3 MEMS 8th Grade Parent Information Night (Last Names N-Z)):
3 6 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
4 Dorset 8th Grade Parent Information Night: 6 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
5 Spring College Night (Juniors & Sophomores, Parents):
3 7 pm, BBA Rowland Center
6 Calliope Café: 6:30 pm, The Inn at Manchester
8 ACT at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, BBA Cafeteria
12 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 4 – 8 pm
14 -21 April Break: No School
28 Grandparents and Special Friends Day: 10 am – 1:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
From the Headmaster
It has been a particularly arduous week, with yet another late opening due to the ice storm coupled with distracting events such as the debate, spike ball, and the now-postponed student-faculty basketball game. I am becoming increasingly concerned that we are losing focus on our academic mission, and as a result, it is time for us to make the following changes:
- We were planning on taking Friday, April 14 off to start the April break a bit early. However, given the number of snow days we have had, I am reinstating that day as a school day.
- After spring break, Fridays will become a full day rather than 12:45 PM dismissal. This will allow us to make up valuable learning time. I thought about lengthening Fridays immediately, but I think it is important that everybody have a bit of a heads up so you can mentally prepare for using your brains until at least 2:30 PM.
- After spring break, we will also start classes earlier. Arrival time will be 7:00 AM, and each period will be lengthened by 15 minutes.
- For seniors, we will be notifying colleges or future employers, including the military, of any symptoms of senioritis. Reportable symptoms include general malaise, talking in assembly, whistling in the hallways, or showing in any way that you might be in a good mood what with graduation peeking over the horizon.
- Music in the halls will feature exclusively music from the 1970s. That is when I went to high school, and it is really good music that can inspire you in all kinds of ways. For example, think of all the life lessons in Gloria Gaynor’s, “I will survive…”
- We are canceling Senior Bell Ringing and instead will be administering a standardized test to be determined. All sports practices will include a mandatory 30 minute study hall. The Gawlik Awards will be limited to educational films. Students traveling on spring break trips will be required to read from textbooks and fill out random worksheets while on buses or airplanes. I am sure I will think of some other things to enhance the educational environment around here.
Thank you for your attention, and please find a way to remember that today is April 1. Keep smiling!
Mark H. Tashjian
PS: On a more serious but no less upbeat note, I am delighted that we are rolling into April. The April break is two weeks away, and we will in fact be closed on Friday, April 14. Just to reassure you about teaching days, we intentionally design the second semester to have more days than the first in anticipation of weather related disruptions. We are in good shape not only in teaching days, but in the overall energy and spirit here at BBA. Go, Bulldogs!
From the Advancement Office
Our Online Auction went live on Monday, March 27, as a kickoff to the spring Parent Association fundraising gala, Sail into Summer. The Online Auction will run through April 14 closing at 9:00 PM. It will end just before spring break so make sure you bid before you leave town or better yet, you can also bid on your mobile device! We’ve made it very easy to get involved.
We have lots of great items featuring useful services and fun things to do with the family, jewelry by local designers, beauty products, dining packages, food items, gift baskets galore, gift certificates to area merchants, hanging flower baskets and much, much more, over 160 items!
Our sincere thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends for donating items to the auction. We encourage you to register, browse and bid – help support this important fundraiser for Burr and Burton! It’s easy and lots of fun! 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!
Here’s the link so sign up and start bidding if you haven’t already! https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction
A special thank you to the Online Auction Committee made up of Gina Vickers, Dorie Morgantini, Ursula Knowles, Sam Baker, Jane DaPron, and others on the Gala Committee who helped solicit or donated items – Anne Houser, Robin Apps, Sandy Kraehling, Lisa Brand, Peggy Brockett, Darla Buffa, Sindy Hassig, Mary Beth Hatheway, Laura Fastie-Grapshi, Tracy Staton, Tracy Duddy and Pauline de Laszlo. Additional thanks to Nancy Brown and Rich Thompson Tucker for their help in soliciting items, and to Gina Vickers who has written descriptions for and uploaded photos of the 160 plus items onto the web site – a herculean task at best!
Invitations for the gala event at Taconic on May 26, 2017, will be mailed out in April. We hope you’ve put the date on your calendar. If you want to reserve tickets or a table, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We are deeply appreciative of your financial support and volunteer time.
