Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 2016


1  National Honor Society Induction Ceremony: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
3  SAT at BBA: 8 am to 1 pm, BBA Cafeteria & F.L. classrooms
4  International Holiday Potluck for Host Families: 5 pm to 8 pm, BBA Cafeteria
6  Gradebook Open for Review
7  Winter Concert – Large Ensembles: 6 pm to 7 pm, BBA Riley Center
7  Winter Concert – Large Ensembles: 8 pm to 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
15 Theater and Dance Fest: 6 pm to 7 pm, BBA Riley Center
15 Theater and Dance Fest: 8 pm to 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
19 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
21  Final Exams: 12 pm dismissal
22 Holiday Break: Thursday, December 22 – Friday, January 6, 2017

From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

So many of you have written letters to our legislators defending against the proposed rules by the State Board of Education. THANK YOU!

The rules as currently written pose a grave threat to school choice and independence. Thanks to those of you who have written letters and lobbied legislators, we are making progress. However, our work is not yet done.

On Monday, December 12 at 6 PM, The State Board of Education will be holding a public “stakeholder meeting” in the Riley Center here at BBA. We need everyone to show up prepared to share stories; you and your daughters and sons are our most important stakeholders.

Please be prepared to tell the State Board of Education:

  • Why the board should not change a system that has served our communities so well for over 180 years.
  • What you value about the school choices available in our community.
  • If you moved into this area from another state, what caused you to come here?
  • What your son or daughter is getting out of the Burr and Burton experience.

Please mark your calendar’s, and please show up. We need your voice to be heard! Only with your participation can we protect your right to maintain school choice and have access to Burr and Burton Academy.

Thank you very much for your support and participation. This effort is truly democracy at work.


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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Advancement Office


Looking out my window as I compose my thoughts for the December Bullhorn, it looks more encouraging than last year at this time, especially for those of us who enjoy winter sports. With a little help from Mother Nature our ski, Nordic and snowboard teams have more options for training. And as the holiday season in upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the generosity of spirit of our BBA community! We want to thank all of our parents and families who support Burr and Burton Academy in many different ways.

Thank you to the Parent Association and the many hours they have put into reaching out to all BBA parents. Once again under the leadership of Gina Vickers, this year the Parent Association executed a clothing exchange, made refreshments and helped with other needs for the fall play, and much more. The Gala committee under the leadership of Pauline de Laszlo and Robin Apps is already hard at work planning for this important event on May 26, 2017. And we appreciate the efforts of parents who provide food and refreshments for traveling teams, come to our performing arts events and cheer on our Bulldogs on the field, court, tracks and trails, slopes and parks, and the ice rink. Thank you to the Booster Club and all of the activities they have been involved in. Thank you to those who have helped organize fundraising events to support the hockey program, especially the most recent Student vs. Faculty Hockey game at Riley Rink.

Thank you to our host families of International students, for welcoming these students into your home to be a part of your family. And to our dorm parents who fashion a family of a different sort by creating a supportive, caring environment for their International students. (We’re looking for a few more host families for the second semester so if you’re interested please reach out to Pia Nolan at Thanks to all of the BBA families who hosted our student guests from Ecuador this fall and made them feel welcome as a part of the larger community.

And last but certainly not least, thank you to all parents who have supported the 2016 – 2017 Annual Giving Campaign with a gift or corporate sponsorship. For those of you who haven’t yet made a commitment, there is still plenty of time unless you want to take the tax deduction in 2016! If that is the case we must receive your gift by December 31, 2016. We continue to promote parent participation as the main focus of our Parent Challenge. We count outright gifts, corporate sponsorships (if you have a family-owned business), gala sponsorships, a donation of a service or item to the spring Online Auction, and gifts made to Friends of Hockey. If you’ve already given, please encourage other parents to do the same.

So once again, our most sincere thank you to all of you who have supported the school and our students in some way in the past months – we couldn’t do it without you.  

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from all of us in the Advancement office.

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement

P.S. It easy to make a gift – feel free to use any of the following:

By mail: Advancement office, Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254

Credit card: Online or call Nancy Brown in our office at 802-549-8110
In person: Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off your gift. We’d love to see you and say thank you in person.


From the Co-Dean of Students


Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is hard to believe that we are already in December. With one snow day already in the books, please encourage your student(s) to get up a little earlier to allow extra time to remove snow and ice from their cars and for slippery roads. The weather on the mountain is usually much different than in Manchester, so please take this into consideration if you live in one of the mountain communities. We recognize that road conditions vary from town-to-town, and your safety is important to all of us. Do your best to get to school on time and be safe in the process!

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 6, 2016. We are hosting the Gift of Life Marathon, “12 Days of Giving” American Red Cross, blood drive. We currently have 90 students, faculty and staff signed up to donate and have 25 additional donor slots available. Please consider giving a donation. To donate or to find out more information about donating go to To sign up, enter the zip code 05254 into the blue box that says, “Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive.” Then select the red arrow next to Burr and Burton Academy to register.

