Monthly Archives: June 2018

June 2018


1   Senior Exams
1   Parent Association Meeting: 8 am, Library
2   SAT at BBA: 7 am – 2 pm, Smith Third Floor
3   German Exchange Mtg: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, cafeteria
4   Scholarship Night: 7 – 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
4  Underclass Exams: 12 noon dismissal
5  Underclass Exams: 12 noon dismissal
5  Mountain Campus Alumni Reunion: 6 – 8 pm, Mountain Campus
6  Underclass Exams/Makeup Exams
6  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: 10 am – 12 noon, BBA Riley Center
6  Senior Sendoff Surf and Turf: 12 – 2 pm, Turf field
6  Senior Hike up Equinox with the Headmaster: 1 – 4 pm
6  Gawlik Awards: 7 – 9 pm, SVAC
7  Employee End of Year Celebration: 1 – 4 pm, Birchbrook
7  International Student Graduation Dinner: 5 – 7:30 pm, Birchbrook
8  Burr and Burton Academy Commencement: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Frelinghuysen Field
9  Southern Vermont Youth Summit: 8:30 am – 2:45 pm, Bennington


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

At Burr and Burton Academy, the school year does not wind down. Rather, we enter a grand crescendo, with climax on June 8, when we celebrate our 185th commencement exercises.

The class of 2018 has been extraordinary in all kinds of ways. As a group, they have been tremendous citizens, each celebrating the individuality of the other while being connected and cohesive as a group. They have led the way throughout the school year, and on Friday, June 8 they will be together one last time. Congratulations not only to these great students, but to their families, who have been essential to their individual and collective success.

And, between now and June 8, we continue to run a gauntlet of celebrations of learning. The Creative Arts and Science Expo was stunning in its breadth and quality, and we have sports playoffs, scholarship night, the Gawlik Awards, and, of course, final exams to keep everyone busy.

Then comes summer, and with it, some time to breathe, reflect, relax, recharge, and appreciate the natural beauty of Vermont and the uncommon beauty of the great community in which we all live. I am grateful to so many: all of you families, who have entrusted us to care for your children; our incredibly generous benefactors, who allow us to keep investing in education; our talented faculty and staff, who do all they can do to touch the heart and mind of each student; and, of course, the students themselves, who bring such meaning and purpose to our professional lives. Thank you one, thank you all.

Have a great summer. Let’s do it again next year!

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Mark H. Tashjian


From the Advancement Office


With months of planning finally completed, it’s hard to imagine that our annual spring fund-raising gala, Green Hills and Silver Waters, caring for this place we call home, has come and gone. A great deal of time and effort goes into the planning of this event and we are happy to report it was a smashing success!!! From the moment gala goers walked into our magical setting, to the last paddle raised during the call for support of the Education Innovation Fund, the excitement and energy at the Taconic was simply inspiring. The natural beauty of Vermont set the theme and tone for the evening with the launch of the summer season and a tribute to the start of the Memorial Day weekend. The décor in the ballroom room was stunning and the decorations were perfect in every way. The food was delicious, the Raffle was lots of fun, the Live Auction incredible, and topped off by yet another amazing call for support at the end of the evening. Every person in the room understood the importance of the event and rose to the occasion in support of our Burr and Burton student programs and supporting our sending schools in the Taconic and Green Regional District. The numbers are in the process of being finalized but we raised over $240,000 at the gala.

We want to thank each and every person who contributed in some way to the success of our spring fundraising efforts:

  • Our hardworking, imaginative and creative Green Hills and Silver Waters Gala Committee, led by Co-chairs Ursula Knowles and Kate Townsend, and made up of Gala Committee members Marlene Allen, Robin Apps, Jennifer Atlas, Sam Baker, Nan Bambara ’86, Sandy Birch, Heidi Boudreau, Peggy Brockett ’88, Darla Buffa, Julie Citron, Cindy Coburn, Oona Cree, Jane DaPron, Tracy Duddy, Beth Eyre, Laura Fastie-Grapshi, Cassie Halstead, Sindy Hassig, Mary Beth Hatheway, Anne Houser, Suzanne Kersten, Dorie Morgantini, Julie Ring, Elizabeth Silsby ’09, Victoria Silsby, Tracy Staton, and Courtney Weir
  • Donors of items to the Online Auction and those who purchased items
  • Our generous Gala sponsors who are listed at the end of the Bullhorn (please take a look and patronize these businesses who support our school)
  • Our Live Auction and Raffle item donors
  • Our Live Auction winning bidders and all supporters of the Education Innovation Fund (we met our goal of raising $100,000 for this initiative)
  • The beautiful centerpieces designed by Peggy Brockett ’88 of Lily of the Valley Florist
  • The amazing student performers and student volunteers
  • Julie Freebern, Jim Raposa, and Kevin Morrison, faculty members who supported the event throughout the evening
  • The Taconic staff who went all out for our big event
  • Our photographer, Gary Baker
  • The Advancement Staff, Nancy Brown, Pauline de Laszlo, Margot Page, Rich Thompson-Tucker, and Mary Grabarz, our Registrar
  • Oscar Trugler for his beautiful graphics and design work for the event
  • Eric and Jane Nathan for their auction services

The list is endless of all the people who made this evening possible and who banded together to show how important support of Burr and Burton Academy is to our mission and our students.

