Monthly Archives: June 2012

June 2012


3 German Exchange Parent Meeting, 6-7 pm, Rowland Center cafeteria

5-7 Underclass exams

8 Commencement, 5:30 pm

9 Alumni Reunion


From the Headmaster

Boy are we in the home stretch. In the past several weeks, we have completed the spring musical, Chicago, to rave reviews for the student performances; enjoyed the spring showcase of dance, drama, and musical talent; displayed student artwork at the Art in the Schools exhibition at Southern Vermont Art Center; laughed and cheered at the Gawlik Awards, honoring our cinematography program; and we are now in the midst of the statewide tournament for spring sports. Oh, yes, and the weather is turning hot and we are in the process of saying goodbye to seniors while completing final exams and final projects in our academic program.

One event that deserves special mention took place on Friday evening, the parent-organized fundraising gala, An Evening of Broadway. With a confluence of student energy, parent volunteerism, faculty and staff participation, corporate sponsorship and extraordinary generosity across the board, we shattered every record for an individual fundraiser, reaching somewhere close to $180,000. That figure is an incredible vote of confidence on the part of those who hold this school dear, and it brings with it the responsibility for us to keep reaching greater heights in the interest of serving young people in our communities. It also shows how strong we can be when we all work together.

There is no one thing that makes a school “great.” Rather, greatness is a function of being able to create a unique, passionate experience for each and every student, whether it is in the classroom, on stage, behind the camera, or elsewhere.  And each of these experiences is dependent on students working with adults in a truly collaborative relationship.

If there has been someone who has been particularly meaningful to you and your daughters or sons this spring, please consider letting that person know. Your words of support are very meaningful and very powerful.

On June 8, we will honor our superb senior class, and then we will all–students, faculty, and staff–head off for a much-deserved respite. It has been a great year, and I look forward to celebrating its accomplishments and bringing it to a close.

Happy summer.

Mark H. Tashjian


From the Advancement Office

We would like to echo the sentiments in Mark’s letter as we begin to close down the year. We are extremely grateful for all of the support given to Burr and Burton Academy this year and as usual, it came from many different sources – corporate sponsors, our Board of Trustees (who annually participate one hundred percent in the Annual Giving Campaign), faculty and staff (with a record-breaking ninety percent participation this year), the Advisory Council, parents, grandparents, alumni, past parents, friends of the school, and even students!

And that’s what makes Burr and Burton Academy so special. Each and every donor recognizes the importance of a great education and the value of giving our students the best possible opportunities and experiences. There is something for every student – clubs, drama, mathematics, visual arts, technology, sports, science, poetry, digital photography, graphic design, drafting and design, creative writing, forensic science, and so much more to choose from. Take a look at the 2012 – 2013 Course of Study and see what is available to our students – it’s a pretty amazing list!

To end the year with such a successful parent fundraising event, An Evening of Broadway, is a major accomplishment. Through the hard work of an awesome gala committee consisting of parents, past parents, alumni and others, led by grandparent and former trustee, Jack Phillips, we pulled off an incredible event which highlights how important Burr and Burton Academy is to our community at large. Two hundred and sixty gala-goers came to the event on May 25! Once again, we received support from our business community, parents, grandparents and friends through sponsorships, donation of online and live auction items, and gift-in-kind donations of services. To top it all off, the response of our guests to the live auction and the scholarship call that evening was simply astounding, raising over $120,000 in less than an hour. We live in an incredibly generous community and if you are out and about, please take a moment to thank our gala sponsors. Their names appear below.

We hope your student had a great year, and once again, we thank you for YOUR support, whether financial, through volunteer hours or through a gift-in-kind. It all adds up to a successful year which means we can continue to offer the best of everything to all of our students.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We hope you have a fantastic summer.

With deep gratitude and appreciation from all of us in the Advancement Office: Rich Thompson Tucker, Shannon O’Leary, Freddie Templeton, Nancy Brown, Gary Baker, and myself,

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement

An Evening of Broadway
May 25, 2012

A special thanks to our Gala 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, and Liz Wilson.

Faculty and Staff Committee members: 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, and Andrea Thulin.

Corporate Sponsors of the event:

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

Marquee Sponsors
Battenkill Technologies
Dee’s Electric
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Prospect Rehabilitation
Talent Drive

Box Office Sponsors
Berkshire Bank
Stifel Nicholaus
The Bank of Bennington

Playbill Sponsors
Battenkill Communications
Engel Spivey Lemonik
Manchester Capital Management
Merchants Bank/Merchants Trust Company
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Manchester
Northshire Bookstore
Rain or Shine Tent Company
Rutland Regional Medical Center
The Works Bakery Café

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


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.

June and the end of school, for the summer, is here! Seniors are finishing up their exams and the underclassmen are beginning theirs next week. Graduation will be held in just a week!

The Parent Association would like to extend a warm thanks to all involved in the Evening of Broadway Gala held at Hildene last weekend. Especially to Jack Phillips, the chair of the event, which brought together students, parents, staff, faculty, trustees, community members and so many more to show just what our school is all about. Jack is the grandparent of a student and he worked tirelessly to pull together all facets of the event into one great evening that raised an incredible amount of monetary support for BBA’s annual fund. He is amazing and we are so lucky to have him!

Thanks also to all of those who donated to the Annual Giving Campaign. Your donation directly benefits the students at Burr and Burton!

Watch your inbox for the BBA This Week email sent Sunday evenings at 5pm with information about upcoming school events. Not receiving this weekly email? Contact Nancy Brown at Oh and don’t forget to email us at with any questions or if you would like to volunteer your time or talents. Together we can do so much!

