2 End of Marking Period
2 – 3 Mountain Campus Sustainability Trip
3 MIDTERMS (12:35 Dismissal)
4 MIDTERMS (12:35 Dismissal)
9 Parent Roundtable: “Parenting in the Screen Age” with Janell Burley Hofmann at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center
12 ACT at BBA at 7:45 am – 1:45 pm in the cafeteria
14 – 18 Spring Break
28 Healthy Choices Week
28 Mountain Campus Camping Trip
From the Headmaster
“What are you doing about the drug problem at Burr and Burton?”
This is a question I have been asked with increasing frequency since Governor Shumlin made headlines with a speech focused on heroin and The New York Times has printed stories about our neighboring towns of Bennington and Rutland.
As an educational institution, we provide information and guidance to our students to help them make healthy and safe decisions. Through our wellness program, advisory system, assemblies, health center, sports program, and performIng arts, we offer vital information about the impact of drinking and illicit drugs on brain development, health and safety, and we actively encourage students to look out for each other. We are active supporters of the Refuse-to-Use program – we host RTU events, and many teachers serve as RTU representatives. Our athletes and performing artists must commit to remain substance free at all times that they are participating in their chosen activity. Most recently, in the past two months, we have also instituted a series of parent roundtable discussions featuring professionals in law enforcement, mental health and addiction treatment, and digital citizenship.
Regarding enforcement, in situations where we suspect a student is impaired while in school, we invoke our right to search backpacks, lockers, and vehicles. We use breathalyzers at school dances as a preventative measure, and we use breathalyzers as a diagnostic measure when we suspect someone has been drinking. The consequences for being under the influence are serious: a five day suspension with mandatory counseling and coursework for a first offense, with possible expulsion if a second offense occurs any time in the remaining years that a student is at BBA. Every year since I have been here, we have expelled at least one student for use of illicit substances.
All that said, we also know the following:
The vast majority of use takes place outside of school. In fact, if you walk around this school on any given day, you will see students who are clear-headed and highly engaged in the life of the school. This is NOT a drug school.
Use of alcohol and drugs increases substantially once students reach 11th grade. Why? One major factor is that by 11th grade, most students are able to drive and therefore have the independence to go where the so-called action is, unsupervised by their parents.
Students are in school for roughly 31 hours out of the 168 hours in a week. The remaining 72% of the time, they are outside of our jurisdiction unless they are participating in extracurricular activities.
Some things you can do that have come out of our recent roundtable discussions:
Talk to your kids. Talk about situations, talk about politics, talk about sports, talk about school, and talk about how to use good judgment in challenging situations. Talk about how to be safe. Talk about your philosophy regarding drugs and alcohol, and demonstrate that drugs and alcohol are a topic worthy of discussion.
If your son or daughter is using the family car or getting in the car with a teenage driver, make sure that privilege comes with the responsibility to be substance free behind the wheel. As we know all too well, the consequences of being impaired while driving can be catastrophic.
If you consume alcohol, role model responsible use.
Talk to other parents. Our next parent roundtable discussion is coming up on April 9 at 6:30 PM. The focus will be on parenting in the screen age, but it will give you ideas for creating dialogue with your kids on all topics – and, as previously mentioned, talking is good.
I am quite proud of this school, the quality of our faculty, the purposefulness of our students, and our connection with so many families. As a school, we cannot fight the battle against drugs and alcohol by ourselves: each family must be as serious as we are about keeping teenagers substance free.
Please do everything within your power to protect your children.
From the Assistant Headmaster
Dear BBA families,
A couple weeks ago I led a workshop on Finding Your Voice for The Bulldog Leadership Summit.
My one-hour workshop was the highlight of my week. At 7 am 37 students actively participated in reflective activities designed to help them discover their authentic selves — to close the gap between who they say they are and who they actually are. I found the student work insightful and inspiring.
One activity required students to choose 2 questions from a list of 10 and then write a response on an index card. Students then moved into small groups and placed all the cards into the center of a circle. Each student took a turn choosing a card, reading the question and response, and then the group attempted to guess who wrote the response. Below you will find a sampling of their answers.
What gives you hope?
Seeing others achieve, seeing miracles happen, and seeing people beat odds — all give me hope.
