Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 2012


4 German Exchange Fund-Raising Dinner, 6:30 pm, The Perfect Wife Restaurant

5 SAT testing at BBA

5 Junior Prom, 7-11 pm, Hildene

7-11 Healthy Choices Week

9 All-State Music Festival, Burlington

9 Spring Parent College Night, 7-9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

15-19, Chicago, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

17-18 NECAP Testing

24 Spring Performing Arts Showcase, 7:30 pm, SVAC

25 Senior Breakfast

25 Awards Assembly and Yearbook Dedication

25 “An Evening of Broadway,” 5:30 pm, Hildene

30 Gawlik Media and Performing Arts Awards, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

31 Scholarship Night, 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts

For complete calendar listings for the year, please go to Calendar


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

The sad rites of spring:

With the prom around the corner, I hope you will indulge me when I ask—even beg—that you find ways to ensure that your daughters and sons are safe when getting in a car. Every year, one of the sad rites of spring is that students are injured, or worse, in car crashes related to proms, parties, and celebrations. The only antidote that I know of is to engage in dialogue with your children so they are aware not only of the dangers—after all, we ALL know the dangers intellectually—but that they know where you stand on what they should do. Can they call you at 2 AM to seek a ride home? What do YOU want them to do if they are in a potentially dangerous situation? I propose that no student should ever get in a car with a driver who is under the influence, no matter how minimal that impairment may seem. If someone is drinking or consuming any drug at any level, they should be considered unsafe to drive.

I also know there are many parental philosophies regarding teenage drinking. For what it’s worth, we as a school believe that no parent should host a drinking party, and the law supports our position. At the risk of seeming alarmist, I share with you an Associated Press article, pasted below, from earlier in the year regarding the potential legal issues of allowing teens to drink in your household.

None of us wants a preventable tragedy to occur in this community, and I ask for your help in keeping our young people safe.


Mark Tashjian

Pa. woman hosted ‘kegger’ before 3 teens crashed

Associated Press – Mon, Jan 23, 2012
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor will seek a prison term for a western Pennsylvania woman who has pleaded guilty to serving a half-keg of beer to teen guests at her son’s graduation party, before three of them were killed in a crash about a mile away.

Susan Sanders-Watt, 60, of Greensburg, pleaded guilty Monday to four counts each of corruption of minors and reckless endangerment and 17 citations of serving alcohol to minors, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( reported.

Sanders-Watt wasn’t charged with involuntary manslaughter, because prosecutors couldn’t prove the beer she served caused the crash on June 26, 2010. That’s because the driver, 19-year-old Michael Simpson, had been drinking at another location before the defendant’s party.

But Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said Sanders-Watt faces a maximum of 45 years in prison and, though she’ll likely receive less under state sentencing guidelines, he will ask a judge to put her in jail or prison rather than letting her serve probation or house arrest. Her sentencing will be scheduled in about three months.

“We’re recommending a period of incarceration because three people were killed as a result of consuming alcohol,” Peck said. “I think adults have to realize there are going to be horrible consequences giving alcohol to minors.”

“This is probably one of the worst cases,” Peck said, referring to the crash that killed Simpson, who was legally drunk, along with two passengers, Carly Kudray, 18, and Jordan Cobb, 19. A third passenger was injured but has recovered.

All four were graduates of Greensburg-Salem High School, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Defense attorney Scott Bitar said Sanders-Watt gave letters of condolence to the victims’ families and will make a public statement about the incident when she’s sentenced.


From the Advancement Office

Last Chance to Bid Online!

Parents take note, this is your last chance to get those online auction items you’ve been watching for the past few weeks! Bidding online will continue up until Saturday, May 5, at 11:59 PM. We’ve added many new items including Italian lessons, Adirondack chairs and a child-sized picnic table made by our BBA students in the wood shop, a gift certificate to the H. N. Williams Store in Dorset, and more! If you haven’t taken a look yet, please do. Mother’s Day is right around the corner and what mother wouldn’t enjoy being pampered with a massage, or treated to a dinner out? Plus there’s a nice Weber kettle grill that Dad would surely enjoy for Father’s Day. Visit to get in on the fun.

Remember, bidding closes at 11:59 PM on Saturday, May 5.

