Monthly Archives: August 2014

August 2014


10 Football Meeting for Parents and Athletes – Cafeteria: 5 pm – 6 pm
11  Football Practice Begins
13  Mandatory Fall Sports Meeting – Gym: 6 pm – 7 pm
14  Fall Sports Practices Begin
18  Extracurricular Theater, Dance & Film Meeting – Riley Center: 6 pm – 9 pm
19  Senior College Admission Seminar – Riley Center: 10 am – 1 pm
19  Fall Play and Film Auditions – Riley Center: 1 pm – 4 pm
20  Senior College Application Workshop – Library: 10 am – 12 noon
21  Senior College Application Workshop – Library: 10 am – 12 noon
21  Fall Play & Film Callbacks & Final Callbacks – Riley Center: 1 pm – 4 pm
22 Transfer Student Orientation – Library: 10 am – 12 noon
23  Freshmen Mentor Retreat
24  Freshmen Mentor Retreat
25  New International Student Orientation: 9 am – 3 pm
25  Mountain Campus Family Meeting – Student Lounge/Rowland: 6 pm – 7 pm
26  New International Student Orientation: 9 am – 3 pm
27  Freshmen Orientation – Riley Center: 7:50 am  – 2:30 pm
27  Junior Jumpstart – Advisories: 7:50 am  – 12:30 pm
27  New and Returning International Students Orientation: 8:30 am  – 3 pm
27  Reception (“Meet & Greet”) for New International Students – Cafeteria:
27  2:30 pm – 3 pm
27  Freshman Class Potluck – Cafeteria: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
27  Freshmen/New Parent Orientation – Riley Center: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
28  School Opens – Early Dismissal


From the Headmaster

Dear Families: 

It is time to gear up for the 2014-2015 school year. Burr and Burton Academy is a magical place. We work throughout the year and into the summer to provide opportunities for students to grow, challenge themselves, think about their future, and take meaningful steps towards a productive and satisfying life.

We seek to provide outstanding facilities and programs and technology. We attract and retain the absolute best teachers we can find. The culture of the school is one that supports learning and exploration and respects individual interests and differences. We fight hard to keep drugs and alcohol out of our school, and we fight hard to bring out the best in each student.

Whether you are a newcomer to the BBA family or a multigenerational alum now sending your children to this school, I hope you share the excitement and optimism that comes with the start of each school year, and I hope that we live up to your very high expectations.

Although I love summertime, I can’t wait to get started!


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Mark Tashjian



From the Parent Association

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

As unbelievable as it seems, it is time to start thinking about getting back into the school schedule again. We are looking forward to another great year at Burr and Burton with lots of activities for our students and their parents/families. School officially begins on August 28 with a half day of classes, but orientations for the Mountain Campus, International Students, Freshmen and Junior Jumpstart start on Monday, August 25 so be sure to check the full calendar on the Burr and Burton website to see what applies to your family and when it is scheduled. Fall sport’s meetings also start with Football on August 10 and all other fall sports on the 13th so mark your calendars. Theater, Dance and Film meetings are the 18th and 19th also so check which ones are pertinent for your student’s interest. The Parent Association is gearing up for the Freshmen Potluck Dinner on the 27th at 5:30 pm just before the Freshmen Parent Orientation Program and we hope to have a big turnout.

Relax now and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


Summer Mailing

Attention Parents!

Burr and Burton Academy is now paperless!  You should have received this announcement already because our Registrar’s Office has your email address in our student information system.  ALL future communication, including the Summer Mailing (course schedules, school calendar, demographic verification, athletics, college workshops, etc.) and future report cards will be sent electronically.

Expect another important email from the Registrar’s Office by August 8th, and please check your email account frequently in coming weeks.  Your child(ren) will also receive important information via their school email account, so remind them to check their email as well.  If your child is new to BBA (freshman or transfer), you will receive instructions in the Summer Mailing explaining how they can activate their new email accounts.  

Very Important:
If your child is planning to play ANY SPORT during ANY SEASON of the upcoming school year they MUST complete the form below immediately! The Fall Sports Meeting is scheduled for August 10 and their coaches are anxious to see their rosters! 

2014-15 Athletics Registration Form 

The form can also be found under the “Athletics” tab at


From the Advancement Office

FootballDear Parents,

With the start of the school year just around the corner, we are already thinking about the coming year and all of the great opportunities that will be available to our new and returning students. We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus at the end of August.

Those opportunities I just referenced are due to the overwhelming and generous support of many of you. We want to thank every parent who contributed to the success of last year, so whether you wrote a check, donated a service, made a gift-in-kind to the Online Auction or Live Auction for the gala, volunteered time in the concession stand, worked on the gala committee, attended the gala, sold ads for the Performing Arts program, sold raffle tickets of any kind, baked cookies or brownies for sale during the school year, or participated in some other way, we want to say a big, heartfelt THANK-YOU! We couldn’t do what we do without your help.

