Monthly Archives: November 2015

November 2015


4  Bulldog Leadership Summit: Work Ethic: 7 – 8 am Hunter Seminar
4  Fall Performance – 12 Angry Jurors: 6:30 pm BBA Riley Center
5  Fall Performance – 12 Angry Jurors: 6:30 pm BBA Riley Center
5  Refuse to Use International Student Event
6  Student Success Dinner: 5 pm BBA Cafeteria
6  Fall Performance – 12 Angry Jurors: 6:30 pm BBA Riley Center
7  Student Success Dinner: 5 pm BBA Cafeteria
7  Fall Performance – 12 Angry Jurors: 6:30 pm BBA Riley Center
9  Veteran’s Day – Faculty In Service Day: No school
10 Senior Winter Athletes Workshop: 7 am Hunter Seminar Room
10 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting: 6 pm BBA Cafeteria, Riley Center
11 Elf Express/One Act Information Meeting: 3 pm BBA Riley Center
11 Refuse to Use 9th Grade Event: 3 pm BBA Library, Hunter Seminar
11 Refuse to Use 10th Grade Event: 4 pm BBA Library, Hunter Seminar
12 Financial Aid Information Night (w/Speaker): 7 pm BBA Riley Center
12 Refuse to Use 11th Grade Event: 6 pm Hunter Seminar Room
13 Student vs. Faculty Hockey Game: 7 pm Riley Rink
16 Winter Sports Practice Begins
18 Refuse to Use 12th grade ONLY: 6 pm Library and Hunter Seminar
19 International Program D.C. Trip
23 Eighth Grade Parent Information Night: 7 pm BBA Riley Center
25 – 27 Thanksgiving Break – no school


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Some say that you learn more from losing than from winning. By that measure, our girls soccer team didn’t learn as much as they could have, going undefeated right up to the state championship game, and our football team has learned even less: they are still undefeated!

I have always subscribed to the notion that success begets success, and that feeling of success comes not just from winning, but from improving. The most successful teams are the ones that improve the most throughout the season, and the victories provide further reinforcement and motivation for the individual and team effort necessary to sustain the growth.

Therein lies the metaphor for life. Whether at the Mountain Campus as they embark on their weeklong expedition and solo experiences, the fall drama 12 Angry Jurors, which opens next week, or in every classroom and every club and activity throughout the school, we want students to strive for success. Yes, we all learn from our mistakes – or at least we should try to – but we also must celebrate the personal growth and the victories to remind ourselves of the payoff that comes from putting forth our best efforts.

We are 25% through the school year, and I hope your daughters and sons have tasted that feeling of successful growth somewhere at this school. And, of course, we sure hope that our football team has the joyful experience of winning The Championship Game…even if some say that you learn more from losing than winning!


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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Advancement Office


2015 – 2016 Annual Fund
Parent participation is needed!

By now, you have received both the Annual Fund brochure, and a personal appeal from Mark Tashjian will be arriving shortly for your support of this year’s Annual Fund. As parents, your participation is key to our success – parent support demonstrates your commitment to our mission to serve the needs of all students, and most important, those of your student.

We encourage you to give at a level that works for your family. You may say to yourself, “What can my $10, $25, or $50 dollars do for BBA?” I would like to stress that each and every gift counts as a vote in favor of top-quality education. With your support, we can demonstrate to other donors and foundations that our families are behind us 100%, which in turn, inspires their generous support. Take a look at the Annual Appreciation Report and see how many donors believe in the work that we do at Burr and Burton! It’s impressive.

What does the Annual Fund support? Here’s one important example – almost 800 iPads are distributed at the start of the semester and we lease those iPads at an expense of $98,664 each year. Tuition paid by your town does not cover this expense; we fundraise to cover this cost. But it is worth every dollar we raise to provide this extraordinary educational tool to all students and all faculty. When considering a gift, think about the iPad your student is using to enhance their learning experience here, or the Mountain Campus semester, or the Student Success Program, or the thirty-some after school clubs that we offer, or the service learning trips planned for the second semester, or any of the amazing “extras” that are available to your student at Burr and Burton Academy.
These opportunities are provided by meeting the Annual Fund goal.

Beth Eyre and Diana Pagnucco are once again heading up the Parent Association Advancement Committee and they are excited about keeping the parent participation percentage growing. So please don’t put it off – make your gift today. It’s easy. You can give in any of the following ways:

  • You can make a gift online by clicking on this link
  • You can send a check or stop by the Advancement Office and drop off a gift
  • You become a corporate sponsor if you own your own business
  • You can donate a service of some sort to the Online Auction

All gifts count toward the parent participation number. And we have some great “incentive” gifts this year to encourage and thank you for participating.

