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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, February 20, 2014

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, February 20, 2014

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Events Summer Opportunities Classifieds Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable February Vacation! Mark Your Calendar February 2014 Thurs 20 Poetry Out Loud, 7:00 at the HS Fri 21 End of MS 2nd Trimester Mon – Fri 24 – 28 February Vacation March 2014 Mon 3 Feb Vacation Tues 4 No School – Town Meeting Day Weds 5 School Resumes Sun 9 Daylight Savings – “Spring Forward” Thurs 13 9th and 10th grade: College Planning Overview, 6:30pm 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 Thank you to 8th graders Cal Hale, Emma Labadie, and Zoe McFadden who represented TSA at the recent Middle School Information Session at the Norwich Public Library. Thank you to all of the students, teachers and staff who contributed dry, cut wood to help a former teacher have enough wood to make it through this winter.  The gift was much appreciated. Congratulations to Model UN participants: Bruce Atwood ’16, Clara Henderson ’16, Hannah McFadden ’14, Chris Gish ’16, Margaret Gish ’14, Paul Roberts ’14, Lydia Roe, and Brandon Tracy ’15.  And a special shout out to Aoife Fullerton ’16 who was unable to attend.   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 TONIGHT – Poetry Out Loud:  The following students will be officially entering the state Poetry Out Loud celebration in a public recitation of two poems. And you are invited to be the audience.  The event is scheduled for Moore Hall on Thursday evening, February 20, beginning at 7pm.  Audience members are invited/encouraged to bring light snacks to share in between the two rounds of recitation.  Our esteemed judges this year are Bob and Kathy Eddy. Kathy is a composer, a retired pastor, and the editor of several collections of poetry/meditations. Bob has written lyrics to several musicals, and is a regular contributor to the Herald of Randolph, both as photographer and as a writer.  Participants (subject to change!) and their poems are: Marilyn Groppe Domestic Situation Cartoon Physics Robin Chadwell Alone Invictus Clara Henderson The Last Laugh Life Bekah Lamb On Monsieur’s Departure Pastoral Dialogue Vigil Strange  Bruce Atwood The Road Not Taken Ozymandias Chris Gish To the Western World The Doubt of Future Foes Emily Weatherill An Apology for Her Poetry Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg Otis Hudnut Ozymandias The Road Not Taken Margaret Gish That Country I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud Patrick Sharpe The Charge of the Light Brigade God’s Grandeur Ben Lazar Jabberwocky Ozymandias Suicide Six Ski Program Update:  Please remember that we will have a make up ski session on Wednesday, March 5th – the Wednesday we get back from break. Pax Prize:  Answer the question and win a prize. Which hot stuff/sauce makes Justice’s eyes water? Tabasco Habanero Sauce, Texas Pete Hotter Hot Sauce, Frank’s Red Hot Original Sauce, Nando’s Extra Hot Peri Peri Sauce, Roland Oriental Style Chili Hot sauce, straight cayenne pepper, fresh Jalepeno peppers Leave your answer with your name and email in the basket on Cynthia’s Desk up until March 4. The answer and winner will be in announced in the next newsletter. SAVE THE DATES: TSA’s Second Annual Arts Celebration. Friday Night Gala...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, February 6, 2014

