Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 2015



5   School Reopens
7   Bulldog Leadership Summit – Focus First: 7 am in the Riley Center
8  Refuse to Use 11th Grade Dialogue Night (parent/adult required):
8  6 pm in the BBA Cafeteria
9  Theater and Dance Festival: 6 pm & 7:45 pm in the Riley Center
12 Mountain Campus Family Meeting: 6 pm Rowland Center
13 End of Marking Period
14 Final Exams (12:35pm dismissal)
15 Final Exams (12:35pm dismissal)
16 Final Exams (12:35pm dismissal)
17 All State Vocal & Instrumental Auditions
19 Martin Luther King Day / Semester Break – No School
20 Faculty In Service Day – No School
20 National Honor Society Induction: 6:30 pm in the Riley Center
21 Second Semester Begins – Special Schedule
21 Refuse to Use 9th Grade Dialogue Night (parent/adult required):
21 6 pm in the BBA Cafeteria
22 Refuse to Use 10th Grade Dialogue Night (parent/adult required):
21 6 pm in the BBA Cafeteria
22 Refuse to Use 12th Grade Event #4 (parent/adult required):
21 6 pm in the Hunter Seminar room
23 Bulldog Leadership Summit – Goalsetting: 7 pm in the Riley Center


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

We are approaching the halfway point of what has been a fabulous school year. On the last day before this holiday break, we had a holiday assembly filled with spirit and talent and community energy, and I hope this vacation has brought your family and friends closer together in celebration and relaxation.

With the new year comes new hopes and dreams and, for some, resolutions. I have a few to propose to our students, and I share them with you with the hope of fostering some discussion in your homes:

  • Resolve to do something each day to build your future
  • Resolve to do something each day in support of somebody else
  • Resolve to find something good in each day

We are a school filled with individuals, each of whom has unique strengths, talents, and interests, yet we share this important bond of community. A wise proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

May we travel far, together, in this new year.


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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.

Wow! This school year is flying by. I can’t believe we are starting 2015. January brings us to the end of the marking period with final exams on January 14-16. Be sure to mark your calendars because we have a long weekend following them with no school on Monday and Tuesday, January 19 and 20. There is the Theater and Dance Fest on the 12th you won’t want to miss. We will be providing the Faculty/Staff with more appreciation baked goods on the 20th for their In-Service day. Please watch for the sign ups. BBA athletes are once again making us proud with their great performances so please check the athletic schedule and come out and cheer them on. Plans for the Gala in May are well underway. There are still openings for volunteers if anyone wants to join us. It is a lot of fun and a great fund raiser for our school. The Parent Challenge is also underway and there is still time to be a “Top Dog” Parent. Any gift you can contribute is appreciated, no amount is too small. Please consider helping to make BBA an even better place for our students! Please continue to watch the Sunday emails for updates. I send wishes to each of you for a Happy and Healthy New Year Filled With Joy!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


From the Advancement Office


Happy New Year to all of our Burr and Burton families! We hope everyone had a super holiday break enjoying a little time off from school!  

We want to thank all of our BBA parents who made a gift to the Annual Fund at the end of the year.  We appreciate your response to the parent challenge and we will be sharing an update with you shortly on who won the first drawing! Parents have been stopping by picking up their “schwag” so if you’ve given this year, please come see us in the Advancement Office.

We are already gearing up for the planning of this year’s fundraising gala, the Garden Party Gala, on May 22, 2015, so be sure that date is on your calendar. In conjunction with this event, we will once again be holding an Online Auction in April.  We are looking for items for the auction, and in particular, donation of services.  If you own a business and would like to donate something we are looking for things like:  

  • Cord of wood (delivered)
  • A morning of spring cleaning
  • A couple of hours of window washing
  • Decorating consultation
  • Landscaping consultation
  • Gift certificates to local restaurants or any local business

Anything along these lines would be terrific.  If you have something in mind, please contact Gina Vickers at 207-841-8963 or  And the good news is if you donate something to the auction it will count toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!

We are also looking for a few more volunteers to help with the Online Auction so if you have some free time and want to help out, please contact me, Cynthia Gubb at or call me at 802-549-8201. It’s a fun group of people to work with and important work to do.

Best wishes to all of our Burr and Burton families for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Athletics Department 


The month of January is filled with both home and away athletic contests, check out the athletic schedules on the school web site for the complete game schedules. Also, “like” Burr and Burton Athletics on Facebook for the weekly schedules.

