Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 2015


1   SAT Prep Class: 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm Hunter Seminar Room
2  SAT at BBA: 8 am in the cafeteria
2  Saturday Series – The Hard Problem: 6:30 pm Riley Center
2  The Junior Prom: 8 pm Hildene
4 – 14 AP Exams – please check with teacher for dates, times and location
7  Spring College Night (Juniors & Sophomores, Parents): 7 pm Rowland Center
12 – 16 Spring Musical “Cabaret”: 6:30 pm Riley Center
15 Founders Day and Luncheon: 12 pm Scranton Room
21 Science Symposium: 6 pm – 8 pm Cafeteria
22 “Garden Party Gala”: 6 pm – 11:30 pm Hildene
25  Memorial Day – No School
27  Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 pm Mountain Campus Peru
29 Senior Breakfast: 7:30 am
29  Awards Assembly & Yearbook Dedication: 9:30 am Gym
29 Senior Hike up Mt. Equinox: 11 am
30 Creative Arts Expo: 5 pm and 7:45 pm lower campus


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

I previously shared excerpts from this article, published in the New York Times a year ago, but the message is so relevant, I share it again.  The title: Friends Can Be Dangerous, by Lawrence Steinberg, April 25, 2014.

The article demonstrates a psychological and physiological basis for the increased risk associated with teenage group behaviors around drinking and driving. Here are some excerpts:

we randomly assigned subjects to play a video driving game, either alone or with two same-age friends watching them. The mere presence of peers made teenagers take more risks and crash more often, but no such effect was observed among adults….

…Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicate that many more juvenile crimes than adult crimes are committed in groups. And driving statistics conclusively show that having same-age passengers in the car substantially increases the risk of a teen driver’s crashing but has no similar impact when an adult is behind the wheel….

The article continues, furthering the link between group behavior and dangerous decision-making. In this case, believe it or not, they did studies on mice (yes, those little critters we try to keep out of our houses) and their consumption of alcohol when in groups of peers.  I am not making this up!

…We created “peer groups” of mice by raising them in triads composed of animals from three different litters. We then tested whether, if given unfettered access to alcohol, they would drink more when they were with their peers than when they were alone. Mice tested when they were fully grown drank equally in both contexts. But adolescent mice — tested shortly after puberty — drank significantly more in the presence of their peers than when they were by themselves.

Now, I will admit there is something amusing about the image of groups of adolescent mice crowding around a little beer keg, but extrapolate that behavior to teenagers and it looks much more serious.  

In the coming weeks, our students, your sons and daughters, will have many opportunities to be together, to celebrate together, to drive together, and, possibly, to consume alcohol and other substances together. My hope is that by increasing everyone’s awareness of the natural tendency to make risky decisions when in groups, your sons and daughters will have all the fun that comes with great friendships while taking steps to be safe.

Think about it and talk about it.  Please. May and June are magical months in our school year, and we want all of the celebration without any tragedy.


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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Assistant Head of School


Dear BBA Families:

New Schedule/Advisory Update:

As we plan for next year’s schedule change, our advisory program will be revamped to support the addition of the flex block (see my April Bullhorn post for more detail). Next year, we will have multi-aged (grades 10-12) advisories, and freshman-only advisories. The goal is to keep advisories small (10-12 students).

  • All multi-age advisories will be organized by a school counselor. The process of assigning new advisories will begin in early May. We will start with current 11th graders and keep students together by counselor; we will then assign current 10th and current 9th graders.
  • Students will transition to new advisories during the last week of classes (senior exam week). Current advisories will have the month of May to plan for closure and to transition to new advisories.

We feel strongly that this structure will effectively support the goals of the flex block. Advisors will play a key role in mentoring students as they develop the skill of using flex time effectively.

If you’d like to learn more about the changes and our plan for implementation, please join me at the Parent Association Meeting at 5 pm on May 6. Look for details in an upcoming Parent Association email, BBA This Week.

Update on Standardized Testing for Juniors:

On May 14-15, all Juniors will complete the NECAP Science Assessment. During the last two weeks of May, students in 11th grade will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments. These standardized tests measure achievement in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Smarter Balanced Assessment is replacing the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), Vermont’s statewide assessment since 2005. Most students will complete the assessments in their current English, Social Studies and Math classes. The individual and school results provide valuable feedback on the teaching and learning taking place at Burr and Burton Academy.

