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
From the Headmaster
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!
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.
Yours in Bulldogs,
Mark H. Tashjian
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.
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.
Associate Head of School
From the Advancement Office
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.
Onward and forward!
Director of Advancement
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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, email@example.com
Mary Grabarz, Registrar, 549-8127; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Herrington, Dean of Students, Counselor for Freshmen, email@example.com
Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8145; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Kimball, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 362-1775; email@example.com
Kirk Knutson, Director of Admission and School Counseling, 549-8125; firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8130; email@example.com
Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success Program, Counselor for Freshmen Success Scholars, 549-8244; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, 549-8126; email@example.com
Lynne Welsh, Admission and Counseling Office Manager, 549-8242; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
To Purchase Tickets go to wwwbbatickets.com
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 email@example.com.
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.
Alpine Skiing – Trey Spencer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Basketball – Erin Mears: email@example.com
Boys Basketball – Seth Rice: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance – Whitney Thibodeaux: email@example.com
Boys Ice Hockey – Mark Slade: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Ice Hockey – Ed Lewicki: email@example.com
Nordic Skiing – Izzy Caldwell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rock Climbing – Andrew MacArthur: email@example.com
Snowboarding – Paul Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrestling – Sarah Barker: email@example.com
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren Silver at email@example.com.
Student Travel to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Library Media Specialist
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.
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 email@example.com or 549-8277, if you are interested in making a meaningful gift to our learners.
W.H. Shaw Insurance Company – whshawinsurance.com
Chinese flowers represent growth, fulfillment, and new, prosperous beginnings in our lives.
When we focus our attention on the potential of these exquisite symbols, our intellects and spirits
bloom as we cultivate Kaizen: Change for Good.
Named in honor of Burr and Burton’s annual school-wide theme of Kaizen: Change for Good, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association 2019 Spring Gala is called Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good. This annual event, scheduled for May 24 at the Taconic, will host over 250 guests and showcase our gifted students in the creative arenas in which they excel. Your support of Burr and Burton Academy’s mission inspires and transforms our young adults. For this we thank you.
Friday, May 24, 2019
For more information, contact Pauline de Laszlo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good
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