Monthly Archives: December 2012

December 2012


1   SAT at BBA

13 Winter Concert

19 12:35 Dismissal

20-31 Holiday Break


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Last year 90% of our faculty and staff gave not only their expertise and dedication to Burr and Burton, but also gave financially. That sends a powerful message.

Each year, we devote substantially more resources to each student than we receive in tuition.  We do this so we can be the kind of school that our young people need and deserve.  While many schools minimize the arts or other “enrichment” programs, Burr and Burton treats our full range of programs as essential to an extraordinary and broad-based high school experience.  Cinematography, digital photography, ceramics, woodworking – these programs don’t exist in many schools.  Financial assistance for trips to foreign countries or state of the art facilities are also unique to Burr and Burton.  All these things cost money – yet are vitally important to the Burr and Burton experience and our success.

It’s not easy and I don’t particularly like asking for support, but I love this school too much NOT to ask.  If you can give something, regardless of the amount, by sending a check or making a gift online here, you will contribute even more than you do already in making this school stronger and the education of our students better.  That may well be the best present any of us can receive at this time of year.

I wish you all the best this holiday season.


Mark H. Tashjian


By now, many of you may have heard stories of our last expedition – cold, snow, and two nights on “solo” under self-built tarp shelters. What you might not have heard about was the pride and confidence with which the students reflected on their experiences: “I’m stronger than I thought… if I can do that, I can do anything!” Or the responses to reading a letter from home while on their solos: “I’ve never really heard my parents open their hearts like that… it made me cry!” (Yes, a teenage boy said this, and more!) What you also may not have heard are the stories of classes and projects that we’ve done. As we shift our focus towards our future, students are deep into independent research and work projects, tackling issues as diverse as sustainable energy systems and local food production, waste stream management on the main campus and collaborating on a fisheries management plan with National Forest wildlife biologists. It’s exciting to see the skills and habits of mind we have cultivated all semester put to good work. To read more stories and see more images of the semester, take a look at our ongoing student blog:
Onward and Forward!

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director


Students interested in learning more about the Burr and Burton Mountain Campus Program and admissions for spring semester 2013 or school year 2013-14 are encouraged to talk to their counselor in the School and College Counseling Office or contact us directly by email: ( or phone (802-824-4846).


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.

December is here and you know what that means – BREAK!

Well not for many of us but you get the idea!

But first we start off with the SAT on December 1st followed by the winter concert on December 13th. That’s it for the month – a light schedule so that you are really ready!

Last year, 29 percent of Burr and Burton Academy parents contributed to the annual campaign, for a total of approximately $89,000. While dollar amounts matter, participation matters much more. Our goal this year is simple – to increase that giving rate to 50 percent or more.

This year we’re going to have a bit of fun as we work toward that goal of 50 percent participation: a competition between the classes. We’ll be tracking parent participation rates by grade level. When the campaign concludes next March, the class with the highest rate of parent giving will win a party….and prizes! More details on that to come soon.

We’re looking for parent leaders to serve as captains for each class to coordinate outreach. If you’d like to sign up or learn more about being a captain, please let us know.

The school is closed on December 20th for the break so we’ll see you in 2013!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


Attention all Dorset BBA families!  We would like to explore the possibility of reinstituting bus transportation from Dorset to Burr and Burton Academy and need to find out how many families would use such a service.  If you are interested, please contact Daniela or Scott Stewart as soon as possible at (802) 768-8169 (leave a message) or send an e-mail to  Thank you!


News From The Athletics Department

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2012-2013

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 can be found on the school’s web site.


From the Booster Club

Booster Club meetings are every second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm in Julie Fifield’s room.

