2 Labor Day – school closed
4 Fall College Night for Juniors, Seniors & Parents: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley/Hunter Seminar
6 Freshman Frolic: 7 – 9:30 pm, BBA Student Center
8 Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 8:30 am – 2 pm, BBA Student Center
10 Naviance Parent Workshop: 8 – 9 am, Lower Level of Smith Center
12 Naviance Parent Workshop: 5 – 6 pm, Lower Level of Smith Center
12 Open House for Parents: 6 – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
19 Junior College Field Trip & Fair: 6 am bus to UVM
19 Powderpuff Football Game: 3 – 5 pm: Taylor Field
19 Homecoming Cookout and Bonfire: Starting at 6 pm, Upper parking lot
20-22 Homecoming Weekend
23-25 Mountain Campus Watershed Expedition
From the Headmaster
The 2019-2020 school year will be historic as we will break ground on The Rowland Project, a $20 million transformation of our campus.
The centerpiece of this project is Founders Hall, a 25,000 ft.² center for integrative studies that will bring together English, social studies, a STEAM lab/maker space, and an extraordinary central gathering space and library. It will be located behind the Seminary building, where the maintenance facility currently sits, and the parking lot will become a courtyard that provides a place to relax, connect and appreciate the beauty of our setting at the foot of Equinox Mountain.
Along with a central gathering area and an innovative “neighborhood“ approach to grouping learning spaces, the building will feature a third story space, the Belltower Room, that will feature a view over the Seminary belltower into the valley. The experience inside and outside the building will be extraordinary.
Groundbreaking will be in April 2020 with building completion planned for June 2021.The design process has been deeply collaborative, with input from students, faculty members, and others, and led by Kyle Murphy, BBA class of 2007, and ZGF Architects, an international design firm. Sometimes, a picture is worth 1000 words, so please see below. In addition, I am providing a link HERE to a full set of plans so you can take a look.
The school year is up and running, and even as we focus each day on providing engaging, vigorous educational experiences, we also look to the future so that the BBA of tomorrow continues to be a school worthy of your trust and support.
Honor the Effort and Imagine the Future!
Mark H. Tashjian
From the Associate Head of School
Dear BBA Families:
The 2019-2020 school year is successfully underway. We started the year with a spirited assembly that included a 7-minute long standing ovation for the class of 2023, a joyful performance of the alma mater, and an engaging and humorous opening address from seniors Grace Sherwood and Matthew Scott.
As we all rebuild our learning stamina, Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the last days of summer and recharge after the first full week of school!
Next week, students will participate in two special presentations. On Thursday (9/5), each grade level will be introduced to brain-based principles of learning, levels of student engagement, and BBA’s Spires. Education consultant Bill Rich will join us for the day to expand his work with BBA’s faculty to BBA’s students. I plan to share more on this at Open House (see below). On Friday (9/6), we welcome John Broadrick, former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court. John’s presentation on destigmatizing mental health comes highly recommended and I’m confident his personal story will engage our community. I encourage you to learn more about John’s story and his work with high schools by listening to this short clip. Parents/families are welcome to attend the presentation at 11:00 am in BBA’s Gym.
Your first opportunity to connect formally with our faculty is at our Fall Open House. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 12th. Registration begins at 5:45 in the Riley Center Lobby, followed by an opening session and individual classroom visits. Open House is designed to give you a snapshot of your student’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your student’s schedule and meet Burr and Burton teachers. You’ll learn about the engaging and vigorous learning experiences offered at Burr and Burton, the enduring understandings and essential questions that students explore, and the skills and habits of learning students will develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies, Flex Block, and how students use technology as a learning tool. I’m confident that you’ll gain a sense of how the experiences your children have in each course foster and support our mission and core values, and how committed we are to each individual student.
I’m hoping to connect with many of you at Open House on September 12th.
Associate Head of School
The Mountain Campus will offer its first Open House of the year on Tuesday, September 17, from 6 – 7pm. The evening is an opportunity to learn about the semester program curriculum, and to explore the indoor and outdoor learning spaces at our Peru campus. Current students will present exhibits of their early learning about their Vermont environment. This evening is for BBA families and the public. The Mountain Campus address is: 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd. Peru, VT. 05152.
