Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 2013


5   SAT at BBA – 7:30 am to 1 pm – Cafeteria
9-10 Parent Teacher Conferences
10 Refuse to Use for Juniors – 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Hunter Seminar Room
11 Parent Association Winter Clothing Drive – Doors Open for Drop Off and Collection – 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm
12 Parent Association Winter Clothing Drive – 8 am to 12 pm – Cafeteria
14 Columbus Day – School Closed
16 Freshman Service Day  – Meet in Riley Center at 7:50 am
16 Junior Class Options – PSAT, ASVAB or Career Field Trip – 8:10 am to 11 am
16 PLAN Testing for All Sophomores – 8:10 am to 11 am – Rowland Center
16 Senior College Application Workshop – Mandatory for early decision applicants – 8:10 am to 11 am – Library
17 Refuse to Use for Juniors and Seniors – 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Hunter Seminar
18 Grandparents and Special Friends Day – 10 am to 1:30 pm – Riley Center
22 Refuse to Use for Freshmen – 3 pm to 4:30 pm – Hunter Seminar
22 Refuse to Use for Sophomores – 4:30 pm to 6 pm – Hunter Seminar
25 Calliope Cafe – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Scranton Room
26 ACT at BBA – 7:30 am to 1 pm – Cafeteria
26 Halloween Dance – 8 pm to 11 pm – Cafeteria
30 End of the Marking Period
31 Mid Terms – 12:35 Dismissal


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

This Bullhorn post will be a little different from most as I need to fill you in on a personal health situation that will demand my attention in the coming months. I have a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse which is quite common and is not a big deal for the overwhelming majority of those who have it. Last week, however, I was told that my mitral valve has in fact become borderline useless and requires a fix.

The great news is that thanks to modern medical technology, the cardiologist was able to identify this problem before there had been any significant damage to my heart. In fact, I am showing no symptoms whatsoever and I am in no imminent danger. To the extent that any heart surgery can be considered “routine,” this procedure is just that: routine. They will get to the valve, do whatever magic they do, and send me on my way with a heart primed for the next 50 years.

This is all to say that on October 21, I will be taking a medical leave for some period of time – the cardiologist predicts a month, but we will see. In my absence, Meg Kenny will become Acting Headmaster.  

I expect the doctors to find green and gold pulsing through my body.

Go, Bulldogs!


Mark H. Tashjian


From the Assistant Headmaster

Parent and Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th from 1 – 5 pm and Thursday, October 10th from 1 – 8 pm with a dinner break from 5 – 5:45.  Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress.  If your child cannot attend, please talk with him/her prior to your scheduled appointments to get their perspective on current courses — what do they like best? least? what progress are they making? where are they most successful? what challenges do they face?  During your conferences share your personal insights regarding your child. It is often this personal knowledge and perspective that teachers act on and leads to enhanced student learning.

We encourage all parents/students to schedule appointments. Please schedule your conferences by clicking on the pick-a-time link. This link is also available on our web site:  under the “Parents” section.  Please note that if you are a two household family, and another parent has already made appointments, you need to contact Sue Towslee at so that she can “clone” your student.

BBA teachers welcome parent initiated conversation at anytime.  If these days and times are not convenient for you please email or call your child’s teachers directly to arrange an alternative time. 



Meg Kenny
Assistant Headmaster


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.

It’s October and the livin’ is  busy!

  • We get right into it this month with the SAT on October 5 and then parent conferences on October 9 and 10.
  • The clothing drive is on the 11th & 12th. This is a free event and is a great way to donate clothes or get some clothes.
  • It’s also Columbus Day Weekend and there is no school on October 14.
  • On the 16th Senior Workshops are held until 11:30 as are the PLAN & PSAT tests.
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day is on the 18th.
  • The first Calliope Cafe of the year will be held on the 25th.
  • The ACT test will be on Saturday the 26th.
  • Then it’s the end of the marking period on the 30th with  midterm exams on the 31st.

