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June 2020

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1   Scholarship Night – Broadcast live on BBA’s website.
5  Burr and Burton Academy’s 187th Commencement, drive-in ceremony at Bromley Mountain

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

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.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Advancement Office

Dear Families:

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. 

Gratefully,

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

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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.

Senior Plans
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.  

Upcoming Events:

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, mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

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

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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: tmccoy@burrburton.org
Girls Soccer – Suzanne Mears: suzannemears7@gmail.com
Boys Soccer – Pat Zilkha: pzilkha@burrburton.org
Field Hockey – Barb Miceli: bmiceli@burrburton.org
X-Country – Tom Klein: tklein@burrburton.org
Mountain Biking – Jon Mowry: jmowry@burrburton.org
Boys Golf – Paul Kelly: pkelly@burrburton.org
Girls Golf: 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 dmiceli@burrburton.org or mailed/dropped off at the office. No athlete will be allowed to participate without one so please plan ahead. All of the other necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms and the Well Exam must be submitted prior to Friday August 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.

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From The Health Center

I hope everyone is hanging in there, staying healthy, sane, and safe!

I know for me, the warmth in the air, and sun in the sky these last couple of weeks have made a world of difference. 
It’s hard to believe we are winding down for the school year. On one hand, it feels like yesterday that school was officially shut down, but on another, it feels like an eternity. 
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Even though students are soon officially done with classes, the support and resources through the Health Center are ongoing. With the warm weather here, and social distancing guidelines easing up a bit I hope students continue to make safe and healthy choices. Please feel free to reach out to the Health Center with questions or concerns at healthcenter@burrburton.org.
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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.

 

Be well, and again. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Megan Brooks, Director of Mental Health Services
mbrooks@burrburton.org

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The National French Exam

Please join BBA French teacher Michelle Emery in congratulating the following students who placed in this prestigious national contest:
Level 2
Jesse Dykes ’22  National Honorable Mention
Cristina Gregory ’22 National Honorable Mention
Hailey Hadlock ’23 National Honorable Mention
Franny Levitas ’22  National Honorable Mention
Level 4
Amos Smithwick ’22. National Silver Medal
Level 5
Lou Cubberly ’22  National Silver Medal
Alejandro Shapiro-Monchon ’21 National Honorable Mention

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From the Library

It’s time for Summer Reading!! Details of the program can be found in the most recent library newsletter.

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

@BBALibrary.

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Corporate Donors 

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.

Headmaster’s List

Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
TPW Management – tpw.com

High Honors List

Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List

The Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com

Academic Letter

Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.comdorsetinn.com
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe – https://workscafe.com

Academic Pin

Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Midura Building Company midurabuildingco.com
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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May 2020

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Normal listed calendar events have been suspended or yet to be determined – please continue to check your email and OnCampus for updated information.

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

We are now over six weeks into online education, and we are entering the home stretch of the school year. Normally, I would be telling you about an exhilarating series of events coming up in May: the spring musical, Creative Arts Expo, Mountain Campus final presentations, Dene Farm showcases, class presentations and projects, sporting events and quests for state championships, the Gawlik Awards, final exams, Senior Day, Scholarship Night and more, all culminating in Commencement for the class of 2020. Of course, sadly, normal does not exist right now.

What does exist is an extraordinary moment in history. BBA students, faculty and staff are doing something that has never been done before: pivoting from in-person to online education in a matter of days, and carrying forward as weeks have turned into months. We are relying on our collective energy and creativity, sense of community, commitment to each other, and dedication to our students in order to keep the learning process moving forward. 

If it feels hard in your household, that is because it is hard. None of us have ever done this before, our students are missing out on so much, and this is not what any of us envisioned for the school year. Add to that the continued spread of COVID-19 and its tragic toll, which is touching BBA families directly and indirectly.

With each day, though, we are improvising and creating and learning together. We are planning for the end of the school year, and I promise you we will celebrate. Our celebrations will be different, our commencement will be different, our closing assembly will be different. But we will celebrate not only that we made it to the end of the year, but that we made history this year. Stay tuned for details as they emerge.

This group of students and teachers, and, in fact, this entire community, is facing an extreme challenge and extreme test… and we are passing with flying colors. I am proud to be a part of this team. 

In closing, I want to thank all of our families for supporting our collective efforts, and I want to give a shout out to the frontline healthcare workers in the BBA community and throughout the world for the incredibly important and risky work they are doing.

I wish you all continued health.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

May 1st marks the end of our fifth week of remote learning (approximately five more weeks to go)! Thank you for continuing to support your students. Our combined efforts will help all students successfully complete the semester. Please reach out if your student is struggling so we can work with them to provide additional support. 

Student Feedback on Remote Learning
Students’ feedback on their first four weeks is mostly positive and they offered constructive ideas for improvement. I’ve included highlights below.

  • Students are missing BBA and all it has to offer — the in-person classes, the resources, their friends and their teachers. 
  • There is a split over preferring synchronous vs. asynchronous teaching and learning approaches. Bottom line: students appreciate clear and consistent directions and support, regardless of the approach. When things are fuzzy it results in confusion, frustration and lack of engagement. At the same time, students appreciate the teachers’ flexibility and willingness to work with them when they are struggling. They feel teacher support in lots of ways. 
  • Students appreciate how many teachers have adjusted approaches and have scaled back. They appreciate the intentional approach many have used to build an online learning community (small group work, independent work, discussions, problem solving and sharing ideas with the large group). 
  • Some students continue to have technology challenges. Issues run the gamut, but most fall into connectivity issues, competition for wifi within the household and device trouble. Our tech team is working to solve issues as they come up — dropping off devices and power cords and educating families on programs to secure more robust connectivity. Please reach out to support@burrburton.org if you need technology assistance. 

Academic Calendar
We plan to maintain the calendar as originally scheduled. The last day of classes for seniors is May 26th, with May 29th as their final day of academic obligations. The last day of classes for 9th – 11th graders is June 4th. Updated schedules will be shared with students via email and in onCampus. 

Gradebooks Open to Parents
From May 4th through the end of the semester, parents will have open access to their student’s grades for each course; parents will see what students see in the progress window of OnCampus. Please take a few minutes to review course progress and encourage your student to take advantage of the support available in order to improve their understanding prior to the end of the semester. Log into the parent portal and follow these simple instructions to view student progress. 

Here is hoping for continued good health and more spring-like temperatures!

 

 


Meg Kenny

Associate Head of School

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From the Advancement Office

Dear Families:

As is true in every department, this May is different for Advancement. For the last ten years, the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend has been reserved for our signature fundraising event, the Gala—an evening of celebration, performance, and generosity, which was scheduled this year for May 22 at Taconic. Led by an outstanding committee of dedicated and creative volunteers, chaired by Heidi Boudreau and Meg Levene, I can promise you that this year would have been fantastic. But, sadly, it was not to be. 

Every year, through tickets sales, corporate sponsorship, auction proceeds, and outright donations, the Gala has brought in upwards of $250,000 to support BBA’s mission. The 2020 Gala has been canceled—but the education it was supposed to fund is in high gear in extraordinary circumstances. We still have a job to do. We just have to, to quote a good old ad campaign, think different. 

So we are. Without an event, we are asking those who can to make a Gala Donation to BBA to honor the phenomenal efforts of our people—the faculty, staff, and students who have rolled with every punch to keep learning, teaching, supporting, and connecting in the midst of a pandemic. What they are doing is amazing, and we are so very proud of them. 

Our whole community has been inspiring—which leads me to an important moment of gratitude:

The Gala’s early support each year comes from local businesses who sponsor the event and help defray costs. We’ve been in touch with this year’s sponsors in the last few weeks, and in the face of unimaginable economic challenge, their generosity has only grown. Please see the list below and join me in honoring their steadfast support of our school and their commitment to our community. 

Very best,

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

Lead Sponsor

$2,500+

$1,500+
Four Season’s Sotheby’s International Realty
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating
H.N. Williams Store
Same Sun of Vermont

$1,000+
Advisors Mortgage Group
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages
RE/MAX Four Seasons

$500+
Bradley’s Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Celebration Rentals
The Dorset Inn and Barrows House
GSK Climate Control, Inc.
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
Lawrence Property Management
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey, Lemonik, Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
TÖST Beverages LLC

$250+
Baierlein Landscaping
Bonnet & Main
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
H&R Block
John J. Read Construction
The Pharmacy-Northshire
Wright Construction

 


“The Mountain Campus continues to study and celebrate the arrival of spring. Each week, our students document seasonal changes to plant and animal life at a site near home. (Stay-at-home orders may have increased the quality of these student observations and their beautiful documentary products.)
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Here is a sample from Lily Cole, MC Spring 2020, BBA 2022.”
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“Because the public health crisis caused us to cancel most spring admissions tours, parents and students are encouraged to write to Andy Dahlstrom adahlstrom@burrburton.org with their questions about the Mountain Campus for 2020-2021.”
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Standardized Testing
While the CollegeBoard continues to update SAT testing plans for the future, we encourage you to do a little prep work but mostly not to worry– juniors all over the world are in the same situation!  You can check out the latest at: https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates while keeping in mind that many colleges are going to be test optional for the 2020-2021 application year (along with the 700+ colleges that already were test optional!).  Learn more at: https://fairtest.org/

Advanced Placement Exams
The 2020 AP exam schedule is posted on the BBA website, and can also be found hereThe main changes to AP exams this year, aside from  new testing dates, are:

  • Each AP online exam will take less than an hour and focus only on the content most AP classes were able to cover by early March.
  • Each AP online exam will only have free-response questions—no multiple choice.

If you have questions regarding the new online format and timing, CollegeBoard has posted pertinent news on an updated blog:  https://blog.collegeboard.org/2019-20-ap-exams-online-what-you-need-know

For specific questions on AP exam information, please contact your teacher or look for detailed information here: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/ap-exam-schedule

For information regarding how approved accommodations will be provided this year, check here.

Annual Spring College Program
All sophomores, juniors and their families are invited to take part in our annual Spring College Program. Several college representatives have created short videos for you that will be available next week. Topics range from How to Conduct a College Search to How to Choose a College Major. Look for the link to this exciting program in next Tuesday’s Counselor Connection Newsletter!

Reminder: To-Do List for Juniors
Juniors should make plans to conduct some online college tours in the upcoming months. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance in finding online tours, registering for information sessions/open houses, and signing up for interviews.

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

  • Continue to 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.

2020-21 Student Class Schedules
Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2020-21 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.

Dual Enrollment
In preparing for the 2020-21 academic year, eligible juniors and seniors who are interested in taking a Vermont Dual Enrollment course should email Mr. Knutson kknutson@burrburton.org to receive planning assistance.  A few students have dual enrollment accounts from this year and some have started the process for this summer or next year. If a student needs to understand how a dual enrollment course can fit into their multi-year plan, they should contact their counselor. The sooner an account is approved and activated, the sooner a student can register with a college, select a class, and file for a voucher. Again, email Mr. K if you have an interest.

From the 9th grade corner
The month of May will be a busy and important month for the class of 2022.  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:
Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 25

Forms for most of the scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.
It is okay to use 2019 applications at this time. Students can mail their completed applications to the organization directly (Please include a note to the organization that your transcript and letters will be coming from Mrs. Welsh; and then be in touch with Mrs. Welsh by email letting her know that you have applied…)
Questions? Contact Mrs. Welsh. lwelsh@burrburton.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. Access Scholarship Application here: https://vgasf.org/ Award: $1,000 for 4 years; Deadline: May 8

Vermont Retail and Grocers Association Scholarship
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the schools in Vermont, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association scholarship program to May 8th, 2020. We have also made accommodations on submission, including on how the scholarship can be filled out. You can find all the relevant information here.

Campitelli Memorial Scholarship
https://www.mediafactory.org/scholarship

Vermont High School Senior who is pursuing an education in radio, television, broadcasting, or film who has a commitment to community, a love of story, and a strong belief that all communities need to have access to accurate and unfiltered information.
Resides in Vermont

Seek secondary education in communications, media, or related field
Demonstrate school/community involvement
Demonstrate academic achievement
Award: $2,000; Deadline May 10

Garden Club of Manchester
https://www.gardenclubofmanchester.com/
Awarding a $5000 scholarship to a deserving senior from high schools in the area

Note: The Application deadline has been extended till May 15, 2020

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

Batten Kill Valley Runners Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicants must be interested in running and must participate actively in the sport by participating on a school track or cross-country team or by being an active member of a running organization. Applicants must complete the application form and submit all required documents to the BKVR.
Awards typically range from $250-$5000 per winner; extended deadline until June 30th.

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.
Eligibility: 2.5 average, Bennington County senior accepted at university or college, must interview.
Application at website:
www.olinscottfund.org($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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Creative Arts Department

THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!!!!

Even though we have been practicing social distancing and staying safe, “THE SHOW” as they say,  “MUST GO ON!!!”  

On Friday, May 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm, join us online at: unleashedmedia.org as the cast of the spring musical HAIR journey back to The Age of Aquarius by performing favorite numbers from the show like, “Let The Sunshine In”, “Good Morning Star Shine” and more.  Together with images, videos, music, dancing and more, let your inner hippie shine through.  

Showcase

Friday, May 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm, join us online at: unleashedmedia.org for our annual Spring Showcase.  You do not want to miss seeing how our performing arts students have handled their isolation through the hilarious one act, 10 Ways to Survive Quarantine, written by Don Zolodis.  The evening will also consist of other scenes and dance performances including musical theater, hip hop, contemporary and finally a dance mashup from the BBA Dance Company. Just think…all of this, from the luxury of your own home.

You can access these and future performances at: unleashedmedia.org.

Unleashed Media was created for the BBA Community to share and store their artistic work through music, video, photography, drama, dance and more. 

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Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance to the 2020 Vermont All State Music Festival:

Chorus: Finuala Cree, Jack Fiocco, Will Morell
Orchestra: Iren Hangen Vazquez
Concert Band: Will Addington
Jazz Band: Amos Smithwick
Piano Scholarship Winner: Lisa Li
Composition Scholarship Recipient: Evan Hosley

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From The Athletic Department

It is with great sadness that I write to let you know the VPA has officially canceled the Spring Sports season. The decision probably comes as no surprise to any of us. Given the need to continue following state and federal guidelines, canceling the season is truly in the best interest of our communities. I look forward to the next time our BBA community can gather together.

During times of adversity is typically when we do the most growing. Our Spring Coaches are a great example. In a situation like none they have ever faced, they rose to the challenge and found ways to build community with their athletes despite not being able to meet in person. They have demonstrated the vital role that athletics plays in supporting our young people as they grow into the best versions of themselves. Please be sure to reach out to the coaches who went the extra mile to remotely provide competition, fitness, sport specific knowledge, team bonding, guidance and community. 

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From The Health Center

Dear Families,

We know the past few weeks have been some of the hardest times that we have had to navigate. Some days are better than others, and some days may seem near impossible. Many of us are juggling work, parenting, teaching and supporting our children while also trying to take care of our mental health and find the right balance.  As difficult as this time has been,  it is important  to remember to slow down and remind ourselves of all of the positives in the situation; sometimes the negative aspects are far too visible. Perhaps you’ve eaten dinner as a family more than ever before, or have had the opportunity to binge watch your teens favorite show with them, or caught up on your spring cleaning, or perfected your Grandmother’s secret cookie recipe! 

This will pass, and soon enough we’ll all be able to enjoy the beauty of our school and community again.

