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September 2019

Calendar

2  Labor Day – school closed
4  Fall College Night for Juniors, Seniors & Parents: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley/Hunter Seminar 
6  Freshman Frolic: 7 – 9:30 pm, BBA Student Center
8  Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 8:30 am – 2 pm, BBA Student Center
10 Naviance Parent Workshop: 8 – 9 am, Lower Level of Smith Center
12 Naviance Parent Workshop: 5 – 6 pm, Lower Level of Smith Center
12 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
19 Junior College Field Trip & Fair: 6 am bus to UVM
19 Powderpuff Football Game: 3 – 5 pm: Taylor Field

19 Homecoming Cookout and Bonfire: Starting at 6 pm, Upper parking lot
20-22 Homecoming Weekend
23-25 Mountain Campus Watershed Expedition


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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

The 2019-2020 school year will be historic as we will break ground on The Rowland Project, a $20 million transformation of our campus.

The centerpiece of this project is Founders Hall, a 25,000 ft.² center for integrative studies that will bring together English, social studies, a STEAM lab/maker space, and an extraordinary central gathering space and library. It will be located behind the Seminary building, where the maintenance facility currently sits, and the parking lot will become a courtyard that provides a place to relax, connect and appreciate the beauty of our setting at the foot of Equinox Mountain.

Along with a central gathering area and an innovative “neighborhood“ approach to grouping learning spaces, the building will feature a third story space, the Belltower Room, that will feature a view over the Seminary belltower into the valley. The experience inside and outside the building will be extraordinary.

Groundbreaking will be in April 2020 with building completion planned for June 2021.The design process has been deeply collaborative, with input from students, faculty members, and others, and led by Kyle Murphy, BBA class of 2007, and ZGF Architects, an international design firm. Sometimes, a picture is worth 1000 words, so please see below. In addition, I am providing a link HERE to a full set of plans so you can take a look.


The school year is up and running, and even as we focus each day on providing engaging, vigorous educational experiences, we also look to the future so that the BBA of tomorrow continues to be a school worthy of your trust and support.

Honor the Effort and Imagine the Future!

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

The 2019-2020 school year is successfully underway. We started the year with a spirited assembly that included a 7-minute long standing ovation for the class of 2023, a joyful performance of the alma mater, and an engaging and humorous opening address from seniors Grace Sherwood and Matthew Scott. 

As we all rebuild our learning stamina, Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the last days of summer and recharge after the first full week of school!

Next week, students will participate in two special presentations. On Thursday (9/5), each grade level will be introduced to brain-based principles of learning, levels of student engagement, and BBA’s Spires. Education consultant Bill Rich will join us for the day to expand his work with BBA’s faculty to BBA’s students. I plan to share more on this at Open House (see below). On Friday (9/6), we welcome John Broadrick, former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court. John’s presentation on destigmatizing mental health comes highly recommended and I’m confident his personal story will engage our community. I encourage you to learn more about John’s story and his work with high schools by listening to this short clip. Parents/families are welcome to attend the presentation at 11:00 am in BBA’s Gym.

Your first opportunity to connect formally with our faculty is at our Fall Open House. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 12th. Registration begins at 5:45 in the Riley Center Lobby, followed by an opening session and individual classroom visits. Open House is designed to give you a snapshot of your student’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your student’s schedule and meet Burr and Burton teachers. You’ll learn about the engaging and vigorous learning experiences offered at Burr and Burton, the enduring understandings and essential questions that students explore, and the skills and habits of learning students will develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies, Flex Block, and how students use technology as a learning tool. I’m confident that you’ll gain a sense of how the experiences your children have in each course foster and support our mission and core values, and how committed we are to each individual student.

I’m hoping to connect with many of you at Open House on September 12th. 

Sincerely, 

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

 


The Mountain Campus will offer its first Open House of the year on Tuesday, September 17, from 6 – 7pm. The evening is an opportunity to learn about the semester program curriculum, and to explore the indoor and outdoor learning spaces at our Peru campus. Current students will present exhibits of their early learning about their Vermont environment. This evening is for BBA families and the public. The Mountain Campus address is: 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd. Peru, VT. 05152. 

I feel so much better about myself now that I’ve done that,” said one student on Bromley Mountain during our orientation.

Sophomore student August, on the Mountain Campus moss walk, following a Paul Molinelli drawing class.

The 15th semester of the BBA Mountain Campus program will hike from campus into the Green Mountain National Forest for four days, starting Monday, September 23. This curricular trip allows students to tune their camping, hiking, and map-and-compass navigation skills, while exploring the topography and stream networks of three major river watersheds: the Hudson, Connecticut, and St. Lawrence Rivers.

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

Here we go! Students are back on campus, new families have been welcomed, and Homecoming/Reunion is just around the corner. BBA is busy, boisterous, and happily underway. 

A few items to look out for:

  • The first Parent Association Meeting on September 6 at 8 a.m. in the library — PA leaders Oona Cree and Molly Williams will host the first Parent Association meeting of the year, featuring Mark Tashjian and Meg Kenny. 
  • Homecoming and Reunion on September 20-22 — Reunion Weekend has something for everyone, and the more the merrier! Join alumni from all class years on Friday and Saturday to cheer on teams on our own McCormick Taylor Field, as well as at McLellan, Eckhardt, and Applejack Fields at the Rec Park (see the school calendar for details), and experience the happy buzz on campus of Bulldogs coming home. If you’re an alum and haven’t registered yet, check out our Reunion page and contact Rich Thompson-Tucker at 802-549-8135 or rthompson@burrburton.org with any questions. 
  • The first Parent Participation Annual Fund Appeal — Your support of the Annual Fund, which touches every part of the BBA student experience, is hugely important, and every gift matters. Give now, and keep an eye out for updates from Parent Participation co-chairs Marlene Lederman Allen and Rick McDonough throughout the year.

