May 2019


3  SAT Prep Class: 1 – 3 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
3  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, BBA Library
4  SAT Testing: 8 am – 2 pm, Smith 3rd floor
6  AP Exams begin
8-11 All State Music Festival Montpelier
10 Founders Day: 12:30 – 2 pm, Birchbrook
10 Prom: 7:30 – 10:30 pm, Kimpton Taconic Hotel
13 AP Exams continue
14 – 18 BBA Spring Musical, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
19  International Student Farewell Party: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Rowland Center
22 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, BBA Mountain Campus, Peru
23 Mountain Campus Final Overnight
24 Parent Association Spring Fundraising Gala: 5:30 – 11 pm, Taconic Hotel
27 Memorial Day – No School
28 Senior Bell Ringing: 2:10 – 2:40 pm
29 Senior Exams
30 Senior Exams
30 Science/Arts Expo: 5 – 6:30 pm


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

With the coming of May, we enter the Homestretch of the school year. This edition of The Bullhorn is very important as it will inform you about the many events leading up to the biggest event of all: Commencement and our celebration of the fabulous Class of 2019.

Along with awarding 206 diplomas, we will have the distinct honor of hearing from Vermont’s Secretary of Education Daniel M. French, who is a proud BBA parent. Dr. French served as the Superintendent for the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union from 2007-2016, during which he was named Vermont Superintendent of the Year and served as President of the Vermont Superintendents Association.  In 2014, he was named to the technical work group that helped design President Obama’s National Connected Superintendent’s Summit, and in 2016 he was the recipient of the “Making IT Happen” state educational technology award. Dr. French is a veteran of the United States Army and an honors graduate of the Defense Language Institute where he qualified as a Korean linguist in military intelligence and served in the Republic of Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division which was responsible for the security of the DMZ. Dr. French will bring a wise perspective based on a lifetime of service to his country and his community.

Let’s enjoy these last weeks together by staying abreast of the whirlwind of activities and savoring each fleeting moment. This is a very happy time of year.


Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian


From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

May is a busy month. At this point in the year, I often hear from students that they are “being pulled in many directions” and sometimes feel they are letting someone down when commitments collide. At next Monday’s assembly I will remind students that this is the time to carefully read email so they are up to date on all events and details, and to make lists and keep track of commitments and responsibilities. I will encourage students to communicate when they are feeling overwhelmed and to remember that the adults at BBA are on their side – ready and willing to support them.

Gradebooks Open to Parents:
From May 6th through May 10th, we will open student gradebooks in BBA’s OnCampus portal so parents can get a comprehensive view of student progress. Please take a few minutes to review course progress and encourage your student to take advantage of supports available in order to improve performance and understanding prior to exams. Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

Prom 2019:
Prom is Friday night May 10th at the Taconic Hotel. I hope the weather cooperates and the evening is a great success! I hope that students respect the effort that went into planning the event and that they thank the chaperones for giving their evening to ensure a safe and festive atmosphere. My final hope for the evening is that students make safe decisions and are substance free. Tragedies involving drinking and partying culture can happen at any time – at any high school – in any town. Prom season is a good time to pause and remember how quickly decisions can turn tragic. Please have conversations with your student about your expectations for prom night.

Vermont Science Assessment for Juniors — May 16th:
On May 16th, all Juniors will complete the Vermont Science Assessment (VTSA). Testing will take place in a classroom setting. We are currently developing a special schedule for the day that will be shared with students. Students will take the assessment on a secure browser on an approved technology device. We will be working with juniors to ensure their iPads and laptops are correctly configured.  

Sophomore Service Day — May 16th:
Sophomores will Take to the Streets to provide a day of service to our community. Sophomores will not attend classes on May 16th. All Sophomores will report to the gym at the start of the day and then head out to complete service projects. Students will return to campus for dismissal.

The May Bullhorn is chock full of important information and updates related to the last six weeks of the school year. Please review the calendar so that you are aware of the many exciting and engaging events happening this month. I encourage you to take advantage of the rich opportunities available to connect as a community and to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.


Associate Head of School


2019 AP Exam Schedule HERE


Spring has come to BBA’s Mountain Campus. After a great BBA Earth Day on the mountain, we are excited to announce three offerings—two of them brand new—in the coming months.

1) Mountain Campus Info Night: Thursday, May 16th, 6 – 7:30 pm. This is an evening for perspective students, families, and anyone in the Southern Vermont area to see the campus and hear from faculty about the BBA semester program. (Most of our campus events are focused—appropriately—on our current semester students. MC Info Night is not.) The evening is to tour our 100-acre campus, including our main building and cabin, to meet faculty and the MC curriculum, to ask all your questions about the semester.

