April 2016


9  ACT at BBA: 8 am – 1:30 pm Cafeteria
13 Mountain Campus Parent Teacher Conferences: 3:30 pm – 7 pm
14 Sophomore Summit: 7:30 am – 2 pm Bennington College
15 Mountain Campus Parent Teacher Conferences: 7:30 am – 12 pm
18 – 22 Spring Break – no school
29 Grandparents and Special Friends Day: 10 am – 1:30 pm


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

It is April Fools’ Day, yet when I look at the global condition (or our national condition, for that matter), it seems like no joking manner. In so many ways, we are facing unprecedented challenges that include climate change, terrorism, poverty and its many effects, an economy that has stagnated for so many, and deep divisions highlighted by this tumultuous presidential election season.

What are we to do?

Thankfully, those of us who come to work every day at BBA have the joy of working in a fundamentally optimistic profession. We believe that our best days as a school are ahead of us, and this belief is supported by the extraordinary accomplishments that we witness and support every day by our students – your sons and daughters. Just this past month, Art Riot as well as the Art in the Schools exhibit showcased creative talents. International Women’s Day programming highlighted our commitment to creating a supportive and caring community for all. The spring sport season kicked off, with tremendous life lessons to be learned as each of our teams prepare for competition. Midterm exams highlight the centerpiece of our education: a commitment to academic excellence.

April brings spring time, warmth, and, for the first time in history, no mud on our showcase sports field: Judy McCormick Taylor Field. May brings a series of events filled with joy and purpose, and then it all comes to a resounding conclusion on June 3 when we celebrate the class of 2016 with this school’s 183rd commencement.

Your sons and daughters carry our hopes into the future. I look forward to seeing everyone in these closing months of the school year.


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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Assistant Head of School


Dear BBA Families,

This spring, all BBA Juniors will participate in Vermont statewide assessments. Smarter Balanced Assessments in Math and English/Language Arts (ELA), will be administered April 12-14 and April 26-28. In an effort to minimize missed instructional time, the bulk of the assessments will take place during Flex Block. On May 12-13, Juniors will complete the NECAP Science Assessment. Testing schedules will be available in OnCampus and shared with Juniors via email. We are aiming for 100% participation this year as the individual and school results provide valuable feedback on the teaching and learning taking place at Burr and Burton Academy.

The 2016-2017 academic calendar has been finalized and I encourage you to review it as there are some changes. You will notice that first semester exams are scheduled prior to the December break and the new semester starts after the new year. In addition, Columbus Day is no longer a school holiday, but Veterans Day is now a day off for the entire BBA community.

Happy Spring,



Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School


From the Advancement Office


We’re LIVE!


Our Online Auction went live on Monday, March 28 as a kickoff to the spring fundraising gala, Do You Believe in Magic? The Online Auction will run through April 15 closing at 9:00 PM. It’s a little shorter this time around as we don’t want to lose momentum while our BBA families go on spring break even though you can bid from your mobile device!

We have lots of great items, featuring many useful services and fun things to do with the family! Here’s a small sampling:

  • Two oil changes at local vendors
  • Tickets to Tanglewood to see James Taylor
  • A parking place in the faculty/staff lot for some lucky student
  • Yoga classes
  • Six front row seats at graduation (Grandparents and parents of seniors take note)
  • Hanging baskets
  • Native American falcon sculpture from Long Ago and Far Away
  • Dining packages on the mountain and in the valley
  • Gift certificates galore – manicures, pedicures, rock climbing, The Lighting Place, J & J Dry Cleaning, Heinels, etc.
  • Gift baskets – tea from Harney & Sons, dried mushrooms, animal treats, hair care products, skin care products
  • Two nights boarding for your pet
  • Flying lessons
  • Window washing
  • Pizza and a movie
  • Court time at the West River Tennis Club
  • Tennis lessons at local clubs
  • Golf lessons at local clubs
  • Chocolates
  • Seasons passes to the Dorset Theatre Festival 2016 summer season
  • Window washing
  • Pies from Grandma Miller’s
  • Pizza from Sam’s Wood-fired pizza

Layout 1And so much more!!! We have over a hundred and thirty items for you to look through thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends. So we encourage you to register, browse and bid – help support this important fundraiser for Burr and Burton! It’s really easy!