We look forward to the coming school year with great anticipation and excitement and offer a warm welcome to all of our families and students. If you’re new to the school this year, we look forward to your involvement in our school activities, and would ask you to consider working with the Parent Association Advancement Committee or the Annual Gala Fundraising Committee. It’s fun, rewarding work, and a great way to get to know other parents.

Make these last weeks of summer count and we’ll see you in a few short weeks!

Most gratefully,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement

P.S. For parents who are alumni, please note the following:

Alumni Reunion Weekend
Whether you are celebrating a significant reunion or not, we are calling all of our parents, their friends and family who are Burr and Burton alumni to sign up for this year’s reunion on the Hill. Scheduled for homecoming weekend, September 19 – 21, 2014, the event promises to be an action-packed, fun-filled weekend. For a full list of the weekend activities, please visit our website: and click on the brochure link to see the schedule. You can register online, by phone and by mail.

If you have questions, or need more information contact Christine Hoard at or 802-549-8277. All are welcome – you don’t have to be celebrating a significant reunion anniversary to come, have fun and dance the night away. But sign up soon, because interest is high and last year we sold out the dinner on Saturday night at the Equinox. Join us for a blast from the past – we look forward to seeing you!


From Advisory

Dear Parents:

This past year, we decided to pilot a new advisory model centered around a particular service-based interest. Each of these advisories will have a service component and will be a way for students to earn the required community service hours for graduation. Your student may have opted to enroll in one of the options listed below. In some cases, this means their faculty advisor has changed. When your student receives their fall semester schedule, any change will be indicated. Please talk to your student about this new program.

Community Music  Advisory
This advisory will prepare and play music for various service/outreach opportunities supporting key BBA and community events. They will also mentor area elementary school students.

The Local Food Project
This advisory will work to bring locally produced fresh food to the BBA community. Students will design projects that are of interest to them in this area. Current projects include expanding the BBA Food Co-op,  devising food tastings to change lunch options in the cafeteria, and developing the school garden.

BBA Art-It-Up Advisory
This advisory will promote art in all of its forms, and across all of the disciplines, to celebrate the creativity of our community. They will identify potential art spaces, talk with different departments, and bring student work to view– not just visual art in identified gallery spaces, but music, storytelling, video installations, sculpture and murals, sketches and poems, maps, lab results, projects and more–all around campus.

Cultural Exchange Advisory
Students in this advisory will work on projects to raise money for villages in the Zawiya Ahansal Valley in Morocco to better the education, health and community well-being of the region.  We will communicate with the teachers in the schools in English and French (students do not need to know French to join this advisory) to learn what THEY need and want for themselves.

Ecology and Northwoods Wildlife Advisory
This advisory will be hands-on. Students will maintain and develop green spaces on the the new 20 acres for pollution/environmental disturbance. Current projects include researching water quality, exploring the 20 acres and developing a plan for a nature trail. They will also build and service feeders for birds and construct a wildlife viewing blind near the pond on the new BBA property.

Culinary Advisory
Students in this advisory will experiment with recipes, cook meals, and make an advisory e-cookbook with a running record of what they do, including a sharing of recipes, calories, and reviews. They will host meals for different community groups and perhaps offer meals on wheels for students or faculty who need support during hard times.

Understanding Issues Through Film and Fiction
Students will read common novels, watch films and discuss social issues over food. Periodically, students will host movie showings and bring awareness of various issues to the school and community.

Knitting for Charity
This advisory will work with national and local organizations that facilitate distribution of hats, blankets, etc., to those in need. Finished work will be distributed to chemotherapy patients, children in hospitals and daycares, senior citizens, and people currently housed in shelters.

Exercise Partnership with our ACCESS Program
This advisory will partner with our ACCESS students and develop regular exercise routines using our gym and sports fields.


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When the senior class of 2014 was asked “What would you characterize as the single most important or meaningful activity, opportunity or experience (at BBA)?” the overwhelming response from Mountain Campus graduates was their semester on the mountain.  In fact, their voices were so united, their responses skewed the entire dataset and emerged as the most significant experience for the entire senior class.  Pretty impressive considering only 1/4 of the class spent a semester with us in Peru!  The “Wordle” image included here is a visual representation of all Senior-Survey-Wordle-300x166the words the students entered in response to this question.  The more frequently the words occur, the larger and bolder they become in the graphic.  Here are a few quotes from the open response section of the survey: “(The) Mountain Campus was the best academic decision I made in 4 years of high school.”  “Mountain Campus – it allowed me to work for what I believe.”  “My most important activity/opportunity was the Mountain Campus, hands down, it changed high school for me.”

