Monthly Archives: November 2017

November 2017


2 Parent Association Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Library
4 SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Center
6 Financial Aid Forms Night, 6 – 7:30 pm, Smith Center, lower level
8 BBA Play: Harvey, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
9 BBA Play: Harvey, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
10 BBA Play: Harvey, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
11 BBA Play: Harvey, 6:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
13 Elf Express/Information Meeting: 3 – 6 pm, Riley Center
14 National Honor Society Induction: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Riley Center
15 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, BBA Cafeteria
15 Mountain Campus Visit Day
17 Student vs. Faculty Hockey Game: 7 – 8:30 pm, Riley Rink
20 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 4 – 8 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
21 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 8 am – 2 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
22-24 Thanksgiving Break
27 Winter Sports Practice Begin


From the Acting Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

We fall into November with the second half of the academic semester in full swing, two teams competing in the post season, and winter sports season just around the corner.  With the time change (don’t forget to fall back this weekend), you might be tempted to hunker down during the dark November evenings. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities available this month to connect as a community.  

Next week, come out to experience the BBA Creative Arts Department’s production of Harvey. The cast and crew consists of students who have worked all fall to bring this production to life. The play runs from November 8th – November 11th and tickets are available on BBA’s website. On November 17th, you can watch the student-faculty hockey game at Riley Rink. This is a fundraiser for our girls and boys hockey teams. The “Golden Cup” is currently sitting in my office and I know that the faculty plans to hold on to it this year –even without Mr. Tashjian’s hockey skills!

We are halfway through the semester and I recently encouraged our students to take some time to reflect on their learning. I encourage you to talk with your sons and daughters about their successes, challenges and goals for the next 8 weeks. I share the following to guide your conversation.

Here is an excerpt from my email to students:

Before you move on to the second half of the semester,  take some time to reflect on your own learning.  

Now is the time to check in with yourself. What are you most proud of? What do you view as your greatest successes? What evidence and learning artifacts can you point to that demonstrate high quality work and a deep understanding of content and skill development?  

Now is the time to identify and celebrate your own personal learning victories.

Now is the time to think about what you want to do differently the second half of this semester?  How do you want to improve, stretch and grow?

I was reminded recently that, those who do the work do the learning.

If you are reading this and thinking — there are many areas where I want to improve. Remember this year’s school theme —Take Ownership.

Now is your time to do things differently and keep in mind that you can do hard things and you don’t have to do it alone. There are many opportunities for success, many pathways to achieve it, and many here to support you on your learning journey.

Remember, those who do the work do the learning.

Best –




Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School


From the Dean of Students

About Winter Weather

The Burr and Burton community covers a wide geographic area. Weather conditions can be drastically different depending on where our students live.  We want everyone to arrive to school safe. If the weather is bad in your area and the roads are in poor condition please wait until they have been treated before bringing your child to school or having them drive to school.  Any student that is late or doesn’t come to school because of poor weather will be excused as long as their parent notifies Mrs. Towslee in the main office.  

If school is closed or we have a delayed opening, information will be pushed out through a various number of communication methods that are listed below:

  • Message on the BBA Website.
  • Email Message to all students.
  • A recording will be placed on our main phone line (press 8 for school announcements).
  • Closing will be listed on Local TV stations.
  • Automated call system will send out an alert message..



The Mountain Campus completed a study of the Vermont economy and culture last week, with three days of travel to the Northeast Kingdom. From the North Hardwick Dairy, producer of Vermont’s finest milk for ten years, to Northern Power Systems, a global supplier of wind turbine electricity, to Jasper Hill Farm, maker of the Best American Cheese at the World Cheese Awards, the fall semester of Mountain Campus students were introduced to the Vermont economy through our Sustainability Trip. Over the next week of school, we will prepare for our final outing of the semester, a group camping trip and solo in the Green Mountains.
We offer a Visit Day to the Mountain Campus on November 15. This is an opportunity for spring Mountain Campus students to visit during a regular school day, and for interested BBA students to see the campus and program. Bussing will be available at 1:20 pm from main campus to the Mountain Campus; that’s during C Block. Please write to Andy Dahlstrom at, Director of the Mountain Campus, and to your BBA Guidance Counselor to sign up for Visit Day, or for more information about a Mountain Campus semester.


