January 2017

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Calendar

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

Dear Families:

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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

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

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

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

Fundraising Gala

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

Sponsorship

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

Online Auction Items

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

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

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

Live Auction Items

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

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

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

 


From the Creative Arts Department

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The Theater and Dance New Works Project

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

SPRING 2017  Standardized Testing Information for Juniors

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


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

Test Prep Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the Athletics Department

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the Library

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

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

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

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

Library Hours

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

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


From the Tech Department

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

 


Moroccan Wanderers  

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

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

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

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


Corporate Sponsors

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

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

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

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Barrows House and Dorset Inn
Battenkill Communications

Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Cilantro
Dibble Painters

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

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

Academic Pin

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

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Abracadabra Sponsors

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

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

Voila Sponsors

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

Magic Wand Sponsors

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

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December 2016

Calendar

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

Dear Families:

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

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

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

Please be prepared to tell the State Board of Education:

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

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

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

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


From the Co-Dean of Students

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

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

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

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

Donation Information: “Twelve Days of Giving”

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

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

Thank you for in advance for your donation.

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

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

Tickets are available at bbatickets.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the Athletics Department

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

Student Athlete Bus Fund

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

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

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

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

BLS

The goal of the Bulldog Leadership Summit is to create a community of student leaders who use their influence to transform the culture of Burr and Burton so that integrity, selflessness, and respect for everybody is embraced. We aim to inspire students to lead through character, accountability, and adding value to others. Our next two workshops are: Wednesday, December 7 – Creating opportunities to serve – Reaching beyond yourself and Wednesday, January 18 – Finding a Mentor.  A full schedule of Bulldog Leadership Summit workshops is available here.

PPP

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

Boosters

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

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2016-2017

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

Season Pass Prices for Basketball Games Only

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

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

Varsity Home Openers:

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

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The Experiment in International Living

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

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

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Travel Opportunities available for the Costa Rica Trip in April

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

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

 


From the Library  

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

Library Hours

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

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

 


International Student Sees Democracy in Action

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

Corporate Sponsors

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

Headmasters List

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

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

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

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

Academic Pin

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

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2016 Gala Sponsors

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Abracadabra Sponsors

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

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

Voila Sponsors

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

Magic Wand Sponsors

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

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November 2016

Calendar

2  Progress Reports Released
2  Fall Performance – Almost, Maine: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
3  Fall Performance – Almost, Maine: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
4  Fall Performance – Almost, Maine: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
4  Dinner and A Show in support of Student Success Program: 5 pm
5  Fall Performance – Almost, Maine: 6:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
5  Dinner and A Show in support of Student Success Program: 5 pm
11 Veterans Day – no school
14 Refuse to Use 12th Grade Event (Seniors Only): 5 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
15 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting: 6 pm, BBA Cafeteria|Riley Center
16 Refuse to Use 9th Grade Event #3: 3:30 pm, BBA Hunter Seminar Room
16 Refuse to Use 10th Grade Event #3: 5:30 pm, BBA Hunter Seminar Room
17 Refuse to Use 11th Grade Event #3: 6 pm, BBA cafeteria
18 9th Annual Student vs Faculty Fundraiser Hockey Game: 7 pm, Riley Rink
21 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 4 pm – 8 pm
22 Mountain Campus Parent Conferences: 8 am – 2 pm
22 BBA hosts Bernie Sanders: 12 noon, Gym
24 Thanksgiving Break – no school Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

School choice and your right to send your children to BBA is under severe threat. The State Board of Education has proposed a set of rules that, if adopted, would effectively eliminate school choice in all of our towns. Because Burr and Burton is an Independent school, this means that most families would no longer be able to send their children to Burr and Burton. These rules would destroy smaller independent schools, and would seek to force BBA to become, for all intents and purposes, a public school. This is something we will not allow to happen.

The proposed rules would prohibit sending towns from sending students to BBA unless we effectively became a public school. We would be required to have certified teachers, when many of our finest teachers are not certified. We would be required to have certified administrators, when most of our administrators are not. Under these rules, our independent board of trustees, which helps to raise millions of dollars each year ($30 million in the past 10 years) would be disbanded, and with it, our ability to raise funds that directly support education. Representative Oliver Olsen, who is fighting these rules tooth and nail, has calculated that real estate values in this region would plummet by as much as $200 million.

I am attaching two pertinent communications:

  • A letter to education secretary Rebecca Holcombe from the Council of Independent schools, of which I am co-chair. Click here to view.
  • A letter from Representative Olsen to the state board of education. Click here to view.

What can you do? Make your voice heard!

Write a letter to Stephan Morse, Chair of the State Board of Education, and Rebecca Holcombe, the Secretary of Education and ask them to reject these rules. Tell them why school choice is important to you. Tell them how strongly you feel about Burr and Burton. Their contact information is as follows:

Write your State Senators and Representatives. Urge them to fight these rules.

The State Board of Education is made up of unelected political appointees. Their proposed action goes around the legislative process and may very well be deemed unconstitutional. We need to put the maximum pressure on the board and all parties involved so they know that BBA and other independent schools are a source of strength for our community.

This is a test of our strength. We must rise to the test.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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Calling all parents to support the 2016 – 2017 Annual Fund!

By now, you have received the Annual Fund brochure, and a personal appeal from Mark Tashjian will be arriving shortly asking for your support of this year’s Annual Fund. As parents, your participation is key to our success – parent support demonstrates your commitment to our mission to serve the needs of all students (and most important, those of your student).

We encourage you to give at a level that works for your family. You may say to yourself, “What can my $10, $25, or $50 dollars do for BBA?” I would like to stress that each and every gift counts as a vote in favor of top-quality education. With your support, we can demonstrate to other donors and foundations that our BBA families are behind us 100%, which in turn, inspires their generous support. Take a look at the Annual Appreciation Report and see how many donors believe in the work that we do at Burr and Burton! It’s impressive.

What does the Annual Fund support? Here are a couple of examples:

  • iPads, cases and service plans at a cost of $765 each
  • 35 after school clubs with faculty mentors
  • Coaching staff for 18 different sports
  • IT support and infrastructure for our digital learning platform
  • Faculty laptops
  • Lab equipment, sports equipment, musical instruments, supplies for classrooms
  • Bus transportation to the Mountain Campus, field trips, to Hildene and for away games
  • And so much more…..

So when considering a gift, think about the iPad your student is using to enhance their learning experience here, or the Mountain Campus semester, or the Student Success Program, or any of the After School Clubs your student enjoys, or the service learning trips planned for the second semester, or any of the amazing “extras” that are available to your student at Burr and Burton Academy. These opportunities are provided by meeting the Annual Fund goal.

Please don’t put it off – make your gift today. It’s easy. You can give in any of the following ways:

  • Make a gift online by clicking on this link https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/burrburton/onlinegivingform
  • Send a check to Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254
  • Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off a gift
  • Become a corporate sponsor if you own your own business
  • Donate a service of some sort to the Online Auction

Any and all gifts count toward the parent participation number and if you also happen to be an alumnus or alumna, your gift counts toward alumni giving!

Thank you for your past support or for your support if you’ve already given this year. Last year was another outstanding year for the Annual Fund, which means it was an outstanding year for the opportunities we were able to provide YOUR student. And we are working to replicate that success – please help us get to the goal!

With grateful appreciation,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
cgubb@burrburton.org
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Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Believe it or not, we are already looking ahead and planning for next year’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day, April 28, 2017. This year’s event was a great success with over 100 grandparents and special friends attending the program which consisted of presentations by faculty and students. Grandparents and special friends were then joined by their grandchildren for lunch in the cafeteria. The day ended with student-led campus tours.  

In order to invite your student’s grandparents and special friends to next year’s event, we are in need of their contact information. Please send their mailing and email address to nbrown@burrburton.org.

Thanks for your help!

 


From the Creative Arts Department

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Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing Arts Department will be presenting Almost, Maine on November 2, 3, 4, 5 in the Riley Center for the Arts.  

Almost, Maine by John Cariani consists of nine short vignettes that explore the intricacies of love in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.  Join us in the deepest winter, on a Friday night under the magical northern lights as residents of Almost, Maine fall in and out of love with often hilarious and unexpected consequences. 

Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18, $12 for the general public and can be ordered online at bbatickets.com. Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. The box office opens one hour before the show.

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Prior to the Almost, Maine performances on Friday and Saturday nights, at 5 pm a three course Farm-to-Table dinner hosted by members of BBA’s Student Success Program will be available for $30 per person.

Please support this program by reserving your tickets at: studentsuccess.ticketjunior.com.

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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 to the colleges from the College Board or ACT. We’re here to assist and support you. If you still need to schedule campus visits, consider taking advantage of Friday, November 11 when there are no classes at BBA.

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 Thursday, December 8. Students will immediately receive their admission decision if the student’s completed application has been received by November 22 (Application fee is waived.) 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 18. (Students must apply to Castleton 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 3 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 3 at BBA. Go to www.collegeboard.org. Seniors who want to take the December 10 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 4 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.

AP Exam Information
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses during the 2016-2017 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $95 per exam by Friday, December 9. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $5 per exam.  Students may bring in cash or checks (made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to Cristin Rose or Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. There are fee reductions available for eligible students – please speak with Cristin Rose. All students enrolled in AP courses are required by Burr and Burton to take the AP exam. AP exams will be held May 1 – May 12, 2017.  

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 Freshmen year.  We are proud to report that on Wednesday, October 19, 154 Freshmen went out into our community with 26 BBA Faculty and Staff and helped at 19 different locations. Collectively they completed almost 1,000 hours of community service.  

Academic Support:
An emphasis has been placed in advisory on using Flexblock 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 – Almost Maine, Wed – Sat. November 2 – 5
  • Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting – Tuesday, November 15, 6 pm in the Gym
  • Veteran’s Day – No School, Friday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Break – No School – Wednesday, November 23 –  Friday, November 25

2016/2017 Scholarship List
Scholarship information can be found in the School and College Counseling Office and is listed in Naviance at:http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.

National Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: United States citizen, judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
Award: $1,000 – $60,000; Deadline: November 30
Application online at: www.elks.org/enf/scholars

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

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BBA Global Citizenship Club announces project to provide clean water

BBA teachers Lauren Silver and Katie Bove are spearheading a new initiative for their Global Citizenship Club. They have a great group of students and are excited to announce this project and invite your support. Pure Water for the World’s mission is to improve the health and livelihood of children and families, living in underserved communities in Central America and the Caribbean. Please watch this brief video: https://vimeo.com/147887697.

Pure Water for the World is special to Ms. Bove in part because her Aunt Carolyn is the Executive Director but mostly because she believes that access to clean, safe water is a basic human right. Unfortunately, an estimated 780 MILLION people do not have access to clean water. This is unacceptable.

In the video is an example of a BIOSAND water filtration system that filters 99% of the bacteria that leads to countless water-born illnesses. It only costs $300 and Pure Water for the World’s staff installs the filter and provides water, hygiene and sanitation training. This filter is saving lives.
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If everyone in Burr and Burton were to donate one dollar, we could afford to purchase 2.5 water filters. That’s two and a half families whose lives would be instantly improved. Two dollars, double that. Think of the impact that would have.
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There will be a variety of fundraisers that aim to support this worthy organization and they hope that you will consider supporting their efforts.  They are proud to be joining forces with Student Council and National Honor Society, Spanish Club, SRAC and GLOW.
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Ms. Bove and Ms. Silver would encourage anyone interested in helping with The Global Citizenship Club to contact either Ms. Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org or Ms. Bove at kbove@burrburton.org for more information.
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From the Athletics Department

Wednesday, November 2, 6 pm: Ice Hockey Parent Meeting
All ice hockey athletes and parents will meet in the Hunter Seminar Room. If you are unable to attend, please contact your coach. Ice Hockey athletes and parents are also expected to attend the Mandatory Winter Sports Parent/Athlete Meeting on 11/15.

Tuesday, November 15, 6 pm: Mandatory winter sports parent/athlete meeting
Our guest speaker is Dr. Onaje Woodbine. He currently teaches and coaches at Phillips Andover. Dr. Woodbine is the author of “Black Gods of the Asphalt” and is a former Yale basketball player.

All winter sports will meet in the gymnasium. From this meeting teams will be directed to individual team meeting locations.

All senior winter athletes will meet on November 15 at 5 pm in the gymnasium for a leadership workshop.

Wednesday, November 16: First day of Ice Hockey practices

Monday, November 28: All other winter sports begin tryouts/practices  Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, Snowboarding, Basketball, Dance and Wrestling.

New this year, all Freshmen, Juniors and new students must have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. There will be no separate Sports Physical. However, we must have a copy of your physical (dated from 3/1/15 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 must be completed prior to the meetings on November 15. 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 23- January 9 and during the February break 17-26. Please keep this in mind when scheduling family vacations.

Varsity Coaches:

Alpine Skiing: Trey Spencer treyvt6@yahoo.com

Girls Basketball: Erin Mears erin.n.mears@gmail.com

Boys Basketball: Eric Green greene@orvis.com

Dance: Elizabeth Strano elizabethlstrano@gmail.com

Boys Ice Hockey: Mark Slade mainstreethockey@yahoo.com

Girls Ice Hockey: Ed Lewicki elewicki1114@hotmail.com

Nordic Skiing: Ian Black iancblack@gmail.com

Snowboarding: Jason Thomas jthomas@burrburton.org

Wrestling: Zach Monforte zmonforte@burrburton.org

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

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Ecuadorian exchange at BBA

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In October, fifteen students and their teacher from Ecuador visited Burr and Burton Academy. The exchange between BBA and Unidad Educativa Santana was started in 2014 by Spanish teacher Chris Nolan and his Ecuadorian counterpart Valery Paz.
 
After spending the weekend in Boston, the group traveled north to Manchester where they were greeted by their awaiting host families with whom they spent the following two weeks.  In Manchester, the Ecuadorian students got a glimpse of typical American life while also attending classes at BBA. They rounded out their time in Manchester with local activities such as fly fishing courtesy of the Orvis Fly Fishing School, pumpkin carving, hiking and tackling the Vermontster at Ben and Jerry’s.  After leaving Manchester, the group spent the following week visiting an array of sites in New York City and Washington, DC.
 
In June, the BBA students who hosted students from Santana will travel to Cuenca, Ecuador for a three week trip that will complete this exchange cycle.
 

Burr and Burton to Host Bernie Sanders

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For information click HERE.

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From the Library  

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

Library Hours

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

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

 


Corporate Sponsors

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

Headmasters List

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

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

Academic Letter

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

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

Academic Pin

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

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2016 Gala Sponsors

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Abracadabra Sponsors

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

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

Voila Sponsors

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

Magic Wand Sponsors

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

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October 2016

Calendar

1  SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm, Smith Center Third Floor Classrooms
1  Homecoming Dance: 8 pm – 11 pm, BBA Cafeteria
5  Parent Conferences: 1 pm – 5 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
5  College Seminar for Junior Parents, 5 pm – 5:45 pm,
5  Hunter Seminar Room
6  Parent Conferences: 1 pm – 8 pm, 12:45 pm Dismissal
11 The Mountain School at Winhall 8th Grade Visit:
11 9:30 am – 11:30 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
13 Fall College and Financial Aid Information Night, 7 pm,
6   Riley Center
14 ReelRock11: 7 pm, Riley Center
19 Freshman Service Day: 7:50 am – 2:15 pm
19 PSAT or  ASVAB for Juniors
19 Senior Workshops: 8 am – 11:30 am
21 Calliope Café: 6:30 pm – 9 pm, Riley Center
25 Financial Aid Forms Night, 6 – 8 pm, Library
27 End of Marking Period | Mid Terms, 12 pm dismissal
29 Halloween Dance: 8 pm – 11 pm, BBA Cafeteria

 


From the Headmaster

Is a picture really worth 1000 words?