As always, thanks for being involved and active in our community, and please be in touch with any questions! 

Best,


Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for your cooperation dropping off and picking up your student(s) in the lower circle.  We ask for your continued support in not using the upper circle before or after school. 

While we know this has been an inconvenience for some, it seems to be working.  As mentioned in the August Bullhorn, here are a few suggestions to help ease the stress of drop-off and pick-up. 

  1. Allow yourself extra time for drop-off and pick-up. 
  2. Use two lanes in the lower circle and pull as far forward as you can before stopping. 
  3. Arrive a little early for drop off.  Fifteen minutes early will make a huge difference. 
  4. Delay your pick-up time by ten to fifteen minutes.
  5. If you live close to school, encourage your student(s) to walk to school. 
  6. Carpool with other student drivers or with other families. 
  7. Encourage your child to walk to a pick-up area; for example, walking down Seminary to be picked up on Franklin Road. 

School Safety Initiatives – 

September 25th is “National Awareness Day”If you see something, say something! 

Discussing school safety initiatives is never easy and sometimes uncomfortable for students. Often the meaning of these discussions is either lost, ignored or misinterpreted. I ask for you to talk to your student(s) about this particular initiative. 

In short, your son/daughter should tell an adult if he/she sees or hears something that does not seem right. This includes reporting online posts that are threatening in nature or indicate that hazing, harassment or bullying might be taking place. 

We want students to have the ability to recognize suspicious activity both in school and out and to learn to pay attention to their surroundings. The following link addresses recognition and awareness: https://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something/take-challenge I encourage you to view the website with your son/daughter and have a discussion about it. 

Finally, please remember to call the school at 362-1775 or 549-8102 to report when your child is absent. 

Sincerely,
Anthony J. Cirelli
Dean of Students (549-8240)

 


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Fall College Programs

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night on Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will feature guest speaker Sam Prouty, Director of Admission at Middlebury College who will address junior and senior families. At 7:30 after his presentation, school counselors will provide grade-specific information to parents for the college admission and financial aid process.

Naviance Parent Workshops will be held in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center lower level) on Tuesday, September 10 from 8:00 to 9:00 am and Thursday, September 12, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. just prior to Open House.

The Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 2, from 5 – 6 pm, in conjunction with Parent Conferences.

College Fair Field Trip

Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip to the college fair at Saint Michael’s College for interested college-bound juniors on Thursday, September 19. We will attend the College Fair at Saint Michael’s at 9 am, followed by lunch ($6 or covered by Free/ Reduced Lunch) and a tour at Saint Michael’s. We will then tour University of Vermont and head back to BBA by 4 pm. Approximately 125 college representatives will take part in the College Fair.  To sign up, bring a completed college fair worksheet and permission slip here to the School and College Counseling Office by September 16. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis until full.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

Burr and Burton will host the ACT test on Saturday, September 14. Students should arrive to the test by 7:45 am.  The registration deadline for the October 26 ACT (not at BBA) is September 20. BBA will also host the SAT on October 5. The deadline to register is September 6. The registration deadline for the November 2nd SAT (not at BBA) is October 3.

Register online at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org. Please note that the school does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. Students who qualify for fee waivers should request one from Mrs. Welsh or their counselor.

Junior Testing

Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 16 during school hours. The PSAT is a practical opportunity for students to assess their testing skills and is recommended for all students considering attending college.  Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. (For the ease of online payment with a fee of $16.50, use this link: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees.) The fee is due on 10/1. The late fee is $20. Late fees cannot be paid online.  Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch; students should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.

Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT have the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a free entrance test for students interested in serving the US Military. The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may also benefit from taking this exam. ASVAB testing is also available to Seniors. Interested students should sign up with Mrs. Welsh

Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions. 

AP Exam Information

All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2019-2020 school year need to pay an exam fee of $98 per exam by October 25th in order to take the May AP exam. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $40 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 https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/ap_fees (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well).  There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with your School Counselor. Payments for AP classes that begin in the spring semester (Microeconomics and Chemistry) are not due until February 28th. AP exams are held May 4th-15th 2020.

Campus Visits

Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences.  Families may want to consider a college visit on Monday, Oct. 21st, when BBA is on mid-semester break.

College Representative Visitors

Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton this fall. More than 100 colleges have already scheduled appointments to visit with our students. Students can check the college visit list in Naviance and the bulletin boards in the School and College Counseling Office and main Seminary hallway for the most up-to-date list of visitors and meeting locations. Weekly announcements will also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to ask questions, make a connection with the college representative and learn the most current campus information.

From the 9th Grade Corner

We hope that over the next few weeks your son or daughter will settle into the school routine and embrace the opportunities that come with being a “Bulldog.”  Please note there are a lot of events going on during the first month of school; and a few of these events are highlighted below. For a complete list of events please check out the calendar link on the Burr and Burton Academy website.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 6: 7 – 9:30 pm – Freshman Frolic Dance in the Cafeteria * Free
  • Sunday, September 8: 8:30 – 3 pm – Student Lead Leadership Retreat – Pre-registration required.
  • Thursday, September 12 – Parent Open House 6 – 8:30 pm

Making the transition to high school can be exciting and a little nerve racking.  Below are a few tips for parents from current BBA seniors that are part of our freshmen mentor program:

  • Encourage your child to be a strong self advocate and reach out to teachers, coaches and other members of the BBA support network. 
  • As a parent, become involved in the BBA community.  Attend theater and music productions, sporting events, and student work expos. 
  • Be accepting of new friends as your child navigates high school friend and social circles may change. 
  • Support your child as they explore new clubs, classes and other opportunities that BBA has to offer. 

