2 Parent Association Meeting: 8 am, Library
6 Freshman Refuse to Use: 3 – 4:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
6 Junior & Senior Refuse to Use: 5 – 6:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
7 Sophomore Refuse to Use: 5 – 6:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
9 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
12 Refuse to Use make up: 3 – 4:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
13 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm
14 Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal) 1 – 5 pm
15 Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal) 12:30 – 7:30 pm
16 International Movie Night: 6 -11 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
16 – 23 Winter Break: no school
28 Leadership Summit: 7 – 7:50 am, Hunter Seminar Room
From the Headmaster
As we roll into February, we move toward town meetings, which are rapidly approaching. The foundation of this school rests on the tremendous support we receive from throughout the community. Please make your voice and your vote heard, armed with the following information:
- Our tuition is increasing by 2.2% to $17,025. Governor Phil Scott put out a guideline in the fall that per pupil costs should not increase by more than 2.5%. We are intentionally setting tuition below this guideline.
- We supplement tuition by drawing roughly $700,000 from our endowment and raising almost $1 million in annual fund. In addition, we generate over $2 million in revenue from our international program. All these funds go directly to support the incredible range of opportunities at this school and ensure that taxpayers get much more than they pay for in a BBA education.
- We continue to invest considerable time and thought into the professional growth of our faculty. This year, for example, we are developing a foundation of knowledge on brain-based educational techniques while exploring proficiency-based educational approaches. (Those of you who attended Parent Open House on January 25 enjoyed a first-hand taste of this work.)
- In addition to our work focused on the here and now, we continue to develop long-term plans so that BBA will only get better in the near and distant future.
A Word About Winhall
Those of you residing in Winhall face particular tax challenges. As you may know, the Winhall school board is questioning whether Winhall should continue to be a sending town. If Winhall is no longer a sending town, Winhall residents would be required to pay the difference between the state-wide average tuition and our private-pay tuition rate, a sum of roughly $2500 per student. In addition, Winhall students would no longer have admissions priority to BBA.
We have great sympathy for the conundrum faced by Winhall residents, and we place tremendous value on the long-standing history of partnership between BBA and Winhall. Unfortunately, we have a responsibility to treat all sending towns equally, with a preferred tuition rate and admissions priority offered only to sending towns.
We strive to be the best school imaginable today, tomorrow, and beyond. Your vote in support of our tuition is crucial to our success. I thank you in advance for your support on town meeting day and throughout the year.
Mark H. Tashjian
Mandatory Driver Education Meeting – Tuesday, March 13 in the cafeteria from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA’s offers a free driver’s education program which will tentatively start on Monday, June 11, 2018 or June 18, 2018 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, classes run from 8 am until 10 am, Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction, therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction, a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm, for the remainder of the class driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 4 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. If the class is oversubscribed students with a 2003 birthyear will be cut starting with a birthdate closest to the start date of the class and working backwards. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or email@example.com.
From the Advancement Office
I love it when I actually get home midwinter and it’s still light out! It means we’re making progress and have made it through our darkest, coldest and longest month of winter. We can now finally look forward to lengthening days! During the month of January we’ve been very busy here in the Advancement Office. Here are some updates:
1. Parent Fund Annual Giving:
Congratulations to Peter and Kelly Ahlfeld who were the winners of the first drawing. They won a 7 – 9 day stay at the Pineapple Beach Club in Antigua! To get in the drawings all you have to do is make a gift to the Parent Fund – it’s about participation, not the amount of the gift. So throw your hat in the ring before the next drawing on February
To all of you who have made a gift this year, we thank you – your gift helps provide all of the extras that make the BBA experience an extraordinary one. If you haven’t yet given, please consider a gift of any amount, or make a donation of an item or service to the Gala Online auction, a donation to Friends of Hockey, or commit to a Corporate or Gala Sponsorship – all count towards parent participation. Parent participation stands at approximately 20 percent as of January 31, 2018. Here are 3 easy ways to give right now – so you can check it off your to-do list:
1. Go to https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform on BBA’s website and pay by credit card.
2. Mail your gift to: Advancement Office, Burr and Burton Academy, PO Box 498, Manchester VT 05254
3. Or drop by the Advancement Office with your gift, we’d love to thank you in person for your support.
Please know that your support allows us to remain independent, and responsive to the needs of YOUR student! Your support helps provide all of the extras that make the difference between a good education and a great one.
2. “Save the Date” for our eighth annual fundraising gala:
Green Hills and Silver Waters,
Caring for this place we call home
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM
At Taconic, Manchester Village
“Save the date” postcards for this event will be mailed out shortly and invitations will be mailed in early April. Make your plans early as we have had a sellout crowd the past seven years and a waiting list! Tickets are $125 per person, $1,250 for a table. If you want to reserve a table or tickets call me at 802-549-8201.
Gala Sponsorships are available to support this important fundraising event so if you own a business and would like to be in on the action, here’s your opportunity (and it counts towards parent participation). However, you don’t have to be a business to be a Gala Sponsor – consider a family sponsorship!
