Monthly Archives: September 2018

September 2018


1   Football Breakfast: 6 – 10 am, BBA Cafeteria
3  Labor Day: School closed
4  Fall College Night: 7 – 9 pm, Riley/Hunter Seminar Room
7  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Library
7  Freshman Frolic: 7 – 10 pm
8  ACT Testing at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, Smith Center
9  Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 8 am – 3 pm, BBA Student Center
12 Naviance Parent Workshop: 5 – 6 pm, Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center Lower Level)
12 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
13 Junior College Field Trip & Fair to UVM: 6 am – 4 pm
15  Football Breakfast: 6 – 10 am, BBA Cafeteria
18 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
18 Naviance Parent Workshop: 8 – 9 am, Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center Lower Level)
22 First annual We are Sandy Casey Strong 5K Run/Walk – Manchester, VT
24-27 Mountain Campus Watershed Expedition


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

We have officially launched the 2018-2019 school year. I thought you might be interested in some of the numbers:

  • 756 students – an all time record (FYI, last year we had 710)
  • 203 seniors, also a new record.
  • 183 freshmen, another new record; 45 freshmen come from schools other than those in our sending towns; many families have moved or are traveling significant distances to attend BBA.
  • 22 new students entering 10th through 12th grade
  • 62 freshman joined the Student Success Program and its three week summer program. These freshmen recognized that they needed to get a running start to their high school career. The program’s motto: Goals-Habits-Growth.
  • 22 students attending the Mountain Campus, our semester program in environmental studies located in Peru, Vermont.
  • 18 students attending the Target Program on Richville Road, which provides highly personalized classes in an alternative setting.
  • 61 international students from 12 different countries, many of whom are living in homestays with BBA families.
  • $130,000: the amount invested to convert our cafeteria into a student center to create a welcoming multipurpose space
  • $20 million: the amount we will invest in buildings, courtyard and infrastructure in the next three years as we implement The Rowland Project.

We have big numbers of students, yet we have hired additional faculty to add to our team, so average class sizes are actually smaller this year than last year. This is all in the interest of ensuring that BBA continues to be a place of connection, community, and mutual support.

If you are one of the many new families in our community, welcome. If you are returning, welcome back.

Please mark your calendars for September 12 at 6 pm for Parent Open House. Let’s set a new record for attendance at this event as well!

Go, Bulldogs!

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian


From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

The 2018-2019 school year is successfully underway. We started the year with a spirited assembly that included a 7-minute long standing ovation for the class of 2022, a joyful performance of the alma mater and an engaging and humorous opening address from seniors Sage Lalor,  Olivia Wantanabe, Nate Lalor, and Emma Putney. The four offered specific advice to each class and reminded our students to make the most of their learning and experience at BBA, as the time goes by quickly.

Speaking of advice, our Freshman Mentors offered advice to the class of 2022 and to parents of Freshman at parent orientation. It is spot on and relevant to all! With their permission, I’m sharing it with all of you (click the links below).

Advice to Freshman

Advice to Parents

Your first opportunity to connect formally with our faculty is at our Fall Open House. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 12th. Registration begins at 5:45 in the Riley Center Lobby, followed by an opening session and individual classroom visits. Open House is designed to give you a snapshot of your student’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your student’s schedule and meet Burr and Burton teachers. You’ll learn about the engaging and vigorous learning experiences offered at Burr and Burton, the enduring understandings and essential questions that students explore, and the skills and habits of learning students will develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies, Flex Block, and how students use technology as a learning tool. I’m confident that you’ll gain a sense of how the experiences your children have in each course foster and support our mission and core values, and how committed we are to each individual student.

Lastly, we’ve added an early dismissal for students on Tuesday, September 25th at 12:00pm so that faculty and staff can engage in professional learning focused on the Rowland Project. I recognize that calendar changes can be challenging to families. I appreciate your understanding as we bring to life transformative learning spaces for BBA students.  Look for more information on transportation and the daily schedule in the coming weeks.

I’m hoping to connect with many of you at Open House on September 12th.


Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

Despite the oppressive heat earlier in the week the school year is off to a great start. To keep things moving in the right direction, I ask that you review the following information with your student(s). Skip over the topics that do not pertain to your family.

Student Absences
If your student(s) will not be in attendance, please call 362-1775 before school to talk with Mrs. Towslee, our attendance coordinator. Please leave her a message with a reason for your student’s  absence. If your student needs to leave early, please call Mrs. Towslee to inform her, and give a written note to your child. When it is time to leave, he/she should show the note to his/her teacher and sign out in the main office.

If your student(s) drives to school, please purchase a parking permit as soon as possible. Purchasing a permit allows us to quickly identify vehicles in the event of an incident or if we need to ask a student to move his/her car. To pay online, please select this link (Online Parking Permit).  

Parking Lots
Once at school, students are not allowed to go to their cars during the school day. The expectation is that they will only be in the school parking lots upon arrival to school and at dismissal. The only exception is to leave campus for a medical appointment or internship (see Parking/Permits above).  

Flex Block
Students are not allowed to leave campus during flex block. If they have a medical/dental appointment, they need to sign out and should return to school with a note from the doctor or dentist.

Substance Use and Abuse / Vaping
We have changed our Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) and Vape policy this year. The complete policy will be in the Parent and Student Handbook, which should be online soon. The information below outlines a first infraction for AOD and Vaping.

AOD First Infraction

  1. The student will be sent home and serve a one-day suspension.
  2. The student will serve a three hour Friday and Saturday detention and pay $50.00 to the school to help pay the monitor.
  3. The student will be referred to the Center for Restorative Justice to complete his/her educational and restorative program.
  4. The student will meet with a member of our Health Center for support and possible counseling.

Vaping First Infraction

  1. The student will be sent home and serve a one-day suspension.
  2. The student will serve a three hour Friday and Saturday detention and pay $50.00 to the school to help pay the monitor.
  3. The student will meet with a member of our Health Center for support and possible counseling.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and/or concerns. I am looking forward to a positive school year with all of our students.

Anthony Cirelli,
Co-Dean of Students


On Tuesday, September 18 at 6 pm, The Mountain Campus will offer its first Open House of the 2018-19 academic year. While focused on families of current Mountain Campus students, this evening is a great opportunity to learn about the curriculum, and to explore the indoor and outdoor learning spaces at our Peru, VT campus. The address is: 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd. Peru, VT. 05152
The 13th semester of the Mountain Campus program will head into the Green Mountain National Forest for four days, starting Monday, September 24. This curriculum trip allows students to tune their camping, hiking, and map-and-compass navigation skills, while studying the topography and stream networks of three major river watersheds: the Hudson, Connecticut, and St. Lawrence Rivers. 
Michael, Enrique, and Lillian sharpen their naturalist skills, with a first lesson on differentiating among tree species in a Vermont forest. 


From the Advancement Office

As we finish up the first full week of school of the new 2018 – 2019 school year, we are off to a good start. Freshman Orientation was great as was Junior Jumpstart, and the first day of school on Thursday, August 23 was successful as well. At assembly that morning, we welcomed the Freshman Class of 2022, many new International students and new faculty and staff members.

We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our students and families. For our new families, it was nice to meet some of you at the New Parent/Freshmen Parent Orientation night on August 23, the morning coffee on August 24 and the New Parent Information night on August 28. The coffee and information night were new events, hosted by the Parent Association and were well-attended. We hope your student will enjoy their experience at Burr and Burton Academy and take full advantage of all that is offered here.

As we start the new school year, our office is in the process of printing and mailing our Annual Appreciation Report. I know you will be impressed, as we are, with the breadth and depth of the support for our school. We had a more than incredible year last year, and we look forward to replicating that effort this year.

Please understand that parent support is an important part of our Annual Fund Campaign and we will be reaching out to you in the coming months. These extra dollars that we raise above and beyond tuition, are for one purpose only – to give your student the most amazing educational experience possible. We have Marlene Lederman Allen returning as the Parent Association volunteer helping with the Parent Fund and our focus this year is “Be Counted”. This means whatever you can do to support the school financially is needed. Show that you care about your child’s education, “Be Counted” among the families who believe in our mission and give to the Parent Fund. More to come on this later from Marlene.

