Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 2014


3  Prom: 8 pm – 11 pm
3  SAT at BBA: 7:45 am – 1:45 pm in the cafeteria
8  Spring College Night for Sophomores, Juniors and their Parents
8  in the Riley Center: 7 pm – 9:30 pm
8 – 10 All State Music Festival – St. Johnsbury Academy
13 – 17  Spring Musical – Riley Center: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
15  Sophomore Service Day
15 – 16  NECAP Testing
23  Parent Association Spring Gala – Hildene: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
26  Memorial Day – School Closed
28  Mountain Campus Final Presentations –
28  Mountain Campus: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
29  Mountain Campus Final Overnight
30  Senior Day
30  Awards Assembly and Yearbook Dedication: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
31  Creative Arts Expo – Riley Center and Gymnasium: 6 pm – 8 pm

FootballFrom the Headmaster

Dear Families:

With the prom around the corner and commencement on the horizon, I share with you excerpts from a very interesting article in the New York Times: Friends Can Be Dangerous, by Lawrence Steinberg April 25, 2014.

The article demonstrates a psychological and physiological basis for the increased risk associated with teenage group behaviors around drinking and driving. Here are some excerpts:

we randomly assigned subjects to play a video driving game, either alone or with two same-age friends watching them. The mere presence of peers made teenagers take more risks and crash more often, but no such effect was observed among adults….

…Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicate that many more juvenile crimes than adult crimes are committed in groups. And driving statistics conclusively show that having same-age passengers in the car substantially increases the risk of a teen driver’s crashing but has no similar impact when an adult is behind the wheel….

The article continues, furthering the link between group behavior and dangerous decision-making.

…Perhaps the most intriguing of our studies of peer influences on adolescent behavior is one that we published earlier this year in Developmental Science. In this paper we replicated our earlier studies, but this time using mice rather than humans. We created “peer groups” of mice by raising them in triads composed of animals from three different litters. We then tested whether, if given unfettered access to alcohol, they would drink more when they were with their peers than when they were alone. Mice tested when they were fully grown drank equally in both contexts. But adolescent mice — tested shortly after puberty — drank significantly more in the presence of their peers than when they were by themselves.

Now, I will admit there is something amusing about the image of groups of adolescent mice crowding around a little beer keg, but the implications are quite serious.  In the coming weeks, our students will have many opportunities to be together, to celebrate together, to drive together. My hope is that by increasing everyone’s awareness of the natural tendency to make risky decisions when in groups, your sons and daughters will have all the fun that comes with great friendships while taking steps to be safe.


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Mark Tashjian

From the Parent Association

The Burr and Burton Parent Association endeavors to foster partnership between families, school, and the community through communication, education, social and fundraising activities and advocacy.

May starts with the SAT at BBA this Saturday, May 3rd.
Also on May 3rd is the Junior Prom from 8 – 11 pm
AP exams run from the 5th – 14th.
The spring musical is running from the 13th – 17th.
The parent fundraising event, Passport to the World, is on the 23rd.
Memorial Day is May 26th – No school!
The 30th is a full day, with the awards assembly and yearbook dedication and it’s senior day!
The creative arts expo is at 6 pm that night.

2014-2015 School Calendar is here.

Only June left!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President

From the Advancement Office

Where did the month of April go? Seems like just yesterday the students were off for Spring Break!

May is a very busy month here in the Advancement Office with all of our energy focused on this year’s gala, Passport to the World. First things first, the Online Auction ended at midnight, April 30th and was highly successful. At our late evening check-in, our numbers were looking very good at $12,006! We’d like to extend our thanks to the Online Auction Committee who put a lot of time and effort in to gathering a terrific selection of items for the auction, and to those parents who donated a service or item. If you missed it, well there is always next year.

Layout 1Next up – the gala, scheduled for the evening of May 23 at Hildene. Invitations went out at the end of April and we’re getting a terrific response fully expecting to sell out again this year. So please respond quickly if you want to attend. We have a great list of Live Auction items lined up, Chef Amy Chamberlain will be providing a delicious, international menu, and the Don’t Leave Band will be revved up to provide gala goers with some lively dancing music after the auction.

If you are unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts we hope you will consider supporting the gala by sponsoring a faculty member to attend. It’s a thoughtful way to say thank you to our faculty who are so dedicated to this school and your student!

With the start of May, we also end the Parent Challenge for the Annual Fund Campaign. We will wait until the final results are in from the Online Auction to be sure to count any parents who purchased items before we declare a winning class (which we will announce on May 5), but our most recent tally on parent participation is as follows:

Class 2013 – 2014 2012 – 2013
Class of 2014 23.5% 31.9%
Class of 2015 27.04% 28.6%
Class of 2016 28.66% 29.8%
Class of 2017 20.99% N/A
Overall Parent Participation 25.1% 29.5%

The winning class will have a pizza and ice cream party in late May!

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you again for all of you who supported the annual fund over the past year. While the Parent Challenge has ended, we still have two months until the end of the year which means you still have time to get your name in the Annual Appreciation Report for 2013 – 2014. Just make your gift by June 30, 2014.