Thank You
Arlena Merrow
President of Boosters


From the Advancement Office

With the holiday season now officially in full swing, it’s a time to remember, acknowledge and thank all of our parents and friends who support Burr and Burton Academy in many ways.  So here goes:

Thank you to the Parent Association and the many hours they have put into reaching out to all BBA parents.  Under new direction this year, Peggy Brockett has done a terrific job leading the Parent Association.  To date this group has hosted two potlucks – one for Freshmen and Sophomore parents and one for Junior and Senior parents, hosted a pasta dinner at the fall Open House, helped with setting up for Grandparents Day, provided an amazing dessert buffet for the faculty in-service day, organized and executed a clothing exchange, helped organize homecoming, made refreshments and helped with other needs for M*A*S*H, and much more.

Thank you to the Booster Club and all of the activities they have been involved in such as organizing homecoming, manning the concessions at games, selling BBA logo wear and many other activities that benefit all of our sports teams.  Thanks to the new parents who have joined the Booster Club and have made a big difference in a few short months.

Thank you to those who have helped organize fundraising events to support the hockey program, especially the most recent Student/Faculty Hockey game a Riley Rink.

Thank you to Gloria Palmer for once again taking on the Winter Sports Program, and for all those folks who have helped sell ads or bought an ad in the publication.  The proceeds from this publication support our sports programming.

Thank you to Irene Cole for designing such beautiful collateral material for our school, including the new Mountain Campus brochure, the great looking program for our Performing Arts and for all of the marketing materials for the upcoming spring fundraising gala.

Thank you to our host families of International students for welcoming these young people into your home to be a part of your family.  And to our dorm parents who fashion a family of a different sort by creating a supportive, caring environment for their International students.

And last but not least, thank you to all parents who have supported the 2012 – 2013 Annual Giving Campaign with a gift.  (For those of you who haven’t, there is still plenty of time if you want to take the tax deduction in 2012!)

Our most sincere thanks to one and all who have supported the school and our students in some way, shape or form in the past months – we couldn’t do it without you.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Parent Association Advancement Committee:

Dear Parents:

In late October, we kicked off the 2012 – 2013 Annual Giving Campaign for Burr and Burton Academy. The initial response has been great, with donations arriving every day.  But this year, we’re focused on something just as important as the amount of money we’ll raise:  we also want to double the rate of participation, with a goal of fifty percent of all parents making a contribution. Every gift counts!

Donations to Burr and Burton Academy are tax-deductible, so if you’d like to include this gift on your 2012 tax returns, now’s the time to get it done. The annual campaign provides important funding that, year after year, helps to support the extra programs and opportunities that make our school extraordinary, from academics to arts and athletics, after-school clubs and life-changing trips abroad.

As the holiday season rolls along, we hope you’ll add your name to the growing list of Burr and Burton Academy parents who are giving the school a gift this year. Remember with a goal of fifty percent parent participation, every amount counts.  Please join us in supporting this amazing institution that provides so much for OUR students.


Bob McLeish                                           Kathleen James
Co-Chair, Parent Association                   Co-Chair, Parent Association
Advancement Committee                       Advancement Committee
(Claire ‘12, Colin ‘14)                             (Bailey Ring ‘14, Bridget Ring ‘17)


College and Career Information

Seniors should be finalizing the college process – be sure to connect with your School and College Counselor. We need to plan ahead for deadlines that fall over the holiday period; therefore, Thursday, December 13th is the last day to request transcripts and records until January 2nd. Don’t forget that is the student’s responsibility to send SAT/ACT scores directly from the testing agency to the colleges.

Once you receive a decision, please let us know so we can keep an accurate record of our students’ successes. We’ll also pass along your happy news to Mr. Tashjian so he can announce it at Monday assemblies!

Standardized Testing Information for Sophomores and Juniors

PLAN results will be distributed to the sophomores and sent home in the next few weeks. On Thursday, November 29th Jared Bunzey, Consultant for the Northeast Region for the ACT, met with the sophomores and made a presentation explaining the PLAN results and resources available for exploring careers and college majors.

PSAT results are due to arrive later this month. We will distribute results to students as soon as they arrive and discuss future testing options with them. Copies of the results will be sent home.

SAT prep courses will be available this spring. Watch your mailbox in January for details and registration information.

Burr and Burton will be a testing site for the ACT on February 11th. Students wishing to register for this exam need to sign up at by January 9th.

