First and foremost, I want to congratulate the 2020 Senior Class on one of the biggest days of your lives!!
Thank you for inviting me to speak. It is truly an honor to be with you today and to share some ideas and experiences that may inspire your confidence and excitement as you step forward today onto whatever great path fits YOU.
BBA junior Will Addington won first place in Vermont for both the spring 2020 Stock Market Game and the InvestWrite essay competition. Like many students, Will found himself with more downtime than usual this spring, and these competitions served as a fun intellectual challenge.
A busy summer for Burr and Burton faculty and staff started paying off last Monday, as the school welcomed the class of 2024 for their first day of freshman orientation. Teachers and administrators lined the lower circle below the Seminary Building, greeting new families, performing health and safety checks, and ushering the new Bulldogs onto Taylor Field for their official introduction to BBA.
After fifteen years as chair of the Burr and Burton Academy Board of Trustees and a total of nineteen years as a member of the board, Seth Bongartz announced this week that he is stepping down from the board effective September 21 to focus on his campaign to represent the Bennington-4 district in the Vermont House of Representatives.
Director of Athletics Dave Miceli shared the Fall Sports Reopening Framework with athletes and parents yesterday, highlighting player and spectator policies, health and safety requirements, and the responsibilities shared by all to make sure BBA students have every opportunity this fall to to play, learn, and grow through athletics.
During 2020-21 the BBA Performing Arts Department will be offering extracurricular opportunities for interested students in dance, acting, tech theater, writing, directing, choreography, ballet/pointe, and more. BBA and the Arts are committed to helping students find their passion and their artistic voice during workshops, rehearsal, or performance experiences.
We are awaiting state guidelines for Fall Sports. The next step after that is for the individual VPA Sports Committees to make policy revisions based on that guidance. The state should release their guidance tomorrow and I expect to have all committee policy revisions by Tuesday so that we can create BBA’s athletics re-opening plan. Please check back for details.
In the meantime we will continue to operate summer athletic activities as described here.
On July 24th, Associate Head of School Meg Kenny shared the framework for reopening school this fall.
"I am grateful to all of my colleagues," she wrote. "So many are working behind the scenes to plan a safe and healthy return to engaging and vigorous learning on BBA’s campus. Our task forces have completed many critical planning steps and are ready to share our reopening framework with all of you."