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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, May 2, 2014

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations Upcoming Events General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar May 2014  Fri  2 Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo! 5:30 pm See General News below Fri 2 MS Dance  6:30 – 9:30pm See MS News below Thurs 8 NECAP testing for grades 8 & 11 See MS and HS news below Mon 12 Senior Exhibition Day Tues 13 In Service – No School Weds 14 HS Auditions for next year’s interim Thurs 15 Last Cafe Night of the year Fri 16 All HS Trip See Rafting below Sat 17 Prom  7:30pm – 11:00pm See HS News below Tues – Thurs 20 – 22 All MS Trip to High 5 Fri  23  MS – No School. Please note: The last day of school – June 13th, will end at 2:00 May at TSA The month of May is a very busy month at TSA.  Please be sure to read this newsletter carefully to keep track of all that is happening.   Appreciations We love hearing about what are students are up to!  Please write to newsletter@sharonacademy.net with news of any accomplishments your student may have. Thank you to Nancy Sizer for sharing her knowledge with us regarding the importance of small schools this week at our Face 2 Face, Heart 2 Heart session.  Over 50 people came to hear Nancy speak.  Thank you as well to TSA Parent, Edie Farwell, for coordinating Nancy’s visit. Thank you to the over 100 student and parent volunteers who helped make the Taking Flight Arts Celebration a great success (too many to list here).  We had record attendance at both the Gala and the Free Family Arts Day. During Friday’s gala, our gym was transformed into a magical, silken tent where over 170 of us danced the night away to the sounds of the Starline Rhythm Boys, while eating scrumptious food and bidding on a wide variety of auction items. On Saturday, The Sharon Academy High School was full of nearly 100 parents and children making jewelry, felting bracelets, painting faces, walking on stilts and generally having a great time.  We raised considerable money to support Art programming here at TSA, and had a great time doing it. Pictures will be on Facebook next week.  (Stay tuned for final numbers about how much was raised.)  Click here to see WCAX’s coverage of the art day:   http://www.wcax.com/category/166239/video-landing-page?clipId=10098109&autostart=true We have two teachers who are about to embark on the adventure of parenthood for the first time.  Both Steve Basham  (and his wife Emma) and  Stephanie Davis (and her husband Will) are expecting children within a couple of weeks.  In fact,  this is our last week with Stephanie Davis before she heads off on maternity leave.  Stephanie & Will and Steve & Emma – our thoughts are with you as you begin your new families! Congratulations to the Middle School students for their most recent Food & Hunger newsletter, called Our Times.  As many of you may know, this newsletter is the culminating project of our Food and Hunger Unit and includes articles written by all of the middle school students. It represents an incredible amount of work done by the students.  Thank you to the Dartmouth Printing Press, who has generously  printed 1,500 copies  of the newsletter, and to TSA parent Angelique Lee for designing the newsletter.  A copy of the newsletter can be downloaded by clicking here: http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2014-OUR-TIMES-Final.pdf Back to Top Events Tonight Bingo and Spaghetti! Have you been craving a good game of bingo?   How about...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, April 11, 2014

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations Upcoming Events General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar April 2014 Mon – Fri 14 – 18 Spring Break Tues 22 Rescheduled Preparing for College night for parents of 9th and 10th graders, 6:30 Fri 25 Taking Flight Gala, 6:30 – 11:00 pm. Sat 26 Family Arts Day, Noon – 4:00 pm. Happy Spring Break! Appreciations Congratulations to 8th grader Mazie Hayden who won the Open (pro) Class at USASA Ski Cross Nationals! Reminder to Students: Remember to enter your accomplishments and activities on Naviance to keep track of them for that time when you are applying to college or special programs! Back to Top Upcoming Events Face to Face, Heart to Heart Speaker Night: Come listen to a fascinating dialogue between Co-Founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Nancy Sizer and Head of School at The Sharon Academy, Michael Livingston as they discuss the question, “Why small schools?” Their discussion will include the history of CES, which is part of the small schools movement, and how TSA has has found inspiration and guidance through the Coalition’s principles and goals.   Why Small Schools? A Dialogue About Educational Philosophy and Values Guest Speaker: Coalition of Essential Schools Co-Founder, Nancy Sizer Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:00-7:30pm TSA High School Light Refreshments Served Next Cafe Night: Mark your calendars now for our last Cafe night of the year on May 15th at 6:30! We invite you to come early to participate in the fundraising dinner at 5:30pm. The proceeds from the dinner will be used to buy books that will be given to our Seniors as graduation presents. Alumna parent Toni Hover runs these dinners, and choses the books for each senior, based on their personality and interests. Raffle Win Dinner at Michael Livingston’s House To Support TSA’s New Middle School Lunch Program*! Join Michael Livingston and his wife, Laurie Foster, at their home for a delicious home cooked dinner for up to four guests. $10 a chance – 6 for $50. Drawing will be held on Tuesday, May 6th at 11:00 at All School Meeting at the High School. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Gala or from Cynthia Masterman at the High School, Catherine Farrington at the Middle School, or by credit card by calling Cynthia Masterman at 763-2500. *Lunch Program: It is our goal for all students to have a healthy lunch option. We are fundraising to cover the cost of providing meals to all TSA middle school families who qualify for free and reduced lunch according to federal guidelines. Lunches will be provided at a low cost for those families who do not qualify. It is our hope that this program will also be available at the high school beginning in the fall. Details to follow soon! General News Chocolate Fondue: The HS Prom committee is looking for a chocolate fountain or melting pot. If you have one they can borrow, please contact Abby Hurwitz at ahurwitz@sharonacademy.net. Bingo! Have you been craving a good game of bingo? Do you have nothing to do on a Friday night? Well there’s good news! You’re invited to a community wide bingo night at The Sharon Academy. Bingo night will be hosted on Friday, May 2nd at 6:30pm. Bingo cards cost $2 each and there will be cash winnings for each game. All proceeds will go to Kiva, a non-profit organization that provides micro-loans to people in developing countries, which will help create a better life for themselves and their families. This...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, April 3, 2014

