4 Labor Day – School Closed
6 Fall College Night for Parents of Juniors and Seniors: 7 – 9 pm, Riley Center
8 Freshman Frolic: 7 – 10 pm, BBA Cafeteria
9 ACT Testing at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, Smith Center, third floor
10 Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 8 am – 2 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
13 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
19 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm, Mountain Campus
20 Junior College Field Trip & Fair, 6 am – 4 pm, Bus to UVM
21 Powderpuff Football Game: 3 – 4 pm, Taylor Field
21 Homecoming Cookout and Bonfire: 6 – 8:30 pm, Upper Parking Lot
22 Homecoming Games Begin: 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Applejack Field
22 Homecoming Dance: 8 – 11 pm, Scranton Room
22 – 24 Burr and Burton Alumni Reunion Weekend
From the Acting Head of School
The 2017-2018 school year is successfully underway. On Thursday, August 24th, we welcomed 711 students to Burr and Burton Academy at a spirited all school assembly. Juniors Angela Caggiano and Florie Hynds opened with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Seniors Margo Grapshi and Bea Bellingham highlighted aspects of BBA’s culture in their opening address where they expressed gratitude, Jimmy Fallon style, with a selection of thank you notes. A group of Freshman Mentors performed a humorous skit that highlighted key changes to our food service program, and the assembly culminated with the ringing of the bell to mark Burr and Burton’s 188th year.
Here are a few facts and figures on our student body:
- The freshman class totals 172 students. Roughly 40 students joined BBA’s freshman class from outside of our sending schools.
- There are approximately 30 new students in grades 10 through 12.
- We welcomed 75 international students from Ecuador, Brazil, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Poland, Indonesia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Japan, China and Vietnam. This is the largest international enrollment in our history.
- This semester’s mountain campus cohort includes 26 students from grades 10-12.
Your first opportunity to connect formally with our faculty is at our Fall Open House. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 13. Registration begins at 5:45 pm in the Riley Center Lobby followed by an opening session and then individual classroom visits.
Open house is designed to give you a snapshot of your child’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your child’s schedule and meet Burr and Burton teachers. You’ll learn about the engaging and vigorous learning experiences offered at Burr and Burton, the enduring understandings and essential questions students explore, and the essential skills and the habits of learning students develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies, Flex Block and how students use technology as a learning tool. I’m confident you’ll gain a sense of how the experiences your children have in each course foster and support our mission and core values and how committed we are to each individual student.
I write this post on a late August afternoon while the sun shines on our beautiful campus, and I’m mindful of the destruction and suffering that citizens of the greater Houston area are facing. Our community has always rallied to support those in need after natural disasters. In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy students and faculty/staff organized relief efforts and participated in clean-up projects. Folks on campus are meeting and brainstorming ideas to continue the tradition of service. Look for updates in the coming weeks and please reach out to Nancy Strain at email@example.com if you have ideas or want to support our student’s efforts.
Acting Head of School
From the Advancement Office:
It’s hard to believe that we are already into week two of the new 2017 – 2018 school year and we are off to a good start. Freshman Orientation was great as was Junior Jumpstart, and the first day of school on Thursday, August 24 was successful as well. At assembly that morning, we welcomed the Freshman Class of 2021, many new International students and new faculty and staff members.
We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our students and families. For our new families, it was nice to meet some of you at the New Parent/Freshmen Parent Orientation night. We hope your student will enjoy their experience at Burr and Burton Academy and take full advantage of all that is offered here.
As we start the new school year, our office is in the process of printing and mailing our Annual Appreciation Report. I know you will be impressed, as we are, with the breadth and depth of the support for our school. We had an incredible year last year, and we look forward to replicating that effort this year.
Please understand that parent support is an important part of our Annual Fund Campaign and we will be reaching out to you in the coming months. We raise support for Burr and Burton for one reason only – to give your student the most amazing educational experience possible. We have two new parent volunteers who will be helping with the Parent Fund – Marlene Lederman Allen from Rutland, and Christina Smith from Londonderry so you will be hearing from them in the near future.
The high school experience is a very important time in a student’s life. We encourage parents and guardians to get involved with the school in some way. The more involved you are the more you know about the great opportunities offered here at Burr and Burton. It’s not hard to find a place to volunteer – feel free to call our Advancement office – reach out to me, firstname.lastname@example.org or to Nan Bambara, Parent Association president at email@example.com.
Annual Fundraising Gala
Our annual fundraising event committee will be gearing up soon for this year’s Parent Association gala. Our new co-chairs, Urszula Knowles and Kate Townsend will be calling together the Gala Committee in October. It’s a fantastic event and raises significant funds for the school. If you have an interest in becoming a gala sponsor, if you want to donate products or services to the Online Auction, or a week at your summer camp on a lake or home on a tropical island for the Live Auction, please contact our Gala co-chairs:
Urszula Knowles, firstname.lastname@example.org, 201-443-5060
Kate Townsend, email@example.com, 860-593-6045
Be sure to mark your calendar for the event, which will be Friday, May 25, 2018, at Taconic.
