Monthly Archives: May 2018

May 2018


1   International Food Festival: 10:40 am – 12 noon, Cafeteria
2   International Food Festival: 10:40 am – 12 noon, Cafeteria
2   Parent Association Meeting: 6 pm, Library
3   Program on Vaping: 5:30 pm at Spiral Press, see link HERE
1-4 Mountain Campus Green Mountain Expedition and Solos
4   SAT Prep classes: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room

5   SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Third Floor
5   Prom: 8 pm – 11 pm, Hildene
7 – 18 AP exams: Schedule HERE
9-11 All State Music Festival Jazz: Essex Junction
15  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
16  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
17  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
17 NECAP Science
17 Sophomore Service Day
18  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
19  Rent – Spring Musical: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
23 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
25 Senior Breakfast: 8:30 – 9 am, Cafeteria
25 Awards Assembly & Yearbook Dedication: 9:30 – 11 am, EH Henry Gym
25 Parent Association Spring Fundraising Gala: 5:30 – 11 pm, Taconic
27 International Student Farewell Party: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Rowland Center
28 Memorial Day – No School
29 Senior Bell Ringing: 2 – 2:30 pm
30 Senior Exams
31 Senior Exams
31 Arts and Sciences Exposition: 4 – 9 pm, EH Henry Gym


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Four weeks from this Friday, Burr and Burton Academy will celebrate the class of 2018 with our 185th commencement exercises. It will be a glorious day. For those of you who are parents of seniors, I know many of you are marveling at how quickly the years can fly by. For the rest of you, I hope you continue to enjoy the ride.

This year, we have an interesting lineup of commencement speakers. Along with our valedictorian and salutatorian, we will hear from noted educator Rebecca Holcombe, who has most recently served as Vermont’s secretary of education. I have heard Dr. Holcombe speak on multiple occasions, and she is invariably thoughtful and inspiring.  In addition, each year, our senior class votes on a faculty member to deliver a special address. This year, there were two leading vote getters. At Monday’s assembly, I announced that popular substitute teacher Karen Parillo will address the seniors at our final assembly, and Assistant Head Meg Kenny will speak at commencement. Congratulations to this dynamic duo!

Between now and summer break, the school year is absolutely packed with events. This is the busiest stretch of the school year, and it will be exhilarating to see so much learning come together. I look forward to seeing everybody smiling as we bring the school year to a resounding conclusion.


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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Assistant Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

May is a busy month. At this point in the year, I often hear from students that they are “being pulled in many directions” and sometimes feel they are letting someone down when commitments collide. At Monday’s assembly I reminded students that this is the time to carefully read email so they are up to date on all events and details and to make lists and keep track of commitments and responsibilities. I encouraged students to communicate when they are feeling overwhelmed and to remember that the adults at BBA are on their side – ready and willing to support them.

Prom is this Saturday, May 5th, and I shared my hopes for the evening with students.  I hope the evening’s weather is more May like than January like.  I hope that that they respect the effort that went into planning the event and that they thank the chaperones for giving their evening to ensure a safe and festive atmosphere. I stressed my final hope — that they make safe decisions and are substance free. Tragedies involving drinking and parting culture can happen at any time – at any high school – in any town.

Prom season is a good time to pause and remember how quickly decisions can turn tragic. This Thursday, all mulitage advisories will meet to watch and discuss the short film, If They Had Known, a documentary spoken by kids to kids about the risks of current party culture. The film is an honest and emotional account of a real event. Please ask your student about the film and have conversations about your expectations for prom night.  

Gradebooks Open to Parents:

From May 7th through May 11th, we will open student gradebooks in BBA’s OnCampus portal so parents can get a comprehensive view of student progress. Please take a few minutes to review course progress and encourage your student to take advantage of supports available in order to improve performance and understanding prior to exams. Co-curricular eligibility will be determined on May 7th and any student found to be ineligible will receive notice on May 8th. Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

Vermont Science Assessment for Juniors — May 17th:

On May 17th, all Juniors will complete the Vermont Science Assessment (VTSA). Testing will take place in a classroom setting. We are currently developing a special schedule for the day that will be shared with students. Students will take the assessment on a secure browser on an approved technology device. We will be working with juniors to ensure their iPads and laptops are correctly configured.  

