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October 2017

Calendar

4  Parent Conferences: 1 – 5 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
4 Financial Aid Information Program for Junior and Senior Parents, 5 – 5:45 pm,  Riley Center
5  Parent Conferences: 1 – 8 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
6  Calliope Café: 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center
6  Parent Association Meeting: 8 am, Library
7  SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Center – Math Classrooms
10 Naviance Parent Workshop for parents of sophomores, juniors and seniors, 3 – 4 pm, Tech Lab, Smith Center
10  Speak About It parent presentation: 7 pm, Riley Center for the Arts
11 Freshman Service Day
11 Juniors, PSAT 8 – 11:30 am; Lunch; Theater Troupe 12 – 2:35 pm
11 Sophomores, Theater Troupe 8 – 11 am; Lunch; Pre-ACT 11:30-2:35 pm
11 Senior Workshops: 9 – 11:30 am, Tech Labs and Library

14 Creating a High-Performing Mindset in Our Kids: 6 pm, BBA Gym
23 Mid Semester Break: No School
24 Mountain Campus Systems in Sustainability Trip
27 Parent Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Founder’s Hall at Birchbrook

 


From the Acting Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

As we flip the calendar from September to October, it seems as if the fall weather has finally arrived. It was great to see so many folks out enjoying games over Homecoming/Reunion weekend. Congratulations to our athletes, who gave their all on the field, and to our fans, who cheered and supported our athletes in a positive manner while demonstrating respect for the opposing teams and the officials.

Progress Reports were released on Friday in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal. Progress reports are designed to give a snapshot of each student’s academic performance. Students received their current course grade and a personal comment in all semester courses. Please note that D and E block classes, which run every other day for the full year, do not report progress grades until late October.  

Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th from 1:15-5 pm and Thursday, October 5th from 1:15-8 pm with a faculty dinner break from 5-5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. If your son or daughter cannot attend, please discuss the following with him or her prior to your scheduled appointments — What do they like best? Least? What progress are they making? Where are they most successful? What challenges do they face? How are they using Flex Block? During your conferences, share your personal insights. It is often this personal knowledge and perspective that teachers act on and leads to enhanced student learning.

BBA teachers welcome parent-initiated conversation at any time.  If these days and times are not convenient for you or all appointment slots are booked, please email or call teachers directly to arrange an alternative time.  

On October 11th we will run special programing for each grade level. It is a full day for 9th – 11th graders; all programming ends in time for our 2:35 dismissal. Not all seniors are required to be on campus on October 11th, but we expect them to use the day to meet graduation requirements and plan for college and careers (see details below).

  • All 9th graders will take to the streets for the annual Freshman Service Day. Students should plan to arrive by 8:00 am and report to the Gym to organize prior to their departure. All groups will arrive back at BBA in time for sports and dismissal at 2:35.
  • All 10th graders will participate in the Sophomore Summit. The Summit includes morning programing related to identifying personal core values and a performance by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME) that will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. After lunch, all 10th graders will take the preACT.
  • All 11th graders will report to the cafeteria or their assigned testing location for either PSATs or the ASVAB test. Following testing, students will have a lunch break and then attend an afternoon performance by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME) that will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships.
  • All 12th grades who have November 1st college application deadlines and who have not finalized their applications with their counselor should attend the morning application workshop from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Seniors may also use the day for a college visit or job shadow experience. Seniors who need to complete community service hours will have the opportunity to volunteer for a service project at BBA. Details about signing up will be sent to seniors via email. No classes will be held on October 11th.

Lastly, on October 10, 2017 we will host a Speak About It parent presentation at 7:00 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. This presentation is designed to support you in helping your adolescent to develop healthy relationships.

Program Description:

Parents have a critical and unique role in teaching about consent and healthy relationship habits, but many feel unsure about what to say or how to effectively approach the issue. Speak About It’s parent program is designed to bring parents up to speed on important information about teen relationships, dating violence, college sexual assault, consent, and healthy sexuality. After a blend of true statistics, thoughtful and tested strategies, and collaborative moments, parents will leave the presentation with knowledge, language, and skills for initiating important conversations about these topics in a way that aligns with their family values, both throughout high school and in the years to come.

I hope to see you as you move through the halls during parent-student-teacher conferences!

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

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From the Advancement Office:

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Annual Fund kick-off

When the fall foliage appears, that is a sure sign that it’s time to launch our Annual Fund for the 2017 – 2018 school year. We kickoff this year’s Annual Fund on October 1. Our two Parent Association Advancement Committee Chairs, Marlene Lederman Allen and Christina Smith, will be reaching to you on a regular basis throughout the year asking for your financial support. And here’s why – while tuition from our sending towns covers a good majority of the expense of what we offer here, it’s the Annual Fund that allows us to offer all of extraordinary educational experiences and opportunities available to a Burr and Burton student. So please respond to the information you receive about the Annual Fund by making a gift.

Parent participation is important on many fronts. When we are working with other donors and foundations, a strong showing of financial support (number of parents supporting the school, not the dollar amount) from parents illustrates that you believe in what Burr and Burton is doing for your student and encourages generous support from others. Your lead inspires others who may not have as close of a connection to the school. And most important, it is your child that benefits most from the Annual Fund.

Here’s just a few examples of what the Annual Fund supports:

  • iPads, cases and service plan (at a cost of $765 each)
  • 35 plus after school clubs and provides a stipend to faculty advisors
  • Coaching staff for 18 different sports
  • Technology support for our digital learning platform
  • Faculty laptops and computers for the labs
  • Lab equipment, sports equipment, musical instruments, supplies for classrooms
  • Bus transportation for field trips, to Hildene and athletic games
  • And so much more

We welcome many forms of support and will count any of the following as a parent gift toward the Annual Fund:

  1. A gift of cash or a check. (To make a gift Online and get it done, click on the link:  https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform?token=287364632)
  2. Appreciated stocks (or ones that haven’t performed that you want to get rid of).
  3. If you own your own business, commit to a Corporate Sponsorship or a Gala Sponsorship (we’re happy to send you a package of information on sponsorships).
  4. A donation of a service, product or other item for the spring Online Auction (examples include: window washing, yard maintenance, an oil change, a cord of wood, etc.)
  5. A donation of an item for the Live Auction for our spring fundraising Gala.

Whether it’s $5, $5,000 or anything in between, we ask you to do what is right for your family. Remember, it’s THE NUMBER OF PARENTS WHO GIVE that we’re counting, not the amount. And many gifts of all sizes add up to create a BIG impact!

And here’s a bonus, when you make a gift to the Annual Fund, your name will be entered in a drawing for 7 – 9 nights of lodging at one of five luxury resorts in the Caribbean. We will draw a name monthly, starting in January. If you give early, your name will be in the pot for all of the drawings through May. The resorts are the Pineapple Beach Club and The Verandah (Antigua), Les Establos (Panama), The Club Resort and Spa (Barbados), and St. James’s Club (Saint Lucia). And fortunately, these places were not touched by the recent hurricanes. What a great opportunity! (Please note the certificates are for lodging only.)

Look for the Annual Fund brochure in your mail in early October and we encourage you to make a gift to this year’s campaign. It’s all about providing your student with the best educational opportunities possible and we need your help to do that.

Help us provide the extraordinary every day by supporting the Annual Fund.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled in the spring for Friday, April 27, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and we encourage you to share this information. Invitations will be going out in March. If you would like your children’s grandparents to be on the invitation list, please make sure we have their names and addresses in our database. If we don’t have their information, send an email to Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at nbrown@burrburton.org.

It’s a fun and interactive day for grandparents and special friends to see what their grandchildren are experiencing here at Burr and Burton, and we provide an interesting and engaging program for them. The grandparents will be in the Riley Center for the program portion of the day. Then they will meet up the students in the Riley Center lobby, and move to the cafeteria for lunch. The lunch will take place after classes at 12:40 PM.

Many thanks,

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Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

 


From the BBA Parent Association

Join us at our next Parent Association Meeting on Friday, October 6 at 8 am in the Library. Everyone is welcome! 

STUFF A BUS Clothing Drive October 12 & 13 — It’s time to go through the mudroom, the laundry room and all the bedrooms. Leave no closets and dressers unopened. Have a family sort night and see how many bags of gently used fall & winter clothing, coats, hats, accessories you can donate! Men, women, children – all sizes needed. Make it your goal to donate a minimum of 2 large bags. We can STUFF A BUS for local families in need! For more details and to volunteer email amy@desrobertscreative.com

Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Not us! Save-the-Date for our Parent Reception on Friday, October 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Founder’s Hall at Birchbrook. Please bring your favorite appetizer/hors d’oeuvres to share and enjoy drinks provided by BBA (wine, beer and soft drinks). All parents are welcome. Invitation to follow. RSVP nebambara@gmail.com.

Until next month,
Nan Bambara
BBA Parent Association President

 


From the Creative Arts Department

The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music on Friday, October 6 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.
Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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Congratulations to the following singers on their acceptance to the American Choral Director’s Association Honors Chorus hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Jessop Burrow, Angela Caggiano, Jack Fiocco, Anna Freebern, Rebecca Leili, Annabelle Mackson, Nina Marco, Hayden Myers, Matthew Scott and Nate Williams.

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What’s the Best Short Film of 2017? 

You Be the Judge In the Riley Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 7 at 3 pm as we are part of the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screening at more than 250 cinemas on six continents from September 28 to October 8, 2017. Ten amazing films have been selected from a record 1,615 entries from 75 countries. The Final 10 represent a wide variety of genres including comedy, drama, animation, Sci-Fi, horror, and martial arts. The FINAL 10 Short Films hail from the USA, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Switzerland, Syria, Georgia, and Latvia.

MANHATTAN SHORT audiences around the world will cast a ballot for Best Film and Best Actor. All 10 short films In MANHATTAN SHORT qualify for Oscar consideration so an anticipated 100,000 participants around the world will find their roles as newly-minted film critics both entertaining and challenging!
How can you vote for Best Film and Best Actor?

Tickets available at bbatickets.com.

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Financial Aid Information Program
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Financial Aid Information Program for Junior and Senior parents and students on Wednesday, October 4, from 5 – 5:45 pm in the Riley Center following Parent Conferences. The session will be facilitated by Carol Brousseau, former Director of Student Financial Aid at George Mason University. Recent changes to the process mean students can file their FAFSA beginning in October using income information from prior-prior year tax information.  Carol is also available for individual appointments on Tuesday afternoons at BBA.  You can schedule a meeting by contacting her at: cbrossea@gmu.edu.

Senior Application Workshop — Wednesday, October 11
All seniors with November 15 or earlier deadlines should attend the Senior Application Workshop from 9 – 11:30 am.  Counselors will work with students in the library and Smith Center tech labs to assist them with completing their applications.

Junior Testing — Wednesday, October 11
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 11 during school hours. 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. Online payment of $16.50 is also an option:  https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees.  Register by Oct. 2. Late registration fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.

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. This is available to Seniors as well.

Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions. Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.

Sophomore Pre-ACT — Wednesday, October 11
Sophomores will take the Pre-ACT test during school hours.  The PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science.  Results predict future success on the ACT test, and provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the familiar 1-36 ACT score scale.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Registration Information for seniors who need additional testing:

  • October 5 deadline for November 4 SAT
  • November 2 deadline for December 2 SAT at Burr and Burton
  • November 3 deadline for the December 9 ACT (not offered at Burr and Burton)

Register online at www.collegeboard.org or www.actstudent.org. Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. (We recommend that current juniors wait to take the SAT and ACT until the spring after they have received their PSAT results and have had the opportunity to participate in a test-prep course.)

Application Reminders for Seniors
Counselors are busy meeting with students on an individual basis to consider college lists, review applications and discuss essay topics. If your student is experiencing a roadblock in this process, please let us know so we can reach out to them.

By now, seniors should have submitted requests for teacher recommendations. Students who plan to complete their applications during the month of November need to have their essays and applications to their counselor by October 15 for review. Please refer to the Burr and Burton College Application Guide on the school’s website for more detailed information about timelines and the overall application process.

We encourage students interested in the University of Vermont to apply by November 1 to take advantage of the free application fee waiver for Early Action applicants and to receive a non-binding reply by the December holiday break.

Campus Visits
Seniors who have not visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling visits on holidays and weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Parents should notify the school in advance for absences to be excused,although these absences still count toward the 14 – absence total for individual classes. Wednesday,October 11 and Monday, October 23rd  might be a particularly good day to visit colleges because Burr and Burton will not be holding classes.

College Visits at BBA
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class with teacher permission to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton). Monday announcements also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to indicate their interest in specific colleges, ask individual questions and learn the most current campus information.

Vermont College Fairs
What: Vermont College Fairs sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders
This is an opportunity for students and their families to learn about college opportunities right here in Vermont, as well as the financial aid options that may be available. We will even have access to computer labs to learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Senator Sanders and area experts will speak at 12:30.
When & Where: Saturday, October 7, Lyndon State College (doors open at 10 am and close at 2 pm)
Saturday, October 14, Castleton University (doors open at 10am and close at 2 pm)

RSVP, requested not required: https://www.sanders.senate.gov/college-fairs-2017

Attention Sophomores!
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is a dynamic, interactive educational program designed to prepare our country’s youth to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Sophomore students who attend the Vermont seminar interact with leaders in business, government, education, media and non-profits; they get a realistic look at our nation, its people, and their role within the world community. The VT HOBY seminar will be held in May 2018 at Saint Michael’s College.  Go to www.hoby.org for more information. Stop by the School and College Counseling Office for an application. Applications are due back to Mrs. Welsh by Friday, October 31.

Oct 2017 – From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope your 9th grader has settled into the school routine and is enjoying school. Below are a few things to be aware of:

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5 – Parent/Student Conferences. Be sure to schedule these in advance.  Scheduling details and instructions can be found in the On Campus portal.  Instructions were also emailed to all parents and guardians.
Wednesday, October 11 – Freshmen Service Day. Please have your child bring a lunch and water.
Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20. Exams.  Not all classes will have formal mid-term exams.  Some will be project based.

Academic Support:
Library open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.
Teachers are available to help before and after school and during Flex block.

Enrichment Trips:
There are many great enrichment trips scheduled for this year.  It may be time to start talking with your son/daughter about school sponsored trips. If not for this year, it may be wise to start the planning process for a potential trip as more trips and exchange programs will be offered in the upcoming years. Please know that there is financial aid available through the Rowland Fund for Student Enrichment.  

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 549-8136; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

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

The Athletic Department and the Booster Club would like to thank all those parents that volunteered and contributed food items for the homecoming events, Thank you for your support!

We invite all of our parents to attend – Creating a High-Performing Mindset in Our Kids – a special presentation from Changing the Game Project at 6 pm on October 14 in our gym.

Topics in this presentation include:

  • How to Keep Your Kids in Sports!
  • How to Give your Child a Competitive Edge
  • To Push and Praise Your Kids to Perform Well
  • 3 Ways to Change Your Kids Sports Experience for the Better
  • How To Motivate Your Kids to Take Ownership for Sports
  • How to Help, and not Hinder, Their Performance Through the Things You Say and Do

FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:

Golf:

  • October 4 Boys Sectionals
  • October 10 Girls Finals
  • October 11 Boys Finals

Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer:

  • October 23 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1:00.
  • October 24/25 – Play downs
  • October 27/28 – Quarterfinals
  • October 31/November 1 – Semi Finals
  • November 4 – State Finals

Cross Country:

  • October 28 – State Meet – Thetford Academy

Football:

  • November 3/4 – Semi Finals
  • November 11 – State Finals

IMPORTANT WINTER SPORT DATES AND INFORMATION:

BBA Alpine Skiing Updates

The shorter days and the falling temperatures are a sure sign that snow is just around the corner! If your son or daughter is planning to tryout for the alpine ski team please review the following information. More detailed updates will follow in the November Bullhorn and at the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting.

The varsity alpine ski team is for those athletes that have previous experience in both alpine disciplines – slalom and giant slalom. Like last year there will be a tryout period and per Burr and Burton policy – any sport where there is only a varsity team (snowboarding, alpine skiing,and ice hockey) athletes may be cut after the tryout period if he/she is not at the varsity level.

If you plan to ski on weekends and over vacations we recommend you purchase a season’s pass through the Bromley Mountain Student Season Pass program. Afternoon passes and full day passes are available a reduced rate. Please pick up a season’s pass form outside of Sue Towslee’s office. Please note that applications are due by October 15, 2017.

Varsity athletes who do not purchase a ski pass, are required to purchase a training pass. Bromley Mountain generously offers this pass to our athletes for $100. These passes will be issued after the varsity team has been selected and they are only valid Tuesday – Friday while an athlete is training with the BBA team.

In addition, all athletes are required to pay a $25 membership fee to the Bromley Outing Club (BOC).

BBA will once again offer an enhanced training option for varsity alpine athletes. This early release option is open to varsity athletes who are in good academic standing and receive a recommendation from a teacher and coach. Students who participate are required to attend Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening study/support sessions at BBA. The fee for the program is $250 which covers transportation, additional coaching and academic mentoring.

The snowboarding team will be training at Stratton Mountain again this year, so we encourage those students to take advantage on the early season specials on passes to Stratton.

IMPORTANT WINTER DATES:

November 15 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports 6 pm in the gym.

November 27 – All Winter sports begin.

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From the Dene Farm Program

The Dene Farm Program hosted guest speaker Barbara Powers who taught the Ethnobotany class how to do chair “rushing”. Cattail not only has edible roots and shoots; it also provides us with utilitarian and entrepreneurial opportunities. Stay tuned for more updates from the Dene Farm Program by following us on instagram @denefarm and check out our blog at www.denefarmprogram.com.

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Student Travel 2017 – 2018

Adventure in the Heart of Europe: April 12 – 21, 2018
The experience of a lifetime is waiting for you during your April 2018 vacation as we travel to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. This art and music trip called Adventure in the Heart of Europe includes visits to Vienna, Prague, Mozart’s birthplace – Salzburg, and ends on the lake in Lucerne, Switzerland. Every detail from the cities you’ll stay in to the cultural discoveries you’ll make have been customized for our group..
 
We will visit museums, take a boat ride on Lake Lucerne, enjoy Viennese waltz dancing, visit castles in Germany, enjoy Fraulein Maria’s bike tour, as well as an apple strudel cooking demo and tasting.
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This art and music trip is for students who have taken, currently take, or will take classes with the four chaperones – Julie Freebern, Neil Freebern, Lauren Silver or Oscar Trugler. For more information please contact Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org or Julie Freebern at jfreebern@burrburton.org.
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Spain: April 13 – 21, 2018
With BBA Spanish teacher Sue Ritchie, see information about the trip HERE.

France: February 1 – 16, 2018
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 second BBA French Exchange!

Our exchange is every 2 years with the lycée St. Cricq in Pau, France near the Pyranees 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, fill out this form.

BBA students who wish to travel to France should be in at least French 3 by the time they participate.  Students do not need to currently be enrolled in French to participate if they have completed French 3 in the past.

The French students expect to visit the United States for 10 days somewhere between the 1st and the 16th of February, during the two weeks before February break.  The dates for the US students to visit France are the 6th to the 22nd of April – the week of April break plus the week before 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 to have a scholarship fund to help with student travel, with applications due in October.  Contact Mme Emery for more information at memery@burrburton.org . .

There is also a planned Service Trip to Guatemala – further information will be available at a later date.
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From the Library 

To see what’s happening in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library, click on this link.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

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Corporate Sponsors

The 2017-18 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

2016-2017 Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com

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

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

Academic Letter
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Inn at Manchester

Planning for the 2018 Parent Association Spring Gala (Friday, May 25th) has already started! 
The following sponsors were a huge part of our $230,000 fundraising success:

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
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September 2017

Calendar

4  Labor Day – School Closed
6  Fall College Night for Parents of Juniors and Seniors: 7 – 9 pm, Riley Center
8  Freshman Frolic: 7 – 10 pm, BBA Cafeteria
9  ACT Testing at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, Smith Center, third floor
10 Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 8 am – 2 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
13 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
19 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm, Mountain Campus
20 Junior College Field Trip & Fair, 6 am – 4 pm, Bus to UVM
21 Powderpuff Football Game: 3 – 4 pm, Taylor Field
21 Homecoming Cookout and Bonfire: 6 – 8:30 pm, Upper Parking Lot
22 Homecoming Games Begin: 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Applejack Field
22 Homecoming Dance: 8 – 11 pm, Scranton Room
22 – 24 Burr and Burton Alumni Reunion Weekend

 


From the Acting Head of School

Dear Families:

The 2017-2018 school year is successfully underway. On Thursday, August 24th, we welcomed 711 students to Burr and Burton Academy at a spirited all school assembly. Juniors Angela Caggiano and Florie Hynds opened with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Seniors Margo Grapshi and Bea Bellingham highlighted aspects of BBA’s culture in their opening address where they expressed gratitude, Jimmy Fallon style, with a selection of thank you notes. A group of Freshman Mentors performed a humorous skit that highlighted key changes to our food service program, and the assembly culminated with the ringing of the bell to mark Burr and Burton’s 188th year.

Here are a few facts and figures on our student body:

  • The freshman class totals 172 students. Roughly 40 students joined BBA’s freshman class from outside of our sending schools.
  • There are approximately 30 new students in grades 10 through 12.
  • We welcomed 75 international students from Ecuador, Brazil, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Poland, Indonesia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Japan, China and Vietnam. This is the largest international enrollment in our history.
  • This semester’s mountain campus cohort includes 26 students from grades 10-12.  

Your first opportunity to connect formally with our faculty is at our Fall Open House. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 13. Registration begins at 5:45 pm in the Riley Center Lobby followed by an opening session and then individual classroom visits.

