Monthly Archives: December 2013

December 2013


2  Winter Sports Practice Begins
7  SAT at BBA – 7:30 am to 12 noon – Cafeteria and Foreign Language Classrooms
7  Saturday Series: Hamlet – 7 pm to 9 pm – Riley Center
17 Winter Concert: Large Ensembles – 6 pm to 7 pm – Riley Center
17 Winter Concert: Large Ensembles – 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm – Riley Center
18 Mountain Campus Final Presentations – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Mountain Campus
20 Holiday Assembly – 11:30 am to 12:35 pm – Gymnasium
23 Holiday Break begins – School resumes Monday, January 6, 2014


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

At last Monday’s assembly, I declared myself fully recovered from heart surgery. I have been back at work virtually full-time for the past two weeks, and my energy is high. I will continue to work myself back into shape, but I am happy to tell you that I am back in action and ready to serve our fantastic students and this community. I am also thankful for the many ways people showed support to me and my family – it made a very real difference in my recovery.

When people go through an ordeal such as this, oftentimes they develop insights and epiphanies that lead to major changes in life. My only epiphany, such as it is, is that I am living exactly the life that I want to live: a life filled with meaningful work and the love of family.

We have a short sprint to the holiday break: a mere three weeks that will be packed with sporting events, a winter concert, academic preparations as the semester nears completion, and a holiday assembly on December 20 at 11:30 AM to bid everyone goodbye for the first big break of the year.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are ready for the holiday season.


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Mark Tashjian


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 December already! Can you believe it? It’s a pretty light month and the holidays (and break) are at the end of the month! Yeah!! Here is the schedule:

2  Winter Sports begin
7  SAT at BBA
17 Winter Concert
23 – 31 Holiday Break (actually goes until Jan. 3)

See you next year!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


From the Advancement Office

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

So here goes:
Thank you to the Parent Association and the many hours they have put into reaching out to all BBA parents.  Under the leadership of Peggy Brockett, the Parent Association has hosted two  parent potlucks, at the fall Open House they hosted a pasta dinner, made an amazing dessert buffet for the faculty in-service day, organized and executed a clothing exchange, helped organize homecoming, made refreshments and helped with other needs for the fall play, and much more.  The Gala committee under the leadership of Gina Vickers is already hard at work planning for this important event on May 23, 2014.

Thank you to the Booster Club and all of the activities they have been involved in.  Thank you to those who have helped organize fundraising events to support the hockey program, especially the most recent Student Faculty Hockey game at Riley Rink. 

Thank you to our host families of International students, welcoming these students into your home to be a part of your family.  And to our dorm parents who fashion a family of a different sort by creating a supportive, caring environment for their International students.  Thanks to all of the BBA families who hosted our student guests from Germany and made them feel welcome as a part of the larger community.

And last but not least, thank you to all parents who have supported the 2013 – 2014 Annual Giving Campaign with a gift.  (For those of you who haven’t, there is still plenty of time unless you want to take the tax deduction in 2013!) 

We are once again promoting a Class Challenge to see which class can encourage and achieve the greatest participation.  The winning class will receive a gift to their class fund along with a pizza party at the end of the school year. Last year this challenge helped BBA increase participation by our BBA families by 7% which was remarkable, so please join in the fun and make a gift.  We will count outright gifts, corporate sponsorships, gala sponsorships, a gift of a service or item for the spring Online Auction, and gifts made to Friends of Hockey.  (If you have more than one student, each class gets credit for your gift.)  Last year the Class of 2016 won the Class Challenge – who will take the title this year?

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

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from all of us in the Advancement office.

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement

P. S. It easy to make a gift – you can give online here, you can mail a check to the Advancement office at Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT  05254, you can call Nancy Brown in our office at 802-549-8110 and use your credit card, or you can stop by and drop off your gift.  We’d love to see you and say thank you in person.


From the Athletic Department

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2013-2014:

Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only:

Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15
Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30

Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.

To view athletic schedules and receive schedule updates electronically follow the instructions below:

Please note: Do Not type in “Academy” –  The word “andmust be typed out.

  • Click on Burr and Burton. Once on Burr and Burton’s page go to the right side of the page.
    Click on sign up for our FREE schedule update email.
  • Type in your email address.
  • Follow steps from here.
  • As soon as games are scheduled, canceled or rescheduled you will receive an email.

