1 SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Center Third Floor Classrooms
1 Homecoming Dance: 8 pm – 11 pm, BBA Cafeteria
5 Parent Conferences: 1 pm – 5 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
5 College Seminar for Junior Parents, 5 pm – 5:45 pm,
5 Hunter Seminar Room
6 Parent Conferences: 1 pm – 8 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
11 The Mountain School at Winhall 8th Grade Visit:
11 9:30 am – 11:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
13 Fall College and Financial Aid Information Night, 7 pm,
6 Riley Center
14 ReelRock11: 7 pm, Riley Center
19 Freshman Service Day: 7:50 am – 2:15 pm
19 PSAT or ASVAB for Juniors
19 Senior Workshops: 8 am – 11:30 am
21 Calliope Café: 6:30 pm – 9 pm, Riley Center
25 Financial Aid Forms Night, 6 – 8 pm, Library
27 End of Marking Period | Mid Terms, 12 pm dismissal
29 Halloween Dance: 8 pm – 11 pm, BBA Cafeteria
From the Headmaster
Is a picture really worth 1000 words?
Well, here is a picture that I took the other day.
Along with capturing a pretty special moment of beauty, it made me think about education. I share my thoughts, which are far fewer than 1000 words:
- Education is a journey, and this photo gives us a shining destination: our signature bell tower as a beacon of learning. Set a goal, know your purpose, keep your eye on the prize.
- The path is not always easy, and it is not always straight. There are obstacles along the way, yet it is those obstacles that provide the greatest learning.
- It is a privilege to learn, explore, and grow together in such a magnificent setting, with students and teachers supported by facilities, supported by each other, and supported by those around us. We appreciate that which we value, and we value that which we appreciate.
I hope you share my sense of joy, wonder and appreciation as we move into October, with the splendor of our surroundings providing the backdrop for the excitement of learning.
Mark H. Tashjian
From the Advancement Office
Annual Fund kick-off
When the fall foliage appears, that is a sure sign that it’s time to launch our Annual Fund for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Starting on October 1, we will be reaching out to you throughout the school year for your financial support. While tuition from our sending towns covers some of the expense of what we offer here, it’s the Annual Fund that allows us to offer all of extraordinary educational experiences and opportunities available to a Burr and Burton student. Please respond to the information you receive about the Annual Fund.
You may ask why is parent participation important? When we are working with other donors and foundations, a strong showing of support from parents illustrates that you believe in what Burr and Burton is doing for your student and encourages generous support from others. Your lead inspires others who may not have as close of a connection to the school. And most important, it is your child that benefits from the Annual Fund.
Here’s just a few things that Annual Fund supports:
- iPads, cases and service plan (at a cost of $765 each)
- 35 plus after school clubs
- Coaching staff for 18 different sports
- Technology support for our digital learning platform
- Faculty laptops and computers for the labs
- Lab equipment, sports equipment, musical instruments, supplies for classrooms
- Bus transportation to the Mountain Campus, for field trips, to Hildene and games
- And so much more
We welcome many forms of support and will count any of the following as a parent gift toward the Annual Fund:
- A gift of cash or a check.
- Appreciated stocks (or ones that haven’t performed that you want to get rid of).
- If you own your own business, commit to a Corporate Sponsorship or a Gala Sponsorship.
- A donation of a service, product or other item for the spring Online Auction (examples include: window washing, yard maintenance, an oil change, a cord of wood, etc.)
- A donation of an item for the Live Auction for our spring fundraising Gala.
There are lots of options and we try to make it easy for you to participate based on what works best for you. We ask you to do what is right for your family, whether it’s $5 or $5,000 or anything in between, it’s the number of parents who give that we’re counting, not the amount. And many gifts add up to create a BIG impact!
Look for the Annual Fund brochure in your mail in early October and make a gift to this year’s campaign. It’s all about providing your student with the best educational opportunities possible. And we need your help to do that.
