December 2018


1  SAT Testing at BBA: 8 am – 2 pm, Smith Center, 3rd floor
6 All Class Junior Meeting: 11 am – noon, Riley Center
6 Winter Concert – Large Ensembles: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, SVAC
7 Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
12 BBA Parents Pub Night: 6 pm, Equinox Resort
13 Theater and Dance Fest: 6 – 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
13 Theater and Dance Fest: 8 – 9 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
17 Final D/E Block Exams: full day of school
18 Final D/E Block Exams: full day of school
18 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Mountain Campus, Peru
19 Final Exams: noon dismissal
19 Mountain Campus Final Overnight
20 Final Exams: noon dismissal
21 – Jan. 7 Holiday Break
Second Semester Begins January 7, 2019 – Students return


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Imagine The Future.

That is the tagline for The Rowland Project, our $20 million campus expansion and transformation plan that will encompass a 21st-century classroom building coupled with a courtyard/green space, all located behind the Seminary Building on what is now the faculty parking lot. This will be the largest building project in the history of the school, and it will be completed by June 2021.

With that in mind, I am pleased to announce that we are entrusting the design work to one of our own. Kyle Murphy, BBA Class of 2007, will be the design architect on this project and will work in partnership with the ZGF Architects, a highly acclaimed firm known for creating well designed, sustainable buildings.

I share this news not only for its importance in the future of BBA, but to serve as a reminder that here in 2018, we are educating future designers, artists, writers, teachers, medical professionals, scientists, business people… and more. Imagine The Future applies to your daughters and sons at least as much as it applies to this institution, and 10 years from now, my hope for all of our students is that they, like Kyle Murphy,  are doing significant work with skill and passion.

Exams are a few weeks away, the winter sports season is underway, the winter concert is coming up next week, followed closely by the theater and dance festival. So many opportunities, so much activity.

As we close out the semester and the calendar year, I want to thank everyone for supporting this great community. Together, we are able to imagine the future for all.

With gratitude,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian


From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

I cannot recall a November with so many weather challenges! My hope is that we will not have a storm that causes BBA to close or delay between now and our December break. Given our recent interruptions, we’ve revised our exam week schedule to regain an additional day of classes. Please note that Monday (12/17) and Tuesday (12/18) are now full days of school (with D and E block midterms and D/E exams on Monday and Tuesday).

Schedule for week of 12/17/18 (Exams)

In lieu of progress reports, we will open course gradebooks in BBA’s OnCampus portal so parents can get a comprehensive view of student progress. Access to student progress will be available from Monday, December 3rd until Friday, December 7th. You can view what students can view – assignments, due dates, grades and progress to date. Please reach out to teachers if you have questions or concerns.

Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

There are only a few weeks left before exams, and there are many opportunities for students to receive academic support prior to the end of the semester. Teachers are available before and after school (by appointment) and during Flex Block.

Lastly, I hope to connect with many of you in the coming weeks at BBA’s winter concert, the Theater and Dance Fest, Mountain Campus Final Presentations, BBA’s student photography show and athletic games and competitions.


Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School


From the BBA Parent Association

For years the BBA community has participated in service related activities that are core to our mission and values. This holiday season the tradition continues by donating food baskets to the Community Sharing Project so that families and individuals living in need can enjoy a more bountiful holiday season. All students will be assigned their “item” during Advisory. Please help your student remember to bring in their item to their Advisory. If your student doesn’t remember, please contact their Advisor or Ellen Murray at for more details. 
Also this year, the Parent Association in conjunction with the National Honor Society has launched a new initiative, Change For Good. Please ask your child if they’ve contributed to one of the two collection boxes in the Student Center. The idea is to collect loose “change” that will be used to purchase more items to help supplement the food baskets that are distributed by the Community Sharing Project. The Change for Good boxes will be collected in 11 days. So please encourage your student to donate by Dec. 11th. 
As always, thank you in advance for your generosity and being part of making our BBA community the best it can be. Happy holidays to everyone. 
Nan E. Bambara
Dorset, Vermont
Cell/Text 407-375-8615
Join us Wednesday, December 12 for BBA Parents Pub Night at 6 pm at the Equinox Resort. All parents are welcome!


The Mountain Campus invites the extended BBA community to the fall semester students’ Final Project Presentations on Tuesday, December 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This evening is a chance for our students to share their work on creating positive change. Public speeches and readings, poster presentations, and art will be part of this demonstration of learning. 
For BBA students and families interested in a semester at the Mountain Campus, this is the best way to witness how students experience education in this setting. The event will be held at the Mountain Campus, at 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd., Peru, VT. 05152.

From the Advancement Office

As the holiday season in upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the generosity of spirit of our BBA community! We want to thank all of our parents and families who support Burr and Burton Academy in many different ways.

Thank you to the Parent Association and the many hours they have put into reaching out to all BBA parents. Nan Bambara continues to skillfully lead this group. Activities to date have included: a New Parent coffee at the start of the year, and a New Parent information night, a Fall Mixer at the Mountain Campus, a pub night to socialize with other parents, providing refreshments and other assistance for the cast and crew of the fall play, a “Change for Good” initiative to help fund turkeys for the holiday baskets, sweets and treats for faculty and staff during a very difficult time of the loss of a colleague, and help with setting up the BBA School Store and fulfilling orders. Kate Townshend and Ursula Knowles continue to lead the Gala Committee and they are already hard at work planning for this important event on May 24, 2019. And we appreciate the efforts of parents who provide food and refreshments for traveling teams, come to our performing arts events or cheer on our Bulldogs on the field, court, tracks and trails, slopes and parks, and the ice rink. Thank you to the Booster Club for their support of our athletic teams. Thank you to those who have helped organize fundraising events to support the hockey program, especially the most recent Student vs. Faculty Hockey game at Riley Rink.

Thank you to our host families of International students, for welcoming these students into your home to be a part of your family. And to our dorm parents who fashion a family of a different sort by creating a supportive, caring environment for their International students who are far from their own homes. (We’re always looking for more host families so if you’re interested please contact Pia Nolan at

And last but certainly not least, thank you to all parents who have supported the 2018 – 2019 Annual Giving Campaign with a gift or corporate sponsorship. For those of you who haven’t yet made a commitment, there is still plenty of time unless you want to take the tax deduction in 2018! If that is the case we must receive your gift by December 31, 2018. We continue to promote parent participation as the main focus of our fundraising efforts. We count outright gifts, corporate sponsorships (if you have a family-owned business), gala sponsorships, a donation of a service or item to the spring Online Auction, gifts made to the Bus Fund, the 88 Keys campaign and gifts made to Friends of Hockey. If you’ve already given, please encourage other parents to do the same. We’re all in this together so “Be Counted” as a parent supporter of BBA!

Once again, our most sincere thank you to all of you who have supported the school and our students in some way in the past months – we couldn’t do it without you.  

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season from all of us in the Advancement office.

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement

P.S. It’s easy to make a gift – feel free to use any of the following:


By mail: Advancement office, Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254

Credit card: Online or call Nancy Brown in our office at 802-549-8110

In person: Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off your gift. We’d love to see you and say thank you in person.




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

Message from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)

Seniors! The VSAC Scholarship Workbooks are in! Come to the School and College Counseling Office to pick up a booklet so you can get an early start looking through the workbook for scholarships. This is an opportunity to apply for a few scholarships with one application. Please speak to Mrs. Welsh if you have questions; she is available to assist you with the application process. The deadline to submit VSAC assisted scholarships is February 15.

Regarding the FAFSA: The earlier seniors file the FAFSA, the better. They will find out how much financial aid is available to them so they can make informed decisions. And, if seniors file by Nov. 30, there is also a $1,000 special FAFSA scholarship drawing from these 9 Vermont colleges: Bennington College, Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University, Saint Michael’s College, Southern Vermont College, Sterling College, University of Vermont or Vermont Technical College.

VSAC is offering FAFSA Fridays when families can make appointments to come into our Resource Center or to call our dedicated toll-free number 833-802-VSAC (9722) to have personal assistance in filing their FAFSAs.

Financial Aid Consultations with Carol Brosseau.

Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University and presenter at BBA Financial Aid Night 2018,  is offering to assist individual students and families with financial aid questions and provide support with FAFSA completion. Please contact her via email by January 10th to set up an appointment:

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:

The freshmen will be participating in their third group counseling cycle over the next couple of months. To date, they have completed counseling sessions highlighting the main supports and resources available to them whenever social, relational, and academic challenges surface. Along with this effort, they have also received counseling on important facets of high school like course planning and transcripts as well as the wide array of unique opportunities available to BBA students seeking to personalize their education.  Next, the freshmen will dive more deeply into 4-year planning to prepare for sophomore course selections in the spring.

As the school year progresses, winter sports are underway and our freshmen will be experiencing first semester final exams for as winter break approaches. These demands place a special emphasis on the use of Flex Block and Advisory.

Academic Support:

Please continue to encourage your child to use Flex Block wisely. Many of our students are doing well with this independent time. As the semester nears completion, grades will be finalized so good planning and study habits will certainly help. On a normal full week of school Flex is the block during the middle of day when students can get lunch and complete school work.  Flex Block is valuable for test or quiz makeups, teacher conferencing, group projects and individual help. Additionally, if a student needs a good environment for studying, the library is open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.

Scholarship List

Berkshire Bank Foundation NeXt Gen Scholarship
Eligibility: high school seniors, current college students who share commitment to community service and volunteerism. Minimum GPA of 3.0, plans to attend 2 or 4 year college or technical school. Application is online.
Award: $2,500; Deadline January 31.

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

I am very excited to see the start of our Winter Sports Season. The athletes have already impressed me with their effort and hard work.

If you have a child competing we encourage you to put the following into practice:

  1. Limit your comments to encouragement and celebration – leave the coaching to the coaches, the officiating to the officials, and the playing to the athletes.
  2. Avoid analyzing the game or your child’s play right after the game. All they need to know is that you enjoyed watching them play. When your child is ready for your advice they will come to you.
  3. Speak positively about the team and the individuals who are part of it. It is hard to have a positive experience when the people you admire are tearing it down.

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2018-2019

Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball and Ice Hockey

Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15
Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.

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Varsity Home Openers:

Tuesday, December 11: Boys Basketball v. MSJ, 7 pm
Wednesday, December 12: Wrestling v. Otter Valley and Middlebury, 6 pm
Friday, December 14: Snowboarding Competition 1 pm – Stratton Mountain
Saturday, December 15: Boys Hockey v. Rutland, 5 pm
Wednesday, December 19: Girls Basketball v. St. Johnsbury, 6:30 pm
Saturday, December 22: Girls Hockey v. Rice, 5 pm
Wednesday, January 2: Nordic Competition 2:30 pm – Wild Wings
Wednesday, January 9: Alpine Competition 1 pm – Bromley Mountain


From the Creative Arts Department

The Music Department will present a Winter Concert Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 pm at the Southern Vermont Arts Center featuring the Instrumental Music Ensemble, Vocal Music Ensemble, Circuits Electronic Music Ensemble and Chamber Choir.  Tickets are available at



Burr and Burton Academy’s Winter Showcase,  A FESTIVAL of DANCE, DRAMA and FILM 

Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Dept. is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film, Thursday December 13, 2018 at 6 pm and 8 pm, at the school’s Riley Center for the Arts. Don’t miss the chance to experience the wide range of talent from over 75 students who partake in BBA’s curricular acting, dance and film classes. There is something for everyone in this tightly packed evening of performance.

Acting scenes range from Shakespeare, to A League of Their Own, the hilarious Noises Off and original works from Gianna Delossantos ’20, Erin Norton ’21 and more.

The Fall Short Film project will be presented along with the BBA Dance Company performing numbers, including Bob Fosse’s “Hot Honey Rag”, from the musical Chicago, a contemporary piece “River”, choreographed by Grace MacFadyen ’18, a lyrical piece “Upward Over The Mountain” choreographed by Rachel Hemmer ’19, a ballet variation and Emily Owens ’12 hip hop number “Run The World, Grlz”.

Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for adults and can be purchased online at:


Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK

This price will hold only through the month of December. 

The memories. The friends. The laughter. Yearbooks are truly something special that you’ll hold on to forever. Click to order today for $55.00.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian Recognition Ads for seniors can also be ordered through this link HERE.

Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor


From the Library

Read this month’s library newsletter to learn about QR codes, new books and coffee in the library.

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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