Hope is everywhere, the sun coming up, making a friend laugh so hard they can’t speak, making a person having a bad day smile — that’s what gives me hope. Hope that I, too, can be a better person.
It gives me hope to see students and young children who are much worse off than me persevere.
What makes you cry?
Having too much stress on myself — school, sports and family stress. I fear that I cannot live up to my siblings’ standards.
Seeing my grandparent’s struggle.
What change would you like to see in the world?
I would like to see people, when presented with opposing viewpoints on an issue, respectfully recognize each person’s opinion for what it is before immediately disagreeing. I’m not saying everyone has to agree on everything, just that people are respectful of other voices.
I would like to see the end of discrimination of all kinds.
I would like to see people with gifts use their gifts to help more people than just themselves.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, I went from wanting to be a doctor to a ballerina, to an airplane pilot and more. It interests me because even now, I fluctuate between different professions. I can reflect on this and know that I guess I’m still trying to find myself — like I was when I was little!
When I was a child, I wanted to be a teacher. I’m happy that there was no pressure from my parents to go into a career that makes more money.
What have you mastered?
I make a mean grilled cheese. Comfort food, as a whole, is my stronger genre. Golden brown on both sides, a nice melt, good stuff.
I believe I have mastered spinning a basketball on my finger. I have practiced for many hours…aka…MASTERY!
What angers you?
It angers me when people think they know me better than I know myself. Sometimes people assume things that are not true or make decisions for you that you may not like.
Impolite people — people with no manners.
People who don’t know how to drive through the roundabouts really anger me.
When people blatantly lie about little things. Then nobody believes anything they say and it makes them just look plain stupid.
If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?
I would spend it with my family, surrounded by nature and beauty.
I would make good music without any artistic obligations — to anyone or anything.
I would spend the day trying to be as kind to everyone as I possibly could. I would try to touch everyone’s lives in some small way — for the better.
The students’ insight, compassion, honesty and humor filled me with hope for the leaders of our future. Not to mention, I was comforted by the simplicity and elegance of a “mean” grilled cheese.
The Leadership Summit, continues throughout the spring. Students should watch for emails from Mr. Miceli for details on upcoming sessions.
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.
April begins with the end of the marking period that is!
Then at the end of the week it’s mid term exams (3rd & 4th).
The Parent Round Table is on the 9th at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. It’s titled “Smart Practices in the Digtal Age” who can’t relate to that?
On the 12th is the ACT at BBA and then vacation week from the 14th- 18th.
Yay! Spring break!!
That’s it for April, see you next month.
Parent Association President
From the Advancement Office
ONLINE AUCTION LAUNCHES APRIL 1st (no kidding)!
As a kickoff to the spring fundraising gala, Passport to the World, our ONLINE AUCTION starts Monday, April 1 and runs through midnight, April 30. We have lots of great items, featuring many useful services and fun things to do with the family! Here’s a small sampling:
- Four hours of window washing
- A spring tire changeover (yes, spring is coming)
- An overnight stay in Lake George with a cruise on the lake
- A parking place in the faculty/staff lot for some lucky student
- An Italian dinner for 8 – 10 people delivered to your door!
- Six front row seats at graduation (Grandparents and parents of seniors take note)
- Hanging baskets
- Chimney sweeping services (great item after burning so much wood this winter)
- Trail passes to the Viking Nordic Center next winter
- Oil change
- Lift tickets to Mt. Snow for the 2014 – 2015 season
- Dining packages
- Gift certificates galore – manicures, pedicures, rock climbing, etc.
- Gift baskets
- Two nights boarding for your pet
- Flying lessons
- Three apples trees delivered and planted
We have over a hundred items for you to look through thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends. So we encourage you to register, browse and bid – help support this important fundraiser for Burr and Burton!
Here’s the link – try it! http://benefitevents.com/auctions/burrandburton
And please encourage your friends and family to join in the fun. Share the link with anyone. The entire list of ONLINE AUCTION items has a broad appeal!
Invitations for the gala event at Hildene on May 23, 2014, will be mailed out in late April. Hope you’ve put the date on your calendar.