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations Upcoming Events General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar April 2014 Thurs 10 MS Open House, 6:30 – 8:30pm Mon – Fri 14 – 18  Spring Break Tues 22 Rescheduled Preparing for College night for parents of 9th and 10th graders, 6:30 Fri 25 Taking Flight Gala, 6:30 – 11:00 pm. Sat 26 Family Arts Day, Noon – 4:00 pm. Appreciations Congratulations to the Middle School for another fabulous circus!  Over two performances, our gym was home to more than 600 laughing, delighted children and parents.  We are grateful, once again, to have had Troy Wunderle’s guidance through the myriad opportunities the circus program creates.   Thank you as well  to all the many TSA families who volunteered and helped in any way to get ready for the circus.  We are grateful for the help and the circus would simply not be possible without your support. Thank you to TSA parents Beth Sawin and Lori Loeb for their informative, thought-provoking presentations on Wednesday during TSA Talks.  TSA Talks are a new tradition, where interesting speakers from the greater community come to share their expertise with the high school student body. TSA Talks focused on this year’s theme of The Environment. We had the great privilege of welcoming two TSA parents who are both experts in interpreting data and using the results for environmental change. Beth Sawin is the Co-Director of Climate Interactive (and mom to Jenna and Nora Rice). In her TSA Talk, Beth shared some ideas from the new field of Climate Change Resilience which focuses on what individuals, communities, and organizations can do to prepare for the impacts of climate change, such as more intense storms and more erratic weather. Beth focused on what Vermonters did right during Tropical Storm Irene and how we can learn valuable lessons from the ways in which our communities responded and took care of one another. Lorie Loeb is the Executive Director of the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation Lab in Computer Science at Dartmouth College (and mom to Paul and Annabelle Roberts). Lorie is a renowned expert in the area of information visualization – she knows how to turn complex data into meaningful visuals. Lorie’s presentation focused on the concept of making data and information meaningful in order to communicate ideas and motivate people to change their behavior and make positive change. Thank you to 9th graders Tray Fisk and Meghan Shirley for representing TSA at a recent MS Admissions event at Albert Bridge School.  They gave up their day off to help tell 5th and 6th graders about the TSA Middle School. Congrats to all of the TSA students who participated in Model UN at Dartmouth recently: Fletcher Ambrose ’16, Paige Bissaillon ’17, Carter Blanchard ’14, Eleanor Frost ’17, Abby Hurwitz ’14, Emmie Masteller ’16, Hannah McFadden ’14, Austin Oliver ’15, Max Perkins ’16, Paul Roberts ’14, and Jordan Stevens ’16.  Students researched countries and wrote papers on topics as diverse as the formation of Isreal, cyber warfare, international surveillance, human  rights violations in Syria, and Iran’s nuclear compliance.  A special congratulations goes to Paul who won an  honorable mention award in his committee for representing the US in a mock UN Security Council. The TSA High School climbing team finished their season last week with an incredible 2nd place finish at the State Championships out of the 15+ schools that fielded teams.  Sam Hayden took first place defeating many older athletes.  All of the TSA climbers raised the bar in...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 20, 2014

