Monthly Archives: February 2013

February 2013


7    Open House for Parents – Opening Remarks in the Riley Center (6 pm)

12  Calliope Café – Scranton Room (6:30 pm)

18-22 Winter Break



From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

In the next six weeks we have two tremendous opportunities for you to connect with this school.

Most immediately, we have Parent Open House on Thursday, February 7. All our teachers will be available to share the semester’s plans for creating engaging, vigorous experiences for your sons and daughters. I am hopeful that we can get a representative for each and every student in this school, which makes for a powerful demonstration of your commitment to and support for teaching and learning.

Second, on March 15 in the evening we will have a very special speaker: Joe Ehrmann, who is a former NFL player and nationally known coach. This evening will be mandatory for all spring athletes, but his message and his thoughts have tremendous educational relevance as well.  Great teaching looks markedly similar to great coaching, so our entire faculty will be in attendance.  I would argue that the best parenting, especially for high school students, shares many characteristics with great coaching, and I am certain that even if your son or daughter is not an athlete, you will gain insights from this evening.

So, here are two opportunities for you to benefit personally while demonstrating support for our school.  I hope to see you at both of these events.

Let’s hope some snow starts to fall instead of all this rain and mud that surrounds us. Wear your galoshes, and thank you for your continued support for Burr and Burton Academy.

Sincerely yours,

Mark H. Tashjian


tumblr_mh7r7d7Sa41rf4ahbo2_1280-1Last week was one for the record books! Our first graduating class made their official re-entry to the main campus, passing the torch to our Winter Pioneers. Leaving campus in Manchester was a little sad, saying farewell to our trailblazers, but incredibly exciting as we headed up the mountain to begin another semester. Our orientation, three days and two nights together at the Mountain Campus, was marked by constant sub-zero temperatures, brilliant days and stunningly clear nights, challenge, camaraderie, reflection and anticipation. We hiked Bromley on a day where the thermometer barely reached zero, learned how to decipher lunar phases and identified navigation stars, and interpreted fox, grouse, snowshoe hare and river otter tracks. We wrote in our journals, read Jack London’s classic To Build a Fire on our hike (yes, the protagonist does freeze to death, but we were fine) and Michael Pollan’s Food Rules as we cooked. But most importantly, we built a foundation of trust and a commitment to learning and living well together.

For students and parents interested in learning more about the Mountain Campus and admissions for next year, consider stopping by our Open House: Wednesday, February 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at 3067 Hapgood Pond Road, Peru.

Onward and Forward!

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director


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.

February feels like a light month but that is because winter break is in it! Don’t forget the Open House on February 7. On the 12 is the second (of the year) Calliope Café at 6:30. Come to listen and be astounded by the talent at BBA! And to eat too!

Winter break is the week of the 18-22.

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% participation: a competition between the classes. We are tracking parent participation rates by grade level. When the campaign concludes in May, the class with the highest rate of parent giving will win an ice cream party….and a prize! More details on that to come soon.

Enjoy! See you in March.

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


If you live in the Dorset school district  please send an email to Sue Mele ( at the Dorset School if you would be interested in bus service to BBA.  This has been brought up by Dorset parents who currently have students at BBA
and has been discussed by the School Board.  Please let us know if this is something that your child would utilize.


Burr and Burton to Host Joe Ehrmann -“The Most Important Coach in America”

LUBOW-WK8G4018-colBurr and Burton Academy recognizes the importance athletics play in the education of student athletes. In an effort to continue to promote the positive virtues of sport as an avenue to develop young men and women of character, Burr and Burton is pleased to bring former NFL Player and best selling author Joe Ehrmann to BBA on Friday, March 15, at 6:30 pm.  The public is invited to hear coach Joe Ehrmann speak and attend a book signing hosted at Burr and Burton Academy, where he will share his mission to inform, inspire and initiate individual, community and societal change through sports and coaching. Coach Ehrmann will conduct a special coaching clinic for Southern Vermont coaches the following day on Saturday, March 16. Coaches are invited to sign up by calling BBA Athletic Director, Kathi Bierwirth at 802-549-8119 or by email at Tickets may be purchased online at, lunch will be provided.

Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL player, was a Baltimore Colts “Man of the Year” award winner, and was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America. Working off of the idea of sports as not extra-curricular but co-curricular—a teaching environment just as significant as any classroom—Ehrmann will discuss how a good coach can instill virtues of community, justice, reason, respect, and responsibility in his or her players, as well as help them find victory on the field. His organization Coach for America, teaches empowering young athletes and has worked with schools and coaches throughout the nation on how to use athletics  to transform the lives of student athletes by helping them build self-esteem, awareness of others and the importance of being leaders within their communities.