The 15th semester of the BBA Mountain Campus program will hike from campus into the Green Mountain National Forest for four days, starting Monday, September 23. This curricular trip allows students to tune their camping, hiking, and map-and-compass navigation skills, while exploring the topography and stream networks of three major river watersheds: the Hudson, Connecticut, and St. Lawrence Rivers.
From the Advancement Office
Here we go! Students are back on campus, new families have been welcomed, and Homecoming/Reunion is just around the corner. BBA is busy, boisterous, and happily underway.
A few items to look out for:
- The first Parent Association Meeting on September 6 at 8 a.m. in the library — PA leaders Oona Cree and Molly Williams will host the first Parent Association meeting of the year, featuring Mark Tashjian and Meg Kenny.
- Homecoming and Reunion on September 20-22 — Reunion Weekend has something for everyone, and the more the merrier! Join alumni from all class years on Friday and Saturday to cheer on teams on our own McCormick Taylor Field, as well as at McLellan, Eckhardt, and Applejack Fields at the Rec Park (see the school calendar for details), and experience the happy buzz on campus of Bulldogs coming home. If you’re an alum and haven’t registered yet, check out our Reunion page and contact Rich Thompson-Tucker at 802-549-8135 or email@example.com with any questions.
- The first Parent Participation Annual Fund Appeal — Your support of the Annual Fund, which touches every part of the BBA student experience, is hugely important, and every gift matters. Give now, and keep an eye out for updates from Parent Participation co-chairs Marlene Lederman Allen and Rick McDonough throughout the year.
As always, thanks for being involved and active in our community, and please be in touch with any questions!
Director of Advancement
From the Dean of Students
Thank you for your cooperation dropping off and picking up your student(s) in the lower circle. We ask for your continued support in not using the upper circle before or after school.
While we know this has been an inconvenience for some, it seems to be working. As mentioned in the August Bullhorn, here are a few suggestions to help ease the stress of drop-off and pick-up.
- Allow yourself extra time for drop-off and pick-up.
- Use two lanes in the lower circle and pull as far forward as you can before stopping.
- Arrive a little early for drop off. Fifteen minutes early will make a huge difference.
- Delay your pick-up time by ten to fifteen minutes.
- If you live close to school, encourage your student(s) to walk to school.
- Carpool with other student drivers or with other families.
- Encourage your child to walk to a pick-up area; for example, walking down Seminary to be picked up on Franklin Road.
School Safety Initiatives –
September 25th is “National Awareness Day” – If you see something, say something!
Discussing school safety initiatives is never easy and sometimes uncomfortable for students. Often the meaning of these discussions is either lost, ignored or misinterpreted. I ask for you to talk to your student(s) about this particular initiative.
In short, your son/daughter should tell an adult if he/she sees or hears something that does not seem right. This includes reporting online posts that are threatening in nature or indicate that hazing, harassment or bullying might be taking place.
We want students to have the ability to recognize suspicious activity both in school and out and to learn to pay attention to their surroundings. The following link addresses recognition and awareness: https://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something/take-challenge I encourage you to view the website with your son/daughter and have a discussion about it.
Finally, please remember to call the school at 362-1775 or 549-8102 to report when your child is absent.
Anthony J. Cirelli
Dean of Students (549-8240)
Fall College Programs
Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College Night on Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will feature guest speaker Sam Prouty, Director of Admission at Middlebury College who will address junior and senior families. At 7:30 after his presentation, school counselors will provide grade-specific information to parents for the college admission and financial aid process.
Naviance Parent Workshops will be held in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (Smith Center lower level) on Tuesday, September 10 from 8:00 to 9:00 am and Thursday, September 12, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. just prior to Open House.
The Financial Aid Information Night will be on Wednesday, October 2, from 5 – 6 pm, in conjunction with Parent Conferences.
College Fair Field Trip
Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip to the college fair at Saint Michael’s College for interested college-bound juniors on Thursday, September 19. We will attend the College Fair at Saint Michael’s at 9 am, followed by lunch ($6 or covered by Free/ Reduced Lunch) and a tour at Saint Michael’s. We will then tour University of Vermont and head back to BBA by 4 pm. Approximately 125 college representatives will take part in the College Fair. To sign up, bring a completed college fair worksheet and permission slip here to the School and College Counseling Office by September 16. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis until full.
Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors
Burr and Burton will host the ACT test on Saturday, September 14. Students should arrive to the test by 7:45 am. The registration deadline for the October 26 ACT (not at BBA) is September 20. BBA will also host the SAT on October 5. The deadline to register is September 6. The registration deadline for the November 2nd SAT (not at BBA) is October 3.
Register online at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org. Please note that the school does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; you must register directly with these organizations. Students who qualify for fee waivers should request one from Mrs. Welsh or their counselor.
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 16 during school hours. The PSAT is a practical opportunity for students to assess their testing skills and is recommended for all students considering attending college. Students must bring the $16 registration fee, cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. (For the ease of online payment with a fee of $16.50, use this link: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/psat_fees.) The fee is due on 10/1. The late fee is $20. Late fees cannot be paid online. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch; students should speak with Mrs. Welsh to request a fee waiver for the PSAT.
Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT have the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a free entrance test for students interested in serving the US Military. The ASVAB highlights skill areas not normally tested so students planning to find a civilian job after high school may also benefit from taking this exam. ASVAB testing is also available to Seniors. Interested students should sign up with Mrs. Welsh
Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions.
AP Exam Information
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2019-2020 school year need to pay an exam fee of $98 per exam by October 25th in order to take the May AP exam. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $40 per exam. Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to the School and College Counseling Office, or pay by credit card at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/ap_fees (this link is available through the OnCampus Resources tab as well). There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with your School Counselor. Payments for AP classes that begin in the spring semester (Microeconomics and Chemistry) are not due until February 28th. AP exams are held May 4th-15th 2020.
Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences. Families may want to consider a college visit on Monday, Oct. 21st, when BBA is on mid-semester break.
College Representative Visitors
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton this fall. More than 100 colleges have already scheduled appointments to visit with our students. Students can check the college visit list in Naviance and the bulletin boards in the School and College Counseling Office and main Seminary hallway for the most up-to-date list of visitors and meeting locations. Weekly announcements will also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to ask questions, make a connection with the college representative and learn the most current campus information.
From the 9th Grade Corner
We hope that over the next few weeks your son or daughter will settle into the school routine and embrace the opportunities that come with being a “Bulldog.” Please note there are a lot of events going on during the first month of school; and a few of these events are highlighted below. For a complete list of events please check out the calendar link on the Burr and Burton Academy website.
- Friday, September 6: 7 – 9:30 pm – Freshman Frolic Dance in the Cafeteria * Free
- Sunday, September 8: 8:30 – 3 pm – Student Lead Leadership Retreat – Pre-registration required.
- Thursday, September 12 – Parent Open House 6 – 8:30 pm
Making the transition to high school can be exciting and a little nerve racking. Below are a few tips for parents from current BBA seniors that are part of our freshmen mentor program:
- Encourage your child to be a strong self advocate and reach out to teachers, coaches and other members of the BBA support network.
- As a parent, become involved in the BBA community. Attend theater and music productions, sporting events, and student work expos.
- Be accepting of new friends as your child navigates high school friend and social circles may change.
- Support your child as they explore new clubs, classes and other opportunities that BBA has to offer.
The School and College Counseling Office contacts:
Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for International Students, 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
From the Student Success Program
- Freshman SPA – September 24 from 6 – 8 pm
- Senior SPA – September 25 from 6 – 8 pm
- Sophomore/Junior SPA – September 26 from 6 – 8 pm
From the Creative Arts Department
Select members of the Burr and Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble will perform Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns”, at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on March 23, 2020. Our singers will be joined by choirs from around the world, a professional orchestra, guest soloists and the composer for a 5 day residency in New York City to prepare for this monumental performance. Congratulations to our singers for receiving a personalized invitation from Christopher Tin marking our fifth collaboration with the composer since 2012.
From The Athletic Department
This week marks the beginning of competitions for our Fall athletes. The players and coaches have been hard at work for a while and I am excited to see them compete. Homecoming Weekend is coming up September 20 & 21.
While we are speaking of the start of the sports season, please take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the SuperFan Seven. We take our athletic classrooms very seriously at Burr and Burton – it’s how we do things here.
The SuperFan Seven
- Show Up – There is no bigger game-time boost than a crowd of supportive fans.
