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

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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

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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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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.

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 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

Gala logos 1

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.
Sign up for ACT with writing.

Free SAT Prep:
www.khanacademy.org — link your psat scores from your collegeboard.org account to create a personalized testing plan.
www.actstudent.org

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

 


Creative Arts LogoFrom the Creative Arts Department

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 


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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

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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.

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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
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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February 2016

Calendar

3  Refuse to Use 9th Grade Event: 3 pm Hunter Seminar Room
3  Refuse to Use 10th Grade Event: 4:30 pm Hunter Seminar Room
4  Refuse to Use 11th, 12th, and International Student Event
4  (Senior presentations): 6 pm Hunter Seminar Room
6  BBA Broom Ball Sponsored by Student Council: 8:30 pm Riley Rink
8  Chinese New Year Celebration: 9:15 am Assembly
8  Spring Musical Audition Workshop: 3 pm Riley Center
9  Spring Musical Audition Workshop: 3 pm Riley Center
9  Refuse to Use Make-up Dialogue Night with Parents:
9  6 pm Hunter Seminar Room
15 – 19 Winter Break – no school
23 Spring Musical Auditions: 3 pm Riley Center
24 Spring Musical Auditions: 3 pm Riley Center
25 Spring Musical Auditions: 3 pm Riley Center

 


From the Headmaster

Cruz? Rubio? Clinton? Trump? Sanders?

Chances are, one of those names incites a visceral reaction in you. For that matter, they all might!

On February 1, the nomination process officially begins with the Iowa caucuses, and it will continue apace with a blizzard of media coverage, insults hurled, names called, and motives questioned right up until our next president is elected in November. I think it is fair to say that this election is different from any others in my 50-something years on this planet, and our electoral process has evolved (or devolved, as the case may be) in a way that focuses on personalities rather than positions, shouting rather than listening, insulting rather than respecting.

However, my intent is not to lament this state of affairs, but to raise the expectation that we as a community, and BBA as an educational institution, can engage in respectful dialogue throughout the presidential race. My hope is that we seek to understand each other’s positions, arguing from a place of knowledge, with a focus on facts and policies, learning and growing. If we learn to disagree agreeably and productively, united in our love for this great country, we will have done our students a great service.  This was the subject of an assembly talk I gave last week, and I share it with you for your consideration.

Let the primaries began!

Respectfully yours,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Assistant Head of School

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Dear BBA Families,

Please mark your calendar for the Spring Semester Open House — scheduled for February 10, 2016. Registration opens at 5:45 pm  in the Riley Center lobby and the session begins at 6 pm with opening remarks in Riley Center and continues with individual classroom visits.

Open house is designed to give you a snapshot of your child’s academic life at Burr and Burton Academy. 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 skills and the habits of mind students develop. You’ll learn about homework expectations/policies and how students use the iPad as a learning tool.  

I hope to see you all on February 10th!

Meg

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School

 


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Only a week into our “spring” semester and we are well on our way to building a fantastic learning community. The group forming in Peru is wonderfully eager to learn, respectful, and already proud of their new community and campus. With over 150 students who have already experienced the program, there is a real sense of strength in our history and opportunity for our future.

MC lights 1Our alumni continue to do amazing things: get in to top notch colleges, bring new ideas to BBA, and help lead the way towards a more vibrant and sustainable future. Just as importantly, every one of them continues to relate what they learned on the mountain to their lives at home and in their communities, working to become better learners and better citizens. We are lucky to have such a wonderful school and incredible students.

As we move steadily into the “spring” term, we are also in the midst of the admissions process for next year. We have hosted one student visit, have another in the works for this week, and have many students already turning in applications. If you would like to learn more about the Mountain Campus semester, we encourage you to talk with past parents, visit us during our Open House on March 2nd, or schedule a tour at some other time. As with so many things, seeing is believing!

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

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Our days are now a little longer and so far, we’ve been having a fairly easy winter, which is good for everyone except our winter sports enthusiasts! But all through the dark and cold of January we’ve been very busy in Advancement. We have lots to share with you so please take a moment to read the following:

1. Update on Parent Fund Giving:

First of all, if you have made a gift this year, we thank you and encourage you to stop by the Advancement Office to pick up your “schwag”.

We’re off to a good start with the Parent Challenge and here are the figures – as of January 29, overall parent support stands at 20%, which puts us a little ahead of the same time last year which was 18.5%.

We still have work to do to get to the goal of all families participating, and Beth Eyre and Diana Pagnucco have done a great job encouraging all parents to support the Parent Fund, so if you haven’t yet done so, please make a gift. And following in the footstep’s of Vermont Public Radio, here’s a little incentive for you…..

$5 or more gets you a super cool bright yellow insulated Top Dog grocery tote
$250 and up gets you a Top Dog BBA cap
$500 or more gets you a BBA golf umbrella (great for watching spring sports events)

And for a bonus…

If you recruit a fellow parent, both you and your friend get a cool “Top Dog” mug!

*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 or Gala Sponsorship will also get you in the Top Dog gift loop.

Here are 2 easy ways to give right now – so you can check it off your list today:
1. Go to www.burrburton.org/giving/online, connect online through BBA’s website and pay by credit card.
2. Mail or stop by with a check: Advancement Office, Burr and Burton Academy, PO Box 498, Manchester VT 05254

Once you support the Parent Fund, you will be entered into monthly drawings for gift cards good at local businesses around town! What could be easier?

2. “Save the Date” for our annual fundraising gala:

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Friday, May 27, 2016 at 5:30 PM at Taconic

“Save the date” postcards for this event will be mailed out shortly and invitations will be mailed in early April. Make your plans early as we have had a sellout crowd the past four years and a waiting list!

Corporate Sponsorships are available to support the gala so if you own a business and would like to be in on the action, here’s your opportunity (plus it counts towards the annual fund Parent Challenge).

Abracadabra Sponsor       $2,500
Hocus Pocus Sponsor        $1,500
Presto Sponsor                    $1,000
Voila Sponsor                       $500
Magic Wand Sponsor         $250

For more information, to reserve a table of 10 or to sign up for a Gala Sponsorship please call Pauline de Laszlo at pdelaszlo@burrburton.org or 549-8277.

3. On-line Auction

One more thing related to this year’s gala, Do You Believe in Magic? We invite you to participate in Burr and Burton Academy’s fifth annual online auction. With your contribution of an item or service, the auction is sure to build on the momentum of last year’s success. The auction is designed to generate excitement for the main event on May 27th. Launching on March 28 and closing on April 15, the auction will reach bidders all over the world (including parents of our international students, long-distance grandparents, and our alumni), plus the many friends of the school right here in our own backyard. The auction serves as a great way to involve those people who cannot attend the event for any number of reasons.

We are looking for services of all shapes and sizes to feature as stand-alone items and in specially designed packages. Perhaps you can offer a service, such as a landscaping consultation or wood delivery? In fact, a cord of seasoned and stacked wood donated by a BBA parent was one of our hottest items three years ago! Whatever the contribution, it will benefit our most precious commodity of all, our children!

We need to have your donation in the Advancement Office by March 1st. You are welcome to drop it off yourself or contact one of us and a committee member will come pick it up from you. Don’t forget, your item or service donation counts toward parent participation in the Annual Fund!

Questions about the Online Auction? Contact Gina Vickers, gvickers@burrburton.org or 549-8277.

Many thanks for your support and don’t forget to put the gala on your calendars!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

 


Mandatory Driver’s Education Meeting
Monday, March 14 in the cafeteria from 5:30-7:00 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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2016-17 Course Requests

The 2016-17 Course of Study (COS) PDF version is now available on the BBA website under the Academics header in the Departments and Courses section. Students will be requesting courses by grade level beginning with Juniors on February 8. The sophomores will begin on February 29, and the freshmen will start a week later on March 7.  Juniors should  immediately begin reviewing course options.  Sophomores and freshmen should take time during vacation to review the Course of Study and begin thinking about classes to take next year.

Each grade level will have one week to request courses through the OnCampus application on their iPads. As OnCampus course requesting is new for all of us, students will receive an explanation of the process before they begin. Additionally, advisors and counselors will be assisting students through the process.

Mid-Year Grades for Seniors

Many colleges request the mid-year or first semester grades of their applicants.  We have sent 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.

College Application Update

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

Juniors

Meetings with Juniors: 
Individual meetings with juniors are beginning this month as we help them shape their futures in college, gap programs, employment, military service, and other options. All students will have a scheduled appointment with their counselor sometime in the next few months when they will complete a resume of activities and explore opportunities.

For students who don’t have college in their sights at this time, we will discuss ways for students to determine possible career and job interests. Field Study, elective courses and part-time jobs are good avenues for students to prepare for employment after high school.

We assist college-bound students with the college search process, discuss academic preparation, review PSAT scores and plan for standardized testing.  We look forward to continued contact with juniors throughout the next year as we work together to find good college matches.

Parents often wonder how they can help. We meet with students and help them compile an appropriate college list, but families need to take the next step.  Please facilitate some college visits during the spring semester.  In our experience, we have found that students who have visited a few campuses prior to applying find the process more meaningful and manageable.  With advanced notice to teachers and the Dean of Students, college visits are excused absences from school. Plan a trip to see a campus or two and take advantage of information sessions and tours. Then be sure to let us know your family’s impressions.

Another way that we coordinate efforts with students and families is through the Naviance Program: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton.  (Students can access Naviance directly through their OnCampus Resource page.)  This online program contains multiple career and college resources and also serves as a communication tool.  We demonstrated various program functions during our evening College Program for Junior Parents in October. If you’d like access to this program or need to reset your password, please email Lynne Welsh, Office Assistant at lwelsh@burrburton.org.