We wanted to share an important new Community Resource. United Counseling Service has recently launched their new PUCK program. Psychiatric Urgent Care for Kids is a 24 hour presource you can reach out to should you find your child in a mental health crisis. Please check this resource out, and know it’s available HERE.

Also, we are excited to launch our first edition of the Health Center NewsLetter. We are looking forward to this monthly piece to be a great resource for you and your students.  We will highlight hot topics, share resources, and have student editorials. Here is the LINK for our first edition. 

As always, please reach out to any member of the Health Center should you or your child need help, advice, guidance, or support.

healthcenter@burrburton.org.

“ On particularly rough days, I like to remind myself my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%, and that’s pretty good” – Anonymous 

Megan Brooks, LCMHC mbrooks@burrburton.org
Sarah Scrantion, LICSW sscranton@burrburton.org

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From the Nurse’s Office

I hope that everyone is staying healthy! This is certainly a tough time for so many of us, especially teens who deeply value their relationships with their peers. It is important that we continue to remind them about the stay at home order and social distancing. If you are struggling with ways to get your teen to comply please reach out, we at the health center, are happy to help. 

I am available to talk with students and families as needed. Please feel free to reach out. 

Stay well,

Megan Beattie Cassan MSN-Ed (mbeattie-cassan@burrburton.org)

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From the Library

In this month’s library newsletter, learn about the Spires Reading Challenge and how to access free audiobooks to keep. 

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

@BBALibrary.

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Corporate Donors 

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.

Headmaster’s List

Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
TPW Management – tpw.com

High Honors List

Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List

The Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com

Academic Letter

Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.comdorsetinn.com
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe – https://workscafe.com

Academic Pin

Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Midura Building Company midurabuildingco.com
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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April 2020

Calendar

Normal listed calendar events have been suspended and yet to be determined – please continue to check your email and OnCampus for updated information.

10 – 17 Spring Break

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As we all continue to do our part to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus, I want to give a series of shout outs:

  1. To our healthcare workers, who are putting their lives on the line to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
  2. To our amazing teachers and students, who are working together to navigate the challenges of online learning. (Note: please check out Meg Kenny‘s Bullhorn post, which will give you a sense of all the good things happening right now.)
  3. To our families, for supporting your children as we adjust to this new way of educating students.
  4. To our technology team, for providing the training and the tools to make remote education possible and productive.
  5. To our state government, for taking an aggressive approach to flatten the curve and keep COVID 19 at bay in this beautiful state.

I also want to extend a promise to the Class of 2020: we will celebrate your accomplishments, we will salute you, we will send you off into your future some way, somehow. Maybe commencement will be able to proceed as planned. Maybe commencement will be postponed until the middle of summer. Maybe we will have to get creative, but this is a school filled with creative people, and I am sure we can find a way.

I look forward to the day when we are all back together, when terms like self quarantine, flatten the curve, and social distancing are in our past rather than our present. However, Bulldog Spirit is palpable even in virtual form, and this period in our history illustrates the power of the BBA community and our connectedness beyond our campus boundaries. We will learn from this challenge and we will grow from it. 

I pray for everyone’s good health, both mentally and physically, as we continue to navigate these uncertain waters.

Be well,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families: 

We are now two weeks into online learning and, as I shared last Friday, I could not be more proud of how our faculty and students are working together to make this shift a success. I hope that all students are settling into a routine. 

Here are some tips for students on establishing a routine: 

  • Create a study space that is as distraction free as possible. I know that it can be a challenge to spread out as a family — our dining room table is working well and it is not uncommon to see several people working there with headphones on!
  • Start your day with BBA’s Spirit announcement. Have you written your letter, yet? (Thank you, Lexi, for the great idea.) 
  •  Make a schedule.  I’m using a post-it-note a day to keep track of my to do list. 
  • Take breaks — tech free if possible. We are all spending more time on screens; build in time away from phones and computers, and you will feel better. 
  • Ask for help, if you need it. Teachers, school counselors, advisors and the health center team are all here for you. 
  • Connect with friends and community members — remotely. Facetime, Zoom, Google Meet are all easy ways to stay connected. 
  • Take care of yourself — be kind to yourself and get outside when you can.

Parents, please reach out to your student’s advisor, school counselor and teachers if issues come up. BBA’s Care for At-Risk Students (CARS) team is meeting regularly to create interventions and plans to support individual student needs. 

A key core value at BBA is creating engaging and vigorous learning experiences for our students. That value is alive and well. I asked teachers to send me samples of the experiences they are creating — approaches that are working. I’ve highlighted a few below so you can get a snapshot of the student online experience. Teachers will continue to refine their online practice to find the right balance of synchronous and asynchronous approaches. 

Science
For a taste of what is happening in Chemistry check out the pictures of Therese Francomb conducting a lab from her dining room table. 

Social Studies
Many social studies classes are using “hyperdocs,” an approach that includes readings, links to activities, etc. Check out what 10th grades are exploring as they read Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

Creative Arts
You can see the product of student work in Creative Arts on Unleashed Media. This site will be updated daily. In addition, drama students are working on Shakespeare scenes and monologues — memorizing lines, working with partners as they build to the creation of a short film. 

Ceramics students recently created nature drawings which you can view here. The drawings are set to music composed by Neil Freebern.

Vocal Ensemble is rehearsing remotely for the Spring performances. Students will record their parts and then they will be compiled into one recording using BandLab. Keep your eye out for a possible Virtual Calliope Cafe!

World Languages
Madame Emery reports that French classes are going well. French 3 students will be sharing the children’s books they authored with Flood Brook and Maple Street students via video. In addition, alum Sam Sullivan who is just back from France after teaching English for the year was a “special guest” in class on Monday. 

English as a Second Language
This is the preview link for the Nearpod that went with an ESL History Lesson.  (Students have been using Nearpod all year and it is really amazing, it projects on each of their screens individually so it is also great for remote learning). For this lesson they joined in Meet first and kept the audio on while Nearpod was on “Teacher Guided Mode” (meaning Students couldn’t skip ahead, so the teacher could see student responses in real time.  https://share.nearpod.com/ypBqTwE7g5

Math
Check out this video instruction prepared by Jessica Handler for her CP Pre-Calc class. Videos like this allow students to go back and review for clarification. Math teachers are using pre-recorded videos and live streamed instruction to support students.
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Physical Education
In addition to course instruction, the PE department is emailing daily workouts to everyone in the community. Be sure to check them out.
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Mountain Campus
The Mountain Campus team continues to grapple with the important question of how to live well in this place? Check out an instructional video Jonathan Bigelow created to teach the Tragedy of the Commons. Students now have at-home Ndakinna sites, but the self-reflective prompts and the close observation prompts continue. Take a look at last week’s prompts (maybe reflect on one or two)!
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Be well, 

 

 


Meg Kenny

Associate Head of School

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From the Dean of Students

Online Attendance, Cyberbullying and Harassment

Dear Parents,

We are two weeks into online learning and doing our best to balance the amount of information you receive as it pertains to your child’s online attendance. Period attendance continues to be taken for all classes. If your child does not attend class or check with their teacher an infraction is generated. This is a daily process, and infractions are generated for the previous school day. It is not punitive but rather a notification system to let you know when your child misses class. 

If your child is ill or cannot attend class, please notify Sue Towslee via email stowslee@burrburton.org or by calling the school at 362-1775 and leaving a message. It is helpful if we receive this information prior to the absence so it can be recorded as an excused absence. 

If you receive an infraction notice, please have your child reach out to their teacher. We are asking our teachers to reconcile attendance infractions. 

We know that these are difficult times to navigate but we will figure it out. We must continue to partner together to help our student(s) continue their education.

On a different note, we are aware of several online chats that many students (sometimes 50 or more) are attending. Needless to say, a few of these chats have gone astray and have resulted in bullying and harassment investigations. Please talk to your child(ren) and ask them not to participate in these online chats or if they do to keep their posts friendly. 

Investigating bullying and harassment incidents is difficult when we are at school. Trying to do the work remotely puts all of us at a disadvantage (students and the school). Remind your child(ren) to pause before they post and to continue to practice social distancing. 

Please stay well. 

Sincerely, 

 

 


Tony Cirelli
Dean of Students

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From the Advancement Office

Dear Families:

This month, my message is a mix of what we are doing and what we’re not doing in these weeks and months of business-not-as-usual.

First, what we are not doing: as you saw by email last week, we are not coming together on April 9th to celebrate groundbreaking on Founders Hall, and we are not gathering to present the great work of our students and faculty at Grandparents Day on April 24th. Events going forward are largely on pause, as we assess what will be possible and when. We have moments of fellowship and excitement that will have to wait. And we will be ready for them.

Second, what we are doing: So much it blows my mind. As Meg Kenny’s post illustrates, online courses are in full swing, faculty are finding new and creative ways to teach through technology, and students are adapting beautifully and with all the Bulldog Spirit we could ask for. But beyond that, I see a community that’s actually doing an awful lot to express social connection in a time of physical distancing. 

We have a team collaborating with the Manchester Food Cupboard and delivering meals and household staples to families in need. We have an IT department supporting a massive shift in service, to the point of chasing down and verifying free WIFI hotspots in our sending communities. 

We’re sharing student videos and messages on the BBA Facebook page every morning to start the day for everyone on a positive note. And we have students producing and sharing art of all stripes on the Unleashed Blog run by the chair of the Creative Arts department. 

We have a daily workout being sent out by the chair of the PE department. We have videos circulating of students’—and staffs’!—very own Penguin Plunges in support of Special Olympics. 

We have a new BBA Parent Association Facebook group; a new BBA Reads! group (limited, sadly, to students and staff), and an ever-expanding list of examples of how students, teachers, parents, alumni, and friends of the school are finding ways in this moment to be together while we have to be apart.

This is amazing stuff. It’s a school that won’t quit, friends you keep close, a community that won’t be separated.

Go Bulldogs, indeed.

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


In an attempt to keep our students and families as well-informed as possible about what’s happening in the School Counseling world, we will be sending you a weekly newsletter with updates and information that could be helpful to you. Through Google Hangout, Zoom, FaceTime, email, phone, text or any other virtual resource you desire…your School Counselors are here for you. 

Free Test Prep:
www.khanacademy.org — link your psat scores from your collegeboard.org account to create a personalized testing plan. https://academy.act.org/

College Planning To-Do List for Juniors
The School Counselors have been meeting with juniors this spring. Please ask your student to check their prospective college list and journal entries on Naviance (under the ‘Resource’ tab on OnCampus).

Additional activities:

  • Research colleges — use Naviance surveys, read guidebooks and viewbooks, explore college websites
  • Take part in virtual college tours or visit Niche.com to learn more about colleges of interest.
  • 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 (virtually!) again, and stay in regular communication so we can assist you.
  • Update your resume in Naviance!
  • If planning on Division I or II athletics, ask your counselor about a transcript check for NCAA eligibility

Spring College Program
Our annual Spring College Program for sophomore, juniors and parents is going to be virtual this year!  Details will be outlined in an upcoming newsletter from the School Counseling Department, and information regarding the program will be updated in the May Bullhorn.  

Off-Campus Study
Although we are currently facing some uncertain challenges, we continue to plan ahead hoping that normal times will return by August.  Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting during the 2020-2021 academic year should meet with their counselor through Google Hangout to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Following the meeting, request a BBA Off-Campus Study application . This form will need to be completed and returned to Mr. Knutson.

Senior College Notifications
Many colleges are extending their deposit deadlines from May 1 to June 1 or later. Here is a list that continues to be updated that identifies which colleges are delaying: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RIlDMwtaOmudGxMuZsuEfjDW_wH89A_v6EHza5K5HtU/edit Seniors should be sure to send in their deposit to the ONE college of their choice by the deadline in order to hold their place. At the same time, seniors should notify other colleges that they have decided to enroll elsewhere. Many colleges are offering virtual tours to students to help them make their final decisions. Also, read this article for helpful hints on how to make your final decision during this unprecedented time: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brennanbarnard/2020/03/17/the-covid-college-choice-how-to-pick-a-college-during-a-global-pandemic/#668ef336767a

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. 

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 2019 Session of Girls State will be held on the Randolph Center Campus of Vermont Technical College. Applications available online at https://www.vtalauxiliary.org/girls-state.html

From the 9th grade corner
It has been great to see some many of our 9th graders embrace remote/online learning.  However, we recognize that COVID19 has presented many challenges. It’s most important for all 9th graders to know that we are here to support them.  They should reach out anytime if they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Academically, teachers have been asked to be flexible with assignments and work completion.  Students with specific academic questions should engage with their teachers during the open office hours that are scheduled daily.   

As for future planning all 9th graders were invited to a number of four-year academic planning sessions and have had a brief introduction to Naviance. For those who 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.  Draft schedule for next year will be released later this spring. 

Forms for most of the scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. It is okay to use 2019 applications at this time. Students can mail their completed applications to the organization directly (Please include a note to the organization that your transcript and letters will be coming from Mrs. Welsh; and then be in touch with Mrs. Welsh by email letting her know that you have applied…)

Questions? Contact Mrs. Welsh. lwelsh@burrburton.org.

Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary NEW DEADLINE, May 1st

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 8
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: May 1 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 10 

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 26

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 26

Dorset Sportsman’s Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating seniors who live 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: April 29

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

Manchester Rotary Club Scholarship
Eligibility: Community service, character, community activities, achievements, goals, scholastic ability
Award: $500; Deadline, April 30

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

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. Eligibility: 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Creative Arts Department

Iren Hangen Vazquez & Lisa Li recently composed string quartets that were performed by the Taconic Music Chamber Players at the Manchester Community Library on Saturday, March 14th as part of their educational outreach program.  

Links to their performances:

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Congratulations to Evan Hosley for winning a Vermont All State Music Festival Composition Scholarship. He will be recognized for this prestigious award in May at North Country Union High School.

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From The Athletic Department

Spring Sports Update:

Things change so quickly that I fear this update may be out of date before you read it. As of now, the VPA is holding off on a decision to run Spring sports until the 3rd week of April. A key factor in the decision will be where we stand as a state and a nation in regards to social distancing regulations.

In the meantime, I have asked the coaches of each program to be in contact with their athletes. If your athlete completed the preseason survey that we sent out in place of our Spring Sports meeting then they should be receiving information from their coach on a regular basis. Expect to see workout plans, and some remote team meetings as our coaches make an effort to prepare them during this extended off-season.

Spring Head Coaches: 

Boys Lacrosse – Tom Grabher: coachgrabher@gmail.com 

Girls Lacrosse – Jamie Blake: jblake@burrburton.org

Softball – Ezra Caron: ecaron@burrburton.org  

Baseball – Ed Lewicki: elewicki1114@hotmail.com

Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus: pmcnealus@burrburton.org

Girls Tennis – Frank Bonte: frankbonte@me.com 

Track & Field – Caleb Wiley: cwiley@brsu.org 

Ultimate – Tom Von Allmen: tvonallmen@burrburton.org

Unified – Don Benasich: donbenasich@gmail.com

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From The Health Center

We have already seen a dramatic increase in teenage anxiety in the past 10 years, and the recent outbreak of COVID-19 isn’t doing anything to ease it. With all the grief, isolation and uncertainty surrounding this pandemic , even the most laid back teens are feeling the angst. 