Well, here is a picture that I took the other day.  

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Along with capturing a pretty special moment of beauty, it made me think about education. I share my thoughts, which are far fewer than 1000 words:

  • Education is a journey, and this photo gives us a shining destination: our signature bell tower as a beacon of learning. Set a goal, know your purpose, keep your eye on the prize.
  • The path is not always easy, and it is not always straight. There are obstacles along the way, yet it is those obstacles that provide the greatest learning.
  • It is a privilege to learn, explore, and grow together in such a magnificent setting, with students and teachers supported by facilities, supported by each other, and supported by those around us. We appreciate that which we value, and we value that which we appreciate.

I hope you share my sense of joy, wonder and appreciation as we move into October, with the splendor of our surroundings providing the backdrop for the excitement of learning.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


 From the Advancement Office

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Annual Fund kick-off

When the fall foliage appears, that is a sure sign that it’s time to launch our Annual Fund for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Starting on October 1, we will be reaching out to you throughout the school year for your financial support. While tuition from our sending towns covers some of the expense of what we offer here, it’s the Annual Fund that allows us to offer all of extraordinary educational experiences and opportunities available to a Burr and Burton student. Please respond to the information you receive about the Annual Fund.

You may ask why is parent participation important? When we are working with other donors and foundations, a strong showing of support from parents illustrates that you believe in what Burr and Burton is doing for your student and encourages generous support from others. Your lead inspires others who may not have as close of a connection to the school. And most important, it is your child that benefits from the Annual Fund.

Here’s just a few things that Annual Fund supports:

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

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

  1. A gift of cash or a check.
  2. Appreciated stocks (or ones that haven’t performed that you want to get rid of).
  3. If you own your own business, commit to a Corporate Sponsorship or a Gala Sponsorship.
  4. A donation of a service, product or other item for the spring Online Auction (examples include: window washing, yard maintenance, an oil change, a cord of wood, etc.)
  5. A donation of an item for the Live Auction for our spring fundraising Gala.

There are lots of options and we try to make it easy for you to participate based on what works best for you. We ask you to do what is right for your family, whether it’s $5 or $5,000 or anything in between, it’s the number of parents who give that we’re counting, not the amount. And many gifts add up to create a BIG impact!

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

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

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled in the spring for Friday, April 28, 2017, from 10 AM to 1 PM and we encourage you to share this information. Invitations will be going out in March. If you would like your children’s grandparents to be on the invitation list, please make sure we have their names and addresses in our database. If we don’t have their information, send an email to Nancy Brown in the Advancement Office at nbrown@burrburton.org.

It’s a fun and interactive day for grandparents and special friends to see what their grandchildren are experiencing here at Burr and Burton, and we provide an interesting and engaging program for them. The grandparents will be in the Riley Center for the program portion of the day. Then they will meet up the students in the Riley Center lobby, and move to the cafeteria for lunch. The lunch will take place after classes at 12:35 PM.

Many thanks,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

 


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October 5th College Seminar for Parents of Juniors

BBA Counselors will review the nuts and bolts of the college admission process and associated school procedures with parents of juniors on October 5  from 5 pm – 5:45 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room after parent conferences.

October 13th Fall College and Financial Aid Information Night

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College and Financial Aid Information Night for Junior and Senior Parents and Students on Thursday, October 13, at 7 pm in the Riley Center. Monica Inzer, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Hamilton College and Susan Rochette, Director of Student Financial Services at Southern Vermont College, will be our keynote speakers.

Hamilton  has had unprecedented success in the areas of student quality, diversity, selectivity and retention since Monica’s tenure began. Hamilton has also strengthened its commitment to being a school of opportunity by making financial aid a priority, eliminating merit scholarships (in 2007) and, most recently (in 2010), joining fewer than four dozen colleges or universities that pledge to be need-blind in admission and meet 100% demonstrated financial need. Monica recently served on the Board of Directors for the Common Application, and is regularly invited by high schools, community organizations and professional associations to speak about admission, financial aid and enrollment issues. She is also a frequent contributor to national media outlets, including regular appearances on NBC’s TODAY Show. She was formerly the dean of undergraduate admission and student financial services at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, director of admissions at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.

Susan Rochette is responsible for the offices of financial aid and student accounts and collections at Southern Vermont College. Susan joined SVC in 2014, after retiring from Yale University as the Director of Financial Aid for the School of Art and the School of Drama.  At Yale, she worked with undergraduate and graduate students and families, helping them navigate the financial aid process.She is a member of NASFAA and VASFAA, the National and Vermont Associations of Financial Aid Administrators. Susan will share her knowledge of financial aid with you, from tips about filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), comparing college costs,understanding FAFSA’s calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC)  to applying for federal and private loans. This year financial aid is changing as families can file their FAFSA beginning October 1 using 2015 income information.

October 19th Special Programs — Freshman Service, Sophomore Summit, Junior Testing and Senior College Application Workshops

  • Juniors – All juniors take one of two tests on the morning (either PSAT or ASVAB — see “Junior Testing Information” below), followed by afternoon classes (D and C blocks).
  • Seniors — Seniors with Nov. 1 deadlines are strongly encouraged to attend the morning workshop to work on their college applications ; their counselors are available to help from 8 – 11:30.  There are no morning classes but ALL Seniors are expected to report for their afternoon D and C block classes.

Junior Testing Information

PSAT:  College-bound juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice SAT) and need to bring a $15 registration fee by October 6 (Late fee is $20) to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. (Checks are payable to Burr and Burton. Fee waivers for students on free lunch are available.) The PSAT is a wonderful opportunity for students to assess their testing skills in preparation for the college admission process.

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 alternative for Juniors on testing day, October 19.

ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Battery. It is used by the military (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard) to determine placement into various jobs within those military branches. The ASVAB is a test that measures different kinds of abilities beyond verbal and math skills that lead to career opportunities.

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.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

Registration Information for seniors who need additional testing:

  • October 7 deadline for November 5 SAT (not offered at Burr and Burton)
  • November 3 deadline for December 3 SAT at Burr and Burton
  • November 4 deadline for the December 10 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

In addition to hosting the Senior Application Workshop time on October 19, the 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 19 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 1st 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. Friday, November 11 might be a particularly good day to visit colleges because Burr and Burton will not be holding classes.

College Visits at BBA

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

Attention Sophomores!

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is a dynamic, interactive educational program designed to prepare our country’s youth to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Sophomore students who attend the Vermont seminar interact with leaders in business, government, education, media and non-profits; they get a realistic look at our nation, its people, and their role within the world community. The VT HOBY seminar will be held in May 25-28 2017  at Saint Michael’s College.  Go to www.hoby.org for more information. Stop by the School and College Counseling Office for an application. Applications are due back to Mrs. Welsh by Friday, October 31.

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 5 and Thursday, October 6 – 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.

Tuesday, October 11 – Mountain Campus Presentation during Flex

Tuesday, October 18 – Optional Freshmen Mt. Campus Visit during Flex block Freshmen

Wednesday, October 19 – Freshmen Service Day. Please have your child bring a lunch and water.

Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28. Exams.  Not all classes will have formal mid-term exams.  Some will be project based.

Academic Support:

Library open until 4 p.m. 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 (Costa Rica, Spain, Morocco, England to name a few).  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.  

Burr and Burton has over 30 clubs.  

If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call or send me an email.

Cory Herrington, Dean of Freshman, Social Studies Teacher and Co-Dean of Students – 549-8210; cherrington@burrburton.org

Contact Information

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question, a concern, or wish to offer feedback. We welcome all contact and the opportunity to work with you.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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From the Athletics Department

On Tuesday, October 11 the Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country team will host their regular season home meet at the Severance property which is approximately 3 miles south of the Equinox Hotel. On Wednesday October 26 our Mountain Bike Team will host their first home race ever at Grafton Pond.

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

FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:

Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer:

  • October 24 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1 pm.
  • October 25/26 – Play downs
  • October 28/29 – Quarterfinals
  • November 1/2 – Semi Finals
  • November 5 – State Finals

Cross Country:

  • November 5 – State Meet – Thetford Academy

Football:

  • November 4/5 – Semi Finals
  • November 12 – State Finals

IMPORTANT WINTER SPORT DATES AND INFORMATION:

BBA Alpine Skiing Updates

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

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

If you plan to ski on weekends and over vacations we recommend you purchase a season’s pass through the Bromley Mountain Student Season Pass program. Afternoon passes and full day passes are available a reduced rate. Please pick up a season’s pass form outside of Sue Towslee’s office. Please note that applications are due by October 15, 2016.

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

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

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

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

IMPORTANT WINTER DATES:

November 15 – Mandatory parent/athlete meeting for all winter sports 6 pm in the gym. Seniors meet at 5 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.

November 16 – Ice Hockey begins.

November 28 – All other Winter sports begin.
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From the Creative Arts Department

In the Seminary Gallery this Month – Totem Project

fullsizerender-2A Totem is an object such as an animal or plant that serves as the emblem of a family, tribe or clan and serves as a reminder of ancestry as well as the spiritual object. These are the key themes the Totem Project hopes to explore. These ceramic sculptures were hand built by BBA ceramic students. The assignment was to create a piece inspired by our school. The work was fired in wood and salt kilns which reveals the story of the firing. The pieces show ash or salt deposits and the path of the flame through the kiln. The Totem Project was generously sponsored by the Elizabeth deC. Wilson Fund which was established in 1991 by friend of the school Betty Wilson. Mrs. Wilson wished to provide for the continued effective programming for arts education at Burr and Burton with the goal of increasing exposure to the arts for all Burr and Burton students. The Wilson Fund aims to introduce and encourage an appreciation of and participation in all the arts.

Calliope Concert

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The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music, Friday, October 21 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center for the Arts. Admission is $3 students/ $5 adults. Students interested in performing should contact Julie Freeborn jfreebern@burrburton.org  to schedule an audition prior to October 14.

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Burr and Burton Academy’s Performing Arts Department will be presenting Almost, Maine on November 2, 3, 4, 5, 2016 in the Riley Center for the Arts.  Almost, Maine by John Cariani consists of nine short vignettes that explore the intricacies of love in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.  Join us in the deepest winter, on a Friday night under the magical northern lights as residents of Almost, Maine fall in and out of love with often hilarious and unexpected consequences.  Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18, $12 for the general public and can be ordered online at bbatickets.com. Our 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. The box office opens one hour before the show. Also, at 5 pm on Friday and Saturday night a three course Farm-to-Table dinner hosted by members of BBA’s Student Success Program will be available for $30 per person. Support this program by reserving your tickets at: studentsuccess.ticketjunior.com.

 


Student Travel Opportunities

Students have many travel opportunities this school year. As students often point to their travel experiences as life changing, we encourage all students to travel at least once during their time at Burr and Burton. Short descriptions of each trip and contact information for trip leaders is included below.

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Service, Adventure, Fun

All are welcome to join us as we once again travel to tropical Costa Rica during the April spring vacation in 2017. The focus of this trip is to explore the culture, country-side, people and wildlife that this beautiful country has to offer. Our days will be filled with service opportunities, engaging with nature, and fun adventure activities such as a boat ride through a jungle river to see crocodiles, lizards and scarlet macaws, white water rafting, and planting pineapple trees in our own BBA forest . This trip will include a visit to the Pacific coast beach of Corcovado National Park where we will visit one of the most eco diverse places on earth. You will see monkeys, sloths, toucans and tapirs, as well as horseback ride to a secret waterfall where you may enjoy a swim. We will visit an indigenous tribe to see their crafts of mask making, visit a local school and meet local inhabitants for other service opportunities.
This trip is intended for students who want to spend a meaningful, fun-packed week in a country whose philosophy revolves around the care and health of its people, animals and environment. We will travel with a local naturalist who has a wealth of information about the wildlife and the people. He takes us to the special places only the locals know about. The cost is $3100 for ten days which includes RT air, all hotels, 3 meals a day, activities and tips. 
For more information, please contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.
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Sue Ritchie will offer a trip to the Northern Coast of Spain during our April break in 2017. The trip will include travel to the cities of Gijón, La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. Participants will have the opportunity to walk along the Camino de Santiago, visit coastal towns and historic sites, and learn about culture, history and cuisine during this trip.  The flight home will be from Porto, Portugal. Please contact Sue Ritchie at sritchie@burrburton.org for more information. Additional trip information can be found here.
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Morocco

We are pleased to announce the 3rd BBA service trip to Morocco this April break. This trip will take place April 12th to the 23rd.  Get ready to wander around the maze of colorful souqs and riads in Marrakech. Work with a school in a small village in the High Atlas Mountains. Ride a camel over the shimmering sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.

There is no language requirement for this trip.  For more information, contact Michelle Emery at memery@burrburton.org or Jessica Pollack at jpollack@burrburton.org. The cost and trip details can be found at http://groups.rusticpathways.com/trips/burrandburton2017.
Password:  burrandburton2017 

Ecuador Exchange

This month, 15 Ecuadorians from our sister school in Cuenca, Ecuador are visiting BBA for two weeks.  In June 2017, we will travel to Ecuador for three weeks to stay with students from our sister school and to experience as much of their beautiful country as possible.  This represents the second round of BBA’s exchange with Unidad Educativa Santana and although the students who will participate in the exchange were chosen last spring, if you are interested in getting on a standby list, email Mr Nolan at cnolan@burrburton.org.  The approximate cost of this three week trip is $3,000 and you must have completed at least Spanish III before the end of this year.

Rowland Fund for Student Life

The Rowland Student Life and Learning Fund was established to support students financially so that every student has the opportunity to experience the transformative power of travel. The fund has supported over 380 students in the last 5 years. Over $50,000 a year is granted based on family need and the quality of students’ essays. We ask that all award recipients pay something toward the trip, but the travel grants make the trips affordable for all – regardless of a family’s financial situation. The application is available on BBA’s website. Please note that the due date for applications is October 21 and that family income documentation is required.

 


From the Health Center

Greetings, and Happy Fall!

FootballI wanted to inform parents of a change that will be taking place for first semester in the Health Center. Beginning October 7, I will be on maternity leave, and will return after the Holiday Break. While I am gone the Health Center will be covered by our current team, Joel Ess, School Based Clinician, and Megan Beattie Cassan, School Nurse. In addition to these two, Meg Herrington will be covering 2 days per week. Meg is a licensed therapist in Private Practice in Manchester, and sees many high school students.
Should you have an emergent, or non-emergent needs please contact Megan Beattie Cassan, and she will forward your concern to the appropriate person.  Her direct line is 549.8238. Joel can be reached at 549.8137.
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In Support of BBA’s Rock Climbing Team

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Burr and Burton Academy’s Rock Climbing Team will be showing the movie ReelRock11 on October 14 with doors opening at 6:30 pm and the event starting at 7 pm. This event is in the Riley Center for The Arts. Proceeds go to Burr and Burton Academy’s Rock Climbing Team – Concession and raffle prizes available.  Tickets are available on bba.ticketjunior.com.