2) Teacher Camp: This is our first program for adults, and we chose to intersect the place we know with a population who admire: teachers. This summer course is designed for teachers who want to gain experience hiking and camping, so they can feel equipped to plan and run trips for students, or who want to explore how various curricula can be merged with and deepened by outdoor experiences. This outing duplicates a student trip we run every semester; our Watershed Trip caps our opening unit in which we settle new students into this place, through field science, naturalist observation, literature about place, journaling and drawing.

See the Mountain Campus Teacher Camp website for details. Teacher Camp

And if you are reading this as a non-teacher/adult who wants to participate, let’s talk. (Contact Andy Dahlstrom, MC Director, at, or 802-824-4846.)

3) Final Presentations: The Mountain Campus invites the extended BBA community to the spring semester students’ Change Agency Project Presentations on Wednesday, May 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Our students will share their work on creating positive change in a surrounding community. 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 a great 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

Celebrating our independence together

Americans have a long tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism dating back to this country’s earliest days. Right from the beginning there was a desire to solve problems locally, with people joining together in groups and associations. That may have stemmed from a fear of kings and tyranny, and a mistrust of government and bureaucracy which many at the time viewed as unresponsive, cumbersome, and even corrupt. Fast forward to 2019 to a vast array of nonprofits and charities across the U.S., focusing on a range of problems and issues with a goal of improving our society and our world.

The community supporting Burr and Burton Academy is a shining example of philanthropy and volunteerism at work. We offer our 767 students extraordinary opportunities in academics, the arts, and athletics because of people like you. Page through our Annual Appreciation Report and you will see the names of thousands of parents, alumni, trustees, friends, businesses, and foundations contributing their time, talent, and treasure, over the past year to Burr and Burton’s educational mission. If you are one of those people, thank you. If not, we invite you to join other parents in support of the Annual Fund before June 30.

There is no irony that it has taken many hands to keep Burr and Burton independent and serving this community since its founding in 1829. It’s a tradition that we can be proud of, and with your support, we continue to move onward and forward, helping young people work towards a brighter future. To give online click HERE.


Rich Thompson-Tucker
Associate Director of Advancement


From the BBA Parent Association



Standardized Testing Registration
Juniors should have already taken an SAT or ACT test; if not juniors should sign up by May 3 to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 1; or sign up by May 3 to take the ACT on June 8. The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT in September and the SAT on August 24 (Deadline to sign up, July 26.) Information is available at and

Visit, Visit, Visit
Juniors should make plans to visit some college campuses in the upcoming months. College visits are legitimate absences for juniors but they need to let their counselor and their teachers know their visit plans in advance. Students are responsible for all work they miss. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance in setting up tours, information sessions, and interviews.

Advanced Placement Exams
This year’s AP exams run from May 6th – May 17th. Further information can be found on the front page of the school website ( Please note that all Advanced Placement students taking morning exams are released from school at the conclusion of the exam. Students taking exams that begin in the afternoon are expected to attend the first two morning classes, but have FlexBlock time for lunch and exam preparation.

Reminder: To-Do List for Juniors
Counselors have met with juniors to discuss their senior year and post-graduate plans. As a follow up we suggest these activities:

  • Research colleges and careers.
  • Make journal notes in Naviance. Keep track of what you learn about colleges and career opportunities. Share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again.
  • Update your Naviance Resume.
  • Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.

2019 Graduation Countdown
Seniors should have received a graduation mailing over April Break.  This includes the Burr and Burton Senior Events and Commencement Information Brochure which contains everything families need to know to prepare for the big event on Friday, June 7, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website front page under Forms/Documents.

2019-20 Student Class Schedules
Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2019-20 class schedules prior to summer break.  Currently, teacher assignments are pending and details are being defined on the master schedule. An email announcement will be sent to students when the schedules are published in OnCampus.

From the 9th grade corner
The month of May will be a busy and important month for the class of 2022.  Many teachers will begin final projects. There are also a number of upcoming events that will highlight student work.  These events are listed below and are worth checking out even if your child isn’t directly involved in them.

Upcoming Events:
Spring Musical: Tuesday, May 14 – Saturday, May 18
Science/Arts Expo: Thursday, May 30
Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 27

Forms for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form that is specific to Scholarships and can be found in the SCC Office.

Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care. Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 15

The Dennis Butchko Memorial Award and The Frank Spencer Achievement Award of the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley Fund
Eligibility: Senior from Dover, Halifax, Jamaica, Marlboro, Readsboro, Searsburg, Stratton, Wardsboro, Whitingham, Wilmington. Award based on character, community service, potential, effort, Financial need. Award: $1,000 Deadline: May 15

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior or current college student intending to pursue a career related to golf and/or agronomy as related to golf. (Agronomy encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology and soil science.) Award: not specified; Deadline: June 1.


The Cooper Kelly Educational Fund
Eligibility: Senior planning to attend college. Dependable, responsible, and diligent with definite goals in mind. 2.0 average and references required. Interest-free LOAN. No specified amount ($25 application fee). Application and information in the School and College Counseling Office.