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 20, 2014

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations Upcoming Events General News Phoenix News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar March 2014 Mon – Sat 17 – 29 MS Circus Interim Mon 24 One Act Performance at TSA HS, 6:30 Tues 25 Rescheduled: The Division II Preparing for College Parent Night, 6:30 Weds 26 HS 3rd MP Ends Thurs 27 Cafe Night, 6:30pm Fri 28 No School HS Only – In-service Fri – Sat 28 – 29 Circus Performances Mon 31 No School, MS Only April 2014 Weds  2 TSA Talks day and Winter Carnival at the HS.  See HS News below Fri  4 MS and HS Conferences – no school HS and MS Thurs  10 MS Open House, 6:30 pm Mon – Fri  14 – 18  Spring Break Fri 25 Taking Flight Gala, 6:30 – 11:00 pm.  See General News below Sat 26 Family Arts Day, Noon – 4:00 pm. See General News below Appreciations Clara Henderson ’16 has progressed to the finals for Poetry Out Loud!  She is one of 10 competitors (out of nearly 5,000) who will be performing on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 pm.  She will be reciting the following selections: Domestic Situation  by Ernest Hilbert, Life  by Edith Wharton, and Requests for a Toy Piano by Tony Hoagland. You can watch the competition live at VPT.org. Congratulations Juniors for all of your hard work on your Exhibitions! Thank you Shayla Livingston, TSA class of 2003, for leading the amazingly informative discussion at last week’s Face to Face, Heart to Heart discussion around the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  In her capacity as the VT Youth Risk Behavior Survey Coordinator and Public Heath Analyst, Shayla led the panel on a discussion of teenage risk-taking behavior, both at TSA at in the state as a whole.  It was wonderful to have her back at TSA, and our community appreciated her insights!   Reminder to Students: Remember to enter your accomplishments and activities on Naviance to keep track of them for that time when you are applying to college or special programs! Back to Top Upcoming Events Cafe Night – Our next Cafe Night will be on Thursday, March 27th at 6:30pm.  We invite you to come early to participate in the fundraising dinner at 5:30pm.  The proceeds from the dinner will be used to buy books that will be given to our Seniors as graduation presents.  Alumna parent Toni Hover runs these dinners, and choses the books for each senior, based on their personality and interests. Family Fun at The Sharon Academy’s Circus! Join in the fun at The Sharon Academy Middle School Circus on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29! For the eighth consecutive year, middle school students from The Sharon Academy (TSA) will be performing their circus at The Sharon Academy High School on Route 14 in Sharon. Troy Wunderle, Big Top Tour Artistic Director of Circus Smirkus and the Director of Clowning for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has returned to TSA to lead the students in creating a hilarious circus which consistently draws huge crowds. Come early to experience the pre-circus carnival – a wonderful collection of student-run games and activities for children. Two performances: Friday, March 28th, Carnival starts at 6:00 pm, Circus starts at 7:00 pm. Saturday, March 29th, Carnival starts at 4:00 pm, Circus starts at 5:00. $3 admission. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Fun for the whole family.  Check out the photos on TSA’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.643420225694788.1073741840.175937289109753&type=1 Blood Drive:  On Wednesday, April 9th, The...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 13, 2014

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Taking Flight Phoenix News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Community Events Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar March 2014 Mon – Sat 17 – 29 MS Circus Interim Mon 24 One Act Performance at TSA HS, 6:30 Tues 25 Rescheduled: The Division II Preparing for College Parent Night, 6:30. Weds 26 HS 3rd MP Ends Thurs 27 Cafe Night, 6:30pm Fri 28 No School HS Only – In-service Fri – Sat 28 – 29 Circus Performances Mon 31 No School, MS Only Appreciations Emma – We are thinking of you and hoping you heal quickly.  We miss you! Congratulations to Andy Bando-Hess ’15, Steve Davis ’14, Tanner James ’15 and Suzie Moses ’15 for being selected to the Central Vermont League Basketball All-League 2nd Team. Eleanor Frost ’17 has been accepted to NOLS’ (National Outdoor Leadership School) competitive summer program for this summer. Congratulations! Please join us in thanking TSA Alumni parent Miriam Rubin for all her delicious lunches over the years.  Through Famished Phoenix, Miriam provided our high school students with healthy lunches twice a week.  Miriam is moving to Maine, and  we wish her a fond farewell.  Welcome to Lisa who will be taking over  Famished Phoenix’s lunch  service. Thank you to Chris Babcock for donating a wonderful bass to the High School for our students to play. Clara Henderson ’16 has been chosen as one of eleven semi-finalists for the eighth annual Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England for her poem “car radio dies, thinking ensues, cosmos widens”. Congratulations! Reminder to Students: Remember to enter your accomplishments and activities on Naviance to keep track of them for that time when you are applying to college or special programs! Back to Top General News One Acts, a note from Charlie: “The discouragement of not being chosen at last weekend’s regional play festival does not stop the TSA Phoenix, which rises from the ashes even more beautiful. In that spirit, the intrepid cast and crew of our one-act play, “Success” will present the fruits of their labors on Monday, March 24 at 6:30pm at TSA high school. The play runs less than an hour, and is more suited for those who like serious situations and thoughts (you’ll laugh, but it’s not a comedy overall). The adjudicators for the regional festival were effusive in their praise for the actors’ characterizations, their projection, and most of the stage business.  All-Star cast honors went to Ben Hayslett, Amos Byrne, Liz Mulvey, and Izzi Byrne. There is no charge for the play, but we’ll leave a hat out for appreciative contributions! Family Fun at The Sharon Academy’s Circus!  Join in the fun at The Sharon Academy Middle School Circus on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29!  For the eighth consecutive year, middle school students from The Sharon Academy (TSA) will be performing their circus at The Sharon Academy High School on Route 14 in Sharon.  Troy Wunderle, Big Top Tour Artistic Director of Circus Smirkus and the Director of Clowning for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has returned to TSA to lead the students in creating a hilarious circus which consistently draws huge crowds.  Come early to experience the pre-circus carnival – a wonderful collection of student-run games and activities for children.  Two performances: Friday, March 28th, Carnival starts at 6:00 pm, Circus starts at 7:00 pm. Saturday, March 29th, Carnival starts at 4:00 pm, Circus starts at 5:00.  $3 admission.  Light refreshments will be available for purchase.  Fun for the whole family. Blood Drive:  April...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, March 6, 2014