We are eager to partner with parents in the college and career planning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Standardized Testing Registration: 
College bound juniors should sign up to take either the SAT and/or the ACT this spring. Please check your calendar for possible athletic and other conflicts. We offer both tests on our campus so students can benefit from testing in a familiar environment. We will be discussing testing with juniors during our individual meetings but please feel free to contact us for specific questions and testing recommendations.

Information on the SAT and ACT, registration forms and free practice booklets are available in the School and College Counseling Office and at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org, respectively. Below is a listing of spring testing options at BBA. Additional testing opportunities will come next fall.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Upcoming Test Dates and Deadlines

Saturday, March 5  SAT.
 Register by Feb. 5 at www.collegeboard.org SAT Critical Reasoning Test only (no subject tests.) 
Test is offered at BBA. If a student has a potential athletic or other conflict for May 7 or June 4 test date, you will want to consider taking this one.

Saturday, April 9, ACT.
 Register by March 4 at www.actstudent.org. 
Sign up for ACT with writing. Test is offered at BBA.

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

TESTING PLAN & CALENDAR FOR JUNIORS

Test Prep Opportunities

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

High End Test Prep (underwritten by BBA – classes at BBA), cost $100. Classes meet in the Hunter Seminar Room.

Course 2

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

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.

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.

Financial Aid

All Vermont students applying for need-based financial aid must submit the FAFSA and VSAC forms. Pay close attention to individual college financial aid deadlines; many colleges require students to file the FAFSA in February and March. In addition, some private colleges require students to file the CSS Profile form. You will need to check your individual college financial aid requirements. Information about the CSS Profile can be found in the financial aid section at www.collegeboard.org.

To file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VSAC grant application, go to these websites: www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org. Families are urged to file on-line as soon as possible and you are welcome to use our office computers if you need internet access. If you have questions about the FAFSA or other financial aid forms, don’t hesitate to contact the helpful folks at VSAC’s toll-free help line: 800-642-3177.

VSAC Financial Aid Forms Night

For families who have specific questions about how to complete portions of the financial aid form: On Wednesday, February 3, there will be a VSAC Financial Aid Forms Completion Night with our VSAC representative, Monda Kelley, from 5 – 7 pm in the BBA library. A worksheet that parents and students can use to register for the FSA ID (which has replaced the PIN) on the FAFSA is linked below.  To make the process smoother, parents and students should take a few minutes to create their FSA ID and MYVSAC account (students ONLY create MYvsac account) prior to attending the VSAC Forms Night.

A download for the worksheet may be found HERE.

Want to file your FAFSA and Vermont Grant successfully at this evening session?

Please bring the following:

  • 2014-15 Tax return
  • Your 2015 W2’s – your spouse’s 2015 – W2’s
  • Your social security number and your spouse’s social security number
  • Your student’s social security number
  • Birthdates  day/month/year of student and parents
  • Your student’s 2014-2015 Tax return if filed
  • Your student’s W2’s
  • A list of all of the colleges to which your student has applied and what state they are in
  • An estimate of cash, savings, checking for you and your student

For the Vermont Grant:

  • An estimated value of your home if you are a homeowner
  • An estimate of how much you owe on your home if you hold a mortgage

Questions? E-mail: Monda Kelley – VSAC Counselor at: Kelley-m@vsac.org.

Summer Programs/Study Abroad  

The School and College Counseling Office collects information about a variety of summer programs, including two Vermont-based programs:  MedQuest www.southernvermontahec.org and CollegeQuest www.nevahec.org (for health-related careers); See websites for details and deadlines.

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, and Science and Technology, 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 April 1. 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 2016-2017 should meet with their counselor to plan an appropriate academic schedule.  Students need to submit a BBA Off-Campus Study application for approval. These forms are due by May 15 for plans that commence at any point during the fall semester.

Scholarships 2016

Forms for scholarships listed below can be downloaded from Naviance at: http://connection.naviance.com/burrburton. Due to the confidential of recommendations, students must bring their completed applications to Mrs. Welsh who will facilitate the mailing/delivery of completed Scholarships.  Please complete the transcript request form found in the SCC Office BEFORE the due date to obtain the necessary BBA documents.  See Mrs. Welsh with questions.

Vermont-NEA Maida F. Townsend Scholarship

Eligibility: Seniors who are sons or daughters of VT NEA members, high school student, undergrad or grad student; must submit a 400-word essay
Award: $1,000
Deadline: February 16
Application in College Counseling Office, Naviance and online at: www.vtnea.org.

VSAC Unified Scholarships:

Deadline is Friday, Feb 5 (Requests for official BBA documents must be made by February 3rd,) to be in the running for a $1,000 Early Bird scholarship from VSAC by completing and submitting the VSAC Unified Scholarship application. 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 4.) 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 noon, Feb 3.

The St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Eligibility: VT residents who plan to enroll in a 2- or 4-year program
Award: $1,000
Deadline: February 17
Applications online at www.standrewssocietyofvermont.org or in the SCCO

Knights of Columbus, Vermont, Scholastic Achievement Scholarship

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

The George Coleman Scholarship

Eligibility: Candidate must have a record of academic excellence. GPA of at least a 3.0. Must be enrolling in a NEACRAO member institution (see website for list of member schools. Must have counselor recommendation. http://neacrao.org/about/scholarship-information/.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: March 15

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. Must show evidence of community service beyond the BBA requirement. Mandatory reporting of gross income.
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 2014 Scholarship Program

Eligibility: high school seniors with record of non-school sponsored volunteerism in the community and participation in extracurricular school activities; GPA, 3.0 minimum; financial need; plan for 2 or 4 yr college or tech school.
Award: $1,500
Deadline: March 23 by 4 pm
Application online: http://www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships

Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship/Humane Society of United States

Eligibility: Must have long-term, direct work on behalf of animals.
Application is in the form of a written letter. Must have three recommendations
Deadline: March 25

Stratton Foundation – Moving Mountains Scholarship – NOMINATION-BASED (Nomination forms in SCCO)

Eligibility: First Generation college student, financial need, academic achievement, character, leadership, motivation
Award: $1,000-$2,000
Deadline: April 1 to fill out NOMINATION FORM

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

The George Coleman Scholarship

Eligibility: Nomination Based Scholarship. Each recipient of the scholarship is selected from candidates who are recommended by New England secondary school guidance professionals. Nomination form in SCCO. Scholarship based on academic excellence. GPA of at least a 3.0. Must be enrolling in a NEACRAO member institution (Go to website for list of member schools.) Link to website: http://neacrao.org/about/scholarship-information/. Link to Application: https://neacrao.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/scholarship-form-2016.pdf
Award: $2,000
DEADLINE, March 1st to your counselor. NO EXCEPTIONS!

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

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

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

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

Save the Date:

Our Spring Sports Meeting for parents and athletes will be Tuesday, March 8 at 6 pm in the Gym. Individual sports meetings will follow.
Senior Athletes should plan to attend a leadership training on Wednesday, March 9 in the Hunter Seminar Room at 7 am.

A thought to share:

Last month I saw Jon Gordon speak. I am sharing “10 RULES FOR THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE” from his book, The Energy Bus.

  1. You’re the Driver of the Bus.
  2. Desire, Vision and Focus move your bus in the right direction.
  3. Fuel your Ride with Positive Energy.
  4. Invite People on Your Bus and Share your Vision for the Road Ahead.
  5. Don’t Waste Your Energy on those who don’t get on your Bus.
  6. Post a Sign that says “No Energy Vampires Allowed” on your Bus.
  7. Enthusiasm attracts more Passengers and Energizes them during the Ride.
  8. Love your Passengers.
  9. Drive with Purpose.
  10. Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride.

 


From the Creative Arts Department

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The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Café, an evening of music, Friday, February 26 at 6:30 pm at the Manchester Community Library. Admission is $3 students/$5 adults. 

Students interested in performing should contact Julie Freeborn at jfreebern@burrburton.org to schedule an audition prior to February 10.

 


The Rutland Meals Challenge

The residence of Burr and Burton Academy’s Latz Dorm participated in The Rutland Meals Challenge.  The challenge has been led by the Good Shepherd Luthern Church since 2013, generating 35,000 meals for Rutland County food shelves and pantries.  This year the Latz students packaged over 2,000 meals in 40 minutes. The students worked as a team to create nutritional, easy to make meals for individuals and families in need.  – Stephanie Smith



From the Health Clinic

FootballLet’s face it, at times, raising an adolescent can be complex,  to say the least. As parents, you often walk on egg shells. What do I say? When do I say it? One thing is certain, when your child is in need of guidance or when a crisis is unraveling (not the ones that have to do with fashion, crushes or chemistry), more than likely they will turn to the adult they trust the most. In most cases, that will be a parent.

The article here highlights a few key tips to keep in mind when your child reaches out to you when a friend is in need.

Megan Brooks, LMHC
Director of Mental Health Services 

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This is a reminder from the nurse that there are still some students who lack permission for treatment in the Health Clinic. Please log into the parent portal, verify that this section is completed and update any pertinent medical information. If we have this permission on file it allows for a more timely response should your child need services from the Health Clinic. The health summary section as well as the permission to treat are requirements for any student athletes as well. In order to ensure that your child is allowed to fully participate in the spring sport of their choice those requirements need to be completed prior to the start of the season. 

If you have any questions regarding this process or system please feel free to contact me at my extension in the Health Clinic, 549-8238 or via email at mbeattie-cassan@burrburton.org.