From the Library

Libraries love to celebrate Banned Book Week (September 25 – October 1, 2016) and the Lisa B. Tuttle Library is no exception. We use the time to highlight books in our collection that have been challenged or banned in other schools or libraries. We proudly display these books and hope to prompt and engage in discussion on censorship and how important context is to content. Two of our required summer reading books have made the list of banned and challenged books: Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

You might enjoy discussing some of these other banned books with your family:

Geisel, Theodor Seuss; If I Ran the Zoo
L’eagle, Madeleine; A Wrinkle in Time
Rowling, J.K.; Harry Potter series
Pilkey, Dav; Captain Underpants series
Collins, Suzanne; Hunger Games
Morrison, Toni; The Bluest Eye
Fitzgerald, F. Scott; The Great Gatsby
Salinger, J.D.; The Catcher in the Rye
Steinbeck, John; The Grapes of Wrath
Lee, Harper; To Kill a Mockingbird
Walker, Alice; The Color Purple

Library Hours

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

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

 


Corporate Sponsors

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

Headmasters List

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

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

Academic Letter

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

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

Academic Pin

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

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Abracadabra Sponsors

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

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

Voila Sponsors

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

Magic Wand Sponsors

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

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September 2016

Calendar

5  Labor Day – No School
9  Freshman Frolic: 7 pm – 10 pm, BBA Cafeteria
10 ACT Testing at BBA: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, Smith Building
11 Bulldog Leadership Summit Retreat: 9 am – 4:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
14 College Seminar for Senior Parents 5:30 pm – 6 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
14 Open House for Parents: 6 pm – 8:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
20 Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 pm – 7 pm, Mountain Campus Peru
22 Bus Trip to College Fair for Juniors at Saint Michael’s College,
22 Colchester, 6 am – 4 pm
29 Powderpuff Football Game: 5 pm – 6:30 pm, Upper Field
29 Homecoming Cookout and Bonfire: 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Upper Parking Lot
30 Homecoming Games Begin: 5:30 pm – 8 pm, Applejack Field

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

The 2016-2017 school year is underway. On Thursday, August 25, we welcomed 682 students into the fold. Here are a few facts and figures on our student body:

  • The freshman class totals 150 students. Over 90% of the students from our sending schools – Dorset School, Flood Brook, Manchester Elementary Middle School, Maple Street School, and the Mountain School at Winhall – chose to attend BBA. In addition, roughly 40 students joined BBA’s freshman class from outside of these sending schools.
  • There are approximately 35 new students in grades 10 through 12.
  • We welcomed 65 international students from Vietnam, Spain, China, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Ghana, Thailand, Slovakia, Norway, and Chile. This is the largest international enrollment in our history, and the students bring a global flavor to our little corner of Vermont.

We welcome one, and we welcome all. Each student at this school contributes to the overall BBA experience, and I am happy to report to you that this year we have a particularly rich mix.

Are you a coach or a player?

As your sons and daughters make their way through the high school years, problems arise.  They may encounter difficult relationships with other students or a teacher.  They may not get the grade they think they deserve; or the playing time on a sports team; or the part in the play they had hoped for.  Life brings challenges, and while we all prefer our life to move forward seamlessly, one of the most important skills we can develop is the ability to solve life’s problems independently.

With this in mind, I ask that you parents and guardians think of yourself as a coach: give your best advice, help develop a game plan, show interest in schoolwork, and expect high school students to handle most problems themselves, with your support remaining in the background.  By doing this, you will help us prepare your sons and daughters for college and for life, and you will teach them the critical skill of self-advocacy.

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It is great to have everyone back on campus once again. This is my ninth year as headmaster of this school, and each year, I have a feeling of optimism and excitement as we embark on the engaging, vigorous educational journey that lies ahead.

Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Assistant Head of School

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Please mark your calendar for Open House on September 14th. It begins at 6 pm with an opening session in the Riley Center followed by individual classroom visits.

Open house is designed to give you a snapshot of your child’s academic life at Burr and Burton. You will follow your child’s schedule and meet Burr and Burton teachers. You’ll learn about the engaging and vigorous learning experiences offered at Burr and Burton, the enduring understandings and essential questions students explore, and the essential skills and the habits of mind students develop.  You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies, Flex Block and how students use technology as a learning tool. I’m confident you’ll gain a sense of how the experiences your children have in each course foster and support our mission and core values and how committed we are to each individual student.

I hope to see you all on September 14th!

Below are Assembly Remarks made by Meg Kenny on Monday, August 28, 2016

High School today – more specifically, your high school experience at BBA is so different from my experience in the 1980s: the engaging learning experiences embedded in courses, a faculty that cares deeply about your success, the programmatic opportunities, the facilities, the food, the technology; I could go on and on.

In my day, we completed nightly homework assignments, had no choice in how to demonstrate learning — it was tests and quizzes only. Very few adults asked the students what they thought of the experience they had in the class or their opinions on anything, for that matter. Our days were planned from start to finish, by the adults, and there was very little in our control. I imagine that there are still schools today that operate very much like my high school did in 1984.

In my opinion, the most striking difference in your education (as compared to mine) is the role that BBA students take in their education. We ask a lot of you – which is a good thing.

We ask you BOTH – to set goals, to write to do lists and checklists, to do nightly assignments, to complete summer reading, to practice instruments, to study lines, to solve problems AND — to leave room for reflection, to think intentionally about what you are doing, to be mindful of your peers and your environment, to explore your passions, to engage in and take ownership of your learning, to leave room for spontaneity, joy and wonder.  We want your voice, your opinions, your ideas, your creations all over your education.

Our job here as educators in the 21st century is to prepare you for the complexities of the world in which you live. In order to thrive in this world you must be collaborators in your education.

Successful students today – initiate and take ownership of their learning. They don’t wait for learning to happen to them – they make it happen. They are generous with talent and knowledge – they share it with others. They are spontaneous and open to new ideas. They add to the vibrancy of the learning community.

Successful students today – know that learning is a conversation – sometimes with with others and sometimes it’s a dialogue in your own head. They are patient with the learning process and with others. Sometimes understanding does not come easily. Sometimes the the essay you are writing or the problem you are trying to solve isn’t quite right the first time – it shouldn’t be. Quality takes time – active doing time and quiet reflective time.

Successful learners today – know that success if defined in many ways.  One way to define success is by a grade – a “B” on a report card.  But, what if we go deeper and think about – what was learned? What struggles did you overcome?  What new perspective did you gain? What skills did you improve? What did you create? What do you now understand that you didn’t before? Did you practice the habits of a mindful student?

Here’s the thing – the adults in the room are rooting for you. More than that, we are intentionally designing engaging and vigorous learning experiences so that you may discover your power, your passion and your potential.

We are counting you to become great citizens who contribute and create, lead and and innovate, care and empathize. We need you to be great stewards of our community and extend out to solve the challenges and problems of our world.  

Here’s to a great year!

Sincerely,

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Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School

 


From the Advancement Office

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Successful Launch to the new school year!

How quickly the summer goes by, but we’re happy to report that the new school year is already off to a good start. Freshman Orientation went well as did Junior Jumpstart, and the first day of school on Thursday, August 25 was successful as well. At assembly that morning, we welcomed the Freshman Class of 2020, many new International students and a few new faculty and staff members.

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

As we start the new school year, we are in the process of printing and mailing our Annual Appreciation Report. I know you will be impressed, as we are, with the breadth and depth of the support for our school. We had an incredible year last year, and we look forward to replicating that effort this year. Please understand that parent support is an important part of our Annual Fund Campaign and we will be reaching out to you in the coming months. We raise support for Burr and Burton for one reason only – to give your student the most amazing educational experience possible. Parents Beth Eyre and Diana Pagnucco will not be returning to head up our Parent Advancement Committee so we are looking for two parent volunteers to help lead the charge. It’s a great way to get to know your fellow parents and it’s for a great cause. If you’re interested in volunteering to serve as co-chairs of this committee please contact Gina Vickers (her contact information is listed below).

The high school experience is a very important time in student’s life. We encourage parents and guardians to get involved with the school in some way. The more involved you are the more you know about the great opportunities offered here at Burr and Burton. It’s not hard to find a place to volunteer – feel free to call our Advancement office – reach out to me, cgubb@burrburton.org or to Gina Vickers at gvickers@burrburton.org, or call her at 802-549-8277.

Annual Fundraising Gala

Our annual fundraising event committee is gearing up again for this year’s Parent Association gala. Robin Apps and Pauline de Laszlo are the co-chairs this year. It’s a fantastic event, raises significant funds for the school, the committee is fun to work with, the Advancement Office is extremely supportive of the entire process and we make as easy as possible for the committee! If you have an interest in serving on the committee, becoming a gala sponsor, if you want to donate products or services to the Online Auction, or a week at your summer camp on a lake or home on a tropical island for the Live Auction, please contact Robin Apps at robin@strattonrentals.com or call her at 802-297-3078 or Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or call her at 802-549-8277. Be sure to mark your calendar for the event, which will be May 26, 2017.

Alumni Reunion Weekend

Calling all Burr and Burton parents who are also alumni! Don’t miss Reunion Weekend on Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2016. While we honor and celebrate alumni from classes ending in 1 and 6, all alumni, spouses and families from all classes are welcome. The weekend will include many events, the highlight being the Alumni Dinner at the historic Equinox Hotel on Saturday evening. 

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

Sincerely,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

 


BBA’s Online Local Food Market Coop!

Farm-Fresh-Connect-imageProgram Background

This initiative originated as a Mountain Campus semester final project for Nora Lindberg ‘15, Alexi Brown ‘14 and Stephanie Souls ‘15. Upon their return to the main campus they worked with Director of Student Life, Lani Lovisa and Social Studies Teacher, Sarah McMillan to put their idea into practice. The online market exists due to a partnership with the Vermont Country Store and the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL). The Vermont Country Store was looking for ways to better support the health of its employees and provides this online market to help its employees access fresh, local foods. These organizations have generously allowed us to benefit from their system. Every week farmers deliver their products to the Vermont Country Store location in North Clarendon where it is aggregated and then delivered to its Manchester location. A representative from Burr and Burton then goes to the Manchester VCS location to get our orders and brings them back to Burr and Burton for individuals to pick-up.

How it Works:

Each week farmers put up their available products on farmfreshconnect.org. They indicate the price and quantity available for ordering. You log into your account and choose the items you want and pay through the website. Orders must be submitted by 2 pm on Tuesdays* and will be available for pick up on Wednesday between 2:30 – 3:30 pm at Burr and Burton’s Lower Campus Cafe (gym lobby).

* note some vendors may choose to close their offerings prior to that time in order be able to meet demand so you may need to order earlier for some items.

Benefits of the On-line System

  • This differs from a CSA in that are not required to order each week. You order on weeks that it makes sense for you.
  • You are free to order exactly what you want. There are a wide variety of products available from breads and cookies, to meats, produce, jams and syrup.

A few Considerations

The day of the week and the pick-up times are fixed. If you are a parent please make sure you or your student can be responsible for picking up your order at the assigned times. There is limited refrigeration/freezer space in lower cafe and therefore we cannot store orders for people. We are not responsible for spoilage of orders that were not picked up.

We will not be picking up orders on school vacation weeks or during the summer.

Here’s how to set up an Account

  1. Go to https://farmfreshconnect.localfoodmarketplace.com/Account/Register and click “Sign Up”
  2. Choose Burr and Burton Academy as your pickup location and fill out the form
  3. Click submit
  4. Please send an email to llovisa@burrburton.org letting her know that you have joined so we can keep an updated email list in case there is a need to contact members who are affiliated with BBA specifically for any reason.

Additional Questions

Feel free to contact Sarah McMillan at smcmillan@burrburton.org or Lani Lovisa at llovisa@burrburton.org.

 


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College and Career Information

College-bound seniors who missed the August workshops need to attend a makeup workshop on Wednesday September 7, 1st and 2nd Flexblock times (10:40-11:30). Please meet in the Lower Level of the Smith Center at the start of Flex Block.

College Seminar for Senior Parents

On September 14 from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Hunter Seminar Room prior to the Open House, BBA Counselors will review the nuts and bolts of the college admission process and associated school procedures with parents of seniors.

College Fair Field Trip

Burr and Burton is sponsoring a field trip to the college fair at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester for interested college-bound juniors on Thursday, September 22. Students and the College Counselors will leave promptly at 6:00 am. (Pack a breakfast and snacks!) We will attend the College Fair at Saint Michael’s at 9 am, followed by a tour of UVM and a quick lunch at the Davis Student Center.  (Bring money to purchase lunch items.) We  will then tour Champlain College and head back to BBA  by 4 pm. Approximately 250 college representatives will take part in the College Fair.  To sign up, bring a completed college fair worksheet and permission slip here to the School and College Counseling Office. Bus seats are limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis until full. Permission and mandatory College Fair Homework Assignment due to Mrs. Welsh no later than Friday, September 16 to hold a place on the bus.

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

Burr and Burton will host the SAT on October 1. The deadline to register is September 1.  The registration deadline for the October 22 ACT (not at BBA) is September 16, and the registration deadline for the November 5 SAT (not at BBA)  is October 7. (BBA does not host either the Oct. ACT or the Nov. SAT — students will need to sign up for a different test site.)

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

Junior Testing

Most juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice, SAT) on Wednesday, October 19 during school hours. Students must bring the $15 registration fee (cash or check made out to Burr and Burton Academy) to Lynne Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office by October 1.  Late registration fee is $20. The PSAT is a practical opportunity for students to assess their testing skills.

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

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

Campus Visits

Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences.

College Representative Visitors

Juniors and seniors may be excused from class, with teacher permission, to meet with college representatives visiting Burr and Burton this fall. Nearly 40 colleges have already scheduled appointments during the month of September alone. Please check the college visit list on Naviance (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton) or the College Planning Calendar in the School and College Counseling Office for the most up-to-date list of visitors and meeting locations. Weekly announcements will also serve as a reminder of these appointments. College visits provide students with a great opportunity to ask questions, make a connection with the college representative and learn the most current campus information.

Contact Information

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question, a concern, or wish to offer feedback. We welcome all contact and the opportunity to work with you.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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From the Athletics Department

This week marks the beginning of competitions for our Fall athletes. The players and coaches have been hard at work for a while and I am excited to see them compete. Homecoming Weekend is just around the corner.

Here is the schedule:

Thursday, September 29

Student Powder Puff football game at BBA – Taylor Field 5:30 pm
Student Cookout at BBA 6:30 pm
Homecoming Pep Rally Bonfire at BBA 6 – 8 pm

Friday September 30

JV Gold Boys Soccer vs. Rutland at REC Eckhardt Field 4:30 pm
JV Gold Girls Soccer vs. Hartford at REC McClellan Field 5 pm
Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Hartford  at REC Applejack* 5 pm
Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Rutland at REC Applejack* 7 pm
*Admission to Applejack Field: $5 for adults and $3 for students/senior citizens.

Saturday October 1

JV Green Boys Soccer vs. Rutland at BBA Upper Field 10 am
JV Green Girls Soccer vs. Rutland at BBA Upper Field 11:30 am
Varsity Football vs. North Country at BBA Judy McCormick Taylor Field 1 pm
Golf Ball Drop between 3rd and 4th quarters
JV Field Hockey vs. Bellows Falls at BBA Frelinghuysen Field 3:30 pm
Varsity Field Hockey vs. Springfield at BBA Judy McCormick Taylor Field 5 pm

GO BULLDOGS!!!

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Booster Club News

The BBA Booster Club is dedicated to encouraging and advancing the athletic program, fostering school traditions, and building Bulldog spirit in the community. Recent contributions made by the Booster Club include: banners, uniforms, guest speakers, and two student athlete scholarships. During the past year the Booster Club organized pep rallies, provided gifts for senior nights, and made school spirit wear available to parents and fans!

Here are a few ways to get involved with the boosters:

Join the BBA Booster Club: The BBA Booster Club is made up of an executive committee that will meet monthly. Members are welcome but are not required to attend these meetings. There will be four committees: Concessions (providing snacks etc. at games), SWAG (selling spiritwear at games and online), Spirit (organizing pep-rallies, senior night activities), and Membership (recruiting and organizing volunteers). Please consider joining one of these committees, committees will meet only as needed.

Volunteer Your Time: Spending even 1 hour volunteering to help the boosters will contribute to the success of all our student athletes. You can do anything from small commitments like baking cookies for a sale, chaperoning a bonfire, staffing the concession stand, or selling school swag at a game. Or help on some of our bigger tasks (many hands make light work!)  Most jobs are a commitment of only a few hours and our volunteers have a lot of fun!