The high school experience is a very important time in student’s life. We encourage parents and guardians to get involved with the school in some way. The more involved you are the more you know about the great opportunities offered here at Burr and Burton. It’s not hard to find a place to volunteer – feel free to call our Advancement office – reach out to me, or to Nan Bambara, Parent Association president at

Annual Fundraising Gala
Our annual fundraising event committee will be gearing up soon for this year’s Parent Association gala. Our returning co-chairs, Ursula Knowles and Kate Townsend will be calling together the Gala Committee in October. It’s a fantastic event, it’s fun to be involved with the planning and execution of it, and raises significant funds for student programs here at BBA. If you have an interest in becoming a gala sponsor, if you want to donate products or services to the Online Auction, or a week at your summer camp on a lake or home on a tropical island for the Live Auction, please contact our Gala co-chairs:

Ursula Knowles,, 201-443-5060
Kate Townsend,, 860-593-6045

SAVE THE DATE: Be sure to mark your calendar for the event, which will be Friday, May 24, 2018, at Taconic.

Alumni Reunion Weekend
Calling all Burr and Burton parents who are also alumni! Don’t miss Reunion Weekend on Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018. While we honor and celebrate alumni from classes celebrating significant milestone years, all alumni, spouses and families from all classes are welcome. The weekend will include many events, the highlight being the Alumni Dinner at the historic Equinox Hotel on Saturday evening. 

Visit and click on the Alumni tab for more information and to register. You can also contact Pauline de Laszlo in the Alumni Office at 802-549-8277 or email her at The Alumni dinner has sold out the last five years so reserve your seat today!


Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement


From the BBA Parent Association

The school year has started with tremendous momentum – I hope you feel it too! I love September because the spirit, enthusiasm and potential for success is at its highest.Thank you to everyone that attended our Coffee and our New Parent Info Session & Parent Panel. Next up, is our first Parent Association meeting on Friday, September 7 at 8 am in the library*.

There are so many new things to learn and habits to develop when we start something new. One tip I suggest to all parents is to impress upon your sons and daughters to read their school email. I know for me, reading my email is a habit and a daily necessity. Apparently, it is not the same for young people and in fact, it might even be cool to have lots of unopened messages. Please help your student develop the habit of reading their school emails. Those emails have all the newest information about everything that’s happening at BBA.

Also, many parents have asked me about parking on campus and the location of buildings. Please check out the PA Group Page on the myBBA parent portal for our tips on parking and click on the topics tab for a campus map.

Wishing all families a successful start to fall semester at BBA. 

Hope to see you around campus,


*More details about our Parent Association meetings. All are welcome. Even if you are unable to volunteer, it’s a great place to meet other parents and school administrators, hear about what is happening on the ground administratively, programmatically, and culturally, and provide input regarding your experience and where we might improve things.  Literally, your words will go into the ears of Mr. Tashjian, Ms. Kenny, or Ms. Gubb as well as parent leaders. If you have a crazy schedule, attend when you can. It is okay. (Geography note: Park up top. The Library is the 1st floor of the Smith Center, building all the way on the right.)



Fall College Programs

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night on Tuesday, September 4, at 7 pm in the Riley Center.  The program will begin with a keynote address by Matthew Cohen of Skidmore College that will be of interest to juniors, seniors and their parents. At 8 pm, BBA’s School & College Counselors will meet with parents in breakout sessions to provide grade-specific information and details about the college process.

Matthew Cohen works as a Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Skidmore College where he has read applications from Vermont students for the last 18 years.  A father of three, Matt also has relatable experience and perspective as the parent of two children currently enrolled in college.  Matt is a graduate of New York University’s Broadcast Journalism program and he continues to showcase his communication skills as the public address announcer for Skidmore Men’s Hockey.  Burr and Burton Academy is thrilled to welcome Matthew Cohen as its 2018 College Night Keynote Speaker.