See you in August!


From the Athletic Department

Important Fall Sports Information

August 12 Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night at 5 pm in the cafeteria.

August 13 Football practice begins.

August 15 Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for all sports at 6 pm in the gym. Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.

August 16 Soccer, field hockey and cross-country practices begin.

Fall Varsity Coaches

Football: Jason Thomas
Girls’ Soccer: Dan DeForest
Boys’ Soccer: Peter Mull
Field Hockey: Barbara Muench
Cross-Country: Sandy Birch

All incoming freshmen and transfer students will need a physical exam prior to participating; all returning students must have had a physical exam after October 31, 2010.

Physical forms and permission forms can be downloaded from the school’s web site

Completed forms must be brought to the meetings on August 12 or August 15 or mailed (attention Kathi Bierwirth) to the school before August 16.

Please indicate which sport you will be participating in.

Returning students must be in attendance at the first day of practice and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics Kathi Bierwirth

Concussion in Sports: What You Need to Know
Click here for course link

A sports-related concussion in high school sports can be a serious and even life-threatening situation if not managed correctly. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon, takes you through this course. In this course you will learn the impact a sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.


From the Foreign Languages Department

Sophomore Bree Lalor ranked first in the region and ninth nationally at Level 2 of Le Grand Concours, a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. Nearly 100,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2012 event.

Several Burr and Burton students were ranked in the top 5 in the region of Vermont and Western Massachusetts: Mariette Aborn ‘12 for Level 5E (first place), Sophia Guglietta ‘12 and Sarah Baum ‘13, for Level 5D (first and second place), Catharine Leiter  ’14 and Stella Oh ‘14 for Level 4 (first and second place), and Daniel Qiu’15 and Samantha Sullivan ‘15 for Level 2 (second and fourth place).

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


From the Library

Happy summer reading!

Here are a few suggestions from the shelves at Burr and Burton Academy’s Lisa B. Tuttle Memorial Library. Burr and Burton’s library collection is available

to the community over the summer months through the Mark Skinner Library.

Millman, Dan. Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Cox, Lynne. Grayson

Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Rhodes-Courter, Ashley. Three Little Words : A Memoir

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games

Donoghue, Emma. Room

Gaarder, Jostein. Sophie’s World : A Novel about the History of Philosophy

García Márquez, Gabriel. Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go

Kluger, Steve. My Most Excellent Year: a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park

Kunstler, James Howard. The Witch of Hebron: A World Made by Hand

McCormick, Patricia. Sold

O’Brien, Tim. In the Lake of the Woods

Otsuka, Julie. When the Emperor Was Divine

Benedict, Jeff. Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage

Heilbroner, Robert L. The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers

Beals, Melba. Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High


College and Career Counseling

Summer Homework for Rising Seniors

o   Request a college recommendation from a teacher before summer vacation – use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form (available in the School and College Counseling Office)

o   Visit college campuses and enter your observations in your Naviance journal

o   Update your online Naviance resume (

o   Complete all summer work required for your fall classes

o   Draft a sample college essay – see for topics (the new version of the Common Application will be available mid-summer)

o   Work on Service Learning projects

o   Learn something new through work, summer programs or self-study

o   Set a personal goal and achieve it; think about how you want to challenge yourself in your senior year

o   Register by August 17 for the September 8 ACT at . Registration and test dates not yet announced for the SAT- check on for updated information.

Mandatory Application Seminar for all College-Bound Seniors
Monday, August 20, 10 am – 1 pm
Information on the college admission process and preliminary work on college applications.

Senior College Application Workshops (optional)

Tuesday, August 21 Application workshop 10 am – 12 pm
Wednesday, August 22 Application workshop  10 am – 12 pm
Come to one-or both!-sessions to work with your counselor and get your college applications filled out before the busy fall semester begins.

Summer Homework for All
Students need to budget time over the summer for any required academic work. All students will have a summer reading requirement and assignment from the Social Studies Department. Students enrolled in AP English 11 or 12, AP US History, AP Biology and AP Psychology will have course-specific summer work. Assignments will be posted on the Burr and Burton website and available in hard copy in the School and College Counseling Office.

Attention Class of 2014
All rising juniors must report to school on Monday, August 27, for the Junior Jump Start Program. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school! Students will be introduced to career and college information, standardized testing options, and more. They’ll also meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors.

News from the School and College Counseling Office
All of the counselors work a different schedule throughout the summer and will periodically check and respond to email. We are also available to meet with students and parents by appointment. Please keep in touch with your questions and updates.

As advisory groups, rising sophomores have shifted counselors from Phil Anton to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud or Cristin Rose. Juniors and seniors will retain their current counselor for consistency. Phil Anton will continue to be the counselor for incoming freshmen. School and College counselor assignments will again be noted in the end-of-the-year mailing.

Senior Plans
Members of the Class of 2012 recently completed surveys about their various plans for life after Burr and Burton. We will automatically send final transcripts for seniors who indicated enrolling in a college. (There is no need for a special request or form!) Students who later change their enrollment decision should let us know so we can follow up appropriately.

We wish graduates good luck in their ventures. Please know that we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll miss you!

Scholarships and Loans
AES Engineers Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student regardless of course of study. Must write an essay of no more than 1,000 words on topic listed on the website
Award: $500; Deadline: October 5
Info Online at:

The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund
Eligibility: senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2/0 average and references required.
Interest free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee)
Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office

Olin Scott Fund
Eligibility:  Acceptance into college or university.  2.5 average and references required.  Interview at Olin Scott Fund office. Loan of up to $4000/year not to exceed $16,000. Deadline:  July 31.  Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.


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