Mount Mansfield Sponsor: $2,500 (includes 4 tickets to the event)
Killington Mountain Sponsor: $1,500 (includes 2 tickets to the event)
Mount Ellen Sponsor: $1,000
Camel’s Hump Sponsor: $500
Pico Peak Sponsor: $250
To sign up for a Gala Sponsorship please reach out to Margot Page at 802-549-8277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Gala On-line Auction
One more thing related to this year’s gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters. We invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s eighth annual online auction. With your contribution of an item or service, the auction will build on the momentum of last year’s success. We raised $15,000 from the auction last year and it is designed to generate excitement for the main event on May 25th. The auction will launch on April 1st (that’s no joke) and close on April 11th, and will reach bidders all over the world (including parents of our international students, long-distance grandparents, and our alumni), plus the many friends of the school right here in our own backyard. The auction serves as a great way to involve those people who cannot attend the event for any number of reasons.
We are looking for services of all shapes and sizes to feature as stand-alone items and in specially designed packages. Perhaps you can offer a service, such as a landscaping consultation or a cord of wood? Whatever the contribution, it will benefit our most precious commodity of all, our children!
We need to have your online auction donation in the Advancement Office by March 1st. You are welcome to drop it off yourself or contact one of us and a committee member will come pick it up from you. Don’t forget, your item or service donation counts toward parent participation in the Annual Fund! Questions about the Online Auction? Contact Pauline de Laszlo at email@example.com or 802-549-8277.
4. Update on the Bus Fund
In January, we received a generous gift of a $1,000 from a donor, which means we are only $2,133 away from receiving the second $5,000 match. That can be broken down into two $1,000 gifts, or four $500 gifts, or eight $250 gifts or twenty $100 gifts. If you bring in the $2,000 I’ll donate the last $133.
Many thanks for your support and don’t forget to put the gala on your calendars!
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising
From the Creative Arts Department
Adventure in the Heart of Europe “Sound of Music” movie night, Tuesday, February 13, 6 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room. Come enjoy a classic movie and themed snacks as we gear up for our April art & music trip!
2018-2019 Course Requests
The 2018-19 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is now available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Current freshmen (2021), sophomores (2020), and juniors (2019) should immediately begin reviewing course options for the coming school year. This review will allow students to plan. It will also provide adequate time to discuss the questions about course prerequisites and graduation requirements that may surface.
Students will be guided through the process by using a course request worksheet that will be distributed in advisory on February 12th. If needed, additional worksheets will be available in the counseling office. Over the break, students must complete the request worksheet. Upon returning to school, they will use the worksheet to enter requests through the OnCampus portal during an extended advisory session on Monday, February 26th.
Please contact Mr. Knutson or your student’s counselor if you have questions.
Mid-Year Grades for Seniors
Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades for their applicants. Updated transcripts have been sent to all colleges listed on a student’s transcript request form. Because BBA uses a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.
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. Seniors should update their counselor on their college decisions. 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.
All Vermont students applying for need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA and VSAC forms. Pay close attention to individual college financial aid deadlines. In addition, some private colleges require students to file the CSS Profile form. You will need to check your individual college financial aid requirements. Information about the CSS Profile can be found in the financial aid section at www.collegeboard.org.
To file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VSAC grant application, go to these websites: www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org. Families are urged to file on-line as soon as possible and you are welcome to use our office computers if you need internet access. If you have questions about the FAFSA or other financial aid forms, don’t hesitate to contact the helpful folks at VSAC’s toll-free help line: 800-642-3177.
Financial Aid Support
This year, we have been fortunate to have Carol Brosseau, a retired Financial Aid professional, support Burr and Burton families through the financial aid process. We thank her for her service in helping families understand the financial aid process and submit their FAFSA!
This spring, Carol will be available to meet with families of seniors to review and compare financial award letters, develop options for addressing shortfalls, create a negotiation strategy and appeal award packages. If you’d like to meet with Carol, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve an appointment in March or April.
Meetings with Juniors: Individual meetings with juniors are beginning this month to discuss college, gap programs, employment, military service, and other options. All students will have a scheduled appointment with their counselor sometime in the next few months when they will explore opportunities and review graduation requirements and senior year course choices.
For students who don’t have college in their sights at this time, we will discuss ways for students to determine possible career and job interests. Internships, elective courses and part-time jobs are good avenues for students to prepare for employment after high school.
We assist college-bound students with the college search process, discuss academic preparation, review PSAT scores and plan for standardized testing. We look forward to continued contact with juniors throughout the next year as we work together to identify good college matches.
Parents often wonder how they can help. We meet with students and help them compile an appropriate college list, but families need to take the next step. Please facilitate some college visits during the spring semester. In our experience, we have found that students who have visited a few campuses prior to applying find the process more meaningful and manageable. With advanced notice to teachers and the Dean of Students, college visits are excused absences from school. Plan a trip to see a campus or two and take advantage of information sessions and tours. Then be sure to let us know your family’s impressions.
Another way that we coordinate efforts with students and families is through the Naviance Program: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. (Students can access Naviance directly through their OnCampus Resource page.) This online program contains multiple career and college resources and also serves as a communication tool. If you’d like access to this program or need to reset your password, please email Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant, at email@example.com.