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter

The Sharon Academy Newsletter, February 6, 2014

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Events Opportunities for Students Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar   February 2014 Mon 10 Final drafts of Junior Exhibition Research Papers due Tues 11 Date Change: TSA Middle School Info Night for prospective students, Norwich Public Library, 4:30pm – 8:00pm. See General News below for more information Thurs 13 TSA’s Second Annual Arts Celebration – Auction planning meeting, Thursday, February 13th at 3:30-4:30. All are invited to attend. For more information email Jenn Hayslett at jhayslett@sharonacademy.net Fri 14 For 8th grade families: Intent to Return forms due. See General News below for more information. Fri 14 For 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade families: The Intent to Return fee will be charged to accounts families unless we hear otherwise. See General News below for more information. Thurs 20 Poetry Out Loud, 7:00 at the HS Fri 21 End of MS 2nd Trimester Mon – Fri 24 – 28 February Vacation Appreciations Congratulations to Shiloh Savage ’15 who was recently accepted to the Joffrey School of Ballet’s jazz and contemporary summer dance program with a merit-based 50% tuition scholarship!  This intensive focuses on Jazz, Contemporary and Modern Dance forms culminating in a professionally produced theater performance. TSA Alumni parent and Brookfield resident Ed Koren has just been chosen as Vermont’s Cartoonist Laureate (Yes – Vermont has a Cartoonist Laureate.  We are the only state that does!).  Ed’s cartoons can frequently be seen in New Yorker magazines, as well as in publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time.  Some of Ed’s cartoons even grace the walls of the TSA high school.  To learn more about this award, please click here: http://vtdigger.org/2014/02/03/edward-koren-appointed-vermonts-second-cartoonist-laureate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=edward-koren-appointed-vermonts-second-cartoonist-laureate.  Also, when you next see one of his cartoons, look closely.  He often includes a reference to TSA in his images. Congratulations to Paige Bissaillion ’17 who won the 3rd place award in the Student Leadership Training Program’s annual Student Leader of the Year Award.  According to their website, “Each year, the Student Leadership Training Program seeks to recognize the accomplishments and difference-making of an extraordinary group of STUDENT leaders – – namely the graduates of SLTP.  As a means of doing so, the Administrative Board of the SLTP created the Student Leader of the Year Award“.   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 This Week at the Middle School The Middle School began its Energy Unit this week, and in Social Studies, students began to learn what life was like before the Industrial Revolution.  Teacher Andrew Lane demonstrates the process of spinning wool, while students learn to card the wool and examine the yarn that results from the spinning. Through this excercise, students are learning to appreciate the work that used to go into producing clothes, and can now understand why a person may have only owned 2 shirts at a time.  Next week, students will learn about water power, then progress through steam and electricity.   General News SAVE THE DATES: TSA’s Second Annual Arts Celebration. Friday Night Gala – April 24th – live and silent auction, delicious food, and dancing! Saturday Family Arts Day – April 25th – Free interactive arts workshops, music, and food! Ride Needed:   A student needs a ride home from the middle school every afternoon after school.  This student lives within 3 miles of the school on Howe Hill Road.  Please contact Pam Ward 802-881-1960 or 802-767-2531...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 31, 2014

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 31, 2014

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Events Opportunities for Students Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar   February 2014 Thurs 6 Planning for College night for 11th grade parents, 4:30pm – 8:00pm Mon 10 Final drafts of Junior Exhibition Research Papers due Tues 11 Date Change: TSA Middle School Info Night for prospective students, Norwich Public Library, 4:30pm – 8:00pm.  See General News below for more information Fri 14 Intent to Return forms due for 8th grade families. The Fee will be charged to other families unless we hear otherwise. Thurs 20 Poetry Out Loud, 7:00 at the HS Fri 21 End of MS 2nd Trimester Mon – Fri 24 – 28 February Vacation Appreciations   Congratulations to Cotey Anderegg ’14, Wyatt Blanchard ’14, Mollie Faccio ’14, Isabelle Hotelling-O’Connor ’14, Daisy Hutt ’17,  Maie Kimball ’16, Esther Lent ’16, Grace Pfeil  ’15, Luna Skeet-Browning ’16,  and Teagan White ’14,   who have all been nominated to show work at AVA Gallery as a part of the upcoming 6th Annual Best of the Upper Valley High School Exhibition.  The Opening Reception and Award Ceremony will be held on  Friday, February 28, from 5pm to 7pm.  The exhibition starts on Friday, February 21. Congratulations to Patrick Sharpe ’16 who placed 3rd in the Advanced Level in German at the Hanover Recitation Contest.  Patrick was competing against students from around the Upper Valley as they recited poems in foreign languages.  Patrick is also fluent in French.  Way to go! Back to Top General News Did you know that we have two exchange students here at TSA?  Justice is from Kenya and Deniz is from Turkey.  They are both at TSA through the PAX program. The major goals of PAX (program of academic exchange) are to increase mutual respect among the people of the world, to foster an appreciation of our differences and similarities, and to enhance our ability to communicate with one another. Every TSA family is invited to participate in this exchange by inviting Justice and Deniz to spend time with you. They are both willing to try new things, are fun to be with and are easy going. Consider inviting them to over to your house to do simple things: between school and basketball practice/games; for dinner and a movie, game, ping pong or pool; to cook a meal from their country: to watch the Superbowl, Olympics or March Madness; to listen, play or dance to music.  Or if you are going to do something special, consider inviting them along when you go: on a trip to Burlington or Boston; for a hike, to the CCBA, the UVAC, rock climbing, ice fishing, bowling, to a museum, or a ball game. These boys would love to join you! To invite Justice and Deniz to spend time with your family, please call the host families to get permission first. Justice is staying with Carol Harry and Steve Gagliardone- 802-763-8014. Deniz is staying with Todd Binzen and Janet Cavanagh- 802-763-9961/ 802-281-9392 Open Studio February 4 and February 6: WINTER COLLAGE with Lynn Hudnut Sometimes we think the colors of winter are grey and brown and white, but if you are observant there is a much wider palette available. This workshop will come in two parts.  The first day (Tuesday) we will make colored papers using a few different methods.  The second (Thursday) we will use those papers to construct a winter collage. Feel free to bring in things you find outside (brrrrr!) to look at for inspiration.  Lynn will bring in a bunch of stuff collected in the...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 23, 2014