Attend the Games: The students work so hard and want you to see them in action. Please come enjoy the teamwork; and bring family and friends! The calendar of athletic events is available at: http://www.burrburton.org/Page/Athletics

You are invited to join us for the initial BBA Booster meeting this year on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 pm in the Wellness Classroom. If you have any questions, please email

Thank you,

Anne Simonds                                        Amanda Williams
President BBA Boosters                       VP/Membership Chair BBA Boosters
anne2sons@gmail.com                        amandaw370@gmail.com


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Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas, jthomas@burrburton.org

Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears, suzannemears7@gmail.com

Boys Soccer: Peter Mull, pmull@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Barb Miceli, bmiceli@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Julie Fifield, jfifield@burrburton.org

X-Country: Paul Bremel, pbremel@burrburton.org

Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry, jmowry@burrburton.org

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Student Travel Opportunities

During the month of September students will learn about travel opportunities for this school year. As students often point to their travel experiences as life changing, we encourage all students to travel at least once during their time at Burr and Burton. Short descriptions of each trip and contact information for trip leaders is included below.

Costa-Rica

Service, Adventure, Fun

Once again we will be offering a service learning trip to Costa Rica during the April spring vacation in 2017. The focus of this trip is to explore the culture, country-side, people and wildlife that this beautiful country has to offer. Our days will be filled with service opportunities, engaging with nature, and fun adventure activities. This trip will include a visit to the Pacific coast beach of Corcovado where we will visit one of the most eco diverse places on earth. You will experience views of volcano’s, and hike to giant waterfalls where you may enjoy a swim and engage with local inhabitants in service opportunities.
This trip is intended for students who want to spend a meaningful, fun-packed week in a country whose philosophy revolves around the care and health of its people, animals and environment. We will travel with a local naturalist who has a wealth of information about the wildlife and the people. He takes us to the special places only the locals know about.
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For more information, please contact Bonnie Niles at bniles@burrburton.org or Lauren Silver at lsilver@burrburton.org.
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Ecuador Exchange

This month, 15 Ecuadorians from our sister school in Cuenca, Ecuador will be visiting BBA for two weeks.  In June 2017, we will travel to Ecuador for three weeks to stay with students from our sister school and to experience as much of their beautiful country as possible.  This represents the second round of BBA’s exchange with Unidad Educativa Santana and although the students who will participate in the exchange were chosen last spring, if you are interested in getting on a standby list, email Mr Nolan at cnolan@burrburton.org.  The approximate cost of this three week trip is $3,000 and you must have completed at least Spanish III before the end of this year.
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Visit Morocco on April Break

Morocco

We are pleased to announce the 3rd BBA service trip to Morocco this April break. This trip will take place April 12th to the 23rd.  Get ready to wander around the maze of colorful souqs and riads in Marrakech. Work with a school in a small village in the High Atlas Mountains. Ride a camel over the shimmering sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.

There is no language requirement for this trip.  For more information, contact Michelle Emery at memery@burrburton.org or Jessica Pollack at jpollack@burrburton.org. The cost and trip details can be found at http://groups.rusticpathways.com/trips/burrandburton2017.

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BBA Literary Society Trip to London

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English teachers, Scott Clausen and Ashley Frank, are taking a group of BBA Literary Society members to London, England, during BBA’s April 2017 break. Travelers will see the last remaining manuscript of Beowulf (Cotton Manuscript) at the British Library (among many other mind-blowing documents), the Rosetta Stone and the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial exhibit at the British Museum, Poets’ Corner and various tombs of English Kings and Queens and thinkers (including Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton!) at Westminster Abbey, Charles Dickins’s house, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Globe Theatre, in addition to many other famous historical and literary sites around London. The cost of the trip per student is $1500. Spots are reserved for BBA Literary Society members before other students will be considered. Please contact Scott Clausen at sclausen@burrburton.org or Ashley Frank at afrank@burrburton.org for further information.

Walt Disney World Girls Lacrosse Training

This trip is open to members of BBA’s girls lacrosse program. Athletes will train at the ESPN world wide of sports complex and stay at the Caribbean Beach Resort. The package includes two 2 hour sessions per day of fitness training/ practices/scrimmages at the sports complex. We would also take advantage of any clinics/camps they have available which focus on agility, conditioning and speed training. We would also have park passes to the Disney theme parks including Epcot Center, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios.  The trip is tentatively scheduled for April 14-19 (if we go for 5 nights but we might only stay for four nights).  The estimated cost would be $1500-$1800 per person which would include airfare, hotel, complex use, park pass & food.  Interested athletes should contact coach Jen Brenner at jenbrenner33@gmail.com.

Rowland Fund for Student Life

The Rowland Student Life and Learning Fund was established to support students financially so that every student has the opportunity to experience the transformative power of travel. The fund has supported over 380 students in the last 5 years. Over $50,000 a year is granted based on family need and the quality of students’ essays. We ask that all award recipients pay something toward the trip, but the travel grants make the trips affordable for all – regardless of a family’s financial situation. The application is available on BBA’s website. Please note that the due date for applications is October 21 and that family income documentation is required.

 


From the Health Center

Now that the new school year is underway it is important to make sure that all required forms have been submitted to the Health Center. All freshmen, juniors and new transfer students must have a recent physical on file with the nurse. This applies to all students not just student athletes. Best practice is for teens to have a physical every year, however we will accept a physical date within the past two years. This Well Exam form is located on the burrburton.org website or one can be emailed to you. Please feel free to contact Megan Beattie-Cassan RN mbeattie-cassan@burrburton.org with any questions. Also, please be sure to log into your parent portal and update any health related information this includes permission for treatment in the health center, medical conditions, allergies and current medications. I am looking forward to a healthy school year!

 


From the Library

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

The Lisa B. Tuttle Library is a beautiful space open to all students before and after school in addition to regular school hours. There are tables for students to work independently or in small groups. Computers are available for student use as well as a wifi printer that can be accessed from all personal devices. There are cozy nooks with bean bag chairs and comfortable reading chairs. The library has a collection of over 10,000 print and digital items. In addition to our own collection, we belong to the Northshire Consortium and share resources with Manchester Elementary Middle School and Manchester Community Library. Our goal is to provide materials to enrich the curriculum as well as students’ personal interests. If we don’t have a book that a student is looking for, we will request an interlibrary loan through our local consortium or through the Vermont Department of Libraries system which contacts, public, school and university libraries.

Burr and Burton Academy subscribes to a number of electronic databases which students can access both on and off campus. Students will need passwords for the databases when they are off campus, which can be found in the Student Resources section of OnCampus. Our database offerings include specialized collections such as Bloom’s Literature as well as general encyclopedias, newspapers and journals.

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

Library Hours

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

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

 


Corporate Sponsors

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

Headmasters List

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

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

Academic Letter

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

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

Academic Pin

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

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Abracadabra Sponsors

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

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

Voila Sponsors

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

Magic Wand Sponsors

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

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August 2016

Calendar

14 Football Meeting for Parents and Athletes: 5 – 7 pm BBA, Cafeteria
15 Football practice begins
17 Mandatory Fall Sports Meeting: 6 – 8 pm, BBA Gym
18 Senior College Admission Workshop: 10 am -12 start in BBA Riley Center
18 Fall sports practices begin
22 Transfer Student Orientation: 10 am – 12:30 pm, Hunter Sem|Library
22 Extracurricular Theater| Dance & Film Meeting: 6 – 9 pm, BBA Riley Center
22 Mountain Campus Family Meeting, 6 – 7 pm, Hunter Seminar Room
23 Senior College Admission Workshop: 10 am -12 start in BBA Riley Center
23 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 1 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center
24 Freshmen Orientation: 8 am – 1:20 pm, start in the BBA Riley Center
24 Junior Jumpstart: 8 am -12:30 start in the cafeteria
24 Freshmen|New Parent Orientation: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, BBA Riley Center
25 School Opens: 12:45 pm Dismissal
25 Fall Play and Film Auditions: 2 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center
26 Fall Play and Film Callbacks and Final Callbacks: 1 – 5 pm, BBA Riley Center

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Although it still feels like the height of summer – and I truly hope the summer is treating you well – sports practices, drama auditions, and the start of classes are only weeks away. Please look closely at all the relevant dates in this Bullhorn post as well as on our newly renovated website. From our standpoint, we are rejuvenated and excited about the year to come.

Every four years, our school year begins in the thick of a presidential election, and, discussion about the state of education nationally. Sixteen years ago, President Bush introduced No Child Left Behind. Eight years ago, President Obama brought us Race to the Top and, most recently, the Common Core. With this election, there is no telling what direction we will take educationally. However, I share the wisdom of famed educational historian Diane Ravitch, who recently wrote a New York Times column regarding the state of education in our nation. She discusses the preoccupation with standardized test scores and resulting overemphasis on test preparation under these past two administrations, and she reaches the following conclusion:

If we really cared about improving the education of all students, we would give teachers the autonomy to tailor instruction to meet the needs of the children in front of them and to write their own tests. We would insist that students in every school had an equal opportunity to learn in well-maintained schools, in classes of reasonable size taught by expert teachers…What is called “the achievement gap” is actually an “opportunity gap.” What we need are schools where all children have the same chance to learn.

I am proud to tell you that this prescription for the rest of the nation is what we have been doing at Burr and Burton for almost 200 years. As an independent school that serves the public, we are able to put our best thinking into providing engagement, vigorous educational experiences unfettered by the vagaries of politics and political direction. We focus on each student, each one of your sons and daughters.

I hope you and your family are as excited to be a part of the BBA community as we are to have you. I look forward to the many events that mark the start of school, with a year to build on our hopes and dreams.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

PS: To read the full article by Diane Ravitch, please click here.

 


BBA’s New Website Will Go Live – August 2

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Forms, Forms, Forms

Many of you have already filled out the online forms for the upcoming school year and to all of you a hearty well done! Some of you still need to complete some forms.
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Why does it matter? Students will not have an iPad to pick up for the start of the year, will not be registered for free lunch (should you qualify) and will be unable to play sports, participate in performances or partake in extra curricular activities of any kind until all forms are completed.

There are 5 forms in total that need to be completed by the parent or guardian two of the forms also need to be completed by the student to be considered “complete.” They must login to their OnCampus account to do this.

 The forms are:

  • 2016-2017 Contact, Tech and Meals info – This needs to be completed by August 1st to have an iPad available by the start of the school year. Both Student and Parent or Guardian needs to sign this
  • 2016-2017 Emergency Contact Info and Permissions
  • 2016-2017 Fall Co-Curricular Rules and Info
  • 2016-2017 Health Consent and Medical Form Both Student and Parent or Guardian needs to sign this.
  • 2016-2017 Sports Health Questionnaire

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

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

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

All students new to BBA and all Juniors also need to have the Well Exam Form filled completed and signed by their doctor and delivered to the School Nurse Megan Beattie-Cassan. Both SVMC Northshire Campus and Dr. Miller’s office have copies of the paper forms in their offices. The form can be downloaded and printed too by clicking this link.

 


From the Advancement Office

Cindy-Gubb-1Dear Parents,

While most people think it’s quiet here on campus during the summer, I can tell you it’s not. We’ve had a lot of camps – basketball, lacrosse, soccer, football, field hockey, a technology camp and even a young explorers camp at the Mountain Campus. Right now, we’re in week three of the Summer Success Camp, introducing a new group of Success Scholars to Burr and Burton. And while it only August 1st, we are sprucing up classrooms and the campus, planning for the coming year and all of the great opportunities that will be available to our new and returning students. We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus soon.

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

For new parents and families, we encourage you to get involved with our school and there are lots of ways to do that. Contact Gina Vickers, President of our Parent Association, and she can share with you the opportunities that are available. Her phone number is 802-549-8277, or email her at gvickers@burrburton.org. It’s a great way to get to know other parents and it’s also rewarding, fun work.

We look forward to the coming school year with great anticipation and excitement and offer a warm welcome to all of our families and students.

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

Sincerely,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

P.S. For parents who are alumni, please note the following:

Alumni Reunion Weekend

Layout 1Whether you are celebrating a significant reunion or not, we are calling all of our parents, their friends and family who are Burr and Burton alumni to sign up for this year’s reunion on the Hill. Scheduled for homecoming weekend, September 30 – October 2, 2016, the event promises to be an action-packed, fun-filled weekend.

You can register online, by phone and by mail. For a full list of the weekend activities, please visit our website http://www.burrburton.org/reunionregistration and click on the brochure link to see the schedule.

If you have questions, or need more information about Reunion Weekend, please contact Gina Vickers at gvickers@burrburton.org or call her at 802-549-8277. All are welcome – you don’t have to be celebrating a significant reunion anniversary to come, have fun and dance the night away. But sign up soon, because interest is high and last year the dinner on Saturday night at the Equinox was sold out! Join us for a blast from the past – we look forward to seeing you!

 


From the Co-Dean of Students

FootballDear Parents,

In a few weeks your child/children will be returning to school. Here are a few items to consider prior to the start of the school year.

If your child drives to school, please purchase a parking permit prior to the start of school. To pay in person or by mail, please select this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y911RKNa4SdOaJayrrtTxjeMmvPuqzMugV6netV1qb4/pub. Print and fill out the form to pay in person. Submit the form and your payment to Ramona Towne in the BBA business office for processing. To mail your payment, please complete the form and send it to Ms. Towne (mailing information is on the form). All parking permit fees help to offset the cost of plowing and maintaining the parking lots.

To pay online, the 2016-2017 Parking Permit 1st Quarter can be found in your files and forms section in OnCampus. Please login to view. Both a parent or guardian and the student need to login into their accounts and sign the form. 

Seniors are not allowed to leave campus if they have a free block until the majority of the senior parking permits have been paid for and submitted. An announcement will be made at assembly to acknowledge the start of this privilege. Additionally, no student is allowed to leave campus during flex block.

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

Check your son/daughter’s attire before coming to school. The BBA dress code should be a non-issue, but every year we have difficult conversations with students and some parents about appropriate school attire. While we want our students to be comfortable, we also want them to be respectful. It is challenging, time consuming, and uncomfortable for teachers and administrators to talk to your son/daughter about dress code matters. Help us out and have your child dress appropriately.

Looking for something for your child to do? Have them try joining a club! Burr and Burton Academy offers a variety of after school clubs. Most clubs begin during the month of September and are usually announced by their club advisor at Monday morning assembly.

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

Finally, BBA must be a drug free campus. Students violating this request will be dealt with accordingly and have to endure the consequences. Since vape pens and e-cigarettes can also burn marijuana oil, they will be treated as drug paraphernalia. While not prevalent at school, they are growing in popularity and are of concern to the administration.

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

Anthony Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students
549-8240

 


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Mandatory College Admission Seminar for Seniors

Seniors planning to apply to college must attend a Senior College Admission Workshop for all college-bound students which is offered twice (attend just one): Thursday, August 18 or Tuesday, August 23, from 10 am to 12 pm starting in the Riley Center.   We will be covering several important procedures related to the college application process.  Please remind your student to attend and bring their laptop or iPad to the Senior College Admission Workshop.

Make sure your course schedule is set for the entire year; it can be difficult to drop/add for second semester and we are required to report any changes of academic classes to college admission offices.

Orientation for New Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (students only)

All new sophomores, juniors and seniors should report to the Smith Center Library on Monday, August 22, from 10 am – 12:30 pm. The students will meet with BBA Student Ambassadors who will answer questions and share tips about adjusting to Burr and Burton. We’ll also help students locate their classrooms and get connected to BBA technology. The program will end with a pizza party.

Junior Jump-Start Program

All juniors report for school one day early—on Wednesday, August 24, from 8 am to 12:30 pm. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school. The Junior Jump-Start program will cover career and college information, standardized testing options, the junior year planning calendar and more! Juniors will meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors. Students will all need a device. They should bring a laptop or be prepared to pick up their iPads first thing that morning. Please meet in the cafeteria to start the day.