December Home Athletic Contests:

Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Girls Ice Hockey 3:45 pm and Boys Ice Hockey 5:45 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7 – Boys Ice Hockey 5:45 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 18 – JV Gold and Varsity Girls Basketball 5:30 pm & 7 pm
Friday, Dec. 20 – JV Green Boys 4 pm and Alpine Skiing 1 pm
Saturday, Dec. 21 – Girls Ice Hockey 5:45 pm and Boys Ice Hockey 7:30 pm
Monday, Dec. 23 – JV Gold and Varsity Boys Basketball 5 pm & 6:30 pm


Boosters 2013-14

The Burr and Burton Boosters would like to extend an invitation to all parents to join us!  We work throughout the year raising money to give extra support to our student-athletes and teams.  Burr and Burton has over 40 athletic teams active every year and school budgets cannot always provide everything our athletes need for a safe and successful athletic experience.

In the past few years the Boosters have purchased or helped in funding:

  • Hurdles for Track
  • The tent for Nordic Ski and Track Teams
  • New Baseball Dugouts
  • Start-up costs for the Wrestling team
  • Tables at MPR for the concessions area inside AJ Field
  • Girls Basketball Equipment
  • New Weights for BBA fitness center
  • Homecoming night cookout for students
  • Numerous equipment purchases as well as sports gear
  • The new athletic equipment storage shed
  • State championship banners for the gym
  • Two athletic awards toward continued education (annually)

Please Join Us

Your commitment doesn’t demand working every event.  You will never work while your child is one the field or court!  The more members we have, the better we can serve our school community.  By involving parents from each sport, ideas are brought to the table on how we can better represent each team.  There are monthly meetings you are welcome to attend but it is not necessary.  Please email if you can donate a few hours selling concessions or have an idea for a fundraising event.

Coming Soon!

Early next year, we are planning a basket party.  Watch for details on how you can help.  If you have an active athlete, they will be bringing home information from their coach on donations needed.

Website News

Shortly, we will have a web page on the Burr and Burton site that will keep you informed of events and dates where help is needed.  Please continue to visit this page to see what we are doing. 

The more we can do, the better our student-athlete experiences will be at Burr and Burton.  Go Dogs!!


From the Dean of Students

Parent Roundtable: What Every Parent Should Know

Beginning in January and running through April, Burr and Burton will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions and information sessions for all parents of BBA students. The forum is broken down into three different topics with tentative dates listed:

  1. You and the Law – What every parent should know: Wednesday, January 22
  2. Keeping Your Student Safe – How to address Drug and Alcohol concerns with your teenager: Wednesday, March 19
  3. Smart Practices in the Digital Age – Social Media and Ethics and Internet Safety: Wednesday, April 9 

All sessions will be held in the Hunter Seminar Room on our Burr and Burton Campus. 

These parent discussions will be led by Burr and Burton staff as well as various professionals from our community. We hope that these meetings will be highly informative and have lasting impact on your student.

Definitive times and further information will be sent out in the coming weeks.


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By the time this Bullhorn goes to press, we will be just three short weeks away from the conclusion of our fall semester at the Mountain Campus.  The interdisciplinary and experiential nature of the learning here keeps the days diverse, challenging, and moving incredibly fast!  In the final weeks before the winter break, our students will be hard at work on their final Change Agency Projects.  On Wednesday, December 18, we will open our doors to friends, family, and curious guests at 5:30 pm for an evening of student presentations and discussion about their work – the ultimate test of learning!  For more information and reminders, stay tuned to our blog and calendar announcements on the BBA website.

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director

Mountain Campus blog:


Student Travel Opportunities

A few spots still available

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See the Spain video 


From the Creative Arts Department

Members of the Vocal Music Ensemble will be singing Christmas Carols on the dates and locations listed:
  • Saturday, December 7, 3 pm – 4:30 pm  –  Christmas in Weston on the Village Green
  • Sunday, December 8, 2 pm – 3 pm  –  Hildene Open House at the Welcome Center
  • Friday, December 13, 6:15 pm – 7 pm  –  Orvis Holiday Employee Night at the Jelly Mill

The Annual Burr and Burton Winter Concert will be held Tuesday, December 17 at 6 pm and 7:45 pm in the Riley Center featuring Instrumental, Vocal and Electronic Music Ensembles. Visit for ticket information.


School and College Counseling

Seniors should be finalizing the college process – be sure to connect with your School and College Counselor. We need to plan ahead for deadlines that fall over the holiday period; therefore, Thursday, December 12 is the last day to request transcripts and records until January 6. Don’t forget that it is the student’s responsibility to send SAT/ACT scores directly from the testing agency to the colleges.