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Taking Flight Face to Face, Heart to Heart Phoenix News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Community Events Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar March 2014 Sat 8 One Act performance at Stowe, 6:00pm. See Appreciations below. Sun 9 Daylight Savings – “Spring Forward” Tues 11 Face to Face, Heart to Heart: a panel discussion on Adolescent Risk Taking Behavior in Vermont. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm See Face to Face, Heart to Heart below Thurs 13 9th and 10th grade: College Planning Overview, 6:30pm Thurs 13 Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition Mon – Sat 17 – 29 MS Circus Interim Weds 26 HS 3rd MP Ends Thurs 27 Cafe Night, 6:30pm Fri 28 No School HS Only – Inservice Fri – Sat 28 – 29 Circus Performances Mon 31 No School, MS Only Appreciations Congrats to TSA’s Basketball teams!  Cumulatively, this is the best basketball season TSA has ever had. The JV Boys finished with a record of 9 and 4, which is an all-time record for wins for a TSA JV Basketball team. The Varsity Girls finished at 8 and 12, quadrupling their win total from last year.  The Varsity Boys finished their season at 14 and 7, losing a heart-breaking quarterfinal game by one point to Rochester, the defending champions.  This is the 3rd best record for TSA Varsity Boys.   GO PHOENIX! “Break a Leg”, One-Act Cast and Crew: This Saturday, TSA invades the resort town of Stowe, Vermont to present our one-act play, “Success”, as one of five plays in the regional one-act drama festival sponsored by the Vermont Principals Association.  Due to the timing of vacation and the Europe trip, we were not able to continue the tradition of performing before we go, but we will be announcing a performance for after we return. “Success” explores the pressures that exist between following your dream career and sacrificing for the sake of long-term relationships. The Sharon Academy is sending the following students to this year’s festival: Amos ’14 and Izzi Byrne ’16, Emma Farrington ’14, Margaret Gish ’14, Marilyn Groppe ’16, Ben Hayslett ’14, Rebekah Lamb ’17, Ben Lazar ’17, Esther Lent ’16, Liz Mulvey ’14, Shiloh Savage ’15, Kyle Shekinah-Roark ’15, Stephen Usher ’14, and Ella Williams ’15.  Directing the show is Aenea Thorne ’14, assisted by Charlie McMeekin.  Our performance time at the Stowe High School is set for 6PM, and the general public is welcome!  Our play will be followed by “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” at 7:15, presented by Stowe High School. Admission is $5 for a two show slot or $3 for a single show and $10 for a family. We’d love to see you there! Congratulations to Jenna Rice ’15, Nora Rice ’18, and Gretta Stack ’16 who created and delivered an amazing presentation, including Powerpoint, highlighting the potentially devastating environmental impacts of the Tar Sands Initiative at the Hartland Town Meeting.  (There are plans in the works to send Tar Sands from Montreal to Portland, ME, using an old pipeline that runs through several towns in the NE Kingdom.)   The results were terrific! The Hartland resolution to oppose Tar Sands in Vermont passed overwhelmingly and Hartland residents gave lots of words of support during and after the presentation. Thank you, Jenna, Nora and Gretta, for your passion to make a difference in the world! Congratulations to Clara Henderson ’16, this year’s Poetry Out Loud representative from The Sharon Academy.  She will now progress to the regional level competition to be held on March 13 with students...

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