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 23, 2014

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Events Opportunities for Students Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar   January 2014 Fri  24 MS Dance, 6:30pm –9:30pm, see MS News below Fri 24 HS Dance, 8:00pm–11:00pm, see HS News below   February 2014 Thurs 6 Planning for College night for 11th grade parents, 4:30pm – 8:00pm Thurs 6 TSA Info Night for perspective students, Norwich Public Library, 6:30pm Fri 14 Intent to Return forms due for 8th grade families. The Fee will be charged to other families unless we hear otherwise. See General News below Thurs 20 Poetry Out Loud, 7:00 at the HS. See HS News below Fri 21 End of MS 2nd Trimester Mon – Fri 24 – 28 February Vacation Appreciations Thank you so much to everyone who participated and contributed to TSA’s 5th Annual Chain Reaction Day on January 21st. It was truly a day filled with engaging workshops and thought provoking conversations that challenged many of our assumptions. A special thank you to all of our workshop presenters who prepared diligently for an assortment of 9 incredible workshops.  2014 Workshop Presenters: Katrina Aldren ’12, Teilese Spencer ’16, Cora Swanberg ’14, Isabelle Hotelling–O’Conner ’14, Brian Rainville, Tulio Browning, Carter Glass, Amber Wylie, Stephanie Davis, Andrew Lane, Mary Newman   Special Appreciation – We are excited to announce we have received two grants in support of our middle school program. We have received $3000 to support a much needed upgrade in the computer lab and $5500 for academic after school support. These gifts will make a significant difference this year for our students! Thank you to the generous anonymous families who made this possible. Back to Top General News Pittsfield/Stockbridge Carpool: Janice Stumpf has seats for 3 students riding to TSA – high school or middle school – in the morning.  $10.00 per week (less than the gas it takes to drive).   Please email Janice at jstumpf@sharonacademy.net.  If you ever find yourself needing to drive to Sharon to pick up just one student, please feel free to call Janice to see if she can save you a trip:  802-763-2500 x 105. Back to Top Middle School News   Middle School Dance Tonight! When? Friday, January 24th 6:30 – 9:30. Marcy Innes’ advisees will need to stay for clean up and should be picked up at 9:45. Where? At the middle school Who? All TSA middle school students are encouraged to attend. Each TSA student is allowed to bring up to two guests. Guests must be in grades 6-8 and be pre-approved by Marcy Innes. Why? To have fun and boogie! What (to bring)? Admission is $1.00 or an item for the food shelf. 7th graders should bring snack food to share, 8th graders should bring drinks to share. What (else)? Three parent chaperones are needed. Please contact Marcy Innes minnes@sharonacademy.net if you can help.   Student Written Newsletter Article Due:  As part of our Food and Hunger Unit students are busy writing articles for the 5th Edition of the TSA newsletter “Our Times, Food and Hunger in our World.” Students have been researching and writing about a topic of their choice during Language Arts and Social Studies class for the past week. Most students are working with a partner. The first draft is due on Monday, January 27th. Students will have a few hours of work time at school on Monday before the noon deadline. Please remind your student to work at home over the weekend so they are ready to turn in the first draft...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 16, 2014

