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May 2017


1  AP Chemistry: 8 am – 12 pm, Seminary Building Room 32
1  AP Psychology Exam: 12 – 3 pm, Taconic Hotel Trillium Ballroom
2  AP Spanish Exam: 8 – 1:30pm Rowland Center room 222
3  AP English Literature and Composition Exam: 8 – 12pm, Seminary Building room 31
4  AP US Government and Politics Exam: 8 – 11 am, First Congregational Church
4  AP Studio Art Exam: 2:30-3:30 pm, Rowland Center
5  AP German Exam: 8 – 1 pm, Rowland Center room 221
5  AP US History Exam: 8 – 12 pm, Seminary Building room 31
6  SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Math Classrooms – Third Floor Smith Center
6  Prom: 8 – 11 pm, Hildene – The Lincoln Family Home
8  AP Biology Exam: 8 – 12 pm, Taconic Hotel Trillium Ballroom
9  Gradebook Open for Review
9  AP Calculus Exam: 8 – 12 pm, First Congregational Church
9  AP French Exam: 12 – 3:30 pm, Rowland Center room 221
9  Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
10 AP English Language and Composition Exam: 8 – 12 pm, Taconic Hotel Trillium Ballroom
10 Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
11 AP Statistics: 12 – 4 pm, Seminary Building room 11
11 Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
12 AP Microeconomics: 8 am – 12 pm, Seminary Building room 31
12 Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
13 Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
18 Service Day 10th Grade
19 Science NECAP 11th Grade
20 Creative Arts Expo: BBA Gymnasium
23 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
24 Gawlik Awards: 6:30 – 9 pm, SVAC
25 Science Symposium: 6 – 8 pm
26 Senior Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 am
26 Awards Assembly and Yearbook Dedication: 9:30 – 10:30 am, BBA Gymnasium
26 Spring Fundraising Gala: 5:30 – 11 pm, Kimpton Taconic Hotel
28 International Farewell Party
29 Memorial Day: No School
30 Senior Final Exams
30 Senior Bell Ringing: 2 – 3 pm


From the Headmaster

“And they are rounding the final turn and heading into the homestretch!”

While the school year may be more like a marathon than a horse race (or a journey of discovery or an expedition), no matter what metaphor you want to use, we are unquestionably reaching the end of the school year. The pace around here goes from purposeful to something much faster, more exciting, chock-full of events, and climactic. A sprint.

For the class of 2017, their time at BBA is coming to an end. While they will always be Bulldogs, each member of the senior class will venture forth into the world armed with relationships, support, aspirations, education, and, we hope, curiosity to continue to learn.

We will bring the school year to a close on June 9 at 5:30 PM with commencement. If the weather gods are kind, commencement will be on the upper field overlooking our gorgeous campus, Manchester Village, surrounded by mountains. If the weather gods are less kind, we will celebrate at Riley Rink and will not let the weather diminish the great spirit of the day.

I am delighted to announce that we have three amazing speakers for commencement. First, the senior class has selected two members of our workforce: Dave Curtis, long time science teacher and department chair who will be retiring at the end of this year, and Joel Secoy, a member of our custodial staff and a BBA alum himself. This dynamic duo will share remarks together.

Our keynote speaker bestows upon us a great honor. Governor Phil Scott has accepted our invitation to join in commencement ceremonies. Governor Scott has devoted his life to public service, and with his election in November, a Republican in a deeply liberal state, he has proven himself to unite Vermonters across the political spectrum. I am certain he will have words of wisdom to share with us all, and this is also an opportunity to thank the governor for his instrument to work in helping to protect school choice and independence.

So, buckle your seatbelts, get ready to cheer, as we run the gauntlet of these final events leading to another successful school year at Burr and Burton Academy. (With apologies to the English department for my brutal mixing of metaphors throughout this letter.)

Yours in Bulldogs,

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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Assistant Head of School

Update on Standardized Testing for Juniors:

On May 18-19th, all Juniors will complete the NECAP Science Assessment. Testing will take place in the cafeteria at the beginning of each day. Students will return to the regular class rotation once the testing session has been completed. Good news: most Juniors have completed the Smarter Balanced ELA and Math Assessments. We are working individually with the remaining students to find the best time to complete the assessments. Thank you for your support. I’m optimistic that we will reach our goal of  100% participation and that the individual and school results will provide us with valuable feedback on the teaching and learning that takes place at Burr and Burton Academy.

Special Events May 18th:

Sophomores will Take to the Streets to provide a day of service to our community. In the coming weeks, students will learn about the available projects and make selections for the work day. Sophomores will not attend classes on May 18th. All Sophomores will report to the gym at the start of the day and then head out to complete service projects.