Freshman Orientation – Students Only

All freshmen should meet in the Riley Center for the Arts on Wednesday, August 24, from 8 am – 1:20 pm. Students will meet their classmates, teachers, advisor and freshman mentor. They’ll find their classrooms, participate in a question and answer session, and have some fun, too. Dress casually to participate in activities.

Fall College and Financial Aid Information Night for Junior and Senior Parents

Mark your calendar for Burr and Burton’s Fall College and Financial Aid Information Night for Parents on Thursday, October 13 at 7  pm. This program will take place in the Riley Center and will provide grade-specific information for the college admission and financial aid process.

Other Upcoming Events

Look for more information in next month’s Bullhorn about these upcoming programs:

  • College Fair Field Trip for Juniors  to Saint Michael’s College in Burlington — Thursday, September 22 from 6 am to 3 pm
  • PSAT – in-school testing for juniors on Wednesday, October 19

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

The registration deadline for the September 10 ACT with writing (at BBA) is August 5. Burr and Burton will also be a test center for the SAT on October 1 (the registration deadline is September 1). Please note that Burr and Burton does not collect the fees for the SAT or ACT; students must create accounts and register directly with these organizations at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.  Seniors are also responsible for sending their official scores to all colleges that require standardized testing.  Please keep track of your usernames and passwords by making a journal entry in your Naviance account – you’ll need them again.

Test Prep for October SAT

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

Campus Visits

Seniors who haven’t yet visited colleges are strongly advised to make plans to do so as soon as possible. While scheduling college visits during vacations and on weekends is preferable, we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to miss school. Campus visits are excused absences if parents notify the Attendance Office in advance. BBA School and College Counselors also make their own campus visits every year. Let’s trade campus tour reports!

College Visits to Burr and Burton

Throughout the fall months, college admission representatives visit Burr and Burton. Juniors and seniors can keep track of the ever expanding list of visits on their Naviance accounts and make plans to attend meetings with teacher permission.

Contact Information

Don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question, a concern or feedback. We welcome all contact and the opportunity to work with you to assure the quality of your student’s Burr and Burton experience.

The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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From the Athletics Department

 We are very excited to announce two new opportunities for students.

Leadership without sloganThe Bulldog Leadership Summit is launching the 1st annual student-led retreat. 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. For the past three years BBA students have been engaging in leadership workshops on a variety of concepts. This year we have some leaders who are ready to run a retreat for other students.

The leadership retreat will take place on Sunday 9/11 from 10 am -3 pm at BBA. Retreat topics include: The Elements of Success, Habits of Leaders, Having Difficult Conversations, and Leading Up and Down your Organization. The retreat is open to all students. Please register here. For more information contact cherrington@burrburton.org or dmiceli@burrburton.org. Please see our 2016-17 schedule for other workshops.

The second great opportunity is the Peak Performance Program for athletes who aspire to compete at a high level. We will begin running our Peak Performance Program this Fall.  Our mission is to provide tools for the highly motivated athlete to reach an elite level of performance. The program consists of 8 – Six Week Sessions  (4 sessions per year). More information will be available at the Parent/Athlete Meeting on August 17 at 6 pm in the gym.

Important Fall Sports Information:

In just over two weeks we will be kicking off another exciting Fall Athletic Season. Below are the important meeting dates and times for the fall season and information about the required forms that must be completed before you will be permitted to participate in tryouts. Any student interested in trying out for a fall sport must attend, with an adult, the informational meeting on August 17.

  • August 14 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5 pm in the cafeteria.
  • August 15 – Football practice begins.
  • August 17 – 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. Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings. Senior athletes of all sports should stick around for a leadership workshop at 8 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.
  • August 18 – Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas, jthomas@burrburton.org

Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears, suzannemears7@gmail.com

Boys Soccer: Peter Mull, pmull@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Barb Miceli, bmiceli@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Julie Fifield, jfifield@burrburton.org

X-Country: Paul Bremel, pbremel@burrburton.org

Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry, jmowry@burrburton.org

New this year, all Freshmen, Juniors and new students must have an updated physical on file with the BBA Health Office. There will be no separate Sports Physical. All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms must be completed prior to the meetings on August 17 or August 14. Completing them sooner rather than later is greatly appreciated from the administrative end.

Returning Burr and Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

Mark your calendars: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2016 – September 30 – October 2. A complete schedule of events will be available in the September Bullhorn.

Each season as part of the co-curricular rules that you and your athlete sign, we provide some information on concussions. At BBA, we continually revise our concussion protocal to meet the best standard of care. Please see below if you would like some additional information.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon takes you through this course. In this course you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.

Parents and athletes are encouraged to take the free online course. http://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000

 

From the Creative Arts Department

KateKate Mori ’17 has been selected as a member of the All-National Honor Ensembles Concert Band.  The 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles program will take place at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas from November 10 – 13, 2016.  Congratulations Kate for making BBA history through achieving this prestigious honor.

On Monday, August 22, 2016 at 6 pm in the Riley Center, there will be an information meeting regarding the extracurricular offerings in dance, film and theater for the 2016-2017 season.

If you are interested in The Fall Play (Almost, Maine), The Creative Choreography Workshop, Ballet/Pointe/Variation Classes, The Fall Film, The Elf Express, The Theater and Dance New Works Project, The Spring Musical (Pippin), Playwriting and Screenwriting, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Set Design, Set Building, Crew or Stage Management, please attend this meeting.

There are so many opportunities for everyone! Join our BBA family!

Please sign in when you arrive and sides (dialogue) will be handed out at this time to those interested in auditioning for the fall play.  We are looking forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, please email jraposa@burrburton.org.

BBA Auditions and Callback Information:

Play (Almost, Maine )
Fall Film (TBA)

When:
   Thursday, August 25 (initial audition) at 1 pm

   Friday, August 26 (final callbacks) at 1 pm
Place:
   The Riley Center for The Arts

 


From the Health Center

FootballSummer is meant to be a time for students to unwind, relax, and re-group! Hopefully it was just that for your child. With that said, it’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks we will be turning our alarm clocks back to the “ON” position before we go to bed for the night.

The hard part, is getting our kids back on a schedule. Most high schoolers haven’t seen their phone say anything earlier than 9 am for months. One important tip to help your child get back on track, is having them set their alarm for the time they need to get up for school. Get up, eat and get dressed for a couple of weeks leading up to school. This way they will be more prepared for their “new” morning routine.

The Health Center is eager to Welcome back our returning students and Welcome our new ones! If you have any questions, or concerns regarding medical issues, or social or emotional concerns with your child. please don’t hesitate call, or stop by the Health Center. We are located right on the Upper Circle. My direct line is 549-8250.

Megan Brooks
Director of Mental Health

 


Corporate Sponsors

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

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

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

Academic Letter

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

Academic Pin

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

Do You Believe in Magic?
2016 Gala Sponsors

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Abracadabra Sponsors

Gala logos 1

Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

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

Voila Sponsors

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

Magic Wand Sponsors

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

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June 2016

Calendar

1  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal: 10 – 11 am BBA Riley Center
1 Senior Sendoff: 7 pm – 8 pm Riley Rink at Hunter Park
2 International Student Graduation Dinner: 6:30 – 8:30 pm BBA Cafeteria
3 Commencement: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Frelinghuysen Field
9 VT Gubernatorial Forum: 6:30 – 8:30 pm BBA Riley Center

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

In the past two weeks, we have had a gala that raised $240,000, the annual awards assembly honoring student effort and achievement, Mountain Campus final projects, Avenue Q, the second annual Science Symposium and Psychology Fair, the Creative Arts Expo, Gawlik Awards, Scholarship Night and other celebrations large and small. Seniors have completed their exams, and underclassmen are studying away as I write this. Sports playoffs are in full swing. The culmination, of course, is Commencement 2016 this Friday 5:30 pm.

Here are some things you should know about commencement:

  • The weather: try as we might, we cannot control the weather. We will make a determination about whether we will be inside or outside based on the weather forecast. Please understand that we must be risk-averse: we are not going to risk raining on this glorious opportunity to honor the class of 2016.
  • If commencement is at Riley Rink, it will be great. The last commencement that we had with clear skies was in 2011. On one hand, we can look at this as a string of bad luck. On the other, we have learned that Riley Rink is a wonderful venue for the celebration. Bring a festive attitude and the rest will take care of itself.
  • Seating opens at 4:30 pm. Each year, there are approximately 2000 people who come to commencement, so please keep this in mind. Please be adaptable if your preferred seating is already taken, and please be mindful of others when taking photographs and videos.
  • The faculty speaker, selected by the senior class, is science teacher Dave Spero. Our keynote speaker is Colby Halligan, class of 2011. If you’re interested in Colby’s background, I gave a description of her accomplishments in the May Bullhorn. She is an amazing young woman and a great, accessible role model for our graduates.

Commencement will be an inspiring capstone on what, by any and all measures, is another successful year at Burr and Burton Academy. On behalf of this school, I thank all of you for your trust and support, and I wish you a fantastic summer.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

With months of planning finally completed, it’s hard to imagine that our annual spring fund-raising gala Do You Believe in Magic? has come and gone. A great deal of time and effort goes into the planning of this event and we are happy to report it was a smashing success!!! From the moment gala goers arrived, to the last magic trick performed by David Hall, the excitement and energy at our new venue was simply astounding. The black and white décor in the room was stunning, the decorations were perfect in every way, the food was delicious, the Raffle was lots of fun, the Live Auction was incredible, and topped off by yet another amazing “Make Some Magic” call. Every person in the tent understood the importance of the event and rose to the occasion in support of our Burr and Burton students. The numbers are in the process of being finalized but we raised approximately $240,000.

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

  • Donors to the Online Auction and those who purchased items
  • Our generous Gala sponsors
  • Our Live Auction donors and Raffle item donors
  • Our Live Auction winning bidders and Make Some Magic supporters
  • The creative and imaginative Do You Believe in Magic? Gala Committee led by Robin Apps and Pauline de Laszlo
  • The beautiful centerpieces designed by Peggy Brockett of Lily of the Valley florist created with flowers donated by Tara Pollio Floral Event Design
  • The student entertainment and student volunteers
  • Julie and Neil Freebern, Jim Raposa, Bill Muench and Kevin Morrison, faculty members who supported the event throughout the evening
  • The Taconic who went all out for our big event
  • Our photographer, Gary Baker and the Advancement Staff
  • Oscar Trugler for his beautiful graphics and design work for the event
  • Eric and Jane Nathan for their auction services

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

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

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

Thank you, Parents and Grandparents! 

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

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

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

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

There is still time…

Our fiscal year ends June 30, 2016, so if you haven’t made a gift in support of Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Fund, there is still time. You can make a gift online or drop a check in the mail – but we hope you will join over 150 BBA families who have already made a gift. Our thanks to Diana Pagnucco and Beth Eyre for their help on the Advancement Committee and their cheerful and fun appeals throughout this past school year.

We look forward to being in touch later in the summer – have a great summer break!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

 


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2016 Commencement Information Brochure here.

Summer SAT Prep Courses at Maple Street School

  • Beginning the end of June and also during July Maple Street School will host summer SAT Boot Camps for rising Juniors and Seniors.  Contact Joy Stewart, jstewart@maplestreetschool.com.
  • The Tutorial Center offers an SAT prep class starting August 14 for 6 weeks, skipping Labor Day. So Aug 14,21,28, Sept 11,18, and 25th. Contact The Tutorial Center – 362-0222

Summer Homework for Rising Seniors

  • Request  college recommendations from teachers before summer vacation – use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form (available in the School and College Counseling Office).
  • Visit college campuses and enter your observations in your Naviance journal. Update your online Naviance resume (http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton).
  • Complete all summer work required for your fall classes –Information and summer reading assignments available online.  http://www.burrburton.org/2015-summer-homework-assignments/
  • Draft a sample college essay – Rising seniors received the essay topics for the Common Application in an all-class meeting; copies are available in the School and College Counseling office and are currently posted on the Common Application website (commonapp.org). The 2016-17  Common Application will be available August 1.
  • Work on Service Learning projects.
  • Learn something new through work, summer programs or self-study.
  • Set a personal goal and achieve it; think about how you want to challenge yourself in your senior year. Register for the September 10 ACT at actstudent.org. There will be another opportunity to take the ACT in October. Registration and test dates not yet announced for the SAT- check on www.collegeboard.org for updated information.

Application Seminar and Workshops for all College-Bound Seniors

Thursday, August 18, 10 am – 12 pm
 and/or Tuesday, August 23, 10 am – 12 pm Information on the college admission process and preliminary work on college applications.  Come to one or both sessions to work with your counselor and fill out your college applications before the busy fall semester begins.

Summer Homework for All

Students need to budget time over the summer for any required academic work. All students will have a summer reading requirement and assignment from the Social Studies Department and some students will have summer assignments in AP classes.  Assignments will be posted on the Burr and Burton website (http://www.burrburton.org/2015-summer-homework-assignments/) and available in hard copy in the School and College Counseling Office.

Attention Class of 2018

All rising juniors must report to school on Wednesday, August 24, for the Junior Jumpstart Program. Juniors have reached an important milestone and we’ll mark this special day with activities to kick off the second half of high school! Students will be introduced to career and college information, standardized testing options, and more. They’ll also meet new students and have some time to reconnect with classmates and advisors.

Summer contact information for School and College Counseling Office

All of the counselors have limited office hours throughout the summer and will periodically check and respond to email. We are also available to meet with students and parents by appointment. Please keep in touch with your questions and updates.

Rising sophomores have shifted counselors from Kirk Knutson  to Andrea Hogan, Melissa Michaud or Cristin Rose. Maria Bittinger will work with all international students; other juniors and seniors will retain their current counselor. School and College Counselor assignments will again be noted in the end-of-the-year mailing.

Senior Plans

Members of the Class of 2016 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!

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The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for international students,  549-8242; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

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

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Tony Napolitano, External Learning Coordinator, 549-8241; tnapolitano@burrburton.org

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

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

 


From the Athletics Department

Some Thoughts on Preparing for the Fall Season:

Bulldog LogoMost of the disappointment I see after athletic team tryouts can be eliminated by the athletes.The disappointment typically stems from one of two areas. The athlete overestimated his or her abilities or the athlete underestimated the amount of time it would take to get ready for the season.

On the day this is published there will be 78 days until our Mandatory Fall Sports Parent and Athlete Information Night. If an athlete were to work just 30 minutes each day preparing for the season they could end up with 39 hours of preparation. Many students will intend to work out but won’t actually get started until a week or two prior to the season. At that point the athlete would need 4 hour workouts each day to match the amount of preparation time for an athlete who started on June 1st (and the condensed time frame would not serve his or her muscles nearly as well).

The reason for the disconnect is that the consequences of not working out today are not readily apparent. For that matter the benefits of working out today aren’t readily apparent either. By helping your athlete to see the compounding effect of daily preparation to achieve a long term goal you would be helping them not only improve as an athlete, but to learn one of life’s most important disciplines.

By making the practice more efficient, an athlete can eliminate the first problem. Studies show that less developed athletes and musicians spend most of their practice time working very comfortably on things they are already good at whereas highly developed athletes and musicians spend their practice time concentrated on skills they have not yet mastered. Which brings me to two of my favorite quotes. I share them with you in hopes that they will inspire focused workouts all summer long.

“Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” ~ Coach Wooden

“There are no limits. There are plateaus, and you must not stay there; you must go beyond them.” ~ Bruce Lee

Important Fall Sports Information:

August 14 – Mandatory Football Parent and Athlete Information Night 5 pm in the cafeteria.

August 15 – Football practice begins

August 17 – 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. Football players and parents will be dismissed and all others will go to individual team meetings. Senior athletes of all sports should stick around for a leadership workshop at 8 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room.

August 18 – Mountain Biking, Soccer, Field Hockey and X-Country practices begin.