Nobody has all the answers, and nobody knows the correct things to say because this is new for all of us. There are a lot of resources on the web to try to help parents navigate this. Everything from “keep a routine” to “limit their news exposure” to “paint a picture of hope”. However, if you would like a few more tools in your tool box, and a better understanding of teenage anxiety as a whole, please join Operation Parent and Dr. Tanya Stockhammer, a clinical psychologist who will explain the positives and unhelpful components of anxiety, what happens to our teens during high anxiety, tips to help with discussions about the crisis and how to help them deal with their emotions. Click to register.

This is a free seminar, and I urge you to take part in it, if you can. The webinar will be this Thursday at 2 pm. 

If you would like to speak with someone at Burr and Burton regarding your child’s mental, or physical health please contact The Health Center. 

Stay well, body and mind!

Reach out,

Megan Brooks, Director of Mental Health Services. mbrooks@burrburton.org
Sarah Scranton, School Based Clinician. sscranton@burrburton.org
Megan Beattie Cassan, School Nurse. mbeattie-cassan@burrburton.org

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From the Library

In this month’s library newsletter, learn how to access ebooks and audiobooks and connect with the BBA community over our shared love of reading.

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

@BBALibrary.

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Corporate Donors 

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.

Headmaster’s List

Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
TPW Management – tpw.com

High Honors List

Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List

The Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com

Academic Letter

Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.comdorsetinn.com
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe – https://workscafe.com

Academic Pin

Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Midura Building Company midurabuildingco.com
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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On Friday, May 22 at Taconic, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association will celebrate the new decade at
The Gala: Roaring Into the ‘20s.

Over 250 guests will turn out to support and celebrate BBA’s inspirational mission of education for all. 

Corporate Gala Sponsorships to this perennially sold-out event are now available with tiers and benefits outlined below. Sponsorship is a powerful way to support Burr and Burton Academy’s role in building the future of our community…and to effectively get your business in front of our wide audience.

For more information about Gala sponsorships, contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org.

Parent Association Fundraising Gala
May 22, 2020

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Gatsby Sponsor $2,500+

  • Corporate name and logo printed on over 700 invitations (must commit by 4/1/20)
  • Corporate name and logo on event page at www.burrburton.org with reciprocal link to your website
  • Corporate name or logo placed prominently in all event promotional materials including BBA email blasts about the event and in the Bullhorn (monthly e-newsletter)
  • Corporate name and logo displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Four event tickets included, a value of $600 ($150/ticket)

Jazz Sponsor $1,500+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org with reciprocal link to your website
  • Corporate name or logo placed prominently in all event promotional materials including BBA email blasts about the event and in the Bullhorn (monthly e-newsletter)
  • Corporate name and logo displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Two event tickets included, a value of $300 ($150/ticket)

Art Deco Sponsor $1,000+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org with reciprocal link to your website
  • Corporate name or logo placed prominently in all event promotional materials including BBA email blasts about the event and in the Bullhorn (monthly e-newsletter)
  • Corporate name and logo displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at event

Charleston Sponsor $500+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org.
  • Corporate name displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement

Flapper Sponsor $250+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org.
  • Corporate name displayed on table toppers, in event program, and in thank-you advertisement
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March 2020

Calendar

3  Eighth Grade Parent Information Night: 5:30 – 6:30 pm, HSR
5 12:45 pm student dismissal
5 Mountain Campus Open House: 5:30 – 7 pm, Peru
6 Mountain Campus Snowshoe Walk: 5:50 – 7:30 pm, Peru
6 Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Library
11 Prisms Concert: 6:30 – 8 pm, SVAC
12 Prisms Concert: 6:30 – 8 pm, SVAC
18 Mandatory Spring Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, Gym
20 Faculty In Service Day – No School
23 Spring Sports Begin
25 Bulldog Leadership Summit – Power of Positivity with Pat Zilkha: 7 – 7:50 am , HSR
31  Spring College Night for Sophomores and Juniors and their parents beginning at 6:30 pm in the Rowland Center

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

This Bullhorn letter will start with two very practical matters.

VOTE YES

Most immediately, please vote YES to approve BBA’s tuition for the 2020-2021 school year. To do so, you must go to your local voting location if you are in the Taconic and Green Consolidated School District. Winhall and Stratton votes take place as a floor vote at town meeting. Dover, West Dover and Wardsboro have already approved our tuition (thank you!).

Our tuition will increase 2.7%. To put this in perspective, over the last five years, our medical insurance costs have been increasing by 11.7% annually, and next year’s medical insurance  increase will be 12.9%. Despite these skyrocketing costs, we have been able to maintain our diverse array of programming and minimize tuition increases. Your support and your vote is very important and we appreciate it deeply.

COVID-19/Coronavirus

We are closely monitoring the global threat posed by the coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness associated with this virus. Regarding safety protocols, we will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Agency of Education. 

We are forming an internal team to formulate contingency plans in the event of disruptions to our academic program, and we will communicate on a weekly basis with students and families. 

For now, these expert agencies are calling for business as usual while urging basic hygienic practice that we should all be doing anyway given the prevalence of influenza virus in our community.

Our Community

I am happy to report that business as usual in our case means a lot of positive energy. Our school days are flying by, sports teams are competing in playoffs and state championships, the Prism concert is approaching and is going to be stunning, we have penguins plunging to support Special Olympics, our Unified Basketball Team is getting ready to compete, and March is upon us.

In times of uncertainty, I am doubly reminded what a special place we have here at Burr and Burton Academy.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families,

It is hard to believe that it is March 1st! We have a six week stretch before our April break. Here’s hoping for no snow days so that we can take advantage of weeks of productive and engaging learning. Winter sports wind down, the spring season jumps into gear, and, artistically, Hair rehearsals are in full swing, and the Prism Concert, and Art From the Schools are scheduled. There are club activities, faculty inservice, International Women’s Day, academic field trips, mid-term exams and SBAC assessments. Please review the March daily schedule so you are aware of special schedules and dismissal times.

Don’t forget to spring ahead next Sunday, March 8th as daylight savings begins. 

SBAC Testing: March 18th and 19th for Freshmen

We assess our performance as a school in many ways. One of the ways is through our participation in SBAC testing. It is a challenge to find the right time to schedule the SBAC so that students can give it the focus it requires, and do not feel burdened by additional testing. All freshmen will be taking SBAC tests on March 18th and 19th in lieu of midterm exams. Freshmen will be divided into two groups. Group 1 will take the ELA test on Thursday and the math test on Friday; Group 2 will take math on Thursday and ELA on Friday. Students will be notified of their group/testing location and key information related to the SBAC test during advisory meetings and at assembly. Please remind students that they need to come prepared with their school issued iPad or a personal device (fully charged) and have reviewed and acted on the technology preparation protocols, which will be shared in advisory meetings.

Legislation does not provide an opt-out option for the SBAC tests. In Vermont, all students who are not assessed (for any reason other than health or language proficiency) are considered non-participants and are assigned a score of zero in the local school and district state accountability calculations. Because of this, we are aiming for 100% participation; we want our school data to be accurate, without scores of zero due to non-participants.

Please know that we value the individual student results, as they provide us with key information about our students and our academic program. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Midterm Exams/Assessments: March 18th and 19th 

All other grade levels will have midterm assessments on March 18th and 19th. Please note that some courses do not give exams and will continue with engaging and vigorous learning by holding class during the exam blocks. 

Thank you, 

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

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From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

Last week, the Advancement Office stormed the student center supplied with cupcakes, beads, balloons, and music to celebrate 100 days until graduation! Seniors wore their green and gold beads with pride and beamed as we congratulated them on having the finish line in sight. It’s hard to believe how fast these days—and years—go by, and it’s such a pleasure to see all of these kids so excited to take their next steps out into the big wide world.

If you have a graduating senior, now is a great time to make a gift in your student’s honor—or in honor of a teacher, coach, or mentor whose guidance and dedication have helped your Bulldog get to this moment. 

In fact, for parents of all grade levels, a gift to the annual fund is a fantastic way to honor all of the effort that goes into a BBA education. Together, we have one goal: providing an outstanding education to each and every student. Every dollar makes opportunity possible—make your gift today!

Coming up:

  • Founders Hall Groundbreaking — Thursday, April 9th, 1:30 pm — Join students, faculty, friends, and guests to celebrate the official construction kick-off for our incredible new academic building!

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  • Grandparents Day — Friday, April 24th — Share BBA with grandparents and special friends! Please make sure we have contact info for your student’s guest(s) by contacting Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org; save the dates will be going out shortly!

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  • The Gala: Roaring into the ‘20s — Friday, May 22nd at Taconic — Don’t miss our signature fundraising event of the year! Save the dates are out, with invitations to follow—contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org for ticket information, and Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org if you’d like to become a Corporate Gala Sponsor!

Onward! 

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

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The BBA Mountain Campus will offer an informational Open House on Thursday, March 5th at 5:30 – 7 pm. The evening is designed as an introduction to this semester program, for prospective students and their parents to see the facility, to understand the experiential curriculum, an d to ask questions about how a Mountain Campus semester fits into a BBA education. 

All BBA families and community members are welcome.

School day tours of the Mountain Campus will be announced to current BBA students through campus email. (The emails include a sign-up form.) The next tour will be Tuesday, March 3rd, leaving BBA around 11:15 am. 

Special parent event at the Mountain Campus.
BBA parents often ask for their own opportunity to experience a slice of Mountain Campus life. So, we will offer an evening snowshoe walk from the Mountain Campus, Friday, March 6th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

No experience on snowshoes is required or expected. We plan to explore portions of the Mountain Campus 100 acres, by moonlight and flashlight. This evening is chosen because it is just a few days before the Super Full Moon, when the moon is closest to earth. 

The only equipment required to join this walk is a flashlight or headlamp. 

Refreshments will be served after the walk. RSVP if interested to Andy Dahlstrom, Mountain Campus Director, adahlstrom@burrburton.org.

 


2020-2021  Course Requests
The 2020-21 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Course information is also available through the dropdown options on the page. Current freshmen (2023), sophomores (2022), and juniors (2021) have been encouraged to review course options for the upcoming school year and will be registering for their 2020-21 classes during the first week of March. All students are required to submit a course request form, signed by a parent, to their advisor. The sheet was distributed in advisory but is also available online just above the downloadable COS. Please contact.your student’s counselor if you have questions.

Spring College Admissions Program
On Tuesday, March 31st, from 6:30 – 8:30 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 & Career Interviews
Juniors will have the chance to participate in individual practice college or career interviews with college admission officers and a local business representative on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 8. Students will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis and will need to bring a completed Naviance resume to the interview. Sign up in the School Counseling office. 

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!

Financial Aid Support Available
As financial aid packages are received by families, counselors are available to offer support.  Please contact your counselor.

Free college planning events for Juniors and Sophomores:
VSAC’s College & Career Pathways events help parents and students learn about financial aid, grants and scholarships, navigating college loans, how to search for a college or career program … and more. BBA already brought over 100 sophomores to the Castleton workshop on February 26th, but there are evening options available around the state for parents and students to attend if you missed this trip. Choose your location and date, and sign up at this VSAC link if you’re interested: https://www.vsac.org/plan/college-career-pathways.

March 11 @ Landmark College, Putney

March 19 @ Saint Michael’s College, Colchester

April 6 @ Northern Vermont University–Johnson

Sophomore Career Summit
Sophomores who didn’t attend the VSAC College and Career Program in February will all be attending the Sophomore Career Summit on April 8 at Bennington College.  

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, March 14,  SAT at BBA (registration deadline past)

Saturday, April 4, ACT at BBA (late registration only)

Saturday, May 2,  SAT. Register by April 3 at www.collegeboard.org.  Sign up for SAT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

See ACT and College Board websites. 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 2nd 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.
Course is on Fridays from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.
Course Dates: March 27, April 3, 24, and May 1.

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

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 Wednesday, March 11, info at www.svahec.org.

All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long  sessions (June 1st-June 13) organized around the following topics: Arts, Astronomy, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Global Issues and Youth Action, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental Science and Technology, Health and Medicine, Governor’s School, Technology Design and Coding. 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 20. 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 2020-21 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 9th grade student interested in attending the Mountain Campus for 2020/21 should request all four Mountain Campus courses in their OnCampus portal for the Fall or Spring. 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. Mountain Campus applications will be distributed following the request process.

Upcoming Events:
Spring Athletes Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting – Wednesday, March 18th, 6 pm.
Inservice – Friday, March 20, no school for students.
Mid-Term Exams – Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19.

SCHOLARSHIP LIST
Forms for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School Counseling Office.  This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.

NEACRAO – George Coleman Scholarship
ONLINE AT: neacrao.org; go to about NEACRAO then Scholarship info
Eligibility: must be enrolled in a NEACRAO member institution (list online)
Award: $2,000; Deadline March 1

Knights of Columbus, Vermont, Scholastic Achievement Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be son or daughter of Knight of Columbus within VT jurisdiction and graduating senior. Essay required and MUST BE HANDWRITTEN
Deadline: March 10
Application in SCC Office 

Refuse to Use Collaborative Scholarship
Eligibility: a graduating high school senior who will complete their senior year in the RTU program.
Award: $1,500; Deadline: March 15

Alice Angney Scholarship (Vermont Superintendents Association)
Eligibility: Senior demonstrating a commitment to further their education after graduation. Leadership, service to community, academic achievement, and initiative in overcoming a specific challenge or challenges.
Award: $3,000
Deadline: March 16

National Catholic Colleges Association Scholarship
ONLINE application (catholiccollegesonline.org)
Eligibility: applying as first-year students to member school
Award: $1,000; Deadline: March 20

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior intending to pursue further education in college, trade school or university: exemplary member of the student body, leadership qualities within school and community.
Award $1,000; Deadline: March 26 (by 5 p.m.)

Manchester Lion’s Club Scholarship 2020
Eligibility: Graduating senior headed to college, trade school, tech school, or other alternative post secondary education.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: March 27

Fraternal Order of the Eagles
Eligibility: good character, scholastic ability, community involvement and activities, achievement goals
Award: not specified; Deadline: March 31

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

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. Finalists will be interviewed on April 27…if you apply, please mark this date on your calendar, they do not make exceptions.
Award: $5,000; Deadline, April 1

American Legion of Vermont Scholarship
Eligibility: seniors accepted at approved or accredited school or college,
Award: $1,500; $1,000; or $500; Deadline: April 1
Application information online: www.legionvthq.com

Vermont Retail & Grocer’s Association Scholarship
2020 VRGA Scholarship Applications are due on April 24th! If you are an employee or owner of a VRGA member and are attending college for the first time or have a child who is attending college for the first time, you may be eligible. The organization awards 10 different scholarships throughout the state. Due to the large breadth of VRGA membership, many of your students may be eligible for these scholarships!
Award: $1,500 to $2,500; Deadline: April 24

Dorset Sportsmen’s Club Scholarship
Eligibility: two seniors (one male, one female) from Dorset or East Dorset accepted to post secondary school. 2- and 4-year colleges, technical and vocational schools
Award: $2,000; Deadline: April 29

Garden Club of Manchester
Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education through college or vocational/trade school in fields related to horticulture, biology, landscape design, environmental studies and other similar studies. For a more complete list go to: gardenclubofmanchester.com
Award: $5,000 (100th Anniversary, doubled the award this year 2020)  Deadline: April 30

LWV Winona Smith Scholarship
ONLINE application: https://my.lwv.org/vermont/winona-smith-scholarship-application-2020
Eligibility: Interest in civic participation and community service, financial need
Award: $1,000; Deadline: May 1

Stratton Todd Richter Endowment-1st Generation
Eligibility: Financial need, first generation college bound
Award: $2,000; Deadline: May 1

Stephen Philips Scholarship
Eligibility: academic achievement, service to others, good character, leadership and willingness to work to contribute to college, personal and/or family expenses. Application online only: www.phillips-scholarship.org
Award: 3,000 – 10,000, renewable 4-year Scholarship Deadline: May 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.
Eligibility: 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the International Program

Each year students from all over Vermont come out to audition to become part of the Vermont All State Music Festival. This highly selective competition is an annual event supported by the Vermont Music Educators Association (VMEA). The Festival offers musicians from Vermont’s high schools the chance to perform under the direction of some of the country’s most accomplished conductors. 