Thank you for your past support or for your support if you’ve already given this year. Last year was another outstanding year for the Annual Fund, which means it was an outstanding year for the opportunities we were able to provide YOUR student. And we are working to replicate that success – please help us get to the goal!

With grateful appreciation,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement

Student/Parent Directories Now Available online through OnCampus. If you haven’t signed in yet, this is an awesome resource for information about all things BBA!



Financial Aid Information Night

Susan Rochette, Director of Student Financial Services at Southern Vermont College, will present the principles and basic steps of the financial aid process on Thursday, November 12 at 7 pm in the Riley Center. Parents of seniors and juniors are encouraged to attend this important informational meeting.

Families need to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from application deadlines. Please check EACH college’s website for information. Students applying to private colleges should check to see if they are required to complete the CSS Financial Profile Form. Forms are available on-line at www.collegeboard org.


Keep those applications coming! Let us help you brainstorm essays, review applications and consider good matches. Many seniors have already submitted applications; other students are still working through the initial process. A good rule of thumb is to apply before the December break. Remember to have your test scores sent directly to the colleges from the College Board or ACT. We’re here to assist and support you. If you still need to schedule campus visits, consider taking advantage of Monday, November 9 when there are no classes at BBA.

Castleton Decision Day Program

Castleton University gives students the opportunity to interview with admissions counselors at BBA on Thursday, December 10. Students will immediately receive their admission decision if the student’s completed application has been received by November 24. Students must submit a transcript request form to their counselor and sign up for an interview appointment in the School and College Counseling Office by November 20.

SAT/ACT Registration Information

We recommend that juniors hold off on these tests until the spring semester when they will have had a chance to review PSAT results and take a prep class, if desired. Test prep classes will be scheduled in the winter/spring and we will alert you to those opportunities. Seniors should note that November 5 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 5 at BBA. Go to Seniors who want to take the December 12 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 6 deadline at

Update for Juniors

College-bound juniors took the PSAT on October 14. When the results are received in December they will be given to the students and a copy will be sent home. Beginning next semester, School & College Counselors will conduct individual college or career planning meetings with juniors.

Upcoming College Visits

Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to attend college meetings. Students and parents can find our most up-to-date list at We also post a paper calendar inside the School and College Counseling Office and list visits in the weekly announcements.

AP Exam Information

All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2015-2016 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $92 per exam by Friday, December 11. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $3 per exam.  Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to Cristin Rose or Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. There are fee waivers available for eligible students – please speak with Cristin Rose. All students enrolled in AP courses are required by Burr and Burton to take the AP exam. AP exams will be held May 2 – May 13, 2016.

College Athletics

Seniors interested in playing Division I or II intercollegiate athletics next year need to register at Stop in the School and College Counseling Office for assistance or computer access.

Selective Service Registration

Eighteen-year-old males need to register with the U.S. Selective Service at Male students need to do so in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

Learn about the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center (CDC) in Bennington, VT

A representative from the CDC will be at BBA to meet with students during FlexBlock on November 17 from 10:40-12:00 in the cafeteria. They will offer information about the opportunities and programs at their facility in Bennington which currently has 18 programs that offer two years of study, and many pre-tech exploratory courses. Each of the programs has Industry Recognized Credentials and/or Dual Enrollment Credits that may be achieved with successful completion of these programs.

Vermont Health Care Career Awareness Resources: The Vermont Health Care Careers updated information Also visit us on Facebook to see what’s trending now:

VT AHEC Health Careers Team: Champlain Valley AHEC; Northeastern Vermont AHEC; Southern Vermont AHEC

2015/2016 Scholarship List

Scholarship information can be found in the School and College Counseling Office and is listed in Naviance at:

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

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

American Legion Oratorical Contest

Eligibility: This is a state and national Constitutional Speech Competition open to 9th through 12th graders.
Deadline: November 30
Online information:

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship

Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website:
Award: $500; Deadline April 1

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for international students,  549-8242;

Mary Grabarz, Registrar 549-8127;

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8145;

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, Counselor for freshmen, 549-8125;

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8130;

Tony Napolitano, External Learning Coordinator, 549-8241;

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8126;

Lynne Welsh, School and College Counseling Office Assistant, 549-8242;


From the Athletics Department

Tuesday, November 10 at 6 pm: Mandatory winter sports parent/athlete meeting.
All winter sports will meet in the gymnasium. From this meeting teams will be directed to individual meeting locations.

All senior winter athletes will meet on November 10 at 5 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room for a leadership workshop.

Monday, November 16: All winter sports begin tryouts.
Ice Hockey, Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, Snowboarding, Basketball, Dance and Wrestling.

