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The Sharon Academy High School Electives, Marking Period III

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

High School Electives, MP III   Elective classes meet for 1 hour and 45 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The elective block allows students to explore interests that may not be covered in the core curriculum, to learn about a topic they may never have considered before, teach one of their passions, and to mix with different student groups. Every full-time teacher at TSA teaches at least one elective. This allows students and teachers to engage with each other in a different setting, acknowledging the multi-dimensional aspect of each person. For instance, a math teacher may teach a Physical Fitness elective, allowing students and the teacher to know each other as athletes.  Having our “core teachers” also teach an elective has the added benefit of modeling life-long learning. In addition, many members of our community – parents, alumni, and residents from surrounding towns – teach electives on topics about which they are passionate. Students benefit from a wide variety of expertise and experience, developing significant relationships outside of the TSA teacher community.   Marking Period III * = successful completion of this class earns .25 studio art credit ^ = successful completion of this class earns .25 P.E. credit   Filmosophy (Graded) In the Philosophy and Film elective we are going to be exploring the fundamental concepts of human existence and emotion through the storytelling of film. Throughout the elective, we will be watching films whose story lines invoke journeys of self-discovery and self-reflection. After each film viewing, we will have an in-depth discussion covering subjects that center on the intricacies and meaning of everyday life. Instructor: Blake Fabrikant   Words! Pass/Fail Objectives: To play with the English language and its usage To gain a stronger understanding of the working language Like word play? Love etymology and word sources? Tend to be the one making the puns that make your friends and family groan? Come play with language with like-minded students. In this class, we will play word games and explore the use of language. Topics may include etymology and language usage, palindromes, puns (including feghoots), mondegreens and malapropisms, oxymorons, linguistic ambiguity, or other topics (as driven by student interests). Instructor: Kimberly Barnhart Maple Sugaring Objectives To complete the work needed in order to operate a sugar bush. To make available the traditions of sugaring to the TSA community. To provide opportunities to students who wish to participate in experiential education. The sugaring elective does all the work necessary to produce maple syrup from sap to syrup. This includes, but is not limited to: running and repairing line, set up of the arch and evaporator, tapping trees, sugar bush maintenance, boiling sap and finishing syrup. Students are expected to be outside in all weathers during elective time working on the operation. Outside work on weekends and evenings is not mandatory but would be extremely helpful! Instructor: Rob Stainton One Act Play This elective roster is determined by auditions, which are taking place on January 20. Instructors: Robin Chadwell & Charlie McMeekin Introduction to Programming This elective is designed for students with little or no programming experience whatsoever.  To start with, students will play games that teach programming concepts and procedural thinking.  We’ll move from there to a visual language, where students will solve basic problems, create animations, and make a simple game.  At the end of the course students will learn the basics of a real programming language – Python.  This course is NOT a mandatory prerequisite for the 4th quarter Software Development/Game Design Elective, but it will help to prepare anyone who is starting fresh for that elective. Programmers with experience should consider...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 24, 2015

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Newsletter

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Community Events Classifieds To make a submission to The Sharon Academy’s newsletter, please click here and complete the new online submission form. Mark Your Calendar MS = middle school, HS = high school To download a PDF version of our 2014 – 2015 calendar, please click here: Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates: TSA Calendar September Thurs   24 High School Information Night for all HS parents at 6:30pm at the HS. October Thurs 1  TSA Open House  for prospective families, 6:30 – 8:00 at the high school Thurs 1  Chalk and Chow   All day on the SoRo Green Thurs 8 12th grade Parent College Information Night 6:30pm Weds 14 PSATs for all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders Tues 20 No School  In Service Thurs 22 School Picture Day Thurs 22 Cafe Night 6:30 pm at the HS Fri 23 HS 1st Marking Period ends  Fri 30 No School – HS Only – Parent/Teacher/Student Conference Day   TSA Open House – Spread the Word TSA’s Annual Open House for Prospective Families is on October 1st.  This event is the main way we let families know about our school so that they can visit and apply.  Please let your friends and neighbors know about this event and encourage them to attend.  Here is more information: We invite you to an informative and informal gathering to learn more about how The Sharon Academy is empowering a community of creative and independent thinkers.  Join us on Thursday, October 1st, 6:30 – 8:30 at the TSA High School for our annual Open House. The evening is an excellent opportunity to meet current TSA middle school and high school students and ask questions about our approach to providing a challenging, engaging and nurturing education for adolescents. Students are encouraged to attend.  Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Amber Wylie – 763.2500 x120 or email awylie@sharonacademy.net Appreciations To Juniors & Seniors and Your Parents:  Thanks for making Tuesday’s trip to the college fair at Southern New Hampshire University a positive experience. From her interactions with college representatives at the fair, it was very clear to Ellen Bagnato that TSA students made a very positive impression.  In fact, she has already received several points of contact from schools requesting visits at TSA this fall. THANK YOU to parents Dawn Cieniewicz, Karen Ruben and Jools Skeet for shopping for the Middle School trip to Heifer International.  Thank you also to bakers extraordinaire Maureen Bissaillon, Kirsten Eastman, Tracy Onega and Sue Schlabach for providing home-baked snacks.  Because of their efforts our students will have a nutritious lunch after departing from the Global Village. General News Children’s Shoe Drive: In an effort to support young children in Guatemala, TSA is hosting a Children’s Shoe Drive. We are looking for NEW or GENTLY USED Children’s Shoes sizes 2-8 AND a pair of socks for each set of shoes. There will be a bin in the TSA High School lobby to collect the shoes until Thursday, October 15th. Please contact our Community Service Student Coordinator, Bailley Wright at Bwright@sharonacademy.net or Kate Sensenich atksensenich@sharonacademy.net with any questions! Thanks for your help! Lice: As school has been in full swing for a few weeks,  now is a good time to check your student(s) for signs of head lice. (Please note:  We have not had any reports of lice at this time.) Live lice are very difficult to detect as they are translucent and can blend into the hair color. Indications of lice include itching (especially at night) and reddened areas on the back of the neck or behind the ears...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 17, 2015