The 2014-2015 academic year is quickly coming to a close! There are many exciting and engaging events happening this month and I encourage you to take advantage of the rich opportunities available to connect as a community and to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.





Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School


From the Advancement Office


We are on the home stretch now with graduation and the end of the 2014 – 2015 school year clearly in sight.

May is a very busy month here in the Advancement Office with all of our energy focused on this year’s fundraising event, the Garden Party Gala. The Online Auction ended at midnight, April 30th and was highly successful. At our last evening check-in, our numbers were looking very good and we hope you were in on the bidding. We’d like to extend our thanks to the Online Auction Committee who put a lot of time and effort in to gathering a terrific selection of items for the auction, and to those parents who donated a service or item. If you missed it, well there is always next year.

Next up – the gala, which is scheduled for the evening of May 22 at Hildene. Invitations went out in mid April. We had a terrific response and are currently sold out. However, if you’re interested in coming, please contact me and I’ll put you on the waiting list as things change. Last year we were able to accommodate everyone on the list, so let me know. We have a great line up Live Auction items, Chef Amy Chamberlain ’85 will be providing a delicious, garden themed menu, and the Lustre Kings will be revved up to provide gala goers with some lively dancing music after the auction.

2015-Gala-save-the-date-1If you are unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts we hope you will consider supporting the gala by sponsoring a faculty member to attend. It’s a thoughtful way to say thank you to our faculty who are so dedicated to this school and your student’s success here!

We also have a raffle going on as a part of the Garden Party Gala with the drawing the night of the event (you do not have to be present to win). Here is the list of items:

Item #1 – Weekend stay at the Woodstock Inn & dinner for two at the Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee.

Item #2 – Garden bench designed and made by the BBA woodshop students, garden pillow from Chandler Four Corners and a consultation and $150 gift certificate from Mettowee Mill Nursery.

Item #3 – $500 in gift certificates from the Barrows House/Dorset Inn.

Item #4 – Gardening tub filled with gifts from Equinox Valley Nursery/Jennifer Casey, $25 gift certificate from Aubuchon Hardware and six blueberry bushes delivered and planted by Glebe Mountain Gardens/Curt and Martha Cowles.

Item #5 – Garden consultation with Ellen Ogden and her signed gardening book and two raised bed garden containers provided by Mark Eichhorn and Tim Apps.

Raffle tickets can be purchased through the Advancement Office by calling Christina Cole at 802-549-8277 or email her at Tickets are 5 for $25 and 15 for $50.

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you again for all of you who supported the annual fund over the past year. While the Parent Challenge has ended, we still have two months until the end of the year, which means you still have time to get your name in the Annual Appreciation Report for 2014 – 2015. Just make your gift by June 30, 2015.

One last item to share with you – the chance to Celebrate Your Graduate! If you are parents of a senior, you know that graduating from Burr and Burton is a real accomplishment and an important step in your student’s life. Celebrate your graduate and create a lasting legacy with a special endowment gift to Burr and Burton. Your gift will ensure future Burr and Burton students continue to enjoy a wide range of educational opportunities and will continue to interact with talented, dedicated and caring teachers, staff and coaches that are hallmarks of this institution. A letter will be sent to all parents and grandparents of seniors in early May with more details. Thank you and congratulations to your graduate!

Hope to see you at the gala!


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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Athletics Department 


Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

  • May 25 – Tennis pairings announced.
  • May 26 – Tennis play downs.
  • May 26 – Boys Golf districts at Equinox.
  • May 29/30 – Tennis quarterfinals.
  • June 1 – Baseball, Softball and Boys and Girls Lacrosse pairings announced.
  • June 2 /3 – Baseball, Softball and Boys and Girls Lacrosse playdowns begin.
  • June 2/3 – Tennis semifinals.
  • June 3 – Boys Golf finals.
  • June 5/6 -Baseball. Softball and Boys and Girls Lacrosse quarterfinals.
  • June 5/6 – Tennis finals.
  • June 8 – Track State Meet
  • June 9/10 – Baseball, Softball and Boys and Girls Lacrosse semifinals.
  • June 13 – Baseball, Softball and Boys and Girls Lacrosse finals.
Important Fall 2015 Dates:
  • August 9 – Mandatory Football Parent/Athlete Meeting – 5 pm
  • August 10 – Football practice begins
  • August 12 – Mandatory Fall  Sports Parents/Athlete Meeting 6pm
  • August 13 – Tryouts begin for field hockey. boys and girls soccer and cross country.
Varsity Fall Coaches:
Football: Jason Thomas
Boys Soccer: Pete Mull
Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears
Field Hockey: Julie Fifield & Barb Miceli
Cross Country: Paul Bremel

From the Creative Arts Department



l to r: Anna Foster, Riley Vogel as the Emcee and Christie Duke.