Megan Beattie-Cassan BSN, RN
School Nurse

 


From the Library

Some new additions to the Lisa B. Tuttle collection:

What if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Recommended by math teacher, Joe Mundt, this book seeks to answer crazy questions like, “What would happen if lightning struck a bullet in midair?” and “Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?”

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
In a world ruled by artificial intelligence, the peace is maintained by holding a child of each world leader hostage. If a leader declares war, their child is killed.

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
A celebrity cruise to promote a new sweetener turns deadly as the addictive substance produces murderous side effects from its consumers.

The Revenant: a Novel of Revenge by Punke Michael
Recommended by media arts teacher Kevin Morrison, and now a major motion picture, this novel is based on the life of Hugh Glass, a fur trapper and frontiersman, who was viciously mauled by a bear and left to die by his companions.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
The night before they leave for college, couple Clare and Aidan, have a big decision to make: will they stay together or break up.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
“The Zeroes, they’d called themselves as a joke. Like heroes, but not.” A group of teens all born in the year 2000 with strange superpowers.

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

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
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders
TD Bank

Do You Believe in Magic?
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 Gala Sponsors

Abracadabra Sponsor

Taconic
Express Copy
Nathan Auction Services

Presto Sponsor

Langway Motors

Voila Sponsor

Atlantic Projects
Dorset Inn & Barrows House
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Spivey Lemonik Swenor

Magic Wand Sponsor

Arcadia Arts
Bradley’s Pro Shop
Heritage Credit Union
McWayne Jewelers

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January 2016

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4  School Resumes
9  All State Vocal & Instrumental Auditions: Hartford, VT
10 Theater and Dance Fest – Dress Rehearsal: 3 – 6 pm Riley Center
11 Theater and Dance Fest – 6 pm Riley Center
11 Theater and Dance Fest – 8 pm Riley Center
11 BBA Mountain Campus Family Meeting – 5 pm Hunter Seminar Room
13 Final Exams (12:45 pm dismissal)
14 Final Exams (12:45 pm dismissal)
18 Martin Luther King Day – no school
19 National Honor Society Induction: 6:30 pm Riley Center
20 Refuse to Use 9th Grade Dialogue Night with Parents: 3 pm cafeteria
20 Refuse to Use 10th Grade Dialogue Night with Parents: 4:30 pm cafeteria
21 Refuse to Use 11th Grade and International Student Dialogue Night:
21 6 pm cafeteria
22 Bulldog Leadership Summit – Goal Setting followed by Movie Night: 6:30 pm
27 Refuse to Use 12th Grade Presentations to Parents: 6 pm Hunter Seminar
29 Dance and Drama New Student Works: 6:30 pm Riley Center

 


From the Headmaster

Happy New Year.  Sort of. At BBA, this is not really the new year. In fact, in less than two weeks, final exams bring the first semester to its conclusion.

With that in mind, I want to share the observation that the ONLY thing that separates our top tier students from the second and third tier is their commitment to quality.  Yes, some people have more so-called IQ points than others, but those of us in the workforce know that commitment to quality is far more important. 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 2016, starting with upcoming exams.

There is so much happening in the world, so many challenges, so many opportunities, so much strife, and the need for educated citizens to lead us into the future has never been greater. I have high hopes that this generation of BBA Bulldogs will be great stewards of our communities long into the future, with their time here serving as the foundation for their growth and a basis for their success. Four years goes fast, and time is of the essence. I look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday.

And, in all sincerity, Happy New Year.

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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Happy New Year to all of our Burr and Burton families! We hope everyone had a super holiday break enjoying a little time 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 the parent challenge and we will be sharing an update with you shortly on who won the gift certificate in the January drawing! Parents have been stopping by picking up their “schwag” so if you’ve given this year, please come see us in the Advancement Office. Our thanks to Diana Pagnucco and Beth Eyre for keeping the Parent Fund front and center in a fun and interesting way.

We are already gearing up for the planning of this year’s fundraising gala, the Do You Believe in Magic, to be held on May 27, 2016. And we have some exciting news – this year, the event will be held at the Taconic, the newest and hottest hotel in town so be sure that date is on your calendar. In conjunction with this event, we are looking for support in several ways.

Gala Sponsorship is one way to show your support for this important fundraising event. Sponsorships range from $250 up to $2,500 with lots of benefits for your support. Whether you choose to represent your business or if you’d like to do one personally, 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 802-379-1553 or email her paulinedekaszki@me.com.

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. 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 207-841-8963 or email her at gvickers01@gmail.com.

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 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 2016!

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

 


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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 see their counselor by January 14.  No changes will be made on the first day of classes and there will be limited opportunity to switch classes at a later time.

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, employment opportunities and more. We welcome parental contact and feedback at any time.

PSAT TESTING INFORMATION for JUNIORS

PSAT scores  will be available on January 8.  Students may review their scores and other relevant information at http://studentscores.collegeboard.org.  BBA will receive PSAT scores at the same time and we will also post them to the “Testing” page on student Naviance accounts.  

SPRING 2016 Standardized Testing Information for Juniors

Test Test Date Location Register by
SAT or Subject Tests January 23 OTHER Dec. 28, 2015
ACT February 6 OTHER Jan. 8
SAT March 5 BBA Feb. 5
ACT April 9 BBA Mar. 4
SAT or Subject Tests May 7 BBA Apr. 8
SAT or Subject Tests June 4 OTHER May 5
ACT June 11 OTHER May 6

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 5 SAT) Session 2 (for May 7 SAT)

Friday, Jan. 22, 1-3 pm Friday, March 25, 1-3 pm

Friday, Jan. 29, 1-3 pm Friday, April 22, 1-3 pm

Friday, Feb. 5, 1-3 pm Friday, April 29, 1-3 pm

Friday, Feb. 26, 1-3 pm Friday, May 6, 1-3 pm

Friday, March 4, 1-3 pm (snow date)

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 7; cost is $350
Classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 3/13, 3/20; and 4/3, 4/10, and 4/24; and May 1st
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.

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Winter Weekend

Winter Weekends are exhilarating hands-on academic weekends for Vermont 9th through 12th grade students. Spend the weekend at a college campus taking on an intensive-study challenge, gaining exciting new skills, and making new friends! Events are overnight Friday-Sunday at Goddard College Affordable sliding-scale tuition. The application deadline for the Governor’s Institutes Winter Weekend is Jan. 13 or until spaces are filled. More information and the application are online at www.giv.org.  Students should be in touch with their counselor if you would like to participate.

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.

Financial Aid

January 1 was opening day for 2016-2017  Financial Aid season!  All students applying for need-based aid should be ready to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corp.) grant application in the next month or so.

Parents should begin gathering financial statements and information in anticipation of filing financial aid forms.  Be careful to meet individual college financial aid deadlines.  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.

Families are encouraged to apply on-line whenever possible: www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.vsac.org.

Some private colleges also require a form called the CSS Financial Aid Profile Form.  This process should be started immediately so as not to delay funding go to: https://profileonline.collegeboard.com.

For families who have specific questions about how to complete portions of the financial aid form: On Wednesday, February 3rd, there will be a VSAC Financial Aid Forms Completion Night with our VSAC representative, Monda Kelley, from 5 – 7 pm in the library. A worksheet that parents and students can use to register for the FSA ID (which has replaced the PIN) on the FAFSA is linked below.  It will make the process smoother after Jan. 1 if parents and students take a few minutes to create their FSA ID and MYVSAC account (students ONLY create MYvsac account).
A download for the worksheet may be found HERE.

Want to file your FAFSA and Vermont Grant successfully at this evening session?

Please bring the following:

  • 2014-15 Tax return
  • Your 2015 W2’s – your spouse’s 2015 – W2’s
  • Your social security number and your spouse’s social security number
  • Your student’s social security number
  • Birthdates  day/month/year of student and parents
  • Your student’s 2014-2015 Tax return if filed
  • Your student’s W2’s
  • A list of all of the colleges to which your student has applied and what state they are in
  • An estimate of cash, savings, checking for you and your student

For the Vermont Grant:

  • An estimated value of your home if you are a homeowner
  • An estimate of how much you owe on your home if you hold a mortgage

Questions? E-mail: Monda Kelley – VSAC Counselor at: Kelley-m@vsac.org.

Scholarships 2016

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:

Deadline is Postmarked by  Friday, Feb 5, to be in the running for a $1,000 Early Bird scholarship from VSAC by completing and submitting the VSAC Unified Scholarship application. 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 4.) 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 noon, Feb 3rd.

Vermont-NEA Maida F. Townsend Scholarship

Eligibility: Seniors who are sons or daughters of VT NEA members, high school student, undergrad or grad student; must submit a 400-word essay. Award: $1,000; Deadline: Must be RECEIVED by 5 pm February 16. Application in College Counseling Office, Naviance and online at: www.vtnea.org

Knights of Columbus, Vermont, Scholastic Achievement Scholarship

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

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

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

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 Application Types and Deadlines: Received by noon on May 2
Application and information online at www.phillips-scholarship.org

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

We are in the heart of our Winter Season. I hope you will be a SuperFan and join us for some home games.

