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February 2014


4  Refuse to Use for Freshmen in Hunter Seminar Room at 3 pm – 4:30 pm
4  Refuse to Use for Sophomores in Hunter Seminar Room at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
6  Refuse to Use for Juniors in Hunter Seminar Room at 6 pm – 7:30 pm
4  Refuse to Use Senior Presentations to the Community at 6 pm – 7:30 pm
4  Stand up 2 Cancer Coffee House Benefit in Riley Center at 6 pm – 8 pm
7  SAT Prep Class (FC) in Hunter Seminar Room at 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm
7  Moroccan Dinner in the Cafeteria at 5:30 pm
7  Improv Night in the Riley Center at 6 pm – 7 pm
8  Saturday Series – Coriolanus in the Riley Center at 4 pm – 6 pm
10 Bulldog Leadership Summit in Hunter Seminar Room at 3 pm – 4:30 pm
10 Musical Workshop at 3 pm – 6 pm
10 Spring Musical Audition Workshop in the Riley Center at 3 pm – 6 pm
11 Musical Workshop at 3 pm – 6 pm
12 Spring Musical Audition Workshop in Riley Center at 3 pm – 6 pm
12 Parent Association Pasta Dinner at Cafeteria at 5 pm – 6 pm
12 Open House for Parents at 6 pm – 8:30 pm
13 Carnegie Rehearsal at 6 am – 7:30 am
17 – 21 Winter Break – no school
22 Equinox Winterfest – Backcountry Film Festival – Riley Center at 7 pm
25 – 27 Spring Musical Auditions in the Riley Center at 6 pm – 8 pm


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

At this past week’s assembly, Assistant Headmaster Meg Kenny shared some poignant and powerful remarks with our student body.  I thought they were the perfect set up to the coming semester, so I share them with you for your contemplation and, I hope, discussion with your daughters and sons.


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Mark Tashjian

Assembly Comments by Assistant Headmaster Meg Kenny, February 28, 2014:

Dear Students:

As we start the second half of the school year, I hope you…

Embrace your learning, which requires participation, initiative and engagement; it requires vulnerability and not knowing or understanding everything right from the start.  It requires that you ask questions and grapple with complex ideas. Learning is challenging and uncomfortable at times. I hope you stick with it when it gets messy; learning is messy, but it is also energizing and joyful.

Seek opportunities at Burr and Burton to explore your interests and passions, they exist here —  in every course you take you have many choices. Accept the invitation to choose questions to explore, projects to design, and chances to demonstrate your learning. Embrace these opportunities, for this is your education. I hope you own your learning — your fingerprints should be all over it.

Use your iPad as a tool for learning —  to create, collaborate and communicate — responsibly and intentionally. I hope you resist distractions, set boundaries and seek balance so you do not miss the opportunity for human interaction.

Practice empathy by trying to understand what another person is feeling, by seeing the world through another’s eyes, by making connections, by paying attention to the needs of others and by listening and showing concern and care. As Atticus Finch, in “To Kill a Mockingbird” said, “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Work hard – learning is hard work – and I hope you do the work required.  Take action and see what happens, for your hard work benefits you and your learning. A pivotal moment in my own high school career happened when my 11th grade English teacher handed back a paper I wrote on Shakespeare’s Hamlet – a paper that was challenging to write. I felt like I was in over my head right from the start and I kind of gave up. Mr. Murray’s comment to me was “Ms. Kenny are you striving for mediocrity.” The words stung – but they also motivated me to work harder – to believe in myself —  to believe that I could write a stronger thesis, analyze a challenging text, synthesize my ideas and write with more clarity.  

Experience BBA as a caring and supportive community and feel the support of peers and adults who are here for you. I hope you are comfortable reaching out and asking for help and accepting support when it is offered.

I hope that this semester is your best yet.


From the Assistant Headmaster

Dear BBA Families,

Please mark your calendar for Spring Semester Open House – scheduled for February 12, 2014. It begins at 5 pm with the Parent Association Pasta Dinner, continues at 6 pm with an opening session in Riley Center and concludes with individual classroom visits. At the opening session we will share updates on our iPad learning initiative and information on upcoming parent roundtable discussions scheduled for March and April.

Open house is designed to give you a snapshot of your child’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your child’s schedule and meet Burr and Burton teachers. You’ll learn about the engaging and vigorous learning experiences offered at Burr and Burton, the enduring understandings and essential questions students explore, and the essential skills and the habits of mind students develop.  You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies and how students use the iPad as a learning tool.  

I hope to see you all on February 12!


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.

February is here! It’s an even lighter schedule than last month but the all important Open House is on the 12th with the pasta dinner just before at 5 pm. Other than that we have the theater arts symposium on the 7th and winter break on the week of the 17th – 21st. That means the break starts on Saturday the 15th and goes until Sunday the 23rd! Have a great month!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


From the Advancement Office

We are so grateful to see the first of February knowing we made it through January – the longest, coldest, darkest month.  We hope you noticed – we were very quiet on the fundraising front knowing you were paying off holiday expenses and just hunkering down.   But now that it’s February, we have lots of things to share with you.

