Opening of School

BBA Summer Mailing

August 5, 2022

Dear BBA Students and Families:

In a little over two weeks we will welcome the class of 2026 to Burr and Burton Academy. This marks the start of my 25th year at BBA and my anticipation and optimism are growing just like during my first year. I hope that come August 24th you are excited for new opportunities and challenges, new and renewed connections with peers, and unexpected inspirations that ignite your curiosity to learn. So much is possible; I cannot wait to witness your growth and accomplishments this year. If you are new to the area, I am confident you will find Burr and Burton Academy and the wider community welcoming and supportive. 

2022-2023 Theme
This year’s theme is Bulldogs Rise. Each year our theme grounds our commitment to our learning/growth and to each other. The theme provides a lens to view our mission and core values. As a community we rise by taking responsibility for our learning and actions, by acting with integrity and contributing through service. Like the sun, each day you have an opportunity to rise ––to contribute to the community, to stretch and grow, to problem solve, to set goals and to celebrate individual and community accomplishments. This is your year to rise up into yourself  ––to fully explore what is possible. 

Summer Reading/Book Discussion Groups
On August 29th, the entire BBA community will participate in summer reading discussion groups facilitated by student and adult book sponsors. We will share ideas, make connections, and build community.  Now is the time to complete your reading so that you are prepared to participate. Please select one book from our Summer Reading List. Once you've picked out your book, sign up for your book group on this form. Books may be purchased at Northshire Bookstore, borrowed from Manchester Community Library, or read through the Sora App. Please note that all BBA students may borrow books from Manchester Community Library regardless of their home address. 

Daily Schedule
We’ve adjusted/simplified the daily schedule by eliminating the A/B split block. As a result, our class blocks now include A thru E. There is no longer an F block. Some students will have a CD hybrid class that meets every day, while others will have a C and a D that meet every other day. Please note that C and D blocks meet every Friday --we eliminated the every-other-week rotation. 

We will continue with the late start on Wednesday morning to facilitate a weekly professional development block. Teachers will be in meetings from 7:20 - 9:00 am. Campus will be open and buses will arrive at the normal times. Students will be supervised in common spaces while departments continue their meetings. School counselors will continue to use this block to meet with individuals and cohorts of students. If students do not have an early commitment, they can arrive in time for the start of A block. 
Please review the daily schedules for the opening week of school (also found on OnCampus Portal):

Special Information for incoming 9th Graders
9th Grade Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24 - Friday, August 26. Please gather on the Judy McCormick field (turf) in front of the Riley Center by 8:15 on Wednesday, August 24th. Student Mentors will greet you as you arrive. During orientation you will participate in welcome and team building activities, meet your advisor and student mentor (a senior leader who will work with your advisory group), attend short classes to meet your teachers, and get familiar with BBA’s campus. You should dress for active days in comfortable clothes. Lunch is provided so no need to bring food or money. Watch your BBA email for a welcome message from your student mentor. All of us are excited to welcome the class of 2026 to campus!

Special Information for New Transfer Students (grades 10-12)
On Tuesday, August 23rd from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, new transfer students will participate in an orientation program designed to introduce them to the people and programs that make BBA a special place to learn. Transfer students will then participate in the orientation program for their grade level (see below). Transfer students should check their BBA email for additional information. 

Special Information for 10th Graders
10th Grade Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th and Friday, August 26th at 8:15 am. The program is  designed to welcome sophomores back to BBA. All students will spend time with their new advisor and school counselor, participate in activities, and attend abbreviated classes. Please review key information shared in the school counselors’ newsletter on August 17th. 

Special Information for 11th Graders
All 11th graders will attend one of two Junior Jumpstart programs (organized by last name) on Thursday, August 25th and then a full day of orientation on August 26th. See the opening week schedule for start times. Please review key information shared in the school counselors’ newsletter on August 17th. 

Special Information for 12th Graders
All 12th Graders will attend orientation on Friday, August 26th. Seniors should gather in the Riley Center by 8:15 am. In addition, there are two Common Application workshops scheduled for college-bound students. Seniors must attend one of the sessions scheduled for August 24th and August 26th. Both sessions are from 1-2:30, but can extend longer if any students find it necessary. Sessions will begin in the Riley Center. 

Flex Block
At BBA we believe in fostering learner agency and our schedule includes Flex Block, a time when students make decisions about where they need to be, advocate for their learning and interests, and develop independence as a learner. Flex Block is an important aspect of BBA’s learning culture and faculty advisors are actively involved in helping students to make good choices, reflect on their learning, and track their progress. We will review the logistics of Flex Block at upcoming orientations and in advisory meetings

iPad Distribution
This year you will opt into the iPad program by completing the form referenced below. After you opt in (and submit payment or fee waiver) you will receive an auto response with a link to schedule an appointment to pick up your iPad. Students should schedule appointments prior to orientation so that they have their device to use during orientation sessions. 

Burr and Burton Food Service Program
Breakfast and lunch are served daily in the student center. This year, breakfast and lunch are free to all students. Please review additional information at Food at Burr and Burton to learn how to set up a Meal Time account and complete free and reduced lunch applications. If qualified families fill out and return the form, BBA will receive a larger reimbursement from the federal government to support the program.

Bus Information
Buses will run during orientation. Please review bus details (times and routes).  This transportation document will be updated throughout the school year and sent to families when changes occur. 