Open house is designed to give you a snapshot of your child’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your child’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 students explore, and the essential skills and the habits of learning students develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies, Flex Block and how students use technology as a learning tool. I’m confident 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 write this post on a late August afternoon while the sun shines on our beautiful campus, and I’m mindful of the destruction and suffering that citizens of the greater Houston area are facing. Our community has always rallied to support those in need after natural disasters. In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy students and faculty/staff organized relief efforts and participated in clean-up projects. Folks on campus are meeting and brainstorming ideas to continue the tradition of service. Look for updates in the coming weeks and please reach out to Nancy Strain at nstrain@burrburton.org if you have ideas or want to support our student’s efforts.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

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From the Advancement Office:

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It’s hard to believe that we are already into week two of the new 2017 – 2018 school year and we are off to a good start. Freshman Orientation was great as was Junior Jumpstart, and the first day of school on Thursday, August 24 was successful as well. At assembly that morning, we welcomed the Freshman Class of 2021, many new International students and new faculty and staff members.

We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our students and families. For our new families, it was nice to meet some of you at the New Parent/Freshmen Parent Orientation night. We hope your student will enjoy their experience at Burr and Burton Academy and take full advantage of all that is offered here.

As we start the new school year, our office is in the process of printing and mailing our Annual Appreciation Report. I know you will be impressed, as we are, with the breadth and depth of the support for our school. We had an incredible year last year, and we look forward to replicating that effort this year.

Please understand that parent support is an important part of our Annual Fund Campaign and we will be reaching out to you in the coming months. We raise support for Burr and Burton for one reason only – to give your student the most amazing educational experience possible. We have two new parent volunteers who will be helping with the Parent Fund – Marlene Lederman Allen from Rutland, and Christina Smith from Londonderry so you will be hearing from them in the near future.

The high school experience is a very important time in a student’s life. We encourage parents and guardians to get involved with the school in some way. The more involved you are the more you know about the great opportunities offered here at Burr and Burton. It’s not hard to find a place to volunteer – feel free to call our Advancement office – reach out to me, cgubb@burrburton.org or to Nan Bambara, Parent Association president at nebambara@gmail.com.

Annual Fundraising Gala
Our annual fundraising event committee will be gearing up soon for this year’s Parent Association gala. Our new co-chairs, Urszula Knowles and Kate Townsend will be calling together the Gala Committee in October. It’s a fantastic event and raises significant funds for the school. If you have an interest in becoming a gala sponsor, if you want to donate products or services to the Online Auction, or a week at your summer camp on a lake or home on a tropical island for the Live Auction, please contact our Gala co-chairs:

Urszula Knowles, njknowlies@aol.com, 201-443-5060

Kate Townsend, kate.a.townsend@gmail.com, 860-593-6045

Be sure to mark your calendar for the event, which will be Friday, May 25, 2018, at Taconic.

Alumni Reunion Weekend
Calling all Burr and Burton parents who are also alumni! Don’t miss Reunion Weekend on Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017. While we honor and celebrate alumni from classes celebrating significant milestone years, all alumni, spouses and families from all classes are welcome. The weekend will include many events, the highlight being the Alumni Dinner at the historic Equinox Hotel on Saturday evening. 

Visit www.burrburton.org and click on the Alumni tab for more information and to register. Or contact Gina Vickers in the Alumni Office at 802-549-8277 or email her at gvickers@burrburton.org. The Alumni dinner has sold out the last four years so reserve your seat today!

Sincerely,

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Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

 


From the BBA Parent Association

The school year has started with tremendous momentum – I hope you feel it too! I love September because the spirit, enthusiasm and potential for success is at it’s highest. Thank you to everyone that talked to me, emailed me, and/or completed the survey. Your feedback is invaluable. The survey is still active, so please tell us what you think, if you haven’t already.  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eebrnglaj4h5oeki/a001j5fo4mzg/questions
Thus far, the survey results have shown a few trends.  
  • There is overwhelming interest in opportunities for parents to meet other parents and to become part of the “BBA community”. 
  • And therefore not surprisingly, a parent reception/cocktail party is top on the list of *new* activities, followed by events, talks, and speakers, and a BBA School Store. 
  • And thankfully, this will all be possible because we have a talented and willing group of parents that self-identify as #1: baking and cooking enthusiasts, #2: skillful organizers and #3: event planners, and #4: communications & outreach specialists. I am excited to put all this volunteer energy to good use.  
Our first meeting is next Friday, September 8. Meg Kenny, the Acting Head of School will be joining us to share important details/changes about this year, and answer any questions you may have. Our agenda will include: the Mountain Campus and how it is perceived by college admissions; the status of the track at the Rec Center; and committees assignments including a parent cocktail party; a school store; the fall clothing drive; and a “Senior Send Off”. The meetings are designed to be an open forum to exchange and discuss ideas. The brainstorming, planning and logistics are generally done at the committee level. Please join us so you can be part of the action and identify what activity/issue/committee you would like to join. For those that can’t make this morning meeting, don’t worry, the PA will have a table at the September 13 Open House for questions and committee signup.   
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On a personal note, I am an avid VPR listener and last week I had the pleasure of listening to Peter Gilbert, the Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council. Peter is from Dorset. His commentary is titled, Celestial Visions, because of the Eclipse-mania that spread around the USA last week. It was especially charming in how it framed our unique perspectives. I particularly enjoyed listening to his diction and cadence as it made me pause, and think, just a little more purposefully, even if just for a moment. Sometimes in our busy, rushed lives, we need that. If you missed it, I hope you’ll take a minute to listen and of course, I hope you like it as much as I did. 
 
Enjoy the long weekend, the Labor Day holiday, and the final days of our lovely Vermont summer.
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Until next month,
Nan Bambara
BBA Parent Association President

 


From the Co-Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we will have already completed over a week of school by the time you receive this message. We seem to be off to a great start, and the weather has certainly been spectacular! Wouldn’t you know that we would have our best stretch of summer weather upon returning to school.

I have a few housekeeping items for you to review before things get too busy for you and your student(s). First, if your child drives to school, please purchase a parking permit as soon as possible. Purchasing a permit allows us to quickly identify your vehicle in the event of an incident which might require us to contact you or your student. To pay online, please select this link (Online Parking Permit).  

Seniors are not allowed to leave campus during their free block until the privilege is granted. A big factor in that decision is that the majority of the senior parking permits have been paid for and submitted. An announcement will be made at assembly to acknowledge the start of this privilege. Additionally, no student is allowed to leave campus during lunch or Flex Block.

Parking Lots – Students are not allowed to go to their cars during the school day. The expectation is that they will only be in the parking upon arrival and at the end of the day. The only exception is for an early dismissal which is granted by you the parent/guardian and approved by the Dean’s office.  Note: all students must sign out in the school reception office and back in again when they return.

Please help your child get to school on time. Being punctual now will help your son/daughter in the future. Students arriving late should sign in and get a pass from Mrs. Towslee in the main office. Additionally, please call the main office (362-1775) to inform us if your son/daughter is sick and will not be attending school. Note: Tardies are cumulative and will affect your child’s overall classroom attendance and possibly his/her grade.

Lastly, communicate often with your student(s), and let me know if your son/daughter is having any problems at school. With easy access to technology and social media, it is possible for a potential problem to follow your son/daughter home without your knowledge. Gone are the days when a potential problem is left at school when a child leaves at the end of the day.

Finally, BBA must be a drug free campus. Students violating this request will be dealt with accordingly and have to endure the consequences. Since vape pens and e-cigarettes can also burn marijuana oil, they will be treated as drug paraphernalia. Last year we saw a resurgence in their popularity. They are also being disguised as storage devices such as USB flash drives (Juul Vape Pen).  

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

Anthony Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students
549-8240

 


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College and Career Information

Makeup Senior Application Workshop
On Wednesday, September 6, during Flexblock (10:40-11:30), college-bound seniors who missed the August workshops are urged to attend this Makeup Session of the College Application Workshop. Seniors will complete the Common Application and get a head start on college essays, applications and have time to meet with their counselors. Much information will be shared about the process of applying to college over the next couple of months. Please meet in the Hunter Seminar Room at the start of Flex Block.

Fall College Night for Junior and Senior Parents and Students
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night for Junior and Senior Parents on Wednesday, September 6, at 7 pm in the Riley Center. Debra Johns, Associate Director of Admission at Yale University, will be our keynote speaker. Debra has been at Yale for the past nine years. Prior to that she worked in admission at Fairfield University and Marquette University and recently served as chair of the finance committee for the National Association of College Admission Counseling. She has presented on many occasions at national and regional conferences on various admissions topics, is active with current admissions issues and is a frequent participant and speaker at college night programs.  Following Debra’s presentation, School & College counselors will present parents with grade-specific information regarding the college process.

Financial Aid Information Night
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Financial Aid Information Night for Junior and Senior parents and students on Thursday, October 4, from 5:00-5:45 in the Hunter Seminar just prior to Parent Conferences. The session will be facilitated by Carol Brousseau, former Director, Office of Student Financial Aid at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Carol retired from George Mason in 2016, after over 20 years with the university in a variety of positions within the Office of Student Financial Aid.  She also served in various financial aid positions at Georgetown University and Strayer College, giving her a wide range of experience in public, private and proprietary educational institutions.  Carol has a very practical and down to earth understanding of the Financial Aid Process and the FAFSA’s calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  Recent changes to the process mean students can file their FAFSA beginning October using income information from prior-prior year tax information.  Carol enjoys helping students and parents navigate the Financial Aid Process.

Carol can help you answer the Questions:

  • How soon do I start?
  • What do I need?
  • Where do I go on the web?
  • When is the FAFSA available?
  • Why is a FAFSA required?

College Fair Field Trip
Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip to the college fair at the University of Vermont for interested college-bound juniors on Wednesday, September 20. Students and the College Counselors will leave promptly at 6:00 am. (Pack a breakfast and snacks!) We will attend the College Fair at UVM at 9 am, followed by a tour of UVM and a quick lunch at the Davis Student Center.  (Bring money to purchase lunch items.) We  will then tour Champlain College and head back to BBA  by 4 pm. Approximately 250 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 15. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis until full. Permission and mandatory College Fair Homework Assignment due to Mrs. Welsh no later than Friday, September 16 to hold a place on the bus.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Burr and Burton will host the SAT on October 7. The deadline to register is September 8.  The registration deadline for the October 28 ACT (not at BBA) is September 22, and the registration deadline for the November 4 SAT (not at BBA)  is October 5. (BBA does not host either the Oct. ACT or the Nov. SAT — students will need to sign up for a different test site.)

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 11 during school hours. Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy (Use this link; https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees online payment of $16.50) to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office by October 1.  Late registration fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. The PSAT is a practical opportunity for students to assess their testing skills.

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. This is available to Seniors as well.

Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions. Students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.

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.

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. Nearly 40 colleges have already scheduled appointments during the month of September alone. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton) or the College Planning Calendar in the School and College Counseling Office 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 8: 7 – 10 pm – Freshman Frolic Dance in the Cafeteria * Free
  • Sunday, September 10: 8:30 – 3 pm – Student Lead Leadership Retreat – Pre-registration required.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Parent Open House 6 – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 21: 6 – 8:30 pm – Homecoming Cookout and BBQ Upper Parking Lot *Free
  • Wednesday, September 27: 7 – 7:50 am Leadership Summit – Establishing Your Brand HSR 

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 549-8136; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

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

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 just around the corner.

Here is the schedule:

Thursday, September 21
Student Powder Puff football game at BBA – Taylor Field: 3:30 pm

Homecoming Pep Rally Bonfire at BBA: 6 – 8 pm

Friday, September 22
JV Gold Boys Soccer vs. Leland & Gray at Applejack Field*: 4:30 pm

Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Leland & Gray at Applejack Field*: 7 pm
*Admission to Applejack Field: $5 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens.

Saturday, September 23
Varsity Field Hockey vs. Hartford at BBA Judy McCormick Taylor Field: 10 am
JV Field Hockey vs. Hartford at BBA Frelinghuysen Field: 11:30 am
Varsity Football vs. Fair Haven at BBA Judy McCormick Taylor Field: 9 am
JV Gold Girls Soccer vs. Woodstock at Applejack Field*: 5:30 pm
Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Woodstock  at Applejack Field*: 7:30 pm
*Admission to Applejack Field: $5 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens.

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 2nd annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 10. 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 40 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday, September 10 from 8 am – 2 pm, Hunter Seminar Room at BBA. Retreat topics include: Leading From the Heart, Bringing Positive Energy, Grit, Connecting with People, Multiplying Your Effectiveness and Increasing Accountability. The retreat is open to all students. Please register here. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org. Please see our 2017-2018 Schedule for other workshops.

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Student Travel 2017 – 2018

Spain: April 13 – 21, 2018
With BBA Spanish teacher Sue Ritchie, see information about the trip HERE.

France: February 1 – 16, 2018
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 second BBA French Exchange!

Our exchange is every 2 years with the lycée St. Cricq in Pau, France near the Pyranees 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, fill out this form.

BBA students who wish to travel to France should be in at least French 3 by the time they participate.  Students do not need to currently be enrolled in French to participate if they have completed French 3 in the past.

The French students expect to visit the United States for 10 days somewhere between the 1st and the 16th of February, during the two weeks before February break.  The dates for the US students to visit France are the 6th to the 22nd of April – the week of April break plus the week before 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 to have a scholarship fund to help with student travel, with applications due in October.  Contact Mme Emery for more information at memery@burrburton.org .

Adventure in the Heart of Europe: April 12 – 21, 2018
The experience of a lifetime is waiting for you during your April 2018 vacation as we travel to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. This art and music trip called Adventure in the Heart of Europe includes visits to Vienna, Prague, Mozart’s birthplace – Salzburg, and ends on the lake in Lucerne, Switzerland. Every detail from the cities you’ll stay in to the cultural discoveries you’ll make have been customized for our group.
We will visit museums, take a boat ride on Lake Lucerne, enjoy Viennese waltz dancing, visit castles in Germany, enjoy Fraulein Maria’s bike tour, as well as an apple strudel cooking demo and tasting.
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For more information please contact Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org or Julie Freebern at jfreebern@burrburton.org
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There is also a planned Service Trip to Guatemala – further information will be available at a later date.
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From the Library 

Welcome back returning families and a special welcome to families who are joining Burr and Burton for the first time! I would to take this opportunity to describe the space and services that are offered in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library.  

The Lisa B. Tuttle Library is a beautiful space open to all students before and after school in additional to regular school hours. There are tables for students to work independently or in small groups. Computers are available for student use as well as a wifi printer that can be accessed from all personal devices. There are cozy nooks with bean bag chairs and comfortable reading chairs. The library has a collection of over 11,000 print and digital items. In addition to our own collection, we belong to the Northshire Consortium and share resources with Manchester Elementary Middle School and Manchester Community Library, which brings our total local collection to over 50,000 items. Our goal is to provide materials to enrich the curriculum as well as students’ personal interests. If we don’t have a book that a student is looking for locally, we will request an interlibrary loan through the Vermont Department of Libraries system which contacts public, school and university libraries.

Burr and Burton Academy subscribes to a number of electronic databases which students can access both on and off campus. Students will need passwords for the databases when they are off campus, which can be found in the Student Resources section of OnCampus. Our database offerings include: Blooms Literary, CREDO Reference, GALE, SIRS Issues Researcher, JSTOR, and New York Times Historical..

Please encourage your child to reach out to the library staff for assistance with research projects or pleasure reading.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

 


Refuse to Use Kickoff

The Refuse to Use Kick Off is scheduled for Sunday, September 10 at Manchester Elementary Middle School. Doors open at 2 pm for sign in. The event starts promptly at 2:30 pm.

The Collaborative’s Refuse to Use (RTU) program focuses on youth substance use prevention education and is in partnership with Stratton Mountain Resort, Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Viking Nordic Center and The Dorset Theatre. Students in grades 7-12 from Flood Brook School, The Mountain School at Winhall, The Dorset School, Long Trail School, Manchester Elementary and Middle School, Maple Street School and Burr and Burton Academy are welcome to participate. For more information contact Chrissy at Chrissy@thecollaborative.us or visit The Collaborative’s WebsiteWatch the Refuse To Use Kick Off video!
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Emergency Medical Responder Course

The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad is excited to announce that they will be offering an Emergency Medical Responder Course this Fall. EMR’s are often the first medical professionals to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency and their competence is a key link in the chain of patient care.  The course is approximately sixty hours of classroom training and will be limited to twenty students. It is open to students who are sixteen years of age on or after December 1, 2017. It will cover basic patient care including the topics of Airway, Assessment, CPR, Medical Emergencies, Cardiac Emergencies, Trauma, Special Populations and EMS Operations.

The course is an excellent introduction to EMS (Emergency Medical Services) for those who want to learn what to do in the case of a medical emergency and who would like to volunteer as licensed professionals. It will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and will run from September 18 through November 15 with State testing to follow. The fee for the course is $350, which will be reimbursed by LVRS for students who become licensed and who join LVRS as a full members.

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Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com

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

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Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

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Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Inn at Manchester

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
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and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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August 2017

Calendar

13 Football Meeting for Parents and Athletes: 5 – 7 pm, BBA Cafeteria
14 Football Practice Begins
16 Mandatory Fall Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, BBA gym
17 Senior College Admission Workshop: 10 am – 12 pm start in BBA Hunter Seminar Room
17 Fall Sports Practices Begin
21 Transfer Student Orientation: 10 am – 12:30 pm, Hunter Sem/Library
21 Extracurricular Theater, Dance & Film Meeting: 6 – 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
22 Senior College Application Workshop: 10 am – 12 pm start in BBA Hunter Seminar Room
22 Mountain Campus Family Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, Birchbrook
23 New and Returning International Students Orientation: 8 am – 2:30 pm
23 Freshmen Orientation: 8 am – 1:20 pm, Start in the BBA Riley Center
23 Junior Jumpstart: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm start in the cafeteria
23 Freshmen Orientation: 8 am – 1:20 pm, start in the BBA Riley Center
24 All students first day of school
24 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 1 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center
25 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 2 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center
28 Fall Play and Film Callbacks and Final Callbacks: 1 – 5 pm, Riley Center
31 School Photos: 8 am – 12:45 pm, Main BBA Library

 


From the Acting Head of School

Dear BBA Families,

In a little over three weeks we will welcome the class of  2021 to Burr and Burton Academy!  Life on campus is busy – the facilities crew is working hard to finish up summer projects, 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. 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 official student summer mailing which will be released electronically by August 8th.

Mark Tashjian is officially on sabbatical and I’m excited to serve as acting head of school for the fall semester. We have a talented team of administrators, teachers and staff who are committed to the success of all BBA students. I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone back as we kick off the 2017-2018 school year.  In the meantime,  I hope that you and your family have had a great summer and that you find more time to relax and enjoy the beautiful August weather.  

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Acting Head of School

 


Forms, Forms, Forms

Many of you have already filled out the online forms for the upcoming school year and to all of you a hearty well done! Some of you still need to complete some forms.
 

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Why does it matter? 
Students will not have an iPad to pick up for the start of the year, will be unable to play sports, participate in performances or partake in extra curricular activities of any kind and will not be able to travel on any kind of field trip until all forms are completed.

There are 6 forms per student that need to be completed by a parent or guardian of 9-12th graders. There are two extra forms for parents of seniors. Two of the forms need to be completed by the student as well as a parent or guardian to be considered “complete.” The student and parent/guardian must login to their separate accounts in OnCampus to complete the forms. Parents/ Guardians and students of Mountain Campus Fall Semester will also see a form added in just for them. The forms will all be preceded by the date 2017-2018. 

Below is a list of forms for each constituent group.

All Parents/Guardians must complete:

Parents/Guardians of Seniors must also complete:

  • 2017-2018 Confidential Senior Parent Survey
  • 2017-2018 Release for College & Scholarships

All students must complete:

  • 2017-2018 Fall Co-Curricular Rules and Info
  • 2017-2018 Co-Curricular Interests
  • 2017-2018 Responsible Use Regarding Technology

All students and parents/guardians of students enrolled in the Mountain Campus Fall Semester must complete:

  • 2017-2018 Mountain Campus Fall Release

All students new to BBA and all Juniors:

Please login to OnCampus and finish off the forms. Students may need some extra prodding to get the job done in these dog days of summer.

If the form does not say completed then it is not done.

If you need help contact support@burrburton.org

You can even make an appointment to come in to BBA and get help filling in your online forms with us by contacting support@burrburton.org.

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From the Advancement Office

Cindy-Gubb-1

Dear Parents,

Can it be August already? While it doesn’t seem possible, it’s the reality and all of our energies here at BBA are focused on getting the 2017 – 2018 school year off to a great start. We like to welcome back our returning BBA families, and we extend a warm welcome to all new families. Whether you have a freshman entering high school, or you have a transfer student, please know we will do our very best to make your student’s experience at Burr and Burton Academy exceptional in every way.

One of our summer tasks in the Advancement Office is pulling together our Annual Appreciation report, which is how we recognize and thank our supporters from last year. It’s always amazing and heartwarming to see how many of you supported BBA in some way. We want to thank every parent who contributed to the success of last year – our Annual Fund drive was a phenomenal success! Whether you wrote a check, donated a service, made of gift-in-kind to the Online Auction or Live Auction for the gala, volunteered time in the concession stand, worked on the gala committee, attended the gala, sold ads for the Performing Arts program, sold raffle tickets of any kind, made cookies or brownies for a bake sale during the school year, helped coach a sports team, organized the Senior Sendoff party, or participated in some other way, we want to say a big, heartfelt THANK-YOU! We couldn’t do what we do without your help.

