June 2019


3  Scholarship Night: 7 – 9 pm, Riley Center
3-4 Underclass Exams – 12:00 Dismissal
5  Underclass Makeup Exams
5  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: 10 – 12 noon, Riley Center
Senior Surf & Turf , 12 – 2 pm
5  Gawlik Awards: 7 – 9:30 pm, SVAC
7  Commencement: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Spring has finally arrived, and the endless May showers have set the stage for what I hope will be a blue sky celebration on June 7, our 185th commencement.

This year‘s senior class, the largest in our history, has been extraordinary in all kinds of ways. They have supported each other and students in the younger grades, performed admirably in all areas of the school, and been true to our core values of respect for individual differences and expressing deep care for the community. Congratulations not only to these great students, but to their families, who have been essential to their individual and collective success.

We just completed the Creative Arts Expo, a showcase of amazing student talent. Our parent-led fundraising gala raised $250,000, ensuring that we can continue to support our various programs. Next up, we have final exams, Scholarship Night, the Gawlik awards, sports playoffs, and various celebrations.

Then comes summer, and with it, some time to reflect, recharge, and appreciate the natural beauty of Vermont and the uncommon beauty of the great community in which we all live. I am grateful to so many: all of you families, who have entrusted us to care for your children and who support BBA in so many ways; our incredibly generous benefactors, who allow us to keep investing in education; our talented faculty and staff, who strive to touch the heart and mind of each student; and, of course, the students themselves, who bring such meaning and purpose to our professional lives. Thank you one, thank you all.

Let’s savor this final week together.


Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian


Attention Senior Parents

The Senior Surf & Turf is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5th from 11:30 – 2 pm, after the mandatory graduation rehearsal. Rain Date is Thursday, June 6th from 12 noon – 2 pm. This epic senior send-off includes custom Class of 2019 t-shirts, BBQ, ice cream truck, bouncy obstacle course, lawn games, slip n slide, & more!
We are so appreciative of all the donations we’ve received so far. We are looking for one last push of monetary donations to offset the costs for this parent-run special event for our seniors. Please mail a check to Burr and Burton Academy, c/o Margi Putney, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254 or drop off checks or cash to Margi Putney in the BBA Library. Thank you!


From the Advancement Office

Dear BBA Families:

It’s hard to think of a more fitting theme for any Burr and Burton school year than Change for Good. After four whole days on the job, it’s clear to me already that this is a truly special place — warm, welcoming, and unfailingly devoted to providing the best education and support possible for every single BBA student.

That commitment was on full display last Friday at the annual Parent Association Gala, Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good, which was a huge success by any measure. (Pictures coming soon at https://photos.burrburton.org/!) Parent volunteers, students, staff, and members of the community came together to celebrate what a great school can do for a community, and not coincidentally, what a great community can do for a school. We enjoyed a beautiful evening, fabulous food, outstanding talent, and great company — and when the accounting dust settles, we will report a fundraising result in the ballpark of $240,000, with nearly $130,000 earmarked for the ACCESS program.

On behalf of the Advancement team, I’d like to thank:

  • The tireless Gala committee: co-chairs Ursula Knowles and Kate Townsend, and members Marlene Allen, Jennifer Atlas, Sam Baker, Nan Bambara ‘86, Heidi Boudreau, Peggy Brockett ’88, Darla Buffa, Rosheen Carthy, Julie Citron, Carolyn Crabtree, Oona Cree, Jane Dapron, Beth Eyre, Laura Grapshi, Sindy Hassig, Anne Houser, Suzanne Kersten, Meg Levene, Katsuko Lord, Carrie Mathews, Julie Ring, Elizabeth Silsby ’09, Victoria Silsby, and Courtney Weir;
  • Our generous Gala Corporate Sponsors, auction and raffle donors, faculty sponsors and supporters, and everyone who participated in the Raffle, the Online Auction, the Live Auction, and Mark’s incredible call for support for the ACCESS Program Fund;
  • Our fabulous hosts at Taconic;
  • Eric and Jane Nathan’s great work on the Live Auction;
  • Katsuko Lord for her beautiful ikebana floral arrangements;
  • Our faculty attendees, presenters, and support, particularly Bill Muench, Jim Raposa, Neil Freebern, and Kevin Morrison;
  • Student musicians Jingnam Chen ’22 and Qiaochuhan Li ’21, the chorus from the spring musical, “The All Night Strut,” and the student filmmakers who presented their Gawlik Award submissions;
  • And each and every parent, student, friend, staff member, and community member who made this evening possible.