From the Advancement Office:


Calling all parents to support the 2017 – 2018 Annual Fund!
By now, you have received the Annual Fund brochure, and a personal appeal from Mark Tashjian will be arriving shortly asking for your support of this year’s Annual Fund. As parents, your participation is key to our success – parent support demonstrates your commitment to our mission to serve the needs of all students (and most important, those of your student).

We encourage you to give at a level that works for your family. You may say to yourself, “What can my $10, $25, or $50 dollars do for BBA?” I would like to stress that each and every gift counts as a vote in favor of top-quality education. With your support, we can demonstrate to other donors and foundations that our BBA families are behind us 100%, which in turn, inspires their generous support. Take a look at the Annual Appreciation Report and see how many donors believe in the work that we do at Burr and Burton! It’s impressive.

What does the Annual Fund support? It is a key piece of the funding puzzle that provides all of the amazing educational opportunities for your student. When considering a gift, think about the iPad your student is using to enhance their learning experience here, or the Mountain Campus semester, or the Student Success Program, or any of the After School Clubs your student enjoys, or the service learning trips planned for the second semester, or any of the amazing “extras” that are available to your student at Burr and Burton Academy. These opportunities are provided by meeting the Annual Fund goal.

Please don’t put it off – make your gift today. It’s easy. You can give in any of the following ways:

  • Make a gift online by clicking on this link
  • Send a check to Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254
  • Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off a gift (and we can thank you in person)
  • Become a corporate sponsor if you own your own business
  • Donate a service of some sort to the Online Auction

Any and all gifts count toward the parent participation number and if you also happen to be an alumnus or alumna, your gift counts toward alumni giving!

Thank you for your support if you’ve already given this year. Last year was another outstanding year for the Annual Fund, which means it was an outstanding year for the opportunities we were able to provide YOUR student. And we are working to replicate that success – please help us get to the goal!

With grateful appreciation,

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Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement

Pineapple Beach Club, Antigua

P.S. Marlene Lederman Allen and Christina Smith shared with you the news about an exciting incentive to give this year. While we hope you believe in and support Burr and Burton Academy because of what we do, this is an added bonus and a fun way to inspire you to jump on the bandwagon. We will begin drawing a winner each month starting in January, so the earlier you give the greater your chances of winning! Blue water, white sand, warm breezes blowing through the palm trees – what’s not to like about this promotion??

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

We are looking ahead and planning for next year’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day which is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2018. This past year’s event was a great success with over 110 guests attending the program and consisted of presentations by faculty and students. Grandparents and Special Friends were then joined by their grandchildren for lunch in the cafeteria and then student-led campus tours followed. 

In order to invite your student’s grandparents or special friends to our spring event, we are in need of their mailing address. Please forward to


From the BBA Parent Association

Our next Parent Association meeting is tomorrow evening, November 2 at 6 pm in the library. Many parents have requested an evening meeting because of work schedules so we thought we would try one. We hope this allows for some new parents to join us. All are welcome!
The Parent Association is rocking & rolling! We are very pleased with the successful STUFF-A-BUS Clothing Drive. Over 100 families benefitted from the generosity of our BBA community. Way to go Bulldogs! Last Friday evening, we welcomed over 75 parents at our Mix & Mingle Reception. The committee created a lovely environment at Founder’s Hall at Birchbrook. They lined the path with glowing luminaries, carved pumpkins with BBA monograms, arranged local, fall flowers and baked BBA Bulldogs cookies that were given to guests as they left. (If you haven’t seen these cookies, you must check them out in Photos on the BBA website!) Everyone brought delicious appetizers to share, and spent the evening chatting and enjoying themselves. I believe that everyone left knowing a few more people than when they arrived and feeling that they were part of an extraordinary community. I certainly did! 
We are continuing to plan events and activities for the rest of the year. Please email or call if you’ve got suggestions and continue to engage with your BBA community. 
As we enter into November and approach Thanksgiving, the days will inevitably get shorter and shorter. My hope for all of us is that at the same time our hearts will swell with gratitude and the holiday spirit. 
Until next month,
Nan Bambara
BBA Parent Association President