You will hear from the Advancement Office every month in the Bullhorn, and then some. We are responsible for all of the fundraising efforts of the school, which include the Annual Fund, capital improvements (such as our beautiful Judy McCormick Taylor ’57 turf field), and building our endowment securing the financial future of BBA. Please take a moment to read what we send you and consider supporting this great school in some way. We encourage all parents to give at a level that works for you, whether its $5, $50, $500 or more, your participation helps us demonstrate to foundations and other donors YOU are committed to quality education and support our efforts which in turn, motivates their support. More to come on this later….

And we have a dynamic Parent Association in place to start off the new year. Nan Bambara ’86 has taken on the leadership of this important organization. Her welcome follows. While the chairs of different committees meet monthly with the Headmaster or Assistant Head of School, all parents are members of the Parent Association and can attend these meetings anytime. For new parents and families, we encourage you to get involved with our school and there are lots of ways to do that. Contact Nan with questions about the Parent Association at nebambara@gmail.com.

We look forward to the coming school year with great anticipation and excitement and once again, we offer a warm welcome to all BBA families and students.

Enjoy these last weeks of summer and we’ll see you in a few short weeks!

Sincerely,

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Cynthia H. Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

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From the Parent Association

We want to hear from you!

Welcome to your Burr and Burton Academy Parent Association (PA), where all parents are members. I am delighted to be serving as president. I encourage you to volunteer with the PA and together we can make this school year memorable. The are many ways to be involved, and even those with limited time have a place. Everyone is welcome!

Please complete this brief, 10 question survey. We’d like to know how the Parent Association can enrich your BBA experience and hope you will consider volunteering. The survey will ask for your feedback on our current events and activities, as well as your suggestions and ideas for new events and activities. It can be anonymous or if you are interested in volunteering, you can provide your contact information at the end of the survey.  

Click on this link to complete the Parent Feedback and Volunteer Interest Survey. http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eebrnglaj4h5oeki/star

I hope you will join us at our first meeting in September and get to see old friends and make new friends. A date and time will be announced shortly. 

Best Regards,
Nan

Nan E. Bambara
Dorset, Vermont
Cell: 407-375-8615
nebambara@gmail.com

 


Tuition Request Form

The towns of Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Manchester, Mt. Tabor, Rupert, Pawlet, Sunderland, Weston, and Winhall, are part of the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU.) If your student(s) resides in one of these towns, please return the Tuition Request Form found HERE.  

Every student must file a new form each year for all four years enrolled at BBA.

If you have any questions please contact Ramona Towne, Student Billing, in the BBA Business Office at 549-8149 or rtowne@burrburton.org.


From the Creative Arts Department


Burr and Burton Academy Extracurricular Theater, Dance and Film Meeting

On Monday, August 21, 2017 at 6 pm in the Riley Center, there will be an information meeting regarding the extracurricular offerings in dance, film and theater for the 2017-2018 season.

If you are interested in The Fall Play, The Choreography Workshop, Ballet/Pointe/Variation Classes, The Fall Film, The Elf Express, The Theater and Dance New Works Project, The Spring Musical, Playwriting and Screenwriting, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Set Design, Set Building, Crew or Stage Management, please attend this meeting. 
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There are so many opportunities for everyone! If you have any questions, please email: jraposa@burrburton.org.

 


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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 which is offered twice (attend just one): Thursday, August 17 or Tuesday, August 22, from 10 am to 12 pm, starting in the Hunter Seminar Room. We will be covering several important procedures related to the college application process.  Please remind your student to attend and bring their laptop or iPad to the Senior College Admission Workshop.

Make sure course selections 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 21, 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 for school one day early—on Wednesday, August 23, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. 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 Jump-Start 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 and advisors. Students will all need a device. They should bring a laptop or be prepared to pick up their iPads first thing that morning. Please meet in the cafeteria to start the day.

Freshman Orientation – Students Only

All freshmen should meet in the Riley Center for the Arts on Wednesday, August 23, 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.

Fall College and Financial Aid Programs for Junior and Senior Parents

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night for Parents on Wednesday, September 6 at 7 pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will feature guest speaker Deb Johns, Associate Director of Admission at Yale. After her presentation, school counselors will provide grade-specific information for the college admission and financial aid process.

The Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 4, from 5 – 5:45 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  at UVM in Burlington — Wednesday, September 20 from 6 am to 4 pm
  • PSAT – in-school testing for juniors on Wednesday, October 11

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

The registration deadline for the September 9 ACT with writing (at BBA) is August 4. Burr and Burton will also be a test center for the SAT on October 1 (the registration deadline is September 1). 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.

Test Prep for October SAT

The Tutorial Center has test test preparation classes for the October SAT. Call 802-362-0222 for cost and details. Group and private classes are available. First class takes place early August.

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, a 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 the pertinent information needed for the start of the year. Feel free to reach out with any questions.  

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, August 13 – Mandatory Football Meeting 5 – 7 pm BBA Cafeteria. Any 9th grader planning to participate on a fall sports team must attend with a parent or guardian.  

Wednesday, August 16 – Mandatory Fall Sports Night Meeting 6 – 8 pm BBA Gym – Any 9th grader planning to participate on a fall sports team must attend with a parent or guardian.  

Monday, August 21 – Extracurricular Performing Arts Opportunities Meeting  6 – 7 pm

Wednesday, August 23 – Freshmen Orientation with earlier dismissal 8 am – 1:20pm. The day will begin with all freshmen assembling outside of the Riley Center at 7:45 am

Wednesday, August 23 – at 6:30 pm, Freshman Parent Orientation in the Riley Center.

Thursday, August 24 – classes begin at 8 am with dismissal at 12:45 pm

Monday, September 3 – Labor Day no school.

* 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

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

I am very excited about the start of another school year and all of the opportunities in athletics and beyond that your athlete will have to pursue excellence. I look forward to seeing you at our Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night on August 16 at 6 pm in the gym. This year we have renowned sports nutritionist, Erin Sparrold, CN, MET, as our keynote speaker. Erin joins us from the Mind of the Athlete program. In addition to speaking, she will be available to our teams throughout the year as we look at maximizing our athletic performance through proper nutrition.

During my summer reading, I came across some articles I wanted to share. The first is directed towards the athletes as they try to find the things that will separate Burr and Burton from other athletic programs. It’s a list of behaviors that great athletes cultivate in themselves. The second is a letter to parents that recently retired Boys Lacrosse Coach, Peter Bidstrup, shared with the parents of his athletes. Coach Bidstrup was highly successful at The Governor’s Academy winning 250 of 325 games and 8 ISL Championships. He does a great job of describing how a focus on process creates winning organizations and he recommends some important ways that parents can contribute to that process. I hope you will take the time to look at both articles and share them with your athletes.

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

The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 2nd annual student-led retreat on Sunday, September 10. 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 40 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there next month.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am – 3 pm at BBA. Retreat topics include: Leading From the Heart, Bringing Positive Energy, Grit, Connecting with People, Multiplying Your Effectiveness and Increasing Accountability. The retreat is open to all students. Please register here. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org. Please see our 2017-2018 Schedule for other workshops.

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. The program consists of 8 – Six Week Sessions  (4 sessions per year). Last year we had 17 athletes involved – with 3 completing all four of the six week training sessions that were offered. Email Athletic Director Dave Miceli: dmiceli@burrburton.org  to sign up or for more information.

I have had several requests for these popular bags. They are only available through Realsports. If you would like one please use this order form. Deadline to order is August 5!

Summer Fitness Center Hours

The most controllable factor in our athletic performance is the quality of time that our athletes put into the Fitness Center. There are still two more weeks to take advantage of summer fitness hours. Be sure to check the schedule. Incoming 9th graders and transfer students are welcome with a signed copy of this form.

Important Fall Sports Information

Please note that Golf will be played as a Fall sport beginning in Fall 2017.

August 13 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5 pm in the cafeteria.

August 14 – Football practice begins

August 16 – Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night for ALL Fall Sports 6 pm in the gym. All athletes and parents will meet in the gym first. Following the keynote speaker Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings.

August 17 – Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and Cross Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas – jthomas@burrburton.org

Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears – suzannemears7@gmail.com

Boys Soccer: Peter Mull – pmull@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Barb Miceli – bmiceli@burrburton.org

Cross Country: Tom Klein – tklein@burrburton.org

Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry – jmowry@burrburton.org

Boys Golf: Michael Harger – mharger@burrburton.org

Girls Golf: Cheri Blondin – cblondin@burrburton.org

Last year we began a new policy that required all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one. Please plan ahead. There will be no separate Sports Physical. All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms must be completed prior to the meetings on August 16 or August 13.

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 2017 – September 22 – 23.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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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

Student Athlete Bus Fund

We have an incredible matching challenge still on the table to assist with funding transportation for student athletes. The primary purpose of this fund is to support student learning by keeping our BBA athletes in the classroom longer and/or getting them home from games earlier. Here’s how it works….when two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times, this fund would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner. These funds would also be used to send Varsity teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

In the Fall of 2016 a donor contacted Burr and Burton about setting up a transportation fund and laid down a challenge gift of up to $10,000 if we could match it. To date, we have raised $5,150. Please consider making a gift of any amount. If you have questions, contact Cindy Gubb at cgubb@burrburton.org or call her at 802-549-8201 in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift “Bus Fund” and mail it to:

Burr and Burton Academy
Advancement Office
P.O. Box 498
Manchester, VT 05255

The donor has graciously extended this challenge for this school year – we don’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity!!

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From The Dene Farm Program

Back left (Nick Williams, Jennie Mull, Emet Koffman, Ann Fisher) Front Left (Dene Farm Manager Brooke Decker, Bryan Emery)

The Dene Farm Program is in the midst of our second full growing season. This year our garden has expanded as we strive to improve the sustainability of our food system at Burr and Burton Academy. Our academic opportunities are also expanding at BBA. This year we have added Ethnobotany (the human uses of plants) to our course offerings including Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology, Naturalist Studies and Food Systems.

This summer we have a solid crew of five committed student and graduate employees. We have two rising seniors, Bryan Emery and Nick Williams. Our alumni hires are Emet Koffman, Ann Fisher, and Jennie Mull. They will be attending the University of Vermont, Mt. Holyoke College, and Warren Wilson College respectively in the fall of 17.

Most of our crew came to us through the Dene Farm Program courses. BBA’s farm crew is helping to keep our school and community connected to the land, promoting healthy relationships with food and fostering a mindset of environmental responsibility. We continue to sell our popular microgreens at the Manchester farmer’s market every Thursday from 3 – 6 pm. We are growing a wide variety of vegetables in our educational garden for the school year ahead. In our new production garden we have focused on 4 main crops proven to work well with our food system (beets, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes). All of our produce goes directly to the BBA cafeteria or to the Manchester community. The Dene Farm Program is growing strong in it’s second season. In the years ahead we plan to increase our course offerings, expand our gardens and increase the sustainability of our school and community. Stay tuned for more exciting news from the Dene Farm Program by following our blog @ www.denefarmprogram.com and like us on instagram @ Dene Farm.

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From the Health Center

It’s hard to believe the summer is winding down, and we are gearing up for yet another school year! Some of you might be feeling bitter sweet sadness as you send your child off for their last day of high school, others might be feeling some anxiety as your child enters the sometimes daunting, but no doubt fun years of high school. They will have higher academic expectations and experiences, and social pressures they might not have had in middle school, but yet, they will have new freedoms, and have new responsibilities and experiences. They are about to embark on the journey of their life! 

As fun as high school is, students, all students experience speed bumps, or set backs. Some minor, and easily navigated by peer or parental support. Others however take a little more guidance. Burr and Burton truly believes in the positive mental health of every student. Because of this strong belief we have two full time licensed therapists located right in the Health Center. We are here to support the social and emotional well being of every student, and their family. 
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Please feel free to contact one of us if you have concerns about your child, or even another student. We will work together to make sure your child gets through these years with minimal struggles.
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Please enjoy this quick link to 7-Tips HERE on how to help successfully transition your child to high school!
 
Megan Brooks, LMHC, LADC- Director of Mental Health. 802.549.8250
Joel Ess, School Therapist. jess@burrburton.org
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Student Travel

For three weeks in June and July, fifteen BBA students accompanied chaperones Chris and Pia Nolan to Ecuador.  After arriving in the capital, Quito, the group explored the northern highlands before descending into the Amazon basin for four days that included observing the flora and fauna of the rainforest, visiting a local family to learn how they subsist, and rafting on the Napo River.  Returning to the highlands they traveled the Avenue of the Volcanoes and reached the end of the road at over 15,000 feet above sea level on the volcano Chimborazo.  Arriving in the colonial city of Cuenca in the southern Andes, the students were met by their host brothers and sisters who spent time at BBA last October.  For the final two weeks they visited their sister school, Santana, and did a variety of activities in and around Cuenca including visiting museums and markets, community service work, rock climbing, zip lining, and hiking.

The Ecuador Exchange is run on a bi-annual basis.
For more information, contact Chris Nolan at cnolan@burrburton.org.

 


From the Library 

For information on required summer reading and suggestions for recreational reading click on this link from the Lisa B. Tuttle Library.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

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Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com

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

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

Academic Letter
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
JOY – all things underthings –www.joyallthingsunderthings.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Inn at Manchester

2017-gala-logo-1-copyFlagship Sponsor

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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June 2017

Calendar

5  Scholarship Night: 7 – 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
7  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: 10 – 11 am, BBA Riley Center
9  Commencement: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Frelinghuysen Field (upper field)
9  End of school year

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As we approach the end of this school year, I have had the pleasure of seeing so much student work on display. From the Gawlik awards to the gala, creative art expo to the science and psych symposium, from the intensity of athletic competition to the serenity of poetry readings, I have been struck by one overriding concept: deeply imbedded in the BBA culture is the quest for quality.

In this day and age, there is much discussion about how students should be educated, what skills they need to develop to thrive in the complexities of the 21st-century, how will technology reshape education, what jobs will be created and what jobs will disappear in the future? While we are actively engaged in all of these discussions as we contemplate the future of BBA, there will continue to be a few constants that were essential in the past, are essential today, and will be essential in the future. Tops on that list is the quest for quality. If our students leave with a deep understanding that quality work requires commitment, care, attention, teamwork, open-mindedness, then the BBA education will have a lasting impact.

It is my greatest hope that every member of the class of 2017 as well as the many classes that will graduate in the future will leave with this essential ingredient–along with many more, of course.

Please join us on June 9 at 5:30 PM to celebrate the class of 2017, to hear from Governor Phil Scott, retiring department chair Dave Curtis, and BBA alumna and custodian Joel Secoy. Their speeches will surely enlighten, entertain, and celebrate the completion of another successful school year.

And have a fabulous summer!

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

With months of planning finally completed, it’s hard to imagine that our annual spring fund-raising gala, Sail into Summer, Charting the course for Student Success, has come and gone. A great deal of time and effort goes into the planning of this event and we are happy to report it was a smashing success!!! From the moment gala goers were welcomed onboard, to the last paddle raised during the Set Your Sails call, the excitement and energy at the Taconic was simply inspiring. The nautical theme set the tone for the evening with a hats off to Memorial Day, and the red, white and blue décor in the ballroom room was stunning. The decorations were perfect in every way, the food was delicious, the Raffle was lots of fun, the Live Auction incredible, and topped off by yet another amazing “Set Your Sails” call. Every person in the room understood the importance of the event and rose to the occasion in support of our Burr and Burton student programs. The numbers are in the process of being finalized but we raised approximately $230,000 at the gala.

We want to thank each and every person who contributed in some way to the success of our spring fundraising efforts:

  • Our amazing, imaginative and creative Sail into Summer Gala Committee, led by Robin Apps and Pauline de Laszlo. The other committee members are Sam Baker, Nan Bambara, Lisa Brand, Peggy Brockett ’88, Darla Buffa, Jane DaPron, Tracy Duddy, Beth Eyre, Laura Grapshi, Sindy Hassig, Mary Beth Hatheway, Anne Houser, Ursula Knowles, Dorie Morgantini, Diana Pagnucco, Elizabeth Silsby ’09, Victoria Silsby, Tracy Staton, Kate Townsend, Gina Vickers, and Courtney Weir
  • Donors of items to the Online Auction and those who purchased items
  • Our generous Gala sponsors who are listed at the end of the Bullhorn, so please take a look
  • Our Live Auction and Raffle item donors
  • Our Live Auction winning bidders and Set Your Sails call supporters
  • The beautiful centerpieces designed by Peggy Brockett of Lily of the Valley florist
  • The amazing student performers and student volunteers
  • Neil Freebern, Jim Raposa, Bill Muench and Kevin Morrison, faculty members who supported the event throughout the evening
  • The Taconic staff who went all out for our big event
  • Our photographer, Gary Baker and the Advancement Staff
  • Oscar Trugler for his beautiful graphics and design work for the event
  • Eric and Jane Nathan for their auction services

The list goes on of all the people who made this evening possible and who banded together to show how important support of Burr and Burton Academy is to our mission and our students.

We are here for one reason, and one reason only – to give our students the best possible education. Because of your generous support, we can provide all of the programs that allow our students to stretch their wings, imagine limitless possibilities, and take full advantages of the opportunities that instill grit, build confidence, and encourage intellectual, physical and emotional growth preparing them for success in the world beyond Burr and Burton.

So, THANK YOU to all who were a part of this fun-filled evening as we kick off the summer season. If I’ve missed someone on the thank you list, I apologize, but we want to make sure you know how much we appreciate your support.

Thank you, Parents and Grandparents! 

We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all parents and grandparents who have contributed to Celebrate Your Graduate to date. We appreciate the great response. Your endowment gifts will be a big help in educating the next generation of Burr and Burton students. If you haven’t had a chance to make a gift in honor of your graduate, there’s still time. Mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Burr and Burton Academy
Advancement Office
PO Box 498
Manchester, VT 05254

Write Celebrate Your Graduate and the name of your graduate on the note line or you can also make a gift using your credit card by contacting Nancy Brown, our Database Manager at BBA at 802-549-8110 or nbrown@burrburton.org.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

There is still time…

Our fiscal year ends June 30, 2017, so if you haven’t made a gift in support of Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Fund, there is still time. You can make a gift online or drop a check in the mail – but we hope you will join over 150 BBA families who have already made a gift.

We look forward to being in touch later in the summer – but for now, sail into the summer season with our grateful thanks and very best wishes!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

 


Tuition Request Form

The towns of Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Manchester, Mt. Tabor, Rupert, Pawlet, Sunderland, Weston, and Winhall, are part of the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU.) If your student(s) resides in one of these towns, please return the Tuition Request Form found HERE.  Every student must file a new form each year for all four years enrolled at BBA.

If you have any questions please contact Ramona Towne, Student Billing, in the BBA Business Office at 549-8149 or rtowne@burrburton.org.


From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Academy’s Music Department has shown tremendous growth over the last decade. Through our diverse course offerings and outstanding performances generations of students have grown to develop a profound lifelong appreciation of music. Burr and Burton plans to raise the bar once again and become a Steinway School, where students can study on the highest quality instruments available. As we continue to grow, our efforts reach beyond the school walls and into the community, providing incentives for outside organizations to use our facilities during the summer months and collaborate throughout the year to bring quality educational opportunities to our students. The Steinway 88 keys program gives you the opportunity to directly influence the education of our students. Every piano has 88 keys. By purchasing a key, your generosity will give our students the opportunity to perform with the world’s most respected concert piano.

Please make your donation online: 88keys@burrburton.org or mail your check to 88keys Piano Fund, Post Office Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254

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2017 Commencement Information Brochure here.

Summer Homework for (Class of 2018) 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 2017-18  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 10 ACT at actstudent.org. There will be another opportunity to take the ACT in October. Registration and test dates not yet announced for the SAT- check on www.collegeboard.org for updated information.

Application Seminar and Workshops for all College-Bound Seniors

Thursday, August 17, 10 am – 12 pm
 and/or Tuesday, August 22, 10 am – 12 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 17 and running through July 21 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.
  • SAT prep classes at The Tutorial Center for the October 7, 2017 exam are as follows: August 20, 27  September 10, 17, 24 and October 1. Fee is $350 for 18 hours of small group support. Contact The Tutorial Center – 362-0222.

2017 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 2019

All rising juniors must report to school on Wednesday, August 23, from 8:00 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 Kirk Knutson to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud, Cristin Rose, Jason Pergament 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 2017 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

An information and kick-off meeting for the Vermont State Police Explorer Program is on June 6 at 6:30 @ Arlington High School. The explorer program is open to all Southern Vermont High School students that are 14 years or older and are in good standing at school and interested in a career in Law Enforcement.  Any student interested in this program should contact State Trooper Lauren Ronan 802- 442-5421 – 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 2020 have been assigned their new School and College counselor.  This counselor will work with them for the next three years.  Schedules for the 17-18 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 2020 and I look forward to watching and supporting their continued growth and success as they move forward in their academic careers here on the the hill.  

Upcoming Events:

Final Exams – Monday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 7.
Graduation – Friday, June 9

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

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, 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. I also have a note about Summer Hours for the Fitness Center and information about Fall Sports below.