This year, our department’s own Qiaochuhan Li took top honors at the competition by receiving the highest score in the piano category. For this achievement, she received the scholarship performance in which she will play Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G Minor on May 7th in Newport, Vermont. 

Qiaochuhan joins the elite list of BBA students who previously reached this musical milestone: Cheryl Haddeka (french horn), Ray Cole (marimba), Hayden Myers (piano) and Ramsay Ayre (twice, composition).

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Over February break, the International Program took students on a cultural tour of Boston, MA. Students visited the Science Museum, the New England Aquarium and Quincy Market. Additionally, they watched Shear Madness, one of America’s longest-running Broadway shows, and explored all that the city had to offer.

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BBA is excited to announce the launch of its international ESL Summer Camp which will be held this year from July 31st to August 15th. Our ESL Summer Camp features a unique program that will allow students from around the globe to explore all that Vermont has to offer. Students will have the chance to go swimming, hiking and camping, create music and art, and see the stars while improving their English and exploring the Green Mountain state. 

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From the Parent Association

Grandparents and Special Friends Day: April 24 from 10 am – 1:30 pm
Invitations will be sent out in March for this wonderful annual event with presentations by faculty, staff, and students followed by a luncheon in the Rowland Student Center where grandparents and friends can sit and enjoy a meal with their grandchild(ren). Please email pdelaszlo@burrburton.org with grandparent addresses or special friend addresses.

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From the Creative Arts Department

The Burr and Burton Academy Music Department is excited to share a unique presentation at the March Concerts scheduled for 6:30 pm Wednesday, March 11th and Thursday, March 12th at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.  A variety of genres will be presented through the format of a radio show featuring several instrumental and vocal ensembles. Tickets are available at bbatickets.com.

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14 Members of the Burr and Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble will perform  “Calling All Dawns” at Lincoln Center on March 23rd, 2020, organized by Distinguished Concerts International New York and conducted by composer Christopher Tin. 

The concert will feature 200 singers from Slovenia, Guam, The Netherlands, France, Germany, India, Canada and America.  Our singers will rehearse with a professional orchestra and guest soloists for a 5 day residency in New York City Friday March 20th-Tuesday March 24th to prepare for this monumental performance.

Congratulations to the following students for receiving a personalized invitation from Christopher Tin, marking our fifth collaboration with the composer since 2012: Finuala Cree, Karson Barclay, Olivia Murphy Major, Zoe Meyers, Alea Myer, Kaia Hansen, Alexis Seymour, Jenna Parker, Paige Mann, Jason Caggiano, Will Morell, Jack Fiocco, Miles Allen and Matthew Scott.

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From The Athletic Department

Spring Sports Night
The mandatory parent athlete meeting for Spring Sports will be held on Wednesday, March 18 at 6 pm in the gym. Baseball Players and Parents will have a separate Baseball meeting on Sunday, March 15. They are still expected to attend the general session on March 18 with everybody else.

Unified Basketball: Our Unified Basketball team has already begun practicing. Their first competition is on March 16 in Brattleboro. Unified athletes and parents should plan to attend the Spring Sports Night. 

Unified Basketball schedule:
March 16 @ Brattleboro: 4 pm

March 18 @ Rutland: 4 pm
March 23 vs. Mill River: 4 pm
March 30 vs Springfield: 4 pm
April 1 vs Leland & Grey: 4 pm
April 6 vs Otter Valley: 4 pm
April 9 @ Middlebury: 4 pm
April 22 @ Hartfrod 3:30: pm

Mental Health Awareness: A group of students will host our second annual Mental Health Awareness basketball game between Students and Faculty on March 19th at 6pm. While it is always fun to play for bragging rights, this year our students wanted to make better use of their platform to do more for the community. Specifically they would like to help destigmatize mental illness. Mental Health Issues are particularly under-reported among athletes due in part to that stigma. On March 19th we want to let people know that it’s ok if you’re not ok and there is support for you right here in our community.

Monday, March 16
Pitchers and Catchers begin for baseball.

Monday, March 23
All Spring sports begin tryouts.  Lacrosse, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field.

All Spring athletes must have had a well physical exam after June 12, 2018. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the Nurse’s Office on or before March 13. 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 March 13. 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.

Spring Head Coaches: 

Boys Lacrosse – Tom Grabher: coachgrabher@gmail.com 

Girls Lacrosse – Jamie Blake: jblake@burrburton.org

Softball – Ezra Caron: ecaron@burrburton.org  

Baseball – Ed Lewicki: elewicki1114@hotmail.com

Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus: pmcnealus@burrburton.org

Girls Tennis – Frank Bonte: frankbonte@me.com 

Track & Field – Caleb Wiley: cwiley@brsu.org 

Ultimate – Tom Von Allmen: tvonallmen@burrburton.org

Unified – Don Benasich: donbenasich@gmail.com

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From the Library

Check out this month’s Library Newsletter for information about the Teen Lit Mob and more.

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

@BBALibrary.

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Corporate Donors 

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.

Headmaster’s List

Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
TPW Management – tpw.com

High Honors List

Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List

The Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com

Academic Letter

Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.comdorsetinn.com
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe – https://workscafe.com

Academic Pin

Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Midura Building Company midurabuildingco.com
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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On Friday, May 22 at Taconic, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association will celebrate the new decade at
The Gala: Roaring Into the ‘20s.

Over 250 guests will turn out to support and celebrate BBA’s inspirational mission of education for all. 

Corporate Gala Sponsorships to this perennially sold-out event are now available with tiers and benefits outlined below. Sponsorship is a powerful way to support Burr and Burton Academy’s role in building the future of our community…and to effectively get your business in front of our wide audience.

For more information about Gala sponsorships, contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org.

Parent Association Fundraising Gala
May 22, 2020

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Gatsby Sponsor $2,500+

  • Corporate name and logo printed on over 700 invitations (must commit by 4/1/20)
  • Corporate name and logo on event page at www.burrburton.org with reciprocal link to your website
  • Corporate name or logo placed prominently in all event promotional materials including BBA email blasts about the event and in the Bullhorn (monthly e-newsletter)
  • Corporate name and logo displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Four event tickets included, a value of $600 ($150/ticket)

Jazz Sponsor $1,500+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org with reciprocal link to your website
  • Corporate name or logo placed prominently in all event promotional materials including BBA email blasts about the event and in the Bullhorn (monthly e-newsletter)
  • Corporate name and logo displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Two event tickets included, a value of $300 ($150/ticket)

Art Deco Sponsor $1,000+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org with reciprocal link to your website
  • Corporate name or logo placed prominently in all event promotional materials including BBA email blasts about the event and in the Bullhorn (monthly e-newsletter)
  • Corporate name and logo displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at event

Charleston Sponsor $500+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org.
  • Corporate name displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement

Flapper Sponsor $250+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org.
  • Corporate name displayed on table toppers, in event program, and in thank-you advertisement
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February 2020

Calendar

4  Eighth Grade Parent Information Night: 5:30 – 6:30 pm, HSR
5  Student One Act Festival: 6:30 – 8 pm, Riley Center
6  Eighth Grade Parent Information Night: 5:30 – 6:30 pm, HSR
7  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Library
12 Parent Conferences (12:45pm dismissal) 1 – 5 pm
13 Parent Conferences (12:45pm dismissal) 1 – 8 pm
14-21 Winter Break – No School
25 Eighth Grade Parent Information Night: 5:30 – 6:30 pm, HSR
27 Eighth Grade Parent Information Night: 5:30 – 6:30 pm, HSR
27 Parent Social: 6 – 8 pm, J.J. Hapgood, Peru

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

We live in interesting times. Domestically, we have an impeachment trial unfolding. Globally, we have the coronavirus grabbing headlines while a massive fire in Australia reminds us of the rising threat of climate change.

Global events affect us locally, in this case particularly as we address the coronavirus. Rest assured: none of our international students will be returning to China during the February break. They will all stay here in the United States as a simple but important precaution against not only a virus, but the fear that can take over a community.

Within BBA, the past few weeks have brought a few interesting events worth sharing. First, at our assembly honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, a student spoke eloquently and forcefully about the importance of all of us owning a piece of the responsibility to seek justice in the world. The following week, we had a student honor Holocaust Remembrance Day by sharing the devastation to his family during this horrific period in history. Right now, there is an exhibit at the Southern Vermont Arts Center titled, “More Than Meets The Eye“ that includes work by BBA students and is intended to destigmatize mental illness and remind us that what we have on our inside is not always what appears on the outside.

I share these examples as a way of illustrating that the BBA student experience includes the opportunity to think, to deepen our understanding of each other, to share stories and compare perspectives, and to connect with global issues. We care deeply about academic excellence, and we care deeply about experiences that broaden the mind and enhance our ability to understand differences.

The world needs people who can bring us together. The problems of the future are complex and multicultural and global, and they demand more cooperation and less division than we see from the current generation of political leaders. My hope is that today’s BBA students, your children, will be prepared to change the world for the better.

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families: 

Thank you to all who attended last week’s open house. Feedback on the BBA Spires in Action presentation was overwhelmingly positive. If you were not able to make the evening, don’t worry, there will be more opportunities to learn about how we are introducing the Spires.  

Students’ mid-year self-reflections are now available in OnCampus under Report Cards.  This process was facilitated through advisory, and we hope the reflection spurs conversation with your learner. If a student response is not available, this indicates that the student did not complete the reflection form. In addition, Progress Reports will be released on Friday, February 7th in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal. Progress reports are designed to give a snapshot of each student’s academic performance. 

Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 12th from 1:15-5 pm and Thursday, February 13th from 1:15-8 pm, with a faculty dinner break from 5:00-5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. If your student cannot attend, please discuss the following 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 conferences, share your personal insights. It is often this personal knowledge and perspective that teachers act on, and it leads to enhanced student learning.

  • Here are instructions for logging into the portal if you need a refresher or have not yet logged into the portal. 
  • Here are instructions for registering for conferences (this is also available in the resource section of the parent portal). Look for a notification early next week letting you know that Pick-a-time is live and ready for you to schedule appointments. 

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

As always, please reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

The 2020-2021 BBA School Calendar can be found HERE.

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From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

I’ve heard Mark use the phrase “begin well and end well” often enough over the last eight months that I’m beginning to see the concept as a BBA speciality.

We’re in the middle of a very good year, and so much of the credit for that goes to your kids; they bring this campus to life with their excitement, curiosity, and hard work—they’re the reason we want to begin well and end well this year and every year. A lot it also due to you—whether you contribute by volunteering, showing up to games, performances, open houses, and conferences, or in the million ways parents work hard to raise great young people. 

To my mind, a good year in the Advancement Office springs from a feeling that it’s our job to feed: a love for and pride in BBA. So much of the work in my office is about communicating and celebrating what a special place this is, and showing boundless appreciation for all of the people who make it so. That kind of feeling inspires support of all stripes. And a good feeling, well tended, grows. 

So I see the months ahead of us in 2019-20 (highlights bulleted below!) in terms of celebrations, and I hope your family joins us in every way possible, including showing your pride and support by making a gift to the Annual Fund. Whether you can give $5 or $500, it’s the act of giving that has the biggest impact—so make your gift today on our new (mobile-friendly!) online giving form!

Coming up:

  • The winter issue of The VIEW, with features on the rebirth of BBA football, the Spires, and our new building, Founders Hall.
  • Founders Hall Groundbreaking — April 9th, Stay tuned for details! 
  • Grandparents Day — April 24th — Please make sure we have contact info for your student’s guest(s) by contacting Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org!
  • The Gala: Roaring into the ‘20s — May 22nd at Taconic — Planning for our signature fundraising event of the year is well underway! This year, we’re adding a silent auction during the cocktail reception in addition to our raffle, live auction, and cash call. Contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org to donate an item or service. And we’re also assembling our Corporate Sponsors: see our Gala page for sponsorship levels and benefits, and contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org to sign up! Both auction donations and sponsorship count toward our parent participation goals.

Onward and forward!

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


Driver Education Information

Burr and Burton sponsored program:
There will be a MANDATORY DRIVER EDUCATION MEETING, Tuesday February 25, 2020 in the Student Center from 5:30-7:00 PM. Signup for the class will be the evening of the meeting. The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA offers a free driver education program. The tentative start date is Monday June 15, 2020 and runs until Friday July 31st. For the first 15 days, classes run from 8AM until 10AM, 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 15 days of class driving times will run from 10AM until 2:30PM. Once the classroom portion of the program has been completed driving times run from 7AM until 2:30PM. 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 4 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. IF THE CLASS IS OVERSUBSCRIBED, STUDENTS WILL BE CUT STARTING WITH BIRTHDATES CLOSEST TO THE START OF THE CLASS AND WORKING BACKWARDS. IT IS ALMOST A SURETY THAT STUDENTS WITH A 2005 BIRTHYEAR WILL BE CUT FROM THE CLASS so please plan accordinglyIf you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.
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Private pay program:
Allstate Driving Instruction will be running a small class (12 students) starting in February. The cost of the class is $700 and will be run out of one of BBA’s classrooms. If you are interested, please see the attached flyer for more information. First come, first serve.
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2020-2021 Course Requests
The 2020-21 Course of Study (COS) PDF version will soon be published to the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Once published, the freshmen (2023), sophomores (2022), and juniors (2021) will be notified so they can begin reviewing course options and planning for the upcoming school year. This release will provide them time to discuss offerings, course prerequisites, and graduation requirements with counselors, teachers, and parents before actually selecting courses.

Students will be guided through the course request process during an upcoming assembly. This will include directions for filling out the request worksheet as well as selecting courses through their OnCampus portal. After winter break (Feb. 24), students will complete their request worksheet, return their sheet to their advisor, and enter their course requests in OnCampus.

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

2020-2021 Re-enrollment Form
Parents of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will need to complete a Re-enrollment Form in preparation for the upcoming school year.  Similar to other school forms like the acceptable use form and co-curricular form, the re-enrollment form will be located in the portal to ensure that  Burr and Burton Academy has accurate family information for each student. This form will be published on Monday, February 24 in alignment with the course selection process to assist with future communications and master scheduling.

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. 

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.

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. 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. 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.

Juniors
Meetings with Juniors: Individual meetings with juniors are beginning this month to discuss 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 and review graduation requirements and senior year course choices.

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 identify 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 for Juniors:

Saturday, March 14,  SAT – Register by February 8 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 2 or June 6 test dates, you will want to consider taking this one.

Saturday, April 4, ACT – Register by February 28 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.

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. 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 2 SAT) Classes meet on Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Hunter Seminar Room.  Classes are timed to prepare for the May 2 SAT. Session 2 Course Dates: March 27, April 3, 24, and May 1.

