Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 2014


5  Mountain Campus Parent Open House at 6 pm – 7 pm
8 SAT at BBA, 7:45 am – 1:45 pm in the cafeteria
10 International Women’s Day – screening of “Misrepresented”
10 at 6 pm – 8 pm in the cafeteria
11 Prism Concert, 6:30 pm – 8 pm in the Riley Center
12 Prism Concert, 6:30 pm – 8 pm in the Riley Center
12 Parent/Teacher Conferences (students 12:35 dismissal) 1 pm – 5 pm
13 Parent/Teacher Conferences (students 12:35 dismissal) 1 pm – 8 pm
17 Mandatory Parent and Student Driver’s Ed meeting for those
17 participating in summer Driver’s Ed classes, 5:30 pm – 7 pm in the cafeteria

18 Spring Sports Mandatory Meeting, 6 pm – 8 pm in the gymnasium
19 Parent Information Panel – At Risk Behaviors, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
19 in the Hunter Seminar Room
24 Spring Sports begin
27 “Art from the Schools” until April 10 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center
28 Calliope Cafe, 6:30 pm – 8 pm in the cafeteria


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

On Thursday night, February 27 I attended an open hearing with the Vermont House of Representatives education committee. The meeting took place in Rutland, and a number of BBA parents and teachers attended.

In the next few years, the legislature will be considering a variety of legislative actions that could affect each sending town’s ability to have parental choice when it comes to making decisions about where you send your sons and daughters. The purpose of Thursday’s meeting was to gather perspectives, and I would like to share with you what I shared with them.

I urged the legislators to think about the “system” of education in Vermont and to strive to create a national model from our unique system of public and independent schools. I shared the belief that there are a number of areas in which we have virtually universal agreement:

  1. We all want schools that are innovative and entrepreneurial, constantly seeking to find better ways to serve students and families.
  2. We all want schools staffed with passionate teachers and school leaders and filled with motivated students and families.
  3. We all want schools where the emphasis is on bringing out the best in each and every student, with accountability to those students and families, not a centralized bureaucracy.
  4. We all want schools that are affordable to taxpayers.

I propose to you as parents and to the legislature that these conditions are best created in a system where you as a parent have real power, and the only way to have real power is to have educational options. We have students who exercise this option by coming from as far away as Dover, Wilmington, Grafton, and other towns that require a tremendous time investment just to get here. We have international students who come from halfway around the world and pay over $40,000 in tuition.  Closer to BBA, while the vast majority attend BBA, there are a significant minority that exercise the option to go elsewhere. I learned last Thursday night that BRSU students attend roughly 35 different high schools, each one chosen by a family and student seeking to find the “right” school.

We feel tremendous responsibility to live up to your very high standards. The power that you hold, coupled with the competition that we face, makes us a better school.

Thank you for choosing Burr and Burton Academy and allowing us to rise to your standards.

Mark only Signature

Mark Tashjian


From the Assistant Headmaster

Dear BBA Families,

BBA is a vibrant learning environment and I encourage you all to take advantage of the upcoming opportunities to engage in and connect with the community.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, from 1 – 5 pm and Thursday, March 13, from 1 – 8 pm with a break from 5 – 5:45 for dinner. Students will be dismissed at 12:35 on both days and are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss student progress.  If your child cannot attend, please talk with him/her prior to your scheduled appointments to gain 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.

Schedule your conferences at the following link:

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.

International Women’s Day

On March 10th, under the leadership of seniors Maddy Pagnucco and Stevie Hunter, Burr and Burton Academy will celebrate International Women’s Day. Events include a morning assembly presentation, a talk/live interview with Bennington College President, Dr.  Mariko Silver and a community screening of the film Miss Representation.

An invitation was sent to faculty members inviting classes to the talk/interview with Mariko Silver (11:30 am on March 10th). All parents are invited to hear Dr. Mariko Silver speak about her experiences and challenges as a female in male dominated fields.

At 6:00 pm in the Scranton Room of the Rowland Center, the day’s events continue with a screening of  Miss Representation. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

Parent Roundtable: “Parenting in the Screen Age” with Janell Burley Hofmann

On April 9th at 6:30, in the Riley Center for the Arts, Janell Burley Hofmann will engage parents in conversation on the challenges of parenting in the screen age. Janell is an author, speaker and parent coach. Janell is a champion for parent engagement in changing times and she is leading the movement on tech and respect. Janell is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and a tech and family consultant for NPR’s Marketplace Tech. Janell is the mother of five children and her real life perspective allows her to relate and understand the needs and challenges of today’s families.