Director of Advancement
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Invitations for Grandparents and Special Friends Day are out in the mail and if you want to make sure your student’s grandparents or special friends receive one, please contact Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at email@example.com, or call her at 802-549-8110. We are missing a lot of addresses for grandparents. The date for this event is Friday, April 28 and it will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Grandparents and Special Friends will participate in a series of presentations in the Riley Center, then meet up with their grandchildren afterwards for lunch at 12:45 PM.
We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our Burr and Burton community members has generously 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 by creating a Student Athlete Bus Fund. 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 for 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. And we have received a very generous gift over the weekend of $5,000 for the match. So we have $4,850 to go! Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (firstname.lastname@example.org 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’
From the Creative Arts Department
The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Café, Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 pm at the Inn at Manchester. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults.
Spring Musical May 9-13. Tickets will go on sale soon.
April is Poetry Month at BBA
Below is a list of events happening this month:
Thursday, April 27, from 6-8 p.m.: Release of Between Ranges (BBA’s Lit Mag) & Poetry Showcase with David Huddle
David Huddle teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English and in the Rainier Writing Workshop. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Poetry, Shenandoah, Agni, Plume, The Hollins Critic, and The Georgia Review. His most recent books are Dream Sender, a poetry collection, and My Immaculate Assassin, a novel. With Meighan Sharp, Huddle has co-authored a book of poems, Effusive Greetings to Friends, forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press in the fall of 2017, and his new novel, Hazel, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2018.
BBA Spring College Night
On Wednesday, April 5, BBA will present the annual Spring College Night from 7 to 9 pm in the Rowland Center. The evening will begin with a panel presentation on the college admission process featuring admission officers from Champlain College, Colgate University, Emmanuel College and the University of Vermont. During the second half of the program, these representatives will lead workshops on a variety of topics including how to conduct a college search, the admission selection process, financial aid, and essay writing. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Mock Interviews for Juniors
BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place on Wednesday, April 5. 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.
Sophomore Career Panel
There will be a Career Panel for all sophomores on April 4 during FlexBlock in the Riley Center. Individuals representing a wide range of professions will share their experiences and offer advice to help students begin thinking about future visions and career paths.
Castleton University will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 5, from 9-11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. Jason Pergament has organized a bus and invited freshmen in the Success Program to participate. A few additional spots may available to current sophomores who will be off-campus next fall and unable to attend the September College Fair Trip to UVM. For more information, contact the student’s School and College Counselor.
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.
- 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 Wednesday, April 5th.
- 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 a 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 6, SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests administered at BBA, register by April 7 at www.collegeboard.org.
Saturday, June 3, SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests (not administered at BBA), register by May 9 at www.collegeboard.org.
Saturday, June 10 (not at BBA), register by May 5 at www.actstudent.org.
Sign up for ACT with writing.
Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2017-2018 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.
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.
Summer Opportunity for Rising Senior Boys and Girls interested in Vermont State Government
American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls’ State
High School girls who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply to become an ALAGMGS delegate. Delegates spend 6 days learning how to participate in the Functioning of Vermont’s local and state government. The 2017 Session of Girls State will be held on the Randolph Center Campus of Vermont Technical College from June 17th to June 22nd. Applications are in the School and College Counseling Office and must be submitted by April 6. Is there an online link for this application? Please check. Speak to your counselor if interested.
American Legion Green Mountain Boys’ State
High School boys who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply for GMBS. Delegates form a working model of town and state government and learn about issues facing our state. This program will be held from June 18 through June 23. Applications are available at http://vtlegion.org/boys_state.cfm. Deadline is May 1. Speak to your counselor if interested.
From the 9th grade corner
It’s amazing to think that we are now three quarters of the way through the school year. All 9th graders were invited to four-year academic planning sessions and have had a brief introduction to Naviance. For those of you are that are new to Naviance, it is a powerful online platform that allows our students to investigate their interests, academic strengths, potential careers, and postsecondary options. More formal Naviance sessions will be held with the Class of 2020 as they move toward graduation. I’m happy to follow up with any student regarding their draft four-year academic plan or meet with students that missed their session.
As the weather gets warm and the yearning for summer hits, it will be important for all of our 9th graders to continue to use Flex time wisely and seek additional academic support before or after school.