Fall Head Coaches:

Football: Jason Thomas: jthomas@burrburton.org

Girls Soccer: Suzanne Mears: suzannemears7@gmail.com

Boys Soccer: Peter Mull: pmull@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Barb Miceli: bmiceli@burrburton.org

Field Hockey: Julie Fifield: jfifield@burrburton.org

X-Country: Paul Bremel: pbremel@burrburton.org

Mountain Biking: Jon Mowry: jmowry@burrburton.org

All students must have had a physical exam after October 31, 2014 prior to participating in Fall Sports. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the school nurse.

All the necessary forms needed to participate in athletics can be completed through your OnCampus account. These forms must be completed prior to the meetings on August 17 or August 14.

Returning Burr & Burton students must be in attendance at the first day of tryouts and all juniors must attend the varsity tryouts.

Mark your calendars: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend 2015 – September 30 and October 1.

 


From the Health Center

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For most, summer break is a time to unwind, relax, and regroup. For some however, mental health issues that kids deal with during the school year, could enhance. Read the following link to gain some insight on some common summer blues, and ways to decrease this: http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/mental-health-summer-depression-adhd-0430125/

 

BBA recently held “Wellness Week” and a link about the goings on can be found here.

 


From the Library

Summer Reading – Required and Recreational

One of my favorite parts of summer is the additional time to read. It’s an added bonus when the  reading takes place in a beautiful location: in a hammock, under a tree, next to a stream. We are hoping that students will have lots of opportunities for reading this summer. We have started to put together a list of summer reading recommendations that we have gathered from students and teachers. We will continue to update it during the summer as we receive more reading recommendations. Take a look now and check back later. You might find your next read.

In an effort to encourage reading, returning students whose library accounts are in good standing will be able to check out books from BBA’s library for the summer. These books may be returned to the Manchester Community Library during the summer or back to BBA in the Fall.

The Manchester Community Library is a beautiful spot to read with wonderful resources including print and audio books and DVD’s. All BBA students are eligible for Manchester Community Library (MCL) cards. Their MCL card will allow them to check out MCL’s books as well as have access to BBA books all summer as we share resources between the libraries.

Social Studies Required Reading

Students taking a Social Studies course next year have a required text and assignment that is due September 6, 2016 whether they are taking the class during the first or second semester. Details of the books and the assignment can be viewed here.

  • Incoming freshmen will all read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
  • Students taking CP II World & US History will read Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Students taking CP III World & US History will read Confessions of an Economic Hitman John Perkins
  • All seniors taking a social studies elective will choose one book from a selected list on this document.

All required social studies books are available in BBA’s Lisa B. Tuttle Library or the Manchester Community Library (MCL). MCL has multiple copies of the required texts.

Happy reading!

Library Hours:

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

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

 


Corporate Sponsors

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

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

Mettowee Mill Nursery, Inc.
Bank of Bennington
The Richards Group

Academic Letter

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

Academic Pin

Dibble Painters
Hill Farm Inn
iShip Express
Midura Building Company
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders

Do You Believe in Magic?
2016 Gala Sponsors

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Abracadabra Sponsors

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsors

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

Voila Sponsors

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

Magic Wand Sponsors

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

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May 2016

Calendar

2 – 6 Wellness Week
5  International Fair at 10:40 am – 12 pm in the gym
5  Spring College Night (Juniors, Sophomores and Parents)
5  at 7 – 9 pm in the Rowland Center
7  SAT at BBA at 8 am – 1 pm
7  Prom at 8 – 11 pm at Hildene
10 – 14 Spring Musical at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center
12 Sophomore Service Day
19 Science Night at 6 pm in the cafeteria
21 Creative Arts Expo at 5 pm and 7:15 pm in the gym and Riley Center
23 AP Psychology Fair at 6 pm in the cafeteria
24 Senior Breakfast at 8 am in the cafeteria
24 Awards Assembly & Yearbook Dedication at 9:30 am in the cafeteria
24 Gawlik Awards at 7 pm at Southern Vermont Arts Center
25 BBA Mountain Campus Final Presentations at 5:30 pm
27 PA Spring Fundraising Gala at 5:30 pm Taconic
29 International Student Farewell Party at 5:30 pm Rowland Center
31 ACCESS BBQ at 11 am Larsen Hall
31 Scholarship Night at 7 pm in the Riley Center

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

The end of the school year is just weeks away, with commencement coming up on June 3. Between now and then, the schedule is packed with stage performances, academic showcases, AP exams, sports competitions, the annual Gawlik awards, and other special events. This is the busiest time of the school year, so please pay close attention to this Bullhorn so you do not miss anything

On the topic of commencement, I am delighted to announce that this year we will have our youngest commencement speaker ever: Colby Halligan, who graduated from Burr and Burton in 2011. Though she is the youngest, she is highly accomplished and can serve as inspiration not only to this current crop of seniors, but to all of us. She is a shining example of how to live BBA’s mission of responsibility, integrity, and service. I share her biography below:

Colby Halligan, a native Vermonter and alumna of Burr and Burton Class of 2011, recently graduated from Elon University with a dual B.S. Degree in Environmental Science and Public Health concentrating in Socio-Cultural Health and Illness. While at Elon University, she spent two years living abroad in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Kenya, Tanzania, and Italy studying sustainable agriculture, community development, and maternal nutrition. She also competed in cross-country mountain bike racing and acted as her Elon’s Farm Manager for four years.

As a sophomore at Elon, Colby interned with Grow Biointensive, a non-profit international organization dedicated to creating diet-plot farm designs, specializing in a complete diet design for pregnant and lactating women. When she returned, she applied for a semester abroad with Boston University to Kenya and Tanzania where she examined how land-use practices can be managed sustainably to promote environmental conservation and cultivation. This inspired her to return to the United States to pursue sustainable agriculture and methods of mitigating food insecurity, leading her to volunteer at Elon University’s Environmental Science Teaching site and applying for the Udall Environmental Fellowship. After securing the Udall Environmental Fellowship, she met with former Vice President Al Gore to discuss food policy and sustainable agriculture.

Colby’s many honors include Elon University’s Susan Scholarship, the Spannocchia Farm Internship in Northern Tuscany in 2013, the Ward Family Learning in Action Award in 2014, the Iris Holt Community Award in 2014, and the Rhodes Scholarship semi-finalist in 2015. These collective experiences led her to pursue a career supplying communities with nutrition plans that yield 100% of an individual’s diet, incorporating her passion for environmental and community work.

Currently, Colby works as a Research Assistant and Biointensive Farmer with Ecology Action in Northern California, an international non-profit dedicated to creating farm designs that yield a complete closed-loop diet, feeding both soil and communities. Colby functions as a full-time farmer and teacher trainer specializing in soil chemistry, dryland farming, and nutrition. Since moving to California, Colby enjoys competitive running, snowboarding, and practicing yoga, all passions which she first cultivated in the Green Mountains.

With young people like Colby moving our world forward, the future is in good hands.

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Let’s all help each other stay sane and productive as the flowers bloom and the school year comes to a resounding and climactic finish.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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We are on the home stretch now with graduation and the end of the 2015 – 2016 school year clearly in sight. So much is happening in May – the spring musical, Avenue Q, the Gawlik Awards, Senior Sendoff, Scholarship Night, the annual fundraising Gala, spring sports, etc. It’s hard to keep track of it all, but let me update you on what the Advancement Office is up to.

First of all, we want to share with our parents the great news about the Online Auction. We raised $15,000 from this effort and we want to thank all parents who either donated an item or service to the auction, and all of the parents who bid on the same. It was our best-ever Online Auction (this is year #6)! We also want to thank and acknowledge the Online Auction Committee who solicited over 136 items, and Gina Vickers, chair of the committee, for getting the auction set up on the web host, “Bidding for Good”. Awesome job by everyone involved. So if you missed the auction this year, we hope you will join in the fun next year.

Layout 1Now all of our energy and focus is going into the execution of the Do You Believe in Magic? Gala, scheduled for May 27. Invitations went out in mid-April and we are happy to report that we are already sold out for this event. If you’re interested in coming, please contact me and I’ll put you on the waiting list. Things have a way of changing last minute so we might be able to accommodate you. We have a great line up for the Live Auction, we’re at a new venue – the Taconic, and the evening will conclude with a magic show performed by David Hall..

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

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you again for all of you who supported the annual fund over the past year. The Parent Challenge has one more month to go, and we still have two months until the end of the year, which means you still have time to get your name in the Annual Appreciation Report for 2015 – 2016. Just make your gift by June 30, 2016.

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

Hope to see you at the gala or graduation!

Sincerely,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

 


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Spring College Night, May 5, 7 pm

On Thursday, May 5, BBA will present the annual Spring College Night from 7 to 9 pm in the Rowland Center. The evening will include a panel presentation on the college admission process given by admission officers from the University of Maine, Marist College, College of the Holy Cross and Lehigh University. This will be followed by workshops on a variety of topics including how to conduct a college search, the admission selection process and essay writing. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Standardized Testing Registration

Juniors should have already taken the SAT or ACT tests; if not juniors should sign up by May 5th to take the SAT Reasoning Test on June 4th or sign up by May 6 to take the ACT on June 11th. The next opportunity for testing at BBA is the ACT on September 10th and the SAT on October 1st. Information is available at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.

Visit, Visit, Visit

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

Advanced Placement Exams

This year’s AP exams run from May 2 – May 13. Please note that all Advanced Placement students taking morning exams are released from school at the conclusion of the exam. Students taking exams that begin at noon are expected to attend the first two morning classes, but are released at 11 am in order to have lunch and prepare.

Reminder: To-Do List for Juniors

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

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

2016 Graduation Countdown

A senior graduation mailing has been mailed. This includes the Burr and Burton Senior Events and Commencement Information Brochure which contains everything families need to know to prepare for the big event on Friday, June 3, at 5:30 pm. This brochure can also be found on the Burr and Burton website here and has been forwarded via email to all parents with an up-to-date email address.

Attention Male Seniors

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

2016-17 Student Class Schedules

Underclass students will be receiving their tentative 2016-17 class schedules prior to summer break. Currently, teacher assignments are pending and details are being defined on the master schedule. Schedule modifications will occur throughout the summer. An email announcement will be sent to students when the schedules are published in OnCampus. Once published, all students will be able to generate a schedule report by entering MyDay > Schedule > Month.
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Scholarships 2016
Forms for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. PLEASE thoroughly complete the transcript and documents request form that is specific to Scholarships and can be found in the SCC Office.

Manchester Masons of VT Scholarship
Eligibility: senior planning to enroll in college or Vocational/Technical School who lives in Manchester, Dorset, or Sunderland; OR has Masonic affiliation through a parent or grandparent; award based on leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities and financial need
Award: $500.00; Deadline: May 3.

Rutland Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating senior planning to attend college in the field of health care. Award: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000; Deadline: May 13.

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

LOANS

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

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

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The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for international students,  549-8242; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

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

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Tony Napolitano, External Learning Coordinator, 549-8241; tnapolitano@burrburton.org

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

 


From the Athletics Department

Important Post Season Dates for Varsity Sports:

May 19 – 21 – Tennis Individual Competitions

May 24 – June 4 – Tennis Team State Championships

May 29 – Baseball pairings posted

May 30 – Lacrosse pairings posted, Softball pairings posted

May 31 – Baseball Play downs, Boys Golf Sectionals, Lacrosse Play downs, Softball Play downs

June 1 – Lacrosse Play downs

June 3, 4 – Baseball Quarter-Finals, Lacrosse Quarter-Finals, Softball Quarter-Finals

June 6, 7 – Baseball Semi-Finals, Lacrosse Semi-Finals

June 7 – Girls Golf Finals, Softball Semi-Finals

June 8 – Boys Golf Finals, Softball Semi-Finals

June 10, 11 –  Baseball Finals, Lacrosse Finals, Softball Finals

 


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From the Creative Arts Department

The following student’s were accepted to represent Burr and Burton Academy at the Vermont All State Music Festival May 4 – May 7 hosted by Missisquoi Valley High School in Swanton, Vermont:

Rebekah Hamblett – Band
Ramsay Eyre – Orchestra
Kate Mori – Jazz Band
Gabby Vella – Chorus
Mikayla Schaffer – Chorus

Congratulations on this prestigious honor.  

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May 10, 11, 12, 13 and – 14 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center; tickets available at bbatickets.com.

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Tickets available at bbatickets.com.

 


From the Health Center

Parenting is tough these days.
How much do I share, when do I argue?
When do I draw the line.

Read the following article for a few helpful hints: here.

 


Corporate Sponsors

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

Headmasters List

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

Mettowee Mill Nursery, Inc.
Bank of Bennington
The Richards Group

Academic Letter

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

Academic Pin

Dibble Painters
Hill Farm Inn
iShip Express
Midura Building Company
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders

Do You Believe in Magic?
2016 Gala Sponsors

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Abracadabra Sponsor

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsor

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

Voila Sponsor

Atlantic Projects
Dorset Inn & Barrows House
Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping

Lily of the Valley Florists
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
The Reluctant Panther
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor
Tara Pollio Floral Event Design
The Vermont Country Store

Magic Wand Sponsor

Arcadia Arts
Bradley’s Pro Shop
Cole and Company
Decorative Interiors
Deerfield Valley Dental Care – Dr. R. Ruhl
GSK Climate Control

Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Credit Union
Long Ago and Far Away
L/S Gerontology Seminars – Lois Schram
McWayne Jewelers
Mount Snow
Nerium International
Vermont Kitchen Supply
Weston Country Store

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April 2016

Calendar

9  ACT at BBA: 8 am – 1:30 pm Cafeteria
13 Mountain Campus Parent Teacher Conferences: 3:30 pm – 7 pm
14 Sophomore Summit: 7:30 am – 2 pm Bennington College
15 Mountain Campus Parent Teacher Conferences: 7:30 am – 12 pm
18 – 22 Spring Break – no school
29 Grandparents and Special Friends Day: 10 am – 1:30 pm

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

It is April Fools’ Day, yet when I look at the global condition (or our national condition, for that matter), it seems like no joking manner. In so many ways, we are facing unprecedented challenges that include climate change, terrorism, poverty and its many effects, an economy that has stagnated for so many, and deep divisions highlighted by this tumultuous presidential election season.

What are we to do?

Thankfully, those of us who come to work every day at BBA have the joy of working in a fundamentally optimistic profession. We believe that our best days as a school are ahead of us, and this belief is supported by the extraordinary accomplishments that we witness and support every day by our students – your sons and daughters. Just this past month, Art Riot as well as the Art in the Schools exhibit showcased creative talents. International Women’s Day programming highlighted our commitment to creating a supportive and caring community for all. The spring sport season kicked off, with tremendous life lessons to be learned as each of our teams prepare for competition. Midterm exams highlight the centerpiece of our education: a commitment to academic excellence.

April brings spring time, warmth, and, for the first time in history, no mud on our showcase sports field: Judy McCormick Taylor Field. May brings a series of events filled with joy and purpose, and then it all comes to a resounding conclusion on June 3 when we celebrate the class of 2016 with this school’s 183rd commencement.

Your sons and daughters carry our hopes into the future. I look forward to seeing everyone in these closing months of the school year.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Assistant Head of School

Meg-Bullhorn

Dear BBA Families,

This spring, all BBA Juniors will participate in Vermont statewide assessments. Smarter Balanced Assessments in Math and English/Language Arts (ELA), will be administered April 12-14 and April 26-28. In an effort to minimize missed instructional time, the bulk of the assessments will take place during Flex Block. On May 12-13, Juniors will complete the NECAP Science Assessment. Testing schedules will be available in OnCampus and shared with Juniors via email. We are aiming for 100% participation this year as the individual and school results provide valuable feedback on the teaching and learning taking place at Burr and Burton Academy.