Olin Scott Fund, Inc.
Eligibility: senior, 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at University or College, must interview. Application in the School and College Counseling Office ($25 application fee).

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

May is always an exciting month for Spring Sports. We get more sun than rain and there are many opportunities to catch a competition every day. We hope to see you on the sidelines.

Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

May 26 – May 27: Boys/Girls Individuals
May 28 – June 7, 8: Team State Championships                 

May 27: Pairings
May 28/29: Play downs
May 31/June 1: Quarter-finals
June 3/4: Semi-finals
June 6-8: Finals

Track and Field
June 1: Finals

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From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Performing Arts Department presents The All Night Strut!, originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas on May 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy.  

The All Night Strut!, invites you “to get on board” as its rich musical journey transports you back to a bygone era.  Experience the music of the Depression, World War II and the post-war boom of the 1930s and ’40s as 9 incredible singers and 14 fantastic dancers recreate the rollicking rhythm, rhyme and rich harmonies of jazz, bebop, blues, and uniquely American Songs.  Songs such as In The Mood, Juke Box Saturday Night, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and more by such legendary composers as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins are sure to transport you back in time to when music defined, healed and inspired a nation.

The company includes Miles Allen, Isabelle Desroche, Anna Freebern, Val Giesey, Zoe Grigsby, Julia Lund, Annabelle Mackson, Matt Scott, August Stauffer, Julia Barclay, Evangeline Bulick, Mylee Downey, Ryan Frank, Rachel Hemmer, Ariah Holliman, Jillian Ihasz, Sophie Jager, Aidan Kennedy, Julia Lorenzoni, Sabayo Matiku, Melissa Nolan, Emily Samuelson, Hannah Samuelson, band members Leah Allen, Graham Bowen, Jesse Dykes, Evan Hosley, Dani MacKenzie, Stephen Mathyas, Hayden Myers, Amos Smithwick, Alison Tietelbaum, stage managers Lily Craig, Katlyn Hemmer, Cece Kersten Claire Paxson, Brendan Van Ommen Kloeke and student director Olivia Saunders.

Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18 and $12 for the general public. Please order tickets online at Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. Box office opens one hour prior to show time. 


Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance to the Vermont All State Music Festival May 9th-11th in Montpellier: Band Will Addington, Orchestra Iren Hangen-Vazquez, Chorus Zoe Grigsby, Angela Caggiano, Sabayo Matiku & Jack Fiocco. A special shout-out to Hayden Myers for receiving an Honorable Mention in the Piano Scholarship Performance category and to Amos Smithwick for Jazz Guitar Alternate. 


Burr and Burton Summer Camps

Start planning for summer!
Register for camps today!

Burr and Burton Yearbooks

BBA Yearbooks On-Sale Now

As the year winds down, don’t forget to order the 2019 BBA yearbook, The Burtonian. To order, you can go to to make your purchase. These books are in limited supply, so it’s important to reserve yours today. The Burtonian will be available for pick-up for Seniors at the Senior Breakfast on May 24th, and the rest of the student body later that day.

ORDER YEARBOOK – 2019 Burtonian HERE.

Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor


From the Library

Stay tuned for exciting summer reading information coming soon from the library. In the meantime the 2019 season of AudioSync has begun. This is a great program that offers 14 weeks of FREE audiobooks targeted to teens. Each week there are two offerings that can be downloaded and kept for free. This week has Swing by Kwame Alexander and Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones. Swing is a contender for our Summer Reading list, so this is a great opportunity to acquire the audiobook. More information about the program as well as directions to sign up for email or text notifications can be found here.

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.
2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank –
Bromley Mountain –
r.k. Miles –
Stratton Mountain Resort  –
The Vermont Country Store –
TPW Management –
High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions –
Finn & Stone Insurance –
Northshire Bookstore –
Rugg Valley Landscaping –
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  –
The Orvis Company –
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company –
Honors List
Bank of Bennington –
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique –
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  –
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  –
Lily of the Valley –
Manchester Capital Management  –
Mountain Weavers  –
People’s United Bank  –
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC –
The Inn at Manchester –
The Works Bakery & Cafe  –
Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications –
Hampton Inn & Suites –
 iShip Express –
Metropolitan Engineering Associates –
Scott Thompson Builders –
The Pharmacy – Northshire –
The Richards Group –

Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors to Date

Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Colonial Toyota
Express Copy
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
Same Sun of Vermont
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Country Store
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley Pro Shop
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation
Baierlein Landscaping
Big Branch Landscaping
Caren McVickers Powerweek Workshop
Celebration Rentals
Decorative Interiors
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy-Northshire
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Reluctant Panther
Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s Kaizen Gala, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at or (802) 549-8281.

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