"I am excited my grandmother is here," Johanna Novak said. "I have been looking forward to it all week. It's fun to show them around."
Grandparents arrived at 10 a.m. for a reception and coffee in the Riley Center followed by a video presentation "A Day in the Life of a BBA Student" produced by the cinematography students of Bill Muench. Headmaster Mark Tasjhian followed with welcoming remarks and gave an overview of Burr and Burton and introduced some of the highlights of what being a Burr and Burton students means. Tashjian also thanked them for their tremendous support of their grandchildren and outlined for them the many opportunities BBA offers as well as the challenges some students in the community face. He emphasized how important it is to deliver a successful, meaningful high school "experience" for every student and to give them an education, both academically and on the playing fields so they are prepared for their pursuit of the American Dream.
Followed were a series of short presentations that discussed the new BBA Mountain Campus Program, the ongoing accreditation program, new course offerings, the athletic program, student life and Service Learning responsibilities. The program was designed to give grandparents both a sense of what their grandchildren experience, the opportunities available to them and how the school's mission is put into action.
The performing arts department's Julie Freebern then led the chorus and audience in the singing of the Burr and Burton Academy Alma Mater. Director of Advancement Cynthia Gubb ended the presentation part of the program with a question and answer session.
At this point 98 grandchildren met and greeted their grandparents and escorted them to a luncheon in the Rowland Center. Campus tours by school ambassadors were then offered to many of the visitors and they had the opportunity to visit classrooms and walk throughout the BBA campus.
Claudia and Jeremy Dole, grandparents of Clara Berard were looking forward to seeing new technology as well as the performing arts department that is part of their granddaughter's education.