The SuperFan Seven

  1. Show Up – There is no bigger game-time boost than a crowd of supportive fans.
  2. Cheer For Our Team – Encourage our athletes by celebrating their successes and asking them to dig deep in big moments.
  3. Honor The Game – The sport is bigger than each of us. Treat the moment with respect.
  4. Appreciate Our Opponents – The word compete means to “struggle with.” Without our opponent, there is no competition. Cheer for our team, never against an opposing team or an individual player.
  5. Support The Cause – Professional athletes are paid to perform for our entertainment. Education-based athletics are an extension of the classroom. Interscholastic athletes are here to develop our Core Values. Be patient while learning takes place.
  6. Give The Officials Some Love – They do a thankless job and without them there is no competition. The pool of people willing to officiate continues to get smaller. Fan behavior is the number one reason given by officials who leave the game.
  7. Make Us Proud – Athletics is the front porch of the schoolhouse. It is often the first impression people have of our school. Long after you graduate it will be the easiest way to remain part of BBA.
  • Saturday, January 2 – JV Gold & Varsity Girls Basketball 1:00/2:30
  • Tuesday, January 5 – Nordic Skiing 1:00
  • Tuesday, January 5 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Wednesday, January 6 – JV Green Basketball Girls/Boys 4:30/6:00
  • Wednesday, January 6 – Boys Hockey 5:00
  • Friday, January 8 – JV Green Basketball Girls/Boys 4:30/5:45
  • Saturday, January 9 – Boys & Girls Hockey 5:00/6:45
  • Tuesday, January 12 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Saturday, January 16 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 11:00/12:30
  • Saturday, January 16 – Boys Hockey 6:00
  • Tuesday, January 19 – Alpine 1:00
  • Tuesday, January 19 – Wrestling 6:00
  • Friday, January 22 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Saturday, January 23 – Boys Hockey 5:00
  • Tuesday, January 26 – JV Gold & Varsity Girls Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Wednesday, January 27 – JV Green Basketball Girls/Boys 4:30/5:45
  • Wednesday, January 27 – Girls Hockey 5:00
  • Thursday, January 28 – JV Green Basketball Boys/Girls 4:30/5:45
  • Friday, January 29 – JV Gold & Varsity Boys Basketball 5:30/7:00
  • Friday, January 29 – Nordic 6:00
  • Saturday, January 30 – Girls & Boys Hockey 5:00/6:45

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2015-2016

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

 


From the Creative Arts Department

Burr and Burton Academy’s Winter Showcase,
A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film

28b9d709-ac75-46b3-86be-2325d6af26a5Burr and Burton Academy’s Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and FilmMonday January 11, at 6 pm and 8 pm, on stage in the school’s 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 tightly packed evening of performance.

Acting scenes range from Shakespeare, to Lillian Hellman, sketch comedy and original scenes and monologues by BBA students Emma Weinstein, Koben Pottala, Cece Devine and Alexandra Legrys.

The Fall Short Film project will be presented, a PSA written by Delainey Gillis and a scene from the film Reservoir Dogs.

The BBA Dance Company will perform six numbers, including “Our Favorite Son” from the Broadway musical, “The Will Rogers Follies”, a hip hop number choreographed by BBA alum Emily Owens entitled “Current State of Mind”, which received Top Honors at the Vermont State Dance Festival, and a contemporary number, “Breath of Life” choreographed by BBA seniors Tess Webber and Ashley Dahl. The evening will end with a dance celebration to the TV show Glee’s rendition of the high energy number “Proud Mary”.

This year’s Winter Showcase is dedicated to Jake Fifield, son of BBA Physical Education teacher and Department Chair Julie Fifield. Jake will take to the stage in the finale number. Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for adults and can be purchased online at: bbatickets.com.

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Vermont All State Music Festival Auditions on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Hartford High School.
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Congratulations to BBA students Kate Mori, Rebekah Hamlet, Meghan Grip, Nico Avalle Embrue, Sarah Amatruto, Stephanie Boucher, Anna Freeborn, Blake Greene, Tyler Jager, Alex Weinstein, Jennifer  Kiernan and Billy Kiernanon on their acceptance to the Castleton University Honors Band Festival on January 22, 2016.
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Congratulations to Kate Mori on her first chair trombone acceptance to the New England Music Festival March 17-19, 2016 at Gilford High School, Gilford, NH.


From the Library

There is nothing like getting a book recommendation from a friend. If a friend puts their stamp of approval on a book, I want to read it. How could you resist a review like, “It blew me away with awesomeness” or “It hits me right in the feels”? These are actual reviews from a teacher and a student at BBA. When I hear something like that I want to make sure our library has those books so that others can experience the feels and the awesomeness. Some of our new purchases based on student and staff recommendation are:

“Anthem” by Neal Stephenson. “A blast to read”
“At Swim, Two Boys: a Novel” by Jamie O’Neill “A dangerous, glorious book”
“The Cartel” by Don Winslow “A Gut-punch of a novel”
“Euphoria: a Novel” by Lily King “Atmospheric and sensual”
“Fans of the Impossible Life” by Kate Scelsa “Deeply moving story about
   friendship and individuality in an often inhospitable world”
“Quicksand” by Steve Toltz “There are more lines of genius on one page”
“Vanished: the Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II” by
   Wil S. Hylton “Breathtaking work of literary journalism”
“The Wave: in Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean” by
   Susan Casey “An adrenaline rush of a book”


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

High Honors List

Bromley Mountain
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
Equipe Sport Ltd.
JOY – all things underthings
Lily of the Valley Florist
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC  

Academic Pin

iShip Express
Madura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders
TD Bank

Reunion ’15 Corporate Sponsors

Amy (Walter) Chamberlain ’85 The Perfect Wife Restaurant
Howard O’Donovan ‘65
Steve & Judi LaMontagne McPhail ‘65
Members of the 50th Reunion Class of ’65
Spiral Press
TPW
Vermont Renewable Fuels

We gratefully acknowledge and thank our Garden Party Gala Sponsors.

Ever-blooming Sponsors

Express Copy, Inc.
Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
Jamaica Cottage Shop

Band Sponsor

Carolyn and Robert Crabtree

Heirloom Sponsors

Berkshire Bank
N. Williams Store
Southwestern Vermont Health Care
Stifel

Wine Sponsor

Hoa and Orland Campbell

Ornamental Sponsors

Langway Chevrolet of Manchester
Northshire Bookstore
Stratton Rentals

Perennial Sponsors

Atlantic Projects Company
Equinox Village
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Manchester Capital Management
Merrill Lynch
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Sugarhouse Builders
Doveberry Inn
The Vermont Country Store
Vermont Store Fixtures

Annual Sponsors

A Safe Place Storage
Arcadia Arts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
Cole Company, Inc.
Coleman’s Auto Repair
Decorative Interiors
Flying Cow Signs
GSK Climate Control
Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Family Credit Union
Homestead Landscaping
Long Ago and Far Away
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Robert S. Ruhl DMB, PC/Deerfield Valley Dental Care
The Mountain Goat North
Valley View Saloon

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2  Bulldog Leadership Summit – “Making Tech Work for You”:
7  7 am Hunter Seminar Room
5  SAT at BBA: 8 am Cafe & F.L. classrooms
5  BBA Broom Ball Sponsored by Student Council: 8 pm Riley Rink
8  Gift of Life Marathon – 12 Days of Giving Blood Drive: 9 am Gym
8  Refuse to Use Make-up for missed Oct/Nov: 4 pm Hunter Seminar
16 Winter Concert – Large Ensembles: 6 pm and 8 pm Riley Center
21 – January 1, 2016: Holiday Break – no school

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

As you probably know, I am quite proud of this school, our community of learners, and the many accomplishments of our students. At our core, one of our fundamental beliefs is that a strong community creates strong individuals, and the strength of our community relies on strong individuals. I present to you three examples (click on bold underlined) that I hope you take the time to read:

  • A recent New York Times op-ed piece by David Brooks titled Communities of Character.” While Mr. Brooks does not identify BBA in this article, in many respects, he describes what we try to achieve.
  • An assembly speech given last Monday by social studies department chair John Graf. His title, “Assembly Speech,” describes what it is, but the true meaning of his speech is about becoming informed and thoughtful in debating the great issues of the day.
  • Closing assembly comments I gave, also last Monday, about a highly publicized rape case involving two students at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire.

I share these three writings to give you a sense of how we support individual growth and achievement by seeking to develop a greater sense of responsibility for our community.

We want your daughters and sons to engage, debate, achieve individually, and look out for each other and for the greater good of this community.

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


Layout 1 By the time this Bullhorn goes to press, we will be just three short weeks away from the conclusion of our fall semester at the Mountain Campus. During the same time that our current students are immersed in their final projects, conversations will be starting throughout the school about course selection for next year. Though the 2016-17 school year seems very far away, this is actually an excellent time for students to think about and visit our campus to learn more about what we are doing here. We will be hosting an open house for interested students in mid-December, as well as opening our final presentation event on Wednesday, December 16 to any interested students, families and friends. 

The Mountain Campus is an academically vigorous semester option for BBA sophomores, juniors and seniors who possess a desire to take ownership of their education and make a positive difference in the world. Don’t miss the chance to join this incredible opportunity.

Ben Freeman
Mountain Campus Director

Website: burrburton.org/mountaincampus

 


From the Advancement Office

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While we haven’t seen any snowflakes yet, we know the holiday season is upon us as we finish up the turkey leftovers and start our preparations for December. This is the perfect time of year to remember, acknowledge and thank all of our parents and families who support Burr and Burton Academy in many ways.

Thank you to the Parent Association and the many hours they have put into reaching out to all BBA parents. Under the leadership of Gina Vickers this year, the Parent Association has made an amazing dessert buffet for the faculty in-service day on November 9 which everyone loved and completely devoured, organized and 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 deLaszlo and Robin Apps is already hard at work planning for this important event on May 27, 2016. And the Advancement Committee Chairs, Beth Eyre and Diana Pagnucco have done a terrific job of working on increasing the participating in the Parent Challenge.