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 16, 2014

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations TSA’s Chain Reaction Day General News Middle School News High School News Community Events Opportunities for Students Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar January 2014 Thurs 16 “Paying for College Night” for 12th grade parents, 6:30 PM.  See HS News below Mon 20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: No School for students. In-Service for Teachers Tues 21 “Chain Reaction Day” honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Followed by an all-school potluck.  Please see Chain Reaction section below Weds 22 HS Second Marking Period ends Fri 24 HS Dance, 8:00pm–11:00pm, see HS News below   February 2014  Thurs  6 Planning for College night for 11th grade parents, 6:30 pm  Thurs  6 TSA Info Night for perspective students, Norwich Public Library, 6:30pm  Fri 14 Intent to Return forms due for 8th grade families.  The Fee will be charged to other families unless we hear otherwise.  See General News below  Thurs 20 Poetry Out Loud, 7:00 at the HS.  See HS News below  Fri 21 End of MS 2nd Trimester  Mon – Fri  24 – 28 February Vacation Appreciations Congratulations to Isabelle O’Connor ’14 who has five Linoleum prints featured in the Norwich University High School Juried Show.  The university’s School of Architecture and Art will present the second annual show, which will be on display at the Chaplin Hall Gallery Monday from Jan. 27 through Feb. 9.  It will feature the work of 56 young artists from 16 Vermont and New Hampshire high schools. The size of the show more than doubled this year, with more than 200 submissions. There will be 105 works of art on display. Good luck to all of our traveling students: As mentioned last week, Lucia Gagliardone ’16 is in Ecuador. Luna Skeet-Browning ’16 is in Zaragoza, Spain attending a public high school and living with a Spanish family until March 24th.  She is also taking art classes in the city in her spare time. Dejah Lee ’15 is leaving for Oxbow in California.  “The Oxbow School is a unique, interdisciplinary semester program for high-school students with a visual arts and academic focus. Our mission is to strengthen students’ abilities in creative and critical inquiry by combining rigorous studio art practice with innovative academics…” (From the OxBow website). Silas Farwell Mead ’15 is going to High Mountain Institute (HMI) in the Rocky Mountains and the canyons of Utah. “Students spend 12 weeks on HMI’s boarding school campus taking honors and AP-level classes that are place-based.  Then students spend 5 weeks on expeditions throughout the Colorado Plateau.” (From the HMI website). Liam Rossier ’15 and Andy Bando-Hess ’15 are both going to The Mountain School.  “Each semester 45 motivated high school juniors from all over the country come together to live and work on the school’s farm in rural Vermont.  While living with teachers in small houses, students help to make important decisions concerning how we live together. Courses provide a demanding, integrated learning experience that takes advantage of the school’s small size and mountain campus. Engagement with the farm and forest sparks an appreciation for their food, their fuel and their labor. ” (From the Mountain School website). Per Pytte ’16 is also leaving to join thirteen other teens for a five month expedition semester with Kroka in southern NH. They will travel 600 miles throughout Vermont by ski, canoe and bicycle, sleeping in a tent they will have made, eating food they dried and prepared, and using tools they will have hand crafted. They will be learning forest ecology, VT natural history, meteorology, hydrology and water...

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The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 10, 2014

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter

The Sharon Academy Newsletter, January 10, 2014

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations TSA’s Chain Reaction Day General News Middle School News High School News Community Events Opportunities for Students Scholarships Summer Opportunities Classifieds Happy New Year!   Mark Your Calendar January 2014 Thurs 16 Paying for College Night for 12th Grade Parents, 6:30 PM Mon 20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: No School for students. In-Service for Teachers Tues 21 Chain Reaction Day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Followed by an all-school potluck Weds 22 HS Second Marking Period ends Future Dates: All HS Field Trip: May 16th, 2014 Prom: May 17th, 2014 All MS Field Trip: May 20 – 22nd, 2014 MS Semi Formal: May 30th, 2014   Appreciations Thank you to all of the students who performed in the Café on December 20th.  We had so much fun!  If you would like to see photos, please click here to go to our Galleries page: http://sharonacademy.org/galleries/?album=5&gallery=28. Thank you to the Energy Crew in the HS for helping us to save energy over the December Break.  They unplugged refrigerators, computers, and copiers, and pulled shades in rooms to keep the heat in.  Thanks for helping to keep issues regarding the way we use our resources at the front of our minds. Good luck to Sam Hayden ’17 who is competing in the American Bouldering Series Eastern Divisional Championships in New Jersey this weekend. Lucia Gagliardone ’16 is now in Azogues, Ecuador staying with a host family with 3 boys. She is attending a public high school with Ecuadorians and is speaking all Spanish all the time except for her English class. She also has Chemistry, Math and Social Studies. She says the SS content is the same as TSA’s. She wears a uniform, goes to school from 7am to 1pm and the most asked question to her from the teens is if she has a boyfriend. She goes to Church on Sunday, dance (recreational/exercise type) 5 nights a week and has little time to make her own schedule or choices. Her host mom is keeping a good eye on her. She would love to hear from you. Her address is Lucia Gagliardone c/o Wilson Rolando Vazques Quezada Luis Cordero 4-17E de Noviembre Azogues, Canar, Ecuador 030102   Back to Top TSA’s 2014 Chain Reaction Day: A celebration in the spirit of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A TSA event for all high school and middle school students, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. …   On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, all high school and middle school students and staff at The Sharon Academy will engage in a day filled with activities, conversation-inspiring workshops, and food.  The objectives of the day will be to: Explore the unspoken assumptions we make on a daily basis, increase our awareness of how our differences can enhance our relationships with each other or divide us, and begin to engage in conversations about difficult topics. We have a variety of community members and TSA staff presenting on workshop topics exploring race, gender, class, culture and the media.  Students and staff will have the opportunity to sign up for workshops that interest them.  To conclude the day’s events, all students and staff will join together for a potluck lunch in Moore Hall.  We are asking all students and staff to contribute to the potluck lunch and we have designated specific items for each grade to bring. Middle school students should be brought to the TSA High School on January 21st by 8:15am. The day’s schedule will be as follows: 8:15-9:00 Opening Event 9:15-10:30 Workshop I 10:45-12:00 Workshop...

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