Naviance Parent Workshops will be held in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center lower level) on Wednesday, September 12 from 5 to 6 pm and Tuesday, September 18, from 8 to 9 am. Parents of Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend.

Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 3, from 5 – 6 pm, in conjunction with Parent Conferences. Look for more details in the October Bullhorn.

College Fair Field Trip
Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip to the college fair at Saint Michael’s College for interested college-bound juniors on Thursday, September 13. We will attend the College Fair at Saint Michael’s at 9 am, followed by a lunch and information session at Saint Michael’s. We will then tour University of Vermont and head back to BBA by 4 pm. Approximately 125 college representatives will take part in the College Fair.  To sign up, bring a completed college fair worksheet and permission slip here to the School and College Counseling Office by September 10. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis until full.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Burr and Burton will host the ACT test on Saturday, September 8. Students should arrive to the test by 7:45 am.  The registration deadline for the October 27 ACT (not at BBA) is September 28. BBA will also host the SAT on October 6. The deadline to register is September 7. The registration deadline for the November 3rd SAT (not at BBA) is October 5.

Register online at and Please note that the school does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations.  Students who qualify for fee waivers should request one from Mrs. Welsh or their counselor.

Junior Testing
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 10 during school hours. Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. (For the ease of online payment with a fee of $16.50, use this link: The fee is due on 10/1 and the late fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. The PSAT is a practical opportunity for students to assess their testing skills.

Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT have the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a free entrance test for students interested in serving the US Military. The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may also benefit from taking this exam. ASVAB testing is also available to Seniors.

Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions. Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.

Campus Visits
Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences.  Families may want to consider a college visit on Monday, Oct. 22, when BBA is on mid-semester break.

College Representative Visitors
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton this fall. More than 100 colleges have already scheduled appointments to visit with our students. Please check the college visit list on Naviance ( or the College Planning Calendar in the School and College Counseling Office for the most up-to-date list of visitors and meeting locations. Weekly announcements will also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to ask questions, make a connection with the college representative and learn the most current campus information.

From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope that over the next few weeks your son or daughter will settle into the school routine and embrace the opportunities that come with being a “Bulldog.”  Please note there are a lot of events going on during the first month of school; and a few of these events are highlighted below. For a complete list of events please check out the calendar link on the Burr and Burton Academy website.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 7: 7 – 10 pm – Freshman Frolic Dance in the Cafeteria * Free
  • Sunday, September 9: 8:30 – 3 pm – Student Lead Leadership Retreat – Pre-registration required.
  • Wednesday, September 12 – Parent Open House 6 – 8:30 pm

Bus Information Update:
New this year some of our surrounding towns that run a bus to BBA will be making a few stops in Manchester. BBA students living in Manchester can ride one of these buses to and from school provided that they are at the respective pick-up sites on time.  Manchester pick-up information can be found below along with a link to a bus information document that is updated and posted on the BBA Website under “What’s Going On”. If you have specific questions about bus routes please contact the point-person that is listed in this bus information link.  Please be mindful that BBA does not run these buses.

Dorset Bus
Manchester stops:
* 3 Maple/Manchester West: 7:33 am
* Powder Horn/Manchester West: 7:35 am

Flood Brook Bus
Manchester stops:
* New Ireland Rd/Depot: 7:20 am
* Dufresne pond Rd/Depot: 7:25 am
* Elm Street: 7:30 am
* Hillvale Rt 7: 7:40 am

Danby/Mt. Tabor Bus
* Manchester stops:
* Homer Rd Rt 7: 7:35 am
* Palmer Rd Rt 7: 7:40 am

Sunderland Bus
* Skyline Drive parking lot at 7:25 am
* Pick up at BBA: 4:05 pm
Drop off at Sky Line: 4:18 pm

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;

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775;

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, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 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

In the August issue, I told you that we would be focusing on intentionally building the culture on each of our athletic teams. We will be building a culture of excellence at every level of the Athletic Department. We will be asking your athletes to be better teammates by being prepared, engaged, and by fostering positive relationships with the other athletes on their teams.