From the Creative Arts Department

Tickets available at



Keep those applications coming! Let us help you brainstorm essays, review applications and consider good matches. Many seniors have already submitted applications; other students are still working through the initial process. A good rule of thumb is to apply before the December break. Remember to have your test scores sent directly from the College Board or ACT to the colleges that require them. We’re here to assist and support you.

Families need to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from application deadlines. Please check EACH college’s website for information. Students applying to private colleges should check to see if they are required to complete the CSS Financial Profile Form. Forms are available online at

Financial Aid Forms Night
DATE: Monday, November 6
TIME: 6 – 7:30 pm
PLACE: Mr. Morrison and Mr. Muench’s Tech Labs, Smith Center Lower Level
PLEASE RSVP to Lynne Welsh, 549-8242 or
Facilitators: Carol Brousseau:, former Director of Student Financial Aid, George Mason University
, and Lucy Hebbard-Robinson:, Financial Aid Counselor, Community College of Vermont 

What to do at least 5 days before Forms Night:

  • Set up FSA IDs for student and one parent at (you’ll need social security numbers, dates of birth and email addresses for student and parent who will sign the FAFSA)
  • Collect the necessary information for student and (step)parent(s) which is listed below.

What to bring to Forms Night:

  • 2016 Federal Income Tax Returns for (step)parent(s) and student, if applicable
  • 2016 W-2 Forms or other income/ benefit statements for 2016 for (step)parent(s) and student, if any
  • Current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds, and other investments
  • Estimated value of any real estate owned, including the home you live in, and what, if any amount, is owed on it
  • Business or farm records, if applicable
  • Social Security numbers for parent and student
  • Student driver’s license number, if applicable
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. Citizen).
  • FSA ID (used to login and sign the FAFSA)

Students born January 1, 1995 or later AND who are not married, and have no dependents are considered a dependent student for the FAFSA, whether or not they currently live with a parent. Bring all information listed above for student and (step)parent(s).

Castleton Decision Day Program
Castleton University gives students the opportunity to interview with admissions counselors at BBA on Wednesday, December 6. Students will immediately receive their admission decision if the student’s completed application has been received by November 17 (Application fee is waived.) Students must submit a transcript request form to their counselor and sign up for an interview appointment with Castleton in the School and College Counseling Office by November 17.

SAT/ACT Registration Information
We recommend that juniors hold off on these tests until the spring semester when they will have had a chance to review PSAT results and take a prep class, if desired. Test prep classes will be scheduled in the winter/spring and we will alert you to those opportunities. Seniors should note that November 2 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 2 at BBA. Go to Seniors who want to take the December 9 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 3 deadline at

Upcoming College Visits
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to attend college meetings. Students and parents can find our most up-to-date list at We also post a paper calendar inside the School and College Counseling Office and list visits in the weekly announcements.

AP Exam Information
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2017-2018 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $95 per exam by Friday, December 15th. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $5 per exam.  Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to the School and College Counseling Office, or pay by credit card at (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well).  There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose. All students enrolled in AP courses are required by Burr and Burton to take the AP exam. AP exams are held May 7 – May 18, 2018.

College Athletics
Seniors interested in playing Division I or II intercollegiate athletics next year need to register at Stop in the School and College Counseling Office for assistance or computer access.

Selective Service Registration
Eighteen-year-old males need to register with the U.S. Selective Service at Male students need to do so in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

From the 9th grade corner:
It’s hard to believe but your 9th grader is now officially one quarter of the way through their Freshmen year.  We are proud to report that on Wednesday, October 13 over 150 Freshmen at 12 different locations collectively completed almost 1,000 hours of community service.  