The Gala, of course, signals that Commencement is right around the corner, followed swiftly by the end of our fiscal year on June 30th. If you have not made a gift this year in support of the Annual Fund, please take a moment to do so; every dollar is an investment in the students who are the heart and soul of Burr and Burton — from graduating seniors to incoming freshmen and the generations who will come after them.

Make a gift:


By phone

By mail
Advancement Office
Burr and Burton Academy
O. Box 498

Manchester, VT 05254

Thank you all for being part of BBA, and congratulations to the class of 2019!

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement



2019 Commencement Information Brochure HERE.

Summer Homework for (Class of 2020) Rising Seniors

  • Request college recommendations from teachers before summer vacation – use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form (available in the School and College Counseling Office).
  • Visit college campuses and enter your observations in your Naviance journal. Update your online Naviance resume (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton).
  • Complete all summer work required for your fall classes –Information and summer reading assignments available online.
  • Draft a sample college essay – Rising seniors received the essay topics for the Common Application in an all-class meeting; copies are available in the School and College Counseling office and are currently posted on the Common Application website (commonapp.org). The 2019-20  Common Application will be available August 1.
  • Work on Service Learning projects.
  • Learn something new through work, summer programs or self-study.
  • Set a personal goal and achieve it; think about how you want to challenge yourself in your senior year. Register for the September 14 ACT at actstudent.org by August 16. There will be another opportunity to take the ACT on October 26 (Deadline to register is September 20.) Register for the August 24 SAT (by 7/26) or October 5 SAT (by 9/6) SAT at  www.collegeboard.org.
  • Attend an Application Seminar & Workshop for all College-Bound Seniors in August


Wednesday, August 14, 2:30 pm – 5 pm
 or Tuesday, August 20, 11 am – 1:30 pm
Information on the college admission process and preliminary work on college applications.  Come to one (or both!) sessions to work with your counselor and fill out your college applications before the busy fall semester begins.

Summer SAT Prep Course Offerings

  • Beginning July 8 and running through July 12 from 9 am to 3 pm Maple Street School will host an SAT Prep Workshop. Cost is $425 (including book.) Contact Joy Stewart, jstewart@maplestreetschool.com

2019 Summer Homework
Students need to budget time over the summer for any required academic work. Some Honors and AP classes have summer work. Assignments will be posted on the Burr and Burton website HERE  and available in hard copy in the School and College Counseling Office.

Attention Class of 2021

All rising juniors must report to school on Wednesday, August 21, from 8 am – 12:30 pm, for the Junior Jumpstart Program.
Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school! Students will be introduced to career and college information, standardized testing options, and more. They’ll also meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors.

Summer contact information for School and College Counseling Office
All of the counselors have limited office hours throughout the summer and will periodically check and respond to email. We are also available to meet with students and parents by appointment. Please keep in touch with your questions and updates.

Rising sophomores and juniors have shifted counselors from Cory Herrington or Jason Pergament to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud, Cristin Rose, Kristen Kimball or Maria Bittinger. School and College Counselor assignments will again be noted in the end-of-the-year mailing.

Senior Plans
Members of the Class of 2019 recently completed surveys about their various plans for life after Burr and Burton. We will automatically send final transcripts for seniors who indicated enrolling in a college. (There is no need for a special request or form!) Students who later change their enrollment decision should let us know so we can follow up appropriately.

We wish graduates good luck in their ventures. Please know that we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll miss you!

