September 2014


1    Labor Day – No School
4    School Picture Day
5   Freshman Frolic: 8 pm – 10:30 pm, Cafeteria
10  Junior College Field Trip: 11:30 am departing from faculty parking lot
11   Donor Appreciation Event: 5 pm – 7 pm, Cafeteria
13   ACT Testing at BBA:  7:30 am  – 1 pm, Cafeteria
17   Parent Association Pasta Dinner: 5 pm – 6 pm, Cafeteria
17   Open House for Parents: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
18   Powderpuff Football Game: 5 pm – 6 pm, Upper Field
19   Alumni Reunion Weekend – Homecoming Games: 5:30 – 8:30 pm,
19   Applejack Field
20  Homecoming Dance: 8 – 11 pm, Scranton Room
24   Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm, Mountain Campus, Peru
25   Rosh Hashanah
26   Rosh Hashanah
29   Fall College Night (Junior and Senior Parents): 7 – 9 pm, Riley Center 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

On Thursday, August 28, 669 students arrived for our opening assembly, including 138 freshmen, 60 international students, and 35 students transferring into grades 10-12. Senior Anna Foster opened the festivities by singing the National Anthem, and then seniors Owen Barclay and Daisy Sullivan gave thoughtful, wise, and incredibly entertaining speeches that included repeated quotations of Britney Spears – with, believe it or not, a powerful message behind the quotations. Daisy, Owen and Anna were a tough act to follow (a phrase that is often used disingenuously, but I mean it wholeheartedly in this case), but follow them I did.

Please find a link here to my comments to the student body.

At the end of assembly, students departed to classes as the bell rang from our belltower. The school year has begun, and spirits are soaring.

Happy New Year.

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Mark Tashjian



From the Assistant Head of School

FootballDear Families,

Please mark your calendar for Open House on September 17th. It begins at 5:00 pm with the Parent Association Dinner, and continues at 6:00 pm with an opening session and individual classroom visits. This year’s opening session will include updates on key learning initiatives.

Open house is designed to give you a snapshot of your child’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your child’s schedule and meet Burr and Burton teachers. You’ll learn about the engaging and vigorous learning experiences offered at Burr and Burton, the enduring understandings and essential questions students explore, and the essential skills and the habits of mind students develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies and how students use the iPad as a learning tool. I’m confident you’ll gain a sense of how the experiences your children have in each course foster and support our mission and core values and how committed we are to helping your sons and daughters grow into the best versions of themselves.

I hope to see you all on September 17th!




Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School


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.

We have all made it through the first few days of the school year! I hope everyone is adjusting well to being back in the swing of things. We started the year with a great Freshmen Family Pot Luck Dinner on Wednesday before Parent Orientation – thanks to all of you who attended and who helped with all the work. It was a lot of fun.

We have a busy fall ahead of us and look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new members of the BBA community. Please encourage your students and families to take advantage of all the opportunities and events that BBA offers. There is something for everyone!

September is packed with important dates

  • School picture day is this Thursday, September 4.
  • September 10 – Jr College Fair Field Trip
  • September 13 – ACT Test at BBA
  • September 17 – Parent Association Pasta Dinner
  • September 17 – Open House
  • September 19 – 21 – Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
  • September 25 – Mountain Campus Parent Open House
  • September 29 – JR and SR Parent College Night

And – if that isn’t enough the PA will be having our Annual Clothing Drive/Free Exchange on October 3 and 4. Please start sorting through your closets for gently worn clothing and winter outer wear to donate on Friday, October 3. It will be here before you know it.

Hope to see you throughout the month. Go Bulldogs!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


From the Advancement Office


Welcome Back!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our students and families. If you’re returning – welcome back. For our new families, it was nice to meet some of you at the Freshmen Potluck, and the Parent Orientation night. We hope your student will enjoy their experience and take full advantage of all that is offered here.

As we start the new school year, we are in the process of printing and mailing our Annual Appreciation Report. I know you will be impressed, as we are, with the breadth and depth of the support for our school. We had an incredible year last year, and we look forward to replicating that effort this year. Please understand that parent support is an important part of our annual campaign and we will be reaching out to you in the coming months. We raise support for Burr and Burton for one reason – to give your student the most amazing educational experience possible.

