Monthly Archives: January 2018

January 2018


8   School open – second semester begins
10 Mountain Campus Family Meeting: 5 – 6 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
12 Parent Association Meeting: 8 am, Library
12 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
15 Martin Luther King Day – No School
16 Mountain Campus Winter/Spring Semester Begins
19 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
24 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm
26 Moroccan Dinner: 1 – 8 pm, Cafeteria
26 Dance and Drama New Student Works
31 Leadership Summit: 7 – 7:50 am, Hunter Seminar Room
31 Adventure in the Heart of Europe Mt.: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Riley Center


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

It is with extra exuberance that I say happy new year after a semester of sabbatical adventures. My family time in Costa Rica was incredible in all kinds of ways, and I return further energized to lead this school long into the future. It is a wonderful feeling to return to a job I love in a school I love surrounded by a community that I love. If you are interested, I kept a journal, excerpts of which can be found HERE.

But enough about that. As we enter the new year and as so many of you make resolutions, I want to share my increasing sense of urgency that an outstanding high school and post-secondary education is essential to building individual dreams. Please consider the following:

  1. Technology has reached critical mass and is transforming our world.  A few simple examples: Uber is now the largest transportation company in the world, yet Uber does not own any cars. Airbnb is the largest provider of overnight rooms, yet Airbnb does not own any hotels. Self driving cars and trucks are a few years, not decades, away. Technology is a major force, and it will have the effect of keeping lower-skill jobs at a stagnant wage level.
  2. The opportunities in the future, as they are in the present, will come overwhelmingly to those with a strong educational foundation coupled with a lifelong commitment to learning. Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe recently shared a set of statistics that highlight the aforementioned point. In 2015, the median salary in Vermont for those with a bachelor’s degree was $62,770. In comparison, the median salary for high school graduates was $35,055. In other words, college graduates on average made a whopping 78% more than high school graduates. This gap will only widen in the future.
  3. Lifelong learning is essential. Our hope in high school is to help students develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, communication, collaboration. They must develop passions, a strong sense of self, and the grit to pursue excellence. Our students face a future that is very hard to predict, and they must also be adaptable, retrainable, and above all, curious about the world.

So, we have work to do in 2018, and important work at that: we resolve to make sure that every single BBA student is working toward an exciting future, one in which they all have professional options and opportunities to live the American dream.

Happy New Year.


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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Advancement Office


We want to start this month’s Bullhorn contribution with a big THANK YOU to all of our BBA parents who made a gift to the Annual Fund at the end of 2017. I know we send a lot of reminders. But the fact is every time we send another one out, more parents go online to make a gift or send in a gift, and shows us you understand the importance of financial support from our BBA families. Because of our independent status, your support ensures we can continue to provide an extraordinary educational experience for all students at Burr and Burton.

And the good news is, at the next meeting of the Parent Association, we’ll draw the name of one of our families who made a gift in the past 4 months for a stay in a Caribbean resort. Stay tuned as we’ll make that announcement right after the meeting on January 12. The resort featured in this month’s drawing is the Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua.

Marlene Lederman Allen and Christina Smith, our Advancement Committee Chairs, shared with you the information about this incentive we’re offering when you make a gift. 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 draw a winner each month so the next drawing will be in February. Get your gift in this month and you’ll be in that drawing. It’s 11 degrees outside as I write this article for the January Bullhorn – it would help you get through the winter just dreaming about crystal clear blue water, white sands, and warm breezes blowing through the palm trees!

Fundraising Gala

With the start of the new year, we gear up the planning of our fundraising gala to be held on May 25, 2018. Once again, this is a premier event which kicks off the social season here in the Manchester and the Mountains area and is an important part of our fundraising efforts for the year. Last year’s event raised over $230,000! We will be hosting the event at the Taconic so be sure that date is on your calendar. A “Save the Date” card will be coming out shortly. In conjunction with this event, we are looking for support in several ways.