1. Update on Parent Annual Fund Giving:

We’re off to a good start with the Parent Challenge and here are the figures for this year’s challenge. As of January 28, overall parent support stands at 17.2%, and broken down by class¹ and by year, it is as follows:

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2012 – 2013

2013 – 2014













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

We still have work to do to get to the goal so please consider a gift to the annual fund today.  And here’s a little incentive for you…..

2. BBA Parent Thank You Party

Our BBA Parent Thank You Party is scheduled for March 26, 2014 from 5 pm – 7 pm at Seasons Restaurant.  Your ticket to the party?  A gift to the annual fund!  Any outright gift or gift-in-kind made since July 1, 2013, will get you on the invitation list.   So if you haven’t yet made a gift to the Annual Fund, we would appreciate your support.  There are three easy ways to make a gift:

  • Drop a check in the mail to:  Burr and Burton Academy Advancement Office, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254
  • Give online:
  • Stop by, say hi and drop off your gift to the Advancement Office

Our sincere thanks to all of you who have supported the annual fund this year, and we look forward to seeing many more parents on the invitation list!  Remember, it’s the annual fund that helps provide all of the “extras” for your student here at Burr and Burton.

3. “Save the Date” for our annual fundraising gala:

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Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home.

“Save the date” postcards for this event will be out shortly and invitations will be out in the mail in April.  Make your plans early as we have had a sellout crowd the past three years and a waiting list!

Corporate Sponsorships are available to support the gala so if you own a business and would like to be in on the action, here’s your opportunity (plus it counts towards the annual fund Parent Challenge).

First Class Sponsor – $2,500
Preferred Sponsor – $1,500
Voyageur Sponsor – $1,000
Adventurer Sponsor – $500
Trekker Sponsor – $250

For more information or to sign up please call Cynthia Gubb at 549-8201 or email her at

4. On-line Auction

On behalf of the committee for this year’s gala event, Passport to the World on May 23rd, we invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s third annual online auction. With your contribution, the auction is sure to build on the momentum of the last three year’s success.

The auction is designed to generate excitement for the main event on the 23rd. Launching on April 1st and closing on April 30th, the auction will reach bidders all over the world (including parents of our international students, long-distance grandparents, and our alumni), plus the many friends of the school right here in our own backyard. The auction serves as a great way to involve those people who cannot attend the event for any number of reasons.

We are looking for services of all shapes and sizes to feature as stand-alone items and in specially designed packages.  Perhaps you can offer a service, such as a landscaping consultation or wood delivery? In fact, a cord of seasoned and stacked wood donated by a BBA parent was one of our hottest items two years ago!  Whatever the contribution, it will benefit our most precious commodity of all, our children!

We need to have your donation in the Advancement Office by February 28th. You are welcome to drop it off yourself or contact one of us and a committee member will come pick it up from you.  Don’t forget, your item or service donation counts toward parent participation in the Annual Fund and gets you on the list for the annual BBA Parent Thank-you Party!

Questions about the Online Auction?  Contact Christine Hoard, or 549-8277.

Many thanks for your support and don’t forget to put the gala on your calendars!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Athletic Department

Save The Date:
The Spring Sports Parent/Athlete meeting will be held Tuesday, March 18 at 6 pm in the E. H. Henry Gymnasium. Watch the March Bullhorn for more details.

To view athletic schedules and receive schedule updates electronically follow the instructions below: Go to the schools web site and click on athletic calendar. This will take you to the digital sports web site, go to the top right corner and register.  Once you are registered you will receive electronic notifications for cancellations, rescheduled games and time changes. 


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Onward and Forward!  We are heading in to another amazing semester up at the Mountain Campus this spring and can’t believe our good fortune to have yet another fantastic group of students eager and excited to dive into their learning on the mountain.  We invite you to follow their progress on our blog and learn more about what we are doing each week. 

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As excited as we are to start new, we are also feeling the bittersweet emotions of sending our fall students back to the main campus – we are sad to have them move on, but excited that they are back at BBA sharing their new ideas and passion with their peers – and recruiting future Mountain Campus students!  If you want to know more about the Mountain Campus, our alumni are a fantastic resource.  And if you want a preview, here is the link to our semester video – a snapshot of the Mountain Campus experience in the students’ own words.  Enjoy!
Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director

Mountain Campus blog:


From the Creative Arts Department


Burr and Burton Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present its Theater Arts Symposium, A NIGHT OF IMPROV on Friday February 7 at 6 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts. Fourteen students have been working with National Comedy Theatre, Artistic Director Gary Kramer, who runs comedy clubs in both NY and San Diego. Tickets are $3 for students, faculty and staff and $5 for the general public.

The box office opens one hour prior to show (cash & checks only). Don’t miss this evening of improvised comedy. You’ll laugh your lips off!


International Program

Burr and Burton Academy will be welcoming the following students to our International Program: Felix Minzenmay from Stuttgart, Leonardo Ludice from Brazil, Yitong Zhao from China, and Yuhan Zheng from China. 