Friday, April 14 – Friday, April 21 – April Break.
Friday, April 28 – Grandparents/Special Friends Day
Forms for some of scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidentiality of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships. Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date so Mrs. Welsh can put together the needed BBA documents for timely mailing/submitting. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.
Nelson E. & Marie Williams Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who live within the borders of the area served by Currier Memorial School. This includes the towns of Danby ad Mt. Tabor. The student must have been a graduate of Currier Memorial School; strong character, strong academics, financial need.
Award: Not specified; Deadline: April 1
American Legion of VT
Eligibility: US citizen, senior having been accepted to college.
Award: minimum $500; Deadline: April 1
VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University;
GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College
Award: unknown; Deadline: April 1
APPLICATIONS ONLINE: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships
Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education. Must show evidence of community service beyond the BBA requirement. Mandatory reporting of gross income.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: April 3
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 7th
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: April 12
Note: This is a lengthy application requiring three years of tax records. Don’t wait until the last minute complete this one!
Stratton Foundation Todd Richter Endowment- Moving Mountains Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation, Family qualifies for Free and Reduced Lunch program ro benefits from a school-provided scholarship or financial support at any time during academics, academic achievement, accepted to college as full time student
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 12 to Mrs. Welsh
VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 13 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.
Sons of the American Legion Dennis Comai Scholarship
Eligibility: any student planning to attend trade school or technical college with a grandparent or parent, or step-grandparent or step-parent, who is a member of the American Legion Family,
Award: $1,000; 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 24
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 24
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: April 26
Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Elibigility: 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 28
Applications: on Naviance and in School and College Counseling Office
Wantastiquet Rotary Scholarship
Eligibility: any BBA graduating Senior. Desire to continue education through 2 or 4 year college or vocational course of study. Academic potential, school and community involvement, financial need.
Award: $1,000; Deadline, April 28
The Garden Club of Manchester
Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education at college, technical or vocational School 2- or 4-year.Must be studying in fields related to horticulture, landscape design and environmental Studies, agribusiness or other related fields.
Award $1,500; Deadline, April 30
Rotary Club of Manchester – Award for Excellence
Eligibility: High School senior planning to enroll in college. Based on (in order of importance) character, community service, effort, personal potential, financial need and past academic performance. Highly recommended that students have a recommendation targeted to service.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 30
Arlington Nursing Association Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: seniors from Arlington, Sunderland or Sandgate who plan to enter a health related field.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1
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
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
BBA Diversity Scholarship
Eligibility: a senior who truly embraces diversity. Essay required
Award: undisclosed; Deadline, April 30
BBA Teachers’ Association Scholarship
Eligibility: Seniors, based on personal integrity and commitment to learning. Brief essay required.
Award: not specified; 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
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
Dorset Sportsman’s Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating seniors who lives in Dorset or East Dorset accepted into post secondary education including 2- and 4-year colleges, technical and vocational schools. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement
Award: $2,000; 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
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 12
Woodland Owners Association Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Windham County resident, College bound senior or college student in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Must be in attendance of a 2- or 4- program in forestry or allied field (e.g., wildlife management) with coursework and goals directly related to forest management.)
Award: $3,000; Deadline: May 15
Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: High School graduate, has to have a connection to and plan to pursue a career in the golf profession including agronomy (golf course design and care).
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, 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
For those of you who weren’t with us on Spring Sports Night, Our speaker, John Werner, challenged us to find one role and stick with it for the entire athletic season. You may be an athlete, an official, a coach or a fan – but you can only choose one.
Like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!
Spring Head Coaches:
Boys Lacrosse – Mark Lange – firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Lacrosse – Jennifer Brenner – email@example.com
Softball – Julie Fifield – firstname.lastname@example.org
Baseball – Ed Lewicki – email@example.com
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus – firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw – email@example.com
Track & Field – Caleb Wiley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys Golf – Michael Harger – email@example.com
Girls Golf – Cheri Blondin – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’
Bulldog Leadership Summit
Our next Leadership Workshop: Quiet Leadership – Leading for Introverts, will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 am in the Hunter Seminar Room with Neil Freebern.
From the Library
To see what’s happening in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library, including: new books, magazines, an opportunity to attend a teen literary festival, click on this link.
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.
High Honors List
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
and Burr and Burton the vessel.
or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.