1. Sponsorship

Gala Sponsorship is one way to show your support for this important fundraising event. Sponsorships are $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500 with lots of benefits for your support. Whether you choose to represent your business or if you’d like to do a sponsorship as a family, all sponsorships go to help offset the expenses of putting on this event. If you’re interested in becoming a Gala Sponsor please contact Pauline de Laszlo at 802-549-8277 or email her

2. Online Auction Items

We will once again be holding an Online Auction in April. As always, we are looking for items for the auction, and in particular, donation of services or high- quality items. If you own a business or would like to do something as an individual, we are looking for items such as:

Cord of wood (delivered)
A morning of spring cleaning
A couple of hours of window washing
Decorating consultation
Landscaping consultation
Gift certificates to local restaurants or any local business

Anything along these lines would be terrific. If you have something in mind, please contact Pauline de Laszlo at 802-549-8277 or email her

3. Live Auction Items

Also, if you have an item that might be appropriate for a Live Auction item please let us know. For example, this might be a week in a vacation home in a warm climate or at the beach during the summer, or a unique experience of some sort. Please contact Kate Townshend at if you have something you can offer.

The good news is if you become a gala sponsor, donate something to either the Online or Live auction it will count toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!

Student Athlete Bus Fund

The clock is ticking…we have five months left to raise $3,133 for the second matching gift of $5,000!

We still have an incredible matching challenge on the table to help with funding transportation for student athletes. The primary purpose of this fund is to support student learning by keeping our BBA athletes in the classroom longer and/or getting them home from games earlier. Here’s how it works – when two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times, this fund would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner. These funds would also be used to send Varsity teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

In the Fall of 2016 a donor laid down a matching challenge of $10,000. To date, we have raised $6,867. Please consider making a gift of any amount to get us to the goal of $3,133. This is a very attainable goal and we only have five months left to raise the matching funds. If we don’t raise the total amount, we lose out on the $5,000! If you make a gift in support of the bus fund it also counts toward parent participation.

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising


Save the date!
Reunion Weekend ’18 is Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Celebrating alumni ending in 3 and 8, all alumni and families are welcome. 
For more information visit

From the Creative Arts Department

On Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts, Burr and Burton Academy’s Creative Arts Department will present The New Works Project: Theater and Dance.  Join us as the veil is taken away from the creative process with students sharing their original choreography, scenes, monologues, poetry, and scripts in a workshop atmosphere. If you ever wanted to see the steps of the creative genius, don’t miss out on this opportunity. Listen, watch and experience the performance of these burgeoning artists and be part of the process with a talk back at the end of the evening. The event is free.


Adventure in the Heart of Europe Informational Meeting #2 on Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center.



Second Semester Schedules
All students should check their second semester schedules through the On-Campus Portal (under the Classes tab, view Other Classes, drop down to “All-Year”). Students who need to make changes should contact their counselor as soon as possible.  

College and Career Planning for Juniors
The School and College Counselors will meet with all juniors in individual student appointments to be scheduled in February, March and April. We will discuss the student’s academic record, extracurricular and work experiences, and other positive factors that will contribute to a successful college application process or transition to work or other opportunities. Our goal with all students is to help them create a successful plan for life after BBA.  We will assist students in developing an appropriate college list, answer questions and provide support for the college search and provide guidance related to a gap year, career search, course selection, employment opportunities and more. We welcome parental contact and feedback at any time.

PSAT score reports have been mailed home, and scores have been posted to the “Testing” page on student Naviance accounts. Included in the PSAT mailing is information about upcoming SAT Prep opportunities.  Students should review their scores at and link scores with Khan Academy for individualized, personal SAT prep.

SPRING 2018  Standardized Testing Information for Juniors

Test      Test Date  Location    Register by
ACT      February 10  OTHER    Jan. 12
SAT      March 10  BBA    Feb. 9
ACT      April 14  BBA    Mar. 9
SAT or Subject Tests      May 5  BBA    Apr. 6
SAT or Subject Tests      June 2  OTHER    May 3
ACT      June 9  OTHER    May 4


Students should NOT register for all of the above tests. Check your schedule and determine which date(s) work for you. To register for the SAT: To register for the ACT:

Test Prep Opportunities

High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100 for the prep class.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families.  Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for either the March SAT or the May SAT.  Classes will also include information applicable to students taking the ACT.

Session 1 (for March 10 SAT)
January 12, 1-3                                 
January 19, 1-3                                 
February 2, 1-3                                 
February 9, 1-3                                 
March 2, 1-3 (snow date/ extra)

Session 2 (for May 5 SAT)
March 30, 1-3
April 6, 1-3
April 27, 1-3
May 4, 1-3

The two sessions above are identical courses so students will only sign up for one.  To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadlines: Jan. 10 for Session 1;  March 15 for Session 2.  

