4 Parent Conferences: 1 – 5 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
4 Financial Aid Information Program for Junior and Senior Parents, 5 – 5:45 pm, Riley Center
5 Parent Conferences: 1 – 8 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
6 Calliope Café: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center
6 Parent Association Meeting: 8 am, Library
7 SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Center – Math Classrooms
10 Naviance Parent Workshop for parents of sophomores, juniors and seniors, 3 – 4 pm, Tech Lab, Smith Center
10 Speak About It parent presentation: 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
11 Freshman Service Day
11 Juniors, PSAT 8 – 11:30 am; Lunch; Theater Troupe 12 – 2:35 pm
11 Sophomores, Theater Troupe 8 – 11 am; Lunch; Pre-ACT 11:30-2:35 pm
11 Senior Workshops: 9 – 11:30 am, Tech Labs and Library
14 Creating a High-Performing Mindset in Our Kids: 6 pm, BBA Gym
23 Mid Semester Break: No School
24 Mountain Campus Systems in Sustainability Trip
27 Parent Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Founder’s Hall at Birchbrook
From the Acting Head of School
Dear BBA Families:
As we flip the calendar from September to October, it seems as if the fall weather has finally arrived. It was great to see so many folks out enjoying games over Homecoming/Reunion weekend. Congratulations to our athletes, who gave their all on the field, and to our fans, who cheered and supported our athletes in a positive manner while demonstrating respect for the opposing teams and the officials.
Progress Reports were released on Friday in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal. Progress reports are designed to give a snapshot of each student’s academic performance. Students received their current course grade and a personal comment in all semester courses. Please note that D and E block classes, which run every other day for the full year, do not report progress grades until late October.
- Video Instructions for how to navigate to the progress reports can be found in the resource section.
Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th from 1:15-5 pm and Thursday, October 5th from 1:15-8 pm with a faculty dinner break from 5-5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. If your son or daughter cannot attend, please discuss the following with him or her prior to your scheduled appointments — What do they like best? Least? What progress are they making? Where are they most successful? What challenges do they face? How are they using Flex Block? During your conferences, share your personal insights. It is often this personal knowledge and perspective that teachers act on and leads to enhanced student learning.
- Instructions for logging into the portal (if you need a refresher or have not yet logged into the portal).
- Instructions for registering for conferences (also available in the resource section of the parent portal).
BBA teachers welcome parent-initiated conversation at any time. If these days and times are not convenient for you or all appointment slots are booked, please email or call teachers directly to arrange an alternative time.
On October 11th we will run special programing for each grade level. It is a full day for 9th – 11th graders; all programming ends in time for our 2:35 dismissal. Not all seniors are required to be on campus on October 11th, but we expect them to use the day to meet graduation requirements and plan for college and careers (see details below).
- All 9th graders will take to the streets for the annual Freshman Service Day. Students should plan to arrive by 8:00 am and report to the Gym to organize prior to their departure. All groups will arrive back at BBA in time for sports and dismissal at 2:35.
- All 10th graders will participate in the Sophomore Summit. The Summit includes morning programing related to identifying personal core values and a performance by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME) that will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. After lunch, all 10th graders will take the preACT.
- All 11th graders will report to the cafeteria or their assigned testing location for either PSATs or the ASVAB test. Following testing, students will have a lunch break and then attend an afternoon performance by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME) that will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships.
- All 12th grades who have November 1st college application deadlines and who have not finalized their applications with their counselor should attend the morning application workshop from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Seniors may also use the day for a college visit or job shadow experience. Seniors who need to complete community service hours will have the opportunity to volunteer for a service project at BBA. Details about signing up will be sent to seniors via email. No classes will be held on October 11th.
Lastly, on October 10, 2017 we will host a Speak About It parent presentation at 7:00 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. This presentation is designed to support you in helping your adolescent to develop healthy relationships.
Parents have a critical and unique role in teaching about consent and healthy relationship habits, but many feel unsure about what to say or how to effectively approach the issue. Speak About It’s parent program is designed to bring parents up to speed on important information about teen relationships, dating violence, college sexual assault, consent, and healthy sexuality. After a blend of true statistics, thoughtful and tested strategies, and collaborative moments, parents will leave the presentation with knowledge, language, and skills for initiating important conversations about these topics in a way that aligns with their family values, both throughout high school and in the years to come.
I hope to see you as you move through the halls during parent-student-teacher conferences!
