Monthly Archives: December 2014

December 2014


6   SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm in the Cafeteria
7   International Holiday Potluck for Host Families: 6 pm – 8 pm in the Cafeteria
10 Bulldog Leadership Summit – Conflict Resolution: 7 am – 8:05 am
17 in the Riley Center
10 Theater Arts Symposium Auditions: 3 pm – 6 pm in the Riley Center
11 Theater Arts Symposium Auditions: 3 pm – 4:30 pm in the Riley Center
12 Gift of Life Marathon Blood Drive: 9 am – 2 pm in the BBA Gymnasium
16 Winter Concert – Large Ensembles: 6 pm – 7:30 pm in the Riley Center
16 Winter Concert – Large Ensembles: 8 pm – 9:15 pm in the Riley Center
17 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
17 on the Mountain Campus
18 SRAC Movie Night: 7 pm – 9 pm in the Cafeteria
19 Holiday Assembly: 11:30 am – 12:35 pm in the BBA Gymnasium
19 Holiday Break until Monday, January 5 when school resumes
20 Elf Express all day
21 Elf Express all day


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

This past weekend, there was an article in the New York Times that I found quite interesting. Titled THE UPSHOT: For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems, (link to article HERE) the article offered welcome relief from the drumbeat of pronouncements that getting into a good college has never been harder or more competitive. In fact, the statistics can be misleading.

What is absolutely true is that the number of applications to top colleges has skyrocketed, and as a result both Harvard and Stanford accept less than 6% of students who apply.  However, it is the reason behind the skyrocketing applications that is interesting. The article explains that it is applications per student that has skyrocketed – some students are applying to 20 colleges or more, aided by the ease of applying in the digital age. However, since each student can only attend one college, there is a bit of musical chairs taking place among the top 100 schools.

What it all boils down to is this: 80% of well-qualified students get into at least one top college.

This is, of course, great news because it tells us that the destiny of your sons and daughters is in their hands; the odds are not stacked against them. All they need to do, and I will admit that this is not necessarily easy, is to put themselves into the “well qualified” category by applying talent, passion, and plain old hard work (grit!).

And, by the way, this is the winning formula regardless of whether one aspires to a top college, a military career, or any other professional pursuit. It is not an easy formula, but it is not complicated, either.

We are in a three-week sprint to the holiday break. Let’s make each day count.


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Mark H. 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.

The holidays are upon us and I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families. We all know what a very busy time of the year this is so I won’t weigh you down with too much extra.

This Saturday, December 6 is the SAT at BBA. Winter Sports are underway so watch the schedules and support our Bulldogs. The BBA Winter Concert is December 16 and Winter Break starts on December 22. Please remember the Parent Challenge Fund Raiser is underway and any amount you can contribute will be greatly appreciated and make a difference in our wonderful school.

Thank you for all the help and support you continue to provide throughout the year. Wishing you all a joyous Holiday Season!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


From the Advancement Office


With the holiday season in full swing, it’s a nice time of year to remember, acknowledge and thank all of our parents and families who support Burr and Burton Academy in many ways. So here goes:

Thank you to the Parent Association and the many hours they have put into reaching out to all BBA parents. Under the leadership of Peggy Brockett, the Parent Association has hosted a parent potluck, a pasta dinner at the fall Open House, made an amazing dessert buffet for the faculty in-service day on November 11, organized and executed a clothing exchange, helped organize homecoming, made refreshments and helped with other needs for the fall play, and much more. The Gala committee under the leadership of Robin Apps is already hard at work planning for this important event on May 22, 2015. And the Advancement Committee Chairs, Beth Eyre and Diana Pagnucco have done a terrific job of working on the Parent Challenge.

Thank you to the Booster Club and all of the activities they have been involved in. Thank you to those who have helped organize fundraising events to support the hockey program, especially the most recent Student Faculty Hockey game at Riley Rink.

Thank you to our host families of International students, for welcoming these students into your home to be a part of your family. And to our dorm parents who fashion a family of a different sort by creating a supportive, caring environment for their International students. Thanks to all of the BBA families who hosted our student guests from Ecuador and made them feel welcome as a part of the larger community.

And last but certainly not least, thank you to all parents who have supported the 2014 – 2015 Annual Giving Campaign with a gift. (For those of you who haven’t yet made a commitment, there is still plenty of time unless you want to take the tax deduction in 2014! If that is the case then you need to get your gift to us by December 31, 2014.)

We are once again promoting parent participation as the main focus of this year’s Parent Challenge. We are offering a few incentive gifts (just like VPR) for your commitment to the school and we will count outright gifts, corporate sponsorships, gala sponsorships, a donation of a service or item for the spring Online Auction, and gifts made to Friends of Hockey.

So once again, our most sincere thank you to all of you who have supported the school and our students in some way in the past months – we couldn’t do it without you.  