Advanced Placement Exam fee

Just a reminder that all AP Exam fees are due December 3rd.  The cost is $90 per exam.  Students need to bring in payment to the School & College Counseling Office.  Please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose to request a payment extension or to request a fee reduction form.

Financial Aid
If you missed the VSAC Financial Aid Night an online version of its popular “Paying for College” presentation is available at The online presentation takes about a half-hour, but can easily be viewed in shorter segments. There are also helpful handouts available at the site to download.

It’s important to pay attention in individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from admission deadlines. Please check each college’s website for information.

Some private colleges also require a form called the CSS Financial Aid Profile Form. This two-part process should be started immediately so as not to delay funding. Forms are available online at or via the VSAC website:

All families of students applying for need-based financial aid will submit the FAFSA. 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. The FAFSA form may be submitted beginning January 1 by completing it at Families can register at this site in advance of January 1 to receive the necessary separate pin numbers for students and parents. (Beware of another website: — which charges people to complete the forms. FAFSA is a FREE form!)

All students applying for need-based aid will also submit the VSAC Financial Aid Form after January 1. It is available online at And to help with all those forms, the School and College Counseling Office, in conjunction with VSAC, will be offering a Financial Aid Forms Night. See next month’s Bullhorn for the date and time.

Seniors will be receiving a VSAC booklet of scholarship opportunities in Vermont from the School and College Counseling Office; the booklet and application are also available on the VSAC website. Other local scholarships are posted in our office and will be announced as they come in.

2012/2013 Scholarship List
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:

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: senior, employment, community service, leadership, financial need.
Award: $4,000 – $60,000; Deadline: December 7.
Application in School and College Counseling Office and online at:

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
Eligibility: Graduating Seniors with their own small business. Tips for a successful Scholarship Application • Start Early. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete the application. • Proofread your application. • Don’t procrastinate. Deadlines are final. Your application will not be considered if it is late. • Take Responsibility. Keep of a copy of your application for your records. • Watch your email. We will communicate with you regarding your application through email. Please add to your address book and do not “opt out” of any communication sent from this address or you may not receive important information about your application, including notification if you are selected.

American Legion Oratorical Contest
Eligibility: This is a state and national Constitutional Speech Competition open to 9th through 12th graders.
Deadline: January 6.
Online information: (left side of screen, Info Center).

WACE National Co-op Scholarship Program
Eligibility: GPA 3.5+. Must apply and be accepted at one of the ten WACE Partner Institutions.
Postmarked Deadline: February 15 (early applications encouraged).
Online information:

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: Seniors accepted at approved or accredited school or college.
Award: $1,500; $1,000; or $500; Deadline: April 1.
Application information online:

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship
Eligibility: US citizen, high school student, must write an essay on the following theme :
• What have you done outside the classroom that demonstrates qualities sought after by the post secondary institution that you are hoping to attend? Also, which of these qualities means the most to you?
The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to us by email at:
Award: $1,000; Applications online at
Deadline: June 14, 2013.


This Month

The Media & Performing Arts Department will present the Winter Concert featuring music from the Vocal, Instrumental & Electronic Music Ensembles on Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Riley Center. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and can be purchased by visiting


From the Library

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*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.

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 – Thurs 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 1:00 pm


From the Yearbook Staff

This note is to inform you of the opportunity to reserve a personal ad for your student in the 2013 Burtonian (Yearbook). Each ad is $30.00 and can hold a small photograph and a small message. This is a great way to recognize your students hard work and 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 or you can bring it into the schools front office attention Alex Vincent.

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 February 1, 2013.

This is also a good time to reserve a copy of the 2013 Burtonian as well. You can purchase both the ad and the yearbook at the same time or you can purchase the book through the BBA website in the Parent Section – Yearbook 2013. A side note; the on line sale cost are $55.00. If you pay by check directly to school the cost will be at $50.00 for seniors only!

Thank you.

Alex Vincent
Yearbook Advisor


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