During this holiday season, please give the ultimate gift, “The Gift of Life.”

Donation Information: “Twelve Days of Giving”

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Location: Henry Gymnasium
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Note: you may need to create an account in order to make an appointment.

Thank you for in advance for your donation.

Anthony J. Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students


From the Creative Arts Department


The Winter Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7 at 6 pm and 7:45 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts and will feature the Instrumental Music Ensemble, Vocal Music Ensemble, Circuits & Chamber Choir.  

Tickets are available at



Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film on Thursday, December 15, with two shows: an early show at 6 pm and a later show at 8 pm, in the 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 exciting, tightly packed evening of performance.

Over 25 actors will perform comedic and dramatic acting scenes that range from Shakespeare to Neil Simon, Moliere to Aaron Sorkin and more.

The BBA Dance Company consisting of 43 dancers will perform numbers including a hip hop piece to the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” a Bob Fosse number, in addition to classical ballet and more.  

The Fall Film Project, “Teaching Nothing” written by BBA’s Peter Nicholson, will have it’s World Premiere.

Tickets are $3 for students/faculty/staff and $5 for adults.  Get them before they are gone at:


Chamber Choir Recital at the Hildene Welcome Center
Saturday December 3, 2 pm to 3 pm.
Jazz Combo & Chamber Choir Carols at the Equinox Hotel Library
Wednesday December 14, 6 pm to 7:30 pm.



Seniors should be finalizing the college process – be sure to connect with your School and College Counselor! Friday, December 9, is the last day to request transcripts and records until January. Don’t forget that it is the student’s responsibility to send SAT/ACT scores directly from the testing agency to the colleges.

Once you receive a decision, please let us know so we can keep an accurate record of our students’ success. We’ll also pass along your happy news to Mr. Tashjian so he can announce it at Monday assemblies!

Standardized Testing
PSAT results are due to be released on December 12. Students will receive emailed instructions from the College Board on how to access their individual scores and direct them to create a College Board account if they haven’t already done so.  As soon as BBA receives scores, they will be uploaded into each participating student’s Naviance account.

Regarding standardized testing preparation, families of juniors will receive mailed information from BBA regarding test prep courses and the test registration process.

December 21 is the deadline to sign up for the January 21 SAT (not at BBA).

February 11 is a testing date for the ACT. The test will not be at BBA, but will be administered at other nearby locations. Students wishing to register for this exam by will need to sign up at by January 13.

Advanced Placement Exam fee
Just a reminder that all AP Exam fees are due Friday, December 9. This includes students taking a second semester AP class as well. The cost is $95 per exam if paying with cash or check, or $98 per exam if paying with credit card. Here is the link for AP fees to be paid by credit card:

Fees increase $5 per exam if paid after the deadline.  Please bring cash or checks to the School & College Counseling Office. Speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose to request a payment extension or a fee reduction form.

Financial Aid
It is important to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from admission deadlines. Please check each college’s website for information.

Some private colleges also require a form called the CSS Financial Aid Profile. This two-part process should be started immediately so as not to delay funding. Forms are available online at or via the VSAC website:

All families of students applying for need-based financial aid will submit the FAFSA. 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. The FAFSA form may be submitted beginning October 1 by completing it at Families can register at this site in advance of January 1 to receive the necessary separate pin numbers for students and parents. (Beware of another website,, which charges people to complete the forms. FAFSA is a FREE form!).

All students applying for need-based aid will also submit the VSAC Vermont Incentive Grant form after January 1. It is available online at

From the 9th grade corner:
December will be a busy month on campus with the start of winter sports, mid-term (for year long classes) and final exams for semester classes. There are also a number of theater, dance and musical performances.  It will be important for our 9th graders to finish the semester strong by utilizing flexblock well, and connecting with their teachers in classes in which they may need extra help.

Upcoming Events:
Winter Concert – Wed. Dec 7
Final and Mid-Term Exams – Dec. 19-21 with (Snow-date/make-ups Thursday, Dec. 22nd)

Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend applications available online starting December 10 at

WHEN: February 10 through 12 or February 24 through 26.
WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)
WHAT: Advanced Painting and Drawing, Vocal Performance, Social Entrepreneurship, Animals & Law, Actors’ Audition Masterclass, Astronomy, Bioinformatics (Health Data Science), Robotics, Architecture Invention, Youth Leadership.
WHERE: Students spend the weekend in residence at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.
HOW: Students fill out applications at starting December 10. Spots will fill up quickly!

2016-2017 VSAC Scholarship for Vermonters Workbooks are in the School and College Counseling Office.
Scholarship information can be found in the School and College Counseling Office and is listed in Naviance Family Connection at:

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students,

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127;

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen,

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145;

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

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130;

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244;

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126;

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242;


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From the Athletics Department

Another season is off to a great start. I have some great news to share about some opportunities for our students.