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 Student Success Program

The Success Program is initiating a Success Parent Association (SPA) and will be holding meetings on the following dates in the Library.
  • Freshman SPA – September 24 from 6 – 8 pm
  • Senior SPA – September 25 from 6 – 8 pm
  • Sophomore/Junior SPA – September 26 from 6 – 8 pm
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From the Creative Arts Department


Select members of the Burr and Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble will perform Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns”, at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on March 23, 2020.  Our singers will be joined by choirs from around the world, a professional orchestra, guest soloists and the composer for a 5 day residency in New York City to prepare for this monumental performance.  Congratulations to our singers for receiving a personalized invitation from Christopher Tin marking our fifth collaboration with the composer since 2012.

 


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From The Athletic Department

This week marks the beginning of competitions for our Fall athletes. The players and coaches have been hard at work for a while and I am excited to see them compete. Homecoming Weekend is coming up September 20 & 21.

While we are speaking of the start of the sports season, please take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the SuperFan Seven. We take our athletic classrooms very seriously at Burr and Burton – it’s how we do things here.

The SuperFan Seven

  • Show Up – There is no bigger game-time boost than a crowd of supportive fans.
  • Cheer For Our Team – Encourage our athletes by celebrating their successes and asking them to dig deep in big moments.
  • Honor The Game – The sport is bigger than each of us. Treat the moment with respect.
  • Appreciate Our Opponents – The word compete means to “struggle with.” Without our opponent, there is no competition. Cheer for our team, never against an opposing team or an individual player.
  • Support The Cause – Professional athletes are paid to perform for our entertainment. Education-based athletics are an extension of the classroom. Interscholastic athletes are here to develop our Core Values. Be patient while learning takes place. 
  • Give The Officials Some Love – They do a thankless job and without them there is no competition. The pool of people willing to officiate continues to get smaller. Fan behavior is the number one reason given by officials who leave the game.
  • Make Us Proud – Athletics is the front porch of the schoolhouse. It is often the first impression people have of our school. Long after you graduate it will be the easiest way to remain part of BBA.

GO BULLDOGS!!!

The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 4th Annual Student-Led Retreat on Sunday, September 8th. The goal of the Bulldog Leadership Summit is to create a community of student leaders who use their influence as leaders to transform the culture of Burr and Burton so that integrity, selflessness, and respect for everybody is embraced. We aim to inspire students to lead through character, accountability, and adding value to others. Last year’s retreat was a huge success with more than 100 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there next month.

The day is run by student facilitators and presenters. Our keynote speaker is Deb Hult of Core Trainings. Deb has been an annual speaker at the National Student Leadership Summit. Deb will focus on the power of positive peer relationships and connections, developing sound character, and increasing the visibility of positive student leadership within our school culture.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday, September 8 from 8 am – 2 pm at BBA. The retreat is open to all students. Students should register here by September 3rd. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org

Officials are Needed: The Vermont Soccer Officials Association is inviting all interested high school juniors and seniors, community members, school personnel, and parents interested in learning more about officiating sub varsity soccer games. This is for JV, Middle School, and Youth soccer officiating this fall. A clinic will be presented that will go over safety, the basic rules of the game and foul recognition, positioning on the field and basic game procedures.  Membership as an Associate Member of the VSOA, insurance, and follow up support, as well as the clinic is included in the $50 fee. 

Tuesday, September 3 in Manchester, VT at Burr and Burton at 6 pm.

Interested people are encouraged to email Gary Blodgett at gblodg@comcast.net with questions and to register.

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BBA Student Travel Opportunities


All are welcome to join us as we once again travel to tropical Costa Rica during the February 2020 vacation. The focus of this trip is to explore the culture, country-side, people and wildlife that this beautiful country has to offer. About the size of West Virginia, politically stable and democratic, peace-loving Costa Rica has conserved more than 25% of its land as national parks and wildlife reserves and supports 5% of all the known species on Earth. Panoply of dry-forests, jungles and cloud forests, lowlands and mountains, laced by rivers and streams, punctuated by active volcanoes, Costa Rica’s bio-diversity is astounding and thrilling. We’ll have a chance to see noisy howler monkeys and neon-blue morpho butterflies, as big as saucers, American crocodiles and speckled caimans. Birding is Costa Rica is unparalleled in Meso-America. In all, there are more than 900 species of resident and Neotropical migrant birds. We may also see pokey three-finger sloths, slow and deliberate enough for algae to grow on their backs. Jaguars and ocelots roam the rainforests. For more information contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org, Jess Handler at jhandler@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.

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Close Up – Washington DC

This trip to Washington DC, sponsored by the BBA Social Studies department, and run by Close Up Washington DC uses the District of Columbia as a living classroom where students make personal connections with peers from all over the country and with the people and institutions that embody our nation’s past and present.

With the help of Program Instructors, students learn about history and government while considering a variety of viewpoints. Close Up is designed to inspire and empower students to become active participants in our democracy.

The trip will leave from BBA on March 15 and return to BBA on March 20. For further information please contact Tom Klein at tklein@burrburton.org.

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BBA’s Model UN team

BBA’s Model UN team, ranked in the top 25 of all North American model UN teams, will again attend five conferences this year. We kick off the year with two conferences during back to back weekends in November, the start of the Model UN season, at Brown University and Princetown University. In January, we attend a conference at Yale, and February brings the teams favorite conference at Boston University. Finally, we round out our season at Dartmouth College in April. Last year we were awarded the “Best Small Delegation” award at the Dartmouth conference. The Model UN team would like to thank BBA for their continued support of our hard work. For further information please contact Kendra LaRoche at klaroche@burrburton.org. Model UN trips are for members of the class and/or travel team. 

