Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 2016


4  School Resumes
9  All State Vocal & Instrumental Auditions: Hartford, VT
10 Theater and Dance Fest – Dress Rehearsal: 3 – 6 pm Riley Center
11 Theater and Dance Fest – 6 pm Riley Center
11 Theater and Dance Fest – 8 pm Riley Center
11 BBA Mountain Campus Family Meeting – 5 pm Hunter Seminar Room
13 Final Exams (12:45 pm dismissal)
14 Final Exams (12:45 pm dismissal)
18 Martin Luther King Day – no school
19 National Honor Society Induction: 6:30 pm Riley Center
20 Refuse to Use 9th Grade Dialogue Night with Parents: 3 pm cafeteria
20 Refuse to Use 10th Grade Dialogue Night with Parents: 4:30 pm cafeteria
21 Refuse to Use 11th Grade and International Student Dialogue Night:
21 6 pm cafeteria
22 Bulldog Leadership Summit – Goal Setting followed by Movie Night: 6:30 pm
27 Refuse to Use 12th Grade Presentations to Parents: 6 pm Hunter Seminar
29 Dance and Drama New Student Works: 6:30 pm Riley Center


From the Headmaster

Happy New Year.  Sort of. At BBA, this is not really the new year. In fact, in less than two weeks, final exams bring the first semester to its conclusion.

With that in mind, I want to share the observation that the ONLY thing that separates our top tier students from the second and third tier is their commitment to quality.  Yes, some people have more so-called IQ points than others, but those of us in the workforce know that commitment to quality is far more important. Those students with the resolve to complete all assignments thoroughly and to approach all classes with a desire to learn will be the ones who succeed now and into the future.  They will get into the best colleges, be the most employable and will have the greatest control over their destiny in life. 

So if you want to make a New Year’s resolution, here’s a suggestion:  help your sons and daughters resolve to do their absolute best in 2016, starting with upcoming exams.

There is so much happening in the world, so many challenges, so many opportunities, so much strife, and the need for educated citizens to lead us into the future has never been greater. I have high hopes that this generation of BBA Bulldogs will be great stewards of our communities long into the future, with their time here serving as the foundation for their growth and a basis for their success. Four years goes fast, and time is of the essence. I look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday.

And, in all sincerity, Happy New Year.

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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Advancement Office


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

We want to thank all of our BBA parents who made a gift to the Annual Fund at the end of the year. We appreciate your response to the parent challenge and we will be sharing an update with you shortly on who won the gift certificate in the January drawing! Parents have been stopping by picking up their “schwag” so if you’ve given this year, please come see us in the Advancement Office. Our thanks to Diana Pagnucco and Beth Eyre for keeping the Parent Fund front and center in a fun and interesting way.

We are already gearing up for the planning of this year’s fundraising gala, the Do You Believe in Magic, to be held on May 27, 2016. And we have some exciting news – this year, the event will be held at the Taconic, the newest and hottest hotel in town so be sure that date is on your calendar. In conjunction with this event, we are looking for support in several ways.

Gala Sponsorship is one way to show your support for this important fundraising event. Sponsorships range from $250 up to $2,500 with lots of benefits for your support. Whether you choose to represent your business or if you’d like to do one personally, all sponsorships go to help offset the expenses of putting on this event. If you’re interested in becoming a Gala Sponsor please contact Pauline de Laszlo at 802-379-1553 or email her

We will once again be holding an Online Auction in April. As always, we are looking for items for the auction, and in particular, donation of services. If you own a business or would like to do something as an individual, we are looking for items such as:

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

Anything along these lines would be terrific. If you have something in mind, please contact Gina Vickers at 207-841-8963 or email her at

Also, if you have an item that might be appropriate for a Live Auction item please let us know. For example, this might be a week in a vacation home in a warm climate or at the beach during the summer, or a unique experience of some sort. And the good news is if you donate something to either the Online or Live auction it will count toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!

Once again, best wishes to all of our Burr and Burton families for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement



Second Semester Schedules

All students should check their second semester schedules through the On-Campus Portal (under the Classes tab, view Other Classes, drop down to “All-Year”) . Students who need to make changes should see their counselor by January 14.  No changes will be made on the first day of classes and there will be limited opportunity to switch classes at a later time.

Career Development Center

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

College and Career Planning for Juniors

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


PSAT scores  will be available on January 8.  Students may review their scores and other relevant information at  BBA will receive PSAT scores at the same time and we will also post them to the “Testing” page on student Naviance accounts.  

SPRING 2016 Standardized Testing Information for Juniors

Test Test Date Location Register by
SAT or Subject Tests January 23 OTHER Dec. 28, 2015
ACT February 6 OTHER Jan. 8
SAT March 5 BBA Feb. 5
ACT April 9 BBA Mar. 4
SAT or Subject Tests May 7 BBA Apr. 8
SAT or Subject Tests June 4 OTHER May 5
ACT June 11 OTHER May 6

Students do NOT need to register for ALL of the above tests. Check your schedule and determine which date(s) work for you. To register for the SAT: / To register for the ACT:


SAT Prep Course at BBA: High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic

The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families.  Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for either the March SAT or the May SAT.

