Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 2013


13 ACT at BBA

15-19 Spring Break

24-25 Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal 12:35 pm)


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

What is the opposite of winning?

This was the question I posed to the student body at a recent Monday assembly as we neared the end of the the winter championships with three state championships under our belt, an emotional loss in a championship game (boys basketball), and another game, boys ice hockey, still to be played.  Someone immediately called out, “Losing!”

Just as the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference, I propose that the opposite of winning is not playing at all.  I was talking not only about athletics, but about the many ways students can get involved in something that ignites their passions–music, mathematics, ham radio, stage performance, visual arts, writing, technology, linguistics, science, history, cinematographer, whatever, More than the simplistic (but appealing) notion of “winning,” I expressed hope that each of our students is pursuing excellence doing something he or she loves.  I believe this is a simple formula for success and satisfaction in life.

On Steubenville, Ohio

Assistant Headmaster Meg Kenny spoke powerfully to our students last week about the troubling events in Steubenville, Ohio. For those of you unfamiliar, this was a case of two high school football players who were convicted of the rape of a high school girl at a summer party.  The case has torn apart the community.  Ms. Kenny spoke as a school leader, a woman, and a mother of sons about what “consent” actually means, and I ask that you read her comments carefully.

Spring in Vermont looks muddy, but it portends the return of green to the Green Mountains.  Happy Passover, Happy Easter, Happy April.


Mark H. Tashjian


From the Assistant Headmaster

The comments about the Steubenville rape case below, were given by Assistant Headmaster Meg Kenny, to a recent BBA Monday morning assembly.

I feel compelled to speak to you today about rape. No one asked me to share my thoughts and reactions on the Steubenville case.  Honestly, I never imagined I’d stand up in front of all of you and discuss the topic. Sadly, the events of Steubenville are not unique – I know that if I sat in a room with friends from high school and college many would hold memories of a rape or sexual assault – their own memories or those from the stories of family members and friends.

I’m speaking today as a mom of two boys and an educator of all of you – two jobs that I take very seriously.  As a mom, “the talk” with my boys will now include –  in super explicit terms –  what it means to have consent.  I feel confident discussing body parts, committed relationships, respect for your partner, and safe sex but it is still unimaginable that I’ll have to discuss and describe to my sons what consent looks like and what it does not look like.

As educators, we also need to teach and discuss what it is to give and receive consent.

Just like it is hard for me to wrap my head around the conversation that I’ll have with my sons, it is hard to wrap my head around this conversation with all of you.

Consent is an important part of healthy sexuality and both people must be involved in the decision to have sex.

Consent is ….

A voluntary, sober, wanted, informed, mutual, honest, and verbal agreement.  It is an active agreement.  Consent is never implied and cannot be assumed.  Consent is a process of continually checking in with your partner – consent is a conversation.

Ask questions, read between the lines. If you are not sure you have consent then you don’t.

Remember that the absence of “no” does not mean “yes”.

I’m speaking today because I worry that the crime in Steubenville is not unique.  I’m confused as to why some of the youth in Steubenville did nothing to help the victim, and a few cruelly documented the events and posted the violent crime on social media sites.

Why was it hard for the other young people to intervene?

Why were they ethically confused by what they witnessed?

It should not have been so hard to call for help – to stop the violence.

What do we have to do to change our culture so that it is easy to stand up on behalf of a person who’s lost their power?

How do we shift the balance so that most of the people in the room recognize that a crime is happening – and take action on behalf of the victim?

We need to act as responsible witnesses to the rest of the human race.  I said earlier – nobody told me to stand up and talk to you today, but I am a responsible witness to your lives.  I have to stand here – even though I’m not sure I’ve found the right words to say.

Maybe those present at the party did not have the tools to be responsible witness?  Maybe many of you here today don’t have the tools either and you’d be confused in the same or a similar situation.

I hope not…

In a recent article Katie J.M. Baker wrote:

“Wouldn’t it be amazing if this case went down in history as a turning point in rape culture history? Perhaps we’ll tell future generations that, after Steubenville, more parents started educating their kids about consent, college students stopped thinking their peers were “asking for it” by going out to bars, police and cities started prioritizing sexual assault cases and fewer people thought that a teenage girl is ready and willing when she is actually just unconscious.”



