May 2016


2 – 6 Wellness Week
5  International Fair at 10:40 am – 12 pm in the gym
5  Spring College Night (Juniors, Sophomores and Parents)
5  at 7 – 9 pm in the Rowland Center
7  SAT at BBA at 8 am – 1 pm
7  Prom at 8 – 11 pm at Hildene
10 – 14 Spring Musical at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center
12 Sophomore Service Day
19 Science Night at 6 pm in the cafeteria
21 Creative Arts Expo at 5 pm and 7:15 pm in the gym and Riley Center
23 AP Psychology Fair at 6 pm in the cafeteria
24 Senior Breakfast at 8 am in the cafeteria
24 Awards Assembly & Yearbook Dedication at 9:30 am in the cafeteria
24 Gawlik Awards at 7 pm at Southern Vermont Arts Center
25 BBA Mountain Campus Final Presentations at 5:30 pm
27 PA Spring Fundraising Gala at 5:30 pm Taconic
29 International Student Farewell Party at 5:30 pm Rowland Center
31 ACCESS BBQ at 11 am Larsen Hall
31 Scholarship Night at 7 pm in the Riley Center


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

The end of the school year is just weeks away, with commencement coming up on June 3. Between now and then, the schedule is packed with stage performances, academic showcases, AP exams, sports competitions, the annual Gawlik awards, and other special events. This is the busiest time of the school year, so please pay close attention to this Bullhorn so you do not miss anything

On the topic of commencement, I am delighted to announce that this year we will have our youngest commencement speaker ever: Colby Halligan, who graduated from Burr and Burton in 2011. Though she is the youngest, she is highly accomplished and can serve as inspiration not only to this current crop of seniors, but to all of us. She is a shining example of how to live BBA’s mission of responsibility, integrity, and service. I share her biography below:

Colby Halligan, a native Vermonter and alumna of Burr and Burton Class of 2011, recently graduated from Elon University with a dual B.S. Degree in Environmental Science and Public Health concentrating in Socio-Cultural Health and Illness. While at Elon University, she spent two years living abroad in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Kenya, Tanzania, and Italy studying sustainable agriculture, community development, and maternal nutrition. She also competed in cross-country mountain bike racing and acted as her Elon’s Farm Manager for four years.

As a sophomore at Elon, Colby interned with Grow Biointensive, a non-profit international organization dedicated to creating diet-plot farm designs, specializing in a complete diet design for pregnant and lactating women. When she returned, she applied for a semester abroad with Boston University to Kenya and Tanzania where she examined how land-use practices can be managed sustainably to promote environmental conservation and cultivation. This inspired her to return to the United States to pursue sustainable agriculture and methods of mitigating food insecurity, leading her to volunteer at Elon University’s Environmental Science Teaching site and applying for the Udall Environmental Fellowship. After securing the Udall Environmental Fellowship, she met with former Vice President Al Gore to discuss food policy and sustainable agriculture.

Colby’s many honors include Elon University’s Susan Scholarship, the Spannocchia Farm Internship in Northern Tuscany in 2013, the Ward Family Learning in Action Award in 2014, the Iris Holt Community Award in 2014, and the Rhodes Scholarship semi-finalist in 2015. These collective experiences led her to pursue a career supplying communities with nutrition plans that yield 100% of an individual’s diet, incorporating her passion for environmental and community work.

Currently, Colby works as a Research Assistant and Biointensive Farmer with Ecology Action in Northern California, an international non-profit dedicated to creating farm designs that yield a complete closed-loop diet, feeding both soil and communities. Colby functions as a full-time farmer and teacher trainer specializing in soil chemistry, dryland farming, and nutrition. Since moving to California, Colby enjoys competitive running, snowboarding, and practicing yoga, all passions which she first cultivated in the Green Mountains.

With young people like Colby moving our world forward, the future is in good hands.

Let’s all help each other stay sane and productive as the flowers bloom and the school year comes to a resounding and climactic finish.