Arrival/Drop Off Procedures 
At the start of every year, drop off can be challenging until we work the kinks out. Patience as we start is paramount so that we keep everyone safe. Buses will drop students off in the driveway between the Riley Center and the Business Office. Cars will not be able to drive into the driveway when students are unloading. Beginning on the first day of school, we ask that students be dropped off and picked up in the lower circle before and after school. Please do not use the upper circle or the senior and faculty parking lot to drop off students. 
Here are proven tips to ease the potential stress of drop-off and pick-up. Know that safety is our number one priority. 
  1. With classes beginning at 8:15am, plan to drop off your student(s) by 8:00 am at the latest. If you arrive closer to 8:15, you will be caught in a line of traffic on Seminary Avenue.
  2. In the afternoon, try delaying your pick-up time by ten to fifteen minutes if possible. You can also have your student(s) walk down Seminary Avenue to be picked up on Franklin Road. As a reminder, please do not park in the faculty parking lot adjacent to Larson Hall. All buses enter the school via this lot and need all the space they can get to navigate the parking lot. 
  3. If you live close to school, encourage your student(s) to walk. 
  4. Whenever possible, carpool with other student drivers/families. 
Student Parking
Student drivers need to register their vehicle by completing the parking permit form in OnCampus. Seniors will park in the senior lot located behind the gym and along Seminary Avenue. Juniors and Sophomores will park in the lot off West Union Street. 

This year, we continue to stress the importance of staying home if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID, BBA will follow the VT Department of Health guidelines related to isolation and return to school (after 5 days of isolation if symptoms are improved/improving). We encourage students to test for COVID-19 prior to the start of school. Test kits are available to all students. Students can pick up test kits starting next week in the main office or at iPad pick-up.

Looking Ahead
New Parent Fair, August 30th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the Rowland Student Center*
Come learn about BBA programs and opportunities -- watch your email in the coming weeks for more details on this event. 

9th Grade Parent Orientation, August 30th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Riley Center*
All parents and guardians of 9th Grade students are invited to a new parent and guardian welcome in the Riley Center for the Arts. Mark Tashjian and Meg Kenny will share some remarks and Student Mentors will offer advice to parents and answer questions. 
*Note the change in the date for these two events.

Picture Day, August 31st
All students will have their photos taken for school IDs. Picture packages are available to purchase (watch for more detail). 

Labor Day, September 5th 
School is not in session.

Now that you’ve read through the opening of school details, please review the “nuts and bolts” below. Think of this as your back to school checklist. 

  • Login and review key information on BBA’s OnCampus Portal and Website.
BBA’s OnCampus Portal and Burr and Burton’s website are your information and communication hubs. Two key pages to view include: the opening of school page to find information included in this email as well as additional family resources, and the families page which includes key information, forms and policies.
  • Review your schedule and advisory placement. If you want to make a change to your schedule or notice an issue (missing block or double booked), please contact your college counselor to make adjustments prior to the start of the school year. 
  • For a smooth start to the school year, students and parents must complete the required enrollment forms. If you have trouble logging into OnCampus or have questions regarding the electronic forms, please contact support@burrburton.org.
    • 2022-2023 Fall Co-Curricular Rules and Info
    • 2022-2023 Emergency Contact Info and Permissions
    • 2022 - 2023 Health Consent and Medical Form
    • 2022-2023 Responsible Use 
    • 2022-2023 iPad request Form
    • 2022-2023 Parking Permit
    • 2022-2023 COVID vaccine/booster

  • Enroll in Meal Time and learn more about Free and Reduced Lunch Requirements.
  • Complete your summer assignment  so you are ready for book discussion groups on August 29th..
  • Review BBA’s calendar to make sure you don’t miss important events like Fall Sports Night, Mountain Campus Information Night, and the Extracurricular Theater, Dance & Film meeting. 
  • Enjoy your last weeks of summer!

In closing, I want to remind you that the BBA faculty and staff are your greatest champions -- we are here to support you as you grow as learners and people. I and the rest of the BBA faculty and staff look forward to learning with you all year.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer. 


Meg Kenny
Associate Head of School

Bullhorn News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Calliope Concert

    The Calliope Concert will be Friday, February 10, 2023 6:30 p.m. Riley Center. We are looking forward to this student-led talent show!
  • February Updates from School Counseling

    From one-on-one meetings and standardized testing to course requests and scholarships, click through for more information about items that are particularly timely this month. 
  • Parent Association Get-together

    Join the BBA Parent Association for a get-together on February 9th from 6:00 to 8:00PM. This is a great opportunity to meet up with other BBA parents! Check out the Parent Association Facebook page for forthcoming details on location.
  • Pathways Dinner

    The fourth pathways dinner of the year is TONIGHT! Please join us tonight February 1st from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Student Center to hear from BBA and Success Alumni as we listen and engage in a discussion about Pathways with entering the Workforce as a post secondary option are asked to join us. We will provide a delicious dinner and even better conversation. 
  • Student Travel Opportunities - Feb. 3 Parent Association meeting

    Join BBA Associate Head of School Meg Kenny at the Friday, February 3 Parent Association meeting at 8:30 a.m. in The Belltower Room of Founders Hall to hear more about the travel opportunities available to all Burr and Burton students. You can join in person or on Zoom.