Baseball

Tuesday, May 30, 4:30 pm  – Spaulding Home Play-In Game
Quarterfinals, Friday, June 2
Semifinals, Tuesday, June 6
State Championship, Saturday, June 10

Girls Lacrosse

Tuesday, May 30 @ Rutland Play-In Game
Quarterfinals, Friday, June 2
Semifinals, Tuesday , June 6
State Championship, Saturday, June 10

Boys Tennis

Wednesday, May 31 –  3 pm @ Mt. Anthony Play-In Game
Play-Ins Friday, June 2
Quareterfinals, June 5
Semifinals, June 7
State Championship TBA

Boys Lacrosse

Thursday, June 1 – 4 pm Rice Home Quarterfinals
Semifinals Tuesday, June 6
State Championship Saturday, June 10

Girls Tennis

Thursday, June  – 1, 3 pm U-32 Home Quarterfinals
Semifinals, Tuesday, June 6
State Championship, Thursday, June 8

Track

Saturday, June 3 @ U-32 State Championships

Girls Golf

Tuesday, June 6 @ Newport Country Club

Boys Golf

Wednesday, June 7 @ Vermont National Country Club

Summer Fitness Center Hours

The most controllable factor in our athletic performance is the quality of time that our athletes put into the Fitness Center. With that in mind, several of our coaches have arranged their summer schedules to make our Fitness Center more accessible. Here is the schedule for June. Please check student emails for updates in July and August. Incoming 9th graders and transfer students are welcome with a signed copy of this form.

Beginning June 19:

7 – 11 am Monday – Thursday
4 – 6 pm Tuesday and Thursday
6 – 8 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
8 – 10 am Fridays

Important Fall Sports Information

Please note that Golf will be played as a Fall sport beginning in Fall 2017.

August 13 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5 pm in the cafeteria.

August 14 – Football practice begins

August 16 – 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. Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings. Senior athletes of all sports should stick around for a leadership workshop at 8pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.

August 17 – Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas: jthomas@burrburton.org

Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears: suzannemears7@gmail.com

Boys Soccer: Peter Mull: pmull@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Barb Miceli: bmiceli@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Julie Fifield: jfifield@burrburton.org

X-Country: Tom Klein: kleint@notredameprep.com, tklein@burrburton.org

Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry: jmowry@burrburton.org

Boys Golf: Michael Harger: mharger@burrburton.org

Girls Golf: Cheri Blondin: cblondin@burrburton.org

Last year we began a new policy that required all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one. Please plan ahead. There will be no separate Sports Physical. All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms must be completed prior to the meetings on August 16 or August 13.

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 2017 – September 22 and 23rd.

Like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the Library 

Summer Reading

Summer reading assignments

Incoming freshmen will read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Details of their assignment may be found here.

AP students and Honors Model UN students will have specific assignments according to the class in which they are enrolled. Details may be found here.

Mountain Campus Summer Reading Assignment – copies of Wonder and Other Survival Skills will be left in the Guidance Office for students to pick up.

All other students will select a book of their choice from the attached reading list. There will be a scheduled meeting at the beginning of the school year for students to discuss the book they chose with the faculty member sponsoring the book. Copies of all books will be available at the Manchester Community Library. In some cases, there are downloadable audiobooks available. If students have any difficulties finding a copy of their book or need help accessing an audio version, if that is their preference, they should email Mrs. Putney at mputney@burrburton.org.

Students can access reading materials this summer in many ways…

Borrow library books from BBA’s collection.
Returning students whose library accounts are in good standing will be able to check out books from BBA’s library for the summer. Conveniently, BBA books may be returned to the Manchester Community Library during the summer or upon return to BBA in August. Access to the library catalog is available any time online at catalog.burrburton.org.

Borrow library books from the Manchester Community Library.
All BBA students are eligible for Manchester Community Library cards. If a student does not have a MCL card, s/he can bring a school ID to the town library to apply for a card.

Download ebooks and audiobooks.
Students can bring their personal device to the library before summer vacation to download an audiobook, or use their Manchester Community Library card to access a statewide shared collection any time of the day by going to http://www.listenupvermont.org.

Download free audiobooks to keep.
AudiobookSYNC is a free summer audiobook program from AudioFile Magazine for teens. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Go to audiobooksync.com or text “syncya” to 25827 for a full listing of FREE books.

To see what’s happening in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library, including: new books, magazines, an opportunity to attend a teen literary festival, click on this link.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

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Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com

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

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

Academic Letter
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
JOY – all things underthings –www.joyallthingsunderthings.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Inn at Manchester

2017-gala-logo-1-copyFlagship Sponsor

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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Peter and Michelle Drasher
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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May 2017

Calendar

1  AP Chemistry: 8 am – 12 pm, Seminary Building Room 32
1  AP Psychology Exam: 12 – 3 pm, Taconic Hotel Trillium Ballroom
2  AP Spanish Exam: 8 – 1:30pm Rowland Center room 222
3  AP English Literature and Composition Exam: 8 – 12pm, Seminary Building room 31
4  AP US Government and Politics Exam: 8 – 11 am, First Congregational Church
4  AP Studio Art Exam: 2:30-3:30 pm, Rowland Center
5  AP German Exam: 8 – 1 pm, Rowland Center room 221
5  AP US History Exam: 8 – 12 pm, Seminary Building room 31
6  SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Math Classrooms – Third Floor Smith Center
6  Prom: 8 – 11 pm, Hildene – The Lincoln Family Home
8  AP Biology Exam: 8 – 12 pm, Taconic Hotel Trillium Ballroom
9  Gradebook Open for Review
9  AP Calculus Exam: 8 – 12 pm, First Congregational Church
9  AP French Exam: 12 – 3:30 pm, Rowland Center room 221
9  Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
10 AP English Language and Composition Exam: 8 – 12 pm, Taconic Hotel Trillium Ballroom
10 Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
11 AP Statistics: 12 – 4 pm, Seminary Building room 11
11 Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
12 AP Microeconomics: 8 am – 12 pm, Seminary Building room 31
12 Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
13 Spring Musical Performance – Pippin: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
18 Service Day 10th Grade
19 Science NECAP 11th Grade
20 Creative Arts Expo: BBA Gymnasium
23 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 – 7:30 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
24 Gawlik Awards: 6:30 – 9 pm, SVAC
25 Science Symposium: 6 – 8 pm
26 Senior Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 am
26 Awards Assembly and Yearbook Dedication: 9:30 – 10:30 am, BBA Gymnasium
26 Spring Fundraising Gala: 5:30 – 11 pm, Kimpton Taconic Hotel
28 International Farewell Party
29 Memorial Day: No School
30 Senior Final Exams
30 Senior Bell Ringing: 2 – 3 pm

 


From the Headmaster

“And they are rounding the final turn and heading into the homestretch!”

While the school year may be more like a marathon than a horse race (or a journey of discovery or an expedition), no matter what metaphor you want to use, we are unquestionably reaching the end of the school year. The pace around here goes from purposeful to something much faster, more exciting, chock-full of events, and climactic. A sprint.

For the class of 2017, their time at BBA is coming to an end. While they will always be Bulldogs, each member of the senior class will venture forth into the world armed with relationships, support, aspirations, education, and, we hope, curiosity to continue to learn.

We will bring the school year to a close on June 9 at 5:30 PM with commencement. If the weather gods are kind, commencement will be on the upper field overlooking our gorgeous campus, Manchester Village, surrounded by mountains. If the weather gods are less kind, we will celebrate at Riley Rink and will not let the weather diminish the great spirit of the day.

I am delighted to announce that we have three amazing speakers for commencement. First, the senior class has selected two members of our workforce: Dave Curtis, long time science teacher and department chair who will be retiring at the end of this year, and Joel Secoy, a member of our custodial staff and a BBA alum himself. This dynamic duo will share remarks together.

Our keynote speaker bestows upon us a great honor. Governor Phil Scott has accepted our invitation to join in commencement ceremonies. Governor Scott has devoted his life to public service, and with his election in November, a Republican in a deeply liberal state, he has proven himself to unite Vermonters across the political spectrum. I am certain he will have words of wisdom to share with us all, and this is also an opportunity to thank the governor for his instrument to work in helping to protect school choice and independence.

So, buckle your seatbelts, get ready to cheer, as we run the gauntlet of these final events leading to another successful school year at Burr and Burton Academy. (With apologies to the English department for my brutal mixing of metaphors throughout this letter.)

Yours in Bulldogs,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Assistant Head of School

Update on Standardized Testing for Juniors:

On May 18-19th, all Juniors will complete the NECAP Science Assessment. Testing will take place in the cafeteria at the beginning of each day. Students will return to the regular class rotation once the testing session has been completed. Good news: most Juniors have completed the Smarter Balanced ELA and Math Assessments. We are working individually with the remaining students to find the best time to complete the assessments. Thank you for your support. I’m optimistic that we will reach our goal of  100% participation and that the individual and school results will provide us with valuable feedback on the teaching and learning that takes place at Burr and Burton Academy.

Special Events May 18th:

Sophomores will Take to the Streets to provide a day of service to our community. In the coming weeks, students will learn about the available projects and make selections for the work day. Sophomores will not attend classes on May 18th. All Sophomores will report to the gym at the start of the day and then head out to complete service projects.

Freshman and Seniors will attend classes, along with special workshops with Janell Burley Hofmann. Janell worked with BBA students three years ago and received rave reviews. Janell’s program for Freshman will focus on becoming a Digital Leader and Developing a Digital Toolkit. With Seniors, she will discuss life Beyond High School: Healthy Adulting in the Digital World. I encourage you to discuss your students’ reactions and insights after their time with Janell.

Open Gradebooks for Parent Review:

From May 8th through May 13th, we will open student gradebooks in BBA’s OnCampus portal so parents can get a comprehensive view of student progress. Please take a few minutes to review course progress and encourage your student to take advantage of supports available in order to improve performance and understanding prior to exams. Co-curricular eligibility will be determined on May 8th and any student found to be ineligible will receive notice on May 9th. Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress.

Attention Senior Parents:

A Senior Send-Off Party has been an annual tradition in our community for a number of years.  It is organized by parents of seniors and is not a school-sponsored event.  To date, no parents have stepped forward to lead this initiative. Any parents interested in making a Senior Send-Off happen this year should contact last year’s organizer, Elpi Blanchard, at eblanchard@burrburton.org.

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

Best,

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School

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From the Advancement Office

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Can it be May already? We are on the home stretch with graduation and the end of the 2016 – 2017 school year right around the corner. So much is happening in May – the spring musical, Pippin, the Gawlik Awards, Scholarship Night, the annual fundraising Gala, Sail into Summer, spring sports, etc. It’s hard to keep track of it all, but let me update you on what the Advancement Office is up to.

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We want to share with our parents the great news about the Online Auction. We raised $14,500 from this effort and we want to thank all parents who either donated an item or service to the auction and all of the parents who bid on the same (both of which count towards your support of the Annual Fund). It continues to be a very successful fundraiser and a great kickoff to our annual fundraising gala! We also want to thank and acknowledge the Online Auction Committee who solicited over 179 items. We had 140 bidders participating, and Gina Vickers, chair of the committee, did a great job getting the auction set up on our web host, “Bidding for Good”. Awesome job by everyone involved. If you missed the auction this year, we hope you will join in the fun next year.

Our energy and focus is now going into the finishing details of the SAIL INTO SUMMER Gala, scheduled for May 26. Invitations went out in mid-April and we are selling tickets quickly, so if you want to come, please get your reply card in soon. This event has sold out the last six years. You can contact me directly if you’d like to reserve seats at 549-8201. We have a great line up for the Live Auction, including a seven-day Caribbean Celebrity Cruise, a four day getaway all inclusive stay at any Sandals Resort, a Boston trip, a week-long stay in a Nantucket Cottage, a Summer solstice lobster party for twenty, a weekend by the sea in Newport, Rhode Island and much more. We’re returning to the Taconic and we’re expecting this event to be a fun and festive kickoff to the summer season.

If you are unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts we hope you will consider supporting the gala by sponsoring a faculty member to attend. It’s a thoughtful way to say thank you to our faculty who are so dedicated to this school and your student’s success here! Or simply make a gift in support of the event.

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you again for all of you who supported the annual fund over the past year. We have two months to the end of our fiscal year which means you still have time to get your name in the Annual Appreciation Report for 2016 – 2017. Just make your gift by June 30, 2017. (If you have children in multiple grades, your names will be listed with each class.)

One last item to share with you – the chance to Celebrate Your Graduate! If you are parents of a senior, you know that graduating from Burr and Burton is a real accomplishment and an important step in your student’s life. Celebrate YOUR graduate by creating a lasting legacy with a special endowment gift to Burr and Burton. Your gift will ensure future Burr and Burton students continue to enjoy a wide range of educational opportunities and will continue to interact with talented, dedicated and caring teachers, staff and coaches that are hallmarks of this institution. A letter will be sent shortly to all parents and grandparents of seniors with more details. Thank you and congratulations to your graduate!

Hope to see you at the gala or graduation!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

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From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing Arts Department will present  the musical PippinMay 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, Stephen Schwartz’s music and lyrics, together with Roger O. Hirson ’s book, tells a fictitious story of Pippin, the son of Charlemagne.  The broadway show starred Irene Ryan, John Rubinstein, Jill Clayburgh and Ben Vereen.  The revival’s enjoyed incredible success and is the only show that has had two actors of different sexes win a Tony Award for the same role.

BBA’s production boasts over 70 students involved on the stage, behind the scenes and in the orchestra. Don’t miss international student Leticia Galdino as The Leading Player, Greg Townsend as Pippin, Garrett Sands as Charlemagne, Isabelle Desroches as Fastrada, Riley Vogel as Lewis, Dafina Matiku as Berthe, Jillian Grip as Catherine and MEMS student Cristo Buckley as Theo, along with an amazing ensemble of dancers, actors and singers.

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

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Creative Arts Expo  – May 20, 2017
Start times are 5 pm and 7:15 pm with tickets $5 students/$7 adults available at bbatickets.com

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Standardized Testing Registration

Juniors should have already taken the SAT or ACT tests; if not juniors should sign up by May 9th to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 3rd or sign up by May 5 to take the ACT on June 10th.  The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT in September and the SAT in October. Information is available at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.

Visit, Visit, Visit

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

Advanced Placement Exams

This year’s AP exams run from May 1 – May 12. Please note that all Advanced Placement students taking morning exams are released from school at the conclusion of the exam. Students taking exams that begin at noon are expected to attend the first two morning classes, but are released at 11 am in order to have lunch and prepare.

Reminder: To-Do List for Juniors

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

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

2017 Graduation Countdown

A senior graduation mailing will be in the mail this week.  This includes the Burr and Burton Senior Events and Commencement Information Brochure which contains everything families need to know to prepare for the big event on Friday, June 9, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website.

Attention Male Seniors

Don’t forget to register for the U.S. Selective Service at www.sss.gov when you turn 18 years old. Neglecting to register can prevent you from receiving college financial aid.

2017-18 Student Class Schedules

Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2017-18 class schedules prior to summer break.  Currently, teacher assignments are pending and details are being defined on the master schedule.   An email announcement will be sent to students when the schedules are published in OnCampus.

For Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors
Military information Session 
Tuesday, May 16
Flexblock 
Hunter Seminar Room. 
Facilitator: 1st LT Mikel R. Arcovitch will discuss all things military.
For more information, contact Jason Pergament, jpergament@burrburton.org
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From the 9th grade corner

The month of May will be a busy and important month for the class of 2020.  Many teachers will begin final projects.  There are also a number of upcoming events that will highlight student work.  These events are listed below and are worth checking out even if your child isn’t directly involved in them.  

Upcoming Events:

Spring Musical: Wednesday May 9 – Saturday, May 13

Creative Arts Expo: Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20

Gawlik Awards: Wednesday, May 24

Science Fair: Thursday, May 25

Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 31

Scholarships

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

Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care. Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 12.

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

Loans

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

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 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

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, 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

This month I was particularly struck by a video of Steph Curry as a young player. There are two lines that have stuck with me that I would love for all of our students to internalize. The first is that “Success is not an accident, success is actually a choice.” The second builds off of that with the question, “Are the habits that you have today on par with the dreams you have for tomorrow?” Together they create an important tool. If we took a few minutes each day to reflect on both of these, surely we would come significantly closer to realizing our dreams.

Like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

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Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

May 25 –  May 27; Tennis Boys/Girls Individuals:
May 30, – June 2/3; Tennis Team State Championships:
June 6;  Girls Golf State Championship
June 7;  Boys Golf State Championship
May 29; Softball Pairings
May 30; Softball Play downs

June 2/3; Softball Quarter-finals
June 6/7; Softball Semi-finals
June 9/10; Softball Finals
May 28; Baseball Pairings
May 30; Baseball Play downs
June 2/3; Baseball Quarter-finals
June 5/6; Baseball Semi-finals
June 9/10; Baseball Finals
June 3; Track and Field Finals
May 28; Lacrosse Pairings
May 30/31; Lacrosse Playoffs
June 2/3; Lacrosse Quarter-finals
June 5/6; Lacrosse Semi-finals
June 9/10; Lacrosse Finals

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From the Health Center 

Parent Support Group

We are looking for parents to participate in a group who specifically have children between ages 12-18 who are currently in therapy for mental health reasons. Led by Sandra Birch, licensed local clinician and co-facilitator Annie Campbell, who brings the parent perspective. 

Do you feel alone and isolated? Would you like a confidential and professional space to discuss your children struggles? Do you want to hear other parent’s perspectives? Do you want support around the ups and downs of your child’s behavior? Do you want strategies to help take care of yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, the this group is for you. We are looking for 10 total parents to participate in a one hour group that will meet weekly for 8 weeks.  The start time of the group is TBD.
Please contact Sandra Birch, LICSW for more information at 802-430-8470
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As you may be aware, there is a new Netflix series that is trending titled 13 Reasons Why. This is a highly controversial series, that has been making headlines. If you know your child is watching this, or would like to know more about how to respond to them if they are, or plan to. Please refer to this resource below. There are also many other resources available on the web.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/13-reasons-why-suicide-how-to-talk-with-your-teen-about-netflix-show/

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From the Library 

April was a busy month in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library filled with poetry activities, Earth Day displays and participation in a teen literary festival. A group of Burr and Burton students traveled to the Fletcher Free Library to take part in the first annual “Teen Lit Mob.” They were treated to lunch and free books and participated in writing workshops and presentations by authors Aaron Starmer, Heather Demetrius and Dayna Lorentz.

Poetry month was celebrated across the campus with visiting poets, workshops and activities. In the library students created “found poetry” in the form of blackout poetry and book spine poetry. The blackout poetry activity was combined with coding using the program Scratch and an invention kit called, Makey Makey. Students created interactive works of art that when touched would recite their created poem.

Click here to take a look at some new print, audio and electronic books available in the library.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

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Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com

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

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

Academic Letter
Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
Midura Building Company
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com
The Inn at Manchester – innatmanchester.com

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Flagship Sponsor
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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Guaranteed Rate
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFACE Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Bradley’s Pro Shop – bradleysproski.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
Heritage Family Credit Union – www.hfcuvt.com
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
James A. Young, Esq.
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
 
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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April 2017

Calendar

3  MEMS 8th Grade Parent Information Night (Last Names N-Z)):
3  6 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
4  Dorset 8th Grade Parent Information Night: 6 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
5  Spring College Night (Juniors & Sophomores, Parents):
3  7 pm, BBA Rowland Center
6  Calliope Café: 6:30 pm, The Inn at Manchester
8  ACT at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, BBA Cafeteria
12 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 4 – 8 pm
14 -21 April Break: No School
28 Grandparents and Special Friends Day: 10 am – 1:30 pm, BBA Riley Center

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

It has been a particularly arduous week, with yet another late opening due to the ice storm coupled with distracting events such as the debate, spike ball, and the now-postponed student-faculty basketball game. I am becoming increasingly concerned that we are losing focus on our academic mission, and as a result, it is time for us to make the following changes:

  1. We were planning on taking Friday, April 14 off to start the April break a bit early. However, given the number of snow days we have had, I am reinstating that day as a school day.
  2. After spring break, Fridays will become a full day rather than 12:45 PM dismissal. This will allow us to make up valuable learning time. I thought about lengthening Fridays immediately, but I think it is important that everybody have a bit of a heads up so you can mentally prepare for using your brains until at least 2:30 PM.
  3. After spring break, we will also start classes earlier. Arrival time will be 7:00 AM, and each period will be lengthened by 15 minutes.
  4. For seniors, we will be notifying colleges or future employers, including the military, of any symptoms of senioritis. Reportable symptoms include general malaise, talking in assembly, whistling in the hallways, or showing in any way that you might be in a good mood what with graduation peeking over the horizon.
  5. Music in the halls will feature exclusively music from the 1970s. That is when I went to high school, and it is really good music that can inspire you in all kinds of ways. For example, think of all the life lessons in Gloria Gaynor’s, “I will survive…”
  6. We are canceling Senior Bell Ringing and instead will be administering a standardized test to be determined. All sports practices will include a mandatory 30 minute study hall. The Gawlik Awards will be limited to educational films. Students traveling on spring break trips will be required to read from textbooks and fill out random worksheets while on buses or airplanes. I am sure I will think of some other things to enhance the educational environment around here.

Thank you for your attention, and please find a way to remember that today is April 1. Keep smiling!

Foolishly yours,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

PS: On a more serious but no less upbeat note, I am delighted that we are rolling into April. The April break is two weeks away, and we will in fact be closed on Friday, April 14. Just to reassure you about teaching days, we intentionally design the second semester to have more days than the first in anticipation of weather related disruptions. We are in good shape not only in teaching days, but in the overall energy and spirit here at BBA. Go, Bulldogs!

 


From the Advancement Office

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We’re LIVE!

https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

Our Online Auction went live on Monday, March 27, as a kickoff to the spring Parent Association fundraising gala, Sail into Summer. The Online Auction will run through April 14 closing at 9:00 PM. It will end just before spring break so make sure you bid before you leave town or better yet, you can also bid on your mobile device! We’ve made it very easy to get involved.

