Monthly Archives: June 2017

June 2017


5  Scholarship Night: 7 – 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
7  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: 10 – 11 am, BBA Riley Center
9  Commencement: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Frelinghuysen Field (upper field)
9  End of school year


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As we approach the end of this school year, I have had the pleasure of seeing so much student work on display. From the Gawlik awards to the gala, creative art expo to the science and psych symposium, from the intensity of athletic competition to the serenity of poetry readings, I have been struck by one overriding concept: deeply imbedded in the BBA culture is the quest for quality.

In this day and age, there is much discussion about how students should be educated, what skills they need to develop to thrive in the complexities of the 21st-century, how will technology reshape education, what jobs will be created and what jobs will disappear in the future? While we are actively engaged in all of these discussions as we contemplate the future of BBA, there will continue to be a few constants that were essential in the past, are essential today, and will be essential in the future. Tops on that list is the quest for quality. If our students leave with a deep understanding that quality work requires commitment, care, attention, teamwork, open-mindedness, then the BBA education will have a lasting impact.

It is my greatest hope that every member of the class of 2017 as well as the many classes that will graduate in the future will leave with this essential ingredient–along with many more, of course.

Please join us on June 9 at 5:30 PM to celebrate the class of 2017, to hear from Governor Phil Scott, retiring department chair Dave Curtis, and BBA alumna and custodian Joel Secoy. Their speeches will surely enlighten, entertain, and celebrate the completion of another successful school year.

And have a fabulous summer!


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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Advancement Office



With months of planning finally completed, it’s hard to imagine that our annual spring fund-raising gala, Sail into Summer, Charting the course for Student Success, has come and gone. A great deal of time and effort goes into the planning of this event and we are happy to report it was a smashing success!!! From the moment gala goers were welcomed onboard, to the last paddle raised during the Set Your Sails call, the excitement and energy at the Taconic was simply inspiring. The nautical theme set the tone for the evening with a hats off to Memorial Day, and the red, white and blue décor in the ballroom room was stunning. The decorations were perfect in every way, the food was delicious, the Raffle was lots of fun, the Live Auction incredible, and topped off by yet another amazing “Set Your Sails” call. Every person in the room understood the importance of the event and rose to the occasion in support of our Burr and Burton student programs. The numbers are in the process of being finalized but we raised approximately $230,000 at the gala.

We want to thank each and every person who contributed in some way to the success of our spring fundraising efforts:

  • Our amazing, imaginative and creative Sail into Summer Gala Committee, led by Robin Apps and Pauline de Laszlo. The other committee members are Sam Baker, Nan Bambara, Lisa Brand, Peggy Brockett ’88, Darla Buffa, Jane DaPron, Tracy Duddy, Beth Eyre, Laura Grapshi, Sindy Hassig, Mary Beth Hatheway, Anne Houser, Ursula Knowles, Dorie Morgantini, Diana Pagnucco, Elizabeth Silsby ’09, Victoria Silsby, Tracy Staton, Kate Townsend, Gina Vickers, and Courtney Weir
  • Donors of items to the Online Auction and those who purchased items
  • Our generous Gala sponsors who are listed at the end of the Bullhorn, so please take a look
  • Our Live Auction and Raffle item donors
  • Our Live Auction winning bidders and Set Your Sails call supporters
  • The beautiful centerpieces designed by Peggy Brockett of Lily of the Valley florist
  • The amazing student performers and student volunteers
  • Neil Freebern, Jim Raposa, Bill Muench and Kevin Morrison, faculty members who supported the event throughout the evening
  • The Taconic staff who went all out for our big event
  • Our photographer, Gary Baker and the Advancement Staff
  • Oscar Trugler for his beautiful graphics and design work for the event
  • Eric and Jane Nathan for their auction services

The list goes on of all the people who made this evening possible and who banded together to show how important support of Burr and Burton Academy is to our mission and our students.

We are here for one reason, and one reason only – to give our students the best possible education. Because of your generous support, we can provide all of the programs that allow our students to stretch their wings, imagine limitless possibilities, and take full advantages of the opportunities that instill grit, build confidence, and encourage intellectual, physical and emotional growth preparing them for success in the world beyond Burr and Burton.

So, THANK YOU to all who were a part of this fun-filled evening as we kick off the summer season. If I’ve missed someone on the thank you list, I apologize, but we want to make sure you know how much we appreciate your support.

Thank you, Parents and Grandparents! 

We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all parents and grandparents who have contributed to Celebrate Your Graduate to date. We appreciate the great response. Your endowment gifts will be a big help in educating the next generation of Burr and Burton students. If you haven’t had a chance to make a gift in honor of your graduate, there’s still time. Mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Burr and Burton Academy
Advancement Office
PO Box 498
Manchester, VT 05254

Write Celebrate Your Graduate and the name of your graduate on the note line or you can also make a gift using your credit card by contacting Nancy Brown, our Database Manager at BBA at 802-549-8110 or

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

There is still time…

Our fiscal year ends June 30, 2017, so if you haven’t made a gift in support of Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Fund, there is still time. You can make a gift online or drop a check in the mail – but we hope you will join over 150 BBA families who have already made a gift.