Sophomore Service Day — May 17th:

Sophomores will Take to the Streets to provide a day of service to our community. Sophomores will not attend classes on May 17th. All Sophomores will report to the gym at the start of the day and then head out to complete service projects. Students will return to campus for dismissal.

The May Bullhorn is chock full of important information and updates related to the last six weeks of the school year. Please review the calendar so that you are aware of the many exciting and engaging events happening this month. I encourage you to take advantage of the rich opportunities available to connect as a community and to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.


Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School


BBA Seniors!  You’re Invited!

Come chill at the Senior Surf-n-Turf on June 1st from 12 pm to  2 pm.

This epic senior send-off celebration has it all!

Fun-in-the-sun turf games and prizes….with a radical slip-n-slide, bouncy obstacle course, tie-dyed 2018 Class tees, all-you-can-eat food, and totally sweet Wilcox ice cream.  

Senior Parents! Your help is needed!

If you want to help out at this year’s Senior Surf-n-Turf celebration, please contact the parents listed below.

If you’d like to contribute $10-$50 or any amount to help offset the costs, please send a check, by May 15, made out to BBA to:
Pauline de Laszlo, P.O. Box 498, MV 05254

Katy Hancock: 802 379-6060,
Troy Mulroy: 802 681-3725,

Laura Grapshi: 802 430-9400,
Deedee Goebel: 802 681-8459,

Michelle Emery: 484 620-0524,

Betsy Bleakie: 802 384-8081,

Megan Thorn: 802 688-8005,
Pauline de Laszlo: 802 379-1553,


From the Advancement Office

Can it be May already? We are on the home stretch with graduation and the end of the 2017 – 2018 school year right around the corner. So much is happening in May – the spring musical, Rent, the Gawlik Awards, Scholarship Night, the annual fundraising Gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters, spring sports, etc. It’s hard to keep track of it all but let me update you on what the Advancement Office is up to.

We want to share with our parents the great news about the Online Auction. We raised over $16,000 from this effort and we want to thank all parents who either donated an item or a service to the auction and all of the parents who bid on the same (both of which count towards your participation in the Annual Fund). It continues to be a very successful fundraiser and a great kickoff to our annual fundraising gala! We also want to thank and acknowledge the Online Auction Committee who solicited 183 items. We had 173 bidders participating, and Pauline de Laszlo and Ursula Knowles, co-chairs of the committee, did a great job getting the auction organized and set up on our web host, “Bidding for Good”. Awesome job by everyone involved. If you missed the auction this year, we hope you will join in the fun next year.

Our energy and focus is now going into the finishing details of the Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, scheduled for May 25. Invitations went out in mid-April and this event has sold out the last seven years. If you have questions about tickets, you can contact me directly at 549-8201. We have a great line up for the Live Auction, including a seven-day stay at a private retreat in Costa Rica, a Boston trip with super seats for a Red Sox Game, two round trip Club World tickets on British Airways to Ireland, a Golf School for two at Stratton, a Burlington getaway, a week’s stay in beautiful Jackson Hole, and an escape to the Grenadines to list a few of the items. And our raffle items are amazing with the grand prize being a Toby Pomeroy gold and diamond necklace donated by Von Bargen’s at Stratton. We’re returning to the Taconic and we’re expecting this event to be a fun and festive kickoff to the summer season.

If you are unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts we hope you will consider supporting the gala by sponsoring a faculty member to attend. It’s a thoughtful way to say thank you to our faculty who are so dedicated to this school and your student’s success here! Or simply make a gift in support of the event. Again, these gifts count towards parent participation.

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you again for all of you who supported the annual fund over the past year. We have two months to the end of our fiscal year which means you still have time to get your name in the Annual Appreciation Report for 2017 – 2018. Just make your gift by June 30, 2018. (If you have children in multiple grades, your names will be listed with each class.)