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German Exchange

Our biennial German Exchange program will be taking place this year. In October, the students from our sister school in Stuttgart will be coming to Manchester. They will live in a host family with their exchange partner and attend school every day. In June, 2020, we will travel to Germany for three weeks. We begin with two days in Koblenz, including a boat trip on the Rhine river and a tour of the medieval Marksburg castle. We then spend two weeks in Stuttgart, where students are hosted by their partners from the fall. They attend school every day and visit many sights, such as the Mercedes Museum, the Wilhelma zoo, Ludwigsburg palace and the medieval city of Esslingen. The exchange trip ends with four days in Munich. One of the highlights is a bike tour of downtown Munich. We also visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial site, the famous Neuschwanstein castle and some of Munich’s many art museums.

The German Exchange program is open to students who take German at BBA and who have completed at least through German 3 by the time we travel to Germany.

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French Exchange

Ask anyone what the best way to improve your language skills are, and they will say to go to a country and live with a family.  That is not a simple thing to arrange, however. Fortunately at BBA we have our third BBA French Exchange!  

Our exchange is every 2 years with the lycée St. Cricq in Pau, France near the Pyrenees Mountains on the Spanish border.  Beautiful mountains and lakes, delicious cheeses, chocolates, and jams, fascinating history, and lovely beaches await you, as well as warm and welcoming host families in Pau. The French students are very impatient to come and discover our little mountain paradise, as well as American hospitality.  They are finalizing approval to come in February, so we are looking for host families. To apply to be a host family, please fill out the form HERE – click for link.

BBA students who wish to travel to France should be in at least French 3 by the time they participate or get permission from Mme Emery.  Students do not need to currently be enrolled in French to participate if they have completed French 3 in the past. To apply to go to France, please fill out the Student Participant Application Form HERE – click for link.

The French students expect to visit the United States from the 31st of January to the 12th of February.  That would be the two weeks before the February break.  The tentative dates for BBA students to visit France are from the 3rd to the 19th of April – the week before break plus the week of April break. It is possible to travel but not host, or host and not travel to France, but ideally your family and student would participate in both!  We are blessed at BBA also to have the Rowland grants to help with funds for student travel, with applications due very soon. There will be a French Exchange Informational Meeting on Sunday, Sept 15th 3-4pm in the Rowland student center.  Contact Mme Emery for more information at memery@burrburton.org .

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Discover Portugal: The Gateway to Europe
April 10 – 19, 2020

Wind your way along the Atlantic coast and experience the cosmopolitan flair of Porto and Lisbon as well as the rustic charm of rural Portugal. Culture and beauty merge in this warm part of the world. Immerse yourself in new cultures — surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life of Europe — creating inspirational moments while learning about history, art, and architecture. For more information contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.
What you’ll experience on tour:

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Italy: Landscape Exploration
June, 2020

This trip is about Italy’s landscape, in the Abruzzo Region east of Rome. Italy tells a great story of cultivating and preserving healthy farms and forests, and a local food tradition that stretches from the early Romans to today’s restaurants and kitchens. We will be exploring this culture, with a focus on rural life and culture (before a big-city finish).  Our trip be interactive and outdoorsy. Days of studying Italian; visits with local farms and markets; cooking classes; seasonal food harvesting; study of stone wall-building and medieval village restoration; several days of hiking sections of the ancient shepherds’ migration route from the grand mountain parks to the warm Adriatic Sea (these will be day hikes, because we will stay in hostels with meals provided, with opportunities to swim and canoe); exploring Roman and medieval villages, cultural sites and grottos, and finally two days and nights in Rome for a study of city life. 

Our Italian host was the World Wildlife Fund Director of Education for Italy. His knowledge of the Abruzzo region is matched by his advocacy of eco-tourism that celebrates people’s connection to land, food, and rural community. Even as we learn, harvest, cook, eat, we will contribute some time and labor outdoors, working in service of the project our host oversees to keep the Roman shepherd routes and regional paths in the public eye, as a cultural asset for hikers, painters, and all who savor landscape. 

Trip leaders: Andy and Hilary Dahlstrom, plus our Italian guide and host, Alessio di Giulio

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BBA Yearbook

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I am already making plans to pull together the 2020 Burtonian, the yearbook here at BBA. I will quickly be looking to gather a group of seniors interested in helping with this project. There are a number of ways for students to get involved, from photography, design, communications, and advertising. Anyone interested should email me directly at mvirgilio@burrburton.org.
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Seniors have the option of submitting their own photo’s for the yearbook. These will be due November 26th, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break. There will be a submission process in place through google forms to make the submission process as easy as possible. This will be emailed to all seniors in October. 
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As soon as our online purchasing form is set up, all students and parents will be notified. Keep an eye out for yearbook reminders in each monthly Bullhorn newsletter. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me by email.
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Looking forward to another great year!
Thanks
Melanie Virgilio
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From the Library

Welcome all new and returning families! This month’s library newsletter will introduce you to some of the resources our library has.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

 


Refuse to Use

This great local substance abuse prevention program allows participants to get a season’s pass to Stratton Mountain, Riley Rink, or Viking Nordic Center and also to ski at Magic Mountain by attending 5 events over the course of the season. See important information below:
Refuse to Use Info Afternoon @ MEMS, JPR Room, September 5, 3:15 – 4 pm
  • This is open to all interested participants
  • Collaborative staff will be at the event to help youth register 
Refuse to Use Kick-off @ Riley Rink, September 8, 3 – 5 pm
Refuse to Use Registration CLOSES SEPTEMBER 9 @ 11:59 pm
There is a late fee of $10 for late registration. 