The high school experience is a very important time in a student’s life. We encourage parents and guardians to get involved with the school in some way. The more involved you are the more you know about the great opportunities offered here at Burr and Burton. It’s not hard to find a place to volunteer – call Peggy Brockett, President of the Parent Association. She can explain where the need is and tell you how much fun it can be! Peggy can be reached at or 802-362-7181. Feel free to also call our Advancement office – reach out to Christine Hoard at or 802-549-277.

Our annual fundraising event committee is gearing up again for this year’s Parent Association gala. Robin Apps has agreed to chair this committee this year and Christine Fayette will be our co-chair. It’s a fantastic event, the committee is fun to work with, the Advancement Office is extremely supportive of the entire process and we make as easy as possible on the chair – just ask Gina Vickers, our chair from last year! If you have an interest in serving on the committee, please contact Robin Apps at or call her at 802-297-3078. And be sure to mark your calendar for the event, which will be May 22, 2015, at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home.

We wish every student great success in the coming school year and look forward to another fantastic year.

Alumni Reunion Weekend

Calling all of our parents (and their friends) who are Burr and Burton alumni – have you signed up for this year’s reunion on the Hill yet? Scheduled for Homecoming Weekend, September 19 – 21, 2014, the event promises to be an action-packed, fun-filled weekend. Starting with Friday, September 19 activities include an insider’s tour of the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Rizio Golf Tournament for the Target Program with the added excitement of a chance to win $10,000 for a hole-in-one, campus tours, and the alumni social at the Barrows House in Dorset sponsored by Barbara J. Bardin ’69 and Splash at the Boathouse.

On Saturday, the day starts off with a tour of the new Mountain Campus and coffee with director of the program, Ben Freeman, a special presentation by Seth Bongartz ’72 on “The Evolution of Lincoln’s Engagement with the Issue of Slavery”, more campus tours, an Alumni Tailgate Party on Pettibone Field, and of course a fall weekend wouldn’t be complete without a football game so the varsity Bulldogs face off against Mt. Anthony will take place at 2 PM. Later in the afternoon, we move on to the Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumni Recognition Awards followed by a “49er” Alumni Dinner in the Rockwell Room at the Equinox Hotel.

For more information and to sign up online, visit or 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 seating is limited for Saturday night at the Equinox. Join us for a blast from the past – we look forward to seeing you!


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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Co-Dean of Students

FootballDear Parents,

Welcome back! To help you and your child get back into the swing of the school routine, I am providing you with several dinner conversation topics to discuss with your son/daughter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

If your child drives to school, he/she needs to purchase a parking permit by Friday, September 12th. This year we are not charging students to register a second car. Permits can be purchased online at . Simply print the receipt and bring it to Mr. Herrington or me. Note: Parking permit fees help to offset the cost of plowing the parking lots during the winter.

Help your child get to school on time! Being punctual now will help your son/daughter in the future. All students arriving late need to sign in and get a pass from Mrs. Towslee in the main office. Additionally, please call the main office (362-1775) to inform us if your son/daughter is sick and will not be attending school. Note: Tardies are cumulative and will affect your child’s overall classroom attendance.

Check your son/daughter’s attire before coming to school. Dress code matters should be a non-issue, but every year we have difficult conversations with students about their clothing. While we want our students to be comfortable, we also want them to be respectful. It is challenging, time consuming, and uncomfortable for teachers and administrators to talk to your son/daughter about dress code matters. Help us out and have your child dress appropriately.

Need a little extra help with your homework? Consider attending Homework Academy! Homework Academy is an after-school program designed to provide students with additional support with homework. It is held after school, Monday through Thursday, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm in the library.

Try joining a club! Burr and Burton Academy offers a variety of after school clubs. Most clubs begin during the month of September and are usually announced by their club advisor at Monday morning assembly. Get involved!

Lastly, please have a conversation with your child about vape pens and e-cigarettes. While not prevalent at school, they are growing in popularity and are of concern to the Administration. Since marijuana oil can be smoked in these devices, students found to be in possession of or using a vape pen or e-cigarette will be in violation of our substance abuse policy. For more information on vape pens and e-cigarettes, please view this video.

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Anthony Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students



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We are excited to be launching our fifth semester up on the mountain this fall.  We have a great group of new Mountaineers who have quickly immersed themselves in learning about the history and ecology of the mountain landscape.  We invite you to follow our progress through the semester on our student blog and take a look through our website if you are curious to learn more about our program or the application process for the spring semester.

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director


From the Athletics Department 


The fall coaches and athletes have been working hard for the last two weeks and are anxious to get the games started.  Below are instructions for viewing the athletic schedules.