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 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. Thanks to all of the BBA families who hosted our student guests from Germany 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 2015 – 2016 Annual Giving Campaign with a gift. (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 2015! If that is the case we must receive your gift by December 31, 2015.) We continue to promote parent participation as the main focus of this year’s Parent Challenge. We are offering a few incentive gifts for your commitment to the school and we will count outright gifts, corporate sponsorships, gala sponsorships, a donation of a service or item for the spring Online Auction, and gifts made to Friends of Hockey. There is an incentive to “recruit a friend” too – which will earn you a great travel mug – you can never have enough of those!

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
802-549-8201

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

Online: www.burrburton.org/giving/online

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 and you can pick up your incentive gift at the same time.

  

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Seniors should be finalizing the college process – be sure to connect with your School and College Counselor! Friday, December 11, is the last day to request transcripts and records until January 4. 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 Information for Juniors

PSAT results are due to be released in mid December.  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, we will upload them onto students’ individual Naviance accounts so students will also be able to access them there.  Families of juniors will receive mailed information from BBA regarding test prep courses and the test registration process this month.

February 6 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 8.

Advanced Placement Exam fee

Just a reminder that all AP Exam fees are due Friday, December 11. This includes the fee from students taking a second semester AP class as well. The cost is $92 per exam. Students need to bring payment to the School & College Counseling Office. Please speak with Lynne Welsh or Cristin Rose to request a payment extension or to request 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 January 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.

Financial Aid Forms Completion Night Coming in February

Families who would like assistance with the FAFSA and the  Vermont Grant can meet with our VSAC representative, Monda Kelley, from 5 – 7 pm in the library on Wednesday, February 3. More details will be available closer to the event. To register contact Mrs. Welsh (x242) in the School and College Counseling Office or send an email to lwelsh@burrburton.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS 2015-2016

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.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Eligibility: senior, employment, community service, leadership, financial need
Award: $4,000 – $60,000; Absolute Deadline: December 4
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,  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

Another season is off to a great start. I’ve been reading Fred Northup’s Winning More Than the Game. In 1998 he developed an organization called Athletes for a Better World. It has given me a lot to think about and I would like to share with you their “Code For Living”. As you see me at games, in my office, or around town, I invite you to let me know what you think of it. I hope you will discuss it with each other and especially with your athletes.

The Code – Life Principles Learned Through Sports

Because I am a role model and have the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in the lives of others, I commit to this Code. I will take responsibility and appropriate actions when I fail to live up to it.

As an Individual:

  • I will develop my skills to the best of my ability and give my best effort in practice and competition.
  • I will compete within the spirit and letter of the rules of my sport.
  • I will respect the dignity of every human being, and will not be abusive or dehumanizing of anyone either as an athlete or as a fan.

As a Member of a Team:

  • I will place team goals ahead of personal goals.
  • I will be a positive influence on the relationships on the team.
  • I will follow the team rules established by the coach.

As a Member of Society:

  • I will display caring and honorable behavior off the field and be a positive influence in my community and world.
  • I will give of my time, skills, and money as I am able for the betterment of my community and world.

Basketball and Ice Hockey Ticket Prices 2015-2016:

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 for all your Bulldog athletic updates!
https://www.facebook.com/burrandburtonacademyathletics
@BBABulldogsAD

December Home Athletic Contests:

Wednesday, 12/2 Girls Hockey v. Brattleboro 5:00

Wednesday, 12/2 JV & V Boys Basketball v. Middlebury 5:30/7:00

Friday,  12/4 JV Green Boys & Girls Basketball v. Grace Christian 4:30/5:45

Saturday 12/5 Girls Hockey v. Middlebury 5:45

Monday, 12/7 JV Green Girls Basketball v. Twin Valley 4:30

Wednesday, 12/9 Girls & Boys Hockey v. Rutland/Brattleboro 5:00/6:45

Wednesday 12/9 JV & V Boys Basketball v. Woodstock 5:30/7:00

Thursday 12/10 JV & V Girls Basketball v. Hartford 5:30/7:00

Friday 12/11 JV & V Boys Basketball v. St. Johnsbury 5:00/6:30

Friday 12/18 JV Green Boys Basketball v. Mt.Anthony 4:30

Saturday 12/19 JV & V Girls basketball v. Fair Haven 1:00/2:30

Wednesday 12/23 Boys Hockey v. Burlington 5:00

Monday 12/28 Jv & V Girls Basketball v. South Burlington 5:00/6:30

Monday 12/28 Girls Hockey v. Hartford 5:45

 


From the Co-Dean of Students

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Please give the gift of Life!

Burr and Burton Academy is hosting a blood drive as part of the “Twelve Days of Giving, Gift of Life Marathon” on Tuesday, December 8, from 9 am–2 pm in Henry Gymnasium. We are inviting the Manchester community, BBA parents, students (16 and older), faculty and staff to participate in this special event. Because of our exemplary student participation in years past, the American Red Cross has selected Burr and Burton as one of the twelve host sites for this year’s blood drive. What an honor for our school and students! Our goal from the American Red Cross is 89 pints of blood, but with everyone’s help, I think that we can do much better than that. 

To donate go this link: http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp

To learn more about the blood drive go to: http://giftoflifemarathon.com/

To register the day prior to the day of the event go to: here.

We are also in need of parent volunteers to work the canteen and registration desk. If you are available to help, please send me an email at acirelli@burrburton.org stating your availability. Additionally, you can call me directly at 549-8240.

Donation Information: “Twelve Days of Giving”

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Location: Henry Gymnasium
Time: 9 am – 2 pm

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

Thank you for in advance for donating.

Sincerely, 

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Tony Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students

 


From the Creative Arts Department

The Creative Arts Department will present the Annual Winter Concert on December 16, 2015 at 6 pm and 8 pm.
Tickets will be available at bbatickets.com.  Come enjoy an evening of eclectic music performed by Burr and Burton’s Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles.

Congratulations to Kate Mori on her first chair acceptance to both the Green Mountain Music Festival Symphonic Band and Jazz Band.

Members of the Vocal & Instrumental Music Ensembles will be providing holiday music for the Christmas in Weston celebration on Saturday December 5 and at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home on Sunday, December 6.  

 


From the BBA International Program

The Burr and Burton Academy International Program is looking for families who are interested and committed to sharing their lives with students from abroad for the academic year 2016/2017. When you welcome an international student into your home, you will have the opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life and possibly make a lifelong friendship.

For more information, please contact:
Pia Nolan, International Program Coordinator
  

From the Health Clinic

This is a reminder to return the requested immunization documentation to the health clinic. If the school does not have complete immunization records for your student you should have received a letter in late October. If we have complete immunization records on file then you would not have received that letter. The state of Vermont mandates that school nurses track immunization records to promote public health in the school setting. Please help with this task by returning the required immunization information. I want to thank those of you who have already taken action to complete the required immunizations for your student. A thank you also to those who have provided the missing immunization documentation.

Megan Beattie-Cassan BSN, RN
School Nurse

  

From the Library

BBA is a reading community. We love to share books, magazines and articles with one another. Conversations about books occur all over the campus. In an effort to highlight all of the reading that is occurring and to spark additional conversations about books, we have begun to display our reading visually. If you walk around the campus you will notices signs outside classrooms or on the tops of desks that show what faculty and staff members are currently reading.

Another BBA program that encourages reading is Food for Thought. Book groups are formed based on student interest. Students choose a book they would like to read and find a teacher to sponsor their group. The school gives each student a copy of the book to keep. After reading the book, the group meets at Spiral Press to enjoy a free lunch while discussing the book. Spiral Press and Northshire Bookstore help support this program. Students who are interested in the Food for Thought program should stop by the library for more information.

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

High Honors List

Bromley Mountain
Equinox Hotel and Resort
Engineered Printing Solutions
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Cafe
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
Equipe Sport Ltd.
JOY – all things underthings
Lily of the Valley Florist
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC  

Academic Pin

iShip Express
Madura Building Company
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
Samuelson Law Offices
Scott Thompson Builders
TD Bank

Reunion ’15 Corporate Sponsors

Amy (Walter) Chamberlain ’85 The Perfect Wife Restaurant
Howard O’Donovan ‘65
Steve & Judi LaMontagne McPhail ‘65
Members of the 50th Reunion Class of ’65
Spiral Press
TPW
Vermont Renewable Fuels

We gratefully acknowledge and thank our Garden Party Gala Sponsors.