The Burr and Burton Academy Performing Arts Department presents Kander and Ebb’s multi award winning musical “Cabaret” running May 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.

Don’t miss this musical made famous by Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey in the 1972 Oscar winning movie and reimagined for the 1998 Broadway revival starring Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, filled with legendary Broadway anthems such as “Cabaret,” “Money” and “Willkommen.”

The cast of 47 includes, Martha Turner as Sally Bowles; Eric Owens as Cliff Bradshaw; Riley Vogel as The Emcee; Elsa Bean as Frau Schneider; Owen Barclay as Herr Schulz; Olivia Mancivalano as Frau Kost and Everett Hazelton as Ernst Ludwig. Watch as they navigate the ever changing world of Berlin Germany during 1931. Witness the party inside the Kit Kat Klub, that seems as if it will go on forever…in stark contrast to the world outside which is crumbling into the chaos of war.  

“Leave your troubles outside,” and get your tickets online at: Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18 and $12 for the general public. Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. Box office opens one hour prior to show time. 


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All State Music Festival – hosted by the Middlebury Union High School Music Department: May 6 – 9

Emily Williams-Orchestra
Emily Maier-Orchestra
Ramsay Eyre-Orchestra
Kate Mori-Jazz Band
Mikayla Schaffer-Chorus


Spring College Night, May 7, 7 pm

Attention Sophomores, Juniors and Parents! Don’t miss an important evening of information about the college admission process. Admission representatives from Middlebury College, Wheaton College, and SUNY Potsdam will be here on Thursday, May 7, to share their professional wisdom and answer your questions. The program will start with a panel discussion at 7 pm in the Rowland Center. Following the panel, the college presenters will run workshop sessions on these topics: All You Need to Know to Get Started on the College Search, Admissions 101: Essay Writing, and The Application Review: What’s Factored and What’s Favored.

Reminder: To-Do List for Juniors

Counselors have met with juniors to discuss their senior year and post-graduate plans. As a follow up we suggest these activities:

  • Research colleges and careers.
  • Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and career opportunities. Share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again.
  • Update your Naviance Resume.
  • Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.

Standardized Testing Registration

Juniors should have already taken the SAT or ACT tests; if not juniors should sign up to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 6th or the ACT on June 13th. May 8th is the registration deadline for both tests. The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT in September and the SAT in October. Information is available at and

Junior Papers

Juniors should save copies of their current best papers. Sometimes colleges request that students provide graded writing samples in addition to their applications and essays, so it’s wise to be prepared.

Visit, Visit, Visit

Juniors should make plans to visit some college campuses in the upcoming months. College visits are legitimate absences for juniors but they need to let their counselor and their teachers know their visit plans in advance. Students are responsible for all work they miss. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance in setting up tours, information sessions, and interviews.

Advanced Placement Exams

This year’s AP exams run from May 4 – May 14. Please note that all Advanced Placement students taking morning exams are released from school at the conclusion of the exam. Students taking exams that begin at noon are expected to attend the first two morning classes, but are released at 11 am in order to have lunch and prepare.

2015 Graduation Countdown

A senior graduation mailing will be in your mailboxes within the next couple of weeks. This include the Burr and Burton Senior Events and Commencement Information Brochure which contains everything families need to know to prepare for the big event on Friday, June 12, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website here and has been forwarded via email to all parents with an up-to-date email address.

Attention Male Seniors

Don’t forget to register for the U.S. Selective Service at when you turn 18 years old. Neglecting to register can prevent you from receiving college financial aid.

2015-16 Schedules

Underclass students will be receiving their tentative schedules for next year in the next several weeks. Please contact your student’s School and College Counselor if you have any questions. Teacher assignments are still pending; students will learn that information when they receive a finalized schedule in early August.

Scholarships 2015

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: PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form that is specific to Scholarships and can be found in the SCC Office.

Dorset Sportsman’s Club Scholarship

Eligibility: graduating seniors who live in Dorset and have been accepted into a school for post-secondary education including 2- and 4-year colleges, technical and vocational schools. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement, etc. Award: $2,000; Deadline: May 6.

Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care. Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 11.