Told you it is a busy month! Look at the calendar!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


From the Athletic Department

On Tuesday, October 8 the Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country team will host their only home meet of the season. The meet will begin at 4:30 pm from the head of the red gate trail on the Equinox trails and will make two loops around Equinox Pond. Come out and support the runners.

The athletic department would like to thank all those parents that volunteered and contributed food items for the homecoming events.


Field Hockey:

  • October 21 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on after 1 pm.
  • October 22/23 – Play downs
  • October 25/26 – Quarterfinals
  • Semi Finals – TBA
  • November 2 – State Finals- Sites TBA


  • October 21 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on after 1 pm.
  • October 22/23 – Play downs
  • October 24/25 – Quarterfinals
  • October 29 – Semifinals
  • November 1 /2 – Finals – Burlington High School

Cross Country:

  • October 26 – State Meet – Thetford Academy


  • November 1/2 – Semi Finals – TBA
  • November 8/9 – State Finals – Rutland High School 


BBA Alpine Skiing Updates

The shorter days and the falling temperatures are a sure sign that snow is just around the corner!  If your son or daughter is planning to tryout for the alpine ski team please review the following information.  More detailed updates will follow in the November Bullhorn and at the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting.

This year, longtime alpine ski coach Pete McNealus will coordinate all our winter snowsports.  Pete served as coach of BBA’s alpine team for 16 years and won 6  state championships.  He’ll bring his knowledge and skills to this new position as he works to strengthen and expand all winter snow sports. Trey Spencer moves from assistant coach to head coach. Additional assistant coaches will be named shortly.

The varsity alpine ski team is for those athletes that have previous experience in both alpine disciplines – slalom and giant slalom. Like last year there will be a tryout period and per Burr and Burton policy – any sport where there is only a varsity team (snowboarding, alpine skiing,and ice hockey) athletes may be cut  after the tryout period if he/she is not at the varsity level.

If you plan to ski on weekends and over vacations we recommend you purchase a season’s pass through the Bromley Mountain Student Season Pass program.  Afternoon passes and full day passes are available at a reduced rate.  Please pick up a season’s pass form outside Sue Towslee’s office.  Please note that applications are due by October 15, 2013.

Varsity athletes who do not purchase a ski pass, are required to purchase a training pass. Bromley Mountain generously offers this pass to our athletes for $100. These passes will be issued after the varsity team has been selected and are only valid Tuesday – Friday while an athlete is training with the BBA team.  

In addition, all athletes are required to pay a $25 membership fee to the Bromley Outing Club (BOC).

BBA will once again offer an enhanced training option for varsity alpine athletes. This early release option is open to varsity athletes who are in good academic standing and receive a recommendation from a teacher and coach. The fee for the program is $500, which covers transportation, additional coaching and academic mentoring.  

Please watch the November Bullhorn for more information on Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding and Freestyle Club.


November 5 – Mandatory parent/athlete Ice Hockey meeting 6:00 in the cafeteria.
November 14 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports 6:00 in the gym. All ice hockey players and parents must attend but will be dismissed after the large group meeting. All other teams will then go to the individual meetings.
November 18 – Boys and Girls Ice Hockey practice begins.
December 2 – Basketball, Dance, Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Wrestling and Snowboarding tryouts begin.


From the Advancement Office

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled for Friday, October 18, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Invitations will be going out shortly, so if we don’t have your student’s grandparents in our database they will miss out on an invitation. 

It’s a great day for grandparents and special friends to see what their grandchildren are experiencing here at Burr and Burton, and we have an action-packed morning put together for them.  The day will culminate with lunch for the grandparents and students in the cafeteria.  The lunch takes place after classes on Friday at 12:30 PM. 

Please make sure we have your student’s grandparents or special friends address.  If not, send an email to Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at

Annual Fund kicking off shortly
As Bob McLeish, Advancement Committee Chair, said at the Parent Open House, the annual fund will be starting shortly and we are counting on you for your support this year.  We made significant strides in increasing parent participation last year, up from 26% the year before to 35%!  Why is participation important?  When we are working with other donors and foundations, a strong showing of support from parents illustrates that you believe in what Burr and Burton is doing for your student and encourages generous support from others.   