We have lots of great items featuring useful services and fun things to do with the family, jewelry by local designers, beauty products, dining packages, food items, gift baskets galore, gift certificates to area merchants, hanging flower baskets and much, much more, over 160 items!

Our sincere thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends for donating items to the auction. We encourage you to register, browse and bid – help support this important fundraiser for Burr and Burton! It’s easy and lots of fun! Encourage your friends and family to join in the fun. Share the link with anyone and everyone. The entire list of Online Auction items has a broad appeal – there is something for everyone!

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Here’s the link so sign up and start bidding if you haven’t already! https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

A special thank you to the Online Auction Committee made up of Gina Vickers, Dorie Morgantini, Ursula Knowles, Sam Baker, Jane DaPron, and others on the Gala Committee who helped solicit or donated items – Anne Houser, Robin Apps, Sandy Kraehling, Lisa Brand, Peggy Brockett, Darla Buffa, Sindy Hassig, Mary Beth Hatheway, Laura Fastie-Grapshi, Tracy Staton, Tracy Duddy and Pauline de Laszlo. Additional thanks to Nancy Brown and Rich Thompson Tucker for their help in soliciting items, and to Gina Vickers who has written descriptions for and uploaded photos of the 160 plus items onto the web site – a herculean task at best!

Invitations for the gala event at Taconic on May 26, 2017, will be mailed out in April. We hope you’ve put the date on your calendar. If you want to reserve tickets or a table, please contact me at cgubb@burrburton.org.

Still Time to Make a Gift to the Annual Fund

We count on our parents to help support the needs of the school – if you haven’t yet made a gift, please consider a gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more. It’s not the amount but the participation that’s important. Burr and Burton Academy isn’t the beneficiary of your gift, YOUR student is! Make an investment in your student’s future, today.

For those of you who have already made a gift, we sincerely thank you. We are deeply appreciative of your financial support and volunteer time.

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Invitations for Grandparents and Special Friends Day are out in the mail and if you want to make sure your student’s grandparents or special friends receive one, please contact Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at nbrown@burrburton.org, or call her at 802-549-8110. We are missing a lot of addresses for grandparents. The date for this event is Friday, April 28 and it will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Grandparents and Special Friends will participate in a series of presentations in the Riley Center, then meet up with their grandchildren afterwards for lunch at 12:45 PM.

Bus Fund

We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our Burr and Burton community members has generously offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days by creating a Student Athlete Bus Fund. When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay for the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner. This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away. We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. And we have received a very generous gift over the weekend of $5,000 for the match. So we have $4,850 to go! Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (cgubb@burrburton.org 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’

 


From the Creative Arts Department

The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Café, Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 pm at the Inn at Manchester. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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Spring Musical May 9-13. Tickets will go on sale soon.

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Congratulations to Ramsay Eyre for winning the Vermont All State Composition Award for his piano piece, “underwater relics” which will be performed on May 11 at Brattleboro High School.  Ramsay made BBA history when he won this honor last year for his chamber music composition “paint” and now has set a new record for winning this award for a second time.   Bravo!

 


April is Poetry Month at BBA

Below is a list of events happening this month:

Tuesday, April 4, during Flex: Poetry Workshop – Book Spine / Found Poetry (Library)
Thursday, April 6, during Flex: Rap Battle / Lyric Workshop w/ Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Mundt, and Ms. Hyatt (Mr. Graf’s Room)
Tuesday, April 11, during Flex: Blackout Poetry (STEAM LAB)
Wednesday, April 12, during Flex: Haiku Death Match (Mr. Clausen’s Room)
Thursday, April 13, during Flex: Poetry / Songwriting Workshop (Mr. Clausen’s Room)
Tuesday, April 25, during Flex: Open Mic (Hunter Seminar Room)
Wednesday, April 26, during Flex: A Conversation with Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord (Hunter Seminar Room)
Thursday, April 27, during Flex: Poetry Workshop with Vermont Poet David Huddle (Mr. Clausen’s Room)

Thursday, April 27, from 6-8 p.m.: Release of Between Ranges (BBA’s Lit Mag) & Poetry Showcase with David Huddle


David Huddle teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English and in the Rainier Writing Workshop. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Poetry, Shenandoah, Agni, Plume, The Hollins Critic, and The Georgia Review. His most recent books are Dream Sender, a poetry collection, and My Immaculate Assassin, a novel. With Meighan Sharp, Huddle has co-authored a book of poems, Effusive Greetings to Friends, forthcoming from Groundhog Poetry Press in the fall of 2017, and his new novel, Hazel, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2018.

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BBA Spring College Night
On Wednesday, April 5, BBA will present the annual Spring College Night from 7 to 9 pm in the Rowland Center. The evening will begin with a panel presentation on the college admission process featuring admission officers from Champlain College, Colgate University, Emmanuel College and the University of Vermont. During the second half of the program, these representatives will lead workshops on a variety of topics including how to conduct a college search, the admission selection process, financial aid, and essay writing. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Mock Interviews for Juniors
BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place on Wednesday, April 5. Juniors will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills while meeting one-on-one with visiting college admission counselors. Students will receive direct feedback from the admission professionals. Interested juniors should see Lynne Welsh to sign up. Space is limited.

Sophomore Career Panel
There will be a Career Panel for all sophomores on April 4 during FlexBlock in the Riley Center. Individuals representing a wide range of professions will share their experiences and offer advice to help students begin thinking about future visions and career paths.

College Fair
Castleton University  will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 5, from 9-11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. Jason Pergament has organized a bus and invited freshmen in the Success Program to participate. A few additional spots may available to current sophomores who will be off-campus next fall and unable to attend the September College Fair Trip to UVM. For more information, contact the student’s School and College Counselor.

College Planning To-Do List for Juniors
The School and College Counselors have been meeting with juniors this spring. Please ask your student to check out their college list on Naviance: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton or look under the ‘Resource’ tab on OnCampus.

Additional activities:

  • Sign up for SAT or ACT (see below)
  • Research colleges — read guidebooks and viewbooks, explore college websites
  • Make college visits (during April break or take an excused absence on another day).
  • Make journal notes in Naviance.  Keep track of what you learn about colleges and share your impressions with us.
  • Let your counselor know when you’re ready to meet again.
  • Attend relevant programs like the Burr and Burton Spring College Night on Wednesday, April 5th.
  • Update your resume in Naviance!
  • Stay in regular communication with your counselor so we can assist you.
  • If planning on Division I or II athletics have a transcript check for NCAA eligibility.

SAT and ACT Tests:
College-bound juniors should register online to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. Income eligible students should request a fee waiver from their counselor. Please be aware that the June testing dates may conflict with post-season athletic contests. No standardized tests are available during the summer months.

To register for SAT and SAT Subject tests, students create an account at www.collegeboard.org. Please note that only students who plan to apply to a handful of the most selective colleges need to consider taking SAT Subject Tests.

Test Dates, Deadlines and How to Register:
SAT
Saturday, May 6, SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests administered at BBA, register by April 7 at www.collegeboard.org.
Saturday, June 3, SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests (not administered at BBA), register by May 9 at www.collegeboard.org.

ACT
Saturday, June 10 (not at BBA), register by May 5 at www.actstudent.org.
Sign up for ACT with writing.

Free SAT Prep:
www.khanacademy.org — link your psat scores from your collegeboard.org account to create a personalized testing plan.
www.actstudent.org

Off-Campus Study
Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2017-2018 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester. The form can be downloaded here.

Graduation Information for Senior Families
Be on the lookout for information and key dates related to commencement and other year-end activities and events. The mailing should arrive by the end of April and information will also be posted on the BBA website.

Senior College Notifications
May 1 is the National Candidates’ Reply Date. Seniors should be sure to send in their deposit to the ONE college of their choice by May 1 in order to hold their place. Families who have not received financial aid packages may want to request an extension for the deposit but all students should communicate with their college by May 1. At the same time, seniors should notify other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere.

Financial Aid Packages
Families of seniors who are receiving financial aid award letters may find the different presentations to be confusing. Use the Award Letter Comparison Tool available on the Pay for College page at www.vsac.org to better understand what different colleges are offering. The friendly folks at VSAC are available to answer questions about loans and other parts of the financial aid process; feel free to contact them at 1-800-642-3177.

Summer Opportunity for Rising Senior Boys and Girls  interested in Vermont State Government

American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls’ State
High School girls who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply to become an ALAGMGS delegate.  Delegates spend 6 days learning how to participate in the Functioning of Vermont’s local and state government. The 2017 Session of Girls State will be held on the Randolph Center Campus of Vermont Technical College from June 17th to June 22nd. Applications are in the School and College Counseling Office and must be submitted by April 6. Is there an online link for this application?  Please check. Speak to your counselor if interested.

American Legion Green Mountain Boys’ State
High School boys who have completed their Junior Year are eligible to apply for GMBS. Delegates form a working model of town and state government and learn about issues facing our state.  This program will be held from June 18 through June 23. Applications are available at http://vtlegion.org/boys_state.cfm. Deadline is May 1. Speak to your counselor if interested.

From the 9th grade corner
It’s amazing to think that we are now three quarters of the way through the school year. All 9th graders were invited to four-year academic planning sessions and have had a brief introduction to Naviance. For those of you are that are new to Naviance, it is a powerful online platform that allows our students to investigate their interests, academic strengths, potential careers, and postsecondary options.  More formal Naviance sessions will be held with the Class of 2020 as they move toward graduation.  I’m happy to follow up with any student regarding their draft four-year academic plan or meet with students that missed their session.

As the weather gets warm and the yearning for summer hits, it will be important for all of our 9th graders to continue to use Flex time wisely and seek additional academic support before or after school.  

Upcoming Events:
Friday, April 14 – Friday, April 21 – April Break.
Friday, April 28 – Grandparents/Special Friends Day

Scholarships 2017  

Forms for some of scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidentiality of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships.  Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date so Mrs. Welsh can put together the needed BBA documents for timely mailing/submitting.  See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

Nelson E. & Marie Williams Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who live within the borders of the area served by Currier Memorial School. This includes the towns of Danby ad Mt. Tabor. The student must have been a graduate of Currier Memorial School; strong character, strong academics, financial need.
Award: Not specified; Deadline: April 1

American Legion of VT
Eligibility: US citizen, senior having been accepted to college.
Award: minimum $500; Deadline: April 1

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

Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education. Must show evidence of community service beyond the BBA requirement. Mandatory reporting of gross income.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: April 3

Daniel Maneely Engineering Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior accepted into an engineering technology field at an accredited school. Award based on academics, extra-curricular activities, community service and an essay
Award: $5,000; Deadline: April 7th

The Reverend Robert L. Clayton Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating Senior, academic record, goals, school and community involvement, financial need.
Award: $4,000 for four years; Deadline: April 12
Note: This is a lengthy application requiring three years of tax records. Don’t wait until the last minute complete this one!

Stratton Foundation Todd Richter Endowment- Moving Mountains Scholarship
Eligibility: First generation, Family qualifies for Free and Reduced Lunch program ro benefits from a school-provided scholarship or financial support at any time during academics, academic achievement, accepted to college as full time student
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 12 to Mrs. Welsh

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 13 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.

Sons of the American Legion Dennis Comai Scholarship
Eligibility: any student planning to attend trade school or technical college with a grandparent or parent, or step-grandparent or step-parent, who is a member of the American Legion Family,
Award: $1,000; Deadline: April 15

Ed Sossi Memorial Scholarship Award
Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)
Eligibility: a high school senior. Applicants must apply and be accepted to a trade or technical school and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants agree to participate in a personal interview. During this interview they should be able to discuss their high school academic experiences, career goals and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.
Award: $1,000; Deadline April 24

Ted and Adeline Lenczowski Memorial Scholarship
Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)
Eligibility: must be a registered member of Christ our Savior Parish, Manchester. Attending college in fall of 2015, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. There will be a personal interview. Academics and Service important.
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 24

Manchester Masons of VT Scholarship
Eligibility: senior planning to enroll in college or Vocational/Technical School who lives in Manchester, Dorset, or Sunderland; OR has Masonic affiliation through a parent or grandparent; award based on leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities and financial need
Award: $500.00; Deadline: April 26

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Elibigility: graduating senior pursuing further education in college, trade school. Exemplary member of the student body, demonstrated leadership qualities within school and community.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: RECEIVED BY April 28
Applications: on Naviance and in School and College Counseling Office

Wantastiquet Rotary Scholarship
Eligibility: any BBA graduating Senior. Desire to continue education through 2 or 4 year college or vocational course of study. Academic potential, school and community involvement, financial need.
Award: $1,000; Deadline, April 28

The Garden Club of Manchester
Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education at college, technical or vocational School 2- or 4-year.Must be studying in fields related to horticulture, landscape design and environmental Studies, agribusiness or other related fields.
Award $1,500; Deadline, April 30

Rotary Club of Manchester – Award for Excellence
Eligibility: High School senior planning to enroll in college. Based on (in order of importance) character, community service, effort, personal potential, financial need and past academic performance. Highly recommended that students have a recommendation targeted to service.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 30

Arlington Nursing Association Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: seniors from Arlington, Sunderland or Sandgate who plan to enter a health related field.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1

Danby-Mt. Tabor Eastern Star Scholarship, “Katherine” Chapter #83
Eligibility: graduating seniors living in Danby or Mt. Tabor. Accepted to post-secondary college, technical or vocational school. Based on extra curricular activities and community service

Award: $500, Deadline: May 1

Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.)
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship
Deadline: by midnight May 1.
Application online at www.phillips-scholarship.org

BBA Diversity Scholarship
Eligibility: a senior who truly embraces diversity. Essay required
Award: undisclosed; Deadline, April 30

BBA Teachers’ Association Scholarship
Eligibility:  Seniors, based on personal integrity and commitment to learning.  Brief essay required.
Award: not specified; Deadline: May 1

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship
Eligibility: must be planning to major or double major in studio art.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1

Bill Muench Basketball Camp Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior who participated in or worked as a counselor at Bill Muench’s Basketball Camp. Recognizes attitude, academic achievement and effort, involvement in sports, community or other extra-curricular activity)
Award: not specified; Deadline: May 1

Dorset Sportsman’s Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating seniors who lives in Dorset or East Dorset accepted into post secondary education including 2- and 4-year colleges, technical and vocational schools. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement
Award: $2,000; Deadline: May 1

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000 for 4 years; Deadline: May 2

Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care
Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 12

Woodland Owners Association Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Windham County resident, College bound senior or college student in their sophomore, junior or senior year. Must be in attendance of a 2- or 4- program in forestry or allied field (e.g., wildlife management) with coursework and goals directly related to forest management.)
Award: $3,000; Deadline: May 15

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Scholarship
Eligibility: High School graduate, has to have a connection to and plan to pursue a career in the golf profession including agronomy (golf course design and care).
Award: not specified; Deadline, June 1

LOANS

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

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 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

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, 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

For those of you who weren’t with us on Spring Sports Night, Our speaker, John Werner, challenged us to find one role and stick with it for the entire athletic season. You may be an athlete, an official, a coach or a fan – but you can only choose one.

Like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

http://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics
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Spring Head Coaches:

Boys Lacrosse – Mark Lange – marklangejr@gmail.com
Girls Lacrosse – Jennifer Brenner – jenbrenner33@gmail.com
Softball – Julie Fifield – jfifield@burrburton.org
Baseball – Ed Lewicki – elewicki1114@hotmail.com
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus – pmcnealus@burrburton.org
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw – benninggroup1@gmail.com
Track & Field – Caleb Wiley – cwiley@brsu.org
Boys Golf – Michael Harger – mharger@mccvt.com
Girls Golf – Cheri Blondin – cblondin@burrburton.org

Student Athlete Bus Fund

We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.

When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.

This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (cgubb@burrburton.org 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’

Bulldog Leadership Summit

Our next Leadership Workshop: Quiet LeadershipLeading for Introverts, will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 am in the Hunter Seminar Room with Neil Freebern.  

 


From the Library 

To see what’s happening in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library, including: new books, magazines, an opportunity to attend a teen literary festival, click on this link.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

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Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r. k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com

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

Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping – mettoweemillnursery.com
The Aspen at Manchester – theaspenatmanchester.com

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Barrows House – www.barrowshouse.com
Battenkill Communications – www.byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – www.mylwyr.com
The Dorset Inn – www.dorsetinn.com
JOY – all things underthings –www.joyallthingsunderthings.com
Lily of the Valley Florist – www.lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – www.mountaingoat.com
Mountain Weavers – www.mountainweavers.com
Northshire Bookstore – www.northshire.com
People’s United Bank – www.peoples.com
Prospect Rehabilitation – www.prospectrehabilitation.com
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – www.slsvt.com
RE/MAX Four Seasons – www.vt4seasons.com
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services – www.therichardsgrp.com
The Works Bakery Café – www.worksbakerycafe.com

Academic Pin
Equipe Sport, Ltd. – www.equipesport.com
Hill Farm Inn – www.hillfarminn.com
iShip Express
Midura Building Company
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders – www.stbuildersvt.com

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Flagship Sponsor
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Taconic – taconichotel.com
 
Windjammer $2500 
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Express Copy – expresscopy.com
Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc. – nathanre.com
The Weinstein Group, P.C. – theweinsteingroup.net
 
Schooner $1500
Four Season Sotheby’s International Realty – fourseasonssir.com
Stratton Rentals – strattonrentals.com
 
Ketch $1000
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester – langwayvolkswagen.com
Southwestern Vermont Health Care – svhealthcare.org
 
Cutter $500 
Celebration Rentals, Inc. – celebrateinvermont.com
Dorr Oil Company – dorroil.com
Equinox Village – equinoxvillage.com
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping – glebemtngardens.com
GSK Climate Control, Inc. – gskclimatecontrol.com
James Young, Esq. – younglawvt
Lily of the Valley Florists – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
L/S Gerontology Seminars: The Osnow Family
Lynch& Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management – mcmllc.com
Mountain Goat North, Inc. – mountaingoat.com
Rutland Regional Medical Center – rrmc.org
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/ Dorset Rising – dorsetinn.com
The Reluctant Panther – reluctantpanther.com
 
Sloop $250 
aboutFace Orthodontics – http://www.aboutfaceorthodontics.com/
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont – bcbsvt.com
Cole Company, Inc. – colecompanyinc.com
Cota & Cota – cotaoil.com
Decorative Interiors
H.N. Williams – hnwilliams.com
McWayne Jewelers
The Pharmacy – pharmacyinc.net
 
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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March 2017

Calendar

1  Spring Musical Auditions: 3 – 6 pm, BBA Riley Center
2  Spring Musical Auditions: 3 – 6 pm, BBA Riley Center
4  Art from the Schools Opening: 12 – 2 pm, SVAC
4  Winter Formal Dance: 7:30 – 10 pm, Equinox Hotel
8 Spring Sports Mandatory Meeting: 6 pm, Gym and Riley Center
11 SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Cafe and classrooms
15 Prism Concert: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
16 Prism Concert: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
16  Youth Risk Behavior Survey
17 Snow Date Prism Concert: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
21 Mandatory Driver Ed Meeting for Students and Parents:
21 5:30 – 7 pm, BBA Cafeteria
30 End of Marking Period (12 pm dismissal)
31 Student vs Faculty Basket Ball Game: 6 pm, Gym

 


From the Headmaster

Dear BBA Community:

Last week, I received an email from a former student, Liam. Liam was one of the first students I met at BBA ten years ago when he was a ninth grader; he was part of a group that interviewed me when I was a candidate for this job. I was impressed with him then, and he had a terrific four years at BBA. He then went on to UVM, where he transitioned his gender and became Liam. Here is his email:

Hi Mr. Tashjian,

It has been a while since we have had a chance to catch up. I am currently in graduate school for social work. I will be graduating this summer. After I graduate I will continue to work as a youth therapist in Western, MA.

Maybe you’re wondering why I’m reaching out. Have you seen the news? President Trump signed an executive order removing protections for transgender students. People think that this is just about bathrooms or locker rooms, but it is so so much greater than that.

I wanted to know if you/BBAadministrators plan on making a statement regarding this executive order. It has been a while since I have lived in Manchester, but I know what it is like when I am in town. Students spend most of their days at BBA, and I believe it needs to remain a safe place for trans and gender non conforming students.

What are you prepared to do and say in order to stand with and protect this vulnerable population of incredibly bright individuals?

A public statement might seem benign, but I promise it will make a huge difference in the lives of the students who feel directly impacted by President Trump’s agenda. I would be happy to discuss this in more detail if you would like. I encourage you to show the students and the community that you stand with your students. I hope you are well and I look forward to hearing back.

Genuinely,
Liam

I took his words to heart, knowing that his intention is to make us all stronger as a community. Here is my statement:

Statement on Respect for Individual Differences

One can’t read the newspapers or watch the news without seeing significant changes in this country’s approach to immigrants, immigration, and transgender people. While recognizing that ours is a diverse community in all kinds of ways, including political views, I want to remind everybody that one of our fundamental core values is a respect for individual differences. With this in mind, I want to assure you of the following:

  • We will continue providing gender neutral bathrooms for use by all students, regardless of gender identity, and we continue to support the notion that students should decide, based on their gender identity, which bathroom and locker room they are most comfortable using. BBA is unaffected by the changes in federal approach on this issue.
  • We will continue to be a school community that is inclusive of all religions, nationalities and ethnicities. Many of our students are visiting from other countries, and many more students and adults alike take pride in our immigrant roots and our religious beliefs. We will continue to ensure that there is no place in this community for discrimination, bullying, and bigotry.
  • We will always support thoughtful, respectful debate and discussion from all sides of political issues. As this great country experiences change, the debate for or against these changes should be grounded in fact, with good faith efforts on everyone’s part to listen to the minds of others as well as to speak one’s own mind in a thoughtful, respectful manner.