Session 1 (for March 5 SAT) Session 2 (for May 7 SAT)

Friday, Jan. 22, 1-3 pm Friday, March 25, 1-3 pm

Friday, Jan. 29, 1-3 pm Friday, April 22, 1-3 pm

Friday, Feb. 5, 1-3 pm Friday, April 29, 1-3 pm

Friday, Feb. 26, 1-3 pm Friday, May 6, 1-3 pm

Friday, March 4, 1-3 pm (snow date)

The two sessions above are identical courses so students will only sign up for one.  To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadlines: Jan. 15 for Session 1;  March 15 for Session 2.  

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA 0n May 7; cost is $350
Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/13, 3/20; and 4/3, 4/10, and 4/24; and May 1st
Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Local SAT and ACT Prep Course

Contact or for more information about cost and class dates.

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Winter Weekend

Winter Weekends are exhilarating hands-on academic weekends for Vermont 9th through 12th grade students. Spend the weekend at a college campus taking on an intensive-study challenge, gaining exciting new skills, and making new friends! Events are overnight Friday-Sunday at Goddard College Affordable sliding-scale tuition. The application deadline for the Governor’s Institutes Winter Weekend is Jan. 13 or until spaces are filled. More information and the application are online at  Students should be in touch with their counselor if you would like to participate.

College Application Update

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

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors

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

Financial Aid

January 1 was opening day for 2016-2017  Financial Aid season!  All students applying for need-based aid should be ready to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corp.) grant application in the next month or so.

Parents should begin gathering financial statements and information in anticipation of filing financial aid forms.  Be careful to meet individual college financial aid deadlines.  Please remember that you can estimate on your forms and revise them later.  Many colleges distribute financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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

For families who have specific questions about how to complete portions of the financial aid form: On Wednesday, February 3rd, there will be a VSAC Financial Aid Forms Completion Night with our VSAC representative, Monda Kelley, from 5 – 7 pm in the library. A worksheet that parents and students can use to register for the FSA ID (which has replaced the PIN) on the FAFSA is linked below.  It will make the process smoother after Jan. 1 if parents and students take a few minutes to create their FSA ID and MYVSAC account (students ONLY create MYvsac account).
A download for the worksheet may be found HERE.

Want to file your FAFSA and Vermont Grant successfully at this evening session?

Please bring the following:

  • 2014-15 Tax return
  • Your 2015 W2’s – your spouse’s 2015 – W2’s
  • Your social security number and your spouse’s social security number
  • Your student’s social security number
  • Birthdates  day/month/year of student and parents
  • Your student’s 2014-2015 Tax return if filed
  • Your student’s W2’s
  • A list of all of the colleges to which your student has applied and what state they are in
  • An estimate of cash, savings, checking for you and your student

For the Vermont Grant:

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

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

Scholarships 2016

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

VSAC Unified Scholarships:

Deadline is Postmarked by  Friday, Feb 5, to be in the running for a $1,000 Early Bird scholarship from VSAC by completing and submitting the VSAC Unified Scholarship application. 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. (The regular deadline is March 4.) 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 noon, Feb 3rd.

Vermont-NEA Maida F. Townsend Scholarship

Eligibility: Seniors who are sons or daughters of VT NEA members, high school student, undergrad or grad student; must submit a 400-word essay. Award: $1,000; Deadline: Must be RECEIVED by 5 pm February 16. Application in College Counseling Office, Naviance and online at:

Knights of Columbus, Vermont, Scholastic Achievement Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be son or daughter of Knight of Columbus within VT jurisdiction and graduating senior. Essay required and MUST BE HANDWRITTEN
Deadline: March 10
Application in SCC Office

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

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

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 Application Types and Deadlines: Received by noon on May 2
Application and information online at

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, Office Assistant, 549-8242;


From the Athletics Department

We are in the heart of our Winter Season. I hope you will be a SuperFan and join us for some home games.