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 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 Donor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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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
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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
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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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
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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
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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

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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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
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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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August 2019

Calendar

11 Football Meeting for Parents and Athletes: 5 – 7 pm, Student Center
12 Football Practice begins
14 Senior College Application Workshop: 2:30 – 5 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
14 Mandatory Fall Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, Gym
15 Fall Sports Practices begin
17 Freshmen Mentor Retreat: 10 am – 2 pm, Mountain Campus
18 Freshmen Mentor Retreat: 10 am – 2 pm, Mountain Campus
18 – 20 New International Student Orientation – various locations
19 Transfer Student Orientation: 10 am – 12:30 pm, Hunter Seminar/Library
19 Extracurricular Theater, Dance & Film Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, Riley Center
19 Mountain Campus Family Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
20 Mountain Campus Orientation Day: 11 am – 3 pm, Bus departing from and returning to BBA
20 Senior College Application Workshop: 11 am – 1:30 pm, Riley/Hunter/Lib/Tech/Cafeteria
21 Freshmen Orientation: 8 am – 1:20 pm, Begin in the Riley Center
21 Junior Jumpstart, 8 am, Begin in the Smith Center Lobby
21 – 23 Mountain Campus Orientation Program: Starts at 12 pm Wednesday and ends at 10 am Friday at the BBA Mountain Campus
22 School Opens – Early Dismissal
22 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 1 – 5 pm, Riley Center
23 Parent Association Breakfast: 8 – 9 am, Student Center
23 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 2 – 5 pm, Riley Center
26 Call Backs for Fall Play & Film: 3 – 5 pm, Riley Center
27 Make Up Senior Seminar: 10:40 – 12 noon, Hunter Seminar Roon, Morrison Classroom
27 Parent Association Information Night: 5:30 – 7 pm, Student Center
29 School Picture Day

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

With the start of the school year approaching, I would like to share a few important thoughts that are a natural outgrowth of our mission: to educate students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity and service. Ultimately, my purpose is to give new families a perspective on the kind of school you are joining, and to redouble our commitment to those of you who are returning.

We strive to be an ideal community 

At our core we seek to create a caring, supportive community in which young people thrive. In these conditions, students feel appreciated, connected, supported, respected, able to explore their passions and interests, able to grow intellectually, morally, emotionally, and physically. 

We live and learn through our successes and through our challenges, from those who see the world similarly, and from those with different points of view. We have students from different sending schools, different states and towns, with different ethnic backgrounds, strengths, interests, capabilities, and family income. We have students with different gender identities, orientation, and religions. We have native Vermonters, and we have students born in countries from around the world. We welcome students and families from across the political spectrum. 

We educate not only for academic excellence, but so each of our students can find a positive place in society. We promote knowledge and understanding, intellectual debate and discourse; we fight against ignorance, racism and bigotry. We promote truth and justice (just like Superman!) and we encourage students to seek multiple perspectives to deepen understanding.

What unites us is the common purpose of education and a shared commitment to support each other. Our diversity is a source of strength that enhances each student’s experience at Burr and Burton Academy and better prepares students for the complexities of the world in which we live.

We honor the effort

We encourage students to adopt a mindset of perseverance and reflection, with reflection an essential counterbalance to the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.” Yes, we want everyone to keep trying, but we also must reflect on our past performance in order to improve the future. Reflection and perseverance are an endless cycle that leads to personal growth and allows all of us to reach our full potential.

Each year, we select a theme, and this year‘s theme is shaped around the notion of perseverance and reflection: Honor The Effort®. You will hear more about this theme in upcoming communications.

Our promise to you

We ask a lot of our students and we ask for family support. In return, we bring to you a faculty and staff that is second to none not only in their love of teaching, but in their commitment to get to know and care for each one of our students. Our educational team is seeking continuously to improve, and we have spent countless hours working on brain-based educational practices to accelerate student learning. We are constantly re-designing curriculum, constantly discussing ways to improve, constantly thinking about the welfare of your daughters and sons.

In addition, over the next two years we will be investing $20 million in our campus, with more to come. We will build a 25,000 square-foot building that is designed specifically to support our best vision of 21st-century education. We will create a courtyard behind the venerable Seminary Building that will unify our campus and provide incredible outdoor gathering and recreation space. We will continue to plan and fundraise so we can keep imagining our best future and turning it into reality.

Through all that we do and through all that will change in the coming years, our human relationships will remain the heart and soul of a Burr and Burton education.

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The best part about this school is the joy we see every day as students succeed in the classrooms, on the sports field, in our studios, at the Mountain Campus, Dene Farm, on stage, in the Target Program, Access Program, Learning Center, Student Success Program, everywhere. We are a school filled with opportunities, and we are a school filled with students who embrace those opportunities.

I look forward to working in partnership with all of you to make the 2019-2020 school year a great one. Thank you for the trust you are placing in our hands.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families, 

In just under three weeks we will welcome the class of 2023 to Burr and Burton Academy. Life on campus is busy: the facilities crew is working hard to finish up summer projects, and many faculty and staff members are in and out, collaborating and preparing for opening day. There are over 50 incoming Freshmen on campus for Success Camp along with 14 student counselors from the Success Program. I’m looking forward to bumping into even more students as the campus comes back to life with fall athletics, performing arts meetings and school and college counseling programs.  Please look closely at all the relevant dates in this Bullhorn post and watch for the student/family summer mailing which will be emailed on August 2nd. 

Last spring was a busy hiring season as we filled positions in all areas of the school. Please join me in welcoming the newest members of BBA’s faculty and staff.  I’m looking forward to the impact they will make on our community and in the lives of BBA students. 