Please check out one of the only home events for the following teams:

  • Thursday, January 8 – Wrestling 6 pm
  • Saturday, January 10 – JV & Varsity Dance Team competition 1 pm
  • Wednesday, January 21 – Alpine Skiing 1 pm @ Bromley

Basketball, Dance Competition and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2014-2015:

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


From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Academy presents
A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film

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Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Night of Dance, Drama and Film, Friday January 9th, at 6 pm and 8 pm, in the school’s Riley Center for the Arts. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults and can be purchased online at:

One hundred students from this semester’s dance, acting and film courses will perform pieces ranging from Eugene O’Neil to Jean Paul Sartre, the Time Warp from the Broadway musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the premiere of an original short film project. Dance performances will include an original contemporary dance entitled Skin choreographed by BBA student Rennes Gerenser, a lyrical piece called Dreamer choreographed by the Dancers Process daily curricular class and a Hip Hop number choreographed by two international students, Andrea Lacalle and Carlota Torres. Recently, Skin and Dreamer were performed by the BBA Dance Company at the Vermont State Dance Festival and received excellent to outstanding reviews by a professional panel.

This year’s Winter Showcase is dedicated to Burr and Burton alumna Erin Hehir. 



25 Burr and Burton students from the Theater and Dance Department entertained over 2000 riders on the Lions Club annual Elf Express.  Two days, sixteen hours and ten train rides later, the exhausted company of dancing and singing elves, felt very proud to be part of such an incredible community outreach opportunity.  The Elf Express is a major fundraising event for the Manchester Lions Club.  Their generosity is felt throughout the year as they help to promote and support many local needs.


Vermont All-State Music Festival Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 17 at Hartford High School. Please contact Julie Freebern at for further information.


Wing Challenge

Who’s Got the Best Wings in Manchester? To answer that question, Burr and Burton is hosting a “Manchester Wing Challenge” fundraiser on Friday, January 30 on the night of Burr and Burton’s home Boys Basketball game against arch rival, Mount Anthony. Chicken Wings and Bulldog sports – what could be better? The event will begin at 5:30 pm and all of the money raised will go to benefit the Student Success Program. The event will be held in the Burr and Burton cafeteria and will feature chicken wings from the local wing experts: Mulligans, Seasons, Fire Fly, the Perfect Wife, and Sam’s Wood Fired Pizza. For a $15 entry fee, guests will get to sample the wings from each restaurant and cast a vote for their favorite wing. Salad and drinks and other foods will also be available. The Student Success Program is aimed at supporting low-income and first-generation scholars by offering a network of support to enhance academics and opportunities. This event will feature live music provided by BBA student musicians and will be staffed by teachers and students involved in the Success Program. And of course, the best wings in town!



Senior’s NECAP Results

The individual scores for the Science NECAP’s that the current seniors (Class of 2015) took last spring as juniors are available in the School and College Counseling office. If you would like to have your scores, please feel free to stop by and pick up your sheet.

Second Semester Schedules

All students will receive a copy of their second semester schedule on Monday, January 5th. Students who need to make changes should see their counselor by January 15.  No changes will be made on the first day of classes and there will be limited opportunity to switch classes at a later time.

Career Development Center

Rebecca Jones, School Counselor Coordinator at the Career Development Center, will be visiting BBA in February to talk to sophomores and juniors about a wide variety of technical courses that are available at the Career Development Center.

College and Career Planning for Juniors

The School and College Counselors will meet with all juniors in individual student appointments to be scheduled in February and March.  We will discuss the student’s academic record, extracurricular and work experiences, and other positive factors that will contribute to a successful college application process or transition to work or other opportunities.  Our goal with all students is to help them create a successful plan for life after BBA.  We will assist students in developing an appropriate college list, answer questions and provide support for the college search and provide guidance related to a gap year, career search, employment opportunities and more. We welcome parental contact and feedback at any time.

Standardized Testing for Juniors

All juniors who took the PSAT in October received their test booklets during an advisory time and test reports in the mail.

The next step is to sign up to take standardized testing in the spring.  Students have many options about which tests to take and when to take them.   Please contact your counselor if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines

ACT – Saturday, February 7 – Register by Jan. 9 at  The test will not be given at BBA.  Other area schools will be administering the test.

SAT – Saturday, March 14 – Register by Feb. 13 at  Reasoning Test only (no subject tests). Test is offered at BBA.

(If student has a potential athletic competition or other conflict for the May or June test date, he/she may want to consider registering for the March 8 SAT test.)

ACT – Saturday, April 18 – Register by March 13 at  Sign up for ACT with writing!  Test is offered at BBA.

There are additional test dates in May and June.  See the ACT and College Board Websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home.  Students should not test every time a test is offered but we do recommend that juniors take at least one ACT or SAT this year.


Test Prep Opportunities

Free Options:; bookmark “Question of the day”

On-Line courses:

High End Test Prep (underwritten by BBA – classes at BBA), cost $100.

*Timed to prepare for either the March SAT or the May SAT.