We are here for one reason, and one reason only – to give our students the best possible education. Because of your generous support, we can provide all of the programs that allow our students to stretch their wings, imagine limitless possibilities, and take full advantage of the opportunities that instill grit, build confidence, and encourage intellectual, physical and emotional growth preparing them for success in the world beyond Burr and Burton.

So, THANK YOU to all who were a part of this fun-filled evening as we kick off the summer season. If I’ve missed someone on the thank you list, I apologize, but we want to make sure you know how much we appreciate your support.

Thank you, Parents and Grandparents! 

We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all parents and grandparents who have contributed to Celebrate Your Graduate to date. We appreciate the great response. Your endowment gifts will be a big help in educating the next generation of Burr and Burton students. If you haven’t had a chance to make a gift in honor of your graduate, there’s still time. Mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Burr and Burton Academy
Advancement Office
PO Box 498
Manchester, VT 05254

Write Celebrate Your Graduate and the name of your graduate on the note line or you can also make a gift using your credit card by contacting Nancy Brown, our Database Manager at BBA at 802-549-8110 or

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Parents, there is still time…

Our fiscal year ends June 30, 2018, so if you haven’t made a gift in support of Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Fund, there is still time. You can make a gift online or drop a check in the mail – but we hope you will join over 160 BBA families who have already made a gift.

We look forward to being in touch later in the summer – but for now, get out there and enjoy our beautiful Green Hills and Silver Waters, this amazing place we call home – Vermont.

With our grateful thanks and very best wishes,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising



2018 Commencement Information Brochure HERE.

Summer Homework for (Class of 2019) Rising Seniors

  • Request  college recommendations from teachers before summer vacation – use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form (available in the School and College Counseling Office).
  • Visit college campuses and enter your observations in your Naviance journal. Update your online Naviance resume (
  • Complete all summer work required for your fall classes –Information and summer reading assignments available online.
  • Draft a sample college essay – Rising seniors received the essay topics for the Common Application in an all-class meeting; copies are available in the School and College Counseling office and are currently posted on the Common Application website ( The 2018-19  Common Application will be available August 1.
  • Work on Service Learning projects.
  • Learn something new through work, summer programs or self-study.
  • Set a personal goal and achieve it; think about how you want to challenge yourself in your senior year. Register for the September 8 ACT at There will be another opportunity to take the ACT in October. Register for the August 25 or October 6 SAT at
  • Application Seminar and Workshops for all College-Bound Seniors


Tuesday, August 14, 10 am – 12 pm
 and/or Tuesday, August 21, 10 am – 12 pm Information on the college admission process and preliminary work on college applications.  Come to one or both sessions to work with your counselor and fill out your college applications before the busy fall semester begins.

Summer SAT Prep Course Offerings

  • Beginning August 20 and running through August 23 from 9 am to 3 pm Maple Street School will host an SAT Prep Workshop. Cost is $375 (including book.) Contact Joy Stewart,
  • SAT prep classes at The Tutorial Center for the October 2018 exam are offered during late summer. Dates unavailable at this time.  Contact The Tutorial Center – 362-0222.

2018 Summer Homework

Students need to budget time over the summer for any required academic work. Some Honors and AP classes have summer work. Assignments will be posted on the Burr and Burton website HERE  and available in hard copy in the School and College Counseling Office.

Attention Class of 2020

All rising juniors must report to school on Wednesday, August 22, from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, for the Junior Jumpstart Program. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school! Students will be introduced to career and college information, standardized testing options, and more. They’ll also meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors.

Summer contact information for School and College Counseling Office

All of the counselors have limited office hours throughout the summer and will periodically check and respond to email. We are also available to meet with students and parents by appointment. Please keep in touch with your questions and updates.

Rising sophomores and juniors have shifted counselors from Cory Herrington or Kirk Knutson to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud, Cristin Rose, Kristen Kimball or Maria Bittinger. School and College Counselor assignments will again be noted in the end-of-the-year mailing.

Senior Plans

Members of the Class of 2018 recently completed surveys about their various plans for life after Burr and Burton. We will automatically send final transcripts for seniors who indicated enrolling in a college. (There is no need for a special request or form!) Students who later change their enrollment decision should let us know so we can follow up appropriately.

We wish graduates good luck in their ventures. Please know that we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll miss you!