Tickets on Sale for “An Evening of Broadway”
The invitations are in the mail and tickets are now on sale for our annual fundraising event hosted by the Burr and Burton Academy Parent Association.  Last year the event sold out quickly, so when you receive your invitation be sure to send back the reply card as soon as possible. Tickets may also be purchased at

An Evening of Broadway is sure to be a great evening with an open bar, exceptional hors d’oeuvres, student art display, live music by our own performing arts students, a delectable buffet provided by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, topped off with a fantastic live auction presented by Eric Nathan.

Raffle Tickets Now Available for a Weekend Getaway to New York City
And last, but certainly not least, raffle tickets are on sale to support this year’s gala. It’s a great weekend get-away package for October 12 – 14, 2012, to New York City and includes:

♪  Two tickets to “Nice Work If You Can Get It” starring Matthew Broderick

♪  Two nights luxury hotel accommodations

♪   Round trip limo transportation to the Albany train station

♪   Round trip transportation via Amtrak to New York

♪      Two dinners

♪      A bottle of champagne to enjoy on the trip over to the train station

Tickets are $30 each or two for $50. In the next few weeks, the Raffle Committee will be out and about town and at school events selling tickets. They can also be purchased online or through the Advancement Office. The drawing will be held the night of the event and you do not have to be present to win.

The gala is a culmination of fundraising efforts in support of the annual fund.  There are many ways to be involved – from donating items to the online auction or live auction, to working on the committee, buying raffle tickets or attending the gala. We hope you will choose to support this effort in some way because the beneficiary is YOUR student.

We’d like to recognize and thank the members of the gala committee who have been working hard for months to make this all come together. An event like this doesn’t happen without a lot of time and energy!

Honorary Chairs
The Orton Family

Event Committee
Jack Phillips, Chair
Katy Hancock
Ann Alford
Andrea Berumen
Jen Bisceglia
Colleen Bunker
Irene Cole
Drew Dunigan
Lu French
Kathleen Harrington ‘84
Susan Heckman
Peggy Iglinski
Judy Livingston
Patricia Nelson
Victoria Silsby
Judy Taylor ‘57
Betsy Tiene
Gina Vickers
Sanfra Weiss
Liz Wilson

Faculty and Staff
Cynthia Gubb
Shannon O’Leary ‘04
Nancy Brown
Julie Freebern
Neil Freebern
Mary Grabarz
Betsy Hubner
Lani Lovisa
Sarah McMillan
Jim Raposa
Claudia Shell-Raposa
Lauren Silver
Frederica Templeton
Andrea Thulin

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

Encore Sponsors
Express Copy
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc.
Tara Pollio Floral Event Design

Marquee Sponsors
Battenkill Technologies, Inc.
Dee’s Electrical Service
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Talent Drive

Box Office Sponsors
Berkshire Bank
Stifel, Nicolaus and Company
The Bank of Bennington
Playbill Sponsors
Battenkill Communications
Engle Spivey Lemonik,  PC
Manchester Capital Management
Merchants Trust Company/Merchants Bank
Northsire Bookstore
Rutland Regional Medical Center
The Works Bakery Cafe

Top Hat Sponsors
Cape Air
Holman Studios
Long Ago & Far Away
Mettowee Mill Nursery
Andrea and Larry Ross
The Mountain Goat
Thebault Design

Beverage Sponsors
Hoa and Orland Campbell
Mark Vaughn and Christine Costello


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.

SAT, AP exams, prom, NECAP’s, the spring musical, and of course the “An Evening of Broadway” gala event on the 25th! It’s May! The end of school is just around the corner. This is also the last week to bid online for donated items to help raise funds for BBA Browse and bid! The auction ends at 11:59pm on May 5. Also, please see our weekly emails for notices about upcoming events.


From the Performing Arts Department

Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present the musical hit Chicago from May 15-19, 2012, 6:30 pm and May 19, 2:00 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts.

In the roaring twenties Chicago chorine Roxie Hart murders her faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream: fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score and the adaption of the immortal staging created by Bob Fosse and Ann Reinking. Some material may be inappropriate for children, and parental discretion is advised.

Tickets are $12 for the public and $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff, and children under 18. Tickets made be ordered online at and the 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. Box office opens one hour prior to show time.