Humanities: 

Laura Callen earned her BBA stripes teaching SS, Wellness and Science in 2018-2019. She has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Fairfield University, an MBA from Fordham University, and an MAT from Drew University. Laura was the Vice President of International Equity Trading at Merrill Lynch in NYC prior to teaching English and raising Hannah ‘21, Riley ‘21, and Dillon ‘22.

Andy Cassarino was a star history major at Union College, where he earned a BA; he attended Rutland HS and finished his student teaching there in 2019 while enrolled in Castleton University’s post baccalaureate teacher licensure program. Andy is a Civil War reenactor and has won recognition for his social justice work, including the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission Individual Award.

English as a Second Language: 

Kelly Cray is stepping into a new role as ESL teacher after supporting students in the BBA Learning Center as a paraeducator last year. Kelly has a BS in Communications and English Literature from Castleton University and holds an Oxford ESL Certificate. She has taught in Korea and Arizona, as well as at US Space Camp. 

Shifting from ESL to Associate Director of the International Program is Cheryl Cornwell. In addition, she will be teaching two English classes.

Math

While Karyn Jackson is on maternity leave this fall taking care of her baby girl, Emersyn, Pat Zilkha, father of Ava ‘19, Annette ‘21 and George ‘23, will be covering her math classes. After working as a financial trader for 25 years, Pat decided to become a teacher and began his teaching career last year at MEMS and Maple Street School.

Science: 

Thom Collins has been a beloved biology teacher and crew coach at Vermont Academy since 2009. He taught science in MA and RI before that, and received the Donald T. Brodine Excellence in teaching award at VT Academy. Thom has a BA in Biology and a BS in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island.

Mountain Campus: 

In the fall of 2011, Tina Hartell was a long-term sub in the BBA science department. Tina now returns to BBA, this time in a full-time capacity at the Mountain Campus. She has a BS in science from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Science from Tufts. She has taught science at the Mt. School of Milton, in Switzerland, in an At-Sea program, and at the Darrow School.

PE/Wellness/Personal Fitness: 

Steph MacArthur has been a health, PE and personal fitness teacher, as well as a coach, in Stillwater, NY since 2012. She holds a BS in Education and an MS in Teaching from SUNY Cortland. Steph is currently obtaining National Board Teaching Certification and received a 2018 BBA Bigelow grant with her husband and fellow PE teacher Andrew MacArthur to travel across the US in their retrofitted school bus.

Dan Rotatori has an applied exercise science BS degree from Springfield College and was a lacrosse star at Grafton HS, where he returned to coach lacrosse after college. Dan has worked as an assistant lacrosse coach and personal trainer for Babson College, Clark University, and Daniel Webster College. 

Staff/Administration:

Kate Leach was Senior Associate Director of Leadership Giving at Dartmouth College prior to her start as BBA’s new Advancement Director in the spring of 2019. She holds a BA in Media Studies from Pomona College and worked as a Communications Director in a number of capacities, including on a presidential political campaign.

BBA alumnus Sarah Scranton studied psychology at Wheaton College; after receiving her BA, she obtained an MSW from Boston College in 2005. Sarah has worked as a psychotherapist and clinical social worker ever since. She will now be a Mental Health Clinician at her high school alma mater.

Billy Canfield joins the Success Program as its first Associate Director. A graduate of Fair Haven HS, Billy was himself a first generation college student. After serving in the US Navy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Services at the College of St. Joseph. Most recently, he was the BRSU Home-School Coordinator, working closely with families of students at Currier Elementary in Danby. 

Michelle Bonang joins us part-time as an occupational therapist in the Special Services Department. She is a graduate of Springfield College, with a BA in Rehabilitative Services and an MA in Occupational Therapy. Michelle has experience working in medicine and education, most recently in the Mill River, Mt. Holly and Ludlow schools; she runs and owns Pediatric Play Occupational Therapy. 

Jeremy Warren holds a BA in Psychology from Vassar College and completed graduate coursework in Human Development at Tufts. He worked to develop technology literacy programs for numerous schools and camps in the Boston area. He is also a professional circus artist and joined the BBA Tech department in the Spring of 2019.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer vacation!

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

 


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents, 

I hope this message finds you and your family well. As we gear up for the start of the school year, here are several important details to be aware of.

Dropping off and picking up your student(s):

If you drop off or pick up your student(s) at school, you know that it can be challenging. With the ground breaking of our new academic building on the horizon, drop-off, pick-up, and parking will be challenged even more. 

Beginning on the first day of school, we ask that student drop off and pick up happen only in the lower circle before and after school. Student and adult safety has to be our first priority. 

While we know this can be an inconvenience it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few suggestions to help ease the stress of drop-off and pick-up. 

  1. Allow yourself extra time for drop-off and pick-up. 
  2. Arrive a little early for drop off. Fifteen minutes early will make a huge difference. 
  3. Delay your pick-up time by ten to fifteen minutes.
  4. If you live close to school, encourage your student(s) to walk to school. 
  5. Carpool with other student drivers or with other families. 
  6. Encourage your child to walk to a pick-up area; for example, walking down Seminary to be picked up on Franklin Road. 

Parking/Permits:

If your student(s) drives to school, please purchase a parking permit prior to the start of the school year. Again, with the construction of our new academic building all vehicles need to be registered to help us better manage student and faculty parking. Purchasing a permit allows us to quickly identify vehicles in the event of an incident or if we need to ask a student to move his/her car. To pay online, please select this link (Online Parking Permit)Note: The Parking Permit link can also be found on the bottom right of our website. 

Vaping:

Teen vaping continues to be on the increase. The preferred product for vaping is a Juul or similar product. Juul pods contain a significant amount of nicotine, thus, addicting more and more students. Research continues to show that vaping is dangerous to teens. 