We look forward to being in touch later in the summer – but for now, sail into the summer season with our grateful thanks and very best wishes!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement


Tuition Request Form

The towns of Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Manchester, Mt. Tabor, Rupert, Pawlet, Sunderland, Weston, and Winhall, are part of the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU.) If your student(s) resides in one of these towns, please return the Tuition Request Form found HERE.  Every student must file a new form each year for all four years enrolled at BBA.

If you have any questions please contact Ramona Towne, Student Billing, in the BBA Business Office at 549-8149 or

From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Academy’s Music Department has shown tremendous growth over the last decade. Through our diverse course offerings and outstanding performances generations of students have grown to develop a profound lifelong appreciation of music. Burr and Burton plans to raise the bar once again and become a Steinway School, where students can study on the highest quality instruments available. As we continue to grow, our efforts reach beyond the school walls and into the community, providing incentives for outside organizations to use our facilities during the summer months and collaborate throughout the year to bring quality educational opportunities to our students. The Steinway 88 keys program gives you the opportunity to directly influence the education of our students. Every piano has 88 keys. By purchasing a key, your generosity will give our students the opportunity to perform with the world’s most respected concert piano.

Please make your donation online: or mail your check to 88keys Piano Fund, Post Office Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254



2017 Commencement Information Brochure here.

Summer Homework for (Class of 2018) Rising Seniors

  • Request  college recommendations from teachers before summer vacation – use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form (available in the School and College Counseling Office).
  • Visit college campuses and enter your observations in your Naviance journal. Update your online Naviance resume (
  • Complete all summer work required for your fall classes –Information and summer reading assignments available online.
  • Draft a sample college essay – Rising seniors received the essay topics for the Common Application in an all-class meeting; copies are available in the School and College Counseling office and are currently posted on the Common Application website ( The 2017-18  Common Application will be available August 1.
  • Work on Service Learning projects.
  • Learn something new through work, summer programs or self-study.
  • Set a personal goal and achieve it; think about how you want to challenge yourself in your senior year. Register for the September 10 ACT at There will be another opportunity to take the ACT in October. Registration and test dates not yet announced for the SAT- check on for updated information.

Application Seminar and Workshops for all College-Bound Seniors

Thursday, August 17, 10 am – 12 pm
 and/or Tuesday, August 22, 10 am – 12 pm Information on the college admission process and preliminary work on college applications.  Come to one or both sessions to work with your counselor and fill out your college applications before the busy fall semester begins.

Summer SAT Prep Course Offerings

  • Beginning July 17 and running through July 21 from 9 am to 3 pm Maple Street School will host an SAT Prep Workshop. Cost is $425 (including book.) Contact Joy Stewart,
  • SAT prep classes at The Tutorial Center for the October 7, 2017 exam are as follows: August 20, 27  September 10, 17, 24 and October 1. Fee is $350 for 18 hours of small group support. Contact The Tutorial Center – 362-0222.

2017 Summer Homework
Students need to budget time over the summer for any required academic work. Some Honors and AP classes have summer work. Assignments will be posted on the Burr and Burton website HERE  and available in hard copy in the School and College Counseling Office.

Attention Class of 2019

All rising juniors must report to school on Wednesday, August 23, from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, for the Junior Jumpstart Program. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school! Students will be introduced to career and college information, standardized testing options, and more. They’ll also meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors.

Summer contact information for School and College Counseling Office

All of the counselors have limited office hours throughout the summer and will periodically check and respond to email. We are also available to meet with students and parents by appointment. Please keep in touch with your questions and updates.

Rising sophomores and juniors have shifted counselors from Cory Herrington or Kirk Knutson to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud, Cristin Rose, Jason Pergament or Maria Bittinger. School and College Counselor assignments will again be noted in the end-of-the-year mailing.

Senior Plans

Members of the Class of 2017 recently completed surveys about their various plans for life after Burr and Burton. We will automatically send final transcripts for seniors who indicated enrolling in a college. (There is no need for a special request or form!) Students who later change their enrollment decision should let us know so we can follow up appropriately.

We wish graduates good luck in their ventures. Please know that we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll miss you!

Vermont State Police Explorer Program

An information and kick-off meeting for the Vermont State Police Explorer Program is on June 6 at 6:30 @ Arlington High School. The explorer program is open to all Southern Vermont High School students that are 14 years or older and are in good standing at school and interested in a career in Law Enforcement.  Any student interested in this program should contact State Trooper Lauren Ronan 802- 442-5421 – email

From the 9th grade corner

It’s hard to believe that the 9th grade year is almost over.  Members of the class of 2020 have been assigned their new School and College counselor.  This counselor will work with them for the next three years.  Schedules for the 17-18 school year have been released and any scheduling questions should be directed to a student’s new counselor.  It’s important that all library books to be returned prior to the summer break.  A few Sophomore classes require some summer work.  Most students have been notified if a class they are scheduled to take has a summer assignment.  However, if a student has a question about summer assignments they should email the teacher of the class in question.  It has been a pleasure working with the class of 2020 and I look forward to watching and supporting their continued growth and success as they move forward in their academic careers here on the the hill.  