Still Time to Make a Gift to the Annual Fund
We count on our parents to help support the needs of the school – if you haven’t yet made a gift, please consider a gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more. It’s not the amount but the participation that’s important. Burr and Burton Academy isn’t the beneficiary of your gift, YOUR student is! Make an investment in your student’s future, today.
For those of you who have already made a gift, it was great to see so many parents at the Thank you Party at Seasons Restaurant on Wednesday night, March 26th. We were able to say a personal thank you to all who attended. For those of you who couldn’t make it, we are deeply appreciative of your support and we thank you again for your gift to support the Annual Fund. Thanks for your continuing support!
Director of Advancement
From the Creative Arts Department
“Art From the Schools” at the Southern Vermont Arts Center – Yester House Galleries until April 10. 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.
Members of the Burr and Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble will perform the world premier of Christopher Tin’s new work, The Drop that Contained the Sea, at Carnegie Hall on April 13, 2014 presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York and conducted by their Artistic Director Jonanthon Griffith. This sequel work to Tin’s two-time Grammy winning album Calling All Dawns is another classical world music fusion song cycle in multiple languages based on ancient texts about water. Our singers will be joined by choirs from around the world, a professional orchestra, guest soloists and the composer Thursday April 10 – Monday April 14 to experience this monumental performance.
Members of the Vocal Music Ensemble will represent Burr and Burton Academy in a collaborative performance featuring Vermont’s professional vocal ensemble, Counterpoint, Friday April 25, 2014 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church in Manchester, VT.
Creative Arts Department Spring Exposition
The Creative Arts department brings the spring showcase to campus this year in an all new format! Come walk though a unique Arts Installation where you can experience the sites and sounds of creative works produced by Burr and Burton Painters, Photographers, Musicians, Sculptors, Dancers, Cinematographers, Actors and more! Gallery showings, live performances and multimedia presentations are sure to entertain as the audience moves from one zone to the next. There will be two showtimes, 6 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday May 31. Tickets will be available at bbatickets.com.
Hosting an International Student
Every year BBA brings 55 to 60 students from different countries to spend a semester, a year or multiple years living the BBA and American experience. They live with a host family or at the dorm facilities. We invite you to become a host family. By hosting an international student you will not only share the American culture with someone from another country, you will also influence their views about the USA, break stereotypes, promote peace and world understanding and help a student fulfill his/her dreams to have an American education.
These international youth ambassadors are the next generation of the world leaders who along with their American counter-parts will shape our future. Hosting an international student is a vitally important role that only you as an American citizen can play.
I invite you to open your home and community to this unique and life changing opportunity and to help the international program to bring to BBA much needed cultural diversity, foreign languages, foods and other talents.
From the Academic Dean
Dual Enrollment Opportunities 2014-2015
Thanks to the recent passing of the Flexible Pathways Legislation, high school juniors and seniors in the state of Vermont are eligible to take two college courses (with participating Vermont colleges) prior to high school graduation. The state covers the cost of the courses through a voucher system. In other words, Vermont high school students can take two college courses for free. It’s a tremendous opportunity to experience college courses and to earn college credit, without paying any tuition.
Most dual enrollment courses are offered on college campuses or are available as online courses. BBA is pleased to announce that we are offering two dual enrollment courses on the BBA campus next year. These courses are open to any interested junior or senior with a 3.0 gpa and will run during the school day, as part of our block schedule. In the fall, eligible students can take Conflict Resolution, a Bennington College course taught by Rabbi Michael Cohen, and/or in the spring, they can opt for Environmental Ethics, a Green Mountain College course taught by professor Joe Markowski. Each course is free of charge; students receive 3 college credits and 1 BBA elective credit. Full course descriptions can be found on the BBA website, under “Academics” in the Course of Study publication.
Interested students should speak with their School and College Counselor as soon as possible to insure a spot in either course. Feel free to contact Jen Hyatt, Academic Dean, for more information.
From the Dean of Students
For those of you who attended open house in February, you are aware that Mr. Tashjian talked openly about the school. While the majority of his comments were positive, a few topics were eye opening. I feel obligated to share with you another trend here at school.
Vape pens have slowly made their way on campus. In short, a Vape pen is the next generation of an electronic cigarette. Vape pens can burn a variety of oils such as glycerin, nicotine, and THC (marijuana). What makes Vape pens dangerous is that the marijuana oils sold are usually not controlled, they may contain toxins, and the THC oils are extremely powerful.