Some vape devices can also be used to inhale marijuana oil. With the legalization of marijuana in Vermont, access to marijuana oil is also on the increase. 

While we cannot control what teens do outside of school, we ask that you talk with your student about the risks associated with vaping (nicotine and THC oil), and encourage them never to bring a vape device or oils to school. 

The information below outlines a first infraction for alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and Vaping. 

AOD First Infraction (Note: Vaping marijuana oil is an AOD violation)

  1. The student will be sent home and serve a one-day suspension. 
  2. The student will serve a three hour Friday and Saturday detention and pay $50.00 to the school to help pay the monitor.
  3. The student will be referred to the Center for Restorative Justice to complete his/her educational and restorative program.
  4. The student will meet with a member of our Health Center for support and possible counseling. 

Vaping First Infraction

  1. The student will be sent home and serve a one-day suspension. 
  2. The student will serve a three hour Friday and Saturday detention and pay $50.00 to the school to help pay the monitor.
  3. The student will meet with a member of our Health Center for support and possible counseling.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and/or concerns. I am looking forward to a positive school year with all of our students.

Sincerely,
Anthony Cirelli
Dean of Students (549-8240)

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

We are so delighted to be kicking off the 2019-2020 academic year in just a few short weeks; welcome — and in many cases, welcome back!

As many of you know, you’ll be hearing from the Advancement Office in the course of the year for many reasons: 

  • We work closely with the Parent Association on events ranging from the New Parent Breakfast (August 23 at 8 a.m.) and Parent Information Night and Parent Panel session (August 27 at 5:30 p.m.) to Parent Mixers, Annual Gala, and the online auction;
  • We produce the biannual school magazine The VIEW (Summer and Winter), as well as press releases, alumni news, and the Annual Appreciation Report. (We even distribute the Bullhorn!)
  • And, of course, we ask alumni, parents, friends, businesses, and foundations to support Burr and Burton by making gifts through the annual fund, the endowment, specific programs or facilities, and the Burr Society for legacy giving

Most of all, it’s our mission to engage the whole community around this incredible school. Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, and we’ll see you on campus!

Best,


Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


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Mandatory College Admission Seminar for Seniors

Seniors planning to apply to college must attend a Senior College Admission Workshop for all college-bound students: Wednesday, August 14 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm OR Tuesday, August 20, from 11 am to 1:30 pm (attend just one) starting in the Hunter Seminar Room. We will be covering several important procedures related to the college application process.  iPads or personal devices are imperative for the workshops. Students must submit the Responsible Use and iPad Request Form in order to receive the link to book an appointment to pick up your iPad. Pick-up dates begin August 5th. When you pick up your iPad you will need to bring the $50.00 fee unless you qualify for a fee waiver. 

**Pick up your iPad in the tech office in the basement of Smith. Please plan for it to take about 15-25 minutes to get your iPad.** Do not hesitate to contact support@burrburton.org should any questions arise.

Make sure course selections are set for the entire year; it can be difficult to drop/add for second semester and we are required to report any changes of academic classes to college admission offices.

Transfer Orientation for New Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (students only)

All new sophomores, juniors and seniors should report to the Smith Center Library on Monday, August 19, from 10 am – 12:30 pm. The students will meet with BBA Student Ambassadors who will answer questions and share tips about adjusting to Burr and Burton. We’ll also help students locate their classrooms and get connected to BBA technology. The program will end with a pizza party.

Junior Jump-Start Program

All juniors report on Wednesday, August 21, from 8 am to 12:30 pm. Please meet in the Smith Center Lobby to start the day. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school. The Junior JumpStart program will cover career and college information, standardized testing options, the junior year planning calendar and more! Juniors will meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates. iPads or personal devices are imperative for the workshops. Students must submit the Responsible Use and iPad Request form in order to receive the link to book an appointment to pick up your iPad. Pick-up dates begin August 5th. When you pick up your iPad you will need to bring the $50.00 fee unless you qualify for a fee waiver. 

**Pick up your iPad in the tech office in the basement of Smith. Please plan for it to take about 15-25 minutes to get your iPad.** Do not hesitate to contact support@burrburton.org should any questions arise.

Freshman Orientation – Students Only

All freshmen should meet in the Riley Center for the Arts on Wednesday, August 21, from 8 am – 1:20 pm. Students will meet their classmates, teachers, advisor and freshman mentor. They’ll find their classrooms, participate in a question and answer session, and have some fun, too. Dress casually to participate in activities. A free lunch will be provided to all students on orientation day.

Fall College and Financial Aid Programs for Junior and Senior Parents

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night on Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will feature guest speaker Sam Prouty, Director of Admission at Middlebury College who will address junior and senior families. At 7:30 after his presentation, school counselors will provide grade-specific information to parents for the college admission and financial aid process.

Naviance Parent Workshops will be held in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center lower level) on Tuesday, September 10 from 8:00 to 9:00 am and Thursday, September 12, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. just prior to Open House.

The Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 2, from 5 – 6 pm, in conjunction with Parent Conferences.

Other Upcoming Events:

Look for more information in next month’s Bullhorn about these upcoming programs:

  • College Fair Field Trip for Juniors to Saint Michael’s College and UVM — Thursday, September 19 from 6 am to 4 pm
  • PSAT – in-school testing for juniors on Wednesday, October 16

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

The registration deadline for the September 14 ACT (at BBA) is August 16. Burr and Burton will also be a test center for the SAT on October 5 (the registration deadline is September 6). Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; students must create accounts and register directly with these organizations at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.  Seniors are also responsible for sending their official scores to all colleges that require standardized testing. Please keep track of your usernames and passwords by making a journal entry in your Naviance account – you’ll need them again.