Upcoming Events:

Final Exams – Monday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 7.
Graduation – Friday, June 9

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

We are wrapping up the Spring Sports season with many of our teams headed to the State Tournament. I also have a note about Summer Hours for the Fitness Center and information about Fall Sports below.


Tuesday, May 30, 4:30 pm  – Spaulding Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals, Friday, June 2
Semifinals, Tuesday, June 6
State Championship, Saturday, June 10

Girls Lacrosse

Tuesday, May 30 @ Rutland Play-In Game
Quarterfinals, Friday, June 2
Semifinals, Tuesday , June 6
State Championship, Saturday, June 10

Boys Tennis

Wednesday, May 31 –  3 pm @ Mt. Anthony Play-In Game
Play-Ins Friday, June 2
Quareterfinals, June 5
Semifinals, June 7
State Championship TBA

Boys Lacrosse

Thursday, June 1 – 4 pm Rice Home Quarterfinals
Semifinals Tuesday, June 6
State Championship Saturday, June 10

Girls Tennis

Thursday, June  – 1, 3 pm U-32 Home Quarterfinals
Semifinals, Tuesday, June 6
State Championship, Thursday, June 8


Saturday, June 3 @ U-32 State Championships

Girls Golf

Tuesday, June 6 @ Newport Country Club

Boys Golf

Wednesday, June 7 @ Vermont National Country Club

Summer Fitness Center Hours

The most controllable factor in our athletic performance is the quality of time that our athletes put into the Fitness Center. With that in mind, several of our coaches have arranged their summer schedules to make our Fitness Center more accessible. Here is the schedule for June. Please check student emails for updates in July and August. Incoming 9th graders and transfer students are welcome with a signed copy of this form.

Beginning June 19:

7 – 11 am Monday – Thursday
4 – 6 pm Tuesday and Thursday
6 – 8 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
8 – 10 am Fridays

Important Fall Sports Information

Please note that Golf will be played as a Fall sport beginning in Fall 2017.

August 13 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5 pm in the cafeteria.

August 14 – Football practice begins

August 16 – Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6:00 in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings. Senior athletes of all sports should stick around for a leadership workshop at 8pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.

August 17 – Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas:

Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears:

Boys Soccer: Peter Mull:

Field Hockey: Barb Miceli:

Field Hockey: Julie Fifield:

X-Country: Tom Klein:,

Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry:

Boys Golf: Michael Harger:

Girls Golf: Cheri Blondin:

Last year we began a new policy that required all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one. Please plan ahead. There will be no separate Sports Physical. All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms must be completed prior to the meetings on August 16 or August 13.

Returning Burr and Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

Mark your calendars: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2017 – September 22 and 23rd.

Like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!




From the Library 

Summer Reading

Summer reading assignments

Incoming freshmen will read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Details of their assignment may be found here.

AP students and Honors Model UN students will have specific assignments according to the class in which they are enrolled. Details may be found here.

Mountain Campus Summer Reading Assignment – copies of Wonder and Other Survival Skills will be left in the Guidance Office for students to pick up.

All other students will select a book of their choice from the attached reading list. There will be a scheduled meeting at the beginning of the school year for students to discuss the book they chose with the faculty member sponsoring the book. Copies of all books will be available at the Manchester Community Library. In some cases, there are downloadable audiobooks available. If students have any difficulties finding a copy of their book or need help accessing an audio version, if that is their preference, they should email Mrs. Putney at

Students can access reading materials this summer in many ways…

Borrow library books from BBA’s collection.
Returning students whose library accounts are in good standing will be able to check out books from BBA’s library for the summer. Conveniently, BBA books may be returned to the Manchester Community Library during the summer or upon return to BBA in August. Access to the library catalog is available any time online at

Borrow library books from the Manchester Community Library.
All BBA students are eligible for Manchester Community Library cards. If a student does not have a MCL card, s/he can bring a school ID to the town library to apply for a card.

Download ebooks and audiobooks.
Students can bring their personal device to the library before summer vacation to download an audiobook, or use their Manchester Community Library card to access a statewide shared collection any time of the day by going to

Download free audiobooks to keep.
AudiobookSYNC is a free summer audiobook program from AudioFile Magazine for teens. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Go to or text “syncya” to 25827 for a full listing of FREE books.

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.

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 –
JOY – all things underthings –
Lily of the Valley Florist –
Midura Building Company
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

2017-gala-logo-1-copyFlagship 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 –
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village –
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping –
GSK Climate Control, Inc. –
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
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 –
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
H.N. Williams –
Heritage Family Credit Union –
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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