2014 Marking Period 1 High School Electives

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in High School, Newsletter

High School Electives



During August Workshop Days, all students will choose their electives for the First Marking Period.  Please read below for more information on TSA’s electives and the choices for the first marking period.


Philosophy of Electives:

We offer electives to provide students with opportunities to explore areas of interest outside the core curriculum, chances to mix with different students, and to engage with teachers in a new setting.  Classes meet twice a week, and are a very important part of our curriculum. (Please do not schedule appointments during these, or any, class hours. Wednesday afternoons are an ideal time to schedule appointments for your students, as school ends at 1:00.)

Electives at TSA also provide and opportunity for students to tailor the narrative of their educational experience. To this end, please encourage your students to think long-term when they choose their classes.


There are some graduation requirements that are important to keep in mind when choosing electives. Each student must earn 1.5 P.E. credits and .75 Studio Art credits by the end of their four years at The Sharon Academy. Each successful completion of a marking period-long elective earns the student .25 credits. Each marking period there are three art classes and at least one class with PE credit available.

Signing Up / Adding or Dropping and Elective:

Sign-up for first marking period electives will take place during August Orientation days (August 27-29).  If you will not be present for those days, please contact Christa Wurm, the Elective Coordinator, at cwurm@sharonacademy.net at your earliest convenience.

Students will mark their top three choices and submit to the Elective Coordinator.  Classes are assigned based on seniority and lottery.  Students who do not submit any choices will be assigned to a class.

For the first week and a half of a marking period, there is the possibility to change classes.  An elective may be changed, or not, at the discretion of the teachers.  To request a change, a student will consult with his or her advisor, and submit a form with four signatures: the teacher of the class to be dropped, the teacher of the class to be added, the advisor, and the parent.




Marking Period 1 Electives


*= successful completion earns .25 Studio Art credit

^= successful completion earns .25 P.E. credit

*The Student Body  

In this elective, students will have their bodies traced and then cut out of a sheet of plywood. The students will then paint the interior of their body cutout with acrylics in a way that expresses something about them. Through this process of painting, students learn about how to express themselves in acrylics. Once finished, these pieces will join the others that are mounted to the outside of the school.

Instructor: Jay Mead

*Promotions, Marketing and Communications  

Students receive real world work experience through hands-on projects in this energy-filled elective. Students will work with the local press and manage social media outlets to promote this year’s Interim play – Disco Inferno. Students will also produce Disco Inferno‘s playbill by selling advertising, working with a designer and taking photos for this year’s musical. Students in this elective must have an eye for detail, love working under tight deadlines and enjoy problem-solving as a team.

Instructors: Laura DeCapua and Mahar Sperling


Collage, a term derived from the French word “coller” (“to glue”), is a method of making art by assembling collected forms together on a page. In this elective we will use collage to explore elements of two-dimensional design, color theory, and the line that divides abstract and representational art.  We will spend time outside, looking for natural objects that inspire us. We will mix our own colors and create the papers for our collages. Some of our pieces will reduce elements to their most basic in form and color, others will be more complex.  Most assignments will be done individually, but a few will be collaborative. Come to class ready to think visually, creatively, and ready to get a bit dirty.

Instructor: Lynn Sheldon

^Whitewater Kayaking  

This elective is designed to introduce new paddlers to the fundamentals of the sport. We will begin with basic river safety that includes wet exits and defensive swimming. From there, our focus shifts to basic stroke mechanics and edge control on flatwater as we prepare for moving current, eddy turns and ferries. The eventual goal is to run class II whitewater in Hartland at Sumner Falls. In addition to the Tuesday and Thursday class times, we will meet on many Saturdays, which are mandatory for participation in the course.

Instructors: Spike Carter and Rob Stainton

^Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate is one of the fastest-growing sports in Vermont. Coach Theo Fetter started the Ultimate team (a Spring sport) at Sharon Academy in 2012, and is back now to introduce the game to all those looking for a fun and physical elective in the first marking period. The Ultimate elective will stick to the basics – having a great time while getting steady exercise, throwing and catching the disc, and emphasizing Spirit of the Game (Ultimate’s ethos).

Instructor: Theo Fetter

Interim Leads, Choreography and Committee Heads

This elective is open to students who have leads and leadership positions in our production of “Disco Inferno”. Time will be devoted to rehearsal, blocking, singing, and program development. Committee Heads will be planning and organizing the work they need to do, and Choreographers will be collaborating to create and teach the moves for the show.

Instructors: Charlie McMeekin,  

Kate Sensenich & Christa Wurm

Introduction to Filmmaking

In the Introduction to Filmmaking Elective, students will learn the basics of filmmaking through various prompts and projects. We will cover the process of writing, filming, directing and editing short films. The goal is to teach students how to craft a short film from conceptualization to completion.  Important: Students must own their own video camera (it can be a DSLR or GoPro) and they must have their own laptop to edit footage.

Instructor: Blake Fabrikant

Contract Bridge

Contract Bridge is one of the most popular card games worldwide.  It is a team game played with a partner against another two-person team. A successful bridge partnership will understand the rules of the game and also learn a bidding system. The bidding system taught in this course will be Standard Bidding with Five Card Majors, a very common bidding system in the U.S. and abroad. Class time will be spent reviewing lessons that students will read as homework, playing hands that demonstrate the topics learned in the lesson, and also playing open games of Rubber Bridge.

Instructor: Steve Basham


Every generation takes its turn struggling with the great questions of the ages. A few of them are: How do I know there are other minds? What is free will? Is mind different from body? How do we know right from wrong? Philosophy is the intellectual discipline dedicated to examining these questions. This course will consist of in-class readings and discussions designed to explore and clarify these issues from a modern perspective.

Instructor: Larry Satcowitz