- Cheer For Our Team – Encourage our athletes by celebrating their successes and asking them to dig deep in big moments.
- Honor The Game – The sport is bigger than each of us. Treat the moment with respect.
- Appreciate Our Opponents – The word compete means to “struggle with.” Without our opponent, there is no competition. Cheer for our team, never against an opposing team or an individual player.
- Support The Cause – Professional athletes are paid to perform for our entertainment. Education-based athletics are an extension of the classroom. Interscholastic athletes are here to develop our Core Values. Be patient while learning takes place.
- Give The Officials Some Love – They do a thankless job and without them there is no competition. The pool of people willing to officiate continues to get smaller. Fan behavior is the number one reason given by officials who leave the game.
- Make Us Proud – Athletics is the front porch of the schoolhouse. It is often the first impression people have of our school. Long after you graduate it will be the easiest way to remain part of BBA.
The Bulldog Leadership Summit will hold its 4th Annual Student-Led Retreat on Sunday, September 8th. The goal of the Bulldog Leadership Summit is to create a community of student leaders who use their influence as leaders to transform the culture of Burr and Burton so that integrity, selflessness, and respect for everybody is embraced. We aim to inspire students to lead through character, accountability, and adding value to others. Last year’s retreat was a huge success with more than 100 students gathered to learn about and discuss leadership. We hope to see your student there next month.
The day is run by student facilitators and presenters. Our keynote speaker is Deb Hult of Core Trainings. Deb has been an annual speaker at the National Student Leadership Summit. Deb will focus on the power of positive peer relationships and connections, developing sound character, and increasing the visibility of positive student leadership within our school culture.
The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday, September 8 from 8 am – 2 pm at BBA. The retreat is open to all students. Students should register here by September 3rd. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Officials are Needed: The Vermont Soccer Officials Association is inviting all interested high school juniors and seniors, community members, school personnel, and parents interested in learning more about officiating sub varsity soccer games. This is for JV, Middle School, and Youth soccer officiating this fall. A clinic will be presented that will go over safety, the basic rules of the game and foul recognition, positioning on the field and basic game procedures. Membership as an Associate Member of the VSOA, insurance, and follow up support, as well as the clinic is included in the $50 fee.
Tuesday, September 3 in Manchester, VT at Burr and Burton at 6 pm.
Interested people are encouraged to email Gary Blodgett at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and to register.
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BBA Student Travel Opportunities
All are welcome to join us as we once again travel to tropical Costa Rica during the February 2020 vacation. The focus of this trip is to explore the culture, country-side, people and wildlife that this beautiful country has to offer. About the size of West Virginia, politically stable and democratic, peace-loving Costa Rica has conserved more than 25% of its land as national parks and wildlife reserves and supports 5% of all the known species on Earth. Panoply of dry-forests, jungles and cloud forests, lowlands and mountains, laced by rivers and streams, punctuated by active volcanoes, Costa Rica’s bio-diversity is astounding and thrilling. We’ll have a chance to see noisy howler monkeys and neon-blue morpho butterflies, as big as saucers, American crocodiles and speckled caimans. Birding is Costa Rica is unparalleled in Meso-America. In all, there are more than 900 species of resident and Neotropical migrant birds. We may also see pokey three-finger sloths, slow and deliberate enough for algae to grow on their backs. Jaguars and ocelots roam the rainforests. For more information contact Bonnie Niles at email@example.com, Jess Handler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren Silver at email@example.com.
Close Up – Washington DC
This trip to Washington DC, sponsored by the BBA Social Studies department, and run by Close Up Washington DC uses the District of Columbia as a living classroom where students make personal connections with peers from all over the country and with the people and institutions that embody our nation’s past and present.
With the help of Program Instructors, students learn about history and government while considering a variety of viewpoints. Close Up is designed to inspire and empower students to become active participants in our democracy.
The trip will leave from BBA on March 15 and return to BBA on March 20. For further information please contact Tom Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBA’s Model UN team
BBA’s Model UN team, ranked in the top 25 of all North American model UN teams, will again attend five conferences this year. We kick off the year with two conferences during back to back weekends in November, the start of the Model UN season, at Brown University and Princetown University. In January, we attend a conference at Yale, and February brings the teams favorite conference at Boston University. Finally, we round out our season at Dartmouth College in April. Last year we were awarded the “Best Small Delegation” award at the Dartmouth conference. The Model UN team would like to thank BBA for their continued support of our hard work. For further information please contact Kendra LaRoche at email@example.com. Model UN trips are for members of the class and/or travel team.
