November 2018


2  Parent Association Meeting: 89 am, library
3  SAT Testing at BBA: 8 am – 2 pm, Smith Center, 3rd floor
5  Suicide Prevention Awareness: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Manchester Community Library
7  Fall Performance of TITANIC: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
8  Fall Performance of TITANIC: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
9  Fall Performance of TITANIC: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
10 Fall Performance of TITANIC: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
12 Elf Express/One Act Information and Audition Meeting: 3 – 6 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
13 Musical Audition Workshop: 3 – 5:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
13 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony: 6:308:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
14 Mountain Campus Visit Day
14 Musical Audition Workshop: 3 – 6 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
14 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, BBA Gym
15 Spring Musical Auditions: 3 – 5:30 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
15 – 16 International Program Central NY Trip
15 – 17 International Program D.C. Trip
16 Spring Musical Auditions: 1 – 4 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
16 Student vs Faculty Hockey Game: 7 – 8:30 pm, Riley Rink
19 Spring Musical Auditions: 3 – 6 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
19 Mountain Campus Conferences: 4 – 8 pm
20 Mountain Campus Conferences: 8 am – 2 pm
21 – 23 Thanksgiving Break – no school
26 Winter Sports Practice Begins


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As the calendar turns to November, we are a week away from another national election — the long anticipated midterms. Will we get a blue wave? A crimson tide? Will our country come together or will it find further reason for division?

What does this have to do with the education of your sons and daughters? The best schools are actually countercultural: they seek to create an ideal community united by core values, united by a sense of purpose, a place of ideas and connections. Burr and Burton Academy is not perfect, but we strive every day to create a sense of connection and belonging.

Yesterday, students and faculty celebrated Halloween in a variety of costumes, our field hockey team headed north for a semi final playoff game (they won!), our mountain biking team competed in the state championship meet, our football team prepared for its playoff game this Saturday, and the cast and crew of Titanic: Tragedy and Trial prepared for next week’s opening.

Bulldog Spirit is everywhere, and with that in mind, I share with you a cartoon that was in the most recent edition of the Seminary Standard, our school newspaper. I hope it brings a smile to your face.

Welcome to November,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian

From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

We fall into November with the second half of the academic semester in full swing. With the time change (don’t forget to fall back this weekend), you might be tempted to hunker down during the dark November evenings. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities available this month to connect as a community.

Next week, come out to experience the BBA Creative Arts Department’s production of Titanic. The cast and crew consists of students who have worked all fall to bring this production to life. The play runs from November 7th – November 10th and a few tickets are still available on BBA’s website.  On November 16th, you can watch the student-faculty hockey game at Riley Rink. Given the talent on the faculty team a faculty victory is assured!

We are halfway through the semester and I recently encouraged students to take some time to reflect on their learning. I encourage you to talk with your sons and daughters about their successes, challenges and goals for the next 7 weeks. I share the following to guide your conversation.

Here is an excerpt from my email to students:

Before you move on to the second half of the semester,  take some time to reflect on your own learning.

Now is the time to check in with yourself. What are you most proud of? What do you view as your greatest successes? What evidence and learning artifacts can you point to that demonstrate high quality work and a deep understanding of content and skill development?  

Now is the time to identify and celebrate your own personal learning victories.

Now is the time to think about what you want to do differently the second half of this semester?  How do you want to improve, stretch and grow?

I was reminded recently that, those who do the work do the learning.

If you are reading this and thinking — there are many areas where I want to improve. Remember this year’s school theme —Change for Good

Now is your time to do things differently and keep in mind that you can do hard things and you don’t have to do it alone. There are many opportunities for success, many pathways to achieve it, and many here to support you on your learning journey.

Best –

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School



The Mountain Campus will host a Visit Day
on Wednesday, November 14

This is an opportunity for interested BBA students to see the campus and program. 
Paul Kelly (Mountain Campus Admissions) will provide the details of Visit Day on a Monday assembly. Students will be able to sign up online, through a Google Form, after Monday’s assembly.

From the Advancement Office

“Be Counted”, support the 2018 – 2019 Annual Fund!

By now, you have received the Annual Fund brochure and a personal appeal from Mark Tashjian asking for your support of this year’s Annual Fund. As parents, your participation is key to our success – parent support demonstrates your commitment to our mission to serve the needs of all students (and most important, those of your student).