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from all of us in the Advancement office.

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement

P.S. It easy to make a gift – feel free to use any of the following:

By mail: Advancement office at Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254

Credit card: Online or call Nancy Brown in our office at 802-549-8110
In person: Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off your gift. We’d love to see you and say thank you in person and you can pick up your incentive gift at the same time.


From the Athletics Department 


Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2014 – 2015

Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only

Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15
Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.

Don’t forget to Like us on facebook for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

December Home Athletic Contests:

Wednesday, December 3 – Girls Ice Hockey 5:45
Friday, December 5 – JV & V Boys Basketball 5 pm/6:30 pm
Saturday, December 6 – JV & V Girls Basketball 1 pm/2:30 pm
Saturday, December 6 – Boys Ice Hockey 5:45 pm
Tuesday, December 9 – JV & V Girls Basketball 5:30 pm/6 pm
Friday, December 12 – JV & V Boys Basketball 5:30 pm & 7 pm
Saturday, December 13 – Boys Ice Hockey 5:45 pm
Monday, December 15 – JV & V Girls Basketball 5:30 pm/7 pm
Wednesday, December 17 – Girls Ice Hockey 5:45 pm
Wednesday, December 17 – Alpine Skiing @ Bromley 1 pm
Wednesday, December 17 – Wrestling 6:30 pm
Thursday, December 18 – JV & Varsity Boys Basketball 5:30 pm & 7 pm
Saturday, December 20 – JV & V. Girls Basketball 12 noon /1:30 pm
Saturday, December 20 – Girls Ice Hockey 5:45 pm
Monday, December 22 – Girls Ice Hockey 4 pm


From the Creative Arts Department

The Winter Concert


The Music Department will present a Winter Concert featuring the Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles on Tuesday, December 16 at 6 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are available at


BBA Dance Company Performs in Vermont State Dance Festival


At 5 am on November 22, twenty nine BBA Dance Company members traveled to Lyndon, VT  to perform in the Vermont State Dance Festival. The day included a warm up class and three workshops of their choice, led by nine professionals including Broadway Dance led by Claudia Shell-Raposa, BBA’s own Director of Dance and The Broadway Audition led by Jim Raposa, Director of Drama, Dance, Tech Theater.  The students presented their two pieces, one a contemporary dance piece choreographed by BBA Student Rennes Gerenser and a lyrical number choreographed by the Dancers Process daily curricular class at BBA, which received excellent to outstanding critiques by the panel.  They finished up the night by performing for the public and arriving back to BBA at 10:30 pm. Many thanks to the BBA community for their outstanding support of the arts.




Seniors should be finalizing the college process – be sure to connect with your School and College Counselor! Tuesday, December 16 is the last day to request transcripts and records until January 5. Don’t forget that it is the student’s responsibility to send SAT/ACT scores directly from the testing agency to the colleges.

Once you receive a decision, please let us know so we can keep an accurate record of our students’ success. We’ll also pass along your happy news to Mr. Tashjian so he can announce it at Monday assemblies!

Standardized Testing Information for Sophomores and Juniors

PSAT results are due to arrive later this month. We will distribute results to students as soon as they arrive and discuss future testing options with them. Copies of the results will be sent home as well as information regarding SAT prep courses.

February 7 is a testing date for the ACT. The test will not be at BBA, but will be administered at other nearby locations. Students wishing to register for this exam by will need to sign up at by January 9.

Advanced Placement Exam fee

Just a reminder that all AP Exam fees are due December 5th. This includes the fee for students taking a second semester AP class. The cost is $91 per exam. Students need to bring payment to the School & College Counseling Office. Please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose to request a payment extension or to request a fee reduction form.

Financial Aid

It is important to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from admission deadlines. Please check each college’s website for information.

Some private colleges also require a form called the CSS Financial Aid Profile. This two-part process should be started immediately so as not to delay funding. Forms are available online at or via the VSAC website:

All families of students applying for need-based financial aid will submit the FAFSA. Please remember that you can estimate on your forms and revise them later. Many colleges distribute financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. The FAFSA form may be submitted beginning January 1 by completing it at Families can register at this site in advance of January 1 to receive the necessary separate pin numbers for students and parents. (Beware of another website,, which charges people to complete the forms. FAFSA is a FREE form!)