Vermont State Police Explorer Program

The Vermont State Police Explorer Program is looking to recruit dedicated Explorers! The explorer program is open to all Southern Vermont High School students that are 14 years or older, are in good standing at school and interested in a career in Law Enforcement.  Meetings are held twice a month, normally on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday.   For additional information  about this program contact Detective Trooper Lauren Ronan,802-793-5720 or email

From the 9th grade corner

It’s hard to believe that the 9th grade year is almost over.  Members of the class of 2021 have been assigned their new School and College counselor.  This counselor will work with them for the next three years. Schedules for the 18-19 school year have been released and any scheduling questions should be directed to a student’s new counselor.  It’s important that all library books to be returned prior to the summer break. A few Sophomore classes require some summer work. Most students have been notified if a class they are scheduled to take has a summer assignment.  However, if a student has a question about summer assignments they should email the teacher of the class in question. It has been a pleasure working with the class of 2021 and I look forward to watching and supporting their continued growth and success as they move forward in their academic careers here on the the hill.  

Upcoming Events:

Final Exams – Monday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 6.

Graduation – Friday, June 8

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

We are wrapping up the Spring Sports season with many of our teams headed to the State Tournament.

Tuesday, May 29, 4:30 pm v. Rutland @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals – Friday, June 1
Semifinals – Tuesday, June 5
State Championship – Saturday, June 9

Boys Tennis
Tuesday, May 29 – 3 pm @ Stowe Play-In Game
Quarterfinals – Thursday, May 31
Semifinals – Tuesday, June 5
State Championship TBA

Boys Lacrosse
Tuesday May, 29 – 4 pm v. Rutland @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals – Friday, June 1
Semifinals – Tuesday, June 5
State Championship – Saturday, June 9

Girls Tennis
Tuesday, May 29 – 4 pm v. Bellows Falls @Home Quarterfinals
Semifinals – Friday, June 1
State Championship TBA

Girls Lacrosse
Wednesday, May 30 – 4:30 pm v. Essex @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals – Saturday, June 2
Semifinals – Wednesday, June 6
State Championship – Saturday, June 9

Saturday, June 2 @ South Burlington State Championships

Athletes who want to excel see the off season as a time to invest in themselves. Because they ask so much of their bodies during the sports season, wise athletes use the summer to invest in themselves by building up stores of resilience through rest and relaxation, building up their health through great nutrition, and building their fitness through a well designed fitness program.

With that in mind, several of our coaches have arranged their summer schedules to make our Fitness Center more accessible. Please check student emails for an updated summer fitness schedule. Incoming 9th graders and transfer students are welcome with a signed copy of this form.

Important Fall Sports Information

  • August 12 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5:00 in the cafeteria.
  • August 13 – Football practice begins
  • August 15 – Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6:00 in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Following the keynote, Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.
  • August 16 – Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas –
Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears –
Boys Soccer: Peter Mull –
Field Hockey: Barb Miceli –
X-Country: Tom Klein –
Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry –
Boys Golf: Paul Kelly –
Girls Golf: Cheri Blondin –

Burr and Burton requires all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated Well Exam on file with the BBA Health Office. For the Fall Sports Season, Well Exams must have been completed after November 5, 2016. Completed Well Exams can be emailed to or mailed/dropped off at the office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one so please plan ahead. All of the other necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms and the Well Exam must be submitted prior to Friday, August 10.

Returning Burr and Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

Want the latest information on concussions?
On August 30 the Vermont Orthopedic Clinic is offering an information meeting on concussions. 6:30 pm at the Leahy conference center beneath Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Mark your calendars: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2018 – October 12 and 13.

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From the Library

Summer vacation means more time to read! This month’s library newsletter contains details about borrowing books during the summer and BBA’s Summer Reading Program.

Library Hours

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

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
(802) 549-8122



Southern Vermont Youth Summit
This event is open to all teens ages 13 to 19 at no cost and lunch is provided.

United Counseling Service (UCS) is delighted to announce that registration is open for the Southern Vermont Youth Summit. The Youth Summit will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 8:3 0am- 2:4 5pm. The day will begin at Southwestern Vermont Health Care at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington with workshops located throughout SVHC and UCS campuses.

The keynote speaker will be Ron “Cook” Barrett. He will be discussing self-esteem and appreciation, helping students find a sense of pride in themselves and learning to appreciate their differences. Workshops will include Suicide Prevention, Beading, Acts of Kindness, Hip Hop and more. This year, thanks to the Youth in Transition Grant from the Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (VFFCMH) we have opened the Summit to include all Southern Vermont youth.

This will be an empowering experience for youth and is open to all teens, ages thirteen -nineteen. To register for this free event visit and search “Southern Vermont Youth Summit”. Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions please contact Christelle Manon at or 802-442-5491 ext. 503.


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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