Piano master class and workshops with Giorgi Latsabidtze, guest performer from Georgia (Eastern Europe), will take place Monday, May 7, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester from 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

All-State Music Festival is Thursday May 10-12 at Burlington High School. Attending are  chorus members Mariette Aborn, Sabrina DeWeerdt, Hilmon He and Talon Birns. The Scholarship Performance on marimba will be performed by Ray Cole.

The Spring Showcase at the Southern Vermont Arts Center is Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 pm. Instrumental and choral music, dance, drama and media will be highlighted. Ticket information available at


Junior Prom May 5

Junior Prom tickets are available online at must bring their e-ticket to Cheri Schroeder to receive their official ticket. Contact: Cheri Schroeder


Summer Camps June 25-July 30

Burr and Burton is hosting 17 different half-day camps from June 25 – July 30 for girls and boys entering grades K-12. Arts, sports, tech exploration and more. New this year is an introduction to wrestling camp for boys and girls entering grades 3-8. Go to for information and to register for all camps.


New Club

Parents, alumni, sibling, friends and neighbors welcome. We are trying to start a club based on the premise of “personal fitness.” The idea is to create a forum through which we can exchange ideas regarding personal fitness. The idea was born as a means to make personal fitness accessible to everyone and help individuals train to their own ability levels. Some of those in the club are working toward the goal of completing an obstacle race such as the Tough Mudders or a Spartan Race. If you are interested in participating in the discussion and/or workouts please contact Matt Kujovsky at The club is in its infancy and is currently being shaped – be a part of it!


From the Foreign Languages Department

French teacher Michelle Emery recently presented at the annual conference of the Vermont/Western Massachusetts Chapter of the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French). Assisting in the presentation were Flood Brook Union School French teacher Jennifer Bowen and Maple Street French teacher Lizzy Lindenburg. The title of the presentation was “Young Authors: An Authentic Project for Literacy and Fluency.” Students in French 3 write and illustrate children’s books in addition to the regular curriculum, and then visit Maple Street and Flood Brook schools to read them to the students. The conference was held at the World Language Center in Brattleboro, VT.


From the Library

Powerspeak Languages:  Become a global citizen! Learn Spanish, French, German or Mandarin Chinese online through the Lisa B. Tuttle Memorial Library!

Whether you want to learn a language for travel, business, or personal enrichment, Powerspeak Languages is a breakthrough in online language learning. The highly engaging courses utilize an arsenal of progressive language learning methods. Powerspeak Languages is an entertaining and effective way to learn a new language. Visit our Library webpage or call us for information on how to access this database.

New Mobile App:  New on our Facebook page is the Destiny Quest Mobile App which brings our school’s library to the devices that students use the most. Now they can visit and search our library anytime anywhere. It’s free to download and students can search for resources in the library, they can discover the top 10 most popular titles, and new books that have been added to our library collection. A video explaining the features of this mobile app may be found on our Facebook page. Like us on Facebook! Find easy access to our online resources, catalog, events, newest additions and instructional videos for our databases at

Did you know that you can watch book trailers to preview our new books?  QR codes can be found in our recent additions that allow students with smart phones to scan in the QR code and get access to these book trailers.

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


From the ACCESS Program

The Burr and Burton ACCESS Program students are continuing their partnership with local area businesses this year, learning and developing important job training skills and exploring careers.

Many of the ACCESS Program students begin job exploration through job experiences and opportunities offered by local businesses and companies. The ACCESS students then use their job training experiences to successfully obtain paid employment throughout the community.

Successful career training partnerships have been established with Ann Taylor Factory Outlet, The Reluctant Panther, The Salon Boutique, Yankee One Dollar, The Equinox Valley Nursery, The Equinox Hotel, Hildene, Manchester Discount Beverage, The Gap, McDonald’s, The Vermont Country Store, The Northshire Bookstore, r.k. Miles, The West Mountain Animal Hospital, Price Chopper and many others.

The skill training opportunities offered by these local businesses and others prove invaluable for the success and diverse employability of the students in the ACCESS Program. The ACCESS Program is most appreciative for the opportunity presented through our community partnerships.