What price can we assign to confidence and tenacity? What is the value of curiosity? Empathy and care? These are the priceless commodities that we teach every day at the Mountain Campus. As we investigate the science of our forests and fields and the history we’ve created here, each student learns as much about themselves as they do this place. Our winter Pioneers are learning firsthand the challenges of studying winter ecology as a field science, Vermont history, culture and economics through interviews and research. They are also learning how to persist in the face of adversity, leading and following others with confidence while carrying a full pack, tired and wet on a camping trip. And we’re practicing the art of smiling, laughing, learning from and enjoying each day that we are given.

I am pleased to announce that we have admitted our first group of students for the 2013-14 school year – a motivated and talented group of rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Congratulations to our newest Mountain Campus students! We will continue to accept applications for the few remaining spaces for next year on a rolling basis – interested students should talk with their advisors or guidance counselors. We will have another visiting opportunity on Wednesday, April 10 for students to see the campus firsthand.

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.

April and spring is here! It is, it really is! We start off the month at BBA with the ACT on April 13 and then, yay, we go on spring break the week of the 15-19. Enjoy this time off before the summer. Parents, don’t forget to sign up for conferences with all of your student’s teachers. They will take place on April 24 and 25.

See you next month but in the meantime think spring!

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.


From The Dean of Students

How your child’s life can change in a ‘Snap’

Trying to keep up with social media is like racing a world-class athlete. No matter how fast you are, you’re always a step or two behind. The latest Smartphone app  (and I am probably a few steps behind) is called Snapchat. I am not going to bore you with the details, but I would encourage you to check your child’s Smartphone to see if he/she has the free application (see app image above).

In short, the Snapchat application enables the user to take a photo (usually of themselves), send it to friends, and then it miraculously disappears forever. However, since the image stays on your phone for several seconds, savvy Smartphone users can take a screen shot of the image, save it, and then the miracle of Snapchat is gone.

The app itself is harmless, but if it is used to send inappropriate or provocative images, it could present a serious problem for your child. I encourage you to read/view the following post and video. – axzz2OMrxZnpw


Anthony J. Cirelli
Dean of Students


From the Visual Art Department

Art From The Schools at the Southern Vermont Arts Center


Now until April 10

From the Media and Performing Arts Department

Avery Fisher Hall24 singers will be representing Burr & Burton Academy for the New York City premier of Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns” Song Cycle at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 pm. They will be part of a 175 member chorus from around the world and accompanied by an 88 piece orchestra from Lincoln Center.  Christopher Tin and soloists from his original CD will be participating as well.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, by phone calling 212 – 721-6500 Mon – Sun 9am – 9pm and online at


Treasures of Turkey

Blue Mosque12 travelers will be representing Burr & Burton Academy on the Treasures of Turkey trip April 11th-20th.
Students will be touring Istanbul, the world’s only city that spans two continents: Europe and Asia, winding through ancient streets past remnants of the glorious Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.  Tour features include the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Grand & Spice Bazaars, Temple of Artemis, Pergamon, Acropolis, City of Troy, Pamukkale Springs and a Bosphorus cruise.  Special thanks to the owners of Depot 62 for preparing our group with a pre-tour presentation on Turkish culture and cuisine.



From the Advancement Office

BBA Evening Star Gala logo IRENE

Just two words for you to think about this month:



As a kickoff to the spring fundraising gala, our ONLINE AUCTION starts Monday, April 1.  We have lots of great items, featuring many useful services!  Four hours of window washing, a lube oil and filter, a spring tire changeover, car detailing, and other practical items to name a few.  There are also some fun items like an overnight stay in Lake George with a cruise on the lake, a movie night for four at the Village Picture Show with pizza, a children’s party with Wilcox ice cream and miniature horses, a bunch of dining packages for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on and over the mountain are but a few examples.

