3 Mountain Campus Parent Open House, 6 – 7 pm: Mountain Campus, Peru
4 Parent Conferences, 1 – 5 pm (12:35 pm dismissal)
5 Parent Conferences, 1 – 8 pm (12:35 pm dismissal)
7 “Changing the Way We Eat” – TEDx live webcast, 10:30 am, Rowland Center
11 “Having the Digital Discussion with Your Child” 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
14 SAT at BBA, 8 am – 1 pm in the cafeteria
16 Mandatory Drivers Ed Meeting, 5:30 pm, Cafeteria
17 Spring Sports Mandatory Meeting, 6 – 7 pm in the gym
18 Prism Concert 6:30 – 8 pm in the Riley Center (Matinee at 9:30 am)
19 Prism Concert 6:30 – 8 pm in the Riley Center (Matinee at 10 am)
23 Spring Sports Begin
From the Headmaster
Town Meeting Day is upon us. Please find below a letter sent to all residents of our sending towns. Your attendance at town meeting and your support of BBA is greatly appreciated.
The purpose of this letter is to provide an overview on Burr and Burton Academy and to ask for your support at the upcoming town meetings.
Burr and Burton Academy is increasing tuition to $15,950 (3.6%) for the 2015-2016 school year. Town tuition does not cover the annual cost of each student’s education. In addition to tuition, we raise $1 million for our annual fund, draw over $600,000 from our endowment, and realize over $900,000 in contribution from our international students. In other words, we invest an additional $2.5 million per year above and beyond town tuition to provide the superb teachers, superlative choice programs, small class sizes, specialized programing and educational resources that have become the hallmark of our school. Tuition is our most important source of funding, but it is not the only source, and it is the totality of our financial picture that allows us to be the school that we are today.
The Educational Proposition
Burr and Burton Academy is a community school that accepts virtually every student from our sending towns. We commit to provide each student with engaging, vigorous educational experiences for a life of responsibility, integrity, and service. Each student is known, cared for, and supported by our superb team of teachers.
Please consider these facts:
- Comprehensive program in academics, athletics and the arts, with 158 courses, 17 interscholastic sports programs, 38 clubs, and performing arts opportunities too numerous to list
- Near 100% graduation rate
- SAT scores that typically surpass the national average by 100 to 150 points
- BBA seniors took 338 AP courses
- 85% college matriculation rate
- 42 state championships in the past 10 years
- Target program, Student Success Program, Mountain Campus program, iPad initiative, Access Program, Hildene Partnership provide unique, specialized opportunities
School Choice since 1829
Burr and Burton has proudly served our communities for almost 200 years. Thanks to Vermont’s unique system of school choice, each student has the choice as to where to go to high school. Choice creates accountability, bringing out the best in all of us. We are the number one high school in all of our sending towns, and our enrollment strength, despite statewide demographic declines, is evidence that families and students place great value on the Burr and Burton educational experience.
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Burr and Burton Academy works in partnership with our sending towns. We strive to be the best school imaginable, preparing students for productive, fulfilling lives while being a source of strength and pride to our communities.
We thank you for your support.
Mark H. Tashjian Seth Bongartz
Headmaster Chair of the Board
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.
Spring is coming. It has to be!! Somewhere under all this snow, the daffodils and tulips are thinking about starting to grow. I try to remind myself of this daily.
There are also many great events approaching at BBA, starting with Parent Conferences, the Mountain Campus Open House, and Post Season Games for our athletes this week, followed by the BBA Parent Forum on “Having the Digital Discussion with Your Child”, Spring Sports Meeting, SAT at BBA, and The Prism Concert, all in March alone. Please watch the calendar and Sunday emails for reminders so you don’t miss out. These are all wonderful ways to find out more about what is happening in your student’s life and all that BBA does to promote success in our children.
Committees and Volunteers are working hard on plans for the Garden Party Gala on May 22. We have a lot of fun working together on this event, but can also use extra hands. If there is anyone who wants to join us, please let me or Robin Apps know. If you wish to reserve tickets to attend, please contact the advancement office. Thanks for all your support and stay warm!
Parent Association President
As we pass the halfway point between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox, the sun shines a bit brighter, longer, and warmer, reminding us that spring really is on the way. Although we love the winter, the first shoots of new green will be a welcome sight indeed!
From the Advancement Office
Welcome Christina Cole, New Annual Fund and Event Coordinator
It is my great pleasure to announce that Christina Cole has joined the Advancement Team as our Annual Fund and Event Coordinator. Christina was formerly with the American Museum of Fly Fishing and brings to the position a great deal of enthusiasm and energy. Christina has experience in marketing, eNewsletters, eBlasts, social media and event planning. She has already jumped wholeheartedly into planning and soliciting for the Online Auction and is working with several other Garden Party Gala committees. Christina has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Marketing from Castleton State College, and is from Middle Granville, New York.