Here’s the link – sign up and try it! https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

And please encourage your friends and family to join in the fun. Share the link with anyone and everyone. The entire list of ONLINE AUCTION items has a broad appeal – there is something for everyone!

A special thank you to the Online Auction Committee made up of Gina Vickers, Dorie Morgantini, Tracy Staton, Sam Baker, Jane DaPron, Sarah Stefanek, and others on the Gala Committee who helped solicit or donated items – Anne Houser, Robin Apps, Sandy Kraehling, Lisa Brand, Peggy Brockett, Laura Fastie-Grapshi and Pauline de Laszlo. Additional thanks to Nancy Brown and Rich Thompson Tucker for their help in gathering items, and to Gina Vickers who has written descriptions for and uploaded photos of the 130 plus items onto the web site – a herculean task at best!

Invitations for the gala event at Taconic on May 27, 2015, will be mailed out in late April. We hope you’ve put the date on your calendar.

Still Time to Make a Gift to the Annual Fund

We count on our parents to help support the needs of the school – if you haven’t yet made a gift, please consider a gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more. It’s not the amount but the participation that’s important. Burr and Burton Academy isn’t the beneficiary of your gift, YOUR student is! Make an investment in your student’s future, today.

For those of you who have already made a gift, we sincerely thank you. Please remember to stop by the Advancement Office and pick up your BBA schwag! We are deeply appreciative of your financial support and volunteer time. We’d like to give special recognition to Beth Eyre and Diana Pagnucco for their leadership on the Advancement Committee of the Parent Association. They’ve done a super job at reaching out to our BBA parents in a fun, fresh way this year to encourage participation in the Parent Challenge.


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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement



Mock Interviews for Juniors
BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place Wednesday, April 6 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm and Thursday, April 7 from 8:00 – 10:00 am. Juniors will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills while meeting one-on-one with visiting college admission counselors. Students will receive direct feedback from the admission professionals. Interested juniors should see Lynne Welsh to sign up. Space is limited.

College Fair
Castleton State College will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 6, from 9-11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. Permission forms and a list of the attending colleges are in the SCC Office. Signup deadline: April 4.

BBA Spring College Night: Save the Date
On Thursday, May 5, BBA will present the annual Spring College Night from 7 to 9 pm in the Rowland Center. The evening will include a panel presentation on the college admission process given by admission officers from the University of Maine, Marist College, College of the Holy Cross and Lehigh University. This will be followed by workshops on a variety of topics including how to conduct a college search, the admission selection process and essay writing. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

College Planning To-Do List for Juniors
The School and College Counselors have been meeting with juniors this spring. Please ask your student to check out their college list on Naviance: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton or look under the ‘Resource’ tab on OnCampus.

Additional activities:

  • Sign up for SAT or ACT (see below)
  • Research colleges — read guidebooks and viewbooks, explore college websites
  • Make college visits (during April break or take an excused absence on another day).
  • Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again.
  • Attend relevant programs like the Burr and Burton Spring College Night on Thursday, May 5th.
  • Juniors and Sophomores: Update your resume in Naviance!
  • Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.
  • If planning on Division I or II athletics have transcript check for NCAA eligibility

SAT and ACT Tests:
College-bound juniors should register online to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. Income eligible students should request a fee waiver from their counselor. Please be aware that the June testing dates may conflict with post-season athletic contests. No standardized tests are available during the summer months.

To register for SAT and SAT Subject tests, students create an account at www.collegeboard.org. Please note that only students who plan to apply to a handful of the most selective colleges need to consider taking SAT Subject Tests.

Test Dates, Deadlines and How to Register:

Saturday, May 7, SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests administered at BBA, register by April 8 at www.collegeboard.org.
Saturday, June 4, SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests (not administered at BBA), register by May 5 at www.collegeboard.org.

Saturday, June 11 (not at BBA), register by May 6 at www.actstudent.org.
Sign up for ACT with writing.

Free SAT Prep:
www.khanacademy.org — link your psat scores from your collegeboard.org account to create a personalized testing plan.

Off-Campus Study
Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2016-2017 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. The form can be downloaded here.

Career Development Center
Students interested in programs at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center in Bennington should meet with their counselor to arrange a visit and complete the application process. For information about the CDC programs, visit www.svcdc.org.