Already, I have witnessed the following: I saw a Football drill that not only taught punt coverage but also communication, making plays under pressure, and group organization. It had real consequences, provided conditioning and the athletes loved it. I saw the Varsity Girls Soccer Team head out for a hike to improve their cohesiveness. I got to participate in the Cross Country stretching circle where the athletes explained why they were grateful for Cross Country. I watched the Field Hockey Team form mini teams for the first half of the season and then compete their hearts out in small games that built unity and taught field hockey skills, under pressure, in crowded conditions. I saw JV Girls Soccer engaged in station work, sprinting to the next station when time was up, and working hard on skills even if there was no coach at the station. The Boys Golf Team picked up balls, cleaned equipment, repaired turf at one of the businesses in town that so generously allows them access. The Varsity Boys Soccer Team cleaned the Training Room and the Shed putting action behind their belief that they will be responsible for themselves and their teammates. (There is so much great stuff happening that I am sure I have unintentionally left somebody out.) Lastly, 15 coaches got together on a beautiful summer night to talk about best practices for making their teams an even greater place for young people to thrive.

This week marks the beginning of competitions for our Fall athletes. The players and coaches have been hard at work for a while and I am excited to see them compete. Homecoming Weekend is coming up next month on October 12 and 13. Reach out to Anne Simonds of the Booster Club if you are interested in supporting our Fall Athletes.

While we are speaking of the start of the sports season, please take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the SuperFan Seven. We take our athletic classrooms very seriously at Burr and Burton – it’s how we do things here.

Special Presentation for Athletes, Coaches, and Parents
SVMC Orthopedics/Physical Therapy Team is coming to BBA to speak with students, coaches, and parents at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 12. The presentation focuses on improving performance and preventing injuries with an introduction by Dr. Suk Namkoong and speed/agility, strength, and endurance breakout sessions.

The SuperFan Seven

  • Show Up – There is no bigger game-time boost than a crowd of supportive fans.
  • Cheer For Our Team – Encourage our athletes by celebrating their successes and asking them to dig deep in big moments.
  • Honor The Game – The sport is bigger than each of us. Treat the moment with respect.
  • Appreciate Our Opponents – The word compete means to “struggle with.” Without our opponent, there is no competition. Cheer for our team, never against an opposing team or an individual player.
  • Support The Cause – Professional athletes are paid to perform for our entertainment. Education-based athletics are an extension of the classroom. Interscholastic athletes are here to develop our Core Values. Be patient while learning takes place.
  • Give The Officials Some Love – They do a thankless job and without them there is no competition. The pool of people willing to officiate continues to get smaller. Fan behavior is the number one reason given by officials who leave the game.
  • Make Us Proud – Athletics is the front porch of the schoolhouse. It is often the first impression people have of our school. Long after you graduate it will be the easiest way to remain part of BBA.


The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 3rd annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 9th. The goal of the Bulldog Leadership Summit is to create a community of student leaders who use their influence as leaders to transform the culture of Burr and Burton so that integrity, selflessness, and respect for everybody is embraced. We aim to inspire students to lead through character, accountability, and adding value to others. Last year’s retreat was a huge success with more than 60 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. Our keynote speaker is James Leath, formerly of IMG Academy and now leading Unleash the Athlete.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday 9/10 from 8-3 at BBA. The retreat is open to all students. We already have over 80 students committed to this year’s retreat.  It is too late for a tshirt but not to late to attend. Students can register here. Note: the link only works for emails. For more information contact or

In case you missed it…

New Eligibility Policy

We have revised our eligibility policy to better support our students by taking advantage of our electronic gradebook. There are three main changes. We will review grades every two weeks. Students who are struggling academically will be required to use Flex Block to meet with their teachers. Students who are failing will be required to use practice time to work on their schoolwork (the previous policy allowed students to continue to attend practice). For the full text of the policy, click here.