Ever-blooming Sponsors

Express Copy, Inc.
Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
Jamaica Cottage Shop

Band Sponsor

Carolyn and Robert Crabtree

Heirloom Sponsors

Berkshire Bank
N. Williams Store
Southwestern Vermont Health Care
Stifel

Wine Sponsor

Hoa and Orland Campbell

Ornamental Sponsors

Langway Chevrolet of Manchester
Northshire Bookstore
Stratton Rentals

Perennial Sponsors

Atlantic Projects Company
Equinox Village
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Manchester Capital Management
Merrill Lynch
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Sugarhouse Builders
Doveberry Inn
The Vermont Country Store
Vermont Store Fixtures

Annual Sponsors

A Safe Place Storage
Arcadia Arts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
Cole Company, Inc.
Coleman’s Auto Repair
Decorative Interiors
Flying Cow Signs
GSK Climate Control
Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Family Credit Union
Homestead Landscaping
Long Ago and Far Away
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Robert S. Ruhl DMB, PC/Deerfield Valley Dental Care
The Mountain Goat North
Valley View Saloon

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November 2015

Calendar

4  Bulldog Leadership Summit: Work Ethic: 7 – 8 am Hunter Seminar
4  Fall Performance – 12 Angry Jurors: 6:30 pm BBA Riley Center
5  Fall Performance – 12 Angry Jurors: 6:30 pm BBA Riley Center
5  Refuse to Use International Student Event
6  Student Success Dinner: 5 pm BBA Cafeteria
6  Fall Performance – 12 Angry Jurors: 6:30 pm BBA Riley Center
7  Student Success Dinner: 5 pm BBA Cafeteria
7  Fall Performance – 12 Angry Jurors: 6:30 pm BBA Riley Center
9  Veteran’s Day – Faculty In Service Day: No school
10 Senior Winter Athletes Workshop: 7 am Hunter Seminar Room
10 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting: 6 pm BBA Cafeteria, Riley Center
11 Elf Express/One Act Information Meeting: 3 pm BBA Riley Center
11 Refuse to Use 9th Grade Event: 3 pm BBA Library, Hunter Seminar
11 Refuse to Use 10th Grade Event: 4 pm BBA Library, Hunter Seminar
12 Financial Aid Information Night (w/Speaker): 7 pm BBA Riley Center
12 Refuse to Use 11th Grade Event: 6 pm Hunter Seminar Room
13 Student vs. Faculty Hockey Game: 7 pm Riley Rink
16 Winter Sports Practice Begins
18 Refuse to Use 12th grade ONLY: 6 pm Library and Hunter Seminar
19 International Program D.C. Trip
23 Eighth Grade Parent Information Night: 7 pm BBA Riley Center
25 – 27 Thanksgiving Break – no school

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families:

Some say that you learn more from losing than from winning. By that measure, our girls soccer team didn’t learn as much as they could have, going undefeated right up to the state championship game, and our football team has learned even less: they are still undefeated!

I have always subscribed to the notion that success begets success, and that feeling of success comes not just from winning, but from improving. The most successful teams are the ones that improve the most throughout the season, and the victories provide further reinforcement and motivation for the individual and team effort necessary to sustain the growth.

Therein lies the metaphor for life. Whether at the Mountain Campus as they embark on their weeklong expedition and solo experiences, the fall drama 12 Angry Jurors, which opens next week, or in every classroom and every club and activity throughout the school, we want students to strive for success. Yes, we all learn from our mistakes – or at least we should try to – but we also must celebrate the personal growth and the victories to remind ourselves of the payoff that comes from putting forth our best efforts.

We are 25% through the school year, and I hope your daughters and sons have tasted that feeling of successful growth somewhere at this school. And, of course, we sure hope that our football team has the joyful experience of winning The Championship Game…even if some say that you learn more from losing than winning!

Sincerely,

  Mark only Signature

Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Advancement Office

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2015 – 2016 Annual Fund
Parent participation is needed!

By now, you have received both the Annual Fund brochure, and a personal appeal from Mark Tashjian will be arriving shortly 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 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’s one important example – almost 800 iPads are distributed at the start of the semester and we lease those iPads at an expense of $98,664 each year. Tuition paid by your town does not cover this expense; we fundraise to cover this cost. But it is worth every dollar we raise to provide this extraordinary educational tool to all students and all faculty. 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 the thirty-some after school clubs that we offer, 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.

Beth Eyre and Diana Pagnucco are once again heading up the Parent Association Advancement Committee and they are excited about keeping the parent participation percentage growing. So please don’t put it off – make your gift today. It’s easy. You can give in any of the following ways:

  • You can make a gift online by clicking on this link http://www.burrburton.org/onlinegiving/giving/online/
  • You can send a check or stop by the Advancement Office and drop off a gift
  • You become a corporate sponsor if you own your own business
  • You can donate a service of some sort to the Online Auction

All gifts count toward the parent participation number. And we have some great “incentive” gifts this year to encourage and thank you for participating.

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
802-549-8201

Student/Parent Directories Now Available online through OnCampus. If you haven’t signed in yet, this is an awesome resource for information about all things BBA!

 


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Financial Aid Information Night

Susan Rochette, Director of Student Financial Services at Southern Vermont College, will present the principles and basic steps of the financial aid process on Thursday, November 12 at 7 pm in the Riley Center. Parents of seniors and juniors are encouraged to attend this important informational meeting.

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 on-line at www.collegeboard org.

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 Monday, November 9 when there are no classes at BBA.

Castleton Decision Day Program

Castleton University gives students the opportunity to interview with admissions counselors at BBA on Thursday, December 10. Students will immediately receive their admission decision if the student’s completed application has been received by November 24. Students must submit a transcript request form to their counselor and sign up for an interview appointment in the School and College Counseling Office by November 20.

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 5 is the registration deadline for the SAT on December 5 at BBA. Go to www.collegeboard.org. Seniors who want to take the December 12 ACT (not at BBA) should register by the November 6 deadline at www.actstudent.org.

Update for Juniors

College-bound juniors took the PSAT on October 14. When the results are received in December they will be given to the students and a copy will be sent home. Beginning next semester, School & College Counselors will conduct individual college or career planning meetings with juniors.

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 2015-2016 school year, even those enrolled in second semester AP courses, are required to pay an exam fee of $92 per exam by Friday, December 11. Payments after this date will be charged an additional $3 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 waivers 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 2 – May 13, 2016.

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.

Learn about the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center (CDC) in Bennington, VT

A representative from the CDC will be at BBA to meet with students during FlexBlock on November 17 from 10:40-12:00 in the cafeteria. They will offer information about the opportunities and programs at their facility in Bennington which currently has 18 programs that offer two years of study, and many pre-tech exploratory courses. Each of the programs has Industry Recognized Credentials and/or Dual Enrollment Credits that may be achieved with successful completion of these programs.

Vermont Health Care Career Awareness Resources: The Vermont Health Care Careers updated information  www.vthealthcareers.org. Also visit us on Facebook to see what’s trending now: www.facebook.com/vthealthcareers.

VT AHEC Health Careers Team: Champlain Valley AHEC  www.cvahec.org; Northeastern Vermont AHEC  www.nevahec.org; Southern Vermont AHEC  www.svahec.org.

2015/2016 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.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Eligibility: senior, employment, community service, leadership, financial need
Award: $4,000 – $60,000; Absolute Deadline: December 4
Application online at: www.elks.org/enf/scholars

American Legion Oratorical Contest

Eligibility: This is a state and national Constitutional Speech Competition open to 9th through 12th graders.
Deadline: November 30
Online information: www.legion.org/oratorical

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,  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, School and College Counseling Office Assistant, 549-8242; lwelsh@burrburton.org

 


From the Athletics Department

Tuesday, November 10 at 6 pm: Mandatory winter sports parent/athlete meeting.
All winter sports will meet in the gymnasium. From this meeting teams will be directed to individual meeting locations.

All senior winter athletes will meet on November 10 at 5 pm in the Hunter Seminar Room for a leadership workshop.

Monday, November 16: All winter sports begin tryouts.
Ice Hockey, Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, Snowboarding, Basketball, Dance and Wrestling.

All winter athletes must have had a well physical exam after March 1, 2014. Copies of new or existing physicals must be provided to the athletic department on or before 11/10. Forms are available online to print and outside of the AD’s office.

All of the other forms needed to participate in athletics must be filled out through OnCampus. https://burrburton.myschoolapp.com/app/Parent#myfiles Please complete forms on or before November 10. 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 games scheduled over the holiday break December 21 – January 1, and during the February break 15 – 19. The Varsity Dance state competition will be held on February 20.
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
@BBABulldogsAD 

 


From the Creative Arts Department

IMG_4283On November 4, 5, 6, 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy, the Performing Arts Department will present Twelve Angry Jurors, based upon Reginald Rose’s combustible “Twelve Angry Men” and directed by Jim Raposa. The story is as relevant today as it was over 60 years ago, when it premiered on CBS from Westinghouse Studio One. Rewritten as the 1957 Academy Award nominated film starring Henry Fonda, this riveting play has been produced throughout the world in countless stage productions and was once again realized on the small screen in 1997 with George C. Scott, James Gandolfini and Tony Danza.

Get your tickets and see how one man stands alone against bigotry, confronts racism and asks each juror to question their own sense of justice.  As the evidence of murder in the first degree is re-examined, a seemingly open and shut case descends into a fiery drama, a drama that could end with a guilty verdict and the death penalty. Watch and listen as the judicial process unfolds before you. Get your tickets at: bbatickets.com. Tickets are $7 for BBA students, faculty & staff and $12 for adults.

Before the Show: BBA’s Student Success Program Hosts Second Annual Dinner and a Show

Burr and Burton’s Student Success Program will be hosting the 2nd annual “Dinner and a Show ” on both Friday, November 6 and Saturday the 7th. Dinner is being served in the BBA cafeteria in conjunction with the performing Arts Department’s play “Twelve Angry Jurors” in the Riley Center of the Arts immediately following dinner. The Success Scholars will be serving, preparing the food and hosting the evening. The delicious food is all locally sourced. To buy tickets please visit http://studentsuccess.ticketjunior.com. Show and dinner tickets must be purchased separately.

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Make your dinner reservations here.
Please note that these events are priced separately and need to be ordered individually.

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Four singers from our Vocal Music Ensemble were selected to represent BBA at the American Choral Director’s Association Honors Chorus Festival hosted at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Saturday October 24.  Congratulations to Jackie Nutter, Mikayla Schaffer, Brendan Foery and Adam Quinn for this prestigious recognition.