SAT PREP CLASSES at Maple Street School

A compact 2-day weekend 2020 Test Prep course is being offered on Saturday, February 29th and Sunday, March 1st from 9:00am-3:00pm each day at Maple Street School and the cost is $225 (materials included). For more information or to register, please contact Joy Stewart jstewart@maplestreetschool.com or 802-733-7636.

Sophomores
Sophomores will be attending one of two conferences this spring.
On Wednesday, February 26,  VSAC’s College & Career Pathways event will take place at  Castleton University. Students will attend the event from 9:15 am – 1:45 pm. Buses leave BBA at 8:00 and return by 2:30 dismissal.

There is no cost to attend, and lunch is included. Workshops include test prep strategies, how to choose, apply to, and pay for college or career training programs, and pathways to skilled trades and great careers that don’t require a degree. Students who are attending have already signed up. 

Parents and students are also encouraged to attend the evening portion of the event from 4:30 – 8 pm, which includes a free program of workshops, a career training resource fair and a free light dinner to help parents and students plan for education and training beyond high school. Get answers to your questions and  talk with Vermont experts about the admissions process, college search, financial aid and managing college costs, grants and scholarships, career training, apprenticeships, & certification programs, gap years and more. For more information see here: https://www.vsac.org/plan/college-career-pathways

Summer Programs/Study Abroad
The School Counseling department has information about a variety of summer programs.  Interested students should connect with their school counselor.

All students are eligible for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont week-long sessions organized around the following topics: Arts, Humanities, STEM or Business. Information and 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 2019-2020 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.

Scholarships

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
Deadline is February 12! Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship workbook if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. For more details go to VSAC.org and create a student account. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. 

Refuse to Use Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior who has participated in the RTU program and completes their senior year in the program.
Award: $1,500 Deadline: March 15

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Eligibility: senior heading to college or trade school, strong character, leadership qualities. Essay
Award: $1,000 Deadline: 5:00 pm on Friday, March 26

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

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 

Winona Smith Scholarship of League of Women Voters of VT
Eligibility: senior who has demonstrated an interest in civic participation and community service, financial need. Needs a teacher recommendation specific to this scholarship. Application is online.
Award: $1,000;
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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Creative Arts Department

BBA Students take the stage for the annual One-Act Festival

Burr and Burton Academy Student Repertory Theater Company presents the second annual One-Act Festival on Wednesday, February 5, in the Riley Center at 6:30 pm.

The One-Act Festival is produced, cast, directed, designed, and performed solely by BBA students. Over 50 teens including, curricular Technical Theater Classes have been involved in the creation of the festival.

The evening will consist of five one-acts, ranging from drama to comedy directed by Matthew Scott, Miles Allen, Erin Norton, Isabella Flint, Hannah McArdle, and Zoe Grigsby and include the original one-acts Grandma’s Retirement Party written by Zoe Grigsby and Namesake written by Emi Craig. Set Design by Adam Sribney, Lighting Design by Katelyn Hemmer, Costume Design by Teri Salmon, and Stage Management by Claire Paxson and Shae Muchler.  

Come out and support these talented students as they take the stage.

Admission is free and the running time is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. 

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From The Athletic Department

Spring Sports Night
The mandatory parent athlete meeting for Spring Sports will be held on Wednesday, March 18 at 6 pm in the gym. Baseball Players and Parents will have a separate meeting on Sunday, March 15.

Post Season Competition:

First Day of Playoffs:
Girls Ice Hockey: February 25-26
Boys Ice Hockey: February 25-26
Boys Basketball: February 25-26
Girls Basketball: March 3-4

State Championships:

Dance: February 15
Nordic: February 20 & February 24
Wrestling: February 28-29
Alpine: March 2-3
Rock Climbing: March 7
Boys Basketball: March 8
Girls Ice Hockey: March 9
Snowboarding: March 11
Boys Ice Hockey: March 11
Girls Basketball: March 16

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the Student Success Program

The Success Program will be leading a college visit for any interested Juniors and Seniors to SUNY Albany and Siena College all day on February 5.  See Jason Pergament for more information.

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On February 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm the Success Program will host a Spaghetti Dinner at the VFW to fundraise for the Success Seniors end of year trip. 
Children under 5 are free. Students $8 and adults $12.
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The Success Program will host an Adventure Day out at Stratton funded by the Stratton Foundation on February 29. 
See Jason Pergament for more information. 

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News from the Dene Farm Program


This January the Food Systems class worked in collaboration with our art department to create a one of kind pizzas from scratch. Beginning with student grown and harvested Emmer wheat from the Dene Farm. Emmer wheat is an ancient variety of grain that dates back to the dawn of agriculture. Students processed the grain using traditional methods, hand crafted the dough and were able to taste the fruits of their labor utilizing BBA’s very own wood fired pizza oven. The oven was constructed by our art department. This collaboration made for a true farm to plate experience for Dene Farm Program Students.

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From the Library

Read this month’s library newsletter to learn about Food for Thought groups, the Rubik’s Cube Challenge and more.

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

@BBALibrary.

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Corporate Donors 

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.

Headmaster’s List

Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
TPW Management – tpw.com

High Honors List

Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com

Honors List

The Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com

Academic Letter

Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.comdorsetinn.com
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe – https://workscafe.com

Academic Pin

Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Midura Building Company midurabuildingco.com
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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On Friday, May 22 at Taconic, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association will celebrate the new decade at
The Gala: Roaring Into the ‘20s.

Over 250 guests will turn out to support and celebrate BBA’s inspirational mission of education for all. 

Corporate Gala Sponsorships to this perennially sold-out event are now available with tiers and benefits outlined below. Sponsorship is a powerful way to support Burr and Burton Academy’s role in building the future of our community…and to effectively get your business in front of our wide audience.

For more information about Gala sponsorships, contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org.

Parent Association Fundraising Gala
May 22, 2020

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Gatsby Sponsor $2,500+

  • Corporate name and logo printed on over 700 invitations (must commit by 4/1/20)
  • Corporate name and logo on event page at www.burrburton.org with reciprocal link to your website
  • Corporate name or logo placed prominently in all event promotional materials including BBA email blasts about the event and in the Bullhorn (monthly e-newsletter)
  • Corporate name and logo displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Four event tickets included, a value of $600 ($150/ticket)

Jazz Sponsor $1,500+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org with reciprocal link to your website
  • Corporate name or logo placed prominently in all event promotional materials including BBA email blasts about the event and in the Bullhorn (monthly e-newsletter)
  • Corporate name and logo displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Two event tickets included, a value of $300 ($150/ticket)

Art Deco Sponsor $1,000+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org with reciprocal link to your website
  • Corporate name or logo placed prominently in all event promotional materials including BBA email blasts about the event and in the Bullhorn (monthly e-newsletter)
  • Corporate name and logo displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at event

Charleston Sponsor $500+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org.
  • Corporate name displayed on event signage, table toppers, in event program, and thank-you advertisement

Flapper Sponsor $250+

  • Corporate name on event page at www.burrburton.org.
  • Corporate name displayed on table toppers, in event program, and in thank-you advertisement
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January 2020

Calendar

8  2nd Semester begins
9  College and Career Fair: 10:40 am – 12 pm, Gym
9  Parent Social: 5 – 8 pm, Magic Mountain
9  Mountain Campus Meeting: 6 -7 pm, Mountain Campus
10 Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Library
18 All State Music Auditions
20 Martin Luther King Day – No School
22 Open House for Parents, 6 – 8 pm
24 Dance and Drama New Student Works, 6:30 – 9 pm, Riley Center
29 Bulldog Leadership Summit, 7 – 7:50 am, Hunter Seminar Room

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As we ring in the new year, we also look toward the start of the second semester. So far, the school year is going very well, with many, many successes, appropriate challenges, and all students arriving at this point in the school year safely.

Here are some New Year’s wishes for 2020:

My greatest wish is that all students drive safely, particularly in the winter months. There is a simple winter driving technique that needs to be emphasized again and again: drive slowly. It is simple physics: with the reduced friction of icy conditions and the simple formula of mass times velocity squared, each increment of speed increases the danger exponentially. Slow down!

Another wish is that any students who are vaping find a way to stop, with no new students starting up. Vaping is a business created with the intention of getting teenagers addicted to nicotine. The vaping companies don’t care about young people, they don’t care about health, they don’t care about communities; all they care about is profits, and they want to get richer by getting teenagers addicted to their product. It is a great business model and a terrible business.

A third wish is that the many students who are thriving at BBA keep doing so. These students set a tone of positivity, engagement, exploration and excitement that permeates the school. I hope your daughter or son is in this category.

My fourth wish is that those students who are not reaching their potential find a way to do so in 2020. We have so many opportunities at BBA, and though it may take some looking, there is something for everybody at this school. If your son or daughter has not found that something just yet, please let us help.

A fifth wish is that students keep learning to advocate for themselves as they navigate various challenges in school. If they are struggling in a class, they should work with their teacher. If they are struggling on a sports team, they should talk to their coach. High school is it time for young people to practice the skills of self advocacy while seeking first to understand before seeking to be understood. These are life skills that can carry them far in their professional as well as educational lives.

My final wish is that health, love, meaning, friendship, and commitment are abundant throughout the community.

Happy New Year. Go, Bulldogs!

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

Welcome to the ‘20s! With Burr and Burton’s 200th anniversary on the far end of this decade, this is an amazingly exciting time for BBA, bursting with opportunities to celebrate our history, our future, and most importantly our people! 

I’ve had the pleasure over the last seven months of learning to tell Burr and Burton’s story, and I wish I could show you the way people light up when I get to say something like, “No, REALLY, it’s an independent school that serves the public.” They are inspired by the idea of putting independence, innovation, and philanthropy to work for every student who chooses BBA, in no small part because our 190-year-old model is simultaneously radical and venerable—egalitarian and excellent. I can’t stress enough how special this place is, and I hope you are all as proud as I am to be a part of it. 

In the near-term, we have a lot going on in the spring semester! You won’t want to miss:

  • Groundbreaking for Founders Hall in early April — Stay tuned for details on how we’ll celebrate this huge step toward the future of BBA!
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day on April 24 — Invitations will be going out in March; if you want to make sure we have contact info for your student’s guest(s), please contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org.
  • The Gala: Roaring into the ‘20s on May 22 — Our PA’s signature annual fundraising event will be back at Taconic this year, featuring student performances, both live and silent auctions, and a fantastic evening of fun, celebration, and fundraising. The Gala Committee is already hard at work, and you can help! Contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org to donate an item or service to the auctions, and Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org to become a Corporate Gala Sponsor! Both auction donations and sponsorship count toward our parent participation goals.

Finally, the calendar year may be over, but our fiscal year is not! Last year, parent participation hit 25%—we have work to do to get there this year AND I believe we also have room to grow. Please know how impactful your gift of any size is, both in its direct support of the BBA experience AND as demonstration of a parent community that is invested in Burr and Burton. 

We can’t do it without you, so please make your gift and support BBA today

Many thanks, and here’s to a great 2020!

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


Driver Education Information

Burr and Burton sponsored program:
There will be a MANDATORY DRIVER EDUCATION MEETING, Tuesday February 25, 2020 in the Student Center from 5:30-7:00 PM. Signup for the class will be the evening of the meeting. The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA offers a free driver education program. The tentative start date is Monday June 15, 2020 and run until Friday July 31st. For the first 15 days, classes run from 8AM until 10AM, 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 15 days of class driving times will run from 10AM until 2:30PM. Once the classroom portion of the program has been completed driving times run from 7AM until 2:30PM. 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 4 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. IF THE CLASS IS OVERSUBSCRIBED, STUDENTS WILL BE CUT STARTING WITH BIRTHDATES CLOSEST TO THE START OF THE CLASS AND WORKING BACKWARDS. IT IS ALMOST A SURETY THAT STUDENTS WITH A 2005 BIRTHYEAR WILL BE CUT FROM THE CLASS so please plan accordinglyIf you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.
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Private pay program:
Allstate Driving Instruction will be running a small class (12 students) starting in February. The cost of the class is $700 and will be run out of one of BBA’s classrooms. If you are interested, please see the attached flyer for more information. First come, first serve.
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BBA Alumni College and Career Fair
On Thursday, January 9 from 10:30-12:00, we are welcoming back recent graduates from the classes of 2015-19 to share information about their college and work experiences.  If you have young alumni at home, please encourage them to participate and reserve a spot in this program by contacting Lynne Welsh (549-8242 or lwelsh@burrburton.org) or reaching out to one of the school counselors by January 7.  Alumni will first meet with current students and faculty in the gym during Flex Block.  At 12:00, we’ll treat them to lunch and they’ll have a chance to catch up with former classmates and teachers.

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.  The drop-add deadline date is Tuesday, January 14. 

College and Career Planning for Juniors
The School and College Counselors will hold meetings with all juniors throughout the spring semester.  In these individual student appointments, 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 JUNIOR
Students have received their PSAT scores from the  College Board, and scores have been posted to the “Testing” page on student Naviance accounts. PSAT interpretation and information about upcoming SAT Prep opportunities are in OnCampus student and parent portals, and on the School Counseling page of the BBA website.  Students can link scores with Khan Academy for individualized, personal SAT prep.

SPRING 2020 Standardized Testing Information for Juniors

Test Test Date Location Register by
ACT  February 8 OTHER January 10
SAT March 14 BBA February 14
ACT  April 4 BBA February 28
SAT or Subject Tests May 2 BBA April 3
SAT or Subject Tests June 6 OTHER May 8
ACT  June 13 OTHER May 8


Students do NOT need to register for ALL of the above tests. Check your schedule (especially athletics) to determine which date(s) work for you.
Other test centers can be located at the SAT and ACT Test Center Search sites. 

When registering, students choose whether or not to take the Writing section of the SAT and ACT.  Students who wish to take the Writing section must sign up for it when registering for either test.  The Writing Section is the last part of both tests and requires an additional 50 minutes of testing time.  Some colleges use/require the Writing Test; others do not. Students should research the testing policies of the colleges that they are interested in before deciding whether or not to take the Writing section of the SAT and ACT.

Test Prep Opportunities for Juniors

Free Options:                

www.collegeboard.org

www.actstudent.org

www.khanacademy.org

Online courses:      

www.kaplan.com

www.princetonreview.com

www.testive.com

Test Prep Classes

High End Test Prep with Brian Marohnic
The cost is underwritten by BBA so students are only charged $100 for the prep class.  A further fee reduction is available for students from low-income families. Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room from 1:00-3:00 and are timed to prepare for spring SAT & ACT test dates.  

Session 1                             Session 2
Friday, Jan 17                      Friday, March 27
Friday, Feb. 7                       Friday, April 3
Friday, Feb. 28                     Friday, April 24
Friday, March 6                   Friday, May 1
Friday, March 13(snow date) 

The two sessions above are identical courses so students will only sign up for one. (The extra meeting date in the first session is to allow for a potential snow day.)  To register for either course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh. Please see your counselor regarding a fee reduction. Registration deadline: Jan. 15 for Session 1;  March 25 for Session 2.

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

WHEN: February 7 through 9 or February 21 through 23.
WHERE: Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
WHO: Any student in grades 9-12 who want to go into depth in one of the subjects offered. (Financial Assistance is provided.)
HOW: Students fill out applications at www.giv.org by January 15. Apply early; spots will fill up quickly!

College Application Update and Post High School Planning
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. Please remind your student to update us as those decisions arrive.  We also continue to work with seniors who are still in the process of applying and those who are considering other post-graduate plans. Please reach out to your child’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

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
Our 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 additional advisory meetings this winter our freshmen will continue to work on these plans while learning about Burr and Burton graduation requirements, transcripts, AP classes, and the Career Development Center. 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.