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First Annual “We are Sandy Casey Strong” 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Manchester, VT
Start time:
 9 am 
End time: 11 am
Registration Limit: 170 spots left.
Price: $25.00 Race Fee + $1.25 SignUp Fee 
Registration: Registration ends September 20 at 12 pm 
Information HERE


2018-2019 Yearbook Sales and Submissions

Note to All Parents
Sales for this year’s Burtonian will open up online starting in October. I will be sending out an email to all students mid-September to start gathering a crew of interested students who would like to be part of the creation of this fantastic collection of moments from the 2018-2019 school year. The more voices involved in creating this book the better!

Parents of Seniors
Senior photos and submissions will need to be submitted before Thanksgiving. I will be sending out a google form in October where they can answer a few questions about themselves, include a senior quote, and attach their senior photo and baby photo. Many students seek out professional photographers to create their look for the yearbook, however, this is not a requirement. In the recent past, students photo’s have been taken by friends and family, with great success. The key is to submit a photo that best represents the student. Glam shots are not required, however, I know they can be fun, so, by all means, glam it up, if that’s what your student is into. 

If you have any questions, you can best reach me directly at

I’m looking forward to another fantastic year of working with the students to produce the 2018-2019 Burtonian.
Melanie Virgilio


From the Library

Check out this month’s library newsletter to learn about some of the ways we support reading on the campus, including the Food for Thought program and the Read Harder Challenge.

Library Hours

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

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
(802) 549-8122



From the Creative Arts Department

Calliope Concert
The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music, Friday, October 5 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Students interested in performing should contact Julie Freebern,, to schedule an audition prior to Friday, September 28.


Carnegie Hall NYC Trip
Vocal Music Ensemble members are eligible through an audition process to participate in a World Strides Honors Chorus Festival under the direction of Dr. Eph Ehly, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall, Sunday, April 7, 2019. This four day New York City residency begins Friday, April 5 and concludes on Monday, April 8. In addition to rehearsing and performing with other advanced high school singers and a world renowned conductor, this trip includes sightseeing opportunities and a Broadway Musical. Initial Payment, Permission Slip, Medical Form, Eligibility Form  & Contract due to Julie Freebern on or before Thursday, September 20.


From the Health Center

Greetings BBA Families,

At this start of the school year, I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the valuable resources that are available for your students. During the transition back to school it can sometimes be hard to tell who’s more excited for the start of the year, students or their parents. However, for some students, the excitement of seeing old friends, making new friends, meeting teachers and having new ventures can be overshadowed by anxiety and stress. While a small amount of stress and anxiety is to be expected and even a good motivator, some students struggle to get through their day. When this happens, we hope students utilize the services at The Health Center. The Health Center is centrally located on the upper circle in the old Headmaster’s House. The staff includes: Megan Beattie Cassan, a Master’s level Registered Nurse, Joel Ess, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and myself, Megan Brooks, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. We are accessible to students at all times; we stress that no problem or concern is too small to discuss with us, whether it’s an argument at home or a safety concern for a friend.

If you have worries or concerns about your child through the school year please don’t hesitate to reach out for support or direction.

Megan Brooks LMHC – call: 549.8250
Joel Ess LICSW – call: 549.8137
Megan Beattie Cassan RN – call: 549.8238


September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Please consider taking advantage of this free community sponsored event outlined below.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and on September 5th UCS Presents, a free community film forum, will present a screening of the documentary The S Word. The event is co-sponsored by The Manchester Community Library. The S Word is a powerful award-winning feature documentary that puts a human face on a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. The film gives a platform to those with lived experience – people who have attempted to take their own lives and survived to tell their stories.

“Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background”, says Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of United Counseling Service. “Given that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, it is essential to create a space for honest conversation around this difficult topic.” Dr. Alya Reeve, Medical Director at United Counseling Service will lead a discussion immediately following the presentation.

We hope you can join us – September 5th at 6pm at The Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave. Manchester Center, VT. The event is free and open to everyone, and we ask you to please register at

UCS serves children, adults, families, and seniors through nationally recognized counseling, early care and education, and clinical support. UCS has been designated a Center of Excellence by Vermont Care Partners. Visit for more information.


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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