We encourage you to register, browse and bid and help support this important fundraiser for Burr and Burton!  Here’s the link – try it!

And please encourage your friends and family to join in the fun.  The entire list of ONLINE AUCTION items has a broad appeal!


In addition, we are raffling off a great trip to Washington, D. C. over Columbus Day weekend, October 11 – 14, 2013.  Included in the prize is a four night stay at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA (and includes WiFi and parking), dinner at the well-known Lincoln Restaurant located on Vermont Avenue (appropriate don’t you think), unlimited access to all museums and monuments on the mall, plus a $500 gift card to help with gas to get there or for food while you’re there.

Tickets are $30 or two for $50.  To purchase tickets, call the Advancement Office, 549-8110 or email Nancy Brown at  The drawing will be held the night of the gala on May 24 and you do not need to be present to win.

Thanks for your continuing support!

Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement

P.S.  It was great to see so many parents at the Thank You Party at Seasons Restaurant on Wednesday night, March 27.  We were able to say a personal thank you to all who attended.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, we are deeply appreciative of your support and we thank you again for your gift.


Scholars Bowl Team

The Scholars Bowl Team will compete in the single elimination state championship finals on April 6.  Their first match will be against Mt. Mansfield coached by Gretchen Coleman, BBA alum and Spanish teacher at Mt. Mansfield.  Best wishes to Hayden Dublois, Simon Aborn, Dylan MacFarlane, and Stella Qu.


College and Career Information

Mock Interviews for Juniors
Our annual Mock Interview Program takes place Wednesday, April 10 from 1 – 3:30 pm. Juniors will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills while meeting one on one with visiting college admission counselors. Students will receive direct feedback from the admission professionals that they can put to use when they schedule college visits. Interested juniors should see Lynne Welsh to sign up. Space is limited.

College Planning To-Do List for Juniors
The School and College Counselors have been meeting with juniors for the past two months. Please ask your student to check out their college list on Navience:  Additional shortcut tasks:

• Sign up for SAT or ACT (see below)

• Research colleges and make college visits (during April break or take an excused absence on another day).

• Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and share your impressions with us.

• Let us know when you’re ready to meet again.

• Attend relevant programs like the Burr and Burton Spring College Night on Wednesday, May 8.

• Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.

SAT and ACT Test:

Students can register for the SAT on-line at Please be aware that the June testing date may conflict with post-season athletic contests. While most juniors should take an SAT (or ACT – see below) this spring, only students applying to a handful of the most selective colleges need to worry about taking SAT Subject Tests. The ACT is a good alternative to the SAT; colleges accept either test and some colleges accept the ACT in lieu of SAT subject tests. To register online, go to . Be sure to sign up for the ACT with Writing option.

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
Standby Registration only

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

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

BBA Spring College Workshop: Save the Date
On Wednesday May 8, BBA will present the annual Spring College Admission Program from 6:30 to 9 pm in the Rowland Center.  The evening will include a panel presentation on the college admission process given by admission officers followed by a variety of topical workshops. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Graduation Information for Senior Families
Seniors will be receiving a booklet at the end of April with important key dates relating to commencement and other year-end activities and events. Be on the look out for this information which will be mailed to students as well as being available on-line.

Senior College Notifications
May 1 is the National Candidates’ Reply Date. Seniors should be sure to send in their deposit to the ONE college of their choice by May 1 in order to hold their place in the class. Families who have not received financial aid packages may want to request an extension for the deposit but all students should communicate with their college by May 1. At the same time, seniors should notify other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere.

Financial Aid Packages
Families of seniors who are receiving financial aid award letters may find the different presentations to be confusing. Use the Award Letter Comparison Tool available on the Pay for College page at to better understand what different colleges are offering. The friendly folks at VSAC are available to answer questions about loans and other parts of the financial aid process; feel free to contact them at 1-800-642-3177.

Forms for most of the scholarships are available in the School and College Counseling Office. Many application forms may also be downloaded from Naviance.