We always encourage dialogue, and we expect that dialogue to be grounded in thought and respect.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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Sail into Summer, Charting the course for student success!
7th Annual Parent Association fundraising gala
May 26, 2017 at the Taconic

With spring right around the corner, planning is ramping up for our annual fundraising event, the Sail into Summer gala, which includes an Online Auction starting March 27 and ending on April 14, followed by the main event on Friday night, May 26 at Taconic. “Save the Date” cards went out in late January so we hope you have put this date on your calendar. The gala committee has been working diligently to pull together the details for this important fundraiser which supports the many student programs offered at our school. We like to thank our co-chairs, Robin Apps and Pauline de Laszlo for their leadership and extend our sincere thanks to all gala committee members for their help over the past few months. It’s going to be a great evening – one you won’t want to miss!

We still need your help with this event and here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Become a Gala sponsor! We have sponsorships at many different levels: $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500. A sponsorship counts towards Parent participation in the Annual Fund and don’t forget that families can be sponsors too – consider a level that works for you! Contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.
  1. Browse and bid the Online Auction! The auction opens on March 27th and starting March 1st, we’ll start posting a selection of the great Online Auction items we’ve secured on our BBA Facebook page. We’ll be sending out more information about the Online Auction during the month of March so stay tuned because we have some fun, interesting things to bid on. We hope you will share the link to the auction with your family and friends. There is still time to donate an Online Auction item if you own a business, contact Gina Vickers at gvickers@burrburton.org.
  1. Sponsor a faculty member! We’d love for you to come to the gala, but if that’s not possible because of a scheduling conflict, consider sponsoring a faculty member to attend the event. When you receive your invitation you’ll see an option on the reply card to sponsor a teacher.

If you need additional information about the Sail into Summer gala, wish to reserve a table or tickets, please feel free to call me at 802-549-8201 or send a quick email to cgubb@burrburton.org. Tickets sell out fast so put in your reservation now!

The importance of the Annual Fund

I have been in this position for eleven years and I know I sound like a broken record, constantly asking for your support for the Annual Fund. The reason I repeat my sales pitch month after month, year after year, is for one reason only – to provide the best educational experience possible for YOUR student.

What happens here every day “charts the course for your student’s success”. That results from our commitment to quality education and because we collectively care deeply about every student, our teaching staff, our administration, our facilities guys, our business office, our coaches and our Board of Trustees. We are putting your student at the forefront of everything we do – strategic planning, creative and innovative academic offerings, school and college counseling services, three seasons of athletic sports, arts and technology choices second to none, and so much more. Just as you do, we want the best for your student and that takes a lot of extra funding above and beyond what we receive in tuition from our sending towns. Please consider making a gift at some level, or support the Sail into Summer gala as I’ve outlined above.

Thank you for all that you do to support the school, financially and through volunteering (Gala Committee, Parent Association, Booster Club, Friends of Hockey, etc.) We’re all in this together with only one goal in mind – to provide an exceptional educational experience every day for all Burr and Burton students.

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

 


Mandatory Driver Education Meeting

Tuesday, March 21 in the cafeteria from 5:30 – 7 pm
The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA’s offers a free driver’s education program tentatively starting on Monday June 19, 2016 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, classes run from 8 am until 10 am Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm, for the remainder of the class driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 8 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

 


From the Creative Arts Department

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BBA participating in the “Art from the Schools” show at the Southern Vermont Arts Center

Burr and Burton visual arts students will showcase their work in the annual “Art from the Schools” exhibit of 20+ local schools. The exhibit kicks off with the “Young Picassos Pizza Party” on Saturday, March 4 from 12 pm – 2 pm. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The Art from the Schools exhibition is meant to honor and encourage creativity in our youth, and to tip our hats to the amazing art education at Burr and Burton Academy and in Southern Vermont.

The schools participating in the exhibit are Arlington Memorial, Burr and Burton Academy, Currier Memorial, The Dorset School, The Downtown School, Fisher Elementary, Flood Brook, Grace Christian, Happy Days Playschool, Home Away from Home, Homeschools of Southern Vermont, LiHigh School, Long Trail School, Maple Street, MEMS, Mettawee Community, Middletown Springs, Mill River Union, Mountain School of Winhall, Northshire Day, Stratton Mountain School, Sunderland Elementary, and Vermont Academy.

The diverse nature of the artistic talent presented is a testimony to the level of outstanding guidance that the local art teachers provide to nurture creativity in their students. 

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The Burr and Burton Academy Creative Arts Department will present a Prism Concert at the Riley Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 pm. The Prism Concert format was first introduced at the Eastman School of Music where the presentation of musical performances occurred without the interruption of applause. In the earliest renditions of the Prism format, stages were built around the audience as if the music were reflected through a Prism. Under the direction of Neil and Julie Freebern, the Prism Concert has expanded upon this concept by tying performances together through themes or tributes to major composers. Through this immersive and unique multi-media show, featuring Burr and Burton Academy’s Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles, this year’s program, Visions, provides an opportunity to look at the relationship between technology and humanity. Tickets can be purchased at bbatickets.com.

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Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance to the Vermont All State Music Festival May 10-13 at Brattleboro High School:  Jazz Band-Kate Mori, Orchestra-Hannah Ruhl, Ramsay Eyre and Eric Vaughn, Chorus-Angela Caggiano, Blake Greene, Anna Freebern and Stephen Woods.  A special shout-out to Rebekah Hamblett for receiving an Honorable Mention in the Percussion Scholarship Performance category.  

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2017-2018 Course Requests
The 2017-18 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Current freshmen (2020), sophomores (2019), and juniors (2018) have reviewed course options for the coming school year and should have registered for their 2017-18 classes. Please contact Mr. Knutson or your student’s counselor if you have questions.

Spring College Admissions Program
On Wednesday, April 5, from 7 – 9 pm, BBA will host a panel presentation and topical workshops by admission officers from a variety of colleges and universities. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative program that will be held in the Rowland Center.

Mock College Interviews
Juniors will have the chance to participate in individual practice college interviews with college admission officers on Wednesday, April 5. Details will be forthcoming. Students will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis until spots are filled.

Notification of College Admission Decisions
Seniors: please be sure to notify your counselor whenever you receive an admission notification from a college. We don’t know unless you tell us!

Financial Aid Alert
Seniors need to complete and submit their financial aid forms (www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org) this month if they have not already done so. Contact VSAC at 1-800-642-3177 for assistance in filling out the forms. Don’t delay!

Grants and scholarships:
The deadline for VSAC-assisted scholarships for seniors heading to college next fall is March 3. Also, all students should consider applying for the Vermont grant. Info: www.vsac.org.

Free college planning events for Juniors and Sophomores:
Attend VSAC free workshops to supplement what students are learning with their school counselors about  college planning. Recognizing that students are at different stages in their thinking, and that it often takes multiple messages to reach them, these workshops offer both the basic and more targeted information about the entire college planning process.

Saturday, March 18, St. Michael’s College (9:00 am – 1:30 pm)

Saturday, April 2, Castleton University (9:00 am – 12:30 pm)

Saturday, April 29, Johnson State College (9:00 – 12:30 pm)

Workshop details and registration: www.vsac.org/CP17.

Standardized Testing Registration:
College bound juniors should sign up for the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. See test dates and deadlines below. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.

Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.  Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines:

Saturday, April 8, ACT.
 Register by March 3 at www.actstudent.org. 
Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

Saturday, May 6,  SAT.
 Register by April 7 at www.collegeboard.org
 
 Sign up for SAT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

See ACT and College Board websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home. Students should not test every time one is offered, but we do recommend that juniors take at least one ACT or SAT Test in their Junior year.

SAT Prep Course at BBA: High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families.  Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for the May 6 SAT. To register for the course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor. Registration deadline: March 15.  

Session 2 (for May 6 SAT) Classes meet on Fridays from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.
Session Two Course Dates: March 24, April 7, 28, and May 5.

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA 0n May 6; cost is $350.
Classes from 1 pm to 4 pm on 3/19, 3/26; and 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, and April 30.
Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Local SAT and ACT Prep Course
Contact mary.mangiacotti@comcast.net or jstewart@maplestreetschool.com for more information about cost and class dates for their 2017 SAT Prep course offering.

Summer Programs/Study Abroad
The School and College Counseling Office has collected information about a variety of summer programs including two Vermont-based programs for an experience in health-related careers: MedQuest (deadline to sign up is Friday, March 10, info at www.svahec.org and CollegeQuest (info at  www.nevahec.org.) There will be an information session about these programs in the Hunter Seminar Room during Flexblock (10:40) on Wednesday, March 1.

All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Environmental Science and Technology, Astronomy and Young Writers. Brochures are in the School and College Counseling Office. Applications will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.giv.org. Application Deadline is March 15. For more info: contact  the GIV Office at 802-865-4448 or apply@giv.org.

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2017-18 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester; and the due date is September 15 for plans during the Spring semester.

From the 9th grade corner
Any student interested in the Mt. Campus for 2017/18 should request an application in the School and College Counseling office.  As we all know, March can be a long stretch so it’s important for our 9th graders to stay focused on the road ahead and continue to utilize all the resources available to them here at Burr and Burton.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Athletes Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting – Wednesday, March 8, 6 pm.

Inservice – Friday, March 17, no school for students.

Mid-Term Exams – Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31 – 12 noon dismissal.

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

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship book if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document requests to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling by the morning of March 3.

Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education. Award: $2,000; Deadline: April 3.

Alice Angney Scholarship For Leadership and Service
Eligibility: High School Senior VT resident, commitment to further education. Must have demonstrated initiative in overcoming a specific challenge or challenges, leadership and service to their community as well as academic achievement. Award: $2,000; Deadline: March 17.

Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Program
Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extra-curricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school. Award: $1,500; Deadline: March 22.
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships.

Fraternal Order of the Eagles and Auxiliary
Eligibility: (Interview required) personality, community service, academic accomplishments and financial need.
Award: not specified; Deadline, March 31.

Nelson E. & Marie Williams Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who live within the borders of the area served by Currier Memorial School. This includes the towns of Danby ad Mt. Tabor. The student must have been a graduate of Currier Memorial School; strong character, strong academics, financial need.
Award: Not specified; Deadline: April 1.

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

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service.
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 13 BY NOON NO EXCEPTIONS— must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.

Stephen Phillips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.)
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship Deadline: by midnight, May 1.
Application online at www.phillips-scholarship.org.

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship
Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000 for 4 years; Deadline: May 2.

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

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, 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

Wednesday, March 8, 6 pm – Mandatory spring sports parent/athlete meeting
All spring sports will meet in the gymnasium. From this meeting teams will be directed to individual meeting locations.
All senior Spring athletes will meet on March 7 at 5:30 pm in the Riley Center for a leadership workshop with former NHL player Ashlin Halfnight. All other athletes are invited as well.

Monday March 13
Pitchers and Catchers begin for baseball.

Monday March 20

  • All Spring sports begin tryouts.  Lacrosse, Golf, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field.
  • All Spring athletes must have had a well physical exam after June 12, 2015. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the Nurse’s Office on or before 3/17 (3/10 for pitchers and catchers). Forms are available online to print and outside of the AD’s office.
  • All of the other forms needed to participate in athletics must be filled out through OnCampus. https://burrburton.myschoolapp.com/app/Parent#myfiles. Please complete forms on or before 3/17 (3/10 for pitchers and catchers). Assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the Spring sports meeting in the basement of the Smith Center.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Athletics, Dave Miceli at dmiceli@burrburton.org.

Please note that there are competitions scheduled over Spring break. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics
@BBABulldogsAD
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Spring Head Coaches:

Boys Lacrosse – Mark Lange – marklangejr@gmail.com
Girls Lacrosse – Jennifer Brenner – jenbrenner33@gmail.com
Softball – Julie Fifield – jfifield@burrburton.org
Baseball – Ed Lewicki – elewicki1114@hotmail.com
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus – pmcnealus@burrburton.org
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw – benninggroup1@gmail.com
Track & Field – Caleb Wiley – cwiley@brsu.org
Boys Golf – Michael Harger – mharger@mccvt.com
Girls Golf – Cheri Blondin – cblondin@burrburton.org

Student Athlete Bus Fund
We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.

When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.

This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (cgubb@burrburton.org 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’

Bulldog Leadership Summit
Our next Leadership Workshop: Positive Attitude/Climate – Creating the Right Energy, will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 am in the Hunter Seminar Room with Pat Zilkha.  


From the Health Center

FootballDear Parents:

Our school is taking part in the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This survey is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education. The survey gathers information about health risk behaviors of 6th through 12th grade students. The survey will ask about nutrition, physical activity, injuries, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, and sexual behaviors. Schools, communities and state agencies will use the results of the survey to evaluate programs, plan new programs and to secure future funding.

We are planning to administer the survey on March 16.

The YRBS is anonymous, and survey procedures have been taken to ensure and protect your child’s privacy. It is important that all students, regardless of whether they have engaged in health-risk behaviors, are given an opportunity to participate in the survey. Students will not put their names on the survey. Individual survey responses will not be disclosed to any school employee not will any student’s name or survey responses be divulged in a report of the results. We would like all students to take part in the survey; however, the survey is voluntary. No student is required to take the survey. Students may skip questions they do not wish to answer. In addition, students may stop taking the survey at any point without penalty.

As a parent, federal law affords you the right to inspect the survey before it is administered and to opt your child out of participating if you choose. If this is the case it would need to be in writing before the date of the survey. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at 549.8250.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Megan Brooks. LMHC/LADC
Director of Mental Health Services

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2017 Burr and Burton Yearbooks

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Yearbooks are currently on sale through jostens.com.
There you can also find information about personalizing your yearbook or purchasing a student ad.
If you have any questions, or would like a flyer to print out and send in to the school, you can email yearbook@burrburton.org.

Here is the link to the sales site:
http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1120448/Burr-and-Burton-Academy/2017-Yearbook/2016101504173556358/CATALOG_SHOP/

 


From the Library 

To see what’s happening in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library click on this link.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

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Corporate Sponsors

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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Berkshire Bank
Bromley Mountain
r. k. Miles Inc.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store

High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Café
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc.

Honors List
Bank of Bennington
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping
The Aspen at Manchester

Academic Letter
Barrows House and Dorset Inn
Battenkill Communications
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Cilantro
Lily of the Valley Florist
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Prospect Rehabilitation
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC
The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services
The Works Bakery Café

Academic Pin

Hill Farm Inn
iShip Express
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders
The Inn at Manchester

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Flagship Sponsors
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Windjammer Sponsors
Berkshire Bank

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Nathan Auction & Real Estate Inc.
Schooner Sponsors
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Stratton Rentals

Ketch Sponsors
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester

Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Cutter Sponsors
Celebration Rentals, Inc.

Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping
GSK Climate Control, Inc.
Lily of the Valley Florists
L/S Gerontology Seminars – The Osnow Family
Lynch & Son, Inc.
Manchester Capital Management
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Reluctant Panther
Rutland Regional Medical Center
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House/Dorset Rising
The Reluctant Panther

Sloop Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont

Cole Company, Inc.
Cota & Cota
Decorative Interiors
Equipe Sport
H.N. Williams
The Pharmacy

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and Burr and Burton the vessel
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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February 2017

Calendar

2  Financial Aid Forms Night: 3 – 6 pm, Morrison Lab Lower Level Smith
6  Spring Musical Audition Workshop: 3 – 6 pm, BBA Riley Center
7  Spring Musical Audition Workshop: 3 – 6 pm, BBA Riley Center
15 Progress Reports Released
15 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 – 7 pm
15 Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal): 1 – 5 pm
16 Parent Conferences (12:45 pm dismissal): 1 – 8 pm
17 Winter Break: school resumes Monday, February 27
28 Spring Musical Auditions: 3 – 6 pm, BBA Riley Center

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

What’s YOUR story? Each family that comes to Burr and Burton has a unique story, and as we continue the dialogue with the State Board of Education and various political leaders, we would like the opportunity to tell the many stories of how families found themselves living in Vermont and sending their students to BBA. What brought you here? How did the educational opportunities in our region affect your decision to live here? If you moved from out of state, from where did you come?

Governor Phil Scott spoke in his inaugural address about a vision of Vermont being an “education destination.” He recognizes that in this region, we already are an education destination, with the many fine schools in our area, and it will be very helpful if we can tell your story. If you are willing, please share your thoughts by sending an email to my assistant, Robin Urbanski, at rurbanski@burrburton.org.

And speaking of political leaders, on Monday, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman came to BBA for a tour and assembly talk. In his speech to our student body, he spoke about the rising level of activism in Vermont and throughout this country. He also talked about his own inspiration for getting involved politically, which came from hearing a young(er) Bernie Sanders speak in the 1990s. Mr. Zuckerman’s recommendation to our students was to find 30 minutes each week to be involved in some way. 30 minutes to serve, to write letters to legislators, to do something that makes our community and our state stronger. I particularly appreciated that Mr. Zuckerman, a progressive, promoted the involvement and activism that is the cornerstone of an effective democracy without endorsing or espousing any particular issues. His simple, inclusive message was to get involved.

We have passed the halfway point in the school year. We are now fully up to speed, with all students adjusted to BBA’s expectations and opportunities. The days will start to get longer, winter will start to release its grip, and this school year will really start to accelerate in the coming months. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Assistant Head of School

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Dear BBA Families –

Effective teacher-parent-student communication is fundamental to student success. This semester, conferences coincide with progress reporting; progress reports will be released on February 15th and you’ll have an opportunity to meet with teachers during conference days on February 15th and 16th.  As always, students are encouraged to attend conferences with parents/guardians.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be released in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal on February 15, 2017.  Interim reports are designed to give a snapshot of each student’s academic performance. All students will receive a grade for each course and a comment if they currently have a C or below in the course.

Progress Reporting Schedule for Semester 2

  • Progress Report 1, Sem 2  — 2/15/17
  • Progress Report 2, Sem 2 — 4/5/17
  • Open Grade Book, Sem 2  — 5/8/17 through 5/13/17
  • Final Course Grades — 6/12/17

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th from 1:15 – 5 pm and Thursday, February 16th from 1:15 – 8 pm with a faculty dinner break from 5 – 5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. If your son or daughter cannot attend, please discuss the following with your child prior to your scheduled appointments: What do they like best? Least? What progress are they making? Where are they most successful? What challenges do they face? How are they using Flex Block? During your conferences, share your personal insights regarding your child. It is often this personal knowledge and perspective that teachers act upon, leading to enhanced student learning.

Scheduling Conferences

You can schedule conferences beginning February 6, 2017 by following the instructions at the embedded links:

BBA teachers welcome parent-initiated conversation at anytime.  If these days and times are not convenient for you, please email or call your child’s teachers directly to arrange an alternative time.  

I hope to see you all on February 15th!

Meg

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School

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From the Advancement Office

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We’ve made it through our darkest, coldest and longest month of winter and can now finally look forward to lengthening days! And during the month of January we’ve been very busy here in the Advancement Office. Here are some updates:

1. Update on Parent Fund Annual Giving:

First of all, if you have made a gift this year, we thank you – your gift helps provide all of the extras that make the BBA experience an extraordinary one. If you haven’t yet given, please consider a gift of any amount, or make a donation of an item or service to the Online auction, a donation to Friends of Hockey, or commit to a Corporate or Gala Sponsorship – all count towards parent participation. Parent participation stands at approximately 15% as of January 31.

Here are 3 easy ways to give right now – so you can check it off your to-do list:
1. Go to  https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform on BBA’s website and pay by credit card.
2. Mail your gift to: Advancement Office, Burr and Burton Academy, PO Box 498, Manchester VT 05254
3. Or drop by the Advancement Office with your gift, we’d love to thank you in person for your support.

Please know that your support allows us to remain independent, and responsive to the needs of YOUR student! I know we have the moral support of all of you as demonstrated at the December meeting with the State Board of Education – now we need your financial support.

2. “Save the Date” for our seventh annual fundraising gala:

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                                 May 26, 2017 at Taconic

“Save the date” postcards for this event will be mailed out shortly and invitations will be mailed in early April. Make your plans early as we have had a sellout crowd the past six years and a waiting list! Tickets are $125 per person, $1,250 for a table.

Gala Sponsorships are available to support this important fundraising event so if you own a business and would like to be in on the action, here’s your opportunity (and it counts towards parent participation). You don’t have to be a business to be a Gala Sponsor – consider a family sponsorship!

Windjammer Sponsor       $2,500 (includes 4 tickets to the event)
Schooner Sponsor              $1,500 (includes 2 tickets to the event)
Ketch Sponsor                     $1,000
Cutter Sponsor                    $500
Sloop Sponsor                     $250

For more information, to reserve a table of 10 or to sign up for a Gala Sponsorship please call Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277.

3. On-line Auction

One more thing related to this year’s gala, Sail into Summer. We invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s seventh annual online auction. With your contribution of an item or service, the auction is sure to build on the momentum of last year’s success. We generated $15,000 from the auction last year and it is designed to generate excitement for the main event on May 26th. The auction will launch on March 27 and close on April 14, will reach bidders all over the world (including parents of our international students, long-distance grandparents, and our alumni), plus the many friends of the school right here in our own backyard. The auction serves as a great way to involve those people who cannot attend the event for any number of reasons.