Acting Head of School
From the Advancement Office:
Annual Fund kick-off
When the fall foliage appears, that is a sure sign that it’s time to launch our Annual Fund for the 2017 – 2018 school year. We kickoff this year’s Annual Fund on October 1. Our two Parent Association Advancement Committee Chairs, Marlene Lederman Allen and Christina Smith, will be reaching to you on a regular basis throughout the year asking for your financial support. And here’s why – while tuition from our sending towns covers a good majority of the expense of what we offer here, it’s the Annual Fund that allows us to offer all of extraordinary educational experiences and opportunities available to a Burr and Burton student. So please respond to the information you receive about the Annual Fund by making a gift.
Parent participation is important on many fronts. When we are working with other donors and foundations, a strong showing of financial support (number of parents supporting the school, not the dollar amount) from parents illustrates that you believe in what Burr and Burton is doing for your student and encourages generous support from others. Your lead inspires others who may not have as close of a connection to the school. And most important, it is your child that benefits most from the Annual Fund.
Here’s just a few examples of what the Annual Fund supports:
- iPads, cases and service plan (at a cost of $765 each)
- 35 plus after school clubs and provides a stipend to faculty advisors
- Coaching staff for 18 different sports
- Technology support for our digital learning platform
- Faculty laptops and computers for the labs
- Lab equipment, sports equipment, musical instruments, supplies for classrooms
- Bus transportation for field trips, to Hildene and athletic games
- And so much more
We welcome many forms of support and will count any of the following as a parent gift toward the Annual Fund:
- A gift of cash or a check. (To make a gift Online and get it done, click on the link: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform?token=287364632)
- Appreciated stocks (or ones that haven’t performed that you want to get rid of).
- If you own your own business, commit to a Corporate Sponsorship or a Gala Sponsorship (we’re happy to send you a package of information on sponsorships).
- A donation of a service, product or other item for the spring Online Auction (examples include: window washing, yard maintenance, an oil change, a cord of wood, etc.)
- A donation of an item for the Live Auction for our spring fundraising Gala.
Whether it’s $5, $5,000 or anything in between, we ask you to do what is right for your family. Remember, it’s THE NUMBER OF PARENTS WHO GIVE that we’re counting, not the amount. And many gifts of all sizes add up to create a BIG impact!
And here’s a bonus, when you make a gift to the Annual Fund, your name will be entered in a drawing for 7 – 9 nights of lodging at one of five luxury resorts in the Caribbean. We will draw a name monthly, starting in January. If you give early, your name will be in the pot for all of the drawings through May. The resorts are the Pineapple Beach Club and The Verandah (Antigua), Les Establos (Panama), The Club Resort and Spa (Barbados), and St. James’s Club (Saint Lucia). And fortunately, these places were not touched by the recent hurricanes. What a great opportunity! (Please note the certificates are for lodging only.)
Look for the Annual Fund brochure in your mail in early October and we encourage you to make a gift to this year’s campaign. It’s all about providing your student with the best educational opportunities possible and we need your help to do that.
Help us provide the extraordinary every day by supporting the Annual Fund.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled in the spring for Friday, April 27, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and we encourage you to share this information. Invitations will be going out in March. If you would like your children’s grandparents to be on the invitation list, please make sure we have their names and addresses in our database. If we don’t have their information, send an email to Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at email@example.com.
It’s a fun and interactive day for grandparents and special friends to see what their grandchildren are experiencing here at Burr and Burton, and we provide an interesting and engaging program for them. The grandparents will be in the Riley Center for the program portion of the day. Then they will meet up the students in the Riley Center lobby, and move to the cafeteria for lunch. The lunch will take place after classes at 12:40 PM.
Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement
From the BBA Parent Association
Join us at our next Parent Association Meeting on Friday, October 6 at 8 am in the Library. Everyone is welcome!
STUFF A BUS Clothing Drive October 12 & 13 — It’s time to go through the mudroom, the laundry room and all the bedrooms. Leave no closets and dressers unopened. Have a family sort night and see how many bags of gently used fall & winter clothing, coats, hats, accessories you can donate! Men, women, children – all sizes needed. Make it your goal to donate a minimum of 2 large bags. We can STUFF A BUS for local families in need! For more details and to volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Not us! Save-the-Date for our Parent Reception on Friday, October 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Founder’s Hall at Birchbrook. Please bring your favorite appetizer/hors d’oeuvres to share and enjoy drinks provided by BBA (wine, beer and soft drinks). All parents are welcome. Invitation to follow. RSVP email@example.com.
From the Creative Arts Department
The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music on Friday, October 6 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.
Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults.
Congratulations to the following singers on their acceptance to the American Choral Director’s Association Honors Chorus hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
Jessop Burrow, Angela Caggiano, Jack Fiocco, Anna Freebern, Rebecca Leili, Annabelle Mackson, Nina Marco, Hayden Myers, Matthew Scott and Nate Williams.
What’s the Best Short Film of 2017?
You Be the Judge In the Riley Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 7 at 3 pm as we are part of the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screening at more than 250 cinemas on six continents from September 28 to October 8, 2017. Ten amazing films have been selected from a record 1,615 entries from 75 countries. The Final 10 represent a wide variety of genres including comedy, drama, animation, Sci-Fi, horror, and martial arts. The FINAL 10 Short Films hail from the USA, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Switzerland, Syria, Georgia, and Latvia.
MANHATTAN SHORT audiences around the world will cast a ballot for Best Film and Best Actor. All 10 short films In MANHATTAN SHORT qualify for Oscar consideration so an anticipated 100,000 participants around the world will find their roles as newly-minted film critics both entertaining and challenging!
How can you vote for Best Film and Best Actor?
Tickets available at bbatickets.com.
Financial Aid Information Program
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Financial Aid Information Program for Junior and Senior parents and students on Wednesday, October 4, from 5 – 5:45 pm in the Riley Center following Parent Conferences. The session will be facilitated by Carol Brousseau, former Director of Student Financial Aid at George Mason University. Recent changes to the process mean students can file their FAFSA beginning in October using income information from prior-prior year tax information. Carol is also available for individual appointments on Tuesday afternoons at BBA. You can schedule a meeting by contacting her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Application Workshop — Wednesday, October 11
All seniors with November 15 or earlier deadlines should attend the Senior Application Workshop from 9 – 11:30 am. Counselors will work with students in the library and Smith Center tech labs to assist them with completing their applications.
Junior Testing — Wednesday, October 11
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 to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. Online payment of $16.50 is also an option: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees. Register by Oct. 2. Late registration fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.
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.
Sophomore Pre-ACT — Wednesday, October 11
Sophomores will take the Pre-ACT test during school hours. The PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science. Results predict future success on the ACT test, and provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the familiar 1-36 ACT score scale.
Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Registration Information for seniors who need additional testing:
- October 5 deadline for November 4 SAT
- November 2 deadline for December 2 SAT at Burr and Burton
- November 3 deadline for the December 9 ACT (not offered at Burr and Burton)
Register online at www.collegeboard.org or www.actstudent.org. Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. (We recommend that current juniors wait to take the SAT and ACT until the spring after they have received their PSAT results and have had the opportunity to participate in a test-prep course.)
Application Reminders for Seniors
Counselors are busy meeting with students on an individual basis to consider college lists, review applications and discuss essay topics. If your student is experiencing a roadblock in this process, please let us know so we can reach out to them.
By now, seniors should have submitted requests for teacher recommendations. Students who plan to complete their applications during the month of November need to have their essays and applications to their counselor by October 15 for review. Please refer to the Burr and Burton College Application Guide on the school’s website for more detailed information about timelines and the overall application process.
We encourage students interested in the University of Vermont to apply by November 1 to take advantage of the free application fee waiver for Early Action applicants and to receive a non-binding reply by the December holiday break.
Seniors who have not visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling visits on holidays and weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Parents should notify the school in advance for absences to be excused,although these absences still count toward the 14 – absence total for individual classes. Wednesday,October 11 and Monday, October 23rd might be a particularly good day to visit colleges because Burr and Burton will not be holding classes.
College Visits at BBA
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class with teacher permission to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton). Monday announcements also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to indicate their interest in specific colleges, ask individual questions and learn the most current campus information.
Vermont College Fairs
What: Vermont College Fairs sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders
This is an opportunity for students and their families to learn about college opportunities right here in Vermont, as well as the financial aid options that may be available. We will even have access to computer labs to learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Senator Sanders and area experts will speak at 12:30.
When & Where: Saturday, October 7, Lyndon State College (doors open at 10 am and close at 2 pm)
Saturday, October 14, Castleton University (doors open at 10am and close at 2 pm)
RSVP, requested not required: https://www.sanders.senate.gov/college-fairs-2017
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is a dynamic, interactive educational program designed to prepare our country’s youth to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Sophomore students who attend the Vermont seminar interact with leaders in business, government, education, media and non-profits; they get a realistic look at our nation, its people, and their role within the world community. The VT HOBY seminar will be held in May 2018 at Saint Michael’s College. Go to www.hoby.org for more information. Stop by the School and College Counseling Office for an application. Applications are due back to Mrs. Welsh by Friday, October 31.