Help us provide the extraordinary every day by supporting the Annual Fund.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled in the spring for Friday, April 28, 2017, from 10 AM to 1 PM and we encourage you to share this information. Invitations will be going out in March. If you would like your children’s grandparents to be on the invitation list, please make sure we have their names and addresses in our database. If we don’t have their information, send an email to Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at email@example.com.
It’s a fun and interactive day for grandparents and special friends to see what their grandchildren are experiencing here at Burr and Burton, and we provide an interesting and engaging program for them. The grandparents will be in the Riley Center for the program portion of the day. Then they will meet up the students in the Riley Center lobby, and move to the cafeteria for lunch. The lunch will take place after classes at 12:35 PM.
Director of Advancement
October 5th College Seminar for Parents of Juniors
BBA Counselors will review the nuts and bolts of the college admission process and associated school procedures with parents of juniors on October 5 from 5 pm – 5:45 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room after parent conferences.
October 13th Fall College and Financial Aid Information Night
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College and Financial Aid Information Night for Junior and Senior Parents and Students on Thursday, October 13, at 7 pm in the Riley Center. Monica Inzer, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Hamilton College and Susan Rochette, Director of Student Financial Services at Southern Vermont College, will be our keynote speakers.
Hamilton has had unprecedented success in the areas of student quality, diversity, selectivity and retention since Monica’s tenure began. Hamilton has also strengthened its commitment to being a school of opportunity by making financial aid a priority, eliminating merit scholarships (in 2007) and, most recently (in 2010), joining fewer than four dozen colleges or universities that pledge to be need-blind in admission and meet 100% demonstrated financial need. Monica recently served on the Board of Directors for the Common Application, and is regularly invited by high schools, community organizations and professional associations to speak about admission, financial aid and enrollment issues. She is also a frequent contributor to national media outlets, including regular appearances on NBC’s TODAY Show. She was formerly the dean of undergraduate admission and student financial services at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, director of admissions at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.
Susan Rochette is responsible for the offices of financial aid and student accounts and collections at Southern Vermont College. Susan joined SVC in 2014, after retiring from Yale University as the Director of Financial Aid for the School of Art and the School of Drama. At Yale, she worked with undergraduate and graduate students and families, helping them navigate the financial aid process.She is a member of NASFAA and VASFAA, the National and Vermont Associations of Financial Aid Administrators. Susan will share her knowledge of financial aid with you, from tips about filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), comparing college costs,understanding FAFSA’s calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to applying for federal and private loans. This year financial aid is changing as families can file their FAFSA beginning October 1 using 2015 income information.
October 19th Special Programs — Freshman Service, Sophomore Summit, Junior Testing and Senior College Application Workshops
- Juniors – All juniors take one of two tests on the morning (either PSAT or ASVAB — see “Junior Testing Information” below), followed by afternoon classes (D and C blocks).
- Seniors — Seniors with Nov. 1 deadlines are strongly encouraged to attend the morning workshop to work on their college applications ; their counselors are available to help from 8 – 11:30. There are no morning classes but ALL Seniors are expected to report for their afternoon D and C block classes.
Junior Testing Information
PSAT: College-bound juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice SAT) and need to bring a $15 registration fee by October 6 (Late fee is $20) to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. (Checks are payable to Burr and Burton. Fee waivers for students on free lunch are available.) The PSAT is a wonderful opportunity for students to assess their testing skills in preparation for the college admission process.
The PSAT is a practice SAT and students who are considering college will normally want to choose this option. Score results are private and won’t be shared with colleges. It is a great way for students to become familiar with the format of the SAT. Students who do very well on the PSAT are considered for National Merit recognition. The PSAT covers math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.
ASVAB: The ASVAB is the other alternative for Juniors on testing day, October 19.
ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Battery. It is used by the military (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard) to determine placement into various jobs within those military branches. The ASVAB is a test that measures different kinds of abilities beyond verbal and math skills that lead to career opportunities.
Students who take the ASVAB are not required to enter the Military and the score results are private and won’t be shared. The ASVAB is a free test.
Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Registration Information for seniors who need additional testing:
- October 7 deadline for November 5 SAT (not offered at Burr and Burton)
- November 3 deadline for December 3 SAT at Burr and Burton
- November 4 deadline for the December 10 ACT (not offered at Burr and Burton)
Register online at www.collegeboard.org or www.actstudent.org. Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. (We recommend that current juniors wait to take the SAT and ACT until the spring after they have received their PSAT results and have had the opportunity to participate in a test-prep course.)
Application Reminders for Seniors
In addition to hosting the Senior Application Workshop time on October 19, the counselors are busy meeting with students on an individual basis to consider college lists, review applications and discuss essay topics. If your student is experiencing a roadblock in this process, please let us know so we can reach out to them.
By now, seniors should have submitted requests for teacher recommendations. Students who plan to complete their applications during the month of November need to have their essays and applications to their counselor by October 19 for review. Please refer to the Burr and Burton College Application Guide on the school’s website for more detailed information about timelines and the overall application process.
We encourage students interested in the University of Vermont to apply by November 1st to take advantage of the free application fee waiver for Early Action applicants and to receive a non-binding reply by the December holiday break.
Seniors who have not visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling visits on holidays and weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Parents should notify the school in advance for absences to be excused,although these absences still count toward the 14 – absence total for individual classes. Friday, November 11 might be a particularly good day to visit colleges because Burr and Burton will not be holding classes.
College Visits at BBA
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class with teacher permission to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton). Monday announcements also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to indicate their interest in specific colleges, ask individual questions and learn the most current campus information.
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is a dynamic, interactive educational program designed to prepare our country’s youth to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Sophomore students who attend the Vermont seminar interact with leaders in business, government, education, media and non-profits; they get a realistic look at our nation, its people, and their role within the world community. The VT HOBY seminar will be held in May 25-28 2017 at Saint Michael’s College. Go to www.hoby.org for more information. Stop by the School and College Counseling Office for an application. Applications are due back to Mrs. Welsh by Friday, October 31.
From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope your 9th grader has settled into the school routine and is enjoying school. Below are a few things to be aware of:
Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6 – Parent/Student Conferences. Be sure to schedule these in advance. Scheduling details and instructions can be found in the On Campus portal. Instructions were also emailed to all parents and guardians.
Tuesday, October 11 – Mountain Campus Presentation during Flex
Tuesday, October 18 – Optional Freshmen Mt. Campus Visit during Flex block Freshmen
Wednesday, October 19 – Freshmen Service Day. Please have your child bring a lunch and water.
Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28. Exams. Not all classes will have formal mid-term exams. Some will be project based.
Library open until 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday.
Teachers are available to help before and after school and during Flex block.
There are many great enrichment trips scheduled for this year (Costa Rica, Spain, Morocco, England to name a few). It may be time to start talking with your son/daughter about school sponsored trips. If not for this year, it may be wise to start the planning process for a potential trip as more trips and exchange programs will be offered in the upcoming years. Please know that there is financial aid available through the Rowland Fund for Student Enrichment.
Burr and Burton has over 30 clubs.
If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or send me an email.
Cory Herrington, Dean of Freshman, Social Studies Teacher and Co-Dean of Students – 549-8210; firstname.lastname@example.org
Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question, a concern, or wish to offer feedback. We welcome all contact and the opportunity to work with you.
The School and College Counseling Office contacts:
Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, email@example.com
Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, email@example.com
Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; email@example.com
Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; email@example.com
Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Welsh, Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; email@example.com
From the Athletics Department
On Tuesday, October 11 the Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country team will host their regular season home meet at the Severance property which is approximately 3 miles south of the Equinox Hotel. On Wednesday October 26 our Mountain Bike Team will host their first home race ever at Grafton Pond.
The Athletic Department and the Booster Club would like to thank all those parents that volunteered and contributed food items for the homecoming events, Thank you for your support!
FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:
Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer:
- October 24 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1 pm.