I look forward to connecting with you at these upcoming events.


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.

March! SATs start! Oh boy!
On Saturday the 8th. But also on the 8th is the Manchester Wing Challenge in the cafeteria from 4 -7  pm.
Parent Open House at the Mountain Campus at 6 pm on the 5th.
On the 11th  & 12th The Prism Concert will be held at 6:30 pm.
On the 12th  & 13th Parent-teacher conferences will be held.
Don’t forget to sign up!

And on Friday the 14th there is a teacher in service day-so
NO SCHOOL for the kids!

On the 18th there is the mandatory spring sports meeting for parents and children and sports start on the 24th.
On 19th The Second Parent Round Table  – “Keeping Your Student Safe – How to Address Drug/Alcohol Concerns With Your Teenager” – Something No Parent Should Miss.

On the 28th there is the Calliope Cafe at 6:30 pm.

That’s it for March!

See you in April, ah Spring will be here!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


From the Advancement Office

There is a lot going on as we head into spring in the Advancement Office so here goes:

1. Parent Phon-a-thon: March 4 and March 11

 We will be having a phon-a-thon to reach out to parents who have not yet supported the annual fund.  If you don’t want to be called, then now is the time to send in your gift!  We’re looking for volunteers so if you’d like to help with this, it only takes an hour or so of your time.  You will be calling your fellow parents asking for their support.  Is it a difficult thing to do?  Absolutely not – since you’re asking for support of a great school which provides an outstanding education to their student (and we’ll provide you with a script).

The dates for the phon-a-thon are:  March 4 and March 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  To sign up please contact Christine Hoard at, or call her at 802-549-8277.  We’ll be providing refreshments!!

2. Parent Thank You Party:  March 26, 2013, 5 pm to 7 pm at Seasons Restaurant

Invitations will be out shortly for this annual event and this is a simple way for Headmaster Mark Tashjian and all of us at Burr and Burton Academy to say THANK YOU for your support of the annual fund.  How do you get on the invitation list?  It’s simple – just make a gift before March 26, or bring your gift with you!  You can make a gift online or drop by and see us in the Advancement Office.  We’d love to have a full house so if you haven’t made a gift yet, please do. It’s a fun event and a chance to chat with other parents, catch up over some tasty hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage.  Join us!

3. Parent participation update:

The latest numbers are in and we are working our way up slowly but surely.  You have until May 1 to make your gift.  The class with the highest parent participation will receive a $500 gift towards their class fund, and will enjoy a pizza party in May.  Overall parent participation¹ stands at 19.5% (5.3% behind where we were last year at this time).
And by class:

2014    17.1%
2015    19.4%
2016    22.9%
2017    18.5%
¹If you have multiple students, your gift is counted in each class.

4. Passport to the World, Gateway to Opportunity…..

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Planning is ramping up for this annual event which includes an Online Auction during the month of April and culminating in the gala on Friday night, May 23 at Hildene.  You should have received a “save the date” card so we hope you have put it on your calendar.  The gala committee has been working diligently to pull all of the details together for this important fundraiser for the school!  We’d like to extend our thanks to all gala committee members for their help.

We’re still looking for some items for both the Online Auction and the Live Auction such as the following:

  •  A cord of wood
  •  Two airline tickets
  •  Window washing
  •  A spring cleaning (indoors or out)
  •  Any other services that you would be able to offer

Any gift-in-kind counts toward the annual fund/parent participation challenge and will get you on the invitation list for the Parent Thank-you Party so if you have an idea for an item, please contact Christine Hoard in the Advancement Office at 549-8277 or email her at

We’ll be sending out information about the Online Auction during the month of March – stay tuned because we have some fun, interesting things to bid on.

Thank you for all that you do to support the school, financially and through volunteering (Gala Committee, Parent Association, Booster Club, Friends of Hockey, etc.)  We’re all in this together with only one goal in mind – to provide an exceptional educational experience for YOUR student.

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Athletic Department

The mandatory spring sports parent/athlete meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at 6 pm in the E.H. Henry Gymnasium.

All students participating in a spring sport must have had a physical exam after June 2012. Physical forms and permission forms can be downloaded from the schools web site, bring all completed forms to the meeting on March 18.