We will always post late-breaking announcements on the BBA home page. “Like” our Burr and Burton Academy Athletics Facebook page to receive updates, weekly game schedules, announcements and other athletic news.

Our homecoming/alumni weekend Sept. 18-20 is coming quickly so mark your calendars for the events schedule for the weekend.

Thursday September 18

Student Powder Puff football game at BBA – Upper Field 5:30 pm
Student Cookout at BBA 6:30 pm
Homecoming Pep Rally Bonfire at BBA 6 – 8 pm

Friday September 19

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Fair Haven at BBA 4 pm
JV Field Hockey vs. Fair Haven at BBA 5:15 pm
JV Gold Girls Soccer vs. Mt. Anthony at REC  5 pm

JV Gold Boys Soccer vs. Rutland at BBA 5 pm  
Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Mt. Anthony at Applejack 5 pm
Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Rutland at Applejack 7:30 pm

Saturday September 20 

JV Green Boys Soccer vs. Rutland at BBA 10 pm
JV Green Girls Soccer vs. Rutland at Rec 10 pm
Varsity Football vs. Mt. Anthony at BBA 2 pm
Golf Ball Drop during halftime of football game


Last year, thanks to the efforts of the Booster Club and numerous volunteers, we had a very successful and fun homecoming weekend. We would like to build on that success and stage another big weekend this year. Naturally, we need parent and student volunteers to work the concessions at the different sporting events during homecoming weekend, but we also need the parents to contribute food items for the Thursday Sept. 18 homecoming BBQ, which will be free of charge to the students.

Below is a list of the items needed:

  • Hot dogs: 600
  • Hot Dog Rolls: 600
  • Condiments: Ketchup and Mustard
  • Baked goods
  • Individual bags of chips
  • Bottled water: 30 cases
  • Napkins

Parents should email Kathi Bierwirth at to let her know what items you can contribute to the cookout on Thursday Sept 18. Items can be dropped off in the gym lobby the week of September 15.
To learn more about the role of the Booster Club please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday September 9 at 6 pm in the Wellness classroom off from the gym lobby. If you are unable to make the meeting but would like to volunteer at the concession stand and/or other fundraising events please contact


From the Creative Arts Department

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During April break (April 9 – 19 , 2015) the Creative Arts Department will be offering the annual arts trip. This year’s offering will be a Grand Tour of Italy visiting Venice, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento Region, spectacular Capri, the Amalfi coast and Rome. See link here.

Visit the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and Vatican in Rome, the Duomo in Renaissance Florence, the canals of Venice, the ruins of Pompeii and much more for an unforgettable educational experience. There is limited space availability for this exciting adventure. Please contact Neil Freebern at, Lauren Silver at, or Julie Freebern at for further information.


Summer Success Camp 2014

On Thursday, August 7 the Burr and Burton Success Camp came to a conclusion with its second annual closure celebration at the Layout 1Mountain Campus in Peru. Thirty-one students entered the program on July 21 with the opportunity to create relationships, habits, and attitudes that will impact the transition into Burr and Burton and beyond. These students took part in a three week program lead by Success Coordinator, Jason Pergament and involving faculty from almost every department at Burr and Burton and six Success Scholars who attended camp last summer and returned as counselors. The summer program features orientation to the campus and student life, the challenge of taking on the ropes course, a visit to two colleges (UVM and NECI), and the chance to spend a week at BBA’s Mountain Campus. In addition, students worked to prepare food for each other as part of BBA’s farm to school initiative. The Burr Burton Success Program continues to shape the culture of BBA and help all students access their education.

BBA Forms New Exchange in Ecuador

BBA has another new and exciting opportunity for its students with the formation of a “sister school” in Cuenca, Ecuador.  In October, twenty students and a faculty chaperone will arrive from Colegio Santana and will spend two weeks in Manchester living with and IMG_0094shadowing their American counterparts from BBA.  They will also spend some days sightseeing in Boston and New York City as part of their trip.  

In June, BBA students will accompany Chris and Pia Nolan for a three week trip that will include time on the Pacific coast and in the Amazon basin.   Students will also shadow the same “brother” or “sister” that accompanied them in Vermont and will experience the authentic day to day life of an Ecuadorian family.

There are a few spots still available for this amazing adventure so see Mr. Nolan at for details.

