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January 2014

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6  School reopens
7  Refuse to Use Mandatory Dialogue Night for Parents and
7  Participating Sophomores at 6 pm in the Cafeteria
8  Refuse to Use Mandatory Dialogue Night for Parents and
7  Participating Freshmen at 6 pm in the Cafeteria
10 Winter Showcase – Theater and Dance Fest at 6 pm and 8 pm
10 in the Riley Center
11 All State Vocal & Instrumental Auditions – see Neil Freebern
16 Refuse to Use Mandatory Dialogue Night for Parents and
7   Participating Juniors at 6 pm in the Cafeteria
16 Refuse to Use Senior Presentations to Parents
16  at 6 pm in Hunter Seminar Room
17 End of Marking Period
18 Saturday Series – The Habit of Art – Riley Center at 7 pm
20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day – School Closed
21-23 Final Exams – 12:35 pm Dismissal
22 Parent Information Panel – “What Every Parent Should Know” at 6 pm
22 in the Hunter Seminar Room
23 National Honor Society Induction
24 Semester Break – No Classes for Students
27 Faculty In Service Day – No Classes for Students
28 Second Semester Begins – Special Block Schedule


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

I find the Seminary building to be continually inspiring not only for its own beauty and surroundings, but what takes place Belltower 12-13inside. I thought I would share this image of the Belltower on a recent winter morning along with the hope that you all had a wonderful break. With the rising sun comes a new year filled with possibilities.

I also wanted to share a link to the New York Times “Year in Pictures 2013” here.  The totality of these photographs paints a picture of a world in need of care. Today’s students will face greater challenges than we all faced as they move into adulthood, with increased need for technological skills, greater competition for jobs, and a widening income gap between those fully educated and those who are not.  These photographs made me hope that our students will help face the rising challenges of environmental degradation, poverty, terrorism, a widening amenities gap, and the basic struggle for survival faced by so many on this planet.

With exams two weeks away, drama performances, and the winter sports season in full swing, there is a need to focus very much on the present.  However, with the turn of the year, I hope you also find a moment to help your sons and daughters think about the broader purpose in all our lives.  

Happy New Year.  Let’s make it a good one.

Your loyal headmaster,

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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.

January and it’s a whole new year! The end of the marking period is the 17th & final exams are the 21-23rd.

There is no school (for students) on the 24th & 27th. Can you say long weekend?  And there is no school on Martin Luther King Day, January 20. The second semester begins on the 28th.

There is a theater, dance & film showcase on the 10th at 6:30pm. That’s in the first week we are back!

See you next month!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


From the Advancement Office

With the new year upon us, we wish all of our BBA students and families the best for 2014.  As we gear up for the second part of the year, we want to remind you about a couple of things. 

1.  We are continuing to promote the Parent Challenge for the new year to encourage participation in the Annual Fund. It’s not about the size of the gift – it’s about showing support for Burr and Burton Academy and believing in the work that we do to educate your child.  So please consider a gift that works for you.  The class with the biggest parent participation in the annual fund will win a pizza party at the end of the year and $500 towards their class fund. Please note that families who have more than one student need only make one gift, your gift will be counted for each class.  If you have committed to a Corporate Sponsorship this year, that counts toward the Annual Fund and participation.

2.  Our Online Auction in support of this year’s annual fundraising gala will begin on April 1.  If you own your own business and would like to donate a service such as window washing, a cord of wood or a similar item, we will count that towards the Parent Challenge.  Contact Christine Hoard in the Advancement office at

3.  The gala, Passport to the World, is scheduled for Friday night, May 23, 2014, at Hildene.  We are looking forward to a fantastic evening of fine food, student entertainment, a great live auction topped off by dancing to the Don’t Leave Band.  A Save the Date card will go out early in the year so be sure to put it on your calendar.

There’s lots to look forward to in 2014 and we thank you for your continued support!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Athletic Department

The month of January is filled with both home and away athletic contests, check out the athletic schedules on the school web here site for the complete sports schedule. Also, “like” Burr and Burton Athletics on Facebook for the weekly schedules.

Please check out one of the only home events for the following teams:

  • Thursday, January 2 – Nordic skiing home 2 pm @ Wild Wings
  • Friday, January 3 – Alpine Skiing home 1 pm @ Bromley
  • Wednesday, January 8 – Snowboarding home 1 pm @ Bromley
  • Saturday, January 11 – JV & V Dance team competition home 1 pm.  Admission Adults $4 Students $2

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.


From the Dean of Students

Parent Roundtable: What Every Parent Should Know

Beginning 0n January 22 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 dates listed:

  1. You and the Law – What every parent should know.
    Wednesday, January 22.
    Focussing on the impact risky teenage behavior can have on the family unit. Presenters will share important important information from their respective disciplines about the potential ramifications of  poor teenage decision making.  Perspectives from insurance, law enforcement, education and the diversion program will be shared.
  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.