Please visit our website with information about our curriculum, the admissions process and links to images, video and our student blog: Mountain Campus blog:

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director


From the Athletics Department 

bbabulldogIn less than two weeks we will be kicking off another exciting fall athletic season. Below are the important meeting dates and times for the fall season and information about the required paperwork that must be completed before you will be permitted to participate in tryouts. Any student interested in trying out for a fall sport must attend, with an adult, the informational meeting on August 13.

We are excited to welcome Sheila Stawinski as our guest speaker for the fall sports meeting on Wednesday, August 13. Sheila has been the Sport Psychology Consultant at the University of Vermont since 1996 where her focus is on mental skills training and leadership development for individual athletes, teams and coaches and has been the Leadership Director for the captains of varsity sports at South Burlington High school since 2001 and Essex High School since 2006. 


August 10 – Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5 pm in the cafeteria.

August 11 – Football practice begins

August 13 – Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6 pm in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. At the conclusion of the all sports meeting the football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.

August 14 –  Soccer, Field Hockey and X-country tryouts begin.

Returning Burr & Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of practice and all juniors and seniors (this includes transfer students) must attend the varsity tryouts.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas –

Girls’ Soccer: Suzanne Mears –

Boys’ Soccer: Peter Mull –

Field Hockey: Barb Miceli –

Field Hockey: Julie Fifield –

X-Country: Paul Bremel –

All fall athletes must have had a physical exam after October 31, 2012. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the athletic department.

All the forms (wellness exam, sport health questionnaire and rules and regulations) needed to participate in athletics can be downloaded from the schools web site,

Completed forms must be brought to the meetings on August 10 or August 13 or mailed (attn. Kathi Bierwirth) to the school before August 10. 

Proof of insurance is required for participation in athletics. If an athlete needs insurance forms they will be available at the meeting to purchase insurance through the school.

The field hockey program will be selling Burr and Burton Under Armour t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts at the fall sports meeting.

Mark your calendars – Homecoming/Alumni Weekend September 19 & 20. A complete schedule of events will be available in the September Bullhorn.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics Kathi Bierwirth:


Sports-related concussion in high school sports can be serious or even life-threatening situations if not managed correctly. National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon takes you through this course. In this course you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.

Parents and athletes are encouraged to take the free online course:


From the Creative Arts Department

Extracurricular Theater, Dance and Film Meeting

On Monday, August 18 at 6 pm in the Riley Center, there will be an information meeting regarding the extracurricular dance, film and theater 2014-2015 season. If you are interested in The Fall Play (The Odd Couple), Alumni Dance Crew, Actors Young Theater Project, Broadway Workshop, Ballet/Pointe/Variation Classes, The Fall Film Project, The Elf Express, The Actors Symposium, The Spring Musical (Cabaret), Playwriting and Screenwriting, The BBA Dance Company, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Set Design, Set Building, Crew or Stage Management, please attend this meeting. There are so many opportunities for everyone! Join our BBA family! Please sign in and sides (dialogue) will be handed out at this time. We are looking forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, please email

Fall Play The Odd Couple, Fall Film Auditions and Callbacks

On Tuesday, August 19 (open call) at 1 pm and Thursday, August 21 (callbacks) at 1 pm on stage in The Riley Center, there will be acting auditions for the fall play, the fall film and the actors young theater project. If you have any questions, please email

The Summer Rocks at the Riley Center

The Riley Center at Burr and Burton Academy was a buzz this summer with the performing arts. Weekly performances by the Manchester Music Festival, various films presentations from the Green Mountain Film Festival and broadcasts of King Lear and A Small Family Business from National Theater Live, together with the Shakespeare On Main Streets presentation of Othello and the cast of Weston Playhouse’s A Chorus Line kicking it up on the stage, kept the fires of creativity burning bright over the summer months. Thanks to all involved.

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Weston Theater’s Cast of  “A Chorus Line” on the Riley Stage.


Calling all Writers

The Writer’s Forum will begin September 10 at 7 – 8 pm in Mr. Hunter’s room. Also, Between Ranges, the school’s literary magazine will be taking submissions this fall. They can be sent to Mr. Hunter at, or


College and Career Information

Mandatory College Admission Seminar for Seniors
Seniors planning to apply to college must attend the Senior College Admission Seminar on Tuesday, August 19, from 10 am – 1 pm. Please report to the Riley Center. A panel of college admissions representatives will discuss the admissions process and give advice for writing a great college essay. BBA counselors will also cover important dates and the details of the BBA college application process. We will continue to meet individually with seniors throughout the fall to consider college lists, review applications and support them throughout this process.

College Application Workshops (strongly recommended but optional)
We strongly recommend that all seniors attend one or both college application workshops on Wednesday, August 20, 10 am – noon or Thursday, August 21, 10 am – noon. In these sessions, students will work on their individual Common Applications with direct support from the School and College Counselors. The workshops will take place in the library.