College and Career Information

Make-up Senior College Workshop

College-bound seniors who missed the August 19 workshop need to attend a makeup workshop on Friday, September 5 during D and E block. Meet in the Hunter Seminar Room.

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 pm in the Riley Center. Bruce Jones, Associate Director of Admissions at Whitman College will deliver a talk “Demystifying College Admission”. Grade specific information for the college admission process will also be presented.

Questions about the Junior and Senior Parent College Night may be directed to Lynne Welsh, 802-362-1775, ext.242.

College Fair Field Trip

Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip for interested college-bound juniors on Wednesday, September 1o. Students will leave promptly at 11:30 am. We will attend the College Fair at Saint Michael’s College from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Approximately 250 college representatives will take part in the College Fair. We will tour Champlain College and then on to the University of Vermont where we will have dinner in the Davis Student Center (students must bring money for dinner). We will depart Burlington at 8:30pm and return to Burr and Burton at approximately 11:30 pm.   To sign up, bring a completed college fair worksheet and permission slip to the School and College Counseling Office. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis until full. No reservations will be accepted after Monday, September 8th.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

Burr and Burton will host the SAT on October 11. The deadline to register is September 12. The registration deadline for the October 25 ACT is September 19, this will NOT be held at BBA. The November 8 SAT registration deadline is October 9 and is not administered at BBA.

Register online at and Please note that the school does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations.

Junior Testing

Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 15 during school hours. Students must bring the $15 registration fee (checks should be made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office by October 1. The PSAT is a wonderful opportunity for students to assess their testing skills.

Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT have the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), an entrance test for students interested in serving the US Military. The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may benefit from taking this exam. This is also available to Seniors.

Juniors also have a third option for October 15. Instead of testing, they may sign up to participate in a field trip to learn more about local business opportunities.

Contact the School and College Counselors if you have any questions. Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.

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. Monday, November 10th is a particularly good day to visit colleges because there is no school for students as it is a faculty in-service day at Burr and Burton.

College Representative Visitors

Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton this fall. Nearly 40 colleges have already scheduled appointments during the month of September alone. Please check the college visit list on Naviance ( or the College Planning Calendar in the School and College Counseling Office for the most up-to-date list of visitors and meeting locations. Daily announcements will also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to ask questions, make a connection with the college representative and learn the most current campus information.

Contact Information

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question, a concern, or wish to offer feedback. We welcome all contact and the opportunity to work with you.

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;


From the Health Center

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.

Student Travel Opportunities

 Mayan Adventure
Highlights of the trip include:

  • Breakfast and dinner included daily
  • Transfer from Cancun to Tulum
  • Guided tour to the Ruins and Arehaeological Site of Tulum
  • Guided tour of Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins
  • Guided tour to Muyil Archaeological Site
  • Guided visit to Sian Ka’an Biosphere
  • Guided tour to Coba Ruins, climb the pyramid at Coba
  • Visit Labnaha (Tankah) Eco Park, often called the Magic Mayan World and Labnaha Cenotes
  • Visit El Gran Cenote
  • Transfer to Playa del Carmen and take the ferry to the Island of Cozumel
  • Guided visit to the Punta Laguana Nature Reserve

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


There will be a parent and student interest meeting for the April break service trip to Morocco on Tuesday, September 23 at 6 pm in Rowland 226.  There is no language requirement for this trip.  For more information, contact Michelle Emery at or Andrew MacArthur at

Summer French home stay June 2015! 

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There will be a parent and student interest meeting for the June French family stay trip to Pau and Paris, France on Wednesday, September 10 at 6 pm in Rowland 226.  It is strongly recommended that participants have finished Level 3 French for this trip as it is a homestay.  For more information, contact Michelle Emery at


From the Library

Welcome back everyone!  We are very excited for the start of this new school year.  We have a new quiet study area in the Library and  new additions to our Literary Wall of Fame.

Please take a look around the Library website which can be found under Academics on the BBA homepage or here is a direct link: It is always being updated with more links and resources so that it meets the needs of students and teachers.  

September 21-27, 2014 is Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read.  This is an annual event highlighting the value of free and open access to information.  For more information please check out the Banned Books Week site which can be found at

There are always new books to review, so stop by and say hello to your library staff:   Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Hansen!  We can help you find great books and great web resources! 

As always, if you need anything, please let us know.  Have a great year!

Regular Library Hours

Monday – Tuesday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:10 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday 7:00 am – 1:00 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.

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Berkshire Bank
Bromley Mountain

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

Casella Waste Management
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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