One last item to share with you – the chance to Celebrate Your Graduate! If you are parents of a senior, you know that graduating from Burr and Burton is a real accomplishment and an important step in your student’s life. Celebrate YOUR graduate by creating a lasting legacy with a special endowment gift to Burr and Burton. Your gift will ensure future Burr and Burton students continue to enjoy a wide range of educational opportunities and will continue to interact with talented, dedicated and caring teachers, staff and coaches that are hallmarks of this institution. A letter will be sent shortly to all parents and grandparents of seniors with more details. Thank you and congratulations to your graduate!

Hope to see you at the gala or graduation!


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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising


The Mountain Campus will spend the week of April 30 – May 4 hiking and camping in the Green Mountain National Forest. This expedition includes students’ 2-day solo in the spectacular scenery on the western slope of Stratton Mountain. 
And this semester’s final presentations of learning—the Change Agency projects–will be presented Wednesday, May 23rd, from 5:30-7:30 pm, at the Mountain Campus in Peru. All are welcome to this evening of celebration and learning. 

From the Creative Arts Department


Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing Arts Department presents RENT, May 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  
Set in the gritty East Village of NYC, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is loosely based upon Puccini’s opera, La Boheme.   This rock musical, imaginatively tells the story of a group of starving artists whose lives entwine and mesh over the span of the year.  Join us as they fall in love, deal with devastating illness, discover their voice of humanity and bring alive the universal message of love and hope.
The cast features Matthew Scott as Mark, Gregory Townsend as Roger, Jillian Grip as Mimi, Daniel Jackson as Angel, Greta Schaub as Joanne, Emily Asciutto as Maureen, Colvin Hathaway as Tom Collins, Koben Pottala as Benny and a rocking ensemble that will raise the roof off of the Riley Center.
The production team for Rent consists of Director Jim Raposa, Musical Directors Julie Freebern and Michael Garvey, Set Design Paul Molinelli, Light Design Stuart Duke, Sound Design Neil Freebern and students Casey Mara and Katelyn Hemmer as Production Stage Manager, Olivia Saunders, Assistant to the Director and Riley Vogel, Dance Captain.
Tickets are $7 for BBA students, faculty and staff and $12 for the general public and can be purchased at
RENT the school edition is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) 421 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019 Tel.: (212) 541-4684 •




Standardized Testing Registration
Juniors should have already taken an SAT or ACT test; if not juniors should sign up by May 3rd to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 2nd or sign up by May 4 to take the ACT on June 9th.  The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT in September and the SAT on August 25 (Deadline to sign up, July 28.) Information is available at and

Visit, Visit, Visit
Juniors should make plans to visit some college campuses in the upcoming months. College visits are legitimate absences for juniors but they need to let their counselor and their teachers know their visit plans in advance. Students are responsible for all work they miss. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance in setting up tours, information sessions, and interviews.

Advanced Placement Exams
This year’s AP exams run from May 7th – May 18th. Further information HEREPlease note that all Advanced Placement students taking morning exams are released from school at the conclusion of the exam. Students taking exams that begin in the afternoon are expected to attend the first two morning classes, but have FlexBlock time for lunch and exam preparation.

Reminder: To-Do List for Juniors
Counselors have met with juniors to discuss their senior year and post-graduate plans. As a follow up we suggest these activities:

  • Research colleges and careers.
  • Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and career opportunities. Share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again.
  • Update your Naviance Resume.
  • Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.

2018 Graduation Countdown
A senior graduation mailing will be in the mail this week.  This includes the Burr and Burton Senior Events and Commencement Information Brochure which contains everything families need to know to prepare for the big event on Friday, June 8, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website.

Attention Male Seniors
Don’t forget to register for the U.S. Selective Service at when you turn 18 years old. Neglecting to register can prevent you from receiving college financial aid.

2018-19 Student Class Schedules
Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2018-19 class schedules prior to summer break.  Currently, teacher assignments are pending and details are being defined on the master schedule. An email announcement will be sent to students when the schedules are published in OnCampus.