Arlington Nursing Association Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduating Senior seeking education on health related field. Must be resident of Arlington, Sunderland, or Sandgate. Award: $1,000/year during students post-secondary education provided continued eligibility. Deadline: May 11.

2015 I’m First! Scholarship

Eligibility: First generation college student. Must be attending “I’m First!” partnership school (listed at website). Strong writing skills and capacity for reflection for blogging, leadership experience. Award: $1,000-four-year renewable; Deadline: May 22. www.i’

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student intending to pursue a career related to golf and/or agronomy as related to golf. (Agronomy encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology and soil science.) Award: not specified; Deadline: June 1.


The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund

Eligibility: Senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required. Interest free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee). Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.

Olin Scott Fund, Inc. for Young Men Attending College

Eligibility: Male senior, 2.5 average, Bennington Countysenior accepted at University or College, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).


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;


Science Night

May 21, 6:30 pm until 8 pm in the Scranton Cafeteria

A forum for students to show the public the work they have been doing in science: robotics, DNA science, protein science, environmental science, hands on physics, chemistry and more. Everyone is invited.



From the Library

Move over fiction—Here are twelve great pairings of fiction titles with works of nonfiction – you will find all of them in our collection.

  1. Fiction title Compromised by Ayarbe (Foster Home Care) pairs well with nonfiction title Three Little Words by Rhodes-Courter.
  2. Fiction title I Hunt Killers by Lyga (murders; serial killers) pairs well with nonfiction title Devil in the White City by Larson.
  3. Fiction title Bruiser by Shusterman (child abuse) pairs well with nonfiction title A Child Called It by Pelzer
  4. Fiction title The Christopher Killer by Ferguson (forensic science) pairs well with nonfiction title Hidden Evidence by Owen.
  5. Fiction title Hurricane Song by Volponi (natural disasters) pairs well with nonfiction title Isaac’s Storm by Larson.
  6. Fiction title Trapped by Northrop (natural disasters) pairs well with nonfiction title Blizzard by Murphy.
  7. Fiction title Guardian by Lester (prejudice and racism) pairs well with nonfiction title They Called Themselves the KKK by Bartoletti.
  8. Fiction title Code Name Verity (gang violence) pairs well with nonfiction title Yummy by Neri.
  9. Fiction title Rikers High by Volponi (prisons; juvenile delinquency) pairs well with nonfiction title No Choirboy by Kuklin.
  10. Fiction title Annexed by Dogar (WWII; Germany & the U.S.) pairs well with nonfiction title Bomb by Sheinkin.
  11. Fiction title The Book Thief by Zusak (WWII; Germany) pairs well with nonfiction title The Nazi Hunters by Bascomb.
  12. Fiction title Eyes of the Emperor by Salisbury (WWII; Japanese Americans) pairs well with nonfiction title Imprisoned by Sandler

For more information on any of the titles listed above or for additional suggestions please contact the Library staff at 802-549-81122 or 802-549-8123.

Regular Library Hours:

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


From the Yearbook Advisor

Time is running out!
Be sure to order your yearbook soon!
There are limited quantities available.
Please see Ms. Hansen in the library.


2015 BBA Summer Camps

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To sign up for camp or for more information visit:


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
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. 

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
Prospect Rehabilitation
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC  

Academic Pin

Engineering Printing Solutions
Dibble Painters

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

We gratefully acknowledge and thank our Garden Party Gala Sponsors.

Ever-blooming Sponsors

Express Copy, Inc.
Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
Jamaica Cottage Shop

Band Sponsor

Carolyn and Robert Crabtree

Heirloom Sponsors

Berkshire Bank
N. Williams Store
Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Wine Sponsor

Hoa and Orland Campbell

Ornamental Sponsors

Langway Chevrolet of Manchester
Northshire Bookstore
Stratton Rentals

Perennial Sponsors

Atlantic Projects Company
Equinox Village
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Manchester Capital Management
Merrill Lynch
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Sugarhouse Builders
Doveberry Inn
The Vermont Country Store
Vermont Store Fixtures

Annual Sponsors

A Safe Place Storage
Arcadia Arts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
Cole Company, Inc.
Coleman’s Auto Repair
Decorative Interiors
Flying Cow Signs
GSK Climate Control
Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Family Credit Union
Homestead Landscaping
Long Ago and Far Away
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Robert S. Ruhl DMB, PC/Deerfield Valley Dental Care
The Mountain Goat North
Valley View Saloon

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