Academics

Summer Reading, 2014

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Academics, High School, Middle School

Dear TSA Families, Greetings from The Sharon Academy! We hope that summer is off to a good start for you and your family. We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students – new and returning – to the school this autumn. Summer Reading information was sent to all families on June 24th.  This post contains the information your students need to complete their Summer Reading Requirements for your reference. Summer Reading Quick Links 7th and 8th Grade If you are the parent of an incoming 7th or 8th grader, please click here (http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Summer-Reading-List-2014-15.pdf) to download a copy of the Middle School Summer Reading List. 9th Grade If you are the parent of an incoming 9th grader, please click here to be taken to the All School Summer Reading Requirements. Please note – please email Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net to let her know your student’s top 3 choices of book by July 1st. (See below for more information). This link will also explain the Humanities Summer Reading Requirements. 10th Grade If you are the parent of an incoming 10th grader, please click here to be taken to the All School Summer Reading Requirements. Please note – your student should have already signed up for one of these books before the end of school.  If you are in doubt about the book your student has chosen, please email Christa at cwurm@sharonacademy.net.  This link will also explain the Humanities Summer Reading Requirements. 11th and 12th Grade If you are the parent of an incoming 11th or 12th grader, please click here to be taken to the All School Summer Reading Requirements. Please note – your student should have already signed up for one of these books before the end of school.  If you are in doubt about the book your student has chosen, please email Christa at cwurm@sharonacademy.net.  This link will also explain the Exhibitions Summer Reading and Work Requirements. The links above take you directly to the summer reading information by grade. Below is summer reading information for all high school classes. 9th Grade Summer Reading Each incoming 9th grader has two summer reading assignments: 1) The All School Summer Reading requirement and 2) the Humanities Summer Reading Requirement.< All School Summer Reading Each summer, all TSA high school students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.  The goal of having a Summer Reading program is to encourage lifelong reading. This summer, each faculty member will lead a discussion session on a book from the attached list (Please click here to see the list of book choices and their descriptions).  Students, please look through this list and identify the three books you would most like to read.  Then email Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net with your top 3 choices, in order of preference, by July 1st.     During August Workshop Days, each teacher will meet with their group for two hours for discussions and activities about their book. Bring your book, as you may need it.     Humanities Summer Reading A note from Charlie McMeekin, 9th grade Humanities Teacher   Dear Future Freshpeople: Greetings!  I’m Charlie McMeekin, and will be your English or language arts teacher for next year, and already I’m looking forward to it and making plans for the year. I wanted to alert you to one of those plans as soon as possible. Reading is a natural and important part of Humanities, and one of my objectives is to push your development as a reader. You’ve already learned about the all-school summer reading book project. This note introduces you to the second part of your summer reading....

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Electives at TSA High School, Fourth Marking Period, 2014

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Academics, Arts, High School

  Key Successful completion of a class marked with * earns .25 studio art credits.   Successful completion of a class marked with ^ earns .25 physical education credits.     ^Weight Training Pass/Fail/Excellent Classes will be held at Vermont Law School.  This is a trial basis.  Students will develop fitness regimes, which could be goal or sport specific, consisting of free weight, nautilus and aerobic components.  Females as well as males are encouraged to participate, and all participants should be ready to work hard.  Basic elements of anatomy, physiology and nutrition will be addressed.  Grades will be based on the following components: written regimen, goal sheet, training log, participation and safety awareness.  Assessment methods may include short quizzes, readings or small projects, like presenting an exercise to the class. Successful completion of this class will earn a student .25 PE credits. Instructor: Steve Basham   ^Spring Running Pass/Fail/Excellent We’ll go running on nearby dirt roads and go out no matter what the weather. Students do not need to be able to run very far or fast to take this class. It is fine to start out mostly walking and then build up the amount of time spent running. The overall goal is for students to increase or maintain their fitness, develop or maintain good exercise habits and get outside. Students will be expected to be outside for one hour every class and one day per week outside of class. They will keep track of this information in a log. Students must show up ready on the first day with: running shoes; synthetic fabric long underwear, hat and socks (no cotton); gloves or mittens; water-resistant shell and wind pants; lightweight synthetic jacket or other warm layer; and a stopwatch or other way to keep track of time. All students will be expected to participate fully every class. Basketball players and other athletes may not take this class if it conflicts with their sport. Instructor: Larry Satcowitz   ^Yoga Pass/Fail/Excellent This will be a mixed-level yoga class comprised of mostly vinyassa flow yoga centering on Anusara-based philosophy, which deals with goals of self-esteem, self-empowerment and general positivity. The class will be taught using a combination demonstrations and oral cues. There will be several acroyoga classes as well, which will center on collaboration and teamwork. The class will provide an opportunity for students to become more active and experience the mental and physical health benefits of yoga. Students will leave the class with thorough knowledge of surya namaskar A and B, which are forms of the sun salutations.  Instructor: Maddy Fields   ^P.E. (females only) This PE elective will run during the first marking period. Each week we will be doing a different unit comprised of standard PE activities such as kickball, dodgeball, handball, etc. This is a great opportunity for those who want to be active and try new sports and activities outside of organized athletics. Grading is based on attendance and participation. This class is pass/fail. Instructor: Blake Fabrikant   Fly Fishing Pass/Fail/Excellent Learn the basics of fly-fishing on our very own White River!  Some equipment is available for loan – everyone who wants to take this class should sign up Instructor: Carter Glass   *Photo II “Take This Down” Prerequisite: Successful completion of Photo I or permission of instructor Students in this class will study and work to create projects that challenge the viewer.  There will be work outside of class, a computer is helpful, and students will need their own cameras. Instructor: Laura DeCapua   *Watercolors This class will still life painting, learning various techniques for creating edges, for mixing colors, for...

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