Our biennial German Exchange program will be taking place this year. In October, the students from our sister school in Stuttgart will be coming to Manchester. They will live in a host family with their exchange partner and attend school every day. In June, 2020, we will travel to Germany for three weeks. We begin with two days in Koblenz, including a boat trip on the Rhine river and a tour of the medieval Marksburg castle. We then spend two weeks in Stuttgart, where students are hosted by their partners from the fall. They attend school every day and visit many sights, such as the Mercedes Museum, the Wilhelma zoo, Ludwigsburg palace and the medieval city of Esslingen. The exchange trip ends with four days in Munich. One of the highlights is a bike tour of downtown Munich. We also visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial site, the famous Neuschwanstein castle and some of Munich’s many art museums.
The German Exchange program is open to students who take German at BBA and who have completed at least through German 3 by the time we travel to Germany.
Ask anyone what the best way to improve your language skills are, and they will say to go to a country and live with a family. That is not a simple thing to arrange, however. Fortunately at BBA we have our third BBA French Exchange!
Our exchange is every 2 years with the lycée St. Cricq in Pau, France near the Pyrenees Mountains on the Spanish border. Beautiful mountains and lakes, delicious cheeses, chocolates, and jams, fascinating history, and lovely beaches await you, as well as warm and welcoming host families in Pau. The French students are very impatient to come and discover our little mountain paradise, as well as American hospitality. They are finalizing approval to come in February, so we are looking for host families. To apply to be a host family, please fill out the form HERE – click for link.
BBA students who wish to travel to France should be in at least French 3 by the time they participate or get permission from Mme Emery. Students do not need to currently be enrolled in French to participate if they have completed French 3 in the past. To apply to go to France, please fill out the Student Participant Application Form HERE – click for link.
The French students expect to visit the United States from the 31st of January to the 12th of February. That would be the two weeks before the February break. The tentative dates for BBA students to visit France are from the 3rd to the 19th of April – the week before break plus the week of April break. It is possible to travel but not host, or host and not travel to France, but ideally your family and student would participate in both! We are blessed at BBA also to have the Rowland grants to help with funds for student travel, with applications due very soon. There will be a French Exchange Informational Meeting on Sunday, Sept 15th 3-4pm in the Rowland student center. Contact Mme Emery for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Discover Portugal: The Gateway to Europe
April 10 – 19, 2020
Italy: Landscape Exploration
This trip is about Italy’s landscape, in the Abruzzo Region east of Rome. Italy tells a great story of cultivating and preserving healthy farms and forests, and a local food tradition that stretches from the early Romans to today’s restaurants and kitchens. We will be exploring this culture, with a focus on rural life and culture (before a big-city finish). Our trip be interactive and outdoorsy. Days of studying Italian; visits with local farms and markets; cooking classes; seasonal food harvesting; study of stone wall-building and medieval village restoration; several days of hiking sections of the ancient shepherds’ migration route from the grand mountain parks to the warm Adriatic Sea (these will be day hikes, because we will stay in hostels with meals provided, with opportunities to swim and canoe); exploring Roman and medieval villages, cultural sites and grottos, and finally two days and nights in Rome for a study of city life.
Our Italian host was the World Wildlife Fund Director of Education for Italy. His knowledge of the Abruzzo region is matched by his advocacy of eco-tourism that celebrates people’s connection to land, food, and rural community. Even as we learn, harvest, cook, eat, we will contribute some time and labor outdoors, working in service of the project our host oversees to keep the Roman shepherd routes and regional paths in the public eye, as a cultural asset for hikers, painters, and all who savor landscape.
Trip leaders: Andy and Hilary Dahlstrom, plus our Italian guide and host, Alessio di Giulio
From the Library
Welcome all new and returning families! This month’s library newsletter will introduce you to some of the resources our library has.
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- This is open to all interested participants
- Collaborative staff will be at the event to help youth register
The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at email@example.com or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.
Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.
Friday, May 24, 2019
For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
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