1 Scholarship Night – Broadcast live on BBA’s website.
5 Burr and Burton Academy’s 187th Commencement, drive-in ceremony at Bromley Mountain
From the Headmaster
Is it premature to say that we made it? We are 77 days into the Age of Coronavirus, and this week classes will end, seniors will walk in diploma ceremonies on the marble steps of the Seminary Building, and we will celebrate commencement on Friday at Bromley Mountain.
On March 16, we shut down normal operations and re-launched two days later as an online school. This has been the craziest period in my lifetime, truly the best of times, worst of times.
We have managed through fear and tragedy, grappled with an invisible, insidious threat, separated ourselves and isolated ourselves. We have overcome technological obstacles, learned new ways of educating and communicating, and wondered together about the future.
And now, as we truly enter the homestretch of the school year, our graduates are preparing not only for college in the age of coronavirus, but a nation riven with political divide, racial divide, searching for our ideal of one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
Our mission has never felt more relevant: to educate students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity, and service. We have been living this mission for years, and we honor those who have supported BBA and have supported our community. The list of those to whom we are indebted is long:
- Healthcare workers have turned into front line soldiers; they never intended their jobs to be high risk, yet they have protected Vermont with extraordinary care during this crisis.
- Supermarket workers, including many BBA students and graduates, insured that our refrigerators continue to be full even as their job became high risk.
- Our own food team continues to feed families in need, including homeless families relocated into our communities.
- Teachers had to pivot, learn, connect, adapt, and demonstrate care through online platforms rather than in person.
- Students had the daily experience of school, with its vast resources, emotional support, friendships, and opportunities stripped away, yet they persevered and found a way to continue the learning process.
- Homes became repurposed as mini school houses, with families serving as essential supports.
- Local businesses and donors continued to provide crucial financial support for BBA as we prepare to weather the storm of uncertainty ahead.
- Our beloved seniors have continued to lead in such important ways, demonstrating that Bulldog Spirit is not just for celebrating the good times, but carrying forward when times are tough.
I hope and pray that our country can heal and unite in a way that is exemplified by our students, faculty, staff, families, and community, and I thank you all for bringing out your best as we continue to face the unprecedented challenges of our time.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Let’s celebrate the best of times on Friday at 5:30 PM.
Mark H. Tashjian
From the Advancement Office
The finish line for Advancement is June 30th, and I’m grateful that we still have a full month to bring in every bit of support that we can for BBA!
We very much need your help to hit our fundraising goal by the end of June. Since the last Bullhorn, we’ve launched the Gala campaign, and made up a lot of important ground, but we still have over $100,000 left to raise to cover the costs of the 2019-20 school year.
Your gift—whether it’s $5 or $500—helps us pay for:
- our incredible teachers and dedicated staff;
- the variety of classes and programs that allow us to serve every student; and
- the tools and technology that normally augment learning and teach important skills, but which also allowed us ten weeks ago to go from in-person teaching to virtual classes for our entire student body in 48 hours.
We can’t do what makes us BBA without fundraising. We can’t do it without you.
Make a gift in honor of your student. In honor of your graduating senior. In honor of a teacher, coach, or staff member who helped your student or your family through this difficult spring. Every gift, of any size, will honor the Burr and Burton community.
Let’s go Bulldogs.
Director of Advancement
2020 Commencement Information
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We all look forward to celebrating and honoring each senior this week. For important details in the week to come, please click here to see the Class of 2020 communication information sent by Ms. Kenny, Associate Head of School.
Members of the Class of 2020 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!
Summer Homework for (Class of 2021) Rising Seniors
- 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.
- Work on Service Learning projects.
- Learn something new through work, summer programs, or self-study.
- Request college recommendation letters from teachers before summer vacation – use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form.
- “Visit” college campuses (virtual tours and websites) and enter your observations in your Naviance journal.
- Update your online Naviance resumé.
- Draft a sample college essay based on the Common Application essay topics. The 2020-21 Common Application will be available August 1, but you can begin working on most sections now and your work will roll over to the new application.
- Set a personal goal and achieve it; think about how you want to challenge yourself in your senior year.
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 speak with students and parents by appointment. Please keep in touch with your questions and updates.
Rising sophomores and juniors have shifted counselors from Cory Herrington or Jason Pergament to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud, Cristin Rose, Kristen Kimball, or Maria Bittinger.
From the 9th grade corner
It’s hard to believe that the 9th-grade year is almost over. Members of the class of 2023 have been assigned their new School and College Counselor. This counselor will work with them for the next three years. Schedules for the 20-21 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 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 2023 and I look forward to watching and supporting their continued growth and success as they move forward in their academic careers here on the hill.