Maegen Benasich
Job Placement Coordinator
The ACCESS Program


College and Career Information

Spring College Admission Panel
On Wednesday, May 9, from 7:00–9:00 pm a panel presentation will be held on the college admissions process given by admissions officers from Williams College, Champlain College, University of Vermont, and Northeastern University. This will be held in the Riley Center. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Standardized Testing Registration
Juniors should have already taken or signed up to take the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT with writing at some point this spring. If necessary, juniors may still register for the June administration of these tests. The deadline for the June 2 SAT Reasoning or Subject tests is May 8 and for the ACT the deadline is May 4. The next testing opportunity for both tests is in October. Information is available at and

Junior Papers
Juniors should save copies of their current best papers to submit to colleges next year. Increasingly colleges are requesting that students provide graded writing samples in addition to their applications and essays.

Visit, Visit, Visit
Our college counseling mantra is visit, visit, visit. Juniors should make plans to visit some college campuses in the upcoming months. College visits are legitimate absences for juniors but they need to let their counselor and their teachers know their visit plans in advance. Students are responsible for all work they miss. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance in setting up tours, information sessions, and interviews.

Advanced Placement Exams
This year’s AP exams run from May 7 – May 17. Please note that all Advanced Placement students taking morning exams will be released from school at the conclusion of the exam. Students taking exams that begin at noon are expected to attend the first two morning classes, but are released at 11 am in order to have lunch and prepare.

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.

Please note that it is unethical for students to send in a deposit to more than one college. Burr and Burton counselors are also bound by professional ethics and can send a student’s final high school transcript to only one college. Don’t forget to let us know where you will be heading next year.

2012 Graduation Countdown
Check your mailboxes for Burr and Burton’s Senior Events and Commencement Information booklet. It contains everything families need to know to prepare for the big event on Friday, June 8, at 5:30 pm. Please take special note of the final page in the booklet. Seniors must return the enclosed Rules and Regulation form signed by a parent before they can pick up their caps and gowns in the School and College Counseling Office during exam week.

Attention Male Seniors
Don’t forget to register for the U.S. Selective Service when you turn 18 years old.  Neglecting to register can prevent you from receiving college financial aid. Pick up a selective service form at any U.S. Post Office.

2012-13 Schedules
Underclass students will receive their tentative schedules for next year in the next several weeks. Please contact your student’s School and College Counselor if you have any questions. We are still making changes as space permits. Teacher assignments are still pending; students will learn that information when they receive a finalized schedule in early August.

Updated Scholarships 2012
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: Some applications can be downloaded from Naviance.

Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award
Eligibility:Graduating senior with a disability or debilitating illness, either physical or mental. Financial need. Planning to attend college.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1

Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: Financial need, academic excellence, and exemplary citizenship, character and serious-mindedness. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financial BEFORE filling out the application.) Must know where you plan to attend.
Award: $3,000 to $10,000 Deadline: May 1
Application online at EXTENSIVE APPLICATION, don’t wait until the last minute!

BBA Teachers’ Association Scholarship
Eligibility:  Seniors, based on personal integrity and commitment to learning.  Brief essay required.
Award:  not specified; Deadline: May 1

BBA Booster Club Athletic Award
Eligibility: outstanding accomplishments and participation in the area of athletics. 100-word essay required. Awarded to one male and one female athlete.
Award: $500 each; Deadline: May 1

Bill Muench Basketball Camp Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior who participated in or worked as a counselor at Bill Muench’s Basketball Camp. Recognizes attitude, academic achievement and effort, involvement in sports, community or other extra-curricular activity)
Award: not specified; Deadline: May 1

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship
Eligibility: must be planning to major or double major in studio art.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 6

Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care
Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 7

Dorset Sportsman’s Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating seniors who live in Dorset and have been accepted into a school for post-secondary education including 2- and 4-year colleges, technical and vocational schools. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement, etc.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: May 9

Daniel Maneely Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior accepted into an Engineering Technology field at an accredited school. Award based on academics, extra curricular activities, community service and an essay. Finalists will be interviewed.
Award: $5,000   Deadline: May 11

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student intending to pursue a career related to golf and/or agronomy as related to golf. (Agronomy encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology and soil science.)
Award: not specified; Deadline: June 1

AES Engineers Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student regardless of course of study. Must submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words to
TOPIC: What impact will the Natural Disasters of 2010 have on the global economy? How should these affect future political, business and personal decisions?
Award: $500; Deadline: October 5
Info Online at:


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