What will count toward a parent annual fund gift?  You can write a check or stop by with cash, commit to a Corporate Sponsorships (made by parent-owned businesses), make a donation of a service to the school or for the Online Auction (last year window washing was a hot item and we’re always looking for a cord of wood), and/or support  Friends of Hockey.  There are lots of options and we try to make it easy for you to participate based on what works best for you.

So look for the Annual Fund brochure in your mail in early October and please consider supporting this year’s campaign.  It’s all about providing your student with the best opportunities possible. And we need your help to do that.    

Parent Association Gala looking for a co-chair
Love to be involved?  Are you creative with an eye for detail?  Do you like to work with a motivated group of fun people?  Are you goal-oriented with a sense of purpose?  Are you good with meeting deadlines?  If any or all of these statements describe you, Gina Vickers, our chair of this year’s fundraising gala, is looking for a highly energetic and organized person to work with her this year with the understanding they will be the chair of the event next year.  If you’re interested, please contact Gina at 802-362-6488 or email her at

2013 – 2014 Student and Parent Directory
In order to be able to respond quickly to changes and reduce our use of paper, we have gone to an online version of the Student and Parent Directory.  Please double check your information and if it is incorrect, please email Mary Grabarz with any changes at  The information you provided the school this past summer was used in the directory and the phone book is current as of September 15.  Click here for the directory and save this information for future use.

Many thanks,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


Do We Need More Continuing Education Programs in Manchester?

BBA Academic Dean Jen Hyatt is asking for your feedback. As chair of the Manchester 2020 Continuing Education Committee, she and her team have developed a survey to determine community interest in new continuing education opportunities in the Manchester and Mountains region.  The committee is trying to ascertain 1) if people are aware of area resources for continuing education, 2) if there is a real need for additional programs or courses in Manchester, and 3) what kinds of new programs or courses would be financially sustainable. With significant community response to the survey, the committee will be able to ground its future work in what the people of the greater Manchester area say they want and need. BBA students, parents, and employees are encouraged to complete the brief survey by clicking on this link: SURVEY by October 15.  Thank you for your contribution!


Student Travel Opportunities

The Rowland Student Life and Learning Fund was established by Barry and Wendy Rowland to give students the opportunity to experience learning outside the classroom and provides students with financial need the means to travel. Applications for financial support for all of the trips are due by October 15. Download an application form.

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See the Spain video here.

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The itinerary and more information may be found here.


Costa Rica April 2014

Spanish Teacher Sue Ritchie is leading a trip to Costa Rica during the April 2014 break. The trip will have a focus on Spanish and Science, including visits to volcanoes, thermal volcanic springs, zip lining in the cloud forest, visiting a Butterfly Farm, a boat ride on the Pacific Coast, and much more. Dave Curtis and his wife will also be chaperones. See Sue Ritchie for details. The cost is approximately $2500 including all meals. Max 24 students.  Brochures are now available.


From the Creative Arts Department

 The Creative Arts Department will be hosting a Calliope Cafe, a coffee house style evening of music, drama, dance, art, poetry and film, at 6:30 pm in the Rowland Center on Friday, October 25.  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults.


School and College Counseling

Sophomore and Junior Testing – Wednesday morning, October 16
Sophomores will take the PLAN, a test that helps students measure their current academic development and explore career options.  Part of the PLAN is modeled on the ACT, a standardized test option used in college admission. Therefore, the PLAN has value for students intending to enter college as well as those joining the workforce.

College-bound juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice SAT) and need to bring a $15 registration fee by October 1 (Late fee is $20.) to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. (Checks are payable to Burr and Burton. Fee waivers for students on free and reduced lunch are available.) The PSAT is a wonderful opportunity for students to assess their testing skills in preparation for the college admission process.

Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT have the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), an entrance test for students interested in serving the US Military.  The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may benefit from taking this exam.

Juniors also have a third option for October 16. Instead of testing, they may sign up to participate in a field trip to learn more about local business opportunities.

October 16: Special Program for Freshmen
All freshmen will participate in their annual day of service learning on October 16. They are currently signing up for activities in their advisories.

