April 2012


2 Headmaster’s Holiday. No school.

6 International Culture Fair, 10:00-11:45 am, E.H. Henry gymnasium

9 Faculty Service Recognition Awards, 7:50 am, E.H. Henry gymnasium

11 Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 am – 2:30 pm, E.H. Henry gymnasium

14 ACT testing, 7:45 am – 1 pm, Rowland Center classrooms

14 MET Live in HD, La Traviata, 1 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

16-20 Spring Break

23 German Exchange Parent Meeting, 7 – 8:30 pm, Rowland Center cafeteria

25-26 Parent Teacher Conferences (see below for information on how to register)

For complete calendar listings for the year, please go to www.burrburton.org/Full Calendar


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

You can tell a lot about a school by its art programs.

There are no standardized tests for the arts.  You can’t find schools ranked by quality of art programming on the Vermont Department of Education website.  In fact, many people express bewilderment about how to look at art–the old “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.”  So what can you learn by looking at a school’s art program?

I propose that an art program is a reflection of a school’s values.  A thoughtful, well-developed program speaks to a school’s commitment to imagination and creativity, to developing well-rounded citizens, to providing opportunities to explore the unique excellence that comes at the intersection of passion, talent, and hard work.

Right now, there is an art show at the Southern Vermont Art Center that is worth a look: Art From The Schools.  It showcases student work from schools throughout this community, and it speaks to a community commitment to the arts.  When you go into the room featuring Burr and Burton, you will see a range of painting, woodwork, ceramics, digital photography, drawing and sculpture that is truly remarkable, indicative not only of the talents of our students and quality of our art programming in general, but of the values of this great school.  Please take a look.

Happy spring.


Mark H. Tashjian


Parent and Teacher Conferences

Parent and teacher conferences are scheduled this semester for Wednesday, April 25, from 1 pm-5 pm and Thursday, April 26, from 1 pm-8 pm with a break from 5:00-5:45 pm. All students will be dismissed at 12:35 pm on both days.

Please note that scheduling will not be available online until Wednesday, April 11.


We encourage all parents to schedule appointments. If you have any questions or are having problems scheduling appointments, please call Sue Towslee in the main office at Burr and Burton Academy at 549-8102.

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 me so I can help set up appointments for you.


From the Performing Arts Department

Calliope Café will be held Friday, April 27, at 6:30 pm in the Rowland Center cafeteria. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.


From the Advancement Office

Spring has sprung and we are in action mode for the last three months of the school year.  Momentum is building for the spring gala, “An Evening of Broadway” and we’d like to share a few details with you.  So here goes:
1.  The Online Auction launches April 1!  No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke, it’s for real and we hope you will log on, take a look and start bidding.  We have some really great items this year thanks to the hard work of the Online Auction committee and because of many donations of products and services by parents.  We thank you for your efforts and for donating these items.  Here’s the link to the online auction site: http://www.benefitevents.com/auctions/burrandburton/. Have fun while supporting the school!
2.  There are two Online Auction Bidding Parties scheduled – one for April 3 and the second one on April 9.  Come join us for a glass of wine and a primer on how to bid online – try it out with the help of a Burr and Burton student “bidding buddy” along with your fellow parents and other friends of the school.  Both parties are from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  The April 3 party will be held at the Landgrove Inn in Landgrove and the April 9 party will be at the home of Lu and Clark French in Manchester.  You should have received an email invitation already. Please let Shannon O’Leary know if you are coming at soleary@burrburton.org.
3.  Planning for “An Evening of Broadway” is coming along nicely.  Jim and Claudia Raposa and Neil and Julie Freebern have been hard at work planning something special for our entertainment with a wonderful variety of Broadway tunes.  Amy Chamberlain of The Perfect Wife has created a scrumptious menu featuring fresh produce and products from our local farms and we have a fantastic variety of live auction items that we’ll share with you soon.  The Gala Committee has done a stupendous job so far and we appreciate all of the effort they have put into this event.  So be sure to mark this date on your calendars – Friday, May 25 at 5:30 at Hildene for an evening you won’t want to miss.
Thank you again to all parents who have contributed to the Annual Fund and for those of you who have not yet made a gift, please consider doing so.  Without your continued support we could not offer all that we do to YOUR students.

Happy spring!

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


French Trip 2013

Plan now to come on the French trip in SUMMER 2013!  Deposit is $500 (make check out to BBA).  Successful completion of French 3 is recommended (or special permission) because the trip includes a homestay. We will go to France, staying in Paris and the south of France. Participants will also earn community service hours! See Madame Emery for details or email memery@burrburton.org .