Graduation Information for Senior Families
Be on the lookout for information and key dates related to commencement and other year-end activities and events. The mailing should arrive by the end of April and information will also be posted on the BBA website.

Senior College Notifications
May 1 is the National Candidates’ Reply Date. Seniors should be sure to send in their deposit to the ONE college of their choice by May 1 in order to hold their place. Families who have not received financial aid packages may want to request an extension for the deposit but all students should communicate with their college by May 1. At the same time, seniors should notify other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere.

Financial Aid Packages
Families of seniors who are receiving financial aid award letters may find the different presentations to be confusing. Use the Award Letter Comparison Tool available on the Pay for College page at www.vsac.org to better understand what different colleges are offering. The friendly folks at VSAC are available to answer questions about loans and other parts of the financial aid process; feel free to contact them at 1-800-642-3177.

Scholarships 2016
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 or through a student’s OnCampus portal under the ‘Resource’ tab. 
PLEASE thoroughly complete the Scholarship transcript and documents request form that can be found in the SCC Office.

The Garden Club of Manchester Scholarship
Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education in fields related to horticulture, landscape design and environmental studies and other similar studies. Award: $1,000 Application in SCCO and Naviance.

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. The 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.

Auxiliary to the VFW, Dept of VT
Eligibility: Senior girl looking to further their education, related to Auxiliary member of VFW member in good standing, proof of acceptance to college, vocational/technical school. In the top third of the class. Deadline: April 15.

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 15 Note: This requires three years of tax records. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete!

The Scott Thomas Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: senior planning to attend an accredited Trade School or Vocational/Technical institution and in need of financial assistance

Award: Not specified; Deadline, April 12.

The Dorset Sportsmen’s Club Scholarship
Eligibility: Must live in Dorset or East Dorset. Accepted to college, technical or vocational school. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement. Award: $2,000; Deadline, April 14.

Auxiliary to the VFW Dept of VT Youth Incentive Scholarship (for girls)
Eligibility: must be related to an auxiliary member or VFW member in good standing. Must be able to show proof of acceptance to college, vocational or Technical school. Top 3rd of class. Award: Not specified; Deadline: April 15.

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: April 15.

Ed Sossi Memorial Scholarship Award
Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)
Eligibility: a high school senior. Applicants must apply and be accepted to a trade or technical school and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants agree to participate in a personal interview. During this interview they should be able to discuss their high school academic experiences, career goals and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. Award: $1,000; Deadline April 22.

Ted and Adeline Lenczowski Memorial Scholarship
Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)
Eligibility: must be a registered member of Christ our Savior Parish, Manchester. Attending college in fall of 2015, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. There will be a personal interview. Academics and Service important. Award: not specified Deadline: April 22.

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Eligibility: 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 29. Applications: on Naviance and in School and College Counseling Office.

Winona Smith Scholarship
Eligibility: senior who has demonstrated an interest in civic participation and community service, financial need. Must have a teacher recommendation specific to this scholarship. Award: $500; Deadline: April 30.

BBA Diversity Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior who truly embraces diversity and plans to further their education. Award: unspecified; Deadline, May 1.

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.

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship
Eligibility: significant involvement in the studio arts during their time at BBA and be pursuing a creative arts career. 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.

Danby-Mt. Tabor Eastern Star Scholarship, “Katherine” Chapter #83
Eligibility: graduating seniors living in Danby or Mt. Tabor. Accepted to post-secondary college, technical or vocational school. Based on extra curricular activities and community service. Award: $500, Deadline: May 1.

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship
Eligibility: must be planning to major or double major in studio art. Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1.

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 2. Applications also online at www.vpaonline.org.

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.

LOAN OPPORTUNITY for young men
Olin Scott Fund, Inc.
Eligibility: 2.5 average, Bennington County senior 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:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for international students,  549-8242; mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, Counselor for freshmen, 549-8125; kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Tony Napolitano, External Learning Coordinator, 549-8241; tnapolitano@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org


From the Athletics Department

With the early Spring weather and our new turf field Spring Sports are well underway. We have found Softball a temporary home at the Manchester Rec with a couple of games at the Arlington Rec. Plans for a new Softball facility are phase two of the Manchester Parks and Recreation development. The new facility will not only host our high school Bulldogs but will return adult softball to the park.