- October 25/26 – Play downs
- October 28/29 – Quarterfinals
- November 1/2 – Semi Finals
- November 5 – State Finals
- November 5 – State Meet – Thetford Academy
- November 4/5 – Semi Finals
- November 12 – State Finals
IMPORTANT WINTER SPORT DATES AND INFORMATION:
BBA Alpine Skiing Updates
The shorter days and the falling temperatures are a sure sign that snow is just around the corner! If your son or daughter is planning to tryout for the alpine ski team please review the following information. More detailed updates will follow in the November Bullhorn and at the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting.
The varsity alpine ski team is for those athletes that have previous experience in both alpine disciplines – slalom and giant slalom. Like last year there will be a tryout period and per Burr and Burton policy – any sport where there is only a varsity team (snowboarding, alpine skiing,and ice hockey) athletes may be cut after the tryout period if he/she is not at the varsity level.
If you plan to ski on weekends and over vacations we recommend you purchase a season’s pass through the Bromley Mountain Student Season Pass program. Afternoon passes and full day passes are available a reduced rate. Please pick up a season’s pass form outside of Sue Towslee’s office. Please note that applications are due by October 15, 2016.
Varsity athletes who do not purchase a ski pass, are required to purchase a training pass. Bromley Mountain generously offers this pass to our athletes for $100. These passes will be issued after the varsity team has been selected and they are only valid Tuesday – Friday while an athlete is training with the BBA team.
In addition, all athletes are required to pay a $25 membership fee to the Bromley Outing Club (BOC).
BBA will once again offer an enhanced training option for varsity alpine athletes. This early release option is open to varsity athletes who are in good academic standing and receive a recommendation from a teacher and coach. Students who participate are required to attend Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening study/support sessions at BBA. The fee for the program is $250 which covers transportation, additional coaching and academic mentoring.
The snowboarding team will be training at Stratton Mountain again this year, so we encourage those students to take advantage on the early season specials on passes to Stratton.
IMPORTANT WINTER DATES:
November 15 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports 6 pm in the gym. Seniors meet at 5 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.
November 16 – Ice Hockey begins.
November 28 – All other Winter sports begin.
From the Creative Arts Department
In the Seminary Gallery this Month – Totem Project
A Totem is an object such as an animal or plant that serves as the emblem of a family, tribe or clan and serves as a reminder of ancestry as well as the spiritual object. These are the key themes the Totem Project hopes to explore. These ceramic sculptures were hand built by BBA ceramic students. The assignment was to create a piece inspired by our school. The work was fired in wood and salt kilns which reveals the story of the firing. The pieces show ash or salt deposits and the path of the flame through the kiln. The Totem Project was generously sponsored by the Elizabeth deC. Wilson Fund which was established in 1991 by friend of the school Betty Wilson. Mrs. Wilson wished to provide for the continued effective programming for arts education at Burr and Burton with the goal of increasing exposure to the arts for all Burr and Burton students. The Wilson Fund aims to introduce and encourage an appreciation of and participation in all the arts.
The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music, Friday, October 21 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. Admission is $3 students/ $5 adults. Students interested in performing should contact Julie Freeborn firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition prior to October 14.
Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing Arts Department will be presenting Almost, Maine on November 2, 3, 4, 5, 2016 in the Riley Center for the Arts. Almost, Maine by John Cariani consists of nine short vignettes that explore the intricacies of love in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. Join us in the deepest winter, on a Friday night under the magical northern lights as residents of Almost, Maine fall in and out of love with often hilarious and unexpected consequences. Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18, $12 for the general public and can be ordered online at bbatickets.com. Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. The box office opens one hour before the show. Also, at 5 pm on Friday and Saturday night a three course Farm-to-Table dinner hosted by members of BBA’s Student Success Program will be available for $30 per person. Support this program by reserving your tickets at: studentsuccess.ticketjunior.com.
Student Travel Opportunities
Students have many travel opportunities this school year. As students often point to their travel experiences as life changing, we encourage all students to travel at least once during their time at Burr and Burton. Short descriptions of each trip and contact information for trip leaders is included below.