To learn more about Joe Ehrmann, visit

Please contact Cory Herrington at or call 802.362.1775 for further information.


From the Advancement Office

We are so grateful to see the first of February knowing we made it through January – the longest, coldest, darkest month.  We hope you noticed – we were very quiet on the fundraising front knowing you were paying off holiday expenses and just hunkering down.   But now that it’s February, we have lots of things to share with you.

1. Update on Parent Annual Fund Giving:

We’re off to a good start with the Parent Challenge and here are some statistics to consider.
Remember, our goal is to get Parent support up to 50%!

As of January 30, 2013, overall parent support stands at 21%, and broken down by class¹:

Class of 2013 = 28.3%

Class of 2014 = 15.1%

Class of 2015 = 17.5%

Class of 2016 = 17.9%

¹If you have multiple students, your gift is counted in each class.

We still have work to do to get to the goal so please consider a gift to the annual fund today.  And here’s a little incentive for you…..

2. BBA Parent Thank You Party

Our BBA Parent Thank You Party is scheduled for the end of March from 5 PM – 7 PM (date place and time to be announced shortly).  Your ticket to the party?  A gift to the annual fund!  Any outright gift or gift-in-kind made since July 1, 2012, will get you on the invitation list.   So if you haven’t yet made a gift to the Annual Giving Campaign, we would appreciate your support.
There are three easy ways to make a gift:

  • Drop a check in the mail to:  Burr and Burton Academy Advancement Office, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT  05254
  • Give online:
  • Stop by, say hi and drop off your gift to the Advancement Office

Our sincere thanks to all of you who have supported the annual fund this year, and we look forward to seeing many more parents on the invitation list!  Remember, it’s the annual fund that helps provide all of the “extras” for your student here at Burr and Burton.

3. “Save the Date” for our annual fundraising gala:

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Friday, May 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home.

Save the date postcards for this event will be out shortly and invitations will be out in the mail in April.  Make your plans early as we had a sellout crowd the past two years and a waiting list!

4. On-line Auction

On behalf of the committee for this year’s gala event, Evening under the Stars on May 24th, we invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s third annual online auction. With your contribution, the auction is sure to build on the momentum of last year’s inaugural success.

The auction is designed to generate excitement for the main event on the 24th. Launching on April 1st and closing on April 30th, the auction will reach bidders all over the world (including parents of our international students, long-distance grandparents, and our  alumni), plus the many friends of the school right here in our own backyard. The auction serves as a great way to involve those people who cannot attend the event for any number of reasons.

We are looking for services of all shapes and sizes to feature as stand-alone items and in specially designed packages.  Perhaps you can offer a service, such as landscaping or wood delivery? (In fact, a cord of seasoned and stacked wood donated by a BBA parent was one of our hottest items last year!)  Whatever the contribution, it will benefit our most precious commodity of all, our children!

Since the auction is running prior to the event, our timeline is pushed up a bit this year. We need to have your donation in the Advancement Office by February 28th. You are welcome to drop it off yourself or contact one of us and a committee member will come pick it up from you.  Don’t forget, your item or service donation counts toward parent participation in the Annual Giving Campaign and gets you on the list for the annual BBA Parent Thank-you Party!

Questions about the Online Auction?  Contact Christine Hoard, or 549-8277.

Many thanks for your support and don’t forget to put the gala on your calendars!

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


College and Career Information

Meetings with Juniors
Individual meetings with juniors are now underway as we help them shape their futures in college, gap programs, employment, military service, and other options. All students will have a scheduled appointment with their counselor sometime in the next few months when they will complete a resume of activities and explore opportunities with us.

For students who don’t have college in their sights at this time, we will discuss ways for students to determine possible career and job interests. Field Study, elective courses and part-time jobs are good avenues for students to prepare for employment after high school.

We assist college-bound students with the college search process, discuss academic preparation, review PSAT scores and plan for standardized testing.  We look forward to continued contact with juniors throughout the next year as we work together to find good college matches.

Parents often wonder how they can help. We meet with students and help them compile an appropriate college list, but families need to take the next step.  Please facilitate some college visits during the spring semester.  In our experience, we have found that students who have visited a few campuses prior to applying find the process more meaningful and manageable.  With advanced notice to teachers and the Dean of Students, college visits are excused absences from school. Plan a trip to see a campus or two and take advantage of information sessions and tours. Then be sure to let us know your family’s impressions.

Another way that we coordinate efforts with students and families is through the Naviance Program ( This on-line program contains multiple career and college resources and also serves as a communication tool.  We demonstrated various program functions during our evening College Program for Junior Parents in October.  If you’d like access to this program or need to reset your password, please email Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant at

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.  We are eager to partner with parents in the college and career planning process.