Vape pens are virtually silent, and the vapor produced from them is odorless. Thus, it is possible for a student to use a vape pen in a class without the teacher being aware. After educating ourselves, the Dean’s office informed the faculty about vape pens in our March faculty meeting. Teachers are now aware of them and know what to look for.
Due to the dangers that they present and the fact that we do not have the ability to distinguish between glycerin oil and THC oil, a student found in possession of a Vape pen or oil concentrates will be in violation of our Alcohol and Other Drug policy. The penalty includes a five-day suspension from school (3 external / 2 internal), a mandatory meeting with a counselor in the Health Center, the completion of an on-line education course, and a social suspension from all co-curricular activities for three months. Additionally, there is an athletic penalty if you are an in-season athlete.
Please contact me or Mr. Herrington if you have any questions about this new policy change. I have attached two links for you to review so that as parents you have an idea of what to look for as well.
Co-Dean of Students
College and Career Information
Mock Interviews for Juniors
BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place Wednesday, April 9 from 1 – 3:30 pm. Juniors will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills while meeting one-on-one with visiting college admission counselors. Students will receive direct feedback from the admission professionals. Interested juniors should see Lynne Welsh to sign up. Space is limited.
College Planning To-Do List for Juniors
The School and College Counselors have been meeting with juniors for the past two months. Please ask your student to check out their college list on Naviance: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.
- Sign up for SAT or ACT (see below)
- Research colleges — read guidebooks and viewbooks, explore college websites
- Make college visits (during April break or take an excused absence on another day).
- Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and share your impressions with us. Update your resume.
- Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again.
- Attend relevant programs like the Burr and Burton Spring College Night on Thursday, May 8.
- Update your Naviance Resume
- Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.
SAT and ACT Tests:
College-bound juniors should register online to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. Income eligible students should request a fee waiver from their counselor. Please be aware that the June testing dates may conflict with post-season athletic contests. No standardized tests are available during the summer months.
To register for SAT and SAT Subject tests, students create an account at www.collegeboard.org. Please note that only students who plan to apply to a handful of the most selective colleges need to consider taking SAT Subject Tests.
SAT Test dates: Saturday, May 3 (April 4 registration deadline) at BBA
Saturday, June 7 (May 9 registration deadline) at other locations
SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests offered both dates
To register for the ACT go to www.actstudent.org. The ACT is a good alternative to the SAT; colleges accept either test and some colleges accept the ACT in lieu of SAT subject tests. When registering, be sure to sign up for the ACT with Writing option.
ACT Test Dates: Saturday, April 12 (standby registration until April 4) at BBA
Saturday, June 14 (May 9 registration deadline) at other locations
Castleton State College will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 9, from 9-11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents.
South Burlington High School will host a “Consider Canada” college fair on Thursday, April 10 from 7-9 pm. Fifteen Canadian colleges will be on hand to meet with families. See your counselor for more information.
BBA Spring College Night: Save the Date
On Thursday,May 8 BBA will present the annual Spring College Night from 6:30 to 9 pm in the Riley Center. The evening will include a panel presentation on the college admission process given by admission officers followed by a variety of topical workshops. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Dual Enrollment Information
The Community College of Vermont invites students and parents to discuss Dual Enrollment Options on Thursday April 10 from 3-4:40 pm or Wednesday April 23 from 5-6pm at their Bennington site. Call CCV at 447-236 to register for a session.
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 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.
Career Development Center
Students interested in programs at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center in Bennington should meet with their counselor to arrange a visit and complete the application process. For information about the CDC programs, visit www.svcdc.org.
Graduation Information for Senior Families
Be on the lookout for information and key dates related to commencement and other year-end activities and events. The mailing should arrive at the end of April and information will also be posted on the BBA website.
Senior College Notifications
May 1 is the National Candidates’ Reply Date. Seniors should be sure to send in their deposit to the ONE college of their choice by May 1 in order to hold their place. Families who have not received financial aid packages may want to request an extension for the deposit but all students should communicate with their college by May 1. At the same time, seniors should notify other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere.