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.

Berkshire Bank NeXt Gen Scholarship:
Eligibility: High school senior, current college students, adults in pursuit of undergrad degree, 3.0, family income, attending or planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college or technical school
Award: $1,500 Deadline: January 31

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Students must get their  VSAC Unified Scholarship application done and postmarked by Friday, Feb 15, with all required documents. VSAC Scholarship workbooks are available in the School and College Counseling Office. 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 a few days prior to the deadline!

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. Paper applications are available in School and College Counseling. Award: $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. APPLICATION 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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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The 16th semester of the BBA Mountain Campus will begin with a family and student meeting, on Thursday, January 9th at 6 – 7 pm.
The meeting will be at the Mountain Campus: 3067 Hapgood Pond Rd. Peru, VT.

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From the Creative Arts Department

Come out and audition for the first rock musical of Broadway HAIR!!!!
Audition Workshop on January 15, 16, 2020 at 3 – 6 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts
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Auditions on January 27, 28, 29, 2020 at 3 – 6 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts
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For more info contact Mr. Raposa at jraposa@burrburton.org

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NEW WORKS PROJECT 2020: Theater & Dance

On Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for The Arts, Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing  Arts and English Departments will present the Theater & Dance New Works Project. Join us as the veil is taken away from the creative process with students sharing their original choreography, scenes, monologues, poetry, and scripts in a workshop atmosphere.  If you ever wanted to see the steps of the creative genius, don’t miss out on this opportunity. Listen, watch and experience the performance of these burgeoning artists and be a part of the process with a talk back at the end of the evening.  The event is free and running time is approximately one hour.

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From The Athletic Department

Happy New Year! Our athletic teams closed out 2019 in style and they look to continue their success in 2020.

Here is some important information as we head into the New Year. 

Athletic Leadership Academy More Than an Armband:
The Athletic Leadership Academy is designed to prepare athletes to take on leadership roles on their teams. Athletes will learn what is expected of leaders at Burr and Burton, gain an understanding of group dynamics, practice leadership skills, and create a leadership portfolio to share with their coaches and teams. No athlete may become a varsity captain without having completed the workshop. The series is offered three times each year (in the second half of each sports season).

The next set of classes will be offered on January 30th & February 6th in the Wellness Room. Get your athletes in the room.

Fan Challenge – I hope you will make a resolution to come out and support a team you have not yet seen in action. So get on the hill, or in the rink or to the gym or up to Rutland for some Rock Climbing and take a look at what our athletes are up to. Check here for a full schedule of events.

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2019-2020
Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball and Ice Hockey
Students and Senior Citizens: $15
Adults: $30
Season Passes are available for purchase at the Burr and Burton Athletic Office and at all home games.

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the BBA Parent Association

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BBA Student Travel

2 spots available for BBA Italy trip – see the video HERE.

June 2020 (following graduation); class of 2020 eligible 

Join this summer tour of Italy’s sustainable food and forest culture, in the Abruzzo region. For a visual tour of the town that will serve as our base camp, and the beauty of the Aterno Valley surrounding the town of Fonteccio, view this: Aterno Valley Model Forest Video. (Deliberately, this immersion in Italy is designed to give us fresh ideas about Vermont, and how its economic and cultural identity intertwine with our four-season landscape.) The trip will conclude with a two-day exploration of Rome. 

For complete information on the itinerary and goals of this BBA trip, contact Andy Dahlstrom at adahlstrom@burrburton.org

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Spots Still Available – Discover Portugal and Spain
During Spring Break: April 10 – 19, 2020


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

What you’ll experience on tour:

Moroccan Dinner at Burr and Burton

Have a lovely Moroccan dinner at Burr and Burton on Friday, January 24th, then stay to see the New Works Project! Doors will open at 4:30 pm for henna and appetizers, with table service beginning at 5 pm. Cost for the dinner is $30/person and benefits the French Exchange. Chicken tagine and all courses by Eric Emery, former maître d’hôtel to the French President. Tickets available on bbatickets.com!

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2020 Yearbook Update

2020 Yearbooks can be ordered at jostens.com. We sold out last year, so order early.
Thanks,
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor

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From the Library

Learn about the Rubik’s Cube Challenge, new books, and more in this month’s library newsletter

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

@BBALibrary.

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Donor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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December 2019

Calendar

Winter Concert: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, SVAC
6  Parent Association Meeting: 8 – 9 am, Library
8  International Holiday Potluck for Host Families: 5 pm, Manchester Inn
12 Theater and Dance Fest: 6 pm and 8 pm, Riley Center
17  BBA School Store pop-up, 8 – 10:30 am, Smith Center
18  BBA School Store pop-up, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Smith Center
19  BBA Parent Social, 6 – 9 pm, Hill Farm Inn
23 – January 7: Holiday Break – no school

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As I reflected this weekend on the many ways I am thankful for all that is in my life, I could not help but think of two extraordinary individuals who passed away in the past two weeks.

Last Monday, Wendy Rowland departed less than two years after she lost her husband Barry. They were married for over 60 years, and the two of them, through their unprecedented generosity and commitment, transformed the present and future of BBA. They created the Rowland Travel Fund so all students can join in school trips throughout the world. They built the Rowland Center, which houses our student center, world languages, visual arts, and international program. They boosted the endowment through a $10 million matching challenge, and, most recently, they donated $20 million for The Rowland Project; we will break ground on Founders Hall, a 25,000 square-foot integrated social studies, English, STEAM center and library, in April.

Less than two weeks ago, on Monday, November 18, we lost Skip Martin. From humble roots in small town New Hampshire, Skip became a proud alumnus of Williams College, served in the United States Navy, and had a highly successful career in business. He joined the BBA board of trustees, and for the past decade he worked tirelessly to connect philanthropically-minded members of this community with opportunities to improve BBA. Skip loved fundraising for the right cause, and he determined that BBA was the right cause.

I share these remembrances not only to honor these two individuals, but to share the belief that the BBA of today was built by those who came before us, and the BBA of tomorrow rests in our hands.

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and are ready for the holiday season, BBA-style.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

What a time to reflect. As Mark wrote above, we’ve lost extraordinary friends, and our sorrow can only be matched by our gratitude as we look back over the legacies of Barry and Wendy Rowland and Skip Martin.

They were all three deeply devoted to this school—and not just to the idea of it, but to the real, day-to-day experiences of your kids, and the work of teaching, and challenging, and caring about them. What they wanted, more than anything, was to provide opportunity, and what they saw in Burr and Burton was something special: a school able to provide outstanding educational opportunities for all because of the support of an incredible community.

Which is really to say that these inspiring people were, in turn, inspired in large part by you, by your children, by our alumni and teachers and neighbors and all of the friends near and far who come together to make BBA exceptional through their work and support. Never doubt the value of your participation—it is a hugely important sign of who and what we are

If you have not yet participated in our Annual Giving Campaign, please make your gift today; you can give online, or visit Ways to Give to explore other options. Every single gift makes a BBA education possible, and tells a story we can all be proud of. 

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful community, and I wish you all a season of togetherness, gratitude, and joy. 

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


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Seniors
Seniors (and Senior Parents) PLEASE fill out the Cap & Gown and Diploma Form  found in your On Campus portal. This is the order form for your cap, gown and diploma. It MUST be signed by a parent and completed by December 15.  It is a simple form asking for height/weight and your formal legal name for your diploma. Thank you!

Keep those applications coming! Let us help you brainstorm essays, review applications and consider good matches. Many seniors have already submitted applications; other students are still working through the initial process. A good rule of thumb is to apply before the December break. Remember to have your test scores sent directly from the College Board or ACT to the colleges that require them. We’re here to assist and support you.

Families need to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from application deadlines. Please check EACH college’s website for information. Students applying to private colleges should check to see if they are required to complete the CSS Financial Profile Form. Forms are available online at collegeboard.org

Message from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)
Seniors! The VSAC Scholarship Workbooks are in! Come to the School and College Counseling Office to pick up a booklet so you can get an early start looking through the workbook for scholarships. This is an opportunity to apply for a few scholarships with one application. Please speak to Mrs. Welsh if you have questions; she is available to assist you with the application process. The deadline to submit VSAC assisted scholarships is February 12. 

Regarding the FAFSA: The earlier seniors file the FAFSA, the better. They will find out how much financial aid is available to them so they can make informed decisions. 

Financial Aid Consultations with Carol Brosseau.
Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University and presenter at BBA Financial Aid Night 2019,  is offering to assist individual students and families with financial aid questions and provide support with FAFSA completion. Please contact her via email: cbrossea@gmu.edu.

Juniors
ALL JUNIORS  will report to the Riley Center on Monday, December 2nd at 11:30 for a mandatory class meeting. Topics to be covered include the Junior Class Fruit Sale, the upcoming PSAT score release and SAT/ ACT test preparation, and other important junior year announcements.  

PSAT results for Vermont students are due to be released on December 9th. 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. More information about the PSAT, standardized testing and test prep opportunities can be found in On Campus Resources and HERE.

Scholarship opportunity for Juniors:

The Coolidge Scholarship
Junior (Class of 2021) applicants are selected primarily on academic excellence, an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. Go to www.coolidgescholars.org for more information and application.
Award: This is a full-ride scholarship. Deadline: by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020

BBA Alumni College and Career Fair
On Thursday, January 9, recent BBA alumni will return to their alma mater to share information about their college, gap year and work experiences with current students through informal conversations.  Please encourage your Bulldogs (past and present) to participate in this opportunity that will be held in the gym during Flex Block. Alumni from the classes of 2016 – 2019 are encouraged to sign up in advance with Lynne Welsh (lwelsh@burrburton.org or 549-242. 

College Athletics
Seniors interested in playing Division I or II intercollegiate athletics next year need to register at http://www.ncaa.org/. Stop in the School and College Counseling Office for assistance or computer access.

Selective Service Registration
Eighteen-year-old males need to register with the U.S. Selective Service at www.sss.gov. Male students need to do so in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

From the 9th grade corner:
The freshmen will be participating in their third group counseling cycle over the next couple of months. To date, they have completed counseling sessions highlighting the main supports and resources available to them whenever social, relational, and academic challenges surface. Along with this effort, they have also received counseling on important facets of high school like course planning and transcripts as well as the wide array of unique opportunities available to BBA students seeking to personalize their education.  Next, the freshmen will dive more deeply into 4-year planning to prepare for sophomore course selections in the spring.

As the school year progresses, winter sports are underway and our freshmen will be experiencing first semester final exams for as winter break approaches. These demands place a special emphasis on the use of Flex Block and Advisory. 

Academic Support:
Please continue to encourage your child to use Flex Block wisely. Many of our students are doing well with this independent time. As the semester nears completion, grades will be finalized so good planning and study habits will certainly help. On a normal full week of school Flex is the block during the middle of the day when students can get lunch and complete school work.  Flex Block is valuable for test or quiz makeups, teacher conferencing, group projects and individual help. Additionally, if a student needs a good environment for studying, the library is open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.

Scholarships for Seniors
Materials for scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. There will be lots more listed here and posted in the School and Counseling Office in the new year. See Mrs. Welsh with any scholarship questions.

The VSAC Unified Scholarships (See entry above)
Must be postmarked by Friday, Feb 12, with all required documents.

Berkshire Bank Foundation NeXt Gen Scholarship
Eligibility: high school seniors, current college students who share commitment to community service and volunteerism. Minimum GPA of 3.0, plans to attend 2 or 4 year college or technical school. Application is online.
Award: $2,500;
Deadline JANUARY 31. 

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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Creative Arts Department


The Music Department will present a Winter Concert Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 pm at the Southern Vermont Arts Center featuring a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Tickets are available at bbatickets.com.

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Burr and Burton Academy’s Winter Showcase,  A FESTIVAL of DANCE, DRAMA and FILM 

Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Dept. is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film, Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 6 pm and 8 pm, at the school’s Riley Center for the Arts. Don’t miss the chance to experience the wide range of talent from over 70 students who partake in BBA’s curricular acting, dance and film classes. There is something for everyone in this tightly packed evening of performance.

Acting scenes range from Shakespeare, to the hilarious Odd Couple:The Female Version, Musical Theater pieces and an original work from Gianna Delossantos ’20.

The BBA Dance Company will be performing five different pieces including hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballet and a Broadway style piece. The fall short film project will also be seen for the first time. 

Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for adults and can be purchased online at: bbatickets.com.

 


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From The Athletic Department

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2019 – 2020
Adults $4
Students $2
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over) $2

Season Pass Prices for Basketball and Ice Hockey
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.

Varsity Home Openers:

Saturday, December 7: Girls Hockey v. U-32 5 pm

Saturday, December 11: Boys Hockey v. Hartford 6 pm

Friday, December 13: Snowboarding Competition 1 pm Stratton Mountain

Tuesday, December 14: Boys Basketball v. Lake Region 2:30 pm

Wednesday, December 18: Wrestling v. Fair Haven 6 pm

Wednesday, December 19: Girls Basketball v. St. Johnsbury 5:30 pm

Wednesday, January 3: Nordic Competition 2:30 pm Wild Wings

Saturday, January 11: Dance Competition 1 pm

Wednesday, January 22: Alpine Competition 12:30 pm Bromley Mountain

*Rock Climbing Competes every other Wednesday at the Green Mountain Climbing Center in Rutland. Next competition is December 4 at 6 pm.


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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

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From the BBA Parent Association

The BBA Parent Association will host a School Store pop-up shop in the basement of the Smith Center for holiday shoppers on Tuesday, December  17th from 8 – 10:30 am and December 18th from 8:30 am -12:30 pm. Cash or Check only, please.

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BBA Student Travel

Spots Still Available – Discover Portugal: Discover Europe
During Spring Break: April 10 – 19, 2020


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

What you’ll experience on tour:

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As part of their fundraising efforts for the prom and their senior gift, the Junior Class has brought back the Holiday Fruit Basket Sale! Orders (and payment at time of order) should be placed through the following link by 3 pm on Thursday, December 12th.
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Click HERE to order.
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Pick up will be in the BBA Student Center between 1 – 4 pm on Monday, December 16, 2019. If you need to pay by check, please make them out to the BBA Junior Class and return checks to Megan Gault (Junior Class Advisor). Should you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Gault at mgault@burrburton.org

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From the Student Success Program

December 5, 2019 – Success Parent Association Meeting at 5 – 6 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room

December 5, 2019 – Mandatory Meeting for Success Program Senior Trip Students and Parents at 6 – 7 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room

December 12, 2019 – Secret Santa Gift Exchange during Flex Block at 10 am in Room 002 in the Art wing!

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2020 Yearbook Update

2020 Yearbooks can be ordered at jostens.com. We sold out last year, so order early.
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Seniors need to complete the Senior Survey by November 26th to ensure their photos and quotes appear in the 2020 Burtonian.  All seniors should have received a link to the Senior Survey, which is a simple form created to help collect all their info. Reach out if you are having trouble accessing the file.

Thanks,
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor

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From the Library

Read this month’s  library newsletter to learn about the holiday craft, new books, and Food for Thought opportunities.

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

@BBALibrary.