Garden Party Gala, Cultivating Young Minds – May 22, 2015
Planning is ramping up for this annual fundraising event, the Garden Party Gala, which includes an Online Auction during the month of April and culminates with the gala on Friday night, May 22 at Hildene. “Save the Date” cards went out in early February so we hope you have put this date on your calendar. The gala committee has been working diligently to pull together all of the details for this important fundraiser for the school. We like to thank our chair, Robin Apps, and vice-chair, Christine Fayette for their leadership and extend our sincere thanks to all gala committee members for their help over the past few months. It’s going to be a great evening – one you won’t want to miss!
We’ve started posting a few of the great Online Auction items we’ve secured on our BBA Facebook page and we’ll be sending out more information about the Online Auction during the month of March. Stay tuned because we have some fun, interesting things to bid on and we hope you will share the link to the auction with your family and friends.
If you need additional information about the Garden Party Gala, wish to reserve a table or tickets, please feel free to call me, Cynthia Gubb, at 802-549-8201 or send me a quick email at email@example.com.
Parent Challenge Update
Our “Top Dog” parent list continues to grow as the year moves on. At the end of February we are roughly a little over 20% and while we still have a way to go to get to the goal, we are making good progress. Here’s a little reminder of our incentives to encourage you to support the Parent Challenge:
$5 – Bright yellow insulated Top Dog grocery tote
$250 -“Top Dog” BBA baseball cap
$500 – BBA umbrella
*Along with any dollar amount, a donation of an item or service to the online auction, a donation to Friends of Hockey, or a Corporate Sponsorship will also get you in the Top Dog loop.
Once you support the Annual Fund, you will be entered into a drawing for:
2 tickets to the oh-so-coveted Gawlik Awards in May, 2015 AND
2 tickets to the BBA spring musical, 2015 AND
2 tickets to the BBA fall play, 2015 AND
2 tickets to all the home games for any one sport season: Spring 2015, Fall 2015 or Winter 2015/16
YOU can still enter to win this fantastic pack of tickets if you donate by May 1, 2015. (No purchase is necessary to win, if you’d like to enter in the raffle without making a donation, please contact the Advancement Office.)
Thank you for all that you do to support the school, financially and through volunteering (Gala Committee, Parent Association, Booster Club, Friends of Hockey, etc.) We’re all in this together with only one goal in mind – to provide an exceptional educational experience for YOUR student.
Director of Advancement
To make a gift to the Annual Fund Parent Challenge click here.
Having the Digital Discussion with Your Child
BBA Parent Forum: March 11 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center – The BBA Parent Forum “Having the Digital Discussion” is a program designed to guide parents in how to have a conversation with their child about cyberbullying, digital abuse, healthy relationships, social media, digital branding and various other issues.
Mandatory Driver’s Ed Meeting
Mandatory Driver’s Ed Meeting: March 16 in the cafeteria from 5:30 – 7 pm – The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA’s offers a free driver’s education program starting on Monday, June 22 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, classes run from 8 am until 10 am Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:15 pm, for the remainder of the class driving times run from 8 am until 2:15 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 8 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date for Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Grandparents and Special Friends Day is Friday, April 24, 2015. If you’d like your student’s grandparents or special friend to receive an invitation, please contact Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at email@example.com or cal her at 802-549-8110.
From the Athletics Department
The mandatory spring sports parent/athlete meeting will be held on
Tuesday, March 17 at 6 pm in the E.H. Henry Gymnasium
All students participating in a spring sport must have had a physical exam after June 2013.
Physical forms and permission forms can be downloaded from the schools web site: burrburton.org.
Please bring all completed forms to the meeting on March 17.
Season Start Dates:
March 16 – Baseball pitchers and catchers begin practice.
March 23 – All spring sports begin.
Spring Head Coaches:
Boys Lacrosse – Jason Pergament
Girls Lacrosse – Dave Miceli
Softball – Julie Fifield
Baseball – Tony Cirelli
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus
Girls Tennis – Dan Hutner
Track & Field – Paul Bremel
Golf – Jeff Houghton
From the Creative Arts Department
Watch the Webcast LIVE – Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 am
Join Burr and Burton Academy and Transition Town Manchester for a FREE Viewing Party of:
“Changing the Way We Eat” TEDxManhattan
Farming and Food Experts will explore the state of the food system and our progress toward sustainability in eating and farming.
Enjoy the first two sessions of the conference or just stop by to view the topics of your choice.
- “What’s the real reason organic costs more?”