Service, Adventure, Fun
Sue Ritchie will offer a trip to the Northern Coast of Spain during our April break in 2017. The trip will include travel to the cities of Gijón, La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. Participants will have the opportunity to walk along the Camino de Santiago, visit coastal towns and historic sites, and learn about culture, history and cuisine during this trip. The flight home will be from Porto, Portugal. Please contact Sue Ritchie at email@example.com for more information. Additional trip information can be found here.
We are pleased to announce the 3rd BBA service trip to Morocco this April break. This trip will take place April 12th to the 23rd. Get ready to wander around the maze of colorful souqs and riads in Marrakech. Work with a school in a small village in the High Atlas Mountains. Ride a camel over the shimmering sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.
There is no language requirement for this trip. For more information, contact Michelle Emery at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Pollack at email@example.com. The cost and trip details can be found at http://groups.rusticpathways.com/trips/burrandburton2017.
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This month, 15 Ecuadorians from our sister school in Cuenca, Ecuador are visiting BBA for two weeks. In June 2017, we will travel to Ecuador for three weeks to stay with students from our sister school and to experience as much of their beautiful country as possible. This represents the second round of BBA’s exchange with Unidad Educativa Santana and although the students who will participate in the exchange were chosen last spring, if you are interested in getting on a standby list, email Mr Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org. The approximate cost of this three week trip is $3,000 and you must have completed at least Spanish III before the end of this year.…
Rowland Fund for Student Life
The Rowland Student Life and Learning Fund was established to support students financially so that every student has the opportunity to experience the transformative power of travel. The fund has supported over 380 students in the last 5 years. Over $50,000 a year is granted based on family need and the quality of students’ essays. We ask that all award recipients pay something toward the trip, but the travel grants make the trips affordable for all – regardless of a family’s financial situation. The application is available on BBA’s website. Please note that the due date for applications is October 21 and that family income documentation is required.
From the Health Center
Greetings, and Happy Fall!
In Support of BBA’s Rock Climbing Team
Burr and Burton Academy’s Rock Climbing Team will be showing the movie ReelRock11 on October 14 with doors opening at 6:30 pm and the event starting at 7 pm. This event is in the Riley Center for The Arts. Proceeds go to Burr and Burton Academy’s Rock Climbing Team – Concession and raffle prizes available. Tickets are available on bba.ticketjunior.com.
From the Library
Libraries love to celebrate Banned Book Week (September 25 – October 1, 2016) and the Lisa B. Tuttle Library is no exception. We use the time to highlight books in our collection that have been challenged or banned in other schools or libraries. We proudly display these books and hope to prompt and engage in discussion on censorship and how important context is to content. Two of our required summer reading books have made the list of banned and challenged books: Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
You might enjoy discussing some of these other banned books with your family:
Geisel, Theodor Seuss; If I Ran the Zoo
L’eagle, Madeleine; A Wrinkle in Time
Rowling, J.K.; Harry Potter series
Pilkey, Dav; Captain Underpants series
Collins, Suzanne; Hunger Games
Morrison, Toni; The Bluest Eye
Fitzgerald, F. Scott; The Great Gatsby
Salinger, J.D.; The Catcher in the Rye
Steinbeck, John; The Grapes of Wrath
Lee, Harper; To Kill a Mockingbird
Walker, Alice; The Color Purple
Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm
Library Media Specialist
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
r. k. Miles Inc.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store
High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Café
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc.
Bank of Bennington
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping
The Aspen at Manchester
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Equinox Asset Management
JOY – all things underthings
Lily of the Valley Florist
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
People’s United Bank
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services
The Works Bakery Café
Equipe Sport, Ltd
Hill Farm Inn
Midura Building Company
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders
Do You Believe in Magic?
2016 Gala Sponsors
Hocus Pocus Sponsor
Four Seasons Sotheby’s
Black Diamond Tree Service
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Drasher
H.N. Williams Store
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Dorset Inn & Barrows House
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 Sponsors
Bradley’s Pro Shop
Cole and Company
Deerfield Valley Dental Care – Dr. R. Ruhl
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Credit Union
Long Ago and Far Away
L/S Gerontology Seminars – Lois Schram
Vermont Kitchen Supply
Weston Country Store