One last item to share with you – the chance to Celebrate Your Graduate! If you are parents of a senior, you know that graduating from Burr and Burton is a real accomplishment and an important step in your student’s life. Celebrate your graduate and create a lasting legacy with a special endowment gift to Burr and Burton. Your gift will ensure future Burr and Burton students continue to enjoy a wide range of educational opportunities and will continue to interact with talented, dedicated and caring teachers, staff and coaches that are hallmarks of this institution. A letter was sent to all parents and grandparents of seniors in late April with more details. Thank you and congratulations to your graduate!

Hope to see you at the gala! Please see the list of 2014 Gala sponsors at the end of this month’s Bullhorn below.

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


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Signs of spring are everywhere – at last!  The snow has finally melted, the spring migrants are back, and the amphibians are cavorting in the vernal pools again.  Although this isn’t our sole focus of study, you can’t help but be excited about all the hope and potential for new life and learning.

In the spirit of new beginnings, we are excited to have selected and welcome our fall semester class for 2014-15.  Each year the student interest in attending the Mountain Campus grows and our selection process gets more interesting and challenging.  It is hard to say “sorry, we’re full” to some of the great students who have applied but, like our growing college matriculation list, it’s a sign that we, and BBA as a whole, is doing something really right.

As you may have heard, we focussed our spring “admissions season” on filling the fall class, waiting to complete the selections for the spring semester to the fall of next year.  If you are interested in learning more about opportunities for your son or daughter for next spring, please email Paul Kelly ( or call us at the Mountain Campus: 824-4846.  We have also updated our website with information about our curriculum, the admissions process and links to images, video and our student blog:

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director

Mountain Campus blog:

From the Creative Arts Department

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Burr and Burton Academy presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Department will present the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, May 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. 

Happiness is getting another chance to become young again as we follow Charlie Brown (Owen Barclay) Lucy (Bailey Ring), Schroeder, (Eric Owens) Snoopy (Anna Foster), Sally ( Christie Duke) and Linus (Zach Gordon).  Together with an ensemble of singing and dancing peanuts, this show is full of high energy song and dance numbers, complimented by hilarious comic scenes which are sure to be a hit with adults, teens and children alike.

Based upon the Charles Schulz’s incredibly popular and long running comic strip Peanuts, this family friendly, 90 minute show is a delight for all ages.  Join us as we see if Charlie Brown can successfully win a baseball game, fly a kite or speak to the little red haired girl.

Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18 and $12 for the general public. Please order tickets online at: Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. Box office opens one hour prior to show time.

Spring Exposition
The Creative Arts department brings the spring exposition to campus this year in an all new format! Come walk through a unique Arts Installation where you can experience the sites and sounds of the most 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

Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance to the Vermont All State Music Festival May 7-10 at St. Johnsbury Academy; 

Simon Aborn
Elsa Bean
Mikayla Schaffer
Gabrielle Vella
Ramsay Eyre
Jazz Band
Kate Mori


From the Health Center 

Meet the Health Center Team!

Ask an Expert

We are introducing a new Bullhorn Section “Ask An Expert” where you have the opportunity to submit questions to our health center team.  We will pull one or more questions each month and answer them in the next Bullhorn. Questions can range from simple to complex and cover a variety of topics: substance use/abuse, nutrition, immunizations, sleep, stress and parenting questions – to name a few.

These questions will be directly sent to Sandy Birch and be shared monthly with our health team.

Ask your question here.

We will not address any school policy related questions – these should be directed to the Dean’s Office or Meg Kenny.


From the Athletic Department

Health Insurance Update: As of April 1, 2014, your insurance policy numbers may have changed.  If this is the case, please provide your son or daughter’s coach with the updated number and the school’s athletic trainer Allisa Miller at  If you have any questions regarding whether or not a change has occurred, please contact your provider.


College and Career Information

May 8 Spring College Night, 7 pm

Attention Sophomores, Juniors and Parents! Don’t miss an important evening of information about the college admission process. Admission representatives from Alfred University, Tufts University, the University of Vermont will be here on Thursday, May 8, to share their professional wisdom and answer your questions. The program will start with a panel discussion at 7 pm (please note this slight time change) in the Riley Center. Following the panel, the college presenters will run workshop sessions on these topics: All You Need to Know to Get Started on the College Search, Essays that Work / Essays that Wow, and The Application Review: What’s Factored and What’s Favored.

Reminder: To-Do List for Juniors

Counselors have met with juniors to discuss their senior year and post-graduate plans. As a follow up we suggest these activities:

  • Research colleges and careers.
  • Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and career opportunities. Share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again.
  • Update your Naviance Resume.
  • Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.

Standardized Testing Registration

Juniors should have already taken or signed up to take the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT with writing at some point this spring. If necessary, juniors may still register for the June administration of these tests. The deadline for the June 7 SAT Reasoning or Subject tests isMay 9 and for the ACT June 14 testing the deadline is also May 9. The next testing opportunity for the ACT is in September and for the SAT is in October. Information is available at and

Junior Papers

Juniors should save copies of their current best papers. Sometimes colleges request that students provide graded writing samples in addition to their applications and essays, so it’s wise to be prepared.