- “What is legal is not always right – fighting for justice in rural America”
- “Scaling up local food production to take it from niche to mainstream”
- “Teaching doctors about the importance of food to health”
- “The only real way to end hunger in America”
- “Health education through art and hip hop music”
- And many more short fascinating presentations in the style of the famous TED* Institute (*Technology, Entertainment and Design)
For a complete list of speakers and times go to www.tedxmanhattan.org
There will be a potluck community meal at 12:30 so bring a dish to pass.
Located at Burr and Burton’s Rowland Center Cafeteria.
For additional information contact Sarah McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Registration for 2015-2016
Juniors, sophomores and freshmen have received the 2015-16 Course of Study electronically on their iPad. Parents can review the book by clicking on this link: here. Please take time to discuss appropriate course choices with your son or daughter. Students will receive instructions about registering for next year’s courses through an online process. All course sign ups should be completed by March 12. If you have any questions please contact the School and College Counseling Office.
Mock College Interviews
Juniors will have the chance to participate in individual practice college interviews with college admission officers in April. Details will be forthcoming. Students will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis until spots are filled.
Castleton State College will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 1, from 9 – 11am. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. We recommend that a parent accompany their student if possible.
Notification of College Admission Decisions
Seniors: please be sure to notify your counselor whenever you receive an admission notification from a college. We don’t know unless you tell us!
Financial Aid Alert
Seniors need to complete and submit their financial aid forms (www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org) this month if they have not already done so. Contact VSAC at 1-800-642-3177 for assistance in filling out the forms. Don’t delay!
VSAC College Pathways Programs
VSAC is organizing a series of workshops on college admission. These free programs take place on Saturday, March 21 at St. Michael’s College; Monday, March 30 at Lyndon State College; and Saturday, April 11 at Castleton State College. Find more information and register for VSAC’s College Pathways workshops online at www.vsac.org or by calling 1-800-798-8722.
Standardized Testing Registration
College-bound Burr and Burton Juniors should sign up to take either the SAT or the ACT this spring. The SAT will be administered at BBA on March 14 and May 2. The ACT will be administered at BBA on April 18 (during April Break). Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts before registering. BBA offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings, but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.
Information on the SAT and ACT and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and online at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org, respectively. Spring testing options are listed below. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall. Please contact us if you have questions.
Test Dates and Deadlines
Saturday, March 14, SAT administered at BBA (Late registration deadline is March 3, via online or phone only. Info at www.collegeboard.org)
Saturday, May 2, SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests administered at BBA, register by April 6 at www.collegeboard.org
Saturday, June 6 SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests (not administered at BBA), register by May 8 at www.collegeboard.org
TESTING PLAN & CALENDAR FOR JUNIORS
Test Prep Opportunities
Prep Classes at BBA: $100 High End Test Prep (underwritten by BBA – classes at BBA)
Timed to prepare for the May SAT.
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 administered at BBA on Saturday, May 2
To register for this course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh. Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor. Register by March 13.
$300 Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA in May
*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.
Spring College Admissions Program
On Thursday, May 7, from 7 – 9 pm, BBA will host a panel presentation by admission officers from a variety of colleges and universities. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative program that will be held in the Rowland Center.
Summer Programs/Study Abroad
The School and College Counseling Office has collected information about a variety of summer programs, including Vermont-based program, CollegeQuest www.nevahec.org (for health-related careers, applications in our office); See website for details and deadlines.
All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont that are week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Science and Technology. Applications are on line with a March 24 deadline (http://www.giv.org/apply-now).
Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2015-16 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester.
Forms for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form specific to Scholarships and found in the SCC Office.
VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship book if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document requests to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling by the morning of March 6th.
Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award
Eligibility:Graduating senior with a disability or debilitating illness, either physical or mental. Financial need. Planning to attend college.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: March 8
The National Catholic Colleges Admission Association Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior accepted at a NCCAA member institution begninning Fall 2015
Award: $1,000 Deadline: March 15
Apply online (www.catholiccollegesonline.org/students)
Alice Angney Scholarship For Leadership and Service
Eligibility: High School Senior VT resident, commitment to further education. Must have demonstrated initiative in overcoming a specific challenge or challenges, leadership and service to their community as well as academic achievement.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: March 20
Journalism Education Foundation of New England (JEFNE) Scholarship
Eligibility: New England resident, GPA of 2.3 or above, high school student planning a career in Journalism OR a college Student studying Journalism or related field
Award: $1,000; Deadline March 20
Berkshire Bank Foundation 2014 Scholarship Program
Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extra-curricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school.
Award: $1,500; Deadline: March 25
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships
Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary Scholarships
Eligibility: Seniors entering either a college or vocational school. Personality, community service, academic accomplishments, and financial need are some of the deciding factors.
Award: not specified; Deadline: March 31
Stratton Foundation – Moving Mountains First Generation Scholarship – NOMINATION-BASED
Eligibility: First Generation college student, financial need, academic achievement, character, leadership, motivation. Student must fill out Nomination Form by April 1st.