Alumni Reunion Weekend
Calling all Burr and Burton parents who are also alumni! Don’t miss Reunion Weekend on Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017. While we honor and celebrate alumni from classes celebrating significant milestone years, all alumni, spouses and families from all classes are welcome. The weekend will include many events, the highlight being the Alumni Dinner at the historic Equinox Hotel on Saturday evening.
Visit www.burrburton.org and click on the Alumni tab for more information and to register. Or contact Gina Vickers in the Alumni Office at 802-549-8277 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Alumni dinner has sold out the last four years so reserve your seat today!
Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement
From the BBA Parent Association
- There is overwhelming interest in opportunities for parents to meet other parents and to become part of the “BBA community”.
- And therefore not surprisingly, a parent reception/cocktail party is top on the list of *new* activities, followed by events, talks, and speakers, and a BBA School Store.
- And thankfully, this will all be possible because we have a talented and willing group of parents that self-identify as #1: baking and cooking enthusiasts, #2: skillful organizers and #3: event planners, and #4: communications & outreach specialists. I am excited to put all this volunteer energy to good use.
From the Co-Dean of Students
It is hard to believe that we will have already completed over a week of school by the time you receive this message. We seem to be off to a great start, and the weather has certainly been spectacular! Wouldn’t you know that we would have our best stretch of summer weather upon returning to school.
I have a few housekeeping items for you to review before things get too busy for you and your student(s). First, if your child drives to school, please purchase a parking permit as soon as possible. Purchasing a permit allows us to quickly identify your vehicle in the event of an incident which might require us to contact you or your student. To pay online, please select this link (Online Parking Permit).
Seniors are not allowed to leave campus during their free block until the privilege is granted. A big factor in that decision is that the majority of the senior parking permits have been paid for and submitted. An announcement will be made at assembly to acknowledge the start of this privilege. Additionally, no student is allowed to leave campus during lunch or Flex Block.
Parking Lots – Students are not allowed to go to their cars during the school day. The expectation is that they will only be in the parking upon arrival and at the end of the day. The only exception is for an early dismissal which is granted by you the parent/guardian and approved by the Dean’s office. Note: all students must sign out in the school reception office and back in again when they return.
Please help your child get to school on time. Being punctual now will help your son/daughter in the future. Students arriving late should sign in and get a pass from Mrs. Towslee in the main office. Additionally, please call the main office (362-1775) to inform us if your son/daughter is sick and will not be attending school. Note: Tardies are cumulative and will affect your child’s overall classroom attendance and possibly his/her grade.
Lastly, communicate often with your student(s), and let me know if your son/daughter is having any problems at school. With easy access to technology and social media, it is possible for a potential problem to follow your son/daughter home without your knowledge. Gone are the days when a potential problem is left at school when a child leaves at the end of the day.
Finally, BBA must be a drug free campus. Students violating this request will be dealt with accordingly and have to endure the consequences. Since vape pens and e-cigarettes can also burn marijuana oil, they will be treated as drug paraphernalia. Last year we saw a resurgence in their popularity. They are also being disguised as storage devices such as USB flash drives (Juul Vape Pen).
Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and/or concerns. I am looking forward to a positive school year with our students.
Co-Dean of Students
College and Career Information
Makeup Senior Application Workshop
On Wednesday, September 6, during Flexblock (10:40-11:30), college-bound seniors who missed the August workshops are urged to attend this Makeup Session of the College Application Workshop. Seniors will complete the Common Application and get a head start on college essays, applications and have time to meet with their counselors. Much information will be shared about the process of applying to college over the next couple of months. Please meet in the Hunter Seminar Room at the start of Flex Block.
Fall College Night for Junior and Senior Parents and Students
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night for Junior and Senior Parents on Wednesday, September 6, at 7 pm in the Riley Center. Debra Johns, Associate Director of Admission at Yale University, will be our keynote speaker. Debra has been at Yale for the past nine years. Prior to that she worked in admission at Fairfield University and Marquette University and recently served as chair of the finance committee for the National Association of College Admission Counseling. She has presented on many occasions at national and regional conferences on various admissions topics, is active with current admissions issues and is a frequent participant and speaker at college night programs. Following Debra’s presentation, School & College counselors will present parents with grade-specific information regarding the college process.