If you would like to host a visiting international student, please contact Pia Nolan at


School and College Counseling

All Students

The Course of Study for the 2014-2015 school year will be available the week of February 10.  The process for course selection for next year will be reviewed with students after February break.  Please take some time during the break to review the Course of Study and beginning thinking about classes you would like to take next year.

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.

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. Seniors should update their counselor on their college decisions.  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.


Meetings with Juniors: 
Individual meetings with juniors are beginning this month as we help them shape their futures in college, gap programs, employment, military service, and other options. All students will have a scheduled appointment with their counselor sometime in the next few months when they will complete a resume of activities and explore opportunities.

For students who don’t have college in their sights at this time, we will discuss ways for students to determine possible career and job interests. Field Study, elective courses and part-time jobs are good avenues for students to prepare for employment after high school.

We assist college-bound students with the college search process, discuss academic preparation, review PSAT scores and plan for standardized testing.  We look forward to continued contact with juniors throughout the next year as we work together to find good college matches.

Parents often wonder how they can help. We meet with students and help them compile an appropriate college list, but families need to take the next step.  Please facilitate some college visits during the spring semester.  In our experience, we have found that students who have visited a few campuses prior to applying find the process more meaningful and manageable.  With advanced notice to teachers and the Dean of Students, college visits are excused absences from school. Plan a trip to see a campus or two and take advantage of information sessions and tours. Then be sure to let us know your family’s impressions.

Another way that we coordinate efforts with students and families is through the Naviance Program: ( This online program contains multiple career and college resources and also serves as a communication tool.  We demonstrated various program functions during our evening College Program for Junior Parents in October.  If you’d like access to this program or need to reset your password, please email Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant at

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. 
We are eager to partner with parents in the college and career planning process.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Andrea Hogan, 549-8145;

Melissa Michaud, 549-8130;

Cristin Rose, 549-8126;

Maria Bittinger, 549-8126;

Standardized Testing Registration: 
College bound Burr and Burton juniors should sign up to take either the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.

Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at and, respectively. Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA.  Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadline

Saturday, March 8  SAT.
 Register by Feb. 7 at
 SAT Critical Reasoning Test only (no subject tests.) 
Test is offered at BBA. If a student has a potential athletic or other conflict for May or June test date, you may want to consider taking this one.

Saturday, April 12, ACT.
 Register by March 7 
Sign up for ACT with writing!
 Test is offered at BBA

See ACT and College Board Websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home. Students should not test every time one 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:

Prep Classes at BBA: $100 High End Test Prep (underwritten by BBA – classes at BBA)
Timed to prepare for the May SAT

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

To register for this course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadline is March 13.

Prep Classes at the Tutorial Center in Manchester: Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA in May:
Classes on 3/23 3/30 4/6 4/13 and 4/27

Career and Development Center

A representative from the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center will be visiting BBA on Tuesday, February 4 to talk to sophomores and juniors about a wide variety of technical courses available at the CDC. On February 12th, 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 and would like to plan to visit, please see your School and College Counselor.

Financial Aid

All Vermont students applying for need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA and VSAC forms.  Pay close attention to individual college financial aid deadlines; many colleges require students to file the FAFSA in February and March. In addition, some private colleges require students to file the CSS Profile form. You will need to check your individual college financial aid requirements.  Information about the CSS Profile can be found in the financial aid section at

To file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VSAC grant application, go to these websites: and Families are urged to file on-line as soon as possible and you are welcome to use our office computers if you need internet access.  If you have questions about the FAFSA or other financial aid forms, don’t hesitate to contact the helpful folks at VSAC’s toll-free help line: 800-642-3177.

If you missed VSAC Forms Night at BBA, you can still get free help applying for college financial aid. Don’t miss out! VSAC counselors and college aid professionals will be available at eight Community College of Vermont (CCV) locations across the state to help you file your online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Vermont grant application.


Saturday, February 1, 10 am –12 noon
Thursday, February 6, 4 pm–6 pm
Thursday, March 6, 4 pm–6 pm
Thursday, May 15, 4 pm–6 pm


At these CCV academic centers on all four dates: Brattleboro, Middlebury, Montpelier, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Upper Valley, Winooski For priority registration, call 800-642-3177 and ask for Outreach. Walk-ins welcome!

Summer Programs/Study Abroad  
The School and College Counseling Office has collected information about a variety of summer programs, including two Vermont-based programs:  MedQuest and CollegeQuest (for health-related careers); See websites for details and deadlines.

All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont that are week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Science and Technology. Applications will be online beginning February 1 (

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2014-2015 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule.  Students need to submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 10 for plans that commence at any point during the fall semester.


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

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Deadline is Friday, Feb 7, to be in the running for a $1,000 Early Bird scholarship from VSAC by completing and submitting the VSAC Unified Scholarship application. Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship book if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. (The regular deadline is March 9.) See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document requests to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling by noon, Feb 4.

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

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 year college or tech school.

Award: $2,000;
Deadline: Application materials to your school counselor by March 21.

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.


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:

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.
Award: not specified;
Deadline: April 18 – must be hand-delivered.

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.

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: top 40% or GPA of 3.0 and combined SAT score of 1500.

Award: $1,000 for four years; Deadline: May 1.
Application online only at

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.
Application online at


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.

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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

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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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