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Success! We have had another amazing semester on the mountain, and are excited to launch into our winter/spring term in just a few short weeks. Students this fall pioneered new research in forest ecology, sustainable economic and community growth, and a host of other small-scale efforts to affect positive change in our world. They built a robust learning community, took care of one-another and our campus, and (in their own words) were “excited to come to school every day!” If you weren’t able to join us for our final presentations, I hope that you will take a look at our semester video and perhaps take a look at some of our students’ final essays linked to our blog.

For students and families curious to learn more about our program and admissions for next year, January and February is the ideal time to visit and apply. Please feel free to contact me or Paul Kelly, our Admissions Director, for more information or to schedule a visit or interview (

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director
Mountain Campus blog:


From the Creative Arts Department

BBA to present A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film 

Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film, January 10, at 6 pm and 8 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts under the direction of Claudia Shell-Raposa, Bill Muench and Jim Raposa. 

Bullhorn dance

The performances of this semester’s acting, dance and film classes include scenes ranging from comedy to drama with Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams and two original scripts written by BBA student Valerie Coulter. Dance and musical theater performances will include Evita, Michael Jacksons Thriller, a modern dance piece, a pointe variation choreographed by BBA student Alice Cole and a contemporary work choreographed by BBA students Zach Gordon and Carolyn Tobia. The premier of the original short film project The Observatory written and directed by BBA student Danielle Hazelton rounds out an entertaining evening

Tickets are $3 for BBA students, faculty and staff and $5 for adults and can be purchased at:


Auditions for the Vermont All-State Music Festival will be held at Hartford High School on Saturday January 11.
Please contact  Julie Freebern for further information.



Over 25 Burr and Burton students from The Media and Performing Arts Department entertained thousands of riders on The Elf Express at the beginning of their holiday vacation.  BBA students teamed up with the Lion’s Club for this second annual fundraiser where all proceeds go to local persons in need. By donating over 50 hours of their time in rehearsal and performance, these dancing and singing elves entertained riders old and young with an original 15 minute musical, handing out cider and cookies, reading a Christmas Story and making magical connections with all who rode.  Congratulations to the cast of The Elf Express.


School and College Counseling

Second Semester Schedules

All students will receive a copy of their second semester schedule in the next two weeks. Students who need to make changes should see their counselor by January 23.  No changes will be made on the first day of classes and there will be limited opportunity to switch classes at a later time.

Career Development Center

Bill Swisher, School Counselor Coordinator at the Career Development Center, will be visiting BBA on Tuesday, February 4 to talk to sophomores and juniors about a wide variety of technical courses that are available at the Career Development Center.  During the week of February 10,  interested students will have an opportunity to tour and visit the CDC, sit in on classes, and ask any questions that they may have.  If you have any questions see your counselor.

College and Career Planning for Juniors

The School and College Counselors will meet with all juniors in individual student appointments to be scheduled in February and March.  We will discuss the student’s academic record, extracurricular and work experiences, and other positive factors that will contribute to a successful college application process or transition to work or other opportunities.  Our goal with all students is to help them create a successful plan for life after BBA.  We will assist college-bound students in developing an appropriate college list, answer questions and provide support for the college search.  We welcome parental contact and feedback at any time.

Standardized Testing for Juniors

All juniors who took the PSAT in October received their test booklets during an advisory time and test reports in the mail.

The next step is to sign up to take standardized testing in the spring.  Students have many options about which tests to take and when to take them.   Please contact your counselor if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines

ACT – Saturday, February 8 – Register by Jan. 10 at  The test will not be given at BBA.
Other area schools will be administering the test.

SAT – Saturday, March 8 – Register by Feb. 7 at

SAT – Reasoning Test only (no subject tests). Test is offered at BBA.

If student has a potential athletic competition or other conflict for the May or June test date, he/she may want to consider registering for the March 8 SAT test.

ACT – Saturday, April 12 – Register by March 7 at

Sign up for ACT with writingTest is offered at BBA.

There are additional test dates in May and June.  See the ACT and College Board Websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home.  Students should not test every time a test is offered but we do recommend that juniors take at least one ACT or SAT this year.


Test Prep Opportunities

Free Options:; bookmark “Question of the day”

On-Line courses:

High End Test Prep (underwritten by BBA – classes at BBA), cost $100.

*Timed to prepare for either the March SAT or the May SAT.

Course 1

Friday, January 31  (12:45 – 2:45)

Friday, February 7  (12:45 – 2:45)

Friday, February 28 ( 12:45  – 2:45)

Monday, March 3 (2:45 – 4:45)

SAT on Saturday, March 8

Course 2

Friday, March 21  (12:45 – 2:45)

Friday, March 28  (12:45 – 2:45)

Friday, April 25  (12:45  – 2:45)

Friday, May 2  (12:45 – 2:45)

SAT on Saturday, May 3

These courses are identical so students should only sign up for one. To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadlines: Jan. 16 for Group 1 and March 13 for Group 2.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes, cost $300

*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA in May; Classes on 3/23 3/30 4/6 4/13 and 4/27.
Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Winter Weekend

The application deadline for the Governors Winter Weekend Institutes is Jan. 10 or until spaces are filled.   More information and the application are online at  Students should be in touch with their counselor if they want to participate.