Course 1

Friday, January 30  (12:45 – 2:45)
Friday, February 6  (12:45 – 2:45)
Friday, February 27 ( 12:45  – 2:45)
Wednesday, March 4 (12:45 – 2:45)
SAT on Saturday, March 14

Course 2

Friday, March 27  (12:45 – 2:45)
Friday, April 3  (12:45 – 2:45)
Friday, April 24  (12:45  – 2:45)
Friday, May 1  (12:45 – 2:45)
SAT on Saturday, May 2

These courses are identical so students should only sign up for one. To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadlines: Jan. 16 for Group 1 and March 13 for Group 2.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes, cost $300

*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA in May; Classes on 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/05,  4/19 and 4/26.
Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Winter Weekend

The application deadline for the Governors Winter Weekend Institutes is Jan. 13 or until spaces are filled. More information and the application are online  Students should be in touch with their counselor if they want to participate.

College Application Update

Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college! Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly.  We continue to work with the seniors who are still in the process of applying and aim to have them get their applications in by the end of the month.

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors

Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades of their applicants. Rest assured that the registrar will process grades as soon as possible following exams.  We’ll then forward an updated transcript to all colleges listed on students’ transcript request forms.  Because we use a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.

Financial Aid

January 1 was opening day for 2014-2015 Financial Aid season!  All students applying for need-based aid should be ready to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corp.) grant application in the next month or so.

Parents should begin gathering financial statements and information in anticipation of filing financial aid forms.  Be careful to meet individual college financial aid deadlines.  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.

Families are encouraged to apply on-line whenever possible: and

Some private colleges also require a form called the CSS Financial Aid Profile Form.  This process should be started immediately so as not to delay funding go to:

Families who have specific questions about how to complete portions of the financial aid form:
Wednesday, January 28 there will be a financial aid forms session with our VSAC representative Monda Kelley from 4 – 7 pm in the library.

To register contact Mrs. Welsh (x242) School and College Counseling Office

Want to file your FAFSA and Vermont Grant successfully this evening?
Please bring the following:

  • 2013-2014 Tax return
  • Your 2014 W2’s – your spouse’s 2014 – W2’s
  • Your social security number and your spouse’s social security number
  • Your student’s social security number
  • Birthdates  day/month/year of student and parents
  • Your student’s 2013-2014 Tax return if filed
  • Your student’s W2’s
  • A list of all of the colleges to which your student has applied and what state they are in
  • An estimate of cash, savings, checking for you and your student

For the Vermont Grant:

  • An estimated value of your home if you are a home owner
  • An estimate of how much you owe on your home if you hold a mortgage

Questions? E-mail: Monda Kelley – VSAC Counselor at:

Scholarships 2015

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

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) info.html. 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

You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax all you need is a book.  Below you will find a list of some recent collection additions from “best of 2014” book lists:

Book III of The Raven Cycle — Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater — Moving, creepy, intense — Chime by Franny Billingsley

Lyrical, absorbing, award-winning novel — Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Bodies are piling up, again — Game by Barry Lyga 

The game is over — Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

“I was born to marry a monster” — Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Story of survival — Enrique’s Journey:  The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother (Adapted for young people) by Sonia Nazario

Part love story, part mystery, part horror — Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Dreams, ghouls, murderers, trickery and family — The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Poetic attack on the beauty myth — Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

Vengeance is divine — Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers.

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.

Regular Library Hours:

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

Thursday 7 am – 5 pm
Friday 7 am – 1 pm


The Burtonian 2015 – Burr and Burton’s Yearbook

Dear Parents,

Don’t forget to order your copy of The Burtonian 2015 – Burr and Burton Academy Yearbook! The current cost of $55 is valid through January 20, 2015. On January 21 the yearbook cost increases to $65 per copy, so be sure to order early!  To order online please click on this link. If you wish to order in person, please contact Deborah Hansen in the library.

The deadline to purchase a parent ad is Monday, January 12. Please return this form to Deborah Hansen in the library.  If you would like to purchase a larger ad, or if you have any questions, please use the contact information listed below.

Thank you very much. 


Deborah Hansen
Lisa B. Tuttle Memorial Library
Telephone: (802) 549-8123


Recently Published: 

Deborah Ehler-Hansen, Master of Education ~ Curriculum and Instruction Program Candidate, specializing in Library Media at the University of Vermont: College of Education and Social Services School; and certified K-12 School Library Media Specialist, serving as Library Assistant at Burr and Burton Academy, has recently had her professional magazine article titled “A Call to Action for School Librarians and School Library Programs” published in the November 2014 issue of School Library Monthly.  The article urges school librarians to “transform teaching and learning” (AASL 2014) by transforming the role of the school librarian, which ultimately has a positive impact on the school library program, and most importantly, student learning outcomes. The article is available through EBSCOhost Library Literature & Information Science or JSTOR databases.


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.
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

Engineering Printing Solutions
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping 
Goepel Construction
iShip Express
Ishu Productions
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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