We are eager to partner with parents in the college and career planning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.
Standardized Testing Registration: College bound juniors should sign up to take either the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.
Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org, respectively. Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall. Please contact us if you have questions.
Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines for Juniors
Saturday, March 10, SAT. Register by February 9 at www.collegeboard.org SAT Test only (no subject tests.) Test is offered at BBA. If a student has a potential athletic or other conflict for May 6 or June 3 test dates, you will want to consider taking this one.
Saturday, April 14, ACT. Register by March 9 at www.actstudent.org. Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.
See ACT and College Board Websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home. Students should not test every time one is offered, but we do recommend that juniors take at least one ACT or SAT this year.
Test Prep Opportunities
Download the “Question of the Day” App from the College Board
SAT Prep Course at BBA: High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100. To register for the course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh. Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor. Registration deadline: March 15.
Session 2 (for May 5 SAT) Classes meet on Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Hunter Seminar Room. Classes are timed to prepare for the May SAT. Session 2 Course Dates: March 30, April 6, 27, and May 4.
Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA on May 10; cost is $35. Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/18, 3/25; and 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, and April 29. Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.
Local SAT and ACT Prep Course
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information about cost and class dates for their 2017 SAT Prep course offering.
In a recent sophomore class meeting, students received information about programs and upcoming visits to the Southwestern Career Development Center and the Mountain Campus. Counselors also reviewed and distributed Pre-ACT results and encouraged them to share score reports with their parents and guardians. Reports include information about college readiness in English, reading, math and science and identify potential areas of career interest. If you’d like to learn more general information about the PreACT, visit http://www.act.org/preact
Summer Programs/Study Abroad
All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Science and Technology, and Young Writers. Brochures are in the School and College Counseling Office. Applications will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.giv.org. Application Deadline is April 1. For more info: contact the GIV Office at 802-865-4448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2017-2018 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students need to submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that commence at any point during the fall semester.
From the 9th grade corner:
Students should be settling into their 2nd semester classes. Shortly, information regarding sign-ups for parent conferences will be pushed out to all parents. These conferences are a great way to hear about how your son or daughter is doing. As we move into late February and early March students will start the course request process for next year.
Parent Conferences – 12:45 Dismissal – Wednesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 15.
Winter Break – February 16-23.
If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or send me an email.
Cory Herrington, 9th Grade Counselor, Social Studies Teacher and Co-Dean of Students – 549-8210; email@example.com
Forms for scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidentiality of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships. Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date to obtain the necessary BBA documents. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.
VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Deadline is February 16! Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship workbook if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions.
St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont Educational Scholarship
Eligibility: Vermont resident who will enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program in fall of 2018. Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 23. Applications also online at http://www.standrewssocietofvermont.org
Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior looking to further education in healthcare career.
Deadline: March 15
Berkshire Bank Foundation 2014 Scholarship Program
Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extracurricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school.
Deadline: March 21st by 4 pm
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships
Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary
Eligibility: seniors, financial need, community involvement, character, scholastic ability. Must supply previous year 1040 or 1040EZ for this past year. Award: unspecified Deadline: March 31st.
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
Deadline: April 1
Application online: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships
Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education. Must show evidence of community service beyond the BBA requirement. Mandatory reporting of family gross income.
Deadline: March 28
VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 11 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.
Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.) There is an early application for students who have already received their financial aid packets (deadline April 3rd with notification of award by 4/28, ahead of the May 1st college deadline). There is an application for high school students using a later deadline of May 1st (and there is also an application for college students in need of aid.
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship
Deadline: by midnight May 1.
Application online: www.phillips-scholarship.org (Info in SCCO as well)
Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000 for 4 years
Deadline: May 1
The School and College Counseling Office contacts:
Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; email@example.com
Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; email@example.com
Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; email@example.com
Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, 549-8244; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; email@example.com
Lynne Welsh, Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Athletics Department
Spring Sports Night
The mandatory parent athlete meeting for Spring Sports will be held on Thursday, March 8 at 6 pm in the gym.
Bulldog Leadership Summit
Our next Leadership Workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 am in the Hunter Seminar Room. Assistant Head of School, Meg Kenny will run the workshop.
Post Season Competition:
First Day of Playoffs:
Girls Basketball: February 27-28
Girls Ice Hockey: March 2-3
Boys Ice Hockey: March 2-3
Boys Basketball: March 6-7
Dance: February 17
Nordic: February 22 & February 26
Wrestling: February 23-24
Alpine: March 5-6
Snowboarding: March 7-8
From the International Department
The well-known reputation of Burr and Burton Academy as a school of high academic standards and integrity has reached other countries, making it very appealing to students abroad.
By hosting international students the host families provide diversity to our school and community, help our children to become globally aware, get first- hand knowledge of other countries, promote peace and global understanding, etc.
In order to continue offering our international students the opportunity to live with American families, we rely on the support of our community.
If you would like to benefit from this enriching experience by hosting an international student next year please contact me. Also, any help getting the word out would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, for all your help and support.
International Program HF Coordinator
From the Library
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.
High Honors List
Wood & Signs
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
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.