Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 2013


9   SAT at BBA

13-14 Prism Concert – Performing Arts (6:30 pm)

15  Faculty In-Service

15  Spring Sports Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting

25  Spring Sports Begins

27  End of the Marking Period

28-29 Midterm Exams (Early Dismissal – 12:35 pm)


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

This month’s message is very simple:

1. Please attend your town meeting and voice your support for Burr and Burton Academy.

2. Please join us for the session on March 15, Friday night, which will feature renowned coach Joe Ehrmann. There will be much to learn as teachers, coaches, and parents, and I hope you can attend regardless of whether or not your son or daughter is competing in a sport.

Spring is on its way. Sports teams are entering the playoffs and competing for state championships. The Prism concert is on the horizon. Burr and Burton students continue to shine.

Sincerely yours,

Mark H. Tashjian


mc MarchBy all accounts, we are off to a great start to the winter/spring semester at the Mountain Campus. The weather has both challenged us and provided us with fantastic learning opportunities. Fresh snow means new animal tracks and signs to aid our winter ecology studies. Fresh snow and cold temperatures also means preparing well to learn outdoors, more wood to cut, split, carry and stack, and more time to get to our study sites. Fortunately, these are the sort of challenges that bring a group together, build confidence, and clarify purpose. This group is up to the challenge!
From another perspective, this is the heart of our admissions season. We have held information sessions and an open house already, and many students have started and completed applications, but there is still time for students to come visit, ask questions and apply for next year. Any student who is interested should talk with their advisor and counsellor or call or email us directly at the Mountain Campus. With course sign-ups due on March 5, now is the time to act!

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.

March is here! Welcome back from winter break. There is nothing going on for the first week or so of the month and then we get right into it with the SAT test on March 9. The Prism Concert is at BBA the 13 & 14 and though the 15 is a faculty In Service day there is a wonderful talk by Coach Joe Ehrman at 6:30pm (here is the link) and the mandatory spring sports meeting for students and parents. Speaking of spring sports, they begin on March 25. The end of the third marking period is on the 27th followed by mid-term exams on the 28th & 29th. There will be early dismissal (12:35 pm) on those two days.

That’s it for March, see you in April!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


Please Note:

There is a new late bus to Flood Brook. It leaves from BBA Monday thru Thursday at 4:15 pm and at 2:10 pm on Fridays.


News From The Athletic Department

The mandatory spring sports parent/athlete meeting will be held on Friday, March 15 at 6:30 pm in the E.H Henry Gymnasium. This year’s meeting will feature a presentation by NFL player and best selling author Joe Ehrmann.

LUBOW-WK8G4018-colBurr and Burton Academy recognizes the importance athletics play in the education of student athletes and Joe Ehrmann’s presentation is an effort to continue to promote the positive virtues of sport as an avenue to develop young men and women of character. Mr. Ehrmann will share his mission to inform, inspire and initiate individual, community and societal change through sports and coaching.

Please plan on arriving early for Joe Erhmann’s presentation to pick up individual spring sports team information in the gym lobby. Spring sports coaches will be on hand before and after the presentation to answer any parent/athlete questions.

All students planning on trying out for a spring sport must register online prior to March 15.

Please click on the link:
 2013 Spring Sports Registration Form to sign up. All students participating in a spring sport must have had a physical exam after June 2011. Physical forms and permission forms can be downloaded from the schools web site here.

To learn more about Joe Ehrmann, visit

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


March 18 – Baseball pitchers and catchers begin practice

March 25 – All spring sports begin

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

An athlete who chooses to go on vacation during a school-scheduled vacation period (holiday, winter, or spring) and misses practice and/or games will be ineligible to play in the first scheduled game following vacation. Return to game eligibility after that will be at the individual coach’s discretion.


From the Visual Art Department

Art From The Schools at the Southern Vermont Arts Center


Opening Reception March 23, 2 pm to 4 pm – All are welcome.




From the The Media and Performing Arts Department

Prism Logo Feb

The Media and Performing Arts Department’s Prisms Concert, “The Creature”, an adaptation of Mel Brook’s ‘Young Frankenstein’, will be presented in the Riley Center on March 13 at 6:30 pm and March 14 at 6 pm & 8 pm. Tickets are available by visiting


Treasures of Turkey

Final Meeting for this spring break trip is Tues. March 26 in the Riley Center from 6 pm – 7 pm.
Don’t miss the Turkish Luncheon at Depot 62 on Thurs. March 28 from 12:30 pm – 2 pm.