Financial Aid Packages
Families of seniors who are receiving financial aid award letters may find the different presentations to be confusing. Use the Award Letter Comparison Tool available on the Pay for College page at www.vsac.org to better understand what different colleges are offering. The friendly folks at VSAC are available to answer questions about loans and other parts of the financial aid process; feel free to contact them at 1-800-642-3177.
Updated Scholarship List
Forms for all of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office and on Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. New scholarships arrive weekly so students should always check Naviance and SCC Office.
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
APPLICATIONS ONLINE: http://www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships
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: www.legionvthq.com
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
Garden Club of Manchester Scholarship
Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education in fields related to horticulture, landscape design, and environmental studies and other similar studies.
Award: $1,000 Deadline: April 7
Rotary Club of Manchester – Award for Excellence
Eligibility: High School senior planning to enroll in college. Based on (in order of importance) character, community service, effort, personal potential, financial need and past academic performance.
Award: $1,000 per year/max of $4,000; Deadline: April 9
Fr. Clancy Knights of Columbus Council 6816 Award (Manchester)
Eligibility: a student in the graduating class of 2014. Applicants must apply and be accepted to a trade or technical school and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants agree to participate in a personal interview. During this interview they should be able to discuss their high school academic experiences, career goals and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.
Award: $1,000; Deadline April 9
Ted Lenczowski Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: must be a member of Christ our Saviour Parish in Manchester, planning to attend college in Sept. 2014. Interview required at which student will be expected to discuss academic experiences, career goals and participation in parish school and community activities.
Award $1,000; Deadline April 9
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 9
Note: This is a lengthy application requiring three years of tax records. Don’t wait until the last minute complete this one!
Manchester Masons of VT Scholarship
Eligibility: senior planning to enroll in college who lives in Manchester, Dorset, Sunderland or has Masonic affiliation through a parent or grandparent ; award based on leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities and financial need.
Award: $500.00; Deadline: April 9
Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: April 9
Sons of the American Legion Dennis Comai Scholarship
Eligibility: any student planning to attend trade school or technical college with a grandparent or parent, or step-grandparent or step-parent, who is a member of the American Legion Family.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: April 15 (This date falls during vacation. Students must request BBA documents and bring application to Mrs. Welsh by April 9th!)
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 (This date falls during vacation. Students must request BBA documents and bring application to Mrs. Welsh by April 9th!)
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 http://www.vtga.org/scholarship_app.html
Bill Muench Basketball Camp Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior who participated in or worked as a counselor at Bill Muench’s Basketball Camp. Recognizes attitude, academic achievement and effort, involvement in sports, community or other extra-curricular activity)
Award: not specified; Deadline: May 1
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 www.phillips-scholarship.org.
Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care
Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 6
Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student intending to pursue a career related to golf and/or agronomy as related to golf. (Agronomy encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology and soil science.)
Award: not specified; Deadline: June 1
The School and College Counseling Office contacts:
Andrea Hogan, 549-8145; firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Michaud, 549-8130; email@example.com
Cristin Rose, 549-8126; firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Bittinger, 549-8126; email@example.com
From The Yearbook Desk
From the Library
There are many book lists to help one choose what to read next. The titles listed below are from a list that promises these 29 books “Will Actually Change Your Life.” All 29 titles are a part of the BBA Library collection and available to borrow.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut; Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; In Cold Blood by Truman Capote; Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison; The Giver by Lois Lowry; Beloved by Toni Morrison; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby; One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon; Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk; Push by Sapphire; White Oleander by Janet Fitch; Life of Pi by Yann Martel; Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides; Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer; A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking; The Train by Georges Simenon; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris; World War Z by Max Brooks; Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver; The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron; Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; It by Stephen King; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky; Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion; Never Let Me Go by Kazu Ishiguro.
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store
Vermont Country Properties/
Sotheby’s Int’l Realty &
High Honors List
Equinox Hotel and Resort
Finn and Stone Insurance
Spiral Press Cafe
The Perfect Wife
W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc.
Casella Waste Management
Mettowee Mill Nursery, Inc.
The Bank of Bennington
The Richards Group
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Dublois and Associates
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC
JK Adams / The Kitchen Store
JOY – all things underthing
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
People’s United Bank
Black Diamond Tree Service, Inc.
Cole Engineering and Construction
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping