Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 2015


1   PsychologyFest 2015: 6 pm Scranton Room
2   Senior Bell Ringing: 2:15 pm
3 – 5 Senior Exams
4   Gawlik Media and Performing Arts Awards: 7 pm SVAC
7   International Student Farewell Party: 5:30 pm Rowland Center
8   Scholarship Night: 7 pm Riley Center
8   End of Marking Period
9 – 11 Underclass Exams – 12:35 Dismissal
10  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: 10 am Riley Center
11  Reception for International Graduates and Families: 5 pm
11  International Student Graduation Dinner: 6:30 pm Scranton Room
12  Commencement: 5:30 pm Pettibone Field
12  End of school year


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

At 2:15 PM this Tuesday, the seniors will ring the bell, descend from the senior steps in front of the Seminary building, and follow a long tradition. Burr and Burton’s 182nd commencement is on the horizon.

In the past few weeks, we have had a gala that raised over $250,000, our annual awards assembly honoring student effort and achievement, the Mountain Campus final projects, the stunning, sold-out run of Cabaret, our first annual Science Symposium, and Saturday night’s sold out, amazing Creative Arts Expo. Still on the horizon are the Psychology Fair, exams, the Gawlik Awards (which sold out in four minutes!), sports playoffs, Scholarship Night, and other celebrations large and small. The culmination, of course, is Commencement 2015 on June 12 at 5:30 PM.

Our commencement speaker is BBA graduate Keith Williams, who was president of the class of 2004. After completing his degree in economics at Middlebury College, Keith spent several years at the renowned investment bank Goldman Sachs. Rather than follow this proven path to riches, however, Keith left Goldman Sachs in 2012 to pursue a number of different interests. He researched cognitive disorders at Columbia Medical School; he ran a nonprofit organization addressing the orphan crisis in Ethiopia; he wrote about the history of various Brooklyn neighborhoods; and he is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Keith does not necessarily have all the answers (after all, who does?), but he is asking all the right questions and demonstrating that with education as a foundation, there are many paths to be taken toward a fulfilling and productive life.

The faculty speaker, selected by the senior class, is Mountain Campus teacher Paul Kelly. PK, as he is known to many, is known for his devotion to students, commitment to the Mountain Campus program and all that it stands for, and a zest for life that is almost unparalleled. He has the heart of a lion, and I have no doubt that he will return this honor with words of depth and wisdom.

Commencement should be an inspiring capstone on what, by any and all measures, is another successful year at Burr and Burton Academy. On behalf of this school, I thank all of you for your trust and support, and I look forward to seeing you at the many events between now and summer break.


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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Assistant Head of School


2015 Awards Assembly Remarks – May 29, 2015

On Friday, May 29 we gathered as a community to present over 140 awards to honor student achievement and effort in the arts, academics and athletics.

Last week I read a powerful commencement address that Dr. Juliet Garcia, the first Hispanic woman to serve as a head of a US college or university, delivered to the 2015 graduates at Smith College.

Garcia’s speech was chockful of wisdom and insight, she shared, “Our lives are strengthened not by our accomplishments, but more often, by our challenges.”

Today’s award recipients should feel wonderful about their accomplishments and I hope each of you feels a deep sense of fulfillment.

However, it is important to remember that fulfilment is not about the moment of recognition – fulfillment comes from the process of creating the body of work that led to each award.

Our lives are strengthened from persevering and overcoming challenges – from pushing through states of confusion to moments of clarity. Fulfillment comes from practice, hard work, revision, refinement and reflection.

Not everyone in attendance is receiving an award today, but I’m confident that everyone here today faced a challenge, worked through it and discovered something about themselves that they will carry with them into their futures.

During Garcia’s speech she also said, “Make sure that you take a moment today or tomorrow or someday very soon, to thank everyone for helping make today a reality for you.”  

The end of the school year is the perfect time to reflect and to remember that none of us achieve fulfillment or excellence on our own. I invite you think about and appreciate the people who’ve helped you achieve your goals and break through your challenges. Now, let’s celebrate together the accomplishments of our community.


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.

Congratulations! We have all successfully made it through another great year at BBA. I for one feel very fortunate, but also a little sad. As some of you may know, my youngest daughter is graduating in less than two weeks. Although it is a very exciting time, it seems very strange to be transitioning out of the role of a BBA parent and BBA Parent Association  presidency. I want to thank everyone at BBA and in the BBA community for all they do and all the support I have received over the years. It has been a tremendous experience which I have enjoyed and learned from.

On behalf of the BBA Parent Association, I want to thank everyone involved with the Garden Party Gala Fundraiser. It was another wonderful evening and huge success! We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. It is a true testament to the people that make up the BBA community. Thank you!!!

We have one last Teacher/Staff Appreciation Brunch approaching on Friday, June 12. I will be sending out a request next week for volunteers to bake so please watch for it and let us know if you are willing and able. I can’t tell you how much these are appreciated.

If anyone is interested in taking a more active role at BBA and is interested in becoming a PA committee member, we still have a few openings for next year. Please contact me. It is a lot of fun and a great way to be connected in your student’s day to day activities.

I wish all of you a summer filled with fun and relaxation and memory making moments for you to cherish always.

Many thanks!

Peggy Brockett
Parent Association President


From the Advancement Office



It’s hard to imagine that the Garden Party Gala, our annual spring fund-raising gala has come and gone. A great deal of time and effort goes into the planning of this event and we are happy to report it was a smashing success!!! From the moment gala goers arrived, to the last song played by The Lustre Kings, the excitement and energy in the tent was simply astounding. The wow factor in the tent was astounding, the decorations were perfect in every way, the food was delicious, the Raffle was lots of fun, the Live Auction was incredible, and topped off by yet another amazig “Build a Dream” call. Every person in the tent understood the importance of the event and rose to the occasion in support of Burr and Burton and our students. The numbers are in the process of being finalized but it looks like we will net approximately $225,000 from this year’s gala.

We want to thank each and every person who contributed in some way to the success of our spring fundraising efforts – to those who donated an item to the Online Auction and those who purchased one, to our generous Gala sponsors, to our Live Auction donors and Raffle item donors, to the amazing and imaginative Garden Party Gala Committee led by Robin Apps and Christine Fayette, to our Parent Association President, Peggy Brockett and Lily of the Valley florist, to the student entertainment, the student volunteers, Julie and Neil Freebern, Jim Raposa, Bill Muench and Kevin Morrison, faculty members who supported the event throughout the evening, to The Perfect Wife Restaurant, to our photographer, Gary Baker, to the Advancement and Facilities staff, to Oscar Trugler for his beautiful graphics and design work, to Equinox Valley Nursery, and to Eric and Jane Nathan for their auction services. The list goes on of all the people who made this evening possible and who banded together to show how important support of Burr and Burton Academy is to our mission and our students.

We are here for one reason, and one reason only – to give our students the best possible education. Because of your generous support, we can provide all of the programs that allow our students to stretch their wings, imagine limitless possibilities, and take full advantages of the opportunities that instill grit, build confidence, and encourage intellectual, physical and emotional growth preparing them for success in the world beyond Burr and Burton.

So, THANK YOU to all who were a part of this magical evening. If I’ve missed someone on the thank you list, I apologize, but we want to make sure you know how much we appreciate your support.

Thank you, Parents and Grandparents! 

We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all parents and grandparents who have contributed to Celebrate Your Graduate to date. We appreciate the great response. Your endowment gifts will be a big help to educate the next generation of Burr and Burton students. If you haven’t had a chance to make a gift in honor of your graduate, there’s still time. Mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Burr and Burton Academy
Advancement Office
PO Box 498
Manchester, VT 05254

Write Celebrate Your Graduate and the name of your graduate on the note line or you can also make a gift using your credit card by contacting Nancy Brown, Advancement Coordinator at BBA at 802-549-8110 or

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

We look forward to being in touch later in the summer – have a great summer break!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the Athletics Department 



August 9 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5 pm in the cafeteria.

August 10 – Football practice begins.

August 12 – Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6 pm in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.

August 13 –  Soccer, Field Hockey and X-country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas –

Girls’ Soccer: Suzanne Mears –

Boys’ Soccer: Peter Mull –

Field Hockey: Barb Miceli –

Field Hockey: Julie Fifield – jfifield@

X-Country: Paul Bremel –

All students must have had a physical exam after October 31, 2013 prior to participating in fall sports. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the athletic department.

All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be downloaded from the schools web site, These completed forms must be brought to the meetings on August 19  or August 12 or mailed (attn. Dave Miceli) to the school before August 10.

Returning Burr & Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

Mark your calendars: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2015 – September 18 & 19.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics Dave Miceli at



Sports-related concussion in high school sports can be serious or even life-threatening situations if not managed correctly. National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon takes you through this course. In this course you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.


iPad Collection

Graduating Seniors:

All seniors must return their iPad, power brick and data cable to receive their cap & gown for commencement.  Senior iPads and accessories should be returned at the Tech Office (after school) beginning Monday, June 8.  Seniors must have a check written to BBA for any missing or unusable accessories (Power Brick $20, Data Cable $20)  Any seniors who has damaged a second iPad will be charged a $200 repair fee.

Rising Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores:

iPad Inspection & Collection will take place during Advisory on Thursday, June 11.  Students will meet with their “new” advisors (2015-16) and turn in their iPads before the summer break.  Any student who has damaged a second iPad will be charged a $200 repair fee.



2015 Commencement Information Brochure here.

Summer ACT/SAT Prep Courses at Maple Street School

Summer Homework for Rising Seniors

  • Request a college recommendation from a teacher before summer vacation – use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form (available in the School and College Counseling Office).
  • Visit college campuses and enter your observations in your Naviance journal. Update your online Naviance resume (
  • Complete all summer work required for your fall classes –Information and summer reading assignments available online.
  • Draft a sample college essay – Rising seniors received the new essay topics for the Common Application in advisory, copies are available in the School and College Counseling office and are currently posted on the Common Application website ( The new version of the entire Common Application will be available August 1.
  • Work on Service Learning projects.
  • Learn something new through work, summer programs or self-study.
  • Set a personal goal and achieve it; think about how you want to challenge yourself in your senior year. Register by August 7 for the September 12 ACT at There will be another opportunity to take the ACT in October. Registration and test dates not yet announced for the SAT- check on for updated information.

Mandatory Application Seminar for all College-Bound Seniors

Tuesday, August 18, 10 am – 1 pm
 Information on the college admission process and preliminary work on college applications.

Senior College Application Workshops (optional but recommended)

Application Workshops 10 am – 12 pm Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20 
Come to one- or both-sessions to work with your counselor and fill out your college applications before the busy fall semester begins.

Summer Homework for All

Students need to budget time over the summer for any required academic work. All students will have a summer reading requirement and assignment from the Social Studies Department. Students enrolled in AP English Language or AP English Literature, AP US History, AP Biology, AP Statistics and AP Psychology will have course-specific summer work. Assignments will be posted on the Burr and Burton website and available in hard copy in the School and College Counseling Office.

Attention Class of 2017

All rising juniors must report to school on Wednesday, August 26, for the Junior Jumpstart Program. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school! Students will be introduced to career and college information, standardized testing options, and more. They’ll also meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors.

Summer contact information for School and College Counseling Office

All of the counselors have limited office hours throughout the summer and will periodically check and respond to email. We are also available to meet with students and parents by appointment. Please keep in touch with your questions and updates.

Rising sophomores have shifted counselors from the retiring Phil Anton to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud or Cristin Rose. Maria Bittinger will work with all international students; other juniors and seniors will retain their current counselor. Kirk Knutson, the new department head, will start at BBA in July and will be the counselor for incoming freshmen. School and College Counselor assignments will again be noted in the end-of-the-year mailing.

Senior Plans

Members of the Class of 2015 recently completed surveys about their various plans for life after Burr and Burton. We will automatically send final transcripts for seniors who indicated enrolling in a college. (There is no need for a special request or form!) Students who later change their enrollment decision should let us know so we can follow up appropriately.

We wish graduates good luck in their ventures. Please know that we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll miss you!

UVM Scholarship Opportunity

Acacia Fraternity is offering the Dr. John B. Lane Leadership Scholarship in the amounts of $2,000, $1,000 and $5oo to incoming and first and second year male students. Must apply online by August 16 at


The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Andrea Hogan, 549-8145;

Melissa Michaud, 549-8130;

Cristin Rose, 549-8126;

Maria Bittinger, 549-8126;

Kirk Knutson, 549-8125;


Last Chance to Purchase the BBA 2015 Yearbook
Limited Copies Available!

Please contact Ms. Hansen in the library:
Telephone: (802) 549-8123


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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