Freshman and Seniors will attend classes, along with special workshops with Janell Burley Hofmann. Janell worked with BBA students three years ago and received rave reviews. Janell’s program for Freshman will focus on becoming a Digital Leader and Developing a Digital Toolkit. With Seniors, she will discuss life Beyond High School: Healthy Adulting in the Digital World. I encourage you to discuss your students’ reactions and insights after their time with Janell.

Open Gradebooks for Parent Review:

From May 8th through May 13th, we will open student gradebooks in BBA’s OnCampus portal so parents can get a comprehensive view of student progress. Please take a few minutes to review course progress and encourage your student to take advantage of supports available in order to improve performance and understanding prior to exams. Co-curricular eligibility will be determined on May 8th and any student found to be ineligible will receive notice on May 9th. Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

Attention Senior Parents:

A Senior Send-Off Party has been an annual tradition in our community for a number of years.  It is organized by parents of seniors and is not a school-sponsored event.  To date, no parents have stepped forward to lead this initiative. Any parents interested in making a Senior Send-Off happen this year should contact last year’s organizer, Elpi Blanchard, at

The May Bullhorn is chock full of important information and updates related to the last six weeks of the school year. Please review the calendar so that you are aware of the many exciting and engaging events happening this month. I encourage you to take advantage of the rich opportunities available to connect as a community and to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.





Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School


From the Advancement Office


Can it be May already? We are on the home stretch with graduation and the end of the 2016 – 2017 school year right around the corner. So much is happening in May – the spring musical, Pippin, the Gawlik Awards, Scholarship Night, the annual fundraising Gala, Sail into Summer, 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.


We want to share with our parents the great news about the Online Auction. We raised $14,500 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 (both of which count towards your support of the Annual Fund). It continues to be a very successful fundraiser and a great kickoff to our annual fundraising gala! We also want to thank and acknowledge the Online Auction Committee who solicited over 179 items. We had 140 bidders participating, and Gina Vickers, chair of the committee, did a great job getting the auction set up on our web host, “Bidding for Good”. Awesome job by everyone involved. If you missed the auction this year, we hope you will join in the fun next year.

Our energy and focus is now going into the finishing details of the SAIL INTO SUMMER Gala, scheduled for May 26. Invitations went out in mid-April and we are selling tickets quickly, so if you want to come, please get your reply card in soon. This event has sold out the last six years. You can contact me directly if you’d like to reserve seats at 549-8201. We have a great line up for the Live Auction, including a seven-day Caribbean Celebrity Cruise, a four day getaway all inclusive stay at any Sandals Resort, a Boston trip, a week-long stay in a Nantucket Cottage, a Summer solstice lobster party for twenty, a weekend by the sea in Newport, Rhode Island and much more. We’re returning to the Taconic and we’re expecting this event to be a fun and festive kickoff to the summer season.

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! Or simply make a gift in support of the event.

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you again for all of you who supported the annual fund over the past year. We have two months to the end of our fiscal year which means you still have time to get your name in the Annual Appreciation Report for 2016 – 2017. Just make your gift by June 30, 2017. (If you have children in multiple grades, your names will be listed with each class.)

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 by creating 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 will be sent shortly 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


From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing Arts Department will present  the musical PippinMay 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, Stephen Schwartz’s music and lyrics, together with Roger O. Hirson ’s book, tells a fictitious story of Pippin, the son of Charlemagne.  The broadway show starred Irene Ryan, John Rubinstein, Jill Clayburgh and Ben Vereen.  The revival’s enjoyed incredible success and is the only show that has had two actors of different sexes win a Tony Award for the same role.

BBA’s production boasts over 70 students involved on the stage, behind the scenes and in the orchestra. Don’t miss international student Leticia Galdino as The Leading Player, Greg Townsend as Pippin, Garrett Sands as Charlemagne, Isabelle Desroches as Fastrada, Riley Vogel as Lewis, Dafina Matiku as Berthe, Jillian Grip as Catherine and MEMS student Cristo Buckley as Theo, along with an amazing ensemble of dancers, actors and singers.

Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18 and $12 for the general public. Please order tickets online at: Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. Box office opens one hour prior to show time. 


Creative Arts Expo  – May 20, 2017
Start times are 5 pm and 7:15 pm with tickets $5 students/$7 adults available at



Standardized Testing Registration

Juniors should have already taken the SAT or ACT tests; if not juniors should sign up by May 9th to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 3rd or sign up by May 5 to take the ACT on June 10th.  The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT in September and the SAT in October. 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 1 – May 12. 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.

2017 Graduation Countdown

A senior graduation mailing will be in the mail this week.  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 9, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website.

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.

2017-18 Student Class Schedules

Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2017-18 class schedules prior to summer break.  Currently, teacher assignments are pending and details are being defined on the master schedule.   An email announcement will be sent to students when the schedules are published in OnCampus.

For Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors
Military information Session 
Tuesday, May 16
Hunter Seminar Room. 
Facilitator: 1st LT Mikel R. Arcovitch will discuss all things military.
For more information, contact Jason Pergament,
From the 9th grade corner

The month of May will be a busy and important month for the class of 2020.  Many teachers will begin final projects.  There are also a number of upcoming events that will highlight student work.  These events are listed below and are worth checking out even if your child isn’t directly involved in them.  

Upcoming Events:

Spring Musical: Wednesday May 9 – Saturday, May 13

Creative Arts Expo: Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20

Gawlik Awards: Wednesday, May 24

Science Fair: Thursday, May 25

Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 31


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.

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.

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 County senior accepted at University or College, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students,

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

This month I was particularly struck by a video of Steph Curry as a young player. There are two lines that have stuck with me that I would love for all of our students to internalize. The first is that “Success is not an accident, success is actually a choice.” The second builds off of that with the question, “Are the habits that you have today on par with the dreams you have for tomorrow?” Together they create an important tool. If we took a few minutes each day to reflect on both of these, surely we would come significantly closer to realizing our dreams.

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Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

May 25 –  May 27; Tennis Boys/Girls Individuals:
May 30, – June 2/3; Tennis Team State Championships:
June 6;  Girls Golf State Championship
June 7;  Boys Golf State Championship
May 29; Softball Pairings
May 30; Softball Play downs

June 2/3; Softball Quarter-finals
June 6/7; Softball Semi-finals
June 9/10; Softball Finals
May 28; Baseball Pairings
May 30; Baseball Play downs
June 2/3; Baseball Quarter-finals
June 5/6; Baseball Semi-finals
June 9/10; Baseball Finals
June 3; Track and Field Finals
May 28; Lacrosse Pairings
May 30/31; Lacrosse Playoffs
June 2/3; Lacrosse Quarter-finals
June 5/6; Lacrosse Semi-finals
June 9/10; Lacrosse Finals


From the Health Center 

Parent Support Group

We are looking for parents to participate in a group who specifically have children between ages 12-18 who are currently in therapy for mental health reasons. Led by Sandra Birch, licensed local clinician and co-facilitator Annie Campbell, who brings the parent perspective. 

Do you feel alone and isolated? Would you like a confidential and professional space to discuss your children struggles? Do you want to hear other parent’s perspectives? Do you want support around the ups and downs of your child’s behavior? Do you want strategies to help take care of yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, the this group is for you. We are looking for 10 total parents to participate in a one hour group that will meet weekly for 8 weeks.  The start time of the group is TBD.
Please contact Sandra Birch, LICSW for more information at 802-430-8470
As you may be aware, there is a new Netflix series that is trending titled 13 Reasons Why. This is a highly controversial series, that has been making headlines. If you know your child is watching this, or would like to know more about how to respond to them if they are, or plan to. Please refer to this resource below. There are also many other resources available on the web.


From the Library 

April was a busy month in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library filled with poetry activities, Earth Day displays and participation in a teen literary festival. A group of Burr and Burton students traveled to the Fletcher Free Library to take part in the first annual “Teen Lit Mob.” They were treated to lunch and free books and participated in writing workshops and presentations by authors Aaron Starmer, Heather Demetrius and Dayna Lorentz.

Poetry month was celebrated across the campus with visiting poets, workshops and activities. In the library students created “found poetry” in the form of blackout poetry and book spine poetry. The blackout poetry activity was combined with coding using the program Scratch and an invention kit called, Makey Makey. Students created interactive works of art that when touched would recite their created poem.

Click here to take a look at some new print, audio and electronic books available in the library.

Library Hours

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

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
(802) 549-8122


Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank –
Bromley Mountain –
r. k. Miles –
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
Barrows House –
Battenkill Communications –
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices –
The Dorset Inn –
Midura Building Company
Lily of the Valley Florist –
Mountain Goat North, Inc. –
Mountain Weavers –
Northshire Bookstore –
People’s United Bank –
Prospect Rehabilitation –
RE/MAX Four Seasons –
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC –
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services –
The Works Bakery Café –

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. –
Hill Farm Inn –
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders –
The Inn at Manchester –

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Flagship Sponsor

Taconic –
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank –
Express Copy –
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. –
The Weinstein Group, P.C. –
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty –
Stratton Rentals –
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester –
Southwestern Vermont Health Care –
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. –
Dorr Oil Company –
Equinox Village –
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping –
GSK Climate Control, Inc. –
Lily of the Valley Florists –
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management –
Mountain Goat North, Inc. –
Rutland Regional Medical Center –
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC –
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising –
The Reluctant Panther –
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics –
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont –
Bradley’s Pro Shop –
Cole Company, Inc. –
Cota & Cota –
Decorative Interiors
Heritage Family Credit Union –
H.N. Williams –
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy –
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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