Financial Aid Information Night
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Financial Aid Information Night for Junior and Senior parents and students on Thursday, October 4, from 5:00-5:45 in the Hunter Seminar just prior to Parent Conferences. The session will be facilitated by Carol Brousseau, former Director, Office of Student Financial Aid at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Carol retired from George Mason in 2016, after over 20 years with the university in a variety of positions within the Office of Student Financial Aid. She also served in various financial aid positions at Georgetown University and Strayer College, giving her a wide range of experience in public, private and proprietary educational institutions. Carol has a very practical and down to earth understanding of the Financial Aid Process and the FAFSA’s calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Recent changes to the process mean students can file their FAFSA beginning October using income information from prior-prior year tax information. Carol enjoys helping students and parents navigate the Financial Aid Process.
Carol can help you answer the Questions:
- How soon do I start?
- What do I need?
- Where do I go on the web?
- When is the FAFSA available?
- Why is a FAFSA required?
College Fair Field Trip
Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip to the college fair at the University of Vermont for interested college-bound juniors on Wednesday, September 20. Students and the College Counselors will leave promptly at 6:00 am. (Pack a breakfast and snacks!) We will attend the College Fair at UVM at 9 am, followed by a tour of UVM and a quick lunch at the Davis Student Center. (Bring money to purchase lunch items.) We will then tour Champlain College and head back to BBA by 4 pm. Approximately 250 college representatives will take part in the College Fair. To sign up, bring a completed college fair worksheet and permission slip here to the School and College Counseling Office by September 15. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis until full. Permission and mandatory College Fair Homework Assignment due to Mrs. Welsh no later than Friday, September 16 to hold a place on the bus.
Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Burr and Burton will host the SAT on October 7. The deadline to register is September 8. The registration deadline for the October 28 ACT (not at BBA) is September 22, and the registration deadline for the November 4 SAT (not at BBA) is October 5. (BBA does not host either the Oct. ACT or the Nov. SAT — students will need to sign up for a different test site.)
Register online at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org. Please note that the school does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. Students who qualify for fee waivers should request one from Mrs. Welsh or their counselor.
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 11 during school hours. Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy (Use this link; https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees online payment of $16.50) to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office by October 1. Late registration fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. The PSAT is a practical opportunity for students to assess their testing skills.
Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT have the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a free entrance test for students interested in serving the US Military. The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may also benefit from taking this exam. This is available to Seniors as well.
Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions. Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.
Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences.
College Representative Visitors
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton this fall. Nearly 40 colleges have already scheduled appointments during the month of September alone. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton) or the College Planning Calendar in the School and College Counseling Office for the most up-to-date list of visitors and meeting locations. Weekly announcements will also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to ask questions, make a connection with the college representative and learn the most current campus information.
From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope that over the next few weeks your son or daughter will settle into the school routine and embrace the opportunities that come with being a “Bulldog.” Please note there are a lot of events going on during the first month of school; and a few of these events are highlighted below. For a complete list of events please check out the calendar link on the Burr and Burton Academy website.
- Friday, September 8: 7 – 10 pm – Freshman Frolic Dance in the Cafeteria * Free
- Sunday, September 10: 8:30 – 3 pm – Student Lead Leadership Retreat – Pre-registration required.
- Wednesday, September 13 – Parent Open House 6 – 8:30 pm
- Thursday, September 21: 6 – 8:30 pm – Homecoming Cookout and BBQ Upper Parking Lot *Free
- Wednesday, September 27: 7 – 7:50 am Leadership Summit – Establishing Your Brand HSR
The School and College Counseling Office contacts:
Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 549-8136; email@example.com
Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, 549-8210; 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
This week marks the beginning of competitions for our Fall athletes. The players and coaches have been hard at work for a while and I am excited to see them compete. Homecoming Weekend is just around the corner.
Here is the schedule:
Thursday, September 21
Student Powder Puff football game at BBA – Taylor Field: 3:30 pm
Homecoming Pep Rally Bonfire at BBA: 6 – 8 pm
Friday, September 22
JV Gold Boys Soccer vs. Leland & Gray at Applejack Field*: 4:30 pm
Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Leland & Gray at Applejack Field*: 7 pm
*Admission to Applejack Field: $5 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens.
Saturday, September 23
Varsity Field Hockey vs. Hartford at BBA Judy McCormick Taylor Field: 10 am
JV Field Hockey vs. Hartford at BBA Frelinghuysen Field: 11:30 am
Varsity Football vs. Fair Haven at BBA Judy McCormick Taylor Field: 9 am
JV Gold Girls Soccer vs. Woodstock at Applejack Field*: 5:30 pm
Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Woodstock at Applejack Field*: 7:30 pm
*Admission to Applejack Field: $5 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens.
The SuperFan Seven
- Show Up – There is no bigger game-time boost than a crowd of supportive fans.
- Cheer For Our Team – Encourage our athletes by celebrating their successes and asking them to dig deep in big moments.
- Honor The Game – The sport is bigger than each of us. Treat the moment with respect.