College Application Update

Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college!  Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly.  We continue to work with the seniors who are still in the process of applying and aim to have them get their applications in by the end of the month.

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors

Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades of their applicants.  Rest assured that the registrar will process grades as soon as possible following exams.  We’ll then forward an updated transcript to all colleges listed on students’ transcript request forms.  Because we use a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.

Financial Aid

January 1 was opening day for 2013-2014 Financial Aid season!  All students applying for need-based aid should be ready to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corp.) grant application in the next month or so.

Parents should begin gathering financial statements and information in anticipation of filing financial aid forms.  Be careful to meet individual college financial aid deadlines.  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.

Families are encouraged to apply on-line whenever possible: and

Some private colleges also require a form called the CSS Financial Aid Profile Form.  This process should be started immediately so as not to delay funding go to:

Families who have specific questions about how to complete portions of the financial aid :
Tuesday, January 21 there will be afternoon and evening sessions with our VSAC representative Monda Kelley.
The evening session 6 – 7:30 pm is in Mr Morrison’s Tech Lab. The afternoon meetings are by appointment.
To register contact Mrs. Welsh (x242) School and College Counseling Office

Want to file your FAFSA and Vermont Grant successfully this evening?
Please bring the following:

  • 2012-2013 Tax return
  • Your 2014 W2’s – your spouse’s 2014 – W2’s
  • Your social security number and your spouse’s social security number
  • Your student’s social security number
  • Your student’s 2012-2013 Tax return if filed
  • Your student’s W2’s
  • A list of all of the colleges to which your student has applied
  • An estimate of cash, savings, checking for you and your student

For the Vermont Grant:

  • An estimated value of your home if you are a home owner
  • An estimate of how much you owe on your home if you hold a mortgage

Questions? E-mail: Monda Kelley – VSAC Counselor at:

2013/2014 Scholarship List

The VSAC Unified Scholarship application and information is available on the VSAC website and is available in booklet form in the School and College Counseling Office. The deadline for all scholarships in this application is March 8; there is also an early-bird deadline of February 8.

Scholarship information is also on the Naviance website at:

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

Vermont JCI Scholarship

Eligibility: high school seniors in the US who plan to continue their education . Applications screened on appearance, neatness, content, scholastic abilities, extracurricular activities, financial need and correctly following directions. Application must be postmarked January 11th
Deadline: January 10th in School and College Counseling Office
Online info and application:

Woodland Owners Association Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Windham County resident, College bound senior or college student in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Must be in attendance of a 2- or 4- program in forestry or allied field (e.g., wildlife management) with coursework and goals directly related to forest management.)
Award: $1,500; Deadline: January 31

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

The St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Eligibility: VT residents who plan to enroll in a 2- or 4-year program.
Award: $1,000    
Deadline: February 19
Applications online at

TheVSAC Unified Scholarship application and information is available at and is available in booklet form in the School and College Counseling Office. The deadline for all scholarships in this application is March 8; there is also an early-bird deadline of February 8.

Berkshire Bank Foundation 2014 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

VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship

Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University; GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College
Award: unknown      
Deadline: April 1
Application information online:

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:

Vermont Grocer’s Scholarship

Carefully read eligibility requirements from flyer in School and College Counseling Office (VT Grocers Scholarship folder) THEN call or write for application. Does require family association with a VGA member or working for a VGA member company in VT.
Award: $1,500 to $2,500; Deadline: April 28 

Stephen Phillips Scholarship

Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.)
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship Deadline: by midnight, May 1st.
Application online at

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 1.


The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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 Library

New on the shelves:

  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Silver Star: A Novel by Jeannette Walls
  • The Living by Matt De La Pena
  • By student request two books by Susan Ee: World After and Angelfall
  • Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem
  • Starters by Lissa Price
  • Teaching Information Fluency: How to Teach Students to Be Efficient, Ethical, and Critical Information Consumers by Carl Heine and Dennis O’Connor
  • Another series requested by our students by Pittacus Lore:  The Power of Six and The Fall of Five
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Happy Reading!

Library website: here

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


From the Yearbook Desk

Parents of Seniors. It is time to reserve space for a recognition for your hardworking graduates.
  • Ad space is limited so it is a first come first served. 
  • Each ad is $30 and are 1/8 page in size and in full color. 
  • All ad information must be in by January 31, 2014.
  • Also please make sure your senior student has handed in all their images and write ups for the yearbook by February 1, 2014.
The 2014 Yearbook is still for sale at for $55. Other options are available with online orders.
Seniors can purchase directly through Mr. Vincent for $50 (check or cash only).
Please contact Mr. Vincent at 802 549 8186 with any questions.

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.
Cole Engineering and Construction 
Dydo & Company, Inc. 
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping 
Goepel Construction 
iShip Express 
Northshire Bookstore 
TD Bank



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