Season Start Dates:

March 17 – Baseball pitchers and catchers begin practice.
March 24 – All spring sports begin.

Spring Head Coaches:

Boys Lacrosse –  Jason Pergament
Girls Lacrosse – Dave Miceli
Softball – Dan DeForest
Baseball – Tony Cirelli
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus
Girls Tennis – Dan Hutner
Track & Field – Matt Kujovsky & Paul Bremel
Boys Golf – Jeff Houghton
Girls Golf – Steve Houghton

Kevin Morrison recently decided to step down as Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach in order to focus on Burr and Burton Academy’s expanding educational technology program.  We thank Kevin for the commitment and leadership he demonstrated during his three years as a JV and Varsity coach. The athletic department appointed former JV coach Jason Pergament as the head coach for the 2014 season.

To receive schedule updates:

  • Go to
  • Find your school: type in Burr and Burton
  • Click on Burr and Burton. Once on Burr and Burton’s page got to the right side of the page. Click on register.
  • Follow steps from here.
  • As soon as games are scheduled, canceled or rescheduled you will receive an email. 


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Although the temperatures this week would suggest otherwise, spring is somewhere around the corner, ripe with new hopes and beginnings.  At the Mountain Campus, we are entering our admissions season, planting the seeds for a great crop of students next year.  Paul Kelly, one of our teachers and Admissions Director, along with a host of Mountain Campus alumni are busy meeting with each grade, talking about the program and answering questions.


There will be an opportunity for students to visit the Mountain Campus on Wednesday, March 5th, as well as an open house for parents that evening in Peru at 6:00 pm.  All students have been emailed the application and parent permission form along with details on these events and the admissions timeline.  If you have questions about the program, please feel free to call, email, or visit sometime.  We also have a host of alumni parents who would be happy to talk with you about their child’s experience.

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director

Mountain Campus blog:


From the Creative Arts Department


The Prism Concerts will be on Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center.  Tickets available at

Art From the Schools 
March 27 – April 10 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center – Yester House Galleries. View the artists of tomorrow from Burr and Burton Academy. Other participating schools include Arlington Memorial High School, Currier Memorial School, The Dorset School, Flood Brook Union School, Fisher Elementary School, Grace Christian School, Happy Days Childcare, Homeschoolers of Southern Vermont, The Long Trail School, Manchester Elementary Middle School, Maple Street School, Mettawee Community School, The Mountain School, North Bennington Graded School, Sunderland Elementary School, Vermont Academy.

Calliope Cafe will be held in the Riley Center at 7 pm Friday, March 28. $5 Adults and $3 for Students.

Vermont All – State Music Festival
Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance to the Vermont All – State Music Festival held at St. Johnsbury in May; Chorus: Simon Aborn, Elsa Bean, Gabby Vella, Mikayla Schaffer, Orchestra: Ramsay Eyre and Jazz Ensemble: Kate Mori.


International Program

Hosting opportunities for an International Student are available for next year. This is a terrific opportunity for your family to create a lifetime friend and an incredible chance to learn about another culture. Please contact Pia Nolan at or Andrea Thulin at at the BBA International Program with any questions or for more information.


From the Dean of Students

Parent Roundtable: What Every Parent Should Know

On Wednesday, March 19, at 6:30-7:30 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room, Burr and Burton will be hosting the second in a series of roundtable discussions and information sessions for all parents of BBA students.

The topic of this forum is:
Keeping Your Student Safe – How to address Drug and Alcohol concerns with your teenager.

These parent discussions will be led by Burr and Burton staff as well as various professionals from our community.

The upcoming March 19 session will be led by:
Peter Zimmer, a licensed substance abuse counselor and has had a private practice in Enfield, CT for 30 years. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of New Directions, a community counseling center and a Prevention Coordinator for the Kingsport Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. His background includes training teachers and other mental health professionals to understand the nature of mental health and substance abuse. He has been involved in the local community for the last 7 years. He was the  clinic counselor at BBA for two years and has been a volunteer in the Collaborative’s Refuse to Use Program.

Lesley Brodie, M.D., is a board certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and board certified Adult Psychiatrist who has worked with children and adolescents since 1993. She trained at the University of Utah in a combined specialty residency in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her medical degree and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont. Prior to joining The Spicer Family Center she was Associate Medical Director and Director of Pediatrics and Behavioral Health for the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City, a community health center serving homeless individuals and families. She has held faculty appointments in the departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Utah. Dr. Brodie has specialty training in family based treatment of anorexia nervosa.