Campus Visits

Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences if parents notify the Attendance Office in advance. BBA School and College Counselors also make their own campus visits every year. Let’s trade campus tour reports!

College Visits to Burr and Burton

Throughout the fall months, college admission representatives visit Burr and Burton. Juniors and seniors can keep track of the ever expanding list of visits on their Naviance accounts and make plans to attend meetings with teacher permission.

Contact Information

Don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question, concern or feedback. We welcome all contact and the opportunity to work with you to assure the quality of your student’s Burr and Burton experience.

From the 9th Grade Corner

As the start of school year rapidly approaches, your son or daughter is probably having feelings of excitement, nervousness or most likely both.  While the transition to high school is most often smooth, please know that advisors, counselors, teachers and support staff are here to help with the move from middle to high school.  Look for a “start of school information packet” to be sent out electronically in early August. This packet should have all the pertinent information needed for the start of the year. Feel free to reach out with any questions.  

* For a complete list of events/calendar please go to our school website: www.burrburton.org

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 Creative Arts Department

On Monday, August 19, from 6 – 7 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts, there will be an information meeting regarding the extracurricular offerings in dance, film, theater and tech for the 2019 – 2020 season.

If you are interested in The Fall Play (Clue), The Choreography Workshop, Ballet/Pointe/Variation Classes, The Fall Film, The Elf Express, The Theater and Dance New Works Project,  The Student Repertory Theater Company, The Spring Musical (Hair), Playwriting, Screenwriting, Lighting, Costumes, Sound, Set Design, Set Construction, Crew, Stage Management and more, please attend this meeting.

More info on audition dates to follow.   

There are so many opportunities for everyone! If you have any questions, please email: jraposa@burrburton.org

 


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From The Athletic Department

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Mandatory Fall Parent/Athlete Meeting on Wednesday, August 14th at 6pm in the gym.

This year we will be focusing on applying our school-wide theme of Honor the Effort to athletics. You will see us embrace the process of becoming our best selves on and off the athletic field. Nobody reaches excellence by focusing on winning. We become excellent when we focus on building the habits that excellent athletes choose on a daily basis. Winning and other measures of success will follow from that focus on giving great effort. 

“Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it.” – James Clear

I wanted to be sure you are aware of two great opportunities for students.

The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 4th annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 8th. The goal of the Bulldog Leadership Summit is to create a community of student leaders who use their influence as leaders to transform the culture of Burr and Burton so that integrity, selflessness, and respect for everybody is embraced. We aim to inspire students to lead through character, accountability, and adding value to others. Last year’s retreat was a huge success with more than 100 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there next month. Our keynote speaker is Deb Hult of Core Trainings. Deb has been an annual speaker at the National Student Leadership Summit which is where I first met her. I am excited that our students will work with Deb on the power of positive peer relationships and connections, developing sound character, and increasing the visibility of positive student leadership within our school culture.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday 9/8 from 8-3 at BBA. The retreat is open to all students. Please register here. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org

The complete list of 2019-2020 Bulldog Leadership Summit events can be found here.

The second great opportunity is the Peak Performance Program for athletes who aspire to compete at a high level. New sessions begin this Fall.  Our mission is to provide tools for the highly motivated athlete to reach an elite level of performance. Over 35 athletes have taken advantage of this program. We are excited to introduce a new modular format that will fit student schedules better. Email Julie Fifield: jfifield@burrburton.org to sign up or for more information.

Eligibility Policy

Last year we revised our eligibility policy to better support our students by taking advantage of our electronic gradebook. There are three main changes. We will review grades every two weeks. Students who are struggling academically will be required to use Flex Block to meet with their teachers. Students who are failing will be required to use practice time to work on their schoolwork (the previous policy allowed students to continue to attend practice). For the full text of the policy, click here

Important Fall Sports Information

  • August 11th – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5:00 in the cafeteria.
  •  August 12th – Football practice begins
  • August 14th – 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 15th – Golf, Bass Fishing, 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
Bass Fishing: Derek Andersen – dandersen@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 12th 2017. Completed Well Exams can be emailed to ktowslee@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.

Concussion Information

Each season as part of the co-curricular rules that you and your athlete sign, we provide some information on concussions. At BBA, we continually revise our concussion protocol to meet the best standard of care. Please see below if you would like some additional information. 

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon takes you through this course. In this course you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.

Parents and athletes are encouraged to take the free online course. http://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000

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From the Health Center

It’s truly hard to believe it’s time to sit down and write this welcoming letter! 

With every school year that passes, the old adage, Time Fly’s becomes even more apparent. Whether you are sending your first child to high school, or anxiously awaiting the graduation of your last, this time of year is full of nerves, excitement, early mornings, meetings, and sports games! Hopefully your students are starting to adjust their bodies to the school time routine.

The start of the school year can trigger a lot of anxiety and nerves for both students and parents. The Health Center is open every morning at 7:30, and will open Thursday, the first day of school at 7am to welcome students and parents. If you would like the school nurse to keep any prescription medications for your child please be sure to fill out the proper form, and bring the medication in the original container. If you have specific questions about this, or any other health related questions please feel free to reach out to Megan Beattie Cassan, that school nurse. She can be reached at 549- 8238.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any other questions, or concerns related to your child’s adjustment and transition to school, or any other social or emotional concerns. I can be reached at 549-8250. 

We look forward to supporting your children through this journey.

Megan Brooks, Director of Health Center
Megan Beattie Cassan, School Nurse
Sarah Marcks, School Based Clinician

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From the Library

This month’s library newsletter has summer reading information.

Margi Putney
Library Media Specialist
mputney@burrburton.org
(802) 549-8122

@BBALibrary

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2019-20 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
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Sponsors
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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
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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
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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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
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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
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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

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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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
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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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