Make sure your course schedule is set for the entire year; it’s very difficult to drop/add for second semester and we are required to report any changes of academic classes to college admission offices.

IPad redistribution for seniors will take place between 9-10 am in the Media Arts floor on Aug. 19, 20 and 21, prior to the Senior College Seminar and Workshops.

Orientation for New Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
All new sophomores, juniors and seniors should report to the Smith Center Library on Friday, August 22, from 9 am – noon. The students will meet with BBA Student Ambassadors who will answer questions and share tips about adjusting to Burr and Burton. We’ll also help students locate their classrooms and get connected to BBA technology. The program will end with a pizza party.

Junior Jump-Start Program
All juniors report for school one day early—on Wednesday, August 27, from 7:50 am to 12:30 pm. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school. The Junior Jump-Start program will cover career and college information, standardized testing options, the junior year planning calendar and more! Juniors will meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors. Students will be able to pick up their iPads. Please meet in the cafeteria to start the day.

Freshman Orientation – Students Only
All freshmen should meet in the Riley Center for the Arts on Wednesday August 27, from 7:50 am – 2:30 pm. Students will meet their classmates, teachers, advisor and freshman mentor. They’ll find their classrooms, participate in a question and answer session, and have some fun, too. Dress casually to participate in activities.

Fall College Night for Junior and Senior Parents
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night for Parents on Monday, September 29, at 7:00 pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will provide grade-specific information for the college admission process.

Other Upcoming Events
Look for more information in next month’s Bullhorn about these upcoming programs:

     College Fair at UVM for juniors on September 10

     PSAT – in-school testing for juniors on October 15

     Financial Aid Information Night on November 13

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
The registration deadline for the September 13 ACT with writing (at BBA) is August 8. Burr and Burton will also be a test center for the SAT on October 11 (the registration deadline is September 12). Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; students must create accounts and register directly with these organizations at and . Please keep track of your usernames and passwords by making a journal entry in your naviance account – you’ll need them again.

Test Prep for October SAT
The Tutorial Center has test test preparation classes for the October SAT. Call 802-362-0222 for cost and details. Group and private classes are available.

Campus Visits
Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences if parents notify the Attendance Office in advance. BBA School and College Counselors also make their own campus visits every year. Let’s trade campus tour reports!

College Visits to Burr and Burton
Throughout the fall months, college admission representatives visit Burr and Burton. Juniors and seniors can keep track of the ever expanding list of visits on their Naviance accounts and make plans to attend meetings with teacher permission.

Contact Information
Don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question, a concern or feedback. We welcome all contact and the opportunity to work with you to assure the quality of your student’s Burr and Burton experience.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Phil Anton, Director of Admission and School Counseling, Counselor for all freshmen 549-8125;

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8145;

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8130;

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8126;

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8126;


Student Travel

 Mayan Adventure
Please contact Sue Ritchie at for further information.

Costa Rica February 2015 – Service to Community, Earth, Flora and Fauna

The Costa Rica Service Learning Trip is a student travel experience whose focus is to gain a better appreciation for the culture, climate and the natural resources of Costa Rica by engaging in experiential learning, service, fun and adventure. We are looking for students who believe in the key words stated in the mission of BBA, responsibility, integrity and service. Please see or email Bonnie Niles: or Lauren Silver: for more information.

April Spring Break Trip to Morocco

BBA students are heading back to Morocco for another adventure in service in the High Atlas Mountains and cultural exploration in the desert!  Please direct questions to Michelle Emery ( or Andrew MacArthur ( and watch for an interest meeting in September!

Summer French home stay June 2015! 

The last two weeks of June, BBA French students will travel to Pau, France for a week of home stay in the Pyrenees Mountains in the South of France, then spend some time in Paris exploring the City of Light.  This trip is open to any students who have completed French 3 by the time of the trip (Freshmen, you too!) or have completed French 3 or farther in the past.  Email your questions to Michelle Emery and watch the Bullhorn for an interest meeting announcement!

Ecuador next summer (2015)

Are you interested in traveling to Ecuador next summer (2015)?  BBA has recently established a sister school in Cuenca, Ecuador and the first exchange will take place next year.  In October 2014, 20 Ecuadorian students will visit BBA for two weeks and the following June we will be traveling to Ecuador.  This is an amazing opportunity to visit a spectacular country!  See Mr. Nolan for more details.


From the Library

Our book collection at BBA will be available to the community this summer through the Mark Skinner Library. For more information about our Consortium and collection sharing program, please feel free to contact us.

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

Academic Pin

Black Diamond Tree Service, Inc.
Cole Engineering and Construction 
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping 
Goepel Construction
Heinel’s Clothiers
iShip Express

TD Bank
Vermont Kitchen Supply


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