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


VT State Dual Enrollment Program

Juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the VT State Dual Enrollment Program will have an opportunity to take a college course at CCV for credit. CCV has set up three dates when students can attend a group advising session to learn about this opportunity and complete an academic assessment. Students will meet individually with a CCV counselor to learn what courses might be a good fit, then meet with their BBA Counselor for approval of the course.

Below are the dates and times for the High School Advising Sessions. If students can’t attend during the times listed below, late afternoon and evening times on those dates are available by appointment. Students should expect to be at CCV in Bennington for one and a half to two hours:

Thursday,  December 5, 3 pm and 3:30 pm
Thursday, December 12, 3 pm and 3:30 pm
Tuesday, December 17, 3 pm and 3:30 pm

Students should contact their counselors for more information and contact CCV in Bennington at (802) 447-2361 to register for one of the information sessions.


Standardized Testing Information for Sophomores and Juniors

PLAN results will be distributed to the sophomores and sent home in the next few weeks. The students will be given a presentation explaining the PLAN results and resources available for exploring career and college majors.

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

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

February 8 is a testing date for the ACT. The test will not be at BBA, but will be administered at other nearby locations. Students wishing to register for this exam will need to sign up at by January 10.

Advanced Placement Exam fee
Just a reminder that all AP Exam fees are due December 2nd.  This includes the fee for students taking a second semester AP class. The cost is $90 per exam.  Students need to bring payment to the School & College Counseling Office.  Please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose to request a payment extension or to request a fee reduction form.

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

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

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

All families of students applying for need-based financial aid will submit the FAFSA. Please remember that you can estimate on your forms and revise them later. Many colleges distribute financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. The FAFSA form may be submitted beginning January 1 by completing it at Families can register at this site in advance of January 1 to receive the necessary separate pin numbers for students and parents. (Beware of another website,, which charges people to complete the forms. FAFSA is a FREE form!)

All students applying for need-based aid will also submit the VSAC Vermont Incentive Grant form after January 1. It is available online at And to help with all those forms, the School and College Counseling Office, in conjunction with VSAC, will be offering  Financial Aid Forms Workshops on January 21st. Sign up with Lynne Welsh (549-8242 or for a 45-minute individual afternoon appointment or attend a group session from 6-7:30 pm. The Forms Workshops are for parents of students who plan to attend college or vocational/technical school. Attendees complete their actual FAFSA and/or VT Grant Applications privately on individual computers under the guidance of the presenter. Parents are encouraged to bring:

  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • Supporting documentation like W-2s if you have them (2012 or 2013)
  • 1099s
  • Bank statements
  • Latest quarterly investment statements
  • Son or daughter’s SS#


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

Scholarship List

This scholarship information is available in the School and College Counseling Office and listed on the Naviance website at:

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: senior, employment, community service, leadership, financial need

Award: $4,000 – $60,000
Deadline: December 6

Application online at: Students must sign in and complete cover page. Students may complete application online and print, OR download application from the website and complete. Either way, applications must be mailed from School and College Counseling. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, extensive application.

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

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

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: seniors accepted at approved or accredited school or college,
Award: $1,500; $1,000; or $500; Deadline: April 1Phil 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 Library

Food for Thought program

This is our third year offering Food for Thought to BBA students.  Students who would like to read a book as part of a group just need to find a few friends, and a faculty member to join them.  The group decides on a book they all want to read, then they tell Librarian Mrs. Miller the title and number of books needed.  Once the group has finished their reading, they meet at the Spiral Press Cafe to discuss the book over lunch.  Currently there are 15 active reading groups ranging in size from 3-13 and reading everything from Ender’s Game to The Great Gatsby

Here is the link to the animoto used to introduce Food for Thought at the November 4, 2013 Monday assembly:

Happy Reading!

Library website: here

Library Hours:
Monday – Thurs.       7 am – 5 pm
Friday                              7 am – 1 pm


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
Bromley Mountain
Mack Molding
r.k. Miles
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store
Vermont Country Properties/
Sotheby’s Int’l Realty &
Manchester Gym  

High Honors List

Equinox Hotel and Resort
Finn and Stone Insurance
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 and Heating
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Mountain Weavers
People’s United Bank  

Academic Pin

Black Diamond Tree Service, Inc.
Dydo & Company, Inc.
Goepel Construction
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
Northshire Bookstore
TD Bank



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