Vermont State Police Explorer Program
The Vermont State Police Explorer Program is looking to recruit dedicated Explorers! The Explorer program is open to all Southern Vermont High School students that are 14 years or older, are in good standing at school and interested in a career in Law Enforcement.  Meetings are held twice a month, normally on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. For additional information about this program contact Detective Trooper Lauren Ronan,at 802-793-5720 or email Lauren.Ronan@vermont.gov

From the 9th grade corner
It’s hard to believe that the 9th-grade year is almost over.  Members of the class of 2022 have been assigned their new School and College Counselor.  This counselor will work with them for the next three years. Schedules for the 19-20 school year have been released and any scheduling questions should be directed to a student’s new counselor.  It’s important that all library books to be returned prior to the summer break. A few Sophomore classes require some summer work. Most students have been notified if a class they are scheduled to take has a summer assignment.  However, if a student has a question about summer assignments they should email the teacher of the class in question. It has been a pleasure working with the class of 2022 and I look forward to watching and supporting their continued growth and success as they move forward in their academic careers here on the hill.  

Upcoming Events:
Final Exams – Monday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 5.

Graduation – Friday, June 7

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

We are wrapping up the Spring Sports season with many of our teams headed to the State Tournament.

Wednesday, May 29 at 4:30 pm v. BFA St. Albans @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: Saturday, June 8

Boys Lacrosse
Tuesday, May 28 at 4 pm v. Colchester @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: Saturday, June 8

Girls Tennis
Wednesday, May 29 at 3 pm v. Otter Valley @Home Quarterfinals
Semifinals: Friday, May 31
State Championship: TBA

Wednesday, May 29 at 4:30pm v. Middlebury @Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: TBD

Girls Lacrosse
Quarterfinals: Saturday, June 1
Semifinals: Tuesday, June 4
State Championship: Saturday, June 8

Saturday, June 1 @ South Burlington State Championships

Athletes who want to excel see the off season as a time to invest in themselves. Because they ask so much of their bodies during the sports season, wise athletes use the summer to invest in themselves by building up stores of resilience through rest and relaxation, building up their health through great nutrition, and building their fitness through a well designed fitness program.

With that in mind, several of our coaches have arranged their summer schedules to make our Fitness Center more accessible. Please check student emails for an updated summer fitness schedule. Incoming 9th graders and transfer students are welcome with a signed copy of this form.

Important Fall Sports Information

  • August 11 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5:00 in the cafeteria.
  • August 12- Football practice begins
  • August 14- Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6:00 in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Following the keynote, Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.
  • August 15 Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Tom McCoy – tmccoy@burrburton.org
Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears – suzannemears7@gmail.com
Boys Soccer: Peter Mull – pmull@burrburton.org
Field Hockey: Barb Miceli – bmiceli@burrburton.org
X-Country: Tom Klein – tklein@burrburton.org
Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry – jmowry@burrburton.org
Boys Golf: Paul Kelly – pkelly@burrburton.org
Girls Golf: Cheri Blondin – cblondin@burrburton.org

Burr and Burton requires all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated Well Exam on file with the BBA Health Office. For the Fall Sports Season, Well Exams must have been completed after November 5th 2017. Completed Well Exams can be emailed to dmiceli@burrburton.org or mailed/dropped off at the office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one so please plan ahead. All of the other necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms and the Well Exam must be submitted prior to Friday August 9th.

Returning Burr and Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

Mark your calendars: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2019 – September 20th and 21st.

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CPR Training Offered to all BBA Seniors and Faculty

On Thursday, May 23 CPR training was offered to all BBA seniors and faculty with the goal of having all members of the class be certified before graduation – this is a skill to save a life in an emergency situation. 
This training was organized by BBA sophomore Finula Cree’21 and BBA Math teacher Matt Kujovsky. The Londonderry Rescue also assisted.

Burr and Burton Summer Camps

Some spots still available!
Register for camps today!

From the Library

Summer reading is the focus of this month’s library newsletter.

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.
2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com

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 pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
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, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.

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