- Appreciate Our Opponents – The word compete means to “struggle with.” Without our opponent, there is no competition. Cheer for our team, never against an opposing team or an individual player.
- Support The Cause – Professional athletes are paid to perform for our entertainment. Education-based athletics are an extension of the classroom. Interscholastic athletes are here to develop our Core Values. Be patient while learning takes place.
- Give The Officials Some Love – They do a thankless job and without them there is no competition. The pool of people willing to officiate continues to get smaller. Fan behavior is the number one reason given by officials who leave the game.
- Make Us Proud – Athletics is the front porch of the schoolhouse. It is often the first impression people have of our school. Long after you graduate it will be the easiest way to remain part of BBA.
The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 2nd annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 10. The goal of the Bulldog Leadership Summit is to create a community of student leaders who use their influence as leaders 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. Last year’s retreat was a huge success with more than 40 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there.
The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday, September 10 from 8 am – 2 pm, Hunter Seminar Room at BBA. Retreat topics include: Leading From the Heart, Bringing Positive Energy, Grit, Connecting with People, Multiplying Your Effectiveness and Increasing Accountability. The retreat is open to all students. Please register here. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please see our 2017-2018 Schedule for other workshops.
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Student Travel 2017 – 2018
Spain: April 13 – 21, 2018
With BBA Spanish teacher Sue Ritchie, see information about the trip HERE.
France: February 1 – 16, 2018
Ask anyone what the best way to improve your language skills are, and they will say to go to a country and live with a family. That is not a simple thing to arrange, however. Fortunately at BBA we have our second BBA French Exchange!
Our exchange is every 2 years with the lycée St. Cricq in Pau, France near the Pyranees Mountains on the Spanish border. Beautiful mountains and lakes, delicious cheeses, chocolates, and jams, fascinating history, and lovely beaches await you, as well as warm and welcoming host families in Pau. The French students are very impatient to come and discover our little mountain paradise, as well as American hospitality. They are finalizing approval to come in February, so we are looking for host families. To apply to be a host family, fill out this form.
BBA students who wish to travel to France should be in at least French 3 by the time they participate. Students do not need to currently be enrolled in French to participate if they have completed French 3 in the past.
The French students expect to visit the United States for 10 days somewhere between the 1st and the 16th of February, during the two weeks before February break. The dates for the US students to visit France are the 6th to the 22nd of April – the week of April break plus the week before break. It is possible to travel but not host, or host and not travel to France, but ideally your family and student would participate in both! We are blessed at BBA to have a scholarship fund to help with student travel, with applications due in October. Contact Mme Emery for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
From the Library
Welcome back returning families and a special welcome to families who are joining Burr and Burton for the first time! I would to take this opportunity to describe the space and services that are offered in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library.
The Lisa B. Tuttle Library is a beautiful space open to all students before and after school in additional to regular school hours. There are tables for students to work independently or in small groups. Computers are available for student use as well as a wifi printer that can be accessed from all personal devices. There are cozy nooks with bean bag chairs and comfortable reading chairs. The library has a collection of over 11,000 print and digital items. In addition to our own collection, we belong to the Northshire Consortium and share resources with Manchester Elementary Middle School and Manchester Community Library, which brings our total local collection to over 50,000 items. Our goal is to provide materials to enrich the curriculum as well as students’ personal interests. If we don’t have a book that a student is looking for locally, we will request an interlibrary loan through the Vermont Department of Libraries system which contacts public, school and university libraries.
Burr and Burton Academy subscribes to a number of electronic databases which students can access both on and off campus. Students will need passwords for the databases when they are off campus, which can be found in the Student Resources section of OnCampus. Our database offerings include: Blooms Literary, CREDO Reference, GALE, SIRS Issues Researcher, JSTOR, and New York Times Historical..
Please encourage your child to reach out to the library staff for assistance with research projects or pleasure reading.
Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm
Library Media Specialist
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Emergency Medical Responder Course
The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad is excited to announce that they will be offering an Emergency Medical Responder Course this Fall. EMR’s are often the first medical professionals to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency and their competence is a key link in the chain of patient care. The course is approximately sixty hours of classroom training and will be limited to twenty students. It is open to students who are sixteen years of age on or after December 1, 2017. It will cover basic patient care including the topics of Airway, Assessment, CPR, Medical Emergencies, Cardiac Emergencies, Trauma, Special Populations and EMS Operations.
The course is an excellent introduction to EMS (Emergency Medical Services) for those who want to learn what to do in the case of a medical emergency and who would like to volunteer as licensed professionals. It will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and will run from September 18 through November 15 with State testing to follow. The fee for the course is $350, which will be reimbursed by LVRS for students who become licensed and who join LVRS as a full members.
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
Midura Building Company
The Inn at Manchester
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union –
James A. Young, Esq.
and Burr and Burton the vessel.
or email@example.com for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.