 


Women Can Do! 

Sixteen Burr and Burton Academy students attended the 17th Women Can Do! a conference promoting STEM and Trade Careers. The students spent the day participating in career seminars and hands-on activities. Offerings including using heavy machinery, architecture and engineering, computers and communications, natural and renewably energies, public safety and health, skilled trades and other non-traditional career areas. The participants also had the opportunity to weld, fingerprint, make jewelry, use chainsaws, tap-a-tree, use tile and glass cutters, explore weatherization and nautical knots, explore a police cruiser and fixing a flat bike tire. 
The conference was held at Vermont Technical College, by Vermont Works for Women who strive to cultivate courage, confidence and leadership through a variety of programs throughout the year.  This year’s keynote speaker was a female law enforcement officer for the US Supreme Court.  She shared her journey of exemplorary perseverance in a position historically held by men. She encouraged the students to follow their interests and believe in themselves.


Resources available in the library

In addition to supporting the curriculum, one of our goals in the Lisa B. Tuttle Library is to connect students with books that excite and engage them. We place displays throughout the library based on themes or interests hoping to pique students’ interest. Recent displays have included Favorite Summer Reads, Banned Book Week, Speak About It, Graphic Novels, Scary fiction and nonfiction books and the 2015-2016 Green Mountain Book Award Nominees.

The Green Mountain Book Award is a readers’ choice award for Vermont students in grades 9-12. Fifteen books are nominated each year by a committee of students, librarians and teachers. The books are chosen from a range of genres with the intent to engage high school readers. This year’s list include non-fiction, science-fiction, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, supernatural thrillers, graphic novels and more. Students who read at least three of the selections are eligible to vote for the winner. We will host a voting party for students who participate in the program in the Spring. Here are book trailers for some of the nominees.

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
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Cafe
The Perfect Wife
Vermont Country Properties – Sotheby’s International Realty
W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. 

Honors List

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

Academic Letter

The Aspen at Manchester
Barrows House/Dorset Inn
Battenkill Communications
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Equinox Square Associates
Equipe Sport Ltd.
JK Adams / The Kitchen Store
JOY – all things underthings
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Prospect Rehabilitation
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC  

Academic Pin

Dibble Painters
Engineering Printing Solutions
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping 
Goepel Construction
iShip Express
Ishu Productions
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
TD Bank

Reunion ’15 Corporate Sponsors

Amy (Walter) Chamberlain ’85 The Perfect Wife Restaurant
Howard O’Donovan ‘65
Steve & Judi LaMontagne McPhail ‘65
Members of the 50th Reunion Class of ’65
Spiral Press
TPW
Vermont Renewable Fuels

We gratefully acknowledge and thank our Garden Party Gala Sponsors.

Ever-blooming Sponsors

Express Copy, Inc.
Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
Jamaica Cottage Shop

Band Sponsor

Carolyn and Robert Crabtree

Heirloom Sponsors

Berkshire Bank
N. Williams Store
Southwestern Vermont Health Care
Stifel

Wine Sponsor

Hoa and Orland Campbell

Ornamental Sponsors

Langway Chevrolet of Manchester
Northshire Bookstore
Stratton Rentals

Perennial Sponsors

Atlantic Projects Company
Equinox Village
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Manchester Capital Management
Merrill Lynch
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Sugarhouse Builders
Doveberry Inn
The Vermont Country Store
Vermont Store Fixtures

Annual Sponsors

A Safe Place Storage
Arcadia Arts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
Cole Company, Inc.
Coleman’s Auto Repair
Decorative Interiors
Flying Cow Signs
GSK Climate Control
Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Family Credit Union
Homestead Landscaping
Long Ago and Far Away
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Robert S. Ruhl DMB, PC/Deerfield Valley Dental Care
The Mountain Goat North
Valley View Saloon

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October 2015

Calendar

3  SAT at BBA: 8 am – 1 pm Cafe & F.L. classrooms
7  Bulldog Leadership Summit – Establishing Your Brand:
7  7 am Hunter Seminar Room
7  Parent Conferences: 1 pm – 5 pm
8  Parent Conferences: 1 pm – 8 pm
12 Columbus Day – No School
14 Freshman Service Day
14 Senior Workshops & PSAT: 8 am – 11:30 am
20 BBA Mountain Campus Systems in Sustainability Trip:
20 Economy, Environment and Equity
23 Calliope Cafe: 6:30 pm – 9 pm BBA Riley Center
30 End of Marking Period (12:45 pm dismissal)
30 Halloween Dance: 8 pm – 11 pm BBA Cafeteria

 


From the Headmaster

Dear Families,

The school year has really caught its stride. So many students are benefiting by taking full advantage of Flex Block to seek extra help, do homework, collaborate with fellow students, work in the music or art studios, and learn that time is a commodity to be cherished, not wasted. Judy Mccormick Taylor field was dedicated on a stunning Saturday afternoon or homecoming weekend, during which every single one of our sports teams played to victory. The fall play, 12 Angry Jurors, is in full rehearsal. Over 300 students gathered last Sunday evening to share in the magic and majesty of a supermoon eclipse. With 675 students, this is a busy place filled with opportunities for engaging, vigorous educational experiences.

Politics, Education, and Act 46

As an independent school that serves the public, we pay close attention to the statewide political environment. This past legislative session, Act 46 was created. Its two most important features are: 1) it will lead to consolidation of school districts state wide, and 2) it contains spending caps and penalties that will put pressure on local educational spending.

The most important educational right that you possess as parents and guardians is freedom of choice: you have the freedom to select BBA, or any other school, for that matter, that you choose. We are closely monitoring the impact of Act 46, and I will keep you posted if any threat emerges regarding school choice as school districts consolidate.

Regarding the spending caps, they will put pressure on all schools to cut costs. This may have the unfortunate effect of weakening some schools, but BBA is blessed with a strong fundraising base and endowment. Thus, I fully expect us to continue to move forward educationally to be the school that your sons and daughters deserve today and that our communities need well into the future.

Bottom line: enjoy the school year, enjoy the many ways that students thrive at BBA, and be ready to protect the combination of school choice and independence that allows this school to be all that it is.

Thank you very much for the support you show in so many ways.

Sincerely,

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Mark H. Tashjian
Headmaster

 


From the Assistant Head of School

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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 October 2nd, 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 freshmen, new transfer students, and international students will receive their current grade and a comment for each class that runs as a semester course. All other 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 first marking period, however, you will find a comment for D and E yearlong classes.

Progress Reporting Schedule for Semester I

  • Interim Progress Report I — by October 2nd.
  • Mid Term Progress Report (for semester courses), Interim Progress Report I for (D and E year long courses) — by November 6th.
  • Interim Progress Report II — by December 11th.
  • Final Course Grade (for semester courses), Mid Term Progress Report ( D and E year long courses) — by January 22, 2016.

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Parent-teacher-student conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th from 1-5 pm and Thursday, October 8th 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. Please schedule your conferences by following the instructions at the embedded links.

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.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

On October 14 we will run special programing for each grade level:

  • All 9th graders will “take to the streets” for the annual Freshman Service Day. They should plan to arrive by 8:00 am and report to the Gym to organize prior to their departure. All groups will arrive back at BBA in time for sports and dismissal at 2:35.
  • All 10th graders will participate in the Sophomore Summit. The Summit includes: a morning programing related to career planning and BBA’s field study program and a performance by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME) that will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. The day continues with an abbreviated Flex Block/Lunch followed by afternoon classes.
  • All 11th graders will should report to the cafeteria or their assigned testing location for either PSATs or the ASVAB test. Following testing the day continues with an abbreviated Flex Block/Lunch followed by afternoon classes.
  • All 12th grades who have November 1 college application deadlines are required to attend morning application workshops in the Smith Center. All seniors are required to be on campus by 11:15 for a performance by Speak About It (a theater troupe out of Portland, ME) that will engage our students in dialogue on consent, boundaries and healthy relationships. The day will conclude with C-block. Please note that lunch will be available in the lower campus cafe for seniors starting at 11:00 am.

Best –

Meg

 

 

 

Meg Kenny
Assistant Head of School

 


 From the Co-Dean of Students

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Dear Parents, 

I am happy to report that since implementing our new non-rotating schedule, student tardies have dropped considerably. With that said, we still have a few “frequent flyers” who consistently arrive late to school. Please help your child get to school on time. Being punctual now will help your son/daughter in the future. All students arriving late need to sign in and get a pass from Mrs. Towslee in the main office. Note: Tardies are cumulative and may affect your child’s overall classroom attendance and grade. 
Additionally, tracking the attendance of 670 students is no easy task.  To help with the process, please call the main office (362-1775) to inform us if your son/daughter is sick and will not be attending school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Sincerely, 

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Tony Cirelli
Co-Dean of Students

 


From the Advancement Office

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Annual Fund kick-off

As I mentioned at the Parent Open House, the annual fund drive starts October 1 and we are counting your support this year. Beth Eyre and Diana Pagnucco, co-chairs of the Parent Association have come up with some fun ways for all parents to get involved and get counted in the parent fund challenge! Be on the lookout for communications from them.

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 most from the Annual Fund.

We welcome many forms of support and will count any of the following as a 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 them)
  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)

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.

So look for the Annual Fund brochure in your mail in early October and please consider supporting 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.  

2015 – 2016 Student and Parent Directory – New Format

Good news – access to faculty, staff, student and parent information (names, addresses and phone numbers) is already available through OnCampus under the tab “Directories”. If you haven’t logged in yet, it’s important that you do. We will not be publishing a directory going forward. The link is: https://burrburton.myschoolapp.com.