We are looking for services of all shapes and sizes to feature as stand-alone items and in specially designed packages. Perhaps you can offer a service, such as a landscaping consultation or a cord of wood? Whatever the contribution, it will benefit our most precious commodity of all, our children!

We need to have your donation in the Advancement Office by March 1st. You are welcome to drop it off yourself or contact one of us and a committee member will come pick it up from you. Don’t forget, your item or service donation counts toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!

Questions about the Online Auction? Contact Gina Vickers, gvickers@burrburton.org or 549-8277.

Many thanks for your support and don’t forget to put the gala on your calendars!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

 


Mandatory Driver Education Meeting

Tuesday, March 21 in the cafeteria from 5:30 – 7 pm. The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA’s offers a free driver’s education program tentatively starting on Monday June 19, 2016 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, classes run from 8 am until 10 am Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:30 pm, for the remainder of the class driving times run from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 8 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

 


From the Creative Arts Department

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Audition Workshop
An audition workshop for the spring musical Pippin will take place Monday and Tuesday, Feb 6 and Feb 7 in the Riley Center from 3 pm – 6 pm.  It is highly recommended that all students who are interested in auditioning attend.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to work with the creative team on audition material in a supportive and safe environment while getting questions answered about the process.
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Auditions
Auditions for Pippin are:
General Call: Tuesday: February 28,  3 – 6 pm, Riley Center for The Arts 
Callbacks: Wednesday, March 1,  3 – 6 pm, Riley Center for The Arts 
Final Callbacks: Thursday, March 23 – 6 pm, Riley Center for The Arts 

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2017-2018 Course Requests

The 2017-18 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is now available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Current freshmen (2020), sophomores (2019), and juniors (2018) should immediately begin reviewing course options for the coming school year. This review will allow students to plan.  It will also provide adequate time to discuss the questions about course prerequisites and graduation requirements that may surface.

This is only the second year that BBA has been using OnCampus to gather course requests. Consequently, students will be guided through the process by using a course request worksheet that will be distributed in  advisory on February 13th.  If needed, additional worksheets will be available in the counseling office. Over the break, students must complete the request worksheet.  Upon returning to school, they will use the worksheet to enter requests through the OnCampus portal during an extended advisory session on Monday, February 27.

Please contact Mr. Knutson or your student’s counselor if you have questions.

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors

Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades for their applicants.  Updated transcripts have been sent to all colleges listed on a student’s transcript request form. Because BBA uses a universal mid-year report form, there is no need to provide us with college-specific forms.

College Application Update

Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college!  Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly. Seniors should update their counselor on their college decisions.  We continue to work with the seniors who are still in the process of applying and aim to have them get their applications in by the end of the month.

Juniors

Meetings with Juniors: 
Individual meetings with juniors are beginning this month as we help them shape their futures in college, gap programs, employment, military service, and other options. All students will have a scheduled appointment with their counselor sometime in the next few months when they will explore opportunities.

For students who don’t have college in their sights at this time, we will discuss ways for students to determine possible career and job interests. Internships, elective courses and part-time jobs are good avenues for students to prepare for employment after high school.

We assist college-bound students with the college search process, discuss academic preparation, review PSAT scores and plan for standardized testing.  We look forward to continued contact with juniors throughout the next year as we work together to find good college matches.

Parents often wonder how they can help. We meet with students and help them compile an appropriate college list, but families need to take the next step.  Please facilitate some college visits during the spring semester.  In our experience, we have found that students who have visited a few campuses prior to applying find the process more meaningful and manageable.  With advanced notice to teachers and the Dean of Students, college visits are excused absences from school. Plan a trip to see a campus or two and take advantage of information sessions and tours. Then be sure to let us know your family’s impressions.

Another way that we coordinate efforts with students and families is through the Naviance Program: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.  (Students can access Naviance directly through their OnCampus Resource page.)  This online program contains multiple career and college resources and also serves as a communication tool.  If you’d like access to this program or need to reset your password, please email Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant at lwelsh@burrburton.org.

We are eager to partner with parents in the college and career planning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Standardized Testing Registration: 
College bound juniors should sign up to take either the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.

Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org, respectively. Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines

Saturday, March 11,  SAT.
 Register by Feb. 10 at www.collegeboard.org
 SAT Test only (no subject tests.) 
Test is offered at BBA. If a student has a potential athletic or other conflict for May 6 or June 3 test dates, you will want to consider taking this one.

Saturday, April 8, ACT.
 Register by March 3 at www.actstudent.org. 
Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

See ACT and College Board Websites or refer to the testing calendar we mailed home. Students should not test every time one is offered, but we do recommend that juniors take at least one ACT or SAT this year.

TESTING PLAN & CALENDAR FOR JUNIORS

Test Prep Opportunities

Free Options: 
www.collegeboard.org,”
www.actstudent.org, www.khanacademy.org
Download the “Question of the Day” App from the College Board
On-Line courses:
 www.kaplan.com
, www.princetonreview.com, www.methodtestprep.com

SAT Prep Course at BBA: High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic

The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families.  Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room and are timed to prepare for the May SAT.

Session 2 (for May 6 SAT) Classes meet on Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Hunter Seminar Room.

Session Two Course Dates: March 24, April 7, 28, and May 5.
To register for the course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadline: March 15.  

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*

*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA 0n May 6; cost is $350
Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/19, 3/26; and 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, and April 30.
Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Local SAT and ACT Prep Course

Contact mary.mangiacotti@comcast.net or jstewart@maplestreetschool.com for more information about cost and class dates for their 2017 SAT Prep course offering.

Financial Aid

All Vermont students applying for need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA and VSAC forms.  Pay close attention to individual college financial aid deadlines; many colleges require students to file the FAFSA in February and March. In addition, some private colleges require students to file the CSS Profile form. You will need to check your individual college financial aid requirements. Information about the CSS Profile can be found in the financial aid section at www.collegeboard.org.

To file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VSAC grant application, go to these websites: www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org. Families are urged to file on-line as soon as possible and you are welcome to use our office computers if you need internet access. If you have questions about the FAFSA or other financial aid forms, don’t hesitate to contact the helpful folks at VSAC’s toll-free help line: 800-642-3177.

Financial Aid Forms Support with CCV Financial Aid Counselor,

Thursday, February 2 from 3:00-6:00, by appointment only

FACILITATOR: Lucy Robinson, Financial Aid Counselor from Community College of Vermont

If you have not completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and have questions regarding the process OR have already received financial aid award letters and need help understanding the information, a college financial aid counselor will be available on February 2nd at BBA to assist you. Please call Lynne Welsh to set up an appointment.

IMPORTANT: Attendance is by appointment only. Please RSVP to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office by February 1. (lwelsh@burrburton.org or 549-8242)

Summer Programs/Study Abroad  

The School and College Counseling Office collects information about a variety of summer programs, including two Vermont-based programs:  MedQuest www.southernvermontahec.org and CollegeQuest www.nevahec.org (for health-related careers); See websites for details and deadlines.

Marty Hammond, M.Ed., Executive Director, Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center will be speaking to interested sophomores, juniors and seniors about MedQuest in the Hunter Seminar Room on Thursday, February 9. MedQuest is a 6-day residential program on a college campus for students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Activities include job shadowing at local hospitals and community practices as well as hands-on activities and medical skills training. MedQuest West in June will be centered around careers in Primary Care. MedQuest West in August will be centered around careers in Emergency Medicine.

All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Events and Issues, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Mathematics, and Science and Technology, and Young Writers. Brochures are in the School and College Counseling Office. Applications will be available online beginning February 1 at http://www.giv.org. Application Deadline is April 1. For more info: contact  the GIV Office at 802-865-4448 or apply@giv.org.

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2017-2018 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule.  Students need to submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that commence at any point during the fall semester.

From the 9th grade corner:

Students should be settling into their 2nd semester classes.  Shortly, information regarding sign-ups for parent conferences will be pushed out to all parents.  These conferences are a great way to hear about how your son or daughter is doing.  As we move into late February and early March students will start the course request process for next year.   

Upcoming Events:

Parent Conferences – 12:45 Dismissal – Wed. Feb 15 and Thu. Feb. 16.
Winter Break – Feb 17-24.
If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or send me an email.
Cory Herrington, 9th Grade Counselor, Social Studies Teacher and Co-Dean of Students – 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

Scholarships 2017

Forms for scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidentiality of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships.  Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date to obtain the necessary BBA documents.  See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

VSAC Unified Scholarships:

Early  Bird deadline is Friday, Feb 3 to be in the running for a $1,000 Early Bird scholarship from VSAC. (Requests for official BBA documents must be made by January 30)Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship book if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. The regular deadline is March 4. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions.

Rutland Area Medical Community Scholarship

Eligibility: Senior looking to further education in healthcare career.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 15

Berkshire Bank Foundation 2014 Scholarship Program

Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extracurricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school.
Award: $1,500
Deadline: March 22 by 4 pm
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships

VT EPSCoR CWDD Scholarship

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

Manchester Lions Club Scholarship

Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education. Must show evidence of community service beyond the BBA requirement. Mandatory reporting of family gross income.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: April 3

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship

Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Award: not specified; Deadline to Mrs. Welsh: April 13 – must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh to the VFW due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.

Stephen Phillips Scholarship

Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership qualities, and a willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Extensive application form. Start early! (See if you qualify financially BEFORE filling out the application.) There is an early application for students who have already received their financial aid packets (deadline April 3rd with notification of award by 4/28, ahead of the May 1st college deadline). There is an application for high school students using a later deadline of May 1st (and there is also an application for college students in need of aid.
Award: $3,000 to $10,000, renewable 4-year scholarship
Deadline: by midnight May 1.
Application online: www.phillips-scholarship.org (Info in SCCO as well)

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship

Eligibility: financial need, top 40% of class, connection to the game of golf; i.e., play, working in golf shop, on the grounds, caddying, etc.
Award: $1,000 for 4 years
Deadline: May 1

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

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, 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

Spring Sports Night

The mandatory parent athlete meeting for Spring Sports will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 pm in the gym.

Bulldog Leadership Summit

Our next Leadership Workshop: Being Brave – Courage and Leadership, will be held on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 am in the Hunter Seminar Room. Assistant Head of School, Meg Kenny will focus on the skill of turning thought into action.

Student Athlete Bus Fund

We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.

When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.

This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (cgubb@burrburton.org 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’

A thought to share:

The highest performing athletes and teams divide the elements of an athletic contest into two groups – the things they have control over and the things they don’t. It is vitally important for athletes to prepare to control as many of the controllables as they can. It is more important for an athlete to prepare to adjust to those things beyond control. Like any skill it is mastered through intentional practice.

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2017 Burr and Burton Yearbooks

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Yearbooks are currently on sale through jostens.com for $55.
There you can also find information about personalizing your yearbook or purchasing a student ad.
If you have any questions, or would like a flyer to print out and send in to the school, you can email yearbook@burrburton.org.

Here is the link to the sales site:
http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1120448/Burr-and-Burton-Academy/2017-Yearbook/2016101504173556358/CATALOG_SHOP/

 


From the Library 

To see what’s happening in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library, including: identifying fake news, student recommended books and research assistance click on this link.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

 


From the Business Office

ITC and 3SquaresVT: Connecting Benefits this Tax Season 
Many people do not know that families who receive the Vermont Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are automatically income eligible for 3SquaresVT if they apply.  Because income limits for EITC are higher than those for 3SquaresVT, this link between the programs can really make a difference for a working family with children struggling to make ends meet on the “benefits cliff.”  For example, the 2016 EITC yearly income limit is over $9,600 more for a single parent with one child than the 3SquaresVT income limit and over $5,200 more for a family of four with two parents and two children.  Because few people realize this connection, it is important to spread the word, especially as we head into a new year and a new tax season.  Please help by sharing this flyer in your community. See the flyer HERE.

Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List

Berkshire Bank
Bromley Mountain
r. k. Miles Inc.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store

High Honors List

Engineered Printing Solutions
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Café
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc.

Honors List

Bank of Bennington
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping
The Aspen at Manchester

Academic Letter

Barrows House and Dorset Inn
Battenkill Communications

Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Cilantro
Lily of the Valley Florist
Midura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc.

Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Prospect Rehabilitation
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC

The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services
The Works Bakery Café

Academic Pin
Hill Farm Inn
iShip Express
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders
The Inn at Manchester


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Flagship Sponsors

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Windjammer Sponsors

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Nathan Auction & Real Estate Inc.

Schooner Sponsors

Ketch Sponsors

Stratton Rentals

Cutter Sponsors

Lily of the Valley Florists
L/S Gerontology Seminars – The Osnow Family

Mountain Goat North, Inc.

Sloop Sponsors

H.N. Williams

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
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Please contact Pauline de Laszlo at (802) 549-8277
or pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for information on sponsorship levels and benefits.

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January 2017

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Calendar

9  Second Semester begins
12 Mountain Campus Family Meeting: 5 pm to 6 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
16 Martin Luther King Day – No School
17 Mountain Campus Winter/Spring Semester Orientation
25 Open House for Parents: 6 pm to 8:30 pm
26 Dance and Drama New Student Works: 6:30 pm to 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
27 Moroccan Dinner
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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

I don’t know whether you are one of those families who cares about New Year’s resolutions or, at the other end of the spectrum, hates the whole exercise. Regardless, I hope you agree that some reflection at various points in time is worthwhile. With that in mind, I came across four different articles during this break that I thought were worth sharing, each one with its own cause for thought, and each bearing implications for how we approach education here at BBA.

  • The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation. This article points to the tremendous impact that automation is having on our economy. Certain jobs are not just disappearing overseas, drawn by lower wages, but are being eliminated entirely as technology explodes. If ever there were a case for education, this is it: young people must develop a range of higher-level skills in order to thrive in the economy of the future. 
  • Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?  This article focuses on a professor, Adam Grant, who sounds extraordinary in his ability to give of himself. In fact, his secret to his own success is to give to others; his giving helps those around him succeed and is pivotal, therefore, to his own success.
  • New Head of Nutrition Gives Liverpool a Taste of Premier League Success. No matter how many ways we cut it, we are what we eat. The focus of this article is on a nutritionist for an elite sports team, but the lessons are the same for all of us: putting good food into our bodies helps us perform mentally as well as physically. Along with sharing this article for your own edification, we want to continue to move the food service at BBA towards healthier and tastier options.
  • Tragedy Made Steve Kerr See the World Beyond The Court: This article about Steve Kerr, who coaches the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, explores a deeper side to him than just trying to put a round ball through a round hoop. More to the point, everyone has challenges in their life, and Mr. Kerr gives us an example of how to take those challenges and create depth and perspective.

And in closing, I want to share an observation gleaned from nine years at this great school: the ONLY thing that separates our top tier students from the second and third tier is their commitment to quality.  Those students with the resolve to complete all assignments thoroughly and to approach all classes with a desire to learn will be the ones who succeed now and into the future.  They will get into the best colleges, be the most employable and will have the greatest control over their destiny in life.  So if you want to make a New Year’s resolution, here’s a suggestion:  help your sons and daughters resolve to do their absolute best in 2017.

I hope you are enjoying the holidays, and I wish you a very happy new year.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’  ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

A little food for thought at we start out the new year, and we hope everyone had a super holiday break enjoying two weeks off from school!

We want to thank all of our BBA parents who made a gift to the Annual Fund at the end of the year. We appreciate your response to our appeals, and yes, we continue to ask for your support because it is extremely important. Because of our independent status, your support ensures we can continue to provide an extraordinary educational experience for all students at Burr and Burton.

Thank you again to all parents and students who came to the Stakeholder Meeting with the State Board of Education held on December 12. It was an important meeting and our collective voice was heard loud and clear.

Fundraising Gala

We are gearing up for the planning of this year’s fundraising gala, Sail into Summer, to be held on May 26, 2017. Once again, this is a premier event which kicks off the social season here in the Manchester and the Mountains area and an important part of our fundraising efforts for the year. Last year’s event raised over $230,000! We will be returning to the Taconic Hotel so be sure that date is on your calendar. A “Save the Date” card will be coming out shortly. In conjunction with this event, we are looking for support in several ways.

Sponsorship

Gala Sponsorship is one way to show your support for this important fundraising event. Sponsorships are $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500 with lots of benefits for your support. Whether you choose to represent your business or if you’d like to do a sponsorship as a family, all sponsorships go to help offset the expenses of putting on this event. If you’re interested in becoming a Gala Sponsor please contact Pauline de Laszlo at 802-549-8277 or email her pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.

Online Auction Items

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

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

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

Live Auction Items

Also, if you have an item that might be appropriate for a Live Auction item please let us know. For example, this might be a week in a vacation home in a warm climate or at the beach during the summer, or a unique experience of some sort. And the good news is if you become a gala sponsor, donate something to either the Online or Live auction it will count toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!

Once again, best wishes to all of our Burr and Burton families for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

 


From the Creative Arts Department

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The Theater and Dance New Works Project

On Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy’s Creative Arts Department will present The Theater and Dance New Works Project.  Join us as we take away the veil of the creative process, as students share their original choreography, scenes, monologues, poetry and scripts in a workshop atmosphere.  If you ever wanted to see the first steps of creative genius, do not miss out on this opportunity.  Listen, watch, experience the process/performance and be a part of the talk back with the artists.  This event is free, but donations are accepted.

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Over 30 BBA Drama and Dance Students collaborated with the Manchester Lions Club for the annual Elf Express the weekend before Christmas.  Started over 5 years ago, this fund raiser and these students are living BBA’s mission of service to community.  

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Congratulations to Leah and Miles Allen as they will be attending the Green Mountain Music Festival on March 4, 2017 at the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland, Vt.


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

Career Development Center
Tom Pasternack, School Counselor Coordinator at the Career Development Center, will be visiting BBA in January to talk to sophomores and juniors about a wide variety of technical courses that are available at the Career Development Center.

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

PSAT TESTING INFORMATION for JUNIORS
PSAT score reports  have been mailed home, and scores have been posted to the “Testing” page on student Naviance accounts. Included in the PSAT mailing is information about upcoming SAT Prep opportunities.  Students may also review their scores and other relevant information at http://studentscores.collegeboard.org.

SPRING 2017  Standardized Testing Information for Juniors

Test Test Date Location Register by
SAT or Subject Tests January 21 OTHER Dec. 21, 2016
ACT February 11 OTHER Jan. 13
SAT March 11 BBA Feb. 10
ACT April 8 BBA Mar. 3
SAT or Subject Tests May 6 BBA Apr. 7
SAT or Subject Tests June 3 OTHER May 9
ACT June 10 OTHER May 5


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

Test Prep Opportunities

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

Session 1 (for March 11 SAT) Session 2 (for May 6 SAT)

Session One Course Dates (to prepare for the March 11 exam): January 20, 27, February 3, 10, March 3.

Session Two Course Dates (to prepare for the May 6 exam): March 24, April 7, 28, and May 5.

The two sessions above are identical courses so students will only sign up for one.  To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Registration deadlines: Jan. 15 for Session 1;  March 15 for Session 2.  

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes*
*Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA 0n May 6; cost is $350
Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/19, 3/26; and 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, and April 30.
Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

Local SAT and ACT Prep Course
Contact mary.mangiacotti@comcast.net or jstewart@maplestreetschool.com for more information about cost and class dates for their 2017 SAT Prep course offering.

Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend applications available online starting December 10 at www.giv.org/applynow.

WHEN: February 10 through 12 or February 24 through 26.
WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)
WHAT: Advanced Painting and Drawing, Vocal Performance, Social Entrepreneurship, Animals & Law, Actors’ Audition Masterclass, Astronomy, Bioinformatics (Health Data Science), Robotics, Architecture Invention, Youth Leadership.
WHERE: Students spend the weekend in residence at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt.
HOW: Students fill out applications at www.giv.org by January 16. Spots will fill up quickly!

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

College Application Update
Congratulations to the many seniors who have already been admitted to college! Most seniors have applied and are now waiting for responses from colleges that don’t report decisions as quickly. We continue to work with the seniors who are still in the process of applying and aim to have them get their applications in by the end of the month.

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

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

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

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
IF students get their  VSAC Unified Scholarship application done and postmarked by Friday, Feb 3, the student will  be in the running for a $1,000 Early Bird scholarship from VSAC. Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship book if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. (The regular deadline is March 3;) See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document requests to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling a few days prior to any deadlines!

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website: vtlegion.orgAward: $500; Deadline April 1.

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

APPLICATIONS ONLINE: www.uvm.edu/~cwdd/scholarships.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

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, 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

It feels like Winter and our teams are getting into the heart of their competitive season. We hope you will join us and cheer on the bulldogs. Here are some highlights in our programming as we head into the New Year.

Peak Performance Program
The Peak Performance Program provides tools for the highly motivated athlete to reach an elite level of performance. Julie Fifield began running our Peak Performance Program this Fall.  This two year program consists of 8 – Six Week Sessions  (4 sessions per year). New members may join in January when we begin our 3rd session of the year. Interested students should contact me directly at dmiceli@burrburton.org.

Student Athlete Bus Fund
We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.

When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.