Oct 2017 – From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope your 9th grader has settled into the school routine and is enjoying school. Below are a few things to be aware of:
Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5 – Parent/Student Conferences. Be sure to schedule these in advance. Scheduling details and instructions can be found in the On Campus portal. Instructions were also emailed to all parents and guardians.
Wednesday, October 11 – Freshmen Service Day. Please have your child bring a lunch and water.
Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20. Exams. Not all classes will have formal mid-term exams. Some will be project based.
Library open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.
Teachers are available to help before and after school and during Flex block.
There are many great enrichment trips scheduled for this year. It may be time to start talking with your son/daughter about school sponsored trips. If not for this year, it may be wise to start the planning process for a potential trip as more trips and exchange programs will be offered in the upcoming years. Please know that there is financial aid available through the Rowland Fund for Student Enrichment.
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
The Athletic Department and the Booster Club would like to thank all those parents that volunteered and contributed food items for the homecoming events, Thank you for your support!
We invite all of our parents to attend – Creating a High-Performing Mindset in Our Kids – a special presentation from Changing the Game Project at 6 pm on October 14 in our gym.
Topics in this presentation include:
- How to Keep Your Kids in Sports!
- How to Give your Child a Competitive Edge
- To Push and Praise Your Kids to Perform Well
- 3 Ways to Change Your Kids Sports Experience for the Better
- How To Motivate Your Kids to Take Ownership for Sports
- How to Help, and not Hinder, Their Performance Through the Things You Say and Do
FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:
- October 4 Boys Sectionals
- October 10 Girls Finals
- October 11 Boys Finals
Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer:
- October 23 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1:00.
- October 24/25 – Play downs
- October 27/28 – Quarterfinals
- October 31/November 1 – Semi Finals
- November 4 – State Finals
- October 28 – State Meet – Thetford Academy
- November 3/4 – Semi Finals
- November 11 – State Finals
IMPORTANT WINTER SPORT DATES AND INFORMATION:
BBA Alpine Skiing Updates
The shorter days and the falling temperatures are a sure sign that snow is just around the corner! If your son or daughter is planning to tryout for the alpine ski team please review the following information. More detailed updates will follow in the November Bullhorn and at the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting.
The varsity alpine ski team is for those athletes that have previous experience in both alpine disciplines – slalom and giant slalom. Like last year there will be a tryout period and per Burr and Burton policy – any sport where there is only a varsity team (snowboarding, alpine skiing,and ice hockey) athletes may be cut after the tryout period if he/she is not at the varsity level.
If you plan to ski on weekends and over vacations we recommend you purchase a season’s pass through the Bromley Mountain Student Season Pass program. Afternoon passes and full day passes are available a reduced rate. Please pick up a season’s pass form outside of Sue Towslee’s office. Please note that applications are due by October 15, 2017.
Varsity athletes who do not purchase a ski pass, are required to purchase a training pass. Bromley Mountain generously offers this pass to our athletes for $100. These passes will be issued after the varsity team has been selected and they are only valid Tuesday – Friday while an athlete is training with the BBA team.
In addition, all athletes are required to pay a $25 membership fee to the Bromley Outing Club (BOC).
BBA will once again offer an enhanced training option for varsity alpine athletes. This early release option is open to varsity athletes who are in good academic standing and receive a recommendation from a teacher and coach. Students who participate are required to attend Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening study/support sessions at BBA. The fee for the program is $250 which covers transportation, additional coaching and academic mentoring.
The snowboarding team will be training at Stratton Mountain again this year, so we encourage those students to take advantage on the early season specials on passes to Stratton.
IMPORTANT WINTER DATES:
November 15 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports 6 pm in the gym.
November 27 – All Winter sports begin.
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From the Dene Farm Program
The Dene Farm Program hosted guest speaker Barbara Powers who taught the Ethnobotany class how to do chair “rushing”. Cattail not only has edible roots and shoots; it also provides us with utilitarian and entrepreneurial opportunities. Stay tuned for more updates from the Dene Farm Program by following us on instagram @denefarm and check out our blog at www.denefarmprogram.com.
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
To see what’s happening in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library, click on this link.
Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm
Library Media Specialist
The 2017-18 Annual Fund drive has launched.
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at email@example.com or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.
Corporate Sponsor Benefits HERE
2016-2017 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.