Academic Support:
An emphasis has been placed in advisory on using Flex block wisely. On a normal full week of school this is the block during the middle of day that students can get lunch and complete school work.  We continue to stress the importance of using this time to make-up tests or quizzes, conference with teachers, work on group projects and receive individual help when needed.  Please note, that the library is open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday. 

Upcoming Events.

  • Fall Play – Harvey, Wednesday – Saturday, November 8 – 11th
  • Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting – Wednesday, November 15, 6 pm in the Gym
  • Thanksgiving Break – No School – Wednesday, November 23 –  Friday, November 25

2016/2017 Scholarship List
Scholarship information can be found in the School and College Counseling Office and is listed in Naviance at:

National Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: United States citizen, judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Award: $1,000 – $60,000;
Deadline: November 30
Application online at:

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website:
Award: $500;
Deadline April 1

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 549-8136;

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127;

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, 549-8210;

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;


From the Athletics Department

Mandatory winter sports parent/athlete meeting – Wednesday, November 15, 6 pm

All winter sports begin tryouts/practices – Monday, November 27 

Reminder that, all Freshmen, Juniors and new students must have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. As this is the second year of the policy we expect most sophomores and seniors to be in compliance with up to date physicals but please be sure to check. We must have a copy of your athlete’s physical (dated from 3/1/16 or later) on file for athletes to be eligible for participation in athletics. 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 November 15. Completing them sooner rather than later is greatly appreciated from the administrative end. If you are having difficulty with the forms, assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the winter sports meeting in the basement of the Smith Center.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics, Dave Miceli at

Please note that there are competitions scheduled over the holiday break December 22 – January 7, and during the February break 16 – 25. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Varsity Coaches:

Alpine Skiing – Trey Spencer:

Girls Basketball – Erin Mears:

Boys Basketball – Eric Green:

Dance TBD

Boys Ice Hockey – Mark Slade:

Girls Ice Hockey – Ed Lewicki:

Nordic Skiing – Ian Black:

Snowboarding TBD

Wrestling – Sarah Barker:

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




From the Health Center

Earlier in the month our Sophomores and Juniors watched an engaging and educational presentation of monologues by the group Speak About It. The presentation went over topics such as sexual consent, healthy boundaries, and being a good bystander. Following the presentation students broke out into smaller groups to initiate dialogue with a peer leader from the group. It is equally important to have constant dialogue with your teens about these sensitive topics at home, on an on-going basis. Please read the attached article to sift through a bit of advice about how to best approach this with your child. 
Parents Guide to Sexting, Texting, and Teens link HERE.

Adventure in the Heart of Europe Meeting Date

There will be an information meeting for participating travelers and a parent or guardian on Thursday, November 30 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Riley Center.

2017 – 2018 Yearbook Announcement

2018 Yearbooks are in process and looking for more senior student submissions. All BBA Seniors should have received a link to an online survey and submission form to send in their Senior photo and baby picture as well as answer a few questions about themselves. Since so many students take advantage of our amazing fall scenery for their photoshoots, I have planned to take submissions up until Thanksgiving. If your student did not receive the emailed link, please have them contact
Yearbooks are already on sale HERE.  We have kept the price $55, the same as last year. This price is good until February when prices will go up. If you have any further questions about the yearbook, you can email Melanie Virgilio, Yearbook Advisor, at

From the Library 

Click on this link to see a special edition of BBA Library’s newsletter with resources on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships for students and parents. These resources were collected to complement the We Speak About It presentations that Sophomores, Juniors and parents attended last month.

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

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 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.

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 –
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping –
The Aspen at Manchester –

Academic Letter
Barrows House –
Battenkill Communications –
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices –
The Dorset Inn –
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

Planning for the 2018 Parent Association Spring Gala (Friday, May 25th) has already started! 
The following sponsors were a huge part of our $230,000 fundraising success:

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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