All winter athletes must have had a well physical exam after March 1, 2014. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the athletic department on or before 11/10. Forms are available online to print and outside of the AD’s office.

All of the other forms needed to participate in athletics must be filled out through OnCampus. Please complete forms on or before November 10. Assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the winter sports meeting in the basement of the Smith Center.

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

Please note that there are games scheduled over the holiday break December 21 – January 1, and during the February break 15 – 19. The Varsity Dance state competition will be held on February 20.
Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

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From the Creative Arts Department

IMG_4283On November 4, 5, 6, 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy, the Performing Arts Department will present Twelve Angry Jurors, based upon Reginald Rose’s combustible “Twelve Angry Men” and directed by Jim Raposa. The story is as relevant today as it was over 60 years ago, when it premiered on CBS from Westinghouse Studio One. Rewritten as the 1957 Academy Award nominated film starring Henry Fonda, this riveting play has been produced throughout the world in countless stage productions and was once again realized on the small screen in 1997 with George C. Scott, James Gandolfini and Tony Danza.

Get your tickets and see how one man stands alone against bigotry, confronts racism and asks each juror to question their own sense of justice.  As the evidence of murder in the first degree is re-examined, a seemingly open and shut case descends into a fiery drama, a drama that could end with a guilty verdict and the death penalty. Watch and listen as the judicial process unfolds before you. Get your tickets at: Tickets are $7 for BBA students, faculty & staff and $12 for adults.

Before the Show: BBA’s Student Success Program Hosts Second Annual Dinner and a Show

Burr and Burton’s Student Success Program will be hosting the 2nd annual “Dinner and a Show ” on both Friday, November 6 and Saturday the 7th. Dinner is being served in the BBA cafeteria in conjunction with the performing Arts Department’s play “Twelve Angry Jurors” in the Riley Center of the Arts immediately following dinner. The Success Scholars will be serving, preparing the food and hosting the evening. The delicious food is all locally sourced. To buy tickets please visit Show and dinner tickets must be purchased separately.


Make your dinner reservations here.
Please note that these events are priced separately and need to be ordered individually.


Four singers from our Vocal Music Ensemble were selected to represent BBA at the American Choral Director’s Association Honors Chorus Festival hosted at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Saturday October 24.  Congratulations to Jackie Nutter, Mikayla Schaffer, Brendan Foery and Adam Quinn for this prestigious recognition.


Women Can Do! 

Sixteen Burr and Burton Academy students attended the 17th Women Can Do! a conference promoting STEM and Trade Careers. The students spent the day participating in career seminars and hands-on activities. Offerings including using heavy machinery, architecture and engineering, computers and communications, natural and renewably energies, public safety and health, skilled trades and other non-traditional career areas. The participants also had the opportunity to weld, fingerprint, make jewelry, use chainsaws, tap-a-tree, use tile and glass cutters, explore weatherization and nautical knots, explore a police cruiser and fixing a flat bike tire. 
The conference was held at Vermont Technical College, by Vermont Works for Women who strive to cultivate courage, confidence and leadership through a variety of programs throughout the year.  This year’s keynote speaker was a female law enforcement officer for the US Supreme Court.  She shared her journey of exemplorary perseverance in a position historically held by men. She encouraged the students to follow their interests and believe in themselves.

Resources available in the library

In addition to supporting the curriculum, one of our goals in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library is to connect students with books that excite and engage them. We place displays throughout the library based on themes or interests hoping to pique students’ interest. Recent displays have included Favorite Summer Reads, Banned Book Week, Speak About It, Graphic Novels, Scary fiction and nonfiction books and the 2015-2016 Green Mountain Book Award Nominees.

The Green Mountain Book Award is a readers’ choice award for Vermont students in grades 9-12. Fifteen books are nominated each year by a committee of students, librarians and teachers. The books are chosen from a range of genres with the intent to engage high school readers. This year’s list include non-fiction, science-fiction, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, supernatural thrillers, graphic novels and more. Students who read at least three of the selections are eligible to vote for the winner. We will host a voting party for students who participate in the program in the Spring. Here are book trailers for some of the nominees.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
(802) 549-8122


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 Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Prospect Rehabilitation
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC  

Academic Pin

Dibble Painters
Engineering Printing Solutions
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping 
Goepel Construction
iShip Express
Ishu Productions
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
TD Bank

Reunion ’15 Corporate Sponsors

Amy (Walter) Chamberlain ’85 The Perfect Wife Restaurant
Howard O’Donovan ‘65
Steve & Judi LaMontagne McPhail ‘65
Members of the 50th Reunion Class of ’65
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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