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 1 to fill out NOMINATION FORM
Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship, Mt. Lebanon Lodge #89, Jamaica
Eligibility: Must be a resident of Jamaica, Windham, Stratton,Winhall, Londonderry, Wardsboro or Townsend. Graduating senior attending a 2- or 4-year college or university. Academic achievement, community service or service to BBA.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 1
The Masonic College Scholarship, Mt. Lebanon Lodge #46, Jamaica
Eligibility: Must be a resident of Jamaica, Windham, Stratton,Winhall, Londonderry, Wardsboro or Townsend. Graduating senior attending a 2- or 4-year college or university. Academic achievement, community service or service to BBA.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 1
VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college
or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University;
GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College
Award: unknown Deadline: April 1
APPLICATIONS ONLINE: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships
VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Letter states application must be hand-delivered by April 17th. Because this date falls during vacation, BBA’s DEADLINE is April 8th
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 8th — must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents
Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: April 8
The Reverend Robert L. Clayton Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating Senior, academic record, goals, school and community involvement, financial need.
Award: $4,000 for four years; Deadline: Postmarked on or before April 10
Note: This requires three years of tax records. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete!
Manchester Masons of VT Scholarship
Eligibility: senior planning to enroll in college or Vocational/Technical School who lives in Manchester, Dorset, or Sunderland; OR has Masonic affiliation through a parent or grandparent ; award based on leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities and financial need
Award: $500.00; Deadline: April 10
Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Elibigility: graduating senior pursuing further education in college, trade school. Exemplary member of the student body, demonstrated leadership qualities within school and community.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: RECEIVED BY April 30
Applications: on Naviance and in School and College Counseling Office
Bill Muench Basketball Camp Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior who participated in or worked as a counselor at Bill Muench’s Basketball Camp. Recognizes attitude, academic achievement and effort, involvement in sports, community or other extra-curricular activity)
Award: not specified; Deadline: May 1
Daniel Maneely Engineering Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior accepted into an engineering technology field at an accredited school. Award based on academics, extra-curricular activities, community service and an essay
Award: $5,000; Deadline: May 1
Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.)
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship Deadline: by midnight, May 1
Application online at www.phillips-scholarship.org
Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000 for 4 years; Deadline: May 1
The School and College Counseling Office contacts:
Phil Anton, Director of Admission and School Counseling, Counselor for all freshmen 549-8125; email@example.com
Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8145; firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8130; email@example.com
Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors 549-8126; firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8126; email@example.com
From the Library
Our Library has Bloom’s Literature — Everything you need to research authors, works, characters, topics, and themes plus tips on how to write about them!
Highlights of this definitive source for literary criticism:
- Complete coverage: essays and criticism examining the lives of great authors and their works throughout history
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- Works: overviews, synopses, analyses, and literary criticism of thousands of works
- Authors: a wealth of content on the finest contemporary and classic writers from around the world
- Literary criticism: critical essays from Facts on File’s extensive collection, Harold Bloom’s acclaimed essays, and critical articles from the Bloom’s imprint
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- Characters: information on more than 46,000 major and minor literary characters
- Authoritative source list: more than 1,600 scholarly and critical books, more than 700 books from Infobase Publishing, and more than 500 peer-reviewed journals and other periodicals
- Image and video galleries
- Harold Bloom’s Canon of Literature: Professor Bloom’s selections of the major works of Western literature
- “Did you mean…?” search feature
- Examples of full citations in MLA, Chicago Manual of Style and APA styles.
Access Instructions: Please contact Mrs. Miller or Ms. Hansen for the link and login details.
We hope you enjoy your Lisa B. Tuttle Library experience. If you have any suggestions or comments we would love to hear them. Just stop by the Library and tell us!
Librarians: Mrs. Merlyn Miller and Ms. Deborah Hansen
Regular Library Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 5 pm
Friday: 7 am – 1 pm
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store
High Honors List
Equinox Hotel and Resort
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Cafe
The Perfect Wife
Vermont Country Properties
Sotheby’s International Realty
W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc.
Mettowee Mill Nursery, Inc.
The Bank of Bennington
The Richards Group
The Aspen at Manchester
Barrows House/Dorset Inn
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Equinox Square Associates
Equipe Sport Ltd.
JK Adams / The Kitchen Store
JOY – all things underthings
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
People’s United Bank
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC
Engineering Printing Solutions
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
Reunion ’14 Corporate Sponsors
Barbara J. Bardin ‘69
Tim and Juliette ‘89 Britton
Paul ‘96 and Chrissy Carroccio
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
H.N. Williams Store
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Work Bakery Cafe
A Safe Place Self Storage
Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT
Cole Engineering and Construction
Flying Cow Signs
Joseph J. Blair Tree Care
Long Ago & Far Away