October 16: Schedule for Seniors
Although seniors are excused from school on Wednesday, October 16, UNTIL 11:00 am when regular classes resume, all seniors applying to college under Early Action or Early Decision programs MUST attend an application workshop. Please check in with your counselor in the Library sometime between 8:10 and 11:00 to review your application and essay. (This workshop is available for ALL seniors.)

The ASVAB Test is also available for interested seniors (for students interested in joining the military or enter the civilian workforce)

Naviance Workshop for Junior and Senior Parents
On Thursday October 17, Naviance workshops will be held from 3-4 pm and 7-8 pm in Mr. Molinelli’s classroom in the lower level of the Smith Center to familiarize junior and senior parents with the Naviance program. Please sign up with Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office at 549-8242 or

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
For seniors who need additional testing:

  • October 3 deadline for November 2 SAT (not offered at Burr and Burton)
  • November 8 deadline for December 7 SAT at Burr and Burton
  • November 8 deadline for the December 14 ACT  (not offered at Burr and Burton)

Register online at or Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. (We recommend that current juniors wait to take the SAT and ACT until the spring after they have received their PSAT results and have had the opportunity to participate in a test-prep course.)

Application Reminders for Seniors
In addition to hosting the Application Workshops on October 16, the counselors are busy meeting with students on an individual basis to consider college lists, review applications and discuss essay topics. If your student is experiencing a roadblock in this process, please let us know so we can reach out to them.

By now, seniors should have submitted requests for teacher recommendations.  Students who plan to complete their applications during the month of November need to have their essays and applications to their counselor by October 15 for final review. Please refer to the Burr and Burton College Application Guide on the school’s website for more detailed information about timelines and the overall application process.

We encourage students interested in the University of Vermont to apply by November 1st to take advantage of the free application fee waiver for Early Action applicants and to receive a non-binding reply by the December holiday break.

VSAC Financial Aid Night
The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Financial Aid presentation comes to Burr and Burton on Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm in the Riley Center. Parents of juniors and seniors will especially benefit from the presentation of the principles and basic steps of the financial aid process and review of the various aid forms.

Campus Visits
Seniors who have not visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling visits on holidays and weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Parents should notify the school in advance for absences to be excused, although these absences still count toward the 14-absence total for individual classes. Monday, October 14, and Monday, November 11, are particularly good days to visit colleges because Burr and Burton will not be holding classes.

College Visitors
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class with teacher permission to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton. Please check the college visit list on Naviance ( Daily announcements also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to indicate their interest in specific colleges, ask individual questions and learn the most current campus information.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is a dynamic and interactive educational program designed to prepare our country’s youth to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Sophomore students who attend the Vermont seminar interact with leaders in business, government, education, media and nonprofits. They get a realistic look at our nation, its people, and their role within the world community. The VT HOBY seminar will be held in May, date and location TBA. Stop by the School and College Counseling Office for an application. Applications are due back to Mrs. Welsh by  Friday, November 1.

Phil Anton, Director of Admission and School Counseling, Counselor for all freshmen 549-8125;

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8145;

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8130;

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8126;

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8126;


From the Health Center

Social Media And Your Kids

In the dizzying world of raising an adolescent it can feel overwhelming to keep track of their whereabouts, not to mention their internet use.  In an article published this August in Psychology Today, the author warns the reader that (Facebook), “….may lead us to a less genuine kind of empathy” and further explores a new concept that Facebook might actually lead to depression and anxiety (Psychology Today, August 2013). 

However, social media, other tech resources and apps are tremendous tools that both enhance our wellbeing and facilitate our learning. This was clearly evident during Senior Ben Hamblett’s presentation at Parent Open House on how using the iPad impacts his learning. But, here is the “kicker” — how do we help students navigate online and discern what is productive and positive and what is detrimental and dangerous?

The social media landscape, as shown in this clip is constantly changing and it is and will be an integral part of our kid’s lives on both a personal and professional level. That’s the real world. So instead of fearing how technology might harm our kids – albeit important – it is also necessary to dive into their world and explore how they use technology to enhance their worldview and to foster genuine relationships/connections with others. Start a conversation with your child and explore how they are currently using social media.