We encourage you to give at a level that works for your family. You may say to yourself, “What can my $10, $25, or $50 dollars do for BBA?” I would like to stress that each and every gift counts as a vote in favor of top-quality education. With your support, we can demonstrate to other donors and foundations that our BBA families are behind us 100%, which in turn, inspires their generous support. Take a look at the Annual Appreciation Report and see how many donors believe in the work that we do at Burr and Burton! It’s impressive.

What does the Annual Fund support? It is a key piece of the funding puzzle that provides all of the amazing educational opportunities for your student. When considering a gift, think about the iPad your student is using to enhance their learning experience here, or the Mountain Campus semester, or the Student Success Program, or any of the After School Clubs your student enjoys, or the service learning trips planned for the second semester, or any of the amazing “extras” that are available to your student at Burr and Burton Academy. These opportunities are provided by meeting the Annual Fund goal.

Please don’t put it off – make your gift today and Be Counted! It’s easy. You can give in any of the following ways:

  • Make a gift online by clicking on this link
  • Send a check to Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254
  • Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off a gift (and we can thank you in person)
  • Become a corporate sponsor if you own your own business
  • Donate a service of some sort to the Online Auction

Any and all gifts count toward the parent participation number and if you also happen to be an alumnus or alumna, your gift counts toward alumni giving!

Thank you for your support if you’ve already given this year. Last year was another outstanding year for the Annual Fund, which means it was an outstanding year for the opportunities we were able to provide YOUR student. And we are working to replicate that success – please help us get to the goal!

With grateful appreciation,

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement

P.S. Marlene Lederman Allen, Chair of the Parent Association Advancement Committee, will be following up shortly with an email encouraging your support.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

We are looking ahead and planning for next year’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day which is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2019. This past year’s event was a great success with over 110 guests attending the program and consisted of presentations by faculty and students. Grandparents and Special Friends were then joined by their grandchildren for lunch in the cafeteria and then student-led campus tours followed. 

In order to invite your student’s grandparents or special friends to our spring event, we are in need of their mailing address. Please forward to nbrown@burrburton.org___.




Keep those applications coming! Let us help you brainstorm essays, review applications and consider good matches. Many seniors have already submitted applications; other students are still working through the initial process. A good rule of thumb is to apply before the December break. Remember to have your test scores sent directly from the College Board or ACT to the colleges that require them. We’re here to assist and support you.

Families need to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from application deadlines. Please check EACH college’s website for information. Students applying to private colleges should check to see if they are required to complete the CSS Financial Profile Form. Forms are available online at

Castleton Decision Day Program

Castleton University gives students the opportunity to interview with admissions counselors at BBA on Tuesday, December 4. Students will immediately receive their admission decision if application with all supporting documents is in Castleton’s hands  no later than November 19.(Application fee is waived.) Self-reported SAT/ACT scores are appropriate for applying. Students must submit a transcript request form to their counselor and sign up for an interview appointment with Castleton in the School and College Counseling Office by November 15.

SAT/ACT Registration Information

We recommend that juniors hold off on these tests until the spring semester when they will have had a chance to review PSAT results and take a prep class, if desired. Test prep classes will be scheduled in the winter/spring and we will alert you to those opportunities. Seniors should note that November 2 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 1 at BBA. Go to Seniors who want to take the December 8 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 2 deadline at

Upcoming College Visits

Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to attend college meetings. Students and parents can find our most up-to-date list at We also post a paper calendar inside the School and College Counseling Office and list visits in the weekly announcements.

AP Exam Information

All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2018-2019 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $98 per exam by December 14. Payments after this date will be charged $100  per exam. Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to the School and College Counseling Office, or pay by credit card at (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well).  There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose. All students enrolled in AP courses are required by Burr and Burton to take the AP exam. AP exams are held May 6 – May 17, 2019.

College Athletics

Seniors interested in playing Division I or II intercollegiate athletics next year need to register at Stop in the School and College Counseling Office for assistance or computer access.

Selective Service Registration

Eighteen-year-old males need to register with the U.S. Selective Service at Male students need to do so in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

From the 9th grade corner:

It’s hard to believe but your 9th grader is now officially one quarter of the way through their Freshman year.  We are proud to report that on Wednesday, October 11 over 180 Freshmen visited numerous community partners as they engaged in many different community service projects.  

As part of the counseling program the freshmen have focused on getting to know BBA during the beginning of the year. More specifically, they are getting to know the people around campus who can assist them if they are experiencing a challenge. Next, the freshmen will begin to study the academic offerings, graduation requirements, and unique programs to draft a 4-year plan.  This will assist the students in selecting courses for next year.

Academic Support:

An emphasis has been placed in advisory on using Flex block wisely. On a normal full week of school this is the block during the middle of day that students can get lunch and complete school work.  We continue to stress the importance of using this time to make-up tests or quizzes, conference with teachers, work on group projects and receive individual help when needed. Please note, that the library is open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.

Upcoming Events.

  • Fall Play – Titanic: Tragedy and Trial, Wednesday – Saturday, November 7 – 10 @ 6:30 pm
  • Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting – Wednesday, November 14, 6 pm in the Gym
  • Thanksgiving Break – No School – Wednesday, November 21 –  Friday, November 23

Scholarship List

Scholarship information can be found in the School and College Counseling Office and is listed in Naviance at:

National Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Eligibility: United States citizen, judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Award: $1,000 – $60,000;
Deadline: November 30
Application online at:

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship

Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website:
Award: $500;
Deadline April 1

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

Maryann Morris, Executive Director of The Collaborative, asked me to pass along some important information on Opiods that is of specific interest to athletes and their families. Please take some time to review and discuss this Fact Sheet.

The Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic is offering a workshop on concussions for athletes, parents, and coaches at Maple Street School on November 28th.

Wednesday, November 14, 6 pm: Mandatory winter sports parent/athlete meeting.

Monday, November 26: All winter sports begin tryouts/practices.  

Reminder that, all Freshmen, Juniors and new students must have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. As this is the third year of the policy we expect most sophomores and seniors to be in compliance with up to date physicals but please be sure to check. We must have a copy of your athlete’s physical (dated from 3/1/17 or later) on file for athletes to be eligible for participation in athletics. All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms must be completed prior to the meetings on November 14. Completing them sooner rather than later is greatly appreciated from the administrative end. If you are having difficulty with the forms, assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the winter sports meeting in the basement of the Smith Center.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics, Dave Miceli at

Please note that there are competitions scheduled over the holiday break December 21 – January 6 and during the February break 15 – 24. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Varsity Coaches:

Alpine Skiing: Trey Spencer –

Girls Basketball: Erin Mears –

Boys Basketball: Eric Green –

Dance: TBD

Boys Ice Hockey: Mark Slade –

Girls Ice Hockey: Ed Lewicki –

Nordic Skiing: Izzy Caldwell –

Snowboarding: Paul Kelly –

Wrestling: Sarah Barker –

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From the Creative Arts Department

Titanic Sails into The Riley Center

Titanic: Tragedy and Trial by Pat Cook will be presented at the Riley Center for The Arts, November 7, 8 , 9, 10, at 6:30 pm.  

History comes to life as over 40 BBA actors relive the majesty and magnificence of seeing the “almost unsinkable ship” through the eyes of her passengers and crew on Titanic’s maiden voyage.  A voyage cut short that fateful night on April 14, 1912, when the Titanic collided with an iceberg and within 3 hours sank to the bottom of the Atlantic.  Experience the passengers and crews dawning understanding and terror as they realize the ship is foundering without enough lifeboats and the bravery of many who put others lives before their own.  Combined with the reenacted testimony of the survivors from the 1912 Senate hearings, more questions are left unanswered than not.  Split second decisions ripple out and affect generations of all connected to the Titanic. This evening of theater is sure to raise your understanding of what one survivor describes as, “man’s hubris”.  Tickets can be purchased at


From the Health Center

Dear Parents and Caregivers of teens:

As mentioned previously in last months edition of the Bullhorn, the community night for suicide prevention is Monday, November 5 in the Manchester Community Library. Please refer to flyer HERE for more information.


Burr and Burton Yearbooks

Parents of Seniors, Students Senior Photo’s should be submitted by Nov. 20th, through the Senior Survey. All Senior students should have received an email with a link to the survey, which includes instructions for submissions and a section for including senior quotes and shout outs.

You can also purchase a Senior Recognition Ad at This section appears in the back of the yearbook and is a great way to give your favorite Senior a shout-out for being the amazing students that they are.

Yearbooks are on sale at! Our school is listed as Burr and Burton Academy.

If you have any further questions, please contact me at

Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor


From the Library

This month’s library newsletter shares a great resource for primary source documents, some Google tricks and new books!

Library Hours

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

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
(802) 549-8122



Corporate Sponsors

The 2018-19 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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