We hope that these meetings will be highly informative and have lasting impact on your student.


Mandatory Driver’s Ed Meeting

There is a mandatory parent and student driver’s ed meeting on Monday, March 17 at 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.


School and College Counseling

Course Registration for  2014-2015

Juniors, sophomores and freshmen have received the 2014-15 Course of Study  electronically on their iPad. Parents can review the book by clicking on this link: here. Please take time to discuss appropriate course choices with your son or daughter. The course sign ups will be done electronically and students will receive instructions regarding this process the week of March 3rd. If you have any questions please contact the School and College counseling office.

Mock College Interviews

Juniors will have the chance to participate in individual practice college interviews with college admission officers on April 9. Details will be forthcoming.  Students will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis until spots are filled.

College Fair

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

Notification of College Admission Decisions

Seniors: please be sure to notify your counselor whenever you receive notification from a college that you have applied to.

Financial Aid Alert

Seniors need to complete and submit their financial aid forms ( and this month if they have not already done so. Contact VSAC at 1-800-642-3177 for assistance in filling out the forms. Don’t delay!

VSAC College Pathways Programs

VSAC is organizing a series of workshops on college admission. These free Saturday programs take place on March 15 at St. Michael’s College; March 29 at Castleton State College; and April 7 at Lyndon State College. Find more information and register for VSAC’s College Pathways workshops online at or by calling 1-800-798-8722.

Standardized Testing Registration

College-bound Burr and Burton Juniors should sign up to take either the SAT or the ACT this spring.  The SAT will be administered at BBA on March 8 and May 3. The ACT will be administered at BBA  on April 12. 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 and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and online at and, respectively. Spring testing options are listed below. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall. Please contact us if you have questions.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Andrea Hogan, 549-8145;

Melissa Michaud, 549-8130;

Cristin Rose, 549-8126;

Maria Bittinger, 549-8126;

Test Dates and Deadlines

Saturday, May 3
Register by April 5 at
SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests
Test offered at BBA

Saturday, June 7
Register by May 9 at
SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests

Test offered at other locations

Saturday, April 12
Register by March 7 at
Sign up for ACT with writing

Test offered at BBA

Saturday, June 14
Register by May 9 at
Sign up for ACT with writing


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)

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

$300 Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA in May
March 23, 30, April 13, 27

Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Spring College Admissions Program

On Thursday, May 8, from 6:30 – 9 pm a panel presentation will be held on the college admissions process given by admissions officers from a variety of colleges and universities. This will be held in the Riley Center. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Summer Programs/Study Abroad

The School and College Counseling Office has collected information about a variety of summer programs, including Vermont-based program, CollegeQuest (for health-related careers, applications in our office); See website 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 are on line with a March 15 deadline (

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2013-2014 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule.  Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 12 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester.

2013/2014 Scholarship List

Forms for all of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office and on Naviance at: More scholarships arrive weekly so students should continue to check Naviance and SCC Office.

The National Catholic College Admission Association Scholarship

Eligibility: must be accepted to a NCCAA member institution (listed on website)
Award: $1,000; Deadline: March 15
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 yr college or tech school.
Award: $1,500; Deadline: March 26
Application online:

Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary Scholarships

Eligibility: Seniors entering either a college or vocational school. Personality, community service, academic accomplishments, and financial need are some of the deciding factors.
Award: not specified; Deadline: March 31

Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship, Mt. Lebanon Lodge #89, Jamaica

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

The Masonic College Scholarship, Mt. Lebanon Lodge #46, Jamaica

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

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

Nelson E. & Marie Williams Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who live within the borders of the area served by Currier Memorial School. This includes the towns of Danby ad Mt. Tabor. The student must have been a graduate of Currier Memorial School; strong character, strong academics, financial need.
Award: Not specified; Deadline: April 1

The Reverend Robert L. Clayton Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduating Senior, academic record, goals, school and community involvement, financial need.
Award: $4,000 for four years; Deadline: April 11
Note: This is a lengthy application requiring three years of tax records.
Don’t wait until the last minute complete this one!