BBA Offers Workshop for Performing Arts Students

On Monday, March 11, Burr & Burton Academy will offer a helpful and informative workshop for high school students who are interested in pursuing the performing arts in college.  BBA graduate Devin ’09 Johnson and his mother Heidi will share their experiences and give tips for navigating the college search and application process.  Specifically for students interested in a college degree in Acting, Dance, Music, or Musical Theater, the discussion will center on those aspects of the college search that are unique to performers.  Topics will range from choosing and visiting schools to applying and auditioning.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their student.

Devin Johnson will graduate from Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theater in May.  Heidi Johnson is a graduate of New England Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  The workshop will be offered on March 11 at 7:00PM in the Vocal Music classroom located on the lower level of the Riley Center for the Performing Arts.  It is open to the public and free of charge. For more information contact the Burr & Burton Academy Media and Performing Arts Department at 802-362-1775 ex. 231 or


All-StateCongratulations to Helen Chen, Jimmy Wang, Simon Aborn and Hilmon He for their selection to the Vermont All-State Music Festival held in Mount Mansfield Union HS in Jericho VT.  Helen, Simon and Hilmon were accepted to the chorus and Jimmy won principal oboe in the band.  Helen received an honorable mention for her piano scholarship audition.  They will represent BBA at this festival from May 9-11, 2013, congratulations!


From the Advancement Office

There is a lot going on in the Advancement Office and with planning for the upcoming spring gala, Evening under the Stars.  So here goes:

1. Parent Thank You Party: March 27, 2013, 5 pm to 7 pm – Seasons Restaurant

Invitations will be out shortly for this annual event and this is a simple way for Headmaster Mark Tashjian and all of us at Burr and Burton Academy to say THANK YOU for your support of the annual fund.  How do you get on the invitation list?  Just make a gift before March 27!  You can make a gift online or drop by and see us in the Advancement Office.  We’d love to have a full house so if you haven’t made a gift yet, please do.

2. Parent participation update:

The latest numbers are in and we are working our way up slowly but surely.  You have until May 1 to make your gift.  The class with the highest parent participation will receive a $500 gift towards their class fund, and enjoy an ice cream social in May.

Overall parent participation¹ stands at 24.8%. (The goal is 50% so we’re halfway there!)  And by class:

  • 2013    27.4%
  • 2014    22%
  • 2015    23.4%
  • 2016    30.3%

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

3.  Evening under the Stars

BBA Evening Star Gala logo IRENE

Planning is ramping up for this annual event which includes an Online Auction during the month of April and culminating in the gala on Friday night, May 24 at Hildene.  You should have received a “save the date” card so we hope you have put it on your calendar.  The gala committee has been working diligently to pull all of the details together for this important fundraiser for the school!  We’d like to extend our thanks to all gala committee members for their help.

We’re still looking for some items for both the Online Auction and the Live Auction:

  • ˜  A cord of wood
  • ˜  Two airline tickets
  • ˜  Window washing
  • ˜  A spring cleaning (indoors or out)
  • ˜  Other services that you would be able to offer

Any gift-in-kind counts toward the annual fund, parent participation challenge and will get you on the invitation list for the Parent Thank-you Party so if you have an idea please contact Christine Hoard in the Advancement Office at 549-8277 or

We’ll be sending out information for the Online Auction during the month of March – stay tuned because we have some fun, interesting things to bid on.

Thank you for all that you do to support the school, financially and through volunteering (Gala Committee, Parent Association, Booster Club, Friends of Hockey, etc.)  We’re all in this together with only one goal in mind – to provide an exceptional educational experience for YOUR student.

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


College and Career Information

Course Registration for 2013-2014
Juniors, sophomores and freshmen will soon be registering for next year’s classes. Please review the new Course of Study book (or reference it on our website under Parents /School Publications) and take the time to discuss appropriate course choices with your son or daughter. Parents need to sign the course registration form for requests to be processed. Please contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions.