Andrea Hogan 549-8145;

Melissa Michaud  549-8130;

Cristin Rose 549-8126;

Maria Bittinger 549-8126;

Standardized Testing Registration
College bound Burr and Burton juniors should sign up to take either the SAT or the ACT this spring. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.

Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at and, respectively. The table below outlines spring testing options.  Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines
Saturday, Feb. 9 ACT
Register by Jan. 11 at
Sign up for ACT with writing!
Test not at BBA

Saturday, March 9  SAT
Register by Feb. 8 at
SAT Critical Reasoning Test only (no subject tests)
Test is offered at BBA

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

Saturday, April 13 ACT
Register by March 8  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.


Test Prep Opportunities
Free Options:; bookmark “Question of the day”

On-Line courses:

Prep Classes: $100 High End Test Prep (underwritten by BBA – classes at BBA)
*Timed to prepare for the May SAT
All classes meet from 12:45 – 2:45 on Fridays.

Test Prep / May SAT:

March 22

April 5

April 12

May 3

To register for this course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadline: March 8.

$300 Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA in May

March 24, 31, April 7, 21, 28

Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.


All Vermont students applying for need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA and VSAC forms.  Pay close attention to individual college financial aid deadlines; many colleges require students to file the FAFSA in February and March.

To file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VSAC grant application, go to these websites: and Families are urged to file on-line as soon as possible and you are welcome to use our office computers if you need internet access.  If you have questions about the FAFSA or other financial aid forms, don’t hesitate to contact the helpful folks at VSAC’s toll-free help line: 800-642-3177.

In addition, some private colleges require students to file the CSS Profile form. You will need to check your individual college financial aid requirements.  Information about the CSS Profile can be found in the financial aid section at

Summer Programs/Study Abroad
The School and College Counseling Office has collected information about a variety of summer programs, including two Vermont-based programs:  MedQuest and CollegeQuest (for health-related careers); See websites for details and deadlines.

All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont that are week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Science and Technology. Applications will be online beginning February 1 (

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2012-2013 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule.  Students need to submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 10 for plans that commence at any point during the fall semester.

Remember Mountain Campus applications deadline is February 13.

Updated Scholarships 2013
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.

VSAC UNIFIED SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION:  Deadline is Friday, Feb 8, to be “put in the VSAC hat” for a $1,000 Early Bird scholarship from VSAC. Students MUST have their document requests from School and College Counseling (Mrs. Welsh) by noon, Feb 7, if applying for this. Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship book. Many scholarships, one application.  If the student is not applying early-bird, the regular deadline is March 9. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions.

Knights of Columbus Scholastic Achievement Scholarship
Eligibility: high school senior who is a son or daughter of a Knight of Columbus; five scholarships based on scholastic achievement, involvement in school and community and financial need.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 15

Rotary Club of Manchester – Award for Excellence
Eligibility: High School senior planning to enroll in college. Based on (in order of importance) character, community service, effort, personal potential, financial need and past academic performance.
Award: $1,000 per year/max of $4,000; Deadline: March 30

Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary Scholarships
Eligibility: Seniors entering either a college or vocational school. Personality, community service, academic accomplishments, and financial need are some of the deciding factors.
Award: not specified; Deadline: March 30

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:

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: High school senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. RECENT PHOTO required.
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 12th —  must be hand-delivered

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.)
Award: $3,000 to $10,000 Deadline: May 1
Application online at

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


News From The Athletic Department

Save The Date: The Spring Sports Parent/Athlete meeting will be held Friday, March 15.
Watch the March Bullhorn for more details.

Post Season Dates:

Dance Team State Competition – Saturday, February 16 @ Vergennes High School 3:00 pm.

Alpine Skiing
– February 13 @ Bromley
Boys- March 6 @ Okemo
Girls- March 4 @ Stowe

States – 
March 7 & 8 @ Stowe

Nordic Skiing:
States – 
Freestyle Feb. 24 @ Jericho and  Classical Feb. 28 @ Grafton

Play Downs:
Boys – February 26 & 27
Girls – March 5 & 6


From the Health Clinic

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Our school is participating in the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) sponsored by the Vermont Department of Education and the Vermont Department of Health. The survey gathers information about health risk behaviors of 9th through 12th grade students. The survey includes questions about nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, physical exercise, injuries, and sexual behavior. Schools, communities and state agencies will use the results of the survey to evaluate programs, plan new programs and to secure future funding.

We are planning to administer the survey on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with state and local school officials, developed the YRBS. It also has the support of many national organizations including the National PTA.

The YRBS is anonymous, and survey procedures have been designed to protect your child’s privacy. The names of students who take the survey and their survey responses will not be disclosed to any school employee nor will any student’s name or survey responses be divulged in a report of the results. We would like all students to take part in the survey; however, the survey is voluntary. No student is required to take the survey.