Please take time to review the information listed about your student, your family, your address, emails and phone numbers. We use this information (especially emails) for outreach to parents. If any of the information is incorrect, there are a couple of options:

  1. You can make changes and additions to your own information. You can also set up the type of notifications you wish to receive.
  2. You can email Mary Grabarz with any changes at mgrabarz@burrburton or Ramona Towne at rtowne@burrburton.org.

OnCampus is a terrific resource for you; take some time to look around it and see what information is at your fingertips!

Save the Date: Grandparents and Special Friends Day has been scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016

Our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 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 12:45 pm.

Many thanks,

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Cynthia Gubb
Director of Advancement
802-549-8201

 


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Junior Testing – Wednesday morning, October 14

College-bound juniors will take the PSAT (a preliminary, or practice SAT) and need to bring a $15 registration fee by October 2 (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.

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 benefit from taking this exam.  There is no charge associated with the ASVAB.

  • Freshman Service Day: Wednesday, Oct. 14 – All freshmen participate / no classes that day
  • Sophomore Summit Morning: Wednesday, Oct. 14 – Introduction to school and career related opportunities
  • Junior Testing Morning:  Wednesday, Oct. 14

PSAT – Sign up by bringing $15  to Lynne Welsh by October 2 (Late fee is $20;) checks payable to BBA and fee waivers available for qualifying students

ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Battery) – Sign up with Lynne Welsh in Counseling Office; free, for juniors or seniors

Senior College Application Workshop time in Library:  Wednesday, Oct. 14

  • Dedicated time for work on college applications with support from counselors – come by anytime between 8 -11 am (Required for all students applying to college with a November 1 deadline)
  • Seniors may also want to use this day for a college visit

Naviance Workshops for Junior and Senior Parents

Junior and Senior parents are invited to participate in Naviance Workshops in the library on the Parent Conference Days from 1 to 5 pm on Oct 7 and from 4 to 8 pm on Oct 8. Interested? Just drop in!

Standardized Testing Registration for Seniors

For seniors who need additional testing:

  • October 9, deadline for November 7 SAT (not offered at Burr and Burton)
  • November 5, deadline for December 5 SAT at Burr and Burton
  • November 6, deadline for the December 12 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 14, 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 15 for review. Please refer to the Burr and Burton College Application Guide on the school’s website for more detailed information about timelines and the overall application process.

We encourage students interested in the University of Vermont to apply by November 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.

Financial Aid Information Night

Thursday, November 12 at 7 pm in the Riley Center. Susan Rochette, Director of Student Financial Services at Southern Vermont College, will present the principles and basic steps of the financial aid process   All junior and senior parents are encouraged to attend this important informational meeting.

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. Monday, October 12, and Monday, November 9, are particularly good days to visit colleges because Burr and Burton will not be holding classes.

College Visits

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). Daily 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.

All Students Planning to Enroll in Field Study for Spring 2016: Completed applications are due to Mr. Napolitano by Friday, November 13th.  Field Study Applications and Field Study Handbooks are available in the School & College Counseling Office, or see Mr. Napolitano.

All Students Planning to Enroll in an Independent Study, Off-Campus Dual Enrollment, or On-line Course for Spring 2016: Completed applications are due by Friday, December 18.

Independent Study Applications are available in the School & College Counseling Office, or see Mr. Napolitano.

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 26-29, 2016, 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.

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:

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

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

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

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

Maria Bittinger, School and College Counselor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, mbittinger@burrburton.org   362-1775

 


From the Athletics Department

On Tuesday, October 6 the Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country team will host their regular season home meet. On Tuesday October 20 they will host the MVL Championship. Both meets will be held off campus at the Severance property which is approximately 3 miles south of the Equinox Hotel.

The Athletic Department and the Booster Club would like to thank all those parents that volunteered and contributed food items for the homecoming events, it was a great weekend!

FALL SPORTS POST SEASON DATES:

Field Hockey:

  • October 19 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1 pm.
  • October 20/21 – Play downs
  • October 23/24 – Quarterfinals
  • Semi Finals – 27/28
  • October 31 – State Finals – UVM

Soccer:

  • October 19 – Tournament pairings are completed and can be found on vpaonline.org after 1 pm.
  • October 20/21 – Play downs
  • October 22/23/24 – Quarter finals
  • October 27 – Semifinals
  • October 31 – Finals – Burlington High School

Cross Country:

  • October 31 – State Meet – Thetford Academy

Football:

  • Oct. 31/Nov. 1 – Semi Finals
  • November 7 – State Finals – Rutland High School

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, 2014.

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 10 – 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 – Winter sports tryouts begin. 

 

From the Creative Arts Department

12-Angry-Jurors-Poster-2On November 4, 5, 6, 7 in the Riley Center for The Arts at 6:30 pm, the Burr and Burton Academy Performing Arts Department will present Twelve Angry Jurors based upon Reginald Rose’s combustible Twelve Angry Men.  The story is as relevant today as it was over 60 years ago when it
premiered on CBS from Westinghouse Studio One and was made into the 1957 Academy Award nominated film starring Henry Fonda.
Get your tickets and see how one man stands alone against bigotry, confronts racism and endures the difficulties encountered during the process of deciding a young mans innocence or guilt by a group of people whose diversity of personalities fuels the intensity and conflict.
Get your tickets at: bbatickets.com. Tickets are $7 for BBA students, faculty & staff $12 for adults.  

 

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Calliope Concert

The Creative Arts Department will host a Calliope Concert, an evening of music, Friday, October 23 at 6:30 pm in the Riley Center. Admission is $3 students/$5 adults. Students interested in performing should contact Julie Freebern prior to October 15 to schedule an audition.

 


Student Travel Opportunities

During the past two Monday morning assemblies, BBA faculty members announced upcoming travel opportunities available to students for the school year.  The following list includes contact information of the trip leaders and parents are encouraged to contact them for more information.

Destination:      Time:                     Trip Leader:

Cuba                        February                  Chris Nolan: cnolan@burrburton.org

Spain                       April                          Sue Ritchie: sritchie@burrburton.org

Costa Rica              April                          Bonnie Niles: bniles@burrburton.org

Quebec                    March (weekend)   Michelle Emery: memery@burrburton.org

France                     June                          Michelle Emery: memery@burrburton.org

Germany                 June                          Barb Miceli: bmiceli@burrburton.org

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 340 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 onCampus portal under resources. Please note that the due date for applications is Wednesday, October 22 and that family income documentation is required.

 


Resources available in the library

The Lisa B. Tuttle Library is a wealth of resources with over 13,000 print resources, audiobooks, DVD and databases. The online catalog and databases can all be accessed from personal devices on or off campus. In the case of our research databases, passwords are required which can be obtained by contacting the library staff.

Our library is also a part of the Northshire Library Consortium, whose members include Manchester Community Library and Manchester Elementary School. We share materials between the three libraries and their patrons. If a book is requested that is not owned by the Consortium, we will attempt an inter-library loan from another library in the state.

We love to connect students with materials that excite and engage them. Part of our budget is reserved for student requests. Please let us know if you have any recommendations.

The results are in: BBA’s Favorite Summer Reads. We have many of these in the library. Come check them out!

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
Finn and Stone Insurance
Rugg Valley Landscaping
Spiral Press Cafe
The Perfect Wife
Vermont Country Properties – Sotheby’s International Realty
W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. 

Honors List

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

Academic Letter

The Aspen at Manchester
Barrows House/Dorset Inn
Battenkill Communications
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Equinox Square Associates
Equipe Sport Ltd.
JK Adams / The Kitchen Store
JOY – all things underthings
Mountain Weavers
Northshire Bookstore
People’s United Bank
Prospect Rehabilitation
Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC  

Academic Pin

Dibble Painters
Engineering Printing Solutions
Glebe Mountain Gardens & Landscaping 
Goepel Construction
iShip Express
Ishu Productions
Mountain Goat North, Inc.
TD Bank

Reunion ’15 Corporate Sponsors

Amy (Walter) Chamberlain ’85 The Perfect Wife Restaurant
Howard O’Donovan ‘65
Steve & Judi LaMontagne McPhail ‘65
Members of the 50th Reunion Class of ’65
Spiral Press
TPW
Vermont Renewable Fuels

We gratefully acknowledge and thank our Garden Party Gala Sponsors.

Ever-blooming Sponsors

Express Copy, Inc.
Nathan Auction and Real Estate, Inc.
Jamaica Cottage Shop

Band Sponsor

Carolyn and Robert Crabtree

Heirloom Sponsors

Berkshire Bank
N. Williams Store
Southwestern Vermont Health Care
Stifel

Wine Sponsor

Hoa and Orland Campbell

Ornamental Sponsors

Langway Chevrolet of Manchester
Northshire Bookstore
Stratton Rentals

Perennial Sponsors

Atlantic Projects Company
Equinox Village
Spivey Lemonik Swenor PC
Manchester Capital Management
Merrill Lynch
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Sugarhouse Builders
Doveberry Inn
The Vermont Country Store
Vermont Store Fixtures

Annual Sponsors

A Safe Place Storage
Arcadia Arts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
Cole Company, Inc.
Coleman’s Auto Repair
Decorative Interiors
Flying Cow Signs
GSK Climate Control
Heinel’s Clothiers
Heritage Family Credit Union
Homestead Landscaping
Long Ago and Far Away
RE/MAX Four Seasons
Robert S. Ruhl DMB, PC/Deerfield Valley Dental Care
The Mountain Goat North
Valley View Saloon

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