Final Exams – Monday, June 1 – Thursday, June 4.
Graduation – Friday, June 5
The School and College Counseling Office contacts:
Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; email@example.com
Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; email@example.com
Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; email@example.com
Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; email@example.com
Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Welsh, Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; email@example.com
Material Drop Off
Material drop off for 9th – 11th graders is scheduled for June 8 – June 12. Students need to schedule an appointment to drop off technology, books, musical instruments, athletic equipment, etc. Use BBA Returns to schedule appointments (click the arrow on the top right to move the calendar ahead). The locker rooms will be open at these times so students can collect personal items they stored in locker rooms. Appointments are necessary to abide by proper safety/health/social distancing protocols. Come to the courtyard between the Smith and Seminary Buildings and a BBA staff member will direct you to the drop off location. Wear a mask and stay 6 feet from all other individuals.
From the Creative Arts Department
Congratulations to Ciaran Van Ommen Kloeke for his acceptance to the Albany Promusica International Choral Festival.
This fully scholarshipped two week-long festival will bring together students from all across North America to participate in workshops, master-classes, rehearsals and performances. The students will be joined by the local singers of Albany Pro Musica, as well as two guest choruses, one from Ontario and another Puerto Rico.
The Albany Pro-Musica festival is scheduled for August 2021 and will conclude with a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Virtual Chorus Volunteers produced 6 selections featuring the Vocal Music Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Unaccompanied Minors and special guest singers to create a Spring Sing Compilation. Visit unleashedmedia.org to support their music.
From The Athletic Department
I hope you and your families are all well. As the governor continues to reopen the state, we are hopeful that conditions will permit a safe return to school sports. In anticipation of this, our Fall Coaches are interested in reaching out to you with important information about their programs. If you have not already done so, please complete this form so that each coach has a list of participants and their contact information.
INVESTMENT SEASON is coming!
Athletes who want to excel see the off season as a time to invest in themselves. Because they ask so much of their bodies during the sports season, wise athletes use the summer to invest in themselves by building up stores of resilience through rest and relaxation, building up their health through great nutrition, and building their fitness through a well designed fitness program.
Summer pick up games on Taylor Field and workouts in our Fitness Center are currently on hold. As the guidelines around these activities change, we will make announcements through the contact information you provided to your coaches and we will also post them to our Social Media accounts. A number of our Fall coaches have also been in touch with their athletes about Summer Workout Programs. If you are interested in a workout you can do at home without special equipment, just reach out. We will be happy to design one that fits your needs.
Important Fall Sports Information (Tentative Schedule)- Much of this will depend on the safety guidelines that are in place come August. Look for an update in the August Bullhorn.
- August 9th – 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.
- August 10th – First day to practice for ALL Fall Sports programs. New for this year only, all sports may begin on the 10th. If you had planned on the previously published start dates and anticipate an issue with an August 10 start, please reach out directly to your coach.
Fall Head Coaches:
Football – Tom McCoy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Soccer – Suzanne Mears: email@example.com
Boys Soccer – Pat Zilkha: firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Hockey – Barb Miceli: email@example.com
X-Country – Tom Klein: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountain Biking – Jon Mowry: email@example.com
Boys Golf – Paul Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Golf: TBD
Burr and Burton requires all Freshmen, Juniors and new students to have an updated Well Exam on file with the BBA Health Office. For the Fall Sports Season, Well Exams must have been completed after November 14th 2018. Completed Well Exams can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed/dropped off at the office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one so please plan ahead. All of the other necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms and the Well Exam must be submitted prior to Friday August 7th. We anticipate that some doctor’s offices may have tighter schedules than usual due to the volume of patients
Returning Burr and Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.
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From The Health Center
I hope everyone is hanging in there, staying healthy, sane, and safe!
I also wanted to announce a new resource for parents, caretakers and students that can be found on your Resources Page in OnCampus. This link will provide you with useful and up to date resources, trendy topics in mental health, and physical health, and articles. If you come across a resource or article that impacts you, or your student please feel free to share it and we will gladly add it for others to benefit from. A screenshot of the link is below to easily find it. Please check it out.
The National French Exam
From the Library
It’s time for Summer Reading!! Details of the program can be found in the most recent library newsletter.
Library Media Specialist
2019-20 Corporate Donors
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students and are grateful to the businesses below for their loyal generosity in helping us provide our students with an outstanding education for all.
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