Mock College Interviews
Juniors will have the chance to participate in individual practice college interviews with college admission officers the week of April 8. Details will be forthcoming.  Students will be accommodated on a first-come -first-served basis until spots are filled.

College Fair
Castleton State College will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 10, from 9-11am.  Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents.

Gap Year Fair
USA Gap Year is hosting two college fairs in our region at South Burlington High School on March 10th at 1:00 pm and at Hanover High School in Hanover NH on Tuesday March 12th at 4:00 PM.  For more information:

Notification of College Admission Decisions
Seniors: please be sure to notify your counselor whenever you receive notification from a college that you have applied to.

Financial Aid Alert
Seniors need to complete and submit their financial aid forms ( and this month if they have not already done so. Contact VSAC at 1-800-642-3177 for assistance in filling out the forms. Don’t delay!

VSAC College Pathways Programs
VSAC is organizing a series of workshops on college admission. These free Saturday programs take place on March 16 at St. Michael’s College; March 23 at Castleton State College; and April 6 at Lyndon State College. Find more information and register for VSAC’s College Pathways workshops online at or by calling 1-800-798-8722.

Standardized Testing Registration
College-bound Burr and Burton juniors should sign up to take either the SAT or the ACT this spring.  The SAT will be administered at BBA on March 9 and May 4. The ACT will be administered at BBA  on April 13. 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 and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and online at and, respectively. Spring testing options are listed below. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall. Please contact us if you have questions.

Andrea Hogan 549-8145;
Melissa Michaud  549-8130;
Cristin Rose 549-8126;
Maria Bittinger 549-8126;

Test Dates and Deadlines

Saturday, May 4
Register by April 5 at
SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests
Test offered at BBA

Saturday, June 1
Register by May 2 at
SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests
Test offered at other locations

Saturday, April 13
Register by March 8 at
Sign up for ACT with writing
Test offered at BBA

Saturday, June 8
Register by May 3 at
Sign up for ACT with writing
Test offered at other locations


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 by March 8.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.

$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.

Spring College Admissions Program
On Wednesday, May 8, from 6:30 – 9 pm a panel presentation will be held on the college admissions process given by admissions officers from a variety of colleges and universities. This will be held in the Rowland Center. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Summer Programs/Study Abroad
The School and College Counseling Office has collected information about a variety of summer programs, including Vermont-based program, CollegeQuest (for health-related careers, applications in our office); See website 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 are on line with a March 15 deadline (

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2013-2014 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule.  Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 12 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester.

2012/2013 Scholarship List
Forms for all of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. More scholarships arrive weekly so students should continue to check Naviance and SCC Office. Scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at:

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: March 4

Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Program
Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extra-curricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: Application materials to your school counselor by March 21st!
Application online: or in School and College Counseling Office

Fr. Clancy Knights of Columbus Council 6816 Award (Manchester)
Eligibility: a student in the graduating class of 2013. Applicants must apply and be accepted to a trade or technical school and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants agree to participate in a personal interview. During this interview they should be able to discuss their high school academic experiences, career goals and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.
Award: $1,000; Deadline March 28

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 31

Nelson E. & Marie Williams Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who live within the borders of the area served by Currier Memorial School. This includes the towns of Danby ad Mt. Tabor. The student must have been a graduate of Currier Memorial School; strong character, strong academics, financial need.
Award: Not specified; Deadline: April 1

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:

Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education.
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 10.

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 12 – must be hand-delivered.

Daniel Maneely Engineering 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
Award: $5,000; Deadline: Postmarked April 24.

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.


The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund
Eligibility: Female 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, Inc.
Eligibility: 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at University or  College, must interview.
Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).


From the Science Department

Dr. Alan Betts will be speaking at Burr and Burton on March 6, 2013.  He will address students during the last block of the day and will speak to the general public at 7 pm in the Riley Center.

Dr. Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford is Vermont’s leading climate scientist. He is a frequent speaker on climate change issues around the state and as co-chair of the cross-cutting working group of the Vermont Climate Collaborative, he worked on climate change adaptation planning for Vermont. He is a commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and a columnist for the Sunday Environment section of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus.
He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the Royal Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past-president of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE). He is the author or co-author of more than 150 reviewed papers in the scientific literature. He was the AMS Robert E. Horton Lecturer in Hydrology in 2004; and the AMS Jule G. Charney Award winner in 2007.
Atmospheric Research was established in Vermont in 1979. Its mission is to understand the earth’s weather and climate, to develop improved earth system models and to help society understand the deep challenge that global climate change presents to humanity.