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Donor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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November 2019

Calendar

6  BBA Fall Play – CLUE: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
7  BBA Fall Play – CLUE: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
8  BBA Fall Play – CLUE: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
9  BBA Fall Play – CLUE: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
11 Elf Express Information and Audition Meeting: 3 – 3:45 pm, Riley Center
12 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
13 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting: 6 – 7 pm, BBA Gym
14 Parent Association Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, Library
20 Annual Success Program Thanksgiving Potluck: 6 – 8 pm, Student Center
20 Hockey Sports Practice Begins
22 Faculty vs Student Fundraiser Hockey Game: 6 – 8 pm, Riley Rink
27-29 Thanksgiving Break
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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Yesterday was a spooky day around BBA. There was just the right amount of Halloween spirit, with some students dressing up, many others playing it straight. Among our faculty, there was a friendly departmental competition. Please see photo below of the champion PE/Wellness department dressed up as… trophies!


And coming in a close second was our mathematics team, who dressed up as whiteboard markers, a tool that they use on a daily basis. Here is a photo of these two departments together:


I hope this puts a smile on your face and reminds you that our teachers, who take their jobs very seriously and work tremendously hard, know how to have a little fun as part of our very caring community.

November brings Clue (the fall play), the start of winter sports, the Mountain Campus solo expedition, National Honor Society induction, International student trip to Washington DC, and an incredibly productive time in our classrooms. 

November also brings our annual fund drive. In the coming weeks, you will receive a fundraising appeal, and when you consider whether or not to give, please know that participation at any level matters a lot. Your participation as parents helps us raise the millions and millions of dollars that has created the BBA of today and will help us realize our dreams for tomorrow.

We live in interesting and busy times, and I thank you, as always, for the support you show this school in all kinds of ways.

Yours in Bulldogs,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

We fall into November with the second half of the academic semester in full swing. With the time change (don’t forget to fall back this weekend), you might be tempted to hunker down during the dark November evenings. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities available this month to connect as a community. 

Next week, come out to experience the BBA Creative Arts Department’s production of Clue. The cast and crew consists of students who have worked all semester to bring this production to life. The play runs from November 6th – November 9th and a few tickets are still available on BBA’s website.  On Wednesday, November 6th, BBA is sponsoring the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday program with VPR’s Jane Lindholm at 7 pm at the Congregational Church. On November 22nd, you can watch the student-faculty hockey game at Riley Rink. Given the talent on the faculty team, a faculty victory is assured! 

We are halfway through the semester and during recent and upcoming advisory sessions, students will reflect on their learning and revisit goals they set at the start of the semester. I encourage you to talk with your sons and daughters about their successes and challenges so far, as well as their goals for the next seven weeks. 

Winter Weather

Decisions to delay and/or cancel school are made by reviewing forecast data, and in consultation with sending school administrators/transportation coordinators. Our goal is to make a decision by 6:00 am so that students in outlying areas receive notification before they have to depart for school. 

Notifications are pushed out through a variety of methods: 

* A message on the BBA Website.

* An email message to all students.

* A recording on our main phone line (press 8 for school announcements). 

* A notification on Local TV stations (WCAX).

* And an alert message on our automated call/text system. 

The Burr and Burton community covers a wide geographic area. Weather conditions can be drastically different depending on where our students live. We want everyone to arrive at school safely.  If the weather is bad in your area and the roads are in poor condition, but area schools are open, please wait until your local roads are treated before allowing your student to drive to school. Any student who is late or doesn’t come to school because of poor weather will be excused as long as a parent/guardian notifies Mrs. Towslee in the main office. If this occurs, we encourage students to Skype or Facetime into a class so they can experience class lessons remotely. This will require some coordination and initiation by students. 

I hope to connect with many of you at the upcoming events on campus. 

Best,

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

It’s go time! The FY19 Annual Report is out (stop by our office if you haven’t seen a copy!), the Annual Fund brochure hit mailboxes this week, and the Burr and Burton Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing. We’re raising what it takes to serve every student every day—and a huge part of what it takes is you.

So much of what makes Burr and Burton such an incredible school exists because of private support. Annual Giving brings in roughly $1M a year, and funds go to every part of the BBA experience, from the technology in our classrooms to the programs and opportunities available to your student every day. It’s the funding that helps our education go from good to great. And every gift counts.

But above and beyond that, I can’t stress enough how much your participation as a parent matters. Your gift not only helps to fund the amazing—and inclusive—education Burr and Burton offers; it demonstrates meaningful support that inspires others to give too. The higher our parent participation rate, the stronger our case that Burr and Burton is something truly special and worth investing in. And we can’t tell that story without you. 

So please join us! Make your gift today online, or see our other ways to give

Onward and forward!

Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


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Seniors
Keep those applications coming! Let us help you brainstorm essays, review applications and consider good matches. Many seniors have already submitted applications; other students are still working through the initial process. A good rule of thumb is to apply before the December break. Remember to have your test scores sent directly from the College Board or ACT to the colleges that require them. We’re here to assist and support you.

Families need to pay attention to individual college financial aid deadlines which are different from application deadlines. Please check EACH college’s website for information. Students applying to private colleges should check to see if they are required to complete the CSS Financial Profile Form. Forms are available online at collegeboard.org.

Castleton Decision Day Program
Castleton University gives students the opportunity to interview with admissions counselors at BBA on Wednesday, December 4. Students will immediately receive their admission decision. The application must be in Castleton’s hands  no later than November 22. (Application fee is waived for participants.) Self-reported SAT/ACT scores are appropriate for applying. Students must submit a transcript request form to their counselor and sign up for an interview appointment with Castleton in the School and College Counseling Office by November 22.

SAT/ACT Registration Information
We recommend that juniors hold off on these tests until the spring semester when they will have had a chance to review PSAT results and take a prep class, if desired. Test prep classes will be scheduled in the winter/spring and we will alert you to those opportunities. Seniors should note that November 8 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 7 at BBA. Go to www.collegeboard.org. Seniors who want to take the December 14 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 8 deadline at www.actstudent.org.

Upcoming College Visits
Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to attend college meetings. Students and parents can find our most up-to-date list at http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. We also post a paper calendar inside the School and College Counseling Office and list visits in the weekly announcements.

College Athletics
Seniors interested in playing Division I or II intercollegiate athletics next year need to register at http://www.ncaa.org/. Stop in the School and College Counseling Office for assistance or computer access.

Selective Service Registration
Eighteen-year-old males need to register with the U.S. Selective Service at www.sss.gov. Male students need to do so in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

From the 9th grade corner
It’s hard to believe but your 9th grader is now officially one quarter of the way through their Freshman year.  We are proud to report that on Wednesday, October 16 over 180 Freshmen visited numerous community partners as they engaged in many different community service projects.  

As part of the counseling program the freshmen have focused on getting to know BBA during the beginning of the year. More specifically, they are getting to know the people around campus who can assist them if they are experiencing a challenge. Next, the freshmen will begin to study the academic offerings, graduation requirements, and unique programs to draft a 4-year plan.  This will assist the students in selecting courses for next year.

Academic Support
An emphasis has been placed in advisory on using Flex block wisely. On a normal full week of school this is the block during the middle of day that students can get lunch and complete school work.  We continue to stress the importance of using this time to make-up tests or quizzes, conference with teachers, work on group projects and receive individual help when needed. Please note, that the library is open until 4 pm Monday – Thursday.

Upcoming Events.

  • Fall Play – Clue — Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 6 – 9, 6:30 pm
  • Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting – Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 pm in the Gym
  • Thanksgiving Break – No School – Wednesday – Friday, Nov. 27 – 29

Scholarships
Most forms for scholarships are 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.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: United States citizen, judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Award: $1,000 – $60,000;
Deadline: November 5
Application online at: www.elks.org/enf/scholars

VSAC Unified Scholarships
VSAC Scholarship workbooks are available in the School and College Counseling Office. Many scholarships listed in the workbook; one online application covers all. Scholarship application and supporting documents must be uploaded  by Friday, Feb. 12. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document request forms to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling a few days prior to the deadline!

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Creative Arts Department

The cast takes a break from their rehearsal to invite you to CLUE On Stage.  


Pictured Standing Left to Right): Matt Scott, Louisa Hausslein, Miles Allen, Andrais Stetson, Graham Bowen, and Aidan Kennedy​. ​
(Picture Seated Left to Right): Sophia Jager, Zoe Grigsby, and Gabi Craig.

 


Get out your dice, cards and gaming wit as Burr and Burton Academy Performing Arts Department presents Clue: On Stage, November 6, 7, 8, 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the BBA Riley Center.

On a dark and stormy night, six unique guests, plus a butler, a maid, a cook and others,  assemble for a dinner party at the home of the mysterious host Mr. Boddy.  When their host turns up dead, it is clear that no one is safe! Soon the guests are racing to find the killer and keep the body count from stacking up. Based on the classic Hasbro board game, and the 1985 cult classic Paramount movie, tonights production of Clue is adapted from Jonathan Lynn’s screenplay, with additional material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustic and Eric Price.

So join our favorite players Andrais Stetson as Colonel Mustard, Graham Bowen as Mr. Plum, Miles Allen as Mr. Green, Matt Scott as Wadsworth, Louisa Hausslein as Yvette, Zoe Grigsby as Mrs. White, Gabi Craig as Mrs. Peacock, Caitlin Parker as The Cook, Aidan Kennedy as Mr. Boddy and Sophie Jager as Miss Scarlet as they keep you guessing “who did it” in this classic game of “whodunit.” With Sets by Paul Molinelli, Costumes by Lauralee Van Ommen Kloeke, Sound by Leah Allen, Choreography by Claudia Shell-Raposa and Direction by Jim Raposa, this is a show you won’t want to miss.

Over 80 BBA students have been involved as understudies, assistant directors, working behind the scenes creating sets, costumes, props and running the set changes and cues for lights and sound, to bring this farce to life.  

Box office opens one hour prior to show time. The show runs 90 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets are $10 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18 and $15 for the general public. Please order tickets online at: bbatickets.com.

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To Purchase Tickets go to wwwbbatickets.com

 


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From The Athletic Department

I am delighted to announce that with the beginning of Winter Sports 2019-2020 we also begin the first varsity season for Rock Climbing. For many years we have had a Rock Climbing Club at Burr and Burton. In recent years Coach Andrew MacArthur has been steadily building that program, extending the expectations and the membership. They have earned varsity status with their consistent numbers, a culture of excellence, and a strong spirit of competition. Rock Climbing competitions (and most practices) are held in Rutland at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center. In addition to the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting for all athletes and parents, there are a couple of other important dates for Rock Climbing.

Tuesday, November 12 (2:45 – 3:45 pm) – OPENING MEETING (Mandatory for athletes) – At this meeting, we will gather a better understanding of our numbers. Paperwork will be distributed. Forms explained. We will review expectations, and get to know each other! 

Thursday, November 14 (3 – 6:45 pm) – Rutland Climbing Gym – Relay certification and training. Get new members some experience.

Important Dates for All Athletes:

  • Wednesday, November 13, 6 pm 

Mandatory Winter Sports Parent/Athlete Meeting (ATTENTION HOCKEY ATHLETES: Due to coaches’ work schedules, the Hockey teams may have their sport meeting separate from the Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting. Contact the Head Coaches to be sure that you are on the email distribution list so that you do not miss the meeting.

  • Wednesday, November 20: Boys and Girls Ice Hockey practices begin.
  • Monday, December 2: All other winter sports begin tryouts/practices.  

Be Eligible on the First Day: Reminder that, all Freshmen, Juniors and new students must have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. As this is the fourth year of the policy we expect most sophomores and seniors to be in compliance with up to date physicals but please be sure to check. We must have a copy of your athlete’s physical (dated from March 1, 2018 or later) on file for athletes to be eligible for participation in athletics. All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms should be completed by November 8. Completing them sooner rather than later is greatly appreciated from the administrative end. If you are having difficulty with the forms, assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the winter 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 the Holiday break December 21 – January 7, and during the February break 14 – 23. It is expected that team members participate in all scheduled games and practices. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Varsity Coaches:

Alpine SkiingTrey Spencer: treyvt6@yahoo.com
Girls Basketball – Erin Mears: erin.n.mears@gmail.com
Boys Basketball – Seth Rice: sethrice@myfairpoint.net
DanceWhitney Thibodeaux: wthibodeaux@burrburton.org
Boys Ice Hockey – Mark Slade: mkwslade@gmail.com 
Girls Ice Hockey – Ed Lewicki: elewicki1114@hotmail.com
Nordic Skiing – Izzy Caldwell: icaldwell@burrburton.org
Rock Climbing – Andrew MacArthur: amacarthur@burrburton.org
SnowboardingPaul Kelly: pkelly@burrburton.org
WrestlingSarah Barker: barker2122@gmail.com

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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BBA Student Travel

Spots Still Available – Discover Portugal: Discover Europe
During Spring Break: April 10 – 19, 2020


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

What you’ll experience on tour:

https://www.eftours.com/educational-tour/discover-portugal

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Student Travel to Ecuador

BBA’s Hannah Callen swings beneath 16,000 foot Tunguragua volcano in Ecuador.

Shortly after the close of school in June, thirteen BBA students followed Chris and Pia Nolan to Ecuador for 23 days.  The trip was the second half of an exchange program which brought Ecuadorian students to Manchester last fall.

While abroad, students lived with their Ecuadorian hosts for two weeks which allowed them to become immersed into daily life in Cuenca, a city of four hundred thousand situated at 8,500 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.  Daily activities included visiting markets and museums as well as more adventurous undertakings such as hiking, zip lining, and rock climbing. Two days were spent providing community service to a center for children with Down Syndrome which continued a connection that was begun two years ago.

During the final week, the group traveled throughout the country to see different regions.  Three days were spent in the Amazon Basin where they visited an indigenous tribe to learn about their lifestyle before heading to the northern highlands.  Traveling between towering 20,000 foot volcanos, they crossed the equator and visited a cloud forest, hummingbird sanctuary and ended in Otavalo, the country’s largest market town.

The Ecuador Exchange is run on a biannual basis, meaning BBA will host students from our sister school in the fall of 2020 and will travel again in the summer of 2021.  For more information about the exchange, please contact Chris Nolan at cnolan@burrburton.org.

 


From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day events across the globe. Come together with fellow survivors of suicide loss in your community for a day of connection, understanding and hope. On Saturday, November 23, we are hosting an International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event at Burr & Burton. We ask you to please save the date, and for additional event details about the event, visit https://afsp.org/survivor_day/manchester-vermont/.
For further information about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit afsp.org/survivorday. We hope to see you there.

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2020 Yearbook Update

2020 Yearbooks can be ordered at jostens.com. We sold out last year, so order early.
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Seniors need to complete the Senior Survey by November 26th to ensure their photos and quotes appear in the 2020 Burtonian.  All seniors should have received a link to the Senior Survey, which is a simple form created to help collect all their info. Reach out if you are having trouble accessing the file.

Thanks,
Melanie Virgilio
Yearbook Advisor
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From the Library

Learn about effective study tips, a new resource for researching your ancestry, and new books in this month’s library newsletter.

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

@BBALibrary

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From the Student Success Program

The Success program will host its 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Potluck on November 20, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm in the Student Center. All Success Students and Families are invited to attend. Those who are able to bring a dish to share can do so by signing up through our Sign Up Genius Link below.