The 2016-2017 academic calendar has been finalized and I encourage you to review it as there are some changes. You will notice that first semester exams are scheduled prior to the December break and the new semester starts after the new year. In addition, Columbus Day is no longer a school holiday, but Veterans Day is now a day off for the entire BBA community.

Happy Spring,
Meg

 

 

Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School

 


From the Advancement Office

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We’re LIVE!

https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

Our Online Auction went live on Monday, March 28 as a kickoff to the spring fundraising gala, Do You Believe in Magic? The Online Auction will run through April 15 closing at 9:00 PM. It’s a little shorter this time around as we don’t want to lose momentum while our BBA families go on spring break even though you can bid from your mobile device!

We have lots of great items, featuring many useful services and fun things to do with the family! Here’s a small sampling:

  • Two oil changes at local vendors
  • Tickets to Tanglewood to see James Taylor
  • A parking place in the faculty/staff lot for some lucky student
  • Yoga classes
  • Six front row seats at graduation (Grandparents and parents of seniors take note)
  • Hanging baskets
  • Native American falcon sculpture from Long Ago and Far Away
  • Dining packages on the mountain and in the valley
  • Gift certificates galore – manicures, pedicures, rock climbing, The Lighting Place, J & J Dry Cleaning, Heinels, etc.
  • Gift baskets – tea from Harney & Sons, dried mushrooms, animal treats, hair care products, skin care products
  • Two nights boarding for your pet
  • Flying lessons
  • Window washing
  • Pizza and a movie
  • Court time at the West River Tennis Club
  • Tennis lessons at local clubs
  • Golf lessons at local clubs
  • Chocolates
  • Seasons passes to the Dorset Theatre Festival 2016 summer season
  • Window washing
  • Pies from Grandma Miller’s
  • Pizza from Sam’s Wood-fired pizza

Layout 1And so much more!!! We have over a hundred and thirty items for you to look through thanks to the generosity of our local business community and our BBA families and friends. So we encourage you to register, browse and bid – help support this important fundraiser for Burr and Burton! It’s really easy!

Here’s the link – sign up and try it! https://www.biddingforgood.com/BBAonlineauction

And please encourage your friends and family to join in the fun. Share the link with anyone and everyone. The entire list of ONLINE AUCTION items has a broad appeal – there is something for everyone!

A special thank you to the Online Auction Committee made up of Gina Vickers, Dorie Morgantini, Tracy Staton, Sam Baker, Jane DaPron, Sarah Stefanek, and others on the Gala Committee who helped solicit or donated items – Anne Houser, Robin Apps, Sandy Kraehling, Lisa Brand, Peggy Brockett, Laura Fastie-Grapshi and Pauline de Laszlo. Additional thanks to Nancy Brown and Rich Thompson Tucker for their help in gathering items, and to Gina Vickers who has written descriptions for and uploaded photos of the 130 plus items onto the web site – a herculean task at best!

Invitations for the gala event at Taconic on May 27, 2015, will be mailed out in late April. We hope you’ve put the date on your calendar.

Still Time to Make a Gift to the Annual Fund

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

For those of you who have already made a gift, we sincerely thank you. Please remember to stop by the Advancement Office and pick up your BBA schwag! We are deeply appreciative of your financial support and volunteer time. We’d like to give special recognition to Beth Eyre and Diana Pagnucco for their leadership on the Advancement Committee of the Parent Association. They’ve done a super job at reaching out to our BBA parents in a fun, fresh way this year to encourage participation in the Parent Challenge.

Sincerely,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

 


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Mock Interviews for Juniors
BBA’s annual Mock Interview Program takes place Wednesday, April 6 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm and Thursday, April 7 from 8:00 – 10:00 am. Juniors will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills while meeting one-on-one with visiting college admission counselors. Students will receive direct feedback from the admission professionals. Interested juniors should see Lynne Welsh to sign up. Space is limited.

College Fair
Castleton State College will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 6, from 9-11 am. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. Permission forms and a list of the attending colleges are in the SCC Office. Signup deadline: April 4.

BBA Spring College Night: Save the Date
On Thursday, May 5, BBA will present the annual Spring College Night from 7 to 9 pm in the Rowland Center. The evening will include a panel presentation on the college admission process given by admission officers from the University of Maine, Marist College, College of the Holy Cross and Lehigh University. This will be followed by workshops on a variety of topics including how to conduct a college search, the admission selection process and essay writing. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

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

Additional activities:

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

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

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

Test Dates, Deadlines and How to Register:

SAT
Saturday, May 7, SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests administered at BBA, register by April 8 at www.collegeboard.org.
Saturday, June 4, SAT Critical Reasoning or Subject Tests (not administered at BBA), register by May 5 at www.collegeboard.org.

ACT
Saturday, June 11 (not at BBA), register by May 6 at www.actstudent.org.
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Free SAT Prep:
www.khanacademy.org — link your psat scores from your collegeboard.org account to create a personalized testing plan.
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Off-Campus Study
Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2016-2017 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule. Students must submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that begin at any point during the fall semester. The form can be downloaded here.

Career Development Center
Students interested in programs at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center in Bennington should meet with their counselor to arrange a visit and complete the application process. For information about the CDC programs, visit www.svcdc.org.

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

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

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

Scholarships 2016
Forms for most of the scholarships listed below are available in the School and College Counseling Office. This scholarship information is also listed on the Naviance website at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton or through a student’s OnCampus portal under the ‘Resource’ tab. 
PLEASE thoroughly complete the Scholarship transcript and documents request form that can be found in the SCC Office.

The Garden Club of Manchester Scholarship
Eligibility: Seniors continuing their education in fields related to horticulture, landscape design and environmental studies and other similar studies. Award: $1,000 Application in SCCO and Naviance.

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. The letter states application must be hand-delivered by April 17th. Because this date falls during vacation, BBA’s DEADLINE is April 8th

Award: not specified; Deadline: April 8th — must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents.

Auxiliary to the VFW, Dept of VT
Eligibility: Senior girl looking to further their education, related to Auxiliary member of VFW member in good standing, proof of acceptance to college, vocational/technical school. In the top third of the class. Deadline: April 15.

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: Postmarked on or before April 15 Note: This requires three years of tax records. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete!

The Scott Thomas Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: senior planning to attend an accredited Trade School or Vocational/Technical institution and in need of financial assistance

Award: Not specified; Deadline, April 12.

The Dorset Sportsmen’s Club Scholarship
Eligibility: Must live in Dorset or East Dorset. Accepted to college, technical or vocational school. Based on academic success, school activities, sports, extra curricular activities, community involvement. Award: $2,000; Deadline, April 14.

Auxiliary to the VFW Dept of VT Youth Incentive Scholarship (for girls)
Eligibility: must be related to an auxiliary member or VFW member in good standing. Must be able to show proof of acceptance to college, vocational or Technical school. Top 3rd of class. Award: Not specified; Deadline: April 15.

Daniel Maneely Engineering Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior accepted into an engineering technology field at an accredited school. Award based on academics, extra-curricular activities, community service and an essay. Award: $5,000; Deadline: April 15.

Ed Sossi Memorial Scholarship Award
Knights of Columbus Council 6816 (Manchester)
Eligibility: a high school senior. Applicants must apply and be accepted to a trade or technical school and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants agree to participate in a personal interview. During this interview they should be able to discuss their high school academic experiences, career goals and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. Award: $1,000; Deadline April 22.

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 22.

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior pursuing further education in college, trade school. Exemplary member of the student body, demonstrated leadership qualities within school and community. Award: $1,000; Deadline: RECEIVED BY April 29. Applications: on Naviance and in School and College Counseling Office.

Winona Smith Scholarship
Eligibility: senior who has demonstrated an interest in civic participation and community service, financial need. Must have a teacher recommendation specific to this scholarship. Award: $500; Deadline: April 30.

BBA Diversity Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior who truly embraces diversity and plans to further their education. Award: unspecified; Deadline, May 1.

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

BBA Wadsworth Art Scholarship
Eligibility: significant involvement in the studio arts during their time at BBA and be pursuing a creative arts career. 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.

Danby-Mt. Tabor Eastern Star Scholarship, “Katherine” Chapter #83
Eligibility: graduating seniors living in Danby or Mt. Tabor. Accepted to post-secondary college, technical or vocational school. Based on extra curricular activities and community service. Award: $500, Deadline: May 1.

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 2. Applications also online at www.vpaonline.org.

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

LOAN OPPORTUNITY for young men
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).

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The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for international students,  549-8242; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

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

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Tony Napolitano, External Learning Coordinator, 549-8241; tnapolitano@burrburton.org

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

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

 


From the Athletics Department

With the early Spring weather and our new turf field Spring Sports are well underway. We have found Softball a temporary home at the Manchester Rec with a couple of games at the Arlington Rec. Plans for a new Softball facility are phase two of the Manchester Parks and Recreation development. The new facility will not only host our high school Bulldogs but will return adult softball to the park.

Spring is usually the busiest season for rescheduling – if you picked up a yellow master schedule at the Parent/Athlete meeting, it is already out of date. For the latest schedule, follow the link for Printable Athletic Calendar by Team in the Resources section of OnCampus. If your child plays on a team, you can set your OnCampus notifications to receive game and practice changes. You can get a quick look at the Master Schedule by following the Athletic Calendar link at www.burrburton.org.

Spring Head Coaches:

Boys Lacrosse – Jason Pergament
Girls Lacrosse – Jennifer Brenner
Softball – Lisa Kelly
Baseball – Ed Lewicki
Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus
Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw
Track & Field – Matt Kujovsky
Boys Golf – Michael Harger
Girls Golf – Cheri Schroeder

 


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14 Members of the Burr and Burton Academy Vocal Music Ensemble will perform Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns”, at Lincoln Center on April 3, 2016, organized by Distinguished Concerts International New York and conducted by their Artistic Director Jonathan Griffith.  This two-time Grammy winning album is a classical crossover featuring 12 songs, each in a different language and organized into 3 movements; day, night and dawn, corresponding to life, death and rebirth.  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 Thursday March 31st-Monday April 4th to prepare for this monumental performance.  Congratulations to Ali Burdick, Angela Caggiano, Anna Freebern, Meiling Guo, Florrie Hynds, Amelia Kennedy, Jackie Nutter, Adam Quinn, Mikayla Schaffer, Lily Spencer, Gabby Vella, Cindy Wang, Emma Weinstein & Nate Williams for receiving a personalized invitation from Christopher Tin marking our fourth collaboration with the composer since 2012. 

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Congratulations to Ramsay Eyre for being selected as this year’s Vermont All State Composition Performance Scholarship winner.  Ramsay’s composition, entitled “Paint”, will be performed Thursday, May 5 at Missisquoi Valley Union High School as part of the Vermont All State Music Festival Scholarship Concert.  This is the first time a BBA student has been chosen for this award and we applaud Ramsay for this very distinguished honor. 

 


From the Library

Recent book acquisitions for the Lisa B. Tuttle Library have focused on Award winners including the National Book Award, the Alex Award for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences, the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults and the Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. These award winning books are on display and ready for students to check out. A few are available in ebook format for reading on ipads or other personal devices. I highly recommend Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep, which has won multiple awards including the National Book Award. This fiction story told from two points of view, documents a young man’s struggle with schizophrenia. The book was inspired by Shusterman’s personal experience with his son’s mental illness and includes illustrations by his son, Brendan.

In keeping with the recent trend of coloring as a relaxation activity, we have introduced coloring supplies into the library. Students can be seen taking a break from their studies to color an intricate bookmark or design sheet.

We will have a blackout poetry activity in the library to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month. Students will create art and original poetry using pages from deselected books. They will write a poem using the existing words on the page and black out the words they are not using.

Library Hours:

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

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

 


Corporate Sponsors

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

Headmasters List

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

Mettowee Mill Nursery, Inc.
Bank of Bennington
The Richards Group

Academic Letter

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

Academic Pin

Dibble Painters
Hill Farm Inn
iShip Express
Midura Building Company
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders

Do You Believe in Magic?
2016 Gala Sponsors

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Abracadabra Sponsor

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Hocus Pocus Sponsor

Four Seasons Sotheby’s

Presto Sponsor

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

Voila Sponsor

Atlantic Projects
Dorset Inn & Barrows House
Equinox Village
Glebe Mountain Gardens and Landscaping

Mountain Goat North, Inc.
The Reluctant Panther
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor
Tara Pollio Floral Event Design
The Vermont Country Store

Magic Wand Sponsor

Arcadia Arts
Bradley’s Pro Shop
Cole and Company
Decorative Interiors
Deerfield Valley Dental Care – Dr. R. Ruhl
GSK Climate Control

Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Credit Union
Long Ago and Far Away
L/S Gerontology Seminars – Lois Schram
McWayne Jewelers
Mount Snow
Nerium International
Vermont Kitchen Supply
Weston Country Store

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March 2016

Calendar

2  BBA Mountain Campus Parent Open House: 6 pm Peru Campus
5  SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm Cafeteria & F.L. classrooms
8 Spring Sports Mandatory Meeting: 6 pm Gym
9  Parent Conferences: 1 – 5 pm (12:35 pm dismissal)
10 Parent Conferences: 1 – 8 pm (12:35 pm dismissal)
11 Faculty In Service Day – No School
12 ART in our Schools at SVAC
14 Mandatory Drivers’ Ed Meeting for Students and Parents:
14 5:30 pm Riley Center
15-16 Prism Concert: 6:30 pm Riley Center

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

At yesterday’s assembly, I shared thoughts regarding teenage decision making. I share these with you with the hope that they can generate further dialogue in your homes.

Assembly comments – February 29, 2016

Over the past few months I have had to deal with a variety of avoidable situations. Every single one of them involved decision-making by BBA students. Therefore, I would like to share some thoughts that I hope can help you in your decision-making processes.

How many of you have heard of The Marshmallow Test? This was a psychological test given to four-year-olds back in the 1960s. A little kid was put in a room, given a marshmallow, and told that if he could refrain from eating it for 15 minutes, he would get two marshmallows. Not surprisingly, many kids gobbled up the marshmallow long before 15 minutes had passed, but some didn’t. Some were able to show self-restraint and reap the reward.

The researchers tracked the kids as they went through high school and college and into life. What they found was sort of amazing: those who had been able to resist temptation for greater reward – in other words, those who did not eat the marshmallow right away – did better in school, had higher SATs, had higher college graduation rates, and found greater professional success. Those who were able to delay gratification at four years old were able to make better decisions and find greater success throughout life.

So what’s the lesson? In life, you get tested. You will have impulses – to drink, to steal, to cheat, to lie, to drive too fast. You will have the opportunity to make excruciatingly poor decisions, decisions that can have major, even catastrophic consequences.

One of the problems is that bad decisions can have a drastic impact on your life very, very quickly, whereas it takes time for the good decisions to bear fruit.  Another problem is that risk is often misperceived: it looks like fun until it is too late. It looks tasty. It looks like a marshmallow.

We need to keep practicing how to pause for a moment to keep from really, really bad decisions.

  • When you go to someone’s house for a party, and you are going because there are no adults there so everyone can really cut loose, you are setting yourself up for catastrophic decision-making. Practice going to the movies instead of the big unsupervised party.
  • When you get in your car, or anyone else’s, for that matter, and the driver is under the influence, you are setting yourself up. Practice getting home another way.
  • How many of you buckle your seatbelt every time you are in a car? Practice buckling up!
  • Keep alcohol and drugs out of this school. Practice sobriety, and respect this learning environment.

Life-changing decisions can happen in the blink of an eye: It is easier to cut down a tree than it is for a tree to grow.

I hope these thoughts are helpful in some way. Mainly, I want to see you all grow and flourish so you can enjoy the many, many joys in your future.