The Masonic College Scholarship, Mt. Lebanon Lodge #46, Jamaica
Eligibility: Must be a resident of Jamaica, Windham, Stratton,Winhall, Londonderry, Wardsboro or Townsend. Graduating senior attending a 2- or 4-year college or university. Academic achievement, community service or service to BBA.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 1.

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

Garden Club of Manchester Scholarship
Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education in fields related to horticulture, landscape design, and environmental studies and other similar studies.
Award: $1,000  Deadline: April 8.

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 12th —  must be hand-delivered.

NEACAC Essay Contest and Scholarship
Eligibility: Juniors and Seniors must apply and submit a 500-word essay online. Topic on website at
Award: $900; Deadline: April 15.

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000 for 4 years; Deadline: April 20.

Vermont Golf Association SPECIAL AWARD 2013
Eligibility: graduating senior, planning to enroll in college in Vermont, who demonstrates a sincere love for golf and dedication to community service. In memory of Rutland senior and golf team member, Carly Ferro.
Award: $1,500 for 4 years; Deadline: April 20.

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.

Manchester Masons of VT Scholarship
Eligibility: senior planning to enroll in college who lives in Manchester, Dorset, Sunderland or has Masonic affiliation through a parent or grandparent ; award based on leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities and financial need.
Award: $500.00; Deadline: April 26.

Winona Smith Scholarship
Eligibility: senior who has demonstrated an interest in civic participation and community service, financial need. Must have a teacher recommendation specific to this scholarship.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 30.
Application in School and College Counseling Office or Naviance.

Ray Pellegrini “Reach for the Stars” Scholarship (sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association)
Eligibility: graduating senior, first generation college student, attending a college in VT, with the intention of remaining in VT after college. Community service and/or volunteer work will be given strong consideration.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1.
Applications also online at

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

Ted Lenczowski Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Family must be members at the Christ Our Savior Parish in Manchester. academics, career goals, participation in parish, school and community. Interview required.
Award: $1,000   Deadline: April 17.
Applications in School and College Counseling Office and Naviance.

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: 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 Library

National Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month and the Lisa B Tuttle Memorial Library will celebrate by displaying bios of notable poets, quotations, and poetry collections.  Join us for 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness and pure delight of poetry.  Learn more about National Poetry Month and get to know some our most loved poets, browse the many online resources and discover new books and anthologies.  Hear 150 poets Read in the Listening booth:  Try the site Poetry 180:  a poem a day for American high schools –  Former Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins, created Poetry 180 with high school students in mind.  Here you will find the complete list of 180 poems, one for each of the 180 days of the school year.

Fairy Tale Retellings for Teens

Also on display in April is a selection of splendid retellings of folk and fairy tales written for teens.  This genre’s themes of transformation, romance, thrilling adventures, magical happenings and personal challenges have become a part of the retelling of some childhood favorites in a modern day context.  With their balance of the old and the new, the familiar and the fresh, these novels are also great choices for teen book discussion groups, or they can be used in the classroom to examine how modern works of fiction draw on themes, characters, and plotlines from traditional tales.

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

It is NOT too late to still pre order the 2013 Yearbook.

There are only 150 books left so do not wait.
Once these are sold we can’t order any more.

Books can be purchased on-line at -or- books can be purchased through Mr. Vincent in room 4 of the Rowland Building (Art Department). Check or Cash. Forms can also be found in the Cafeteria.
Senior Parents, don’t miss out on ordering a book for your graduate. These are great memories for them to have for years to come.
$50.00 for Seniors
$55.00 for all other students.
Orders will be taken until all books are sold.


From the Health Clinic

FREE DENTAL CARE DAY (For individuals OVER 18 years old)

Services: Free dental exams, x-rays, limited number of fillings and extractions. Only local anesthesia, NO impacted wisdom teeth will be extracted.

Eligibility: Patients who are 18 years and older and who have no dental insurance or do not have the ability to pay for needed oral health care.

Patients will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

Locations: Patients will be triaged at both of these locations:

Oral & Facial Surgery associates
2 Harwood Drive
Bennington, VT 05201


Dr. Richard Heilemann
74 Longview Drive
Manchester Center, VT 05255


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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