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes
Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA 0n May 6; cost is $350 (Class dates TBD by Tutorial Center.)
Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Local SAT Prep Course taught at Maple Street
February 3 and 4, 9-2 each day; $250.  Contact Joy Stewart at or 802-733-7636.

*Please note that students must register separately for the actual SAT and /or ACT.  Signing up for a Prep Class does NOT register a student for an exam.

Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend applications available online at

WHEN: February 9 through 11 or February 23 through 25.
WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)
WHAT: Advanced Painting and Drawing, Vocal Performance, Social Entrepreneurship, Animals & Law, Actors’ Audition Masterclass, Astronomy, Bioinformatics (Health Data Science), Robotics, Architecture Invention, Youth Leadership.
WHERE: Students spend the weekend in residence at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.
HOW: Students fill out applications at by January 15. Spots will fill up quickly!

Regarding Governor’s Institute of Vermont SUMMER Institutes, applications are available beginning February 1 at

College Application Update
Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college! Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly. We continue to work with the seniors who are still in the process of applying and aim to have them get their applications in by the end of the month.

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors
Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades of their applicants. Rest assured that the registrar will process grades as soon as possible following exams. We’ll then forward an updated transcript to all colleges listed on students’ transcript request forms. Because we use a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.

From the 9th Grade Corner
Our 9th graders have started the process of looking at and creating a “draft” academic plan for their next three years here at Burr and Burton. Through additional advisory meetings this winter our freshmen will continue to work on these plans while learning about Burr and Burton graduation requirements, transcripts, AP classes, and the Career Development Center. They can access their draft plan through Naviance which is linked in our OnCampus portal. There are a number of tools within the Naviance platform that we encourage students to explore such as the career interest profiler. Academically, January brings a new semester and new classes. We continue to stress the importance of using Flex block time wisely.

Forms for scholarships listed below are downloadable from Naviance at: PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript request form found in the School and College Counseling Office. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Students must get their  VSAC Unified Scholarship application done and postmarked by Friday, Feb 16, with all required documents. VSAC Scholarship workbooks were handed out in December. Come to School and College Counseling to obtain one if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document requests to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling a few days prior to the deadline!

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.

VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University; GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College. Award: unknown, Deadline: April 1.


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

It feels like Winter and our teams are getting into the heart of their competitive season. We hope you will join us and cheer on the bulldogs. Here are some highlights in our programming as we head into the New Year. Don’t forget to download the SuperFan App and check in at competitions for SuperFan bragging rights and the chance to win great prizes at these games.

Bulldog Nation by SuperFanU, Inc

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Peak Performance Program

The Peak Performance Program provides tools for the highly motivated athlete to reach an elite level of performance. We are in the second year of our Peak Performance Program.  This two year program consists of 8 – Six Week Sessions  (4 sessions per year). New members may join in January when we begin our 3rd session of the year. Interested students should contact me directly at

Student Athlete Bus Fund

We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.

When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.

This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb ( 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2017-2018

Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15

Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30

Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.

Don’t forget to Like us on facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!



Remaining Varsity Home Openers:

Wednesday, January 3 at 1 pm: Alpine Competition, Bromley

Wednesday, January 3 at 2:30 pm: Nordic Competition, Wild Wings

Wednesday, January 3 at 6 pm: Wrestling v. Fair Haven

Friday, January 5 at 7 pm: Boys Basketball v. South Burlington

Tuesday, January 16 at 1 pm : Snowboard Competition, Okemo (Technically not Home but it’s as close as we get).

Saturday, January 27 at 1 pm: Dance Competition


From the BBA Yearbook Crew

January and February are a very busy time for the yearbook crew at BBA. This is also the time for you to order your student’s yearbook at the lowest cost possible. You can follow the link below to purchase a yearbook, personalize your student’s book, and also enter your personalized message through purchasing a parent’s ad. We are looking forward to delivering another great book this year so that your student’s memories can be preserved for years to come. If you have any questions or want to confirm your senior sent in their senior photo’s, you can email:


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
We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
2017-18 Corporate Sponsors
Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank –
Bromley Mountain –
r. k. Miles –
Stratton Mountain Resort –
The Orvis Company –
The Vermont Country Store –
TPW Management –

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 –
Northshire Bookstore –
The Aspen at Manchester –
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services –

Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique –
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 –
People’s United Bank –
Prospect Rehabilitation –
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC –
RE/MAX Four Seasons –
The Works Bakery Café –

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. –
Hill Farm Inn –
iShip Express
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders –

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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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