Four years go by very fast at BBA. In the short time that we have your sons and daughters in our care, we want them to become better decision-makers as well as better students, athletes, artists, and citizens.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Assistant Head of School

Meg-Bullhorn

Dear BBA Families,

Effective teacher-parent-student communication is fundamental to student success. Over the next two weeks, through interim progress reports and parent-teacher-student conferences students and parents will receive meaningful feedback and essential information to help students improve their learning.

Interim Progress Reports

By March 4 Interim Progress Reports will be released in BBA’s OnCampus parent and student portal.  Interim reports are designed to give a snapshot of each student’s academic performance. All students will receive a grade for each semester course and a comment if they currently have a C or below in the course. Please note that classes that run every other day (all year) do not report interim grades until the end of the third marking period, however, teachers have the option to report a grade and comment at this time.

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th from 1-5 pm and Thursday, March 10th from 1-8 pm with a faculty dinner break from 5-5:45 pm. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences. This is an important opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss progress. If your son or daughter cannot attend, please discuss the following with your child prior to your scheduled appointments — What do they like best? Least? What progress are they making? Where are they most successful? What challenges do they face? How are they using Flex Block? During your conferences, share your personal insights regarding your child. It is often this personal knowledge and perspective that teachers act on and leads to enhanced student learning.

We encourage all parents/students to schedule appointments by following the instructions/link in the resource section of the parent OnCampus portal.  

Please note that if you are a two household family, and another parent has already made appointments, you need to contact Sue Towslee at stowslee@burrburton.org so that she can set up an additional account for your student.

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

As a reminder, school is not in session on Friday, March 11th due to a faculty in-service program.

Best,

Meg

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School

 


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You’re invited to the BBA Mountain Campus Parent Open House

Wednesday evening, March 2 from 6 – 7 pm.
See student work, tour the building, and learn from teachers and students about what a semester on the mountain can offer.
The Mountain Campus: 3067 Haploid Pond Road, Peru.

Mountain Campus Website: http://mountaincampus.burrburton.org
Mountain Campus Blog: mountaincampus.tumblr.com

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director
802-824-4846

 


From the Advancement Office

Cindy-Gubb-1

Do You Believe in Magic?
Annual Parent Association fundraising gala May 27, 2016

Planning is ramping up for our annual fundraising event, the Do You Believe in Magic? gala, which includes an Online Auction starting March 28 and ending on April 15. The main event will be Friday night, May 27 at Taconic, the new luxury hotel in Manchester.  “Save the Date” cards went out in early February so we hope you have put this date on your calendar. The gala committee has been working diligently to pull together all of the details for this important fundraiser which supports the many student programs offered at our school. We like to thank our co-chairs, Robin Apps and Pauline de Laszlo for their leadership and extend our sincere thanks to all gala committee members for their help over the past few months. It’s going to be a great evening – one you won’t want to miss!

Layout 1There is still an opportunity to support the gala – Corporate Sponsorships are available at the following levels: $250, $500, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500. We are still accepting items for the Online Auction. And either form of support counts towards the Parent Fund challenge.

Starting March 1, we’ll start posting a few of the great Online Auction items we’ve secured on our BBA Facebook page and we’ll be sending out more information about the Online Auction during the month of March. Stay tuned because we have some fun, interesting things to bid on and we hope you will share the link to the auction with your family and friends.

If you need additional information about the Do You Believe in Magic? gala, wish to reserve a table or tickets, please feel free to call me, Cynthia Gubb, at 802-549-8201 or send me a quick email at cgubb@burrburton.org.

Parent Challenge Update

Our “Top Dog” parent list continues to grow as the year moves on. At the end of February we are roughly a little over 20% and while we still have a way to go to get to the goal, we are making good progress. Here’s a little reminder of our incentives to encourage you to support the Parent Challenge:

Layout 1 1$5 – Bright yellow insulated “Top Dog” grocery tote
$250 – “Top Dog” BBA baseball cap
$500 – BBA umbrella (great for watching spring sports events, or winter ones this year!)
*Along with any dollar amount, a donation of an item or service to the online auction, a donation to Friends of Hockey, or a Corporate Sponsorship will also get you in the Top Dog loop

If you recruit a friend to join you in support of BBA, you BOTH receive an awesome travel mug with the BBA logo on one side and NEW “Top Dog” on the other.

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

Sincerely,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

 


Mandatory Driver’s Education Meeting
Monday, March 14 in the cafeteria from 5:30 – 7 pm

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The meeting must be attended by the student and at least one parent or legal guardian. BBA offers a free driver’s education program tentatively starting on Monday, June 20, 2016 and running until the end of July. For the first 3 weeks, classes run from 8 am until 10 am, Monday through Friday. Under Vermont law a student is required to have 30 hours of classroom instruction therefore if a student misses any classroom time they will be dropped from the class, no exceptions. In addition to classroom instruction a student must have 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of in-car observation. For the first 3 weeks of class driving times will run from 10 am until 2:15 pm, for the remainder of the class driving times run from 7 am until 2:15 pm. Signups for in-car instruction are on a rotating basis. Your student must be 15 years of age, have their driver’s permit and have driven at least 8 hours before they will be accepted into the course. Upper classman will be given priority. If you have any questions you may contact Dennis Filippi at 802.549.8213 or dfilippi@burrburton.org.

 


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Course Registration for 2016-2017
Juniors, sophomores and freshmen have received the 2016-17 Course of Study electronically on their iPad. Parents can review the book by clicking on this link: here. Please take time to discuss appropriate course choices with your son or daughter. Students will receive instructions about registering for next year’s courses through an online process. If you have any questions please contact the School and College Counseling Office.

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

College Fair
Lyndon State College will host a College Fair on Monday, April 4. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. We recommend that a parent accompany their student if possible.

Castleton State College will host a College Fair on Wednesday, April 6. Admission representatives from a variety of northeastern colleges will be available to speak with students and parents. JUNIORS WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND DURING THE SCHOOL DAY with a bus leaving promptly at 8:00 and returning by 12:00.  Please pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Welsh in the School and College Counseling Office. Deadline to sign up is Monday, April 4

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!

VSAC College Pathways Programs

Grants and scholarships:
The deadline for VSAC-assisted scholarships for seniors heading to college next fall is
March 4. Also, all students should consider applying for the Vermont grant. Info: www.vsac.org

Free college planning events:
Attend VSAC free workshops to supplement what students are learning with their school counselors about  college planning. Recognizing that students are at different stages in their thinking, and that it often takes multiple messages to reach them, these workshops offer both the basic and more targeted information about the entire college planning process.
Saturday, March 19, St. Michael’s College (9:30 am – 2:45 pm)
Saturday, April 2, Castleton University (9:30 am – 2:00 pm)
Workshop details and registration: www.vsac.org/CollegePathways

Standardized Testing Registration:
College bound juniors should sign up to take either the SAT (Deadline to sign up for the May 7th SAT is Friday, April 8th) and/or the ACT (Deadline to sign up for the April 9th ACT is Friday, March 4th) 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.  Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines:
Saturday, April 9, ACT.
 Register by March 4 at www.actstudent.org. 
Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.
Saturday, May 7,  SAT.
 Register by April 8th at www.collegeboard.org
 
 Test is offered at BBA.

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

TESTING PLAN & CALENDAR FOR JUNIORS

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

High End Test Prep (underwritten by BBA – classes at BBA), cost $100. Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room. To register for this course, bring $100 (payable to BBA) to Mrs. Welsh.  Fee reductions are available to families with financial need – see your counselor.  Register by March 15.  Class dates:

Friday, March 25  (1:00-3:00)
Friday, April 8 (1:00-3:00)
Friday, April 29  (1:00-3:00)
Friday, May 6  (1:00-3:00)
SAT on Saturday, May 7

Manchester Tutorial Center Organized Classes, cost $350 Timed to prepare for SAT at BBA in May; Classes are from 1-4 pm on 3/13, 3/20, 4/03,  4/10 and 4/24 and May 1. Contact the Tutorial Center at 362-0222 to register and pay for the class.

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

Summer Programs/Study Abroad
The School and College Counseling Office has collected information about a variety of summer programs including two Vermont-based programs for an experience in health-related careers: MedQuest (deadline to sign up is Friday, March 4, info at www.svahec.org and CollegeQuest (info at  www.nevahec.org.)

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

Students planning to spend a semester abroad or in an alternative educational setting in 2016-17 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.

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

VSAC Unified Scholarships:
Come to School and College Counseling to obtain the scholarship book if you don’t already have one. Many scholarships to apply for, one application. See your counselor or Mrs. Welsh if you have questions. Students MUST bring their document requests to Mrs. Welsh in School and College Counseling by the morning of March 4.

Vermont Lions Hart Memorial Award
Eligibility:Graduating senior with a disability or debilitating illness, either physical or mental. Financial need. Planning to attend college.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: March 8

The National Catholic Colleges Admission Association Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior accepted at a NCCAA member institution begninning Fall 2016
Award: $1,000 Deadline: March 17
Apply online (www.catholiccollegesonline.org/students)

Manchester Lions Club Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior needing financial assistance with college, trade school, conservatory, AA degree program or other non-traditional training program. Also for a recent past graduate who may just now be moving ahead with their education.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: March 18

Alice Angney Scholarship For Leadership and Service
Eligibility: High School Senior VT resident, commitment to further education. Must have demonstrated initiative in overcoming a specific challenge or challenges, leadership and service to their community as well as academic achievement.
Award: $2,000; Deadline: March 20

Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Program
Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extra-curricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school.
Award: $1,500; Deadline: March 25
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships

Humane Society Shaw-Worth Scholarship
Eligibility: Seniors who have made a meaningful contribution to animal protection over a significant period of time
Award: $2,500; Deadline: March 25
Application: apply in the form of a letter/see scholarship folder

Rotary Club of Manchester – Award for Excellence
Eligibility: High School senior planning to enroll in college. Based on (in order of importance) character, community service, effort, personal potential, financial need and past academic performance. Highly recommended that students have a recommendation targeted to service.
Award: $1,000 per year/max of $4,000; Deadline: March 31

Stratton Foundation – Moving Mountains First Generation Scholarship – NOMINATION-BASED
Eligibility: First Generation college student, financial need, academic achievement, character, leadership, motivation. Student must fill out Nomination Form by April 1.
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 1 to fill out NOMINATION FORM

Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship, Mt. Lebanon Lodge #89, Jamaica
Eligibility: Must be a resident of Jamaica, Windham, Stratton,Winhall, Londonderry, Wardsboro or Townsend. Graduating senior attending a 2- or 4-year college or university. Academic achievement, community service or service to BBA.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 1

The Masonic College Scholarship, Mt. Lebanon Lodge #46, Jamaica
Eligibility: Must be a resident of Jamaica, Windham, Stratton,Winhall, Londonderry, Wardsboro or Townsend. Graduating senior attending a 2- or 4-year college or university. Academic achievement, community service or service to BBA.
Award: $500; Deadline: April 1

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

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

VFW – Phil Kelleher and John West Scholarship
Eligibility: Senior planning to enroll in college. Award based on academic record, personal achievement, community service. Letter states application must be hand-delivered by April 17. Because this date falls during vacation, BBA’s DEADLINE is April 8th
Award: not specified; Deadline: April 8 — must be hand-delivered by Mrs. Welsh due to the confidential nature of the BBA documents

Heritage Family Credit Union Scholarship
Eligibility: graduating senior pursuing further education in college, trade school. Exemplary member of the student body, demonstrated leadership qualities within school and community.
Award: $1,000; Deadline: RECEIVED BY April 29
Applications: Online at https://www.hfcuvt.com/Personal/Youth-Accounts/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
Award: $5,000; Deadline: April 15 (Please note, this is a change from the previous posting!)

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 22

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 2016, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. There will be a personal interview. Academics and Service important.
Award: not specified  Deadline: April 22

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

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

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The School and College Counseling Office contacts:

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for international students,  549-8242; mbittinger@burrburton.org

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

Andrea Hogan, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8145; ahogan@burrburton.org

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

Melissa Michaud, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8130; mmichaud@burrburton.org

Tony Napolitano, External Learning Coordinator, 549-8241; tnapolitano@burrburton.org

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

Cristin Rose, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 549-8126; crose@burrburton.org

Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

 


World Flags
Dear Parents, 

We are in the process of receiving many applications for this fall from new international students. If you are attending the parent teacher conference on March 9 and 10, stop by to see us in our International Program Department to get information about how to become a host family. Please email Pia Nolan at pnolan@burrburton.org or Andrea Thulin at athulin@burrburton.org for further information.

We will be here on March 9, from 1 to 5 pm and March 10, from 1 to 8 pm.
 

See you then!

 


From the Athletics Department

Tuesday, March 8, 6 pm – Mandatory spring sports parent/athlete meeting.
All spring sports will meet in the gymnasium. From this meeting teams will be directed to individual meeting locations.

All senior Spring athletes will meet on March 10 at 11 am in the Hunter Seminar Room for a leadership workshop.

Monday, March 14 – Pitchers and Catchers begin for Softball and Baseball

Monday, March 21 – All Spring sports begin tryouts.  Lacrosse, Golf, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field.

All Spring athletes must have had a well physical exam after June 14, 2014. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the Nurse’s Office on or before March 11. 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 here: https://burrburton.myschoolapp.com/app/Parent#myfiles
Please complete forms on or before March 11. Assistance and computer access will be provided immediately following the Spring sports meeting in the basement of the Smith Center.

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

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

Like us on facebook or follow us on Twitter for all your Bulldog athletic updates!
https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics
Follow us on Twitter: @BBABulldogsAD

Spring Head Coaches:

Boys Lacrosse – Jason Pergament

Girls Lacrosse – Jennifer Brenner

Softball – Lisa Kelly

Baseball – Ed Lewicki

Boys Tennis – Pete McNealus

Girls Tennis – Jeff Grimshaw

Track & Field – Matt Kujovsky and Alex Vincent

Boys Golf – Michael Harger

Girls Golf – Cheri Blondin

 


From the Creative Arts Department

Prisms

 


From the Library

Spotlight on the GALE database

The GALE collection is one of the many online resources available to Burr and Burton students. The collection of over 50 databases can be accessed any time from the homepage of the Lisa B. Tuttle Library catalog. A shortcut for the catalog can also be found in the resources page in OnCampus and on students’ ipads. When students are on Burr and Burton’s campus their login to the databases is automatic. From home, they will need a password, which the library staff can provide.

Some of the GALE databases include Environmental Studies, World History, Religion and Philosophy, Fine Arts and Music. Full-text newspapers, a online language course and a car repair library are also available. Some of the features of the GALE collection include translation, text-to-speech technology and citation tools. By utilizing the new Google login with their Burr and Burton email, students can save articles, notes, highlights and citations.

We encourage students to develop their research skills. Faculty members schedule time for classes to come to the library for research support and education but individual students are always welcome to approach library staff for research assistance.

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

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

 


Corporate Sponsors

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

Headmaster’s List

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

High Honors List

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

Honors List

Mettowee Mill Nursery, Inc.
Bank of Bennington
The Richards Group

Academic Letter

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

Academic Pin

Dibble Painters
iShip Express
Midura Building Company
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders

Do You Believe in Magic?
2016
 Gala Sponsors

Abracadabra Sponsor

Taconic
Express Copy
The Hermitage
Nathan Auction Services

Presto Sponsor

H. N. Williams Store
Langway Motors
Manchester Capital Management
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Stratton Rentals

Voila Sponsor

Atlantic Projects
Dorset Inn & Barrows House
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor
The Reluctant Panther

The Vermont Country Store

Magic Wand Sponsor

Arcadia Arts
Black Diamond Tree Service
Bradley’s Pro Shop
Cole and Company
Decorative Interiors
Deer Valley Dental Care
GSK
Heinel’s Clothing
Heritage Credit Union
Long Ago and Far Away
McWayne Jewelers
Mount Snow
Nerium International
Weston Country Store

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