Student Athlete Bus Fund

We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.

When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.

This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb ( 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’


The goal of the Bulldog Leadership Summit is to create a community of student leaders who use their influence to transform the culture of Burr and Burton so that integrity, selflessness, and respect for everybody is embraced. We aim to inspire students to lead through character, accountability, and adding value to others. Our next two workshops are: Wednesday, December 7 – Creating opportunities to serve – Reaching beyond yourself and Wednesday, January 18 – Finding a Mentor.  A full schedule of Bulldog Leadership Summit workshops is available here.


The second great opportunity is the Peak Performance Program. Our mission is to provide tools for the highly motivated athlete to reach an elite level of performance. Julie Fifield began running our Peak Performance Program this Fall.  This two year program consists of 8 – Six Week Sessions  (4 sessions per year). New members may join in January when we begin our 3rd session of the year. Interested students should contact me directly at


The Booster Club has long been based on the idea that “The more we can do, the better our student-athlete experiences will be at Burr and Burton.” We want to help athletes develop pride in their teams and their school, to build Bulldog Spirit among parents and community, to make sure our athletic traditions continue and to recognize the successes of our sports teams. If you value that, we ask that you join us. We need parents or grandparents who are interested in being part of the steering and decision making body and we also need people who are ready to volunteer to help out with specific events like Homecoming or Senior Nights. If either of these appeal to you as a way to be involved at BBA, please contact Anne Simonds, our President at

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2016-2017

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

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only

Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15
Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.
Don’t forget to Like us on facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

Facebook –
Twitter – @BBABulldogsAD
Instagram – bbabuldogsad

Varsity Home Openers:

Wednesday, December 10: Boys Hockey vs. Woodstock 5 pm
Wednesday, December 14:  Wrestling vs. Otter Valley and Mill River 6 pm
Saturday, December 17: Girls Basketball vs. St. Johnsbury 2:30 pm
Saturday, December 17: Girls Hockey vs. Rutland 5 pm
Saturday, December 17: Boys Basketball vs. Rice 6:30 pm
Wednesday, January 4: Nordic Competition 2:30 pm Wild Wings
Saturday, January 7: Dance Competition 1 pm
Tuesday, January 10: Snowboard Competition 1 pm Okemo (Technically not Home but it’s as close as we get).
Thursday, January 19: Alpine Competition 11:30 am Bromley


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The Experiment in International Living

Want to go abroad? Want to make your summer matter? Go explore 25 country destinations with The Experiment in International Living, based in Brattleboro, VT. The Experiment has sent over 70,000 students around the world since their beginning in 1932 exploring themes such as peace building, leadership, community service, or language & cultural study. Admissions Officer Marni Goodman will be visiting BBA Thursday, December 8 to present more information on The Experiment. She will make a presentation during FlexBlock at 11:30 am in Ms. Silver’s classroom, Rowland Center, room 001, and be available at lunch in the cafeteria starting at 10:40 am. If interested beforehand, check out or on Instagram at ExperimentAbroad. Visit:

The Global Citizenship Club meets weekly on Thursdays at 11 am in Ms Silver’s classroom. They are currently fundraising for Pure Water for the World, based in Rutland VT. Contact Ms Silver at with any questions. Visit:


Travel Opportunities available for the Costa Rica Trip in April

Several spots available. This trip is intended for students who want to spend a meaningful, fun-packed week in a country whose philosophy revolves around the care and health of its people, animals and environment. We will travel with a local naturalist who has a wealth of information about the wildlife and the people. He takes us to the special places only the locals know about. The cost is $3100 for ten days which includes RT air, all hotels, 3 meals a day, activities and tips. 
For more information, please contact Bonnie Niles at or Lauren Silver at

2017 Burr and Burton Yearbooks


It’s time to pre-order your students 2017 BBA Yearbook. All orders can be placed online by following the link provided HERE. From here, you can order a yearbook for your student, personalize their book, and even create a Yearbook Recognition Ad. The price of the yearbook will go up as the final deadline approaches, so order soon. If you have any questions, you can email the 2017 Yearbook Crew at


From the Library  

To see some of the new books available in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library click on this link.

Library Hours

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

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
(802) 549-8122


International Student Sees Democracy in Action

First year Burr and Burton international student Patrick Dang Quoc from Vietnam went to the South Londonderry polling station on election night where he was graciously welcomed and able to witness democracy in action.  He explored our voting booths and our Presidential Election Ballot! 

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 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.

Honors List

Bank of Bennington
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping
The Aspen at Manchester

Academic Letter

Battenkill Communications
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Dibble Painters
Equinox Asset Management
JOY – all things underthings
Lily of the Valley Florist
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House 

The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services
The Works Bakery Café

Academic Pin

Equipe Sport, Ltd
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 Sponsors

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

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

Voila Sponsors

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 Sponsors

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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