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, June 12, 2014

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Community, High School, Middle School, Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this Issue: Mark Your Calendar Appreciations General News Middle School News High School News Community Service Opportunities Classifieds Mark Your Calendar June 2014 Fri 13 Field Day! Last Day of school – dismissed at 2:00pm Fri 13 8th Grade Graduation, 6:30 – 9:00pm at the High School Sun 15 HS Graduation, 2:00 pm at the High School Welcome to the last regular newsletter of the year!  You will receive a few communications from TSA over the summer, but this is the last weekly newsletter until in August. Appreciations We love hearing about what our students are up to! Please write to newsletter@sharonacademy.net with news of any celebrations or accomplishments. Thank you to all of the families who donated food for our food drive at the High School.  We delivered  487 items to the Sharon and Chelsea food shelves.  Lisanne‘s advisory won the contest of bringing in the most food with 222 items.  Thank you as well to Jill Gramling ’15 for organizing the event.   Thank you to the many people who contributed to helping our exchange student, Justice Magere, by supporting the fundraising effort to pay for his schooling in Kenya for the next two years. We met our goal of $700 – enough to pay for the next two years. Congratulations to Alexxy Kendall ’18, on the research she conducted as a part of the Middle School Science Fair.  Alexxy worked with Dartmouth Graduate student Sam Roberts on her science fair project.  Her project focused on the effect of caffeine on chromosome number in Ashbya gossypii. Over the past six weeks, Alexxy has spent multiple days in the lab at Dartmouth conducting her research. Last Tuesday, she presented her findings to a group of professors, graduate students, and teachers at Dartmouth. Please join us in wishing farewell to Justice and Deniz, the two exchange students who have spent the year with us.  It has been an honor hosting them both.  Thank you, Justice and Deniz, for staying with us and for teaching us more about Kenya and Turkey.  We so enjoyed getting to know both of you.  We will miss you. Check out the games that the Programming Elective has created this quarter: http://sharonacademy.org/programming-elective-game-projects/ Have fun! Back to Top   General News PAX NEWS Fredrick from Kenya has two great host families for next year. We need two more host families for Fatima from Pakistan. Fatima is a very energetic and fun-loving girl. She loves playing soccer and hockey, acting, painting, drawing, reading, cooking hanging out with friends, most importantly, sharing meal time with her family.  What matters most to her are the relationships that she has and  helping with the problems that humans face.  She says, “I believe humans around the world have the same issues and by being more homogenized, we can resolve them.” Fatima is eagerly waiting for the day when she can experience “American culture and traditions…and observe it at a closer glance” while bringing her own culture and experience to share with others.  Fatima is an exceptional student with an “A” GPA and 10 years of English.  She is described by her teachers as being “a motivational instrument for her classmates.” She aspires to attend Harvard in the hopes of becoming a physicist. By coming to the States Fatima believes, “this experience would help me to improve as a human being and become more understanding and mature.” TSA would love to have Fatima enrich our lives next year. We need a family or two to open their home/s to her.  For more information contact Carol Harry, PAX Community Coordinator at 802-763-8014 or...

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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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