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 18th —  must be hand-delivered

Daniel Maneely Engineering Scholarship

Eligibility: graduating senior accepted into an engineering technology field at an accredited school. Award based on academics, extra-curricular activities, community service and an essay.
Award: $5,000; Deadline: April 25th

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

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship

Elibigility: graduating senior pursuing further education in college, trade school. Exemplary member of the student body, demonstrated leadership qualities within school and community.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: April 30
Applications: on Naviance and in School and College Counseling Office

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 1st
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 1st.
Application online at


Manchester Wing Challenge

What are we asking for? Donation of 100 wings for a ‘Manchester Wing Challenge’

What we are raising money for? The Burr and Burton Student Success Program. This is a new program at Burr and Burton dedicated to reaching at-risk students, particularly first generation college-bound scholars. This program must raise additional funds to continue operating and growing.

What is our goal? To raise $1,500 to support a Student Success 24 Hours of Stratton Team.

What does Stratton have to do with this? The Stratton Foundation has partnered with the Student Success Program. On March 15-16 Stratton will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year – 24 Hours of Stratton. We will enter a team to support this partnership and need to fundraise for our participation.

Why is your donation is so valuable? The Stratton Foundation will continue to support our program as one of their primary charitable contributions. Last year, Stratton Foundation donated $75,000 to this program. Their support is vital to our continued success.

What is the ‘Wing Challenge’? It will be an evening event on Saturday, March 9. People who come to the event will pay a cover at the door and then get to sample the wings of the restaurants who sponsor this event. People will get to cast a vote for their favorite wings. The event will also feature live music, raffles, and will be staffed by teachers and scholars who are in the Student Success Program.

Why will this benefit your establishment? Your restaurant will get great exposure and promotion. The wing challenge will be promoted through all of BBA’s publicity resources and covered by the local press. This event will be promoted at Stratton and other local ski resorts and lodgings. The names of our sponsors and their logos will be a part of all signage and publicity materials.

What does the Success Program Do? It offers a network of support for Burr and Burton Students. Aimed at supporting low-income and first-generation scholars, it offers incoming students free access to Summer Success Camp – a three week summer program featuring team – building, college visits, orientation to high school, skill building, and goal setting. During the academic year the program offers students crucial academic support, courses designed to support their needs and further their goals, and opportunities to travel.

Event Coordinator: Pete Nicholson:
Success Program Director: Jason Pergament:


From the Library

YALSA names 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2014 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA). This year’s list of 98 books was drawn from 175 official nominations.

The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse. The full list can be found at

The Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list:

  • Berry, Julie. “All the Truth That’s in MePenguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013.
  • Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. “Freakboy” Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013.
  • Federle, Tim. “Better Nate Than Ever” Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • McNeal, Tom. “Far Far Away” Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • Rowell, Rainbow. “Eleanor & Park” Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.
  • Sedgwick, Marcus. “Midwinterblood” Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, 2013.
  • Sepetys, Ruta. “Out of the Easy” Penguin/Philomel, 2013.
  • Smith, Andrew. “Winger” Illustrated by Sam Bosma. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • Sullivan, Tara. “Golden Boy” Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013.
  • Wein, Elizabeth.  Rose Under Fire” Disney-Hyperion, 2013.


BBA’s K1BBS Two-Time Defending High School World Champion

radioThe ham radio contest team at K1BBS was on fire in the 2014 School Club Roundup.  During the week of February 10-14, 26 participants activated K1BBS for 24 hours … making 859 contacts (a K1BBS record) and scoring 237,084 points (another K1BBS record).  BBA’s contest team put in an amazing performance on a worldwide stage. The numbers: 859 countable contacts (plus 62 duplicates that can’t be counted) 45 countries, 44 states, 8 Canadian Provinces, 31 schools, and 12 clubs.  This year’s contest was not without its challenges.  No, we didn’t blow up the amp (2002) … or burn up an antenna tuner (2003), or have the antenna fall down (2010).  We did, though, have a snow day and a half.  But, that didn’t faze us as a handful of students braved the elements to keep K1BBS on the air.  This year’s captains: Teja Pammi (138 contacts) and Carolyn Tobia (86) lead the charge.  Next year’s captains: Quinnlyn Murphy, Zhongmin (Angela) Xie, and Cubby Arvin-DiBlasio have risen to the top.  So, how’d we do?  The scores come out later this year (it sometimes takes months).  Stay tuned.  Congratulations to the members of the 2014 K1BBS contest team.


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
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
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC
Hand Motors
JK Adams / The Kitchen Store
JOY – all things underthing
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank  

Academic Pin

Black Diamond Tree Service, Inc.
Cole Engineering and Construction 
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping 
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