If you are concerned about your child’s social media use think about the warning signs that might indicate your is misusing technology and getting too “swept away”.  It all starts by getting them to assess if their relationships online match their relationships in person.  Do they act in the same way in their posts that they would act in real life? Can they balance online time and face to face interactions? Do they have the same values and ethics online as they do in person? Engaging them in this dialogue will hopefully get them thinking about their use of social media and start a lifetime of thoughtful and positive relationships.

Sandy Birch
Director of Mental Health Services


It’s That Time of the Year……

Sneezing, coughing, congestion, body aches…what do I have?

It can be difficult to differentiate between a cold and the flu as both un-pleasantries can have similar symptoms; however, optimal treatment and rapid recovery is based on knowing what you have. Use the chart below to tease out which one you have, consult your medical provider, and start the road to recovery.

Symptoms  Influenza   Cold
Symptom onset  Abrupt   Gradual
Fever  Lasts 3-4 days   Rare
Aches  Usual; often severe   Slight
Chills  Fairly common   Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness  Usual   Sometimes
Sneezing  Sometimes   Common
Stuffy nose  Sometimes   Common
Sore throat  Sometimes   Common
Chest discomfort, cough  Can be  severe   Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache  Common   Rare

What is the flu?
The flu is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus. When a person sneezes or coughs the virus leaves the nose or mouth in tiny droplets, becomes airborne, and can be inhaled by anyone nearby.  Additionally, the virus can be left behind on a doorknob, stair railing, telephone, car door etc., and if your hand then comes in contact with your nose or mouth – you will have the flu!

How can I prevent contracting the flu?
Hand washing, hand washing, and hand washing, is your best defense against any germ and especially the flu. Don’t touch your hands to your eyes, nose or mouth – it only introduces germs into your system. Get a flu shot. Local pharmacies, community health care centers, grocery stores, are all offering flu shots. (Sorry, Burr and Burton is not offering flu shots to students) Now is the perfect time to get your flu shot as it can take up to two weeks for optimal protection to kick in.

Check out this site for up-to-date information about the flu:


From the Library

7 Books to Read Before You See the Movies This Fall
Some of our all-time favorite fiction and nonfiction reads will be having their debuts as films in the next three months.  Students can find all of these titles available in our collection.

Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup By Solomon Northup
The Hobbit By J.R.R. Tolkien
The Monuments Men By Robert M. Edsel
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela By Nelson Mandela
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
The Book Thief By Markus Zusak
Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Green Mountain Book Award 2013-2014
This is the ninth year of the Green Mountain Book Award, a reader’s choice award for students in grades 9-12 designed to introduce to high school students some excellent books for their pleasure reading.  Students can also find these titles available in our collection.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The School for Dangerous girls by Eliot Schrefer
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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


 2014 Burtonian Yearbooks

  • Seniors need to get their photos to the Yearbook by October 23, 2013.
  • Send them to:
  • More information can be found in the “parents” section of the BBA website.
  • Yearbooks are now on sale for all students for an introductory price of $48; $7 off the cover price. Sale will end December 1, 2013 and prices will return to $55 for all underclass students.
  • Books can be ordered on line at 2014 BBA Yearbook Order.

Open Invitation

Any community member interested in being a guest speaker for a BBA Personal Finance class please contact Mr. Kujovsky at or at 549-8280.  Some topics to be covered are: budgeting, banking, credit, investing, economics, consumerism and much more.  Any expertise that you could bring to the classroom would be welcome.


Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmaster’s List

Berkshire Bank

r.k. Miles

Rugg Valley Landscaping

Stratton Mountain Resort

The Orvis Company

The Vermont Country Store

TPW Management

High Honors List

Equinox Hotel and Resort

Finn and Stone Insurance

Mack Molding

Spiral Press Cafe

The Perfect Wife

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 Goat North, Inc.

Mountain Weavers

People’s United Bank

Academic Pin

Dydo and Company, Inc.

Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping


Northshire Bookstore

TD Bank


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