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in High School, Middle School

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Community Events Classifieds To make a submission to The Sharon Academy’s newsletter, please click here and complete the new online submission form. Mark Your Calendar MS = middle school, HS = high school To download a PDF version of our 2014 – 2015 calendar, please click here: Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates: TSA Calendar September Fri 18  In Service – No School for MS and HS Tues 22 College Fair for all 11th and 12th graders:  Buses leave TSA at 7:30am for the College Fair at the Southern New Hampshire University. More information to come. Thurs   24 High School Information Night for all HS parents at 6:30pm at the HS. October Thurs 1  TSA Open House  for prospective families, 6:30 – 8:00 at the high school Thurs 1  Chalk and Chow   All day on the SoRo Green Thurs 8 12th grade Parent College Information Night 6:30pm Weds 14 PSATs for all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders Tues 20 No School  In Service Thurs 22 School Picture Day Thurs 22 Cafe Night 6:30 pm at the HS Fri 23 HS 1st Marking Period ends  Fri 30 No School – HS Only – Parent/Teacher/Student Conference Day   TSA Open House – Spread the Word TSA’s Annual Open House for Prospective Families is on October 1st.  This event is the main way we let families know about our school so that they can visit and apply.  Please let your friends and neighbors know about this event and encourage them to attend.  Here is more information: We invite you to an informative and informal gathering to learn more about how The Sharon Academy is empowering a community of creative and independent thinkers.  Join us on Thursday, October 1st, 6:30 – 8:30 at the TSA High School for our annual Open House. The evening is an excellent opportunity to meet current TSA middle school and high school students and ask questions about our approach to providing a challenging, engaging and nurturing education for adolescents. Students are encouraged to attend.  Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Amber Wylie – 763.2500 x120 or email awylie@sharonacademy.net . Appreciations Thank you to Margaret Chadwell ’18 and Kaila Skeet Browning ’18 for leading the High School in recognizing September 11th as a community. Thank you to author Jo Knowles who recently spent two afternoons leading Middle School students through a discussion of her latest novel “Between the Lines”.  All of our middle school students read the book for their summer reading, and Jo helped students to understand the process of writing, as well as challenging them to “dare to disturb the universe” by  moving past being  “bystanders” in life into being actively positive participants in life. Thank you to the Roe sisters for mowing (Lydia Roe ’16) and weed-wacking (Sophie Roe ’18) our High School grounds this year. General News Children’s Shoe Drive: In an effort to support young children in Guatemala, TSA is hosting a Children’s Shoe Drive. We are looking for NEW or GENTLY USED Children’s Shoes sizes 2-8 AND a pair of socks for each set of shoes. There will be a bin in the TSA High School lobby to collect the shoes until Thursday, October 15th. Please contact our Community Service Student Coordinator, Bailley Wright at Bwright@sharonacademy.net or Kate Sensenich atksensenich@sharonacademy.net with any questions! Thanks for your help! Lice: As school has been in full swing for a few weeks,  now is a good time to check your student(s) for signs of head lice. (Please note:  We have not had any reports of lice at this time.) Live lice are...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 11, 2015

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in High School, Middle School

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News  High School News Community Service Opportunities Community Events Classifieds To make a submission to The Sharon Academy’s newsletter, please click here and complete the new online submission form. Mark Your Calendar MS = middle school, HS = high school To download a PDF version of our 2014 – 2015 calendar, please click here: Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates: TSA Calendar    September Tues 15 Meeting regarding February’s Trip to Europe – 7:30 at the HS Fri 18  In Service – No School for MS and HS Tues 22 College Fair for all 11th and 12th graders:  Buses leave TSA at 7:30am for the College Fair at the Southern New Hampshire University. More information to come. Thurs   24 High School Information Night for all HS parents at 6:30pm at the HS.   Chalk and Chow – New Date The Second Annual Chalk and Chow Festival was postponed due to rain.  It will now be held on the green in South Royalton on October 1st. Students from The South Royalton School and The Sharon Academy will be collaboratively working on 2-D and 3-D chalk designs all day on the sidewalk on Park Street beginning at 8:00am and going into the afternoon and into the early evening. Children and adults are also are invited to use the chalk. Beginning at 3:00pm there will also be a farmer’s market and raised doughnuts cooked over a fire. Come celebrate fall! General News Mindfulness Group: The Mindfulness Group, consisting of a few of our staff members, has been meeting since 2013 on Wednesdays and would like to invite you to join. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as: “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.” Mindfulness enhances quality of life.  Living in the present moment is difficult when our mind is constantly analyzing the past and worrying about the future.  Practicing mindfulness in a group can be beneficial both mentally and physically. When: 2:15pm, every Wednesday except during Teacher In-Service and vacations Where: Flo’s room at TSA High School Leader: Florence Tolbert Fee: Just drop in – it’s free! No registration or experience required. Flo, who also teaches the Introduction to Mindfulness elective at TSA, draws on a variety of programs such as Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction, Patricia Broderick’s Learning to Breathe and the Mindfulness In School Project, to name a few. Sessions include various meditation exercises, body scans, and occasional readings.  This group is not affiliated to, nor does it promote, any religion. Works from different authors, including Vietnamese Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, are sometimes referenced. For more information, please contact Flo at ftolbert@sharonacademy.net. Looking for a Delicious Pizza Dinner?  Another day, another TSA soccer game and another opportunity to have dinner made for you.  Come to The Sharon Academy during any of our Varsity home games, watch some soccer and pick up a pizza or two for dinner. The dough is handmade with King Arthur Flour and the pizza sauce is also homemade with fresh organic vegetables from Tunbridge Hill Farm.  Yum! Go Phoenix.  Upcoming games: Saturday, September 12, Varsity Girls at 11, Varsity Boys at 1. Saturday, September 19, Varsity Girls at 11, Varsity Boys at 1. Abby Will Re-Use Your Bubble Wrap:  Abby Tonks of AbbyTPottery (TSA’s Brian Tonks is her husband) will happily take and reuse your air pillows, bubble wrap, or styrofoam peanuts. She uses it to package and ship her pottery around the country. Please be sure it is clean and please put it in a bag. No other packing materials, please. Leave it outside Brian’s office...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, September 4, 2015

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in High School, Middle School, Newsletter

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News  High School News Community Service Opportunities Community Events Classifieds To make a submission to The Sharon Academy’s newsletter, please click here and complete the new online submission form. Mark Your Calendar MS = middle school, HS = high school To download a PDF version of our 2014 – 2015 calendar, please click here: Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates: TSA Calendar    September Mon   7 No School – Labor Day Thurs   10 2nd Annual Chalk and Chow 8:15am – 6:00pm on the green in South Royalton. See Chalk and Chow below Thurs   10 Middle School Information Night for all MS parents: 6:30pm at the MS. See MS News below Fri 18  In Service – No School for MS and HS Tues 22 College Fair for all 11th and 12th graders:  Buses leave TSA at 7:30am for the College Fair at the Southern New Hampshire University. More information to come. Thurs   24 High School Information Night for all HS parents at 6:30pm at the HS.     Appreciations Thank you to all of our students for making this year’s Orientation days so much fun!  We are off to a great start to the year. Thank you to Phil Brown of High 5, for leading our entire school – staff, faculty, middle school students and high school students – through leadership and team building exercises during Orientation.  Phil’s experience in team building helped our school to literally and figuratively reach out of our comfort zones and get to know new people. A huge thank you to Jo Knowles and Jeffrey Lent, two local authors who shared their talents with the high school during Orientation.  Jo led a discussion about Lessons from a Dead Girl with a group of students who had read it for their summer reading, while Jeffrey spoke to a different group about his book In the Fall.  Both authors treated  students to in-depth discussions of their books, answering detailed questions about  characters’ motivations  and also sharing inspiring stories about their experiences as writers.  The discussions were part of TSA’s Summer Reading program.  This year’s summer reading theme was local authors, in order to expose students to the rich talent represented in this area. Students chose from a list of authors such as Bill Bryson, Julia Alverez, and John Irving, among others.  We look forward to welcoming Jo back to the middle school in a couple of weeks where she will talk to students about their summer reading: Between the Lines. Chalk and Chow The Second Annual Chalk and Chow Festival will be held on the green in South Royalton on September 10th. Students from The South Royalton School and The Sharon Academy will be collaboratively working on 2-D and 3-D chalk designs all day on the sidewalk on Park Street beginning at 8:00am and going into the afternoon and into the early evening. Children and adults are also are invited to use the chalk. Beginning at 3:00pm there will also be a farmer’s market and raised doughnuts cooked over a fire. Come celebrate fall! General News Important Reminder – Contact Information Survey:  Our Annual Contact Information Survey was emailed to families on August 10th.  Some families have reported that this email went to their Spam folders.  In case that also happened to you, please follow this link to access the survey: Contact Information Survey.  This survey provides us with ESSENTIAL contact information so that we can reach you with any concerns or questions about your student.  It is also the information we use to notify you of school...

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