Visit, Visit, Visit

Juniors should make plans to visit some college campuses in the upcoming months. College visits are legitimate absences for juniors but they need to let their counselor and their teachers know their visit plans in advance. Students are responsible for all work they miss. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance in setting up tours, information sessions, and interviews.

Advanced Placement Exams

This year’s AP exams run from May 5 – May 15. Please note that all Advanced Placement students taking morning exams will be released from school at the conclusion of the exam. Students taking exams that begin at noon are expected to attend the first two morning classes, but are released at 11 am in order to have lunch and prepare.

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 in the class. 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. Atthe same time, seniors should notify other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere.

Please note that it is unethical for students to send in a deposit to more than one college. Burr and Burton counselors are also bound by professional ethics and can send a student’s final high school transcript to only one college. Don’t forget to let us know where you will be heading next year.

2014 Graduation Countdown

Check your mailboxes for Burr and Burton’s Senior Events and Commencement Information booklet. It contains everything families need to know to prepare for the big event on Friday, June 13, at 5:30 pm.

For important information about Graduation 2014 and key senior events leading up to that important day see the 2014 Commencement Information Brochure online: Page 1 and Page 2.

Attention Male Seniors

Don’t forget to register for the U.S. Selective Service at when you turn 18 years old. Neglecting to register can prevent you from receiving college financial aid.

2014-15 Schedules

Underclass students will have received their tentative schedules for next year in the next several weeks. Please contact your student’s School and College Counselor if you have any questions. We are still making changes as space permits. Teacher assignments are still pending; students will learn that information when they receive a finalized schedule in early August.

Updated Scholarship List

Forms for all of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office and on Naviance at:

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 1stApplication online only at

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.

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship

Eligibility: must be planning to major or double major in studio art.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1.

BBA Booster Club Athletic Award

Eligibility: outstanding accomplishments and participation in the area of athletics. 100-word essay required. Awarded to one male and one female athlete. Award: $500 each; Deadline: May 1.

BBA Teachers’ Association Scholarship

Eligibility: Seniors, based on personal integrity and commitment to learning. Brief essay required.
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 1. Application online

Dorset Sportsman’s Club Scholarship

Eligibility: graduating seniors (one male, one female) who live in Dorset and have been accepted into a school for post-secondary education including 2- and 4-year colleges, technical and vocational schools. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement, etc. Award: $2,000; Deadline: May 8.

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 16.

Scott Thomas Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Eligibility: High school senior planning to attend an accredited Trade School or Vocational/Occupational Institution and in need of financial assistance. Award: up to $1,000; Deadline: May 26.

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 Cooper Kelly Educational Fund

Eligibility: Female senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required. Interest free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee) Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.

Olin Scott Fund, Inc.

Eligibility: Male students only. 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at University or College, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Andrea Hogan, 549-8145;

Melissa Michaud, 549-8130;

Cristin Rose, 549-8126;

Maria Bittinger, 549-8126;

From the Yearbook Desk

Yearbooks are still available for purchase.
Reserve yours at (online prices are $55) or, get your checks (made out to BBA Yearbook with students name on check) to Mr. Vincent.
Book prices are; $50 for seniors or $55 for all other students.
Less than 200 books available!
Any questions please contact Mr. Vincent at

From the Library

This is the tenth year of the Green Mountain Book Award, a reader’s choice award for students in grades 9-12. Co-sponsored by the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont School Library Association, this program is designed to introduce to high school students some excellent books for their pleasure reading.

Here are the 2014-2015 titles and all are available in our Library:








Levithan – EVERY DAY


McNeil – TEN






Yancey – THE 5TH WAVE

Library website:

Library Hours:

Monday – Thurs       7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday                          7:00 am – 1:00 pm


Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmaster’s List

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

High Honors List

Equinox Hotel and Resort
Finn and Stone Insurance
Spiral Press Cafe
The Perfect Wife
W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. 

Honors List

Casella Waste Management
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 
Goepel Construction 
TD Bank

2014 Gala Sponsors

First Class Sponsors

Gala sponsors

Voyageur Sponsors

Northshire Bookstore
The Vermont Country Store

Adventurer Sponsors

Atlantic Projects Company
Doveberry Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Manchester Capital Management
Merrill Lynch
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
Sugarhouse Builders
Vermont Store Fixtures
Works Bakery Cafe

Trekker Sponsors

A Safe Place Self Storage
Arcadia Arts
Battenkill Communications
Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT
Cole Engineering and Construction
Decorative Interiors
Flying Cow Signs
Gianotti’s Mountain Auto & Truck
GSK Climate Control
Haskins Gas Service
Steven Holman and Georgine MacGarvey-Holman
Joseph J. Blair Tree Care
Long Ago & Far Away
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
The Counsell Family
Valley View Saloon


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