From the 9th grade corner
The month of May will be a busy and important month for the class of 2021.  Many teachers will begin final projects. There are also a number of upcoming events that will highlight student work.  These events are listed below and are worth checking out even if your child isn’t directly involved in them.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Musical: Tuesday, May 15 – Saturday, May 19
Science/Arts Expo: Thursday, May 31
Gawlik Awards: Wednesday, June 6
Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 28

Forms for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form that is specific to Scholarships and can be found in the SCC Office.

Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care. Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 15

The Dennis Butchko Memorial Award and The Frank Spencer Achievement Award of the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley Fund
Eligibility: Senior from Dover, Halifax, Jamaica, Marlboro, Readsboro, Searsburg, Stratton, Wardsboro, WHitingham, Wilmington. Award based on character, community service, potential, effort, Financial need. Award: $1,000 Deadline: May 15

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student intending to pursue a career related to golf and/or agronomy as related to golf. (Agronomy encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology and soil science.) Award: not specified; Deadline: June 1.


The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund
Eligibility: Senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required. Interest free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee). Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.

Olin Scott Fund, Inc. for Young Men Attending College
Eligibility: Male senior, 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at University or College, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).

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

This month I have been reading Peggy Shinn’s description of the US Women’s Cross Country Ski Team in World Class. I was particularly struck by how much “Belief” plays a role in the success of athletes. It is this belief that keeps athletes going in the difficult times and motivates them to choose tough workouts and difficult competition. While many athletes feel confident when things are going well, it is those who have cultivated belief in their success who stay positive and continue working when things do not go well. You can help your athletes to develop this belief by encouraging them to dream big. You can help them to sustain this belief by encouraging them to develop the daily habits that will prepare them for the challenges on the road to fulfilling those dreams.

Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

May 24 – May 26: Boys/Girls Individuals
May 29 – June 8/9: Team State Championships                

May 28: Pairings
May 29/30: Play downs
June 1/2: Quarter-finals
June 4/5: Semi-finals
June 7-9: Finals

Track and Field
June 2: Finals

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From the Library

During May in the library we will take part in a Virtual Book Group, prepare for summer reading by downloading free audiobooks and much more. Read about these events and our new additions to the collection in our Library Newsletter.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
(802) 549-8122



Program on Vaping

The collaborative is hosting a program on vaping. Vaping is growing quickly in popularity and this program may offer some insight. The program is on May 3 at 5:30 pm at Spiral Press. More information HERE.


From the Yearbook Staff

Don’t forget to order your students 2018 Burtonian Yearbook! The yearbook will be delivered to the students at the end of May, which brings them a welcome distraction from their looming finals. There are less than 100 yearbooks left to order, before we sell out, so be sure to get your order in soon. There is no guarantee students will be able to purchase the book once the books have arrived.


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 –
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 Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services –
Wood & Signs

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 –
The Aspen at Manchester –
The Works Bakery Café –

Academic Pin

JOY – all things underthings –
The Pharmacy – Northshire –
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders –
Joseph M. Sullivan

Green Hills, Silver Waters
Gala Sponsors to Date


Wine Sponsors
Hoa and Orland Campbell

Mount Mansfield Sponsor $2,500+
Berkshire Bank Foundation

Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. 

Killington Mountain Sponsor $1,500
Guaranteed Rate

SameSun of Vermont 

Mount Ellen Sponsor $1,000
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

High Tech Plumbing and Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Mountain Media & ITV Fest
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals
Zippy Chicks

Camel’s Hump Sponsor $500
Peter and Michele Drasher

Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping
GSK Climate Control
Lily of the Valley Florist
L/S Gerontology Seminars and the Osnow Family
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther 

Pico Peak Sponsor $250
About Face Orthodontics

Audy Appraisals PC
Big Branch Landscaping

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bradley’s Pro shop
Celebration Rentals, Inc.
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
H.N. Williams
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
McWayne Jewelers
Alden/Ihasz Group
The Pharmacy Northshire
William Ravies Real Estate
James A. Young P.C.

We invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala, please contact Margot Page at or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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