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Donor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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October 2019

Calendar

1   School Picture Retake Day
2  Parent Conferences: 12:45 Dismissal
2  Financial Aid Information Night: 5 – 6 pm, Riley Center

3  Parent Conferences: 12:45 Dismissal
11 Calliope Café: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Riley Center
16 Freshman Service Day
16 Juniors PSAT: 8 – 11 am, Various locations
21 Mid Semester Break – No School
25 Party in the Greenhouse: 6 – 8 pm, Hildene Farm
31 International Program D.C. Trip


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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

How do we promote thoughtful dialogue, listening, and learning from the diverse viewpoints within our community? In the age of division, impeachment, and political “debates” designed to produce soundbites, it is hard to find role models on the national stage.

At yesterday’s assembly, I shared thoughts based on a quotation from a book called the The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, by Stephen Covey. Here are those thoughts:

Seek first to understand, then be understood.

We are an educational institution. If we are going to learn from the diversity of this community, it will come by being curious. 

Instead of saying incredulously, “How can you possibly think that???” Try asking thoughtfully, “Why do you think that?”  

Then listen, explore, exchange viewpoints, and reflect on what you learned.

Seek first to understand, then be understood.

You will learn more, you will understand better how good, smart people arrive at different perspectives, and you will develop the art of human problem-solving that can take you far in your education and your career.

Seek first to understand, then be understood.

If you adopt this habit, you will be a better learner, a better citizen, a better communicator, a better problem solver.

There is your thought for the week. Go Bulldogs!

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We strive to be a supportive, caring community. That does not mean we have to agree on every issue. With the right approach, our diversity becomes one of our many sources of strength.

Welcome to October.

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

As we flip the calendar from September to October, the fall weather has finally arrived. 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 A and B and 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 2nd from 1:00-5:00 pm and Thursday, October 4th from 1:00-8:00 pm with a faculty dinner break from 5:00-5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. Please visit the OnCampus resource page to register for conferences if you have not already done so. 

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 16th 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 16, 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 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 programming by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME). Speak About It will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. After lunch, all 10th graders will meet with their school counselors to work with Naviance interest and career surveys, and then have Flex block to meet with teachers in preparation for midterm exams.
  • All 11th graders will report to 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 graders 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 for seniors on October 16th. 

Lastly, on October 15th, 2019, 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
Associate Head of School

 


The BBA Mountain Campus fall class hikes out the backdoor into the Green Mountain National Forest.

The Mountain Campus will immerse students in a two-day Wilderness First Aid course on October 7 and 8. This is the third semester of this training, which earns students an internationally-recognized credential for outdoor safety and leadership, as well as building safety and confidence ahead of the 5-day wilderness trip in November. 
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October 23-25, the fall semester class will hit the road for a tour around Vermont, investigating sustainability stories, in energy, food production, and community development. In light of the recent United Nations Climate Summit, our sustainability unit will focus this semester on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as they apply to government, business, agriculture, and the energy sector in Vermont. 

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

As we head more fully into fall, with students diving into the challenges and opportunities across campus (and up on the Mountain!), it’s my cue to make a pitch for the support that makes all of that possible.

Not every high school has a Success Program. Or an ACCESS Program. Or a Target Program. Or a course catalog with 170 offerings, PLUS extracurricular opportunities spanning 31 sports and the gamut of creative and performing arts. Most don’t have a hands-on farm program to get hands in the dirt while teaching biology or an immersive outdoor semester teaching students to engage with the natural world. No other school that I’m aware of does all of this while serving the public. I say this as someone who is still quite new to Burr and Burton: this is really special. And it takes all of us to make it happen.

The BBA Annual Giving Campaign is how we do that. Every dollar adds up to the funding that supports this incredible range of opportunities and programs—for every student. And every gift shows the investment of this community in Burr and Burton. 

So join me in making a gift to the BBA Annual Fund. Your gift will inspire others. It truly makes all the difference.

Best,


Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


Freshman Service Day – Wednesday, October 16th

Each year Burr and Burton provides underclassmen with an authentic and meaningful service experience consistent with our school mission.  For all BBA students community service is a graduation requirement.  On Wednesday, October 16th freshman will head out to farms, trails, schools and nonprofits with their advisory and freshman mentors. Last year our shared work on this one day contributed over 1,000 hours of effort to local groups. Bulldogs, working together, can accomplish a lot! 
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Be sure that your student reports to the gym in the morning with the following:  a bag lunch, water, bug/tick spray, and appropriate clothes for their work. Faculty will be provided with some extra snacks, bug spray and gloves if needed. If you have any questions or concerns, of if you know of any organizations that would like to become part of our outreach, please be in touch. 
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Thanks for supporting Burr and Burton’s commitment to service. 
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Jillian Joyce, Service Coordinator

 


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Financial Aid Information Program

Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 5 pm – 6 pm
Location: Riley Center

Burr and Burton celebrates Financial Aid Month throughout October. The kickoff event is the annual Financial Aid Information Night on Wednesday, October 2 from 5 – 6 pm in the Riley Center, following afternoon parent conferences. Carol Brosseau, retired Director of Financial Aid at George Mason University will cover the nuts and bolts of the financial aid process, the role of VSAC, help families understand the why’s and how’s of the FAFSA, and other financial aid forms. 

Carol will conduct two group sessions this month. The first is a morning session that will take place on Wednesday, October 9, from 8 – 9 am  in Alex Vincent’s Tech Lab (B1.) The second group session will be held on the evening of Tuesday, October 15, in Kevin Morrison’s Tech Lab (B2) from 6 to 7:30 pm. Both Tech Labs are located in the Lower Level of the Smith Center.

Family financial aid appointments at BBA will also be available through the month of October.

Wednesday, October 16th Special Programs:

Freshmen Service Day
Please have your child bring a lunch and water. 

Junior Testing Information
Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 16 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. 1. Late registration fee is $20. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.

The PSAT is a practice SAT and students who are considering college will normally want to choose this option. Score results are private and won’t be shared with colleges. It is a great way for students to become familiar with the format of the SAT. Students who do very well on the PSAT are considered for National Merit recognition. The PSAT covers math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.

ASVAB: The ASVAB is the other opportunity for Juniors on testing day, October 16. Juniors who do not wish to participate in the PSAT can take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), a free entrance test for students interested in serving in 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. Students who take the ASVAB are not required to enter the Military and the score results are private and won’t be shared. The ASVAB is a free test.

Senior Application Workshops
All seniors with November  deadlines should attend the Senior Application Workshop from 9 – 11 am on October 16 in the Lower Level of the Smith Center. Counselors will work with students to assist them with completing their applications.

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 25 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 28. AP exams are held May 4-15, 2020.

Southwestern Vermont Healthcare Career Fair – Thursday, October 17 from 4 – 6 pm

Employee Cafeteria (ground floor- watch for signage)
Southwestern Vermont Healthcare would like to invite high school students grades 9-12 to a special career fair for students. This gives students, parents, and educators a chance to see the array of opportunities that are available for students once they graduate high school. Attendance is free and sign in will be required at the door.  By just attending, every student will be put in a drawing for a chance to win an Apple Watch. Some light refreshments will be available.

Representation from various departments within Southwestern Vermont Healthcare will be in attendance.  Some of the departments that will have a booth include: Imaging, Nursing (RN, LPN, LNA, and Medical Assisting), Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Access Services/Registration, Lab, Rehab, Putnam Medical Group Practices, and more. Stop in anytime between 4pm-6pm and learn what opportunities we have before completing your education.

BBA is bringing a small bus of interested students who signed up at school. While the deadline has passed for the school-sponsored trip, families can feel free to attend with their student on their own – this event is open to the public. 

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

  • October 3 – deadline for November 2 SAT
  • November 8 – deadline for December 7 SAT at Burr and Burton
  • November 8 – deadline for the December 14 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 16th and Monday, October 21 might be good days 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 (OnCampus Resources page or  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.

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 2 and Thursday, October 3 – 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 16 – Freshman Service Day. Please have your child bring a lunch and water.

Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Exams.  Not all classes will have formal mid-term exams. Some will be project based. These are early release days (12:00).

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, mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

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

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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Creative Arts Department


The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert Friday, October 11th, 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults payable at the door. Come out to support our student talent and celebrate afterwards with a reception in the lobby.

 


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From The Athletic Department

FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:

Bass Fishing:

  • October 6: State Finals

Golf:

  • October 2: Boys State Qualifiers
  • October 8: Girls Finals
  • October 10: Boys Finals

Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer:

  • October 21: Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1:00.
  • October 22/23: Play downs
  • October 25/26: Quarterfinals
  • October 29/30: Semi Finals
  • November 2: State Finals

Cross Country:

  • October 26: State Meet – Thetford Academy

Football:

  • October 25/26: Quarterfinals
  • November 1/2: Semi Finals
  • November 9: State Finals 

Rock Climbing – Rock climbing will become a varsity sport at BBA in 2019-2020. There is an informational meeting for students on 11/12 right after school. Parents and athletes should plan to be at the Winter Sports meeting listed below. Please reach out to head coach, Andrew MacArthur amacarthur@burrburton.org prior to the meeting if you are interested. 

IMPORTANT WINTER DATES:

November 13 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports 6:00 in the EH Henry Gym.
November 14 – Rock Climbing begins.
November 20 – Girls and Boys Ice Hockey begins.
December 2 – All other Winter sports begin. 

IMPORTANT WINTER SPORT DATES AND INFORMATION:

BBA Snow Sport Updates

Winter is coming. 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).

The snowboard 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 or participate in Refuse to Use.

The nordic ski team will again be training at Wildwings and Viking. Those passes are $70.

BBA will once again offer an enhanced training option for varsity snow sport 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 afternoon and evening study/support sessions at BBA. The fee for the program is TBD but has been $250 in past years. It covers transportation, additional coaching and academic mentoring.

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

https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics

@BBABulldogsAD

BBABulldogsAD

 


BBA Student Travel Opportunities

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

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

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Be Brave for Life


Over thirty BBA students are actively involved in all aspects of the Be Brave for Life Foundation’s work, from organizing and running events to reviewing grant proposals to soliciting sponsorships and donations. Be Brave for Life was founded by 11th grader Riley Callen after she had her third brain surgery. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor and cerebral vascular malformation (a type of vascular brain tumor) research. In 4 years, they’ve raised over $600,000 to support 16 different research initiatives for better treatment options – real impact! Their signature event is Sunday, October 6th at Merck Forest! Come and join the fun and help these BBA students continue to “Fund Research to Make a Difference.” 

See a link for more information HERE.

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Parent Mixer at Hildene

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From the Library

Read this month’s library newsletter to find out what new books we’ve added to the collection and learn about the Top Ten Teen Book Nominees.

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

@BBALibrary

 


From the Student Success Program

On October 5th at 11 am The Success Program Scholars will hike Bromley Mountain together. We encourage all Success Students to come do some community building and earn menu points at the same time!

On October 10th at 6 pm The Student Success Program will have a Financial Aid Night. This workshop is for Success Seniors and their parents to fill out the FASFA and VSAC forms. Parent participation will help earn menu points for Success Seniors.

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students. Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Donor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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September 2019

Calendar

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

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


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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

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

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

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

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


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

Honor the Effort and Imagine the Future!

Sincerely,

Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

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From the Associate Head of School

Dear BBA Families:

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely, 

Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

 


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

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

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

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

 


From the Advancement Office

Dear Families,

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

A few items to look out for:

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

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

Best,


Kate Leach
Director of Advancement

 


From the Dean of Students

Dear Parents, 

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

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

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

School Safety Initiatives – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Fall College Programs

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

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

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

College Fair Field Trip

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

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

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

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

Junior Testing

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

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

Contact the School Counseling Office if you have any questions. 

AP Exam Information

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

Campus Visits

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

College Representative Visitors

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

From the 9th Grade Corner

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; kkimball@burrburton.org

Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125;  kknutson@burrburton.org

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; jpergament@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh,  Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

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From the Student Success Program

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


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

 


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From The Athletic Department

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

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

The SuperFan Seven

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

GO BULLDOGS!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BBA Student Travel Opportunities


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

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Close Up – Washington DC

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

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

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

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BBA’s Model UN team

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

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German Exchange

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

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

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French Exchange

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Italy: Landscape Exploration
June, 2020

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

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

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

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BBA Yearbook

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

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

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

@BBALibrary

 


Refuse to Use

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

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Corporate Donors

The 2019-20 Annual Fund drive has launched.  
We rely on our corporate partners to help support the wide variety of programs and educational opportunities for our students.  Please take a look at our sponsor benefits below and contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.

Corporate Donor Benefits HERE
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We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.
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2018-19 Corporate Donors
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Headmaster’s List
Berkshire Bank – berkshirebank.com
Bromley Mountain – bromley.com
r.k. Miles – rkmiles.com
Stratton Mountain Resort  – stratton.com
The Vermont Country Store – vermontcountrystore.com
TPW Management – tpw.com
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High Honors List
Engineered Printing Solutions – epsvt.com
Finn & Stone Insurance – finnandstone.com
Northshire Bookstore – northshire.com
Rugg Valley Landscaping –  ruggvalley.com
The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa  – equinoxresort.com
The Orvis Company – orvis.com
Union Underground, Charlie’s Coffee House, FPHC
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
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Honors List
Bank of Bennington – thebankofbennington.com
Matt Waite Excavating
Wood & Signs
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Academic Letter
Apricot Lane Boutique – apricotlaneboutique.com
Barrows House & Dorset Inn  – barrowshouse.com   dorsetinn.com
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices  – cmylwyr.com
Lily of the Valley – lilyofthevalleyflorist.com
Manchester Capital Management  – mcmllc.com
Mountain Weavers  –  mountainweavers.com
People’s United Bank  – peoples.com
Samuelson Law Offices 
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC – slsvt.com
The Inn at Manchester –  innatmanchester.com
The Works Bakery & Cafe  – workscafe.com
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Academic Pin
Battenkill Communications – byo.com
Hampton Inn & Suites –  hamptoninn3.hilton.com
 iShip Express –  shippinginmanchestervt.com
Metropolitan Engineering Associates – metropolitanengineering.us
Scott Thompson Builders – stbuildersvt.com
The Pharmacy – Northshire – pharmacyinc.net
The Richards Group – therichardsgrp.com
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Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.

Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org

Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
Gala Sponsors

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Wine Sponsor
Orland and Hoa Campbell
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Lotus Sponsor $2,500+
Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota, Milford, CT
Express Copy, Inc.
Eric Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
 
Plum Blossom Sponsor $1,500+
SameSun of Vermont
 
Flowering Cherry Sponsor $1,000+
Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty
Guaranteed Rate
High-Tech Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester
Polar Beverages, Inc.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Zippy Chicks
 
Peony Sponsor $500+
Bradley’s  Pro Shop Ski & Sport
Glebe Mountain Gardens
GSK Climate Control
Heritage Family Credit Union
Hill Farm Inn
H.N. Williams Store
Hybrid Construction
Lily of the Valley Florist
Manchester Capital Management, LLC
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Old Mill Road Recording Studio
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Stratton Rentals
The Dorset Inn/Barrows House
 
Jasmine Sponsor $250+
Abacus Automation, Inc.
AboutFace Orthodontics
Baierlein Landscaping, Inc.
Baasch Dental
Big Branch Landscaping
Decorative Interiors, Inc.
Elm Counseling
Equinox Village
Equipe Sport Ltd.
Flying Cow Signs
Manchester Physical Therapy
McWayne Jewelers
PowerWeek Workshop
Rotary Club of Manchester
Taconic Spine
The Pharmacy-Northshire
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
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Local businesses and families, we invite you to join this enthusiastic tribe of BBA Gala sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Margot Page at mpage@burrburton.org or (802) 549-8281.
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