Spring is usually the busiest season for rescheduling – if you picked up a yellow master schedule at the Parent/Athlete meeting, it is already out of date. For the latest schedule, follow the link for Printable Athletic Calendar by Team in the Resources section of OnCampus. If your child plays on a team, you can set your OnCampus notifications to receive game and practice changes. You can get a quick look at the Master Schedule by following the Athletic Calendar link at www.burrburton.org.

Spring Head Coaches:

Boys Lacrosse – Jason Pergament
Girls Lacrosse – Jennifer Brenner
Softball – Lisa Kelly
Baseball – Ed Lewicki
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw
Track & Field – Matt Kujovsky
Boys Golf – Michael Harger
Girls Golf – Cheri Schroeder


Creative Arts LogoFrom the Creative Arts Department


14 Members of the Burr and Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble will perform Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns”, at Lincoln Center on April 3, 2016, organized by Distinguished Concerts International New York and conducted by their Artistic Director Jonathan Griffith.  This two-time Grammy winning album is a classical crossover featuring 12 songs, each in a different language and organized into 3 movements; day, night and dawn, corresponding to life, death and rebirth.  Our singers will be joined by choirs from around the world, a professional orchestra, guest soloists and the composer for a 5 day residency in New York City Thursday March 31st-Monday April 4th to prepare for this monumental performance.  Congratulations to Ali Burdick, Angela Caggiano, Anna Freebern, Meiling Guo, Florrie Hynds, Amelia Kennedy, Jackie Nutter, Adam Quinn, Mikayla Schaffer, Lily Spencer, Gabby Vella, Cindy Wang, Emma Weinstein & Nate Williams for receiving a personalized invitation from Christopher Tin marking our fourth collaboration with the composer since 2012. 



Congratulations to Ramsay Eyre for being selected as this year’s Vermont All State Composition Performance Scholarship winner.  Ramsay’s composition, entitled “Paint”, will be performed Thursday, May 5 at Missisquoi Valley Union High School as part of the Vermont All State Music Festival Scholarship Concert.  This is the first time a BBA student has been chosen for this award and we applaud Ramsay for this very distinguished honor. 


From the Library

Recent book acquisitions for the Lisa B. Tuttle Library have focused on Award winners including the National Book Award, the Alex Award for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences, the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults and the Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. These award winning books are on display and ready for students to check out. A few are available in ebook format for reading on ipads or other personal devices. I highly recommend Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep, which has won multiple awards including the National Book Award. This fiction story told from two points of view, documents a young man’s struggle with schizophrenia. The book was inspired by Shusterman’s personal experience with his son’s mental illness and includes illustrations by his son, Brendan.

In keeping with the recent trend of coloring as a relaxation activity, we have introduced coloring supplies into the library. Students can be seen taking a break from their studies to color an intricate bookmark or design sheet.

We will have a blackout poetry activity in the library to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month. Students will create art and original poetry using pages from deselected books. They will write a poem using the existing words on the page and black out the words they are not using.

Library Hours:

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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.

Headmasters 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
Engineered Printing Solutions
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Café
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern
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 and Dorset Inn
Battenkill Communications
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Equinox Asset Management
JOY – all things underthings
Lily of the Valley Florist
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Mountain Weavers
Northsire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC
The Works Bakery Café

Academic Pin

Dibble Painters
Hill Farm Inn
iShip Express
Midura Building Company
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders

Do You Believe in Magic?
2016 Gala Sponsors

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Abracadabra Sponsor

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsor

Black Diamond Tree Service
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Drasher
H.N. Williams Store
Langway Motors
Manchester Capital
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals

Voila Sponsor

Atlantic Projects
Dorset Inn & Barrows House
Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping

Mountain Goat North, Inc.
The Reluctant Panther
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor
Tara Pollio Floral Event Design
The Vermont Country Store

Magic Wand Sponsor

Arcadia Arts
Bradley’s Pro Shop
Cole and Company
Decorative Interiors
Deerfield Valley Dental Care – Dr. R. Ruhl
GSK Climate Control

Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Credit Union
Long Ago and Far Away
L/S Gerontology Seminars – Lois Schram
McWayne Jewelers
Mount Snow
Nerium International
Vermont Kitchen Supply
Weston Country Store


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