FUNdraiser for German Exchange Program May 4

The Perfect Wife will present “Fruhlingsfest in Vermont!” on Friday, May 4, at 6:30 pm, in the Restaurant at The Perfect Wife in Manchester. Tickets are $45 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Tickets may be purchased from a Burr and Burton German Exchange student or at The Perfect Wife. Proceeds will support the Burr and Burton German Exchange Program students who will travel to Stuttgart in June.

An authentic German buffet will be served with German-style beer from Harpoon Brewery of Windsor, Vermont, and wine in a traditional Fruhlingsfest (that’s a spring Oktoberfest) atmosphere. The menu includes Sauerbraten with Potato Dumplings, Turkey Schnitzel with Lemon-Sage Butter Sauce, Grilled Salmon with Caramelized Onion and Caper Butter, Sautéed Red Cabbage, Spaetzle, Roasted Asparagus, and an assortment of homemade European desserts. The German Exchange students are planning a Beer Mug Raffle and a silent auction, “Oompah-pah” music and a special sing-along presentation. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Barb Miceli by e-mail bmiceli@burrburton.org.


From the Library

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The Library now has a Facebook page. Find easy access to our online resources, catalog, events, newest additions and instructional videos for our databases. https://www.facebook.com/BBALibrary

Stop by the Library to check out our newly created “Literary Wall of Fame” featuring books written by BBA faculty, trustees and former students. Some of the authors include Walter Hard, Class of 1900; David Kennedy Cutler, Class of 1997; Mildred Ellen Orton, Class of 1928; Peter Miller, Class of 1951; Amanda Clark, Class of 2001 and there are many more.

Library website: http://northshirelibraries.com

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7 am – 4 pm

Friday 7 am – 1 pm


College and Career Information

Mock Interviews for Juniors
Our annual Mock Interview Program takes place Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5. Juniors will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills while meeting one on one with visiting college admission counselors. Students will receive
direct feedback from the admission professionals that they can put to use when they schedule college visits. Interested juniors should see Lynne Welsh to sign up. Space is limited.

Standardized Testing Registration Information for Juniors

Saturday May 5
Register by April 4 at www.collegeboard.com
SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests
Test offered at BBA

Saturday, June 2
Register by May 8 at www.collegeboard.com
SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests
Test offered at MAU and Rutland

Saturday, April 14
Register by March 9 at www.actstudent.org
Sign up for ACT with writing
Test offered at BBA

Saturday, June 9
Register by May 4 at www.actstudent.org
Sign up for ACT with writing
Test offered at MAU

Students can register for the SAT on-line at www.collegeboard.com. Please be aware that the June testing date may conflict with post-season athletic contests. While most juniors should take an SAT (or ACT – see below) this spring, only students applying to a handful of the most selective colleges need to worry about taking SAT Subject Tests. The ACT is a good alternative to the SAT; colleges accept either test and some colleges accept the ACT in lieu of SAT subject tests. To register online, go to www.actstudent.org . Be sure to sign up for the ACT with Writing option.

College Planning To-Do List for Juniors
The School and College counselors have been meeting with juniors for the past two months. Please ask your student to check out their college list on the Naviance program: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. We’ll be sending you a more extensive to-do list in the upcoming mid-term report mailing, but here are some of the highlights:

• Sign up for SAT or ACT (see above).

• Research colleges and make college visits (during April break or take an excused absence on another day).

• Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and share your impressions with us.

• Let us know when you’re ready to meet again.

• Attend relevant programs like the Burr and Burton College Night on Wednesday, May 9.

• Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.

Local College Fair
Representatives from primarily Northeastern colleges will gather at Castleton State College on Tuesday, April 3 from 6 – 7:30 pm. The list of participating colleges is posted in the School and College Counseling Office. Students interested in Canadian colleges may want to travel to South Burlington H.S. for a Canadian University Fair on Wednesday, April 4 from 7 – 9 pm.

Graduation Information for Senior Families
Seniors will be receiving a booklet at the end of April with important key dates relating to commencement and other year-end activities and events. Be on the look out for this information which will be mailed to students as well as available on-line.

Senior College Notifications
May 1 is the National Candidates’ Reply Date. Seniors should be sure to send in their deposit to the ONE college of their choice by May 1 in order to hold their place in the class. Families who have not received financial aid packages may want to request an extension for the deposit but all students should communicate with their college by May 1. At the same time, seniors should notify
other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere.

Financial Aid Packages
Families of seniors who are receiving financial aid award letters may find the different presentations to be confusing. Use the Award Letter Comparison Tool available on the Pay for College page at www.vsac.org to better understand what different colleges are offering. The friendly folks at VSAC are available to answer questions about loans and other parts of the
financial aid process; feel free to contact them at 1-800-642-3177.

Forms for all of the scholarships are available in the School and College Counseling Office. Many application forms may also be downloaded from Naviance.


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