The SuperFan Seven

  1. Show Up – There is no bigger game-time boost than a crowd of supportive fans.
  2. Cheer For Our Team – Encourage our athletes by celebrating their successes and asking them to dig deep in big moments.
  3. Honor The Game – The sport is bigger than each of us. Treat the moment with respect.
  4. Appreciate Our Opponents – The word compete means to “struggle with.” Without our opponent, there is no competition. Cheer for our team, never against an opposing team or an individual player.
  5. Support The Cause – Professional athletes are paid to perform for our entertainment. Education-based athletics are an extension of the classroom. Interscholastic athletes are here to develop our Core Values. Be patient while learning takes place.
  6. Give The Officials Some Love – They do a thankless job and without them there is no competition. The pool of people willing to officiate continues to get smaller. Fan behavior is the number one reason given by officials who leave the game.
  7. Make Us Proud – Athletics is the front porch of the schoolhouse. It is often the first impression people have of our school. Long after you graduate it will be the easiest way to remain part of BBA.
  • Saturday, January 2 – JV Gold & Varsity Girls Basketball 1:00/2:30
  • Tuesday, January 5 – Nordic Skiing 1:00
  • Tuesday, January 5 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Wednesday, January 6 – JV Green Basketball Girls/Boys 4:30/6:00
  • Wednesday, January 6 – Boys Hockey 5:00
  • Friday, January 8 – JV Green Basketball Girls/Boys 4:30/5:45
  • Saturday, January 9 – Boys & Girls Hockey 5:00/6:45
  • Tuesday, January 12 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Saturday, January 16 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 11:00/12:30
  • Saturday, January 16 – Boys Hockey 6:00
  • Tuesday, January 19 – Alpine 1:00
  • Tuesday, January 19 – Wrestling 6:00
  • Friday, January 22 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Saturday, January 23 – Boys Hockey 5:00
  • Tuesday, January 26 – JV Gold & Varsity Girls Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Wednesday, January 27 – JV Green Basketball Girls/Boys 4:30/5:45
  • Wednesday, January 27 – Girls Hockey 5:00
  • Thursday, January 28 – JV Green Basketball Boys/Girls 4:30/5:45
  • Friday, January 29 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Friday, January 29 – Nordic 6:00
  • Saturday, January 30 – Girls & Boys Hockey 5:00/6:45

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2015-2016

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


From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Academy’s Winter Showcase,
A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film

28b9d709-ac75-46b3-86be-2325d6af26a5Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and FilmMonday January 11, at 6 pm and 8 pm, on stage in the school’s Riley Center for the Arts. Don’t miss the chance to experience the wide range of talent from BBA’s curricular acting, dance and film classes. There is something for everyone in this tightly packed evening of performance.

Acting scenes range from Shakespeare, to Lillian Hellman, sketch comedy and original scenes and monologues by BBA students Emma Weinstein, Koben Pottala, Cece Devine and Alexandra Legrys.

The Fall Short Film project will be presented, a PSA written by Delainey Gillis and a scene from the film Reservoir Dogs.

The BBA Dance Company will perform six numbers, including “Our Favorite Son” from the Broadway musical, “The Will Rogers Follies”, a hip hop number choreographed by BBA alum Emily Owens entitled “Current State of Mind”, which received Top Honors at the Vermont State Dance Festival, and a contemporary number, “Breath of Life” choreographed by BBA seniors Tess Webber and Ashley Dahl. The evening will end with a dance celebration to the TV show Glee’s rendition of the high energy number “Proud Mary”.

This year’s Winter Showcase is dedicated to Jake Fifield, son of BBA Physical Education teacher and Department Chair Julie Fifield. Jake will take to the stage in the finale number. Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for adults and can be purchased online at:

Vermont All State Music Festival Auditions on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Hartford High School.
Congratulations to BBA students Kate Mori, Rebekah Hamlet, Meghan Grip, Nico Avalle Embrue, Sarah Amatruto, Stephanie Boucher, Anna Freeborn, Blake Greene, Tyler Jager, Alex Weinstein, Jennifer  Kiernan and Billy Kiernanon on their acceptance to the Castleton University Honors Band Festival on January 22, 2016.
Congratulations to Kate Mori on her first chair trombone acceptance to the New England Music Festival March 17-19, 2016 at Gilford High School, Gilford, NH.

From the Library

There is nothing like getting a book recommendation from a friend. If a friend puts their stamp of approval on a book, I want to read it. How could you resist a review like, “It blew me away with awesomeness” or “It hits me right in the feels”? These are actual reviews from a teacher and a student at BBA. When I hear something like that I want to make sure our library has those books so that others can experience the feels and the awesomeness. Some of our new purchases based on student and staff recommendation are:

“Anthem” by Neal Stephenson. “A blast to read”
“At Swim, Two Boys: a Novel” by Jamie O’Neill “A dangerous, glorious book”
“The Cartel” by Don Winslow “A Gut-punch of a novel”
“Euphoria: a Novel” by Lily King “Atmospheric and sensual”
“Fans of the Impossible Life” by Kate Scelsa “Deeply moving story about
   friendship and individuality in an often inhospitable world”
“Quicksand” by Steve Toltz “There are more lines of genius on one page”
“Vanished: the Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II” by
   Wil S. Hylton “Breathtaking work of literary journalism”
“The Wave: in Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean” by
   Susan Casey “An adrenaline rush of a book”

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
Mack Molding
r.k. Miles
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store  

High Honors List

Bromley Mountain
Equinox Hotel and Resort
Engineered Printing Solutions
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Café
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern
W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. 

Honors List

Mettowee Mill Nursery, Inc.
Bank of Bennington
The Richards Group

Academic Letter

The Aspen at Manchester
Barrows House/Dorset Inn
Battenkill Communications
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Equinox Asset Management
Equipe Sport Ltd.
JOY – all things underthings
Lily of the Valley Florist
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC  

Academic Pin

iShip Express
Madura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders
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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