The other Vermont winner is judged strictly on need. Vermont winners are notified by early February. National winners are notified by May 1. Our Chairman, Gary Lazetera can be reached for other details regarding the program at e-mail address: glazetera To download a current scholarship application please go to


Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized