January 2019


7   Second Semester begins
15 Mountain Campus Semester begins
16 – 18 Mountain Campus orientation
18 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
18 Hip Hop Event: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center
21 Martin Luther King Day – No School
23 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm
25 Dance and Drama New Student Works: 6:15 – 8: 45 pm, Riley Center
25 SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Please consider helping your son or daughter shape a resolution around this BBA core value: we value the highest standards of performance and behavior. (Click here to see our full mission statement and core values.)

In valuing the highest standards of performance, we seek to give each student the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. We cherish teachers and coaches who nurture that potential not only in individuals, but in groups and teams. We value the extraordinary quality evident in our performances on stage, in our studios, and on the sports field, and we value each individual‘s progress in developing intellectual abilities in the classroom. We work hard to create a culture that honors the many forms of achievement exhibited by our students, and we want each student to feel nurtured, supported, motivated and challenged.

On the behavior side of this equation, above all we want an atmosphere of respect. We want BBA to be a place of serious learning even as the process itself should be filled with excitement. We will oppose bullying and bigotry in all its forms as we seek to instill the values of responsibility, integrity and service that are essential to our mission.

Of course, being true to this core value requires commitment on the part of each individual, and my hope is that each member of our community make that commitment. There is the proposed new year resolution!

Happy New Year. May 2019 bring joy and accomplishment to our community of Bulldogs.

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian


From the Advancement Office

As we begin 2019 with lots of plans for self-improvement, leading healthier lives, and other such ideas, I want to share with you that after 13 years as Director of Advancement at Burr and Burton, I am ending my working career on April 1st. Since I will turn 66 in April, it is time to spread my wings and try something new, something called retirement (although I am calling it my “inspirement”). But more on that later as I begin to organize my transition.

Our sincerest thanks to all of our BBA parents who made a gift to the Annual Fund at the end of 2018. We asked you to BE COUNTED, and we did just that. I know we send a lot of reminders we appreciate your support. The fact is every time we send another reminder, more parents go online to make a gift or mail in a gift, which shows us you understand the importance of financial support from our BBA families. Because of our independent status, your support ensures we can continue to provide an extraordinary educational experience for all students at Burr and Burton.

Thank you also to Heidi Boudreau and Kate Brill for setting up and manning the school store this fall, and the other Parent Association volunteers, Nancy Truettner and Kim Vogel, who helped out on our “Shopping Day” on December 18. We sold almost $4,000 worth of Bulldog and Belltower Schwag! Be on the lookout throughout town over the holidays, Bulldogs will be well-represented far and wide.

Kaisen Gala 2019, Cultivating Change for Good

With the start of the new year, we gear up the planning of our fundraising gala to be held on May 24, 2019. This is a premier event which kicks off the social season here in the Manchester and the Mountains and is an important part of our fundraising efforts for the year. Last year’s event raised over $250,000! We will be hosting the event at the Taconic so be sure that date is on your calendar. A “Save the Date” card will be coming out shortly. In conjunction with this event, we are looking for support in several ways.

  1. Sponsorship

Gala Sponsorship is one way to show your support for this important fundraising event. Sponsorships are $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500 with lots of benefits for your support. Whether you choose to represent your business or if you’d like to do a family sponsorship, all sponsorships go to help offset the expenses of putting on this event. If you’re interested in becoming a Gala Sponsor, please contact Margot Page at 802-549-8281 or email her mpage@burrburton.org.

  1. Online Auction Items

We will once again be holding an Online Auction in April. As always, we are looking for items for the auction, and in particular, donation of services or high-quality items. If you own a business or would like to do something as an individual, we are looking for items such as:

  • Cord of wood (delivered)
  • A morning of spring cleaning
  • A couple of hours of window washing
  • Decorating consultation
  • Landscaping consultation
  • Gift certificates to local restaurants or any local business

Anything along these lines would be terrific. If you have something in mind, please contact Pauline de Laszlo at 802-549-8277 or email her pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.

  1. Live Auction Items

Also, if you have an item that might be appropriate for a Live Auction item please let us know. For example, this might be a week in a vacation home in a warm climate or at the beach during the summer, or a unique experience of some sort. Please contact Kate Townshend, co-chair of the event with Ursula Knowles, at kate.a.townsend@gmail.com if you have something you can offer.

The good news is if you become a gala sponsor, donate something to either the Online or Live auction it will count toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!

Once again, best wishes to all of our Burr and Burton families for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement, Development, Fundraising and Friendraising



BBA Alumni College and Career Fair
On Wednesday, January 9, we are welcoming back recent graduates from the classes of 2015-18 to share information about their college and work experiences.  If you have young alumni at home, please encourage them to participate and reserve a spot in this program by contacting Lynne Welsh (549-8242 or lwelsh@burrburton.org) or reaching out to one of the counselors by January 4.

The program will run from 10:30 – 12:45 on January 9 (with a snow date of January 10). Alumni will first meet with current students and faculty in the gym during Flex Block.  At 12:00, they’ll move to the renovated student center where we’ll treat them to lunch and they’ll have a chance to catch up with former classmates and teachers.

Second Semester Schedules
All students should check their second-semester schedules through the On-Campus Portal (under the Classes tab, view Other Classes, drop down to “All-Year”). Students who need to make changes should contact their counselor as soon as possible.  The drop-add deadline date is Friday, January 11.

College and Career Planning for Juniors
The School and College Counselors will hold spring semester meetings with all juniors.  In these individual student appointments, we will discuss the student’s academic record, extracurricular and work experiences, and other positive factors that will contribute to a successful college application process or transition to work or other opportunities. Our goal with all students is to help them create a successful plan for life after BBA.  We will assist students in developing an appropriate college list, answer questions and provide support for the college search and provide guidance related to a gap year, career search, course selection, employment opportunities and more. We welcome parental contact and feedback at any time.

Students have received their PSAT scores from the  College Board, and scores have been posted to the “Testing” page on student Naviance accounts. PSAT interpretation and information about upcoming SAT Prep opportunities are in OnCampus student and parent portals, and on the School Counseling page of the BBA website.  Students can link scores with Khan Academy for individualized, personal SAT prep.

SPRING 2018  Standardized Testing Information for Juniors

Test     Test Date Location   Register by
ACT     February 9 OTHER   Jan. 11
SAT     March 9 BBA   Feb. 8
ACT     April 13 BBA   Mar. 8
SAT or Subject Tests     May 4 BBA   Apr. 5
SAT or Subject Tests     June 1 BBA   May 3
ACT     June 8 OTHER   May 3

Students should NOT register for all of the above tests. Check your schedule and determine which date(s) work for you. To register for the SAT: www.collegeboard.org. To register for the ACT: www.actstudent.org.

Test Prep Opportunities for Juniors

High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100 for the prep class.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families. Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for either the March SAT or the May SAT.  Classes will also include information applicable to students taking the ACT.

Session 1 (for March 9 SAT or April 13 ACT)  

Friday January 18, 1-3 pm
Friday, January 25, 1-3 pm
Friday, February 1, 1-3 pm
Friday, February 8, 1-3 pm
Friday, March 1, 1-3 pm (snow date/ extra)

Session 2 (for May 4 SAT or June 8 ACT)

Friday, March 29, 1-3 pm
Friday, April 5, 1-3 pm
Friday, April 26, 1-3 pm
Friday, May 3, 1-3 pm

The two sessions above are identical courses so students will only sign up for one.  To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh. See your counselor regarding a fee reduction.  Registration deadlines: January 15 for Session 1; March 25 for Session 2.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes
Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA 0n May 4; cost is $350 (Class dates TBD by Tutorial Center.) Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend applications available online at www.giv.org/applynow.

WHEN: February 8 through 10 or February 22 through 24.

WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)

WHAT: Digital Journalism and Ethics, Youth Leadership, Directing Theater, Microcontrollers, Biological Illustration, Chaos Art, Global Education and Youth Voice, Neuroscience, Disaster Health and Epidemiology, Songwriting Boot Camp

HOW: Students fill out applications at www.giv.org by January 15. Apply early; spots will fill up quickly!

Regarding Governor’s Institute of Vermont SUMMER Institutes, applications are available beginning February 1 at www.giv.org/applynow.

College Application Update and Post High School Planning
Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college! Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly. Please remind your student to update us as those decisions arrive.  We also continue to work with seniors who are still in the process of applying and those who are considering other post-graduate plans. Please reach out to your child’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors
Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades of their applicants. Rest assured that the registrar will process grades as soon as possible following exams. We’ll then forward an updated transcript to all colleges listed on students’ transcript request forms. Because we use a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.

Information for Sophomores
Sophomores will gather for a meeting with school counselors in late January where they will receive information about their Pre-ACT scores and learn about academic opportunities for the upcoming school year. School counselors will speak about considerations in choosing classes, programs at Career Development Center, internship experiences, and more.

From the 9th Grade Corner
Our 9th graders have started the process of looking at and creating a “draft” academic plan for their next three years here at Burr and Burton. Through additional advisory meetings this winter our freshmen will continue to work on these plans while learning about Burr and Burton graduation requirements, transcripts, AP classes, and the Career Development Center. They can access their draft plan through Naviance which is linked in our OnCampus portal. There are a number of tools within the Naviance platform that we encourage students to explore such as the career interest profiler. Academically, January brings a new semester and new classes. We continue to stress the importance of using Flex block time wisely.

Forms for scholarships listed below are downloadable from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript request form found in the School and College Counseling Office. See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

Berkshire Bank NeXt Gen Scholarship:
Eligibility: High school senior, current college students, adults in pursuit of undergrad degree, 3.0, family income, attending or planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college or technical school.
Award: $1,500; Deadline: January 31

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Students must get their  VSAC Unified Scholarship application done and postmarked by Friday, Feb 15, with all required documents. VSAC Scholarship workbooks are available in the School and College Counseling Office. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document requests to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling a few days prior to the deadline!

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: vtlegion.org. Paper applications are available in School and College Counseling. Award: $500; Deadline April 1.

VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation OR of Native American ancestry; US citizen, VT resident, senior planning to attend a Vermont college or already enrolled as an undergrad in Vermont College/University; GPA, 3.0; enrolling in STEM Major in College. Award: unknown, Deadline: April 1.
APPLICATIONS ONLINE: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, mbittinger@burrburton.org

Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; mgrabarz@burrburton.org

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, cherrington@burrburton.org

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org


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From the Athletics Department

Happy New Year! Thanks to some early snow and cold temperatures all of our Winter Sports teams have been in action and it truly feels like mid-season. We hope you will join us and cheer on the bulldogs.

Here is some important information as we head into the New Year.

Athletic Leadership Academy More Than an Armband:
The Athletic Leadership Academy is designed to prepare athletes to take on leadership roles on their teams. Athletes will learn what is expected of leaders at Burr and Burton, gain an understanding of group dynamics, practice leadership skills, and create a leadership portfolio to share with their coaches and teams. No athlete may become a varsity captain without having completed the workshop. The series is offered three times each year (in the second half of each sports season).

Second Session of the year – in the Wellness Room from 11 am -12 noon on January 24 and 31. Get your athletes in the room.

Don’t forget to download the SuperFan App and check in at competitions for SuperFan bragging rights and the chance to win great prizes at these games.
Bulldog Nation by SuperFanU, Inc.
Android Device

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.

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!




Remaining Varsity Home Openers:
Wednesday, January 2: Nordic Competition 2:30 pm Wild Wings
Wednesday, January 9: Alpine Competition 1 pm Bromley Mountain


From the Creative Arts Department

On Friday, January 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts, Burr and Burton Academy’s Creative Arts Department will present the Theater & Dance New Works Project.  Join us as the veil is taken away from the creative process with students sharing their original choreography, scenes, monologues, poetry, and scripts in a workshop atmosphere.  If you ever wanted to see the steps of the creative genius, don’t miss out on this opportunity. Listen, watch and experience the performance of these burgeoning artists and be part of the process with a talk back at the end of the evening. The event is free.


Creative Department Head Neil Freebern Honored

For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states for their outstanding contributions to music education programs.  BBA’s own Neil Freebern has been chosen to represent Vermont as a ‘director who makes a difference’ featured in the 2018 December issue.  Congratulations Neil!


Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

Look Forward to LOOKING BACK


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 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 pdelaszlo@burrburton.org 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 – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – http://tpw.com/

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn and Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Spiral Press Café – spiralpresscafevt.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – equinoxresort.com
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern – perfectwife.com
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
Wood & Signs

Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.cmylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company – https://www.midurabuildingco.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
JOY – all things underthings – http://joyallthingsunderthings.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – http://www.pharmacyinc.net
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
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 mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281 for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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