Should you decide to opt your child out of taking the survey please contact me directly (549-8132).

You may also contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Megan Cornell, RN
Health Clinic Director/School Nurse


This Month from the Media and Performing Arts Department


The Media and Performing Arts Department will host a Calliope Cafe, a coffee house style evening of music, drama, dance, poetry and film, Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm in the Rowland Center. Admission is $3.00 students/ $5.00 adults. Students interested in performing should contact Julie Freebern by Tuesday, February 5 to schedule an audition.


A Weekend of Improv

The Burr and Burton Media and Performing Arts Department presents A Weekend of Improv on Friday, February 8 at 6:30 pm and Saturday, February 9 at 4 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.

BBA Alumnus and guest artist Alec Lewis ’07 has been working with a talented and funny group of BBA students to develop skills for improvisation. Lewis co-founded Cape Ann Improv based in the North Shore of Massachusetts. They are committed to using improv to develop self-confidence, team building, and communal creativity. Members of Cape Ann Improv have performed professionally throughout New England and all across the country.

Lewis and Cape Ann Improv will open the weekend with a hilarious and original show that has not been seen before and will never be available again.

Prior to Saturday’s performance, there will be a drop-in workshop open to the entire community where everyone is invited to experience the joys and magic of improvisation. This workshop will run from 1-3 pm. No registration is required.

Tickets for the event are $3 for BBA students, faculty and staff and $5 for the general public and can be purchased at:

Come laugh with us.


Don’t miss out on a chance to be a part of BBA’s Media and Performing Arts Departments Spring Musical


If you have always wanted to be on stage or work behind the scenes, we have a place for you and we need your to help make our show successful.  Looking for actors, singer, dancers, lighting and sound technicians, stage managers and people interested in learning about costumes, props, box office, etc.

Audition Workshop – Feb 11 & 13, 3-6 pm

Auditions for The Spring Musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Feb 26-28 6 pm-9 pm

Audition material can be picked up in the dance studio.
Audition information can be found at:
If you have any questions, please contact Mr Raposa at:


From the English Department

VT Poet Laureate Event

Burr and Burton Academy is pleased to invite the community to a poetry reading by Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea on February 19 at 7-8:30 pm at the Flood Brook Union School.

This event is sponsored by Burr and Burton Academy, the Wilder Memorial Library, The South Londonderry Free Library, Flood Brook Union School and the Northshire Book store.

For information please call 802-824-4307 or email:

There is a $5 suggested donation where proceeds will benefit Vermont’s Children’s Literacy Foundation.


From the Library

“Based on the Book”

Early in January 2013, featured a story on “ten American novels that became Hollywood classics.”  Since all ten books and all ten films are a part of our Library collections February will showcase a display of these wonderful stories that inspired classic films.

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Winston Groom’s Forrest Gump

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather

Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind

John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz

James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans

Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick

Alan Le May’s The Searchers

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 – Thursdays 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 1:00 pm


From the Yearbook Staff

Hello Parents of the Class of 2013,
The yearbook staff would like to extend an invitation to you to purchase a space in the 2013 yearbook to recognize the effort, hard work and success your students have had along with their biggest day, graduation!
Each ad is the size of a business card and can accommodate either a small picture (portrait) with a short and direct quote or write-up or a single picture or even just a nice write-up of congratulations. Please keep the writing short and sweet.
Each ad is $30.00 and will be in full color.
Ad deadline is February 15, 2013.
There are a limited number of spaces for ads so please respond sooner than later.
Yearbooks may be purchased on line at
Please contact Alex Vincent at for information.

Alex Vincent
Yearbook Advisor


13265814233542Driver’s Ed

Please mark your calendar for any students interested in Driver’s Ed – there will be a MANDATORY student/parent meeting in the cafeteria on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 pm for anyone wanting to take driver’s ed this summer. If you are not at the meeting you will NOT be able to take the course this summer….no exceptions. The course starts June 17.


Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy

Headmaster’s List

Berkshire Bank

r.k. Miles

Stratton Mountain Resort

The Orvis Company

The Vermont Country Store

TPW Management

High Honors List

Finn and Stone Insurance

Mack Molding

The Equinox Resort and Spa

W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc.

Honors List

Casella Waste Management

Homestead Landscaping

Mettowee Mill Nursery, Inc.

The Bank of Bennington

The Richards Group

Academic Letter

Aspen Motel

Battenkill Communications

Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices

Dublois and Associates

Engel Spivey Lemonik, PC

Hand Motors

High-Tech Plumbing & Heating

Mountain Weavers

People’s United Bank

Academic Pin

Dydo and Company, Inc.

Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping


Northshire Bookstore

TD Bank


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