From the Student Success Program

As part of the new Student Success Program, BBA will be offering two new Prep For College courses for first-generation college bound students. Course descriptions can be found on page 39 of the recently distributed Course of Study books. These classes count for an elective credit and will be taught by the Director of the Student Success Program, Jason Pergament. The main focus of the grade 9/10 course is on developing the habits of mind necessary for success and creating a long term future vision. The grade 11/12 course will be more intensely focused on the nuts and bolts of getting accepted into college and making the right choices for continuing education. Both courses will include numerous college visits and will culminate in student-planned trips. If you have any further questions about the Student Success Program or the Prep for College courses, contact Jason Pergament at or 802-549-8244. You can read more about the Student Success Program at:


BBA are the Defending High School World Champions …

Station Setup ... 2012 ... 1The ham radio contest team at K1BBS was on fire in the 2013 School Club Roundup.  During the week of February 11-15, 50 participants activated K1BBS for 24 hours … making 823 contacts (a K1BBS record) and scoring 234,555 points (another K1BBS record). BBA’s contest team put in an amazing performance on a worldwide stage. The numbers: 823 contacts, 34 countries, 38 schools, 7 Canadian Provinces, and 4 clubs.  How’d we do?  The scores come out in June.  Congratulations to the members of the 2013 K1BBS contest team. 


From the Library

Database Additions

Our Credo database continues to grow and now has over 600 titles.  Credo is a vast, online reference library, providing access to the full text of hundreds of highly regarded and popular titles, offering speedy, simple answers and authoritative, in-depth articles.  Credo brings the facts alive with images, sound files, animations, videos and much more.  Credo Reference contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range or subject-specific titles covering everything from accounting to zoology, via maps, math, management, martial arts, media studies, medicine, mountains, moons, music, multimedia, mythology.  Latest additions include:

Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers

Key Terms in Literary Theory Icons of American Popular Culture:  From P.T. Barnum to Jennifer Lopez

Modern American Lives:  Individuals and Issues in American History Since 1945

The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics

Updated titles include A Handbook of Globalization and Environmental Policy:  National Government Interventions in a Global Arena and Handbook of Global Environmental Politics.

Hosting Conference

The BBA Library will be the site of the 2013 New England Association of Independent School Librarians Conference on Friday, April 12.  Susan D. Ballard, President of the American Association of School Librarians, Co-Chair of the ALA Presidential Task Force on School Libraries and adjunct professor at Simmons College will present a program titled “School Libraries–Let’s Get Down to Business.”  Judith L. Kaplan, Library Media Specialist, Coordinator of School Library Media Studies at the University of Vermont will present a program titled “Pearl in the Oyster:  Embedded Librarianship.”  Peter Rawson, Archivist and Joan Baldwin, Curator of Special Collections both from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT will present a program on Maintaining Archives and Using Archives Throughout the Curriculum in Independent Schools.  Author Steve Sheinkin will be talking about his latest book, Bomb:  The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon which was recently awarded the 2013 Newbury Honor, 2013 Sibert Medal and 2013 YALSA Awards.  Dan Greene, U32 School Librarian and National Board Certified Teacher will present a workshop called “There’s an App for That!” Using the ipad and iphone in the Library.  Staff at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, will present a session at Hildene, on authentic research and learning using their “Many Voices” Pullman car exhibit and its accompanying program being developed for middle through high school students.  Susan Englese, retired librarian and assistant manager at a small independent bookstore will present a workshop on book displays and reading promotion in school libraries.  Carrie Miyoshi Macfarlane, Head of Research and Instruction at Middlebury College will present a program on college/university level expectations for first year students and the Information Literacy Program at Middlebury College.

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


From the Yearbook Staff

Hello Parents, Grandparents Siblings and Guardians of Seniors,

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 Burr and Burton. 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 and information submitted no later than February 28, 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!

Alex Vincent
Yearbook Advisor


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 and hope you will in turn support their businesses.

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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