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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Advancement Office


We are on the home stretch now with graduation and the end of the 2015 – 2016 school year clearly in sight. So much is happening in May – the spring musical, Avenue Q, the Gawlik Awards, Senior Sendoff, Scholarship Night, the annual fundraising Gala, spring sports, etc. It’s hard to keep track of it all, but let me update you on what the Advancement Office is up to.

First of all, we want to share with our parents the great news about the Online Auction. We raised $15,000 from this effort and we want to thank all parents who either donated an item or service to the auction, and all of the parents who bid on the same. It was our best-ever Online Auction (this is year #6)! We also want to thank and acknowledge the Online Auction Committee who solicited over 136 items, and Gina Vickers, chair of the committee, for getting the auction set up on the web host, “Bidding for Good”. Awesome job by everyone involved. So if you missed the auction this year, we hope you will join in the fun next year.

Layout 1Now all of our energy and focus is going into the execution of the Do You Believe in Magic? Gala, scheduled for May 27. Invitations went out in mid-April and we are happy to report that we are already sold out for this event. If you’re interested in coming, please contact me and I’ll put you on the waiting list. Things have a way of changing last minute so we might be able to accommodate you. We have a great line up for the Live Auction, we’re at a new venue – the Taconic, and the evening will conclude with a magic show performed by David Hall..

If 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 wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you again for all of you who supported the annual fund over the past year. The Parent Challenge has one more month to go, and 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 2015 – 2016. Just make your gift by June 30, 2016.

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 was recently sent to all parents and grandparents of seniors with more details. Thank you and congratulations to your graduate!

Hope to see you at the gala or graduation!


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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement



Spring College Night, May 5, 7 pm

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.

Standardized Testing Registration

Juniors should have already taken the SAT or ACT tests; if not juniors should sign up by May 5th to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 4th or sign up by May 6 to take the ACT on June 11th. The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT on September 10th and the SAT on October 1st. Information is available at and

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 2 – May 13. 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.

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.

2016 Graduation Countdown

A senior graduation mailing has been mailed. This includes 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 3, 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.

2016-17 Student Class Schedules

Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2016-17 class schedules prior to summer break. Currently, teacher assignments are pending and details are being defined on the master schedule. Schedule modifications will occur throughout the summer. An email announcement will be sent to students when the schedules are published in OnCampus. Once published, all students will be able to generate a schedule report by entering MyDay > Schedule > Month.
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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: PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form that is specific to Scholarships and can be found in the SCC Office.

Manchester Masons of VT Scholarship
Eligibility: senior planning to enroll in college or Vocational/Technical School who lives in Manchester, Dorset, or Sunderland; OR has Masonic affiliation through a parent or grandparent; award based on leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities and financial need
Award: $500.00; Deadline: May 3.

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 13.

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:

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

Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

May 19 – 21 – Tennis Individual Competitions

May 24 – June 4 – Tennis Team State Championships

May 29 – Baseball pairings posted

May 30 – Lacrosse pairings posted, Softball pairings posted

May 31 – Baseball Play downs, Boys Golf Sectionals, Lacrosse Play downs, Softball Play downs

June 1 – Lacrosse Play downs

June 3, 4 – Baseball Quarter-Finals, Lacrosse Quarter-Finals, Softball Quarter-Finals

June 6, 7 – Baseball Semi-Finals, Lacrosse Semi-Finals

June 7 – Girls Golf Finals, Softball Semi-Finals

June 8 – Boys Golf Finals, Softball Semi-Finals

June 10, 11 –  Baseball Finals, Lacrosse Finals, Softball Finals


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From the Creative Arts Department

The following student’s were accepted to represent Burr and Burton Academy at the Vermont All State Music Festival May 4 – May 7 hosted by Missisquoi Valley High School in Swanton, Vermont:

Rebekah Hamblett – Band
Ramsay Eyre – Orchestra
Kate Mori – Jazz Band
Gabby Vella – Chorus
Mikayla Schaffer – Chorus

Congratulations on this prestigious honor.  

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May 10, 11, 12, 13 and – 14 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center; tickets available at


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From the Health Center

Parenting is tough these days.
How much do I share, when do I argue?
When do I draw the line.

Read the following article for a few helpful hints: here.


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.

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

Lily of the Valley Florists
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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