This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (cgubb@burrburton.org 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2016-2017
Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15
Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.
Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!
https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics
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Varsity Home Openers:
Wednesday, January 4: Nordic Competition 2:30 pm Wild Wings
Wednesday, January 4: Boys Basketball v. Vergennes 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 7: Dance Competition 1:00 pm
Tuesday, January 10: Snowboard Competition 1:00 pm Okemo (Technically not Home but it’s as close as we get).
Thursday, January 19: Alpine Competition 11:30 am Bromley

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From the Library

Are you making New Year resolutions? Up for a challenge? Take a look at Goodreads, a website I highly recommend, which has a Reading Challenge that anyone can join. You set a goal for the number of books you would like to read in a year, then watch your progress and compare with friends. Like other social media sites, you can set your privacy settings so that only your “friends” see your progress and what you have read. Another option for those looking to stretch their reading range is The Read Harder Challenge. Perhaps instead of increasing the volume of your reading you would like to increase the diversity of your reading. The Read Harder Challenge offers challenges like “read a book about sports,” “read a debut novel”, “read a nonfiction book about technology.” I’m working on my own personal Read Harder Challenge. On my list: horror, sci-fi and mystery. I’m always looking to expand my range so I can offer suggestions to students for their prefered genres. Some suggestions from recent reads or current reads:

The Enemy by Charlie Higson. This is the first zombie book I’ve read. It’s action-packed right from the start. A mystery disease has either killed or turned all the adults into flesh eating zombies. It’s part Lord of the Flies, part The Walking Dead. Great for reluctant readers.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand is humorous historical fiction with a touch of fantasy. Lady Jane Grey, from Tudor times, lives in a universe where certain humans transform into animals.

The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence is great for readers looking for a book similar to Hatchett. Two boys must survive in the Alaskan wilderness.  

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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


From the Tech Department

Did you get some new gadgets or electronics over the holidays? Are you looking for a home for the old ones? We are interested in flat panel tvs, computers, gaming systems, digital cameras, printers, remote controlled toys or battery powered toys that move etc. Some device age restrictions apply. Items may be used for parts to become something new. Contact Amy Wright at awright@burrburton.org with the details of what you would like to donate. Thank You!

 


Moroccan Wanderers  

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Announcing the 5th annual Moroccan dinner to be held on January 27 at 5:30 pm in the BBA cafeteria, with proceeds supporting the BBA service trip to Morocco.  Tickets are advance sale only, only $30 per person for a complete 3 course meal plus activities (henna and photo booth).  Tickets may be purchased at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/moroccan_dinner, from Michelle Emery (memery@burrburton.org), or from a student going on the trip.

From 5:30 to 6 pm appetizers will be served while guests enjoy a slide show of past trips, henna art, and a photo booth where they can try on authentic Moroccan garb. Guests will be seated at 6pm and will enjoy an authentic chicken and apricot tajine with cousous, followed by desserts and mint tea. All food will be prepared by Chef Eric Emery of Manchester, former maitre d’hotel for the French President. Proceeds will go to support student travel and to support the work of the Atlas Cultural Foundation.  

During April break a group of BBA students will head to Morocco for 10 days. They will visit Casablanca to see the Hassan II mosque built right on the seashore. Following this, they will explore the golden kasbah of Ait Benhadou on a scavenger hunt that takes them throughout the town in a search for Moroccan treasures. This is only the beginning! The trip includes a sunset camel ride and sand boarding in the Sahara desert, a hike deep into the Todras Gorge, and time in the UNESCO-acclaimed thousand-year-old market of Marrakech, where they can watch street perfomers and buy souvenirs. Throughout the week, students will hear mosques make their calls to prayer and students will journal about their experiences.

During the middle of the week, students will participate in Community Service in Zawiya Ahansal in the Atlas mountains. Working closely with Atlas Cultural Foundation (atlasculturalfoundation.org), service opportunities will include tutoring students in English, helping with ongoing building projects, or aiding with the community garden.  Students will earn 12 hours of community service during the time spent in Morocco, allowing them to give back to the communities they stay in. During this service trip, Rustic Pathways is the tour guide responsible for the itinerary and leadership, with Michelle Emery, BBA French teacher, and Jessica Pollack, BBA Math teacher, as chaperones.


Corporate Sponsors

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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Berkshire Bank
Bromley Mountain
r. k. Miles Inc.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store

High Honors List

Engineered Printing Solutions
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Café
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc.

Honors List

Bank of Bennington
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping
The Aspen at Manchester

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Barrows House and Dorset Inn
Battenkill Communications

Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Cilantro
Dibble Painters

Equinox Asset Management
JOY – all things underthings
Lily of the Valley Florist
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Prospect Rehabilitation
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC 

The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services
The Works Bakery Café

Academic Pin

Equipe Sport, Ltd
Hill Farm Inn
iShip Express
Metropolitan Engineering Associates
Midura Building Company
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders

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Abracadabra Sponsors

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

Black Diamond Tree Service
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Drasher
H.N. Williams Store
Langway Motors
Manchester Capital
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals

Voila Sponsors

Atlantic Projects
Dorset Inn & Barrows House
Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping
Lily of the Valley Florists
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
The Reluctant Panther
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor
Tara Pollio Floral Event Design
The Vermont Country Store

Magic Wand Sponsors

Arcadia Arts
Bradley’s Pro Shop
Cole and Company
Decorative Interiors
Deerfield Valley Dental Care – Dr. R. Ruhl
GSK Climate Control
Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Credit Union
Long Ago and Far Away
L/S Gerontology Seminars – Lois Schram
McWayne Jewelers
Mount Snow
Nerium International
Vermont Kitchen Supply
Weston Country Store

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December 2016

Calendar

1  National Honor Society Induction Ceremony: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
3  SAT at BBA: 8 am to 1 pm, BBA Cafeteria & F.L. classrooms
4  International Holiday Potluck for Host Families: 5 pm to 8 pm, BBA Cafeteria
6  Gradebook Open for Review
7  Winter Concert – Large Ensembles: 6 pm to 7 pm, BBA Riley Center
7  Winter Concert – Large Ensembles: 8 pm to 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
15 Theater and Dance Fest: 6 pm to 7 pm, BBA Riley Center
15 Theater and Dance Fest: 8 pm to 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
19 Mountain Campus Final Presentations: 5:30 pm, BBA Mountain Campus
21  Final Exams: 12 pm dismissal
22 Holiday Break: Thursday, December 22 – Friday, January 6, 2017
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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

So many of you have written letters to our legislators defending against the proposed rules by the State Board of Education. THANK YOU!

The rules as currently written pose a grave threat to school choice and independence. Thanks to those of you who have written letters and lobbied legislators, we are making progress. However, our work is not yet done.

On Monday, December 12 at 6 PM, The State Board of Education will be holding a public “stakeholder meeting” in the Riley Center here at BBA. We need everyone to show up prepared to share stories; you and your daughters and sons are our most important stakeholders.

Please be prepared to tell the State Board of Education:

  • Why the board should not change a system that has served our communities so well for over 180 years.
  • What you value about the school choices available in our community.
  • If you moved into this area from another state, what caused you to come here?
  • What your son or daughter is getting out of the Burr and Burton experience.

Please mark your calendar’s, and please show up. We need your voice to be heard! Only with your participation can we protect your right to maintain school choice and have access to Burr and Burton Academy.

Thank you very much for your support and participation. This effort is truly democracy at work.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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Looking out my window as I compose my thoughts for the December Bullhorn, it looks more encouraging than last year at this time, especially for those of us who enjoy winter sports. With a little help from Mother Nature our ski, Nordic and snowboard teams have more options for training. And as the holiday season in upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the generosity of spirit of our BBA community! We want to thank all of our parents and families who support Burr and Burton Academy in many different ways.

Thank you to the Parent Association and the many hours they have put into reaching out to all BBA parents. Once again under the leadership of Gina Vickers, this year the Parent Association executed a clothing exchange, made refreshments and helped with other needs for the fall play, and much more. The Gala committee under the leadership of Pauline de Laszlo and Robin Apps is already hard at work planning for this important event on May 26, 2017. And we appreciate the efforts of parents who provide food and refreshments for traveling teams, come to our performing arts events and cheer on our Bulldogs on the field, court, tracks and trails, slopes and parks, and the ice rink. Thank you to the Booster Club and all of the activities they have been involved in. Thank you to those who have helped organize fundraising events to support the hockey program, especially the most recent Student vs. Faculty Hockey game at Riley Rink.

Thank you to our host families of International students, for welcoming these students into your home to be a part of your family. And to our dorm parents who fashion a family of a different sort by creating a supportive, caring environment for their International students. (We’re looking for a few more host families for the second semester so if you’re interested please reach out to Pia Nolan at pnolan@burrburton.org). Thanks to all of the BBA families who hosted our student guests from Ecuador this fall and made them feel welcome as a part of the larger community.

And last but certainly not least, thank you to all parents who have supported the 2016 – 2017 Annual Giving Campaign with a gift or corporate sponsorship. For those of you who haven’t yet made a commitment, there is still plenty of time unless you want to take the tax deduction in 2016! If that is the case we must receive your gift by December 31, 2016. We continue to promote parent participation as the main focus of our Parent Challenge. We count outright gifts, corporate sponsorships (if you have a family-owned business), gala sponsorships, a donation of a service or item to the spring Online Auction, and gifts made to Friends of Hockey. If you’ve already given, please encourage other parents to do the same.

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

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

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
802-549-8201

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

Online: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform
By mail: Advancement office, Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254

Credit card: Online or call Nancy Brown in our office at 802-549-8110
In person: Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off your gift. We’d love to see you and say thank you in person.

 


From the Co-Dean of Students

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is hard to believe that we are already in December. With one snow day already in the books, please encourage your student(s) to get up a little earlier to allow extra time to remove snow and ice from their cars and for slippery roads. The weather on the mountain is usually much different than in Manchester, so please take this into consideration if you live in one of the mountain communities. We recognize that road conditions vary from town-to-town, and your safety is important to all of us. Do your best to get to school on time and be safe in the process!

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 6, 2016. We are hosting the Gift of Life Marathon, “12 Days of Giving” American Red Cross, blood drive. We currently have 90 students, faculty and staff signed up to donate and have 25 additional donor slots available. Please consider giving a donation. To donate or to find out more information about donating go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood. To sign up, enter the zip code 05254 into the blue box that says, “Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive.” Then select the red arrow next to Burr and Burton Academy to register.

During this holiday season, please give the ultimate gift, “The Gift of Life.”

Donation Information: “Twelve Days of Giving”

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Location: Henry Gymnasium
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Note: you may need to create an account in order to make an appointment.

Thank you for in advance for your donation.

Anthony J. Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students
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From the Creative Arts Department

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The Winter Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7 at 6 pm and 7:45 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts and will feature the Instrumental Music Ensemble, Vocal Music Ensemble, Circuits & Chamber Choir.  

Tickets are available at bbatickets.com.

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Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film on Thursday, December 15, with two shows: an early show at 6 pm and a later show at 8 pm, in the Riley Center for the Arts. Don’t miss the chance to experience the wide range of talent from BBA’s curricular acting, dance and film classes. There is something for everyone in this exciting, tightly packed evening of performance.

Over 25 actors will perform comedic and dramatic acting scenes that range from Shakespeare to Neil Simon, Moliere to Aaron Sorkin and more.

The BBA Dance Company consisting of 43 dancers will perform numbers including a hip hop piece to the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” a Bob Fosse number, in addition to classical ballet and more.  

The Fall Film Project, “Teaching Nothing” written by BBA’s Peter Nicholson, will have it’s World Premiere.

Tickets are $3 for students/faculty/staff and $5 for adults.  Get them before they are gone at: bbatickets.com.

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Chamber Choir Recital at the Hildene Welcome Center
Saturday December 3, 2 pm to 3 pm.
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Jazz Combo & Chamber Choir Carols at the Equinox Hotel Library
Wednesday December 14, 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

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Seniors should be finalizing the college process – be sure to connect with your School and College Counselor! Friday, December 9, is the last day to request transcripts and records until January. Don’t forget that it is the student’s responsibility to send SAT/ACT scores directly from the testing agency to the colleges.

Once you receive a decision, please let us know so we can keep an accurate record of our students’ success. We’ll also pass along your happy news to Mr. Tashjian so he can announce it at Monday assemblies!

Standardized Testing
PSAT results are due to be released on December 12. Students will receive emailed instructions from the College Board on how to access their individual scores and direct them to create a College Board account if they haven’t already done so.  As soon as BBA receives scores, they will be uploaded into each participating student’s Naviance account.

Regarding standardized testing preparation, families of juniors will receive mailed information from BBA regarding test prep courses and the test registration process.

December 21 is the deadline to sign up for the January 21 SAT (not at BBA).

February 11 is a testing date for the ACT. The test will not be at BBA, but will be administered at other nearby locations. Students wishing to register for this exam by will need to sign up at www.actstudent.org by January 13.

Advanced Placement Exam fee
Just a reminder that all AP Exam fees are due Friday, December 9. This includes students taking a second semester AP class as well. The cost is $95 per exam if paying with cash or check, or $98 per exam if paying with credit card. Here is the link for AP fees to be paid by credit card: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/ap_fees.

Fees increase $5 per exam if paid after the deadline.  Please bring cash or checks to the School & College Counseling Office. Speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose to request a payment extension or a fee reduction form.

Financial Aid
It is important to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from admission deadlines. Please check each college’s website for information.

Some private colleges also require a form called the CSS Financial Aid Profile. This two-part process should be started immediately so as not to delay funding. Forms are available online at www.collegeboard.org or via the VSAC website: http://www.vsac.org.

All families of students applying for need-based financial aid will submit the FAFSA. Please remember that you can estimate on your forms and revise them later. Many colleges distribute financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. The FAFSA form may be submitted beginning October 1 by completing it at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Families can register at this site in advance of January 1 to receive the necessary separate pin numbers for students and parents. (Beware of another website, http://www.fafsa.com, which charges people to complete the forms. FAFSA is a FREE form!).

All students applying for need-based aid will also submit the VSAC Vermont Incentive Grant form after January 1. It is available online at www.vsac.org.

From the 9th grade corner:
December will be a busy month on campus with the start of winter sports, mid-term (for year long classes) and final exams for semester classes. There are also a number of theater, dance and musical performances.  It will be important for our 9th graders to finish the semester strong by utilizing flexblock well, and connecting with their teachers in classes in which they may need extra help.

Upcoming Events:
Winter Concert – Wed. Dec 7
Final and Mid-Term Exams – Dec. 19-21 with (Snow-date/make-ups Thursday, Dec. 22nd)

Governor’s Institute Winter Weekend applications available online starting December 10 at www.giv.org/applynow.

WHEN: February 10 through 12 or February 24 through 26.
WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)
WHAT: Advanced Painting and Drawing, Vocal Performance, Social Entrepreneurship, Animals & Law, Actors’ Audition Masterclass, Astronomy, Bioinformatics (Health Data Science), Robotics, Architecture Invention, Youth Leadership.
WHERE: Students spend the weekend in residence at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.
HOW: Students fill out applications at www.giv.org starting December 10. Spots will fill up quickly!

2016-2017 VSAC Scholarship for Vermonters Workbooks are in the School and College Counseling Office.
Scholarship information can be found in the School and College Counseling Office and is listed in Naviance Family Connection at:http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors whose parents are legal residents of VT. Must have been accepted at an approved and accredited school or college at the time of consideration. “Fillable Form” on website: vtlegion.org.
Award: $500; Deadline April 1.

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

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, 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

Another season is off to a great start. I have some great news to share about some opportunities for our students.

Student Athlete Bus Fund

We have a special opportunity to support student learning. One of our community members has offered to increase our transportation resources. The goal is to help students academically by keeping them in classrooms longer and getting them home earlier on game days.

When two teams (Varsity and JV) are scheduled to share a bus to the same location but play at different times this money would be used to pay the cost of sending a second bus later in the day so that the team playing in the later game would not have to miss as much school and the team playing the early game could get home sooner.

This money would also be used to send teams in a coach bus to playoff games that are further than 2.5 hours away.

We have been offered a gift of up to $10,000 if we can match it. Please consider making a donation of any amount by contacting Cindy Gubb (cgubb@burrburton.org 802-549-8201) in our Advancement Office. Be sure to label your gift ‘Bus Fund.’

BLS

The goal of the Bulldog Leadership Summit is to create a community of student leaders who use their influence 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. Our next two workshops are: Wednesday, December 7 – Creating opportunities to serve – Reaching beyond yourself and Wednesday, January 18 – Finding a Mentor.  A full schedule of Bulldog Leadership Summit workshops is available here.

PPP

The second great opportunity is the Peak Performance Program. Our mission is to provide tools for the highly motivated athlete to reach an elite level of performance. Julie Fifield began running our Peak Performance Program this Fall.  This two year program consists of 8 – Six Week Sessions  (4 sessions per year). New members may join in January when we begin our 3rd session of the year. Interested students should contact me directly at dmiceli@burrburton.org.

Boosters

The Booster Club has long been based on the idea that “The more we can do, the better our student-athlete experiences will be at Burr and Burton.” We want to help athletes develop pride in their teams and their school, to build Bulldog Spirit among parents and community, to make sure our athletic traditions continue and to recognize the successes of our sports teams. If you value that, we ask that you join us. We need parents or grandparents who are interested in being part of the steering and decision making body and we also need people who are ready to volunteer to help out with specific events like Homecoming or Senior Nights. If either of these appeal to you as a way to be involved at BBA, please contact Anne Simonds, our President at anne2sons@gmail.com.

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2016-2017

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

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only

Students and Senior Citizens: 10-game punch ticket $15
Adults: 10-game punch ticket $30
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.
Don’t forget to Like us on facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all your Bulldog athletic updates!

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics
Twitter – @BBABulldogsAD
Instagram – bbabuldogsad

Varsity Home Openers:

Wednesday, December 10: Boys Hockey vs. Woodstock 5 pm
Wednesday, December 14:  Wrestling vs. Otter Valley and Mill River 6 pm
Saturday, December 17: Girls Basketball vs. St. Johnsbury 2:30 pm
Saturday, December 17: Girls Hockey vs. Rutland 5 pm
Saturday, December 17: Boys Basketball vs. Rice 6:30 pm
Wednesday, January 4: Nordic Competition 2:30 pm Wild Wings
Saturday, January 7: Dance Competition 1 pm
Tuesday, January 10: Snowboard Competition 1 pm Okemo (Technically not Home but it’s as close as we get).
Thursday, January 19: Alpine Competition 11:30 am Bromley

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The Experiment in International Living

Want to go abroad? Want to make your summer matter? Go explore 25 country destinations with The Experiment in International Living, based in Brattleboro, VT. The Experiment has sent over 70,000 students around the world since their beginning in 1932 exploring themes such as peace building, leadership, community service, or language & cultural study. Admissions Officer Marni Goodman will be visiting BBA Thursday, December 8 to present more information on The Experiment. She will make a presentation during FlexBlock at 11:30 am in Ms. Silver’s classroom, Rowland Center, room 001, and be available at lunch in the cafeteria starting at 10:40 am. If interested beforehand, check out www.experiment.org or on Instagram at ExperimentAbroad. Visit: http://www.experiment.org/pn/videos/

The Global Citizenship Club meets weekly on Thursdays at 11 am in Ms Silver’s classroom. They are currently fundraising for Pure Water for the World, based in Rutland VT. Contact Ms Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org with any questions. Visit: http://purewaterfortheworld.org/

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Travel Opportunities available for the Costa Rica Trip in April

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Several spots available. This trip is intended for students who want to spend a meaningful, fun-packed week in a country whose philosophy revolves around the care and health of its people, animals and environment. We will travel with a local naturalist who has a wealth of information about the wildlife and the people. He takes us to the special places only the locals know about. The cost is $3100 for ten days which includes RT air, all hotels, 3 meals a day, activities and tips. 
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For more information, please contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.
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2017 Burr and Burton Yearbooks

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It’s time to pre-order your students 2017 BBA Yearbook. All orders can be placed online by following the link provided HERE. From here, you can order a yearbook for your student, personalize their book, and even create a Yearbook Recognition Ad. The price of the yearbook will go up as the final deadline approaches, so order soon. If you have any questions, you can email the 2017 Yearbook Crew at yearbook@burrburton.org

 


From the Library  

To see some of the new books available in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library click on this link.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:20 am – 4 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 1 pm

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

 


International Student Sees Democracy in Action

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First year Burr and Burton international student Patrick Dang Quoc from Vietnam went to the South Londonderry polling station on election night where he was graciously welcomed and able to witness democracy in action.  He explored our voting booths and our Presidential Election Ballot! 

Corporate Sponsors

We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List

Berkshire Bank
Bromley Mountain
Mack Molding
r. k. Miles Inc.
Stratton Mountain Resort
The Orvis Company
The Vermont Country Store

High Honors List

Engineered Printing Solutions
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Café
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern
W. H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc.

Honors List

Bank of Bennington
Mettowee Mill Garden Center & Landscaping
The Aspen at Manchester

Academic Letter

Battenkill Communications
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Dibble Painters
Equinox Asset Management
JOY – all things underthings
Lily of the Valley Florist
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House 

The Richards Group, Insurance & Financial Services
The Works Bakery Café

Academic Pin

Equipe Sport, Ltd
Hill Farm Inn
iShip Express
Midura Building Company
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders

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2016 Gala Sponsors

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Abracadabra Sponsors

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

Black Diamond Tree Service
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Drasher
H.N. Williams Store
Langway Motors
Manchester Capital
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals

Voila Sponsors

Atlantic Projects
Dorset Inn & Barrows House
Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping
Lily of the Valley Florists
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
The Reluctant Panther
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor
Tara Pollio Floral Event Design
The Vermont Country Store

Magic Wand Sponsors

Arcadia Arts
Bradley’s Pro Shop
Cole and Company
Decorative Interiors
Deerfield Valley Dental Care – Dr. R. Ruhl
GSK Climate Control
Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Credit Union
Long Ago and Far Away
L/S Gerontology Seminars – Lois Schram
McWayne Jewelers
Mount Snow
Nerium International
Vermont Kitchen Supply
Weston Country Store

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