All students applying for need-based aid will also submit the VSAC Vermont Incentive Grant form after January 1. It is available online at

Scholarships 2015

Forms for scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office and/or downloadable from Naviance at: PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Eligibility: senior, employment, community service, leadership, financial need
Award: $4,000 – $60,000; Deadline: December 5
Application online at:

Herff Jones Believe in You Scholarship

Eligibility: leadership, academic performance and community service.
Student must complete Nominaton Form (SCC Office or downloadable from Naviance) by January 10 to be considered for nomination. Award ranges from $2,000 to $12,000

Vermont-NEA Maida F. Townsend Scholarship

Eligibility: Seniors who are sons or daughters of VT NEA members, high school student, undergrad or grad student; must submit a 400-word essay.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 2
Application in College Counseling Office, Naviance and online at:

The George Coleman Scholarship

Eligibility: Academic excellence. GPA of at least a 3.0. Must be enrolling in a NEACRAO member institution (see website for list of member schools)
Award: $2,000

Deadline: March 1 to your school counselor. NO EXCEPTIONS
Applications in School and College Counseling Office, Naviance or on website.VERMONT-NEA

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 Library

Changes to Credo

Our Credo Online Reference Service has chosen the following Topics to feature this month:

  • Edward Hopper
  • Hong Kong
  • Uluru
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Salmon
  • Plymouth Colony
  • Consumerism

Six new and three updated titles were added to our collection, Academic Core, in November 2014. There are now 674 ebook titles in the Academic Core Collection available to our students 24/7.

Academic Core New titles:

Curriculum Connections Psychology: Abnormal Psychology
This book describes the scientific study of psychological disorders. As well as detailing mental disorders, it examines social attitudes toward them and treatments that have been used through the centuries. Other important issues covered include the way in which the number and type of recognized mental disorders constantly changes, and how psychological difficulties affect a child’s learning and social experiences.

Curriculum Connections Psychology: Cognitive Development

This book discusses the nature of developmental change from conception to adulthood. It considers the most important theories of cognitive development and examines the ingenious methods developed to measure cognitive abilities in young children. It also investigates perceptual, emotional, social, and memory development.

Curriculum Connections Psychology: History of Psychology
This book explores the development of psychology, from its roots in philosophy and natural science to the scientific research of the 19th century. It also charts the emergence and impact of experimental psychology and the development of psychological theories throughout the 20th century.

Curriculum Connections Psychology: Intellectual Development
This book explores the workings of the brain, including its ability to identify and interpret important information while discarding other sensory input, and how it stores and retrieves memories. It investigates past and present theories of learning, how we develop language skills and process language, problem solving, and the sources of creativity and inspiration.

Curriculum Connections Psychology: The Brain
This book looks at how our understanding of the brain and mind has developed. It describes in detail the workings of the brain, and investigates how our perceptual systems and the brain work to interpret the sensations we experience. The concept of mind and consciousness, and the role that emotions play in both mental health and our everyday lives, are also discussed in detail.

Curriculum Connections Psychology: The Individual and Society
This book examines people as individuals and as social animals. It analyzes the notions of personality and intelligence and considers how people relate to and communicate with each other and society. The chapters discuss the types of social interaction and the rules that guide them, as well as the feelings and thoughts that individuals have about society, social situations, and the people around them.

Updated Academic Core titles:

2014-2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook
Contains extensive information on all occupations.

American Heritage® Roget’s Thesaurus
The American Heritage® Roget’s Thesaurus provides a wide range of synonyms organized in alphabetical order. Clear definitions that orient the user to the relevant meaning of related words set this thesaurus apart from the competition.

Shakespeare’s Theatre: A Dictionary of His Stage Context
Reviews current knowledge of the character and operation of theatres in Shakespeare’s time, with an explanation of their origins. Coverage includes the practices of Elizabethan actors and script writers: methods of characterization; gesture, blocking and choreography, including music, dance and fighting; actors’ rhetorical interaction with audiences; and use of costumes, stage props, and make-up.

Please note our new increase in hours below:

Monday – Tuesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:10 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday 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 International Realty  

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

Mettowee Mill Nursery, Inc.
The Bank of Bennington
The Richards Group

Academic Letter

The Aspen at Manchester
Barrows House/Dorset Inn
Battenkill Communications
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Equinox Square 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
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC  

Academic Pin

Black Diamond Tree Service, Inc.
Engineering Printing Solutions
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping 
Goepel Construction
Heinel’s Clothiers
iShip Express
Ishu Productions
Metzger & Mole Physical Therapy

TD Bank

Reunion ’14 Corporate Sponsors

Barbara J. Bardin ‘69
Tim and Juliette ‘89 Britton
Paul ‘96 and Chrissy Carroccio
JJ Hapgood
Spiral Press
Vermont Renewable Fuels

Gala sponsors 2014 – Passport to the World 

First Class Sponsors

Express Copy, Inc.
Nathan Auction & Real Estate
Southwestern Vermont Health Care
The Weinstein Group, PC

Preferred Sponsor

Berkshire Bank

Voyageur Sponsors

Northshire Bookstore
Adventurer Sponsors
H.N. Williams Store
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Work 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
Joseph J. Blair Tree Care
Long Ago & Far Away


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